Category: Entertainment Written by Huffington Post Staff
Eddie Murphy and his girlfriend, Australian model Paige Butcher, are still going strong. The pair were photographed soaking up some rays while vacationing in Maui, Hawaii, Tuesday, along with two of Murphy's daughters and other members of their family.
Murphy, 52, and Butcher, 34, first went public with their relationship in November 2012 at a Spike TV tribute night in honor of the comedian.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:37
Category: Entertainment Written by Steve Holsey
We all have problems, but not many of us are simultaneously revered and reviled. Such is the case with Chris Brown, whose very name upsets a lot of people, especially women and women’s organizations. They still view him as something akin to “a whole new class of low.”
They remain unable, or unwilling, to forgive him for the horrendous 2009 incident, when he badly physically abused his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna. Those images were chilling and are firmly implanted in people’s minds.
It matters not that he paid the price, both legally — six months of community service and five years of probation — and in terms of a tarnished image; that he and Rihanna have reconciled; that he apologized to the public; and that the incident happened three years ago.
He described himself as “arrogant and hot-headed” at that time and is striving to behave consistently in a more mature manner now, although recent incidents suggest he is not totally succeeding. Moreover, he realizes he could have “lost it all.”
Brown and Rihanna have worked together and been seen in public together, much to the dismay of many.
SOME SAY if the hot-tempered Chris Brown did it once, he just might do it again. Such is the nature of abusers. Well, a lot of them. But Rihanna is adamant that there will no repeat, and in the event there is, she will know what to do — leave.
However, there is nothing to suggest the two are actually getting back together in a fully committed relationship. In fact, Brown recently celebrated his 24th birthday in grand style and Rihanna was nowhere to be found.
To this day no one but the two of them know exactly what sparked Brown’s outburst that fateful night. And it was wrong no matter what the circumstances were, which he has admitted repeatedly.
But keep in mind that this is the same man who threw a chair through a window at a TV station because he was furious that the “Good Morning America” anchor had asked about “the situation” when, to his way of thinking, the purpose of the interview was to promote his latest album.
“I’m so over people bringing this past s--- up!” he said at the time
HOWEVER, despite the time that had elapsed, was that all the public wanted discussed? That is a question that cannot be ignored, even though every person has a right to get on with their life. Outside of killing someone, indefinite damnation is unfair.
At the time of the incident, Brown said, though not everyone believed him, “I’m in shock because, first of all, that’s not who I am as a person, and that’s not who I promise I want to be.”
A number of radio stations pulled Brown’s music from rotation.
And let’s not forget his ongoing war with Drake that at one point led to a full-blown brawl; his well-publicized skirmish with Frank Ocean, resulting in Brown punching Ocean; or the recent temper tantrum he had over, believe it or not, a $10 valet fee.
This is a man who definitely needs anger control treatment.
NEVERTHELESS, there have been plenty of bright sides as well, some of which have occurred since 2009.
His third album, “Graffiti,” was released the same year as the incident and despite the controversy and the venom coming his way, was a huge success. It was, in fact, his first album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The follow-up album, “F.A.M.E.,” released in early 2011, was also a major success, earning Brown his first Grammy Award, in the Best R&B Album category.
His fifth album, “Fortune,” came out in mid-2012 and like its two predecessors, reached the apex of the Billboard chart.
He also appeared in the movie “Think Like a Man.”
Perhaps all was forgiven in some quarters, or at least there were those in and outside of the industry willing to separate the artist from his personal life.
TO AN EXTENT, Chris Brown has not been able to avoid comparisons, particularly with Usher although with typical candor he proclaimed, “I think I can beat Usher on the dance floor!”
He is also a bit of an exhibitionist, and full frontal nude pictures can easily be found on the Internet.
Perhaps Rihanna knows Chris Brown best.
“When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world,” she said. “It’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore. We value each other.”
Let’s just hope “Mt. Chris Brown” doesn’t erupt again anytime soon — or ever.
“He’s not the monster
everybody thinks he is. He’s a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He’s fun to be around.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:26
Category: Entertainment Written by News One
The highly controversial novel, “The Book of Negroes,” a book written by Lawrence Hill (pictured), was just green-lighted to be adapted into a miniseries that will be produced by BET in the U.S. and the CBC in Canada, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The novel, which was published in 2007, traces the gripping tale of 11-year-old Aminita Diallo, who was abducted from Africa and sent to slavery in North Carolina before arriving in Nova Scotia, in Northeast Canada. The novel’s contentious name is the actual title of a British naval ledger of 3,000 freed “Black Loyalist slaves” requesting permission to enter Nova Scotia in 1783.
Production for the made-for-TV movie will begin this fall in South Africa. Hill, who is bi-racial, will receive a co-writer credit.
The book’s title was changed to “Someone Know My Name” in America because Hill’s publisher felt that “Negroes” would not fly–or, more specifically, be allowed to fly–in American bookstores. The book’s original title was allowed...
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:08
Category: Entertainment Written by Eric Danton/ Rolling Stones
Rapper talks about 'Yeezus,' family and career in a wide-ranging interview.
In a rare and far-reaching interview with The New York Times, the oft-controversial rapper talked about his new album, Yeezus, compared himself to Michael Jordan and Steve Jobs, expressed frustration for not receiving the recognition he believes he is due and pinpointed the moment he knew he was "going to be a big star."
And he would have done all of it all over again. "I don't have one regret," he said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:51
Category: Entertainment Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
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