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Verse Simmonds Hosts Sincerely XO Listening Session In Atlanta

Verse and SXO press play

Are you feeling this new group? On Monday night Sincerely XO, a new Atlanta based girl group, previewed their new music including their remix to Chris Brown’s “Loyal,” at DJ Drama’s Means Street Studios. Take a listen here:

Means Street Studios

Guests at SXO Listening Session

Verse Simmonds was on hand to host the night’s festivities and press play on the music that he’s been creating with these budding stars. Group members Vii (Pronounced Vee), Jaz and JLa (Jay-La) were supported by fellow artist Jacob Latimore and DJ Trauma, who’s recently been on tour with Dave Chapelle. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails and light bites through out the evening.

Sincerely XO

Looks like a great beginning for these talented and beautiful songstresses! They can be found on Instagram at @ItsXO, @ItsXOJaz, @ItsXOVii and @ItsXOJLa and Twitter using the same handles. Check out more pics from the listening below:

Verse and SXO press play Brooke from Streetz 94 DJ Trauma Guests at SXO Listening Session Means Street Studios Sincerely XO SXO with Verse Simmonds

Photos: Prince Williams/

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On The Come Up!: Colorado’s 1st Month Of Chronic Tax Brings In A Whopping $2 Million! [Video]

March 11 (Bloomberg) — The first month of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado brought in about $2 million in tax revenue, the first indicator of the earning potential of the U.S.’s premier legal pot market. Betty Liu reports on “Movers & Shakers” on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)


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Show & Prove: Can Losin’ Azz Olympian Lolo Jones Finally Win A Medal On The Women’s Bobsledding Team?

LoLo Jones

Maybe now Lolo can prove she’s not a huge Olympic failure.

Lolo Jones Adds Excitement To U.S. Women’s Bobsled Team

She couldn’t get it poppin’ as a track and field star. If she can’t get the medal as a bobsled athlete, well, UPS is hiring…

According to The Gazette:

Lolo Jones wanted to become a push athlete in Olympic bobsled competition.

She knew her ambition would require a big dose of courage. It’s no secret bobsledding can be perilous.

She also knew her ambition would require a more enormous version of Lolo.

Jones had made her name as a slim 130-pound world-class hurdler. She needed to add 30 pounds, at least, to prosper as a pusher.

“I can eat anything,” Jones said late in 2013 as she looked back on her successful attempt to add weight to her frame. “And it’s awesome.”

Jones is the most famous of the athletes who have traveled from other sports to bobsled competition. She is joined on the Olympic team by Lauryn Williams, a gold medal Olympic sprinter, and Aja Evans, who competed in track at Illinois.

On the men’s team, Curt Tomasevicz traveled to the bobsled Olympic team from football. He was raised in Shelby, Neb., on land almost as flat as a pool table. He still found his way, with a stop at Nebraska’s football team, to this mountain sport and lives and trains in Colorado Springs.

“They ask me if bobsledding is fun,” Tomasevicz said, “and I don’t think I could describe bobsledding as fun with freezing temperatures and spandex and wearing only a helmet as protection, it’s not necessarily fun.”

Jones disagrees.

She’s been surprised by the sheer joy of bobsledding. She once spent her days trying to run as fast as she could while clearing hurdles, but has found thrills in her role as, borrowing his words, “the engine” of a bobsled race team.

“Once you get use to the g-force and how it knocks you around, it’s really quite fun,” she said.

Do you think Lolo can get a gold Olympic medal as a bobsled athlete?

Image via RunLoloRun

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On The Come Up: Nene Leakes Set To Launch Her Own TV Production Company

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Nene is going to be an even richer beyotch.

Nene Leakes Starts Production Company

Maybe Nene can make enough coins to help struggle bird Porsha pay her bills.

According to Sister 2 Sister:

NeNe Leakes has gone into business for herself by starting her own production company and she’s already got three shows lined up!

What does one do when they have arrived? Launch their own company, of course. Sources told that’s what NeNe Leakes has done.

Reportedly the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star quietly started NeNe Leakes Production True Entertainment last year and her spin-off “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” was the first show on the company’s roster. Not only was NeNe Leakes Production involved, she acted as executive producer for the show.

And it doesn’t seem that she has any intentions of slowing down now that a new year is upon us. “Been up early on conference calls all morning! Looks like 2014 is gonna b another amazing year #watch,” she tweeted last week.

Supposedly, NeNe’s already got three more series coming up for NeNe Leakes Production. That might include a dating show where NeNe helps her BFF Diana Gowins find a man. There’s no word on what the name of the show might be at this time.

Nene needs to do a show that helps Kenya find a man so she can stop talking about her invisible boo.

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2 Year-Old Test Positive For Dank In Colorado And State Brings In Over A Million Dollars From First Day Sales! [Video]

Longmont 2-Year-Old Tests Positive For Marijuana.

Turn it for the report on the sales…

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On The Grind: Usher And Shakira To Replace Cee Lo Green And Christina Aquilera On “The Voice” Again


Usher and Shakira are ready to turn up again.

Shakira And Usher Replacing Cee Lo And Christina

Any time a show replaces you twice, it can’t be good. Plus, Cee Lo needs that gwap to pay his lawyer fees.

According to Rolling Out reports:

This week “The Voice” wrapped up season five by crowning their winner, Tessanne Chin. Just days after crowning their victor, “The Voice” announced that they will be bringing back Usher and Shakira, who will join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton starting Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, when “The Voice” returns to NBC.

When Shakira announced that she was leaving after her short stay during season five, she attributed it to her busy schedule …

“It was a hard decision for me to make, because I’m really fond of the coaches, the people in production and everybody around me,” she told E! News. ” I really enjoyed The Voice, but I also have a musical career and I’m a mother now and my poor baby’s so tired flying such long distances. He already has more miles than any pilot. So I think I have to give him a little break, and we’ll see what happens in the future.”

There has been no word from either Green or Aguilera’s camp on how they are taking their replacement … again. “The Voice” returns early 2014, with a two-night premiere on Monday, Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 25 on NBC.

Will you be tuning in?


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New Couple? Sevyn Streeter Gets Some Sugar From Mack Wilds At Her EP Release Party

Mack Wilds Sevyn Streeter

These two look pretty cute together, could there be sparks?

Last night, CBE/Atlantic recording artist Sevyn Streeter celebrated the release of her new EP “Call Me Crazy, But…” at Mister H in NY. Presented by Hennessy V.S, attendees included B.o.B., Tristan “Mack” Wilds, Joe Budden, Mario Winans, Notorious singer/actress Antonique Smith, Producer Jerry Wonder, Power 105.1’s Angela Yee, BET’s Stephen G. Hill and music industry executives Mike Kyser & Kevin Liles.

B.O.B. at Sevyn Streeter Album Release Party

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And it looks like Mack isn’t the only artist open about his fondness for Sevyn.

If you were Sevyn Streeter and had your pick between Mack Wilds and B.O.B., Which One Would You Hit?

Hit the flip for more photos from the event.

Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez

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On The Come Up: Kerry Washington To Host Saturday Night Live

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Kerry is getting that mainstream gwap.

Kerry Washington To Host Saturday Night Live

And who says there aren’t enough funny black women in TV—shame on you Kenan Thompson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter

Kerry Washington is set to make her debut on Saturday Night Live.

The Emmy-nominated star of ABC’s Scandal is set to host the NBC show on Nov. 2. Eminem, whose new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, will be released Nov. 5, will serve as the night’s musical guest; it marks his sixth appearance on the show.

The news of Washington’s hosting gig comes on the heels of a TV Guide interview with SNL star Kenan Thompson, who lamented the lack of black female cast members.

“It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson said. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated actor Edward Norton is set to make his own debut as SNL host the week before Washington. Norton next appears in the films The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman.

Janelle Monae will serve as musical guest that night, marking her first appearance on the show.

Will you be tuning in?

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New Black Kid On The Block: Jessica Betts – “Holding On” [Listen]

This girl can saaaaannng

Jessica Betts – “Holding On”

You may remember this slightly familiar face as a contestant on Missy Elliot’s short-lived “Road To Stardom” talent search reality show a few years back who later went on to become a protegee and rumored boo-thang of Missy’s before landing a spot in the “BET Music Matters” showcase.

Her name is Jessica Betts and she’s a powerhouse vocalist who can easily go toe-to-toe with your favorite singer making her way onto the R&B music scene with a new look and unparalleled voice that’s sure to hold your attention as can be seen in the video for her single “Holding On” below.

Check her out below and see what you think….

So what’s the verdict, Bossip fam? Are you feelin’ Jessica Betts? You can check out more of her music HERE.

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BOSSIP Exclusive: Mateo Drops An Acoustic Version Of “How Good Is Your Love?” [Video]

We already loved this song, but the acoustic version just takes it over the top! Mateo is one of our favorite artists on the come up… What do y’all think of the song?

Here’s a lil more info on our boy:

Mateo first gained recognition and popularity through the release of several mixtapes. Garnering over a million views on YouTube, he solidified a fan base eager for his material. Intrigued by his sound and authentic voice, Grammy-award winning producer Kerry “Krucial” Brothers (Alicia Keys, Nas, Drake) took notice and soon began working with the young artist, helping him to mold his style. Also impressed was R&B star, Alicia Keys, who joined Mateo on “Say Its So,” from the Love & Stadiums II mixtape, becoming one of his biggest supporters.

Mateo has since witnessed the success of his October 2012 release, Suite 823 (Krucial Noise/Interscope Records) and is fresh off his first national tour, where he opened for Keyshia Cole and Chrisette Michele. Showing no signs of letting up, he will release his latest single and video, “How Good Is Your Love,” just in time for the summer. Showing no signs of letting up, Mateo’s EP titled, We’ve Met Before, is now available.

On We’ve Met Before, the Cincinnati crooner journeys through his emotions over a series of love songs; with his lyrics sometimes serving as a double entendre for both relationships and music. Featuring production by Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Zeke MacUmber, each track lends its own to the signature sound Mateo has cultivated over the years: a warm blend of R&B/alternative music, presented with a smooth subtle tone and enhanced by displays of vocal forte.

“I’m in a better place than I have ever been musically. With this EP, I want to show fans how I’ve evolved. They may have met me before, but I have so much more to give them,” comments Mateo.

In addition to the EP, Mateo has been treating fans to an accompanying webseries; one that follows the star as he navigates the music scene. Mateo will continue to tour this fall and put the finishing touches on his forthcoming full length album.

We’ve Met Before is now available digitally.

Peep the webseries:

Mateo Online

Track Listing:

1. How Good Is Your Love
2. I Miss You
3. After Dark
4. Love Is a Gun
5. Sing About Me

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On The Come Up: BOSSIP Talks To “The Face” Contestants Devyn, Ebony And Sandra About Breaking Into Modeling And Behind The Scenes Drama


One of these girls might just be the next black model to step into Naomi Campbell’s Louboutins!

Last week Oxygen premiered the first episode of their new model competition show “The Face” which features supermodels Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rochas as celebrity judges. BOSSIP had the opportunity to speak with Devyn, Ebony and Sandra, the three black models representing for brown-skinned bangers everywhere with modeling dreams.


So far Devyn is already a team favorite, with the three judges each vying for her to join their team.

“It was a big shock,” the 21-year-old Bronx native tells BOSSIP of learning that she’d be able to choose any of the three supermodels as her coach. “I was confident in getting into the house, I had convinced myself I’d get in but I wasn’t expecting to be picked by all three coaches whatsoever. I was stoked, it definitely put a big smile on my face.”

As a single mother of a two-year-old daughter, juggling several jobs to keep her family afloat, Devyn said that she was drawn to #TeamKarolina because she felt the model mom would better relate to her own struggle.

“I wanted to be a place where people could understand my story and my struggle,” Devyn told BOSSIP. “I felt like Naomi would understand, but she wouldn’t be able to relate to it, where Karolina is a mother. She knows what it is to have a child, she knows the struggles, the everyday things like potty training. Naomi doesn’t have kids, she wouldn’t understand. My mindstate on the show isn’t about me, I’m doing it for my daughter. Karolina would be able to understand because she’s a supermodel doing it for her son.”

It turns out that Devyn quickly found good company in teammate Ebony, who hails from Indiana and is also a single mother.


“Ebony was one of the girls I got closest to,” Devyn told BOSSIP. “I still love her to death to this day, I still support and talk to her. The struggle we had was something we could relate to and we were each someone, we both could lean on, if she was feeling some kind of way and missing her kids I would comfort her. I had a panic attack over the craziness of the competition and not being able to speak to my daughter and she was there for me. Me and Ebony definitely hit it off.”

“We have a lot in common, we’re both single moms, we both work really hard for what we have, so it was easy for us to be close,” Ebony told BOSSIP.”

If you’ve been watching the show, then you already know that the reality TV drama starts very quickly, and 20-year-old Philadelphia native Sandra finds herself at the center of it from the second episode, which airs tonight.


“It’s a competition, I really wasn’t trying to make friends,” Sandra told BOSSIP. “I was there to learn from the best that have done it and I was there to win. I could be cordial, I could be nice but I’m not there to make friends, I was there to work and do business.”

We had to ask her if she at least found some comfort in having Ebony and Devyn along for the journey, but it seems that wasn’t the case.

“I’m not going to say I got along with them,” Sandra said with a laugh. “I think everybody was moreso… How can I say this, they knew it was a competition and they knew I was there to get it. The girls in the house probably thought I was crazy, but I’m not crazy, i just wanted to chase after my dreams. I wouldn’t say I had arguments with them. I didn’t feel close to them though.”

“Oh Gosh, Sandra…” Ebony said when BOSSIP asked her about her castmate. “The maturity level was different, that’s all it is. I didn’t really fight with her, we were on a different page in life. I’m a little older and didn’t have time for the added drama.”

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Kelis and Her “Poodle Mullet” Get a New Gig

Mrs. Ex-Jones is on the come up:

Kelis, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and continual pain in the a*s for Mr. Nasir Jones is embarking on a new venture. The mother of baby Knight is announcing plans to give up on mooching off her ex and return to the music scene circa her 1999 “Caught Out There” days. She won’t be alone in this endeavor; however, because she will be backed by none other than Mr. Jimmy Iovine and his Interscope Records home team, as well as, of the Black Eyed Peas. Continue…


Makin’ It Rain on Them Hoes: Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Susan Boyle, Sells Over 700k Albums While Rihanna Hits it with 180k

Rihanna, Lady GaGa, American Idol’s Adam Lambert and Britain’s Got Talent Susan Boyle all dropped their album last week. With this being Susan’s first album, she has already sold 700k copies in her first week!!!! DAMN… Rih Rih, this old lady is killing you right now.

So, is this what happens when you keep your clothes on and you tone down the sexy???

If you don’t know who Susan Boyle, here is a little recap of how it all came about…

Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” album is on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with 701,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“This is a big deal considering some of the superstar acts that came out this year that couldn’t get to that number, said Billboard’s director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo. The year’s previous high-water sales mark came when Eminem’s “Relapse” sold 608,000 in its opening week.

Boyle, a 48-year-old churchgoing celebrity who lives in a modest government-owned home in Scotland with her pet cat, captured the world’s attention and hearts eight months ago when she performed on the British talent competition.

When it comes to album sales, Boyle is even fiercer than Rihanna, whose fourth album, “Rated R,” is in the No. 4 slot on the charts with 181,000 albums sold during the first week.

As you see in this video, the judges pre-judge Susan and her talent but now she just out sold Rihanna, Lady GaGa and Adam Lambert by a landslide. Gotta gives KUDOS!!!