Get to Know: Jamie Jones

Artist: Jamie Jones   Location: DMV area (Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia) by way of High Point, North Carolina.   Influences: Cindy Lauper, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Pink, India Arie, Mariah Carey.   Why You Should Know Jamie Jones:   In 2000, when BET’s 106 & Park countdown debut, it seemed as if the show would mainly… Read more »



The Last Word: Usher and Beyonce Talk Obamatics, TLC Returns Individually, and Akon Hustles With Lionel Richie

How’s life, everybody? Five days gone and history made with Barack Obama capturing the US presidency as the first African-American Commander-in-Chief. Was there anything bigger than this? Am I the only one that saw Jesse Jackson cry after Obama’s victory speech? Stay tuned for an interesting four years.   Condolences go out to former Motown… Read more »



T-Pain: Lord of the Ringz

Over the years, we’ve seen Hip-Hop artists wear some unique attire, but it’s still a little surprising to see T-Pain show up to our interview in a foot-tall yellow top hat. Sure, there’s the new album, the cameos and the rise Auto-Tune to discuss, but first and foremost, we had to ask: is there some… Read more »



The Last Word: Tracy Morgan Reveals a Gay Moment, Samuel L. Jackson Plays Sho Nuff, and a New Way to Trade Eva Mendes for Jessica Alba!

What’s good, young world? And Happy Halloween. After being out of commission last week, I’m feeling much better. With less than five days to go before a new president is crowned, the week comes with Obama taking over prime time with a 30-minute infomercial, rumored infighting among those in the McCain and Palin camps, and… Read more »



Really Danity Kane?

The views expressed in this column are not the views expressed by everyone! I’m baaack like the stubble on a chick’s Va Jay Jay between bikini waxes!  So I was at home spending a little QT with my number one fan. Me! I made myself dinner, got myself some beers, and most importantly I… Read more »



Ray J, WTF Were You Thinking?!

The views expressed in this column are not the views expressed by everybody! Hope all is well. This week I received an mp3 from my editor. It was from Ray J called “Snake in the Grass.” When I played it, I was stopped dead in my tracks. My initial thought was, “If I see… Read more »



The Last Word: Lyfe Jennings Locked Up, Beyonce Introduces Sasha Fierce, Ne-Yo Interviews in the Nude, and T-Pain Discusses the “Flying Sausage”

Greetings Last Word crew! I’ll be taking on the Last Word for this week, as Chris Richburg is under the weather. This week proved to be interesting with Toni Braxton getting the boot from Dancing With the Stars, Lil Wayne getting the big win at the BET Hip-Hop Awards plus becoming a dad again and… Read more »



Through the Eyes of Saadiq

It’s been twenty years since we first met Raphael Saadiq. Artists with resumes as extensive as his would typically be rockin’ a Hugh Heffner robe and smoking a pipe during interviews by now, but not him. At 42, Saadiq still looks as young as he did when the family affair Tony! Toni! Toné! [with his… Read more »



The Last Word: Ray J and Brandy Form “R&B,” Don Cheadle Replaces Terrence Howard in Iron Man Sequel, and Mel B Talks Nudity!

Good day folks. The end of another week has arrived and we got through it in one piece, despite gas prices going down, Obama and McCain going at each other again in their last debate and the Phillies making it to the World Series for the first time in 15 years (shout out to them)…. Read more »



Tour Log: The Return of Maxwell

Maxwell Tour (featuring Jazmine Sullivan)Radio City, New YorkLast week I had the pleasure of checking out the New York stop on Maxwell’s tour which also featured rookie soulstress Jazmine Sullivan. It all went down at New York’s prestigious Radio City Music Hall.  It had been such a long time since I had heard music from… Read more »



Slim of 112: Flying Solo

It was the year 1996 when Q, Slim, Mike and Daron, who the world would come to know as 112, dropped their first single, “Only You.” I thought I told you that we won’t stop, was the recognized catch phrase from the remix of their hit single, featuring the Notorious B.I.G and Mase. The ATL… Read more »



The Last Word: Beyonce Talks About the Wedding, Eva Mendes Talks More Nudity, and R. Kelly is Back in Court…AGAIN!

What’s the word, everybody? We have reached the end of another week and there’s still scandal in the air with Obama and McCain having their second debate, the government bailing out insurance giant American International Group (AIG) and mixed martial arts favorite Kimbo Slice getting knocked the f– out in 14 seconds by Seth Petruzelli…. Read more »



ALBUM REVIEW: Michelle Williams – Unexpected

While the curse that seems to haunt the females that surround Beyonce was seemingly lifted by Solange’s sophomore effort, the “other” Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams picked a good time to conjure up her first mainstream project. Instead of continuing with Gospel releases, Michelle tackled the world of Club/Dance with Unexpected. Maybe in an effort… Read more »



Brandy: The Evolution of B-Rocka Part Two (Brandy Raps and Talks About a Reunion with Monica)

Brandy’s road to the top didn’t have its fair share of bumps along the way. In Part Two, we learn about her sticking together with brother Ray J when the media gets brutal, her planning for her ’30s and her rap career that never was, and a “Boy Is Mine” Part Two? Alternatives: So… Read more »



Get To Know: Myko

Artist: Myko   Location: Atlanta, Georgia   Influences: The Chi-Lites, The Stylistics and The Delfonics, The Manhattans   Why You Should Know Myko:   Ever wonder if new solo artists stepping into the music industry feel like it’s their freshmen year on a high school basketball team? You know, the butterflies you get when you’re… Read more »



Tour Log: Heineken Red Star Soul – Keyshia Cole and Raheem DeVaughn

Date: Wednesday, October 1stLocation: Mansion Nightclub, New York CityThis past Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to check out the New York stop on Heineken’s Red Star Soul Concert series. The event, which took place at NYC’s trendy Mansion Nightclub, featured DC crooner Raheem Devaughn and BET reality show star Keyshia Cole. Upon entrance, it was… Read more »



The Last Word: Prince Preaches Celibacy, Terrence Howard Wants Women With Wet Wipes, and Will Smith as Captain America If Obama Wins?

What’s universal Planet Earth? With the House of Representatives voting today on the latest version of that $700 billion economic bailout package the Senate passed on Wednesday (Sept. 30), to the teams for this year’s World Series being decided with the MLB playoffs, Wall Street having its worst performance since the big stock market crash… Read more »



John Legend: Straight Talk

From his platinum selling debut Get Lifted and countless Grammy awards, to successfully launching HomeSchool records; Legend is a true American success story. Everything he touches turns to Gold. The most recent being that of British starlet Estelle’s album Shine, the first lady of Legend’s HomeSchool record label. It is definitely a far cry from… Read more »



Keri Hilson: It’s Showtime

Keri Hilson has probably been busy since birth. Having penned, produced, and arranged her first song at age twelve, she was quite possibly the musical prodigy that others in this new wave of “songwriters turned singers” boast themselves to be on their resumes. On a hot summer’s day, you can find her in the “A”… Read more »



The Last Word: Eva Mendes Reveals Naked Fetish, Aubrey O’Day Reveals a Porn Fetish, and Mariah Reveals a Bible Fetish?

What’s good, weekenders? Man, what a slow week. If it wasn’t for the government planning a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street and the financial system at the potential expense of us taxpayers, Obama and McCain’s first presidential debate being in danger of cancellation because of said financial crisis and Clay Aiken finally coming out,… Read more »



Karina Pasian: War Stories

At 17, Karina Pasian is a trained pianist with a soulful voice to match. Crediting jazz as her favorite genre of music, she frequently listens to Billie Holiday, Natalie Cole, and Sarah Vaughn. She is not your average teenager. After all, how many kids do you know have been invited to the White House to… Read more »



The Last Word: Mariah Is Tennessee Bound, R. Kelly Speaks On Child Porn Acquittal, Ne-Yo Calls Out the Phonies, and VIBE Responds to Ciara’s Nude Cover

How’s the life everybody? This week proved to be nothing to write home about as Texans deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, a tainted milk powder scandal results in thousands of babies being sick in China and a YouTube video surfaces that features Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard disrespecting the national anthem at a… Read more »