When Legends Refuse To Take Their Place


Growing up in Brooklyn in the 90s you couldn’t help but stan for Lil Kim. She was feisty, arrogant, and could hang with the boys while still maintaining a feminine allure. Her lyrics were raunchy and defiant, definitely not what pre-teen girls should have been listening to, but my friends and I could not help but pull out our walkmans and spin her CDs when adults weren’t around.

As I grew from a pre-teen into an adult, my appreciation for who Lil’ Kim was and what she was able to do in hip hop matured. She didn’t abandon the America’s Sweetheart image as other artist like Mariah Carey would do in the late 90s (more on her later), she completely rejected it and decided to make her sexuality part of her image. She was sex-positive, reaffirming herself and power in ways that only white celebrities like Madonna were able to do.
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Nicki Minaj Quits American Idol


American Idol is officially down to one judge.

Earlier today Mariah Carey announced her departure from the embattled talent competition and just moments ago Nicki Minaj did the same.

Both come on the heels of longtime judge, Randy Jackson, who handed in his resignation just days before season 12’s finale.

Both Carey and Minaj say they will once again focus on making music and touring.

As for Keith Urban, Idol’s only remaining judge, rumor now has him staying put. According to Deadline, an internal FOX poll showed Urban to be season 12’s real breakout star. Urban’s laid back manner apparently worked in his favor as Idol seeks to assemble a less “dramatic” judging panel for season 13.

New Music From Mariah Carey

For those hungering for a soulful ballad from Mariah Carey, a new leak from her upcoming movie “Precious”, may be just what you are looking for. Titled “100 Percent”, the track is said to be written by Mariah herself and produced by longtime collaborators Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox.

The leak is only 30 seconds- but like all things MC, is definitely worth a listen.

Click here to listen to Mariah’s 100 Percent. (You Tube)

Mariah Performs “Obsessed” Live

Pop diva, Mariah Carey, performed her hit single “Obsessed” for the first time live on Wednesday night. The singer performed on “America’s Got Talent”, the variety show hosted by her husband Nick Cannon. MC gave a lively, but totally lip synched performance, to a crowd that adored her nonetheless.

Mariah’s new album “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel” will be released on September 15th.

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Mariah Carey Gets Pushed Back

Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel Mariah Carey’s latest studio album, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel” has been pushed back. Originally scheduled for an August 25th release, MOAIA is now scheduled to be released on September 15th. Some have speculated that the lukewarm reception of Mariah’s lead single “Obsessed” led to the pushback; however that theory doesn’t hold much water seeing as how the song presently sits at #11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The most likely explanation for the pushback is simply that Mariah has not finished the album yet. The singer tweeted just last week that she was still in the studio recording material and that her deadline was fast approaching.

There is some good news to report however. Mariah’s remix video for “Obsessed” featuring Gucci Mane will be released this Thursday.

Trend 101: Gold Heels

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Though it may be snowing and freezing in some states, Sasha Fierce wouldn’t be caught dead without her gold heels! But, its not just Sasha. A slew of other brown sista celebs have been spotted following this same trend at red carpet events, performances, and even while on video sets. They’re just as fierce as black heels, but these gold pairs are perfect for any upcoming holiday event.

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Condé Nast Media Group’s Fifth Annual Fashion Rocks Concert

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Monique Lhuillier gowns, Zac Posen dresses, Cartier jewels, and Lorraine Schwartz diamonds. What could make any celeb-fashion event better? — Music! Condé Nast’s 5th Annual ‘Fashion Rocks’ concert took place last night @ NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. Celebeauties like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Solange, Mariah, Mary J, and much more performed, but the biggest attraction was, of course, the fashion.

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Brown Sistas At LA Reid’s “Summer Of Love” Bash

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Ciara & LL Cool J

Record executive LA Reid held his annual Summer of Love Bash in the Hamptons over the weekend and singers Mary J. Blige and Ciara were just a few of the Brown Sistas who made an appearance. Ciara, pictured to your right with rapper LL Cool J, showed up looking slightly better than she did in her last public outing. As I expected, the Crunk n’ B diva is now battling allegations that she is suffering from an eating disorder. Ciara has become increasingly more fit over the last year but her drastic weight loss after announcing her intentions of seeking a career in modeling, has many thinking she has gone overboard in her quest to attain the perfect model-like physique.
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