Thursday, September 30, 2010

NEW MUSIC - TIFFANY EVANS "I'LL BE THERE"

Rarely do I hear songs that are so beautiful that I am moved me to tears. The new single by the ever so talented Tiffany Evans I'll Be There is beyond just a good song. The words and melody are simple but the message, her voice together over a great track are no less than soul stirring. She sings of being there for someone when they go through storms and bad times in life. The song is inspirational, a testament that there is still GREAT music being made - good writing/lyrics, beautiful arrangement and fantastic singing from a wonderful artist.
I dare yall to listen and not have to hold back at least a tear or two.


Tiffany this song is now on my heavy rotation.
MeaLee






Click Here to listen to her song Promise Ring Featuring Ciara


HISTORY OF RAP - JIMMY FALLON & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Last night Justin Timberlake was a guest on the popular late night show hosted by Jimmy Fallon. I have learned that whenever Justin is on anyone's show expect it to be a hilarious few minutes - then ad in Jimmy Fallon - that is a recipe for gut busting, side splitting laughs.I have sat and watched this at least 3 times and everytime it is hilarious.

Oh and how can I not say anything about The Roots? They KILLED it. I love them they are sooo talented and I like seeing their musical genius every night via Jimmy Fallon's show.

MeaLee

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "SPEECHLESS" - CIARA



Get it Ciara!

~♥Shené

EVERY LITTLE STEP - WAYNE BRADY & MIKE TYSON


HILARIOUS!
~♥Shené

BLAKSTAR: STEPH JONES


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Tonight on BLAKstar we have model/singer/songwriter/actor Steph Jones joining us to talk about his career and much more.
CALL IN 914.338.1556
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MARSHA AMBROSIUS - NEW ALBUM "LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNINGS"

Marsha is dropping her debut solo album November 9th! Make sure you all pick that up! I must say Marsha, Marsha, MARSHA - you better get it lol. She is not only coming out with her debut album after dropping a successful MixTape [Yours Sincerely] she is killing us [in a good way] with her new look. She looks strong confident and ready to handle kick off her solo career. I can't wait to get to listen to her album.

MeaLee 


PRESIDENT OBAMA ON THE COVER OF ROLLING STONE



President Barack Obama is open and honest in an interview with Rolling Stone. Check out some excerpts below:

When you came into office, you felt you would be able to work with the other side. When did you realize that the Republicans had abandoned any real effort to work with you and create bipartisan policy?



Well, I'll tell you that given the state of the economy during my transition, between my election and being sworn in, our working assumption was that everybody was going to want to pull together, because there was a sizable chance that we could have a financial meltdown and the entire country could plunge into a depression. So we had to work very rapidly to try to create a combination of measures that would stop the free-fall and cauterize the job loss.
 
Let's talk about the war in Afghanistan. Where were you when you first heard about the comments made by Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff, and how did you feel as you read them for yourself?



I was in my office in the residence, in the Treaty Room. Joe Biden called me — he was the first one who heard about it. I think it was Sunday night, and I had one of the staff here send me up a copy, and I read through the article. I will say at the outset that I think Gen. McChrystal is a fine man, an outstanding soldier, and has served this country very well. I do not think that he meant those comments maliciously. I think some of those comments were from his staff, and so he was poorly served. And it pained me to have to make the decision I did. Having said that, he showed bad judgment. When I put somebody in charge of the lives of 100,000 young men and women in a very hazardous situation, they've got to conduct themselves at the highest standards, and he didn't meet those standards.
 
What has surprised you the most about these first two years in office? What advice would you give your successor about the first two years?



Over the past two years, what I probably anticipated but you don't fully appreciate until you're in the job, is something I said earlier, which is if a problem is easy, it doesn't hit my desk. If there's an obvious solution, it never arrives here — somebody else has solved it a long time ago. The issues that cross my desk are hard and complicated, and oftentimes involve the clash not of right and wrong, but of two rights. And you're having to balance and reconcile against competing values that are equally legitimate.

What I'm very proud of is that we have, as an administration, kept our moral compass, even as we've worked through these very difficult issues. Doesn't mean we haven't made mistakes, but I think we've moved the country in a profoundly better direction just in the past two years.


READ MORE OF THE INTERVIEW AT ROLLINGSTONE

~♥Shené

TIME INTERVIEWS TERRY MCMILLAN


Pay close attention to her facial expressions...she's raw with it!

~♥Shené

BEYONCE DANCING AT A BLOCK PARTY


Beyonce is getting it doing a line dance at a local block party!

Check out the video after the jump...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ACTRESS GLORIA STUART OF TITANIC DIES - AGE 100

I am sure we all remember James Cameron's epic movie Titanic and the memorable characters he helped bring to life in this heart wrenching and exciting classic. Gloria Stuart played one of the main characters [Rose] as an elderly woman. Most of her us remember that particular role. however Ms. Stuart has had an incredible career in Hollywood that spans eight decades beginning in the 1930's.

Born July 4th, 1910 Gloria passed away in her sleep on September 26, 2010. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

MeaLee

Read more about Gloria's wonderful long life after the jump.



Monday, September 27, 2010

BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK



~♥Shené

Music Video: Gil Scott-Heron “New York Is Killing Me” by Chris Cunningham


Director Chris Cunningham debuted his first new video in four years at the MoMA  The video was an audiovisual remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s phenomenal track “New York Is Killing Me”.

~♥Shené

Mariah Carey Goes...

Just recently the one we all adore, Ms. Mariah Carey had a show yesterday in Singpore at the Formula 1 Grand Prix. While performing her old hit "Make It Happen" she slips but was soon assited by her back up dancer and stage hand who help remove those slippery shoes. Mariah say that she is just not use to the heels and fishnets. The Ladies know its not made for all especially dancing at time. Check the video below.



-Destiny Chanel

Thursday, September 23, 2010

AND THE NEW AMERICAN IDOL JUDGES ARE...

Fox unveiled who the new judges of the 10th season of American Idol will be. They are as follows:
Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.  Reports are stating Lopez signed a $12 Million dollar deal with Fox to join the show as a judge. 


~♥Shené

JAY-Z & WARREN BUFFETT COVER FORBES 400

“The first Forbes 400 summit paired one of the most successful recording artists of all time, Jay-Z, with the most successful investor of all time, Warren Buffett, on the latter’s home turf of Omaha, Neb. In an hour-long videotaped interview at Buffett’s office building, these two icons shared their very different perspectives on success, wealth and the social obligations that come with each. They found a lot more common ground than you’d think.”

Check out the video interview after the jump...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

BOOK RELEASE: DECODED - JAY-Z

Spiegel & Grau to Publish Book by Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter on 11/16/10!


New York, NY (September 22, 2010)— On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter and publisher Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, are set to release Decoded, the first book written by the multi-platinum, 10 time Grammy Award winning entrepreneur and icon. Unique in every sense, Decoded is a narrative journey through the lyrics and life of one of the most prolific artists of our time.

Featuring an image of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach on the cover, the beautifully designed, fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs from JAY-Z’s extensive catalog. By telling the stories behind some of Jay-Z’s most famous and provocative lyrics, Decoded offers an intimate, first-hand account of an artist, his work, and the culture that so powerfully shaped him.

In addition to the hardcover release, Random House will publish Decoded as an eBook, as well as an interactive iPhone/iPad application that will include exclusive video and customizable content that will allow users to delve into a deeper Decoded experience.

“This is a book that could only have come from JAY-Z. Every aspect of it reflects his style and ambition and heart. The unique structure he devised – combining intense personal narratives with revealing ‘decodings’ of some of his most powerful lyrics – underlines his central mission for the book: to use his famously layered and poetic lyrics and his one-of-a-kind life story to tell a wider story about the world he grew up in and the transformative power of hip-hop. JAY’s rigorous attention to every detail of the book, right down to the book’s jacket, which he art directed, was impressive, and the depth of his thinking – about his experiences and lyrics, but also about the creative process, the poetry of hip-hop, and the art of life – was a constant revelation. This is a book that will offer gratifying surprises and insights to both the long-time JAY-Z fan and to the reader who might meet him here for the first time.”

– Chris Jackson, Executive Editor, Spiegel & Grau



FROM DECODED

When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics—not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC—are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.” – JAY-Z
Order your copy here.
 
PRESS RELEASE VIA JAY-Z.COM

NEW MUSIC VIDEO - KERI HILSON "BREAKING POINT"

 Keri Hilson releases the video for her single Breaking Point off her new album No Boys Allowed. I like the video and I am sure many people can understand what she is saying and what the people in the video are going through.. I am excited for her new album to drop I'm sure she won't leave us disappointed. 


[Check out the previous post  featuring this song and her new song Still A Girl]

MeaLee

JOHN LEGEND & ?UESTLOVE ON BILLBOARD


Questlove and John Legend talk about how their new collaborative album Wake Up!
~♥Shené


BLAKSTAR: GWEN DEVOE


Tonight at 10pm BLAKstar is speaking with Gwen DeVoe of Full Figured Fashion Week™ (New York, Los Angeles and Canada) former model, motivation speaker and entrepreneur make sure you tune in! 914.338.1556 www.blogtalkradio.com/blakstar


~♥Shené

JAZMINE SULLIVAN - LOVE ME BACK


If Jazmine Sullivan's first album, Fearless was any indication of the talent she possesses then I definitely can not wait until her sophomore album, Love Me Back drops October 5, 2010.

Tracklisting below:



1. Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles)


2. 10 Seconds


3. Good Enough


4. Don’t Make Me Wait


5. Love You Long Time


6. Redemption


7. Excuse Me


8. U Get On My Nerves


9. Stuttering


10. In Vain


11. Famous


12. Luv Back



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~♥Shené

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "GONE ALREADY" - FAITH EVANS



This is the lead single from her sixth album, Something About Faith, which will drop on October 5.

~♥Shené

Monday, September 20, 2010

RELATIONSHIPS - SAY THANK YOU [VIDEO BLOG]

Sometimes we forget that some of the small things can make a big impact in our relationships.
MeaLee

Sunday, September 19, 2010

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - PLUS SIZE FASHION

On September 15, 2010 history was made in New York City. The first ever plus sized fashion show during NYC's famed Fashion Week was hosted by OneStopPlus.com, gracing the runway with beautiful models, clothing and accessories. I'm wondering, what has taken so long? Two-thirds of American women are over a size 14 and the fashion needs of these women are now a 47 million dollar industry (www.time.com). In America in the 1950's, the pin up models were at least a size 12 and icon Marylin Monroe wore a size 14. In modern day Hollywood, if an actress is not a "sample" size 4 she is scrutinized for being overweight. Every pound she gains is monitored by the public and she is put on"baby bump" alert and talk becomes of finding reasons to why she has gained weight. 
What caused America to change it's view on beauty? When did the "average" size change from a size 12+ to a size 0?

In many foreign countries, like Africa, being full figured is a sign of health, wealth and fertility. Superficial standards of beauty are set around the world and there is no common standard of international beauty. The perceptions of young women are determined by their individual cultures'. Many women struggle all over the globe with the way that they look because they feel they can't live up to the perfect standards that they are bombarded with in the media. Companies like Dove are now showing the truth about the perfect images protrayed in the media. Celebrities are retouched, elongated, slimmed, nipped and tucked. So who is to say who is beautiful and who isn't? [see BLAKstar's previous post on Dove and their time lapse video showing a model photo from start to finish.]

Are we able to go deeper and look past the physical attributes of people? Can we accept our peers as they are and respect each other for our personalities, character and accomplishments? Or are we doomed to conform to the social, economic and physical pressures that divide instead of unite us?

In my opinion true beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is it that your eyes see?


Ladysingsblu

Saturday, September 18, 2010

BLAKSTAR TALKS WITH ACTRESS PAM GRIER

I am still so excited from meeting and speaking with Pam Grier today that I am not sure where to start. She is a phenomenal woman and her outer beauty has nothing on the fantastic woman and spirit she is on the inside. Her willingness to be open and to tell her story candidly was refreshing and beautiful.

Pam spoke of her love for helping people. Going into detail of how she rescues animals and works with everyone from single African American Female farmers to children, made her giving spirit apparent throughout the time we spent with her. I wouldn't call this an interview but an experience. One of those moments in life we always remember, always talk about and have truly learned from.

Pam is on a national tour promoting her memoirs: My Life In Three Acts. I strongly suggest when she comes to your area to attend the book signing event - it is well worth it. Her book is a real look at her life, her childhood, rise to fame and her battle with cancer. She also shares lessons, about living to the fullest and healing emotionally, physically and mentally all things she has learned while on this incredible journey that is her life.

BLAKstar appreciates Ms. Grier (she told me to just call her Pam lol) for taking the time and sharing with us the knowledge she has gained over her extraordinary life.

Pam not only is Bridging Love Art and Knowledge - she continues to build the bridges that many of us walk on today and we thank her for her gifts she openly gives to us all.

MeaLee

special thanks to mochareaders.com

Friday, September 17, 2010

RIHANNA - WHO'S THAT CHICK - NEW MUSIC VIDEO

Don't judge me [lol] but this video makes me think of saturday morning cartoons when I was little. Rainbow Brite, Punky Brewster and the Lisa Frank stationary and pens I used to beg my mother to buy me. The video is full of eye popping bright color which gives it a fun and and electric feel. Take a look and let us know what you think.

MeaLee

Thursday, September 16, 2010

SHARING IS NOT ALWAYS CARING

I'm not sure about you but I make a frequent habit of checking and updating my facebook privacy and account settings. It seems as though the social network site as well as many others are always updating their policies as well as what they will and will not share voluntarily and what I have to manually opt out of. There are certain things that I do not feel that people need to know. Not that I am hiding anything but analysts say there are certain things we can and do reveal through social media that can make us susceptible to identity theft and actual physical theft and harm. I suggest you check your settings, see what your friends and what random people (who are not your friends) can see and have access to - you maybe surprised what you are opening yourself up to. The article [after the jump] I found interesting because a few of the "do nots" I can't lie I have done and did without thinking. For example posting statuses that indicate where and when I am leaving for vacation [I'm sure we have all done that at least once], which can clue thieves into when you may not be home or when you may not be logging into your facebook or other accounts for awhile. Meaning, if they hacked you at that time you may not know for several days while you are enjoying vacation bliss or they can choose to actually rob you while you are not home. After the jump is a great article with six things you should not reveal on social networking sites, do you have any?

MeaLee

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO - KELLY ROWLAND "ROSE COLORED GLASSES"

You better get it Ms. Rowland! Kelly releases her new video Rose Colored Glasses. I really can't wait for her new album to drop! The video is beautiful as Kelly is too. The song is beautifully written and performed - it continues to push me closer to the edge of my seat in anticipation for her new album to drop.


After the jump check out Kelly talking about her new video Rose Colored Glasses and her other single Grown Woman that was released last month
MeaLee



TRAILER: 'FOR COLORED GIRLS' - TYLER PERRY

Check out the official trailer and posters for the upcoming Tyler Perry movie starring Anika Noni Rose (as Yasmine), Kerry Washington (as Kelly), Janet Jackson (as Joanna), Kimberly Elise (as Crystal), Phylicia Rashad (as Gilda), Loretta Devine (as Juanita), Tessa Thompson (Nyla) and Thandie Newton (Tangie) and directed by Tyler Perry.







VIEW THE TRAILER AFTER THE JUMP....

Monday, September 13, 2010

2010 MTV VMA's RECAP


As a reminder that MTV still plays videos, last night the Video Music Awards took place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Lady Gaga dominated the show winning eight awards, including Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, and Best Female Video for “Bad Romance.” She also won Best Collaboration with Beyonce for the video “Telephone.” Eminem was awarded the Best Male Video and Best Hip-Hop Video for “Not Afraid.” “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys won Best Cinematography.
For the past five years or so, I told myself I’m not going to watch the VMAs. Yet every year I’m drawn in.

Two of the main reasons people watch the VMAs are the music and the potential drama. Many say that music isn’t like it used to be. I was looking more forward to seeing Lady Gaga’s incredible costumes than to some of the performances. From her spiky headdress to her butcher-inspired gear, she did not disappoint. As far as drama goes - there was none, which was very nice. Kanye West and Taylor Swift didn’t face off on stage with boxing gloves, instead they expressed themselves using their musical prowess. Although she assisted in sending the VMA's rating to levels they have not seen in eight years, Chelsea Handler’s attempt at hosting made me long for Chris Rock’s sharp and hilarious wisecrack.
Last night’s show was the highest rated VMAs since 2002, attracting 11.9 million viewers. I wonder how many of those viewers were just following tradition, plopping in front of MTV on autopilot versus those who were tuning in to see performances by Justin Beiber, Drake, Kanye and Taylor Swift  and the actual awards show and the recipients .

How did you feel about the awards last night?
Christine

VMA VIDEO: KANYE WEST FEAT. PUSHA T – RUNAWAY



~♥Shené

Sunday, September 12, 2010

MTV VMA PERFORMANCES

Nicki Minaj & Will.I.Am

Justin Beiber

Link: 2229172

Taylor Swift


MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

VMA VIDEO: EMINEM


 ~♥Shené

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO..

We are celebrating the birthday of one of BLAKstar's own. She is the co-founder, co-host and graphic design extrodinaire that is behind BLAKstar's dope graphics! Join in with us in wishing her a beautiful birthday and many many more to come. Happy Birthday Shené!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

BLAKSTAR REMEMBERS: WHAT WERE YOU DOING ON 9/11

This year is the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that not only devastated the United States but the affected the entire world. Al-Qaeda recruited a total of nineteen suicide killers to assist in their coordination of wreaking havoc on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Viciously their weapons of choice were four commercial jetliners filled with innocent passengers, who never knew that their freedom would be taken into custody as part of the senseless killings of over 2,996 people.


I remember going to work that day and it beginning as a regular normal day. A few hours later one my co-workers came into to work screaming, “Oh my God somebody just flew a plane into one of the twin towers and the Pentagon.” Instantly I stood up and gathered with the other ladies in the healthcare office around the mini TV she had. We all stood there in horror, we couldn’t believe what are eyes were letting us see. A billow of smoke and fire poured out of the first tower as we all gasped in horror watching helplessly another airplane crash into the second tower.

I felt an instant heaviness in my stomach and I ran away crying. All I could think about was my family members and in-laws that I knew worked in downtown Manhattan. Frantically I called my husband, only to hear him answer the call crying in despair unable to get a call through to New York. All phone lines to New York were jammed because of the chaos and people trying to call into that area. Crying, I said a prayer, because there was nothing else that could be done.

I felt empathy for all those who lost a mother, a father, a child or a friend. The event taught me to never take life or the people in your life for granted and always live as if it is your last day.

On today, 9-11-10 we honor the memory of the lives that were lost on this catastrophic event that took place nine years ago. Even though the years may pass by the memories of those lost will never tarnish nor fade.

Through this blog we want to hear your thoughts by answering these three questions:

When it took place, where were you? How did it affect you? What have you learned from it?
comment below or send your video responses to get@blakstartalk.com

Norma Jean

NEW MUSIC - KERI HILSON "STILL A GIRL"

The song was leaked on the internet Thursday still has not been confirmed as being apart of Ms. Keri Baby's upcoming album No Boys Allowed. 

I personally am excited for her new album with hits from her previously such as Slow Dance, Alienated, Energy and some others [that are still in my heavy rotation] some new music from her is indeed a good thing! Rather or not this cut makes the album I like it. Her sweet vocals and catchy lyrics always make for good music.

Also check out the official first single "Breaking Point" now available on iTunes & AmazonMP3 from the new album [No Boys Allowed]  all after the jump


MeaLee 







Friday, September 10, 2010

JET COVER: DRAKE


~♥Shené

MOVIE POSTER: FOR COLORED GIRLS


Lionsgate has released the first official photo of 'Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls,' which will be shown in theaters on Nov. 5.

From left to right: Anika Noni Rose (as Yasmine), Kerry Washington (as Kelly), Janet Jackson (as Joanna), Kimberly Elise (as Crystal), Phylicia Rashad (as Gilda),Loretta Devine (as Juanita), Tessa Thompson (Nyla) and Thandie Newton (Tangie).
Written and directed by Perry, the film is based on the stage play 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf' by Ntozake Shange.
The story consists of a series of poems performed through a cast of nameless women known only by a color. The characters deal with subjects such as love, abandonment, rape and abortion.
The cast includes Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Phylicia Rashad, Macy Gray, Tessa Thompson, Michael Ealy, Hill Harper, Khalil Kain, Omari Hardwick andRichard Lawson.

~♥Shené

ELLE COVER: GABOUREY SIDIBE





Gabourey has scored a cover with Elle Magazine for thier October issue. Gabourey along with Janelle Monae, Lauren Conrad, Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Mila Kunis, and a few others were chosen for their Favorite 25-Somethings to celebrate 25 years of the magazine. 

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: "LITTLE GHETTO BOY" - JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS




~♥Shené

MARVIN SAPP'S WIFE PASSES AWAY OF COLON CANCER

Our deepest sympathies and never ending prayers go out to Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp and his family and close friends. He lost his wife of 15 years Malinda Sapp to colon cancer. Malinda leaves behind a host of friends and family including her and her husband's 3 children.


92.1 Praise Houston released this statement about her passing:
It's with our deepest sympathy that we inform you that Pastor Marvin Sapp's wife MaLinda Sapp has passed on today after battling colon cancer. It was confirmed on the Lonnie Williams show today. An official press release has not been issued yet but more details will be coming on the Yolanda Adams Morning show tomorrow morning! Earlier this year, Marvin Sapp was testifying of how his wife, MaLinda, was given a clean bill of health by doctors after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in 2009. But then, those health concerns resurfaced and Marvin Sapp requested intense, around-the-clock prayer."


To read more about colon cancer and it's prevention and treatment CLICK HERE.

MeaLee

View Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" his song he is most known for after the jump.

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