Category: Touchdown

Erykah Badu’s Surprise Inspiration for Baduizm

Erykah Badu House of Blues Chicago March 28, 2013

Erykah Badu House of Blues Chicago March 28, 2013

I had the pleasure of seeing Erykah Badu live in concert last night at the House of Blues where she performed her classic album “Baduizm” in its entirety! She threw in some of her other hits like Tyrone, Window Seat, and Bag Lady as well. During her amazing nearly two hour set she gave us a few insights into the making of one of the greatest R&B albums of all time. She confessed that an artist that inspired her while making Baduizm was singer Brandy! She even broke out into Brandy’s classic “I Wanna Be Down”. Who woulda ever thought that the Neo Soul queen was inspired by bubble gum R&B princess Brandy? If you ever get the chance to see Erykah in concert you absolutely MUST go! The picture I included above was taken by me as she got off the stage and shook hands and posed for pictures with audience members. What iconic artist does that these days?! Love her!

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Janet Jackson MARRIED! Plus She Smacks Down Old Rumors

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Source: Janetjackson.com

Remember the reports about Janet Jackson and her beau planning a $20 million wedding? Well Janet Jackson just released a statement refuting those rumors as well as announcing she is happily married.

Story:

The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and Janet”

Well alrighty then! Congratulations are in order for Ms. Janet and her new husband. Can we all agree that nobody is better at getting married under the radar than Janet? Some might argue that Beyonce is better but even though we never got an official statement or pics from the wedding everybody knew it was happening.

I’m going to call Janet’s play a touchdown for outsmarting the gossip and putting those old rumors to rest. Best of luck to Janet and Wissam!

P.S. I’m loving Janet’s throwback Justice braids! Decades after popularizing the style she is showing us she still got it!

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Busy Weekend: Jimmy Fallon & The Oscars

I love, love, love the First Lady! If I can ever be accused of being biased it woud be fair to say that about me and Mrs. Obama. So I was delighted to see a pair of high profile appearances from Mrs. O this weekend.

Her first stop was the Jimmy Fallon show which can always be counted on for a good laugh. There she dispelled the idea of running for office in 2016, but joked she had her eye on being the next host of The Tonight Show. Jokes or not I’m sure many people would love to see her host a show of her own. *Paging Oprah*

Michelle and Jimmy created another cute video to promote her “Let’s Move” campaign showing off “Mom dances”. I bet Mrs. O is waaaay more hip than she lets on, but it was still very entertaining. Jimmy was also quite convincing in his mom drag. Can you imagine any other First Lady dancing alongside a man in drag on national tv? Pretty cool!

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Then on Sunday in what seemed like a marathon Academy Awards (seriously could it have dragged on any longer? Ugh), the big pay off came in the Best Picture category. Of course it is naturally the most anticipated award of the night, but the real surprise was when Jack Nicholson introduced the First Lady live from the White House! After Jack recapped the nominees Michelle read off the winner and congratulated Argo. Now I already admitted I’m a lil biased but I can’t think of it getting any bigger than the First Lady of the United States announcing you as the winner (well unless the President himself announces it).

Congratulations to all the Oscar winners (Poor Jennifer Lawrence for falling) and special shout out to nominee Quvenzhane Wallis. Stay fabulous darling and don’t let the negativity overshadow your tremendous accomplishments and talents.

Gabrielle Union vs. the Mediatakeout Groupie

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Mediatakeout is one of those websites I truly despise. They are notorious for taking a story and running with it (if not totally making ish up)…so it was no surprise when this morning they ran a story from a woman claiming to have slept with Dwyane Wade. To throw extra salt on the wound the letter included some digs at Gabrielle.

Excerpt:

Also Gabrielle you are a little to old to be making Valentines day Photo albums. Leave that to the young girls your man cheats on you with. Dont believe me, i took a picture of the picture.

Mediatakeout claims that the picture the person is referring to is an explicit pic of Gabrielle in red lingerie. However since they declined to include the picture we are supposed to take their word for it the picture really exists.

Claims like this are made constantly so I didn’t really pay it too much mind. However, much to my surprise a website (TheYBF) I actually have come to respect as a more responsible source of gossip ran a story on Gabrielle Union’s response to the story. Expecting some subliminal tweet that really doesn’t address anything I actually got the complete opposite. Directly from Gabrielle’s twitter page was a clear rebuttal to the MTO groupie.

Here is what Gabrielle had to say:

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Dear Batsh%t crazy loon, u seemed to have forgotten that u used the “valentine” pic on another blog last year when u claimed I was cheating. Take ur meds…

Which got me to thinking…what blog and Valentine picture is she referring to? Certainly if such a blog exists with the same story it is still out there. After a little digging I found a reference to the blog using presumably the same “red lingerie photo” supposedly sent to MTO and a story about a sexy photo album allegedly made by Gabrielle.

Here is an excerpt:

The football player, a member of the Giants’ offense, was confronted by his fiance after she found a book full of intimate pictures of Gabrielle Union in lingerie and very sexy positions. The fiance initially thought the collection of pics was something her man had put together on his own, but upon further inspection, she realized that these were not published photos, leading her to believe that he could have only gotten from Gabrielle herself. The photos were all accompanied by private notes to the NFL baller.

He allegedly admitted to his fiance that he had in fact been cheating and that the book of intimate pics had been a gift from Gabrielle.

The claims about Gabrielle no doubt sound incredibly familiar. And the fact that the blog written Oct 2011 includes a picture of Gabrielle in red lingerie it seems to support Gabrielle’s claim that this story is recycled except with a different twist of now accusing Dwyane Wade of cheating instead of Gabrielle. A cynic might say that Gabrielle makes a habit out of making sexy photo albums and sending them to her lovers; but I find it much more plausible that whoever wrote the letter to MTO (giving MTO the benefit of the doubt that they actually received a letter from someone) is just too lazy and unimaginative to come up with an original cheating story.

So what’s the call on the play? Personal foul for the MTO groupie and Touchdown for Gabrielle Union.

To borrow a line from Gabrielle:

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Once again…just cuz loons are talkin, u aint got to listen especially when they can’t keep their lies straight…

And that my friends is exactly why I am here.