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Busted: 13 Of The Most Entertaining Celebrity Mugshots

April 22nd, 2014 - By M A
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celebrity mugshotsTisk, tisk, these naughty celebrities. Everyone has had some wild times that could have ended in a visit by the po-po, but these celebrities weren’t able to wiggle their way out of those compromising positions. From violent outbursts to the downright ridiculous, these celebrities’ brushes with the law checkered the gossip pages and, admittedly, put a smirk on our faces at times. Madame Noire takes a look their trinkets from a trip to the big house with our collection of the most entertaining celebrity mugshots.

Made In America Listen Up! Deceased Artists We’d Like To See In Hologram

April 17th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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With the weather heating up, the spring and summer will give birth to a fresh batch of musical festivals. Two years ago, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre were joined onstage with a hologram of the late great rapper 2Pac at the Coachella Festival and we realized there are a lot of other deceased artists we’d like to see in Hologram this summer.

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Bob Marley

His music is just as popular as ever but the younger generation never had the opportunity to see Bob Marley perform live. The reggae legend started out his musical career with the Wailers but he soon went solo and achieved international success. Marley’s songwriting skills resonated with an audience worldwide and he became the voice of the downtrodden and gave hope to the masses. Marley gave his last performance on September 23, 1980 but shortly after that his health quickly deteriorated. When he succumbed to brain cancer the following May, the entire world mourned his loss.

Pepsi Exec Bozoma Saint John Becomes Beats Music’s Global Marketing Chief

April 6th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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At Pepsi, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John was responsible for bringing in such celebrity endorsers as Beyonce, Kanye, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson.

Now Saint John is joining Beats Music as senior VP and head of global marketing. She will be in charge of all initiatives, from brand and performance marketing to collaborations with AT&T, Target and Beats Electronic, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

“When I was in the 10th grade I decided to run for a position on the student council with the campaign slogan ‘Nuthin but a Boz thang’ so you might say joining Beats Music is like coming full circle,” said Saint John. “I’ve been working my whole career to get here! I’m thrilled, and ready to win.”

Over at Pepsi, she was the head of the music and entertainment marketing group at Pepsi-Cola North America. There she made major moves such as spearheading multiple 360-degree integrated branding programs that targeted tastemaker consumers through music, film, TV, print, online, grassroots, events and retail vehicles.

She was also VP marketing for fashion label Ashley Stewart and traditional advertising agency management at Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee’s SpikeDDB.

Saint John has also been acknowledged for her talents outside of the companies she’s worked for. She was named one of Billboard’s Top Women in Music, and Top Executives 40 Under 40; Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People; Ebony Magazine’s 100 Top Executives; and graced the cover of AdWeek.

Born in Ghana and raised in Colorado, Saint John graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English and African-American Studies.

New Michael Jackson Album “Xscape” — Composed From The King Of Pop’s Vault — Drops In May

March 31st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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On the cusp of his death’s fifth anniversary, Epic Records plans to release new Micheal Jackson music!

Entitled Xscape, the album will debut on May 13. The idea to create the album was conceived by Epic CEO L.A. Reid, who chose eight songs and handed them over to the lead producer of the project, Timbaland, to “contemporize” the records for 2014 consumption, Gawker reports.

In a statement released by L.A. Reid:

“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with.We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

Fans who rather hear the un-contemporized version with Jackson’s authentic vocals can pay extra for the Xscape Deluxe edition, The Los Angeles Times reports. The album will able available for pre-order tomorrow, April 1. The album’s title track was written by Jackson, produced by Rodney Jerkins and was originally intended for Jackson’s 2001 Invincible album. Stargate team producers Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and John McClain also worked on Jackson’s posthumous album.

Despite the excitement revolving around the album, some believe it’s an unsavory act of business simply intended for record companies seeking to make more money off of dead entertainers. Do you agree?

“I Am NOT Billie Jean”: Singer Miki Howard On Her Son Claiming Michael Jackson Is His Dad

March 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’m sure you’ve heard the super crazy story that surfaced last week about a young man, Brandon Howard, claiming that he is the son of the late Michael Jackson. Howard’s mother is Grammy nominated R&B singer Miki Howard (“Come Share My Love”? “Love Under New Management” anyone?), who at the time of the story breaking, had not spoken openly about her son’s claims. We haven’t really taken on this story because it all seemed all over the place, but we found Miki Howard’s recent statement about the whole messy situation to be quite interesting. With the claims that her son has made, folks like TMZ have tried to say that the singer was the woman Michael Jackson was referring to in “Billie Jean,” but she responded to say that’s not true, yet she kept her answer very vague on whether or not she had a baby with the King of Pop:

“I love and support my son and the Jackson family. The Jacksons are good [sic] very friends. They are beautiful people and have always been loving and supportive of me and my career. As to this claim – at this time I am not at liberty to discuss this as it is common practice in our business that celebrities have non-disclosure agreements. And, we are NOT suing anyone.

By the way…I am NOT ‘Billie Jean!’”

See? We told you her statement was super vague. Somebody is lying in all of this, and since Michael isn’t around anymore to defend himself against such rumors, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Anywho, what do you think of her son’s claims and Mikki’s response? Share your thoughts below.

10 Successful People Who Lost It All

March 6th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Whether it’s living outside of your means, making a bad business deal or trusting the wrong people to handle your finances, things can happen that might leave you in the red. It’s very easy to assume a person who we think “has it all” is living free of issues when in fact they could very well be on their last. Here’s a look a 10 successful people who lost it all. Luckily many have bounced back.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’: Singer Brandon Howard Claims To Be Michael Jackson’s Son

March 6th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb

It was only a matter of time, but now it’s come to pass.

TMZ reports that a man claiming to be the son of Michael Jackson will officially go public today with what he believes is DNA evidence to back-up what he will say.

The 31-year-old man, named Brandon Howard, is the son of R&B singer Miki Howard.

Sources close to Brandon revealed that the Miami resident was born soon after Miki, who was represented by Joe Jackson in the ‘80’s, met Michael.

Brandon, who grew up in Cleveland, is now a singer who is part of a new Akon song. He goes by the name B Howard.

Brandon’s claims regarding Michael stem from DNA he claims he acquired from an old orthodontic device worn by the late King of Pop. Although it’s unclear how Brandon got the machine, he states that test results from the device show a match. Fans will see for themselves whether Brandon speaks the truth when DNA results are revealed Thursday on FilmOn.com.

Once the results come out, Brandon plans to get his cut of MJ’s fortune by going after the music icon’s estate for money.

Read more about Brandon Howard at EurWeb.com 

Show Us What You Workin’ Wit! Actors Who Were Video Vixens

March 4th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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By day, they are actors, but by night these 15 male stars could be seen on the small screen moonlighting as one-time video vixens.

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Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard has been working in front on the cameras playing different roles since 1992’s Jacksons: An American Dream. He may be best known for hit movies such as Crash and Hustle & Flow but he also has a few music video roles under his belt. In Ashanti’s “Foolish,” Howard plays her criminal minded ex who gets caught cheating. The video earned three MTV VMA nominations in 2002. Howard also played opposite Mary J. Blige in her “Be Without You” video where she just couldn’t be without him.

Michael Jackson’s Fans Sue Doctor For “Emotional Distress” & Win

February 14th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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On the news of Michael Jackson’s death, many hearts shattered around the world. But for a few fans, the emotional toll on their health was literal.

Five members of a French-based Michael Jackson fan club claimed that Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s former doctor, left them traumatized by administering a lethal dosage of sedatives to the King of Pop. The court, located in the south of Paris, ruled in the claimants’ favor and demanded that Murray compensate each fan for their “emotional damages,” The Daily Mail reports.

“They have been subjected to ridicule and I am delighted their suffering has been taken seriously by the law,” said Emmanuel Ludot, the fans’ lawyer.

If you’re wondering how much the quintet was awarded, the MJ fan club didn’t exactly hit the jackpot. The judge ruled that Murray give each fan one euro — that’s only $1.36 in US dollars. However, this does not seem to faze the distraught fans — they were only looking for symbolic damages. According to Ludot, the claimants will not be seeking to claim the euro from Murray.

The purpose behind the five fans’ legal action, according to BBC, is to be granted permission to visit Michael Jackson’s Los Angeles grave which is currently closed the public.

“The fans now plan to contact Jackson’s mother Katherine to request permission to visit his final resting place in Glendale, California,” said Ludot, according to Reuters.

Ludot points to witness accounts and medical records for the victorious outcome of the lawsuit. “As far as I know this is the first time in the world that the notion of emotional damage in connection with a pop star has been recognised,” he said, according to BBC.

Due to the odd nature of the lawsuit, Ludot explained that the court proceedings were difficult because judges, lawyers, and the French media didn’t take the case seriously. “I respected the suffering of the plaintiffs, but the process wasn’t easy because of all the sniggering,” he added.

In 2011, Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Michael Jackson’s 2009 death. He was released two years earlier from his four-year prison sentence last October.

Fame 101: Celebrities With College Courses On Them

February 13th, 2014 - By Meghan Williams
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These days not only can we watch celebrities in movies and on TV, buy their music, attend their concerts and follow them on social media, we can also study them in college. From Beyoncé to Michael Jackson – check out our list of celebs who’ve inspired college courses. Which courses would you take?

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