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jan Gaye: After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye


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Gaye, Jan. After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye. Amistad: HarperCollins. May 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780062135513. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062135537. MEMOIR
On her 17th birthday, Janis Hunter met rhythm-and-blues legend Marvin Gaye as he was stumbling out of his first marriage, and despite a 16-year age difference, they launched a too-hot-to-handle affair.

Their own marriage eventually collapsed under the weight of fame, drug abuse, and domestic strife. Here, Jan speaks out for the first time since Marvin was shot and killed by his father in 1984. Reportedly sizzling stuff, with many famed music figures of the day drifting through; with a 50,000-copy first printing.


This searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye.

On her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janice Hunter met Marvin Gaye-the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially conscious albumWhat”s Going Onmade him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a sixteen-year-age difference and Marvin”s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown”s founder, the star-struck teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship.

One moment Jan was studying high school history; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties with other pop stars, lounging with Don Cornelius on the set ofSoul Train,and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. But the distractions and burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs overshadowed the love they shared and their marriage disintegrated.

Silent since Marvin”s tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, erotically charged story of one of music history”s most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, illustrated with sixteen pages of color and black-and-white photos,After the Dancereveals what it”s like to ride shotgun on a wave of fame and self-destruction with a tortured genius who helped transform popular culture and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.



September 9, 1996: The Aftermath




September 9, 1996: 8PM: “Metro Police and about 20 friends and fans of 2pac are in an altercation over what police call a “missunderstanding”. Tensions are calmed with help from a female friend of Shakur’s and four men originally handcuffed during the scuffle are released. No one was arrested. Police have been patrolling outside the hospital out of concern for retaliation after the shooting.” Source: Las Vegas Sun

Columbus Short vs. TMZ




Actor Columbus short took to instagram to defend Ray Rice’s actions and privacy, his dislike for TMZ, and how they exploited him and his situation with Janey Palmer, then he erased his honest, raw, and truthful comments and replace them with a rebuttal to please his fans and audience. what happened to keeping it real?…..

Pecan Pie Cake


  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/3 cup light cream


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups light cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • additional pecans for decorating (optional)
  • Cream for serving



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease three 9″ pans and sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly between the pans.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a 1 cup measuring cup and top to 1 cup with milk. Set aside.
  4. With a mixer on medium, cream together 3/4 cup butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Beat flour mixture into butter mixture alternating with soured milk.
  6. With mixer on medium-high, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites and 1 cup of chopped pecans into the butter mixture just until completely combined.
  7. Divide batter between the 3 prepared pans.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-23 minutes, or just until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake. Cool in the pan 5 minutes. Remove from pans onto cooling racks lined with parchment paper.
  9. Combine caramel sauce & light cream. Brush over each of the warm cakes twice. Cool completely.
Filling (can be made 1 day ahead of time)
  1. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks, egg, light cream and corn syrup in a large saucepan.
  2. Stir continuously over medium heat until mixture boils. Let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Let cool in the pan for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Assembly

    1. Place one of the cakes on a plate with the pecans facing up. Top with half of the cooled filling. Repeat layers and finally top with the last cake.
    2. Whip cream and powdered sugar on medium high until stiff peaks form. Frost cake with whipped cream and top with additional pecans if desired.
    3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
    4. To serve, slice cake and drizzle each slice with about 2 tablespoons fresh cream before serving.

Ashley Jackson: New Talent



Ashley Jackson, the fifteen year old Love-child  of Reverend Jesse Jackson and Dr. Karin Stanford, has posted a sneak-peek of her music on her Facebook page under the name “AJae.”

Miss Jackson is said to be more than just a triple threat. She considers herself one who can do it all: she sings, raps, writes music, acts, and dances.

AJae’s sound is a mix of pop, R&B, and hip hop. Through her music, she wants to promote positive messages, like what you will hear in her song “Just Do Me.”

It looks like AJae has set her sights on greatness and hopes to point her generation in that direction as well.

Ashley’s mother, Dr. Karin Stanford, who had a four-year affair with Rev. Jackson, calls their daughter her “miracle baby.” She told ABC News that she had no regrets over her relationship with the civil rights leader.

“I’m convinced she is supposed to be here, and I am supposed to be her mom,” Dr. Stanford says of her daughter, Ashley. “And I’m very proud of that.”

On social media: Instagram: @RealAJae Twitter:@RealAJae

Starbucks: Controversy In A Cop


Think Before You Drink: read the full post for all the details about what’s really in a @Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Over a million people have seen this post since it came out this afternoon. Continue to ask Starbucks to drop caramel coloring level IV immediately (I hear the detractors on Facebook pages are getting paid 60 cents per post by BIG FOOD or BIG AG PR firms to talk back to the #Food Babe Army! Their bullying won’t keep us from seeking the truth and demanding safer ingredients!). See the research & info on caramel coloring level IV:

Caramel Color Level IV is created in a laboratory by reacting corn sugar with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperature, which produces the byproduct 4-Mel.
A U.S government funded study found that feeding mice caramel coloring IV (which contained 4-Mel) increased their risk of developing lung cancer and leukemia, at every dosage level.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies 4-Mel as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.
Any food or drink that contains more than 29 micrograms of 4-Mel requires a cancer warning label In California (under Prop 65) that says, “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.”
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the FDA to ban caramel coloring in 2011 due to safety concerns and the cancer risk of allowing this ingredient in our food.
It has no nutritional benefits and is only used cosmetically to improve the appearance of food and drinks, yet there are safer alternatives available to food manufacturers.
It’s sometimes added unnecessarily to food and drinks that are naturally brown or that are not even visible to the consumer (e.g. baby vitamin drops).
It’s the most widely used food coloring in the world, which makes it easy to consume excessive amounts.
Thankfully, the FDA is currently reviewing its safety and GRAS status, due to a Consumer Reports study that found excessive levels in many popular drinks.

Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955)






In memory, Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955). Lynched this day in history. Till was crucified by the mainstream press. Headlines from newspapers such as the Washington Post referred to him as the “Wolf-Whistler.”

(A 9/19/1955 article in the Post begins: “Two white men, accused of killing a wolf-whistling Negro boy, went on trial in a steamy Mississippi Delta courtroom today, their two-year-old boys in their laps.”

Till’s mother’s courageous decision, to have an open casket funeral and share photos of his mutilated body with the world, helped inspire the modern civil rights movement. Here are classroom resources about Emmett Till: A key primary document is the Look Magazine interview with the murderers:

J Cole: Fight For Ferguerson


Ezell Ford: Young, Black, & Unarmed


Ezell Ford, 24, died Tuesday after being shot by Los Angeles police during an encounter Monday night in South LA.

Tritobia Ford said that her son was lying on the ground, complying with police when he was shot.

He was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Read more at KTLA:

The incident began at 8:12 p.m. Monday when officers responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of West 65th Street and South Broadway (map), said Lt. Ellis Imaizumi of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Eight minutes later, at 8:20 p.m., the officers stopped a man who was walking in the 200 block of 65th, authorities said.

“A struggle ensued” and police opened fire, according to a statement from the Police Department.

According to USA Today, “a man who identified himself as a cousin of Ezell Ford told KTLA that every police officer in the area knows that Ford had “mental problems” and “complications.”

Ford’s shooting death is currently under investigation.


This is the fourth police killing of an unarmed Black man in the last month that has made national headlines.

Eric Garner, 43, was killed on July 17 by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo who placed him in an illegal chokehold while questioning him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

John Crawford, 22, was shot and killed on August 5 by Ohio police in Walmart after he was spotted holding a toy rifle. Ohio is an open carry state.

Most recently, 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down by Ferguson, Missouri police while walking with a friend in his neighborhood.

Shaun Robinson: Live From CNN





#‎RIPRobinWilliams‬. Just finished @CNN panel discussion on the legacy of this great actor.

David Banner: Blacks Vs. Blacks


Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962)


On this date in 1962, Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was found dead at the age of 36yrs old.

New York, August 5

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in bed this morning in her home in Hollywood, only a physical mile or two, but a social universe, away from the place where she was born 36 years ago as Norma Jean Baker. She died with a row of medicines and an empty bottle of barbiturates at her elbow.

These stony sentences, which read like the epitaph of a Raymond Chandler victim, will confirm for too many millions of movie fans the usual melodrama of a humble girl, cursed by physical beauty, to be dazed and doomed by the fame that was too much for her. For Americans, the last chapter was written on the weekend that a respectable national picture magazine printed for the delectation of her troubled fans a confessional piece called “Marilyn Monroe pours out her soul.”

The plot of her early life is as seedy as anything in the pulp magazines, and to go into the details now would be as tasteless as prying into the clinical file of any other pretty woman whose beauty has crumbled overnight. It is enough, for summoning the necessary compassion, to recall her miserable parents, her being shuttled like a nuisance from foster home to orphanage, the subsequent knockabout years in a war factory, her short independence as a sailor’s wife, the unsuspected first rung of the ladder provided by a posing job for a nude calendar.

She talked easily about all this, when people had the gall to ask her, not as someone reconciled to a wretched childhood but as a wide-eyed outsider, an innocent as foreign to the subject under discussion as Chaplin is when he stands off and analyses the appeal of ” The Little Man.”

Then she wiggled briefly past the lecherous gaze of Louis Calhern in John Huston’s ” Asphalt Jungle,” and his appraising whinny echoed round the globe. Within two years she was the enthroned sexpot of the Western world. She completed the first phase of the American dream by marrying the immortal Joe Di Maggio, the loping hero of the New York Yankees; and the second phase by marrying Arthur Miller and so redeeming his suspect Americanism at the moment it was in question before a House committee.

To say that Marilyn Monroe was a charming, shrewd, and pathetic woman of a tragic integrity will sound as preposterous to the outsider as William Empson’s Freudian analysis of Alice in Wonderland. It is nevertheless true. We restrict the word “integrity” to people, either simple or complex, who have a strong sense of righteousness or, if they are public men, of self-righteousness. Yet it surely means no more than what it says: wholeness, being free to be spontaneous, without reck of consistency or moral appearances. It can be true of forlorn and bewildered people as of the disciplined and the solemn.

In this sense, Marilyn Monroe was all of a piece. She was confused, pathologically shy, a straw on the ocean of her compulsions (to pout, to crackwise, to love a stranger, to be six hours late or lock herself in a room). She was a sweet and humorous person increasingly terrified by the huge stereotype of herself she saw plastered all around her. The exploitation of this pneumatic, mocking, liquid-lipped goddess gave the world a simple picture of the Lorelei. She was about as much of a Lorelei as Bridget, the housemaid.

This orphan of the rootless City of the Angels at last could feel no other identity than the one she saw in the mirror: a baffled, honest girl forever haunted by the nightmare of herself, 60 feet tall and naked before a howling mob. She could never learn to acquire the lacquered shell of the prima donna or the armour of sophistication. So in the end she sought the ultimate oblivion, of which her chronic latecomings and desperate retreats to her room were token suicides.

Yandy & Co: Baby On Board?


Allegedly Mandeecee’s of Love and Hip Hop New York has another child on the way, but it’s not with his current girl Yandy Smith!

Vstiviano:Secret Love Child?


Eric Garner:Death By A Coward




NY Medical Examiner has ruled the death of Staten Island-resident Eric Garner A Homicide.

Betty Davis:They Say I’m Different……




There would be no Prince, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis (in the 1970’s), or Lil Kim, if it weren’t for Betty Davis and her explosive, courageous, erotic, gender bending, bluesy, and funky music. Betty’s voice purrs, growls, and scratches through her deliciously written lyrics. A blues woman to the bone, Betty took her southern roots, and mixed them with raw funk, soul, and psychedelic rock.

A woman well ahead of her time, she pushed boundaries with her avant-garde fashion sense, amazing afro, and provocative lyrics. There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago – we live in an age that’s been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis.

Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn’t get sexy with their “Lady Marmalade” for another year while Millie Jackson wasn’t “Feelin’ Bitchy” until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty’s fierce style wasn’t completely out of Ike’s shadow until later in the decade.

22 year old Betty met brilliant trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis who was almost twice her age. Miles could not resist the undeniable coolness that Betty exuded, so he had to know her.

The steamy pair married in 1969 only after a year of knowing each other. By this time Betty had already graced the cover of Miles’s 1968 album, Filles de Killimanjaro. “Mademoiselle Mabry” served as Miles’s muse as well as a very influential musician in his life. During the pivotal two years they were together, Betty introduced Miles to the sounds of her good friend Jimi Hendrix, who middle aged Miles was not hip to.

Inspired by the sounds of the younger generation Miles decided to push his music to uncharted territory, and thus spawned “fusion.” Miles completely reinvented himself and released the ground breaking album Bitches Brew in 1970, which Betty also helped name.

JusticeForJaba: Young, Black, And A Target



Denzel “Jaba” Curnell, 19, died from a bullet wound to the head after an encounter with a South Carolina police officer on Friday night in, what authorities claim, was a suicide. But witnesses tell a different story.

Several witnesses say that Officer Jamal Medlin told Curnell to get down and put his hands behind his head before he shot him. An autopsy revealed that Curnell died from a bullet wound to the right side of his head. Curnell, according to family, is left-handed.



BREAKING NEWS: This is an issue of GENTRIFICATION! Plain and simple, Detroit is in a land grab. The Blacks are being flushed out….literally.

Black Press Radio joins Congressman John Conyers in calling on Michigan native Floyd Mayweather and President Obama, others to help restore water to over 150,000 of Detroit’s poorest residents. While American are being distracted by illegal child immigrants, American citizens are living in third world poverty conditions without any sign of relief. Press conference being held on Monday, July 7, 2014 in Detroit.

A FAMILY of five with no water for two weeks who were embarrassed to ask friends if they could bathe at their house. A woman excited about purchasing a home who learned she would be held responsible for the previous owner’s delinquent water bill: all $8,000 of it. A 90-year-old woman with bedsores and no water available to clean them. Something has to be done – nationwide – to address the privatization of American water systems.

Phyllis Linda Hyman (July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995)


Today marks the 19th Anniversary of the tragic death of Legendary singer/model Ms. Phyliss Hyman. Legends never die….

Black musicians:The Blacklist?

BREAKING NEWS: AEG/BET DISS STEVIE WONDER! On June 23, 2014, AEG made it known that Black musicians, publicists and media that they are the new slaves and that any concert or profitable experience related to Black musicians in Black Music Month in L.A. will happen ONLY through AEG. The company made Stevie Wonder, Howard Hewitt and 400 VIPs stand in the lobby of a music awards show for THIRTY MINUTES before completely CANCELLING the event and blacklisting the event creators. As you know, AEG owns , manages or is involved with all things related to Grammy Museum, L.A. Live, Nokia and have deep relationships with other companies – like BET’s owner, Viacom. The companies are putting on the BET Experience but the drama is quickly coming to a fever pitch level.

To show Black reporters who is boss, major Black media outlets, important Black photographers like LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER Bill Jones, Malcolm Payne, entertainment pioneer Tanya Hart and others were DENIED red carpet credentials to BET Awards’ red carpet. As of June 28, 2014, BPR was told that was still the case. It may have been corrected by now but we aren’t aware of it. In fact, there is so many white faces at the BET Awards and Experience this year, it is more than a little uncomfortable.

On June 27, 2014, BET followed suit and denied an unimaginable amount of Black-owned media outlets access to cover the event, forcing many of them to get their content from White-owned media outlets. All about town, Viacom ignored Lionel Richie and ran ads promoting artists like Rick Ross and others who project a cartoonist image.

On June 28, 2014, Black journalists, bloggers and photographers held a meeting and decided to publicize the situation. BPR’s DC Livers, managing editor for the Historical Black Press Foundation, reached out to BPR media relations’ brass to give them a chance to respond, but were told that they will meet with our members “after the awards show.” Because BPR represents 200 Black newspapers and magazines, thousands of Black media professionals and over 100 bloggers and photographers, we cannot allow BET to push them out of the way. Giving contracts to Splash, Getty and AP while restricting Black access to the BET Awards is unacceptable. PERIOD.

DC Livers will be speaking again today to BET Awards brass to try to quell the situation on-the-scene but to be clear, we WILL stand with our publishers and members in whatever decision they make to achieve MEDIA EQUALITY!

If you are a media member who wanted credentials but were turned down, call 917-940-3099 and they them you STAND WITH THE BLACK PRESS on achieving media equality.

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