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Madame Noire’s (Safe For Work) Valentine’s Day Playlist

February 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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To start of your Valentine’s Day weekend, we decided to create a playlist that’s perfect to get you in the mood of love. Whether you’re enjoying a crush or progressing in your relationship, there’s a song to match your situation — and you don’t have to be ashamed to let your coworkers hear it through your headphones at work. Don’t worry, we’ll drop the raunchy, meeting in my bedroom type of list later on today, but for now here’s our Safe for Work Valentine’s Day playlist.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So Into You –Tamia

For that moment you realize you have found a keeper and you cannot get enough of him.

Lee Daniels’ New Hip Hop Drama Set To Hit The Small Screen!

January 25th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Lee Daniels is a busy man these days and now, he’s about to be focused on his new hop hop drama set to air on Fox.

Empire is described by The Hollywood Reporter as a “family drama set in the world of a hop hop empire.”  I know, that doesn’t tell us much at all but Lee Daniels is well connected and could give us an honest look into the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the hip hop world. 

Daniels will direct Empire while Danny Strong, who worked with him on The Butler, has agreed to write the script.  The hour long pilot actually had a bidding war going on for it but Fox came out on top as the winner. This will be Daniels’ first time writing for television.

It’ll be interesting to see how the show will pan out. Every now and then, shows tend to fall flat when they try to focus on music, often becoming quite cheesy and unrealistic. Fox has a bit of a better track record sticking with its new shows so hopefully, Daniels and Strong will bring something fresh to the table.

Since we don’t have any further information about the show, it is impossible to start thinking about who will actually star on the show. But if we’re being honest, we know there will have to be a few black actors and actresses on there and that’s almost always a good thing.

No word on when Empire will premiere on Fox.

Are you a big enough fan of Lee Daniels’ work that you’ll check out Empire when it makes its way to the small screen?

“12 Years A Slave, “Fruitvale Station” & Others Rack Up Noms For NAACP Image Awards!

January 11th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From ESSENCE

Red carpet season is moving full steam ahead.

Yesterday, the 2014 NAACP Image Award nominations were announced. These nods are pretty much in line with what the rest of Hollywood has been buzzing about.

Historical drama 12 Years a Slave earned four nominations: Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong’o).

Fruitvale Station also picked up several nominations: Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Michael B. Jordan) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Octavia Spencer).

Head on over to ESSENCE.com to see who else was nominated. The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV One on February 22nd.

Conrad Murray Stands His Ground: “I Didn’t Kill Michael Jackson. MJ Killed MJ”

November 24th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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There is really something to be said for knowing when to humble yourself and be quiet. It is clear, however, that Conrad Murray has not learned that lesson.

In his first interview since being released from prison, Conrad Murray opens up to The Daily Mail about life with Michael Jackson. He says things got very crazy towards the end, but he was not responsible:

“He was in crisis at the end of his life, filled with panic and misery … By the end, Michael Jackson was a broken man. I tried to protect him but instead I was brought down with him.”

Murray says MJ was so paranoid that he wouldn’t allow housekeepers to clean his underwear because he thought they would sell them. Yes, well, drugs will make you think a lot of things that would rarely cross your mind if you were sober.

Murray says that he was only trying to protect Michael but was taken down with him. In fact, he says they were very close friends. How close, ask?

I held his private part every night to fit a catheter because he was incontinent at night.”

Yeah. Moving on.

In the end, Conrad Murray says he didn’t kill Michael Jackson but rather, Michael accidentally killed himself.

You know, the only real truth is that no one will ever know what really happened. It’s no secret that Michael had bouts of paranoia. But we also know that Conrad Murray isn’t the most trustworthy person.

No matter the “truth,” it is about time for everyone to stop doing interviews about this and keep whatever they know to themselves.

Pass Or Play: Full Audio of Beyonce’s Ode To Blue Ivy, “God Made You Beautiful”

November 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, this was the moment all of the Beyoncé fans and stans had been waiting on for months. The moment when another full song would be released. It finally happened on Friday and now the question is, does it live up to the hype?

We gave you a short clip of Beyoncé’s “God Made You Beautiful” last month and from that sneak peek, many of you weren’t too impressed.  But with the Life is But A Dream documentary set to be released in days, it seems her team decided it was okay to let the one new song featured on the dvd “leak” to the masses.

In “God Made You Beautiful,” Bey talks not only about the moment Blue was born, but also what life has been like and how she’s changed Beyoncé since being born”

You were bought into my life

I kiss those little feet and watch for your perfect smile

and when it comes the world stops in your eyes

I found love, I found peace of the purest kind

It is alleged that Bey wrote the song herself because, hey, who knows this particular experience better than her? The lyrics are nice and there are some nice harmonies, but overall, it seems like it’s missing that special “something.” Maybe it’s just me.

As a matter of fact, who cares what I think! The bigger question is to you…pass or play?

Will You Watch? Eric Benét To Host and Executive Produce New Music Reality Show!

November 17th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Before you say no, just give the idea an open mind because there’s a chance Eric Benét will have a hit show on his hands.

According to a press release obtained by Billboard, Sub Stars “will pit the best ‘underground’ musicians, discovered in the subway systems of major U.S. cities against one another.” Like most of the other singing and musical reality shows, the winner of the show will win a record deal. There’s also a chance to win cash and other prizes.

The show will also be more interactive than other shows that have the normal dial-in and vote routine. Sub Stars will allow fans and viewers to use the Sub Stars app to find talent and vote for contestants.

Creator and executive producer Phil Viardo started a Kickstarter campaign last Thursday in hopes of raising almost $400,000 (or more) to help fund the new show.

Eric Benét, who will serve as both co-executive producer and the host, says of the show: “Sub Stars gives truly unique characters, with a different and innovative sound, a platform to showcase their musical individualism and talent.”

Some of the best talent can be found in the train stations so this could actually work.

Okay, so now you can come to a better decision. Do you think you’ll give Sub Stars a chance whenever it finally hits the small screen or do you think they’ve finally run out of ideas and this is desperation.

Nothing’s Wrong With A Lil Bump N’ Grind: Freaky Songs From Back In The Day

November 12th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Most of you reading this were probably either born between 1990 and 1999 or had a child between that time, because with this kind of music floating around, almost everybody was pregnant. From “Feenin’” to “Freak Me Baby,” let’s take a moment and look back at all the slow jams that made the ’90s and early 2000s a helluva decade.

“Freek’n You,” Jodeci

This is the official anthem for out-of-control hormones. And we’re glad it came out in the 90s — when you were more likely to hear K-Ci and Jojo sing than see them. Watching that vein pop out on K-Ci’s neck sort of ruins the fantasy.

Eff You, Pay Me: Teddy Riley Sues Lady Gaga For Stiffing Him Of Writing Fees!

November 2nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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First it was his daughter and now, “singer” and producer Teddy Riley is suing the Queen Monster, Lady Gaga, over a fairly old song. A song that, arguably, helped to make her famous.

Okay, so a few months ago, we told you that Teddy Riley was suing his daughter Taja for trying to claim co-writing credit and partial ownership for the 2009 Lady Gaga hit, “Teeth,” a song he actually wrote with Gaga and her team. Riley said his daughter lied about having co-written the song and should not have been given a publishing deal from EMI from it

Well now, Teddy Riley is suing Lady Gaga herself…over the same song.  According to the lawsuit, Riley says he was promised 25 percent of the writing fees from the song but so far, he hasn’t received one dollar.

According to TMZ, Riley now feels betrayed by the Queen Monster and isn’t going down without a fight. He’s suing her for $500,000 and punitive damages.

Teddy Riley is a producer extraordinaire when it comes to his production work in the music industry. He has worked with everyone, including the late, great Michael Jackson. If anyone knows about contracts, fees, and payments, it would be him so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this case.

No word from the Gaga camp yet.

If he really hasn’t received any writing fees from the song, we’re pretty sure it’s safe to say daughter Taja’s bank account isn’t looking too full from it either.

Did Diddy’s Instagram Picture Start A Social Media Race War? You Be The Judge!

October 26th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Leave it to Diddy to stir up some controversy just as he’s starting one of the biggest things he’s done in years.

For those who don’t know, Sean “Diddy” Combs launched Revolt Tv on Monday on Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The network is being touted as American music oriented cable channel that will focus on music videos, live performances, music news and entertainment.

But early Saturday morning, Diddy posted a picture on Instagram that might make a lot of people turn him all the way off.

In the photo, a black woman is standing tall in the center while white women are basically bowing down to her in a circle. Diddy captioned the photo with, “As it Should Be!!!!!!! #BlackIsBeautiful”

Ring the alarms.

The comments section were immediately on fire with some white people angry at Diddy for posting “something like this,” some black people happy he did it and a mix of everyone else a bit unsure of the reason for posting it. Oh, and it wouldn’t be social media if people weren’t just arguing with each other.

Here’s a sample (we’ll quote them without sharing names):

“All the white chicks on this post look better than this black b***h”

“I see it as him telling black women you are beautiful and it’s time we see that. I don’t see the black woman being pulled down but instead lifted by white women…”

“‘As it should be?’ Wrong! That’s counter racism! That’s just as ignorant with the roles turned around.”

“Boy please…then why u don’t use black females as lead models then??? Hypocrite!”

As you can see, the comments section has gotten intense with more than four THOUSAND responses.

What do you think? Was Diddy’s post or caption reverse racism? Ignorant? Right on track with what you believe?

Hot Couple Alert: Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka Step Out For A Night On The Town!

October 26th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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There’s something about Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka being together that we just…love.  Plus, when you see them in a picture together, we can’t help but do a double take.

Anyway, the singer and her NBA player boyfriend stepped out into the Oklahoma City streets Friday night for the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Gala.  The event, held annually, is the most successful fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House charities and they gain most of their resources to keep going through the money they raise at the Red Shoe Gala.

But back to Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka.

The hot couple donned their finest threads for the gala, with Keri wearing a blue spaghetti strapped dress with a little keyhole opening in front and Serge in a nice black and white pinstriped suit. Keri is also still rocking the braids and had on very little makeup.

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There’d been rumors over the summer that these two had called it quits, but judging from their social media accounts, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

We’re sure she’ll be back in Oklahoma City when the NBA regular season starts in November to cheer on her boo and his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

For those of you looking for a new Keri Hilson album? I wouldn’t hold my breath, she looks pretty content these days!