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Whitney Houston Memorialized By Stars, Family, Friends At Childhood Church

'Whitney, you are the only one who could bring us all together,' New Hope Baptist Church pastor says in Newark, New Jersey.

By Tomika L. Anderson

Whitney Houston in 1995

Photo: 20th Century Fox/Getty Images

The whole world went to church on Saturday (February 18) to say goodbye to one of the greatest singers of all time. Attendees of all ages, religious beliefs and walks of life, gathered to celebrate superstar singer Whitney Elizabeth Houston, a native of Newark, New Jersey. The state's governor, Chris Christie, flew flags across New Jersey at half mast in her honor.

The 48-year-old music icon died on February 11, a day before the Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. She is expected to be buried on Sunday. (The official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.)

Despite the singer's well-documented struggles with substance abuse, on Saturday, there was very little talk of controversy during the largely upbeat,
See full article at MTV Music News »

Our Exclusive Black History Month Comedy Roundtable

Our Exclusive Black History Month Comedy Roundtable
Red Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle... say any of their names to a serious fan of comedy and you're likely to elicit a reverential sigh of importance, followed by a word-for-word recitation of one of their most famous bits.

Black performers have played a pivotal role not just in entertainment, but in changing the way blacks and whites in America lived, worked and related to each other. And comedians especially, with their penchant for crossing lines and speaking uncomfortable truths, have been some of the most influential artists of the last century.

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to take a look at the influence of black comedians through the eyes of the artists who are following in their footsteps.

So we brought six up-and-coming young comics together for a unique roundtable discussion about comedy, race and the most influential performers of the past and present.
See full article at Huffington Post »

Stephen Colbert to officially run for president?

Stephen Colbert to officially run for president?
Tonight, the Republican race for president may get a teeny bit more crowded: Stephen Colbert will be making an announcement about his plans for throwing his hat in the ring for the Jan. 21 Gop primary in his home state of South Carolina. He’s not serious — at least we think he’s not — but the latest public opinion polls do place the comedian at 5 percent in the state, a full point ahead of real-life candidate John Huntsman.

This isn’t the first time Colbert has made a half-joking run for the White House. He tried to get on the ballot
See full article at EW.com - PopWatch »

Exclusive: GhettoPhysics TV Spot

GhettoPhysics is a fascinating expose from directors E. Raymond Brown and William Arntz that examines the interplay between pimps and hos, and how their relationship has become the simplest expression of power, as reflected in today's world of politics. We have your first look at this insightful new movie, which you can check out in our exclusive TV spot below. We also have exciting information on how your own song can be included on the soundtrack in the GhettoPhysics Soundtrack Contest:

Exclusive: GhettoPhysics TV Spot

GhettoPhysics Soundtrack Contest - where you, the fan, can create a song that becomes a part of the soundtrack!

Prizes include:

1st Place - $2,500 and your song becomes part of the soundtrack

2nd Place - $1,000, iPad and your song becomes part of the soundtrack

3rd Place - $500 and Tickets to the Premiere and your song becomes part of the soundtrack

Thousands of fans and those
See full article at MovieWeb »

Interview: Comedian Robert Klein Gets a Leg Up on Latest HBO Special

Chicago – “I can’t stop my leg” is the lyric to Robert Klein’s most famous comedy song, and the venerable stand-up comedian still keeps the laughs coming with his brand of observational hilarity. With a career spanning over 45 years, Klein still knocks ‘em dead on his latest HBO Special, “Unfair and Unbalanced.”

Klein’s roots in comedy are right here in Chicago, having spent a year with The Second City improv troupe in 1965 (he auditioned with Fred Willard). On returning to his native New York City, he started doing stand-up, which led him to his big break on a 1970 summer replacement TV show called “Comedy Tonight.”

Symphony for the Comic: Robert Klein in the HBO Special, ‘Unfair and Unbalanced’

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/HBO

He then had several successful comedy albums, including “Child of the Fifties” [1972] and “Mind Over Matter” [1974], which skewed the escalating Watergate scandal of the time.
See full article at HollywoodChicago.com »

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