As VIBE relaunch their magazine, they decided to feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake on the cover. Surely this year has probably been the worst year in the life of Chris Brown compared to Drake who had a Cinder-Fella year in rap, which ended with two Grammy nods for a mix tape. Chris Brown may have been knocked down, but he certainly hasn’t been knocked out. Read below as he opens up to Vibe. (I wish they would have done this interview after his twitter rant).
Is there any time a man can justifiably hit a woman?
Nah, never. It’s never okay for a man to hit a woman but it’s [also] never okay for a woman to hit a man. I think domestic violence is not just men on women. Statistically does it happen? Yes. But as a whole it should be looked upon as a mutual thing. It should never be always one-sided. Nobody knows every side of anybody’s life or anybody’s story. It’s not good to put your hands on anybody, period. Both parties. A woman and man, it doesn’t matter. Domestic abuse isn’t just physical. It starts with verbal. Nobody just fights because of whatever. It usually starts from an argument. That’s what goes back to the counseling. Learning how to control your anger and learning how to control situations.
If it wasn’t for all this attention, do you think you and Rihanna would have gotten back together?
Yeah, if it wasn’t for the media and everything else, I think it would have definitely been that. I still would have done counseling or try to do a group thing with me and her but it was something that needed to be resolved before it escalated further.
You said Will Smith called you to offer support. How did that phone conversation go?
Me and him met at certain events but it never was on some, “What’s up man? We going to hang out.” But when I needed him the most, that’s when he stepped in. I was in my house in Virginia and he just called me and said he wanted to talk to me and said his family is praying for me. He basically went into his personal situations. I don’t want to give away what we was talking about?just talking about life and decisions and how choices we make affect the world. Others [reached out] like David Banner, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, so many people that cared.
Your bow tie also wound up being a big distraction.
That’s just my swag. People don’t understand how I dress. I don’t try to do what everybody else do. Like the bow tie. The bow tie had its own Twitter page. That was kind of funny. I was laughing. I’m actually following the bow tie now. It says stuff like, “Yeah, man, I’m right under your chin.” [Laughs.] (Thank @Freshalina for the bow-tie movement)
The Nataional Enquirer is starting some mess by suggesting that Whitney Houston’s “friends” are concerned about her recent “erratic behavior” (not sure what type of friends would talk to tabloids).
Well I want them to leave Whitney along before they drive her to drinking, or worst. Is it too soon for the National Enquirer to print anonymous statements about Whitney Houston when she’s battling an addiction, or do you think there may be some truth to this story?
Everyone is worried about her,” revealed a source. “Whitney seems to go from being a nervous wreck to being completely out of it in a short period of time – just like she did when she was freebasing and using crack cocaine. She is still drinking and with Whitney, alcohol and drugs have always gone hand-in-hand. She’s worked so hard to get back on top. It would be tragic for it to go up in smoke because she can’t stay clean.
Now, under pressure to continue her comeback, Whitney appears tense and overanxious, said the source, adding: “You can’t help worrying that she’s slipped back into some of her bad habits.”
TMZ broke the news that Teddy Riley has a restraining order against him from his daughter, Taja Riley who he allegedly beat with a video game guitar for being disrecpectful. I don’t know why I said alledgely, because Teddy Riley admitted beating his daughter via twitter, and he said he would do it again if his daughters kept acting out of line. (Just had a flash back to my mama’s belt).
Teddy Riley — a singer from the R&B group Blackstreet – is accused of using a guitar from the video game Rock Band in a violent attack on his daughters.
Teddy’s 18-year-old daughter Taja Riley was granted a temporary restraining order against her dad — claiming 43-year-old Teddy abused her and her older sister by “stomping, punching and bashing them” in his L.A. home on December 23.
In the documents, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Taja claims at one point Teddy, “lifted a Rock Band guitar and threatened to kill person(s) w/ it.” Taja claims she suffered several injuries in the alleged altercation — including “bashes to temple, contusion on face” and “pain in knee.”
The last two years America has seen a British invasion like no other when it comes to music, and now Susan Boyle is proving the UK is nothing to mess with. She has managed to keep Alicia Keys and Mary J Blige from the #1 spot, by outselling all Americans for the past 5 weeks. She’s even beat Taylor Swift.
Mary J Blige managed to sell about 330,000 units which isn’t bad considering she hit her husband during her debut week. Young Money debuted at #9, selling only 142,000 units. Last but not least Alicia Keys album dropped to the #4 spot, which is really great, considering Chris Brown and Rihanna fell off the top ten, and the top 20 for that matter during their second weeks.
You can read more about this week in sales, here, but let’s just say it hasn’t been the best year for Hip-Hop and R&B.
Celebs are always talking about the tabloids and the media invading their privacy, but somehow there are many celebs that manage to keep their distance from the media. They have the ability to just disappear off the radar, and reappear when it suits them. Lisa Bonet and husband Jason Momoa, plus daughter Zoe Kravitz are those type of celebrities. Here are some candids of the family shopping. Say what you will about them, but I admire their uniqueness, perhaps that’s what keeps them grounded, or elevated, but probably more normal than most celebs in Hollywood.
Speaking of privacy. Sanaa Lathan has an interview with UK’s Soul Culture, where she discusses black celebrity privacy and the mainstream tabloids. She suggests there’s a double standard when it somes to blacks in the tabloid. On one hand mainstream tabloids don’t publicize black artists, which means less media attention, but on the other hand it also means more privacy from the media.
Swizz Beatz tweets pictures of him getting drunk with Bono of U2. Hopefully this mean, Swizz Beatz will be traveling the world doing more humanity work like Bono, and his girlfriend Alicia Keys, and not just enjoying the benefits. Perhaps if I see that softer side I him, I would be convinced he’s a “good man”.
Despite her involvement with Swizz Beatz & Mashonda, Alicia Keys has done so much to enrich the lives of others, that she has Oprah and Bono on speed dial. (See I can uplift).
I do believe Swizz Beatz is a great dad, and he tweeted this picture of his son’s art work. He said his son, Prince Nasir, wanted some shine too, for his art. So hey, why not give him a little.
MY son wanted me to twit his art he said DAD can i get some shine:) he calls it PREXOR CHASOM THE BLIGHT! HE IS A DEEP KID …LUV HIM!!!