Chanté Moore Employs Matching Highlights And Eyeshadow To Get Her Lead Vocals

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Chanté Moore proved once again that Divas do not sing background. The six ladies got together in the studio to lay down their respective portions of the  Puerto Rico track. Moore was called upon first to put down… Clutch The Pearls… background vocals. The irony was not lost on Lil’ Mo or Leelah James who clearly recall the shade throwing diva asking them to do just that on her ladies anthem. As Chrisette, Claudette, Mo and James put down  significantly unique vocals, you could tell Chanté was itching for her turn. But when Michel’le was asked to take her turn at “lead” and belt out a Donna Summer inspired verse, Moore could take no more. She pushed thru and pleaded her case and the next day was back to show that she could “sing loud” just like Michel’le. As she struggled and screeched her way to those notes she let out a week throat whistle that induced wide eyes from the producers. Audibly hoarse after singing what actually seemed lack more background vocals, the aging diva thanked the team and left. I guess being a diva is just as much about being pushy as being talented.

#MoreChantéMooreDrama

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Chanté Moore Employs Matching Highlights And Eyeshadow To Get Her Lead Vocals

2014-08-29 20.42.42

Chanté Moore proved once again that Divas do not sing background. The six ladies got together in the studio to lay down their respective portions of the  Puerto Rico track. Moore was called upon first to put down… Clutch The Pearls… background vocals. The irony was not lost on Lil’ Mo or Leelah James who clearly recall the shade throwing diva asking them to do just that on her ladies anthem. As Chrisette, Claudette, Mo and James put down  significantly unique vocals, you could tell Chanté was itching for her turn. But when Michel’le was asked to take her turn at “lead” and belt out a Donna Summer inspired verse, Moore could take no more. She pushed thru and pleaded her case and the next day was back to show that she could “sing loud” just like Michel’le. As she struggled and screeched her way to those notes she let out a week throat whistle that induced wide eyes from the producers. Audibly hoarse after singing what actually seemed lack more background vocals, the aging diva thanked the team and left. I guess being a diva is just as much about being pushy as being talented.

#MoreChantéMooreDrama

Gun Laws Under Increased Scrutiny After 9 Year-Old Kills Instructor At Gun Range

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Gun safety is again being called into question after a gun range instructor in Arizona was killed at the hands of a nine-year old. Charles Vacca was rushed to the emergency room where he died Monday evening of a gun shot wound to the head. The one who pulled the trigger was a young girl who had been given permission by her parents to shoot at the Arizona range. Many states allow children under the age of 18 to shoot at a range with the permission of their parents. However, what makes this so disturbing is that the young girl was allowed to fire an Uzi submachine gun. The cell phone video, which was turned over to authorities by the parents and subsequently released online, has sparked outrage across the globe. Many on both sides of the gun debate question why a child so young was allowed to handle a gun of this magnitude. And even if there are laws allowing supervised gun range shooting by minors, should there be a limit to what child is allowed to shoot?Unfortunately, as in many other accidental gun deaths, hindsight is 20/20 and the parents of this young girl and the family of Vacca will be questioning  these actions for many years to come.

#ChangeGunLaws

Torrei Hart And Tameka Raymond Verbally Battle Over Cocktails… Round 1 to Torrei Hart

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VH1s Atlanta Exes is shaping up to be the season’s must see Reality TV, thanks in large part to Torrei Hart. Her fast feud with Tameka Raymond after just two episodes is becoming the talk of Twitter with many Hashtag inducing one-line zingers: Lay In The Coffin, Kill Yourself, Ghetto Rat Thief, etc. FULL DISCLOSURE, having interviewed Torrei in a bed with no panties, I have to admit to being Team Torrei all the way. And though I really want to feel for and be sympathetic towards Tameka, anyone that shows up to cocktails looking like Jim Carey in The Mask deserves the verbal beatdown that is to come. But truth be told, Torrei’s character assault did not come unprovoked. Tameka appears to live in an alternate universe where her jabs and backstabbing should go unanswered. And I hate to say it, but if what we are viewing is the real woman Usher was married to, I’m shocked he stayed as a long as he did. Clearly, Ms. Hart struck a nerve when addressing the custody issues surrounding Foster. And though hurtful, it was true what was said. If the two are to reconcile prior to the end of the season, Torrei needs to ignore the craziness that is Tameka Raymond. As for Tameka, well, only time will tell if this woman can make a change for the better. At the very least, she should change her stylist.

#LayInTheCoffin

 

Mylie Cyrus Stuns And Raises Awareness At MTV VMAs

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Miley Cyrus stunned in more ways than one at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The Can’t Stop crooner hit the red carpet in an Alexandre Vauthier leather bandeau and high waist trouser look that was chic, on trend, stylish and very appropriate for the event. Mylie left the gimmicky wardrobe stunts to Katy Perry (Versace Denim Redux), Amber Rose (Chain Mail) and Taylor Swift who wore a Mary Katrantzou romper reminiscent of a toddler’s onesie. Instead, Cyrus opted for the sleek number which was a departure from previous outfits. But it was the acceptance speech for her Video of the Year Award for Wrecking Ball that was the most surprising. On her behalf, Jesse, a young man she met through My Friend’s Place, an organization that assists homeless youth, accepted the award to raise awareness of the 1.6 million youth living on the streets in the U.S. Jesse was assisted by the organization and reminded the audience and viewers that it is youth like him that are extras in their films and indeed their lives. It was refreshing to see the young artist use her fame to promote something more than herself. I’m officially a fan.

#MylieCyrus

 

The New Definition Of Protect And Serve: The Case Against Michael Brown

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A Kansas City, MO police officer is under investigation after allegedly posting the above picture online. The officer commented after posting the image to Facebook, “I’m sure Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.” The posting of the pic, which is not even of Michael Brown, is shocking in itself. It is clearly designed to give the impression that there was a justification in the killing of the youth. It implies there was a gang, ghetto, dangerous undertone to the character of Brown. It is asking the viewer to judge differently the actions of the officer who gunned Brown down because this image represents the boy’s true character. If the posting isn’t insult enough, the comments are even more disturbing. The sarcastic and condescending tone indicate the author is trying to sway public opinion in support of the St. Louis Police Department. The officer, Marc Catron, is currently under investigation and his is the latest action by a member of the department that is now under scrutiny. From the gunning down of Michael Brown, to the false  statement that he was a suspect in a robbery to this latest posting of the above picture, it shows a police force that is engaged in unethical behavior at best and criminal-like behavior at worst. All of this from those entrusted to protect and serve the communities in which they work. But it begs the question, who is being protected; the citizens or the officers? And who, if anyone, is better served by this type of egregious behavior? Tanya Young Williams explores these and other questions surrounding the Michael Brown case tonight on Etc.Etc.Etc., airing at 10 EST/7 PST on Spreecast.com. 

#NoJusticeNoPeace

Heather And Terry Dubrow Try To Take The Beadors Down During RHOC Finale Dinner Party

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Heather Dubrow and her wife, Terry, continued their Beador Tag Team assault on last night’s Real Housewives of Orange County Season 9 Finale. After a horrendous vacation experience that left Tamra Judge in tears, Vicki hosted a Bali themed dinner party in the hopes it would end better than their last dinner overseas. Before bringing matters stateside, Heather attempted to apologize to Shannon for her behavior towards her subdivision neighbor. But of course, Mrs. Dubrow had to deflect and call out David Beador’s “behavior” at her bull riding, housewarming event. You remember, the one where Heather turned up the machine as Tamra held on for dear life. Apparently, three months down the line, Terry became “incensed” at comments Shannon’s husband made about spreading her legs on the bull. Of course he forgot his “ride it baby” and Eddie’s “show us how you ride Terry” comments. After getting the head’s up from his wife, David genuinely attempted an apology as soon as arriving at Vicky’s Backyard Balinese Bash. But the oh so forgiving Dubrows were having none of it. They were not only discourteous in accepting the apology but went off on tirades at the dinner table. At one point Terry referred to David as a “penis” and called out his construction worker’s background as an example of him not knowing how to treat women. Of course, him yelling at Shannon across the table at a dinner party for the second time is just the height of refinement. The comments then got uglier with Heather telling David she’d get him a thesaurus so he could better understand the big words they were throwing around. And at that point, it was clear… the Dubrows did have an agenda. They may not have wanted to take the Beadors down but they sure as hell were not trying to lift them up.

#TakedownByBRAVO

The Boycott Of The Beverly Hills Hotel Marches On

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My #SundayFunDay has always been about getting out of the house and spending time up in Los Angeles or Malibu. Having a rare weekend off today has me recuperating from a day and evening in Beverly Hills and on Melrose Place. Being a creature of habit, like most Southern Californians, I have a routine of regular hangouts: Moonshadows in Malibu, BLVD or Sidebar in Beverly Hills, Cravings on Sunset, Ago or Fig & Olive on Melrose, to name a few. But something about settling into my forties made me question if my routine was becoming boring. So, I set out to try to add a couple of new spots to shake things up a bit. Having always been a fan of Bar Marmont,  I decided to try lunch with a friend at Château Marmont; we LOVED it! Feeling excited about this new adventurous side, I recalled a weekend stay at The Beverly Hills Hotel with friends last year. I was just about to call for a lunch reservation at the Polo Lounge when I remembered the boycott that has been in place the last couple of months. The Sultan of Brunei’s reintroduction of Sharia Law had caused an uproar in the Entertainment and Fashion communities. Everyone from Jay Leno, Barbara Davis, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osborne and Anna Wintour have called for boycotts. Being a longtime supporter of the L.A. LGBT Center, I quickly decided yesterday on lunch at BLVD, Beverly Wilshire. This afternoon while at home nursing a bit of a hangover, I caught up on my Vanity Fair reading and came across an article, ‘The Pink-And-Green Blues’. It put into perspective the difficult decisions that longtime guests of The Beverly Hills Hotel faced. Having visited the Beverly Wilshire for almost a decade I’d gotten used to the employees remembering me and greeting me more as a friend than a guest. So much so, that if there were ever a considerable amount of time between visits they wondered aloud what had happened or why I’d stayed away so long. It was so much easier to boycott the Dorchester Group of Hotels because they were never really on my radar. But if a similar situation presented itself at places I chose to do business with, I would make the same decision. While it would certainly be difficult to see the employees  go through a financially uncertain situation, I wouldn’t be able to comfortably enjoy a meal, drink or lounge at the pool knowing by doing so I was supporting an establishment whose owner supports laws condemning women, gays and others so harshly. Hopefully, the situation will resolve itself over at the Dorchester Hotels. Until it does, I too will be supportive of the boycott and a continued supporter of human rights and equality.

#HumanRights

R & B Diva of L.A. Michel’le Toussant Continues To Open Up About Suicide And Battle With Depression

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Michel’le of TVOne’s Love And Hip Hop L.A. has been sharing her struggles with depression and her attempt at suicide for some time now. In the wake of shocking reports and the revelation that Robin Williams, who killed himself earlier this week, was also battling depression and addictions, it’s good to see someone willing to share her struggles so openly. My first exposure to Michel’le was in the early 90s when her hits No More Lies and Something In My Heart dropped on the charts like a ton of bricks. I immediately fell in love with both, especially the latter. Two decades later we can find through various YouTube videos of the R & B songstress looking and sounding better than ever. So it was probably shocking to many that the pint-sized powerhouse tried to end her life. Early on the second season we get to see a conversation between Tony Cornelius and the work his suicide foundation does. His father, Don Cornelius, the Soul Train legend, also took his life. What is the most impressive about Michel’le’s current situation is that she is not only open about her struggles but has sought help through therapy, counseling and the support of her co-stars and friends. Hopefully the star gets the peace of mind she so richly deserves and knows, that by sharing her story, she is helping countless others.

#NationalSuicidePreventionHotline 1.800.273.8255

Bravo’s Extreme Guide To Parenting Presents The Controversial Nomadic Whiteacre Family

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The latest in Bravo’s seemingly unending assortment of reality shows features families with extreme parenting styles. The most recent show presents the Whiteacres, who for three years have been living out of an SUV, pitching tents, and basically living on the road like a D-List Rock &Roll band. Apparently, after achieving all the trappings of middle-class life, the adults (this term is very loosely applied) decided they wanted more for their kids than just the usual, materialistic existence.  So they sold almost all of their belongings, rented their home and proceeded to live on the go and from town to town. At a certain point you begin to feel sorry for the couple’s two children. It’s one thing to want to instill values but it’s another thing altogether when you make the kids live like gypsies because, as a child, you didn’t “fit in.” And I’m all for stand by your man, but the wife seems to be brainwashed. Old girl was practically begging for a trailer so the family could actually have a place to go home to. Having tired of brushing teeth in public restrooms, mooching off strangers and friends for a place to stay and a home cooked meal and dragging a cooler around to act as a refrigerator, Mrs. Whiteacre had finally had it and all but forced her husband to by a trailer. Throughout the show you kept hearing her refer to the family as we and us. Not Big Poppa… with him it was always me, I and I feel or I think. There looks to be some definite social issues brewing with the children. Not being able to establish relationships or friendships with other children makes me feel the two will grow up extremely anti-social. Hopefully Mrs. Whiteacre will be able to shake her Stockholm Syndrome and encourage more changes. As for the husband, that family needs to slip him some sleeping pills and leave his ass in a tent somewhere.

#ExtremelyDisturbing