If you missed 300 Bowling Alley last night, you missed your chance! The ChillSpot ATL event hosted by Jamal Coleman and his partners DTP Exectuve, Chaka Zulu, Taiye (Tai Boogie), Travis Nuckles and Felix (Fecat) 300 bid it’s final farewell Sunday night. In case you’re wondering what the dealy is, rumor has it that it was actually the bowling alley’s decision to severe ties with the star-studded event:
The new manager (posing above with DTP’s Chaka & Boxer Floyd Mayweather) has made the decision to put an end to the Sunday night event. Although they have made a boatload of money from “our’ business, the bowling alley has decided to go for a more family friendly environment. This is the very spot that you mix and mingle with any and every celebrity, athlete, model, mogul etc that passed through the city of Atlanta on any given Sunday night.
“Family Friendly?”…yeah right. I gather that management is seeking a “lighter atmosphere” if you get my drift. Like for real, what family do you know that bowls after midnight on a Sunday? I’ll wait. *sigh* time’s Up! Anyway, the finale was a success. All of the Chill Spot’s celebrity friends came through to show 300 what’s really good. Fabolous, Maino, Pleasure P, Taraji P. Henson, Usher’s wife Tameka, Ludacris and more. In addition to all the craziness there was a room full of bloggers so it was nothing less than exciting!
The ChillSpot ATL crew.
Check out a few more flix from last night’s finale as well as some live “blogger’ banter below: Continue Reading…
I caught up with Monica yesterday and got a chance to inquire about all of her upcoming projects. Tons of her loyal fans have been hitting me up recently asking “wassup with the album?“, as well as seeking confirmation about her reality show, so I figured why not go to the source! There are two songs circulating the net right now, “Taxi” (which you may have heard during her PeachtreeTV reality show) and “Once in a Lifetime.” Both are creating quite a buzz! The main thing Monica wants to get across is that neither song is the single, so don’t get it twisted. She’s recorded over 100+ songs in her quest to find the right mix and she’s still in the lab with several producers, most notably B-Cox and Missy Elliot. But don’t fret…it’s coming!
Monica has been very busy lately. In addition to recording her own songs, she’s currently featured on her good friend, Keyshia Cole’s “Trust” and they’re preparing to shoot the video. She also just happened to be on her way to meet with the producer of her new BET reality show. That’s right! Mo’s show is hitting prime-time and is a done deal! The show, appropriately titled Still Standing starts production in a few short weeks and the first show will air sometime around the 2nd week of September. On the show, Monica hopes to touch the lives of troubled young women by sharing her journey in an open and honest way. She’s currently seeking clearance to take a camera crew into a women’s federal prison. (She ain’t skerred!) If you don’t know, Mo’s the realest in the game, so don’t let nobody tell you otherwise! She gave me quite an earful as we chatted about all the A-town gossip off camera. On camera, Monica gave her fans the 411 and repped her hometown of Atlanta to the fullest!
Peep the full videotaped interview below as well as a sample of those two leaked tracks: Continue Reading…
This is the second single in the U.S. from Ciara’s upcoming third studio album, Fantasy Ride, and the first single from the album in the UK. The song is produced by Timberlake and The Y’s, and co-written by Timberlake.
After all the hoopla surrounding Keyshia Cole’s sister, Neffe‘s pregnancy, you woulda thought that chick was carrying the messiah in her belly! First Neffeteria reveals her pregnancy to Sister2Sister’s Jamie Foster Brown, then Mama Frankie hits the Atlanta airwaves and bashes Neffe’s boo Soullow by pretty much saying he’s a deadbeat and then Neffe & Soullow hit the sofa to post a video “response to the media” addressing the pregnancy and discussing the numerical order of her babies and their daddies. *sigh* I’m tired just re-capping the drama…but now that you’ve caught up, Neffe says SLOW YA ROLL…she ain’t preggers! At least that’s what she says…
I caught up with Neffe at Aaron Reid’s YEEC showcase and she was adament that while Soullow is her soulmate (she has a big “A”zz tatt to prove it), she is NOT carrying his child….and if she is “so f*cking what?!?” <~ her words.
Check out her hilarious video attempt(s) to shout out StraightFromTheA.com and more photos of she and Dariel below: Continue Reading…
Aaron Reid, son of Def Jam Chair LA Reid and R&B legend Pebbles, stepped out on his own last weekend with the presentation of “Hello World” by the YEEC (Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Coalition). The YEEC ~ consisting of Aaron, James Smith and Jason Johnson held their launch event and listening lounge at the CW Loft on Friday, March 20th and the event featured fresh new talent including Ray Lavender, Rich Hill (son of Tommy Hilfiger), Unique and more.
YEEC hopes to be the conduit that facilitates the growth and development of the next generation of superstars and music moguls. Celebrities spotted included: Aaron’s mom & dad (LA Reid and Pebbles) Chaka Zulu, Dallas Austin, JoJo Simmons, Don Cannon, Letoya Luckett, Kawan Prather, Shakespear, Keyshia Cole’s sister Neffe, Carlissa Levert (daughter of the late Gerald Levert) and more.
I’m Grown Folks. I can go (1,2) waaaaayyyy back in this town. So, while I appreciate a good new release, I tend to listen to Grown Folks Music more often than not. One of my favorite songs by Grown Folks Artist Al Jarreau starts with these words:
Billy Jones is a mover
and he has a million plans.
Wants to be the big improver;
wants to be a wealthy man.
There are days when Billy loses hope,
days when hope loses him.
He prays he can just hold out
and one day he will win.
– from “Wait For The Magic” off Jarreau’s Tenderness album
One of my favorite Grown Folks Straight From The A is MrJonz. Who is MrJonz you ask? He’s an Atlanta music producer who’s worked with artists from DJ Kizzy Rock to Jamie Foxx and most recently Flo-Rida. You may not have heard his name but I’m sure you’ve heard his music.
Me and MrJonz had a little conversation the other day about his roots, his wings and his Atlanta. Check out your weekly Atlanta history lesson in the transcript below: Continue Reading…