R&B Diva Monica Brown was the special musical guest on Jay Leno last night. Monica performed her current single, "It All Belongs To Me," featuring Brandy Norwood. The ladies dedicated their performance to Whitney Houston, who passed away on Feb. 11 -- Brandy's 32nd birthday. Brandy's voice is no longer the powerful, emotive instrument that it once was. Her 3rd studio album, Full Moon (released in 2002), is one of my all-time favorite CDs. It was the last shining moment for Brandy in a recording studio. But Brandy has so many other accomplishments to fall back on. Such as the fact that she is a better actress than she is a singer.
Watch their stirring performance on Jay Leno last night.
Kim Zolciak's former 'slave' Sweetie Hughes wants you all to know that she is not a common criminal who swipes from her former employees.
According to celebrity blogger ATLien, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' reject was a "huge topic last season after NeNe Leakes pointed out that Kim treated her like her personal 'slave'."
ATLien recently met up with Sweetie and asked her point bank if she stole from Zolciak.
SWEETIE: I seen it [on] twitter… some person tweeted me point blank ‘did you steal from Kim?’ and it was my first time hearing about it.
That shit is crazy! Do you know how much money I handled for Kim. As her assistant I had bank account access and all that… something that other assistants never had the opportunity to get that far… so as far as loyalty it’s been very high.
I think someone just made it up and I realize that out of every assistant she’s ever had, I’m the one they always talk about… they always try to keep my name out there, which is cool, it ain’t hurting me.
When asked why she was fired, Sweetie responded: "To be honest, I really don’t even know… I guess it was just spur of the moment."
It sounds to me like her contract with Bravo expired and it was not renewed. But what do I know.
Janet Jackson was Anderson Cooper's special guest this week on his daytime talk show, Anderson. The superstar discussed her feelings about the sudden death of Whitney Houston, and offered advice to Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Anderson: What advice do you have for her family for her kid. For her child? Janet: It's a very very tough time. Even though it’s still a loss. I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There's still a difference, even though there's a still a loss to a family, I don't know what that's like being so young. It was hard for me. It was very very difficult for me. I didn't want to accept it, it's very difficult. You have to come to terms at some point, you have to actually give it up to God and it sounds so mean but you have to move on you can't hold onto that because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing.
Anderson: TV People always use that word closure when they are talking about loss, as someone who has lost family members as well, I don't think there is such a thing as closure. I think that's a made up TV word.
Janet: No, I don't think there is either, but you have to go on with life. You figure out a way to move on. It's always right here. There's never a day, not one day has gone by where I don't think about my brother and my other brothers and sisters say the same thing.
Watch video clips of the interview after the break. Tune in to Anderson on Monday, Feb 20, for the full interview.
Someone had to be the voice of reason in a town where "no" is a foreign language. That voice of reason was R&B legend Chaka Khan, who slammed Clive Davis for not canceling his annual pre-Grammy party, which was held in the same hotel where Whitney Houston's body lay in rigor mortis on the 4th floor.
Chaka made her statements on Piers Morgan's show on CNN last night. She said: "Knowing Whitney, I don't believe that she would have said 'the show must go on.'" Chaka added: "She's the kind of woman that would have said, 'uh huh! Stop everything! I'm not gonna be there."
Chaka told Piers,
"I thought that was complete insanity. I don't know what could motivate a person, to have a party, in a building, where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by her...I don't understand how that party went on." Source
In the 2nd video, after the break, Chaka alluded to the "riff raff" and "dangerous people" (Ray J) who dragged Whitney to parties in the week before the party. "I wouldn't have done that," said Chaka.
Outraged Catholics are calling for a boycott of CBS network following rapper Nicki Minaj's bizarre Grammy Awards performance last night.
The talentless Minaj, 29, arrived at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards dressed in a red satin Versace cape with a Caucasian man dressed as the Pope on her arm. Later in the telecast, Minaj acted like a woman possessed -- performing her single "Roman's Holiday" with bizarre satanic rituals which included levitation and an exorcism onstage before a shocked Grammy audience.
"Nicki’s disturbing performance at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards was a blatant attack on the Catholic church," wrote one outraged blogger.
If the stage was set as a Jewish Holocaust, or a black slavery set or some kind of mockery of Muhammad and Islam glorifying slave owners, there would be outrage. But because its the Catholic church that Minaj is mocking, somehow it’s allowed.
Other blogs are calling for the boycott of CBS and its sponsors, saying the Grammy's are increasingly relying on shock and vulgarity to attract more viewers to the show.
The Catholic League was also not amused by Minaj's performance.
“Perhaps the most vulgar was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer,” Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League told CBS New York.
“None of this was by accident, and all of it was approved [by] The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys. [Whether] Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam,” Donohue said.
It's hard to say what cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj was thinking when she chose this particular outfit to wear to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Nicki strode into the Staples Center wearing a satin red Versace cape dress escorted by a 'Pope' on her arm. We're truly embarrassed for her.
Photos by Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America
Singer Kelly Rowland lost points when she cheesed and grinned at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy dinner at the same hotel where Whitney Houston's body lay in rigor mortis Saturday. But she looked glamorous on Sunday wearing a nude Alberta Ferretti gown at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Rihanna turned heads wearing a Giorgio Armani black silk custom gown which she accessorized with Christian Louboution PVC accented pumps and a gold clutch. Rihanna shared her big night with her father and her little brother.
Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America
Troubled singer Chris Brown lip synced during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center for the first time since beating the crap out of his former girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.
Brown's performance was made possible by a sympathetic judge who lifted his restraining order last year at the request of Rihanna's legal team. Brown lip synced a techno junk medley of his songs "Turn Up The Music" and "Beautiful People" much to the delight of his fans who squealed when he came out onstage in tight grey skinny jeans.
Pop icon Madonna is said to be "furious" at singer M.I.A. for stealing the show during Madonna's Super Bowl halftime performance. Madonna put on an elaborate halftime show for the ages, complete with gladiators and a golden throne. But it was M.I.A.'s middle finger flip everyone talked about for days afterwards.
Madonna called into the 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest' show this morning. When she was asked about the controversial hand gesture by M.I.A., Madonna went IN. The superstar called M.I.A.'s stunt "stupid", "childish", and "a juvenile thing to do." She added that M.I.A. was "irrelevant." Madonna has a right to be heated after all that hard work she put in. But the one who should really be mad is Nicki Minaj. Her halftime contribution hasn't been mentioned at all in the press.
In last night's dramatic episode of WE tv's Braxton Family Values, Tamar Braxton and her sister Traci bond and get closer by working out together. Tamar faces life-and-death decisions when her husband Vincent Herbert falls ill in NY. Trina and Towanda fly to New York to be by Tamar's side, but Trina's personal crisis at home causes her to break down in front of her mom, Evelyn Braxton.
'Basketball Wives' season 4 promises to be just as pointless as season 3. We already know that Evelyn Lozada and Jennifer Williams will have manufactured beef. And when Evelyn isn't busy jawing at Jennifer, she's planning her manufactured-for-TV wedding to NFL bench rider, Chad Ochocinco. Oh, and I wonder if Evelyn will mention that her reported spin-off series with Ocho was sacked because VH1 refused to green light it?
In tonight's episode of WEtv's Braxton Family Values, Tamar Braxton is forced to face the possibility of life without her beloved husband, Vince Herbert, who is stricken with a deadly illness. As you know, Vince was diagnosed with a pulmonary emboli -- a blood clot in his lung which traveled from his leg (DVT).
Tamar, who is usually fiery and outspoken, is reduced to tears as she opens up about the emotional toll of Vince's serious illness.
Despite her grief, I couldn't help but notice that Tamar's face appears to be dry -- as in, no actual tears fall. I'm a stickler about fake tears, especially in reality shows. I could be wrong. But something tells me that this scene was filmed just recently.
CNN has apparently caved in to pressure from gay groups by suspending political analyst Roland Martin for making a joke about British soccer star David Beckham.
A CNN spokeswoman confirmed the suspension with this statement issued today:
“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being."
Martin came under attack from gay groups after tweeting a wisecrack about Beckham's underwear commercial which aired during Sunday's Super Bowl telecast on NBC.
Martin seemed to suggest in his tweet that his followers “smack the ish out of” any male Super Bowl fan who is “hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad.”
Martin added that “real bruhs” would not purchase underwear advertised by Beckham.
A network suspension is usually the first step towards a contract termination. Martin was a CNN political analyst for 4 years.
20-year-old Brandon White stepped forward today to speak about the beating incident that has galvanized the gay community in Atlanta.
“I want to see something done. I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I went through,” White said at a packed midday news conference.
White was the man seen in a viral video being brutalized by three unidentified men who punched and kicked him while they shouted anti-gay slogans. The 3 attackers are reportedly members of a local street gang called the "Jungle Boys" and the 1029 Jack City gang.
White said he didn't report the incident to the police initially until he saw the video go viral on the Internet.
“I don’t bother anyone. I felt that if a straight person could walk to the store and not have a problem, I should be able to do the same thing,” White said.
In the video, which was first posted on Worldstarhiphop.com, White, wearing tight black "skinny jeans", was ambushed by 3 gang members outside a convenience store on McDaniel Street in the "Pittsburgh" area of Atlanta on Saturday.
A man off camera can be heard repeatedly yelling "No f*ggots in Jack City!"
The FBI is investigating the case as a hate crime based on the anti-gay slogans heard in the 30-second video.
White, who is seeking therapy for his emotional scars, gave this advice to others who are victims of homophobic violence: “Say something. Speak to someone. Don’t hide it. You shouldn’t have to. This is 2012."
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Zone 3 police officers at 404-624-0674 or to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.