Nov28

Entertainment Drake

drake

Moving On Up

Twentyfive-year-old rapper Drake has handed over $7.7 million for a home in Hidden Hills, Calif.
The beautiful estate features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and is more than 7,444 square feet. The home features a multi-million dollar pool that boasts cascading waterfalls, an 80-foot water slide and a grotto.

Other exterior features include a tennis court, five horse stall facilities with riding area (remember he said "my aunt, she rode equestrian," so that clearly makes sense), a sand volleyball court, commercial bathrooms, a mechanical bull and viewing pavilions.

The interior features include 24-seat theater, game room, spa/massage room, master suite with his/hers bathrooms, and a spectacular wine cellar/tasting room.

Arsenio Hall Returning to Late Night TV

The 56-year-old comic and recent “Celebrity Apprentice” winner, Arsenio Hall, will attempt a major comeback with a nightly syndicated offering starting in September 2013.

Hall is partnering with syndicator CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Co., which will broadcast the 11 p.m. show from D.C. on its 17 TV stations, giving it instant access to more than half the country.

It’s familiar territory for Hall, who hosted “The Arsenio Hall Show” between 1989 and 1994 — on which, famously, then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the sax — making it safe and hip for serious presidential contenders to make non-serious, image-honing appearances on talk shows in daytime, afternoon and late-night.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be going home to my old friends and colleagues and firing up our night thing,” Hall said in statement. “Let’s get busy … Again!”

2 days in nyNew Chris Rock Sketch Series To Premiere On Comedy Central

A Chris Rock-produced sketch comedy show is in the works for the Comedy Central network.

Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot for D-Raw, a sketch comedy show which will star internet comedian Deshawn Raw.

Raw - known for his YouTube videos - has said that he is "just a new comedian trying to make it out the hood with the team. So we don't end up statistics."
The show will feature comedy vignettes and sketches of Raw and his friends living in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The comedian is best know for his 'Rap Battle' videos, which have earned over 13.5 million hits on YouTube.

Rock, who has previously produced the show Everybody Hates Chris, recently starred opposite Julie Delpy in 2 Days in New York. The show is comprised of sketches featuring Deshawn and his diverse group of friends based on their personal experiences as they make fun of themselves and their lives in Rancho Cucamonga. The sketches include rap battles and the guys’ take on all things pop culture.

… Briefly, Mariah Carey will be crowned a “BMI Icon” at the BMI Urban Awards on Sept. 7. Previous honorees include James Brown, Little Richard, Al Green, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Snoop Dogg. Carey has had 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Elvis Presley among solo acts and behind only the Beatles, whose singles made it to the top of the chart 20 times. What’s more, she wrote or co-wrote most of her signature hits.

RAVE REVIEWS

total recallTotal Recall

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid (Collin Farrell) , begins to suspect that he's a spy; however, when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. In Theaters August 3

 

2 Days in New York

Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus (Chris Rock), who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion's relatives. In limited theaters August 10

red hook summerRed Hook Summer

In the latest Spike Lee film, a middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. In theaters August 10

 

 

 

sparkleSparkle

Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Starring Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps. In theaters August 17

Nov28

Entertainment

drake

Moving On Up

Twentyfive-year-old rapper Drake has handed over $7.7 million for a home in Hidden Hills, Calif.
The beautiful estate features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and is more than 7,444 square feet. The home features a multi-million dollar pool that boasts cascading waterfalls, an 80-foot water slide and a grotto.

Other exterior features include a tennis court, five horse stall facilities with riding area (remember he said "my aunt, she rode equestrian," so that clearly makes sense), a sand volleyball court, commercial bathrooms, a mechanical bull and viewing pavilions.

The interior features include 24-seat theater, game room, spa/massage room, master suite with his/hers bathrooms, and a spectacular wine cellar/tasting room.

Arsenio Hall Returning to Late Night TV

The 56-year-old comic and recent “Celebrity Apprentice” winner, Arsenio Hall, will attempt a major comeback with a nightly syndicated offering starting in September 2013.

Hall is partnering with syndicator CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Co., which will broadcast the 11 p.m. show from D.C. on its 17 TV stations, giving it instant access to more than half the country.

It’s familiar territory for Hall, who hosted “The Arsenio Hall Show” between 1989 and 1994 — on which, famously, then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the sax — making it safe and hip for serious presidential contenders to make non-serious, image-honing appearances on talk shows in daytime, afternoon and late-night.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be going home to my old friends and colleagues and firing up our night thing,” Hall said in statement. “Let’s get busy … Again!”

2 days in nyNew Chris Rock Sketch Series To Premiere On Comedy Central

A Chris Rock-produced sketch comedy show is in the works for the Comedy Central network.

Deadline reports that the network has ordered a pilot for D-Raw, a sketch comedy show which will star internet comedian Deshawn Raw.

Raw - known for his YouTube videos - has said that he is "just a new comedian trying to make it out the hood with the team. So we don't end up statistics."
The show will feature comedy vignettes and sketches of Raw and his friends living in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The comedian is best know for his 'Rap Battle' videos, which have earned over 13.5 million hits on YouTube.

Rock, who has previously produced the show Everybody Hates Chris, recently starred opposite Julie Delpy in 2 Days in New York. The show is comprised of sketches featuring Deshawn and his diverse group of friends based on their personal experiences as they make fun of themselves and their lives in Rancho Cucamonga. The sketches include rap battles and the guys’ take on all things pop culture.

… Briefly, Mariah Carey will be crowned a “BMI Icon” at the BMI Urban Awards on Sept. 7. Previous honorees include James Brown, Little Richard, Al Green, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Snoop Dogg. Carey has had 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Elvis Presley among solo acts and behind only the Beatles, whose singles made it to the top of the chart 20 times. What’s more, she wrote or co-wrote most of her signature hits.

RAVE REVIEWS

total recallTotal Recall

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid (Collin Farrell) , begins to suspect that he's a spy; however, when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. In Theaters August 3

 

2 Days in New York

Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus (Chris Rock), who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion's relatives. In limited theaters August 10

red hook summerRed Hook Summer

In the latest Spike Lee film, a middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn. In theaters August 10

 

 

 

sparkleSparkle

Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Starring Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps. In theaters August 17

Nov28

Roland Martin

Roland Martin

Recognized as one of the nation’s most influential black journalists, Roland Sebastian Martin has received over 30 awards for excellence in multiple media platforms. Having appeared on such programs as CNN, TV One Cable Network, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia and South Africa, Martin remains one of the most widely recognized black commentators in print, on the television screen, and on the air.

Despite the demands of his hectic professional life, Martin’s philosophy is sim- ple: “If you do good, I’ll talk about you. If you do bad, I’ll talk about you. At the end of the day--I’m going to talk about you.”

The author of such titles as Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin,” the seasoned analyst is adamant in his strict adherence to honesty: “I’m not going to shy away from it and hold my tongue just because you’re the pastor. So—absolutely—I will lock and load and won’t apologize for it.”

This is not to say that the syndicated columnist has not experienced his share of hardships having gone through a divorce after six years of marriage, suffering a kidney rupture a year later, and then enduring the fear of almost losing his home to foreclosure and having to file for bankruptcy.

“There have been multiple challenging moments,” he frankly admits. “There is no “one thing” if anybody goes back and looks at their lives. There’s going to be those moments where we are challenged. That is the natural rhythm of life.”

To Martin though, it isn’t about the moment of crisis itself, but about how to maintain a perspective of faith through the moment of crisis and operate from a place of calm in the midst of that turmoil.

Faith, he says, is the answer. “There’s nothing else that explains how you’re able to get through all of it. That, to me, is most important in understanding the kind of person you are and who you are,” asserts the veteran commentator.

As a graduate of Houston's Jack Yates High School, which offered a magnet program devoted to communications, the former executive editor/general manag- er of the Chicago Defender committed himself to journalistic endeavors early on. Then, as an alumnus of Texas A&M University, he began writing Letters to the Editor—a column in the school newspaper, before going on to write for The Eagle—a local newspaper. He explains that when he first started on his journey, “I wasn’t writing about what was happening in my life, but about the issues of the day. I was born in 1968 so I had no recollection of the Civil Rights Movement. My writing was obviously different from folks who were older than me and that’s real- ly the angle that I took in terms of a fresh, different perspective of the world. I was writing about issues that had to do with Affirmative Action and college tuition.”

Since then, he has gone on to be named by Ebony Magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. Martin is also the winner of such awards as the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview, the President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists, and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors.

Given his deep interest in public issues, the Houston native has been encour- aged to run for office throughout the years. However, he maintains, “It is not something that interests me primarily because I don’t believe the general public wants that level of honesty. You cannot choose to say what you really want to say about what’s going on. The level of compromise, the level of having to play the game and that’s just not me. I can’t do it.

“I’m a firm believer in terms of how God positions us in what we are supposed to be in. And I know that this is what I’m supposed to be doing,” says the 43-year- old. “I decided to become a journalist when I was 14 years old and I haven’t changed in 30 years. It’s been the same course since. You do what you’re destined

to do and I’m not destined for political office because it’s not in my temperament.” For Martin, being a journalist is not always about having the largest platform, but rather taking advantage of the moment and going from there, “It is always an evolution based upon the platforms and where you are.” His multiple platforms

have enabled him to speak about things that he is truly passionate about.
Of course, with great renown comes great scrutiny, “I refuse to be defined as a Liberal, Conservative, Republican, or Democrat, because I think those labels are way too limiting and don’t allow you to have a perspective that differs from a tra- ditional view. The biggest challenge is fighting that box or refusing to allow somebody to place you in that box.”

Having been born and raised as a Catholic, when it comes to the issue of com-

bining his faith with his profession, Martin himself candidly admits that he is an unapologetic person. “There are certainly people out there who do not like it when you’re able to profess your faith in a very public way. But frankly, the position I’ve taken in, it doesn’t matter. The decisions that I make are made to my faith as opposed to saying that faith is part of what I do.”

Well aware of the perils of fame and the challenges of having such a broad- based audience, Martin reveals that his saving grace is his fearless attitude in terms of his actions and words. It is a particular strength that has allowed him to reach multitudes of people, which is one of the most powerful and rewarding aspects of his career. Ever the outspoken one, he claims, “I really can’t say there hasn’t been anything that I haven’t talked about, although I’m sure there is.”

“What gives me the most joy about what I do is when someone approaches me and they tell me something that I said that truly impacted their life in a profound way, because you never really know who is listening and how they may take it. It’s always interesting when I encounter people and they tell me their stories. Then you realize that every- thing you say has an impact.”

Currently residing in Chicago with his wife, Reverend Jacquie Hood Martin, his perspective on the future is one that is hopeful, but mingled with uncertainty, steadfast- ness, and room for growth: “I don’t know where I’ll be. The reality is all my initial goals were to be a publisher and editor of a newspaper that happened by the time I was 29-years-old. And those goals change. I alter my goals every year. I certainly want to be in media in five years. I want to continue to have the broad impact, but also be true to myself. That’s the most important thing.” 

Nov28

Naturi Naughton

Naturi Naughton

Best known for playing Lil' Kim in the movie "Notorious" and for her hit single "Fame", Naturi Naughton was part of the girl group 3LW as a teenager. Now you can watch the 28-year-old for- mer Broadway star in Lifetime's "The Client List" opposite Loretta Devine and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Q: When did you first know you wanted to be an entertainer?
A: I started singing in church in my hometown, East Orange, New Jersey. I knew when I was about five or six that I wanted to be a performer. Singing is my passion and something that I still love to do and I'm always going to want to do it. That's how I got into this business, so I will never let it go.

Q: How do you use your fame to help younger girls?
A: I was a little girl who needed to be encouraged and needed someone to look up to. So I got involved with the "HerShe Group" which helps prepare young women in foster care for the world by giving them life skills, building up their self- esteem, and teaching them good decision making habits.

Q: You recurrently play characters with vulnerabilities, how do you prepare?
A: I love vulnerability within myself, I search for it within me and try to bring it out of my charac- ters. The way I prepare is to find whatever it is about the character I can relate to and connect to that. I relate to Kendra because she's still discov- ering herself. I think she represents a stage in life that so many young women go through. Where do I want to be? Do I want to get married? Who am I?

Q: What are your thoughts on black actress- es in Hollywood, and their struggles to find quality acting roles?
A: There just aren't enough roles, especially for black women so everybody is fighting for that one part. And then you may feel like you're not afford- ed an opportunity because you're not a specific look. It presents its own challenges being a choco- late girl. I also feel we are doing some great, pow- erful things and I think it's on the up and there will be more for the next generation after me.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? A: I want to do more Broadway. I'd love to be a lead in a Broadway show. So all these different forms of entertainment, I see myself getting more established in all of them. I really want to estab- lish Naturi Naughton on so many different levels. And hopefully in the next five years, or even ten years, I can look back and say, "I'm getting there." One day at a time, but of course, looking ahead and dreaming big.

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