The Last Word: Beyonce Gets Animated, Whitney Houston Sues Her Stepmom, and a TLC Movie In the Works?
Happy Easter weekend folks, on this Good Friday. Its been a
week to say goodbye to as more than 200 people were reportedly killed at the
hands of a devastating earthquake in Italy, baseball season gets underway and
Somali pirates making things tough for Obama by taking a U.S. captain hostage
aboard the Maersk Alabama.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of legendary
gospel singer, Winans family patriarch David Pop Winans, who died Wednesday
(April 8) at the age of 74. Congratulations to the North Carolina Tarheels, for
winning the NCAA Mens Basketball tournament with a victory over the Michigan
Shout out to Charlie Wilson, whose new album, Uncle
Charlie, debuted at Number One on
Billboards R&B Album chart and Number Two on the publications Pop Album
chart; Madonna who is stepping up to help the victims of the earthquake in
Italy with a reported $500,000 donation and the sounding boards for making sure
a brother has a guaranteed alternative to using the thumb or the foot.
Ok. Lets keep it moving with The Last Word for the week
ending April 10, 2009
1. Carlos Santana Offers High Solution For Recession
With bringing the troops home from Iraq, jumpstarting the
economy and changing the good ole boy system in Washington, Pres. Obama has his
But Carlos Santana has a way to make things a little easier
on folks as he suggested the legalization of marijuana. According to the
singer, the action would be a good way of bringing in much needed income for
Legalize marijuana and take all that money and invest it in
teachers and in education, Santana recently said in an interview. You will
see a transformation in America.
Although Obama downplayed the notion of the legalized drug
helping to pull the nation out of the recession during an online town hall last
month, Santana didnt see anything wrong with it as feels that legalizing
marijuana is really way overdue, like the prohibition with the alcohol and
stuff like that.
I really believe that as soon as we legalize and
decriminalize marijuana we can actually afford a really good governor who won't
keep taking money away from education and from teachers and send him back to
Hollywood where he can do D movies and we can get an A governor, said the
guitarist as he took a shot at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Santanas comments come as he gears up for his upcoming
stint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show, which debuts
May 27, will run through 2010.
2. T-Boz Speaks on Girl Group Breakups and TLC Movie
As a member of one of the most successful girl groups ever,
Tionne T-Boz Watkins knows a thing or two about working with members of the
And being who she is, the entertainer had no trouble giving
her reasons behind the lack of girl groups in current R&B scene.
I feel like girls are anal, bitchy and bitter. They're
jealous, envious and compete with each other even though they say they don't.
It always brings issues, T-Boz told BlackVoices.com. They can't differentiate
that this is business, and we don't have to be best friends. We just have to
work together. People have a hard time living with that, because it becomes
fake, and you have to keep up this whole facade, and you just can't deal with
it and break up. At the end of the day, its about making money and having a
career. Nobody said you have to go home and hug every day. Some girls can't
deal with that.
T-Boz may have a point. You cant help but love a woman that
speaks her mind. This is probably why T-Boz is courting offers regarding a TLC
movie. Although no solid cast members have been announced, the vocalist was
high on having Meagan Good or Kyla Pratt playing her.
As for Chili, T-Boz thought Black Voices Jawn Murray had
two good picks in Keshia Knight Pulliam or Tatyana Ali, while, Monique Coleman
from High School Musical says it's her
dream to play Lisa Left Eye Lopes, according to the interviewer.
So who would be perfect to play the members of TLC? Im sure
there are are a few good actresses who would probably fit the bill. If you were
the director, how would it go down?
3. Whitney Houston Takes Stepmom to Court
Just when I thought Whitney was totally focused on working
on a new album, this comes to light.
Media sources report the songstress is countersuing her
stepmother to the tune of $1.6 million.
The suit stems from claims made by Whitney that Barbara
Houston owes her money for failing to pay the mortgage, tax and condo
association fees for the condominium she lived at in Fort Lee, NJ since 1987.
Apparently, Barbara fired the first shot in all of this when
she claimed Whitney improperly kept money from her father John Houstons $1
million insurance policy after he died in 2003.
The case has resulted in conflicting stories from lawyers on
both sides. According to Whitney's attorney, Barbara Houston is not a poor,
elderly widow and that Whitney Houston should not have to subsidize her living
expenses. Barbara Houston's lawyer counters his rival by mentioning a verbal
understanding that the condo belonged to his client.
No matter what, you cant help but wonder what Whitney used
that insurance money for if her stepmoms claims are true. Bobby isnt around,
so whats the deal? Let the educated guesses begin.
4. Beyoncé Inspires the Kids (and Adults) Through
Let it be said that Beyoncé has inspired many people.
Whether its her music or her acting, Mrs. Jay-Z has struck a nerve among
grown-ups who want to be just like her.
Now Bey is putting her talents to good use with her new role
on Nickelodeon's popular animated kids' show, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! People.com reports the songbird is lending her voice
to play Shine, the lead singer of the The Wubb Girls, in four episodes.
According to Beyoncé, Shine is a very sweet young lady.
Whenever Wubbzy needs a little help or a friend, she's right there with The
Wubb Girlz to give him a helping hand. I think Shine is pretty cool.
With Shine, Beyoncé hopes to inspire young fans to have a
love of music.
Music is very, very important to me. It has given me so
much confidence and its given me purpose in my life, said the singer, who
credits music with helping her avoid a lot of negative things. I am so, so
lucky to be a musician.
And with that comes a bit of advice for parents of those who
want to be the next Beyoncé. I know its very difficult for a person to become
a professional singer, Bey said. But the best thing you can do for your child
is encourage them, help them, teach them, sing with them, make sure you go to
Beyoncés stint as Shine in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! kicks off on April 27.
5. Alec Baldwin Courts Michelle Obama For 30 Rock Cameo
Barack Obama may have rock star status among US and
international supporters, but his wife Michelle is creeping on a quick come up
as that female. How else can you explain joining Hilary Clinton and Jacqueline
Kennedy as the only other First Lady to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds?
And Alec Baldwin has taken notice. Hollyscoop.com reports
that the actor is making a sincere effort in getting Mrs. Obama on his hit show
I would like Michelle Obama on 30 Rock. The President is on TV every day, all day. So we
want to get something different, Baldwin told the site as he mentioned a
storyline he already has cooked up for Sasha and Malias mom. I think my
character falls in love with Michelle Obama, of course. You know, if it doesnt
work out with Barack
OK, Alec. I can relate to you digging Michelle. Shes a
knockout for sure. But Barack aint no punk. He may play it cool in public, but
you know that hood mentality can come out at anytime when it comes to his
woman. And having the secret service on call 24/7 only enhances the mans
swagger and gangsta to hundred, thousand, trillion.
Yeah, its safe to safe that no one has swagger like Obama.
In Other Words
* Looks like George Lucas will have quite a cast for his
upcoming World War II epic Red Tails. Variety reports that Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard
have joined Ne-Yo, Method Man, Tristan Wilds, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker,
Elijah Kelley, David Oyelowo, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo and Jesse Williams for
the film, which centers on the young pilots who overcame institutional racism
in the military to form the Tuskegee Airmen. For those that dont know, the
Airmen were the first African-American fighter pilots in U.S. military history.
The title of the action-adventure film came from the red-painted tails that of
the Tuskegee Airmen planes.
I've been wanting to do Red Tails for 20 years, and we've finally got the means to
showcase the skill of the Tuskegee pilots, said Lucas, who will serve as
executive producer on the Anthony Hemingway-directed feature. We're working on
techniques which will give us the first true look at the aerial dog-fighting of
* Vivian Green is making her return to music with her
upcoming album with a new album that is slated to arrive in stores this summer.
The release, which is the follow-up to Greens 2005 opus, Vivian, is part of a three-album deal the songbird inked
with E1 music. Green is best known for her hit singles Emotional
Rollercoaster and Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired).
* Hats off to Denzel Washington, who took a break from
filming his upcoming feature The Book of Eli, to give back to the Roswell Boys & Girls Club in New Mexico. The
Oscar winner, who serves as a spokes man for Boys & Girls Club of America,
donated $50,000 to the club after hearing reports of the place closing because
of financial problems. In addition, Washington challenged Roswell residents to
match his donation. The actors request seems to have struck a nerve as the
clubs director mentioned that some community groups and private donors are
stepping up to the plate as well as Easter New Mexico Medical Center, which
* Gnarls Barkley is leaning for more rock in their music as
members Cee-Lo Green and Danger Mouse are expressing a desire to work with
famed rock duo Oasis.
I've been checking out the new Oasis album and it's hot,
Green admitted to WENN. When I was in London I got to hang out with Noel
(Gallagher) and we had a big laugh. I'd like to do something iconic with them.
No news yet on when this rock project will hit the surface.