Robin Thicke speaks on color in the new Billboard magazine:
When I did a recent interview with Vibe magazine I asked, “Why can’t I get the cover? This is a magazine I love. If there’s one magazine that I’d want to be on the cover of, it’s Vibe.” Their response was they don’t have white artists on the cover; that the only white artist they’ve had on the cover was Eminem. I guess if that’s what it is, it is what it is. And I respect that because I live in a house with a black woman.
I won’t use the word “racism.” I will say it’s a tough — but rewarding — fight. I look at Mary J. Blige, somebody who has had only a few pop hits and yet has changed culture, generated new sounds and inspired leagues of artists. She’s now a worldwide phenomenon. And it’s because of what she stood for; she never gave up. She kept making great music, pouring her heart out to people.
You can’t always expect people to be as color-blind or open-minded as you want. What you can do is keep giving your heart and soul, like Bob Marley did. His music became so overwhelmingly loving; it was a relentless love in a sense. Keep beating them down with love and they can’t stop you.
The highly anticipated video for Cassie's first single has arrived. Cassie's latest single "Official Girl" featuring Lil' Wayne will appear on her sophmore album Connecticut Fever dropping early 2009!
“Miss Independent” is the second single off Ne-Yo’s new album Year of the Gentleman (Sept. 16). The video was directed by Chris Robinson and stars Keri Hilson, Gabrielle Union, Lauren London, and Trey Songz.
Sho’nuff has passed away:
Character actor Julius Carry died Aug. 19 in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer. He was 56.Carry appeared in more than 100 guest roles including “Hill Street Blues,” “Jag,” “Spin City” and “Moesha.”
He also appeared as the villain Sho’nuff in the cult pic “The Last Dragon.” Other feature credits included “The New Guy,” “Moving,” “World Gone Wild,” “The Man With The Red Shoe” and “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.” Born in Chicago, his first screen credit was in “Disco Godfather.” Carry is survived by his wife Naomi.
Female music heavy-weights, including Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Ciara, Ashanti and Mariah Carey, came together to record 'Just Stand Up', in aid of the "Stand Up To Cancer" campaign. The track, which is very uplifting, made its debut today on various US radio stations. The charity tune was conceived by Antonio "L.A." Reid, who produced it with longtime creative colleague Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. All 15 singers will share the stage to perform the song live on Sept. 5 during the "Stand Up to Cancer" television special. You can listen to it below, as well as peep the full list of featured artists:
List of featured artists: Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole, Fergie, Miley Cirus, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Ciara, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Leona Lewis and Leann Rimes.
With a tour starting next month, Janet Jackson is also soon to premiere her new lingerie line. The line, named Pleasure Principle (Janet’s hit song from 1987) features a variety of bra styles ranging from sizes 32A to 44G, all under $40 bucks. Jackson collaborated with Australian designer Bruno Schiavi for the collection:
“There’s something for every woman, and that’s very important to us,” Jackson says. “I’ve always hated when lingerie is uncomfortable, so the fit and comfort was key.”
The singer says she was hands-on during designing and sometimes worked on the line at 4 a.m. “I really enjoyed the entire process,” she says.
VIBE re-creates its memorable October 1995 cover featuring Biggie and his wife Faith Evans in the back of a 1968 Cadillac DeVille. Check out this new photo of Jamal Woolard (Biggie) and Antonique Smith (Faith Evans) from the Notorious Biopic in the new issue of VIBE magazine. The new issue hits newsstands today. As part of Vibe’s 15th anniversary issue the fashion spread features stars from the film, including Jamal “Gravy” Woolard [Biggie], Derek Luke [Sean Combs], Angela Bassett [Voletta Wallace], Antonique Smith [Faith Evans], and Naturi Naughton [Lil Kim].The spread, styled by veteran Fashion Director Memsor Kamarake, also includes Biggie’s real-life family and friends Faith Evans, their son Christopher “CJ” Wallace, and his mom and film producer Voletta Wallace, and members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. The movie is about the late rap legend rising from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time.
There's a thin line between love and hate indeed and actress LisaRaye -Misick has the bruises to prove it. E3 reported earlier this week about the violent altercation between LisaRaye and soon to be ex-husband Premier Michael Misick at their mansion in Turks and Caicos Island on last week. LisaRaye had returned to the TCI last Wednesday, reportedly to negotiate a temporary spousal-support agreement until their divorce is finalized but, according to our sources, this process had gone very badly from her standpoint. Now photos of LisaRaye have surfaced showing the bruises that Mr. Misick left behind from that night.
Blackvoices.com has learned that ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ has been picked up for a full run next year, after a successful six-week preview that brought to television the larger than life radio shock jock to viewers across the country in the New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit markets since July 14!
The Fox Television Stations group will officially launch the show for a mid-2009 start, a rep confirmed today. Through Aug. 13, the program had posted rating increases in key demographics versus the May sweeps, including every key demo in New York and Los Angeles
Michelle Obama keeps it real in the new issue of RADAR magazine.
Shaq and Shaunie O’Neal are moving toward reconciliation. Things got ugly back in November when Shaq put her and the 6 kids out of the house. Shaunie didn't take that sitting down instead she spilled his dirty secrets to the press. But now, Shaunie tells the Palm Beach Post that the the two are mending their marriage:
“Neither one of us could probably answer why we were getting one in the first place,” Shaunie O’Neal said. “Things have been going so great, that someone actually had to remind us that ‘Hey, you do remember those papers are still there.’ Literally, it was days ago. So, we’ve agreed that before we leave Florida in a few days we’ll make sure that that’s gone away…The kids and I kind of learned about the divorce at the same time. So that was hard. That was probably the worst part of the whole thing, was being able to deal with how hurt the whole kids were.”