Rappers penning hit songs about
the woes surrounding their baby mamas is far from new, but Atlanta
rapper Shawty Lo is looking to use his baby mama drama for an even
greater purpose – an upcoming Oxygen reality show. Father to nine girls
and 2 boys by 10 different women, the “Foolish” rapper told MTV news that his family life is way more
stable than it may sound.
“Outta all the 10 baby mamas, I just have problems outta one,” says Shawty
Lo. "If I wasn't taking care of my kids then you would really dog me out, but
I'm taking care of my kids, providing for my family.”
Although the one out of ten
ratio isn’t bad, Lo and his upcoming reality show have been the target of heavy scrutiny since the show's
trailer hit the Internet two weeks ago. Some have called for the show's
cancellation, via petition, before its spring air date.
Far from bothered by the fuss surrounding the show the “Dey Know” rapper
wants the public to know that he’s a good dad.
"You can hate all you want to, I didn't ask for it. It just happened. Now
that it happened, I'm supposed to turn my back against it?"
The family drama may have all the makings of a train wreck caught on camera,
but Shawty Lo's out to prove he's no rolling stone.
Beyoncé Announces New Destiny's Child Music
Beyoncé is coming back guns blazing in 2013, and it looks like she
won't be doing it alone. In a surprise announcement this morning, Bey revealed
that Destiny's Child will release their first new music in nearly a
"I am so proud to announce the first original Destiny's Child
music in eight years!" she wrote in a Facebook post.
DC have recorded a new Pharell
Williams-produced track titled "Nuclear" for the upcoming compilation album,
Love Songs. The compilation is set for release on January 22 on Sony
Legacy and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.
In addition to "Nuclear," Love Songs will feature Destiny's Child
classics recorded between 1997 and 2004, including "Now That She's Gone" and
"Cater 2 U."
DC announced their breakup in 2005 while touring in support of their fourth
album, Destiny Fulfilled. Bey, Kelly Rowland and Michelle
Williams have released three, two and one solo albums in the interim,
After taking a step back from
music in 2012 following the birth of her first child, Beyoncé has been announced
as the halftime performer for this year's Super Bowl. She will also be the focus
of a documentary to be released in February on HBO. Yesterday, Bey made
headlines for a sexy cover shoot in GQ magazine as one of the
"Sexiest Women of the 21st Century."
Denzel Washington Leads 2013 Oscar Nominations
The race towards Hollywood's
biggest night is officially on. The nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards were
announced today, with some expected nominations and shocking
Flight star and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington
will be back for another shot at the Best Actor prize. This will be Washington's
sixth nomination, and his first time back at the Academy Awards as a nominee in
nearly 10 years. He was last recognized for the gritty cop drama Training
Unfortunately, none of the Black actors from Django Unchained received nominations. Samuel L.
Jackson, Kerry Washington and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx were all
unrecognized for their critically acclaimed performances — they were also
snubbed at the Golden Globes. Leonardo DiCaprio was not nominated for his
performance as slave-master Calvin Candie, nor did Quentin Tarantino
receive a nod for Best Director. However, the antebellum drama was nominated
for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz.
The controversy surrounding Django hasn't stopped its rise either
critically or commercially. Django has grossed over $120 million since
its Christmas Day release, making it Tarantino's top-grossing film to date.
Analysts credit much of Django's success to its support from the Black
Beasts of the Southern Wild received four nominations
including Best Director and Best Picture. The film's 9-year-old star,
Quvenzhané Wallis, is the year's youngest Oscar nominee, with a nod in
the Best Actress category.
Lincoln received the most nominations
with 12, including Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg) and
Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis).
Rihanna to Perform at 2013 Grammy Awards
Coming off a red hot year in
2012, pop princess Rihanna’s stellar efforts appear to be paying off in a
major way in 2013. Already nominated for three Grammy Awards behind her
gold-selling Unapologetic album, the "Diamonds" singer was also announced among
this year’s lineup of Grammy performers.
Following up her “We Found Love” performance at last year’s ceremony, this
will be the songstress' third consecutive performance during music’s biggest
The five-time Grammy winner is up for Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Short
Form Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Nicki Minaj to Launch Fashion, Housewares and Accessories Collection
Good news, Barbz: at the end of
2013 you'll be able to stock up on Nicki Minaj-designed clothing,
accessories and housewares. According to the NY Post, the rapper will be launching the
collection in time for the holiday season (alongside a similar line by The
Voice judge Adam Levine) and will be sold exclusively at a mass
retailer like Target, Walmart or Kmart.
The contract, which is similar to
one inked by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony with Kohl's last
year, is being led by Charles Koppelman, former EMI, Steve Madden and
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia boss. The deal could be announced as soon as
Beyoncé Drops Jaws on Cover of GQ
GQ has officially released Beyoncé’s
spicy cover of its February "The 100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century"
issue and all we can say is, "Wow!" Can you believe the sexy singer gave birth
to daughter Blue Ivy one year ago? On the cover, Bey is wearing
nothing but her Madalyn animal-print briefs and a cropped football jersey, which
is fitting because she's set to headline the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb.
Beyoncé will also perform the national anthem at President Obama's
inauguration ceremony on Jan. 21. And with news that her new single,
"Ratchet," will be released soon as well as rumors that she's the cover girl for Vogue's March issue, we can't
wait for the Beyoncé wave to hit full force.
In the feature, Bey talks
about her career, the power of her influence, and her upcoming performance at
the Super Bowl halftime show.
Beyoncé on her work ethic: "I worked so
hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I
could do what I want. I've reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that
position. But I've sacrificed a lot of things, and I've worked harder than
probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind
myself that I deserve it."
…on her upcoming performance at the Super
Bowl: "One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my
shows like an athlete," she says now. "You know how they sit down and watch
whoever they're going to play and study themselves? That's how I treat this. I
watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light
that was late. I see, 'Oh God, that hair did not work.' Or 'I should never do
that again.' I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for
…on her influence: "I now know that, yes, I am
powerful. I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and
…on loving her work: "I love my job, but it's more than
that: I need it. Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life,
all throughout my life, that I was lost."