Heather Covington-The Literary Heat-Reviews Music Video- The Hustler’s Anthem feat. T.Pain by Busta Rhymes






Music Video: The Hustler’s Anthem
Artist: Busta Rhymes feat. T-Pain
Reviewed by Heather Covington
“The Literary Heat”

Busta Rhymes returns with a new hit, featuring T-Pain, The Hustlers Anthem and his usual video antics Busta style. The sure summer banger of 2009, the song and video works. Fun, energized, gravitating and ear popping, Busta knows how to command his listeners with his presence alone, fancy costumes and top hats that give enough flair to do justice to this video, but I didn’t appreciate T-Pain flashing those gold teeth of his. Folks now have HDTV and it just isnt’ polite to flash your high beams to blind music listeners eyes like that.

All is forgiven because it has been a while since Busta has produced a jam, and its great to have some Hip Hop flava with that old school hustla’ edge, but clean, simple and all about that feel good vibe. I applaud Busta.

While the video works for the kids and grown folks, the video could have had a break to flash back to an old Busta hit and remind new generation Hip Hoppers  of the history of this artist who introduced an original sound like no other artist in the game. Hip Hop needs those true Hip Hop artists to return and revive the art form. When LL Cool J exited, it ended an era in my opinion. Busta, the last of the titans performance wise may just have what it takes to bring back real Hip Hop. It doesn’t have to be that gangsta. Busta proves that.

Disilgold SOUL Magazine Rating: ****4 Stars 

About Reviewer:  A Nationally Certified Reading Specialist, critically acclaimed poet, marketing specialist and former tv show host, Heather Covington “The Literary Heat” is the NAACP IMAGE AWARD nominated author of Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature and DisilgoldBooks.com publisher and  debut author  of the best selling MURDEROTICA novel, Tekila Nika: The Forbidden Bronx Video Diary Tales. She has been noted as a TOP 5 Media Mogul alongside the producers of GOODDAY and runs, owns and operates Disilgold.com, abridged for “Diamonds, Silver and Gold,”  the literary and media home of celebrity stars and literary icons.  Her author website can be visited at www.LiteraryDiva.com and official MYSPACE site at www.myspace.com/HeatherCovington. For booking, interview, media requests and/or Disilgold.com Monthly Media Campaigns: Email Disilgold@aol.com.







Heather Covington-The Literary Heat- Reviews Music Video- Thats Not My Name by The Ting Tings



Music Video: That’s Not My Name

Artist: The Ting Tings

Reviewed by Heather Covington

“The Literary Heat”


If you’re a kid, on spring break somewhere at your favorite resort or just kicking back at your friends neighborhood barbecue, you will enjoy listening to this catch song from the Ting Tings, That’s Not My Name. The song runs down and overwhelming lists of names that for some who don’t mind their name being idolized in a catch spring music chart topping hit, you’ll love it. For others, the song makes you cringe because your name is certainly not on the IT List.

Mindful of how impressionable artists can be and as a music maven who studies music as much as she enjoys listens to it, I immediately felt like I was listening to a remake of Toni Basil’s hit years ago entitled, Hey Mickey. The only thing that did ring a familiar chord was the video against a dark background that will be a hit and miss, but certainly not a classic of all times.

Lacking originality and any substance, you can write this video and group off if they continue to produce predictable hook records made for the kids who like to bop around like go-go kids and shun folks who don’t know their name around the way. Silly, outrageous, but with catchy hooks like a commercial that haunt you, I am hoping this song disappears as quickly as it arrived. NEXT!

Disilgold SOUL Magazine Rating: **2 Stars

About Reviewer: A Nationally Certified Reading Specialist, critically acclaimed poet, marketing specialist and former tv show host, Heather Covington “The Literary Heat” is the NAACP IMAGE AWARD nominated author of Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature and DisilgoldBooks.com publisher and debut author of the best selling MURDEROTICA novel, Tekila Nika: The Forbidden Bronx Video Diary Tales. She has been noted as a TOP 5 Media Mogul alongside the producers of GOODDAY and runs, owns and operates Disilgold.com, abridged for “Diamonds, Silver and Gold,” the literary and media home of celebrity stars and literary icons. Her author website can be visited at http://www.LiteraryDiva.com and official MYSPACE site at http://www.myspace.com/HeatherCovington. For booking, interview, media requests and/or Disilgold.com Monthly Media Campaigns: Email Disilgold@aol.com.

Disilgold SOUL Magazine Daily Literary Dish Heatlist Countdown: It’s Keri Hilsons Time to Shine- New album: A Perfect World lands in stores March 24th. It is official. JUST IN: DISILGOLD SOUL is the first media to release footage of Kanye West and Keri Hilson Making Love- We are shocked! New Update: Now Ne-Yo is on the scene! We knew it!

 Before you read this article, Keri is a myspace citizen friend and so when a new album especially from the ladies come out, Disilgold is there because we simply don’t get the same promotions as the fellows, but this time, the fellows are supporting Keri big tyme. If you scroll down, Ne-Yo joins Keri’s media campaign efforts and I guess we’re the only media to document the transition of a songwriter to a mega-recording artist at the very beginning for the umpteenth time. 9 out of ten times we are right.


A connoisseur of writing top hits for today’s heavy hitters, it’s now Keri Hilson’s turn to “return the favor” to herself and long time fans of her work as a songwriter whose accolades are long overdue. Her list of credits as a songwriter include “Diddy, Usher, Ciara, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Omarion, The Pussycat Dolls, & Britney Spears” to name a few. As one of the producers of the song writing team called “The Clutch,” and what some artists today would like to best keep as a secret or never give rise or a name to as the magic behind the creation of  top hits, Keri’s talent is no longer a secret.

There has been a symphony of ovation for this artist who stayed the course. The anticipation builds because some people are buzzing that Keri Hilson may very well debut with a million plus copies sold of her new album, thus surpassing Lil’ Wayne’s miraculous Hip Hop album debut. Arriving onto the music scene with production from Timbaland on the heavy acoustic cut, “Scream,” and an impressive debut ballad called “Energy” accompanied by a video that rings as an anthem for folks in relationships as Keri knocks down her enemies in the boxing ring, listeners began to tune in.

 Then her single, “Turning Me On,” suddenly appeared from nowhere to set off an urban edge vibe to what was considered just another pop princess destined for mainstream success. 50 million Myspace  music player hits later, it is clear and evident that Keri is more than a success, but has already reached the stratosphere of her career as a top contender here to stay and bring more hits to come. This time, Keri Hilson is bringing the heat for her own album titled, “In a Perfect World.”

A March 4th video diary sent to Keri’s massive base of supporters for the artist herself, reveals that her album will hit stores on March 24th, finally. For some reason her album was pushed back in November 2008 but perhaps, the best does come to those who wait because Keri’s chart topper, “Turning Me On” has taken the number one spot for 2 weeks on the Billboard charts.

Everyone is joining Keri’s wave. She even has a “Are you a Turn On?” Contest for listeners to receive an autographed copy of her cd. Make sure you “Turn On” Keri’s album and support another dyme diva on the rise. This songwriter is on her way. If some one asks you, tell them you heard it first on DisilgoldSOUL. To vote for Keri Hilson as most stylish celebrity, visit www.Disilgold.com. Do you know  of an artist who  should be the next DisilgoldSOUL, email Disilgold@aol.com.


JUST IN: DisilgoldSOUL is the first media to release footage of Kanye West and Keri Hilson “Making Love.” We’re shocked! Who knew! Brace yourself. Graphic adult content. Kids close your eyes. We aren’t sure what to say.  Guess when the album drops, everyone will need to read the fine credits to see what is going on!


Written by Heather Covington

Edited on March 6, 2009

Michael Jackson began his career as a child prodigy. Who could forget his smooth vocals, charismatic spins and popularization of the moonwalk began in the Bronx with breakdancing of course, but made all his own. It was  as if he was dancing on air with unabashed confidence.   Audiences from Black to White felt his energy and gravitated to either  the tube or his concerts  met with an overture of fanatic screams. Michael Jackson still has this effect on people. It doesn’t matter who you are. When Michael enters the room people go crazy!

Michael made it possible for many young black child  singers to believe they could rise to his success. America fell in love with Michael and he became the most imitated artist in the world from his fancy sequined gloves, white Bobbie socks and top show biz hat to highwater pants, crouch grabbing scenes and military style jackets. Don’t forget those Michael fits in his songs. Whatever Michael grunted about just worked.

Add the dark shades and long black hair. It is clear to this day that Michael Jackson continues to outstyle America. Michael is a phenom who took risks,  set trends and defied any obstacles. He  captivated his audience without backing down by setting high expectations for himself. Any album you listen to from Michael Jackson today can be played over and over without getting tired of a single track. Michael always gave off a persona of a cool, clam and collected spirit and he could really, really dance and really, really, really sing.

Michael’s grandeur career took off internationally with his Thriller Album. Who knew that videos packaged as mini movie films would change the face of video production. Today you see evidence of the mini movie in great videos like T.I.s  “Live Your Life” with Rihanna. Everyone loves the underdog and wants the underdog to win.

MTV was one of the pioneering tv networks other than niche cable video shows like Video Music Box to infuse Michael Jackson’s music onto the mainstream making his sound universal. He disappeared for years it seems and was written off  as if his reign was over. But history would not be erased for the genius of Michael Jackson had already been written.

 He was met with a sleuth of money hungry opportunists who plotted to set the singer up , but who never served time for his accuser’s accusations which could be proven without a doubt if true. It had even appeared as if Jackson had bought his way out of trouble. Celebrity friends had turned their backs on the beloved pop icon just like that, but the truth finally surfaced that there were lies, misconceptions, deceit and corroborated slander as Jackson revealed monies were misappropriated by former producers. So many artists have toured to only find their money stolen, contracts shattered and people in their camp suddenly writing bad checks.

Like PRINCE or Roger Nelson who changed his name to a symbol rather than Prince in an attempt to shed light on a bad music contract, Jackson exposed all that  he had been going through with an open letter to his fans in Ebony Magazine years ago. His less talented sister who seemed outed revealed child abuse in the family and this simply opened the door for predators to overcompensate.. Every where you turned on the tv, Michael was being hit with lawsuits. It was enough to destroy his career.  His image was tarnished among the generation of supporters who were there for his career from the start, and when he was the lead singer of the Jackson Five many years ago. It was like people lost faith and believed what they wished to believe.

One of the groundbreaking Guinness Book record holders in the 1980’s with more wealth acquired than any other singer at his time. Even media referred to him as JACKO in regard to his skin condition. With a new generation of young listeners, it seems befitting for Michael Jackson to make a big comeback. He’s being offered well in the millions for foreign touring.

At 50+, you wonder can Michael make a dramatic comeback to surpass his former reign? We think so at Disilgold and even bigger than ever imagined.  I think Tyler will produce his biopic one day.  They say talent never dies, but it just keeps getting better. If he comes to New York, I would certainly support Michael and know that with his amassed wealth  he’s THE ONE to save the music industry. People just aren’t buying albums with the tenacity of a Beatles album. You have singers and performers and then you have icons like Michael Jackson. He isn’t talent. He’s a prodigy and there’s only one Michael Jackson. There will never ever be another MICHAEL JACKSON! NOT NEVER! Respect due.

Just in! Michael announces he’s back on tour. Check out this video. And tell folks you heard about it on www.Disilgold.com. The Hottest site on the net, period. See new pic of Mic doing his new dance move on www.disilgold.com this week.

www.disilgold.com-Will Barack Obama Win Last Remaining 4 Undecided States?

According to recent exit polls if Senator McCain does not win last 4 key states, Barack Obama could win the candidacy for presidency of the United States. As we are reporting this, Barack Obama just won Ohio.   And it’s official, he just won New York and Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  He  currently has 194 electoral votes. It’s getting closer as I am typing this announcement.  Barack Obama’s votes are over the top. With Virginia, Florida and New Mexico remaining it’s not over yet. There are still big battle ground states left. 270 Electoral votes are needed and even if America is lit up red on the news, It’s all about the electoral votes. If Barack Obama wins, he will appear in Chicago in front of over 1 milllion people with anticipated victory just building and building. Many African-American  leaders like Andrew Young are currently present and filled with tears. History is being made for what was the longest presidential campaign race ever!  It’s a good thing for all people. Hear my live commentary on www.disilgold.com after poll finals. Remember, we don’t know yet if Barack Obama is clearly the winner. Brace yourself! Anything can happen, but folks are already saying if barack Obama wins, they are going to celebrate by being a being a better person. Oh my, New Mexico is BarakaBAMA land. Okay, got to go. Soooo excited. God bless all! Running to see the big win!

ASK HEATHER: The Evolution of Brandy! Can Childhood Superstar Brandy Make a Comeback?

by Author Heather Covington



Brandy, born Brandy Rayana Norwood on February 11, 1979,was born in McComb, Mississippi. Her big break came when Chris Sotkes discovered her while singing in a youth choir group.

By age 15, she landed her own self-entitled album in 1994 giving rise to the sultry sounds of a new young diva on the music scene with “signature braids” and a style all her own.

By 1998, she acquired a Grammy for her duet with another young singing sensation, Monica, for “The Boy is Mine,” a cult classic that gave rise to an RnB artist with staying power. By the early 2000’s, she had successfully sold over 25 million albums followed with hundreds of awards and honors. Her popularity lead to starring roles on sitcoms like  Moesha (1996-2001) on the UPN Network and now called MY9.

She wowed America with her classic  rendition of Cinderella which receied rave reviews. Her sitcome became one of the highest ranking shows on air and soon film roles came knocking like the 1998 horror sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
Now she’s back in 2008 with new album and a new song, but people are wondering if she can rise to the status of her past albums. We’ll have to find out. Her new song, Right Here “Departed” may have to be renamed as RESTARTED because it looks like Brandy’s back! Tune in to BET ALL ACCESS on 7:30c/6:30 for world premiere video. See photo on Disilgold SOUL Magazine on www.Disilgold.com or visit past TOP NEWS STORY link.



GuavaJamm Entertainment Releases Three New Albums

July10, 2008
For Immediate Release

GuavaJamm Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of three new albums Produced by Gold/Platinum Award Winning Producer/Pianist/Composer/Conductor Dennis Bell.
“Come Together” -the debut album from master jazz guitarist  John Cariddi who has played with everyone from Nancy Wilson to Peggy Lee
“Musique Pour La Danse Moderne” (Music for Modern Dance/Ballet) – Double CD set featuring the compositions of Dennis Bell for Modern Dance/Ballet
“The Yuppie Rap”Dr D, Sugar Dee & The Yuppie BoyzThe unexpected…the sublime…..the stoopid…the debut….”The Yuppie Rap”…The Hip-Hop CD of the year…by far!!!! 

GuavaJamm is also pleased to announce that Mr Bell will be completing scores the for the Alvin Ailey II company and for the Juilliard School this summer for choreographer Sidra Bell and recording a new album from Jazzmobile Jazz Vocalist Winner and Itunes Essential Jazz Artist Lynette Washington. GuavaJamm albums are available from www.guavajamm.netstore.yahoo.com/guavajammmstoreiTunes.comCDBaby.comAmazon.com & eMusic.com

In addition Sidra Bell Dance NY will be busy performing in the City this summer and fall. Ms Bell just returned from Montreal where she presented her work during the month of June. The following are two upcoming performances:

and Summerstage in Harlem

Sidra Bell Dance NY
Smoke Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative

Saturday, July 26, 2008
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Jackie Robinson BandshellDance

Founded in 2001 by Yale-graduate Sidra Bell, this Harlem-based contemporary dance troupe presents a unique blend of dance and live music. In merely seven years, Ms. Bell, known for her fluid yet dramatic movements, has already received numerous awards for her achievements in choreography including the prestigious Bessie Schönberg Choreographers Residency at The Yard; the “Patricia Kerr Ross Award.” and a Tribeca Performing Arts Center Artist-in-Residency. SBDNY has performed at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup TheaterJacob’s Pillow, and Joyce SoHo Presents.

The SLJ, led by choreographer and activist Zane Booker, is a socially-conscious multimedia dance theatre collective dedicated to educating and informing the masses about tolerance, diversity, and the still critical AIDS epidemic. Because their work is powerful, spirit-driven, and relevant, the SLJ, based in Philadelphia, has been a regular invitee at festivals that highlight the fight against social injustice. After touring the U.S. and abroad with the Philadelphia Dance Company, the Netherlands Dance Theater, and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Mr. Booker brings a broad global perspective to his classical yet contemporary work. Mr. Booker, who last year was featured as one of “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine, appeared in the 2007 CityParks Dance festival as a guest artist with Subtle Changes.



For further information please contact:


GuavaJamm Entertainment
City Slicker Productions
Mark of Aries Music BMI
212-567-0411 Voice/Fax
www.orchard.com (Digital Distributors)
cdbaby.com, amazon.com

Now Available………….. 
the debut CD from Master Guitarist 
John Cariddi “Come Together”
Jazz/Smooth Jazz at its best!

Now Available…………..
“Musique Pour La Danse Moderne
The modern dance/ballet compositions of Dennis Bell..Double CD Set












Bad Boy Recording Group DAY 26, Name should be Day 365 because this album is going to last all year long!

Smooth, fresh, hypnotic, expertly written, arranged and produced, DAY 26 is like a breath of fresh air that arrived from nowhere. Every single on the soundtrack is a radio hit maker, soild and easy to listen to over and over again from I’m the Reason and Got Me Goin to In My Bed, Silly Love and Come With Me. Co Star is resoundingly a bonafide hit and Come In My Door’s Open is a love ballad you’ll be playing over and over again in your cd player if you haven’t thrown it away yet to just download songs. DAY 26 brings the return of buying artist cd’s back with the help of the group’s appearance on Making the Band hosted by Sean Combs. It is obvious that the show may have lent to the artist’s immediate attraction, but even so, the band members all have unique sound vocals that blend and harmanize with more depth than Take Four and even R& B crooner and Soul Balladeer groups like Jodeci whom  the groups is heavily favored by, but make no mistake about it, DAY 26 has its own sound and don’t even borrow any vocal arrangements from Jodeci at all. They just give you straight harmony without any carrying on or hype and perhaps why the group may go mainstream.  More hits you’ll hear delightfully creep up with spins on the radio are Can’t Fight the Feeling, Since You’ve Been Gone and if It Wasn’t For You. The ladies will enjoy What It Feels Like and Are We In This Together. What I particularly liked is that the boys can sing in DAY 26, every one of them. There are no fakes or sitting ducks in this group. They also, have great style and presence. The boy band group is back in 2008 and made in heaven because to match these band members like this is once in a lifetime.

*****5 Stars Disilgold Soul Magazine Review


Disilgold Soul Magazine Debate over R.Kelly, Keyshia Cole, J. Holiday & Ne-Yo concert situation. Founder discusses who’s wrong!

Let’s go way back! Who is R. Kelly? The R. stands for Robert. He was part of a group called MGM that debuted on the Natalie Cole Show. The group dressed with parachute pants reminiscent of M. C. Hammer’s flamboyant style, but just a little bit more suave. They also, had sex appeal and became teenage heart throb sensations.

R. Kelly sported a fade like Bobby Brown and wore dark shades. His group won $100,000 grand and soon he went solo because he obviously had the most talent in the group. The song that put him on the map was “Bump & Grind.” Today’s artist is called ” total package talent” when they can write lyrics, produce, mix, arrange,  play instruments and arrange their own music. Very few artists can master this craft other than old school artists like  Patrice Rushen for you old heads, Prince and modern day artists like Alicia Keys. There are more, but these are the one’s you really know and I felt like paying homage. 

R. Kelly is considered a phenomenon and has upgraded to that of a musical genius due to the success of his back-to back -albums and latest “Trapped in the Closet” DVD series. He crossed over big time with this creation  which seemed like a book in motion on Dvd. 

All was going well for R. Kelly. His song, “I Believe I  Can Fly,” was one of the most influential inspirational ballads utilized by schools, events and organizations as a theme song. It marveled the song, “We are the World.” He added a real live gospel choir and won over an array of fans. This cross section of fans from R& B, soul, Christain and Hip Hop won over millions in album sales. R. Kelly had arrived.

 His song ” I Wish” became a national urban anthem. People really liked R. Kelly whose work became a staple as modern music you can count on people to play over and over for many years to come. R. Kelly is bad.

He began to sign talent to his label and cultivate a soundwave that became his signature. One of his proteges’ was the young Aliyah who seemed to hide behind his wings and the group Changing Faces. He also, helped produce “Sparkle”.  Sparkle and R. Kelly fell out, Changing Faces who had transferred labels to Big Beat Records over at Zomba disappeared, but everyone remembers their 2 staple hits, “Foolin’ Around” and “Stroke you Up!” Other girl groups would steal their shine very quickly with more than vocals, but dance talent and overall more personality like TLC and Destiny’s Child. Aaliyah was sort of protected for her young underage romance with R. Kelly, but this was never documented or confirmed. She tragically died in an airplane crash years later and her relationship with R. Kelly remained a mystery.  Why? This situation would have put R. Kelly in the category of pedaphile.

Perhaps, R. Kelly did not know his age , and his warped sense of time kept him attracted to young girls as opposed to women his age. R. Kelly is not the only man in America or star who has fallen in love with a minor or someone in the same industry. Some have even waited for their partners to mature to officially marry. Today, any man having relations with a minor is a criminal. In the past, age was not an issue until it was clearly understood that young women do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about sex  until they are of legal age. This debate is still an issue. Many women today will admit they had a relationship with an older man when they  underage and have never reported their ex-lovers, but that is another issue. Let’s move on.

R. Kelly went on to tour with Jay Z, but an altercation while performing lead him to walk off the show. Soon, a relative of  someone’s Uncle was spotted in a video tape with a grown man and this underage girl in a sexual act. The man bore a striking similarity to R. Kelly according the news when the issue was blasted all over the world. How the tapes wound up on the streets is a mystery, but charges were soon brought up against R. Kelly for  sexual relations with a minor. Rumors circulated that the women knew R. Kelly and willingly consented to sex, were never forced and presented themselves as if they were much older creating debate in the African American community over whether men should ask women regardless of their age for ID.

Regardless, the African American community seemed to forgive R. Kelly who portrayed himself as the victim and claimed he was not the man in the footage. Those who felt otherwise were soon brought on charges because technically no one should be watching sexual tapes with minors or pornography, but law officials on the case. Soon, folks got quiet and R. Kelly was back to performing.

Some folks will say the accusations against R. Kelly are a crime and unacceptable by the African American community, and especially if R. Kelly knew that the young girl was a minor.

This is why he is on trial. Unfortunately, the D.A. of the case has conveniently postponed his trial to have a baby while R. Kelly performs on tour with J. Holiday, Keyshia Cole, and Ne-yo. Recently, Keyshia Cole was reported as being unagreeable with the show line up. She decided she would not perform when she found out she was slated as an opening act, but resolved the issue obviously after Ne-yo was kicked off the tour.

Opening for any show is considered degrading for top artists who are booked as equal billing with all artists performing. She paid her dues, has accrued more record sales than most R&B female acts to date and her work falls in line with the prestige of Alicia Keys and Mary J Blige although her current album did not receive a favorable review from Disilgold Soul Magazine, and not because it’ s not a well recorded album with great lyrics, but we know Keyshia Coles has greater potential. That’s all. 

She is still hit potential for many more albums to come and is steadily cleaning up her image. She certainly should not have been slated as an eye candy opener. J. Holiday is a brand new artist with clearly one solid hit called BED that is not going anywhere and may be one of those singles folks will be listening to forever. He clearly should have been the opening act although folks have been buzzing that he has outstanding stage presence and is more like your singer who has been around for some time which is undoubtedly true, but respect is due in due order.

Next, should have been Keyshia Cole and just like her new song, “Shouldn’t Have Let You Go!” Than R. Kelly should have come out to get first screams and cheers as the heavily anticipated man of the hour we all love. R. Kelly has so many solid hits, he is gold.  Then R. Kelly could have passed on the baton to Ne-yo to showcase his string of hits and of course, R. Kelly would return for the encore and just bring the house down. Let’s just be realistic with what the audience is. It is perfectly okay to have an audience cheer for the newcomers more than the the King of R& B. There is something sentimental about letting your younger comrads shine and still be able to stand on your own. There is only one R. Kelly, one Ne-yo, one Keyshia Cole and one J. Holiday. Can’t we all get along?

 The situation between all campers got out of control because of simple egos which all of these stars have the right to own, but the bottom line is the tour is sponsored by R. Kelly. You got to have respect for the crooner. This is an opportunity of a life time. I don’t care how many award shows and events you attend, albums you put out and hits. There is nothing like performing for your fans on tour nationwide and if you’re lucky, worldwide. This opportunity comes few and far in between. Early problems with shows labels you a trouble maker and trust, all artists are replaceable. There is always a new crooner to surface that you never saw arriving.

 If R. Kelly booked you for a show, send the man some flowers, a token of appreciation, do some interviews paying homage to the man and certainly don’t engage in any negative interviews. Someone like me quickly falls out of love with petty artists and I don’t care how good they are. I have personally spoken to Ne-yo face-to-face and shared kudos on his image, music and style, but he is way tooooooo mouthy for me. Let’s come back down to earth and certainly don’t agree with interviewers that R. Kelly is jealous because you brought the house down. BE REAL! Of course young girls are going to scream because they are stupid and that’s what young girls do. I was there. I use to scream at all of the acts and then when I got a little older and attended future  concerts I was as calm as dead sitting right next to Sean “Diddy” Combs at a Janet Jackson concert. And trust, Diddy is someone you want to scream at. The man has style and is just bad! Age on a woman makes a big difference with screaming fans. R. Kelly has older fans. They are not going to scream at him, they are going to grind and groove to his music like folks use to do back in the day with the Temptations and all of those male groups like we all saw in that movie “The 5 Heartbeats!” Grown folks don’t scream like kids at concerts. Get it? but trust, folks are there to see R. Kelly and for those handful who just bought tickets exclusively for Ne-yo, will they rebuy those same tickets if Ne-yo headlines a tour on his own and no acts. Just a thought.

One thing about R. Kelly is that he never was that side whistling type. It’s all about his art. There is nothing worse than a mouthy singer. Be discreet. If you all had issues keep it to your self. Pitch a book deal or something and certainly don’t get on air and lie or bend the truth. Everyone is at fault with this situation from 1. the insurance issue which if you decline to perform without it than you just decline to perform without it to 2.  thinking you are going to be a no show in some states because of low music scans so you don’t want to risk getting booed. It happens to all artists. Be willing to face the good, the bad and the ugly, plus all your demons. Be honest. 3. having clashes with technical issues without seeing the bigger issue. R. Kelly is not about to get in any trouble with anyone’s entourage, be side bamboozled, set up, tempted or risk confrontation with any hot headed entourage folks trying to cop a lawsuit with lies like what happened before to R. Kelly. Understand you are going to be kept away or apart from one another for your own safety. This works out for the best and there is nothing wrong with dressing in one’s trailer. This eliminates any lies and accusations or even papparazi mishaps. This is business. All kind of stuff happens when folks are mixed on the set from people stealing your jewelry, spreading false rumors in collaboration with like folks with vested underhanded interest and disrespect toward artists who have it going on, so folks want to bring them down with their look, eyeball treatment and you name it.

You’d be surprised to know how unsavory some folks camp look to other artists. Who wants to deal with that kind of stress while performing. You could go out on stage and be burned by steam from a smoke machine, trampled by the crowd, fall on stage or overeact toward an overzelous fan and toss them back in the audience. It happens to the best of us when folks feel threatened.  You don’t know who to trust once things start going haywire and so you become defensive and it’s about survival until the tour is over.

Now I listened to 2 sets of interviews today. One with Tigger and Ne-yo and one with Ne-yo and  Wendy Williams whose personal feelings against R. Kelly made me wonder if  Ne-yo was telling the truth at all about the situation. After all, he’s afriend to the show, and for Wendy to shout down R. Kelly it must be because he isn’t a friend of the show.  Celebrities better be Wendy’s friend or she destroys you. If I were gullible I would return my ticket for a R. Kelly show, break his albums in pieces, return ones I can get my money back for and turn off the radio when I hear him, but come on… there are two sides of the story. I don’t think Wendy’s bullying is going to get R. Kelly on the show. And I think one of her phone callers is telling the truth about these new hot artists like Ne-yo and Keyshia demanding things like divas and dons, but got kicked to the side. I bet they hurt R. Kelly’s feelings. (GIGGLES).

It made me even more sympathetic toward to R. Kelly, but in all seriousness, I really don’t care who did what. This is all an embarassment and disgrace. J. Holiday didn’t deserve to be apart of this nonsense. For more articles visit www.Disilgold.com .

Disilgold Soul magazine- www.Disilgold.com – AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS Review by Heather Covington

The American Music Awards opened with a medley performance by Fergie, a former rapper of the HIP HOP SOUL group, “Black Eyed Peas.” Her silver “En Vogue” glitter glam mini-dress was simple and classy, but not impressive for a top singer. In other words, I don’t think the ladies were moved to go out and buy a silver mini dress. The idea of getting glammed up for award shows is to present the best you to fans, not what you are comfortable wearing.  Fergie didn’t show her personality tonight in that bland frock. Fergie’s act was followed by Will I Am, singing “I Am a Heartbreaker”. He is like the black version of George Michael complete with a dinner jacket, classic cornrows and tinted shades, but he’s in a suit! His duet with Nicole Scherzinger earned highpoints with  “You are My Baby” by the Diddy protege’ from the Pussy Cat Dolls who missed a high note that was very obvious, but she carried out the song anyway. Nicole chose a swing out silver mini dress and this is not the first time. That look is a little too mature for the young performers.

 Unfortunately, Jimmy Kemmil decided to do a “Soldier Boy” dance and even asked the Rascal Flatts to help him, but they just didn’t have the guts. He wound up pulling Kelly Fickler and Jordan Sparks from American Idol on stage who were good sports. Jimmy was very honest with the audience. As a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, he was forbidden to write any jokes for the show although he was booked to host it, but maybe this was not true. Regardless, his clever maneuver with a dance number scored a point and was probably good fate. He set off the show very nicely. 

Before he did his number, he topped off his outffit with a white sweatshirt hoody  and cap. I am glad he didn’t put on a gold chain and sag his pants because this would have been a disgrace. I just think it would have been better for Soldier Boy to perform his mega-selling hit and not be baffooned with his dance artistry which is not a joke in the hood, but an art form. Don’t try to make urban dance look like anyone can do it and certainly, if you are going to do the Soldier Boy, practice a little. Put a little Umph in it like the group Jagged Edge says in their new hit! I have to give credit to M’Nique who at least worked Beyonce’s dance moves for the BET Awards step for step.

Song artist Rihanna, who gave a villanous and sarcastic grin toward Brittney Spear’s performance at another award show, did it again. She is gaining a reputation for roasting artists and no one can do anything about it. She was just crowned Entertainer of the Year by the Prince of Monoco. WHAT???? Shortly after Jimmy, Kelly and Jordan’s warm up, the real Soldier Boy appeared and introduced the show.  Wow!  Glad he’s made a little cha-ching! He’s going to need it!

And-forgive me, I couldn’t see his eyes behind the Kanye West “Graduation” Shades so he may have missed his opportunity to make his mark. Artists should never cover their eyes on stage. 

Carrie Underwood presented the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award which went to Daughtry. Christina Applegate from “Married With Children” for those of you who don’t remember the Bundy’s (a modern day Wilma and Fred Flinstone dysfunctional couple) presented Rascal Flatts with the the Best group band/ duo award.

  Avil Lavrigne performed her latest hit, “Baby”. She’s got this dark gothic dress code all of the time, but she did add a silver skirt with sneaker flats topped with black nails and a touch of red hairspray on her hair. Can we say, confused? You’re a star Avil. Own up to your success and stop pretending like you don’t know.

No matter what, she’s going to be Avil and retro.

Rascal Flatts performed, next. These guys are just a great wholesome group, simple, sound good, play all of  their instruments and sing good ballads worthy of wedding material.

Veteran host of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest introduced Maroon 5, one of the hottest pop groups of the year. Their soulful ecclectic sounds and European flavor has landed them no.1 on music charts.If you listen carefully, they sound like the relaxed version of Rod Stewart. Ashanti, dressed in an overwhelming yellow floor length strapless gown presented the SOUL R& B award to AKON who went through hell this year for throwing a person who jumped on the stage of one of his concerts back into the audience.

T- pain shared the honors with AKON. It was his first VMA. The VMA’s featured flashbacks of Patti La Belle, Kid Rock, Whitney Houston, Pat Benetar, Dick Clark and Boys II Men before having Jordan  introduce the Jonas Brothers who literally crashed through a glass screen on stage and I know the middle guy who fell didn’t do that on purpose and tripped, but he got up with such flair it looked like it was part of the act. This shaggy haired group reminds me of the Jackson 5’s minus 2 members on the rebound, but they have personality. They may have an edge like the Beatles too, but sorry , no one can replace the Beatles. These kids do have fashion savvy and are the number one teenage heart throb group of America. Don’t player hate!

I am shocked that the VMA’s allowed hundreds of fans to run to the stage in the cock pit. Someone could have been hurt. I am sure also, I saw a fan fall down and get trampled or maybe I was just seeing things. I will play replay later on!

Fabulous, who looked just like Soldier Boy with shades covering his eyes and a green jacket presented the Best Pop Rock  award with Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake who beat out his producer, Timberland. How ironic. He did a live telecast to accept the wrong award.

 I was disappointed when Kid Rock got a chance to make light of his erroneous behavior at another award show and throw Jimmy Kimmel out of his seat. It seems like some artists get a tap on the wrist for starting riots. Okay, I will go easy on Kid Rock. He presented the Best Rap Album to Bone-Thugs & Harmony who I must say are a classy group. He also, shouted out Kanye West’s mom.

Pamela Anderson’s other beau who I won’t mention obviously wasn’t invited to this show to start any trouble.

 Kelly Fickler presented the Best Soundtracks Album Award to Highschool Music II which I am sure appealed to mostly teenagers.

Actor Taye Diggs blandly introduced Rihanna who did her Umbrella  duet with Neyo. She wore a 1920’s long tapered bronze gown and toga style headband and dark lipstick that looked too mature for a young girl. Neyo looked dapper with his tailor made suit and Charlie Chaplin hat. Okay,I get it, a modern day Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrel number. Only one problem, there was no chemistry. They looked cold and obviously preturbed about something. I guess Rihanna didn’t appreciate the American Music Awards announcing a surprise performance by Beyonce’. 

Rihanna is every bit the star she’s made herself into, but I am still not sure about her vocal abilities and personality. I know when Beyonce’ was honored later on in the show as International Entertainer she clapped with that classic …oh I won’t say, but I know when someone is not being sincere. I wonder what’s going on?

  I am sure that Neyo will be around for a long time. We spoke briefly at Beyonce’s B-Day Bash and he seems like cool peoplem but I can’t help but think their duet song title,” I Hate that I Love You So” is true. Right after their performance the American Music Awards commentator once again announced, “Stay tuned for an unbelievable performance from Beyonce everyone will be talking about!” Well, I am not talking. She didn’t perform, she sang.

How disrespectful to give unequal weight to artists performing. Then they added a quick, “Stay tuned for Alicia Keys, too!” Oh my! Do they know that Alicia Keys may very well be one of the greatest all round female artists of all time? Even Beyonce will give props to Alicia.

Carrie Underwood won Best Country Album and Sugarland performed a country version of Irreplaceable. Now didn’t NeYo write that song and who sold second writes for a country version? I like it though, but it was kind of funny seeing a country fiddle make folk’s heads bob. Suddenly, Beyonce’ came out to do her R& B version infused with a country version. Okay, now I see how this song crossed over to become a number one hit. You go Beyonce. I get it now. I thought someone stole your song.

The signature A-line Dereon jacket worked well with the Dereon jeans minus all of those color frocks from the line. Now Dereon fashions is going to take off big! Okay, it’s already number one, but I only own a pair of  Dereon jeans and the jacket. Solange Jennings, Beyonce’s little sister along with Kirk Franklin and Life, presented the Best Adult Contemporary Artist Award to Daughtry. Now I understand the total picture. Beyonce gets the hype as long as she sings a country duet, but she negotiates that her sister gets  to be a stage presenter. What are they trying to do, get folks who are envious of Beyonce’ to shout her out more? The family thing is sooo taboo. This isn’t a charity case. Solange needs to step up her music career. Regardless, she looked great and the hair is finally right. Really!

If this isn’t the calmest, non-hippest award show ever, I don’t know what is, but I almost fell asleep. Luckily, Celine Dion came out and performed with some substance. The lady can sing! I love her music and anything she puts out. I can listen to Celine Dion’s music all day. When Lenny Kravitz came out to perform I was ecstatic. Romeo Blue still has it. You may remember him as the retro partner of Lisa Bonet from the Cosby Show. The marriage may not have lasted, but they did have a little love child named Zoe which was one of Lenny Kravitz greatest songs in my opinion next to, “It Ain’t Over!” and of course, “Are you Going to Come My Way!”

More funny flashback moments when Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy came out years ago on the stage, and when Missy Elliot was questioned by Kimmel who hosted a prior show and asked why she was late. She candidly mentioned that someone stole her limo. Too funny! Where was Missy Elliot tonight?

The Prince of R& B, Chris Brown, did his Kiss Kiss song in a space suit and rocked it with that flair Usher once had. Sorry Usher, you taught this protege too well, and topped with T-Pain, Chris Brown stole the show! He did a dangerous neon number on the ceiling upside down. What happens  if one of those chords pop one day. And I don’t even see any padding below. I guess that element of danger makes the show more exciting. Chris Brown may be taking over. His songs  still remind me of popcorn for teenagers. Hope his songs mature throughout the years and why Usher still gets props. I polled the younglings and they all like Chris Brown right now so watch out folks.

 The Teen Mobile Text Award was issued to Carrie Underwood and I will tell you that this is major because the vote is decided by the fans.

 The performance of the night goes to no other than Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige. I really can’t say who gave a better performance artist. Mary J. Blige was voted as the YOUnity Guild of America Best Entertainer of the Year 2006 before she took home all of those Grammys and Awards when her personal issues and attitude were of question and folks were saying her career was over. Think back! This is not the first time we’ve predicted major success. Remember John Legends first debut on AOL Voices when we did an e-blast and asked everyone to tune in? And we did it again with predicting Alicia Keys song that got off with shaky reviews at first would win back her fans. And so,  I will give Alicia Keys the cutting edge vote this year, but they are both GREAT!

Okay, I have been sorting business cards while writing this article and multi-tasking, but I am done. So if there are anymore follow-ups I’ll update later on! Forgive my cold unloving writing personality. I have to turn off the tube when Rihanna appears. That lady is cold. At least, Beyonce is personable. Let me leave Rihanna alone. For those of you reading this article who don’t know, when I review an award show I am speaking as the voice of the people and speaking the words of how folks from all walks of life my perceive an artist’s appearance like a mirror reflection. Trust,my reviews are helpful to artists who maybe have a team that doesn’t tell them where they are headed. The most important thing is to know where you are headed and stay level headed. I respect these artists I write about and if I could prove they were half as nice as what I perceive, I would lighten up, but for now… Rihanna seems to be very immature and nasty!

Thanks to Chris Brown’s performance and change of pace along with a Diamond Reflection flashback  moment featuring My Boo with Usher and Alicia Keys restored my confidence in the VMA’s. Before I go, I predict that Daughtry will sweep the VMA’s with the most awards. I like these clean cut guys.

I’m back! I got a call that Blair Underwood introduced Alicia Keys. I got a chance to see her performance, but no one mentioned Blair Underwood was coming out! Alicia played it safe tonight and stayed close to her piano before converting her song into a Caribbean jam  with Beenie Man and more top Carib artists which was too awesome! WOW! WOW! This is a first. Everyone at the VMA’s was standing with ovation. I don’t know, Alicia has really taken over and is bringing a new sound that is historical! She should keep it up! Her album, As I Am is in stores right now! I think it’s going to be the top grossing female album of the year!

Well, I hope I gave you a snapshot of the VMA’s as a viewer at home watching her flat screen tv just like you! This is much better than having to wait outside as media in the cold!

Okay,I was able to play back the VMA’s and I caught Blair Underwood. Now if I am not mistaken he had on that same burnt umber jacket as in his new show, “Dirty Lies & Secrets.” Will someone tell Blair to not plug his gear on his show at the VMA’s? I guarantee everyone is going out to get that jacket. What a smart advertising move. You will hear about Blair Underwood’s fashion savvy in tabloids guaranteed.

Usher was such a gentleman to shout our Kanye West for the passing of his mother, Dr. Donda West. He presented Beyonce’ with the International Award. She has sold 130 million albums worldwide, 23 #1 singles, has 5 solo grammy’s, 183 magazine covers including 1 more from DisilgoldSOUL Magazine taken at her B-Day Bash and the first photo of that grand day. I guess media shots don’t count, but we can’t deny along with Usher, “There’s only one Beyonce!” His humble presentation has earned highpoints and respect.  Besides, Disilgold Soul is more so of a literary publication. Beyonce’ got props for writing and co-writing some of her songs throughout the years. As far as Usher, it takes a big heart to give hommage to Kanye West and Beyonce’ while downplaying your own superstar success! I am glad the American Music Awards mentiond his new Usher fragrance which is the number one men’s fragrance in America! I am so happy he was rude to me at an awards event. I will never forget Usher and all is forgiven. I guess I looked like Chilli, his ex-girl that day. Aw shucks.

Now as far as hairstyles go and don’t get mad at me ladies. Queen Latifah is the Cover Girl winner! Next, Mary J. Blige! These ladies just stole Rihanna’s signature hairdo as well as a lot of other artists like Cheri Dennis (just plugging this new music diva). Why did Rihanna tie up her head at the American Music Awards and give her style away? Mary now owns the Posh hairdo and Latifah has taken the style with a bang flip that works!

Over all, the American Music Awards was a polished, calm and classic show. All Artists performed at their expected level, but there is always room for improvement. Visit www.Disilgold.com for more top news on the Daily Literary Dish.

Will Alicia Keys Album “As I Am” Be the Biggest Grossing Album of All Time by a Black Female?

DisilgoldSOUL USA- (November 8, 2007) According to DLNA Survey Polls which generate randomly to members of the Disilgold Literary Network Association, 10 out of 10 people surveyed said they believe Alicia Keys  new album, “As I am,” will SELL OUT massively worldwide, and thanks to her performance at the VH1 Awards. Her performance clearly showed that she’s not only a real singer who can belt out lyrics to a live audience without lip synching, but she plays musical instruments, has got style and overall talent making her an all round bombshell ready to take over the music industry. If you saw the VMA’s you witnessed her music peers paying homage to her with amicable stares. It’s obvious that talent recognizes talent. Alicia Keys is an extraordinary writer, and many folks may not know she wrote a poetry book entitled Diary of Alicia Keys that went on to be a bestseller. One of her hits which was lent ot the soundtrack of Producer and Director Joe James “Arthur: The Celebration of Life” Documentary brought the audience to standing ovation when it premiered on the big screen of the Nauticus theater in Virginia. Disilgold was there to witness the audience’s kudos. She has even graced new movies grossing top box office draw. There is simply no telling what Alicia will accomplish next but so far, her achievements have been incredible. Alicia Keys, a true DisilgoldSOUL star! Get her album on November 13th and enjoy an album that will certainly be among your favorites this holiday and highly recommended by www.Disilgold.com.

Move over HIP HOP, Pastor Rudy Rasmus Arrives with New DVD TRILOGY, “TOUCH” that Catches “O” Magazine’s Attention. Can we say another MILLION SUCCESS story since “The Secret”


His DVD Trilogy is called, “Touch”- Vol. 1. If you ask Pastor Rudy Rasmus, what is the glue behind the ministry success at St. Johns United Methodist Church, he’ll simply tell you “Folks feel the love!” Well, if you haven’t picked up the DVD yet, it’s now available and in demand!

“Such a simple way to describe the volumes of mobilized care and compassion that embody the Pastor Rudy experience. Spirit Rising Music takes on the challenge of immortalizing the feeling in Volume I: Touch – a trilogy of music, video and literary work for July 2007 release.

Pastor Rudy has found a way to share and regenerate the love with a cross-section of 9,000 people that make up the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. It’s a ministry that is founded and built on meeting needs; with purity in purpose and presentation. St. John’s provides meals 7 days a week to the homeless community in downtown Houston, TX. distributing 15,000 lbs of fresh food every week. Drug rehabilitation, temporary shelter and social services are also offered as an extension of compassion.

 Pastor Rudy uses a community network approach in establishing wholeness in individuals and families, and the church rallies and grows around it. The worship experience is simply an expression and celebration of the work.

“What we do on weekends is a unique – even an alternative view of church. It’s fun and connects with folks on the fringes of organized religion, as well as with people who are historically churched,” he says. Music often makes it easier to bridge the gap where there are cultural and experiential differences. Volume I: Touch embraces that as an expression and as a tool to bring all things together.

Pastor Rudy shares, “The music is a blended experience. We looked at this from a Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria perspective. Jesus told the disciples [Acts 1:8] that they would be His witnesses in Jerusalem – where all the church folks are, and in Judea – right on the outskirts where folks are a little bit familiar with church, and then Samaria – where folks have no clue about church. We took the three distinct ‘locations’ of church and brought those together in one project.” The music crosses those territories and wraps the love in packages palatable to just about everyone.

Ron Summers delivers the contemporary choir sound with infectious rhythms and thick choir harmonies. The first single from Volume I: Touch “Total Praise” is a high energy praise song and worship is sweetly presented on Ron’s ballad “With All My Heart.” The whole spectrum of church choir music is completed with Nikki Ross’ B-3 introduced “Peace,” the projects second single. Brian C. Wilson is the voice of what has been rightly coined as “neo-sacred” – R&B patterned vocals around songs that have religious content. “The Only Way” exhibits the collective of Wilson’s influences – Sam Cook, Fred Hammond and Stevie Wonder. His raspy tenor wraps around new-style altar appeal “Waiting to Turn” and easily grabs hearts and meets listeners right where they are.Throwing the musical rules out the window is Houston-based group Soulfruit. The more heavily R&B infused “Celebrator” featuring Adrian Anderson of platinum trio Trin-i-tee 5:7 and balladic “Nobody” appeals to the unchurched through mainstream rhythms and melodies. True to the Spirit Rising Music mantra, great music, great tracks to move and bounce to, but with a great Christian message.

To bring the experience to life is a bonus DVD and this summer a literary release Touch: The Power of Touch in Transforming Lives. The book outlines the methodology and theology of Pastor Rudy – the inclusive gospel resultant of seeing each person as God sees them. Valuing each life as He does. That’s the reason people feel the love. Along with the audio sensory explosion of the music and the visual illustration of the DVD which chronicles the lives of people in and around the St. John’s community, the book rounds out this groundbreaking multi-media ministry presentation.

In Pastor Rudy’s view, we don’t need to abandon church culture, but we need to redefine it to be more global. “I believe this is what we have to do in order to cross into the region where the largest untapped market is – in that place where folks understand church and have been exposed to it but have opted out of the whole church experience.” Pastor Rudy believes we do that by touching people spirit, soul and body. Volume I: Touch begins the outreach, and hopes folks feel the love.

Pastor Rudy’s hope for this project is also his hope for the global church “I’m hoping for a revolution of sorts where the project reminds the church of its social responsibility. I want this to serve as a reminder of the fact that we have missed millions of folks on the margin. What we are saying is this is an experience everyone can feel. The project Volume I: Touch is just a celebration, an expression of what we do.”

Info. provided courtesy of Nicole Heyward.


(DisilgoldSOUL/BX,NY-August 7, 2007)- 50 Cent new AYO Technology album cut with Justin Timberlake receives positive reviews from YOUnity Reviewers although not as cutting edge and appealing as his “Get Money” Video. You see more of Justin Timberlake in this video and the video overshadows 50 Cent.  He makes the song. Any male singer could have sung Justin Timberlake’s chorus. Even Timba, the producer is looking more dapper these days, and should have had more  presence. Just because Justin  is an international singing sensation and heartthrob, doesn’t mean he has to stand out more in compilation album cuts. He is even out dancing folks lately. He’s been such a show off since his break up with Britney, but he better watch out, Britney is coming back. Just wait. 

Overall, it’s definitely a great crossover song for  50 Cent and shows his versatility,” says a DLNA poller upon viewing the video on YOU TUBE.

Watchers of  repeat show of Oprah  this week enjoyed the presentation of celebrity choreographer, Tweety, who has worked with Jay Z, Beyonce’ and more artists creating appealing dance moves that give a cutting edge to videos and boosts sales. Oprah scored high points for participating in dance numbers like “The Humpty Hump,” “Old Man” and “Chicken Noodle Soup Dance.” Kids as well as adults enjoy these moves at the clubs and parties that bring out people’s personalities although out dated as of summer 2007.

Gayle and Oprah create a great vibe on tv and viewers would like to see more shows of variety that allow interaction with the audience. On a sad note, the Rutgers Basketball coach expressed that it was not her wish to take away Don Imus job as an on air personality. It seemed as if she just wants closure and an open forum of apology to the team mates whose glory was stolen. You can’t stop folks from applying descriptive words based on their visual summary. I personally don’t take offense to the word nappy. Most men I meet love my nappy, curly hair. They say I look like Pam Grier on a good day. LOL!

 But- when you add a word that defames a person you don’t know, that’s where the problem lies. One statement Oprah said to the team that was just superb was,”You make me proud to same my name, WOMAN!”- in homage to Maya Angelou. Her words have shaped this nation and Oprah brings them to light internationally. That was a touching moment.

Big kudos to singing phenomenon Usher, who tied the knot with his fiancee’ this past Saturday in his lawyers office with Tameka Raymond. Apparently, his mother of his soon to be born child had complications and she had to be rushed to the hospital. His mother was present during the nuptials and so, Usher is officially off the market ladies and his music never sounded so good. Woman respect married male entertainers who are responsible fathers. I think his move made me a fan again. Besides Conan O’Brien mentioned playfully, “What  unscrupulous, hedonistic dirtbag  and paternity dodging sleezeball would not marry the mother of his child…” All I can say is, “Good for Usher and his beautiful wife. Don’t be fooled by racist media that labels all brown complected women as unattractive. Tameka is a brown beauty knock out. I hope she starts a fashion line and represents for all the brown beauties. She has personality, is down to earth, smart and I belive Usher’s new album coming out this fall will put him back on top where it should be. Never mind all of the sarcastic pop shots from media. When you’re hot, media talks about you, and all you can do sometimes is show that you are a better person to get them off your back. Usher’s back.

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Music Artist Alert:Who is Jimmie Reign?



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Who is Jimmie Reign?

The Bay’s First Lady Prepares to Take the Recording Industry By Storm

Oakland, CA – It’s the beginning of fall in the Bay and the d-boys are on the block in their crisp white – T’s cautiously watching every passing ride. Longhaired youngsta’s shake their dreads to the cities bustling soundtrack as tricked out Buick Regals and Oldsmobile Cutless Supremes smash up and down the street blastin’ the latest hyphy joint. Moments later you hear a sweet but street song broadcasting from the speakers of a purple – painted scraper. The melodic voice and familiar tune capture you. The music ends as the DJ interrupts. The song is entitled “Trying To Be Your Girl”. The muse of the ode that spoke straight to your heart? That answer is a little more complex.

Take the sex appeal and beauty of Aaliyah, the writing prowess of Alicia Keys, then add the vocal talent of Tamia and you’ve almost figured it out. Emerging directly on the heels of the new-found success of E-40 and Too Short who helped bring the Bay lifestyle back into the nations consciousness, JIMMIE REIGN has been swiftly blazing up the Bay Area’s radio charts with her debut single “Trying 2 Be Your Girl” featuring Clyde Carson of The Team. To some it might seem like instant gratification but her rise to the top has been nothing of the sort.

JIMMIE started singing and penning hit songs professionally at the tender age of 14. Since then she has worked with producer Brian Morgan (SWV), Terry Ellis of En Vogue, producer Paul Anthony of Full Force (Backstreet Boys), and Danni Stevenson (singer featured on Nelly’s “Hott in Herre”) among others. Recently she has been working on projects with Damon Eden, A&R for Atlantic Records, whose credits include Pretty Ricky & Trick Daddy. It was during one of the “Damon Eden Sessions” that the hit single “Trying To Be Your Girl” was born.

“I can remember sitting with Damon at his apartment and he threw on that Camp Lo sample. We were trying to come up with some songs to submit to Lea (Lil’ Flip’s “Sunshine”) but I had horrible writers block. I got home and had a really bad argument with my then, boyfriend. I remember saying to him “Can’t you see how hard I’m trying to be your girl?”…I wrote the hook in about five minutes. Damon loved the finished product and when it came time to discuss what song I’d use as my own single, there was



no denying that “Tryin’ To Be Your Girl” would be it. At that point I got Clyde Carson

of The Team to lace the track. He then took it to Bay Area DJ Big Von at KMEL and it has been in rotation ever since.”

Mix show DJ’s instantly felt the “Luchini” sample and the song quickly became a listener favorite. As JIMMIE’s buzz and her single continue to spread across the nation, she is becoming a highly sought after performer all over California as the entertainment industry watches with piqued interest. Radio stations have been fielding calls from major recording industry executives who want to know “Who is Jimmie Reign?” The cream of the crop already know:

“Jimmie Reign is my best kept secret. She is one of my favorite singer/songwriters because she sings with so much passion and her lyrics are so heartfelt. I don’t know why she hasn’t been put on yet!”

-Damon Eden, A&R, Atlantic Records

Fans share the same enthusiasm about JIMMIE and the diminutive songstress couldn’t be happier.

“I never could’ve imagined that a song so personal to me would be something everyone would identify with. Now it’s gone from being played once a day to being played at least three or four times a day. I love it! I am excited to be touching peoples’ lives and at the end of the day I just want to please my fans and have a long reign as a performer and songwriter. ”

Get ready for the reign of JIMMIE !!!

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