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Months ago, we told you about Marsha Ambrosious’ song with Ne-Yo called “WIthout You.” From the lyrics, it sounds like it just a song about a relationship that turned sour and both parties are missing each other. But the visuals for the melancholy song tell an entirely different story. Apparently, the relationship ended because of some deep seated childhood trauma. I’m not going to ruin too much of the dramatic reveal but check out the video of Marsha and Ne-Yo trying to put their relationship back together and make it work.
What do you think about the song and the video? Pass or Play?
In an interview with the UK paper The Guardian, Chris Brown speaks with writer Decca Aitkenhead about the time he was sexually assaulted by a teenage girl, but it’s all good, because boys “can’t” get raped:
It’s different in the country. By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.” (…he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: “But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”)
A friend and I were having a conversation recently, which was sparked by the story of the Montana school teacher who received 30 days in prison for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old student. The girl killed herself as a result of the sexual assault and the attention that surrounded it. During our conversation, my friend, who is the daughter of a former sex crime detective, remarked very poignantly on what her father used to tell her about how some sexual abuse victims can come to perceive their victimization. Basically, if you live in a particular environment long enough, no matter what kind of sick and depraved things happen in that environment, it all becomes sort of normal. In that spirit, it puts attention on understanding how patriarchal norms also help to normalize the sexual abuse of boys in our society.
Brown is not the only Southern boy to have been sexually abused as a prepubescent kid. R&B singer Ne-Yo told the story once of “losing” his virginity at 9 years old to a teenager. A couple of years ago, NOLA native and rapper Lil’ Wayne admitted to Jimmy Kimmel in an interview that he was “seduced” by a grown woman at the age of 11 years old. However, I don’t know if we can blame this on country folks – or by default the black community in general (because generally that’s how these things go whenever the person in question is African-American). Why? Because in popular culture, particularly in film and in television, it has pretty much been perpetuated that manhood and an active sexuality go hand in hand. One of the biggest movie troupes in teen flicks is the awkward and nerdy high school guy, who has one summer to finally lose his virginity so he can enter college, or adulthood, as “a man.” Once he gets the punany, he is suddenly transformed from awkward nerd into cool stud. And if he fails, well, he ends up as the 40-year-old electronic store employee with an abnormally large action figure collection and still on the hunt for his manhood.
Outside of the realm of entertainment and on to the more personal, I have heard similar stories from men I know who claimed to have had their first sexual experience at prepubescent ages, and at the hands of a much older woman. In the majority of instances, their “sex partners” were women well into their middle ages and they weren’t looking for it, nor were they the initiators. Their first experience, just sort of happened; like an ex-boyfriend, who told me of his first sexual encounter happening at 12 years old and being at the hands of a 42-year-old former neighbor and friend of his mother. When I raised the point that what happened to him verged on, if not surpassed, sexual abuse, he just kind of shrugged it off and said, “It’s different for girls and boys. All my friends were already f**king and I was the last one. So when she came along, I was like, yeah…”
However, the thought never occurred to him that perhaps his friends were lying to impress him and others. And perhaps, the pressure he felt to measure up to his friends motivated him more than his desire to actually be with this woman. What if my ex-boyfriend would have resisted the advances of his mother’s friend and instead told his homies that he opted for chastity instead? In our society, a man, who has never “engaged” in sexual intercourse is looked upon as socially awkward or worse, “not man enough.”
In this respect, the expectation to be hyper-masculine can be just as oppressive to boys, who in actuality, might have more thoughtful and gentle spirits. In fact, there is research that suggests that one in three boys feel pressured into sex and are more likely to think that waiting is a myth. However, that is not the general message we see. What we see and hear is that men are supposed to do it and do it regularly. Not only that, but they are supposed to do it with a variety of partners: older, younger, man, woman, fat, slim, one-legged, bucked teeth, Spanish, Asian, etc…the more conquests, the bigger his badge of masculinity. It is this constant pressure to hold up to the ideas of what male sexuality is supposed to be, which probably keeps boys from admitting to weakness and vulnerability, including being pressured and forced into a sexual relationship they didn’t want or feel that they were ready for.
I can’t say if this is what Chris Brown feels emotionally about the incident being sexual assault or molestation. I would say that a 15-year-old engaging in sexual activity with an 8-year-old is definitely sexual abuse. And I would also say that his continued reliance on his sexual prowess with the opposite sex as a testimony to what kind of partner he is with the ladies – even years removed from that “country” upbringing – says lots about how we rear boys to view themselves and their roles in society.
TLC has spent the past several months getting back into the groove, and now T-Boz and Chilli are prepping new music and a greatest-hits album.
A new song titled “Meant To Be,” written by Ne-Yo, will accompany the greatest-hits compilation, which is slated to hit stores Oct. 15. The fresh track will play a part in theforthcoming TLC biopic that premieres Oct. 21 on VH1.
“20,” the new album, marks the group’s second international greatest-hits project. “Now and Forever: The Hits” was released in 2003, slightly more than a year after Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ untimely death. A second compilation, “Crazy Hot Hits: The Very Best of TLC,” arrived in 2007 but was only released in the U.K.
The tracklist for “20″ is similar to that for “Now and Forever,” except perhaps more discerning. “20″ boasts 13 previous hits, plus “Meant To Be,” whereas “Forever” comprised a total of 20 tracks. An Epic Records press release from July indicated the new album would feature four fresh songs, but the tracklist unveiled this week only includes one.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
It’s pretty obvious and not even news that Michael Jackson has inspired the whole world. Whether you’re in awe of him or thought he was weird, there’s no doubt an array of artists pattern themselves after him. His signature voice, iconic fashions and his magical dance moves are the basis of many of today’s most successful artists — including Usher, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Ne-Yo and Justin Timberlake. But what about the ladies? The followers of MJ’s footsteps and those trying to be the current Michael Jackson are always deemed male artists like above.
But the King of Pop has equally inspired some of the greatest women in music of all time in distinct ways. Let’s honor MJ’s legacy on his birthday by highlighting the many female artists — legends in their own rights — he influenced to take the entertainment industry by storm. This one is for MJ and the ladies.
Despite having broken up a little over a month ago, Ne-Yo and Monyetta Shaw, the singer’s ex-fiancee, were a vision of family bliss in the Hamptons this weekend. On Saturday night, Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation held their second annual “Fostering a Legacy” gala at the residence of Sprint CEO Bill Nuti, and on Sunday the festivities continued at a farewell brunch at the Surf Lodge to thank all supporters and donators from this year’s benefit. There by Ne-Yo’s side the entire time was the mother of his children and his two little munchkins, Madilyn Grace Smith and Mason Evan Smith.
We had a chance to chat with Ne-Yo while he was on the red carpet for his event and since we were there for a charitable cause we asked the singer/songwriter how he feels about celebrities who are criticized for not giving back enough. Here’s what he said:
“I feel like those who get criticized for not doing [enough] deserve it. I feel like if you are a celebrity, you are a person who has been blessed with fortune or fame or whatever the case, and you are supposed to use that to help somebody else. That’s what it’s supposed to be. You’re given a blessing to be able to give a blessing to another person. So if you decide to be selfish with it, you’re probably not going to have it too long.”
Though Ne-Yo said he wasn’t abreast of the ongoing drama between Jay-Z and Harry Belafonte, we couldn’t help but think of that situation as he addressed the responsibility celebrities have to give back. Still, there’s no sense in singling out one rapper who is likely doing more than the public knows when there are plenty more like him who we rarely hear of giving back to their community in any way. What matters is the man of the night is fully using his celebrity to make a difference in the lives of adopted children and we’re even more excited to see Ne-Yo and Monyetta supporting one another for the sake of their kids.
What do you think about Ne-Yo’s take on celebs and social responsibility?
Check out more pics of the weekend festivities on the next page.
I’m going to be honest, I haven’t really vibed to Marsha Ambrosius’ music since she left Floetry. But the new song she has with Ne-Yo, “Without You,” is something entirely different.
In this tune, the bass throbs as both Marsha’s melodic, almost angelic voice tells the story of how she’s struggling trying to cope with the loss of a lover. The only thing that makes this less than celestial is the fact that the track is laced with some colorful language. But not enough to distract from the general sentiment.
“Looking in the mirror
I’m all in my feelings
Got me f**ked up out here
Now, you can call me crazy
F**k it, I’m demented.
I’m out of my head, in this bed
I can’t go on without you babe.”
Then Ne-Yo comes in and explains how even though his ex is behaving erratically, he always liked that fire about her. In the last verse, the two echo each other and then Marsha takes over with a series of high notes that many are calling Prince-esque. I can see why they would say that but after first listen, it sounded more like Beyoncé’s runs at the end of “Emotion.” Whatever you hear in the track, you’ll probably enjoy it.
Take a listen in the video below.
Beyonce is believed to have auditioned more than 50 songs for her much-anticipated fifth studio album but has decided to scrap them all and start over, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Among the writers potentially affected are Ryan Tedder, The-Dream, Sia, Diane Warren and Ne-Yo, who said in June that Beyonce was “still trying to figure out” a direction for the album.
The singer’s label, Sony-owned Columbia, had hoped to have new Beyonce music out by spring, which turned out to be a pipe dream. Now, it looks like a fall release may not be feasible.
Columbia had its sights set on a big fourth-quarter bow by Beyonce, both to compete with high-profile releases by Universal Music’s Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and to capitalize on her massive Mrs. Carter tour.
“Beyonce has had some of the biggest hits of our format, and we’re ready for the next,” says Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms at Clear Channel.
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Every time I hear “Irreplaceable” I’m thoroughly impressed. Not because Beyoncé sang the song oh so well or because it’s an anthem of some sorts for me. Rather, I have to give props to the track because of the fact that a man wrote it. Ne-Yo. He wrote a woman’s feelings damn near better than most women actually could share them, and even though he didn’t sing on the track, it has been one of the biggest hits of Ne-Yo’s career. But it’s actually one of many. Using his government name of Shaffer Chimere Smith on many credits, Ne-Yo has written many tracks we have had on repeat. Here are nine that just so happened to stand out the most.
Although he seemed to always slip on his tap dancing shoes whenever the topic of marriage came up, many of us had high hopes for Ne-Yo and his longtime girlfriend and children’s mother, Monyetta Shaw. The duo really seemed like they had what it takes to survive the Hollywood curse, but unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. The “Let Me Love You” singer recently took to his Instagram page to announce that he and the brown-skinned bombshell have decided to go their separate ways.
“Though fate had decided to split our romantic paths, know that I will ALWAYS love you. Forever your partner. Forever your friend. Forever my miracle,” the image read.
“I’ll always be there. ALWAYS.@incognemo Forever my miracle,” he added.
Although Ne-Yo’s announcement made it appear that the split was all butterflies and rainbows, fans bashed the 33-year-old R&B crooner for not dealing with the split privately.
“No worries! Got a gang of bad chicks!!!! #girlpower #betweekend #letsgo #goodtimes,” in a subliminal message beneath a photo that appears to be in response to Ne-Yo’s post.
Under normal circumstances, we would say that Ne-Yo’s message seems pretty black and white and leaves no room for speculation, but something seems awfully strange about his announcement. Some have implied that it’s a publicity stunt in an effort to promote his upcoming album, which is certainly seems like a possibility when you consider how poorly his last release did. But I suppose we will all have to stay tuned to find out what’s really going on.
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Beyonce, Blue Ivy and her nanny were seen walking around New York City yesterday, Blue Ivy in a cute little green dress looking at the camera like “please stop flashing pics of me.”
Beyonce seems to be taking a little “mommy and me” time during the short break in her tour schedule, bringing Blue with her everywhere. And with the rest of her tour dates and a highly anticipated fifth studio album in the works, Beyonce is a machine that cannot be stopped. Though fans are anxious for her to make her U.S. tour rounds and drop that new album, as producer/songwriter/recording artist Ne-Yo discussed in a recent interview with Billboard magazine, you don’t rush Bey with anything — especially not with her music:
“Beyonce’s the kind of artist where you’re not gonna see it till it’s right. And her fans — they love her so they’ll be patient.”
We guess she released new music early this year to hold all her stans and fans over until the album is complete. But in the meantime and in between time, we love to catch her spending time with her adorable daughter.