Plus-sized model appears in 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

Published: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 12:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 12:57 PM

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A successful 27-year-old plus-sized model is about to make an even bigger name for herself, appearing in an ad in the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are, too. There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt,” model Ashley Graham said in a statement. (Source:

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Online retailer SwimsuitsForAll debuts the new ad, part of its #curvesinbikinis campaign, in the Sports Illustrated issue that hits news stands Feb. 9, 2015. 

A promotional video debuts the same day; check out a clip, below: 

Mo'Nique urges fans to boycott Netflix for color, gender bias

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actress Mo'Nique attends the 35th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at the InterContinental Hotel on January 16, 2010 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LAFCA)
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CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 16: Actress Mo'Nique attends the 35th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at the InterContinental Hotel on January 16, 2010 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LAFCA)(Alberto E. Rodriguez)

Award-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique is urging her fans to boycott Netflix for gender and color bias after she says the entertainment company made her a lowball offer for a comedy special.

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Mo'Nique took to Instagram to air her grievances Friday. In a video, she explained that Netflix offered her $500,000 to do a comedy special, but she rejected the offer. Mo'Nique said she felt it was a low offer considering Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle all made millions of dollars for their Netflix comedy specials. According to Mo'Nique, Schumer negotiated with Netflix for $13 million, while Rock and Chapelle each earned $20 million.


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Mo'Nique suspects racial and gender bias are at play, since she believes her strong résumé entitles her to more than the $500,000 that Netflix offered.

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana dead at 27

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

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Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has died, according to several of his friends, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 27.

Canadian rapper Drake, record producer Maxo Cream and California rapper Lil B expressed their condolences on social media.

Santana, whose birth name was Derrick Coleman, wrote on Instagram in October that he was suffering from liver failure, the Sun-Times reported.

No official cause of death has been listed, MTV reported, although TMZ, citing unnamed family members, reported that Santana died from a seizure at his Los Angeles home late Friday night.

Santana was a force in Chicago’s drill music scene when it began in 2012 He released his 2013 debut album, “Trappin’ Ain’t Dead” on Savage Squad, the record label he founded, MTV reported.

His last album, “Fredo Kruger 2,” was released last year.

In addition to liver troubles, Santana also had kidney failure and seizures, MTV reported.

Hall and Oates, Train to kick off summer arena tour together

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Hall And Oates And Train Announce Joint Tour

First it was Journey and Def Leppard, now Hall and Oates and Train have announced the bands will be doing a tour together this summer.

According to Rolling Stone, both groups will play full sets before they both take the stage for the finale. 

Tickets go on sale for most of the North American tour dates on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. on Live Nation.

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Philadelphia’s May 26 date will also be the resurrection of “HoagieNation Festival,” a festival held by Daryl Hall and John Oates that is, according to Rolling Stone, a “celebration of food, music and culture.”

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Train will be promoting “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat,” the band’s 10th album and first top 10 album since “Bulletproof Picasso” in 2014.

Hall and Oates haven’t made an album since 2006’s “Home for Christmas,” but both have produced solo work. They toured North America with Tears for Fears last year, Spin reported.

Tour dates:

5/1 - Sacramento, Calif., Golden 1 - Center
5/4 - San Jose, Calif.,  SAP Center
5/6 - Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
5/8 - Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena
5/10 - Denver, Pepsi Center
5/12 - St. Louis, Scottrade Center
5/16 - St. Paul, Minn.,  Xcel Energy Center
5/18 - Chicago, United Center
5/20 - Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
5/22 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena
5/24 - Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
5/26 - Philadelphia, HoagieNation Festival
6/5 - Toronto, Air Canada Centre
6/7 - Boston, Xfinity Center
6/9 - Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
6/11 - Washington, DC,Capital One Arena
6/14 - New York, Madison Square Garden
6/18 - Charlotte, N.C., Spectrum Center
6/20 - Atlanta, Infinite Energy Center 
6/22 - Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
6/24 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., BB&T Center
6/26 - Orlando, Fla., Amway Center
6/28 - New Orleans, Smoothie King Center
6/30 - Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
7/13 - Montreal, Bell Centre
7/15 - Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
7/18 - Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center
7/20 - Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
7/22 - Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena
7/24 - Dallas, American Airlines Center
7/26 - Houston, Toyota Center
7/28 - Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
7/31 - Los Angeles, The Forum
8/4 - San Diego, Viejas Arena
8/7 - Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
8/9 - Portland, Ore., Moda Center
8/11 - Seattle, KeyArena


Olivia Munn shut down Chris Pratt dating rumors by texting Anna Faris

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Olivia Munn (R) shut down rumors she was dating Chris Pratt (L) by texting Anna Faris, Pratt's ex-wife.
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Olivia Munn (R) shut down rumors she was dating Chris Pratt (L) by texting Anna Faris, Pratt's ex-wife.(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner Image)

Actors Olivia Munn and Chris Pratt sparked dating rumors when the pair were spotted having dinner over the weekend, but Munn says they are not together.

Just Jared reported that the 37-year-old “Magic Mike” actress took to social media to shut down rumors, and she had receipts from a surprising source.

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“1. Not every woman is scorned and upset after a breakup,” she wrote in an Instagram story on Sunday.

Munn added, “2. Not every woman is ‘furious’ at another woman for dating her ex. 3. So even if I was dating @prattprattpratt, some tabloids got me and @annafaris all wrong. 4. Women respect and love each other a lot more than some people like to think.”

After posting the messages to prove her point, Munn shared a conversation between herself and Pratt’s ex-wife, Anna Faris, in which she clarified to Faris that the rumors were not true.

“I wanted to reach out to you personally to tell you the story about me and Chris dating has 0% truth,” Munn wrote in part. “I’m sure you already know it’s not true, or maybe didn’t care either way, but I just wanted to reach out personally to tell you it’s not true.”

Thanking her for being sweet for assuring her, Faris, 41, replied that she would be “thrilled” to have Munn as her “new sister in law” if the rumors had been true.

Pratt and Faris announced their split in August 2017 after eight years of marriage in a joint statement on social media before officially filing for divorce in December.

Chris Pratt, Anna Faris Announce Separation

While it appears Pratt is keeping his bachelor badge for the time being, his ex-wife-to-be returned to the dating world two months after the couple publicly called it quits. Faris was first spotted in October with her cinematographer boyfriend, Michael Barrett. The couple reportedly met in September while working on her forthcoming comedy remake “Overboard.”

Munn and her ex-boyfriend NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers split in spring 2017 after three years of dating. Last week Danica Patrick confirmed she and Rodgers were dating.