*This month’s Billboard magazine’s Stars Tribute issue is set to honor iconic singing legend, Chaka Khan, for her 60th birthday and the 40 anniversary of her career in entertainment. The issue hits newsstands on March 16 and is the first issue published by Billboard magazine that features Augmented Reality—bringing print to life.
“Chaka has always been an innovator as an artist,” says Tammy McCrary of Chaka Khan Management. “In today’s market, it is just as important to be innovative technologically. This is why we chose to partner with Printergize.”
The new mobile app will go directly to www.chakakhan.com, where Chaka’s Billboard magazine cover image will come to life through the Augmented Reality app. At that moment, users will see Chaka introduce her 100 Days of Chaka campaign, which marks the 100 days from her birthday (March 23) to the anniversary of the release of her first recorded album with Rufus, “Rufus” (July 1, 1973), 40 years ago. This timeline will highlight daily, a series of historic moments in Chaka’s career, mixed with celebratory current events.
The 100 Days of Chaka culminates with the release of “The iKhan Project: Alive!” on July 2nd.
T.I. & Tiny
* Over the weekend, the birthday celebration for T.I. continued, in the midst of BET Hip Hop Awards weekend. The bash went down at a private Atlanta mansion.
We spotted everyone from Miguel, Diddy, Ed Lover, Nelly, RHOA’s Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks (and her husband Apollo), comedic actor Lil Duval , Terrence J, Michael Kaiser, Jazze Pha, Big Boi, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Ariane (who moonlighted as a real-life mermaid), Tiny’s good friend Shekina (who cameo’s on TI & Tiny’s reality show) and some other fancy folk. Peep the photos.
Hair stylist, Shekinah
Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy
* On Tuesday, Beyonce Knowles celebrated her 31st birthday. Photogs caught her celebrating seaside with hubby Jay-Z, their daughter Blue Ivy and a glass (or two) of wine. Peep some of the pix.
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*Although he’s currently incarcerated, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. ensured that his fiance Shantel Jackson, had a fantastic birthday.
She celebrated with girlfriends and rapper 50 Cent, dining at N9ne Steakhouse at the Palms, along with a private birthday party.
Lacing her with gifts, we hear she had a three-tiered cake (with a photo of her and Mayweather), a Balenciaga alligator bag (worth $30,000), Hines Couture shoes, jewelry and Balenciaga cake.
Peep the pix!
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Tony Rock and friends pose.
*Recently, comedian/actor Tony Rock held a private birthday party at his Malibu Mansion.
A number of Rock’s close family and friends showed up, along with a number of celebrities like Kyla Pratt, Omar Gooding , Quinton Aaron, Joyful Drake, Jennifer Williams, Cisco Reyes, Jade (American’s Top Model), Dave Chapelle, Kid N Play and others.
Attendees enjoyed unlimited food, cocktails, massages, mini make-overs and an elaborate pool scene.
Peep some of the pix.
Tony Rock interviewed by the Jasmine Brand
Tony Rock Plays Emcee, During His Party
Tony Rock’s Scenic Pool
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From l to r: Luenell, Ron Artest, Kimsha Hatfield, Faith Evans and Antonique Smith, were the "in" group of the night. Photo credit: Constance Tillotson
*For his birthday party, Ron Artest decided to bring together a small, intimate crowd to hang out at the Conga Room, although the club was said to be popping full of partygoers.
Constance Tillotson (Luenell's bff), Ron Artest and Luenell. Photo credit: Constance Tillotson
People were there as early as 6 p.m. to get prime seating to view the game, but despite the Lakers loss, Artest and company had the Spanish club going crazy once he got there.
Antonique Smith, Faith Evans and Luenell enjoying the night. Photo Credit: Constance Tillotson
Among Ron Artest’s intimate clique were comedian Luenell and her bff Constance Tillotson, singer Faith Evans and actress Antonique Smith, who portrayed Faith in the film Notorious. They all partied the night away as the paps and videographers following them everywhere.
Happy birthday Ron!
(source: Eugenia Wright)
Luenell holds the birthday cake for Ron Artest's sister-in-law. Photo credit: Constance Tillotson