Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fantasia's Side Effects of You Album Release Party

According to SingersRoom.com last night's (April 23) the Singersroom sponsored LoveJonesNYC, which honored American Idol winner and soul veteran Fantasia, was filled with an abundance of spirituality and positivity. Billed as the official album release party for Tasia's brand new album, Side Effects Of You, the event, held at XL Nightclub in New York City, will be cherished by all its attendees for a lifetime.  Before taking the stage to thank everyone in the audience and perform her single, Fantasia was blessed with an intense tribute, which included art, dance and performances from R&B singers Joe, Kenny Lattimore and Yummy Bingham, gospel crooner Vashawn Mitchell, as well as her favorite fan.  Missy Elliott stopped through to show supportAn emotional Fantasia later took the stage and conveyed her gratitude to the jammed-packed room. Speaking on her new album, she says "I haven't felt this much love since my first album," insisting she did this project the way she wanted.  After tons of persuading from guests at the event, Fantasia finally took to the stage for an impromptu performance of “Lose To Win,” but before doing so, she had this to say:
I haven’t had all this love since my first album. So, to have you guys come out and support me after all that I’ve been through.  On this album I was able to tell my story. I didn’t let nobody speak for me, I said it the way I wanted to say it. And, I said before I go back into the studio, I won’t go back until they let me do what I want to. You know, sometimes you gotta stand up for yourself. What happened was, since I was so quiet all the time, and I was this country, gullible, fun…kool-aid smile, … everyone thought they could take licks and throw stones at me, but that Fantasia is gone. Now, I’m speaking for myself, they told their story, now let me tell mine. The Side Effects Of You is not just about a man, trust me, he’s in the story, The Side Effects Of You is about the industry, family, friends, those who said they love you and you turn around and they’re gone. My grandmother said, “You don’t cry over spilled milk, you pick up and move on.
According to Necolebitchie.com Fantasia’s new album is #2 overall on iTunes and has been in the top 10 for weeks, based off of pre-orders alone.  We can't wait to interview Fantasia! She is an icon in the making.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Reese Witherspoon and Agent Husband Arrested in DUI Incident

According to Variety Reese Witherspoon and her husband, CAA agent James Toth, were arrested and briefly jailed early Friday morning in Atlanta, Ga., after he was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated, confirmed an official at the city’s Dept. of Corrections.  While Toth is facing a DUI charge after driving in the wrong lane, Witherspoon was also arrested on a disorderly conduct charge according to a police report obtained by Variety. She was handcuffed after disobeying repeated instruction from the arresting officer, with whom she verbally sparred, to stay inside the vehicle.  The couple was released on bond at approximately 3:30 a.m. ET on Friday.  CAA, which employs Toth and represents Witherspoon, and her publicist, Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson, declined comment.  A court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 8 a.m. in Atlanta Municipal Court, but Witherspoon and Toth aren’t expected to appear, according to sources. Their attorney is expected to request that court date be postponed.  Witherspoon, 37, was with Toth, 42, in Atlanta shooting indie drama “The Good Lie.” Production on the film was not interrupted by the arrests, according to sources.  Witherspoon has been married to Toth since March 2011. The couple had a son, Tennessee James Toth, last September.  Toth was pulled over after midnight Friday driving a silver 2013 Ford Focus, which the officer witnessed weaving across a double line on Atlanta’s Peachtree St. Toth appeared disheveled and his breath smelled of alcohol, according to the police report, prompting the officer to administer a sobriety test.  As Toth walked in the Walgreens parking lot where the officer instructed him to pull over to, Witherspoon became increasingly agitated from the vehicle, which prompted the officer to warn her to stay in the car for the sake of her own safety.  “Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer,” according to the police report. “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”  Once Toth was placed under arrest, Witherspoon exited the vehicle and was instructed to get back in the car. According to the report, she “stated that she was a ‘US citizen’ and that she was allowed to ‘stand on American ground.’”  The officer then detailed how she resisted as he grabbed her arms to arrest as Toth attempted to calm her down.  As the report details, “Mrs. Witherspoon asked, “Do you know my name?” I answered, “No, I don’t need to know your name.” I then added, “right now.” Mrs. Witherspoon stated, “You’re about to find out who I am.”  The report also specified, “Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, ‘You are going to be on national news.’ I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.”  Though he told an officer he had only a single drink hours earlier, Toth blew a .139 on Breathalyzer test administered at the scene. He also is facing a second charge for failure to maintain a lane while driving.  Witherspoon’s alleged violation, which is specified on the police report as “disorderly conduct (obstruction),” is a local municipal ordinance. The arrest illustrates the delicate position agents can be put, along with the talent they represent, when they happen to be romantically linked to each other.  The arrest could also provide an unlikely career stumble for Witherspoon, one of an elite cadre of female actresses who has established herself for a time as a relatively reliable box-office draw going back to films in which she toplined such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Legally Blonde.” In addition, she has achieved critical respect in films like “Walk the Line,” for which she won an Academy Award playing the role of June Carter Cash in 2005.  Her success in part can be attributed to the squeaky clean image she’s maintained in over two decades of steady work. While like many a beautiful young female celebrity, Witherspoon is a fixture of tabloids that have picked apart the details of her romantic life and child-rearing, she has not seen her reputation dragged down by any serious improprieties.  How the arrests managed to stay out of a an increasingly aggressive tabloid press that has missed few opportunities to shine the spotlight on celebrity misdeeds is surprising and unclear. But the stakes for keeping the actress out of the public eye couldn’t be higher as she struggles to recover her career standing after a series of poorly performing films including “This Means War,” “Water for Elephants” and “Rendition.”  Toth and Joel Lubin were named co-heads of motion picture talent at CAA in September 2010. He first joined the agency in 1995 as a trainee, working his way up to agent status in 2000.  “The Good Lie” follows a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. They develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman, played by Witherspoon, but the young man struggles to adjust to his new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind. Black Label Media is producing indie drama “The Good Lie” with Philippe Falardeau (“Monsieur Lazhar”) directing from Margaret Nagle’s screenplay.. Producers are Smith and Black Label Media partners Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill, along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Karen Kehela Sherwood. Imagine’s Kim Roth and Reliance’s Deepak Nayar are exec producing.

Sidebar: No one seems to be exempt from a DUI and Lol at Reese for disorderly conduct. Really, people. All that money and this kinda stuff still happens.

John Legend Sells New "Down LO" series to HBO

Grammy Award winning artist John Legend has sold a new series to HBO. The drama is titled “Down Lo”, and will be set in South Beach.  It will feature intersecting story lines, one of which includes a gay rapper living on the “down low”.  This is Legend’s 3rd scripted series to be sold under his exclusive deal with Universal Cable Productions and his Gift Lifted Film Company.

Sidebar: Looking forward to seeing his project

Saturday, April 13, 2013

DMX Lashes Out At Iyanla Vanzant via Jet Magazine

According to Jet Magazine DMX reached out to JET to discuss his depiction on the much buzzed about new episode of Iyanla Fix My Life (airs 9pm ET on April 13).  The rapper, born Earl Simmons, has struggled while living in the ‘hood and on high street due to his battle with anger management and drug addiction. Enter Iyanla Vanzant. The spiritual teacher’s new hit show, Iyanla Fix My Life, has received as much kudos for revitalizing the OWN network as it has for actively transforming lives…until DMX. The troubled star isn’t singing Vanzant’s praises.  In a very raw and candid interview, DMX opens up to JET magazine’s senior editor S. Tia Brown about managing his substance abuse, his stance on fidelity, his estranged relationship with his oldest son, Xavier, and why he regrets agreeing to appear on Iyanla’s Fix My Life. He even told AllHipHop.com that "Iyanla didn't fix my life she made it worse." Find out what DMX has to say below.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Trevin Hunte Talks The Voice

Studio Q Talks to The Voice's Trevin Hunte on the red carpet of Halle Berry's Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction where he performed. We talk about who his favorite contestant is on The Voice this season and what he's been up to since being on season 3 of The Voice. Check out our interview with Trevin below.

Vanessa Bell Calloway Talks 'Shameless'

Studio Q caught up with Vanessa Bell Calloway on the purple carpet of Halle Berry's Silver Rose Awards Gala. She recently celebrated a birthday and clearly is re-defining what 56 looks like. Check out our interview with the veteran actress below as she talks about her role on Showtime's monster hit show 'Shameless.'

Terri Seymour Honored at Halle Berry's Silver Rose Awards Gala

Studio Q turned the tables on Extra correspondent Terri Seymour and interviewed her about being honored at Halle Berry's annual Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction. Check out Terri on the other side of the mic this time!

KEM Performs at Halle Berry's Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction

Studio Q Talks to KEM on the purple carpet of Halle Berry's Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction.  He also performed at the event.  Check out our interview with the Grammy nominated singer below.

Viola Davis at The Silver Rose Awards Gala

Studio Q talks to Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon on the purple carpet of Halle Berry's Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction to benefit the Jenessee Center. She was a presenter at the ceremony. Check out our interview below!

Kym Whitley Talks 'Raising Whitley' Set to Premiere on OWN

Studio Q talked to Kym Whitley at the Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction in LA last weekend. We talk about "Raising Whitley," which is a docu-series about her life premiering on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Saturday, April 20, 2013. Check out our interview with Kym from the purple carpet below.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Halle Berry's Annual Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction

Over the weekend, Studio Q covered the annual Jenesse Silver Rose Awards Gala and Auction.  Chaired by Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry, and hosted by actress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Tyler Perry's Temptation), the theme for the 2013 Silver Rose event was "Because of You".  The event benefits Los Angeles based Jenesse Center year round programs and services that serve women, children and families overcoming the ravages of domestic violence.  Jenesse is a nonprofit domestic violence prevention and intervention organization that provides a holistic, comprehensive program to nurture families victimized by domestic violence back to a place of mental, financial, physical and emotional well-being.

Even though Halle Berry was not able to attend this years' event the stars still came out to support the cause.  Check out our red carpet (well, actually it was purple) interviews with Viola Davis (The Help), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless), Terri Seymour (Extra), Kym Whitley (Raising Whitley on OWN), KEM (Grammy nominated R&B Artist), and Honorees like Riaz Patel (How Do I Look). KEM even gave Halle a congratulatory shout out about the recent news that she is expecting.  Halle if you're reading this, we would like to say congratulations to you too!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Madea Meets Miss Sophia

Check out this promo Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey did to promote is new projects set to premiere on OWN at the end of May. I love the answer Miss Sophia gives to Madea about how and where to find OWN on your cable channel. Oprah tweeted that only Tyler Perry could get her to do this promo.