V Exclusive! Lloyd Talks the Hottest of 2011, Holidays Plans, and Working With Weezy

If there’s one word that can describe Lloyd’s past two years in the game, that word would have to be evolution. The R&B heartthrob has made some shocking moves since the release of Lessons in Love in 2008, including leaving The Inc., signing to Interscope, and even cutting off all that beautiful hair. But as Lloyd said himself, “change and shock go hand-in-hand,” and if there’s anything Lloyd could’ve taken away from it all, it’s that change can only lead to growth and opened doors.

VIBE had the chance to catch up with the angel-faced singer last week where he briefly discussed 2011 in rewind. He also let us in on what he’s got going for the holidays, his experiences with Weezy, and even gave us a look into what fans can expect in 2012. Studio sessions with will.I.am? Yup. An upcoming collaboration with Wiz Khalifa? Possibly. But you’re just going to have to stay tuned to find out. – Stephanie Long

VIBE: 2011 was a big year for you. You released your first album since leaving The Inc., King Of Hearts, and it received pretty positive reviews. As 2012 makes its way in and you look back, how are you feeling about everything that happened this year? 
LLOYD: I think this is my best month on TV between the Soul Train Awards and the BET Christmas Special. I think we had a really good strong showing, this month in particular, and I just think it’s a good way to top off an already great year. 
For sure. Who do you think were some of the hottest R&B artists in 2011? 
The hottest R&B artists... Other than me? I would say definitely my boy Chris did his thing this year. Rihanna. She’s always hot, no denying that. And Frank Ocean. Frank Ocean definitely popped on the scene with a vengeance this year. It’s been a good year for R&B. 
Definitely. Continuing on with the ladies, who do you think were some of the hottest female R&B artists besides Rihanna in 2011? And besides Beyoncé! Because we all know Beyoncé definitely had a big year. 
That girl’s always poppin’. Let me see… Female R&B artists of the year. I mean, who we got? Shit, Nicki [Minaj]. She does everything so definitely gotta throw her in there. 
[Laughs] ‘Cause she can sing! I don’t think Alicia put anything out this year, right? 
No, except she did re-release Songs In A Minor. 
Right. Man, any time Alicia does something it’s just magic. 
Oh, of course. 
I’m tryna see. I feel like I’m missing somebody that was really dope! I think Rihanna pretty much held it down this year. 
Alright! Now you mentioned Nicki, too, who raps and sings. 2011 saw an influx of singing rappers and rapping singers. Do you see that crossover as a good look? 
Yeah. I don’t mind it’s fine with me [Laughs]
[Laughs] Okay. Well what are your views on R&B competition? I guess I ask you this because of that mini spat, if you can even call it that, you had with Miguel earlier this year over the hair thing. Is there competition in R&B? Is it about who’s the most original, who’s bringing what to the table first, etc? 
Well as far as what you just mentioned, I still really have no idea what that was so I’m not even sure if I can really confirm that was really in a competitive light. I don’t think that really falls into the category of competition. I think that’s in its own category by itself – it’s just stupidity. But I think any time that there is a number one spot, any time that you are surrounded by other people your age who are driven, any time there’s any kind of survival of the fittest, there’s always gonna be a competition. But what people don’t understand is that there’s such thing as a healthy competition where you really just push each other to be the best that you can really be.

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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 pic.twitter.com/rfs7PS1Jc3

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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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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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