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  It been nearly eight years since we've heard new music from Will Smith, but the rapper-turned-actor recently revealed that he may be hitting the studio with one of hip-hop's top-selling artist. During an interview with HipHollywood.com, the 44-year-old star said Kanye West has been urging his to return to his musical roots."I've been messing around with Kanye," he said during a press tour for his upcoming film, After Earth. "We went in the studio a couple times, so I might get the bug. I'm not going to do it unless I'm truly inspired, but Ye's been pushing me a little bit."The news comes as a shock to Big Willie fans, who have been patiently waiting for new material since his 2005 studio album Lost and Found. Click here to check out the interview This week, Big Willie hit the "Late Show" stage with one of his biggest hits, "Summertime." And if you ask us, he's still got it! Check out the performance and tell us if you would cop a new Will Smith album
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:46

Sinbad Is Broke As A Joke — Again!

  Funnyman Sinbad (pictured) is not doing a lot of laughing these days. Unfortunately, the stand-up comic is once again "broke as a joke" and has filed for bankruptcy a second time after only three years, reports TMZLast month, Sinbad, whose actual name is David Adkins, reportedly filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The sometimes actor and former reality show star reportedly owes a whopping $10,991,715 in debt but only claims to have a mere $131,000 in assets. According to the court document, which financially breaks down his debts, the 56-year-old Father of two owes American Express $374,979, Bank of America $32,199, and CA Franchise Tax Board $2.3 million.In addition, Uncle Sam allegedly is demanding $8.3 million in back taxes for the years of 1998 to 2006 and claims that Sinbad is also in debt to the state. The bottom line seems to be that Sinbad, simply can't afford to pay his bills, again!In 2009, Sinbad, who reportedly brings in $16,000 a month, was placed on the top 10 list of the 250 worst tax debtors for the state of California. At the time, he owed the state $2.5 million in personal income tax. By the end of 2009, he filed…
  The battle continues as the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reality show co-star, Porsha Stewart (pictured), now claims that her estranged husband, former NFL-player-turned-sports-analyst Kordell Stewart (pictured), reportedly changed the locks of their Atlanta mansion because he didn't want to see her anymore, according to TMZ. The couple, who are in the throes of a nasty divorce that began earlier this year, has been married less than two years. According to court documents, which were filed in a Georgia family court, Porsha says that this latest lock-out is not his first attempt at keeping her out of their sprawling digs. The 31-year-old Georgia socialite claims that Kordell locked her out of their home several times in the past and she always had to ask her attorney to intervene on her behalf.Unnamed sources told TMZ, however, that the 40-year-old former Pittsburgh Steeler has not forked over a key to his wife this go-round and doesn't plan on doing so. Porsha also claims in the court papers that she tried to get Kordell to go to mediation to smooth things out, but he allegedly refused to attend, stating that the intervention was just "a waste of everyone's time."Regarding the couple's mansion, Porsha…
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 20:29

Listen: Beyonce releases "Grown Woman"

The BeyHive has released the full track to Beyonce’s Pepsi commercial “Grown Woman” The beat is tribal and is guaranteed to get you bobbing your head and dancing before you realize it. This is bound to be the ladies summer anthem! Listen to it below.  
  Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace (pictured) was gunned down on March 9, 1997, just two months shy of his 25th birthday. With fame and all the perks that came along with his stellar rapping ability, he was destined to achieve so much more. On Tuesday, Biggie Smalls, as he also known, would have been 41 years of age. NewsOne takes a look back at the life and legacy of the heavyweight Brooklyn rap legend. Hip-hop music was in a curious place, as many were still mourning the death of Wallace's rival, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur, who was killed a mere six months prior on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas via a drive-by shooting. Because of the tensions between East and West Coast rappers at the time, many fans thought 2Pac's death was a fatal warning serving as a salvo for the escalating coastal war. Dying in a similar fashion, Biggie's murder left a foreboding cloud over the industry as it suddenly became less about the music and more about the violence it inspired. Born Christopher George Latore Wallace to Jamaican parents George Latore and Voletta Wallace, the future Bad Boy star was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. According…
  The money troubles just keep on mounting for the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Mary J. Blige was recently hit with a tax lien worth $3.4 million. This is just added problems because MJB already owes the state of New Jersey almost a million dollars for failing to pay state taxes. The IRS filed the federal tax lien against Blige, alleging the Grammy Award winner neglected to pay income taxes from 2009-2011. In 2009, Mary failed to pay $574, 907.30. Mary J Blige defaulted on taxes exceeding two million dollars in 2010. To be exact, the total was $2, 203, 743.53. 2011 saw MJB not pay $647, 604. 60 which brings the grand total of her federal tax lien to $3,426,255.43.As mentioned before, Blige is already dealing with state tax trouble in New Jersey. She owes them $901,769.65 in back taxes. Mary is also facing a lawsuit claiming she never paid back a $2.2 million bank loan. Her charity FFAWN is also being sued for $250,000. According to that lawsuit, the charity took out a loan and has yet to pay it back.Mary J. Blige has not commented on her financial troubles nor has anyone from her camp.
  What baby? Ebro Darden, the program director for Hot 97, squashed all Beyonce pregnancy rumors earlier this morning. He stated he personally got an email from rapper/mogul, Jay-Z, stating that all of the reports were, in fact, false, according to The Huffington Post. "I emailed on some congratulations, send my love to the family, blah, blah, blah," Ebro said. "He emailed me back and said it's not true." Hova reportedly responded simply: "It's not true. The news is worse than blogs." Yikes!E! Online was the first to report about the supposed pregnancy, saying they confirmed it with their sources. People were very upset when everyone got a hold of the (fake) news, fans mostly, many were upset at the thought of her canceling her tour that they had tickets for. Beyonce is touring Europe, and then she comes to America and is supposed to tour through August. Being pregnant, who knows how that would have worked out. But since she isn't pregnant (so they say), there shouldn't be any problems with that. Whatever happens, happens!
  MEXICO CITY — Two waiters at a Mexico City bar will face homicide and robbery charges in the beating death of Malcolm X's grandson Malcolm Shabazz, authorities said Monday.Prosecutors said police were seeking at least two other people believed to have participated in the attack on Shabazz, who was beaten early Thursday in a dispute over a $1,200 bar bill.Prosecutor Rodolfo Fernando Rios said bar employees David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus would be charged with aggravated robbery and homicide.Rios said there was no indication of a racial motivation in the attack on Shabazz, 28, who was assaulted after he drank with a friend at the Palace bar on Garibaldi Plaza, a downtown square famous for open-air performances by strolling mariachi musicians.Miguel Suarez, a friend of Shabazz, told The Associated Press last week that the fight broke out after the owner of the bar demanded that the two men pay 15,000 pesos for the time they spent drinking at the bar. He said he found Shabazz outside the bar and took him to a hospital where he died.Many of the bars around Garibaldi Plaza are notorious for exorbitant overcharging of customers, particularly foreigners, often on the…
Word on the street is Dutchess, a.k.a Caesar's girl from VH1′s "Black Ink Crew," is a stripper now.According to reports (and this flyer below), the tattoo artist gave her first performance at King of Diamonds in Miami this week. Ballers in the house included NBA star Derek Rose and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather.It looks like those tattoo and reality TV checks have stopped rolling in, but judging for this clip we should have saw it coming.
  Mathew Knowles (pictured), the Father of pop icon Beyoncé, has reportedly been hit with a whopping $1.2 million-plus tax bill, according to TMZ.According to the feds, Knowles, who wears numerous hats as a music executive, television producer, entrepreneur, record producer, and recording artist manager, owes money for the tax years 2010 ($484,575.95) and 2011 ($728,004.89).But with the millions he's raked in, in the music business, Knowles shouldn't have trouble satisfying the bills.The star-maker, who once handled the career of his mega-celebrity daughter Beyoncé, reportedly made millions from his daughter's booming career. In 1992, Knowles also founded World Music Entertainment, which is one of the world's leading music and entertainment conglomerates with record sales exceeding $300-million worldwide.Its worldwide platforms include record label ventures, management services for recording artists and producers, artist development services, endorsement and partnership deals, performance and event facilities, a master catalog series, film and television ventures, licensed merchandise products, and investment and property holdings.Under World Music, Knowles also created several record imprints and artists, such as Beyoncé and other daughter and singer Solange Knowles, gospel group Trin-i-tee 5:7, and R&B singer Sunshine Anderson who performed under the various labels.Knowles, who was married to Beyoncé's mom and House…
Rap mogul Damon Dash, left, and Rachel Roy arrive to the Cipriani Wall Street concert series in downtown Manhattan, New York where Alicia Keys performed on Thursday, June 23, 2005. (AP Photo/Adam Rountree) Damon Dash, who made millions with Jay-Z as co-partners of Rock-A-Fella Records and Rocawear clothing line, is now millions in debt and facing eviction, the New York Daily News reports."I am currently several months behind in paying my personal bills," he wrote Tuesday in a 5-page court filing. "For instance, I am currently over $100,000 behind in rent for the only home in which I live and at risk of being evicted."The home Dash is referring to is a mansion in Carmel, N.Y. that he reportedly described in a 2011 article as "equipped with a full music studio, a pool, hardwood floors and a spectacular view."One would think he'd settle for a studio in Brooklyn to save a few dollars, but frugality does not seem to be Dash's cup of tea.He appeared Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday to challenge a charge of ignoring a 2008 lawsuit from a garment industry lender seeking payback for a $237,078 loan.The once headline-making music executive has a number of financial issues…
  Courtesy of Sister 2 Sister Tina Campbell admits that she almost resorted to physical violence when she found out that her husband had cheated on her. Today, Tina and her husband Teddy are the proud parents in a happy household, but that wasn't always so. The singer revealed in Ebony's June 2013 issue that she and Teddy almost got a divorce when after she learned that he'd been unfaithful to her. For complete story click here
According to The Amsterdam News, Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of slain civil rights icon Malcolm X was killed in Tijuana, Mexico.The Amsterdam News has learned, and the U.S. Embasy has confirmed, that Malcolm Shabazz – son of Malcolm X, was killed on early Thursday morning, May 9, 2013. He died from injuries sustained after he was thrown off a building as he was being robbed in Tijuana."I'm confirming, per US Embassy, on bhalf of family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.Statement frm family 2 come," wrote close friend of the Shabazz family Terrie M. Williams on twitter. Shabazz was the son of Qubilah Shabazz, the second daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. His father is an Algerian Muslim whom Qubilah Shabazz met in Paris. He is the first male descendant of Malcolm X. In 1997, when he was 12 years old, Shabazz set a fire that caused the death of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz. Cryptically, his very last tweet was affirming that he was indeed the Grandson of Malcolm X. Shabazz was interviewed by GIANT magazine upon his release from prison in 2009. In the piece he admitted to having his fair share of problems."People…
Kobe Bryant has won a temporary reprieve from a judge regarding the court battle between him and his mom in her attempt to sell his memorabilia.TMZ is reporting that the judge issued a temporary restraining order against Goldin Auctions, prohibiting them from selling Kobe's jerseys, championship rings, trophies, and lots of other stuff until a full hearing can be held next Monday.Kobe's mom claims her son gave her the goods, but Kobe says she's is just bitter because he won't buy her an expensive house, and that she stole some of the memorabilia from his house!Guess mom dukes won't be getting a Mother's Day gift this year.