Remember how you used to cry and faint whenever you saw Mista performing on BET or in your town? Well, they’re back sort of. The group got together to watch former member Bobby Valentino perform during the R&B Live Presents Disturbin’ the Peace at Spotlight in New York last night. The guys have remained tight friends over the years.
Reports are circulating wildy around the Internets that Keyshia Cole has left Jeezy and run to the arms of boxer Floyd Mayweather. I just spoke to Jeezy last night, and he was in very good spirits. He didn’t sound like a man who let a great catch like Keyshia Cole get away.
When Johnny Gill recently spilled the tea about Tracey Edmonds‘ mama breaking up her marriage with Eddie Murphy, it was nothing we hadn’t already heard before.
But maybe hearing it come out of Gill’s mouth on syndicated radio was the trigger that set Tracey off.
Eddie’s ex-fiancee called Tom Joyner personally to air her side of the story on the allegations made by Eddie’s BFF Gill – who shares a home with Murphy.
As if that wasn’t enough, Tracey also fired off a press release to the national media denying the allegations made by Johnny Gill in a radio interview. Edmonds, who is under a gag order not to reveal Eddie’s dirty secrets, all but ripped the shroud of secrecy from Eddie and Johnny’s relationship when she said – and I quote – “We all know the truth, Johnny.”
As previously reported, Gill was asked to comment on reports that Murphy’s mother Lillian got into a heated argument with Edmonds’ mom during the former couple’s “spiritual ceremony” near Bora Bora. Gill told Banks: “One of Tracey’s guests said some things that were inappropriate that triggered everything with the mom, and that’s how it all started.”
Gill also denied rumors that he is secretly in a relationship with Murphy and was ultimately responsible for the legal ceremony being cancelled.
Banks told listeners Monday that Tracey had reached him by phone that morning, but was under gag order and couldn’t discuss the issue because of a confidentiality agreement she signed with Eddie at the end of their relationship.
However her publicist released an official statement regarding Johnny Gill’s comments during Friday’s interview.
According to Banks, the statement read: “I was very shocked and disappointed to hear of Johnny Gill’s false spin on the chain of events surrounding our wedding. His outrageous lies were clearly a very desperate and pathetic attempt to clean up his reputation at my expense. I would appreciate it if Mr. Gill would refrain from continuing to spread false gossip and lies to the public, and allow everyone involved to move on with their lies. We all know the real truth.” (Source)
Rapper/entrepreneur Young Jeezy granted the wish of the lucky winner from his “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest with a special presentation and dinner at Justin’s Restaurant in Atlanta last night (2/26). The contest offered an open invitation to fans to share their dreams and aspirations with Jeezy.
The winning submission came from Tamara Jenkins-Wilson from North Carolina who wrote a heart-felt letter regarding her disabled son:
“My ultimate dream would be for me to provide a Wheelchair Accessible Van for my son, Davon Jenkins. Davon is 13 years old and has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. It is hard for me to provide this for him as we are a military family and I am unable to work as I have to take care of him. My husband is currently serving in Iraq so I physically lift him in and out of our vehicle when we need to go to appointments and such. Thanks so much for the opportunity.”
It seems Janet Jackson has a new nose to go along with her 10th studio album Discipline which dropped yesterday on Island Def Jam. The difference between Jan’s 2007 nose and the current one is subtle, but obvious to the trained eye.
Meanwhile, MTV’s artist of the week continued her blistering non-stop schedule to promote her new album by appearing on MTV’s TRL. Her live performance brought the house down. The night before, more than a thousand members of Janet Nation braved the cold in NY to be the first to cop Discipline at Virgin Records Megastore midnight sale in Times Square. Discipline is expected to top the charts next week with a guesstimated 270k sold.
It appears that statements made by soul legend Etta James were taken out of context in regards to the casting choice of a new biopic based partly on James’ life.
Quotes were posted on this site and others alluding to the fact that James was not happy with the choice of Beyoncé to play her part in the movie “Cadillac Records.” But according to a writeup on PageSix.com, nothing could be further from the truth:
Etta James, the legendary soul singer to be portrayed by Beyonce in the upcoming film “Cadillac Records,” recently spoke about how pleased she is with the casting choice.”
It’s a privilege and an honor to have somebody like that girl. I don’t think she looks like me, but that’s all right. They can fix that up,” Etta told PageSix.com.
But moving beyond looks, James warns: “Oh my god, she’s going to have a hill to climb, because Etta James ain’t been no angel!”
For one, James says Beyonce will have to make some changes to her singing style.
“I have my own way of putting those songs over, and I was just wondering if Beyoncé could, and my son said, ‘They’re thinking about how she looks, but Mama, she can really sing.’ ” (Source)
The documentary style movie chronicles the trials and tribulations of R&B label Chess Records, where James recorded early on in her career.
The Oscars finally issued an apology to Whoopi Goldberg for omitting her from it’s Oscar montage. The omission left Whoopi in tears on the set of the View the day after the Academy Awards aired.
It was “an absolute oversight,” the award show’s producer told People magazine.
“No harm was intended, and I feel very, very badly that she was left out,” Gil Cates said Tuesday. “I’m going to call her and tell her that.”Although described as a montage of hosts, the piece shown at Sunday night’s telecast on ABC was actually “supposed to be a montage of 80 exciting moments of the Academy Awards” culled from hundreds of hours of footage, says Cates. “Basically, that was not a montage about hosts.”
He noted that former host Steve Martin also wasn’t in the montage.
Janet Jackson gets her grown woman on with the April ’08 issue of Ebony magazine. We are definitely feeling the more age appropriate look for Janet. After 22 years, it’s time to grow up. And since JJ feels she has nothing more to prove, does this mean she will retire if Discipline flops?