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Pshh, Crying? I Just Had Something In My Eye: Ryan Leslie Talks Getting Emotional On Stage And Losing Cassie To Diddy

February 7th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Mega producer and Harvard graduate, Ryan Leslie recently paid a visit to New York’s Power 105.1 studio for a quite interesting interview with the Breakfast Club. The shows hosts, Angela Yee, Charlemagne and DJ Envy of course asked Leslie some pressing questions that many have been itching to learn the answers to. Charlemagne wasted no time asking  about the dramatic triangle that Leslie found himself in with Cassie and Diddy.

“Man, I don’t think anyone of those people, with them not being here, would want me to broach that subject. I mean, I already had a conversation with him. [Diddy].”

He also revealed that he and Cassie had a conversation a little over a year ago. When asked what he thought of Cassie and Diddy’s relationship, Ryan replied:

“It’s life man, people have to do what they wanna do to be happy.”

He was also questioned about a viral video that has been circulating for some time now, which depicts a distraught Leslie crying on stage and burning a copy of the New York Post during one of his concerts.

“Actually, I didn’t cry on stage… I did burn the New York Post and I know what video you’re referring to… I live in a world of viral media. You know what I’m saying, that’s what I built my career on. When that video got more distribution, because everyone thought I was crying on stage, you know, that’s good for the actual message that I had in that video… I was wearing a leather cap on stage, you know, I’m sweating and whatever it was. You know what I’m saying? There was no crying on stage.”

In case you may have missed it, back in 2010, Leslie’s laptop was stolen. He publicly came out and offered $1 million to the person who returned his laptop to him. A man from Germany actually returned the laptop, but when it came time to pay up, Ryan was reluctant. The man took Leslie to court for the reward money and a judge ruled in his favor, ordering Leslie to pay up. After the judge’s ruling, the New York Post published a cover story on the case, where they referred to Ryan as a “rap weasel,” which is why in retaliation, he burned a copy of that issue on stage during a performance.

Peep footage of  Ryan’s emotional performance below. Does he look like he was shedding tears or “sweating” like he said?

You can check out his full interview, as well as his infamous NY Post cover on the following page.

World’s Most Expensive Computer? Ryan Leslie Ordered To Pay $1 Million Reward For Lost Laptop

November 30th, 2012 - By Ann Brown
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Maybe singer/producer Ryan Leslie was distraught when he offered a $1 million reward to whoever found his stolen laptop. Out of his mind or not, he’s now been ordered by a jury to pay up.

The laptop contained unfinished music, including songs Leslie was working on for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” album (though Leslie’s work never made the album cut). Also on the laptop, which was stolen when Leslie was in Germany, were tracks from his own CD,  Les Is More. Leslie is currently promoting the album.

An auto shop owner named Armin Augstein found the computer and gave it to German police in November 2010. Initially Leslie refused to pay the reward. Then he suggested that Augstein was somehow responsible for the computer’s theft. So Augstein sued. “Ryan refused to pay up claiming that the hard drive was corrupted and he never actually retrieved his intellectual properties,” reports MTV News.

But the judge in the case stated that because of Leslie´s  actions after receiving the laptop back, led him to believe the music files were indeed intact. Reported the New York Post,  “Judge Harold Baer Jr. told jurors that because Leslie returned the hard drive to the manufacturer after getting it back from Augstein (instead of immediately turning it in as evidence), they could assume that the missing files were there when Augstein returned the laptop.”

“No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder’s fee,” Augstein told the newspaper. He believes Leslie should be held accountable to his word.

Leslie seems to have accepted the verdict. He tweeted soon after the verdict: “Ain’t no way to get around ups & downs. Jury of my peers rules for the plaintiff.”

Do you think $1 million is too much for Leslie to pay?

Because a Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Celebs Who Attended Ivy League Universities

August 16th, 2012 - By Stephanie Guerilus
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In the world of celebrity culture, the importance of an education often takes second billing to the bright glares of the spotlight. Many stars have opted to forgo their education in pursuit of their career. However, these 10 stars not only got their degrees first but raised the academic bar by attending Ivy League institutions.


Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa was born the daughter of famed director Stan Lathan and for some that might’ve been her golden ticket to Hollywood. However, Sanna pursued a degree in drama at Yale University. She graduated with her BA in 1995 and has made a name for herself all on her merit. Her roles in Love & Basketball and Something New are a testament to her talent.

More Than Just Music: Dynamic Duets Who Also Dated

May 5th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Some of our favorite duets have come from celebrities who were actual couples or…had a “connection,” if you get my drift.  Some of the songs came from places of genuine love while others came from some good ol’ “gangsta, boo lovin’.”  Some of the couples lasted, some didn’t. Either way, they’ve made some beautiful music together (well, it at least had you in your groove).

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Stars come out for The Roots Jam Session

February 15th, 2011 - By Veronica Wells
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Before the Grammys kicked off, The Roots hosted their 7th annual jam session at The Music Box in L.A. The band was joined by some of our favorite artists, many of whom performed, as well as Hollywood actors. See who made an appearance in the pictures below: