Jay-Z’s autobiography, Decoded, is scheduled to be released on November 16th. The memoir will include interviews from Jay’s family, friends and the man himself. It’ll also touch on his upbringing in Brooklyn through present day (or at least close to it). This past June, Jay told Rolling Stone that he was hesitant about releasing the book, “It’s not anything I haven’t said in the past, in songs. It’s just more detailed. A song is three minutes long. A book doesn’t have to rhyme, and it has no time limit, so you can say exactly how everything went.”
The book is penned by Jay’s long-time friend, Dream Hampton. She discussed writing the book, back in January 2009, with Allhiphop.com. “I mean I didn’t know I could write a book until I wrote Jay’s book. It was hard. I thought it was going to be like a long article and it wasn’t, it was a f**king book. So you know, I was interviewing his mom. It was stuff that he didn’t know about his own parents’ marriage that came out in this book. So if Elliott does the book, I think that would be good because it won’t be in Jay’s voice. It’ll be more like a biography with access. I’m not mad at that at all. I just can’t get caught up. Like it’s not my lifetime goal to be a Hip-Hop biographer. I feel no way about it. I’d totally read it and I think it’s a smart move on his part to do something that’s not first person.”
Back in 1998, Hampton interviewed Jay and did an article in Vibe magazine. Here’s a snippet: “I was never a worker,” say Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. “And that’s not even being arrogant. I was just never a worker.” Jay, who made his fortune a decade before the release of his debut, 1996’s Reasonable Doubt, isn’t exactly forth-coming about his past. You half expect him to pat you down or check the hotel room smoke detector for cameras—and I’ve known him for a little while. We both knew and loved Big, and became friends because of him. “My situation—” He restarts, tensely, “I went out of town, not far, to Jersey. Me and my man. We was pioneering some shit. I was never around the Calvin Kleins, ’cause to be around them you would have to be under them. You weren’t going to be over them. That would have been conflict.”
I’m hoping we can expect similar insight in his memoir.
I heard about this on Bigg Tigger this morning, but photos of Queen Latifah and her girlfriend, Jeanette Jenkins, vacaying and boo-loving seem to be a big deal to everyone. Queen and Jenkins (hate her last name) have been together for years and she often brings her out on the red carpet w/ her. Anyway, here are the photos…
For more boredom, I mean pics of the couple, click here.
Last night, the Real Housewives of DC premiered. And while some scenes made me cringe, I’m interested in seeing how different story lines unfold. Obviously, the fact that there was only one African-American, Stacie Turner, cast member and only one actual DC resident was a bit shocking to me. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one that was shocked about the lack of diversity in the cast. Check out what Stacie had to say about the casting and other show elements.
Are you originally from D.C.? I grew up in Alexandria, Va., went to Howard University, moved around a bit and settled here with my husband in 1997.
When you were officially cast on the “Real Housewives of D.C.” did you know you were the only woman of color and how did you feel when you found out? I was surprised because D.C. is such a diverse city and it is known as Chocolate City. I expected there to be other nationalities on the show and there weren’t. I feel additional pressures and really hope that I represent well. However, we interact with so many people on the show that I feel like viewers will get a great flavor for the city and the different circles people flow in.
What cast member are you closest to? Surprisingly, Catherine. If you see the first episode you probably wouldn’t think so. We didn’t know each other when we started filming, and in the beginning we butted heads. I actually find her refreshing now.
If you missed the drama that took place on The View the other day between Whoopi and Salahi, click here.
Here’s a pic of the cast (minus the obvious Salahi) at The Madison hotel’s premiere party, hosted by 5th Half Yard Productions,Folks are reporting that the ladies partied it up after the show premiered.
More pics lata! Compliments of Shy Magazine, here are some pics of Michaele Salahi’s OWN premiere party last week at EFN Lounge.