Andre 3000 is certainly not having a good birthday week. Just one day after his 38th birthday, he sadly lost his mother, Sharon Benjamin-Hodo at the age of 58. She reportedly passed Tuesday evening at her home in Rex, Georgia. Sharon is survived by her husband Robert Hodo, who is the pastor of New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, Ga.
Will Smith has let everybody know…don’t compare his family to the Kardashians.
Will did a recent interview with his 14-year-old son Jaden when the interviewer asked Jaden about rumors he’s dating Kylie Kardashian. She also asked him if his family saw similarities with the Kardashians who “have treated their fame as the family business.”
Will intercepted that question and answered it personally:
You know, he’s never had to, to deal with those kinds of questions. For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships—the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy. Fame is almost an inconsequential by-product of what we’re really trying to accomplish. We are trying to put great things into the world, we’re trying to have fun, and we’re trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love. So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us.”
Will also says that his family did not seek out the fame they’ve received:
It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane. I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help.”
Will said it was not he or Jada, but their daughter Willow who chose to take a break from the industry:
Willow chose singing and then un-chose it. She said, “Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.” At the peak of “Whip My Hair,” she’s like, “Daddy, I’m done.” I was like, “Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got Annie [the upcoming movie remake, co-produced by Jay-Z], you know. It’ll be New York, you’ll be with Beyoncé. You can bring your friends.” And she said, “Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?” At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.”
Busta Rhymes has just been sued for $70,300 by Paramount Recording Studios for allegedly not paying back his debt. PRS claimed he spent about 375 recording hours in the studio and never paid them a dime. Paramount is fed up with the shenanigans and they want their money.
There are legal documents that state Busta’s recording schedule, and every session took place late evenings to early mornings. Sometimes he spent 16 hours in the studio at one time.
Calls to Busta’s camp have bot been returned.
The spotlight is on Kelly Rowland once again.
She’s been very overwhelmed by the personal message behind her new single “Dirty Laundry.” Kelly spoke with Kelson of 93.9 WYKS radio and gave a little insight on why she decided to release such a personal track and also how she envied Beyonce.
It was a form of therapy and I feel like everybody has their version of Dirty Laundry. And it’s nothing to be ashamed of because you’re supposed to grown and learn from it like I did. It was the place that I was in…I was so young. My head was completely gone. That’s what happened with my sister. What matters to me most is what we have. I’m so grateful for what we have as sisters…away from Destiny’s Child.”
Kelly mentions how Bey’s response was the most ‘endearing’ response she had heard so far.
It was endearing. It was, ‘I never left,’ which was so sweet! Yeah, it was endearing and it was real. She was just like ‘I’m so proud of you.”
Rowland also open up about her emotional performance in Washington DC when she broke down crying while singing the song live.
It’s really weird when you take yourself in front of a crowd. Even in that moment of when I put my feet up, I felt like I was in therapy. I was singing and talking about what happened, and for a moment, it was like that crowd wasn’t even there. And then when the music stopped…I was like ‘You are live Kel. Calm down.’ And I had to calm down, and in the moment, I had to breathe. You get lost…and it’s nothing wrong with getting lost. But that was weird. That won’t happen again though [laughs]. I felt like I could do that with D.C.”
By the looks of things, it seems everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend.
Chris Brown, on-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran and Christina Milian all hit up Sin City with a bunch of others for a party at the Palms Casino Resort.
Lovebirds Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa partied at the Palms in Vegas as well.
Tiny showed off her bikini body while partying with her honey T.I.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz spent Memorial weekend in Paris with their son Egypt, Swizz’s two sons Nasir and Kasseem Jr., his daughter Nicole and her mother Jahna Sebastian.
We’ll be seeing a completely new “American Idol” next season.
All four judges from this season: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson will not be returning. There’s been a lot of speculation who may replace them and we’ve just gotten word that Idol’s Season 3 alum, Jennifer Hudson, will be taking the first chair.
Hudson recently performed “Inseparable” on the show with this season’s winner, Candice Glover. Reports are that Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson is very close to signing on along with either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken.
What do you think of an all alum judges table???