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V Exclusive: Da Brat Talks Prison Life, Nicki Minaj-Lil' Kim Beef, Mariah Carey's Pregnancy, Losing Her Braids & More

Look who just hopped up out the pen! VIBE caught up with Da Brat during her first 48 free from an almost three year prison bid. Read on to find out what R&B singers and models she had posted up on her cell wall, details on her upcoming memoir, her most surprising visitor, and why she just might get sexy for us again in 2011. —Tracy Garraud

 


Brat, welcome back! JD was tweeting like crazy about your release. Can we expect to find you on Twitter anytime soon?
[Laughs Oh yeah I’m figuring out how to work all that Twitter stuff now. I haven't been around a computer for a minute 'cause we don’t have computer access in state facilities. But JD just put me on to Global 14 and I've heard of Twitter and there’s a Facebook page with a perpetrator pretending to be me. But I don’t have a Facebook page yet! [Laughs I’ll have that and a Twitter page though by the end of the week. I don’t what my name will be yet, but I’m going to figure it all out. Twitter’s the thing to do now so I gotta get into it. 

Indeed. There are a lot of folks that would lose their minds without Twitter in prison. How did you spend your days in the pen?
They had a lot of things for us to do. We went out to rec and played sports. They had auto paint and auto body, they had computer classes. It was almost like a college situation, except you can’t leave [laughs. I wrote a book. I did quite a few things. Then I became a third shift orderly where at night I stayed up with a crew of homegirls and we cleaned the showers, buffed the floors, we had our headphones on bumping our cds. We made the best of it.

How were your nights resting in a cell? 
I didn’t call my room a cell. That was my suite. I had to lay my head there so I made the best of it. It was comfortable for me. Once they do inspection you gotta have it clean, but when that's done I had posters on there, everything.

Say word. Posters of who?
R. Kelly, Tyson Beckford, Tyrse… I had posters of a lot of people. Fashion stuff from magazines of things I liked. Gucci ads, the Louis ads, pictures of stuff I was planning on getting when I got out. I had pictures of Jordans. I hooked my cell out and made it look like my bedroom.

And you never got in trouble? 
Nah, inspection usually happens in the morning, but once that's done it’s all you.

You mentioned writing a book and back when I spoke with your sister LisaRaye she mentioned it but wanted you to explain it once you got out. So now the stage is all yours. 
Ha, it starts off talking about my life and growing up. How I was selling dope for a hot second, was in a gang for a hot second. My father was a gangster. Just different things. I was in a church playing drums. I want people to know there isn’t just one side of Brat. I’m not just a rapper. It goes through my whole life story and could possible be a movie. So I'm just putting the finishing touches on it now. 

Nice. Are you going to switch up your braids for a fresh start?
My hair is my glory. I’m definitely going to switch up the braids. It’s time to do some different things. It might be braided, but also straight or the big curly look. I like the big curly look on me so I'm going to get with my hair girl. I’m ready to dibble and dabble more. I'm ready to do the glam thing but with my Brat swag. I wanna add some more femininity. I’ma bring back some "What Do You Like" Brat. I’m kind of tired of the braids, but at the same time I'm comfortable.

Well the sexy tomboy look is in. Are you feeling Nicki Minaj's swag?

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I’m not going to blogs or any media outlets to address this Jacquees situation ima address it right here and after this we will never address anything like this again I’m just tired of people picking on @ellamai !

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In the first half of the season, Black Monday was roughly 90% hilarious debauchery with the 10% of deep introspection reserved for the final minutes of the episode. Over time, that ratio began to even out until last week’s episode, which delivered the highest concentration of drama acting of the season. In this week’s episode, the double and triple crossings in Blair and Mo’s heated rivalry are more central to the episode than Keith’s hysterical attempts at tricking the SEC and Tiffany’s ridiculous wedding. Aside from Dawn and Mo forming a secret alliance, the episode concludes with Blair’s most intimidating piece of dialogue as he breaks down the illusionary world Mo has constructed for himself.

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“Internationally, “Us” earned $16.7 million, bringing its total worldwide tally to $86.9 million,” reports CNBC.

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