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Beyonce Makes History At Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Celebrity Fashion, Celebrity Honors, Celebrity: Beyonce, Posted by Michael | 0 comments

She acts, she sings, she dances, she designs, she mothers, she sisters, she wifes, she is the biggest star in the world and what she is not busy writing history, she is making it. Beyonce is seemingly unstoppable. Yesterday it was announced she was the most nominated artist at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards and today we learn she is yet again making history…rock and roll history! Get this: on Tuesday, July 22, the 32-year-old will become the first artist to be featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Legends of Rock exhibit without having been inducted yet.

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The exhibit will heavily favor a tribute to the singer’s eclectic fashion history.

Congrats, girl!

 

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Love & Hip-Hop’s Erica Mena Delivers A Speech To High School Students

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Celebrity Honors, Celebrity News, Juicy Gossip, Posted by LeCresha H | 0 comments

Erica Mena may be known for being the Queen B of drama, but the reality star has turned the tables. Mena accepted an invitation from the Vice President of New York’s Unity Center for Urban Technologies and proposed a commencement speech to the graduating class. VP Simone Dixon said the student body could relate to Erica’s story wholeheartedly. During her speech Erica expressed these sentiments to the graduating class:

 As you go through life, you’re going to make mistakes, but it’s not the mistake that counts, its how you bounce back! I’m not proud at the route I chose, but because of it I can stand before you today and deliver these words of wisdom. Learn from my story and remember life is what you make it. Where you’re from does not determine where you’re going. You are the creator of your destiny

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She also talked about her personal experiences and said she was inspired after speaking with the students. Looks like Mena is trying to make a positive impact on the younger generation, rather than showing off her boobs in the night clubs. At least it’s a small step in the right directions.

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Spike Lee Honored With ‘Do The Right Thing Day’ In Brooklyn

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Celebrity Honors, Celebrity News, Posted by Michael | 4 comments

Brooklyn is showing mad love to Spike Lee, the visionary filmmaker who showcased the borough in the legendary movie Do the Right Thing. The breakthrough film continues to maintain relevancy and keep people talking and now will forever be remembered in Brooklyn on June 30th.

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Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams made the proclamation on Tuesday, on the 25th anniversary of Lee’s seminal film. A massive block party is scheduled for  this Saturday in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the neighborhood in which Do the Right Thing is set.

The 1989 film, which was nominated for two Oscars, chronicled a scorching hot day on a Bedford-Stuyvesant block weaved with the boiling-over of racial tensions. Upon release the film received a heavy amount of critical disdain yet in time the film has garnered tremendous praise including notoriety from the late Pulitzer Prize winning critic Roger Ebert  who listed it as one of the best films ever made.

Congratulations to Spike and may his film continue to educate.

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Audra McDonald Makes History Playing Billie Holiday; First To Win Six Tony Awards; Watch Tearful Speech

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Celebrity Awards, Celebrity Honors, Celebrity Music, Celebrity News, Celebrity Theater | Comments Off

Audra McDonald, 43, one of my celebrity look-a-likes, has just made history with her work as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She takes home the Tony for best lead actress in a play; her sixth win. Previously Audra McDonald was tied with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for most awards won, but last night she shatters through the ceiling becoming the biggest winner in the history of the Tonys, she just happens to be black. Audra also makes history for winning the top award in four different performance categories.

The latest win — for best lead actress in a play — also makes McDonald the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories. She previously won as best featured actress in a play (“A Raisin in the Sun” and “Master Class”), best lead actress in a musical (“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”) and best featured actress in a musical (“Ragtime” and “Carousel”). {Source}

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Of course, the woman with the most technical and beautiful voice, gives a tearful, emotional speech that is worthy of a standing ovation. We write about a lot of celebrities, but this woman here is classy, dignified, intelligent, graceful, and beautiful. From the first time I saw a special on ABC about her over a decade ago, I have been in love with her journey and her poise. People like Audra are the people we need to seek and support. IJS, Kanye she’s famous with a purpose.

In her speech she thanks all of the [black] women before her who knocked down these doors. Check out her tearful acceptance speech below:

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Beyonce Dontates $500,000 To Chime For Change; She’s Definitely A Feminist; Sister Solange Supports

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Celebrity Charity, Celebrity Family, Celebrity Honors, Celebrity News, Celebrity Photos | Comments Off

There has been great debate over whether or not Beyonce is a feminist because of how she dresses, or that her performances can be overly sexual objectifying women. These debates are petty distractions from the main point of feminism. What is lost in these debate is the fact that Beyonce has just written a check for $500,000 to actually empower the lives of girls and young women globally.

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The check is a donation to Chime for Change, a non-profit organization celebrating its one year anniversary. Beyonce co-founded the organization with actress Selma Hayek and Gucci designer Frida Giannini. The aim of Chime is to:

 Focus on using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness for projects promoting Education, Health and Justice for girls and women.  To date, we’ve rallied support

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Beats By Dre To Sell For $3.2 Billion To Apple; Dr. Dre First Hip-Hop Billionaire?

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Celebrity Business, Celebrity Honors, Celebrity Music, Celebrity News | Comments Off

Talk about starting from the bottom, now we’re hereDr. Dre is poised to become the first billionaire in hip-hop. Dre is reportedly in talks with Apple to sell Beats by Dre for $3.2 billion, which he will split with partner Jimmy Iovine. Ch-Ching!

If this deal goes through, Dr. Dre will be the first billionaire made from hip-hop. Diddy, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre have all been battling for the top spot in hip-hop as the highest income earners, so it’s only a matter of time before one of them will reach billionaire status. This deal with Apple will put Dr. Dre over the top– leaving the rest of the field in his dust. This is the type of beef we need more of in hip-hop, the war of money.

Forbes calculated that after capital gains taxes, the deal would actually leave Dre about $200 million shy of being a billionaire. And his new net worth of around $800 million would not be enough to land him a spot on the Forbes 400.

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$200 million in capital gain taxes? Oh my! Doggone taxes! Not bad for a controversial rapper from Compton.

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