Month: May 2008

VIDEO: USHER DEFENDS HIS WIFE ON MTV’S TRL

I respect Usher’s stance here, defending Tameka’s honour in such a public fashion.  At first the commentary online about their union was funny (let’s face it she did initially come across as being a bit of a dubious character), but now it’s gotten out of hand. Why is Usher being punished for falling in love with Tameka and for making her his wife? What is that all about??? There are a few bloggers out there that have been relentless, damn right fierce, practically praying for this marriage to crash and burn, and for []

UK ARTIST: IRONIK – ‘STAY WITH ME’

UK rapper DJ Ironik will release his new track “Stay With Me” (Digital) June 16th and in stores June 30th. When I first heard this track on MTV Base I cringed. I thought his flow sounded awkward over the beat, the track sounded sappy and the speeded up/high pitched vocals sounded so dated in 08 – very Kanye 2003/2004. But after a few listens its kind of grown on me….. sort of…….. The Video: It’s nice to see that UK artists are finally digging deep in to their pockets and moving away []

QUOTE OF THE DAY: USHER

”My mother made a decision not to come to my wedding because she didn’t really agree with my decision. She’s never told me and I’ve never asked her. It hurt me very much not to see her there ’cause I would’ve liked for her to be there, not to mention that I paid so much money for her to be accommodated and her behind didn’t show up. [Laughs] But just as she’s made stands, so have I.” (Entertainment Weekly) Oh Usher…  you know []

UK NEWS: “PEACE KEEPERS” ABUSING CHILDREN IN AFRICA AND HAITI

Children as young as six are being sexually abused by peacekeepers and aid workers, says a leading UK charity. Children in post-conflict areas are being abused by the very people drafted into such zones to help look after them, says Save the Children. After research in Ivory Coast, southern Sudan and Haiti, the charity proposed an international watchdog be set up. A 13-year-old girl, “Elizabeth” described to the BBC how 10 UN peacekeepers gang-raped her in a field near her Ivory Coast []

UK NEWS: TEENAGER FOUND DEAD IN PARK, THREE YOUTHS ARRESTED

Amar Aslam was found beaten to death Three youths have been arrested after the battered body of a teenager was found in a park in West Yorkshire. Amar Aslam, aged 17, was found “brutally” attacked in Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury at 1930 BST on Sunday. Mr Aslam, of Dewsbury, was found with head injuries in a walled garden by two members of the public. Two youths aged 15 and a man aged 20 are being questioned by detectives at separate police []

PICS OF THE DAY: BEYONCE AND JAY-Z IN CANNES (FRANCE)

They just scream…. ‘LOOK EVERYONE WE’RE HERE… GLAMOUROUS, A-LIST, NON THREATENING AFRICAN AMERICANS – WE ARE IN THE BUILDING!!!!!!!!!  LOOK AT US…. WE’VE ARRIVED !!!! …  They’ve come complete with their own secret service men in tow (ear pieces and all) and Jay’s long time feisty friend/man servant, Ty Ty. You can’t be too careful when you’re walking the mean streets of Cannes, especially during it’s annual film festival extravaganza … (rolls eyes) Beyonce and Jay-Z let their guard down in Cannes yesterday (May 25th) and actually engage in affectionate physical contact for all the world to see…. awwwwww….. Photos []

UK NEWS: FATHER PLACES BLAME AT SOCIAL SERVICES DOOR OVER 7 YEAR OLD KHYRA ISHAQ’S DEATH

The father of a seven-year-old girl who allegedly starved to death has called what happened “absolutely disgraceful”. An independent inquiry has been launched into the death of Khyra Ishaq, of Handsworth, Birmingham. Angela Gordon, 33, and Junaid Abuhamza, 29, have been charged with neglect in connection with her death. Ishaq Abu Zaire vowed to find out what happened to his daughter. Birmingham City Council has said Khyra was not in its care at the time of her death. Speaking for the first []