Friday, December 23, 2011

Justus' Top 12 for 2012!!!

...growing up it seemed like future years such as 2000  & 2010 where unfathomable and so far off!  By this time I thought we'd be in flying cars, had robots for teachers and a cure for the common cold, but alas, though we are far more advanced now, it's not quite what I expected as I enter into my 30's *gasp*, the big reveal dun-dun-dun!

Things pretty much are still the same as when I was a young innocent dreamer at age 9 reading stories about the future thinking age 30 would mean I'd be married with a house fool of kids, and really I still feel like a teenager, even though I am out on my own and enjoying the single life!

Now at the turn of the new year, I decided to list my top 12 "hope fors" for the year 2012!  Look at 2012, are you ready?  I am ready to "take on" you and lots more!  ...enjoy the list! :)

-- Justus,
Blogger Extraordinaire of "Justus Takes On..."

My hope for 2012 is...

#12 - ...for VH1 & Bravo to stop exploiting women and minorities for ratings!

#11 - ...for people to stop being obsessed with iPhones, when they really are not the best phones on the market!

#10 - ...for people to stop cheating on "Words with Friends" knowing good well that, "QI" "QUA" and the like are not real words and they are actually using the cheat app to get 75 points for playing 2 or 3 letter combos on every play!

#9 - ...for the Kardashian's to collectively have a seat!

#8 - ...for the creator of "Glee" Ryan Murphy to stop writing & producing such ridiculous material in all his shows!

#7 - ...for Ciara, Ashanti, Amerie, Olivia and every other underrated singer to have a hit record!

#6 - ...for all retiring celebrities to stay retired and for those that need to to please do so! *cough* Regis... all aging action heroes the later!

#5 - ...for all celebrity criminals(child molesters, killers, etc) to really go to jail for their crimes, while the average criminal on the news gets 25 to life for a robbery!

#4 - ...for YouTube to stop changing it's layout every month and screwing up everybody's access, videos and upload speeds!

#3 - ...for someone deserving to win on a reality talent show! *sigh* ...sorry Simon, I can't!

#2 - ...for every celebrity in rehab to get a clue!  If it's all too much for you, JUST STOP!  At the end of the day, your worth more than what you're doing to yourself, LITERALLY and FINANCIALLY!

#1 - ...for this blog to take over the world!  ...yes that's right Pinky!  ...take over the WORLD!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Rachel Crow Eliminated from X-Factor… too young for stardom?


I know I am a little late with this post, but I wanted to give my comments on the Rachel Crow elimination scandal on X-Factor.  First things first, I think she is a talented young lady.  However, judging by her reaction to being eliminated, it proved to me that she is much too young and not mature-minded enough to handle the fame.   Having the so-called “X-Factor” means you have the certain something about you that says you shine and have the undeniable talent that makes you special and different than the regular performer.  Rachel’s melodramatic temper tantrum showed me that while she may be talented, she certainly is NOT ready for the entertainment business. 

The X-Factor show is just a small taste of the hustle that goes on behind the scenes of seeking out fame, trust me as a former amateur stage actor who once had dreams of being on the Broadway, Television and the Big Screen, I know that the simple rejection you all saw showcased was nothing in comparison to the imposition of body image, honing your craft and constant rejection you face when being scrutinized by both any potential and even your own team of agents, producers and movers & shakers in the industry.  All in all, in our era of “15 mintues of fame”,  anyone who has makes a publicity driven buzz like this can have a successful career, all they need is the right promotion to get their dream come to life.  Look at Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken from American Idol, though technically losers they are the most successful acts out of the show hands down. 

And just a side note, ya’ll stop hating on Nicole Scherzinger, just… stop! SMH!  …would else would you expect from some who herself got her start on a reality singing show!  Yes, calling all fans, who remembers one of the original reality singing shows Popstars on the WB?  Nicole knows how it feels to be rejected and how cruel these reality shows can be when she competed to be in the girl group that became Eden’s Crush, so she knows better than any of those judges what Rachel was about to feel, so THAT is why it was so hard for her to make the decision.  And that in turn cause her to withdraw her ability to cast the deciding vote that was already evidently  was going to happen anyway regardless of her vote that Rachel was going to be set home.  So just stop with all the noise and “get over yourself, goodbye!” (…yes, that’s the key line from Eden’s Crush first single" for all you who have done your research!)


Monday, December 5, 2011

T.I. & Tiny on “The Wendy Williams Show” & comments on their new VH1 reality series “T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle”…


So, this past week rapper and ex-con, twice removed and his wife, former Xscape singer, Tiny visited the Wendy Williams show.  *pause* …let me just preface this commentary with three very important details.  #1 – I am a fan of T.I. and I am rooting for him and his family to overcome his recent legal\criminal troubles.  #2 – I am also a fan of Wendy Williams and what her talk show represents – gossip and hot mess.  And finally #3 – No pun intended, telling it like it T… I… TIS! 

Now with that said, any celebrity knows that when there are a trending hot topic, whenever they go to any type of interview, they are going to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly.  Even more importantly, if you are going on the Queen of All Media’s show, you automatically know that she is going to tell the truth and not sugar coat her interviews, she is known industry wide for that.  Even worse, celebrity’s sign a discussion waiver of what they will allow to be talked about in an interview.  So please tell me why with all that said, why was T.I. acting like, lack of a better word, “a punk” when Wendy Williams asked them how were they adjusting to T.I. being home and how their VH1 series opens up with him still in jail.  These were valid questions, nothing was said rudely, nothing was implied maliciously and again, REMEMBER, this is Wendy Williams, she had every opportunity to read him, but she didn’t!  And ya boy T.I. was acting like because he put on a designer suit and flashed his bleached white teeth that everything is supposed to be glossed over and not addressed. 


First of all T.I., no let be clearer, Mr. Clifford Harris, the purpose of your “reality” show is to show how your family is having to “hustle” after enduring 2 years of legal and family issues that you placed upon them.  Secondly, your show actually showcases the transition from prison life to home life and MOST IMPORTANTLY, you are the idiot who allowed yourself to be in those situations, so don’t put on the “I’m changed act” when you were the one who violated your probation, got released a year later then got put back in custody when you violated your parole release agreement, so you sir can go have a seat!!!  Peep out a clip from the interview below…

T.I. and Tiny on The Wendy Williams Show…


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lady Gaga - “Marry the Night” Official Video Preview… plus the dish on the LaurieAnn Gibson firing controversy…

Marry the Night–Preview #2

Even though I am still on the fence about Lady Gaga firing super-choreographer LaurieAnn Gibson, one thing I can never deny or even try to diminish is Gaga’s star appeal.  Recently, LaurieAnn did an interview saying that when she was introduced to the then unknown Lady Gaga, she say her raw talent and wanted to mold her into a modern day Madonna.  This apparently upset Gaga,reasonably so because her whole image is about individuality and self-expression.  

Side note: LaurieAnn is denying she was actually fired, but that both parties mutually decided to part ways due to creative difference.  *pause* … soooo, yeah.  I understand her trying to save face, but please don’t patronize us, especially because at the end of the day she wasn’t the person who was wrong.  And really, this only proves how valuable LaurieAnn is because its obvious her creative influence is what has helped catapult Gaga’s success nor would Gaga be threatened by the statement she made to the media.  Now if you’ve been hiding under a rock, peep the Wendy Williams interview below to understand who this phenomenal woman is, how she got started and her rise to fame…

LaurieAnn Gibson Interview

Now back to Gaga… the comparisons will likely continue for the rest of both of these ladies careers, but really its good business for both, the more one shines, the more the other gets free publicity.  And its not like Gaga just all of sudden started out in one direction and morphed into her current image by accident or on purpose.  If you look at the blueprint of both their lives and careers they have the same beginning's, both are blonde bombshells from New York City who have performing arts backgrounds, they both have attained a top Popstar status with their first album, they have a huge fan base covering all demographics and most notably their look – they’re both style icons. 

What’s crazy is that even in the preview of Gaga’s new video for “Marry the Night”, which is probably my favorite song on “Born this Way”, you can definitely see her channeling classic Madonna, I actually had to do a double take!  Even weirder, it’s not clear if this was LaurieAnn’s last project with her or the first with her former student that Gaga chose to replace her with, but in even step of this choreography it appeared to me a mash up of some of Madonna’s most noticeable moves.  I can only think of two popular artists who use elements of modern dance in their mainstream choreography and that would be the original Madonna and her successor Lady Gaga.  All shade aside, I don’t feel like she’s necessary trying to copy, but its inevitable due to their artistic similarities.  As a fan, I can’t wait for the “Marry the Night” official video to come out and as a supporter to LaurieAnn Gibson, let’s just say she is now “free” to discover other creative avenues.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

LOL: Don't Tick This Toddler Off!

Monday, November 14, 2011

LOL: The Rickey Smiley Morning Show - #MANLAWVIOLATION on Twitter!

Rickey Smiley and his morning show crew are absolutely the funniest and craziest morning show team I've ever heard!  Bridging over from their radio show they also take to Twitter for their comedic adventures and the latest round of comedic non-sense are the #MANVIOLATION tweets!  The funniest tweet reply with the hashtag for "Man Law Violations" had to be from gospel singer John P. Kee!!! SMH!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Help celebrate “Movember” by supporting Men’s Cancer Awareness Month in November!

ABOUT_3“The “Movember” campaign was cleverly created to bring awareness to the rise of Men’s cancer, in particular the rising cases of prostate cancer.  Movember is participated in the month of November by both men and woman, Mo’bros and Mo’sisters who want to bring awareness to men’s cancer.  During the month, Men symbolically grow moustaches, that’s the “MO” in Movemeber, to symbolize their resolve to use that manly symbol of facial hair to bring awareness to a great cause!  And it is very much needed!  As men, we often DO NOT talk about our health, our problems orur feelings.  This MUST change!  Men’s cancers are currently taking more lives than women’s cancers and for both sexes the awareness and prevention  needs to be spread! 

If you would like to personally help in this campaign, you may submit your donation through my team’s collection link!  100% of the profits go to the Movember organization to do cancer research, spread awareness and to help care for men who currently are undergoing cancer treatments, so if you can please support this cause and help us spread the word about preventing, treating and the researching of men’s cancer.  Justin’s OFFICIAL  Mo’Space:

Thanks for support!

-- Justin



IDIOT OF THE DAY: Is Justin Bieber a Baby’s Daddy?

star_bieber_accuser_600First things first, whose the bigger idiot, Justin Bieber for not strapping up or the so-called 20 year old woman who allegedly took his virginity?  Ding, ding, ding it’s the so-called baby’s mother!.  If this proves to be true, the fire storm this young lady may not have expected is her involvement with a minor and the law she has broken!  Someone has a lot of explaining to do.

Regardless of the fact if it was consensual relations, this is still a case of statutory rape!  Justin just turned 17 this past march, so that means he was 16 at the time he allegedly fathered the woman’s baby, so that makes him still under the legal consenting age of the “17 and a day” law. 

I find this rather disturbing, disgusting and dumb!  I guess this is what little kids feel like when they are old enough to realize that the fantasy figures that our society imposes on them are not really real at al.  For shame Justin, for shame!  You bring the prestigious “Justin” moniker much shame and embarrassment!  To your room, you’re grounded with no video games for a month!  No, make it two!


Man… Hold Up! - Celebrity Edition–Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries Getting a Divorce after only 72 days of “marriage”…

kim-kardashian-kris-humphries-nyc-4-435x580Before any more of my brain cells continue to die after giving this topic additional publicity, as you all should know, the um “marriage” of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries is officially over after only 72 days with the couple citing “irreconcilable differences”.  All of this madness has me wondering the following…

#1 – Who among is surprised? 

#2 – Can we even call this a real marriage? 

#3 – So is this the official countdown to the Reggie Bush reunion?

#4  I wonder what Ray J has to say about this?!  

And I am OFFICIALLY done, because I just threw up a little in the back of my throat…  and I better not see not one E! reality show about this ill-forsaken divorce or I will literally file to E! headquarters and stage a protest!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kelly Rowland - "Down For Whatever" - New Video

My favorite disco diva Kelly Rowland sizzles with her new video "Down for Whatever"! Personally, I like her Dance\R&B sound MUCH BETTER than this new overly sexual Hip-Hop\R&B trend she is doing, but hey I can't knock a sistas hustle. Calling all fans, be sure to pick up the International version of "Here I Am" which will include even more dance tracks. She's already proven herself successful with "Commander" and "Forever and a Day", so I am eagerly anticipating what's next!

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Debut Their Twins Moroccan and Monroe to the World…

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Debut Twins…

Finally after over six months of ambiguity, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have finally debuted their twins Moroccan and Monroe to the world.  All shade aside, even the most hateful hater has to admit Roc & Roe are two of the cutest twins ever!  I am also glad that the public finally knows Nick and Mariah’s backstory and their struggles with conceiving and their unfortunate miscarriage.  Remember folks, “celebrities are people too”! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

FRIDAY'S FUNNY PIC OF THE DAY: Watch out Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle is coming for your Burger King crown!!!

...she's comin' for dat Burger King crown!
TRANSLATION: The only crown this queen really deserves is from Burger King! 

LMBO, shade much @PattiLaHelle?!  SMH, you need you're own TV show!  I wonder if the REAL Patti LaBelle is a fan of your work, because I know she'd laugh at your parodies!

TWITTER: @PattiLaHelle

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rick Ross hospitalized after suffering second seizure while traveling…


Over the weekend, rapper Rick Ross suffered two seizures on two separate occasions in the same day while traveling.  The first occurrence was en route to a scheduled performance, then after being resuscitated he tweeted to his followers he would still be making his appearance.

Shortly thereafter however, he suffered his second midair seizure.  Mr. Ross, I’m gonna need you to have a seat!  literally as well!  I mean dude, really?  For the love of money people will sacrifice their health and well being?!  Apparently so!  In his most recent rhyme from Monica’s new single “Anything to Find You” he does in fact say, “thou shall not **** with Rozay’s pockets”!  But come on dude, really?  I would shake my head, but I’m sure as I’m writing this another celebrity will be doing something just as ludicrous and unconscionable…


Kelly Rowland versus Beyoncé 2.0 - Justus Reviews “Lay It On Me” & “Love On Top” Videos…

Okay, so I am calling out Round Two of the infamous Kelly Rowland versus Beyoncé battle.  As long as these two ladies make music, they will always be pitted against each other so there is no denying it.  The topic of today’s battle is, who released the better video for their current single?  Was it Kelly’s overtly sexy “Lay it On Me” or Beyoncé's throwback to New Edition inspired  video “Love On Top”?  You be the judge, check out both videos below and then compare my rundown after the jump…

…oh Ms. Kelly, you slay me!
…you better get that footwork Bey!

Okay… so here’s my personal rundown of both videos…


#1 – Kelly I am really upset you have took to selling sex, I mean this was like the Motivation video but with the lights on… *sigh*

#2 – I do like the new confidence you are displaying and  you are not afraid to try something different, i.e. dancing with a live elephant!

#3 – As we discussed before, I say this only because I love you, but I am tired of the hard anime cosplay wigs that looks like something out of a bad anime convention.

#4 – Would have loved to see more dancing, but overall, I think this was one of her better videos, all criticism aside, just based on her confidence level.  SIDE NOTE: It was recently revealed the director reused 2 elements from another video done for another artist  2 years ago, however, I think they suited Kelly’s video and song theme much better.


#1 – I was instantly excited and loved the throwback to the New Edition classic “If It Isn’t Love” which is my favorite song and video from the iconic boy band!

#2 – After the New Edition scenes, I was thrown off, they went for a Temptations throwback look to a Four Tops look with the full tuxedo and top hat scenes.  What I did not make the connection over was what did that have to do with the theme of the song.

#3 – Umm… what happened to the 2nd verse?!?!  I mean it was completely left out and replaced with 3 back to back chorus repeats… okay?!?!?!?  I am really lost.  Now I will say this, this song is not a radio friendly type of song, the lyrics are forgettable, and I always get confused on the second verse, so I actually may understand if that is why they left it out and the best and most memorable parts is the chorus itself.

#4 – I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about Bumpgate, but was this HAD TO BE shot months ago, right!?!? And I’m done!   But I just felt like this was just too plain and generic for a Beyoncé video. 

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!! …and the winner of  Kelly Rowland versus Beyoncé 2.0 is… A DRAW!  Neither lady managed to wow me, but I was impressed with certain elements.  So who will top who next?  We have to wait and see!

Justus Returns…

justus03bAfter a much needed break, I am back from hiatus!  Wow, it seems like forever but its actually only been like 3 weeks!  So now that I am back, we have so much to catch up on.  First up, what we won’t be talking about is the Beyoncé Bumpgate, the Michael Jackson murder trial and anything related to Fox News.   Seriously, I don’t want to waste my time….

However, I will be bringing you new content, videos and an update from my YouTube series “The Diva & The Dude” with my friend Ms. KayTee.  Until next time… cheers!!!

-- Justus

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Taraji P. Henson snubbed on TV Guide’s cover story of her new CBS drama “Person of Interest”...

Carter_096rtifc1It was only yesterday that I posted on my Top 10 list as the #1 issue in Hollywood that needs to find an answer and resolution the apparent air of Blaxploitation needs to cease.  And now today, the current news headlines reports that actress Taraji P. Henson was snubbed on TV Guide’s featured cover story for her new CBS drama “Person of Interest”. 

I could go into a long and drawn out speech, but I don’t have the energy nor do I feel impelled to state the obvious – Hollywood is still racist in the year 2011!  Really people, this has to end.  I dunno if I was more shocked about the snub or the fact that out of the 3 leading roles in the show, Oscar nominee Taraji is easily the most recognizable face in the cast lineup.  The show also stars well-known actors Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel as two unlikely partners, who are being sought after by Henson’s character. 

“Person of Interest” is set to premiere September 22, 2011 a 9 p.m. (eastern\pacific), so please be sure to support the ENTIRE cast and hopefully the next cover article will feature ALL of its lead characters.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Justus’ Top 10 of the Day: Music, Movies & Celebrities edition(From Lil Wayne to Charlie Sheen, Chaz Bono to Beyoncé, plus more!)…

top10The celebrity blogosphere never ceases to amaze or amuse us with it ridiculousness, shock value and utter foolishness at times.  Today’s TOP 10 list deals exactly with these type of celebrity moments and happenings recently that have left me and countless others wondering – really, no really?!

Justus 10 Top 10 of the Day: Music Movies & Celebrities:

<<enter caption here>> at Siren Studios on February 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California.10. Several questions addressed to the members of Young Money…  Who is “Marvin” and why is Drake depressed in his room?  How is it that Lil Wayne can kiss his mentor Baby aka Birdman on the lips, call him Daddy, wear women’s clothing, and yet this dude is still considered one of the hardest rappers in the game? And who for one minute believes that he really sold 1.1 million albums in its first week with no “help” aka completely purchased by individual fans? Nicki Minaj… I love you, but even real Japanese girls don’t rock the Harajuku look anymore!  You making Lil Kim look real good right now!

rayj-fabolous19. Some celebrity do anything for attention, *cough* Ray J!  …really?  Who makes up a rumor about getting beat up?  Wouldn’t it be smarter to make a rumor about somebody other than a “non-factor”?  I see why you and Whitney are friends now, you need to get off that stuff homey and seek counseling.

Basketball Wives LA 20118. “People who live in glass houses, shouldn’t through stones”.  The women of Basketball Wives L.A. really are something.  I don’t understand, okay maybe I do.  First of all, why is everyone trying to dog Draya and she’s the only one who actually has a real job on the show?  Everyone talking about she a gold digger and a groupie – first of all there is only one real wife on the show, one other is a common law long-time domestic partner, the rest are girlfriend’s, baby mama’s and ex’s and yet ya’ll wanna call Draya out as being the groupie and ya’ll the ones living off men and have nothing else productive to do in your lives.  Heck even the “original” Basketball Wives cast member Tami Roman does charity work!  And even Evelyn Lozado is a business woman with investments!  All of you COLLECTIVELY need to have a seat! P.S. – That one girl who looks like Phylicia Rashad before she went on Weight Watchers kills me with her boughettoness!

fantasia-barrino-and-antwaun-cook-photo7. Fantasia… Okay… I was one of those people who rode with Fantasia through her ups and downs, but now she has just gone too far.  So we all know that she’s pregnant by a married man.  She then later went on record as to say this baby was her gift from God. *pause* and now it is revealed that she will be having a baby shower on October 1st.  No big deal you say?  Well that also happens to be the anniversary date of her baby daddy and his wife.  Fantasia, you know you ain’t right!  See you already on bed rest, but in addition, you AND you’re unborn baby BOTH need to have a seat!

amber-rose-and-wiz-khalifa6. Whiz Khalifa and Amber Rose… why?  Just why?  If there were two people who made for each other it would be these two…*deep sigh*  …and yes their picture is PURPOSELY this small because I can’t stand to see their faces!


charlie-sheen-205. Why is everyone upset that Charlie Sheen is now sober, apologetic and taking a humble approach to his whacky past year?  Really people?  That’s one less celebrity funeral we needed to see this year!  Have we not learned anything from Amy Winehouse?  Charlie was a train wreck that not only was bound to happen, but one we just knew would crash, it was only a matter of time.  I was actually proud of him during his interview with Jay Leno, and you idiots have the audacity to shun him at an industry event, really?!?! I’ll take non-neurotic Charlie for 200 Alex!

chaz-bono-dwts_620x3504.  It’s funny people are in such an uproar about Chaz being allowed to be on Dancing with the Stars, and the likelyhood of a major controversy with censors, families and the general public, however the real issue at hand is that Chaz Bono simply is not a star!  Maybe I’m just a cynic!?


Swizz-Alicia-Mashonda3.  …try sleeping with a broken heart! #SUBLIMAL SHADE





beyonce-kelly-rowland2. The Women of Destiny’s Child.  First of all, why is Jay Z’s baby bump bigger than Beyoncé's? And why does her “baby bump” keep appearing and disappearing every other day? Second, I am so sick of people sleeping on Kelly Rowland.  Now she’s reverting to selling sex in every song, video and photoshoot and I am tired of seeing it.  Motivation was not even one of her better songs and it’s the one that has given her the most success. *Kanye shrug*

blaxploitation1. In the year 2011, the masses are are still capitalizing on Blaxploitation, i.e. “The Help” being the #1 movie in the country for multiple weeks beating out other heavy hitters, Naturi Naughton as the token black girl in “The Playboy Club”, the token black girl on the new “Charlie’s Angels”, people trying to discredit Leila Lopes, the former Miss Angola and the reigning  Miss Universe 2011 or any one of the current season of any VH1 reality shows… Time to let this stigma go!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Everyday I’m Shuffling… LMFAO teaches us “How to Shuffle”…

Random post of the day: Everybody’s favorite weirdo's RedFoo & SkyBlu aka LMFAO, teach their fans how to shuffle… SMH… they have issues, but that’s also why we love them, right?  Get into the video below…


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

YouTube comedian LaBelleOfTheBall2’s hilarious parody of Patti LaBelle and her diva friends…

389904590I have been following a hilarious YouTube series for a while, featuring parodies of Patti LaBelle and her celebrity friends and enemies, like Beyoncé, Fantasia, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Maya Angelou just to name a few.  The young lady behind the series is so funny and every new video she puts out is even better than the last. 

This time around she parodied Patti’s god-daughter Mariah Carey with a spot on speaking voice and singing parody you literally won’t believe when you view it!  Check out the video below, and be sure to subscribe to user LaBelleOfTheBall2 on YouTube [] and follow her alter-ego on Twitter @PattiLaHelle [!/PattiLaHelle].  Be sure to check out the other parody video’s on her channel that will literally live you laughing out loud, crying, gasping for air & maybe even an asthma attack!


Mariah Carey parody video–“We’re Not Buddies”…

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Video: Monica–Anything (To Find You) featuring Rick Ross…

monica_anything%20ft%20rickrossHip Hop\R&B Princess, Monica has finally released her official video for new single “Anything (To Find You)” featuring Rick Ross.  Reminiscent of something both old(90’s) and new, this video gives us a feel of that old school Monica that we’ve been missing from the “Miss Thang” era. 

Personally, I love this version sans Lil Kim.  Originally when the song leaked a few months ago it featured her rap vocals, but controversy soon ensued because the song samples the Notorious B.I.G.’s song “Who Shot Ya”.  

If you are a Hip Hip fan, you now that Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace, has a had a longtime feud with Lil Kim, and as executer of his estate, she used her power to put a motion to not allow the sample to be released for commercial use if Lil Kim stayed on the song.  Yep, Mrs. Wallace is gansta, and who can really blame her? But I digress!  Check out the video below and be sure to check out Monica’s new album “New Life” slated to be released November 8, 2011.  And for the latest Monica news, be sure to check out her official website,

Anything (To Find You)


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Actor\Comedian Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards(Oscars) ceremony on February 26, 2012…

em It’s been officially announced via the official website for the Academy Awards aka the Oscars (, the film industries most prestigious award ceremony, that actor\comedian Eddie Murphy will host its 84th annual ceremony on February 26, 2012.  Falling in line with a recent trend of theatrical musical numbers from its hosts over the last couple of years, I think Mr. Murphy will prove the perfect fit for the 2012 telecast given his wide range of musical, comedic and dramatic performances over the years. 

As a former Oscar nominee, Mr. Murphy is also only the 6th African-American(Black) host of the program but the overall 12th time there has been an African-American(Black) host, following in the footsteps of Sammy Davis Jr. (who hosted twice), Diana Ross, Richard Pryor (who hosted 3 times), Whoopi Goldberg (who has hosted a whooping 4 times) and Chris Rock.  One thing is for sure, the 2012 Oscars will be full of comedy, music, theatrics and over-the-top antics we have come to love from Eddie’s illustrious career!  Hmm, I may just to have to host an Oscars party next February, because I know we will be entertained!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Leah Remini & Holly Robinson Peete will not be returning(fired?) to CBS’ “The Talk” next season…

leahAfter much speculation and industry rumors it has finally been confirmed that two of my favorite celebrities Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete will not be returning to CBS’ “The Talk”.  Seems to me the the two ladies were let go, fired, given the axe, whatever way you wanna call it, because clearly neither one wanted to leave a show that helped awaken popular celebrity status for the both of them.  It really disgusts me because these two ladies, in my humble opinion, made the show!  Leah was wacky and up to date on pop culture, showcasing her sassy comedy made famous on “The King of Queens” and Holly was able to give a very classy, motherly but still very hip vibe to the show that appealed to an audience that grew up with her from the “21 Jump Street” era to a younger generation who grew up watching her on TV shows like “Hanging with Mr. Cooper”.

hollyWhile I do love Sara Gilbert, these two ladies were the only reason I really watched “The Talk” in the first place.  Who needs to get the axe is Mrs. Sharon Osbourne who seemed a bit off her rocker at times, and of course head host, Julie Chen.  But of course, you can throw your weight around when you’re married to the boss, sooo yeah!  This show could be so much better if they would remove the pretentious air of Chen-Bot, who seems more robotic than Rosie the housekeeper from “The Jetsons” and don’t get me started on that forced “I’m real” act that she tries to play to fit in with the other ladies.  It just seems at times that ”The Talk” is more scripted than these so-called reality shows of today, all under the careful eyes of the wife of the head of CBS.  Personally, I feel like there was much shade thrown around.  And this is not a bias opinion, I am not the only person who feels like Leah and Holly were the two most popular hosts on the show, and having the power to do so, I believe that Chen was behind their um, “exits”!

I will truly miss seeing Leah and Holly together on this show!  Even more so now after they released official statements on their websites about their departures, and how it was not their decision to leave!  And yet they spoke with no hatred, animosity or subliminal shade!  Now that’s what you call some classy dames!  I hope to see more of them in the future, even better, how about Leah & Holly talk and/or TV show?  They had such a great Lucy and Ethel chemistry, would love to see that played on even more!   CBS should be ashamed of their selves really!  How do you go from class act celebrities like Leah and Holly to Sheryl Underwood and Kris Jenner?  Really?!  Sheryl is not really all that funny anymore, I know her so called comedy routine better than she does and she is definitely gonna have to have a filter with that raunchy mouth of hers.  And Kris Jenner aka Mother Kardashian?  I can’t! …end of article!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Rapper T.I. Back in Federal Custody After Being Released from Prison in Less Than a Day!

tiIt’s taking all my restraint to hold back from going in right now, so I will just report the news!  So Day 1 after being released from a year long prison sentence, *pause*, rapper T.I. is already back in federal custody.  It seems he violated yet another federal guideline and did not report to the halfway house per the directions of his release in a low key manner. 

Now any idiot knows, that when you report to any facility or place where offenders are transitioning, you would be respectful and as already described in your parole release information to do so, but rather T.I. took upon himself to challenge the authorities yet again and report in a luxury tour bus with a multi car entourage in tow.  What does he not get?!  I am so done with Mr. Clifford Harris, because I just feel he ought to have greater respect for himself, wife and children after this whole ordeal!  As fan, I just don’t appreciate his poor example, especially because he has such an influential voice in the industry and to the youth culture!  To you sir, you got the frown face! No bueno!


Get Back Up…

Missy Elliott, Where Fore Art Thou?

missyMy late night insomnia usually equals the same remedy; taking a trip down YouTube memory lane!  After surfing through video after  video, I soon found myself seeking out one of my absolute favorite artists of all-time Missy Elliott’s greatest video hits; which are far too many to name. 

After looking at a dozen videos, I pondered to myself, Missy where are you boo?  Really though!  The music industry needs you!  Missy is that type of artist that truly paved her own way and didn’t accept any boundaries that people tried to label her with. 

From crazy hair to crazy outfits to those unforgettable videos, but most importantly, some of the best Hip Hop and R&B tracks in the last decade!  We surely are missing you in the game, Missy. so please hurry back as soon as you can!


Check out some of my favorite Missy Elliott videos below, courtesy of YouTube!

Beep Me 911
All N My Grill
Sock it 2 Me

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Justin Beiber channeling Estelle Getty at the 2011 MTV VMAs…

Was it just me or did Justin Beiber look like a dead ringer for the late Estelle Getty at the 2011 MTV VMAs?  Sometimes, I am just like “really Beiber”?  Some of his latest fashion choices have not been up to the standards of an international teen heartthrob. 

So apparently this is what teen girls find attractive these days, the “grandma look”. #KANYESHRUG. Selena Gomez, you need to come get yo’ man, boo!  That ain’t right mami!  Anyway, as Jay-Z said, “on to the next one”!

14th Annual American Comedy Awards.
Los Angeles, CA. February 14, 2000.

Estelle Getty.

[PICTUE SOURCE: MTV.COM\Getty Images, unaccredited photographer.]

Lady Gaga\Joe Calderone, whomever it was had best MTV VMA performance ever!

If you’re like me, you are still in utter shock and disbelief from Lady Gaga’s, I mean Joe Calderone’s performance at the 2011 MTV VMA awards!  Never ceasing to amaze and shock her audiences, this most definitely goes down as the best MTV VMA award performance ever!  This was epic!  She not only pulled off a nearly 3 minute monologue as her male alter ego, but she sang and dance and made everyone not think of Lady Gaga for the 8 minute showcase but this “guy” named Joe.

Joe Calderone aka Lady Gaga

I would love for her to do a movie, TV show, theatre or some kind of professional acting because she certainly has the talent for it.  Gaga proved she’s not just a glam rocker, not just a musician, not just a fashionista, but she is most definitely a pop icon!  She deserves all credit, though sometimes whacky, sometimes obscure, we all agree no one else could have pulled that off and made it all so entertaining!

Man Hold Up!!!–Beyoncé is Pregnant!!! And She’s Actually Telling People!!!

slide_189263_342216_hugeI thought I would never see the day when Beyoncé would let Jay-Z knock her up!  I don’t mean that in any disrespectful way, but Beyoncé has always been about her career and especially now with the release of her new album “4” you would think a baby would not have been on the plan. Perhaps, the pregnancy was a surprise, nonetheless the usually private singer she seems very proud showing off her baby bump.

As a long time Destiny’s Child and solo artist fan of Beyoncé, I know she has long stated she wanted kids by the age of 30 and well she’s right on track!  With just a few days before her 30th birthday, she stepped out on the MTV VMA awards red carpet sporting her baby bump in a beautiful orange gown that only she pregnant or not could rock! 

Now the next trending topic of course will be baby names, my personal pick is Séance (SHAWN-SAY), Bey you heard it here first!


Check out Beyoncé's energetic VMA performance of “Love on Top”.  I held my breath throughout this performance because Sasha Fierce was coming out a little too much, I was like calm down momma! Pun intended!  She did her thang most definitely!  The best highlight was the ecstatic elation from proud papa-to-be Jay-Z and Uncle Yeezy at the end when she does the belly reveal!

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Beyoncé's belly reveal during 2011 VMA performance…

TEAMMINAJ# - Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna – “Fly” Video & “Turn Me On” single with David Guetta…

This is why I love Nicki… she never ceases to amaze her audience!  She brings out an electric visual for her latest single “Fly” featuring Rihanna that trails the story of a plane crash, and shows the two as its survivors fighting both literally and figuratively to survive.  Check out the video below from her official YouTube channel…

Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna–“Fly”

Also be sure to peep Nicki’s featured vocals on David Guetta’s new song “Turn Me On” from his album “Nothing But the Beat”.  Aside from the less than stellar lyrics, I love her singing voice and I think she would reign supreme if she catered more to her pop side.  Most critics say she has sold out because she’s not as hardcore as she used to be.  Others say she’s a fake.  But as she put it best from her verse on Kanye West’s “Monster”, “and if I’m fake I ain’t notice cause my money aint”!  Checkmate haters!

“Turn Me On”–David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj

Thursday, August 25, 2011

10 Year Anniversary of the Death of Aaliyah…

AaliyahIt's been 10 years and as I sit back and wonder, "Where would she be today" it's baffling to me!  Aaliyah had so much potential for even more greatness, its sad to reflect on her short life that ended way too soon.  With so much inner beauty and grace, in addition to be stunningly attractive, Aaliyah truly could have been taking over music and movies today.  What a sad time for her family and close friends, I'm sure like her fans, the years that pass don't ease the pain. 

To this day, I still rock all of my Aaliyah music, mixed right in with today's hits.  She set the path for so many artists, not only female but also male artists who also emmulate her strong stage prescense.  I am so happy that the Aaliyah autobiography movie is finally being producded, with Canandian singer Keshia Chante starring in the film.  We will always miss and love Aaliyah!  She may be gone, but will never be forgotten!  Shoutout to the Haughton family, my heart goes out to you

For fans who would like to pay tribute, her family has created the Aaliyah Memorial Fund on the official website!

Aaliyah–Miss You

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Laurie Ann Gibson [#TEAMBOOMKACK] Confirms New Dance Show to Include Search for Top Male Dancers….

Recently, I had the honor to receive a tweet from the wonderful Laurie Ann Gibson!  She responded to my tweet about her new show, “Born to Dance” lack of male dancers!  And here’s the response I received at her search for the next undiscovered male dancer that she can creatively mold into an even better performer!


Though short and simple, I was surprised to hear back from #TEAMBOOMKACK!  Be sure to be on the look out for Laurie Ann’s next talent search, in the meantime please continue to support “Born to Dance” on BET!  Check your local listings!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

R.I.P. Nick Ashford (May 4, 1942 – August 22, 2011)

nick ashford

Wow… if it weren’t for Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, some of your favorite artists like Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell and Teddy Pendergrass, just to name a few, would have never been superstars!  And think of the impact if these singers never made their big hits, which would go on to influence future generations.  Sadly Mr. Ashford passed away due to throat cancer complications but his musical voice will continue to live in the songs he penned with his wife and musical partner Valerie Simpson.

He leaves a legacy of many hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “You’re All I Need to Get By” and his own #1 R&B single with wife Valerie “Solid as a Rock”.  Famous for his music, flamboyant flair, long locks and must importantly his nearly 4 decades long successful Hollywood marriage to his wife, friend, business & musical partner Valeri Simpson, Nick Ashford truly was one of a kind!

Not making light of the situation, but my next Karaoke session I gotta pay tribute in song, and I will have a long list of hits to choose from too! Rest in Peace Mr. Ashford.  He may be gone, but we will always have the music!  My condolences to his wife and family…

Monday, August 22, 2011

Battle of the “Hot Mess” Reality Shows…

Is it me or is “Basketball Wives” like the bootleg version of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”?  Think about it… Each show follows the same format, a group of  at least one wife, ex-wife, girlfriend, baby momma or jumpoff characters who really don’t like each other, but are put together to show the “reality” of their common experience.  Even worse, they both have the exact same character roles…


P.S. – I love Kandi, love her music, think she’s a sweetheart, but she really is the most boring cast member on RHOA.  And what’s up with all these “wives” shows and hardly nobody are actual wives?!?!  I love both shows, only watch RHOA for Nene and only watch BBW for Tami!  Tami has been my girl since the Real World days, so nothing surprises me when it comes to her, because I know it’s going to be a showdown! 

I am excited about the new season of Real Housewives of Atlanta, rumor has it that Cynthia is pregnant and that the ladies will be jet-setting for a story arc in South Africa – interesting indeed!  And I can’t wait for next season of the Basketball Wives because Meeka Claxton will not be on it!  Whoot whoot!  I really can’t stand her… don’t she look like those green pigs on Angry Birds?!  LOL, this has been my edition of Messy Monday!  Have a great week everybody!!!

--Justus [Editor-in-chief , “Justus Takes On”]

Friday, August 19, 2011

“Nivea for Men” AD Controversy…

nivea-1Recently a new ad campaign was released to promote the “Nivea for Men” skincare line.  Two models were used, an African-American(Black), the other Anglo-American(White).  The controversy was created when a storm of consumers reported to Nivea that the ad with the Black model was offensive.  The ad shows a clean shaven black model, holding a mannequin head of a black male with coarse hair depicting an afro and full facial hair with the words “”RE-CIVILIZE YOURSELF”” written in bold type overlaying the picture.  At first glance it gives the appearance that the ad is subliminally saying that natural, coarse African-American hair is uncivilized and I tend to agree, it does appear to focus on that.
What’s interesting to me is that Nivea’s products are specifically for the skin, not for hair, so why was there Nivea2a need to depict unkempt hair as obsessed to an unshaven man with a  full beard and moustache since that’s the central product lines focus?  Now if you compared this ad to the one with the White model, they are almost identical, with the White model holding a mannequins head depicting a white male with unkempt hair and full facial hair, however it uses the words””SIN CITY ISN’T AN EXCUSE TO LOOK LIKE HELL!”.  Both ads however have the ad disclaimer, “LOOK LIKE YOU GIVE A DAMN”, which is another key reason why so many were offended. 
I don’t feel like the ad was intentionally used to disrespect one group of people over another, but you would think that Nivea’s public relations and marketing departments would use a bit more scrutiny in approving their ad designs.  The backlash lead to Nivea officially offering a public apology and ad retraction.  It was even brought to light that the executive over the entire Nivea Men’s care line ad campaign is African-American himself.  Even with such revelations, all parties should be more sensitive to not offending consumers.  In particular African-Americans, who out of all consumers in the United States spend the most on hair & beauty products collectively.  All in all, Nivea, let’s get it together!  P.S. – Your face and body lotion for men is phenomenal!  If you would like to send me some samples please feel free to email me:, thanks in advance!
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