JAY-Z and Alicia Keys to Perform On-Field at Game One of World Series 2009



New York natives and music sensations JAY-Z and Alicia Keys, will perform their hit single "Empire State Of Mind,” one of the songs off of JAY-Z’s album The Blueprint 3 on the field at Yankee Stadium prior to Game One of the 2009 World Series on Wednesday, October 28. Shortly afterwards, Keys will also sing the national anthem.

"As a die-hard Yankee fan, I'm honored to perform a song that celebrates the greatness of New York in one of our city's most important landmarks, Yankee Stadium," said JAY-Z.

He's Dynomite!



The first three minutes of the movie, I’m asking myself what the hell? But I chose to stay put and see this through.

I’ve seen blacksploitation movies that played into stereotypes of black people that made us look like we had overly big lips, loud, uneducated, poor and unethical. This movie was the 2009 version of the 1970’s mixture of Shaft and Dolomite. Black people were conscious, proud and well educated. Not educated in the sense of well-schooled, but aware and not illiterate.

Not for the beaugois or uptight, Michael Jai Whites’ depiction of Black Dymamite is raw and uncut in every sense of the word. Bitches are called by their name, Bitch. Prostitutes are proud and in hail their pimps. Nudity is generous throughout. This is truly rated R and not suitable for children or anyone not mentally grown as hell.

With an all-star cast, everyone played their part. Kim Whitley, Tommy Davidson and host of others will leave you forever quoting phrases that will age you but speak your point in the most creative way imaginable.

Expect to laugh out loud from beginning to end and even learn a lesson or two with the many subliminal messages throughout. Black Dynamite is worth the fuss. Spend the money.

See the trailer here:

Jennifer Hudson’s Baby Makes His Debut!


Jennifer Hudson is going to make a brilliant mom!

The American Idol superstar has released the first picture of her son David, who was born August 10.

“I love being nurturing and caring because I love to see other people happy,” Huudson told People magazine. “Who better to devote my time to than my own child?”

Hudson also revealed how she and her fiance, David Otunga, tried to keep the pregnancy a secret for as long as possible.

“David and I were the only people who knew for a long time,” she said. “I would forget I was pregnant, it was so easy. I didn’t have any morning sickness, no cravings either. I just thought, ‘Oh, well, we’ll wait until it’ll tell on itself.’ I didn’t show until I was seven months so that made it easy right there.”

The star also revealed how she’s recovering from her C-section. “Everybody told me how much it was going to hurt afterward but I think I have a different tolerance for pain than others,” she said. “By that night after I had the baby, I’m like, ‘Look, I can’t sit in this bed anymore. I’ve got to get up!’ I’ve been up and about since he was born. To me, the pain is no different than when you work out a muscle you’ve never worked out before and it’s sore.”

Jennifer says her special little guy “has a lot of personality, like David. He’s always been a good sleeper. His favorite time to smile now is diaper changes. Or when he spits up on you – he just cracks up like he thinks it’s the funniest thing. And his bottle is his pacifier. With a pacifier, it’s like he knows, ‘Ain’t nothing come out of here. No, I don’t want that. Where’s the real deal?’ His best friend is that bottle; that’s all he wants.”

Courtesy of Showbizspy.com

The Apollo is Heading South...to ATL


The Apollo Theater's famed Amateur Night show is coming to the ATL searching for new talent to kick of its 75th Anniversary.

On a weekend when the city will be jumping with artist in town for the 2009 BET Hip HOp Awards, Apollo open auditions begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 10th at the Rialto Center located at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta.

The Harlem theater's Amateur Night has been famously known for kickstarting the careers of some of the biggest performers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder the late James Brown and even Destiny's Child.

Performers chosen at Saturday's auditions will go to New
York for the show's 75th anniversary season, which kicks off in January.

Selected performers will compete for a $10,000 cash prize awarded at the end of the season in December 2010.

Apollo spokeswoman Nina Flowers said the auditions are coming to Atlanta for the first time ever because the city is "a hotbed for
talent right now."

Arrest in ‘Housewives' ex-fiancé beating death

Image: Ashley "A.J." Jewell and ex-fiance Kandi Burress

By Rhonda Cook

Atlanta police charged a strip club employee with voluntary manslaughter Saturday in the beating death of the former fiancé of the newest member of the reality television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Ashley “A.J.” Jewell, who was engaged to Kandi Burruss until last August, died of massive head injuries at Piedmont Hospital. He was fatally injured in a "one-on-one" fight with Fredrick Richardson Friday night, police said.
Richardson also was injured as the two exchanged blows outside the strip bar, the Body Tap Club, Friday night. Richardson was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he will remain until doctors say he can be discharged. Then Richardson will be taken to the Fulton County Jail, according to police spokesman Officer James Polite.
The hospital would not release Richardson's condition, but police said he is conscious and alert.

Polite said detectives were still “trying to figure out [what happened]. We had a pretty good number of witnesses that are being cooperative.”
But the cause of the fight in the parking lot of the club in the 1200 block of Marietta Boulevard was still not known Saturday, Polite said.
Jewell was part-owner of Body Tap, a club popular with celebrities.
Burruss was flooded with condolences on her social networking pages on Twitter.com and MySpace.com.

Burruss thanked friends for their condolences and asked for prayers for Jewell’s six children.

But she asked to be left alone. “im just in one of those moods where i dont wanna talk, i dont wanna b held & told its gonna b ok. i just wanna cry myself 2 sleep, alone,” she wrote on a Twitter.com post.
She also posted that she had to get some rest before her uncle’s funeral on Saturday.
Kim Zolciak, a fellow "Housewives" castmate, said in a phone interview from California Saturday morning how "disgusted" she was that someone could take a life like this.

"My heart and prayers are with Kandi, AJ's children and family," she said. "I can't imagine the loss they're feeling. I'll be there for my dear friend Kandi."
Zolciak added, "I adored A.J. He will definitely be missed."

Burruss, who has a daughter, joined the other Atlanta "housewives" this season as they focus on their status, their clothes and who’s arguing and why.

Jewell, as Burruss’ fiancé, appeared occasionally the show. In some episodes the 33-year-old Burruss argued with her mother over her relationship with Jewell.
Burruss is an award-winning singer-songwriter and a solo performer. She was a member of the now-disbanded R&B group Xscape.

According to an interview last month with the entertainment Web site Essence.com, Burruss and Jewell had taken a “hiatus” from their relationship but remained friends while they worked on their issues.

This story courtesy of the AJC.