Morning Show Update

March 23 2007

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Black Entertainment Television is taping its seventh annual Spring Bling this weekend March 23rd to 25th at Singers Island at Riviera Beach in West Palm Beach, FL. Akon, Remy Ma, Pretty Ricky, MIMS, Mike Jones, Cherish, UNK, Marques Houston, Bobby Valentino and DJ Khaled are all scheduled to perform during the three-day festival.

BET executive vice president of Music Programming, Stephen Hill, explained the decision to hold the event in West Palm Beach in a released statement. Hill said, “With a crowd expectancy of over 3,000 college students, we also hope to express our thanks by adding an economic boost to the area.”

In addition to the performances, the weekend will also include an MC battle, step competition, fashion show and car expo. Spring Bling 07 will premiere on BET on April 5th at 8 p.m. ET.


Mississippi-based rapper David Banner, who made his big screen debut earlier this month in Black Snake Moan, has already landed his second project, This Christmas, which is slated to hit theaters later this year. Banner told, “I always wanted to do a Christmas movie about what really happens for us in the ‘hood during Christmas, ’cause Christmas isn’t really a good time for people where I’m from. What I do like about This Christmas is it really shows that it doesn’t matter what kind of family you have — black, white, Latino — we all bring a lot of problems home. We also bring a lot of light and a lot of joy home too, so This Christmas really shows how this synthesis works.”

In addition to his film work, Banner has been back in the studio working on an untitled album. So far the album features guest appearances by T.I., Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Carl Thomas, Akon, and Chris Brown.

Banner said, “When Kanye (West) was trippin’ about how he felt like he should have gotten an award (at the MTV Europe Music Awards last fall), I started feeling that, ’cause when I come out this time, if I don’t get what I know I deserve, there’s gonna be a problem. I have a phenomenal album.”

The rapper’s incredible work ethic is one of the reasons why he’s enjoyed success as a producer and as an artist. Banner shared that he has difficulty sleeping. He said: “If you look at the brainwaves of somebody who is psychotic and a person who is successful and works really hard, it’s the same. I can’t sleep, you know what I’m sayin’? I’m always doing something. I have to feel like I’m doing something that’s really helping my career, you know what I’m sayin’, all the time.”


T.I.’s long time girlfriend and Baby’s mother, as well as former Xscape member — Tameka “Tiny” Cottle has allegedly miscarried their soon to be expecting bundle of joy. While the details are sketchy at the moment, what I can tell you is that she was roughly five months pregnant, and is currently recovering at an Atlanta hospital. Out of respect for the Hip-Hop couple I will not post which hospital Tiny is recovering at. Just know that she is enduring a lot right now and her privacy, here at, will be respected. Our prayers are with both families.


Miami-based rapper Pitbull has been tapped to host his own reality show, Pitbull’s La Esquina, for the bilingual Mun2 network. reports that the series will feature eight half hour episodes shot on the legendary Miami corner, La Esquina. Pitbull will be joined on the show by his friend and barber, The Fademaster, and the duo will discuss everything from politics and social issues to music.

So far the show will feature guest appearances by Akon, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Christina Milian, Jim Jones, Chingo Bling, Bun-B and Cool and Dre.

Pitbull said in a released statement, “mun2 was the first to give me an outlet for my music when it wasn’t as accepted as it is today. So, it’s great to now come full circle and be back home at a place that supported me then. The overall feel of the show is funny, but my message is serious. It’s time for us to tackle important matters affecting our community on our terms — in a way that’s real, but also fun.”

Pitbull’s La Esquina will premiere on mun2 on May 9th.

In related news, Pitbull is currently in the studio working on a new album, Boatlift. No release date has been set for the project.


State Property member Omillio Sparks is currently working on his debut solo album, Payback, which will be released in May on his own Colossal Entertainment label. But the rapper has hit several road blocks as far as getting clearances from his former mentor Jay-Z. reports that Sparks has released a song, “Make It Do What It Do,” aimed at getting Jay-Z’s attention so that he can clear a sample and several verses from other State Property members.

Sparks, who is attempting to get a Jay-Z sample cleared for the chorus of “It Ain’t My Fault,” said, “Don’t stop me from eating is what I’m trying to say. I’m trying to handle myself as a business man, go through the proper channels. I ain’t coming through reckless. I ain’t bugging. I want you to hear the record, so you can say, ‘he ain’t bugging.'”

Sparks is also attempting to get clearances to use verses from State Property members Freeway, Peedi Peedi and Chris of Young Gunz.

The rapper is particularly upset since he wrote the hook for Jay-Z’s 2000 hit, “Give It To Me” from the Dynasty (Roc La Familia) album. Sparks explained, “Now, ‘Give It To Me,’ when you wanted that, I gave it to you. Fine. And then from then on I never asked him for s**t. Even after the break up. I started my own company.”


Sean “Diddy” Combs is now auditioning men for the fourth season of his hit MTV series Making The Band, which will focus on creating an urban- themed boy band. Dates have been set up for auditions in New York City and Birmingham, Alabama this Saturday (March 24th); and in Memphis and Norfolk, Virginia on the following Saturday (March 31st). In each city, a line will form at the venue at 7 a.m., and open call begins promptly at 10 a.m.

Details are as follows:

NEW YORK CITY, Saturday March 24th
REBEL, at 251 West 30th Street
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, Saturday March 24th
CLUB RED at 2015 Highland Ave S.
MEMPHIS, Saturday March 31st
PLUSH, 380 Beale St
NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, Saturday March 31st


Musiq Soulchild earned his second Number One album this week when his latest offering Luvanmusiq debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling more than 149,000 copies its first week in stores. reports that the singer’s 2002 album, Juslisen, also entered the chart at Number One.

Soulchild barely held off Lloyd’s sophomore effort, Street Love, which sold 144,000 copies to land at Number Two. The set is the first official release from the Inc. Records (Murder Inc.) since the company entered into a new distribution agreement with the Universal Music Group.

Alabama-based rapper Rich Boy also made an impressive debut this week, selling 112,000 copies of his self-titled debut to land at Number Three on the charts.

Memphis rap legends 8Ball & MJG’s second release for Bad Boy Records, Ridin’ High, sold 50,000 copies to grab the Number Eight spot.


With lawsuits pending over singer/actress Brandy’s involvement in the recent car accident in which a woman was killed, she may have to step aside from her position as judge on the TV show America’s Got Talent. According to the New York Post, rock ‘n roll wife/manager and talk show maven Sharon Osbourne has been tapped to replace her.

According to studio sources, talks are “ongoing” with Osbourne, who already appears in the UK as a judge in another talent-contest hit called X-Factor. Both shows are produced by American Idol producer Simon Cowell.


Michael Jackson has reportedly been driving the staff crazy at his London hotel. Jackson recently ordered boxes full of candy and a xylophone from room service at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, where he and his family and entourage have taken over the entire 18th floor. Employee’s at the five star hotel have been instructed to cater to Jackson’s every need during his stay, and a hotel source told British newspaper the Daily Star, “He wanted lots of bowls filled with Haribo and he also asked for a toy xylophone… The weird thing is that they weren’t for his kids. He also asked for a giant mirror.”

Staff have also accused him of not tipping them.

Jackson was also seen the day before yesterday on an extravagant shopping spree at Harrods department store in London.

Jackson arrived in London over the weekend, with rumors flying that he was planning to sell his interest in the Beatles publishing catalog to Paul McCartney. Jackson’s reps have since denied this.


Savannah, Georgia native Stephanie Edwards was voted off American Idol in what can only be described as a shocker. While the 19-year-old singer’s rendition of Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” received only tepid responses from the judges Tuesday night (March 20th), Sanjaya Malakar’s butchering of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” and Phil Stacey’s “Tobacco Road” were far worse. Simon Cowell went so far as to call Stacey’s singing a “third division bar band performance.”

Nevertheless, Edwards and Chris Richardson received the lowest amount of votes for their attempts at the British Invasion sound, and Edwards was sent packing.

Her elimination plays into the theory that American Idol is more of a popularity contest than a singing one. At the show’s Top 12 party, she even said the voting was about personality over talent: “At one time I thought it was 50/50 personality but now I think it may be 70/30, personality being 70, singing being 30 percent. I mean, people have to like you. It’s not any different than the real world, it’s America voting, so it is the real world. If they can relate to you, then they’ll like you. If they can’t, then they won’t, and they won’t vote if they don’t like you.”

Edwards also said that Simon’s comments were more about the show than substance: “I used to be like, ‘Man, he is always right. I love Simon.’ And now that I’m here, sometimes I’m like, ‘I don’t know. Mmmm.’ You know, that might have been a little off. But I still like him. He’s a great person. Of course, you know, it’s a character for American Idol. They play their role. You know, so sometimes they may not really feel that way. They may over-exaggerate.”

A MySpace member called “J” is so upset with Sanjaya’s continued Idol success that the unidentified fan is going on a hunger strike until the glove-wearing singer is booted. “J” wrote, “We have no problems with Sanjaya personally. However, he does not belong on American Idol. So until the day that Sanjaya is no longer on American Idol, I will be going on a hunger strike.”


Another American Idol contestant is gone but more importantly, we’ve figured out the identity of the hysterical girl featured on Tuesday night’s (March 20th) show. Her name is Ashley Ferl, and she got prime seats for the performance show after producers spotted her crying at the American Idol dress rehearsal. The 13- year-old Riverside, California resident was originally in town for a taping of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and got tickets to the Idol rehearsal as a bonus part of the deal.

Ashley’s mom told the Los Angeles Times that the girl was a huge fan of the show and that she thought going on the Idol stage was the “coolest thing ever.” Little Ashley also informed the paper that her favorite contestants were Sanjaya Malakar, Melinda Doolittle, Gina Glocksen, and Jordin Sparks. She couldn’t narrow it down further than that, but here’s betting there are more tears in her eyes if and when they’re eliminated.


Kill Bill assassin Vivica Fox was arrested for driving under the influence Tuesday night (March 20th) in L.A. Police say they pulled the 42-year- old actress over for speeding on the city’s 101 Freeway, and swerving in and out of lanes. A couple of failed field sobriety tests later and Fox was headed to jail, where two Breathalyzer tests showed her blood alcohol level was higher than California’s legal limit of .08.

Fox was booked, released a short time later on her own recognizance, and will have to face a judge in the next couple of weeks.

Fox is a Dancing With The Stars alum, and her credits include Booty Call, the Lifetime series Missing, Juwanna Mann, Two Can Play That Game, and City Of Angels. She has a recurring role on the upcoming sixth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm as well.


Bony reality TV star Nicole Richie has come up with a medical reason for her repeated fainting spells and trips to the hospital for “exhaustion” — she’s hypoglycemic. Richie’s rep said the socialite was recently diagnosed with the condition and “is taking steps to manage it.” Hypoglycemia happens when the body’s blood sugar levels drop too low for it to keep running, thereby causing faintness, fatigue, and dizziness. What Richie’s rep didn’t say was that hypoglycemia can be caused by too little food in one’s system or excessive alcohol consumption.

Richie’s condition was discovered while she was filming the upcoming fifth season of The Simple Life. She and pal Paris Hilton work as health camp counselors in the show, which is ironic considering Richie feels ill a lot of the time. A source told People that the skinny socialite has “felt really faint and almost passed out” four or five times on the set of the show, and “has to go into her trailer for a good part of the day.”

The Simple Life Goes To Camp debuts this May on E!, and also features Hilton and Richie counseling at a pageant camp, a couples camp, survival camp, and drama camp.


Angelina Jolie’s newly adopted son Pax Thien Jolie has been in the U.S. for only a couple of days and he’s already landed a People magazine cover. The weekly’s newest issue features a picture of the three-year-old Vietnamese boy in the arms of his famous mother, along with “exclusive” photos of the family bonding.

Jolie brought the boy home on a private jet Wednesday (March 21st), and she told People it’ll be some time before her non-English-speaking kid feels welcome, “It will take him a while to realize he has a family and that his new life is permanent and that it won’t keep changing.”

Jolie adopted Pax as a single mother because Vietnamese laws prohibits unmarried couples to adopt. While she was dealing with adoption paperwork abroad, Brad Pitt was working on his latest movie in L.A. and brought their biological daughter Shiloh to the set every day.


Rapper Ice Cube has teamed up with the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota to establish The Ice Cube Scholarship, the schools first scholarship to be made in conjunction with a Hip- Hop artist. The Ice Cube Scholarship, which will be awarded for the 2007-2008 school year, will be awarded to the student who successfully masters The Ice Cube Challenge, a challenge that will test students creativity, talent, and skill in developing a song. “It has become a lifelong mission to give back to our youth and provide them with opportunities for a successful future,” Ice Cube said in a press release.

In related news, Ice Cube put his philanthropic skills to work as he helped parents and kids from Nicholas House, an Atlanta based non-profit organization, paint the door of a family’s new home. Ice Cube also surprised students of DH Stanton Elementary School as he helped them build pencil boxes with the help of Home Depot.

Black History Fact

In 1873, slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico.
In 1882, African-American Shakespearean actor Morgan Smith died in Sheffield, England. Smith had emigrated to England in 1866.
In 1956, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. starred in the play Mr. Wonderful in New York City. Despite critical indifference, the show went on to be one of Broadway’s more popular musicals — catapulting Davis into the limelight.
In 1967, Muhammad Ali fought for the first time at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where he KO’d Zora Folley. This was his last fight before being stripped of his title for avoiding the military draft.
In 1968, state troopers mobilized to put down student rebellion on the campus of Cheyney State College in Pennsylvania.
In 1969, “I Don’t Know Why” by Stevie Wonder peaked at Number 39 on the pop chart.
In 1969, “The Weight” by Aretha Franklin peaked at Number 19 on the pop chart.
In 1971, “Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You” by Wilson Pickett was certified gold.
In 1972, “I Gotcha” by Joe Tex was certified gold.
In 1972, “Jungle Fever” by the Chakachas was certified gold.
In 1975, “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire entered the Top 40 chart.
In 1975, “What Am I Gonna Do With You” by Barry White entered the Top 40 chart.

Celebrity Birthdays

* George Benson, Grammy award-winning jazz musician (“On Broadway” & “Give Me The Night”), 64
* Kidada Jones, actress (Black And White) daughter of Quincy Jones, 33
* Jazsmin Lewis, actress (Barbershop 2, Deliver Us From Eva), 31
* Stephanie Mills, singer, “Never Knew Love Like This Before;” stage actress, (The Wiz), 50
* Kellie Williams, actress (Family Matters), 31
Words To the Wise

Miracles happen everyday…even to you
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