It was a family affair for Def Jam founder Russell Simmons as he hosted his 12th Annual Art For Life Benefit over the weekend at his estate in the Hamptons. Guests included his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons, brothers Rev Run and Danny Simmons, Angela and Vanessa Simmons to name a few.
Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson serenaded the crowd with her powerful voice while Miri Ben-Ari entertained guests with just her violin. VIP’s such as Taraji P. Henson, L.A. Reid, and Mary J. Blige aided in raising money for the non-profit by bidding on select items.
Fans across the country are anticipating Drake’s new album Take Care. The Young Money protegé impresses with his new track “Headlines”. Drizzy reinforces the notion that he has it like that,
Listen to you expressin all them feelings
Soap opera rappers all these niggas sound like All My Children
And that’s how you thinking is about to come and make a killing
I guess it really is just me, myself, and all my millions
Take a listen to the track.
Angelina Jolie, who rarely makes public appearances (because she wants to), sat down with Financial Times to talk about life these days and how her views on acting have changed since starting a family with long time (at least in Hollywood) partner Brad Pitt. Interview highlights:
“As Brad and I get older we’re going to do fewer films,” Jolie revealed. “I’ve been working for a long time, he’s been working for a long time, we’ve had a nice run and don’t want to be doing this our whole lives. There are a lot of other things to do…I don’t love [acting] as much [as I did]. I love being a mom.”
“I’ve never not been grateful to be an actor, but I think when I was younger I needed [acting] more. I was trying to question things in life so you find these characters that help you find things and grow. [Acting is] like being in therapy, in a way. You’re drawn to certain roles because they question something about life, or about love, or about freedom. You ask these questions as you grow up: am I strong enough, am I sane enough? Do I understand love, do I understand myself? I’m older and I know who I am, and I’m less interested in the character helping me answer something than in being able to answer it for myself, as a woman, as an adult, with my family.”
On settling down in one place with her family (which includes Brad and their six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox):
“Home is wherever we are. I’m very bad at staying in one place. I’m also bad at sitting still. I was a terrible student at school. But there’s so much to explore in the world, so I love travel. If you can travel I think it’s the best way to raise kids.”
On her kids learning about their various backgrounds:
“They are all learning about each others cultures as well as being proud of their own. So it’s not like just the boys get to do the Asian thing. They all have their flags over their beds and their individual pride. We owe Vietnam a visit, because Pax is due. Z wants to get back to Africa, and Shiloh, too. So everyone takes their turns in their country.”
Jolie recently made her directorial debut with the yet-to-be-released In the Land of Blood and Honey, a romance film. Mother/actress/partner/director/humanitarian….a true diva, indeed.
You can’t make everyone happy, huh?
Any news associated with Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint album Watch the Throne has been met with excitement from fans everywhere…until now. In case you didn’t know, the highly anticipated album will be sold exclusively on Itunes starting August 8 and at popular electronics store Best Buy. The deluxe album will be sold there until August 23, when the album will finally be available to other retailers. Now, independent record store owners ask…”What about us?”
In a letter signed by more than 1,700 record store retailers, they ask for equal access to their music:
“We know that you are busy, and that you put most of your energies into creating great music, but we are writing to you in the hope that you will hear us and take the time to rectify this matter,” the letter states. “As representatives of the independent record store music community, we are asking you to allow record stores and music fans equal access to your new album.”
The letter’s original writers include organizers of “Record Store Day,” a national holiday for most indie store retailers. A close source to the group, Doyle Davis, let press know that some of the signees will remove current and previous releases by the two artists if their request isn’t meant.
As of now, Jay-Z’s camp has no comment and Kanye’s rep have yet to respond to an email from The Associated Press.
Whose side are you on?
Talk about going “hard in the paint!”
Travis Garland and JoJo get real sexy in their duet titled “Paint,” an r&b tune set over a sample of Jai Paul’s “BTSTU.” The song will appear on Travis’ next mixtape. JoJo’s taking all this time to record viral tracks; I just hope she’s still working on her new album Jumping Trains. We’ve been waiting long enough.
“I just want to do you in the paint/ I want to make love to you in the place/ Rollin’ around in the mess that we made/ Brushin’ and strokin’, the best sex we made.” <<<<OKAAAAAYYYYY Miss JoJo!!!
Rev Run’s son is all grown up.
Diggy Simmons and tourmate Lil Twist stopped by BET’s 106 & Park to promote their “106 & Park Presents: The Closer to my Dreams Tour” featuring him, Twist, Tyga, Mindless Behavior, Jawan Harris and Trevante. The girls were going crazy as soon as he stepped on the stage. Simmons also debuted the video for his premiere single under Atlantic Records, “Copy Paste.” In the vid, Diggy is being picked and prodded by lady scientists who are trying to “copy” him. There’s even a little dance break. Am I the only one who didn’t know he could dance?!
More pics and the video below:
Some of Hollywood’s finest and I mean finest male actors are joining forces to portray the experience of black Tuskegee airmen during World War II. Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Tristan Wilds and more are all on board. Directed by George Lucas, who we are hearing is funding the project from his own bank account, takes us in the war from both arenas. One being the battle of discrimination in those times and the other the war itself.
This film is definitely worth viewing, watch the trailer below.