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Hot Shots: Tamar Braxton Amongst Stars Shining on BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ Red Carpet (2013)

As reported here, BET’s annual faith-based extravaganza ‘Celebration of Gospel’ is celebrating its 13th anniversary.  Looking to do it bigger than ever, the Steve Harvey-hosted affair unveiled its best line-up yet, featuring performances from Tamar Braxton, Anita Baker, Tyrese, and all the major gospel heavy hitters (Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Clark Sisters, and more).

But before fans will be able to praise and gaze at the line-up on April 7th, the taping occurred last night in sunny Los Angeles.  Check below to see some of That Grape Juice’s favorites – Tamar Braxton, Dorinda Clark Cole, Kierra Sheard, and more – hit the red carpet…

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Donnie Klang Aims For Rihanna Collaboration

Get your iTunes ready because Donnie Klang is planning a duet with none other than Rihanna. The former Bad Boy artist is hoping to work with ‘The Voice’ on a record which will be a part of his sophomore LP. Read what Klang had to say below:

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New Video: Donnie Klang – ‘Prisoner Of Love’

Remember Donnie Klang? Making The Band 4? Still don’t? I really can’t blame you. A victim of Diddy’s ‘no-promo-when-show-ain’t- on-air’, we’ve heard pretty much nothing from Donnie since his debut album ‘Just A Rolling Stone’ sold triple copper last year.

In any case, the 24 year old is back with new single ‘Prisoner of Love’, the video for which premiered today. Directed by The Littles, the video and the song aren’t that bad. While I remember scratching my head as to why Diddy signed him (he’s simply not good enough, plus that bootleg Justin Timberlake thing was never going to cut it), this is definitely much more in line with what Donnie should be singing IMO. As  that contrived Electro-Pop he was trying to pass off as believable the last go round was not the business.

No word yet on a title or release date for his sophomore effort…(Sam checks to see if he’s still on Bad Boy>>>he is>>>sounds about right! SMH…)

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Videos: Jennifer Hudson On Tour

Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson is currently on tour in the US with R&B crooner Robin Thicke. The pair’s most recent stop was at New York’s WaMu Theatre in Madison Squared Garden. You can watch some of Jennifer’s set below:




Awesome performances! It goes to show why, as I’ve said many a time, Jennifer is one of the premier talents of today. Sans the dancers, stage theatrics and other enhancements / distractions, Jennifer still manages to be a force on stage. 
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Breaking: Bernie Mac Dies Aged 50

Breaking: Bernie Mac Dies Age 50 In what is, no doubt, very sad news, comedian Bernie Mac passed away early this morning due to complications from pneumonia, his publicist has confirmed:

Bernie Mac’s publicist says the actor and comedian has died. The entertainer passed early Saturday morning at Northwestern Memorial hospital after recently being hospitalized for pneumonia.

Bernard McCullough or Bernie Mac as his fans knew him, was known for his edge and off-color comedy routines. Mac made many supporting appearances in films during the 90’s such as “Friday” and “Booty Call,” but it was his recent acting in blockbusters like the ‘Oceans Eleven’ franchise and ‘Transformers’ which rocketed the comedian to super stardom.

Mac had several movies coming out in the coming months including “Soul Men” with Isaac Hayes and Samuel L. Jackson and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” starring Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock. {Source}

Bernie has long stood as one of my favourite comedians; this is really really sad. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family.

R.I.P Bernie Mac

Below is one of my favourite performances from Bernie…some of you may have seen it already – “get some milk and cookies” LMAO!!!

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T-Pain’s ‘Thr33 Ringz’ Cover

T-Pain's 'Thr33 Ringz' Cover Peep the cover for T-Pain’s forthcoming LP, ‘Thr33 Ringz’ (due September 30th).
Be on the look-out for our exclusive preview of the album very soon.
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New Song: Donnie – ‘Dr. Love’

Donnie - 'Dr. Love' Viewer’s of the most recent season MTV’s ‘Making The Band 4’ will have seen that, unlike Danity Kane and Day26, Donnie did not have his album completed by the show’s finale. However, with his LP now set for a summer release, new material from the set has surfaced – namely the full version of ‘Dr. Love’, a snippet of which was posted a few months back.
As much ‘hit’ potential as the track, which was produced by Seven, may have, I’m still yet to be sold on Donnie. I get a distinct ‘I’m singing what has been dropped in front of me, without giving my own personal stamp’ vibe from his material. Very contrived sounding. Still, I’ll reserve my judgement until I hear more from the record.

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The Boondocks: Banned Episode #2

Following on from the release of one of the banned episodes of the popular, yet controversial TV show ‘The Boondocks’ earlier this week, yet another of the ”unseen’ episodes has surfaced. Once again taking aim at BET, this time with the black-hating black character Uncle Ruckas getting his own BET reality show. Check out the episode below:

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The Best You Never Heard: Janet, Diddy, Craig David & Keisha White

The Best You Never Heard: Janet, Diddy, Craig David & Keisha White With the Easter break etc, there has been a succession of ‘slow news days’ as of late. So I thought now would be a good time to introduce a new site feature I’ve had in mind for a while now. Set to be a once weekly feature, ‘The Best You Never Heard’ will showcase great songs that aren’t known (as much as they should be) to the masses. This week’s edition features Diddy, Janet Jackson, Craig David and Keisha White…
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Diddy – Special Feeling (ft. Mika)

Lifted from Diddy’s 2006 effort ‘Press Play’, this uptempo 80’s throwback cut is perhaps the best track I’ve heard from him as an artist. Not even Diddy’s lacklustre flow can take away from this top notch production.

Listen: Special Feeling

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Janet Jackson – R&B Junkie

 

Often overlooked due to the now-infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’, Janet Jackson’s 2004 LP ‘Damita Jo’ is arguably one of her most solid efforts to date. ‘R&B Junkie’ is undoubtedly one of the set’s standout tracks. A funky R&B/Pop fusion, the track could easily have been a single then or even now. Good stuff.

 

Listen: R&B Junkie

 

 

 

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Craig David – Take ‘Em Off

 

 

UK star Craig David is oft criticized by the UK industry for for “selling out” to the US sound, hence his current predicament (struggling on the charts). I actually have no problem with Craig’s embrace of the US sound, considering it yielded the fantastic ‘Take ‘Em Off’. The Underdogs produced song, which was in heavy rotation on UK urban radio in 2005, sounds similar to Marques Houston’s ‘Naked’…just a whole lot better.

Listen: Take ‘Em Off

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Keisha White – The Weakness In Me

British R&B songstress Keisha White served up her best effort yet back in 2006 with her cover of Joan Armatrading’s ‘The Weakness In Me’. Sung beautifully, it’s a shame the track didn’t garner the attention it truly deserved.

Listen: The Weakness In Me

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Corrine Bailey Rae’s Husband Found Dead

Corrine Bailey Rae's Husband Found Dead In what comes as unfortunate news, the husband of UK singer Corrine Bailey has been found dead in Leeds, England. See the report, via The Telegraph below:

The body of Jason Rae was discovered in a Leeds flat on Saturday.

The 32-year-old musician was a saxophonist with the Haggis Horns.

The band describe themselves on their Myspace page as “an eight-piece live funk extravaganza” who combine funk, soul, hip-hop and afrobeat with jazz virtuosity.

The group had performed with Corinne Bailey Rae, as well as other artists including Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Nightmares On Wax.

They released their debut album, Hot Damn!, last September.

A post mortem examination carried out last night proved inconclusive.

Police said they were currently awaiting the results of toxicology reports.

Officers investigating his death have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs.

He has been released on bail pending further inquiries, West Yorkshire Police have said.

Condolences to Corrine and her husband’s family.

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Danity Kane ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’ Promo Shot

Danity Kane 'Welcome To The Dollhouse' Promo Shot Check out this promotional pic for Danity Kane’s sophomore effort ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’, which hits stores Stateside on March 18th. All the ladies look great.

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New Song: Donnie – ‘Dr. Love’ (Snippet)

Donnie - 'Dr. Love'With the release of albums by Donnie’s Making The Band 4 cast-mates drawing closer (Danity Kane – March 18th / Day26 -March 25th), many have been wondering what’s going on with his project. Word has it the 23 year old will drop his debut LP sometime this summer, and he is still in the studio working on the record.Meanwhile, a snippet of a track Donnie completed with producer 7even (Ashanti, Ja Rule etc) called ‘Dr. Love’ has surfaced. While the uptempo cut is pretty solid, it’s makes it hard to not look at Donnie as a ‘Diet Coke’ version of Justin Timberlake. The song could easily have been placed on Justin’s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ record. Neither Donnie’s material nor stint on the show has me amped for his album. He’s gonna need to come a little less predictable than this.

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