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WEEN Online recently sat down with the founder of WEEN, Valeisha Butterfield‘s glam squad to find out how they achieved her fabulous red carpet look for the BET Hip-Hop Awards, which took place October 18th. Check out the interview below with her stylist and make-up artist’s:

Crystal Hines, Stylist

1. What was the inspiration for the look?
We were going for a look that was simple yet sexy.

2. Who was it by?

3. Any little tidbit you would want to add?
CONTACT INFO you want ppl to use to contact you: ammoinfo@gmail.com

Adora & Yannize Joshua, Make-up Artist’s

4. What was the inspiration for the look
Modern day siren. Bright lips that weren’t the standard red, and eyes that popped!

5. What brands were used
-Carol’s Daughter body scrub
-MLAB anti aging line, cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, and treatment cream
-Ken Paves color drops for vibrant color
-MAC studio fix concealer
-MAC full coverage foundation
-MAC mineralize bronzer in ‘Deep Dark’
-Perscriptives ‘Fall Eye’ dimensions color palette
-Mally eyebrow pencil in ‘Sable’
-MAC loose bronzer in ‘Golden Bronze-Body’
-Ardell fashion lashes in ‘105’
-Heatherette for MAC lipstick in ‘Hollywood Nights’

6. How can one recreate this look?
-Prep skin with a scrub to make sure you are super soft.
-Use a body cream that wont stain your clothes but will keep moisture locked in.
-When doing a dramatic lip, keep eyes simple but pile on lashes for impact!
-Always use a loose bronzer for body, and use a baked bronzer to achieve that 70’s sun kissed goddess look.


Essence Magazine recently spoke to Gabrielle Union about her trip abroad to Ghana as part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s mission delegation trip. Union’s trip was designed to help reduce the rate of breast cancer among women in the country. Gabrielle also had the great opportunity to join Ghana’s President John Kufuor for a dedication ceremony at the new breast cancer diagnostic and treatment facility in Kumasi; HopeXchange Medical Center

ESSENCE.COM: What was this experience, traveling to Ghana as part of the Komen for the Cure delegation, like for you?

GABRIELLE UNION: Traveling to Africa as an African-American, or just as an American, on the more “privileged” side of things is always an eye-opening, life-changing experience. It always puts everything in perspective for me

ESSENCE.COM: Did you encounter any breast cancer survivors in Ghana? What was that encounter like?

GABRIELLE UNION: I met at least 50-60 survivors, which was important because in Ghana, there are so many myths and rumors floating around saying that if you get breast cancer, your life is basically over. So it is important for women to see these survivors. Also, there are a lot of consequences for women in Ghana who are diagnosed with breast cancer. For instance, these women may have their husband leave them, their daughters may not be able to get married off, and they consider it a curse on the family. It’s thought of as something you did wrong, so we always included survivors to show that if you do have breast cancer, you can beat it and you can live.

Check out Essence.com to read more about Gabrielle’s trip.

Keyshia Cole has a new album that will  hit stores soon called  A Different Me.. The album is scheduled for December 16, 2008 release. The lead single “Playa Cardz Right” features the late rapper 2Pac. This album, which Cole recenlty said in a TV One Interview, in many ways will follow the path of one of her influences — Mary J. Blige. “If I could walk in her footsteps just a quarter of the mile that she has already walked, it would be a blessing fulfilled.”  Cole has also started filming her third season of the BET reality series, The Way It Is, which will premiere in November of 2008.

Keyshia Cole has also been showing her support for the Respect My Vote! Get Out The Vote Bus Tour Campaign.

Ms. Cole was also named “Soul Survivor of the Year”!  by US weekly magazine.

I myslef have to say that Keyshia has been looking great lately. The new hair color has, for some reason given her a more mature look. Everytime I see her out I am in amazement.

Beyonce, who is prepping for her new album, is heavy on the promo trail. Check out her new pictures for her Sasha Fierce side:

Nice. Check out the video of her in the studio, where she talks about her music, her new album, her being very happy and, yes, married!

Can’t wait for the new album to drop!


Terrence Howard is Shining Through

Howard opens up about his new album and creative process


While in town last weekend for Howard Homecoming, the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Recording Academy co-sponsored an Up Close and Personal with actor/musician Terrence Howard. Howard’s new album, Shine Through It is in stores now and shows a different side of him than the acting phenomenon we are already acquainted with. Make no mistake about it, there is no song titled, “Whoop That Trick” and it’s most certainly not a hip-hop album. His first record comes as a mix of soft pop-rock and jazzy tunes that speaks about love, relationships and self reflection. His songs are inspired by his own life and are delivered with a jazzy, soulful vibe by young session musicians who include co-producer and bassist Miles Mosley.


Howard discusses that the album encompasses all new songs that he wrote or co-wrote, only three of which he had before, [“Mr. Johnson’s Lawn,” “She was mine” and “Number 1 Fan”] “I just sat there and just let it happen. Sometimes you get in creative frenzy, it’s a cycle and you don’t know when it comes at that particular moment I was there. I was living in the moment, living inside that studio. We recorded like 16 songs. Some of them were good songs, but I wanted the great ones. So it could be like a greatest hits album”


Whether the pizzicato strings on the title track or the flamenco beat, Terrence’s goal is to engage and entice the listener to understand his point of view. Although a newcomer, his music is fresh and eclectic, despite his weak vocals. Howard was also able to have complete creative control on the look of the CD cover, “The most powerful word in the human language is “no.” You always have the ability to say no. I always believe in being a part of a team–I will listen to what you have to say, but the purpose of the album was not going to change.”


Howard’s final words of advice? “Passion is your sail, judgment is your rutter. If you don’t have one, you may drift away in the sea because you can’t have one without the other.” *Snaps to that*



Kimberly N. Wilson

It’s certainly a long way from Des Moines, Iowa for Atlanta resident Shondrae Crawford, better known as producer Bangladesh or sometimes Mr. Bangladesh if the track’s super nasty, and that’s a good thing. Although he’s been in the music rat race for more than a minute, this year he really distanced himself from the pack. The reason: Lil Wayne’s mega hit “A Milli”.

Thanks to “A Milli”, Bangladesh received individual BET Hip-Hop Award nominations for Producer of the Year and Track of the Year while Lil Wayne, who received twelve nominations in all, also received a nomination for the Alltel’s People’s Champ award, specifically for “A Milli”.

Bangladesh, who attended Tri-Cities High School, alma mater to OutKast’s Andre 3000,  is no stranger to monster hits; he and a certain rapper you may know named Ludacris picked up the Dirty South baton way back in 2000 with “What’s Your Fantasy?”, Ludacris’s career-altering smash. But Bangladesh, who also produced Kelis’ mega-chart topper “Bossy”, knew it was only a matter of time before his name became as big as the artists on some of his tracks.

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