On The “Stage Parent” Rumors

“There are so many other kids you can worry about. My kids? They’re going to be all right. I get why people would criticize. But people need to know that Will and I would never put our children in a situation that would bring them detriment,” she says, her hazel eyes flashing.

“My kids have no idea how I grew up,” Pinkett Smith continues. “Even in knowing my story, they couldn’t know what that means. They have no RE-ALI-TY. None. My feeling is, my kids need to have challenges, in a safe way. If I survived everything that I survived in Baltimore and Will survived everything he survived in Philly, these kids surely can survive the Hollywood game. With so many heavyweights surrounding them—from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony—if they can fail in a circle like that, then they weren’t going to win in the first place.”

“All I want for Trey (Will’s oldest son from his first marriage), Jaden, and Willow is happiness,” she says. “As long as they’re happy, and know how to maneuver in this world, I’m good.”

On Ending Her Music Career

When Jaden did The Pursuit of Happyness, I was supposed to go on tour with Guns N’ Roses in Europe,” she says softly.

She turned down the offer and eventually disbanded the group. “It was probably the most heartbreaking experience. But what I realized is that sometimes God will place things in your life that will make you recognize what your priorities are. I adore my son; he’s my soul seed. There was no way that I was going to allow him to do [a movie] and not have his mother.”

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My girl Kelly Rowland has been doing it big lately! Her single ‘Motivation’ is currently the number one urban song in the country, but you could probably guess that already with the fifty-leven remixes of it that are out. Well, here’s another one to add to the list, but people are saying that this could be the best remix of ‘Motivation’ yet. The Motivation (Urban Mix) features verses from Busta Rhymes, Trey Songz, and Fabolous, and I gotta say it’s HOT. Check it out!

 

 

Kelly has also been busy in the U.K. filming for the country’s version of The X-Factor.

 

 

In case you don’t know, The X-Factor is a competition show similar in style to American Idol, and there’s actually an American version premiering later this year. She was looking GOOD in Glasgow as she exited her hotel to go watch auditions from the many hopefuls wanting to earn a spot on the show.

So what y’all think about the Motivation (Urban Mix)? How about Kelly in England? Let me know! READ MORE

While most kids dream of having a car when they turn 16, Big Boi’s only daughter, Jordan Patton received a job, yes she is the creator and CEO of “Purple Ribbon Kidz” music label. This is a dream come true to Jordan, and because of the great love Big Boi has for her and her dreams, he saw fit to making it possible for her to acquire her own record label that focuses on bringing authentic and true talent back in the music industry starting with the kids.

This star studded event was held at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown Atlanta. In conjunction with Enchanted PR, AW Media Group, and The StarFire Group, Big Boi made sure the celebrity kids were going to receive the royal treatment. When you walked up to the event there was an invasion of the color purple from balloons, to a purple carpet, and a large group of kid cheerleaders that were cheering on the celebs that walked the carpet.

The event was not only a celebration of Jordan’s 16th birthday, but a showcase to introduce to the world her first artist signed to her Purple Ribbon Kidz Label; Gabbie Rae a 13 year-old star who Jordan discovered on Youtube. Jordan was immediately impressed with Gabbie Rae’s vocal ability that she instantly to it to her father Big Boi where he was won over as well. From there Gabbie was the first act to sign to the label and immediately went to work on the first single.

Tonight was hosted by child star Adrian Kali Turner,kid Dj Priest was a beast on the 1s and 2s and we had special performances by Cypress, Von Grey, Audio (formerly B5) and the highlight of the night was Purple Ribbon Kidz first signed act Gabbie Rae. Other celebrities in the building were The Bailey Sisters, Dondria, Derek Blanks and son BO, Verse Simmonds, Lil Q (Q Parker’s Son), Brent Leakes (NeNe Of RHOA son), ReignDrop Lopes, Jacob Latimore, Shanti Das, Fresh P Jr, Harold House Moore and many more.

I’d have to say after watching all of the performances the future of music is in great hands. These young stars are going to take the world by storm. and I have to give it up to the Child CEO of the night Ms. Jordan Patton she definitely has an eye for talent, her first official artist is certified platinum and is going to go mega pop star status SOOOOOOON!!!!

You heard it first here “World be on the look out for Gabbie Rae”

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Over the weekend Choose Your Path Foundation celebrated the fourth annual professional networking social. This event is geared to help raise awareness to the community about about the foundations goals and efforts to create a conducive environment to aid children in their development.

Choose Your Path Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2009 by Raynold Owusu, to create educational programs and expand services to underprivileged students. Choose Your Path Foundation (CYPF) believes in rewarding those who are striving to help themselves and better their communities. Their goal is to empower students who are committed to achieving success based on the passions they already possess. By investing in the future of students CYPF strives to transform the lives of students and improve the communities we serve.

The program not only provides uplifting support for these students, it also is a way for CYPF to extend its goal of implementing Contingent Successâ„¢ by rewarding those who are willing to give back and work together. Choose Your Path Foundation has the capability of accepting secure online donations.

Some of Atlanta’s who’s who such as V103′s Osei The Dark Secret, NFL Charles Adekola and many more of Atlanta’s prominent individuals were there in full support. Catering was elegantly done by “Zsa-Zsa Total Package” and complimentary massages by “Touched By Healing Hands”.
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Miami Express Yourself Lounge: Jazz Fest

One of Atlanta’s pioneer marketing companies, Insight Marketing brought class and elegance to Park Tavern for a lovely night of great Jazz music mixed with great people and great drinks. The beautiful event was the perfect example of a classy chic experience at it’s best. The event was a great success mainly do to the wonderful sponsors that came out. Royal Cigars, Gold Peak Tea, GMCVB & ABFF.

Royal Cigars had a special cigar smoking section designated for the had made cigars that were made at request. Gold Peak Tea had a display that showcased their signature tea. I’d have to say the Green Tea was my favorite of the night. When you actually walked into the seating area you immediately experience a nice low dimmed intimate experience where the couple were able to enjoy each other and get their dance on .

The Miami Express Yourself is currently on a five city tour, if you missed out on the Atlanta edition clear the link below to find one closest to you.

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Snoop Dogg Presents Rap Idol?

Reality TV seems to be the way to go to re-vamp your career, Snoop is at it again. The New York Post reports Snoop is pitching a rap version of American Idol to different networks. Snoop said “I’m looking for a deal from a network to find America’s hottest ‘hood artists’,” the paper quoted Snoop Dogg as saying. Oxygen, Bravo and NBC aren’t interested, but E! and MTV are reportedly showing some interest, according to the Post. Now we know E! is responsible for the Kardashian shows so it could very well be a hit. Snoop says his dream panel of judges would include an old-school legend and Jay-Z. Jay-Z’s reps denied that the mogul had any involvement with the project. Now J, I think the world is ready to see you in a more personable role. So far, rapper Wiz Khalifa has shown interest in the idea, the paper reported. So tell me what you think, are you ready for “Rapper Idol”?

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The day after headlining Bamboozle (May 2), Lil Wayne is announced as one of the artists to perform at Hot 97′s “Summer Jam 2011,” presented by Boost Mobile.Aside from Weezy, the line up includes: Drake, Birdman, Young Money, Chris Brown, Dipset, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka, Lloyd Banks and friends.

Banks ran through his first solo Summer Jam set by bringing Lloyd and Jeremih to the stage. Things got hyped though when he summoned Fab, R. Les and Swizzy for his posse cut. Where are you Yeezy?

During Hot 97′s Summer Jam last night, Khaled’s summer anthem was performed for the first time in its entirety. Sounds just as good live and luckily MikeyFresh was there to record it.

Atlanta Dream Season Opener

Yesterday afternoon I was invited to the season opener of Atlanta’s very own WNBA team the Dream. This the opening game of the season started with the presentation of the Eastern Conference banner with fireworks. No, literally fireworks! There were other presentations including one from our very own Mayor Kasim Reed. Now lets get to the game. As the defending Eastern Conference champion, the Dream came in this game with the winning mindset. At the end of the first half, the score was 40-38 Liberty. The Liberty took advantage of an Atlanta team missing its top player, Angel McCoughtry, who sprained her left knee in camp.

That didn’t stop them from coming back in the second half and dominating. Iziane Castro Marques led Atlanta with 19 points, Sancho Lyttle added 18 and Lindsey Harding doled out nine assists in her Dream debut. But Harding also missed a late free throw that could’ve put it away. The game was tight throughout, never getting into double figures for either team. Atlanta appeared to be in control after pulling out to its biggest lead, 68-62, with 5 minutes to go. New York came back, taking advantage of the Dream’s issues at the foul line. With 33 seconds left in the 4th quarter the Liberty came back and tied it up sending the game in to overtime. In overtime the Liberty took control we tried to come back but didnt succeed. The Final score was 94-88, shouts out to the dream however those girls played hard. Next game Thursday as they take on the Washington Mystics “Run With The Dream”