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JoJo’s Journal – New York Giants, The Time, Amy and More

February 8, 2008

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Hey folks.  Just stopping by for a minute to give my take on wha t’s going on in the entertainment world and beyond.  And remember, it’s MY take.  Everybody has an opinion. 

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Ooooo weeee, how about those New York Giants!  What a sweet win!  And hats off to Eli Manning and David Tyree – ya’ll did your thing!  All of us here in New York are still in a state of euphoria.  Nice!   

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Now I like this – Jimmy Jam, Morris Day and the rest of The Time are reuniting for the Grammys!  I love seeing real musicians, real artists perform.  And if any of you remember The Time, you know they were a great group and Morris Day used to mesmerize.  Apparently, Rihanna will be joining them for a song.  She is a talented young lady so it should be a really good performance.  Now wouldn’t it be a blessing if Prince joined them on stage?  That would be hot!

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Awwwwww shucks!  Amy Winehouse will not be performing “in person” on the Grammys!  The U.S. Embassy has turned her down for a Visa.  Her performance will be via satellite.  Well, at least we get a performance.  I hope she sings “Tears Dry On Their Own”, my favorite AW song.  Did ya’ll know that the actual song behind “Tears Dry on Their Own” is the 1967 Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” written by Ashford & Simpson?  Just a bit of musical education folks, that’s all this is. 

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The Black Eyed Peas’ 4th Annual Peapod Foundation Benefit Concert was held in Los Angeles on February 7.  It sounded like an “old school” reunion with Guy, Hammer, Snoop Dog, Slash (originally from Guns & Roses) performing.  Also performing were The Roots, Natasha Bedingfield, and Ludacris joining Fergie to sing some of her solo hits.  The Peapod Foundation provides aid to underprivileged children while also introducing them to new musical and technological programs.  Now that’s what’s sexy – using your fame to help the less fortunate.  Good for you Black Eyed Peas!

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I must remember to get tickets for The Color Purple on Broadway before it leaves at the end of February.  Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans were added to the cast when Fantasia finished her successful run.  It’s Black History Month so get a ticket and see it before it leaves and then have a nice dinner at one of the many great restaurants in NYC.  When you’re in town give me a call and I will hang with ya.  J 

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Christina Aguilera, who gave birth to a baby boy on January 12, was recently at an event in West Hollywood signing copies of her concert DVD and she looked beautiful.  But would you take a look at the size of her boobs?!  I mean HUGE!  I’m sure her husband Jordan is happy!  And it looks like she won’t run out of milk for a long time.  J 

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Do you guys know the interesting looking Sudanese ubér model Alek Wek?  I think she’s adorable and she has a great personality.  Well, Alek now has a line of handbags on the market and they look fabulous.  But you will have to be able to afford them.  The bags start at $478 and range to $9,298.  I just coughed a bit when I saw the $9,298 price tag.  I love fashion and I love Alek and just wanted to share that with you. 

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I wonder what’s going on with Whitney Houston.  Is she still in the studio making her “come back” album?  Anybody have real info?  Tell me something darn it!  The first time I heard her sing was in a church in Newark, New Jersey back in the day when we were both kids.  Then I saw her in concert when she was 17 years old singing back-up for her mother Cissy Houston at a club in New York called Sweetwaters.  I have loved, respected and admired her ever since.  She was great then, and I’m sure she is still great now.  Nippy has been my home girl from day one; she is still an American princess to me.

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Well, Britney Spears is out of the hospital (2/6/08).  The treating psychiatrist released her over the protests of her parents.  Jamie and Lynne Spears have since released a statement to the Associated Press saying “…..we are deeply concerned about our daughter and feel her life is at risk.”  Looks to me this situation continues to go downhill, even with the involvement of doctors.  The New York Daily News did an interesting story on Britney with a side-by-side comparison of her and Anna Nicole Smith.  You can probably find it on their web site.  You should read it; it’s chilling.  I think we all know for sure that if Britney does not get the real help she needs – whatever that may be – she will die young.  Just like Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, Judy Garland and Anna Nicole Smith. 

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Note:  Since February is Black History Month I am going to have a “new artist of the month” every week.  (I’m keeping Tupac for another week becuase he deserves it and I love him.)

Artist of the Month

Tupac Amaru Shakur

After spending the last week listening to The Best of 2Pac – Thug Life Parts 1 & 2, I wondered whether the world realizes what a gem we had in this young man.  Misunderstood by many, he was a poet, an activist, a rapper, a brilliant actor with matinee idol looks.  The son of two Black Panther members, Tupac Amaru Shakur was born in New York City. His parents had separated before he was born, and his mother moved him and his sister around the country for much of their childhood. Even so, Tupac managed to gain acceptance to the prestigious Baltimore School of the Arts. While in high school his creative side flourished and he began writing raps and acting. Before he could graduate, his family moved to Marin City, CA, when he was 17 years old. Over the next few years, he lived on the streets and began hustling. Eventually, he met Shock-G, the leader of Digital Underground. After working with Digital Underground for a minute he released his own debut album in 1992 called 2Pacalypse Now. And thus began the career of a brilliant and beautiful young man.  Unfortunately, Tupac was murdered in September 1996 – yes, we lost a gem.  There is probably not a rapper today who doesn’t credit Tupac as an influence.  And I believe no one has come along since Tupac that can equal his talent and appeal. 

If I were you I would read some of the words of Tupac Amaru Shakur.  You might be pleasantly surprised.    

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I Ain’t Mad At Ya

Live life ya’ll!  Ciao!

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