Lil' Wayne's peeps reached out to Sandrarose.com today to request extras for a music video featuring Wayne, Baby and G Malone currently being shot at Dreamz nightclub in Decatur. The shoot started at 12 noon and is expected to continue through the day. So you have plenty of time to get there.
Weezy is already in the building, but don't expect him to have a Styrofoam cup in his hand. According to label sources, Weezy has been "clean" for three weeks now. Supposedly, his doctor told him that his liver is hanging on by a thread and he would likely suffer the same fate as Pimp C if he kept sipping the syrup.
According to online reports, singer Alicia Keys issued an apology for tobacco ads that appeared on posters advertising her concert which is only two days away.
The 28-year-old singer apologized after discovering that her gig, which kicks off on July 31, was sponsored by tobacco firm Philip Morris.
In a statement, Keys said she asked for "corrective actions" as soon as she came to know about the advertisements. The company has withdrawn their sponsorship and the billboard posters have also been removed.
"I apologize for any misleading advertising initially associated with the show,” BBC quoted Keys, as saying in a statement. "I''m an unyielding advocate for the well-being and health of children around the world and do not condone or endorse smoking. (Source)
Don't you love it when celebrities feign ignorance about a promotion that's using their name? I guess she missed that big ass Philip Morris logo on everything associated with her concerts, ie tickets, posters, etc? Who or what did she think was sponsoring her shows?
A celebrity is a fool if he or she doesn't know about a promotion that's tied to their name. They can't blame the business manager if they're ignorant about business.
What happened to the dress code that the NBA instituted a while back? I have never seen LeBron James cleaned up nicely except in that Vitamin Water commercial. Anyway, thanks to Greg for this shot of LeBron arriving in China for the Summer Olympic games.
About the only thing stylish in this photo is the Louis Vuitton Monogram Keepall LeBron is wearing. So he gets a pass for the rest of his getup.
Greg pointed out the $350 Beats By Dre headphones that LeBron has -- and that all the Olympic basketball players received for free from Apple. LeBron is wearing his with the red accessory wire for his iPOD. The Beats By Dre headphones use the same noise canceling technology as the BOSE QuietComfort Noise Reduction headphones which, coincidentally, also retails for $350.
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Rapper Ludacris unveils a new track in support of Sen. Barack Obama for president. In the track, titled "Politics: Obama is Here", Luda calls Hillary Clinton the B-word and challenges black voters to "get off your ass and vote!"
According to Allhiphop.com, rapper Nelly is the very first celebrity spokesmodel for Sean Jean underwear. Frankly, I don't see what the big deal is. Especially since I hear Nelly isn't all that impressive in with or without underwear on. Maybe Sean Combs knows something we don't?
"I have known Nelly for many years and I really admire his work. To me, Nelly is the quintessential definition of the Sean John man. He has the attitude, the swagger, and most of all the physique that our customers can both aspire and relate to. And let’s be honest, all of the ladies out there are going to be thanking us for this campaign. The images are so strong; they speak for themselves."
Well, the images I've seen so far ain't saying nothin'. How can he be an underwear model and not show the underwear?
Thankfully, a Sean Jean mail room worker came through and emailed me this HAWT promo shot. Enjoy, ladies.
Just the other day I was having a conversation with a fellow celebrity blogger who asked, "whatever happened to the movie 'Mama I Want To Sing'"? I joked that the movie went straight to DVD. It looks like I was right after all.
According to Brown Sista, Ciara revealed to Billboard magazine earlier this month that her new movie, Mama I Want To Sing, will not be hitting theater screens later this year, but rather will be going straight to DVD in early 2009.
While Ciara didn't give a reason for the demise of the film, many believe the producers picked the wrong actress to play the part of Amara, the daughter who wants to sing. I love me some Ciara, but she was all wrong for that part. The part called for a real singer, not an entertainer, which is what CiCi is.
Sometimes producers and casting directors go for star power to draw movie patrons into theaters. But in this case, the film already had star power in Lynn Whitfield. 'Mama' required a singer who can blow. Unfortunately, Ciara falls a little bit short of that mark.
Overdubbing tracks with with another singer's voice while the actress lip syncs is so 1930s. This is exactly what the producers ended up doing with 'Mama'.
'Mama' was more than likely shown at a test screening and the audience hated it. When investors see that a movie does poorly at test screenings, they won't put up the additional funds to get the movie into theaters.
Call me a hater, but I fully expect the new Notorious B.I.G. docudrama to also go straight to DVD.
One of my gentleman readers emailed me yesterday to remind me that I haven't had a Morning Glory post in a minute. He said, while he understands the ladies need their Morning Wood to get through the day, I shouldn't neglect the needs of my male readers either. He's absolutely right.
So today's Morning Glory is former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland who looks beautiful in whatever she wears. Too bad she felt the need to artificially enhance her breasts. But at least she didn't go overboard with it.
Fashion icon Zoe Kravitz was out & about in NYC last night. We love, LOVE her lace frock and sandals! Zoe's Marc Jacobs bag looks like it withstood the wear and tear of Zoe's jet set lifestyle. And just when we thought Zoe had abandoned her trend setting Dirty Couture look.
Sanaa Lathan and Serena Williams attended the McDonald's Big Mac 40th Birthday Party at Project Beach House in Malibu lat week. Sanaa will be in Atlanta this weekend to co-host Jermaine Dupri's star-studded all white party at the Woodruff Arts Center. Tickets are going fast!
Adrienne Bailon attended the World Premiere of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants2" in NYC last night. But why is she standing like that? And is it my imagination or did she grow a new ass ala Jennifer Lopez who had no ass to speak of when she was a dancer on "In Living Color"?
Actor Patrick Swayze was given up for dead by the media when it was announced he had the deadly pancreatic cancer. But Swayze beat the odds and now he is a cancer survivor. Swayze looked fit and healthy yesterday on the set of his TV series "The Beast" currently filming in Chicago. Good for him!
The controversial commercial featuring Mr T firing Snickers bars at an innocent speedwalker.
"Speed walking? You're a disgrace to the man race! It's time to run like a real man!," says Mr T as the speedwalker takes off running. "Get some nuts!" yells Mr T as he cuts his 4x4 across someone's neatly manicured lawn.
The commercial is hilarious, but gay rights groups - who have no sense of humor - had the commercial banned worldwide because they claimed it was homophobic.
We can't wait until Solange drops her new album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams next month. Until then we will have to make do with Solange's new video blog. We love, LOVE her spontaneity and honesty. Solange refers to herself as "the Hadley Street dumb ass" in her first video blog. Solange's free spirited personality is a refreshing departure form her sister Beyonce who is much too stuck on herself to make a video blog for her fans.
Sorry, I didn't have a Morning Wood ready for you ladies today. I know you need that Morning Wood to get you through your day at work. Will Chris Brown do until tomorrow? Yeah, I know he's sadly lacking, but his Nike kicks are kewl.
Tomorrow I'll make up for it with two Morning Woods!
At least we know Chris Brown is old enough to drive. The teenager was spotted driving BFF Rihanna around in his brand new shiny Viper. Maybe that's a gift from Chris Brown's manager Tina? I don't know. I'm just guessing. It's looks like something a grown woman would buy a young boy to keep him happy.
Itsthereal.com takes another swipe at Hip-Hop under the guise of satire and parody. I used to be wary of their video parodies, but not anymore. Rappers did this to themselves by turning a wildly successful music genre into a circus sideshow.
Now Rick Ross is the head clown (that used to be Ja Rule's position). Clown on rappers. Soon you'll be back on the corners slinging rocks for real when the record labels wise up and cut the purse strings.
Jay Z was out & about in NYC yesterday trying to look the part of a hustler turned business man. A sharp eyed pap noticed Jay was wearing his wedding ring. For normal married people this would not be unusual. But the simple act of wearing a wedding ring is a dramatic production for the "retired" rapper.
Maybe Jay noticed the lack of paparazzi following him around lately so he thought this might be as good a time as any to pull the ring out and draw some attention? Then again maybe his and Beyonce's rings just arrived from the jeweler.
Rap artist Trina and her boyfriend, Denver Nuggets player, Kenyon Martin, were shaken up in a horrific car crash over the weekend. The young lovers traveled from their home in Miami to Belize on Friday (7/26) to attend a peace rally and basketball tournament on Saturday.
As they left the airport, the vehicle they were riding in swerved off the highway to avoid oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle. The couple were shaken up but unhurt. Two young boys riding with them were injured.
According to Trinafan.com, the accident may have been caused, in part, by the police motorcade escorting the vehicles. The motorcade took up a wide portion of the narrow two lane highway, forcing oncoming traffic to go around them. The 6-9 power forward comforted his boo Trina at the scene after helping her out of the twisted wreckage.
As you already know, Trina and Kenyon - who is a married man - make no secret of their romance which you heard about here first.
The couple seem to have the blessing of Kenyon's wife and baby mama, Heather (pictured right with Kenyon in happier times). The news of Trina and Kenyon's relationship came to light when Trina helped organize Kenyon's 30th birthday bash in Miami, Florida last year. Heather's name was not on the guest list.
Supposedly, Heather is content as long as those child support and alimony checks don't bounce. I'm sure Heather has some other young NBA baller to keep her bed warm at night.
Last week, a Bad Boy Records rep leaked word of Sean Combs' upcoming nuptials to singer Cassie. Star magazine got duped into publishing the "scoop" from an inside source. Of course the news was denied by Sean Combs, 39, who claimed the story was a complete fabrication and he had no intentions on marrying the 21-year-old Cassie.
And just to prove it, Sean arranged a family day outing in Central Park yesterday with his baby mama Kim Porter and 4 of his 5 biologicals - Christian, Justin, D'Lila and Jessie.
While Sean and the boys played touch football with friends, Kim and her girls frolicked in the grass -- in full view of the paparazzi of course. Judging from the photos, each twin had her own nanny which I found odd. It isn't like Kim was off playing touch football with the fellas and couldn't tend to her own brood. How sweet that Kim is still playing the part of the long-suffering girlfriend that stands by her man who just won't do right.
Rolling Out TV caught up with Monica at the Down South Takeover concert in Marietta, GA last weekend. RO's roving reporter asked Rocko about his upcoming nuptials to Monica. He said: "We just really settling it down. I just want to make it all the way right. We're putting it together real big."
Monica was also asked about the announcement of their engagement made by longtime boyfriend and baby daddy Rocko Da Don during his concert. Here's what Monica said: "That's a beautiful thing. We have two children, but most of all he has the household like a man should. That's setting a good example."
But then RO's roving reporter asked Monica if the wedding date was set yet and Mo said it wasn't. Mo went on to say the wedding wouldn't be a secret because, "We too real for that." Some speculated that Mo was taking a swipe at Beyonce and Jay Z who went to extraordinary lengths to front like their nuptials were so hush hush when they were the ones secretly leaking information to the media!
But always the lady: Mo reached out to fellow gossip blogger BlogXilla to set the record straight that she wasn't taking slick shots at Bey and Jay Z.
Monica also revealed the title of her first single is "Still Standing". This is the song my photographer Freddy O raved about when he heard Mo record it in the studio last month. You will get your chance to hear this hot track on August 5th when The Single: Monica premieres on Peachtree TV!
For the benefit of those of you who don't get Peachtree TV in your markets, the episodes will be uploaded to YouTube immediately following the broadcasts. I will post the links and also links will be posted here.
We all know by now that Senator John McCain has a short term memory problem and might even be suffering from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. The major news networks realize that the presidential race is over if wind of this ever gets out.
So last week, CBS did a little creative editing to cover up a major McCain blooper and help their candidate out a little. CBS edited out McCain's blooper and replaced it with an attack on Obama.
Unfortunately for CBS, Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) and the Jedreport.com were on the job and replaced the video that CBS aired with the video of what McCain actually said. In the interest of fairness, CBS later uploaded the unedited video online.
But the fact that CBS chose to edit McCain's gaffe with an attack on Sen. Barack Obama is very telling and puts CBS snugly in bed with Fox News as two major networks that can't be trusted to deliver fair and unbiased reporting.
As most of you know, R&B diva Monica has a new reality TV show set to premiere on Peachtree TV on August 5th titled The Single: Monica. Peachtree TV was gracious enough to send us these promo shots of Monica with her precious sons Lil' Rocko, 3, and Romelo, 18 weeks.
The photos were taken by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks who is the exclusive photographer for celebs such as Monica, T.I. and Tiny, and Usher.
Peachtree TV is throwing a premiere party for Monica on Wednesday at Luckie Lounge. So please go out and support your girl. And don't forget to tune in to Peachtree TV on August 5th for the premiere of The Single: Monica!
Rapper Rocko finally told the world what we already know: that he and Monica are engaged to be married. The date is a well-kept secret. But Monica and Rocko are very happy and they want the world to know!
Shout out to loyal reader Quinetta for the video link!
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is catching flack from all sides for his controversial decision to campaign in Europe and the Middle East.
The fact that Obama is campaigning in Europe -- and pretending that he isn't -- has made him the butt of jokes in the British media. "He ventured forth to bring light to the world," read one headline in a British newspaper. Another British paper, The Times writes:
And it came to pass... that a Child appeared in the wilderness.
The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.
Yesterday, there was a rumor that Obama blew off a visit to American troops at a military hospital in Afghanistan. But Obama's camp blamed the Pentagon for the confusion.
The Pentagon issued a statement today denying the Obama camp's claims that the Pentagon flat out refused his request to visit the troops. Of course there's always two sides to a story. Here's The Pentagon's side according to spokesman Geoff Morrell:
Sen. Obama is welcome to visit Landstuhl or any military hospital in his official capacity as a United States senator. But there is a DOD policy which governs campaigning and electioneering at military facilities that would have to be respected if he were to visit. That distinction was relayed and made clear to campaign, and they made a decision on their own based on that guidance."
In other words, the decision was Obama's not to visit the troops. The Pentagon's position is that Obama is welcome to visit the troops as long as he brings along his senatorial staff and not his campaign staff. But Obama is traveling with his campaign staff which means he is traveling as a presidential candidate and not as a US senator.
So why not just come clean and admit that he's campaigning over in Europe? What's Obama's hidden agenda? I mean, do we really need a president who is at odds with the Pentagon? Especially in this post-9/11 era. I'm just saying.
Now Sean Combs' rep is denying the engagement story. We know that story didn't just materialize out of the air. Someone in Sean's camp leaked that story to Star magazine and Star got duped. It happens to the best of us. Anyway, the next publicity stunt from the king of stunters is already shaping up. Did you hear about the tranny auditioning for Sean's new reality series? Yet another pathetic grab for attention from Sean.
Combs is not engaged to singer Cassandra "Cassie" Ventura, despite some published reports to the contrary, a representative for the music mogul tells PEOPLE.
"Contrary to tabloid reports, there is no engagement. This was a complete fabrication," states Combs's rep.
Combs, 38, signed the singer, now 21, to his label Bad Boy Records, which released her debut album Cassie in 2006.
Still, as Ventura told PEOPLE July 9 at DJ Cassidy's birthday party in Manhattan: "We are not together, but we are definitely friends."
She also said, "We work hard together, so it makes a good combo." (Source)
Ever since Halle had her baby in March, she's rarely cracked a smile. Why is that I wonder? She's been through a succession of black men only to land the white man that she really wanted. I presume she has the baby that she wanted, albeit she's a little darker than maybe Halle would have preferred. But all babies are gifts from God. Halle has a beautiful shape and flawless skin. So what's her problem?
If I may, I think I know what the problem is. It's that one drop of black blood in her. Biracial or not, she still carries the self-hate gene that's been passed down through generations since our black descendants landed on these shores from Africa. Nothing makes some black women happy. Not the fact that they have the man of their dreams or the baby they always wanted or good hair or a fine figure. They're going to find some reason to be unhappy because it's in them to be miserable.
I hope Halle gets it together for her baby's sake. Some babies can detect when their mother is miserable and it makes them cranky too. It would be a shame if Nahla Ariela Aubry grew up unhappy just because her mom can't get her act together.
Wide receiver Braylon Edwards of the Cleveland Browns is considered one of the hawtest football players in the league. Unfortunately, those pesky rumors of Mr. Edwards backfield motions just won't go away.
Here's photos of Kid Rock and his son for those of you who didn't realize Kid Rock had a son by a black woman.
Here's the back story: In the early 90s Kid Rock's girlfriend had a daughter by another man. Kid believed the baby girl was his and showed her off to his friends who voiced their doubts. Tests proved the baby wasn't his which left Rock feeling hurt and confused.
The couple broke up, but they eventually hooked up again and she later gave birth to his son. The baby mama agreed to give full custody of their son to Kid who raised him from birth as a single father.
Not long after, Kid stopped dating sisters as a result of his tumultuous relationship with his baby mama.
Last October, Kid was involved in a brawl at an Atlanta area Waffle House which landed him in jail. Kid pleaded no contest to a battery charge and was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $1000. Yesterday, TMZ.com posted a video from a surveillance camera showing Kid and his goons jumping a lone black man at the diner. This has raised speculation that Kid Rock is a racist.
Some point to the fact that Kid abandoned rap music for hard rock, meaning he never was down for the cause.
Lovable "A-Team" actor Mr. T gained worldwide fame in the 80s for his Mohawk, his catch phrases including "I pity the fool!", and for his excessive gold jewelry. Last year, Mr T starred in his own reality TV series. But Mr T's newest project is catching flack from gay rights advocates.
According to UTalkMarketing.com, Mars has pulled its latest global campaign for Snickers featuring Mr T after complaints that the ads are homophobic.
In the "Speed Walker" commercial, Mr T is in a military 4x4 firing Snickers at a speed walker. "You’re a disgrace to the man race. It’s time to teach you to run like a real man!," says Mr T.
As the man speeds off, Mr T shouts threateningly, "Do it again sucker and there’s going to be trouble with a capital Mr T." The ad closes with the line, "Snickers. Get some nuts."
It's worthwhile to note that even though the ads are viewed worldwide, only the gay rights groups in America (who whine about every damn thing) are complaining.
In a statement, Mars said, "...we understand that humor is highly subjective, and it is never our intention to cause offense. Accordingly, we have pulled the Mr T Speedwalker ad globally."(Source)
R&B singer Brandy has teamed up with footwear manufacturer Skechers for its “Nothing Compares to Family” ad campaign. The ad features Brandy and her 6-year-old daughter Sy’rai Smith. Skechers also signed actress Tori Spelling and "Heroes" villain Jack Coleman for the campaign which benefits family-related charities selected by the individual celebrities.
Proceeds will benefit Brandy's Norwood Kids Foundation. The NK Foundation is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of at-risk youth through its program communities. Each program community is designed to provide safe and transformational havens for the youth by offering them structured, supervised and productive alternatives.
Brandy's fifth studio album is due in stores in November. "It’s great to be part of Skechers’ campaign, which promotes and benefits families and children," Brandy said. (Source)