R.I.P Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed the news: "He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
HUDSON TALKS ABOUT WINNIE ROLE
Jennifer Hudson is on the cover of the January 2014 issue of ESSENCE magazine. In the issue she talks about playing Winnie Mandela, how different her life is from her role in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. And with all the rumor about her and fiancé David Otunga she talks about him and their life. Check out this and more at ybf.com. The ESSENCE January issue hits newsstands Friday, December 6th.
IF YOU MISSED R KELLY ON KIMMEL
R. Kelly paid a visit to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday, Dec. 5 and talked about his soon to be released album "Black Panties” and his goal of delivering a production on Broadway, likely a version of Trapped In The Closet. "As long as there is life, “Trapped In The Closet” is about life," Kelly told Kimmel when asked about how he keeps it going when it doesn't seem like it could go an further. "It's the weirdest thing. It's like an alien man. I don't even know how this stuff comes to me man. I get in the studio... all these characters start to come alive and I just start to write what's in my head." Yeah “R” I felt that way when watching some of those episodes.……lol
Click here to see R Kelly perform with 2 Chainz.
We finally have a taste of new music from Lauryn Hill... but it's definitely much different than what I would have expected. Check out her new lyric video for "Consumerism" over at eurweb.com
Members of Earth, Wind & Fire are confirmed to perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night. The event will air tomorrow night at 10pm from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. Check out singersroom.com for more details.
Jay Z celebrates his 44th birthday yesterday(12/4) and he is doing it with a new lifestyle choice. The rapper and wife Beyonce are going vegan. He made the announcement yesterday (Dec. 3) on his Life+Times blog with a short note explaining that he and Beyonce will undergo a 22-day vegan challenge. “Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day…It just feels right!” Jay Z writes. You can read more at theboombox.com.
In other Carter news…Beyonce paid tribute Paul Walker at her show last night in L.A. when she dedicated “I Will Always Love You & Halo to him and brought many fans to tears. But there was also some laughs at her show when Kevin Hart made his way to the from row. YBF.com gives us a taste of what had to be a laugh out loud moment for everyone.
THE GAME HELPS ANOTHER FAMILY
Rapper The Game is doing it again, raising money to pay for the funeral of a 7-year-old boy killed during a shooting in L.A. this week. This is a crime that is believed to be gang related and an interesting twist, The Game tells TMZ, he's getting financial help from the city's top gang leaders. The Game told TMZ he heard about Talib Pecantte's death on the news and decided he wanted to do something for the victim's family, especially since it happened so close to Christmas. So is gang members can come together to help bury someone they may have killed, how come they can’t come together and stop the killing? Read more at TMZ.com
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is ready to share something 12 years in the making. It’s called “The Vault” and it is where she keeps some never heard or seen before content that she has worked on. The music superstar launched a special website to share this unreleased content with her fans. It sounds very exciting.
“At my studio there’s a vault, a real live vault, old school style with the big knob that you have to turn and have a code to unlock it. Inside the vault is all the unreleased albums that I’ve ever done, songs that I’ve written, pictures, live performances, all the things that are really special to me, but I never quite known what to do with them,” Keys states in a special Youtube video. “That’s why I decided to create the vault.” Check it out a akvault.com
PRINCE RETURNS AFTER 10 YEARS
The Essence Music Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014, and to commemorate the event they have picked Prince to headline. Prince headlined the Festival’s 10-year anniversary in 2004 and he is ready to return for the 20th. “Welcoming an artist as iconic as Prince back to the ESSENCE Festival for a 20th anniversary performance is incredibly exciting,” said Essence Communications President, Michelle Ebanks. “The ESSENCE Festival is where we come together to connect to both our culture and our community, so we are pleased to support Prince and the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund in advocating for our youth.” Read more at singersroom.com.