WORD ON THE STREET: 02-01-10

BDAYS
1.   LAUREN CONRAD  –  REALITY STAR
2.  LEE THOMPSON YOUNG  –  ACTOR
3.  BIG BOI  –  RAPPER / ACTOR
4.  LISA MARIE PRESLEY  –  SINGER
5.  PAULY SHORE  –  ACTOR / COMEDIAN
6.  SHERILYN FENN  –  ACTRESS
7.  BRANDON LEE  –  ACTOR / MARITAL ARTIST / SON OF BRUCE LEE
8.  RICK JAMES  –  LEGENDARY SINGER
9.  SHERMAN HEMSLEY  –  ACTOR
10.  DON EVERLY  –  SINGER / ONE HALF OF “THE EVERLY BROS”
11.  GARRETT MORRIS  –  ACTOR / COMEDIAN
12.  BORIS YELTSIN  –  PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA (1990-1999)
13.  LANGSTON HUGHES  –  AFR AMERICAN POET
14.  CLARK GABLE  –  ACTOR
15.  JOHN FORD  –  CLASSIC MOVIE DIRECTOR
16.  MICHAEL C. HALL  –  ACTOR

CONCERNS OVER “MANDELA”
WOTS… the wife of South African political leader Nelson Mandela is not too happy w/ the progress of the new film about her!

According to KN sources… Winnie Mandela has never been approached for her input & this bothers her

In a letter written by Winnie’s attorney to the movie’s producers:

“It is difficult to understand how a production bearing the name of an individual who has not been consulted at all could ever be appropriate or tell the full story of that individual’s life as media reports suggest this production is intended to…”
– Bowman Gilfillan, (letter to film producers)

Singer Jennifer Hudson has been casted to play “Winnie”… AND this hasn’t gone w/out scrutiny.

Word is… many people have voiced their opinion that they feel the role should be played by a native of South Africa  (I don’t think this is gonna stop J.Hud from taking on the role)

No word yet on a release date for “Winnie”

BEYONCE BREAKIN RECORDS!
It was a very BIG night for Beyonce last night @ the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards!

6 awards… Count ’em:

  1. Song Of The Year  –  “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
  2. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance  –  “Halo”
  3. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance  –  “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
  4. Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance  –  “At Last”
  5. Best R&B Song  –  “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
  6. Best Contemporary R&B Album  –  “I Am… Sasha Fierce”

SIX!  6 awards making that the most awards won by a female in a single night!!!

Congrats to Ms Bootylicious!!!

She wasn’t the only won to win though… other winners include:
Jay Z, Eminem, and Maxwell…

To see the entire WINNERS list, visit www.grammy.com

BADU IS BACK…
As we stated months earlier on this blog… Erykah Badu is BACK w/ a new album!

“New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh”

If you were one of the fortunate to log on to Badu’s website this past Friday, then you got a special preview of the album & heard snippets of “Jump In The Air” (a bonus track featuring Lil Wayne & Bilal)

Hmmm… ok here’s what we found  (just in case u missed it)

Once again… look out for Erykah’s new album “New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh” to hit shelves March 30th

Remember MARCH 30TH!!!

YOUNG MONEY STILL ON TOP!
For 3 straight weeks the Young Money “collective” has dominated the Billboard rap charts w/ the #1 spot!!!

#1 on the Rap Albums Chart & #1 on the Rap Singles Chart…

The album “We Are Young Money” has been on top of the albums chart for 5 wks!

Congrats!!!

BEP & GILLETTE…
WOTS… Will.I.Am from The Black Eyed Peas will be featured in a new film series by Gillette

Word is, the documentary gives fans a behind the scenes look into the lives of some of today’s BIGGEST performers…

“The Gillette UNCUT films show that Gillette has long been a part of the pre-show preparation of these and other music artists, irrespective of genre”
– Steve Fund (Gillette Global Marketing Director)

Other BIG name artists that are teaming up w/ Gillette  include:
Tim MvGraw, Tyson Ritter (The All American Rejects), and Mark Hoppus (Blink 182)

Hmmm… I wonder when we can catch the 1st one?  (no idea)

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