July 20, 2005


Rapper Lil' Kim struck back Monday at a trial witness who helped to secure her false-statements conviction and yearlong prison sentence, filing a lawsuit accusing the witness of unlawfully using her name and image to promote a DVD. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, she accuses James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd of preparing to release a DVD entitled, "The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Part II: Reloaded." She says the DVD, like a predecessor, was unauthorized and improperly uses her name, image and likeness, amounting to false advertising and false endorsement. She's seeking $6 million in damages. She also says Lloyd has announced publicly that the DVD will include interviews with him and other members of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. group explaining their involvement with her trial. Lil' Kim is in the August 2005 issue of Interview magazine with a hot ass photo shoot. She is being interviewed by Marc Jacobs.
Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Monica and Angie Stone are among the artists contributing songs to the album “To Luther, With Love ... A Tribute to Luther Vandross.” The collection, which was in the works long before Luther Vandross’ July 1 passing, will come out Sept. 20 on J Records. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are helming many of the tracks. Jam stresses that the producing duo spent much time pairing artists with songs. “It’s important to give each artist their own palette,” Jam says. “Like when Mary J. Blige does ’Never Too Much,’ it’s how it would have sounded on her ’What’s the 411?’ album. That’s the sort of approach that we took with it, so that it becomes her song. Celine Dion just stuns you with how beautiful she sings ’Dance With My Father,’ and really, all the artists are like that.”
Queen Latifah is being talked about for a possible role in the upcoming Broadway version of “The First Wives Club,” reports the New York Post. The film that starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton as divorced women seeking revenge on the wives who left them for younger women. Paul Lambert, the producer of the stage version, is said to be courting Latifah, along with Bernadette Peters, Megan Mullally and Stockard Channing to take over the roles.
D’Angelo makes his return to music on a remix of Common's new single "Go,” produced by Jay Dee. The “Brown Sugar” singer was last seen being arrested for a DUI last November, and last heard on a 2002 collaboration with singer Raphael Saadiq.
Once again, Lauryn Hill has left fans scratching their heads in confusion and anger. Her recent gig in the UK – a first for her since 1998 – was described by BBC Radio 1 xtra as “shambolic from start to finish.”
The singer showed up nearly two hours late, telling the frustrated crowd she couldn't decide what to wear, reports BBC Radio 1 xtra. “The sound was terrible throughout, she didn't even perform 'Killing Me Softly' and things got worse when she decided to recite some poetry,” the outlet reported

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