Saturday, January 30, 2010

VH1 To Revisit the Murders of Biggie & Tupac

Word on the street is that VH1 is gonna try and tackle the mystery behind the murders of both Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace & Tupac Shakur.

"Launching their new half-hour series "Famous Crime Scene" on Friday, February 12th at 9pm, the first episode will take an in-depth look at the murders of Pac and Biggie which are still unsolved."
CLICK HERE to read the rest of this article.





Kim "Poprah" Kearney to Host "Stars for Haiti" Fundraiser

VH1 television personality and actress, Poprah, is hosting a major fundraiser to help the many victims of the Haiti earthquake. The fundraising event is the first in a series of fundraisers called "Stars For Haiti", spearheaded by Poprah, to create platforms for celebrities to use their influence and resources to raise funds for the ongoing needs of earthquake victims, and this first one tomorrow is expected to be a huge hit with so many big celebrities already confirmed to perform or attend!

The first event is a huge Celebrity Comedy Night scheduled at one of the largest comedy clubs in the country, Hollywood's own

Laugh Factory, on Jan. 29th, at 8pm, during Grammy week, featuring some of the biggest comedians in the country, such as Bob Saget

of Full House and America's Funniest Videos, Jeff Garlin of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and, Tony Rock of The Chris Rock Show and Def Comedy Jam, Alex Thomas of Jamie Fox Show and Family Guy, Frangela of Vh1' Best Week Ever, Speedy Of Jamie Foxx's Radio Network Foxhole, and many others.

"Stars for Haiti" is collaborating with celebrities around the country to raise donations to buy water for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. This humanitarian effort is being spearheaded by VH1's Poprah of Season 1 and 2 of I Want to Work For "Diddy", known as Diddy's protégé, and a mogul in the making. The fundraising events are being produced by Hollywood South, a respected tv/film/music and event production company.

CLICK HERE to read the full article
"God doesn't count Grammys, Awards or IMDB credits, He counts what we do to help others." - Kim "Poprah" Kearney

Queen Latifah to sing at Super Bowl XLIV


Resident curvy chick Queen Latifah will join the VERY short list of performers consisting of Ray Charles, Vicki Carr, Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys & Faith Hill when she takes the stage to perform "America The Beautiful" at Super Bowl XLIV.

You GO Girl!!

RuPaul will NOT be at New York's Fashion Week Festivities....


Legendary Drag Queen RuPaul has declined to participate in next week's NY Fashion Week festivities....He tells NY Magazine's The Cut.....
"When asked if (s)he'll participate in Fashion Week, RuPaul replied, "I don't. I cannot stand the people. I think the fashion people are so nasty and so pretentious. One thing that I am not is pretentious and I cannot stand pretentious people. I love fashion, love color, love texture, love all of that. But all of the people who surround that are rot-ten."
Womp. Womp.
Season two ofRuPaul's Drag Race premieres on February 1.

Etta James Hospitalized

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Grammy-winning R&B singer Etta James has been hospitalized for about a week near her Southern California home for treatment of various ailments, including a bloodstream infection, her son said on Friday.

The 72-year-old recording star, best known for her bluesy hit ballad "At Last," grew ill after entering a detoxification center a month ago for treatment of an addiction to painkillers and over-the-counter medicine, Donto James told Reuters.

As her condition worsened, she was moved to a nursing facility, and then to Riverside Community Hospital, near her home east of Los Angeles, he said.

"She's been in a pretty big battle," said Donto James, her eldest son.

The performer is being treated for a number of ailments, including sepsis, a potentially fatal infection spread through the bloodstream, which in her case is believed to have started from a urinary tract infection, her son said.

CLICK HERE to read this article in it's entirety....

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Gabby Sidibe Covers EBONY Magazine

Precious star Gabourey Sidibe rocks the cover of the March 2010 Issue of EBONY Magazine. In the issue she talks about working with Mo'Nique and how director Lee Daniels changed her life.

Face by the late great Roxanna Floyd - Styled by Susan Moses
Beaded Dress (top) by Monif C.
"I wake up with myself every morning, so the only opinion that really matters is mine" - Gabourey Sidibe

Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Oprah Winfrey!!!

The media mogul turned 56 today!

Happy Birthday Girlfriend!

Michelle Obama in Isaac Mizrahi

First Lady Michelle Obama wore a 3/4 sleeved zipped back full skirted dress by designer Isaac Mizrahi to the State of the Union address the other night. She completed her look with her signature single strand of pearls. While I am personally not a fan of the whole purple, plum, eggplant etc....family of colors. I LOVE how our First Lady can rock this often somber color!


Miki Howard & I Are Both Panthers......

"You know I'm a Panther. They have entered the rainforest when they come over here. A cougar is a white woman. A Panther is a mature black lady."
- Miki Howard to Mo'Nique during The Mo'Nique Show while talking about dating younger men....

You know Miss Miki....I LIKE how that sounds...Yeah...it's official! I'm A Panther!

Sly Stone files $50 Million Dollar Lawsuit Against His Former Manager

Sly Stone

The BV Buzz says....Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sly Stone (Please do NOT ask me about that hairstyle dude is rocking...lol) of the legendary funk collective, Sly & The Family Stone, filed a lawsuit on Thursday Jan. 28 for approximately $50 million against his former manager Jerry Goldstein citing fraud related charges over more than 20 years.

CLICK HERE to read the rest!

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Gabby Sidibe Joins the cast of The Big C

Gabourey Sidibe will star alongside Laura Linney in a new show that was recently picked up by Showtime called The Big C. The drama follows a school teacher, played by Linney, who finds out that she has cancer.

According to Access Hollywood, Sidibe will appear in the show as Andrea, one of Linney's students. The show is scheduled to debut later this year.

You GO Girl!!!




Skinny Models Off The Runway T-Shirt Creator, Loses 50 lbs.

George at his starting weight of 265

My Atlanta Homie Chyna McGarity sent me this link to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution website featuring her husband, George (the creator of the Skinny Models OFF the Runway Please!! t-shirt) and his journey to a healthier lifestyle....He's lost 50 pounds so far and his goal is to lose a total of 80lbs!

and 50 lbs lighter at 215 pounds!

CLICK HERE to read George's inspirational story!

Congrats George and keep up the good work!

Harper's Bazaar Says That Gabourey Sidibe is Hollywood's New IT Girl!!

Check the video of her exclusive interview with Harper's Bazaar...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Farewell Roxanna Floyd



I just received the word a few hours ago that my friend, chocolate diva & celebrity makeup
artist Roxanna Floyd made her transition today. Roxy has beat the faces of some of the most remarkable women in the entertainment industry today. She was responsible for the look that Whitney Houston sported on her latest album "I Look To You", she also worked extensively with Angela Bassett, Janet Jackson and Queen Latifah and she was instrumental in the development, production and marketing of The Queen's Cover Girl Queen Collection of cosmetics.

The cause of her death is unavailable at this time. Please check back here in a few days and I will post any information I get on her home going services here.

Rest In Peace Roxy! You will be deeply missed.

City High's Robby Pardio on A&E's Intervention

I have never actually watched one of those Intervention shows on A&E before but I saw this link at Rhymes With Snitch and couldn't stop watching it.

It's all about the intervention of Robby Pardio, the founding member of the 90's R&B/rap trio City High....and it was both heartbreaking and fascinating to me.....the tears flowed freely as I watched this young man battle his demons.

If you haven't seen it before you should definitely check it out. My heart goes out to him and I truly hope that this brother can get his life back.




Parents BE WARNED!!! This is what happens when you give your children everything they want and then raise your children WITH NO BOUNDARIES......

"In the final analysis, it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings." - Ann Landers


It's The End of The Road For Ugly Betty....



ABC is canceling Ugly Betty, the show that made America Ferrera a star when it arrived in 2006. The series will wrap after the current fourth season, which will end with a 20th episode due in mid-April, reports USA TODAY's Gary Levin.

The show started strong on Thursdays but lately has posted anemic ratings and was hurt by a move to Fridays last fall....

CLICK HERE to continue reading the full article....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jennifer Hudson & Queen Latifah to Appear at The White House


According to USA Today, artists who are booked to play the concert at the White House in the East Room include Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, John Legend, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more. Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will both be emcees for the night. The event will also feature readings from celebrated speeches and authors that have made an impact during the civil rights movement.

The concert’s official title is
currently “A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” and will be held on February 10 then air on CBS on February 11.


Tyra Launches The Fiercely Real Teen Model Search for Plus Sizes!!!

Well, it certainly took her long enough didn't it? The word on the street is that Tyra Banks is FINALLY launching a plus-sized alternative to her wildly popular America's Next Top Model phenomenon!

Miss Tyra recently announced that she is launching the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search. (lol at the name of the show...it's funny to me, sorry.)

Says Tyra "I've always felt is was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty," she recently told US Magazine. Teens with dress sizes between 12 and 20, who stand 5'9" to 6'1" are eligible to compete for a one-year modeling contract and a spread in a major fashion magazine.

She goes on to say that she "wants young girls to realize that what's considered plus sized is the average American woman," "That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful."

Well if ANYONE can make this happen and perhaps GET IT RIGHT for a change....it would be Tyra and company. I am looking forward to seeing what this competition will be about. And I REALLY want to see if they are truly going to allow a size 18-20 to actually make it through the preliminaries....heh-heh....it's one thing to SAY it....and totally another to actually DO it....

CLICK HERE to register and to get more info on Tyra Banks Fiercely Real Teen Model Search.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Etta James

The diva turned 72 today.
Happy Birthday Miss Etta!!!

of COURSE I could have posted an old "At Last" clip but you would have expected that...lol...so...

Enjoy this house track she recorded a couple of summer's ago
"Strung Out"
Mixed by Quentin Harris
This joint KICKS!!!




Casting Notice: Dance Your Ass Off is Looking for Overweight Men for Season 2


National TV show casting call for men
"Dance Your Ass Off"... second season


"DANCE YOUR ASS OFF" -
THE OXYGEN NETWORK'S 2ND SEASON OF THEIR HIT SHOW IS LOOKING FOR MEN WHO NEED TO LOSE 50LBS OR MORE AND LIKE TO DANCE

Looking for men who need to lose 50+lbs. Oxygen Networks "Dance Your Ass Off" is back for a second season. If you need to lose weight & like to dance, we want to hear from you! Our weight loss program involves working with a dance professional who will help you shed the pounds while having fun on the dance floor.
No dance experience required - we are looking for
men who have rhythm &
who are willing to learn to dance
.

We have top notch weight loss professionals who want to take you on the road to a healthy future. New year, new you!
The winner of the show receives a large cash prize.

To apply, email the info below to: billywonka@aol.com.

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. Name, age, phone number and city you live in
2. A recent photo - how much you weigh - full length and stats
3. Include Why YOU are perfect for the show -
example: "you were an ex-athlete and let yourself go"
YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18YRS OF AGE

Don't forget to send your submissions to: billywonka@aol.com

Lee Daniels To Shoot MLK Biopic?



Word on the street is that the family of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has agreed to allow "Precious" director, Lee Daniels, to shoot the biopic of their father's life story.

Right now Lee Daniels is THE DIRECTOR that every actor & actress in the world (including myself) wants to work with, and I personally think he'll do an excellent job of telling the story of this most important black man.

Folks are all up in arms because they fear that Daniels will air Dr. King's dirty laundry by filming a scene with him that involves a prostitute. Daniels is currently reviewing the script and vows that he won't be shooting that scene because it "isn't necessary".

He also states "This project is still in an embryonic stage, but I can tell you my story focuses on the civil rights marches. It's not about tapes and prostitutes. It's about the African-American man who changed history."


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300lb Woman Kills Boyfriend by Sitting On Him....

I don't even know what to say about this one....I'm guessing that this takes SQUASHING to a whole new level!

Sigh...I wonder how long it will take for the comedians to take this story and run with it......SMDH.





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Suzette Banzo in SELF Magazine

I wanted to give my DSE homie Suzette Banzo a special shout out and congratulate her on her appearance in the February 2010 issue of SELF Magazine. I know she isn't real happy with the copy that wound up accompanying her pics but I feel like I GOTTA shout out my curvy sistas when they get work!

You GO Girl!!! Continued success!

Just cuz I like naked chocolate boys.....

Supermodel TYSON BECKFORD is quitting the catwalk to concentrate on acting.
Beckford claims there's no money left in modeling, so he plans to focus on his role hosting TV show Make Me A Supermodel (lol..silliest show on EARTH!! For real!!) - and expand his movie resume.
The 39 year old, who has appeared in a string of minor film roles, tells the New York Post , "I'm done with fashion . No one is getting those $1 million contracts right now. I want to concentrate on movies and other projects."

Sigh....I don't really care about Tyson and what he's doing with his career....but I DO like looking at dark chocolate boys with no clothing on.....yummy!

This Kiki comes courtesy of The Gossip Jacker! (one of my FAVE sites!)

Who Dis?


Know Who dis is?
(The brother on the right....lol NOT the white boy on the left)


It's legendary 70's funk master Sylvester "Sly" Stewart
frontman for the baddest band ever!!!
Sly & The Family Stone

According to the article that the above picture was attached to (click here to read it)
Sly is gearing up to release a new album in 2010.

Btw...did you know that Sly's music catalog was purchased by Michael Jackson's company?

Rosie O'Donnell.....

Photo: David Shankbone

Will be on Oprah's couch today at 4pm
(eastern time) discussing
the breakup of her marriage, her new boo and her time on The View!
Can't wait!

Plus Size Designer Gayla Bentley & Shark Tank

I never got a chance to check out ABC's reality show Shark Tank last season but this sister that I have been reading about Gayla Bentley is making me wish I had caught this show....

While searching for more info on Miss Gayla I came across this clip of an interview that she gave to Wallet Pop as a part of their "After Shark" series. Here she talks about her experience and how she got FUBU co-founder Daymond John (who has lost a TON of weight!) & Barbara Corcoran to put some bucks and backing behind her line....(even with a HSN-type deal already in her pocket!!) You GO Girl!!!

Enjoy! And keep a look out for Gayla Bentley and her plus sized clothing line!





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"It's not about size or weight....it's about style!" - Gayla Bentley

More retailers offer fashionable clothing for plus-size women

I heard about this article from one of my facebook friends....so I had to check it out....interesting stuff from USA Today Fam....Check out an excerpt below:

Plus-size women's complaints about a dearth of fashion choices are starting to be addressed by stores and websites that see sales potential in the nearly two-thirds of the female population that is overweight or obese.

Who's doing what:

•Plus-size designer Gayla Bentley persuaded clothing manufacturer Daymond John and real estate magnate Barbara Corcoran to invest $250,000 for 50% of her company on ABC's Shark Tank in October. Her size 2 to 28 label will be in Von Maur department stores starting this spring, and she expects to announce another deal with a major department store any day. Bentley, whose clothes are already sold at many boutiques, NeimanMarcus.com and GaylaBentley.com, says she also has a deal in the works with a home shopping channel.

•Torrid, owned by Hot Topic, had double-digit growth in its online sales in the fiscal year that ends Jan. 30. The site sells sizes larger than the size 12 to 26 options in stores. Torrid President Chris Daniel says the brand caters to young, "curvy fashionistas" and has the "if you've got it, flaunt it mentality."

•Abby Zeichner, owner of the size 2 to 24 fashion line Abby Z., is now selling her fashions on the online and TV shopping channel HSN and hosts her third shopping special on Feb. 9. Zeichner, who wears a size 16, laments that larger women seeking high-end designers are "lucky if there's a size 12," the others are "skinny-only."

•Freeman expects the size 18s in the Teri Jon line to be offered soon at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue andNeiman Marcus.

Stores often only buy one of each of the small and larger sizes in her lines, Freeman says, and two of sizes 8 and 10. But she says it's her smallest and largest sizes that sell out first. Store sales clerks complain that they don't have enough 12s, 14s or 16s, Freeman says, "but we don't make up the ratio of what they carry."

To read this article in it's entirety....CLICK HERE

Queen Latifah & Diddy to host BET Haiti Benefit

Word on the street (via The YBF..lol) is BET has announced that Queen Latifah & Diddy will be the co-hosts of a concert benefit for Haiti on February 5, 2010.
The show will be shooting live from Miami, Fl.

Sherri Shepherd Joins The Electric Company

Comedienne & Co-host of The View, Sherri Shepherd will join the cast of the Electric Company.

New York, NY (December 16th, 2009) – Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street¸ is charged up to deliver a second season of the hit show The Electric Company. The series, designed to combat the literacy crisis facing America’s six-to-nine year-olds, will premier a brand new season of 12 exciting half-hour episodes beginning January 25, 2010 and can be seen 5 days a week on PBS KIDS GO! (check local listings).

Season two of The Electric Company begins with a special three-episode recurring role by kid comedian and Cory in the House star, Kyle Massey, playing Keith’s cousin, PJ. Then, following the premiere week,new episodes will air each Friday. This re-invented version of The Electric Company is designed to appeal to today’s kids with fresh animation, music videos, and exciting narrative storylines. Other celebrities turning on the power this season include: NBA superstarDwight Howard, Emmy Award-winning actor John Leguizamo, The Viewco-host Sherri Shephard, actor and rapper LL Cool J, actor Chris Massey, High School Musical star Monique Coleman and comedian andThe Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee


Steve Harvey is the new host of Family Feud



















Word on the street is that Comedian/Author/Radio Personality Steve Harvey has just been tapped to be the new host of the long running game show "Family Feud", when it enters it's 12th season in the fall.

Steve will be replacing John Hurley, who said in a statement that he's leaving to focus on his role in the touring production of "Chicago" and other ventures he's working on.

Well!!! This is about to be GOOD!!! I haven't really watched the Feud on the regular since Richard Dawson left the show.....Steve is HILARIOUS and I can hear the jokes coming already....lol....SO looking forward to this one y'all...

And while we are on the subject of game shows, I turned on my TV this morning and checked
out Wayne Brady in his new job as host of "Let's Make A Deal".... Wayne works well going off the top of his head (improvising....case you didn't understand what that meant...lol) so this show and all the crazily dressed contestants is a perfect fit for him.

Congrats to both of these brothers for adding a little more color to daytime television!

Continued success y'all!!!

"If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host." - Gabriel Heatter

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Veteran Actor James Mitchell Dies at 89


Actor James Mitchell, who played Palmer Cortland on ABC's long running soap opera All My Children for 30 years has died at 89 after a long battle with lung disease and complications from pneumonia.


90's Rap Artist Apache (Gangsta Bitch) Dead


90's Rapper Apache was found dead a few days ago. The cause of his death is unknown at this time. The New Jersey based emcee, born Anthony Teaks was a popular rapper in the 90's,
his song "Gangsta Bitch" was one of the biggest rap hits of 1992.

Read more about this story HERE



Rest In Peace Bro.

RED CARPET ARRIVALS: THE 2010 SAG AWARDS AND MORE.....

Amber Riley in Tadashi Shoji & her Glee cast mates

Mo'Nique with her Golden Globe Award & Nicole Kidman

Gabby Sidibe goes green at The Golden Globe Awards
Niecy Nash in Black & White at The SAG Awards
Mo'Nique & her SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress
Gabourey Sidibe in Blue
Gabby Sidibe & Mo'Nique at The SAG Awards

Jill Scott returns in "Sins of the Mother' On Lifetime!!

2010 is looking like a stellar year for Grammy Award winning vocalist/actress Jill Scott.....The Curvy Diva's latest project "Sins of the Mother" is set to air on Lifetime in Februrary.....


The network has described the movie as "a touching story about the harsh realities of love, forgiveness and the closest of bonds between mother and daughter. Based on author Carleen Brice's novel "Orange Mint & Honey" and co-stars Nicole Beharie and Mimi Rogers.
Sins of the Mother premieres on February 21st on Lifetime at 8:00pm EST.

Beth Ditto nominated for design award for her

BBC News reports that plus sized punk rock vocal powerhouse Beth Ditto has gotten nominated for a design award for her Rock Candy clothing line currently being showcased at Evans Stores in London.

The clothing line is up against Alexander McQueen's 2010 spring and summer collection at the 3rd annual Design Museum of London Awards.

FULL FIGURED FASHION WEEK 2010 RETURNS!!!



FULL FIGURED FASHION WEEK 2010 RETURNS ON:
JUNE 16-19, 2010
NYC

FOR UPDATES GO HERE

Australia's Top Model Judge Rejects Plus Size Contestants

Australia's Next Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson (yeah..the bird on the right)
has slammed Australia's plus-size modeling industry, labeling it "non-existent" and declaring no curvy model wannabes will win the reality show on her watch.

Read the rest HERE

I don't know which is the dumber move - Her actually allowing someone to quote her silly butt saying this ish or her NOT realizing that those words are probably THE QUICKEST WAY to bring forth the changes she is so desperately trying to prevent from happening....(lol..ask Karl Lagerfeld)

Can't wait to see how she's gonna like how those words taste when she has to eat them! Watch and see y'all F.A.T. Chicks are gonna come out of the bushes of Australia like crazy now...lol.