Atlantic Records is at the forefront of changes in the music industry from violent, misogynistic rap to real Hip Hop and dance-oriented music. The record label has assembled a winning roster of risk-taking artists that they believe will change the game.
Black History Month honors those individuals who took risks and by doing so, changed the course of history. Following that same tradition, Atlantic Records salutes Black History Month, year round with artists whose musical passion will forever leave an imprint in Black History. That being said, we proudly present B.o.B, Janelle Monae, Lupe Fiasco and Estelle… The Game Changers.
Hosted by Danyel Smith, Editor-in-Chief for Billboard magazine.
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A North Carolina couple has come forward to claim a $1 milion lottery prize the day before it was due to expire.
Yesterday, news spread that the winning lottery ticket had not been claimed and was due to expire today. Many thought the winner lost the ticket or forgot to check the numbers. Lottery winners have 180 days to claim their prizes.
But Erin and Raleigh Hill of North Carolina knew they had the winning ticket that they purchased in Stallings, near Matthews, in August 2010. They just weren’t ready to come forward. So they kept the $1 million lottery ticket secreted in various places, including a Bible, a shoebox and, finally, a work locker.
Midafternoon Tuesday, the nervous couple knew they had to face “the hoopla.” They drove to Raleigh to claim the Mega Million prize that was set to expire at 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.
That brought an end of recent frantic searches by others through glove compartments, cupboards and wallets — just in case they had the winning ticket.
The Hills each received a lump sum of $340,000 after taxes, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a statement.
According to Antiintellectual bitch, Beyonce is changing up her look drastically to reclaim the spotlight from her competition who have rendered her nearly irrelevant.
Let’s face it, nobody is checking for Bey anymore – except for her fiercely loyal Stans who continue to hang onto hope that Beyonce/Sasha will make a dramatic comeback.
So, Chris Grant (Choreographer for Michael Jackson’s “This is it” Concert and Beyonce’s “I Am” Concert and good friend to me) revealed that he’s been working with Bey and that she’s changing up her look big time. He described it as her going “butch.” I was overly surprised then I was sad and then I was like, ”no more heels, big hair, and make up?” and then I was like, ”She better work!” lol.
Personally, I can’t wait to see Bey’s new look! I love to see beautiful women rocking the tailored menswear look. Not every Diva can pull that look off successfully. Anyone can dress like Bey in big hair and big heels. But in my opinion, a sexy woman is even sexier when she steps outside of her comfort zone.
Producer extraordinaire, Polow Da Don, said his mission was to save the ailing music industry. Well, he’s not playing!
I LOVE Lloyd’s new Polow-produced single, “Cupid”! It looks like the 25-year-old singer has another hit on his hands.
Lloyd gets struck with an arrow by “Cupid” on the new single from his fourth album King of Hearts, due April 19. On the Polow Da Don production, the ladies’ man coos about falling for his girl after Cupid makes him his target. “I don’t want to waste another moment/ It’s just me and you girl, and Cupid has done it again/ Got my head spinning around and around and around,” he sings over the sultry arrangement. Source
According to the NY Post’s Page Six, singer Keri Hilson is among the very few in the music industry who believe Justin Bieber wuz robbed of his Best New Artist Grammy.
The gorgeous bottle blond told Page Six, “I really did think Justin would take Best New Artist.”
As you know, the award went to gifted jazz artist Esperenza Spalding, 26 — not to 16-year-old Bieber, who was the odds on favorite to win.
Esperanza’s win sparked fury from the hard core Bieber fans who ran amok on the Internet, sending Esperenza’s name trending on Twitter and hacking her Wikipedia page.
Hilson performed at the official Grammy after-party with the Roots and kicked back with Quincy Jones at Jimmy Iovine’s party. Then she flew to NYC where she sat front row at yesterday’s Diesel Black Gold show, as part of Fashion Week. Source
Here is the trailer to the much-talked about indy movie ‘Paparazzi Eye In The Dark’, starring actress and friend to the blog, Syr Law.
You may recall Syr from Tyler Perry’s “Diary Of A Mad Black Woman.”
‘Paparazzi Eye In The Dark’ is a who done it mystery starring newcomer Van Vicker as the personal photographer to a Nollywood superstar, Mr. Max (Koby Maxwell), who gets caught up in a love triangle that tragically ends in death.
The low budget movie features a strikingly beautiful cast and hot music. If you live in Washington DC or Chicago, look out for Syr Law who will be in your area next week to attend private screenings of ‘Paparazzi Eye In The Dark‘.
Visit the movie’s website for more info!
According to the NY Post‘s gossip column, Page SIX, leggy 46-year-old talk show Diva Wendy Williams is ready to show what she’s got as a contestant on the wildly popular tv series ‘Dancing With The Stars‘:
“The Wendy Williams Show” will go on hiatus while she participates next month. Ample-cleavaged Williams — who would no doubt look great in the show’s trademark sparkly outfits — has been critical of other contestants on the dance competition, especially wooden Kate Gosselin,who she said “dances awkward and horrible.” But towering at 5 feet, 11 inches without heels and with even bigger hair, Williams will need a powerful partner to whirl and twirl her. Her rep told us, “We have no confirmation on that.” A rep for Williams’ show said, “Production hasn’t added any last-minute or unplanned hiatus days to the schedule.”
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Rapper Lil Kim, 35, took to her Twitter page tonight and tweeted the following: “Thanks to you guys!! #lilkimblackfridaymixtape sold 113,000 copies in 28 hours which made me the #1 seller on paypal ever =) !!!”
She’s referring to her new mixtape, Black Friday, which she posted on PayPal yesterday for sale at $10 a pop. If you do the math, that comes to a quick $1 million in cold hard cash.
I love Lil Kim, but I can’t help but to think that she’s stretching the truth a little bit to save face in light of the fact that newcomer Nicki Minaj snatched her crown and dipped with it.
And I’m not alone in my thinking.
“Hard to believe in one day Kimmy moved 113,000 mixtapes,” wrote Elliot Wilson on his blog, RapRadar.com. “Six years ago it took a week for her last album, The Naked Truth to sell 109,000 copies.”
Elliott also pointed out that fans who ante’d up the $10 couldn’t download the mixtape right away. The physical mixtape will be mailed to them at a later date.
Blogger Karen Civil broke down the PayPal policy that protects the company from unscrupulous
dope boys businessmen who might use the service to move weight across state lines electronically:
“For people not familiar with paypal. New business users can make up to at least 3K first day without the account being suspended.. Anything over.. [3K] paypal will suspend your account for suspicion of fraud.”
Ergo, it is not possible for Lil Kim to have earned over $1 million in less than 28 hours like she says she did — at least not on PayPal.
U.S. President Barack Obama dropped the ‘s’ bomb during an afternoon press conference today. Obama was discussing his latest budget proposal, which was released yesterday. He inadvertently flubbed the words “lowest sh*t” when he meant to say “lowest share.”
OBAMA: “.. bring annual domestic spending to its lowest sh*t — lowest share to the economy since Dwight Eisenhower.”
Remember I told you kids awhile back that NFL star Chad Ochocinco had a young girlfriend who he is frequently seen in Atlanta with? And remember I told you from the beginning that the relationship between Chad, 33, and ‘Basketball Wives‘ cast member Evelyn Lozada, 41, was manufactured for TV?
Well, it looks like I was right again. Chad’s real girlfriend was a guest on Miss Jones’ show on Philly’s Power 99 radio station this morning, and she’s allegedly 3 months with child!!
I can’t confirm whether the woman on Miss Jones’ show is Chad’s girlfriend. But I’ll update this post a little later with a pic of Chad’s real girlfriend. Y’all gonna learn to listen to your auntie when I tell you something!
Loyal reader Atiya writes:
Hi Auntie Sandra:
Just wanted to start off by saying I love your blog and read it three times a day. Even though I don’t always agree with your opinions, you are you and I can respect that. Just an update on Ochocinco, this morning one of Philly’s best radio personalities, Miss Jones aka Jonesy on Power 99 fm, supposedly interviewed Chad’s 19 year old girlfriend, Paige. The girl is pregnant and says what you have been saying all along, that their relationship is fake. Something for you to check out. Keep up your wonderful work.
Don’t you wish your grandmother looked this HAWT in a string bikini?
Super sexy couple, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, spent Valentine’s day soaking up the sun on the beach while on holiday in the Caribbean. Demi, 48, frolicked in the ocean, while Ashton, 33, read the book, “The Youth Pill: Scientists at the Brink of an Anti-Aging Revolution.”
Ashton already knows the secret to why more and more young men are pursuing older women these days. You kids who think you’re living, will eventually find out that life really begins after 40.
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A CBS News LA affiliate is backing away from a previous statement on its website that said CBS2 and KCAL reporter Serene Branson had “no indication of serious medical problems” after she slurred her words live on air.
But Branson apparently suffered a TIA (transient ischemic attack, or mini-stroke) while broadcasting live on air a few hours after the Grammy’s ended on Sunday.
KCAL-9 posted the statement on the station’s website yesterday, saying Branson was examined on the scene by paramedics and then given a ride home by a colleague.
Viewers — including a neurosurgeon — immediately criticized CBS for diminishing what could be a potentially serious, career threatening illness for Branson.
Dr. John Krakauer, associate professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, told CBS News. “Frankly, I would have admitted her.”
On Monday night, anchors for KCAL-9 clarified the station’s previous statement:
They said Branson had suffered from “health related problems” but that she is feeling better. They also said that Branson “followed up with a visit to the doctor for medical tests” and hopes to be back on the air soon.
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.
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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.
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