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MARIAH, JAMIE FOXX, PATTI LaBELLE: Celebrate Apollo's 75th
DRAKE: Yanks Album from I-Tunes
KELIS: Nas a Coward and a Cheat?
YOYO: New Music
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MEDIATAKEOUT: Usher Creepin, Rocsi Engaged? (audio)
BONUS AUDIO: David Carradine Drops
CAMERON DIAZ: Now Curing Cancer (audio)
KENDRA WILKINSON: Really, Hank's Black? (audio)
MONEY: How to Get a Mortgage in the Recession
FITNESS: Celebrity Fitness Tips
SEXUALITY: Millions of Adults Are Virgins
RELATIONSHIPS: Summer Soulmate Search
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Young Boy Does Ciara
HOT MESS OF THE DAY: EMT Posts Pics of Corpse on Facebook
BIRTHDAY PROFILE: Kanye West (audio)
FROM THE VAULT: Chic's "Good Times" (1979)
TODAY'S BLACK HISTORY MOMENT: Halle Berry's Historic Oscar
Win (audio)
FUN FACT: The Apollo Theater
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MARIAH, JAMIE FOXX, PATTI LaBELLE: Celebrate Apollo's 75th (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx and Anita Baker are just some of the stars who'll be on hand tonight to
celebrate the 75th anniversary of New York's famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. The event, hosted by
Steve Harvey, will also see Quincy Jones and Patti LaBelle inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of
Bill and Camille Cosby will receive the theater's Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian
Award. The presentation will be made by Cosby's T-V wife Phylicia Rashad. -- Jamila Daniel with Mike
DRAKE: Yanks Album from I-Tunes (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Management for Drake issued a cease-and-desist notice last week after an unauthorized version of his
album The Girls Love Drake surfaced on I-Tunes. It's since been removed. Drake's camp is still trying to
clear samples on the track "So Far Gone" and his two other mixtapes. His manager, Al Branch, tells
Billboard, "This is a straight bootleg, a scandal. We are behind promoting records at radio, but haven't
sold it."
Had it not been disqualified because it hasn't been officially released, The Girls Love Drake would have
debuted last week at number-101 on the Billboard 200, number-16 on the Digital Albums chart and
number-one on the Heatseekers tally. -- Jamila Daniel
KELIS: Nas a Coward and a Cheat? (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Kelis is adding ammunition to reports that Nas's cheating ended their marriage. After pictures recently
surfaced of Nas hanging with Maxwell and a bevy of beauties in a hotel last week, Keils took to Twitter
again, writing, "This lovely day I would like to touch on cheaters -- all the scumbag coward husbands"
and their "less-than-impressive" women should "go down in flames together!" She added that while
women tend to blame each other, "I am here to say the husband is way more at fault." -- Jamila Daniel
YOYO: New Music (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
After re-acquainting herself with the public via the V-H-1 reality series Miss Rap Supreme last year,'90s
rapper YoYo has released some new music. My Journey to Fearless is the first project to be released
under her digital label, YoYo Music, and is available at YoyoFearless-dot-com. She tells SingersRoomdot-com, "I've been doing it since I was 17, and it was just time to come back and time to get up."
My Journey to Fearless includes guest spots from Missy Elliott, Raheem DeVaughn and Ray-J.
Phone Topics: Which old-school rapper do you think has the best chance at a comeback? Which oldschool rapper would you most like to see make a comeback, regardless of how likely it is? -- Jamila
IN OTHER NEWS (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Lyfe Jennings releases the new single "Haters" today.
Method Man, Redman and Ghostface Killah will kick off the All Points West Music and Arts Festival
with a July 30th show at New York's Nokia Theater. The festival continues through August 2nd at
LibertyState Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
C-B-S will use The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" as the theme music for commercials promoting
the network's new fall season.
(Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
MEDIATAKEOUT: Usher Creepin, Rocsi Engaged? (audio) (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Here's our tri-weekly gossip audio update from MediaTakeOut-dot-com, the hottest hip-hop site on the
Is R-&-B singer Usher stepping out on his wife Tameka Foster? Well that's what it's starting to look like.
Over the weekend, Usher was photoed bringing a woman out of his Los Angeles hotel room at one
o'clock in the morning. Usher's people claim that it was just a business meeting and the woman was just
Usher's "product manager." But MediaTakeout did some digging and found out that the woman in
question is a Def Jam executive named Grace. That's interesting for two reasons. First, Usher's label is
Arista, not Def Jam. It's not clear what business they needed to conduct at one o'clock in the morning.
Here's another interesting twist -- Grace is 42 years old, and you know about Usher and those older
women. Right now it's still too early to tell what Usher's up to, but if we were Tameka Foster, we'd have
our eye on our boo.
Guys, it looks like there might be a 1-0-6 and wedding. Rumors are swirling all over Turks and Caicos
that Rocsi, the host of B-E-T's 1-0-6 and Park, may be taking Lisa Raye's place. According to a number
of people on the island, Rocsi and Michael Misick, the millionaire former head of the Turks and Caicos
and Lisa Raye's ex-husband, are looking very much in engaged. The couple was spotted all over the
island this weekend holding hands and taking in the scenery. And Rocsi had a huge diamond on her left
hand. Good luck to Rosci -- that's a real big step up from Terrence."
Audio: Fred from on Usher and Rosci. OC:...from 1:22
"Is R-&-B singer Usher stepping out on his wife Tameka Foster? Well that's what it's starting to look like. Over the
weekend, Usher was spotted bringing a woman out of his Los Angeles hotel room at one o'clock in the morning.
Usher's people claim that it was just a business and the woman was just his "product manager." But Mediatakeout did
some digging and found out that the woman in question is a Def Jam executive named Grace. That's interesting for two
reasons. First, Usher's label is Arista, not Def Jam. It's not clear what business they needed to conduct. Here's another
interesting twist-Grace is 42 years old, and you know about Usher and those older women. Right now it's still too early
to tell what' Usher's up to, but if we were Tameka Foster, we'd have our eye on our boo. It looks like there might be a 10-6 and wedding. Rumors are swirling all over Turks & Caicos that Rosci, the host of B-E-T's 1-0-6 and Park, may be
taking Lisa Raye's place. According to several people on the island, Rosci and Michael Misick, the millionaire former
president of the island and Lisa Raye's ex-husband, are looking very much in engaged. The couple was spotted all over
the island this weekend holding hands and taking in the scenery. And Rosci had a huge diamond on her left hand.
Good luck to Rosci, that's a real big step up from Terrence."
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CELEBRITY NEWS (audio) (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Will Ferrell didn't even come close to bringing down Up. The animated Up, featuring the voice of Ed
Asner, earned 44-point-two-million dollars to remain the number-one movie in the country, beating out
the comedies The Hangover and Land of the Lost. Up has banked 137-million in two weeks.
The Hangover, about a wild Las Vegas bachelor party, opened a close second with 43-point-three
Ferrell's Land of the Lost, a critically panned update of the '70s children show, opened in third with 19point-five-million, and is being called "the first bomb of the summer." The movie has a reported 200million-dollar price tag.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian dropped from second to fourth with 14-point-seven
million, and Star Trek remained in fifth with eight-point-four millon.
In narrow release, the romantic comedy My Life in Ruins, starring Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek
Wedding), landed in ninth with three-point-two million.
Britney Spears can add a topless photo scandal to her career achievements.
During the video shoot for her 1997 hit "Gimme More," it was the pop princess who was giving more -a lot more. Photos taken during the raunchy shoot have just surfaced online, showing Brit posing topless
next to a stripper pole and wearing fake tattoos on her boobs. (Click here to see the pics. Warning:
photos are explicit.)
It might feel like torture to watch Spencer and Heidi Pratt on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, but
the reality stars say they were the ones being tortured.
The couple alleged that they were abused by N-B-C to the point where Heidi was "convulsively throwing
up" and developed a gastric ulcer while shooting the reality show in Costa Rica. Heidi claims she and
hubby Spencer were locked in a dark room for more than 24 hours over the weekend with only water,
rice and beans for leaving the show. After their stay in isolation, Heidi was rushed to the hospital.
Show producers say the claims are B-S.
David Carradine's family has asked the F-B-I to assist Thai authorities investigating the actor's death.
The F-B-I, which doesn't have jurisdiction in foreign countries, has contacted investigators, but so far
there's no word if they'll allow the bureau to help.
Thai police have confirmed that Carradine, 72, was found in the closet of his hotel room naked with a
rope tied around his neck and another around his genitals. According to the A-P, police official
Worapong Chewprecha says, "It is unclear whether he committed suicide or not, or he died of
suffocation or heart failure."
Meanwhile, the Carradine family is upset over leaked photos of the Kung Fu star's body have surfaced in
a Thai tabloid. The images, which Thai police say are probably forensic photos, show Carradine's body in
the hotel room where he died. His half-brother actor Keith Carradine has threatened legal action over
the photos.
Brooke Shields has settled with the National Enquirer after the tabloid allegedly checked her ailing
mother out of a nursing home.
Brooke's lawyer, Gerald B. Lefcourt, tells People magazine, "Two weeks ago, Brooke Shields was
forced to make a public disclosure about her mother, Teri Shields', health, when we learned that Mrs.
Shields had been taken out of a care facility by a reporter and photographer working for the National
Enquirer and I was told that the National Enquirer was going to print information about her condition
and whereabouts. I am very pleased to report that [the] National Enquirer was prevailed upon not to
publish a story. Further, it has or will be apologizing publicly. Finally, it has agreed to make a generous
donation to further research on dementia and to encourage others to do so."
After checking out of a London mental health center, Susan Boyle made her first public appearance
Friday with a shopping spree at a clothing store.
Susan, who had been treated for exhaustion after losing Britain's Got Talent, was accompanied by
Doctor Sarah Lotzof, and was said to be upbeat. She reportedly left the store with "stylish" cardigans,
shoes and dresses.
> Emilie de Ravin, who plays "Claire" on Lost, is getting divorced from her husband of three years,
actor Josh Janowicz.
> Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali is publishing her memoir. Slumdog Dreaming, available on July
16th, will tell the nine-year-old's life story from "playing marbles with her friends beside the sewers of
Garib Nagar in Mumbai, to dancing along to the Bollywood films she and her family watch on their old
television set."
> Former Charmed star Holly Marie Combs gave birth to a baby boy on May 26th. She and her
husband David Donoho kept the pregnancy secret because it was high risk.
-- James Aquilone
Audio: In an interview done this past Christmas season, David Carradine discusses how Quentin Tarantino came up
with his character in the movie Kill Bill. OC: into the part. :07 [phone quality/thanks to Chris O'Brien, WGGR/Cincinnati]
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BONUS AUDIO: David Carradine Drops (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Actor David Carradine's body was found last week in a Bangkok, Thailand hotel room. The death of the
72-year-old is now being termed as possibly accidental, and his family is seeking to have a private
autopsy performed by famed forensic pathologist Doctor Michael Baden.
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Audio: Here are three quick drops from that David Carradine phone interview: That's fun, isn't it; That's funny; Have a
good day, will ya. :05 [thanks Chris O'Brien, WGRR/Cincinnati]
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WORD ON THE STREET (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
A former loan officer at Wells Fargo has added fuel to a federal lawsuit filed by Baltimore officials which claims the
company unfairly pushed risky, higher-interest mortgages on the black community there. Beth Jacobsen's affidavit
says loan officers convinced black customers who could have qualified for prime loans into subprime mortgages. She
added that the company used black churches as a marketing tool. Roughly eight times as many African-American Wells
Fargo customers hold suprime loans compared to whites with comparable incomes. Another loan officer stated in an
affidavit filed last week that Wells Fargo employees referred to blacks as "mud people" and to subprime lending as
"ghetto loans."
A California politician says she's tired of African-Americans being blamed for the state's Proposition
Eight, which denies homosexuals the right to marry.
Assembly speaker Karen Bass tells Essence-dot-com "I believe there was an element of racism there...
Within 24 hours after the measure passed, it was decided that black voters are the reason for Prop
Eight. Some white gay activists said we voted for your guy -- how can you disrespect us and vote the
other way? Last I checked Barack Obama was voted in as the President of the United States, not the
President of just black people."
Phone Topics: Are gays and lesbians being presumptuous to expect African-Americans to support their
right to marry? Or do African-Americans have a special duty to support the civil rights of all people?
While national attention is on U-S Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Florida's Supreme Court
made news of its own last week when it nominated its fourth-ever black justice on Friday. James C.
Perry grew up in the segregated South and was part of a lawsuit in the 1970s challenging policies in
Georgia that blocked African-Americans from being admitted to the state bar. The 85th justice to be
sworn in, Perry tells Fort Lauderdale's Sun Sentinel, "I'm acutely conscious of the distinguished history
of this court. I'm also aware that I would not be here were it not for the service and sacrifices of civil
rights leaders who turned stumbling blocks into stepping stones."
Despite all its lip service about becoming more diverse and electing Michael Steele the first black R-NC chairman, the Republican Party remains predominantly white. A Gallup poll released last week reveals
that whites make up 85 percent of the party, with 63 percent of those indentifying as conservative
rather than moderate.
BODIES FOUND IN ATLANTIC (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
A total of 17 bodies from the Air France jet that crashed while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris have
been pulled from the Atlantic Ocean. Yesterday, searchers found 15 of those bodies, as well as a large
amount of debris from the plane. Meanwhile, Air France investigators are considering the possibility that
speed censors on the plane may have iced up, and are accelerating the replacement of all speed sensors
on its Airbus fleet.
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EUROPE LURCHES RIGHT (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Memo to American conservatives: you might find a summer trip to Europe more to your liking this year.
The continent often criticized by the right here has taken a rightward turn itself -- with center-right
parties poised to take the largest number of seats in the European Union parliament (267 of 736)
following yesterday's elections. Center-left parties, generally the strength of the Euro zone governing
body, took 159 seats. The remainder went to a variety of smaller parties, such as the environmentalminded Greens or Sweden's Pirate Party, which advocates shortening the duration of copyright
protection and allowing non-commercial file sharing.
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BILLY ELLIOT: BROADWAY'S BEST (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Billy Elliot, the Broadway musical adaptation of the movie, cleaned up at last night's Tony Awards,
grabbing 10 trophies in all including Best Musical. But shockingly its score, composed by Elton John,
failed to take its category, losing to the much-lesser-known Next to Normal. The satiric comedy God of
Carnage took top play honors.
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CAMERON DIAZ: Now Curing Cancer (audio) (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Is your environment giving you cancer? Cameron Diaz is here to help. Over the weekend, the ecofriendly actress told us, "A lot of my focus is going towards sort of environmental thought of what's
creating this cancer for our society -- What's our health? What's our overall health? What are we doing
health-wise?" --Bill McCleary
Audio: Cameron Diaz on her environmental charge against cancer. OC: ...the cancer. :11
"My focus is more on sort of education of sort of how we can be healthy overall to hopefully cut out some of these
things that might be causing the cancer."
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KENDRA WILKINSON: Really, Hank's Black? (audio) (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Since the days of O-J and Nicole, black athletes with white women have always struck a chord,
particularly among black women. Whether it's Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian, or Hank Baskett
and Kendra Wilkinson, the Internet comment pages are on fire. But Wilkinson refuses to let the talk
ruin her union. She tells us, "I don't care. I don't see color. I see everybody as one. Everybody knows I
have a soul and a good heart." --Jamila Daniel
Phone Topic: When it comes to black sports figures, is there a double standard when it comes to white
and black women? Who gets to be the "wife" and who gets to be the "baby's mama"?
Audio: Kendra Wilkinson says she doesn't see color. OC:...the book. :07
"Black, white, yellow, gold, whatever. I've always gone with every color on the book."
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INTERNET FIND OF THE DAY (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Which superhero are you? Do you relate best to "Superman" or "Batman," or are you more like "Captain
America" or "Wonder Woman?" Take the Superhero Quiz to find out.
(Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
GIRLY SPOT (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Megan Fox has eight tattoos inked on her body, including the Shakespearean quote, "We will all
laugh at gilded butterflies" written on her back and a portrait of Marilyn Monroe on her inner right
Now Megan wants a full-sleeve tattoo, but her mom doesn't think she should get it. Her mom says
having so many tattoos will keep her from getting work when she's older. Megan points to ancient
Angelina Jolie, 34, who's well inked and still getting work.
Just Asking ... Are lots of tattoos sexy -- or trashy? Think Megan should hold off on getting more ink -or do you like the idea of a full-sleeve? Let's hear from people with a lot of tats -- are you worried about
the future -- or are you just concerned with how cool they look today?
Lance Armstrong recently announced the birth of son, Max, his fourth child, on Twitter: "Wassup,
world? My name is Max Armstrong and I just arrived. My Mommy is healthy and so am I!" Armstrong
wrote, noting Max weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long."
The Twitter also included a photo of his new son.
For more on this and the photo click here.
Hmmm ... If your friends announce on Twitter, can you give the baby gift via Twitter, too?: "Hey,
congrats, here's a new [virtual] onesie!"
Denise Richards appreciates friends with benefits: "Friends with benefits are awesome. I used to be like,
'Oh no, you have to be in a relationship!' After going through a divorce, going through all this, I'm like,
'Life is short, I wanna have a good time!' When I meet 'the one,' I'll be with him and it'll be all good, but
until then, you know, I like to have a good time."
Just Asking ... What's your stance on friends with benefits? Is it difficult to keep things "friendly" once
you've slept together?
BOYS' ROOM (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
It's been reported over and over -- men are suffering the most in this recession. Close to 80 percent of
the job losses since December 2007 were jobs held by men.
Think about what this means for single guys, who are out there trying to get some action -- and aren't
able to talk about their awesome, high-powered, high-paying careers.
Chicks just don't dig broke guys. Never have. Never will.
So, what's an unemployed guy to do?
Surrender -- Stop going on dates? Hide in your parents' basement until you get a new job? No
Lie -- Now's the time to REALLY recreate yourself. If you were an account manager before, now's
the time to give yourself a promotion! Or a whole new sexy career. If you claim to work for the
CIA, she'll understand why you don't show up on Google.
Evade -- Just don't bring the topic up and don't answer any questions about it. She says, "So,
what do you do for a living?" You say, "This is great spaghetti sauce."
Truth -- Try saying this out loud: "I am unemployed and living in my parents' basement." If you
think you got game with that act, have at it. Otherwise, start working on a more realistic strategy.
Phone Topic: Are you an unemployed guy looking for love? Call up and get some expert advice on how
to play it ...
Phone Topic: Who in your audience believes they've got the most pathetic life situation right now? How
did things get so bad? What's it going to take to get you to turn this thing around?
There's a struggle for power in many relationships, with each person constantly lobbying for fewer or
different jobs -- especially when those jobs involve the kids. Moms do certain things. Dads to
certain things. Neither has to be happy about it.
Among the many jobs involved in running a household, there is...
Changing diapers
Bathing the kids
Cutting their hair
Helping with homework
Reading them stories
Driving to games and other activities
Phone Topic: How do you and your wife divide up the work in your house? Do you each do a little of
everything? Or ... Are there certain jobs that only you do -- and certain jobs that only she does?
Phone Topic: What jobs do you get stuck with that you hate?
Phone Topic: Are there any jobs that your wife is stuck with that you want no part of?
Phone Topic: Are there any jobs that you and your wife are constantly fighting about?
MONEY: How to Get a Mortgage in the Recession (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Though it's becoming harder and harder to get a home loan these days, African-American financial
coach Kirk Charles has some helpful tips in his new book The Real Deal: How to Get a Mortgage During
and After the Sub-Prime Crisis.
He tells Black Enterprise, "It's the American dream to own a home, but you have to be financially
disciplined." Some other things his book explains:
Annual Percentage Rate: Find out exactly how much mortgage interest costs you.
Personal Mortgage Insurance: P-M-I is a onetime fee you pay to insure the lender in case you
default on a mortgage.
F-H-A Loans: With all the sub-prime loans off the table, a Federal Housing Administration-insured
loan is the best option for a lot of people.
How to Avoid Foreclosure: Charles says, "With loan modification, you may be able to lower your
interest rate, extend your term or reduce your principal"
Charles adds that the most important part of securing a loan is being realistic about your means. "You
have to know what you can afford and what you can't afford. I advise homeowners to be realistic and
learn as much as they can. Once people become educated, this process isn't that difficult to navigate." -Chris Morrow
FITNESS: Celebrity Fitness Tips (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Want to look good rocking that bikini this summer? Then check out these tips celebrities shared
with B-E-T on how to get in shape:
Ciara: "Dancing -- however you do it, even if it's in your living room -- is a great workout."
Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown: "Constantly challenge yourself -- that's when you get into feeling really
fit. And you'll start to feel the results -- the tightening in your thighs and the changes in your body. And
you have to be sure to eat well and hydrate -- you can't do one without the other."
Kobe Bryant: "Whatever your program is, the key is to push yourself to a level where you're hurting.
You can't gain conditioning without going through it. You're going to have to feel some pain, you're
going to have to feel like your lungs are burning and you want to spit up blood, that sort of thing."
Vivica Fox: "It's hard at first to give up carbs such as bread, but the longer you stick to it, the easier it
gets. And you do lose your cravings for carbs."
Rihanna: "We work on the arms. I don't want manly, muscular arms. We work out my butt because I
love my butt. [But] my legs are my main focus. I'm obsessed."
Phone Topics: Whose workout regime sounds like the most realistic? What other celeb's fitness secrets
would you like to know?
SEXUALITY: Millions of Adults Are Virgins (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
If you thought The 40 Year Old Virgin was just an idea cooked up by Hollywood, you're in for a shock.
According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, adult virgins are everywhere.
The research indicated that there are one-point-one-million men between the ages of 25 and
45 who've never had sex, and 800-thousand women who can make the same claim.
Men and women who attended church at least once a week were between four and five times more
likely to be virgins than those who attended church less often. And women with college degrees were
five-point-four times more likely to be virgins than women who'd never gotten a Bachelor's.
Just as notable as the characteristics associated with middle-aged virginity are the traits that aren't.
Weight, income and health all showed no association with virginity in either gender.
Phone topics: How old were you the first time you did the deed? Do you wish you'd waited longer? Do
you wish you'd done it sooner?
RELATIONSHIPS: Summer Soulmate Search (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
For some people, summertime signals the beginning of fling season. But those who are looking for
long-term love tend to ramp up the search for a soulmate around this time of year.
Relationship expert Kathryn Alice offers these ideas for how to make that hunt successful.
Open Up. It doesn't matter what kind of terrible luck you've had with love in the past -- you must
open up to the possibility that you have a soulmate out there somewhere, living and breathing
right now.
Make Lists. Think about your old relationships and make two lists. Figure out what worked for you
and what didn't. From these lists, generate a list of characteristics that your soulmate will have and
ones he or she definitely shouldn't have.
Visualize. Imagine your soulmate and invite this person into your life through prayer or
meditation. Re-visit thoughts of this soulmate often.
Date With Hope and Tolerance. Go out on dates with no agenda. There's no pressure here.
You're just going on dates for the chance to meet another human being.
Phone topics: Are you more likely to look for a soulmate or a good time? Can you find both in one
package? Describe the worst first date you ever had.
PHONE TOPIC OF THE DAY (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Green-Eyed Goodness: When someone close to you gets something you would have wanted -- a
promotion, a hot date, a winning lottery ticket -- do you feel good for them, or do you get mad that it
wasn't you? Do you have people in your life you don't tell good news to because they don't take it well?
BRAIN STRAIN (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Joan Rivers blows out 76 candles on her birthday cake today. That takes a lot of air, but she seems
like she can handle it.
Joan Rivers often appears alongside her daughter, who is named...
a) Melinda
b) Melissa
c) Miranda
Joan Rivers was the go-to guest host for what talk show?
a) The Tonight Show
b) The Arsenio Hall Show
c) Late Night With David Letterman
(Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
COMEDY SLAM: Bernie Mac (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Here's a clip of the late, great Bernie Mac breaking down how black and white people are different,
especially when it comes to their jobs.
Audio: Bernie Mac on the difference between black and white people. OC:...seen Johnny?" :56
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Young Boy Does Ciara (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Check out this YouTube video of a pre-teen boy dancing to Ciara's "Ciara to the Stage" -- especially his
creative use of a bed frame at the 42-second mark.
HOT MESS OF THE DAY: EMT Posts Pics of Corpse on Facebook (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
An E-M-T in Staten Island, New York is in hot water after posting pictures of a dead woman online. E-MT Mark Musarella was among the responders who found Caroline Wimmer after she was strangled
with a hair dryer in her home. Musarella took a picture of the dead woman's body with his camera
phone and posted it on his Facebook page. He's being charged with official misconduct, but his lawyer is
claiming that he "never intended" for the pictures to be displayed. --Chris Morrow
UPCOMING MOVIES (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
IMAGINE THAT (fantasy comedy) Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker,
DeRay Davis. An overworked executive finds solace in his daughter's dream world.
THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 (thriller) Denzel Washington, John Travolta, James Gandolfini,
Gbenga Akinnagbe, Brian Haley. A subway train is hijacked in a remake of the 1974 classic.
THE PROPOSAL (romantic comedy) Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Denis O'Hare, Malin
Akerman, Mary Steenburgen. An executive marries her male assistant to stay in the country.
YEAR ONE (adventure comedy) Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Hank Azaria.
Two lazy tribesmen take an epic journey through the ancient world.
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (sci-fi action) Shia LaBeouf, Rainn Wilson, Megan
Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson. Those warring robots, the Decepticons and Autobots, battle
again, with the fate of Earth hanging in the balance.
TOMORROW IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: Tuesday, June 9th (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
In 2007, Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson files suit against Capitol Records and Heineken in federal
court in New York for using the song "Beautiful" in an ad for Heineken Premium Light Beer. Wilson
claims that Capitol licensed the song -- which features him and Pharrell Williams -- without
In 2004, Earth, Wind and Fire and the production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis receive
Governors Awards from the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy. It's the organization's
highest honor.
In 1991, "Miracle" by Whitney Houston peaks at number-nine on the Billboard pop chart.
In 1978, The Commodores release "Three Times a Lady," which eventually tops three singles charts -pop, soul and adult contemporary.
BIRTHDAY PROFILE: Kanye West (audio) (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Kanye West was born June 8th, 1977 in Atlanta but raised in Chicago, where he attended the
International Academy of Art and Design and Technology and Chicago State University. He dropped out
of college to pursue his career as a producer and rapper.
West's first big production job was Jay-Z's "Izzo (H-O-V-A)," followed by the Nas and Prodigy diss
track "Takeover" from The Blueprint album. But that strong start was interrupted on October 23rd,
2002, when West was in a near-fatal car accident. After a long recovery, during which his mouth was
wired shut, he made his debut as a rapper with "Through the Wire." He dropped The College Dropout
album on Roc-a-Fella in 2004.
His follow-up, Late Registration, appeared in August 2005 and sold more than 900-thousand units in its
first week. The album spun off the hit singles "Diamonds From Sierre Leone" and "Gold Digger" featuring
Jamie Foxx.
West has won six Grammys and has worked with Twista, Chamillionaire, Talib Kweli, Mos Def,
Ludacris, Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey, Miri Ben Ari, Common, The Game and John Legend. In
addition, he operates the G-O-O-D (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music label, which released Legend's Get
Lifted and Common's Be. Other artists signed to the label include G-L-C, Consequence, Really
Doe, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Farnsworth Bentley.
Kanye West was a big winner at the 2007 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in London, taking the
Best Hip-Hop Artist and Best Video ("Stronger") awards.
In September 2007, his Graduation outsold 50 Cent's Curtis, posting the best first-week sales of any
album in two years. The disc moved 957-thousand copies, the largest debut for any album since 50's
The Massacre in 2005.
West's mother Donda died on November 10th in Los Angeles after cosmetic surgery. On November
20th, 2007, Kanye buried her in Spencer, Oklahoma, near her birthplace. John Legend, Anita Baker,
Common, Jay-Z and Beyonce were among those in attendance. Legend and Baker performed. (When
the autopsy results were announced in January 2008, her death was attributed to "coronary artery
disease and multiple post-operative factors due to or as a consequence of liposuction and mammoplasty
(breast reduction surgery)."
That month, Kanye and stuntman Evel Knievel announced the settlement of Knievel's lawsuit over the
video for 'Touch the Sky" -- in which the rapper portrays a stuntman named "Evel Kanyevel." Knievel
had claimed that West tarnished his image by using "vulgar, sexual and racially questionable content" in
the video, which also starred Pamela Anderson.
In February 2008, Kanye won four Grammys, including Best Rap Album for Graduation disc. In April
2008, he split from fiancee Alexis Phifer.
Kanye's fourth disc, 2008's 8-0-8s and Heartbreak, was a departure from his previous hip-hop heavy
discs. Including the lead single "Love Lockdown," the songs were more alternative and featured Kanye's
Auto-tune-enhanced vocals. The disc is believed to document his split with Phifer.
Audio: Kanye West on the type of music he makes. OC:...I'm saying? :11
"At the end of the day I make black music. [But] black music is more than black music you know -- Curtis Mayfield,
Stevie Wonder, Prince -- it can expand and stuff but it has to have that level of blackness to it you know what I'm
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FROM THE VAULT: Chic's "Good Times" (1979) (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
Each day, From the Vault will highlight a classic track.
The music of "Good Times" became the basis of the Sugarhill Gang single "Rapper's Delight." Other
tracks that sample it include "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, "Body Hot" by Joe Budden, "It's
All Good" by Will Smith, "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow and "Refugees on the Mic" by The Fugees.
"Good Times" was Chic's second number-one on the Billboard pop singles chart.
Guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards started off rocking in The Big Apple Band.
They formed Chic with drummer Tony Thompson and singers Alfa Anderson and Norma Jean
TODAY'S BLACK HISTORY MOMENT: Halle Berry's Historic Oscar Win (audio) (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
On March 24th, 2002, Halle Berry became the first African-American woman to win the Academy
Award for Best Actress, for the film Monster's Ball. She won critics over with her portrayal of "Leticia
Musgrove," a small-town single mother who finds herself in a relationship with a racist prison guard.
Audio: A portion of Halle Berry's 2002 Oscar acceptance speech. OC:...been opened. :31
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FUN FACT: The Apollo Theater (Posted 3:00 AM, 6/8/2009)
The Apollo Theater launched the careers of artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James
Brown, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Jackson Five, Patti
LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Mariah
Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill and Sarah Vaughan.
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Today's Birthdays:
Kanye West
The Chicago rap star began his career as a producer, was nearly killed in a car crash and then began
releasing his own hit records. (Age: 32)
Nicci Gilbert
Solo/ex-Brownstone (Age: 39)
Julianna Margulies
Actress (T-V's E-R) (Age: 42)
Doris Pearson
Five Star singer (Age: 43)
Rob Pilatus
1965 Milli Vanilli member. Died in Germany April 2nd, 1998 from an accidental overdose of pills and alcohol at
Mick Hucknall
Simply Red singer (Age: 49)
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Actor-director-comedian-T-V host. Creator of In Living Color. (Age: 51)
James Jonathan Sylvers
The Sylvers singer (Age: 54)
Kathy Baker
She won three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (and was nominated for a
fourth) for Picket Fences. She's also had a recurring role in Boston Public and appeared in such movies
as Edward Scissorhands and The Cider House Rules. (Age: 59)
Boz Scaggs
A member of the Steve Miller Band before striking out on his own in the early '70s, his 1976 Silk Degrees
album included such rhythmic hits as "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle." Four years later, "Look What You've
Done to Me" was a big hit off the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Scaggs released But Beautiful, his first jazz
CD, in 2003. (Age: 65)
Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins
Parliament/Funkadelic singer (Age: 68)
Bernie Casey
Actor, painter and former pro football player (Age: 70)
Joan Rivers
Comedian-T-V host (Age: 76)
Jerry Stiller
The actor-comedian (T-V's Seinfeld, The King of Queens) is the husband of Anne Meara and the father of
Ben Stiller. (Age: 82)
Barbara Pierce Bush
Former First Lady and mother of the second President Bush (Age: 84)
George Kirby
1924 The comedian died September 30th, 1995 at 71.
Byron "Whizzer" White
1917 The college football star played in the N-F-L before beginning a law career that led him to become
a Supreme Court justice in 1962. He died of pneumonia April 15th, 2002 at 84.
This Day In History:
A defense motion to delay the start of C-Murder's re-trial for second-degree murder until October 14th is
granted. The M-C's attorneys cited a lack of information about witnesses the prosecution had added to the
Warren G and the driver of a vehicle he's in are arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Los
Angeles. Both are released after posting 20-thousand-dollars bail. Charges against the rapper are
dismissed the following day.
Bad Boy songstress Cheri Dennis is arrested for non-violently resisting arrest in Tampa, Florida, where
police suspect her cousin of unlawful weapons possession. She spends the night in the county jail and is
released the next morning on 500 dollars bond.
Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson files suit against Capitol Records and Heineken in federal court in
New York for using the song "Beautiful" in an ad for Heineken Premium Light Beer. Wilson claims that
Capitol licensed the song -- which features him and Pharrell Williams -- without permission.
Kelly Allen Frank, who was arrested in 2005 for a scheme to kidnap David Letterman's son and his
nanny, escapes from Montana State Prison.
Paris Hilton is dragged from an L-A courtroom screaming, "Mom, mom, mom" and sent back to jail by
Judge Michael Sauer. Paris will eventually serve a term of 23 days in prison.
Paris Hilton slams her Range Rover into a parked Honda Civic after a Los Angeles shopping spree, and
then hits the road without leaving one of those "I'm sorry I ruined your car" notes on the windshield.
Macaulay Culkin pleads guilty to two counts of drug possession in an Oklahoma City court, stemming
from a September bust.
Earth, Wind & Fire and the production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis receive Governors Awards
from the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy. It's the organization's highest honor.
The Lennox Lewis - Mike Tyson fight slugs its way into the record books as the highest-grossing event
in pay-per-view television history, raking in 103-million dollars.
A federal judge orders Microsoft to be split in two companies and imposes sweeping restrictions to stop
anti-trust abuses by the software giant. The Justice Department takes the rare step of asking the Supreme
Court to review the order.
The New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars play 106 minutes and 21 seconds of scoreless hockey before
Mike Modano of Dallas scores. It's the longest scoreless game in Stanley Cup Final history.
Actor Charlton Heston becomes president of the National Rifle Association.
"Miracle" by Whitney Houston peaks at number-nine on the Billboard pop chart.
Luther Vandross's drummer, Yogi Horton, jumps to his death from the seventeenth floor of a New York
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige, a star of both the Negro Leagues and the
American League, dies in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 75.
Ronald Reagan becomes the first American president to address a joint session of the British Parliament.
The Commodores release "Three Times a Lady," which eventually tops three singles charts: pop, soul
and adult contemporary.
Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" hits number-one on Billboard's country singles chart. A second
recording of the song (from the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) will climb to the top in 1982,
and a third -- a duet with Vince Gill -- will hit the Top 20 in 1995. the early '90s, Whitney Houston's pop
version (from The Bodyguard movie) will become one of the best-selling singles of all-time, providing
countless royalties to Dolly (as the songwriter).
Curtis Mayfield sings "Superfly" as he hosts The Midnight Special. Also appearing are The Spinners,
who do "One of a Kind Love Affair," "I'll Be Around and " "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love."
Mickey Mantle's number, seven, is retired by the New York Yankees.
Robert Kennedy is buried.
The Supreme Court rules that restaurants in the District of Columbia canÆt refuse service to blacks.
Congress authorizes the creation of the one-cent postcard.
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