Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Gamutt CLOSES OUT #BlackHistoryMonth 2013 with #PaulRobeson [details]


In today's society, it is imperative that we instill in our youth that they can excel and do just about anything they set their mind's and hearts to.  One does not have to confine themselves to one lane or one area of expertise.  We can excel in many areas.  A perfect example of this type of thinking comes in the form of Paul Robeson.  Robeson  was an African American concert singer (bass-baritone), recording artist, athlete and actor who became noted for his political radicalism and activism in the civil rights movement. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson was the first major concert star to popularize the performance of Negro spirituals and was the first black actor of the 20th century to portray Shakespeare's Othello alongside an all white cast.
A nationally renowned football player from 1917 to the early 1920s, Robeson was an All-American athlete, Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate during his years at Rutgers University. In 1923, Robeson drifted into amateur theater work and within a decade he had become an international star of stage, screen, radio and film. Robeson went on to be a recipient of the NAACP's Spingarn Medal, the Stalin Peace Prize and of honorary memberships in over half a dozen trade unions. James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte have cited Robeson's lead film roles as being the first to display dignity for black actors and pride in African heritage. Though one of the most internationally famous people of the 20th century, blacklisting during the Cold War has largely kept Paul Robeson out of mainstream interpretations of history.
Advocates of Robeson's legacy have restored his name to history books and sports records, honoring his memory throughout the world with posthumous recognitions.

Paul Robeson is an example of what tenacity and courage can cultivate.  Robeson did not let a box confine him.  He was a prolific activist, actor and athlete.  This shows us that we can master and excel in many different areas of life no matter what obstacles may stand in your way.



As we close out Black History 2013, lets take the richness of the culture, the strength of the people, and mission of the forefathers to make BLACK HISTORY everybody's history.  This maybe the last day of the month, but the SPIRIT should carry on for the rest of the year!!!!


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Celeb Birthday ROLL CALL- Feb 28-29: #TashaSmith, #AliLarter, #JaRule & MORE!








It's CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY ROLL CALL TIME AGAIN!!!!!!

Check out the BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE celebrating or who WOULD HAVE been celebrating on February 28-29!!!!




DIG IN!!!





TASHA SMITH AND HER TWIN SISTER SIDRA (42)




FEFE DODSON (28)

ALI LARTER (Known as Clear River in Final Destination 1 and 2 and Clair in Resident Evil) (37)



KELLY BISHOP (Gilmore Girls and Dirty Dancing)


LEAP YEAR BABIES!!!


JARULE (37) (BORN FEB 29TH)



ANTONIO SABATO JR. (41) (Born Feb 29th)


KEN FOREE (known as Roger the father in Kenan and Kel) (Born Feb 29th)

PEDRO ZAMORA (The Real World: San Francisco) RIP (Born Feb 29th)



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

*Contributed by GJAX LEWIS*

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WNBA #ChamiqueHoldsclaw hit wit CRIMINAL CHARGES! Facing 65 years if CONVICTED! [details]



WNBA legend Chamique Holdsclaw is facing CRIMINAL CHARGES in last year's assault on former Atlanta Dreams' Jennifer Lacy!


Holdsclaw was indicted on six counts on Wednesday by a Fulton (Ga.) County grand jury, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal damage in the first degree, two counts of criminal damage in the second degree and one count of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Holdsclaw, 35, was arrested last November after allegedly assaulting her ex-girlfriend and former Atlanta Dream teammate Jennifer Lacy.

According to reports, Holdsclaw smashed the windows of Lacy's car with a baseball bat and fired a gunshot into the car while Lacy was inside.

No one was injured in the incident.

Holdsclaw turned herself in three days after the alleged attack and was released on $100,000 bond.

Holdsclaw's attorney, Ed Garland, said she plans to plead not guilty, according to USA Today.
If convicted on all counts, Holdsclaw faces up to 65 years in state prison.


No date for arraignment has been set yet.

Holdsclaw played in the WNBA for 11 seasons and was a six-time All-Star. She played for the Sparks in 2005 and 2006, then retired after playing only five games in 2007.

She returned to play for Atlanta in 2009, where she played alongside Lacy. Holdsclaw permanently retired after the 2010 season.

In an autobiography released last March, "Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot After Shot," Holdsclaw said that she suffered from clinical depression and had attempted suicide while playing for the Sparks in 2006.

(source)


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Ready for a BLACK POPE??? Check out some of the POTENTIAL POPES! [pics]





Now that FORMER Pope Benedict XVI has FLOWN THE COOP, the selection process is underway to find his successor!  And get a load of this one of the potential cardinals is AFRICAN!!!

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Is the Catholic Church ready for a BLACK POPE!!!????



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#TBT-Throwback Thursday-#TheSylvers vs #TheJacksons! [videos]

Again, I thank TVOne for their brilliant introspections on past R&B/Pop/soul music should be ICONS.  Their series 'Unsung' is one of the best of its kind on television. Each episode, I learn something about a past music legend that I never knew before.  These stories are stories that definitely need to be told.  Recently I saw a special centered around another musical family from the 70's--The Sylvers.  That's right, there was another chart topping FAMILY group that rivaled The Jackson's.


The Sylvers were a popular R&B/soul and disco family group during the 1970s. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, the family would later relocate to Watts, California.
Prior to becoming "The Sylvers", the four eldest members (Olympia, Leon, Charmaine, and James) recorded as the Little Angels, appearing on variety shows such as Make Room For Daddy and You Bet Your Life, and opening for such acts as Johnny Mathis and Ray Charles.
The group which at one point totaled 9 members charted with major hits like 'Boogie Fever','Misdemeanor',
"Hot Line" (#5 on Billboard Hot 100) as well as “High School Dance” (#17 on Billboard Hot 100).
For more info on the Sylver's 'Unsung' log onto www.tvoneonline.com

'Boogie Fever'-The Sylvers


'Blame it on the boogie'- The Jacksons


'Misdemeanor'-The Sylvers feat. Foster Sylvers


'I wanna be where you are'-The Jackson 5

'Hotline'-The Sylvers

'Medley'-The Jacksons

I thank TVone's  'Unsung' for letting me know about all of this IMPORTANT musical history!



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POPE NO MORE! #PopeBenedict LEAVES the Vatican!



The helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI flew toward Castel Gandolfo, a town outside Rome where popes have summered for centuries.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican by helicopter on Thursday afternoon to spend the final hours of his nearly eight-year, scandal-dogged papacy at the papal summer residence. Onlookers in St. Peter’s Square cheered, church bells rang and Romans stood on rooftops to wave flags as he flew from Rome to Castel Gandolfo, a hilltop town southeast of the city where popes have summered for centuries.
Benedict XVI greets his followers for the last time as Pope. REUTERS/ Tony Gentile.
Benedict XVI greets his followers for the last time as Pope. REUTERS/ Tony Gentile. Photograph: TONY GENTILE/Reuters

Addressing cheering well-wishers from a window at the residence, he said: “Dear friends, I am happy to be with you! Thanks for your friendship and affection! You know this is a different day than others.”

His retirement formally takes effect at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. Eastern). “I am just a pilgrim who has reached the last stage in his pilgrimage on this earth,” he said.

Earlier in the day, in one of his concluding acts, Benedict addressed a gathering of more than 100 cardinals who will elect his successor, urging them to be “like an orchestra” that harmonizes for the good of the Roman Catholic Church. From a gilded throne in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the pope thanked the cardinals collectively, and then rose to greet each of them individually.

Many faithful have welcomed Benedict’s gesture as a sign of humility and humanity, a rational decision taken by a man who no longer feels up to the job.

As he stood near St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday after attending the pope’s last public audience, Vincenzo Petrucci, 26, said he had come to express “not so much solidarity, but more like closeness” to the pope. “At first we felt astonished, shocked and disoriented,” he said. “But then we saw what a weighty decision it must have been. He seemed almost lonely.”

Many in the Vatican hierarchy, known as the Roman Curia, are still reeling from the news. Many are bereaved and others seem almost angry. “We are terribly, terribly, terribly shocked,” one senior Vatican official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

(source)

Pope Benedict XVI pledges obedience to his successor at a meeting of cardinals on his last day as pontiff in the Vatican City.
Pope Benedict XVI pledges obedience to his successor at a meeting of cardinals on his last day as pontiff in the Vatican City. Photograph: Osservatore Roman/EPA

THOUGHTS!!!!???


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#Fantasia reveals tracklisting for upcoming album; announces push-back


If you're eagerly anticipating the release of Fantasia's new album Side Effects of Antwuan Cook You (LOL), you're going to have to hold your breath just a little bit longer. Fantasia announced recently that the album has been pushed back from its original release date of March 19 to April 26. She cites a lack of promotion as the reason for the delay, as she wants to ensure the album gets the proper backing from her label. The album features collaborations from Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliott and Bad Boy rapper King Los. There will be a deluxe edition available exclusively through Target which will feature two bonus tracks. Peep the full tracklisting below.



1. Make Me Feel (featuring King Los)
2. Ain’t All Bad
3. If I Was A Bird
4. Girl Talk (Interlude)
5. Without Me (featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott)
6. Side Effects Of You
7. Get It Right
8. So Much To Prove
9. Change Your Mind
10. Lighthouse
11. Lose To Win
12. End Of Me
13. In Deep

Target Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
14. Haunted
15. Kiss Bang Boom

The video for the first single "Lose to Win" will premiere any day now.

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*updated*-Goodbye 'Melo, 'new man'??? #LaLaAnthony steps out with 'NEW GUY'?? [details]


Rumors have SWIRLED FOR MONTHS that Carmelo Anthony and his wife LaLa Vazquez-Anthony were headed for divorce.   Earlier his week, LaLa and a  male companion were spotted 'OUT' & about in New York looking COZY.
LaLa & Melo fans don't FRET too MUCH.....
MORE DETAILS after the jump!

#KeyshiaCole announces "Woman to Woman" tour dates



You better hurry up and get your tickets before they sell out!

Okay, am I the only one who hears *CRICKETS* ?! Just checking...

If you're interested in hearing a bunch of pitchy screaming and seeing some uncoordinated two-step choreography, Keyshia Cole will be heading to an arena near you this spring. She embarks on her "Woman to Woman" tour beginning on March 28 in New York and wrapping up in her hometown of Oakland, California, on April 21. . Joining her  as opening act will be Grammy-award winning songstress Chrisette Michele. That's an odd pairing, wouldn't you say? At any rate, this is Keyshia's first headlining tour and it is in support of her latest album, "Woman to Woman," which was released in November. To date, the album has been certified copper sold approximately 275,000 copies. If you'd like to catch Keyshia live, here is the complete tour schedule: (Noticeably absent is Atlanta... no love lost there... TRUUUUST AND BELIEEEEEVE MEEEE!!!)

3/28 – Westbury, N.Y., NYCB Theatre At Westbury
3/29 – Norfolk, Va., Chrysler Hall
3/30 – Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
4/2 – Boston, Mass., Orpheum Theatre
4/4 – New York, N.Y., Beacon Theatre
4/5 – Wallingford, Conn., Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre
4/6 – Atlantic City, N.J., Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Music Box
4/7 – Upper Darby, Pa., Tower Theatre
4/9 – Toronto, Ontario, Danforth Music Hall
4/11 – Detroit, Mich., Sound Board @ MotorCity Casino Hotel
4/12 – Cleveland, Ohio, State Theatre At Playhouse Square
4/13 – Merrillville, Ind., Star Plaza Theatre
4/14 – Indianapolis, Ind., Murat Theatre
4/16 – Grand Prairie, Texas, Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
4/18 – Phoenix, Ariz., Celebrity Theatre
4/19 – Los Angeles, Calif., Club Nokia
4/20 – San Diego, Calif., Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
4/21 – Oakland, Calif., Fox Theater


Damn, Keyshia! Even Nicki Minaj is laughing at your non-dancing a**! You got about a month to get that choreo together!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Celeb Birthday ROLL CALL- Feb.27 #RozandaThomas, #ElizabethTaylor, & MORE!








It's CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY ROLL CALL TIME AGAIN!!!!!!








Check out the BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE celebrating or who WOULD HAVE been celebrating on February 26!!!!




DIG IN!!!





ROZANDA "CHILLI" THOMAS of TLC (42)



JENNIFER "JWOWW" FARLEY


CHELSEA CLINTON (33)


ELIZABETH TAYLOR She would've been 81 RIP


KATE MARA (Iron Man) (30)



DANIEL GIBSON (NBA)



TONY GONZALEZ (NFL)


*Contributed by GJax Lewis*


LOOK-A-LIKES!?!?! #NickiMinaj vs #Diamond!!!



Nicki Minaj was spotted earlier this week looking FAB on the set of French Montana's 'Freaks' video.  I was trying to put my finger on who she reminded me of.....I THINK I FIGURED IT OUT!!!

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Doesn't rapper Diamond remind you a lot of Nicki!!!???


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#ChrisBrown says ASSAULTING #Rihanna was his "Deepest Regret"! [details]


Now that Rihanna & Chris Brown are back together, Chris Brown is speaking up about their NEW FOUND relationship and past regrets.

Chris Brown speaks about the attack on his girlfriend. He says it's the "deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake."


See what else Brown had to say after the JUMP!

LOL! #TylertheCreator PHOTOBOMBS #DonaldTrump! [details]




This is too funny, and even funnier that Mr. Donald Trump fell for it.

Donald Trump was leaving a taping of Live with Jimmy Fallon when Taco, one of the members of Tyler the Creator's 'Odd Future' group approaches him for a photo op, claiming to be his 'biggest fan'.  But look what goes on in the background! LOL.




It's funny because he FELL FOR IT... and FUNNIER that he thought Taco was a fan!? LOL!

'Celebrity Apprentice' returns Sunday......


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*spotted at TheLifeFiles*

#DWTS 'Dancing with the Stars Season 16 Cast REVEALED!!! [video]



Are you ready for another INSTALLMENT of 'Dancing with the Stars'!!??? Season 16 is gearing up, and a new motley crew of CELEBS are ready to take a TWIRL or TWO!!! Check out the REVEAL of the new cast RIGHT HERE!!!




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