Cardi B & Patti LaBelle Team Up for Holiday-Themed Kitchen Collaboration

Cardi B is partnering with an R&B legend for a special kitchen collaboration…

The 31-year-old half-Dominican American Grammy-winning rap superstar is joining forces with Patti LaBelle to get people into the holiday spirit with a sweet collaboration.

Cardi B & Patti LaBelleCardi B and LaBelle have combined their dessert brands — Whipshots (Cardi B’s vodka-infused whipped cream) and Good Life pies (LaBelle’s pie brand) — for some boozy desserts that’ll add some spice to your Thanksgiving celebrations and beyond.

The two stars are appealing to your sweet tooth through a social media campaign that kicked off on Thursday, November 9. In a minute-and-a-half video, the Grammy-winning artists share holiday traditions while mixing the flavors of their desserts to create some iconic pairings.

“Let’s do pumpkin,” Cardi B tells LaBelle in a video posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) as she picks up a can of her Pumpkin Spice Whipshots to top LaBelle’s sweet potato pie. “Pumpkin for sweet potato?” the Godmother of Soul questioned. The “Bongos” rapper reassures her by saying, “They make love together — you gotta trust me.”

This won’t be the only taste fans get of the two together: The collaboration will span seven sitcom-inspired episodes of the stars concocting pairings your sweet tooth will be craving even after the holidays are over.

LaBelle’s Good Life Pies are available on Walmart, while Cardi B’s Whipshots can be found where most alcohol is sold, including Total Wine, DoorDash, GoPuff, Drizly, Albertsons and Vons.

Emilio Sosa Named Chair of American Theatre Wing

Emilio Sosa is taking the chair

The Dominican Tony Award-nominated costume and fashion designer has been elected the Chair of the American Theatre Wing. Sosa succeeds current co-chairs David Henry Hwang and Ted Chapin.

Emilio Sosa

Sosa, who joined the Wing’s board in 2015, said in a statement, “I could not be more honored to step into this role at this crucial time, or more humbled to be succeeding two such accomplished leaders. I look forward to continue building the Wing’s ongoing, long-term equity work, expanding and deepening our education work, building bridges between all parts of the theatre ecology, and cultivating conversation and action across every region of the country to ensure all voices and occupations in our industry are heard.”

Sosa will be joined by newly named Vice-Chairs Dale Cendali, Patricia Crown, James Higgins, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Lee Perlman, and Nadine Wong.

Trustees Pam Zilly and Natasha Katz will also join Board leadership as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

Both Hwang and Chapin will maintain active roles for the Wing as they take on responsibilities as its Immediate Past Chairs.

“We all owe a giant debt of gratitude to our two exemplary co-chairs, David Henry Hwang and Ted Chapin, who have helped navigate the organization during our industry’s most trying time,” said American Theatre Wing President & CEO Heather Hitchens, adding, “Now, as we enter the post-pandemic era, our extensive agenda and growing portfolio has created a need for our most robust leadership team ever, including an unprecedented six vice chairs. I can’t think of anyone better suited to lead that team than Emilio as we continue to elevate and advance the Wing’s work and its programs to ensure that this artform and our industry come back better than ever before.”

Sosa’s Broadway credits include Topdog/Underdog, On Your Feet, Motown: The Musical, Porgy and Bess and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Sosa rose to acclaim after taking second place on the seventh season of Project Runway. He later appeared on Season 2 of Project Runway: All Stars.

Demi Lovato to Guest Star on Paris Hilton’s Netflix Series “Cooking with Paris”

Demi Lovato is spending one night in Paris’ kitchen…

The 28-year-old half-Mexican American actor/singer will guest star on Paris Hilton’s upcoming Netflix series Cooking with Paris.

Demi Lovato

“That’s hot…literally,” Hilton says, adding a new spin to her iconic catchphrase, in the trailer for the new reality series.

Cooking with Paris sees the media personality tackle a range of recipes, from savory main dishes to succulent desserts, with guests including Lovato, Kim Kardashian West, Nikki Glaser, Saweetie, Lele Pons, and Kathy and Nicky Hilton.

But half of the fun comes from the host’s unconventional, and often chaotic, cooking practices. She flattens burgers with a diamond encrusted spatula and dredges meat while donning a flashy feathered ensemble.

The trailer sees Hilton navigate a variety of complex kitchen tools and familiarize herself with a number of cooking staples including tongs, lemon zest and tomatillos – all while looking fabulous, of course.

“Any b*tch can cook,” Hilton says, reciting Joyce Wilde and Jacki McClure’s cookbook.

Cooking with Paris debuts on Netflix on August 4.

Amara La Negra to Appear on BET & Kin’s Digital Lifestyle Series “Celebrity Stash”

Amara La Negra is sharing her stash…

BET has partnered with Kin on new digital lifestyle series Celebrity Stash, which will feature the appearance of the 30-year-old Afro-Dominican singer.

Amara La Negra

The eight-episode first season will give fans a look into the homes of some of their favorite stars, including La Negra, Bow WowEva MarcilleSafaree, Young M.A., Yandy Smith-Harris, B Simone, and Letoya Luckett.

The series will premiere on Friday, July 9, on BET Her’s YouTube channel with Luckett.

In each episode, a new celebrity guest will invite fans into their home to check out some of their beloved belongings, from Swarovski crystal baby shoes to multicolored motorcycles, and help decide which treasures to keep and which to donate to charity.

“It’s been a pleasure to partner with Kin to produce Celebrity Stash. We’re proud to have created a show that melds celebrity and philanthropy. Having stars give us a glimpse into their personal spaces along with donating an item for charity from their collections is really special,” said SVP and General Manager of BET Digital, Amy DuBois Barnett.

The episode release schedule is as follows:

  • 7/9: EP 101 LeToya Luckett / Dallas, TX
  • 7/16: EP 102 Amara La Negra / Miami, FL
  • 7/23: EP 103 Safaree / Atlanta, GA
  • 7/30: EP 105 Young M.A/ Phillipsburg, NJ
  • 8/6: EP 104 Bow Wow / Atlanta, GA
  • 8/13: EP 106 Eva Marcille / Atlanta, GA
  • 8/20: EP Yandy Smith-Harris/ Atlanta, GA
  • 8/27: EP 108 B Simone/Atlanta, GA

Celebrity Stash is produced by Shani Black and Gabrielle Jones for Kin, creator of unscripted entertainment franchises that resonate with women ages 25 to 40. Amber Mike serves as executive producer for BET.

Los del Rio Team Up with Airbnb to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of “Macarena”

Los del Rio are giving you the Macarena vacation experience of a lifetime…

The Spanish Latin pop and dance duo, comprised of Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruiz Perdigones, has teamed up with Airbnb to commemorate 25 years of their global hit “Macarena” and give fans the ultimate vacation experience.

Los Del Rio

In celebration, Los del Rio will host guests at the luxurious Andalusian villa that they use as a rural getaway for musical inspiration.

“We can’t believe 25 years have gone by since ‘Macarena’ became one of the most listened to songs of summer,” they said in a statement. “Without a doubt, the best way to celebrate this milestone with our fans is to open the doors of our favorite rural refuge and list it on Airbnb.

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The two-night stay will not only include access to Andalusian gardens, a swimming pool, a karaoke room, and even private cooking and dancing lessons, but also the opportunity to hang out with Los del Rio themselves to dance the timeless “Macarena.”

Inspired by a woman named Madalena, Romero crafted the melody that would become “Macarena” during a 1993 studio session; the “Macarena” topped the Billboard Hot 100 on August 3, 1996.

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Booking opens on June 28 for a two-night stay starting Aug. 3 via airbnb.com. A one-time virtual experience is also available for fans by clicking here.

Los Del Rio x Airbnb

Camila Cabello Teams Up with Shawn Mendes to Launch “Calm Together” Wellness Hub on Calm

Camila Cabello is sharing the calm

This Mental Health Awareness Month, the 24-year-old Cuban & Mexican American singer and Shawn Mendes are helping fans just breathe.

Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes

Cabello and Mendes have launched “Breathe Into It,” their first audio series and wellness hub exclusively on Calm.

The series includes 13 sessions from Cabello and 11 sessions from Mendes, chronicling their personal experiences overcoming fear, coping with anxiety, practicing gratitude, building self-love, staying mindful and more.

In her sessions, the “Havana” singer discusses the unpredictable nature of life, and how she found grace, peace and positivity amid struggles with boundaries and social media. In one special session, her mom shares a powerful life lesson.

Mendes shares his journey with meditation, his philosophies on life and hosts guided meditations on compassion, overcoming fear and his personal discipline equation. He also takes fans behind the scenes to experience his pre-show ritual.

Calm Together, their new and free wellness hub is inspired by Gen Z. The mobile-first hub is an interactive site that gives users instant access to resources and tools to evoke calm and reduce decision fatigue.

Sign up for Calm here.

Oscar Isaac to Lend Voice to HBO Max’s “A World of Calm” Series

Oscar Isaac is helping bring the calm…

HBO Max has ordered A World of Calm, featuring the 41-year-old Guatemalan & Cuban actor’s voice.

Oscar Isaac

The series is based on Calm, a popular sleep and meditation app, and will be narrated by several big names like Isaac.

The 10-episode order, co-produced by Calm and Nutopia, is HBO Max’s first brush with the health and wellness space and 

From the creators of the Calm app and Nutopia, the series combines mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars like Isaac, Mahershala AliIdris ElbaNicole Kidman, Zoë KravitzLucy LiuCillian Murphy and Keanu Reeves.

Here’s the logline: A timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world. Building on Calm’s Sleep Stories– bedtime stories for grown-ups – each relaxing tale is designed to transform how you feel. Viewers will be transported into tranquility through scientifically engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage to naturally calm the body and soothe the mind.

“With the considerable amount of stress and chaos we are all experiencing at this particularly challenging time, we could all use a bit of guided relaxation, and A World of Calmis here to help,” said Jennifer O’Connell, EVP Non-fiction and Kids Programming at HBO Max.

“Although this collaboration has been in the works for many months,” said Nutopia CEO and founder Jane Root, “this series has been entirely created during quarantine using Nutopia’s worldwide network of award-winning cinematographers and filmmakers. We hope this series of serene stories will bring a sense of much needed calm to audiences.”

Added Calm co-founder and co-CEO Michael Acton Smith: “Calm started life as a meditation app, but the brand has evolved far beyond that. We are delighted to bring the magic behind our audio Sleep Stories to the screen for the first time. These experiences are visual Valium and will help people relax and unwind during these stressful times.”

J Balvin Gives Tour of His Minimalist Colombian Homes to Architectural Digest

There’s no place like homes for J Balvin… And, he’s letting you in for a visit.

When he isn’t in New York, the 35-year-old Cololmbian reggaeton singer, whose real name is José Álvaro Osorio Balvin, lives in his native country, splitting time between a loft in the city of Medellín, and a retreat in the mountains of Llanogrande, just 30 minutes away. 

J Balvin House in Architectural DigestPhoto credit Anita Calero
Photo credit: Anita Calero

The “Mi Gente” singer recently opened up the two homes in a cover story for Architectural Digest’s July/August issue, proving that despite his bold style choices — including hair that has been every color of the rainbow — Balvin prefers a minimalist feel in home design.  

“Architecture, music, fashion — they’re all forms of expression,” Balvin says of the two properties, both designed by Medellín-based firm 5 Sólidos. “When it comes to the places I live, I definitely take a less-is-more approach. A house should be a place where you can rest your spirit. I’ve tried to create places that feed my soul, not my ego.”

J Balvin House in Architectural DigestPhoto credit Anita Calero
Photo credit: Anita Calero

In his Medellín apartment — which Balvin describes as one giant “man cave” — high ceilings, concrete floors and a muted color palette give the space an industrial feel, allowing his art collection to shine. Paintings and sculptures by artists like KAWSWhIsBeJosh Sperling, and Takashi Murakami splash color in an otherwise spare space, and give structure to the open floor plan. (There is only one door in the loft — to the bathroom). 

J Balvin House in Architectural DigestPhoto credit Anita Calero
Photo credit: Anita Calero

A garage-style door leads out to the apartment’s private pool, where Balvin likes to kick back. He describes the urban sanctuary as “a place where I can vibe with art and architecture, the things I love.” 

His country retreat in Llanogrande, on the other hand, is similarly artful, but is more family-focused. Balvin says that the home’s design was influenced by Japan because he loves the energy of the country. 

J Balvin House in Architectural DigestPhoto credit Anita Calero
Photo credit: Anita Calero

The majority of the expansive, one-level property — which is surrounded by lush jungle — is designed with black and oak wood features. Bonsai trees can be found both inside and outside the home. 

In a video tour, Balvin shares that despite having an exquisite main suite — which is connected to a walk-in closet full of approximately 850 pairs of sneakers — he never actually sleeps in his bedroom. “I like to sleep around the different rooms… I don’t like to get bored of my own places,” he says.  

The bedroom, like many of the rooms in the house, has a glass door that leads outside, allowing Balvin to take in his natural surroundings, with ample greenery providing plenty of privacy. He says he likes to sit outside and meditate, drink tea and think — often by the swimming pool, which runs down into a reflecting pool surrounded by areas to dine and lounge al fresco. 

Eventually, he plans to turn the property into a massive compound, building cottages around the main house.  

Balvin says he designed the home with hosting friends and family in mind, but that the space has also been a peaceful place to quarantine during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

“I really enjoy that it is a place where, basically, I’m living now,” he says in the video. “Now that quarantine has started for like three months now, I’m really happy that I created the place that I wanted. It’s not a place to show off, it’s a place for my soul to rest.”

J Balvin Partners with Deepak Chopra for Free Bilingual 21-day Meditation Experience

J Balvin is spreading a little zen

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer, who has long championed the benefits of meditation, has partnered with Deepak Chopra to launch an all-new, free 21-day mediation experience.

J Balvin

Renew Yourself: Body, Mind & Spirit, is an audio experience featuring guided mediations, storytelling and self-care wisdom from J Balvin and Chopra. 

The program, which can be accessed at choprameditation or by downloading the app, is available in Spanish and English. It’s comprised of daily 20-minute sessions that begin with “guided wisdom and storytelling” from J Balvin, followed by a meditation session.

This is the latest installment of Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, which he launched with Oprah Winfrey in 2013. The franchise currently features 17 programs.  

J Balvin has spoken openly about his struggles with depression and how meditation has served as a powerful tool to combat it.

“What makes mental health universal is that it doesn’t discriminate. It affects all of us. I have struggled with anxiety. I have been depressed. Meditation is one of the many ways that I have dealt with my mental health,” said J Balvin in a statement. “And that goes especially for this moment we’re currently experiencing: where money is so tight for many; health is such a question mark on a global level; and the fight for racial justice is more urgent than ever. When our world is in flux, our mental wellbeing is often one of the first things we neglect. But this should not be the case. In fact, it’s in times like these that mindfulness can help us most. This is personal for me.”

“The world is offering us a reset and J Balvin is the perfect partner to help us reach a critical mass of expanded global awareness,” adds Chopra.

Lele Pons Opens Up About Her Struggle with OCD & More in New YouTube Series, “The Secret Life of Lele Pons”

Lele Pons is getting up close and personal with her more than 40 million social media followers.

The 23-year-old Venezuelan internet celebrity, YouTuber, actress, singer, model and host has released her new YouTube series The Secret Life of Lele Pons, where she reveals her lifelong struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other mental health conditions.

Lele-Pons

“It’s very personal and it took a while for me to actually to be super open because at first I was embarrassed about it,” Pons tells Billboard. “But over the time, I’ve learned to be strong.”

Launched in partnership with YouTube in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the five-part series documents Pons’ journey from childhood to present day, her therapy sessions, and how living with OCD has impacted her career as an influencer and musician.

“I’m kind of nervous about it, you know,” says Pons of launching the show. “It’s very personal and it took a while for me to actually to be super open because at first I was embarrassed about it. But over the time, I’ve learned to be strong. Now, I’m ready to let people in my life. This is my little secret and I’m basically telling them, ‘Here’s my secret, now take care of it.’ It’s the first time I show the world my vulnerable side. I owe it to my fans because they’ve been vulnerable with me.”

The Secret Life of Lele Pons airs a new episode every Tuesday on her YouTube channel.