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While we celebrate America’s Independence on the Fourth, we also wish these celebs born in July a very Happy Birthday.
Some women have been known to lie about their age but Wendy Williams has been forthcoming with every aspect about her personal life and age is no exception. Celebrating her 50th birthday on July 18, Williams will be checking off something on her bucket list that she’s never done but always wanted to do. The talk show host will step outside of her comfort zone and perform a 70-minute stand-up routine. Making her comedic debut at The Venetian in Las Vegas, “The Perfect Shade Of Stand Up” will feature an all-female cast that includes Joy Behar and Lisa Lampanelli.
One song can make or break an artist’s career. The right song can put them on the map, but the wrong song can send them to court, which was the case with these artists sued over their songs.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Even though he’s been dead for almost two decades, The Notorious B.I.G. still isn’t exempt from being sued over his music. Lee Hutson, former lead singer of The Impressions, is suing Biggie’s estate over the alleged illegal use of one of his songs. Hutson accuses the Brooklyn rapper of using a sample of “Can’t Say Enough About Mom” in his 1994 song “The What” featuring Method Man and he only noticed it two years ago. Bad Boy Records filed a pre-emptive claim a few days before Hutson saying any claim about a sample is past the statute of limitations. Negotiation between the two sides broke down and it looks like the suit will be headed to court.
Apparently 50 Cent’s new STARZ series, “Power,” was a major hit. After just one episode, the cable network has announced that the series will be renewed for a second season, Deadline reports.
The fast-moving drama debuted last weekend “with 462,000 Live+same day at 9 PM, 1.27 million for the three Saturday night airings and 2.022 million for the nine weekend runs on Saturday and Sunday.” In case you’ve been out of the loop for a bit, the 50 Cent-produced series is “set in two different worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade” and follows the story of Ghost St. Patrick, a drug dealer and businessman with dreams of going legit. Stars include “Being Mary Jane” actor Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton and Lela Loren.
“Tasha St. Patrick, she’s crazy,” Naturi recently described her character to Shadow and Act. “She really is Ghost’s sidekick, the other half of Bonnie and Clyde. She came up from the streets, grew up in Queens, and had a rough life. She had desires to be a singer but those desires got cut short because she was pregnant at 19 with Ghost’s child. He’s trying to choose between going legit and staying in the drug game, and she’s pretty much the woman who’s like look, we’ve built this empire together, I’ll ride with you to the end. She’ll throw the gun away, she’ll tell you how to dump the body. She’s an edgy character and not afraid to do whatever it takes to keep the family together.”
Production for season two begins in September. I had the opportunity to check out “Power” over the weekend and thought it was pretty good.
Did you see the premiere on Saturday? What did you think?
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So 50 Cent had the worst first pitch ever in the history of baseball. And says Beyonce was about to go upside his head because she thought he had a problem with her man. Let’s see… what else? Oh! Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has announced that he will accept bitcoin as payment for his newest album, Animal Ambition. While critics have been giving mixed reviews to 50′s first album since leaving Interscope Records and Eminem’s Shady/Aftermath, bitcoin advocates are elated.
“We are excited to see high-profile independent artists use bitcoin and 50 Cent’s trail as an innovator is outstanding,” the executive chairman of bitcoin payment service provider Bitpay, Tony Gallippi, said in a statement.
Bitcoin is a digital currency that does not need a bank and can be used as payment for some transactions. (We’ve written about it here and here.) And now 50 fans can use it to buy his fifth album from shop.50cent.com. Bitpay is handling transactions and Jackson’s G-Unit Records will convert bitcoin payments into cash, reports The Los Angeles Times.
The new media director for G-Unit Records, Corentin Villemeur, says he believes Jackson is the first major artist to openly accept bitcoin. According to Villemeur, future releases through G-Unit Records should also be purchasable with bitcoin.
I’m sure that by now, you already know that things between 50 Cent and his 17-year-old son, Marquise, are in a pretty bad place. They fell fell out via text message last year, and 50 was a no-show for Marquise’s high school graduation last month. When speaking on why things fell apart between him and his first-born, the young man who used to be all up and through the rapper’s music videos and with him for appearances as a child, he blamed it on beef with Marquise’s mother, Shaniqua Tompkins. But 50 has another son, Sire, with a woman named Daphne Joy Narvaez. And while they no longer have a romantic relationship, the rapper reportedly implied in an interview with GQ in the latest issue that he wants to “do it right this time” when it comes to Sire. Here’s that snippet from the chat:
He’d had his first son, Marquise, when he was 21. It’s what made him start rapping in the first place—a way to live to see his son live. Now his son is 17 and they don’t speak, because 50 and his son’s mother don’t speak. They fell out over money. They were together before he was 50 Cent, and, he says, she feels she’s owed something for that.
“Me and my son, we don’t have a relationship anymore,” 50 said, squeezing the squash ball. “It’s based on his mom. He’s adopted her way of thinking.” He’s trying to do it over now, he said, with his second son, whom he had by a different woman in 2012—to do it right this time, even though he’s already split with that boy’s mother, too. “I don’t have anything negative around the concept of kids,” he said.
We told you recently that Tompkins went on V-103 to talk publicly about the rapper not attending Marquise’s graduation, and she spoke on why their correspondences are always so negative.
“I spoke with him and we spoke for a couple of hours on the phone [in September]. And when you feel like you can’t get through to a person…I know how to set boundaries. I’m not going to waste my time. He’s always going in on what happened in the relationship. Marquise is never the main focus. It’s, ‘what you did to me, you left me, you did this, you did that.’ He never takes responsibility for his actions.”
Just sad that it’s come to all this, where grown people can’t be civil for the sake of their son, and it’s to the point where one is absolutely okay with not having a relationship with their child (but has big plans for their other child). Just sad. But what do you think of all this?
Families come in all shapes and sizes. While same sex marriage and homosexual couples adopting children may be hot button issues now, it wasn’t for these celebrities who grew up with a gay parent.
Robert De Niro
Actor Robert De Niro has had a long and illustrious career in Hollywood for decades. While he has been very guarded about his private life, the Meet The Parents star recently opened up about how his father Robert De Niro Sr. struggled with his homosexuality. An upcoming documentary titled Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. explores the life and work of the painter and sculptor. In an interview with OUT Magazine, the younger De Niro described his relationship with his father growing up but he also had some regrets about not being closer to him. “He probably was (conflicted about his sexuality),” the 70-year-old actor said. “Being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate (in New York). I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more. My mother didn’t want to talk about things in general, and you’re not interested when you’re a certain age.”
The year 1994 marked the beginning of Hot 97’s epic annual Summer Jam concert. Twenty years later, the concert featuring the biggest names in hip-hop and r&b is still going strong and continues to showcase the biggest names in music. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Summer Jam.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s Only Performance At Summer Jam
The year was 1995 and Bigge Smalls was the king of New York rap. The year before he released his debut single Juicy and then followed that up with the platinum-selling album, Ready To Die. When he descended onto the Summer Jam stage in ‘95 as the headliner, the crowd went wild. Dressed like a dapper don in a three-piece suit, Big had the crowd on its feet for his entire set. That would be the first and last time the Brooklyn rapper would perform for the radio station’s mega concert. He was shot and killed nearly two years later.
Want 50 Cent as a life coach? Get ready to make a vision board. The rapper/mogul took aGQ writer under his wing for a month to teach him the ways of getting rich or dying trying–sort of. It wasn’t a whole lot of do as I say, not as I do either, 50 really believes that what made him successful can make everyone successful. The question is, do you?
Read more about 50 Cent as a life coach at StyleBlazer.com
Don’t End Up Like 50 Cent And Shaniqua: Ways To Effectively Co-Parent Without The Drama Or Competition
A parent is a person who has been blessed with the responsibility of raising a child to be an upstanding, respectful and productive citizen. Parenting is for two or more people who have been given the same privilege, but have the responsibility of working together for the overall well-being of their child and or children. So why is it that some people think it is a contact sport? What I mean by that is that they believe that parenting is a competition rather than valuing it for what it is? For two reasons; one person may feel as though they have a point to prove in regard to their nurturing skills, and people have the tendency to lose focus on the real matter at hand… raising their children.
When two people come together and produce a child purposely or not, they often fail to realize the work ahead of them, and the effort that must be put forth in pushing their egos to the side in order to come together in agreement for the good of their child. Whether a kid’s parents live in the same home or not, competition with rearing children can take place consciously and subconsciously. So how do two people take the rivalry and bad blood out of caregiving? By keeping in mind these simple rules:
Respect and allow separate quality time. Each parent has the right to spend time with their child to teach, play with and nurture them as they see fit without any interruption from the other.
Remove your ego! When it comes to children, parents want what’s best for their child, but can sometimes clash on certain issues. When a situation like this comes about it is best to keep calm and set aside your egotistical opinions and come to a mutual agreement that is centered solely around the child.
Combine and conquer. Designate some time for you and your parenting partner to share which morals, values and traditions you both want to implement in your child’s life. This will allow you both to share and learn more about each other, and to be on the same page.
Listen and communicate effectively. Many times, in any type of partnership, people only hear their partners, but they rarely listen to them. When this happens, there is an instant breakdown in communication, thus leading to discord within the parenting relationship. No one wins when discord is present…especially the child.
Always remember that the child’s needs are both of your main priorities. A child is born dependent on the grown ups in their lives until they become adults and branch out on their own, so until that time comes, it is the parents’ direct responsibility to be selfless and place the needs of their child or children before their own. Am I saying that parents don’t deserve time to themselves? Not at all. But every parent must keep their child’s well-being at the forefront of their mind. This will eliminate any need for any competition.
Always respectfully include and clear plans for your child with the other parent. Actively including each other and even making plans together will create a sense of harmony and positive parenting energy for all who are involved. How? Because it provides an open opportunity to share in the decision-making for the child.
Do not use your current mate to make yourself look better than the other parent… Particularly if the other parent is still single. More often than not, when one member of the parenting team joins with someone else, it gives the parent a sense of completion, therefore leading them to believe that they have the advantage over the other parent or don’t need input from the other parent as much. Why you ask? Because the other party may attempt to create a new and seemingly more stable environment for their child by using their new spouse as a catalyst to lead the child to believe that being with them and the new person is better for them, and a “real family,” when it reality it may not be. In addition to this, don’t allow your new mate to instantly step in and try to take over as the child’s new mother or father. Set and keep respectful boundaries for your mate, your parenting partner, and of course, your child.
Let go of past negative feelings. This is similar to ego, but if you’re still upset with your parenting partner because of mistreatment when you were together, you need to let it go. This is especially necessary if such pain determines when and how often you let your child be with their parent.
Children can bring out the best and the worst in their parents because most parents will do any and everything within their human power to ensure the happiness of their offspring. While this is a great thing, it can also be harmful to the relationships as a whole. Why you ask? Because while both parents may want the best for their kid, their individual ideas of what that is may vary. And when this happens, the seasonal Olympics of parenting begins, and when you think about it, nobody wins. Children are precious gifts given to two people. It is a job like no other that should be cherished and valued with the highest level of respect… It is not a competition.
Liz Lampkin is the Author of Are You a Reflection of the Man You Pray For? Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin
Shaniqua Tompkins On How Her Son Feels About 50 Cent: “I Think Marquise Feels A Little Sorry For Him”
Graduation may have come and gone for 50 Cent’s son, Marquise, but the wounds he and his mom share over his dad’s absenteeism are still rather fresh. On Friday, Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of 50′s oldest son, took to the radio on Atlanta’s V-103 station Friday and cleared up a lot of misconceptions people have about her and her rapper baby daddy — or at least told her side of the story — and, unfortunately, the details of the relationship she and her son share with 50 appears to be more dismal than ever. Check out the highlights:
On 50 Cent missing his son’s graduation because of her:
I didn’t know a parent needs an invitation to a graduation. I think you make time for what you want to make time for. You know your son is in the 12th grade. You know that children, depending on the state, graduate May, June-ish. You’re busy, but that’s why you have assistants. The assistants can call the school and you can fly on your private jet with your big gold chain.
He’s privy to the same information that I’m privy to as a parent. You can call the school or have your assistant call. I’m not being condescending. It was no tickets. It was on the lawn of the school. People that I did invite, they stood on the side to watch the graduation. You could’ve been there. That’s your choice. And being that you said you paid tuition — which he doesn’t — you should’ve had a first class ticket then. You paid tuition, right? But he doesn’t. He pays child support. He doesn’t pay tuition. He promised me, but then he changed his mind. Like, I told him I wanted Marquise to change schools because I felt like the school he was going to was getting a little rough.
How Marquise feels about his dad not attending his graduation:
We haven’t discussed it yet, but on a day to day… I broke up with his dad when Marquise was 10 1/2. So he’s been with his dad from birth till then. He loves his dad. He misses his dad. So of course it hurts. He used to cry about it. He used to really get down in his spirit. But I think when a person does stupid sh-t all the time, it starts to lose its impact. [50's] just being  and I think Marquise feels a little sorry for him.
How much child support she receives from 50 Cent:
I don’t even get six figures. I’ll put it this way. He pays more in his light bill in Connecticut than he pays me in child support.
The lawyers are involved. That’s number one. It goes according to lifestyle. Regardless of the fact that I was with him, Marquise was accustomed to a certain lifestyle. I lived in a $1.6 million house in New York, I drove a Range Rover, I had a BMW, my allowance was $20,000 a month. I didn’t pay for any bills. I didn’t pay for travel. So he’s supposed to live that lifestyle to a certain extent. Everything he promised in court, ‘I’m going to take him to basketball games! I’m going to take him on vacations!’ He hasn’t done any of that. He hasn’t done any of it.
Why she won’t answer 50 Cent’s calls:
I spoke with him and we spoke for a couple of hours on the phone [in September]. And when you feel like you can’t get through to a person…I know how to set boundaries. I’m not going to waste my time. He’s always going in on what happened in the relationship. Marquise is never the main focus. It’s, ‘what you did to me, you left me, you did this, you did that.’ He never takes responsibility for his actions.
Why she thinks 50 Cent’s hurt:
I think me leaving him, it reinforced all the abandonment issues that he suffered as a child and it’s unfortunate and it’s sad. He never knew his dad. His mom died when he was nine, but he never lived with his mom. His grandmother told me extensively. Like, when I had Marquise, she sat me down and said, ‘He  was always here with me.’ So I think it reinforced those abandonment issues and I think that’s why he’s so angry. But I feel like you’re really not angry with me, you’re really angry with his mom. Not me.
On 50 Cent finding out she cheated and beating her up in front of the kids:
I’m a person who doesn’t go out much. I’m very much a homebody so he started seeing my behavior change a little bit because I did meet someone. I was cheating on him after he done cheated on me numerous times. I met somebody. So I started going out and I’m smiling about it. He didn’t find out about it. I think he had a clue, like, ‘Where’s your mom? She’s always home.’ He came home and I wasn’t there. So when I got in, he called me first. But I know how he is so I said, ‘I’m not going to come home until you calm down.’ And when I got home he just lost it. He lost it completely. Just lost it. Even when my daughter walked in the room, he still was hitting me. I hate to sound like a battered woman but it just bothered me. He really lost it and broke down and cried. He’s so scary because he was hitting me in one moment and he’s angry, but the next minute he’s in my lap crying like a baby. So it’s a lot of issues there.
Read more of the transcript and watch the interview on NecoleBitchie. What do you think?