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A man has been convicted of homicide by vessel in the Georgia jet ski crash that killed Tameka Raymond’s son and singer Usher’s 11 year old stepson, Kile Glover.
Today, a Gainsville, Georgia jury found Jeffrey Hubbard guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation.
A summer 2012 crash on Lake Lanier killed Glover and left another teen severely injured.
Investigators said the jet ski Hubbard was riding hit the children as they were riding in an inner tube. Glover was first declared brain dead and then died six days later.
Hubbard’s attorneys argued that the accident wasn’t linked to any recklessness.
No word on Hubbard’s sentence yet but we’ll keep you posted.
Valentine’s Day is here and that means boxes of chocolate, teddy bears, dates and lovemaking. But it takes more than a special day for lovers to set that mood. And that’s when your favorite love songs and baby-making music come into play. And MadameNoire has the list of smooth R&B crooners, and their best slow jams and ballads ladies (and gents too) love to listen to while getting it on. Some of these male vocalists have the looks and some honestly just have the voices, but either way, women love them.
Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.
Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.
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Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.
Usher and Chilli
In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.
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Over the last year, Usher has really hurt the feelings of legions of female fans because he…wouldn’t get a haircut. He’s walked around with a mohawk and unshaven face before finally growing his hair all the way out for his role as Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming biopic on the boxer’s life. All you would hear or read is, “If Usher gets a haircut he would be back on the ‘he could get it list’.” Yes, we’ve heard it all.
But finally – finally – Usher has gotten rid of it all and is looking like the Confessions Usher we all knew and loved. But it didn’t come without some playing around first. On Friday, after his hair was all picked out, Usher had his hair braided. The tweets were flying fast and furiously after people said that no man over 25 should have braids:
Check out the next page for all the other haircuts Usher toyed around with before finally going back to the man we love. We can only hope that his next album is as good as his haircut (and yes, I’m making a direct connection between his hair and his music – am I the only one?).
From Hello Beautiful
Tameka Raymond has had more than enough of her fair share of hard times. She went through a high-profile divorce with beloved R&B star Usher Raymond, lost her son Kile Glover in a tragic jet-ski accidentand almost faced the same heartbreak with her son Cinco. Tameka has been dragged through the mud by the media but through all of the tumultuous reports, she has remained strong and optimistic. How so? Tameka finds inspiration in the Kile’s World Foundation and caring for the rest of her children who take after their superstar father. We gabbed with the woman begind the myths and she opened up about how she is perceived by in public eye and life after Usher.
HelloBeautiful: How do you deal with all of the negative press?
Tameka Raymond: It’s a game of numbers and someone has to be the underdog. Obviously, my ex-husband has a lot of fans in the media and in the public, you know, just in general and a lot of the media favor him naturally because he’s grown up in that limelight and public eye and I understand. I guess for me now, it rolls off my back. Whereas, when I initially started dating him and we were engaged, it bothered me more because I just couldn’t understand like, ‘Why are they talking about me? What did I do?’
HelloBeautiful: It seemed like everything you did made headlines…
TR: Everything and the other thing is that I was pregnant for basically my entire marriage, the whole two years so when people would see pictures of me, they would always be like, ‘Oh, she’s fat, or look at her face, she looks like this, she looks like that’ and I was usually concealing a big belly.
HB: What message do you want people to know about that you feel was lost in that whole media frenzy?
TR: I think that the world and the media forgot that I was a professional, working, independent woman when we [Usher] met and that I have the ability to stand on my own two feet. I’m not defined by any partner or marriage or anything else and I hate that they never really gave me a chance or got to know me for me outside of what they assumed they knew. It’s funny, I looked at my Wikipedia yesterday. Mind you, I didn’t create it nor did I know I had one, but I googled it and it says I’m an American hairstylist, I was like, I am?
HB: Do you Google yourself?
TR: I don’t Google myself, but yesterday I was looking up a song my friend was playing and we were trying to figure out who produced it. So I Googled it and it was one of my ex-husband’s songs. We were listening to ‘Lifetime’ that he had on that album “Here I Stand,” it hyperlinked [my name] to the album and I laughed and I said, ‘Oh, look at this.’ They were talking about the album and it was about me and yada, yada…
Read on to see what Tameka has to say about about her dating life and if she would be with Usher again on HelloBeautiful.com
Usher’s 2004 Confessions album was certainly one for the history books. It seemed as if every other week, his label released another hit single from the highly anticipated, super controversial studio album—including catchy club banger “Caught Up.” But now, nearly nine years after the single’s release, a crew of songrwriters, Zacharia Edwards, Mitch Moses and Vince McClean are allegedly claiming that they are actually the original composers of the track and that Usher and the lovely folks over at Arista Records stole the song from them.
According to Perez Hilton, the trio say that they wrote the song in 2002 and and played it from some executives at Arista. It appears that nothing became of the meeting. Two years later, they were shocked to hear R&B superstar, Usher Raymond, belting out their song on the radio. So yeah, basically they’re claiming the song was stolen from them and now they’re reportedly suing. Though this version of the story seems pretty simplified, we’re sure that there’s a lot more to the story. And we can’t help but wonder why it took them nine years to take legal action against Usher and Arista.
We hear that they’re suing for unspecified damages. Hopefully things can be settled out of court. Can you imagine if he had to run back and forth to court for this case and his ongoing child custody dispute with ex-wife, Tameka Raymond? Details about this case are still pretty scarce, but we’ll be sure to keep you all posted as this story develops.
For old times’ sake…
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We told you a while back that Usher (aka, Ursher, as I like to call him) was starring as Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming biopic, Hands of Stone. The singer has already bulked up to get the (Tameka Raymond approved) body of the prized fighter, but now he’s working on his hair, growing the afro that Leonard stayed with as a young man. When speaking about embodying the man for the movie, Usher stated that he’s more than serious about doing what he needs to not only look like him on-screen but in real life as well:
“My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him. The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in — all that. He’s an incredible man.”
Well, Usher showed off his elevated afro this week while performing for the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s 2013 Angel Ball, which helps raise money for cancer research. While he might try to look like Sugar Ray Leonard, he took a page out of Liberace’s fashion book with his glittery suit swag.
What do you think of the look? Usher actually looks a bit younger with such a hairstyle, but he doesn’t look bad. Kudos to the man for taking such an acting opportunity so serious, but I’m sure he knows that he has no other choice. People can be harsh with critiques when it comes to an actor’s work in a biopic, especially an actor whose day job is to sing for a living. Do you think he’ll knock it out the park?
Usher Raymond is making some Hollywood moves. The singer is doing double movie duty with his credit as executive producer of the upcoming education documentary Undroppable. And he’s got a role in Hands of Stone as legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
Undroppable is about the dropout epidemic in the U.S. educational system, which will include direct feedback from American students. Written and directed by Jason Pollock, the film will be supported by a social media/video campaign that will allow students to discuss the issues they face in school reports Uptown magazine.
Raymond has signed on as executive producer with Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber‘s manager) who introduced him to the project. Adam McKay, Sharon Chang, Alex Soros and John Powers Middleton are also listed as executive producers on the project.
“I knew Usher was very passionate about the issue of education, so I felt this was a great project to bring him into,” said Braun. “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue this film and movement.”
Undroppable will be a 2014 release.
Usher has executive produced or produced other film projects, including the 2011 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never documentary (producer); 2005′s In the Mix (executive producer); and the TV movie documentary One Night One Star: Usher Live in 2005 (producer).
Hands of Stone is about Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran who fought Sugar Ray Leonard and other big name pugilists during his heyday, winning 103 out of 119 fights. Duran’s rivalry with Sugar Ray was legendary.
The movie will also star Edgar Ramirez as Duran and Robert De Niro as Duran’s coach Ray Arcel.
Remember back in 2004 when Usher’s album, “Confessions,” came out at nearly the exact same time the singer broke up with Chilli and everyone assumed all the scandalous tales on the album were about his relationship with her? Since that time, producer Jermaine Dupri has spoken up about the fact that the confessions on that album were actually about his trife life and not Usher’s, but as Chilli makes her media rounds promoting the TLC Biopic airing on VH1 tonight, she’s also setting the record straight about the recordings and how she feels about Usher to this day. Clearing the air with Us Weekly, she said:
“We were together when he recorded that album. All of those songs on ‘Confessions,’ that was about Jermaine Dupri’s situation. Usher was just singing it. But people kind of bought into it, it was just the timing of our breakup when the album came out. So people assumed that album was about us, but it was not. And Usher and I weren’t oil and water. We broke up because I guess it was that time or whatever. He was that real love for me.”
Though we can believe “Confessions” wasn’t really about Usher and Chilli, what seems a bit confusing is the 42-year-old claiming they broke up because “it was that time or whatever.” Am I the only one who recalls a semi-bitter Chilli calling into Atlanta’s Q100 radio station back in 2004 and telling the world, “Usher did the ultimate no-no to me. I will never be with him again, and that is that,” before adding, ”He portrayed himself to be this honest and great guy, and he really wasn’t. ”I will never take him back. It is a done deal.”
Now I’m not saying she couldn’t have finally gotten over that and changed her tune about the type of man Usher is, but doing the “ultimate no-no,” which we all assume is cheating, does not sound like it was just time to move on. Makes me wonder whether Chilli calling into that radio show nine years ago was a part of a PR spectacle to boost sales of “Confessions” or she just forgot she told the world that in her latest interview? Whatever the case, it appears any bitter feelings she may or may not have felt toward her ex at that time have since subsided. She added in her Us Weekly interview:
“In any relationship, even when it came to my relationship with Usher, when it was time to make a move, I had to do that. I don’t care how much my heart was hurting, sometimes you’re just supposed to be with people for a reason and it’s not always a lifetime. Even if you want it to be, it just doesn’t work out that way.
“But I’ll always love him, forever, because he was my first adult love, a real love. We’re cool, we’re really cool. There’s no hard feelings, nothing like that. It’s all good.”
Someone Dallas Austin, the father of her 16-year-old son Tron, is thinking, “ain’t this about a bleep?” Just kidding. It’s good to know Chilli’s in a good place Usher, but do you think she should stop talking about him so much, though, considering they’ve been broken up for almost 10 years now?