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Aretha Franklin Is Asked About Today’s “Divas,” Adele, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj, And She’s Not Impressed

November 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Queen diva Aretha Franklin has been promoting her new hit album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, and stopped to chat with The Wall Street Journal about it. During her conversation with Christopher John Farley, he asked her why she decided to take on the songs of others, including her decision to sing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

“It was Mr. Davis, the chairman’s idea…he brought the list to me, the list of singers and so on. But it was great because I had already bought some of these records and enjoyed them so it was natural.”

“Rolling in the Deep, I liked it when I first heard it…I said, ‘you know what? I like that melody and I like that song.’ So when Clive presented it to me, I said ‘absolutely.'”

Farley also asked her about today’s singers, and how many choose to use auto-tune, something Franklin isn’t feeling: “Oh please. That’s ridiculous.” So when he asked her to tell him the first thoughts that come to her head when she thinks of today’s divas (she did laud the late Whitney Houston: “She had a gift”), she didn’t have that much to say. She gave a thumbs up to Adele and Alicia, but that was about it.

Adele : “Young singer. Good singer.”

Alicia: “Young performer. Good writer. Producer.”

Taylor Swift: “Okay…Great gowns. Beautiful gowns.”

Nicki Minaj: “Nicki Minaj…Hmmm…I’m going to pass on that one.”

Gotta love ‘retha! She keeps it all the way real. Check out her chat with the WSJ below. The conversation about divas starts at the 3:50 mark.

“This Cover Is Just Painful”: About That Time Aretha Franklin Decided To Cover Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”…

September 30th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I think we can all agree that Aretha Franklin can sing just about anything. She is THE voice, and that voice was the standard for a long time in R&B and soul music (and she is a massive influence to many of today’s performers).

But when she released her cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” yesterday, which will be featured on Franklin’s upcoming cover album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, the reviews were mixed.

“I’m glad that Aretha is still with us and performing. She did a good job, and her voice is still powerful.

She is called ‘Lady Soul’, for a reason!”

“Very disappointing. A dull, uninspired arrangement. Ms. F sounds good but deserves a better arrangement. Better still. How about Adele writing her a new song???”

“It started great for the first 20-23 seconds, and then after she immediately started taking significant liberties with the song that made it a bit too excessive IMO.”

“I absolutely loved this cover. I for one thought her voice was amazing in this. I actually can’t stand the sound of Adele’s voice and very much prefer this over the original.”

“I hope I’m not alone in thinking that sounded awful.”

“She is the one and only Aretha.  No one else compares.”

“She would’ve TORE this song up! Back in 1965. But, in 2014. Aretha is 70+ years old & her voice is no longer the same. That’s why she is using Auto-tune. I would have LOVED to hear her sing this song back in 1965 tho. It would’ve been WAY better than Adele’s version. She still the Queen Of Soul.  #Legend”

Personally, I think Franklin sounded good (I didn’t hear auto-tune, but something weird was going on with the production at times), but the karaoke chorus and inclusion of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was a little much.

But what do you think? Check out the cover below and let us know if it’s a pass or play for you. The album comes out on Oct. 21!


How Adele’s 1-Year-Old Son Won A Five-Figure Sum From Lawsuit

July 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Adele wasn’t too pleased to learn that UK photo agency Corbis Images had been providing paparazzi photos of her son’s “milestone moments” to British tabloids. As a result, she and her partner, Simon Konecki, decided to go after the agency, BBC News reports.

The “Someone Like You” singer’s lawyers told the High Court yesterday that she is adamant about her son never becoming “public property.”

“It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes,” Adele’s solicitor, Jenny Afia, said. “These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client’s right to privacy.”

In response to their legal filing, Corbis U.K. has agreed to pay damages, legal fees and has also agreed not to use the images again. As for the big payout, Jenny says that the funds will be placed into little Angelo’s trust fund. She says that the couple will also “continue to do all they can to protect Angelo’s rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary.”

“They will also continue efforts to improve the laws relating to paparazzi and children generally, building on the successful campaign Adele helped fund in California resulting in far stricter harassment laws.”

Lastly, the couple has vowed to go after any freelance photographers who continue to photograph their son in this manner.

Gimme A Break: Celebrity Moms Who Stopped Working To Raise A Family

June 30th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Some women can’t afford to stay at home after becoming a mother while others are career-orientated and look forward to returning to work. However, these celebrity moms decided to take some time off and raise a family.

Celebrity Moms Who Stopped Working


Christina Milian

Christina Milian teamed up with producer/songwriter The Dream to work on some music together but things turned into something more in no time. Soon after rumors began to make their way around that the two were dating, the couple eloped and then announced they were expecting a baby. Milian gave birth to little Violet in early 2010 but by that time, she and The-Dream had split up. Taking some time off from her career to become a first-time mother, the “Dip It Low” singer was hired as the social media correspondent for the reality singing competition show “The Voice” in 2012. Marking her return to music, she also signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label.

No Shame In Their Game: Celebs Who Dated Online

June 24th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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These days people are resorting to different measures than heading to their local supermarket to find a mate; they’re heading online. And even celebrities are using modern technology to find a date. Check out this list of celebs who dated online.

Celebs Who Dated Online


Charlie Sheen

Following his split from second wife Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen decided to use the internet to find the next future Mrs. Sheen. The former “Two and a Half Men” star signed up with and has reportedly chatted with several women online. But then he found love with fellow actress Brooke Mueller and the two were happily wedded for three years. Nowadays, the father of five is engaged to a former adult star.

#DoBetter: Celebrity Children Unfairly Attacked By The Internet

June 13th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Coming into the world of show business, stars know their lives will be dissected under the microscope by the media and the public but unfortunately these celebrity offsprings were also unfairly targeted and picked on online.

Celebrity Children Unfairly Attacked


Blue Ivy Carter

Before she was even born, Blue Ivy was one of the most talked about celebrity spawns. Parents Jay Z and Beyonce have done a great job of shielding their daughter Blue Ivy from the limelight during her first year but as soon as the R&B singer started sharing candid snapshots of mother and child, people started talking. Now the talk has reached a fever pitch in the form of a petition on to get Blue Ivy’s parents to comb her hair. The petition’s alleged creator Jasmine Toliver has publicly defended herself saying it was a joke and that she is a fan of natural hair.

Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight

March 11th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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No one could dispute that being a celebrity certainly comes with privileges, but there’s a downside to everything. Unfortunately, because these stars spend so much time in the limelight, they’ve been the target of negative criticism after being bullied because their weight.

Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight



Ke$ha doesn’t fit the stereotype of how the average singer/rapper is supposed to look. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old marches to the beat of her own drum, so when it was revealed that the “Die Young” rapper checked into rehab for an eating disorder earlier this year, fans were shocked. Even worse, her mother revealed that Ke$ha was bullied to lose weight by people within her own inner circle. Soon after checking in, Ke$sha released a statement: “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice.” She continued that she was aiming “to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am.”

Young Celebrities Who Are Already Aging Badly

January 16th, 2014 - By Meghan Williams
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For many celebrities, looking young is a priority. But though some have mastered the art of never aging (we’re looking at you Iman and Pharell!) others are already starting to weather way too soon. We don’t know if it’s the hard partying and fast living or just genetics, but either way, these 15 young celebrities who are aging badly better invest in some Oil of Olay — and soon!


Celebrities Who Are Aging Badly


Chris Brown, 24

As cute as Chris Brown was back in the day it’s hard to see what drinking, partying, and a few jail visits have done to him.

Has 2013 Proven That Cultural Misappropriation Has Gone Too Far?

December 13th, 2013 - By Deron Dalton
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The truth is in the pudding. Cultural appropriation has been somewhat of an unfortunate thing for a while, but cultural MISappropriation has ascended to new heights in 2013. Cough… cough… Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, yeah you two be doing the most. And that’s why I think the lines that separate white artists identifying with culturally-significant genres of music and  white artists appropriating and misappropriating black culture are blurred  — while black  and other artists of color are not getting the same love as white artists within the same genres.

Let’s start off by saying cultural appropriation and assimilation into another group’s culture is not necessarily the worst thing and is blurred with cultural MISappropriation — a clear disrespect to that culture, but it’s surely complex. There are many white artists that identify with musical genres and influences that have typically been culturally significant to black folks: Eminem, Adele and Justin Timberlake to name a few from modern day who have garnered much respect from black, mainstream and cross-cultural audiences. And in these modern times, music doesn’t have a color, which it shouldn’t! Therefore, there’s going to be some cultural appropriation, but now it’s gotten out of hand.

But before cultural appropriation became today’s issue, R&B was the most popular genre of music in the ’90’s. This is because of the many black fore-artists who fought for their civil rights by appealing to both black and mainstream audiences and making their music so distinctive that white artists could not copy it and change the record cover. Hence, they paved the way for so many black artists to easily crossover in modern-day music. This has shown our progression as mankind (specifically American music) — artists being able to crossover into popular music from Latin pop, to country and hip-hop/R&B artists.

Many white artists identify with black musical influences and even vice versa. You’ll notice music competition shows and social media platforms showcase contestants and aspiring music artists who 20 or 30 years ago wouldn’t be expected to have such soulful voices because they’re white. Black culturally-significant music hasn’t only broken down barriers, but has transcended into touching the masses. And this goes to show music is not simply about color or even culture, but is art of expression moving and unifying people who can identify with the emotions, lyrics, rhythm and voices behind songs and instruments.

But in the 2010s, music moved into a dance-pop sound, when crossover Urban music artists like Usher and Rihanna shifted into a David Guetta-like dance sound. That’s what popular now. R&B as a genre is no longer the most or even one of the most popular crossover musical genres anymore. There are clearly R&B influences in today’s music but it seems like the most popular crossover artists are now white instead of artists of color — specifically black artists.

In particular, I’m happy for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ success. They’ve worked hard and accomplished a lot with their own productions (without a label). But the American Music Awards winning list was dominated by white artists across genres with the exception of pop superstar Rihanna. And the Grammy’s nominations left off many talented black artists. It seems like the uphill battle black artists have gone through over the cross of music’s history is nowhere near done. White artists still outsell and garner more praise. Not only are these white artists talented, which most white artists who identify with R&B/soul and hip-hop music have to be in order to be taken seriously, but their mainstream-appealing skin color still works in their favor.

Eminem is an example of raw talent, perseverance and hard work — yet he has that mainstream appeal I was just talking about, which causes a complexity with cultural appropriation. Yes, he’s one of the greatest rappers of all time; he’s also the best-selling rapper of all time, and you know what he deserves his “Rap God” status. As lyrically and musically talented as he is, he once had to fight for respect as a white-male rapper. Hence, his true-life story inspired his starring movie role in 8 Mile. But how can one question his status of being the best selling rapper of all time without discrediting his talent and even his worthiness of his status? The truth of the matter he is deserving of his iconic success, but young white males identify with him and as huge consumers of hip-hop and rap music, they also make up a significant portion of mainstream American culture and society.

Within who’s left as popular soul-influenced artists, it’s clear some of Adele’s musical influences are black female artists who paved the way not only for Beyonce and Rihanna to be mainstream popular artists today, but for women in general. Hence, totally justifying why Adele relates to making soulful torch and love songs, and to artists like Aretha Franklin who existed within these sub-genres. But with the shift to somewhat R&B influenced dance-pop music of today, I wonder if Jennifer Hudson had written and sung “Rolling in the Deep” would it be as big of a hit? Adele is a pop-soul artist, but Hudson is equally as talented and a respected artist and award-winning musical actress with a soulful Whitney Houston-influenced voice. But Hudson is nowhere near selling as many albums or singles as Adele.

Halle Berry Happy As Paparazzi-Deterrent Bill Is Passed, Keeping Photogs Away From Celeb Kids

September 25th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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After years of having shouting matches with paparazzi in the streets and having to hold back her man Olivier Martinez from opening a can of whoop a** on them at the airport, Halle Berry and her daughter Nahla will finally get some peace and privacy from hounding photogs.

A bill (Senate bill 606) was signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown in California that will keep paparazzi from getting too close to the children of celebrities. Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner both testified on behalf of the bill, sharing stories of having people who move along with the photographers threaten the stars and their children. Garner even recounted one story where a deranged man said he would harm Garner’s son who was still in her stomach at the time.

“There are violent, mentally ill stalkers, who can now get close to my kids by simply following mobs of photographers and blending in. Like the very man who threatened to cut the babies out of my belly, who was arrested, waiting behind our daughter’s preschool, standing among the throng of paparazzi.”

Berry even said that a pap asked her daughter Nahla, “How do you feel, Nahla? You may not see your father again. How do you feel about that?’

Luckily for both women, and Adele, who traveled to Sacramento to share their story, their children won’t have to be harassed for money.

According to E! News, the bill says that harassment includes “conduct in the course of the actual or attempted recording of children’s images and/or voices, without express parental consent, by following their activities or lying in wait.” If paparazzi are caught behaving in such a manner, they can spend up to a year in jail and possibly be fined $10,000 for their first violation, $20,000 for their second and up to $30,000 for their third. They are still allowed to take pictures from afar and publish images of the children, but all in all, they can’t be sitting and waiting at their schools, or coming close to mother and child without express parental consent.

Halle Berry has gone on to thank Garner and Adele since news broke that the bill was made a law, and had this to say in a statement:

“On behalf of my children, it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end for those overly aggressive paparazzi whose outrageous conduct has caused so much trauma and emotional distress.”

I can’t imagine having people follow me and my children around all day and night just to snap a picture, and then be threatening about it, so I know this is a major win for Berry and co. But what do you think? Is the law necessary? Or is this paparazzi treatment something that should be expected?