By Florence Anthony
At press time, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was headed back to Atlanta and may soon be ordered to face the federal judge who signed off on an extraordinary deal that shaved years off a potential prison term. T.I.’s arrest last week in Los Angeles for suspicion of possession of methamphetamines could trigger a motion by his probation officer. The officer could ask U.S. District Judge Charles Parnell Jr. to revoke some of the remaining probation on T.I.’s federal sentence stemming from his arrest for attempting to buy weapons in 2007. His probation expires in 2013. This is the second time that T.I.’s wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle has been arrested for possession of ecstasy. She was arrested for possession of marijuana and ecstasy during the sting operation that resulted in T.I.’s arrest in 2007.
It’s a great time for Janet Jackson. The pop icon just released a new greatest hits album called “Number Ones-Icon.” The disc consists of the sexy songstress’s 11 number one hit songs including “That’s The Way Love Goes,” “Nasty” and “Nothing” from the film “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” Speaking of Janet and Tyler, according to Lionsgate, November 5 is the new release date for his stellar adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls who considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf.” Originally set for release January 14, 2011, the new date makes the film a contender for year-end award nominations. Lastly, the superstar is featured in Blackgama’s iconic 44 year-old “What Becomes A Legend Most” campaign. Her ad is a 30 by 68 feet billboard in Times Square.
Word is Beyonce’ has officially returned to the studio. Ne-Yo recently tweeted that he was excited to work with the singer immediately following his session with Mary J. Blige. Meanwhile, there have been conflicting reports suggesting that Beyonce’ and her father/manager Mathew Knowles have ended their working relationship due to personal issues. A rep from Music World Enterrainment, released the following statement: “Contrary to false rumors online, Beyonce’ and her manager Mathew Knowles unequivocally have had and continue to have a close personal and business relationship. Mathew Knowles is the sole and exclusive manager of Beyonce’ Knowles.
Film and television actress Tasha Smith adds a new role to her long list of accomplishments. She is the co-producer of the new single, “So Good,” by gospel music recording artist Holy Boy. With a traditional, down home Southern gospel sound, “So Good” recently debuted on the BDS/Billboard Top 100 and is now available for digital download on Music Online Alive, Rhapsody, and Amazon.com. Says Tasha: “I’m so excited about this new venture with Holy Boy. He’s such a talented artist and it’s truly a privilege to help spread the message in his music.” Tasha just finished shooting the upcoming film “Jumping the Broom” with Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine and Romeo.
According to Perez Hilton, R.Kelly returned to Chicago last week after his third trip to Africa this year! “Visiting Africa is always exciting and inspiring for me, both musically and personally,” he said. “Even though I hate flying, I’m always willing to get on an airplane if the destination is Africa.” The crooner performed in front of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola during a benefit concert in Luanda for the Special Olympics. He even serenaded the leader to celebrate his 68th birthday. Rob is even returning to Africa in December to perform in several other countries…….