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   Toni Braxton Revealed in Vegas, replaces Newton
Posted 8/08/06
Earlier this month, six-time Grammy award-winner Toni Braxton introduced her live production show called Revealed at the Flamingo Las Vegas.

Revealed is essentially a set list of Braxton's most memorable ballads, such as "Unbreak My Heart," and "Breathe Again".

The schedule on the hotel's website indicates that Braxton will be replacing "Mr. Las Vegas" himself, Wayne Newton, as it's premiere attraction for at least the month of August, and two shows in early September.

Braxton's last noteworthy live-performance came at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany,
where the sultry singer participated in the opening ceremonies. (video )
   Warren Moon Becomes the First Black QB in Canton Ohio
Posted 8/08/06
Former NFL standout Warren Moon became the first black quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday, capping a magnificent professional career that spanned twenty-three years.

Joining Moon in the 2006 Hall of Fame class are former NFL stars Troy Aikman, quarterback of
the Dallas Cowboys; Philadelphia Eagle, Green Bay Packer and Carolina Panthers defensive
lineman Reggie White; Oakland Raiders coach and NBC broadcaster John Madden, New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson; and Dallas Cowboys tackle Rayfield Wright.

Moon began his professional football career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 1978. During his six-year tenure, Moon led the Eskimos to an unparalleled five consecutive Grey Cup Championships.

Moon joined the NFL's Houston Oilers franchise in 1984.

While in Houston, Moon set a number of team and NFL records while excelling in a spread offense called the run-n-shoot.

When the dust settled, Moon racked up nearly 50,000 passing yards (4th best all-time) and was named to nine Pro Bowls in 17 NFL seasons..
   Beyonce's De Ja Vu Music Video "underwhelming" says Fans
Posted 7/28/06
Beyonce fans are disappointed, confused, and some are just downright angry about her latest music video, "Deja Vu".

Several thousand fans have banded together on petitiononline.com to request a "Deja Vu"
re-shoot, because, amongst other things, they feel that the popular music video is an "underwhelming representation" of the singer's natural abilities.

According to the petition, fans are asking that the re-worked version include more "choreographed & less spontaneous dancing", "clearer visual themes that relate to the lyrics of the song," "less gyrating," and "less scenes of non-existant sexual chemistry between Beyonce and Jay-Z."

Fans also would like to see a producer who is "more acclimated to urban themes and imagery in music videos" to replace the video's credited producer, Sophie Mueller.

"Deja Vu" is the first single from Beyonce's highly anticipated "B'Day" album, which drops September 4th. As of this writing the petition has received 4228 total signatures.
   Actress Regina King gets role on FOX's "24"
Posted 7/19/06

When the new season of "24" kicks off, Wayne Palmer (played by actor D.B. Woodside), is the
newly elected president of the United States. Regina King stars as President Palmer's sister, a powerful and strong-minded Advocacy lawyer named Angela. The sixth season of the "24" returns in January 2007.

About Regina King:
Regina King is best known for her roles in top movies like: Jerry McGuire, Enemy of the State, and Ray. She began her acting career in the mid-1980's on the popular television show 227, in which she appeared as 'Brenda Jenkins', the daughter of Mary Jenkins (Marla Gibbs).

   Usher to Star in Broadway Play
Posted 7/14/06

R&B superstar Usher makes his Broadway debut in the popular musical "Chicago" beginning Tuesday August 22nd, according to an AP report. The 27 year-old Grammy Award winner will assume the role of sly defense attorney Bill Flynn.

"I have always admired Broadway actors for their showmanship, dedication and focus that goes into performing live on stage every night," said Usher. "Being on Broadway allows you to connect to audiences in a whole new way that's different from music and movies."

Usher, who's real name is Usher Raymond, has appeared in nearly twenty television and film projects over the span of eight years. His first Big Screen break came in the 1998 movie "The Faculty" in which he played high school jock Gabe Santora.

   Paul Wall and Raekwon, Get the Full Effect of Bling in New VH1 Series
Posted 7/13/06

VH1 is in Sierra Leone this week with hip-hop artists Paul Wall, Raekwon (of Wu Tang Clan), and reggaeton king Tego Calderon, to begin filming a new documentary under VH1's Rock Docs franchise tentatively titled: "Bling: A Planet Rock".

The film, set to air on VH1 in early 2007, will take a hard-hitting look at the diamond trade in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and how "blinging" in the flashy world of commercial hip-hop played a role in the country's civil war. The 11-year war was largely perpetuated by genocidal rebels and primarily funded through the illegal trading of conflict or "blood" diamonds.

Wall, Raekwon and Calderon will hear first-hand accounts of the atrocities suffered during this time and the role that diamonds played as they visit mining communities and meet with local musicians, government officials and children.

Produced by Article 19 Films in association with VH1 and the United Nations Development Program, "Bling: A Planet Rock," will capture hip-hop's reaction to the human violations, bring global awareness to this issue, and educate Americans about how they can play a role in eradicating the smuggling of blood diamonds.

source: VH1

   Dave Chappelle's "Lost Episodes" Are A Disappoinment
Posted 7/12/06

Fans who were expecting to see vintage Dave Chappelle on Comedy Central's, Chappelle's Show: the Lost Episodes, last Sunday night have to feel somewhat disappointed with the latest offerings.

Most of the material in the Lost Episodes are average at best. And unlike Chappelle's previous work, which consisted of hot button issues like race and politics, the Lost Episodes focuses almost entirely on the comedian's financial status. The only note-worthy skit from the lost season
involved slain rapper Tupac Shukar.

Doug Herzog, President of Comedy Central, said that the network held out hope that Chappelle would return to finish the series, but ultimately, after it become apparent that Chappelle would not return to his top-rated perch, the decision was made to air the Lost Episodes on July 9th.

"We really didn't want to do this without him, but we needed to bring some closure." He added, "We did pay for the episodes, so we might as well use them. I am trying to run a business."

The Comedy Central special was hosted by Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings. The series will be released on DVD July 25.

   Stacey Dash Adds a Little Spice to Next Month's Edition of Playboy
Posted 7/08/06

Stacey Dash, 40, will be featured in next month's issue of Playboy magazine.

The sexy television and movie star is best known for her roles in the 1995 comedy "Clueless",
in which she starred opposite Alicia Silverstone -- and for her cameo in Kanye West's
"All Falls Down" music video.

Dash, a Bronx native, has appeared in over 30 television and film projects throughout her career. Her first Big Screen break came in Richard Pryor's 1988 hit comedy, "Moving". She is the cousin of former Rocafella CEO Damon Dash.

   Bobby Brown Booed at Essence Music Festival for Onstage Antics
Posted 7/05/06

Bobby Brown and New Edition were the talk of yesterday's Essence Music World Festival for all the wrong reasons.

According to an AP report, Brown tried upstaging former band mates -- Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, John Gill and Michael Bivins -- with bizzare on-stage antics and "raunchy" dance moves.

During Brown's solo performance of his 1988 hit "Don't Be Cruel", he reportedly made subtle references to his sex life with wife Whitney Houston.

And by the time Brown reached his solo finale, performing "My Prerogative", the crowd had seen enough -- some onlookers booed and begged the shirtless 39-year-old to leave the stage.

About the Festival
The Essence Music Festival has been an annual event in New Orleans since 1995, however due to Hurricane Katrina, this year's festival had been temporarily moved to Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The festival was called "the largest gathering of African-American musical talent in the world" by Essence President Michelle Ebanks.

   Brandy, NBA All-Star Alonzo Morning to Appear on "The View"
Posted 7/01/06

According to ABC's website, NBA Champion Alonzo Morning and Grammy Awarding-winning artist, Brandy, will guest star on The View this week.

Alonzo Morning is a seven time NBA All-Star and a member of the 2006 NBA champion Miami Heat. Morning missed the entire 2002-2003 season because of a life-threatening Kidney disease, but after receiving a kidney transplant in 2003, Morning returned to the NBA and landed is first NBA championship with the Miami Heat.

Brandy, born Brandy Rayana Norwood, is an accomplished singer and actress. She has been nominated for 12 Grammy’s (winning one), and has appeared in several TV shows, including a starring role in UPN's Moesha. Brandy is currently a judge on NBC's top-rated show, America's Got Talent.

People magazine reports that the former "Moesha" star may be in the running to replace Star Jones. A source close to the situation called Brandy's appearance on The View a "tryout" that may lead to a "permanent gig". Her next album is due out at the end of this year.

Alonzo Morning guest stars on Thursday July 6th
Brandy guest stars on Friday July 7th

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