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Amy Winehouse’s tour manager has up and left the embattled ‘Rehab’ singer, claming that working for the star was harming his health. See the report below:

Troubled Amy Winehouse has been dealt another blow today after her tour manager quit amid drugs accusations.

Thom Stone walked out on the singer just a day after she had a meltdown during a gig in Birmingham, swearing at fans and falling over on stage.

Mr. Stone confirmed he had quit after it was said that he found working with Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil who is currently behind bars, was harming his health.

The last straw was when Amy, 24, and Blake were arrested with cannabis in Norway last month.

The Sun reported today that doctors found heroin in Mr. Stone’s system after he inhaled it passively on Amy’s tour bus.

The tour manager is said to have produced a doctor’s note which revealed traces of the class A drug in his blood.

“He insisted to the management team that the only way that could have happened would have been through inhaling it from Blake and Amy. Thom just had it up to here. It was a nightmare job,” the paper reported. {Source}

As much as I support Amy, there’s no denying the woman is out of her mind. Check out this vid of her allegedly taking ‘something’ on stage during her show in Zurich recently:

How and why she is still allowed to perform when it’s common knowledge she’s a crack head is beyond me. Someone needs to stop all this before it’s too late. SMH..


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Rapper Chingy makes his official return to the DTP (Disturbing The Peace) fold with new album ‘Hate It Or Love It’, which drops on December 18th.
The album will be preceded by first single ‘Fly Like Me’ (ft. Amerie); the video for which will debut on BET’s Access Granted this coming Monday (19th November).

What do you think of the cover?
Actor Will Smith appears on the cover of the December issue of Men’s Vogue magazine. With Barack Obama, Tiger Woods and Denzel Washington all having appeared on the cover of the mag this year, it reinforces a positive shift with the Vogue institution as a whole – which has seen very few black stars grace its cover through the years.

What do you think of the cover?
According to reports, the legendary Jackson family (Janet included) may be set to tour in 2008. Check out the report via Yahoo Music below:

Rumors of a Jackson 5 reunion show for 2008 have been sparked by a concert promoter.

Leonard Rowe promoted Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall tour the late ’70s/early ’80s. He has now met with the Jacksons to discuss the possibility of a reunion tour in 2008.

Rowe told Access Atlanta: “His brothers are ready. Janet is ready. But the motor of that car that makes the car run, isn’t just yet.”

Rowe added: “In April of this year, I flew out to Las Vegas and met with them all and he told me, ‘Let’s look at ’08.’ We wanted to go this year, but [Michael] said it would take a lot of preparation. He didn’t say no.”

The last Jackson 5 studio album was 1989’s 2300 Jackson Street.

Speculation about such a tour has been rife for years now, but this marks the first time a credible source has spoken about it. I’m all for a Jackson tour, although I doubt it’ll materialize – too many egos. A few one-off specials, perhaps?

Do you think the Jacksons should reform/tour?
The Queen of Hip Hop/Soul, Mary J. Blige has teamed up with funk-rock collective Maroon 5 for a remix to the band’s current single ‘Wake Up Call’. Produced by Mark Ronson, the remix works on a number of fronts – it’s great to see Mary venturing out of her R&B niche as she did with her collabo with U2 on ‘One’.
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Ok, it appears much of Beyonce’s forthcoming DVD (‘The Beyonce Experience’) has been ‘surfacing’ as of late, so it’s for that reason that this will be be the last vid posted here until the DVD drops on November 20th.

About the performance, she nailed it! IMO ‘Get Me Bodied’ is hands down the best track on ‘B’Day’, so it was good to see her do the performance justice live – extended version and all. A tidbit: did anyone else spot the guitarist during the ‘drop down low and sweep the floor with it’? She was getting it! LMAO!

What do you think of the performance?

According to The Washington Post’s review of a recent Bobby Brown show, things for the ‘My Prerogative’ singer are going from bad to worse. Check out the review below:

Although his pelvic thrusts were geriatric and his tongue aerobics creepy, Brown got through his portion of the New Jack Swing show without major incident. The “King of R&B” (who appeared with one-half of Jodeci, two-thirds of Tony! Toni! Tone! and one-third of Guy) ably revisited his post-New Edition, pre-Whitney Houston peak, including “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Roni” and, of course, “My Prerogative.” As is always the case with Brown, however, what he said was far more interesting than what he sang.

“Baltimore!” Brown shouted at one point. When the crowd failed to react, he asked, “Where am I right now?” After figuring out he was playing to a Washington crowd, Brown said, “They told me I was in Baltimore — I guess so I could come out here and embarrass myself.” The singer also played coy about his reported October heart attack: “You all think I had a heart attack, but I’m all right. I made it. They told me I had an hour and 15 minutes, now they’re telling me I only got 40. I only got 40 minutes, but I still got broke off. I can pay child support for another year — y’all won’t be seein’ my [behind] in jail no more!”

A mess.

R&B singer Chris Brown is set to star in holiday flick ‘This Christmas’ alongside Regina King. The teen star co-directed this video for the song (of the same name) from the film’s soundtrack. Both the song and video are pretty decent. Veering off topic slightly, this has just reminded me of how quick 2007 has gone by – we’re at the end of the year already. Anyway, ‘This Christmas’ will hit theatres across the US on November 21st.

What do you think of the song/video?

As many of our readers will know, I interviewed R&B singer Mario last week (look out for the interview later this week). The ‘Crying Out For Me’ singer confirmed that he will be doing shows in the UK during December. Below are the dates and other info:

Tuesday December 4th – Jazz Cafe, London

Wednesday December 5th – Jazz Cafe, London

Thursday December 6th – Jazz Cafe, London
Tickets for the shows are available now via See Tickets, click here to purchase.

Will you be checking for Mario’s shows?

As the release of ‘The Beyonce Experience’ DVD draws nearer, new performances from the set are starting to surface. Check out the red-hot performance the singer gave of ‘Freakum Dress’ above and the ‘Baby Boy / Murder He Wrote’ performance below:

Hate it or love it, these go to show why she is considered to be the ‘Hottest Chick In The Game’.

What do you think of the performances?

Hip Hop star Jay-Z’s new LP ‘American Gangter’ shot straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart this week, with sales in excess of 425,000. The rapper is now tied with the legendary Elvis Presley for the most #1 albums – both having 10 apiece – just behind The Beatles.

Some other chartings this week include Chris Brown’s sophomore set ‘Exclusive’ which debuted at #4 with an impressive 294,00 copies sold and Cassidy’s ‘B.A.R.S’ album which charted at #10 – selling 63,000 copies. {Source}

Having heard the album myself, I feel Jay deserves to do well with this record. I’m guessing the naysayers will have to fall back now.

Your thoughts?
Hollywood actresses Gabrielle Union, Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan were interviewed together for the December issue of Essence magazine. As well as addressing the hardship they face as black women in Hollywood, the trio discussed internet gossip blogs. Check out what they had to say:

Gabrielle: Just last week somebody gave me a baby. This isn’t Perez Hilton or the White gossip people, these are women of color, specifically Black women who, for whatever reason, don’t like the company I keep.

Sanaa: She’s talking about the gossip sites.

Essence: The blogs.

Sanaa: That are run by Black women.

Gabrielle: And now because everyone is clamoring for celebrity tidbits, the bigger gossip sites and even mainstream entities are picking up on it. No fact-checking, no nothing. And in one week’s time, there were like five different dudes, a baby – I’m a homewrecker. In literally seven days. I can’t point the finger at the White media. They don’t care about us. Paparazzi are not staked out in front of any of our houses. They are not going through our garbage because they don’t care about us in that way. So when you hear crap about us, it is coming from our own community, which hurts.

Nia: We are some of the few Black actresses whose passions are rooted in our community.

Gabrielle: There is this idea that there is integrity in journalism; if it’s written it has to be true. But that’s not the case. When blogs or any of the magazines get it wrong, there’s no accountability. In the next breath, they’ll complain on the blogs that we don’t have enough Black stars. Well, you rip us to shreds every two seconds from our nose to the weave to the clothes to the shoes to the ashy ankles. {Source}

Though I can see where they’re coming from (especially Gabby), they know the business they’re in and what comes with it. In a day and age where any publicity is becoming good publicity, they’re best bet is to just get on with it.


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