81: Funk Fest
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DIVA NOSEDIVE...Enough was enough for Tyra Banks. The Internet is abuzz with word that she has fired her manager, the one and only Benny Medina. Now, Mr. Medina has been handed his pink slip before--from Jennifer Lopez (who sued the Handprint Entertainment founder) and Brandy, to name two--but this latest hit has to sting. Medina does seem to have a nose for crossover deals for these urban ladies, so what goes wrong? Rumor from banks camp is that his diva attitude is just too much to take; after all the NY Daily News claims his personal demands include private jets and star perks. Well given the fact that The A-List reported a while back that Medina doesn't "do" email, one could only imagine what it's like in his court on a day-to-day basis.
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CROSSING BORDERS...Insiders tell us that Hip-Hop legend Doug E. Fresh is hooking up with Toronto artist/entrepreneur Kama (http://www.ez-mak.com/) to put together what might just be Canada's first Hip-Hop feature film. No more details on the flick just yet, but as soon as we hear you know we'll tell ya.
Sure, Kimora had the smarts to make the most out of all that situation but it all just leaves us wondering, just where is the home-grown, hip, intelligent, well-educated self-made female entrepreneur making bank off of any division of hip-hop culture? Is this really what we want the world to see when it comes to multicultural divas?
'80s Funk Fest, Greek Theatre, L.A.
But of course the stars of the night were George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars. In a twist, a band member who resembles Clinton just a little came out and commanded the stage for a good two first songs in nothing but a damn diaper (pictured) under his yellow jacket, until Clinton sneaked onto the stage earlier. From then on it was nothing but a circus of key hits on stage complete with a surprise appearance by Bobby Brown actually rapping as well as Clinton's son. Ah, if only life was as simple as back in the days of funk....