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The Other Side of Destiny: LeToya Luckett Reveals Her Struggles and Triumphs / Watch

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*LeToya Luckett, as you already know, is a former member of the legendary female singing group “Destiny’s Child.”

She won two Grammy Awards with the group during her six-year stint with the R&B unit that consisted of  Beyonce Knowles, LaTavia Roberson, and Kelly Rowland.

In 1999, following the release of “Destiny’s Child’s” second album, “The Writing’s on the Wall,” which contained the major hit “Say My Name,” original members Luckett and Roberson were both booted from the group.  The reasons, although never completely clear, centered on financial issues, along with the two singers desire to secure outside management to represent them instead of Mathew Knowles, who managed the group at the time.

On a recent Instagram Live chat with her fans, Luckett was asked by a woman to give advice on continuing to do something after one had experienced severe setbacks.  Luckett told the woman and other fans that when she departed “Destiny’s Child” at the age of 18, it was a scary time for her.  Luckett explained how difficult it was finding her way in Los Angeles at such a young age.  She said God called her to continue singing, even though singing had left a bad taste in her mouth after what happened with “Destiny’s Child.”

“I’m telling you, during my journey, I was staying in people’s houses,” Lockett said, adding that she struggled to afford food.  “I’ve never told these stories before but I even slept in a car in L.A. while I was making my first album.  Not a lot of nights, but a few.”

Luckett continued.

“I was drinking a gallon of water and buying the microwavable oodles and noodles,” she said.  “I was like cooking them on the coffee pot in the hotel.”

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Luckett went on to tell her fans on Instagram Live about other tough situations, but that she found ways to go from surviving to striving in her life and career as a singer and actress.

In 2006, Luckett released her self-titled solo debut album, which reached No. 1 on Billboard.  The album yielded the hit single, “Torn.”  Lockett’s second solo album was titled “Lady Love,” released in the summer of 2009.  The album debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip Hop charts.  Her third solo album was “Back 2 Life,” which achieved raved reviews when it was released in 2017.

Luckett also added acting to her portfolio of talents.

“I went out for an acting role, my first role ever, which was “Preacher’s Kid” – and I got it,” Luckett said.  “That’s what got me out of that hotel.  And from “Preacher’s Kid,” God aligned it that I met Tank.  I went back and started doing my second album…yeah, it was a lot.  I was uncomfortable for a minute.”

Other acting roles for Luckett have included the stage play “Rumors,” the film “Killers,” HBO’s drama series “Treme,” the television series “Single Ladies,” OWN’s television series  “Greenleaf” and more.

Luckett concluded the Instagram Live conversation by encouraging her fans to continue to trust and lean on God to discover His plan for their lives.

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Wife of NBA Star Malik Beasley Files for Divorce Over Alleged Affair with Larsa Pippen

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*It looks like the marriage is over between Malik Beasley and Montana Yao. 

Sources tell E! News that Yao filed for divorce shortly after the NBA star was spotted in Miami with Larsa Pippen.

We previously reported… Yao says she was “blindsided” after seeing photos online of the Minnesota Timberwolves guard holding hands with Scottie Pippen’s estranged wife.

A source close to Yao told TMZ Sports that Beasley was getting cozy with Larsa while his wife was waiting for him to return to their home in Minnesota to celebrate his 24th birthday on November 26. 

Larsa is 46 and Beasley is 24. She is still married to Scottie.

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Yao shares a child with Beasley.

“Montana filed for a divorce the day she saw the photos,” the source told E! News. “Montana never cheated, and it’s not in her character. She’s not dating anybody. She’s a family person. She’s focusing on taking care of her son with her parents. They are quarantining together. Her son is her first priority.”

A source has told Hollywood Unlocked that Beasley had been separated from Yao for months. 

The source claims Pippen was “fully aware” that Beasley was married, but separated from his wife. 

“She thought Malik was in the process of ending his marriage and she wasn’t doing anything wrong by hanging out with him,” the source said. “Larsa and Malik are still in touch and are planning to see each other again when the news blows over.”

Last month, Pippen made headlines for revealing she was dating another NBA baller, Tristan Thompson, before she introduced him to Khloé Kardashian.

Meanwhile, Beasley reportedly once fought ex-NFL player Su’a Cravens in a hotel lobby over Montana Yao.

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First Look! Trailer for Hilary Swank & Michael Ealy’s New Thriller ‘Fatale’ Released / WATCH

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*Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy are turning heads and turning up the heat in their new film, “Fatale” from Director Deon Taylor.

The first look trailer (above) was released today and in it we find Ealy, who stars as Derrick, a successful and married sports agent who after a one night stand with police detective Valerie Quinlan (Swank), finds his life upended when she entangles him in a murder investigation.

“Can you think of anyone who might want to harm you? Friends? Family?” Valerie asks Derrick as he and his wife recover from a home invasion. “Or a woman you screwed and discarded?”

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As Derrick tries desperately to put the pieces together, he falls deeper into Valerie’s trap, risking his family, his career, and even his life. The film is a suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller and an unpredictable game of cat and mouse where one mistake can change your life.

“Fatale” stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry, Away) and Golden Globe nominee Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell, Stumptown, Jacob’s Ladder) along with Mike Colter (Luke Cage, Evil), Tyrin Turner (Meet the Blacks), Sam Daly (Hunters), Kali Hawk (Fifty Shades of Black), David Hoflin (Bosch), Damaris Lewis (BlacKkKlansman), and Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show).

“Fatale,” from Lionsgate, is scheduled to make its debut in theaters on Friday, December 18.

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Watch Sneak Peek for ‘Beyond the Pole: Living Under Lockdown’ [VIDEO]

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*WE tv has released an all-new sneak peek for the jaw-dropping 90 minute special, “Beyond the Pole: Living Under Lockdown,” premiering Thursday, December 17 at 10pm ET/PT.

The series is a behind the scenes look at Atlanta’s hottest dancers. Last season, the ladies faced a fierce and fiery mentor on the hustle to financial freedom. For their TV return, it’s all about virtual strip clubs and OnlyFans.

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According to the press release, “the queens of hustle and grind are back for a unique behind the scenes look at their journey to financial freedom. When Atlanta shuts down its famous nightlife scene due to a global pandemic, the clubs’ exotic dancers, bartenders, and bottle girls struggle to find income streams. Ms. Dime, Angel Kake, Empress, and Lyric self-document their fight for survival.”

Check out the supertease via the YouTube clip above.

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