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March 16, 2007

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SINBAD REPORTEDLY ALIVE

Rumors have been circulating on the internet the last two days concerning the death of comdian Sinbad. The report went on to say the comic supposedly died of a massive heart attack. I did some checking and found the report was a prank by a phony online biographic entry.
The emails started coming in early yesterday morning, headers blaring “Sinbad, the comedian, died today, heart attack.” Attached was an excerpt from the freshly-revised Wikipedia entry on the 50-year-old entertainer, born David Adkins on November 10, 1956, which contained the sentence, “He succumbed to a fatal heart attack on the morning of March, 14, 2007.”

It is a hoax. The revision history of the Wikipedia article shows that it was repeatedly vandalized, corrected, and vandalized again beginning on March 14 and continuing until it was closed to further editing 24 hours later. When last I checked, the entry was correct.

I have spoken with a representative at Sinbad’s production company, David & Goliath Productions, who said that Sinbad is alive and well, and any rumor to the contrary is false. Sinbad is hilarious but in my opinion the prank was not. You heard the real deal on the Morning Show Update!

CHRIS ROCK CALLS PRESIDENT BUSH A MORON

Looks like it’s time for the semi-regular portion of the show where a celebrity talks about how evil or dumb President Bush is.

Chris Rock was asked by Life magazine whether America is ready for an African American President. His response was, quote, “It’s ready for a retarded president, why wouldn’t it be ready for an African American president?”

Oddly enough, though, Chris Rock would rather pick Al Gore over Barack Obama. Rock says, quote, “He’s more qualified than everyone that’s running on the Democratic side. (And). . . if he won or didn’t win, he has an agenda to help people and make this a better world.”

SNOOP DOGG NOT ARRESTED IN SWEDEN, AFTER ALL

Contrary to recent reports, rapper Snoop Dogg was not actually arrested in Sweden on Monday (March 12th) after his concert there. Rapbasement.com reports that he was actually pulled over by Swedish authorities on suspicion of using illegal narcotics, but was never forced to be tested for drug use. “Contrary to erroneous press reports,” said his spokesperson Tracy Nguyen, “Snoop Dogg was not arrested in Sweden. He was questioned and released with no charges filed. He is excited to continue his successful co- headlining tour with Diddy.”

Snoop is currently on European tour with Diddy, that wraps up on April 2nd at the U.K.’s Nottingham Arena.

The rapper helmed 16 of the tracks on the compilation album The Big Squeeze, which features up- and-coming West Coast acts Western Union (Damani, Soopafly and Bad Lucc), The Warzone, Terrace Martin and Azure. The record hits stores on April 24th.

NOTORIOUS B.I.G. TOPS THE CHARTS

A decade after his unsolved murder, the Notorious B.I.G. is on top of the charts. His posthumous release, Greatest Hits, debuted at Number One, selling 99,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielson SoundScan. Of the 17 tracks on the album, two are previously unreleased — “Running Your Mouth” and “Want That Old Thing Back.”

The rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, has debuted at the top of the charts twice before — 1997’s Life After Death, which sold 689,500 copies, and 1999’s Born Again, which sold 485,000 units.

The Bad Boy release Greatest Hits was released almost 10 years after the date of his death, on March 9, 1997.

LL COOL J TO LEAVE DEF JAM

After much industry speculation, LL Cool J has finally confirmed his plans to leave his longtime label Def Jam. The rapper made his announcement on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday (March 12th) night, saying that his upcoming release Exit 13 will be his final for the company. “It’s my last record on Def Jam, it’s my 13th album, and I’m leaving,” he said, adding, “My contract is up and it’s time to move on.”

The news came as little surprise to insiders, ever since he’d commented, “How am I gonna re-sign with the competition?” in reference to Jay-Z’s becoming both the label’s president as well as one of its artists. He was diplomatic when asked if this was his reason for his departure, saying, “I wouldn’t go that far with it. But for the most part… I’m gone.”

Exit 13 was produced by 50 Cent.

The actor/rapper recently released a workout book, called LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout, which is designed to help readers attain optimal fitness. There are no guarantees that they’ll wind up with his six pack, however.

TIMBALAND SOLO ALBUM PUSHED TO APRIL

The highly-anticipated Timbaland solo album, Shock Value, has been pushed back to an April 3rd release, at his request. “I wanted to make sure this thing was ready to drop, and pushing it back a week gave me time to do some last minute polishing,” he said, according to SOHH.com, of his star-studded set. “Look at all these people on Shock Value… this isn’t a DJ compilation, it’s a greatest hits album.”

In fact, the disc features a broad spectrum of musical genres and an equally diverse range of artists, including Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, Dr. Dre, Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Nicole Scherzinger and The Hives. The first single, “Give It To Me,” features Timberlake and Nelly Furtado and is already moving fast on Billboard’s Top 100.

While with Justin Timberlake on the FutureSex/LoveShow World Tour, Timbaland gave fans a sneak preview of some of the album’s tracks.

FERGIE TOO DRUNK TO FLY

Fergie couldn’t join her Black Eyed Peas bandmates Will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo on a recent flight from London to Los Angeles, because she was reportedly deemed too drunk to fly by Virgin Atlantic airlines. A witness described the 31-year-old singer to the U.K’s Daily Mirror as “falling all over the place. (She) had to be supported. She was in no state to fly. But when she was prevented from boarding, she couldn’t believe it. She was drunkenly ranting at staff but could barely string a sentence together. It was very embarrassing.”

After delaying the flight for an hour while her baggage was removed, the rest of the band went on without her. Fergie, whose real name is Stacy Ferguson, was forced to wait in London until she was sufficiently sober to catch a later flight. An airline spokesperson didn’t name names, but said, “We can confirm a female passenger was denied boarding as she appeared intoxicated and therefore unsuitable for travel.”

At a 2005 concert in San Diego, Fergie reportedly appeared hammered and urinated in her pants while onstage. Click here to see a pic.

BEYONCE CHALLENGING FANS TO CREATE THEIR OWN MUSIC VIDEO

Beyonce has teamed with Youtube.com for a new contest — asking fans to create their own Beyonce music video. Fans are asked to use any track from Beyonce’s Grammy award-winning album B’Day for the clip, and one grand prize winner will receive a pair of tickets to one of her upcoming concerts, as well as backstage passes and a meet- and-greet with the singer. All entries must be submitted by April 3rd, the same day she releases the B’Day Anthology Video Album.

Visit YouTubefor further information, and to submit your own Beyonce-inspired video.

The B’Day Anthology Video Album is being sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. The DVD include videos for “Kitty Kat (intro)”/”Upgrade U” featuring Jay-Z, “Deja Vu,” “Ring The Alarm,” “Irreplaceable,” “Listen,” “Green Light,” “Suga Mama,” “Get Me Bodied,” “Freakum Dress” and the English and Spanish versions of “Beautiful Liar” featuring Shakira.

Beyonce is scheduled to perform in her hometown of Houston today (March 15th), at the city’s annual RodeoHouston. She begins the Asian leg of her world tour April 10th in Tokyo.

Meanwhile Beyonce is struggling to prove she is still a Dreamgirl in the UK. She is scheduled to perform five concerts in June, but only half of the tickets for her British tour have been sold so far. Some are blaming her poor ticket sales on the bad press she received for her latest album, B- Day.

TYRESE SAYS ‘BLACK TY IS HERE TO STAY’

Former model/actor/singer Tyrese made the transition to MC as his rap alias, Black Ty, for his most recent record, Alter Ego. Now he says the follow-up, Black Rose, is nearly complete, with 14 tracks already in the can. But this time, he’s split the album evenly between his R&B and rap personas.

“For the most part, I try to keep them separate. It’s one person, but it’s two different experiences,” he told MTVnews.com. “And I got real hip-hop fans now who don’t even f*** with Tyrese ’cause they love what Black Ty talks about. Then I got fans that are open-minded, who love me as a singer, but (also) love me as an MC, which totally catches me off- guard… I’ve mastered myself as an MC. All I can do now is come with lyrics and concepts or whatever comes to me from here on out. Black Ty is here. I ain’t going nowhere.”

The multi-talented performer says there’s still room on the album for Snoop Dogg if he was willing to collaborate with him again, and is grateful to the famed rapper for his support. “In radio interviews, whatever, Snoop has been there, and I can’t put a price on that.”

Tyrese is touring behind Alter Ego until April 5th before returning to complete Black Rose.

In related news: Mark Wahlberg takes himself really seriously these days which is why he wants you to forget how he got famous as Marky Mark, the white hip-hop star.

But, he says, he almost resurrected the Marky Mark persona back when he was making the movie Four Brothers with Tyrese.

Quote, “When I was making Four Brothers they were trying to get me up in the studio” to be part of a three-man supergroup. But he turned it down to focus on the movie and says he’s happy he made that decision, because, quote: “Tyrese recorded his album, most of it, while we were shooting; that’s why he didn’t know any of his lines.”

BRANDON ROGERS BOOTED OFF ‘AMERICAN IDOL’

Los Angeles native Brandon Rogers was the first finalist to perform on Tuesday’s (March 13th) edition of American Idol — and he was the first one to get the heave-ho from the competition . Rogers’ lackluster rendition of “You Can’t Hurry Love,” complete with forgotten lyrics, was the primary reason for his demise. Phil Stacey and Sanjaya Malakar joined Rogers in the bottom three, but they squeaked through to the next round of sing-offs.

Rogers’ exit, and his flubbing of the Supremes’ song, must have been especially painful for Rogers, considering that just last week he told us the only thing could control on Idol was his performance: “In this competition, it seems the best thing to do is to focus on the thing you can control, which is your performance and how well you do. You can’t focus on what people are going to think or what people, whether they’re going to vote for your personality or going to vote for you. You just hope that you do the best that you can and they like it.”

Rogers’ number one singing slot might have put him at a disadvantage as well. He said the last performer on the show usually has the best chance to stick around: “If you’ve got a big song on the show, last is the best spot. We like to call it the p-i-m-p spot. Like that’s the spot. Almost no one goes home if they’re last.”

ISAIAH WASHINGTON DONATES MONEY TO SHED LIGHT ON THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

Isaiah Washington has donated $25,000 for a computer animation project that will detail the Atlantic slave trade. The Grey’s Anatomy star, who traced his ancestral roots to Sierra Leone through DNA testing, started a nonprofit foundation last year to improve the lives of people in the West African nation. “The stories of innumerable Sierra Leoneans that were forced into slavery have yet to be extensively told,” Washington said in a statement. “I believe this project will begin to shed some much-needed light on the region, both past and present.”

The project focuses on an 18th-century slave-trading castle that sent African captives to North America.

The project directors want to create a computer animated educational CD that will let students to look at the castle and its details to see what Africans experienced 250 years ago.

JENNIFER HUDSON HAS ARETHA FRANKLIN’S BLESSING FOR BIOPIC

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has Aretha Franklin’s blessing to play her in a biopic. The “Queen Of Soul” told reporters backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Monday (March 12th) that the Chicago native was the perfect choice for the role. There’s no director, studio, or cast involved with a Franklin movie yet, but with a musical based on Franklin’s life hitting the stage in coming months, a film adaptation is the logical next step.

Hudson won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the stage musical-turned-feature film Dreamgirls. Backstage at the awards, she said she’d continue to act and sing: “You know, I don’t ever want to have to choose between the two, and I want to be able to continue to do them both and just do them justice. I don’t want to ever want to choose. So hopefully I don’t have to put them first or second.”

In other Hudson news, word is that she pulled a diva- like move prior to the Soul Train awards this past weekend. The New York Post reports that Hudson called to back out of the event on Friday (March 9th), but reversed her decision when she was bawled out by J Records head Clive Davis. Davis, who is overseeing Hudson’s first album, told the former American Idol contestant to “get her *** out to L.A.” after receiving a personal phone call of complaint from Soul Train guru Don Cornelius.

Jennifer is also clearing up some rumors on her blog.

HALLE BERRY SAYS BEING BEAUTIFUL HASN’T SPARED HER PAIN

Halle Berry says that being attractive isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! Halle told Reader’s Digest, quote, “Being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory.”

Since physical attractiveness hasn’t necessarily helped her much in life, Halle says she’ll probably never have plastic surgery. . .

Quote, “I hope I will evolve as a person who realizes it’s really not about my physical appearance and not be drawn to that seductive knife.”

ICE CUBE KEEPING IT POSITIVE IN NEW REALITY SERIES

Rapper-turned-actor and producer Ice Cube’s latest television project is intended to send a positive message to residents of troubled neighborhoods. Called Good In The Hood, the A&E reality series will follow former gang-bangers and hoodlums as they try to help friends and family turn away from lives of crime. Ice Cube will introduce each hour-long episode of Good In The Hood and plans on being “very involved” in the program, according to an A&E exec.

Ice Cube, a native of South Central L.A., said in a statement, “The show is a way to demonstrate what is going on in a positive way in the urban community.”

Ice Cube’s last TV project was FX’s Black/White, which examined social and racial issues experienced by a black family that went undercover as a white family, and a white family that disguised themselves as a black family.

His next film is Are We Done Yet?, the sequel to 2005’s Are We There Yet?

DIGGIN’ IN THE CRATES

Stevie Wonder was named as a defendant in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed Wednesday (March 14th) by an employee of a radio station he partly owns, reports E! Online. Reginald Thomas Jr., a former employee of KLJH-FM in Los Angeles, says that he was fired after he discovered some other employees involved in a form of payola called “plugola,” and raised questions about possible sexual harassment in the workplace by Wonder. Thompson was a sales manager at the station. He is asking for unspecified damages and more than $3.5 million in unpaid wages and benefits.

Otis Williams of the Temptations says that even though the group’s original lineup hasn’t performed together in nearly 40 years, he misses them still. Williams told North Carolina’s The Fayetteville Observer that, “Sometimes it’s a lonely feeling, but I’m glad to just be here and still doing what I enjoy doing. It’s sad that I lost the four other original members that helped kick this thing off, but in God’s infinite wisdom, he’s let me continue on in their stead.” Williams added that the current lineup of the Temps is heading into the recording studio later this year, and that he’ll have a cameo in a still-untitled movie to be shot in the near future.

Wynton Marsalis and fellow advocates for the arts Sheila C. Johnson — the co-founder of BET cable — and actor Chris Klein met with Congress Tuesday (March 13th) to urge a restoration of arts funding to the level as it was before it was slashed 15 years ago. As part of the advocacy group Americans for the Arts, they lobbied and testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, asking for National Endowment for the Arts funding to be increased to $176 million for 2008.

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Black History Fact

In 1933, the NAACP began coordinated attacks on segregation and discrimination.
In 1933, the Los Angeles Sentinel was founded by Leon H. Washington.
In 1945, the King Cole Trio, led by Nat “King” Cole, had the first Number One on the first Billboard magazine top-selling record album chart.
In 1959, jazz tenor saxophonist Lester Young died in New York City. He had performed with the likes of Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Dizzy Gillespie.
In 1961, South Africa withdraws from the British Commonwealth.
In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain became the first and only player in NBA history to score over 4,000 points in a season. He averaged 50.4 points per game.
In 1969, “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” by the Fifth Dimension entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1975, “Love Corporation” by the Hues Corporation peaked at Number 62 on the pop chart.
In 1977, the album In Flight by George Benson was certified gold.
In 1977, Marvin Gaye released “Got To Give It Up.”

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Celebrity Birthdays

Terence Trent D’Arby (R&B singer, songwriter, “Wishing Well”) 45

Kenneth “Rockwell” Gordy (singer, Berry Gordy’s son) 43

Howard Scott (R&B singer, guitarist of War) 61

Sly Stone (R&B singer, guitarist of Sly & the Family Stone) 64

Will.i.am (rapper, musician, of Black Eyed Peas) 32
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Words To the Wise

Stay on course

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