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Mama Carter’s Got Soul! Jay Z’s Mother Gloria Carter Opens A Restaurant In Newark

August 20th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Jay Z’s mother Gloria Carter is following in her successful son’s footsteps. Like Jay Z, owner of the 40/40 Sports Club chain, she is getting into the restaurant business.

Carter is now one of three owners of “Diamondz N Da Ruff,” a new soul food eatery in Newark, New Jersey. It opened just three weeks ago under as a partnership between Gloria Carter and her longtime friends Peggie Miller and Debra Holmes, reports The New York Post.

Jay Z and his wife, Beyoncé, attended the opening night party, reports EURWeb. Since then, business has been booming. And for the first two Sundays, customers lined up around the corner.

According to the Post, “Diamondz has none of the markings of the owner’s famous offspring. It’s a quaint room with exposed brick walls, a tile floor and busy red and purple fabric on the windows.”

The restaurant even features karaoke nights on Fridays and open-mike nights on Saturdays. Diamondz plays music more attuned to light jazz as opposed to hip hop, so don’t expect to hear any of Jay Z’s hits blasting while you dine here. And according to the Post, the atmosphere is decidedly low-key and more Cheers neighborhood spot like.

“Unlike the 40/40 Club or the exclusive Vault club at the Barclays Center, there’s no VIP room or velvet rope. The one-room boîte is a social free-for-all, with strangers chatting up strangers, making it feel like a family reunion. The owners and waitresses dish out just as many hugs as plates of $15 crab cakes (their best seller),” writes the Post.

Despite this non-exclusive vibe, it has attracted some names. George Clinton dined on soul food one Sunday afternoon, and Holmes says the former mayor of Newark, ex-con Sharpe James, participated in karaoke on a Friday to do his rendition of  Sinatra’s “My Way.”

The three owners have known each other more than three decades. Holmes and Carter, who also runs her son’s Shawn Carter Foundation, met 30 years ago playing cards. Holmes then introduced her longtime friend Miller to Carter.

Woman Claiming To Be Blue Ivy’s Real Mother Sues Beyoncé

August 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In bizarre news, a New York woman by the name of Tina Seales has filed a maternity suit against hip hop power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé.

According to the Daily Mail, Tina is alleging to be Blue Ivy’s real mother. In court documents, she claims that she was “previously associated” with the Carters. She is requesting that the courts “verify whether she is the biological mother.”

As if that isn’t strange enough, Tina also filed a suit in the past claiming to be the mother of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter, North West, Michael Jackson’s three children and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, Prince George. Of course, her latest suit against the Carters attracted a bit more attention than the others. For years, there have been rumors that Beyoncé’s pregnancy was a big front to cover up that Blue was actually being carried by a surrogate.

“It wasn’t hurtful, it was just crazy,” Bey told People of the rumors a couple of years ago. “[I thought] ‘Where did they come up with this?’”

“I thought it was very unfair and very cruel that someone would think that someone would be that diabolical to keep up a charade like that for nine months,” added Bey’s mom, Tina. “As a mother it was painful for me to hear the crazy rumors. And I even had people ask me, which was so ridiculous.”

In the case of Seals claiming to the mother of North West, a judge tossed it a couple of weeks ago because a judge found that the “factual contentions are clearly baseless” and that her claims were “the product of delusion or fantasy.” We’re guessing the same will be done in the case of baby Blue.

People are wild.

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Overexposed: Celebs We Wish Would Take A Break And Go Sit Down Somewhere

August 14th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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Sometimes too much of anything can drive even the  most die-hard fan crazy. Too many celebrities haven’t realized that taking a break from the spotlight can actually be healthy for their career! But many of them, fearful of becoming irrelevant at any given moment, think that we still want more. Well, we want to encourage these 14 celebs to sit down somewhere for a while and give themselves, and us, a break!

Beyonce & Jay Z Made Out Like Bandits: ‘On the Run’ Tour Earned $100 Million

August 7th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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beyonce and jay-z run trailerDespite early reports of poor ticket sales, Jay Z and Beyoncé’s first-ever joint tour will rake in $100 million. While many people are also speculating about the stability of the couple’s marriage, following tonight’s closing show in San Francisco there will be no doubt the pair will be richer.

“According to Billboard.com, the nearly two-month nationwide stadium tour grossed more than $100 million in ticket sales,” reports Black America Web. And while their US leg is over, they still have a special European performance. The “Drunk in Love” couple’s concert in Paris on Sept. 12 and 13 will be filmed for an upcoming HBO special.

At almost every stop, the On The Run tour was nearly sold out. According to Omar Al-Joulani, vice-president of North American touring for Live Nation, it sold at more than 90 percent capacity. When you break it down, the concert earned more than $5.2 million per night, and the duo filled about 45,000 seats a show, on average. The concert’s 19 North American shows filled more than 850,000 seats, reports Billboard. Ticket prices ranged from $40 to $275.

“These shows sold tremendously well at the end,” said Al-Joulani, noting that ticket sales typically spiked in the days just preceding a show. “It was a very successful tour, and we’re pleased to have that big gross number at the end.”

One of the keys for the show’s success is the cities chosen. In addition to the “must-play” major markets, the tour ventured into secondary markets such as Cincinnati, New Orleans and Seattle. This decision “turned out to be wildly successful,” Al-Joulani says. Cincinatti sold out on the pre-sale, New Orleans was “massive,” and Seattle was full. “We had the greatest time in those markets.”

Akon Says Beyoncé And Jay Z’s Marriage Feels Corporate. Should They Share More?

August 5th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Akon Says Beyoncé And Jay Z's Marriage Feels Corporate

When TMZ runs up on you, you never know what type of questions they’ll ask. And when they saw Akon, they decided he would be a good person to speak on all the rumors surrounding Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage. Among other things Akon said their relationship feels corporate. And while that may sound like he’s throwing shade, he was actually speaking more toward the zeitgeist right now, where everyone shares everything about every aspect of their lives. See what he had to say in the transcript below.

Their relationship has been more of a business to the outside world than an actual relationship. Now, to them it may be a relationship but it was presented to the world and it feels more corporate. Let me just speak for myself, I’m just saying how it may look from the outside coming in. I think they were trying to keep that relationship out of the public and when you’re a person of interest in the public, it’s almost impossible to do it without speculation. 

So if you don’t open up to the public and let people know what’s really happening within it–because you are a public personality, we signed up for this. It’s a life we can’t run from. It’s like saying you’re not a role model. It’s impossible, right? So, if you become a public figure and you have a relationship, your relationship also becomes public. So if you don’t open up to the public and let people understand what this is, they will naturally speculate. And those speculations are going to be complete opposite or completely wrong of what could really be happening. So now you’ve got to come back to answer or reply to what you shouldn’t have had to in the first place. 

It truly is no one’s business but it becomes a business of the public when you’re a person of public interest. So it’s a matter of them saying how do we go about moving forward, like this. Because this could become detrimental to their relationship if they’re not strong enough to keep it together. 

What they’re going through is going to make great music, it’s going to make better music. Because they have more content to actually speak about. Because they’re not the only ones dealing with it. People are dealing with exactly the same thing, just on a lower scale as far as being financially comfortable. But other than that, the only thing that makes them different from anyone else is that they are famous, they’re well known. So it becomes a matter of, how do we deal with this in the public eye without it affecting us.

Interesting right? I can’t say I necessarily agree with Akon. But I get where he’s going. If you ask me I think Beyoncé and Jay Z’s problem came in that initially their relationship was super private. They never confirmed they were dating, didn’t speak on the fact that they were married for a good minute etc. And then as time progressed, one or both of them got the idea that it would be a good idea to start sharing more. And even that would have been fine. Because we, the public, were so thirsty for information that most of us accepted, without question, what they gave us. It was the only image we had. Until something came along to refute it.

Enter, the elevator video. I guarantee you that if that footage had never been found–and then sold to TMZ, we wouldn’t be having these breakup conversations. The elevator incident was so left of anything they had ever presented to us before. And not just the elevator footage but the response to the footage: Jay Z is directed to another car. Solange looks livid. And Beyoncé flashes the biggest “everything’s alright grin” to the camera…and gets in the car with her sister. I know for me personally, it made me question everything I’d ever seen beforehand. And I’m sorry but the pictures of them all smiling together as a happy family, didn’t help the matter. A couple of Instagram pictures weren’t enough to PR that mess away. I don’t know how they “should have” or what I would have done in a similar situation because it was just a lot. And it really sucks for them because since there was a lack of audio and Beyoncé didn’t seem to want to get involved, we’re all left to wonder what the hell happened and who really was to blame.

And since we’re on the topic, while Beyoncé and Nicki’s “Flawless” remix shut down the internet, Bey’s line about “of course sometimes sh*t go down when it’s a billion dollars on the elevator” doesn’t do much to refute the notion that their relationship is quite corporate. It’s like, oh, so because y’all have money attacks must be waged in close quarters? Naw. I just can’t buy it Bey. There’s something else going on here.

So, should Beyoncé and Jay Z tell us what happened in the elevator? Hell nawl. That really is their business and as much as I yearn to know, it wouldn’t help anything and it certainly wouldn’t squash the rumors. I’d actually argue against Akon and suggest they go back into private mode and wait for something else to come through and dominate the news and gossip cycle. After all, the speculation will never stop (ask Will and Jada) and we’re not buying all the Instagram photo opps anyway.

You can watch Akon’s full interview in the video below.

Man Bites Off Part Of Another Man’s Finger At On The Run Concert

August 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Things got a little crazy at an On The Run performance that took place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California over the weekend. According to Pasadena Star News, Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, of San Diego was arrested in the stadium around 10:00 p.m. after he allegedly chomped down and bit off part of another man’s finger. Police reports allege that the altercation began after Alcaraz-Garnica groped a woman in her 20s and her boyfriend stepped up to defend her.

“The suspect sexually assaulted the female victim,” he said. The woman’s boyfriend confronted the alleged groper, and a fight ensued,” said Pasadena Police Lt. John Luna.

“During the altercation, the suspect bit the victim, causing serious injury to his finger,” the lieutenant said. “He lost the tip of one of his fingers.”

The suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of sexual battery, and mayhem, which is legally defined as disabling or disfiguring part of a victim’s body. He is currently being held on $100,000 bond. Eight others were also arrested that evening for drunkenness. Two additional suspects were apprehended for ticket scalping during the event.

Good grief!

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Drink Up! NY20 Is Now The Official Water Of Everything Jay Z

July 31st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Forget all the divorce rumors, Jay Z’s mind seems to be on business. The hip hop mogul is entering the water business. He has made a deal with high-end, New York-based water company NY20. They will now be the official water for Sean Carter and all Roc Nation-affiliated ventures, concerts, showcases, etc. It will also be the water sold at Jay’s 40/40 Clubs.

According to its website, NY20 is America’s premium water from the mountains of the Catskills Natural Preserve. It is part of the New Dutch Water Corp. And it’s not cheap. A 36 pack of 11-ounce bottles of NY20 American Premium Water goes for $41.36 online. You can already get NY2O at a range of supermarkets, high-end night clubs, restaurants and specialty stores throughout the greater New York metropolitan area, the entire East Coast from Maine to Florida, select Midwest states, and the West Coast, including Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, reports MP3 Waxx.

In a press release (via The Grio), NY20 President Elias Slubski suggested that the company’s Roc Nation collaboration could “thrust American premium bottled water onto a beverage marketing platform that is higher than New York’s Empire State Building.”

Jay Z isn’t the first hip-hop artist to venture into bottled H2O. Last year, Diddy partnered with actor Mark Walhberg to create the performance water AquaHydrate.

Bottled water is a growing and big business. Many celebrities have been in the arena for years. Actress Jennifer Aniston invested in and has been the spokesperson for Smart Water since 2007.  By the end of this decade, sales of bottled water are predicted to surpass those of carbonated soft drinks, Michael C. Bellas, chief executive of the Beverage Marketing Corporation, told The New York Times.

According to Statistic Brain, $11.8 billion is spent in the U.S. alone on bottled water. Globally, bottled water rakes in $60 billion.

Didn’t Get To ‘On The Run’? HBO Will Bring It To You

July 11th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Didn’t snag a ticket for Jay Z and Beyoncé’s tour, “On The Run”? No worries. HBO will broadcast the last performance — but not right away.

HBO president Michael Lombardo just announced that HBO will bring the final stop of “On the Run” to your living room. The September 12 and 13 shows at Stade de France in Paris, which happens to be the only international stop on the tour. The shows will air as part of a concert special to debut later in the month, Lombardo told the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills.

Coincidentally, Beyoncé currently appears on HBO in Beyoncé: X10, a ten-episode series of concert performances from her “Mrs. Carter” tour that run Sunday nights before True Blood, reports Black America Web. On top of this, Bey also aired her up-close and personal feature-length documentary Life Is But a Dream on HBO in February 2013.  HBO was also the choice for Jay Z to premiere his video, “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” last August. Obviously, HBO and the Carters have made some sweet deals.

Now, HBO will capture the power couple performing more than 40 songs on their first-ever joint tour, which was set to play at 19 stadiums in the U.S. and two stadium shows in Paris.

“This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO,” noted Lombardo. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”

Despite rumors of poor ticket sales, as of June 17, the tour had pulled in about $86 million in ticket sales and is on a pace to gross close to $100 million from just 19 shows, reports Billboard. And if the tour tops 850,000 tickets sold as speculated, that equals an incredible nightly revenue of $5.2 million. So we’re guessing HBO is expecting high ratings as well for its “On The Run” special.

You Got Your Degree in Beyoncénomics? Surprising Pop Culture College Courses

July 10th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Pop culture always seems to have a way of influencing society whether it’s through trendy styles and habits. Should it be that surprising that universities across the country are also taking note and even tailoring classes to discuss non-traditional topics? Take a look at these surprising pop culture college courses. Does it make you want to go back to school?

Mom Who Abandoned Baby On Subway Sends Angry Words To Jay Z From Courtroom: ‘F**k You!’

July 9th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday, we told you about the 20-year-old mother who abandoned her infant daughter on a New York City subway platform. The troubled young woman appeared in court yesterday and bizarrely and had a few choice words for Brooklyn rapper Jay Z, of all people.

“Is that rolling?” Frankea asked while starring into television cameras, which were present in the courtroom. “Someone tell Shawn Corey Carter I said, ‘F**k you. Piece of sh**.’”

She is currently being held without bail and did not enter a plea to the charges being brought against her. Her case is being handed to a grand jury. It’s unclear why Frankea insisted on sending such an angry message to Jay, but her family recently revealed that she struggled with mental health issues after witnessing the murder of the infant’s father.

“She really needs help,” Frankea’s aunt, Lawanna Edmonds said. “It’s not like she just abandoned the baby … Me personally, I think the child is looking for help.”

“I think she needs help,” added her father, Franklin Dabbs. “She’s been though a lot. Her boyfriend got killed. Her stepdad threw her out. It’s just sad.”

“Some guys with masks broke into the house and killed him,” he continued. “She was there hiding under the bed. I told her, ‘It could have been you.’”

As previously reported, the child has been placed in protective custody through the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.