Posted in Beyonce, Touring It Up

Touring It Up: Beyoncé Kicks Off Tour

Beyoncé kicked off the first show from her I Am… tour in Canada at Edmonton’s Rexall Place by covering songs by two Canadian artists. B rocked out to Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” (avoiding the f-word) and sang an a cappella version of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” in a white wedding dress, below.

According to Sources…

EDMONTON – When it comes to Beyoncé, Edmontonians should perhaps consider themselves very lucky.

Lucky that the superstar even decided to grace an Edmonton stage again after her last turn at Rexall Place in 2007 only drew a crowd of 7,800 people, but even luckier that Beyoncé would actually launch her brand new tour supporting her latest album, I Am … Sasha Fierce, in the City of Champions.

Whether it was a momentous occasion or just an opportunity to test out the show and work out the kinks in front of a “modest” audience – because, once again, only 8,000 fans turned out – will be left for those that attended to decide.

If Beyonce’s first outing on her I Am … tour was no major disappointment, it was still a somewhat muddled affair, one that didn’t really clear up where the line between Beyonce and her supposed “alter ego” Sasha Fierce is drawn.

If Beyonce is the soft-spoken side and Sasha is the brazenly hyper-confident persona, the whole concept never really spread its wings properly Thursday night at Rexall.

Others are saying….

According to reports, the Canadian kick off stop was being used as “paid rehearsals.” The media wasn’t allowed to take pictures and weren’t provided with review tickets, but that didn’t stop editors from supplying writers with tickets at their own cost to attend and review.

And the reviews are glowing. Jam! Showbiz writes: “As with her tour in 2007, there was also the extra-large all-girl band, the phalanx of backup dancers drilled in the latest artful choreography, songs spanning a remarkable career – solo and with Destiny’s Child – in a wide range of musical styles, not to mention a remarkable vocal range, and of course the riveting presence of the star herself.”

The press may not have been allowed to photograph or film, but the good fans are always reliable.

As a treat for fans who will have to patiently wait their turn to see the fierce one live, some sweet drawings of her daring stage costumes were revealed.

The fab creations were constructed by designer Thierry Mugler to represent Bey’s “duality between being a woman and a warrior.”

Mugler is also responsible for the figure enhancing dress which seemingly caused a stir over Beyonce’s weight –though, we didn’t notice any unusually heated backlash.

You can keep up with tour updates by following the I Am… tour’s tweets on Twitter.

Check out some video from the first stop.

Watch: Sweet Dreams

Diva

Smash Into You

Baby Boy

Halo

Freakum Dress

Video: “You Oughta Know”

Video: In the Arms of An Angel

Source: YouTube/Neon Limelight/Rap-Up

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Posted in Chris Brown, Dear Diary

Dear Diary: Open Letter to Chris Brown

I came across a blog today called a “Diary of a Black Male Feminist: New Black Masculinity.” The author wrote an article called Open Letter to Chris Brown. I must say that it was so inspiring that I felt I should share with you all. So here it is a s follows…

Dear Mr. Brown,

You are standing at a crossroad of your life. One that many men have come. One that I had been. You joined (probably a long time ago) the ranks of men who have abused women. I wish I could tell you that I wasn’t part of the group but I am. Like most men, the cornerstone of my pride was based on my sexuality and physical toughness. There were times in my life where I felt humiliated for not being violent or abusive. I felt like the only way to wipe out the humiliation was to be violent and abusive. My crossroad came when a person came into my life and shook me to the core. This person started the deconstruction of my male belief system and 20 years later am I continuing that work. I was stuck in this “man prison” because my definition of masculinity was limited. Once I alleviated both perceived and real peer pressure that motivated me to engage in physical and sexual aggression to affirm my masculinity I was free. I hope this letter gives you some of the same freedom.

I took great pride in being labeled a “ladies man”. I was more interested in conquering women for sexual use than in the sensuality of the sexual experience. I regarded sexual experiences as conquests and often achieved these through conning. Just because I didn’t use force or coercion doesn’t make my abuse any more or less significant or vile. My interest had been in sex objects for my use and not as sexual partners. What I learned and what I hope you learn is that your behavior was terrible but you are not terrible. The second is that abuse is never good. Whether it is insults, shoving your partner, undermining confidence, or making slurs. I don’t limit my definition of abuse as just physical. It is all abuse.

My crossroad came unexpectedly. During my college years, there was a woman that every guy was interested in but none seemed to good enough for her. Let’s call her Marie. Of course, she became the object of my desire. I could do what no other guy could. I never talked to her. Instead I talked to her friends, did things for them, was available to them. I knew they would get around to telling her what a “nice guy” I was. You see, at the time I had the equipment to be involved in an adult relationship but I did not have the maturity, probably just like you. Eventually, we talked and I gained her trust. So much so that she told me intimate secrets of her life. Slowly she told me more and more. I eventually gained so much of her trust that she told me that she wanted to be intimate with me but there was something she had to tell me first. On the cusp of what I felt like I “worked” so hard for, what could have been that bad? I played the game and was about to win. Well, Marie told me that at her previous university she was ganged raped. I never have had a lower moment. I came face to face with who I really was. Marie loved me for who she thought I was. It was definitely someone I could be. Was it someone I wanted to be? My answer was yes. At that moment, I knew I needed a new soul or at least some major work on the one I had. The range of emotions that she went through that I had ignored for such a long time made sense to me now. One moment she was like a scared child, the next she was confident. One moment she wanted me right next to her, the next she couldn’t get away from me fast enough. This wasn’t day to day. This was minute to minute. I realized I had come close to abusing her even worse than the guys that gang raped her. I was no better than them. I had been using my penis as a weapon. Inflicting damage without thought of any consequences on others. I was always told what I was doing was part of being a man. It was game. I was playa. But if this was a game, how come I didn’t feel like a winner? I started going to domestic violence groups and eventually became an operator on a domestic violence hotline. I showed new female students areas on campus that had blue lights where phones were located for emergencies? Why would anyone need protection from winners? I realized I wasn’t a playa, I was jerk (to say it lightly). I began to do Women Self Defense workshops. Marie was proud of what I was doing but I had to share with her my most intimate secret. I wasn’t who I presented to be. I detailed my sexual history. I told her the extent of my search for sexual power, the ways I conducted that quest, the purpose it served, and the effect on others. She hugged me and said “Thank you”. She asked me to do her a favor. She asked me “Can you teach boys not to abuse women?”. Another enlightening moment. I was doing everything backwards. I was trying to teach women how not to get abused instead of teaching young men not to abuse.

I’m reaching out to you to do the same. Here are some of my recommendations where you could start. Because like myself, I think you have some work to do if you are truly sincere about not doing this again. Don’t allow your guilt and shame to ward off confusion, tears, tenderness, sorrow, and love. When we allow ourselves these feelings, the women and children in our lives may be able to feel a commonality and closeness with us, rather than feeling driven by us. I had to be comfortable not being in control, being patient, listening, offering advice, being of service- if power and control are essential to who we are, these will always be alien. But if we want love and connectedness, rich relationships with women, children, other men and ourselves…you have to be open to these. I had to do was develop a self disgust for the very behavior that I thought defined me. I had to look at the damage I inflicted on the life of others. That took me dropping the excuses (i.e. it was her choice, its all part of the game). Friends and family may even try to excuse your behavior (i.e. she started it, you didn’t plan on being abusive, you didn’t really mean it). Don’t accept the excuses. Look at your behavior for what it is. Divorce yourself from the image of playboy/ ladies man. The longer you hold onto that image the further away you get from stopping your behavior. That means getting away from your songs you have been so used to producing. It means divorcing yourself from the artists that produce music that encourages the behavior. It means possibly losing endorsements, money, and friends but it is an essential part of your healing process. Keep checking yourself. Make sure you are always aware of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that encourage your old behavior. Intervene in the patterns and continually fight old ways. Use your music as a sounding board for the survivors of violence against women. Use it to help with the healing process for friends and survivors and to raise society’s awareness of the extent of the problem of violence against women. Lastly, confront men in the absence of women. Confront the attitudes when you are not on camera. Let people know this is the new you and not someone trying to reduce their sentence or come back into good graces. There are people out there who are willing to help and support you. This is only the beginning. Be well.

Source:lrwebb

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Posted in Ashanti, Celebrity Weddings, Nelly, Wedding Bliss

Wedding Bliss: Nelly And Ashanti Getting Married?

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R&B singer Ashanti has hinted she will marry Nelly in 2009.

Just four months after going public with their four-year romance, Ashanti has confessed she is planning to walk down the aisle with Nelly.

When asked by Us Weekly if wedding bells were on the horizon , the singer said: “Absolutely. It’s in the cards for me. I believe that I have a couple more things I need to do before that happens.”

Source: Hello Beautiful

“I wish them the best.”

Posted in Breaking News, Hip-Hop News, Lawsuits/Jail Time/Charges, T.I.

Breaking News: T.I. Sentenced One Year And One Day

T.I.

The self-proclaimed “King of the South” will rise again. In about 366 days’ time.

As expected, T.I. was sentenced today to one year and one day in Georgia prison as part of his plea deal with prosecutors over a 2007 felony weapons charge.

“Today I would like to say thank-you to some, and apologize to all,” the rapper said.

“Everything I learned was through trial and error. I’ve learned lessons in my life to put in my music so people won’t make the same mistakes as I.”

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., is required to voluntarily turn himself into prison within the next 30 to 60 days, but is not expected do so before May 19.

Northern Georgia District Judge Charles Pannell Jr., who praised the artist for exceeding the expectations required from his plea deal, acknowledged that T.I. had commitments that prevented him from being jailed before the May date.

It’s unclear where he will serve his time, though court officials acknowledged that he would be receiving credit for the 305 days he already spent in home detention.

“I think this has been a great experiment,” Pannell told the rapper of his plea deal. “I hope this experience can lead to other experiments so others won’t make the same mistake at all. I congratulate you.”

The Grammy-winning hip-hop star, who donned a charcoal-grey suit and was accompanied by his family, manager and longtime partner Tameka “Tiny” Cottle at the morning hearing, brokered a deal last March.

The Paper Trail performer pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge and agreed to complete 1,000 hours of community service prior to his sentencing, pay a $100,000 fine and complete an additional 500 hours of community service after getting sprung. His jail time will be followed by an additional three years of supervised release.

He originally faced up to 10 years behind bars.

The reformed rapper has made 262 public appearances as part of his community service agreement in addition to taking part in a pro-voting campaign, working with children and appearing in the MTV reality show Road to Redemption. So far, he has completed 1,030 of the 1,500 total community service hours required.

As part of the deal, the rapper also agreed to forfeit all of the firearms and ammunition involved in the incident and waive his right to an appeal.

“We are very pleased with the result in this case,” U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said. “For the past year, Mr. Harris has used his high public visibility, his exceptional communication skills and his real-world life experience to deliver the right message to literally thousands of kids.”

It’s an impact Nahmias said more than made up for the deal he brokered for less time behind bars.

“His prison sentence was reduced from what it might have been, but the public got something very significant in exchange: the extensive and unique community service program that Mr. Harris committed to doing when he pleaded guilty.

“By all accounts, his community service has been a remarkable success—it certainly exceeded our expectations—and there is still more to come when he gets out of prison.”

T.I. was arrested on Oct. 13, 2007, just hours before he was scheduled to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards after cops busted him attempting to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers.

As for his sentence, being as it is (just) more than one year long, he will be eligible for early release, should his good behavior warrant it. Had his sentence been one year or less, he would have been required to serve the duration of the time behind bars.

Source: E!

“I wish him the best, and hope for a banging new album, when he gets released. We love you T.I.”

Posted in All On The Cover, Complex Magazine, Kim Kardashian

All On The Cover: Kim Kardashian Covers Complex

Kim Kardashian Saves The World

In case you couldn’t tell from the groundbreaking Kanye West cover story unveiled yesterday in, Complex’s April/May 2009 issue, this is gonna be a doozy. For the issue’s other cover, they got a woman who could go toe-to-toe with ’Ye’s larger-than-life celebrity. Who else but our girl Kim?

See, Complex was the first magazine to feature Kim Kardashian on a cover back in 2007, just before she blew up. And now that she’s America’s Sweetheart, we had to reunite and do something different for our annual Green Issue. Instead of the same old cookie cutter sexy shoot, they’ve decided to go conceptual—shooting Kim in front of a series of projected backgrounds that highlight our planet’s environmental plight. Think of it as curves with a cause.

For more on Kim Kardashian’s feature, check out Complex.com

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Source: Complex.com

“I am loving this new issue!”

Posted in Chilli, Hip-Hop News, Hip-Hop Rumors, Left Eye, Music News, NEWS, T-BOZ, TLC

Music News: TLC Reform and Tour!

Surviving TLC members TIONNE ‘T-BOZ’ WATKINS and ROZANDA ‘CHILLI’ THOMAS are reuniting for a tour of Japan.

The two stars have not played a major show together since the tragic death of rapper Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, who perished in a car crash in Honduras in 2002.

But the No Scrubs hitmakers are coming back together to perform a series of live dates in Japan – although the tour plans have yet to be officially announced.

In a post on social networking site Twitter.com, Watkins writes, “TLC starts practice 4 (sic) the Japan tour on Mon (23Mar09). “Chilli and I just met about our Japan dates! We are performing 17 songs.”

Source: Take40

“Wow this is so exciting. I’m so happy for them.”

Posted in Celebrity News, Chrihanna, Chris Brown, Gossip/Rumors, Just In, NEWS, Rihanna

Just In: Chris Brown’s New Private Court Date?

Private Chris Brown Court Date Nixed Without Explanation…

As Chris Brown gets ready to face the music, his legal team is apparently still getting its act together.

A private court meeting had originally been called for Monday at Team Brown’s request. On Friday, the in-chambers hearing was postponed, purportedly due to a scheduling conflict. Now, we have learned that the hearing has been canceled altogether.

“The next date [in Brown’s felony case] is April 6 for the arraignment. The hearing is not being rescheduled,” said a court clerk.

E! News previously reported that the 19-year-old singer’s attorney, Mark Geragos, has been trying to work out a plea deal, but Geragos has yet to comment on why the meeting was nixed.

Brown‘s manager did, however, deny an earlier report alleging the meeting was called because Brown was looking to ditch Geragos along with the singer’s management and PR team.

The embattled entertainer faces two felony counts—assault likely to produce great bodily injury and making criminal threats—stemming from the alleged Feb. 8 altercation with Rihanna following a Grammys pre-party.

Brown was not required to be in court for this week’s hearing.

In fact, his legal troubles appeared to be the furthest thing from his mind this past weekend. Brown was spotted back in his home state of Virginia riding a bike and later accompanying his cousin on a campus tour of Norfolk State University.

Source: E!