The Last Word: Amy Winehouse Turns Down an Eminem Collab, Halle Berry Talks Diabetes, and Michael Jackson Is Off the Auction Block
Hows life? The week is over and weve come away knowing that the Obamas have a new family member in Bo the first dog, Dominoes is going hard at two employees who made a mockery of the Pizza company by YouTubing themselves doing some sick things to their food, and John Madden entering a new phase in his life by retiring as footballs premier sports announcer (a damn sad day).Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Delfonics founding member Randy Cain, who died last week at the age of 63. Shout out to Capt. Richard Phillips, who came out OK after being held hostage by Somali pirates and the sounding boards for making sure I ride among friendsAnd now the main event the Last Word for the week ending April 17, 2009.
1. Prince Musically Flirts with Salma Hayek and Penelope
Over the years, Prince has been known to enjoy the company
of a beautiful woman. Vanity, Apollonia, Sheila E. Mayte do I need to keep
going? But despite taking a more spiritual road nowadays, US Weekly says the hitmaker is exhibiting a bit of his former
self as he gets his musical flirt on with Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz in the
The name of the track, which can be found on Princes new
three-CD set, may not strike a nerve until you realize that Valentina is the
name of Hayeks 18-month old daughter. Hence the connection as the crooner
Hey Valentina, tell your mama she should give me a call/
When she get tired of runnin' after you down the hall/And she's all worn out
from those late-night feedings/and she's ready for another rock and roll
As tempting as a meeting with the Purple One may be, it may
be hard to make considering that Salma is now married. But hey, you cant blame
the guy for trying. Two times if you count the part of the song where he
targets Cruz, who is currently dating Oscar winner Javier Bardem.
If Penelope wants to Cruz there ain't no way that we ain't
gon' dance, Prince sings.
Its nice to see the player in Prince still lives. Much
respect to the guys who have Salma and Penelope, but when Prince flirts with
your girl, you better tighten your grip. One song and its a wrap with a purple
rain of tears for not taking heed to the warning.
2. Jamie Foxx Practices Literal Insanity for The Soloist
Could this be why Jamie Foxx went in on Miley Cyrus and later
With any actor, its always a plus when he or she can
completely dedicate themselves to a role, but Mr. Foxx may have put himself out
there a little too much. According to the Oscar winner, it got to the point
where he nearly lost his mind playing real life homeless schizophrenic cello
prodigy Nathanial Ayers in the upcoming film The Soloist.
You had to lose your mind every day you're on set, and
sometimes you didnt have enough time to get your mind back before the weekend,
Foxx told EURs Lee Bailey. I
just remember calling my manager like, I know what it is; I know why he's crazy!
And my manager's like, Foxx? Are you okay? I said, No, no, no! He does this
because of this, he does that because of this, and I'm gonna go crazy, and I'm
gonna lose everything, and I'm gonna be homeless, but I'm gonna be able to play
the piano great [My manager] says, Foxx, I'm on my way over.
Despite believing that actors dont need their own
therapists while filming difficult roles, Foxx ended up taking his manager and
agents suggestion that he talk to a psychiatrist, just so you'll have a way
to get out of your head, they said, according to the actor.
As a result, Foxx is sold on bringing in a therapist when
the need exists. I had no idea that the mind could be that fragile, he
To see how crazy Jamie gets, be sure to check out The
Soloist when it arrives in theaters on
3. Amy Winehouse Turns Down Eminem Collaboration
Is it me or is Amy Winehouse deliberately trying not to make
a solid comeback? I could be wrong, but it looks like the embattled diva has
missed out on another chance to let her music do the talking rather than her
According to The Sun,
Winehouse has turned down a chance to work with Eminem for the rappers highly
anticipated album, Relapse.
Eminem was hoping to repeat the success he had with his 2000 Dido-assisted hit
Stan by recruiting the songstress. But all plans for the collaboration fell
through according to a source, who revealed that it would only be a dream.
Eminem has followed Amy's career closely. They have both
had drug addiction issues and he empathizes with her and hoped to feature her
on (comeback album) Relapse, the source
told The Sun. His idea was to
make a track as magical as Stan but unfortunately Amy declined
Despite Winehouses snubbing, the source stated that Eminem
was optimistic about a joint project somewhere down the road.
He understands that recently she hasn't been in a state to
focus on music because of her tumultuous private life but he hopes they will get
together on a future project.
I hope Amy gets it together myself. The thought of her and
Em on a song has classic written all over it. The Rehab remix with Jay-Z was
good, but this could trump it if they ever get around to it.
4. Halle Berry Makes Vanity Fairs Most Beautiful; Calls Out Non-Exercising Celebs
Halle Berry has made yet another list. The only difference
is she isnt sitting pretty at the top.
That honor would have to go to Angelina Jolie, who ranked
Number One on Vanity Fairs list to find
the Most Beautiful Woman in the World with 58 percent of the vote. Berry was
among 19 other beauties listed for the magazines survey. Despite coming in at Number
Three (behind supermodel Gisele Bündchens nine percent) four percent of the
vote, Halle did get a leg up on Beyoncé who tied for fifth place with Slumdog
Millionaire star Frida Pinto, Cate
Blanchett, Catherine Deneuve and Natalia Vodianova with 2 percent.
The biggest disappointment, in my opinion was the amount of
votes for Kerry Washington (one percent). Is it too late for a recount?
No matter what, Kerry always ranks high on my (and Mr.
Richardsons) most beautiful list. But being beautiful, sexy, or whatever you
want to call it doesnt come without its fair share of work. Just ask Halle,
who called out celebrities who say they stay slim without exercising. Talking
with Harpers Bazaar, it seems the
actress shares other womens pain as she admitted to having to work hard to
keep that body of hers.
God bless them if they're telling the truth. It's
questionable if they are, said Berry. I always had to diet. I'm diabetic, so
it's a lifestyle for me anyway just to stay healthy and not end up in the
And there you have it. Another celebrity we can relate to.
Take away the money, fame and I can picture her at Wal-Mart on any given day
searching for the next big bargain.
So fellas, who would you consider to be the most beautiful
woman in the world? Would it be a celebrity, co-worker, significant other or
that potential jump-off you saw the other day? What say you?
5. Eva Mendes Supports the Pleasure Principle
As one of the most beautiful women around, Eva Mendes can
command a captive audience. Maybe thats why she was on hand last week to
launch the worlds largest survey on pleasure as Magnums Global Pleasure
According to Fox News, the poll is aimed at discovering the
human pleasure quotient through surveying 100,000 people from around the world.
The results from the survey will be released in a few months.
As far as what gives Miss Eva pleasure, the answer is simple
if you ask her.
I love chocolate! I like chocolate like no-one else and I
love indulging, Mendes shared with Fox News. In fact, I am all about
pleasure. I am the girl who will get three massages a week — thats my
luxury and thats where I spend most of my money. Im not a big shopper, but I
love facials and spas and everything indulgent when it comes to the body and
pampering. I am a girly girl at heart.
And while she loves her chocolate, Eva is quick to say that
she doesnt mind paying the price as she works out at least five days a week to
maintain what she has.
I put in a lot of time at the gym to ensure that I am able
to indulge at other times. Pleasure is pain.
Well thats nice to know. That and the fact that Eva
believes that women should learn to ask for what they want in all areas of
their lives more than they currently do.
I want to encourage the world to inject more pleasure into
their lives and I think especially at this time in the world where its all
doom and gloom its a fantastic time to talk about pleasure and work out how to
get more pleasure into our lives.
I couldnt agree with her more. Why cant we just
concentrate on the pleasures in life instead of all the drama? Makes for a less
stressful life. But dont get it twisted. Despite advocating pleasure in all
its forms, Eva admits that being recognized for her talent rather than her
looks would generate more personal pleasure than anything else.
Hows that for a pleasurable alternative?
In Other Words
* TLCs Chili is coming back to the public eye via the power
of advertising. Billboard.biz reports the Grammy winner will help promote
Coca-Cola's Dasani and Dasani Essence water brands through a series of radio,
print, digital and in-store ads. According to Dasanis Vice President of
African-American marketing, Yolanda White, the campaign will target
African-American moms as African-American women are heavy purchasers of
packaged waters and that the new effort is about invigorating women in a that
allows her to escape her daily challenges.
In addition to the main brand, Dasanis recently launched
Essence unsweetened, flavored waters will be highlighted in the Chili-featured
effort. The 38-year-old entertainer/single mom was chosen for the campaign
because she embodies the struggles and the balance we see in our target
audience, White said. She gives reassurance to moms that you can still be a
great mom, take care of yourself and look beautiful.
* Famed R&B group Frankie Beverly and Maze will be the
latest collective to be honored with a tribute CD. Media sources report that
the production will being this month for the project, which is being helmed by
Beverlys son, Anthony and will highlight the vocalists four decades of
entertaining fans with a catalogue that includes 30 hit singles and 12 albums.
In addition to the album, a commemorative DVD will be included that will
feature interviews with those contributing to the album as well as current and
former music industry executives and community leaders who will weigh in on how
Beverly and Maze impacted the music industry and African American culture.
* Michael Jacksons stuff is officially off the auction
block, thanks to a settlement reached between the iconic singers production
company and Julien's Auction House. As part of the deal, Jackson has told
Juliens Auction House to beat and gets away like a smooth criminal while
retaining the nearly 2,000 items that were slated to be auctioned off next
Cost of organizing the sale: $2 million. Predicted revenue
generated by the auction items: $12 million. Cost of Michael (literally)
holding on to his past: Priceless.