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William Shakespeare was absolutely right when he wrote “the course of true love never did run smooth.” This is apparently the case for former Destiny’s Child member, Michelle Williams, as she and her fiance, Chad Johnson, have called off their engagement.

This all comes as a surprise since the couple only announced their pending nuptials earlier in the year and their reality show, Chad Loves Michelle, is still currently airing new episodes centered on their pre-marriage counseling.

via Essence 

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Singer Michelle Williams and her fiancé, sports pastor Chad Johnson, have called off their engagement.

The Destiny’s Child star broke the news on her Instagram story on Friday morning right after releasing her new single, “Fearless.” Despite the somber news, Williams, 38, who is still in recovery for depression, is staying strong and putting her healing first.

The couple began dating in the summer of 2017, but their road to happily ever after had quite a few bumps and road blocks along the way. After meeting Johnson, 40, at a spiritual retreat and falling in love, in early 2018 Williams fell into a deep depression. They announced their engagement in April, but in in July news broke that Williams had voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility to receive professional treatment.

“What kept drawing me and drawing me at first was I felt like I could be myself,” the 37-year-old told the magazine. “My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra: just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself.”

Williams later revealed that she called off their engagement more than once during that time because she said she didn’t feel worthy of his love.

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We really hate to see Michelle and Chad part ways. Somehow, we also hope, they will find their way back to one another. Chad has yet to release an official statement. This is all so surreal, our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning just interviewed them! We wish them both the best of luck.

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[VIDEO] “It Started With A Kiss!” Robyn Crawford Sits Down w/ NBC for Interview, Elaborates On Her Relationship w/ Whitney Houston

Rumors surrounding the nature of Whitney Houston’s “friendship” with Robyn Crawford have been circulating for decades. However, Robyn has never come forward to explicitly or outright state she and the late singer were romantically involved until now. Yep, Robyn is sitting down with NBC to elaborate on her relationship with Whitney, stating “We were lovers.”

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Rumors surrounding the nature of Whitney Houston’s “friendship” with Robyn Crawford have been circulating for decades. However, Robyn has never come forward to explicitly or outright state she and the late singer were romantically involved until now. Yep, Robyn is sitting down with NBC to elaborate on her relationship with Whitney, stating “We were lovers.”

via TMZ

Robyn — who made the revelation in her new book, “A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston” — says she met a then 16-year-old Houston in 1980 at a summer camp, and that their friendship quickly turned physical and romantic.

Robyn told NBC News in a new interview … it started with a kiss, and then eventually went on to sleeping together. Robyn says it wasn’t planned — it’s just something that happened.

Over the next 2 years … Robyn explains Whitney told her they had to stop seeing each other, as she felt it would sink her music career. On top of that, Robyn says there was family pressure.

Here’s what’s crazy … Robyn says Whitney wanted to keep things on the down-low, yet people we’ve spoken with who were close to the singer say she often flaunted her relationship with Robyn in public. One source says he saw them at the Crillon Hotel in Paris, and they were full-on making out in the lobby, with numerous people watching.

We are very interested in hearing what Robyn has to say about her relationship with Whitney. This is information we are sure everyone will want to know. Some people may feel like it is tarnishing Whitney’s reputation, but perhaps it will give us greater insight into who she was and explain her fall from grace. After all having to keep your sexuality a secret can have devastating consequences on one’s psyche, forcing you to self-medicate and abuse substances. Rest in peace Whitney.

 

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Matthew McConaughey Cast as “Two-Face” in Matt Reeves “The Batman” & Finally Joins Instagram!

Matthew McConaughey may be having one of the best days ever! News is buzzing that the veteran actor has been cast as “Harvey Dent/Two Face” in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman” film. The movie focuses on Batman’s early years of crimefighting, showcasing how he became The World’s Greatest Detective. Harvey Dent/Two Face as you may already know is one Batman’s most famous villains, suffering from split personality disorder. Half of his face is normal, representing Harvey, his professional, normal side, and the other is hideously scarred representing his dark, twisted criminal side who makes lethal decisions off coin tosses.

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Matthew McConaughey may be having one of the best days ever! News is buzzing that the veteran actor has been cast as “Harvey Dent/Two Face” in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman” film. The movie focuses on Batman’s early years of crimefighting, showcasing how he became The World’s Greatest Detective. Harvey Dent/Two Face as you may already know is one Batman’s most famous villains, suffering from split personality disorder. Half of his face is normal, representing Harvey, his professional, normal side, and the other is hideously scarred representing his dark, twisted criminal side who makes lethal decisions off coin tosses.

Still, Matthew is in good company with this seemingly star studded film, joining Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selena Kyle/Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Jim Gordon. We are super happy Matthew is on board, and we hope he brings some serious depth to this character. After all, unlike most of Batman’s rogues gallery he began as a close friend and trusted ally of Bruce Wayne’s. Perhaps we will finally get to see the man behind the monster he ultimately becomes.

Matthew also randomly joined Instagram, something unexpected as he has been off the grid when it comes to embracing social media. He joins stars like Jennifer Anniston, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and other high profile celebrities who are finally joining Instagram. You can find his Instagram account @officiallymcconaughey!

What do you guys think of the double Matthew McConaughey news? Sound off in the comments section below!

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[REVIEW/INTERVIEW] Meet Kasi Lemmons (@kasi_lemmons)! The Genius & Director of “Harriet!”

Harriet Tubman is one of the most iconic women in history, and definitely was a living Statue of Liberty in her time freeing dozens of slaves. Flash forward to present day and you cannot speak on annals of American History, especially Black History, without her name coming to forefront. Thus, it is no surprise an epic biopic, Harriet, is soon to be in theaters everywhere all thanks to the hard work and vision of one woman and director, Kasi Lemmons!

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Harriet Tubman is one of the most iconic women in history, and definitely was a living Statue of Liberty in her time freeing dozens of slaves. Flash forward to present day and you cannot speak on annals of American History, especially Black History, without her name coming to forefront. Thus, it is no surprise an epic biopic, Harriet, is soon to be in theaters everywhere all thanks to the hard work and vision of one woman and director, Kasi Lemmons!

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Harriet is Kasi’s latest project and may very well be her greatest one to date. The film is beautifully filmed as it retells Harriet’s story firsthand with the acting skills of Cynthia Erivo. Harriet is born enslaved on a plantation in Maryland in 1822, where she alongside her mother, brothers, and only sister plead for their freedom from their master due to a clause left his father’s will. Their master refuses and is “cursed” by Harriet, coincidentally dying in his sleep that night. Her new, younger master blames her for his father’s death and inheriting the debt he left behind. He coldly decides to sell Harriet and her brothers to traders headed to the Deep South, a place where freedom or escaping is virtually impossible. Harriet, determined to be free, and have her own future children born free flees! Using nature and navigating her way to Philadelphia via The North Star she makes a new life for herself. However, Harriet is even more determined to liberate her family prompting a daring rescue attempt that transforms her from a simple runaway slave fueled by superstition to the legend we know and idolize. “Harriet was just that amazing of a woman, of a person! Here is this small-framed woman barely above five feet tall going to war with slave traders and owners to liberate others. She was remarkable and a true American legend.”

Kasi opted to direct Harriet but admitted the was intimidated by the project initially. “When you’re telling the story of the life of someone like her [Harriet] you really want to get it right and give the story your all–the justice it deserved. There’s a lot of research involved, narratives, understanding her spirituality, and knowing you need to accurately show people the real might and power of this person.” Part of accurately portraying Tubman was definitely in the casting as Cynthia Erivo was controversially cast in the titular role. “To me it just made sense. She has her [Harriet’s] build and Cynthia is just a powerful actress.  She’s also very athletic, as you can see in ‘Widows.’ This particular role required a lot of running, jumping, climbing, and even wading through rivers in some pretty restrictive clothing due to the time period the film is set in…If you’ve seen her in ‘The Color Purple,’ you know she can give you an array of emotions and really move an audience. So casting her was pretty simple to me…”

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Cynthia did an exceptional job resurrecting Harriet Tubman, just as the film did an even more amazing job of showing the skills and techniques–both learned and divine–to stay safe and alive while liberating others. The scenes where Harriet has her “dizzy spells” (periods of hypersomnia when she would lose consciousness, a side effect of having suffered a traumatic injury when an angry slave owner threw and accidentally hit her with a heavy metal weight intended for another slave), are shown as times when she was directly communicating with God through dreams, many of which seemed to be precognitive and clairvoyant. In grade school many children are just taught she would periodically pass out. “There’s a ton of scholarly work explaining what happened with her during these spells. She was a very spiritually inclined woman and whatever was going on during those times worked in her favor as it gave her an almost sixth sense with the information she acquired from them.” Besides her spells, Harriet knew to use the rivers, stars, forests, and a shotgun as weapons in her crusade. “Nature was very much on her side and she grew to know the areas like the back of her hand, and became a great shooter. She could literally do it all. I want to say she’s our first superhero.”

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Kasi Lemmons, Director of “Harriet” 2019.
CREDIT: CAITLIN CRONENBERG FOR VARIETY

Harriet will be the film to see of 2019 and is already crawling with Oscar buzz. We compel all of you to see the narrative of a true American hero and freedom fighter. Trust us, Storm of X-Men has got nothing on her! You can catch Harriet in theaters everywhere this Friday!

Special thanks to Kontrol Magazine!

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