Kontrol Exclusive (@kontrolmag): The Queen Of Burlesque–Dita Von Teese (@DitaVonTeese)!

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What exactly is burlesque? Is it a striptease? Is it a form of seduction?

Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese has all your answers to this lost art form.

Recently, Dita took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with Kontrol to talk about her gorgeous art form, Hollywood glam, and her career.

Dita credits her mom for sparking her fascination with the golden age of cinema.

“My mother watched old films. So I grew up watching those films with her and I became obsessed with the technicolor musicals of 1940s especially. They were like cartoons to me with Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, and all these lavish musical numbers.”

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Amina Buddafly (@Aminabuddafly) is Not Ready to Divorce Peter Gunz (@IAmPeterGunz), Says Yandy Smith (@yandysmith) is Boring!

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Amina Buddafly says she is not ready to divorce Peter Gunz!

Amina Buddafly of Love & Hip Hop New York recently discussed a lot of topics concerning some of the cast and her issues with Peter Gunz during her interview on The Domenick Nati Show.

Amina recently released her book, called, ‘The Other Woman’, which is a tell all book. We can only imagine who the book revolves around. Amina announced back in September that she was ready to tell her side of the story in a book that depicts her real life, from her upbringing to career matters.

Amina Buddafly is not ready to divorce Peter Gunz

During the recent interview on The Domenick Nati Show, she mentioned that she would consider joining the new season of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. Amina explained that she isn’t on Love and Hip Hop New York this season mainly because she moved to Los Angeles and wasn’t around to film. She also told Domenick that she didn’t really want to be in Season 7 but may possibly make an appearance.

Outside of that, her mind is still stuck on past hurts from Peter Gunz. Amina told Domenick that she felt Peter Gunz should do an apology tour.

We remember not long ago on the season of Love & Hip-Hop: New York, Peter sat down with his wife and the mother of his 10th child, Amina, and brought up the topic of divorce. “What comes after separation?” Peter asked Amina in the clip. “Divorce.”

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The Coolest Addition to The New Edition Biopic! You’re Gonna Love Keith Powers (@KeithTPowers)!

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2017 is here and already the year looks to be filled with a lot of amazing events happening in the entertainment industry. Movies, awards shows, new music, and new artists—you name it! It is time for something fresh and it seems the entertainment gods have finally heard our prayers. As you already know one of the most anticipated events of 2017 is New Edition’s biopic, set to air on BET later this month! The biopic will entail the stories of Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe as they rise, fall, and resurrect the R&B group that has made them music legends. The biopic stars a very talented cast of young men, Bryshere Y. Gray, Luke James, Elijah Kelly, Woody McClain, Algee Smith, and Keith Powers. Although all of these young men are amazing it is Keith Powers who may very well be having the best year ever with not only the biopic premiering but television shows and films in the works! “I feel great man, I’m just gonna keep working. With all this stuff coming out that does not mean that I am going to get comfortable…I’m staying on my toes and continuing to work hard…”

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Keith portrays Ronnie Devoe, the best dancer in New Edition, and the described as the heart of the group. “He [Ronnie] is amazing. He was so cool. He and the other guys came on set and were so involved in how they were portrayed…I feel honored to be a part of the whole production…like everybody else I grew up listening to them…’Can You Stand The Rain’ is timeless…” Surprisingly, Keith reveals he was the last addition to the cast and came on about two weeks after the other actors, thus he had to catch up on his lines and choreography quickly. “Ronnie was the best dancer of the group and I came on a little late so I had to play catch up big time…there was definitely a lot of pressure on me to perform…Don’t worry I caught up though [he laughs], and I think everyone will be impressed…” The pressure is definitely on with New Edition’s biopic to be a hit. As you recall, biopics of the past have been either hit or miss based on casting decisions, acting, quality, and audience reception. From the clips we have seen of the film, this may very well be the biopic we have been waiting for. “The film is about brotherhood, that’s what we had. From the moment I met those guys we were chilling, working, and hanging out around the clock. We’re like family.”

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Signal 23 TV’s “Steel River” Makes Waves w/ New Web Star, Sherrod Willis (@sherrod4real)!

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Signal 23 TV continues to deliver some amazing stories to its viewers. Last summer it  brought us About Him, and Fall of last year it debuted Steel River: When Were Young a prequel to the original Steel River series that put Signal 23 TV on the map! Faithfully and diligently, we have been tuning into see watch  William (Will), Kadoe, Ivan, and Addison ten years in the past as they  grow to become the men we know and love. Beyond the drama, sex, intrigue, and craziness; viewers are really getting a taste of what it means to come of age while being Black and gay.

Just when we thought the series could not get any wilder though, a new character, played by Sherrod Willis, has been tossed in the mix!

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Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan and growing up in Chicago, Sherrod is an amazing addition to Steel River: When We Were Young. Besides being the newest cast member of the series, he is a rising star who has dreamed of the spotlight since his freshman year in college. “I was in a performing arts group back in Chicago and we did little skits and stuff like that, or promotional videos and I think I took an interest in it then. I never really knew what do or where to go so when I moved down here to Atlanta I saw a web series [Kaleidoscope} I wanted to be a part of and went from there….” Sherrod’s enthusiasm and willingness to go after his dreams stems from his desire to be the best version of himself possible. “I always knew I w anted to be something great–somebody great–but I know that depends on me…” Indeed, Sherrod’s raw talent shined through on his debut episode, “Due Process,” as his character, “Jackson,” not only forced Will (Alex Jante) to confront his sexuality, but seduced and coerced him in one of the hottest sex scenes in web series history!

As “Jackson,” he portrays the soldier brother of Will’s girlfriend, who as the series eludes to in another conversation is “trade.” (via Urban Dictionary; A man who messes around with other men, but no one would ever know by looking or talking to him. Used by gay black men to identify masculine gay men or DL Brothas.) Sherrod goes on to state ,“You’re gonna love him [Jackson], he’s a different type of dude, and I love playing him, and the waves he’s gonna make in the story line kinda make you jump!” Although he admits his episode’s sex scene was hot, he feels the scene between Ivan (Rion Deshon) and his trade love interest (Tripp Ali)was hotter. “They really went in on that. It was just so realistic, like I know people who have told me that they’ve hooked up in a shower or bathroom, or know someone who did. Rion and Tripp are amazing actors, so i gotta give it up for them [he laughs].”

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[VIDEO] A #HeyMikeyATL Exclusive! It’s “About Them!” Meet The Cast of Tyson Anthony’s “About Him: Freshman Year!”

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The cast of "About Him freshman year (l-r) Rocc, Darren Johnson, Brandon Karson, Rahim Brazil, and Desmond Fletcher

About Him just cannot be stopped and we are not complaining. As you already know the second season of the hit web series has spawned two very different shows on two different networks; Bawn TV with Tyson Anthony and director, Anthony Bawn, and Signal  23 TV with Henderson Maddox. We are dedicated to complete coverage of both series and our very own “Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, was invited to meet the cast of Tyson Anthony’s About Him: Freshman Year.

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The series stars Brandon Karson, reprising his role of “Damien” from the first season; alongside Rahim Brazil as “Kendall.” Together the two head a new cast of characters as Damien heads off to college and makes new friends, new enemies, and deals with lots of scandal!

Check out Mikey’s interview with amazing cast below!

About Him: Freshman Year is rumored to be released on February 28th so make sure you subscribe to the series via Bawn TV and catch it on Amazon Prime! There will be some amazing individual interviews with each cast member coming soon to our site. Make sure you are in the mix! This “Freshman Year” is going to be breathtaking!

You can keep up About Him: Freshman Year by following their Facebook page of the same name and the series’ official Instagram account, @weloveabouthim!

 

Dishing w/ The “Dutchess!” Ink Queen & Reality Star, Dutchess (@DutchessofInk), Makes New Moves Beyond “Black Ink Crew!

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Being in the public eye is never easy. Some move through the spotlight with grace and ease, other are scrutinized with every step they take. If you are a reality television star then most likely you deal  with the latter. Enter the world of Black Ink Crew’s Dutchess Lattimore, an amazing tattoo artist, businesswoman, and reality star who has shared many of her ups and downs in front of millions for five crazy seasons! “It’s been wild, a lot has happened over the years, but I’m still here, still standing. That’s what matters to me…people gonna hate but at the end of the day I’m Dutchess so I know I’m winning. Period.”

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As you already know Dutchess is one of the main stars of VH-1’s Black Ink Crew, and has quickly become a fan favorite despite her clashes with her cast mates and coworkers.

What makes Dutchess stand out, however, is her desire to have it all. This is a woman who will not settle for anything less than what she deserves and desires. Although we are glad to see her back for another season of the show, Dutchess admits she is not so excited with this season. “I’m never really excited about these things…It’s like a gift and a curse, because we’ve already lived it, and how we lived it is different from how ya’ll [the viewers] get to see it. It brings up all those pent up emotions, things you were thinking about, and it’s just hard to relive stuff twice you know.”  Her apprehension does bring up a real point shared by some other reality stars, (Toya Wright, being one) who admit they hate watching their shows, because it only drudges up the past. Thankfully, Dutchess’s skills are only outmatched by her resilience. “I’m just a strong woman, I’m gonna do what I gotta do. A lot of women want to be trophy wives you know…I want a different lifestyle. I wanna do the things that I wanna do, I wanna go the places I wanna go…” She goes onto elaborate on the kind of ideal life she she wants. “The ideal life of Dutchess is building a bigger brand, being able to decide when I wanna travel. I love to travel–it’s my favorite thing to do–If I decide tomorrow I wanna be able to go to India, I wanna be able to up and do that. That’s living the life that has no boundaries or limits…” She admits being on the show does help her have a platform, but unlike a number of other reality stars, wants to use it to make the best business decisions. “TV does help but you have to be in control of your business and brand yourself.”

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Omarosa Manigault (@OMAROSA) Allegedly Threatens Journalist At The White House

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PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 05: TV personality Omarosa Manigault attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

I must say that nothing really surprises me anymore about Trump and his administration. We literally find out something outrageous every single day; from alternative facts to finding out Fredrick Douglas is still alive. So why would today be any different? Right? Recently, reports surfaced regarding Trump’s communication official Omarosa Manigault.

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Allegedly, Omarosa got into a heated argument with a White House reporter outside the Oval office last week. The White House reporter was named April Ryan, and she says that Omarosa “physically intimidated” her. Ryan also claims that Omarosa verbally threatened her by stating she was a “dossiers”. Allegedly, Trump officials have referred to some journalist as “dossiers”, because they believe they only report negative information.

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