APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED
Lil Wayne’s apology letter to the family of Emmett Till after crudely referencing the slain civil rights icon in a song was not enough for him to keep his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew.
The Young Money CEO wrote an apology letter to the family of Emmett Till and the Till family responded saying Lil Wayne’s letter was not an apology at all. So, the family continued to press PepsiCo to drop the rapper, with a petition.
Now the soda brand has dropped Lil Wayne.
“We do not plan any additional work with Lil Wayne moving forward,” said a statement from PepsiCo. “His offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand.”
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old visiting his family in Mississippi in 1955 when he was viciously beaten and murdered after being accused for whistling at a white woman.
Hopefully, PepsiCo can find it way into urban America to promote its brand with some of our more positive images.
THE TIP ON TIP
Tip “T.I.” Harris, whose reality series “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” is currently airing its third season on VH1, has signed with talent agency UTA in all areas except music, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Harris started his career in hip hop, releasing eight studio albums and winning three Grammys. In 2006 he toplined his first film, Warner Bros.’ “ATL,” which was loosely based on his upbringing in Atlanta. Harris also starred in and served as a producer on Sony’s 2010 heist film “Takers” and appeared in 2007’s “American Gangster” as well as “Identity Thief” earlier this year.
On television, he joined the second season of Kelsey Grammer’s Starz drama “Boss” last year as a politically ambitious former gang member. His VH1 reality series T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” follows him, his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and their six children.
This summer Harris will join Lil’ Wayne on the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival tour. He continues to be managed in film and television by Brian Sher of Category 5 Entertainment.
MAYBACH FOR MAYWEATHER
William Leonard Roberts II also known by his stage name Rick Ross was among the many stars rooting for Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather at the MGM Grand last Saturday May 4 in Las Vegas.
I caught this glimpse of the Boss Ross and by all indications he’s traveling loosely and without much worry despite the multiple threats he has received on his life.
Ross founded the record label Maybach Music Group, on which he released his studio albums Deeper Than Rap (2009) Teflon Don (2010) and God Forgives, I Don’t (2012). Ross was also the first artist signed to Diddy’s management company Ciroc Entertainment. In early 2012, MTV named Ross as the Hottest MC In The Game.
BEYOND THE APOLLO
For 70 years, performers brave enough to take the Apollo stage for Amateur Night have not only risked the embarrassment of being booed, but also the humiliation of being physically booted off the stage by a tap-dancer.
It was Howard “Sandman” Simms that originated the position – for 17 years shooing off booed folk with his cane before performing a soft shoe. But in 2000 comedian, singer and celebrity impersonator C.P. Lacey took over and expanded the gig as “The Executioner.”
“When I hit the stage, I intend to bring it. It’s just what I’m called to do,” said Lacey, currently seen on BET and Centric’s “Apollo Live” and live each week at The Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night in Harlem.
The Portsmouth, VA native served as a security police officer in the Armed Forces and worked briefly as a paralegal in NYC before pursuing his dream to become an entertainer.
He’s performed in a leading role in the “Jackie Wilson Story“ in London’s West End and received the U.N. “Medal of Peace” award for his performances at the United Nations in New York. Just recently, C.P.’s work was honored in a display at The Smithsonian National Museum of American History alongside Tony Bennett and Elvis Costello.
His one-man “C.P. Lacey Show,” which just wrapped a tour in Australia and Japan, features over 30 impersonations, including celebrities Kanye West, President Obama, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Wiz Khalifa and James Brown; and original characters Morti-More, Shark Bait and Lil L.
The plan now is to expand it to concert halls, theater and television shows in the U.S.
BEBE IN DC
George Washington University will present critically acclaimed balladeer BeBe Winans at Lisner Auditorium on Saturday, May 11, the day before Mother’s Day. Winans will review over two decades of Gospel, R&B and Soul infused inspirational songs for one night only.
The 50-year-old, who keeps the schedule of a newborn (he said he rises at 4 a.m. and is asleep by the time the sun goes down) chuckled about making an exception for his DC fans, “I’m staying up pass my bedtime.”
BeBe Winans is the youngest son in the Winans family. The Winans family is to gospel music what the Jacksons are to pop. The entire family has recorded music professionally. “The Winans,” a quartet of all the boys in the family (but BeBe), became one of the most celebrated groups in gospel music. BeBe was their driver before he and his twin sister branched out and became a noted cross-over favorite. Their hit-making career was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But in DC, the audience will have the rare opportunity to experience BeBe as a solo act.
With a voice made of velvet and steel, the Detroit bred artist will deliver selections from his repertoire as well as from the BeBe and CeCe catalog.