Singer Monica took over Cali yesterday, as her presence was requested by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Monica performed in celebration of the launch of the “Get Schooled” program, a nation-wide initiative, co-developed by Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to engage students, families and community members in efforts to improve America’s public education system and encourage more young people to complete their education.
The launch consisted of a block party and concert included more than 400 Los Angeles-area public school students, parents, teachers and school administrators as well as various special guests and celebrities, including Morgan Freeman, Seal & Heidi Klum, Tachina Arnold, Kevin Liles, BET’s Debra Lee and more. Check out a few flix:
After watching the disturbing video of former “In The House” star Maia Campbell’s erratic behavior, the internet was abuzz with disbelief. Most assumed that Maia was a lost cause, while others prayed for her recovery. Well it’s obvious that prayer works wonders! Through the combined forces of thousands perhaps millions standing in prayer, it’s been recently reported the Maia Campbell is finally in treatment:
Via Black Web 2.o:
Last night I received a wonderful email from a friend of her late mother, Bebe Moore Campbell. Nancy Carter, executive director of NAMI Urban Los Angeles (NAMI Urban Los Angeles (NULA) is the urban affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness), thanking BlackWeb20.com for the coverage and the compassion shown towards Maia. Nancy alerted me to my error and explained that Maia has been diagnosed with bi-polar/manic depression. And because substance abuse is involved she has co-occurring disorder, which has symptoms similar to schizophrenia.
In short, Maia is mentally ill and has a substance abuse problem.
Nancy returned my phone call to her and shared some important and good news: Maia is in treatment. And she said that there is hope for Maia’s recovery but the prayers of “50,000,000″ people can make the difference, because Maia doesn’t like to stay in treatment, and her treatment involves drug withdrawal as well as treatment for her disorders. (MORE)
Visit NAMI Urban LA’s site to view a tribute video to Bebe Moore Campbell, co-founder of the organization.
Check out Shawty Lo’s “Atlanta, GA” featuring The Dream, Ludacris & Gucci Mane. I heard this song a while ago minus The Dream and although Luda was on it I was still like…ummm ok, it’s aiight. But it’s since been remixed with a different beat and The Dream jumped on the hook to make it complete (y’all know a Mr. Nash hook can make ANYTHING addictive)….instant classic!
Atlanta, GA ~ Shawty Lo ft. The Dream, Ludacris & Gucci Mane
In honor of her self-proclaimed “National Real Hair Day,” Ms. Banks asked the world to drop wigs, weaves and extensions to rock their natural hair. Tyra lead the way by shedding her daily lacefront to reveal a head full of sandy brown locks. Her hair is actually pretty nice! I know my photos suck. No need to even tell me. But I just thought I’d update you guys who missed Tyra’s “Real Hair” show today.
So far, two people have come forward to discuss that disturbing video of Maia Campbell acting erratically. The first is the dude who appeared in the video who most assumed was Maia’s pimp or abusive boyfriend. He did a response video to dispute all those reports and discusses in vivid detail how the video all came about. Apparently he’s a rapper and Maia simply came to the set to be a part of his music video in Los Angeles. Instead of cash, he says Maia wanted crack and when he said NO to the crack, she was caught on tape acting wild.
The 2nd person who’s come forward is Maia’s “In the House” co-star Ken Lawson, who played CARL on the show alongside Maia and LL Cool J. Lawson expresses his disbelief about the entire situation and explains how most people get “caught up” in the industry. I personally, don’t know why he even came forward cause he really didn’t say much of anything but umma give him his 5 mins.
Nivea and Antonia “Toya” Carter have something in common. Besides the fact that both have tasted the sweet fruit of Lil Wayne they both love the arts and were spotted in the crowd during The Collective Renaissance Guild’s Power Generation performances. I’m wondering if Nivea, who’s engaged and pregnant by Toya’s ex-hubby got any tips from Toya on how to handle the gremlin?
Nivea’s searchin for answers but it looks like Toya’s not budgin…
Seems Toya’s new boo, 6’5 NFL player James Hardy has her mind far far away from Wayne.