Jill Scott “Black Is Beautiful” On Essence Magazine

Jill Scott is on the cover of Essence magazine, for their October 2012 issue, where the magazine stats that “Black Is Beautiful.”

In the issue:

“This is the simplest form of myself. I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Hey, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too…”—Jill Scott

Jill Scott has much to be excited about these days. After a tumultuous few years that saw the end of her first marriage, a broken engagement to her son’s father, an acrimonious split from her longtime record label Hidden Beach and the abrupt end of her HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, life is looking up for the singer.

She’s a mother and a maverick; she’s starring in a TV movie — Lifetime’s all-Black revamp of the 1980’s classic Steel Magnolias — and she’s still packing in crowds on tour. Here, the soulful songstress—rocking a close-cropped natural for the October issue cover—talks to ESSENCE about “the lights coming on”after turning 40, finding her stride… and what’s next on the horizon.

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Pretty Little Liars Halloween Promotional Poster!

Pretty Little Liars as officially released a 2012 Halloween Special poster for the ABC Family show, starting on Tuesday, October 23.

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Julianna Margulies Is Featured On Ladies’ Home Journal

Julianna Margulies is on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal on the October 2012 issue.

Here are some highlights from her interview:

Knowing her husband Keith Lieberthal, was “the one:” “I think the true moment I knew I was going to marry him was when he told me I needed to raise my bar when it came to men. He was shocked at how I never expected him to pull a chair out for me. I didn’t understand what chivalry was. I had never experienced it. It was such a turn on!”

On juggling work and family: ”When Keith and I come home, we put our BlackBerrys, iPhones, computer and iPads away and don’t make it a focal part of the home. The crazy outside doesn’t come into our house.”

Should Alicia and Peter Florek on The Good Wife get back together: ”It’s so hard to give a definitive answer to that question. I think they’re good together. But it’s a tricky dilemma. Politics is sexy and Chris Noth has that: He’s 6-foot-2 and he’s got a strong jaw and a deep voice and you kinda have to go like this [she looks up] when you talk to him, and it’s a very strange aphrodisiac. But I just don’t know. I don’t know if I could ever forgive my husband if he cheated.”

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Penn Badgley Couldn’t Be Any More Happier For His Former Love

Penn Badgley found out about his former girlfriend Blake Lively marrying her long-time boyfriend, he is currently in Toronto promoting his new movie Greetings from Tim Buckley.

People reports: “I actually didn’t know until last night, but I think it’s fantastic,” Badgley, who still costars on the CW show with Lively, tells PEOPLE. “I couldn’t be happier for her.”

Badgley and Lively, both 25, became a couple during filming of their CW show Gossip Girl, and broke up in 2010. (He’s now dating Zoe Kravitz.) Still, he thinks that the newlyweds are “pretty spot-on.”

I’m so happy for her,” continued Badgley, who learned of the wedding by reading reports and speaking to “people who are close to her.”

Added the actor of his ex’s relationship with Reynolds, 35: “I think it’s everything that it should be.”

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Will Smith Poses With His Loving Family At The Free Angela and All Political Prisoners Premiere

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith pose at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 9th with their children Willow and Jaden at the Free Angela and All Political Prisoners premiere.

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Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Tie The Knott

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have ran off and tie the knott on September 9th, according to People.

Celebrity Chatta: The couple were married on September 9 at the Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina–a source tells People.com.

They were serenaded by Florence Welch at the reception.

Lively and Reynolds were featured in the 2011 film Green Lantern.

They bought a home in Bedford, New York earlier this year.

It’s the first marriage for Lively, 25 and the second for Reynolds, 35 who was married to Scarlett Johansson for two years. They divorced in 2010.

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“Reality Show Couple” Brenchel Marry!

Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas who made the team Brenchel, have reportedly got married at the AT&T Center in Los Angeles on September 8th.

Celebrity Chatta: According to People.com, she arrived to the ceremony via a helicopter wearing a Missoni gown.

Big Brother stars Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd were among the 130 guests in attendance.

The ceremony was officiated by Big Brother star Matt Hoffman.

The couple’s wedding will be featured on WE tv’s My Fair Wedding: Unveiled airing December 15 at 9/8c.

Remember when Brenchel were married in a trash bag ceremony on BB All Stars? Good times:

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Jermaine Dupri Rescues His Atlanta Home!

Jermaine Dupri allegedly forgot to pay is mortgage debt of 193,000 dollars, but he rescued his home just in time for the foreclosure auction this week.

Gossip Center reports: Dupri’s home was scheduled for auction September 4th — after Dupri’s bank claimed the rapper failed missed $193,404 in payments on his mortgage.

Dupri filed an emergency motion in response, asking the court to block the auction, claiming he only owed $89,901 … and he paid the bill in full by the time he filed the motion.

The house was yanked from the auction at the last minute.

Dupri’s lawyer, James Kane, tells TMZ, “There was no foreclosure sale of the property … We are presently working with the lender to reconcile our disagreement over the [mortgage amount due].”

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