Naturi Naughton on Her 'Lottery Ticket' Love Scene with Bow Wow and Dream Role

Naturi Naughton has been setting the acting bar high for herself these days; the young starlet's film credits may be short thus far, but her output has been extremely impressive. After putting in gutsy movie performances in both Fame and Notorious, she’ll be featured next on the small screen this September in a role on AMC’s Emmy award winning hit drama, Mad Men.

But the former member of 3LW can currently be seen in the summer comedy, Lottery Ticket alongside Bow Wow, Ice Cube and Brandon T. Jackson, in theaters now. And the 26-year old  tells VIBE there is a lot more thespian work left to accomplish in her future. —Ronke Idowu Reeves



VIBE: So who are you really more like as a person, Stacie in Lottery Ticket or Lil’ Kim in Notorious?

Stacie is a genuinely a good girl, going to Spellman [College], focused, sweet and falls in love. There’s a lot Stacie in me. It was a more natural role for me to play. She’s definitely closer to me as a person. When I was playing Lil' Kim I had to say, 'Naturi forget yourself.' I had to be willing to completely fall into that character and not be afraid to be sexy, say whatever do whatever, spread my legs and be raunchy. And that fearlessness made me a better actress. After playing Lil’ Kim everything else was easy. [So far] as an actress there hasn't been any place further to go.


All the guys love you for the sex scene you had in Notorious, so what was it like filming your love scene with Bow Wow in Lottery Ticket?

The love scene Bow Wow and I had was organic and the chemistry between us was easy. It was fun playing his love interest. I’ve known Bow Wow since we were kids. Before we became actors we were pop artists in the business, and now here we are in the movie ‘in love’ when [in real life] we’re really more like brother and sister. Before we shot the scene we were like, 'How are we gonna do this?’ And I was like, ‘Just don’t put your tongue all down my throat. I love you but don’t go overboard' [laughs]. And Bow Wow was very respectful— he was such a pro.


So far onscreen your track record has been 2 to 1 playing the good girl (Lottery Ticket, Fame) versus a more complex character like Kim in Notorious. Do you worry about typecasting?

I don’t just want to be a cute girl in a comedy or the actress who just does the same thing over and over again. I want to play roles that are distinct. I want to have a more varied career like actresses Viola Davis or Angela Bassett—those are the people that I grew up watching and admiring. And, I’m hoping I can be one of those actresses that has longevity in her career.


Are things changing at all in the industry or is it still harder for black actresses to get the plum roles?

It’s an active struggle, [trying to find work] which constantly affects my career. I’ve been fortunate and blessed to get the roles I’ve gotten so far. But there are a lot of things I don’t get and there are a lot of times where politics are involved. As a black actress you’ve got to work doubly hard. But it doesn’t ever get me to the point where I give up on myself. It just motivates me to be more prepared, focus and disciplined. That’s why I care so much about doing black films and making sure that we represent and are represented correctly.



Do you have a dream role you’d like to play as an actress?

I’ve had this vision of playing a young Coretta Scott King. She was also singer who went to school to study classical music, and a lot of people don’t know she  had a beautiful voice. Her dream was to be a classical singer. It would be amazing for me to gel both my talents in acting and singing and to play someone like Coretta. I want to do stories that inspire people.


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Oprah Responds To Viral Video Of Her Eating Unseasoned Chicken

A hilarious old video of Oprah Winfrey making an uncomfortable face as she dives into a piece of unseasoned chicken has been circulating the Internet all week. While these sort of silly videos wouldn't usually garner a response from the billionaire, Oprah surprised everyone when she shared a video explaining the chicken-eating experience and her initial reaction.

To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah's jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn't even add seasoning

— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 9, 2018

Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.


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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.


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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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