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Jolie takes on the role of evil villain in Disney’s new twist on the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty.’
By Rahn Anthoni
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As I walked into the Lucky Lounge to enjoy the TLC viewing of Crazy Sexy Cool, I watched all the Atlanta Celebrities enter on the Red Carpet.
The house was packed, standing room only, an amazing start to a star studded event in Black Hollywood.
The Crazy Sexy Cool album was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status. CrazySexyCool has sold over 23 million copies worldwide,becoming the best-selling album by a girl group in the United States, and the second best-selling album worldwide by a girl group behind Spice Girls‘ Spice.
A lot of celebrities came out to show support for the group, Carlton Payne who played LA Reid, Nikki Gilbert of the group Brownstone/R&B Divas The Rev. Al Sharpton, Bobby Valentino and more. Nikki Gilbert graced the floor with the presence of an angel. Lil Scrappy of The Atlanta Housewives showed up with an entourage to show love and pay respect to TLC. The Lucky Lounge was set up with viewing screens all over the room as they played The TLC Story on VH1. After the celebrities walked the Red Carpet, they were escorted up to the top floor where it overlooked the outside view of the beautiful Downtown Atlanta.
Check out the Red Carpet event listed below to see some of the celebrities as they entered for the viewing. Eotm Radio & Media/ Eotm Atlanta along with Wmqg 106.5 FM (The Home Of MoneyQ Green) covered this event. We give mad props to The TLC Cast, The TLC Group and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez (RIP).
By Tanya Blake
Who remembers all the words to Waterfalls, Creep and Unpretty? Did you rock proudly the big saggy, colorful outfits as our beloved and belted the lyrics to No Scrubs from the drivers seat of your very own…car?
You were not alone.
TLC, the vibrant all American girl group whose repertoire spanned R&B, hip hop, soul, funk, and new jack swing is on display — in a big way, by way of VH1.
So, I ask you….do you enjoy tales of the music-industries ticky tacky dramas? A fan of 90′s hip hop and the rise of sisterhoods? Well you may just like VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, a biopic about the hip-hop trio premiering tonight at 9 p.m.
The film, written by Kate Lanier, who wrote What’s Love Got to Do With It and Glitter follows an arc right out of VH1’s Behind the Music: Talented unknowns catch a break, sign a shady contract, make some hits, get screwed out of money, start fighting and partake in a triumphant comeback. Gotta love Hollywood.
CrazySexyCool stars Keke Palmer as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. All three, who are clones of their real-life counterparts, are gifted enough singers and dancers to make the musical scenes believably enjoyable. It’s hard to mess up Waterfalls.
The movie starts as the girls are struggling to make it in Atlanta’s dynamic hip-hop scene. T-Boz and Left Eye impress a young producer, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who’s recently formed LaFace Records. Rozonda, a backup dancer, joins the group and changes her name to Chilli, and the pleasing moniker TLC is born. The dialogue is terrible (sorry, ijs) “We’re that tough, positive crew with a real down-to-earth message,” T-Boz says—but there are enough nostalgic touches to keep viewers distracted. Remember baggy overalls and the the Roger Rabbit dance? (Shruggs)
The trio experienced a tremendous amount of trauma, too much to pack into just a couple of hours, especially when each member’s grievances require equal airtime. T-Boz (Drew Sidora) suffered from sickle cell anemia. Left Eye (Lil Mama) struggled under the weight of her father’s disapproval. Chilli (Keke Palmer) struck up an ill-advised romance with Dallas Austin who produced several of TLC’s early hits, fathered a son with Chilli, and is portrayed here as a simp and a cad.
At minimum, the film has verisimilitude. The resemblances between the actresses and their subjects can be disorienting, and the wardrobes are faithful to the early 1990s, full of screaming colors in Mack Truck-size silhouettes. Director Charles Stone III (“Drumline”), does an admirable job remaking old music videos almost note for note and synthesizing faux vintage footage of varying types into a visually dynamic whole.
But as the film swerves from one speed bump to the next, it takes TLC’s success and acclaim largely for granted, a clear violation of the “Behind the Music” blueprint. Watching Ms. Palmer and Ms. Sidora — in character — respond to the news that Left Eye has died (in a car crash in Honduras, in 2002), their mouths agape, it’s easy to long for the simple pleasures of documentary.
CrazySexyCool was made with the help and permission of Watkins and Thomas, who appear at the end of the film, singing their new single. As one would expect, the movie is very flattering. But while most of the rough edges have been sanded off—arson and alcoholism and discord are ultimately no match for sisterhood—a feistiness remains. Did TLC really burst into Clive Davis’ office with a posse of other women and start confiscating anything that said “TLC” on it, before kicking Puffy out of a meeting with Davis so they could talk about their contract? I don’t know, but I love that the surviving members of TLC embrace the story as part of their legend.
Out of 5 stars, I give it a 3. Congrats ladies— hip hop real life drama trumps reality any day.
What did you think of the biopic? Leave in comments below.
Jesus apparently walks with Kanye West. The rapper kicked off his highly anticipated Yeezus tour on Saturday night with a two-hour-plus show that was as emotionally unsettling as it was awe-inspiring. More than 15,000 fans crowded the locked doors of the KeyArena.
West’s set list consisted mostly of tracks from his chart-topping album Yeezus, including “Black Skinhead” and “Blood on the Leaves,” but he also ressurected a few of his hits like “Stronger” and “Jesus Walks.”
West’s energy level was extraordinary from the very beginning, which was to be expected. The opening number was followed in short order by another two songs off Yeezus, “New Slaves” and “Send It Up.”
Kendrick Lamar was in the house in a big way starting things out with a frantic 45-minute set made up almost exclusively of cuts from his critically acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city album.
If you are a fan of West’s …well you know he is a bit extreme. The concert doned flashing lights, flurries of snow, a dozen dancers, a red-eyed demon, a mountain, Jesus Christ and, of course, the incomparable West.
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There were several costume changes — first, a blue tank top matched with a gold mask; then, a puffy bomber jacket matched with a black mask. The concert’s narrative followed West on his quest to find his higher power. He eventually donned a white mask while his dancers waltzed down the stage, swinging thuribles, filling the KeyArena with Catholic incense. West went on to rap “I Wonder,” an emotional roll of “Hey Mama” and “Stronger” before an actor dressed as Jesus answered the MC’s call.
“White Jesus, is that you?” Kanye asks with childlike glee, finally taking off his mask before letting out a hilarious “Oh, sh–!”
The religious-themed theatrics led to his 2004 single “Jesus Walks,” which would bring the Northwest crowd closer to the show-closing “Bound 2.” At the end of his two-hour sermon, Kanye and his 12 female disciples bowed to Jesus on the mountain top, while the ‘Ye faithful gave all praises, shouting “Yeezus” until the house lights came on.
The next stop on The Yeezus Tour is in San Jose, California on October 22. A scheduled stop in Vancouver on Sunday, October 20 was delayed to October 31. For a complete list of tour dates, click here.
Check out bits of his performance below:
To believe the Kanye Twitter feud, or not to believe the Kanye Twitter feud? What happens when a comedian starts to lose credibility.
The internet basically exploded when megalomaniac (but borderline musical and business genius) Kanye West began spewing rage-filled Tweets about Jimmy Kimmel after the comedian recreated West’s recent BBC One interview with children.
Media outlets are reposting West’s caps-lock-only rants, ranging from reasonable (albeit hyperbolic) criticism ….
Of course, given the nature of this particular feud (Kanye is still seething), we’re inclined to believe him. But if more and more fans do not, Kimmel’s overall brand could take a hit. Even though comedians have license to toy with their audience, says Nick Nanton, CEO of The Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency, ”he’s walking a fine line. Not many people will hang around if they feel like they’re the butt of the joke.”
Kanye West can’t take a joke.
The “Yeezus” rapper launched a Twitter war with Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night, venting over the late-night funnyman poking fun at him for boasting of being the No. 1 rock star on the planet in a BBC interview.
“Jimmy Kimmel is out of line to try and spoof in any way the first piece of honest media in years,” Kanye tweeted in capital letters. “I don’t take it as a joke … You don’t have scum bags hopping over fences trying to take pictures of your daughter. Jimmy Kimmel, put yourself in my shoes.”
The Twitter explosion came a day after a skit on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” featured two bratty kids reenacting his BBC Radio 1 interview.
In the real interview, Kanye, 33, said rappers are the new rock stars “and I’m the biggest of them all.” He also said he’s gotten to a “point that Michael Jackson did not break.”