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Tiny, Toya, & Monica Talk New Season Of BET Shows+More Awards Flicks

YBF caught up with Tameka "Tiny " Cottle and Antonia "Toya " Carter (her baller boyfriend James Hardy was there too) on the BET Hip Hop Awards red carpet last night.  And both were very excited to talk about getting another co-sign from BET.  Toya revealed: "We are so excited! We got picked up for a second season of "Tiny and Toya." There were rumors a couple of weeks ago that the two had already started filming.  And so it's confirmed.  So all you fans get ready to see more of your fave wifeyish duo. Will you be watching?

We also caught up with songstress Monica about her brand new reality show coming up on the network. She tells us: "I get the chance to show how I've evolved as a woman, mother, and artist. I want every young woman watching to get inspired. I want them to know that they can do whatever they put their mind to." Looks like some positivity is going to come out of this one. The series aired on Atlanta's Peachtree TV several months ago, and will be airing on BET very soon. Congrats to the ladies. A few more flicks from the Awards when you read the rest...

YBF MINI-INTERVIEWS: Estelle & Big Boi

YBF was on the scene for the Heineken Red Star Soul Tour stop in Dallas a few nights ago. Celebs like Estelle and Big Boi were there to kick it and take the stage. And YBF's Dallas Correspondent Stacy chatted with the two for...2 minutes: YBF: You stepped off the music scene and into fashion last week. How did you enjoy Fashion Week? Estelle: Well I am tired. Very exhausted! I've been all over the place. ::sighs:: I got lots of free stuff though. I really enjoyed myself. YBF: Are there any future plans for your own fashion line? Estelle: You know what, I love fashion! Especially accessories. (She has 14kt Gold braces on her bottom row of teeth) I am actually working on my own jewelry line that will debut in the spring of next year so look out for that. YBF: Have you been homesick since leaving London? What exactly do you miss? Estelle: No I don't. Not at all. I mean don't get me wrong, I love & miss my family but I'm not homesick. I love the states. YBF: What are you thoughts on your former collaborator's outburst at the VMA's? Estelle: Kanye! (laughs) Kanye is Kanye, What can you say. I have no comment. But things just get crazy sometimes. That's my boy. YBF: So what can we expect from your third solo album. Any exciting collaborations? Estelle: Yes! Yes! Well I have about 4 more songs on the album to do and it will be done. I worked with John Legend. I've reached out to Mary J.Blige because she is one of my favorites so hopefully you will see a track with her as well. Our chit chat with Big Boi and more pics when you read the rest...

YBF MINI-INTERVIEW: Rachel Roy

YBF is still on the scene at New York fashion week.  And our NYC Correspondent Kisha caught up with fab designer Rachel Roy for a mini-chit chat (it's amazing we even got these 3 questions amidst the chaos) right before her Sunday show to chat about her Spring 2010 line: YBF: This collection has an edge to it. I'm seeing graffiti and funky jewelry with snakes. What was your inspiration for the line? Rachel Roy (RR): I wanted to have fun with this collection. I really believe graffiti is art. I collaborated with artist George "SEN One" Morillo who is a friend of mine. He created a huge canvas piece for me and it's my favorite piece of art in my house. When we started working together I was thinking, how many things can I put graffiti on? I want it on everything! YBF: In creating a moderately priced collection did you feel pressure to create trendy pieces that would appeal to the masses? RR: The only thing I felt pressure to do was create amazing pieces at affordable prices. I did not want to cut corners on quality either. I said, if I can't use superior fabrics, I do not want to do this. YBF: A majority of TheYBF readers are women. Can you tell us how you juggle being a mom and a business woman? RR: It's not easy! You have to make a conscious effort to give 100% every single day. I wake up everyday and take 15 minutes to myself and think about what kind of day I want to have. But believe it or not, I've learned a lot from Oprah. (laughs) It might sound funny but I really listen to her. In her magazine she has a section called What I Know For Sure. I always read it and I learn something every time. We caught a few shots of her Spring '10 line under the jump....

YBF INTERVIEW: Celebrity Stylist Mariel Haenn

With New York fashion week kicking off tomorrow, we wanted to give our fab YBF readers an insider’s view on the hottest fall trends from coast to coast.  Also, dish on the must-have fashions this season from celebrity stylist, Mariel Haenn. And it doesn't hurt that she's a huge YBF fan. As you probably know, Mariel is the stylist credited with transforming Rihanna’s style, but she’s also worked with Keri Hilson, Kerry Washington, Lauren Conrad, Ciara, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay-Z, Common, and so many others.  The L.A. based stylist doesn’t just know about the hottest styles, she also knows simple ways to incorporate new trends into your current wardrobe – so even if you don’t have a celeb budget, you can still have a celeb caliber wardrobe with pieces. In fact, Mariel has teamed up with the MasterCard and Saks Fifth Avenue Fall 2009 Want it! Collection of statement pieces – the Rocker Boot, Vest and Forever Bag, to name a few – to provide readers simple ways to incorporate new trends into their current wardrobe and express their own personal style with versatile fashions.  YBF ATL Correspondent Eileen chit chatted with Mariel about the campaign and having the dream job of being a stylist to the hottest chicks and gents in the game... Click the jump for the interview....

YBF INTERVIEW: Kandi Burruss & Lisa Wu-Hartwell

TheYBF.com very recently chit chatted with the stars of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Lisa Wu-Hartwell and newcomer Kandi Burruss. Lisa's not the typical NFL baller's wife as she runs several businesses and loves the red carpet limelight.  Kandi's no stranger to the public eye as she was a member of 90's girl group Xscape, but an "ATL Housewife" is indeed a new role for her. And the two ladies--who also happen to be big YBF fans--dished on what's coming up in the new season--tears, drama, cheating husbands, and ish talking about their fellow castmates: Do you believe there's a double standard when people are simply entertained by the antics of the "NJ Housewives", but call the "Atlanta Housewives"'s antics "ghetto? Lisa Wu-Hartwell: Absolutely. It's sad but it’s always been that way. For instance, people look up to Hugh Hefner and the Playboy bunnies show. But get a black guy in there doing the same thing and it’s a problem. Does the widely used term to describe the cast "Ghetto fabulous" irritate you? Kandi Burrus: Yes. Ghetto is a frame of mind. And people relate it to color. Our show is entertaining and that’s all. Lisa, this is your second season. But is there anything from Season 1 you would "do over" if you could? LWH: {Laughs} Well, I said I would flip Kim over the couch during the Reunion taping. I probably wouldn’t have said it had I had a week or so to let things settle. There were some things said prior, and the wounds were raw and fresh. But we don’t have the liberty to say “take this off” simply because there are cameras there.

Out of all the other "Housewives" shows in the "Real Housewives" franchise, what's your preferred locale? LWH: I have some friends on "NY" so I actually like watching them. But "NJ" did keep me entertained. They were so genuine. KB: I would say New Jersey. I couldn’t get into "New York". I watched only the first couple episodes of it. Speaking of "NJ", what are your thoughts on Danielle? LWH: Blogs and media probably don’t get it 100% right. But if [the stories about her stripper and coke habit past] are true, hopefully she’s moved on from it and is in a better place. KB: I actually think she’s pretty funny when I was watching her. She’s in her 40’s now so I’m sure she’s changed. So what are we going to see different this time around from you, Lisa, than we did last season: LWH: People will see my sensitive side this season. I cry a lot. People will see me cry, not really being the busy robot like last season. {Laughs} Not sure how I’m going to feel about people seeing me be that vulnerable. Your friend/cast mate Kim's singing career was the butt of jokes last season. Was she serious about that singing?: LWH: {Laughs} O gosh. We didn’t think she was taking it seriously last season and didn’t think she had a good voice at all. But then she hooked up with megaproducer Kandi and it took a different turn. KB: Yeah, when I was watching her last season I was like “Are you serious?” But when I got to meet her I helped her step her game up a little bit. She was really broken down and stuff from people talking so bad about her. Her confidence was shot and she wasn’t sure she wanted to continue. I haven’t convinced Kim to give up smoking. I have said something to her about it though. The rest of the interview when you read the rest...

YBF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Maxwell

Yesterday I had the fabulous opportunity to chit chat with the extremely talented sexiness that is Maxwell.  And before I could even drop my "stan moment" on him telling him how much of a fan I was, he was divulging his love for YBF for the past 4 years...and the readers.  He had me at "I mean, I've had my foolywang moments too."  Yes, ladies, he's just as charming, genuine, and engaging as his voice makes us believe on any of his songs.  After some serious chit chat about nothing music related and everything admiration related, we got down to business.  Check out the interview:

Natasha/YBF: First of all Maxwell, people are wondering what happened at Essence Fest? {laughs} The Superdome was packed waiting for you to headline and it took a LONG time for your set to start. No one knew if you were going to show up. {laughs} Maxwell: Oh no! {laughs} What was I supposed to do—tell the great Anita to get off the stage? {laughs} She taught me how to sing. Gotta let her do what she do, you know? And then on our end, we had technical difficulties and were really trying to get out there as soon as possible. I knew it wasn’t the MAXWELL Fest, it was just things happening out of my control. And it was definitely all good once your set started. So, what made you decide to make another album after you’ve been away so long? I was working on it all through those years. “Pretty Wings” even started in 2002. You always have to wait for life to inspire you. You know, I got involved in a relationship that spurred up some stuff. So I wanted to write about it. When you look at the music world, our energy is coming back and coming together again. Music execs vs. artists is the way it was when I left. People were at odds and things like that. But now we’re back. And I enjoyed my time away. I actually had time to myself. I mean, I applaud the people who do music and movies and books and fashion lines—I’m just not that guy. {laughs} I just stick to what I do best. And I’m so grateful people waited. Women love your songs, especially the YBF women. How is it that you manage to connect with them so easily? Well I got a little doggy dog in me too. {laughs} I throw a bit of it in my show. But as for the music, you don’t want to put anything in music that is dated. So when you’re ready to release it, you still want it to have legs. I try to do things that are timeless. It’s not about trends, or the era, or what’s “in” at the moment. Read the Rest--Maxwell talks about which young artists he has admiration for, his muse, his inspirations...and of course, a peek into his intimate love life.

YBF EXCLUSIVE: Kandi Burruss Dishes On Her Mom's Beef With Her Fiance

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