African American Issues Archives

Jennifer Hudson Signs Deal for Weight Loss Memoir

E! News is reporting that Jennifer Hudson has signed a deal to publish a memoir about her dramatic weight loss. The as-yet untitled book is expected to be released by Dutton next January.

“I’ve lost 80 pounds,” the Oscar and Grammy winning mom of one told Oprah Winfrey in February.

Hudson has said she decided to lose the weight when she was pregnant with her son, who turns two in August. The memoir will detail Hudson’s “experience growing up in an environment where healthy living was not a priority,” as well as talk of her weight while competing on “American Idol,” according to statement from Dutton.

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R&B legend Patti LaBelle, 67, is being sued by a West Point cadet for ordering his beating by her bodyguards. The incident took place at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas on March 11. According to the Houston Chronicle, Richard King, 23, was talking on his cell phone while approaching the airport’s passenger pickup area where Labelle’s limousine was parked.

Security-camera footage of the incident shows King being struck and thrown against a concrete pillar by LaBelle’s body guards and an unidentified woman. King is seen trying to get up and leave the area but he falls several times.

“Apparently, defendant LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her (no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence and the danger he was in,” King’s attorney John Raley said in the lawsuit filing. “LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to her bodyguards. They sprang into action.”

Police said King reeked of alcohol after the event, but King insists he had only two drinks during his flight. The cadet is seeking punitive and actual damages from LaBelle, three members of her entourage, an airport taxi dispatcher and the airport itself. Meanwhile King has since been expelled from West Point over the incident and placed in a mentorship program that requires active duty. READ MORE

Brandy Saddened By The Death Of Teenage Friend

Singer Brandy is deeply saddedened by the death of a young girl who she helped to receive a heart transplant. The R&B song-tress launched a money-raising campaign to fund a life-saving operation for 17-year-old Jessica Harris, who hailed from Brandy’s hometown of MCComb, Mississippi and suffered hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Brandy flew Harris out to California for a birthday party in October (10) to lift her spirits ahead of her February (11) transplant.

But the story has ended in tragedy following the teenager’s death in a New York hospital on June 2, 2011, and Brandy has released a statement to express her grief.

“Jessica was and will always be an inspiration to our family. In the face of her illness, her courageous spirit and positive outlook gave us memories we will cherish for a lifetime. We were touched by the outpouring of generosity from the public when we set up a fund on her behalf to help cover her medical and travel expenses.”

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The newest housewife Marlo Hampton is tired of the way she is being portrayed in as a ruthless criminal! So, Marlo took the time to speak to the Homies over at Bossip to shed light on why she has had some run-in’s with the law. Check out the Interview below:

“Let me first state that I am not ashamed of my past as that has helped me become a better woman today.” “We all have a past and my hard-knock childhood in and out of the Foster READ MORE

Rap producer and DJ Mister Cee pleaded guilty to a loitering offence on Wednesday after he was caught getting oral sex from another man earlier this year. Cee, whose real name is Calvin LeBrun, 44, and his younger male companion, Lawrence Campbell, were caught by police at 4am in a car parked in lower Manhattan, New York, on March 30. Cee, a well-respected producer, pleaded guilty to a charge of loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offence, which is a violation and not a crime.
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For the past year and a half it’s no secret that Beanie Sigel has has ill feelings towards Jay Z, which was influenced by 50 Cents doings. He has accumulated countless diss records at Jay’s expense. But now when things are said and done and the for wall began to close in on Beanie, he began to see life for what it really was and how at the end of the day, Jay Z was his blessing and not his hinderance.

Beanie recently did an interview with XXL Magazine, there he manned up and revealed some honest and nobel things about himself and how he handled the Jay Z incident. He regrets ever starting the whole mayhem up and sent out his humble apologies to Jay Z, realizing that if anything Jay Z gave him an opportunity that millions wish to have which is to help you make his dreams a reality.
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He explains in XXL Magazine:

“I was explaining the whole Roc-A-Fella shit and a lot of feelings were going to get hurt. I was airing shit out. Just the homies could listen to that when they come into the studio. I couldn’t put that out. It wouldn’t sit right with me.”

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Last night Vh1 became a “Mother Lovin Factor” again in reality TV as they rolled out yet another season of Basketball Wives and a new show Single Ladies. On Basketball Wives they got right to it! From begining to end the show was filled with drama from the addition of the newest addition Meeka Claxton, wife of former NBA player Speedy Claxton. As we mentioned before, many of the ladies see her as a trouble maker and one with ill intentions. Royce, Jennifer and Evelyn are still far from squashing their beef. Tami is still at it with Evelyn and pissed because of the T-Shirts. She tried to smooth it over by saying the money was going to Tami’s charity however she felt that was Tacky and Disrepectul. I agree but it’s still funny as hell.

Single Ladies is” VH1′s new scripted “romantic comedy series” executive-produced by Queen Latifah. The series last night in a 2-hour episode starring Stacy Dash, Lisa Raye McCoy, and Charity Shea. READ MORE

Over the Memorial day weekend the beautiful Jada Pinkett Smith decided to post up a picture of her and her husband while on set. She left a kind message at the bottom stating:

” This is how you keep you man in check”

Too Cute! Aside from Jada handling the home front, the infamous Smith kids Jaden and Willow are not only hanging out with kids, but are also helping them to enjoy their childhood, and has been arranged by Jackson’s mother Katherine. Jaden and Willow didn’t just bump into Michael’s kids on a movie set in LA the other day, it was all set up by Katherine, to help nudge her grandchildren in a positive direction.

Katherine that she believes the Smith children are prime examples of young success in Hollywood, both extremely talented and down-to-earth and thinks Prince, Paris, and Blanket could learn a lot from them. Katherine also wants READ MORE