By Antracia Moorings Power Moves: Sean P. Diddy Combs is planning to buy a British soccer team. The multi-millionaire rapper is reportedly making moves to invest in struggling London club Crystal Palace--which is currently facing bankruptcy and had 10 league points deducted after going into administration--but is also looking at other sports teams in need of a major cash injection. A source told The Sun newspaper Diddy was in London meeting football fixers a couple of weeks ago. The finance is in place, he’s just deciding who he thinks he’ll make a bid for. “Portsmouth,” who are also in severe debt, were mentioned but he thought Palace was a better idea.
Ludacris' latest album features a number of female rappers _ but the Grammy-winner acknowledges there's one lady he really wanted to work with.
``I think Lauryn Hill is like extremely talented and I can say I did try to do that, it just didn't work itself out,'' he says of the multiple Grammy-winning singer-rapper, whose only studio album, ``The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,'' has sold more than eight million units in the United States since its release in 1998.
While the reclusive former Fugees performer didn't make it on ``Battle of the Sexes,'' Ludacris' seventh studio release, he successfully recruited Lil Kim, Eve, Trina and newcomer Nicki Minaj.
King of Pop Living On: Administrators for Michael Jackson’s estate announced a seven-year distribution deal with Sony Music Entertainment, according to a report. The Los Angeles Times reported that the deal could cover up to 10 projects across media, and that it could be valued at up to $250 million. According to the L.A. Times, Jackson estate administrator John Branca said of the deal, “We and Sony feel that the future for Michael Jackson is unlimited.”
In other news, the author behind “Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson” is tackling the King of Pop’s last days for the big screen. Author-filmmaker Ian Halperin is behind “Gone Too Soon,” an 88-minute documentary about Jacksonthat is culled from 300 hours of footage shot inside the singer’s camp.
All Settled: A woman-to-woman talk between Oprah Winfrey and the former head of her South African girls’ school ended with the settlement of a defamation lawsuit against the talk show host, their lawyers said. Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane sued Winfrey, contending she defamed Mzamane when talking about an abuse scandal at the school she ran in 2007. The case was set for trial in Philadelphia, starting March 29. “The two parties met woman-to-woman without their lawyers and are happy that they could resolve this dispute peacefully to their mutual satisfaction,” the attorneys said in a joint statement.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's family is getting crowded with action heroes now that their 12-year-old son, Jaden, is beating up on bad guys.
Jaden Smith stars in the title role of ``The Karate Kid,'' a remake of the 1984 hit in which he plays an American youth in China who gets a crash course in martial arts from a maintenance man (Jackie Chan) so he can defend himself against a band of bullies.
The movie, due in theaters June 11, was screened last week for theater owners attending their annual ShoWest convention. Smith received an award as breakthrough male star of the year.
A retired black actor who played a stereotypical character during the golden years of Hollywood and the young African American journalist who interviews him each confront their own self image and come to terms with how they “perform” in society. A young aspiring ballet dancer carpools with two other women to visit their boyfriends in prison and, among the laughter, sadness and tears, comes to a decision on the path she will follow. These are two of the compelling stories explored in films produced by two Inland Valley independent African American filmmakers, both of which screened recently at the San Diego Black Film Festival where iconic filmmaker Spike Lee was the keynote speaker.
By Antracia Moorings
An Ode to the Unforgettable One: George Benson is celebrating the legacy of Nat King Cole with release of: “Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” This reco...Monday, 17 June 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 28
'See Me' isn't Magical By JOCELYN NOVECK
AP National Writer
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World Record Longest Soul Train Line
From left, Mannwell Glenn, Deanna Williams, Mayor Michael Nutter, Sheila Simmons and E. Steven Collins accept a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records verifying that Philadelphia holds th...Monday, 28 January 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 840
BEHIND-THE-SCENES By Antracia Moorings
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Q&A: Nicki Minaj on 'American Idol'
By MESFIN FEKADU
AP Music Writer
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The Chocolate Nutcracker
General Motors and Maura Townsend's Project21 Dance worked together to take inland empire youth to Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker performance at
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Jon Barnes, Music Master
By Eliz Dowdy
The Precinct Reporter had the opportunity to sit down with music master Jon Barnes recently and delve into his heart and soul.
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BEHIND-THE-SCENES By Antracia Moorings
The Jackson 5 Returns: Fans of the Jackson 5 are in for a special treat. The Saturday morning cartoon inspired by the beloved black boy band is finally coming to DVD and Blu ...Monday, 28 January 2013 By - Precinct Reporter Group - Hits: 670