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3 Editor’s Letter 4 Ask Nathan 5 Loving Alone 6 Cover Interview: The House of Reco 12 What’s The T? The Entertainment Report 12 Nick Cannon Celebrates His Birthday This Past Weekend 12 Meet The Brown's Lands 2 More To Cast! 12 Eddie Murphy & Mike Epps Out, Marlon Wayans Lands Role Of Richard Pryor 13 MICHELLE OBAMA ACTION FIGURE ON SALE 13 SHARPTON ASKS NFL TO BLOCK LIMBAUGH'S RAMS BID 14 SHERRI SHEPHERD'S SITCOM SCORES 15 NENE LEAKES AND CO. HEADED TO DAYTIME 15 JANET JACKSON TO RELEASE GREATEST HITS CD 15 NEWARK MAYOR TO FINALLY FACE CONAN O'BRIEN 16 HEIDI KLUM AND SEAL WELCOME BABY GIRL 16 JAMIE FOXX SAYS POLANSKI 'WOULD BE MISSING'

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Editor’s Letter

Do we teach people how to treat us? That is the question ―Do we teach people how to treat us?‖ When we let them get away with so many things before we confront them. Like name calling, hurting feelings, Etc. Email me with your answers sglweeklymag@gmail.com I am glad to be writing this letter after taking some weeks off from writing this column. Did you miss me? I have been working overtime to bring this magazine to each and every one of you on a weekly base. I am also developing other outlets for the magazine like our new book SGL Weekly available at any major retailers and amazon.com & bn.com. So please get your copy. In this issue, I sat down with Reco from Bravo‘s The Fashion Show and it is one of my best interviews I asked him thing that we all were thinking when the show was on. I personally think he should have won the show but that is my personal opinion. We also have our Ask Nathan column about hurting people and so much more so check this issue out. Please log on to http:// twitter.com/cleavester and follow me so you can be on the inside of everything that‘s going on. Cordially, Cleavester Brooks sglweeklymag@gmail.com www.sglliving.ning.com

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Ask Nathan

When are we going to get real about hurting other people? Not everyone who hurts is aware of the impact that they have on others. Some need to experience pain before fully understanding what someone else may be dealing with.

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Loving Alone Dear Zane,

I have been in a relationship for a little over a year now and me and my significant other have not had sex yet. This is a problem for me because before I met him, I was having sex every other day but since I love him, it hasn‘t been like a determining factor in our relationship. I recently went out the country on a trip to Turkey and my trip lasted through our anniversary but when I got back, it wasn‘t even like he cared. I was very upset by this but I took the whole stance of charge it to the game; he's a dude. But lately it‘s like we've gotten more distant and that is a major problem because I hate feeling like I‘m the only one in a relationship; he says I need to quit nagging him but it seems like he's distancing himself from me because of his past relationships with women, including his mother. How do I break the shell that he has over his heart without "nagging" him? And is it even worth trying to do or should I just move on? School is starting and I have no time for undue stress. Please Help Me. Signed, Loving Alone

Dear Loving Alone, After reading your email, I am trying to figure out the true purpose of your relationship. Not to say that sex is, or even should be everything but if you are a sexually active young lady, why should you be deprived? If he is withholding sex for religious reasons, you must decide if you agree with that. If it is something else, it would give me pause for concern. Follow your gut instincts. Since it felt different once you got back, something may have occurred while you were overseas. I would concentrate on school and leave him alone. He is not willing to open up and he is calling you a nagger. Let him see how it feels when he has no one to nag him at all. Blessings, Zane

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The House of Reco A Cleavester Brooks Interview

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What is new at the House of Chapple? Fashion, Fashion, and More Fashion!!!! I just finished Up a small Fall Collection that will be sold on www.HOUSEOFCHAPPLE.com. I‘ve been traveling making appearances in places like Detroit, Nashville, Atlanta, New York, etc... If you want me to come to your city just hit me up on facebook. With fashion it‘s always something new which I try to give every single season. When can we expect your collection at NYC Fashion Week? I‘m in the process right now working on my Spring/Summer 2010 (The Show Got Me a little behind) and my Fall 2010. That I will be showing in the Big Apple in February. Who is Reco Chapple? Reco Chapple is just a big Ol‘ Kid who likes to Have fun, keep it real, and just be my self. I‘m a caring person, but once you get on my bad side its Ova ....LOL Where are you orginally from? I was born in Greenville, SC; Raised in Chattanooga, TN. I lived in Nashville, TN for 4 years till I moved to Hotlanta for 5 ½ years. Now I‘m back in Chattanooga for a Lil Bit ;-) What was life like in Chattonooga? Boring but it keeps me focused What was life like growing up? To most people it would seem hard But I‘m the type of person who just roll with the punches...I grew up in the housing projects of Chattanooga. I‘ve seen drug dealers, street walkers, dead bodies, etc....But somehow I manage to not fall into the stereo types of people from those areas and make something positive out of my life.

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What did you want to be when you grow up? A supermodel‌ LOL (JOKE).... I wanted to be an architect... I earned a full scholarship to Tennessee State University majoring in Architectural Engineering, but half way through it all I found a new calling.... FASHION!!!!!!! When did you know you like men? I always had the finest girlfriends till college. I knew something was different until one day it just happened..... I was 21. Who was your first crush and why? When I look back at it now, I would have to say Al B Sure and LL Cool J. It was just a litter Boy Crush. When I really admitted to liking guys it was a fraternity brother. He was a complete nerd, but I lived. How did you get your start in the fashion industry? My mother was an artist and seamstress so it was in the blood. It wasn‘t till I was at Tennessee State when I started styling people for pageants. My first order was around the time J Lo wore the green Versace dress and it was over after that

Did you know you wanted to be a fashion designer? Not really I wanted to design beautiful buildings What was your first piece you made? I made my friend a patient leather tube top with Fringe How did your role on The Fashion Show come about?

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After trying out for Project Runway since the first season and getting rejected. I got a call from some casting directors for a new show. At first I said No, then I finally answered an email and went to Chicago to try out, and the rest is History What did you think of Issac Mizrahi? I loved Issac. He was like a fairy gay mother. He had a lot of kind words and total praises for me. The things that rings in my head til this day is when he told me that, ―I remind him of his self when he was my age,‖ That meant a lot to me. What did you think of Kelly Rowland? Is she really as dump as she sounded on television? Kelly was a like a breath of Fresh Air. She wasn‘t dumb at all. Let‘s just say editing and she was paid to say most of that What did you of think Fern Mallis? She was like a wise grandmother. But she showed here true colors in the end. Was she a bitch in person, as she came across on the television? You be the judge Did you think you would win the show coming on and later in it? I did in the beginning, but I started questioning my abilities when I was on there, but when I watched it. I realized that I was kicking there ass. I learned never to doubt myself ever again. Some have said that the real reason you were voted off, is because Issac was jealous and felt threaten by you fashion wise? Do you believe that? No not at all, I feel that others felt threaten by an educated and talented black man (WINK WINK) Did you get lots of mail during that time? Were any of them critical? I got a tone of emails and people all over the world. The only critical ones were from black people. You know how we seem to be the most critical of our own. What can we expect from you in the future? BOOKS, MY OWN TV SHOW, MY BRAND TRANSFROMING INTO A LYFESTYLE What is your guilty pleasure? Sour Patch Kids What has been your wildest sexual experience? I don‘t Kiss and tell…LOL What is your biggest sexual fantasy? A wild man and woman at the same time Tell me something about you that your fans may be surprised to know? I‘m just a laid back, Chill type of guy (home body) I can care less about the Fame Favorite physical features? On me my eyes, on someone else legs and thighs Favorite Southern Dish? Chicken

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Mr. Right or Mr Right Now? Mr Right…. Life is short I don‘t have time for bull SH!$ How can the readers get in contact with you? WWW.HOUSEOFCHAPPLE.COM , WWW.MYSPACE.COM/THEHOUSEOFCHAPPLEINC, WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/RECOCHAPPLE AND WWW.TWITTER.COM/RECOCHAPPLE Thank you Reco, Do you have any final words for our readers? Never give up on your Dreams

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What’s The T?

Meet The Brown's Lands 2 More To Cast!

The Entertainment Report

Nick Cannon Celebrates His Birthday This Past Weekend

We discovered our sources that Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns has added two new actors to their cast. That's right we hear that actors Terri J. Vaughn (from The Steve Harvey Show fame) and Robert R'ichard (from One On One fame) has joined the cast. We have not yet discovered how their character's will be implemented into the show, but as soon as we do we will let you know! Check out what happened this weekend; On Sat-

Eddie Murphy & Mike Epps Out, Marlon Wayans Lands Role Of Richducer Nick Cannon celebrated his 29th birthday ard Pryor urday, October 10th, actor/comedian and prowith wife Mariah Carey at THE BANK

NIGHTCLUB in Las Vegas. Carey presented the birthday boy with a cake in the shape of DJ turntables and a message that read, "Happy bday dj sexy fingers Love M.C.C." Cannon, dressed in a tuxedo, partied in The Bank's DJ booth for over two hours spinning old school hits by New Edition and Michael Jackson while Carey danced by his side. PHOTO courtesy of WIREIMAGE.

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As we reported a couple of months ago about comedic actor Eddie Murphy walking away from the Richard Pryor film along with Paramount, it now looks like the Execs quickly moved in to get someone else to replace him, and it looks like that person is comedic actor Marlon Wayans.

Obama action figure, complete with toned arms and three different sleeveless dresses to show them off, reports the New York Daily News. "Batman has nothing on Michelle Obama," Manhattan mom Eileen Ramos told the paper. "I bought the Barack figure last year but I think Michelle is the one with the real superpowers in To quickly get you up to speed, comedic actor the family." Mike Epps was originally attached but the proThe figurines retail for $12.99 apiece and ducers discovered that Eddie Murphy wanted to are due to hit stores on Nov. 20. play Pryor and once that happened, the deal was quickly closed. But once production started SHARPTON ASKS NFL TO BLOCK word leaked that there were some creative difLIMBAUGH'S RAMS BID: Rev. ferences and Murphy lost interest in their direcwrites commissioner requesting meettion of the film. Now Director Bill Condon ( of Dreamgirls fame) is still moving forward with Richard Pryor, but as we stated Murphy is out and so are Paramount Pictures and Fox Searchlight.

ing to discuss radio host's bid to buy team.

Rush Limbaugh's interest in buying the NFL's St. Louis Rams has riled As the producers set up a new casting call, it both the NFL Players exseems Marlon Wayans emerged in the lead role. ecutive director and civil Wayans so impressed producers of the film with rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, both of whom his dramatic audition featuring two scenes di- want the league to think twice before accepting rectly from the film that he landed the part. the conservative radio host's offer. In a letter written to NFL Commissioner In also more surprising move, we also discov- Roger Goodell, Sharpton requests a meeting to ered that the film will be produced by Adam urge the blocking of any potential bid by LimSandler's Happy Madison Productions at Sony baugh, stating it would be bad for the Pictures. league. In the letter, Rev. Sharpton also praises MICHELLE OBAMA ACTION FIG- NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith for publicly asking that the URE ON SALE: league seek to unify, not divide, by rejecting Fashionista First any bid by Limbaugh. Lady comes with In an e-mail to the union's executive comtoned arms and mittee on Saturday, Smith said specifically of three sleeveless Limbaugh's bid, "I've spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that dresses. The First Lady is now this ownership consideration is in the early available as an action fig- stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and ure. From Jailbreak Toys when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that comes the Michelle 13


when it overcomes division and rejects discrimi"I have asked our players to embrace their nation and hatred." roles not only in the game of football but also as Limbaugh and St. Louis Blues owner Dave players and partners in the business of the Checketts are among six potential ownership NFL," said Smith in the e-mail. "They risk evegroups that have discussed buying the Rams. rything to play this game, they understand that League sources tell ESPN.com the current sale risk and they live with that risk and its conseprice has ranged from $700-to-$750 million but quences for the rest of their life. We also know that there did not appear to be an imminent that there is an ugly part of history and we will transaction. not risk going backwards, giving up, giving in Limbaugh shot back at Sharpton on his ra- or lying down to it. dio show. "Our men are strong and proud sons, fa"Now, this saddens me as well this disapthers, spouses and I am proud when they stand points me," he said. "I know Rev. Sharpton. up, understand this is their profession and speak Sharpton is better than this. He knows better than this. You know, I didn't judge Al Sharp- with candor and blunt honesty about how they feel." ton's fitness to be in radio when he wanted to earn an honest living for once, given his welldocumented past as the author of the Tawana Brawley hoax. I believe in freedom and I also SHERRI SHEPHERD'S SITCOM don't discriminate." SCORES: New Lifetime show nearly In 2003, Limbaugh worked briefly on ESPN's NFL pregame show. He resigned after doubles previous four-week time pesaying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Dono- riod average. van McNabb(notes) was overrated because the Sherri Shepherd's media wanted to see a black quarterback sucnew Lifetime series ceed. "Sherri" was the mostStory continues below watched original comedy Transcripts posted on the radio host's Web premiere on the network site also say that on a January 2007 show, Limin more than ten years, baugh commented: "The NFL all too often according to Nielsen. looks like a game between the Bloods and the Loosely based on her Crips without any weapons. There, I said it." own story as a single Asked about Limbaugh's bid to purchase the mom who divorces after her husband cheats, the winless Rams, McNabb said: "If he's rewarded program nearly doubled its prior four-week time to buy them, congratulations to him. But I won't period average in all key demographics as well. be in St. Louis any time soon." Five new episodes of the 'Sherri' show aired MSpeaking of which, at least seven NFL last week ahead of its regular time slot of Tuesplayers have publicly opposed Limbaugh's in- days at 10 p.m. EST, beginning tonight. terest in purchasing the Rams with Checketts. In The show also stars Malcolm Jamal Warner Smith's communication Saturday with his executive committee, the union leader encouraged ('The Cosby Show'), Tammy Townsend players to speak their mind on all matters, in- ('Lincoln Heights'), Kali Rocha ('Grey's Anatomy'), Elizabeth Regen ('Whoopi'), James cluding Limbaugh's bid. Avery ('Fresh Prince of Bel Air') and Broadway star Kate Reinders. 14


The two-disc album, due Nov. 17, features 33 classic Jackson tracks spanning the pop star's career – from her 1986 debut, "Control," to last year's "Discipline."

NENE LEAKES AND CO. HEADED TO DAYTIME: 'Real Housewives' franchise gets syndication deal to begin in fall 2010.

Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise will beJackson's last greatgin airing in off-net syndication next fall thanks est hits album was released in 1995. to a deal struck by its parThe 43-year-old singer is also working on ent company NBC Unian autobiography and a new studio album set versal Domestic Television Distribution. for release next year. Variety is reporting that the company sold the franchise to NBC Local Media, Hearst Television and other broadcast groups around the NEWARK MAYOR TO FINALLY country to air in daytime syndication.

FACE CONAN O'BRIEN: Cory The first batch of episodes will be a combi- Booker to visit 'Tonight Show' and nation of the various "Housewives" incarnations -- Orange County, New York City, Atlanta and challenge host over recent jokes.

New Jersey – and are set to air Monday through Newark Mayor Cory Booker will "put on for Friday. his city" with an appearance this Friday on "The Tonight Show," where he is expected to take on NBC Local Media is the umbrella for PeaConan O'Brien for makcock's owned-and-operated stations -- in New ing fun of the city's York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dalbleak reputation. las, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Hartford, Conn. The booking follows weeks of playful feuding Hearst stations are in Tampa, Orlando and between Booker and West Palm Beach, Fla.; plus Sacramento, LouisO'Brien that began on ville, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Sept. 23, when the red New Orleans. head poked fun at Booker's new health care plan for Newark — long an icon for urban decay — saying it consisted of a bus ticket out of JANET JACKSON TO RELEASE town.

GREATEST HITS CD: Set to include Booker fought back with a humorous reher latest single 'Make Me.' (Audio) sponse on YouTube in which he "banned" the Janet Jackson's upcoming greatest hits album, titled "Number Ones," includes her latest release "Make Me," which debuted online in September immediately following her performance on the MTV Video Music Awards.

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"I look forward to our summit," O'Brien ment she looked into both of our eyes, it was said in a statement. "My apologies for bumping endless love at first sight. She is beautiful beyond words and we are happy that she chose us Brad Pitt." to watch her grow over the coming years." Booker is expected to point out the city's reduction in shootings and homicides during his Klum recently applied to change her last first term as Newark mayor, which began in name to Seal's surname of Samuel. She and the July 2006. But the city's unemployment rate was "Kiss From a Rose" singer were married in 14.7 percent in August. 2005 Booker said Newark has been the brunt of unfair jokes and criticism for too long.

JAMIE FOXX SAYS POLANSKI 'WOULD BE MISSING': Director better be glad the actor's daughter wasn't his teen victim.

"We're making progress in Newark on problems that impact cities everywhere," he said.

While promoting his new film "Law Abiding Citizen," Jamie Foxx was asked about the 1977 case in which director Roman Polanski pled guilty to unlawful Heidi Klum and Seal sexual intercourse with a are the proud new parents 13-year-old minor – then of baby girl, Lou Sulola Samuel, born Friday (Oct. promptly fled the country before sentencing.

HEIDI KLUM AND SEAL WELCOME BABY GIRL: Lou Sulola Samuel born Friday evening in Los Angeles.

9) in Los Angeles, her rep ―If it had been my daughter who was barely stated. The couple's a teenager — my daughter is 15 — Roman Pofourth child joins siblings lanski would be missing ... period,‖ Foxx said in Johan, 2 ½, Henry, 4, and an interview with Parade magazine. ―It wouldn‘t Leni, 5. even get to the court case. But, that‘s me and I wouldn‘t want anyone else to follow that beIn a statement recause you should let the justice system work it leased Monday, Seal gushed: "It's difficult to out.‖ imagine loving another child as much as you love your existing children. Anyone who has a family will tell you this. Where will one find that extra love? If you love your existing children with all of your heart, how then can one possibly find more heart with which to love another?"

Foxx went on to explain that while his perspective might have been different had he known the director personally, as do many of his Hollywood peers, ultimately he believes ―this whole issue is bigger than Roman Polanski.‖ So big, it forces Foxx to confront his own "On Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at 7:46 p.m., the complex sense of revenge. answer to this question came in the form of our ―Revenge is a tough thing,‖ said the Oscar fourth child and second daughter," he continued. winner. ―When it comes to someone bringing "Lou Sulola Samuel was born, and from the mo- harm to your family, it‘s hard to think about 16


turning the other cheek. When I hear about things that we allow to go on in our society where women are harmed, I just knee-jerk. I‘ve said some things publicly that my publicist keeps telling me I should keep to myself. "I don‘t know if that‘s my Texas upbringing, but there comes a point where you just say, ‗OK, that would be my tipping point. What would I do?‘ Some of things I‘ve said I‘d do to sexual perpetrators were pretty graphic. But I also read some stories of people taking the law into their own hands, which is bad too. So it‘s tough to know how far you‘d go.‖ On Sept. 26, Polanski was arrested, at the request of U.S. authorities, by Swiss police, on arrival at Zürich Airport while trying to enter Switzerland to pick up a lifetime achievement "Golden Icon Award" from the Zurich Film Festival.

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