J. Hud visits with Oprah; Jaden Smith will take the stage at the Grammys; Tyler Perry releases new trailer and more!
Jaden Smith to perform at the Grammys
Jaden Smith is gearing up to hit the stage on Sunday for the 53rd Grammy Awards.
Jaden’s sister Willow might be the one with a burgeoning music career and a deal with Roc Nation, but Jaden’s the one with a Justin Bieber collabo. MTV News reports that Justin and Jaden will perform "Never Say Never," the lead single from the Karate Kid soundtrack. The single is also the title track for Justin’s new biographic documentary.
Usher will be joining Jaden and Justin for the performance as well.
Magic Johnson takes control of VIBE
After a failed attempt to buy Johnson Publishing, Magic Johnson has finally managed to wrangle a position in the magazine game.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the former NBA player has become the Chairman of VIBE Holdings, which publishes VIBE magazine and produces "Soul Train."
The new position comes as part an eight-figure deal with Magic Johnson Enterprises, which the publisher will use to back more Black media projects.
‘Pink Friday’ hits #1
It took what seems like forever, but Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday has finally hit #1 on the Billboard 200.
After 11 weeks on the chart, Nicki’s debut album has climbed up two spots from its #3 position. Her new rank is actually a rebound since Pink Friday debuted at #2 last year right behind Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Billboard.com credits the rise to Nicki’s recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live."
Jennifer Hudson opens up to Oprah
Jennifer Hudson will appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" today to perform a song from her newest album, I Remember Me; talk about her weight loss and to discuss the family tragedy that occurred almost three years ago.
J-Hud hasn’t said much at all about losing her mother, brother and nephew in 2008.
On a 2010, Behind the Music special on VH1, J-Hud had this to say about the devastating events: "It’s all a blur. It was surreal."
Watch a sneak peek from the "Oprah" episode.
Tyler Perry’s latest Madea trailer released
You have to wait ‘til April to see the full film, but Lionsgate has released the first trailer promoting Tyler Perry’s newest film, Madea’s Family Reunion.
The trailer doesn’t give away too much in terms of a storyline, and Tyler is the biggest star featured in this teaser, except for a quick glance of Loretta Devine … and Maury Povich.
However, this movie will include the star power fans have come to expect from Tyler. The cast includes, Lauren London, Teyana Taylor, Isaiah Mustafa and Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, who is apparently using his government name these days.
Click here to watch the trailer.
Kirk Franklin releases Hello Fear
Grammy Award-winner Kirk Franklin is releasing his 12th CD, Hello Fear, on March 22.
The title may raise a few eyebrows, but Kirk said, “I titled this album Hello Fear because – with everything going on in the world – it is the word and the feeling that paralyzes all of us on some level right now.
“But the season of running from it is over. I am turning around and speaking directly to it,” he said referring to “fear.”
To promote the album, Kirk will be touring with Steve Harvey in the Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Gospel Comedy Tour. The two hit the road March 19 in Atlanta.
Listen to “I Smile” from the Hello Fear album.
Snoop promotes a new anti-fragrance
While it seems most musicians branch out to into the fragrance business, Snoop is hoping to do away with an aroma.
He’s backing a new product called Blunt Magic Flavored Rolling Spray which helps cover the scent of marijuana. The spray is currently available in two flavors: blueberry and grape and sells for about $7.
It sounds like a “Saturday Night Live” clip, but it’s for real.
Bishop Eddie Long speaks … sort of
The embattled Bishop Eddie Long still isn’t talking much about the allegation of sexual misconduct that he’s facing; however, in a recent YouTube video, he breaks his public silence to ask for money.
Actually, it’s not completely clear exactly with the bishop is requesting. He talks about members of his congregation who made bad investments, and he mentions a financial seminar that his church, New Birth, organized. Apparently, the investments led to a great loss of money ($1 million) for his members, and the bishop wants you to help.
Take a look at the video.
— Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott