It was a Destiny’s Child reunion as Sister Friends Beyonce, 29, Solange Knowles, 24, and former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, 30, were spotted leaving a restaurant after spending Valentine’s Day together in Los Angeles yesterday. The girls were celebrating Kelly’s 30th birthday. Beyonce, who wasn’t scheduled to attend the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, showed up anyway out of the blue on Sunday — alone.
Seating arrangements were hastily changed to accommodate her. Bey smiled and made small talk all night, but friends could tell something was amiss. Sources say Bey was “persistently sullen” and no one could get her to open up about what was wrong.
Rapper T.I. made Valentine’s Day a very special one for his kids and their classmates yesterday.
According to his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and the mother of two of his sons, LaShon Dixon — T.I. ordered special Valentine’s Day cupcakes delivered to his son’s school for their classmates to enjoy. LaShon is the mother of T.I.’s sons Domani and Messiah.
Both Tiny and LaShon tweeted about the cupcakes, but Twitter being what it is, the tweets came out a little confusing.
At first it seemed as if LaShon (whose Twitter name is @LaShonDixon) tweeted Tiny that T.I. sent her cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. Then Tiny (@TinyMajorMama) retweeted LaShon’s tweet, which only added to the confusion.
Knowing how messy some bloggers can be, your auntie tweeted Tiny asking for clarification. Tiny and LaShon, who follow each other on Twitter, quickly cleared up the confusion:
LaShon attributed the confusion to her being new to Twitter and still trying to figure out how it works. I think it’s great that both ladies get along with each other. Don’t you?
Singer Ciara, 25, was all smiles as she exited The Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday. When asked her plans for Valentine’s Day, she said she was spending time with her “girlfriend.” The paparazzi then said he’d love to be her Valentine, which made her smile and say, “You got me.”
Ciara, who has never publicly discussed her break up from 50 Cent, was in a really good mood. That can mean two things: she got her walking papers from JIVE Records, or she’s in love. We’ll find out soon either way.
Just one day after esteemed celebrity photographer David LaChapelle filed a lawsuit against Rihanna for stealing his concepts for her much-maligned video “S&M”, she is now under attack by a lesser known photographer who is also accusing her of theft.
In the suit, according to Reuters, LaChapelle says that “the music video is directly derived from and substantially similar to the LaChapelle works.” He is asking for unspecified damages. The suit was filed Feb. 14 in New York City.
In addition to wholesale copying and reenacting of LaChapelle’s famous work in her video, Rihanna, 22, now stands accused of copying the infamous “media room” scene from Philipp Paulus, a German photographer’s photo shoot.
Rihanna will learn that there’s a fine line between paying homage to famous art photographers and completely ripping off their work without crediting them.
Fresh from dealing with all the negative press that ‘S&M’ attracted due to the nature of its lyrics and video, Rihanna could now have another controversy to deal with.
According to an unnamed source, a German photographer has come forward to claim that the idea behind the ‘S&M’ music video was partially copied from his fashion editorial called ‘PAPERWORLD.’ The nineteen year old photographer named Philip Paulus, claims that he shot the editorial in August 2010, and TEAM-Rihanna has completely copied his idea in one of the ‘S&M’ scenes, with no respect to the copyright laws.
Does this remind you of another notorious, no-talented thief in the music industry? I don’t feel sorry for Rihanna at all. I actually feel relieved that I no longer have to defend her from my sensible readers who knew she was a fraud all along.
Grammy Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding, was spotted at Japan’s Narita International Airport early this morning. The 26-year-old jazz bassist was mobbed by paparazzi as she made her way through the airport. Spalding became an overnight sensation when she snatched the Best New artist trophy from Justin Bieber, who was the odds on favorite.
Her surprise win over the 16-year-old teeny bopper signified an industry that has become wary of the cocky, overhyped “Baby” singer. The writing was on the wall. Rumors swirled back in January that a few female reporters were treated rudely by Justin at a press conference (I was asked not to provide details of the incident).
E’s win angered Justin’s Stans who caused a fracas online. Stans immediately attacked Esperanza’s Wikipedia page, changing her middle name from “Justin” to “quesadilla” and back to “Justin” again.
Before she boarded her flight to Japan, E flew to Hollywood, Florida (a suburb just North Miami) where she posed for a photoshot at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Struggling R&B singer Ciara cleared up rumors that she was dropped from her record label.
Last week, rumors ran rampant that JIVE Records dropped the “Goodies” singer. But as I reported here, there was no solid confirmation from record label sources.
Ciara released this statement on her facebook page today:
To my fans:
This week the net has been a buzz of the rumor that I have been dropped from my label. At this point that rumor is false.. It is true that I have asked and I pray that my label will release me. I have had some great times and success with my label, but sometimes like all great things, its at that point where I feel we don’t share the same views on who I am as a artist. The past two albums have been very frustrating for me. At times there were songs I chose to lead a project and I was ignored!
This project, I even tried to get Gimmie Dat started I spent tens of thousands of my own money only to hear the radio pds tell me my label didn’t want the song played. I even spent more than one hundred thousand dollars out of my pocket on the video to bring my vision to it and still no label support. I do understand that some labels are not financially supporting their artists and I have become one of them. You, my fans, know that I strive to do my best to deliver to my you the best songs and creative vision I possibly can.
I’m dedicated to my music, performance and to my fans! I’ve tried to be a team player with the label only to have compromised what I truly believed.. And was not given the right opportunity to promote and inform my fans of the release of this album..I have so much of me as a artist I still want to give to the world and my fans. A release would allow me to go be creative with people who care and understand me as a artist. In a short time, I will be able to bring to you a new music energy and a visual excitement! Thank you so much for standing by me through the good, bad, and the confusion. I love you all.
Several online sources reported that KCBS reporter Serene Branson was rushed to a hospital in LA last night where she was diagnosed with a TIA, or what’s known in the medical field as a trans ischemic attack (mini stroke).
A statement posted to KCBS’ website disputes that:
“Serene Branson was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after her broadcast. Her vital signs were normal. She was not hospitalized. As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home and she says that she is feeling fine this morning.”
According to the LA Times, Branson told network executives that she is “feeling fine” and that there “was no indication of a serious medical problem.”
But it is apparent that Branson suffered a TIA, or mini stroke, during her live broadcast from the Grammy’s for KCBS last night.
She stumbled over her words after beginning by saying “Well, a very, very…,” before mispronouncing the word ‘heavily’.
By downplaying the situation, KCBS missed a great opportunity to inform their viewers about the warning signs of a TIA.
I wrote a Medical Minute post about TIA’s, which you can read here.
A TIA is sometimes referred to as a “warning sign” of an impending stroke. In Branson’s case, the signal from her brain to her mouth was interrupted and she had trouble forming her words.
A TIA is categorized as a mini stroke because the symptoms lasts less than 24 hours. Most TIAs last less than 5 minutes. If the symptoms lasts longer than 24 hours it is referred to as a Cardiovascular Accident (CVA) or stroke. Some people experience a TIA and don’t even know it.
In Branson’s case, she looked anxiously off camera before trying to continue to get the words out.