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Keyshia Cole Talks Love, Motherhood & Her Buddy Nicki Minaj

The YBF sat with Keyshia Cole on the gritty L.A. set of her new video with Nicki Minaj, "I Ain't Thru." She's hesitant to call this a "comeback" album because she feels like she never left.  But a usually guarded Keyshia surprisingly came off with a softer edge as she dished about becoming a mother, love and feeling even more "set" financially thanks to her NBA baller fiance Boobie Gibson, and tapping into her old ways for her new album.

YBF: What was the inspiration behind the video “I Ain’t Thru?”
Keyshia Cole: The inspiration behind “I Ain’t Thru,” I think Benny’s direction was just getting me and Nicki together of course because she’s on the song. And more street elements, back to the basics of the first album.

Why did you choose this particular track as one as the first off this album?
I love this record. I just like the song. It was an idea that I came up with a long time ago and me and Nicki decided to do a feature together and I just played it for her to see what she would think about it. It just came and it was hot to me.

Speaking of Nicki, we've been hearing some rumors about a rift between you two in the studio. So, do you and Nicki go way back?
No, no, no, that’s the second time somebody asked me that. We actually just met, but she’s a dope MC. I think that she brings a lot of excitement to the game. She’s not afraid to be different and I think that that’s dope.

And you all have a good connection?
Yeah, yeah. It was all good, it was dope.

How does it feel for people to say you’ve been gone for a little bit, but you look great though like you never left?
That’s funny though because people say that because I had a child but you know, I’ve released albums pretty much every two years since I’ve been out. I mean I just think that people see oh she’s engaged, she’s getting married, she’s having a child, I think it’s a little bit different for them to accept the time frame that I’ve been gone. But it’s always been the same, I tour for a year and then the only thing that was different is that I usually tour for an entire year and then start recording, I had a baby in that year and still recorded the entire time.

How has motherhood been? Boobie Jr. is so cute!
Motherhood is wonderful, it’s great. You know, it brings a whole new inspiration in life and how you can love and never wanting that love to go away. I don’t even know what I would do without being a mother.

You just became a mom a few months ago.  How do you think being a mother and that BIG change in your life has that inspired you as an artist and in your music?
Um, you know what, I wrote one song about it, it's called "Sometimes."  But I mean, I’ve prepared my whole career and tried to prepare my whole "growing up stage" making sure that no matter what, I’d be able to take care of my children when I have them. So, I think the stress is kind of off me, in terms of financially. So that’s all I was really concerned with--making sure that I had enough dividends to make sure he goes to school and college.  And when he turns 18, if anything were to happen to me, he’d be taken care of.  I’ve already reached that point in my career where that allows for him to be financially taken care of, so I’m still going because I love it.

You’ve always had really great love songs.  With your current relationship [with Cleveland Cavalier basketball player Daniel "Boobie" Gibson], has that inspired your new music as well?
I mean, most definitely. I think that any time you have someone that totally supports you no matter what, and shows you that love when no one else is going to be there, and to know that you have that, it’s totally outstanding.

How did you know you found the one?
Because he knows.

 For more from Keyshia check out The YBF's full interview.

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LeBron James Promises To Carry On Kobe Bryant’s Legacy

LeBron James is vowing to carry on Kobe Bryant’s legacy. Although he admitted to not being ready to speak out, King James broke his silence on Bryant’s passing via Instagram on Tuesday (Jan. 28).

“I’m not ready but here I go,” James started. “Man [I’m] sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi, and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!!

“Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa [Bryant] and the kids,” James continued. “I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this s**t on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️”

 

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I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾

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Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Giana “Gigi” Bryant, and seven others died in a helicopter crash last Sunday (Jan. 26). The group was headed to Kobe's Mamba Sports Academy training facility in Thousand Oaks, California. Aside from Gigi, Kobe and his wife, Vanessa Bryant, shared three other daughters, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.

In a second Instagram post James wrote, “My brother!!! I love you man.” James, who was spotted in tears upon learning of the NBA legend’s death, attended a tribute to Kobe and Gigi at his son, Bronny’s, high school on Tuesday (Jan. 28).

 

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♾ my brother!! I love you man!! 💔🙏🏾❤️. 👑X🐍

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The coroner’s office has officially identified three of the nine victims in the deadly crash, and contacted their loved ones. The deceased include John Altobelli, head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, his wife, Keri, and their daughter, Alyssa, who attended Harbor Day School with Gigi. Mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Harbor Day School, and pilot, Ara Zobayan, also died in the crash. Authorities have recovered all nine bodies at the crash site but the fatal incident remains under investigation.

The night before he died, Bryant put up an Instagram post congratulating James on beating his scoring record. “On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next.”

 

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On to #2 @kingjames! Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next. 💪🏾

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Disturbing Video Shows Violence And Inhumane Conditions Inside Mississippi Prison

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The horrific footage, leaked by Team Roc, was recorded by inmates on cell phones, which is considered “contraband” and could result in punishment. The video shows a gruesome fight between inmates that led to one inmate being stabbed multiple times. Another clip, filmed by an inmate, shows his  a broken toilet and no running water inside of a filthy cell.

Yo Gotti and Team Roc filed a federal lawsuit against prison officials on behalf of 29 inmates, and an emergency restraining, the latter of which was initially rejected and resubmitted. The leaked footage has been added to court document, TMZ reports.

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Joshua Norman, a 26-year-old inmate, was found hanging in his prison cell on Sunday (Jan. 26). Norman was serving a five-year sentence for armed robbery and became the ninth Parchman inmate to die in the last month.

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T.I. Apologizes To His Daughters In Wake Of Kobe Bryant’s Death

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“I love you girls more than my vocabulary will allow me to express,” he wrote. “You have grown so much right before my very eyes [and] blossomed into strong, brilliantly opinionated, independent young women. I'm so proud of you both and I love you to no end, more than you'll ever know.

“Please forgive me for any and all imperfections that cause misunderstandings between us…charge my mind, not my heart,” he added. “Life may throw us curveballs [and] deal us some pretty bad hands at times. But rest assured, you'll NEVER find yourself in a place too high or low for me to be there to catch you when you fall.”

The father of seven said that he refused to “let another second go by” without telling his daughters how much he loves them. He also posted messages dedicated to wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and his four sons, in addition to numerous tributes honoring Kobe and Gigi.

Tip came under fire last year for a podcast interview where he revealed that he goes with his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah, to doctor’s appointments to ensure that she remains a virgin. The comments drove Deyjah to briefly delete her Instagram before returning to social media but disabling the comment section of her account.

T.I. later sat down at The Red Table Talk to address his virginity comments and the subsequent backlash.

Read Tip’s message to his daughter’s below.

 

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I love you girls more than my vocabulary will allow me to express. You have grown so much right before my very eyes & blossomed into strong,brilliantly opinionated, independent young women. I'm so proud of you both and I love you to no end,more than you'll ever know. Please forgive me for any and all imperfections that cause misunderstandings between us.... Charge my mind,not my heart. You see Life may throw us curveballs & deal us some pretty bad hands at times. But rest assured,you'll NEVER find yourself in a place too high or low for me to be there to catch you when you fall. I just Can't let another second go by without letting you know while we're still here in this life together.... You have ALL MY LOVE FOR ALL MY LIFE...&AFTER‼️ @princess_of_da_south @zonniquejailee

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