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October 29, 2009

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MONEY

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Brian McKnight

A contingent of disgruntled employees has emerged at “The Brian McKnight Show.”
TMZ.com is reporting that more than 20 workers have filed non-payment complaints against the McKnight show to the California Labor Board totaling $86,300.

Reps for the show say the workers will be paid, but there “was mismanagement in the beginning and since then we have gotten new investors and the show is continuing.”

“The Brian McKnight Show” premiered Sept. 21 on MyNetworkTV.


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October 29, 2009

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MICHAEL WAS ATTEMPTING TO PURCHASE A NEW HOME

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Michael Jackson

TMZ.com is reporting that Michael Jackson was in negotiations to buy a $38 million 15 bedroom, 16.5 bath Bel Air mansion just before his death in June.
Sources said MJ entered into escrow on the 18,020 square foot estate in 2001, but the deal fell through because he ultimately couldn’t afford to close. But recently, the singer was trying to work out a new arrangement with the owners in hopes of making enough money to buy the house after his “This Is It” concert series in England.

A source tells TMZ: “Jackson brought his kids to see the house and they fell in love with it … They begged him to buy it.”

The kids took a particular interest in a secluded area under the house which was nicknamed the “Bat Cave.”

Sources say Jackson was going to use the land to recreate as much of Neverland as he legally could.


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October 29, 2009

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TAMEKA WASN’T TOLD DIRECTLY

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Tameka Foster and Usher

Usher’s soon-to-be ex-wife Tameka Foster said she found out about her divorce the same way everyone else did – via the Internet.
“It was rumored (on the internet), so friends and family called, saying, ‘Are you OK?’ I didn’t really understand why,” Foster told People magazine. “But Usher and I weren’t really speaking then. He was away recording, and I was angry at other things going on. He filed two days later.”

The 38-year-old stylist has an issue with Usher’s new divorce-themed single “Papers,” which appears to focus on their short marriage.

“It’s entertainment. People shouldn’t take it literally,” she said. “(But) given what we’re going through, it’s in poor taste.”

Foster’s interview comes just days after she was forced to deny Usher’s claims the pair’s divorce had been finalized, dismissing them as “a publicity stunt” to promote his new song.

But despite all of Ursh’s alleged cheating, “I still love him very much and I’m sure I always will,” Foster insists. “Do I want to be with him? I don’t know.”

The former couple has two sons together: Usher Raymond V, 23 months, and Naviyd, 10 months.


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October 28, 2009

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WILL FIRST LADY WEAR SHEREE DESIGNS?

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Michelle Obama

Andy Cohen, the network’s Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development and host of every Bravo reunion show, says he is pushing for Michelle Obama to wear an item from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Sheree’s clothing line.
The Bravo exec, who hosts the cable channel’s new late night talk show “Watch What Happens: Live!” says he’s done 14 episodes of the program and has asked guests in each program, “Are you wearing She by Sheree?” He’s hoping that an item from the line will make it into the First Lady’s closet.

“I had Michelle Obama’s hairdresser Johnny Wright on last week,” he tells People.com. “And I said, ‘What is it going to take to get the First Lady into a She by Sheree frock?’ And he said that he’s anxiously awaiting what the line presents to see. He said if Sheree creates something great, maybe it will happen. So tonight,” Cohen said. “I’m really pushing for the first lady to wear She by Sheree!’”

She by Sheree debuted last month during New York Fashion Week, and to a television audience last week via the season finale of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”


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October 28, 2009

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LOPEZ RELEASES GUEST LIST

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George Lopez

George Lopez’s talk show “Lopez Tonight” premieres Monday, Nov. 9 at 11 p.m. on TBS with NBA great Kobe Bryant, Ellen DeGeneres and Eva Longoria-Parker of “Desperate Housewives” among the guests for the first week.
Additional scheduled guests for the first few weeks include Sandra Bullock, Ray Romano, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Queen Latifah, Marc Anthony, Ted Danson, Andy Garcia, Larry David, Taylor Lautner, Oscar de la Hoya, Kelly Osbourne, Floyd Mayweather, Eva Mendes, Arsenio Hall and Kathy Griffin, among many others.

Additional guests will be announced in the weeks ahead.

“Lopez Tonight” will air on TBS Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). The show comes to TBS from 2.2 Productions, paraMedia Inc. and Telepictures Productions.


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October 28, 2009

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THIS IS IS GIVES INTIMATE LOOK AT GREATNESS

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This Is It

When fans go see Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT, they’re going to have Michael back, just for a little while.” – Travis Payne, THIS IS IT choreographer

*Who would have thought it possible that we could be distracted from the gut-wrenching reality that Michael Jackson is, physically, no longer with us? But for one hour and fifty-one minutes, in the shelter of a dark theater, transfixed by the larger-than-life presence on the screen – making all the moves we have come to know so well – delivering the music that remains permanently etched in our psyche, here he is.

The man we so lovingly crowned the “King of Pop” years ago is alive … well … and in all his fantastical glory. Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT is a tangible gift the world can hold on to.

The best “All Access Pass” fans could ever expect to obtain, Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT reveals an MJ we could never otherwise have experienced; in a way we will not soon forget.

And this was just the rehearsal.

Crafted with undeniable love and respect by famed director Kenny Ortega, the film shows that, had the concert become a reality, MJ would most likely have accomplished exactly what he set out to d “Give them something they’ve never seen before.”

When asked why it was so important for him to direct this film, Ortega says:

“It became a responsibility for me. Who else was going to do it? I was there, and I felt that I could protect his ideas and the integrity of his last theatrical work. But the real reason it became so important to me is that I heard an outpouring from fans, people who said, ‘I had tickets to the concert, tell me, what was it going to be like?”

Ortega and Jackson have been friends for more than twenty years. The two first met in the 1980’s when Michael called the directors’ home and was greeted by the screams of Ortega’s niece, who answered the phone. They have always wanted to work together.

Sometimes it can take decades for the right “something” to come along. Jackson was sure that

THIS WAS IT.


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October 27, 2009

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POSSIBLE HIT COMEDY COMING TO NBC

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NBC has added an African American comedy to its development slate.
“Ordinary People,” from “America’s Next Top Model” co-developer Kenya Barris, is described as “Mad About You” meets “The Cosby Show,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Inspired by Barris’ real-life experiences, the sitcom revolves around Kevin and Kelsey Whitmore, a married couple in their late 20s who are fast-tracked professionals with four kids. After spending most of his time on the road as a Rolling Stone music reporter, Kevin is promoted to columnist and works from home, a change that requires adjustment for everyone in the family.

Also on NBC’s development slate is the drama “Nola Rising,” which revolves around the pairing of a down-on-his-luck private investigator and a charismatic ex-con capable of being inhabited by ghosts. Together they become unlikely partners to help solve the problems of New Orleans citizens, living or dead.

The project is from writer Diane Ademu-John (“Medium”). Both “Nola Rising” and “Ordinary People” are set up at Universal Media Studios.

As previously reported, NBC has also ordered a comedy from executive producers Don Cheadle and Aaron McGruder. The project revolves around mismatched brothers who reunite to open a private security company.


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October 27, 2009

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WHY TYLER PERRY IS PISSED

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Tyler Perry

In an interview on “60 Minutes,” Perry got a chance to defend himself against comments made last spring by Lee, who described Perry’s hit TV shows and films as nothing more than “coonery.”

Of course Mr. Perry felt he had to respond and did.

“I would love to read that [criticism] to my fan base,” Perry told “60 Minutes” correspondent Byron Pitts in a broadcast that aired Sunday. “All these characters of mine are bait, bait to get people talking about God, love, family, and faith.”

“That pisses me off. It is so insulting,” Perry added.

Maybe you’re wondering what else did Spike say? Well, below are Mr. Lee’s original comments, which took place during an interview that EUR published earlier this past May with Ed Gordon at the 14th Annual Black Enterprise Conference.

Here’s how Spike put it down back then …

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Spike Lee

On stereotypical images of blacks in the media:
Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic endeavors but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is “coonery” and buffoonery. I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we can do better.

I am a huge basketball fan, and when I watch the games on TNT, I see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne”) and I am scratching my head. … We got a black president and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?

On Tyler Perry and what the black consumer (really) wants to see:
We’ve had this discussion back and forth. When John Singleton [made Boyz in the Hood], people came out to see it. But when he did Rosewood, nobody showed up. So a lot of this is on us! You vote with your pocketbook, your wallet. You vote with your time sitting in front of the idiot box, and [Tyler Perry] has a huge audience. We shouldn’t think that Tyler Perry is going to make the same film that I am going to make, or that John Singleton or my cousin Malcolm Lee [would make]. As African Americans, we’re not one monolithic group so there is room for all of that. But at the same time, for me, the imaging is troubling and it harkens back to Amos n’ Andy.


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October 27, 2009

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AROUND THE COUNTRY IN TWO MONTHS

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Natalie Cole

With her European run winding down, Natalie Cole is preparing a return to the States for a fall jaunt in support of last year’s “Still Unforgettable.”
The US tour begins with a Nov. 5 performance in Salem, VA, followed by 11 shows spread across the nation through the holiday season, according to Live Daily. Cole will wrap up the outing with a Dec. 21 performance in Clearwater, FL. Details are shown below.

The singer is also promoting a special seasonal set on HSN, featuring “Still Unforgettable,” as well as a five-song holiday sampler with covers of classics like “My Favorite Things” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Earlier this year, Cole underwent a kidney transplant due to hepatitis C and spent the summer recuperating from the major operation. Her first post-surgery appearance took place Sept. 9 at the Hollywood Bowl.

Below are Cole’s US tour dates:

November 2009
5 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center
6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
7 – Boca Raton, FL – Boca Raton Resort & Club
20 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial Auditorium
21 – Spokane, WA – Northern Quest Casino

December 2009
10-13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Mormon Tabernacle
17, 18 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort
19 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – Universal Studios
21 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall


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October 26, 2009

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PRINCE LEFT THE HORNS AT HOME AND FUNKED IT UP!!
by Jon Bream, Star Tribune

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Prince, I guess we hardly knew you. After 30-some years in the spotlight, the hometown hero showed his faithful something new Saturday night at Paisley Park in Chanhassen: It was his smoothest (read most efficiently run) show there ever — and one funky and fulfilling performance. ¶ The gig advertised for 11 p.m. actually started at 11:10, unheard of at Paisley, where shows typically have started whenever Prince feels like it (read 1 a.m. at the earliest). For the first time, he even offered a free shuttle-bus service so people could leave their vehicles (and Paisley-verboten cell phones) at a newish nearby park-and-ride and take a plush bus for a eight-minute drive to Prince’s complex. How slick was that?

Saturday’s gig (which was announced late Friday afternoon) was $31.21 for fan-club members and $40 for others. Paisley visitors were asked to donate items for food shelves and gently used coats. (Many articles of clothing still had store tags on them, and people literally donated coats off their backs, Paisley spokeswoman Kathy Adams reported.)

Prince played 10 minutes short of three hours without changing his outfit. That’s a first. Moreover, there weren’t any of those mysterious breaks where Paisley-goers were left wondering if he’d return again in an hour and perform until dawn. The Purple One made a couple exits before encores; he said his final good night at 2 a.m.

Prince showed more versatility and musicality in his first hour onstage than Michael Jackson did in his entire career. He started with a bunch of tunes from this year’s “Lotusflow3r” collection and then paraded through his hits, especially from the 1980s. In fact, there wasn’t one tune from the ’90s and only “Feel 4 U” from the ’70s.

With his horn-less band, Prince has never sounded funkier at Paisley. He was talkative and humorous, loose and spontaneous, calling out songs and arrangements as well as an occasional “so-low” for himself on guitar. To witness that kind of organic musicmaking always feels special — especially when it’s a well-drilled, first-rate band like Prince’s — even if you have to put up with the bandleader frequently telling the sound guy how to adjust the mix.

Prince saluted the Time, the Doobie Brothers and the Jackson 5 in song and verbally acknowledged his debt (“I wouldn’t be who I am without…”) to James Brown, the Jacksons, Chaka Khan, Rufus, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Joni Mitchell and Tower of Power. His pal Larry Graham sat in on bass for a series of Sly & the Family Stone tunes, and backup singer Shelby J, a powerhouse from the southern soul/gospel school, stepped out front on a couple of selections, most notably “The Arms of an Angel.”

But this show was about Prince, his love of funk and his guitar prowess. He even offered a little “country western” guitar passage, as he playfully put it, and one of his more passionate versions of “Purple Rain” to close the evening. He danced only briefly, during “Kiss,” but handpicked some fans to come onstage and dance, a longstanding Paisley tradition at any hour.

With his horn-less band, Prince has never sounded funkier at Paisley. He was talkative and humorous, loose and spontaneous, calling out songs and arrangements as well as an occasional “so-low” for himself on guitar. To witness that kind of organic musicmaking always feels special — especially when it’s a well-drilled, first-rate band like Prince’s — even if you have to put up with the bandleader frequently telling the sound guy how to adjust the mix.

Prince saluted the Time, the Doobie Brothers and the Jackson 5 in song and verbally acknowledged his debt (“I wouldn’t be who I am without…”) to James Brown, the Jacksons, Chaka Khan, Rufus, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Joni Mitchell and Tower of Power. His pal Larry Graham sat in on bass for a series of Sly & the Family Stone tunes, and backup singer Shelby J, a powerhouse from the southern soul/gospel school, stepped out front on a couple of selections, most notably “The Arms of an Angel.”

But this show was about Prince, his love of funk and his guitar prowess. He even offered a little “country western” guitar passage, as he playfully put it, and one of his more passionate versions of “Purple Rain” to close the evening. He danced only briefly, during “Kiss,” but handpicked some fans to come onstage and dance, a longstanding Paisley tradition at any hour.


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