Say Yes To The Part Taraji

Taraji P. Henson Agreed to Tom Hanks Flick Before Reading the Script
When Taraji P. Henson heard that Tom Hanks personally requested her for his latest directorial effort “Larry Crowne,” she agreed to the project without even knowing what the film was about.

“Apparently, Tom wanted me involved. So he called my manager and my manager called me and said, ‘Tom Hanks really wants you to be in his movie’, and I said, ‘Sure’,” she told the Huffington Post.

“And my manager was like, ‘Maybe you should read the script first’, and I was like, ‘No, I don’t have to read the script, it’s Tom Hanks, that’s a no brainer,” she continued. “I don’t care, I could play a tree or a rock, it’s Tom Hanks’.”

In the film, due July 1, Hanks plays a man who is downsized from his job and decides to reinvent himself by enrolling in college, where he forms some unexpected bonds with fellow students. He also catches the eye of Mercedes Tainot, a female professor played by Julia Roberts.

Henson plays Crowne’s next door neighbor B’Ella, a working class woman who hits it rich when she and her husband, played by Cedric the Entertainer, win the lottery. Scroll down to watch the trailer.

Below, Taraji is asked about the role backstage at the BET Awards…
Taraji P Henson on Larry Crowne role by CherieNic

Still Not on the Greens But Tiger Is In the Green

Tiger Woods Signs First Endorsement Deal since Sex Scandal

Tiger Woods’ current knee and ankle injuries may be keeping him from tournament play, but it has helped to land him his first endorsement agreement since a sex scandal sent his career off the rails nearly two years ago.

The athlete has signed on to promote a muscle-relief heat rub made by Japan- based Kowa Co.

Woods will serve as an “image character” for the company’s Antiphlogistic Analgetic Vantelin Kowa series of products, the Nagoya-based company said in a press release. A television commercial with Woods will debut in Japan in mid-July, the company said.

Kowa didn’t disclose terms of the agreement in its release.

Golf’s former No. 1-ranked player was injured in a one-car accident in November 2009 that led to his admission of marital infidelity and the downfall of his personal and professional career. He also hasn’t won a tournament since just before the crash.

Over the past 18 months, Woods, 35, has lost endorsement agreements with companies including AT&T Inc., Accenture and PepsiCo Inc.’s Gatorade brand. The 14-time major champion has maintained commercial contracts with Electronic Arts Inc., Nike Inc., Upper Deck, Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets Inc., and TLC Vision Corp.

Woods hasn’t played in a tournament since May 12, when he aggravated knee and ankle injuries sustained during the Masters Tournament in April.

Woods said in a news conference this week that he won’t return to action until he feels 100 percent healthy, putting his participation in next month’s British Open in question. Woods is hosting this week’s AT&T National tournament, a U.S. PGA Tour event which benefits his charitable foundation, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

Can't Get Enough of Beyonce


MTV is bringing viewers behind the scenes of Beyonce’s fourth solo album, “4” with the half-hour special “Beyonce: Year of 4,” premiering tonight at 7 p.m.

“Beyonce has always placed her fans first and this special will give them front row seats to the intimate process of creating her newest album ’4,’” says MTV Music Group president, Van Toffler.

The intimate special will even document her personal time at home with husband Jay-Z, which she personally shot with her own camera.

In the clip, Bey details the importance of being a successful role model for females.

1st of 7 Virals on the making of the Nappy Roots Album with Organized Noize



MUSIC BED "THE LEGENDS LIVE" FROM THEIR UPCOMING CD DUE FALL 2011

Louisville, Kentucky rap group Nappy Roots have announced they are working on a new album with veteran Hip-Hop production team, Organized Noize.

The five-man collective, which consists of Fish Scales, B. Tille, Clutch, Big. V. and Skinny DeVille, is currently in Organized Noize' Dungeon East recording studio.

“We’ve been credited with creating the “Sound of the South,” and Nappy Roots is considered the “Conscience of the South,” so it’s great that Nappy wanted to work with us,” says Rico Wade of the Noize team, which also includes Sleepy Brown and Ray Murray. “People are going to be impressed by this album.”

Rico Wade's boasts shouldn't be taken lightly. Wade and Organized Noize have crafted hit albums and songs for Outkast, TLC, Ludacris, Xscape and others,

“It’s an honor to be working with legends like Organized Noize," said group member Skinny DeVille. "Nappy Roots is a family and Organized Noize is like our older cousins that we haven’t seen in a while, so the [sessions are] like a family reunion. We stayed true to ourselves, but Organized Noize has pushed our limits and taken the music to the next level.”

Nappy Roots' upcoming album is being released by AVJ Records, a joint venture run by Jason "Boogie" Brown and Shannon Houchins that has artists like country rapper Colt Fold, Montgomery Gentry and Corey Smith.

"We’re happy to be partnering up with Nappy Roots on the next stage of their career," said Shannon Houchins. "They are an important part of Hip Hop history and we are honored to continue their legacy.”

CHECK OUT THE NEW VIRAL (PART 1 OF 7) ON THE MAKING OF THE NEW NAPPY ROOTS ALBUM
COMMENTARY BY RAY MURRAY, 1/3 OF ORGANIZED NOIZE

Hip Hop Lesson Number One: Know Herb McGruff

McGruff originally started his career as a member of the rap group, Children of the Corn, alongside Big L, Cam'ron and Mase, all of whom would go on to have successful careers in the music industry. After the group disbanded without releasing any material, McGruff made his first appearance on Big L's debut album, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous on the tracks "8 Iz Enuff" and "Dangerzone". Eventually, McGruff signed a deal with popular hip hop label, Uptown Records and began recording his debut album, Destined to Be. In early 1998, the album's lead single "Before We Start" became a minor hit, charting on several Billboard charts. In the Summer of 1998, Destined to Be was released but failed to sell many copies, only peaking at 169 on the Billboard 200, and McGruff was released from his contract. McGruff would make appearances with Heavy D on his album, Waterbed Hev and the Woo soundtrack, his latest appearance was on Mase's 2009 mixtape "I Do the Impossible".

He was recently featured Heavily on The Diplomats mixtape, "The D.I.P. Agenda."



For interviews with McGruff, contact Melissa Stewart at pr_pro1973@yahoo.com.

The Next Biggest Thing: Timothy Bloom

If you thought Timothy Bloom’s video for “’Til The End of Time” was revealing, wait until you check out his just-released EPK. The R&B singer shares intimate details about the journey that led him to become the musician he is today, from moving to Germany alone at 17 years old to living in his car. Timothy also takes fans inside the studio with Timbaland, who calls Timothy “the next biggest thing.”

Pick up Timothy Bloom’s EP The Budding Rose featuring the debut single “’Til The End of Time,” on iTunes now!

Rock City Talks Leaving Akon’s Konvict Music And Working With Rihanna On “Man Down”


Video courtesy of Hip Hop Wired

Conversation: Piers Morgan & Beyonce

Lenny Kravitz: Keeping it Old Skool



Lenny Kravitz talks into a vintage mobile phone attachment as he goes for a walk in SoHo this week.

Want a phone like his, we found this one on www.thinkgeek.com. You can click the phone below to go to the link or do a general search for 'vintage cell phone handset.

Idris Elba Encourages Responsible Journalism

Hot off the stage with a feiry performance with Jill Scott at the 2011 BET Awards, Idris Elba took his mic to the press area backstage to field questions.

After a diverse group of questions which he so gracioously entertained, one journalist got a lesson in Journalism 101 (thank you Bethune-Cookman University).

A reporter from the Black Press Radio was put to task when she asked Elba to 'justify” his recent comments about Tyler Perry.

Recently, Elba was chosen as a guest speaker for the Lens Project’s “Artist Spotlight” series at Rutgers University in February and gave his opinion on many topics including the not-so-nice Spike Lee/Tyler Perry feud.

Elba addressed the audience by saying, “Can I be candid? I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”

With that being 'clearly' said, take a listen to the exchange backstage as Elba tasks the journalist to do her research.
Idris Elba loses patience over Tyler Perry question by CherieNic

Eva Mendez: Face of An Angel.....and Voice Too


Eva Mendes is not only the face of Angel by Thierry Mugler, she's also the voice. Last Thursday, the 37-year-old actress unveiled the top-selling fragrance's new ethereal print campaign in NYC, and revealed that she will even be singing in the on-air commercials this fall.

"This campaign has been so beautifully collaborative," Mendes told omg! "I really can honestly say I've never felt so creatively satisfied with doing a campaign before. From the costuming to the music to the fact that I sing on the commercial to the overall look, I just feel like it's been a true partnership and I couldn't be happier."

While the perfume commercial will mark Eva's singing debut, don't expect the brunette beauty to be releasing an album any time soon. "A few years ago I started taking professional vocal lessons," she shares. "It's not a goal of mine, to make an album or anything like that. With my singing, I was just doing it as a fun exercise. That was always the goal. Try to hone a skill and have fun. I have always been of the mentality that if you prepare yourself for something, if you work on your instrument, opportunities will present themselves and that's exactly what happened with this."

When she learned that she'd be singing one of her favorite songs of all time, "Windmills of Your Mind," that sealed the deal for Mendes, who wasn't apprehensive at all about lending her voice to the ads. "Fear seems to rear its head with me if I don't feel that things are organically taking place," she notes. Still, the actress doesn't claim to be the best singer in the world, and laughs when asked if she has the voice of the angel. "My mother would think so!" she says. "The good thing about ['Windmills of Your Mind'] is that it's almost like reading poetry."

One would think a much bigger vocal challenge would present itself when Eva tackles the role of opera singer Maria Callas on the big screen. "I would never try to recreate Maria Callas' voice," she insists. "I cannot and I don't think anybody living could recreate that voice. It was so unique." Fortunately, the script, which is still in development, doesn't focus strictly on Callas as a musical genius. "It's about her being the opera diva she is known for," says Mendes. "It's about the heartbreaking and tumultuous affair she had with the love of her life, Aristotle Onassis. It's really a love story and the singing is more of a backdrop than anything."

Speaking of relationships, Mendes -- who has been with her Peruvian filmmaker beau George Augusto since 2002 -- ruffled some married folks' feathers when she stated on "Chelsea Lately" that she finds marriage to be "very unsexy." For the record, she wants everyone to know that she's not anti-marriage. It's just not for her. "It's just something I don't feel I need in my personal life," she explains. "If people think they need that, that's fine and great for them. I'm all for a spiritual union, a monogamous beautiful union. I just don't need to have a piece of paper that puts that union into effect."

While Eva's commerical won't air until September, check out the behind-the-scenes footage below of her rehearsing:


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American Revolutionairies: The Hitmakers


















About Ovation: Ovation is the only multi-platform network devoted to arts culture. Ovation gives its viewers access to the artists who define our cultural landscape through its one-of-a- kind mix of hand-picked documentaries, series, movies, and specials. The channel reaches a national audience of 45 million households through carriage on Comcast, Time Warner and other cable systems, DirecTV (channel 274), Dish Network (channel 157) and Verizon FiOS (channel 188). Ovation is available in HD and on demand and extends its linear channel experience via its popular website, www.ovationtv.com. In addition to offering contests, trivia, facts and exclusive video, the network has created an award-winning online community (www.ovationtv.com/community) for everyone from passionate artists to the curious. To date, over 150,000 pieces of original art have been uploaded to the site.

Win Tickets to See Alicia Keys Perform 'Songs in A Minor' Live in NYC at Her AOL Sessions +1 Concert


AOL announced the launch of AOL Music’s new “Sessions” format, “Sessions +1,” debuting on June 30th with a live stream performance of Alicia Keys from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The special event, "Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys," will feature the 14-time Grammy winner performing in celebration of the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Songs in A Minor. The intimate concert will feature many of Alicia’s hit songs, as well as stories and special moments from the past decade. Fans that cannot attend the landmark show in person can enjoy her set live from anywhere via http://music.aol/sessions/ and as an archived on-demand performance at AOL Music and VEVO. The live stream begins at 9:30 PM EDT on Thursday, June 30th.

“This is a really special moment for me.”

AOL Music’s “Sessions +1” will feature live performances from AOL’s studios and various unique destinations -- from universities to city streets to world-renowned venues – and include surprise performance elements like never-before-performed songs, acoustic sets, special guest performers, cover songs, or live premieres of entire albums.

“This is a really special moment for me,” said Keys. “This concert celebrates the album which started it all for me, and shares the songs and stories of the last ten years in a very personal way. I’m honored to be the first artist to take part in ‘Sessions +1,’ and so grateful to be partnering with AOL, giving all my fans, regardless of where they live, the opportunity to come to New York and be a part of our celebration at the Beacon.”

“AOL Music has had a long and wonderful history with Alicia Keys and we’re excited to welcome her back for this momentous anniversary show and launch of the new ‘Sessions +1’ experience,” said Jeff Bronikowski, General Manager, AOL Music. “While we build on our legacy of helping fans discover new artists and creating unique experiences with incredible artists such as Alicia, our partnership with VEVO allows us to continue delivering premium content on a truly massive scale.”

“’Sessions’ is one of the most well-known brands in music, so we’re excited to partner with AOL Music on their new series, ‘Sessions +1,’” said Fred Santarpia. General Manager, VEVO. “Bringing fans the very best music programming experiences wherever and whenever they want them is what VEVO is all about. This new AOL series offers the best in live music from the hottest artists – we know our fans will love it.”

AOL has partnered with VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, to make AOL Music’s “Sessions +1” available across VEVO.com, mobile/tablet and connected television applications as well as its syndication partners.

While each “Sessions +1” event will be unique, most will incorporate a live audience and all will leverage social media to attract fans to surprise “pop-up” shows, drive online chats and influence the set lists through live voting and fan tweets. Additionally, AOL Music will build content for fans leading up to the event with features including fan testimonials and contests to determine an artist’s biggest fan.

A socially-driven performance event both online and offline, “Sessions +1” will incorporate audience participation to influence the performance and win exciting prizes such as exclusive merchandise and trips to attend future “Sessions +1” performances. The Alicia Keys “Sessions +1” launch event kicks off with a contest in which participants describe why they are Alicia’s biggest fan. Entrants will post their entry to social networks and solicit votes from their friends. Top vote-getters can win meet and greet passes at the Beacon Theater performance. Additional content to be featured includes Alicia’s Top Songs, Fan Testimonials and the Ultimate Alicia Keys Quiz.

On Tuesday, June 28, MBK/J Records/Legacy Recordings will release new Deluxe and Collector's 10th anniversary editions of Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor, the groundbreaking debut album masterpiece that propelled Keys into international stardom in 2001. Available in a 2-CD Deluxe Edition and a 2-CD/1-DVD Collector's Edition, the 10th Anniversary sets include Songs in A Minor era bonus tracks, demos, live performances and more, hand-picked by Alicia for her fans for these editions. Fans can listen to the album early by visiting AOL Music’s Exclusive Alicia Keys CD Listening Party (CDLP) which will run through July 5th. Originally released in June 2001, Songs in A Minor sold more than 11 million albums worldwide and earned Keys her first five, of 14 total, Grammy® Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Song of the Year for "Fallin," and Best R&B Album. For more information, details and updates, visit www.aliciakeys.com, www.facebook.com/aliciakeys or www.twitter.com/aliciakeys.

About VEVO

VEVO is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. VEVO is available in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, which includes VEVO.com, Mobile Apps (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android), Connected Television (Google TV, Boxee) and user embeddable video players. VEVO powers music videos on artist pages across Facebook, as well as syndicates to dozens of online sites, including AOL, BET, CBS Interactive Music Group (including Last.fm) and Univision. Additionally, through a special partnership with YouTube, VEVO is accessible in over 200 countries, expanding the platform’s reach around the globe.

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins Calls on African Americans to Step Up and Donate Bone Marrow

Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins is using her fame and history with sickle cell to encourage other African Americans to join the Be The Match Registry® as potential bone marrow donors and help others – like 11-year-old Imani Cornelius – fight similar life-threatening diseases.

“Unfortunately, myths about bone marrow donation keep many people from joining the Be The Match Registry and potentially saving a life. That is why I am passionate about encouraging everyone to learn the facts about bone marrow donation through these PSAs. We need more African Americans to step up.”


Watkins has partnered with Be The Match® on two public service announcements. The PSAs will hit the airwaves and the Internet in July, which is African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month. Donor registry drives will also take place nationwide throughout the month.


“As a person with sickle cell disease and an advocate for everyone fighting this disease, I was naturally drawn to Be The Match,” Watkins said. “Unfortunately, myths about bone marrow donation keep many people from joining the Be The Match Registry and potentially saving a life. That is why I am passionate about encouraging everyone to learn the facts about bone marrow donation through these PSAs. We need more African Americans to step up.”

A bone marrow transplant can be a cure for someone with sickle cell disease or other illnesses like leukemia and lymphoma. Most patients who need transplants do not have a match in their family and depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match.

But many African Americans and other minorities can’t find marrow donors – like Imani Cornelius, of Minneapolis. Imani was recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and her only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. Her doctors continue to search the Be The Match Registry for a matching donor, but that search has not been easy as Imani is biracial.

Right now, the chance of finding a match on the Be The Match Registry is close to 93 percent for Caucasians, but for African Americans and other minorities, the chances can be as low as 66 percent.

The tissue types used for matching patients with donors are inherited, so patients are most likely to find a match within their own racial or ethnic heritage. There are 9 million people on the Be The Match Registry, but only 7 percent are African American.

Jonathan Nazeer, of Greensboro, N.C., saw firsthand the need for more African American donors when his friend was searching for a match. Jonathan joined the registry in 2006 on her behalf. Just a few years later he was called to donate to a 52-year-old woman battling a rare disease.

“Donating is life-changing, not only for the individual who is receiving the transplant, but even for you. To know that you may have played a small part in actually saving someone’s life is extremely fulfilling,” said Nazeer, who was recently contacted again as a match for an 18-year-old boy.

While the number of transplants that the NMDP facilitates for African American patients has doubled since 2004, more people of African American descent are urgently needed on the Be The Match Registry so that more lives can be saved.

“We have made great strides in expanding the number of patients and the range of diseases that can be treated with bone marrow transplants,” said Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D., chief executive officer of the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), which operates the Be The Match Registry. “But we need more volunteers – from every ethnic and racial background – to meet the ultimate challenge of helping every patient find a life-saving donor.”

Visit BeTheMatch.org/StepUp to learn more about African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month and the many ways to help save lives. A widget is also available to help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

About Be The Match®

Be The Match is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a leader in the field of marrow and cord blood transplantation, created Be The Match to provide opportunities for the public to become involved in saving the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases. Volunteers can join the Be The Match Registry – the world’s largest and most diverse listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units – as well as contribute financially to Be The Match Foundation or give their time. For more information, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.