Janet Jackson talks about her divorce and resuming world tour

Janet Jackson took to Twitter on Monday night to make several big announcements about her family and her return to the stage.

The new mother kicked off a minute-and-a-half long video by addressing her weight gain, but quickly moved on to gush about her three-month-old son Eissa Al Mana whose picture she recently shared on social media.
“Hey you guys, it’s me Jan, just in case you didn’t recognize me cause I have put on quite a few since I had the baby,” Jackson said. “I thank God for him, you guys. He’s so healthy, so beautiful, so sweet, so loving, such a happy baby.”
She also addressed her separation from her Qatari businessman husband, Wissam Al Mana, saying she wanted to “keep it real” with her fans.
“Yes, I separated from my husband,” Jackson said. “We are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.”
Jackson then announced that she would be resuming her “Unbreakable” tour which she has renamed the “State of the World” tour.
“It’s not about politics,” she said of the name change. “It’s about people, the world, relationships and just love.”
Jackson postponed her tour first in 2015 for surgery and then in April 2016 as she and her husband planned their family.
She confirmed in October last year that she was becoming a mother at 50.
Jackson’s tour is scheduled to resume beginning with a concert September 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The superstar concluded the video by thanking her fans for their patience.
“I am so excited,” she said. “I cannot wait to see you on stage, September 7.”
Tickets for the rescheduled tour dates go on sale May 5.
-CNN

My comment about Beyonce not being a good singer was misunderstood ~Santana

“I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand,” he says.

Adding, “My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies. My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best. Carlos”

While some commenters agree with his stance or don’t feel he needed to respond to the interview, others think he should have addressed what was said about Beyonce’s singing abilities.

“Adele and Beyoncé have very different singing styles but to say that Beyoncé is not a singer is very disrespectful to her and all of the contributions that she has made to music,” said a Catherine White Walker. “Even if you believe the Grammys got it right no need to disrespect a fellow artist.”

Another person noted, “You’re still missing the point. Initially you denigrated and dismissed Beyoncé’s extraordinary vocal abilities, and reduced her as something to look at. As though her exceptional performance ability is an ‘instead of’ rather than ‘as well as’.”

No word from Adele or Beyonce’s camps.

If you’re wondering what that faint sound is, it’s the Beyhive attacking rock legend Carlos Santana for bold comments he made about Beyoncé’s singing abilities.

When asked by The New Zealand Herald why Adele won Best Song, Record and Album of the Year for 25 over Beyoncé’s Lemonade at the Grammys on Sunday, the Mexican-American guitarist concluded it’s about vocal prowess.

“I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing,” Santana said. “With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modeling kind of music — music to model a dress — she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.”

“Adele can sing, sing. She doesn’t bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins,” Santana, who has won 10 Grammy awards, added.

 

As Twitter noted during the show, there are many singers—Beyonce included—who can out-sing Adele. There is also an elevated experience concertgoers expect when attending shows. The fact that Adele deviates from the status quo is great, be doesn’t warrant accolades over someone who puts in the extra effort to deliver, time after time.

Here’s a thought. Carlos, it’s probably not about semantics and vocal ability. It’s about old-fashioned racism. And it’d be great if a fellow person of color confronted that and stop placating for White approval.

 

 

-Essence

Nick Cannon’s TBT reminds us of Kim West’s less glam days

Nick Cannon must have been having some major Kim nostalgia this throwback Thursday. The 36 year-old entertainer posted a group shot of himself, Kim Kardashian, Lil Kim and Paris Hilton from an epic night out back in the day. If you find yourself asking how this mosh posh of star power came about, let us refresh your memory. Remember, Nick use to date reality TV star Kim back when she and Paris Hilton were besties? And who wouldn’t want to hang out with rapper Kim in the 2000s?

Anywho, we couldn’t help but notice the how completely different the Kims look. Two things we notice off the bat—Kim K’s lack of contour and Lil Kim’s (much) darker skin. Nick simply captioned the pic, “#tbt Whoa!!!” and we concur. Mrs. West has made no secret of getting botox, while Lil Kim has shyed away from skin bleaching rumors and other work she’s had done, but whether they deny it or not the proof is in the pic.

Check out the photo yourself for your own dose of nostalgia.

 

 

-BET

Brad and Angelina Jolie agree to keep their divorce process under wraps

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have agreed to work together for the sake of their family.

The actors released a joint statement Monday evening stating that they have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will keep future details of their divorce confidential by utilizing a private judge.

According to the statement obtained by PEOPLE, “The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues.”

It concludes: “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”

For the past several weeks, Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 41, had been trading harsh accusations in filings in Los Angeles Superior Court, but recently both agreed to seal sensitive records relating to their six children.

Pitt and Jolie — who are parents to Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — have a voluntary temporary custody agreement in place that allows Pitt supervised visitation with the children.

-Yahoo

Ali Kiba might have scooped himself a Ugandan bae

Latest information we have is that AliKiba and this girl named Sharon Fabrinsnky are an item…and there’s proof to that.

Recently, a cozy photo of the two emerged online, sending tongues wagging on whether the two could actually be banging.

In the photo, the ‘Aje’ hit maker was seen shirtless in what seemed like a Hotel, while Sharon on the other hand, was clad in a simple dress.

By mere fact that Alikiba was shirtless, various snoops think he’s already enjoying the central fruits of Sharon who is a fast raising actress based in Kenya.

The insanely hot, dimpled and light skinned Sharon seems to be high in the clouds, as she now frequently litters her social media handles with photos and videos of Ali Kiba.

 

 

-Telescop ug

Soulja Boy making more enemies before we even settle into the new year

Soulja Boy is making a lot of enemies. Aside from a perplexing internet beef with Chris Brown, the Atlanta native got into a fight while streaming on Instagram Live in Compton, Tuesday (Jan. 3).

In the video, SB shouts out his gang affiliation and declares that he won’t catch “no fades” because he’s worth too much money. Seconds later, the 26-year-old rapper is squaring up to fight another guy.

From the sounds it, his phone may have gotten snatched as well.

 

 

 

-Vibe

Winnie Nwagi denies being in a relationship with Ray Supasta

After a recent wrangle between Winnie and Ray Supasta over her past and the nude pictures that she used to exude in Kampala, musician Winnie Nwagi has come out to reveal what actually happened between the two.

The Musawo singer also dismissed rumors that the two could be in an intimate relationship.

Winnie confirmed that there is no relationship between them and that she has never met him. She said that she got to know about him only when he posted about her.

“There is no relationship. I don’t know him as a person. In fact I got to know him after what he posted about me. He went to my original Facebook page and downloaded my pictures and shared them. I don’t know him and he too doesn’t know me. I saw he posted a picture of me and him but I don’t remember him because it was taken at one of my shows where I took pictures with my fans,” the bubbly singer said.

 

 

-Bigeye

Kim and Kanye are not divorcing, it is a just a rumor

Fret not, dear mortals, the love of Kimye lives on.

Rumors started spreading like wildfire this week that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were on the brink of divorce, with Us Weekly reporting that the reality star is ready to file. A Kardashian “friend” told Us that she has been distancing herself from him since his release from the hospital.

“It will take some time before she can do anything,” the friend said, adding that Kardashian wants full custody of their children, North and Saint, “but she doesn’t want to stay married … She cares about Kanye and feels relieved he’s getting the help he needs, but she’s felt trapped for a while.”

The official media mouthpiece of the Kardashians, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Twitter account, said the rumors are false.

Someone close to Kardashian’s legal team told E! that the reports are inaccurate. “I know for a fact that’s not true,” the source said of the divorce.

The couple, who has been married for two years, has had their ups and downs recently ― from West’s hospitalization to Kardashian’s October armed robbery in Paris.

“It’s been a very hard couple of months,” a source told E!.

Kimye forever.

 

 

 

-Huffington Post

Kim Kardashian spends Thanks Giving with Kanye in hospital

Kim Kardashian is spending Thanksgiving by her husband’s side.

E! News has learned that Kanye West will remain hospitalized during the holiday, and Kim is currently with him.

“Kanye is trying to get better, but he has not been released yet because he and the doctors feel he needs more time to recover,” a source tells E! News.

“Kim is indeed with him and will be by his side for a while today. She plans on going to eat with her family later and the kids. North and Saint [West] just think their dad is away now. Kanye wants to get better, so that’s s big part in this healing process. Kim is overwhelmed but is doing the best she can.”

As for Yeezy’s current status, another source tells E! News, “he is actually doing really well.”

Earlier this week, we reported that the rapper voluntarily admitted himself into a Los Angeles area hospital. According to a separate source, the star had been working around the clock on fashion design, his tour and other projects. It ultimately became exhausting and a bit too much to handle for the A-list star.

“She is just holding things down like Kanye did for her when she needed support,” a source previously shared with E! News exclusively. “Kim is doing much better and is strong. This shall pass she believes.”

“Kim is by his side now and will stand there till everything gets better,” our insider shared. “Their time together was just about support. Kanye will be ok. He has a good set of doctors and the main thing is he wants to get through this.”

“Kim was concerned that he may have been taking on too much with all these shows,” a source explained to E! News. “It was many things on his plate that started to pile up at once.”

Under his doctor’s direction, Kanye doesn’t have a phone or computer as he continues his hospital stay.

 

 

 

 

-E!

 

Mariah Carey blasts away during the halloween weekend despite fresh break up

Mariah Carey isn’t letting her breakup with fiancé James Packer get in the way of her Halloweekend. But she has finally broken her social media silence — sort of.

The star, 46, took to Instagram to show a photo of herself dressed in a cleavage-bearing black lace-up top and sharing a tight embrace with a pal.

“#realfriends who don’t read Woman’s Day #wedontknowyou We love you #Australianlambs,” Carey captioned the photo.

 In the post, Carey is referring to the Australian magazine Woman’s Day, which reported on her breakup from the Australian billionaire and with an article titled, “IT’S OVER: James Packer dumps Mariah Carey.” The article also includes rumors about Carey’s alleged wrongdoings in the couple’s relationship.

She makes it clear, however, that she loves her fans — better known as her adoring “lambs” — from Down Under. Her hashtag “Australian lambs,” refers to her loyal followers living in Australia.

On Tuesday, the singer tweeted, “I love my lambs in #SouthAmerica and will do everything I can to come in 2017 the proper way. Thank you for understanding. LYM, Te Amo MC,” she wrote, shortly after canceling part of her Latin American tour.

And while sources told PEOPLE that the pair actually split last month during a vacation-gone-wrong in Greece, Carey gathered together her friends, including the backup dancer Packer was reportedly jealous of, for a night out at Nobu on Thursday. Carey was spotted again on Saturday night with the same backup dancer, and the two got dinner at Los Angeles’s Catch restaurant with a group of friends. The star opted to swap hands and wore her $10 million engagement ring on her right hand.

After the end of their two-year romance was announced, reasons for the breakup have been swirling. A source close to Carey recently told PEOPLE the split was directly related to the mogul’s mental health.

“James has not been in a mentally healthy place,” the source said. “His behavior was not a desirable situation for Mariah so she unfortunately had to leave him.”

A source on the Packer side refuted the allegations, however, telling PEOPLE that it’s “typical Mariah to just twist things that don’t sound good to her. They split because she has issues. James is definitely an oddball, but a brilliant great guy. To put her issues on James is ridiculous.”

“James is very private, and doesn’t need the media to be successful,” the Packer source said. “He doesn’t want to be a part of Mariah’s reality show.”

-Yahoo