Having disbanded several years back, rap group Salt-N-Pepa are set to star in a new VH1 reality series. Check out the premise of the show below:

Salt is angry about being unappreciated when they were together and Pepa blames Salt for breaking up the group. Their lifestyles are also polar opposites: Salt has indeed found God and is living a quiet life in Long Island with her husband while Pepa is still the party girl and desperately wants to re-capture the glamour of Salt-N-Pepa’s glory days. Can they overcome their differences long enough to heal their friendship and perform again?

Judging by the trailer and the show’s overall concept, it looks like this may be pretty good. I’ve known Salt had turned to the Lord, but had no idea she had fallen out with Pepa. What about Spinderealla? I’ll definitely be tuning in whenever this airs in the UK. The show will air on VH1 starting October 15th.

Will you be tuning in?

The video for Cassidy’s new single ‘My Drink N’ My 2 Step’ debuted yesterday on BET. I’ve liked the song for the longest time, so it’s great to see the video finally out. The rapper has apparently found God after a rough few years (legal issues, being shot etc), which explains the prayer at the beginning. Honestly, the video isn’t all that great but it serves it’s purpose. ‘My Drink N’ My 2 Step’ is the first single to be lifted from Cassidy’s forthcoming album ‘B.A.R.S (The Barry Adrian Reese Story)’.

What do you think of the video?

Break-out star Jennifer Hudson has landed a role in the forthcoming ‘Sex In The City’ movie:

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has joined the cast of “Sex and the City: The Movie” for New Line Cinema, which begins filming next week in New York.

Hudson will play “Louise,” the assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Carrie Bradshaw” in the film based on the hit HBO comedy series.

The movie revolves around the four main characters’ lives in Manhattan four years after the series ended.

Hudson, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for “Dreamgirls,” recently completed production on Rowan Woods’ ensemble drama “Winged Creatures” starring Kate Beckinsale, Forrest Whitaker, Jackie Earle Haley and Dakota Fanning. Sony is distributing the film.

The former “American Idol” contestant is also in the studio working on her debut album for Arista Records, due for release in the first quarter of 2008.


Though the role doesn’t seem to be major, I can’t fault Jennifer for taking it. She’s really working overtime to establish herself beyond her ‘Dreamgirls’ success; starring in two films, alongside recording her long-awaited album. More power to her.

Your thoughts?

The video for Kelly Rowland’s latest single ‘Ghetto’ premiered on BET’s Access Granted just a few moments ago. I was hoping for something a bit more than what the vid had to offer, but it turned out pretty good nonetheless. Kelly was looking on-point and both she and Snoop had real good chemistry. I’m not so sure about some of the effects – they worked in places and didn’t in others. Still, I don’t have much to complain about… Jesus lives, Kelly finally has a new video out! Here’s hoping this reignites interest in the project in preparation for the ‘Ms. Kelly’ re-release.

What do you think of the video?
Currently riding high on the charts with her smash hit ‘Let It Go’, Keyshia Cole also appears on the cover of the October issue of Essence Magazine. In the main feature, the singer speaks on her tough upbringing, relationships and being compared to Mary J. Blige. Check out her take on being compared to the ‘Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul:

ESSENCE: How do you feel about constantly being compared to Mary J. Blige?

COLE: I feel like we are very similar based on everything we’ve been through in our personal lives. It’s helped make us sing the way we sing. Because she didn’t have a vocal coach, and neither did I. And when I met her I told her, “You winning all those Grammy’s—congratulations—it gives me inspiration to this day that maybe I can do the same thing.” You know, it’s just a real big life circle. I think there are a lot of things that she could tell me that’d help me. I’m not trying to take nobody’s place or nothing like that. But I’m just saying, as a woman—as a young Black woman—if she knows some of the answers, Give ’em to me!” (Laughing.) But she said that I could call her anytime. I just haven’t done it yet.

I’m liking the way she answered that one. Still, I’m sure the comparisons will continue. You can the whole interview in the magazine – which is on newsstands now. A tidbit: the second season of Keyshia’s BET reality show will premiere October 30th.

What do you think of the cover / comment?
Following the news early last month that Kelly Rowland will be re-releasing her ‘Ms. Kelly’ album, it has now been confirmed that this indeed is the case. A Columbia Records rep confirmed the news, saying: “We are planning to re-release the album later this fall”. Rowland has reportedly gone back into the studio to record new tracks for the beefed up CD. Producers Brian Michael Cox (‘Be Without You’, ‘Bad Habit’) and JR Rotem (S.O.S) are among those enlisted to craft potential hits for the former Destiny’s Child star. {Source}
I guess this explains why there hasn’t been much going on with the project as of late. If the the promo side of things is handled right this time, then I’m all for a re-release. Kelly deserves to shine and here’s hoping she does this time around.

Your thoughts?
This year’s VMA’s may have been a shambles, but it didn’t stop the stars from partying away after the show. Jermaine Dupri and Nelly hosted a joint post-VMA party at the TAO club in Las Vegas last night. Each were accompanied by their girlfriends, Janet Jackson and Ashanti. Other celebs in attendance included T.I. and Alicia Keys.

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Terrible. This basically sums up 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. I was already sceptical about the show considering the so-so line-up of performers, but it was a complete mess.

Setting the tone for the night was opener Britney Spears. With all that’s gone on, I was hoping she’d silence the naysayers, but this was a complete and utter and trainwreck. A combination of poor lipsyching, stiff choreography and an outfit that revealed her out of shape body, Britney’s performance will no doubt have many saying her career is over. It will be if she doesn’t find a way to redeem herself from that mess.

Most of the night’s other performers offered little of interest. Although I must give Rihanna props for doing her thing during Chris Brown’s so-so performance and later on during ‘Shut Up & Drive’.

The show wasn’t all bad, though. Alicia Keys’ performance was a standout. She nailed ‘No One’, making me like the song all the more. I wasn’t initially all that hyped for her performance, but she was definitely the highlight of what was a mediocre night (at best).

MTV really need to step it up and the show has been on a downward spiral for years. I was thinking it was all award shows, but the BET Awards this year really showed out – beating this mess hands down. SMH…

What do you think of the performances?

Be sure to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for the latest performances from tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards, as and when they become available.
In the meanwhile..

Whose performance(s) are you most anticipating?

Beyonce and her mother, Tina Knowles, appear in the first of a number of print ads for American Express. The ‘Deja Vu’ singer was announced as the spokesperson for the company and will feature in both print and TV ads for the ‘AMEX’ campaign. Airbrushed or whatever, she’s looking flawless.

In other Beyonce news, the 26 year old star made an interesting comment in a recent interview with Latina Magazine:

“I’m just jealous that I wasn’t born Latina. I wish I had been because the culture is so beautiful.”

Ok, so where was her publicist? I’m sure she meant to word what she said differently, but this foolishness cannot be justified. Already criticized by some for not being ‘ethnic’ enough, this is unlikely to help matters.

What do you think of the pics / Beyonce’s comments?
As Kelly Rowland’s new single ‘Ghetto’ (ft. Snoop Dogg) continues to gain momentum on Urban radio, pics from the video shoot have surfaced. The Andrew Gura directed vid is set to premiere tomorrow (September 10th) on BET’s Access Granted. Be sure to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for the goods tomorrow.

What do you think of the pics?

Speaking to Blender, Houston rapper Slim Thug – who has been pretty successful in the real estate market – explains his concept of ‘Flippin Houses’. Here’s what he had to say:

Do Research
“I hire a researcher to find me property, but you can look on the Internet or go to auctions. Then have an appraiser inspect the house. Hopefully you can find somebody who’s about to be in foreclosure and be like, ‘Can you sell me your house rather than having these people just take everything from you?’”

Do More Research
“With auctions, research the list that they publish in advance. Once I said, ‘Fuck it,’ and spent $7,000 for a house without seeing it. Turns out, there wasn’t even a house on the land! Also, run comps (comparable sales) on the Internet — a house is worth what the last house that was sold nearby it is worth.”

Fix Things Up

“After buying the house, redo the restroom, the kitchen, the wood floors — simple shit that makes the house look better. If it’s worth $100,000 and you bought it for $60,000, spend no more than $20,000. Hire a manager; he’ll oversee a crew.In Texas there are Mexicans on the corner who are ready to work.”

Close the Sale
“To sell the house, you can get a realtor or, preferably, just put a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign on your front lawn to avoid fees. When you’ve got a buyer, run a credit check on him. Then, as long as the bank can make the loan go through, it’s good. When you have the money, then you go and flip another one!”

Finally! It’s great to see one of our rappers being smart and investing their wealth – something not enough of them do. Though Slim may not neccessarily be riding high on the charts, he will have made alot more than your average ‘Rims Flaunting’ rapper.

Your thoughts?