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Maliah Michel On Finding Drake's Love, Their First Kiss (Pg. 2)

Was he physically abusive toward you?
No, that’s one thing that he didn’t do. He was a boxer, too. But he never, never hit me.

How old were you at the time?
I was about twenty-two … living in my truck after I left my fiance. My life was basically the church and my two dogs. I lived in church literally, two-thirds of the day

When did you transition into music videos?
A director who I met, Derrick White, was trying to get met to do videos for a while and I finally just said yes one day. He casted me in the Ying Yang Twins feat. Mike Jones “Bad” video. After that Sean Cummings who was working for
Smooth said he wanted to shoot me. Then everything started rolling along. King hit me up after that and gave me my first feature. But it took me a while to get my name out there.

Well, you certainly have made a name for yourself. Recently, your part in Drake’s “Find Your Love” really caught people’s attention. How’d you link with Aubrey?
Drake had actually come to the club where I work at in Houston called Dreams. I think that’s where he first saw me. I didn’t even get to speak to him that night and like a week later everybody started telling me Drake shouted me out in a song. I thought that it was so cool because I hadn’t even talked to him before. I mean, obviously he saw something he liked [
laughs].

So prior to Drake name dropping you on “Miss Me”, you guys never even shared a conversation?
Yup, I was so flattered, too —especially with me being used to the strip club environment, where guys are always just… thirsty and on you. This guy didn’t even say anything but gave me props on a song.

Were you immediately attracted to him?
Who doesn’t think Drake is cute? [
Laughs] But I don’t really listen to a lot of music or watch TV, and instantly I loved his music. Yea so…

You weren’t just a little jealous of Drake confessing his love for Nicki Minaj on the same song?
I love Nicki Minaj, too! [
Laughs] who doesn’t?

Well, so how did you end up starring in “Find Your Love”?
A friend of his Jazz Prince, J.Prince’s son, called me and told me that his artist wanted me to come to Jamaica to shoot this video. At the time I didn’t know it was Drake, so I was like “Oh by the way, can you tell Drake thanks for the shout out?” And right after that he told me he called me back. So later on that night Drake called me directly and told me that he was the one shooting the video and how he wanted me for the lead part. I got to admit I was really geeked and could barely talk.

You were starstruck?
I was all groupied out [
Laughs]… all smiles.

What were your first thoughts of him after that first phone call?
My first thoughts were that he was just so humble and respectful. It was almost weird, I didn’t expect him to be like that… even now that I know him a little better he’s just really a down to earth guy. He can have his moments but he’s really a good guy and I felt that way since the first time I talked to him.

How was it working with Drake on a professional level?
He’s very easy to work with. Out of all my shoots, “Find Your Love” was definitely the most memorable. Drake is very at tentative and he catered to me, doing everything he could to make me feel comfortable. He just was giving me pointers and everything.

Yea, your onscreen chemistry seems so natural, almost like you guys really are a couple…
It was so funny because when we were shooting the beach scene. The director, Anthony Mandler, was like “Come on, come on! You got to make me feel this!” And we had never kissed or anything before, so I just went for it and kissed him! And we started kissing for real and everybody just started cheering.

So are you dating Drake?
Um… Drake and I are good friends, and we like hanging out… having fun together. That’s all that anyone needs to know at this point.

But it’s safe to say that you guys stay in constant contact with each other, right?
Um.. yea we’re close friends.

He seems to have his mom around a lot. Have you met her yet?
[
Giggles] oh lord…

I mean she’s a huge part of his life, you must have bumped into momma Drake somewhere…
Yea, she’s amazing… a really beautiful person. His mother really gave me a whole other opinion of him, even though my opinion was very high. He’s just  amazing as far the respect level and his mother helped me to see that it wasn’t an act. That’s all I’ll say.

Do you think he’ll sell a million in one week?
I think he can do it. 
Thank Me Later is one of those CD’s were you can listen to without skipping a song. Drake has a different flavor to him.

Are you guys planning on doing anything special in celebration?
[
Giggles] Um.. no, I’m just chilling and he’s busy. Nice try!

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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Fashion Show Makes Its Amazon Prime Debut

Rihanna is raising the bar again! The singer-turned-fashion and makeup mogul pulled out all the stops for the Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week presentation, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video Friday (Sept. 20).

Rih Rih’s fashion presentation was a unique experience and Amazon Prime viewers got a digital front-row seat to the action. The show went down on September 10 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and fused music and fashion as Rihanna, and a bevy of background dancers, set the tone with choreographed movements courtesy of her “sprit animal,” choreographer, Parris Goebel. The fashion event also included performances from Normani, Big Sean, Janelle Monae, Fat Joe and more.

RIHANNA IS BACK ON STAGE. THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR #SAVAGEXFENTYSHOW #SavageXFenty pic.twitter.com/PacWm2yv8T

— Gregory Fenty Ranchester (@GregFentyRanch) September 20, 2019

Savage x Fenty may be considered a freshman lingerie brand but it has already become a strong competitor for the likes of Victoria’s Secret. Rihanna's company recently secured $50 million in funding from investors bringing its total investments to approximately $70 million.

The 31-year-old Grammy winner has since jetted off to South Korea to promote Fenty Beauty after a busy week in New York, where she hosted her annual Diamond Ball last Thursday (Sept. 12). The charity ball raised a reported $5 million for Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation.

Click here to watch the Savage X Fenty fashion show.

 

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Trae Tha Truth Resumes Rescue Efforts As Houston Battles Extreme Flooding

Trae Tha Truth and the Relief Gang are back in action.  The Houston native has been busy rescuing stranded residents in Southeast Texas as the area endures extreme flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda.

The “Can’t Get Close” rapper took to social media Thursday (Sept. 19) in an effort to reach out to anyone who may be stranded.

 

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If you in the areas thats flooded , Beaumont, Winnie, kingwood, Clevland, spring , or any areas Thats Flooded Bad And Need Help dm @reliefgang or Hit Me or @djmrrogers , we headed out to help🙏🏿🙏🏿

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Numerous streets and roadways in the city were flooded out, leaving drivers stranded all across the city, and in areas like Kingston and Beaumont. In addition to flooding, the storm triggered massive power outages. According to Trae the Truth, the water reached his chest during one rescue attempt.

The storm’s aftermath could rival that of Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged Houston in 2017. At least two people have died from the storm. One of the victims was electrocuted before drowning as he tried to rescue his horse, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged that the city was unprepared for the storm. "This happened very quickly," Turner said. "But it's just demonstrating that in this day and time, climate change is real. And we no longer have to be concerned just with a hurricane. We have to be concerned with almost any sort of weather system that can quickly evolve into a major storm and produce a great deal of rain."

The Beaumont Police Department has so far received hundreds of high water rescue and evacuation requests. As of Thursday night, the BPD announced that evacuation efforts will be suspended from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. local time. “Rescue crews will continue to respond to life-threatening situations only,” the department tweeted. “If you are still in an area with standing water, seek higher ground and shelter in place. Be patient & only call 911 for emergencies.”

The 911 operations center has experienced a heavy call load with over 250 high water rescues and 270 evacuation requests. If there is an immediate threat to life safety, call 911. For non-emergency calls please call 409-832-1234.

— Beaumont Police Dept (@beaumont_police) September 19, 2019

Evacuation operations have been suspended from 7:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m. Rescue crews will continue to respond to life-threatening situations only. If you are still in an area with standing water, seek higher ground and shelter in place. Be patient & only call 911 for emergencies.

— Beaumont Police Dept (@beaumont_police) September 20, 2019

The storm also caused the FAA to ground all planes flying into Houston’s George Bush International Airport Thursday morning. “No arriving flights into Houston today, only few departing flights,” read a tweet from the airport. Flight operations are expected to fully resume Friday.

No arriving flights into Houston today, only few departing flights. Flight operations are estimated to resume tomorrow afternoon per the FAA. Will update if that changes to an earlier time. Check w/ airline on flight status. Roadways approaching IAH are clear at this time. pic.twitter.com/FDXH4JnhQl

— Houston Bush Airport (@iah) September 19, 2019

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Madame Tussauds’ New Beyonce Wax Figure Has Fans Doing A Double Take

It took several attempts, but Madame Tussauds London finally got it right. The wax museum unveiled a new Beyonce wax figure Thursday (Sept. 19) and it looks identical to the 38-year-old superstar.

The statue depicts Bey raising a black power fist during her historic Coachella performance, and celebrates the Houston native as a member of music royalty. In keeping with the royal theme, Bey's wax figure was placed alongside British royals including Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth for one day, before moving to the music section of the museum beginning Sept. 20.

“Beyoncé is a living legend, rightly crowned Queen Bey by her legions of fans and industry insiders. If anyone is fitting of a claim to The Queen’s spot in our attraction for the very first time, it’s Beyoncé,” Steve Davies, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London said in a statement. “HRH Queen Elizabeth II is famous for her mischievous sense of humour and we think a wry smile will cross her face when she sees that music royalty has temporarily filled her shoes. In the words of Beyoncé herself, Her Majesty is most definitely ‘irreplaceable’ so Queen Bey will take her spot for one day only before her figure moves to own our music stage.”

 

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It's time to bow down to THE QUEEN 👑 🐝

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The intricate design nails every little detail, from Bey’s perfectly shaped eyebrows and minimalist makeup to her metallic fringe boots, jeans shorts and yellow sweatshirt.

Madame Tussaud’s latest Bey-inspired wax work has been getting rave reviews from the Bey Hive and Beyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson.

“They got this one right!!! I Love this wax statue of Beyonce’ ! It’s right on the button, even the legs,” Lawson wrote on Instagram.

 

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They got this one right!!!😂I Love this wax statue of Beyonce’ ! It’s right on the button , even the legs ❤️❤️❤️ @madametussauds

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Madame Tussauds has previously unveiled several Beyonce wax figures of over the years, many of which look absolutely nothing like her.

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The latest wax figure is the first in a pair of Beyonce statues set to join the world-famous attraction. The second statue is scheduled to make its debut in October.

Read more reactions to Bey’s new wax figure below.

this is the first Beyoncé wax figure i’ve seen that actually looks like her. congrats, took the world 45 tries https://t.co/irvPP28Q1y

— pb (@paigebrittany) September 19, 2019

OMG!! Y'all finally got her right! This is the first wax figure by Madame Tuesday that actually looks like Beyoncé. https://t.co/lb0Z3Cty7Q

— B∆Kyoncé (@MeetMeHere3) September 19, 2019

Madame Tussauds DID THAT

Best wax figure I've ever seen of Beyoncé pic.twitter.com/KEjl7Hiu5l

— Mary Wilson (@MaryWilsonTV) September 19, 2019

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