Over the weekend I got the chance to attend the premier of Tyler Perry’s new movie “Temptation”. Everyone who was anyone was in the building… Read More »
Ludacris brought out all if his celebrity friends for his 7th Annual ‘Ludaday Weekend.’ On Sunday, the LudaDay Celebrity Basketball Game was held at the Morehouse College Forbes Arena.
The crowd was even more packed that previous years. During Ludaday Weekend, Ludacris highlighted local charities that support the city of Atlanta including; Frank Ski Kids Foundation, Inc., Keshia Knight Pulliamâ€™s Kamp Kizzy, Antoine â€œBig Boiâ€ Pattonâ€™s Big Kidz Foundation, Josh Powellâ€™s 21 Reasons Foundation, Get Schooled.org, Do Something, Ryan Cameron Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta.
Ticket sales raised nearly $30,000 and benefited The Ludacris Foundation.
During the game Ludacris was honored with a proclamation from the City of Atlanta. September 2, in Atlanta is now Officially ‘Luda Day.’ Highlight included comedian Kevin Hart singing Monica’s, ‘Just One of Them Days’.
Also, there was a surprise appearance from Floyd Mayweather, who was on Team Luda. He played the entire game with no break and of course, Kevin Hart had jokes about that. Celebrity sightings included: Toya Wright and daughter Reginae Carter, Monica and her two sons, Akon, Keri Hilson, Tika Sumpter,Â Keke Palmer, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Fab, Letoya Luckett,Â Larenz Tate, Mase, Â Lance Gross,Â â€œLove & Hip Hop ATLâ€ couple Rasheeda and hubby Kurt, Momma Dee, Sammie, Diamon, TV Personality Big Tigger, Lil Chuckie and more. The final score was 103 (Team Hart) to 100 (Team Luda). Of course Kevin Hart didnâ€™t cut Ludacris any slack with his team winning.
Monica with her two boys
Keri Hilson, Tika Sumpter Read More »
The bad girl of R&B Ms. Kelly Rowland has done it again! Today she released her 3rd single off of her platinum album “Here I Am” entitled “Keep It Between Us” & she decided to bring co-star Lance Gross into the mix to give the ladies a little more “Motivation” 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 »
As we told you earlier Tyler Perry is working hard on his next play turned film and this time it’s for ‘The Marriage Counselor’. The leading male role will be played by Lance Gross who recently tweeted a photo of himself and his leading female cast member Journee Smollett. The picture is a retro picture of themselves in the film and itÂ looks like they are having a lot of fun on set. Lance rocked a mean high top fade with a smooth shaven face while standing next to his love interest Jurnee who looked sweet and innocent. Read More »
Ludacris & DTP Take Over Morehouse College For Celebrity Basketball – Carmelo Anthony, Teyana Taylor, Kevin Durant, Wale & More
My boy Ludacris did it big tonight at the Morehouse College Forbes Arena for the Celebrity Basketball game as a part of Luda Day Weekend. This year’s Luda Day Weekend has been bigger than it’s ever been and I’m waiting to see what they got planned for next year. It was also the best I’ve been too…and I been comin since they started. Luda also released his new line of headphones…I’m waiting on my pair and a few for those FreddyO fans.
Raising $10,000 for Morehouse College, Team Ludacris (red) and Team Bieber (blue) battled it out for 90 minutes with Team Bieber comin out on top.
The crowds and crowds of people came out to see the star-studded event. Read More »
Ludacris Takes Over Clark Atlanta University for Luda Day Weekend With Special Guest Carmelo Anthony
My boy Ludacris came out to Clark Atlanta University, my alma mater with Carmelo Anthony to celebrate his birthday as a part of Luda Day Weekend.
Carmelo brought out his son Kiyan as well.
Keshia Knight-Pulliam, Sean Garrett, Lance Gross and Angela Sims were on deck to open up the school year as well.
CAU’s President Carlton E. Brown even got on the mic.
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Last night Toccara Jones joined to co-host the relaunch of Strength of Nature Global, LLC and one of their most prized hair care lines – African Pride. Toccara is appointed as Essence Magazine’s Contributing Style Editor recently featured Miss Tina by Tina Knowles clothing line, and can also be seen in “The Ultimate Merger” presented by Donald Trump, America’s Next Top Model, VH1, Target and more along with actor Lance Gross from Meet The Browns, and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.
The event had a special performance by So So Def recording artist and my girl Dondria. On the cusp of launching their national campaign titled, “My Pride. My Way”, which encourages women to write their own rules when it comes to hair. ”
The African Pride Brand has been in the HBA category for over 19 years and is formulated with natural ingredients such as natural herbs, olive oil, jojoba, jasmine and coconut oil to promote healthy and strong hair. African Pride re-emerges as an industry leader in the development of hair care products and solutions for the multicultural female customer.
Here are all the pic’s… Read More »