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First off, Mariah Carey was and still is one of the best-selling music artists of all time and the third best-selling female artist in the U.S. She has five Grammy awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 31 Billboard Music Awards, more number-one singles than any other solo artist, AND a five-octave vocal range. Ok, so she may not still have all five octaves, but the point is Mariah has earned her diva heels. Cut the lady some slack and consider these five reasons why Miss Mariah was a little bit off-key at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony:

1. Miss Mariah is currently in the middle of consciously uncoupling from her marriage with Nick Cannon and according to People Magazine she missed the pre-taping on Tuesday because she was on the phone with lawyers for FIVE hours before taking to the stage late. We all know that talking on the phone to or about your ex always screws up the rest of the day.

2. Miss Mariah’s dress always is was too tight. It’s hard keeping tune when you can’t even breathe.

3. Maybe she needed a Snickers bar. Oh wait, maybe it works the other way around. Click here to get clued in on the Snickers/Diva thing.

4. Mariah didn’t have her signature bedazzled microphone. A diva cannot sing into a gilded mic, it must be diamonds! Diamonds! Dammit!

5. Mariah has been singing in five octaves for over two decades and some of those octaves are starting to retire. But that’s alright, because her once pristine voice is preserved on numerous multi-platinum albums.

We agree with QueenofLuther in the comments section of The Concourse who said, ” this is unfair and the asshole sound guy who leaked this should be fired.” Shake it off, Mariah!

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Blindie loves this stylistic film noir video featuring the band Rosa & The UltraTights!

Shot and edited by New York producer Etop Segaffi, “Move Higher” is reminiscent of the 2005 film Sin City with it’s use of artful black and white backgrounds.

The lead singer Rosa Godmunsdottir hails from Iceland with Thai roots and delivers an edgy rocker girl attitude that gives this video bite.

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Listen up folks! The Queen of Soul has reached down into her bosom, pulled out her wish list of actors to star in a film version of her autobiography “Aretha: From These roots,” and it’s nothing short of award-winning!

In a written press release Franklin says she would love, none other than, Academy Award winners Halle Berry to play a younger version of herself, Denzel Washington to portray her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, and Academy Award nominee Terence Howard to play some hazel-eyed, pimp-suited, smooth guy -no wait, that was every other film he’s been in – to play Smokey Robinson.

Blindie cannot wait to see Ms. Berry get down and dirty to some down south rhythm and blues!

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Sade conveniently dropped her new album in time for the Valentine’s day weekend and it quickly shot up the Billboard charts to #1 where it has remained for two weeks. Is anyone surprised? Not us. Helen Folasade Adu’s voice is just as sultry and rich as when she debuted as Sade in 1984, and her songs are timeless ballads of love and heartbreak. Buy it. Download it. Listen to it.

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The promising new artist Bousal debuts his first album today, Music of My Soul, showcasing his penchant for “lyrical expressionism” through an eclectic array of tracks that he describes as influences of vintage reggae, blues, and “DJ chatting.

Bousal prides himself on his songwriting skills and says “I just want to be known as a man who has strong lyrics” and even confesses his mother once told him, ‘you don’t know how to sing but you know how to express yourself.’

A self-trained singer, Bousal began performing while attending high school in Brooklyn, playing small clubs and parties in the neighborhood. His favorite artists are as varied as his musical styles as he lists reggae artist Buju Banton, Blues men B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and even Frank Sinatra among his top five -perhaps a sign that this artist won’t allow himself to be pigeon-holed into one genre.

Independently produced by Etop “Segaffi” Akpabio, Music is a nice departure from the usual over-produced music from mainstream labels and their stylized artists and delivers that edgy unfettered realness that only an indie album from an artist-on-the-rise can offer.

Music of My Soul is available at Amazon.com and on iTunes.

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Forget the praise given to Tarantino for rebooting and reaffirming the careers of Bruce Willis, Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and others. Give that crown to Lee Daniels, for stripping away the stardust personas of Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Mo’Nique to reveal believable and very real working class New Yorkers in Precious, the tour-de-force film adaptation of the novel Push.

Daniels not only showcases the talent of a most unlikely ensemble cast, he succeeds in pushing these actors to the forefront of the Awards season competition. They’ve gone from being the biggest long shots for dramatic roles to possible award contenders, which makes the vision and talent of Lee Daniels’ direction one to watch during award season as well.

Newcomer Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, a Harlem raised 26-year-old has already won a New Hollywood Award on Monday in Los Angeles and Daniels received the Breakthrough Director Award.

Paula Patton turns out a performance Blindie always knew she was capable of giving if ever the right script came along. She plays her role with such delicacy and care that we can’t help but see the forming stages of the motherly adoption we all hoped would eventually develop between her and Precious.

The tension in Lee Daniels’ film Precious is as gripping as any Hollywood Thriller. There are no chase scenes, no explosive helicopters and no espionage wordplay. There is however the poetic hard-edge slang of the late eighties, brought to you in hues of grey and dark-brown depictions of Harlem circa 1987, when crack cocaine was in full-effect.

Clairece “Precious” Jones chooses to live in her head. In her dreams she’s locking lips with her curly-haired light skinned boyfriend, and posing for the flashing bulbs of fashion photographers. Already, Daniels’ showing us that this girl dreams big, even if she dreams to drown out the onslaught of abuse from her mother, played to perfection by Mo’Nique, in the year’s most head-spinning drama boot-camp makeover.

Precious opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, and if Oprah’s endorsement of Halle Berry’s performance in “Monster’s Ball” was any indication, her late addition to the film as one of the executive producers alongside Tyler Perry, is definitely serving as a marketing goad, pushing Precious to the top of both the critics list and (fingers-crossed) the Oscar nom list. O! The power of Oprah.

Blindie will be watching and reporting on the trajectory of Precious.

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