- Created on 12 November 2013
The Real Housewives franchise brings back the Georgia peaches for a sixth season minus Kim Zolciak – Biermann who has moved on from the series with a new husband, more children and a spin-off. Don’t worry there’s still going to be enough drama to go around with Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Stewart and former Mis...
- Created on 20 October 2013
Prince, the music icon whose every move is still news and whose concerts still out almost immediately no matter how large the venue, has released an official music video for his new song, "Breakfast Can Wait."
The video was, surprisingly, directed by an 18 year old: Danielle Curiel, who also stars with a crew of carefully chosen dancers in the video alongside Prince.
Curiel was granted complete artistic and directorial freedom by Prince after one reading of the treatment she submitted for the song.
"Breakfast Can Wait" was the second most added single on urban radio last week and generated significant online coverage when it was initially released last month.
Prince debuted the single's satirical artwork featuring Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince, along with a teaser clip for the video, through his Twitter account.
Prince, who has been electively absent from social media until recently, has taken to Twitter, YouTube and Livestream, posting photos, interacting directly with fans and streaming exclusive performance snippets from various locations around the world.
In related news, with his 21-piece group, the New Power Generation, Prince presented a special showcase for fans at his legendary Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Shortly after the show he posted a thank you video for those fans.
- Created on 23 August 2013
When some of us of a certain age hear North West, we think the Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest, not the daughter of reality show star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West, aka Kimye.
But as promised, the two-month-old doting grandmother introduced the bouncing baby girl to the world Friday, Aug. 23 via her Twitter account. Kim quickly got in on the fun and posted a photo of the adorable babe on Instagram with the simple caption "NORTH."
Kardashian fans have been waiting since North's June birth to get a glimpse of the tot, who's been at home with mom Kardashian for the past few weeks.
West and Kardashian opted not to introduce North to the world by way of one of the Kardashian family’s many reality shows, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Khloe and Lamar,” or Kris Jenner’s new talk show with Terrance
Referencing Kardashian's past relationships with professional athletes, West joked, "I wanted to be with her so bad that I thought about picking up sports."
"I can have people saying that this is going to damage your credibility as an artist or a designer, and I say, 'I don't care, I love this woman,'" he said, adding, "She's my joy, and she brought my new joy into the world. There's no paparazzi and there's no blog comments that's going to take that joy from me."
Speaking about fatherhood, the rapper joked, "I'm supposed to be this musical genius, but I can't work the car seat that well."
West also said becoming a dad has changed his outlook on life.
"After I lost my mother, there were times I felt I would put my life at risk," he said. "I felt like sometimes I didn't have something to live for. Now I have two really special people to live for, a whole family to live for, a whole world to live for."
And to put rumors and speculation to rest regarding selling baby photos, "It's all this talk about baby pictures and can you get paid for the baby picture or do you want to put it on a magazine," West said during the interview with Jenner. "And for me and your daughter we have not attempted to get paid for anything, we have not attempted to put it on a magazine. You just stop all of the noise and I thought it would be really cool on her grandmother's season finale to bring a picture of North."
- Created on 15 August 2013
HONOREES GLADYS KNIGHT and BEVERLY JOHNSON
McDonald’s, a sponsor of the Essence Festival in New Orleans for the past 10 years, chose the site of the annual event that brought nearly 500,000 to the crescent city Fourth of July weekend for the 10th time to present its 365 Black Awards. Honoring luminaries like R&B singer Gladys Knight and Supermodel Beverly Johnson, the awards show will air on the Black Entertainment Network Aug. 25 at 11 p.m.
The annual awards program based on the McDonald’s “Deeply Rooted in the Community” 365 days a year campaign, was launched in 2003 to recognize people who are making positive contributions to strengthen the African-American community. Honorees were awarded in categories of Arts and Entertainment, Business, Education, Sports, Influential Youth and Lifetime Achievement.
“It is an honor to be recognized alongside these remarkable individuals,” said Knight who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. “By lending a hand to others, we can all help create environments of strength and compassion that enrich our neighborhoods, regardless of who we are or where we live.”
In addition to Knight who began singing as Gladys Knight and the Pips in the ’50s and Johnson the first African-American model to grace the cover of Vogue magazine, honorees are: education speaker and “TV One” talk show host Dr. Steve Perry; Kenny Williams, executive vice president of the Chicago White Sox; Ronald Parish, McDonald’s owner/ operator of 25 locations in North Texas and chair and CEO of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association; teen entrepreneur Leanna Archer, the 17-year-old CEO who started her own natural hair and body care products when she was 9 and who plans to open a school in Haiti with her Leanna Archer Education Foundation for underprivileged children and youth environmentalist Charles Orgbon who began a green environmental organization Greening Forward in 2008 at the age of 12.
“We applaud this year’s honorees for their tireless dedication to serving others. Truly, the contributions of these individuals are integral to strengthening communities on the whole,” said Rob Jackson, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “From McDonald’s owner/operators to global superstars, past and present 365 Black Awards recipients prove that benevolent work yields positive results.”
An impressive list of celebrities performed during the show including recording artists Angie Stone, Erica Campbell, Estelle, Jordin Sparks, Deborah Cox and Yolanda Adams. Several notable actors and performers from Omari Hardwick to singer/actress Brandy and singer/songwriter LeToya Luckett presented awards during the taped show as well. Award winning actress Taraji P. Henson served as show host and Actress/Comedian Kym Whitley hosted the golden carpet arrivals. Comedian Jonathan Slocumb had the duties of opening the show.
McDonald’s also had a booth in at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center featuring major ecording artists and sampling of the latest McCafé smoothies, including Blueberry Pomegranate, Cherry Berry and Mango Pineapple.