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Karrueche Tran Talks Chris Brown, Rihanna, And The Kill With VIBE

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In an interview with VIBE for the mag’s Feb/March issue, Karrueche Tran dished on Chris Brown and his relationship with Rihanna. According to the 24-year-old fashion designer, Chris will always be in her life. When asked about her growing popularity, Karrueche said:

“I feel like, more than anything, girls can relate to me, regardless of if what they have to say is negative or not. Because the situation is so messy.”

Do you think Karrueche’s love triangle with Chris and Rihanna is relatable?

– Christopher Brundage

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VIBE Sued By ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ Star Phaedra Parks For $30 Million

As we told you back in March, a woman claiming to be a former friend of Phaedra Parks did an interview with VIBE.com and wrote a book “exposing” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s alleged criminal past. From insurance check fraud to auto theft and racketeering, Angela Stanton made all kinds of allegations about Phaedra in the interview and memoir titled, Lies of a Real House Wife: Tell The Truth and Shame The Devil. Of course, Phaedra denied all of Stanton’s allegations and announced she hired a team of attorneys to address the “false & defamatory interview” soon after news of the interview and book came to light. A woman of her word, Phaedra, herself a successful attorney, has filed a $30 million lawsuit against VIBE Holdings, which operates VIBE.com, Uptown magazine, and Augustus Publishing, for “publishing lies about her to generate interest in a book.” According to Access Atlanta:

“The lawsuit, filed this week, demands a jury trial, $5 million in compensatory and $25 million in punitive damages, and retractions.

‘While Plaintiff recognizes the importance of the role of the media in reporting on public figures, Defendant and other members of the media are not granted an unfettered right or privilege under the First Amendment to defame public figures by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice,’ the lawsuit states. ‘As a result of its conduct, Defendant crossed the threshold from speech protected by the First Amendment to enter the arena of actionable defamation of a public figure for which they must be held legally accountable.’”

As far as we know, Angela Stanton isn’t named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but we doubt she possesses any real assets anyway, so it makes perfect sense for Phaedra to go after VIBE Holdings since they have the money. Story developing…

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Our Favorite Reality TV Divas Cover VIBE Magazine

Earlier this month, Evelyn Lozada posted some pictures on her website of a “top secret” photo shoot with Love & Hip-Hop star (or should we say former star) Chrissy Lampkin and Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss. Today the secret is secret is out as VIBE magazine just unveiled their ‘sexy issue’ with the reality TV divas, including Tamar Braxton, on the cover. Check out what they said about people starting petitions to get shows like theirs off the air, and Star Jones lashing out against women and violence on reality TV.

Evelyn

“I think she’s going to have to get a whole lot of names. Actually, I like the petition and I like the controversy because I’ve learned controversy is good. But I think she’s irrelevant. And she’s using our coattails to get relevant again. Nobody gives a fuck about her.”

Chrissy

“Whatever Star Jones is feeling is a little deeper than what she sees. I think she has her own issues.”

Kandi

“She may not be violent, but I’m sure she goes off on people in her day-to-day. I just don’t think it’s fair to block somebody from getting money.”

Apparently regretting her words about Star Jones, Evelyn took to her Twitter page yesterday after excerpts of the VIBE interview were released to publicly apologize, saying:

“@StarJonesEsq know we’ve discussed my comments 2 @VibeMagazine privately, but want 2 publicly apologize for my words. Ur an amazing example!”

You can check out other excerpts from Evelyn, Kandi, Chrissy, and Tamar’s interview with VIBE on their website.

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Alicia Keys Covers VIBE’s 2nd Annual Global Issue

Alicia Keys looks retro fierce on the cover of VIBE magazine’s 2nd Annual Global Issue (April/May 2012). The R&B diva’s hubby, Swizz Beatz, joined her for her interview with the mag, during which the duo dished on the moment they knew they were soul mates:

“’It was the craziest thing,’ says Dean [Swizz’s real last name], leaning forward in his chair. ‘We had a work lunch with some people, and I get home and look in the back pocket—’

‘My credit card was in his pocket,’ Keys finishes the story, eyes wide. ‘Why was my credit card in his pocket?’”

Well the toothless guy that pumped our gas at the Getty gas station on Westchester Avenue in the Bronx ended up with our credit card one day last month when we stopped to fill up our tank, but we’ll be damn if he’s our soul mate!!! Check out Alicia’s VIBE cover below:

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Former Friend Of Phaedra Parks Exposes Her Alleged Criminal Past (Part 2 & 3)

As we previously told you, a woman by the name of Angela Stanton is “exposing” Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks’ alleged criminal past. Check out part 2 and 3 of Stanton’s interview with VIBE below, then check out part 1 if you missed it by clicking here.

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Former Friend Of Phaedra Parks Exposes Her Alleged Criminal Past (Part 2 & 3)

As we previously told you, a woman by the name of Angela Stanton is “exposing” Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks’ alleged criminal past. Check out part 2 and 3 of Stanton’s interview with VIBE below, then check out part 1 if you missed it by clicking here.

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Phaedra Parks Hires Attorneys

Reportedly, Phaedra Parks has retained the services of two of the top defense attorneys in Atlanta in response to allegations made by a woman about the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s alleged criminal past (just in case you missed that, you can read it here). According to SandraRose.com:

“Both attorneys are considered among the best in their fields. Most of you are familiar with Bernstein, who filed a sexual misconduct suit against embattled Pastor Bishop Eddie Long in 2010. Wood is currently representing disgraced former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who is now a radio host on WSB in Atlanta.

According to my source, Phaedra, is a cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta, must think she’s in hot water if she hired both Bernstein and Wood, who don’t come cheap!

She could have just as easily hired B.J. Bernstein by herself, said my source, but Phaedra obviously thinks her situation is dire if she hired two of the top criminal attorneys in the country.”

We wonder if this drama will make the next season of Real Housewives of Atlanta

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Former Friend Of Phaedra Parks Exposes Her Alleged Criminal Past

A woman claiming to be a former friend of Phaedra Parks is exposing the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s alleged criminal past. From insurance check fraud to auto theft and racketeering, Angela Stanton is putting it all out there in her upcoming memoir, Lies of a Real House Wife: Tell The Truth and Shame The Devil. According to VIBE:

“Stanton says she and Phaedra were not only friends, but partners in crime; literally. In Part 1 of the video below Stanton reveals that the entertainment attorney performed fraudulent activity along with her, her husband Apollo and his brother Eric. After years of her own trials and tribulations, Stanton is ready to tell her story of loyalty and betrayal.”

Check out the interview below:

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Nicki Minaj Covers VIBE Magazine

Following her controversial performance at the Grammy Awards show, Nicki Minaj is featured on the February/March issue of VIBE magazine. Check out some of the highlights from her interview below:

VIBE: You’ve said before that you didn’t really have fun recording Pink Friday.

Nicki Minaj: I felt like I had something to prove to everyone who said a female rapper could not make an album unless she was talking about her pussy. And so I went above and beyond to prove that I could not talk about sex and not talk about my genitalia and still have a successful album. And I proved that. And now my time for proving things to my critics is over. I don’t really need to prove anything to anyone else anymore.

Is it still hard to get your way as a woman in this industry?

It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around. I don’t really like the sound of that, ‘cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I’m just very black and white when it comes to my business. There’s really no gray area. I really don’t have a lot of small talk with people I work with. It’s pretty much let’s get the job done. In the beginning, if people didn’t know me they’d probably assume I wasn’t smart or wasn’t business savvy. But once you sit and talk to me, it’s a different story.

You were heavy on the fashion scene last year around Fashion Week with Anna Wintour. Do you feel like you’ve been accepted by the fashion world?

Yeah, I realized more recently that even if it’s for a fashion magazine, I’m not gonna change who I am. When I was doing photo shoots last year, I kept on being told, “This is what we want your hair to look like and this is what we want you to look like,” and it really, really stifled my creativity. So the other day I was talking to a photographer, and he said, “You know what, I like your everyday looks so much better than when you do photo shoots for magazines.” And I was like, “So do I, you’re absolutely right.” I’d been getting more and more frustrated for a while.

But I’ve made up my mind that when you see a Nicki Minaj magazine cover from now on, it’s really going to reflect me and it’s going to be something that I creatively had a hand in, because I don’t have to do it anymore. I don’t have to do things just to please people. It’s okay to do what I love because what I love, my fans love. And they’re really the only ones that should matter. The fashion world will have to come to Nicki Minaj, as opposed to Nicki Minaj trying to go to the fashion world.

Check out Nicki’s VIBE cover below:

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50 Cent Responds To T.I.’s VIBE Interview

50 Cent has responded to T.I.’s recent interview with VIBE. In the magazine (as we reported here), Tip responded to talk from 50 and others who think that the Atlanta rapper’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, should have taken the fall for the drug charge that sent him back to the slammer last year. He said in the interview:

“I’ma tell you, 50 Cent and anybody else, we not gonn’a have no discussion about what my ole lady should’a, would’a, couda done for anything as it pertains to me. We ain’t gonn’a do that. I’m the only one in my family that’s gonna take a lick when it pertains to the legal system. Since me, none of my other family members have seen a jail cell. Nobody. I’m the last one. The buck stops here. I feel that a person that stands behind [his woman for a criminal charge] is a coward anyway.”

Never one to hold his tongue, 50 took to his Twitter page to respond, saying:

“Man I just saw something T.I said in VIBE about a tweet I wrote when he caught his drug case. He just got out a jam and caught a new one.”

“Any other time a n*gga done. Get caught with 10 machine gun an silencer then catch a drug charge. You will f**k around and get natural life”

“This boy got a get outta jail FREE card. Don’t get emotional over your lady. It a get you in some sh*t you don’t want to be in.”

“Shut the f***k up lover boy RT @ErenMus: @50cent shut up man, you a p*ssy if you get your girl to take the fall.”

“If U can get 5 years easy 4 some sh*t and I’m the support of my family. Why would it be wrong if ya lady had to take probation? Sh*t she ballin to lol”

After 50’s rant, T.I. assured everyone that the situation wouldn’t turn into yet another Twitter beef. He said:

“Straight G code…No “TWEEFIN” here champ!!!! Peace 2da real og’s we out!!!”

Good for you T.I.! Personally, we’re so over all the back-and-forth that occurs on Twitter.

UPDATE:

According to 50, he has talked to T.I. since responding to his VIBE interview. He said via Twitter:

“Look how much you fools have been tweeting about me and @tip I spoke to him last night you sh*t heads should be tweeting about streetking [his global hunger awareness campaign].”

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Eminem, Yelawolf And T.I. Cover VIBE’s Year-End Issue

VIBE has graced us with multiple covers for its year-end issue, featuring, Eminem, Yelawolf and T.I. Check out some excerpts from their interviews with the mag below:

Eminem and Yelawolf

YELAWOLF’S THOUGHTS ON WHITE RAPPERS USING THE N-WORD:

“When Yelawolf heard the presumptuous white female rapper V-Nasty was peppering her sarcastic raps with the N- word, he called it embarrassing, telling VladTV that an N-bomb-dropping white rapper might find themselves ‘slapped up, and it might be by a white boy.’ While he admits to using the word as a child, he says the word term is off limits for any white person, rapper or otherwise.

‘[In Alabama] we have a dark history concerning the relationship between Black and white people. I’m not a role model by any means, but if I said it around the house I got popped in the mouth,’ he says, noting that his Black friends used the word as a term of endearment for him as well.”

EMINEM AND YELAWOLF TALK ABOUT THEIR PAST HISTORY WITH DRUGS:

“You mentioned getting yourself right. Are you completely clean these days as far as alcohol and drugs?
EM: Except for the heroin I shot up this morning. Except for that, I’m clean. [Laughs]

VIBE: While you’re clean, Yelawolf here smokes weed and—
Yelawolf: No, I don’t.

VIBE: I hear that in your music a lot.
YW: I started smoking weed at 11. By 12, I was smoking dust. Thirteen, acid, Freon, special k, mushrooms; 16 years old, I was selling X pills at school. Not even because I was a good dope boy, but because I was a scumbag. It was called chocolate chip, and it had heroin in it. I used to take that shit and go to class. I went so heavy into drugs that I had a bad trip one time that lasted for months.”

T.I.

ON CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND HIS BELIEFS ABOUT BIN LADEN’S DEATH:

The conversation shifts from Muammar Gaddafi’s death—which occurred five days prior—to Osama Bin Laden’s assassination to both Eastern giant’s once empowered relationship with the U.S. government. “It’s like everybody that the U.S. was besties with, years later they’re the worst person in the world,” says Tip. “My question is what character traits do they possess now that they didn’t possess when y’all were besties? What made it go astray, and who’s to say they were on the dishonest end of that?”

The politic’n doesn’t stop there. Before an article can be selected from the “Osama Bin Laden killed” search, T.I. twists his lips in sarcastic fashion and shoots, “If that really happened.”

VIBE: So you’re skeptical about the legitimacy of Osama’s death?
T.I.: Man, I’m a conspiracy theorist by nature. You can’t experience the federal penal system and not be somewhat skeptical.

ON EQUAL RIGHTS AND HOMOPHOBIA:

“Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a dick, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That shit was funny to me. And it’s kind of true.’

While T.I. makes clear that he supports anyone’s sexual preference, he then connects, in his opinion, a current oversensitivity among gay people with a consequential and ironic offense of the First Amendment. ‘They’re like,‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ … That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.’”

ON TALK THAT TINY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE DRUG CHARGE FOR HIM:

“I’ma tell you, 50 Cent and anybody else, we not gonn’a have no discussion about what my ole lady should’a, would’a, couda done for anything as it pertains to me,” begins his rant. ‘We ain’t gonn’a do that. I’m the only one in my family that’s gonna take a lick when it pertains to the legal system. Since me, none of my other family members have seen a jail cell. Nobody. I’m the last one. The buck stops here. I feel that a person that stands behind [his woman for a criminal charge] is a coward anyway.’

VIBE: I doubt she would have gotten any time.
T.I.: She wasn’t gonna catch it period, ’cause I’m there. That wasn’t even a consideration. Even if she asked me to I would’ve been like, ‘Nah, you trippin’.’

So you didn’t feel you were more valuable to your family, employees and business partners on the street?
That’s a discussion between me and another man. Not with the mother of my children. Not with the nurturer of my household.”

Issue hits news stands on December 6.

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Lil Wayne Covers VIBE, Talks Drake And Rap Competition

Lil Wayne is featured on the cover of the October/November issue of VIBE magazine, and in the inside interview, the Young Money CEO dishes on everything from Drake to why he doesn’t have any competition in the rap game. Check out some of the highlights from the interview below:

ON WHY THERE’S NO FEUD WITH JAY-Z AND WHY HE HAS NO COMPETITION IN THE GAME:

“There’s no competition [with any artists]. Music isn’t about competition no more. All the gangster rappers are happy, all the skateboard rappers are happy, all the white rappers are happy … Everybody just happy to do music these days. There are no problems. That s–t died a long time ago with them old-a– rappers. We are just making music, making money and having fun feeding our families. Competition is for the old guys.”

ON WHY HE DOESN’T FEEL ANY PRESSURE FROM DRAKE’S SUCCESS:

“I don’t look at it like that,. Drake is my artist. If he wasn’t my artist, then yeah, maybe. But that’s my artist. He’s not [just] a friend. We’re more than friends. It’s business. It would be impossible for it to be a competition. I mean, I’m the guy’s boss.”

Check out the cover below. Are we digging Weezy’s look?

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Tika Sumpter And La La Vasquez Vamp It Up For Vibe Magazine

Gossip Girl actress Tika Sumpter and La La Vasquez were looking very cherrylicious the other day as they posed on top of a convertible for a photo shoot for Vibe magazine in Harlem. Between these two fabulous Cherry girls, we can’t wait to see the finished product!!

In related news, Tika’s romance with pop singer Jason Deurlo is reportedly heating up! According to the NY Post:

“Things are heating up between singer Jason Derulo and Gossip Girl star Tika Sumpter. After the preview party for his new album, Future History, at the James Hotel the other night, the pop star and Sumpter headed to 1Oak, where a spy said they were ‘making out in front of everyone.’”

Check out pics from Tika and La La’s Vibe shoot below:

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Vibe Magazine Honors Amy Winehouse

Vibe magazine has honored the late Amy Winehouse by putting the tragic soul singer on an alternate cover of the mag’s annual August/September “Juice” issue. As you’ve previously seen here on CherryOnTop, a topless Kelly Rowland graces the original cover, but in making the decision to put out a second cover, Vibe‘s editor-in-chief, Jermaine Hall, told MTV:


“We had literally 36 hours to pull it off. It was a stop-the-presses situation, obviously. It was a hustle, but I thought it was necessary.”

Check out the cover below:

– Mara The Hip-Hop Socialite

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Kelly Rowland Covers Vibe Magazine

The cherrylicious Kelly Rowland appears topless on the cover of the August/September issue of Vibe magazine. The “Motivation” singer is currently riding high off the release of her latest album, Here I Am, and was very forthcoming in the accompanying interview. Check out some of the highlights:

ON BEING MORE APPRECIATED IN EUROPE VS. HOME

VIBE: The last album didn’t do well in the States. It did better overseas, particularly in Europe. Do you feel more appreciated in Europe?
Kelly Rowland: No, not really. People still compare me to B over there. I said in an interview recently, ‘You know, if you guys would be a little bit more intelligent and ask me about myself we’ll have a much better interview.’ You can’t want a story from me and keep asking me about the past.

ON HER COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP WITH MATTHEW KNOWLES

When you walked away from that last meeting with Mathew, did you feel an “exhale” moment?
I did, but I also felt like, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?!’ I stayed in the house for two days. I was sad. It was like a funeral. I had to deaden that situation in order to start fresh. That’s a very long time to have the same manager and the same label.
What about your personal relationship with Mathew Knowles. Do you still talk to him?
Mathew sent me flowers for my birthday!
But do you talk to him?
It’s… I respect him above anything.

ON HER SEDUCTIVE SIDE & VISITING SEX SHOPS

Speaking of this road we’re going on… Let’s talk about the song “Motivation.” I have to admit, the song went completely over my head. I thought you were talking about working out.
[Laughs] No, honey.
When you heard the song, did you think, This may be too racy for my image?
Not at all. Every woman knows what that feels like — hopefully. But everyone doesn’t expect Kelly to sing about it. This is true. But I just loved the song so much. And yes, I can relate to it. I came into my sexuality while I was recording this album. I can walk into a sex shop now and not worry about what people would say if they saw me in there.
You really do that? Go to sex shops?
Yeah! With friends on the low. I go at the right time. Nighttime. 1 a.m. The really good ones are open that late.

Be sure to pick up Here I Am, which hit stores yesterday (July 26).

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