Monday, July 21, 2014

A$AP Rocky Sued for Allegedly Slapping Female Fan

According to TMZ, A$AP Rocky allegedly slapped a female fan during a Philadelphia music festival and now she's dragging him into court with a lawsuit.  Lisamarie Wade claims the rapper hauled off and smacked her -- for no apparent reason as he made his way through the crowd last year knocking her to the ground and disorienting her. 

In her docs, Wade claims the rapper has a long history of bad behavior including a similar incident two months before the Philly show in which he allegedly smacked a female fan in Australia.

TMZ broke the story Wade filed a private criminal complaint but eventually withdrew it when she couldn't locate him to serve him with the complaint. 

Wade's already making a play for the heartstrings of a potential jury claiming Rocky's slap caused a string of ailments which interfere with her ability to "enjoy society with her minor child as a young, single mother." Wade is suing for damages of at least $75K. She called in to TMZ Live a few days after the alleged smackdown.

Sidebar: Since when do performers slap fans? He would have a handprint on his face along with a lawsuit.

  TMZ Live pt3 9/05/13

Ray J Charged with 10 CRIMES D.A. Files Sexual Battery, Cops Disagree

According to TMZ, the L.A. County D.A. has thrown the book at Ray J charging him Monday with 10 CRIMES in connection with his drunken antics last May.  The D.A. charged Ray J with sexual battery even though cops say no such crime was committed.

Ray J was at a bar at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel when he got rowdy, brushed up against a woman's ass and was ordered to leave.   Police told TMZ at the time it was NOT a sexual battery because the contact was "incidental" not intentional.  Apparently the D.A. begs to differ.

Ray J left the bar and then went nuts in an alcohol-fueled rampage.  He was arrested, kicked out the window of a cop car and spit on an officer.  Ray J told TMZ he kicked out the window because he was claustrophobic.

In addition to the misdemeanor battery charge, Ray J was charged with 4 counts of resisting arrest, 3 counts of assault and battery and 2 counts of vandalism all misdemeanors.

Sidebar: Really? 10 crimes. They are full of it.

Carmelo Anthony Forms Media and Tech VC Firm

According to Variety, Carmelo Anthony, the NBA All Star who recently re-signed with the New York Knicks, has formed a venture-capital firm, M7 Tech Partners, together with Stuart Goldfarb, former CEO of Bertelsmann Direct North America and ex-NBC exec.
M7 Tech Partners, based in New York, will invest in and develop early-stage digital media, consumer Internet and technology startups.  Anthony, who has 5.1 million followers on Twitter, said in a statement that “for as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in technology.”  “We are actively looking for ventures with strong leaders creating breakthrough products that resonate with consumers,” he said. “I particularly have my eye on companies that are involved with wearable technology and connected devices – these will be huge areas for the future.”
According to Goldfarb, he and Anthony already have visited dozens of companies scouting possible investment targets “and are excited and optimistic about many of the relationships we are forging.” Prior to heading Bertelsmann’s direct marketing business for music, video and books in the 1990s, Goldfarb was an NBC exec VP of business development.
Also Monday, M7 announced that it made an initial investment in Hullabalu, a startup developing original storytelling apps for tablets, whose other backers include SV Angel, Gokul Rajaram, former Google exec and head of product engineering at Square, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit. NYC-based Hullabalu previously announced raising $1.8 million in seed funding.
The name of the venture stands for “‘Melo 7,” which is his nickname and Knicks jersey number. Anthony’s new contract with the James Dolan-owned Knicks, signed earlier this month, is worth more than $122 million over five years, ESPN reported.

Idris Elba in Talks for Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Idris Elba is in talks to star in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, Warner Bros.' new take on the English myth being directed by Guy Ritchie.  Joby Harold wrote the script, which is a reimagining of the story of King Arthur and his legendary knights of the kingdom of Camelot.  Elba will play Bedivere, Arthur's father's right-hand man, who is will teach Arthur how to lead an army.  The role of Arthur has not been cast but testing will begin in August.  Producing the movie  are Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell and Harold.  Elba's boarding reunites the actor with Ritchie, who directed him in the London-set crime movie RocknRolla, which Warners distributed in 2008.  Elba is best known for starring in the BBC's acclaimed Luther series. He will also be voicing the character of Shere Khan in Disney's The Jungle Book, currently in preproduction, and is attached to star in the thriller Bastille Day.

'Bad Girls Club' Star Tanisha Thomas Joins Season 3 Of "Orange is The New Black"

Tanisha Thomas, joins season 3 of the hit Netflix series, “Orange Is The New Black."

Thomas announced the good news on her Instagram account a few days ago. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ex-Destiny's Child Member Arrested For Disorderly Conduct

According to TMZ, ex-Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin was arrested in South Carolina early Sunday morning for disorderly conduct.  TMZ has learned alcohol was definitely involved.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FIRST LISTEN: Deborah Cox Sings "I Will Always Love You" For The Whitney Houston Biopic [AUDIO]

TMZ has obtained a recording of Deborah Cox singing Whitney Houston's hit, "I Will Always Love You" while on the set of the Whitney Houston Biopic.

Take a listen:

Whitney's family is at war with Lifetime, trying to block the movie because they don't think it properly honors her.  Obviously the family has blocked the network's ability to use authentic Whitney tracks.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Alexandra Shipp Set as Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime is back in business with its Aaliyah biopic.  Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to play the R&B singer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Wendy Williams, who has boarded the TV movie as an executive producer, first announced the news Friday onTwitter.
Shipp takes over for Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, who was cast in the lead role as the R&B singer but exited the project in June. The actress and singer was to record four of the songs that would've appeared in the movie. 
"We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold," Lifetime wrote in a statement posted on its Twitter account on June 29.The project, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is set, to resume filming this summer with a fall premiere date planned. The script for the biopic was based on a book, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, by Christopher Farley.
Aaliyah, who topped the charts from 1994 to her death at 22 in 2001, has yet to get the biopic treatment. The film is being produced by Aaliyah Productions Inc., with Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries) serving as executive producers. Bradley Walsh (Turn the Beat Around) will direct from a script written by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar).
Shipp's credits include Nickelodeon's House of Anubis as well as episodes of Switched at Birth, Awkward and Ray Donovan. She's repped by Osbrink and Elevate.
Sidebar: Lifetime is about that biopic life. It will be interesting to see how it all comes together, especially since Wendy is now on board. 

Nelson Mandela's 96th Birthday Marked by a Google Doodle

Google released its latest doodle celebrating the 96th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela. Today also marks Nelson Mandela International Day, a day of service celebrated.  The interactive doodle showcases different stages of Mandela's life, along with quotes from his autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom.  Nelson Mandela, better known as 'Madiba' and 'Tata' amongst his South African supporters, was born July 18 1918 as Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela to the Thembu royal family. He died last year on December 5 after suffering from pulmonary infection - he was 95 years old then. Nelson Mandela would have been 96 today. Today is Nelson Mandela International Day, a day of service celebrated on July 18, Mandela's birthday.

Sidebar: Happy Birthday Madiba! Thank you for your contributions to our world. 

Watch this Amazing Jam Session on Jimmy Kimmel [VIDEO]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta' Reunion Fights Caught on Tape [VIDEO]

  'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta' Reunion Fight -- Multiple Brawls All Over the Studio ... Caught on Tape

According to TMZ, Tuesday night's taping of the "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" reunion devolved into a royal rumble with cast mates Benzino, his fiancée AltheaStevie JJoselineDebraTammy, and Mimi all duking it out.

In the video, obtained by, you see security breaking up one fight and then running to stop another. That happens over and over and over.  The reunion is supposed to resume filming Wednesday night but without an audience this time. 

Sidebar: Sad, sad, sad.  The highest rated show on VH-1 is all about playing to the lowest part of ourselves. It's hard to blame it all on Mona Scott and the cast when all of us are watching it go down every week. I'm sure no one is surprised by these events. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lifetime Movie to Include Whitney's Music, but Not Her Voice.

According to Eonline, Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston movie will feature some of the late singing legend's music.  However, there is one hitch—we won't actually be hearing the voice of Houston or Yaya DaCosta, the former America's Next Top Model hopeful who is playing her in the Angela Bassett-directed film.
Houston's songs will be sung by wait for it, R&B singer Deborah Cox!  A Lifetime rep says that "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," but Cox will be providing the "vocal tracks."
It was announced in May that Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in Waiting to Exhale, would make her directorial debut with the Lifetime original movie about the late singer. The movie is said to be focusing on Houston's relationship with Bobby Brown.
Just yesterday, Lifetime released the first photo of DaCosta as Houston and Arlen Escarpeta as the former New Edition singer.  Houston's family is not involved with the production.
"I really just want to tell a story about a boy and a girl who fell in love," Bassett recently told CNN. "And these are the words and this is the place, and these are the people on the outside, you know? And I want to be as honest as I can about doing that."
She also said that Houston's substance abuse will be addressed. "Well, we know that drugs were a part of their story and that's certainly an element of their story. We can't tell their story without that," Bassett said. "It's involved, and I hope we can unpack it gently."
Rounding out the cast are Yolanda Ross as Houston's best friend Robyn Crawford,Suzzanne Douglas as her mom Cissy and Mark Rolston as Clive Davis, the music industry icon who discovered Houston in 1983.
The movie, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles, is set to premiere on Lifetime next year.
Sidebar: Wow, no Whitney vocals. Hmmm....that will be strange. But I do love me some Deborah Cox. I can't imagine how this is all going to come together but I'm waiting to see how it does.  For everyone who is not on board for this movie check out our documentary about Whitney. It is all love. When I say it's 100 % percent positive I truly mean it. For fan reviews and more info on our film, For The Love of Whitney --->CLICK HERE. It is the Best thing you Never saw about Whitney.

Aaron McGruder to Create New Live-Action Pilot, "Hooligan Squad"

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adult Swim is locking downAaron McGruder.  The Boondocks and Black Jesuscreator and Peabody Award winner has inked a first-look overall deal with the cabler, Adult Swim announced Tuesday.  Under the pact, McGruder — who also has Black Jesus at Adult Swim — is producing a new live-action adventure pilot called Hooligan Squad under the pact. The comedy centers on an American insurgency in Japanese-occupied San Francisco, set in the near future. McGruder will pen the pilot and exec produce alongside LEG'sNorman Aladjem and R&G Productions' Steven Tzirlin."With The Boondocks and the upcoming Black Jesusseries, we consider Aaron very instrumental in the success of Adult Swim, and this deal is the continuation of a great partnership," said Mike Lazzo, executive vp and creative director at Adult Swim.
Added McGruder: "It's a rare thing to have a network home. Even more rare is a home that wants to see you grow and expand as a creator. Adult Swim is headed to new horizons, and I'm happy to be along for the ride."  McGruder's upcoming live-action comedy Black Jesuswill bow in August on Adult Swim. That series centers on Jesus living in present-day Compton, Calif., on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.  McGruder, who created the series, will executive produce via his 5 Mutts Productions along with Trailer Park Boys' writer-director Mike Clattenburg as well as Aladjem and John Bravakis.
Cult animated comedy The Boondocks ran for three seasons (45 episodes) on Adult Swim from 2005 to 2010. The series ended its four-season run in April. The show was based on a comic strip that originated at McGruder's alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park, and later appeared in The Source magazine.

Tupac Inspired Musical 'Holla If Ya Hear Me' to Close

According to Essence, the Broadway musical modeled around the lyrics and poetry of the late Tupac Shakur is set to close its doors just two months after opening. Holla if ya Hear Me began previews at the Palace Theater on June 2 and officially opened June 19. Some theater industry insiders projected this fate due to the alarmingly low attendance turnout during previews. The play has grossed $942,493 in total, while most Broadway shows rake in an estimated $1 million weekly. The final performance of Holla if ya Hear Me will be July 20. 

Did Natalie Cole Blast Patti LaBelle For 'After Midnight' Performance?

Dish Nation reports Natalie Cole had some strong feelings toward Patti LaBelle's work ethic and performance behind the scenes of the now-defunct Broadway show After Midnight
Both singers had a limited engagement in the Tony-nominated production (along with Gladys Knight), but the show abruptly came to a close in June due to poor ticket sales. While Cole and Knight never got their time in the spotlight, they were able to watch LaBelle from the sidelines.
"Natalie was overheard telling friends that Fantasia really made the show work, but Patti was just not up to par," a source told Dish Nation. "People were saying that Patti would get tired in middle of her set and would just mouth the words instead of singing them. Natalie didn’t hold back — she went on to say that Patti had lost her touch — saying she was too old and too tired to make the performance work."
Other celebrities allegedly agreed that LaBelle's effort was lacking, but no one was more vocal than Cole.  The source added, "Natalie loves Patti’s voice, but she didn’t think she was right for this."
Sidebar: Judge Judy would call this hearsay, but if it is true shame on Natalie Cole. If Patti did not perform up to her standards lets give her the benefit of the doubt for the 50 years in this business that she has ripped the stage. How about that?! It's sad to read about women saying negative things about each other no matter how old they are. Have several seats to anyone dissing Patti.  She is a legend who at 70 years old can still  sing circles around anyone. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pam Oliver Replaced by Erin Andrews

According to The YBF, after 19 years as one of the network's top reporters (officially called the No. 1 sideline spot) Pam Oliver has been sidelined to the No. 2 Fox team with Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch. She's been replaced by the very-blonde Erin Andrews.
This isn't new news to Pam. She's know for a little while. She told SI,
“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver said. “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”
“Disappointment is not really a word I’d use right now because I’ve had some weeks to process it,” Oliver continued. “I think my emotions during the season will be sadness because I had been around that group for a decade. I will miss all the little things, just from Joe’s impersonations of people and Troy’s bad impersonations of people and all of the running jokes -- that was the hardest part of hearing the news. But you have to move forward and deal with what is on your plate. I went through a range of emotions, but as I speak with you today, disappointment has passed me and I have reached a point of trying to move forward with some sadness."
A few months ago, you'll recall Pam was the subject of thousands of NASTY memes because of some of her "sideline" hairstyles. They often compared her to Chubaka from Star Wars
Sidebar: That sucks. I hope she gets an even better opportunity. Erin Andrews is replacing everyone. First on DWTS now Pam. 

WATCH: Masters of Sex Season 2 Premiere Full Episode [VIDEO]

Yaya Dacosta Alafia And Arlen Escarpeta As Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown in Lifetime biopic

The New York Post has posted a new photo of Yaya DaCosta Alafia as Whitney Houston and Arlen Escapeta as Bobby Brown in Angela Bassett‘s directorial debut, the Lifetime Original Movie, I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story.  Set for 2015, the film will center on the relationship between Houston and her ex-husband Bobby Brown, from the time they met at the height of their celebrity, their dating period and their up-and-down marriage. Throughout their marriage, their were several highs and lows as the couple dealt with fame and fortune.  Whitney and singer Brown met in 1989, were married in 1992 and their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was born the following year. They divorced in 2007.  In last week’s photo, posted by Entertainment Weekly, Alafia was channeling  Houston’s 1987 album cover of “Whitney.”

Sidebar: Looking forward to seeing how this all turns out. They must give Bobby a gap though. He ain't Bobby without that gap. 

Taye Diggs to Launch New Show About Being a Single Dad

According to BCK, Taye Diggs is now a single-dad, and he’s using the experience as creative inspiration. The actor recently announced that he will be launching a new show, Single Urban Dads.  The split between Taye and Tony-award winning performer Idina Menzel in December came as quite a surprise to the public. As recently as 2012 the two were continuing to share the stage, reminiscent of their romantic beginnings in the musical Rent. After ten years of marriage, and a son (now 5), breaking things off has been a difficult process. The actor recently opened up about the experience:  "Id be lying if I said there weren’t times when I thought, Oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split]. Maybe they thought it was cute that we met in Rent. There weren’t a lot of couples like us in the theater community – and I know there aren’t a lot of performers as talented as she is … and then you have the whole mixed [race] thing… Right now, we’re still trying to figure out a lot of stuff because we’re on different coasts and our son is getting older."
The change in his family situation is no doubt responsible for bringing to life Taye’s newest project. He announced on Twitter: “Starting-up a new show. Launching it on @twitter. Stay tuned to @SingleUrbanDads to learn more.” In his description, he noted that his new show would deal with the challenges of being a single father in the big city.  
Taye is reportedly now dating Amanza Smith. She accompanied him on the red carpet for the BET Awards, and a source reports the two are “in love.”

8th-Grade Metal Band Signs $1.7M Record Deal

According to the Root and  Spin magazine three black eighth-graders – guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12 – who make up Unlocking the Truth, just signed a record deal with Sony that could bring the Brooklyn, N.Y. trio as much as $1.7 million.  The deal guarantees the teens two albums with a "$60,000 advance on their first album and up to a $350,000 advance on their second." If the venture proves to be a success Sony can pick up the group's options bringing in as much as $1.7million for as many as six albums. Their most recent gigs were at this year’s Coachella festival in California and opening for metal heavyweights Guns and Roses. 

Sidebar: Congrats! 

Jackson Family Members to Star in Reality Show

According to Billboard, members of Michael Jackson's extended family are stepping out of what they call "the Jackson bubble" for a reality show.  The six-episode show, debuting Nov. 18 on Reelz, focuses on Alejandra Jackson, the ex-wife of Michael's brother Jermaine, and her five children. After Michael's death five years ago, they left the Jackson family home in suburban Encino, a move that a clip from the show suggests wasn't their idea.  "We didn't want it to happen that way," Alejandra's daughter Genevieve said Saturday at the summer TV critics' tour.  Son Donte Jackson added, "Some of the politics came into play."  At the same time, Genevieve said the family lived under constraints at the Encino house.
"We were very sheltered," she said. "There's a lot of outside people coming in and out of our house. We had to watch what we said."  Alejandra Jackson and her brood started a new life away from the home of grandparents Katherine and Joe Jackson. She had two children with Randy Jackson - Genevieve and Randy Jr. - and then married Randy's brother Jermaine, having sons Jaafar and Jermajesty. Alejandra has raised Donte since he was 2 after he was adopted by Katherine and Joe.  "It's a long story," Alejandra said about her love life.  Considering the amount of tabloid attention the Jackson family has received, why not keep their lives private?  "People already had a preconceived judgment of us and we weren't speaking," Randy Jr. said. "Now we feel comfortable enough to show how we really are."
Sidebar: Out of all the women in the world who loved and obsessed over the Jackson 5 why did these brothers have children by the same women? I mean really? Their children are not only brother and sisters they are also first cousins. Brothers are not supposed to share everything. However, it is the perfect mix for a reality show during this ratchet television era. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jill Scott, Eve, Regina Hall to Star in Lifetime Movie

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime is looking to play matchmaker.  The female-skewing cable network has tapped Grammy-winner Jill Scott (Steel Magnolias), Eve(Single Ladies) and Regina Hall (Think Like a Man Too) to star in the original movie With This Ring.
The romantic comedy centers on three single best friends (Scott, Eve and Hall) who attend the lavish wedding of a fourth on New Year's Eve, and desperation pushes them to make the vow to be married within the year. Each woman starts the year with hopes of what will happen over the next 12 months, but will they all make it to the altar? The movie, produced by Sony Pictures Television, hails from executive producers Tracey Edmonds, Sheila Ducksworth (Soul Food) and Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane). With This Ring will be written and directed by Nzingha Stewart (The Game) and will film in August in Cleveland for a debut later this year.

Tracy Morgan Released From Rehab

According to the YBF, wheel-chair bound Tracy Morgan will continue his recovery at home, having been released from a rehab facility following a fatal car crash that killed one of his closets friends.  Today's good news comes on the heels of a huge lawsuit Tracy filed against Wal-Mart on Thursday. Following his release, his publicist released a statement requesting privacy as Tracy recovers at home with fiancée Megan Wollover, and their year-old daughter, Maven Sonae.
“Tracy has been released from the rehabilitation center and will continue his recovery efforts at home with an aggressive outpatient program. He asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point. He would also appreciate some privacy during this crucial point in his recovery. In regards to the reports of a lawsuit, I can confirm that Tracy, along with the other victims of this horrific accident, have filed suit"
Sidebar: I hope he is able to recover quickly. So sorry he lost his friend in this horrible accident. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Eminem Brings Out Dr. Dre at Wembley Stadium [VIDEO]

According to Rap-up, Eminem made hip-hop history by becoming the first rapper to headline Wembley Stadium in London on Friday night.  Following sets from Danny Brown and Odd Future, the Detroit icon performed hit after hit during his first of two shows at the 90,000-capacity venue, his first London show since 2001.  But the highlight of the evening was when he brought out his mentor, Dr. Dre. The billionaire Beats founder joined him for his classics including “Still D.R.E.,” “Next Episode,” “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” and “Forgot About Dre.”  Starting August 7, Em will tour stadiums in the U.S. with Rihanna on his three-city “Monster Tour,” which kicks off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Crash

According to TMZ, Tracy Morgan filed suit in New Jersey alleging Walmart should never have allowed truck driver Kevin Roper to drive for nearly 10 hours straight after being awake for more than 24 hours.  Morgan was severely injured because Walmart allowed one of its drivers to become so exhausted behind the wheel an accident was destined to happen so claims Morgan in a new lawsuit.

The suit claims Tracy sustained, "severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”

According to the lawsuit, Roper had driven 700 miles from his home to the Walmart distribution center before beginning his fatal drive.  One person died when Roper was tooling along in his tractor-trailer at 65 in a 45 MPH zone and slammed into the SUV.  Roper pled not guilty to charges of death by auto. Morgan was released from the hospital last month, but he's still at a physical rehabilitation center.  Tracy and 3 other plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages.

Walmart tells TMZ, "As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved."

Azealia Banks 'free' from record deal with Universal

According to The Guardian, six months after "begging to be dropped" from Universal Music, Azealia Banks has said that she has left her major label record deal. "I'S IS FREE!!!!!!" she wrote, though there's still no sign of when her debut album will finally get a release.
"IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Banks tweeted on Thursday. "Free at last! ... I'm feeling like Miss Celie at the end of [The] Color Purple."
Banks' Universal deal seemed like a huge coup when it was announced in January 2012. The contract followed an unsuccessful tryst with the powerful independent label XL, and a debut single, 212, which had made Banks an international star. "God just dealt me a new hand today," she wrote at the time." [A] reaaaaaaaaaaallllly good hand."
But the honeymoon didn't last. "Album in May? June possibly?" Banks wrote in early 2012. Instead, the rapper released only an EP and mixtape over the next two and half years; her long-promised studio LP, Broke With Expensive Taste, is still missing in action. "I've been gratefully riding off of mixtape fumes for the past two years ... [but] my fans really need some new music," Banks complained in January. "I'm tired of having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft. They don't even know what they're listening for or to."
A representative from the label has yet to confirm the artist's departure, and it is not clear if Banks will sign to another deal. "I REALLY should have signed with Sony," she wrote earlier this year, but she has also expressed regret for leaving XL in 2010. Based on the 23-year-old's Twitter feed, she is unlikely to sign with another major. "Now I get to be the cool indie chick I imagined I would be when I was 14!!!" she wrote on Thursday. "All I need is to be a member of Interpol and my teenage dreams are complete!"
Banks is scheduled to mount a European tour this September.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brandy Surprises Show Host, Keke Palmer, On "Just Keke" [VIDEO]

Brandy stopped by "Just KeKe" to talk about her classic series "Moesha."

Bobby Brown No Longer On Tour With New Edition

According to TMZBobby Brown has decided he just can't keep up with his group.  He has now quit the New Edition tour because of medical reasons.

Bobby was struggling to perform with New Edition in Mississippi last week - huffing and puffing and eventually leaving the stage altogether.

Click here to watch his performance:

Bobby's people told TMZ the singer had "an intrusive medical procedure" and needed to go under the care of his doctor, making performing impossible.

He was apparently exhausted and fatigued and could not go through the motions on stage.

Bobby says, "I apologize to the fans of New Edition.  I really wanted to be with my brothers, but presently I am unable to give the fans what they typically expect from New Edition."

LeBron James Is Leaving The Miami Heat And Returning To The Cleveland Cavaliers

According to ESPNLeBron James is heading back to Cleveland.

The four-time league MVP told on Friday that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers
"My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball," James told in a first-person essay. "I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."
For James, it marks a complete turnaround from his original free-agent decision in 2010, when he bolted Cleveland for the Miami Heat, creating a "Big Three" with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that went on to win two NBA titles in their four years together.
"The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys," James said. "I've talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished."
The Heat were in the mix for James again this time around. Team president Pat Riley traveled to Las Vegas to meet James on Wednesday in an attempt to lure him back to Miami after the All-Star opted out of his contract following the team's NBA Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
But James said no to Riley and the Heat, instead choosing a Cleveland team that picked him No. 1 overall in the 2003 draft out of St. Vincent-St. Mary, where he starred as a high-school player in his native Akron, Ohio.
In the days leading up to LeBron's decision, much was made of the infamous letter Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert issued in the wake of James' departure in 2010, calling James a "coward" for leaving. 
"I've met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We've talked it out," James said. "Everybody makes mistakes. I've made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?"
James spent seven seasons with the Cavaliers, averaging 27.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists and leading them in 2007 to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Spurs. The goal for him now will be to get there again with a Cleveland team that boasts All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and former Kansas star Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in last month's NBA draft.

James wrote an essay to Sports Illustrated (as told to Lee Jenkins):
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.
I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life.  I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years.
I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Erik Spoelstra didn’t get along. … He and Riles didn’t get along. … The Heat couldn’t put the right team together. That’s absolutely not true.
I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.
When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.
I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.
To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned -- seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge? 
I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.
But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.
In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.