As Black History Month (aka the shortest month of the year *side eyes*) comes to an end it couldn’t have been a better time to honor Lauryn Williams. On February 20, 2014, 30-year-old bobsledder Lauryn Williams made history by winning an Olympic silver medal in women’s bobsledding. Some may not remember Williams already earned a gold medal for track and field in the 2012 Summer Games and a silver medal in 2004. The win made Williams the first Black woman and first American female athlete to hold medals in both Games, as well as being the second US athlete to hold the honor since 1932.
What makes this story more interesting is that, last year Lauryn Williams didn’t start bobsledding until last year, when she suffered an career threatening injury that left her feeling defeated. It was not until a conversation with her peer Lolo Jones, that Williams attitude changed for the better. She wrote on her website:
In July 2013, a nagging injury left me unable to finish, what was likely to be, my final track season. I returned to the states feeling dejected. But, a fortuitous conversation with Lolo Jones, a hurdler known for joining the bobsled ranks in the midst of her track career, changed my mood. After our conversation, my interest was piqued and with stage 1 of the trials looming, I decided to hop on a plane to Calgary and give bobsledding a try. With just one training session under my belt and a bum leg, I managed to finish 3rd in the Push Championships and my bobsled adventure began.
Williams admitted she is not sure about her future plans about competing in 2018, but her title as first black woman to win silver and gold medals in both Summer and Winter Olympic games is remarkable.
Singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton are calling it quits after 9 years of marriage. “We will always love each other and be best friends,” the couple said in a statement to People that confirmed their mutual decision to separate.
The two who met when Robin was just 14, eloped in 2005 and welcomed a baby boy, Julian Fuego in April of 2010.
During a performance in Fairfax, VA last night Robin Thicke made it clear that he is not ready to let his wife go. Before performing “Lost Without You” Thicke told the audience “For y’all that don’t know, me and my wife separated, but I’m trying to get my girl back. She’s a good woman.”
He also added
“It’s hard to say it in front of everybody,” he admitted. He then asked the crowd to help him with the next song. “If you have somebody with you tonight that you love and you appreciate, hold on tight to them. Take care of them. ‘Cause I want to dedicate this song to her. I wrote this about her and I need your help to get me through it. Let’s do it.
When you have put time into a relationship that long, its no surprise if these two will work on getting back together. We wish them well.
If it’s not one thing its another for singer Chris Brown. Breezy may be out of anger management rehab and gearing up for the release of his forthcoming album X, but behind the scenes things are looking a little sticky.
Chris Brown took to his Twitter account to point the fingers of his ex manager Tina Davis who has accused of leaking new music off the album and withholding a hard drive that contains more of his music.
The tweet was later deleted and replaced with “Snakes in the grass. . . Just stay positive.” Tina began managing Chris in 2005 but was given the boot earlier this year and replaced with Def Jam VP of A&R Bu Thiam (Akon’s brother). Once Tina Davis peeped the tweet she then tweeted herself
@chrisbrown Trace it! Find out where it originated from…RCA can do that for you. Then send a defaming tweet out on who really did it.
Tina who also deleted her tweet replaced it with
My career started 10 years before I met @chrisbrown. It grew another 10 years afterwards….#Godisgreat #Godgotme #Godgotus Thank you!!!
Well then ! Hopefully the two will settle the madness and get to the bottom of the situation. In better news “X” will be in stores May 5th !
Black people just set us back 100 light years !
In honor of Black History Month Charlamagne Tha God took us to the streets of NYC on an episode of Charlamagne and Friends, to see how many people knew who a series of African American legends were in a few pictures. The responses from these average people in a crowded underground train station left us flabbergasted. In a society we live in today you would think the familiar faces of Rosa Parks and Malcolm X would come to the participants naturally but in this clip it proved that WE as a community need to do way BETTER !
When shown a picture of human rights activist Malcolm X to a BLACK man, he identified him as “Tookie Williams,” referring to Stanley “Tookie” Williams, one of the gang leaders of the Crips. In another clip when people were asked who Condoleezza Rice was, the majority of the people identified her as Michelle Obama. Tyler Perry’s picture seemed to come to everyone naturally but folks could not put a name to Rosa Parks or Malcolm X.
Watch the clip HERE
Mariah Carey continuously proves to us why she is the R&B Diva. After releasing her single “You’re Mine,” Mimi has put out the visuals to the remix which features the sexy topless Trey Songz who also serves as her love interest in the video.
Filmed in Puerto Rico’s El Yungue National Rain Forest, both Mimi and Trey keep is sexy yet very tasteful. During a recent interview with MTV Mariah revealed that her 1997 single “Honey,” was too filmed in the same location.
“We were in the rainforest,” Carey revealed following the premiere. “That’s the same [place], maybe a few minutes down the road, for where we shot “Honey,” and I love it because I wanted to highlight that we were in the rainforest because it’s just something we don’t see everyday.”
The single will be featured on Carey’s The Art Of Letting Go, due out May 6.
As a way for singer JoJo to show her appreciation and love this Valentines Day to her fan, she released a four track EP entitled #LoveJo. Pieced together by hitmakers Da Internz, #LoveJo includes covers from Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” and Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home.”
Its been eight years since JoJo has actually worked on a studio album, following her announcement leaving Blackground Records JoJo revealed she has landed a deal with Atlantic Records.
Listen to #LoveJo below