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Yvonne Orji Totally Ready for Valentine’s Day

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Colgate Total has joined forces with popular actress and comedian, Yvonne Orji, to help consumers get and stay Totally Ready just in time for Valentine’s Day. This new “Totally Ready” campaign informs consumers that with their whole mouth health—healthy gums, teeth, cheeks, and tongue—they are “Totally Ready” for whatever life brings them. The multitalented comedic actress was one of the most talked about breakout stars in 2017.

“I am so excited about this partnership with Colgate Total,” shared Yvonne. “A healthy smile has always been important to me. My healthy smile makes me feel good and, when I feel good, I feel totally ready for whatever comes my way. Last year was a really good year for me. I want to take that and make it bigger and better for 2018. So, not only do I need to be totally ready, I know that I must stay ready.”

With the upcoming taping of the highly anticipated third season of the hit cable show in which she co-stars, writing and executive producing her own sitcom, and her role in an upcoming comedy film set to be released in the fall, Orji knows she must be Totally Ready in 2018.

As part of this new campaign, Orji will be sharing her “Totally Ready” moments on Instagram and will be featured in an upcoming “Totally Ready” video that will be featured on Essence.com, one of the leading online destinations for African American women.

“Colgate is thrilled to partner with this multitalented star as we witness her amazing journey,” said Carla Kelly, General Manager, Multicultural Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive.

Colgate Total toothpaste is clinically proven to help prevent or reverse gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease. It is the only FDA-approved1 and American Dental Association-accepted toothpaste to help prevent gingivitis. With regular, twice daily brushing, gum health can improve in as little as four weeks3 with Colgate Total.

To catch some of Yvonne Orji’s Totally Ready moments, follow @Colgate and @YvonneOrji on Instagram, using #ColgateSmile.

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Insecure Recap: Issa’s Marriage Fantasy, Lawrence’s Emotional Turtleneck Sweater, Molly’s Still Dumb For Dro.

Insecure’s second season has officially come to an end it had our emotions all over the place. Whether it was Lawrence’s emotional turtle neck sweater, Issa’s fantasy marriage proposal or Molly still being dumb for Dro and messing with his married ass it had us screaming at our televisions.

Tonight’s  45 minute finale was broken up into three separate mini-episodes for each of the shows main characters with Issa, Molly and Lawrence’s episode each starting from the same point, the Long Beach marathon.

So what happened on tonight’s fnale? Lets step into it shall we?

Lawrence is hounded by the ghost of his previous relationship with Issa. After last weeks big argument with her, it seems to be weighing him on heavily and even affecting his new thing with his co-worker Aparna.

Lawrence spots Issa while running in the marathon with his co-workers and sees Molly while  at dinner with Aparna. Things between the two seem to be going very well until after a conversation with his two buddies. Lawrence tells them how Aparna still works with her ex  and that he’s uncomfortable with it. Chad immediately warns him about it putting all sorts of crazy ideas in his head telling him that her ex is “just extra d—k around for no reason,” .

During a car ride with Arparna, Lawrence utilizes the poor advice his friends gives him when he notices her being lost in her phone and thinks she’s enjoying the conversation a  bit too much. Aparna is not too happy about Lawrence pressing her and an ill-timed phone call from Issa doesn’t help matters  and tells him to pull the car over and leaves him right on the spot.

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We zap back to the Long Beach marathon and the story picks up with Molly. She breaks down her relationship with her “homie” Quentin to Issa and how she intends on keeping it strictly friendly, because he’s not her type.

After a successful meeting with the “blacks” Molly and her freshly dubbed homie, Quentin decided to celebrate with some Hennessy. After a talk with her therapist, Molly decides to give Quentin a chance and has sex with him to see where things will go from there. Molly is still weighing her career options and during a girls night with Issa and Kelli she is torn between going with the “blacks” or staying with the “whites”.

Well the “whites” will probably aid her in making her decision because after a meeting where they praised Molly and expressed how important she is to them, they gave her a pat on the head in the form of a Rising Star Award instead of well deserved raise.

Now finally we focus on Issa whom in the beginning of the episode is feeling the effects of good ole gentrification in her neighborhood. We zap back to the Long Beach Marathon and we find out that Tiffany is now pregnant and Kelli’s marathon run is cut short by Aunt Flow. We also learn that Issa is moving because the rent is:

On top of moving out, Issa is also having issues at work. Feeling bad that the Latino students were being shortchanged by VP Gaines. Issa reveals to her boss, Joanne that she has been having We Got Y’all sessions with the Latino students and Joanne was not pleased to hear about that. Joanne even called the move some for of segregation.

The move puts Issa in a bad place with Joanne and helps get Frieda  promoted to Director of Student Outreach. With that settled Issa can focus on moving, not wanting to have a roommate and live on her own, Issa decides to hold a yard sale to make some extra cash.

During the yard sale, Issa realizes she just can’t bring herself to part with her and Lawrence’s old sofa. She decided to give him a call letting him know when he can pick up the rest of his things and the sofa if he wanted it. Which leads us to another epic confrontation between Lawrence and Issa.

Issa stops by the apartment for a final walk-through of the apartment, she is surprised to see that Lawrence has stuck around even though she gave him an opportunity to avoid her.

The two have the adult conversation that they really needed to have since the beginning of this season. Lawrence admits to not liking how things ended between them and adds that “I just feel like I’m f—ing everything up right now.” Lawrence even apologizes for shutting down on her when he did not meet the expectations he set for himself.

Issa confesses to Lawrence that she expected him to be better for the both of them when she didn’t even know how to be better for herself. She even tells Lawrence that she wishes that he would believe her when she says that her cheating wasn’t about him. The two admit that they still love each other and give us the moment we have been looking for all season long.

After the embrace, Lawrence heads to the door to leave and Issa follows him, they say their goodbyes and in a surprise move Lawrence gets down on one knee and proposes to Issa and she immediately says yes. We are then treated to the couple married and admiring their union on the old sofa. We get an intense sex scene that leads into a pregnant Issa followed by the couple with an adorable child. It all seemed so real but it only turned out to be one of Issa’s fantasies getting the best of her.

Snap back to reality, Lawrence leaves but their fractured relationship is looking much better. Lawrence even adds Issa back on Facebook. With a whole new perspective on life and homeless for the moment, Issa also buries the hatched with Daniel. She stops by his house to crash and insists that she will sleep on the couch.

Molly on the other hand is this seasons biggest loser in our eyes. Not only did she not get the raise she wanted, she is still clearly dickmatized by Dro as well. We catch up with her trying on lingerie and we originally think it’s a gesture for Quentin. When someone knocks on the door we are disappointed to see that it’s Dro she was getting ready for.

Oh Molly.

Well now it’s time to start predicting what will happen in season 3, but for now checkout the hilarious reactions from tonight’s season finale in the gallery below.

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Insecure As F**k Predictions For Season 2!

Insecure is just days away and if last season was any indication of what to expect in this new season then we are in for a treat. Season 1 ended with Lawrence getting his revenge on Issa and leaving her sobbing realizing her mistake. Men invested with the show celebrated, while women looked on like damn Issa now we gotta deal with this till the shows return.

Also Read: Lawrence Hands Issa A Massive L On The Season Finale of ‘Insecure’ Twitter Explodes!

We are so excited for season 2 we decided to make some small predictions as to what will go down with our three favorite characters. Hit the gallery to see how we think Issa, Lawrence and Molly will fare in season 2 of Insecure.

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GoldLink – “Crew” feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

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GoldLink is back and links with a few of his music cohorts as he presents the new visual for “Crew.” The song and video features Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy. Since making his splash on HBO‘s Insecure soundtrack curated by Solange Knowles, GoldLink has now been shining brighter than ever.

Check out the video above as the music sensation takes it back to the D.C. streets.

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Fly Interview: Kari Faux Is That Beam of Sound That We’ve Been Looking For…

Rapper/Singer repping Little Rock, Arkansas, Kari Faux has been delivering her profound sound with minimal production to the music airwaves setting the tone to be one of the industry’s most spotlighted artist. Appearing on HBO‘s Insecure‘s official soundtrack gravitated Faux’s visibility to higher heights, gaining a even newer fanbase. Recently, Gabriel Williams of Stuff Fly People Like sat with the budding star as she talked about her new music, influences, style, being Lost In Los Angeles and more.

Check out the full interview below.

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Tell me a little about yourself?

I don’t know, that’s such a broad question. I mean I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas. I moved to L.A. a year ago [and] started making the music that is the album. [That’s what brought on the title of the album right?] Yes, Lost In Los Angeles and I feel like it’s more [of an] honest version of myself. I don’t know if you’ve heard Laugh Now Die Later which was the first mixtape. [It] was more fun but I feel like this one is a little bit more honest.

So being from Arkansas which for some of us is like unheard of. We maybe come across 1 out of like 15 people from Arkansas in a place like New York City, so I’ve always been fascinated to know what goes on over there. What do you guys listen to and what was your upbringing like?

As far as how things are over there I mean it’s southern, very southern. [We] listen to [artists like] Bossie and Webbie. That’s what you hear when you go to the club. We’re two hours away from Memphis, and then we’re like 8 hours away from Atlanta, we’re close to New Orleans, we’re close to like all of Texas; [all these areas are} a big influence so it’s just a really country, southern place.

Wow, I’ve never been so what’s why I don’t know anything about it. That’s crazy, I didn’t realize it’s so close to everything, that’s pretty cool.

I mean it’s basically like Nashville without the music scene, without the poppin’ music scene. There’s no music scene, but I mean if we had like more artists coming out; which [now] there are a lot of artists working and utilizing the Internet. We can easily become a Nashville or a Austin because we’re in the center of like everything.

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So your style of music what influenced that? I kind of hear a little bit of the regular more clean rap. You can understand what you’re saying and you understand every lyric, which kind of takes me back to artists like MC Lyte you know to the days of Queen Latifah.

I like, which everybody feels is elementary but I like the early hip hop stuff where you know what they’re saying and like the rhyme scheme is very easy.

And they’re telling you a story.

Yes, like that kind of stuff. I don’t know, it was just easy for me to get into.

So what brought that on, how did you pick that up?

I honestly don’t know. I mean I listen to… I don’t know like who does that? Who even does that style of rap? I was saying earlier [how] Lady Mecca from Digable Planets, I like how easy her flow was and how smooth her voice was just over tracks. Even JJ Fad with Supersonic that shit is fire, like it’s easy, not too complex you just go with the beat.

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With your style which is different and I like it by the way; I think it’s going to go far, what are you looking to add to music? Are you looking to have others follow you into that era when hip hop was simple?

Not necessarily I just want to do what I want to do and if people like it and want to do the same thing then cool, but I don’t understand why people don’t like that style of rap. I mean like going super hard and being super lyrical that’s tight, it’s cool, and you have to have like some real fucking talent to do that; but also I’m just like that’s where rap music started.

So have you been getting a lot of backlash from it, is that what it is?

Not a lot but I mean people do be like “Ah this is elementary” and I’m like so.

Don’t worry about them. There’s always going to be naysayers saying whatever they want to say. It’s different and people can catch on to it and you stand out which is what’s important.

Thank you.

So the L.A. life what did you experience there? Tell us about the good and the bad of being there compared to Arkansas? What did that bring about on your album?

The good is [that] I feel completely free when I’m in L.A. I feel like I can be whatever I want to be compared to [being in] Little Rock like you kind of have to be hard and you have to be tough for people to really truly support you and fuck with you. I mean they fuck with me because they’re like “oh okay she’s from the hometown,” but in L.A. I don’t feel like I have to restrain myself. I can just be free musically and as a person. Then also in L.A. I feel so out of place when I’m there sometimes. I just feel super…

Even up until now?

Well now I appreciate it a lot more, but when I first got there I felt really out of place.

Because it was a complete change.

Yes, and I had never been to L.A. before I moved there so it was like [a] culture shock.

So you just went straight there?

Yes.

Oh, wow!

I was culture shocked like crazy.

So you went there knowing that you wanted to pursue music, that’s what made you make the move?

I was already making music.

Yes, you were making music of course, but you went to L.A. for better opportunities?

Yes.

So what can we expect from the project?

A lot of honesty, vulnerability. It’s a lot of different like there’s no one genre. There [are] jazz influences, funk influences, disco influences, and west coast influences. I think it’s a really fun album. Even the saddest song on there is like “Oh yea this shit rides.”

What’s the meaning of the title of Lost in Los Angeles?

So basically Lost in Los Angeles is trying to find yourself in a new place. When you’re in your hometown you know who you are, everybody knows who you are. You worked to establish yourself, [you’re committed] to being this person. Once you’re taken out of your element where you’re most comfortable and you’re put somewhere else you kind of have to figure out who you are again. You have different elements coming into play and you’re like wait and you ask yourself “Is this who I am?” or  “Is this what I stand for?” or “Do I like myself?” You know all these different things so that’s just kind of where I was, just questioning myself and I got an album out of it.

As far as your next project is there anyone you want to collaborate with? Are there any artist out right now that you think would be dope to work with?

I really want to work with Michael Christmas. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Michael Christmas, he’s a dude from Boston and there’s this other dude from Boston named Cousin Stizz who’s really dope. But I haven’t really thought about it. I do want to do more features [on] my next project.

What about producers?

I don’t know. I’m very like me and him have good chemistry, we have a good thing. I do want to work with other producers but I’m not like…

You won’t get mad if she works with other producers, right?

Naw, he actually encourages me to work with other people,but I’m just so…

You’re used to a certain sound, correct?

Yes, exactly.

I get it, I totally get it. So explain your style. I see you change up your hair every now and then.

I change up my hair like every week.

I saw pictures of you with braids in the short bob, and then I see your hair now, and I think I saw another picture of you with your hair out.

I’ve been wearing my hair like this. I’m trying to keep my hair like this for a while because I’m actually trying to grow a afro a big afro. My hair is natural under this so, but I have commitment issues when it comes to styles, cities, people. That’s just how it is sometimes.

So how is your style would you describe it as retro?

It’s whatever I’m feeling that day or that week or that month it just switches up, it changes [but] I’m trying to be better about having a consistent style.

So as far as what you’re doing now with the music and everything that’s going on, are you in a good place right now where you think you can kind of soar musically, and get to where you need to be?

Since the album came out I’m just like I just want to rap and I’ve been just been writing little raps or whatever. I had like a session with a producer the other day and walked out of there with like two amazing beats so I’m excited about the future. I’m very excited. I think it’s going to be really, really cool.

How did the album come into being?

Most of the songs were ideas [I had] or he would make something and I would go “Oh I know exactly what this could be and I would write something, [Sometimes] I would already have something written and then I would bring it to him and he would just make something. Then I would make my words fit to the beat basically. I started to learn to write without the music, which I feel is better for me because [at times] writing to the music I feel like I was being bound by the music. Kind of like “Oh no this has to go right here.”  I just [decided to] start just writing stuff and then just making it fit just later on.

So you’re from Arkansas as well?

Yes.

So you guys pretty much moved to L.A. together?

Yes.

So how long have you guys been working together?

Since 2011, so five years.

 

I heard “This Right Here.” How did that song come about?

His Dad’s from L.A. so his family came out for Christmas the year before last. So he made this beat and his brother came in there and was like, “Hold my fucking phone this right here my song” and we all just started saying it together and I was like “I’m gonna make a song out of that.” He was like “Alright, bet.” He got like a writers credit on my album and everything. It’s pretty cool.

Explain the video is that your normal day to day or kind of like cookout party situation because I saw kids on one side playing in the living room?

No, that’s not a very normal situation. Well the thing is when I’m in LA my manager takes me to these parties with his friends so yea I guess it is kind of when I’m in LA and I’m with his friends and stuff they have like kids and they be cooking it be cool, it be fun.

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Lawrence Hands Issa A Massive L On The Season Finale of ‘Insecure’ Twitter Explodes!

The moment we have all been waiting for arrived tonight as we waited to find out exactly how Lawrence was going to get his revenge on Issa for “scratching an itch” with Daniel A.K.A. cheating on him.

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Throughout the episode conveniently titled “Broken as F***” Issa was basically taking L’s on both sides. Her best-friend Molly isn’t really feeling Issa either. The two awkwardly tolerate each other during a weekend getaway with their two other friends and tempers eventually flare up during the trip.

Lawrence on the other hand is weighing his options but is understandable angry as hell with Issa. To try to get over it he has the obligatory “U Don’t Have To Call” moment, rounds up the homies and they hit the strip club.

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During a lap dance where he gets a proposition for some sexual favors it seemed he began to miss his ex and gives her a call. He tells Issa that he does miss her and that they should talk when she gets back, Issa sees the moment as a great opportunity to fix her relationship and decides she can’t wait and heads back home that same night. Molly volunteers to get Issa home so she can talk to Lawrence. During the trip the two patch their friendship up and things seem to be going back to normal for Issa.

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With one relationship repaired that just leaves things with Lawrence. Things are looking up once again for Issa or so we thought.

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Lawrence arrives at the apartment ahead of Issa, when she gets there she is immediately relieved to see his keys on the counter. She heads into the bedroom and notices his pillow is gone, she turns to the closet and all of his clothing except for his Best Buy polo is gone!

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We instantly zap to Lawrence giving the bank teller Tasha some of the angriest back shots ever!

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Lawrence definitely got his revenge on Issa!

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The episode ends with Issa crying on Molly’s lap as she feels things between her and Lawrence are probably broken beyond repair.

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The immediate reaction to the episode was very swift, and of course there are contrasting opinions from the opposite sexes on how Lawrence handled the situation. Here’s a sample:

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Well until season 2 of Insecure makes it triumphant return Issa and the ladies are going have to hold this L. See how men of the newly formed #LawrenceHive celebrated Lawrence getting his revenge in the gallery below:

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