Okay. Raise you hands if you wouldn’t mind being in the shoes of NBA star Derrick Rose. If we take talent off the table (and that would have to be a pretty big table) I’m sure many of us would totally love to receive the enormous amounts of acclaim, love, celebrity and wealth this young man is beautifully blessed to have bestowed upon him. Ah, if only life was fair. (You can lower your hands now if you haven’t already.) But this photograph speaks to a less celebrated aspect the Game of Fame we “civilians” may never ever experience. Despite his many sundries of accomplishments, Derrick feels “uneasy with fame.” So right at this point you’re thinking; Time out! Who would be so not in-sync with the American Celebritocracy as to express such dissonance with what we’re all led to believe as the great, grand and glorious destination of being on top? But once you listen to Mr. Rose open up about the pressures of performing and absence of anonymity you begin to understand the malaise beneath the majesty and ultimately why this photograph pulls at you in the way that it does.
Back in 2007 there was the blog Freshplays. That was five years ago. It was quite popular. Fast forward to today. The Freshplays archives are still popular. So we have added them to this magazine, American Fiyah. You can find your favorite post via the Search or Archives section via the column on the right. Thanks for keeping us popular and finding us, again. (Note: The animated gif “morphs” in Google Chrome but not in MS Internet Explorer. Hmmm???)
Bow Wow and Omarion are giving fans a chance to win an all-inclusive, romantic get-a-away courtesy of Columbia Records/Sony BMG; Will Smith tells the New York Post he’s willing to join the presidential campaign of Barack Obama and appear at various stops along the trail, a la Oprah Winfrey; “R. Kelly is currently facing 14 federal counts of child molestation. Why is the church not giving aid and comfort to the victims of sexual assaults?” asks activist Najee Ali of Project Islamic HOPE in a statement; Usher’s brother JLack, best known for producing Lloyd’s No. 2 single “Get It Shorty,” has just signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing; Upcoming NBC competition has singer Patti LaBelle is stressed out over cutting bad singers; Keenen Ivory, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are in the headlines again with the announcement of a new spoof movie that targets the cop/action genre; Erykah Badu has announced that her new double album, due February 26, via Universal Motown, will be titled “Nu AmErykah”; New York City police believe that a crew under rap star Fabolous is responsible for the recent robberies of several high-profile celebrities, including former New York Giants cornerback Frank Walker, NBA guard Sebastian Telfair and boxer Zab Judah; Lavell Crawford, the portly comic who placed second on the most recent season of NBC’s reality competition “The Last Comic Standing,” has just been signed to a talent holding deal with NBC Universal. Get all the details.
Producer, recording artist and actor Queen Latifah is making certain that everyone knows there are no impending nuptials. Especially great press-buzz when you have a movie coming out. She and co-star Gabrielle Union will be on The View today.
Programs like “Baisden After Dark,” a late-night talk-variety series featuring Michael Baisden, known as the Bad Boy of radio, and “Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin,” a cooking show with the black celebrity chef, a “clean” comedy competition, “Who’s Got Jokes,” with the comedian Bill Bellamy as host, and “Sharp Talk With Al Sharpton,” a talk show set in a Brooklyn barbershop all flow from TV One, the cable channel with that sassy “I See Black People” advertising campaign. The NY Times writer Jamie Rector goes on to diss BET in the process.
Bah, humbug to Christmas gift-giving. ‘My friends Grace, Jen and Heidi have come up with an alternative — a fierce holiday competition to create the perfect homemade gift.”
Latino Review reports that John Singleton has come aboard to direct Fox’s big screen adaptation of 80′s TV classic “The A-Team”.
Happy birthday to Sheila E. (50), Dionne Warwick (56), and Joe Williams (89).
There’s a reason a lot of workers dread holiday parties and it’s because “fun” and “making sure you can continue to pay your bills” rarely mix in a copasetic manner. You’re going to have to show up, and you’ll have to clean up your mess if you blow it. But eWEEK strives to make this a lot less daunting with by leading you through a guided tour of the things you should not do.
“If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.” [Arab Proverb]
ConVICKted! Pro NFL star Michael Vick has been sentenced to prison for 23 months for financing a dogfighting operation. He has been given three years’ probation. It’s sad how so many piled up on him. Let’s hope some will muster an ounce of compassion.
He’s rich, loves God, and doesn’t care what people think. Kirk Franklin opens up about hating his parents, the trials of Prophet Juanita Bynum, and his choice to no longer work with secular artists.
Buoyed by a Supreme Court ruling, some 19,500 federal inmates and their families, most of them black, are hoping the U.S. Sentencing Commission is ready to make its recent easing of crack cocaine punishment guidelines retroactive.
It was the third time in 14 months Jamaal Tinsley has run into trouble at an Indianapolis nightclub, and it comes on the heels of other professional athletes running into similar trouble.
Plans are afoot for a Broadway revival of the 1964 musical Golden Boy – based on Clifford Odets’ classic play – about a pianist who gives up his music career to become a championship boxer. Usher is in negotiations to play the role, which was originated by Sammy Davis Jr.
In recent years, pain-prone Mary J. Blige found true love, squashed substance abuse and won three Grammy nods (out of eight nominations) for her 2005 album, “The Breakthrough.” But despite all that, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Searching insists that even happiness hurts.
Russell Simmons hit the beach with his yummy girlfriend, model Porschia Coleman, yesterday. And the Def Jam/Phat Farm founder, 50, is doing his part to help out the less fortunate during this holiday season. The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) was started by Simmons in order to help Africans help Africa.
Film star Morris Chestnut [photo] breaks bread on growing up, career moves, Christmas, and his new release The Perfect Holiday. The picture also stars Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, and Faizon Love.
There’s trouble in paradise. A study released last week by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center showed that inroads the [Republican] party made with Hispanics during the Bush years have been more than wiped out. Hispanic voters are now overwhelmingly Democrats – 57 percent, compared to 23 percent Republicans, a bigger gap than in 1999.
Some of white America’s political elite are finally ready to speak openly of the failed and malevolent policies of black mass incarceration, writes Bruce Dixon. That’s good news. But who speaks for the young, the black and the poor in this discussion? Presidential candidates? Democratic or Republican politicians? The Congressional Black Caucus and our black leadership class? And without relentless pressure from a black mass movement, can any of these actors be on the issue of America’s universal but seldom acknowledged policies of racially selective policing, racially selective prosecution and racially selective mass imprisonment, there’s good news and there’s bad news.
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” [Abraham Lincoln]
Cornell Simpkins presents fashion for a cause, the hot fashion show to benefit a scholarship fund! In this segment, the City Gym Boys team up with designer Epperson to heat things up! Don’t get wet.
The bright lights of Las Vegas and the stage allowed Jo Koy to see what his passion truly was… a love for comedy and the stage. Fans are impressed by the high energy and physical emotion Koy exudes on the stage.
Happy birthday to Raven-Symone (21), Kenneth Branagh (46), and Susan Dey (54). And a belated one to Terrell Owens (34), born Dec 7.
He is co-author of Breaking Into Broadcasting, delivers the HOT CELEBRITY SCOOP! every Friday on Hot 92.3 JAMZ, and co-hosts “Extra’s” one-hour weekend edition with the equally fetching Tanika Ray. Of course, he’s Jon Kelley.
George Clooney and Ocean’s Eleven costar Don Cheadle have been selected to receive the 2007 Peace Summit Award, in honor of their work on behalf of victims of the humanitarian crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region, at the upcoming 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Al Gore accepts the Nobel Peace Prize today.
Michael Vick awaits a judge’s ruling today on how long he will remain in prison for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy.
Speaking of dogs, do you care what your children watch? Father Hood presents Snoop Dogg as a gentle, likable character who loves his wife and children. But his constant swearing and sometimes-silly antics (like throwing food and forging David Beckham’s signature on his kid’s soccer jerseys) don’t always make him an ideal parental figure. His children also exhibit some questionable values, especially 10-year old Cordell, who’s obsessed with money and enjoys dressing up like a pimp.
A fond farewell to Azaria and Hendekea. The brother and sister were eliminated last night on the Amazing Race. Also gone is my reason for watching. No need for a link, here.
In a bit of commentary, finally, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) has someone he can openly discuss murder with: his captive, Sgt. James Doakes (Erik King). And real life former NYPD cop David Zayas discusses his role as Angel Batista in ShowTime’s Dexter. The show is headed next week to its season finale.
Bringing both crowd and energy, Oprah hits the campaign trail for Barack Obama. She aims to help dispel the notion that the senator’s experience is not an issue.
“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” [Plato]