October 19, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/19ASHANTI WAS BLESSED WITH MANY GIFTS(JUST NOT SINGING...LOL)
ASHANTI got a lot of gifts at her 25th-birthday party at Glo the other night — but the best came from a jeweler. The singer was decked out in 15 carats of borrowed diamonds from PeachTree Jewelers on Fifth Avenue for the party. At the end of the night, she tried to return the baubles, but PeachTree owner Jack Picciotto handed Ashanti back the necklace with drop pearls and almost 4 carats in diamonds, saying: "This is yours to keep. You have been wearing our jewelry all year and have become like family."
JAMIE THINKS HE FOUND HIS DREAMGIRL...FANTASIA
I think if Fantasia does it, it's outta here," Jamie Foxx says, mulling the prospect of the “American Idol” winner portraying the role of Effie White in the upcoming film adaptation of “Dreamgirls.”
Foxx finally signed on several weeks ago to play Curtis Taylor Jr., the manager who leads a female singing group, The Dreamettes, to fame and fortune. Loosely based on the story of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Beyonce will play Deena Jones, the Ross-esque lead singer who eventually leaves the group to pursue superstardom. Anika Noni Rose, a 2004 Tony winner for the play “Caroline and Change,” will portray Dreamettes member Lorrell Robinson, while Eddie Murphy suits up as James Thunder Early, a superstar performer who hires the Dreamettes as backup singers. And if Foxx had anything to say about it, Fantasia Barrino would round out the cast as Effie, the role made famous on Broadway by Jennifer Holiday.
STICKY SITUATION FOR RAPPER
Rapper-turned-TV actor Sticky Fingaz was nabbed yesterday after checking out of a posh Manhattan hotel and leaving a loaded pistol behind, police said.
A housekeeper spotted the 9-mm. semiautomatic while cleaning the room the rapper had just left at the opulent Flatotel on W. 52nd St., where rates start at $290 a night.
The 35-year-old cast member of the FX series, "Over There," whose real name is Kirk Jones, surrendered to police yesterday morning and faces weapons possession charges for the unregistered and unlicensed firearm, cops said.
STAR JONES WRITES A BOOK ON HOW TO FIND LOVE...NO REALLY
The View" host Star Jones will release her second book, "Shine: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love" (Collins, $24.95), on. Jan 6, 2006. The tome shares how Jones met and wed banker Al Reynolds. the couple will celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 13.
SHE'S NOT THE GIRL BUT SHE'S AT LEAST A GIRL
If you were one of the 5 people that cared about TLC's reality show R U the Girl?..then you know the runner up Mirrah..well Unrated Magazine recently met with the girl,well not THE girl for an interview...read here
VANITY TOO FAIR...THE BEYONCE TAKEDOWN BEGINS
Gracing the front of the new Vanity Fair is a stunning photo of a smiling Beyonce. But did Vanity Fair make the music superstar, well, fair?
Beyonce's spokesperson says no way.
"There are very fair-skinned black people in this world and Beyonce is one of them," Yvette Noel-Schure told Access.
Vanity Fair was outraged by the claims saying the photos were "absolutely not" manipulated.
For now, fans and even some other celebs, are just happy to see Beyonce on the cover.
"If you lighten Beyonce's skin, at the end of the day it doesn't matter because she's still gorgeous and makes great records," Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson told us. "It would be different if you just made her white."
While Vanity Fair didn't lighten the image, the practice of retouching magazine photos is being used more and more.
Brandon Kavulla, art director for Best Life magazine, showed us how easy it is to manipulate images with the click of a button.
"If I wanted to make someone a little more tan, as you can see, as I drag this over it gets a little browner," Brandon said from his computer as he easily altered a photo within seconds.
AND NOW MORE VANITY FAIR BACKLASH
Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com has read the Beyonce Knowles feature in Vanity Fair and is taking issue with the Destiny's Child star's claims of being a songwriter. Friedman writes, "In fact, not one of the songs listed under Beyonce's name on the BMI website is written solely by her.READ MORE
50 BITES THE THE HAND THAT BLING'D HIM
"On the Radio 1 Rap Show, 50 Cent told host Tim Westwood if Dre works with The Game on his next record it will create beef between them. He said something to the effect of "Dre knows what he's in for, he saw what happened with Ja and the 'New York' joint. You stand next to Ja you get fired on, anyone who stands next to Game's gonna get it." Listen to a replay of the show, with 50 on at the beginning of the show, at BBC.co.uk. Soon after, Game called into a radio station in Cincinnati to confirm that Dre is contributing the majority of the beats for his sophmore release, 'The Doctor's Advocate'."
KANYE'S LAEL SRCEWS NEW GAY SERIES(AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY)
SOURCE VIA GROOVE VOLT
MTV Networks’ LOGO, which targets the gay community, is running into problems with record labels that do not want their music in show produced for the network. One of the new shows on the channel is comedy-drama Noah’s Arc, which includes an all-black cast and is directed by Patrick-Ian Polk. One of the most surprising aspects of taping the show is the availability of music and rejections by labels who do not want to be connected with gay-programming. Polk has tried to clear Kanye West’s music for the show, “and we got flat-out rejected by the label,” Polk said. “I'm a fair person, I get that a lot of times these requests and things don't make it to the artist. But he needs to check his people because that's not cool. The black gay community and even the white gay community are big hip hop fans, so they're missing out on a really big market by being short-sighted.” The news is more surprising when one considers West’s recent comments about homophobia in the music industry. “When I was in high school, I was called ‘Fag’ a lot because of how I walked and other little things,” West said recently. “And what happened was, it made me kind of homophobic, ‘cause it’s like I would go back and question myself , my own feelings.” He added at the time that after finding out his cousin was gay, “It was kind of like a turning point when I was like, Yo, this is my cousin. I love him and I’ve been discriminating against gays. Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates. And I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, Yo, stop it.” Neither West nor his label, Roc-a-Fella were available for comment at press time.