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JoJo’s Journal – Nicole, Paris, Jay Z and More

March 5, 2008

picture-19.jpgpicture-29.jpgpicture-29.jpgHey folks.  Just stopping by for a minute to give my take on what’s going on in the entertainment world and beyond.  And remember, it’s MY take.  Everybody has an opinion.

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Boy that Nicole Richie is a shrewd businesswoman!  Girlfriend, and her man Joel Madden, scored a $1 million payday for photos of their newborn baby girl.  I ain’t mad at ya! Pregnancy was good for her; Nicole looks beautiful.  Far different from past photos splashed across gossip magazines where she looked anorexic.  That was scary. 

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Did you know that Paris Hilton is dating Joel Madden’s twin brother Benji Madden?  First Nicole and Paris were best friends for years.  Then they broke up.  Then they got back together.  Then Nicole started dating Hillary Duff’s long-time ex Joel Madden.  Meanwhile Paris was dating everyone, in jail, out of jail, etc.  Paris and Nicole are BFF again and Paris is dating Nicole’s “brother-in-law” Benji.  Whew!  To be young, rich and Hollywood!  LOL!! 

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The ever popular, and Ms. B’s man, Jay-Z made a surprise appearance at last week’s Linkin Park concert at Madison Square Garden.  The place went wild!  I love Jay!  

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Kelly Rowland, formerly of Destiny’s Child, had breast implants done on that cute little body of hers.  She went from an A cup to a B cup; that’s a small jump.  I thought she was already beautiful.  Have you ever felt fake breasts on anyone?  I have twice and each felt like concrete!  I hope her man likes them.  I don’t have a problem with folks getting a little nip and tuck, if you’re old.  But when young women start nipping and tucking – well, that’s just wrong.  But, you know, do yo’ thang. 

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Is it safe to say that Rihanna and Chris Brown are a couple?  It certainly looks to be the case.  Their relationship is age appropriate and lovely.  Good for them.  Now if we stay out of their personal business maybe it will work out. J 

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Last week several female artists dropped new CD’s.  Somebody hit me up and let me know what you think of Janet’s new CD in particular.  As you know, I went to her CD listening party and liked what I heard.  I don’t remember the name of it but I like the single that’s being played on urban radio stations.  Let me know your opinion. 

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I’m glad Britney got to visit with her kids last month after not seeing them for two whole months.  Apparently her parents have been spending a lot of time with her; her dad actually lives in her mansion in order to keep a closer eye on Brit and the users/losers that keep trying to get their dirty hands on her.  Also, the court has extended Jamie Spears’ control over his daughter’s $100 million estate until July 2008. Perhaps she may be on the road to recovery. I swear that’s some drama right there! 

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When ya’ll get a chance would you please go to tmz.com and check out the photo of Joan Rivers?  She has had so much plastic surgery that she no longer looks human.  Once you look at that photo, check out the photo of LaToya Jackson.  Both are frightening!  I pray I grow old gracefully and not be like these idiots who keep trying to look young and instead look like monsters.  I look young naturally.  J *****************Once you get out of your fog from seeing the photos of Joan Rivers and LaToya Jackson, move on to the photo of my girl Amy Winehouse.  Now Amy has a nasty looking skin infection on her face!  Ewwww… that looks nasty and painful!  More than likely it’s a by-product of being a drug addict – severe skin problems. 

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SAD NEWS FOR TI AND JUVENILE

Apparently, the prosecutor in TI’s pending criminal case has offered him a 15 year sentence as a plea deal.  That is a high number and I’m sure scary for TI to even hear.  I think an offer of 15 years is ridiculous.  I would hate to see TI put in prison; it’s a waste of life.  Whatever the truth of this case, he foolishly put himself in a position that could ruin his life.  Personally I have no faith in the judicial system, but I hope TI can be the exception to what appears to be the rule.   

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Not sure if you guys know this but rapper Juvenile’s 4 year old daughter Jelani, along with her 11 year old sister (not Juvenile’s child) and their mother, was murdered by the mother’s 17 year old son.  This dude has to be the devil himself!  How the hell can you kill your own family?!  That is some difficult pain right there.  My heart and prayers go out to Juvenile and his family.  Insane. L 

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH

DONNA SUMMER 

LaDonna Andre Gaines, known to us as Donna Summer, was born in 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts and became one of the most successful female hit makers of the 70s and 80s, and still holds the record for having three consecutive (double) albums hit #1 on the Billboard charts.  And I bet you didn’t know that Donna Summer also became the first female artist to have four number-one singles in a twelve-month period. And get this – Donna has sold over 130 million records worldwide!  That’s a lot of damn records!

As the case with many African-American singers, Donna first sang in her church’s gospel choir but as a teen she performed with a rock group called the Crow. Although many of us know Donna Summer as the “Disco Queen” she actually could sing it all – R&B, disco, rock, gospel, you name it.  After graduating high school Donna moved to New York to sing and act in stage productions; eventually she landed a role in a German production of Hair.  (She did a lot of recording and performing in Europe before she became a big star in the United States.)  Donna released her first single in Europe in 1971 on MCA Records under her maiden name Donna Gaines. Then in 1974 she released a single called “Denver Dream” under the name Donna Summer 

In 1975 she met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, signed a contract with them in the Netherlands and issued her first album, Lady of the Night.  In 1975 Donna approached Moroder and Bellotte with an idea for a song she wrote called “Love to love you, baby”.  Moroder used Summer’s idea to develop the song into a raunchy disco track. He had the idea that she should moan and groan orgasmically, but Donna was initially reluctant. Eventually she agreed to record the song as a demo to give to someone else.  Moroder was so astounded with Summer’s performance that he insisted she should release the single herself. Summer reluctantly agreed and the song, titled “Love to Love You”, was released to modest success in Europe. But it became a bigger hit in the U.S. when it reached the hands of Casablanca president Neil Bogart, he was so ecstatic over the demo that he requested Moroder to produce a twenty-minute version of the song. So they cut a seventeen-minute version, renamed it “Love To Love You Baby”, and Casablanca signed Donna Summer and issued it as a single in November 1975.  Donna went on to have hits throughout the 70’s, 80’s and was still selling in the 90’s.  Some of her greatest hits were the aforementioned “Love To Love You Baby”, “Bad Girls”, “Turn Out The Lights”, “She Works Hard For The Money”, “On The Radio” – I could go on and on. 

Not surprisingly, on September 27, 2007, Donna was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  She didn’t make it in that time but her day is coming.  And it will be well deserved.  Donna Summer continues to do live performances and television appearances today. 

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I only gave you tidbits of disco queen Donna Summer’s life.  Of course, as always, you have to do your own research to find out more.    

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Turn out the lights sweet darlin’ cause tonight it’s all the way… 

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Live life ya’ll!Ciao!      

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2008 3:26 pm

    As always, JoJo and her journal makes me want more. More JoJo, more info more everything. You go, girl!

  2. March 6, 2008 3:28 pm

    JoJo, you’re terrific! Keep up the great work – you know how to give just enough info to whet the appetite.

  3. November 18, 2010 9:29 am

    vanity leads to more plastic surgery procedures. people are becoming more conscious about their appearance ;”,

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