Ne Ne’s New Normal
Last spring, a blog famously revealed the salaries earned by each cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and the information quickly spread across the Internet and onto one star’s last freakin’ nerve.
“It wasn’t cool to me at all,” NeNe said while promoting her current NBC series “The New Normal.” According to MediaTakeOut, the reality show maven and one-time “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant made $1 million last season ($750,000 total for the episodes, and a $250,000 bonus for the reunion show).
She is the highest paid among her co-stars, but NeNe says that’s none of our business.
“Listen, I already have family members asking me for stuff, and then they wanna go posting my salary? That wasn’t cool at all,” she told us. “Now everybody’s asking for something. When people even come to cut your hair, a normal haircut when they came to your house was $100. Now mine is $300. People elevate the prices on you, so that’s not cool.
“And then, I may have wanted you to think I made more money than that!”
The fact that everybody now knows how much Bravo pays her is just one part of NeNe’s overall problem with her complete loss of privacy. She vents below about her popularity being both “a blessing and a curse.”
Game shot the visuals for his new single “Cough Up a Lung,” last week in New York.
Game also released the video for the song, which is taken from Game’s “The Offering” series.
During the song, Game takes the opportunity to address rapper Shyne, who recently dissed fellow Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Game and Shyne are going tit for tat over comments Shyne made about Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city.
Now, Game has taken the beef beyond Twitter and on to wax as he makes light of Shyne’s jail time, his deportation and even his religion.
“Let’s address that b**** a** ***** going at Kendrick /say the album’s trash, ****** you full of gas/poke holes in you, let you fill up a New York cab/n****a in Belize all into his feelings ’cause he did 10 years for shooting at the ceiling/Diddy gave you a mil, little ****** should have chilled/cute curly sideburns, talkin’ ’bout he real/
During the track, Game addresses his feud with 40 Glocc, who recently sued the rapper over a violent altercation on July earlier this year.
Game will start promoting the #BibleStudy series in preparation for Jesus Piece, which is due in stores on December 11.
Hip Hop Celebrated
Afrika Bambaataa and The Mighty Zulu Nation recently celebrated the 38th anniversary of Hip-Hop music and the 39th anniversary of the Zulu Nation.
The Zulu Nation, which was founded for gang members to express themselves via Hip-Hop in New York in the early 1970′s, has since grown to include branches throughout the world, in countries like Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and more.
The Zulu Nation will celebrated HIp-Hop with a series of events hosted by a variety of rap legends in the genre’s birthplace of New York last weekend.
Three events celebrating Hip-Hop culture took place at the Gramercy Theater in downtown Manhattan, while a finale event was held last Sunday, at S.O.B.s.
Participants included “Electrofunkin Breakz” featuring pioneering DJ’s TC Izlam, Africa Baby Bam ,Jay-Z’s engineer/tour DJ Young Guru, King Russ, DJ Red Alert, EL da Sensei, Grand Wizard Theodore and numerous other Hip-Hop pioneers performed .
Legends such as Chuck Chillout, The Crash Crew, Boogie Boys, Sequence, Donald D., Son of Bezerk and Grandmaster Caz, served as Co-host along with Baron Ambrosia.
With a dominant Black cast, ‘hood plot plays just right for holidays
The rain and the cooling night temperatures could not dampen the warming spirit of a ‘Christmas in Compton’, which premiered with its lead cast and characters at the Rave theater in Baldwin Hills last Thursday.
Starring Keith David as ‘Big Earl’ and the father of Omar Gooding (Derrick) an aspiring record producer in Compton the plot begins on a snow capped highway, but twist and turns to a happy conclusion on Christmas day in a joy for noise lot of Christmas Trees.
David is fantastic as a Compton elder at the community day care center who wants five and six year olds prepared for college early and single father of Derrick who is miffed that his son following a dream going sour.
‘Big Earl’ subsequently softens and signs over his treasured tree lot to Derrick as an indication of trust his son has longed for, but while pursuing the footsteps of Compton icons ‘Dr. Dre’ and ‘Eazey E’, Derrick confirms his father’s utter disappointment.
Derrick has a deal cut with nefarious record exec Tommy Maxwell (played by veteran Eric Roberts) that he anticipates a $300k payday, but when he arrives to collect the check is for a meager $30k instead.
Thus the speed of the plot quickens and thickens as well to include the crew working at the tree lot with characters play by Charles Kim, Jayda Brown, Arif S. Kinchen and Kwanza queen Sheryl Lee Ralph.
If you didn’t have your popcorn and soda by this point you may as well forget it because this is when ‘Christmas in Compton’ transforms from being a nice small budget film to that that could have lasting appeal.
Maxwell not only refuses to pay the money Derrick is owed, but now threatens to take his lone act, a trio of sweet singing sisters called ‘Sugar Stuff’ as well.
While enticing the trio to come and join his record stable, Maxwell shows off a precious yellow diamond ring that he purchased for his wife that is valued at roughly the $300k that Derrick is seeking.
Derrick disguises himself as an exterminator and gets into Maxwell’s home and sprays both the husband and wife and struggles to slip off the yellow diamond ring that he will soon seek to sell.