Brownstone singer Charmayne Maxwell has died following a horrific fall at her home in Denmark, according to reports. The R&B singer, whose group featured on Michael Jackson's record label, died on Saturday (28Feb15) after returning from her son's soccer game.
The If You Love Me singer was discovered unconscious and bleeding profusely by her husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, who called paramedics.
Reports suggest she passed away on her way to the hospital.
Chris Brown and his on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran have come under fire from animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for wearing fur coats to Michael Costello's runway show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday (17Feb15). Tran shared a picture of the couple's outfits on Instagram.com, prompting PETA bosses to slam Brown and Tran's wardrobe choices.
In a statement issued to GossipCop.com, a PETA spokesperson writes, "There are few things more out of touch than draping yourself in the skins of animals who were beaten, electrocuted, and even skinned alive for their fur... Chris Brown's furs are just more of the same from him: ugly violence."
Superstar Beyonce wanted to take part in the Selma tribute at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (08Feb15) to honour her family's ties to the U.S. civil rights movement and all of those who have suffered a race-related loss. The Drunk In Love hitmaker approached Selma theme song artists John Legend and Common and asked if she could introduce their performance of Glory by belting out another tune from the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, gospel track Take My Hand, Precious Lord.
She teamed up with an all-male choir for the powerful rendition, and reveals she was inspired to channel the pain of others for the show to demonstrate that black lives matter, particularly as race issues continue to dominate headlines in America following the police killings of African-Americans Michael Brown and Eric Garner last year (14).
In a black-and-white behind-the-scenes video, titled Take My Hand, Precious Lord: The Voices, Beyonce explains each choir member had overcome a form of personal struggle, saying, "I wanted to find real men that have lived, have struggled, cried, and have a life and a spirit about them. I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men."
Beyonce also revealed her own family's participation in the civil rights fight, adding, "My grandparents marched with Dr. King, and my father (Mathew Knowles) was part of the first generation of black men that attended an all-white school. My father has grown up with a lot of trauma from those experiences.
"I feel like now I can sing for his pain. I can sing for my grandparents' pain. I can sing for some of the families who have lost their sons."
The singer's performance also featured the choir members briefly raising their hands in the same gesture used by police protesters, which has come to be known as 'Hands Up Don't Shoot'.
Chris Brown's art is featured on a wall at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker painted a mural of the artists who have influenced and inspired him in his career, including Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince.
Glee star Amber Riley will co-host a free night of discussion and performance to raise awareness of the race issues raging America. The actress publicly condemned the grand jury decisions against indicting the two police officers who killed suspects Eric Garner and Michael Brown in separate incidents last year (14), and she continued the discussion on Twitter.com regarding subsequent protests.
Riley has now set up an event with her pal to raise awareness and encourage activism over race issues in the U.S. The evening, titled More Than A Hashtag, will feature discussions, guest speakers and performances.
She writes on Instagram.com, "I have been trying to figure out ways to be more involved and keep this conversation going about race in America and bring people together to talk and understand one another... #MoreThanAHashtag is a night of open discussion and performance surrounding the misuse of police force and our role in activism to rekindle awareness towards injustice through expression by those who work in stage, music, television and film."
The free event will take place on 1 March (15) in Van Nuys, California.
Singer John Legend has credited his model wife Chrissy Teigen with the idea of sending free food to protesters in New York last month (Dec15). The pair teamed up with #OperationHelporHush in December (14) to send a food truck to a group of demonstrators who braved freezing temperatures in the Big Apple to voice their outrage over the U.S. cop killings that sparked outrage last year (14).
The pair sponsored the truck and paid for meals of macaroni and cheese to be dished out to protesters in Manhattan, and Legend admits he can't take full credit for the scheme as it was his wife who thought up the plan.
He tells America's GQ magazine, "That was Chrissy's idea. Originally, we were thinking about buying out a restaurant, but we realised we should bring the food to them."
Hundreds of Americans took to the streets last year (14) to protest after grand juries failed to indict police officers over the killing of two African-American men. Teenager Michael Brown was shot in Missouri and Eric Garner died after he was apparently placed in a chokehold as he was arrested in the Big Apple for illegally selling cigarettes.
Rapper Jay Z has publicly voiced his support for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after the politician announced plans for police reform in the state after the high-profile killings which sparked protests across the U.S.
The hip-hop star met the governor last month (Dec14) to discuss a variety of topics including a potential review of the criminal justice system after the death of Eric Garner in police custody in the Big Apple last year (14) and the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Missouri. Both police officers involved in the killings were not prosecuted after grand juries failed to indict them.
After his meeting with Jay Z, Cuomo gave a speech outlining his plans to overhaul the system and build bridges between the police and local communities, and the proposals have won the backing of the New York-born Big Pimpin' star.
In a statement, Jay Z says, "The criminal justice reform package proposed by Governor Cuomo... is a huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system. I commend Governor Cuomo for his bold leadership in taking this issue head on at this critical time. This package presents comprehensive steps to protect and improve relations amongst all citizens. We cannot be divided, as every single human being matters. Together, we can move forward as a community, with mutual respect for each other and continue to make this great state stronger than ever before."
Cuomo's plans include setting up a commission to handle community relations, hiring more police officers from minority groups and an independent review of sealed grand jury records.
Rapper Tyga has reportedly signed a deal to star in his own Mtv reality show.
The hip-hop star, real name Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, is said to be lined up for the show, which will focus on his friendships and not his much-discussed love life. He is rumored to be dating Kim Kardashian's younger sister Kylie Jenner and has a notoriously fractious relationship with the mother of his child, model Blac Chyna.
Sources tell TMZ.com that neither women will appear in the show, but his pal Chris Brown is said to have filmed a segment.
Actress Gina Rodriguez struggled to fight back tears after her win at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (11Jan15) after becoming overwhelmed by the significance of her victory for the Latin community. The Jane the Virgin star claimed gold for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical and she couldn't hold back her tears as she faced questions from the press backstage, where she reflected on the impact of her victory for ethnic minorities.
She told reporters, "First and foremost the nomination alone was a win for me because it allowed our culture, it allowed Latinas to see themselves in a beautiful light. It allowed them to see ourselves where we all desired to be invited to the same party.
"If we can create an effect that shows Latinos like the investment bankers, doctors, lawyers that existed in my own home, I think that will change the way young girls and boys look at themselves."
Referencing the 2014 police killings of unarmed black men Eric Garner and Michael Brown, she added, "I think that’s needed, especially now where we have dealt with Eric Garner and Michael Brown, where we are dealing with a society that is diverse, that is so beautiful and human, we all need to remember that we all have the same stories and see them as such."
Rodriguez's win was made even more emotional by the fact her sister, Ivelisse Simon, and other members of her family had turned out to the event to show their support.
Speaking before the ceremony, she told People.com, "My sister has been my support system since I was a little kid. She's believed in me and told me to go after my dreams and to never give up, and so for that I am forever grateful. Not to mention she also helped me pay for college and made sure that I got a good education.
"For me to have her here with me means the world. I have my parents here with me with my other sister, and so for that I am so grateful."
Outspoken hip-hop star Azealia Banks has found a new target for her Twitter rants after taking aim at Kendrick Lamar for recent remarks he made about the killing of unarmed Michael Brown in Missouri. Banks has been voicing her concerns about members of the hip-hop community who have not spoken out about the African-American's death at the hands of a while police officer, and it appears even those who do comment on the tragedy in Ferguson and a grand jury's refusal to indict the cop who shot Brown while investigating a theft, face the 212 hitmaker's wrath.
On Friday (09Jan15), Billboard editors published Lamar's remarks about Brown's death and the ongoing racial unrest the incident sparked - he said, "I wish somebody would look in our neighbourhood knowing that it's already a situation, mentally, where it's f**ked up. What happened (to Michael Brown) should've never happened. Never. But when we don't have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don't start with just a rally, don't start from looting - it starts from within."
His remarks irked Banks, who took to Twitter.com and criticised Lamar for making his comments to "a white publication".
She added, "'When we don't respect ourselves how can we expect them to respect us' dumbest s**t I've ever heard a black man say... Lol do you know about the generational effects of poverty, racism and discrimination?There are things in society that benefit a select few of us. fine... But don't put down the rest by saying they don't respect themselves.
"HOW DARE YOU open ur (your) face to a white publication and tell them that we don't respect ourselves... Speak for your f**king self. I really pray for the minds of the urban youth, I really do because I was once on the side of feeling like I wasn't owed anything... Once on the side of feeling like black people ain't s**t because that's what America and my social studies textbooks taught me.
"Becoming an adult and doing my own research has REALLY opened up my f**king eyes, and I get upset to know that... There are still young black kids in our public schools being indoctrinated with the same s**t they pumped into my head."