Congratulations to comedian Lil' Duval and his girlfriend Mrs. Lil' Duval who gave birth to a baby girl. Lil' Duval, real name Roland Powell, was a finalist on BET's Coming to the Stage. From there he went on to tour with Cedric the Entertainer and quickly became rapper T.I.P.'s favorite comedian hosting Grand Hustle's Comedy nights at the Uptown Comedy Corner here in Atlanta.
All day yesterday I received angry emails from my loyal readers wanting me to put a certain site on blast for reportedly disrespecting one of our most respected and loved poets - Maya Angelou. Allegedly, this site referred to Ms. Angelou in a post titled "H* sit down."
First of all, I warned you guys about that site last year. At the time I told you that, unlike FUBU, that site is not by us or for us.
Yet you continually supported that site even when it referred to us as b*tches and h*s. Apparently it was ok for them to continually degrade our sistas and ridicule our culture, so why is it a problem now? Hmmm?
Personally I don't visit sites that degrade black women. When they call one of us a b*tch or a h*, they are referring to all of us. Respect yourself first if you want others to respect you.
Leona Lewis is the talented British star who some say will change the face of pop music when she is unleashed on America in the coming months. We like her already. She exudes a charm and grace that is missing in today's music. Expect to see Leona everywhere this Summer. Leona won the British version of American Idol and her first single is "Bleeding Love."
MTV and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx have teamed up to create another foolish urban reality TV show. From G's to Gents casts Jamie as a sort of Andre Leon Talley of comedy who fine tunes roughnecks into smooth gentlemen. Presumably Jamie will teach young thugs how to act civilized and not show their asses - literally.
- Are you a hustler?
- Do you have the passion and skills, but can’t catch a break?
- Is your self-worth measured by the number of fights you’ve won,
girls you’ve slept with, or weight of bling around your neck?"From G’s to Gents" will take 15 young "G's" and polish them up. Taking lessons in everything from Style and Grace, Etiquette, Chivalry, and Business Skills, the men will LEARN that with the right tools every G has the ability to be a true Gentleman – and a real shot at finding success.
The Stakes: The G that makes it to the end of the competition will win a large cash prize and the opportunity to make their dream job and lifestyle a reality.
Music producer Stevie J., real name Stevie Jordan, is engaged to Whoopi Goldberg's daughter Alexandria Martin. Both have made trips down the aisle with previous partners.
The couple, who has dated on and off for the last six years, got engaged in December 2007 after he presented her with a diamond engagement ring and matching bracelet. "I'm to the place right now in my life where I am fully happy with the man I have become. I know none of this would be possible without God first and a beautiful partner like Alex. I am looking forward to planning out a great life for us," said the groom-to-be, before adding: "And she can cook a mean f----g steak!" (Source)
V-103's king of afternoon radio Ryan Cameron is branching out with a new TV show debuting next Monday on Starz Network. The new late night show features guest appearances and live performances by music's heavy hitters. As you know, urban shows need our support to keep the lights on. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, if you don't already have it, please order Starz Network at 800.313.8108 even if for only one month!!!
Make sure you mention you're calling to order "the Ryan Cameron Show" and specifically use this number (800.313.8108) because the network is tracking how many new subscribers the show attracts vs ratings. PLEASE SUPPORT AN URBAN SHOW... you know we need it - and, it's actually a really good show. For a preview clip, go to www.ryancameronuncensored.com.
Excellent synopsis of the war between Omar Little and Avon Barksdale which span 3 seasons of HBO's The Wire. Perfectly edited by Wire10110101 who combines 30 scenes which tells the story of Omar robbing Baltimore drug dealers for fun and profit, and Avon Barksdale who runs his drug empire with an iron fist and murder in his heart.
Part 1 begins with Omar and his robbing crew hitting one of Avon's stash houses. Avon retaliates by putting out a hit on Omar and then torturing and murdering his lover Brandon. Stringer Bell sets up Omar by hiring professional hit man Brother Mouzon. Stringer is himself set up by Avon. Part 5 ends with the murder of Stringer Bell by Omar and Brother Mouzon.
For those who have never experienced The Wire, you now get to see what you've been missing.
Danity Kane's D. Woods is featured on one of this month's covers of King magazine. DK, the manufactured group she's a member of is also featured on a cover but I'll pass. When will the music industry catch a clue that the reason their industry is in the sewer is because they chose sex over substance?
Addicts of HBO's hit series The Wire know Maestro Harrell as Randy Wagstaff, the kid who hustled candy during the 4th Season. When Randy Maestro isn't acting he plays the piano and sings a little. His crooning caught the ear of Jermaine Dupri who signed him to So So Def/Island Records in 2005.
JD and Island Records held a showcase last week where he put his new roster on display for executives of the label including LA Reid. Of course I wasn't invited, of course.
There's a video floating around the Internet of Randy Maestro and JD's other acts performing during the showcase. Time will tell if Maestro, 16, has the pipes to make us forget him as Randy the candy kid on The Wire.
According to reports, Jennifer Lopez is in a NY hospital about to pop. The Latin diva joins other Hollywood actresses who seek the services of fertility doctors specializing in multiple births.
Hospital officials denied that the Bronx-born superstar who is expecting twins was at the medical center. Two hospital sources, however, said she was "in the house" and had checked in under a false name. (Source)
Marc Anthony's rep insists J-Lo is not in labor. Yesterday, rumors were rampant that J-Lo had given birth to her twins.