The event was free but for every dollar donated, Bears Care donated four dollars towards rebuilding athletic fields for Chicago's children.
Photos courtesy of Jeff Schear and Lashonda Matlock of ChicagoNow.com
*If you’re wondering just how did Jennifer Hudson prepare for her role as Winnie Mandela, she went to jail!
She did a five day stint in solitary confinement in an African prison, which was just enough for her. Becoming Winnie has been a strenuous and emotional process.
“As a woman, I am angry for her, hurting for her,” she adds, “And as a mom? God, being in solitary confinement, away from my son just for five days when shooting those scenes – it was too much for me. I was drained and stripped down. I was changed.”
“Her hair was tangled, her eyes sunken, and she started having imaginary conversations with her son,” says Newsweek.
Also, as we reported, Hudson will be co staring in “Winnie” alongside Terrence Howard. And, as we reported, she’ll also be presenting at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
See trailer below:
Cee-Lo Green recently debuted his latest music video for his single “Bodies.”
The video’s creepy visuals depict Cee-Lo as the “Lady Killer” serial killer who targets beautiful women and collects his victims’ shoe heels as a memorial.
And how does his character feel about himself? Oh, he thinks he’s hot stuff:
“My name is not important, and I’m often asked, what do I do for a living? I answer, I do what I want. Spontaneity is the spice of life and I’ve indulged quite a bit, but I’m not above the law and I’m certainly not lawless. But when it comes to ladies…I have a license, to kill.”
After living an indulgent life of brutal murderous crime, he’s met with an equally brutal woman, portrayed by Janelle Monae.
Without telling you the ending, let’s just say he’s met his match and the Lady Killer doesn’t kill again.
The video also features appearances from Kerry Washington and Karl Lagerfeld.
Also in the making, the former Dungeon Family member will be joining Rihanna on the upcoming LOUD tour with him as the opening act.
“I want to thank Rihanna for inviting me on our version of 50 First dates, only difference is she’s unforgettable fine. Don’t tell her I have a crush on her, don’t wanna mess everything up. But honestly it’s an honor and a blessing to be able to go out with a talent such as hers and I look forward to doing my part to make the tour unforgettable for the fans that come out and see us,” Cee-Lo commented.
The pair will be touring to 17 different cities around the country.
LOUD North American Tour Dates:
June 4 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena On Sale Now
June 7 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre On Sale Now
June 10 Montreal, QC Bell Centre On Sale 2/19
June 18 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre On Sale 2/18
June 19 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre On Sale 2/18
June 21 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome On Sale 2/18
June 22 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place On Sale 2/18
June 24 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena On Sale 2/18
June 28 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center On Sale Now
June 30 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena On Sale Now
July 4 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion On Sale 2/21
July 8 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center On Sale 2/19
July 9 Houston, TX Toyota Center On Sale 2/19
July 19 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum On Sale Now
July 21 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center On Sale Now
July 23 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center On Sale Now
July 24 Boston, MA TD Garden On Sale 2/18
NFL star, Antonio Cromartie (New York Jets) is about to be put on blast. His ex-fiance Rhonda Patterson, is gearing up to publish a memoir of their rocky relationship which ended a few days before their $200,000 wedding and before the birth of their first child, his sixth.
“Love, Intercepted: A Tale of Football, Falling and Failing in Love” is a book about her relationship and a bad romance, but she never mentions his name.
“It goes nameless because the story is bigger than him,” Patterson told The NY Post. “This is not a book to bash him. It’s meant to help women avoid making the same mistakes I did.”
Cromartie, the father of nine children with eight women in six states seemingly has an issue with commitment. Although his ex’s goal isn’t to bash or blame the ball player for his irresponsible action and childish behavior, she wants to tell the story to share the lessons learned.
She also said he was the best sex she ever had.
“I will give it to the man — he’s talented, well endowed, and . . . it was truly the best sex I’d ever had,” she writes. “He was one of those lovers who would caress you, stroke your hair . . . look you in the eyes and ask you to have his child. I thought his asking me to bear his child meant he loved me.”
During their relationship, however, reports of STDs, secret meetings, and multiple women drove her love in a different direction. Eventually the couple went their separate ways after he canceled the wedding nine days before the date and kicked her out of his San Diego home to raise their child alone.
So much drama. Check out the book at www.shpbooks.com.
by Ethan Anderton - A connoisseur of all things entertainment business-related, Ice Cube is currently in negotiations to join Sony’s upcoming 21 Jump Street film. Reports are surfacing that Mr. Cube is poised to take on the role of precinct captain (a part turned by Steven Williams in the television series). If the deal goes through, the former N.W.A. member turned actor/writer/producer/director will join a cast that already features Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 21 Jump Street is scheduled to begin shooting this April with a March 16th, 2012 release in mind. For more on the film, check out an interview Steve did with producer Neal Moritz by clicking here.
In addition to potentially joining 21 Jump Street, it looks as if Ice Cube is also getting things in order for a new project he wrote entitled Chrome and Paint. For more on that film, hit the jump.
ice-cube-imageAccording to Deadline, Ice Cube is currently shopping his original script Chrome and Paint as both a starring and directing vehicle for, you guessed it, himself. The report suggests that Cube would like to have the film in place at a studio within the next two weeks, just in time to shoot in late summer of this year.
In case the title hasn’t shed enough light on the project’s contents, Chrome and Paint centers on the world of car customization in South Central L.A. Deadline refers to the project as a “gritty Boyz N’ the Hood-style drama” and describes its subtext as pertaining to “the temptation to place materialism above all else.”
If all goes according to plan, Chrome and Paint will act as Ice Cube’s first feature directorial work since 1998’s The Players Club. Most recently, he directed the documentary Straight Outta L.A. as part of ESPN’s terrific sports-documentary series 30 for 30. As for his acting career, Cube has an upcoming role alongside Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, and Robin Wright in Oren Moverman’s crime drama Rampart. He is also slated to appear alongside nearly every citizen of Hollywood in the romantic comedy New Year’s Eve.
Her last television endeavor didn’t turn out all that well since Fox canceled Lone Star all too soon, but now actress Adrianne Palicki has landed a huge role on NBC. Deadline reports the Friday Night Lights star will be Wonder Woman in the new TV series adaptation that has been set up at NBC.
The project was revealed with David E. Kelley behind it last October, and while it was said networks weren’t interested in January, NBC came in and picked up the series to pilot with Jeffrey Reiner at the helm. Since he was also a director/executive producer on Friday Night Lights, that may explain why Ms. Palicki got the job. Anyway, now that we have our Wonder Woman, all we can do is wait to see how the new series turns out.
Chris Kaltenbech of the Baltimore Sun caught up with Carter, who turns 60 in July, at her home in suburban Washington, D.C. Although concentrating on her singing career — her most recent album, "At Last," is available on iTunes, and she's preparing to release another in April — she took a few minutes to talk about Palicki's casting and her ongoing relationship with Wonder Woman.
What do you think of the casting?
"I think it is an amazing role to play. I know she is going to be really nervous about it, just because you would be. But I have a lot of confidence in [writer] David Kelley and what he's going to come up with. David Kelley's so talented, and that's really where it needs to be, is in the writing.
I spoke with David yesterday, and he's really really excited about it.
I think the story needs to be retold. It needs to have a fresh look at it. It affected a lot of people. I think it's time, I think it's important to have it out there again.
Is there any advice you'd offer her?
[Laughing] Gosh, I would never offer her any advice. Nor would she probably want any. If she wants to talk to me, that would be a whole different thing. But I would never offer, 'Now let me tell you how to do this.' She's an actress and she's a good actress and she's beautiful and I hope she kicks butt.
Is there any chance that you might be approached for a cameo, or any kind of role on the show? Have you and David talked about that at all?
That is something that I…Even if I were, I couldn't tell you.
You wouldn't say no right off the bat, let's put it that way.
Of course not. I have too much respect for David, I just have too much respect for him.
Anyway, this is on NBC, right?
So, now 'Wonder Woman' will have gone from ABC to CBS to NBC. She is pretty cool, because she has hit all three networks.
Do you ever find it amazing that, what is it, 35 years ago …
It's a long freaking time.
Do you ever find it amazing that you're still so clearly, so heavily identified with that role?
I do. When young people recognize me, I'm always floored, absolutely floored.
But it's been going on a long time. I think it's just a reflection of how people felt about the character, much more than how they felt about me in particular. The character's so beloved, for a lot of reasons.
I love to hear what people have to say. People have stories and it's a way of connecting to people. I like it.
Do you ever get tired? Was there ever a period when it became frustrating, that association all the time.
No. I think, early on....I really started out as a singer, that's really what I do. But I became famous as Wonder Woman…
I realized that it's way too much work to try to distance myself from Wonder Woman. And it's no fun. She was a great, once-in-a-lifetime character to play. She really helped my singing career at the time.
VH1's 'What Chili Wants' Reality Star Chilli and House of Payne's actorhost
African Pride Hair Care National Launch event and
"My Pride. My Way" Campaign
Strength of Nature Global, LLC relaunches one of their most prized hair care lines - African Pride. With a national brand launch event set to take place in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Chilli (TLC/ VH1 What Chilli Wants) and actor Lance Gross (Our Family Wedding, Meet The Browns, House of Payne), the event will infuse a special performance by So So Def recording artist Dondria in a hands-on, multi-dimensional beauty atmosphere. Strength of Nature Global, LLC aims to create a platform where multi-textural women can indulge in an environment that celebrates and encourages individual beauty. African Pride's My Pride | My Way launch event will take place in Atlanta , at the King Plow Arts Center from .
On the cusp of launching their national campaign titled, My Pride | My Way, Strength of Nature Global, LLC encourages women to write their own rules when it comes to hair. "Our company recognizes that today's women are not monotonous when it comes to their and texture choices. Each individual choice should be equally celebrated with the final goal being healthy tresses and follicle protection, which is the continuous goal of our product lines.", states Charlene Bastien (Strength of Nature Global, LLC National Marketing/ Sales Director). The African Pride brand holds extremely high awareness and fulfills a niche for the savvy in-home African-American consumer, who is looking for a "natural", "holistic" approach to hair care, relaxing or texturizing of hair. The African Pride Brand has been in the HBA category for over 19 years and is formulated with such as natural herbs, olive oil, jojoba, jasmine and coconut oil to promote healthy and strong hair. African Pride re-emerges as an industry leader in the development of and solutions for the multicultural female customer.
Guests of the African Pride My Pride | My Way launch event will experience an evening filled with complimentary beauty and grooming services, free product swag bags, demonstrations, conversations in hair, celebrity hair stylists, makeup artists and more while promoting hairstyle creativity and expression. As a part of the My Pride | My Way Campaign viral movement, style mavens are invited to join the brand's Facebook page to take part in the My Pride | My Way conversation at www.Facebook.com/MyAfricanPride . Each week (January 31st - March 7th), three Facebook followers will be given opportunities to score a year's supply of African Pride's Olive Miracle collection. Beginning , African Pride's Facebook fans will have a chance to vie for a glam squad makeover weekend to include dinner with Chilli.
Join Strength of Nature Global, LLC's for the National African Pride My Pride | My Way launch event - 10:00pm at the King Plow Arts Center hosted by Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas and Lance Gross with a special performance by Dondria and a hosts of surprises. Special thanks to Beauty Recycled and the King Plow Arts Center. To join the conversation follow African Pride on Twitter @MyAfricanPride using the twitter hashtag #MyPrideMyWay. To RSVP for the event visit http://mypridemyway.eventbrite.com .
By overwhelming popular demand, multi-platinum recording artist Usher has added a second North American leg to his acclaimed "OMG Tour." The newly scheduled dates, presented by AEG Live's Concerts West and Atlanta Worldwide Touring, are set to kick off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 27th and will feature special guest superstar Akon. The "OMG Tour" is currently taking audiences by storm with Usher's brand of hit-filled R&B-infused pop and will continue to delight fans throughout the U.S. and Canada well into 2011. Full North American tour itinerary is listed below and on the events page.
Last Sunday Usher wowed audiences when he "dropped in" for a surprise Super Bowl halftime performance alongside The Black Eyed Peas, and his recent "OMG Tour" performances have received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Daily Variety stated that "he is a consummate professional, showing full mastery of both voice and body." Detroit News described the singer as "a born entertainer whose effortless moves on the stage never ceased to amaze," while the Chicago Tribune raved that "turning the arena into his own house of Usher, the singer celebrated his R&B dominance of the last 15 years." Newark's The Star-Ledger commented that "Usher, who seems to have spent most of his life at the top of the Billboard charts, danced straight through an explosive headline show," and the Washington Post reported that "he glided across the stage gracefully for nearly two hours of choreographed dance routines. He elicited constant shrieks and squeals from fans who packed every seat in the arena."
Grammy-nominated international pop star Akon first rose to prominence in 2004 with his smash debut album Trouble. Since then, he has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and has become one of the industry's most sought after songwriter/producers, collaborating with megastars such as Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, R. Kelly, Gwen Stefani and Eminem. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts-an achievement he attained twice. In 2007 alone, Akon won the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist; three World Music Awards in the categories of Best Selling R&B Male Artist, Best Selling African Artist and Best Selling Internet Artist; as well as the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Year. Akon's global appeal continues to flourish and transcend cultural and geographical boundaries. His highly anticipated Stadium LP has been previewed with its first single "Angel", which debuted during his performance at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and is set for early summer release.
The "OMG Tour" follows Usher's pop chart smash, "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love," from his recent release Versus, an extension of his platinum sixth studio album, Raymond V. Raymond. The record debuted at No.1 on the Pop and R&B albums charts, and spawned five hit singles including "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)," "Lil Freak" featuring Nicki Minaj, "There Goes My Baby" and "OMG" featuring will.i.am. Usher will preview his upcoming tour dates with a performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 13th, 2011. For updated tour information and news, visit Usherworld.com, www.Facebook.com/Usher, and www.MySpace.com/Usher.
Leg II of Usher's "OMG Tour" Includes:
# April 27. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. BankAtlantic Center
# April 28. Orlando, FL. Amway Center
# April 30. Charlotte, NC. Time Warner Cable Arena
# May 1. Columbia, SC. Colonial Life Arena
# May 6. Atlantic City, NJ. Boardwalk Hall
# May 8. Uniondale, NY. Nassau Coliseum
# May 11. Pittsburgh, PA. Consol Energy Center
# May 12. Cleveland, OH. Quicken Loans Arena
# May 14. Toronto, ON. Air Canada Centre
# May 15. Detroit, MI. The Palace of Auburn Hills
# May 18. Columbus, OH. Schottenstein Center
# May 20. Chicago, IL. Allstate Arena
# May 21. Minneapolis, MN. Target Center
# May 22. Omaha, NE. Qwest Center
# May 25. Vancouver, BC. Rogers Arena
# May 26. Portland, OR. Rose Garden
# May 28. Sacramento, CA. Power Balance Pavilion
# May 29. San Jose, CA. HP Pavilion
# June 1. Los Angeles, CA. STAPLES Center*
(AllHipHop News) Magic Johnson and investor Ron Burkle are entering into the publishing business, as Magic Johnson Enterprises and Burkle's Yucaipa Companies have announced a strategic investment in Vibe Holdings LLC.
The pair joins Vibe Holdings' existing investors Intermedia Partners as owners of Vibe LLC., with Magic Johnson operating as Chairman of the company, which owns Vibe Magazine, Vibe.com, Uptown Magazine and the Soul Train TV show and library.
As Chairman, Magic Johnson will utilize his expertise in developing the urban market and leverage his connections to build relationships between Vibe's brands and advertisers.
“The mission of Magic Johnson Enterprises is focused on building mutually beneficial relationships between corporations and the underserved urban market," Magic Johnson told AllHipHop.com in a statement released this morning (February 9th).
"Through programs designed to cultivate the existing profit potential of this burgeoning, and frequently neglected demographic, we are able to revitalize and maximize profit margins," Magic said. "Currently the landscape of modern media lacks a platform to serve this community on a global scale. History and legacy are paramount in building brand affinity and we plan to integrate this ideology into the resurgence of Vibe Holdings. Through leveraging established brand equity we will create a pertinent message vehicle for major advertisers. We will redefine Vibe Holdings as the center of influence for the coveted urban audience."
According to Magic, the backing of Intermedia, MJE and The Yucaipa Companies, makes a powerful combination.
Yucaipa, is familiar with the urban landscape as well. The company, which is headed by Ron Burkle, dropped $100 million into Sean "Diddy" Combs Sean John Clothing Line in 2003.
“Yucaipa’s experience in buying and building consumer businesses, along with Earvin’s brand and his business acumen are a great complement to InterMedia’s experience in media and make this an exciting partnership,” added Burkle, Managing Partner of The Yucaipa Companies. “We intend to build one of the most important enterprises in urban media.”