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Love this video of Will Smith and Doug E Fresh showing the younguns how shizzle is done at actress Gabrielle Union’s 40th birthday party, over the weekend!

Doug E, who is the originator of ‘the Dougie’ dance, in case you didn’t know, clearly hasn’t lost a inch of his swagger since the 80s, as he gets down to show all imitators of the moves why no on can do it quite like he can. All this alongside spitting some lyrics. Will Smith also shows he is still super cool, rapping on the mic along to some of his old hits, as well as the Fresh Prince of Bel- Air theme tune… *Ed has a moment*. Once again people, this.is.why. I miss the old school!!!!!!!!!!

You can see Doug E getting his ‘Dougie’ on in the below video for his Guess who/Keep Rising To The Top video…

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Interviews like this make me remember why I fell in love with hip hop in the first place! For the most part, it is all about the emotion of it – music and lyrics – which many of today’s ‘emcees’ don’t seem to have grasped. I can still partner so many personal emotions and memories to certain hip hop songs from way back in the day,  in terms of how I felt when I first heard them or things that were going on in my life at the time the song was first released, which still holds so much power.

LL Cool J’s steely abs peeking out from that white Le Coq Sportif tracksuit in the I Need Love video might also have been an early contributing factor to my commitment to ride hard for this culture, but that’s a whole ‘nother issue for a whole ‘nother post! LOL!

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The Spice Girls – Britain’s biggest-selling (and arguably the world’s biggest-selling) female group of all time, reunited in London, UK today for the press call for their upcoming musical Viva Forever.

Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisolm, Gerri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham were photographed inside the capital’s St Pancras Hotel, the now iconic setting for the video for their 1996-released debut single Wannabe (below).

The production, which will use hits from the 90s group’s back catalogue and is based on a girl group and their friendships. It is being written by comedienne, actress and writer Jennifer Saunders, and it is set to hit the London stage in November this year!


Rumours of the girls not getting on have been ongoing for years, and today’s pictures will not help things.
Mel B and Victoria, who reportedly have been feuding for two years, after Victoria allegedly refused to lend Mel one of her dresses for a TV appearance, kept their distance, standing at opposite ends during the photos, and Vicky’s familiar screw-face pout was in full effect.

But hey, girls will be girls!

I’m still very excited to see the show, as love them or loathe them, no one can deny that these girls did well to blow up so big across the world. And, they released some bloody good pop songs in the process. Wannabe, 2 Become 1, Say You’ll be There and Spice Up Your Life are just some of their tunes that still get rinsed today. By Me! They were a phenomenon and will go down in history as such!

Sidenote: Everytime I watch the Wannabe video, I wonder how comes no one was gracious enough to tell Mel B that her nips were on ‘stand-by’??? Or maybe that was the look they were going for! SMH!

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It’s been three years since the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away. That was a sad sad day for a lot of us, back in 25th June 2009… But *dries tears* I’m sure I am not the only one who is extremely thankful for that back catalogue he left behind, which keeps his amazing memory alive! It just about makes his absence here on earth a little easier to bear. Continue to Rest.In.Peace Michael. You are missed. xx

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If you believe the reports in the Daily Mirror today, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley are to reform as Wham!, 30 years after they released their debut single Wham Rap on June 29th, 1982.

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Oh, how I miss the 90s explosion of black US cinema, especially the romantics comedies such as The Best Man, Love and Basketball, Boomerang, Jason’s Lyric, Poetic Justice, Hav Plenty (yeah, even that one) and many people’s favourite Love Jones. Well, Love Jones is now 15 years old! Yep hunny, it’s been THAT long!

Recently the stars of the film Nia Long, my teen (and grown woman) crush Larenz Tate (see last pic to understand my logic) and Isaiah Washington spoke about their involvement in this classic film, including their favourite scenes, and despite it being so long since the first one, the possibility of a part two!

Essence magazine’s online site had the scoop below!

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I found an old post I put up nearly two years ago (2010), just after Whitney performed some shows in the UK.

I’ve adapted it into a tribute to the singer, following the music icon’s shocking and extremely sad passing yesterday afternoon, at the age of just 48. She was reportedly found drowned in the bath of her Beverly Hills hotel room. She was in L.A to to attend mentor Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy Awards party later that evening. Prescription drugs were also found in her room.

The sentiments I expressed in the post I wrote two years ago haven’t changed and quite simply express that there has never been a vocalist like Whitney and there is unlikely to ever be one. She had her demons, which affected the latter part of her career and possibly her life, but regardless, in her prime no other vocalist could touch her, and her music will live on forever… Read more below.

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We were so sad  to hear about the passing of TV legend Bob Holness earlier this week. The bespectacled host, who died in his sleep at the age of 83, will be best remembered for presenting one of the best TV game shows of all time…

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The original Fresh Prince of Bel-Air cast members James Avery (Uncle Phil), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Tatyana Ali (Ashley) and Will Smith (Will) met up in Hollywood recently, and fans went crazy when Will promptly posted a picture of the exciting event on his Facebook page (below)!

However, missing from the shot was Joseph Marcel (Butler Geoffery) and Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Viv number 2). Also absent was Janet Hubert, who played the original Aunt Viv. In 1993, she was replaced half way through the shows six year run (in season four), at the time it was said to be due to contract disputes and the audience were none the wiser as to real reason Aunt Viv suddenly changed from dark skinned to light skinned and slim to shapely.

Years later Hubert revealed the real reason she was let go from the show, which was allegedly due to Will Smith’s ‘out-of-control ego’, and the fact that unlike the rest of the cast she didn’t roll over and take it. She also claimed that after she was fired Will blackballed her career as a Hollywood actress, which made it hard for her to get work. In fact so deep were her feelings on the matter she wrote a book Perfection Is Not A Sit-com Mom (2009) detailing her version of events.

All this has now come back into the spotlight after TMZ interviewed Hubert recently about the reunion and she made was clear she hadn’t gotten over things, saying: ‘There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an a**hole like Will Smith.’ She added: ‘He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.’ Ouch!

Check out two separate interviews done by Janet in the recent years, talking in more detail about the issues she felt led to her getting fired.

As a huge Will Smith fan, I won’t hear a bad word said against the man, but I do feel a little bit sorry for Janet as I guess there are two sides to every story. But it does have to be said that both Tatyana Ali and Alfonso Ribeiro have spoken out on the issue, and both seem to be in favour of Will. Is that coz he holds the most power, or are they just being honest? See below…

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I guess panto ticket sales must have been slow down at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, as that is the only way to possibly explain why old school children’s entertainers the Krankies decided to spill the beans on their days as swingers after all these years of the public being blissfully unaware! Yes! That’s right! Ian and his ‘son’ wee Jimmy Krankie used to get their freak on in the weirdest of places with several different partners, even though Ian and Janette Tough who played the wacky characters, were married themselves in real life.  Apparently this all happened way back in the 70s and 80s while at the height of their fame. With their catchphrase ‘Fandabidozi’ The Krankies were a staple on several kid’s shows back in the day, but now I am sure those who grew up with them, including myself will look at them in a whole new light now!

 

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