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I’ve been tip-toeing around this subject for months now because I didn’t want to be too hasty with the criticism, but after observing what was supposed to be the comeback of TGT this year, and the person who seems to be the common denominator in all of their failings, I can only come to the conclusion that Ginuwine’s saddle is no longer waiting for fans to jump on it and he is so not anxious about winning in the music game.
As you know, earlier this year Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank made a big to-do about their TGT supergroup reunion and even dropped an album this august called Three Kings to show us they were serious about taking the insecurity out of R&B and making music people could respect. Fans bought what TGT was selling — literally — and the album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 76,000 copies in the United States in the first week. And then…nothing. OK, technically, some things did happen but nothing would have been better than what surpassed.
Backing up just a taste, I will say I already began having reservations about these “three kings” in July when I attended the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Actually, I wasn’t concerned about all three of them, just one: the G. See when the men hit the stage to perform on opening night, this is what Ginuwine did during his solo set:
A hand towel dance break? Really? I won’t even get on the fact that the audience sang his songs more than he did, but just know this is the point when I realized that in 2013 Ginuwine just planned to get by on his looks. And that I could get behind, so long as he didn’t mess up Tyrese and Tank who can both sing and appear to actually want to get on stage and perform and — shocker — rehearse before doing so.
Enter TGT’s WLNY performance when it became clear to the world and Ginuwine’s groupmates that sitting there being cute doesn’t look so cute when you’re smack dab in front of a camera on a news channel. In fact, it makes you look high as a kite, which is the allegation that followed Ginuwine after this womp of an appearance. His excuse? Red Bull.
It appears Ginuwine has an excuse for just about every blunder of his these days because three weeks ago when the singer started tweeting illegibly about love and relationships while watching the Dallas Cowboys game he came back the next day and blamed his incoherent ramblings on the sleep drug Ambien. And now he’s acting as though he doesn’t owe anyone — like his fans — an explanation about just deciding not to show up to the Soul Train Awards last month, tweeting: “I wasn’t there and that was it u wanna make more out of it then let’s go who ever!!!!!” I’m sorry, what else did you have to do that day?
I say all this to say that from the outside looking in, it appears Ginuwine’s work ethic and general concern for his own image as well as that of his group is nonexistent at worst and lackluster at best. When your group only has three members, there’s no room for one to be gazing off into “all of the lights” while hocked up on Ambien or “Red Bull” — especially when that one member “doesn’t like to sing background,” as the guys told us when they came into the office for an interview. If you want to be the front man, you have to do front man work. At this point, Ginuwine’s acting like he’s a lighting director backstage who doesn’t need practice because they “do this.” Nah homie. You need practice. Lot’s of it.
All I’m saying is, don’t get women across the world — OK across the United States — OK a few thousand women across the United States — all amped up for the “return of real R&B” only to come out looking like a 40-something hasbeen daddy of eight who just showed up to get a check (even if that’s what you are) because the thing is TGT should work. Tank has an enormous amount of talent — and sex appeal — Tyrese is nice on the eyes and can sing his little raspy heart out, and Ginuwine, well, he brings the mainstream success and fans. But right now he’s acting like he doesn’t want it, and given the small window these gentlemen have to actually make us care about what they’re doing and download their album or buy tickets to their shows, he needs to give us something more than no-shows and microphone mumbles. That’s if he actually wants to win and judging from this slew of mishaps I’m convinced he doesn’t. Anyone else feel the same way?
When you stop and think about it, most of us, if not all of us living and breathing right now, have a lot to be thankful for. Be thankful for your family, your friends, your job, your health, the roof over your head, and more. And if that’s not enough, you’re about to be very thankful for Instagram and the selfie, because we’re thankful for fine celebrity men who don’t have a problem sharing what they’re working with, with their fans using both of those things. Here are some hard and fine bodies we’re thankful to have seen this year thanks to social media!
From The Grio
Jamie Foxx opened up his home last weekend and held a special fundraising event in honor of Trayvon Martin.
Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance and they were joined by several celebrity guests including Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Tyrese, among others.
According to Extra, Belafonte delivered a speech at the event and Simmons presented Martin’s parents with a six-figure check addressed to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
The foundation was launched in honor of the late teen, who was shot to death by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012. The event later led to a racially-charged case in which Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Martin.
According to the foundation’s website, the purpose of the non-profit organization is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Read more at TheGrio.com
No, it’s not Tank and his girlfriend Zena Foster, it’s our favorite shorty Larenz Tate and his wife Tomasina Parrott! According to The Jasmine Brand, the couple is expecting their third child soon and this weekend they had a baby shower to celebrate their little bundle’s upcoming arrival.
Zena shared the photo above on Instragram with this cute note:
Larenz and Tomasina married on November 30, 2006 and already have two sons, 7-year-old Myles Xavier and Zander who’s 5, which must be why Zena is holding out on a girl for the cure couple this time around. So far, there’s no word on how far along Tomasina is — although it’s clear they’re letting the gender be a surprise to the world. We can’t wait to see this new celebrity baby.
Check out more pics from the baby shower below. Congratulations!
After being spotted getting all cuddly at several events together, Tank and his daughter’s mother, Zena Foster, have confirmed that they are officially back together.
“She likes me. She likes me a lot. So you know, we’re trying to figure it out.” Tank told The Jasmine Brand.
“We’re on a hot date tonight,” Zena added.
“Something’s going on, something is happening – I mean, yes something is happening. It’s definitely going to be some wine consumed later and some thought-out ideas,” Tank continued.
They also joked about giving their daughter Zoey a sibling.
“Maybe another kid. You know, we got to figure this out,” Tank said.
The TGT singer also made a post to his Instagram page about Zena being his date for a couple of recent events.
“If u take a date to the biggest event in the universe make sure u kill em! Ooohhh Kill em! Oooohh Kill em! @zenafoster middle finger up to the competition! #BMLIFE,” he wrote.
Good for them! They make a beautiful family.
What Did You Think Of Tank’s Baby-Making Rendition Of The National Anthem At The Mayweather-Canelo Fight?
This Saturday night, some of everybody was spotted at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to watch Floyd Mayweather put a hurting on Canelo Alvarez. Denzel Washington was in the audience, so were two of Mayweather’s lady friends apparently, and then there was Justin Beiber actually inside the ring with Mayweather when his win was announced (odd, right?).
But lets not forget the man who set the mood for the night with his slow jam version of the “Star Spangled Banner,” Tank. I’m sure I’m not the only one who was surprised to see the TGT super group member belt out the National Anthem inside the ring Saturday night in a performance that was like a combination of Marvin Gaye meets R. Kelly (you have to watch their performances of the National Anthem to understand.)
Either way, Tank definitely sounded good slaying a song most people can’t get through the first verse of — minus that “bursting the air” line and “let’s go Money team” shout out at the end. But hey, I’m not judging, if you want to turn the “Star Spangled Banner” into a baby-making hood classic, with a little quiet storm mixed in, do you.
Watch the performance below and the hilarious “I’m killing this ish” faces Tank makes in the video below. Thoughts?
Remember yesterday when we talked about Tyrese defending his Twitter persona and saying people only get offended by his love advice because they have these false expectations of him? Well it’s good to know even his band mates in TGT sometimes dismiss the self-professed love guru’s musings.
When the R&B supergroup stopped by our office a couple of weeks ago, they got into a pretty heavy discussion on love and relationships, with Tyrese and Tank talking about their desire to marry again and Ginuwine sharing advice on how he’s maintained his marriage to Sole for 10 years. Speaking on the breakdown that often occurs between men and women, Tank said:
“We don’t have the spirit of compromise totally developed where we can work cohesively as one. Where we can make those sacrifices on either end to make a difference in our relationship. As we get older and as we make mistakes and as we learn, if you’re smart enough about it, you get to take [those experiences] and turn them into wisdom which allows you to know, the next time around, the dos and don’ts. “
Not a bad observation, right? Well from there, Tyrese starting dropping all sorts of cliche sayings like, “Every man comes with baggage and every woman comes with baggage; can you find the man who’s going to stand there and help you unpack it,” and that’s when Tank and Ginuwine started clowning the 34-year old actor/singer, whom they’ve deemed “the human quoter.” Looks like we’re not the only ones who could do without Tyrese’s relationship advice.
Check out these three throwing jabs and having some serious moments in the video below. What do you think about their takes on relationships?
I’m sure there are a few women reading this right now thinking, “shoot I’ll have Tank’s baby,” but before you go too far, let’s examine the situation. Tank, one-third of the R&B supergroup TGT, is already the father of four children, Jordan, Ryen, Zoey, and Durrell Jr., reportedly by three different women. But that’s not stopping the musical crooner from going for more — six more in fact. In a recent interview with The Jasmine Brand, Tank told the site his dream is to have 10 bambinos, saying:
“We’ve got a couple, I guess. We’ve got three right now. I want to get married and do it the right way. Do it the right way, maybe have three more and after that three. I love kids, I think the generation is what’s most important. We’ve had our chance to make our choices and they need our lives in time to influence the next generation and give them the right understanding and pour the knowledge into them so that preferably, they can make this place a better place or survive in whatever this place is going to become.”
OK so maybe I was too hard on him. I guess you can’t be mad at a man wanting to “do it the right way” the fifth time around. We’re curious who the lucky woman would be though. Or thinking more like, what woman is trying to push out six babies? The 37-year-old isn’t getting any younger and unless he likes ‘em young he’s going to have to snatch up somebody soon if he’s trying to have his own little league team. Any takers?
“It’s the TGT remix!”
Sorry, I think of that line from the “Please Don’t Go” do over every time I type TGT’s name, but actually it’s sort of applicable here. Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, have joined forces once again and reignited their supergroup known as TGT and today they’re dropping a new album appropriately titled “Three Kings.”
We wasted no time getting these handsome, fine, uber sexay, delicious, hard-bodied, oh yeah and talented men in our office to talk about a number of things (which you’ll see in another interview) but also what we can expect from their new LP and how they feel about their competition — if they have any — right now. Here’s what Tyrese had to say:
“R&B these days is insecure. R&B singers feel like they have to have rappers all over their albums in order to get attention, to get radio spins. A lot of R&B artists got their projects shelved because their labels would much rather put their money into hip-hop because nobody wants to not get a return on their investment. It’s a business. So for us to sell records and have this ‘Three Kings’ album be successful, we feel like it’s going to really make a statement and re-spark the interest in authentic R&B.”
Well, he’s convinced us!
Check out the rest of TGT’s interview below. Are you looking forward to hearing their album today?
There are many times in our lives that we’ve done double-takes at the television screen for celebrities we haven’t seen or heard from in a while. “Where have you been?!” Some stars, who have so much potential, have come crashing down — or have remained stagnant — in their careers for some reason or another. But, we’re starting to see some fallen stars who are re-emerging into the spotlight and might possibly reclaim their spot on top. Here’s a list of celebs that we believe are poised for a come up–again.