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Michael J. Jordan Posts Pictures Of Rugged Torso In Instagram

Michael B. Jordan’s exercise habits have truly paid off.

The actor posted a new photo to his Instagram page that shows him in a room with weights around him that he’s been lifting lately.

As he stands in a side shot with his shirt off, the star’s muscular tone is completely visible.

Michael’s torso is rugged all over especially in his chest and rock-hard abs.

He’s also been doing some lifting in the biceps as his arms are bulging out.

The Creed star adds on a pair of black gym shorts in the photo and holds onto some material following his heavy workout routine.

He captioned the pic: ‘”You can only fool reality until the truth comes knocking on your door. #stillworking”‘

Still working…

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The 29-year-old made headlines last month when rumors circulated that he was gay.

Jordan responded to this with a video posted on The Jasmine Brand Instagram page where he told the people spreading this rumor to ‘grow the f-ck up.’

‘I usually don’t comment creep, but you know, s-it, today I got time.’

The California native added that no one should be upset and that ‘karma’s real.’

Jordan said: ‘I usually take the high road. I usually don’t say s-it. I just let it roll ’cause you know people are gonna be people.’

‘Everybody got their opinion,’ he added. ‘That’s what the Internet’s for. They gonna to say whatever.’

Michael is known for a number of popular films, including Fruitvale Station and Chronicle.

He is in the process of filming Black Panther where he will play Erik Killmonger.

The film is expected to hit theaters on February 16, 2018.

‘You can’t have him! He’s all mine!’ Blake Lively Over Her Husband’s Win On People’s Choice Awards

She had her second baby just four months ago.

But Blake Lively was looking back to her best as she flaunted her post-pregnancy body at the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

 The 29-year-old, who scooped a gong at the show, looked in fine form indeed as she showcased her long legs in a skimpy glittering fringed black Elie Saab gown.

Jolly Blake hailed her Deadpool star husband Ryan Reynolds when she scooped the Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress award for her turn as a stranded surfer in The Shallows.

In a tongue-in-cheek bunny boiler moment she said: ‘Thank you to my husband. He is everything to me. You can’t have him he’s mine!’

She also paid trubute to her talent scout mother Elaine after winning her prestigious paperweight.

Mother-of-two Blake said: This is more than I could’ve ever hoped or dreamed of. My mama taught me as a kid there is nothing you can’t do. Thanks mom.

Kim Kardashian takes the plunge as she enjoys lunch date with Kanye West

They are stronger than ever after a strenuous few months that included a robbery at gunpoint and a mental health breakdown that led to hospitalization.

And on Wednesday, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West enjoyed a lunch date at Hugo’s in Agoura Hills as Kim’s sister Kourtney Kardashian joined the couple.

The 36-year-old reality star and her 39-year-old beau wore matching light blue denim for the casual outing as they headed into the eatery together flanked by their videographers who were filming them for Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

 

Kim looked gorgeous in a daytime glam look, opting for a casual outfit of relaxed light blue slashed-knee jeans, a white long sleeve tee with a low V-neckline, and a black-and-red plaid oversized flannel.

The jeans gave a peek at the international star’s infamous derriere with a slit beneath the right back pocket.

Further representing her designer hubby, Kim wore the Kanye West x Jacob the Jeweler gold medallion that she wore to the 2016 VMAs.

Her hair was in her go-to style of the moment, waist-length and pinstraight, and she was still rocking her center-lip ring.

Mr. West wore distressed light denim jeans, a white tee-shirt, a light gray hoodie and fresh white sneakers for the lunch date.

His hair has been in varying stages of dye lately, and appeared nearly gray on the dreary LA day.

The father-of-two accessorized with a medallion on a white gold necklace.

Joining the duo was Kim’s older sister Kourtney Kardashian, dressed in a trendy all-white outfit.

The 37-year-old wore lace up white high-waisted pants with a cut off white crop top and a flowing waterfall coat in matching white.

She completed the chic ‘fit with Yeezy Season 2 transparent sandals ($495) and round metal-frame sunglasses.

Kourtney joined the couple a few minutes after they entered the restaurant, but the trio left together.

Hugo’s was likely Kourtney’s decision, as the gluten free and dairy free fare fits right into her diet.

According to US Weekly, Kanye convinced Kim to stay together by saying he was serious about getting help.

The Kardashian source revealed: ‘Kanye swore he was going to continue with intense therapy.

‘He really wants to get better and will do whatever it takes to get healthy.’

Kim is also said to be trying to better understand Kanye’s illness, which has been described as ‘temporary psychosis’ by his doctor Michael Farzam.

The source says Kim didn’t really ‘understand how much of Kanye’s behavior stems from a mental illness.’

‘When he’s doing the things his therapists tell him to do, she is so much happier,’ the Kardashian ‘friend’ continued.

Shortly after lunch, Kim updated her website with photos of herself from her recent trip to Dubai.

In the grainy shots, Kim is seen wearing the same Yeezy lace up boots with burgunday joggers and a fuzzy green midi-length coat.

The photos also showed a picturesque Dubai sunset and Kim posing atop  a yellow vehicle.

The trip was her first paid public appearance since she was held at gunpoint in a robbery in October.

    

Kate Upton Poses for A Retro Pin-Up Lingerie And The Resulting Photos Are Knee-Weakening! Check Them Here!

LOVE Advent’s online calendar event is finally reaching a close.

And the magazine has saved the best for last with blonde bombshell Kate Upton taking centre stage in a flirty video directed by Doug Inglish.

The 24-year-old model takes part in a cheeky game of hide-and-seek with the camera, cutting a seductive figure in lacy La Perla lingerie.

Kate flaunts her enviable figure in a cream lace bra with a matching pair of pants complete with a ruffle around the waist.

She channeled Marilyn Monroe with bouncy blonde blow dry, keeping covered up in a sheer kimono with a fluffy trim on the sleeves.

The star sported a soft pink make-up palette and a sparkling silver necklace, looking every inch the old Hollywood pin-up.

Kate can be seen opening a bottle of fizz seductively before peering out from behind a curtain, glass of bubbly in hand.

The playful sequence involves the star pretending to be a statue before joking around in the woods.

The curvy beauty queen also pretends to be part of the furniture, at one point sporting a lampshade on head, as well as hiding under the bed.

Styled by Sean Knight with hair by John Ruggiero and Noelle Keshishian, and make-up by Sandy Ganzer, Kate completes another star-studded calendar of LOVE.

The star has had a stellar year, getting engaged to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander after five years of dating.

After announcing the engagement in May, the two then splashed out almost $5.5million on Kenny G’s former mansion in Beverly Hills.

This year was Kate’s busiest for her film career so far, with a main role in William H Macey’s yet unreleased comedy The Layover Alexandra Daddario.

She also has a part in James Franco’s The Masterpiece, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 ‘worst movie of all time’, The Room.

Here are the other pictures:

Taking Selfies A Bit Too Much? It’s Just Normal? Here’s What The Experts Say

Why do people take selfies? It’s not all about narcissism, says a new study from Brigham Young University. Based on survey responses and interviews with a small group of social media users, researchers identified three categories of people who snap and share the iconic digital self-portraits: communicators, autobiographers, and self-publicists.

 

Communicators are really interested in two-way conversation, according to the study authors, and they take selfies primarily to engage friends, family, or followers. The researchers cite actress Anne Hathaway’s recent “I voted” selfie as an example of a “communicator” post, as it sparked a spirited discussion about civic duty.

 

Autobiographers, on the other hand, use selfies as a tool to record important events in their lives. They still want others to see their photos, but they’re more interested in preserving these moments than in social engagement and feedback. Astronaut Scott Kelley, who posted space-suit selfies while chronicling his year in space, is a good example.

And finally, there are the self-publicists. These are the people who love documenting their entire lives, say the study authors, and hope to present themselves in a positive light. The classic example? You guessed it: the Kardashians.

To find these selfie types, master’s students in the department of communications gave surveys and follow-up interviews to 46 participants, ages 18 to 45, all of whom had taken multiple selfies in the past. The participants were asked to sort 48 different motivations for taking selfies— “to show off my looks,” for example, or “to discover new sides of myself”—into one of three categories: agree, disagree, or neutral/uncertain.

The participants were then asked to rank their motivations, and answer open-ended questions about the choices they’d made. These results, published in the journal Visual Communication Quarterly, helped the researchers single out specific similarities and differences among the respondents.

Despite the celebrity examples given above, selfie types should, ideally, be self-defined. “They speak to your own motivation—so I can’t just look at someone’s Instagram and know that they’re a communicator,” says Holiday, who’s now a PhD student at Texas Tech University. “It’s really about why they’re posting selfies, which may or may not be obvious from their profile.”

And while not everyone will fit neatly into one of these three boxes, Holiday says that reflecting on what motivates you to snap selfies can help you learn more about yourself.

“It’s good to know that not everyone who posts pictures of themselves is a narcissist,” he says. (In fact, self-publicist was the smallest of the three groups identified in the study.) “And it was interesting to identify this weird and complicated mix of people who wanted to preserve things for themselves but also wanted to communicate or get feedback and validation.”

The small-scale study wasn’t meant to make predictions or recommendations about people based on their selfie type, but the authors say it lays the groundwork for larger research projects that may do just that.

For example, the findings could be used to “as a launching pad to explore the social, economic, and psychological effects of selfies, and how they sustain social media platforms, human interaction, and personal identity,” they wrote in their paper.

Ultimately, says Holiday, understanding why people take selfies may help researchers better understand how the iconic snapshots can shape our thoughts, our moods, and our lives. And in a world where digital media is so ubiquitous, that’s important.

“If I post a selfie and get a response from 100 people or 500 people, that does something to me personally—my motivations, my psyche,” he says. “Identifying who we are, and helping to figure out the kind of people we want to be, can be helpful—whether it’s improving relationships, increasing self esteem, or setting new goals for ourselves.”

10 Super Foods Best For Losing Weight!

Slimming superfoods

So-called superfoods are nutritional powerhouses that help build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp. But did you know new evidence suggests these foods can also help you get—and stay—slim?

Read on for the top superfoods for weight loss, and how to pack them into your daily diet!

Plantains

A half cup of cooked plantains packs almost 3 grams of Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.

Black beans

A cup of black beans packs a whopping 15 grams of satisfying protein and doesn’t contain any of the saturated fat found in other protein sources, like red meat.

Green tea

This steamy sip hydrates like water, which can help fill you up and shed pounds. Plus, the antioxidants in green tea will up your fat burn and calorie burn. One study found that five cups a day could help you lose twice as much weight, most of it around your middle.

Brown rice

Brown rice is a heartier, fiber-packed alternative to less-than-super white rice. A half-cup serving contains 1.7 grams of Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.

Plus, brown rice is a low-energy-density food, meaning it’s heavy and filling but low in calories. One study found that women who ate a higher-energy-density diet gained three times as much weight over six years than women eating a low-energy-density diet.

Potatoes

True, potatoes are high in carbs, but they are three times as filling as a slice of white bread, and top all the foods on the same satiety index as oranges. Plus, potatoes are also rich in Resistant Starch, which helps your body burn fat.

Oranges

At only 59 calories, you may not expect much from an orange, but thanks to a hefty dose of fiber, it ranks highest among fruits on a list of 38 filling foods put together by Australian researchers. Feeling full can help you eat less throughout the day.

Dark chocolate

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! A nibble of dark chocolate here and there can slow down digestion so you feel full longer and eat less at your next meal.

Dark chocolate is full of MUFAs; studies show eating a diet high in these healthy fats can rev your metabolism to burn fat and calories. It may also help by curbing cravings for salt, sweet, or fatty diet-wreckers.

Eggs

Eggs get a bad rap when it comes to weight loss. But the breakfast staple is loaded with protein that will curb your appetite. One study found that overweight women who ate egg breakfasts lost twice as much weight as women who started their days with bagels.

And don’t worry about cholesterol: The study found that egg eaters don’t have higher bad cholesterol or lower good cholesterol than bagel eaters.

Hot peppers

Hot peppers get their spicy kick from a compound called capsaicin. And the same compound is responsible for heating up your insides, causing your body to burn extra calories. It’s really easy to incorporate hot peppers into your diet: Eat it raw, cooked, dried, or in powdered form. And when in doubt, throw some cayenne or hot sauce onto your meal!

Wine

Resveratrol, the famed antioxidant found in grape skin, stops fat storage. Studies show that moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less belly fat than liquor drinkers. Downing a glass can boost your calorie burn for a good 90 minutes.

Shocking! Victoria Beckham Admitted She Had A Beauty Surgery? What Part Of Her Body! You’ll Be Very Surprised!

Victoria Beckham is the latest celebrity to hop on the letter-to-my-younger-self bandwagon. In the January issue of British Vogue, Beckham penned a letter chock-full of advice to her teenage self. In the piece, she suggested keeping a diary of her favorite moments to look back on, celebrating her own and others’ uniqueness, and having fun with clothes (an obvious choice for the one and only Posh Spice).

Beckham also told her younger self to not “mess with your boobs.” She wrote that, looking back, it was a sign of insecurity. “Just celebrate what you’ve got,” she told her 18-year-old self.

After and Before implants

This isn’t the first time Beckham has alluded to her breasts and cosmetic procedures related to them. In 2014, she first revealed she had her implants removed during an interview with Allure. “I don’t have them anymore,” she told the magazine. “I think I may have purchased them.” Then, when asked if her implants were removed she said yes, but not because of pain-related issues.

We may not know the reasoning behind the British star’s removal, but she isn’t the first (or the last) person to have her breast implants removed. In fact, Health ran a major feature on the growing trend of the un-boob job in November 2015. The article cites that in 2014 almost 24,000 women said so long to their fake boobs.

According to Janette Alexander, MD, a plastic surgery medical officer in the FDA’s division of surgical devices, silicone implants aren’t built to last and many women become tired of the upkeep required. “Implants are not lifetime devices—the longer a woman has them, the more likely it is that she will need additional surgery, which could include replacement or removal,” she told Health in the feature. This could mean multiple surgeries and thousands of dollars spent throughout your lifetime if you elect to keep your implants.

Besides inconvenience, women have also elected to remove their implants due to back pain, an implant rupture, or simply being unable to perform certain tasks.  “I was unable to do an unmodified push-up without feeling like my boobs were about to explode,” said one fitness instructor of her own now-removed implants.

Electing to get implants is always a personal decision, but taking note of these factors could change the minds of people who are considering the procedure in the first place

The Weeknd And Selena Gomez Has Been Sharing Steamy Hugs And Kisses In Public Just 2 Months After Bella Hadid Breakup

Selena Gomez publicly flaunted her romance with The Weeknd on Tuesday when they were pictured leaving the Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica.

The new couple didn’t seem to mind who saw them as they passionately kissed one another and wrapped their arms around each other.

 

The steamy snaps comes just two months after The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, 26, split from model girlfriend Bella Hadid, 20, who unfollowed Selena, 24, on Instagram on Wednesday.

One source said: ‘At first, Selena and Abel wanted to keep their relationship a secret. But they’ve decided they really don’t care if everyone knows about them.’

Another source told TMZ: ‘Selena was focusing on getting herself back together and Abel was just getting out of a relationship, plus putting out his new album.

‘Abel and Bella also were on and off towards the end of their relationship, so getting into something brand new was not what Abel was looking for.”

An insider also told E! News: ‘Abel though always had a thing for Selena. He thinks she is extremely talented and sexy.

‘They recently started talking before the holidays but she has been on his radar before.

‘They are on the same level with expectations and think the other is really fun. They are taking things slow and getting to know each other.’

The pictures come as  Selena teased a cheeky glimpse of her envy-inducing posterior in a raunchy Instagram snap.

The defiant image was taken and posted by fashion photographer Mert Alas and comes as Selena’s blossoming romance with Bella’s ex hots up.

Wearing nothing but a yellow lace thong, Selena can be seen covering her modesty with a large white towel as she casts a smouldering look into a mirror. 

The singer sported large gold hooped earrings and her shoulder-length raven tresses obscure part of her face as she glanced over her shoulder.

Mert can be seen in the mirror, concentrating as he takes the image on his phone. He captioned the shot: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

The glamorous star wore a classy face of make and a pink manicure. She slightly arched her back and her small inking was visible.

Selena and The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – were spotted kissing after a dinner date on Tuesday night.

So the very next day, the 26-year-old Canadian singer’s ex-girlfriend, Bella Hadid, unfollowed the Hands To Myself songstress on Instagram.

The surprise new couple were not shy while hugging and sharing a sweet smooch in public as they left celebrity hot spot Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, in photos posted by TMZ.

The Weeknd recently split from Bella, 20, in November after dating for two years.

Selena and the younger sister of Gigi Hadid are also both members of Taylor Swift’s girl squad.

In screenshots posted by Elle, Bella was still following Selena at 1:30 P.M. but less than two hours later the actress and singer was unfollowed.

   

The brunette beauties were even pictured together in September 2015 as they posed for an Instagram snapshot with model sisters Suki and Immy Waterhouse.

The former Disney Channel starlet – who holds the record for the most Instagram followers by a celebrity with 106 million – still follows Bella, who holds 9.5 million.

The Victoria’s Secret model is one of just 254 people Selena follows on the popular social media app.

#AfricanRecipe: South African Yellow Rice

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This yellow rice cooked with raisins is found in South Africa but also in many other African countries.   The rice is prepared in a broth of spices and served with a soup or meat of your choice. This recipe is very easy to make but also so yummy.

Servings: 2-3

Cooking time: 30 -40 minutes

Ingredients:

  •      2 cups uncooked rice of your choice
  •      1l water
  •      1 tsp turmeric
  •      1 cup seedless raisins, optional
  •      1 cinnamon stick
  •      1 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  •      1 tsp sugar
  •      1   tbsp salt

Cooking Directions

Step 1:  Start with soaking the rice in hot water for 10 minutes then wash the rice several times and set aside.

Step 2: Bring the water to boil and add the butter.

Then add all the spices into the boiling water, sugar, salt, turmeric, cinnamon stick, raisins and lemon.

And Stir well until all the spices mixed and let it  boil for 5 to 10  minutes.

Step 3: Add the washed rice in the pot. Cover and simmer for 20 to 25minutes on low heat.

You will need to turn the rice occasionally to prevent it from burning.

When the rice has absorbed all the liquid and is well cooked, remove the cinnamon stick and serve your yellow rice.

It can be served with fried chicken, stew or soup.

Bon appetite!

#AfricanRecipe: Piri Piri Chicken

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Piri piri  chicken is one of my favorite southern African recipes which is traditionally made from piri piri peppers. It is also called Peri Peri chicken in south Africa. I used fresh chilies peppers for my recipe for lack of piri piri peppers in where I lived. The chicken is first marinated in a hot marinade sauce for 2hours and grilled in a barbecue or grill.

Ingredients:

  •  4   chicken legs
  • 1 tablespoon of  roasted chili powder
  • 2 fresh chilies
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • A juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoons of grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 bouillon cube, optional.

How to make Piri Piri chicken

Step 1:  In a food processor, blend all the spices together.  Add the roasted chili powder, the grated ginger, black pepper, salt, the garlic and chilies.  Add the lime juice, the oil and the bouillon cube.

Then blend until smooth.

Step 2:  Add the spice mixture on the chicken and coat well. Then cover and let it marinate in your refrigerator for 2 hours or more, the longer the better.

Step 3: Preheat your grill or barbecue, lightly brush it with oil and now grill the chicken for 30 minutes or until it tender. You need to turn it often in order to cook all the sides.

When it ready serves it with anything you want.