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CHRIS BROWN ANNOUNCES 24-CITY TOUR
R & B sensation Chris Brown with Rapper Bow Wow co-headline the Ford Holiday Tour.
The 24-city, well-anticipated tour begins on December 6 in Cincinnati. Others to appear on the ticket will be Soulja Boy, Sean Kingston and the Shop Boyz, and Lil' Mama.
Brown, 18, is also continuing acting as he will star in the family comedy/drama “This Christmas” which hits theatres November 21. Brown co-stars with Regina King, Loretta Devine and Idris Elba in the movie.
Brown's sophomore album “Exclusive” released this week and he has teamed up with Omarion as they collaborated on a project together entitled, “Face Off” - that album is due out in stores on December 11. He also has signed on as the voice of the Gingerbread pimp in “Shrek 4.”
Brown's Tour hits LA's Gibson Amphitheatre December 30th and 31st.
RAPPER DA BRAT RELEASED FROM JAIL
Da Brat, whose real name is Shawtae Harris, was arrested on November 1 in Atlanta for allegedly hitting a nightclub waitress in the face with a rum bottle.
The 33-year old rapper was charged with a felony aggravated assault charge. Mekka Parish, a DeKalb County police spokeswoman stated that Da Brat and the waitress at Jermain Dupri's club, Studio 72 got into an altercation. Later, Da Brat reportedly picked up a bottle and hit the waitress in the face which caused deep lacerations and swelling to the forehead. She was taken to the hospital.
Da Brat was released from jail on a $50, 000 after her initial appearance in court.
In 2000 Da Brat had been involved in another incident at another club in the Atlanta area where she pistol whipped someone at the club for not leaving the VIP area when asked by a member of Da Brat entourage. In that skirmish, the victim had a cut that required stitches.
Da Brat pleaded guilty which reduced her charge from felony aggravated assault to a misdemeanor of reckless conduct. She was placed on probation for 12 months, fined $1000 and ordered to serve 80 hours of community service work.
ACTOR MEKHI PHIFER AND FINANCEE WELCOME A NEW SON
Mekhi Phifer and fiancée, Oni Souratha gave birth to their son, Mekhi Thira Phifer on October 30. He was born in Los Angeles and weighed 5 lbs and 4 oz.
Phifer, 32, has an eight-year old son, Omikaye from a previous relationship and this is Souratha's first child. The couple were reported saying, “We are really happy and excited.” Phifer also stated, “This is just the start of the tribe. I want to have four or five kids.”
Phifer proposed to Souratha in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on May 9 this year with a 2.65 carat diamond solitare designed by Jason of Beverly Hills.
Phifer can be seen on ER as Dr. Gregory Pratt and is one of the producers for Sony's movie “This Christmas” starring Chris Brown, Loretta Devine and Regina King.
Omikaye is an assistant to film and music video director Bille Woodruff.
AL B. SURE'S COMEBACK ALBUM?
Al B. Sure, born Albert Joseph Brown III, best known for his late 1980's hit “Nite and Day” will release a new album “Honey, I'm Home.”
Al B. Sure commented, "Everybody I run into, from Anthony Anderson to Michael Jackson, is asking me 'When are you going to come with the new album?' I really love it and appreciate it."
The 38-year old singer/producer started his career in 1987 when Quincy Jones picked him as the winner of Sony Innovators Talent Search. Besides his own projects, he made a cameo in Quincy Jones' song “Secret Garden” as well as wrote and produced for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Tevin Campbell, Usher, Faith Evans, Case and Dave Hollister.
Sure currently works as a host on Los Angeles' radio station Hot 92.3.
ORIGINAL TEMPATION SUES THREE FORMER MEMBERS
Founding member and baritone singer of the soul group and Motown recording artist, Temptations is suing three former members, Glenn Leonard, Ali Woodson and Barrington Henderson claiming they have no right to perform under the “Temptation” group name.
Since 2004, Leonard, Woodson and Henderson have performed under the names “Legendary Lead Singers of the Temptations” or “The Temptations Reunion Show.” Williams' claim states that they are infringing on the ownership of the name, they accept lesser billing at certain shows which hurts his reputation, they accept “considerably lower” than the standard fees charged by Williams for performances by the Temptations and the advertising used by the three is deceptive and hurt his ability to work as a Temptation. The lawsuit includes managers which worked with the three and venues which promoted them.
Williams is seeking the maximum amount of damages and well as interest on all damages awarded, legal fess and property and assets acquired from profits as they performed using the Temptations name.
KELIS' RELEASE FROM JIVE RECORDS HASN'T STOPPED HER
Eclectic singer, Kelis, after just one album, was dropped from Jive Records.
"It was a case of being in the ever-shrinking world of the record industry and finding herself on a label she wasn't signed to and without a champion," Kelis' manager, Jeff Rabhan told EW. "She's a different kind of artist - very image and style-driven. It's either something you get or you don't."
Kelis is the meantime is in discussions to host a show on VH-1 similar to Bravo's Emmy nominated “Project Runway.” She is also auditioning for a variety of TV and film roles and is working on an indie dance record with Cee-Lo and a pop disc with Guy Chambers. At some point her fans may see a new solo project emerge.
"We're not opposed to another major label deal, but it would have to be non-traditional," Rabhan said.