EXCLUSIVE: @BSLADE: "Make Me Over" (iPhone Acapella)

As a request from Lil' Mo (@TheLilMoShow), @BSLADE™ recorded an acapella version of "Make Me Over", from the Tonéx era classic album, "Out The Box". This was on the spot and live in the studio, sung into his iPhone.... For those who talk, LISTEN:

Katy Perry & Elmo Clip Banned on Sesame Street? [VIDEO]

Apparently, this video was enough to have more than a few parents making complaints and having it subsequently banned from the air. The issue at hand is her breasts and cleavage, which was actually covered by flesh-colored mesh all the way up to her neck. Check the video out. I can see why some people MAY have an issue... but it's not THAT bad, I think...

EPIC: Cee-Lo Green: "F*** You" (Video #1) [New Music] [NSFW] [LOL]

1.5 million views since its debut on Youtube 5 days ago. This song is HYSTERICAl and catchy musically. Yeah. This is gonna be a hit. If y'all have problems with profanity, just don't click... he drops the F-Bomb all throughout.

Woman Goes Nuts At McDonald's Drive Thru [Video]

Apparently, she wanted chicken nuggets at a time where there was none available as it was still breakfast. By the way, do we really need to mention she was drunk?

Belated RIP: Harvey Fuqua 7/27/20 - 7/6/10

                                                Harvey Fuqua image credit: www.jrwalkersallstarband.net
  Harvey Fuqua was a key figure in the development of Motown Records with Berry Gordy, helping to bring Tammi Terrell to the label, producing all of Marvin Gaye's duets with her. He also signed The Spinners, Junior Walker, and Shorty Long to his own labels later and in his later years discovered Sylvester James and two Tons O' Fun (The Weather Girls), signing them to RCA and producing 2 of their biggest hits, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Disco Heat (Dance!)". He was also responsible for resurrecting Marvin Gaye's career in 1982 by producing his final album, "Midnight Love" which included Marvin's final hit song, "Sexual Healing", as well as produced the music for his legendary performance of "The Star Spangled Banner".
The legendary Harvey Fuqua was 80 years old.

INNERview™ Webisode 3: A-natural

A-natural of Blockstars Productions Studios sat down with INNERview™ to discuss his life, career, and future endeavors. Check it out!

Kimmé to release debut CD via @BSladeNow's new label, Suxxess Records

Rapper Kimmé is set to release her debut CD, "Blueberry Thick", on Suxxess Records, owned by B.Slade's™. Word is, it's amazing.

Lady Gaga as Jo Caderone, male Vogue Model?

Absolutely Amazing...
courtesy Huffington Post

The NEW Wonder Woman

Meet Princes Diana of Themyscira, better known as Wonder Woman.
But this isn't the old woman you remember... she's been given a drastic make-over and a new direction of her storyline thanks to DC Comics. Perhaps in preparation for the long-rumored movie that was to star Jessica Alba? Hmmmm....  


VERY deep, intriguing lyrics, presumably from the forthcoming mixtape, "DAWN O' THE UNiCORN", dropping 7.14.10.

Also, while, you're at it, peep the track premiered last night: "GLAMOUR", performed by T. Bizzy featuring B.Slade™. DOPENESS

Chris Brown: BET Michael Jackson Tribute Performance


Prince BET Tribute (Full Tribute & Speech) [VIDEO]

This was a pretty good tribute. Prince's facial expressions throughout, especially while Trey Songz and Alicia Keys were performing, were HYSTERICAL. If only BRiAN SLADE™ would have been approached to be the male counterpart to Patti Labelle's performance... it would've REALLY been over then.


B.SLADE™ just premiered a new track from his upcoming mixtape
This one's a dance/house/electronica joint with a pretty deep message. It's called "DiSCO HUAMiTY" Check it out HERE.

Space Cadets & UNiCORNS unite. God Bless The Children.

Gary Coleman: Phone Sex Line Excerpt (SAFE FOR WORK) (LOL)

Not sure if this was a real thing or just for fun, but this is too funny.
The story is that Gary Coleman had a phone sex line (no profanity) in the 90's to earn some money.
This is an excerpt of said phone line. Shouts to ENTERTONEMENT.COM

"Michael Jackson: The Game" Coming Before Christmas

Gaming software maker has acquired permission from The Michael Jackson Estate to create a dancing/karaoke video game, which is slated to be released before Christmas on XBox 360 and PS3.
Here's a screenshot, provided by Ubisoft, via AP.

Here's what the AP had to say:

 "Gamers will have the opportunity to moonwalk alongside The King of Pop.
Video game developer Ubisoft announced Monday it would release a new dancing-and-singing game featuring Michael Jackson this holiday season. The as-yet-unnamed game will be among the first to use Kinect and Move, the respective motion-detecting camera systems for Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 due out later this year.
"Your goal is to dance like Michael," said Tony Key, Ubisoft's marketing vice president. "Do what the guy on the screen is doing and you're there. It'll score you based on the quality of your performance."
The game's launch will roughly coincide with the November debut of a new album containing unreleased Jackson recordings. Versions of the game, which will feature songs from Jackson's catalog, including "Billie Jean" and "Beat It," will also be available for Nintendo's Wii and the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable handheld consoles.
The announcement was made during Ubisoft's Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference at the Los Angeles Theater. No footage from the game was shown, but dancers from Jackson's "This Is It" tour took to the stage to perform a routine set to "Beat It" at the conclusion of Monday's event.
"With the technology that is available today, you will be able to learn how to be as good as those guys are and even better," said Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft's CEO.
It won't be Jackson's first appearance in a game. He starred in 1989's action game "Michael Jackson's Moonwalker."
Ubisoft has already found the right moves with the dancing game genre. The game maker's "Just Dance," released for the Wii last year, has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.
"Rock Band" developers Harmonix are also choreographing their own dancing title, unveiled at Microsoft's press conference Monday with a routine set to Gwen Stefani's "Keep On Dancing." "Dance Central" uses Kinect to detect players' movements and translate them to a flashy avatar on screen."

EXCLUSIVE: "INNERview (webisode 2)" - ENXO

Lion Force Records recording artist and Suxxess Affiliate ENXO, sat down for an INNERview with us, where he talks about his life, music, and future aspirations.  Check it out:

Apple iPhone 4 Press Conference

For those who weren't there live, here's the entire video of  Steve Jobs in his press conference announcing the new iPhone 4.
It's an amazingly powerful, beautiful product. I think, as they tag-line implies, the iPhone 4  will "change everything, again.

New Music - Prince: "Hot Summer"

©NPG Records

EXCLUSIVE: "INNERview" [Webisode 1] : TON3X™

The inaugural webisode of "INNERview" features singer. producer, songwriter, actor, and model TON3X™. During this webisode, TON3X™ discusses his new iTunes release "The Parking Lot", to be released 6.9.10, the same date of his upcoming performance at The Greenhouse NYC.
"INNerview" is an ongoing series where we will allow an artist (in any medium) to answer questions and discuss their lives and their art on their own terms.
Feel free to comment below.

TON3X™: Bubble Gum [Video]

TON3X™  took to YouTube to give a quick synopsis of his upcoming iTunes release, "The Parking Lot". It is a very interesting piece, to say the least. The album drops on iTunes on 6.9.10.

TON3X™ Returns to Cyberspace

Beginning with his twitter page, singer, producer, songwriter, model, and actor TON3X™ (Tonex) has begun making a full-fledged onslaught of a return to the internet today. TON3X™ has also resurfaced on MySpace Music and on Facebook, with more internet connections to come, including an upcoming website/hub. For more info: hit up the links previously mentioned, or click the individual links below.

TON3X™ Twitter
TON3X™ MySpace
TON3X™ Facebook

Make sure you cop TON3X™'s new iTunes release: "The Parking Lot", to be released 6.9.10, the same day of his performance at the Greenhouse in NYC at 8PM.

Seattle P.I.: Travel Through Prince's Catalog to Find Some Buried Treasures

Travel Through Prince's Catalog to Find Some Buried Treasures

That was Then...

This is NOW...

TON3X live in NYC @ Greenhouse NY Wed. June 9th, 2010 @ 8pm sharp. 
"The Parking Lot" drops on iTunes 6.9.10
Y'all ain't ready...

RIP, Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux on "The Golden Girls", passed away today after suffering a massive stroke today. She was 76 years old.
Betty White, at 88, is now the lone surviving cast member of "The Golden Girls".
Rest In Peace, Blanche.

The Paradigm Shift - 5/30/10

It's time for alliances to solidify, dis-alliances to reconcile, and new beginnings to occur. If we truly love, we will never disassociate due to differences. When doctrinal or religious differences separate, Love transcends and reconciles. God is Love. Love one another. In spite of it all. Love TRULY and not just out of convenience. Love when it's hard to love. Love when you feel you shouldn't. Therein lies the presence of God.

EXCLUSIVE: TON3X™ Live At The Village Underground NYC (5.24.10) [Music Pick Of The Week]

Someone in the audience caught this performance a few nights ago at The Village Underground in New York City. Apparently, TON3X™ showed up and shut the place down for about 20 minutes or so. He sang Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" followed by this:
Here's his performance of  The Clark Sisters' classic, "You Brought The Sunshine". 
Big shouts-out Val for the raw footage!

John Mayer - "Free Fallin'"

Say what you will about his personal life or diarrhea of the mouth, John Mayer is a talented musician and did an absolutely beautiful cover of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' classic song "Free Fallin'" (one of my favorite songs of all time) for his live DVD "Where The Light Is". Peep it here.

Janelle Monae on David Letterman (OMG!) [Video]

WHEW! This is probably one of the most amazing network television debuts in music. PERIOD.
Ms. Monae, you have just changed the scope of your entire career, and as a result, all of the musicians who shall follow in your footsteps. Thank you for being true to yourself.

The Crunk Life: Rapper Lil Jon on Creating a Diversified Portfolio


iPod Touch with Camera Leaked

Little Girl Toy Dog Show Fail

Quote Of The Moment

"We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heaten, all for the glory of god and the good of souls. The slave auctioneer's bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other and the bitter cries of the heart broken slave are drowned out in the religious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religions and revivals in the slave trade go hand in hand."
-Frederick Douglas

As Seen In This Month's Ebony Magazine...


Teacher Whips The Tar Out Of A Student [Video]

Apparently, from the backstory, the student was making fun of and/or assaulting a metally challenged student, and the teacher went nuts.

The teacher has been fired ad charges have been filed.


Big Al reps those who caught shade in the Gospel/Holy Hip-Hop Community in recent times, calling those who judge to task.

NEW MUSIC: Christina Aguilera featuring Nicki Minaj "WooHoo"

 OK... this second leaked single for "Bionic" is actually kinda thumpin'.
This ode to... well, you'll figure it out - is a perfect track for Nicki to jump on and do her craziness.
Big shouts to them both, and to Polow the Don for his usual weird bangers.

RIP, Lena Horne

Legendary singer Lena Horne died today, Mother's Day, at the age of 92.
She was best known for her signature song, "Stormy Weather" (from the movie of the same name) and for her turn as Glinda The Good Witch in the motion picture version of "The Wiz", where she sang what became her other signature song, "If You Believe In Yourself (Reprise)". Rest In Peace, Ms. Horne.

Here are 2 of her best video performances: "Bein' Green" (from "Sesame Street") and a live performance of "Stormy Weather"/"If You Believe In Yourself"

Britney Spears: "Telephone" (Demo)

Apparently, Lady Gaga actually wrote the song for Britney, whose label turned it down even after it was offered to her as a duet with Gaga.

Here's her demo version. Thoughts?

Found on The Net... [Video]

Steve Jobs: "Thoughts on Flash"

 JobHere's the full text from Steve Jobs' open letter to the public regarding his reasons for not being too supportive of Flash. Interesting read.

Apple has a long relationship with Adobe. In fact, we met Adobe’s founders when they were in their proverbial garage. Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer. Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. The two companies worked closely together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times. Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart. Apple went through its near death experience, and Adobe was drawn to the corporate market with their Acrobat products. Today the two companies still work together to serve their joint creative customers – Mac users buy around half of Adobe’s Creative Suite products – but beyond that there are few joint interests.
I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.
First, there’s “Open”.
Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.
Apple has many proprietary products too. Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.
Apple even creates open standards for the web. For example, Apple began with a small open source project and created WebKit, a complete open-source HTML5 rendering engine that is the heart of the Safari web browser used in all our products. WebKit has been widely adopted. Google uses it for Android’s browser, Palm uses it, Nokia uses it, and RIM (Blackberry) has announced they will use it too. Almost every smartphone web browser other than Microsoft’s uses WebKit. By making its WebKit technology open, Apple has set the standard for mobile web browsers.
Second, there’s the “full web”.
Adobe has repeatedly said that Apple mobile devices cannot access “the full web” because 75% of video on the web is in Flash. What they don’t say is that almost all this video is also available in a more modern format, H.264, and viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads. YouTube, with an estimated 40% of the web’s video, shines in an app bundled on all Apple mobile devices, with the iPad offering perhaps the best YouTube discovery and viewing experience ever. Add to this video from Vimeo, Netflix, Facebook, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, NPR, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic, and many, many others. iPhone, iPod and iPad users aren’t missing much video.
Another Adobe claim is that Apple devices cannot play Flash games. This is true. Fortunately, there are over 50,000 games and entertainment titles on the App Store, and many of them are free. There are more games and entertainment titles available for iPhone, iPod and iPad than for any other platform in the world.
Third, there’s reliability, security and performance.
Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.
In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?
Fourth, there’s battery life.
To achieve long battery life when playing video, mobile devices must decode the video in hardware; decoding it in software uses too much power. Many of the chips used in modern mobile devices contain a decoder called H.264 – an industry standard that is used in every Blu-ray DVD player and has been adopted by Apple, Google (YouTube), Vimeo, Netflix and many other companies.
Although Flash has recently added support for H.264, the video on almost all Flash websites currently requires an older generation decoder that is not implemented in mobile chips and must be run in software. The difference is striking: on an iPhone, for example, H.264 videos play for up to 10 hours, while videos decoded in software play for less than 5 hours before the battery is fully drained.
When websites re-encode their videos using H.264, they can offer them without using Flash at all. They play perfectly in browsers like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome without any plugins whatsoever, and look great on iPhones, iPods and iPads.
Fifth, there’s Touch.
Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers. For example, many Flash websites rely on “rollovers”, which pop up menus or other elements when the mouse arrow hovers over a specific spot. Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch interface doesn’t use a mouse, and there is no concept of a rollover. Most Flash websites will need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. If developers need to rewrite their Flash websites, why not use modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript?
Even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash websites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices.
Sixth, the most important reason.
Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. We have discussed the downsides of using Flash to play video and interactive content from websites, but Adobe also wants developers to adopt Flash to create apps that run on our mobile devices.
We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.
This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms. Hence developers only have access to the lowest common denominator set of features. Again, we cannot accept an outcome where developers are blocked from using our innovations and enhancements because they are not available on our competitor’s platforms.
Flash is a cross platform development tool. It is not Adobe’s goal to help developers write the best iPhone, iPod and iPad apps. It is their goal to help developers write cross platform apps. And Adobe has been painfully slow to adopt enhancements to Apple’s platforms. For example, although Mac OS X has been shipping for almost 10 years now, Adobe just adopted it fully (Cocoa) two weeks ago when they shipped CS5. Adobe was the last major third party developer to fully adopt Mac OS X.
Our motivation is simple – we want to provide the most advanced and innovative platform to our developers, and we want them to stand directly on the shoulders of this platform and create the best apps the world has ever seen. We want to continually enhance the platform so developers can create even more amazing, powerful, fun and useful applications. Everyone wins – we sell more devices because we have the best apps, developers reach a wider and wider audience and customer base, and users are continually delighted by the best and broadest selection of apps on any platform.
Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.
The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 200,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.
New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
Steve Jobs
April, 2010

Throwback Video: Tonex: "Cry No More" (1999)

From "Bobby Jones Gospel Explosion" (1999)
Appearance by the late, great Elder A.C. Williams, Sr. and Dr. Betty Williams. (RIP)
Video After The Jump

RIP, Guru: Quotes of the Day

Legendary Hip-Hop artist, Guru, one half of the legendary duo Gang-Starr, passed away sometime yesterday from what was referred to as cancer. He had a massive heart attack about 2 months ago and was in a coma presumably the whole time until he passed.

Today, his producer/business (?) partner Solar presented the media with a letter supposedly from Guru, that has the whole Hip-Hop community crying "foul" and deeming the whole letter and Guru's relationship with Solar as suspect, to say the least. Here's the letter in its entirety:

I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options.

I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.

The view of another legendary DJ, DJ Scratch, basically sums up what a lot of people think and also need answers to, since his "letter" leaves more questions than anything:

"Guru didn't write that letter. He's been in a coma for over 2 months....word... if you believe Guru wrote that letter, you believe in the Easter bunny" -DJ Scratch

The plot thickens...


Lady Gaga & Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins: The Making of "Telephone"

First look at the iPhone 4G: Rumor

First look at the upcoming iPhone 4G?
Shouts to Gizmodo

New Music: Usher "The Secret Garden" (featuring Robin Thicke & Tevin Campbell)

The classic Quincy Jones, its remake produced by Jermaine Dupri.

Only JD could turn a classic slow jam into a mid-90's booty-dance song. SMH.
Usher sounded good, Robin unleashed his inner MJ, and out of everything, it's great to hear Tevin on a track again.

Your thoughts?

Quote of The Moment

If God expects me, in order to be a Christian, to be able to theologically justify every move that I make, I'm sorry. I'm going to be a miserable failure.
- Jennifer Knapp

Music Pick of the Week: ENXO: "Al!ve"

Inspired by a certain Android from Metropolis, this song has a beautiful, simplistic vibe to it. The harmonies are tight, the vocal and production are classic, and the change-up at the end? Just wait for it...


BTW, Enxo has a mixtape out ("The UnEarthed Mixtape) that will have a review from yours truly within a week or so...

<a href="http://enxo.bandcamp.com/track/al-ve">Al!ve by ENXO</a>

Janelle Monae: "The Archanoid" Album Trailer [Video]

iMaxi: The iPad Maxipad case (SMH)

Here's the Regular model, and the "lived in" model". I'm serious. They're REAL iPad cases from Etsy


Christian music star Jennifer Knapp comes back and comes out - CNN.com

via Christian music star Jennifer Knapp comes back and comes out - CNN.com

Lisa Respers France

Rumors were rampant when Christian music artist Jennifer Knapp walked away from a successful career seven years ago.

After selling about a million records and winning at Christian music's prestigious Dove Awards in 1999, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter simply vanished in 2003 -- leaving fans wondering where she had gone. There were countless theories as to why Knapp checked out, including the possibility of illness.

But the one that raised the most ruckus among her die-hard fans was the one which proved to be true: Jennifer Knapp is gay.

This week Knapp burst back onto the music scene with news of a comeback and a coming out. Her new album will be released in May, and she has revealed that she has been in a same-sex relationship for the past eight years.

The revelation rocked the Christian music scene, where Knapp was a darling of fans and critics before her self-imposed exile. The intensely private singer said she's not at all surprised by the shock waves.

"I'm aware that the evangelical community has problems with divorce and many other facets of their artists, let alone homosexuality," Knapp said. "I really felt a strong obligation to be able to address that because for many people, it was really clear that they wouldn't participate in buying a record because it was against their beliefs."

"For many people who buy Christian music or have been familiar with me and my writings as a person of faith, I felt like it was the honest thing to do," she added. "The last thing I wanted to do was to have someone go out and buy a record and feel like they had been hoodwinked."

Knapp is not the first artist to find fame in the genre before revealing their sexuality.

In 2008, Christian singer/songwriter Ray Boltz came out as a gay man after a 20-year career in the industry. In 2009, gospel star Tonex went public with his homosexuality as a guest on "The Lexi Show," a popular program on the Christian channel The Word Network.

Lexi, who is also a gospel music artist, said that while many in the Christian music industry are aware of who is gay, "we don't talk about it, because that's the unspoken rule."

Lexi said she doubts most fans will ever fully embrace an openly gay artist, but she points to other artists who have been able to straddle the line between secular music and songs of faith.

"I think some Christians will totally avoid [Knapp] and say that she is the devil and all that, but there are some that are more open who will embrace her new material," Lexi said. "Then she will find a new audience."

Mark Moring, senior associate editor for Christianity Today, was one of the first to write about Knapp's revelation and said it has been extremely polarizing among his publication's audience. People have vacillated between anger that Christianity Today would even write the story and praise for Knapp's honesty, he said.

"There are people who will always love Jennifer Knapp, no matter what decisions she may make," Moring said. "I think the word that I've read the most often [among those commenting on the Christianity Today web site] is 'sad' as in 'I'm sad that she has made this choice, but I still love her music.' I think that has been a recurrent theme."

Rev. DL Foster is the founder of the Gay Christian Movement Watch Web site and said he believes as society has become more accepting of homosexuality, Knapp and other artists are finding it easier to go public.

"For a person to try and combine [being gay and being a Christian music artist] is not biblically correct, and I would hope that the church would reject such music because it does not represent us," he said. "To me, it doesn't matter if you are openly gay or closeted gay, sin is still sin."

Knapp is very clear that she is not marketing herself as a Christian artist, a term with which she said she has never been comfortable. She's no longer on a Christian-based record label, and her new album of folksy rock songs is described as being about "inner-conflicts, spirituality and life lessons."

Knapp quit the industry and moved to Australia, she said, because she was simply exhausted by all the performing and unprepared for the challenges being a music star brought her way.

She said she began writing music again in earnest two years ago and the music, as well as the decision to go public with her sexuality, all happened "organically." Knapp said she is no longer afraid of her gifts as a musician and now realizes that who she is as a private person can remain intact even as she shares herself with the world through her music.

"I was tired of not writing because I was afraid of what other people were going to think of me," she said. "So for me it was a really healing process."

Knapp said she realizes that some fans will now view her earlier work with lyrics about inner turmoil as evidence of the struggle between her beliefs and her sexuality. But she says she has always struggled as a person of faith to be the person she wants to be, and her sexuality was only a part of that, she said.

God has always known she would walk this path, Knapp said.

"I would rather be judged before God as being an honest human being," she said. "If I am in any way unpleasing in his sight, I can only hope and pray that he gives me the opportunity to find who I am supposed to be."

Perhaps the most telling clue to where Jennifer Knapp finds herself in life after so many years is contained in the title of her new album. It's called "Letting Go."

Music Pick Of The Week: Mary J. Blige, Travis Barker, Orianthi, and Steve Vai - "Stairway To Heaven"

Mary J. Blige, Travis Barker on drums, and Steve Vai and Orianthi (MJ's guitarist on "This Is It") on guitar. O M G.

John Mayer: "Heartbreak Warfare" Official Augmented Reality Music Video

LOVE this song. The video is visually amazing...

New Macbook Pro Details

From Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About

Apple today introduced a refreshed line of MacBook Pro notebooks, bringing several new features to the the company's popular aluminum-clad offerings. Here is a look at some of the changes included in the update:

Apple stuck with Intel Core 2 Duo processors for the 13" MacBook Pros, bumping the two standard configuration models from 2.26 GHz and 2.53 GHz to 2.4 GHz and 2.66 GHz. The 15" and 17" models, however, saw a bump from the Core 2 Duo line to Core i5 and i7 processors offering Intel's Hyper-Threading technology that allows for four virtual cores on the dual-core processor. While the processors run at slightly lower clock speeds than the Core 2 Duo in the previous generation, the smaller 32-nanometer process, Hyper-Threading, and other enhancements yield performance improvements of up to 50% according to Apple. The Core i5 and i7 processors also support Turbo Boost, pushing clock speeds for the i7 models as high as 3.33 GHz for single-threaded tasks.

On the new 13" MacBook Pro, Apple debuted the NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics processor that offers 48 processing cores, three times that of the previous generation. Apple claims a performance boost of up to 80% with the new graphics capabilities while also being able to deliver up to 40% less power usage. The GeForce 320M is reportedly a custom production for Apple, offering greater performance than NVIDIA's standard integrated graphics without building in discrete graphics capabilities.

The 15" and 17" MacBook Pro models utilize the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with either 256 or 512 MB of dedicated memory, offering more horsepower while also delivering up 30% greater energy efficiency. The 15" and 17" MacBook Pro models also offer automatic graphics switching, allowing system to seamlessly switch between the dedicated NVIDIA graphics processor and the included integrated Intel HD graphics processor for optimal balance of power and efficiency. Previous MacBook Pro models have required users to manually switch between integrated and discrete graphics and log out of their account for each switch.

All three MacBook Pro models offer greater battery life than their predecessors, a feat achieved through a combination of larger battery capacity and greater energy efficiency. The 13" MacBook Pro now offers up to 10 hours of power, while the 15" and 17" models boast battery life of 8-9 hours. The previous generation of the MacBook Pro offered 7 hours on the 13" and 15" models and 8 hours on the 17" model. The batteries in all three machine sizes are non-user-replaceable and are designed for up to 1000 full charge and discharge cycles. While designed to last five years for typical users, Apple offers a battery replacement service priced at $129 (13" and 15" models) or $179 (17" model).

The 15" MacBook Pro has gained a new option for a high-resolution display, offering users the opportunity to bump the standard 1440x900 screen to 1680X1050. The high-resolution display is available in both glossy ($100 extra) and anti-glare ($150 extra) versions. Notably, an anti-glare option for the lower-resolution display does not appear to be available. The 17" MacBook Pro continues to sport a 1900x1200 screen in either glossy (standard) or anti-glare ($50 extra). Apple also continues to offer a single standard glossy display running at 1280x800 for the 13" model.

Hard Drive
Apple is offering up to 500 GB, 5400-rpm SATA hard drives across all three sizes, with the 15" and 17" models also offering the option of up to 500 GB, 7200-rpm drives. Solid-state drive capacities have increased with the addition of a 512 GB option, although it carries a hefty price premium of $1300-$1450 depending on which base hard drive the customer is upgrading from.

Inertial Scrolling
The new MacBook Pro offers an enhanced multi-touch trackpad supporting inertial scrolling. The feature, already present in similar forms on Apple's iPhone OS devices and the Magic Mouse, allows users to "flick" while scrolling as the trackpad senses the momentum of the gesture and smoothly scrolls through long documents and libraries.

Apple releases new Macbook Pros


Apple has just released 6 (yes, SIX) new Macbook Pro's to their laptop line...
Here are the details from MacRumors.com... as I grab my baseball bat and head to my Macbook...

Apple today announced updates to its MacBook Pro line, offering improved performance with new Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The new 13" MacBook Pro models carry a 10-hour battery, while the new 15" and 17" models are claimed to carry 8-to-9 hours of battery life. Apple has also introduced new high-resolution displays for its 15" MacBook Pro, offering a standard 1440x900 glossy screen with options for 1680x1050 screens in glossy (+$100) or anti-glare (+$150).
Apple today updated the MacBook Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life. The popular 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery. The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Apple's new automatic graphics switching technology that toggles seamlessly between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors.
Pricing has changed slightly from the previous generation, with the low-end 15" MacBook Pro seeing a $100 price hike while the high-end 15" and 17" models experience $100 and $200 price cuts respectively.

As with the previous generation, Apple is offering six standard MacBook Pro configurations across the line's three sizes:

13" MacBook Pro
- $1199: 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive
- $1499: 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive

15" MacBook Pro
- $1799: 2.4 GHz Core i5, Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive
- $1999: 2.53 GHz Core i5, Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive
- $2199: 2.66 GHz Core i7, Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive

17" MacBook Pro
- $2299: 2.53 GHz Core i5, Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive

The 2.66 GHz Core i7 processor is available on the 17" MacBook Pro as a $200 build-to-order upgrade. All models also offer up to 512 GB of solid-state storage or 500 GB of traditional hard drive storage. All models offer new support for inertial scrolling on the multi-touch trackpad.

Royalty J. Dance audition for Tina Brown

Here's a dance audition by Dancer/Artist Royalty J found online for Canadian singer Tina Brown. Tina can be best described as Canada's "Lady Gaga meets P!nk".  Stateside, she's opened for Lil' Wayne, Keri Hilson, T-Pain, and Asher Roth. Her music is self-described as "Hip-Rock". Interesting.
Here's the audition from Royalty J (a medley of Janet Jackson choreography), followed by Tina Brown's teaser video for her single "Vodka & Tequila" . The Gaga comparisons will come, but I think Tina has a lot more potential than meets the eye. Shouts to Royalty J.

You can follow Tina on Twitter™  @TinaBrownMusic and Royalty J at @iPrinceNathan

T-Pain and... SEAN HANNITY???


Halo Movie Series - Debut Trailer

Halo Movie Series - Debut Trailer

New Music Video- Janet Jackson: "Nothing"

Breaking News: Janet Jackson quits secular music, vows to give her "all to God"

Janet Jackson Quits Secular Music, Vows to Give Her "All To God"
 by James T. Evans II 
(Associated Press)
Janet Jackson, youngest sister of Michael Jackson, and the youngest daughter of the famed Jackson family, announced this morning via her representatives that she is "abandoning all secular music endeavors, effective immediately".  

Sources say that  Ms. Jackson visited the home of Tyler Perry, for a dinner celebrating the pending release of "Why Did I Get Married, Too", which is released tomorrow in theaters. While at the get-together, Janet sat down with Bishop T.D. Jakes, who began to counsel her over her "spiritual wellness relating to events of the past year", the source said.  The source continues, "somewhere during the conversation, Bishop Jakes began to pray over her and Janet broke down, even speaking in tongues, with tears streaming down her face. It was beautiful."

The source concludes that, at that moment, Janet decided to reinvent herself as a Gospel artist. Her new album, which was still being recorded and slated for later this year, has been scrapped and a new one will be recorded  in its place, with production from J. Moss, Kirk Franklin, Deitrick Haddon, and "Bapostogic" creator Bryan Wilson.

To read an official statement from Janet's camp, click HERE.

Pee-Wee Herman Gets An iPad™

Google Translate for Animals

Google Translate for Animals

Google Voice - Standard Voicemail Mode

nGoogle Voice - Standard Voicemail

Introducing The Do-It-Yourself CrunchPad Kit [Video]

Introducing The Do-It-Yourself CrunchPad Kit [Video]

Starbucks Listens to Customer Request for More Sizes | Starbucks Coffee Company

Plenta: 128 Ounces
Micra: 2 ounces

click link below to get more info

Starbucks Listens to Customer Request for More Sizes | Starbucks Coffee Company

Introducing Youtube TextP Format

YouTube Blog

Google Changes its Company Name to Topeka

Official Google Blog: A different kind of company name

New (to the public) music from TON3X™ (Tonex) Leaks Online

 image: examiner.com/Bennett

The homey Chizmatonic, a Nureau veteran [those who remember the Nureau Underground know what I mean), just leaked a hot R&B joint from Tonex, which was recorded around 2004.
Click on the link below to listen.

Chizmatonic's Things & Stuff

I'm diggin' it.... you?

Ricky Martin Finally Comes Out

In related news, bears poop in the woods.

Here's the full text from his website:


En los últimos meses me di a la tarea de escribir mis memorias. Un proyecto que sabia seria uno verdaderamente importante para mi porque desde que escribí la primera frase me di cuenta que seria la herramienta que ayudaría a liberarme de cosas que venia cargando desde hace mucho tiempo. Cosas que pesaban demasiado. Escribiendo este minucioso inventario de mi vida, me acerque a mis verdades. Y esto es de celebrar!

Si existe un lugar que me llena porque estremece mis emociones, es el escenario, es mi vicio. La música el espectáculo, el aplauso, estar frente a un publico me hace sentir que soy capaz de cualquier cosa. Es un tipo de adrenalina y euforia que no quiero que deje de correr por mis venas jamás. Si ustedes, el publico y la musa me lo permiten, espero seguir en los escenarios muchos años mas. Pero hoy la serenidad me lleva a un lugar muy especial, uno de reflexión, comprensión y mucha iluminación. Me siento libre! Y lo quiero compartir.

Mucha gente me dijo que no era importante hacerlo, que no valía la pena, que todo lo que trabaje y todo lo que había logrado se colapsaría. Que muchos en este mundo no estarían preparados para aceptar mi verdad, mi naturaleza. Y como estos consejos venían de personas que amo con locura, decidí seguir adelante con mi "casi verdad". MUY MAL. Dejarme seducir por el miedo fue un verdadero sabotaje a mi vida. Hoy me responsabilizo por completo de todas mis decisiones, y de todas mis acciones.

Y si me preguntaran el dia de hoy ¿Ricky, a que le tienes miedo? Les contestaría - "a la sangre que corre por las calles de los países en Guerra, a la esclavitud sexual infantil, al terrorismo, al cinismo de algunos hombres en el poder, al secuestro de la fe". Pero miedo a mi naturaleza, a mi verdad? NO MAS! Al contrario, estas me dan valor y firmeza. Justo lo que necesito para mi y para los míos, y mas ahora que soy padre de 2 criaturas que son seres de luz. Tengo que estar a su altura. Seguir viviendo como lo hice hasta hoy, seria opacar indirectamente ese brillo puro con el cual mis hijos han nacido. BASTA YA! LAS COSAS TIENEN QUE CAMBIAR! Estoy claro que esto no se supone que pasara hace 5 ni hace 10 años atrás . Esto se supone que pasara hoy. Hoy es mi dia, este es mi tiempo, mi momento.

Que pasara de ahora en adelante? Quien sabe. Solo me puedo enfocar en lo que estoy viviendo ahora. Estos años en silencio y reflexión me han fortalecido y me recordaron que el amor vive dentro de mi, que la aceptación la encuentro en mi interior, y que la verdad solo trae la calma. Hoy para mi el significado de la felicidad toma otra dimensión

Ha sido un proceso muy intenso, angustiante y doloroso pero también liberador. Les juro que cada palabra que están leyendo aquí nace de amor, purificación, fortaleza, aceptación y desprendimiento. Que escribir estas líneas es el acercamiento a mi paz interna, parte vital de mi evolución. Hoy ACEPTO MI HOMOSEXUALIDAD como un regalo que me da la vida. ¡Me siento bendecido de ser quien soy!-



A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And thisis something worth celebrating.

For many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that's the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It's my vice. The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive. I don't ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I'm at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment. At this moment I'm feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share.

Many people told me: "Ricky it's not important", "it's not worth it", "all the years you've worked and everything you've built will collapse", "many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature". Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth. Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.

If someone asked me today, "Ricky, what are you afraid of?" I would answer "the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war...child slavery, terrorism...the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith." But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed.

What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment. The word "happiness" takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.



Full Force On "The Breakfast Club"