Thursday, March 31, 2011

MATHEW KNOWLES ON SPLIT FROM BEYONCE: Business Is Business & Family Is Family

Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles has spoken up about yesterday's announcement that he and Music World Entertainment have parted ways from Beyonce.

Mathew speaks on the "mutual" decision when you read on....

He's been her manager for almost two decades, but it looks like the Knowles camp is ready for a change up.  Yesterday's semi-shocking announcementcame from Beyonce and her publicist that the uber successful father-daughter duo will end their manager relationship.

Now Papa Knowles gives his side, saying business and family are separate.  And, while he will continue his projects with Destiny's Child and his gospel acts, he's proud of all the great things he and his daughter have accomplished.    His statement in full:

The decision for Beyoncé and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual. We did great things together, and I know that she will continue to conquer new territories in music and entertainment. Currently, I am very focused on the tremendous investment that our record label has made in the gospel/inspirational genre of music and on our supremely talented roster of artists, including Trin-i-tee 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, Juanita Bynum, Micah Stampley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Pastor Rudy and others.

Music World will continue its partnership with Sony with Destiny's Child and UK female group From Above, as well as management. We will also continue to develop the Music World family of labels: Music World Country/Compadre, Music World Kids and Music World Music. In Music World's repositioning it will not continue its label/management role with Columbia/Sony artist Tiffany Evans.

Business is business and family is family. I love my daughter and am very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved. I look forward to her continued great success.

Beyonce's upcoming album run will be an interesting one...


Following the fire outbreak that interrupted the highly attended City People Award for Excellence on March 27 20011 @ Balmoral hall Oregun Lagos, a new date has been picked for the reloaded Edition of the 14th award ceremony.

It comes up on Sun May 1st 2011 inside Balmoral tent on Sky Pavilion ground Ikeja Lagos.

To attend call 08055001795, 08033866181, 08076290495. - A statement from City People's Publicist

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Broad chested corporate bodies like Lagos State, Hi-TV, M-NET, Chicken Republic, Skye Bank, GDN, Sterling Bank, M-net, among other top brands have thrown in huge supports for FELA! an original Broadway musical produced by Shawn ‘JayZ’ Carter and Will Smith and directed by Bill T. Jones, FELA! is set to be performed at the New Expo Center of the Eko Hotels and suites, Lagos, Nigeria from the 20th to the 25th of April, 2011.Telling the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms and cutting lyrics ignited the spirit of empowerment and cultural awareness in a generation, the cast of the Fela musical are overjoyed and excited at this opportunity to bring FELA! to Nigeria.
Described by the Times Out New York as more than a musical and an ecstatic phenomenon, FELA! opened and triumphed at London’s Royal National Theater for a three-month sold-out run. That production was nominated for three Olivier Awards, London theatre’s highest honor, including Best Musical, Best Actor (Sahr Ngaujah) and Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones).
A production of this standard brought to Nigeria by Broken Shackles Limited is sure to affect the theatre culture in Nigeria positively by broadening the scope of theater practitioners in the generality. The success of FELA! internationally prompted the need to bring the Broadway show to the birth place of the Afrobeat Legend- Fela Anikulapo Kuti on which the Broadway musical is based.
According to

The Broadway League  , Broadway shows sold approximately $1.037 billion worth of tickets in calendar year 2010, compared to $1.004 billion for 2009, but it is being highly speculated that because FELA! Is Nigerian, its number of viewers is set to beat the international Broadway records. A proof of this is the heavy traffic at FELA! ticket centers in Lagos.


Advertising, marketing and management guru Biodun Shobanjo has joined the panel for ‘Real Talk’, MTV’s upcoming seminar and executive discussion on Youth Marketing.
Biodun Shobanjo joins Alex Okosi (MTV Networks Africa), Ben Murray-Bruce (Silverbird Group), Leke Alder (Alder Consulting) and Mo Abudu (Inspire Africa) at the MTV sponsored event, to be held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos at 15:00 on Wednesday 30 March 2011.
Commented Alex Okosi, ‘Mr Shobanjo’s in-depth understanding of every facet of broadcasting, advertising and public relations as well as the challenges faced by marketers and brands, will significantly elevate the level of Real Talk and we are excited that Mr Shobanjo has confirmed his commitment to the event.’
After 38 distinguished years in the advertising business, Mr Shobanjo is widely acknowledged as one of the individuals who revolutionized the face of modern advertising in Nigeria.  The founder of Insight Communications, Nigeria’s foremost advertising agency, Mr Shobanjo was the Chief Executive Officer of the company for 25 years, a position from which he stood down at the end of December 2004.  He remains the Vice Chairman of the company, offering senior guidance and advice to Insight’s management and clients.
Biodun Shobanjo is also the Chairman of Troyka, an investment holding company comprising the following businesses – The Quadrant Company (Public Relations consultancy), Optimum Exposures (Nigeria’s leading out-of-home advertising company), All Seasons Mediacom and Media Perspectives (media independents), Azzagai (a through-the-line agency) and Halogen Security (asset protection and resource management).
Among the many awards and accolades received by Mr Shobanjo during his stellar career were the announcement, in May 2009, that Newswatch nominated him as one of the 50 Notable Leaders in Corporate Nigeria in 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. In Sept 2009, TheNEWS selected him as one of 30 Nigeria world-class Entrepreneurs. In Feb 2010, he was inaugurated as the First Ambassador-General of mass medical mission (mmm) of National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP), while in March 2010, City People Media Group honoured him with the award of CEO of the Year. Recently in October 2010, The Guardian selected him amongst Nigeria’s 20 Outstanding Entrepreneurs of the Decade (2000-2010), and in December 2010, the NIMN awarded him the Most Valuable Personality (Titan Class) for Life Achievement in Advertising Development. In February, 2011, MarketingEdge Magazine honoured him as its Brand Personality of Year 2010. In 2009, Mr Shobanjo became the host and CEO of the first and only season of the TV reality programme ‘The Apprentice Africa’, which aired in 6 African countries.

New map that shows which countries have men with the biggest and smallest...'you know what'..*cough*

Left, countries with men with the biggest jank. Right, countries with men with the smallest...

Ah ah Naija men where una name for the list on the left? How can Ghanaian men upstage you guys like this? Which kind of yawa is this? lol
Meanwhile Congolese men, we hale o. Asian women, my

But seriously, who conducted this research and how did they reach such conclusions?

Lagos Doctors Suspend Strike

Doctors in Lagos State yesterday suspended the strike that's been going for seven weeks now after reaching an agreement with the Lagos State government. So expect them back to work tomorrow Monday.
Great news!

Omowunmi Akinnifesi is Vanguard Allure Style Icon of the Year 2011

The ex-beauty queen on the cover of Vanguard Newspapers inside pull out as Vanguard Allure Style Icon of the Year 2011. You go girl!!!

England-based Nigerian forward Victor Moses yet to be cleared by FIFA to play for Nigeria

Victor Moses watching from the bench as Nigeria defeated Ethiopia 4-0 during the African Cup of Nations qualifying match in Abuja on March 27, 2011.

Nigeria announced on March 25, 2011 that England-based Nigerian forward Victor Moses, who plays for Wigan Athletic, will not play in March 27's Nations Cup qualifying match against Ethiopia in Abuja as FIFA are yet to approve his application to switch allegiance to Nigeria after he featured for England at Under-17 and Under-21 levels. But Nigeria plan to line him up for today's friendly match against Kenya. I hear he's a very good player, so watch out for him!

BTW, Victor's parents (who were Christian missionaries) were killed in Kaduna during one of those Muslim/Christian clashes in 2002 when Victor was just 11 years old. He was relocated to the UK by other family members immediately after his parents death.

Yeka Onka Wins First Ever Nigerian Idol!

After several months of thorough training, breath taking performances and tear-shedding scenarios, the first ever Nigerian Idol TV reality show has come to an end. The 26-year-old Onyeka Gilbert popularly known as Yeka Onka on Sunday March 27, 2011 has been announced as the winner of Nigerian Idol 2011.
The grand finale was nothing but a glorious show with laudable performances, fantastic renditions, emotional moments, beautiful costumes plus a thousand other things. An event of such will sink into the minds of the contestants, judges, guests and viewers for a while.
The main event started with the 13 finalists gracefully rendering the Nigerian National Anthem. The judges Jeffery Daniels, Yinka Davies and Audu Maikori were as usual seated and ready to watch the last two contestants Yeka Onka and Naomi Mac perform one last time as one of them would be declared winner of the show.
Hosts Anis and Misi, looking stunning as always set the ball rolling; the other 11 evicted contestants were called upon for one last time to perform a Black Eyed Peas single, the smash hit ‘I got a feeling’.
Anis then called on the R&B star Banky W, the first of three guest performers of the evening on the stage. Banky thrilled the crowd with his popular hit ‘Strong ting’ but it was Timi Dakolo, winner of the  West African Idol 2007 that stole the night with a standing ovation. Fast rising R&B singer Praiz also wowed the crowd with a ballad. The dazzling Tiwa Savage and buzzing Retta were among the other acts who performed at the grand finale pre show.
One of the highlights of the evening was when Yeka and Naomi got on stage to render the Christie Essien Igbokwe ‘Seun rere’ song. Little did anybody know that the legendary singer would join the two girls on stage! Tears filled the eyes of many as they swayed side to side singing along.
For a final treat, Yeka and Naomi rendered the same songs they had performed at their first ever auditions. Yeka went first with Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’ while Naomi followed with Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the world’.
The time finally came for the winner to be declared. Steve Evans, C.E.O Etisalat Nigeria then pronounced Yeka Onka the winner of the reality TV Show. The announcement came as a surprise to some who thought Naomi would be the winner while others celebrated joyfully as Yeka fell to her knees in the euphoria.
I am really excited for this, it took me a while to get to this point, I was rejected in Enugu and Abuja, before I came down to Lagos and then I got the golden ticket. I loved the experience, all through the six months, And now here I am walking away with the grand prize’, an ecstatic Yeka said.
I just want to say that Naomi too deserved to win this competition, she’s my friend and I love her’, she further expressed. She also went ahead to thank the judges most especially Audu Maikori, stating in her bid to please them; she had become better at her singng.
She then went on to perform ‘Champion’, the Nigerian Idol theme song produced by Jesse Jagz.
Yeka, a former beauty queen in Abia State, had been to two other auditioning zones, Calabar, Enugu before she was eventually picked in Lagos. Emerging as winner, she now goes home with 7.5Million naira courtesy, a brand new car and a Sony entertainment TV center.
Naomi, the 1st runner up, walks away with N1.5M cash prize, a Blackberry phone, iPad, iPod, Easy Card, Standing Fridge, PS3 and other goodies.
Here’s a toast to Onyeka who beat all the odds by becoming the first Nigerian Idol, she thoroughly deserves her victory and we should all applaud her and support her’, Rotimi Pedro MD of Optima Media Group, owners of the Nigerian Idol franchise implored.
After a successful debut, producers of the TV show are already working on the follow up season as audition forms become available on the official website at midnight on March 27, 2011.

Pandemonium At City People Awards As Fire Destroys Venue

A fire outbreak has occurred at The Balmoral premises located on Oregun road, Ikeja where the City People Awards was being held.
According to our sources, the fire started at about 4:05pm shortly after the event kicked off. A caterer who was trying to light the liquid-spirit used to heat the food that was to be served at the event mistakenly lit her dress on fire.
She hurriedly removed the skirt throwing it into the air, but it got in contact with the canopy, which served as an overhead covering at the premises. Efforts to quench the fire with an extinguisher proved abortive as the extinguisher’s gas only made matters worse as it accelerated the fire outbreak.
Celebrities and guests scampered all around as they rushed towards the nearest exit, which was difficult to see as the whole premises was filled with smoke.
Cars that were parked inside the premises were abandoned by their owners as they ran for their lives but rescuers managed to break into the cars by smashing the side glasses and wheeling them out to safety. By the time the Fire Service men arrived, it was too late to salvage anything but they were able to stop the fire from extending to the next hall, we gathered.
We learnt that Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, who had just arrived at the scene when the fire started, upon seeing the developing crisis made a u-turn and left the area immediately.
Management of The Balmoral and City People declined to any media comments
We also gathered that it was only the caterer and a Lagos State Television (LTV) staff that sustained injuries. Property worth 50 million naira was lost in the newly renovated hall.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wole Aboderin has stalked me for six years and taken my name to different celestial pastors – Oyin Adenuga

 Oyin Adenuga and Wole Aboderin

Oyin Adenuga is one of the pretty daughters of Otunba Mike Adenuga. Last year there were rumours round town that she was engaged to be married to man about town, Wole Aboderin. Oyin who never speaks with the press, broke her rule and spoke with a City People reporter about the engagement saga.

There was a time news broke that you were engaged to one Wole Aboderin, it was later denied, what happened?
Oyin: “I was in Atlanta last year June when I got a call from a friend in Nigeria saying there was a newspaper article written about me that I was engaged to a Mr. Wole Aboderin. At first I thought it was a joke. My friend had to take a picture using her phone to show me the article. When I saw it, I was in a complete state of shock. Wole Aboderin is just an acquaintance. I’ve never gone on a date with him or ever gone out in the company of him. The photograph of us together was photoshopped.

How did you meet him and did he make any advances towards you?
Oyin: “I met him through a female mutual friend and the only time I saw him was in company of this friend. And yes, he made advances but I told him point blank that I wasn’t interested. He even went as far talking to people who know me to talk to me on his behalf and I told them exactly what I told him, that I wasn’t interested.”

After reading the article, did you do any investigation?
Oyin: “Yes I did. My family and I found out from reliable sources that it was actually Mr. Wole Aboderin that got journalist to put this false story in the newspapers.”

What do you think are his reasons for doing this?
Oyin: “I felt that he did it for 4 major reasons. The first is that he is someone that is obsessed and doesn’t have any control over his emotions.
The second is that he wanted to change his image and felt that by making this story up, it would change people’s perception of him.
The other is that he’s someone who enjoys the attention of constantly being in the media.
While the fourth reason is that he doesn’t want me to get married.
What are the things he has done in the past?
Wole Aboderin has stalked me for the past six years. He’s befriended people whom he felt were close to me to get close to me.
He’s memorised my car plate number. Whenever he sees my car at a function, he usually goes to the security guard to find out how long I’ve been at the function and who I came with.
He’s gate crashed family events in the past.
He’s taken my name to different celestial pastors and muslim clerics to pray for something to happen. He has even gone as far as given a celestial pastor a Honda civic

How do you know all this?
Oyin: “Friends of the family have actually brought this to the attention of my siblings and parents. But God has been faithful. Whatever spiritual measures he has taken hasn’t worked. In the past, I have sent both my male and female friends to tell him to back off but he wouldn’t.

Why is that you have now decided to tell your own side of the story?
Oyin:I wanted to have enough time to do a thorough investigation. I was advised by family and friends not to grant any interview because more than likely it will turn into a media frenzy.
Up till today he’s still making advances towards me. For example, I went to the polo club on the 8th of January and he still came to approach me. I had to call my male friends and the security guards to talk to him to stop harassing me.

Next step?
Oyin: "Being a quiet person, I just felt this brought unnecessary attention to me. I live a very quiet life in America. I am home for vacations of family functions. It’s rather sad that journalism in Nigeria is not what it used to be. To know that someone paid to have a false story written about me and for no one to do their research and ask my family members or friends to find out if the story is true was very appalling to me. Till today, my father has never met him. My family members and his family members have spoken to him countless time to leave me alone, but he has refused to listen to anyone. I hope with this interview, he gets the message and finally leaves me alone."

Source: City People Magazine

Breezy's Nude Photos.. Publicity stunt?

Chris Brown insists he didn’t leak nude pic
While promoting his newly released F.A.M.E. album, Chris Brown refuted reports that he intentionally leaked his nude picture as a publicity stunt. The “Look At Me Now” singer told MTV News that he only sent the photo to a woman, who he wouldn’t name. He went on to say, “I didn't want to put no pictures out; that's not my intention.” Breezy knows that people would assume he was trying to get promotion, but he stated, “Unless I'm planning on trying to do porn, I don't think I'd want to just leak my wang out to the world before my album comes out.”

Monday, March 21, 2011

Eva Longoria Goes All Out for Her 36th Birthday in Vegas

Eva Longoria is 36 years young. And what better way to celebrate those years than by dancing the night away in Vegas and drinking a cocktail named for you? NUVO Sparkling Liqueur hosted the birthday bash at Longoria's Eve Nightclub in Crystals at CityCenter Las Vegas on Friday. After walking the red carpet wearing a beaded mini-dress, Eva joined her friends (including Mario Lopez) in the VIP area to dance and sip on "The Sparkling Eva," a cocktail made of champagne and NUVO, garnished with a strawberry. DJ Sky Nellor provided the music, and the birthday girl was presented with a glittery three-and-a-half foot pink and silver cake.

Industry Nite Host Harrysong’s Album Listening Party on Wednesday, 23rd March.

This is Harry O!

Industry Nite would be hosting and unveiling harrysong's debut studio album on wednesday, 23rd of March 2011 at Tribeca on Adetokunbo Ademola, Victoria Island Lagos.

According to the website, The listening party is the first of the series of event planned to mark Harrysong's album release. After the listening party, The album would be released on the first of April in Lagos at Club Luxe (Formerly Nu Grotto), Etim Inyang crescent, Lagos then a launch would take place at his birthplace in Warri on Easter Sunday at Club 19 Lounge.

Also, Voluptuous South African representative at the 2010 Big Brother Africa All Stars edition, Lerato Sengadi will be the guest of Questionmark Entertainment's artiste and voice coach, Harrison 'Harrysong' Okiri as he launches his album on April 1.

Lerato will arrive Lagos Thursday, March 31 and attend the release party the following day at Club Luxe, Victoria Island, Lagos. She will host the event alongside Nollywood actors, Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze of the Aki and Pawpaw fame.

Though a nominal player in the music industry, Harrysong had an eventful 2010 during which he composed and produced the theme song for the Nigerian Music Video Awards 2010; released a chart-topping video for his breakout single, I'm in love, which topped Trace TV music chart – a rare feat achieved only by P-square and Darey Art Alade; and worked with Jesse Jagz, Darey and Paul Play among others. He also released a single, Jonzing World, which has become a party and club favourite. It was with the confidence of how far he has come in the last one year that he said recently that his debut album, entitled Testify will contain music for every age, mood and appeal.

Willow Smith And Her Braided Up Preciousness

Willow Smith showed off her new long colorful braid steez in London this weekend. No jokes from us … cuz with her connections, for all we know, she could be playing one of the Milli Vanilli guys in their biopic.

Willow, mom Jada and her big bro Jaden are currently headed to Manchester where Willow is touring with Justin Bieber.

Elsewhere In The World: Wyclef Shot In Haiti On The Night Before Country’s Run-Off Election

Poor thang! This whole "being-politically-active-in-your-homeland" thing hasn't worked out so well for Wyclef.

Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean was recovering Sunday after he was shot in the hand, his publicist said.

Spokeswoman Cindy Tanenbaum said Jean, who was in Haiti, was shot in Port-au-Prince on Saturday — on the eve of the country's presidential runoff vote.

The wound was superficial, she said.

The singer was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

"He is doing well," Tanenbaum said.

Haitians are choosing between a former first lady and a popular musician Sunday in the pivotal presidential runoff vote for a nation still recovering from a devastating earthquake and political turmoil.

Former law professor and first lady Mirlande Manigat faces singer Michel Martelly in the second round of presidential elections.
Final results of the runoff will be released on April 16, according to officials.

Jean, who was born in Haiti, shot to fame in the mid-1990s as a member of the Fugees, a U.S.-based hip-hop and reggae group. He now performs as a solo artist.

He has been an outspoken proponent of Haiti through his Yele Haiti Foundation and was one of the first celebrities to offer aid after the earthquake.

In September, he officially ended his bid to be president of Haiti a month after election officials ruled that he was ineligible to run.

Jean previously vowed to fight the Haitian electoral council's ruling that he was not a resident of the country.

As much as we kinda wanna laugh at "shot in the hand," we hope this isn't a foreshadowing of the climate in Haiti today.

Update: Wyclef was apparently getting out his car when he heard gunfire. He says he then noticed blood on his shirt and shoes, but had no clue where the shots came from or if they were aimed at him.

Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond tells he thinks "it is clear that enemies of progressive change in Haiti are behind the shooting of Wyclef -those that don't want to accept that a monumental change is inevitable for the betterment of the Haitian people."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Funny Pic of the day; I will be your scape goat

I will let your imaginations fly on this one

Sunday with Joyce Meyer: Grasp Every Chance

I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it].— Psalm 119:44
You can meet with God while lying in bed. You don't have to be in a private room, with the door closed, bowed down on your knees to meet God. You can meet Him in the shower, while driving to work, or when stuck in a traffic jam.

I am not suggesting that you shouldn't set apart time for God. But you should also take advantage of any time you do have that you could be talking and listening to the Lord. Don't wait to talk to Him until you have a full hour to spend with Him. Grasp every minute you can find to open your ears to His voice. Take advantage of the idle moments already available to you and spend them with God.

Gospel Great Kirk Franklin and Wife Tammy Franklin Discuss Kirk's Porn Addiction

Kirk Franklin is known for his energetic praise to God. Countless people has said how his music has uplifted-even changed- their lives, but Kirk Franklin had deeper problems in his life that he chose not to keep hidden in his closet. 
Kirk Franklin told Lynn Norment, reporter for Ebony Magazine how he felt rejected as a young teenager. " [My Mother] didn't want me, she wanted an abortion." Kirk continued to say, "It's just amazing the things that can happen to a boy when he doesn't get the affirmation and the love he needs from his mother and father. And I never got that." He continued to talk about how he turned to promiscuity and his "little stash of magazines" He also shockingly told Norment that he became sexual at the age of 9 or 10.

Even after marriage to the very lovely Tammy Franklin, Kirk continued to watch pornography and had "unrealistic sexual expectations" for her.  Once Kirk told Tammy that he was addicted her response was surprising. She told Norment, "For him to tell me, to trust me, it brought us closer." She continues to say about her marriage to Kirk, "It's like as the years progress and you go through trials and you go through what we went through, and other things, whether it involves children or heratache...I love this man today more then the day that we stood before our parents and God, it's just amazing."
Many people have come up to Kirk Franklin and told him that he saved them when he was so open about himself and his problems. Many people, like myself, no longer condemn themselves for their mistakes, when someone who seems to be so close to God can still struggle with problems.

Kirk says, "There is so much fakery; I saw so many false faces growing up in the church. I didn't want to be a false face."

Kirk and Tammy Franklin have four children and been married for 10 years.

Beauty of the Day; Ene Lawani

Former beauty queen, Ene Maya Lawani shot into limelight in 2004 when she won the coveted crown of Miss Nigeria. She still rocks if you ask me..

Will Smith Donates 30 Laptops After Theft at Philly School

Will Smith is giving back to the community he grew up in. The accomplished rapper-turned-actor's foundation, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, teamed up with the Charlie Mack Cares organization to gift West Philly High School with 30 computers. The donation replaced some of the 60 computers stolen from the school last month.

According to NBC Philadelphia, the equipment stolen was worth $80,000 and included 58 laptops, two desktops and an LCD projector. Ironically the burglary came just as the school was celebrating its 100th anniversary. Surveillance video revealed three people wearing masks and gloves running through the school's hallways on the day of the burglary. The suspects have since been apprehended and charged with the crime. Police were able to recover only half of the stolen property, when Smith and his friend, Mack stepped in giving laptops and a desktop computer to the school.

Known for his philanthropy, Smith was honored at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Annual Tribute Dinner in 2009. "Will often gets honored for the great talent he is, and it's just fantastic to see him being honored for the great man that he is," his wife Jada said during the event.

The Will and Jada Smith Foundation supports acts to improve the welfare of inner-city families and education.

Nicki Minaj Likely to Head to U.S. Edition of 'X Factor'

Nicki Minaj is being courted by Simon Cowell, though the music industry veteran isn't interested in her affection. Cowell, who created the U.K. reality singing competition series 'The X Factor,' reportedly met with the 'Pink Friday' creator to discuss the prospect of having her join the U.S. edition of the talent show.

According to Page Six, the rapper met with Simon Cowell in Los Angeles several weeks ago to speak about her role in the TV program, set to appear on Fox.

"Nicki has a large following and she fits well with the ethos of the show, which plans to usher in a new generation of musical talent," a source told Page Six. "'X Factor' is aiming for a younger audience. Those aged 12 and over can audition, and [the English version has] launched successful artists from other genres of music than pop."

Cowell is rumored to have taken an interest in the rainbow-colored wig-wearing performer because of her unique character. "Simon thinks Nicki is fantastic," the source revealed. "She's sassy, she looks great and she has bags of personality."

Though the two have met, no deal has been finalized regarding Minaj's appearance on 'The X Factor.' Ever the workhorse, the Young Money affiliate is currently keeping busy on the road with Lil Wayne as part of the 'I Am Music II' tour, which kicked off in Providence, R.I., earlier this week.

Besides Nicki Minaj, former Def Jam CEO and Chairman L.A. Reid made headlines this week regarding his involvement with 'The X Factor' as well. Reid announced his resignation from the major record label and is reportedly taking a judging post on Simon Cowell's show this fall.

‘Alfred’ from ‘Batman’ Movies — Dead at 94

Michael Gough — most famous for playing Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth — has died. He was 94.

Michael Gough, who has appeared in more than 150 films over his 65-year career, had been sick for the past year, his agent told the BBC. He was surrounded by family at his home when he died. No cause was released.

"We've lost a very treasured and beloved friend and somebody who made a magnificent contribution to the world of theater and films," the agent told BBC.

Gough was one of only two actors to star in Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin with Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney. ( points out Pat Hingle is the other.)

In the 1960s, he appeared in TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Saint. Over the next two decades, he was also starred in The Avengers, The Champions and Colditz.

He also starred in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and voiced characters in Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland.

"Tim Burton was a huge fan of Mick from the Hammer Horror films of the 60s, so he tried very hard to include him in everything he did," his agent told the BBC.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Henrietta, and children Emma, Simon and Jasper.

Jennifer Hudson Remembers Slain Family: “I Have The Greatest Sadness To Be Sad Over”

Jennifer Hudson still remembers the traumatic death of her family on 20/20:

Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears tonight as she recalled her murdered mother as 'the perfect mother in every way'. Hudson wept as she told how her faith helped her get through the murders of her mother Darnell, brother Jason and seven-year-old nephew Julian. 'No matter what, He's always there – and that's the thing that keeps me,' she told ABC TV's 20/20. 'And I feel that that's the greatest gift.

'I could not and would not be sitting her talking to you right now, this happy, talking to you without Him. It's my joy.' Hudson's family were brutally murdered in 2008. Her brother-in-law William Balfour was charged with the crime. But Hudson also spoke lovingly of her joy in her 19-month-old baby son David Jr, who she says weighs himself every morning just like his mother does, and also her music which she calls her 'home'. 'I have the greatest sadness to be sad over – but then look at the joy I have, too,' she smiled.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

‘Why Goodluck Jonathan Was Absent at The NN24′s Presidential Debate’

Though the president sent his security details to the organisers to clarify issues relating to the security of the venue ahead of the debate and a security check the evening before the debate started, he still didn't show up – disappointing Nigerians. Just before, he was heavily criticized for his absence at the Presidential Debate organized by NN24 – his choice to be interviewed by entertainer D'banj earlier was lambasted.

While GEJ turned down invitation, renowned aspirants like Dele Momodu, Chris Okotie and Pat Utomi or any other of the 19 aspirants were not invited by the TV Network. The President GEJ however didn't attend the NN24 debate because another is being planned by Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) which 'will have a wider reach… the debate by NN24 did not have wide coverage and reach' even after he had pledged his attendance, PDP's director of media and publicity informed.

However, one of the participant emerged to be eloquent and a better orator than Buhari or Ribadu, Shekarau of the ANPP – trending worldwide on Twitter and the moderator – who is an editor with NEXT Newspaper was the toast of the night. OAP and singer Tosyn Bucknor said via Twitter that: 'The moderator is impressing me. As a chick, and as someone in the media, I'm watching and learning. No giggles, No fear, just doing her job' and Storm 360 G.M. and video directors jokingly tweeting: @MisterBoulders: The moderator for president jor oh

MUSTAFA HASSANALI Was The Only East African Based Designer at ARISE MAGAZINE SHOW

Mustafa Hassanali, a creative entrepreneur from Tanzania believes in the 'never say die' attitude and uses his talent and creativity in making a better today and tomorrow for the fashion fraternity along various social causes very close to his heart. Mustafa is truly a fashionista personified!

Mustafa Hassanali was invited to the Arise Magazine Fashion Week to which held from the 10th to the 13th March 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria. The fashion week organized by Nigeria's This day newspaper through its brand Arise Magazine saw 52 of the finest African and Diaspora based designers showcasing their collection amongst celebrity performance by the likes of D'banj, Keri Hilson and Estelle at this star studded fashion week.

"I was very thrilled and excited to be part of this magnamonous event especially by Arise Magazine which is the "Vogue" of Africa. Being another First for Tanzania and Mustafa Hassanali to be invited to this major pan African event just attributes the acceptance of its designer by the international fashion community" stated Mustafa Hassanali

Mustafa Hassanali showcased his "Afroglam" collection unveiled in Dar es Salaam on 4th March at Mamma Mia event in aid of the White Ribbon Alliance. The collection has been inspired by the beautiful senses of the African continent, the hues of the morning sunrise, the shades of the serene sunset, the vibe of the African festivity and the versatility of its people.

New Jennifer Lopez song surfaces

While Jennifer Lopez puts the finishing touches on her upcoming album, Love?, the American Idol judge has leaked a new song called "Invading My Mind." Similar to her "On The Floor" single, this RedOne-produced song is sure to get fans dancing. Check it out on YouTube now. Love? is slated for a May release date.

US/UN Military Action In Libya Could Start As Early As Sunday

Now that Moammar Gadhafi has closed off the airspace around Libya and threatened to hit the people with a "final assault," the U.N. has voted to take "all necessary means" to protect the people of Libya.

The U.N. Security Council resolution was approved late Thursday with the backing of the United States, France and Britain, hours after Gadhafi vowed to launch a final assault and crush the nearly 5-week-old rebellion against him.

President Barack Obama telephoned the leaders of Britain and France after the vote, the White House said. U.S. officials speaking after a closed-door briefing in Congress said the attempt to ground Gadhafi's air force could begin by Sunday or Monday with the use of jet fighters, bombers and surveillance aircraft.

The British Cabinet held an emergency meeting as British planes were expected to take part in the international military action. NATO envoys in Brussels also were considering next steps.

Military experts cautioned that the consequences of such action are unpredictable. The former head of the British army, Richard Dannatt, said it was crucial to proceed cautiously "so we don't get into the kind of situation that we got into in Iraq by not having a Plan B for the morning after."

But the Western powers faced pressure to act urgently after weeks spent deliberation over what to do about Gadhafi as his regime gained momentum.

Gadhafi, calling in to Libyan television on Thursday, said his forces would "rescue" the people of Benghazi, the eastern Mediterranean port city that has become the de-facto rebel capital and staging ground. For those who resist, Gadhafi said, there would be "no mercy or compassion."

"This is your happy day, we will destroy your enemies," he said, warning the people of Benghazi not to stand alongside the opposition. "Prepare for this moment to get rid of the traitors. Tomorrow we will show the world, to see if the city is one of traitors or heroes."

Gadhafi also pledged to respond harshly to U.N.-sponsored attacks in an interview with Portuguese television broadcast just before the vote. "If the world is crazy," he said, "we will be crazy, too."

That should end any doubt you might have as to whether or not this dude is a nutjob.

Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim struck a more conciliatory tone, offering to negotiate a cease-fire with the rebels. He welcomed the Security Council's concern for the people of Libya but called on the world not to allow them to receive weapons. "If any countries do that, they will be inviting Libyans to kill each other," he said.

The civil unrest in Libya started a little over a month ago. And the death toll is somewhere between 150 or over 1,000 people, depending on whether you ask Gadhafi or the rebels.

Soulja Boy drops new mixtape

Following the recent release of his DeAndre Way LP, Soulja Boy has issued a new mixtape called 1Up. The 20-track project serves as a prequel to his upcoming album. Visit to download the tape today! The mixtape doesn't have any features.

Beyonce, Jay-Z to appear on Detox?

After hearing two confirmed singles off Detox, fans are getting more anxious for Dr Dre to finally release his long-awaited project. According to the U-K's The Sun, the project is now said to include a collaboration with Jay-Z and Beyonce. A source revealed that the hitmaker and Hova have laid down verses and are waiting for Bey to sing the hook. Time will tell if this holds true. In the meantime, be sure to check out the videos for Dre's singles, "Kush" featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon, and "I Need A Doctor" featuring Eminem

Nicki Minaj Lead Role In “Charge It To The Game”?

Onika Maraj's career has been a whirlwind and next on her list of accomplishments is acting:

The evolution of Nicki Minaj continues as she exploits her talents as a singer and explores her passion as a writer. Nicki is considering several acting roles which includes playing the lead character of Erica Payne in the film adaptation of the six time Essence's bestselling novel "Charge it to the Game" by Michele A. Fletcher.

While Fletcher does have a past history with Lil Kim growing up in Brooklyn and running with Junior Mafia, she feels either lady could bring a new kind of intensity to the street-lit character very much like Denzel Washington in Training Day. Other actresses on Fletcher's wish list include Eve, Keri Hilson, Tasha Smith and Evelyn Lozada.

Hmmm, we're not sure about Evelyn Lozada and Keri Hilson's acting skills, but Nicki Minaj would be a good look.


The mobile phones were officially launched into the market this Monday and are available for purchase in many stores across the country for just N10, 000.  It has the following features: Memory Card, Flashlight, FM Radio, MP3/ MP4, Facebook, Ebuddy, Nimbuzz, Opera, Latest D'banj and Mo'Hits songs and videos.

Is this a gadget you'd consider buying?

New Peas video & Will.I.Am talks Japan

The Black Eyed Peas have released the video for their new single "Just Can't Get Enough." As we previously reported, the video was shot in Tokyo and is dedicated to the people of Japan, who are still reeling from the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the island nation last week. We caught up with a while ago and he shared his love of the unique Japanese culture.

"Japan's culture is so rich, respectful, but they still get crazy. But you know like say for example you do a song like 'Boom Boom Pow' finishes, people go, 'Yeah!' (imitates crowd noise) right, and then I think there's like a ten clap rule, like they clap, clap, clap, then it's silent. So you're backstage like is anyone out there because it's like mad quiet and then you go out and it's like 80-thousand people like everybody's quiet, it's like a quiet riot."

Friday, March 18, 2011

Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett: Torn Apart by Jealousy

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. But when Kendra Wilkinson's husband, Hank Baskett, spent a rare weekend away from home – and in the company of several gorgeous brunettes – at an event at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, N.M., the couple's tense relationship was strained nearly to the breaking point. "Kendra has already gone through so much to keep this failing marriage together," explains a friend of the 25-year-old. And Hank's flirtatious behavior at the March 4 event did nothing to inspire her confidence in him. "He was with other NFL players, and it looked like there were groupies everywhere. They were hitting on him," fellow event guest Jaime Campos tells In Touch. "He was in his element."

Actress Hilda Dokubo Arrested over Bomb Scare

Nollywood actress and former Commissioner in the Peter Odili government, Hilda Dokubo, was, Wednesday afternoon arrested at the Port Harcourt International Airport over her claim that a bomb was planted in an aircraft belonging to Arik Air.She was arrested by security agents in the country for questioning.

Dokubo, a passenger in the Lagos-bound aircraft scheduled to take off by 7.30 am, was said to have raised alarm after receiving a text message on her mobile phone allegedly informing her of a bomb inside one of the compartments of the aircraft just as the passengers were settling on their seats.

She promptly informed the captain of the plane who quickly ordered for the passengers to disembark.

The plane was later searched and nothing was found according to one of the security officers at the airport..

Deputy General Manager, Public Affairs of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr. Victor Arisa, confirmed the incident.

He also claimed that Dokubo was only invited to brief security agencies on the information she received and who she suspected was behind message.

Immediately the pilot announced a security threat, the passengers scampered with some forgetting their luggage inside the aircraft as they thought it was part of the execution of the threat by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) which promised to bomb Abuja, Lagos and Niger Delta.

Jameel and Bella Adenuga-Disu are Parents.

The fabulous couple Jameel and Bella, daughter of GLObacom's Mike Adenuga are parents as Belinda popularly known as Bella has given birth to a baby girl. She gave birth on the 16th of March, 2011 in the United States, where she relocated to in December in preparation of the birth of her first baby.

D'banj and Goodluck Jonathan... Interview or Campaign?

D'Banj interviewed President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday.
How is it that the President of the Federal Republic doesn't want to be interviewed by journalists but doesn't mind sitting down for an entertainer? What exactly is D'banj going to ask him? He will probably kiss-ass throughout the interview (D'banj is one of the many Naija entertainers campaigning for the president). Now a Chude Jideonwo or a Tolu Ogunlesi, or the guys from 'What About Us' would have done a better job.
I don't know what to make of PDP anymore.

Ryan Leslie hits us with Joan of Arc

After much delay, and touring the world in the meantime, Ryan Leslie is finally gearing up to release his third studio album Les is More which will be his first independent album (NextSelection Lifestyle Group ). The project will be released on July 4th. I don't know what is it with him. Sometimes him rapping gives me everything I need. It completely works on "Beautiful Lie" a song he premiered back in January. I love that record. But on this new record "Joan of Arc", it does nothing for me. Written beautifully, production is always on point of course, but I'm not sold on the artist part.


Just when super star 2face Idibia is commanding an intense applause from Nigerians and Africans for making the continent proud as he featured on one of America's notable TV shows 'The Monique Show' last February, a marketing company called 'Happy Boys' fronted by Bisi Bangbala is taking a business dealing that didn't go down well between the two rather seriously.

Bangbala has alleged that he got involved in a negotiation with Mr. Idibia after he claimed that he would be making a duet with US R&B singer R. Kelly for his 2008 'Unstoppable' album.

NET gathered that Bangbala through his company (Happy Boys) opted to buy the album off 2face for an undisclosed sum with the hope of securing ROI (return on invested capital), especially because of the R. Kelly duet. However, just like many critics of the duet, the marketer claims he was disappointed by the so-called 'R. Kelly duet' – claiming it is questionable.

Bangbala was not satisfied with the finished product claiming Idibia did not do what he portrayed while the negotiation was on…

According to a report, having paid 2face's Hypertek Records the agreed sum, the marketer was compelled to accept the album, but on the condition that 2face would produce another album to compensate for the loss.

Idibia went on to release his lastest album 'The Unstoppable Int'l Edition' on his own label, working with other distributors. Sources say Happy Boys decided to let sleeping dogs lie; letting it all go by counting their losses and moving on.

However, we scooped that 2face's new endorsement deal with telecommunications company Airtel, has energized the marketer's commitment to recover his loss on the 'Unstoppable' deal.

He has reportedly threatened to spill out to the public and the Airtel management the 'A-Z' of how his unprofitable deal with 2face transpired unless Mr. Idibia refunds his money.

Speaking to NET on the case, which is already in court, 2face's management (Now Muzik) confirmed the ongoing feud noting his camp has been served court papers.

'The court papers have been served to Hypertek and do not contain any hit point. What they asked him for was that they did not know how the album was released. They said they were not party to the release and that it was released without their consent. We have been asked to wait for seven days by the court to determine what will happen next', Now Muzik boss Efe Omorogbe who refused to make further comments until the court case is determined tells NET exclusively.

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Hilary Clinton Says No Interest In Position If Obama Wins 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she does not want to stay in her job if President Barack Obama wins a second term in 2012. The top U.S. diplomat also firmly said Wednesday she neither has plans to mount another White House bid nor interest in other posts, such as vice president or defense secretary.
Clinton, visiting Cairo, was asked whether she would stay on in a second Obama term. She also was asked if she would like the jobs of president, vice president or defense secretary.

She offered single word responses to each: "No."

Speculation about Clinton's future is always high and she has been mentioned as a possible successor to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has told Obama he is stepping down. In an interview with CNN television, Clinton made clear she has no interest in running the Pentagon or repeating her 2008 presidential run.

"You know, I had a wonderful experience running and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I'm going to be, you know, moving on," Clinton said. "I am doing what I want to do right now and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I'm going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years," she said.

Clinton and Obama competed in 2008 for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama bested her, won the White House and then named his one-time rival his top diplomat. Clinton immediately became one of the highest profile members of Obama's Cabinet. She has kept a busy international schedule and has been mentioned as a possibly candidate in 2016.

"There isn't anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding," Clinton said.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spotted: D'banj & Kanye West


Ja Rule announces launch date for next album

According to The Associated Press, Ja Rule is expected to begin his two year prison sentence on June 8th. However, this will not stop the rapper from completing his forthcoming album, The Renaissance Project, before he heads in. In fact, the rapper has announced on Twitter that the project will be released one day before he begins serving time. It's currently unknown which producers and features he has lined up.

Diddy reacts to Forbes list

Last week, we reported Diddy took the number one spot on Forbes' Wealthiest Men in Hip Hop list. MTV News caught up with the mogul to get his reaction. Puff said, "To be honest, on that list, I was on the cover of Forbes back in '98. I don't really get caught up into the list. I think people think that I have that money actually sitting at home in the basement." As far as asking the man, who is worth 475-million, for a loan, Sean explained of his net worth, "It's really like if I sold all my companies… I do not have that money today!"

Jennifer Lopez recruits Lil Wayne

A few weeks ago, Jennifer Lopez was singing praises to Lil Wayne. The American Idol judge stated during an interview that she really enjoys listening to Weezy's music and feels "he might be one of the best out there right now. He might be the best. He's really good." According to, J. Lo has finally gotten the chance to collaborate with Wayne, as they recently recorded a song called "I'm Into You." The cut will be the next single off her upcoming seventh studio album, Love? Be sure to get your copy on April 19th

TY Bello Reflects Tara Durotoye's Brand

This particular  collection is in celebration of renowned, multi-talented female photographer/ musician; T.Y Bello. Working closely with her over the years, we have been privy to her preferences in shades and hues. This collection is a reflection of some of her favourite colours. The launch will tie into the release of her new single, 'The Future'. The message of the song is a reflection of what the brand is and it also reiterates their belief that great things and people can emanate from Nigeria. 
Tara Fela durotoye the creative director says it only seemed perfect to collaborate with her on this National project. The 'Future' is  a Nigerian song, it's a National song, it's a call to all that is positive about us.

This Limited Edition version will be available in stores from March 15 to May 15, the collection consists of three (3) striking products that T.Y Bello cannot do without: a fibre fuse mascara which adheres smoothly to the lashes within a fibre rich film; the nude lipstick which gives an easy to go girly look any day any time and the blush cum bronzer which is a perfect blend of lightweight pigments that enhances the cheekbones and creates a glow in a most natural way. This collection is simply designed to give you that effortlessly gorgeous look, yet appearing so natural.

It is presented in a picture-embossed box with the T.Y Bello single inclusive while stocks last.

Solange Lends Her Star Power for Charity

Solange Knowles is using her voice to raise awareness-and money-for a good cause.  The singer recorded a charity single, "Kenya," to benefit Coca-Cola's Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) which is dedicated to helping the 300 million Africans lacking access to safe water.

"Water is a necessity, it's not a privilege. The Music for RAIN project gives everyone a chance to contribute and play a part in improving the situation," she said.  Solange adds her background vocals to the heavily instrumental track produced by Chris Taylor and Twin Shadow.

Funds raised from the single are to go towards three big projects: building a girls' latrine school in Rwanda, constructing a rainwater harvesting roof in Uganda, and purchasing water containers for families in Cameroon.

Visit to make a donation and get the song.


Breezy Gets His All-Black-Everything On For GQ Italia’s Style Issue

Breezy was styled by the magazine's Fashion Director Andrea Tenerani with looks by Dolce & Gabanna, Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani and Roy Rogers.

Look at one of the photos by photographer kai z feng.

Nate Dogg Is Dead At 41

Nate Dogg is dead. Report in his hometown Long Beach Press Telegram, cited a family announcement.

Snoop Dogg confirmed the news with a series of tweets early Wednesday morning:
The West Coast legend, born Nathaniel D. Hale, was known for his distinctive deep singing voice, which was used on numerous hiphop hooks. He collaborated on hit songs with a number of artists including Warren G, 50 Cent and Eminem.