Michael Jackson's older brother Jermaine is busy trying to salvage his Michael Jackson Tribute concert in Vienna after online media floated rumors that the two biggest names on the lineup won't appear.
According to to Reuters, Jermaine, 54, confirms that Mary J. Blige will be busy at a fashion event in Italy that same day. But he claims she will fly in to perform the second half of the concert, which is scheduled for Sept. 26.
We already know that Chris Brown is a convicted felon who probably can't leave the country without permission from his probation officer. But Jermaine says, "He wants to be here. It's just up to what he's going through with his court case right now. "He's definitely going to be here."
Jackson also denied rumors that his family refuse to throw their full support behind the tribute concert.
"I invited my mother, I invited my brothers and sisters as well," he said during a news conference in London. "I am not happy with the talk being said in the press about the support isn't there. My mother from the very start supported this."
Of course he's referring to TMZ's report that his mother, Katherine Jackson, and brothers question why Jermaine is holding a tribute concert in a city that has no connection to Michael.
18-year-old South African runner Caster Semenya (Or Castration Semen to those of us with the humor of a 10-year-old. YAY!) won the women's 800-meter last month in Berlin and had to basically put her vagina under a microscope to prove that she was born a female. The committee had reason to believe that Caster might have a case of the Lady GaGas. Well, Caster has decided to drag it up on the cover of South African magazine You, but said she only did it to have a little fun. And if you say otherwise, Caster will choke your ass with her Hulk-like claws.
Caster told the magazine, “I didn’t do this to prove a point but rather to have fun. I don’t give a damn what people say about me. I like me the way I am and who cares what other people say?”
I Look To You, Whitney Houston’s first new Arista/RMG studio album of original material in seven years, debuts at #1 on this week’s HITS sales chart, with a total topping 300k. Her last album (aside from a 2003 Christmas release), Just Whitney, debuted at #9 with 205k back in 2002.
Hollywood’s Miley Cyrus, last week’s #2 after her Wal-Mart exclusive album, The Time of Our Lives, went on sale before release date, remains in the same spot, with a total of 162k, a whopping 154% increase, thanks to the runaway smash, “Party in the U.S.A.”
Atlantic R&B smoothie Trey Songz is the week’s other Top 5 debut, nestling in at #3 with 136k for Ready, while Epic’s Chevelle (#7) and J/RMG’s Pitbull (#8) are the other Top 10 newcomers.
Epic’s late superstar Michael Jackson continues to hold down a pair of Top 10 slots, with Number Ones at #4 and Thriller at #9, the latter up another 59%.
On Sunday night, actor, singer, and radio host Jamie Foxx hosted a party at the legendary Velvet Room just outside of Atlanta.
While trying to enjoy my mini vacay on an outward island on Labor Day, my cell phone kept blowing up with folks inquiring about rumors that Jamie Foxx's sister was barred from entering his party at the Velvet Room.
I made one phone call and found out the source of the rumor was the owner of the Y B Factual blog, who never gets her facts straight. Her post -- which was full of lies -- was picked up by other unsuspecting blogs, and that's how rumors get started.
So, I went back to sipping my Daiquiri on the beach, but you know how people are: if there are no pictures, it didn't happen. So here are pictures of Jamie Foxx and his sister at the Velvet Room on Sunday night. Happy now?
Despite a flood of protests, Barack Hussein Obama is considering asking Congress to levy a 18% 'sin tax' on the soda you drink.
In an interview with Men's Health magazine released Monday, Obama said the tax would be worth it if it helps to fight obesity among children in this country.
"It's an idea that we should be exploring," said Obama. "There's no doubt that our kids drink way too much soda. And every study that's been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity as just about anything else."
Obama is considering the sin tax as a way to help cover the costs of health care reform which is expected to take a $1 trillion dollar chunk out of the federal deficit.
By comparison, Canadian citizens have access to free heath care but at a high price. Canadians each pay $3,800 a year more in taxes to cover their health care.
The population of Canada is 33 million, while the U.S. population is over 300 million. Even with the tax increase on sodas and other sugary beverages, Americans would have to consume tons of sodas to cover health care for 300 million Americans. Not to mention the 15 million or so illegal aliens who will also take advantage of free health care.
While Obama acknowledges that his sin tax on sodas smacks of social engineering, he doesn't much care:
"Look, people's attitude is that they don't necessarily want Big Brother telling them what to eat or drink, and I understand that," Obama said.
"It is true, though, that if you wanted to make a big impact on people's health in this country, reducing things like soda consumption would be helpful."
The moment we all waited for finally arrived yesterday when talk show host Tyra Banks unveiled her real hair. Tyra walked out onstage during the opening minutes of her 5th season premiere show wearing her relaxed hair wet and straight back.
After explaining she's worn wigs, weaves, and clip ons since she was 17 years old, Tyra invited 15 audience members to come onstage and do a track test to feel for tracks.
Moments after her new season premiered, the social micro-bloggin network Twitter.com lit up with tweets accusing Tyra of having relaxer in her hair. I don't recall Tyra saying she was going natural. All she said was she would reveal her real hair, hence the title "Real Hair Day."
Tyra also launched her new online magazine (she calls it a "magaline"). Here's the link: http://www.tyrabanks.com/ Looking good, Tyra!
The legendary Janet Jackson covers Harper's Bazaar magazine's October 2009 issue two times. I like the one cover in B&W. It's very tastefully done. And, for once, janet dresses age appropriately.
Inside, Janet confirms rumors of her break-up with longtime boyfriend, music mogul Jermaine Dupri:
Janet is also now single, recently breaking off her seven-year relationship with music producer Jermaine Dupri. Does she still believe in marriage? "For [some] people, sure! I don't know if I'll get married again. [She's been married twice, as a teen to James DeBarge and to choreographer Rene Elizondo.] I'll put it like this: If God wants me to, then I will." Dating? "Yeah, I've had people ask me out. I haven't entertained any offers thus far, but I'm locking myself in my work right now." Some might say boys smell anyway. "Yeah, they stink," she chuckles, "and they're dirty." Read more...
I'm sure they will remain friends. But poor JD, whose coattail is he going to ride to keep him relevant now?
Everybody wants to be a blogger these days. But blogging ain't easy as multimedia personality and entrepreneur La La Vazquez will soon find out.
Here's the press release announcing the new launch:
Alani "La La" Vazquez is known as many things -- mother, host, producer, actress, and is always up for a new challenge. Now LaLa has set forth into new territory -- blogging about her life, her friends, her son, her career, and many other interesting things! WWW.IAMLALA.COM has officially launched!
The goal with www.iamlala.com is to not only share La La's life, stories, and photos but also allow users an opportunity to connect and share their experiences with her as well.
This is a new and exciting opportunity and I hope you will enjoy visiting the site and sharing your opinions with us!
There's only one word to explain this picture: GORGEOUS! Mary J Blige and Taraji P. Henson attended the NY premiere of "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself" at the SVA Theater last night.
UNBEWEAVEABLE! Turn around, girl, let me look at you! LOVE the hair! That's right, show these young chicks how to rock the real hair and still look glamorous!
LOVE the shoes! Rihanna, are you looking?
Multimedia personality and gossip blogger Egypt attended the premiere with her soon-to-be hubby. And look, he's not gay! Why is it that New York woman can spot a gay man from a mile away but southern women can't?
Is it just me or is director Tyler Perry looking quite manly in this pic with Mary J Blige and one of the child stars of his movie?