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Jolie takes on the role of evil villain in Disney’s new twist on the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty.’
By Rahn Anthoni
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As I walked into the Lucky Lounge to enjoy the TLC viewing of Crazy Sexy Cool, I watched all the Atlanta Celebrities enter on the Red Carpet.
The house was packed, standing room only, an amazing start to a star studded event in Black Hollywood.
The Crazy Sexy Cool album was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status. CrazySexyCool has sold over 23 million copies worldwide,becoming the best-selling album by a girl group in the United States, and the second best-selling album worldwide by a girl group behind Spice Girls‘ Spice.
A lot of celebrities came out to show support for the group, Carlton Payne who played LA Reid, Nikki Gilbert of the group Brownstone/R&B Divas The Rev. Al Sharpton, Bobby Valentino and more. Nikki Gilbert graced the floor with the presence of an angel. Lil Scrappy of The Atlanta Housewives showed up with an entourage to show love and pay respect to TLC. The Lucky Lounge was set up with viewing screens all over the room as they played The TLC Story on VH1. After the celebrities walked the Red Carpet, they were escorted up to the top floor where it overlooked the outside view of the beautiful Downtown Atlanta.
Check out the Red Carpet event listed below to see some of the celebrities as they entered for the viewing. Eotm Radio & Media/ Eotm Atlanta along with Wmqg 106.5 FM (The Home Of MoneyQ Green) covered this event. We give mad props to The TLC Cast, The TLC Group and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez (RIP).
By Tanya Blake
Who remembers all the words to Waterfalls, Creep and Unpretty? Did you rock proudly the big saggy, colorful outfits as our beloved and belted the lyrics to No Scrubs from the drivers seat of your very own…car?
You were not alone.
TLC, the vibrant all American girl group whose repertoire spanned R&B, hip hop, soul, funk, and new jack swing is on display — in a big way, by way of VH1.
So, I ask you….do you enjoy tales of the music-industries ticky tacky dramas? A fan of 90′s hip hop and the rise of sisterhoods? Well you may just like VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, a biopic about the hip-hop trio premiering tonight at 9 p.m.
The film, written by Kate Lanier, who wrote What’s Love Got to Do With It and Glitter follows an arc right out of VH1’s Behind the Music: Talented unknowns catch a break, sign a shady contract, make some hits, get screwed out of money, start fighting and partake in a triumphant comeback. Gotta love Hollywood.
CrazySexyCool stars Keke Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. All three, who are clones of their real-life counterparts, are gifted enough singers and dancers to make the musical scenes believably enjoyable. It’s hard to mess up Waterfalls.
The movie starts as the girls are struggling to make it in Atlanta’s dynamic hip-hop scene. T-Boz and Left Eye impress a young producer, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who’s recently formed LaFace Records. Rozonda, a backup dancer, joins the group and changes her name to Chilli, and the pleasing moniker TLC is born. The dialogue is terrible (sorry, ijs) “We’re that tough, positive crew with a real down-to-earth message,” T-Boz says—but there are enough nostalgic touches to keep viewers distracted. Remember baggy overalls and the the Roger Rabbit dance? (Shruggs)
The trio experienced a tremendous amount of trauma, too much to pack into just a couple of hours, especially when each member’s grievances require equal airtime. T-Boz (Drew Sidora) suffered from sickle cell anemia. Left Eye (Lil Mama) struggled under the weight of her father’s disapproval. Chilli (Keke Palmer) struck up an ill-advised romance with Dallas Austin who produced several of TLC’s early hits, fathered a son with Chilli, and is portrayed here as a simp and a cad.
At minimum, the film has verisimilitude. The resemblances between the actresses and their subjects can be disorienting, and the wardrobes are faithful to the early 1990s, full of screaming colors in Mack Truck-size silhouettes. Director Charles Stone III (“Drumline”), does an admirable job remaking old music videos almost note for note and synthesizing faux vintage footage of varying types into a visually dynamic whole.
But as the film swerves from one speed bump to the next, it takes TLC’s success and acclaim largely for granted, a clear violation of the “Behind the Music” blueprint. Watching Ms. Palmer and Ms. Sidora — in character — respond to the news that Left Eye has died (in a car crash in Honduras, in 2002), their mouths agape, it’s easy to long for the simple pleasures of documentary.
CrazySexyCool was made with the help and permission of Watkins and Thomas, who appear at the end of the film, singing their new single. As one would expect, the movie is very flattering. But while most of the rough edges have been sanded off—arson and alcoholism and discord are ultimately no match for sisterhood—a feistiness remains. Did TLC really burst into Clive Davis’ office with a posse of other women and start confiscating anything that said “TLC” on it, before kicking Puffy out of a meeting with Davis so they could talk about their contract? I don’t know, but I love that the surviving members of TLC embrace the story as part of their legend.
Out of 5 stars, I give it a 3. Congrats ladies— hip hop real life drama trumps reality any day.
What did you think of the biopic? Leave in comments below.
Jesus apparently walks with Kanye West. The rapper kicked off his highly anticipated Yeezus tour on Saturday night with a two-hour-plus show that was as emotionally unsettling as it was awe-inspiring. More than 15,000 fans crowded the locked doors of the KeyArena.
West’s set list consisted mostly of tracks from his chart-topping album Yeezus, including “Black Skinhead” and “Blood on the Leaves,” but he also ressurected a few of his hits like “Stronger” and “Jesus Walks.”
West’s energy level was extraordinary from the very beginning, which was to be expected. The opening number was followed in short order by another two songs off Yeezus, “New Slaves” and “Send It Up.”
Kendrick Lamar was in the house in a big way starting things out with a frantic 45-minute set made up almost exclusively of cuts from his critically acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city album.
If you are a fan of West’s …well you know he is a bit extreme. The concert doned flashing lights, flurries of snow, a dozen dancers, a red-eyed demon, a mountain, Jesus Christ and, of course, the incomparable West.
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There were several costume changes — first, a blue tank top matched with a gold mask; then, a puffy bomber jacket matched with a black mask. The concert’s narrative followed West on his quest to find his higher power. He eventually donned a white mask while his dancers waltzed down the stage, swinging thuribles, filling the KeyArena with Catholic incense. West went on to rap “I Wonder,” an emotional roll of “Hey Mama” and “Stronger” before an actor dressed as Jesus answered the MC’s call.
“White Jesus, is that you?” Kanye asks with childlike glee, finally taking off his mask before letting out a hilarious “Oh, sh–!”
The religious-themed theatrics led to his 2004 single “Jesus Walks,” which would bring the Northwest crowd closer to the show-closing “Bound 2.” At the end of his two-hour sermon, Kanye and his 12 female disciples bowed to Jesus on the mountain top, while the ‘Ye faithful gave all praises, shouting “Yeezus” until the house lights came on.
The next stop on The Yeezus Tour is in San Jose, California on October 22. A scheduled stop in Vancouver on Sunday, October 20 was delayed to October 31. For a complete list of tour dates, click here.
Check out bits of his performance below:
To believe the Kanye Twitter feud, or not to believe the Kanye Twitter feud? What happens when a comedian starts to lose credibility.
The internet basically exploded when megalomaniac (but borderline musical and business genius) Kanye West began spewing rage-filled Tweets about Jimmy Kimmel after the comedian recreated West’s recent BBC One interview with children.
Media outlets are reposting West’s caps-lock-only rants, ranging from reasonable (albeit hyperbolic) criticism ….
Of course, given the nature of this particular feud (Kanye is still seething), we’re inclined to believe him. But if more and more fans do not, Kimmel’s overall brand could take a hit. Even though comedians have license to toy with their audience, says Nick Nanton, CEO of The Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency, ”he’s walking a fine line. Not many people will hang around if they feel like they’re the butt of the joke.”
Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Billy Ray said he thought everybody was missing the point. “The song’s a smash,” the elder Cyrus said. “It wouldn’t have mattered if Miley would have worn jeans and a flannel shirt, a tux, or a nun’s habit—her performance vocally on the tune reflects her roots and sheer God-given talent.”
“I’m a song man,” he added. “A musician singer-songwriter who loves all styles of music. I come from the old school where it starts with an artist and a song, colliding if you will, in a moment where the song, the singer, the producer, the band, and the listener become one.”
The younger Cyrus’ new album Bangerz, drops on October 4.
Mike Tyson: I’ve Been Lying About Being Sober
During a startling news conference at the Turning Stone Resort in New York, Mike Tyson said he hasn’t had any alcohol or drugs for six days, which for him is “a miracle,” and he seemed to plea for forgiveness.
“I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic.
I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle. I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”
Take a peek at the interview below — contains some graphic content.
Hip Hop has a new king and apparently it’s Kendrick Lamar. The rapper’s verse on Big Sean’s single “Control,” was released Tuesday and it definitely reminded fellow lyricists what the true essence of hip-hop is… and that’s competition, baby! Lamar goes for the throat, calling out his boys by name.
If you have not listened to Lamar’s lyrics which start at about the 3 minute mark, check it out now:
“I’m usually homeboys with the same n—-s I’m rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them n—-s should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n—-s/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s/ They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n—-s/ What is competition?”
The kid also called Phil Jackson out in a verse:
“Who the f**k y’all thought it’s supposed to be?
If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me
I’m uncoachable, I’m unsociable.”
“I hear u loud and clear my n—- … @kendricklamar,” rapper Pusha T tweeted shortly after the song’s release.
Jackson shot back via Twitter: “@kendricklamar it’s okay to be cocky and sure, but we all need somebody to lean on. Let’s just call it mentoring.”
Even emcees who weren’t called out by Lamar had something to say.
“Any studios open yet?” Brooklyn-born rapper Fabolous tweeted shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Missy Elliot tweeted a thank you to Lamar for reminding rap artists “2 be Lyrical and have substance again.”
The Compton, California native also called himself the “King of New York” in the rap when he said: “I’m Makaveli’s offspring I’m the King of New York/ King of the coast/ One hand I juggle them both.”
“A Cali n—- just said he’s the King of NY & u n—-s so f—ing worried about your relationships, y’all make me sick,” New Jersey rapper Joe Budden wrote. “Where’s all NY!???!”
Lupe Fiasco wasn’t fazed by Lamar’s words either and folded in a lyrical response in his tweet from his private account: “Y’all know y’all easily impressed. Bar so low you need a shovel to get at it.”
A Kendrick Lamar fan tweeted, “Kendrick aint diss nobody he was basically saying Everything is a competition ain’t no friends when you tryna get to the top.”
Another tweeted: “Kendrick just reminded ya’ll that this is Hip Hop. A competition of words. No rap beef … just lyrical challenge. As it should be.”
ICE T tweeted: “I love how ONE verse woke Hip Hop the F— up. It’s been a LONG time since people talked about ANYTHING someone said in their rhyme.” In later tweets, he added, “I’m sure there’s gonna be a lot of replies and diss tracks. Don’t trip. It’s just Hip Hop. … Hey, Hip Hop stripes are born in battle. Me and LL (Cool J) did our thing back in the day. It’s part of the game.”
And notably Diddy tweeted: “KENDRICK!!!!! Ohhhh Sh********t”
Hip Hop Lives…… #leggo
With over 10 million views and 200 thousand subscribers on youtube, the charming beauty guru that touched the hearts of celebrity admirers and millions of fans, has passed away. Talia Joy Castellano had been battling cancer for six years and the sad…
Kane leads Hawks to Game 5 win, 3-2 lead on Bruins
CHICAGO — The Bruins must now win two straight games to claim the Stanley Cup.
The Bruins dropped Game 5 at the United Center on Saturday night, 3-1. The Blackhawks, up 3-2 in the series, will play for the Cup in Game 6 at TD Garden on Monday night.
The Bruins lost Patrice Bergeron to an undisclosed injury. After the second period, Bergeron was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for observation, according to the Bruins. The team did not specify the nature of Bergeron’s condition.
Bergeron was hurt early in the second period. He skated only two shifts in the second and did not leave the bench.
The Bruins, down 2-0 after two periods, scored at 3:40 of the third. David Krejci, stickhandling behind the Chicago net, spotted Zdeno Chara at the left circle, who rapped a slap shot over Corey Crawford’s glove to make it a 2-1 game. Dave Bolland scored an empty-net goal with 13.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
Chicago, up 1-0 after 20 minutes, doubled its lead at 5:13 of the second period. Johnny Oduya started the play in the defensive zone. An instant before Milan Lucic stapled him to the end boards, Oduya chipped the puck off the wall to Bryan Bickell. The Bruins, slack in the neutral zone, gave up a three-on-two rush.
Tuukka Rask stopped Bickell’s first shot. But Bickell wheeled around the net and found Patrick Kane in front. Kane scored a backhander for his second of the night to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.
The Blackhawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period. Crawford sticked aside a Chara one-timer. Moments later, after Jonathan Toews fought off a Lucic backcheck, the captain got the puck to Oduya at the point. Toews then went straight for the net.
Oduya’s slap shot shattered Dennis Seidenberg’s stick, then hopped off Toews’s blade. Rask, who had gone down to stop Oduya’s shot, couldn’t readjust after the caroms. Kane found the loose puck and jammed it in at 17:27.
Food Network Cancels Show After Racism Scandal
SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Food Network said Friday it’s dumping Paula Deen, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted the first of two videotaped apologies online begging forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past.
The 66-year-old Savannah kitchen celebrity has been swamped in controversy since court documents filed this week revealed Deen told an attorney questioning her under oath last month that she has used the N-word. “Yes, of course,” Deen said, though she added, “It’s been a very long time.”
The Food Network, which made Deen a star with “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002 and later “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2008, weighed in with a terse statement Friday afternoon.
“Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” the statement said. Network representatives declined further comment. A representative for Deen did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment on the decision.
The news came as Deen worked to repair the damage to her image, which has spawned a vast empire of cookbooks, a bimonthly cooking magazine, a full line of cookware, food items like spices and even furniture.
She abruptly canceled a scheduled interview on NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning, instead opting for a direct appeal via online video – one that allowed her and her staff complete control of what she said and how she said it.
“Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable,” Deen said in the first 45-second video posted on YouTube. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners – I beg for your forgiveness.”
Deen adopted a solemn tone as she looked straight into the camera. Still, her recorded apology featured three obvious edits – with the picture quickly fading out between splices – during a statement just five sentences long.
It was soon scrapped and replaced with a second video of Deen talking unedited for nearly two minutes as she insists: “Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me.”
“”I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are,” Deen says in the later video. “The pain has been tremendous that I have caused to myself and to others.”
Deen never mentions Food Network or its decision to drop her in either of her online videos.
Deen initially planned to give her first interview on the controversy Friday to the “Today” show, which promoted her scheduled appearance as a live exclusive. Instead, host Matt Lauer ended up telling viewers that Deen’s representatives pulled the plug because she was exhausted after her flight to New York. Deen said in her video she was “physically not able” to appear.
Court records show Deen sat down for a deposition May 17 in a discrimination lawsuit filed last year by a former employee who managed Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, a Savannah restaurant owned by Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers. The ex-employee, Lisa Jackson, says she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.
During the deposition, Deen was peppered with questions about her racial attitudes. At one point she’s asked if she thinks jokes using the N-word are “mean.” Deen says jokes often target minority groups and “I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.”
Deen also acknowledged she briefly considered hiring all black waiters for her brother’s 2007 wedding, an idea inspired by the staff at a restaurant she had visited with her husband. She insisted she quickly dismissed the idea.
But she also insisted she and her brother have no tolerance for bigotry.
“Bubba and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is” or what gender a person is, Deen said. “It’s what’s in your heart and in your head that matters to us.”
If you are in court on a domestic violence charge and in front of a female judge, not a good idea to slap your lawyer on the butt… I am proud to be friends with this Judge Kathleen McHugh, I know her well… She takes the law and her job VERY seriously and here is the proof… Bottom line respect…