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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 11:52

Celebrities on Instagram (Photo Gallery)

Social media has been a God-send for celebrity prowlers who always manage to keep up with the latest Celeb news. Before you had to wait for a magazine to publish pictures once a month or maybe you lucked out and Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood had something good up. Now that the era of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is in full effect, the stars do the work for you. All you have to do is follow.  Here is a list of some of the more interesting celeb Instagram posts. Serena Williams-Finding her inner superhero. Follow her @SerenaWilliams   Snoop Dogg--no wait Snoop Lion now--took a break from the typical debauchery to play for the Direct TV Beach Bowl. Shout out to AJ! Follow him @snoopdogg   Thanks to Gangnam Style,  Hammer has been enjoying a brief reemergence. He makes the list for posting a throw-way-back picture of him Snoop Dog and the late, great Tupac Shakur. Follow him @mchammer   Alicia Keys just performed a jazzy rendition of the National Anthem for Super Bowl XLVII and signed on with Blackberry as their Global Creative Director. But this pic of her with Jamie Foxx and Smokey Robinson awesome. Follow her @aliciakeys…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 07:00

Best 'Hood' Films of the Decade

Sometimes there's nothing better than a good 'hood film to get the adrenaline pumping on a cold night. Insightful stories about life in the inner cities, violence, social commentary and some of the most memorable lines in movie history. It's time to take a trip down 'hood history. In no particular order, here is FrontPage Detroit's Top 10 'Hood Flicks. 1. Boyz in da Hood-- Academy Award-nominated director, Singleton, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Nia Long, Ice Cube and of course Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.Quote: Well, how you think the crack rock gets into the country? We don't own any planes. We don't own no ships. We are not the people who are flyin' and floatin' that s*** in here. --Furious Styles   2. Menace II Society--1993 drama/hood film and the directorial debut of twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. Menace II Society is set in South Central Los Angeles and follows the life of a hoodlum named Caine Lawson and his close friends. Starring Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett SmithQuote: My grandpa asked me one time if I care whether I live or die. Yeah I do. Now it's too late. --Caine   New Jack City…
Bobbi Kristina Brown took to her Twitter account recently to voice her opinions on her grandmother, Cissy Houston's new book Remembering Whitney. The 19-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston tweeted that she finds the book "2B Disrespect2MYMOTHER & me being HERDAUGHTER won't tolerate it." Bobbi Kristina made it clear she and boyfriend Nick Gordon will not be supporting the book: "Haven't read&won't." Read more: http://thegrio.com/2013/02/04/bobbi-kristina-bashes-grandmothers-new-book-remembering-whitney/
What better a way to start off black history month than by telling the stories of the wives of the two most recognizable faces of the civil rights movement? At first glance, the two women might not appear to have had much in common other than being married to titans of the struggle. Yet, the story brought to life by the production efforts of R&B superstar Mary J. Blige takes us far beyond what we think we already know. Blige brings to life the character of Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X. Her on screen chemistry with Angela Bassett, who plays Coretta Scott King (wife of MLK) mimics the real life relationship the two shared. Actress Ruby Dee rounds out the featured ensemble, narrating these women's relationship through her own eyes. Betty and Coretta's stories are perhaps ones that have been taken for granted. Many of us believe that we've learned possibly all we can about their renowned husbands. But, the film reveals details that let us in on who their wives 'really' were, beyond their widowed identity. Malcolm and Martin gracefully exit the plot about 30 minutes into the film. Each makes just enough of an appearance to set…
Friday, 01 February 2013 14:32

Let Beyonce Breathe A Little... Maybe?

If you didn't know any better, you'd assume a random football game was taking place at the Beyonce concert this weekend. Truth is, the talented songstress' upcoming Super Bowl Halftime performance has taken complete control of the media buzz surrounding the event. After all the hoopla surrounding her infamous lip sync of the national anthem at the presidential inauguration, spectators are especially eager to see how Beyonce will respond. Who knew that the Pop superstar would get started so early on 'shushing' the scrutiny? At the official Super Bowl press conference held on Thursday, Beyonce began with a live rendition of the Star Bangled Banner. Her quick performance reminded fans all over the country that she doesn't need to sing over a tape to get the job done. The effort to redeem herself from the inaugural madness, whether needed or not, has fans now more than ever eager to see what she's cooked up for football's finest night. Judging her track record, Beyonce is sure not to disappoint. The only question, will critics let her live a little in 2013? You're guess is as good as mine. Follow Britney Spear on Twitter @missbritneysp
Thursday, 31 January 2013 17:06

Alicia Keys Get a New Gig

Alicia Keys can now add Global Creative Director to her resume right beneath Grammy award winner and actress. The news was announced today at a press conference in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada for the RIM's BlackBerry 10 event. According to Rap-Up: Keys will work closely with app developers, content creators, retailers, carriers, and the entertainment industry to further shape and enhance the BlackBerry 10 platform through music, books, film, and apps. President and CEO Thorsten Heins said, "We are excited she will be bringing to us her enormous capabilities, as well as a vast network of relationships in the entertainment, social media and business communities, to help shape our brand and grow our business." Blackberry lovers will probably appreciate the innovative design more that dedicated iPhone users. Alicia, who once coveted her iPhone said this about the new venture: "It has entirely revolutionized the experience. I know the potential this platform has to help creative people be more productive, and help productive people be more creative. This is such an incredible age to be living in, with such profound advances in communications and technology. As Global Creative Director, my goal is to inspire creativity with this platform, and I'm so excited…
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 15:29

Taye Diggs Stops Thief

Entertainers are beginning to take the law into their own hands when it comes to thieves trying to break into their homes. Actor Taye Diggs took a page out of LL Cool J's book by stopping a potential burglar from ransacking his Los Angeles mansion. According to police officers, a young man who is said to be about 20 years old, broke into Diggs' home just after 11:00 pm last night. Taye Diggs made his presence known and the potential burglar went running away from the house. Diggs chased the intruder down and held him until police were able to arrive to the actor's house. Police say there was a getaway driver but they weren't apprehended because they fled as Diggs caught the one on foot. Earlier that evening, Taye Diggs was at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and had only been home for a short time before the intruder made his attempt.These robbers better be careful, Entertainers are now fighting back and it's not turning out good for the burglars. The thief LL Cool J stopped wound up in the hospital. The guy trying to rob Taye Diggs got off easy. http://theurbandaily.com/2054038/taye-diggs-stops-thief-from-breaking-into-his-home/
Miami rapper Rick Ross is feeling with the negative effects of being a boss in the hip-hop game. His Rolls Royce crashed into an apartment building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after a crew attempted to do a drive-by. Police have confirmed Rick Ross, real name William Roberts, was in the luxury vehicle at the time the drive-by took place. Ross' Rolls crashed into the an apartment building on Los Olas Avenue at about five in the morning when several shots rang out. Although the shots were aimed directly at Rick Ross' car, no one in the car was injured. NBC6 says no arrests have been made at this time. Witnesses say Rick Ross was out celebrating his birthday at a nearby restaurant called The Floridian before the attempt on his life was made. While the Rolls Royce didn't crash into the restaurant, it was struck by shots aimed at Ross' Rolls Royce. Witnesses also say they heard about 15 gunshots. We're glad Rick Ross and company weren't injured. But that's got to be the worse way to celebrate a birthday. Hopefully it gets better for him as the day goes on. http://theurbandaily.com/2054106/rick-ross-car-crash-drive-by/
Monday, 28 January 2013 15:35

Chris Brown Feuding with Frank Ocean

According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, singer Chris Brown is under investigation for allegedly assaulting Odd Future's Frank Ocean. TMZ and USA Today are reporting that there was a fight over a parking space Sunday night and Chris Brown was the aggressor. "The altercation allegedly led to Chris Brown punching the victim," the department said in a statement released early Monday morning. Frank Ocean corroborated that something went down with someone named Chris in a Tweet he sent out: '"I got jumped by Chris and a couple guys. lol," he wrote. " I only wish Everest was there." The two singers were engaged in a Twitter beef more than a year ago that was later "squashed." It appears that it may be back on. More on this as it develops. http://theurbandaily.com/2053962/frank-ocean-i-got-jumped-by-chris/
Friday, 25 January 2013 18:14

Local Artist Series: Dion Price

Detroit has always been home to some of the best talent in America. As the birthplace of Motown, music has had a way of infusing itself into our DNA, birthing new talent generation after generation. Such is the case with local Detroit artist Dion Price who has been performing in and around Metro Detroit as a solo artist since 2005 and is creating a tremendous amount of buzz around the city. Price can't remember a time when he wasn't singing, citing his family as his greatest musical inspiration. "I come from a musical family. My siblings and I would have competitions to see who could sing their favorite song the best." From singing for his family, to performing with a group in high school and finally going solo in 2005 Dion Price is on a journey to stardom and is creating a lot of buzz around the city. When asked how he felt about going solo and why he left the security of being in a group, Dion replied, "It felt weird and out of body. I was used to being sheltered in a group. But it got to the point where I really needed to find who I was…
Friday, 25 January 2013 15:43

Jennifer admits addict role was a challenge

Jennifer Hudson was on hand at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss her starring role in the Alicia Keys-helmed The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. Michael Starrbury, who is currently re-writing a Tupac biopic, penned the film, which stars Jennifer as mother and tatted-up heroin addict, "Gloria." Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Mackie co-star. Jennifer spoke to "Access Hollywood" about the challenges of preparing for such a complicated character, as well as trying to differentiate the real world from fiction for her son David Jr. "It was definitely a challenge," said Jennifer. "Preparing for the role I would rehearse my moments and my son would get scared of me. [He would say] 'My mommy doesn't talk to me like that,' and 'ooh, you're mean.'" Jennifer used the experience as a teaching tool to describe acting to the 3-year-old. "I found myself explaining to him, 'no, mommy is going to play a really mean mommy to another little boy,'" described Jennifer. The sultry singer also talked about the experience of having to see life through the eyes of someone who is addicted to heroin. "That world was so foreign to me and it exposed me to so much in preparing for…
Come in out of the "Purple Rain," Prince fans. It's time to listen to some new music from the famed rocker. A new song called "Screwdriver" is out in the wild and being featured on Prince's website via a flashy lyric video. Check out the fuzzy guitars and scratchy vocals in this rock 'n' roll romp. "I'm your driver and you're my screw!" Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has the details on the Purple One's new band -- guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford, and bassist Ida Nielsen -- and whether they're behind the Twitter account @3rdEyeGirl, which has been releasing plenty of tidbits from the Prince camp. Third eye or not, we'll stay focused on what else Prince is up to as more details of his new work emerge. In the meantime, tell us what you think of the new song in the poll below. http://entertainment.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/23/16662126-prince-rocks-with-new-band-turns-out-screwdriver?lite
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:03

In 'Like' with LUV

Every boy needs role model, a father or father-figure that can help him navigate the complicated and confusing path to manhood. Sometimes that person is a drug dealing ex-con and beggars can't be choosers. This is the case for 11-year-old Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.), whose mother is absent and his father is nonexistent. Uncle Vincent (Common) steps up to the plate after an eight year bid in prison. The day begins full of promise: Uncle Vincent plans to take Woody school and then go to the bank to get a loan to open a crab shack. Uncle Vincent gets the brilliant idea that Woody should play hooky and ride with for the day to show him "how to be a man". Not the worst decision. He takes Woody to get a custom fitted suit, even lets him drive a car. But when the bank denies his loan request, Uncle Vincent decides to do one last drug deal to fund for his dreams...and takes the kid with him. Naturally things do not go as intended and his former boss Mr. Fish (Dennis Haysbert) suspects that Vincent made a deal with the police to get his twenty year sentence reduced to…
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 07:19

Beyonce's Inauguration Performance

If there's a musical act "headlining" the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, it's Beyonce. The singer's performance of the National Anthem was a capstone to the official proceedings of the inauguration, and served as the marker between the events on the steps of the capitol and the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Beyonce was hardly the only performer to make an impression over the weekend. Kelly Clarkson sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" immediately after Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address and James Taylor sang "America the Beautiful." From our earlier reporting: A host of other musicians and singers were spotted at events surrounding the actual inauguration. Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder and Usher were among those who scored inauguration weekend gigs.One of the President's favorite genres was celebrated at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball, where rappers 2 Chainz and MC Lyte and singer John Legend were honored at the Sunday night event. Their speeches were far better received than an impromptu one by rapper Lupe Fiasco, who was reportedly pulled from the stage after an anti-Obama rant of sorts at the StartUp RockOn concert. Four years ago, Aretha Franklin sang "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters"…