Thursday, May 30, 2013

GO Reginae Carter and Bria Williams! Authors of Brand New Book- Paparazzi Princesses!

Being born with a silver spoon in your mouth is a blessing. Having the drive anyway to add to that empire, well that's even more of a blessing. Thats exactly what Reginae Carter daughter of rapper Lil Wayne and NY Times Best Selling Author Toya Wright, along with Bria Williams daughter of Cash Money co-founder Bryan "Birdman" Williams are doing.

The 14 yr. old cutie pies are accustomed  to the limelight. Fancy things, traveling all over the world, and all other perks that come with being the daughters of celebrities. It's not always peaches and cream, I'm sure the two little ladies have had their struggles in dealing with the pressures that come with that life as well. Thankfully they have a huge support system in their parents. Considering the work ethic that Toya has, I wasn't surprised at all to see Reginae and Bria starting their money making habits early. I love the route they decided to take to do so- becoming authors.

Their book, Paparazzi Princesses follows the lives of two girls similar to Bria and Reginae. Kyla and Promise face the reality of being born famous- among the other pressures teens face daily. The two friends figure their way through peer pressure, boys, school woes, and even each other. We'll see if these characters are able to manage themselves as well as Bria and Reginae have managed to in real life.

Again, while I'm not surprised that these little ladies are getting to the money already on their own, I really LOVE that it's through authorship. What a cool idea for 14 yr. old girls to express themselves through creative writing! I'm sure this book will be a best seller. Notches under the belt already. Go Reginae and Bria! The two are on a huge press run right now, the book is set to be released June 4th!

Check out a few photos from their shoot below thanks to the YBF!... Lord if Reginae isn't the spitting image of her mother and father somehow! Both ladies are sooo cute!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Music: Destiny's Child - You Changed

Kelly Rowland's new album is set to drop here soon, and the girl has been releasing some good material.This  particular record features some very familiar voices. Kelly reunites with her Destiny Child members Beyonce and Michelle for, You Changed. A record that many people can relate to.

Kelly recently released the emotional Dirty Laundry that practically took over the blogosphere for it's controversial lyrics. Kelly seems to be very open  and grown on this album. I personally like all of her albums, but I have a feeling this one is going to be special. Talk a Good Game drops June 18th. Check out her Destiny's Child collab below.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

When Fans go TOO FAR: Fan Slaps Beyonce's Butt

Yes, you read that correctly. SMH! Mrs. Carter was a bit taken aback when a fan got too excited during her Copenhagen show. As the singer was singing her hit record Irreplaceable, she walked along the front of the stage as she often does shaking hands and what not. At some point, a fan decided to take a chance.. a huge chance!

Beyonce's bum is well loved all over the world and I'm sure many people would love to cop a feel, but to actually attempt is a bit much you'd think. Not according to this fan who stretched their arm out to do just that. Crazy right?! Well, Bey thought so, she stopped and responded to the fan in front of the huge crowd:
I will have you escorted out right now, alright?
Listen! I don't know what possessed this fan to even TRY it, but she shut that down immediately. You don't want it with Bey, and you most certainly don't want it with Jay over Bey.

This isn't the first time I've seen fans go too far. Just recently Rihanna was scrutinized for moving a fan's hand off of her as she tried to pry her way through a crowd. It's obscene! Everybody is allowed their personal space, and no matter how close you feel to a celebrity you have to respect that.

I'm sure no one will try Bey like this again- You must not know bout' her.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Music: Ciara ft. Nicki Minaj -I'm Out

Ciara's latest single hit the internet today. Ci Ci is joined on this record by Nicki Minaj, who brings her flavor to it right from the door. I'm Out is an upbeat record that makes me excited to see what sort of dance visual Ciara will accompany it with. The girl BEASTS the dance floor.

Ci is gearing up to release another album here soon, and she's been on a roll with promo lately. It's good to see her coming back out, and with a bang. I'm sure her fans can appreciate that. I think Nicki & Ci got one for the clubs with this one.Check her new record out  below!

Monday, May 20, 2013

With video: Death toll passes 50 from monster Oklahoma tornado

Marking the start of tornado season, a mile-wide tornado with winds up to 200 mph killed at least 51 people Monday afternoon across southern Oklahoma City and its suburbs, according to news reports.

New Music: Beyonce- Grown Woman (FULL)

Much to the BeyHive's delight, the highly anticipated record by Beyonce, "Grown Woman" has leaked online in full. The dance track is produced by Timbaland and written by The Dream. Fans have been waiting on this to drop since Bey's epic Pepsi commercial debuted.

Bey is currently on a world tour fighting rumors everyday that she's expecting baby number two. While hubby Jay Z confirmed today that they are just rumors, according to these lyrics I wouldn't be surprised if little Baby Carter number two arrived soon. Check out Grown Woman below!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Paparazzi Gets TOO close to Rihanna & Disses Chris Brown to her- Hear her response

You know what? I need there to be some sort of distance law for papz. This is insane. The above video gives you a few moments in the life of one of the biggest stars on the planet right now. Rihanna is simply leaving an airport and the mayhem is crazy. Rih is attempting to walk to her vehicle, shielding her face from the bright camera flashes and trying to navigate her way through the obsessive crowd who are all too close in my opinion.

Let's say someone really was obsessed and wanted to harm her... this video shows how easy that would've been. Along with the crazy closeness some of them were bold enough to speak out to Rih. One fan gives her a full out performance which is hilarious, but a little exaggerated.  Another person who sounds like  a pap I've heard taunting celebs before yells out to Rihanna numerous times about how she's glad she dropped Chris and how he sucks!

What was Rihanna's response to all of this? A simple, "Calm down.", as she enters her car with a calm I can't understand in such a situation. Celebs of late have been in more danger than ever due to these types of crowds. Not just physically. I wouldn't doubt that with what seems to be a break up between Rih and Chris in the public eye, that this is hard for Rih to have to face. No woman wants to be yelled at about her personal life like that.. ever.

This video just doesn't sit well with me. Sucks celebs have to endure this. There is no making sense of it.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Music: @KellyRowland's "Dirty Laundry"

I can't explain how much I felt this record. Kelly Rowland is probably most known for being Beyonce's right hand girl in the infamous girl group Destinys Child. Kelly is the only original member that stuck through the highly publicized drama that the group has endured over the years. With some success of her own under her belt, the world probably assumed that she of all of the changing members had it the easiest, Kelly is now making it clear- she didn't.

This new single, Dirty Laundry from her upcoming album, Talk a Good Game -reveals to fans a side of Kelly that no one in the public saw coming. She is very VERY forthcoming and honest about her feelings towards Beyonce's heightened success after the dismantling of the group- but more important in my opinion is her admission to struggling through an abusive relationship.

While the jury is still out on just who this abuser was, it is very clear that the beautiful Kelly Rowland has been THROUGH IT! The song details this person driving a wedge between Kelly and Bey, all while physically, and verbally abusing the songstress.

Kelly has kept this all a secret until now. Hopefully the world/media will look at this record for what it is, and that is her walking in her truth and prayerfully helping someone else to identify with their own situation and get help. I'm sure this song will become more about her admission of feeling some kind of way about Bey's success more than it will be about her fight through domestic violence, but that's the world we live in.

I love Kelly for this. I think it's beautifully written and revealing. I hope it frees her  and any other person who hears it in a similar situation. What a heavy load to carry all of this time, and with so much grace. I think that's the point of the song. You never know what these celebs are going through... you never know. Salute to The Dream for helping Kelly get free of some of what she's been holding on to. Go Kelly!!! What do you guys think?!

Monday, May 13, 2013

New Behind the Scenes- Rihanna for River Island Summer Collection (Video)

Rihanna takes fans behind the scenes of her creative process for her River Island Summer collection. You get to see how excited she is to develop this line, and her reasons for creating it as she has. Her crew was most of her inspiration because they are so diverse in taste and style. Rih also has put her bff Melissa on by using some of her infamous photography as graphics.

Rihanna designed things that she wants to wear and hopes that everybody else will want to wear it too. She's such a hard working girl, and she always stays fresh while doing it. Her selective muted floral prints, and light textured clothes are all very sexy and rock and roll inspired of course. Her line gives off the same juxtaposing aura as she does-part lady, part sex symbol, part rockstar- all of that makes up Rih and her line.

The collection is available May 25th!

CONGRATULATIONS! Monica is pregnant!

HOW CUTE!? Monica released this photo on IG this weekend causing quite a stir. She and her hubby Phoenix Suns' Point Guard Shannon Brown are expecting their first child together (Monica's third).

Monica tweeted that she's five months and counting, while Shannon hit up IG with a little praise to the Lord for their new gift. So cute, I can't deal! Many well wishes going out to this family! Can't wait for the new arrival! A girl this time maybe?!??

Sevyn Streeter covers Aaliyah's Come Over

I've been blogging about Sevyn for a while now, and I am SO happy to finally see her career popping off under CBE. The singer/songwriter most famous for penning and arranging some of Chris Brown's most recent jams, recently visited the late singer Aaliyah's high school and was profoundly inspired. She decided to write an open letter to Aaliyah:

From the bottom of my heart, I want to say THANK YOU & I LOVE YOU because you taught me it’s sexy to be cool and it’s cool to just be you!

Aaliyah inspired a whole generation of singers. We all were jamming to her records, and still are. Along with Sevyn's note she's released this acoustic cover of Aaliyah's jam, Come Over. She definitely made this fan favorite her own. The girl is just talented. Did she do it justice for yall?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Why Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Are Refusing Baby Gifts

Usually a huge part of having a baby is all of the cool gifts you get. Especially when you have friends with limitless cash and great taste. Celeb babies always have the upper hand here because of that. Well, in a move that honestly doesn't surprise me, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are refusing baby gifts for their new bundle soon to arrive.

Yes, you read that right, they don't want any gifts. The couple is asking that well wishers donate to the Lurie Chicago Children's Hospital instead. Amazingly sweet. This is a way for baby Kimye to give to children who aren't as rich, even before she gets here!! This is very sweet. I love it. Such a great read for me. I'm excited for baby Kimye to get here and what a sweet gesture by Kim and Yeezy! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Matt Kemp Unaware His Random Act of Kindness was Recorded (Touching Video)

If you know me, you know that I don't really do much baseball. You also know that Matt Kemp is my boo in my head and we go wayyyyyyy back. Most of us love Matt because he's a great baseball player. He's nothing to mess with when he's on. Others of us just love the fact that he's darn near perfect to look at. Well, here's another reason to adore the Dodgers star.

Sunday during the game, Steve Jones a father of a cancer stricken young man Joshua Jones had a brief conversation with Dodgers Third Base Coach Tim Wallach. He told Tim that his son was very sick, and unable to speak but that he's a huge Dodgers fan, and his favorite player of all time is Matt Kemp.

Wallach brought the two a baseball as a gift, but the Dodger love didn't end there. As the game ended Matt Kemp is video'd walking up to the boy and his father. He reaches over the rail to shake hands, but instead the boy hands him a baseball. Matt signs it, and then in an act that only a true fan would see the real value in- Matt disrobes. He takes off his infamous number 27 Dodgers jersey, and hands it to the boy. Then he removes his cleats, and does the same thing.

The father shakes Matt's hand again and it may just be me, but I swear I saw a smile in the young man's eyes as his favorite baseball player of all time gave him most of his uniform.

There's more to love about this story. Matt woke up yesterday morning to this story being all over the place- according to him, it was meant to be a private moment:

I didn't know that anybody was filming it, I wasn't aware. 
It's just something I felt probably would have cheered him up a little bit, help him out a little bit. I just did it.Hopefully that made that kid's day.

Matt explained Tuesday. His random act of kindness that most likely enhanced this boy's life and made his father feel so proud, was not done to be seen by the world. It's just great when people do things and don't  need to broadcast it. The boy went to his instagram account to thank Matt with the photo above and this post:

"Thanks Matt. I will never forget that moment!!!" …

There are so many reasons to love Matt Kemp. Geez this story touched me. My prayers are with the boy and his family, what  a moment for a true Kemp fan! BEASTMODE!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Three Ohio women, missing for a decade, found alive!

Three women who went missing at different times about 10 years ago were found alive Monday in a residential area south of downtown Cleveland and three suspects are in police custody, according to news reports. It's something that countless people have prayed for, families and friends never gave up searching for them, and it's great news coming out of Ohio!

Monday, May 6, 2013

New Music: Mariah Carey "starring" Miguel- Beautiful

I really am digging this record. It feels really good. I'm a girl who grew up on THE Mariah Carey. All of her records from my childhood/teen years seemed to be timeless, she's undoubtedly one of the greatest artists to ever do it. I'm excited that she's teaming up with some of music's biggest names to produce her next album. Her first in a while, so I know her lambs are ready!

I really like the fact that she's partnering with Miguel this go round. It's not a match I would've made right off, but it makes a lot of sense anyway. The song speaks for itself. Get INTO this on a Monday morning!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Music That Moves Me: Mary Mary- Thank You!

This is a remake of a very popular and really, a classic gospel song called Thank You by the infamous Gospel music family- the Hawkins. I do encourage you guys to listen to this all the way through to the end. It is a song that allows you to simply stop and reflect on just how well off you are.

This song is sang all over the world still and I believe it was recorded before I was born! Mary Mary is a very popular Gospel duo. I personally appreciate their abilities to reach some of the young generation through their music, but also maintain their true Gospel roots. I love this song and I'm sure if you take the lyrics in, you'll love it too.

Hopefully this is a reminder to you to be thankful no matter what. Life is tough sometimes, but you still have lots to be thankful for. I hope this song encourages you as it does me when I hear it! Here's to a great week!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

New Music: Lauryn Hill- Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)

Lauryn Hill has been in the news A LOT lately. Mainly due to her issues with Uncle Sam. Since the media got a hold of her tax issues, they've dragged it all the way out, but what's new? According to the mainstream media Lauryn recently signed a deal with Sony in order to avoid jail time. Lauryn elaborated on why a song just randomly appeared on iTunes today called, Neurotic Society, and what that song means to her by way of her tumblr:

Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!

While most people have long waited for the "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" Lauryn to emerge, this record is consistent with her most recent releases. Lauryn grew into a new space, or just refused to be held in the space she originally was in, and this can be hard for fans sometimes. Especially when an album is as classic as The Miseducation was.

You don't have to like the new Lauryn, but don't scold her for her artistry. As Jay Z said, you want her old stuff... buy her old album.

 It's thought provoking and almost impossible to understand at first listen. What is clear is the message, which is also consistent dating back to her infamous MTV Unplugged album (Which I loved)..that message being that this world, this industry, and most people are living for the wrong things.

I don't LOVE this record, but I'm sure after a few listens I'll find the message vitally important. Lauryn is set to be sentenced May 6th for tax evasion.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

(Update with family statement) Kris Kross member Chris Kelly dies at age 34

Authorities in Georgia have confirmed the death of Chris Kelly, one half of the pint-sized 90s rap duo, on Wednesday night, according to news outlets. A Fulton County police spokesperson said Kelly may have died from a drug overdose, based on statements received at the rapper's home as well as evidence.

New Video: Alicia Keys- New Day

Alicia released her video for her latest single New Day from her Billboard 200 Chart topping album, Girl on Fire today. Alicia's latest single is a huge record from the door. The video captures the performance life of the gorgeous singer/songwriter.

Alicia is highly respected and consistent. Her fans appreciate her passion and ability to relate to them. The wife of famed producer Swizz Beatz is also known as an incredible pianist, which has definitely set her apart from her peers in the game.

This has been a great era for Alicia. We've seen her perform at some of the biggest events of our country, and grow in her personal life as well. The video for New Day captures just how far this New Yorker has come.