Category: Entertainment - Original Written by by Roz Edward
Kate Middleton and Prince William have nothing on black folks when it comes to baby names. Our own royal family, the Obama's boast such exotic names as Sasha and Malia. Of course they have to respect some boundaries that the celebrities below don't, and the British royals have to work within the confines of family names. But when those restraints are lifted you should see what you get when music industry royalty decides to get in on the trend of odd and 'unique' baby names, (which are getting to be commonplace) and attempt to one-up their mainstream peers. What you getis exponentially weirder and more outlandish names, especially when you consider the fact that black people are already given to being ultra-creative with names. As a matter of fact I think I know an "Ultra."
1. Blue Ivy
Let's see what was Beyonce's explanation for this never before heard baby name ... oh yeah she likes the color Blue. Okay but what is the Ivy for? Makes me think of that provocative Batman villain that Uma Thurmond played.
2. North West
We'd like to say we say this coming given the source of the name, but we just didn't. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian decided to keep up with the Carters and name their baby girl something really off the wall too. They gave their newborn daughter direction with the name 'North West'.
3. Paris, Prince and Blanket
From the King of Pop, Michael Jackson's kids may have been cutting edge for black celebs when it comes to names. Okay so Paris is a charming name to be tagged with, and Prince is understandable, WTH ... Blanket? We try so hard to get inside MJ's brilliant mind and see what he saw. Was our legendary king of POP thinking security or warmth when he came up with Blanket for his baby boy.
And while we are on the Jackson's, what about Jermaine's contribution, er name debacle to the weird name pool. We're talking about Jermajesty of course. While Jermaine Jackson kept pretty much to the standards when it came to the names of his other kids, it wasn't until he started messing with Alejandra Oaziaza (who also had kids with Randy Jackson) that he started trying to think outside of the box, naming one son Jaafar, and the other Jermajesty. If that wasn't enough, Jermaine has gone out and changed his last name to "Jacksun" to give himself something of an identity outside of his family.
5. Kayndz, Lyriq and Musiq Najm
T-Pain his expanded his love for music a step further when he named his children after musical terms, and got real creative with the spelling. How about Kaydnz for cadence, Lyriq for lyric Musiq for music. Let's hope his household and home life are this harmonious.
6. Seven Sirius and Mars Merkaba are the son and daughter of Erykah Badhu and Andre 3000. But these names are almost tame when you consider what the other half of Outkast, Big Boi,did with his contribution to the world.
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7. Bamboo Patton
The other half of Outkast, Big Boi, upped the name anty with this out of the box name for his son ... Bamboo. You know, like the exotic plant. But what he didn't considerwere the possible nicknames ... Bam Bam or maybe Boo Boo. That's the risk you run when naming children.
8. Diezel and Denim Braxton-Lewis
Hey Toni! The names honestly remind me of the label Diesel (but without the z), who just so happens to make a little bit of everything, including fly "Denim" jeans. And while they aren't the most conventional names out there, once you get over the initial shock of hearing that someone's name is actually Diezel (although Frank Zappa did it more than 30 years prior) and Denim, both monikers do grow on you after a while.
9. Reinbaugh Rhames, daughter of Ving is a doll, and the name has that special ring to it ... like Ving!
10. And rounding out the list of unusual names is the offspring of this happy couple Lisa Bonet and Momoa who gave their son a name that we're sure not to see duplicated. The boy's name is is Nakoa -Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 11:33
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Jason Donovan
Nick Cannon’s middle name is Scott, but based on his talent and the diversity of his achievements, it would be appropriate for it to be “Versatility.”
Actor, television host, rapper, comedian, radio host and maybe he has skills in areas the public doesn’t know about yet.
Cannon is one of those people who seemed destined to make it in show business. Most likely, he didn’t think much, if at all, about pursuing a career in any other field.
And then there was the question of making it (“or not,” for some people), but that is a matter of being “singularly focused.”
Perhaps megastar/icon Diana Ross said it best. She stated that failure never crossed her mind as a child. She was going to be a success in show business as a singer — and that was that.
Nick Cannon can relate.
“YOU HAVE to be vigorous,” he said. “That’s the only way you are going to make it. Everybody has dreams and everybody has goals, but the only people who achieve them are the ones who go after them and don’t take no for an answer.”
There is also a huge amount to be said for being in the right location.
“If you want to be in the automotive business, you go to Detroit, and you figure it out,” Cannon said. “And if you want to be in entertainment, go to where it’s at. Go to Hollywood. Go to New York.”
And he vividly recalled, “I was 16 years old, driving to LA (from San Diego) and sleeping in my car, just trying to make it happen.”
Nicholas Cannon had started rapping at the age of 8, but got his first break as a stand-up comedian when he was 11. His father, James Cannon, a motivational televangelist, had a cable access program and was able to get his eager son on it.
His next break involved Nickelodeon, the basic cable and satellite TV network whose target audience is pre-teens and teens. The network’s studio audiences needed to be “warmed up” before its shows began, and Cannon was hired.
THINGS MOVED along nicely from that point, and Cannon was enjoying the building momentum.
From 2005 to 2007, he hosted as well as performed on an MTV sketch comedy program titled “Wild ’N Out.”
He taped his own stand-up comedy special in 2011, recorded live in Palms Springs, titled “Mr. Showbiz.” An ambitious title, for sure, but it reflected the focus of how he wanted to display his talents and the level of success he intended to reach.
“Wild N’ Out” was revived in late 2012 by MTV2. He also made comedy recordings, such as “Nick Cannon” and “Stages.”
However, Cannon reached a whole new audience — including people, generally older, who may not have been familiar with his previous work — when he began hosting the hugely popular talent search program “America’s Got Talent,” in its fourth season, that airs on NBC.
The show was created, in a sense, to give “American Idol” a run for its money, but “America’s Got Talent” also had to compete with another newcomer, “The X Factor.”
NICK CANNON proved to be a polished, amiable and likable host, so much so that he was retained as host for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth seasons.
His films include “Drumline,” “Men in Black II,” “Garfield: The Movie,” “Love Don’t Cost,” “Underclassmen” and “Shall We Dance?”
He won an NAACP Image Award in 2012 in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category for his work in the comedy TV series “Up All Night,” in a recurring role.
It was major news when, on April 30, 2008, Cannon was married to superstar songstress Mariah Carey, who is eight and a half years older than he. They had only been dating for six weeks and there had been no announcement.
In the spring of 2011, Carey and Cannon became the parents of fraternal twins, a boy, Moroccan, and a girl, Monroe.
THE FOLLOWING year, Cannon had a series of health challenges, including blood clots in his lungs, mild kidney failure and a disease called lupus nephritis, the reason for his kidney issues.
Far less serious, but also worth noting, is a feud Cannon had with Eminem who had dated Mariah Carey before she knew Cannon. The Eninem/Carey break-up was not pleasant.
More recently, Cannon clashed on national televison with comedian Kevin Hart, prompted by a negative joke Hart had made about Carey.
Hopefully, all parties involved will be able to eventually rise above the conflict, which is not important in the greater scheme of things.
It would not be illogical to assume that greater things are yet to come from Nick Cannon. — Steve Holsey contributed to this story.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:54
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The weekend is here! Need something to do? Here’s a list of things to get into this weekend in and around Detroit.
Lunchtime Acoustics: Emilio Basa
Cadillac Square at Campus Martius
Detroit's finest singer/songwriters perform acoustic music for downtown workers and visitors at lunchtime.
Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront
Rivard Place: Detroit Riverfront
11:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront is a FREE summer reading program presented by the General Motors Foundation and hosted by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. This interactive and family-oriented program was designed to promote literacy throughout southeastern Michigan while engaging children ages 3 to 10 and their families to experience the beautiful and re-energized Detroit Riverfront.
Midday Music Series: Dr. Angela Celeste May
Campus Martius Park
Lunchtime music series featuring the area's best local/regional rock, R&B, blues, country, soul and pop bands. On Wednesdays, "93.9 THE RIVER" spotlight Detroit favorites.
The Beach at CMP
Campus Martius Park
Treat yourself to a casual after-work "beach bar" in downtown Detroit! Island sounds on the FRANKENMUTH BREWERY STAGE. Food & drinks.
Belle Isle Summer Series (BLISS)
Yoga classes, food trucks, kayak rentals at Belle Isle beach, bike rentals, segway tours, game rentals at Sunset Point, Detroit Dog Rescue adoptions.
Paradise Arts Festival: Zion Henry Gibson and Taslimah Bey
Paradise Valley Park
A monthly cultural arts festival with a focus on visual arts, dance and music -- plus specialty acts, eclectic retail and food/drink specials.
For Kids: Magic Carpet Theatre
Kidz Shows at Campus Martius
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Children's theatre and dance performed on the park's main stage followed by hands-on arts projects and games. Magic Carpet Theatre Imagination is the key to this creative storytelling trio.
Run This Town – Detroit
The Run This Town movement was founded and launched on May 8, 2012, in Detroit, Michigan. The infectious networkingout sessions have touched hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the Metro-Detroit area. RTT-Detroit members have lost countless pounds, experienced reductions in blood pressure, and expanded their personal, fitness and professional networks.
Wheelhouse Detroit Corktown Tour
Wheelhouse Detroit-Rivard Place
Get inside info on the oldest neighborhood in Detroit. Check out Victorian homes, historic churches and buildings, vibrant and dynamic businesses and urban farms. Stops include Most Holy Trinity Church, Ponyride, Brother Nature Produce, Sprit of Hope Church, Roosevelt Park and Grinnel Lofts. This tour includes a stop for a quick snack and beverage along the way. Tour distance: 10 miles.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 08:47
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Steve Holsey
At the time of this writing, Robin Thicke is No. 1 on the national R&B charts with his song “Blurred Lines.” Shortly before that, Jason Timberlake was in the top spot with the album “The 20/20 Experience.” Eminem has been in that position as well.
These and other White artists who have done well on the R&B charts and on urban radio are accepted because they are working in a music genre that comes natural to them, almost second nature.
Therefore it comes across as authentic and is subsequently widely accepted in the Black community.
Among the other White artists who have found their way to high positions on the national R&B charts over the years are Teena Marie, Amy Winehouse, the Righteous Brothers, Daryl Hall & John Oates, George Michael, Gino Vannelli, Lisa Stansfield, Michael McDonald, Simply Red and Bobby Caldwell.
Soul comes from the heart, and if R&B is the genre and the artist is non-Black, so be it.
YOU HAVE probably heard by now that Halle Berry and actor Olivier Martinez got married in France recently, which is where he was born. Well, we hope this marriage is successful.
Martinez, by the way, beat up Berry’s previous boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubrey, who is the father of her daughter. (She and Martinez are expecting a son.)
Berry’s previous relationships and marriages that ended in disaster were with dentist John Ronan, pro-baseball player David Justice and singer Eric Benét. (There were probably others.)
It can’t always be the fault of the men.
JERMAINE JACKSON produced music for Whitney Houston in the early days of her career, and they also recorded as a duo. But according famed songstress Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mom, there was more to it than that.
“Jermaine Jackson was trying to step out of the shadow of his superstar brother, Michael,” said Houston. “He turned out to be interested in Nippy (Whitney) for more than just her singing talent.
“Jermaine was a nice enough guy, but he was married, so I wasn’t thrilled when Nippy went out with him a couple of times. She was always a big fan of Michael Jackson, so maybe that had something to do with it.”
Other sources say Jackson and Houston were “secret lovers.”
QUESTLOVE (real name: Ahmir Thompson) is best known as the drummer/bandleader with the Roots, currently the house band on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” and as a record producer.
Now he has written a book titled “Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove.” He talks about his interesting life, and also has much to say about the artists and the records that have greatly affected him throughout life.
But was does “meta” mean? One online definition described it as “a term used to characterize something that is self-referential.”
Hmmm…not sure if I fully understand that.
NO ONE was as good as Luther Vandross when he was with us in the physical realm, and no one has come along who is even half as good since, although there have been and are a lot of good singers.
But Vandross was in a class of his own, and he fully deserved every one of those eight Grammy Awards.
It will be interesting to see if Queen Latifah does well with her talk show, “The Queen Latifah Show,” which debuts this fall. There are so many talk shows on the air already, and so many that were introduced in the past that didn’t make it.
However, Latifah has such a charming personality that it might be enough to enable her to succeed.
Chris Brown’s middle name should be “Trouble,” the latest being rear ending a woman, and then reportedly not having a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance. As had been well publicized, probation from a previous well-known incident was revoked, and he could get jail time.
One of my co-workers said, “He’s misbehaved long enough.”
Rolling Stone magazine recently posted a feature written by Andy Greene titled “The 10 Most Annoying Movie Star Behaviors.” One of them was “Casting Your Real-Life Children,” with a focus on Will and Jada-Pinkett Smith and their kids, Jaden and Willow.
With tongue partly in cheek, Greene said, “You’d think he (Smith) would realize that early fame has destroyed many childhoods. Before his kids were out of middle school, they were recording bubblegum rap songs and appearing alongside him in movies.
“’After Earth’ was created by Smith largely as a vehicle to showcase his teenage son, Jaden. He was so blinded by the desire to turn Jaden into a superstar that he didn’t realize the movie sucked.
“There’s a simple lesson here: Don’t cast your kids. You have no idea how much their presence warps your creative judgment.”
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that six women have been “Peaches” in the history of the famous duo Peaches & Herb.
MEMORIES: “Baby I Need Your Loving” (the Four Tops), “Woman’s Gotta Have It” (Bobby Womack), “Star Love” (Cheryl Lynn), “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby” (Marvin Gaye), “Memory Lane” (Minnie Riperton), “Let Me Make Love to You” (the O’Jays), “Tired of Being Alone” (Al Green), “Choosing Up on You” (the Dramatics), “Love or Let Me Be Lonely” (the Friends of Distinction), “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes).
BLESSINGS to Mishelle Yvette Kennedy, Misha Helvey, Erica Alexander, Cheryl Johnson, Duana Watkins, Cornelius Fortune, Dorothy West, Aretha Watkins, Deena Dunham, Marcus Amick, Montez Miller and Dina Peace.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from filmmaker Michael Moore: “You don’t exist to be anyone’s personal garbage dump.”
Let the music play!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:24
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Steve Hosley
News that Halle Berry had married actor Olivier Martinez in his native France on July 13 made international headlines, and most people were (and remain) happy for her.
However, the Academy Award-winning actress has a history of marriages and relationships that have gone sour.
The last relationship, with model Gabriel Aubrey, got particularly nasty. Complicating the matter further was the fact that Berry and Aubry had a child together in 2008. Her name is Nahla.
Fairly recently, Martinez and Aubry had a physical altercation, and Aubry was beaten up badly.
Berry's previous marriage was to singer Eric Benét. It seemed to be happy union, but then a tabloid ran two color pages of photos of Benét "rendezvousing" with a former girlfriend.
Benét was later treated for "sex addiction."
Before that, Berry was married to pro-baseball player David Justice. The marriage deteriorated rather quickly. After the divorce, Berry sought a restraining order against Justice.
Many people speculate that the men cannot always be fully at fault. Or maybe Halle Berry just has bad luck with men.
In any event, family, friends and fans are hopeful for the newlyweds.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 13:40
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