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Rihanna and Chris Brown's relationship is not only hard to keep up with (are they on? Are they off?), it's also a contentious one ever since that fateful night at the Grammys four years ago. One man in particular who is not a fan of the two singers' union is Chris Brown's dad, Clinton. Click here to read more
The legendary, troubled Lauryn Hill, 37, has penned an open letter to fans speaking about her recent tax troubles and confirming that we can expect new music from her, something that has been highly anticipated for years.Ever since the release of 1998′s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, fans have been longing for more life lessons from Hill. The album sold over 19 million copies worldwide and won the former Fugees front-woman five Grammy awards. Since that time, Hill has taken time off to give birth to 5 more children and her music has arguably been hit or miss.Read some of her letter below:It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music. I've remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce... free minds, and minds that…
The Shirt Box today announced the Farmington Hills-based retailer, in partnership with Heart 2 Hart Detroit (H2HD) is still in need of donations of new and gently used shoes and boots. The partnership has generated a donation of more than 500 pairs of shoes in the first three weeks of the campaign, though the high demand for footwear continues. The program will extend through the month of May.Launched in 2013, "Soles for the City," encourages the donation of new and gently used shoes and boots to be distributed to homeless individuals living within the city of Detroit. Among the items supplied through organizations such as Heart 2 Hart Detroit, donations of food and clothing remain in constant demand, but shoes and boots are often overlooked creating an overwhelming need among Detroit's homeless population."The community support since the program's inception has been unbelievable," said co-owner Ron Elkus. "Unfortunately, the demand is great right now and shoes aren't as commonly donated as canned foods or used clothing."Heart 2 Hart Detroit will coordinate distribution of the shoes to men, women and children in need. The organization was established to address the needs of homeless individuals living in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Deliveries of…
Friday, 26 April 2013 17:00

Hot new music by Detroit's own J.Drew

  J. Drew, of the legendary Sheard family is a 23-year-old Detroit born artist who is quickly proving himself to be among the most gifted producer/songwriters of his generation. The Grammy Award nominated producer has signed on with Pharell's StarTrak label and is preparing to release his debut solo project on Detroit indie label LiveTMG, "Never Coming Back". The EP, a blend of futuristic R&B and nu-pop trap music, covers the 23-year old singer's emergence into manhood and his often complex relationships with women and love. "My formula is simple: everything has to be musically beautiful, soulful and rough enough for the turn up. I make the music I want to hear," says the singer/producer. Watch the trailer for "Never Coming Back!   Listen to "Flight" the first single from "Never Coming Back"          
Detroit's New Center Park will be reprising its free outdoor film series "Wednesday Night at the Movies" this summer. The seasonal series runs from June 5 to August 28, 2013. As always, the movies are more vintage than very new -- and at least two films make Detroit itself a plot point (that'd be "Sparkle" and "Beverly Hills Cop")
Meeting your significant other's parents ranks right up there with public speaking and a route canal – both are painful and you can't wait to get it over with. In Tyler Perry's "Peeples" Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) is ready to propose to his lady love Grace (Kerry Washington) but won't pop the question without meeting the rest of her family who he jokingly refers to as "the chocolate Kennedys."When Grace travels to Sag Harbor to attend a family event, Wade decides to tag along and show up unannounced. When he meets the intimidating Virgil Peeples and the rest of the Peeples clan, Wade learns some surprising facts about his fiancee-to-be and wonders if he will ever fit in with this peculiar band of misfits. We've listed five reasons to check out this fun and raunchy family affair: Kerry WashingtonWhile Kerry is the undisputed queen of prime time with "Scandal", audiences will be happy to see her to see her take a more comedic route as Grace Peeples. Kerry shows off a funnier, laid back and sometimes goofy side which is a welcome change from the heart pounding, high tension drama that surrounds the world of Olivia Pope. And honestly the…
  Alicia Keys' new video includes ice, a bodycon dress and Maxwell — yes, it's that hot! This "Girl On Fire" loves turning up the heat these days. Her latest single "Fire We Make" is a steamy duet with Maxwell and the visual is just as sensual as the song's lyrics.Directed by Chris Robinson, the five-minute clip uses warm lighting and a New Orleans backdrop to set the mood. Keys and Maxwell play two strangers with an undeniable connection. "Fire We Make" is the third single lifted from Keys' fifth studio album Girl on Fire, which landed at number one on the Billboard charts after its Novemeber release. Click here to see the video
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:04

Lauryn Hill responds to eviction rumors

Lauryn Hill is shutting down the rumors that she's about to be evicted from her New Jersey home. The singer took to her Tumblr to set the record straight. YET ANOTHER MEDIA INACCURACY... I'd like to set the record straight: I am not squatting, and I do not owe any money to my landlord. I have always stayed current on rent. I was raised in South Orange, which is why these allegations are not only false, but insulting. I am in talks with the town about resolving an unrelated issue, regarding how I use my home to work on my music, which has nothing to do with my financial obligations.Won't it be great when real journalism returns to replace inaccurate tabloid harassment. Well there you have it, straight from the source!   http://hellobeautiful.com/2637447/lauryn-hill-responds-to-eviction-rumors/
Jacket for Jobs recently celebrated a tremendous milestone. This year marks thirteen years of empowering individuals from welfare to employment throughout the Detroit area. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alison Vaughn had a vision to help others who were struggling financially but still desired to gain employment. Jackets for Jobs helps its clients by providing career coaching, interview training and professional business attire. Since its inception in 2000, Jackets for Jobs has helped over 14,000 individuals with employment and has been highlighted on ABC's "The View", NBC's "Today Show", and Oprah's O Magazine. In addition to being nationally recognized, Jacket for Jobs also has a working, charitable partnership with TJ Maxx, who attended the celebration and presented Vaughn and JFJ with a $10,000 check, further cementing their alliance. "Jackets for Jobs, is such a great and enormous thing that helps so many people," kdfl d, "I wanted to give Allison a few more reasons to keep on keeping on. [TJ Maxx] is going to stand with [her] to help these folks be as strong as they need to be as long as they need to be."Vaughn has ambitious goals for the future. "JFJ is a one-of-a-kind operation and there is…
Nike placed this ad in Sunday's Los Angeles Times (and in social media), honoring Kobe Bryant following his season-ending injury. It's classic Nike—simple, rhythmic, inspirational. It's also sly. It reads like a career retrospective, until the last line, when it's revealed to be anything but. From Tiger Woods to Bryant, you can always count on Nike never to be boring.  Click here to read more  
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 15% of women say that they're "worn out" and "exhausted" most days or every day compared with 10% of men. Only 10%?! I could have sworn that statistic would be a LOT higher. I mean, according to Beyonce, we are the ones who are strong enough to bare the children, then get back to business! Somewhere in the midst of pushing out babies and sending out emails, we are just...tired! The results show that the older we all are, the more tired we all are–despite our gender. The gender gap fades as the years go by.But this study doesn't offer us any new information. We've always known that women typically have to schlep through the "2nd shift," which usually happens after 6pm when work ends and the real work of being a wife, mother, homework helper, dinner cooker and if we can squeeze it in, girlfriend gabber, begins. Not to say men don't have more work to do after their 9-5 is over, but maybe they've got the key to getting the proper rest? What do you beauties think?
Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April14th. This marks the fifth time that Prince has garnered a weekly honor, his first in the A.L. He previously won four Player of the WeekAwards in the National League while with the Milwaukee Brewers. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network. Fielder batted .632 (12-for-19) with four doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, five runs scored and nine walks in six games. During theweek, the left-handed-hitting slugger led all Major League hitters in batting average, RBI, slugging percentage (1.158) and on-basepercentage (.733), was second overall in walks, tied for second in doubles, third in hits and tied for third in total bases (22). Fielder got his award-winning week off to a quick start in Tuesday's tilt with the Toronto Blue Jays, roping a first-inning RBIdouble to help Detroit defeat the Jays, 7-3, at Comerica Park. The 28-year-old reached base four times, finishing 2-for-3 with a pair ofwalks to back teammate Anibal Sanchez in the win. After being edged out by the Blue Jays in an 8-6 loss on Wednesday, Fielder andthe Tigers stormed back on Thursday in…
Friday, 29 March 2013 15:38

2013's wealthiest rappers

It's that time again when Forbes let's the world know who are the richest rappers, and this comes as no surprise. Topping the list is Diddy, with an estimated network $580 million. Diddy makes most of his money mainly through his vodka Ciroc and other non-music business. Jay-Z is number two, putting $475 million in his bank account. He is still riding high from his $150 million Live Nation deal and selling Rocawear for $207 million. Rounding out the third, fourth, and fifth slots are Dr. Dre, Birdman, and 5o Cent. We all know Dr. Dre is raking in the Beats By Dre dough, especially now that you can find it anywhere from your smartphone to your car nowadays. With the way this list is, I doubt there is real room for much change in the future. This list has been the same for years.
The highly anticipated new Tyler Perry film "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" was premiered in Atlanta last week at a star-studded event that brought paparazzi out of the woodwork. The movie, which goes wide on March 29, stars Jurnee Smollet-Bell ("The Great Debaters"), Lance Gross ("House of Payne"), Robbie Jones ("90210"), Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams and Brandy Norwood. Writer-director-actor Tyler Perry spoke of what he hopes is his "most thought-provoking" movie yet, and gave high marks to his young cast. He also singled out the expectant Kardashion who attended the opening with the baby's father, Kanye West. "Kim was very professional from day one," said Perry. Perry also noted that this premiere was special because it took place in his studio's home base, and the ATL seemed a little shocked by all the "paparazzi snapping pictures through the trees." Perry joked that while such behavior is normal in New York or Los Angeles, in Atlanta a person could get hurt.But in a more serious vein, Perry said the film takes its tone from the subject matter: "It's about relationships and bad choices, and about how one moment can ruin your life." Smollet-Bell plays Judith, an ambitious, married woman who…