*Model Jourdan Dunn admits she’s been infatuated with Beyoncé ever since she was 9-years-old.
Fashion’s it girl said she embarrassed herself when she first met her idol at the Met Ball in New York City last May by asking if she could ”hold” her.
She told Miss Vogue magazine: ”I used to pretend I was the fifth member of Destiny’s Child. She saw us, smiled and began walking over. We both turned to see if Jay Z or someone was nearby. She said, ‘Hi,’ and told us that she thought we were beautiful. I think I said, ‘Can I just hold you?”’
*In a horrific turn of events, Chris Elvis, a man of Nigerian descent, has been arrested for the alleged murder of his son, Godrich, (pictured).
The 4-year-old was apparently beaten to death by his father, who had padlocked his mouth to prevent him from screaming as the ‘evil’ was being beaten out of him, according to the International Business Times.
Story continues at EURThisNThat.
Harry Belafonte receives an honorary doctor of music from Berklee College of Music at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Thursday, March 6, 2014
*Boston’s Berklee College of Music presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte on Thursday during a concert held in his honor.
Berklee students and faculty performed an array of Belafonte’s music, from “Banana Boat Song” to “We are the World.”
Belafonte was a confidante of Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. In the 1980s he helped start the USA for Africa project to fight hunger, and also pushed for an end to apartheid in South Africa.
Patti LaBelle (C) performs ‘Over the Rainbow’ during the event, ‘In Performance at the White House – Women of Soul’, on March 6, 2014 in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC.
*It wasn’t as horrific as John Travolta’s “Adele Nazeem” moment, but President Obama fumbled the spelling of Aretha Franklin’s signature song while saluting the Queen of Soul and other musical legends during a White House concert Thursday night.
“What a lineup!” Obama said to open the “Women of Soul” affair that included a generations-spanning array of soul singers that stretched from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to Jill Scott and Janelle Monae, to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.
Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”
According to the AP, the enthusiastic crowd fell out laughing, but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”
Bernice King at a Feb 2014 press conference.
*The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday publicly urged her brothers to search their consciences and stop plans to sell their father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.
King’s estate is run by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. The estate’s lawyers filed court papers Jan. 31 asking a judge to order their sister, the Rev. Bernice King, to surrender the items. A lawyer for the estate said at a court hearing last month that the estate has been in conversations with entities that want to buy or lease them.
Bernice has repeatedly said she opposes any such deal.
“I implore you to consider the magnitude of this moment in history and how you want your individual legacies to be defined,” she said Thursday at a news conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, addressing her brothers who weren’t present.
Actor Isaiah Washington attends the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California
*Seven years after he was kicked off “Grey’s Anatomy” for allegedly using a gay slur, ABC says Isaiah Washington will return to the medical drama for a guest appearance in May.
Washington exited Shonda Rhimes’ series in 2007 after an on-set altercation the year before, in which he was accused of hurling an anti-gay epithet at another cast member at the time, T.R. Knight.
Washington’s return as Dr. Preston Burke will coincide with the announced departure of series star Sandra Oh at the season’s end in May. Her character, Dr. Cristina Yang, was engaged to Washington’s Burke at one point in the long-running drama.
*(Via Reuters/MSN) – Russian President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.
After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement that Moscow and Washington were still far apart on the situation in the former Soviet republic, where he said the new authorities had taken “absolutely illegitimate decisions on the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions.
“Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said. Continue reading
*Holy Crap, Batman!
The results are in for Brandon Howard’s claim of being fathered by Michael Jackson.
Organizers of a DNA test confirmed Thursday that the test proved the late music legend is Howard’s biological father.
But wait a minute, as our headline says, TMZ is claiming the test is a sham. OK, more about that further down. But first, here’s what the NY Daily News is reporting :
The results of the test were revealed by Dr. Joseph Goodman, a Beverly Hills dental surgeon who claimed he obtained a sample of Jackson’s DNA from a dental device that belonged to the vocalist and was purchased by Goodman at auction. Continue reading
*In a second straight night of big music performances, Kanye West and Big Sean dropped in on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Thursday night for a surprise appearance with Rick Ross performing “Sanctified.”
Check out the clip below: Continue reading
*How’s she doing? Her typical gossiping and shading someone is what she’s up to.
Wendy Williams doesn’t think NeNe Leakes will win the “Dancing with the Stars” Mirror Ball trophy.
Tony Dovolani was partnered up with “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, and he’ll most likely have his hands full with Leakes personality alone.
*Anyone wondering whether Chadwick Boseman could pull off playing James Brown need only look at the first footage of the actor that surfaced during the “Today” show on Wednesday.
Boseman, along with film producers Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, appeared on the show to discuss the upcoming Universal Pictures’ biopic on Brown titled “Get on Up.” Continue reading
*She’s been good… good to others, that is!
Beyonce‘s charity #BeyGOOD is joining six European charities to raise funds for struggling youths and local communities.
Queen Bey is collaborating with six charities in cities that are stops on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour including Dublin, Ireland; Cologne, Germany; Amsterdam, Holland; Antwerp, Belgium; Barcelona, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal.