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 the Philadelphia Phillies capturing their second

World Series title on Wednesday (Oct. 29).

 

Thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer Hudson regarding the

death of her mother, brother, and nephew. Many thanks to Nora, who was kind

enough to sub for me last week. It was much appreciated. Shout out to Faith,

Bill and Michael, who are personally responsible for my addiction to Townhouse

Toppers, those who checked in with lectures and well wishes to make sure I’m

alive and kicking, and the sounding boards for staying relevant in an

irrelevant world.

 

So this is what we have…the Last Word for the week ending

Oct. 31, 2008.

 

1. Alicia Keys Maintains Financial Control By Any Means

Necessary

 

Alicia Keys is not the one to play with. Especially when it

comes to her finances.

 

In an interview with Parade magazine, the hitmaker made it known that she will not be the subject

of any riches to rags story when speaking on her rep as a workaholic who wants

control over all aspects of her career.

 

“I just want to know what’s going on with my money,

where it’s going, how it is being spent,” Keys said. “I don’t give a

damn if people hate me. I’m never gonna be one of those stories you read about

where someone had all this and ended up with zero because so many people took

advantage of them.”

 

I guess this is another glimpse into the secret life of B’s.

I’m not mad at you, Miss Keys. Be about your money man, or in this case

Superwoman.

 

2. Jessica Alba, Nick Cannon and Eva Mendes Trading Cards

Up For Grabs For Charity  

 

Have you ever wanted to trade Jessica Alba for Eva Mendes?

The idea may not be so far- fetched as a new line of celebrity trading cards

featuring the actors is coming to stores.

 

The line, which is called PopCardz, is being released by an

entertainment product company called A-List Global Media. Some 40 celebrities

will be featured on the PopCardz line, including Scarlett Johansson, Jared

Leto, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Raven-Symone, Nick Cannon, Ashley

Tisdale, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel, Hayden Panettiere and Christina Ricci.

 

The back of the cards will list various facts about the

stars such as birth dates, hometowns and mottos as well their favorite charity,

movie, song, book, place, sport, food – and a secret.

Look for PopCardz to arrive in stores starting in November.

The line will be sold in five-card packs where each card will have a 10-digit

access code printed on it that will provide additional online content at

PopCardz.com.

 

Proceeds from the sale of PopCardz will go to the

celebrities’ charities.

 

3. Gabrielle Union Unites Women for Breast Cancer

Reduction

 

It seems like every celebrity has a cause they hold near and

dear to their heart. And Gabrielle Union is no different as she takes breast

cancer reduction seriously.

 

Essence.com reports the actor took a trip to Ghana as part

of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s mission delegation trip to help reduce the

rate of breast cancer among women in the country. During her visit, Union got

an up-close look at the effects of the disease as she spent time with at least

50-60 breast cancer survivors and joined Ghana President John Kufuor for a

dedication ceremony at the HopeXchange Medical Center, a new state-of-the-art

breast cancer diagnostic and treatment facility in Kumasi.

 

So why would someone like Gabrielle Union lend her fame and

name to the cause of breast cancer? According to the actor, the motivation came

two years ago when a close girlfriend was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic

breast cancer.

 

“She was underinsured and needed money for treatment and

medications,” Union told Essence. “I

instantly became active in fund-raising to help her and then became passionate

about making sure other people didn’t have to go through what she did. I wanted

to make sure that people have the access to health care, support groups,

counseling and whatever is needed as they battle this disease.”

 

The disease hit Gabrielle even harder when she found out her

aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was in Africa. As a result, the

entertainer is on a mission to raise awareness of breast cancer as well as

funds for research and treatment.

 

“By going to Ghana and seeing firsthand that African women

are suffering and dying at an alarming rate from the disease is terrible

because I know if caught early, breast cancer is treatable and survivable,”

Union said. “It just makes me want to help that much more.”

 

4.  The

Jackson 5 and Janet Reunite for 2009 Reunion

 

After much drama and up and down record sales, the Jackson 5

is coming together for an official reunion.

 

Jermaine Jackson confirmed the news Wednesday (Oct. 29) to

the Australian Associated Press during a

trip to Australia to help launch a “greatest hits” TV channel for

Paynet Foxtel.

 

“This has been a long time coming for the Jackson

family to get back together,” said Jermaine, who labeled the reunion as a

“family affair.” It is just the timing, so what we’ve been doing is

working on the music and all the logistics. It is going to be more like a

family affair – Janet’s going to open and, of course, the original

Jackson 5…Michael, Randy and the whole family. We’re in the studio, we’re

planning on being out there next year.”

 

As much as I would love to see the Jacksons on stage, I’ll

believe it when it happens. Don’t be surprised if the whole thing is called off

at the first of the year because of Michael’s pending legal drama, Janet’s

health issues and Tito’s impossible demands for his small but vocal entourage.

Hopefully, Joe will break out the whip or the strap to bring things back to the

way they were.

 

5. 112 Member Reveals Reason for Breakup

 

R&B groups are rare these days. While solo aspirations

and ego may cause some collectives to break up, Bad Boy Records quartet 112

fell victim to the root of all evil, money. According to former 112 singer

Michael Keith, the split came last year after he and Marvin “Slim”

Scandrick had issues with another member of the group.

 

“I had to leave because I found out that a certain

member of the group took my publishing check. It was made clear that it was

intended for myself and another member, Slim,” Keith told EUR’s Lee

Bailey, adding that he expects former bandmates Quinnes Parker or Daron Jones

to come clean about the check. “I’m all about trust. And once you lose that

trust with me man, it’s just time for me to make a move and focus on my solo

career. Everybody else was focused on their solo careers, the outside

endeavors, and I just decided it was time for me to make that change and go

into solo mode, Michael Keith mode.”

 

Although 112 had its share of arguments and infighting over

the years, Keith admits that keeping the group together was more

important.  But to devote so much

time to an effort to only have it wrecked over money was “something I

can’t forgive.”

 

As a result, Keith and his business manager are thinking of

filing charges regarding the situation, which comes as a difficult revelation

for the singer. Maybe they should’ve heeded the advice of their legendary label

mate, the Notorious B.I.G., when he said “Mo money, mo problems.”

 

6.  Tracy

Morgan Has Gay Flashback With Prince

 

Alcohol is a helluva drug. A few drinks can get you ready

for a good night out on the town. Too many drinks can make you like Tracy

Morgan, who recently quit wearing an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet.

 

The comedian reminisced over his wild past during an

interview with Complex magazine as he

revealed a brief gay moment he had when he went to a pre-Grammy party at

Prince’s house. 

 

“When I was wilding? I got kicked out of Prince’s house.

The last time he won a Grammy, we went to the pre-Grammy party. Free booze all

night,” Morgan shared. “Prince had his band in the living room. Everybody

left the house except for me and my boy. It was 6 o’clock, 7 o’clock in the

morning, the sun was coming up, and we were still drinking. And Prince and his

wife were at the door in their pajamas and said, ‘Come on, Tracy, you’ve got to

go.’ And I was gay for about five seconds because he’s a pretty muthaf**ker. If

Prince was a woman, I would go down on him. All the way down. Swell his vagina

lips up.”

 

Damn. He’s talking about five seconds? That sounds like

something pre-meditated. I think Tracy may need a role model, a hug or some

type of male reinforcement and divine intervention in his life. Tracy Morgan,

you are now suspect. Case closed.

 

In Other Words…

 

* The film version of the ’80s hit TV show The A-Team has hit an obstacle. Daily Variety reports the feature, which currently has no cast

attached to it, is now without a director. John Singleton, who had signed on to

helm the film, dropped out of the picture after Twentieth Century Fox said it

wanted more time to develop the script.

 

As a result, The A-Team

is now set to hit theatres on June 11, 2010. The film, which had gone through

various rewrites, was originally slated to come out June 12, 2009. 

 

* Days after rumors surfaced about Donnie Klang making

racist comments about being on his label Bad Boy, the singer has issued a

statement addressing the situation and the source that reported the story.

 

 “A

popular website posted a completely fabricated story about me yesterday, and

now it’s circulating around the internet. It is important for me to speak to my

fans and let them know that the story is 100% fiction,” Klang said. “It’s

completely made up! I love all my fans and all people of various racial,

ethnic, and religious backgrounds. I would never, in any way, say anything

racially derogatory. In addition, I love my Bad Boy family and have nothing but

love for the entire label and staff. Don’t believe the lies! The story is

absolutely false.”

 

* We all know that Samuel L. Jackson is a bad mofo, but the

actor is doing his part to live up to that description as he gets set to play

Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem in a remake of Berry Gordy’s 1985 cult classic The

Last Dragon. No other casting news has been

announced so far for the film, which will follow the plot of the original film

as it centers on Sho’nuff’s rival Leroy Green and his quest to achieve the

highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon.

 

* Leonardo DiCaprio is back again to encourage people to

vote. The actor, who lined up stars like Usher and Justin Timberlake in his

first PSA, 5 Friends, has gathered Will Smith, Harrison Ford, Scarlett

Johansson, Tom Cruise and Shia LaBeouf for a new PSA, titled 5 More Friends.

The new group of celebs go against the first PSA’s sarcastic do not vote

message as Cruise asks, “‘Don’t vote?’ Now, what do you mean ‘Don’t vote?’”

 

After Steven Spielberg explains the reason behind 5 Friends

to Cruise, the other stars reveal why they are voting in this year’s election.

After which, a web address appears at the end of 5 More Friends where you can

find your local voting polls.

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