Alicia Keys: Marie Claire UK Photoshoot

Alicia Keys Marie Claire01Hot mama Alicia Keys graces the cover of Marie Claire UK’s July 2013 issue. The singer dishes on her new album Girl on Fire, her world tour, motherhood and becoming a director and producer. She also reveals how her husband Swizz Beatz has helped her become more chill in the last few years.

On penning a song for her husband on her latest album: “That’s When I Knew is definitely an ode to my husband… Honestly I didn’t really like him that much. I thought he was too ostentatious.”

On they’ve learned from each other: “I think we’ve taught each other a lot. He’s taught me to live more fully and I think I’ve taught him to live more deeply.”

On not liking Swizz when they first met: “Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewellery, the loudest jacket; everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, “He is so annoying”.”

On learning to stand up for herself: “You have to speak up. To say, ‘I don’t like that, it’s not cool, don’t do that to me’, but it’s not easy, especially with people you love. I think getting older has made me evolve in a lot of ways and made me more relaxed about saying how I feel, no matter what.”

On finding balance between work and home: “I realise you have to have a balance – you can live life and have more experiences as well as working.”

On getting into directing: “I fell in love with directing. Because first of all I didn’t have to get up early for make-up and, second, I’m a very diplomatic individual.”

Photo credit: Marie Claire U


Married Nollywood actor Solomon Akinyesi plans secret wedding with mistress… wife storms venue

The wedding scheduled to take place last Saturday, April 13 at the Overcomer’s Church, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos between Nollywood actor Solomon Akiyesi and one Miss Uloma Agwu now bares many names, shame, sham, disaster, tragic if you want to go too far and that’s because Solomon unknown to many is a married man and when his eight months old pregnant wife Lilian Akinyesi based in Port Harcourt got wind of the wedding taking place in Lagos, she stormed the venue and all hell was let loose.

This sounds like the synopsis of a movie but it is no; it happened in real life. According to reports, Nollywood actor, Solomon and Lilian Akiyesi have been married seven years ago and are based in Port Harcourt . After years of childlessness, Lilian finally got pregnant last year…but unknown to her, her husband was already having an affair with a Lagos based lady Uloma Agwu.


Uloma got pregnant for Solomon and the two started planning this botched wedding. Fortunately for Lilian, she got wind of the wedding plans a few days to the D day.

Lilian along with family members and friends got to the church in time just before Solomon and Uloma were pronounced man and wife; she wrestled her way through security at the church entrance, invaded the church and went after her shocked husband. It was a war that ended only after police officers were contacted they too stormed the church to bring sanity to a situation fast spinning out of control.

Fit For The gods: Wedding Bells Toll For 2face…

2face and annie macaulay


March 23, and the stage is set. Sinah ballroom is the venue, located in the popular luxurious Jumeirah Beach Hotel. 2face and Annie Macauley will take to the aisle to voice their vows, and make promises of an eternal tomorrow. Announcements have been made, and invitations struck up to a select crowd. 250 guests will grace the occasion, and this is how events would unfold.

Oaken Events are the planners, and if reputation translates as reality, then a masterpiece is what we expect. Music for the day is given to dancehall as the professors of Nigerian gbedu flavor, Timaya, Sound Sultan and the 911 Band are high on alomo…sorry I meant to say alert, to deliver.

Guests will arrive, and they’ll be lodged in the following uber-Hotels: Fraizer Suites, D’Atlantis Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and the legendary Burj Al Arah.

The apparels of the day will be made ready, and donned by the respective guests. The Groomsmen get the best suites from the finesse of Mai Atafo. The bridesmaids, never relenting, would be resplendent in attires from the celebrated skill of Yvonne Nwosu. The bride, paragon of the day, will stun the crowds, crowned and clad in gown worth 7,000 pounds.

An impressive posse of groomsmen would grace the event, as lined up are D’Banj, Faze, Sound Sultan, Tony Tetuila, Dotun Omoteye and Hycinth Idibia to lend their shoulders.

After the knotting of nuptial ties, speedboats will be on hand to ferry the guests to Royal Island Beach where the reception will begin.

Now for the afterparty (very important), which will go down at the Nigerian-owned Kiza Nite Club. The party will rage until the morning. Now for the rest in poetry…


Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong…we hear it from the future. Hounding our every moment, lingering on the cusp of our thoughts, and serenading the works of our unconscious moments…

Together they’ll walk, hand in hand, hearts entwined, spirits enlivened, by love and all that renews the air. Pristine vows lie in wait, to bind forever, all who confess. For to give words to vows, is to lend tomorrow a new today.

2face stands tall in love, Annie walks pure in grace, and together they seek to embark to eternity.

In fabled dubai, the bells will toll, Groomsmen sleek in honour would stand by his side… All who witness shall leave spellbound, struck by love, spectre and charm…

2face and Annie…together forever, the legend will linger.

We Can’t Wait!



Flesh-N-Bone I Want to Expand My WEED Business


Flesh-N-Bone is hoping to smoke the competition in the weed biz … ’cause the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper claims he’s created his own unique strain of cannabis and he’s now trying to get it in pot shops across the country.

Flesh — who happens to be an avid ganja enthusiast — has named his new creation “Phifty Caliber Kush” … and says the strain was created to help with pain relief.

A rep for the rapper tells TMZ … Flesh has already signed a deal to sell PCK at a dispensary in Flint, MI … and hopes to expand to California, Colorado and Washington in the near future.

Flesh isn’t just selling the bud — he’s also selling the seeds … hoping people in the stoney crowd can pull themselves away from The Cartoon Network long enough to grow their own stuff.

Gotta get that money man …




Prosecutors will ask the judge in her criminal trial to throw the book at Lindsay Lohan and give her 240 days in jail if she’s convicted of lying to cops in her June car accident case … TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the case tell TMZ … the L.A. City Attorney will be in court, lying in wait in the event Lindsay is convicted.  We’re told if the jury finds her guilty, L.A. prosecutors will ask the judge to jail her … because she would have squarely violated her probation in the jewelry heist case by breaking the law.

We’re told L.A. prosecutors will ask for the maximum — 240 days in jail.  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … if the judge sentences Lindsay to the max, based on the current formula and the fact that she’s a repeat probation violator, Lindsay would actually serve between 60 and 90 days.

We’re told the Santa Monica City Attorney — which is prosecuting the main lying-to-cops case — will not ask for additional jail time if Lindsay gets nailed with the max.

But here’s the problem.  If Lindsay is convicted, she’d be placed on probation for ANOTHER 2 years, meaning if she violates any law, she could be hauled into court again, and possibly serve more jail time.

Tongue In Cheek: Darey Denies Kim Kardashian $500,000 Payment Fee



Even Thou, O Darey…

Singer Darey Art Alade finally has released an official response to rumours of his massive payment of $500,000 to Kim Kardashian for her appearance at his Valentine Day’s ‘Love like a movie’ concert.

Speaking on Showtime, when asked about the rumours, the former Cool FM presenter just took the answer in his stride, “It was all rumour, but I enjoyed while it lasted.”

Always one for the debonair, Darey also declined to announce the actual fee paid to Kardashian for her 45-minute cameo at the concert. After the event, subsequent rumours of her alleged payment fee went viral, which sparked a storm of vitriol, criticism and opinionated views.