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Former X Factor contestant Brian “Astro” Bradley,15, has reportedly signed a contract with Epic Records and is well on his way to success. Although eliminated, Astro was known for his unique ability to create and present new material each week while competing on the X Factor.

When commenting about his new record deal Astro said, “I’m excited to continue my journey with L.A. Reid and his staff at the new Epic Records. The first time L.A. saw me he said I’d be a star, and I can’t wait to get to work and prove him right. 2011 was Dope, but 2012 is gonna be Epic!”

In addition to securing a music contract, the young rapper has also scored an acting role. Astro will portray a troubled teen in an unnamed film that also stars Taraji P Henson. Bradley says, “I just played a kid named Darren. They killed my brother in the streets and I felt the cops wasn’t givin’ justice and I just went about it myself. You gotta watch it to see. It’s me… it’s basically how I would act if somebody killed my brother. I’m not going to wait on the police, I’m going to retaliate on my own. It’s a pretty good acting role for me. I’m tryin’ to get my Will Smith on.”


After the birth of Blue Ivy and release of “Glory” it was rumored that rapper Jay-Z had taken a solemn vow to stop using derogatory language in his songs. Jay’s publicist, however, has confirmed that such rumors are not true.

Rolling Stone says, “Despite widespread reports, Jay-Z has apparently made no claim that he’ll stop using the word ‘b****’ in his lyrics following the birth of his daughter. The story ‘is B.S.,’ TMZ founder Harvey Levin tweeted earlier today, citing one of the rapper’s representatives as his source.”

The rumor began when W.E.N.N. claimed to have obtained a poem by the rapper that spoke of his desire to refine song lyrics. Many fans questioned the authenticity of the poem when it was released.


Nick Cannon has returned to work and says he feels 100% better since his battle with kidney failure.

In a recent discussion with MTV Cannon gave much credit to wife Mariah Carey for staying by his side during the whole ordeal. Nick also talked about how the experience made him appreciate fatherhood. Cannon states, “Right now my kids are everything — they’re always going to be everything, but when something like this happens to you, everything else is shut out and you’re just focused on them. So every second you just notice so many things … it just makes it so much more poignant. I love everything that they do and just want to be a part of everything.”

Nick also said, “There’s a second where you’re thinking, ‘What if I’m not able to instill the things I want to instill into my children?’ It just makes you think, like, ‘I need to give them everything I could possibly give them right now,’ and obviously it starts with love. I always considered myself as someone who was in great shape, but I was doing too much so my immune system got confused and just started attacking my kidney. You look at my Twitter picture and I look like I’m in shape, but I was putting the wrong stuff into my body, speeding all the time, not sleeping and eating properly. It’s all about taking time and really caring about yourself and how you fuel yourself.”


Laila and her 9-month-old daughter strike a pose at boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday bash. Baby Sydney and Curtis Jr.,3, attended their grandfather’s birthday celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The birthday party marked the beginning of the “Seven Days for Seven Decades” series meant to honor Muhammad Ali for his fierceness in the boxing rink and generous giving in society. The series will host several community events that will reach out and unite various neighborhoods throughout Kentucky.

One more picture below!


Rachel Crow,14, recently conducted an interview with TVLine Media in which she discussed her experience on the X Factor and career in comedy before being discovered on the show.

Although many viewed her reaction to being eliminated as a sign of cockiness, Rachel blamed her dramatic exit on fatigue. Crow states, “Lots of people said it was a little bit of a cockiness, but the doctor said it was a minor faint, from all the pressure. I was just so sad, and I kind of fell, and in my eyes you could see me being like, ‘What do I do now?’ You know, it was definitely hard, but when I sang ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ that second time, I put everything I had into it, and I think that it’s safe to say that was my best performance I had ever done.  I admit at the end I blew my voice because I was pushing so hard and crying at the same time; the last babies — ‘baby, baby, baby!’ —  the last couple, I couldn’t get up there and hit the note, because my voice was gone. I felt like collapsing after that song because I was so into it.”

While she may not have made the best exit, Rachel left a positive mark with every performance during her time on X Factor. When commenting on her dynamic performance on the Top 16 show Rachel said, “Nobody knows, but this is what happened: I was going to do ‘Forget You’ mixed with ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.’ And it was going to be amazing and exciting, and the set was going to be beautiful. Then, the day before the show, Simon changed my song to ‘Baby.'”

Although known as a singer, Crow served as a stand-up comedian before competing on X Factor. Rachel explains, “When I was 10 or 11, maybe even 12, I just loved making people laugh. It was fun, and I got pretty positive crowd reactions. I performed at LA Improv too many times to count. I was part of the first group of kids to go to Vegas and perform at Harrah’s casino. I think that’s where I got my comeback from, when L.A. asked about who I was singing ‘Beautiful Girls’ to. I’m very quick, so I just pointed and said, ‘Paula and Nicole.'”


Actress Tia Mowry recently visited the Rachael Ray Show with her 6-month-old pal Cree. While on the show, Mowry discussed the concept of having a balance between work and motherhood. She also recognized husband Cory Hardrict as a great father.

Cory and Cree.
“Cory is really good with him. He changes his diaper, he feeds him… I kind of have to be like ok come on let me spend some time with me son! But, it’s great, it’s great.”

On finding the balance between work and mothering duties.
“It’s extremely hard, I’m just trying to keep it real, it’s hard to find that balance, I don’t really even know if there is a balance, but you know he motivates me to just go to work and be the best because I do all of this for him so, but I think he’s here too so.”

Check out Tia’s full interview here.


Columbus Short and his very pregnant wife Tanee McCall-Short and their son are pictured at Jayneoni Moore’s Pre Golden Globe Lounge on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the W Hotel Westwood in Los Angeles, California. McCall is best known for her role in You Got Served (2004) and The Losers (2010). Columbus is popular for his character portrayals in Accepted (2006) and Stomp the Yard (2007).


R&B Singer Kelly Price became a grandmother last week. The singer’s 19-year-old son Jeffery Rolle Jr. welcomed a 6 pound and 7 ounce baby girl into the world on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Price celebrated with Facebook friends writing, “Welcome to the world Sydnee a.k.a. Lil Mac!”


First Lady Michelle Obama recently conducted an interview with Gayle King of CBS News in which she discussed everything from motherhood to living in the White House. The first lady also addressed the issue of her and Barack having more children in the near or distant future.

On motherhood and living in the bubble known as the White House.

“We absolutely live in a bubble. There’s shatterproof glass in our windows and you know. Men with guns on the roof, and you know, that’s just the reality of it. So [normalcy is] something that we have to work for. So I have to keep my kids on track to do things that we would do as if we weren’t here. Whether it’s vacation or camp or taking a trip we would normally take. It’s letting them get outside of the bubble, to get them to a place. That’s why going to Hawaii is so important. They can run on the beach and be away and be normal. That’s so important and I fight for that, for them.”

How Barack and Michelle embarrass their children.

“For me [Michelle] it’s singing and dancing. If I break into my, you know, so when we’re in a place somewhere and I want to get Sasha to laugh because I think she’s too focused and serious and you know if you don’t smile I’m gonna start dancing, and she’s like, ‘No, no don’t dance.’ But you know our kids, well this is you know another thing. They don’t really want us to come up to school. Because especially the president. Because when he comes for parent-teacher conference, it’s a motorcade. The other day Malia was like, ‘Oh no, is dad coming? Is he bringing all those cars? Really it’s like the other day I think they almost hit my teacher.'”

Another baby on the way?

“There will be no other children in the White House. I can officially make that announcement here.”

Read the full interview here.