Music legend and idol Etta James was remembered by family, friends, and fans at a beautiful funeral service held at Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena, Calif on Saturday.

Among the celebrity guests who came to pay homage were the Rev. Al Sharpton, who eulogized the singer, Stevie Wonder, who performed with a church choir, and Christina Aguilera.
“Out of all the singers that I’ve ever heard, she was the one that cut right to my soul and spoke to me,” Aguilera said.

 During the eulogy, Sharpton praised James for being the woman she was, beating a path for other singers and pushing through racial barriers through her music.
“She was able to get us on the same rhythms and humming the same ballads and understanding each other’s melodies way before we could even use the same hotels,” Sharpton proclaimed. He also applauded the Grammy-winner for overcoming poverty and drug addiction.

“At last, you can find peace now,” Sharpton concluded in his eulogy. “At last, you can get the gratitude of the savior now. Etta, you made it, you’re going home. At last! At last! At last!”

 P.S. Everyone is on the internet talking about Christina and what she says was tanning lotion but everyone else say’s something different as it ran down the 31-year-old’s leg. Here’s the video and all the photos… READ MORE

 Romeo Miller will be starring alongside filmmaker Tyler Perry when Perry reprises his popular Madea character on the big screen. “The Hollywood Reporter” says the hip-hop star is set to appear in Perry’s latest film project, “Madea’s Witness Protection.” Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, and Tom Arnold will also have roles in the film. Levy will play a man who’s placed in witness protection after his company goes under due to embezzling. Romeo will assume the part of a man who believes Levy’s character wiped out his church’s investments and wants to take the law into his own hands. “Madea’s Witness Protection” is scheduled to begin filming in Atlanta this week. A release date has not been announced.

Tyler Perry Studios is casting for the new film ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’.  The feature film is being shot in Atlanta until March. They are looking for male and females of any ethnicity who are at least 18 years old.

Compensation for extras is $8.00/hour, with a guarantee of 8 hours if booked.  Stand-ins are paid $120.00 for a 12 hour day.

To apply, go to TPSExtras.com and click on the label “how to Become an Extra.” If booked, talent must be available for a 12-14 hour day.

Here’s Tyler Perry’s new movie Good Deeds official Trailer…

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The cast of the Civil Rights-era drama “The Help” is taking top honors at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film won three awards at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday night, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Lead Actress for Viola Davis who thanked her idol and “Help” co-star in her acceptance speech.
 Davis also thanked Meryl Streep with whom she co-starred in the movie “Doubt” and was nominated alongside other actresses at Sunday night’s SAG Awards. Davis’ “Help” co-star Octavia Spencer also continued her winning streak in the Supporting Actress role, dedicating her award to the “underserved” and “over taxed.” Other winners included French actor Jean Dujardin for his role in the black-and-white, silent film “The Artist,” veteran actor Christopher Plummer for “Beginners,” Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock” and Betty White for “Hot In Cleveland.”

Simulcast live by both TNT and TBS, the awards were presented Sunday at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Here are all the photos… READ MORE

Beyonce and Jay-Z are being recognized as two of the most powerful people in music. The R&B and hip-hop super couple rank 13th on the first-ever Billboard Power 100 list.

 

The Power 100 ranks the most influential people in music today. Beyonce and Jay were able to crack the top 15 thanks to their incredible sales figures and partnerships with companies such as L’Oreal, Target, Def Jam Records and Live Nation. The chairman of Live Nation, Irving Azoff, tops the inaugural Billboard Power 100.

 

Other musicians making the list include Cash Money Records CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams and his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams, who come in at number 25. Jon Bon Jovi checks in at number 50, while Taylor Swift sits at number 78. Lady Gaga also made the cut at number 84. Here’s Billboard 2012 Power 100

In other news Beyoncé is being “politicized” in New Jersey thanks to a doctoral student and lecturer at Rutgers University. Kevin Allred has started a course called “Politicizing Beyoncé” as part of the school’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, but he tells “Focus” it has little to do with the singer’s political engagement or how many times she’s performed for President Obama. READ MORE

The 4th Annual Jerry Clark Winter Baseball Camp


This weekend The Jerry Clark Foundation held its 4th annual baseball camp. The Jerry Clark Foundation was founded with the intent to give back to the community via academics and athletics. The Foundation has the goal to create individuals that will be assets to society, stressing high academic achievement and helping our youth become positive citizens.The Atlanta Braves Country Caravan stopped at the camp. Over 200 kids learned from players and coaches such as Jair Jurrens, Eric Hinske, Eric O’Flaherty, Terry Pendleton, and Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves.


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Machine Gun Kelly Arrested in Florida


Up and coming rapper Machine Gun Kelly spent part of his weekend behind bars. The emcee was arrested in Florida early Sunday morning for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. TMZ says Kelly was released a couple hours later after posting 100-dollars bond. Machine Gun Kelly, whose real name is Richard Baker, sent out a tweet after being released saying things got out of hand fast, and adding that “it always does with us though.”

 

Prior to his arrest, Machine Gun Kelly performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Saturday night. He’ll continue with his tour on February 8th with a show in Los Angeles. Machine Gun Kelly is also working on his debut album, “Lace Up,” which is expected some time this year.

Here’s Machine Gun Kelly Ft. Dubo – Cleveland (Official Music Video) by: RG Films

Young Money’s Corey Gunz Arrested With Loaded Gun

 Young Money rapper Corey Gunz is facing weapons charges in New York. Corey’s father, veteran rapper Peter Gunz, tells MTV News that his son was arrested on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. Peter says the details are still “sketchy,” but explains that police found a “loaded gun in his knapsack.” Peter says it was “definitely an illegal search,” adding that he was heartbroken when he saw Corey sitting in a jail cell with handcuffs on. While this is Corey’s first run-in with the law, Peter says he’s worried because his son is likely facing “mandatory jail time.”

Corey Gunz signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money in 2010. He was featured on Wayne’s hit single “6 Foot 7 Foot,” and has dropped numerous mixtapes. Here’s Cory Gunz – Militia Gang (Official Video) latesthoodvids

Justin BieberJustin Bieber and Paris Jackson make a GOOD LOOKING COUPLE! Paris admitted her and her siblings were all “Big Justin Bieber fans, At Least I AM, she added. (Hint Hint Justin! I hope he got the digits. Ok Ok back to the story. Michael Jackson’s children were honored to celebrate their father with a ceremony at Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday, because the late King of Pop always wanted to “have his name” displayed outside the venue.

Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Blanket placed one of the King of Pop’s sequined gloves and a pair of his shoes into wet cement in front of the Los Angeles landmark.

They were joined at the revered venue by Smokey Robinson, Justin Bieber and Thriller producer Quincy Jones, and Prince reveals it was his dad’s dream to make his mark. Paris said in her speech “It means a lot that we’re putting our dad’s own shoes and glove in cement. It feels good to keep his  memory of him here at the Chinese Theatre.”