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Looking Back At B2K, 15 Years Later

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Can we expect a reunion soon?

They say you always remember your first love; I sure do. He had long, curly hair that was sometimes styled in a ponytail, but more often in a set of twists. He was light-skinned and baby faced, the kind of lethal combination—I would later learn—synonymous with trouble. He had an innocent sounding voice that lent itself well to his innocent rap lyrics. He also happened to be one fourth of the boy band B2K.

The American R&B group was formed in 1998 and released their self-titled debut album 15 years ago today. It reached #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and hit #1 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs albums chart. Lil’ Fizz, J-Boog, Raz-B, and lead singer Omarion were the source of millions of young teenage hormones; their faces peppered the walls of their rooms, their songs soundtracked their middle school highs and lows, and their eventual split broke their pubescent hearts.

But let’s rewind a bit. The year was 2002, Lil’ Bow Wow just dropped the “Lil’” from the beginning of his moniker, and B2K joined him on the Scream 2 tour. Hundreds of girls—myself included, much to the detriment of my father’s eardrums—stretched their vocal chords to their limits in a failed attempt to get the attention of their favored group members, while holding glitter-adorned signs likely declaring their love. It’s the same spectacle you would find at any popular boy band's concert at their prime.


Timeline wise, The Boys of the New Millennium peaked when N’Sync and The Backstreet Boys were waning. They were, by no means, on the same level of fame as the two, but that wasn’t due to a lack of talent. In actuality, one could make the argument that B2K’s dance moves, catchy songs, and the fact that they not only had singers but also a rap component tied in, offered up a more diverse music approach. That might just be a biased former fan talking, but I stand by it. Nevertheless, the quartet grew to be the biggest black boy band in the world, a position formerly held by icons like New Edition and The Jackson 5 before them, and one that’s been left pretty unoccupied since.

As the story usually goes with boy bands, though, B2K eventually parted ways. The reasoning behind the split is where things get messy. Band member Raz-B accused their manager, Chris Stokes, of sexually molesting him at one point. The others denied the accusations, citing other reasons for the split. According to Omarion, it came down to egos. “It is true that B2K broke up but it’s not about me leaving or them leaving. It’s about us growing up and wanting to do our own thing,” he said in a 2004 interview with Jet magazine. “You can’t be a tight unit when everyone is more concerned with their own stuff that they are in the group.”

While Lil’ Fizz and J-Boog’s reasoning also circled back to Stokes, their issue came down to a mishandling of finances on his part. They said that Stokes withheld money from the group that they earned from record sales and touring. “We didn’t break up. We left management, Chris Stokes.” J-Boog told Jet magazine. “Omarion decided to stay. We don’t want to do business with Chris. As long as he works with Chris, there won’t be a B2K.”


And after the release of the dance battle film You Got Served, which came out after the band’s split, there wasn’t. Solo projects were attempted, with Omarion’s notably being the most successful (Stokes went on to produce a handful of his albums), but B2K as the early aughts knew it, was no more. The breakup was quick, but if you look back, their career wasn’t around very long anyway. They came onto the scene in 2002 and released their last and final album in 2004. It was a short-lived but significant career for the young and naïve Californian heartthrobs.

Today, with disbanded band members getting back together every other month, we wouldn’t be surprised if a B2K reunion was on the horizon. In fact, we insist it does. Omarion seems to be the only one still releasing (successful) music. Lil’ Fizz is a regular member on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. According to his Instagram, J-Boog looks like he works out a lot and is a proud—and still fine as hell—dad. Raz-B, the more elusive of the bunch, seems to be the only one of the four rooting for a coming together of some sorts (he’s also the only one whose social media handle includes a mention of the former band).

Surely, more than a decade later, the dust has settled between the quartet. And if it hasn’t, well, we’ll be waiting and ready with newly-minted vocals, neon poster board, and freshly charged phones for when it does.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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