The Last Word: Spike Lee At Odds With Tyler Perry, Anthony Hamilton On Dr. Dre’s Detox, and Brandy Finally Settles Her Accident Case

What’s up, Wordists? Another Friday has dawned. So what else

is new other than GM joining Chrysler at the bankruptcy hotel, Obama delivering

a great speech to the Muslim community and the 20th anniversary of the violent

crackdown on pro-democracy protestors at Tiananmen Square?

 

Thoughts and prayers for family and friends of Kung Fu star David Carradine (aka Bill from the Kill

Bill films), who died Thursday (June 4).

Congratulations to Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou on the birth of their

new baby.

 

Now that all bets are off, let’s get to…the Last Word for

the week ending June 5, 2009.

 

1.       Anthony Hamilton Wants a

Different Sound; Hopes for Stint on Detox

 

Since he entered the scene with his first album, Anthony

Hamilton has made good use of his talents. And while the results of those

pairings have seen the light of day, the same may not hold true for the

crooner’s work on Dr. Dre’s highly anticipated album, Detox.

 

Ask Hamilton about and he’ll say that he’s “just waiting to

see if it’s gonna stay or not.”

 

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that one,” the singer

told Billboard as he has no idea whether

or not “The Detox” will actually make the final cut. “Dres just very, very,

very good at getting what he wants. He’s pretty talented. When he’s producing

something he’ll try different ingredients, and he’ll make what he feels is the

best for the project. He just looks at the overall body of work, not just songs

or individual collaborations, which I think is smart.”

 

And while we wait to see if Dre keeps Hamilton’s work on the

much delayed opus, we can least take comfort in knowing the entertainer’s next

solo project will arrive much sooner than last year’s The Point of it All.

According to the singer, he may release something new “before the end of this

year, or the top of (2010).”

 

“It’s gonna be a blues, country, soul, rock kind of album on

the next one,” he explains. “I want to do something different. I may do some

orchestrated stuff. I’m not afraid of it. I have a fan base that loves me

enough to trust that I’m giving them. That’s a great place to be.”

 

 2.       Tyler

Perry Shows = Coonery and Buffoonery for Spike Lee

 

Does Spike Lee have something against Tyler Perry? Judging

by a recent interview Lee did with Ed Gordon on Our World with Black Enterprise, the answer may be ‘yes’.

 

The Do the Right Thing

filmmaker didn’t hold much back as he noted what he considered to be

“troubling” images found in Perry’s hit TV shows Meet the Browns and House of Payne. So much so that he compared the characters on those

shows to the ones found in minstrel shows.

 

“We’ve had this discussion back and forth. When John

Singleton [made Boyz in the Hood], people came out to see it. But when he did

Rosewood, nobody showed up. So a lot of this is on us!” Lee said. “You vote

with your pocketbook, your wallet. You vote with your time sitting in front of

the idiot box, and [Tyler Perry] has a huge audience. We shouldn’t think that

Tyler Perry is going to make the same film that I am going to make, or that

John Singleton or my cousin Malcolm Lee [would make]. As African-Americans,

we’re not one monolithic group, so there is room for all of that. But at the

same time, for me, the imaging is troubling and it harkens back to ‘Amos n’

Andy.’”

 

Lee continued to make his point during the show while

expressing that efforts can be made toward having better shows on the air

despite the popularity of Meet the Browns

and House of Payne.

 

“Each artist should be allowed to pursue their artistic

endeavors, but I still think there is a lot of stuff out today that is coonery

and buffoonery. I know it’s making a lot of money and breaking records, but we

can do better. I am a huge basketball fan, and when I watch the games on TNT, I

see these two ads for these two shows (Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and House of Payne), and I am scratching my head. We got a Black President,

and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”

 

As always, Spike never fails to tell it how he sees it.  The question is do you agree or

disagree?

 

3.       Mo’Nique Sheds Weight for

Extended Love Connection

 

There’s no doubt that Mo’Nique is proud to be a big girl.

But the funny woman is looking a bit slimmer these days as she shed 40 pounds

in return for something more valuable.

 

“I decided that I had to get some of that off of me,”

Mo’Nique told Jet magazine as she cited

a conversations she had with her husband, Sidney Hicks. “What he said to me was

motivation. It was so gentle and sweet and he wasn’t judgmental. He said, ‘Baby,

that’s too much and I want you for a lifetime.’”

 

Armed with that type of motivation as well as the chance to

be around for her family, Mo’Nique adapted a healthier way of living as the

pounds started coming off. So much so that talk surfaced that the

actress/comedienne resorted to gastric bypass surgery to reach her goal, a claim

Mo’Nique says is far from the truth.

 

“I’m so scared of needles,” said the entertainer, who

weighed as much as 262 pounds at one time. “Baby, for them to take blood from

me, it’s a production. This was truly making the commitment to watch what I eat

and commit to working out. I stopped eating red meat.”

 

Currently, Mo’Nique weighs 224 pounds with hopes of slimming

down to 200 pounds. And if you’re worried about her abandoning her big girl

mind state, don’t worry.

 

“I want to say to big people, ‘Let’s be healthy big people,’”

Mo’Nique said. “Everybody can’t be a size 0 or 45, but let’s be healthy.’”

 

‘Nuff said.

 

4.       R. Kelly Enters the Mixtape

Game

 

It seems like ever since he arrived on the scene, R. Kelly

has embodied the qualities of your favorite rapper (minus the quotable lyrics).

Whether it be the swa g he displays in his videos or the numerous

collaborations with rhymesayers, Kells seems to come across as a rap star

trapped in an R&B star’s exterior.

 

So it should come as not too much of a surprise that Mr.

Kelly released his first ever mixtape with DJ Drama and DJ Skee this week. The

project, titled The Demo Tape, features

the crooner’s remixes as well as previously unreleased songs and new material from

his upcoming coming album. According to Kelly, the mixtape served as a vehicle

for going back to his mindstate before he became a household name.

 

“I took it all the way back to when I first started; all I

had was my demo,” the Grammy winner told MTV. “It’s a way to start fresh, be

humble. It’s like being a new artist. This is my demo tape for my fans.”

 

5.       Megan Fox Supports Legalized

Pot; Compares Acting to Prostitution

 

Megan Fox is a looker. No doubt. She’s one of the hottest

out right now.  And her opinions

are just as likely to keep your interest as she called for the legalization of

marijuana.

 

“I can’t tell you how much bulls**t I’ve been through

because I will openly say that I smoke weed,” the Transformers actress admitted

to Britain’s GQ magazine as she labeled

the politicians’ war on drugs as “propaganda.” “People look at it like it’s

this crazy, hippy, f**ked-up thing to do. And it’s not. I hope they legalize

it. And when they do, I’ll be the first person in line to buy my pack of

joints.”

 

And while getting legally high with Miss Megan paints an

interesting picture, don’t expect her to exhibit a love for filming love scenes

on the big screen. To hear her tell it, Fox has a sincere dislike of displaying

affection towards her onscreen lovers as she confessed to not liking the idea

of people paying to watch her feign attraction the big screen.

 

“When you think about it, we actors are kind of

prostitutes,” Megan said. “We get paid to feign attraction and love. Other

people are paying to watch us kissing someone, touching someone, doing things

people in a normal monogamous relationship would never do with anyone who’s not

their partner. It’s really kind of gross.”

 

In Other Words…

 

* Sade isn’t the only songstress coming back after a long

time away. Amerie’s forth album, In Love & War, is slated to hit stores in August. The project,

which is the songbird’s debut album on Def Jam, will include production from

Teddy Riley, Sean Garrett, Eric Hudson, Jim Jonsin, Rico Love and The

Buchanans. The  video for the

album’s first single, “Why R U,” will premiere Monday (June 8) on BET, while

the song’s officially release will follow on June 15.

 

* Brandy can now move on from the 2006 car crash she was

involved in. TMZ reports the singer has reached a settled with the kids of the

woman who died in the accident, which occurred near the interchange of the 405

and 101 freeways in Los Angeles. Court documents filed in L.A. County Superior

Court show that Awatef Aboudihaj’s two children will receive $300,000 each from

the settlement.

 

* The son of legendary singer Stevie Wonder started the week

off with an up-close and personal meeting with the LAPD. TMZ reports that Keita

Morris was taken into custody early Monday (June 1) morning after police

received a call regarding a verbal argument between Morris and an unidentified

woman that turned physical. Cops arrived to find marks on the woman and arrested

Morris on felony domestic violence charges.

 

Morris, who is Wonder’s son from former girlfriend Yolanda

Simmons, was held on $50,000 bond. He was later released after posting the bond

himself.

 

* Hell to the yes. She is coming back. Media sources report

that Whitney Houston will make her comeback official when she drops her new

album in September. The release, which was said to be in the final stages in

May, will indeed hit stores on September 1, as confirmed by the big wigs at

Houston’s record label, Arista.

 

* Funny how time flies. Can you believe that the members of

En Vogue are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year? And from the looks

of it, they are not letting it pass by without some kind of recognition.

 

In honor of the occasion, En Vogue’s four original members –

Cindy Herron-Bragg, Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones –

reunited to perform their classic hits on A&E’s Private Sessions. To

further add to the nostalgia, the ladies are back in the studio working on a

new CD that is slated to come out in late 2009 and will hit the road on a US

tour that will kick off this month.

 

Private Sessions featuring

En Vogue will air at 9 a.m. EST /8 a.m. CST on Sunday (June 7).

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