D’Angelo used to be the sh*t…personified. Especially after his 1995 video sensation “How Does It Feel” hit the airwaves showcasing those thug corn rows, his sexy brown skin, those washboard abs…. *sigh* yes…he did the dayum thing! Jame Foxx even spoofed the video on his show back in the day:
Now, I don’t know about you, but there has never been another video that celebrated the Black male form moreso than D’Angelo’s. That being said, years later (2005 to be exact) this arrest photo totally ruined the lives of all us who were salivating over D’Angelo, aka Michael Eugene Archer‘s, tight form. The singer was arrested and plead no contest to a felony cocaine-possession charge. A week later he suffered a nasty car wreck—his Hummer ran off the road and flipped, and he was taken to the hospital in a helicopter. In 2006, Gary Harris, the record executive who first signed him, carted him off to rehab and in 2008, Virgin Records released a greatest-hits album. In lieu of all the drama, D’Angelo has appeared as a guest musician here and there, but D’Angelo (circa 1995), the groundbreaking musician, has been all but absent from the scene.
Sad news has been traveling around the net this morning that famed author and Atlanta resident, E. Lynn Harris has passed away at the age of 54. According to The Arkansas Times Harris had been suffering through an undisclosed illness and that his personal assistant had confirmed an unspecified health event:
E. Lynn Harris, the best-selling Arkansas author known for contemporary stories about African-Americans, died today during a West Coast book tour. His personal assistant confirmed an unspecified health event this morning, but said she was awaiting word from the scene before providing specifics.
Harris, a best-seller whose work dealt with black, gay culture and delved into athletics, was a passionate Razorbacks fan. Born in Michigan, Harris grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was the school’s first black cheerleader. He continued to be a diehard Razorback fan. He has taught adjunct courses in the English department, most recently last fall.
Harris’ was on a book tour promoting his 11th novel, “Basketball Jones”, which involves an NBA player and the player’s gay lover. Prior to “Basketball Jones,” Harris penned “Just Too Good To Be True,” a novel detailing the life of Heisman Trophy candidate Brady Manning. Harris’ novel focused on the pressures surrounding Manning and the support system the star athlete leaned on to help him through dark and troubling times.
I’m hoping this is a rumor but it doesn’t look good at this point. I’ll definitely keep you guys updated.
Ok…is it me or is Usher showing ‘fever’ in his cover shot for Vegas Magazine? The necklace, the v-neck…that look. *sigh* The July/August issue hits stands next week and Ush is the first male on the cover of mag in its entire six years in production (I guess that explains the pearls 😕 ). In the issue, Usher talks about his new fragrance Usher VIP (his third fragrance with Elizabeth Arden), recording sessions in Vegas, and his upcoming album and more. He even discusses how he plans on being back real lovemaking music for the masses:
“The sex in music, the good sex in music, the lovemaking in music, we’ve begun to depart from it. Right now it’s all about hitting it and quitting it. I think there are a ton of women out there who want to be made love to and want to have that song going that they really want to make love to.”
“In time I’m going to grow older, but I hope that I can be remembered for being a great father to my sons, a gentleman, a renaissance man.”
BlackOwned C-Bone aka Corey Andrews was first introduced to the mainstream rap game through his appearance on the Dungeon Family “Even in Darkness” album on the curtains closing track, “DF 2nd Generation” alongside Killer Mike, Slimm Calhoun and many more. C-Bone continued to gain exposure through his numerous platinum selling guest appearances such as Purple Ribbon’s “Kriptonite”, OutKast’s “Gangsta Shit”, Big Boi’s “Tomb of the Boom” Yung Joc’s “Dope Boy Magic” and many more.
In addition to his solo status, C-Bone is also a member of the rap group KonKrete alongside Lil Brotha (Big Boi’s younger brother) and Supa Nate. He also serves as Big Boi’s hype man (Click Here to see he & Big Boi in action LIVE) and is a member of Twan’s Purple Ribbon imprint.
Blackowned C-Bone is currently working on his upcoming mixtape titled “The Strong Pack” and two singles from the project: “Star Wars” and “When the Beat Drop” have been circulating the net. You know it’s a hot record, because Big Boi himself picked it out to be the next single!
Drizzy Drake was spotted chillin in Atlanta on the deck of a restaurant in Atlantic Station yesterday. It was another beautiful day in the “A” and seeing him was quite a pleasant surprise, especially since someone (and I ain’t saying no names) has “Successful” on repeat three-peat every single time we’re in the car. Yuuup! Anywoo…y’all know I’m collecting “A” pics for my gallery, but when asked to throw the “A” for my photo op, Drake promptly refused stating….“that’s some ole Usher sh*t!” I couldn’t help but laugh! Like for real. I was about as tickled pink as that wrinkled shirt he was rockin! But he’s right…. peep my header.
Luckie Food Lounge was the spot last night as Carmelo Anthony, joined by his boo LaLa Vasquez hosted Wednesday night’s Investment Club event. It was yet another celebrity filled event in Black Hollywood. Tiny even got out the house again…that makes two weeks in a row! *sigh* I’m almost positive Tip is bouncin around his cell right now. Tiny betta slow that roll…