Estelle: unconventional and hot!

Estelle

Could it be?!?!?! Seems like John Legend’s new label debut Estelle is causing a blip on my otherwise flat-lined music radar.  You know every several years some artist from across the pond will throw a rock over here stateside and knock us in ear; Estelle is poised to do just that.  Along with being a talented singer/rapper hybrid this UK bred phenom is also an unconventional beauty, which is just what we need to break the monotany of what we’re seeing these days in the industry.

With her first single ‘American Boy’ from her new album “Shine,” she’s certainly caught my attention. Check out the vid (featuring Kanye West) here:

And THEN she goes anotha further and  twists it up with this funky little ‘Just a Touch’ from back in the day inspired cut ‘Wait a Minue Just’ that features her label sugar daddy John Legend.  My ears are perking up like a startled puppy.  Check THIS out:

 

How far will she go?  The Gods only know…the only problem is radio/video channel gate keepers are the Gods and they know just how to barricade the doors of fresh and new…

“What’chu talkin’ ’bout…Divorce Court?”

Gary Coleman in Divorce CourtGARY … GARY …  GARY! What’s, as Bernie Mac would say, “goinz on?”  After not being able to get a fruitful acting gig as of late, this must be the only other route.  Get married and take your acting “chops” to Divorce Court.

Gary Coleman, 40, and his 22-year-old wife, Shannon Price, are supposedly taping their makeshift “reality show” on TV’s “Divorce Court” May 1 and 2.  

Judge Lynn Toler will hear how angry Coleman gets and all about their “ugly monthly fights.”  Not to mention Coleman’s reasoning for not having friends and his alleged disappearances in the middle of the night, according to Price.

“If he doesn’t get his way, he throws a temper tantrum like a five-year-old does,” Price says, according to a transcript of the show from The Associated Press. “He like stomps the floor and yells, ‘Meehhhh,’ and starts throwing stuff around. He bashes his head in the wall, too.”

Coleman says he goes off because he’s not being heard and that “the male is always the bad guy.”

“When I try to state my case or explain things to her or try to get her to understand my point of view,” Coleman says, “my point of view doesn’t matter.”

Coleman also admits to trust issues.  Back in February 2008, Gary told People magazine that this relationship was his “first-time-ever romantic relationship.”

“I don’t have any friends and don’t have any intention of making any,” he says. “People will stab you in the back, mistreat you, talk about me behind your back, steal from you. And they’re not really your friends. (They’re) only there because you’re a celebrity or because they want to get something from you.”

Black Youth Defy Alcohol Targeting

stides-malt-liquor.jpgIt’s not a secret that in most major cities in America, liquor is one thing that’s not hard to find.  Everyone has heard the phrase, “You can find one on every corner”, when referencing liquor stores in the black community.  But, The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University has found that while the exposure and alcohol consumption ads, music, and media bombard the lives of black youth, they are not taking the bait. 

The center’s findings show that African American youth between the ages of 18 and 20 are drinking far less than their white counterparts.  And that finding should not be overlooked because alcohol consumption in African Americans has been found to be much more deadly than for whites.  Not only does the consumption of alcohol contribute to the three leading causes of death among African-American 12 to 20 year-olds (homicide, unintentional injuries (including car crashes), and suicide), but it also, according to the center’s report, says as they age, African Americans suffer more from alcohol-related diseases than other groups in the population.

Another finding from the report states that African American youth’s drug of choice is alcohol, yet they still drink less than whites.  The report sites the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showing 19.1% of African Americans between 12 and 20 used alcohol in the 30 days prior to the survey, compared to 32.6% of whites, and 9.9% of African-American youth reported “binge” drinking, compared to 22.8% of whites.

The report gives the community several wake-up calls.  The most important of those being that the black community are not sheep to be herded into the latest trends of social acceptance.  The community is producing trendsetters that hold the potential to not delve into more serious drugs as an epidemic and truly become “our future.” 

YouTube offers divorce?

A New York woman has tried her luck at a video presentation of what appears to be a plea for help from the general public.  She goes off on her husband, gives up the goods on their relationship and all of this may even hurt them both when it’s time to hit the court, according to divorce experts. 

Tricia Walsh-Smith, is married to Broadway executive Philip Smith who is 25 years her senior.  Her emotional tirade on YouTube has attracted 150,000 viewers.  Some lawyers are calling it a “scary, new step.”

We have attached the video, so you can watch Walsh-Smith go through their wedding album on camera, accuse her husband of trying to evict her out of their apartment, and even hit him with some embarrasing remarks about their sex life.  That part ruins his reputation on the playground.  There won’t be any younger women for a while.

His attorneys say that they are “appalled.”

American Airlines Got Some ‘Splainin’ To Do”

      

  am-airlines-image.jpgWe’ve all heard of the “friendly skies”, but some people have gotten carried away.  A 21-year-old woman has filed a $200,000 lawsuit against American Airlines alleging employees on a flight from Dallas to Los Angeles didn’t watch her back while she slept.  But, someone else did.  Another passenger got in the seat beside her, proceeded to masturbate and ejaculated in her hair, according to a lawsuit she filed last week in Tarrant County.  The suit also states that the woman alleges that employees of the airline have knowledge of risks involved when they do not “police the passengers to ensure that passengers do not hurt one another.”

     The lawsuit also gave details of the woman’s trip stating that as she settled in for the last leg of her trip where she fell asleep, she awoke about 20 minutes before the pilot announced that they were descending into L.A. and looked around to find unknown man in the seat next to her, staring at her and masturbating.  She turned to the window and instinctfully ran her hands through her hair out of nervousness where she noticed “a substantial amount of an extremely sticky substance in her hair.”  No flight attendants came to her rescue, but another passenger in the row in front of her comforted her and verified that there was indeed semen in the woman’s hair.  But, an employee did notify airport police when the plane landed and the man was arrested.

The only statement the airlines has made was to a Houston television station last year and a spokesman said the company regretted the incident, but the flight crew took appropriate action.  The woman is seeking punitive damages and a jury trial.

 But I have to say, after hearing the story, I wonder, HOW THE HECK DID HE GET IT IN HER HAIR?  But my biggest question is …WHAT IS OPRAH GOING TO HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS?  It is just as much her favorite airline as Southwest is Tom Joyner’s.  -Jacci B.

No Slap On the Wrist for Snipes

wesleysnipes_150.jpgApparently, reference letters don’t carry that much weight in federal court these days.  Wesley Snipes tried every angle he possibly could and a federal judge still sentenced the action star to the maximum three-year sentence on tax charges.  Prosecutors came after the actor asking for three years, one year for each of Snipes’ convictions of willfully failing to file a tax return.

Snipes’ lawyers submitted three dozen letters from family members, friends and colleagues Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson.  The lawyers argued probation for Snipes with no prison and no fine because he had no previous criminal record and all three convictions were misdemeanors. 

The sentencing lasted all morning without a decision. A jury found Snipes guilty in February of willfully failing to file taxes for three years, in the amount the government stated at $2.7 million.  The attorneys concluded that the government’s sentencing guidelines were not fair for tax convictions such as these.

Promoter Uses “Double Up” On Investors

R. Kelly managed to stay away from the courts for a while, but now he’s reeled back in for something unexpected.  The R&B superstar and investors were swindled out of major money during his “Double Up” tour being promoted by Leonard Rowe.

Kelly’s reps announced Wednesday, that yet another lawsuit has been filed against Rowe, who’s charged with fleecing investors for hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling them shares in R. Kelly’s “Double Up” Tour which has a contract that clearly states he is not to sell off shares.

The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta April 11, by Milton Kenneth Peacock of Bowie, Maryland, states that Rowe collected $440,000 from investors for three Kelly concerts in late December and early January.  He then produced an accounting of the concerts to the same investors showing losses that couldn’t possibly yield any profits.

B  ut not only does he go after the investors, he also goes after the person he’s supposed to be promoting, The R.  In fact, the singer has never seen several million dollars owed to him during the tour which, in effect, left Kelly performing for free the last ten days of the tour because he didn’t want to disappoint fans.

“I agreed to let Leonard Rowe promote my tour because he convinced me
he was an underdog who deserved a chance to prove himself,” Kelly said this week. “Like the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. I have complete sympathy for all of the good people who were swindled by Rowe and I will do everything I can to help them get their money back from him.”

In February, Kelly took legal action against the promoter for failing to pay and Rowe dropped out of sight.
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Barack Obama goes Jay-Z on voters

Barack Obama was obviously a little perturbed by the line of questioning at the Democratic debate Wednesday night on ABC, so much so, that the senator has implied that he doesn’t see the point of debating Clinton again.  He managed to hold his composure as usual, but a good guess would be that his frustration stems from being, once again, inundated with the questions regarding controversial statements by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and his own comments that some rural Pennsylvanians are “bitter.”  But after the debate, he let it rip with a few choice words…for him anyway.

On Thursday the senator had this to say,  “Last night, we set a new record, because it took us 45 minutes before we even started talking — until we started talking about a single issue that matters to the American people.”

He then went on to say, “Now, I don’t blame Washington for this; that’s just how Washington is. … They like stirring up controversy; they like playing ‘gotcha’ games. … I will say Sen. Clinton looked in her element.”

If those quotes didn’t do it justice, we totally understand.  Check out Obama as he gets that “dirt off his shoulders” while addressing his supporters.  Jay-Z would be so proud!