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March 9, 2007

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IS IT ME OR HAS AMERICAN IDOL MISSED THE MARK?

In watching American Idol this season, I’ve noticed that the judges seemed to be looking for a certain type of performer and look. In many cases overstepping incredibly talented singers for individuals not as blessed. Now, those singers are being tossed out via the voting mechanism because America’s voters don’t seem to be buying the choices made early by Simon, Paul and Randy or the producers who actually control the show. What’s left is a mediocre group of singers where the eventual outcome now is fairly predictable. In summary, I think the early selection process weeded out great singers, leaving the viewers with subpar choices. I’d like your view and opinion on this season’s American Idol.

BOBBY BROWN’S ATTORNEY ADDRESSES HOT 99.5 MESS

Bobby Brown’s attorney Phaedra C. Parks has come forward to clear up reports about her client’s supposed deal with Washington D.C. radio station Hot 99.5 in relation to his release from a Massachusetts jail.

The station said Brown agreed to appear on The Kane Show for one week in exchange for its payment of the $19,000 in back child support Brown owed to the mother of two of his children. Whitney Houston’s soon-to-be ex-husband was tossed in jail last Sunday when he couldn’t come up with the money. On Wednesday night, he was released after his brother Tommy arrived at the jailhouse with a check covering his debt.

Hot 99.5 said it was responsible for bailing the star out of lockup, but Parks says that is completely false. She tells Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Buzz Central: “99.5 did not pay a penny towards Bobby’s bail. Bobby was released from jail on Wednesday night as I was en route to Boston. Furthermore, the monies promised by 99.5 were not received by my office until late Friday afternoon via a wire transfer. The money was promptly returned upon receipt.”

Hot 99.5 FM rep Jessica Ritch confirmed that the money was returned, adding: “We were told that we were bailing him out of jail. The money had been up-fronted, and our money would be used to pay back the person who originally fronted the money. On Friday we learned that he was already out of jail.” Parks said: “There was never a signed contract or any formally executed agreement regarding Bobby’s appearance on 99.5. This appears to be a publicity stunt by 99.5 at Bobby Brown’s expense.”

DJ QUIK BACK WITH NEW PROJECT AFTER FIVE MONTHS BEHIND BARS

Veteran rapper and producer DJ Quik, who recently completed a five month prison sentence for a probation violation, has hooked up with AMG to form a new group, The Fixxers. Allhiphop.com reports that the duo premiered some of the new material at the House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip on Sunday, March 4th.

The Fixxer’s new album is titled, The Midnight Life, and so far the first single from the project is “Can You Werk With That” but the duo is only halfway through the project.

DJ Quik said, “The record is sick. When I first got out of jail, I felt as though my career was over, I was all broke and hungry and sh**, but my accountant opened up my eyes and said that my career is just now beginning…..With our new record, we are doing all the work ourselves. Its definitely going to be hot, because we are both perfectionist, and with whatever we do, it has to be nothing but the best. I make everything I do absolute and not relative.”

AMG added, “There are no collabos on the album as of yet. We are looking to work with Yung Joc and Young Jeezy. We also are putting YoYo back on the map by doing a record with her as well.”

Quik, has also decided to drop the DJ from his name for now. He was jailed for violating the terms of his probation in relation to a 2003 incident where he pulled out a gun on his sister during a heated argument. He was initially sentenced to 45 days in jail on weekends after pleading guilty to assault but he never served the time. He was then sentenced to a 150 consecutive days behind bars.

TERRANCE HOWARD BLASTS BLACK STEREOTYPE

Oscar nominee Terrence Howard jumped at the chance to narrate a new US TV documentary about modern black culture because it gave him the chance to air his own views. The actor may have played a pimp-turned-rapper in hit movie “Hustle & Flow”, but he`s appalled with his peers in the rap and hip-hop world. He feels it`s time someone like him stood up for well meaning African-Americans.

Terence says, “I`ve been appalled for a number of years at what we have produced as a people, black people. Our music used to resonate in the soul and the heart and now our music has become something more common to a war theme. The beating of drums leads to anarchy. We`ve lost the message in our music and I wanted to speak about that.”

Howard`s biggest issue is with those who use the `N` word: “That word `n**ger` that we`ve adapted and call ourselves by is evil. No good can come from an evil thing.”

LIL JON DEVELOPING CARTOON FOR COMEDY CENTRAL

The King of Crunk has hooked up with Comedy Central to create his own cartoon series, A- Town. The cartoon will focus on Lil Jon, his fictitious family, and his life in Atlanta. Jon told Ballerstatus.com, “It’s a hilarious cartoon, I think everybody’s gonna love it. Everybody thinks I’m gonna be the craziest character, but my family is crazier than I am. It’s just about living in Atlanta; me and my family living in Atlanta and all the crazy stuff we get into.”

No premiere date has been set for the animated series although, according to Lil Jon, he’s completed all of the writing for the series.

Lil Jon is still working on his first solo album, Crunk Rock, and he’s also got some film projects in the pipeline.

NAS AND KELIS INK DEAL FOR REALITY SHOW

Rap star Nas and his R&B singer wife Kelis have agreed to tape a reality show for MTV. SOHH.com reports that the show, Me & Mr. Jones, will follow the pair as they deal with the demands of their careers and their personal lives. Each episode will be 30 minutes and the show is expected to hit television later this year.

Nas and Kelis should hope that the show doesn’t take a toll on their relationship like past MTV couples who have broken up after doing reality shows. Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, Carmen Elektra and Dave Navarro, and Travis Barker and his wife all went their separate ways after starring in an MTV reality show based on their relationship.

BOOK ON DR. DRE’S LIFE IN THE WORKS

A book detailing Dr. Dre’s development as a producer, written by Jake Brown, is due later this month. Dr. Dre: In The Studio chronicles Dre’s early attraction to music as a child, his high school and teenage years with The World Class Wrecking Crew through his work with Eminem and 50 Cent.

The book will also detail Dr. Dre’s relationships with N.W.A., Suge Knight, Snoop Dogg, The Game, and others as well as the writing and production techniques used to create such classic albums as Straight Outta Compton and The Chronic.

Brown’s previous books include: 50 Cent: No Holds Barred, Suge Knight – The Rise, Fall and Rise of Death Row Records, and Ready to Die: The Story of Biggie Smalls – Notorious BIG.

Dr. Dre: In The Studio will be published by Colossus Books, a subsidiary of Amber Communications Group, Inc.

BOBBY VALENTINO SAYS HE HAS A SONG FOR EVERY ‘SPECIAL OCCASION’

Singer and songwriter Bobby Valentino says that fans can expect more tunes examining every aspect of romance on his upcoming sophomore set, Special Occasion. While getting a chance to record the follow-up to his debut, Disturbing The Peace Presents Bobby Valentino, was special in itself, he says there’s another reason for the title of the new set: “I got a song for every occasion that, you know, that somebody might be going through, whether it’s your anniversary, whether you celebrating, I got a song for every kind of occasion, whether it’s a good occasion or a bad occasion.”

Special Occasion is due for release on April 3rd. The first single from the set will be the Timbaland- produced tune “Anonymous.”

ROBIN THICKE, ISLEYS, OMARION TO PERFORM ON ‘SOUL TRAIN’ AWARDS

Robin Thicke, The Isley Brothers, Rick Ross, Marques Houston,Webster & Young B, and Omarion will perform at the 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards, being taped on Saturday, March 10th in Pasadena, California.

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will receive the 2007 Stevie Wonder Award for Outstanding Career Achievements in Songwriting, while Jermaine Dupri will be presented with the 2007 Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievements.

Singers Omarion and LeToya will serve as the hosts for the musical celebration, which will also feature presenters Chingy, Avant, Yung Joc, Solange Knowles, Mario, Rosario Dawson, Isaiah Washington, Shemar Moore, Elise Neal, Paula Patton, Eddie Steeples, Brian White, Henry Simmons and America’s Next Top Model winner Danielle Evans, among others. Beyonce leads the nominations for the awards with a total of three. Double nominees include Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Chris Brown, Gnarls Barkley, Ne-Yo, Young Joc, Jagged Edge, and the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley.

The 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards will be broadcast in syndication beginning March 17th.

JACKSON 5 REUNION SET FOR LAS VEGAS?

Could Michael Jackson and his brothers be planning a Jackson 5 reunion in Las Vegas? That’s the word, according to a story from DotMusic.com, which says the embattled singer is hoping to make $500 million from a reformation of the Jackson 5 that would include some 250 concerts in Vegas as well as a U.S. and international tour.

The King of Pop’s return to the stage with his brothers would happen in a newly constructed casino, stadium, and hotel to “mark his pop legacy,” says the article.

Apparently Michael’s brothers Tito, Randy, Jackie, and Jermaine had pitched the idea of a reformed Jackson 5 to promoters but were told that their payday would skyrocket if they got their superstar sib to go along.

American Idol mastermind Simon Fuller was mentioned as co-producer of the reunion by an unnamed source.

TIMBALAND AND TIMBERLAKE REACH OUT TO BRITNEY SPEARS

Rapper/producer Timbaland says he would like to help Britney Spears with her current crisis. He tells Entertainment Weekly in an upcoming issue, “I feel her pain, it really bothers me. I’m the type of person who tries to save the world. I just want to take her away, go overseas, and work (it) out.”

His rather unorthodox plan involves Britney’s ex- boyfriend Justin Timberlake. “I asked Justin, ‘How would you feel about me working with Britney?’ I had to ask him that. I said, ‘Would you do it with me?” Justin agreed to help out, on the condition that the struggling singer, who is still currently at the Promises rehab center, takes their offer seriously. “I just want to hold her hand,” said 34-year-old Timbaland. “I want her to be in my camp, to be around Justin. I need Justin to talk to her. Help her, please!”

Neither Timberlake’s, Timbaland’s, nor Spears’ reps responded to inquiries regarding Timbaland’s plan.

Spears’ estranged husband, Kevin Federline, was spotted driving his silver Ferrari in Malibu on Tuesday (March 6th). This was the same car that caused strife with the couple last year when Britney tried to return it to the dealership.

NEWCOMER RACHEL BROWN LANDS ON CHARTS WITH ‘LET’S FALL IN LOVE AGAIN’

Texas-born singer Rachel Brown’s debut tune “Let’s Fall in Love Again” landed at Number Five on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales chart last week. The single also entered the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs charts at Number 81 in its third week of release. Produced by newcomer Israel “The Iz” Charles of I.C. Platinum Productions, Brown’s single is being called a new “stepper’s anthem” for those who love the Chicago-style dance craze.

The track is from Brown’s debut album Love, Life & Relationships, due on the indie label Urban Music Group, based in South Florida. It’s a dream come true for Brown, who has been developing her musical talents since she was 6 years old.

“I’ve definitely come from the road less traveled and have invested a lot of time and energy over the years carefully nurturing all elements of my craft,” states the singer. “I’m a creative person by nature and really enjoy writing, singing and performing. I’ve been looking forward to this day for so long and can’t wait to share my musical vision with the world.”

JENNIFER HUDSON THE FACE OF AVON’S IMARI PERFUME

Oscar winner and It Girl of the moment Jennifer Hudson has signed a deal with cosmetics giant Avon to be the exclusive spokesperson for its Imari fragrance line, including its new Imari Seduction perfume. Hudson will appear in a new national print advertising campaign and also in the company’s brochures for both the classic Imari and the new Imari Seduction scents, distributed by Avon representatives to over 15 million customers bi-weekly.

“This is an honor for me and very flattering,” stated Hudson in the Avon announcement. “With the success of Dreamgirls and now an Oscar, it’s been an incredible few months. And now, to partner with Avon is really a dream come true for me. It’s exciting to be representing the Imari brand, which really embodies confidence and femininity.”

According to Avon, the Imari scent has been the company’s best selling fragrance since it launched 20 years ago. Imari Seduction will be available in August 2007 in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Opportunities for the former American Idol contestant have multiplied since she gave her career- making performance in Dreamgirls. With Chicago Mayor Richard Daly having declared this past Monday Jennifer Hudson Day in her hometown, Hudson says that there are other changes brought on by her Oscar win. She said: “The paparazzi is following me now. Yeah, they were at the airport and I’m not used to that (laughs). Um, what else? I don’t know, it’s just different. I didn’t realize an award could do all of that. But you know, it’s… that’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed. But other than that I’m stuck in between four walls. I don’t get to go nowhere now. It’s weird.”

FRENCHIE DAVIS QUESTIONS ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ DISPARITIES

Former American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis, who was kicked off the second season because she revealed that she had appeared in topless pictures on the Web, says she’s dismayed by the show’s support of current contestant Antonella Barba for also appearing in a number of racy on- line photos. “I couldn’t help but notice the difference between the manner in which she was dealt with and how I was dealt with,” Davis told the New York Post.

Recently, photos that allegedly show Barba topless, seated on a toilet, and engaged in a sex act surfaced on the Web, and fans expected that the 20-year-old brunette from New Jersey would be shown the door by AI producers. But the competition’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told Inside Edition last week that the photos would not jeopardize Barba’s future on the show. “Antonella is about her looks and her talent, and that’s the only thing that will affect her journey on American Idol,” Lythgoe said.

Davis, who has since carved out a career as a Broadway performer, says she wasn’t given the same courtesy back in 2003. “I was up front about those photographs, and I had taken them five years before I was on Idol,” Davis told the Post about the pictures the full-figured vocalist had posted on the site Daddy’s Little Girls. “It happened, and I was honest about it…and weeks later, they decided to kick me off the show.” Davis stayed off the show, despite a flurry of protests from fans.

Davis added that she thinks it’s fantastic that the producers have changed the rules, but added, “If the rules have changed, I believe there should be something to make up for the fact that I was humiliated needlessly.”

The Fox network issued a statement Tuesday, noting they owe Davis exactly nothing. “Fox and the producers of American Idol have no desire to revisit history and sully the reputation of Ms. Davis,” it stated. “She was removed from the show over four years ago and has gone on to a successful performing career. We have never discussed the specifics of why Ms. Davis was eliminated, nor will we now.”

STAR JONES-REYNOLDS GETS COURT TV TALK SHOW

Star Jones-Reynolds, whose departure from the co-host chair of The View stirred controversy last summer, will get her own legal talk show on Court TV, according to the network. The still- untitled daily show will feature Reynolds discussing criminal justice issues that intersect with the world of pop culture and will launch this fall. She also assumes the title of executive editor for the network.

The new show represents a return to form for Jones- Reynolds, a former prosecuting attorney whose earliest TV gig was as a legal analyst for Court TV in 1991.

The 44-year-old Jones-Reynolds became one of the original co-hosts of the daily chat fest The View and spent nine years on the program. But when she was told last summer that her contract was not going to be renewed, she beat co-host and producer Barbara Walters to the punch by making a surprise announcement of her “resignation” on the air. The move angered Walters so much that she barred Jones-Reynolds from returning to the show to finish out her contract.

In the meantime, Jones-Reynolds has signed on to appear in a guest spot on the season finale of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She will play an attorney on the May 22nd episode, which will also feature Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

WILL SMITH TO BRING ‘CHEF JEFF’ STORY TO THE SCREEN

Will Smith, who was nominated for his lead role in the rags-to-riches story The Pursuit Of Happyness, is ready to take on another redemption story on film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith and Overbrook Films partner James Lassiter have signed on to produce a still-untitled flick based on Jeff Henderson’s drug dealer-turned-star chef memoir Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, From Cocaine to Foie Gras. The book, published last month by William Morrow, was optioned by Columbia Pictures. No word yet on whether Smith will also star.

In Cooked, Henderson shares the story of being a successful crack cocaine dealer for many years until he was arrested and sent to prison. He worked in the prison kitchen and developed his culinary skills as a prison chef. While serving his time, he also wrote to star chefs to ask for a job once he was released, and one responded, giving him a job in his restaurant. Today Henderson is executive chef at the Cafe Bellagio in Las Vegas. Henderson’s story was recently featured on a segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to Smith and Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, the upcoming film will be co-produced with Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal of production company Escape Artists. The foursome also produced Happyness, which earned Smith a best actor Oscar nomination and has grossed nearly $288 million worldwide.

Meanwhile Will was treated for a strained shoulder on Thursday morning in New York City at the Hospital for Special Surgery on the Upper East Side. The actor, who is in town filming I Am Legend, went to have some therapy done on his shoulder but his spokesperson made sure to dish to the New York Daily News, “It is absolutely not something major or life-threatening.”

BRENDA RUSSELL SAYS BEING BROADWAY OUTSIDER WAS TOUGH

Singer and songwriter Brenda Russell says she’s still enjoying all the acclaim she and collaborators Stephen Bray and Allee Willis have received for the music they created for The Color Purple on Broadway. The show has received a Tony Award for former lead actress LaChanze, and the show album was nominated for a Grammy this year.

Audiences have reacted strongly to the stage adaptation of the Alice Walker novel, with theatergoers making special trips to New York City just to experience the show. Now a road show version will open in Chicago next month with Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams as Shug, while American Idol champion Fantasia will take over the lead of Celie in the original Broadway version.

Critics were not especially kind to The Color Purple when it first debuted last year, but Russell chalks that up in part to the fact that she and her team were all new to the world of Broadway: “We had a little bit of resentment because we were outside of the club, you know. We came in from outside, we were pop writers. And you know its a little bit harder for people coming in from outside the Broadway group, of the club, so to speak. But we had total respect for the medium, you know. We didn’t just go in thinking, ahh, we can just do this. We studied really hard.”

Russell says she plans to start writing tunes for her next solo album in the next few months.

ENTERTAINMENT QUICKIES

Over at ABC… Holly Robinson Peete (“21 Jump Street”), who in real life became a football wife when she married former NFL player Rodney Peete, will now play one on TV. She’s been cast in “Football Wives”.

Beyonce’s sister, Solange, has officially separated from Daniel Smith, her husband of 3 years. Daniel and Solange were married in 2004, before the birth of their son. A family friend says, “Daniel and Solange really loved each other and wanted to make things work, but they were just too young to make it.” The insider also claims that Solange and Daniel may never have gotten legally married in the first place and says, “I never questioned the marriage before, but now I have to wonder about it since they’ve been apart for many months now and no one is talking about getting the divorce.”

More B news: Beyonce is the latest in a long line of celebrities who claim they’re ASHAMED by how much money they make but think that just telling some reporter how ashamed they are is all they need to do about it. Beyoncé made $16.1 million in 2006. She says, quote, “I never imagined I would be so blessed. I just wanted to be financially stable, and it embarrasses me, and I don’t feel comfortable talking or thinking about it. I’m not a flashy girl, and I don’t flaunt it.”

From the looks of things, Kimberly Locke’s time on VH1`s “Celebrity Fit Club” was time well- spent. The “American Idol” alumni was so excited about her new figure that she reportedly stripped down to her bra and panties during her recent performance on a cruise ship. (Some things never change.)

Also more from Terrance Howard. Yesterday, he said he was just keeping an eye on Naomi Campbell for mentor Quincy Jones. Now Howard admits that he is estranged from his wife, Lori, but he says he’s trying to get her back.

Congrats to Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthhony and his fiancée, MTV personality Alani “La La” Vazquez, who are now parents. Vazquez gave birth to a baby boy yesterday. They named him Kiyan.

The city of Providence, RI approved a license yesterday (Mar. 7), allowing The Street Dreams Tour to take place at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center this month, despite warnings from police that Jim Jones’ affiliation with the Bloods street gang could cause trouble. The tour, which kicked off Saturday in Charlotte, NC, features Jones, as well as rappers Lil’ Wayne, Bryan “Birdman” Williams, Young Jeezy and Rich Boy. Click here for the full story.

Consequence says “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” on March 6th! Featuring “Callin’ Me” and “Don’t Forget Em”! Executive Produced by Kanye West and appearances by John Legend and the rest of the G.O.O.D music family. For more, visit consmusic.

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Black History Fact

In 1969, “I’ve Gotta Be Me” by Sammy Davis, Jr. peaked at Number 11 on the pop chart.
In 1969, “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” by the Fifth Dimension was released.
In 1969, “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose” by James Brown peaked at Number 15 on the pop chart.
In 1969, “This Girl’s In Love With You” by Dionne Warwick peaked at Number Seven on the pop chart.
In 1970, former Supremes singer Diana Ross opened her first solo engagement, an 11-night run at a club in Framingham, Massachusetts.
In 1971, a new undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing champion was crowned as “Smokin'” Joe Frazier of Philadelphia won a 15-round decision over Muhammad Ali, who was previously undefeated. This, of course, set up the rematch, the “Thrilla In Manila.”
In 1975, “Once You Get Started” by Rufus entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1975, “Supernatural Thing – Part 1” by Ben E. King entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1977, Henry L. Marsh III was elected the first black mayor of Richmond, Virginia.
In 1980, “On The Radio” by Donna Summer peaked at Number Five on the pop chart.
In 1984, “Free Nelson Mandela” was released by Special AKA.
In 1986, “Kiss” by Prince entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1986, “Chain Reaction” by Diana Ross peaked at Number One on the U.K. pop chart.
In 1988, the album All Our Love by Gladys Knight & the Pips was certified gold.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Raynoma Mayberry Liles Gordy Singleton, former wife of Berry Gordy, co-founder of Motown Records, 70

Boris Kodjoe, actor (the Soul Food series), 34

Kenny Smith, TNT basketball analyst, 42
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Words To the Wise

Listen to the voice within
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Contact Information
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