Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z - "Upgrade U"

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She Who Still Shall Not Be Named Without Dire Consequences is still doing big things. She premiered the videos for her upcoming singles "Beautiful Liar" and "Upgrade U" tonight on 106 & Park. The Deluxe Edition of B'Day will be released on April 3rd along with a video anthology album that includes music videos for "Kitty Kat", "Greenlight," "Suga Mama," "Get Me Bodied," "Freakum Dress," "Flaws & All," "Kissing You" and the previous videos that have already been released.

You hear that noise? That was the sound of Joe Simpson 2.0 nuttin' on himself thinking about all the paper he's going to generate off this. If I had to choose between the two videos I would have to roll with "Upgrade U." Because Beyonce can do for us what Martin did for the people. *Black power fist*


Racy Net Photos Won't Disqualify Antonella Barba

After several days of playing coy about the fate of Antonella Barba, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has reportedly announced that despite the emergence of numerous provocative photos, the sixth season semifinalist will not be disqualified from the smash-hit Fox reality competition.

It cost Frenchie Davis, a finalist in 2003, her spot as she was dumped after it was determined she posed nude for a porn site. Why not Antonella?

Charlie McCollum of the Mercury news writes, "There is a difference, though. The Barba photos (the ones that are definitely of her) were private ones, not from a photo shoot for a porn site. Barba may be guilty of bad judgment or outright stupidity but that doesn't carry quite the same weight as Davis taking money to pose and then not telling the "Idol'' producers about it." (source)

I'm urging members of Team Chunk to march in protest about this. Right after we have an emergency meeting at Steak N' Shake, then we will spring into action. All for one and one for all!


Dom Perignon Celebration For Forest Whitaker

Dom Perignon recognized Forest Whitaker at a party in Hollywood last night. Oprah, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Tucker, Mary J. Blige (and that damn Kendu) and Quincy Jones were some of the stars who came out to support Forest. On the other side of town Mad Dog 20/20 honored Bookem Woodbine for his many contributions to Black cinema.

It could happen, hell.


Pictures of Jay-Z's (seen here with Solange's son Big Baby D) alleged love child and baby mama have hit the internet, again. And to quote the immortal words of Antoine Merriweather, well touch me in the morning and then walk away.

You all are intelligent people so you can form your own opinions about that situation.

I don't understand what all the fuss is about. My cousin Pooh has more illegitimate kids than Shawn Kemp and she's not making any headlines. You can say what you want but those little tykes make great weed carriers for out of state trips.

But I digress.

Drop me a line when the hip hop version of I's Da Pappy on blu ray disc is available for review. Have a cherry coke and a smile until then.

Edit: Duh, I realize that is NOT the child in question. The picture is just a visual, don't take things to literal. Followin the links to the pot of gold, okay?


Candids: Kelis & Nas

Kelis and Nas tried to go unnoticed while dining at the popular Toast Cafe along 3rd street in West Hollywood. It's kind of hard to be inconegro with a pink mohawk. There's nothing worst than trying to stuff your face while someone snaps pictures of you.

Michelle Williams = Shug Avery

Paging Jesus, paging Jesus. You're wanted on the main line STAT!

Michelle Williams of the R&B group Destiny's Child is joining the Chicago production of "The Color Purple," the producers announced Tuesday.

Williams will play the role of Shug Avery, a sexy blues singer.

The stage version of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel will open in Chicago on April 17. It's still playing on Broadway.

Several of the stars of the New York production — including Jeannette Bayardelle, who plays the lead character of Celie, and Felicia P. Fields, who received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of the feisty Sofia — are joining the tour in Chicago.

Producer Scott Sanders said casting Williams as Shug Avery seemed like a natural choice because Shug is the one character in the musical who has "seen the world." (source)

First the stock market takes a plunge now this. Does this mean there is going to be some girl on girl action with Fantasia? Heavens to Betsy, there won't be any lesbians left in the audience when the show is complete.


Can't Forget About You: George Huff

With all the hype surrounding Jennifer Hudson recently my mind couldn't help but wonder what George Huff has been up to. Every week I would make a mad dash to my television to watch his tang-filled performances on the third season of 'American Idol.' From the gate I knew he wouldn't walk away the winner but he will always be number one in my heart. *does Omarion's ice box dance*

A quick Google search revealed that George toured the country last year promoting his gospel album Miracles. I think this kid should send his regards to Broadway. If Fantasia can do it damn it he can too. Besides, Tevin Campbell can't play the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray forever. George would make an excellent understudy.

Mama Tina Is Not Amused This Morning

An employee of Wolfgang Puck Catering diagnosed with the hepatitis A virus may have exposed guests at several events, including Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue party, health officials said Tuesday. The list of possibly exposed guests include Beyonce Knowles, Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend Bar Rafaeli and other models featured in the magazine.

Although the risk of illness was "quite low" anyone who ate raw food at the magazine's party was urged to recieve a preventive shot by Wednesday.

Wolfgang Puck is trying to destroy the blood of the lamb. I repeat, Wolfgang Puck is trying to destroy the blood of the lamb.

Mama Tina is cooking up a batch of her infamous dirty creole rice to send over to ol' Wolfie. I hope he doesn't choke on one of Michelle Williams' diced up limbs. You're going down, bitch! (source)



New York Gets Caught In A Lie During An Interview With Miss Jones

Things got heated between Hot 97's Miss Jones and Tifanny Pollard aka New York during a recent phone interview when Jonsie caught New York in the middle of a bold face lie. They should've asked her what was up with Sister Patterson's wig game. Audio via Hip & Pop.

The Dramatics Have It

The Devil In Prada Made Her Do It

Jennifer Hudson revealed on the Today Show this morning that she was not happy with her fashion choice for the 79th Acadamy Awards. This of course doesn't mean anything to the millions of people out there who think they have an impecable sense of fashion and thought the jackets was a good look. Folks are going to start walking around looking like the long lost member of LaBelle.

"Jennifer was kind of sponsored by Talley and Vogue," said one fashionista. "Andre insisted she wear that hideous Oscar de la Renta dress with the awful, awful gold python bolero.

"Jennifer really didn't want to, and so [noted stylist] Jessica Paster got her a beautiful gold Roberto Cavalli custom-made. But when Andre found out, he went ballistic. Moments before she left for the show, there was a power struggle and Jennifer ended up putting his outfit on." (source)

Eddie Murphy Is A Sore Loser

Eddie Murphy was so steamed after losing his Oscar race to Alan Arkin, that he stormed off – and out of the Kodak Theater altogether.

Several sources report that Murphy was a real sore loser after the Best Supporting Actor was awarded – in an admittedly huge upset – to Arkin. The funnyman was decidedly not smiling as he left his seat, and didn't stick around to see co-star Jennifer Hudson win Best Supporting Actress, or watch the ladies of "Dreamgirls" sing their lungs out. (source)

You know Eddie immediately poured himself a drink and called Johnny as soon as he got in the limo. He should've just fell back and enjoyed the rest of the show instead of throwing a dramatic cunt fit. Save that bottle of raw emotion for the paternity hearing with Scary Spice, okay?

Janet Jackson Gets 'Married'

According to Variety.com Janet Jackson will star in Tyler Perry's next movie "Why Did I Get Married?" Perry is writing, directing and producing for Lionsgate. Lensing is set to begin March 5 in Whistler, British Columbia; Vancouver; and then Atlanta, where Perry recently opened his own studio.

Sharon Leal and Jill Scott have also joined the cast.

The fourth film in Perry's lucrative franchise, "Why Did I Get Married" revolves around a couple who go away with friends every winter to examine their marriages in a group setting. One of the wives brings along a sexy young temptress who causes plenty of trouble for the couples

I have nothing to say about this tragedy at the present time.

The "Say Something Nice" Challenge

At The Children Uniting Nations Oscar Party

Earl and Tashera are still crazy in love. Or just plain crazy. Just looking at them makes me want to go down to my old elementary school's playground and tie a red ribbon around a tree in recognition of drug awareness week.

Blu Cantrell had a wardrobe change in the press conference area at the event. It probably wasn't as interesting as her Black Tail appearances but hey, when life gives you lemons . . . you know the rest. Judging from this picture I will have to say that she is a card carrying member of the Deh Deh Deh Club.

Okay my attempt to be polite was unsuccessful. Your turn!


Foxy Brown: "I Was Arrested Because I'm Black"

Foxy Brown held a press conference at a Brooklyn church yesterday to tell her side of the story of how a visit to a Florida beauty supply store went awry and ended in her arrest.

She claimed that she was dragged half-naked out of the store's restroom and then picked on by police officers because she is black. "I was exposed from the waist down on the toilet," she said Monday at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in the Clinton Hill neighborhood.

"The only crime I'm guilty of is being a young black woman," Brown said.

She told the New York Daily News, "I had to get dressed in front of a total stranger." Brown denies spitting on store owner Hayssan Ghoneim and resisting arrest, and claims she is "doing excellent in anger management."


Forest Whitaker's ex-girlfriend Monique Miller told UK tabloid News of the World that she is still in love with the star and hopes that they will reunite one day.

"He was not the best looking man in the world. He was hardly a typical movie star - - slightly overweight and with a lazy left eye (She didn't have to mention his wonky eye - - Fresh) . But he made up for it with his magical personality. He was the earth, the wind and the sea for me and always took my breath away."

Monique recalled how she helped teach her shy lover about sex because he'd been a school nerd, unsuccessful with girls. She said: "I had great fun showing him the ropes in bed . . . and he was a quick learner. It was amazing. He made every inch of my body tingle with lust. Forest was incredibly romantic. Many nights I'd come home to find he had run me a bath, put rose water in it and lit candles. We'd strip off, slide in together and make love in the water."

'Make my body tingle with lust.' I have a feeling we have another ghetto Danielle Steele on our hands.

After the birth of their son Ocean the couple drifted apart. Get it? Ocean, drift . . . nevermind. The remainder of the article talks about her discovering condoms and going on a rampage while Forest ate pancakes in bed and other details no one probably cares about.



In Case You Missed It

The original Effie White Jennifer Holiday sung "And I Am Telling You" live last night on E!'s Red Carpet Special. I tried not to laugh at her facial expressions but I failed terribly. All that bottled up raw emotion, damn.

Confessions of a Sideline Ho

I wasn't going to touch this topic since I have a business relationship with Monica's record label but I had to do it.

A trip to the 2007 Soul Train Awards is a prize. Let us bow our heads in prayer because we are living in the last days. Real talk, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse just passed by my office window blasting "Spaceships On Bankhead."



The King of R&B Arrested, Ah-Damn-Gen

Bobby Brown was arrested on Sunday outside of his daughter's cheerleading competition and jailed for failure to appear in court and pay child support fines.

"He went very cooperatively. According to the constable, no one was really around," said Patrick McDermott, clerk of Norfolk Probate Court in Canton, Massachusetts.

In October, a judge ordered Brown to be arrested if he stepped foot in the state after the singer skipped a court hearing over $11,000 in delinquent child support payments to Kim Ward, the mother of Brown's children LaPrincia (no comment) and Bobby III .

Later that month, McDermott said that Brown had paid what he owed to Ward; however, the arrest warrant has remained in place – probably in case Brown fell behind again, McDermott said.

Lawyers for both sides are currently conferring with a probation officer to determine how much Brown owes Ward at this point. (source)

The "Say Something Nice" Challenge

Dennis Rodman @ The Vibe Pre-Oscar Party


Vanity Fair Post-Show Party

Donna Karran, Oprah, Mary J. Blige and J.J. Evans watching the show

No luck scoring an invite to the big show ? Not a problem. From Vanity Fair's star studded after-party to Elton John's annual Oscar viewing bash, there were plenty of parties to keep the celebs occupied.

Check out that side eye . . .

More Reason To Love Jim Jones

In an interview with Funk Master Flex last week Pigpen stuck up for Academy Award winning actress (you don't know how good it feels to type that) Jennifer Hudson after Flex said that she didn't deserve to be on the cover of Vogue.

"I love the underdog, you dig? You can hate on Jen Hud all ya'll want but she ballin', she killed them in the movie. Why ya'll mad? Can she get a little bit of this change in America? That's all we want, we want a crumb of the pie," said Dirt Angel.

Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one. I'm not going to attack dude because he feels that Beyonce is the baddest chick in the game. But let's be one hundred about the situation. Nobody, and I do mean nobody is messing with Propecia. Put that in your pipe and smoke it while you two step in your Lugz, YA DIG?



The 79th Academy Awards

Since I know some of you can't wait until after the award show to talk slick (I see you Nikcee) here's the spot for you. I will try to update throughout the night so refresh your browsers ever so often. Now excuse me but my baby Andre Leon Talley is on the tube right now.

Last Update 01:44 AM: The biggest night in Hollywood is o-vah. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese (finally) and Al Gore. See you big kids in the morning.



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