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After not getting nominated for not one Grammy award this year, singer Justin Bieber is left feeling a little slighted. Instead of gracing the award show any way, Bieber has decided to skip it this year and put on his own show via video stream.
With so many fans world-wide, many are wondering if Bieber’s video stream will hurt the award shows viewership tonight. The stream is scheduled during the same time the award show airs on CBS and will feature new music and a Q&A session. I’m not sure how Bieber fans can deny such an event.
Will CBS suffer tonight? It’s hard to say but I am sure the Grammy Show got Bieber’s hint and we will see the young star next year.
We haven’t heard many lyrics from rapper Lil Mama lately but we will see her on TV in the near future. No, I am not talking America’s Best Dance Crew but a TLC biopic.
23 year-old Naitia ‘Lil Mama’ Kirkland, has officially been cast as Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, the fallen member of the legendary R&B girl group TLC in a VH1 biopic. The biopic is currently in pre-production but there is no release date as of yet.
Rap legend MC Lyte couldn’t keep the secret in and spoke with reporters about the film while on the red carpet for the VIBE Impact Awards. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say, but I will,” she said to reporters. “She just got the role of Left Eye in TLC’s new movie.” MC Lyte also revealed that her and the young rapper are working on an upcoming female rappers’ collaboration record.
Looks like 2013 will be a big year for Lil Mama!
Nominated for a Grammy award tonight, Melanie Fiona’s “Wrong Side of a Love Song” called on actor Larenz Tate to direct the highly anticipated music video. A fan-favorite from her sophomore album The MF Life, the video gave Melanie the chance to try her hand at acting and I am sure her talented director had a lot to do with that. Check out behind-the-scenes footage below.
While she isn’t performing, attending award shows and shooting videos, Melanie Fiona is working on her third album which is expected to be her strongest body of work according to recent interviews.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Wendy Williams and her husband/ manager Kevin Hunter have launched their very own Production company. Wendy Williams Productions is set to produce reality, game and talk shows for cable and broadcast channels.
“This is a dream come true,” Williams said. “Kevin and I have been kicking around so many ideas and are excited to be able to now bring them to life with our own production shingle. As anyone who watches my show knows, I am a huge fan of all reality and game shows, and I know a thing or two about talk. Lisa has spent a career creating and producing the kind of television shows I love, and we are thrilled to have her guide our development efforts. We don’t plan on wasting much time, so stay tuned for some must-see programming ahead.” [SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter]
After singing the National Anthem live, Beyoncé held a press conference to clear up some things and answer some questions from the media. During the press conference Q&A portion, the 31-year-old singer confirmed that she did lip sync during her Inauguration performance but she will most definitely be performing live during this Sunday’s Super Bowl. She briefly spoke about her daughter and her HBO special but politely passed over questions about a Destiny’s Child reunion and her pick for a Super Bowl champion. Watch a clip below.
On to the fun stuff!
Well it looks like the fans aren’t the only ones excited about this Sunday’s halftime performance. Beyoncé has some admirers on the field as well and they sat down with NFL.com to talk this year’s Super Bowl super star performer. A video of the players was posted and with respect to Jay-Z, the players gushed about B and their favorite songs. A couple of the players even sing! Such a cute video!
Seems like Beyoncé is making headlines just about every other day now. With all the Inauguration and Super Bowl buzz, the Baddie Bey craze is at an all time high and she is riding the wave.
Fans of Beyoncé eat up just about anything she does. At this point, I am pretty sure can’t do any wrong in her fans eyes so they are always asking for more. And more they get. Beyoncé just released an ad for her fifth fragrance, Pulse NYC and it’s New York glamour.
“I thought that now that I am a New Yorker and I’ve learned about how I can accomplish anything in this city, I felt it was an appropriate energy for the new fragrance,” she says in a behind-the-scenes video for the ad shoot. Watch the BTS video below.
Recently, the Girl On Fire singer Alicia Keys announced she was joining BlackBerry as their new Global Creative Director. Keys was hired to work closely with app developers, content creators, retailers, carriers and the entertainment community to help assist with the new BlackBerry 10 platform.
“I find that in my life a majority of people may consider one phone a play phone and they consider a BlackBerry a work phone,” Keys says. “I think that there is an incredible opportunity to bridge that gap. We can create one device that allows you to do everything. So those things that you might consider play you can still be able to do on your BlackBerry 10. And those things that you consider work you obviously do at the highest efficiency on the BlackBerry 10.”
BlackBerry seemed like a dying breed but I guess they had something in the works all along. Lets see if the new BlackBerry 10 Platform and A. Keys will revive the brand.
In a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, actress Taraji P. Henson told the late night talk show host that she was making her 18-year-old son Marcel Henson sit out of college his first semester so he could learn the value of finding a job in the real world. Marcel is quickly showing his mom that regardless of his privileged life, he can hustle up a job.
Marcel Henson landed a campaign deal with California-based clothing line SquareBear. His actress mommy was super proud and tweeted to her followers:
Be different! Get SQUARED UP!!! @mysquarebear I love everything about this brand….especially the model!
Babyface’s little cutie Peyton Edmonds is the newest face for GUESS Kids Spring 2013 campaign. The 4-year-old model posed alongside Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn Birkhead giving us this Spring’s must-haves. The kiddies were photographed by Elliston Lutz on the beaches of Malibu. They were dressed in colorful denim, vest and skirts.
The first photos were released just a couple of days ago but the campaign ads are already turning up in magazines. Got to love spring photos in the cold winter. That is the beauty of advertising.
Independent R&B singer/songwriter Jade Alston is gearing up to release her second EP, “SUNDAY MORNING: Single On A Saturday Night Pt. 2″ on her birthday Tuesday, January 29th. On top of her new music, Jade recently announced a new initiative which the community has been buzzing about.
Jade Alston’s Own Your Art Initiative is an effort to encourage young adults to express themselves through their art and to show that it is possible to make a career out of the arts, if they choose. Through a collaboration between Jade Alston, American Dreaming Magazine and The Rick Foundation, the nonprofit initiative will be hosting a fundraising gala. The gala will be held on February 9th at The Dreaming Building in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are $20 and will include a silent auction, free food and drinks, and a live performance by Jade Alston. If you can’t make the event, you can still sponsor a student by purchasing a ticket.
The funds raised from The “Own Your Art” gala will go towards a multi-city high school/college tour. Support this cause! To learn more, purchase a ticket or sponsor a student, please visit Jade Alston’s website.