Hip Hop legend Rev Run, of Run DMC, is returning to television in 2014 and he’s bringing along the gang. Starting on January 4, the DIY network will premiere their new show “Rev Run Renovation”. The show will follow the family (Rev, Justine, Diggy, Russy, and Miley) as they begin major renovations to their 9,000 square foot New Jersey home.
Rev Run and his wife Justine run into a difference of opinion when it comes to design choices for their new space. While Justine wants a new European high end kitchen, for instance, Run on the other hand has his sights on a mini indoor pool and spa.
“You’ll see me and Justine talking about how she wants this house to be transformed—it’s all about her vision,” said Run. “Most of our arguments, like any other couple going through this, revolve around the budget.”
The kids will join in on the fun too as all three (Diggy, Russy, and Miley) all want new custom bedrooms and bathrooms.
“Rev Run’s Renovation” is produced by Rev Run and Michael Lehman. The 10-episode series will air every Saturday at 10pm ET.
Within the last few years, rapper 2 Chainz has been critiqued and/or congratulated for his fashion choices. Not to be just another artist with a Versace shirt and leather pants, however, 2 Chainz always take style a step further. What inspires his swag? Has he always been this flashy? Some of us need answers.
Well, he’s released a short film that gives a little more insight on what he believes style is. In the video, you get a chance to see him in various outfits worn while out on tour. Even Harlem’s fashionisto A$AP Rocky makes a cameo appearance. During a moment backstage, Rocky he gives Chainz’s props on a black jacket with tassels. Also, 2 Chainz is a feeling a bit like Rick James. He strike a few poses reminiscent of James’ iconic player stance in the 70′s.
If you’re wondering where his love for fashion all started, watch “Too Damn Rick James” below:
The Braxton clan will hit the game show circuit this week to try their hand at winning a few stacks. Set to premiere on December 11 and 12, Trina, Towanda, and Traci Braxton will appear on an episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. As you know, the new hip version of this game show is now hosted by comedian/actor, Cedric The Entertainer. The new season began airing in October. So far, the viewership has been through the roof. While most of us would cringe if we knew we had to tape five shows per day, Cedric told reporters recently that he’s maintaining. Luckily, he works with a staff who keeps the show high-energy and fun.
The sisters will be on “Millionaire” playing for their favorite charity.
Check out their promo spot below:
Shout out to Steve Harvey!
Next April (2014), funny man Steve Harvey will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters ‘Broadcasting Hall of Fame’. Harvey will join the ranks with other notable broadcasters who have made a huge impact on radio and television.
Steve Harvey is well-deserving of the acknowledgment. He has been in the entertainment business since the 1980′s. He has the numerous number one ranked programs and millions of listeners on his radio show. Harvey’s accomplishments are listed below:
- hosts the number #1 syndicated radio show in America, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”; the morning show is also #1 amongst African-Americans
- “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” airs on 70 different radio stations and garners 6 million listeners per week
- author; his book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” is an international best-seller and inspiration for the feature length film
- host of the daytime talk show “Steve Harvey Show”; received the 2013 Peoples Choice Award for “Favorite New Talk Show Host”
- host of syndication game show, “Family Feud”
Harvey has a unique ability to use humor that can transcend across all races and ages. Those are the things that have made him a very likable guy who can draw in audiences on any platform.
He will be inducted on April 8, 2014 in Las Vegas during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon. Other notable inductees are Tom Joyner (2000), Larry King (1992), Wolfman Jack (1999), and many others. To see the full list, visit www.nab.org.
via press release…
ATLANTA, GA (Dec. 6, 2013) — Celebrity music producer and musician Drumma Boy reveals his latest project – a striking original film score for the indie Blood First (NaRa Films). The official trailer for the highly anticipated film was released today, giving viewers a sneak peek at the gripping story of two brothers coming of age in what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has called “America’s most dangerous neighborhood.” Blood First features jaw-dropping portrayals of the unspeakable violence and crime that occurs every day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, brought to life by actors Edwin Lee Gibson, Aki Jamal, and Carter Redwood.
“We were very fortunate to get the opportunity to work with multi-platinum music producer Drumma Boy. What people don’t understand is that he is a real musician and artist who worked hard to create a musical soundscape for this film that supported the story and heightened the emotions. He is the ‘real deal,’ very humble and extremely talented. We can’t wait to work with him again in the future!” says Najaa Young, President and CEO of NaRa Films. The film’s gritty title song “Blood First,” produced by Drumma Boy, features Project Pat and Turk (formally of Hot Boyz).
Drumma Boy, one of the industry’s most sought after music producers, is no stranger to taking the creative music helm of a motion picture. Blood First is the third film he’s scored, following Holla 2 and Chapters. The talented musician also made his acting debut and placed records in the new movie She’s With Me, currently available at Redboxes nationwide.
A man of many talents, Drumma Boy is currently the new brand ambassador for luxury sparkling wine brand Moreno BHLV and recently launched his new clothing line “Fresh Phamily.” He continues to produce exceptional music, working with the best in the business including new songs for R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Angie Stone, Wiz Khalifa, and August Alsina. Drumma Boy notably released the highly successful mixtape “Clash of the Titans” with DJ Paul and is now in the studio working on his upcoming “Welcome II My City 3” mixtape, expected to drop in early 2014. Follow Drumma Boy online at www.drumsquad.com and www.twitter.com/DrummaBoyFRESH.
Watch trailer for “Blood First” – original score by Drumma Boy:
Source: Moses A. Hill, Echoing Soundz
‘The Sisterhood’ Star, Domonique Scott, Indicted On 1st-Degree Forgery Charges + Exclusive Interview with Husband [VIDEO]
Labeled by viewers as one of the most outspoken of the cast members of TLC’s reality show “The Sisterhood”, Pastor Domonique Scott is back in the spotlight again. Unfortunately, this time it is not in a good way.
On Tuesday, November 26, Domonique Scott was indicted on forgery charges. A Fulton County grand jury found Scott guilty of first-degree forgery and three counts of giving false statements. Prosecutors were able to prove that Scott claimed ownership of a tutoring company in order to illegitimately secure federal funding. In order to qualify for the federal Supplement Education Services tutoring program, she filed fake documents containing false accounting of assets and liabilities.
According to the AJC, Scott submitted a false balance sheet, false statement of net income, a program summary listing a false start date of her company, and a forged letter from a fictitious bank listing an non-existent cash line. Clayton, Dekalb, Bibb, and several other GA counties solicited the tutoring services of Scott’s company based on the information provided on the documents, which were later deemed fraudulent.
The Supplement Education Services program eventually removed Scott’s company from their program.
In related news…
STACKS Magazine had the opportunity to sit-down and talk with her husband Brian Scott back in June of this year. We were invited to an Organo Gold (coffee) marketing event in downtown Atlanta. The initial plan was to interview Domonique. But, she changed it up that night without notifying us earlier in the week that she wasn’t going to do the interview. At the time it was baffling somewhat as to why she didn’t want to sit down and chat. Considering the recent events, maybe this criminal issue was what deterred her.
It is known that the Scott’s lost their church, The Good Life Ministry. After speaking with Mr. Scott, Domonique’s clothing boutique may have faded away as well. Some of the answers he provided were vague. Our discussion, however, did confirm to us that the Scott’s are constantly having financial issues. This revelation was also backed by several public documents involving foreclosures and landlord/tenant citations.
Check out our exclusive footage of that interview below:
Most people know that once you fall deep into debt, it is very hard to get out of it. Sometimes, financial hardships can push people to do certain things that aren’t always legal. Was this the case for Domonique?
With her indictment, Scott faces up to 25 years in prison and up to $400,000 in fines.
We reached out to Mr. Scott for an official statement. He hasn’t responded as of yet.
We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
Paul Walker, actor and star of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, died in a car explosion over the weekend in California. The details of the accident concluded that he was the passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a tree then pole after riding at an excessive speed. The driver was Walker’s close friend and business partner, Rodger Rodas.
Walker was on a brief break from filming the seventh installment of the ‘Fast and Furious’ series. He was in California for his charity event which raised funds for the victims of the devastating typhoon (Haiyan) that recently hit the Philippines. His charity was called Reach Out Worldwide and it focused on helping those who are struck by natural disasters. The organization was founded in 2010.
The unfortunate and timely death of Paul Walker stunned the film community and his peers. Vin Deisel, Tyrese, Ludacris, and countless other celebrities shared their words of sentiment on social media (i.e. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). Also, Walker’s Universal Pictures family were devastated by the news.
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which has released the “Fast & Furious” franchise, said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the `Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”
The fans especially took Walker’s death hard. Because of his likability, the actor seemed like one of “us”…just a regular guy who’s down-to-earth and very approachable, unlike many celebrities we come to know of.
Walker’s background may come as a surprise to some. Although he’s not the biggest name in Hollywood, he’s been in the film industry for quite a while. Here are some fun facts about Paul Walker you may not have known:
1. He’s the oldest of 5 kids, and son of a model and sewer contractor.
2. He became a child model at the age of 2.
3. He grew up as a Mormon.
4. His first jobs as an actor were small parts on the 80′s hit TV shows,”Charles In Charge” and “Who’s The Boss”.
5. His first movie role was in the 1998 comedy “Meet The Deedles”.
6. After starring in the 2000 film “The Skulls”, Neal H. Moritz discovered him and cast him as an undercover police officer in the first “The Fast and the Furious”. Walker didn’t become a lead in the film until the second installment.
Paul Walker’s legacy will live on through the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise and its cast members. He was gorgeous young man with so much more to accomplish in life. But, his presence was felt in a short amount of time and his friends and family are grateful for that.
Walker is survived by his 15 year old daughter.
Exclusive: RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey Talks ‘Carry-On Baggage’, Bar One’s Foreclosure & Why You Must “Do Your Research” Before Starting A Business
As a one of the stars of Bravo’s hit reality show “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Cynthia Bailey is no stranger to the spotlight. She became one of the most sought after African-American supermodels, gracing runways and editorial spreads worldwide. With her caliber of beauty and poise, many would be surprised to know that she’s a small-town country girl from Alabama. Cynthia’s escape from the backwoods to the bright lights is a testament to her tenacity and desire to use her talents to help other women entering the industry.
From New York to Atlanta, Cynthia is now a household name that manages to jungle her role as wife, mother, television star, and businesswoman. When she’s not taping for RHOA, she oversees the daily operations of The Bailey School of Fashion. In addition, she continues her entrepreneurial efforts with the opening of Industry Studios along with hubby, Peter Thomas.
Speaking of the two, Cynthia and Peter also penned their first book. ‘Carry-On Baggage: Our Non-StopFlight’, is a relationship book that reveals the “real” about their union. Most viewers of the show have seen them hit a few rocky spots. Whether it was Cynthia’s family not approving their marriage to their ongoing financial disagreements, the couple has spared none. They’ve also had to rebuke several allegations made in the media regarding a pregnancy and the pending foreclosure of their Atlanta-based tapas lounge, Bar One.
Throughout it all, Cynthia has been a soldier. At a point in her life where she’s not afraid to speak her mind, she remains a class act while throwing “shade” with style and subtlety. Her overall presence is impeccable. Thus, she was selected as the first celebrity to have her own signature doll in conjunction with the The One World Doll Project (www.cynthiabaileydoll.com).
Recently, she hosted a fashion and beauty show at Walmart on the southwest side of Atlanta. At the event, I had the pleasure to meet Cynthia and find out about her new book, her business ventures, and what was really going on with the Bar One’s existence.
On Peter and Cynthia’s new book…
The book ‘Carry On Baggage’ Peter and I wrote it. It is about our life and our relationship. How we got together. How I moved from New York City to Atlanta. How we ended up on the show ["Real Housewives of Atlanta"]. It is not an advice book. It’s more of us just telling our story. We got married on the show, a lot of people knew of our whole relationship from the show. You guys (the viewers) been through the ups and downs with us…the highs and lows. And, I feel like you guys only really get to small parts of our life. The book was a great opportunity to give you guys the full story – the back story of who we make it work.
On their new facility across the street from Bar One…
Industry Studios, which houses Derek Blanks Photography, The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, and also Peter Thomas Entertainment. So we just located to a bigger space and it’s huge and beautiful. I think you may have saw it on the first show (episode of Season 6) with the all-white party. That’s Industry Studios. I’m still doing my pageants. I’m still doing the model search. We have the book out. Peter has Peter’s Brew Coffee. Bar One is still doing very well. We are also opening up a Bar One in Charlotte, NC. So, you know we’re working.
On being an African-American woman in business, what type of advice would you give to young girls that want to get into modeling, fashion, or entertainment? What are some key things they should know?
I think one of the key I should tell anyone that is trying to get into the entertainment business, is DO YOUR RESEARCH. Make sure you have some kind of knowledge to even…by the time you get to someone like me, I need to feel like you are serious about it. Really make sure this is what you really want to do. No one wants to waste a lot of their time talking to someone who is on the fence. So, decide what you want to do, then do your research. And then connect with the right people that can help you get you to where you’re trying to go. But, have it together before you get to me because we don’t have to fool with you. [Laughs]
On the rumors surrounding the foreclosure of Bar One…
Oh, we are definitely having some issues with Bar One. It has nothing to do directly with Peter and I. Peter pays the rent for Bar One every month. But the landlord was not paying the bank. So there’s some issues going on. We pray that’s all going to be worked out in time. So just pray for us. We’re working it out. But again, we were doing what we was supposed to be doing. Life happens…
You can catch Cynthia Bailey, on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season 6, every Sunday night at 8PM EST on Bravo TV!
One of our favorite teams on cable television has returned with an all-new action packed season. The crew of Tremont Towing is serving up more drama and pulling more cars on the streets of Miami, Florida.
“South Beach Tow” has garnered viewers from all over creating a cult-like following. You can credit the crazy antics of the cast members for solidifying the show as a certified hit for the network. Now in season 3, the Tremont Towing crew (Christie, Bernice, Robert Jr., Eddie, Jerome, and Perez ) is no longer under the direct guidance of the owner, Robert Ashenoff. The garage is now overseen by its new General Manager, Christie. She has her hands full, not only with the team, but also with the eccentric group of disgruntle drivers who enter the facility on a daily.
This season, Tremont Towing moves from their old spot to a new tow yard. But, the new location only fuels the shenanigans between the drivers. Our girl, Bernice, continues to show everyone who’s boss. She is dealt with a leg injury this time around. However, this doesn’t slow her down from doing her job and getting that check. She tells it like it is and that’s why she’s still a fan favorite. STACKS Magazine had the opportunity to interview Bernice during Season 1 and 2. Check it out by clicking the links below!
“South Beach Tow” definitely gives viewers enough excitement to hold them over from week to week. So, join the hype and tune in to Tru TV every Wednesday @ 10PM!
Watch the latest Season 3, Ep. 4 below:
Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Joe Giudice and his wife Teresa is back in the hot seat.
On Monday, two additional indictments came down on the couple – one count of bank fraud and another for loan application fraud. These two new set of charges comes after they were found guilty of 39-counts back in July of this year.
The indictments announced in July accused them of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and making false statements on a loan. The Giudice’s new set of charges reveals that a lot more tricky were going on.
It is reported that Teresa lied about working as a real estate agent making $15,000 a month. The couple used this method to falsely prepare a mortgage loan application. Joe Giudice failed to prepare tax returns from 2004 to 2008. Authorities believes the couple lied about their net worth before appearing as cast members on the hit Bravo reality show, then turned around and made false claims about their finances in a bankruptcy filing.
In total, prosecutors says the couple banked up to $4.6 million by extracting money from home equity lines of credit, mortgages, and construction loans.
The Giudices will be arraigned next Wednesday on the new charges.
Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade penned his first book and now it’s being developed into a television show.
The show will be called “Three The Hard Way” and will be a comedy inspired by Wade’s best-selling book. The show is written by Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”) and is based on the NBA superstar after he gets full custody of his kids. His wide range of close friends tag along, but soon realizes that they are assisting Wade in parenting duties.
Watkins and Wade are executive producing the show along with Mike Tollin of Mandalay Sports Media and Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow, and Troy Craig Poon through Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment.
This will be the first project out of Wade’s ZZ Productions company.
Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Nas, & More Attend ‘Black Nativity’ Movie Premiere + Official Trailer
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is the time of year when family and friends get together to fellowship, feast, get their shopping on, and catch a few new flicks. And as such, Maven Pictures are releasing a contemporary version of an old theater classic that has warmed the hearts of many who has seen it.
On November 27, “Black Nativity” will hit theaters with an all-star cast containing many of our favorite entertainers. The film is an adaption of the Langston Hughes’ play, which follows a street-wise youngster from Baltimore. He takes viewers on a journey of being raised in a single-parent household in B-more to spending family time in New York with relatives he hasn’t seen in a long time. During his stay, he gets frustrated by the house rules imposed by the Reverend. It is then that the young man finds inspiration and a set of new friends – while he discovers what it is meant by “having faith”.
In the movie, the role of young Langston is play by singer/actor Jacob Latimore. Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs are played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. Langston’s mother, Naima, is played by Jennifer Hudson. Other talented individuals featured in the film are Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson, Nas, and more.
The New York premiere of “Black Nativity” took place on Monday evening at the famous Apollo Theater. The red carpet was covered with many of entertainment industries most notable celebrities. Take a look at a few photos below:
In case you haven’t seen the trailer, watch it now below:
Pebbles interview with Wendy Williams last week proved that: 1) Pebbles indeed carried Chanel purses all the time as the TLC biopic reflected, 2) A gag order is preventing her from truly telling her side of the story, 3) She’s pissed off at VH1 too and has plans to take them to court, 4) Condones her daughter’s hatred against Chilli.
Everyone who has followed the TLC story for twenty years expected there to be some backlash from their former manager, but never to this extent. The portrayal of Pebbles in the VH1 biopic, “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story”, is all a bunch of lies according to the former label executive. She’s clearly on a mission to save what little bit of “good” reputation she has left by appearing on various media shows.
On “The Wendy Williams Show“, Pebbles was given the opportunity to appear and dispel any falsehoods shown in the film. Doing what Wendy is known for, she went straight in for the kill and asked Pebbles the questions that everyone wanted answers for. What Wendy and the viewers didn’t expect is that most of the questions asked would be shot down due to confidentiality agreements and gag orders. Pebbles, honestly, took up air time for no reason at all. Why was she even on the show if she couldn’t directly answer the questions??
Anyway, after the interview, Chilli and T-Boz quickly rebutted some of the things Pebbles did reveal on Wendy’s show. First, the girls released an official statement in denial of the Pebbles allegations that Chilli and L.A. Reid had a sexual encounter back in the day.
“No member of TLC ever slept with or had sexual contact with LA Reid as Perri falsely accused Chilli of on “The Wendy Williams Show.” In fact, Perri had falsely allege the same thing happened with Tionne.”
Pebbles also denied that she solely made the decision to kick Chilli out the group. And that, in fact, it was T-Boz and Left-Eye who decided that they wanted Chilli out because of her constant fraternizing with the “help” [Dallas Austin].
“I would like to confirm that Perri Reid was the only person who ever suggested that Chilli leave TLC. Neither Lisa nor I ever wanted or suggested that.”
At this point, no one knows who is speaking the truth or not. The only thing that we can confirm is that the movie is based on Chilli and T-Boz’s recounts of their past. The film was presented as their “truth”, so how can anyone dispute that.
The pending legal actions against the girls and VH1 is all talk until proved otherwise. If we believe Pebbles, however, she is going to sue so that she can clear her name and make some extra cash while doing it. And that’s not it! During her sit down with Wendy, she stated that she’s working on a book and certain things will be spelled out in detail on what happened between her, TLC and L.A. Reid.
SMH…the saga continues.
Congratulations to singer/actress, Jennifer Hudson, on her induction to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Today, she received her Hollywood star alongside many legendary entertainers. The 32-year old singer looked stunningly beautiful in a short white dress and white pumps and recently funky crop hairdo. Her husband and son were in attendance along with Raphael Saddiq and her mentor Clive Davis. Clive Davis presented Jennifer with her star and acknowledged her fast rise to fame and undeniable talent.
“I didn’t sign her to a recording contract at the very beginning,” he recalled. “But when I saw her, I saw her screen test for Dreamgirls, I knew that she was truly a unique, original artist whose career would be nothing short of spectacular so I did sign her, then…I was stunned by her acting range, she was the real deal…and that voice. I had been privileged over the years to work with two of the greatest voices of all time: Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I never thought I’d hear another voice to compare and yet staring me in the face was a new voice that did compare. It literally sent shivers up my spine.”
In Jennifer’s acceptance speech she shed a few tears as she spoke about her mom that passed away.
“I knew I would get emotional and I’m sure my mom is in heaven like ‘Jenny stop crying’ but now’s the time to cry mama, it is,” she said with a smile, looking up to the sky. “This is an amazing honor as we all know and I did not see this coming. I’m so honored to be here with so many that I love and I feel as though we’re all a family.”
Take a look at a few pics from the event:
The heartfelt speech showcased Jennifer’s sincerity and sense of gratitude. However, many people wonder why she was awarded a star over so many other great African-American entertainers who’s talent speaks for itself, but also has been in the game for much longer than her. For instance, the “Queen B” Beyonce has yet to receive her own personal star on the famous Walk of Fame. The Houston-born singer did receive one with her group Destiny’s Child. Also, her hubby Jay-Z hasn’t received his own star as well. Considering the two have became moguls in music and business, has won numerous awards, and are two of the richest entertainers in the business, you would think they’d have stars by now.
So what’s really going on in Hollywood?? Well, apparently, there are certain criteria an entertainer mus meet in order to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In case you don’t know what those requirements are, STACKS Magazine did a little research and we’ve found them. Check out the full list of requirements below:
Symbols on the Stars
Each star has a different brass symbol representing the category in which the celebrity received his or her star. The symbols are:
1. Movie Camera – for contributions to the motion picture industry
2. Record – for contributions to the recording industry
3. Microphone – for contributions to the radio broadcast industry
4. Television – for contributions to the television broadcast industry
5. Theater Masks – for contributions to theater
Criteria for Getting a Star on the Walk of Fame
The criteria for getting a star on the Walk of Fame are fairly simple. For consideration, a nominee must:
1. Have a record of professional achievement within the nominated field.
2. Have worked in the entertainment industry for a minimum of five years.
3. Have made contributions to the community, typically through charitable activities.
The recipient must also agree to attend the dedication ceremony. In addition, a sponsorship fee of $25,000 must be paid. Non-human and fictional characters are also eligible for stars on the Walk of Fame. Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, Rin Tin Tin and Lassie all have stars.
Process for Getting a Star on the Walk of Fame
Nominations for getting a star on the Walk of Fame are announced in the entertainment trades. The nominations must be submitted by May 31 to the Walk of Fame Committee, which is division of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Although the deadline is May 31, applications are accepted year round.
Sponsors of the nominees must fill out a very simple nomination form listing the nominee’s qualifications for inclusion in the Walk of Fame. Chances are your very first job application was more complicated than this form, which you can download in PDF format HERE. Sponsors can also submit non-returnable samples of the nominee’s work.
The committee receives a few hundred nominations a year and out of these typically chooses a couple dozen inductees. Once the Walk of Fame Committee has selected a nominee, the celebrity must be approved by the Board of Directors for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles City Board of Public Works and finally the Los Angeles City Council.
The induction ceremony is presided over by honorary Hollywood mayor, Johnny Grant, and is open to the public.
HISTORICAL FACTS: The Walk of Fame began as a beautification project for the city of Hollywood in 1958. It was created by artist, Oliver Weismuller as a tribute to honor celebrities in the fields of motion pictures, television, radio, theater and music. The Walk of Fame originated with 2,500 blank stars made of pink and charcoal terrazzo. As stars were inducted into the Walk of Fame, the blank stars are removed and replaced with a star bearing the celebrities name and area of show business. The stars run down Hollywood Boulevard between Gower Street and LaBrea Avenue. They also run up Vine Street between Sunset Boulevard and Yucca Street.
DO YOU THINK JENNIFER HUDSON DESERVED A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME? WHO ELSE IN THE INDUSTRY IS LONG OVERDUE FOR ONE?
Higher Learning: Life of Pioneer Black Filmmaker Revealed In New Book ‘Oscar Micheaux: A Self Made Man’
For years, Hollywood has been known to keep the accomplishments of African-American low on the radar. Besides not awarding deserving actors and actresses for their outstanding performances in various big budget films, Hollywood has also shied away from pointing out the African-Americans who have made great strides in the film industry behind-the-scenes. One person in particular is Oscar Micheaux.
Oscar Micheaux is one of the first black filmmakers. Born of former sharecroppers, he made over 40 films outside of Hollywood that were tailored to black audiences. He scouted for and created his own stars, which produced Paul Robeson and Robert Earl Jones (the father of James Earl Jones) among his discovery. Micheaux forty films were produced in a 30 year time span. His story of struggle and resilience is the reason why Jeremy Geltzer believes this story is a powerful one to tell.
Geltzer is a writer and entertainment lawyer. Micheaux has been non-existent any Hollywood’s film history. Many published books has overlooked the filmmakers contributions to the industry and the African-American film community. Therefore, Geltzer has written this biography for kids of ages 9 to 13. Micheaux’s story serves as an outline for young people who has dreams but may face obstacles along the way.
Parents and teachers, if you think this would be a great book for your kids, Oscar Micheaux: A Self Made Man can be purchased on Amazon.com for $6.99 and via Apple’s bookstore for $3.99.
Spike Lee Being Sued for $1.2 Million for “Stupid” Trayvon Martin Tweet + ‘Next Chapter’ Episode w/Oprah [Video]
Film director, Spike Lee, is in the news again. This time for a costly backlash surrounding a tweet sent out to millions regarding the Trayvon Martin situation.
An elderly couple in Florida says they experienced a lot of hate mail and unwanted media attention because of Spike Lee. Elaine and David McClain claims in their lawsuit that Spike’s tweet included their home address. Spike’s tweet was based off of the address information that one of his followers tweeted, which he assumed was the address of George Zimmerman. However, Mrs. McClain says that address was in fact theirs and someone confused the two because she has a son who’s last name is Zimmerman and middle name is George. Strange coincidence, right?
Well, although Spike and the couple originally reached a settlement agreement of $10,000 back in 2012, the McClain’s lawyer insists that the hate mail, emails, and an ongoing media presence outside of their home. Therefore, an apology at this point is simply not enough. Court documents details their reason for the lawsuit.
“As the legal, proximate and direct result of Defendant’s negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, conscious indifference, and/or willfulness, plaintiffs were required to temporarily relocate,” reads the court filing. (via Smoking Gun)
Although the court documents didn’t list a specific amount in which they seek. But it is believed that the nature of this case could end up costing Spike Lee up to $1.2 million.
During Spike’s sit down with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night’s episode of the”Next Chapter”, he vaguely talked about the case but knows that his actions were “stupid”.
“I don’t know what my intention was,” Lee told Winfrey. “But angry is not a justification for stupidity.
“There’s nothing I can say that can defend what I did. It was stupid.”
Watch Spike Lee’s response to Oprah about the tweet below:
Source: NY Daily News/Oprah.com
Kim Jung Un, the notorious leader of the North Korean government, is speculated to have ordered the murders of its local citizens. The reason for these horrific deaths, however, is surprising and simply unjustifiable.
According to news reports, several group executions were carried out in various cities within North Korea. The group executions were done publicly and is believed to have been the last known whereabouts for close to 100 people. The North Korean are strict when it comes to what citizens can do in their everyday lives. One thing that is not allowed is the viewing of South Korean television shows. South Korean TV shows are popular in North Korea and are oftentimes smuggled on DVDs and flash drives.
Noth Korea believes television shows promotes opposing rhetoric and could potentially change the mindsets of its people. Therefore, South Korean shows are banned in the entire country. Individuals caught watching or storing these shows will be and have been put to death. In early November, witnesses in Wonsan, North Korea, said 10,000 people were packed in a sports stadium to watch the execution of 8 people.
SMH…this is so sad. And the U.S. wonders why we have so many foreigners to migrate here. It is undeniably dreadful to live in other countries.
Why Women Who Don’t Earn Their Own Money…End Up Like Porsha Stewart? + RHOA Season 6 Ep. 2 Recap [Full Video]
Real Housewives of Atlanta season 6 is one big continuous reel of drama. After NeNe Leakes beautiful wedding spin-off, Bravo producers knew that this season the ladies needed to offset the romance and bring the heat. Which is why, so far RHOA has given viewers more than enough turmoil in each individual relationship.
During last nights episode, the confrontation between Kenya Moore and Phaedra Parks was filled with assumptions of lewd acts between the former beauty queen and Apollo. Despite Kenya confirming that nothing happened, it is safe to say that their friendship is tarnished and probably will never encompass the two ladies sipping on martini’s at happy hour. Poor Kandi Burruss and her mother Joyce went back and forth about Todd’s genuine love for the singer/entrepreneur. Mama Joyce clearly doesn’t like Todd (or any man that Kandi dates) and believes he’s using her daughter for her money. The shocker of the episode was when Joyce downplayed Kandi’s engagement ring. She didn’t think the ring was good enough for Kandi. This really hurt Kandi’s feelings. A few tears fell down as she explained to her mom that she didn’t care how big her ring was. She was the one that picked the ring out in the first place. So, this was the diamond she preferred and was happy when Todd bought it for her.
While Cynthia experienced some unwanted body adjustments due to fibroids, Porsha Stewart was also disgusted by the treatment she’s been receiving since her husband Kordell filed for divorce. Porsha is on a mission to get her life back together. However, the fact that she has no money (except some spousal support checks) and has to move back in with her mom, is putting Porsha in a very unsettling position. But, who fault is that really? Shouldn’t she have tried to create a career for herself before and after she married Kordell? Why do some women depend on their man to carry them financially? This is what a lot of us hardworking women out here really want to know.
Not to go in on Porsha specifically, but, there are many women married or in a serious relationship who are dependent on their significant others. The lifestyle is great at first. The cars, nice home, designer clothes, etc all courtesy of your man. With all of that being paid for, a woman doesn’t have a care in the world. But, a smart woman knows that at any time all of the material things can disappear. So it is always best to be prepared for when that time comes.
We don’t really know what expertise or talents Porsha has except for singing. But if there are women out here who lack basic on-the-job type skill sets, they may want to take some classes during their marriage. Again, a prepared woman is a smart woman. A woman who has corporate or technical skills can easily pick herself up, get a job, and start earning her own money. Women should never allow their whole entire existence in the arms of a man. Or in this case, leave their existence in the pockets of a man. We would hate to see you end up in the same predicament as Porsha.
At the end of the day, a real man will respect their wife’s choice to have a career and make her own money.
Watch the full episode below:
In case you missed this years Black Girls Rock show on BET, we’ve got you covered. From the beautiful faces and fabulous attire to grace the red carpet and stage, Black Girls Rock once again proved why African-American women should be celebrated.
Check out our choices for the hottest “all-black everythang” looks from the BGR red carpet:
Also, the performances were outstanding. Most talked about were performances by Janelle Monet, Kelly Rowland, Sevyn Streeter, Eve, and the tribute to Patti Labelle. Check out the full episode below:
Eminem and his lyrical bandits, Slaughterhouse, took over BET’s “Rap City” with conversations and freestyles. For one night only, Big Tigger returned to his roots as he hosted this special freestyle session in “The Backroom” (formerly called “The Basement”). The radio/television host sat down with Eminem for a one-on-one discussion. Eminem just dropped his Marshall Mathers 2 album and is making his press rounds to discuss the new project. The album is expected to debut at 750,000 copies sold the first week. As always, Slim Shady still remains one of the best emcees with the ability to sell records despite industry ups and downs.
During the “Rap City” episode, the rest of the crew joined in on some microphone fun in “The Backroom”. Slaughterhouse gang’s Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9′, Crooked I, and Eminem spit a hot 16 for the viewers. Even Big Tigger took to the mic to show he still got a few bars left.
Check out their freestyle session below:
Winsome Sinclair, 25yr Casting Director, Launches New ATL Office, Talks The Film Business & Gives Valuable Advice to Young Actors [Exclusive]
On Tuesday, October 29th, Winsome Sinclair, an established and well-respected casting director from New York, held an exclusive launch party and personal birthday celebration at Bar One Tapas Lounge. The event was to kick-off the new office placement for Winsome Sinclair & Associates here in the Atlanta area. Many of her industry friends came out to celebrate this special occasion. There were plenty of drinks flowing, dancing, and networking among Atlanta’s entertainment insiders and industry veterans from the East Coast and other parts of the U.S.
Partaking in the festivities were Debra Atney (Mizay Entertainment), Nicci Gilbert (Singer/”R&B Divas”), Yung Joc (rapper), Ramona Debreaux (V-103FM), Peter Thomas (Owner of Bar One/”Real Housewives of Atlanta”), and many other industry movers-and-shakers.
Winsome Sinclair is part of a recent wave of film and television business owners that are moving into the Southern market. With Georgia’s fast growing film production industry, many job and tax-incentive opportunities have opened up that will help keep the economy strong. As such, Winsome Sinclair & Associates will join the directory of other companies that will create jobs for the African-American and Latino communities. Sinclair and her associates already have a list of planned events for the Atlanta area that will promote excellence and business know-how. One in particular is the The Blueprint Series.
The Blueprint Series is business acumen. We bring in accountants. We bring in people to talk about doing taxes, investing, wealth, because we don’t want to see them make that mistake. You may have great fame. But, if you can’t sustain yourself, then you still have an issue and it will affect your work. So, we teach them the business of doing business better because it’s 10% show and 90% business. And, we ride that home.
It’s a family thing that we do. My brother is a CPA and an attorney. So he comes in and teaches that course and helps them be prepared for where they are going. We will launch the Blueprint Series in Atlanta in January.
As a 25-year film and television veteran, Sinclair definitely has the knowledge on how to create an opportunity in the film industry. While many young adults choose to use a 4-year institution as a gateway into the entertainment field, others make the right connections and hop right on in – many times as interns. Because college courses and opportunities for minorities were rarely offered back when Sinclair started, she was lucky enough to join Spike Lee’s camp. Through experience gained while working with one of the best in the business, Sinclair began to pay-it-forward to other young interns.
I will definitely suggest a Business course. As far as being a casting director, this is my 25th year going into the industry, so there was no course when I was in school. What I have done though, for the 25 years I’ve been doing this, I make sure every job that I’m on I take on an intern. So I can train somebody else to do this because no one is teaching “our” people to do this. Coming up in Spike Lee’s camp, that’s one thing that Spike stressed, he wanted the department heads ALL look like him. So, he took good care of us in that way. And I pay it forward in the same way. Actually, in 2009, we launched a production company called Legacy Media Group (LMG). LMG is composed of myself and the people who interned with me over the years. We got together and started to things for ourselves. So, I’m really proud of that.
To be a casting director, you have to have an eye for great talent. Sinclair has proven that she is one of the best and has a long list of film, television, and video credits to show for it. In the past 25 years, she has collaborated with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and John Singleton, casting principals and extras for the films Amistad, Malcolm X, Waiting to Exhale, She Hate Me, Inside Man, Too Fast Too Furious, Black Snake Moan, Cadillac Records and Precious, among others. Her most recent projects include For Colored Girls, Violet & Daisy, and the recently released remake of the classic Sparkle, starring the late Whitney Houston.
Her repertoire is quite impressive. But, with it she shares her knowledge so others too can excel in this business. One thing that she is most fond of is helping actors and actresses reach their full potential. As a casting director, she sees first hand where improvements can be made. Therefore, Sinclair stresses the importance of being confident as an actor. Sometimes she says “confidence” is the very thing that hinders people from doing their best in the audition room.
I love smart actors. You need to have your lines and have your lines memorized if possible. But, you always got to come with a headshot, a resume so we know what you’ve done – what kind of work you’re used to. And just…I teach another course called “Start Owning Your Audition Room”, and that’s how to give actors confidence – because you have to walk into that room like you already own it. If you walk in apologetically or not strong, it will hinder your performance. As a casting director, I try to teach actors that I’m on your side. If you look good, I look good. So, I want you to be the best you can be because then my director will hire me again. [laughs]
It’s that simple.
Sinclair also gives hope for future actors or newbies that are found off the street. She credited Spike Lee as being someone who made it his duty to find actors with less experience (or none at all). It is raw talent that can captivate the audience in ways a well-trained actor or actress can’t do. But, although she love working with smart actors, she also loves to discover new talent.
Winsome Sinclair understands her job is to make others dreams come true. She’s been committed to that for 25 years and has no plans on stopping. With this new location in Atlanta, the sky’s the limit for her and her team.
For more information on Winsome Sinclair and/or Winsome Sinclair & Associates, visit www.WSACasting.com or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow her firm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @WSACasting.
Special thanks to Raychelle LeBlanc, of SheNotes for the invite!
For those of us who keep up with technological advances, we sort of knew that this day would come eventually. As people rely on their Androids and Apple iPhones to do almost any and everything imaginable, there would come a time when television would no longer wait to be seen in the comforts of your home.
In the last 5 to 10 years, there has been several companies that offered equipment and/or apps that transmits cable television to your mobile device. For instance, Slingbox is one that offers people the opportunity to watch their favorite TV programs from anywhere outside of the home. All you do is simply connect the box to your cable TV and then set up the connection on your phone. If you’re on the road going on a family vacation, just turn on the Slingbox connection and watch any channel of your choice. The product also has the capabilities to save your favorite channels, use a touch screen remote, etc. It’s pretty awesome.
Nowadays, the idea of watching television on your phone is becoming more common. Most people are rarely at home anyways, which is why cable companies probably began offering DVR boxes. Whether you are working or taking your kids back and forth to practices, finding time to sit down and watch television is rare. Networks are beginning to recognize this due to lack of viewer ratings. When ratings are low, advertising dollars start to decrease. So, how can networks prevent viewership from falling? Or, at least, track viewership to see where improvements can be made?
One way is to make sure that Nielsen is adjusting to the changes in how people watch TV. Well, that is exactly what they will be doing.
Nielsen recently announced that they will begin tracking mobile device viewership. All shows watched on a mobile phone or tablet will be accounted for. In order to get this done, Nielsen will embed a code into each network. The data received will be included in their traditional TV ratings.
As of now, Nielsen doesn’t believe these ratings will have a major impact on the overall ratings calculations. But, they do feel that it is important to capture this due to the younger viewing audiences who are more prone to watch on their phones.
Rihanna is ready to place her mark on television with new fashion-competition series, Styled to Rock.
The Barbados-born singer, along with three additional mentors, will give 12 up-and-coming designers the opportunity to create fresh, hip, and innovative clothing for some of the industries most successful artists. The winner will receive the title of America’s Next Trendsetting designer, $100,000 in cash, a feature in Glamour magazine, and a chance to become a member of the design team on Rihanna’s clothing line.
Each week, Pharrell Williams, Erin Wasson, and Rihanna’s personal stylist Mel Ottenberg will mentor the designers. While going through real-life demanding situations, the contestants will have a limited time to create an innovative outfit and complete look based on the celebrities’ detailed brief. The mentors will critique the looks and determine if their designs are worthy to be seen by the celebrity. Of course, if any contestant doesn’t design up to the standard, they could possibly face elimination.
Weekly designs will be chosen and the winning outfit will be worn by the celebrity to an upcoming red carpet event. For those designs that didn’t fit the bill, those designers will be mentored and given sound advice on how to improve. This will continue until a final winner of Styled to Rock is chosen.
Here’s a sneak peek:
Styled to Rock premieres tonight on Bravo TV, 8PM Est!
This morning, the founding member of the group TLC visited the Ryan Cameron Morning Show (V103FM-Atlanta) to share her side of “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story”.
As shown in the movie, which premiered on Vh1 last night, Crystal Jones was apart of the original group which was to make up TLC. During an audition for Pebbles, Crystal was asked to sing while Left Eye and T-Boz did harmony in the back. When everyone realized Crystal could not sing a lick, that is when Pebbles decided to replace her. Eventually, Pebbles found Chilli and put her in the group.
During her radio interview this morning, Crystal’s stated that her portrayal in the biopic was not 100% accurate. Her manager at that time, Ian Burke, was also in the studio to clear up some of the falsehoods about the film. Both insisted that they actually thought of the idea about creating a female 3-member group. The group was to be reminiscent of the male group B.B.D. (Bell Biv Devoe). So, it was not Pebbles creation at all as she claims. Pebbles only gained ownership of the group and its name after the girls were signed to PebbiTone.
Several more interesting tidbits were revealed by Crystal and Ian that answers some of the “unknowns” many of us fans were wondering about.
- Ian claimed at first he did not want to put Lisa in the group. He initially rejected Lisa from the group because she wore a dress to the audition. Ian was looking for a girl in baggy clothes. But once he made Lisa rap for him, he was sold. Also, Lisa didn’t like the dress either. She told him she normally wears baggy clothes. That sealed the deal.
- Ian knew T-Boz was the one for the group after visiting her home at 2am. She had missed the auditions. So, he went to see her in person at her home. When she opened the front door, he immediately know she was “the one”.
- Ian says one pivotal part in TLC’s journey that the movie didn’t capture was Jermaine Dupri’s involvement. JD was actually the person who had T-Boz sing in her lower register. Her tone eventually became TLC’s signature sound.
- Ian expressed that TLC was actually SWV’s name. Since TLC hit scene first, SWV could no longer use it.
- TLC was never supposed to be a singing group; instead a girl power “movement” of some sort.
- Crystal says yes she has an issue with how she was portrayed during the audition scene. She insists that she can sing (but she didn’t take the opportunity on Ryan Cameron’s show to prove it to the world). *side eye*
- Crystal claims Pebbles indeed gave her a contract as well. However, she didn’t sign it because she wanted her mother to look over it first.
This interview with Crystal and Ian did bring up a good point. The producers should have allotted more time to (or a 2-night premiere) include other pivotal moments in TLC’s career. They says that a lot more things occurred surrounding T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli’s career.
It wasn’t mentioned on the radio exactly what Crystal is doing these days as a profession. But she did say that she was preparing a memoir about her life. The book will not be full of TLC bashing. But, we can expect a couple paragraphs about her short lived days in TLC. She’s since moved on and believes that everything happens for a reason.
The TLC biopic “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story” which aired on Vh1 last night was nothing less than superb. If you missed the premiere, check the VH1 website for a listing of air times/dates. The journey of three Black girls becoming one of the largest girl groups in the world was a historical moment we all could finally see unfold.
The 2 1/2 hour movie was worth every minute that I watched. The life story of how the three women (Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas) all became known as the group “TLC” was one that had to be told as some point. With the live wire of the group, Left Eye, no longer living it was only right that T-Boz and Chili tell their stories while still alive and well. In my opinion, the depiction of each member was damn near worthy of an Academy award. KeKe Palmer (“Chilli”), Drew Sidora (“T-Boz”), and Lil Mama (as Left Eye) all three performed their butts off in this movie. From the mannerisms to the diction, these ladies really engulfed the each group members spirit.
Pebbles and L.A. Reid‘s characters played by Rochelle Aytes and Carl Payne, too played their parts well. The real Pebble Reid, however, was highly disturbed by her portrayal in the film. She’s noted to have went on Twitter insisting that she plans to sue T-Boz, Chilli, and the movie producers for tarnishing her name. But, the girls insists that the stories told are truthful. It has been mentioned as well that the movie actually did Pebbles some justice. Word is that she was a lot more sinister acting than that. Regardless, the business dealings of Pebbles were skeptical. Yes, TLC was created by Pebbles. Yes, Pebbles gave them their first shot at a music career. But, to knowingly take advantage of young women was disgusting. Just as a woman, Pebbles should have been a bit more empathetic. Unfortunately, her character was just plain ole ruthless.
Last night, millions of fans on were raving about how good the movie was. One thing that stood out was the lessons taught in the movie. The musical journey of TLC is one that all up-n-coming artists can learn from. The girls experienced financial issues which cast a dark cloud over the group for many years. It was good to see how the group dealt with it though. The viewers got the chance to finally see what caused it, and what they had to do to get out of those bad contracts and regain their financial stability. If any lesson was learned from “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story”, it was that before signing ANY contract, educate yourself and hire a reputable lawyer to help you understand what percentages and stipulations are contained within. As with many other artists in the music industry, TLC learned the hard way. But, their ordeal doesn’t mean it will or can happen to you. So, please learn the business first before signing your life away.
Throughout the movie, however, there were a couple questions that wasn’t quite answered.
1. Where actually was their parents when they decided to sign Pebble’s contract? We know they were over 18 and legally able to sign off themselves. But, you would think that anything concerning money would still be overlooked by their parents. The minute she told me I was only making $25 a week, I would have push the brakes right there. It’s funny how Left Eye was always questioning why they were not being paid. Sometimes the “crazy” one actually be the “smart” one.
2. What was Pebbles underlying issue with Chilli? Was she jealous of Chilli for being beautiful? Did Chilli really sleep with L.A. Reid to get in the group (as rumors speculate)? Hmmm. There had to be a good reason why Pebbles always hated on Chilli. I mean, she kept getting pregnant “allegedly”. But, is that really a reason to kick someone out the group.
3. How did T-Boz and Mack 10 relationship play out? The movie stayed away from revealing their relationship. I wonder why. That would have been a good piece of knowledge to share. But oh well…
4. Why did they refer to Suge Knight as “Master P”? During those times, Left Eye was connected to Suge Knight as a lover (or maybe as a potential manager). Knight’s people must’ve put a gag order on the film, thus producers decided to use Master P’s name (since he was another big time CEO during those years).
5. Who was the mystery woman in the green dress (and curly hair) on the red carpet? T-Boz and Chilli was about to tear a hole in ole girl for calling their sister Left Eye crazy. All of #BlackTwitter were wondering who was the chick. That particular awards show was the VMA’s…maybe 2002 or 2003. The only female artist who wore green dresses (or green hues) was Jennifer Lopez, Kelis, and Beyonce. #BlackTwitter speculated that the girl was Blu Cantrell or Lil Kim. She could have been just a random lady on the red carpet. Who knows. But ifI had to take a wild guess…maybe it was Kelis. She’s the only singer I can think of who wore big curly blonde hair back then. See the pic below and tell me what ya’ll think.
Anyway, the movie overall was fantastic. Everyone did a good job playing their roles. Many people hated on Lil Mama assuming that she wouldn’t being able to pull it off. Instead, she went over and beyond as Left Eye. She truly embodied the rapper dialect, feisty behavior, and raw talent. Lil Mama was definitely the break out star on this project.
TLC still remains to be America’s #1 Top Selling Female Group of all time (and #2 Top Selling in the world). Their music is timeless and their story is rich in love and lessons. Kudos to the cast and T-Boz and Chilli on a job well done!
Chile….the new season of Real Housewives of Atlanta is going to be nothing less than a bunch of hot mess.
In a new extended preview of what’s to come, Bravo TV released the video giving us sneak peek. From the looks of it, a lot of relationships turn for the worst for the ladies. With NeNe and Greg enjoying the fruits of their labor on their spin-off “I Dream of NeNe”, it looks like their marital issues will take a backseat in comparison to the others. Kandi and Todd is in the middle of planning their wedding but things are going haywire. Her mom, Momma Joyce is seen going ballistic towards Kandi’s bestfriend whom she claims may be laying up with Todd. SMH…
Even after having their second child, Phaedra and Apollo is still going through it after season 5′s reunion show. During the reunion, Kenya brought up the fact that Apollo was trying to get with her (aka sleep with her). This season that story line is still fresh and Phaedra is determined to get the bottom of this foolishness. But, the word on the street is that Kenya may not be the only one Apollo has been pushing up on. Hmmm…
Kenya has secured her spot on season 6 and is in the middle of a bitter home ownership fight. She also becomes best buds with Marlo Hampton (whom is said to be having beef with her original bud, NeNe Leakes). What other foolishness Kenya has up her sleeve this season, who knows. We’ll soon find out.
Poor Porsha. After season 5, her and her hubby split. So, she’s on this crusade of getting her life together…and hopefully find a new man. It’s unfortunate that the ATL beauty has to start all over. But, this is probably for the best.
Cynthia and Peter is having financial trouble again. I guess they are going to drag this story line out until they can’t drag it no more. Nevertheless, it’s good to see that they are staying strong even after many people thought their marriage wouldn’t last past one year.
If you are ready for the new season of RHOA, look no further because the ladies are on their way. Season 6 airs November 3rd at 8PM eastern.
If Oprah Winfrey can confirm this interview, this will be one to watch!
According to TMZ…
Oprah Winfrey is making a full-court press to get Lamar Odom to sit down and unload … sources connected with both O and Lamar tell TMZ.
We’re told no deal has been made, but there have been serious discussions and we’re told Lamar is game if the conditions are right.
As for the topics — drug use, Lamar’s troubled marriage to Khloe Kardashian and his future in basketball.
Oprah and Lamar have history … during her Kardashian special, she spoke with everyone in the family including Lamar. He’s been skittish about doing interviews with anyone, but O seems to be an exception.
Since Lamar has appeared with the family in the past for Oprah’s show, I don’t see a problem with him sitting down again. Lamar is probably considering it because of his familiarity with Oprah. He may also be more comfortable. With all the drug rumors floating around and his defunct basketball career, this is probably his last ditch effort to coming clean and restarting his life.
Do you think Oprah can help Lamar? Do you think Lamar should cease his affiliations with the Kardashian clan?
For anyone who thought the airing of the new TLC biopoic was going to premiere without a little controversy surrounding it, you were sadly mistaken. One of the most talked about stories in music history, the rise and downfall of the group TLC, is finally being told. But, there’s one person who is trying to put a stop to it.
TLC’s founder, Pebbles, caught wind of the movie and its content and is very upset at how she’s being portrayed. In a recent interview on Power 105.1′s Breakfast Club, T-Boz and Chilli were asked about certain scenes in the movie and confirmed whether or not Pebble’s character was exaggerated a little bit.
She did do some good for us, she taught us some things, she put us together, but then there’s always times when you work with people there’s always things that your never going to agree with and you don’t like their ways and people part so I didn’t think she got over that.
Chilli encountered a lot of hate from Pebbles. At one point, Pebbles kicked her out the group for being pregnant. She stated:
I didnt want to become a mother too soon, so teen pregnancy didnt happen or anything like that but when I did get pregnant and Pebbles kicked me out the group and then put me back in the group, I was scared and a lot of different emotions that made it hard to do what i did because i wanted it so bad.
Pebbles has since seen the Breakfast Club interview and quickly aired out her disgust via Twitter. Her claim is that they all played a part in this and she shouldn’t be the person to get slandered. Thus, she’s rounding up her team of attorneys and vows to sue the T-Boz, Chilli, and the network.
I’m NOT here to promote something I put on the MAP and yet have been disrespected by because of more reasons than one! Lawyers on deck????…I would say being lied on 4 as long &trying to continue to is sadder. But,the continued slander from all will help prove just what was done….Thank you love. It’s not good what they played a part of but it will be dealt with now that the slander continues. TLC without me? No way.??…
I am in shock listening to all this mess and lies on this radio interview!!This is madness!!! It’s SO hard to believe this! DO NOT believe…Love you guys. Not going to comment about this anymore on here UN officially. Dealing with this though. #??….
Damn…this is about to get real ugly.
In case you missed TLC on the Breakfast Club, here are the three-part interview. Part 1 discussed the Pebbles issue.
Is it just me? Or did the performances and cyphers overshadow the actual award giving segments? It seems as though so much focus is on the cyphers now that BET is no longer airing people getting awards. Is it because some artists don’t show up to the ceremony? Or is it because this leaves more time for things people actually like to see (i.e. performances)? Hmmm… whatever is the case, I think BET is spending too much money on this particular awards show. Hip Hop can actually be incorporated with the regular BET Awards program. This will cut cost and become much more of a spectacle for viewers and attendees. This is just my opinion.
Anyway, yes there were winners during last nights BET Hip Hop Awards 2013. Kendrick Lamar was the big winner with a total of five awards. In second was Drake with 4. MC Lyte was honored with the “I Am Hip Hop” award for her contributions to the culture. Uncle Snoop pulled it all in together with his funny-yet-laid back style of hosting the show. There were performances by 2 Chainz, Diddy, Rick Ross, Rocko, Yo Gotti, TDE, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, and French Montana. But the highlight of course were the cyphers.
In case you were like me and totally missed seeing who all won awards, below is the complete of 2013 winners.
Best Hip Hop Video
Drake – Started From the Bottom
Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collabo, Duo or Group)
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – Problems
Best Live Performer
Lyricist of the Year
Video Director of the Year
DJ of the Year
Producer of the Year
Mike WiLL Made It
MVP of the Year
Track of the Year
Started From The Bottom – Produced by Mike Zombie & Noah “40” Shebib (Drake)
Album of the Year
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Who New?: Rookie of the Year Award Powered by Monster DNA
Hustler of the Year
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
Best Hip Hop Online Site
Best Club Banger
French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – Pop That (Produced by Lee on the Beats)
Big Sean – Detroit
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Kendrick Lamar – Problems (A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
J. Cole f/ TLC – Crooked Smile
People’s Champ Award
Drake – Started From The Bottom
The BET Hip Hop Awards will re-air on Thursday, 10/17/13 at 9:00PM Est, and again on 10/19/13 and 10/25/13. There will also be an international airing in the UK and Africa on Friday, October 18.
Snoop’s “No Guns Allowed” Movement Hits BET Hip Hop Awards Red Carpet; Various Artists Talk Gun Violence [VIDEO]
via press release…
Uncle Snoop and non-profit grassroots organization the League of Young Voters, brought their “No Guns Allowed” anti-gun violence campaign to the star-studded “green carpet” at the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. The League’s street team hit the carpet and asked hip-hop’s elite to discuss practical solutions to gun violence. Key figures in the game such as Nelly, Rich Homie Quan, Lil Scrappy, radio personality Angela Yee, and Snoop himself, all contributed their voices to the cause and provided thoughtful insight on this pressing issue that continues to plague our nation.
While we prep for a night of entertainment, it is also important to recognize that rappers can use their celebrity to influence change on issues that negatively affect our communities. In honor of Uncle Snoop hosting tonight’s highly-anticipated 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards, it would be great if you could share this “No Guns Allowed” recap video with your readers today. The visual includes these compelling celebrity and tastemaker drops which ideate around preventative gun violence measures.
In addition, please share your stories about how you’ve been impacted by gun violence on the League’s Tumblr page at: NoGunsAllowedMovement.Tumblr.com.
Watch the video below and see what celebrities had to say regarding guns and gun-violence:
S/O to Bree Samuels of the Cashmere Agency for the clip!