The rapper has denied rumors that he was scheduled to star in the next season of the UK version of "Celebrity Big Brother." Despite reports from NME and numerous entertainment blogs that he would earn $450,000 for the season, Big tells Wall Street Journal blog Speakeasy that he will not be taking the reality TV plunge on the other side of the pond in the show. Instead, he's been focusing on his new line of colorful socks, Left Foot, a collaboration with Crooks and Castles set to launch in a few weeks.
Although he admits there were talks between his team and "Celebrity Big Brother," Big says he never signed off on such a deal. "They were talking to my team but I don't know what happened after that," Big tells Speakeasy. "I never said yes or no, ever."
Speaking of Outkast-related rumors, Andre 3000 has been teasing fans with the possibility of a solo album. Michelle Brown of StraightfromtheA.com posted a video clip of 3 Stacks in the studio with Atlanta hip-hop producer Mike Will Made It. And BET executive Stephen Hill recently tweeted about a convo in passing with Andre in which he dropped a bomb:
Entertainment gossip blogs are blathering about a couple of Atlanta homeboys, Usher and Cee Lo, and the potential messes their exes could create on an Atlanta-based version of the VH1 reality show "Hollywood Exes."
Tameka Foster (formerly Mrs. Raymond) and Christina Johnson (former wifey to Lo) are rumored to be in talks with VH1, Star magazine reports:
"Usher and Tameka don't get along, and he knows she'll be happy to talk about his personal life so that she can become the star of the show," an unnamed source was quoted.
Foster's marriage and subsequent divorce to Usher was the stuff of tabloid fodder as they waged an ugly custody battle a couple of years ago over their two children. While Usher won primary custody of their two sons, he had to cozy up to Oprah for a damage-control interview to salvage his public image with female fans. Recently, Foster and Raymond have exchanged cryptic tweets that suggest a reconciliation may be in the works.
Poor Shawty Lo.
What's the world coming to when a man can't choose to exploit himself and his nontraditional family in the privacy of his own home on national TV? So what if the former drug trafficker turned Atlanta rapper wanted to traffic in gross racial stereotypes for all to see. To each his own, right?
Well, if the rumors are true good ol' Lo may have to devise a new family hustle. According to Newsweek/The Daily Beast's Allison Samuels, the Oxygen network is on the verge of announcing the cancellation of "All My Babies' Mamas," the scheduled reality show starring Shawty Lo, the 10 women with whom he's procreated, and their 11 offspring.
If true, it's a victory for the countless critics, armchair activists and raging commenters who launched attacks, threatened boycotts, and signed a Change.org petition against the show since Oxygen previewed the pilot episode on the web last December. And after a year of protracted complaints over the tragic proliferation of highly rated, one-dimensional reality shows ("Basketball Wives," "Love & Hip-Hop") that debase black women, it may be the first sign that the old-school boycott is still a relevant form of political action in the information age. But for some reason, this still doesn't feel like a win.
Sabrina Lamb would probably beg to differ. She's the one who started the Change.org boycott petition which amassed over 30,000 signatures in 10 days to abort the Oxygen show before it was scheduled to air later this year. Entitled "Shawty Lo Must Go," the open letter Lamb wrote to Oxygen Media CEO Jason Klarman helped kick up a righteous ruckus over the show.
Oxygen attempted to defend the show, claiming it "was not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society." But when the plea for black people to stop taking everything so personally fell on mostly deaf ears, Shawty Lo was forced to defend his own reality.
In a candid interview with MTV last week, Lo told the story of a disadvantaged upbringing which led to him becoming a Bankhead drug kingpin and convicted felon before he parlayed his criminal lifestyle into his D4L rap label/group and short-lived solo success ("Dunn Dunn," "Dey Know").
"You can hate all you want to, I didn't ask for it. It just happened. Now that it happened, I'm supposed to turn my back against it?" Shawty Lo told MTV News regarding his 11 children, all of whom were born before his came about his career in rap. "If I wasn't taking care of my kids then you would really dog me out, but I'm taking care of my kids, providing for my family. I don't know what else to say."
The rumor mill's been in overdrive over the weekend with whispers that Walmart, the killer of dreams and kittens, plans another intown Atlanta store in addition to the Vine City location that's currently under construction.
The word: the retail behemoth has under contract, or has possibly purchased, the old LaFarge concrete facility along the Atlanta Beltline on Glenwood Avenue. (Fans of the 22-mile loop of parks, trails, and transit take note: this parcel's different from the Lafarge plant that's still in use and considered the biggest obstacle preventing Beltline officials from securing the project's southeast rail segment.)
Apparently, a source tells us, the property is zoned to handle such a development. But since the land is in the Beltline overlay, Walmart would most likely be required to build something new urbanism-y.
Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith, who says she's heard the rumors, checked at City Hall to see if any permit applications have been filed and, as of Friday, none had. We've reached out to several Walmart contacts and a developer whose name has been connected to the project and will update if we hear word.
If true, be prepared for a very interesting series of debates, negotiations, and people waving pitchforks.
Here's the first version I saw on a site called STR8TMEDIA:
The CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL just released the names of the top 15 cities — with the WORST herpes rates. According to the CDC, the top 5 cities have as high as a 40% infection rate for sexually active young people. DANG!!!
15. Norfolk 14. Birmingham 13. Detroit 12. Memphis 11. Nashville 10. Oklahoma City 9. Richmond 8. Baltimore 7. New Orleans 6. St. Louis 5. Newark 4. Milwaukee 3. Chicago 2. Washington, D.C. 1. Atlanta
The problem with herpes is it is easily transferable and it can lay dormant in your system. Some people have it for years and then have an outbreak and think their current person gave it to them when they’ve had it all along. Also, condoms won’t prevent you from getting herpes. It can be transferred any time a person rubs up to another persons sore (which can just look like razor burn, so most the time people are unaware that their partner has it). KNOW WHO YOU LAY WITH. Being in unstable relationships, or hooking up with different people increases the chance significantly. Stay EDUCATED. Stay FAITHFUL. Stay PROTECTED!
Yikes, right? But, as I chopped lines of Valtrex to snort preemptively, I couldn't help but wonder (my internal monologue is basically an episode of "Sex and the City") why the Centers for Disease Control were doing such an awful job controlling disease in the city in which they're based. I also couldn't help but wonder why none of the "articles" on any of these "websites" linked to the "source" of the "information."
This afternoon, a CDC media relations person confirmed my suspicions about the veracity of this list. Basically, it would appear to be total bullshit. "We can't vouch for that information," she said, explaining that their STD division doesn't even collect data on herpes, and the national survey they refer to looks at diseases including herpes, but isn't broken down by city.
This is good news! The bad news: Even if it's not true that we all have sores on our mouths and genitals, no one is going to fuck us ever again. A person named Karmen Tweeted the following comment along with a link to the list: "I'm not fucking anybody in Atlanta. Fuck That!!!"
SEE! Just like a case of the herps, this disinformation campaign isn't going away. Why does the Internet hate us so much?
A Kroger spokesman, however, tells CL via email:
"At this time, that appears to be rumor and speculation only. At this time, I'm not aware of immediate renovations or a remodel for the Kroger location at Ponce de Leon."A Beltline spokesman also tells us that the two parties haven't discussed a possible redevelopment. A source close to the project, however, does say that Kroger reps and Beltline officials have discussed the possibility of building an ADA-compliant ramp in the parking lot to connect with the $2.8 billion project.
Jamestown Properties is wrapping up a deal to re-imagine City Hall East as a major mixed-use development over the coming years. Crews are expected — once some paperwork and negotiations with adjacent property owners is complete — to break ground on a 2.5-mile bike trail that would snake past the retro grocery store. What's more, city officials hope the state, metro Atlanta elected officials and voters think a transit segment along that part of the Beltline deserves funding from a one-cent sales tax voters will decide next summer.
It's hard to imagine the company wouldn't eventually consider giving the location a jolt of life — especially when the location will be attempting to attract area residents, new workers in the redeveloped City Hall East, and Beltline hikers and cyclists.
But "at this time," Kroger's saying the beloved Murder Kroger will remain as is.
Anyone have any other info to share? Let us know in the comments or send us a line.
The mayor is expected to make a formal announcement at 10 a.m. at a City Hall press conference, the details of which have been kept under wraps.
The city has big plans for the 475,000-square-foot building, which county records list as worth $22 million (but which is likely worth twice that amount). City officials declined to elaborate on the deal when contacted by CL last night, but the AJC today says the mayor plans to "put police and fire training academies in the buildings, use the auditorium for public meetings, create a gallery space that formerly was at City Hall East, and use warehouse and parking space."
Another idea we've heard is the city could then rent space to or even transfer the building, either through innovative financing or outright donation, to Georgia State University, which would use the space for offices and classrooms — perhaps for the school's college of journalism.
Drum roll, please… If well-placed rumors are correct, then the lucky duo include:
>> Robert Crump White, the police chief of Louisville, KY, who's also been chief in Washington, D.C., and Greensboro, NC. Here's his resume (PDF).
>> And Interim APD Chief George N. Turner, who many folks inside the force and out believe has the inside track on the job.
It appears that Dr. Cedric L. Alexander, a former police chief of Rochester, NY., who currently oversees TSA security for Dallas/Ft.Worth International Airport, is out of the running as the selection process grinds to its conclusion.
Whoever gets the job would do well to heed our advice.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
The area in the photo above is the approximate location where Mayor Kasim Reed and Beltline officials on Saturday will make a "significant announcement" about the 22-mile loop of parks, trails and transit. They've kept mum on the details. ("Come out on Saturday and find out" is all a Beltline spokesman would tell us.) One source says a giant tent has already been erected near the site, which is near City Hall East, the Masquerade and Barking Hound Vilage.
So what's it going to be?
Yeah this is a head-scratcher but it kind of made my day.
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