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Updated Report: Whitney Houston may have drowned!

TMZ.com is reporting that water was found in the lungs of singer-actress, Whitney Houston. However, the medical examiner is still trying to determine exactly how much water was there before her death can be ruled as a drowning.

 It had been reported earlier on Sunday that Houston may have fallen asleep in her hotel [Beverly Hilton Hotel] bathtub. There is also the possibility that Houston may have died before she went under water.

Apparently, Houston was running late for the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy party, when her stylists and bodyguards found in her face underwater and legs in the as if she slid underwater. Her bodyguards attempted to perform CPR before calling hotel security. Paramedics arrived at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 3:30pm and found the singer unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at 4pm.PST.

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Ladies and Gentlemen…I present to you Ms. Blue Ivy!

The Carter Family was so gracious enough to share these beautiful photos of baby, Blue Ivy this past weekend!

Is it me or does she look a lot like her mother?

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THE END OF AN ERA! Whitney Houston dead at 48

According to the AJC.com, Superstar actress-singer, WHITNEY HOUSTON has died at age 48.

Her publicist Kristen Foster has said that the singer’s cause of death and location are unknown.

Her hits include such memorable songs as I Wanna Dance with Somebody, So Emotional, I’m Your Baby Tonight and her signature love song, I Will Always Love You from the film, “The Bodyguard,” which she starred.

The Guinness World Records has named her the “most awarded female act of all time.”

This is truly a sad day in music history!

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AH YEAH! 8 Questions with Musiq SoulChild

Written by | Ray Cornelius

For 12 years, Taalib Johnson aka Musiq SoulChild, has charmed audiences with his authentic soul music; proving that the lid on the coffin of R&B hasn’t been entirely nailed shut. He has consistently remained on the music charts with songs that make you feel like he is truly living what he is singing about. 

I had the pleasure of talking exclusively to him before his concert on Friday, February 10th at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College.

We talked about everything from his partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure as well as his collaborations with everyone from jazz pianist, Robert Glasper to new comer, Kuddie Fresh.

RC: You and Chrisette Michelle are both featured on “Ah Yeah” which is the lead single on Robert Glasper’s new CD, Black Radio. What was it like working with the both of them?

MSC: Yes! Personally Robert Glasper is one of my handfuls of geniuses that I’m an honest and genuine fan of and I tell him that all the time. So, it ain’t somethin he doesn’t know.

Chrisette Michelle is just a beautiful lady and has a wonderful spirit. Every time I meet up with her and do a show together, it’s always really cool.  In fact, I’m looking forward to working with her on her new album. I really admire her and want to contribute to her legacy of music.

So it is an honor to be of a part of that situation more so because of what Robert Glasper is doing with this music and what he is presenting to people. It’s such a combination of so many different genres and its helping to “reinvent the standard.” And apparently fans get it because every time I turn around people are like, “Yo! That new Ah Yeah joint is bangin!”

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RC: You’re from Philadelphia. How much of an influence does the Philly Sound have on your music style? 

MSC: Actually it wasn’t until I got older that I realized the affect the sound of Philadelphia had on me. People like Gamble and Huff, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass…that sound really affected my upbringing.

So when I started making music, I had that as a level of expectation as far as how tight my music needed to be. Pushing the envelope as far as the potential my music could be; rather than whatever was popular on the radio. I was looking beyond that, I was hearing beyond that.

RC: Don Cornelius just passed last week. How important was Soul Train to your career?

MSC: Soul Train was very important beside the fact that they acknowledged me as an artist, nominating me and awarding me for my contributions to music.

And then having the show introduce me to the possibilities of how far I could go as an entertainer and how much of an effect our music has on people – the fact that it makes people want to move their body and express themselves was dope! Don honored that and celebrated that. I just think it was an amazing thing. There wasn’t anything like Soul Train. They were the originators and Don Cornelius was a landmark of that tradition of celebrating music in our community.

RC: Let’s talk about your role as an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the song YES. How did this partnership come about?

MSC: Umm! Very organically I was looking to shoot a video for that song and it had no implication of being a song for breast cancer. It’s just that things transpired that way with trying to find a treatment for the video. We thought about a number of topics. But when we got to breast cancer, everybody was like, “Yo! Let’s stop right there.”

And then when the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation caught wind of it they were like, “Yo, this would be awesome if we could take advantage of this song and have you speak on our behalf and we will make you an ambassador. So I was like, “Hell yeah!”

And so working with them only enhances the work I’ve done. It only authenticates my credibility.

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RC: So who is Musiq listening to?

MSC: Robert Glasper for obvious reasons. I mean, even if he wasn’t a friend of mine; I would still listen to his music. Lalah Hathaway. Ryan Leslie. I was actually introduced to a band that I’m actually working with called Snarky Puppy.

And a friend of mine by the name Kuddie Fresh. We’ve become quick friends because we identify with each other so much…we are actually alike in so many ways. Our sounds are different but what we like about music are the same. So you will hear about him either through me or through someone else. But he is definitely on the rise.

RC: You are in Atlanta this weekend headlining the Morehouse College Founder’s Day Concert with special guest Avery Sunshine. What can fans expect?

MSC: Just a soul brother doing soul music for my soul people is the best way I can put it.

RC: Speaking of the AUC Center, I heard you’re a fan of Clark Atlanta University’s WCLK 91.9 FM in particular the Jamal Ahmad’s Soul of Jazz music program…

MSC: LOL…I think he’s really cool. I commend the brother for really reaching out there and playing stuff and bringing light to folks you hardly ever hear about.

RC: Define the Musiq SoulChild sound?

MSC: Oh brother, there is a whole lot to it but I’m gonna try to simplify it. The Musiq Soul Child sound is whatever can be categorized as real music. That’s the best way that I can put it. I think it’s also whatever is necessary; that thing that you need to hear and feel in music. At least that is what I’m always aspiring towards.

Musiq SoulChild with special guest, Avery Sunshine – Friday, Feb. 10th at 8pm at the MLK International Chapel at Morehouse College – Atlanta

www.musiqsoulchild.com

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Chris Brown is scheduled to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards…

Just read on AJC.com  that Chris Brown is scheduled to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards, airing on this Sunday, February 12th.

In 2009, Brown assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party and is serving five years of probation for the felony attack. His career came to a screeching halt but has since gained momentum after releasing several mixtapes and his album, “F.A.M.E (Forgiving All My Enemies) which includes the hit song, Look at Me Now. The album received three Grammy nods, including best R&B Album.

Rihanna will also perform at the show and is nominated in four categories, including album of the year for her CD, “LOUD.”

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BEYONCE STEPS OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Queen Bey stepped out for the first time last night since having baby, Blue Ivy.

The “Get Me Bodied” singer was all smiles in this form fitting red dress by Alice Temperly. Beyoncé completes her look with a gold Alexander McQueen clutch and Christian Louboutin heels.

Beyoncé was there to support her husband’s two night charity concert series at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Money raised from the series will benefit the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

Photo Credits: Beyonceonline.com

 

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Coroner’s report says Don Cornelius’ death a suicide…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Coroner reports are officially ruling Don Cornelius’ death a suicide. MSN is reporting today that the Soul Train creator and host killed himself with a gunshot to the head.  A final report will be issued once investigators receive the results of toxicology tests.

A relative of the television icon found Cornelius at his California home last week. He was taken to Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Many of his closest friends including singers Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder, have all issued statements expressing the lost of the television pioneer.

At least 100 New Yorkers took to the streets of Times Square this past Saturday for an organized “flash mob” and recreated the show’s famous, Soul Train line. Many of the participants sported afros and bellbottoms, reminiscent of the show’s dancers and host.

Soul Train first aired in 1970 and became one of the longest-running syndicated shows in history.

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STEVE HARVEY IS SEEING DOUBLE!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

According to EURWEB.com, the president of Sony’s Screen Gems recently announced that Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Man film will probably have a sequel. The interesting thing is that the first film hasn’t been release in theaters yet. The announcement was apparently made on Harvey’s morning show last week.

The film is based on Harvey’s 2009 best-selling book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and stars Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Terrance J and Kevin Hart.

Think Like a Man is scheduled to open in theatres on April 20th.

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INDIA.ARIE ON LOSING WEIGHT…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Soul music vocalist India.Arie recently told Essence that while in the midst of creating new music, she is also creating a new India. The brown-skinned beauty confessed to having gained some extra pounds a few years ago due to some “confluence of negative experiences.”

Now the, “I Am Not My Hair” singer, who is currently working on a new album, Open Door,  is maintaining her healthy weight through exercise and better food choices.

“Our food choices show up on our body. [We have to] know that are no short cuts to looking and feeling our best,” she says. “I am still learning about this but it shows up on my skin when I am off-balance…and I feel more tired, too.”

Here’s to wishing her well and much success this New Year!

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Black Butterfly: Viola Davis on the Cover of L.A. Times Magazine

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

(Photography by Ruven Afanador)

Oscar- nominated actress, Viola Davis strikes a pose for the cover of the current issue of L.A. Times Magazine. “The Help” actress looks stunning in these dazzling creations by Thierry Mugler and Jason Wu.

Here is what the Tony Award-winning actress says about being recognized for her work:

“You can be in the business for 23 years, which I have been, and suddenly something happens that wakes people up. For me, that was being in a movie with Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman,” Davis says of Doubt. “It makes people realize you’re there. Otherwise you’re that black girl who had a guest or costar role in a TV show here or there.”

Check out her fashion spread along with the complete interview at latimesmagazine.com