WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Nikki D.

Nikki D was the first female rapper signed by Def Jam Recordings. She signed with Def Jam in 1989 and released her debut single “A No No No” the same year. It was produced by Sam Sever. The single’s video featured Flavor Flav, titled “Letting Off Steam”. Later Nikki D released the more commercially acceptable song, “Daddy’s Little Girl” some two years later, which reached No. 1 on Billboards Hot Rap Singles.

Prior to releasing “Daddy’s Little Girl”, Nikki D was on tour in Europe for a year with fellow R&B artist Alyson Williams. Nikki D has recorded songs with Moby, Queen Latifah on the Set It Off soundtrack, with Redman for his Muddy Waters album, EPMD, Naughty By Nature, Flavor Unit and Suzanne Vega.

In 1998 Nikki D became the vice president Of A&R at Flavor Unit Records, a position she held for two years. She was the marketing manager at “Phat Fashions”, the apparel company that housed Phat Farm, Baby Phat, and Atman. Now she is Brand Manager for PrivacyWear, as well as running her entertainment company Strong Entertainment, with artist such as Shaun Pynne, and Problem Child.

“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Monie Love.

“Strong, Steppin’, Struttin’, Movin’ On/ Rhymin’, Cuttin’, And Not 4Getting’/ We Are The Ones To Give Birth 2 The New Generation Of Prophets/ ‘Cause It’s Ladies First.”- Monie Love.

Simone Wilson – aka  Monie Love, is an English MC and former radio personality in the United States. She is a well-respected figure in British hip hop, and made an impact with American hip hop audiences as a protégé of female American MC Queen Latifah, as well as through her membership in the late 1980s/early 1990s Native Tongues. Also, Monie was one of the first BritHop artists to be signed and distributed worldwide by a major record label.

Monie began her hip hop/BritHop career as an emcee in the British Jus Bad crew, which featured DJ Pogo, Sparki, and MC Mell’O‘. The group released the single “Free Style/Proud” on the independent Tuff Groove record label in 1988.

Mo first gained critical and commercial notice in the United States in 1989 for her cameos in Queen Latifah‘s Grammy Award-winning and pro-woman single “Ladies First,” in the Jungle Brothers‘ well-received single “Doin’ Our Own Dang,” and in De La Soul’s hit single “Buddy.” The acclaim led her to a recording contract with Warner Brother’s Records, making Love one of the few British hip-hop efforts released by a major label. She also has a place in Hip-Hop history as a member of the Native Tongues, a positive-minded hip-hop collective that included Queen Latifah, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers, and a number of other acts. Her versatility was demonstrated with her involvement in the emerging popularity of House music, with her own single Grandpa’s Party as well as providing rap for the The Dancin’ David D Remix of Adeva’s house hit Respect.

Monie’s debut album, Down To Earth, spawned two, Grammy-nominated hits, “Monie in the Middle” high school-set track dealing with a woman’s right to determine what she wants out of a relationship and “It’s a Shame (My Sister)” The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame” written for the band by Stevie Wonder and featured house-music vocalist and then-labelmate Ultra Naté. The album reached #26 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Mo was featured on her brother Dave Angel‘s remix of Whitney Houston’s R&B hit “My Name Is Not Susan” in 1991, and appeared in the music video alongside Houston. Love’s 1992 single, “Full-Term Love,” from the Class Act movie soundtrack, reached #7 on the Hot Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Monie collaborated with Marley Marl on her second album, In a Word or 2 (1993), which featured the Prince-produced single “Born To B.R.E.E.D.” (which reached #1 on the Hot Dance Music chart and #7 on the Hot Rap Singles chart), as well as a re-release of “Full-Term Love.” The same year, Prince asked her to write lyrics for a few songs on a side-project, Carmen Electra‘s eponymous album, Carmen Electra.

Mo’s last musical release was the EP “Slice of Da Pie” in 2000.

From 2004 until the week of December 11, 2006, Monie was the morning drive host on Philadelphia’s WPHI-FM 100.3. The 22 of December 2006 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News confirmed that Mo left WPHI-FM on amicable terms after contract negotiations stalled. Monie’s departure from WPHI followed soon after her December 2006 interview with Young Jeezy, where the two argued over whether hip hop is dead.

Monie is also an Official MySpace.com DJ, according to her MySpace page. She currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is the single mother to four children. Currently, she has a radio show on called Ladies First Radio with Monie Love. It airs Thursdays 6PM ET and Sundays 8PM ET.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Queen Latifah.

“I Passed By A Girl’s Wake, They Say She Died At 7/ Hit By A Stray But I Pray That There’s A ‘Hood In Heaven.“- Queen Latifah.

Queen Latifah: musician; television and film actress; a label president; an author and entrepreneur. Blessed with style and substance, Queen Latifah has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate. Heralded by the press and the industry as a force to be reckoned with, Latifah has quite simply done it all and shows no sign of slowing down.
Queen kicked off her career as an MC at the tender age of 17 years old. Her first single was “Wrath Of My Madness”, which was released in 1987. She followed up with the debut album All Hail The Queen, and that was all she wrote. From that project came hit singles “Dance For Me”, “Come Into my House”, and the classic “Ladies First”, a collabo with Monie Love, which resonates till this day.

1994 she’d return with her third project- Black Reign- which would include the hits “Black Hand Side”, “U.N.I.T.Y”, “Just Another Day”, & “Weekend Love.” And the list goes on.

In That same year she’d also star in her own sitcom Living Single, alongside Kim Fields, Erika Alexander, & Kim Coles. That show ran for six seasons. And in 1999, Queen kicked off “The Queen Latifah Show”, making her the first person in Hip-Hop (Male/Female) to have their own daytime talk show.

Latifah has had amazing success in Hollywood in recent years, and became the first hip hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2006. She received rave reviews, an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Miramax’s Chicago. Following Chicago, Latifah starred in Disney’s box office hit Bringing Down the House, on which she also acted as executive producer.
Her latest TV Movie, Life Support, in which she was both the star and executive producer, is a true-life drama, in which she plays a mother who overcomes an addiction to crack and becomes a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community. This aired on HBO on March 10th and Latifah received rave reviews as well as an Emmy nomination, a Golden Globe win and a SAG Award win. In July she starred in Neil Meron and Craig Zadan’s Hairspray playing Motormouth Maybelle and was recently seen in the film Mad Money starring alongside Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes.
In her latest film, Fox Searchlight’s The Secret Life of Bees, Latifah stars alongside Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fannning. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Secret Life of Bees won the Hollywood Film Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Latifah was seen in Wayne Wang’s The Last Holiday, and starred in MGM’s Beauty Shop (a spin-off of the hit Barbershop), which she also produced. She also appeared in Marc Forster’s Stranger Than Fiction, playing opposite Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman and was the voice of the Wooly Mammoth in Ice Age 2.

To most people releasing multiple movies would be enough, but Queen Latifah wasn’t satisfied. On September 25th, 2007 Latifah released her new album titled Trav’lin Light in which she was nominated for a Grammy. Co-produced by three time Grammy winner, Tommy LiPuma, this album is the long awaited follow up to Latifah’s highly received and Grammy nominated The Dana Owens Album. The platinum-selling album was a collection of timeless classics chosen and covered by the Queen herself. As Latifah demonstrated both in Living Out Loud (1998) and her Oscar-nominated performance in Chicago (2002), her vocal talent is as impressive as her acting.
Queen Latifah is also one of music’s most well respected rappers. From her ground breaking 1989 debut All Hail the Queen, which set the visual and contextual standard for female rappers, to her bold foray into R&B, Latifah continues to define what a woman in the music industry should be. She has earned four Grammy nominations as well as a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1994. Latifah toured the U.S. as part of The Sugar Water Festival with fellow soul sisters, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott.

And then there’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, a production company owned and operated by Queen Latifah and her partner, Shakim Compere. The company, based in New Jersey, is quickly establishing itself as one of the most important production companies in the film industry. They began by executive producing the box office hit Bringing Down the House and then continued with Beauty Shop for MGM. They are also co-producing the action-comedy Bad Girls at Paramount with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Overbrook. They have also produced The Cookout with Lion’s Gate.
Latifah is also not a stranger to the small screen. Her first television series, Living Single, was a huge success and is currently in syndication. From the small screen, Latifah made a leap to film and her acting skills have earned her the status of leading lady.
Since her screen debut in Spike Lee’s 1991 film Jungle Fever, her film career has taken off. She starred in Set it Off, which earned her a nomination for a Spirit Award in the Best Actress category and co-starred with Holly Hunter and Danny DeVito in the critically acclaimed Living Out Loud. In 1999, she was seen in Universal’s The Bone Collector directed by Philip Noyce starring Denzel Washington.

In addition to music, film and television, Queen Latifah has also written a book on self-esteem entitled Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman.
Queen Latifah is diligent in her pursuit of excellence, as is evident by the awards she has received for her work in film and music. Her sincere concern for others is revealed by the generous amount of time and money that she donates to worthwhile charitable organizations. Every year, Queen Latifah serves as co-chairman for the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Established by her mother, Rita Owens, to perpetuate the memory of a loving son and brother, the foundations provides scholarships to students who excel scholastically, but are limited in financial resources.

Currently, Queen is in ATL working on a new film project titled Joyful Noise.

Queen Latifah … The GREATEST Female Rapper Of ALL Time!

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

100 Most POWERFUL Sistas On Twitter.

In a time when Black Women are NOT looked upon favorably, it brings my heart such joy & pleasure to present to you “The 100 Most Powerful Black Women On Twitter” List! According to BlackWeb2.0, they used Klout and Twittergrader, two online reputation measurement tools, to compile a list of the 100 most powerful black women on Twitter. These women have gained a tremendous amount of influence on Twitter by amassing a large number of followers, retweets, and memberships on user lists.

Now I don’t know how the HELL KAT STACKS got on this list, but the rest of these women are PHENOMENAL! They omitted quite a few I can think of off the top of my head. But for the most part, I follow MOST of these ladies myself, and I’m proud to be able to call many of them Friend.

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES! You’ve Earned It.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

Rank Picture Profile Followers Following Updates Listed Tweet
1 AngelaSimmons
Angela Renee Simmons | LA
live, love, life
262,347 140 4,678 2,679
2 OfficialKimora
Kimora Lee Simmons | In the Fab Lane
Model,Mogul,Mom! Designer, TV personality, Author, Perfumista, Married 2 Djimon Hounsou, Mother of Ming Lee, Aoki Lee+ Kenzo Lee. Living Life n the FAB Lane!
190,197 964 15,189 2,824
3 TherealTaraji
Taraji P. Henson | Everywhere Love IS
Taraji aka TJ was born and raised in Washington DC. Single mother and doin the damn thang!
232,269 160 232,274 3,632
4 NICKIMINAJ
Nicki MinajOfficial Nicki Minaj Twitter. Myspace.com/nickiminaj
1,126,909 606 3,173 16,058
5 ReaganGomez
Reagan Gomez | Cali WorldHi. It’s me. I’m a wife, mommy, and I do a little bit of acting. I TWEET. A LOT. LOVES MY BLOCK BUTTON. IF ITS 2 MUCH, LOVE YOUR UNFOLLOW BUTTON. THANK YOU:)
52,020 458 26,177 877
6 TRINArockstarr
TRINA | WORLDWIDE!MILLION $ GIRL!! Baddest Chick In The Game!! Recording Artist & Boss Chick!! New Album AMAZIN’ in stores NOW!! youtube.com/missTRINAdiva
275,085 534 7,279 3,586
7 MissKeriBaby
keri hilson | ATLdesigner of audible art•lover of all things houndstooth•candle enthusiast•appreciator of design•i dream in color•sleep sold separately
737,765 221 4,286 9,848
8 aliciakeys
Alicia Keys | New York CityLight Bearing Artist/songwriter/musician/producer
/actress/activist/people person
2,130,379 134 934 25,879
9 TiaMowry
Tia Mowry | Los Angeles, CaI LOVE love and LOVE to be in LOVE. I am an actress, a wife, and proud to be who I am! I have no regrets and give 110% in everything I do! Live, Love, and Eat
297,135 91 6,371 3,473
10 PaulaAbdul
The Real Paula Abdul | Los Angeles, CAThe Real Paula Abdul – American pop singer, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality.
1,718,112 2,092 5,135 11,460
11 JanelleMonae
Janelle Monae | MetropolisThe ArchAndroid is in Stores EVERYWHERE. And on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/getArchAndroid
97,819 126 3,360 2,653
12 MsLaurenLondon
Lauren London | CaliWhat lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
13 MonicaMyLife
Monica | Atlanta, GALil Rocko & Romelo’s Mommy
357,374 51 8,670 4,760
14 4everBrandy
Brandy Norwood | The momentSinger, Actress, Poet, Executive Producer, Mother, Daughter, and Ray J’s Sister
704,639 1,083 3,996 5,496
15 MsTerryMcMillan
Terry McMillan | onlinewriter,idealist,truth-seeker troublemaker, loyal friend, bad singer, textile designer.
23,377 78 5,773 647
16 tyrabanks
Tyra Banks | FiercelandBusiness woman by day, SMIZE-r by night. Favs: ANYTHING in BBQ sauce & perfecting H2T poses in the mirror.
1,880,765 561 1,064 19,703
17 StarJonesEsq
Star Jones | New YorkAn American Lawyer Chick who is FREE, BLACK and GROWN.
47,692 128 8,870 1,145
18 missfree
Free | look behind you lolV & Radio Personality, Writer and all around lover of the people!www.freesworld.com
130,667 657 15,631 1,165
19 epiphanygirl
chrisette michele | in my dreams!grammy award winning, singer songwriter poet actress, def jam recording artist, friend to many, uber-girly moi!!!
95,181 408 10,063 1,664
20 rihanna
Rihanna | New YorkCome here RUDE BOY!!
1,186,006 6 168 16,333
21 TheRealJordin
Jordin Sparks | 602 BabyHiii! Joining the cast of In The Heights on Broadway starting August 19, 2010! Got some big things coming up! SO EXCITED! :)
590,983 303 9,291 12,373
22 NeNeLeakes
NeNe Leakes | Atlanta, GAATLANTA’S REALEST HOUSEWIFE Author, Philanthropist, Actress, Host, Mom, Independent Business woman on the move & Outspoken Loyal Friend! NOW WHAT’S NEXT
149,679 255 2,323 2,176
23 nicolerichie
Nicole Richie
1,266,993 135 1,771 15,360
24 iHateKatStacks
Kat Stacks | ÜT: 40.92517,-73.895907Management contact e-mail Kevin Wales bookingKatStacks@gmail.com
87,121 160 19,258 1,329
25 RealMichelleW
Michelle Williams | CHICAGOThe Greatest
80,908 308 19,013 1,576
26 DawnRichard
Dawn Richard / NEON | IN A PALACE OF DREAMSITS THAT DIRTY MONEY…6-28-10 THE LAST TRAIN TO PARIS DANITY KANE THE COMIC OUT NOW ON DANITYKANECOMICS.COM Myspace.com/dawnrichard
181,406 597 4,781 1,743
27 EstelleDarlings
EstelleCome and Take ALL OF ME…
116,680 553 23,059 2,180
28 solangeknowles
solange knowleswater, melanin, bones, blood.
427,145 117 8,894 5,655
29 kekeinaction
Keke Palmer | Los Angeles, CaliforniaAward winning actress and singer who rose to fame for her performance in the film Akeelah and the Bee.
139,071 7,328 8,429 5,946
30 TinyMajorMama
Tameka Cottle | ÜT: 35.086577,-90.638499Bio Mother, Singer, Songwriter, Producer….a real boss!!!
164,587 160 1,593 1,546
31 TEYANATAYLOR
TEYANA M.J. TAYLOR | HARLEMMMI AM MCLOVIN
218,054 273 7,636 2,858
32 MissyElliott
Missy ElliottI have written or produced for All Ya Favorite Singers! Im A Stan for GOD PERIOD! My Dream is to see Female Rappers Unite and go on 106 and Park together!!!
71,937 467 7,115 1,565
33 bevysmith
bevysmith | NYCI’m Bevy Smith and I’m a gal about town! Definitely not a socialite or a fashionista! Just Bevy!
12,919 557 53,768 294
34 MissJia
Miss Jia: INSOMNIAC | ATLBlogger + Dirty Panties radio show co-host + Advocate & Founder of the B-tch, You Think I Give a F-ck crew. I am not the standard, I am the exception.
12,420 328 133,389 632
35 Kandi
Kandi Burruss | Atlanta, Ga.singer, songwriter, producer, actress, entrepreneur, cast member on Real House Wives Of Atlanta and last but not least MOTHER!!!!
194,025 890 12,935 3,617
36 hollyrpeete
Holly Robinson Peete | CALICo-Host of CBS’ The TALK actor,author, philanthropist, and crazy momma of 4…??? NFL FOOTBALL
50,279 553 14,049 1,896
37 KylaPratt
Kyla Pratt | CaliLaughn @ these fake twitter pages….Thanx 4 the luv
106,965 207 5,870 1,014
38 DenyceLawton
Denyce Lawton | D.C. / NYC / HollywoodActress (Watch Tyler Perry House of Payne Everyday & New episodes Every Wed night on TBS)
24,410 620 12,574 430
39 SherriEShepherd
Sherri Shepherd | New York, NYJeffrey’s Mother, Actress, Co-Host of The View, Star of Lifetime Sitcom Sherri, Jesus Groupie, Karaoke Queen, Single & Loving Life & All Around Sweet Person
190,156 173 4,599 3,380
40 MariahCarey
Mariah Carey
3,168,184 26 950 24,973
41 therealmarymary
Erica n Tina | Los Angeles CaliforniaMary Mary- singers, songwriters, sisters mothers, wives, 2 light skinned chicks that REALLY love God!
50,161 283 6,644 1,195
42 alexandramusic
Alexandra Burke | LondonStart Without You out September 5th
113,243 187 4,489 1,567
43 V_Simmons
Vanessa Simmons | My Own PlanetJust Me…
221,140 164 3,848 1,966
44 LeToyaLuckett
LeToya Luckett | WorldwideHey ya’ll! My new album, Lady Love is IN STORES NOW!
115,309 147 2,931 1,589
45 JanetJackson
Janet Jackson | Los AngelesThe OFFICIAL Janet Jackson Twitter
1,188,470 14 154 15,877
46 RASHEEDAGAPEACH
RASHEEDA | ATLANTA,GABooking Contact is dlo117@gmail.com Artist,Entrepreneur,SongWriter,Boss Chick & BBC Is Da movement,Real Friend, Female Hiphop Entertainer, Georgia Peach Baby!
37,797 278 16,900 705
47 TheYBF
YBF CHIC | Everywhere/ D.C. areaYour Source Of Celebrity Fabulousness & Foolywang.
31,932 579 4,468 619
48 fatbellybella
ErykahBadu | im in mid airi will not pop 4u or break 4u or hate for u or even hate u
201,860 2,495 7,404 6,013
49 Candace_Parker
Candace Parker | Somewhere between point A&BFormer University of Tennessee Lady Vol, currently playing for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and for the Euroleague’s UMMC Ekaterinburg club.
51,529 116 6,333 1,289
50 donnabrazile
Donna Brazile | Washington, DCVeteran Democratic political strategist, adjunct professor, author, and syndicated columnist.
47,339 46 1,531 1,937
51 maryjblige
Mary J. Blige | ÜT: 29.743639,-95.457766
1,027,036 53 1,278 10,254
52 MISSMYA
MYA | In My Skinwww.tmatf.org, http://www.myamya.com, http://www.beautyandthestreets.net
123,433 577 3,291 2,592
53 Oprah
Oprah Winfrey | Chicago, ILLive Your Best Life
4,075,624 19 99 45,343
54 juneAmbrose
juneAmbrose | New York CityAuthor of Effortless Style, Fashion Designer & Stylist. Contact: marc@modesquad.com
111,115 240 11,774 1,127
55 Dondria
[[DoNDri@]] | atL//dALLAsSoSOdEf RecOrding ArTiSt, YouTuBe PhEnom. [[DONDRIA VS. PHATFFFAT AUGUST 17, 2010!!!!!!! #LEGGOOOOOO]]
46,219 1,150 14,110 810
56 Venuseswilliams
Venus Williams| Palm Beach Gardens, FlTennis player, big sister, grown up girl. Double Tap!
574,813 41 1,722 6,238
57 ciara
Ciara | ÜT: 33.822704,-84.50834
538,710 54 878 7,830
58 CMilianOfficial
Christina Milian | Everywhere..Never in one placeSo in Love with love and the beautiful family God has blessed me with. I feel so blessed to create. In more ways than one
52,780 99 1,083 871
59 Necole Bitchie
Necole Bitchie| Miami B*tch!!!Life’s A B*tch…So I just Blog That MuthaF**ka!!
140,046 481 23,461 2600
60 Shontelle_Layne
Shontelle Layne | LUSHLAND, WORLDWIDE!SINGER/SONGWRITER/ENTERTAINER
35,428 224 32,045 1,028
61 harrislacewell
Harris-Lacewell | Princeton and New OrleansPrinceton Prof, MSNBC contributor, columnist for The Nation.
17,472 320 12,622 1,932
62 MsSelitaEbanks
Selita Ebanks | Everywhere!Model-Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated, editorial, etc. Philanthropist – http://www.shineonsierraleone.org http://www.newyorkersforchildren.org
23,712 116 4,748 695
63 JeanGreasy
JeanGrae | In my skin.It’s a bad time for the empire.
26,246 555 35,196 1,062
64 TameraMowryTwo
Tamera Mowry | Los Angeles, Ca.Live, Love, Laugh. I’m known as an actress, producer, and inspirational speaker and I live by the motto.
163,187 86 2,447 2,366
65 JeanetteJenkins
Jeanette Jenkins | HOLLYWOODCELEBRITY TRAINER, NUTRITIONIST, TV HEALTH AND FITNESS CORRESPONDENT, AUTHOR, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE COACH, PRODUCER, BUSINESS WOMAN, ENTREPRENEUR
13,286 539 6,881 329
66 TheRealLRaye
LisaRaye | right hereActress, spokesmodel, mother, business woman…and FIRST LADY!!!
51,689 98 7,028 880
67 TheRealTahiry
Tahiry*Media & Bookings inquiries to durand.solange@gmail.com* @xsxdx
27,271 179 7,810 532
68 iamkelis
kelis | New York, NYArtist & Professional Chef
104,741 0 821 2,107
69 FarrahFranklin
Farrah Franklin | Cali BabyFemale BOSS/ Singer/ Actress/ Producer **The One & Only Farrah Franklin ** 100.999% ORGANIC/REAL, Lol. BOOKINGS CONTACT : Femaleboss818@gmail.com
25,115 24,390 7,141 423
70 shanell_SnL
Shanell. | Worldwide.YOUNG MONEY Singer, Songwriter, Choreographer…YOUR FANTASY! XOXOX
76,133 201 3,876 1,748
71 faydra_deon
Faydra Deon | The DMV (DC-MD-VA)follower of Christ; QUEEN of QUESTIONS (& Grammar); Computer Apps. Trainer; Website Designer; WordPress Tipster & Customizer; AKA; DC Social Media Examiner
11,236 10,371 81,296 303
72 DryerBuzz
DryerBuzz.com | UniversaCombing the headlines to bring you the buzz. One of the FIRST – Veteran Brand Master and Boss Lady of Social Change Buzz. Editor of DryerBuzz.com.
4,557 3,222 39,112 155
73 thisisNIVEA
NIVEA akaRandyWatsonA kind spirit that wishes her name on twitter could remain 1RandyWatson! Hahahahaha!
18,996 152 2,633 180
74 Shaunie_O
Shaunie O’Neal | Where I’m atWonderwoman
38,013 192 5,103 383
75 kimcoles
Kim Coles | EVERYWHERE!actress comedian GODDESS!! KIMCOLESINC.COM Laughter=LOVE!
11,847 1,677 5,094 582
76 indiaarie
India.Arie | ÜT: 33.794601,-84.148157artist & explorer on a mission to spread love healing peace and joy through words and music
44,991 219 1,255 1,263
77 TichinaArnold
Tichina Arnold | God only knowsIt’s nice 2 B IMPORTANT but it’s more important 2 B NICE! Live your life 2 the fullest.
46,589 140 976 700
78 Soledad_OBrien
Soledad O’Brien | New YorkCNN Anchor and Special Correspondent
33,977 179 736 1,773
79 IAMQUEENLATIFAH
Queen Latifah | EverywhereActor/Rapper/Singer/Producer
1,111,080 34 274 9,546
80 afrobella
afrobella | ChicagoBeauty, hair and culture blogger extraordinaire. Often imitated, never duplicated. According to some, I’m the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging!
9,680 2,698 31,665 753
81 MiSSHONEYB
MiSS HONEY B. | A-T-L-A-N-T-A. but iREP VA.ALL I NEED IS ONE MIC- Nas
8,310 272 35,304 114
82 MeaganGood
Meagan GoodThe Official Meagan Good Page,(please dont be offended that I dont follow,I hav my @s on my phone,my intention is to try to respond whenever im on)
87,873 0 3,629 1,505
83 lalahhathaway
lalah hathaway | jupiter- south sidemusician, and supreme gadget girl.
21,313 68 5,951 640
84 angelonfire
Angel Laws | NYC & N.C.creator & editor of CONCRETELOOP.com & ANGELONFIRE.com
8,280 854 22,765 396
85 MsJillMJones
Jill Marie Jones | JUPITERI SOAR HIGH! WINGS UN-CLIPPED…FEET NOT BOUND, FOR I AM A BUTTERFLY! And when I’m not orbiting Jupiter…I do a little acting on the side.
11,032 76 2,086 176
86 jacquereid
jacque reid | NYCNational tv and radio personality
4,727 465 2,920 141
87 SHEEmusic
SHEE | Empire & Garden StateWhen you refer to a woman you say “she,” add an “e” for everything a woman is or aspires to be. That’s me, ??SHEE??™ …the quintessential hip-hop female.
136,235 113,086 15,132 3,760
88 jodywatley
Jody Watley | WorldAlways Evolving Renaissance Woman. Grammy Winning Artist. Working on 10th solo album CHAMELEON
16,860 167 9,966 795
89 shaunssanctuary
Shaun Robinson | Los AngelesTV journalist, Access Hollywood, Author of EXACTLY AS I AM for teen girls on self-esteem, Speaker, Producer, Motown Gal
8,988 150 4,628 329
90 faraichideya
Farai Chideya | NYC and points N/S/E/WMulti-media journalist; reporter on race, generational identity, and politics; and author of four books including novel Kiss the Sky.
6,566 649 10,958 518
91 ashanti
ASHANTI | NEW YORKCEO of Written Entertainment *OFFICIALLY TWEETING SINCE* JAN 1 2010!!!
50,886 153 3,786 1,149
92 danamo
Danyel Smith | New York City[writer, editor, screenwriter, content creator/manager] a former everything. a future everything.
10,750 893 33,692 328
93 Goapele
GoapeleI am a Singer Songwriter
33,241 581 1,317 933
94 sistertoldja
Sister Toldja | I live in Brooklyn, baby.Writer. Media Personality. Provocateur. NOT your next best friend, but I love you still.
6,348 1,238 38,827 454
95 kimwayans
Kim WayansActress, Comedian, Playwright. Author of Amy Hodgepodge, children’s book series featuring multiracial main character Amy Hodges.
18,260 3,371 4,114 635
96 sharoncarpenter
Sharon Carpenter | New York/LondonAnchor / Reporter
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No ‘GURU’ Mention At BET Awards?

One of the BEST shows in the history of it’s running, folks are STILL yammering on about the 2010 BET Awards. And there was plenty to yammer about: Kanye opening the show with his “Moses on the mountain receiving the ten commandments” backdrop; Usher doing what he does best; Alicia Keys “BEAUTIFULLY” with child; Eminem‘s comeback performance; the COMPLETE domination of Drake & Nicki Minaj; Monica & Denise Williams reminding us what REAL vocalists sound like; Kirk Franklin & Fred Hammond bring the Holy Ghost in the midst of all that Hoe-Hoppin’; Diddy showboating as usual w/two backup singers/dancers, which he’s really trying to pass off as a “group”- Dirty Money (also joined by Rick Ross, T.I. & Nicki Minaj); Tyrese Gibson resurrecting Teddy Pendergrass; El Debarge providing us with that “blast from the past”; Trey Songz “prison raping” ‘Purple Rain‘, much to the originator’s displeasure; Chris Brown‘s PHENOMENAL tribute to Michael Jackson, followed by water works on cue; Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys & Ms. Patti La Belle‘s EXCEPTIONAL tribute to the LEGENDARY  BET Lifetime Achievement Recipient Prince; Busta Rhymes Shutting It DOWN w/DJ Khaled; and the mere fact that the show was hosted by Hip-Hop Royalty herself, Queen Latifah.

Indeed it was a memorable night. But what folks are starting to talk about now is what was omitted- GURU! With all the drama that surrounded his illness & passing, that was more than an “Oversight.” That was blatant disrespect, disregard & negligence. In addittion,  Steve McNair, Baatin, Naomi Simms, E. Lynn Harris, & DJ Mr. Magic, were also part of the forgotten. smh.

Maybe they’ll do something for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. We shall see.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

Common Worked Out HardBody To Get “Just Wright.”

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Tennis champ Serena Williams had nothing to do with her boyfriend Common‘s hard body in the new movie “Just Wright.” The rapper/actor plays an injured basketball player rehabbed by a physical therapist played by Queen Latifah. Common worked out with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak five days a week to get in shape for the role. He showed off his new basketball-star physique at the movie’s premiere party at the Empire Hotel rooftop Tuesday night, where he slam- dunked basketballs with Oprah Winfrey pal Gayle King.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT: Queen Latifah.

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Queen Latifah was certainly not the first female rapper, but she was the first one to become a bona fide star. She had more charisma than her predecessors, and her strong, intelligent, no-nonsense persona made her arguably the first MC who could properly be described as feminist. Her third album, Black Reign, was the first album by a female MC ever to go gold, a commercial breakthrough that paved the way for a talented crew of women rappers to make their own way onto the charts as the ’90s progressed. Latifah herself soon branched out into other media, appearing in movies and sitcoms and even hosting her own talk show. Yet even with all the time she spent away from recording, she remained perhaps the most recognizable woman in hip-hop, with a level of respect that bordered on iconic status.

Queen Latifah was born Dana Owens in Newark, NJ, on March 18, 1970; her Muslim cousin gave her the nickname Latifah — an Arabic word meaning “delicate” or “sensitive” — when she was eight. As a youngster, she starred in her high school’s production of +The Wiz, and began rapping in high school with a group called Ladies Fresh, in which she also served as a human beatbox. In college, she adopted the name Queen Latifah and hooked up with Afrika Bambaataa’s Native Tongues collective, which sought to bring a more positive, Afrocentric consciousness to hip-hop. She recorded a demo that landed her a record deal with Tommy Boy, and released her first single, “Wrath of My Madness,” in 1988; it was followed by “Dance for Me.” In 1989, Latifah’s full-length debut, All Hail the Queen, was released to strongly favorable reviews, and the classic single “Ladies First” broke her to the hip-hop audience. In addition to tough-minded hip-hop, the album also found Latifah dabbling in R&B, reggae, and house, and duetting with KRS-One and De La Soul. It sold very well, climbing into the Top Ten of the R&B album charts.

Latifah quickly started a management company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, and was responsible for discovering Naughty by Nature. Her 1991 sophomore album, the lighter Nature of a Sista, wasn’t quite as popular, and when her contract with Tommy Boy was up, the label elected not to re-sign her. Unfortunately, things got worse from there — she was the victim of a carjacking, and her brother Lance perished in a motorcycle accident. Latifah emerged with a new sense of purpose and secured a deal with Motown, which issued Black Reign in 1993. Dedicated to her brother, it became her most popular album, eventually going gold; it also featured her biggest hit single, “U.N.I.T.Y.,” which hit the R&B Top Ten and won a Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance. By this point, Latifah had already begun her acting career, appearing in Jungle Fever, House Party 2, and Juice, as well as the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In 1993, she was tabbed to co-star in the Fox comedy series Living Single, which ran until 1997; during that period, acting was her primary focus, and she also co-starred as a bank robber in the 1996 film Set It Off. That same year, Latifah was pulled over for speeding and was arrested when a loaded gun and marijuana were discovered in her vehicle; she pled guilty to the charges and was fined.

After Living Single was canceled in 1997, Latifah returned to the recording studio and finally began work on her fourth album. Order in the Court was released in 1998 and found her playing up the R&B elements of her sound in a manner that led some critics to draw comparisons to Missy Elliott; she took more sung vocals, and also duetted with Faith Evans and the Fugees’ Pras. The album sold respectably well on the strength of the singles “Bananas (Who You Gonna Call?)” and “Paper.” The same year, she appeared in the films Sphere and Living Out Loud, singing several jazz standards in the latter. The Queen Latifah Show, a daytime talk show, debuted in 1999 and ran in syndication until 2001. In November 2002, Latifah ran afoul of the law again; she was pulled over by police and failed a sobriety test, and was placed on three years’ probation after pleading guilty to DUI charges. However, this mishap was somewhat overshadowed by her performance in the acclaimed movie musical Chicago, which garnered her Best Supporting Actress nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes. In 2004, she released The Dana Owens Album, a diverse collection of covers and interpretations — from Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band’s “Hard Times” to Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” — that highlighted her singing skills rather than her rapping. Trav’lin’ Light followed with a similar format in 2007, ranging from the Pointer Sisters to Shirley Horn, with guest appearances from Joe Sample, George Duke, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott. During the years between the releases, she acted in several movies, including Taxi, Beauty Shop, Last Holiday, and Hairspray. In 2009, she released the star-studded Persona, a pop-flavored album produced by Cool & Dre. Steve Huey, All Music Guide

Queen Latifah Comes To Jada Pinkett Smith’s Aide!

Queen Latifah Comes to Jada Pinkett Smith's Rescue

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A loving friend is someone to lean on, as Jada Pinkett Smith experienced first hand. While presenting Queen Latifah with the Power Award at the third annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Pinkett Smith became choked up over the recent passing of her father, who succumbed to a heart attack. “My father died last week, and I’m flying tomorrow to bury him,” said Pinkett Smith, 38. “But I wanted to come because when those types of losses happen a lot of things get illuminated and your priorities fall in line.”
She added, “When I think about Latifah I think about a woman who makes me feel loved. She can sit in the throne of my soul and just be there with me. She makes me laugh.” Unable to continue her speech due to a heavy flow of tears, Pinkett Smith found herself on stage alone and unable to speak – until Latifah came up to stand beside her. “This is what I’m talking about,” Pinkett Smith, said, picking up her introduction. “I don’t see her a lot, but she’s my girl.”

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.