Questlove is the drummer for the Grammy-Award Winning band, The Roots. The well-loved drummer sat down with Matt Lauer of ‘Today’ for a trip down memory lane. He opened up about what it was like to grow up in a musical household, competing against BoyzIIMen as students at the Philadelphia School Of Performing Arts, having to be home from school before ‘Oprah’ came on, how he came up with his moniker, and so much more!

There are two versions of this interview.

Press play here for the short version of Questlove’s interview


To watch the full 30-minute interview, press play here

Steve Harvey will have Miss Colombia ( Ariadna Gutierrez) and Miss Universe (Pia Wurtzbach) on his daytime talk show to clear the air and apologize for mistakingly crowning the wrong woman (Miss Colombia) during the Miss Universe pageant. It will be the first time Steve meet with the women since that humiliating night.

As a special two-day event, titled “Miss Universe: The Truth.” Steve and the women will finally sit down and discuss how they’ve all felt that night, how it has affected them, and how they are all moving on.

The special will air Monday, January 18th & Tuesday, January 19th during the show’s normal daytime slot. Please check your local listings.

 

Here are a few clips from the forthcoming special. In one clip he’s overcome with emotion as he talks about how his wife, Marjorie, supported him through his ordeal.

Brandy was a recent guest host on The Real Daytime talk show and opened up about why she prefers to stay single during a chat on the topic of marriage. After a faux marriage to her daughter’s father that went south and a failed engagement, the 36-year-old mother and star of her new B.E.T show Zoe Ever After, says…she’s good!

 

Brandy: I don’t [want marriage]. I don’t want to go down that road.

Jeannie: You know you don’t want to [get married]?

Brandy: I know I don’t want to. Yes.

Loni: People don’t want to believe it. They’re like, “No, you want love.” And I’m like, “I didn’t say I don’t want love. I didn’t say I didn’t want companionship. I just said I don’t want to get married.”

Brandy: Yeah, I’m good. I like self-love a little bit better right now.

“I’m so satisfied being by myself. I love it. I’ve never taken this much time on myself. I don’t date. I haven’t been on a date in like a year. I don’t know. I just like me right now. I just like the way it feels being by myself and taking care of my daughter and just doing my thing. I’m all about my career right now.”

Watch the video below

 

 

I think it’s a great when you’re aware of yourself and live your truth. Brandy is a prime example of how NOT to live by society’s standards and be happy with life, as is. She appears to be at peace with her decision to not ever marry and she definitely shouldn’t feel bad about it.

 

My thoughts:

I’ve always said that the societal pressures to be married can be brutal for those of us women who were conditioned to believe we have to be married by a certain age. In my humble opinion, that contributes to a lot of failed relationships. Marriage is a big step and although the idea of marriage is wonderful, we have to remember that staying in a marriage is hard work. Married couples that I know can tell you that it’s not all peaches and cream.

Another thing to consider is to marry when YOU BOTH are ready. Not because everyone says you should or feel it’s the right thing to do.

Like Brandy, a lot of women doesn’t want to get married at all…and that’s okay!

Why? because like men…we have the right to that option. There’s nothing on this earth that mandates a marital requirement for women, but somehow, women who choose not to get married are looked at as if there should be.

Women learn to love themselves better when they’re single.Perhaps, a woman is taking the time to get to know herself, learn herself, and love herself before jumping the broom. Perhaps, a woman doesn’t want to be obligated to a man and is totally fine with being single. Either way, a woman who doesn’t want to get married is a smart woman who chooses to live at peace by her own choice…and not the choice of those around her.

Besides…it’s better to be alone and single than to be alone in a marriage. think about it!

 

I have to give props to actor/singer Mack Wilds for expressing his love for dark-skinned women.

In a world where our fair-skinned beauties are celebrated more often and in some cases more accepted, it’s so kool for a brotha to acknowledge the fact that beauty comes in many shades.

Even in 2015, as a dark-skinned woman, I feel like I’m living a real life “wannabe-jiggaboo” moment from Spike Lee’s School Daze! You know the scene where the light-skinned sistahs were dance fighting the dark-skinned sistahs. Only difference is in THIS life, there’s no dancing.

 

Even worse…a lot of our brothas and sistahs are programmed to believe that fair skin is only accepted as attractive, as opposed to dark skin. I’m amazed at the ignorance and lack of self-love from my people, and the prejudice within the black communities and entertainment industries.

Tristan “Mack” Wilds made a recent appearance on The Wendy Williams Show to promote his new show The Breaks and let me tell you…what he said almost made me shed a thug tear.

He definitely made me smile!

Wendy: “The rumor on the street was that you were dating somebody named Sevyn Streeter. Were you in love with her?”

Tristan: “She’s dope. I’ll say that.”

Wendy: “So you guys weren’t romantically involved?”

Tristan: “We’re just really, really good friends.”

Wendy: “She’s really pretty to just be a really good friend.”

Tristan: “Yeah, she is very pretty. “I love dark-skinned girls. So you know, she’s definitely one of them.”

Wendy: “Who’s talking about complexion? You see this is where my people go in a conversation. Really?”

Tristan: “It’s just, I don’t know…my mom is brown-skinned so I just have a thing about all the different colors that women come in.”

Wendy: “You don’t have to explain it, you’re adorable.”

 

Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought Wendy got a little offended.

See for yourself and watch the full interview below!

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