E Class The Game Jackie O

While perusing my comments section last week I stumbled upon a discussion about former record exec E-Class and former Miami rapper Jacki O. E-Class is the formidable looking gentleman in this photo with rapper The Game at STORY’s Halloween bash last week.

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Special Ed

Some of you weren’t even born when the youngest in charge, Special Ed dropped his blazing debut album of the same name when he was a mere lad of 16. Propelled by the album’s scorchers, “I Got It Made” and “I’m The Magnificent,” Ed’s album, Youngest in Charge, went on to sell more than 500,000 copies in 1989.

The Jamaican-born rhyme slayer followed up those hits with “Come On, Let’s Move It” off his sophomore album Legal, which dropped in 1990 when Ed turned 18.

But where is Special Ed now?

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Soul legend Aretha Franklin, 70, gave her fans a scare when she was hospitalized in 2010. Rumors swirled that Franklin was battling cancer, but sources close to Ms. Franklin said she actually underwent a simple lap band procedure in addition to breast reduction surgery. Franklin’s PR denied the reports that Franklin had gastric surgery. But her rapid weight loss in the months following her hospitalization was evident of weight reduction surgery.

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The singer who inspired rapper Jay Z to name his daughter Blue Ivy has dropped a new single.

Blu Cantrell once dated Jay Z before he met Beyonce. Apparently, Jay Z was very impressed by Blu’s oral skills.

The 36-year-old singer dropped her new single “SOS (Tell Me Where You At)” off her upcoming album, which is set for release in April 2013.

Blu’s debut album, Bittersweet, was relased in 2001. Her first single off Bittersweet, “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!),” reached #2 on the Billboard charts and made Blu an overnight star.

Sources say Blu and Jay Z’s relationship didn’t last because she was too smart for him.

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  • Thanks to Angela Watts, of AW Media Publicity, for sending these pics from ATL Live on the Park in Atlanta, Tuesday.

    Angela writes:

    “ATL Live on the Park Explodes into August with a Special Performance by Teddy Riley and the Return of Blackstreet!!

    Devyne Stephens and ASCAP introduce sneak performances by American actor Wayne Brady, Mishon, Amber Bullock, Brittnee Camelle, Saint Nick, and Marques Anthony.

    The August Edition of ATL Live on the Park was EXPLOSIVE as show producers Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols partnered with Entertainment Mogul Devyne Stephens and the city of Atlanta to honor Grammy Award winning producer, singer-songwriter Teddy Riley! Music-lovers also witnessed a once in a lifetime performance between Riley and his band mates, Blackstreet.”

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    R&B singer Monifah recently spoke out about dating women in an interview with Essence.com. Though Monifah once dated ex-lover Queen Latifah for many years, she still can’t bring herself to admit she’s out of the closet.

    “I hate the term,” she says, “because I’ve never been anything but who I am, and I’ve lived my authentic life.”

    Monifah, 41, is one of 5 R&B singers featured in a new reality TV series titled “R&B Divas,” premiering Aug. 20 on TVOne. The series also stars Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Kiki Wyatt, and Sylena Johnson. The series centers around the women’s lives as they work together on a R&B compilation album.

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