Category: Celebrity

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Star Jones Removed from “View”


Date: Thursday, June 29, 2006

Star Jones Reynolds smiled and held hands with her co-hosts while saying her goodbyes on “The View” Tuesday, only to hit a wall of “oh no she didn’ts” once the hour was over and the real story behind her departure had been leaked by People magazine.

On Tuesday, Star told the audience that she would be leaving the show in July because it was going in a different direction for its tenth season. But, it wasn’t until after Tuesday’s show ended when ABC brass, including “The View’s” executive producer Barbara Walters, learned about the People magazine interview, in which Star said: “What you don’t know is that my contract was not renewed for the tenth season. …I feel like I was fired.”

After that bombshell, Star’s last day as a member of “The View” turned out to be Tuesday. Sources close to Reynolds confirm that ABC asked her not to return to the set Wednesday morning.

Posted by loni on 06/29 at 01:03 PM in Celebrity
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Rapper says his upcoming LP may be his last.

(June 27, 2006)

*Bow Wow ain’t been in the rap game but a minute and already he’s looking to bow out.

It was just yesterday when the youngster announced he was dropping the “Lil” from his rap moniker to signify his transition into manhood. His maturity, the rapper says, also brings with it new interests that are drawing his attention away from recording.

The star of “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” told that Hollywood is beckoning, and his upcoming fifth album “might be the last one.”

“[If so], we’re going to go out with a bang,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be the biggest album that I’ve ever done.”

Due sometime around Halloween, the Jermaine Dupri-produced as-yet-untitled set already has a first single. 

“It features Chris Brown and it’s called ‘Shorty Like Mine,’ so that definitely could be the biggest record of my career,” he said. 

Describing the album’s style, he says: “I’m going for a more edgy, kinda mature sound. Now that I’m 19, I’m able to talk about a lot of things that I’ve experienced in my life.”

As for acting, Bow Wow says offers are “coming into the office daily so I’m reading, trying to pick the next one.  There’s actually one in negotiations right now, but they don’t want me to say. But definitely get ready to see me in at least two more movies. Last year I promised myself I’d do three movies and this ["Tokyo Drift"] is one right here.”

Posted by loni on 06/28 at 01:03 PM in Celebrity
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Vandross record coming out after death

I’ve heard “Shine” and its sounds like its from his disco days but its still a good song. 

Date: Monday, June 19, 2006
By: Associated Press, APonline

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There’s new Luther Vandross music on the way. Fans of the legendary singer, who died in July, can enjoy two new tracks when “The Ultimate Luther Vandross” collection is released Aug. 22.

It includes the previously unissued songs “Shine,” produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and “Got You Home.”
The collection features 16 other songs from Vandross’ two decades of music-making, including the hits “Here and Now” and “Endless Love.”

Vandross sold more than 30 million albums during his award-winning career. Vandross, who began his career as lead singer of the group Change, made his solo recording debut in 1981 with the album “Never too Much.” In 2005, he was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for a duet with Beyonce on “The Closer I Get to You,” which is on the new collection.

Posted by loni on 06/28 at 12:57 PM in Celebrity
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Thursday, June 08, 2006

RIP Billy Preston

I actually met Billy Preston when I was a young boy in Detroit.

By Richard Harrington
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 8, 2006; Page C05

Billy Preston was one of the music business’s true MVPs, someone who had his own substantial hits but whose real gift was making other stars sound better. After all, there’s no musician who can claim to have been coveted by both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in their prime, or to have been touted as Ray Charles’s successor by Charles himself.

Go to Preston’s entry in All Music Guide, click on “credits” and prepare to be amazed. He was Everysideman, part Zelig, part Forrest Gump, but never anywhere accidentally or incidentally. Preston was always invited to be in the right place at the right time.

Posted by SPN on 06/08 at 01:22 PM in Celebrity
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Saturday, May 20, 2006

GOD told me that Robertson is an idiot.

Can I get another supporter?

Robertson: God says storms, possibly tsunami, will hit US in 2006

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.—Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says God told him storms and possibly a tsunami will hit America’s coastline this year.

Robertson has made the predictions at least four times in the past two weeks on his news-and-talk television show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded. Robertson said the revelations about this year’s weather came to him during his annual personal prayer retreat in January.

Posted by SPN on 05/20 at 11:47 AM in Celebrity
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Thursday, April 27, 2006


04/27/2006 6:42 AM, AP

Rapper Snoop Dogg and five associates were arrested after a fracas at Heathrow Airport that injured seven police officers, British media reported Thursday.

The Press Association news agency said members of the star’s entourage had hurled bottles of whisky and argued with staff at a duty free shop after being refused entry to a first-class lounge.

London’s Metropolitan Police said officers were called to “reports of a disturbance involving 30 people in a business lounge” at Terminal 1 of the busy airport on Wednesday.

When police told the group that they would not be allowed to board their flight, “a number of the group became abusive and pushed officers,” a spokeswoman said on the force’s customary condition of anonymity.

Six men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and affray and spent the night at London police stations. Police did not name the men, but said all were U.S. citizens in their 30s.

Seven officers received cuts, bruises and other minor injuries, the force said.

Snoop Dogg — real name Calvin Broadus, 34 — had been due to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday.

A former associate of Los Angeles gang the Crips, Snoop Dogg built his early career on recordings offering gritty details of gang life.

Posted by CHANNI on 04/27 at 01:26 PM in Celebrity
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Monday, April 24, 2006


Rapper responds to verbal bullets fired last week by Lil’ Romeo’s daddy, Master P.

*You knew it was coming. Rapper Bow Wow wasn’t about to sit quietly while the father of his rival, Lil’ Romeo, talked smack about him and suggested that success has gone to his 19-year-old head.

“I can’t understand all this, but I guess that’s how it is when you ain’t getting no attention,” Bow Wow told “You can hear me on the radio all day, every day. You [Lil’ Romeo] can’t sell no records, and your daddy is on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’”

The beef apparently has roots in Bow Wow’s last single, “Fresh Azimiz,” which proclaims that he’s “18 and making more than your dad.” Master P felt that line was aimed directly at his son. 

“The crazy part is the line that got them all bent outta shape was an old LL line (from 1987’s “The Do Wop”). That shows how much they know about hip hop.”

Posted by loni on 04/24 at 10:22 AM in Celebrity
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Friday, April 21, 2006


What do you think about this?  Do you still use these words?

Jay Smooth posted today about some sort of beef that’s been brewing between Luda and Oprah Winfrey since before Luda appeared with the rest of the cast of Crash on Oprah’s show a few months ago. I didn’t see the show, and it’s not on YouTube, but here’s apparently what happened: Oprah and Don Cheadle were getting all heated with each other over whether or not it’s OK for black people to drop N-bombs, Terrence Howard said that he doesn’t use the word himself, Oprah asked Luda if he’d consider not using it, and Luda squirmed around for a few seconds and said he agreed with Cheadle. Then Sandra Bullock asked Luda to stop saying “bitch” and “ho,” the crowd totally erupted, and Luda said that he’d stop when women stopped calling themselves bitches. Bullock said she wouldn’t call a woman a bitch unless she was one. End of segment. Whew. (Seriously, read this thing, even if I did just pillage it wholesale.) He told a few days ago that Oprah cut a lot of his comments out of the show, that he didn’t feel welcome in dealing with her at all, that she admitted in a backstage conversation that she felt like she was giving rappers a platform by having them on her show and that she wasn’t very comfortable with that. Also: “I don’t see why Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who I am huge fans of, it’s OK for them to go on Oprah. They speak the same language I do, but they do it though comedy, so I guess that’s acceptable to her.”

Posted by CHANNI on 04/21 at 07:25 AM in Celebrity
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Sunday, April 16, 2006


Say this isn’t so!…

Fri Apr 14, 7:00 PM ET

Grammy-winning singer-producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against singer Anita Baker, claiming she owes him more than $250,000.

According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Superior Court, Baker broke two oral agreements with Edmonds, who co-wrote, produced and performed on the song “Like You Used to Do” on Baker’s 2004 album “My Everything.”

The lawsuit claims Baker refused to pay Edmonds producer’s royalties equaling at least $100,000 from an estimated more than 500,000 albums sold.

Edmonds, 47, also alleges that he and Baker had an agreement to play four concerts together, but that Baker canceled two shows and refused to pay $150,000 for those dates.

“Artists are used to working with producers, making the albums and doing the paperwork later ... It’s always an oral agreement in this business,” Edmonds’ attorney Howard King said Friday.

Spokesman Cem Kurosman from Baker’s label, Blue Note, declined to comment Friday, saying the label had no knowledge of the lawsuit.

Edmonds has written hits for a number of R&B stars, including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Bobby Brown.

Posted by CHANNI on 04/16 at 02:02 AM in Celebrity
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Thursday, April 13, 2006

LisaRaye McCoy Marries Her Caribbean Prince

Starry wedding

It was a fairy tale come to life: A girl from Chicago marries her Caribbean prince on a beautiful island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

For Hollywood starlet LisaRaye McCoy and Michael E. Misick, leader of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the dream came true at sunset Saturday in Providenciales at the luxurious Amanyara Resort.

The outdoor ceremony on the island’s northwest point featured a regal-looking LisaRaye in a backless Cinderella-inspired ivory wedding dress and Misick in a black-and-white tuxedo.

Among the bride’s seven bridesmaids: actress Vivica Fox and rapper Da Brat—real name Shawntae Harris—who is also the bride’s sister. LisaRaye’s teenage daughter was her maid of honor.

Among the groom’s men: Randy Jackson of the Jackson Five and Bahamas Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, who was the best man.

Guests included Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie and foreign minister Fred Mitchell, actress Jasmine Guy, Miami rapper Trina and Miami radio personality Lorenzo ‘’Ice Tea’’ Thomas of WEDR 99 JAMZ.

Posted by CHANNI on 04/13 at 02:08 AM in Celebrity
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