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JoJo’s Journal – Lil’ Wayne and other stuff

June 20, 2008

Hey folks, what’s up.  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, everyone has an opinion.

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Lil’ Wayne’s new CD “Tha Carter III” sold 1 million copies in the first week!  See, he can brag after all.  Good for you Weezy!  I have it and believe me when I say that every song on that CD is either very good or excellent except for maybe one.  I have read a couple other bloggers say it doesn’t live up to the hype, but I wholeheartedly disagree.  There are guest appearances by Robin Thicke, Jay Z, Babyface and Bobby Valentino and they all deliver.  Lil’ Wayne is extremely talented and he really shows it on his latest CD. Unfortunately, a dark cloud hangs over this shining moment for Lil’ Wayne because of the impending criminal investigation concerning him and a handgun in New York City.  NYC prosecutors are going full force trying to prove that he fired the gun or whatever.  Again, another black person forgetting that “the right to bear arms” does not apply to us – that part of the Constitution is only for non-people of color.  Did Weezy miss the meeting?

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As you all should know by now, R. Kelly was found NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS!  When it was announced I swore I heard a big sigh of relief coming out of Chicago.  LOL!!  Apparently, prosecutors did not and could not prove that was R. Kelly on the tape.  Lets see if he has learned anything from what he has been through; dude could have been writing songs from a prison cell.  No more young girls and sex tapes! 

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I just want to say….Mariah Carey looks good!  Fabulous!  Mimi and Madonna – two bitches that know how to stay on top!  Loving them!

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Guess who got beef?!  Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee.  Stop laughing, would ya?!  While at the Cannes Film Festival, Spike made the following comment regarding Clint’s two war films: “Clint Eastwood made two films about Iwo Jima that ran for more than four hours total, and there was not one Negro actor on the screen. If you reporters had any balls you’d ask him why. There’s no way I know why he did that. That was his vision, not mine. But I know it was pointed out to him and that he could have changed it. It’s not like he didn’t know.”  Well, I guess Clint got mad and said “a guy like him should shut his face“.  Spike didn’t like that comment so now it’s on!  They are both great movie makers so they need to stop acting like boys.  You can read the full battle between Clint and Spike at http://www.blackvoices.com.

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A judge has told Fifty Cent that the house that he….er….someone burnt down to the ground cannot be unloaded and Fifty is to put all insurance money from the fire in a trust until his fight with ex-girlfriend and his baby mama Shaniqua Tompkins is resolved.  Perhaps he will be forced to do the right thing.  My advice to Fifty:  Bro, just buy the chick and nice house, give her a couple hundred thousand and call it a day.

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Have you guys heard anything about Rihanna and Amy Winehouse doing a song together?  If yes, please hit me up.  I absolutely adore both of those women but I don’t think that would be a good idea for Rihanna.  Sorry, Amy, you’re too dirty right now – a great singer, but a crack-head in need of long-term rehabilitation.

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Britney’s little sis Jamie Lynn Spears had a baby girl.  In case any of you care.  Another child having a child.  Not cute. 

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Arsenio Hall is coming back to T.V.  He’s the host of a new reality series on MyNetwork TV called “Funniest Moments”, which will air this fall.  He’s a likeable guy so good for him, buy who needs another reality show?!  For those that don’t know Arsenio he had his own late night show from 1989-1994 called “The Arsenio Hall Show” and he’s also hosted other shows along the way.  I wish him well but we’re sick of reality shows!  Wait….what was that?  Oh, just the sound of crickets because apparently none of ya’ll give a damn about corny ass Arsenio Hall!  LOL!!

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The Beautiful evangelist Juanita Bynum her husband Thomas Weeks are divorced.  I was hoping they would be able to save their marriage but that did not happen.  It’s hard to stay with a man once he has kicked your ass.  I hate a man that hits a woman so adios Tommy boy!  J

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What’s going on with Whitney Houston?  Where is she?  I think I’m going to start a “Whitney Watch”.  I hate when celebs disappear.  Do something damn it!  I need some food for my blog! 

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Soul Train has been an important part of my life.  When I was a teen getting up on Saturday mornings to watch Soul Train was one of the most important moments in my life!  And creator and long-time host Don Cornelius is a legend in my eyes.  To have a show on the air for 37 years is amazing!  Everybody from back in the day brace yourselves – the Soul Train franchise has been sold!  Don Cornelius no longer owns it – he sold it to Madvision Entertainment Inc.  Another Black institution gone. L

Listen  – I gotta go – talk to ya later!

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH

BEYONCÉ KNOWLES

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Every now and then God plants among us someone special who shines brighter than everyone else.  That’s how I think of June’s Artist of Month, superstar Beyoncé Knowles.  Ms. B, as we fans affectionately refer to her, is not your average R&B-pop singer – oh no, far from it.  She is an extraordinary entertainer who sings, dances, writes, produces, acts and designs clothing and continues to look gorgeous while doing it all.  She is certainly a rare breed. 

 

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born September 4, 1981 to  Mathew Knowles, a successful African American record manager and Tina Beyoncé, an American costume designer and hair stylist of Louisiana Creole descent. Knowles was baptized after her mother’s maiden name, as a tribute to her mother and to prevent the name from becoming obsolete, since only a few of the Beyoncé males carry the name.  Her maternal grandparents, Lumis Albert Beyoncé and Agnéz Deréon, were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles.  She is the older sister of Solange Knowles, a singer-songwriter and actress. 

 

As a child Beyoncé studied dance including ballet, jazz and tap.  Rumor has it that her singing ability was discovered by her dance instructor who was humming a song and Beyoncé finished it hitting all the high notes.  She was a shy child but came alive when she hit the stage.  By age seven, Beyoncé had entered her first talent show, singing John Lennon’s “Imagine”. She won the contest and was honored with a standing ovation.  A seven year old child wowing folks.  Isn’t that something!  She attended Parker Elementary School, a music magnate school in Houston, where she performed with the school’s choir and she also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.  And, like most good Black singers, Beyoncé was a soloist in the choir of her church, St. John’s United Methodist Church.  But she only lasted in the choir for two years because she was focused on her budding career.  At the age of eight, Beyoncé met LaTavia Roberson while in an audition for a girl group. They, along with Knowles’ cousin Kelly Rowland were placed into a group that performed rap and dancing named Girl’s Tyme.  With Knowles and Rowland, Girl’s Time attracted audiences nationally. Arne Frager, a west coast R&B producer, flew into Houston to see them. He eventually brought them to his studio—The Plant Recording Studios—in Northern California, with Beyoncé’s vocals being featured because Frager thought she had personality and the ability to sing.  As part of his efforts to sign Girl’s Time to a major label record deal, Frager’s strategy was to debut them in Star Search,  the precursor to American Idol.  They lost the competition because the song they performed was not good, as Beyoncé herself admitted.  Beyoncé had her first “professional setback” after that defeat, but regained confidence after knowing that then-pop stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake had also experienced the same fate. 

 

To fast forward, in 1995 Beyoncé’s dad, Mathew Knowles, resigned from his job as  a medical-equipment salesman in order to manage his daughter’s career.  He dedicated his time and established a “boot camp” for the group’s training.  The move reduced the Knowles family’s income by half and Beyoncé’s parents separated because of the pressure.  Rehearsing in Tina’s salon and their backyards, the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups of the time; Tina contributed to the cause by designing their costumes, which she continued to do throughout Destiny’s Child era. With the continued support of Mathew, they auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records, only to be dropped months later before they could release an album. 

 

Taken from a passage in the Book of Isaiah, the group changed its name to Destiny’s Child in 1993.  They performed in local events and, after four years on the road, the group was signed to Columbia Records in late 1997. That same year, Destiny’s Child recorded their major label debut song, “Killing Time”, for the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black.  The following year, the group released its self-titled debut album, scoring their first major hit “No, No, No”. That album established the group as a viable act in the music industry, amassing moderate sales and winning awards.  However, the group rose to bona fide stardom after releasing their multi-platinum sophomore album “The Writing’s on the Wall” in 1999. “The Writing’s on the Wall” sold more than seven million copies, essentially becoming their breakthrough album.

 

In June 2003, after a series of commercial successes with the group, Beyoncé released her debut solo album, “Dangerously in Love”. The album became one of the most successful albums of that year, spawning the number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”, and earned Knowles FIVE Grammy Awards in a single night in 2004. The formal disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2005 facilitated her continued success as a solo artist. She released her second album, B’Day in 2006, which spawned the UK number-one singles “Déjà Vu” and “Beautiful Liar”, as well as the worldwide hit, “Irreplaceable”.

 

The success of her solo albums has established her as one of the most marketable artists in the industry. However, she has also added acting and endorsement deals to her repertoire. In 2006, she starred alongside Steve Martin and Kevin Kline in the comedy The Pink Panther, and that same year, scored the main role in the film adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Beyoncé launched her family’s fashion line House of Deréon in 2004, and among her many lucrative commercial deals are Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, and L’Oréal. Ms. B has been with long-time boyfriend Jay-Z since 2002, though they were very discreet about their relationship. After much speculation, they married on April 4, 2008.

 

At the age of 27 Beyoncé Giselle Knowles is at the beginning of what is more than likely going to be a very long and rewarding career.  With all that she has already accomplished, what is she going to do next?  Whatever she does I know it’s going to be spectacular! 

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To the left, to the left

To the left, to the left

To the left, to the left

Everything you own in the box to the left

 

In the closet, that’s my stuff

Yes, if i bought it please don’t touch

And keep talking that mess that’s fine

But, could you walk and talk at the same time

And, it’s my name that’s on that Jag

So come move your bags, let me call you a cab

Standing in the front yard

Telling me how I’m such a fool

Talking ’bout I’ll never ever find a man like you

You got me twisted

 

You must not know about me, you must not know about me

I could have another you in a minute

Matter of fact, he’ll be here in a minute, baby

You must not know about me, you must not know about me

I can have another you by tomorrow

So don’t you ever for a second get to thinking

You’re irreplaceable

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Smooches!

Live life ya’ll!

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