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Monthly Archives August 2009

Chris Brown Is a “Changed Man”

Chris Brown's latest single "Changed Man," produced by Battle Roy, leaked onto the internet Thursday night. Here are some of the apologetic lyrics supposedly aimed at Rihanna

I remember your touch. God I miss you so much. Please believe me baby, I'm sorry. What you do when the truth, it ain't quite enough. They looking at you telling you we need to break it up. You need to choose what you do cause you and me in love. But I'ma make it up to you and show the world I’m a changed man. Saying sorry don't make it alright. Girl I know I told ya'....baby this ain't over.
And the most priceless and quite laughable line is "and everybody hates Chris."
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Spike Lee’s Passing Strange The Movie Trailer

Take a peek at the screen version of the Broadway musical Passing Strange directed by Spike Lee. Strange was shot live during it's Broadway run at the Belasco Theater and features the original cast of de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jones star. The onstage band includes Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan and Christian Gibbs and the musical creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Don't worry if you missed Strange on Broadway, thankfully some of the same energy and intensity manages to come through on the screen. Strange hits New York City theaters on August 21.
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Obama Presents Medal of Freedom to 16 Notables, Including Sidney Poitier and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

sidney-poitier-barack-obama Photo: Reuters President Obama presented the nation's highest civilian medal, the Medal of Freedom, to 16 notables in the fields of theater, sports, science, humanities and politics on Wednesday at the White House. Among the recipients were Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier, Archibishop Desmond Tutu, Actress Chita Rivera, physicist Stephen Hawkings, and tennis legend Billie Jean King, “This is a chance for me — and for the United States of America — to say thank you to some of the finest citizens of this country and of all countries,” Mr. Obama said at the ceremony in the East Room of the White House. It was both moving and poignant to watch the nation's first African American president bestow an award to Poitier,who himself has broken through racial barriers, and Billie Jean King, who has made strides for both women and the gay community. However, the most priceless moment was when Obama got a face full of feathers as he placed a medal on 95 year-old Native American historian and educator, Joseph Medicine Crow. USA/ Photo: Jim Young The President met Medicine Crow during his campaign last year and was made an honorary member of the Crow tribe. Medicine Crow is the tribe's sole surviving tribal war chief amd became the first of his tribe to receive a masters in anthropology in 1939. Click in for the full list of recipients...
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Ancient Egyptian Statue Bears Eerie Resemblance To Michael Jackson

ancient-egypt-bust-jacksonmichael-jackson Michael Jackson not only lives on in song but apparently his image is living on in the statue of an ancient Egyptian bust at The Field Museum in Chicago. An eerie resemblance between the King of Pop and the statue of an anonymous Egyptian has people flocking to the museum. “The idea that people are coming in specifically to see if they can recognize Michael Jackson is a little disturbing to me, but … if that’s what gets people interested in Egypt, interested that in 1500 B.C. people were carving these lovely faces in limestone, that’s OK with me, too,” said Jim Phillips, the museum’s curator of the Near East and North Africa. The statue, dating back to between 1550 and 1050 B.C., has been on display as part of the museum's Ancient Egypt exhibit since 1988. However, the MJ connectionwasn't brought to the attention of the general public until last week by newspaper columnist Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Connor Cruise Set To Star in Red Dawn Remake

connor-cruise Tom Cruise's adopted son Connor has landed a role in the remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn. The 14 year-old will play Daryl, the youngest in the group of high schoolers who defend their town against foreign invasion. Josh Hutcherson, Edwin Hodge, Adrianne Palicki and former stars of the Australian series Home and Away Chris Hemsworth and Isabel Lucas will also star in the war drama. Dawn is scheduled to begin filming next month and set to be released in 2010. Blindie sees big things on the horizon for the little Cruise man. Afterall, the original film helped put Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen on the Hollywood map and his father is sort of a box-office heavyweight. And in case you missed it, Connor played a young Will Smith in last year's Seven Pounds.
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Oprah Hangs With Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Declares the Rapper is Her ‘New Best Friend’

oprah-jay-z Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey may have been notorious for snubbing rappers on her television show but the mogul was hanging out with Jay-Z in his old hood, Brooklyn's Marcy Projects, on Sunday and apparently loving every minute of it. The media powerhouse called into her best friend Gayle King's radio show on Monday and praised the rapper saying, "Oh, Jay-Z is my new best friend." "He was so charming and delightful, and he smelled so good! And it's that kind of thing where you hug a guy, and the scent is sort of buried in them. When we went to the second location, I could still smell him on me. It was like, 'Oh, this is wonderful.' " Winfrey said her two-hour interview with Hova would be for her magazine O and not for her talk show. "It was really a conversation, and at the end of the day, you feel like you get to know someone," she said. "I feel like I met a new friend. It was really great." Blindie is hoping Oprah is just trying to keep a Jay-Z television special under wraps by throwing everyone off with talk about the magazine. How can you have a two-hour interview with Beyonce's husband, and oh yeah, one of rap's biggest artist, and not air it on your show? Maybe 50 Cent was right when he told the Associated Press, "I think she caters to older white women...So, I could care less about Oprah or her show."
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Madonna’s Adoption Parodied In Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s Mercy Madonna of Malawi

Mercy-Madonna-of-Malawi We suppose it was only a matter of time before Madonna's controversial Malawian adoption drama was parodied into a musical starring a black man in drag. Mercy Madonna of Malawi, directed by award-winning British director Toby Gough stars Robert Magasa as the Material Girl and a cast of Malawian dancers wearing "Adopt Me" T-shirts. Madonna and her repertoire of hits are skewered in the parody as "La Isla Bonita" is performed as "Last Night I Dreamed of Malawi," and a scene shows the pop star passing gas in the bed with her adopted son David Banda and then using him as a step to climb onto the stage. The Malawian actors researched the production by spending time with the lawyer who opposed the adoption on the ground of children’s rights, Maxwell Matewere, and James Kambewa, Mercy’s father who also opposed the adoption. The low-budget musical is playing as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at St. George's West in Edinburgh until August 31.
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Monthly Archives August 2009

Chris Brown Is a “Changed Man”

Chris Brown's latest single "Changed Man," produced by Battle Roy, leaked onto the internet Thursday night. Here are some of the apologetic lyrics supposedly aimed at Rihanna

I remember your touch. God I miss you so much. Please believe me baby, I'm sorry. What you do when the truth, it ain't quite enough. They looking at you telling you we need to break it up. You need to choose what you do cause you and me in love. But I'ma make it up to you and show the world I’m a changed man. Saying sorry don't make it alright. Girl I know I told ya'....baby this ain't over.
And the most priceless and quite laughable line is "and everybody hates Chris."
Read More

Spike Lee’s Passing Strange The Movie Trailer

Take a peek at the screen version of the Broadway musical Passing Strange directed by Spike Lee. Strange was shot live during it's Broadway run at the Belasco Theater and features the original cast of de'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge and Rebecca Naomi Jones star. The onstage band includes Jon Spurney, Christian Cassan and Christian Gibbs and the musical creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Don't worry if you missed Strange on Broadway, thankfully some of the same energy and intensity manages to come through on the screen. Strange hits New York City theaters on August 21.
Read More

Obama Presents Medal of Freedom to 16 Notables, Including Sidney Poitier and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

sidney-poitier-barack-obama Photo: Reuters President Obama presented the nation's highest civilian medal, the Medal of Freedom, to 16 notables in the fields of theater, sports, science, humanities and politics on Wednesday at the White House. Among the recipients were Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier, Archibishop Desmond Tutu, Actress Chita Rivera, physicist Stephen Hawkings, and tennis legend Billie Jean King, “This is a chance for me — and for the United States of America — to say thank you to some of the finest citizens of this country and of all countries,” Mr. Obama said at the ceremony in the East Room of the White House. It was both moving and poignant to watch the nation's first African American president bestow an award to Poitier,who himself has broken through racial barriers, and Billie Jean King, who has made strides for both women and the gay community. However, the most priceless moment was when Obama got a face full of feathers as he placed a medal on 95 year-old Native American historian and educator, Joseph Medicine Crow. USA/ Photo: Jim Young The President met Medicine Crow during his campaign last year and was made an honorary member of the Crow tribe. Medicine Crow is the tribe's sole surviving tribal war chief amd became the first of his tribe to receive a masters in anthropology in 1939. Click in for the full list of recipients...
Read More

Ancient Egyptian Statue Bears Eerie Resemblance To Michael Jackson

ancient-egypt-bust-jacksonmichael-jackson Michael Jackson not only lives on in song but apparently his image is living on in the statue of an ancient Egyptian bust at The Field Museum in Chicago. An eerie resemblance between the King of Pop and the statue of an anonymous Egyptian has people flocking to the museum. “The idea that people are coming in specifically to see if they can recognize Michael Jackson is a little disturbing to me, but … if that’s what gets people interested in Egypt, interested that in 1500 B.C. people were carving these lovely faces in limestone, that’s OK with me, too,” said Jim Phillips, the museum’s curator of the Near East and North Africa. The statue, dating back to between 1550 and 1050 B.C., has been on display as part of the museum's Ancient Egypt exhibit since 1988. However, the MJ connectionwasn't brought to the attention of the general public until last week by newspaper columnist Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Read More

Connor Cruise Set To Star in Red Dawn Remake

connor-cruise Tom Cruise's adopted son Connor has landed a role in the remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn. The 14 year-old will play Daryl, the youngest in the group of high schoolers who defend their town against foreign invasion. Josh Hutcherson, Edwin Hodge, Adrianne Palicki and former stars of the Australian series Home and Away Chris Hemsworth and Isabel Lucas will also star in the war drama. Dawn is scheduled to begin filming next month and set to be released in 2010. Blindie sees big things on the horizon for the little Cruise man. Afterall, the original film helped put Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen on the Hollywood map and his father is sort of a box-office heavyweight. And in case you missed it, Connor played a young Will Smith in last year's Seven Pounds.
Read More

Oprah Hangs With Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Declares the Rapper is Her ‘New Best Friend’

oprah-jay-z Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey may have been notorious for snubbing rappers on her television show but the mogul was hanging out with Jay-Z in his old hood, Brooklyn's Marcy Projects, on Sunday and apparently loving every minute of it. The media powerhouse called into her best friend Gayle King's radio show on Monday and praised the rapper saying, "Oh, Jay-Z is my new best friend." "He was so charming and delightful, and he smelled so good! And it's that kind of thing where you hug a guy, and the scent is sort of buried in them. When we went to the second location, I could still smell him on me. It was like, 'Oh, this is wonderful.' " Winfrey said her two-hour interview with Hova would be for her magazine O and not for her talk show. "It was really a conversation, and at the end of the day, you feel like you get to know someone," she said. "I feel like I met a new friend. It was really great." Blindie is hoping Oprah is just trying to keep a Jay-Z television special under wraps by throwing everyone off with talk about the magazine. How can you have a two-hour interview with Beyonce's husband, and oh yeah, one of rap's biggest artist, and not air it on your show? Maybe 50 Cent was right when he told the Associated Press, "I think she caters to older white women...So, I could care less about Oprah or her show."
Read More

Madonna’s Adoption Parodied In Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s Mercy Madonna of Malawi

Mercy-Madonna-of-Malawi We suppose it was only a matter of time before Madonna's controversial Malawian adoption drama was parodied into a musical starring a black man in drag. Mercy Madonna of Malawi, directed by award-winning British director Toby Gough stars Robert Magasa as the Material Girl and a cast of Malawian dancers wearing "Adopt Me" T-shirts. Madonna and her repertoire of hits are skewered in the parody as "La Isla Bonita" is performed as "Last Night I Dreamed of Malawi," and a scene shows the pop star passing gas in the bed with her adopted son David Banda and then using him as a step to climb onto the stage. The Malawian actors researched the production by spending time with the lawyer who opposed the adoption on the ground of children’s rights, Maxwell Matewere, and James Kambewa, Mercy’s father who also opposed the adoption. The low-budget musical is playing as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at St. George's West in Edinburgh until August 31.
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