Category: Entertainment - Original Written by by Christa E. Jackson
The original Love & Hip Hop series which takes place in NYC now has several new characters this season including Love & Hip Hop Atlanta's own K. Michelle who made the move to the New York cast to find love, happiness, and continue on the successful musical journey that she started in the ATL. Even though the show just premiered last week there is already drama galore with the cast. This season Yandy is still dealing with the uncertainty of knowing what will happen with her fiancée Mendecees and his court case, being a single mom and running a label with fellow cast member Rich Dollaz.
Tahiry and Joe Budden are trying to make their relationship work one more time, and Erica Mena is back and showing out as usual. This season will prove to be juicy and ratchet as ever with new cast members, rapper/manager Peter Gunz and Tara, the mother of his children, are in a sordid love triangle with his artist Amina Butterfly who he is secretly married to.
Rapper Saigon and Erica Jean, the mother of his son are trying to rebuild their relationship for the sake of their son, but past deeds continue to hinder them and keep them from moving forward.
K. Michelle has not yet started with any of her wild antics yet ... because she is just getting to New York, but it's sure to come as the season progresses. Yandy and K have a previous relationship, and she decides to throw K. Michelle a welcome to New York party. For the most part K. Michelle seems to be on her best behavior for now, but the drama comes when Yandy invites Tara and Amina to the party, and Peter runs to catch Amina before she goes to the party so that all of his Bs doesn't blow up in his face.
As always Love & Hip Hop New York is going to take us through the ups and downs of this funny, crazy, talented cast of characters under the bright lights of NYC.
The craziness and drama is just beginning ... and we can't wait to see how this season unfolds.
- Christa E. Jackson
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 07:43
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 21:58
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Steve Holsey
If you, like yours truly, are the kind of person who savors new and unexpected music experiences, you might want to give consideration to acquiring “The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis.”
The album is a collection of 15 tracks, almost all of which were taken from seven of the Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz trumpeter’s spiritual albums.
The music styles go all over the place. One minute you’re hearing traditional gospel or spiritual, then the rollicking sounds of a New Orleans/Dixieland band (Marsalis is from New Orleans), followed by something in a standard jazz vein, and even a semi-sanctified church experience (like something the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater would perform to).
Those with opens minds will never get bored.
Marsalis, by the way, has embarked on an ambitious 16-city tour featuring an orchestra and a 70-voice choir!
A SHOUT-OUT to all successful entertainers who realize their blessings and give back to the community.
Usher is serving as executive producer of an interestingly titled film, “Undroppable,” which is scheduled for 2014 release. The movie is being made to address the alarming dropout rate in the United States.
And a while back, Usher founded a non-profit organization called New Look to help young people get themselves together so they can become better prepared to be successful in life, personally and professionally.
NEXT YEAR will mark the 20th anniversary of TLC’s pivotal album “CrazySexyCool.” Featuring such hits as “Waterfalls” and “Creep,” it was the biggest selling album by a female group of all time.
It sold 11,000 copies in the U.S. and was certified “Diamond,” a designation for albums that reach the 10 million mark.
So many people, including Alejandra Jackson, former wife of Jermaine Jackson and mother of two of his eight children, are baffled as to how he could have the nerve to buy a new Ferrari when he is, in fact, thousands upon thousands of dollars behind in child support payments.
Were he still with us, comedian Nipsey Russell probably wouldn’t appreciate a new rapper calling himself “Nipsey Hussle.” And I wonder if acclaimed actor Larenz Tate (“Love Jones,” “Ray,” “Who Fools Fall in Love?” and more) is aware of the fact that there is a porn star using the name “Larenz Taste.”
THOSE WAX figures in the Madame Tussauds museums (there are six, the original is in London) are amazing works of art, but they are so lifelike that, for me at least, they are creepy.
Perfect examples are the Whitney Houston figures, covering different phases of her career, that were recently unveiled (with a gospel choir singing behind one of them!).
Justin Timberlake sure has a strong fan base. His new album, “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)” sold a very impressive 350,000 copies in one week. Many artists would be grateful to sell that many copies in one year!
You are likely to be familiar with “Unsung,” the programs that air on TV One, doing profiles of artists who are well known but deserve more recognition.
Reader Von Harrell thinks the Drifters should be profiled. From 1953 to 1967, despite more personnel changes than the Temptations, the Drifters had an amazing string of hits, including the classics “On Broadway,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Save the Last Dance For Me” and “Up on the Roof.”
Their greatest lead singers were Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis, Clyde McPhatter and Johnny Moore.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW that Grace Jones was a highly successful model before launching a singing career, and appeared in top fashion magazines such as Vogue and Elle.
MEMORIES: “Kiss” (Prince & the Revolution), “Hard to Get” (Rick James), “Oh Sheila” (Ready for the World), “You Should Be Dancing” (the Bee Gees), “Love Hangover” (Diana Ross), “Fame” (Irene Cara), “That’s the Way (I Like It)” (KC & the Sunshine Band), “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” (Barry White), “Rise” (Herb Alpert), “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” (Tina Turner).
BLESSINGS to Rita Griffin, Linda Burgess, Cynthia French, Joseph French, Eric Hunter, Douglas Ware, Sabrina Owens, Al Allen, Sandra McCreary and Melvin Hollowell.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Dr. Phil: “If you’re going to do something meaningful, you’ve got to start with truth.”
Let the music play!
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 09:36
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Jayson Lewis/Steve Hosley
Laurence John Fishburne III has come a long way since that day in 1973 when he auditioned for the part of Michael Evans (“the militant midget”) in a new Black sitcom called “Good Times.”
Although Fishburne was initially cast, the part ultimately went to Ralph Carter. The 12-year-old was disappointed but he moved on and hasn’t looked back.
Fishburne’s decades-long career is a prime example of skill, consistency and versatility — a combination that all but guarantees lasting success once there has been a breakthrough.
For Fishburne, diversity in role acceptance is essential for keeping everything fresh for him as a performer.
“I play characters,” said Fishburne. “I don’t play the same guy every time. I show up, you don’t know what I’m gonna do. I like it that way. I’ve intentionally tried to do it that way. I think that’s what’s interesting.”
Is he one for doing extensive research in preparation for a role?
“IT DEPENDS on the part, but mostly it’s intuition, script and really what’s going on in the moment,” he said. “It’s the present moment that’s important for me.
“If you’re playing a real person, then you want to do a certain amount of research, but that’s only going to be so useful to you. Each role requires a different approach to get ready.”
Fishburne has described himself as being “open to a lot of different things.”
Fishburne, who was born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1961, was hired for his first job on the daytime drama (or “soap opera,” if you prefer) “One Life to Live.”
THAT WAS an important childhood role, but the one that drew the most attention for Larry was the film “Cornbread, Earl and Me.”
As a teenager in 1979 he had the good fortune to secure a role in the monumental “Apocalypse Now,” produced and directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola.
In that film he found himself working with such heavyweights as Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall. That was pretty heady stuff for a 17-year-old and the impression was lasting, as was being directed by Coppola
“As an actor, Coppola trained me,” said Fishburne. “That was my training ground. I took a lot from him as a filmmaker, and I’ve learned things from every filmmaker I’ve ever worked with, and will hopefully apply them as I make films in the future.”
Laurence Fishburne is one of the relatively few actors about whom it could be said that he has never given a bad performance, or even a mediocre one.
That has much to do with innate talent and a strong work ethic, but also the ability to choose good scripts and make movies that will make a strong and lasting impact.
FISHBURNE HAS no problem working with new directors, provided they have the necessary skills as well as vision. But even so, as he put it, “For me, it’s always mainly about the material.”
Laurence Fishburne, whose name has “marquee value,” has been featured in a long string of successful films.
Consider: “Mission Impossible III,” “Man of Steel,” “School Daze,” “Akeelah and the Bee,” “The Cotton Club,” “Fast Break,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The Color Purple,” “Othello,” “King of New York,” “Boyz n the Hood,” “Death Wish II,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”
And that’s just part of the story.
IT IS LIKELY, though, that Fishburne is best known for the “Matrix” series of science fiction action adventure films in which he portrays Morpheus — “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions.”
Fishburne’s face and name are nearly as familiar to television viewers. That is due to 61 episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as Dr. Raymond Langston, along with guest appearance on such ratings winners as “Miami Vice,” “Hill Street Blues,” “CSI: NY,” “Spencer: For Hire,” “M*A*S*H,” “CSI: Miami” and “Trapper John, M.D.”
And let us not forget, in an extreme departure from the kinds of things he is known for, Fishburne, in 1986-87, did five episodes of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” as “Cowboy Curtis.”
Fishburne, a graduate of Lincoln Square Academy in New York, has impressive stage credentials as well, including “The Lion in Winter,” “Fences,” “Thurgood” and “Without Walls.”
IT WAS his mother, Hattie Bell Fishburne, who urged him at a very young age to audition for plays. He recalls that the first one he appeared in only paid $10 per week. Still, it got his foot in the door.
Hattie Bell Fishburne was a junior high school science and mathematics teacher. Laurence John Fishburne Jr. was a juvenile corrections officer.
Over the course of his career Laurence Fishburne has been nominated for an array of major awards, including the Oscar in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category for “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” (His co-star, Angela Bassett, was also nominated.)
He won an Emmy for his work in “TRiBeCa: The Box” as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, and two NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for “Miss Evers’ Boys” and, in the same category, for “The Tuskegee Airmen.”
In addition, he won a Tony Award for the stage production “Two Trains Coming” as Best Actor in a Featured Role.
Laurence Fishburne — friends call him “Fish” — lives in Hollywood and New York City. — Steve Holsey contributed to this story.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 09:38
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Jordan Brazell
Halloween, in its' most harmless and creative form, is maybe the only day where people can be applauded for their outrageous style and creative sense. Channeling their favorite movie character, popular culture setting, or childhood memory, Halloween-lovers capture what's great about the controversial day (other than candy). But, in the spirit of Halloween attire, Is there a such thing as going overboard, even if you're a celebrity? The following are a few celebrity Halloween costume choices. They all are "interesting" to say the least, but for different reasons. A couple are a tad bit offensive, a couple "LOL" worthy, while others will probably make you say, "Come on man!" Before you finish designing your outfit for this year's Halloween party, take a look and see if your designs are along these lines...so you can adjust accordingly.
Julianne Hough 2013 "Crazy Eyes"
Actress Julianne Hough and a group of her friends dressed up as characters from the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black". The group was seen attending the Casamigos Tequila Halloween party in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, according to the LA Times. They were sporting orange prison-like attire, with the 25-year-old actress portraying Suzanne "crazy eyes" Warren, a character played by Uzo Aduba. Hough was photographed with her hair darkened and knotted up in balls (Like Aduba's character), while wearing blackface and an id that read "Crazy Eyes." This costume choice received a lot of criticism from people who saw the blackface as offensive and degrading. However, Hough said that she was a huge fan of the show, Aduba, and she offered an apology to anyone who was hurt or offended by her costume.
Diddy 2012 "Purple Rain, Purple Rain"
Music mogul and Entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs was definitely getting into the Halloween spirit. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Combs was seen last year paying tribute to musical-icon Prince at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion party. The 'Bad Boy' founder channels the musician by wearing a jheri-curl wig, resembling outfit with Prince's signature color (purple), black eye shadow, and a guitar for added effect.
Snooki 2010 "Pickle Princess"
Jersey Shore star, Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki took to Las Vegas' Jet Nightclub as the Pickle Princess in 2010. Polizzi was hosting a Halloween costume contest at the club, according to wwd.com. She had the interesting wear designed for her, upon the arrangement of the club's operators, The Light Group. Snooki's attire featured a green mini-dress with sequins, green shoes, green cape, tiara and the symbol of her supreme pickle power: a royal septor with a giant pickle attached to the top. "Pickle princess is gettin saucy!" she later tweeted.
Pink 2008 "Tears of a Clown"
Singer Pink wore in a Polka-dot dress for halloween in 2008. The singer, who was said to be promoting her new album (at the time) "Funhouse". She was seen also with orangey-red frizzy hair, and your typical clown-like makeup job. Don't know if she was going for weird and scary, but the look is certainly leaning that way.
Heidi Klum and Seal 2006 "Forbidden Fruit"
Supermodel Heidi Klum and her former husband, singer 'Seal' appeared at Heidi's 7th annual Halloween party as "Forbidden Fruit." Seal portrayed, what appears to be Eve, while Klum dons an apple costume with a giant serpent replica, red and green high-heeled boots, with red and green stockings to match. Seal is pictured taking 'a bite' out of her, as he wears a blond wig and a costume of artificial leaves and vines. Let's just hope this is the only way Seal was re-enacting the popular bible story.
Aaron Carter 2002 "Pimpin'?"
Pop singer Aaron Carter "rocks(?)" a pimp outfit on the red carpet of, what appears to be, a Toys "R" Us-sponsored event. Pictured is a then 14-year-old Carter posing in a purple "pimp suit" with Leopard-print lapels and pockets on the coat. A pimp? Really? As if it weren't kind of bad and kind of tacky, wasn't he kind of young. As if that weren't enough, the outfit was complimented by prop earrings, a fedora-style hat with cheetah print, and glasses with money signs on the lenses.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:35
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