Sep 24, 2008
N.E.R.D frontman Pharrell expressed his true feelings last night about this year's election and who he strongly supports, by throwing a jab at Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin during a concert at New York's Nokia Theater.
When the crowd at the N.E.R.D./Big Boi concert erupted into an "Obama" chant last night, the Neptunes producer took the opportunity to get political.
"So I guess I don’t have to ask. So we feel the same way," said Pharrell. "We’re gonna do what we gotta do to make sure that the person that goes after Osama is not holding a baby in one hand and a soccer ball in the other. Ok, cool."
"But she’s a hot MILF though, isn’t she?" he added.
In related news, Pharrell was among a select group of celebrities who were tapped to design gear for Obama’s "Runway To Change" campaign. Pharrell’s t-shirt, which is called, "Obama Stands Out From The Crowd" features the Illinois senator’s last name surrounded by a sea of cartoon people.
The t-shirt costs $60 and is available on BarackObama.com.
Mega hit rapper Lil’ Wayne is about to relive the infamous tell-all my "personal business" drama once again, as his ex-wife is reportedly writing a book about her life with the New Orleans rapper, reports AllHipHop.com.
Antonia "Toya" Carter, who divorced Wayne in 2004 after a two-year marriage, announced her literary endeavor last week via her MySpace page.
While she did not offer many specifics on a title or proposed release date, Carter did request the public’s opinion on the topics she should cover.
The 24-year-old, born Antonia Johnson, briefly made headlines a year ago, when she responded to a revealing interview with Vibe Magazine by her famous ex, with her own eye-opening account of their relationship and life together.
While Wayne’s cover interview with the magazine seemed to downplay the extent of their relationship, the former Mrs. Carter revealed that she and Weezy began their courtship in middle school and went on to be high school sweethearts.
At the tender age of 14, she became pregnant with their only child, now 9-year-old Reginae.
The two married on Valentine’s Day 2004, with the marriage existing somewhere between Lil’ Wayne’s more public relationships with R&B singer Nivea and rapper Trina.
While Carter blamed Wayne’s infidelity for the dissolution of the marriage in early 2006, she told the magazine that they continue to maintain a strong friendship, and that the rapper has grown to become a "better father over the years."
R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo has lashed out at the media for not giving him enough publicity, and blames the snub on his clean-living lifestyle.
The hitmaker believes his talents are not recognized in the press, despite two multi-platinum albums and a Grammy award, because he is too straight-laced. He believes the media would prefer him to be more like hard-partying Sean 'Diddy' Combs or a drug-taking rock star, according to PR-Inside.com.
"People feel that because I'm a fully functional adult and not a heroin addict, I won't sell magazines.
"Everybody wants me to be the guy sleeping with every celebrity woman in this industry. Everyone wants me to be this guy in the club, popping 17 bottles. Everybody wants me to be Diddy, but that's not me," Ne-Yo explains.
Bankhead native T.I. has been ordered to pay more child support to the mother of two of his children, after she claimed the $2,000 a month she was receiving wasn't enough.
Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane ordered T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., to pay just over $3,000 a month to LaShon Dixon. The judge also said the 27-year-old rapper must continue to pay for the boys to attend private school, uninsured medical bills and expenses related to the children's extracurricular activities.
Tipton Lane also awarded the couple joint custody of the boys, ages 7 and 8, on Tuesday. Dixon, 28, was granted primary physical custody. The children previously spent about 40 percent of their time with the two-time Grammy winner.
Dixon's attorney, Randy Kessler, said his client is still unsatisfied with the amount the judge ordered T.I. to pay but is happy to receive more child support.
"Every little bit helps," Kessler said. "She was just getting by with the children, while they lived a different life with their father. It can't be complete opposites on the other side."
An email was sent to one of T.I.'s lawyers Tuesday, but an immediate reply was not returned.
He also has two sons with his fiancee, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, of the defunct R&B group Xscape.
Troubled rap star DMX missed an important court date on Tuesday after being rushed to a South Florida hospital due to suffering "stroke-like" symptoms, according to AllHipHop.com.
While DMX’s current condition is unknown, hospital officials did disclose he will not be released for at least the next few days.
Charles Kozelka, DMX’s lawyer, claimed earlier today to not know any specific details about his client’s health.
"I don’t know the cause, but I know that he’s still hospitalized and that they’ve admitted him and won’t be releasing him for a couple more days," Kozelka stated.
DMX, real name Earl Simmons, was scheduled to be in court today to face charges stemming from a missed court date in Arizona. In that case, Simmons is charged with attempting to buy cocaine and marijuana from an undercover officer.
Because of his illness, Kozelka successfully arranged DMX’s day in court to be pushed back to September 29, in hopes that Simmons will have recovered and be in condition to attend.
The abrupt medical trip marks the second time in two months that the conflicted MC has been hospitalized.
In August DMX missed a previous court date, admitting himself to a rehabilitation clinic in hopes of combating his well documented substance abuse problems.
However, the judge issued a bench warrant as the missed date marked Simmons’ second consecutive no-show.
Before his current hospitalization, X was free on $25,000 bond.
Superstar producer/rapper Kanye West is expanding his talent beyond music videos and taking it to the screen, along with fellow rapper Rhymefest. The Hip-Hop duo have teamed with Jackhole Productions and Comedy Central to create a half-hour, urban-based puppet show titled Alligator Boots.
According to New York’s Daily News, television executive Doug Herzog, known for helping bring South Park, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report to the network, hinted at what West’s latest venture would offer. "We’re working on a pilot with Kanye," he told the Daily News. "It’s going to be a black version of ‘The Muppets.’"
In addition to West and Rhymefest working behind the scenes as executive producers, the two would also reportedly produce and perform music throughout the series, which could be on the air as early as 2009. Future episodes will be hosted by a different celebrity guest.
Jackhole Productions, which is owned by Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison, has a number of hit television shows on the air.
In addition to producing Comedy Central’s hit series Crank Yankers, which featured puppets voiced by celebrities making prank phone calls, Jackhole Productions also produces Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Man Show and The Andy Milonakis Show.
Following a short promotional trip to London, Rihanna has made her way to Milan, Italy to keep an eye on the latest fashions during Milan Fashion Week.
At the Gucci Spring/Summer 2009 show on Wednesday (September 24), the “Take A Bow” hitmaker looked oh-so-sexy in a cute black mini dress held up by a black studded leather collar paired with knee-high boots and matching black nail polish.
Not only was Rihanna there to check out the latest trends, as the 20-year-old Barbadian was recently named the newest face of the ritzy label.
She and Gucci designer Frida Giannin are actually in the process of designing a gown for a collection that Rihanna, herself, will be promoting.
Pop singer Britney Spears will soon be moving out of her California home - as the six-bedroom, six-bathroom Studio City home has hit the market.
With an asking price of $7.9 million, the 7,500 square feet house features an Italian Renaissance-inspired villa with a wet bar, library, den, high ceiling, and stone as well as mosaic tile floors.
Outside of the sprawling estate is a gated pool, spa, arbor and three garages. Another perk, the lucky buyer can obtain the house partially furnished and decorated.
Meanwhile, Spears, 26, is expected to be moving into a house she has had her eye on located an hour drive from Los Angeles in Calabasas, California.
She’s been putting all of her energy into a photo shoot this week, and yesterday Lindsay Lohan was spotted on her way home from a hard day’s work.
The “Labor Pains” actress offered up the peace sign to the paparazzi as she made her way to her house, sporting a blue cardigan sweater overtop a black scoopneck minidress teamed with matching black leather cowboy boots.
And according to a recent report, LiLo has finally confirmed her lesbian relationship with celebrity deejay Samantha Ronson.
While giving an interview on DJ Ted Stryker’s KROQ show, she was asked, “Now, you guys, you and Samantha have been going out for how long now? Like two years? One year? Five months? Two months?” She replied, “A long… a very long time.”
Stryker mused, “I hope you guys stay together, you’re a very lovely looking couple,” to which LiLo replied, “Thank you very much.”
Meanwhile, Lindsay’s dad has voiced his displeasure with the pairing, as he told FOX Pop Tarts’ Hollie McKay: “There is a lot more to Samantha then meets the eyes, not that what we see is too pleasing anyway! I mean, what’s with this ... “person”??? Look at the way she “dresses”? Once more, she uses her middle finger more than she uses words! Personally, I think she is dark, hideous and a disgusting representation of humanity.”
They’ve been lying relatively low these days, but yesterday (September 23) Paris Hilton and Benji Madden were spotted enjoying some Big Apple nightlife following a transcontinental flight.
The “Hottie and the Nottie” babe and her “I Don’t Wanna Be in Love” rocker boyfriend showed up at Touch night club in New York City last night for Benji’s guest DJ gig.
And Miss Hilton looked super hot in a pink zip-up hoodie overtop a black and white striped dress with black stockings and strappy black flats. Meanwhile, Madden rocked a screenprinted hoodie with a black baseball cap, black jeans, and black sneakers.
Earlier in the day, the lovable pair was spotted preparing to fly out of LAX International Airport, with Paris looking a bit thin as she stripped down to go through the security checkpoint.
She’s been quite the globe-hopper as of late, and Rihanna is definitely enjoying her latest stop in the city of London, England.
The “Take a Bow” songstress was spotted out and about, leaving the BBC Radio One studios earlier today (September 23) sporting a grey dress underneath a black coat with a black, white, and red scarf, black leggings, and a pair of lace-up heeled ankle boots.
Despite the recent rumors that she’s in trouble financially, Rihanna says that she’s been keeping an extra-close eye on her business affairs, and that things are just fine.
“You can’t get away from the business side. It takes over. The minute you get into the business side, it becomes you. I get business reports all the time because it’s my money. And I stay on top by living it, breathing it, thinking about it every day and every night.”
Shanna Moakler’s emotional trip to visit Travis Barker (who suffered massive burns in a plane crash over the weekend), it sounds like she’s in it for the long haul.
A source close to the situation revealed to press that the drummer’s ex-wife is committed to seeing him make it through a full recovery. “She’s been at his bedside ever since she got there. She loves him and she’s not going to leave him.”
And though the whole ordeal has been, no doubt, extremely taxing on the former Miss USA, the source reassures that she’s being strong for the both of them. “It has all been very intense. [Shanna] is very emotional but also very strong.”
Meanwhile a source close to the family reiterated how fortunate Travis’ situation has turned out to be, given the circumstances. “He is very, very lucky. To come out of this without one broken bone is a miracle.”