No, this isn’t anything ‘Urban’ related, but I couldn’t resist. Peep this clip from Dr. Phil’s show that’s making the rounds on the net:

I actually squirmed a lil bit watching that. What my mother would have done to me if…SMH…

Your thoughts?

*Back to your regularly scheduled programming lol*

Burgeoning R&B star Solange performed her current single ‘I Decided’ on the Kansas City tour stop of her joint ‘The Art of Love Tour’ with Raheem DeVaughn and Christette Michelle on June 1st. Check out the performance below {Video credit: Bryan W. Thanks}:

I’m pleasantly surprised, she sounded even better than the record. Her vocals have most definitely matured, as has her stage presence. With the right promotion and single releases, Solange, IMO, really has the potential to be one of the biggest celebrity siblings to make a major impact in their own right – in the same way Janet emerged from Michael’s shadow more than 20 years ago. Great performance.

Solange’s video for ‘I Decided’ premieres tomorrow. Keep it locked on That Grape Juice for the goods…

What do you think of the performance?
More Ashanti Tidbits Ashanti will be everywhere this week promoting her latest offering ‘The Declaration’. Check out her promo schedule as per Ashanti Daily:

* Today – MTV TRL – 3.00pm: Interview

* Today – Virgin Megastore in Times Square – 6.00 PM: Live performance and CD signing.

*Today -Planet Hollywood, New York: -Hand-Printing Ceremony.

* Friday (June 6th) – Good Morning America Summer Concert Series – Performing a set; will be joined on stage by special guest Ja Rule to perform a medley of their hits.

With a slew of more promotional spots lined up in the coming weeks, including Jay Leno and a performance on TRL next Monday, it’s evident that her promo team are not playing.
I must say, though, that I’m kinda surprised by the Ja Rule guest spot for Good Morning America. It’s good to see that they’ve settled their differences now; should be an interesting watch.

Your thoughts?
BET Awards 2008 News; Host, More Performers AnnouncedWith the 2008 BET Awards just a few weeks away, more information about the much anticipated show has been announced
Comedian D.L Hughley has been unveiled as this year’s host, while nominees Alicia Keys, Chris Brown and Kanye West have joined the performer line-up – which already boasts showings by Mariah Carey, Usher, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Nelly and more.

The show takes June 24th live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. (Note to UK visitors: the show will air on BET UK July 1st…but you know where you can get the goodies before that lol). {Source}

Will you be tuning into the 2008 BET Awards?

Lil' Kim CFDA Fashion Awards Pint sized rapper Lil’ Kim made an appearance at the Council Of Fashion Designers Of America (CFDA) Awards in New York yesterday. This, hands-down, is the best Kim has looked years. Word has it she had her nose re-done again to get rid of them ridiculous dents in them. Whatever she’s done, it’s working a charm because she looks (and I never thought I’d say this again)…on point!

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With Ashanti’s latest studio effort ‘The Declaration’ in US stores today, the singer stopped by BET’s 106 & Park to promote the project yesterday. A real interesting interview, I must say. She comes across very well. Ashanti really brought her ‘A Game’ this go round, so I’m hoping she does well with this record.

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New Michelle Williams Promo ShotMichelle really is serving up the unexpected this go-round. This new promotional pic for her forthcoming LP ‘Unexpected’ (due August 12th) surfaced recently. She looks on-point!

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Continuing along the promo trail in Japan, diva Mariah Carey performed her 1993 classic ‘Hero’ on the show Smap x Smap today. Check out the performance below:

Hmm. I guess she’s had worse performances this go-round, so this wasn’t that bad in comparison. Saying that, it really drove home the fact that her voice, as we knew and loved it, is done.

Mariah herself has stated in certain interviews that she has nodules on her vocal chords, which wear and tear over the years have strained. Surgery to repair the damage threatens her ability to hit her trademark whistle note. I say she go and has the surgery; for if she keeps turning in such sub-par performances (which seems to be the overwhelming majority these days), her legacy will be damaged way more than if she were to lose the whistle register. After all, her voice wasn’t only famed for being able to hit the odd high note – it’s power, purity and effortless delivery was what set her above her peers. In any case, it’s more than obvious that something needs to be done. {Thanks Stevie}

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Leona Covers BlenderSinging sensation Leona Lewis appears on the July cover for Blender Magazine. Aside from the cover’s tag-line (‘Look out Mariah, Leona is Pop’s Next Megastar’), the magazine features this interesting quote from the UK born star:

“I don’t wear little miniskirts and low-cut tops. If you want to show your bits off, it’s up to you. When I was 18, I had a few glasses of Alcopop — they’re bubblegummy drinks with a bit of alcohol — and it was gross. I’ve tasted champagne, which is gross. And I tasted wine, which I don’t like.”

Hmm. Kudos to her for sticking to her guns if this is legit, but I’m wondering if this ‘wholesome’ image is a label construct. It’s funny they mention Mariah on the cover, as, for some reason, I can so see Leona having her ‘Mariah circa 1997 (‘Butterfly)’ break-free moment a few years down the line (sexed up image and the full works). I guess time will tell.

Any thoughts?
Nelly was joined on stage by Fergie to perform his current single ‘Party People’ over the weekend at the MTV Japan VMA’s. Check out the performance below:

Pretty decent, although the camera angles kinda made for a hard watch.
What do you think of the performance?
R. Kelly's Trial Heats Up; Star Witness Takes Stand As expected, things got pretty intense in R. Kelly’s trial today as the prosecution’s star witness took the stand to give evidence:

Van Allen said she had met R. Kelly at the video shoot for “Home Alone,” in which she appeared, in late 1997 or early 1998. Kelly’s cousin, “Blacky” invited her to join Kelly in Kelly’s trailer, she said. She talked with Kelly and ended up having “intercourse” with him in the trailer, she said. She was 17 at the time, she said.

In late 1998, she testified, Kelly took her to his former home on the North Side of Chicago, where she met the alleged victim in this case for the first time. Kelly taped them while they had three-way sex in his “log-cabin” room, she said. That’s the same room he’s alleged to have filmed the tape in this case. Kelly told her the alleged victim was 16, she said. {Source}

Granted the defence haven’t started arguing their case, it increasingly looking like R. Kelly’s going down. Still, I’m stopping short of saying it’s a certainty, as stranger things have happened.

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Competition: 'The Great Debaters' DVD Give-Away (Reminder)Just a quick reminder to let you all know that today is the last day to enter our ‘Great Debaters’ DVD competition. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning and haven’t entered yet, click here to do so now.
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