21 Jan

Fiasco: Lupe Critical of Obama at Inauguration Concert

Lupe Fiasco reportedly created a bit of a row on Sunday by insulting President Obama during an inaugural event.

Although Fiasco was booked as the headliner for the StartUp RockOn concert in celebration of Obama’s reelection, the 30-year-old Chicago rapper apparently had no plans to cheer the current administration. Instead, after taking the stage at The Hamilton in Washington, he reportedly announced that he didn’t vote for the president in the 2012 election and spent more than 30 minutes performing an anti-war song.

24 Nov

Lying @$$ B!#ch: Roots Band Sneak a Diss on Bachman During Fallon Appearance

(You will have to scroll ahead until about 22min to see it)

It’s usually the host delivering the political snark, but last night on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” it was the house band that provided the pointed message. As US Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) made her way across the stage, The Roots, who back Fallon each night, played a coded message of a song for her introduction music. Astute ears — or Twitter followers of drummer Questlove — could identify the song: “Lyin’ As* B*tch” by Fishbone.

While the audience only heard a “la la” refrain, the message was sent. Before the show, Questlove tweeted, “aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title.” Following the performance, he retweeted a number of fans who praised the choice of snark — including one who called it the “perfect entry song for her” — and then wrote, “take a guess. buy the record anyway. its classic and should be in your vocabulary,” and provided a link to buy the album on iTunes.

03 Nov

shock-Shannon Tavarez Dead: Broadway ‘Lion King’ Star Dies Of Cancer At 11

he Broadway theater where “The Lion King” is playing dimmed its lights Tuesday night in honor of a fallen lion cub: An 11-year-old actress from the show who lost her battle with leukemia.

Shannon Tavarez died Monday afternoon at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, on Long Island, of acute myelogenous leukemia, a common type of leukemia among adults but rare among children.

“Shannon’s strength and her happy, positive spirit will live on in our hearts and minds each day,” her mother, Odiney Brown, said in a statement. “Shannon’s dream was to perform on stage, and that she did.”

The sixth-grader’s battle with cancer won the hearts of many, including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and 50 Cent. The Minskoff Theatre, home of the “The Lion King,” paid tribute to the actress by dimming its marquee lights. (more…)

03 Oct

R&B Singer Mario arrested

BALTIMORE — R&B singer and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Mario has been charged with assaulting his mother at their Baltimore home.
Officers were called to an apartment building in the Fells Point neighborhood early Friday, where police say Shawntia Hardaway told officers her 24-year-old son, Mario Barrett, had pushed her.

According to charging documents, Hardaway said her head still hurt after Barrett pushed her into in a wall in a separate instance on Monday and she feared for her life. Officers found broken glass and a hole in a door in their apartment.

Barrett’s attorney, William “Hassan” Murphy III, calls it “an unfortunate incident” between a loving son and a mother who has had drug problems. Barrett, who appeared in an MTV special in which he staged an intervention for his mother, was charged with second-degree assault and released on $50,000 bond.

04 Sep

The Emmys: As White As Ever

Since the Emmy ceremony, I have been going back and forth about whether or not I should compose this letter. I try hard in my daily life not to engage in uncomfortable situations regarding race. But sometimes it’s very difficult to find other reasons that better explain why certain events play out the way they do. It is impossible for me to ignore the published statistics regarding the number of people of color mentioned, celebrated or honored in the history of the televised Emmys. Up to and including this year, there have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy.

I’ve worked in television nearly all of my professional life (more…)

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