Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: Years Later..."




         August 25, 1998 seems like yesterday... but in actuality it was a generation ago. Once in a few years, the landscape of music is impacted for a lifetime, simply by a moment. This moment was the release of Lauryn Hill's first and only solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The fusion of hip-hop, soul, R&B and reggae, along with the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a young black woman, all were facets of the beautiful diamond that we immediately called a classic. 14 tracks deep, all written and produced (with assistance from Che' Guevara and Vada Nobles) by Lauryn Hill; she managed to capture the raw emotion of an entire culture, within a matter of about an hour. On this late summer day 16 years ago, one of hip-hop's brightest stars etched her name in the fabric of greatness, then and forever.

          Fresh off of The Fugees' massive success, Ms. Hill saw her career at a turning point; she had that it factor. A talent so legendary that the restrictions of a collective (an amazing group nonetheless...) proved to be mentally and creatively too stressful. However, in recording a solo project, the outcome always turns out to be a high-risk, high reward task. With no other members to absorb the negative criticism of a lackluster album, the expectations were set extremely high for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill... and in historical fashion, she rose to the occasion. Songs such as "Ex-Factor" and "To Zion", were melodic and emotional, while "Lost Ones" and "Doo Wop (That Thing)" showcased the artist's lyrical prowess. The reggae influenced "When It Hurts So Bad" let her listeners feel the depth of her songwriting ability, and the collection of all these tracks were all different, yet cohesive. This fact was a testament to Lauryn Hill's infamously eclectic style in music.

       
          By the end of that particular week, Ms. Hill's album sold 423,000 copies, but it impacted millions. TMOLH garnered the songstress from New Jersey ten Grammy nominations, along with placements on the covers of TIME, Esquire and Rolling Stone, just to name a few. In a matter of months, she became a national icon; much to her dismay. In the years after, Lauryn faded back from the limelight, never doubting her love for making music, only shunning the fame and publicity that it brings. It would be an understatement to call this LP a 'flash in the pan', because though it's L-Boogie's first an only album, it's message resonates today, and will continue to for a lifetime.

           Since it's release in 1998, I find myself revisiting The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill every few months, more than any other album in my iTunes catalog (with the exception of the Hot Boys' Guerilla Warfare, but that's another article in itself...). What moves me the most, however, is her acknowledgment that this album may have many different sounds, in it's complete form it IS hip-hop... and that in itself is a beautiful thing. I appreciate you all for taking the time to read this, because you could have been anywhere in the world, but instead... y'all get it. Be safe and God bless.

- Oak.

Twitter: @OakVII
Instagram: brokeoak

...check out her classic video "Doo Wop (That Thing)" below:

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

#SpilledTea with @ReddRadioDiva 8/26

Suge Knight gets shot at AGAIN!! His family reaches out for prayer

On Sunday night old record executive and long time friend of the bullet Suge Knight was shot yet again. This time at a pre-VMA party that was hosted by Chris Brown. Knight was shot twice ranging from the stomach to the arms. TMZ released video of Brown trying to calm down the crowd after the shots were rung out. Coincidentally rapper Game and his security "goons" got in a debacle with the club 1Oak's security approximately 30 minutes before Knight was shot. Some outlets even reported that it was Chris Brown that ws shot and that Knight was "protecting" Brown, which was later revealed to be false... But Suge still getting shot at, is a damn mess.



Young Jeezy ARRESTED on tour, after man was killed at concert

With just three more stops on the the "Under the Influence" tour featuring Jeezy and Wiz, Jeezy for the second time this year goes ahead and gets busted for carrying a concealed weapon on his tour bus. His bus was searched as a result of a 38-year-old man who was shot and killed backstage at their show in California a couple of days ago, and of course they found a weapon. Jeezy was charged with possession of a gun and was hauled off to jail. A couple of members of his entourage were arrested as well. This comes as his long-awaited anticipated album drops on September 2nd. Jeezy is held on a $1 million dollar bond.

Mike Epps set to play Richard Pryor in new biopic

After talks about who would play comedian Richard Pryor in the new biopic, mama/Executive Producer Oprah have found some funny in Mike Epps. (Which would be an amazing comeback) Epps is set out to play the legend comedian after rumors of Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans were flying around. Oprah came together with director Lee Daniels to take a picture of a great "first read" over the script. What do you think? Is my dude Eppsie a good choice??


Lil Wayne is HIT with a paternity suit!!!

We all know that Wayne is not shy about stating how many kids he has, specifically with ones that aren't "celebrities", but the rapper has an alleged paternity suit coming his way. Well it has already came his way when he was doing time at Rikers Island. A 30 year-old New Orleans woman named Keiotia Brown says that Lil Wayne is the father of her 12 year-old son Dewayne Keyshawn Brown. When Lil Wayne did his time a Rikers the paternity suit was pushed back, and was supposed to resume as soon as he got out of jail, but he has been avoiding it ever since. If this child is for Wayne, then he would be his oldest boy and under his famous daughter Reginae.... Somebody call Maury!

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#SpilledTea with @ReddRadioDiva 8/19


Congrats!? Kevin Hart proposes to girlfriend same night as ATL Exes premiere

Kevin Hart finally made it official with his "rib" and girlfriend of 5 years Eniko Parrish on last night when he proposed to her at an intimate dinner, of course she said yes. Coincidentally the premiere of Atlanta Exes also aired last night, where we were introduced to Hart's ex Torrei, and it's clear that she is still hurt from the divorce. Was this shade? Well yesterday was Eniko's birthday, and according to close friends it was indeed a surprise. Since then Torrei Hart has responded saying that "it's beautiful" and goes on to say that the publicized engagement has just bumped up viewers for the show, so it's really working in her favor.

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The private viewing party was a success last night with plenty of ATL social butterflies such as Married to Medicine's Quad, and old head RHOA member Sheree Whitfield (where I'm sure she can relate to these women). The new season will follow Monyetta Shaw (Ne-yo's ex- fiancee), Christina Johnson (C-lo Green's ex-wife), Sheree Buchannan (Ray Buchannan's ex-wife), of course Torrei, and the infamous Tameka Raymond (Usher's ex-wife) where she is deemed as the villian already. We shall be watching???

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#SpilledTea with @ReddRadioDiva 8/12

Coming soon to BET... 3 new docuseries!!

For all of those who were wanting Keyshia Cole to come back to reality television, welp she's back! BET is trying to take some of its viewing power back with the premiers of 3 docuseries starring Nelly, Keyshia, and gospel powerhouse Tamala and David Mann (aka Mr. Brown). It was recently deemed that VH1 has topped ratings being #1 in black households, and BET hopes to grab a chunck of this pie with these reality shows.

With Keyshia's new untitled series, it will show her living her newly single life, repairing things with her birth mother, and wrapping up her new album. She is set up for an alleged 6 episode series. Nelly's new show will show the rapper turned businessman's life as he juggles being a father, Charlotte Bobcat's part owner, and highlighting his new relationship with Floyd Mayweather's ex Miss Jackson (so we know why he is running around flaunting this chick around). He is set up for an 8 episode series. The Mann's are have an undisclosed episode count, but the show will shadow the gospel and tv/movie stars showing their family. The Mann's have been married for 26 years!

Now that BET has set up something not so ratchet, will you be watching?


Omarion is a DADDDDDDYYY!!!

Unconfirmed LHHLA star Omarion introduces to the world his baby boy Megaa Omari Grandberry! The former B2K star just recently had a baby with his girlfrint Apryl Jones. He tweeted this picture stating his stats. Baby Megaa was 7lbs., 4oz., and 20 inches long. Proud papa goes on another excited rant explaining how he helped deliver the baby at home and how strong his "soulmate" Apryl was for having it without any medication. Congrats to the new parents, now don't put that cutie in none of the scenes for this upcoming ratchetness!




Flippin' Flawless: Rihanna poses with model Icons for W Magazine

Superstar singer Rihanna shows that she can fly with the rest of the fashion diva's in W magazine's September 2014 issue. She covers the issue alone, playing with face paints and wild animals and is looking flawless, peep below.

I say she should quit singing and make this her full time gig! What do you think?


New mom Cici makes Future her past....."He cheated, I'm done"

After numerous reports of a possible break-up and being seen without her engagement ring on, Ciara has finally calls it quits with Future. A source expressed to US Weekly that Future did cheat on Ciara and she is focused on her baby and her career. The source goes on the say that she is devastated behind it, but will indeed bounce back. The couple was together for a little over a year, and got engaged last October on her birthday. Since she is now the sole owner of the 15-carat diamond ring, Future can't legally ask for his ring back because it was given to her on a "holiday" which was her birthday. Plus, is she going to have the same drama as the other baby mother's with him taking care of his child? We shall see, nonetheless good luck to Cici for that no tolerance zone.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#SpilledTea with @ReddRadioDiva 7/29

Tiny addresses Floyd Mayweather's comments

Most recently after being snubbed at the BET Awards, Floyd Maweather goes in on Tiny Harris at a press conference when asked about Tip. "I f____ his bitch!" was the quote that started the fire and became viral on Instagram. Later the champ recanted on his comment saying that he was misquoted. The lady in the middle spoke on it when promoting her new single WTFYGD (What the F* You Gonna Do) on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. The Family Hustle star says:

I went back to it because first of all that is so untrue. I could just not imagine him saying, “Oh yeah, I did that.” So, I had to go back, put my earbuds on so I could really, really hear. When he says it he said, “He thought,” but when he says it his head is kind of like turned to the side. But if you look at his mouth, his mouth is moving. He’s saying, “He thought.” So, he didn’t really say that for real, for real. Everybody took it and the press, that’s what they do. But he didn’t say that ’cause that never happened. He’s never been in a room with me by myself. Anytime that he’s been around me it’s been people like this. So I couldn’t imagine him saying, “Yeah, I did that.”
Well that was unexpected, knowing Tip's history of how he loves to fight behind his woman. The two both put out singles aimed at each other. Let's see how this goes....

Wendy Williams goes in on Kanye, "Spend more time with your daughter so that she can turn out normal!"

My girl Wendy Williams went in severely on Kanye Kardashian West on her show for comments West made in this month's issue of GQ magazine. He goes on a rant saying that he is making a better life for his daughter by defending "celebrities rights". Well we didn't know that celebs had special "rights" but the "Queen of Media" clapped back by saying that he needs to be more focused on not spending so much time away from his family.
“How about you spent more time with your daughter at home, with your wife doing normal people things?” she said.
“Maybe then she’d have a shot at a normal life.”
Bloop!

Phaedra Parks is here to STAY and has never left RHOA!!

Despite the rumor mill of the country belle Ms. Phaedra Parks leaving RHOA, it is not true and she is currently filming... and with ex-con hubby Apollo Nida. Numerous stories online have reported that the star wanted to split from reality television, but this isn't the case. TMZ reported that she is indeed filming right now. For this upcoming season she may not be available due to her taking care of family business, but she will not let this set back get in front of her bread and butter. Apparently their storyline is going to center around her life and preparing her hubby for his 8-year sentence for fraud, plus the strain that it has caused to their marriage. Needless to say, we will be tuned in whenever the next season comes out some time at the end of the year.


The PAWS comes out! Lil Scrappy says that Disney World is RACIST?

Lil Scrappy was caught on video going off on employees at the Nickoloden Suites Resort implying that they were skipping over his big girl Emani as well as the other black kids that were there waiting for a ride. In the video you can see that both Mamma Dee and Emani were there to try to calm the "Prince" down. The person that submitted the video to TMZ agrees saying that her child was skipped as well. Disney submitted a report saying that they do not discriminate whatsoever. There have been other discriminatory reports put out about Disney saying that some of the characters did not want to hug little black children... Tsk. This ish has to end.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

#SpilledTea with @ReddRadioDiva

GRAB YA TANKS! Master P is set to film "The Ice Cream Man" biopic!

Seems like Master P wants to put his "rags to riches" story on blast for the whole world to see, the biopic saga continues. The master behind the No Limit empire is ready to bring the TRUth to the big screen in a 3 part biopic movie. It is set to start production some time in 2015 and is currently casting for the trilogy. It goes as follows:

Part 1: Ice Cream Man
Part 2: TRU
Part 3: No Limit Empire

Are you bout seeing all of those movies?


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#SpilledTea with @ReddRadioDiva 7/15


Benzino & Stevie J goes into a twitter "beef" behind Althea

Last night after Kirk and Rasheeda's "I'm Sorry" party we saw Althea going off on Karlie Redd about her exposing her past, but seems like she rubbed Stevie J off wrong which prompted him to release a picture of Althea in a compromising position....


When Stevie released this photo, the twitter PR stunt starts. Althea says that the guy is not Stevie, in fact is Benzino. Then Benzino chimes in by airing business of when Stevie cried behind Joseline and a possible time of Joseling having sex with a cab driver, her alleged crack use, and of course their fake marriage. Stevie J replies by saying...


Le sigh. Meanwhile...

Joseline tried to show off how much of a bad boosh she is by performing her hit single, and got boo'ed! The only person that saved her was Stevie when he hopped on stage and the crowd applaud. Wasn't they divorced last week tho? Guess she's not the baddest like she claim, lol.



Slight Work: Wale & Meek Mill twitter beef before Meek goes back to prision

Twitter beef between two of MMG's hauncho's Wale and Meek Mill breaks right before Meek Mill is sent to jail. It started when Meek started to notice that Wale and a few other members affiliated with MMG was not promoting his album/single. Mr. "Twitter beef" himself, Wale also started to tweet a few things about his ish not getting promoted, and how busy he is in a long ass subliminal Instagram essay. Rick Ross spoke on this incident referring to it as two brothers getting into a petty argument, plus the publicity isn't good for the label. Ross said that he spoke to both of them on 3-way as soon as the incident was over, basically letting them know to cut the crap.

Meanwhile, Meek has bigger fish to fry. Quickly after this little incident, Meek was sent to jail on a probation violation charge for allegedly having pictures or discriptions of guns or gun talk on his social media. Prosecutors says that Meek booked a couple of concerts and also changed his number without notifying them. Since then he has tried to get a rushed trial, but was denied. Seems like Meek will be in a county jail in Philly for the rest of the summer.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

[Video] Spilled Tea w/ @ReddRadioDiva on the L.I.F.E [07|22|14]




FINALLY! It's here, the video footage of Redd Radio Diva doing thing with aye.AllyBEA on the assist inside the L.I.F.E radio show!  ENJOY!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#SpilledTea with @ReddRadioDiva 7/1

Hank Baskett cheats on ex-Playboy Playmate Kendra with a tranny!?

Just a few weeks after having their second child, the rumors reappear that NFL Pro baller Hank Wilkinson was cheating with a 25 year old transgender female named Londyn. A source close to the couple says that when the rumors first were spread, Kendra laughed it off. After a slight investigation Kendra found an unlikely purchase on a credit card bill and flipped. She allegedly threw her wedding ring down the toilet, flushed it, punched a wall, and threw most of their wedding photos into the pool. She did the investigating because Hank was no eager to clear his name up when the rumors first appeared. Talking about a post-baby heartbreak.

Beyonce, Pharrell, and August Alsina jacked all the BET Awards

Just like that, Bey and Jay are on top (where that televised performance clearly states that Bey is too busy)! But they aren't the only ones, Pharell, August Alsina, Tamala Mann, and Nicki Minaj contributes to some of the winners as well. Bey stole 3 awards where one included "Best Collaboration" for "Drunk In Love". Pharrell left with two awards, one being the "Video of the Year" for his hit "Happy". New Orleanian, August Alsina "attempted" to cry but was humble in receiving his award for "Best New Artist". After winning his award he hit the stage with Chris Brown and Trey Songz for the "I Love This Ish" (Remix). Showing everybody that their slight beef might have ceased. Other performers included Best Female Rapper Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke, Jhene Aiko & John Legend, and a surprise from Missy Elliot when she joined Pharrell on stage. Congrats to all of the winners.

Another thing that was a huge hit during the BET Awards is and always will be the halarious meme's, and this year was no different.

We can all agree that Bust sure looked slightly familar that night.... Bookman!?

Meanwhile on the red carpet, Tiny snubs Floyd Mayweather in hind sight. Glad Tip wasn't with her. Check the video below.





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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#SpilledTea with @ReddRadioDiva 6/10

Stevie J FINALLY arrested for non-payment of child support

On this past Monday Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Stevie J was arrested due to the $1 million plus that he alledgedly owes in back child support. He was released a couple of hours later where his "wife" and co-star Joseline Hernandez bailed him out on $200,000. TMZ broke the prep walk where Stevie J was arrested at his Georgia home. These child support charges are stemmed out of New York, and a new report claims that he owes the IRS as well. Apparently there are four tax liens against him amounting into $371,000! On the child support case they have sent Stevie notifications between 2011 and 2013 stating that they can seize his property (if he owns any). Get your ish together Stebbie!


T.I.'s mother pleas with Tiny to make it right on Instagram??

The other day Tiny was spotted with several friends at a Bar with some of her friends where mama Tip took her frustration to Instagram about the current and hidden relationship between her and her son. It is no secret that Tip and Tiny have been on the rocks, both don't bother to wear their wedding bands anymore and are seen separately even in the television series. Both have been very vocal about how they feel in each other's comments, so Mama Tip decided to chime in on a bit of advice:

Whatever the case may be, the family that "hustles" need to try to deal with this more quietly before more rumors start to appear, or someone goes back to jail and this time for assult.


Master P loses custody of his kids AFTER requesting it!

Master P's estranged wife Sonya won the custody battle that HE started. She was granted sole physical and legal custody of their 17, 14, 13, and 9 year old when he was an apparent no show at court. Master P claims that he was a no show for the court date because he was never summonsed with a court date. Master P is claiming that Sonya is an unfit mother because she is an alcoholic and a drug abuser and that she just wants the benefits. As a result of him not showing up to court, he lost custody and he has to pay $75,000 in Sonya's legal fees which included sanctions from him not showing up to court. Master P has been shopping a new reality show called The Miller Dynasty, with this new drama I am pretty sure that it would get picked up soon.

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