The legendary actress Lena Horne passed away last night at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center following a long illness. She was 92.
I wasn’t a Lena Horne fan (she was way before my time), but what I remember most about her (actually, the only thing I remember about her) was back in 2004 when she threw a fit after hearing that Janet Jackson would play her in a made-for TV biopic based on her life.
Horne got ABC’s top brass on the phone and she loudly demanded that they drop Janet, who earlier that year had exposed her breast in a near career-ending publicity stunt that she has never fully recovered from. The network initially resisted Horne’s request, but Janet gracefully backed out of the plum role to spare herself any further embarrassment.
Here’s what Janet (or whoever updates her Twitter page) had to say about the great lady’s passing:
Right off the bat, new mommy Christina Milian is showing her tendency to be a hands-off mom by using a nanny. A lot of new moms are timid like that. Plus, Christina has a fading music career to resurrect (if that’s at all possible).
Christina is looking fine as I don’t know what with all that white on. While shopping yesterday, I picked up a few all white outfits for myself. LisaRaye is starting a new trend!
Burlesque dancer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay Z, sat courtside at the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Boston Celtics Game Three at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday (May 7). Bey looks tired and worn out like maybe that time off from the music biz and all those vacations on tropical islands isn’t doing her a bit of good. Is she sick?
Remember when I told you that those ‘slave plantation’ images from Kobe Bryant’s LA Times photo shoot were racist? Well, the Utah Jazz fans were probably thinking along those lines too. Kobe can expect to see a lot more of this as his Lakers team advances in the NBA playoffs.
I missed Jay Z and Betty White on Saturday Night Live over the weekend (I don’t watch much TV), but I hear the ratings for the 35th anniversary of SNL was through the roof!
I’m sure the ratings weren’t affected in the least by Jigga’s appearance on the show — though he may think he had something to do with it. No, the ratings bonanza was all Betty White’s doing. SNL’s execs caved under the pressure after legions of Betty’s fans signed a Facebook petition to get the 80-year-old “Golden Girls” star on the show.
Past SNL alumni also returned to make this episode one of the most watched in years!
Aside from looking pretty good without makeup, rapper Remy Ma looks like she’s put on a few pounds while inside the rock. As you know, Ma was sentenced to 8 years to life at Bedford Hills Correctional facility for shooting a former acquaintance in the abdomen outside a Manhattan nightclub in July 2007.
The friend survived the shooting, but Remy (at least in this video) still does not express remorse.
Prison life has been good to the rapper and she says things have calmed down considerably since she first arrived there in March 2008. Remy, who married her boyfriend Papoose while in prison, said she misses her son and her family the most.
She also touched on the beef with rapper Nicki Minaj, who allegedly had a lesbun relationship with Remy which Remy denies.
The 28-year-old Bronx native is scheduled to be released in 2013.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is featured in this clip of MTV’s “When I Was 17.” Ludacris got his start in the music biz as an intern and then a DJ at Hot 97.5, which later changed it’s call letters to HOT 107.9.
After radio programmer Chaka Zulu was fired from the station for allegedly taking payoffs in a Payola-type scandal, Chaka was offered a job at Def Jam and he took the young upstart rapper with him to the label. The rest is history.
Hopefully all of my SR moms had a wonderful Mothers Day.
Yesterday I took my mom to Phipps Plaza across the street from Lenox Mall to buy a couple of outfits. I LOVE Phipps Plaza because you can shop and star gaze in peace while avoiding the hordes of young thugs at Lenox Mall wearing saggy jeans with their hair twisted up in multi-color braids.
Of course, when you shop at Phipps, there’s always that danger of running into the likes of Tameka Foster who also loves to shop there. I try my best to avoid her because certifiable loons are very unpredictable.
But this post is not about Trampeka Foster.
It’s about the “kiss” seen around the world yesterday on Twitter.com. Young Quincy Brown, the spawn of singer-turned-radio jock Al B. Sure and socialite Kim Porter, posted this pic on his Twitter page as a way to honor his mom on Mothers Day.
But the pic had unintended consequences on Twitter. Instead of giving people a warm, fuzzy feeling inside, it set off red flags.
In my opinion, Quincy is too old to be kissin’ on his mother like that. A peck on the cheek would have been more age appropriate. But I could be wrong.
So yesterday I met up with an old friend who brought along her Louis Vuitton messenger bag to our lunch date. Inside the bag was her brand new iPad.
She happily told me she wasn’t following the crowd because she had resisted the initial onslaught of overhyped iPad ads for at least a month before she finally gave in after reading on my blog that her favorite singer Monica had an iPad. She said she loves it.
Me, on the other hand, I still have no use for an iPad. I already have a MacBook Pro (which I’m typing this post on) and a HTC smart phone, which I hate, but it serves my purposes when I want to browse the Internet while out & about.
I simply can’t see myself dragging that monster iPad out of a bag just to check the sports scores — unless I just want the people around me to see that I have an iPad — and I am not that vain.
US president Barack Obama probably feels the same way. He doesn’t own an iPad either.
Obama told the graduating class of Hampton University today (April 9) that the iPad is just another useless invention that will only lead them to distraction as they try to find work in a dismal job market.
Last week Apple CEO Steve Jobs bragged that his iPad sold over 1 million units. With over 300 million people in the US, I am not impressed.
Besides, that figure doesn’t include all the replacement iPads exchanged by clumsy owners who dropped and broke their first units.
Bobby Brown was in Jacksonville, Florida performing with Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill when he called his lady and baby out on the stage, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. He said this time he will work harder on this one than he did on the last one. This happened Friday Night, May 7th.
One year ago this week, Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada opened her first high end shoe boutique called Dulce Shoe Boutique in Miami’s posh Coral Gables area.
The boutique was a runaway success, due in large part to Dulce’s affordable prices and sexy, unique styles that aren’t normally available outside of Paris.
Evelyn is a big fan of the blog and modestly offered me an exclusive interview. But quiet as it’s kept — I’m kinda shy, even on the phone. But my blogger friend Lashonda has no such compulsions about interviews.
She recently scored an exclusive interview with Basketball Wives cast member Suzie Ketcham (pictured above, left), who says the NBA will drop the hammer on any ‘real’ NBA wife who entertains ideas about joining the show’s cast.
SK: The NBA hates it. I know that the Miami Heat has put restrictions on the players and their wives: they are not allowed to do it. The wives are not allowed to be apart of the show at ALL. And I personally think that the entire NBA may put restrictions on any wife, girlfriend or player from being apart of the show. You know obviously, if the players are not allowed to do it, then they are NOT going to allow their women to do it. Read More…
Singer Toni Braxton was spotted leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel today in Berlin, Germany. She was heading to her soundcheck for the Duft Show 2010. Doesn’t she look stunning for 41?!
There’s a new media slut in town and her name is Dez. You might know her from the many paparazzi pictures of her strolling with her BFF Amber Rose (has anyone seen her lately?) Anyway, Dez is always passing herself off as Amber’s “sister” to hide the fact that she and Amber are more than just friends.
The two allegedly met when they both stripped for loose change in a Philly gentlemen’s club in their hungrier days. Nowadays they both find that acting as undercover beards for high profile men is a much more lucrative gig than swinging from poles.
Pseudo-singer Ciara was spotted out & about in Beverly Hills today. She was having a bad hair day so she covered her weave with a black beanie to match her black jersey/dress thingy and her Jeep (in the background).
For decades, full time workers have depended on health insurance provided by their employers to cover their family’s health care needs.
Then along came Barack Obama and the Democrats who decided that changing history was more important than simply shoring up the financially strapped Medicare and Medicaid system, and changing the rules to allow more Americans to apply.
Now that the health care bill has passed, 4 major corporations (AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar and Deere) plan to drop health coverage altogether for their employees — and pay a penalty to the government instead.
This action will instantly terminate insurance coverage for millions of Americans who will be forced to negotiate with ruthless insurance companies on their own.
Internal documents recently reviewed by Fortune, originally requested by Congress, show what the bill’s critics predicted, and what its champions dreaded: many large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government. [link]
Singer Toni Braxton posed with her adorable son Diesel during a break in filming her “We Volunteers” Public Service Announcement at the American Movie Company in NYC yesterday. We can clearly see where Diesel gets his fabulosity.
Singer Christina Milian and actress Meagan Good posed during the Ana M Grand Opening launch party which Christina hosted last night in LA.