“You make investments in these artists, these talents,” the entertainer told “Extra.” “And there’s something that can happen that’s positive… I’m excited about the potential of what’s going on to happen, the new ideas that’ll just kind of come up. I’m shocking myself a lot of time cause I don’t know what I’m doing when I’m in there. I just kinda go with what I feel.”
According to thegrio.com, the actor, who has graced the big screen this year with notable roles in “Pacific Rim” and “Thor: The Dark World,” owes the honor more to his looks in addition to his talent.
To further add to the mix, Essence readers cited Elba’s charm as another reason for him earning the magazine’s recognition.
“When Elba smiles, he dazzles. We’re seeing stars, moons and rainbows right about now,” Essence noted.
Look for Elba to do what he does best as he portrays former South African civil rights activist and president Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
The Justin Chadwick -helmed biopic, which also stars Naomie Harris as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is set to hit theaters in the U.S. on Christmas Day.
*In a new promo released for Season 5 of “The Voice,” judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are out fishing – expressing how much they miss former judges Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green, who were temporarily replaced last season by Shakira and Usher.
Levine and Shelton break out into a wistful rendition of Peaches and Herb’s “Reunited” when suddenly, Aguilera emerges from the woods in a red gown and begins to croon as she walks on water toward her fellow coaches.
Then Cee-Lo Green enters the picture in a way you have to see to believe.
Watch the full video below:
*It was “The Voice” host Carson Daly who first put a bug in Usher’s ear about occupying one of the red chairs.
“I had conversations with him on his radio show and he really spoke very highly of it,” said Usher during a press conference for the show held Monday (April 22) in Los Angeles. “I said, ‘Okay, well let me see.’ And I investigated it, and before I knew it I was 100 percent signed up.”
With ratings up this season like Ursh’s one leg, it appears as if viewers approve of his and Shakira’s replacement of former mentor/judges Cee Lo Green and Cristina Aguilera.
“I was very proud of what I saw before, but what I brought was I guess years of experience and an opinion based off of not only my own career but also being able to mentor other artists,” said Usher.
Fellow host Adam Levine says Usher, 34, is perhaps the most deserving of a mentor/judge slot because of two words: Justin Bieber.
“[Usher] really did do the real life version of what we do on the show, which is that you mentored the career of someone who became extremely successful,” said Levine. “And that’s probably worth its weight in gold, coming into this process because none of us had done that.”
Below, Usher, a one-time contestant on “Star Search,” says he also brings to the table the perspective of someone who’s been through the rigors of a similar talent show.
*According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Universal Music Publishing Group’s presence in Santa Monica has been “infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices and openly used in common areas, and lounges.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint comes from an anonymous security guard who describes herself as a 41-year-old African American woman who began working there in 2010. She’s suing Universal Music Group-owned UMPG, her employer Universal Protection Services, the building’s management and others over alleged labor violations, including a hostile work environment.
In her complaint, she speaks about how “artists and high-profile celebrities began visiting the premises with drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to Plaintiff, which she refused.”
The suing security guard says she repeatedly objected to superiors, but the building’s management “turned a blind eye,” adopting an “anything goes” philosophy. She says she personally witnessed drug use or drug paraphernalia by Macy Gray, guests of Jamie Foxx, MC Ren, rapper T.I.’s entourage and heard about drug use when Adam Levine visited. She also alleges that UMPG executives participated in the behavior.
The anonymous plaintiff says that she “became torn between her professional integrity and losing her job,” and her objections were laughed off.
For example, she says that on one occasion, Levine was at Universal Music Publishing Group’s recording studio with guests. The security guard complained about marijuana she smelled, asking who was in the studio. According to the security guard, the UMPG manager replied, “It’s Adam Levine. You know from Maroon 5 … He can do whatever he wants … If he wants to come to the lobby and do a line of cocaine on the floor, it’s OK.”
The security guard says she later complained to her supervisor at Universal Protection Services. She was allegedly told that the building’s management “is aware of what goes on in the studios, but it is not OK. He [Adam Levine] cannot be out there in the lobby doing that.” The recording studios are located in one of three buildings connected via courtyard. Across the way is UMPG.
The lawsuit states that UMPG would contact her when on duty to give her a “heads up” to expect “blazers,” slang for marijuana smokers.
“UMPG notified Plaintiff they had candles and incense to put in the studio lounge to keep down the marijuana smell,” says the complaint. “On another occasion, UMPG notified Plaintiff to expect Jimmy Iovine of Interscope/Geffen Records and to ‘make sure to keep the front gate open.’ When Iovine arrived, Plaintiff escorted Iovine to the lounge area, where as they walked down the hallway corridor, it was occupied with candles and incense burning.” She adds that when she arrived with Iovine in the lounge, she witnessed “blazers,” along with “American Idol” participants.
The salacious complaint then details all sorts of other activities happening around the security guard — She was told to be on high alert when rapper YG and his entourage would show up and to make sure there weren’t guns around. She says she was subjected to racial slurs from artists. And that it was a sexually-charged workplace.
“UMPG employees were complaining about finding bras hanging in the studio and people being found passed out in the showers after partying and drug use,” states the lawsuit. “Plaintiff found condoms plastered in the men’s bathroom while on patrol. She began witnessing UMPG employees engaged in intimate touching and grinding, involving buttocks and genitalia.”
An incident involving rap star T.I.’s entourage seemingly became the event that changed things for the plaintiff and paved the way for the lawsuit.
On January 7, the security guard says she was on duty and smelled marijuana seeping from the studio corridor when T.I was in a recording session with rapper Future. She was allegedly told that it was going to be “another busy night,” and later had trouble with T.I.’s bodyguards when she requested they move vehicles to the designated parking area. The request was refused, reportedly because the bodyguard said, “I gotta be able to get this boy outta here if a shootout or something goes down.”
The security guard complained to UMPG about what she was told. Two days later, she says she received a call from the operations manager at her security company, who informed her at a meeting that he was aware of her written complaints and told her that she was suspended. She wasn’t allowed employment back on the premises. “In effect,” says the lawsuit, “Plaintiff was constructively terminated.”
She’s seeking protection under California’s whistle-blowing statute and alleging discrimination, retaliation, being subject to unsafe work conditions, harassment, infliction of emotional distress and more. She is demanding an unspecified amount of lost and future earnings, medical bills and general and punitive damages.
*Nicki Minaj and Kmart have announced that they are teaming to release a new clothing line in 2013.
Sears Holdings, the owner of Kmart and its affiliate website ShopYourWay.com, has joined forces with the “American Idol” judge and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine to launch a series of new clothing lines.
Nicki’s will feature a variety of lifestyle products, which will include apparel and accessories.
“I am so excited to work with this iconic, mass retailer and to bring affordable fashion to my beautiful barbz all across the US,” she said in a statement.
Minaj and Levine’s new lines are set to roll out toward the end of the year.