20
Apr
2010

Honey Mag Chats w/ Erykah Badu

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Honey Magazine chatted w/ Erykah Badu, where she discusses writer’s block, reactions to “Window Seat”, body image, and more. Read a few excerpts here.

What do you think about making music in this world now?
Right on time, I think my train is on schedule as long as I leave with it.

Tell me about making the album?
I feel great. I love it.

What kind of space were you in when you were writing and recording?
I was in a very good space, a very balanced space. For me the space doesn’t matter because it’s always the right thing. Whether I’m in a low place, good place, or a high place. The point of the music is to tell the truth and it’s usually therapy for me. That’s my responsibility. Whatever kind of space I’m in is irrelevant. The music has to come out honesty. It’s apart of who I am.

Do you ever face writer’s block?
I don’t believe in that. Writer’s block, there’s no such thing. If I can’t think of any creative thing or artistic thing that I’m feeling then that means that it’s not time to write, it’s time to learn, downloading time. There’s no stress involved in knowing exactly where you are.

Do you think it would have been different if you had shot the video in the MLK center? Do you think black people would have been up and arms about it? Do you think the conversation would have been different?
The conversation would have been the same. Because it’s all a part of what Shannon Irving who is a philosopher in sociology would call “group think.” When I collapsed on the ground in front of the monument where Kennedy was shot the words “group think” came out of my head. “Group think” is what assassinates people. When a group of people feels a certain way, they don’t have individual thought. Most of them would have been offended, black or white. I don’t think society knows where to base a woman’s unity when it’s not packaged for the consumption of male entertainment. The art has so many layers to it. The video has so many layers. You can pull back one or you can pull back many. But that’s what art is for. It’s open for interpretation, and as expected it has raised such an enormous dialogue that it can only be positive. Talking about it, trying to figure it out — that’s exactly what it was for.

You’re not being sued by some angry mom who’s kid was there?
No. The funniest thing is the mom only came forward after I put on Twitter that I was concerned about children that were there. After I said that, then this came up. It’s Twitter revelations. Everything that I write happens.

We think they think you look dope.
That’s the irony. I just had a baby. I am very insecure about my body just like everyone else. We all try to fit into criteria that we will never fit into. That walk I took was petrifying. I was scared to death. I was nude. I was exposed. I was out in the public. It wasn’t something I did because I thought I was sexy. I thought it was necessary for other people who also felt like I did — in some way to dip down to the barest. It was for all the people who don’t feel like they are beautiful. It was wonderful. But when I saw it I was sadly mistaken because it was beautiful. I hope everyone else sees that too. I didn’t think it was when I did it. I thought I was making a point. I thought I was showing something that was taboo, what beauty is supposed to be.

Thanks Honey! Full interview here. Photo Source.

(((Erykah Badu is getting more press than Beyonce! Are we sick of reading about Erykah Badu yet? I love her and I’m en route to reading/seeing/hearing enough, meanwhile I keep blogging about her ;-)))

20
Apr
2010

Celebs Respond to Guru's Death Via Twitter

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Via Miss Info: All that Solar did in life for Guru, he undid in his passing if the words “I, Guru, am writing this letter” are untrue… about 1 hour ago via TweetGenius

Just confused. If Solar wrote this letter in Guru’s name to push agenda, it does Guru’s legacy a disservice (and their friendship too). about 1 hour ago via TweetGenius

Via Heavy D: FOR GURU!! “I loved my friend He went away from me,nothing more to say The poem ends, Soft as it began- I loved my friend.” Langston Hughes 29 minutes ago via web

for GURU “I loved my friend He went away from me,nothing more to say The poem ends, Soft as it began- I loved my friend.” Langston Hughes about 1 hour ago via web

Via Russell Simmons: Guru was a sweet inspiring uplifting person.. rip// rest in perfection Guru. Thanx for the inspiration 22 minutes ago via UberTwitter

Via Teedra Moses: GOD bless Guru’s soul …from Gangstarr to Jazzamatazz his life’s work inspired. 31 minutes ago via web

20
Apr
2010

Grace Jones Says Lady Gaga Is Copying her Style

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Grace Jones told The UK’s Guardian newspaper: “I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually. I’ve seen some things she’s worn that I’ve worn, and that does kind of p*** me off… I wouldn’t go to see her…I really don’t think of her at all. I go about my business. I just don’t play with other acts as a rule.” Here for the full story. Photo Credit.

20
Apr
2010

Guru's Last Letter:::Discusses Illness, Solar & Ex-DJ

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The good folks at Baller Status have Guru’s Last Letter (via Yo! Raps) to his fans: 

I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options. I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.

Here for full story.

20
Apr
2010

The Life of Dorothy I. Height

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“A Negro woman has the same kind of problems as other women, but she can’t take the same things for granted.” Dorothy Height

Early this morning, a local and national living legend, Dorothy I. Height, passed at 98. Via Washingtonpost:  Dorothy I. Height, 98, a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades, died early Tuesday morning, a spokesman for Howard University Hospital said.

The spokesman, Ron Harris, said Ms. Height died at 3:41 a.m. No cause of death was given.

Ms. Height was among the coalition of African American leaders who pushed civil rights to the center of the American political stage after World War II, and she was a key figure in the struggles for school desegregation, voting rights, employment opportunities and public accommodations in the 1950s and 1960s.

She was president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, relinquishing the title in 1997. The 4 million-member advocacy group consists of 34 national and 250 community-based organizations. It was founded in 1935 by educator Mary McLeod Bethune, who was one of Ms. Height’s mentors. 

As a civil rights activist, Ms. Height participated in protests in Harlem during the 1930s. In the 1940s, she lobbied first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on behalf of civil rights causes. And in the 1950s, she prodded President Dwight D. Eisenhower to move more aggressively on school desegregation issues. In 1994, Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

In the turmoil of the civil rights struggles in the 1960s, Ms. Heights helped orchestrate strategy with movement leaders including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, Whitney Young, James Farmer, Bayard Rustin and John Lewis, who later served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia.

Ms. Height was arguably the most influential woman at the top levels of civil rights leadership, but she never drew the major media attention that conferred celebrity and instant recognition on some of the other civil rights leaders of her time. Here for the full story. Photo Source.

20
Apr
2010

97 Seconds w/ Erykah Badu

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19
Apr
2010

Celeb Twit Pix

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Monica on the Wendy Williams Show

Lindsey Lohan

19
Apr
2010

Lil Wayne's Daughter Pops Off On Haters (via Twitter)

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In teeny-bopper news, Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae Carter, is in the girls group called OMG Girls. The group consists of one of  Tiny’s (T.I.’s fiance) daughters and some other cute girls. If you recall, the OMG Girls were on stage during Lil Wayne and Drake’s controversial performance of “Every Girl” at the BET Awards this year. Anywho, apparently the other day, Reginae felt the need to address some of the folks hating on the OMG Girls.

Peep Reginae’s tweets: Reginae Carter , “Baby Carter” : Heir to the YOUNG MONEY Throne… Is DatWhyUMad.Com ? Major P. , Grand Hu$tle . , YOUNG MONEY !

I gotta ? why they Hating on OMG,Dey aint did nun 2 yall But M8 dey music,Count dat $$ got they Fanbase up & now they whole crew Stuntin!

2 Be perfectly honest,OMG is doing something Positive out here.Making Good music for younger Kids,Why yall hating?Get Real Support them Man!

(((( A. Can a pre-teen please interpret? B. At what point are we going to retire the word “hate”? C. Can teeny-boppers use the word? D. Toya, get her a publicist. E. Who asked me? )))

19
Apr
2010

Shaunie O'Neal on::: Show's Criticism, Royce, & Her New Dating Life

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Vibe sat down w/ Shaunie O’Neal to discuss the hot topics in the media recently, Shaq, her new reality show, her new love life, etc. Read some excerpts here:

VIBE: People think reality TV is scripted so when you do confessionals on your show are you reading from a teleprompter?

Shaunie: No. The first show was more me just giving an overview of what the show is about. It’s about the women in that world and all the issues on the other side without coming off as complaining. It’s our reality so to answer your question, there’s no teleprompter. You’ll see in further episodes, with whatever is going on, that I’m just paraphrasing what I feel about it.

Vibe: What’s your response to the criticism about some of the women not being actual wives?

Shaunie: I always tell people they can talk to Vh1 about that. They named the show, not me. When I [first] stated the concept, it was a lot different. We went through several phases in the two years it took to create the show, a lot changed. Two years ago, Evelyn was shopping for her wedding dress and getting the venue and all that. She would have been a wife by the time the show aired. I was married then. Jen is married. Honestly, when we first casted the show you had at least four actual wives and since then all hell has broke loose but here we are. But Vh1 named the show. Look at all the other wives shows, all those women aren’t wives. I think it’s just a catchy thing that’s going around.

Vibe: Explain your decision to make Royce part of the cast.

Shaunie: Originally she wasn’t in my thought process to put on the show but she had reached out to me about a year and a half ago just on some personal stuff, just needing somebody to talk to. First of all, Royce is great TV—let me not even front—but she honestly just needed some support and guidance. Yes, she’s wild and crazy but to be totally honest Royce is like that 16-year-old sister that’s buck wild and will say and do anything and doesn’t know any better. Royce is an innocent kind of free spirit and people are judging her saying she’s a slut, she’s a hoe. From what I know she’s not out there wilding out with a bunch of men or trying to get a bunch of men. She’s a dancer, that’s what she does, that’s her profession. She studied dance—tap, ballet and everything else. She just happened to be a dancer for these teams and got caught up in that world but I think Royce is really a good girl. It’s just that after she did that booty dance it just went straight to hell but she’s really a sweetheart.

Vibe: You’ve been spotted on dates recently. Will your new love life unfold on the show?

Shaunie: I’m dating [but] on the show I’m just narrating and giving my little two cents and opinion so that’s the extent of it. I’m not on the show as a full time cast member. I made a couple of guest appearances, which one of them was on the first episode so you will see me hosting every week but you won’t see me there interacting and in the mix of things.

Vibe: Do NBA wives expect infidelity?

Shaunie: It’s so funny, I was talking to one of my girlfriends that’s married to a retired NBA player and we were talking about Gloria and how she’s so naïve with the cheating thing and I was explaining to her—and my friend is older than me and has been in the game a lot longer—and she was like, “She doesn’t know? Come on everybody knows.” So I don’t know if they expect it or you just know and think that once they marry you and have a family that it goes away or just stops. I think that sometimes that’s the mentality. Don’t get me wrong, there are some guys where that does happen [but] very few. Back then I was just thinking, we’re getting married and that’s different. This is not dating. This is serious so he might have be wild then but not anymore. So I think we can be delusional.

Vibe: How do you feel about Football Wives?

Shaunie: We’re working on Football Wives now. I’m executive-producing. I want to have a dynasty of all the sports and all of their lives because I think that although we have a common ground, we’re still very different. I’m finding out with football—in doing research and gathering our ladies—that this is a different type of life because these guys can go out in the street and people might not know them by face, which helps cut down on the jump offs. And then football players seem to have more of a religious background that overflows into their work. They’re praying together, they’re staying together and they actually have a curfew and a lot of rules that are actually enforced, and I never really found that in the NBA. It’s different things for different sports but again we all have a common ground with each sports so we’re going into other genres.

Here for the full interview.

19
Apr
2010

New Lil Wayne Video "I'm Single"

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