Inductee Ne-Yo and his mentee Adrienne Bailon attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame 43rd Annual induction and awards at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 14, 2012 in New York City
*Her first big break came in 2000 as part of the singing trio 3LW, alongside Kiely Williams and future “Notorious” star Naturi Naughton.
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But Disney came calling two years later, and Adrienne Bailon, along with Kiely, would step up her fame game in 2003 as two of the network’s four “Cheetah Girls,” with Sabrina Bryan and Raven-Symoné.
The film, about a teen girl group trying to be the first freshmen to win their high school talent show, became a huge off-screen phenomenon among Disney’s tweener crowd – and Bailon rode the wave until it was time to move on to more age-appropriate projects…which brings us to the theme of “Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne.”
The new Style network reality series has Adrienne and her BFF Julissa Bermudez getting their Laverne & Shirley on – trying to make their dreams come true in their New York hometown.
Below, Bailon lays out her game plan to make it happen – including her goal to become a household name by the time she’s 30.
*Visit the Studio Museum of Harlem Gift Store on Jan 15th and 16th, Sat., (10-6pm, Sun., Noon-6pm), 144 West 125th Street, NYC and meet Cheetah girls author Deborah Gregory.
Gregory will be on hand with her collection of handcrafted Cheetahrama cases–compact mirrors, card holders, wallet cases, jewelry boxes, photo albums–which feature retro images of primped poodles, felines, African American icons, pinup girls, and fierce animal prints.
The author will also feature Cheetahrama hair accessories, the Catwalk t-shirt collection.
Autographed copies of her two tween teen book series, Catwalk and The Cheetah Girls–and will also be available.
To visit the author’s website, go to: www.cheetahrama.com.
*Brace yourself folks, rapper Ja Rule will be staring in a gospel inspired film, portraying an ex-convict pastor.
Entitled “I’m in Love with a Church Girl,” Ja will play the role of a drug dealer trying to change his life around when he meets a woman, a church girl, played by Adrienne Bailon (Cheetah Girls).
The heart-warming story is actually based on the true story of Pastor Galley Molina who wrote the script while in prison.
“In 1996, I was sentenced to five years in prison,” explained Molina. “During that time, even before I was arrested I was already attending church. It’s not like I went away and then found God. God and I were already having some time together. God used this; that’s why we tagline the movie ‘God sometimes uses extreme measures to deal with extreme circumstances.”
The pastor believes the rapper is the best person for the role saying:
“Ja Rule has been ministered to. He’s a dear friend. We’ve been praying for him a lot. He’s been open; he’s been so [receptive] to the word.”
The film is scheduled to be released next year.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
“You must have long range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short range failures.” — Charles C. Noble
July 9: Actor Richard Roundtree is 68. Singer Debbie Sledge of Sister Sledge is 55. Singer-actress Kiely Williams of 3LW (“Cheetah Girls” films) is 24.
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