Eve and Maximillion



Nicely done, Eve! Nicely done. The rapper and actress from Philadelphia married longtime boyfriend Maximillion Cooper over the weekend. You know Eve as a Grammy-winning rapper, and as Shelley Williams from the UPN TV sitcom “Eve,” and two of the first “Barbershop” movies.

The celebrations were in Ibiza, Spain, and the two shared a few photos of the ceremony and post-nuptial parting on Instagram and E!, like the photo above. So we know who Eve is, but what about this Maximillion guy? ABCNews has the details on Maximillion:

1. He’s a Designer

Born in Staffordshire, England, Cooper studied fashion at London’s prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. As the founder and brains behind the Gumball 3000 brand, he splits his time between New York and London. Creativity runs in his family. He’s the son of an abstract artist and musician.

2. He’s a Former Race Car Driver

In 1999, he launched the Gumball 3000, an annual British 3,000-mile international motor rally which takes place on public roads, with a different route each year. For the Gumball 3000′s 15th anniversary, drivers traversed 13 countries and 3000 miles in just seven days. Putting his love of racing together with his fashion skills, Cooper built Gumball from an underground rally into a global lifestyle brand.

3. He Met Eve at the Gumball 3000

Eve met Cooper at his annual racing event when she participated for the first time four years ago. She’s been back every year since and has been officially dubbed the “First Lady of Gumball,” according to the Gumball 3000 website. When they began dating in 2010, it was the first biracial relationship for both of them. “I’ve never been the type of person to discriminate,” Eve told Chelsea Handler in June. “But I honestly have to say I never thought I’d be with a white guy ever. But it just happened. It’s amazing. I’m the first black girl he’s ever been with too.”

4. He’s Been Married Before

While this will be Eve’s first marriage, Cooper was previously married to his former business partner Julie Brangstrup, and has four children, ages 4 to 10.

5. Cooper and Eve Have Talked More Children

At first Eve wasn’t sure about becoming a stepmom, the star of “Barbershop” and her own sitcom “Eve” told Sister 2 Sister magazine this past May. “I was like, ‘I’m not sure this is what I want to be my life.’ You know? But honestly, it’s been three years now and we’ve gone on vacations together, and they’re the sweetest kids.” She and Cooper have even discussed adding more kids to the mix. “We talk about having kids. We talk about marriage,” she told the magazine. “The kids are excited. They want a brown baby sister.”




Audra’s Triumph

The gifted and mesmerizing Audra McDonald made Tony Award history on June 8, 2014. She became the first performer — ever — to win six Tonys in competitive categories, and she has won in every performing category in both plays and musicals. The honor caps off a history-making winning streak for McDonald. Last year, she made history as the first Black woman to win five Tony Awards. Is it safe to call this immensely gifted woman the Queen of Musical Theater, yet? Around here she is, and if you try to argue otherwise, I’ll smash you over your head with your own Strat!


The 2014 Tony was the fruit of her first nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. She also won the 2014 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play, so it’s been a banner year on the stage for her.

I’ve followed her career for the last few years and have been bowled over. Few people combine gorgeous looks with a commanding stage and screen presence, but she does! She’s on fire, and given the way she carries herself as an actress, singer and human being, I don’t think her light will dim anytime soon.

Here’s a quick sampling of why Audra is arguably, the reigning demigoddess of the stage:

And yet another example of why her star is still soaring …