Barack Obama inspires Milan men’s runway styles

June 23, 2008 at 9:27 am | Posted in Barack Obama | Leave a comment
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The latest “first” for Barack Obama comes off the Milan runway.

Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful “the man of the moment,”Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.”

Chatting with reporters in the cool of the garden of her private palazzo in downtown Milan at an after-show dinner party, the designer also had some fashion tips for the campaign trail. “I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt,” she said.

In fact, there were no ties in Donatella’s latest show, and shirts under jackets were either super easy with rolled up sleeves or replaced by a silk T-shirt.

The new Versace suit has a structured jacket softened by a double lapel or no lapel at all and slim trousers with slick techno-fabric sheen. Crazy zigzags break up the monotony of pinstripes and checks, while the pastel palette gives the collection a warm summer feel.

Sitting in the front row, actor Rupert Everett applauded enthusiastically, showing that even if it was not dedicated to him, he found the collection right up his alley.

Overall, this round of “moda Milanese” menswear preview collections, which ends Wednesday, promises to be all about chilling out, a refreshing thought in a Milan in the grip of this summer’s first heat wave.

The relaxed feel of the collections is epitomized by the return of the unlined jacket, which, when coupled with wide loose trousers, creates a casual yet elegant summer suit.

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Disney rocks with “Camp” musical

June 23, 2008 at 9:04 am | Posted in Jonas Brothers | 1 Comment
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Disney Channel’s Jonas Brothers movie “Camp Rock” debuted big Friday night, though it didn’t match last year’s record-setting “High School Musical 2.”

I’ve been anticipating this movie since January, and it really delivered this time. The movie was much more diverse than HSM not only in actors but also in music. It had rock, R&B, hip hop, and pop. I was really impressed by Joe Jonas “Shane” acting and the chemistry he had with Demi Lovato “Michie” was really perfect.

“Camp Rock,” which features a slew of musical performances from the teen heroes, averaged 8.9 million total viewers at 8-10 p.m. Friday, making it the cable network’s second-most-watched original movie ever behind “HSM 2,” according to Nielsen. “Camp Rock” pulled in about half of that movie’s audience (17.2 million) in its August 17 premiere.

However, “Camp Rock” did outperform the original “HSM,” which debuted in January 2006 to 7.7 million viewers, and other original movies like “Jump In!” which averaged 8.2 million in January 2007.

In the kid demos, “Camp Rock” drew 3.5 million kids 6-11 and 3.4 million tweens 9-14, which Disney said was higher than “American Idol‘s” most recent season premiere and finale on Fox.

The movie made Disney Channel the most-watched network from 8-10 p.m. Friday in total viewers, topping runner-up CBS by more than 3 million.

On Saturday, “Camp Rock” averaged 3.6 million total viewers when it aired as part of on sister broadcast channel ABC. It aired again Sunday on cable’s ABC Family, and will premiere on Disney.com Monday.

I think if it had Corbin Bleu, it would have been better though, lol.

Mandela in London for birthday bash

June 23, 2008 at 8:50 am | Posted in Nelson Mandela | Leave a comment
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Nelson Mandela is in London for a week of events to celebrate his 90th birthday.

The former South African president’s plane landed at Heathrow Airport Monday morning.

He is due to attend an outdoor concert in his honor in Hyde Park on Friday. Performers include Queen, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis and the Soweto Gospel Chior. Troubled diva Amy Winehouse is also scheduled to sing, if her doctors allow it. She was taken to a hospital last week after fainting at home.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the 46664 charity, the AIDS charity named for the number Mandela wore while imprisoned by South Africa’s apartheid authorities.

Mandela also is due to meet prominent supporters, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Mandela, who turns 90 on July 18, has visited London many times, and has expressed gratitude to the city for the constant vigil that was held outside the South African Embassy during the apartheid years.

Friday’s concert coincides with the 20th anniversary of London’s Free Mandela concert, held to demand he be freed from prison.

He was released in 1990 after 27 years behind bars, and was elected South Africa‘s first black president in 1994.

Amy Winehouse has emphysema

June 23, 2008 at 8:47 am | Posted in amy winehouse | Leave a comment
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Soul diva Amy Winehouse has damaged her lungs by smoking crack cocaine and cigarettes, her father said in an interview published Sunday.

The Sunday Mirror quoted Mitch Winehouse as saying that Amy has early stage emphysema and an irregular heartbeat, and has been warned that she will have to wear an oxygen mask unless she stops smoking drugs.

“The doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs, it won’t just ruin her voice, it will kill her,” Mitch Winehouse was quoted as saying. “There are nodules around the chest and dark marks. She has 70 percent lung capacity.”

Winehouse, 24, collapsed at her north London home Monday after signing autographs for a group of fans and was taken to a London hospital for tests. She remained there all week.

She is still scheduled to sing at a concert in London on Friday celebrating the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the South African Nobel Prize-winner, and plans to take part in the Glastonbury music festival the following day.

Mitch Winehouse said it would be good for his daughter to perform.

“When she’s been inactive work-wise then that’s when the problems really start. The doctors have said that medically there isn’t any reason why she can’t do Glastonbury,” the paper quoted him as saying.

He also pleaded with her drug-taking friends to stay away from her.

“What hope does she have if people are taking drugs around her,” he said.

Chris Goodman, spokesman for Amy Winehouse, said “If that’s what Mitch says, that’s what he says. It sounds right.”

Mitch Winehouse could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rapper Young Jeezy charged with DUI in Atlanta

June 19, 2008 at 10:07 am | Posted in usher, Young Jeezy | Leave a comment
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Rapper Young Jeezy was charged with driving under the influence and speeding after he was pulled over on an Atlanta highway early Wednesday.

The multi-platinum-selling artist, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, was driving a Corvette when he was stopped about 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 85, police department spokesman Officer James Polite said.

The arresting officer noticed the vehicle did not have a license plate, but Polite could not say how fast Jenkins was driving.

Jenkins was charged with speeding, driving with no proof of insurance or license plate, having an open container, reckless driving and driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.

He was released from the Atlanta City Detention Center a few hours later on a $4,100 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court July 17.

His attorney, Scott E. Leemon, said in a news release that Jenkins was arrested after leaving a recording studio, where he was working on his new album.

“A court date has been scheduled and Jeezy looks forward to getting the matter resolved,” Leemon said. Jenkins is due in court on July 17.

Jenkins’ collaboration, “Love in This Club,” with R&B star Usher is currently sixth on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.

Lil Wayne tops the 1 million mark with first-week sales of ‘Tha Carter III’

June 19, 2008 at 9:57 am | Posted in 50 Cent, kanye west, lil wayne | Leave a comment
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Like a superhero arriving in the nick of time, rapper Lil Wayne has swooped in to stem the tide, however briefly, of both the record business’ general slump and the steeper slide that rap music has suffered in recent years.

The New Orleans rhymer’s “Tha Carter III” has become the first album to top the 1 million sales mark during its first week in stores since 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” more than three years ago. It also is the first rap album to top the national sales chart since Jay-Z’s “American Gangster” held that spot in November.

“I’m sure there are people who thought we wouldn’t see a 1 million copy week again,” Geoff Mayfield, Billboard’s charts director, said Wednesday. “This doesn’t mean there isn’t trouble in the music business, but it does mean if you have the right record at the right time, it’s still possible.”

The fact that Lil Wayne, who is less a household name outside hip-hop circles than Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem or 50 Cent, managed to hit that threshold speaks to the groundswell of popularity he has generated through a string of singles and mix-tapes released over the Internet in the last year.

His single “Lollipop,” which he sang Monday at his release-week concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, is one of the year’s biggest hits. In recent weeks it has ridden high on both Billboard’s Hot 100, which measures radio airplay, physical and digital sales, and the magazine’s Hot Digital Tracks chart, indicating its popularity as a download.

“There had been a lot of anticipation building for the album,” Mayfield said. “It shipped 1.3 million copies, which is a number like the old days.”

It’s a dramatic step up for Lil Wayne, whose previous album, “Tha Carter II,” sold 238,000 copies during its first week in stores in 2005, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at No. 2 on the chart. The closest anyone has come to the 1 million sales week since 50 Cent was West, whose “Graduation” album logged a first-week figure of 957,000 last September.

Pregnant Man Weeks From Giving Birth

June 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Thomas Beatie a.k.a (Thomas Beatie) is due in a couple of weeks. I hope he gives birth in JUNE!! I was born in June (June 6)!!

Other births or possible births or suspected births:

Angelina babies-June???

Jessica Alba-june 9

lol, get ready for your close up!

Rihanna & Chris Brown Announce Their Love At KFC

June 10, 2008 at 11:59 am | Posted in Chris Rock, rhianna | 2 Comments
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It’s not the most glamorous way of debuting as a young power couple, but accidents happen (especially since the creation of TMZ).

Well, despite their pretty convincing denials, it was bound to come out. Because, as producer Yasmine Richard pointed out when she recently caught Chris Brown visiting the remote video set of Rihanna and Maroon 5’s collabo, “I got friends and I got a best friend, but not one of them will come out to visit my behind in the middle of nowhere…Only MY MAN…”

Queen Latifah to Marry Longterm Partner

June 9, 2008 at 11:48 am | Posted in Quenn Latifah | Leave a comment
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After the state of California overturned a ban on gay marriages, many expected a rash of same-sex marriages to be scheduled in the state. On the celeb side of things, it seems that Queen Latifah will be amongst the first big stars to marry her longterm partner.

According to this week’s edition of the National Enquirer, Queen Latifah plans to marry her partner of five years, personal trainer Jeannette Jenkins.

Queen Latifah has been very tight-lipped about her relationship with Jenkins, and told Ebony magazine in 2007 that she would not comment on the rumor that Jenkins was her girlfriend. She didn’t deny it, she was just annoyed that she was asked.

“No comment on that at all. I’m done commenting on all that … It’s ridiculous, I know me and that’s all I need to know.

“And if the readers don’t know me, then that’s one part they aren’t going to get to know. Those are my people but they don’t sleep with me,” she says in a very even tone that is very consistent with her relaxed mood. “It feels so invasive. It’s the one thing I don’t think people need to know about.”

And then even before that, in 2006, she told Essence magazine:

“If I’m not going to tell you what guy I’m dating, I sure wouldn’t tell you I’m dating a girl.”

Neither Queen Latifah nor her partner have ever officially come out. Queen Latifah has, however, given her special friend attention and treatment that suggests they’re more than just good friends. Last year she bought Jeannette a Range Rover, and had it delivered to a restaurant to surprise her.

According to the National Enquirer, the couple are “planning an intimate ceremony with close famiy and friends.” They are also reportedly interested in adopting an American baby.

Jessica Alba has baby girl

June 9, 2008 at 11:40 am | Posted in Jessica Alba | 1 Comment
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Jessica Alba, who married her long-time boyfriend Cash Warren three weeks ago, has given birth to baby girl, according to US Weekly magazine.

Alba, 27, best-known for her roles in the TV drama “Dark Angel” and the movie “Fantastic Four,” announced last December that she was pregnant and engaged to Warren.

Alba met Warren, 29, on the set of “Fantastic Four” in 2004 where he was a director’s assistant. Warren has since moved into producing.

US Weekly said Alba gave birth to her daughter at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles over the weekend.

The couple married in a quiet ceremony at the Beverly Hills courthouse on May 19.

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