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Janet Jackson - Rock With U

Janet Jackson Comes Down to Earth for “Rock With U”

Anyone not a few clicks new around here, knows the hard time I gave Janet Jackson for her space-themed “Feedback” video. I haven’t seen this around much, but she has a new video out for “Rock With U.” Consider it a re-interpretation of her big brother’s in-his-prime classic.. “Rock With You.”

Janet’s version dips into the house music territory of the late 80’s/early 90’s. And this time, the video matches well with the music.
She’s in a club, mingling with folks, cheezin, and dancing without the danger of floating off into the Milky Way. It’s all I ever asked of her. Come down to earth, baby.

Janet Jackson pinned against the wall in rock with u

She also used a back room scene as an excuse to get her freak off.
How many times did dude mess up that shot for the reshoot? Off beat on purpose. “Wow. Was I supposed to spin? Let’s do it ten more times.”

Alicia Keys - Late Show with david Letterman

Alicia Keys Talks About Her Carrot Soup Adventure in Peru

Last night, Alicia Keys was a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. With two dancers/backup singers she performed her new single “Teenage Love Affair.” We’ll step past the dancing and singing. The blurbable part of the appearance was Alicia Keys telling a story about her solo trip to Peru on New Years Eve.

It seems as though Alicia Keys escape to Egypt wasn’t a one-off thing. She said she is going to take those kinds of vacations every year to give herself a break from celeb life.
What I don’t understand is Alicia went solo on New Years Eve, but she thinks of Kerry Brothers as someone she would marry? On a “big” day like New Years Eve, shouldn’t it then be a WE vacation.

Kerry Brothers at Strata

That’s Kerry at a party at Strata this month - friends of both of them >> I think.
They could be new artists. I almost felt bad about posting that. You know, just in case he was having some fun that needs some explaining back at home.

But I don’t think he’s dumb enough..

Alicia Keys - Late Show with David Letterman

To step out

Alicia Keys - Late Show with David Letterman


Alicia Keys - Late Show with David Letterman


Let’s Get to Alicia Keys Adventure in Peru

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Barack Obama Disowns Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Don’t Know Him. Don’t Care What He Says.

When the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy exploded, Barack Obama mentioned that Reverend Wright had taken a sabbatical. Everyone seemed to understand what that meant: he would stay on the low until the election was over. The past three days, Reverend Wright has shattered any thought of him standing down for Barack’s benefit.

On Friday, Reverend Wright had his first post-controversy interview on Bill Moyer’s Journal. He was asked about Barack Obama condemning his statements. Wright passed it off as Barack Obama saying what politicians have to say. On Sunday, he made an appearance at a NAACP function. Got a standing ovation, as he talked about John F. Kennedy’s Irish accent and things that a Comicview comedian would say, like, black people’s clapping style vs. white people’s off beat style.

On Monday, Reverend Wright made a stop at a National Press Club event. Where he praised Louis Farrakahn as one of the most important voices of the 20th century; repeated his claim that the government created AIDS; and joked about being available for a vice-candidate spot; all while defending the black church’s traditions.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright at the National Press Club

Actually, fending off attacks on the church is why he chose to return from.. “sabbatical”.. “Why I am speaking out now? In our community, we have something called playing the dozens. If you think I’m going to let you talk about my mama—(laughter)—and her religious tradition and my daddy and his religious tradition and my grandma, you got another thing coming. (Applause.)”

Somewhere in there, Reverend Wright said he was never Barack Obama’s spiritual advisor and if Barack Obama is to become president, then it would be God’s will. Implying that anything he says or does isn’t going to to change Barack Obama’s chances.

Surf those transcripts. Reverend Wright’s comments are lifted completely out of context, but that’s how we got here in the first place. By providing the media with fresh material to pick through, it’s completely short-sighted and self-destructive for Reverend Wright to handicap someone you would think he cared for. Barack Obama said Wright was like an uncle to him. And that crazy ol uncle just stabbed him in the back. And for what? If the black church is on fire, it’s because he’s standing in the aisle with gasoline draws on. Jump in the water, take a bath. >> Help a brother out.

Yesterday, Barack Obama disowned Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Looking sad, uncomfortable, and at times, angry, Barack Obama cut the umbilical cord..

“The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate, and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church.

They certainly don’t portray accurately my values and beliefs.

If Reverend Wright thinks that’s political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well and based on his remarks yesterday, I may not know him as well as I thought either.

I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia, explaining that he has done enormous good in the church. But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS; when he suggests that Minister Farrakhan somehow represents one of the greatest voices of the 20th and 21st century; when he equates the U.S. wartime efforts with terrorism – then there are no excuses. They offend me. They rightly offend all Americans. And they should be denounced, and that’s what I’m doing very clearly and unequivocally here today.

It is antithetical to my campaign. It is antithetical to what I’m about. It is not what I think America stands for.”

Paul Pierce and friend

Paul Pierce Fined $25,000 for Flashing Piru Blood Gang Sign

Paul Pierce was fined $25,000 by the NBA for allegedly flashing a Piru Blood gang sign at the Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford. During a game 3 playoff loss on Saturday, Al Horford hit a big shot, after which he trash talked Paul Pierce. Apparently, Paul Pierce didn’t like his yapping.

A timeout was called after the shot was made. As Al Horford walked to his bench, Paul Pierce moved toward center court, making sure Horford could see him, and flashed a hand signal in the air.

Los Angeles viewers immediately recognized it as LA’s Piru Blood gang sign.

Paul Pierce flashing gang sign?

Not sure how accurate this list is, but it does identify it as a Blood sign.

blood gang sign

Here’s a ‘Blood’ on Bebo flashing it too.

Paul Pierce grew up in Oakland, California. No doubt he keeps roots in his Cali hood, but was he threatening Al Horford with some kind of off the court mishap? NBA Commissioner, David Stern didn’t go that far, but agreed it was strange enough to fine him, “I know it was unique. You can check the gesture and you can check what it’s usually compared to,” Stern said. “Our guys made the decision. I’m not into etymology of gestures.”

The Boston Celtics general manager, Danny Ainge, tried to diffuse the incident, but he may have made it worse by saying Paul Pierce is always flashing that hand signal.

“Every game what does he do?” Ainge said. “He does like, ‘Blood, sweat, and tears.’ That’s kind of his sign. Blood, sweat, and tears. That’s what he does every game. That’s what he does every single game during introductions.”

So he walked over to give Al Horford his personal affirmation signal?


Denzel Washington on set of Pelham Bay 123

Denzel Washington Spotted in NY: “The Taking of Pelham 123”

No work on Sunday. Unless your name is Denzel Washington. Yesterday, he was snapped on the set of his next movie The Taking of Pelham 123. Looking about as stylish as a fashion week model in a pair of tight toffee colored glasses and a Florida orange, neon-yellow MTA worker vest. Yeah, he’s fashion week ready. <

< Joke.

The movie is actually an update of

the 1974 flick of the same name. Director Tony Scott, whose vibrant, slick, attention deficit disorder proof, style of film, joined Denzel Washington and John Travolta for this updated look at a NYC subway robbery gone wrong.

Oh yeah.. Gbenga Akinnagbe aka Chris was cast too.

Denzel Washington running on NYC street - on set of The Taking of Pelham 123

In the latest isue of Fade In, Denzel Washington was asked about this movie. You would think as an actor, he would need a reference point for what he is remaking. Not Denzel. Amazingly, he said he’s never seen the original.. and I guess, doesn’t plan to.

Denzel Washington running on NYC street - on set of The Taking of Pelham 123

“If I mentioned Taking of Pelham 123 to my kids, they don’t have a clue what it is. Tony Scott has a unique take on it. The remake part is the least of it. I just think it’s a good story.. I’ve never seen the original. Never have. There might be those who compare, but the overwhelming majority of the moviegoing public probably never saw the original, at least not in the theater.”

See what I mean?

That’s like some kids, thirty years from now, remaking Friday, but haven’t watched Chris Tucker and Ice Cube lean back and say.. Dammmnnnnnn. What do I know. Denzel gets paid the millions.

Here’s some guy snooping around the set.

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