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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Republican Senator Arlen Specter Changes Lanes: He is now a Democrat!

Welcome to Team Obama Senator Specter.

I was shocked like everyone else today when Republican Senator Arlen Specter decided to become a Democrat. But I was even more shocked by colleagues of mine who were upset by the move.

Some saw it as a dark day for Republicans, (No, I think we just saw eight years of that).

Others questioned if the move was legal, (I'm not Judge Mathis, but I would say yes)

Sure, moving from one party to the next is usually not the wisest move (Hello Joe Lieberman), but Specter is not your usual Republican.

The cancer surviving Specter was once part of a solid group of Republicans called "Moderates." During the Ronald Reagan presidency, politicians like Specter and Jack Kemp voted on issues based on their views, regardless of party affiliation.

However, since the Reagan era, Republican moderates has been slowly losing their power to Republicans who were methodically moving to the right.

By the time George Bush and Karl Rove took over Washington D.C. eight years ago, moderates became even more extinct than a Cat Steven's 8-track.

My feeling is that Arlen Specter probably grew tired of fighting with his hard right colleagues and figured he could do more in the Democratic party.

By switching parties, Specter gives the Democrats a 60-seat, veto-proof majority in the Senate(presuming if Al Franken finally wins his seat in Minnesota).

Did Senator Arlen Specter make the right move?

Who knows?

Specter probably will not feel the full ramifications of his switch until his next Senatorial race in 2010 . Even as we speak, the Republicans are probably recruiting candidates who will use Specter's move as a campaign tool, stressing conservative values and that real Republicans would never turn Democrat.

Only then, in the hands of Pennsylvania voters who always supported for Arlen Specter, will we see if he made the right decision or not.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lebron James and Cleveland Cavaliers Playoff Proposal (Heineken Spoof)

Remember back in the day when the Chicago Bears' rap song "The Superbowl Shuffle" was the rage? Well those days are long gone as Lebron James and Cleveland Cavaliers has gone completely viral with shoes!

Spoofing the Heineken commercial where the women scream over shoes and men scream over beer, the Cavs has taken the ad to a whole another level with a playoff slant, (stay tuned for the emotional ending with Anderson Varejao and Delonte West).

The ad was shown during the recent Cavs playoff game with the Detroit Pistons at Quickens Loans Arena ("The Q"), but I'm sure it will find its way on TNT's "Inside The NBA" with Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith soon.

By the way, if anybody knows redheads in both Heineken commercials, tell them to Call Me!

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Hoax? Howard Stern plays audio of Beyonce singing off key

on Tuesday on his Sirius XM show, Howard Stern played an audio clip of Beyonce singing "If I Were A Boy" on the Today Show rather poorly.

On Wednesday, Beyonce claimed that the tape is fake.

In this day of technology, where everything can be doctored, the tape probably is fake. But regardless if the audio is Beyonce or not, it's still funny.

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Mike Tyson Interview on Charlie Rose Show 4/20/2009

During a media blitz for his documentary "Tyson", the former baddest man on the planet sits down with Charlie Rose for an in depth conversation.

Lebron James - More Than A Game [Movie Trailer]

While Lebron James is tussling with the Detroit Pistons, the Cleveland Cav also released the trailer for his film "More Than A Game". The documentary tracks James' life from high school phenom in Akron, Ohio to international basketball icon.

Missed Adam Lambert Perform "If I Can't Have You" on American Idol?

Adam Lambert- If I Can't Have You

Yvonne Elliman - If I Can't Have You

In years past, disco night on American Idol was a bad night for karaoke.

But last night was drastically different.

For the exception of Lil Rounds, admirable, but undistinguished version of Chaka Kahn's "I'm Every Woman" and Matt Giraud's Justin Timberlake-ish rendition of "Staying Alive", the rest of Idols did a great a job in revamping disco classics and making it their own.

Leading the way of course was Adam Lambert.

I do not know if Lambert will turn his time on American Idol into a successful music career like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, but Lambert continues to solidify himself as one of the best American Idol contestants ever.

This time around, Lambert (along with a American Idol music arranger) deconstructed Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack and made it into a slow burning R&B ballad.

It takes a special talent to take a recognizable Bee Gee's penned classic and change it way where it not only sounds completely different, but also gives it a new musical life..but he did it.

Adam Lambert has something that most music artists nowadays lack in the voice, emotion.

If you take the hottest songs by Keri Hilson or The Dream, the tunes might be good, but what about the vocals?

Are they simply singing a song for ring tone money or do you sense they are singing to someone specific? Last night, Lambert gave the appearance of seeing to someone specific; but even if he was not singing to anyone special, the feelings in his vocals easily flowed through the T.V.

Besides Lambert, other highlights include Danny Goeky's soulful version of Earth Wind and Fire's "September" as well as Kris Allen's Santana tinged version of Donna Summer's "She Works Hard For The Money".

The interesting thing is that even if something crazy happens and Adam Lambert is knocked out like Chris Daughtry a few years ago, the rest of this year's Idols (which also includes Anoop Desai and rocker Allison Iraheta) are so talented that any one of them they could beat a number of former Idol winners including Underwood and David Cook.

Ironically, this year is very reminiscent when talented big voiced divas Fantasia , Latoya London and Jennifer Hudson duked it out with Fantasia taking the crown.

The only difference is, this year might actually be a little bit better.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow (Official Music Video)

Will. I. AM, Fergie and the rest of the BEP is back with "Boom Boom Pow, a song that was inspired by the European clubs Will. I I. Am visited while filming X-Men Origins: Wolverine" with Hugh Jackman. "Boom Boom Pow" isn't the greatest song in the world, but it's a great tune for pop lockers, strippers and would be strippers.

Friday, April 17, 2009

I Just Got Twittered by Oprah Winfrey and I Like It!

And on the ninth day, Oprah began to Twitter.

Following the footsteps of the celeb-Twitters like Diddy, Demi Moore and her husband Ashton Kuchter, on he show on Friday, Oprah Winfrey will becomes the latest celeb on Twitter (

Is this earth shattering news? No, but it's becoming increasingly clear to me that Twitter is either about to or already has "Jumped The Shark".

This isn't a knock against Oprah Winfrey, I like Oprah.

In fact, Twittering is probably the best way for Winfrey to connected to her fans and vice versa, (even though I doubt that Oprah will tweet that she ate a bag of cookies at 2AM).

I just feel that whatever cool factor Twitter once had, it is now gone.

In essence, Twitter is the Octo-mom of technology....both started out interesting, but you hear about them so much you wish they would to go away.

The question now is whether Twitter-mania will soon end and go back to being a cool application or is it already over and the tech geeks has probably moved on to the latest greatest social network application?

Until we find out the answer, I'll just check out Oprah's tweets; maybe she can let me know if I could "Twitter" her buddy Gayle King.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jamie Foxx Apologizes to Mylie Cyrus On The Tonight Show

Kicking off his promotional tour to promote his latest film"The Sololist" with Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx appeared on "The Tonight With Jay Leno" on Tuesday night.

During the first part of the interview, Foxx joked about almost dying on flight, singing a brief version of his # 1 hit "Blame it" and mimicking Diddy's dancing moves.

The interview took a serious turn when Foxx apologized to "Hannah Montana" star Mylie Cyrus for making funny, but crude jokes about the teen after she said was going to destroy Radiohead's career for blowing her off prior to their Grammy performance.

Foxx on Leno

Foxx's Original Comments on Mylie Cyrus on his Sirius XM Show

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Chris Brown's "Apology" Song to Rhianna? (Produced by Dre & Vidal)

Speculation is swirling that Brown's latest song "Apology" is dedicated to Rhianna but as of yet nothing has been confirmed.

Give it a listen and tell me what you think

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Lindsay Lohan's eHarmony Profile

I finally found the girl of my dreams.

She is attractive, creative and most importantly she wears an ankle bracelet.

Her name? It's Lindsay Lohan.

Yes that Lindsay Lohan who allegedly broke up with her gal pal Samantha Ronson and who is a constant presence in gossip mags and police blotters.

Spoofing herself on the website "Funny or Die", the red headed actress creates a fake eHarmony profile, where she looks for someone she can "spend the rest of my life with....or at least the rest of my probation with".

Funny stuff, but I wonder how many people will foolishly go on eHarmony to see if they could hook up with Ms. Lohan?

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lil Kim’s Wardrobe Malfunction on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS)

I have to give Lil Kim credit.

Even though, her plastic surgery still distract me at times, Lil Kim has proven to be a standout contestant on Dancing With The Stars.

This week Kim and her partner, Derek Hough danced to the Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock”.

However The Queen Bee ALMOST had a Janet Jackson moment, when her top almost popped off. Thanks to a quick costume adjustment by DWTS host Tom Tom Bergeron, Kim adverted disaster.

After the show Lil Kim said "Oh, the girls were trying to come out again! I hate it when they do that, they’re so nosy!”

They're little bit bigger than a nose Kim.....

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Britain Got Talent's Susan Boyle Casts a Spell on Simon Cowell

While America Idol is down to the final eight, Simon Cowell has begun the process of judging talent on another one of his hit show's "Britain's Got Talent".

Imagine Cowell's surprise when a frumpy woman 47 year old named Susan Boyle sauntered onto to the stage and told him that she was going to sing "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables".

Cowell scoffed as well as the audience that a woman with Boyle's looks could pull off such as feat. Yet, by the end of her performance, Cowell his fellow judges Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden as well as the audience fell in love with the Youtube sensation's superb operatic talent.

Can't wait to see what Simon Cowell has up his sleeve when his other hit U.K. show "X-Factor" comes back this summer.

Susan Boyle on 2009's Britain's Got Talent episode 1 (Clip)

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Michael Jordan's Competitive Drive

What makes a champion?

What separates the great from the very good?

Is it Drive? Talent? Focus ?

On his impeding induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, ESPN's Bob Ley examines what motivates Michael Jordan to become a champion on recent edition of "Outside The Lines".

Saturday, April 11, 2009

11 Year Old Hangs Himself Because Of Bullying: This Must Stop!

Last week,Sirdeaner L. Walker 11 year old son, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover hung himself after he endured another day of taunting at the New Leadership Charter School in Massachusetts.

Growing up, I was a victim of bullying and teasing and unfortunately, some of those scars are still with me today.

However, it seems since I was a kid, bullying has gotten so bad that more kids feel that their only option is to kill themselves.

This has to stop!

If you a see a kid being picked on help them.

Yell at the kids who is doing the bullying and help the kid being the taunting.

Tell them that its okay that they are different.

Tell them its okay that they don't wear the same clothes like everyone else

Tell them that they are more of leader because they don't follow anyone in a group.

Tell them that they have so much to give to the world that it doesn't matter what other kids think.

Make sure you tell their parents or teachers what's going on with the child, (too often kids keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves).

If kid's confidence is damaged, take them to counseling or find groups and/or activities where the child can excel, (a lack of self esteem is one reason why some of kids commit suicide).

Find activities to raise their confidence, which will hopefully lead to their long term success.

There is no reason why another child has to die because some insecure child thinks its OK to pick on someone who isn't cool or tough.

Life is far too much of a gift to lose...I only wish that Sirdeaner Walker's son Carl was still here to hear these words.

--Kevin Lockett

No Doubt-Stand & Deliver (Gossip Girl)

Prior to their appearance on Gossip Girl, (I don't watch the show, but Blake Lively is cool), No Doubt returns with a remake of Adam Ant's "Stand & Deliver".
Its alright, I might have give it a few listens before I can get into it, but its good to see Gwen Stefani with Tony and boys again.

Jamie Foxx Talks About his Stalker Attack

This weekend Jamie Foxx returned to his Foxxhole radio show on Sirius XM. As the show unfolded, the always entertaining Foxx gave a blow by blow accounting about the man who stalked him, while he was shooting a movie in Philly.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fiona Apple is Back with "Why Try To Change Me Now?"

Where has Fiona Apple been?

In 2005, Apple reappered after a long hiatus with the album "Extraordinary Machine". But then, the husky voiced honey with the the light blue eyes disappeared again without a trace.

Now she's back, with "Why Try To Change Me Now?", a a song that will be featured on a tribute EP dedicated to theater legend Cy Coleman.

"Why Try To Change Me Now?", is arguably one of Apple's best songs, since her first album "Tidal".

With a lilting piano melody, (which at times sounds like Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky"), Apple's tortured vocal prowess, perfectly slides into this moving torch ballad about love and heartache.

"Why Try To Change Me Now?"is a type of song that makes you wanting more from Miss Apple...let's hope she doesn't wait so long to bless us with another moving track.

"Why Try To Change Me Now" (Download)

EnVogue Reunites At The 17th Anuual Trumpet Awards

Here's an exclusive peak at En Vogue's performance at the 2009 The 17th Annual Trumpet Awards. Cindy, Maxine, danw and my future ex wife # 3 Terri Ellis renuited on stage and performed a few of the classic tracks including "Hold On" "Never Gonna Get It". The Trumpet Awards premeire on TV One on April 12th.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mike Tyson - Full Documentary [1 Hour / 30 Min]

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is by far one most polarizing, yet interesting personalities in popular culture.

Like a classic Greek tragedy, Tyson went from the bottom to the top in rapid fashion, then only to blow it all with runs in the law, jail, a high profile marriage, money grabbing mentors and his own self destructive personality.

The following documentary takes a look at the person that was once known as the "Baddest Man on The Planet".

Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Last night the American Idols performed Kylie Minogue's classic tune "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". Their version was OK, but there is nothing better than watching the sexy Ms. Minogue dance around in the thumping original.

For added flavor, I included piano driven karooke version of the track.

Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie Karaoke

Billy Bob Thornton 'Blow Up' on Q TV (Interview)

Billy Bob and his band The Boxmasters arrived at the studios of Q to talk about their music. However, the prickly Thornton took issue with the interviewer's questions from the very minute the interview started; even though the interviewer didn't say anything offensive to Thornton.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Missed Adam Lambert's Performance of "Mad World" on American Idol?

Because America Idol ran over last night, many viewers who TIVos the the show missed Adam Lambert's moving, but controlled version of Tear For Fear's "Mad World", (a performance that made Simon Cowell give him a standing ovation).

Below is Lambert's performance along with Tear For Fear's original 1982 version.

Adam Lambert-Mad World (Audio) ....American Idol deleted the video on Youtube.

Go here for the performance

Tear For Fears-Mad World

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Busta Rhymes Feat. T-Pain - Hustler's Anthem (Directed by Hype Williams)

T-Pain might have busted a few teeth while goofing around on a golf cart, but at least dropped this gem with Busta Rhymes before he started wearing Fixodent.

Eminem - We Made You (Rock Star) Video

Marshall Mathers returns to the music scene with his own parody of Brett Michael's "Rock of Love", where he also makes fun of Sarah Palin, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Dallas Cowboys's QB Tony Romo and a thick-ish Jessica Simpson look-a-like, (Did Em really do a take off Elvis Presley's "Jail House Rock"?)

If there is one thing most rappers haven't figured out yet is that its OK to look foolish in video and have fun in a video. That's why Em has money to burn, while other rappers are happy to sell a few ring tones.

Big shout to MAD TV's Bobby Lee who also appear throughtout the video as Star Trek's Mr. Sulu, an eskimo, etc.


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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Friday, April 3, 2009

VH1's '100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s' Ends Tonight

If you missed VH1's '100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s', you missed one the most cheesiest and greatest countdowns of all time.

For anyone who grew up in the 80s', the countdown is full of guilty pleasures (Robbie Dupree's " Steal Away") or songs that you can't get out of your head (Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me").

VH1's '100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s' ends tonight with the top 20 at 10pm, but if you can't wait that long, here's the top ten in random order:

-A-ha, Take One Me

- Bow Wow Wow, I Want Candy

- Dexys Midnight Runners, Come On Eileen

- A Flock of Seagulls, I Ran (So Far Away)

- Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Relax

- Kajagoogoo, Too Shy

- Modern English, I Melt With You

- Soft Cell, Tainted Love

- Tommy Tutone, 867-5309/Jenny

- Toni Basil, Mickey

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(Pictured above Wendy O. Williams from The Plasmatics)

Jermaine Stewart "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off"

India.Arie - Chocolate High (feat. Musiq Soulchild)

Rumor has it India Arie and Musiq Soulchild wrote "Chocolate High" back in the day when they were dating.

The song sat for number of years before the duo decided to release it, which was smart move because "Chocolate High" is one of those songs that makes you feel good after you hear it. Plus, it's nice to hear a real duet with feeling that doesn't involve auto tunes or someone singing a hook and calling it a duet.

Eric Benet-Chocolate Legs: (Uncesored)

I dig this song, dig this video. When Jennifer Hudson won the Grammy for best R&B at this year's Grammy's, it was completed warranted because outside of Rapahel Saddiq and Raheem Devaughn, Eric Benet released one of the best R&B albums this past year with "Love & Life".

While he doesn't get the radio airplay he deserves on urban radio, Eric Benet has been quietly releasing new R&B classics like "You're The Only" and "Chocolate Legs" that are heartfelt and rich in soul.

Eric Cire - Love Vowels (Neo Soul)

I came across Eric Cire's "Love Vowels" while listening Sirius XM. I guess "Love Vowels" came out nearly a year ago, but Eric Cire's Charlie Wilson tinged performnce is too good to pass up. I'm looking forward to hear more tracks from this talented artist.

Pitbull - Blanco (feat. Pharrell)

The official music video for Pitbull's "Blanco" featuring Pharrell, from the Fast and Furious.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Marvin Gaye's Interview With Tom Joyner (1983)

Today would've been Marvin Gaye's 70th birthday. To commemorate the R&B legend's birth, here is a clip of interview Gaye did in 1983 with the "Fly Jock" Tom Joyner.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Halle Berry Dancing With Ellen DeGeneres

Halle Berry & Ellen Degeneres dance to Hurricane Chris' "She's Fine" (Halle Berry Remix).

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