Patti Labelle Reveals the One Thing She Won’t Do on ‘Empire’

patti labellePatti LaBelle has love for Lee Daniels, her Philly homie, but there are some things she just won’t do. Even for a friend.

The music legend, who made a memorable appearance on the season one finale of “Empire,” detailed a conversation she had with Daniels, who wanted her to do something “daring” when she returns for season two of the hit show.

“We talked about it about three months ago. He said ‘LaLa,’ — he calls me ‘LaLa’ — ‘would you take your wig off?’ I said, ‘Hell no,’” LaBelle laughingly explained during a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “So he’s trying to do something daring with me, but I ain’t going out like that. I love you Lee, but no, no. Viola Davis did it well on ‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ but not Miss Patti. I can’t do it.”

Although fans won’t get to see LaBelle follow Davis’ lead, they will get to hear the singer in a new light as she gears up for the release of her debut Jazz album. The 13-track offering, which Labelle says is tentatively set for a late 2015 release, will include renditions of tunes from Nina Simone (“Wild Is the Wind”), Frank Sinatra (“Softly As I Leave You”), and Gloria Lynne (“The Folks That Live On The Hill”) among others.

As she enjoys blending classic music into her new material, a few of today’s singers have caught her ear and she’s impressed.

“I’m very happy to hear some of the young singer’s going back to old school, like Tyrese, Jill [Scott], and Johnny Gill,” LaBelle said. “They’re singing songs like they used to be sung — with basic R&B chord changes and basic stories.”

LaBelle’s praise for current R&B vocalists contrasts criticism leveled at the artists from veteran singers who feel they are “taking the romance out” out of the genre and leaving “nothing to the imagination.”

“They’re not disgusting, they’re not vulgar, said LaBelle, who admitted to performing current ballads at her shows. I include some these songs in my shows now — I do ‘Shame’ by Tyrese and Johnny Gill’s ‘Game Changer’ and Charlie Wilson’s ‘Goodnight Kisses.’ I also love Jill Scott’s new project, so there’s hope.”


Lee Daniels Confirms Tyrese Joining Season 2 of ‘Empire’


Tyrese is yet another high-profile celebrity making their way to the FOX’s hit drama series “Empire” when it returns this fall.

Lee Daniels took to his Instagram account last week to announce Tyrese would be joining the cast for season two. The news comes on the heels of Kelly Rowland also being added as Lucious Lyon’s mother (in flashback scenes we suppose).

Tyrese has been quite vocal about wanting to be reunited with his “Baby Boy” co-star Taraji P. Henson, and he explained to HuffPost Live why it hasn’t happened yet.

“I was supposed to be on season one of ‘Empire,’ and I was in and out of court fighting for a personal matter with my 7-year-old, so I wasn’t able to do the show. That’s the truth,” Tyrese said. “Taraji and Lee Daniels were very, very disappointed – and I was too – that I couldn’t do it.”

He also explained that he understands the fan’s undying love for his pairing with Henson, “When it comes to Taraji, because we did ‘Baby Boy’ together, people don’t want to see her with any other man, and they don’t want to see me with any other woman. It’s almost like Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams from ‘The Notebook,’” he said.

Season two of Empire returns to FOX Sept. 23.

Oh, and in case you missed it, Tyrese announced the release of his latest album “Black Rose” by hitting up a subway last week in New York to promote his CD.

Lee Daniels’ announcement:

And of course, Tyrese was hella excited:

Tyrese – Black Rose (Album Stream)

Check out the full album stream of Tyrese’s new album titled Black Rose. Features include Snoop Dogg, Chrisette Michelle, Brandy and Tank.

Purchase it now from iTunes


1. Addict
2. Dumb S*** (feat. Snoop Dogg)
3. Picture Perfect
4. Waiting on You
5. Shame
6. Don’t Wanna Look Back (feat. Chrisette Michele)
7. Prior to You (feat. Tank)
8. Leave
9. Without My Heart
10. When We Make Love
11. Gonna Give You What You Need
12. Body Language
13. The Rest of Our Lives (feat. Brandy)
14. I Still Do

Tyrese Abuses Jennifer Hudson … in Short Film; Admits He’s White

Tyrese-GibsonTyrese Gibson is bringing a more serious and dramatic side to his music in a trailer for a short film inspired by his latest single “Shame.”

Tyrese released the trailer on Tuesday (June 16). Produced by Denzel Washington and directed by video producer Paul Hunter, the “Shame” short film features Tyrese as a conflicted family man who apparently wants to do right by his wife, played by Jennifer Hudson, but ends up doing wrong,

“Father God, thank you. Thank you for my wife, the most patient and beautiful woman in the world,” the singer-actor says in a scene that finds him and his family gathered around the dinner table.

As the trailer continues, viewers discover that Gibson’s character is a member of a musical act that includes two women. However, the life he has with one of the women is filled with drama as an argument between the pair quickly turns physical when Gibson’s character jumps out of his chair and slams Hudson’s character against a wall.

The release of the “Shame” short film trailer comes as the single remains at number two spot on the Billboard charts for nearly six weeks. “Shame” is among the songs included on Gibson’s upcoming album “Black Rose,” which is said to be his last solo project, according to MadamNoire.

“Black Rose” is set to be released on July 10. To see the “Shame” trailer, check out the video below.

*In other Tyrese news, the entertainer put his two cents into the discussion surrounding Rachel Dolezal while promoting “Black Rose” on “Access Hollywood Live.” Seizing the moment, Black-Ty put a light spin on the matter as he admitted that he is…a white man. So much so that he joked about changing the name of his album to “White Rose.”

“I wanted the world to know that as of this morning, I woke up and I decided that I’m a white man. That’s who I identify with. I’m just letting y’all know,” a smiling Gibson said.

“Just last week I was tanning. I’m trying to get a little more toned because it’s important to have everything be cohesive….we’re having fun. In America you can be whatever you want to be.”

As for Dolezal, Gibson advised critics to “go easy” on the former NAACP Spokane, Washington chapter president.

“First of all, you can’t go in on this woman. I mean, as much as she did for the African-American community, God bless her,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I think, you know, we tend to walk in the direction of things and people that you can identify with.”

When it was mentioned that folks were critical of Dolezal for not feeling what it is to be discriminated against nor that being part of her heritage, Gibson responded, saying,

“There’s a lot of black people who would say they don’t want to be black because there’s so much heat that comes with it. I mean, I don’t really know of too many white people that want to be black,” he stated. “I mean it just kind of happens. There’s this thing about white privileges, you know what I mean, but hey, you do what you want to do in life, “he stated before cracking another joke. “Like I said, as of this morning, I rolled out of my bed and I looked in the mirror and was like ‘man this is crazy that I’m not black anymore.”

To see the Gibson’s revelation and hear his thoughts on Dolezal, click on the following video:


Tyrese Gibson Via Social Media Admits He’s Smitten with Janelle Monae

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Tyrese Gibson is in love!

The actor-singer professed this love with another music artist on Facebook and Instagram — the “Electric Lady” and “Q.U.E.E.N.”  Janelle Monae, according to theGrio.

He wrote her a love letter on the social media platforms, after being elated he got the opportunity to sit next to her during Stevie Wonder‘s birthday concert.

He wrote:

#WCW I’m in grown man feelings tonight!
– I hope you get the message –

I’m a sucker for a naturally beautiful, God fearing woman who’s smart and authentic who’s strong and self-sufficient — most guys out here will run fast and be intimidated with the idea of all the things I just mentioned about you… tonight I showed up to celebrate and and to be apart of one of the most special nights of my life as a singer Stevie Wonder turned 65 and I asked to sit in Janelle Monaesection she blessed me and said of course and was I reminded of a feeling I’ve had before a few times before….

I often wonder what I can protect you from…. What I can help you with, what insight of information can I give to help further your goal and life’s intentions — is there anything I can do or say to support you and just just help you get ahead — I often wonder — sweet dreams – (((( I know a few girls who would feel like they deserve this post — )) I’m sure I’m gonna catch some heat for this post — I’m so sure ha! But I won’t delete it — cause I speak my truth….. And my truth won’t change………

Tyrese x The Breakfast Club: Talks Paul Walker, ‘Furious 7,’ Possible ‘Green Lantern’ Role, Blacks Getting More Work In Hollywood, ‘Black Rose’ Being His Last Album (Video)

Tyrese was a guest on The Breakfast Club recently to talk about a wide range of topics.

He talks about disliking the Justin Bieber roast where there were jokes about Paul Walker, Furious 7, possible Green Lantern role, Empire role, blacks getting more roles in Hollywood, Black Rose being his last solo album, relationship with Ginuwine and more.

Tyrese Explains His Adidas Track Suit with ‘Church Shoes’ Ensemble

Tyrese found himself the butt of Instagram jokes Tuesday night after he allowed this to happen…


tyrese adidas church shoes

…photos of which hit social media, hard.

The actor, who has been making press rounds for his forthcoming film, “Furious 7” and his new track “Dumb Sh*t,” was forced to wear this ensemble during his interviews Tuesday in LA.

“My damn assistant dumb ass never packed my adida[s] shoes,” he later explained on Instagram, addressing all the clowning that had taken place throughout the day.

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LA radio jock Big Boy wrote: “Tyrese missed his plane last night. So @Tyrese had a fan, @jayrg drive overnight from San Francisco to see us. His assistant didn’t pack his Adidas kicks. He came styled in an Adidas sweatsuit and THESE shoes. This is pure #DumbSh*t.”

Radio host Charlamagne Tha God wrote: “My guy Tyrese got on Rev. Run Adidas track suit with Rev. Run church shoes.”

Tyrese followed up both with this explanation:

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