Academy Award winner and Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As she accepted the huge honor, she said: “I’m sure my mom is in heaven like, ‘Jenny stop crying!’ But now’s the time to cry mama.” Jennifer was joined by her fiance David Otunga, son David Jr., music legend Clive Davis, Ledisi, and singer/producer Raphael Saadiq.
Mariah Carey recently stopped by Hot 97 studios to promote her upcoming album Art of Letting Go. And when Angie Martinez asked her about being a judge on “American Idol” last season, Mariah had quite the response. MC responded:
“Honestly, I hated it. I thought it was gonna be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment... It was like going to work everyday in hell with Satan. Nah, I’m just playing. It didn’t affect me that much. I was disappointed. But I loved the contestants. It was disappointing when for political reasons they wouldn’t put people through.”
Wow, if hell allows you to walk away with eight million plus dollars, I can’t wait to see what heaven looks like!
The TLC and Perry “Pebbles” Reid saga continues! Last Wednesday, Pebbles made her way to “The Wendy Williams Show” to clean up her reputation and clear her name. In the process, she made some accusations about TLC band mate, Chilli, having an affair with her then-husband L.A. Reid and also said that it was Left Eye and T-Boz who kicked Chilli out of the group, not her, as the VH1 biopic suggested. Well the ladies of TLC were not having it and took to Twitter to tell a completely different story. They began by saying:
“No member of TLC ever slept with or had sexual contact with LA Reid as Perri falsely accused Chilli of on “The Wendy Williams Show.” In fact, Perri had falsely alleged the same thing happened with Tionne... I would like to confirm that Perri Reid was the only person who ever suggested that Chilli leave TLC. Neither Lisa nor I ever wanted or suggested that.”
TLC closed by saying:
“Y’all need to watch what church y’all walk into cause I’ll tell ya some of these so-called MINISTERS might get struck by lightning at any moment.”
Of course, that was a jab at Pebbles who is now a Christian minister who goes by the name Sister Perri.
Despite being named the “GQ Rapper of the Year,” Kendrick Lamar pulled out of the magazine’s “Men of the Year” gala because of an unflattering profile. Anthony Tiffith, CEO of Kendrick’s label Top Dawg Entertainment told TMZ:
“To say he was ‘surprised at our discipline’ is completely disrespectful... Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented. The racial overtones immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars [Tupac and B.I.G.]... As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man of the Year party. While we think it’s a tremendous honor to be named as one of the Men of the Year, these lazy comparisons and offensive suggestions are something we won’t tolerate.”
GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson recently issued this statement on GQ.com:
“Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years. That’s the reason we chose to celebrate him, wrote an incredibly positive article declaring him the next King of Rap, and gave him our highest honor: putting him on the cover of our Men of the Year issue. I’m not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves. We were mystified and sorely disappointed by Top Dawg’s decision to pull him at the last minute from the performance he had promised to give. The real shame is that people were deprived of the joy of seeing Kendrick perform live. I’m still a huge fan.”
Congratulations to director Malcolm Lee and the cast of “The Best Man Holiday” for a hugely successful opening weekend! The sequel has collected nearly $32 million in its opening weekend and is already garnering some haters (some in Hollywood were quick to say the movie “overperformed”). Critics should really stop being surprised and shocked that black films do well. But on a positive note, Lee is already in talks with Universal to direct and produce another installment for the franchise. This is surely very exciting news!