Whats shakin world changers? After long week, we come to
another weekend. People are still reeling from the death of Michael Jackson as
well as the whole drama surrounding the custody of his kids and revelations
surrounding what wouldve been his final concert tour. Off the wall domination.
With MJ passing away, I didnt get a chance to acknowledge
former Tonight Show sidekick/Star
Search host Ed McMahon and Charlies
Angels veteran actress Farrah Fawcett, who
both died last week as well as actor/American Express pitchman Carl Malden, who
died this week. Thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends and fans of
these entertainers as well as Neda, the Iranian girl who was killed in the
midst of all the drama in the aftermath of the countrys recent election. And in
the world of media, VIBE
magazine, you will be missed.
Congratulations to Scrubs cast member Judy Reyes, who is pregnant with her first child, along
with former Girlfriends star
Golden Brooks and actor D.B.Woodside, who are also expecting a child together.
Shout out to Chaka Khan, who will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
next year and the sounding boards, for always having a Plan B.
So much for the small talk. Lets get into the Last Word for
the week ending July 3, 2009.
1. R.Kelly Desires Amy Winehouse Duet; Soul/Pop Diva Gift
Wraps Song Lyrics
With all the ups and mostly downs happening with her lately,
its easy to forget that Amy Winehouse is a talented singer with a few Grammys
to her credit and fans that are still hoping for a follow-up to her
breakthrough album, Back to Black.
So it shouldnt come as a surprise that Winehouse has found
a fan in R&Bs pied piper R. Kelly. In fact, Kells is hopeful that he will
snag the troubled diva for a duet. Although Winehouses ongoing struggle with
drugs and alcohol has thrown a serious cloud over her professional life, Kelly
believes the songstress issues have made her a stronger person. He even
applauded Winehouse for turning her negative into a positive by writing about
her issues in the hit song Rehab.
Amy Winehouse. Rehab. I love that song. I’d definitely love
to work with Amy Winehouse, Kells shared with WENN. I love the Rehab song.
She has balls to do that. I love that she kept it real and I would love to do a
song with her.
The thought of Kells and Amy doing a song is scary, but with
all the pain and drama between the two of them the track could become a
timeless classic that anybody can relate to, no matter youre addition.
And while we wait on that, youll be happy to know that Amy
is making good use of lyrics from Back to Black with a new range of wrapping paper and gift cards. The collection,
which is part of a joint venture with publishing giant EMI, will feature cards
and gift-wrap printed with song words from Rehab, Back to Black and You
Know I’m No Good. The products with song lyrics seem like a great idea,
because clearly Winehouse has forgotten the lyrics to her songs by now.
2. Martin Lawrence Reminisces Over Animated Childhood
While Developing TV Projects
If Chris Rock can bring his childhood to the small screen,
so can Martin Lawrence – only with a twist.
Media sources report that the actor/comedian is bringing his
childhood experiences to viewers via a new animated TV comedy. Lawrence is
working with screenwriter Rodney Barnes, who will serve as the writer for the
show. The half-hour series will be based on the entertainers experiences
growing up in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland area as it focuses on the
misadventures of 13-year-old Martin as he comes of age.
The animated show is one of three television projects
Lawrence is developing with his production company Runteldat. The second
project will be an interracial family show for Starz that will be based on the
comedy of Gary Owen, the only white man to host BETs Comic View. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is inspired by Owens real-life experience
as it revolves around a white guy from a trailer park who marries a well-to-do
black woman. The project is part of a Martins efforts to give up-and-coming
stand-ups an opportunity to take the same journey he took – from stand-up
to TV comedy series to movies, said Runteldat director of development Darice
Rollins, who added that Owen may star in the show.
As for the third project, that will be a family comedy set
at a funeral home. Nothing more to report on that.
3. Ginuwine Confesses Suicidal Thoughts and Positive Turn
Towards SPRUCE Program
Youve got fame, hit songs and fans that stand by you. With
all of that, what could possibly make life not worth living? Ask Ginuwine and
the answer is found in the death of his parents in 1999 and 2000.
The reality of the situation hit hard as Ginuwine admitted
that he really didn’t want to be here anymore after his father shot himself
to death and his mother lost her battle with cancer. As a result, the crooner
had no desire to live as he revealed that he tried to commit suicide on more
than one occasion.
There was no one around that I really loved at the time, so
I turned to the drinking and drugs like weed and ecstasy, Ginuwine confessed
to Essence.com. I was done mentally and emotionally to the point that I had to
go see a psychiatrist, but that didn’t do any good because I wasn’t interested.
In fact, the two times I visited him I was high. I was depressed and felt like
I had nobody to talk to that could relate to me.
Fortunately, Ginuwine got through the rough period after
receiving counseling from his pastor at church. As a result, the singer said he
was able to turn away from all those things that were destroying me and
finally think clearly as he can attest to being clean for about seven years.
Nowadays, you can find Ginuwine working his wife Solé to
help the mentally disabled.
My wife and I own mentally disabled homes in Kansas City
where the mentally disabled board through a program called SPRUCE (Special
People Requiring Unique Care Equally), he said. Many people don’t realize
that once they turn 18 they are often thrown out the house and are homeless. At
the home, they are able to learn the fundamentals of life, like finding a job,
how to take care of themselves, clean their rooms, and other things. My heart
always likes to give, and if I’m going to help somebody it might as well be
someone who can’t help themselves.
4. Christina Milian Talks Lap Dances and Relationship
With a new album on the way (Elope) and a starring role in the new Bring It
On movie, Christina Milian continues to
make moves. So how does a girl unwind after working so hard? A visit the strip
club may help as the actress/singer admitted to taking in the scenery every
now and then.
Im for it. Vegas has good ones. I like the Crazy Horse
Too. That ones literally crazy, Milian told Maxim as she revealed her one pet peeve about going to see
some interpretive dancing. Only thing I dont like about strip clubs is the
guys will pay the women to give me lap dances because they want to see them
dance for me. The strippers will come over and say, That guy said hell give
me $100 if I give you a lap dance. Im like, Hey, can we at least split the
Nothing like bringing a business mind to the strip club.
Split the money, make the guys happy. And if that doesnt grab you then it may
(may not) be good to know that Christina has been known to take her work home
with her to entertain that special somebody. Although she hasnt brought home
the cheerleading outfit she sports in the Bring It On film, Milian does indulge in other outfits to get it
I havent brought home a cheerleading outfit. Other
outfits, yes, like a maid costume: a cute apron with the mitts and a robe, too.
It was red. It was really cute, she said. I try a little bit of everything.
Im all about keeping the excitement in the relationship. Thats why I sing
songs like Dip It Low. When Im with somebody, I like to keep it exciting.
That’s cool. The-Dream is a lucky guy. I gotta say that I
was her man, I’d be dreaming of what shed want to do next to bring it on. The
possibilities are infinite.
In Other Words
* Those wanting to look like Kim Kardashian can now do so.
And support a good cause at the same time. Kardashian is putting select pieces
of new and gently used clothing up on eBay. Proceeds from the sale of the
clothes will go to the Dream Foundation, the first national wish granting
organization for adults suffering from life-limiting illness. The charity is
dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, and their families,
at the end of their lives by realizing a final wish.
* Never one to just rest, Beyoncé is at it again. This time,
the songstress has partnered with her mother, Tina Knowles, their House of
Dereon design label to launch a junior apparel label called Sasha Fierce for
Dereon. According to WWD, items for the brand will range from sportswear to
* Grammy nominated singer Ledisi is making a point to pull
out the stops for the follow-up to her 2007 breakthrough album Lost &
Found, as she tells USA Today that shes just going for it, all the way.
The new album, titled Turn Me Loose, will feature collaborations with producers and
writers such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Carvin & Ivan, Chucky Thompson
and Rex Rideout.
The title is a reflection of me finally being free, Ledisi
said about her fourth album, which is slated to hit stores on Aug. 18. I’m
singing my tail off; everything I do live, I do here. Now you get to take that
wild, crazy, fun girl you see on stage home with you.
* Bob Marleys son, Rohan, is bringing his familys vibe to
another area as he launches Marley Coffee, a certified organic coffee brand
cultivated from the Marley family farm in Jamaica. Rohan developed the new
brand with his friend Shane Whittle as a tribute to his legendary father.
Among the blends offered for Marley Coffee are Mystic
Morning Wake Up Coffee Medium Roast, Simmer Down Organic Swiss Water Decaf, One
Love Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Lively Up! Organic 5 Bean Espresso Blend
and Jammin Java Organic Bold Full City Roast. To purchase Marley Coffee, visit
Sounds like an interesting venture, to say the least. But it
makes you think. The new face of coffee, Bob Marley without a SPLIFF but a cup
and a sip, is like Juan Valdez without an Ass!!!
* Anybody with dreams of being successful can get guidance
from Vanessa Williams. The Ugly Betty
star is spearheading a new charitable education campaign called Botox Cosmetic:
Express Success. Money raised from the effort will go to Dress for Success, an
organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged women succeed in the corporate
world by providing professional attire and career support. For more information
on Express Success, visit, ExpressSuccessCampaign.com.
* This shouldnt come as a big surprise. Fantasia is
planning to release a full gospel album after her third album comes out in
* The life of famed Afrobeat musician and activist Fela
Anikulapo Kuti is coming to Broadway. The Off-Broadway musical Fela! highlights Kutis musical career as well as his
personal life and work as an activist opposing the corrupt military government
of post-colonial Nigeria.
Previews for Fela! will
take place Oct. 19, followed by the musicals official opening on Nov. 23 at
the Eugene O’Neill Theater.