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10 Childhood Crushes We Grew Out of As An Adult… As We Should Have

We all have an embarrassing list of celeb childhood crushes whose names we used to doodle with glitter gel pens and embellish with heart stickers. Our once innocent eyes knew no better and fell for every big screen star and boy band lead—even if they had platinum hair and a weird sun-like tattoo around their navel.

With time and maturity, though, our list grew shorter and shorter as certain candidates lost their charming looks, while others lost brain cells, and some we realized were just never that cute to begin with. Here’s a list of celebs we swore we’d marry before our good sense and eyesight fully developed! —Essence Gant

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His tweets, his “paintings,” and his home video ramblings turned us all the way off! Did I mention his tweets?



Remember fighting with your besties on who was going to marry Batman, Romeo or LBD? The boy band Immature, later known as IMx, had us swooning for reasons we still can’t seem to put our finger on.

 Malcolm Jamal Warner

Malcolm Jamal Warner aka Theo

Malcolm Jamal Warner never did much for me, but he managed to win a lot of hearts during his eight-season run on The Cosby Show. He may have avoided making this list if not for the baby hoop earrings, choker necklaces and really tight button downs he seemingly likes to wear these days.

 Jaleel White

Jaleel White aka Stefan Urquell

The geeky, bent-kneed and clumsy Steve Urkel was quite the eyesore, but when he transformed into the debonair Stefan Urquell, our feelings of disgust turned into tummy butterflies and prissy giggles. Watching reruns 20 plus years later, we now realize that Urquell wasn’t much of an upgrade from Urkel.

 Tevin Campbell

Tevin Campbell

Every girl had a crush on Tevin, especially after his guest appearance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! While “Can We Talk?” is still our jam, our deep rooted love for the 90s crooner has faded. He still has an adorbs quality, but in a fragile, boney and elderly-looking kind of way.


Mr. Dalvin and DeVante Swing

Before K-Ci and JoJo did their duo thing, they were part of Jodeci, one of R&B’s biggest wonders, with two other bandmates by the names of Dalvin and DeVante. K-Ci and JoJo were the vocalists, while Dalvin and DeVante were the lookers. After Googling how the two Ds kept up their sexy bad boy looks, however, we were disappointed… to say the least.



What can we say? We were young and dumb.

Kel Mitchell

Kel Mitchell

We loved Kel just as much as he loved orange soda! The All That, Kenan &Kel, and Good Burger actor just doesn’t do it for us anymore though. He looks more like the really cool youth pastor type who you may grab brunch with, but not dinner and drinks.

Ray J

Ray J

Some of us really liked Ray J, while others of us just wanted to be Brandy’s sister-in-law (meeee!). His antics (the Kim K sex tape, the Kim K diss record, the drug induced call to Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and so on), however, were just too much to bare and our fire for the childhood actor and singer blew out.


Fredro Starr aka “Q” from Moesha

His cool, raspy voice and bad boy swag as “Q” on Moesha had us weak in the knees. Fredro proved to be a bit of a lame though after spilling his alleged dealings with R&B’s beloved Brandy and spazzing on The Breakfast Club when Charlamagne asked him about the allegations. Aside from all of that though, he’s just not that cute.

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)


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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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