112211_tyler_perry_interviewby Grace Boateng
Forward Times Media Correspondent


Veteran Actress Tasha Smith and Missouri City, TX native Crystle Stewart came to Houston to promote their new show “For Better or Worse.” You will recognize Tasha Smith as Angela, from Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” series. In this new show Tasha reprises her role, opposite Michael Jai White who plays Marcus, as Angela, his wife. Also starring in this sitcom as Leslie will be Houston native Crystle Stewart who was Miss USA 2008.

112211_nicki_minajBy Nadeska Alexis

Nicki Minaj stole the spotlight at the 2011 American Music Awards, held in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Sunday night (November 20). After opening up the show alongside David Guetta with performances of “Turn Me On” and “Super Bass,” the Young Money rapper went on to take home two awards. She picked up trophies for Best Rap/Hip-Hop artist and Best Rap/Hip-Hop album of the year for Pink Friday. During her emotional acceptance speeches, she even managed to thank both Taylor Swift and Lil Wayne.


Continuing on with the web series beat… as I said previously, I’ve got an inbox full of these, and will be unloading them here, after sifting through the deluge for those that I think stand out above the others.

Last Friday I featured episode 1 of Sasha Compere’s The Chronicles, which was very well received by you folks, so as soon as she drops episode 2, I’ll share it here.

102811_ojaysMarvin Gaye did it, Michael Jackson did it. John Lennon did it. A host of other true artists have done it as well. The O'Jays even hipped you to it. How many of you remember when every other song on the radio had a message hidden somewhere in the lyrics? Can you recall the first time you heard "Man In The Mirror" and you said to yourself "I have to take a look at myself and make a change"? Or what about when you first heard Marvin say "What's Going On?" Didn't those "message" songs really move you?

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg Held Up in Norway For Carrying Too Much Cash


Who knew you could get stopped by authorities for carrying too much cash. California rapper Snoop Dogg was stopped by immigration officials in Norway for carrying too much money. He was due to make an appearance at an Adidas store before performing at Oslo’s Spektrum Arena. “They talkn bout takn my $!!” the Doggfather tweeted. “That aint rite!! Norway standup 4 the biggdogg!! they makn me late 4 this adidas instore autograph signin!” He was eventually released and went about his business. “Shout out 2 all 600 fans in Oslo who waited all day at the Adidas instore signin,” he tweeted. “Good lookn out.”

Tyler and KardashianKim Kardashian Will Be Jurnee Smollett’s BF In Tyler Perry’s “Marriage Counselor” (+ Lance Gross?)

In what amounts to her most substantial acting role so far, Kim Kardashian has signed on to costar in The Marriage Counselor, the Lionsgate film Tyler Perry will next direct, based on his stage play. Shooting begins October 26 in Atlanta.

Hazel Ramsey and Magic Johnson$15 Million renovation OF Marq*E Entertainment Center COMPLETED


Councilmember Brenda Stardig Joins Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds and local partner Fidelis Realty Partners to Celebrate Three-Year Journey to Complete Upgrade.


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