Will Smith Posts Adorable Disco Birthday Pic for Jada Pinkett Smith


Will Smith wished wife Jada Pinkett Smith a very happy birthday in quite an adorable (and sequined) way!

The "Gotham" actress turned 43 on Thursday and husband Will posted a shot of himself and his wife recreating what appears to a large cut out of themselves decked out in disco/ballroom dancing gear while striking a pose.
"Happy Birthday, My Love," the actor wrote. "We've been together at your last 20 birthday parties. Let's go for 50 or 60 more."
Will and Jada got married 1997.
In more Jada news, on Thursday Deadline reported that the actress is being eyed for a role in the upcoming, "Magic Mike XXL," where she will reportedly play the owner of a strip club.
-- Jesse Spero, Yahoo! News

Singer Lauryn Hill comeback gets off to rocky start in London



Is Lauryn Hill self-sabotaging her comeback carreer? Some think so.

Reuters 

Lauryn Hill's five shows in Britain this month were billed as a rare treat for fans of the elusive singer-songwriter, coming less than a year after she was released from U.S. federal prison where she served three months for tax evasion.
But a late start, angry tweets and poor reviews marred her first sell-out gig at the Brixton Academy in London.
The 39-year-old singer, famous for her 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill", arrived on stage with a five-piece band and three backing singers at 9:58 p.m. on Saturday.
The show, with tickets selling for 55 pounds ($90), had been advertised to start at 9 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Management of the 4,900-seater venue took to Twitter a few minutes before her arrival to apologize to disgruntled fans, some of whom had started booing before her arrival.
"We apologize for the delay which is out of our control," read a statement on Twitter. "Lauryn Hill will be on stage very soon."
When she arrived, Hill spent 80 minutes performing a combination of re-worked hits from her debut album, the only solo studio album she has made, and delving into pop and rock territory.
Songs from "The Score", another award-winning album Hill recorded as part of the Fugees in 1996, were left largely untouched, along with a number of tracks from her 2002 MTV Unplugged 2.0 album.
Hill also performed covers of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Nancy Sinatra, The Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You" and a few Bob Marley classics, including "Soul Rebel", "Jammin’" and "Is This Love".
"DISAPPOINTING"
After the show, a number of fans took to Twitter to complain.
Yuichi Miyama, a 31-year-old paralegal from London, said on Twitter: "Lauryn Hill is the most disappointing concert I have ever been to. That's heart-breaking.”
He explained to Reuters at the concert that he didn’t recognize a lot of the songs Hill performed.
"The bottom line is Lauryn Hill is a singer and there are a lot of songs on that album that she sings certain things in such a beautiful way," he said.
"And I felt I didn't catch any of it in anything she sang. And a lot of the songs were so far away from the original."
Critics also were nonplussed by some of her song choices.
"The former Fugees star Lauryn Hill gave us bafflingly obscure reinterpretations of her best songs," James Hall wrote for The Telegraph.
The Guardian agreed. "'Ex-Factor', her soulful dissing of former Fugee and ex-lover Wyclef Jean, deserves better than to be reduced to a funk-metal workout," Ian Gittins wrote.
"When Hill does an acoustic guitar for relatively sensitive readings of MTV album songs such as 'Mr Intentional', you wish she’d apply the same courtesy to her better material."
But some fans defended the singer’s performance, saying it showed her growth as an artist.
Rukea Azougaye, a 24-year-old student from London, told Reuters: "It was beautiful. It was more than I expected because it was everything I hoped for. I’m just blown away that I got everything that I wanted from it."
Hill follows up her weekend London shows with a performance in Birmingham on September 23 before heading to Manchester on September 25. Her brief tour wraps up with two more London shows at the end of the month.

'Pretty Girls Sweat' Hosted By Grammy Nominated Artist Keri Hilson with Special Guests The OMG Girlz in Atlanta this Weekend



Grammy Award nominated artist Keri Hilson and special guests the OMG Girlz will host 'Pretty Girls Sweat', a series of physical activities designed to encourage teenage girls to have fun with fitness, on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA located at 2220 Campbellton Rd. SW Atlanta, GA 30311 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  


Accommodating more than 100 girls between the ages of 13-19, their fun-filled day will consist of Beginners Basketball Work Out taught by Johnny Clarkson and Rushia Brown, Double Dutch Aerobics taught by Michelle Clark, 'Sweat Makes Sense' Jumping Jacks Challenge, a Q&A hosted by the Dr. Maya Angelou Theater and Keri Hilson and the OMG Girlz will discuss their passion for staying healthy.

"By creating a fun atmosphere on the YMCA basketball court, Pretty Girls Sweat will make the girls less intimidated about moving their bodies," said Aeshia DeVore Branch, Pretty Girls Sweat and Teen Diaries founder. "An upbeat and comfortable setting will stimulate candid discussion among PGS mentors and attendees. Our hope is to have a ripple effect inspiring teen girls to consider working out and making healthy lifestyle choices by the cumulative efforts of all parties involved and the power of social media."

Inspired by Michelle Obama's initiative "Let's Move Campaign," Aeshia's goal through initiatives like these is to combat the startling statistics, especially among African American youth. Young women will be motivated to move their bodies as teens in today's society, learn the importance of fitness and healthy nutrition, discover how to dress properly for both indoor and outdoor workouts, receive mentorship and treated to a healthy lunch and giveaways.

To register a participant, please visit TeenDiaries.net/ATL

WHITNEY HOUSTON LIVE: HER GREATEST PERFORMANCES TO BE RELEASED NOV. 10, 2014

WHITNEY HOUSTON

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's first-ever live album features the most memorable live performances from her storied career. The album will also be available as a CD/DVD, which includes stunning videos of Houston's most unforgettable performances, reinforcing her as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Both the audio and visual content have undergone state of the art restoration and remastering.

Fans are now able to pre-order the CD/DVD from the Whitney Houston official fansite to get their names included on an exclusive poster. A limited edition fan bundle, which includes a purple vinyl, is offered on the site as well. Both the CD/DVD and the CD are also available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.

"FOR BETTER OR WORSE" RETURNS WITH ALL-NEW EPISODES ON OWN SEPTEMBER 17 AT 9PM ET/PT


Photo Credit: Courtesy of OWN

Angela and Marcus are back on OWN! 

"For Better or Worse," returns with all-new episodes on Wednesday, September 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 

The new episodes of "For Better or Worse" delve into Angela's (Tasha Smith) ongoing suspicions that her husband Marcus (Michael Jai White) is having an affair. Additionally, Richard (Kent Faulcon) and Keisha (Kiki Haynes) are working on relationship problems of their own, while Leslie (Crystle Stewart) and on-again-off-again boyfriend Joseph (Jason Olive) could be headed toward wedding bells. Meanwhile, Todd (Brad James) and Jennifer (Cocoa Brown) are each up to no good. 

In the premiere episode, Marcus' sudden voracious sex drive causes Angela to wonder if he is fantasizing about another woman.  Meanwhile, as Joseph is on the hunt for Leslie's dog's missing fertility pills, Richard discovers a possible mix-up in medications.


View the promo and a clip from the all-new episodes below:


New Season Promo



Marcus' Sex Drive is in Overdrive
 


Damaging Racist Transcript of Atlanta Hawks Owner’s Email

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson in April.
 
Associated Press
Bruce Levenson, the owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, is selling his share of the team after reporting to the league an email he wrote in 2012 that discriminated against the team’s black fans. Here is the full transcript of the email, as released by the Hawks.
From: Bruce Levenson
To: Ferry, Danny
CC: Foreman, Todd (ucg.com); Peskowitz, Ed (ucg.com)
Sent:  8/25/2012 11:47:02 PM
Subject: Re: Business/Game ops
1.  from day one i have been impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of the arena staff — food vendors, ushers, ticket takers, etc.  in our early years when i would bring folks from dc they were blown away by the contrast between abe pollin’s arena and philips. some of this is attributable to southern hospital and manners but bob and his staff do a good job of training. To this day, I can not get the ushers to call me Bruce yet they insist on me calling them by their first names.
2. the non-premium area food is better than most arenas, though that is not saying much.  i think there is room for improvement and creativity. Levy is our food vendor so we don’t have much control but they have been good partners. i have wished we had some inconic offereing like boog’s barbeque at the baseball stadium in balt.
3. our new restaurant, red, just opened so too early for me to give you my thoughts.
4. Regarding game ops, i need to start with some background. for the first couple of years we owned the team, i didn’t much focus on game ops.  then one day a light bulb went off.  when digging into why our season ticket base is so small, i was told it is because we can’t get 35-55 white males and corporations to buy season tixs and they are the primary demo for season tickets around the league. when i pushed further, folks generally shrugged their shoulders.  then i start looking around our arena during games and notice the following:
– it’s 70 pct black
– the cheerleaders are black
– the music is hip hop
– at the bars it’s 90 pct black
– there are few fathers and sons at the games
– we are doing after game concerts to attract more fans and the concerts are either hip hop or gospel.
Then i start looking around at other arenas. It is completely different. Even DC with its affluent black community never has more than 15 pct black audience.
Before we bought the hawks and for those couple years immediately after in an effort to make the arena look full (at the nba’s urging) thousands and thousands of tickets were being giving away, predominantly in the black community, adding to the overwhelming black audience.
My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a signficant season ticket base. Please dont get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arean back then. i never felt uncomfortable, but i think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority. On fan sites i would read comments about how dangerous it is around philips yet in our 9 years, i don’t know of a mugging or even a pick pocket incident. This was just racist garbage. When I hear some people saying the arena is in the wrong place I think it is code for there are too many blacks at the games.
I have been open with our executive team about these concerns. I have told them I want some white cheerleaders and while i don’t care what the color of the artist is, i want the music to be music familiar to a 40 year old white guy if that’s our season tixs demo. i have also balked when every fan picked out of crowd to shoot shots in some time out contest is black. I have even bitched that the kiss cam is too black.
Gradually things have changed. My unscientific guess is that our crowd is 40 pct black now, still four to five times all other teams. And my further guess is that 40 pct still feels like 70 pet to some whites at our games. Our bars are still overwhelmingly black.
This is obviously a sensitive topic, but sadly i think it is far and way the number one reason our season ticket base is so low.
And many of our black fans don’t have the spendable income which explains why our f&b and merchandise sales are so low. At all white thrasher games sales were nearly triple what they are at hawks games (the extra intermission explains some of that but not all).
Regardless of what time a game starts, we have the latest arriving crowd in the league. It often looks and sounds empty when the team takes the floor.
In the past two years, we have created a section of rowdy college students that has been a big plus. And we do a lot of very clever stuff during time outs to entertain the crowd. Our kiss cam is better done than any in the league.
We have all the same halftime acts that other arenas have but i question whether they make sense. people are on their cell phones during half time. i wonder if flashing on the scoreboard “$2 off on hot dogs during halftime tonight” just as the half ends would be a better use of our halftime dollars and make the fans happier.
We do all the usual giveways and the fans are usually their loudest when our spirit crew takes the floor to give away t-shirts. It pisses me off that they will yell louder for a t-shirt then for our players.
Our player intro is flat. We manufacture a lot of noise but because of the late arriving crowd and the fact that a lot of blacks dont seem to go as crazy cheering (another one of my theories) as whites, it is not great. Even when we have just returned from winnng four straight on the road, i am one of the few people in the arena standing and cheering when our team takes the floor. Bob has kicked around ideas like having the starters coming down aisles rather than off the bench during intros. Sounds cool but may highlight all the empty seats at the start of games.
Not enough of our fans wear hawks jerseys to games.  i have just begun to push for ideas like discount food lines for folks wearing jerseys, special entrances, etc. I think we need a committed and perhaps incentivized fan club. We need to realize atl is simply different than every other city. Just adopting nba best practices is not enough. we have to create our own.
I am rambling and could probably go on forever. If you have any specific areas you would like my thoughts on, let me know.
Best,
Bruce
ps — I have cc’d todd and ed so they can chime in with additional or different thoughts.
Sent from my iPad
  • By Darren Everson at The Daily Fix

    Here We Grow Again....Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Kicks Off

    Executive Producer Mona Scott-Young poses with members of the "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" cast 
    at Inside Jokes Comedy Club in Los Angeles 
    Last night in LA, VH1, and crew celebrated the premiere of their newest series "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood." 

    VIPs gathered at the Inside Jokes Comedy Club in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for a sneak peek of the show and a first look at the cast. 

    Many wonder if this show is meant to actually highlight the relevant in Hip Hop since the other brands really aren't birthing new talent or attempting to revamp any failed attempts at stardom (Ray J and Teairra Mari).  Cast of the new Love & Hip Hop Hollywood includes: Ray J,Princess LoveOmarionApryl JonesSoulja BoyNia RileyTeairra Mari,Yung BergHazel-EFizzAmanda SecorNikki MudarrisMoniece SlaughterMasika KalyshaYesi OrtizMorgan HardmanSincere Show and Leslie Burrell (who was not in attendance). 

    Rumor has it.....some of these 'hook-ups' may be made for tv. We'll just have to watch to see where the truth lies in all of this. 

    Additional guests to the new 'look-see' included model/actress Eva Marcille, Los Angeles Clippers' Matt BarnesTorrei Hart("Atlanta Exes"), Deb Antney ("Love & Hip Hop Atlanta"), and Somaya Reece("Love & Hip Hop: NY"). 

    Executive producer Mona Scott-Young welcomed the crowd and kicked off the screening, which was followed by a lively Q&A with the cast (moderated by Ortiz). 

    Songwriter Crystal Nicole Releases New Single 'I Don't Belong To You'

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    Blessed with an uncanny ability to compose award winning music, Crystal Nicole's track record as a songwriter is nothing short of iconic – boasting chart-topping hits for Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Monica, and Natasha Bedingfield. She's also garnered writing creds on records for artists such as Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Lopez, among others. 

    Now fully invested in the artist she knows best... herself. 

    Crystal Nicole introduces you to her new single, "I Don't Belong To You" that's now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Xbox.  From the aptly titled forthcoming album 'I Am Crystal Nicole'. 


    TYLER PERRY'S NEW DRAMA "IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG" PREMIERES TONIGHTON OWN

    TYLER PERRY'S NEW TELEVISION DRAMA
     "IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG"
    TO PREMIERE TONIGHT, SEPTEMBER 9 ON OWN
    (L to R) April Parker Jones, Amanda Clayton, Zulay Henao, Heather Hemmens and Edwina Findley Dickerson from Tyler Perry's "If Loving You is Wrong"
    Photo by Jeremy Cowart and Courtesy of OWN