[WATCH] New Video: Fragile-Faith Evans

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After dropping her new album Incomparable today, The First Lady Faith Evans,  has dropped a new video for her new single, Fragile. In the video Faith plays the FLOTUS to POTUS played by Pooch Hall(The Game). The video is a throw back to the 70’s and has Faith on her Millie(Scandal) flow. The video is directed by Derek Blanks. I love how Scandal influences all things pop culture. I think Shonda would be proud, I love the video and song.

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Faith is reportedly suppose to be dropping a duets album with her late husband, The Notorious B.I.G. titled The King & I. The album is said to be along the same line as Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole’s duets album, not sure how that will work, but we shall see. Be sure to support R&B Music and go pick up Faith’s new album, Incomparable.

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[REVIEW] 2014 American Music Awards

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The 2014 American Music Award came on last night on ABC. I will spare you the boredom of going into every performance and just tell you what I enjoyed. Before I get into that let me just say that my main issue with this award show and many others is the fact that this new crop of artists have absolutely no stage presence. Sure they sell albums and have fans swooning over their videos, but the true test of an artist is can you deliver in your live performance? The answer to that for most is no!

Many of the performances I watched last night were boring and lazy. I remember a time when I looked forward to awards shows,but now not so much. Now it is mainly to provide witty commentary and hope that they’re some good performances in between.

With that being said, I had three performances that I throughly enjoyed. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige came through wit a good fit(outfit), good heel-toe(shoes), and a rousing vocal. She sang the Sam Smith penned Therapy from her upcoming album The London Sessions. She gave me everything I needed! She even threw in a soul clap!

Jessie J, who sings her GOTDAMN throat out and face off came through and gave an exhilarating rendition of Bang Bang, with some assistance from Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. She brought the house down and probably could have been just as good without help. Great job Jessie!

JLo, came and shut shit down with her performance of Booty with assistance or lack there of from Iggy Azalea(Fergie for 2014). I am really not a fan of the song, but the choreography and production sold it for me. The thing I like about JLo is she always gives her all in live performance. All you new artists take notes, you could learn a few things.

Everything else was a snooze fest. Check out full list of winners HERE

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[REVIEW] Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

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By now everyone has seen the Lifetime TV movie, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, that premiered this past Saturday on Lifetime. If you haven’t please don’t waste your time. The movie was executive produced by Wendell(Wendy)Williams, she joined the project after Zendaya Coleman dropped out of the production after being cast to play Aaliyah. When I first heard that this was actually a thing, my first thought was why does Aaliyah need a movie? Don’t get me wrong I love Aaliyah to death, she is from my hometown and she was very talented. I also love all of her music, but Aaliyah was just starting to really catapult to super-stardom at the time of her untimely death, and there isn’t much ground to cover. Yes she was destined to do many great things and she was doing greats things at the time her death, but she still had a ways to go before becoming a bonafide icon. I know a lot of people will probably be upset that I said that, but I am going to just put 10 on 20 and say it! When the family didn’t get on board with the production and Aaliyah music couldn’t be cleared for the movie, I knew this project was doomed. On top of that the movie based on biography by a person who didn’t get any input from Aaliyah’s close family or friends, namely her parents or brother.

As much as I wanted to boycott the movie, I tuned in, for fear of missing something. Also it is my duty as an entertainment blogger to watch and report back LOL. I should have gone with my first mind and not watched, because Wendell & Lifetime tried the entire f*ck out of Aaliyah. First let’s talk about the casting, I wasn’t even that mad at the Alexandra Shipp being cast as Aaliyah, after Zendaya Coleman dropped out(best decision of her life) but I was mad. Why? You ask, because Alexandra Shipp isn’t the best actor. Her dancing was uninspired and stiff, the one thing that sticks about Aaliyah is that she was a great dancer. If I were casting someone to play her then that person should be at the least be a good dancer(make sure the bish can dance!). Now I know what you are saying, the actor doesn’t have to look exactly like the person they are portraying as long as they are good actor right? There in lies the problem, but that was the least of my issues with the casting for this movie. At least with the casting for Notorious, the well-known people looked very similar to the actor that portrayed them ,and the unknowns/behind the scenes people we really didn’t care about. In this movie Joe(the singer) was cast to play R. Kelly, because the actor didn’t resemble R. Kelly at all! Then they cast Tweet(the singer) to play Missy Elliott and some other slender guy was cast to play Timbaland. Now if my memory serves me correctly Missy Elliott was wide as all outside back when she began working with Aaliyah and so was Timbaland! That statement was not meant to offend, but the truth is the truth! Were there no actors the more closely resembled Missy and Timbaland? Also Missy was wearing “Hefty Cinch Sacks” and rocking finger waves back then, not Adidas tracks suit and asymmetric hair! Now let’s get to the actor that played Dame Dash,how come no one told me that Chico DeBarge was resurrected from the “career crypt” to play Dame? The casting was all wrong for this movie! The acting was bad! The script was bad! It was just all wrong!

Another problem I had with this movie is that it focused entirely too much on the relationship between 15-year-old Aaliyah and 30 something Robert “R” Kelly. I feel like Wendell was trying to shade R. Kelly instead of telling Aaliyah’s story. I know your saying, “How do you tell Aaliyah’s story without including that?” I feel like there was another way it could have been done without even having an R. Kelly portrayal in the movie. A quick montage of newspaper headlines, and then let’s keep it moving! Yes, the relationship “allegedly” did occur, but that was only a small part of Aaliyah life. The scenes made me very uncomfortable.  After, Age Ain’t Nuthin But A Number(I think R. Kelly was preparing us for his “alleged” future activities and trying to soften the blow with this album title), Aaliyah went into another direction after that whole debacle, she recreated herself. Too much time spent on this relationship, I felt like it was self-serving for Wendy and Lifetime to dig in so deep into the R. Kelly/Aaliyah marriage thing. It was all for ratings and maliciousness, and not to really tell the story of how a girl from Detroit, worked hard to become a superstar. I get that ratings are important and cash rules everything around, but not at the expense of Aaliyah. I honestly feel bad for the actors that were cast because how can you portray a person: 1. you never got to talk to 2. you didn’t get talk to people who were intimately involved with that person.

At the time of her death, Aaliyah was just getting started, and honestly there was not enough material to even create a movie. The movie should have never been made. Then to add insult to injury they didn’t even show the Rock The Boat, choreography, oops I forgot they didn’t have clearance to use it! It was probably for the best, because Alexandra probably would have pissed me off. The documentary that followed the movie, was actually better than the movie itself. The movie didn’t tell us anything that we didn’t already know. It didn’t add anything to Aaliyah’s legacy, it just served to line Wendell and Lifetime’s pocket with money, while dredging up a salacious portion of a young woman’s past. I won’t even waste my time giving this movie a rating, because you can probably get gather from this review that I wasn’t HERE  for it! As one of the many meme’s that lit up Twitter and IG said,”Wendell, Aaliyah gon whoop your ass when she sees you at the crossroads!” The meme below sums up my feeling about the movie:

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Aaliyah you left us too soon, but you are not forgotten, I will erase this terrible movie from my memory, because you didn’t deserve this, and it is not a reflection of you or your work.

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Comedienne Sommore Calls B*llshit On Sheryl Underwood

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Comedienne Sommore stopped by The Breakfast Club to promote stand up shows she will be performing during New York Comedy Festival. She also responded to comments made by fellow comedienne and The Talk host Sheryl Underwood.

To bring you up to speed, Underwood alleges that Sommore, Laura Hayes, and Adele Givens talked bad about her on a conference call, and she overheard it. Sommore stated that Underwoods was never being considered for Queen of Comedy. She also stated that sometimes things are said in business meetings that you may not like. She said plenty more check it out below(start at 5:30 mark)

I honestly think Sheryl was trying create ratings for her show, because why bring up something that happened “allegedly” years ago, why wasn’t it addressed earlier and in private? If there was indeed an occurrence it just comes across disingenuous when done in this way.

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Kelly Rowland Gives Fans A Glimpse Of New Baby

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Kelly Rowland and her husband/manager welcomed a healthy baby boy Titan Jewell into the world last week. Beyoncé, Solange, and Ciara all sent the family well wishes. This week Kelly has released a small glimpse of the baby’s head on her Instagram,and because the work never stops, she dropped a song titled,”Mommy’s Little Baby,” The song is produced by Verse Simmons and The Order

It’s a beautiful lullaby for her newborn son, Kelly is falling right into motherhood. I am sure she’ll have plenty of help from proud aunties Beyoncé and Solange

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Photo Credit: Instagram: @kellyrowland

Should Phaedra Parks Have Gone To Court With Apollo?

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Real Housewives of Atlanta premiered last night and honestly it really wasn’t an explosive premiere. The episode did focus heavily on Apollo Nida’s legal troubles. On the episode Phaedra opts not attend court with Apollo for his sentencing. Social media was on fire when this was announced earlier this year and last night was no different. Many people were up in arms because Phaedra decided not to go to court with Apollo. I honestly don’t blame her for not going to court. We the audience are only getting a snap shot of what really happened on this reality(unreality)show. So before we all jump to conclusions call Phay Phay a terrible wife let’s remember this is a snap shot.

Now sure marriage is “to death do us part” but it was clear during last season of RHOA, that both Apollo and Phaedra had checked out of their marriage. If you couldn’t sense the tension you need your eyes checked. So I am confused as to why people are all pissed off because she wasn’t there. As she stated she has two young children to worry about and it’s clear from Apollo’s actions and words after he was sentenced that was the furthest thing from his mind. Now again I know we’re are getting a snap shot of what really happened so there is more to the story, but Apollo was talking crazy during last night’s episode. At one point he called Phaedra “selfish” and she could very well be selfish, but you sir are even more selfish because you made a decision that has irreparably damaged your family. This decision was made purely on you trying to keep up appearances. Which might I add you called Phaedra out for when her “good name” was discussed.

The most disheartening part of the whole episode is the fact that now two young boys will not have their dad during the most important part of their lives when he needs to be there! That’s the sad part. There are so many legal hustles Apollo could have undertaken such personal training, opening a gym, opening a strip club(since he was dropping 5K a night there), fitness books, fitness videos, or club appearances. The list goes on and on. Luke James said it best, “We got options”

How do y’all feel? Would you have gone to court with Apollo or nah? If you would have, why? If your wouldn’t have, why?

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[REVIEW] VII-Teyana Taylor

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So…Teyana Taylor finally released her debut album title VII this week. Now I will be first to say that I have always given Teyana shit, because I honestly didn’t know what exactly she was famous for? I remember her from MTV’s My Super Sweet 16, her song Google Me(trust me I did at the time and I got nothing), and having a sickening body. Pass that, it would be nothing for you to hear me sarcastically say or tweet, “What is exactly is this girl famous for?” Welp! This week Teyana made me pay attention with the release of her debut album. Teyana is signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music/The Island Def Jam Music Group. The deluxe album has 14 tracks and the regular version 12 tracks. It has guest appearances from Chris Brown, Fabolous, Pusha T, Yo Gotti.

Teyana opens the album with, Outta My League Interlude, where she samples Sade’s classic song, The Sweetest Taboo. Now normally I would scoff at anyone re-doing anything by Sade,but in this instance Teyana is able to pull it off on this smooth interlude, where she sings about feeling like she is outta her league. This was a great opening. Just Different, is another slow and mellow song with an old school feel to it. The production on this song reminds of songs off Mary J. Blige’s classic album My Life. Teyana’s smooth and airy vocals work on this song. Request,is another slow and mellow song that I thoroughly enjoyed, she lets her lover know that she is there to serve, all he has to do is request it. Do Not Disturb featuring Chris Brown is excellent, I must say that when I first listened to it I wasn’t a fan, but that’s probably because I listened to it somewhere other than my car, mistake! This song right here incites an instant hip roll, I can’t be responsible for what happens when this comes on. This has been added to the “Sexcellent” playlist! Chris and Teyana make the sexy drip off this song! If that song wasn’t enough Teyana takes the sexy to another level with, Broken Hearted Girl featuring Fabolous. First and foremost anything with Fabolous I am HERE for, he has to be one of the most underrated rappers EVER! This is another one of those, “I can’t be responsible for what I do when this comes on songs!” The track, lyrics and Teyana voice hypnotizes me! Then you add Fabo on top of that! Then sample Lady T’s Portuguese Love at the end! This was on instant repeat. This is my favorite track off this album hands down! It Could Just Be Love Interlude, is a nice interlude, I didn’t skip it. Put Your Love On, sounds like Jazmine Sullivan’s Need You Bad, the reggae influenced track made want to durty wine. I liked this song. I am thinking Teyana may have Trini roots.

Maybe features Pusha T & Yo Gotti, is one those tracks you can put on and just ride out to. Teyana rides the beat with her vocals and the addition of Pusha T & Yo Gotti just takes this over the top for me! This is another one of my favorites off the album. Dreams, is Teyana’s reponse to Tory Larnez’s song where he paid homage to her. This song is a throwback to Biggie’s Dreams from the classic Ready To Die album. Teyana get’s Harlem on y’all, with the line, ” If you coming nigga, come right, got a couple n*ggas on my line…” That was some G shit right there! Talk yo shit Teyana! This is another favorite of mine. Sorry, is a ballad that Teyana shows her vulnerable side. Teyana shines on this stripped down ballad which is her proclamation that she has moved on from a bad relationship. You can hear the hurt in her voice, but at the same time you can hear that she has moved on. I love this one! On, Business, Teyana takes a page out of Elgin’s AKA Ginuwine’s page with the throwback to Ain’t None Of Your Friends Business. She even spits a few bars on this, I like it! On, In The Air, Teyana lights up a dutch and throws her lover the dueces, she gets Harlem on this as well I am HERE for it! On, Outta My League,  Teyana samples Sade’s The Sweetest Taboo, and questions why this dude would be attracted to a girl like her. Teyana is feels like the dude is outta her league as the title says. I like this song and even don’t mind the use of the great Sade’s song. It Could Just Be Love, was better suited for being an interlude. I don’t hate it, but the interlude gave us just enough.

It is not often that I can make it through a new artist’s debut album without skipping a track. I will say with this album Teyana showed me exactly what she is famous for! She has made me a believer. I guess it is true what they say, “Your not ready until your ready!” It is clear that the ups and downs Teyana has gone through in the music industry and in her love life made for an amazing debut album. I can honestly say that I like each and every track off this album and I could listen to the album without skipping around. Teyana showed and proved on this debut album. Kanye West clearly saw something in this girl, that I didn’t see at first, but I see it now. Teyana you won! This album is most definitely worth a listen. You can put this one and just let it play. As always form your own opinion about music and in general, but go pick this one up!

Final Rating 5/5

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[REVIEW] JE HEARTBREAK II-Jagged Edge

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Atlanta natives Jagged Edge dropped their eight studio album, JE Heartbreak II, last week. Now you all already know that I am not a fan of artists making sequels to classic albums, I would rather well enough be left alone. The reason I don’t like it is because it is very hard to replicate a classic album, and there will always be that comparison. This new JE album is the sequel to 2000’s JE Heartbreak, which was JE’s breakout album. 14 years later JE decided they wanted to make a part II. The album has 13 songs and it is executive produced by Jermaine Dupri for So So Def Recordings.

The great thing about Jagged Edge is that they don’t stray too far from the formula that made them R&B superstars, they have learned their audience. While this is a great thing, it also keeps JE in a box, and many of their songs sounds the same. With that being said, I love the majority of their musical catalog it is good R&B music and I just expect this from JE, it actually works for them. What I am trying to say is don’t expect a drastic change in their sound, they are pretty much set in their ways musically. JE works very well with Jermaine Dupri, it’s almost like he just gets them. Adding Bryan Micheal Cox to the mix doesn’t hurt either.

When I first heard the first single from the album, Hope, I was excited for the album. The song is a slow ballad on which the fellas sing about a plan to help their women put their hope back in them. This single is classic JE, and I am HERE for it. The album open with an Intro that speaks to the state of R&B, basically if you don’t have hottest rapper of the moment on your R&B song, the radio doesn’t see it for you, which I totally agree with. It sucks but it’s the truth, we oftentimes we miss out on good music as a result of this. On, Future, we find the guys showing their maturity and growth into men on this slow song they harmonize about seeing their future in their lady’s eyes. I liked this song. Familiar, is in the vein of Where The Party At, I like this uptempo song that samples a classic Biggie lyrics it is one of my favorites on the album. I could hear this playing in the club, and honestly this should be the third single, it is very radio friendly.On, Things I Do For You, JE wants you to know not to be concerned with the things they do for their respective women, because it is ain’t none of your business. They let this be known on this mid-tempo song. I don’t hate the song, but I don’t love it either, but it does speak to a real issue.Love Come Down, is my favorite song off the album. This smooth slow has been added to the “Sexcellent” playlist. I am sure this song will help you with making your significant other’s love come down!

On, It’s Been You,  another slow one,the fellas sing about finally realizing the grass is not greener on the other side. The subject matter of this song is some real shit! I enjoyed this song. Wanna Be(Romeo), is a mid-tempo, which I really wasn’t feeling it, but I don’t hate it. Getting Over You, puts me in the mindset of an Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes(The Whole Town’s Laughing) the old school track paired with JE’s vocals is magic making this my another favorite song of mine. Ready, serves as the second single from the album finds the guys finally ready to be in love, again another real issue.  I love this song because it is again vintage JE. Make It Clear, sounds like something that I heard earlier on the album, it wasn’t one of my favorites, it was just okay for me. No Half Steppin, is another slow song that sounds like something I heard already, but I can listen to it. Posters(We Stay On One), honestly could have been left off the album, but I guess JE felt they had to give us a hip hop-esque track. I wasn’t a fan of this track.

The album as a whole is good, JE stays in their lane with this. They don’t stray far from a formula that has worked for them for 6(8)albums now. I can honestly say that I don’t mind this album being a part two. The album picks up where JEHB left off. The songs show that fellas have grown and matured into grown men with grown men responsibilities(wives & children). It makes complete sense because the majority of their fan base is in their mid 30’s doing the same exact thing. I can’t say that I have ever been disappointed with a JE album, except for maybe the last two albums they released. I think these albums didn’t really resonate with me because they felt like JE was trying to do what was popular at the time and that just doesn’t work with a group like JE. This is because they have laid a good foundation with their previous albums, and we just expect a certain sound from them. If you enjoy R&B, then I think that you will enjoy this album, I definitely did. It is worth a listen. As always form your own opinion about music and in general.

Final Rating 3/5

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Beyoncé Platinum Edition Available For Pre-Order On Amazon

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BeyHive Rejoice!

So apparently Queen Bey was trying to surprises us again with a secret album, but someone in her camp dropped the ball and the plans leaked! Or not! Y’all know Bey is strategic in her every move, but if this leak wasn’t supposed to happen I feel sorry for whomever lost their job over this little slip up!

Anyways I am HERE for most anything Bey related and just in time for the holidays! All I need is On The Run Paris on BluRay/DVD/CD and all will be well in the world. The new album will include 2 new tracks, 10 live performances, 4 new remixes, 2015 mini calendar,2 photobooks, 17 music videos, and 20 songs!

I know what your thinking, “When is she going to sit down?” To that I say when she GOTDAMN feels like. I am HERE for anything Carter related! You’ll deal with it! Looks like another withdrawal from the Carter fund will be in order!

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Now this goes without saying for those that frequent the blog, but for newcomers: Slander of The Carters(Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Blue Ivy and anyone closely related) will not be tolerated take it to another blog.

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