Macy Gray’s New Film Gets Distribution

WHERE THE CHILDREN PLAY STARRING MACY GRAY

Macy Gray’s latest foray into acting, the independent drama “Where the Children Play,” has officially been picked up for distribution by the Urban Movie Channel.

“Where the Children Play” tells the story of a young woman, estranged from her family, who returns home for her mother’s funeral, and finds herself having to remain behind to care for her ailing and abusive father.
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Miss Jackson Makes Rare Dubai Appearance

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My favorite performer of all time, the amazing Miss Janet Jackson, was spotted recently taking in several classic soul performances at the Masterjam concert in Dubai.

The 48-year old pop diva, who now calls the small country home with husband Wissam Al Mana, was spotted with friends sitting front row taking in performances from 70s soul artists Chic, Gloria Gaynor, Chaka Khan and of course, the Jackson Five.

Janet, who has been rumored to be releasing new music since early 2014, seems to be keeping an extra low profile these days, making few if any public appearances that aren’t charity related.
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Rihanna Courts Controversy

Pop diva Rihanna is once again courting controversy and this time it has nothing to do with one of her videos. Instead, the 23-year old pop diva is expected to release the remix version of her single “Birthday Cake,” which is rumored to feature Chris Brown. Yes, that Chris Brown. The one who beat her black and blue just three years ago.

Bracing for the imminent backlash, Rihanna took to her Twitter page last week, not to explain her decision, but rather to spew a series of verbally abusive tweets aimed at her fans and the public at large.

Since rumors of the former couple coming together, on wax at least, surfaced, Rihanna has been inundated with calls to rethink her decision to reunite with the man she herself called “abusive.”

Billboard Associate Editor Jason Lipshultz penned an open letter to the singer, pleading with her to consider the message she would be sending to young women who may be dealing with the issue of domestic violence.

Spin Magazine writer Marc Hogan also joined the fracas, but instead implored Rihanna to think only of herself and her career. Calling the rumored collaboration a “career killer,” Hogan implored the singer not to “squander the good will of an adoring public” by hooking up with such a volatile figure as Brown.

I personally think Rihanna is trying to send a message of forgiveness. By working with Brown Rihanna wants to show that she has healed and forgiven the man who once brought her so much pain. Likewise, I think she wants the public to forgive to Brown as well.

So what will be the outcome if the RiRi/CB remix actually comes to fruition? I have no idea. But according to Spin, Rihanna could find herself on the outside of the music industry… looking in.

Stay tuned for the remix; it debuts tomorrow Monday, February 20th, Rihanna’s 24th birthday.

Ok, here it is. Give it a listen.


Pictured Above: Rihanna attending Stella McCartney’s Special Presentation (London fashion Week) Autumn/Winter 2012 collection.

Janet Jackson on Whitney’s Passing

Singer Janet Jackson will be speaking on the passing of Whitney Houston, via Anderson Cooper’s talk show Monday, February 20th.

I can honestly tell you I was so happy to see this in my inbox this morning. I was hoping Janet would publicly speak up and she has.

Being a fan of both singers, I know they counted each other as friends back in the day. I vividly remember an interview in which Janet said Whitney was one of her biggest supporters, always sitting in the front row screaming for her the loudest.

Likewise, Whitney often spoke of her love for the entire Jackson family.

Long before Whitney became WHITNEY, she worked on several amazing songs with Jermaine Jackson, who at the urging of Clive Davis invited her to sing lead on several of his singles, including “Take Good Care of My Heart,” “If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful” and “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do.”

Expect many more celebrities to share their love of Whitney as well.

If you didn’t see BET’s 3 hour tribute to Whitney last night you missed a doozy. Everyone from Jill Scott to Pastor Shirley Ceaser gave testimony of Whitney’s greatness.

It was truly a tear jerker.

Simon Cowell Wants Beyonce

The recent blood bath that went down on the U.S. Version of X Factor has creator Simon Cowell reportedly eyeing singer Beyonce Knowles as a possible replacement for Paula Abdul or Nicole Scherzinger, both of whom were let go earlier this week along with show host Steve Jones.

Cowell is apparently keen on hiring established artists, and wants Beyonce to join a panel that may also include singer Mariah Carey, as well as returning judge L.A. Reid.

Cowell might attract Mariah Carey, he may even attract Janet Jackson, whose name was also thrown into the mix today; but he will never attract Beyonce, whose 2012 is already accounted for.

Besides being a new mother, the singer is also set to start shooting on her next film, the Clint Eastwood directed remake of “A Star is Born.”

And FOX executives quickly shot down the outrageous rumor that Beyonce had been offered $500,000,000 to join the cast. According to Peter Rice, Vice Chairman of programming for the network, “no such offer has been made.”

Mary J. Blige Set to Perform Live Webcast

Mary J. Blige Celebrates Her ‘Life’

Singer Mary J. Blige is about to give the performance of her life… literally. The 40-year old Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will celebrate the release of her upcoming ‘My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1),’ album by performing a live webcast on November 17th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.

The internet broadcast will be directed by choreographer Adam Shankman and will air exclusively via Mary’s VEVO page at 11pm. EST.

According to the singer, the night’s performance will feature mostly songs from her new album, but will also pay homage to its predecessor, the chart topping 1994 classic ‘My Life.’

In an interview with the NY Times blog, Mary said fans will have to tune in to see if any of the album’s guest stars make an appearance.

‘My Life II’ features cameos from Nas, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Beyonce and even Mary’s rap persona Brook Lynn.

And speaking of Beyonce, a 30 second clip of her and Mary’s duet ‘Love a Woman,’ has leaked. Give it a listen below and let us know what you think.

Tasha Smith Breaks Out + New Promo

With her TBS series ‘For Better or Worse’ set to debut on November 25th, Essence Magazine made a wise decision in choosing 40-year old actress Tasha Smith as their most recent cover girl.

In her ‘Diary of a Happy Black Woman’ cover story, Tasha details her road to stardom, and the unexpected detours she had to take in order to get there.

Once addicted to drugs and working as an exotic dancer, the now happily married Christian gives all glory to God, and of course, Tyler Perry, for helping to put her life back on track.

To read Tasha’s full editorial you can pick up the December edition of Essence Magazine on newsstands November 15th.

You can also check out the latest promo video to be released by Tyler in support of ‘For Better or Worse.’

Will you be watching?

Miss Kelly is ‘Down for Whatever’

Singer Kelly Rowland has just unveiled the video for ‘Down for Whatever,’ the next single to be released from her Gold certified ‘Here I Am’ album.

Produced by RedOne and reportedly meant for the European market, ‘DFW’ is definitely a song meant to keep Kelly’s dance fans happy.

On a sour note, Kelly’s video is being called a rip-off of Wynter Gordon’s video for her single “Believer.”

It’s time Kelly checks her people. No excuse for this.

Keri Hilson Rocks Berlin on Solo Tour

Singer Keri Hilson gave a solo performance in Berlin, Germany over weekend in support of her Gold certified album ‘No Boys Allowed.’

Keri wrapped up her stint on Lil Wayne’s ‘I Am Still Music’ tour last month as has since embarked on her own European tour.

Keri has a series of shows coming up in Paris, London, Dubai and Beirut, after which she is expected to head back to the states to continue work on her third solo album.

America’s Next Top Author

Supermodel Tyra Banks can officially add bestselling author to her ever growing list of accomplishments.

Tyra’s first book, “Modelland,” is a fictional account of a 15-year old girl who dreams of making it big as a model. Her dream soon becomes reality when she receives an invitation to Meodelland, where she quickly learns things are not quite what they appear.

Released on September 13th, “Modelland” has become a hit with the teen audience, debuting at #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, #1 on Barnes & Noble and #2 on Amazon.

There is also word that Tyra is looking to bring Modelland to the big screen via her own Bankable Productions.

Mary J. & Beyonce Team Up

Nearly twenty years after Mary J. Blige recorded her now classic “My Life” album, the singer is set to return with its sequel, the recently renamed “My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1).”

According to a recently released tracklisting, Mary’s new set will feature 14 singles, with the deluxe version adding an extra three to that total.

As for collaborations, which Mary is known for, you can expect to see features by Nas (Feel Inside), Rick Ross (Why) and Beyonce (Loving a Woman).

There is also word that the video for Mary’s first single “25/8” will be released to VEVO on October 17th. The video for the album’s second single “Mr. Wrong” was reportedly shot last month in NYC and will premiere around the album’s November 21st. release date.

Mary’s itinerary will also heat up around November, with the singer having already booked a performance at this year’s Black Girls Rock Awards and her own BET special “Mary & Friends.”

Top 10 Best Dressed At The NAACP Image Awards

I didn’t get a chance to catch the NAACP Image Awards last night, but I was very pleased from just looking at the red carpet photos, because mostly everyone looked great! The lovely Halle Berry, who co-hosted the show with actor/director Tyler Perry, graced the stage wearing 4 gorgeous gowns (2 of which were by designers Roberto Cavalli and Pamella Roland).
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