Monday, December 30, 2013

Beyonce Talks Mothering Blue & Sexy Details About Her Marriage to Jay Z in Part 4 Video

Beyonce is really letting us in lately. She's really showing us that she's a regular mother and wife. In the above video she talks about breast feeding and taking her husband to strip clubs, and wanting to be able to be sexy like that for her man and feel ok about it. She explains that this is where the video for Partition came from. Whew listen.. Partition is no joke, and to think she freestyled that flow... Ok Bey ok.

She discusses how important it was for her to gain her sexuality back in her own eyes after giving birth. I'm sure many moms around the world can identify with wanting to get their bodies back after a baby, and even more common among women is the battle of being sexy. Beyonce is honest about having to be liberated from her own ideas of sexuality, and I couldn't agree with her more.

 Whew! Go Bey go!

New Music: Drake- Trophies (Final)

Well, I hope this lives up to the hype. Fans have been practically begging Drake to release this particular record. Drake has had a great year when it comes to music. He's seamlessly crossed between R&B and rap records better than ever in my opinion.

Prayers Up- Young Brother of Waka Flocka, Kayo Redd Found Dead

Sources close to the family of rapper Waka Flocka have confirmed that his little brother and fellow rapper Kayo Redd has passed away. Waka and his mother Debra Antney along with other relatives and friends took to their twitter and instagram accounts to share their heart break.

Friday, December 27, 2013

World News: Indian officials outraged at diplomat's arrest and treatment in U.S.

The recent arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York has prompted officials in India to seek details about staff in American schools in the country for possible tax violations and other retaliatory steps, according to a report by Reuters.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jay Z & Beyonce Behind the Scenes recording Drunk In Love

In the above  video Beyonce let's you in on the creation of one of the most talked about songs on her most talked about album. Drunk in Love is a fun and very grown song on Beys newest album. It features her husband JayZ.

Bey explains in the video that the song was a party to record with both she & Jay basically freestyling their parts. She says the song was pretty organic. The two seemed to really be enjoying themselves in the studio with producers & friends. You can spot Kelly Rowland hanging out too.

Beyonce Makes a Little Girl's Wish Come True

Thanks to the Make a Wish foundation, terminally ill children get to see their dreams come true. This  bright little girl Taylon's dream was to meet Beyonce. You can see the excitement on her face throughout this entire video, and of course Beyonce made sure to make the night extra special for Taylon who is battling brain cancer.

Tis' The Season to Get Engaged! Details on Evelyn Lozada's Engagement to Carl Crawford

Not too long after Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade revealed that they'd just decided to tie the knot, reality star and author, Evelyn Lozada posted a brilliant diamond ring on her personal Instagram account. She'd said yes to LA Dodgers' Carl Crawford! The two have been secretly dating for a little while now and are expecting a baby together in March (woot woot for a possible Pisces baby!)

Monday, December 23, 2013

7 yr Old Sings Oh Holy Night In Mother's Memory

I truly am in tears. This is one of my favorite Christmas carols, I actually just recorded it on Facebook for the whole- Tag a friend for a Christmas carol game, but this little lady Rhema Marvanne totally out did me. It's really beautiful to see and hear how God clearly placed such a huge gift into this tiny little girl.

It's even more beautiful that through her control and understanding of her voice, you get to also witness her really emote through this visual. Most beautiful about the video is that Rhema recorded it just a year after her mom passed of ovarian cancer and dedicated it to her.

Watch it till the end, this little lady knows what she's doing. Any singer can truly appreciate what happens around 4:17. She's was so precious. I hope this touches your heart as it did mine! Merry Christmas! If you'd like to see more of her check out her youtube account.

Beyonce Hosts Q& A with Fans

Beyonce is really opening up in recent years. She held a viewing celebration for her visual album a few days ago, pretty much shutting the whole world down in an AMAZING Tom Ford dress with matching boots. She's just ..Lawd help!

Chris Brown Leaves Rehab Facility to Help Make This Christmas Special For Local Children

Chris Brown is no stranger to volunteer work these days. So, it's not too surprising that he got a leave from the rehab facility he is in to come spread some Christmas cheer. He invited all of his fans in LA to meet him at one of his favorite spots- Brooklyn Projects, and bring a toy. Team Breezy showed up in numbers as always, and with their toys in toe.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Music: Diggy Simmons ft. B.O.B. & Key Wane- Mama Said

We've been waiting for a long time for one of our favorites- Diggy Simmons to drop something. Well, the day has come, and it's definitely a new day. Diggy's release- Mama Said at first listen is something we've never heard from Diggy lyrically. Mainly because he's using some language we aren't too familiar with on his actual music, but Diggy is growing up...I guess we have to deal. I really couldn't hear Mrs. Justine using these lyrics Dig, but I get the point.

Now I absolutely could see her in that cute little voice letting Diggy know that he is very capable of being successful in this game. Mama's are always the best source of encouragement.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Beyonce Had Her Album Release Party At Dave & Busters! (Pics)

Days after releasing the most top secret album of all time- Beyonce hit up Dave & Busters in Times Square to celebrate her top selling album. The self titled album had no promo, no release date, and no warning, it simply appeared on iTunes last Thursday night.

New Music?! Usher in the Studio with GOOOOOOOO!!! MUSIC's Oak Felder!

Early this morning Usher shared the above photo. It shows him and hit producer Oak in the studio together. Oak along with his GOOOOOOOO!!! MUSIC production team has had huge success in the past few years, with chart topping hits in numerous genres. Usher worked with them on his last studio album, on the fan favorite I.F.U.

World News: Woman delivers baby during airplane flight from Spain to Romania

It's a happy Friday for a passenger who went into labor during a Wizz Air flight from Valencia in Spain to Bucharest and delivered a baby boy just after landing, according to news outlets.

Drake Covers Vibe: Talks Kendrick Lamar, NWTS details, and Ex Girlfriends

Drake covers Vibe's latest issue and gives a full interview on everything stemming from his latest album, to his personal life, and family. Drake is pretty candid in the interview about specific songs on his latest hit record, Nothing Was the Same. He opens up about who influenced the songs, and how he came up with the feel behind a few of them.

R. Kelly's Rough Week

It was all good just a week ago...

Robert Kelly, the self-proclaimed "King of R&B" had been on a comeback of sort with the anticipation of his twelfth solo album 'Black Panties' to be released December 10th.  After his last couple  of albums being a foray into adult contemporary, Kellz was taking it back to his bread and butter: sexual charged ballads where all inhibitions and innuendos go out the window.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Diddy & His Kids Pose for 2013 Christmas Photo

Diddy happens to be one of my favorite celeb dads. He's always posting photos of his beautiful children and their activities. He seems to be committed to making this blended family work, and his kids seem to adore him.

Today he shared their Christmas photo wishing all of his followers on Social Media a merry Christmas from the Combs family. This is such a beautiful shot. Diddy has some gorgeous children, and definitely has his hands full!

Rick Ross ft Jay Z- The Devil is a Lie (Explicit)

Rick Ross reunites with Jay Z for another one. The two were just hold together on Jay Z's latest album, and now we have a collab for Rick Ross' Mastermind out at the top of next year. On The Devil is a Lie, the two men address street stuff, and use the popular saying to address how all of the adversities against them won't hold them back.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This Boy Gives One of the Best Michael Jackson Dance Moments!

I just randomly saw this video. What kid didn't try to dance like MJ coming up? Fortunately for some of us, the moves stuck, and even more fortunate for others, they're almost perfected. Such is the case for this young man getting and giving life at a NBA game. This is another way Michael Jackson's legacy will live on. Any time these moves are done by someone the world will be forced to remember the legend.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Beyonce's Ridiculously INSANE First Week (3days) Sales Numbers Are In

Oh so listen.. Beyonce (Mutha as I like to call her) just decided to randomly drop arguably one of her best albums on the world last weekend. We didn't get any promotion, no heads up, no ANYTHING.. just an album on iTunes- complete with 17 quality music videos- one for each song on the album.

It's week 50 of 2013 & Rihanna is Still Slaying - New Face of Balmain Ad

One would think that with exactly two weeks left in 2013, Rihanna would let up on the reign she's had over the past 50 weeks. It felt like every single week there was something to congratulate the 25 yr old on.

If she wasn't breaking another billboard record, or selling out some of the biggest stadiums on her sold out world tour, or releasing her clothing line, or make up line, or giving back in a huge way, or sharing the most sincere words of encouragement to her fans, or receiving the Icon Award from the AMAs, Rihanna probably was plotting another big move. The amount of things she's achieved this year are staggering for anybody, especially for a 25 yr old. It really makes you wonder what you're doing with your time. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Video: Eminem ft. Rihanna- The Monster

As promised, here is the visual for Eminem & Rihanna's latest chart topper- The Monster. The record has been one for the history books for both artists. It tied Rihanna with Micheal Jackson's Billboard 100 record (13), and Eminem found himself tied at the most no.1s among rappers (five). Check out the video below:

Press Play: Chris Brown- Loyal ft. Lil Wayne & French Montana

After pushing back his sixth solo album, X Chris Brown has released his newest offering: Loyal. Another radio friendly dance track loosely interpolating Robin S's "Show Me Love," Breezy, Lil Wayne, and French Montana sing and rap about how they can change the life of a lady who doesn't have the best boyfriend in the world. She's obviously flawless in looks and after all of the money is thrown around on her they are in fact not loyal.

Where do we draw the line in today's cartoons?

Raising a child today is scary. There are the obvious worries of violence, the backwards priorities of this country, and responsibility of making sure our kids are mentally and emotionally safe. And while we are responsible for what our children learn, it's really scary how we can't control everything that they listen to or see. A while ago I mentioned how music is just so blunt with message in the lyrics compared to how it was back in the 90s. And even now with children's cartoons it's just as bad.

The other day I was braiding my daughter's hair while she was watching Netflix. The new episodes of Scooby Doo was playing and there was a scene that stopped me, and caused me to post a status and video on FB/IG. The scenes in question are ones where the love lives of Velma and Daphne are being discussed. Yes I said love lives. This wouldn't be such a big deal to me if my daughter was a teenager, but my daughter is slowly approaching 8 years old. And last time I checked, this show was supposed to be appropriate for those 7 and older.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Beyonce Releases Surprise Album With Visuals (Videos)

If you go to your iTunes Store right now, it probably looks something like the above photo... All Beyonce everything. That's because.. out of no where Beyonce just dropped a brand new album! Yes, the long awaited 5th album from King Bey just sort of appeared out of nowhere.

Beyonce's fans have been all but threatening her to release an album for a while now. The Beyhive has to wait  no longer. The new album is complete with a video for every song The album features her husband Jay Z, as well as other amazing artists like Justin Timberlake, her DC sisters, Pharell, Timbaland, Drake, and Frank Ocean.

World News: South Africa investigates sign interpreter who didn't really sign jack

The South African government said Friday that it is aware of reports that the sign interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service once faced a murder charge and is a schizophrenic, and told news outlets he is being investigated.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Emily B Drops New Shoe Line- You Guys Feeling These?

Yall know Im not really big into the whole reality show thing anymore, but one person who I did start paying attention to from one of the popular shows is Emily Bustamante bka Emily B. We came to know Emily on Love and Hip Hop as the sweet, passive, and loyal longtime girlfriend/stylist of rapper Fabolous. Outside of her love for her family and Fab, it was very obvious that Emily had a strong love for fashion.

Toya Wright Speaks on Her Arrest This Week

Traffic tickets are the worst! A couple of nights ago they ended up landing New York Time Best Selling Author and Garb Boutique owner Toya Wright in jail. Yep. Jail. The mugshot and story was posted around the web yesterday afternoon. In response Toya took to her own personal social media accounts to share her experience + her mugshot:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Happy Holidays: Q. Parker & His Friends Go Caroling at Senior Living Home!

Yesterday evening I watched as some of my favorite voices in R&B took to their social media accounts to share photos and videos of the fun time they had caroling. It's definitely not out of the ordinary to see photos and videos of people caroling, it is afterall that time of year. What was extraordinary about this time was that the likes of Q. Parker and Mike of 112, Algebra, Meelah of 702, RL of Next, and Crystal Nicole set out to spread some holiday cheer to Sr. Citizens.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

World News: BREAKING: 95-year-old Nelson Mandela has died

It is with sadness that we report the passing of South Africa's beloved former president Nelson Mandela. Mandela was known as a true peacemaker and peacekeeper who fought the apartheid era and spent 27 years in prison doing so. Upon release he made history as the first black president, the end of apartheid and united the country.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Happy 44th Birthday Jay Z! + New Tom Ford Remix ft. Pimp C (Explicit)

Jay Z has been a trendsetter his whole career. Anything he embarks upon in the entertainment world becomes the new "it" way to do things, and he's always thinking outside of any box someone else tries to create. Jay Z is always forcing us to re-evaluate things. He makes the tough decision to stand out, and even be criticized in an effort to push the hip hop culture forward.

Today, Jay Z turns 44yrs old! I'm sure the world is standing by to see what the man who  seems to have the most incredible life will get for his birthday.He told us yesterday via his personal site that his gift to himself is a healthier life- he and his wife Beyonce are going vegan for 22 days. According to Jay it's somewhat of a "spiritual cleanse".

This is just one way Jay Z has motivated and inspired people to change the way they live- for the better. For fans, it couldve been a rhyme or something he said in an interview, but it goes far beyond that for a lot of people. Today, we're taking a look at a few other ways Jay has enhanced the culture, the rap game, and for some of us- our lives overall. Check that out when you read on + Jay's new remix to Tom Ford ft. Pimp C!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

World News: Kenya journalists protest media bill

Kenyan journalists and civil rights activists are against monetary fines that lawmakers are trying to push through to stifle criticism, according to the Associated Press.

About 300 people marched to parliament and the president's office today, saying journalists are being pressured with monetary fines. David Ohito, vice chair of the Kenya Editors Guild, told the AP that journalists want changes to the Kenya Information and Communication Amendment bill. The bill states that the government can fine journalists up to $5,500 and media companies around $230,000 if the tribunal finds them guilty of breaching a code of conduct that stipulates the need for accuracy, fairness, independence and integrity, Ohito said.

Monday, December 2, 2013

New Video: Justin Bieber- All that Matters

As promised, Justin Bieber dropped his latest visual- a video for his single, All That Matters tonight. The song and visual are both very much the same matured Justin Bieber we've been getting lately from his music. He's growing up right before our eyes.

The video shows Bieber serenading and being all lovey dovey with his leading lady. The Beliebers are going to hunt this girl down in Check the video after the break.

Soul Train Recap: Performances, Fashion, and K. Michelle Reaches Out to Tamar Braxton

The Annual Soul Train Awards were in full swing last night. All the groove of soul music and the glitz/glam of an Awards Show collided as today's soul music artists united for a good time. The ladies were gorgeous and the men stepped out looking handsome as the show kicked off.

An Observation on the Freedom of Expression- Rest In Love: Paul Walker

As I sit here and type this, I am in shock upon hearing that Paul Walker's death has been confirmed. No I did not know the man personally, but yes I am feeling some kind of way (along with other folks). While I see on my timeline tweets about how fine he was, that 2Fast 2Furious won't be the same, there are folks who are shaking their heads at them. I can understand why that is: he has a real life family that has to cope with his loss, he is more than the character's he has played, and he certainly is more than just a fine face. While I can understand the shaking of heads, it needs to be understood that everyone has the right to feel whatever they feel about a person's death.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Justin Timberlake - TKO Remix ft. J. Cole Pusha T & A$AP (explicit)

Justin Timberlake and Timbo went rather explicit with the remix to their TKO record. They grabbed some of rap music's biggest names for the track. J. Cole who speaks on Kendrick Lamar's infamous Control record in his verse, followed by A$AP Rocky, and Pusha T. 

TKO is off of Justin Timberlake's latest hit album The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2). Check it out after the jump.

Evelyn Lozada confirms Pregnancy

I feel like I'm hearing a lot about babies and weddings lately, and I love it. Next up is Evelyn Lozada of Basketball wives. Rumors began to circulate this morning that the outspoken reality star and author was expecting a baby after images emerged online of her with a baby bump.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Amber Riley Wins Dancing With the Stars!

Glee's Amber Riley is a star on the show for her incredible voice! Turns out singing isn't the only thing the girl can do and do well. Amber entered into this season's Dancing With the Stars not too sure of what she could do herself, but she ended up beating out finalists Corbin Bleu and Jack Osbourne for the title.

"I did this competition because, I didn't know if I could do it and anything that scares me I wanna do, so I want to let women of all sizes out there know you can do whatever you put your mind to. It doesn't matter what size you are, what color you are, you can do whatever, whatever, whatever, whatever you put your mind to!"

Amber was so gorgeous last night and you could literally see the happiness and excitement on her face. She and her partner Derek Hough received a perfect score on their final dance together! I wonder what else Amber will prove to be great at! Go Amber!

Today's Kanye West Interviews With Sway & With The Breakfast Club

I have a lot to say about the interviews, it'll have to wait. In the meantime check them out for yourself.

Chad is In Defense of Rihanna's Doobie Wrap

I was never a big Rihanna fan until last night. Watching the American Music Awards I think I fell in love with her. Sure she has more YouTube views than anyone else-I haven’t really seen them. When her songs come on the radio, I usually change the station. You get the point. Robyn Fenty received the Icon Award at the American Music Awards on Sunday. However, a lot of the talk was not about her achievement, but the hairstyle she chose to wear: the doobie wrap.

For those that do not know what a doobie wrap is: it is part of a nightly ritual win which women comb their hair in a circular motion, secured by Bobbi pins, and a scarf is placed on top of it (preferably silk) to keep said lady’s hair straightened while going to bed. The hairstyle only lasts the night and is rarely seen outdoors, as it is combed out the next morning to give the hair that fresh out of the salon look. From time to time, it may be seen outdoors if a woman is running a quick errand or has get somewhere and it is raining outside. It is one of if not the most common hairstyles amongst black women from ages fifteen to fifty.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

World News: Pope Francis urges reform in Catholic Church

Pope Francis called for reform saying Catholics should be more engaged in helping the needy as he outlined his vision for the future of the Roman Catholic Church, according to news outlets. He is open to suggestions that can help make his ministry more effective, in the way Jesus Christ served the lost and needy.

Rihanna Helps UNICEF Kick off "There for the Philippines" Campaign

Today UNICEF- a charitable fund geared towards improving the lives of Children all around the world kicks off it's recent effort to assist the little people over in The Philippines. We're all aware of the horrible natural disaster that struck them recently. Many have died and many are still living under horrible conditions there in The Philippines. Among celebrities stepping in to help is Rihanna who donated $100,000 to the organization to help kick off their "There for the Philippines" campaign.

Doggystyle- 20 Years of Snoop Dogg

“I'm sittin' in the crib dreamin' about Leer jets and coupes/The way Salt shoops and how to sell records like Snoop”-Notorious B.I.G.

November 23, 2013 marked the twentieth anniversary of Snoop Doggy Dogg’s debut album ‘Doggystyle.’ Selling over four million records, ‘Doggystyle’ is his highest selling album and was the foundation that not only put him amongst hip hop’s all-time greats, but a pop culture icon.

After making scene-stealing appearances alongside Dr. Dre on ‘Deep Cover’ and throughout ‘The Chronic’ in 1992 there was much anticipation to Calvin Broadas’s first album. While receiving mixed reviews, ‘Doggystyle’ became both the highest selling debut album of all time and highest selling first week album sales until 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Trying’ in 2003 and Eminem’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ (all three as Dr. Dre prodigies). With whiney synths, slapping snares and claps, and George Clinton creating the G-Funk backdrop, Snoop made something that not only transcended nationally; it opened up the door for rap acts who were not from New York to do the same (word to OutKast’s debut that debuted five months later).

Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 AMAs Fashion- Who Had The Best Look!?

As with every awards show, all eyes are on celebrities not just to see who will win an award, but also who will look the best doing it. This year's AMAs was no different. The stars showed up in all sorts of ensembles. Ladies went glam for the most part. A few chose bright colors, but almost everyone stayed with black and white. The fellas were held down in my opinion by One Direction, who all had the black and gray color scheme, but not the traditional suit and tie look.

I personally loved Ciara's J. Mendel number, Rihanna rocking a pushy Jean Paul Gaultier set, and Naya Rivera's super sultry Michael Kors black dress. I also loved Jennifer Hudson's pick of color, and Katy Perry's classic black hair and red lip. Check out a whole heap of AMA's fashion when you read on.

Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, JLo & More- AMA Performances

This years' American Music Awards had some great performances. Along with the fan voted awards, artists hit the stage to deliver memorable sets. From Katy Perry to Kendrick Lamar, fans across America were treated to elaborated stages and great vocal performances.

A few of my favorites of the night were, Ariana Grande for SURE, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and JLo's Celia Cruz tribute. Check the performances out when you read on.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rihanna's Mom & Jay Z present her with the Icon Award + Her Did Her Look Work for You? (Video + Pics)

Tonight Rihanna received a special honor at the 2013 AMAs. The singer who's stats are undeniable was honored with the Icon Award at just 25. The AMAs made it extra special for her. The award was presented by Bill Maher & two very special people- Jay Z & Rihanna's mom, Monica Fenty.

Rihanna hit the stage to much of our surprise with her hair wrapped, and delivered her hit record, Diamonds in one of the best performances she's given. It was obvious that the 25 yr old took full responsibility of the title being bestowed upon her as she sang her heart out on stage. The vocal was spot on. She sang the beautiful record with the type of command and presence you'd expect from someone being honored as an icon. At one point it was almost as if she was going to take us to church. With the kind of pressure on Rihanna to live up to her hype vocally, one can only imagine how much that pressure tripled with this honor. I'd like to think per usual, she met the challenge.

Many of Rihanna's peers, family members, friends, & fans a like showered the pop artist with love on twitter and Instagram to celebrate her accomplishments. Her darling mother went on and on about how humble Rihanna is and how she's proud of her daughter just after being sure to thank Jesus for the moment. I fell in love with the lady and her adorable accent. I'm sure the words of her mother meant more to Rihanna than any stat they put up on the big screen. It was a sweet moment.

Watch Rihanna's tribute and performance when you read on. Also see pics of her rocking her doobie and Jean Paul Gaultier. Known for her fashion and hair, Rihanna's look for the night was almost as talked about as her receiving the big honor. As Jay Z said in the tribute video, she has lots more to give her fans, and it seems so odd that so much has been accomplished in such little time. Check out Rihanna's special moment when you read on.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Congrats! After All the Baby Talk, Kelly Clarkson is Pregnant!

Since the moment we learned Kelly Clarkson had decided to get married, we've been hearing her speak of wanting to be pregnant, and quick! Well, it looks as though her prayers were answered. The singer announced via her twitter page that she and her new husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting their first child together.

"I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :)"

Just five weeks ago, Kelly used the same excitement to share that she'd married her love in TN.

"I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock :) We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!"

I love how celebs use their twitter accounts to say what they need to. It's like getting everything straight from the source. Many people are questioning whether Kelly's last minute wedding as it seemed to the public, and her eagerness to talk babies was because she was already expecting. Who knows?! It doesn't really matter either way. Kelly and her husband seem very happy together, I couldn't be more excited for her. Congrats to them!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Video: Kanye West ft. Kim Kardashian 'Bound 2'

We've come to expect dark imagery from Kanye West. It's sort of been his thing lately, but for this Bound 2 visual, he breaks that mode. Featuring his fiance' and his daughter's mom Kim Kardashian- Kanye goes for a softer and more sensual video this time around. The visual captures some beautiful scenery enhanced by how gorgeous Kim K is!

World News: Two dead, dozens feared trapped at site of collapsed South African mall

Rescuers have been working in the dark to find and free dozens believed trapped under a collapsed mall in South Africa, according to news outlets. Two people have died.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Chris Brown Releases New Mix tape "X Files" + Flies Under the Radar to Help Victims in the Philippines

This past weekend so many relief efforts continued to assist the people of the Philippines. After such a tragic natural disaster, they need all of the help they can get.

As many people around the world came together to give, a familiar name & face joined them. Chris Brown stopped by to help his friend Dom DeLuca and a few others load trucks full of supplies for victims of the typhoon at the LA Brooklyn Projects location. Chris sent out a tweet saying how good the turn out was, but most of us had no clue what he was talking about.

Blended Families: Can we all just get along?

We live in a time where families aren't the nuclear version we were raised to achieve. In 2013 families are blended officially and unofficially and that goes for celebrities as well. They are regular people just like us and are not exempt from the behaviors we share. A couple of weekends ago I saw a photo of Ciara posing with her soon to be sis-in law and two of her fiancé's children's mothers. Being a "baby mama" out of three, I saw this and thought that was great to see. Of course in the comments section there were those who felt the opposite of my positive feelings, which definitely rubbed me the wrong way.

Friday, November 15, 2013

New Video: Rihanna -What Now

Finally the visual for Rihanna's much loved new single, What Now is here! Though it's only been one week since it was confirmed to be released today it felt like forever for many fans. The song What Now is one of the best on Rihanna's No. 1 Unapologetic album if you ask me. Lyrically it deals with something many of us know too well, that numbness that heart break and heart ache can cause over time. Due to the emotionalism in the song, Rihanna and team decided to go against the grain with the visual. As Rih described in the teaser released a couple of days ago, she didn't want to get too boring or predictable with the video because it could easily go that way.The visual is dark and eery, but Rihanna as always brings some beauty and sex appeal.

Rihanna's ability to play this role so well is crazy! The video tangos between distorted and dark images of a possessed Rihanna to a really soft and helpless Rih. The contrast is incredible...and necessary for such a dark video. It's quite befitting on some weird level. Love is something that possesses you somehow, rendering you the most helpless feeling ever. When it's good it's great, but when things turn sour they often turn dark and hopeless, sort of like this video

Jhene Aiko Celebrates Album Release With Family & Friends- James Fauntleroy, Chris Brown, & Others

Jhene Aiko celebrated the release of her new album, Sail Out last night in LA with a group of family and friends. Fans have been waiting for a long time for this song bird's project to be released. When we interviewed her, it was obvious that she'd been waiting even longer for the right time, or right fit.

Last night was the culmination of all of that for the singer/songwriter who's sound has become synonymous with her name. Surrounded by industry pals, family, and friends she got to take a break from touring with Drake to celebrate her major accomplishment. Sail Out is reminiscent of her highly praised mixtaped Sailing Souls released a couple of years ago. I'm still jamming that mixtape, and the new cd compliments it so well.

The album has received love from peers and critics alike. Jhene is one of a very few artists who have been able to fully maintain their identity and sound right off the bat. She explained in our interview how important it was to her to be able to be herself, even in her early years. This may have caused a bit of a delay in her actually releasing an album, but in the end, it's paid off tremendously.