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10:31 AMJun 11
Source: BV Black Spin
Shannon Price, the ex-wife of Gary Coleman, is certainly keeping herself busy these days, trying desperately to muscle in on Coleman’s estate. Price, who was recently embroiled in everything from orchestrating death shots of Coleman to sell to … Read More
10:10 AMJun 11
Source: BV Newswire
Yesterday, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo performed hr rendition of the 1970 Curtis Mayfield classic ‘Move On Up’ at the kick-off celebration for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg, … Read More
9:45 AMJun 11
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For the first time in United States history, Mississippian Curtis Flowers is being tried for a sixth time for the same murders. Flowers faced a jury of eleven whites and one black yesterday as opening statements were presented. The trial got underway … Read More
9:23 AMJun 11
Source: BV on Sports
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics put the NBA Finals back on serve with a 96-89 victory over the Lakers last night, evening the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It now makes the Finals a best-of-three series with two of those games in Los Angeles. Game 5 is … Read More
1:25 AMJun 11
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Indianapolis Police Chief Paul Ciesielski called for the firing of a white officer who’s been charged with repeatedly striking a 15-year-old biracial boy in the face during an arrest. The attacks allegedly occurred after the boy had been subdued by … Read More
12:12 AMJun 11
Source: BV Newswire
There’s little chance that Whitney Houston’s European fans will always love her after her current world tour wraps. As many news outlets have reported, what was supposed to be a comeback tour for ‘The Bodyguard’ actress has turned into a mess of … Read More
11:58 PMJun 10
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O.J. Simpson’s attorneys are planning to try to convince a group of Nevada judges to overturn his 2007 conviction of a hotel room robbery this week. They worry about time, since they are only going to have a few minutes to make their case. "We only … Read More
6:58 PMJun 10
Source: BV Black Spin
On New Year’s Day of 2009, Oscar Grant was shot in Oakland, Calif. The shooter was a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officer by the name of Johannes Mehserle. Grant was 22-years-old at the time of his death, and the shooting was captured by cell phone … Read More
Popular ‘Today’ show host Matt Lauer and his wife of 12 years, Annette, have split. Word on the street is that when Lauer was in Vancouver covering the Winter Olympics, he allegedly "bumped Uggs" with Whitney Houston’s half-sister, Alexis Houston.
Houston, who also dabbles in music as a singer/songwriter/producer, met Lauer on the set of his show back in 2007. She accompanied Dionne Warwick, who had sung one of her hits for a segment on marriage. Reportedly, Warwick and the show’s producers had some friction before the segment aired, and Houston squashed it. Lauer was apparently impressed with how Houston handled her cousin, sources toldHollyscoop.
- With all the intense scrutiny on Arizona for its harsh anti-immigration legislation, the time has … Read More
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Dr. Boyce Video — Michael Bivins of Bel Biv DeVoe & Alfred Edmond of Black Enterprise on African American Music & Business
- Dr. Boyce Watkins brings you an exciting discussion on the business of media and entertainment with … Read More
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- I went to see the film "Precious" with a tremendous amount of anxiety. I’d heard the film received … Read More
- By Boyce Watkins, PhD on Mar 7th 2010 8:21AM | Comments (22)
- You would think that Myron Rolle, the NFL super-stud who also happens to be a Rhodes Scholar, would … Read More
- By Dr. Boyce Watkins, PhD on Mar 7th 2010 6:56AM | Comments (5)
- The red carpet is the perfect place to debut an eye-popping beauty statement. Gabourey Sidibe loves … Read More
- By Qianna Smith on Mar 6th 2010 6:27PM | Comments (3)
- The Lee Daniels-directed drama ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’ was the big winner … Read More
- By Karu F. Daniels on Mar 6th 2010 5:05PM | Comments (4)
- The one and the only Beyoncé continue to use her brand to do some good – for others. On … Read More
- By Karu F. Daniels on Mar 6th 2010 11:11AM | Comments (0)
- If you are a black scholar in America, then you probably know about the work of Dr. Lee Jones. Dr. … Read More
- By Boyce Watkins, PhD on Mar 6th 2010 7:23AM | Comments (6)
- With 10 films nominated this year for Best Picture, and ‘Avatar,’ and ‘The Hurt Locker’ leading … Read More
- By Wilson Morales on Mar 6th 2010 12:21AM | Comments (4)
- With only five films to his credit, producer-director Lee Daniels is already a visionary icon: He’s … Read More
- By Wilson Morales on Mar 5th 2010 11:11PM | Comments (3)
- Call him fashion’s "Cinderella." LaQuan Smith, 21, has gone from intern to buzz-worthy designer … Read More
- By Zandile Blay on Mar 5th 2010 6:34PM | Comments (0)
- Black Hollywood seems to be in familiar territory this awards season with two surprisingly talented … Read More
- By Qianna Smith on Mar 5th 2010 5:06PM | Comments (19)
- Everyone wants to save more money. Yet many cash-strapped people feel like they "can’t afford" to … Read More
- By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox on Mar 5th 2010 4:20PM | Comments (0)
- Just about every dramatic cop film, from ‘Serpico’ to ‘Magnum Force’ to ‘Cop Land,’ involves … Read More
- By Wilson Morales on Mar 5th 2010 4:00PM | Comments (0)
- There was a lot of controversy surrounding the last couple of times Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield … Read More
- By Quibian Salazar-Moreno on Mar 5th 2010 3:36PM | Comments (3)
- Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is known for being as enigmatic and complex as he was talented. … Read More
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While promoting her upcoming comedy ‘Our Family Wedding,’ actress Regina Kingcouldn’t contain her excitement for the return of the hit Cartoon Network series ‘The Boondocks.’
She also talked about her frustration too.
After a more than two-year hiatus, post-production is underway for the third season of the beloved show, which should be airing in coming months.
Although the Cartoon Network has yet to send out an official announcement confirming a premiere date for the new season, ‘Bonndocks’ creator Aaron McGrudersaid via his social networking site that it should air March 28. The news coincides with his previous Twitter message on Christmas Day, in which he wrote, "Finally got an airdate for Season 3. Not sure if I’m allowed to put it out yet, so I’ll just say you got about three months."
King, who voices two of the show’s lead characters, brothers Huey and Riley Freeman, has been a little peeved about how the show’s producers are handling the long-awaited return.
"I am so happy that it is coming back," King told BV Newswire, but added, "I wish there was some Web site that people could send [a message] to Sony [Television Entertainment] … and say ‘What are you doing?’" she charged.
"’Boondocks could be so bigger than what it is," the former ‘227’ actress furthered. "If I had the money to buy ‘The Boondocks’ off Sony, I would because all of you would be wearing ‘Boondocks’ T-shirts and there would be Huey and Riley dolls. I would capitalize off of that, and I would be a very rich woman."
King cited Sony’s lack of experience with animation as a reason for the show’s delay and its failure to capitalize on ‘Boondocks’ merchandise.
"Actually more than any other project that I have done, that’s the one that I get asked about the most," King revealed. "For a show to take two and half year hiatuses and people still want it to come back, that’s big," she said.
11:31 AM on 02/27/2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The heart-wrenching tale of an illiterate and abused teen who finds hope in a Harlem classroom was named outstanding motion picture…
5:51 PM on 02/26/2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gary Coleman suffered a seizure on the set of "The Insider" TV show on Friday and received immediate treatment from Dr. Drew Pinsky…
2:14 PM on 02/26/2010
REVIEW – The forced and awkward feel of ‘Cop Out’ makes you long for the days when the action-comedy blend went down more smoothly. ..
1:21 PM on 02/26/2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary J. Blige, Morgan Freeman, and Jamie Foxx are among the stars set to celebrate diversity in the arts at the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards on Friday…
9:06 AM on 02/26/2010
These films remind us that we still have a long way to go when it comes to portraying our culture and lifestyle accurately and respectfully on the big screen…
By Talia Whyte
7:59 AM on 02/26/2010
OPINION – While I question his method behind his movie characters, at least Perry puts his money where his mouth is to support causes and issues he cares about…
8:07 AM on 02/25/2010
OPINION – There’s more to be gained by sharing black history and culture. The problem arises when the culture is not being fully presented…
9:23 AM on 02/24/2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Mo’Nique won the Golden Globe. She also picked up a SAG Award. And don’t forgot about her most recent honor this week at the BAFTA’s…
8:39 AM on 02/24/2010
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – CBS argued anew Tuesday that it should not be held responsible for the half-second of nudity…
8:39 AM on 02/24/2010
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A two-alarm fire that damaged the building where the "Sound of Philadelphia" was born has been ruled an arson…
8:17 AM on 02/22/2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Parents are complaining they never got refunds for performance fees in a failed musical production Todrick Hall wrote and directed…
8:03 AM on 02/22/2010
OPINON – The method is simple: Find either an overly aggressive black woman and a lazy black man, give them a script and audiences will eat it up…
By Alex Presha
6:59 PM on 02/19/2010
VIDEO – Bleu talks about the his new role, race on Broadway and the evolution of Hollywood…
3:54 PM on 02/19/2010
BERLIN (AP) — Gerard Depardieu has rejected the discussion over his right to play mixed-race author Alexandre Dumas because he is a blue-eyed blonde…
1:14 PM on 02/19/2010
BOSTON (AP) – A rap star says former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney first touched him — and not the other way around…
11:16 AM on 02/19/2010
NEW YORK (AP) – A delusional fan who unleashed his crude fantasies about Ashanti in a battery of text messages to her mother was sentenced to two years in jail…
By Alex Presha
9:26 AM on 02/19/2010
VIDEO – Bleu talks about the his new role, race on Broadway and the evolution of Hollywood…
By Todd Johnson
8:34 AM on 02/19/2010
VIDEO – A new film looks at how the tragic murder of a Vietnam veteran prompted a small North Carolina town’s black community to stand up and fight back…
8:22 AM on 02/19/2010
OPINION – It took 74 years for the Academy Awards to acknowledge a black female as best actress. How long will it be before black woman is nominated for best director?…
5:29 PM on 02/17/2010
NEW YORK (AP) – An army of fans — more than 500,000 of them — went out to support Sade’s latest CD, "Soldier of Love," giving the group their first No. 1 disc in 20 years…
Federal authorities will not pursue charges against the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell, the unarmed bridegroom who died in a hail of police bullets outside a Queens strip club just hours before his wedding.
Prosecutors said there was "insufficient evidence" that Bell’s civil rights were violated when undercover officers unloaded on a car carrying Bell and two friends on a Jamaica street in November, 2006.
Three officers were acquitted in 2008, including Michael Oliver, who police said reloaded while firing 31 of the 50 shots that filled the vehicle and surrounding streets.
General Motors has once again built the First Limo, which isn’t so much a car as an armored personnel carrier wrapped in Cadillac bodywork. It is code-named "Stagecoach" but given its weight, wheelbase and bunker-like level of protection, Caddy One has been nicknamed "the Beast."
The limo that carries President Obama down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House today is the latest in a long line of Cadillacs to join the First Fleet over the years. Although GM and the Secret Service jealously guard the vehicle’s specs and secrets, you can bet Obama’s ride is the toughest, most sophisticated car anywhere. Think of it as the road-going equivalent to Air Force One.
"Although many of the vehicle’s security enhancements cannot be discussed, it is safe to say that this car’s security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world," Nicholas Trotta, assistant director for the Secret Service Office of Protective Operations, said in a statement (.pdf).
GM had even less to say, noting "one of the specifications is we don’t talk about the specifications." But spokesman David Caldwell says the redesigned car "is a fresh, more modern, more expensive" version of the Cadillac DTS that has carried President Bush since his second inauguration in 2005. Obama’s car, he says, is "a little bit more vibrant, if you will."
A San Francisco jury has found a former reality TV show contestant guilty of killing a man in 2007.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jamal Rashead Trulove of Oakland was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors say Trulove fatally shot 28-year-old Seu Kuka at a San Francisco public housing project in July 2007. Truelove was arrested in Monterey County on a $5 million murder warrant in October 2008.
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — Serena Williams, surrounded by Grand Slam tennis title record holder Margaret Court and mentor Billie Jean King, made a bit of her own history yesterday with her fifth Australian Open title.
The defending champion beat Justine Henin in three sets at Melbourne Park to gain her 12th major in all, tying fellow American King in sixth place on the career list headed by Court’s 24 championships.
“I feel really special that I was able to tie Billie Jean King,” Williams told reporters. “Because in my heart of hearts, I’ve been going for it and I haven’t been able to quite achieve it. Billie Jean is a really big mentor of mine.”
King and Evonne Goologong Cawley were among the former champions at Rod Laver Arena to mark the 40th anniversary of Court’s Australian Open victory, which was the first step of a Grand Slam sweep in 1970. Williams, who was presented the trophy by the 67-year-old Australian, is now one title ahead of Court, Goologong Cawley, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles for the most Australian Open titles since professionals were first allowed to enter in 1969.
After catching King, who came into the locker room to wish her luck before her 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over the unranked Henin, Williams’s next two targets on the Grand Slam title-leading list are Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 majors.
“I still think that when she plays her best, she’s the best ever,” King, 66, told reporters about Williams at Melbourne Park.
Beyonce and Madonna have been added as performers to Friday’s multi-network "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, and Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and former President Bill Clinton are among the participants.
A statement released Thursday said Beyonce would perform from London, and Madonna from New York City. The list of musical performers already includes such heavyweights as Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Keith Urban.
People can start donating even before the start of the 8 p.m. EST concert via phone and text.
The two-hour telethon will be shown on all the major networks and a host of other channels. It will be broadcast from New York, London, Los Angeles and Haiti.
No strangers to controversy, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is up to its old tricks again. This time they’ve raised eyebrows by using an image of Michelle Obama in an anti-fur advertisement without her permission. The White House is not pleased, to say the least.
The ad in question features the image of the first lady alongside the images of Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, and Carrie Underwood underneath the slogan, "Fur-free and fabulous!" The ads, which PETA says features "a bevy of the smartest, most stylish, and most influential women in America," are being plastered all over the Washington D.C. Metro mass transit system, in addition to appearing in various magazines and websites.
While Winfrey, Banks and Underwood are all on record as publicly endorsing PETA’s anti-fur efforts, first lady Michelle Obama cannot endorse special interest groups such as PETA. Thus, the White House is mildly perturbed by the use of the first lady’s image in the campaign
Tiger Woods is reportedly hiding in the Trump International Hotel in NYC. The media is camped out trying to find out if it’s really him or not, and someone under an assumed name bought up a whole block of rooms and replaced hotel security with his own. Big balla in the house!
Turns out that the actor/comedian Sinbad is broke. According to federal documents, he owes $8.15M in taxes, and has just declared bankruptcy with $10 – $50M in debts and only $50,000 in assets. Sad.
Tiger Woods is all over the TV, but his ads haven’t been.
According to media tracker Nielsen, the last time a commercial featuring Tiger Woods appeared on television was Nov. 29. The 30-second Gillette ad aired during NBC’s "Football Night in America," the pre-game show that broadcast prior to the Sunday night football game between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.
The ad featured Woods, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Spanish basketball phenom Ricky Rubio and an announcer who says, "Here’s to confidence," and aired eight times during November, according to Aaron Lewis, a spokesman for Nielsen.
Just when you thought black celebrities didn’t care anymore, the "Bad Boy of Radio,"Michael Baisden announced today that he is going to give $5,000 to the legal defense fund of the family of Heather Ellis, a 24-year old black female college student who faces 15-years in prison after cutting in line at a Walmart.
Believe the hype. This Is It dispels any doubts about Michael Jackson’s creative genius.
Clearly separating him from other artists of his day, longtime collaborator and the film’s director Kenny Ortega emphasizes exactly why Michael Jackson earned his "King of Pop" title. Culled from more than one hundred hours of footage, This Is It goes beyond the best of Michael Jackson’s rehearsal reels. Instead, Ortega – better known now for directing the High School High Musical films than his many other achievements which include co-creating and co-directing Jackson’s Dangerous and HIStory world tours, elects to highlight Michael Jackson’s creative process and erases any doubt that what you saw with Michael came from anybody but him and God.
In a world of manufactured music where contemporary artists, many with big names, are unable to sing and dance simultaneously, This Is It reminds us that Michael Jackson was of a generation of cultivated and honed talent where practice did indeed make perfect. There was no resting on laurels with Michael Jackson. It wasn’t just magic. It was tireless work and effort – the two attributes that aren’t often applied to the genius of African-American performers so liberally.
I woke up this morning to see that Tyler Perry is being forced to defend himself against nasty allegations coming from Spike Lee. Spike has made it clear that he doesn’t appreciate what he perceives to be “coonery” in Tyler Perry films and TV shows. When I saw Perry flat out say that the accusations “pissed him off,” I thought, “Wow, now that’s an honest brother!”
I grew up on Spike Lee and I’ll always love him. I am also certain that images of black people singing, dancing and eating chicken certainly won Perry instant favor with the not-so-in-touch executives in Hollywood. But here are three reasons that Spike Lee might be wrong about Tyler Perry:
1) Tyler Perry is not all about Madea: I went onto BET a few times to talk about Hip Hop. My hoity-toity friends in academia (many of whom pride themselves on writing research papers for journals that nobody ever reads) criticized me for being “unscholarly” by talking to rappers. But my response was that hip hop culture has a dramatic influence on the young minds that I am trying to reach with education. You don’t get a baby to eat healthy by only forcing vegetables down his throat; you sprinkle sugar on the food to get the child’s attention. It’s not always a matter of forcing people to consume what they NEED – you should also be willing to let them have some of what they WANT. Every positive black movie doesn’t have to be a PBS special.
A long-simmering disagreement between broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Texas Southern University ended Friday when the university’s governing board agreed to strip Smiley’s name from its communication school.
Smiley promised in 2004 to donate $1 million and to raise another $1 million for TSU. The school later created the Tavis Smiley School of Communication in his honor.
In return, Smiley made one $50,000 donation in mid-2005 and raised $250,000 from three corporate donors.
But he said Friday that he had intended to fulfill his personal $1 million pledge.
“Any institution that turns away a $1 million gift in this economy, I think ought to have good reason for doing that,” he said in a telephone interview.
He also said former university President Priscilla Slade offered to name the school for him before he pledged any money.
“I even made a joke, how much is this decision going to cost me?” he said. “She said, ‘This decision has already been made.’”
“It doesn’t feel good,” he said of the board’s decision. “My intentions were to help the students.”
Peter Tatchell wrote a piece in the UK Guardian, called “Malcolm X Was Bisexual, Get Over It.”Tatchell writes that he is disappointed in the lack of recognition for gay and lesbian African Americans for Black History Month (Black History Month is in October in the UK). He writes:
Perhaps it is unintentional but Black History Month sometimes feels like Straight Black History Month. Famous Black LGBT people are not acknowledged and celebrated. Either their contribution to Black history and culture is ignored or their sexuality is airbrushed out of their biographies.
He goes on to write that one famous Black LGBT person is none other than Malcolm X:
A good example of this neglect is the denialism surrounding the bisexuality of one of the greatest modern Black liberation heroes: Malcolm X. The lack of recognition is perhaps not surprising, given that some of his family and many black activists have made strenuous efforts to deny his same-sex relationships and suppress recognition of the full spectrum of his sexuality.
The following quote was posted online by Richard Pryor’s wife Jennifer. Apparently, Mike Epps did something to her:
"Poor B*tch …
He got his ass so fired from me and Richard Pryor project and now he is trying to go around talking sh*t, saying he’s doing the Richard Pryor project … motherf*cker better watch his punk, country ass … it’s gonna get royally sued if he wants to play this game! My lawyers are ready and waiting!!!
Posted By Above da Rim to Your Black Gossip: The Official Source of Black Celebrity Gossip at 10/21/2009 06:00:00 AM
This past weekend, when folks were flocking to theaters to see ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ and ‘Black Dynamite,’ one film that was released without much fanfare was Ice Cube’s latest, ‘Janky Promoters.’
No trailer, one poster and no marketing spells disaster. ‘Janky’ isn’t even listed in this week’s top 125 films.
Initially set to be released last March by the Weinstein Co., the film was dropped down to its DVD division company, Third Rail Releasing. It was released in just 22 theaters, where it grossed a dismal $5,300. It averaged $240 per theater.
‘Janky’ follows the shenanigans of a pair of shady concert promoters (Cube and Mike Epps), who get in over their heads when they get a shot at booking a big-name hip-hop act (Young Jeezy). Complications come in the form of a pot-growing neighborhood nemesis named Mondo and Cube’s character’s son (Nickelodeon star Little JJ), who is under contract with the old man.
Also starring in the film are Terry Crews, Glenn Plummer and Tamala Jones.
In a call this week to the only theater in New York City where the film is playing, the operator stated that no one had bought tickets for the first two showings.
Update: Exclusive pictures of both Leah Ignagni and Sahel Kazemi have been released.
This week, Nashville, Tenn., police released an updated case summary on the murder-suicide of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and his mistress, Sahel Kazemi. Police identified Leah Ignagni as McNair’s possible second girlfriend. Ignagni told police that she believed Kazemi had been following her in the weeks before McNair’s death. According to Kazemi’s roommate, Emily Andrews, Kazemi knew about Ignagni.
According to the report:
Andrews said that Kazemi told her that [Kazemi] found a tampon in the bathroom wastebasket in the Lea Avenue condo, and on another occasion, saw a female leaving the condo.
Police are not saying that the relationship played a role in the incident.
During an appearance on a radio show Diddy got a big surprise when Mase walked in asking him to sign some release papers. Supposedly the papers were to allow Mase to appear on other artist’s songs. Click here to watch.
A baby’s stroller falls under a train and the baby survives!
A half-marathoner and two other runners died during the Detroitmarathon on Sunday, organizers said.
Daniel Langdon, 36, of Laingsburg, collapsed at about 9:02 a.m. between the 11- and 12-mile markers, said Rich Harshbarger, vice president of consumer marketing for the Detroit Media Partnership.
Rick Brown, 65, of Marietta, Ohio, collapsed at 9:17 a.m., near where Langdon went down, and 26-year-old Jon Fenlon of Waterford collapsed at about 9:18 a.m., just after finishing the half-marathon in 1:53:37, Harshbarger said.
It was unclear whether Brown and Langdon were participating in the 13.1-mile half marathon or the full race.
Harshbarger told the Free Press that there were at least six medical stations on the race course and that emergency personnel were on the scene within seconds.
Every runner must sign a medical release form, and they are encouraged to talk to their doctors before they run the race, Harshbarger said.
"On a day when so many people bring such energy and challenge themselves to do their utmost, this news is very difficult to hear," said Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger said. "Our deepest sympathies are with the families."
Click here to read more.
Alicia Keys just released the video for the first single off her new album “The Element of Freedom” titled “Don’t Mean Anything”, which reminds me of her song “If I Ain’t Got You” from a few years back. Click here to watch her new video.
For those who didn’t see James Toback’s critically acclaimed biographical documentary on Mike Tyson, Oprah Winfrey is giving an up-close-and-personal look at the former heavyweight boxing champion.
The media maven’s intimate interview with "Iron Mike" will air on Oct. 12, and BV Newswire has learned that during the no-holds-barred chat no topic was off limits.
The Brooklyn-born pugilist talks candidly about it all, including his disastrous marriage and divorce from former TV star Robin Givens;his trial and three-year imprisonment for rape; his ear-biting bout with Evander Holyfield, the award-winning film ‘Tyson,’ which has generated Oscar buzz; and the tragic death of his daughter.
Labels: black celebrity gossip
Marlon Wayans is in advanced talks to play comedy legend Richard Pryor in "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?" for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and Sony Pictures.
The $20 million production will follow Pryor’s controversial brand of comedy and his battle with drugs reports, Entertainment Weekly.
Coming out this week is ‘Good Hair,‘ a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.
Directed by funnyman Chris Rock, the film explores hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships and self-esteem of black people.
Known for her roles in ‘Soul Food,’ ‘The Best Man’ and ‘Love Jones,’Nia Long was among the celebrities who candidly offered her stories and observations to Rock.
Labels: black celebrity gossip
Hair Apparent caught up with one of our favorite hair girls — Raven-Symoné. Though her show ‘That’s So Raven’ is now in syndication, one of the things that riveted us to Raven, other than her outsize talent, was the fact that her hair miraculously transformed into chic cuteness each week.
When did you get your first perm?
”When I got my first perm it was April 11 and I was around 13 years old. My first like sew-in weave, I don’t remember my age but I remember what kind. It was a curly and short and it had red streaks in it. I remember saying, oh my goodness, it’s so much hair on my head. It was probably like 7 ounces. And I remember taking it out the same day. Now, I don’t go out without 12 ounces. I’m totally addicted. But I have to say, I’m addicted for work. When it’s time for me to work, I put my weave in and I like it to look cool but when I’m by myself at home, I wear my hair natural.”
Labels: black celebrity gossip
by Alynda Wheat
Chris Rock’s documentary, Good Hair, opened Friday to mixed, but frequently positive, reviews. I’m going to take the painful stance of suggesting that’s because there aren’t a lot of black women in the film reviewing community. Good Hair is often funny, fascinating, and raises a few key ideas. What it doesn’t do is offer a cogent, relevant analysis of why black women relax their hair or wear hair extensions — which was supposed to have been the point.
Some background: Rock says he did the film because his daughter came to him one day, upset, that she didn’t have “good hair.” This apparently prompted the comedian to begin an odyssey that took him from the hair salons of New York City to a hair show in Atlanta, from Indian hair-shaving ceremonies, to the Beverly Hills salons that buy the Indian hair. But in all that conversation what you never hear are opposing viewpoints. Nearly everyone in Chris Rock’s movie seems to agree on a few critical ideas (that can happen when you limit your sample). Frankly, as a black woman, I sat through Good Hair with one dominant thought: Who are these people? Their opinions rarely represented my own, or those of anyone I know. I am but one voice in this vast, complicated community, but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t say something. Here, a few of the ways Good Hair gets it entirely wrong.
Click here to read more.
Compton’s Most Wanted The Game is being sued by his attorneys who claim that he skipped on their lawyer fees. His attorneys, Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldsert filed a suit in L.A. County Superior Court claiming that The MC owes them $34,683.90.
The firm successfully represented the MC who only ended up serving eight days on what could have been a 5-year sentence. The Game allegedly threatened a man with a gun during a basketball game and assaulted him as well.
In related news, The Game has reportedly ended his beef with his mentor Dr. Dre and was recently back in the lab working with Dre and Snoop on the long-awaited Detox album. Only time will tell if the ten-year old promised will ever be released but in the meantime The Game’s forth album, The R.E.D. Album is scheduled to hit stores in December.
When you play for a city’s two biggest professional sports teams, you’d think that there would be a sense of unity and camaraderie among athletes. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards. According to a report from the Associated Press, after the Bengals beat down the Browns on Sunday, Edwards went clubbing at a venue where one of LeBron’s good friends, Edward Givens, promotes club nights. An argument between Edwards and Givens ensued, and it ended with Givens at the hospital with a black eye and a cut.
"Braylon comes up and started saying things, degrading me," Givens told the Cleveland Plains Dealer. "He said if it wasn’t for LeBron or the Four Horsemen [James’ friends and business partners], I wouldn’t have what I have, nor would I be able to get girls. Everyone knows Braylon has a problem with LeBron.
According to EUR Web:
A rep for Shante explained that Cornell’s Web site had posted a picture of the artist and listed her name as “Dr. Shante,” when in fact, she “didn’t receive the years of education to constitute a PhD. She did not falsely promote herself as a PhD, but rather she continued what the college started in how they basically said she was a doctor.”
On Thursday, Shante sent us the following statement responding to the controversy:
I would like to thank my long time fans and supporters for your continued support. I am humbled and grateful to all of you for that.
Without going into all of the details as of right now, I would like to apologize that this story regarding my post recording career has caused such a ruckus. The entire story will be revealed at a later time.
Throughout my career and life, I have been faced with many challenges, both professionally and personally. Like all of you, I am human, and may have not made the correct decision all the time. And, like anyone else, I would like to think that my entire life or career is not judged by one error or mistake.
It is very easy to criticize someone and I have left myself open to criticism. That is fair.
There are plenty of people that will attest that I have done a lot for them. It seems though, that negativity gets more attention than positivity.
All I can say to that, is before you level any further criticism and cynicism, walk in my shoes. I am making this statement to apologize to the people that truly care about me for any angst that this situation has caused, and to thank them for their continued support. I am proud of what I have been able to do for so many others, and would like to let those persons know that I will continue to be there for them no matter what.
I am proud that during my twenty plus years as a pioneer in the Hip-Hop industry to have opened doors for those who came after me.
I will have no further statement in regards to this matter at this time
Please contact my management at Spydo Music xxx-xxx-xxxx or my publicist Belinda Foster at xxxx for any further inquiry.
The rapper, who is locked up in an Arkansas penitentiary on a federal weapons conviction, won for best collaboration and CD of the year. His fiancee Tameka "Tiny" Cottle accepted his awards at the ceremony in Atlanta on Saturday.
In the past it’s been almost a tradition for America’s first ladies to catch flack from their husbands’ political opponents over the size of their staffs, and Michelle Obama certainly hasn’t been exempt from that. Criticism of her "massive" staff has popped up on email chains, blogs, and chat rooms. But what are the facts regarding how many people are under her employ, and how does the size of her staff compare to that of past first ladies?
On July 1st of this year, the Obama White House posted the Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff on its official blog. A minor uproar over the first lady’s staff size ensued. One critic atCanadianFreePress.com accused the president’s wife of employing an "unprecedented number of staffers" for someone who "doesn’t perform any official duties," while a widely circulated chain email reported that "there has never been anyone in the White House at any time that has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady’s social life." Many other critics of the Obama administration expressed similar sentiments.
I had a lot of fun watching the new Vh-1 show, "Going for Broke," starring comedian Eddie Griffin. Griffin is one of the funniest comics in America, the comedian that Chris Tucker could have been (if he would simply stop disappearing between Jackie Chan movies).
On the show, Griffin gives insight into his personal life, which is both intriguing and disturbing. The show is called "Going for Broke" for a reason, because Eddie just might actually get there.
Here are some reasons that Eddie Griffin might actually become the broke celebrity that he is trying to become:
1) He spends like a damn fool. One of the easiest traps for an entertainer to fall into is the "infinite money trap." That’s when the person thinks that they’ve got an endless supply of cash, giving them ability to spend whatever they want on whatever they want. Apparently Eddie may have fallen into this trap, since his Bentley was being repossessed in an early episode of the show. Eddie’s conversation with his accountant was also revealing, as the words "all the accounts are empty" seemed to strike him hard. With all the success that Eddie Griffin has had, it is difficult to imagine that he would be completely broke. But the truth is that this kind of thing happens all the time.
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The original mad rappers, Onyx, are back, and they’re not happy about Damon Dash‘s ‘Blak Roc’ collaboration album with The Black Keys. In a recent interview on Angela Yee and Leah Rose’s Lip Service radio show on Shade 45, the baldhead rappers
discussedyelled about Dash’s project, which features notable MC’s likeLudacris, Jim Jones, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch and more.
"N—-s is biting the whole f—in’ movement," explained a ticked off Fredro Starr. "The ‘Black Rock’ s—, we been rocking with that. Now I’m hearing other n—-s coming out with it…I ain’t sayin’ no f—in’ names. You know what it is man, holla at me n—-, 100 mad n—-s with guns n—-, stop playing games with me!"
"I don’t actually go that way, though I notice a lot of people think I do. But umm, you know what, if Imma do it, I’m going for [Barack] Obama. If I got with him, I could run the country. If I was that way, Obama, I’d be gunning for you brother! I’d be the one in control. That’s if I was that way. Who you gonna go for? Will Smith? Somebody pretty like that? Not to say Obama’s not pretty. But I’d go straight for Obama because you got power then. You could run red lights and just wild out. And I’d have Michelle [Obama]hold the camera!"
– Supermodel Tyson Beckford answering: "If you had to spend the night with a man, who would it be and why?"
Maybe it was one of the times John Goodwin found a more receptive audience while lobbying politicians for stricter sentencing against dogfighting.
Maybe it was one of the times a law enforcement training session was packed with police.
Maybe it was while he was riding along on what is an increasing number of raids on dogfighting operations.
Whenever it was, there was a moment over the past two years that Goodwin, the anti-dog fighting expert at the Humane Society of the United States, realized that of all the unexpected things, a silver lining had formed in the ugly clouds of the Michael Vick(notes) scandal.
“People campaigned against dogfighting ever since the first dogfight ever happened,” Goodwin said. “But never had there been a spotlight put on this issue like when Michael Vick was involved in it.
Earlier this month, clips of a taped television interview that gospel music sensation Tonex conducted for ‘The Lexi Show‘ (on the Gospel network) surfaced on the Internet and caused a heated frenzy within the black religious industry. During the revealing conversation, the internationally renowned music superstar (nee Anthony Williams III) talked candidly about his homosexuality, his failed marriage and his thoughts on the black church. As expected, when someone touches upon such a taboo subject, it strikes a chord among others. But as the multiple Stellar Award-winning virtuoso tells it, in his very own words, it was a lot more than he ever bargained for. Below is Tonex’s exclusive testimony to BlackVoices.com:
Okay, so now since it’s really gone mainstream, there is really no backpedaling is there?
During the BET Awards, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx did a skit called "Skank Robbers," which you can watch below. Some have argued that the video goes over the top, producing stereotypical images of black women to the point of being offensive. Referring to them as "skanks" was enough to draw the ire of many African Americans, but there was also a point in the video in which the narrator says, "From the producers of ‘Planet of the Apes’."
This video leads to the following questions as it pertains to BET:1) Who’s making the decisions? I’d love to see what thought process goes into deciding to make R. Kelly your keynote performer right after he is accused of creating child pornography, or having Lil Wayne sing about wanting to have sex with every girl in the world while underage girls are dancing on stage. I don’t hate BET, and I’ve done a great deal of work with them in the past, but I would like very much for them to explain to the public exactly how they operate.
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Money came back with a guarantee. Floyd Mayweather Jr. told the world he was still its best boxer despite taking 21 months off, and he backed up every boast with every jab in an impressive victory.
Although next time out, hopefully he’ll pick on somebody his own size.
Mayweather overpowered the smaller, lighter Juan Manuel Marquez for an unanimous decision Saturday night, maintaining his perfect record in his comeback from retirement.
Mayweather knocked down Marquez in the second round and then peppered him with countless damaging shots to remain unbeaten (40-0, 25 KOs). Still, his impressive effort couldn’t be viewed without weighing the obvious disadvantages in height and strength faced by the talented Marquez, a 130-pounder just 18 months ago who moved up two weight classes for this once-in-a-career payday at the MGM Grand Garden.
Karen Taylor-Bass, a well-known publicist, decided to go out of her way to give some PR advice on how Serena and Kanye can save their damaged public images. Read what she had to say:
Kanye West Latest Ego Trip
“Last night, I was watching the VMA with my 9 year old son, as he was packing his books for school. As I was explaining to him the significance of the MTV Awards, as a former Music Publicist, the mood shifted from this is cool to … this is crazy.
I was shocked by Kanye West’s latest ego tripping antics. Lets be real, that moment with Taylor Swift versus Beyonce, was all about Kanye getting some "shine" aka spotlight. Countless times we excuse Kanye for his childish, ego- "me" moments, however, this time his friends should really answer and heed Madonna’s call during her tribute to Michael Jackson. Perhaps, Kanye needs a reality check and someone to talk to? Maybe, its a cry for help? What I do know is that it’s not okay to take to social media an issue an apology time and time again … you were man enough to take the mic from Taylor Swift, be man enough to publicly apologize.
Kanye you need to take a time-out, and re-brand your image.. We want to believe in your brilliance, but not like this. “
Serena Williams’ Costly Moment
“Serena Williams allowed poor judgment to take center stage on Saturday at the United States Open which possibly cost her the title, endorsements, fans, and most importantly, a damaged BRAND . The angry black woman as a brand is not palatable for mainstream media. Upon seeing the tape, I must say Serena Williams got real ‘hood’ with the line judge and her behavior was out of pocket.
Athletes, especially Black athletes, must remember this is a business and your brand is your business. If you are known for grace, dignity, and being a champion, well display that at all times. John McEnroe got away with many antics during his reign, however, with the advent of technology — every emotion, word and behavior is captured for the world to see. And sadly, Black athletes are judged by a different standard. All is not lost as it relates to damage control — issue a mea culpa immediately to the officials, fans, Kim Clijsters, etc., and show the world all champions are human with flaws with moments.”
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Apparently, the Jay Leno Show is now part of the “Negro Apology Tour Circuit”, since Jamie Foxx went onto Leno right after his scuff up with Miley Cyrus. So, any celebs who do something bad to a white woman should make sure they stop to see Jay Leno.
Here is what news reports had to say:
Kanye West used Jay Leno’s prime-time debut Monday to offer another apology for ruining Taylor Swift’s night at the MTV Video Music Awards and to say he’s going to take some time off for reflection.
West said he knew he was wrong the moment he handed the microphone back to Swift, when he was bathed in boos. He had interrupted Swift on Sunday night as she accepted a best female video award for "You Belong With Me," arguing that Beyonce’s "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" was more deserving.
"It was rude, period," West said. He posted a second apology to Swift on his blog on Monday, and told Leno he wanted to apologize to the country music star in person.
Are you serious? Newsweek and other media outlets are reporting that during an off the record remark to an ABC reporter, Obama called Kanye West a Jackass for his attacks on Taylor Swift.
Well, was he lying? I think the world is getting tired of Kanye West.
It is our opinion at YBG that you should no longer feel obligated to ride the Kanye West emotional roller coaster, as this brother has obviously lost his damn mind. First, the rapper makes a non-rap album that seems stupid, with a bunch of crazy songs that show that he is not in his right mind. Second, there is the craziness of that ridiculous relationship with Amber Rose. Last night was the kicker: his assault of Taylor Swift’s moment on stage.
We’re not Taylor Swift fans, but if she won the damn award Kanye, leave her alone. You would be livid if Garth Brooks went up on the stage and took your sh*t. Just kill it Ye and get that therapy you been needin. It’s starting to get on our nerves.
For New Yorkers, every Sept. 11 is a chance to remember the dead and reaffirm the resiliency of the living.
Hometown hero Jay-Z did both Friday night, marking the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks with Answer the Call, a triumphant two-hour performance atMadison Square Garden.
"We’re celebrating life tonight," said the 39-year-old, Brooklyn-born rapper, rallying the capacity crowd midway through his set. "We’re celebrating strength tonight."
The concert, a fundraising event for the families of New York City police officers and firefighters who died responding to the attacks, featured nearly as many guest performers as it did hit songs.
» By DANIELLE CANADA Sep 10 2009, 16:43 Pm
If you haven’t seen enough of Jay-Z this week, prepare for another television appearance. The man of the moment and mastermind behind The Blueprint III will be featured on a BET special titled, “Food For Thought: Conversations with Jay-Z.” The program will touch on his meeting with Oprah in Brooklyn, a recent dinner with Barack Obama, his hush-hush marriage to Beyonce and of course, The Blueprint III. Viewers can watch
» By DANIELLE CANADA Sep 10 2009, 16:20 Pm
Although on lockdown, “The King Of The South” has no plans of slowing down and keeping his name ringing in the ears of the masses. T.I. is set to star in the film Takers alongside Matt Dillon, Chris Brown and Idris Elba. The film is a crime thriller about a Los Angles detective that is on the verge of diffusing a
» By Moguldom Sep 10 2009, 15:52 Pm
Two-time GRAMMY award winning producers and recording artists, Play-N-Skillz have announced that they have signed a record label deal with SRC/Universal Records for their own label imprint, G4 Muzik. The deal will allow the producers the opportunity to sign, develop and market artists with distribution through SRC/Universal Records. Play-N-Skillz have been responsible for
» By JUSTIN STEWART Sep 10 2009, 11:37 Am
Although people have continued to place their doubt on the rapper that made everyone “Crank Dat,” Soulja Boy continues to remain relevant in Hip-Hop. Already two albums in, he has begun preparation for his third album, The DeAndre Way.
» By DANIELLE CANADA Sep 10 2009, 11:20 Am
Hip-Hop’s queen of soul will be able to add another honor to her stellar award lineup. Mary J. Blige, the nine time Grammy award singer/songwriter extraordinaire, will receive the first annual “Positively Beautiful” award during the Health & Beauty America (HBA) Global Expo. She will be deemed the honor at the expo on September 15 at New York’s Javit Center. The “Positively Beautiful” award is used to honor
When it was announced last week that Tyler Perry will be writing, directing and producing a film version of Ntozake Shange’s award-winning 1975 play ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,’ there was plenty of talk as to who would be cast.
Well, while promoting his latest film, ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself,’ which opens Sept. 11, Perry talked about who he wanted to appear in the movie. Among the chosen few are Oscar winner Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Beyonce Knowles, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys.
Of the 11 actresses mentioned, six have already committed to be in the film, but Perry wouldn’t say who exactly.
Oprah loves to act, so will you ever do a film for her?
Tyler Perry: Yes, she’s in my next movie, ‘For Colored Girls.’ Here’s what I will tell you. Here’s my dream cast, and it hasn’t been officially announced yet. There are 15 characters in the film and my dream cast is Kimberly Elise, Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Thandie Newton, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Beyonce. I’ve talked to 6 of the women and they have said yes. You have to figured out that part.
Tyra Banks is pretty hot to have such a huge forehead. What do you think?
Remember the girl who got the gender test? She just did a photo shoot to prove she is a woman. Not bad…kinda
Who knew that behind all that hair lived such a sweet doll face? Sometimes a drastic haircut doesn’t fare out as well as we intend it to, but GT must say that Solange’s results are nothing short of stunning. You can see her face, her smile, her light, the shape of her head, her neck line. It’s like a coming-out party in a beauty pageant. And her makeup is perfect. People insist on comparing her with her superstah of a sis, but I always believed that Solange had more control over her own style. There’s seems to be a trend in chopping, shaving and coloring, but Solange took it all the way there. Are you digging her pad style?
Just when you thought Oprah Winfrey could not get any more powerful, now the daytime talk diva is shutting down Michigan Avenue in Chicago to kick off of the 24th season of her television show.
On Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 7-8, the Windy City’s most famous street will be closed to traffic so Oprah can take her show outside, the Chicago Tribune reports. Tuesday’s taping is free and open to the public.
How did she pull this off? …
Well, for one, she’s Oprah. Second, she got the city’s approval. That’s probably not too hard considering she’s one of Chicago’s most famous residents and Mayor Richard Daley is her BFF.
Whitney Houston struggled with her voice during her much-hyped comeback performance on ABC’s "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. But industry prognosticators don’t expect the diva to trip up on the charts next week.
"I Look To You" — Houston’s first album in seven years — is expected to sell upward of 200,000 copies during the week ended September 6, which should easily enable it to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart when rankings are released next Wednesday.
So you’ll recall the whole Roxanne Shante gets a Ph.D. from Cornell and makes her record company pay for it; because she had the foresight to put a ‘you agree to pay for my education for life’ clause in her contract story, right? Well, it was all a hoax. Slate.com decided dig beyond the warm fuzzies and into the fuzziness they saw in Shante’s tale. The results of their reporting are downright depressing:
Virtually everything about the Daily News’ heartwarming "projects-to-Ph.D." story appears to be false.
An investigation by Slate has revealed:
* According to Warner, neither it nor any of its subsidiary record labels ever had a contract with Shanté, and it was not obligated to pay for her education. Indeed, there’s no evidence that it ever did.
* Shanté-real name Lolita Shanté Gooden-doesn’t have a Ph.D. from Cornell or anywhere else. Indeed, she admitted it in an interview with Slate. And Cornell has no record of Gooden (or "Shanté") ever attending or receiving a degree.
Photographer Harrison Funk was with Michael Jackson and his brothers during the Victory Tour. He was in the studio with Michael and Quincy Jones while when they laid down the tracks for ‘Bad.’ He watched the King of Pop hobnob with the likes of Diana Ross and Nelson Mandela. He was there for it all, and he has the photos to prove it.
As Jackson’s personal photographer from 1983 to 1995 (he would work with him off and on for the next12 years), Funk had the great privilege of capturing the legendary performer’s meteoric rise with his camera lens. Funk shared some of these photos with Black Voices — many more can be found in the August issue of the Source — and offered commentary on each one.
C Breezy headed to Larry King Live to try to fix his f*cked up public image. Two things to notice: 1) Can you get cornier than a bowtie and baby blue sweater? I guess a man dressing that corny could never hit a woman, right? 2) Chris says he didn’t remember hitting Ri-Ri…..does that mean drugs or alcohol was involved?
Chris needs to just get some help and be done with it. The CNN story about it is below:
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Pop star Chris Brown has admitted guilt and apologized for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in February, but he does not remember hitting the singer, he told CNN’s Larry King.
Looking at police reports about the incident makes him feel like he’s reading about a stranger, Brown said in his first television interview since the arrest.
"I’m in shock, because, first of all, that’s not who I am as a person, and that’s not who I promise I want to be," he said in an exclusive interview that airs Wednesday night.
"I just don’t know what to think. I’m just like, wow," Brown said. "It’s crazy to me."
Brown, 20, said he still loves singer Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
But, he added, it is tough for him to look at the photo showing Rihanna‘s battered face, the one image that might haunt and define him forever.
According to mwza.com, Chris Brown may be in big trouble for violating the rules of his probation.After being sentenced on Tuesday, Brown decided to celebrate by hitting West Hollywood hotspot Guys and Dolls, the only problem is that the singer is too young to be in that club.Los Angeles Probation Department spokeswoman Kari Webb said this: "(Breaking probation) won’t be taken lightly. If you break the law, you’re in trouble."