Bad boy.


The new R&B bad boy, Chris Brown, and a bodyguard were arrested outside the W hotel in downtown DC. Brown had just finished hosting a party at the Park at Fourteenth for Howard Homecoming. Of course there are three sides to the story and the truth is somewhere in between. First we heard the alleged victim photobombed Chris Brown while he was taking some photos with a couple young ladies.

According to reports, Brown said, “I’m not with that gay $%*. I’m into boxing.” and began punching the victim along with his bodyguard getting in on the action. Both Brown and his bodyguard were arrested and charged with felony assault.

Now we’re hearing Chris Brown denies ever throwing a punch. According to Brown’s statement, the alleged victim tried to force his way on the tour bus and his bodyguard “handled” it. According to the victim’s statement, he attempted to get a photo with Chris Brown and Brown allegedly responded, “I ain’t down wit that gay s***.” The victim allegedly told cops he replied, “Why you hoing?” That’s when Brown allegedly said, “I feel like boxing.” The victim claims Chris Brown swung on him and that’s when the bodyguard allegedly hit the victim in the face.

Early reports said that Brown would be charged with felony assault but the charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor. Chris Brown pled not guilty and is required to stay 100 feet away from the victim. The victim, identified as 20-year-old Parker Adams, suffered a nasal fracture and was treated at a nearby hospital. He says he would have accepted an apology at the scene but now plans to press charges. Brown is currently on probation in California for the 2009 felony domestic violence conviction involving Rihanna. He could face jail time for violation of probation and is expected in court for a hearing on Nov. 20.

I really think Chris Brown needs to lay low for a while. His name is constantly making negative headlines for his behavior. Although I feel the media is still out to stalk his every move and misstep, Chris Brown is no different from any other male (or female) that makes mistakes in their 20s. It’s just that monster we call fame that makes it 10x worse. Chris Brown should do everything he can to watch his temper and keep people around him that understand he has a lot to lose. Between the wild partying, twitter rants, shady car accidents, and now this assault…Chris needs to take a long vacation and just sit down…no, lay down…and take a nap.

The Latest on Chris Brown’s Retirement?

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Shut The Front Door: Is Chris Brown Retiring?

You can catch R&B singer, Chris Brown, on any given day, popping off on twitter with one of his infamous rants. Once again, he used the social media outlet to let America know that he is hanging up his mic & crumping into the sunset. He tweeted:

Being famous is amazing when it’s for your music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool and over it! Don’t worry mainstream America. After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.

It’s very true that being famous can be a gift and a curse. Chris Brown has been under a microscope and scrutinized heavy since his 2009 conviction for beating pop star, Rihanna. Between countless interviews, apologies, and even winning a few ‘Viewer’s Choice’ awards, it didn’t seem like Chris Brown could get a break when it came to bringing up his past. Even though he & Rihanna rekindled their romance briefly, mainstream media & some celebs weren’t going to let him off the hook that easy. I believe that everyone makes mistakes. You have to learn from it and move on. The problem with fame is, you have to live out your mistakes in front of millions of people & everyone has an opinion about it. Chris Brown should be allowed to make music and live his passion. He has to remember that he should behave in a responsible manner in public as well. Especially if you know that so many eyes are watching. The bottle throwing incident was just one of many that could have been avoided. If you are going to be in the lime light, whether you choose to or not, it’s just what comes with the territory. But yea…try explaining that to Kanye West.

The Media Fix: MRS MINAJ?

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest “publicity stunt” in Hip Hop, you know that DJ Khaled proposed to Rapper, Nicki Minaj on MTV. Then it was reported that Nicki Minaj put a restraining order on Khaled because he had allegedly been stalking her in NYC and this was just the last straw.  I’m kind of surprised the story got legs because it is pretty known that Khaled is a married man. And… Khaled just released a new song with Minaj entitled, “I Wanna Be With You.” WOMP! Publicity stunts must be cheaper than actual marketing and promo because that’s all that industry folks seem to be doing lately. Now, what DID surprise me, was finding out that Rapper Nicki Minaj supposedly wed her Hypeman, Scaff Breezy, in a secret wedding. Even though it has not been confirmed, Nicki was spotted leaving dinner in LA, flashing the biggest diamond ring. If the news is true, I commend Nicki Minaj for keeping the marriage a total secret. I don’t know who had the best secret wedding… ‘Scandal’ star, Kerry Washington  or Nicki Minaj. Only time will tell if Nicki Minaj’s latest accessory is a legit wedding band or if she just bought one of those rings in the case at the Beauty Supply store to wear to keep Khaled out of her twitter mentions.

Solange Gives Leg & Laundry In Brooklyn

Solange definitely sent Brooklyn into a spin cycle when she decided to put on a full performance for the Uncapped Event at Atlantis Laundromat. The 27-year-old singer performed some of her classic songs like T.O.N.Y. and even serenaded the crowd with Nivea’s hit, Laundromat. I love Solange for her creativity and ability to think outside the box as an artist. She turned heads as she performed on a raised stage surrounded by coin-operated washing machines, clothes dryers, and neon lights. Solange owned the stage and her look as she sported her natural fro with black and white patterned shorts, a matching sweater, and colorful yellow & snakeskin heels. WERK Solange! The single mother of one recently cancelled dates for her European tour, which she says was a very hard decision for her, but she wants to focus on her health and the health of her son. I think this Laundromat experience gave fans more than they were ready for…in such a good way! I mean when was the last time you saw your favorite performer singing for coins…literally…on a washing machine? You have to respect Solange for always standing outside of her sister, Beyonce’s shadow. She has created her own lane and I am here for it…ready to pay the toll.

The Media Fix: Kitchen Nightmares

Down Goes Deen

Paula Deen is clearly having the worst week ever. First, she was officially dropped by the Food Network after the n-word controversy hit the media. In a nutshell, Paula Deen admitted, in a deposition, to using the N-word. Her former employee has filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against her. Now, it looks like Deen has lost her deal with Smithfield Foods where she had a line of hams. The company released a statement saying, “Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen. Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned.” Even though Food Network and Smithfield Foods cut ties with the Southern Chef, she still has deals with other companies who are waiting to see what happens. Currently, QVC is pretty much taking the safe road saying that they have “no immediate plans” to have Paula Deen appear on the network and are “reviewing their business relationship.” Her publishing company, Random House, still plans on releasing her new cookbook in the Fall entitled…wait for it… “Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up”.

Some say that the entire situation has been blown out of proportion. That folks should understand where Deen’s mentality comes from because she grew up in a very different time in the South. That folks who use the n-word in music or as a term of endearment, are hypocrites. Well, I didn’t think too much of it at first…until I saw excerpts from the deposition where she said that she wanted her workers to dress up like they did during slavery days and serve food at a wedding. This thought process goes far beyond just a ‘word’. The NY Times also released a video from 2012 where she explained how depressed her great-grandfather was after they freed his slaves…which she called workers. Not sure if she was expecting sympathy that her great-grandfather committed suicide because he no longer had slaves. To make matters worse, she introduced her Black friend to the audience in which she said, “Come out here Hollis. We can’t see you standing against that dark board.” Oh Paula. I’m sure Paula Deen is just one of many that struggle with the current equality of every race. I’m not sure if she was genuinely sorry in her ‘edited’ video apology or if she was sorry she got exposed. Furthermore, I think people should be more upset at the unhealthy, lard filled, artery clogging recipes she has been serving up for years. Girl bye.

Name That Baby: Kim K & Kanye West Edition

The buzz around the web has to be Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s new baby girl being named, North West. Now, I actually don’t have anything negative to say about the name because it is not as bad as some of the names I’ve come across. When you see names like Obamanique, Shatayvia, Bonqueeshaditria, Chardonnay, Koolaidria, and Shaqwana (lol)… North is not bad at all. Now we have some insight on the meaning of North West’s name. According to E! News, Kim and Kanye are saying the inspiration behind the baby’s name is that, “North means highest power. There is nothing higher than North.” Sources say the couple “look at her as being their highest point together. Nothing is more special than North.” Kim keeps saying, ‘She is our North Star.’”

Well, as long as it makes sense to them. They are no different than someone telling you their name means “Love” in another language…knowing they have no idea what their name means or it’s just a combo of the mother & father’s name. Congrats to Kim and Kanye!

The Media Fix!

 Kanye Upstaged By His Baby

With all the publicity for his newest release, Yeezus, Kanye West found himself in a media blitz for the birth of his first child. Kim Kardashian delivered a healthy baby girl over the weekend at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Social media and blogs were awaiting any bit of information leaked about the birth. Meanwhile, Kanye had built up buzz about his newest album by holding a series of listening events as well as projection images on building around the country. Still, everyone was a little more interested in his performance in the delivery room. Sources at E! report that Mr. West was in the building…by Kim K’s side. The baby weighed in at a little less than 5lbs and 5 weeks early. Kris Jenner even wished Kanye a Happy Father’s Day on Twitter. Khloe Kardashian took to Twitter to assure fans that Mom & Baby were doing fine and resting. Wow… Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are parents! Thanks be to Yeezus…

Album in stores now.

“I’m a business…Man…”

While millions watched the NBA Finals Sunday, Jay Z pretty much stole the show… on the commercial break.  During the 3 minute commercial, Jay Z unveiled plans to release a new album in a partnership with Samsung. The deal is set to give the music to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones.  The new album is entitiled “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” & will be free for the first 1 million android phone owners who download an app for the album. Pretty genius! According to a release statement, those  who download the app will get the album on July 4, three days before its official release.

The commercial had so many heavy hitting producers including Timbaland, Rick Rubin, Pharrell, and Swizz Beatz. I am so excited for this project. I truly believe Jay Z just changed the game when it comes to music, hip hop, business deals/endorsements, etc. Throughout the commercial, they played various tracks & showed a little of the creative process in the studio. The overall message… It’s time to write new rules. “We don’t have any rules. Everyone’s trying to figure it out,” says Jay Z. “We need to write the new rules.” According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung paid $5.00 a piece for the 1 million copies that will be distributed to Samsung users. “The idea is to really finish the album and drop it,” Jay Z says during the session. “Giving it to the world at one time and letting them share it, and it goes out.”

I’m here for it. Innovation is the key and Jay Z is a one of the very few artists that can innovate and influence. I wish he was my first cousin…

Magna Carta Holy Grail debuts on July 4th

 

Did you see Russell Brand crush MSNBC?

That was bonkers.

As the Washington Post said: This video of Russell Brand laying waste to the cast of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC has been making the rounds, and it’s devastating. They start by oddly baiting him (“He’s a really big deal… I’m told this. I’m not very pop cultured, I’m sorry”) addressing him in the third person, and at some point calling him Willy? I think? It’s unclear what they think they’re doing. And about six minutes in, he commandeers the show and marches off with it, leaving no survivors. (“Is this what you all do for a living?” he asks, later adding, “These people, I’m sure, are typically very good at their jobs. You’re conveying news to the people of America? People of America, we’re going to be okay.”) I would liken the hosts to a kitten pouncing on what it assumes is a dazed snake and discovering it has latched onto the tail end of a dragon. It’s cringe-inducing. “You’re talking about me as if I’m not here and as if I’m an extraterrestrial,” he observes. Never mock someone with a British accent.

Watch it here if you havent seen it

Heff.

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Hugh Hefner: Confessions of a Playboy

      Forget a bucket list, Hugh Hefner’s bedroom list just keeps going and going and going…

Hugh Hefner has been the force behind the famous bunny symbol that is recognized around the world. For years, men of all ages have flipped thru the pages of Playboy magazine to see beautiful women reveal it all. Some of those pages may be stuck together but that just shows how great the pics are. Hugh Hefner is known for being the ultimate bachelor and throwing some of the best, uncensored parties at the Playboy Mansion. If those jacuzzis could talk, they’d probably stutter from excitement.

In a recent interview with Esquire, Hugh Hefner was asked to give a number of the women he has made climb the bedroom walls of the Playboy Mansion.  ”How I could I possibly know? Over a thousand, I’m sure,” says the 86 year old Pipe Layer.

He added, “There were chunks of my life when I was married, and when I was married I never cheated. But I made up for it when I wasn’t married. You have to keep your hand in.”
Hugh Hefner shows you are never too old for young love. He jumped…scooted…over the broom last December with his beautiful 26 year old bride, Crystal Harris. Hefner says, “I just feel very, very fortunate to have found her at this stage in my life. I saved the best til last.” Now listen, if you’re going to go out, why not go out happy! Hugh Hefner has done what no man could even begin to scratch the surface with. When it comes to Mr. Hugh Hefner, I’m sure gravity has taken hold of things I don’t want to even imagine and she probably has to put him to sleep before the sun goes down. However, if a man that has slept with over a thousand women can find true love that is going to keep him young…then let the power of the little blue pills be with him.

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The Media Fix: Kanye Said Whattttt?

Another Day…Another Kanye West Rant… What in the 808s & Heartbreak?

Welp. MTV has become the latest casualty of one of Kanye West’s verbal assaults. MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” list ranked Yeezy at lucky #7 coming in behind Big Sean #6 and Drake #5. Of course, Kanye was not too happy about that. He called into Hot 97’s line during DJ Enuff’s show to discuss what he REALLY thought about MTV’s list. Kanye felt that the decision to rank him so low on the list was more because of his personal life rather than his body of music. He even took shots at MTV’s Sway Calloway saying, “I gave Sway his first TV…and he ain’t even remember that.” Ouch! I’m sure Sway wanted to keep that little piece of info in the past. We all had to come up tho. I would have taken the TV too, Sway. Kanye must have forgotten when he was begging Dame & Jay to do a record and they treated him like the intern. I’m sure Jay won’t throw that back in his face tho.

During his Hot 97 interview, Kanye expressed his displeasure with the list and revealed who his top Hottest MCs in the Game were:

 ”Yeah #7 bothers me. I think that Wayne is the #1 rapper in the world…him and Jay and Em and certain people are trust the greatest rappers of all time,” he said. “I feel like in order for them to put me at #7, they had to bring up things that they didn’t like – like the Cruel Summer album. And I’m like, that’s a compilation, it ain’t all rappers on G.O.O.D. Music…they want to diss me and be like, ‘He did Cruel Summer and he can’t say he ain’t a part of it because he’s on eight records’…[their decision is] definitely not based on a body of work.”

Kanye went on to say:

“They don’t like Givenchy Kanye, they don’t like Kanye in a kilt, they don’t like Kanye in a relationship. I don’t think it’s like them going bar for bar. I said, ‘He lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team.’ Ain’t no bar in the entire past 12 months that’s hotter than that bar.”

Actually, I don’t like Kanye in a kilt either. I’m just saying.

Kanye West is more than likely experiencing some of Kim Kardashian’s hormones. The couple are expecting their first child this later this year. Kanye was already an emotional…I mean, passionate individual . Lately, he has been ranting for his life! Most recently, he dissed Justin Timberlake & Jay Z’s record saying, “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t f’n with that ‘Suit &Tie.”

Oh my! Could someone please enroll Kanye into a good yoga program? He needs meditation and peace. Whenever I see a Kanye West rant, it always reminds me that I, too, was a victim of one of his verbal assaults back when his Late Registration album dropped. He called in to the “Russ Parr Morning Show” to do an interview about the album, and was going on & on defending his sexuality in the media and blah, blah, blah. When I attempted to change gears and actually talk about the album, he went off on me. Although I was furious at the time, it made for great radio. A few years later, he called back to the show and we played the rant for him. He actually apologized to me. I got an apology from Mr. West. Dope! So…Kanye is alright in my book. Honestly, I feel like he is one of the most creative and talented artists out right now. Who else will sit and produce their own track & then lay down some classic lyrics? Eh. He definitely should have been placed higher on MTVs “Hottest MCs in the Game” list. But as Jay Z said
“Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it.”

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Sorry Ms. Jackson

Congrats are in order for Janet…Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty.

Janet Jackson and handsome billionaire Wissam Al Mana are officially a married couple. The two held a secret, super private ceremony- LAST YEAR. Who knew?! The couple has been seen out and about shopping and front row at fashion shows but no one suspected the two had already tied the knot. In fact, people thought that Janet was in the middle of planning her wedding. Reports were flying that the two were going to spend millions and millions on a lavish, super fabulous wedding. WRONG!

According to ET Online:

Rumors that Janet Jackson is planning her wedding to Wissam Al Mana have been flying fast and furious for weeks now. There’s only one problem: they’re already married!

In their first joint statement as a couple, Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana confirm the news exclusively to ET, saying, “The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. 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”

This is Janet Jackson’s third wedding. No judgment. I am happy that she finally found love…in a rich, hot, successful, super rich, handsome billionaire. What are the odds of that happening? Let’s not forget that Janet had to kiss a few toads before she found this love. She had the marriage to the pretty boy, James Debarge, annulled. She later, secretly, married Rene Elizondo who directed a few of her videos and whose famous hands covered her breasts on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. And then there was…rapper/producer/SoSoDef founder, Jermaine Dupri, who she dated for a while…Blank stare. I didn’t get that relationship at all but when he thought it was a good idea to put Janet on a Plies record…yeah, he had to go. Rumors stirred that the couple broke up over Dupri cheating with a stripper.

I think at some point and time, it was every man’s dream to be with Janet Jackson. She’s managed to keep a lot of her business out of the public eye. Hopefully she has found the guy to bring her a lifetime of happiness…love…and that billion doesn’t hurt either.