Ledisi Performs ‘I Blame You’ Live at the Yahoo! Music Studio (Watch)

Ledisi Since arriving on the scene, Ledisi has let her singing do the talking.

The singer-songwriter, who released her seventh album “The Truth” in March, stopped by Yahoo! Music studio to perform three tune. Although she now has a solid fan base, things were different when Ledisi started out.

“I’m different,” she told Yahoo Music’s Billy Johnson Jr. “I look different, I’m a different kind of performer. At the time [that I started] it was all Destiny’s Child; we didn’t have Jill Scott yet, and they didn’t know where to put me. But I guess I never gave up.”

Ledisi’s hard work eventually paid off when producer Rex Rideout recruited her to record a cover of Luther Vandross‘s “My Sensitivity” for the tribute album “Forever, for Always, for Luther.” From there it was nowhere to go but up as her Verve debut, 2007′s “Lost & Found,” collected a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

In addition to the Grammy recognition, Ledisi gained a new fan in Michelle Obama. In 2010, the first lady told People magazine that Ledisi was one of the artists in her iPod.

Needless to say, Ledisi was ecstatic.

“‘Whoa, our First Lady knows me!’” she said about her reaction to having Mrs. Obama as a fan. “She could have picked all these other people. I’ve been [to the White House] seven times. I love them, they’re great people. They love music. They’re from Chicago. Chicago is the port of music.”

In addition to the first lady, Ledisi chatted about studying opera, “The Truth’s” many tributes to Michael Jackson, why she decided to showcase her dancing in the video for “I Blame You,” and what she has in common with rap stars Master P and Too Short.

To see Ledisi’s interview with Yahoo! Music’s Billy Johnson Jr., check out the video below:

Watch Ledisi perform “I Blame You”:

Check out Ledisi performing more songs at Yahoo Music, HERE.

Artist of the Month: Maya Azucena

unnamedMaya Azucena is a global singer-activist known for making music that uplifts the soul. Born & raised in Brooklyn, she travels the world inspiring through her songs. Featured as a coach on MTV’s Made, she also has a Grammy-certificate for her collaboration with Stephen Marley; performed at the 2013 Essence Fest with artists like Beyonce, Jill Scott and Maxwell; has been mentioned in O Magazine, Washington Post, Billboard, and countless other publications; heard on HBO’s The Wire, seen on NBC’s 30 Rock; and sang at prestigious events with incredible world-movers such as TEDxWomenSecretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Every Woman, Every Child event at the UN; One Billion Rising international campaign to end violence against women; and Omega Institute’s Where We Go From Here conference alongside President Bill Clinton. Maya is the proud artist ambassador for BeadForLife, an NGO based in Uganda that enables women to overcome extreme poverty by becoming business-women with sustainable skills, through jewelry making. And, is on the executive board for CONNECT NYC,an organization that provides counseling and training to families and communities overcoming domestic violence.
click on the link to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUqyHOF19A8
Twitter: @mayaazucena

RHOA Fight: Porsha Yanks Kenya Weave-First to the Floor, Cynthia’s Boob Pops Out (Clips)

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After weeks of buildup, he said/she said, a 911 call and a battery charge, the fight between Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams finally aired Sunday on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reunion show.

The two exchanged verbal barbs throughout the taping, but things started to go dirty south when former beauty queen Moore, 43, wielded a scepter in Porsha’s face.

“There is no African prince for you,” Porsha went on to tell Kenya, regarding her supposed boyfriend that no one but NeNe has actually seen. “You just recently tried to pay someone to be on the show. . . You have been a villain from day one,” Porsha said.

Kenya hit back, claiming Porsha cheated on ex-husband Kordell Stewart.

“You’re a slut from the the ’90s!” Porsha screamed.

Using the megaphone, Moore retorted: “You are a dumb ho, shut up!”

That was the final straw. Porsha stood up and got in Kenya’s face, causing Cynthia Bailey’s right boob to pop out in the process.

Then, Porsha grabbed a fist full of Kenya’s weave, yanked her head-first to the ground and dragged her across the floor.

Then, host Andy Cohen kicked Porsha out.

Kandi Burruss: Porsha ‘Mollywhopped’ Kenya, ‘Caught Her By the Head’ (Watch)

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Appearing on Atlanta’s “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” newlywed Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” said the reunion brawl between co-stars Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore took the rest of them by complete surprise.

Asked who came out victorious, Kandi said…it’s the one with the arrest warrant.

“I guess you have to say Porsha won just out of the fact that Kenya never got to make a move,” Burruss said.

“There was no love at the reunion,” Momma Joyce’s daughter revealed. “It caught us off guard. We had no clue that was about to happen.”

According to reports, Williams became enraged after Moore began taunting her with sex toys and gay slurs against her husband Kordell Stewart. Porsha allegedly attacked Moore, knocking her to the ground.

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“I never in a million years that Porsha would mollywhop her,” Burruss said.

When asked by the show hosts if Moore “received a ‘Passion of the Christ’ style beating,” she explained, “It was quick. I don’t know if I would say all of that. She definitely caught her by the head.”

Watch clips from Kandi’s interview below.

Mimi’s Sex Tape Drama in New Trailer for ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Season 3 (Watch)

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VH1 has released a 4 minute 36 second trailer for “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” season 3, and Lord have mercy.  Ratchet doesn’t even begin to describe this. [Scroll down to watch.]

Of course Mimi and Nikko’s sex tape is one of the season’s major storylines, both before and after Vivid Entertainment got involved in releasing it.

Here’s how the network breaks down the entire season:

1. Stevie J.’s actually happy being married to Joseline Hernandez. Who knew that he’d enjoy being tied down to one woman!

2. Mimi Faust and Nikko make a sex tape — and all hell breaks loose. Mimi is still with her “boo” Nikko (and his tick-tock Rolex), and friend Ariane Davis isn’t too happy about it. At lunch, Mimi reveals to Ariane and Erica Dixon that she and Nikko are thinking of making a sex tape. When the word gets out, Vivid head honcho Steve Hirsch propositions the couple on releasing their intimate vid for a profitable return. Mimi is distraught about it as she’s mom to Stevie’s 3-year-old daughter, Eva, and thinks that Stevie J. is going to make her life “a living hell.” Later we see that Stevie in fact learns about the sex tape and tells Mimi that he is going to take legal action to make sure Eva is in proper care. In addition, Stevie J. tells Nikko that if the tape is leaked, “there will be a problem,” and the two men go head-to-head.

3. Kirk Frost takes a paternity test on baby Karter. After trying to work on his marriage with wife Rasheeda Frost, Kirk is apparently changing his tune and secretly tests newborn Karter to see if the child is in fact his own. He then has friend Benzino read him the results, which Benzino later burns in a parking lot. Next we see what looks like a confrontation between Kirk and Rasheeda with her breaking down in tears.

4. Enter Waka Flocka Flame and his baby mama drama. Season 3 newcomer Waka Flocka Flame joins the fold with his fianceé, Tammy Rivera, and they have their share of drama. Tammy confides in Joseline that he has “changed” and Joseline tells her that “men will be men.”

5. Mimi tells Tammy to beware of Joseline. Tammy is warned by Mimi Faust to be weary of Joseline and it appears to be for good reason. In another scene, we Tammy and Joseline getting into an argument with Tammy throwing Joseline’s stripper past in her face.

6. Kirk makes moves on the new nanny. With Rasheeda looking to get back into the studio, Kirk has been enlisted with choosing the perfect nanny for baby Karter — however, Kirk decides to hire someone who can also take care of him. When the nanny tells Rasheeda that she was under the impression that Kirk and Rasheeda were “separated, co-parenting in the same house,” Rasheeda loses it.

7. Karlie Redd shacks up with Yung Joc and is in for a surprise. Now that we know rapper Yung Joc is joining the LHHATL cast, we learn that his relationship with Karlie isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. In fact, Karlie called Yung out for smelling like other women, and even confronts a woman who says she’s been having sex with him every night.

8. Momma Dee tries to hook Lil Scrappy up with women… while he’s dating Bambi. Momma Dee is back to her old tricks and tells Scrappy that he needs to take his time dating women — while he’s apparently attached to newcomer Bambi. Bambi asks Scrappy if he’s being loyal, and he says “yes,” but Momma Dee drops the bombshell that he “has more than one egg in his basket.” This egg is more than likely the one named “Erica,” who we see Scrappy getting cozy with.
But things get messier when we catch a glimpse of a woman shopping for a pregnancy test. Scrappy confides in Kirk that “she’s pregnant,” and that he and this lady (is it Erica or Bambi?) plan on keeping the baby. Erica and Bambi confront each other (in front of Scrappy and later with Momma Dee) and can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other.

9. Sleazy and Zino “brawl.” During the “grand opening” of Benzino and Stevie J.’s bar, Sleazy and Zino, an argument between Benzino and ex Karlie ends with Benzino’s fianceé, Althea “Thi Thi” Heart, throwing her drink on Karlie and Benzino asking for Karlie to be thrown out. Meanwhile, Momma Dee pulls Scrappy to the side and tells him he needs to learn how to “control” his women. However, we know that a bigger brawl ensued that night with several of the cast members jumping in, and leaving several parties injured.

10. Benzino gets shot. It looks like the rumors are true and the cameras were rolling during the aftermath of the shooting that happened at the funeral procession for Benzino’s mother this past March. We see Athea and Stevie J. sit beside Zino who is strapped up to several monitors and IVs. “Let me just tell you something man. You got a strong support system, you got a lot of people who love you. The best thing now for you to do is relax, you feel me?” Stevie J. tells his sleeping friend.

Watch the trailer for Season 3 of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” below:

 

 

Major Shade: NeNe Leakes Says Cynthia Bailey ‘Brings Nothing To (RHOA)’ – Watch

nene-leakes-cynthia-baileyNeNe Leakes has always made it known how she feels. No matter what or who it concerns.

In this case, it’s Cynthia Bailey. Leakes brought up her “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (now former) bestie during an appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” following Sunday’s season finale of the popular reality TV show.

Although she express her dislike for fellow “RHOA” castmate Kenya Moore, Leakes caught many off guard when she told “WWHL” host Andy Cohen that she is no longer friends with Bailey. To hammer the point home, Leakes went on to say that Bailey brings nothing to new to “RHOA.”

“I think Cynthia is OK,” Leakes stated. “It’s not like she’s really bringing anything to the show.”

The comments didn’t go unnoticed by Bailey, who reacted to Leakes’ views on her via Twitter, tweeting ” I was a loyal friend to @NeNeLeakes. #truth”

Despite throwing shade on Bailey, Leakes spared Moore from being on her list of people she would like to see fired from “RHOA.” Instead the former “Dancing With the Stars” competitor mentioned that she would keep Moore around on the strength that more of an asset to the show than Bailey.

“I personally do not like Kenya, but I am all for the good of the show,” Leakes said. “I have been here since day 1 and I think she’s good for the show.”

Leakes’ comments come as Bravo prepares to air its “RHOA” reunion special. The three-part program will kick off at 8 p.m. on Sunday. To see Leakes’ latest appearance on “WWHL, check out the video below:

BEHIND THE VIDEO: KEYSHIA COLE FEAT. JUICY J – “RICK JAMES”

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“Why does it matter now? Who can do you better?”

Obviously no one like KC! Readying her new album, Point of No ReturnKeyshia Cole is grabbing a massive amount of attention with her latest single, “Rick James“.

Calling on Juicy J to give the track that extra sense of ratchet, the bad girl of R&B is serving up some real life hot girl in her new music.

Fresh off the heels of the pics that she shared from the shoots for the “Rick James” and “Next Time” visuals, Fuse has released some behind the scenes footage on the set of the albums primary single. Showing the Cali singer dressed in ’80s gear – which included the big hair and neon colors – you’ll feel like you stepped back into a scene of ‘Saved by the Bell’.

While there’s no premiere date for the video just yet, fans can get an early look with the clip below:

 

 

Wiz Khalifa in Sign Language Rap Battle on ‘Kimmel’ (Watch)

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Wiz Khalifa took part in what is being billed as the first-ever televised sign language rap battle.

The rapper performed his hit “Black & Yellow” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Monday night as three, nationally-certified U.S. sign language interpreters attempted to keep up with him, one at a time.

The three women were not new to interpreting rap lyrics – they had collectively worked with Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, among others.

Watch below.

REVIEW: ‘In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul’ (Sneak Peek)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House" in the East Room of the White House, March 6, 2014. Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Mon‡e and Ariana Grande perform together on stage.

 

Greg Phillinganes had the band on point as musical director, putting particular muscle behind Etheridge’s powerful delivery of “I’m the Only One,” Monae’s “Tightrope” and Ms. Patti’s “Lady Marmalade.”

Ariana Grande, 20, had the nerve to attempt Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”… and held her own, (yes, she hit the high note), earning the crowd’s approval for her effort. Tessanne Chin, 28, showed why she won season 5 of “The Voice” with a rendition of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.”

The night, however, clearly belonged to Franklin. She threw her formidable pipes into “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and later wrapped the evening with “Amazing Grace” as only she can.

Watch a teaser below:

‘I Wanna Be Down’ Remix: Brandy, Yo-Yo, MC Lyte, Latifah Reunite (Clips)

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*Twenty years after Brandy’s debut single “I Wanna Be Down” was remixed with rappers Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo – all four ladies will celebrate its anniversary on Tuesday’s episode of “The Queen Latifah Show.”

Also, MC Lyte and Yo Yo tell Queen how they are still involved with empowering young women artists through their various organizations, while Brandy talks about her teen years in showbiz and her latest series, “The Game.”

View clips from the April 8 episode below:

Latifah reveals that she had to rewrite her rap in “I Wanna Be Down” after listening to what Yo Yo and MC Lyte had done on the track.

 

Latifah and Brandy talk about how “I Wanna Be Down” has stood the test of time, and QL shares how she got her look for the video.

 

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