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Christina Milian On 'Superhuman' Season Finale, Loving Cardi B & Embracing Your Superpower

The singer-songwriter shared what's to come on tonight's finale and new music. 

Dennis Just, Ethan Brown and Tyler Hinman are by no means household names. The east coast natives don’t have social pages dripped in sponsored swag or make headlines for viral memes. They do however, possess a variety of skills like stereoscopic vision, solid numeracy development and abstract memory concepts. The trio and plenty others have found a home for their talents on FOX’s Superhuman, the summer series adapted from Germany’s Super Brain/The Brain.

The series brings together people from all over the country to use their special talents in mind bending competitions for a $50,000 prize. Christina Milian is just a piece of the show’s unique batch of judges which also include Mike Tyson and Dr. Rahul Jandial with host Kal Penn.

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Despite the over saturation of game-shows with cliche additives, the series works wonders for the everyman of America and those intrigued by the power of the brain. Speaking with VIBE Vixen, Milian dishes about her time on the show and what’s to come for Monday’s (Jul. 31) season finale.

“Given it's the finale, it's going to be the craziest and the most fun experience [for everyone,]” Milian said. We get so excited with the participants. I'm hoping every one tunes in just to see all the great talent that goes on the show. We're definitely saving the best for last.” Some “superhuman” powers that have taken over the fluorescent-filled stage provide inspiration for viewers and sometimes, the judges themselves. Milian recalled a moment earlier in the season with Mike Byster, whose mental math abilities helped him break down the sticker price of three vintage cars. Milian was taken aback by the nail-biting challenge. The stakes also seemed to be that much higher since Byster’s son was in the crowd as he vied for the $50K award.

“It's always been one of my favorite since he ends up winning and it served as a bonding moment between him and his kid,” she said. “There was this [underlying] feeling that he never really got credit for how amazing his talent is. Hearing the love from his family as all of this was happening was really great to see.”

While so many competitions center on talents like singing and dancing, Milian found the chance to participate in Superhuman as a present to the hidden wunderkinds of the country. The singer-songwriter also lent a word of advice to those hiding their talents from the world.

“Tap into and recognize your talents,” she said. “You never know what your skill can bring about. You have to think of yourself in that higher light so you’re in a better place." But it’s not all brain power. The singer, who has perfected her craft behind the camera, in the booth and in the retail space knows it’s all about fine tuning your talents.

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“You have to also be aware of all of your skills. [That way] you’re steering the ship towards your interest,” she said. “On the upside, you can always go on a show and win a lot of money (laughs).” With Superhuman taking a break before season 2, the singer is ready to revamp her own sound. With a background in pop and R&B, the Cuban-American is ready to turn the tables with the help of her Latin roots. The singer is currently working with Pitbull’s longtime producer and DJ IAmChino and is expecting to release new tunes as early as this fall.

“I've been working on music in Miami and New York that has an international sound to it.,” she adds. “IAmChino [and myself] have done some pretty dope tracks.”

As for summer ‘17, Milian has enjoyed Superhuman-feeling singles like Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” and Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow.” “I think all of us girls turn up real quick when "Bodak Yellow" comes on,” she said. “Every girl is like, ‘I got me one of those." She also raved about the fellow Latina making waves in the hip-hop game.

“The fact that she's a female rapper and Latina makes [her] relatable,” she added. [Cardi’s] a New York girl and it's so cool to see her success, where she comes from and how she started from just talking to a camera on Instagram. She made a career for herself and has let that translate into fashion, music and more. She wanted something better for herself and she went for it.”

The contestants of Superhuman may wrinkle the brain of viewers, but one thing that doesn’t is Milian’s youthful look, which stems from three essential practices.

“Number one, hydration. It's the key to everything,” she shared. “It keeps your glowing. I feel as though that if you're hydrated, you're in a better mood. When I'm not hydrated, I feel it. I get tired and my skin gets dry. Water is great. It's next to my bed and on my counter, just everywhere!”

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“Number two; laugh. Just living and being happy. Laughter keeps you young. Number three, I'd say sleep but I don't sleep enough. It's supposed to be a major factor. Even though I don't get to do it that often, I still manage to find the time. Naps also help.”

Check out the season finale of Superhuman airing tonight on FOX at 9 p.m. EST.

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Premiere: Inayah Lamis Busts The Windows Out Of Toxic Love In Visuals For "Best Thing"

Breakups are never easy but let Inayah Lamis heal your heart with her cheeky video for "Best Thing." Inspired by true events, the Houston native sings about bitter feelings about love gone astray.

The emotional ballad is simple in production thanks to the presence of an acoustic guitar, allowing Lamis to show off her vocal chops. Reminiscent of 2000s R&B gems like "I Wished You Loved Me" by Tynisha Keli and recent classics like Tink's "Treat Me Like Somebody," Lamis finds the right words that almost anyone can relate to.

"The track “Best Thing” was birthed from a realtime heartbreak," she tells VIBE. "I went into the lab and wrote it while I was ending a relationship that had a strong hold over me. I literally cried in the booth as I was singing it. My hopes are that every woman or man that has been emotionally broken and taken for granted by a lover will feel comfort in knowing that leaving was the best thing they ever did for themselves."

Thanks to her around the way aura, the video plays off her personality with the presence of "Smakie Lamis" taking Lamis out of her sad girl feels over her deceitful partner, allowing her to hop in the whip and bust out some car windows–even if it's not her beau's car. Directed by Michelle Parker, the video also plays up Lamis' Houston swag as she rides around town in a candy green whip.

The budding singer knows how important her songwriting plays a role in her relationship with fans. Lamis previously shared a bit of her writing style with Refinery29, while opening up about the importance of body positivity.

"Anytime something impacts my life, I write it down and make a song out of it," she said. In her previous visuals for "Suga Daddy," the singer turned up the sexy for a good reason. "I've displayed my confidence as a chunky girl in this video. So many people have things to say about curvy, bigger girls. I feel like we're in a space now where we're able to finally have a voice and be free, and still be sexy. Particularly with the wardrobe, I wanted to show some skin, to show those curves, those back rolls, those fat little pockets I got underneath my chin and shit. I wanted to make sure I displayed that and rocked the hell out of it, confidently."

Lamis is gearing up to release her debut EP S.O.L.A.R. (Storytelling Over Lyrics and Rhymes) on Dec. 13. The singer hopes to share more stories her fans will appreciate and the masses will adore. Her come-up is a digital grassroots movement thanks to her remake of Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" in 2018 leading to her debut studio single  "N.A.S.," an acronym for "Ni**as ain't S**t."

 

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Taking things up a notch, Lamis announced the #BestThingChallenge to welcome fellow sangers to show off their vocals.

Before diving into the challenge, enjoy the visuals for "Best Thing" below.

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Whitney Houston's Close Friend Robyn Crawford Details Romantic Relationship In New Memoir

Whitney Houston's personal life has been explored ten times over since her untimely passing in 2012 but one of her closest friends wants to share with the world the Whitney she knew and ultimately fell in love with.

In excerpts to People Wednesday (Nov. 6), Robyn Crawford presents a strong bond between the two in her new memoir, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston. The singer and Crawford met in their youth while working at a summer camp in East Orange, New Jersey. From there, their friendship blossomed into something more romantic. With homophobia running rampant in the 80s, Crawford says they never looked at labels but enjoyed the experiences they shared together.

“We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay,” writes Crawford. “We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever.”

As their journey continued, Whitney's star began to rise which put allegedly put their romance on ice. “She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore,” writes Crawford. "Because it would make our journey even more difficult. She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us....and back in the ’80s, that’s how it felt. I kept it safe. I found comfort in my silence.”

Whitney's relationship with Crawford was mentioned in the 2018 documentary Whitney. Created by the singer's estate, the film focused on the singer's legacy and didn't include first-hand accounts from Crawford. Family members were weary of their special friendship.

"I’ve never seen them do anything but I know that she was something that I didn’t want my sister to be involved with," Whitney's brother Gary stated in the documentary.

But Crawford is finally ready to tell her own story while "lifting" Houston's legacy.

“I wanted to lift her legacy, give her respect and share the story of who she was before the fame, and in that, to embrace our friendship,” she tells People. "I'd come to the point where I felt the need to stand up for our friendship. And I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent."

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston is expected to hit bookshelves this fall.

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Keke Wyatt Announces That She's Pregnant With Her Tenth Child

Keke Wyatt has news to share that concerns expanding her family tree. On Monday (Oct. 14), the "If Only You Knew" singer revealed that she's pregnant with her tenth child.

"My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy!" she wrote on Instagram. "We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family."

The vocalist continued to state that fans can follow her pregnancy journey on her YouTube series The Keke Show where she gives an intimate look at how she balances her career and motherhood.

 

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In an interview with The Christian Post, Wyatt said she believes she has "an anointing with motherhood" and looks at her children as fuel to keep striving in her career.

"I just don't believe in shutting down. I believe in that's what the Lord had for me," she said. "Babies don't get in the way of careers, we get in the way of careers. If that's what the Lord had for me from the very beginning, there's nothing nobody can do and nobody can say."

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