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Exclusive: Janet Jackson's Advice to Bobbi Kristina PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 04:10

Earlier today, Anderson taped a one-hour interview with music icon Janet Jackson. In this exclusive clip, Anderson asks Janet what advice she has for Whitney Houston’s grieving family, particularly her daughter Bobbi Kristina.

“It's a very, very tough time. Even though it’s still a loss… I lost my brother, she lost her mother,” says Janet, adding, “There's still a difference, even though there's a still a loss to a family, I don't know what that's like being so young. It was hard for me. It was very, very difficult for me. I didn't want to accept it, it's very difficult. You have to come to terms at some point, you have to actually give it up to God, and it sounds so mean, but you have to move on. You can't hold on to that because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing.”

Anderson asks Janet where she was when she heard the news of Whitney’s passing, and what her first reaction was...

“I couldn’t believe it,” says Janet. “Immediately, I started shaking. I was trying to text everyone that I knew to let them know, and I was speechless. I could not believe it.”

“To you, what was she [Whitney] like as a performer?” Anderson asks Janet.

“Incredible. She was known as The Voice,” says Janet. When she would open her mouth and this instrument would come out, you would obviously understand why. She was such a sweet, sweet soul.”

“It's very, very devastating and I pray for her and her family, even Bobby [Brown],” says Janet, “I mean he's going through so much. They are all going through so much. The mother, it's very sad.”

Anderson’s unforgettable interview with Janet, a daytime exclusive, airs on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20. During the hour, Janet talks candidly about her career, her legendary brother Michael, her life-long struggle with self-esteem and weight, and so much more. Janet’s book, “True You,” is now available in paperback.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 04:11
 
Ray Charles Foundation wants $3 million gift back PDF Print E-mail
Written by MSN   
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:30

ATLANTA  -- The Ray Charles Foundation is demanding the return of a $3 million gift given to Albany State University a decade ago because the organization says the college has yet to use the money to build a performing arts center in the late artist's name.

In 2001, Charles gave the south Georgia school $1 million and donated another $2 million a year later after receiving an honorary doctorate from the college. The native of Albany, Ga., died in 2004 at age 73.

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The money was given solely for the construction of the performing arts center, yet it only exists "on the drawing board and in an unapproved downsized plan," the foundation said in a statement.

Charles was specific on how the money was to be spent, said foundation president Valerie Ervin.

"It is incomprehensible that Albany State University failed to use the money in the manner Mr. Charles wanted. Mr. Charles would find ASU's behavior unacceptable," she said.

Albany State University spokesman Demetrius Love said the gift was never restricted and that the school continues to pursue additional funding for the building, which is expected to cost at least $23 million.

The 2001 donation still is in a bank and the $2 million gift was given to 125 students chosen to be Ray Charles Presidential Scholars, according to the university. Officials said the donation was the largest gift the university has ever received.

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"It has been a long and tedious process, but strides have been made in accomplishing this goal," Love said in an email statement. "Albany State University will continue in its efforts of honoring Mr. Ray Charles by constructing a fine arts building in his name."

Plans for the project have stalled in recent years because of a lack of state funding amid budget cuts.

In October, the university's legal counsel sent a letter to the foundation reiterating their desire to move forward with the building project, which also includes a theater to be named for Charles' mother. The university has received additional state funding to support the design phase of the building, the letter said.

"When Mr. Charles made the two separate gifts to the University, he did so without restrictions," the letter reads. "The University does believe that a Fine Arts Building named after Mr. Charles, with a theatre named in honor of Mr. Charles' mother, Mrs. Aretha Robinson, is one of the ways to do `the right thing.' The University has been working tirelessly towards that goal."

 

MSN

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:38
 
Lady Gaga Born This Way Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 09:04

Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, announced that Oprah Winfrey will be joining them at Harvard University for the official launch of the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012. Oprah will appear alongside Lady Gaga as she formally unveils BTWF before a crowd of policy makers, non-profit organizations, foundation leaders, students and youth at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Askwith Forum.

Lady Gaga also will be joined by several renowned guests including prolific author and speaker Deepak Chopra, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School's Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. The one-day event will be co-hosted by BTWF, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The California Endowment. Highlights of the launch event will be featured in an upcoming episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" on OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK.

BTWF has partnered with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment and The Berkman Center at Harvard to explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment. BTWF, a non-profit charitable organization, will address issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy. With a focus on digital mobilization to create positive change, BTWF will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be.

Additional details concerning the Born This Way Foundation launch will be announced closer to the event date, February 29th, 2012. Please visit: www.BornThisWayFoundation.org to take the pledge and become part of the movement.

 
Bobby Brown Distraught After Hearing He's Unwanted at Funeral PDF Print E-mail
Written by TMZ   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 22:19

Bobby Brown is "extremely disappointed" after hearing that several members of Whitney Houston's family do not want him to attend the singer's funeral ... sources tell TMZ.
Sources close to Bobby tell us ... people connected to the Houston family have reached out to Bobby to warn him that he shouldn't attempt to attend the funeral because the family isn't fond of him.

However ... we're told Bobby has not received any OFFICIAL word from the family about his invite status.

Sources tell us ... Bobby WANTS to attend the funeral so he can support his daughter Bobbi Kristina, but he hasn't decided on a plan of action yet.

Bottom line -- we're told Bobby is hoping the family will be able to set aside their differences so they all can focus on mourning the loss of their loved one.

 
What did THUG LIFE mean to Tupac Shakur? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frenkie   
Monday, 13 February 2012 03:39

Yes I am gonna say that I'm a thug

That's because I came from the gutter and I'm still here

I'm not saying I'm a thug because I wanna rob you and rape people and things

I'm a businessman!  -- 2PAC

Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2012 03:42
 
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