R&B fans, it’s the Verzuz you’ve been waiting for! Tiny Harris, Kandi Burruss and the girls from Xscape just went head-to-head with the iconic SWV — and Halle Berry was here for it!
Xscape and SWV dominated pop and R&B airwaves back in the ’90s — and now they’re back to take on Instagram. The two legendary groups went head-to-head in Timbaland‘s latest “Verzuz” battle on Saturday, May 8. Halle Berry was one of many A-Listers who joined in on the event, excitedly tweeting along as the event happened live. “Love all of the ladies, thank you for making my weekend beautiful,” the Oscar winner declared in a comment as a SWV belted out their tune “Weak.” One fan replied, “@halleberry quoting an obscure but known Xscape track was not on our menu tonight.”
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At one point, Kandi Burruss went viral after delivering a spine chilling whistle note during the Xscape song “Understanding.” As the music stopped, the quartet continued the chorus a cappella as the crowd sang along in the comments. For SWV’s part, the trio absolutely slayed their tune “Right Here” — which many fans declared the winning moment!
Xscape — which is made up of members Kandi, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott — brought out hit after hit during the event. The ladies were sure to include their ultra sexy 1998 hit “My Little Secret,” which was produced by Jermaine Dupri, along with a cover of “Who Can I Run To?” and many more in the Urban Decay sponsored stream.
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“What’s up everybody, it’s your girl Tiny!” the newly minted grandmother began. “And it’s your girl Kandi!” the Real Housewives of Atlanta < cast member replied, as LaTocha and Tamika joined in to say, “And we’re Xscape!” Tiny then quipped, “I don’t know what ya’ll gonna do because we haven’t started rehearsing or nothing — and SWV is going to kill ya’ll.” Pro Kandi didn’t seem to mind the competition bit, noting that they are “friendly” with SWV. “I am excited about the Verzuz — I think that it’s really cool because we get along with SWV, we have a sisterhood but it’s you know, a friendly competition,” she replied.
SWV — made up of Coko Clemons, Tamara Johnson-George, and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons — also killed it with some massive hits of their own! Their 1992 debut album spawned the sing along tunes “I’m So Into You” and “Right Here,” while 1996’s New Beginning includes “You’re The One.” It was such a blast seeing these three ladies come together for the night, and they looked like they were having just as much fun as the viewers at home.
“We are three young ladies from New York City — we are super dope,” Coko said in a promo video, as the women talked about their kids ahead of Mother’s Day. “It’s exciting just knowing all the ladies that are participating — we are all mothers. We have something to live for — we all have children — and we all grew up in this industry together,” Lelee added.
Elon Musk Spotted At Airport In 1st Photos Since Being ‘Semi-Separated’ From Grimes
Elon Musk was spotted sipping a drink after landing at a private Los Angeles airport and leaving a building on the night of Sept. 24.
Elon Musk, 50, was photographed for the first time since his split from Grimes, 33, on the night of Sept. 24. The Tesla CEO left a building after landing at a private airport in Los Angeles, CA and appeared to be taking a sip of a drink at one point. He was wearing a black jacket over a black top and black pants and looked calm and relaxed as he walked by cameras. Check out the pics HERE.
Elon’s latest sighting happened just hours after he confirmed that he and Grimes, who share one-year-old son X Æ A-XII, separated after dating for three years. “We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” he told Page Six, adding that working on Space X in Texas keeps him traveling while she is staying “primarily in LA.”
“She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room,” he shared.
Before their separation, Elon and Grimes made headlines for attending the 2021 Met Gala earlier this month. Although she walked the red carpet alone, he joined her later on inside the event. They were also seen again while leaving New York City together with their dog and Grimes’ pink locks got some attention.
When Elon isn’t making headlines for his personal life, he’s doing so with his company Space X. The company just successfully launched a historic all-civilian flight on Sept. 15 and it marked the first time people had traveled to space without an astronaut on board. It got the attention and praise of many impressive people, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who publicly congratulated Elon for the big achievement.
“Congratulations to @ElonMusk and the @SpaceX team on their successful Inspiration4 launch last night. Another step towards a future where space is accessible to all of us,” he wrote in a tweet shortly after the launch.
Dua Lipa Wears Miniskirt & Sweater With Nothing Underneath For Dinner With Gigi Hadid After Runway Debut
Dua Lipa channeled the ’00s with this Versace logo skirt and bright cardigan as she headed to dinner with BF Anwar’s sister Gigi.
Dua Lipa, 26, having a serious fashion moment. Fresh off her catwalk debut, the British born singer once again donned Versace as as she headed to dinner at Ristorante La Briciola with boyfriend Anwar Hadid‘s sister Gigi, also 26, in Milan on Friday, Sept. 24. Dua left little to the imagination in the early aughts inspired look, which included a bright green cardigan sweater with nothing underneath, as well as a logo Versace skirt that served up some serious ’70s vibes with its groovy pink, green and yellow pattern.
She added a satin pink mary jane shoe with a platform, as well as a matching pink leather bag. The outfit also perfectly matched her bright neon eye shadow, which she also rocked while sashaying down the catwalk for the first time ever. Finally, she switched up her hair and throw it back into a center parted bun, adding a chunky chain necklace as a finishing touch to the outfit.
Gigi also looked gorgeous in a burgundy outfit. The asymmetrical skirt, which featured a slit, and knotted crop top were made out of the same heavy cotton material. She accessorized with a black and silver chain belt, and a matching pair of chunky Prada loafers. The California native also opted to keep her hair back in a center parted bun.
Earlier in the day, Dua unexpectedly opened Versace’s Milan show, marking the first time the pop star has appeared in a fashion show. The “Levitating” singer recently shot a massive ad campaign for the iconic designer — which is helmed by the one and only Donatella Versace — to promote their Fall 2021 collection. In the photos, Dua looked wildly different with bright red hair. Notably, Gigi was also in the Versace show and likely gave the pop star plenty of pointers before her nerve wracking catwalk debut. Dua looked absolutely amazing as she modeled variousd looks from the brand, including a Barbie pink sequin ensemble.
The legendary Donatella recently reflected on her first time meeting Dua, which lead to their working relationship many years later. “I met Dua for the first time a few years ago in London. I knew she was a beautiful girl but when I heard the timbre of her voice. I realized immediately she had something unique and special,” she said in a statement back in June when the initial campaign was released. “Since then I’ve watched her career take off and partnered with her for many amazing moments. Right now, I cannot think of a better woman to embody the spirit of Versace and of this collection,” she added.
John Zabel: 5 Things To Know About Britney Spears’ Potential New Conservator Replacing Dad Jamie
Britney Spears’ lawyer has named John Zabel, a CPA and business owner, as the candidate to temporarily replace Jamie Spears as conservator of the singer’s estate.
Britney Spears, 39, has her sights set on a new candidate to act as the temporary conservator of her estate. The singer and her lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, are fighting to remove Jamie Spears, 69, from his role as conservator of Brit’s estate and replace him with a temporary candidate before dissolving the conservatorship altogether. They had previously named licensed CPA Jason Rubin as their pick for the job, but on Sept. 23, Rosengart withdrew Jason’s nomination and suggested that John Zabel replace Jamie and temporarily control Britney’s finances and estate instead, according to The New York Times.
A decision on Britney’s conservatorship will likely be made at her next court date, which is scheduled for September 29. There, John may very well become the Grammy-winning singer’s temporary conservator of her estate. Here are five key things you need to know about John Zabel.
1. John owns his own company
John has a long list of credentials, starting with his position as the owner of Media Finance Structures, LLC (MFS). According to his LikedIn page, John has owned the company since March 2002. MFS offers “financial or operational management of entertainment projects,” the website states, and it has worked with major studios like Sony, Lionsgate, Parmount, CBS Films, and more. Of John, the company says, “John Zabel brings over three decades of industry experience to MFS, and is committed to delivering unbeatable client service and focused, tangible results.”
2. He’s a licensed CPA
John is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, just like Jason. He pursued accounting during his undergraduate years at CSU Long Beach in the early 1980s, and then later on completed the Exec. Management Program at UCLA in 1990. Considering the conservator of Britney’s estate would handle her finances, someone who is a CPA is ideal for the position.
3. He used to work as an Auditor
John’s first major job in accounting that is listed on his LinkedIn page is as a Senior Auditor for Arthur Young & Co. He held that position from 1981 to 1984. Then, John worked as a Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young from 1981 to 1984.
4. He was the Senior VP of Sony Pictures Entertainment
After he left Ernst & Young, John snagged a job at Sony Pictures Entertainment as the Senior Vice President. Sony Pictures Entertainment is headquartered in Culver City, Ca., and has an estimated revenue of $9.316 billion. It operates under Sony Pictures, which is one of the “Big Five” major film studios in the U.S.
John’s job at Sony was brief: he held the position from May 1984 to March 1995, and then moved on to work as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Mandalay Entertainment from March 1995 to March 2002. After that, he created MFS.
5. He will have big responsibilities if he becomes Britney’s conservator.
John’s biggest task ever may be coming soon, if he is indeed named conservator of Britney’s estate. Jamie has held that job for over 13 years now, but amidst the #FreeBritneyMovement, he’s agreed to step down from his position. Britney’s personal conservator is Jodi Montgomery, who has also been onboard to dissolve Britney’s conservatorship. If John does replace Jamie, he’ll be in control of the singer’s finances and estate. That is all expected to be decided at the highly-anticipated Sept. 29 court date.