It’s been ten years since the first BET Hip-Hop Awards launched in Atlanta, Georgia. The event has been a fixture in the urban music scene in Atlanta. Snoop Dogg will once again host the award show while for the second year in a row Drake got the most nominations.
Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez moves quickly! She is back on the market again has returned to the dating scene after dumping her man-loving boyfriend Casper Smart last week.
The Latin diva have a moved on with another dancer. She is reportedly a dating “Dancing With the Stars” Maksim Chmerkovskiy, sources tell Page Six.
Page Six Reports: We’re told Lopez met Maks when they began working on a performance ahead of the American Music Awards late last year. One source said, “They were definitely attracted to each other, but nothing happened between them” because Lopez was still with former backup dancer Smart and Maks was dating model Kate Upton, with whom he broke up weeks later.
The source added J.Lo and Maks have remained in close contact and were spotted meeting up at the Redbury Hotel in LA in March.
Life & Style reported, “At one point, he put his arm around her waist and they seemed to be locked in a very passionate conversation.”
Another legendary black pioneer has passed away n Hollywood and on Broadway — died Wednesday night … TMZ has learned.
TMZ reports:Ruby was at home in New Rochelle, NY … surrounded by family when she passed away … according to sources connected to the family. A rep confirmed the death.
Ruby was a pioneer for African-American women in Hollywood … and is perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1960s film “A Raisin in the Sun” — and her roles in the Spike Lee movies “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.” Her most recent big budget Hollywood film was “American Gangster” … she played Denzel Washington‘s mother. Ruby was a poet and screenwriter. She won a Grammy, an Emmy … and also received the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She and her late husband Ossie Davis — with whom she frequently co-starred — were also hugely active in the Civil Rights movement — often demonstrating with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Ruby was 91 years old.
Although, we did not report the Jay Z and Solange elevator fight, it was clear that there has been some domestic issues with the hip-hop power couple. Although the couple has claimed that their family is fine and have made peace after the fight, suspicions are still alive and well as rumors claim that Jay has been cheating on Bey with other women like Rachel Roy. And those suspicions may be justified now that a new report accuses Jay Z of cheating on Beyonce .
According to In Touch Weekly, via AllHipHop.com, sources claim that Jay has been cheating on Beyoncé with a woman named Casey Cohen, a VIP hostess at 1Oak in New York City.
“Jay probably sees her twice a month. He visits her while she’s working and then they slip away for an after party. She’ll hang out with him all night, flirting with him and touching him,” said the source.
The insider also claims that Beyoncé is aware of the affair and she’s contemplating leaving Jay.
“Beyoncé is considering divorce. After all, evidence suggests Jay isn’t going to change, so it will be Beyoncé who has to if she can’t live with what she’s hearing,” the source said.
There’s no public evidence that Jay is cheating and the couple seem to be living blissfully together, but considering how they kept up appearances during the Solange scandal, we’ll never really know what issues are going on within their private marriage. – nicholas robinson
There will be be no more cellphone selflies with President Barack Obama, thanks to Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. Obama invited Ortiz and his Red Sox teammates to the White House last week to celebrate their World Series win.
Obama obliged Ortiz’s request to pose for a ‘Selfie’ taken with Ortiz’s self phone. Such selfies are normally uploaded to social media websites including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
But Ortiz’s photo op with the president was actually part of a pre-arranged deal between Ortiz and Samsung to promote the cell phone company’s phones.
Ortiz signed his endorsement deal with Samsung 2 months ago. After the Red Sox slugger tweeted the photo, Samsung retweeted the image to its 5 million followers.
During an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer said Obama was not aware of Ortiz’s deal with Samsung.
“Well, he obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this,” he said. “And perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies.”
He added: “We’ve had conversations with Samsung about this and expressed our concerns.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney did not mince his words.
“As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” Carney said. “And we certainly object in this case.”
In his defense, Ortiz claims the selfie was “spontaneous” and not part of his lucrative deal with Samsung.
Rolling Out Reports: Former Los Angeles police officer Rebecca Reyes took a picture of an evidence photo and the image ended up on celebrity website TMZ. Reyes continues to deny that she sent it to the site, according to the New York Daily News.
Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin issued a ruling agreeing with the decisions of a disciplinary panel and Police Chief Charlie Beck to fire Reyes in 2012. After reviewing the record, Lavin also concluded that evidence supports that Reyes, “participated in the release of the photography showing Ms. Fenty’s injuries to TMZ.”
The judge said he agreed that Reyes should no longer be a police officer.
“At a minimum, the public is entitled to protection from unprofessional employees whose conduct places people at risk of injury and the government at risk of incurring liability,” Lavin wrote in his ruling.
Reyes’ attorney, Ira Salzman, accepted the ruling without argument during a brief hearing Thursday.
Reyes had been an officer for 10 years before she was fired. In the hours after the Rihanna attack, Reyes was assigned to a team planning to arrest Brown but was pulled off the assignment. She saw an evidence photo of Rihanna’s injuries at her precinct and snapped a photo to share with others, including a former girlfriend who records show called TMZ.
The ex-girlfriend, also a Los Angeles police officer, told investigators she called the celebrity news site only to verify details of the attack that Reyes shared with her.
Salzman said Reyes’ ex-girlfriend, Blanca Lopez, remains on the force and that the person who leaked the photo “has never been found and never will be.”
Various celebrities and hair brands descended upon Atlanta this weekend to participate in the annual Mid-Winter Bronner Bros. Hair Show. Actor/comedian Marlon Wayans, R&B singer Bobby Valentino, So So Def’s Dondria and singer/”R&B Divas Atlanta” star Latavia Roberson all stopped by the Strength of Nature booth to get a glimpse of their newest product, the Beautiful Textures Reversible™ Straightening Texture Manageability™ System.
In town promoting his upcoming horror spoof A Haunted House 2, Marlon spent the day at the Bronner Hair Show yesterday participating in an autograph-signing, doing interviews at the UPSCALE booth and touring the exhibit hall floor. The writer/producer ended his day at Twelve Atlantic Station at a press reception where over 80 journalists grilled the funnyman on the Oscars, his family legacy and what viewers can expect from A Haunted House 2 (in theaters April 18).
Marlon Wayans ended his Atlanta press tour yesterday with a visit to Clark-Atlanta University. The A Haunted House 2 star attended a Meet & Greet and autograph-signing that drew a crowd of over 400 students. The event was hosted by student Ta’Kaiya Jackson, who gave away screening tickets, screened the movie trailer, and led the audience in a Wayans trivia game.
Upon his arrival, the students went into a social media frenzy. Marlon opened his remarks by letting the students know how honored he was to be in the room, and followed up with a joke about being denied acceptance into the university. Student comedian Terrance White surprised Marlon with a brief stand-up routine, which was followed by an hour of autographs. Before leaving campus, Marlon conducted interviews with campus media outlets WSTU, WCLK, CAU-TV and the CAU Panther.
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The 2014 Alvin Ailey Tour kicked off on February 4, 2014 in Washington D.C., and is currently live on stage throughout the South East region. In a recent showcase in Atlanta, Georgia, The dance company amazed the audience with new and innovative dances, choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Battle, “who understands the limits of a company’s past, even if that past is still popular beyond belief” (Time Out Chicago), he is pushing boundaries by presenting new works from leading international choreographers in addition to Company favorites such as “Revelations”.
The new dance numbers celebrated the life of Mr. Alvin Ailey, with a musical soundtrack to Jazz artist Duke Ellington. This year’s dance ensemble included dancers from various backgrounds and races. The diversity of the dance company, has offered audiences a unique look to various dance forms, shapes, and styles brought to life on stage. It is a great eye popping, and insightful experience for all ages. This year tour celebrates diversity in dance, music, and culture.
During a matinee Q&A segment, the dancers shared inspirational comments and feedback to aspiring young dancers. The rich history of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company has played a major role in the dancers’ decision in joining the world renowned company. One dancer shared that she would work in the theater in New York as an attendant, to get more familiar with the dance company. This allowed her to study the company’s style , and prepared her for audition, which worked perfectly.
The 2014 Alvin Ailey Dance Company North American Tour is one of the greatest dance experiences that one can view. The diversity of the show, the smooth moves, and the signature choreography is worth it. You can see the following remaining dates of the 2014 Dance Tour below (It’s a must see!)
Remaining Tour Dates
West Palm Beach, FL
Programming & TicketsFebruary 25
Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Programming & TicketsFebruary 28-March 9
Programming & Tickets
Norton Center, Centre College
Indiana University Auditorium
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Civic Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
Las Vegas, NV
Zellerbach Hall / University of California, Berkeley
Programming & TicketsApril 11-13
Programming & TicketsApril 22-23
Chapel Hill, NC
Memorial Hall / University of North Carolina
Programming & TicketsApril 25-26
St. Louis, MO
Programming & TicketsApril 27
Programming & TicketsApril 29
Stanley Theater, Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute
Programming & TicketsMay 1-4
Wang Theater / Citi Performing Arts Center
Programming & TicketsMay 10-11
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
New York, NY
Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater
Tickets on-sale April 9th
Scandal star Kerry Washington was glowing at the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22 in Pasadena, California. The red carpet included a Whos Who of Black Star Power. 12 Years a Slave took top honors at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, where Kevin Hart was named entertainer of the year.
Lupita Nyong’o took home the first honor of the telecast for her work in 12 Years a Slave. Steve McQueen won top directing honors and John Ridley took home writing honors for the slavery drama. Nyong’o praised Oprah Winfrey, whom she beat out for the supporting actress award, calling it “a deep, deep honor to be holding this trophy.”
Angela Bassett took outstanding motion picture actress for Black Nativity, and Forest Whitaker won outstanding motion picture actor for Lee Daniels’ The Butler
On the television side, LL Cool J won outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and Kerry Washington won outstanding drama series actress for ABC’sScandal, which also took outstanding drama series. BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood won outstanding comedy series, with the show’s Kevin Hart winning acting honors.
Winfrey delivered a heartfelt tribute to late South African President Nelson Mandela midway through the ceremony.
Source Hollywood Reporter
The Winners are listed below…
Kevin D. Johnson (Johnson Media Inc.)
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers” – Frank X Walker (University of Georgia Press) (WINNER)
“Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid” – Nikki Giovanni (HarperCollins, William Morrow)
“Hum” – Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
“The Cineaste: Poems” – A. Van Jordan (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
“The Collected Poems of Ai” – Ai (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Nelson Mandela” – Kadir Nelson (HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine TegenBooks) (WINNER)
“I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!” – Betty K. Bynum (Author), Claire Armstrong-Parod (Illustrator) (Dream Title Publishing)
“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me” – Daniel Beaty (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!” – Jonah Winter (Author), Terry Widener (Illustrator) (RH Childrens Books; Schwartz & Wade)
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers” – Tanya Lee
Stone (Candlewick Press) (WINNER)
“God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens” – Romal Tune (Judson Press)
“Invasion” – Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)
“Raising the Bar” – Gabrielle Douglas (Zondervan)
“Serafina’s Promise: A Novel In Verse” – Ann E. Burg (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)
Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical)
“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate) (WINNER)
“20 Feet from Stardom” (Tremolo & Gil Friesen Productions)
“Call Me Kuchu” (Lindy Hop Pictures LLC)
“Girl Rising” (The Documentary Group)
“The New Black” (Promised Land Film)
Outstanding Documentary – (Television)
“Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic ” (Showtime) (WINNER)
“Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream” (HBO)
“Dark Girls” (OWN)
“Venus Vs.” (ESPN)
“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” (HBO)
Justin Bieber has been rumored to be returning back to Atlanta, permanently.. However, a new “Protest Justin Bieber Moving to Buckhead” Facebook page has been started by the Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition.
Justin Bieber has been getting extra attention from the police while renting out an Atlanta mansion resembling a spaceship.
The 19-year-old Canadian pop star recently started renting the futuristic-looking four-bedroom, 5,500-square-feet house owned by Atlanta producer Dallas Austin.
Extra officers from the Sandy Springs Police Department that patrols the area where Bieber is living have been driving past the home multiple times to prevent loitering and trespassing.
“As a community here in Buckhead, we have worked hard to achieve our goals and get to where we are,” its mission statement says. “- Coalition statement
Justin Bieber’s relocation to Atlanta can be nothing but bad for our children, as well as the community. Some can’t even let their children play in the driveway without fear; he has raced vehicles under the influence before. What’s to say he won’t do it again?
As a homeowner down the street from this residence, one can assume many people will be contacting real estate agents soon enough. Please do not allow a child to ruin what we have worked so hard to obtain. Thanks for the support!”
MADD FACTOR: Is the Buckhead collation acting like snubs?
There is a season for everything, and every winter between the month’s of January and February, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company visits the city of Atlanta. This year they will visit Atlanta from February 13th to 16th as part of a 23-city North American tour that marks the 25th season since the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will grace the historic Fox Theatre stage for five inspiring performances with an exciting collection of premieres and new productions from a wide range of renowned choreographers.
“Ailey strives to find new ways to be a beacon of artistic excellence and light,” said Robert Battle. “My amazing dancers surpass boundaries, embodying the vision of great choreographers to create something extraordinary. I am excited to share this season’s cornucopia of treasures with our Atlanta audience, as we continue to build upon Ailey’s rich history of inspiring all through dance.”
Alvin Ailey’s must-see Revelations will also be back to inspire audiences at each performance. It has made its way around the world over the past 53 years as a poignant American masterpiece, marked by its ability to transcend all cultural barriers in a hopeful celebration of the human spirit. Ailey invites you to bring a loved one to the Valentine’s Day performance on Friday, February 14th at 8 p.m. or the whole family to the Saturday, February 15th 2 p.m. Family Matinee program, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Ailey’s acclaimed dancers and includes a buy one, get one at 50 percent off special offer.
In-demand choreographer Aszure Barton’s world premiere LIFT is an exhilarating exchange with Ailey’s renowned dancers, who inspired the process, movement, and composition, as well as the original percussive score by musical partner Curtis Macdonald. With a collaborative stylistic approach that is constantly evolving like no other, Barton’s world premiere work celebrates and challenges the cast of 19 dancers with its markedly intricate rhythmic patterns and mercurial structure. Barton’s distinctive and award-winning choreographic achievements are gaining wide recognition and have been presented by a diverse group of notable national and international dance companies.
Modern dance innovator Bill T. Jones’s D-Man in the Waters (Part I) is a true modern dance classic and a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award-winning work. Set to Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op
Where to get tickets …
Tickets start at $25 for Ailey’s 2014 Atlanta engagement from February 13th to 16th and are currently available for purchase at The Fox Theatre box office, 660 Peachtree Street NE, www.alvinailey.org, www.foxatltix.com or by calling 855-ATL-TIXX. Groups of 10 or more can save by calling 404-881-2000.
Ailey’s 2014 Atlanta Engagement Performance dates and times:
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.
It has been ten years since the single most talked about Super Bowl performance in history aired on CBS television network. The Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performance over shadowed the winners of the Super Bowl in 2004!
Who were the winners?…..???
Super Bowl Sunday is really about the fireworks, ads, and drama, surrounding the actual game. Whether it’s and controversial commercial, half-time show antics or some post-game dissing, footballs’s biggest night has always been full of DRAMA.
You don’t have to like football to like the Super Bowl. That’s because any given year, the lights can go out, or someone’s nipple can pop out, or a certain quarterback’s wife can spew out a post-game rant. Without further ado, here are the Super Bowl moments from over the years that really stand out.
Who is this adorable baby girl? This celebrity has won multiple Grammy awards, started her career as a member of a famous girl group, and his married to a famous entrepreneur from New York. This picture is very similar to her young daughter…
Now you have the clues…..Guess Who?
Beyoncé’s adorable baby photo is the cutest Throwback Thursday photo ever! As if we can’t already stop talking about her super sexy Grammy’s performance, the 32-year-old “Drunk In Love” singer took to Instagram to remind us that she’s been commanding the spotlight since… well, birth.
The photo was captioned TBT , and showed Queen B in her powder pink polka dort dress white shoes and gold stud earrings. Too cute!
Latina Magazine is a great source for the multicultural Latin consumer. Well, here’s your chance to hear the process straight from the editors. In correlation with our February Social Media issue, our Director of Editorial Content, Damarys Ocana Perez, and her team of editors will host our first Google Hangout tomorrow at 3PM (Eastern) on Google +.
The 2014 Grammy Awards was viewed by over 5 million people, and throughout the nation, various Grammy affiliate offices hosting viewing parties. Miami Grammy Viewing Party brought the exotic heat of the city. Musicians, managers, and artists from all genres attended the special event. Singer Songwriter Shannon with the 80’s hit “Let The Music Play” was in attendance , along with a long list of A list party guest from the Latin Music industry, which included a Latin GRAMMY®-nominated artist Leslie Cartaya.
The atmosphere of the event was stylish, contemporary and simply “Miami”, which included a touch of Latin flair. Food and beverage was sponsored by Remy Martin, and D’Paella and Crepemaker. The guest watched the big moments of the 2014 Grammy event, including Beyonce Drunk in Love opening with Jay Z, the red carpet arrivals, and signature performances from Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. Music was provided by DJ Zog (Power 96).
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