Houston Forward Times

09 October 2013 Written by  Chelsea Lenora White

Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, LeToya Luckett, Slim Thug, Halle Berry, Big Sean and more in This Week's Entertainment

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In a Nutshell is a new weekly feature which will brief readers on current entertainment news and happenings minus the pretense and long explanations. 

Mariah Carey and Jermaine DupriMariah Carey is back in the studio with Jermaine Dupri! The two teamed up with hits "We Belong Together" and "Sweetheart" in the past and they have recently announced their pairing in a press release. Mariah’s PR Cindi Berger said, "I’ve never seen Mariah so passionate about what she will be revealing to her fans very, very soon." Jermaine is excited as well and gushed about his respect with his new "musical merger." He said: "A multi-talented artist of Mariah’s caliber should be doing everything imaginable. I’m sure others have said this but not the way I intend to do it. For me, it’s about the execution." Mariah said: "We have a bond that surpasses music. I am super excited about our merger because we have so many innovative ideas that I know will come to fruLeToya Luckett and Slim Thugition." There are rumors circulating that Jermaine has replaced her manager, American Idol judge, Randy Jackson, but that has not yet been confirmed.

We recently got news that the "Love and Hip Hop" franchise was expanding into Houston, New Orleans and Los Angeles. And since then there have been countless rumors of potential castings, specifically in Houston. It has been said that LeToya Luckett and Slim Thug (who were formerly a couple) would be cast members on the show, but both LeToya and Slim have recently denied involvement in the show on their social media accounts. Over the weekend, LeToya posted this message on Instagram: "Hey loves! So yeaaaa NO! I am NOT on the new season of ‘Love & Hip Hop Houston.’ Not sure where that even came from, BUT you can catch me on season 3 of "Single Ladies" on VH1 #Felicia" Slim Thug kept his piece short and to the point, tweeting: "That #LHHH thing is a rumor." Mona Scott-Young also gave an exclusive statement addressing the casting rumors saHalle Berry, Olivier Martinez and Nahlaying: "That list is completely fabricated. No final cast decisions have been made about any of the cities we looked at."

Halle Berry and new hubby Olivier Martinez just welcomed their baby boy Saturday night. The baby boy is the couple’s first child together, but Halle Berry also has a 5-year-old daughter, Nahla, with her ex, Gabriel Aubrey. The gorgeous 47-year-old actress gave birth to her baby boy at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Halle said that the pregnancy was a shocker. "This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth... Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful."

25-year-old rapper Big Sean has popped the question to his girlfriend, Glee star, 26-year-old Naya Rivera. Big Sean and Naya RiveraThe two have been dating for several months and last week Naya was seen on the red carpet at LATINA Magazine’s Hollywood Hot List party showing off a huge and glitzy diamond engagement ring. Her rep later confirmed that her boyfriend Sean "Big Sean" Anderson had proposed. Big Sean has said that the two originally met on Twitter and he seems to be completely infatuated with the TV star. He told E!: "Every morning I wake up, I look over at her and be like, ‘I’m winning so hard.’"

Lauryn Hill is delaying her house arrest and going on tour! Lauryn has been confined to three months of home detention as part of her sentence for tax evasion, but she wants to go on tour from November 15th through December 31st. She asked the judge to give her a pass and the judge agreed. Lauryn was released from jail last week and already has a new single out. Although she is now able to start choosing and signing on to specific venues for her concerts, prison officials will still keep tabs on her. She will have to provide all details about her tour, including dates, cities and hotels to her probation officer. On New Year’s Day, Lauryn will begin serving her home detention sentence.

I’m sure we’ve all heard about Chris Brownit, but I’ll provide a quick recap anyway. In Chris Brown’s most recent interview with The Guardian, Chris Brown revealed quite a bit about his life and past. Here are a few of the most interesting excerpts:

On losing his virginity at 8 to a 15-year-old girl: "Yeah, really. Uh.huh. It’s different in the country." Brown grew up with a great gang of boy cousins, and they watched so much porn that he was raring to go. "By  that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it." (Now 24, he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: "But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, that guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.")

On if he regrets growing up too fast and in the public eye: "Honestly, where I’m from, probably not. I think me being able to travel from the small town I was from, me already having a good IQ, and you know being intelligent, and regular stuff, I just had to learn more and more of the street life, you know, how to maneuver around a room full of wolves."

On the "Rihanna incident" being a big wake up call: "I had to stop acting like a little teenager, a crazy, wild young guy." But when I ask if that’s how he thinks of himself when he looks back at that time, he snaps back, "No, not at all" as if the description had been mine and not his. "Cos you can talk with all my girls that I did mess with before, and it’s never been violent history." Then he switches again: "But at the same time, I learned from it, and it was almost like... I wouldn’t say it happened for a reason, but it was something to trigger my mind to be more of a mature adult. To handle myself in situations, don’t throw tantrums, don’t be a baby about it."Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington

On his conviction after the "Rihanna incident": That was probably, like, one of the most troubling times in my life, because I was 18 or 19, so being able to feel the hatred from more adult people, you don’t understand it at the time, because you made a mistake." But he knew one thing: "I’m going to come back, I know the music that I’m doing, how hard I work, is not just for nothing." He found himself writing seven or eight songs a night, "just out of pure... I wouldn’t say heartbreak, but just pure ambition. To prove people wrong. So from there it wasn’t really a problem. I just focused on what was necessary, abiding by all the stuff I had to do legally and professionally."

Congratulations to creator Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington and the rest of the "Scandal" cast for a successful season 3 premiere. Entertainment Weekly reported: Scandal delivered 10.5 million viewers and 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 71 percent from its premiere last year, and also rises 13 percent from its previous best (the season two finale). Wow! 10.5 million. Is it me or were they jipped at the Emmy’s?