Missed the Broadcast? Karina Nistal’s ‘LivingProof’ Interview is on Podcast!

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Karina Nistal is back on Rhythm Rave Radio with new music from her 2016 acclaimed release ‘Living Proof’, and Funk & Modesty shows love on a lively and enjoyable Q&A with Karina!

Originally broadcast 8/20/16

 

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Rihanna Says No to Rumors of Secret Relationship with Chris Brown

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Superstar singer Rihanna recently cleared the air on any rumors surrounding her and Chris Brown having on having an ongoing secret relationship.

Rihanna tells Vanity Fair

“…I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him. Even after … But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you—because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away.” Now, she says, “I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”

50 Cent Blames Empire’s Rating Drop on ‘Too Much Gay Stuff’

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50 Cent is back to his old antics again with starting beef, only this time it’s with Lee Daniel’s hit show Empire!

Huffingtonpost reports that viewership for the second episode of this season of “Empire” was down 2.3 million people — 18 percent — and 50 Cent thinks he knows why.

The rapper took to Instagram to blame it on all the “gay stuff.” Ugh.

More precisely, 50 Cent posted a screengrab of a post from Industry on Blast’s Instagram account that was captioned, “There are 3 million less [sic] viewers who tuned into last night’s Empire episode!!!! did you watch it? We could not take the extra gay stuff or celebrity stuff last night!!!!”

For the few non-“Empire”-watchers out there: One of the lead characters on the show, Jamal Lyons, played by Jussie Smollett, is an openly gay musician who was tapped to be the CEO of Empire Entertainment at the end of Season 1. The Season 2 premiere also featured a plotline about an effort to use female sex appeal to convince a lesbian investor, played by Marisa Tomei, to invest in a new music company.

Despite the drop, the ratings for the second episode of “Empire” in the coveted 18-49 demo were still good enough to handily beat every other scripted show on TV last week.

Viewership for the Fox show is also about four times higher than that of the top-rated episode of “Power,” the drama that 50 Cent produces for Starz. It wouldn’t be a stretch to connect 50 Cent’s insensitive social media commentary on “Empire” to the rivalry between the two shows, both of which feature mostly black casts.

50 Cent, for his part, recanted his Instagram comments — sort of. He took down the original post and put up, in its stead, the following photo:

 

The photo was captioned, “It must be a slow news week, they’re gonna say 50 said Empire lost 3 million views because of to much gay shit. He only said cookie call me, but the fucking kid is fucking up the show. Now every one is waiting for POWER, I told him to lay low.”

50 Cent’s defense seems to be that he wasn’t the one who wrote the original caption talking about the “gay stuff” — he just reposted it! But his sincerity is undercut by his reference to Jamal as “the fucking kid […] fucking up the show.” Not to mention the fact that his Instagram profile lacks the crucial social media disclaimer “Reposts ≠ endorsements”!

Lee Daniels Apologizes for Insulting Jennifer Lopez

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On this week’s past episode of Empire, Taraji P. Henson’s character Cookie made a comment about Jennifer Lopez’s singing ability, and it was not kindly.

During the episode Cookie Lyon tells son Hakeem, who’s putting together an all girl group,

“Ain’t nothing wrong with a couple of JLos…as long as they can really sing.”

Last night  Lee Daniels apologized to Jennifer

Empire creator  Lee Daniels apologized for Cookie’s line on the show…and even offered her a guest starring role on FOX’s hit show.

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En Vogue Sued by Former Label for $100 Million

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90’s R&B super group En Vogue is facing a hefty lawsuit from a former label for a failed comeback album back in 2010.

The Daily Mail says that Rufftown Entertainment is reportedly suing En Vogue after the R&B girl group bailed and signed with another label.

According to TMZ – owner René Moore fronted original members Terry Ellis, 51, Cindy Herron, 53, and Maxine Jones, 53, around $190K to reunite back in 2010.

After the comeback fizzled, Ellis and Herron replaced Jones with Rhona Bennett, 38, and they signed with Pyramid Records last year.

Did Kelly Price Show Disrespect to Bobbi Kristina?

 

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R&B diva Kelly Price is hosting the Pre Grammy awards party this year, and the promoter of the last pre Grammy party where Whitney Houston last performed before she died, feels like Kelly is not showing respect to the Houston family.

Considering the condition of Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who is in a Atlanta hospital fighting for her life (see here), the promoter Jason Lee fired off on Instagram in a tirade aimed at Price.

Jason wrote:

In 2012 I was honored to have produced the event that has notably become the final performance and appearance of the late and great Whitney Houston. Hosting Whitney and her daughter Bobbi Kristina was such an amazing honor that I decided to keep the legacy of Whitney alive during the Grammy’s in an honor that has delivered beyond my expectations.
With the current news of Bobbi Kristina, out of respect for the family, I decided to cancel this year’s celebration – similar to how I felt Clive Davis should have done the night Whitney died.
It’s been brought to my attention several times from celebrity and industry friends, sponsors, and fans that the platform, FOR THE LOVE OF R&B that I’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and my own money into has been hijacked AGAIN by Kelly Price.

While I can understand that creativity and opportunities don’t always come to folks the way they come to me, I would at least expect a successful songwriter like Kelly Price to know how inappropriate or tasteless it is to steal someone else’s ideas and brand. It’s evidenced in her naming the event, “2nd Annual For The Love Of R&B” when it’s now the 4th Annual…. It’s clear to me that there is no consideration for me, Whitney’s legacy, or the hard work that has gone into preserving this platform but with the current crisis the family is in with Bobbi Kristina’s health you’d think this mean girl would cancel the party. However since there will most likely be a red carpet to keep her name in the news, Kelly Price, like Clive Davis will take a “the show must go on” attitude that delivers nothing less than the exploitation she’s looking for.

While I wish Kelly and I could have maintained a partnership to support R&B music where the throwback generation could be fused with the new aged more modern sound of this important generation, I didn’t think that she would stoop this low.

Kelly Price is a bully. Period. And if you ever saw her on R&B Divas just know that the person you saw is the same person who is having a party this year to “honor Whitney” while her daughter is fighting for her life.
DISGUSTING.
NOTE: THIS EVENT BEING HELD THIS YEAR TITLED FOR THE LOVE OF R&B IS NOT MY PARTY.