Shakir Stewart, the 34-year-old executive vice president of Def Jam Recordings, was found about 4 p.m. Saturday in the bathroom of his house on Lindsey Drive in Marietta, said police spokeswoman Cassie Reece. Reese said Stewart shot himself with a handgun but wouldn’t say who discovered him. Stewart was prounounced dead at Kennestone Hospital.
On Sunday (November 2), his fiancée, Michelle Rivers, released a joint statement with the rest of his family.
“We would like to thank Shakir’s friends for the tremendous outpouring of love and support we have received during this difficult time,” the statement reads. “It has helped us to cope with our overwhelming grief and sadness. It is difficult to express or explain in words what led to the tragic occurrence on Saturday. Over the past several weeks, Shakir’s behavior was inconsistent with the man we all know and love. As much as we all tried to help him, Shakir was in deep pain and largely suffering in silence. Please remember Shakir for who he was … a wonderful father, partner, son and friend.” (Source)
Last night, Blog Talk Radio hosted a special online show to honor Shakir’s memory. Former college roommates, hometown buddies, and industry friends called into the show to reminisce about their friend and to share memories of “Shake.”
Industry mogul Kenny Burns, Stewart’s friend of 17-years, shared memories of his friend through his sorrow and issued a warning for those who glamorize the music industry and feel that money can buy happiness. Burns could barely hold back his emotions as he also discussed providing for the children left behind: Continue Reading…
Beyonce and her lil sis, Solange, hit up the EiGHT MiLLiON Ginza Gates Store Opening in Tokyo, Japan Friday to promote a line of handbags by Japanese designer, Samanath Thavasa. The sisters made history by being the first African-Americans to appear in an ad campaign for the company. A billboard of the two is also prominetly displayed in the fashion district in Tokyo.
Beyonce also performed “If I Were a Boy” live on Japanese television. Video under the cut: Continue Reading…
Awwww! How cute is this?? Monica & Rocko’s babies, Romelo and Lil Rocko posed for pics before going trick or treating Friday. Romelo couldn’t get his Spiderman mask on over all that hair and Lil Rock looks like he’s about to send out the Bat signal. Adorable!
Shakir Stewart, Executive Vice President of Def Jam Records died of an apparent suicide today. Details are sketchy, but WVEE DJ Greg Street, is currently dedicating his evening show to the fallen exec. Stewart, a graduate of Morehouse College, has been the go-to-guy for finding talent since his days at LaFace Records from 2000 to 2004, when he brought R&B siren Ciara to the company. He also played an integral role in bringing Beyonce to the firm.
He was last heard from around 2:00pm today. All of Atlanta is shocked by the news and my sincere condolences go out to the Stewart family.
Updated 1:00am ~ Def Jam Statement:
“LA Reid and all of us at Island Def Jam Music Group are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Shakir Stewart,” Def Jam said in a statement released to VIBE today. “Shakir was an amazing man, in every sense of the word. A truly incredible friend and father who was an inspiration to not only our artists and employees, but to his family and the many people who had the privilege of counting him as a friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.” Via Vibe.com
Keri Hilson stylishly braved cold weather and long lines recently to cast her vote for Barack Obama. Keri was joined by her mother and sister at a polling location in Dekalb County, Georgia. The three beautiful women joked amongst each other as they attempted to stay warm, with Keri stating, “There will be drama for yo mama if you don’t vote for Obama!!” LMAO! Cute. BTW…you were working that hat girl!
Today is the last day to vote during Advance Voting in Georgia. You have until 7:00pm to get in line and I suggest if you haven’t already done so, to get off you azzz and do it! There have been talks of extending the dates but no change has been reported yet.
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Michael Jackson took his three young kids out of the house Wednesday evening. It is said that they are trick or treating for Halloween, but it’s possible they were headed to an early Halloween party…hell! It’s possible they were just going to the grocery store! You know how they do. Anywhoo…Prince Michael, 11, Paris Katherine, 10 and Prince Michael Jackson II, nicknamed Blanket, 6 were all dressed in what appeared to be regular school clothes, but each donned a mask. Mike’s oldest son wore one that’s a favorite of Scientology protesters from the group Anonymous. It’s not known if Jackson knew the significance or if his son simply liked the mask and picked it out of their vast collection before leaving the house.
I almost posted the orignal “Thriller” video, but the indian version is so much funnier: