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Erykah Badu shares a new project filled with songs from her favorite funk, jazz, and soul artists. The Dallas singer/songwriter compiled all of her favorite recordings on a new mixtape titled FEEL BETTER, WORLD.

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Erykah posted a message to her fans:

“ALL OVER THE GLOBE…KEEP WALKING TALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS. SOMEDAY WE WILL ALL BE FREE. THE WORLD IS IN NEED OF HEALING…. I CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY SELECTED HIGH FREQUENCY TONES FOR THE SOUL…. PLEASE LISTEN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.
LOVE, ms. badu”

 

FEEL BETTER, WORLD! … LOVE, MS.BADU by Erykah She Ill Badu on Mixcloud

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Was it not another breathtaking Moment on Empire?!! I had to reference Star Wars for the title due to the epic-ness of the show.  Ratings rise again for another week which is Epic for Fox to even achieve such an accomplishment, now just imagine if they didn’t decide to greenlight this project- the Network didn’t believe in the show at first pushing it back like a Lil Wayne album but I know whoever made the choice is poppin’ their 4th bottle of Dom…with a model…(sorry had too!)

Tonight’s episode opens with the Lyon family gathered at a medical clinic to help Andre. A team of therapists talks the family through the possible ways to treat Andre’s bipolar disorder, which flared up last week. Lucious’ seat is empty. In a flashback, we learn that he was a lot more interested in his

Love to see more of MJB, wow didn't know Vernon hits the powder and the Bass too??
Love to see more of MJB, wow didn’t know Vernon hits the powder and the Bass too??

career—a.k.a. singing with Mary J. Blige—than he was in supporting his son when Andre first had a breakdown in college. Then, as now, Lucious refused to let anyone tell him his son had a mental illness. He thinks Andre has the ability to will it away.

Lucious meets with Vernon to divvy up the Empire’s shares among the rest of the family. He has a plan to make things right with Cookie by giving her more control of the company, after which he expects her to want to get back with him. His plan to marry Cookie and then raise Lola (remember her? She’s Jamal’s daughter) together. Oh Really?!!???!! When you plan on telling her?

Well Olivia’s back, No not Olivia Pope! Your girl who left her child on the elevator of a multi-billion dollar company who just so happen to run away from her past just so it could follow her to the next bus stop. Now you know the Lyon’s family would’ve hooked her up with a plane ticket if you were that fearful of this man but that’s an IMO moment which i will not dwell on but the awkwardness was so prevalent in each scene that it caught me off guard but later for that sub-plot… and speaking of guards, Derek Luke as Malcolm, what a classy move to assert yourself and make it known, now I was surprised they took it there so soon. I was expecting more of a buildup because of the comment made last episode about Lucious still being in love with Cookie but instead they slapped me with it and therefore stunned with the impression it left on my face…ooohh Malcolm you can guard me all night looooonnnng!!  Okay back from my dream….

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Now I am not sure what Michelle White (Jennifer Holiday Hudsons) motive is but I question those “good intentions”. I’m not sure if she seduced Andre to pray or what, it was a risque move from the moment she locked the door and informs him of going against hospital policy, slightly going where no doctor should go by teasing him ever so gently to thennnnnn softly saying “let’s pray”….ummm i’m morbidly intrigued but should I be??#4givemeLord?? If she is just a cameo appearance then I can go on in peace, but I WONDER if they decide to keep her on as a potential side chick, ooh yes I repeat. When you consider the fact that Andre signed off his rights by make Rhonda, his WIFE, proxy of the IPO, so we would have a true showdown on our hands…come on Empire you can throw in a cat fight or 2!!

Now back to the sub-plot, Raven Symone was back this week and she came to town with a Jerkazz dude named Reggie who was hell bent on getting Lola back. This may have been the shadiest guy Empire has trotted out so far and when he showed up at the Lyon house, it was clear that something was going to happen.  Now from the previews I expect him to pull out a gun, but not sure who it was originally intended for! His anger towards Jamal was clearly misguided and a little abrupt, but it made for a pretty tense scene. I didn’t think he was going to actually shoot Jamal, but I was still on the edge of my seat.

Then I was wide-eyed and screaming when Lucious let the cat out of the bag.

Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop! It was me! It was me! I’m the father. I put the baby in her, not him. I did it.

Lucious What is wrong with you? Like honestly, what is wrong with you? So, he makes Olivia marry Jamal to what, keep up the appearance that he’s straight and in return he promises to make her a star. And somewhere during their sham marriage, Lucious started sleeping with her? Lucious new name should be Ludicrous   (using Mike Tyson’s voice and no offense to rapper Ludacris).

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“Sins of the Father” showcases that He’s the “presumed” king, and this is his “empire”. But also highlights the fact that he didn’t do that much more than anyone else to make the business happen. Cookie put up the money (and went to jail for it); Vernon keeps the books; the IPO was Andre’s idea; and Jamal and Hakeem have more than enough talent between the two of them. Lucious imagines that he has the right to make everyone’s business his own because he’s the Lyon family’s father figure, but as tonight’s episode makes clear, he has no right to that privilege. “Sins of the Father” is as much an adrenaline-filled thrill ride—like any Empireepisode—as it is a takedown of the patriarchy, a big middle finger to the powerful men like Lucious who see everyone else’s work as secondary to their own.

Honorable Attention goes to:

  • Lucious tried to buy Camilla off because that’s what Lucious does. It turns out she is heavy in debt and Lucious assumed she was a scam artist trying to milk Hakeem for money. Now, their relationship may be creepy, but I do think there is a genuine love there. Camilla was clearly devastated and there is no way that’s the last time we’ll see her.
  • Vernon had so many lines, but he also fell off the wagon. I don’t frequent clubs much these days, but can you just snort cocaine openly like that? No one seemed concerned about his state when he showed up at the house, but then again, Reggie was with him and he was the creepiest dude in the world, couldn’t tell who to trust in that scene?
  • “Sins of the Father” was written by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft and directed by Rob Hardy, visionaries at their finest hour, excellent job men!
  • When arguing with Lucious at his mansion, Rhonda reveals that she came from nothing and had to work her way through college, contrary the impression that everyone has of her as a spoiled white girl.
  • Lucious also hired a notary for the sake of the contract signing, who had the job of standing in the corner and looking shocked at everything that happened. She had nearly the exact same role as Chris Hemsworth did in last week’s Empire parody on Saturday Night Live (though, unlike SNLEmpire had the sense not to entertain the joke because it failed to make anyone laugh).

Anticipation is stalking me, this two hour finale is gonna be devastatin’!!

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-Diverse Diva

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Newly revealed blind item claims Jermaine Dupri is ready to write a tell-all book about his time with Janet Jackson…

Will JD write a tell-all on JJ? So So Debt
Will JD write a tell-all on JJ? So So Debt

From Rhymes with Snitch

Blind Items Revealed

December 12, 2014

I hope that confidentiality agreement that this former A+ list singer turned recluse signed with one of her exes is ironclad or she is going to have a whole world of gossip and dirt come tumbling down on her like she has never seen. He needs the money and is ready to spill. She probably should have written the check because once he starts talking to the ghostwriter, all of it will get out. This ghostwriter does not keep secrets very well.

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a-new-song-empireWhoaaaa, okay did ya’ll catch this weeks episode of Empire, now I’m not sure if you’ve seen the episode or Nah, but things get a little messy from start to finish…

First off, how you gonna invite your ex-wife to an engagement announcement without bothering to tell her “oh yeah the boys are invited too”, you could’ve at least given her the heads up, now who does that, Only Lucious.  And by the way when was it customary to wear a negligee to a restaurant anyway… Cookie you knew betta now you gonna start a trend for these thots to follow, “oh no Maître d’ you may NOT take my coat” says the random ratchet girl (okay as you can see I get a little too caught up in these shows)…

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Now can’t even go any further without acknowledging Derek Luke & how devastatingly FINE he is in this role and is it too early to say a possible romance may blossom between these two, oh I can’t wait but the agony of anticipation: for it to flourish, now that’s gonna put me in a straight jacket…

Speaking of straight jackets… am I the only one who hears “It’s hard out here for a pimp” every time I see Lucious(Djay) and Cookie(Shug) in a scene together, if so please direct me to the local mental health facility for further diagnosis, on that note let’s carry on…

(Dis)Honorable mention goes to “what’s her name” oh yeah Courtney Love… who??  Now whatever grave they dug this chick up out of you can now return the corpse to its rightful home.  So I had to ponder whether or not if she was playing a culmination (better yet mockery) of former Divas: Madonna/Britney Spears(she did save Jive records)/Lady Gaga, hell Miley Cyrus-and that was just last week; or simply playing herself because I honestly could not tell the difference.  Oh Courtney who felt sorry for you, would’ve looked better if you had a similar story line with Lil’ Kim or Eve since Empire never mention having a pop, yet alone white artist on this Hip-Hop label, not one indication that I can recall???

Finally Malik Yoba’s Vernon (aka ChapStick) has a purpose, Clean Up Man, I was wondering what his 9-5 consist of.  I guess I can consider him the new Stringer Bell to The Wire’s Avon Barksdale.

Now on to the music…

Jamal not only has one hit from last episode but came with another banger “I wanna love you” I need that song in my life, can i find it on itunes? Why yes of course  http://https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/empire-music-from-out-damned/id963939769

Special shout out to Sway for making a hot cameo at the last minute, Funkmaster Flex must’ve got stuck in traffic (how you gon’ have a Cali DJ hosting a NY radio show, now who set that up, no tea no shade Sway-having Heather B on your show don’t make you NY boss ijs)

Courtney still thinks she’s the lead singer of her old trash band Hole 🙁

If Hakeem rapped as good as he whines he would be crowned the next King of New York, latest song came wit some heat but didn’t come close to last weeks fire “Drip Drop” (TRYING NOT TO LAUGH, ok i did anyway)

And Now the Bruuuhhh moment goes to: Raven Simone as………  Olivia, REALLY???!! Is Rudy, Theo and Denise plan to drop by the office too?? And please don’t invite Heathcliff, he’s liable to drug Rhonda and make her wait 30 years to claim she was raped too…oh y’all know i ain’t right

Diverse Diva signing off…for now

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I see why Beyonce went solo… being in a 90’s chart topping group does not equate to financial success…

peep the struggle below…

Written by Tatyana Jenene @TatyanaJenene

Chile these 90s stars are not doing right with their money, earlier this year it came out that Jasmine Guy and Vanessa Williams both owed the IRS and were getting slapped with liens, now Maxine –formally of En Vogue and the front man from the group Next –RL are filing for Bankruptcy.

A few years ago, Maxine left En Vogue and joined Dawn Robinson on team “I use to be in En Vogue, so I’m going to book shows under the name En Vogue,” so because Cindy and Terry were still booking shows under the name En Vogue it was causing confusion for promoters (as far as who would show up) all four decided to go to court. Dawn & Maxine v. Terry & Cindy ended in Dawn and Maxine losing their case and being told by the judge to stop using the group’s name. Because of this, Maxine claims that she was over $100,000 in debt.

Her debts include $212,000 for her house, $22,000 in California taxes, $17,000 in lawyer fees and $539 on her Victoria Secret credit card (might as well be sexy while flopping.) She and Dawn are filing for appeal to use the En Vogue name again… because that is so much easier than putting on your big girl VS panties and working it out with the other group members like adults…

RL asked in the 1999 hit song “The Best Man I Can Be” ‘what can a brother do for me?’ hopefully give his ass a loan to pay off his debts. According to the Jasmine BRAND, RL filed bankruptcy in Gerogia Federal Court claiming he only had $50 in cash and $3500 in assets with $116,132.00 owed to creditors. His debt includes $6,000 in back child support, $49,000 owed to the IRS and $61,000 owed to American Express. RL claims that he only made $5,000 in 2013 and earned nothing in 2011 & 2012. His claims his assets are at $2,950 – this includes clothes, a computer, a dining room set, recording equipment and a bedroom set.

Accoriding to his rep, he was robbed by his accountant years ago for a “substantial” amount of money and the accountant is now deceased.

And I thought my debt to Sallie Mae was a lot…

courtesy of funkydineva.com

So you say yo money’s funny and yo change is strange?? Note to all Promoters: Please book Next and a former EnVogue member for your next BBQ fest or outdoor concert, birthday party, hell a Bar Mitzvah, you see they’re available.  #bankruptcy #90’sgroups #EnVogueneedtogetbacktogether #20yrsinthegameandshitstillthesame #RnB #allthatglittersnotgold

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Jeezy,Suge Knight and Wiz Khalifa connected?

Today, TMZ reported that the AK-47 that was found on Jeezy’s tour bus in late August was legally registered to the Snowman’s head of security, who was not on the bus at the time of the arrest. Jeezy and five others were busted after cops executed a search warrant on the bus following the fatal shooting of a concert promoter backstage during Wiz Khalifa’s set at the Under The Influence Of Music tour two days prior and turned up the weapon. No one claimed ownership, so all six sat in jail until Jeezy posted bail for everyone on the night of Aug. 28.

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So why didn’t anyone claim ownership of the gun? That, according to the site, was because Jeezy’s security chief was in the hospital after being shot in the same shooting incident that left Suge Knight bloodied at Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party in Los Angeles the night before.

Wait, what?

If TMZ is to be believed, all three incidents—the homicide during Wiz’s set, Suge Knight’s shooting and Jeezy’s arrest—are all connected in a bizarre web that spans the length of California and more than a week of crazier and crazier headlines. So, how do they all relate to each other? XXL put together a timeline of events to try and piece together how everything in this tangled web is intertwined. Hold on to your butts.

Friday, Aug. 22

The Under The Influence Of Music Tour had been rolling along since July 24, with Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy headlining with support from Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, Iamsu! and DJ Drama. The night of Aug. 22—the third to last stop on the tour—a man was shot and killed during Wiz’s show-closing set at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., northwest of San Jose. Police reported that the man who was killed was a 38-year-old local concert promoter named Eric Johnson who was apparently promoting Jeezy’s after party that night; sources told police that the man had been arguing backstage with the gunman and was hit five times from what was likely a “black pistol with a large magazine.”

Saturday, Aug. 23

In the wake of the shooting, the tour’s second-to-last show in Chula Vista, Calif., just South of San Diego, was cancelledby the promoters as police investigated the killing. “Due to a situation out of our control, tonight’s UTIOM show is cancelled,” Wiz said in a statement. “This was a senseless tragedy. Violence is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim’s family.”

That Saturday also happened to be the night before the MTV VMAs, which brought plenty of stars to Los Angeles, many of whom showed up at Chris Brown’s pre-VMA party at 1Oak nightclub in West Hollywood. Former Death Row head honcho—and no stranger to violence himself—Suge Knight was among those in attendance when gunshots rang out around 1:30 in the morning. Knight was shot six times in the incident and was rushed to the hospital, while two others sustained bullet wounds and were treated at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A., with no suspects identified. One of the victims was 19-year-old model Megan Hawkins; according to TMZ, the other man, who had previously been identified only as a 32-year-old male, was Jeezy’s head of security on the Under The Influence Tour, and had been shot in the arm.

Sunday, Aug. 24

The final show on the Under The Influence Of Music Tour in Irvine, Calif., a city in between Los Angeles and San Diego, went ahead as scheduled, but Jeezy was noticeably absent from the lineup. According to reports, police executed a search warrant on his bus in relation to the shooting Friday night, which caused him to miss his performance. While initial reports indicated that no one was arrested or charged, Jeezy and five others on his tour bus were arrested that night after police found an assault rifle on the tour bus. No one on the bus, including the Snowman, would claim ownership of the weapon, and all six were arrested and booked on $1 million bail in Orange County, Calif.

Meanwhile, Chris Brown’s camp released a statement distancing Brown from the shooting incident at his party. “Chris hosted an event in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the upcoming release of his album X, during which an incident occurred,” Brown’s reps said in a statement to XXL. ”This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event. He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation.” The next day, video of the shooting emerged, withsources telling TMZ that the shooting may have been gang related.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

News about Jeezy’s arrest began to trickle out, with police saying that while six people were arrested, none were suspects in the shooting death of Eric Johnson Friday night. The other five were all working on the Under The Influence Tour and all six were charged with possession of an assault rifle. The local San Jose Mercury News also brought in a legal analyst to speculate on why the bail for the charges was so high. “If they didn’t think [Jeezy] had significant knowledge about the homicide, I can’t imagine why he’d have a million-dollar bail,” the analyst said.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

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As details continued to emerge about Jeezy’s arrest, it was reported that the assault rifle in question was a “military-style AK-47.” With Jeezy’s fifth studio album, Seen It All, scheduled to drop Sept. 2, Jeezy and the five other people arrested with him remained in jail for a third day with the $1 million bail hanging over their heads. That same morning,Suge Knight walked out of the hospital after recovering sufficiently from the six gunshots wounds he received during the shooting Saturday night. In a further twist, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department turned over the shooting investigation to its homicide division, suggesting the shooting was an attempted murder. Katt Williams, who was with Suge at the time he was shot, had previously suggested that the former label head was not the intended target.

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