T.I. made his first public appearance at his boo Tiny’s Alzheimer’s benefit last night in midtown. T.I. who is still the property of the U.S. government wasn’t allowed to take photos. But he did take the stage with Tiny and said a few words.
As most of you know, Tiny’s dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. T.I. is scheduled to be released from a halfway house next month.
Tiny and Toya had put on a benefit concert last night at Opera in Atlanta, and were taping for their BET reality show “Tiny & Toya” at the same time, and T.I. came out to support his fiance Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. It was actually Clifford’s first public appearance since being released from prison.
“I am very well, very happy to be seen,” is what T.I. had to say as he accompanied Tameka “Tiny” Cottle on stage at the “For The Love Of Our Fathers” fundraiser for Alzheimer research.
Not only did T.I. surprise those in attendance with his appearance, but he also got Tiny a gift. When she left the venue, there was a brand new blue Porsche Panamera with a red bow waiting for her.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a pic of music mogul Devyne Stephens with a young man who I misidentified as his son. While looking through my old archives, I found this pic of Devyne from the 90s when he was a rapper. His young son was in on his act also. He was just as good as his dad! He’s got to be in his 20s by now. Y’all didn’t realize Devyne was that old, huh?
Devyne with Antwan “Twan” Watson-Robinson at his Xmas Gala
Updated with the full video. I love it! Monica does her thing with this Fatal Attraction/Obsession treatment. This video shows Monica’s depth as an artist. She tackles this complex part nicely. Next stop: the big screen. Go Mo!
As some of you know, I am still experiencing technical difficulties, so I will post sparingly this morning until my computer guy can retrieve my data off my failed hard drive. I expect to be up and running fully by this afternoon.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at Monica’s new video for “Everything To Me”.
It looks like the bad economy has claimed yet another casualty. According to industry insiders, TAGS Boutique, owned by Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kandi Burruss and her business partner Hortense Chin, will be closing its doors for good soon.
Friends say sales of affordable clothing and accessories at TAGS aren’t brisk enough to keep the doors open. This, despite the fact that Kandi Burrus, who is listed as the CEO on the business license, is supposedly the most popular cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta.
It seems Kandi’s popularity isn’t translating to sales at the cash register in her shop or in the record stores. It probably wouldn’t matter even if her fans wanted to support her. Customers complain that TAGS is rarely open during business hours and phone calls to the boutique routinely go unanswered.
Is this any way to run a business?
One frustrated customer even took to her Twitter account to inquire what was going on:
TAGS, which opened late last year, is located at 4500 West Village Place in Smyrna, Georgia. When I spoke by phone to Kandi Burrus a week before the Grand Opening, she didn’t know the phone number or the address to the shop so I could post the info for my readers.
What business woman doesn’t know the phone number and address to her own business? Mind you, TAGS was already open for business a month before the Grand Opening.
In fact, Kandi had to call her business partner to get the phone number and address to the store because the info wasn’t stored in her cell phone. Right then I had my suspicions that the business wouldn’t do well.
I also hear through the grapevine that Kandi’s business partner isn’t too thrilled with Kandi who spends more time on the social networking site Twitter.com promoting her Internet video stream talk show than she does promoting the shop.
Click the above image to watch sneak previews of LisaRaye’s new reality show, LisaRaye: The Real McCoy. LisaRaye explains her humble beginnings as Diamond in the cult classic film The Player’s Club. LisaRaye: The Real McCoy debuts in April on TV One.
Thanks to J. Peak, Sr. publicist for Peak Publicity for the link!
According to Deadline.com. Sony has dumped fading star Jennifer Lopez from its artist roster.
The bland version of what happened, I’m told, is that the contract period had ended and that Lopez had fulfilled it with her last two singles, and that Lopez and Stringer decided together not to move forward with an album. Others insist the Sony label dropped her. There also is disagreement on how finished her upcoming album was before it was canceled. Internet reports say her 7th studio album, titled “Love?”, was supposed to come out in April and featured production from Danja, Jim Jonsin, Darkchild, Chris n Teeb from Dropzone, and The Neptunes among others. A song from it titled “Fresh Out The Oven” surfaced online in October 2009 as a buzz single and reached #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs chart. But the official lead single, “Louboutins”, had its radio debut on November 23 following the song’s premiere and performance at the 2009 American Music Awards went to #31 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. UPDATE: *The song was the Power Pick of the week twice, and rose to #13 on that chart.*
Thanks to loyal reader Zuley for sending the link to this video which breaks down the controversial issue of complexion obsession and self hate in the music industry. I’ll never forget an industry insider telling me that directors only want LSLH chicks in their music videos because they don’t have to change the lighting for dark skin video vixens.
On Saturday, I accompanied AG Entertainment’s Alex Gidewon to the Sprite Step Off Challenge at the Civic Center. The best part of the evening for me was the car ride there and back. We pulled up to the Civic Center in a CL65 AMG with a turbocharged V12 engine that reached top speeds in 6 seconds. The car took my breath away. All I can say is I want one!
Anyway, step show host Ryan Cameron (WVEE) said “Steppin’ is for erybody.” Well, it’s not for me. I was bored out of my skull for the 50+ minutes that we were there. Back in my college days, steppin’ was an entirely different art form than what you see today. Now it’s more lights, cameras and action than fancy footwork mixed with military precision.
So is it any wonder that an all white girl crew from Arkansas took 1st place in the majority black competition? The women from Zeta Tau Alpha’s Epsilon chapter electrified the crowd with a dazzling step routine that clocked in at just under 9 minutes. They won cash scholarships and other prizes. MTV2 will air the step show at 3 pm on February 28 and March 7.