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Pied Piper Goes Gaga: Lady Gaga Previews New Track With…R. Kelly? (And It’s Kind Of Dope)

October 17th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Who thought they’d see the day when R. Kelly of all people would be jumping on a track with the avant-garde…dutchess…princess maybe…whatever Gaga is, of pop? But it looks like that’s what you can expect from her new album, ARTPOP. Lady Gaga dropped a sneak peek of the song “Do What U Want” for a new Beats Studio headphones commercial with Best Buy. On it, she’s singing “Do What you want, what you want with my body,” and in turn Kells jumps in with, “Takin’ these haters and we roughin’ ‘em up and we lay in the cut like we don’t give a…” The song is definitely a smooth dance track, though it sounds nothing like her current hit, “Applause.”

My expectations for the track weren’t the highest, and of course, the preview is only about 30 seconds, but so far it sounds pretty good. I did a little jig and everything, and it takes a lot for me to do a body roll in my chair. But don’t be too shocked about this collabo, because Gaga has also teamed up with Too $hort, T.I. and Twista for a recent track called “Jewels & Drugs.” As for “Do What U Want,” the full song will be ready to go on Monday, Oct. 21. Her new album as a whole, ARTPOP, will be released on Nov. 11  for the Little Monsters to go gaga over.

Check out the snippet of the track below and let us know if you think it will be hot.

It ‘Excuses Rape Culture:’ U.K. College Bars Ban Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

September 27th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just when you thought all of the controversy surrounding Robin Thicke’s summer smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” had somehow died down, you find out that there’s more. According to NBC News, five British universities have banned the song from their campus bars, arguing that it “excuses rape culture.”

The student union organizations at Kingston, Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby and West Scotland universities have all axed the controversial track from their campus playlists due to what they have perceived to be misogynist lyrics.

“The song hugely objectifies woman and excuses rape culture. It is a man suggesting that there are ‘blurred lines’ when it comes to sexual consent and that is unacceptable. We felt we needed to take a stand,” said Hollie O’Connor, student union president at the University of Derby.

Hollie went on to say that she received a ton of supportive emails since pulling the song from the school’s playlist and “not one which comes close to a complaint.”

“If I had 1,000 students in one of our bars and only 10 percent felt uncomfortable with the song being played then we’d have failed them.”

A similar ban implemented over at Edinburgh University was set in place by a larger campus campaign to “end rape culture on campus.” According to campaign organizers, “a significant proportion of students and the wider population hold dangerous victim-blaming views about women who experience rape and sexual violence.”

As for the students at Leeds, education officer Alice Smart says, “the lyrics of the song [Blurred Lines]  conflict with our core value of equality and our commitment to having zero tolerance of sexual harassment… we have asked our resident DJs to remove the song from their playlists.”

Smart added that although there are many other songs with similar themes and offensive lyrics,”‘Blurred Lines’ was singled out in-particular due to its commercial success and the recent negative publicity surrounding it.”

“D*mn, Why They Wanna Stick Me For My Paper?” Celebrities Who Lost Major Endorsement Deals For Acting A Fool

May 6th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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If Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have taught us anything, it’s that you had better watch your filthy mouth, because it could very well hurt your pockets. But they aren’t the first celebrities to get the boot from a company for acting a complete donkey. Or in the case of some of the celebrities on this list, for just being themselves. Here are 10 who lost lucrative endorsement deals over the years because of their antics.


Chris Brown

It still makes me sad to think about how on top of the world Chris Brown USED to be. Back in 2008, he was the guy every mom wanted their young daughters to date, and he was blowing everybody’s mind with his great dance moves and catchy songs. But then that terrible altercation occurred the night before the Grammys in February of 2008, and his fame was forever altered. And of course, he was also hit in the pockets. Brown was dropped as the spokesperson for Wrigley’s gum, and while you might say, “Who cares about some Doublemint Gum?” if it wasn’t for writing jingle for the company, we would never have “Forever” (“Double your pleasure, double your fuuuuuun…”).

So Major And King Have Girlfriends Already!?: See The Season 3 Trailer For “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle”

March 29th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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How can you not love T.I. and his family after two seasons of The Family Hustle? They’re absolutely hilarious, but heartwarming to watch. And despite the “KANG” persona we get to see all the time from T.I. the rapper, it’s nice to see T.I. as the father and head of his household, and doing it oh so well looking after six kids with Tiny. And in this new season of the show, which will premiere on April 8, the Harris family takes Hollywood by storm, goes on a skiing trip (and struggles big time), tries their hand at Nascar and does their usual clowning around from time to time. But a big thing happening in the new season is that the kids are testing the dating pool, including Messiah (see T.I. try and teach him how to do the yawn-and-put-your-arm-around-her move) and Zonnique–who gets the rundown that pretty much no man will ever be good enough. But surprisingly, Major (who turns five this year) and King (nine this year) have found themselves in young love already. I know, crazy right!? Check out the trailer from the new season and let us know what you think. The Harris family is back!

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Will you be tuning in? If so, remember to check out the premiere on April 8, 10/9c on VH1.

Lil Wayne Releases Amusing Video Update On His Medical Condition

March 22nd, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Exactly one week ago, news spread like wildfire that YMCMB rapper Lil Wayne had been hospitalized after suffering from a seizure.  While the reports on Wayne’s medical condition conveyed by the media were very conflicting with the statements released by friends close to the “High School” rapper, the common consensus was the Weezy was in fact hospitalized.

While most members of Wayne’s camp expressed that he was fine and just resting, TMZ reported that the rapper was near death. A tweet was eventually sent out from Wayne’s Twitter account saying, “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.” The tweet was enough to put some at bay, but skeptics believed that Weezy’s camp was hiding something and that there was some truth to TMZ‘s claims. Some even expressed that they wouldn’t believe he was okay until they saw a photograph. Well, the New Orleans rapper decided to give fans something better. He recently released a video blog, thanking fans for their love, alongside his pal and fellow rapper T.I. Interestingly, the video was acquired by TMZ.

“What’s poppin y’all? Tunechi in this b***h. I just want to say thank you to y’all for y’all prayers and y’all concerns and all that. I swear to God I felt that love when I was laid up in that mother f***ing hospital bed. I want all y’all to know that I’m good. A n***a more than good,” he says in the video.

He then went on to plug for his upcoming album, I Am Not a Human Being II.

“Also, my bum a** album still coming out March 26. ‘I Am Not a Human Being II.’ You can go get that if you want. But if not, it’s all good, whatever. Also, I’m still going on tour, America’s Most Wanted Tour [with] my closest friends in the game. Speaking of my closest friends in the game, I got my n***a right here to elaborate on that subject.”

Then enters T.I.

“What’s happenin? What ‘s happenin? You good, I’m good, we good, it’s all good. Ain’t nothing to it. Aye hustle game, young money, partna. I hope you brought money cuz it’s going down [more T.I. jibber jabber] July 5th… Get you some barbecue on fourth come holla at us on the fifth… If I say it and it’s a lie n***a, Popeye  a punk.”

And finally, Wayne brings it all back in.

“I’m more than good. But, thank you for real. Thank you all out there for your prayers and all that. I’m more than good. I swear.”

You gotta love T.I.s ability to code switch. On T.I. & Tiny: Family Hustle, he articulates himself so well, but only God knows what he was saying in that video with Wayne.

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Don’t Mess With The Fam: Rapper T.I. Implodes On Twitter Over TMZ’s False Lil Wayne Report

March 16th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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TMZ is known for getting the scoop on all things celebrity, most of the time before anyone else knows about it. They have spies pretty much everywhere.

But when they get things wrong, they have a tendency to get it really wrong…and they don’t always admit to their mistakes (often just omitting a sentence and acting like it never happened).

Enter T.I.

By now, we all know rapper Lil Wayne has been hospitalized for seizures (there were reports that he slipped into a coma but he or someone from the team tweeted he was okay).  While his condition was apparently listed as critical, TMZ took it upon themselves to run a story that said Wayne was being read his “last rites” which happens when a person is on their death bed. They’ve since taken the story down but didn’t even apologize for printing something that was incorrect and unverified.

Well, T.I., who is a good friend of the rapper, got wind of the story and he was not too pleased.  He took to his Twitter account to let TMZ know that he was…upset. We warn you, the screencapped tweets are chock full o’ cuss words so if that’s not what you want to see, scroll on down.



That was probably putting it lightly. Although his language was extremely harsh, it appears his heart was in the right place. As a family friend, he was trying to shield the negative and incorrect stories from Wayne’s family members.

Hopefully those seizures were not a result of his alleged habit of drinking sizzurp but if so, we’d hope T.I also played the role of big brother is talking to Wayne about giving that up.

MN Jam Of The Day: “My Love” By Justin Timberlake Feat. TI

January 4th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Oh how I miss the days of Justin Timberlake singing and dancing around on my TV screen instead of just standing around while talking and trying his best to be a character actor. Off of the FutureSex/LoveSounds album, “My Love” was one of the standout tracks from the album, and definitely one of the most live with its bass-bumping Timbaland beat. The video was fabulous as well with the slick dance moves, the well-dressed men and the sleek way it was shot in black and white. Personally, I was just jamming to the track on the train earlier this morning and it definitely made me want to pull out the old-school body roll. If you need something to put you in the right mood for a long day, you won’t regret checking this chic clip and awesome song out. Happy Friday friends!

Cute Kid Alert: T.I. & The Harris Family Channel The Cosbys, And Bow Wow And His Daughter Are Twins

October 16th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Bow Wow’s daughter, Shai, and the Harris family aren’t the only ones getting cute this week. Thought I’d share this photo of Isabella Freeman, the daughter of “My Wife and Kids” star Jennifer Freeman and her ex-husband, Earl Watson. The cutie patootie was spotted shopping at Whole Foods in her denim jumpsuit, pink sandals, and huge floral headband. And my eyes could be tweaking, but I think she’s pushing around a child-size cart. Isn’t she adorable?

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Speaking of adorable kids, Bow Wow (who received a lot of heat last week for child support issues and his financial situation) and Joie Chavis’s daughter, Shai, was seen having fun with her grandmother, Teresa Caldwell, this past weekend The little one in her floral dress and bow headband was in vogue with her granny, and Teresa even put her pic side-to-side with her son’s baby picture. As she says: “The same face.” I can see it!

And T.I in his brightest sweater, Tiny and their large family got together for a photoshoot with InTouch where they channeled the Cosbys. With the exception of Zonnique of course, T.I’s genes are very strong in these kids. Did they do the Cosby’s justice?

Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Bitter Break-Up’s Behind Our Fave R&B Groups

April 28th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Though times have certainly changed and we rarely see groups anymore, the groups of yesteryear live on and we sing their songs like they just came out yesterday. When a group broke up, they gave a simple excuse similar to, “Oh, we just wanted to do something different.”  Maybe…or maybe not. Check out the real reason some of our favorite groups broke up…

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For Better or For Worse, Reality Shows Lead the Way in Diversity on TV

March 26th, 2012 - By C. Cleveland
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The population of the United States is more diverse than ever, but you wouldn’t know it by the TV guide. The number of roles for African-Americans has improved…slightly. There were over 30 Black actors and actresses on the primetime pilots scheduled for last Fall, and sprinkled throughout ensemble casts like Grey’s Anatomy. However, predominately minority casts are few, and largely regulated to cable channels like BET and TBS. For better or for worse, reality television is leading the way for diversity on TV. And that may not be such a bad thing.

Thanks to attractive economics, the reality format has come to rule the airwaves. Reality programming is cheaper than traditional programming in every way imaginable. It requires less equipment, a smaller crew, and fewer paid performers. Networks see reality television as a saving grace to balance the price of programming across their schedule.

Viewers and critics often lament the Black sitcoms of yesterday, complaining that shows like The Jeffersons, Martin, and Girlfriends are nonexistent. But, sitcoms are in decline overall. The popularity of reality television has come at the expense of the sitcom. In 2002-03, reality’s share of the top 10 prime time show audience almost tripled to 63%, while sitcoms’ share declined by more than half to 17%, according to historical data from The Nielsen Company. The television business and viewers’ taste has changed. It’s a safe bet that we will never see the amount of scripted Black sitcoms we had in the 90’s again.

Admittedly, most of reality television relies on well-worn stereotypes of women and minorities to shape its characters. Basketball Wives is not doing the image of Black women any favors. Even in showslike Survivor, minorities aren’t cast positively. Diversity means differences. Differences often stoke conflict, and conflict equals ratings.  Watching Bad Girls Club can give one the urge to weep for the careers of talented out of work Black actors; however, is it possible that reality television can uplift, as well as tear us down?