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Gentlemen's Corner: Laz Alonso Talks 'Deception' and Leading Lady Wishlist

Laz Alonso and Meagan Good 'Deception'

Last night (Jan. 7), NBC kicked off its premiere of Deception, starring Meagan Good, Victor Garber, Wes Brown and Laz Alonso, and it was all things good. The show follows Good's character Joanna Locasto undercover to solve the murder of notorious heiress Vivian Bowers, who was once her closest friend. But a show title like this one would be nothing without a love triangle too, right? Alonso's character Will Moreno plays the love interest of Joanna. Although their past romance fizzled out, the feelings are still very visible.

Vixen caught up with the ever-so-handsome Laz Alonso to discuss his role in the show and leading ladies he'd like to work with in the future.

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Laz AlonsoVIBE Vixen: This is your first appearance as a series regular in a TV drama versus being on the big screen, how would you say it differs?
Laz Alonso: 
On the big screen, you have a couple of hours to tell a story, so when you get that script, you already know the beginning, middle and end of that character. Here, you have 22 weeks to tell a story, so you don’t know what’s going to happen with your character from week to week until you get that script. There’s a certain element of living in the life of that character for that moment that you have to accept and do. You have to pace yourself because everything’s not going to happen in one script.

What about Will Moreno drew you to the role?
I like the fact that this character shows emotion. He’s not afraid to show that he's in love with Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good). A lot of the characters that I played do everything in their power to not show emotion. We sometimes find the person that we love and we mess up, and when we try to get it back, it isn’t what it used to be. The harder we fight to try to get it back to what it used to be, we end of pushing them away. It’s one of those shows that you can rely on really connecting with because everybody’s been through that. We’ve all loved; we’ve all lost.

How did you mentally prepare for your role?
It's just a matter of being honest with the moment. In life, if someone hurts your feelings and you don’t want to let them know, you fake it. You don’t want to let them know that you’re hurt, but you might throw out something sarcastic or take it out on the next person. You really get to see what happens when you’re dealing with this and the many faces you have to put up to try to get through life.

What was it like working alongside Meagan Good, Wes Brown and Victor Garber?
It was great. They’re all very talented, very smart people. There’s no competitive vibe on this set, we're just trying to put our best work forward and being honest with our character. It’s just enjoyable to be in that environment.

If you had the chance to star in a biopic of any noteworthy actor, entertainer or musician, who would it be and why?
Probably Marvin Gaye. More than anything because he’s from DC and he has a really tragic story that I feel hasn’t been told yet. I think that would be a really interesting story.

Which actress would you love to star in a movie with as your leading lady?
I’ve never gotten to work with Halle Berry. Just out of respect for her work and being somebody I've always looked up to and thought was dope, that would be fun to be able to work with her. Even if she wasn’t my leading lady, just to be in a film with her would be great. I haven’t worked with Gabrielle Union yet. We’ve been up for projects in the past but haven’t had a chance to work together. Regina Hall, Taraji P Henson, the list goes on.

Favorite actress you have worked with?
Angela Bassett. Being on set with her was just a treat. I felt blessed. Same thing with Loretta Devine. Being on set with both of them and studying them, I thought, Wow, this is the level of acting that I have to work towards because they are flawless on set.

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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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