Just a few days ago an industry friend asked whatever happened to Dondria, aka Phatffft, the gifted young singer JD found on YouTube.
I knew my industry friend was joking since we both know what happened to Dondria. Poor Dondria suffered the same fate as other new singers who don't fill a particular niche.
Her first single didn't make an impact on iTunes, and the industry buzz that's so necessary for new artists just wasn't there.
So JD shelved the young singer's debut album and moved on. Hey, he has problems of his own what with his wifey Janet being let go from his own label -- and rumors floating around that he's next and all.
So Dondria has returned to doing what she does best: singing in her bedroom, with her talented friend Broadway, making YouTube videos and hoping that JD realizes she's still waiting.
Poor Dondria sounds so despondent as she pours her heart out to JD begging him not to forsake her:
I'm sitting in my room making YouTube videos
and I am waiting on a deal
yes I am
from JD -- Jermaine Dupi
and I call him Chi Chi
and I m waiting, waiting, waiting, WAITING
to do something else with my life
other than working in the day care
The First Lady of Turks and Caicos, LisaRaye held her birthday celebration at Club Area in LA last night. The evening was also a benefit to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Ike on Grand Turk island. But according to some, LisaRaye's celebrity friends didn't come through with the cash as hoped.
...almost none of the invited celebrity guests showed up except for MC Lyte and Spinderella, who shared dj-ing duties, and John Salley and Kim Porter. Sanaa Lathan, Vivica Fox, Elise Neal, Malik Yoba, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Tamala Jones and the rest of the advertised celeb guests bailed on her. And to add insult to injury, on top of the $20.00 entry fee, LisaRaye passed around a bucket to drum up more cash and only came up with $300.00 more dollars. (Source)
I love this picture of Paula J. White, who also attended the party last night. I especially LOVE that outfit, those sandals, the clutch, the way she's holding her stomach protectively. Only thing missing is her man. Hopefully she has one.
This Judy Winslow chick on the right could pass for Amy Winehouse's kin. We know what Amy's problem is, but what's up with Judy? She needs to make EATING her top priority -- the parties can wait. What's the use in paying $300 for a party dress that looks better on the mannequin than it does on you? Was that harsh? They used to call it tough love.
Kim Porter attended LisaRaye's party looking stunning as usual. She'll be in Atlanta this weekend to attend a friend's baby shower. I'm thinking about crashing the baby shower just for old times sake.
In addition to being a superstar producer/rapper and head of urban music at Island Records, Jermaine Dupri is also a talented DJ. But JD seemed to be having a little problem with his Macbook Pro laptop while spinning at The Underground in Chicago last night. I also bought a MacBook Pro recently and I'm still trying to figure the damn thing out. Apple over charges for their laptops and you still have to pay them to teach you how to use it!
I swear Apple is nothing but a cult! The sales people at the Apple store walk around smiling like robots. They try their best to talk you into switching from Windows to Mac -- just like a cult. Anyway, JD was in Chi town to continue his 36th birthday celebration tour (that's the big thing now: multi-city birthday celebrations).
Thanks to JD's personal assistant Dorma Davis for sending this video of Jermaine Dupri celebrating his 36th birthday in NYC a few days ago. JD's wifey Janet directed and shot the first part of the video (yes, JD, Janet has a steady hand).
There's also a shot of the hardest working PR Diva in the biz -- Patti Webster -- doing her thing on the red carpet. The party looked bananas! Wish I was there.
Shawnte Wells has died after being taken off life support, according to a family member. Wells was shot by her boyfriend, David Price, 30, who drove to a Jonesboro cemetery where he turned the gun on himself.
Price's body was found lying near his mother's grave. When police went to his home to notify his next of kin, they found Wells suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to the hospital where she remained in critical condition without ever regaining consciousness.
She was 25-years-old. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the family.
50 Cent is no expert on wack rappers considering he himself is very wack. But we agree with his assessment of Jay Z 100%:
"I'm a big fan of Jay-Z, but outside of the States and hip-hop circles, no one really knew who he was until he married Beyonce. The G-Unit rapper has also disputed reports that Jay-Z is worth an estimated $1 billion, but is adamant he’s not jealous of his fortune. He adds, "I don't believe he's worth that much! It's all been exaggerated. I'm comfortable. I don't want for anything so I'm not in a race."
His analysis of Jigga is pretty accurate from where I sit. It must really blow to be Jay Z and wake up every morning knowing the only reason he's still relevant is because his wife has a fat azz.
According to Gawker.com via Ianundercover.com, John McCain passed up Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for VP because it is a well known fact that she's a lesbian.
A prominent member of the Republican National Committee privy to the search process, claims many in McCain’s inner circle argued strenuously for the selection of Rice over Palin.
"It was the persistent rumors about her sexuality that ultimately killed her chances and removed her from the list," said the mid-level RNC official.
"In Washington circles, it's just assumed Rice is gay and nobody really cares."
Condi's secret life came to light when a reporter did some digging through real estate records and found Condi "shares ownership of a house as well as a line of credit with a female documentary filmmaker, a liberal Democrat named Randy Bean."
Bean unconvincingly explained the shared line of credit with Rice as relating to medical bills that left her financially drained.
According to property records, the couple shared the property and line of credit around the time when Rice was Provost of Stanford University.
It's possible that others previously investigating Rice's background came across the joint ownership of the investment property and the bank account but assumed the name "Randy" belonged to a man. Rice once told a reporter that Bean is her closest female friend and that they bonded over their mutual love of football.