11 Reasons to Love Wendy Williams


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Happy belated 50th birthday to Wendy Williams! And how you doin' Vixens?

Just yesterday, the bold and bodacious media maven celebrated her big day. For years, she's been serving us up with raw gossip, daring and unapologetic interviews and the always entertaining tactic of shade. To celebrate the outspoken personality's birthday, we've rounded up a handful of  reasons why we absolutely love her. Continue clicking to check out our 11 reasons to love Wendy Williams.

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1. She's 50 and fabulous

Williams is a great representation of the  new generation of 50 or as we'd like to call it fabulous, fine, and fit. Age isn't holding her back from knowing all the latest gossip. Actually, most of the time she's schooling us on a daily basis of what's going on in pop culture. And don't think she doesn't hit the clubs either. Although her days of hard partying are behind her, it's nothing to catch Williams out "dippin' it and doin' it," as she would say.
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2. She says it like she means it

Raw and candid is Mrs. Williams-Hunter. She holds her tongue for absolutely no one. If you're thinking it, more than likely she's already said it or it's the next question on her list to spit out in an interview. When it comes to Wendy, you never know what might come out of her mouth and we love it!
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3. She's confident

Aaliyah was right, age ain't nothing but a number and this 5'11" woman embodies that same mantra. She laughs at herself and openly talks about her past demons in life. Yet, William's keeps it lighthearted. Ask her about her humongous breast implants and she'll proudly laugh admitting she has an unproportioned body shape of a "P." Yes "P," all boobs, no butt.
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4. She's the Queen of Hot Topics

Snagged from the likes of Barbara Walter's hit show, The View, Wendy was inspired by the media legend and began her own rendition of the news breakdown. Williams and her team are always ahead of the curve with first dibs on all the juicy gossip.
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5. She's just like you and I

Sure she's fabulous but Wendy keeps it real. Just by watching one episode of her talk show, you'll learn that she's a true foodie (it makes her mouth water just thinking about it), she's not the best at walking in heels (hints her daily skip to her chair at the beginning of each show), and she's a lover of rap music. To be honest, Wendy is our friend in our head.
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6. She worked her way up

Climbing the ladder of success in hopes of making her dreams a reality, Wendy is no stranger to hustling and working hard for what she wants. She graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in communications, worked as a DJ at her college radio station, and began her career at a radio station in the Virgin Islands. With humble beginnings, Williams went after her dreams with a vengeance and pure passion. Today she has her hands in so many different ventures, not only building her brand but monetizing off of her own over-the-top demeanor. 
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7. She's humble

Williams always refers to herself as a girl from Jersey with a dream. Sometimes she's even shocked at her own success and has shed a tear or two on air. The love she receives for being her outspoken self—although it has been both a gift and a curse—is overwhelming her for at times. Even though she's got a sassy, uncanny mouthpiece, it's all done in her love for entertaining. In addition, Williams is a supporter of numerous charities and foundations. 
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8. She's paving the way  for African American woman in media

We love to see women just like us climbing the ranks of the corporate world and making an impact on the world. Williams has received many accolades as she was named to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009, "Radio Personality of the Year" by Billboard, Black Radio Exclusive, and Radio & Records industry magazines. Most recently, the Smithsonian Institution showed an interest in the personality as Williams became the first talk show host to donate to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Go girl!
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9. Her show is amazing

Apparently, Jay-Z was right, "numbers don't lie check the scoreboard."  Six years strong and counting, The Wendy Williams Show has proved to be a contender as the talk show was picked up for syndication. Oh, and did we mention the amazing celebrity guests, musical artists, and numerous guests that make appearances? And how can we forget those wonderful studio audience gifts? Amazing!
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10. She's a wiggy

There's no doubt about it Wendy loves her wigs, so much so that she created her own collection of wig line called Wendy Williams Hair World. In lieu of her thin hair she opts for wigs, and for this Jersey girl the more volume, the better! According to Mrs. Williams-Hunter, “I’m a big woman with a big personality. A big woman with a big personality cannot have little hair.”      
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11. She coined the oh-so-fabulous phrase, "How you doin'?"

Snaps for the lady, please! In her own right, Wendy is a what we call a "muva" and embraces the gay culture's lingo. "How you doin'?", has become a household saying and when you've got heterosexual males saying it you know you've won (Booop *in our Nene Leakes voice*). Oh, and don't forget the hand gesture too, ladies and gents.

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Fans Rally For Aaliyah's Discography To Be Released On Streaming Platforms

As another day passes without Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms, fans are looking for answers.

Over the weekend, the hashtag #FreeAaliyahMusic appeared on Twitter in light of song battles between Swizz Beats vs. Timbaland and Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin. The latter opponents played their collaborations with the late singer, proving Baby Girl's dynamic relevancy in the age of modern R&B. As songs like "I Don't Wanna" and "Come Over" picked up plays on YouTube, the hashtag pointed out the tragedy of her songs not existing on platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Aaliyah's only album on multiple platforms is her 1994 debut, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. Other albums like the platinum-selling One in A Million and Aaliyah are being held in a vault of sorts along with other unmixed vocals by her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.

Hankerson has built up a mysterious yet haunting aura over the years due to his refusal to release Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms. Reasons are unknown but Stephen Witt's 2016 investigation revealed business deals like the shift in distribution from  Jive Records to Atlantic helped Hankerson take ownership of the singer's masters. The deal was made in 1996 when Blackground featured artists like Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, then-production duo Timbaland and Magoo as well as Missy Elliott.

Sadly, Aaliyah's music isn't the only recordings lost in the shuffle. Recordings from Timbaland and Toni Braxton have been hidden from the world with both taking legal action against the label over the years. There's also JoJo, who had to break from the label after they refused to release her third album. The singer recently re-recorded her first two albums.

With Aaliyah's music getting the attention it deserves, Johnta Austin discussed the singer's impact on R&B today. "It was amazing, she was incredible from top to bottom," he told OkayPlayer of working with the singer on "Come Over" and "I Don't Wanna." "I don't think Aaliyah gets the vocal credit that she deserves. When she was on it, she had the riffs, she had everything."

Earlier this year, an account impersonating Hankerson claimed her music would arrive on streaming platforms January 16, on what would've been her 41st birthday. A docuseries called the Aaliyah Diaries was also promoted for a release on Netflix.

Of course, it was far from the truth. Fans can enjoy selected videos and songs on YouTube, but it's clear they want more.

 

Aaliyah’s music is the landmark for a lot of your favs not only was she ahead of her time with her futuristic sounds she also was a fashion Icon dancer and phenomenal actress . The future generations need be exposed to her artistry and pay homage .#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/LxZfxcqRgF

— Black Clover (@la_alchemist) March 29, 2020

Her first #1 solely based on AirPlay! She was the first ! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/BHlANZjCGZ

— (@hodeciii) March 29, 2020

Makes no sense for someone still so influential to be hidden. Many try to emulate her. On Spotifys This is Aaliyah playlist, theres some great tracks not on her main Spotify #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/vLqLTVxqO9

— Blackity Black⁷ (@ClaudBuzzzz) March 29, 2020

Aaliyah is trending once again. She deserves endless flowers. This is true impact y’all. Her voice, her sound, her music...She’s been gone for 2 decades and y’all see the love for her is even stronger! We miss you baby girl! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/ALDcT0ZQxR

— A A L I Y A H (@forbbygrlaali) March 30, 2020

Aaliyah said she wanted to be remembered for her music and yet most of it is not on streaming services #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/zwk0AWMCoE

— RJR (@MyNewEssence96) March 29, 2020

aaliyah’s gems like more than a woman deserve to be in streaming sites #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/mM2GWEg1pe

— k (@grandexrocky) March 30, 2020

I saw #FreeAaliyahMusic and IMMEDIATELY jumped into action! I can’t express how betrayed I felt when we were supposed to have all her music on Spotify by her birthday. Her discography is deeply underestimated and we need to make it right for our babygirl!pic.twitter.com/GfxBeJxUY1

— jerrica✨ (@jerricaofficial) March 29, 2020

Before Megan The Stallion drove the boat...

Aaliyah rocked the boat...

#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/iXNwssD3sY

— Al’Bei (@_albei) March 29, 2020

i think we should have that conversation #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/cGl269tuTr

— AALIYAH LEGION (@AaliyahLegion) April 1, 2020

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Kiely Williams Explains Fallout With Adrienne Bailon Houghton And Alleged Fight With Raven-Symonè

Our current isolated way of life has given some plenty of time for reflection like Kiely Williams of the former girl group 3LW and The Cheetah Girls (ask your kids). The tales of both successful groups have been told time after time by fans in YouTube documentaries and members of each collective but Williams has decided to share her side of the story.

Williams hopped on Live Monday (March 30) where she discussed her former friendship with The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon Houghton and the infamous chicken throwing fight with actress/singer Naturi Naughton. The mother of one didn't pinpoint exactly why she fell out with Houghton but did point out how she wouldn't be interested in appearing on her talk show.

"I don't think Adrienne wants to have live TV with me," Williams said. "'Cause she's gon' have to say, 'Yes Kiely, I did pretend to be your best friend. Now, I am not.' You were either lying then or you're lying now. You either were my best friend and now you're just not claiming me or you were pretending [to be my best friend."

The two remained friends after Naughton was kicked out of 3LW, the platinum-selling group known for 2000s pop hits like "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" and "Playas Gon' Play." Williams and Houghton were eventually picked to be apart of The Cheetah Girls with then-Disney darling Raven-Symonè and dancer Sabrina Bryan.

Williams went on to discuss her fight with Naughton, which she denies had anything to do with her skin color. With her mother near, Williams claimed Naughton called her a b***h, leading to the fight. While she didn't clear up the chicken throwing, she stated how she was "going for her neck" and was holding food and her baby sister in the process.

Apologies aren't on the horizon either. “I don’t feel like I have anything to make amends for, especially as it relates to Adrienne,” Kiely said. “As far as Naturi goes, if there was ever a reason to apologize, all of that has kind of been overshadowed by the literal lies and really ugly stuff that she said about my mom and my sister. So, no. Not interested in that. I’m sorry.”

Moving onto The Cheetah Girls, Williams also denied claims she got into fights with Raven-Symonè on the set of The Cheetah Girls films and never outed her as a teen. The rumor about Symonè and Williams was reportedly started by Symonè's former co-star Orlando Brown.

Symonè has often shared positive memories about The Cheetah Girls and their reign but did imply during an episode of The View how co-star Lynn Whitfield kept her from losing her cool on set.

On a lighter note, Symonè, Houghton and Naughton have kept in contact with Naughton and Houghton putting their differences aside during an appearance on The Real. 

Symonè and Houghton also reunited at the Women's March in Los Angeles in January. During Bailon's performance at the event, the two briefly performed the Cheetah Girls' classic, "Together We Can."

Willaims also shared some stories about the making of the group's hits. Check out her Live below.

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Kelis Announces ‘Cooked With Cannabis’ Show Will Premiere On Netflix

Kelis is taking her chef talents to Netflix. The musician will host a food competition show titled Cooked With Cannabis that’ll premiere on the very-fitting April 20 (4/20). According to NME, the show will span six episodes and be co-hosted by chef Leather Storrs.

Describing the opportunity as a “dream come true” since she’s a major supporter of the streaming service, Kelis took to Instagram to share how cannabis and cooking is one of her many creative passions. “As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today’s society,” the mother-of-two writes. “In this country, many things have been used systemically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together.”

Each episode will place three chefs against each other as they craft three-course meals with cannabis as the central ingredient. Each episode’s winner takes home $10,000. Guests will play an integral role in who takes home the cash prize. Too $hort, and El-P are just a few of this season's guests.

 

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I'm really excited to announce my new show, Cooked with Cannabis on @Netflix!! Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Netflix, so this is a dream come true. Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn't go looking for, it kind of came to me. As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today's society. In this country, many things have been used systematically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together. I hope you all will tune in, it's definitely going to be a good time! We launch on 4/20! XO, Kelis

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In a previous Lenny Letter profile, Kelis shared she comes from a line of culinary influences beginning with her mother who owned a catering service. In 2008, the “Milkshake” singer sought to refine her cooking skills by enrolling in the Le Cordon Bleu school. Receiving a certificate as a trained saucier, the New York native put her expertise to the test during pop-up restaurants in her native city, created a hot sauce line, and co-owns a sustainable farm in Quindio, Colombia.

“Food is revolutionary because it is the one and only international language. It’s the most human thing you can partake in,” she said in an interview with Bon Appetit. “We are the only species that cooks.”

This isn’t Kelis’ first foray into the reality-cooking television world. In 2014, she partnered with the Cooking Channel for Saucy and Sweet and published the "My Life on a Plate" cookbook a year later.

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