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Janet Jackson had to drop a segment from her concert at a Detroit arena on Tuesday to comply with a Michigan state law that prohibits simulated sex acts in a public space. Apparently, during the part of the show Jackson would pull a male from the crowd up onto the stage, tie him down and “molest” him while her dancers mime various sexual acts. She’s done the same thing on previous tours, but Detroit Officials said not this time.

Jackson wraps up the Tour on Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


Hip Hop’s biggest event took place this weekend with the BET Hip Hop Awards in the“A”—the new Hip Hop mecca. Katt Williams was all set to host this event for a 3-peat, but plans changed when Katt challenged T-Pain to a break dancing competition. With some serious consideration T-Pain accepted the challenge and was crowned victorious, as the new host for the 2008 Hip Hop Awards. But, enough of the small talk. Check out the red carpet:

Ciara hit the carpet with designer Michael Knight (of Project Runway fame), and looked all the way fab.

Monica, her Louis Vuitton bag and her fiancee Rocko hit the carpet matching in all black.

A-Town native, Keri Hilson, hit the carpet looking FAB-U-LOUS. Love the hair, accessories, make-up, dress, everything!

She also stopped to take a flic with the “Go Girl” CiCi. I must say, these two ladies are my favorite looks from the whole night.

The very sexy talented Nelly came out looking very event appropriate. God this man is so… talented.

Kerry Washington gave Hollywood a couple days off to take the A by storm. She looked gorgeous- per usual

Founder & Executive Director of WEEN Valeisha Butterfield came out looking stunning. Love the magnolia lips! President/CEO of Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Dr. Benjamin Chavis came out with the lovely lady.

The host of the event, T-Pain, hit the carpet looking very T-Painish if that makes sense.

Pharrell showed up and showed out on the carpet.

Mr. Curtis Jackson came out (for the first time since the BET Hip-Hop Awards started). Good to see all is well with him, he also has several projects coming out soon. He’s not the richest man in hip-hop for no reason.

Soulja Boy came out looking… interesting, to say the least. Are those tigers on your jeans?

Bow Weezy hit the carpet looking casual and very very nice I must say. This works.

Hip-Hop superstar turned box-office phenomenon, came out out to show love to the culture that gave him so much. Something as simple as this is how you give back. Just show up and show love.

Who said only rappers love hip-hop? R&B/Soul sensation Musiq Soulchild also made an appearance.

Common came out, I love this new look of his. It’s very fitting. Clear lens glasses? Who would have ever thought.

The fabulous Tocarra came out, gotta love this girl.

Salt N Peppa came out, good to see all is well… hopefully. Gotta love these ladies.

The ladies of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” came out. Might I add I’m addicted to that show?

50 Cent, Big Boi, T.I. and recipient of the “I Am Hip-Hop” Icon Award, Russell Simmons, all got together for a group shot.

Kevin Liles & Shawty Lo looked quite dapper but still very “hip-Hop”. Whatever that means.

Hip-Hop legends YoYo and Ice Cube posed for a flic all in the name of that good ‘ole hip-hop.

The star of the upcoming “Notorious” movie (a biopic of Biggie Smalls life and death) Jamel “Gravy” Woolard of course made an appearance.

Appearances for the show included Nelly, LL Cool J, Rick Ross, Pharrell, Plies, Salt N Pepa, Common, Ciara, Keri Hilson, 50 Cent, Common, Soulja Boy and Bow Wow, The Real Housewives of Atlanta– to name a few. Actors Jamal “Gravy” Woolard, who plays Notorious B.I.G. in an upcoming biopic, and Derek Luke (“Antoine Fisher”) presented as well. [This is a must see movie, it comes out January 2009. I can’t wait!] TI was also in the buildingafter being a no show last year after being charged with federal gun charges. The self-proclaimed “King of the South” also did a surprise performance with Ludacris, which confirms the notion that the beef is finally squashed. (Thankfully, because these two are way too talented to fight over foolishness!) Russell Simmons also made an appearance as the recipient of the “I Am Hip Hop” Icon Award. (kudos to Russey!) The big question for the night was where were B and Jay?

Lil Wayne walked away with three awards and also had some big news about his son on the way. He told the crowd, “I got a son about to be born any day now, so shout-out to him. Pray for me.” Surprisingly Shawty Lo included some of the big winners for the night. In effort not to ruin the show for those who have yet to see it, you can watch to see everyone who wins this Thursday, October 23rdon BET at 8pm. BUT for those who don’t mind a spoiler, check out the flic’s from the show under the cut…… Read the rest of this entry »

Rumor’s recently swirled that Beyonce was having problems with her upcoming LP. First, it got pushed back so she won’t compete with her label mate/Destiny’s Child member, Michelle Williams, and now it’s being said it will get pushed back again due to problems at (one of) her labels Music World Music, which is also her father’s label. To clear up the rumors, Beyonce released a statement for her fans through her publicist:

I wanted to address my fans about my upcoming album.

I have worked on this album for close to one year. I have taken the time so I can create my sound. Something that says who I am at this stage in my life. I have poured my heart and soul into it. It is my baby. It is the most time I have spent on any project since my first records as a member of Destiny’s Child when I was 15 years old.

I have recorded over 70 songs and have created a sound that reveals all of me. I am in a different place right now and I wanted people to see the many sides of me. The music is upbeat for the dance, fun side and it is reflective, passionate and serious for the personal side. I have taken risks here. I am not afraid and my music will explain it all. There is no label or tag on my sound. It’s me and I am so excited to share it with the world on November 18.


Her first singles off the still untitled album, “If I Were A Boy” and “Single Ladies”, will impact radio on October 14th. The video’s (which were directed by her go-to director, Jake Nava) have already been shot for both singles and that will be released late October. Speaking of the Bey Hive, check her out performing at the Music Festival in Bermuda last night:

Beyonce is also planning a tour that will take place in 2009, playing international dates next Spring and North American dates in early Summer. She will also perform one of the new singles on Nov. 6th at the MTV European Music Awards in Liverpool, England. She is also working on an AOL Sessions and a deluxe edition of the album that is slated for release Nov. 18th.


13 fabulous ladies got together to perform ‘Just Stand Up’ [to breast cancer] at tonights telethon which aired on NBC, ABC and CBS:

Check out the performance:

I love this song! It was also a beautiful performance. When females stick together, beautiful things happen. The song is currently available for purchase in iTunes and proceeds go to the ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ breast cancer foundation.

Today is the fabulous Beyonce Knowles 27th Birthday! For her 25th birthday she released her sophomore album on the day of her birthday, appropriately titled B’Day, to celebrate it. In honor of her birthday, I have inserted some of her best performances (I had to narrow it down because there is just too many to list!):

Tina Turner Tribute:

2008 Grammy Awards w/ Tina Turner:

Ring The Alarm @ VMA 2006:

I can’t believe she’s retiring after her next album 😦 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEY!


As you all may know by now, Solange‘s new album ‘Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dream’ is set to hit stores this Tuesday August 26th. 

You can check out the whole entire album before it’s official release on Tuesday over at Interscope by clicking here 

IMO: It’s REALLY good and I can’t wait for it to come out! To see some promo pics from her album and pictures of her performing at yesterday’s J&R Fest, read Read the rest of this entry »