Hey people, it’s that time again for the weekly entertainment round up and like we always do, we are going to keep you guys in the loop on what down this week in the entertainment scene this week.
The place of Afro-Americans in American history has often been played down by unrepentant racism and ‘the master and slave’ ideology which still exists in their society; but the fact that these ‘niggas’ (gosh! I dislike that word …a topic for another day) have contributed a great part to the massive development of “God’s own country” is not debatable and a veritable example to buttress this obvious fact is the one and only creator of the Soul (lllllll) Train show – Don Cornelius.
He was instrumental to the creation of the longest running syndicated show on American television (1970-2006) and acted as a host until 1993.
Sadly, on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, it was assumed, he committed suicide. According to the New York Times, the police responded to reports of gunshots at Cornelius’ Sherman Oaks home. They found Cornelius with a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.
What would make an accomplished like the don commit suicide is still a mystery but his legacy will last forever. Soul Train Fans partied in Times Square to honour the late Don Cornelius to create one of the nicest Flash Mobs ever.
Rest in Peace Don Cornelius
Still on the foreign scene, the mother of one of the richest babies alive – Blue Ivy, Beyoncé was reportedly offered 500million dollars by Simon Cowell – the executive producer of X-factor to come on as a judge on the hit TV series; as the show’s ratings continues to drop.
In related news, judges – Nicole Scherzinger & Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones were dropped from the X-Factor show.
I know celebrities are human like us, but as role models they are some things we don’t except them to do but I guess dancehall supremo Elephant man thinks differently.
Elephant man real name – Oniel Bryan, has been charged with grievous sexual assault and rape, after a woman filed a report claiming he raped her. We know celebs love the spotlight but rape is certainly not of the best ways to attract it.
If musicians are compelled to have animal nicknames I’m sure Olu Maintain would certainly earn the name “the cat”. No gave him a chance after the group Maintain broke up but he stunned everyone with the monster hit “Yahoozee” and after that single it seemed he would not be able to make a mega hit again but the guy stunned us(again) with his new single “NAWTi” with a madt video that got every guy drooling and ladies envious.
I dare anyone to write him off this time around! But personally I think the video could easily a soft porn test! Or is it just evil mind making things up? Anyways I wish Mr Cat Olu the best.
This week Nigerian music acts Bez and M.I proved the already known fact that Naija music has gone international as the videos for “Stupid Song” and “Undisputed champion” were beamed live on the broadcast of BET’s 106 and park show in Africa.
We are going places people and we do hope we get the Grammy nod soon enough which 9ice has sworn to win before he retires!
On a last note, I wish Rick Ross a big, big happy birthday and more fat to his stomach and loads of love and respect to our own musical legend Onyeka Onwenu and Sprint legend Mary Onyali who both clocked 60 and 44 respectively.
Stay cool, go back to school (for those still in skool that is), be good, stay on the 360 high way with No BullSh*t and in Don Cornelius’ words, Live life in LOVE, PEACE and SOUL
I'm Ese Andre, a 300level international relations student of Delsu, i am passionate about Nigeria & entertainment is my cup of tea and since i can do what celebs do i've decided to talk about it!