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Fergie, ELLE’s May cover girl speaks on fame, gossip, and her relationship with Josh

On curbing her appetite: “I’m not going to lie: There are times I play mind tricks on myself, like that the french fries are poison. With desserts, I’ll let myself have just one bite, but I’ll look like a freak when I’m eating it, like when I did Duncan Hines commercials as a kid, just savoring every morsel.”

On criticism from gossipmongers: “It has hurt me in the past when people say things like how ‘fugly’ I am or how horrible I look. I’ve had to learn not to give it such a high priority in life…. Look, when you’re trying to juggle all of this in your life, sometimes you’re not going to look perfect. I don’t have time to get a facial every couple of days.”

On having high expectations: “For my album, I wanted to arrive at the MTV Awards in a British buggy on hydraulics. It didn’t quite work out that way, but, yes, I have all these big, huge dreams.”
On her relationship style: “I’m a relationship girl, a romantic. When I was younger, I used to be the cheater. I’m not talking about going all the way—I wasn’t doing that in high school! But I’d have boyfriends, and then spring break would come around and I’d be a little bit naughty.”

On marriage to Josh Duhamel: “You grow a deeper love for each other, besides the initial lust and falling in love and all of that. You come to know each other a lot better, you grow together, and it makes you love each other that much deeper.”

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Interview w/ Badu: Erykah Badu Didn’t Expect To Be ‘Demonized’ For ‘Window Seat’ Video. Says She Hoped To Spark Dialogue [Audio]

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“I thought it was a move for women and men and children who feel they weren’t good enough,” Erykah Badu said Thursday (April 8) about her controversial video for “Window Seat.” ” ‘This is just me, I’m good enough.’ I felt it was important enough to do. More pros than cons.”

By now, you have probably heard about or seen “Window Seat” for yourself. In the video, which was released on Badu’s Web site a couple of Saturdays ago at 3:33 a.m., she goes nude to promote individuality and is shot in the head once all her clothes are off. She falls to the ground near the same grassy knoll where President Kennedy was shot in downtown Dallas in 1963. Instead of blood, animated words that spell out “groupthink” leak from her head on the sidewalk.

The singer said she received support from women such as Jill Scott, Mo’Nique, Angela Davis and Kim from Matt and Kim (the duo’s clip for “Lessons Learned” inspired “Window Seat”) as well as other celebrity fans. Badu knew the clip would cause a stir.

I know it was a shocking thing I did,” she said. “I expected it to provoke dialogue, and it’s an important statement to make. It’s about freeing oneself of the layers and layers of things that we have learned as Americans in this country. At the point of becoming naked and individual and free, either you’re assassinated spiritually or mentally by the group or worse. The words coming out of my head after I was figuratively and literally assassinated was ‘groupthink.’ Groupthink is a term coined by Irving Janis, 1972. It pretty much states what happens when a character or person is ostracized for thinking out of what the consensus is. He or she is pretty much thinking [more] with a heart than with loyalty. It’s an important thing. It’s art. It’s performance art.”

As much support as she got from friends, family and fans, Badu said certain media outlets lambasted her.

Art is supposed to spark dialogue and ring an awakening of some sort,” she maintained, “especially if it is impactful and powerful. I didn’t expect to be demonized, but I did expect to spark that sort of dialogue.

I put it out on my site at 3:33 a.m. What are the odds that it would spread like that?” she added. “It’s something much bigger than me. And it’s not over yet. There are many layers to that. You can peel back one or peel back many.”

The Grammy winner said she first thought of the idea to go nude in “Window Seat” while in the studio. She started researching nudity in art and came across the Matt and Kim video for “Lessons Learned.” She came up with the treatment for “Window Seat” and chose directors Coodie and Chike from Creative Control. The singer said she directed the video and loved the way Coodie and Chike shot. She hopes to work with them again on many projects.

It was real,” she said about shooting on St. Patrick’s Day in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. “We only had one take to do it. It was done in one minute and 22 seconds. We sped the music up really fast in order to give it the slow-motion feel. I was walking really fast. Like a brisk jog/walk. I was nude for about 15 seconds of that. It was a brave thing to do. I had a chance to confront a lot of fears in that moment.”

Even while shooting and knowing they had only one chance to get things right, Badu had second thoughts. You see in the video there’s a part where she goes to unzip the zipper in her hoodie and stops before taking a few more steps and finally unzipping it.

The first unzip was ‘OK.’ The backup was ‘Should I do this?‘ ” she explained. “Afterwards, after it was all over, we ran.”

Although she made a getaway, Badu was charged with disorderly conduct last week and fined $500. The singer said she has not received the paperwork from police yet.

On-Set Pics From Ciara’s Upcoming Single ”Ride It”

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Here are some exclusive on-set pictures from Ciara’s recent video shoot for her upcoming single, “Ride It,” featuring Ludacris. The video looks like it will be hot. Ciara & Luda always have good chemistry together. Check these out and stay tuned! Follow the jump for more…

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The SYNDICATE: Interview w/ Porn Star Kendra Star

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You are now watching: Adult Film Newcummer Kendra Star talks salary, hygiene, humiliation porn & shows the art of deep-throating on a banana!!

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Nicki Minaj Debuts Massive Attack

“Barbz I’m sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRi’s tour. I’ve decided 2 use that time 4 the completion of my album. Hope u understand,” Nicki Minaj Tweeted today. “Barbz, Thx 4 understanding. And Thanks to Rihanna 4 being a sweetheart and extending this great opportunity 2 me. Support the show! Luv, HB.”

Nicki Minaj recently debuted “Massive Attack,” the first single from her album.

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