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March 14, 2008

picture-015.jpgpicture-015.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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New York’s Governor Eliot Spitzer has resigned from office because he has been busted for buying sex from high-priced call girls.  Dude is married with three teenage daughters.  I personally see nothing wrong with people buying sex if they can’t get it any other way.  But for a well-known, married politician to do such a thing is just stupid!  Did this clown think no one would find out?!  In this day and age nothing is secret. How humiliated, embarrassed and angry his wife and three daughters must be.  The governor of New York taken down by a 22 year old prostitute!  That’s amazing!  The best part is the woman who rocked ex-Governor Spitzer’s world is going to make a mint off of this scandal.  The offers have already begun to pour in.  Hey, it may turn out to be the best thing that could have happened for her. 

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Joe Francis, creator of all those Girls Gone Wild videos, was released from a Florida jail on March 12 after serving 11 months.  This guy has made a fortune off of exposing teenage girls’ breasts.  He owns Mantra Films Inc., based in Santa Monica, California; the company sells nearly $100 million worth of soft porn DVDs every year. Can you believe it?!  And it looks to me that incarceration did him some good.  I used to see him as this not-so-attractive, greasy looking white dude.  He came out of jail looking better than ever.  How did that happen? 

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The Game was released from jail on March 10 after serving 8 days of a 60 day sentence. Apparently almost a year ago he was playing basketball and pulled a gun on another player. He was convicted of possession of a firearm in a school zone.  Talk about a sore loser!   

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What is this beef between Fat Joe, Papoose (I have no idea who that is) and 50 Cent?  I saw some shit on another music web site that said 50 and Papoose doctored a photo of Fat Joe by making it look like he had a black eye and then they put it online.  And the site shows a video of Fat Joe responding.  I stupidly thought disrespecting folks was old and played out.

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Neverland has been saved!  LOL!!  Michael Jackson has refinanced his infamous ranch in time to save his California spread from a public auction that was scheduled for later this month.  Since its news, and its Michael Jackson, I figured I would share that with you.  But I actually don’t care.  Do you? But if those walls could talk!   

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Did ya know that my girl Britney Spears has a role on the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”?  She’s been filming this week and she says she is having a blast.  Good for you Brit!   

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Now this is ridiculous.  Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, and a living legend, owes a total of $19,192 in back taxes on her $700,000 Detroit mansion.  She says she plans to pay up and reclaim it by a March 31 deadline.  But I want to know why it was in arrears to begin with?!  As great as she is I would think she is worth millions.  Better pay more attention to your money handlers ReeRee!   

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It looks like the battle between Prophetess Juanita Bynum and her husband Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III may be settling down.  On March 11, Bishop Weeks pled guilty to assaulting Bynum and was sentenced to three years of probation. It appears from statements made by both parties that they are working on their “relationship”. I don’t know if that means they are going to remain just friends or stay married.  I’m personally glad they are working through this because I see them both as good people.  I wish them well.  

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Okay, peeps, run – and I mean run – and get your tickets for the all-black version of Tennessee Williams’ classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which is playing at the Broadhurst Theatre on the Great White Way – that’s Broadway in New York City if you don’t know.  It stars fine ass Terrence Howard (how delicious!), along with Tony Award winners James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Anika Noni Rose (the third dream from Dreamgirls), the Debbie Allen-directed revival is getting some good buzz.  

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TID BITS

Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstar Lebron James becomes the first black man and the third man to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine.  Alright now!

Paul McCarthy and his ex-wife Heather Mills have apparently settled their divorce.  She is supposedly getting 25 million pounds ($50 million American dollars).  I’m sure he is ecstatic that it is a done deal.

Snoop Dogg will make an extended cameo on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live and perform two songs from his new album, “Ego Trippin”.  And Snoop has also remixed the shows theme song.  His episodes will air May 8 and 9.  You go head Snoop! 

I was just given a CD by a singer named Lina.  Do ya’ll know her?  I am really feelin’ her!  She is very good.  Check her out when you get a moment.  

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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.  Donna approached Moroder and Bellotte with an idea for a song she wrote called “Love to love you, baby”.  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 impressed with Donna’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. It became a bigger hit in the U.S. when it reached the hands of Casablanca president Neil Bogart.  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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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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