Etta James’ Funeral Arrangements Announced

A public memorial for blues singer Etta James will be held at the Inglewood Park Cemetery on Friday, reports the LA Times.

James passed away, Friday, January 20th, after battling leukemia. She also suffered from dementia and Hepatitis C.

The viewing will take place in the Inglewood Park Cemetery’s Mortuary Chapel on West Manchester Boulevard from 5pm to 10pm.

A private funeral, presided by The Reverend Al Sharpton, will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge in Gardena. “The funeral is private for immediate family and friends,” according to spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger.

The family asks that donations to be made to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving musical heritage and to presenting opportunities to developing artists.

James, whose survived by her husband, two sons and seven grandchildren, was 73.

Cotten Kandi Fashion Pick: Jessica Alba Attend In Style After Party

The Golden Globes are long gone but  just loved this Gucci silver metallic embellished strapless knee-length dress Jessica Alba wore at  In Style after party. As for shoes, she went with nude satin double platform peep toe pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti (approximately $800).

Heading to a cocktail party? I’m sure the look comes with a hefty price tag but here are some suggestions for getting the look  for less.


[New Music] Chris Brown: “Turn Up The Music”

A new Chris Brown record just made its debut this morning and it’s called “Turn Up The Music”. The single is very heavily dance infused, not much different from what we’ve heard from his last two albums, ‘Graffiti’ and ‘F.A.M.E’. The record is likeable but is it a hit? Check it out.

I think Chris is one of the most versatile artist today and I’m hoping the album will show case that. We all like a good dance record every know and then but what I think he’s really great at are those sexy records like “Strip” and “Wet The Bed”. Can’t wait to see what ‘Fortune’ has in store. He’s already enlisted rappers Wiz Khalifa and Nas to be featured on the pending album, expected for release in March.

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Rihanna Channels Tupac With “Thug Life” Tattoo

Rihanna is channeling Tupac with her latest “Thug Life” tattoo.

Rihanna revealed the famous line sprawled across her knuckles in white ink. The thing about a tattoo is that it is permanent. Will Rihanna really want thug life on her knuckles at 57? I understand wanting to pay homage and embrace the mantra but would it have been better served on a more private portion of her body? Now she’ll drive magazine photo artist crazy as they try to Photoshop the words out of her fashion spreads.

With such a drastic measure one can only wonder was it a cry for attention. Just a few days ago Rihanna ended up at the same party as Chris Brown and his girlfriend Karrueche. Some sites even report that she got into a heated exchange of words with Karrueche. Could the new tattoo be a way for her to let out some anger and illustrate her aggression? Whatever the case may be, I doubt this is the last drastic move we see from Rihanna. This tattoo comes only a week after she was photographed smoking kush while on vacation in Hawaii. We all know she walks to the beat of her own drum, but are we seeing a return of the black-haired much darker Rihanna? It seems she’s throwing caution to the wind – even more than usual.

Whatever happens, hopefully her next move won’t be so visible.

some our some more photos the singer took that night.


[Sneak Peek] Kelly Rowland: “Keep It Between Us”, And Dishes On Baby Blue Ivy

Kelly Rowland has released the sneak peek for “Keep It Between Us”. the singer has even recruited actor Lance Gross to play her love interest. I actually think these two would make a cute couple.

I almost forgot Kelly was still promoting her latest efforts ‘Here I Am’. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Lance is such a cutey.

Kelly Rowland also sat down with E! at Tuesday night’s Hpnotiq Harmonie and Live Louder 2012 Kickoff cocktail party in Hollywood and couldn’t help but to gush about her new niece, Beyonce and Jay Z‘s daughter, Blue Ivy. She had nothing but kind words to say of course.

“She’s more precious than a diamond. She’s absolutely beautiful,” gushed the aunt. “And I say that with such a huge grin! I’m so excited. We all just stared at her. I just stared at her. She is so beautiful.”

Can’t wait to see the first photos of little Blue.

Should Parents Stay Together For The Kids?

I posed a question, should parents stay together for the sake of their children? I say no!

As  a product of two parents who acted like they hated each other, and probably really do, I strongly believe it is never a good idea to stay together for the sake of your children.

Am I a parent? No. And I already know exactly what you’re thinking, but I can speak from a child’s perspective because I’ve been that child. Honestly, despite what you’ve heard, not every child want to see their parents together, not when they can’t stand each other.

Fact is, when you’re an adult, especially one with children, you seek stability. The kind of stability (financial) you may not be able to produce alone. And I honestly get that. Believe me, I do. But raising your children in an environment where there is hostility and emotional instability creates a child with emotional baggage, hence, resulting in an adult with emotional problems. Your child is doomed from the start.


Demi Moore Rushed To Hospital For Substance Abuse, Pulls Out From Movie

Actress Demi Moore was rushed to a LA hospital, Tuesday night, for what appears to be substance abuse, according to TMZ. However, her rep has reported the issue to be extreme exhaustion.

“Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health, ” says her rep.  She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends.”

Now, it’s reported, Moore has withdrawn from the production of film, ‘Lovelace’. A biopic of former porn star Linda Lovelace. Demi was set to play a feminist activist, Gloria Steinem, who became know for taking a stance against pornography.

Back in November amidst cheating allegations, Demi filed for divorce from actor and husband of 5 years, Ashton Kutcher. He was last seen at a party when Moore was rushed to the hospital.

Best wishes and a speedy recovery Demi.

(Photo: @mrskutcher)

Tyler Perry Shares His Ideas On Success, Says “Anything Is Possible”

In a recent video blog, producer, writer, and actor Tyler Perry shares his advise on how to become successful.

He says, “Plant your seed in the ground, water it, and believe…I planted my seed, I worked really hard…focus on one thing, one area, put all of your energy into watering one area. If you spread the water across many, many seeds you won’t have as much water for that one seed. Focus on that one thing, make it your priority and stick with it not matter what.”

I must admit, although I loved many of Tyler’s plays pre-big screens and big budgets, I have since found his more recent work repetitive and, at times, buffonery. However,, I think he should be applauded for all he’s been able to achieve. He’s broken many barriers and his art is just that, his art. For fellow producers who’ve handed out their criticism I’d say to counter act those portrayals of black people they hate so much, do something about it. Show another aspect. Nonetheless, you have to give credit where it’s due and because of all his hard work, he deserves his success. Well said Tyler!

[New Music] Rasheeda: “Legs To The Moon” Feat. Kandi

Atlanta rapper/singer, Rasheeda, is back with a new music off her forthcoming mix tape ‘Boss B*tch Music 4′. The single, “Legs To The Moon” features singer/songwriter and ‘Housewives of Atlanta’ star, Kandi Burress. Check it out below.

So what are your thoughts, hot or hmm?

Rasheeda’s mix tape will be release on January 30th. You can find out more on the artist at

The 90 Day Rule

A man knows within the first week of meeting you what bucket you fall into.

You will either be his    wife/potential girlfriend \_/    Friend  \_/   Jumpoff \_/

Jumpoff also includes those other ambiguous terms such as “friends with benefits”, “she cool and we chilling” and “I don’t want a relationship but we can still have sex until you realize I’m not going to change my mind and leave.”

Be that as it may, women everywhere are still instituting the 90 day rule. Steve Harvey’s 90 day rule, made famous in his book Act like a Lady and Think Like a Man equates a relationship to a job. In his 2009 Essence Music Festival interview he says “You work a job 90 days before you get a benefits package…”  This rule suggests that you should wait 90 days to have sex with a man to show him you respect yourself, discover his intentions and make him value you  more.

I’ll risk being stoned and beg to differ.

How a man treats you after sex was pre-determined by your behavior before the sex. Whether you waited three minutes or three months to sleep with him, he’s already determined your bucket based on your personality and behaviors. Guess what you will still be after the orgasm if he never saw you as anything more than a jumpoff? A ‘waited until day 90’ jumpoff.

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By: Dee Rene

[Recap] ‘Love & Hip Hop 2′ Season Finale

The season finale of ‘Love & Hip Hop: Season 2′ gave the women an opportunity to really reflect on their lives, how far they’ve come and what they hope for in the future.

While Chrissy, Mama Jones and Jimmy are finally in a good place, Kimbella now has to face life, at least for now, being a single mother. After revealing she’s pregnant again,  she confides in Yandy about the emotional roller coaster she’s dealt with in her relationship and an uncertain future. Yandy has mixed feelings about the way her business relationship ended with Jimmy but is optimistic about the many possibilities that lays ahead. Olivia is still without the major record deal she seeks while Emily remains on her own she still longs for a committed and loving relationship with rapper Fabolous and Somaya heads back to LA for new beginnings.

Take a look at some of the most memorable moments for the finale show.