Ashanti’s Walmart “Soundcheck” Performance

As Ashanti prepares to release her 5th solo CD, the singer is hitting the promotional trail hard to see to it that “The Declaration”, hitting record store shelves tomorrow June 3rd, is her biggest to date. On March 12th the singer taped a concert especially for Walmart’s “Soundcheck” concert series which is streamed online. Along with past hits, Ashanti performed her latest single “The Way That I love You” and one of my favorite tracks from the new album, Girlfriend.
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Salt n’ Pepa Show Promo Pics

Salt n’ Pepa With the Salt n’ Pepa show just weeks away, VH-1 has released publicity shots of rap music’s original Spice Girls, and I swear looking at these two sistas brings back so many memories for me of growing up in the Bronx. Salt n’ Pepa were to my generation what The Supremes were to my mom’s generation. Yes- it is just that deep. Every Black girl growing up in the NYC wanted to look and dress like S n’ P. The biker shorts and leather jackets, the blond asymetrical hairstyle- you name it- whatever they did- we copied it. I just knew I was Pepa and my girlfriend from upstairs was Salt (lol) .
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Keyshia Cole Performs At Pepsi Smash Live

Keyshia Cole I’ll admit it, I was never really a Keyshia Cole fan but I think as of late I may be converting over to one. Her first album didn’t particularly touch me and I thought her attitude was abysmal. It wasn’t until after I saw a few episodes of her reality show on BET that I stopped turning my nose up at this sista and instead started trying to relate to her. Shortly after that I caught her performing her hit single, Love, on 106 & Park and every since then I have sorta been feeling her style. You have all heard the Mary J. comparisons by now but Keyshia only reminds me of Mary in the slightest of ways. They are both soul singers from rough backgrounds who have a strong attachment to overly bleached blond hair (lol), but other than those two things I see nothing else they really have in common… musically at least.
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Melanie Brown’s Husband Troubles

Now that Melanie Brown has married Stephen Belafonte, the media’s focus seems to have shifted from Eddie Murphy, to Melanie’s new hubby, who seems to have a very jaded past. According to news reports, Stephen lists his last name on their marriage certificate as Belafonte when in actuality it is Stansbury. There are also reports that he tried to pass himself off as Dionne Warwick’s nephew and Harry Belafonte’s son. The most troubling news however is how many times Stephen has been arrested for violent crimes, all against past girlfriends.
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Trailer: Why Did I Get Married?

Janet Jackson’s new movie, Why Did I Get Married?, is due to hit theaters October 12th and has the first look at what both Janet and Tyler Perry fans can expect from their joint venture. Why Did I Get Married is the big screen adaptation of Perry’s stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a sexy young vixen arrives on the scene. The movie also stars Dreamgirls actress, Sharon Leal, singer Jill Scott and Girlfriends co-star, Keesha Sharp.
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Melanie Brown Talks To Essence…

… and is sure to set tongues a wagging with what she had to say about Eddie Murphy’s lifestyle. Speaking for the first time to an American publication, Malanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, gives Essence magazine the scoop on her relationship with Eddie and why she truly believes he so unexpectedly called their relationship off. Melanie tells Essence writer Kenya Byrd that upon agreeing to buy a home together she discovered Eddie led a lifestyle that wasn’t fit for children. Though not going into much detail, she claims having strange people knocking on her door at three and four in the morning was not something she wanted to bring her children into.
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Jill Marie Jones New Movie Role

Former Girlfriend, Jill Marie Jones, is in talks to star in a new movie with singer and wanna-be actress Jessica Simpson. The movie, tentatively titled, Major Movie Star, revolves around Jessica of course, a pampered movie star who joins the army to impress a movie producer. Jill will play Jessica’s sidekick and blah, blah, blah, we all know the rest. I love Jill but anything with Jessica Simpson as the star is doomed to fail at the box office.

New Movie Role For Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole Well if Beyonce, Fantasia and Alicia Keys can do it, who is to say Keyshia Cole can’t take her talents to the big screen as well? is reporting that Keyshia and rapper Fabolous are due to star in the Karl Lagerfeld produced hip hop drama, Only The Hood Dies Young. The movie, which is due to start production in October, centers around a young drug dealer (Fabolous) struggling with his mother’s addiction and his girlfriend, played by Keyshia. Fabolous has appeared on the big screen before, most notably in Scary Movie 4 back in 2006. This however will be Keyshia’s first foray into movies and I wish her luck. Who knows? Maybe a few years from now she’ll surprise us all and be picking up her own Oscar as Jennifer Hudson did.
[Update 07/02/07] Keyshia Cole’s rep says story is false.
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Friday’s Picture Roundup 6-15-07

Updated on page 6, 7 & 8
You guys know how we do things around here. Every Friday we post a small collection of photos that crossed our desk earlier in the week but for one reason or another were not featured in any articles. This week we will start things off a little differently by taking a trip down memory lane. I’m sure you all recognize the beautiful couple in the pics below. It is none other than Usher and his then girlfriend, Rozanda Chili Thomas. They were such a cute couple and call me crazy- but doesn’t Usher’s new fiancé look like an older version of Chili?
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Shar Jackson To Host Reality Show

Shar Jackson Actress Shar Jackson is coming to a television near you. I first heard nearly two years ago that Shar was due to host her own reality show and it appears that time has finally come. ABC announced the once teen star, and mother of two of Kevin Federline’s children, will be hosting their new reality series, The Ex Wives Club. The show will revolve around a group of women who have faced celebrity divorces and want to learn how to move on with their lives. Besides Shar, other notable ex-wives and girlfriends include Marla Maples, who was married to Donald Trump and Angie Everhart who was married to Ashlee Hamilton.
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CW Cancels All Of Us

All Of Us The CW Network announced yesterday that the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith produced comedy, All Of Us would not be coming back for a third season. All Of Us was one of four Black shows that carried the network on Sunday nights and the only one that was canceled. Returning Black comedies include Everybody Hates Chris, The Game and Girlfriends. Yes I know many of us thought the show was finished for sure but the CW obviously knows a good thing when they see it and decided to bring the show back for another season. Coming into it’s eight season Girlfriends will tie The Cosby Show for the second longest running Black show in television history. No need to wonder who is number one- it’s The Jeffersons which ran from 1975-1985.

The End Of Girlfriends?

As many of you know there have been rumors circulating for a while now that this season would be the last for the show Girlfriends. Monday’s show was billed as the season finale while others believe it was the series finale. Whatever the case may be, last night’s episode was definitely one to remember. Joan finally got the proposal she had been lusting after since the show began almost eight years ago. William and Monica reunited and Maya and Darnell purchased a home and moved back to the old neighborhood.
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Meagan Good In Jewel Magazine

Meagan Good Actress Meagan Good is gracing this month’s cover of Jewel magazine and touches on many subjects, including the lack of quality films in which she has been in. Meagan swears she wants to move beyond the Girlfriend role, but laments that opportunities for Black women are few and far between in Hollywood. Word is she also talks a bit more about the kissing incident with Jamie Foxx that ended her three year relationship with the oh-so-fine-lookin’-like-Lyfe Jennings, Jerry Manuel. The June issue is out right now and hopefully in the next few days I will get inside pics from the magazine as well. Continue Reading