There are no fans who compare to true Micheal Jackson fans. Ask some of MJ's followers, who are paying approximately $1,000 for a chance to sleep with his most prized possessions in an exhibition in Japan. The event has been organized by promoters of The Neverland Collection at The Tokyo Tower... Here's what you had to say: Sheila Taylor commented via Facebook: "Just more proof that there really are some strange people in this world." Sonja Anderson wrote via Facebook: "I loved Micheal Jackson, but I have better things to do with $1,000."
Last night in NYC, SESAC honored many of today's most prolific and prestigious songwriters and publishers at the 14th annual SESAC Awards. SESAC, the fastest growing performing rights and protection organization in the US, held its annual awards dinner, comparable to the Grammys for the macks in the back who pimp the pen. Like the Grammys, the dinner brought out the stars and industry elite...
Wow. Are really doing that bad within the urban community that our adults need to be paid to be parents and act like adults? The Center for Economic Opportunity seems to think so. Under the social program "Opportunity NYC Family Rewards," parents are cut a check for the things they ought to do. Get a job. Make sure their child goes to school. Take them to the doctor. Go to parent-teacher conferences. Families are getting "rewards" in the form of cash, for basic parenting... Here's what you had to say: Shame commented: "I agree with the writer. I lost my job and still take care of my kids and I don't get paid for it!" Florida wrote: "I don't understand some folk, but I see it all the time. They let their kids run wild, no hugs, kisses, not interested in how they are doing in school etc. Remember our kids, one day, are going to be responsible for running the country and karma is a **tch."
Mike Tyson's Broke? Celebs & their Net WorthMike Tyson is Broke as a JokeIn a recent interview with Barbara Walters and the ladies of "The View," Tyson, 44, revealed without any shame that he is "totally destitute." When asked how he got to such a low point, Mike Tyson responded, "I had a lot of fun. It just happened." The retired champion admitted it was his excessive and frivolous spending that led to his bank account's demise, however, in a new state of mind, he insists the lack of money has not ruined his life. "I have an awesome life, I have an awesome wife who cares about me... I don't deserve to have the wife that I have; I don't deserve the kids that I have, but I do, and I'm very grateful." If Mike Tyson is broke, and Nas is relatively rich enough to pay $87,000 in child support, $10,000 in spousal support, because he earns an alleged $152,000 a month, we're left baffled regarding celebrities and their coin. Who really are some of our richest celebs, and who are the celebrities that are stuntin' and frontin'? According to celebritynetworth.com and forbes.com, here's how much our headlining celebrities this week are estimated to be worth. It just may surprise you:Bobby BrownRecently Bobby Brown used the stage in Jacksonville, FL, to propose to his girlfriend/manager of three years during a performance. Cute, but don't know if we're more surprised that Brown, 41, proposed to the mother of his 11-month old child, or that he actually was booked for a gig. Maybe the gig paid for the ring. Either way the slimmer Celebrity Fit Club star is down the road to marital bliss. 2009 Net Worth: Considering how much Bobby blew on illegal substances, he's still worth an estimated $5 million+.UsherUsher, is feeling himself as of late. In a recent interview with UK's Daily Star Usher matter-of-factly reminded everyone, "I am one of a kind, a worldwide pop icon," and is well on the way to achieving the iconic stature of MJ. Really Ush? Maybe. His newest single, "OMG" from the album "Raymond vs. Raymond" has reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 this week, and his album is currently #2 of Billboard's Hip Hop/R&B charts. 2009 Net Worth: Even though Usher may have lost some paper when signing his divorce papers, he's still worth somewhere between $50-77 million+.BeyonceLike Oprah, Beyonce is one Black woman that'll probably never go broke. Bey's new video, "Why Don't You Love Me" premiered just last week. There are rumors swirling that she and her long time bestie, Kelly Rowland, who dropped her track "Commander" a few days prior are beefing. Kelly recently went on record to dispel any and all beef, saying she will "Love B to her dying days." 2009 Net Worth: True or not, Beyonce with an estimated a $350 million+, has enough funds to buy a new bestie if she wanted to.Gabrielle UnionThe talented and beautiful Gabrielle Union seems to be caught in her own real-life drama movie. The actress who dates the still-married NBA star Dwayne Wade has recently been sued by Wade's wife, Siohvaughn Wade. In the lawsuit, the mother of Wade's two boys claims Gabby and Dwayne have conducted themselves in such a way around the young children that it has inflicted emotional distress. 2009 Net Worth: Siohvaughn Wade and the boys are seeking more than $50,000 from Union, that's just chump change for Union, who is worth an estimated $12 million+.Don CheadleCheadle is currently co-starring in one of the highest grossing films in the last 10 years, "Iron Man 2." The film raked in a total of $133.6 million its first weekend--quite a substantial number for a superhero sequel. 2009 Net Worth: Considered to be of one of Hollywood's most notable rising stars, Cheadle is only worth an estimated $30 million+.LL Cool JRapper/actor/designer LL Cool J, also known as James Todd Smith, is doing more than licking his lips nowadays. Smith released his latest fitness book, "Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle: A Full-Circle Guide to Developing Your Mind, Body, and Soul," this week, sharing his secrets to his enviable physique. Let's hope his steps to a healthier you are shorter than the title of the book. 2009 Net Worth: When album sales aren't doing it for you anymore, write a book. Smith is worth an estimated $60-100 million+.Chris BrownCB stays in the headlines. The young star has had enough drama recently to last a lifetime, causing the loss of many possible endorsement deals and retailers refusing to shelf his albums. If Breezy doesn't learn to pump his brakes, he may end up like Tyson, in more ways than one. 2009 Net Worth: The 21-year-old barely has chest hair, but is worth an estimated $12 million+.
Common recently said that he'd like to play Marvin Gaye in a biopic of the musical legend. With Angela Bassett's remarkable portrayal of Tina Turner, Jamie Foxx's Oscar-winning role as Ray Charles, and Don Cheadle scheduled to portray the jazz great Miles Davis on the big screen, it seems like celebs are lining up to play their favorite rock star. This got us to thinking: what musicians with an amazing back-story would be worthy of a film? Then, what actor would be able to carry the role? Here are our 7 picks for musical greats whose lives included all the controversy, sensationalism, and tragedy needed for film, and the actors we think could tell their story...
It's Chris Brown's birthday, probably the best time for C. Breezy to take a little break. Go on a vacation, do some soul-searching, or find a healthy distraction to keep him as far away from the entertainment industry as possible. At least for a while, because by the look of things, he's really doing more damage than good to his young career. Here's what you had to say: Anonymous commented: "Chris needs to grow up, go to college and come back to the industry later." Wendy in Cali wrote: "I'm in your corner, Chris. Keep living life, brush yourself off and keep it moving."
Jordin Sparks is living her dreams. She recently announced that she'll team up with the cast of the hit play "In the Heights" to make her Broadway debut. Sparks, 20, is "American Idol's" 2007 champ and plans to win again in her role as Nina Rosario, a college-bound young girl trying to overcome the obstacles of growing up in the Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights, New York. The Tony and Grammy-winning Broadway musical will welcome Sparks for a limited 12-week engagement from August 19th to November 14th, and she is more than excited. "It's always been one of my dreams to perform on Broadway...
Compared to some of our favorite artists that have recently made a comeback, Toni Braxton is part of a very select group of "throwback" artists who know how to properly come off a hiatus. Her sixth album, "Pulse," out today, proves that Braxton intimately understands the formula for a successful R&B return... Here's what you had to say: Anonymous commented: "I got Toni's CD today and it is amazing. She is back and killing it."
Is your mother a prostitute -- a floozy, a streetwalker? This is the question that Jeff Ireland, General Manager of the Miami Dolphins, had the audacity to ask Dez Bryant, one of the most highly rated wide receivers in the 2010 NFL Draft, in an interview last week... Here's what you had to say: Stephanie commented: "It was not the prettiest question to ask. [It was] embarrassing, but it was a valid question." Gordita wrote: "[That question] was as wrong as two left shoes."
Remember the old nursery rhyme about little girls being made of sugar and spice, and everything nice? Well, it's 2010 and that recipe has drastically changed. Just ask Chicago's Satiya McBee, who was recently videotaped being beaten by a group of extremely "spicy" girls. Hailing from Chicago's Southside neighborhood, these ladies call themselves Lady Mob. McBee, a sophomore at Bogan High School, was recorded being ambushed and viciously attacked by girls from Lady Mob on a public bus. After attempting to drag her off the bus, McBee was left with hair completely ripped out of her head... Here's what you had to say: Eileen commented: "Maybe we should start using these videos as evidence for assault charges and punish both the attacker and the parents." The DomDiva wrote: "If I caught my daughter doing this she would receive the same beat down she gave because I raised her better than that."
Well damn, tell 'em how you really feel! Six Flags America did just that -- disqualifying not one, but two Maryland women from employment candidacy for sporting their natural hair. According to ABC 7 News, who obtained a copy of Six Flags' outdated corporate grooming standards for employees, the company does not permit "any hairstyle that detracts or takes away from Six Flags' theme." With both women given the 'chop' for their refusal to chop their locks, Six Flags was forced to issue a statement to ABC News: "Six Flags enforces a conservative grooming policy across all parks. The policy does not permit certain hairstyles..." Here's what you had to say: Jan commented: "I could see if Six Flags said the locks had to be tied, if they were long, for safety reasons, but to deem our natural hair as unprofessional is discriminatory. Braids and locks can look 'conservative' and professional."
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas believes "I was built to be someone's wife." However, in order to find her husband, he must make the grade. He can't drink. He can't smoke. He can't eat pork, or have more than two baby mamas. He must be fine, with at least a four-pack. Last, but definitely not least, he must have a really huge p...package. What?!? Do men like this even really exist? The beautiful singer/songwriter Chilli seems to think so. Every Sunday night at 10:30 EST, Chilli attempts to find him on her reality series "What Chilli Wants" on VH1. The "C" in the all-girl group TLC, makes no apologies for her laundry list of standards she calls the "Chilli Checklist," while her matchmaker, author Tionna Smalls provides Chilli with some much-needed assistance in finding a boo. Thomas talks to ESSENCE.com about when she created the list, how Usher was instrumental in changing it, and how Floyd Mayweather, even with almost every quality on her list, is just a, um, *cough*...friend. Here's what you had to say: The Observer commented: "What about his integrity, monogamy, life goals, spirituality? C'mon now, she wants a fantasy. The physical plays out over time and at the end of the day, you need someone that's going to be there for you through thick and thin." LB wrote: "She is someone's baby momma herself so how can she not want someone's baby daddy? As long as a man acknowledges and provides for his kids, it shouldn't matter." Related stories: "Basketball Wives" Jennifer Williams Talks InfidelityBET Get Back In "The Game"
Columbus Short doesn't take a break. Just last weekend he starred in the insanely funny flick, "Death at A Funeral" and just like that, this weekend we'll see his face all over the big screen again for his action-packed thriller "The Losers," alongside co-stars Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana. His previous roles in films like "Armored," "Cadillac Records," and "Stomp the Yard" prove that Short is not only fine, talented, and funny but able to play many diverse roles. The former Britney Spears choreographer refuses to be typecast or put in the "Black Hollywood Box," and this weekend he further proves his acting range in his gangsta role as Pooch, telling the story of revenge and betrayal. The slightly exhausted Columbus talks to ESSENCE.com about the film, Zoe's success, and his love for a challenge all while keeping it short...and sweet. Related stories: Chris Rock & Tracey Morgan On "Death At A Funeral"Common Bursts In On "Date Night"
I won't not lie, last month when I read that a 16-year-old boy used a public address system at a Walmart in New Jersey's Washington Township, and said, "Attention Walmart customers: All Black people, leave the store now," I let out a hearty laugh. I didn't think too much of it, remembering the days when my friends and I pulled pranks as teenagers--I simply found it secretly amusing. Later when news broke that the same young man was arrested and charged with bias, intimidation, and harassment, I felt his punishment was justified regardless of how comical I may have found the situation initially... Read more: Commentary: My Black Daughter As A Confederate?Cornell Professor Call Two Students Black "B" Words Here's what you had to say: Dvine commented: "It's sad when children behave in a way where you wonder if they have any morals. Some call it a silly joke, a prank, and even harmless... What's next? May God bless and protect us all."
"Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" is currently #2 on Billboard's Hip-Hop and R&B chart, so it's practically a given that I will hear the second single from Usher's new album "Raymond vs. Raymond" over and over again on the radio. What bothers me is that while the tune is so catchy, I'm distracted by the lyrics which, when examined, are slightly disturbing. If I'm to be entirely honest, the song's lyrics actually gross me out. There's nothing that I find arousing or sexy about calling the object of my affection "daddy." I know, I know--most people use the pet name as whimsically as "babe" or "sweetheart," but because this term of endearment is particularly sacred to me, it just seems perverse... Read more: Usher's Back With "Raymond vs. Raymond"Robin Thicke: "I Prefer Lingerie"Here's what you had to say: Tricy commented: "I only have one father and the title Daddy is reserved for him." Jess said: "It's just a song. If you don't like what he's saying then don't listen to it."
Most 7-year-old children spent this weekend hunting for Easter eggs and eating candy, but for a little girl of that age from Trenton, NJ, her weekend was spent healing from a savage gang rape. All eyes were on her hometown, Trenton, where five males were arrested, making headlines for the brutal gang-bang styled rape of a child three years shy of her tenth birthday... Read more: Teen Sells 7-Year-Old Stepsister For SexPrincipal Charged With Statutory Rape of Students Here's what you had to say: D commented: "These young folks are just surrounded by the sickest, most cruel things that most of us did not hear about growing up in the 60's, 70's and part of the 80's. It's heartbreaking!" Anon wrote: "Children should not be left to raise other children. This is a good example of why. While the [older sister] should have known better at a certain point, there was nothing she could have done if these grown men threatened to kill the little girl."
This weekend, moviegoers flocked to theaters to watch Tyler Perry's newest silver screen installment "Why Did I Get Married Too." Perry reunited the same unforgettable cast from his first installment to bring the next chapter in the turbulent but loving lives of four couples trying to understand the hardships and happiness of marital life. Similar to the first film, Janet Jackson and her girls Jill Scott, Tasha Smith, and Sharon Leal struggle with divorce, insecurity, self-identity, and infidelity, while stirring our hearts and making us laugh. ESSENCE.com sat down with Scott, Smith, and Leal to discuss and how Perry fills a much-needed void in Hollywood, what makes Black relationships fail, and all sorts of love drama. Read more: Video: "Why Did I Get Married Too" Red CarpetVideo: The Men of "Why Did I Get Married Too"
A few weeks ago actress Stacey Dash announced on "The Wendy Williams Show" that she was dating comedian Jamie Foxx. Our immediate response? "Aww, how cute." Not too long after, the model-esque Nicole Murphy, (Eddie Murphy's ex) and NFL'er Michael Strahan popped up on "Extra on ESSENCE" and were appointed the "Perfect Couple." The two shared their secrets to a successful relationship and how they're managing celebrity, two careers, and nine kids! These cute couples got us thinking--we could do a pretty good job hooking-up a few of our favorite stars. Don't worry, we respect all those publicly committed, long-term married folks, but those celebs who seem single and ready to mingle are all fair game. And hey, if any of our suggested hook-ups actually turn into something real and long-lasting, we want a wedding invite! Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match... Read more: Extra on ESSENCE: The Perfect CoupleExclusive: Eva Marcille and Lance Gross BreakupHere's what you had to say: Billygurl commented: "That was fresh. Now, I wish we could actually match one of these couples (Will.i.am and Estelle would be great.) and see if it works."