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True Or False? Does Michael Jackson + Tupac = Chris Brown?

October 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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To put Hip Hop allegiances in the simplest of terms, if you’re from the East Coast, you’re a Biggie fan and if you’re from the West, Tupac is your fave. And if you’re from the Midwest, like myself you have the pleasant task of choosing.

When it came to me and my house, we were Tupac fans. I was a child of the ’90’s and I enjoyed the passion and energy of his music and more than any other rapper of that era he just seemed to be saying the right things…sometimes. In addition to warning women that the underground just “don’t stop for hoes,” and telling Biggie “That’s why I f–ked your b–ch,” he was also telling women to keep their heads up and asking men why we don’t respect them. What male rapper was talking about misogyny in the ’90’s, even if he himself often fell victim to it? Before Tupac became a part of Death Row, he was a product of the Black Panther teachings and from the time he was a young teenager, he was speaking out against White supremacy and injustice.

He was a conflicted soul to say the least. And what saddens me the most about Tupac’s short life is that if he’d had the opportunity to live and mature a little bit longer, he could have done even more great things in the world, revolutionary things.

Sadly, that’s just not how the cookie crumbled.

If you can’t tell already, I have great respect for Pac so when I hear people compare others to him, my antennas perk up.

And that’s what they did this weekend when Nick Cannon said this.

I wish I were mature enough to ignore this. I wish I could just dismiss this as the trolling it likely was and keep moving on with my day. But by golly, I just cannot. It’s too far fetched to ignore.

And I don’t say that because Pac and Michael were saints and Chris Brown isn’t. None of these men were or are perfect, just like the rest of us. But I was always good at grouping like objects and if you ask me, all three of these men, while they share some qualities as artists, are quite different from each other.

Aside from the fact that each of these men were both talented and controversial, there are really no further similarities to me.

When I think about Michael Jackson, I think about a consummate entertainer who had laser like focus and an almost unnatural work ethic. That’s what made him legendary. Of all the archival footage that I’ve watched of Michael Jackson, none of it shows him off his game. His ability to inspire, astound and entertain is unmatched. And as someone who’s followed a majority Chris Brown’s career, I can’t say the same for him.

And I root for Chris Brown. I desperately want him to win but I’m also honest enough to acknowledge that he lets too much nonsense get in the way of making his music and perfecting his art. There have literally been times on stage when Chris will stop dancing and stop singing to talk about his relationship drama. Michael would never.

Perhaps Nick was trying to say that he was more Tupac in that regard. You know, the bad boy. But nah. We’re talking legends here. One who proved himself over decades and another who was actually about challenging people and improving the community. While both Chris and Pac have some pretty hurtful and harmful songs directed against women, Pac, at least, had some content and some views and opinions to counter that. I can’t recall a time when I heard Chris speak about community uplift or sing a song about the worth of women, outside of sex or romantic affection. And that’s fine. He doesn’t have to, but that’s what makes him different, in very fundamental ways, from Tupac. Maybe Chris will get there one day but as of now, he’s just not on that level.

But he still has time.

More than anything I don’t know why we always have to compare artists and people. There will never be another Michael or Pac. And the two didn’t get together in some alternate universe to send us Chris Brown in place of their absence. He’s different and different is quite alright.

But that’s just me, perhaps I’m too in my feelings to see this clearly.

Does anyone else think that Michael Jackson + Tupac = Chris Brown?

New Couple Alert? Mariah Carey Spotted Holding Hands With A Billionaire

June 20th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Mariah Carey may be off the market, again.

The 45-year-old songstress was spotted in Capri, Italy, holding hands with Australian billionaire, James Packer.

The two, have reportedly been staying on Packer’s yacht in Cannes and St. Tropez. Packer, who happens to be worth $4.7 billion and the fourth wealthiest person in Australia, has been pursuing Mimi for the last few months.

Multiple reports have emerged the new couple. However, this is the first public outing for Mariah and James.

Mariah and her ex-husband Nick Cannon filed for divorce 7 months ago.

Well, go head Mariah! Live your life and have some fun!

It’s #RedNoseDay! NBC To Host New Star-Studded Fundraising Telecast

May 21st, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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You’ve probably noticed #RedNoseDay trending on Twitter today. But exactly is Red Nose Day? It is originally a British tradition, first launched 30 years ago, that helps to fight child poverty. The United Kingdom has raised more than $1 billion from the telecast, which, according to British Council, takes place every two years in the Spring.

“Money raised during the Red Nose Day campaign goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which then distributes grants to charities that benefit children and young people,” the campaign’s main web site said. “All of the grant money distributed by the Red Nose Day Fund will be given to a variety of nonprofit organizations that transform children’s lives.”

Red Nose Day UK was an idea that came to Richard Curtis, a scriptwriter best known for his work on Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, in response to the severe famine in Ethiopia during the 80’s.

According to Curtis, “it will be funny and entertaining while giving viewers the opportunity to pitch in to help kids in the US and around the globe,” according to The Guardian.

Half of the donated money will be spent at home, in the U.S., while the other half will be spent on some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Now, the event is coming overseas to the United States. Airing on Thursday (tonight) on NBC at 8 pm ET, Red Nose Day will be a star-studded three-hour TV event. Expect to see Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Neil Patrick Harris, Jodie Foster, Julianne Moore, Coldplay, Kim Kardashian and more. The network is hoping the fundraising telecast will become a new franchise.

As part of the promotional build-up to tonight’s event, is hosting  a 24-hour “dance-a-thon”live stream hosted by Nick Cannon at the NBC Experience Store in 30 Rock that launched at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Time to dig out that old Rudolph costume! If you put on that big red nose, and post it on social media, the Gates Foundation will donate $25 for children living in poverty. And the Gates Foundation, a non-profit founded by Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, will donate $25 for every big red nose photo posted on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RedNose25.


Pass Or Play? Mariah Carey Disses Nick Cannon In New Song “Infinity”

April 27th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Up until now, Mariah Carey has been very quiet about her separation and pending divorce between she and her husband Nick Cannon. She’s dodged paparazzi questions, kept her comments out of the tabloids and didn’t have any visible tattoos removed.

Today, though, it looks like Mariah is ready to talk…or sing about the end of her union in a new song “Infinity.”

And while she’ll probably say publicly that it has nothing to do with the father of her children, anyone who knows better can see that this song is full of shade.

Check out some of the lyrics below.

Why You Mad?
Talkin’ bout you’re mad
Could It be that you just lost the best you’ve ever had?

Boy you actin’ so corny like fritos
Wouldn’t have none of that without me though

I was yours eternally
There’s an end to infinity

Why you trying to play like you’re so grown
Everything you own
Boy, you still owe

Listen to the full song, in this lyric video and let us know what you think about this song? Pass or play?

Nick Cannon Not Against Reconciling With Mariah Carey

April 13th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nearly three months ago, Nick Cannon quietly filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Mariah Carey. Since his filing, there have been several reports that the split would be quick, clean and easy since Nick and Mimi aren’t fighting over assets. However, it appears that there’s a chance—perhaps small but a chance nonetheless—that something other than real estate and finances may be putting the divorce on pause.

During a recent interview with HipHollywood, the actor implied that he’s not against trying to reconcile with his R&B-singing wife. The revelation came during a discussion about friend and business associate Amber Rose, who has made it clear that she desires to reconcile with her estranged husband Wiz Khalifa.

“Love is a beautiful thing. Get out there and go get what you want,” Nick said of Amber and Wiz.

As for his own impending divorce and the possibility of making amends with his wife, Nick had this to say:

“I mean, like I said, ‘You never say never,’” he shared while grinning from ear to ear.

Interestingly, the “America’s Got Talent” host took to Instagram yesterday and gave Mimi a shout out for the release of her #1 to Infinity greatest hits album, which suggests that they’re in a really great place right now. The two also spent Easter together with their twins Moroccan and Monroe.

#1ToInfinity #FamilyFirst

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It’s unclear if they’re just playing nice for the sake of their children. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this reunion, but either way, I’m really happy that they’re getting along.

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Nick Cannon Reportedly Releasing A Book About His Marriage

April 5th, 2015 - By Rich
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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got married in 2008, had their twins Moroccan and Monroe in 2011, and they are now going through a messy divorce. Nick has already been reportedly seen on dates and recently Mariah has been seen hanging out and taking trips with Bret Ratner.

Nick Cannon signed a deal last week and will be releasing a book with Simon and Schuster. The book is reportedly a tell all about his marriage to Mariah Carey and is fueled by his frustration that he couldn’t get the amount of money he wanted in their divorce settlement.  The news was confirmed with The Daily Mail and an insider also gave them the scoop on the gist of the book.

According to the Daily Mail:

Simon & Schuster has confirmed to Daily Mail Online that the book is being published by Gallery Books, an imprint of the high-powered publisher.

‘Nick says he is going to tell the world about Mariah’s drug use, her strange eating habits, psychosis, what she has said about other artists, her sexual proclivities and her parenting skills. It which will really be hurtful,’ the insider continued.

‘And Nick is also going to explain why he thinks he should have full custody of the twins. Mariah has admitted she never wanted children and Nick is going to tell the world why she felt that way.

‘If Nick was not willing to spill all of their nasty and salacious secrets he would not have gotten a book deal. So obviously, Simon and Schuster feel this is going to be a blockbuster and they signed him up.’

Mariah Carey may just get through all of this and come out on top because in an interview with Christianity Today years back she said her faith keeps her strong.

“I do believe that I have been born again in a lot of ways. I think what I’ve changed are my priorities and my relationships with God. I feel the difference when I don’t have my private moments to pray. … I’m a fighter, but I learned that I’m not in charge. Whatever God wants to happen is what’s going to happen. I feel like I’ve had endless second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth chances. It’s by the grace of God I’m still here.”

Nick Cannon Claims Mariah Sold Their Marital Home Without Including Him, Business Manager Calls Him “Desperate”

March 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Things appear to be getting a little messy in the Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey divorce saga, at least according to Nick’s new lawsuit.

The actor is claiming that Mariah and their business manager Michael Kane cut him out of a recent deal to sell their marital home, TMZ reports. In the lawsuit, Nick explains that Mariah and Michael sold the Bel-Air mansion for $9 million. He’s accusing Michael of exclusively dealing with Mimi’s people on the sale and insists that he didn’t know anything about it until after the home was sold.

Although Nick is fine with the actual sale of the home, his issue was Michael’s alleged decision to keep him in the dark until the deal was closed. He’s also worried about how the money will be divided. As a result, he’s requesting that the $9 million obtained from the sale of the mansion be frozen until he can have the financials reviewed to determine exactly how much he’ll receive from the deal.

Michael is clearly frustrated with Nick’s request, which he referred to as “frivolous.” Oh yeah, he had one more thing to say about the suit:

“[It’s] clearly a desperate act from a sadly desperate man.”

As previously reported, Nick quietly filed for divorce from his estranged wife just before the holidays.


Exclusive: Richard Pryor’s Widow, Jennifer, Speaks On Upcoming Biopic, And Why They Chose Mike Epps Over Nick Cannon

February 6th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This week, I had the chance to chat with Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, about the documentary on the late comedian’s life, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, which premiered on Showtime in 2013, and was finally made available on Feb. 3 (purchase here). And while I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from the film, I learned even more in my conversation with Jennifer: from where that biopic on Richard’s life stands, to her issues with his children, and how they met, she had a lot to say and share. Check out our chat:

Why People Should See Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic

I think that there’s a lot in there that heretofore, hasn’t been revealed. Interesting information about the fire was revealed, although, there was even more to be revealed about it because I was there right before it happened. But I just think there are interesting pieces in there that we haven’t seen before. There’s been a lot written about Richard, and documentaries here and there. But mostly it’s been, eh, “E! True Hollywood Story” stuff, which I think is very superficial. I just think this is a lot more in-depth.

The Tea On The New Biopic With Oprah, Mike Epps and…Kate Hudson?

Oprah may be put on as a figurehead producer, but I’m actually hands-on producer with Bruce Cohen and Harvey Weinstein. And Oprah is going to play the grandmother. Mike Epps is going to play Richard, and Kate Hudson is going to play me. But we gotta shoot it first! The script is still being written and we have to approve it. Lee [Daniels] is finishing the script, and I’m working closely with him on that. We’ll get that script done and we’ll start shooting. We’re supposed to start in March in New York, and depending on the shooting schedule, this should be out by next Christmas. We finally have the right combination of people. It took many, many years to get this right, but I feel we have finally gotten it right and I couldn’t be more proud.

Why Mike Epps Beat Out Nick Cannon And Marlon Wayans For The Role

I think Mike has a rawness about him that is very similar to Richard’s rawness. You know what I mean? Nick is a delightful person, I think he’s a very nice guy and I think the same of Marlon, but I don’t feel their rawness. That’s not an insult, it’s just a fact. Some people look kind of shattered when they walk into a room and Mike’s got that vulnerability and you can identify that. Marlon doesn’t have that, nor does Nick. They’re both very talented and their both very likable, they’re both great guys and they’ll obviously be in the business for a very long time, but…it’s just different. When you’re going to play Richard, who’s a very raw person, you have to be able to embody that and identify with that, and Mike can do both.

If She Believes That Comedians Are The Saddest People

It’s true. I was married to Richard twice. We were married back in the day, and when I came back to take care of him, we remarried. Not to say he wasn’t fun to be with, because we had a lot of wonderful, funny and fun times together, but yet, there was a darkness that he would display in private that could be very disturbing and very sad to witness. Very tragic. He did come from a dark place. And the family was interesting because they provided Richard with that material in a great way. The fact that he could turn that pain into magic, into comedy, to me, was some sort of alchemy. It was some sort of wonder. It was absolutely amazing to me that he could do that, and amazing to everyone else. That’s what was Richard’s profound effect in the world of comedy, as well as, just in his work in general. How could he do that? Making a joke about his father punching him in the chest. That’s a sad story, but he did it. He took all that pain and heartbreak and just flipped the switch.

Her Issues With Richard’s Grown Children

Well, I have to tell you that Richard Jr. surprised me because we were on good terms. I was actually supporting him while the kid’s trust was in litigation because Elizabeth [Pryor] sued me. And while it was in litigation I helped him and basically carried him until it was settled and I won. They kept going to court but they kept losing. It was very sad because I kept offering olive branches and they kept swatting them, so it was like, “Okay, well, I tried.” So it was really surprising and hurtful with Richard Jr. I’m not currently speaking to Richard Jr., nor Rain, nor Elizabeth, but I do get along with Kelsey and Steven, the younger ones, and I’m very grateful for that. I share a very warm, loving relationship with them.

How They Met

I worked for Richard first. A friend of mine was working for him and was his right-hand sort-of assistant, and was dating him at the same time. I was an actress/model/songwriter and I needed work and she said, “Well, you can come be my assistant.” I went out and I worked for him for six months. He got married to someone else in the meantime, and he shot [his estranged wife’s] car and all this other madness went down. I didn’t care, I just did my work. But when I met him, I fell in love with him. I just adored him. After all that drama went away, we started dating in December 1977.

Why They Split The First Time

We got married and the fire happened, and obviously there was a lot going on. It was really difficult. Richard had to come to terms with the fact that he attempted suicide, and I think there was a lot of unresolved issues that he had to tangle with. Being married at the same time kind of overwhelmed him. We were starting to argue a lot and it was not good. I moved back to New York and I divorced him, but never stopped loving him. And throughout all of the ’80s and ’90s, we were always back and forth and in touch. I loved him forever.

How They Ended Up Back Together

In ’94, he was in New York and I went to visit him and it was a grim scene: he was drinking and doing drugs. It was very ugly, and there were lots of hangers-on. Ugh. And he said, “You know, I need help.” So I decided to move back and help him and take care of him, which I did for 11 years. He lived his life in dignity and I’m very proud of that period of time, and then he passed obviously. Now I’m carrying on his legacy, which I’m also very proud and happy to do.

On Richard Using “White Honkey Bitch” As Pet Name For Her

He did it on stage in Live on the Sunset Strip. He said, ‘Yeah, my wife thinks her name is white honkey bitch.’ You can hear it in an audio, it’s not actually in the film. But yeah, he would occasionally call me white honkey bitch. And I would say, “Richard, I can’t use the N-word, why can you get away with that?” [laughs] Of course he would say, “Figure it out! I’ll call you what I want to call you.” But it was always done with love. It wasn’t said to put me down.

Why She Thinks He’s The Best Stand-Up Comedian To Do It

Back in the day, he was the man to chase. Even Robin [Williams] chased him in terms of comedy. Robin had an amazing film career but really chased Pryor. Everyone chased him. And now, today, everyone knows it’s written in stone: He’s the king of comedy. He’s the one to try to aspire to even, not beat, because you’re never going to beat Pryor. Again, I think it’s his ability to turn all that pain into comedy. All those stories that if you were maybe sitting over a dinner table talking about, “I grew up in a whorehouse,” people would drop their china, but talking about where he came from and the reality and truth of his life, and turning that into a place where it was okay to laugh–it was genius. He didn’t want to just tell jokes, he finally found his voice. That’s what his voice was, his stories. His truth. That’s what makes him such a genius: His ability to tell the truth and rip the covers off of himself, white people and black people, and humanity in general.


Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Sued By Ex-Nanny

January 28th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s legal struggles just keep piling up. In addition to their impending divorce and Mimi being sued by a former employee, the estranged couple is also facing a lawsuit from their ex-nanny.

According to TMZ, Simonette DaCosta, who says that she worked as a full-time nanny for the Cannons, is alleging that she was terminated for showing their twins Moroccan and Monroe too much affection. In the suit, DaCosta explains that she cared for the children when they were infants by feeding, bathing and comforting them; however, Mimi became upset over how close she was with the children.

As time went on, the plaintiff alleges that Mariah began berating her for showing the children too much love. Prior to being fired, DaCosta says that she put in plenty of overtime, adding that she sometimes worked 100-hour weeks. As a result, she’s requesting both damages and back pay. Interestingly, Mariah’s former assistant, who is also suing her, makes similar complaints in her lawsuit. Ysler Oliver alleged in her 2014 lawsuit that she frequently worked 16-hour days, but never received a dime in overtime pay.

Neither Mariah nor Nick has publicly acknowledged the suit.

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Amber Rose Sets The Record Straight on Relationship With Nick Cannon

January 25th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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She knows exactly what she’s doing.  Amber Rose is getting her 2015 started off with a bang after recently setting the internet on fire posting pics of her scantily clad post-baby body. She recently caused another uproar after posting two curvaceous bodies on her Instagram: matching Ferraris belonging to her and her NCredible manager, Nick Cannon.

The posts of course re-ignited rumors that the two are an item which Amber decided to quickly squash:

“Shout out to my Amazing Manager @nickcannon!  I know the world wants us to be together sooo badly (Sarcasm) but it’s just not our relationship.  Every time I post a pic of me and this Man yall start reaching…We are friends and business partners nothing more. We have beautiful children and ppl we still love very much no matter what. I don’t know how many times I need to say this but this will be my last time.  WE ARE JUST FRIENDS!!!! OK [expletive]? I usually don’t even comment on dumb made up stories but ur gonna see a lot of us together cuz we’re getting this Shmoney….Cuz he’s my manager! Duh.  So fall the [expletive] back and chill the [expletive] out- Muva [kissy emoji].”

You’ve got to love how Amber handles all this shade with such class. And she clearly doesn’t want Mariah to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee on her behind, making it abundantly clear that they both still love their exes.

It seems that this business collaboration seems to be working well for the both of them. In addition to clothing line, “Rose and Ono”, Rose also stars in the 2014 film School Dance directed by Cannon.