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Earlier this month honor of social media’s beloved “Throwback Thursday,” former pageant queen-turned-reality star, Kenya Moore shared a vintage photo of herself and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z seated in a car. It turns out that the 42-year-old beauty appeared as the lead model in Jermaine Durpri and Jay-Z’s `1998 summer jam, “Money Ain’t a Thang.” Basking in the memories of her video vixen days, Moore praised Jay and Jermaine for being “nice guys.” She was also sure to note that the picture was taken “pre Beyoncé.”
Of course, people found it suspicious that she felt the need to explain that the photo was taken prior to Jay-Z getting with his wife Beyoncé and before long, rumors began to circulate that Kenya and Jay dated in the past. After allowing the rumors to fester and spread for about ten days, Moore took to her Twitter page to deny having ever been romantically involved with the “Open Letter” rapper.
We’re sure celebs get sick of people making assumptions and spreading rumors about them, but it really seems like Kenya did a lot of contributing to this one on her own.
On another note: Kenya is aging beautifully! She’s just as gorgeous today as she was 15 years ago!
For old time’s sake, you can check out our girl getting her video vixen on in the “Money Ain’t a Thang” video posted below.
News Alert! Jermaine Dupri Is NOT Chris Kelly: MULTIPLE News Shows And Publications Confuse Dupri For The Late Kris Kross Member
This isn’t really a surprise, because mainstream publications have been dropping the ball on reports of the deaths of black celebrities and confusing us on an everyday basis since they started featuring us on their news programs. But when multiple publications do it for the same story, it’s just pretty pathetic.
This morning while preparing for work, I was watching the Good Day NY morning show on the Fox affiliate here in New York, and while brushing my teeth, the show did a quick report on the passing of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly from Kris Kross. Before the report ended, they put up a photo of the late rapper for a few moments as the song “Jump” played in the background. But it wasn’t Chris Kelly. It was Jermaine Dupri. The exact same photo of Dupri DJing in Los Angeles that I’ve posted above. The moments it was up seemed to go on forever…
Thinking it was a hot mess but really not thinking too deeply into it, I went on to work and told my co-worker about it. We had the same shaking-my-damn-head response. But things got out of hand when she alerted me to the fact that Uproxx found out that a NBC affiliate did the same exact thing last night:
NewsOne caught the error too:
When it was time to run the image of Kelly, they instead ran a photo of record producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri (pictured above). Even more ridiculous was their sourcing of “Google.com” for the image, suggesting that they could have easily googled Kelly to see what he actually looked like.
And even today when I looked for that photo of Dupri doing his DJ thing in LA, I found that the Christian Science Monitor opened up their report on the death of Kelly with the same exact photo as well. While they at least went on to caption the picture by stating that Dupri discovered the group, for half-reading folks (and there are many), it’s easy to see how people could end up confused and think he was Kelly.
You know, a quick click to even just Wikipedia would have cleared up which member, let alone individual in general was Kelly. But when it comes to reporting on black folks, it’s clear that a lot of media doesn’t care to put the time and effort into at least making sure our faces match the pictures you claim are us. If you’re just going to half-a** your coverage of our stars, then please, don’t bother at all.
Sad news to share for ’90s hip-hop fans.
According to the AP and ABC News, Chris “Mack Daddy” Kelly from the hip-hop duo Kris Kross, has reportedly died in Atlanta today. He was announced dead around 5 p.m. this evening at the Atlanta Medical Center. Kelly was only 34 years old.
Of course, because it is so soon, authorities are unclear about the cause of his sudden death, and an autopsy will be performed soon. Kelly and Chris Smith had a huge amount of fame in the 90s, bringing us classic jams like “Jump,” “Warm It Up,” and “I Missed The Bus,” the anthem for habitually late students everywhere in the early ’90s. The duo was also known for wearing their clothes backwards, going with their name, Kriss Kross. They were discovered by Jermaine Dupri at a shopping mall in Atlanta, and the two even performed together again for the first time in years during the So So Def 20th Anniversary concert earlier in the year. There was talk of them possibly working on new music in the future.
Sadly, that won’t be happening. But we’ll always have their past work, especially Totally Krossed Out. As more information comes out about Kelly’s sudden passing, we’ll keep you updated, but keep his family in your prayers and play “Jump” at least once before you call it a night friends.
A few months ago we reported that Bow Wow was talking slick about Kandi’s decision not to attend Jermaine Dupri’s So-So Def reunion. Though Kandi explained that she had a prior engagement, we knew that there had to be a bigger reason than that to miss out on such a huge moment. Well, in an interview with “Sway in the Morning,” she kept it real and explained why she wouldn’t reunite Xscape during that reunion or any time soon.
On why she missed the reunion
“I did have something else I had to do that weekend. I’m not trying do a reunion. I mean, no offense, but I don’t wanna be faking and have to rehearse together. Tiny and I, we get along great. But, I haven’t really talked to the other ladies in a long time, like long time.”
Kandi explained that Jermaine Dupri really went hard in convincing her to come. And even though Kandi admitted that she has the utmost respect for JD, since he was the man who helped give her her big break, it wasn’t enough to convince her to comeback.
So by now you’re wondering who is the woman that Kandi has the issue with and why?
“Let me just say — because I shouldn’t have to bring up stuff…Our group broke up like 18 years ago. But what I’m pissed off about happened more recent. You get what I’m saying? In the past, Tocha and I used to bump heads, but she’s not really who I’m (really) bothered by. It was Tamika that really pissed me off. She said some things about me. Some of the things she put out there, were straight up lies that she had made up. I was so pissed off because me and her used to be really tight and I just felt like what just what she did–to try to make me look bad to people…Instead of just saying ‘Kandi doing well’, you gon’ make it seem like I screwed my way to the top. And then add more people to the list that never existed, on my list. I’m like ‘No chick, don’t do me like that’. I never do her like that. You know that I mean?”
“I talk to Tiny about it. Well, she had different reasons for not necessarily wanting to do it. But she was just like she didn’t really wanna do it either.”
After she did what she did, she called me, apologized. Since then, she’s called my mom and she was like ‘I wish I could make things right’. But recently she was on the radio, she still never admitted, she still be on her BS ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with her’. Really? You know what’s wrong with me.
Jermaine Durpri’s So So Def 20th anniversary celebration has come and gone, yet the drama surrounding it appears to linger on. A few weeks ago Bow Wow called out “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss for refusing to attend the reunion. Then, it came out that Kandi’s refusal had a lot to do with unresolved issues with certain members of her former group, Xscape. In a recent interview with Egypt Sherrod, LaTocha Scott expressed that she was unaware of the unfinished Xscape business that Kandi was referring to but urged her former group mate to put her pride aside because she was insulting the fans by refusing to reunite with the group. Now, in an interview with Big Tigger, for those who appear to have selective memory, Kandi is sharing exactly what her plight with Xscape is and why she would rather not revisit it.
“I’m just going to be honest and tell you, when it comes to my group, I don’t feel like all the members of my group, they don’t really have love for me like that. Tiny has love for me, but over the years people have told flat-out lies about me in public, dogged me, blamed me for everything that done went wrong in their life. To me, it’s just a situation where I feel like I don’t want to go back to that,” she said.
She also went on to express that one of her group members spread a foul rumor that she had some sort of sexual relationship with Jermaine Dupri’s father.
“At one point in my I felt like I would’ve been able to get past certain things, but to this day now, I have to see people try to say that I had sex with Jermaine’s father. That’s a flat out lie because one of the girls made it up. She knows she made it up. She said that just to make me look bad to people. She came back to apologize to me, but she never apologized in public. It’s not true. So people to this day still put that in blogs and say that about me and it’s not true. She purposely wanted me to look bad, for whatever reason. I don’t know why she was upset. When people do stuff to try to damage you or bring you down to the public, that’s hateful and I’m like, I don’t want to be around that. And then, just last year, some of them was still doing interviews saying that I did stupid stuff that I didn’t even do… I’m not that powerful. I cannot make people not play your record.”
Many presume that Kandi was mostly referring to LaTocha, as the majority of tension appears to exist between those two, but she never actually mentioned names. The “Prayed Up” singer also humorously pointed out that Bow Wow called her out for not attending the reunion, but never said anything about Tiny’s absence.
“I feel like he’s just focusing on me, and not saying nothing about her because he doesn’t want to get the smack down from Tip. That’s my first thought.”
Check out Kandi’s full interview with Big Tigger on the next page. What are your thoughts on Kandi’s response?
Producer, Jermaine Dupri recently hit up the Power 105.1 studios for an interview with the hosts of The Breakfast Club. During his interview, JD promoted his upcoming So So Def Reunion tour, addressed how he feels about Kandi Burruss refusing to participate in the tour and responded to some antique rumors regarding his love life, including that back-fence talk about him cheating on Janet Jackson.
On Bow Wow going in on Kandi about the reunion and Xscape beef:
“Bow Wow is like a So So Def rider, he’s like my son, so he’s gonna say something the second someone says something about me. It’s 15 artists performing though, we ain’t gonna let one person stop that show”.
“The way I designed Xscape, Kandi sang all the leads on the records. When you got three other people that want to sing, and you keep giving this one person all the leads… If the designer of the music was making a person sing, that makes those other three singers like ‘Yo, when we gonna get leads?’ When we got to ‘Who Can I Run To?’ I started making sure Tiny was singing the leads and Kandi was like in the back. When Kandi started falling to the back, the problems even got worse.”
On whether or not he dated Kandi Burruss:
“I would never date her. I never said nothing about dating her… I mean she’s a reality star now, so you gotta watch out.”
On his Janet Jackson tattoo:
“Janet’s a part of my life that means a lot. I’m tattoo’ed up by the way, not to mention every part of me is tattoo’ed. Before I had the [Janet] tattoo, my mother said ‘Why you got all these white people on you that you don’t know?’ That’s a crazy question if somebody ask you that. I got Al Capone, I got Scarface, I got all these people on me… It just hit me one day, I date somebody that’s famous, let me make a tattoo.”
On rumors that he cheated on Janet:
“Oh, yeah? So what, that’s what you heard? People just make up anything, right? It sounds good. We was together nine years, that’s a long time. That’s like marriage. I’m a young dude, I’m gonna leave it at that. You know what I mean? I’m a young dude in the entertainment business.My life is crazy sometimes.”
Peep Jermaine’s interview on the next page. What do you think of his explanation?
You would think that now that Bow Wow is busy with a job as “106 & Park’s” new host that he would have less time for yapping. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. Luckily, this time he’s not talking about one of the many women he’s bedded over time. No, this time he’s coming for “Real House Wives Of Atlanta” cast member, Kandi Burruss. Apparently, Bow Wow was upset that Kandi didn’t show up for J.D. for the So-So Def 20th Anniversary.
Here’s what he posted on Facebook:
“JD likes to keep quiet but… Yo Kandi is wack for not wanting to show up for jd for “20th anniversary so so def show” put ego to the side and give the fans what they want and understand w/ out jd know [no] one would even know who you are. You aint Michael, this aint the Jackson 5. She act’n like she booked out like she too busy! Better yet dont come. The ones thats there are the ones who really got live [love] for JD and the history if [of] the label.”
I’m sorry aren’t you the same guy who said J.D. didn’t allow you to be who you were when you were working with him? That you sacrificed who you were? Why are you feeling like you need to defend him against Kandi right now? It would appear that you might want to take a bit more advice from J.D. and keep quiet as well. It’s really none of your concern.Furthermore, aren’t you signed to Cash Money right now? Why are you so concerned about what Kandi’s doing?
In case you were wondering Kandi was taking care of some things as she was hosting the first leg of her “Ladies Night” tour.
What do you think, was Bow Wow right, should Kandi have been there to attend the So-So Def event?
Eh, okay, so I use the word “iconic” loosely. But hey, when your style, from your head to your shoe game and definitely your clothes, influenced young people from the hood to the suburbs to look like a** backwards fools, it’s okay to say that these two men clearly had some pull back in the day. Not only were they rappers, but they were actors, as every young girl was screaming at the television when they both made an appearance on A Different World. And their music and image was so big, they toured with Michael Jackson, appeared in videos alongside TLC, and Run-D.M.C., and performed on the main stage of In Living Color. They tried to continue making hit music into their late teen years, but enthusiasm waned after puberty fully took over. So who are they?
As an artist, finding a producer who can bring out the best in your voice and arrange hit records is hard. And for those lucky few who do, staying together can be even harder. For the artists on this list, we loved the music they made with their producers, but just like divorces in real life—some we hated to see separate, while others were clearly for the best.
Brandy and Rodney Jerkins
Although Rodney Jerkins didn’t begin working with Brandy until her second album “Never Say Never,” the musical match helped boost her into super-stardom. Together they made a unique sound and we all loved it. With hits like “The Boy is Mine,” “What About Us?” and “Almost Doesn’t Count,” the duo was on a roll. So, we were all surprised when the two went their separate ways after the success of the “Full Moon” album.
On Brandy’s fourth studio album, “Aphrodisiac,” Jerkins did not produce one song; instead she turned to producer Timberland to create the majority of the CD. The album had little success, and she returned to Jerkins and the Darkchild crew to produce her fifth studio album “Human,” but it was too late, the musical magic was long gone between the two. The reason they parted ways in the first place is still a bit unclear, but tension remains high between the two judging by the brief run of Brandy’s family reality show when they had dinner together.
Whitney Houston and Jermaine Dupri is an unlikely combination but before the singer passed away in February she apparently hit the studio with the ATL producer to lay down this latest track, “Never Give Up.”
The song will appear on the upcoming greatest hits album, I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, which hits stores November 13, but the sound is definitely not the Whitney we’re used to. Though the singer sounds good, she sounds really different, and the uptempo beat is unexpected from the woman who gave us ballads like “I Will Always Love You.”
According to MTV News, this track is the only new song on the greatest hits album so this is fans’ big chance to hear Whitney’s last recording. Check it out and tell us what you say: pass or play?