Earlier this year we lost one of Hip Hops pioneers but threw the magic of film we get to see him doing his thing one more time. Sources reports the last film shot by late rapper Heavy D is set to be released in 2013, reports Sister 2 Sister magazine. Read More »
The death of Heavy D has been attributed to a ” pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis.” This according to TMZ. And unfortunately, the long flight back to L.A. from a Michael Jackson memorial concert in Wales may have been what set it off.
A pulmonary embolism, a blockage of one or more arteries in the lungs, is most often caused by blood clots that travel to one one place from other body parts….in Heavy D’s case it was from his legs. And deep leg vein thrombosis is often associated with long plane flights (the clot forms due to prolonged immobility.) Read More »
The 2011 Soul Train Music Awards on Centric TV were truly spectacular this year. Â I had the privilege to work behind the scenes for two days, and it was amazing to see and understand how a production, such as this, is put together. Â Since I worked behind the scenes, I felt that it was only right for me to bring you the goins-ons.
The Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta was the location for this yearâ€™s Soul Train Music Awards.Â The show kicked off with The Original 7even , which consists of Morris Day and the Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.Â If you were an 80s baby, you were able to sing along to their hits such as: â€œJungle Love,â€ â€œThe Bird,â€ and â€œC-O-O-L.â€ Whatâ€™s that spell? They still have the moves, so please don’t sleep on these cool kings. Â As usual, they looked fonky-fresh and dressed-to-impress with their tailor-made suits on.Â If anyone needs to know the definition of â€˜swag,â€™ please feel free to look up these gentlemen, The Original 7even.Â
Cedric The Entertainer, this yearâ€™s host, came out to the traditional Soul Train line.Â He pop locked and gave us some impressive moves.Â After the music cut, he made us laugh by stating, â€œAfter all that dancing, Iâ€™m tired.â€
Miss Keri Baby, the radiant, Keri Hilson, presented the award for Best New Artist which went to the oh-so-handsome, Miguel.
Soon after, Just Blaze and Amber Rose introduced Common and Marsha Ambrosius to the stage as they performed a duet together.
Radio personality, Tom Joyner, gave a fabulous introduction for the Soul Train Legendâ€™s Award, which went to,Â Gladys Knight.Â Many may not know this, but Ms. Knight was the first person to ever perform on Soul Train.Â The audience was entertained with Kenny Lattimore, Dave Hollister, and Sunny Jackson as her honorary â€˜Pips.â€™ Other stars to honor the legend with their voice were:Â Tamar Braxton, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, Mary Mary, and Natalie Cole.
Ms. Knight gave her acceptance speech and, with the crowds delight, she performed a duet with BeBe Winans.Â It was amazing to see the two perform together.Â The camera got a shot of Terri Vaughnâ€™s face and her expression was priceless. Â I know what you mean, Ms. Vaughn.Â I, too, saw the beauty in this performance by this king and queen.
Here is video of our Ticket winners… Everyone knows that Soul Train is not complete if you donâ€™t have the scramble board.Â Morris Day and the Time and Necole Bitchie did the honors of unscrambling the letters to spell, â€˜The Time,â€™ while Wolf BlitzerÂ and the human beat box,Â Doug E. Fresh, provided a beat-box as the CNN reporter unscrambled the letters to spell out the first video to appear on Soul Train, â€œRock With You.â€Â Russ Parr and Kel Mitchell were also a part of a scramble-board skit.
I adore Cee Lo Green and his individuality.Â Thatâ€™s why it comes as no surprise that he stepped on stage with no shoes on and an all-white outfit with fringe hanging down on the sleeves, as he performed, â€œFool For You,â€ featuring Melanie Fiona.Â Cee Lo also took home the award for Best Male R&B Artist, presented by Keith Sweat and Melissa De Sousa.Â He and Goodie Mob, yes, these kings are still together, walked on stage to accept the award, and he was very humbled to have received the award in his hometown of Atlanta.
I love it when the stars show up to accept an award that they have won.Â Jill Scott, reppinâ€™ the 215, was there to accept her award for Best Female R&B/Soul Artist presented by Michael Baisden and B. Smith. I love Jill with an afro, however, Ms. Scott rawked a sleek, low-cut hairstyle, very nicely.
Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, and my Soror, Keshia Knight Pulliam, looked fabulous as they introduced fly boys, Lloyd and Miguel as they did a double performance.
The Braxtonâ€™s blessed us with their presence as they introduced Mindless Behavior. These â€˜tweens gave us a spectacular, energized performance, not to mention, theyâ€™re such cutie mctudies.
Itâ€™s hard to believe that we were just watching Heavy D perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards in October.Â Now, at the Soul Train Music Awards, weâ€™re paying our respects due to his untimely death.Â The Heavy D Tribute had all the heavy hitters of hip-hop:Â Doug E. Fresh, Goodie Mob, Naughty by Nature, Daddy-O from Stetsasonic, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and Kurtis Blow. The love for Dwight Arrington Myers will forever be strong and never forgotten because we got nothinâ€™, but love for you, Heavy.
Atlantaâ€™s own, NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey graced us with their beauty as they introduced performer, Anthony Hamilton.Â Basketball wives, Shaunie Oâ€™Neal and Tami Roman introduced Robin Thicke as he performed his new single, â€œLove After War.â€
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis escorted the beautiful, Valerie Simpson, as she presented the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter of the Year Award to the talented, Marsha Ambrosius for â€œFar Away.â€Â Marsha stated that she is from Liverpool, England and moved to Atlanta, and for her to receive this award in Atlanta, you could tell that this young queen was humbled and honored to accept the award. Not only because itâ€™s Soul Train, but because it was presented to her by a woman of such grace and beauty, Ms. Valerie Simpson.Â I know how you feel, Marsha. It all seems like a dream to have listened to such great music as a child, and here comes the time in your life when the person you’ve listened to as a child, presents you with the Songwriter of the Year Award. It all seems so surreal. Well, I havenâ€™t won an award, but you know what I mean. I felt your joy and humility. You earned it, Marsha, because you are an awesome songwriter.
With the show coming to an end, Malcolm Jamal Warner presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Earth, Wind & Fire. These legends have given us over 40 decades of great music.Â Many rappers and groups sample their music because it was and continues to be that dope. They gave us sounds that cannot be duplicated or even imitated.Â Â The kings of Earth, Wind & Fire sat in the audience as Zap Mama, Miguel, Musiq Soulchild, Bootsy Collins, Lalah Hathaway, Boney James, Eric Benet, Robin Thicke, Joe, Stokley from Mint Condition, and Cee Lo performedÂ a few of the groups’ greatest hits.
Other award winners were: Chris Brown for Album of the Year; Mary Mary taking home the Best Gospel Performance Award; Raphael Saadiq winning the Centric Award; and Best Soul Site Award, Necole Bitchie, who almost made me get in waterworks-mode with her red-carpet speech. Yes, it was that deep.Â You deserve it, Necole! If there was an award for best shoes, Ms. Bitchie wuda won that thang! I seent’chu, Boo! Read More »
Rapper Heavy D,Â who passedÂ unexpectedly fromÂ complications withÂ Â pneumonia,Â was remembered through laughs and tears at his funeralÂ service this weekendÂ with family and friends in attendance.Â The funeral service was held in his hometown of Mt. Vernon, New York and celebs including Usher,Â Diddy, and Jay ZÂ came out to pay respect to a manÂ that has inspired so many careers.Â President Barak Obama even wrote a letter of encouragement toÂ those close to the legendary rapper.Â Read More »
Authorities say they still don’t know what caused the unexpected death of rapper Heavy D last week. According to the “Los Angeles Times,” the L.A. County coroner’s office announced on Monday that the results of an autopsy were inconclusive. Toxicology tests are now slated to take place, but officials say it could take several weeks to determine how the rap star died. Last week, a coroner’s spokesman said no illegal drugs were found at Heavy D’s home, although he had been prescribed a drug to deal with a cough. Read More »
Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mary J. Blige will be among those saying goodbye to Heavy D later this week.
TMZ says Diddy and Mary will be attending a private funeral this Friday in New York.
A few of the Wayans brothers and Heavy D and the Boyz members Eddie F and G-Whiz will be in attendance as well. Read More »
My homie Tip Â recently chopped it up with 97.9 The Box and they kicked it about everything. They spoke on his new reality show T.I. and Tiny: A Family Hustle which Tip says is more of a documentary. He talked about his son, Domani rapping and how all his kids need to come up with creative ways to “make money”. He also talked about artist collaborations and the death of rap legend, Heavy D.Â Listen to the interview inside! Read More »
As we told youÂ yesterday, the Hip Hop community lost one of their legendary rappers Heavy D at the age of 44. According to TMZ a call was placed to 911 stating that a man was unconscious in the hallway aroung 11:00 a.m. Whenever paramedics finally arrived Heavy D was reportedly responsive and even speakingÂ but was stillÂ rushed to a nearby hospital where he was soon after pronounced dead. Cops are continously investigating this death and have said that there were no signs of any foul play. Check inside for the update.
“Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing. Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress. Adam tells us he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911. Adam says Heavy D was conscious and said to him, â€œI canâ€™t breathe, I canâ€™t breathe.â€ When paramedics took Heavy D to the hospital he had a pulse. People in the building are saying he died of a heart attack, but we have not been able to confirm that. Law enforcement sources tell us â€¦ no foul play was involved and so far they only know the cause of death was â€œmedical.â€
Dwight Arrington Myers was born in 1967 in Jamaica and with his group â€˜Heavy D & The Boyz,â€™ he reached fame with his 1987 Uptown Records release â€˜Livinâ€™ Large.â€™ Heâ€™s most recognized as rapping the theme songs for the hit shows â€˜In Living Colorâ€™ and â€˜Mad TV,â€™ as well as being featured on the song â€˜Jamâ€™ with Michael Jackson. Heâ€™s had featured acting roles on â€˜The Tracy Morgan Show,â€™ Cider House Rules,â€™ â€˜Lifeâ€™ with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, â€˜Bones,â€™ â€˜Boston Public,â€™ and most recently having a cameo role in the movie â€˜Tower Heist,â€™ which hit theaters last Friday.
We last seen Heavy D at the Â BET Hip Hop Awards last month where he performed some of his old hits and looked absolutely fine as he lit up the stage and hyped fans. Once again our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. R.I.P Heavy D!
Just days afterÂ dealing with the news of the death of boxing legend Â ”Smokin’” Joe Frazier we are now left to mourn the untimely death of legendaryÂ rapper Heavy D. Heavy D’s Godfather, Grandmaster Flash, broke the news of Heavy D’s death via twitter and TMZ was able to confirm the details. Check inside to see the statement. Read More »