Morning Show Update
February 28, 2007
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USHER STYLIN’ WITH ENGAGEMENT
It looks like Usher’s got it bad for the altar. He will for sure be leaving his bachelor days behind after getting engaged to his girlfriend, stylist Tameka Foster. No word exactly when Usher popped the question or when the twosome will tie the knot. The first clear sign that Usher had taken himself off the market came during last Monday’s NAACP Theatre Image Awards in Beverly Hills, where he accepted his Spirit Award by thanking Foster and introducing her as his “fiancée.” Foster has also been spotted about town recently sporting a 10-carat rock on her ring finger.
The couple has been an item for a year, though some websites say TWO years. They first met back in 2004. Foster has previously worked with such music stars as Toni Braxton and Lauryn Hill she joined Usher as a stylist on his tour.
Apparently, not everyone is thrilled by the prospective nuptials. Usher’s mom, Jonetta Patton, who also serves as Usher` manager is “flipping out” over the union, having previously fired Foster because “she didn’t think she was dressing him according to the caliber of star he was.” It will be Usher’s first marriage and the second go-round for Foster, who was previously married to Ryan Glover, the cofounder of Atlanta-based Noontime Music.
BOBBY BROWN IN JAIL UNTIL HE PAYS $19,000 IN CHILD SUPPORT
R&B singer Bobby Brown was ordered held behind bars until he pays $19,000 in past due child support and court fees on Monday, February 26th. The Associated Press reports that Brown was arrested on Sunday, February 25th, as he watched his daughter’s cheerleader competition at Attleboro High School in Massachusetts.
The singer owes the money to his former girlfriend, Kim Ward, who lives in Massachusetts with his two teenage children: LaPrincia and Bobby III.
Brown’s lawyer, Phaedra Parks, didn’t expect the singer to come up with the money until Tuesday morning (February 27th), at the earliest.
Parks said, “We’re diligently working on getting those funds available from outside sources…Although this agreement was put in place when he was Bobby Brown the star, this agreement is being enforced when he is not always able to find work. He hasn’t made an album in quite some years.”
Brown was also jailed in October after he fell $11,000 behind in child support. In June he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for falling three months behind but the sentence was suspended when he paid $15,000.
THE KIM KARDASHIAN SEX TAPE IS ON HOLD FOR NOW
If you were hoping to get your filthy little mitts on a copy of the Kim Kardashian/Ray-J sex tape, you’ll need a little patience.
Vivid Entertainment, the company that plans to distribute the tape, now says it’s on, quote, “temporary hold.” A spokesperson for the company says they wanna reach out to Kim and try to make some kind of deal with her.
One last note: I told you yesterday that Ray-J might not be with Whitney Houston anymore after all. Here’s some video of Ray out on the town the other night with Lil Kim.
FOXY BROWN DENIES ANY WRONGDOING, ACCUSES OFFICERS OF POLICE BRUTALITY
Rapper Foxy Brown held a press conference in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday (February 26th) to tell her side of the story following her February 15th arrest in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was charged with battery and resisting an officer with violence after she allegedly spit and threw some hair products at the owner of the Queen Beauty Supply Store.
According to Brown, she never spat at the owner and she’s the victim in this case. The rapper explained what transpired. She said: “We stopped to use a rest stop which happen to be a beauty supply store, it was open at the time. We walked in, there was a young black girl at the counter who greeted us very warmly, ‘Hi Foxy, how are you? You look beautiful in person.’ I’m like, ‘Thank you. Can we use your bathroom.’ She was like, ‘No problem.’ She gives us the key.”
The rapper continued: “I go in the bathroom and that’s when the situation took place. I guess you know they were closing and he barged in and I said very respectfully if he can allow me to just get dressed and we’d gladly leave. Again the tape shows us walking out the door without incident.”
Store owner Sam Hayssam had a different take on what transpired. He said Brown and her associate, Priestess Wallace, were using beauty products in the bathroom. He explained, “I told them they had to leave. She said ‘I have to finish my hair, the glue is not working right and I need a different kind of glue so I can finish my hair.” The owner then told the rapper that the store was not a “beauty salon.” Brown allegedly threw glue and spat on the owner before leaving the store.
Brown’s allegations of police brutality come into play as she was being taken into custody. The arresting officer said he was forced to use a takedown move on the rapper. According to Brown, the officer didn’t give her a chance to explain her side of the story and he aggressively took her down.
Brown is due back in court on Thursday. The rapper, who is currently on probation in New York for assaulting two manicurists, must answer as to whether or not she left the jurisdiction without permission. According to Brown, she verbally advised her probation officer but her business manager failed to submit the necessary paperwork.
C-MURDER’S RETRIAL BEGINS
Rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller was back in a Louisiana courtroom on Monday, February 26th, for retrial on second degree murder charges. The rapper was initially found guilty of shooting and killing 16-year- old Steve Thomas at a nightclub in 2002 but the verdict was overturned after it was discovered that prosecutors withheld information about the criminal background of some of their witnesses.
The rapper was freed in 2006 and placed under house arrest as he prepared for the retrial. Even if C- Murder is found innocent, he’s still facing two attempted murder charges for an unrelated incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
C-Murder recently released the first single, “Posted On Tha Block,” from his forthcoming album, Screamin’ 4 Vengeance.
The rapper told Allhiphop.com, “A lot of people want to know what’s going on with me and what my personal feelings are as far as what I’ve been through the last five years. I expressed it on ‘Posted On Tha Block.’ The public’s getting a basic picture of what I’ve been through, how I feel and what’s going on in my mind from that song.”
KURUPT HOOKS UP WITH TANGLED THOUGHTS
Tha Dogg Pound’s Kurupt is stepping out of his comfort zone for his upcoming collaborative album, Kurupt Presents: Tangled Thoughts Philly 2 Cali, with newcomers Tangled Thoughts. Tangled Thoughts consist of three singers, Tek, De and Cas, from Kurupt’s hometown of Philadelphia.
The new album, which is described as a best of both worlds type effort, hits stores on May 22nd. The set features guest appearances by Freeway, Roscoe, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Mellow Man Ace, Gillie Da Kid, Ab Liva, Gail Gotti, and Natasha Ramos. Kurupt is featured on six songs on the project.
Tangled Thoughts’ Tek said in a released statement, “This album is bringing the feel and vibe of the West Coast and mixing it with the swagger and lyricism of the East Coast. I wanted to break up the monotony and pigeon-holing, and make an album that you can put on anywhere, and can play it all the way through and everyone will feel it.”
JOE SET TO LAUNCH PROMO TOUR
R&B singer Joe is back with a new album, Ambassador, which he plans to release on March 27th. The first single and video from the project is “If I Were Your Man.” The album is Joe’s sixth and features production by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Brian Michael Cox, Sean Garrett, Cool & Dre, and Tim & Bob.
Ambassador is Joe’s first album in four years and he’s very eager to get back out to reconnect with his fans. The star will be launching a promo tour on March 13th in Buffalo, New York which is scheduled to wrap on March 31st in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek will also include stops in Detroit; Milwaukee; Montgomery, Alabama; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Washington, DC; Columbia, South Carolina; and Hartford, Connecticut.
When I spoke with the R&B singer, he reminisced about his influences, saying: “I look up to all the old schoolers: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, and the Eagles. I mean, there are so many great artists before me, you know, that really kinda set the stage for a young guy like me to come on. So, you know, it’s not just about hip-hop or pop. It’s all about music. It’s just about music.”
TYRESE SET TO LAUNCH ‘ALTER EGO’ TOUR
R&B singer Tyrese is currently promoting his latest album, Alter Ego, which is unique in that half of it features the singer singing and the other half rapping. The latest single from the project is a ballad titled “One,” which Tyrese will perform on BET’s 106 & Park on March 6th.
Tyrese will be launching the Alter Ego Tour in support of the new album on March 3rd in New York City. The tour is scheduled to wrap on April 1st in Minneapolis.
Alter Ego Tour (dates subject to change):
March 3rd – New York, NY – BB King’s
March 4th – Woodbridge, NJ – Studio 9
March 5th – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
March 8th – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
March 9th -Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
March 11th – Winston Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
March 12th – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
March 16th – Jackson, MS – Freelons
March 21st – St. Louis, MO – Society
March 23rd – Memphis, MI – Plush
March 24th – Oklahoma City, OK – Deja Vu
March 25th – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Convention Center
March 27th – Toledo, OH – Bijou
March 28th – Jackson, MI – Rocket
March 29th – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
March 30th – Traverse City, MI – Streeters
April 1st – Minneapolis, MN – Trocadero
OSCAR WIN PUTS PRESSURE ON JENNIFER HUDSON
Jennifer Hudson’s journey from American Idol reject to Hollywood star came full circle when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar Sunday night (February 26th) for her role in Dreamgirls. The Chicago native beat seasoned actresses like Cate Blanchett and Adriana Barraza for the prize, which puts her in the company of past winners like Judi Dench, Renee Zellweger, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Dreamgirls was Hudson’s very first movie, and she said the Oscar win for it puts pressure on her to keep performing at a high level: “It definitely adds pressure, I know that much. But, what I look at is as is, I cannot express in words how much this award means to me but all I can do is show it in my work to come. And so hopefully just continue to make the Academy proud whether I’m nominated or not but just because I have this, to constantly represent them in the best way possible.”
Hudson also said the Oscars were the biggest responsibility she’s ever had: “It’s definitely the biggest responsibility I have ever had in my life. Just giving it your all, you know, in anything that you do, and that to me was the trick of it all, or it is, and just completely dedicating myself. I have never dedicated myself to anything the way I did with this.”
Best Supporting Actress winners haven’t always gone on to great things. Mira Sorvino and Marisa Tomei, for instance, never topped their Oscar wins professionally and actresses like My Left Foot’s Brenda Fricker and The Fisher King’s Mercedes Ruehl are low on the Hollywood radar.
DIANA ROSS POSTPONES ‘TONIGHT SHOW’ APPEARANCE, ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES
Diana Ross has postponed her appearance tonight on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The unofficial Dick’s Diana fan website (community- 2.webtv.net/rossfan/discksdianaross) reported that Ross has rescheduled the appearance for some time in March. The site also posted that Ross’ appearance as a guest coach on Fox’s American Idol will begin on March 14 and include both pre-taped and live performances.
Diana Ross has just announced several additional shows for her upcoming U.S. tour, including a new kick off date.
Here is the updated itinerary for Diana Ross’ U.S. tour (subject to change):
April 5 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
April 6 – New York, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
April 7 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino
April 9 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
April 11 – Niagara Falls, ONT – Fallsview Casino Resort
April 12 – Niagara Falls, ONT – Fallsview Casino Resort
April 13 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
April 14 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
April 16 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace Of Auburn Hills
April 19 – Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie
April 20 – Hidalgo, TX – Dodge Arena
April 21 – Beaumont, TX – Beaumont Civic Center
April 22 – Marksville, LA – Paragon Casino & Resort
April 24 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
April 25 – Melbourne, FL – King Center For Performing Arts
April 26 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
April 28 – Tobago, ISL – Jazz Fest
April 30 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Casino
JENNIFER LOPEZ LOOKING FORWARD TO HER ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ APPEARANCE
Jennifer Lopez is looking forward to her upcoming appearance on American Idol. According to UsMagazine.com, the 38-year-old singer says she’s really excited about her April 11th visit to the Fox series, especially because it also happens to be one of her favorite shows. J-Lo and her hubby, Marc Anthony, record the series on TiVo and watch it from the start of the season.
Lopez will release her first ever Spanish language album, called Como Ama Una Mujer (How a Woman Loves), on April 3rd. An English language album is expected to be released at the end of the year.
Black History Fact
Alongside the names of Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell stands that of inventor Lewis Latimer. Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on September 4, 1848, he was the son of escaped slaves. He served on the Civil War gunboat USS Massasoit at the age of 16, and after leaving the Navy, he returned to Boston and began working in a drafting office as a clerk. Intrigued by the mechanical drawings, Latimer taught himself drafting, and soon worked his way up from junior to chief draftsman, a position never before held by an African- American man.
Latimer won his first patent at the age of 26 with an invention that improved the operation of water closets (toilets) in railway cars. Six years later, Alexander Graham Bell called on Latimer’s considerable drafting skills to prepare blueprints for his new invention called the telephone, and drafted the drawings for the patent application for it.
Bell was not the only famous inventor to benefit from Latimer’s expertise. Latimer also became part of the Edison Pioneers, the group of scientists who assisted Thomas Edison in inventing the electric light. Building on the work he did with Edison, Latimer received another patent in 1882 for inventing an improved carbon filament, which allowed electric light to burn longer and more inexpensively. In 1884, Latimer supervised the installation and operation of the first electric plants and streetlights in New York and Philadelphia.
• Stoney Jackson, actor (The White Shadow), 47
• Ralph Nader, politician and attorney, 73
• Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, member of TLC, 36
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