*Promoter/producer Souleo wrote that famed production team Full Force recently “enriched lives with a special event at the New York Public Library entitled, ‘Fame & (Mis)Fortune.’
Brothers Bowlegged Lou and B-Fine discussed their experiences dealing with financial challenges and offered tips to the general public on how to overcome such odds.”
Afterward Lou and B-Fine confirmed several new projects in development including a sequel to the classic “House Party” film series.
They say original film screenwriter and director Reginald Hudlin sees the story developing into an old school vs. new school party.
“The script is getting tuned up and fixed about. It will have cameo appearances and it will be crazy,” reveals Bowlegged Lou. “Kid’n Play are down and Tisha Campbell is like ‘If the script is right I will do it.’ We are excited.”
Speaking of Kid’n Play, Christopher “Play” Martin (along with Meli’sa Morgan) is going to open up about the financial pitfalls of being famous, the duo’s struggles and successes tonight, Tuesday at 6 p.m. as part of the financial literacy event at the NYPL.
Nick Cannon appears to be happy and healthy as he leaves his radio show and heads to midtown to do some shopping. (Jan. 18, 2012)
*Nick Cannon is bouncing back from his recent health scare by stepping behind the camera to direct his first feature film.
In addition to hosting “America’s Got Talent” and his radio show “Rollin’ With Nick Cannon,” Mariah Carey’s husband begin working on a movie project with Lionsgate in the spring that he described as “today’s version of ‘House Party.’ ”
“[I’m] taking a lot of the young hip-hop acts of today and putting them in a movie with a bunch of comedians, make something happen there,” he told the column at Bleu magazine’s party, where he was feted as “Man of the Year.”
*Burying a child has to be the hardest thing anyone will ever experience. But when that parent finds out that their child was killed for fun or just because the assailant felt they could, the pain becomes unbearable.
A house party outside Atlanta exploded into a fight between girls in the front yard, but ended up in the death of an 18-year old boy who was not involved. (more…)
*Tom Joyner’s 11th annual Fantastic Voyage, a.k.a. the “Ultimate Party with a Purpose,” is gearing up to set sail from Miami from May 16 to May 23 with a jam-packed line-up of musical acts, comedians, seminars, black art auction and Caribbean excursions.
Kevon Edmonds, Joe, Ledisi and KEM will lead an all-star tribute to the legendary R&B great Frankie Beverly, whose musical career spans more than 30 years. Other featured artists on the cruise include Charlie Wilson, Chuck Brown, Doug E Fresh and legendary funk groups Dazz Band, Ohio Players, Con Funk Shun and The Bar-Kays.
Joyner will host some 3000 guests on the seven day, six night cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas, which will sail to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, VI and Coco Cay, Bahamas.
The cruise will also feature CNN’s Soledad O’Brien hosting a “Black in America” panel for the third consecutive year, Joyner hosting a second consecutive seminar with presidents of several of the nation’s black colleges.
Political commentator Roland Martin will conduct a one-on-one interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan; author Terry McMillan will read from her latest book “Getting to Happy” as part of Sybil’s Book Club; and K-Ci & JoJo will join Omarosa and a host of celebrity reality stars as well as TV One hosts to participate in several activities.
Also, rapper Common will perform and screen his new movie, “Just Wright,” and “Project Runway” finalist Korto Momolu will show off her latest collection in a pool-side fashion show.
A 20th anniversary concert celebrating the film “House Party” is also scheduled, featuring Kid N Play, Full Force, Lisa Lisa, Chubb Rock, Force MDs, Montell Jordan, Kangol Kid of UTFO and DJ Wiz.
Comedians J. Anthony Brown, Gary Owen, Marvin Dixon, Damon Williams, AJ Jamal and Kier will be spreading the laughter in venues throughout the ship while more than a half dozen celebrated DJs — including Captain Charles, Cut Creator, Hollywood, Mixx Master Mitch, Vince Adams and Wiz — will be keeping cruise-goers dancing all week long.
For golfers, there’s a nine-hole scramble at St. Thomas’ Mahogany Run. There’s a “Shop ‘Til You Drop” excursion in St. Thomas. Aboard the ship, there will be an art exhibit and auction, featuring original works from Twin, Annie Lee, Frank Frazier and Leroy Campbell.
Throughout the weeklong cruise, there’ll be a host of celebrities relaxing and participating in the events, including Mekhi Phifer, Dr. J, Alonzo Mourning, Star Jones, Sanaa Hamri, Dru Hill, Kym Whitley and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
For the past 11 years, the cruise has raised more than $1 million each year for the Tom Joyner Foundation, which has the sole purpose of raising scholarship money to help keep students in black colleges.