Archive for August, 2009

Back To Basics – Queen Latifah Releases Latest Rap Album “Persona”

Music Review-Queen Latifah

There's nobody quite like Queen Latifah, the rough-edged rapper turned jazz singer and Oscar-nominated actress. On her new CD, "Persona," Latifah goes back to the roots that made her so unique in the first place.

The album is an enjoyable mix of singing and rapping, produced by hip-hop hitmakers Cool and Dre and featuring cameos from the likes of Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes and Marcia Ambrosius. The style ranges from straight-up hip-hop to mid-tempo R&B to breathless techno, with a mercifully light sprinkle of the obligatory Autotune effects.

Latifah has sung on two previous albums, and her voice is capable, comparable to most of the women populating today's charts (She's no Jennifer Hudson, but who is?). Singles like "Cue the Rain," ''My Couch" and "With You" are body-moving tales of the type of hothouse love that blooms on the dance floor, while "People" with Mary J. Blige and "The World" tackle more weighty topics.

Her singing occasionally get submerged beneath Cool and Dre's dense instrumentals, and on a few songs it's tough to differentiate Latifah from her guest singers. When she raps, though, everything changes.

Latifah still has the punch and wordplay of the woman who broke into entertainment more than 20 years ago as the rare female rapper who captured attention with skills instead of sex. On her new album, you recognize within the first few bars of "The Light" or "Over the Mountain" that Latifah is on the mic.

Latifah's rap voice demands attention the way her presence does on screen. That's not usually the case with her singing. So big ups to Latifah for continuing to expand her talents – and for not forgetting where she came from.

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Tracklist for "Persona"

1. "The Light"
2. "Fast Car"
3. "My Couch" feat. Dre
4. "Hard to Love Ya" feat. Busta Rhymes, Shawn Stockman and Dre
5. "Runnin'"
6. "Take Me Away (With You)" feat. Marsha Ambrosius
7. "Cue the Rain"
8. "Long Ass Week"
9. "People" feat. Mary J. Blige and Jadakiss
10. "The World"
11. "Spotlight"
12. "If You Want To"
13. "Over the Mountain" (bonus track)
14. "Champion" (bonus track)
15. "Fair Weather Friend" (bonus track)

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Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye, & Eminem – “Forever”

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Caught Out There- Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz In St. Tropez

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So Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (who is still married) were spotted having a very intimate dinner in St. Tropez.  I wonder if they're still going to deny that they're together.

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Chris Brown’s Mom Puts Out Thank You Statement Via Fan Site

Chris Brown’s mother Joyce recently issued a Thank You statement for all the people who supported her son.

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"I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you for your continued support. I’m sorry I wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone as this case was on going. I can now say this has been the most painful moment in my entire life, but knowing that you were still standing by Chris’ side in his time of need made this a little easier for us. Because of all your prayers God brought him through. I just want to say God has never failed me and never will. All moms and dads please stand by your children and pray for their goodness each and everyday. Chris and I love you so much, as the tears fall from my eyes and the pain lingers in my heart I still say thank you God, thank you thank you almighty God. If any of you wonder why I continue to speak of God it’s because I know no other way. I made a promise to him I would never be ashamed of him no matter where I am or who I talk to. You see this whole thing isn’t about Chris it’s about God. He wants to show all of you the goodness of him through Chris. Chris will be addressing all of his fans very soon. We love you so much and so does God. ”

Thank you.

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Flex Alexander – “The Soulaughable” Interview

flexBorn Marc Alexander Knox in the Bronx on April 15, 1970, Flex Alexander got his start in showbiz as a dancer, earning his nickname because of his dizzying display of acrobat skills out on the floor. After being discovered by Spinderella, he toured with Salt-n-Pepa, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah before turning his attention to standup comedy.

 

Flex added acting to his repertoire, making his big screen debut in 1992 opposite Latifah and Tupac in the crime drama Juice, following that up with support roles in such full-length flicks as She’s All That, Snakes on a Plane and The Hills Have Eyes II. Meanwhile, he found steady work on television, starring in several short-lived series, “Homeboys in Outer Space,” “Total Security” and “Where I Live,” and playing Michael Jackson in “Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story.”

 

He also appeared on such sitcoms as “Sister, Sister,” “Moesha,” “The Parkers” and “Girlfriends” before finally getting a hit show of his own, “One-on-One,” which enjoyed a five-year run from 2001 to 2006. The versatile performer has four NAACP Image Award nominations on his resume, along with a couple of BET Comedy Award nominations.

 

Here, he talks about hosting the second season of SOULAUGHABLE, a clean comedy showcase shot in Savannah featuring a rotating lineup of today’s hottest family-friendly comedians, including Mike Washington, Willie Brown, Sean Sarvis, Small Fire, Meshelle, Cleto Rodriguez, and Ms. V.


Kam Williams: Hi Flex, thanks for the time. When we last spoke you were still doing One-on-One. What originally interested you in shooting a clean comedy showcase like Soulaughable?

 

KW: When you do standup, do you ordinarily work clean?

Flex Alexander: For one, my family. And secondly, I had done something like this before and taken it on the road a number of years ago, so, I knew that it could work. It was a no brainer.

FA: Oh yeah, the last time I did Def Jam was in ’93. I’ve been clean ever since then.

 

KW: What about the other comedians appearing on Soulaughable? Are they clean just for the show?

 

FA: No, the majority of them work clean constantly. We stress that, because we don’t want someone to be shocked if they later go to see one of our performers at a club. It just taints everything we’re trying to do. But on the other hand, we can’t absolutely control what people do outside of Soulaughable.

 

KW: Bill Cosby certainly built an incredible career around strictly clean routines.

 

FA: There’s no reason why we can’t have that again. Things are cyclical, and I think it’s time for that sort of family fare again now.

 

KW: Which is your favorite medium: TV, film or standup?

 

FA: I don’t have any one favorite. There’s something about each of them that I love. The best way I can put it is that I love the consistency of television, the truth and the creativity of film, and the freedom of standup.

 

KW: I know you’re also a great dancer. Do you sing, too?

 

FA: No, you don’t want to hear me singing. Not even karaoke. 

 

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“The Frankie & Neffe Show” Premiere Party

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we see you Neffe

we see you Neffe

Wow Frankie!!! Really!!!

Wow Frankie!!! Really!!!

I think this is her new man

I think this is her new man

Do you boo boo

Do you boo boo

Well, I like her bag

Well, I like her bag

Too much

Too much

I'm DONE!!!

I'm DONE!!!

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