Toni Braxton isn’t quite done with music yet.
The “Let It Flow” singer did announce she was retiring from recording albums, but she did insist that she would still perform and tour. And it seems like Braxton is staying true to her word.
The songstress has release a list of North America tour dates. Ms. Braxton will kick-off her tour on Aug 9 in Las Vegas, and will wrap things up on August 31 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Braxton is currently working on a duets album with Babyface, so who knows; he just might make an appearance at one of her shows.
August 9 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl—Palms Concert Theatre
August 10 – Coquitlam, BC – Red Robinson Theatre
August 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Concert Series
August 14 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
August 16 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
August 17 – Detroit, MI – Chene Park – Classic Soul Series
August 18 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
August 21 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
August 23 – Lincoln, RI – Twin River Casino
August 24 – Atlantic City, NJ – Trump Taj Mahal—Mark G Etess Arena
August 25 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury
August 28 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Mahaffey Theater
August 29 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center
August 31 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
A remake for the 1975 film, Mahogany is currently in the works.
The remake will not make it to the big screen, however, and will more than likely just be shown on the silver screen.
The original Mahogany was directed by Motown founder Berry Gordy and starred Diana Ross as ‘Tracy,’ a Chicago native who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Tracy’s career eventually takes off and she ventures to Rome, where she is forced to choose between hometown boyfriend Brian (Billy Dee Williams) or pursuing her blossoming career.
No word on when production of the film will begin or who will play the main characters.
On Monday night, First Lady Michelle Obama was dressed to-the-nines as she celebrated her 47th birthday at Source. The first lady was escorted by her husband President Barak Obama and headed to an intimate dinner at the restaurant with one another.
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T.I. might be in jail, but he is still making headlines. The rapper can be seen on the Dec/Jan. cover of Vibe magazine. T.I sat down with Vibe before entering prison. In this interview the rapper speaks candidly about his drug use, success and his talk with Eminem. This issue of Vibe hits stands on November 30. Check out some snippets from the issue below.
I’ve heard you mention how the good that you’ve done is easily forgotten. Do you feel that you’ve been treated unfairly?
If I place my value in the way humans treat me, then maybe. But they’re human, man―they can’t help themselves. They do that to people they know personally. So how can I expect them to treat me, only knowing me through television? They did that to Jesus. They did that to Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali. They did it to every great person you could possibly think of. When it was all good, they was with them. When things got bad, then they was against them.
But in this case things didn’t “get bad.” It’s something you did.
Let me just say this: [he sits up on the couch] If you look at a guy who came up, no pops in the house, moms on welfare, food stamps; started selling dope when he was 12, 13 years old, came up handling guns, being in shoot-outs; started going to jail when he was 15. In all of this chaos and this mischief and lawlessness, the person who was just in jail for machine guns and silencers turns his life around. And now you want to crucify him ―for what? Three pills. I mean, of course it’s wrong and unacceptable and inexcusable. No problem. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s rather petty. It’s rather petty to hold someone’s feet to the fire for something so small when they have overcame things that were so big. All that could have been going wrong―if I was riding with more guns, or if I had gotten into a shoot-out and killed somebody, then I could see that. But just think about it. I’ve gotten it down to this much.
How did you get a drug habit?
I had a lot of work done to my teeth. Oral surgery, extractions, six, seven, eight root canals. Between January to February. As soon as I got out, I had a lot of stuff done. In the joint, you eat shit that is unhealthy for you. I had fillings that fell out and stuff that had to get dealt with. Of course for the pain they gave me oxycontin and hydrocodone. And, mind you, on October 13, 2007, I had cut off everything―weed, alcohol. Then I get these pills and I start taking them for the pain at first. And then I’m like, Wait―this shit makes me feel good. And it’s legal. After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might have a drink or smoke a blunt, I took a pain pill. Times when I had 18-, 20-hour days, I’d take a pain pill. And eventually I developed―I guess―the beginning stages of dependence.
Have you talked to Eminem about addiction?
Sure. We got a record together, and we talked a lot. I asked him how he knew he was an addict. Basically if you put yourself in harm’s way… if you risk that, you’ve got to assume that there is something fundamentally wrong with your thought process.
Ebony magazine has been in circulation for 65-years. The magazine has had some of the most prominent figures in politics, music and the media grace its covers over the years. To commemorate the occasion, the magazine decided to revisit some of its most memorable covers with today’s hottest stars. Usher, Jurnee Smolliet, Samuel L. Jackson, Taraji Henson, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Yolanda Adams, and Regina King are just some of the people who took part in this special collector’s edition. See if you can guess which figures each celebrity is portraying.
When you get a minute to yourself, or maybe even two minutes to yourself, take some time and reflect on what today is. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. With all that’s happening in the world, it’s always good to take a little time and count your blessings.
Today we honor a man who stood for peace, and equality. In light of what today is, take a look at Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Dr. King would be extremely proud of har far we’ve come.
“We shall overcome… someday”
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