Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is seen leaving his hotel in New York City today with his kids, Iyanna, left, and Koraun. Mayweather, 34, is coming out of retirement again because his spending habit is spinning out of control and he has mouths to feed. In 2010, Mayweather was hit with domestic abuse charges for beating the mother of his three children in front of the kids. If convicted on all charges, Mayweather faces up to 34 years in prison.
Thanks to Lady Jia for uploading episode 4 of VH1’s tasteless, but juicy scripted series “Single Ladies”! It gives me great pleasure to inform you that “Single Ladies” beat out “Barbeque Wives” in both of their time slots in the television ratings for Monday night! That’s significant because this is BBQ Wives’ 3rd season and it took “Single Ladies” only 4 episodes to surpass them!
Here is more proof that black men LOVE big women: singer Fantasia Barrino is gaining weight in preparation for the biggest acting role of her career. She’s set to portray Mahalia Jackson in a movie on the Gospel singer’s storied life. Meanwhile, over the weekend, Fantasia vacationed in St. Kitts with her boyfriend Antwaun Cook. If you recall, this is the man who Fantasia almost took her life for after their love affair sparked headlines all over the blogs two years ago.
The couple went snorkeling in the clear blue waters off St. Kitts yesterday. Barrino, 26, had performed at the annual St. Kitts Music Festival over the weekend and stayed on for a few days with a group of family and friends, including her nine-year-old daughter Zion.
It’s not her weight that made Antwaun fall madly in love with Fantasia. It’s something else. There’s another male industry exec who is head over heels in love with Fantasia. I can’t divulge his name, but he can’t stop talking about her. I tease him endlessly about his infatuation with her, lol.
Singer Alicia Keys kissed her wax figure at the unveiling of her likeness at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in NYC yesterday. Alicia is in town helping to produce Lydia R. Diamond’s play “Stick Fly” this Fall. “I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment,” Keys said in a statement. She also re-released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, today as a special 10th anniversary deluxe collector’s edition.
I wonder how much Beyonce had to beg Jay-Z tp show up at her record launch party and special one-off gig at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London last night? We know Jay Z is a narcissist who only thinks of himself. He rarely supports his wife’s endeavors, but he expects her to be front and center whenever he’s in the spotlight. Don’t you hate people like that? Jay Z had been spotted watching tennis at Wimbledon, which caused him to arrive late to Beyonce’s gig.
The Internet craze “planking” made headlines around the world last month when a young man fell to his death from a hotel balcony in Brisbane, Queensland. According to London tabloid the Daily Mail, the man tried to “plank” himself by laying across the balcony railing.
Planking involves participants lying down in unusual places and then uploading pictures of themselves to social networking websites.
Ever since planking claimed it’s first victim, there have been other deaths and serious injuries connected to the fad. What once was strictly isolated to groups of idle middle class teens on Facebook has now reached black Twitter.
Last year, the Russell Simmons-owned website Globalgrind.com took steps to cease scraping websites and blogs for their content. But not before building his prominent Internet brand off the backs of hard working bloggers without our permission.
In a post titled Global Grind Copies Content, Patrick O’Keefe detailed how Simmons and Global Grind rose to the top of the blog rankings by scraping content from established blogs (such as mine) as if the content originated on Global Grind.
This strategy helped Global Grind position its brand in the global marketplace which enabled Simmons to secure lucrative sponsorships from large corporations.
Simmon’s seedy reputation was further tarnished by the RUSH pre-paid debit card controversy, which has been well-documented. It seemed Rush had no qualms about stealing from his own people. Now an urban blogger has come forward to expose yet another one of Global Grind’s questionable business strategies.
According to Michelle Brown, who is enrolled in Global Grind’s ad network, she has not been paid for advertising on her blog since January, 2011. According to brown, owner of Straightfromthea.com, she was told by GG’s accountant, Deepa Shah, that another ad network, Adify, is tasked with paying bloggers their Global Grind revenue for advertising.
Brown was given the runaround by Shah in a series of confusing email exchanges, in which Ms. Shah explains that Global Grind paid out ad revenue to Adify, and now Adify was responsible for disbursing the money to bloggers in its ad network. You can read those emails below.
Kanye West recently signed 2 Nigerian artists to his G.O.O.D. Music label. One of them is D’banj, who, according to Upscale Hype, attended the 2011 BET Awards styled in a pair of Christian Louboutin Mika Raja flats ($2,395) from the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. I would rather see a man dressed like D’banj than one dressed like those untamed beasts who roam the urban landscape with their pants hanging off their butts, like Lil Wayne and that ilk. We have to do better.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in rapper Drake’s case it’s got to be annoying. Drake’s late night, drunken phone call to a past love (who has found a love of her own) stirred something deep inside other artists, who found it necessary to record their own versions of “Marvin’s Room”, even though no one asked them to.
The only version I listened to — or I should say, tolerated — was white soul singer JoJo’s. Unfortunately, her fake emotion wasn’t very convincing. With Drake, you can feel his pain. He knows it’s his loss when he tells her, “The woman that I would try/ is happy with a good guy/ but I’ve been drinking so much/ that I’ma call her anyway and say/ f*ck that nigga that you love so bad…”
You have to know that kind of pain to make others feel it. No one makes you feel heartache like Drake. All other artists need to fall in line behind him because they’ll never be first as long as he’s breathing. As Neo would say, he’s The One!
Chris Brown’s “Marvin’s Room” remix is on the other side
Last week, Newsweek tantalized their followers on Twitter.com by posting a snippet of this week’s cover along with a challenge to guess what it was. No one guessed that it was a photoshopped image of Princess Diana — as she would look today — walking with her daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.
Princess Diana would have been 50 on Friday, but the Newsweek graphic artists digitally altered her likeness to make her look closer to 60. Naturally, the British people are howling mad at Newsweek’s Diana at 50 cover. The cover story: “If She Were Here Now”, was written with care by Tina Brown.
The issue is on newsstands, iPad, iPhone and your Kindle today.
Ralph Reynolds, Creative Director for AKOO Clothing and Vice President of RP55 Group, was commissioned to design a custom suit to be worn by Hosea Chanchez during his BET Awards presentation debut on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. “I’m honored that Hosea reached out me, I’ve been a big fan of his and the show The Game for quite some time,” states Reynolds. One of the unsung heroes and predecessors of urban fashion, Reynolds is responsible for launching brands such as RP55, Azzure Denim and Indigo Red. Currently, the RP55 Group ships over $20 million of apparel and accessories annually, including AKOO, Play Cloths and G-Shock. “Although urban fashion is what I’m known for, it’s a little known fact that men’s formal wear and luxury accessories are a passion point of mine. I’ve been designing custom garments for a select clientele for years. I enjoy working with Hosea because he exudes the AKOO mantra. He’s a confident and talented individual with a passion for community empowerment,” explains Reynolds.
Hosea Chanchez, star of BET’s hit sitcom The Game, is the founder of the WATCHMEWIN Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of urban youth through mentorship, leadership development, encouragement and empowerment. From actor, philanthropist and fashion trendsetter, Hosea is truly today’s modern man who wants to wear clothes that reflect his passion, personality and lifestyle.