Christina Milian first burst onto the scene back in 2001 with her self-titled debut album and has been killing it since.
With hit singles such as "AM to PM," "Dip It Low" and "Us Against The World," the multi-talented phenomenon quickly became a household name in both music and on screen in films such as "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "Be Cool" and "Bring It On: Fight to the Finish."
But glitz and glamor aside, the Jersey City native is starting the next chapter of her life. Juggling her family, acting and music, Christina has launched multiple successful business ventures including her new Viva Diva wine collection and Platinum E Hookahs.
Once married to producer The Dream, Christina is also the proud mom of 4-year-old Violet and now happily engaged to entertainment mogul Jas Prince. Extremely tight with her mom and sisters, family means everything to the down-to-earth 32-year-old.
Fashion & Style caught up with the busy beauty to chat about her growing empire, her adorable daughter and why she's been too swamped to start planning her wedding.
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From The Star Of Vh1’s Hottest Show, "How To Use A Meat Cleaver", Secrets & Recipes From A Mob Family
Mob Wives, the reality TV series that follows the lives of 4 women affiliated with the Mob, has quickly risen to become the #1 show on VH1. The show's creator, Jennifer Graziano, its stars, Renee Graziano, & their restaurateur sister Lana Graziano
In How to Use a Meat Cleaver: Secrets and Recipes from a Mob Family's Kitchen (Perigee Hardcover Original; $27.95; February 4, 2014) the Graziano sisters share 100 of their favorite and most coveted family recipes, including: Sicilian-style codfish; lobster arabiatta; parmigiano-baked rigatoni with cauliflower, peas and prosciutto; penne with fried eggplant; Sunday gravy; tripe alla Romania; chicken with sausage, peppers and onions; veal osso bucco; escarole and beans; caponata; Sicilian rice balls, and more. They also share never-before-heard stories and anecdotes from inside the most famous alleged mob family of our day (like how to sneak meatballs to family members in prison).
For these women, there is nothing more important than family. And at the heart of every family—especially every Italian family—is food.
Jennifer Graziano is the creator and Executive Producer of Mob Wives, the #1 show on VH1 for three seasons running, with more seasons on the way. She also produced Big Ang, Mob Wives Chicago and Miami Monkeys in partnership with The Weinstein Company.
Renee Graziano is the star of Mob Wives, and perhaps the show’s most compelling character. She is the quintessential mob princess and loves “the lifestyle,” but tries her best to steer her only son, AJ, in a different direction. She’s been the subject of feature articles inPeople, US Weekly, and OK!, and has appeared on The View, Good Morning America, Extra, and more.
Lana Graziano is the oldest of the Graziano clan. Now a divorced mother of three, she owned and operated several restaurants and is in the process of opening another family restaurant with her two sisters.
HOW TO USE A MEAT CLEAVER:
Secrets and Recipes from a Mob Family’s Kitchen
by Jennifer Graziano, Renee Graziano, and Lana Graziano
Perigee Hardcover Original • February 4, 2014 • $27.95•
ISBN: 978-0399166600 ORDER ON AMAZON
Some places are just plain cool. We don't usually think of them as being in hotels, but forget that NoMa Social is in the Radisson (well, unless you want a room) and step in. I was here two restaurants ago and it was already intrinsically cool; must be the feng shui. It turns into a dance club late at night. And I'm sorry to say this, but cool can be in short supply around here, No of Ma (north of Manhattan).
But you're here for other reasons—and if you've been here, you know that one of them is the drinks. For cold weather, try some of the killer new specials: a S’mores martini that’s lit on fire, a Pumpkin Pie martini that you're not gonna find at Starbucks, or Coquito, a Puerto Rican eggnog-like drink from the mixologist's family recipe—they’ve got a big vat of it going in back. If you're watching your holiday waistline, the “skinny” drinks will set you back only 150 calories; for other priorities, there’s the infamous Panties Off. And here’s a deal: their new 4 x 4 weeknight happy hour at the bar features four choices of wine, cocktails, beer, and tapas for $4 each from 4 to 8 pm.
To go with, foodies will never go hungry or bored, and Chef Bill Rosenberg has added some new dishes to the cosmopolitan, tapas-centric menu. Flavorful butternut squash soup benefits from a pop of floating fresh cranberry and crushed ginger snaps. Blue-crab-stuffed piquillo pepper with lemon pepper aioli and baby arugula is delicious and refreshing (I came back and had it again); crispy baby artichokes with basil mayo will make you forget your table manners. Add a little aioli-slicked tosta topped with sobrasada and a runny quail egg and you’re in Spain. For something more substantial, fresh potato gnocchi with long-braised Painted Hills beef cheeks, wild mushrooms, and Coca Cola Rioja guazzetto, topped with fresh ricotta, will warm you up, all elements holding their own and uniting in the sauce. And for a fun ending: a banana-Nutella dessert empanada with cinnamon ice cream.
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