Jermaine Dupri pulls off an epic concert at the Fox Theater to celebrate So So Def's 20th Anniversary
By Florence Anthony
While most of us in the Jackson Family inner circle knew that Janet Jackson and Qatar billionaire Wissam Al Mana were married, I didn’t have the foggiest exactly when the nuptials occurred. I was told they were in the past month or so, and, Katherine Jackson was in Qatar for the ceremony. On February 25, the following statement was released: “The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply untrue. Last year we were married in a quiet, private and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy.” With love, Wissam and Janet.
Django Unchained actress Kerry Washington and BFF/Mom Valerie hit up the Mattel Games Gift Lounge Backstage at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday in style. The duo was overheard telling guests that they are “extremely close” and share a love for fashion , borrowing each other’s clothes constantly. When asked what she would be wearing to last Sunday’s Oscars, Kerry played coy but did pick up one of the newest bras from Fashion Forms, a backless dress must-have. The actress is known for her bold fashion choices and didn’t disappoint with her stunning Giambttista Valli on the Red Carpet before the award show.
After Vivian Pickard received the Corporate Community Service Award at February 21st’s 100 Black Men Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, the GM Foundations president, presented the organization, which is celebrating 50 years of leadership, advocacy and community service with a check for $10,000. The evening also honored Honorable David N. Dinkins, Honorable H. Carl Mc Call, James Reynolds, Jr. and Kevin Newell.
In conjunction with the opening of this season’s most highly anticipated Broadway World Premiere event, “Motown: The Musical,” Universal Music Enterprises will release “Motown originals: The Classic Songs” that inspired the Broadway show! Digitally on Tuesday, March 5 and retail on Tuesday, March 12, featuring the original artists, that inspired the musical. Following the Broadway opening of “Motown: The Musical,” UME will also release the original cast recording that will feature the show’s talented team of actors singing classic Motown songs and recreating the story of “Hitsville U.S.A.”
Music history was made in Atlanta on February 23, as Jermaine Dupri pulled off an epic concert at the Fox Theater to celebrate So So Def’s 20th Anniversary. “Backstage looks like the Grammys!,” exclaimed Jay-Z moments after he stormed the stage for the classic JD collabo “Money Ain’t A Thang.” The reunion concert was like a “who’s who” in chart-topping acts, as everyone from Jay-Z , Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, Young Jeezy. Nelly. Lil Jon, Monica, Kris Kross and more took the sold-out crowd on a musical trip down memory lane.
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Diana Ross’ 25 year-old son Evan Ross announced he is ready to marry Jessica Simpson’s sister Ashlee. In a red carpet interview at the premiere of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Evan dished to OMG Insider that Ashlee Simpson is ‘The One’ and that he plans to marry her one day.
Actor Morris Chestnut will be the American Black Film Festival’s (ABFF) 2014 Celebrity Ambassador and author/producer Tonya Lewis Lee will be its’ Host Committee Chair. The 18th annual festival will be held June 19-22, 2014, in New York City.
Anthony Mackie was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on November 9 in New York City. According to E! News, the popular actor was initially pulled over because of his illegally tinted windows on his Dodge Challenger.
Handsome actor Idris Elba almost didn’t make it to the red carpet for the opening of “Long Walk To Freedom,” the new film from director Justin Chadwick in which Elba plays Nelson Mandela. He was rushed to the hospital in London after suffering...
12 Years A Slave leads the pack of nominations for the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Fox Searchlight release, which offers a searing look at slavery in the American South, claimed three nominations - Best Feature, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Breakthrough Actor for Lupita Nyong’o.
“Single Ladies” star Denise Vasi, (whom I want to play the character Roshonda Rhodes in my novel “Deadly Stuff Players” if I can get a film deal), wed her longtime boyfriend, video director and filmmaker, Anthony Mandler. The stunning nuptials took place at a vineyard in Santa Ynez, California.