*(Los Angeles) – American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard seeks to preserve the music of historical spirituals through "The Normal Hill Jubilee Documentary" Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign which runs throughout the month of September.
"Please join me, in doing something special, preserving a piece of American history," said Studdard who has found success in both the R & B and Gospel music genres.
The Normal Hill Jubilee Documentary will examine the evolution of an art form and the deep- seated need to express faith in song. This film will capture the untold stories from historians, Freedom Riders and include interviews with celebrities, civil rights activists and everyday people. This inspiring documentary is being constructed to understand spirituals, which are so prominent during times of strife.
Watch Ruben Studdard explain the importance of the campaign in his own words here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bq3Bo-IDNc (or scroll down below to watch it).
The Grammy-nominated, top –selling recording artist and television's "The Biggest Loser" contender Ruben Studdard will also via the project partner with a College or University to produce and create along with current music students a live recording of 10 spirituals. Donations are being accepted via Kickstarter to fund the project at the link here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1309582072/the-normal-hill-jubilee
*Gladys Knight has the perfect singer-actress in mind to play her if a biopic was to ever be made — Destiny's Child former second lead singer, Kelly Rowland. It turns out Knight is a big fan of Rowland's and if anyone wanted to cast Rowland as the veteran singer, she would have a legend's approval. "You guys remember when I asked you all who you'd like to see play the role of Gladys Knight in my biopic? Well… Here's what I think:) @kellyrowland," she posted on Instagram. Equally known as the lead singer of the popular group Gladys Knight and the Pips, she believes the talented "Dirty Laundry" singer is the perfect choice to play her. Read more
Pregnancy rumors are surrounding Michael Jackson's 16-year-old daughter Paris today after paps caught her on a dinner date sporting what looked like a baby bump.
A source was quoted by the Daily Star newspaper as saying: "I saw her at dinner and she twice made a toast drinking water instead of wine. That and the prominent stomach bulge got people talking."
News that the troubled star may be expecting her first child comes just days after she was reportedly spotted looking at engagement rings with her supposed boyfriend.
Paris has stayed away from the spotlight for the past year while attending therapeutic boarding school Diamond Ranch Academy in Utah following her attempted suicide last June.
The teen – who has grown close to her biological mother Debbie Rowe over the past 12 months – was given the all-clear from doctors in May and is reportedly adamant she won't return to the $14,000-per-month private school this fall.
TMZ has released the footage from the elevator where NFL's Ray Rice brutally assaulted his then fiance at the Revel Hotel and Casino. To see the full video of what happened before and after the altercation in the elevator CLICK HERE
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Rosie Perez and Republican media operative Nicolle Wallace are joining ABC's daytime chat show, "The View." The network said Wednesday that the two will join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell on the panel for the show's new season, beginning Sept. 15.
Goldberg is the only holdover on the program, where creator Barbara Walters retired from an onscreen role this spring and longtime producer Bill Geddie left after learning a new offscreen boss was taking over.
Perez is an actress and choreographer who has appeared in the movies "Do the Right Thing" and "Fearless." Wallace, a political analyst for MSNBC, was communications chief for President George W. Bush's reelection campaign and was an adviser on John McCain's 2008 campaign.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hitting a man outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in this case.
The Grammy-winning singer was arrested in October. The victim told police Brown hit him after he tried to get in a picture the singer was taking with two women.
Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in the case. His trial had been set for April, but it was delayed.
At the time of his Washington arrest, Brown was on probation in a felony assault case in California for attacking his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards. Because Brown was still on probation, the outcome of his Washington case had potential repercussions in California. During a court hearing in May, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Brown to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June.
Brown's attorney, Danny Onorato, argued that Brown had already been punished extensively for the assault, noting the time he spent in jail in California and four months he spent receiving inpatient counseling after his probation was revoked.
"To say that he's been punished severely in this matter is an understatement," Onorato said. He said Brown's career has been on hold for nearly a year and he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a tour in support of a new album.
Brown spoke only briefly, saying: "I would like to say to the court that I'm sorry." He did not comment as he left court, swarmed by photographers and a handful of fans.
Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also charged in the same Washington scuffle. He was accused of being the second person after Brown to strike Parker Adams outside the W hotel. Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April. He has not yet been sentenced.
Brown, 24, had a squeaky clean image before his attack on Rihanna, but since then he has had several flare-ups that have been reported to authorities and noted by Los Angeles prosecutors. Brown broke a window after a 2011 "Good Morning America" interview in New York and was accused of snatching a woman's cellphone in Miami after she tried to snap pictures of the singer. He was also slightly injured in a New York nightclub brawl and, earlier this year, was accused of being involved in a fistfight with Frank Ocean's entourage over a parking spot at a West Hollywood recording studio.
He was not charged in any of the incidents, but they have tarnished his public image, even as legions of fans continue to support him. Many of Brown's more than 13 million Twitter followers continue to come to the singer's defense and attack his critics.