Whats the deal, everybody? Another week gone by, a little
gas money made with Obama pushing Congress to pass a credit card reform bill to
protect consumers. Michael Phelps getting back into the pool after taking time
off, and Chrysler closing 789 dealerships as part of its restructuring plan. It
was just another week in paradise.
Thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Detroit
Pistons/Original Dream Team coach Chuck Daly, who died Saturday (May 9) of
pancreatic cancer. Congratulations to comedian Wanda Sykes who welcomed twins,
a boy and girl, into the world with her wife, Alex.
Shout out to Chrisette Michele, who captured the number one
spot on the Billboard 200 with her latest album Epiphany and the sounding boards for slowing down long enough
for the little things in life.
This is .The Last Word for the week ending May 15, 2009.
1. Beyoncé Reveals Chubby Challenge; Keeps Jay-Z Within a
To many people, Beyoncé is the definition of
perfection. Shes beautiful, has a
great singing voice, acting experience under her belt and a great body to boot.
But before the fame, the millions of fans and being the object of many a
fantasy, the songstress was overweight while going through what she called an
ugly stage during her childhood.
Of course I've had an ugly period. When I was around 10 or
11, my mother gave me this really ugly haircut and I was really, really
chubby, Beyoncé revealed to Glamour magazine.
So chubby that my family used to all lay me down flat so they could zip up my
jeans. It took four of them and I would lie there on the bed while they all got
That seems to be a bit beyond chubby.
Fortunately, Bey managed to take off the pounds and even
find a soulmate in her husband Jay-Z. Despite initially keeping her
relationship with Jigga under a cloud of mystery, the vocalist is bit more open
as she keeps Jay close to her during her current world tour.
How you ask, considering that Jay is not a part of the
outing. Well, its as simple as looking at Beyoncés hands to see that she the
letters J-A-Y appliquéd on her index, middle and ring fingers. As for the
thumb, Bey saved that for mini likeness of her husband, who is wearing a cocked
Yankees cap and cocky smile.
It's nothing. They're just reminders, a bashful Beyoncé
told Marie Claire magazine while
admitting what the finger medications reminder her of. Happiness. They just
make me smile when I'm working.
If that aint love, then I really dont know what is. Be
careful Bey. Its always possible things could get rocky. Lets hope that tat
isnt an acronym for Jay Aint Yours.
2. Irv Gotti Prepares for Life After Ashanti
Known as the Princess of Hip Hop and R&B, Ashanti could
do no wrong at the label formerly known as Murder Inc. But times have changed
as Inc. head Irv Gotti revealed that Ashantis reign at the label is ending.
The relationship has run its course, he told MTV while
stating that he and Ashanti are in two totally different places. My views
and philosophies and her views and philosophies are not meeting up.
We don't really speak or talk or anything like that, continued
Gotti. It's sad in a way. But in another, it's like it's all good.
As one of the people responsible for Ashantis success,
Gotti noted how Ashanti opted for a change regarding her latest release The
Declaration. According to the music exec,
the singers popularity stemmed from the energy created with working with
I personally believe for her to be successful, it took the
energy ... The music was great, but it was the energy that was created, the
VH1 reality show star said. It wasn't just her standing there and singing a
Overall, Gotti believes that it will be a challenge for
Ashanti to regain the footing she once held without the longstanding support
and tag-team effort in the studio.
I don't think she can win. She needs some guidance with
that. But she's not thinking like that, Gotti said as he admitted that he
doesnt know what Ashanti is thinking now. So that relationship has run its
course and honestly, I'm gonna just drop her.
Crazy. Its funny how when the well runs dry so does the
entire relationship. So Irv, Gott Milk?
3. Ciara Comes Clean About Her Tall Past
Its always nice to know that celebrities are regular people
like you and me. But since theyre more out there and making way more money
than me, then its easy to think they dont worry about the same things we do.
Beyoncé may have had weight problems, but Ciaras challenge
centered on being tall for her age. Case in point: the singers childhood as
she admitted to being insecure about being tall.
When I was younger, it seemed like all the cute girls in
school were shorter, the 58 songbird revealed to USA Today. Now I love my height. It's like, OK, girl
it's beautiful, embrace it, love it. It's all good.
All good indeed. Especially now that Ciara has made another
side of her self known with the debut of the sexy cartoon figure thats found
on album art for the singers latest album Fantasy Ride.
She is called Super C, which is also my nickname, said
Ciara, who added that Super C should not be labeled as her alter ego. She's my
superhero character, and the superhero in all of us. She's the inner strength and
drive that we need to overcome obstacles.
4. Idris Elba Walks the Musical Wire; Wants to be the
First Black James Bond
The actor is clearly looking to give fans another side of
him with an official foray into music. Elba, who records under the name Driis,
tells NME.com that 2009 will be the year that he will emerge as a musician.
My personal agenda has always been about musical
ambitions, Elba told the web site. Music's a jealous b**ch I want to
take time out (from acting) to finish the album.
As for his musical style, Elba described as a hybrid,
everything from drum n bass to jazz. And while he has a slew of famous
friends (Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes), dont expect any of them to show up on
the actors forthcoming album.
That'd be corny, said Elba, who stated that he doesnt
talk to his famous peers about his music. Actors doing music is a cliché, so
my plan is to tour small venues and festivals in Europe next year - along with
my band the Trampions the route musicians go down.
As of right now, Elba has already released one song (The
Best I Can) to DJs. The actor plans to release a single called Please Be
True' in July, with a full album to follow later this year.
In other Idris news, the seeds are being planted for the
imminent arrival of the first Black James Bond. The question is who rightfully
deserves 007 status with a license to kill.
If you ask Idris, its him.
I've got what it takes to do it, the former Stringer Bell
explained to The Daily Record. I can run around, flirt with ladies
and drink. Plus, I am English.
Sound convincing? If Elba isnt suited to play Bond, maybe
Will Smith could do it. Or Jamie Foxx or P. Diddy?
Puff probably lives the most like James Bond and Jamie Foxx
got the swagger for James Bond. He can sing too, so he can add a new element to
Bond, wooing the ladies, Smith told WENN as he put his two cents on what qualifies
him for the iconic role. But I think I can guarantee the box office!
And there you have it. Until filmmakers actually go about
making this reality. Who do you think is worthy enough to play James Bond? I
say none of the above. With Bond laying pipe in the movies now we need to
mention the 57th passenger Sun Tzu . None other than Wesley Snipes. Swag and
Class. Don't forget to count the pimples on her booty.
In Other Words
* Although Angelina Jolie hasnt posed any threat to women
with guys since being with Brad Pitt, at least one person is making sure her
famous husband doesnt get taken with the actress. In case youre wondering who
the husband is, its none other than Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy.
According to WENN, the sci-fi icons wife, Sue, has vowed to
fight Jolie for Leonards affections after Angelina admitted to having a crush
on Nimoys most famous character during an appearance on Comedy Centrals The
I was focused on Spock...he was so repressed, and I just
wanted to make him scream, Jolie said.
Mrs. Nimoy wasnt having that, considering the fact that
shes been married to Leonard for 21 years. I'm devoted to making him scream
too, she said.
Now thats a picture I can do without. However, Angelina can
make me scream anytime.
* Jennifer Lopez is making her return to music via her new
song, What Is Love. According to People.com, the upbeat and catchy tune is
* After making you laugh on the big screen and showing you
his dramatic side on the small screen, Anthony Anderson is giving fans
something a little different as the host of the Golf Channels upcoming news
magazine, Golf in America. The show will
include original, newsworthy stories related golf as the networks Senior Vice
President of programming, production and operations Tom Stathakes revealed it
will focus on real stories, real lives and real people ... soldiers, kids and
celebrities (who) come from all different walks of life but can share the same
passion for the game of golf.
Celebs lined up for future Golf in America episodes include Justin
Timberlake, Donald Trump, Jerry Weintraub, Greg Norman and Chris Evert.
* Actress/comedian Aisha Tyler is headed back to the small
screen with reports of being recruited by ABC to host a talk show. According to
The Hollywood Reporter, The
Aisha Tyler Show is described as a hybrid
that will incorporate aspects of a traditional talk show with comedic political
commentary, produced comedy segments and other elements usually associated with
late-night shows. In addition, viewers and fans of the show can communicate
with Tyler through Facebook and Twitter, among other platforms. The
ABC-produced pilot for the show is being developed for syndication and cable.
* When we last checked in with Zoe Saldana, she confessed to
her mother convincing her to go out for the role of Lt. Uhura in the new Star
Trek movie. This week, Zoe breaks down the
ins and outs of doing a hot love scene with the new Capt. Kirk (aka Chris
Pine). FYI: It wasnt all it was cracked up to be.
Theres nothing sexual about shooting a sex scene, you must
know! Saldana confessed to Latina
magazine. You are sweating your ass off under the lights, or youre freezing.
Youre hungry, or youre bloated and gassy because they had pizza on the set
Real enough talk for you? TMI? So much for the glamour of moviemaking.