Serena Williams is back on the court after taking most of the year off following the birth of her first child, but her comeback was marred by a loss.
On Saturday, four months after she and husband Alexis Ohanian welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia, Serena played an exhibition match against defending French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. She dropped the first set 6-2, rebounded to win the second set 6-3 and then fell behind 5-0 while losing the match tiebreaker 10-5, according to ESPN.
“I’m excited. It’s good to be back on the court,” Williams said after the match, the outlet reported. “This was such a good time for me…First matches back are always super-incredibly hard, especially after having a baby. It was great. I was glad I could do it here.”
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley told reporters earlier this month that Williams was “very likely” to return to play at the annual event, which begins on January 15, to defend her Grand Slam title.
Serena’s husband joined her and cheered her on in Abu Dhabi.
“Mama is back in the office,” he wrote on Instagram on Saturday.
Earlier in the week, the 40-year-old took her 5-year-old son Rocky Prinze for a manicure. Rocky opted for a glittering black polish. The star took to Instagram to document the whole adorable outing, sharing an image of their nails and writing, “We match.”
Earlier this week, their house in Encino, California was broken into and more than $1 million worth of items was reportedly stolen while they and their kids were vacationing in Aspen, Colorado and after they posted pics from their trip. Police confirmed to E! News that a burglary was reported at the residence but offered no details.
Umansky posted a slew of photos of his family on Instagram on Saturday, writing, “Memories #family. Nothing replaces Family. They can steal your belongings but they can’t steal your memories or your love.”
His and Richards’ 17-year-old daughter Sophia also posted a photo of the three embracing, writing, “All that matters.”
A week ago the former couple sparked rumors that they were back together when they were spotted kissing after having lunch together in Los Angeles, but the reconciliation rumblings were quickly shut down.
Despite the kiss, last week an insider told E! News, “They are not dating.”
Along with the fierce photo of the fam, which shows a rare full-body pic of pregnant Khloe Kardashian in a glittering, fringed Yousef Al Jasmi jumpsuit, the oldest Kardashian wrote, “When you can’t find the rest of the family for the photo …”
As they headed out of New York City’s JFK airport on Saturday, Shakira 40, and Gerard Piqué, 30, were caught getting all snuggly at the tail end of their Christmas vacation. Cue the melting of hearts around the world.
The PDA-tastic pair was spotted leaving the Big Apple ahead of Sunday’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Looks like the parents of two, who got together in 2010, are still all about each other…
The cute couple, who were bundled up for the cold, flew out of the City That Never Sleeps with their young sons Milan, 4, and Sasha, 2. The family of four definitely had some quality time in NYC—they arrived in New York on Dec. 24.
Cardi B is threatening to make Offset go Eric Benet if he pulls another stunt again.
JAY-Z coined the phrase on his single “Kill JAY-Z” off his 4:44 album. “You almost went Eric Benét, Let the baddest girl in the world get away, I don’t even know what else to say, Ni**a, never go Eric Benét!” Hov raps. During her performance at the Holiday Hip Hop Festival in Mississippi last night, Cardi B fired off a stern warning to her fiance Offset using some lines this time from Beyonce’s Lemonade.
“I let a ni**a know though. You do that sh*t again, you gon’ lose your wife,” Cardi B said in reminiscence of the famous lines on Beyonce’s single “Don’t Hurt Yourself” where she sings, “Uh, this is your final warning, You know I give you life, If you try this sh*t again, You gon lose your wife.”
Cardi B and Offset were recently embroiled in some cheating drama that aired out on social media after hackers leaked a video showing the Migos rapper allegedly cheating on his fiancee with another female inside a hotel room back in September of this year. He has since denied the allegations and seems she has forgiven him for any miss steps but not without a stern warning. The hackers who somehow got into Offset’s iCloud account also leaked explicit videos of Cardi B online and says that they have a full sex tape of the two.
The pair started dating earlier this year while they were working together on a song. They were first spotted out in public together at the Super Bowl and since then they have been inseparable. In October, they broke up for a few days after airing out each other on social media, but then got engaged a few days later when Offset proposed to her on stage at the Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia with a giant diamond ring cost north of $500,000.
Bounty Killer is urging the Jamaican government to pay police officers a higher wage.
Killer has cemented his place in dancehall as one of the greatest of all time and when you go to one of his shows you can expect a full set of classics plus some heart to heart moments like his recent performance at 100 Live in Kingston on Wednesday night. The dancehall legend put on a show for his fans and also took timeout to sound off on a number of social and political topics including the ongoing fight between the police and the government over higher wages.
“Politician, unno cyaan make life hard and make it easier fi people do bad things, and den di crime rate escalate and leave it pan di police dem. Give the police dem di money,” Bounty Killer told the crowd. “Dem have police a do inna dis time when the crime rate so high nuh right. Andrew Holness, hold dis: ‘Give the police di money to fight the beast name crime.”
This is not the first time that Bounty Killer is sticking his neck out for the police force. Earlier this year, Bounty and Ninjaman met with Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, where the two dancehall legends gave motivational speeches to a group of police officers. Their efforts were well received, but of course Ninjaman is currently in prison for murder.
Popcaan has injected some new life into the annual festival Sound Di Alarm.
The show has been always geared towards roots reggae fans, but singer Iba Mahr says the Unruly deejay’s addition to the lineup this year has lifted the show to new heights. The event, held at Dinthill Sports Complex in Linstead, St Catherine, is sponsored by Tru Juice and proceeds are donated to the Linstead Hospital. The show originally started out as a small community party and has since been transformed into a full concert with some big-name acts on the lineup.
“Over the years, we have been seen as a reggae festival, but with artistes like Popcaan added, it shows that Sound Di Alarm is a complete music experience,” Iba Mahr said. “We look forward to giving back to Linstead Hospital every year with this event. Already, hundreds of thousands of dollars has been given to repair parts of the accident and emergency building, and with the continued support from the patrons, we can give even more cash to the hospital next year.”
Other artists on the lineup for Sound Di Alarm this Sunday includes Capleton, Bugle, Luciano, Iba Mahr, Turbulence, I Wayne, Freddie McGregor, Junior Reid, Sizzla, Warrior King, Coco Tea, and more.
The Mobay deejay signed a record deal with Kingston’s Time is Money Entertainment label this year and now he is getting ready to drop the first project on that deal. According to Kingston, Tommy Lee already recorded around half a dozen songs for the album as they prepare for a spring 2018 release date. The singer says the new project will be like a rebirth for the Gothic dancehall star.
“We don’t know if all the seven songs will make the final cut, but we’re working on it,” Sean Kingston said. “It’s just a rebirth; a new chapter of Tommy Lee that has all the dimensions; switching voice tones, mad song concepts, melodies, instruments. It’s a whole different vibe. The chemistry is crazy.”
Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta collaborated on two new singles this year so he will likely be on the dancehall spitter’s new album. The two drop their new song, “Crossover,” last month and its been getting plenty airplay since including clocking over a million views on YouTube. Tommy Lee is not the only artist in the camp who is currently working on a new album, Sean Kingston has his “Made In Jamaica” project coming out on February 3, 2018.
When Wayne dropped Dedication 6 on Christmas Day everyone was left wondering where is that Drake, but fret not he is still holding it down the fort. The two Young Money rappers collaborated on a remix for JAY-Z‘s 4:44 single, “Family Feud” and its fire. Weezy did hinted last weekend that there will be a second part of the mixtape. Drizzy debut the single on his Instagram page on Friday, just moments after Hov drop the full video for the original single on TIDAL.
The single is a bit of a freestyle with the two rap titans trading bars on two lengthy verses where they both showcase their lyrical prowess. In his verse, Drake gave Colin Kaepernick and his former foe Diddy a shout-out and surprisingly he took a jab at Lil Wayne’s ongoing legal battle with Cash Money Records. Drizzy also namedrops Donald Trump in his verse in a bold move from the Canadian rapper. “If I ever see Trump he better salute ni**as, Much as we do ni**a, For real,” he raps.
Lil Wayne once again proved why he is one of the greatest of all time in hip hop with a fire verse. “On my god, lightning striking twice in this place, Should we make a wish or should we make it right in this place?, All these mother f***ing beef, I need some rice on this plate, Talked to your wifey today, she feeling triflin’ she say,” Weezy raps.
Chance The Rapper name Lil Wayne as the Michael Jackson of rap music in a bold claim on Twitter. While some fans agrees with his assessment, there are others who say he is reaching with that claim. Nevertheless, Weezy is one of the greatest that ever take up a microphone and rap.
Offset has denied claims made by celebrity groupie that she is pregnant with his child.
Cardi B and Offset has been dealing with allegations of infidelity over the last few weeks and now at least one female has come forward with claims that the Migos rapper impregnate her. The problem for her is, now he is shooting back saying he doesn’t even know her much less to knock her up. Still she is adamant that he is the father of her unborn child.
“These past few months have been a complete mess, but I finally found enough strength to open up about what’s going on,” Powell wrote on Instagram along with posting a photo of a sonogram. “Yes I am expecting & yes she’s a GIRL my whole life is changing and right now it’s definitely for the better. I’m not sure what the future holds but I hope [Offset] & I work this out for the sake of Karma Lee Cephus.”
She also addressed her critics who accused her of faking pregnancies before by saying that this time its very real. For those of you who don’t know who Celina Powell is, she is a popular Instagram model who has in the past accused rappers like Chief Keef and Fetty Wap of being her baby daddy. Of course they all denied it and she never present them with a baby or a baby bump.
Nevertheless, the allegation comes at a bad time for Offset who is dealing with his own allegations of cheating on his fiance Cardi B. The Migos rapper also has two children from a previous relationship. Last month, he also admitted to being the father of a 7-year-old boy named Jordan after the boy’s mother, Justine Watson, filed a paternity suit against him. Is it possible for him to have a fourth child on the way.
Kim Kardashian coughs up an explanation into why her 25 family photos disappear from her Instagram.
The reality TV mogul uploaded 25 family portraits to her Instagram account every day in December leading up to Christmas Day. Her fans criticized her harshly because of Kylie Jenner, who is rumored to be pregnant, was not in any of the photos including the one she posted on Christmas. Natural everyone thought that it was because she was being trolled why she deleted the photos.
According to Kim Kardashian, that assessment is not the case and she merely deleted the pics because that was the original plan of action. “Was always the plan. I archived them so my instagram feed vibe is back,” she responded to a fan who asked, “Wait @KimKardashian deleted all the 25 days of Christmas cards on Instagram.”
After deleting the photos, she posted a pic of herself, Kanye West, North West, and Saint West. “Happy Holidays,” she wrote in the caption. The couple has a third child on the way through a surrogate. Their new bundle of joy is expected to arrive in January next year. Her two sisters, Kylie and Khloe Kardashian, also have their babies on the way but so far only Khloe has confirmed her pregnancy. Kylie Jenner has been in hiding ever since rumors surfaced of her pregnancy for Travis Scott and she has yet confirmed or denied the rumors. Khloe and Triston Thompson are expecting a baby boy.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been going strong especially since his mental breakdown in November last year which forced him to cancel his Saint Pablo Tour. This year the rap icon has maintained a low profile and mostly stayed out of the public eye. He still manages to push his Yeezy fashion brand even further all while working on a new album due next year.
Bruno Mars has a new lawsuit on his hands over “Uptown Funk.”
The pop singer and Mark Ronson scored a massive hit with their collaborative single “Uptown Funk.” The single was released in 2014 and went on to become one of the biggest song on the planet that year and is still in heavy rotation on radios to date. The retro music video for “Uptown Funk” has already clocked close to three billion views on YouTube. But after making millions off the single, here comes a new lawsuit from a rap group who claim that they rip off their song, TMZ reported.
The Sequence claimed that Bruno Mars and Ronson ripped off their 1970s classic “Funk You Up” which created history in 1979 when it became the first rap son to reach the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In their suit, the female trio claim that “Uptown Funk” has “significant and substantially similar compositional elements.” They are asking for an unspecified sum in their suit.
This is the second lawsuit the two singers are facing in the last couple of months. Back in September of this year, Roger Troutman and Zapp filed legal docs claiming that Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson stole pieces of their song “More Bounce to the Ounce” which was released in 1980.
The reggae pop singer recently concluded his tour overseas and returned to Jamaica just in time for Christmas to spend the holidays in his homeland with his family. One of the first thing he did when he returned home was to visit Vybz Kartel and sources told us that it was the incarcerated deejay’s request to have Kingston visit him over at GP to discuss some business, as well as, some big plans for 2018.
“2nd day back in [Jamaica],” Kingston wrote on Instagram in the caption of a photo of himself and Sikka Rymes who is a close friend of Kartel. “Just went to pay the Wurlboss [Vybz Kartel] another visit… di teacher is in goodfaith with a lot of great plans for #2018 Big up di link @sikka_rymes for the invitation.”
While he didn’t revealed the exact plans that Kartel has for the new year, sources told us that he is planning to drop a new album as well as a ton of new music. “We have a major project in the works for the new year,” sources told us. “2018 will be bigger and better just stay tune its total domination from the Wor’Boss boss it ago sick.”
This is the second visit Sean Kingston made to Vybz Kartel in prison this year following his first visit in March. The two also collaborated a single “Chance” which has been getting plenty airplay locally and overseas. Since returning to Jamaica, the “Beautiful Girl” singer has bought a new mansion and a new fleet of luxury cars. He also signed Kartel’s protege, Tommy Lee Sparta, to his Time Is Money Entertainment. The two are currently working on their albums due early next year.