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CeeLo Green Pulls a Beyonce; Releases New Album Online (Listen)

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*Surprise, surprise!

If Beyonce can do it, so can CeeLo Green.

Yes, we’re talking about releasing a new album minus any publicity or marketing. Actually it’s been done by unknown artists since , well always. That’s because they had no choice. But for major, branded artists with major labels behind them, it just didn’t seem to make sense and quite frankly for the most part it still doesn’t. It worked for Beyonce because she’s Beyonce. Hey, CeeLo Green is no Beyonce, but he is not an unknown either.

The Grammy winner surprised fans earlier this week when he released a nine-song album on Soundcloud. The new project, according to Billboard, is called “TV on the Radio” and features popular TV theme songs from shows such as “Taxi” “Family Ties” and “Knight Rider.”

Some are saying that perhaps the reason for the out of nowhere album release was because he didn’t want to have to deal with talking to the media which would mean he would in variably get asked about pleading no contest to slipping ecstasy to a woman he met at Los Angeles restaurant in 2012. After that he released a stream of controversial tweets regarding rape. But because of that, hhe received harsh public backlash and later apologized for his tweets and deleted his Twitter account.

Check out cuts from “TV on the Radio” below. For what it’s worth, we like it, especailly “Taxi.”

CeeLo Green Pulls a Beyonce and Releases New Album Online (Listen)
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NY Man (Jonathon Walker) Shoots 3 Female Family Members in the Head Then Kills Self

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*(Via MSN News) – In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said.

“What I did, I cannot come back from,” Jonathon Walker (pictured)  told his brother by phone soon afterward, police said. And Walker did not come back — police said he killed himself in his car on a desolate street a few miles away, ending a burst of violence that stunned relatives who said the family hadn’t shown signs of trouble.

The 34-year-old security guard had killed his 7-year-old daughter, Kayla Walker; his 31-year-old girlfriend, Shantai Hale; and Hale’s mother, Viola Warren, 62. His and Hale’s older daughter, whom a relative identified as Christina Walker, was hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

Get MORE of this AP story at MSN.com.

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Eve Dishes on Married Life and How it’s Been Good for Her (Watch)

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Followers of raptress Eve may want know what life is life for her now that she’s a little over 6 months into her marriage to British entrepreneur and millionaire Maximillion Cooper.

Ahead of tonight’s broadacst of her film “With This Ring” on Lifetime, Eve sat down with Meredith Vieira, Eve said among other things, she likes the fact that Maximillion has brought her a sense of calm, a lot of happiness and oh yeah, he’s easy to look at.

“He’s cute [laughs]. He’s really cute. We just have fun together. He’s the one that tamed me. He enjoys my crazy sometimes so it’s good. It’s a really good relationship, so I’m happy.”

On the other hand, he’s not exactly a groove machine on the dance floor. Yeah, he’s rhythmically challenged according to Mrs. Cooper.

“My poor baby. I don’t let him dance. It’s really bad. It’s honestly so bad that I thought he was joking. I was like, ‘Oh that’s cute! You’re like dancing…you know.’ And then he did it again and did it again, I was like, ‘You know what? You shouldn’t dance.’ He’s cute so it really messes his whole thing up. So I’m like, you know what? You stand still and I’ll dance around you.’”

Of course in the scheme of things, that’s not even remotely a deal breaker as he provides her with comfort and support which means her life is a lot less stressful,

“Being married has changed me in a lot of different ways. It’s funny because I’m a really fiercely independent person and I always have been,” she admitted to CocoaFab. “Being married, you have to relinquish some of that. Not in a bad way but in the way that you need to sit back and trust your partner to be able help you with things. Sometimes my husband has to say to me, ‘Chill. You’re my wife now. I can take the ball from here. Don’t even stress.”

Watch Eve and Meridith :

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Mike Epps Catches it for Pic of Black Man Whipping White Slaves

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The truth is it’s a fantasy a lot of black folks would like to experience. You know, flipping the script on white folks and making them slaves.

Apparently comedian/actor Mike Epps went ahead and made it happen. Sorta. And of course the blowback from white folks came hard and fast.

Yep, Epps got blasted on social media for posting a photo of a black man whipping white slaves in a cotton field.

He posted the pic on Instagram and Facebook late Thursday night; the cotton field scene also included an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. floating above … and smiling.

Epps captioned the image, “I am so proud of you bro! Lol.”

(Mike, you is crazy, dude!)

Epps — who’s playing Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic — quickly took down the photo, but not before getting an earful from angry fans, according to TMZ.

But Epps says don’t trip, he was just funnin’ around. Remember, he’s a comedian.  On the other hand,  he understands why some people were angry. Ultimately, he says that’s why he deleted it.

As for where the controversial picture  came from, check out his answer:

One last thing. Epps has a new AOL series called of all things,  “That’s Racist.”  It debuts Monday and he’ll be interviewing people around the country about stereotypes, but insists the photo was  not for promotional purposes.

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We Remember: Ernie Banks Baseball Legend and Pioneer Dies at 83

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*Ernie Banks also known as “Mr. Cub” has died, according to a statement from the Chicago Cubs. He was at 83. As of this posting, the cause of death has not been released.

“Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time,” Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said in a statement released by the team. “He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I’ve ever known.

“Approachable, ever optimistic and kind hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr. Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie’s life in the days ahead.”

Banks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to civilians in the United States, by President Barack Obama in 2013.

From the Ernie Banks Wikipedia page:

Ernest “Ernie” Banks (January 31, 1931 – January 23, 2015), nicknamed “Mr. Cub” and “Mr. Sunshine,” was a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop and first baseman for 19 seasons, 1953 through 1971. He spent his entire MLB career with the Chicago Cubs. He was a National League (NL) All-Star for 11 seasons, playing in 14 All-Star Games.[1]

Banks was born and raised in Dallas. He entered Negro league baseball in 1950, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. He served in the military for two years and returned to the Monarchs before beginning his major league career in September 1953. He made his first MLB All-Star Game appearance in 1955. Banks had his best seasons in 1958 and 1959, when he received back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player awards. In 1958, he hit .313 and led the NL with 47 home runs (HR) and 129 runs batted in (RBI). In 1959, he hit .304 with 45 HRs and led the NL with 143 RBIs.

During the 1961 season, Banks was transferred to left field followed by a final position change to first base. Cubs manager Leo Durocher became frustrated with Banks in the mid-1960s, saying that the slugger’s performance was faltering, but he felt that he was unable to remove Banks from the lineup due to the star’s popularity among Cubs fans. Banks was a player-coach from 1967 through 1971. In 1970, he hit his 500th career home run. In 1972, he joined the Cubs coaching staff after his retirement as a player.

Banks was active in the Chicago community during and after his tenure with the Cubs. He founded a charitable organization, became the first black Ford Motor Company dealer in the United States, and made an unsuccessful bid for a local political office. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. In 1999, he was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to sports. Banks lived in the Los Angeles area.

Read/learn MORE at Wikipedia.

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Tracey Edmonds Talks ‘With This Ring’ – ‘Extra’ Gig and Deion Sanders

Tracey Edmonds Talks 'With This Ring' - 'Extra' Gig and Deion Sanders

*For more than two decades, the name Tracey Edmonds has resonated with power as one of Hollywood’s most talented, savvy, and successful producers, studio executives, and entrepreneurs. Many would even say she has the “Midas Touch,” where everything she touches in television, film, and music turns to gold. These days, Edmonds’ hands are still leaving golden fingerprints on a multiplicity of projects to which she is attached.

Her latest television venture is the Lifetime Original Movie “With This Ring ,“ which makes its world premiere on Saturday, January 24 at 8pm (Eastern and Pacific on Lifetime). Edmonds serves as the movie’s executive director.

According to Tracey, the made for TV film which was shot in Cleveland, Ohio last summer, is an incredible romantic-comedy about three best friends, all of whom are single and vow to get married within a year after serving as bridesmaids at their best friend’s wedding on New Year’s Eve. It follows their lives over the ensuing year to see if and how they will keep their vows.

“The movie focuses on the dynamics of what’s going on in the real world today,” said Edmonds, in an exclusive interview with EUR’s Lee Bailey. “You have all this fabulous and amazing women who have not found the right man for whatever reason. I have a lot of fabulous girlfriends who are beautiful and successful, but are still single.”

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The three friends in search of holy matrimony are portrayed by the movie’s starring cast that includes, Regina Hall (“Think Like a Man,” “Think Like a Man Too”) and Grammy® Award winners Jill Scott (“Get On Up, “”Steel Magnolias”) and Eve Jeffers Cooper (“Whip It,” “Barbershop”). Additional stars in the movie are Brooklyn Sudano (“My Wife and Kids”), NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (“Deion’s Family Playbook”), Stephen Bishop (“Being Mary Jane”), Jason George (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Brian White (“The Night Before”).

The movie is based on the best seller, “The Vow,” authored by Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray and Mitzi Miller. Edmonds credits actress Gabrielle Union, who also serves as the movie’s executive director, with bringing her the book in 2009. Edmonds said the movie was initially developed and shopped as a feature film, but after some very close possibilities from a couple of studios, it could not get a green light at a feature level.

“We decided to approach television,” said Edmonds. “So we are very happy that we found a home at Lifetime, and that Tonya Lopez (top executive at Lifetime) allowed us to tell the story the way we wanted to tell it. We wanted to really showcase African American women in a positive light and show America that there are a lot of different dynamics to African American women; much more than the ones that are often seen on reality shows.”

While the movie is primarily about the vows of three female friends to get married, the male actors turned in some outstanding work. Edmonds was asked about Deion Sanders’ role.

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Tracey Edmonds (R) & ‘With This Ring’ Director Nzingha Stewart (L)

“You’ll see the character that he plays which has a larger-than-life personality,” she said, with a huge laugh. “There are only a couple of men that I know that could have handled this role. Lifetime actually had the idea of the role for Deion. They called me and asked if I could get it done. I already had the idea in the back of my head, but didn’t want to initiate the idea. I called Deion and described the character that he would play. We ended up working it out.”

Edmonds is no stranger to successful television projects. She is the creator, executive producer and co-stars in the hit series “Deion’s Family Playbook” which follows the life and times of Deion Sanders, who is a single father raising of his own five children, plus an extended family of five other kids. Edmonds is Sanders’ real life girlfriend. Now in its second season, the reality show can be seen on OWN TV. (Oprah Winfrey Network).

Additionally, Edmonds has also produced the award-winning movie “Soul Food” for Showtime, which enjoyed a five-year run She also achieved success in reality television shows as the executive producer for College Hill, BET’s first Black reality show.

While Edmonds has found immense success behind the camera, Monday through Friday she can now be found in front of the camera as co-host of “Extra,” the Emmy Award-winning entertainment news television program. Edmonds joined host Mario Lopez and co-host Charissa Thompson on September 8, 2014.

“This is a new chapter in my career,” Edmonds said. “Ever since I graduated from college, I’ve been an entrepreneur. However, this is a wonderful opportunity that came out of nowhere. It wasn’t anything that I ever expected to do. I always shied away from being on camera because I liked being behind the scenes.”

Tracey Edmonds and Jennifer Lopez on EXTRA set

Tracey Edmonds and Jennifer Lopez on EXTRA set

Edmonds recalled how the opportunity happened.

“I appeared on ‘Extra’ to promote ‘Deion’s Family Playbook’ and Mario Lopez interviewed me” she said. “After the interview, Extra’s executive producer called and wanted to meet. They were looking to make some changes and give the show a new look. This season of Extra is entirely different from what was done before. There are three of us, Mario, myself, and Charissa Thompson. I’m able to suggest talent to come on the show and stories to cover. I’ve been able to connect and reconnect with actors and actresses and filmmakers and say, ‘Hey, I would love for you to come on the show. ’ ” I’m also excited to bring diversity to the show.”

Edmonds admits that probably the biggest challenge that she will face as a co-host on Extra is also how to continue to produce television and film projects.

“I want to be able to do both,” said Edmonds. “So far, I have been able to do both, although it has been a juggling act. While I’ve been shooting Extra, I’ve been producing and co-starring in Deion’s show, as well as doing the Lifetime movie. I don’t have all the answers yet, but it will be interesting to see how I go about doing things, because I don’t want to give up the production side of things. But, I do love challenges, and co-hosting Extra has been fun learning this side of the industry.”

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Deion & Tracey

And of course Tracey was asked about the big day (marriage) with Deion.

“To be honest with you, our biggest challenge is geographically.” Edmonds said. “Right now, I’m locked into L.A., with my kids and my new job with Extra. We talk about things, but right now we just don’t have everything figured out. We don’t have a date yet.”

Watch the trailer for “With This Ring”:

Tracey Edmonds Talks ‘With This Ring’ – ‘Extra’ Gig and Deion Sanders