You know, I had a bit of respect for Katie Couric even if she did commit career suicide by leaving the Today Show to have her own prime time news
Saturday, August 1, 2009
You know, I had a bit of respect for Katie Couric even if she did commit career suicide by leaving the Today Show to have her own prime time news
Who’s gonna love you whenIt all falls down,
I gotta break it to ya delicately, dummy
Who’s gonna love you When it all falls down,
Your pain is so deep rooted
Who’s gonna love you When it all falls down,
Who’s gonna love you
“NOT ONLY DID I NOT SAY THAT, I HAVEN’T SAID ANYTHING
Remember I reported the other day that Drake pulled out of his solo spots on the Young Money tour because of his injuries? He was afraid if he reinjured his ACL he might never walk again. Well, he fell onstage the other night. Pray for him y'all. (Somebody unfold that wheelchair...)
Friday, July 31, 2009
While everyone is debating over whether or not "overly friendly" text messages from Kanye West to Kim K. were the reason for her breakup with Reggie Bush, now comes word Reggie may have had a taco on the side. Even though Kim K's publicist has denied cheating lead to their breakup, rumors have been swirling that Reggie had a fling with a hottie in Miami.
Supposedly, Reggie sexted back and forth with Carmen Ortega, President of South Beach Exotic Rentals, and trysted with her in Miami, Vegas, and L.A. The sidedish supposedly has video of her in Reggie's house and is shopping her story around to the highest bidder. Sources say Kim knew about it and couldn't handle it that not only was Reggie NOT ready to commit, but that he would still want another woman after landing her.
Oh, and this was the least explicit photo I could find of Carmen. Yeah, she's that kinda girl.
*Sigh* Please explain why Sheree is still on the show considering she neither has a house nor is a wife? Mrs. Snow had to go but Sheree can stay? I....can't.
The Chicago Bomb and Arson Unit is investigating a suspicious package outside Oprah's Harpo Productions studio. A backpack with wires hanging out of it was found in a flower bed around 6AM local time. Now we don't know anyone with a grudge against Oprah, do we?
Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson gave an exclusive interview to TVOne during which he confirms rumors Billie Jean may not have been far off base. Rumors have been swirling since Michael's memorial that Omer Bhatti is Michael's love child from a one night stand. Omer's mother is a Norweigan woman named Pia who worked as a nanny for Prince, Michael's first son. Omer's father was a driver for Michael. The entire family lived at Neverland for some time and Omer remained at Neverland, possibly without his parents, for several years. He traveled with Michael and studied dancing and performing under him.
When asked by the interviewer if he knows Michael had another son, Joe said, "He looks like a Jackson, he can dance like a Jackson. This boy is a fantastic dancer--matter of fact, he teaches dance."
Others close to the Jackson camp have expressed their doubts about Bhatti being Michael's biological child. Those who were close to Michael have said Michael simply thought of and treated Omer LIKE a son. British tabloid, The Sun, has reported Bhatti is seeking a DNA test. I think he bears a passing resemblance to Blanket, but he doesn't look like Michael to me. I also think Joe is just being messy and trying to capitalize off Omer just in case he can't get his hands on the Jackson 3. What do you think?
Eminem did not take kindly to Mariah's diss video "Obsessesed" (which she subsequently backed off of and said was not about him). He has recorded a response diss song called "The Warning." Nick are you scared? Are you gonna let him talk about your woman like that?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Rev. Frederick Eikerenkoetter, known as Rev. Ike to a legion of followers in NYC and across the nation to whom he preached the blessings of prosperity while making millions from their donations, has died. He was 74.
A family spokesman said he died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, two years after he suffered a stroke from which he never recovered.
Rev. Ike's ministry reached its peak in the mid-1970s, when his sermons were carried on 1,770 radio stations to an audience estimated at 2.5 million. He also preached his philosophy of self-empowerment on television and the Internet, in books and magazines, and on audiotapes and videotapes.
In a deal announced late Thursday, lawyers for Mrs. Katherine Jackson revealed a deal has been reached in the custody battle for Michael Jackson's children. In the terms of the deal, Katherine would retain custody of Michael's three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket (whose custody was not necessarily an issue), while Debbie Rowe would get visitation with Prince and Paris. Debbie would retain her parental rights but would not receive any money, and she agreed not to seek custody of the two oldest children.
Katherine's attorney, Londell McMillan told The Early Show, "There is no situation better for these children than for them to be raised and reared in the
loving care of Mrs. Katherine Jackson."
I think Katherine should have pushed harder for Debbie Rowe's parental rights to be terminated. It is obvious to me she does not want to raise these children. In interviews she, herself, has said she never did intend to raise the kids because she had them as a "gift" to Michael. I also suspect some money has changed hands under the table just so Debbie wouldn't look like a golddigger
Gabrielle Union joins the cast of ABC's new fall drama,"FlashForward". She plays the character Zoey, a criminal defense attorney who will have a romantic arc (probably with someone else's husband) on the show. "FlashForward" premieres Thursday, September 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"We're thrilled that Gabrielle is joining our cast," said executive producer David S. Goyer. "When we met with her, we immediately knew she was our Zoey. She's witty, soulful and beautiful. I've been wanting to work with her for a long time."
What would you do if you were given a glimpse of the future? Would you accept what you saw and live life to its fullest, or would you do everything in your power to change your destiny? Then you would already know this show will be cancelled by October. In "FlashForward," when the world's population is given a glimpse of their future, it forces everyone to come to grips with whether their destinies can be fulfilled or avoided.
"FlashForward" stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley, Peyton List as Nicole, Dominic Monaghan as Simon, Bran F. O'Byrne as Aaron Stark, Courtney B. Vance as Stan Wedeck, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford and Christine Woods as Janis Hawk.
Drake has been forced to pull out from Weezy's Young Money Presents: The America's Most Wanted Music Festival Tour as a solo performers due to complications from his torn ACL ligament.
“I’m not doing my own set. That’s one thing I have to apologize to my fans about. It’s too much of a risk, if I hit that wrong turn (doing) 30 minutes every night. If I tear my ACL again, the doctors say I might not be able to walk again. I have to be cautious,” Drake told MTV.
Drake still plans to join the other tour headliners on stage for individual songs. To maintain the flow of the set, Drake has been replaced with
Read the full article here.
From the NYC set of Just Wright, a modern-day Cinderella tale where Latifah plays a female physical therapist who falls in love with a basketball player (Common) while helping him recover from a career-threatening injury.
Aside from headlining the project, the Grammy-winning rapper will also produce the movie under her Flavor Unit banner alongside Shakim Compere and Debra Martin Chase. The movie will be directed by Sanaa Hamri. The Fox Searchlight flim will be released next year.
The makers of Guitar Hero introduce an entirely fresh and innovative way to experience music. DJ Hero features an amazing variety of music across genres. Using an authentic turntable controller (that looks surprisingly like a Close and Play), you will spin and scratch more than 100 songs into unique mixes and become the life of the party. Get ready for a whole new phenomena in music.
Activision CFO Thomas Tippl stated that DJ Hero would be aimed at a broader audience than the Guitar Hero games primarily through the use of more contemporary music in its soundtrack. DJ Hero has been designed as a party game and to make the player "the life of the party", and has been developed with many gameplay modes to put the player "in control of the music". Check the demo out above.
My ones and twos don't look like that BS. I'll be taking that shit back to Best Buys Dec. 26th.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Listen to the tape for yourself.
UPDATE: Lucia Whalen, the Portuguese-American caller who placed the 911 call, denies exchanging any words with the officer about the race of the men who were seen outside the house.
Asked whether she spoke to Crowley when he arrived at Gates' home, she said: "The only words I exchanged were 'I was the 911 caller,' and he said, 'Stay right there.' " The officer's police report indicates a detailed exchange in which she indicated two Black men were seen at the home. The officer later stated Whalen and other spectators seemed alarmed at Gates' behavior outside his home which lead the officer to place him under arrest for disorderly conduct.
Might I suggest, she might have been distressed to see that an emergency call she placed in good faith lead to an older disabled distinguished colleague of hers (she works at Harvard) being arrested at his own home? That is just a suggestion, mind you.
Tito had a chat with Entertainment Tonight this week about his brother's passing:
"I think he was encircled by enablers. It was always a difficult situation, some people care about their job more than the person's health and wellbeing and I think that's what we experienced, some of the employers, security or whatever, were more concerned about their pay cheques than letting us check on our brother...I had no clue what was being done by his personal physician whatsoever. If he is responsible, whoever is responsible, they should be brought to justice. Michael was physically fine as far as I'm concerned, he was strong, he was in good health, he was playing and happy and everything was fine. My brother has always been a thin young man, you know, and that's just the way he was, but he was totally healthy."
Nicki Minaj Says She Wants To Turn Foxy Brown Out
Nicki Minaj thinks Brown's pretty foxy. Foxy Brown and Nicki Minaj spoke with Forbez DVD recently and Minaj put all her toys on the table:
She's looking real succulent, real good right now. She's turning me on right now. I'm gonna put it on Foxy!
So, would you watch that concert on pay-per-view?
When it comes to making music, Snoop Dogg is known, not only for his affinity for different genres, but also his attraction to different eras. Take, for example, last year’s eccentric hit, “Sensual Seduction,” which was a nostalgic ode to the retro soul and funk sound coming out of the 70s and into the 80s. Snoop has also worked with old school R&B artists like Charlie Wilson who performed on "Signs" and The Dramatics, who appeared on "Doggy Dogg World".
Snoop will now add Anita Baker to the list of successful and respected pioneers which he has worked with. The eight-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum artist is planning to release her seventh studio album next spring, and told Billboard.com that Snoop will be featured on an adaptation of Curtis Mayfield’s “Give Me Your Love (Love Song)” from the Superfly soundtrack.
“We do it in a very contemporary way,” Baker explained, “a very grown-up way.”
In addition to praising Snoop for the growth in his music, Baker also expressed her pleasant surprise at Snoop Dogg’s relationship with his wife.“It’s lovely, who knew that Snoop is madly in love with his wife, you know?"
At approximately 7 o'clock Eastern yesterday, Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, released this statement:
"We can verify that at approximately 8am, Officers from DEA, LAPD and various local agencies began executing a search warrant at Dr. Conrad Murray's Las Vegas home and office. The search warrant authorized investigators to look for medical records relating to Michael Jackson and all of his reported aliases. Dr Murray was present during the search of his home and assisted the officers. Investigators left Dr. Murray's home around 12 noon, seizing cell phones and a computer hard drive. As of 2pm, the search at Dr. Murray's office continues."
When "Lopez Tonight" premieres in November, don't expect host George Lopez to sit behind a desk or to read from cue cards. He wants to mingle with his guests on plastic-wrapped furniture. (He was joking about the plastic. We think.)
His Monday-through-Thursday TBS late-night (11PM) show is going to be a party that won't always begin with his stand-up. Some nights a musical guest will open the show. Other nights, maybe a conversation with an actor will kick it off. What Lopez says he wants more than anything is a spontaneous party atmosphere that thrives on the energy of his guests and audience."There have been a lot of supermarkets but until Costco came around and started selling the big mayonnaise, it took it to another level," he said. "This show is gonna be bigger and badder."
Lopez said he is honored to be the first Latino to land a late-night hosting perch and is hoping that fans of his 2002-2007 ABC sitcom, "The George Lopez Show" (now in syndication), will only be one part of his new audience.
Derek Jeter likes 'em big----his homes that is. Jeter has purchased three waterfront lots in Tampa, Florida for a whopping $7,666,000 (isn't that an unlucky number?) and plans to build a 31,000 square foot mansion. His home plans include 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a 6 car garage, a billiard room, an entertainment room, and a room for all his trophies and memorabilia. Derek will only reside in the house during Spring Training.
The large bronze rhinoceros statues grazing inside hip-hop clothing designer Marc Ecko's massive 275,000 square foot headquarters on West 23rd Street may soon be out of a home. The entire space, which costs more than $9 million a year and includes a half-size basketball court, is now on the market. The clock is ticking for Mr. Ecko, who is desperately trying to raise enough capital to pay off Marc Ecko Enterprises' debts. In June, Ecko sold its watch trademarks to Timex Group and subsequently unloaded its Avirex young men's brand to Kids Headquarters.
Mr. Ecko is the latest casualty of the once-booming $4 billion urban wear business. The sector is morphing away from its baggy, logo-threaded beginnings into a cleaner, more mainstream look available at stores like Aéropostale and Abercrombie and Fitch. Add in the fact that the Ecko brand is not as “cool” as it once was and you have the potential for near financial disaster.
Armed with ATM cards and a little-known federal regulation, four old college buddies corrupted a law created to help fraud victims and used it to facilitate a tremendous fraud of their own to rip off Brooklyn banks for $422,000, prosecutors said Tuesday. The scheme was as simple as it was brazen. Authorities say the suspects opened large bank accounts, padded them with deposits and then drained the accounts themselves by making large withdrawals or debit card purchases in a short period of time in order to make it seem as if a crime had occurred. The suspects all claimed someone had stolen their ATM cards to withdraw money without their permission and demanded reimbursement from the banks, according to the indictment. After the banks reimbursed them, the defendants closed the accounts.
The four, who studied finance together at NYU, exploited a banking regulation (Regulation E of the Federal Electronic Funds Transfer Act) that requires banks to repay customers who claimed their ATM cards were lost or stolen within 10 days, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said.
Cameras caught defendants taking the money out, but they were almost always wearing motorcycle helmets or some other covering to protect their identities. Banks are meant to subsequently look into the validity of the claim, but in this case the defendants withdrew the reimbursed funds and closed the accounts before the banks could finish their investigations. The scheme came to light after one bank investigator called another bank and began comparing notes and databases. Among the banks ripped off between 2003 and 2008 were HSBC, where two of the suspects worked, Chase, and Signature Bank.
Eric Manganelli, 36, a lawyer; Lam Dang, 37, a financial consultant; and John Tluczek, 37; and his wife, Marzena Tluczek, 35, who both have worked for banks over the years, face multiple counts of grand larceny, falsifying business records and other charges.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett and his brother decided to have a "Black Olympics" and film it for posterity. Believe it or not, Martellus is college-educated. SMH
Prince's groundbreaking film Purple Rain turned 25 yesterday. Did you know Wendy and Lisa dated for 20 years? Did you know Vanity was supposed to play Prince's girlfriend in the film, but they broke up before filming started? He searched for another LSLH woman to replace her and offered the part to Jennifer Beals. Beals turned it down to focus on college, opening the door for Apollonia to rise to short-lived stardom. (Let's face it, she was no Vanity!) Did you know that before Morris Day was in the Time, he gave Prince a song for his Dirty Minds album? Really, how many people can say they "gave" a song to Prince of all people?
Someone please give this chick a glass of water. She is obviously thirsty. Why WHY? do I have to hear about some nonsense she has perpetrated with her equally thirsty industry "friends" every blessed week? The least she could do is have some uninspired, low-talent project to promote with all this shameless famewhoring.
Maggie and John Anderson of Chicago vow to only patronize black-owned businesses for one year. Now, the Andersons are following up with thousands who signed up for the experiment on their Web site to network, gauge their commitment and set up online accounts to track their spending. Hundreds have also joined the experiment's Facebook page, Maggie Anderson said. Could you make this pledge?
The guys at the CPDRC in the Philippines are at it again. This time they are performing their rendition of Michael Jackson's "Dangerous." I for one LOVE these routines. It shows you how far reaching Michael's appeal was and just how many people he reached globally. Besides that, some of these guys really have talent. Be sure to pay attention at 1:58.
Soulja Boy suggested Solange may have been trying to go for a look similar to Amber Rose — who’s known for her buzz cut as much as she is for dating Kanye West. He says, “Ladies, if you gonna shave ya head at least my barber Bobby world give you that tight hairline. Stop jockin’ Amber Rose. It’s not cute.”
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson's new single "Already Gone" has received some flak on the net as being a knockoff of Beyonce's hit single "Halo" because the two have the same melody. Kelly wants to set the record straight about why they sound so similar. She says she wrote the lyrics to her song before Beyonce even thought about making "Halo." Kelly's producer, Ryan Tedder gave Beyonce the same track to record over after "Already Gone" was already completed.
Here's how Kelly put it:
“Ryan and I met each other at the record label, before he was working with anyone else...I’d never heard of a song called Halo..Her album came out when my album was already being printed. No one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinkin’ ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyonce and Kelly the same track to write to.’ No, they’re just gonna be sayin I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said ‘I don’t understand. Why would you do that?’”
Kelly didn't want a standoff between their fans so she pleaded with her record company not to release "Already Gone" as a single since Beyonce's version had already hit the airwaves:
“in the end, they’re releasing it without my consent. It sucks, but it’s one of those things I have no control over. I already made my album. At this point, the record company can do whatever they want with it. It’s kind of a shitty situation, but…You know, you learn.”
Snitches say Beyonce heard Kelly's song and demanded the track for "Halo" then insisted her song be rushed out before Kelly's hit the airwaves. Sounds a lot like a real live "Dreamgirls" doesn't it?
If y'all don't think these celebrities are feeling the recession squeeze, peep how Jadakiss is making his ends meet these days.
Man I had a nightmare last nite I dreamt I come home and found 4 guys
were breaking into my house. I pull my heater and it was empty they chased me
and was about to shot me then I woke up. The first thing I did was get my heater
and made sure it was loaded. That dream will not come true.
Unfortunately, he was wrong. Very wrong. Very eery.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Under the unusually lucrative agreement he struck with Aspire/Young Money/Cash Money Records distributed through Universal, Drake received a $2-million advance. He retains the publishing rights to his songs and cedes only around 25% of his music sales revenues to the label as a “distribution fee,” his managers said. By contrast, the overwhelming majority of new artists sign financially restrictive “360 deals” that sap their touring and merchandise income and offer much more restrictive profit-sharing.
“The record company doesn’t have any ownership of Drake,” Cortez Bryant, Drake's manager, said. “The label does not have participation on profits. They don’t have ownership of his masters. We control his entire career. Those deals don’t happen anymore.”
There hasn’t been an upcoming artist with such a buzz since 50 Cent's debut in 2003. Drake has sold out concerts from his So Far So Gone Mixtape. The leading single “Best I Ever Had” has been receiving more then 1300 spins on radio, and has sold 600,000 digital downloads. He’s been featured on records with Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Fabolous. He’s currently working on his debut album “ Thank Me Later” and will embark a 22-city tour starting today, July 27th in Scranton,PA with Weezy, Young Jeezy, and Soulja Boy in “Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted Music Festival”.
What can you say? Alexis Arguello, Arturo Gatti and Vernon Forrest all leaving us within 30 days....
[Joe Jackson on 80th birthday at Beyonce's Concert Sat.in NJ's-Izod Center]
Beyonce is reportedly distributing her Dereon line at upscale boutiques in the Las Vegas Wynn and Encore Esplanade in the near future. The hotel is happy with the attention and publicity thanks to Mrs. Knowles’ “I Am” tour 4 day concert finale and DVD taping. A member of the Wynn hotel staff reveals that Wynn’s owner Steve Wynn is in talks to have Beyonce perform promos/ads for the resort, as well as club appearances throughout the year–all part of a multimillion dollar deal.
Like Mr. Wynn did with Celine Dion and Toni Braxton, he would also like Sasha Fierce to headline the intimate 1,500 seat encore theater with a huge production for 3 years. Nothing’s final yet, but it is interesting since the 4 day show coming up hasn’t sold out yet and the final show is invitation only.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"Listen, if I wanted to make a statement I would have twitpic'd photoshoot etc I was simply taking my son to school. stupid paps took pic. Ive had my hair cut for two weeks. I was NOT inspired by anyone but myself. Dont need your attention or opinion. I dont want to edge up or perm beacuase Im not trying to make this a style or statement. "
Method Man and Redman aired out Kelis and golddiggers in general on WKYS last week:
“…as far as speaking on men and women in general. 50 grand a month for some *ussy is some bullshit. Ladies for real all you did was fcuk your man. that money right there. A kid doesn’t need that much to survive. You trying to maintain your life style. That’s fcuked up. I want to see the shoe on the other foot...What the kids don’t understand is the air they breathing. The lights. The cable. The Mortgage. All that fall on Daddy’s shoulders. Not to mention he has to pay this stanking a$$ *itch that he don’t even fcuk with anymore to look good for some other ni%%a. This shit is crazy to me and any chick that does that shit is foul.”
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Fellas, hopefully your marriage was about more than *ussy and your wife did more than fcuk you. If not, why get married in the first place? As far as Nas and Kelis, Kelis has a successful music career, so I don't understand why he has to hemorrhage all that money in spousal support. The spousal support is three times the child support amount. I would think the priority should be on their son. Maybe it was the gift cards that ticked the judge off.