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Tuesday, 6 February 2007

MARVIN GAYE: WHY DID HIS FATHER KILL HIM?


Gaye and mum


Gaye's dad being escorted to court


Marvin Gaye


Marvin Gaye Sr


Marvin's Lying-in-state

This is one question I've asked myself for years. Why would a father kill his own son? I went digging and this is what I found. Enjoy! Or not

Marvin's sister Jeanne Gay said, "In the past Father had made it very clear that if Marvin were to strike him, he'd murder him. Father said so publicly on more than one occasion."
Gaye's bodyguard, Andre White, told author Turner that the case was in effect a suicide. He said, "He wanted to die, but he couldn't do it himself. He got his daddy to do it."

Alberta Gay said, "My husband never wanted Marvin, and he never liked him. He used to say that he didn't think he was really his child. I told him that was nonsense. He knew Marvin was his. But for some reason he didn't love Marvin and, what worse, he didn't want me to love Marvin either. Marvin wasn't very old before he understood that."
Jeanne Gay said, "From the time he was 7 until he became a teenager, Marvin's life at home consisted of a series of brutal whippings."

Dr. Ronald Markman, a psychiatrist who examined Marvin Gay Sr., had his own idea about the shooting.
"I believe that people kill basically because they're humiliated," he told Turner. "It's not a question of whether you're a pacifist, a minister or a rabbi. It's a question of whether you are capable of being humiliated and whether you are able to deal with that humiliation short of the need to destroy. That day Marvin had humiliated his dad by knocking him down. So you have a 45-year-old man hitting a 70-year-old man. He was knocked to the ground. He got up without a word but he went and got a gun and returned to kill him."
In a jailhouse interview a week after the slaying, Marvin Sr. explained the slaying to the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.
"I pulled the trigger," he said. "The first one didn't seem to bother him. He put his hand up to his face, like he'd been hit with a BB. And then I fired again. I was backing towards my room. I was going to go in there and lock the door. This time I heard him say, 'Oh,' and I saw him going down. I do know that I did fire the gun. I was just trying to keep him back off me. I want the world to know it wasn't presumptuous on my part."
Asked if he loved his son, Marvin Sr. chose his words carefully before saying, "Let's say that I didn't dislike him."

BEFORE MARVIN SR KILLED MARVIN JR
Marvin hadn't lived in the same house with his father in a quarter-century. Besides the childhood baggage and conflicts over the drug use, sex and porn, two other issues festered in the edgy relationship between them.
Alberta Gay had had kidney surgery in the fall of 1983. Marvin Sr. had gone back to Washington for unspecified purposes, and he refused to return to California to support his wife during her surgery.
Also, Marvin Jr. had learned that his father had sold the family house in Washington during his stay there. He believed his mother was owed half that money, but Marvin Sr. refused to acknowledge that he had sold the property.
Although the men managed to avoid one another most of the time, the physical tension was palpable—so much so that Marvin Sr. told his daughter Jeanne, "If he touches me I'll kill him."

MARVIN GAYE SR
His endless idle time allowed Marvin Gay Sr. to focus on his children.
Although he had given up the House of God, he pressed its many prohibitions on his family. He forbade athletics, dancing, movies, television and popular music. His daughters were not allowed to wear sleeveless dresses, nylons, lipstick, nail polish or open-toed shoes.

He forced his children to observe an extended Sabbath, from Friday afternoon until midday Sunday. He drilled them on Biblical passages and administered beatings for incorrect answers.
All four Gay children were bed-wetters, and this, too, prompted beatings.
Divided Soul"Living with father was something like living with a king, a very peculiar, changeable, cruel and all-powerful king," Marvin Gaye told biographer Ritz. "You were supposed to tip-toe around his moods. You were supposed to do anything to win his favor. I never did. Even though winning his love was the ultimate goal of my childhood, I defied him. I hated his attitude... If it wasn't for mother, who was always there to console me and praise my singing, I think I would have been one of those child suicides you read about in the papers."
Marvin Jr. bore the brunt of the abuse. He could be provoked for the most picayune offenses—when he used his hairbrush or came home 15 minutes late from school.


THE FINAL FIGHT
In his paranoia, Marvin Jr. had begun to stockpile guns when he returned home from the Sexual Healing Tour. He kept a cheap machine gun in his bedroom at one point until his mother insisted that he get rid of it.
For reasons not entirely clear, Marvin gave his father a handgun, an unregistered .38-caliber Smith & Wesson, at Christmas time in 1983.

On the night of March 31, 1984, Marvin Sr. was angered because he was unable to find a document concerning an insurance policy. He stormed around the house and yelled at Alberta, whom he blamed for losing the document.
He was still angry when he awoke the next morning, Sunday, April 1, the day before Marvin Jr.'s 45th birthday.
At about 11 a.m., Marvin Sr. hollered up the stairs at his wife, who was in Marvin Jr.'s bedroom. The son went to the top of the stairs and hollered back that he should speak to Alberta's face if he had something to say.
The father hurried up the steps and entered his son's room. Marvin Jr. leaped up off the bed and pushed his 70-year-old father out into the hallway, knocking him down and kicking him.
Alberta interceded and the men separated. Marvin Jr. returned to his bed.
The father got up and went down the hall to his own bedroom. After a few moments, he returned to Marvin Jr.'s threshold. He raised a hand toward his son, and Alberta could see he was holding the .38 pistol Marvin Jr. had given him.
He pulled the trigger, and shot his son in the chest, tearing through his heart. As Marvin Jr. slumped off the bed to the floor, his father strode forward and fired again. The second shot was unnecessary.
Marvin Gay Sr. escorted by policeMarvin's brother, Frankie, ran to the sound of shots. His wife, Irene, called 911. Paramedics arrived to find Marvin Sr. sitting on the front porch. They demanded to see the gun before they would enter the house. Irene found it under Marvin Sr.'s pillow and threw it on the lawn.
Gaye was rushed to California Hospital. Resuscitation efforts were in vain. He was declared dead at 1:01 p.m.

Please look at that man's face again. He died in 1998. Poor soul

Sunday, 4 February 2007

THE OSCAR WINNERS SINCE 1980

I'm sure y'all have noticed I love everything Hollywood. One of the things I love most is the Academy Awards. I've been following it since I learnt the difference betweem a male and a female. I know there are a few of you out there who are as interested as I am to know those who have won it in the past. The first time I watched the Oscars was in 1995 so I know everyone who has won since then. But before then? Had no knowledge, so I went searching...this is what I found. Winners of the Oscars for lead, support roles and best movie. Check it out. It's quite informative and interesting...

1980
Best Lead Actor - ROBERT DE NIRO (Raging Bull)
Best Support Actor - TIMOTHY HUTTON (Ordinary people)
Best Lead Actress - SISSY SPACEK (Coal miner's daughter)
Best Support Actress - MARY STEENBURGEN (Melvin & Howard)
Best Movie - ORDINARY PEOPLE

1981
Best Lead Actor - HENRY FONDA (On Golden Pond)
Best Support Actor -JOHN GIELGUD (Arthur)
Best Lead Actor - KATHERINE HEPBURN (On Golden Pond)
Best Support Actor MAUREEN STAPLETON (Reds)
Best Movie - CHARIOTS OF FIRE

1982
Best Lead Actor - BEN KINGSLEY (Gandhi)
Best Support Actor - LOUISE GOSSETT JR (An Officer and a Gentleman)
Best Lead Actor - MERYL STREEP (Sophie's Choice)
Best Support Actor - JESSICA LANGE (Tootsie)
Best Movie - GANDHI

1983
Best Lead Actress - ROBERT DUVALL (Tender mercies)
Best Support Actress - JACK NICHOLSON (Terms of Endearment)
Best Lead Actress - SHIRLEY MACLAINE (Terms of Endearment)
Best Support Actress - LINDA HUNT (The Year of Living Dangerously)
Best Movie - TERMS OF ENDEARMANT

1984
Best Lead Actor - F MURRAY ABRAHAM (Amadeus)
Best Support Actor - HAING S NGOR (The killing field)
Best Lead Actress - SALLY FIELD (Places in the Heart)
Best Support Actress - PEGGY ASHCROFT (A Message to India)
Best Movie - AMADEUS

1985
Best Lead Actor - WILLIAM HURT (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Best Support Actor - DON AMECHE (Cocoon)
Best Lead Actress - GERALDINE PAGE (The trip to Bountiful)
Best Support Actor - ANGELICA HUSTON (Prizzi's Honor)
Best Movie - OUT OF AFRICA

1986
Best Lead Actor - PAUL NEWMAN (The Colour of Money)
Best Support Actor - MICHAEL CAINE (Hannah and her Sisters)
Best Lead Actress - MARLEE MATLIN (Children of a lesser god)
Best Support Actress - DIANNE WIEST (Hannah and her Sisters)
Best Movie - PLATOON

1987
Best Lead Actor - MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Wall street)
Best Support Actor - SEAN CONNERY (The Untouchables)
Best Lead Actress - CHER (Moonstruck)
Best Support Actress - OLYMPIA DUKAKIS (Moonstruck)
Best Movie - THE LAST EMPEROR

1988
Best Lead Actor - DUSTIN HUFFMAN (Rain Man)
Best Support Actor - KEVIN KLINE (A Fish Called Wanda)
Best Lead Actress - JODIE FOSTER (The Accused)
Best Support Actress - GEENA DAVIS (The Accidental Tourist)
Best Movie - RAIN MAN

1989
Best Lead Actor - DANIEL DAY LEWIS (My Left Foot)
Best Support Actor - DENZEL WASHINGTON (Glory)
Best Lead Actress - JESSICA TANDY (Driving Miss Daisy)
Best Support Actress - BRENDA FRICKER (My Left Foot)
Best Movie - DRIVING MISS DAISY

1990
Best Lead Actor - JEREMY IRON (Reversal of Fortune)
Best Support Actor - JOE PESCI (GoodFellas)
Best Lead Actress - KATHY BATES (Misery)
Best Support Actress - WHOOPI GOLDBERG (Ghost)
Best Movie - DANCES WITH WOLVES

1991
Best Lead Actor - ANTHONY HOPKINS (Silence of the Lambs)
Best Support Actor - JACK PALANCE (City Slickers)
Best Lead Actress - JODIE FOSTER (Silence of the Lambs)
Best Support Actress - MERCEDES RUEHL (The Fisher King)
Best Movie - SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

1992
Best Lead Actor - AL PACINO (The Scent of a Woman)
Best Support Actor - GENE HACKMAN (Unforgiven)
Best Lead Actress - EMMA THOMPSON (Howard's End)
Best Support Actress - MARRISA TOMEI (My cousin Vinny)
Best Movie - UNFORGIVEN

1993
Best Lead Actor - TOM HANKS (Philadelphia)
Best Support Actor - TOMMY LEE JONES (The Fugitive)
Best Lead Actress - HOLLY HUNTER (The Piano)
Best Support Actress - ANNA PAQUIN (The Piano)
Best Movie - SCHLINDLER'S LIST

1994
Best Lead Actor - TOM HANKS (Forrest Gump)
Best Support Actor - MARTIN LANDAU (Ed Wood)
Best Lead Actress - JESSICA LANGE (Blue Sky)
Best Support Actress - DIANE WIEST (Bullet Over Broadway)
Best Movie - FORREST GUMP

1995
Best Lead Actor - NICHOLAS CAGE (Leaving Las Vegas)
Best Support Actor - KEVIN SPACEY (The Usual Suspect)
Best Lead Actress - SUSAN SARADON (Dead Man Walking)
Best Support Actress - MIRA SORVINO (Mighty Aphrodite)
Best Movie - BRAVEHEART

1996
Best Lead Actor - JEOFFREY RUSH (Shine)
Best Support Actor - CUBA GOODING JR (Jerry Maguire)
Best Lead Actress - FRANCES MCDORMAND (Fargo)
Best Support Actress - JULIETTE BINOCHE (The English Patient)
Best Movie - THE ENGLISH PATIENT

1997
Best Lead Actor - JACK NICHOLSON (As Good As It Gets)
Best Support Actor - ROBIN WILLIAMS (Good Will Hunting)
Best Lead Actress - HELEN HUNT (As Good As It Gets)
Best Support Actress - KIM BASINGER (L A Confidential)
Best Movie - TITANIC

1998
Best Lead Actor - ROBERTO BENIGNI (Life Is Beautiful)
Best Support Actor - JAMES COBURN (Affliction)
Best Lead Actress - GYWNETH PALTROW (Shakespeare In Love)
Best Support Actress - JUDI DENCH (Shakespeare In Love)
BM - SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

1999
Best Lead Actor - KEVIN SPACEY (American Beauty)
Best Support Actor - MICHAEL CAINE (The Cider House Rules)
Best Lead Actress - HILARY SWANK (Boys Don't Cry)
Best Support Actress - ANGELINA JOLIE (Girl, Interrupted)
Best Movie - AMERICAN BEAUTY

2000
Best Lead Actor - RUSSELL CROWE (Gladiator)
Best Support Actor - BENICIO DEL TORO (Traffic)
Best Lead Actress - JULIA ROBERTS (Erin Brokovich)
Best Support Actress - MARCIA GAY HARDEN (Pollock)
Best Movie - GLADIATOR

2001
Best Lead Actor - DENZEL WASHINGTON (Training Day)
Best Support Actor - JIM BROADBENT (Iris)
Best Lead Actress - HALLE BERRY (Monster's Ball)
Best Support Actress - JENNIFER CONNELY (A Beautiful Mind)
Best Movie - A BEAUTIFUL MIND

2002
Best Lead Actor - ADRIEN BRODY (The Pianist)
Best Support Actress - CHRIS COOPER (Adaptation)
Best Lead Actor - NICOLE KIDMAN (The Hours)
Best Support Actress - KATHERINE ZETA JONES (Chicago)
Best Movie - CHICAGO

2003
Best Lead Actor - SEAN PENN (Mystic River)
Best Support Actor - TIM ROBBINS (Mystic River)
Best Lead Actress - CHARLIZE THERON (Monster)
Best Support Actor - RENEE ZELWEGER (Cold Mountain)
Best Movie - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

2004
Best Lead Actor - JAMIE FOXX (Ray)
Best Support Actor - MORGAN FREEMAN (Million Dollar Baby)
Best Lead Actress - HILARY SWANK (Million Dollar Baby)
Best Support Actor - CATE BLANCHETT (The Aviator)
BM - MILLION DOLLAR BABY

2005
Best Lead Actor - PHILLIP SEYMOUR (Capote)
Best Support Actor - GEORGE CLOONEY (Syriana)
Best Lead Actress - REESE WITHERSPOON (Walk The Line)
Best Support Actress - RACHEL WEISZ (The Constant Gardener)
Best Movie - CRASH

2006 ?
Coming soon. I didn't know Sean Penn won the 2003 Best Lead Actor. I actually thought it was Bill Murray for Lost In Translation. There are TWO actors who I think have done so well in their career but are yet to win an Oscar. I'm talking about Leonardo Dicarprio and Johnny Depp. Hopefully one day, it will be their turn. Hope you guys appreciate this. It took me a whole day to put this together. So tired! Got to go. Enjoy each other

MY ALL TIME BEST SONGS FROM DIFFERENT ARTISTS

Have you ever wondered what particular songs from all your favourite artists you love best? If you were asked to choose or listen to only ONE song from any artist of your choice, what songs would you choose? What is your all time favourite/best song from Celine Dion? Ever thought of that? Well I did and this is what I came up with...

CELINE DION
If walls could talk

LUTHER VANDROSE
Power of love

LIONEL RICHIE
Stuck on you

WHITNEY HOUSTON
Why does it hurt so bad

GEORGE MICHAEL
Careless whispers

TONI BRAXTON
Breath again

BEYONCE
Irreplaceable

PHIL COLLINS
Can't turn back the years

BRANDY
Have you ever

WEST LIFE
Angel's wing

CRAIG DAVID
Unbelievable

LEMAR
Time to grow

AALIYAH
How could the one I gave my heart to

ANITA BAKER
I apologise

TEVIN CAMPBELL
Always in my heart

MARY J BLIGE
Give me you

DIANA ROSS
I'm coming out

BRITNEY SPEARS
Sometimes

CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Come on over

SHANIA TWAIN
That don't impress me much

DIDO
Thank you

MASE
More money, more problem

DOLLY PATTON
Give me a reason

PUSSYCAT DOLLS
Stickwitu

KELLY CLARKSON
Because of you

DESTINY'S CHILD
Brown eyes

MICHAEL JACKSON
You rock my world

GLORIA ESTAFAN
If I could reach

SHAKIRA
Underneath it all

JON BON JOVI
Always

RONAN KEATING
You say it best

BRYAN ADAMS
When you love a woman

BACKSTREET BOYS
As long as you love me

TRICIA YEARWOOD
How do I live without you

RICKY MARTIN
Livin la vida loca

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
Sad eyes

UB40
Red red wine

MADONNA
Take a bow

ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Millenium

INDIA ARIE
Video

AKON
Ghetto

KANYE WEST
Gold digger

WILL SMITH
Get jiggy with it

JOHN LEGEND
Heaven

ARETHA FRANKLIN
Willing to forgive

KARYN WHITE
Superwoman

AVRIL LAVIGNE
Complicated

PINK
There you go

GWEN STEFANI
Cool

SAVAGE GARDEN
I knew I loved you before I met you

THE CORRS
Runaway

SHADE ADU
By your side

BLUE
If you come back

DANIEL BEDINGFIELD
If you are not the one

MARIAH CAREY
I Can't live

TAKE THAT
Want you back

NATALIE IMBRUGLIA
Turn

USHER
You got it bad

R KELLY
Heaven I need a hug

REUBEN STUDDARD
I need an angel

STEVIE WONDER
I just called to say I love you

GLORIA GAYNOR
I will survive

BARRY WHITE
Practice what you preach

If I were asked to pick just ONE song from the above mentioned artistes, those are the songs I'll Pick. The others I Love, But this ones? Can't do without them. What about you...whats your all time BESTEST song from this singers? Send me your thoughts. Ciao

Saturday, 3 February 2007

DIDDY AND HIS TWIN GIRLS



Puff Daddy...oh sorry...P Diddy or no...is it Diddy now and his new set of twin girls. A sight for sore eyes. So adorable. It's moments like this I want to get sperminated. Can't wait to have kids. Anyway to the topic at hand, what I want to say to Puffdaddypdiddydiddy is this; Kim's given him three kids...it's time he makes a honest woman of her. She wants to walk down the aisle. She said so herself. After giving him 12 twelves of her life and three beautiful kids...my girl deserves to be called Kim Diddy. Please marry her asap

MICHAEL JACKSON AND HIS KIDS


Paris Michael Jackson looking sad behind the veil

Michael Jackson's kids made a rare public appearance recently. The most amazing but fun thing is that the children's faces were not covered for the world NOT to see. I quess the children have grown up enough to know weather they want their faces covered everytime they go out in public or not. I think Paris is too pretty to hide her face from the world. So what if your dad is MJ? A girl has got to live her life. And see how trendy she looks in her white face cap, jacket and tennis shoes. Prince Michael 1 pictured with big sis looks more like the half-caste they are. MJ is black, their mum Debbie Rowe is white. Cute kids

Prince Michael and Paris Michael Jackson


Prince and Paris in the early days.
I'm sorry but I find covering the faces of little kids annoying and unneccessary. I know he's their father and has every right but for what? These children will grow up one day and the sooner they know their fate the better. They are Michael Jackson's children for God's sake...whether their faces are covered or not...they'll be stalked, pursued, photographed for the rest of their lives. It's sad but that's their truth. And hey Prince and Paris, I"ll trade places with you anyday. Don't like your life? Send it to me
But seriously, this is the first time I'll see the faces of Michael Jackson's kids. Real pretty kids. Pictures courtesy Perezhilton.com

AMERICAN IDOL JUDGES

What do you guys think about the American Idol judges? You think the owners of the competition made the best pick? And who's your favourite? How well do you know these Judges? Check out a little something I found out about them


American Idol Judges



Simon Cowell

Simon was born in 1959 to Eric and Julie Cowell in Brighton East Sussex, England. He's an Enlish artist and an executive for Sony BMG in the UK.
He is notorious for his unsparingly blunt and often controversial criticism of the contestants. He is known for combining activities in the television and music industries, having produced singles and records for various television characters such as the Power Rangers.

Four notable oversights of Cowell's are that he auditioned the Spice Girls but was not interested, turning down Take That, deciding that songwriter and front man Gary Barlow was too fat to be a star, and just this past season of American Idol, he passed on Taylor Hicks who went on to become season five's American Idol winner.

Cowell became a judge on the first season of Pop Idol in the year of 2001, and did the same for American Idol in 2002 and his acerbic style of judging was a major reason for these shows becoming popular. This was especially so for American Idol, where in its first season, talk about "that nasty guy Simon" gained the show media attention, more so than the hosts or contestants. Cowell's fame (or infamy) grew, fed by his deliberately insincere signature phrase, "I don't mean to be rude, but …", inevitably followed by an unsparing denigration of the contestant's talents, personality, or even physical appearance. One from 2005 was "You look like the Incredible Hulk's wife." Cowell also appeared on the one-off World Idol program in 2003, where it became clear that each country's version of the Idol had attempted to come up with its own "Simon Cowell", further proving his effectiveness as a villain. In 2003, Cowell placed #33 on Channel 4's list of the all-time 100 Worst Britons perhaps due to some people perceiving him as spiteful and arrogant. Cowell's S Records signed the top two finishers of the first season of Pop Idol, Will Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom went on to have #1 UK hits.

In June 2003, Cowell sold his half-share in S Records for $42 million to BMG, thus becoming a multi-millionaire.



Paula Abdul
Paula Julie Abdul was born June 19, 1962 in California to Harry and Lorraine Abdulis. She's an American Grammy -winning, multi-platinum singer, choreographer, dancer and actress. In the 1980s, her career rose rapidly, from being a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers to being a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era, then to being a pop music singer with a string of top hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After that she suffered a series of reverses in her professional and personal life, until she found renewed fame and success in the 2000s as a judge on the highly rated television series American Idol.

Abdul went on to serve as the choreographer for the 1980s videos of singer Janet Jackson. She also choreographed music videos for Duran Duran, Prince, The Jacksons, Kool & the Gang, Luther Vandross, George Michael and Dolly Parton. She choreographed and appeared in Michael Jackson's music video "Liberian Girl", and Janet Jackson's music videos "What Have You Done For Me Lately" and "Nasty".

In film, Abdul choreographed the dance sequences in the films Coming to America, The Running Man and American Beauty, as well as Cuba Gooding Jr.'s touchdown celebration in Jerry Maguire, the giant keyboard sequence involving Tom Hanks’ character in Big, and The King's touchdown celebration, as seen in a string of popular Burger King television commercials that aired

In 2002, Abdul appeared as one of three judges for the reality television music competition show American Idol. Abdul, along with fellow judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, was to evaluate the talent of a large group of young amateur singers, eliminate most of them in various audition rounds, and then judge the finalists as American television viewers voted on which finalists would continue to each successive round, until all but the winner were eliminated. Abdul won praise as a sympathetic and compassionate judge, while garnering criticism for being too sympathetic with "bad" singers. She seemed especially kind when her critiques were compared against those of fellow judge Simon Cowell, who was often blunt in his appraisals of the contestants' performances


Randy Jackson
Music Producer/TV personality

Randy was born in 1956 to Herman and Julia Jackson (No relation to Michael Jackson). He's been in the music industry since the early 1980's as a performer, producer, businessman, bass guitarist, pianist, television broadcaster, record company executive and music critic.

After more than a decade in Los Angeles, Jackson was a respected industry veteran, whose credits included over a thousand gold and platinum albums. His first reaction to the concept of American Idol was not positive. "TV's corny, cheesy, whatever," he told LA radio DJ JoJo Wright, in an interview posted on the deejay's website. Despite his years of experience in the music business, Jackson had spent little time in front of the camera--aside from a 1992 bass guitar instruction video, Randy Jackson: Mastering the Groove, and a guest appearance in the 1990 television special, Mother Goose Rock n' Rhyme. "I've been behind the scenes with all these artists," he said in a Newsweek on-line interview. "I've seen celebrity up close, but I've never really lived it."


Jackson has been a judge with American Idol since its inception in 2002. On the show, he is known for taking a middle road of criticism between the supportiveness of Paula Abdul and the nastiness of Simon Cowell. He has popularized "pitchy" as the way to describe off-key singing. He is also renowned for his heavy use of slang terms, most notably the words "dude", "dawg", and "dope". Jackson sometimes also refers to the group of male semifinalists as "the dogg pound" (though during season five, the female contestants were also included). Widely well regarded in the music industry, Jackson's commentary is generally that of constructive criticism. He tells the contestants what a record company label executive would be thinking, but what the executive would not actually tell them. He also has a very large attraction to the words "All right, dude, now check this out" right before appraising a contestant's song.

I got their Bio courtesy Wikipedia. Later I'll you all what I think about each of them. Have a great weekend

Friday, 2 February 2007

AMERICAN IDOL WINNERS

What do you guys think about American Idol? Especially their winners? Do you think America has been able to discover real talent through this competition? Has the aim of this competition been achieved or defeated? Are you proud of the voices, talents, music and achievements of all the winners? I don't know about you but I'm immensely proud of the competition, judges and especially the winners. So far they've choosen well. Check out the faces of people who became world celebrities over night. People who took opportunities given to them and made the best use of it. People who weren't too afraid to try. People who had confidence in their abilities and talents. People who knew they had what it took to be world class singers.People who weren't afraid to share their lives with the world. People who have blessed others with their talent. People who have given hope and courage to others. People who had so much to offer and weren't afraid to ask to be listened to. I present to you American Idol winners.



Taylor Hicks (2006)


Carrie Underwood (2005)


Fantasia Barrino (2004)


Reuben Studdard (2003)


Kelly Clarkson (2002)

Though they are all talented, some of them have excelled more than the others. Below is my own summary of their talent, personality, achievement etc.
Most successful - Kelly Clarkson
Best voice - Kelly Clarkson
Best album - Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
Most popular - Kelly Clarkson
Least popular - Taylor Hicks
Most awards - Kelly Clarkson
Best song - I need an angel - Reuben Studdard
Most attractive - Carrie Underwood
least attractive - fantasia Barrino
Most transformed - Fantasia Barrino
Best dressed - Reuben Studdard
Best personality - Reuben Studdard
Most confident - Taylor Hicks
Least confident - Carrie Underwood
The richest - Kelly Clarkson
Highest album sold - Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson

This is according to Linda Ikeji. May be yours is different? What don't you agree with? send me your thoughts

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THE GOLDEN GLOBES 2007 AWARDS

How many of you have been following the award season in Hollywood? Well I have and I must say I don't totally agree with some of the nominations and winners. The ones I dont agree with, I'll point out to you. Checkitout


Golden Globes 2007: The winners
Here is the full list of winners and nominees for the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, which have been held in Hollywood:

FILM CATEGORIES
Best film (drama)
Babel (I agree)
Also nominated:
Bobby
Little Children
The Queen
The Departed

Best film (musical or comedy)
Dreamgirls (I agree)
Also nominated:
BoratLittle Miss Sunshine
Thank You For Smoking
The Devil Wears Prada

Best director
Martin Scorsese - The Departed (I agree)
Also nominated:
Clint Eastwood - Flags of Our Fathers
Clint Eastwood - Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears - The Queen
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Babel

Best actor (drama)
Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland (I agree)
Also nominated:
Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed
Peter O'Toole - Venus
Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness

Best actor (musical or comedy)
Sacha Baron Cohen - Borat (don't agree)
Also nominated:
Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean (My choice)
Aaron Eckhart - Thank You For Smoking
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Kinky Boots
Will Ferrell - Stranger Than Fiction

Best actress (drama)
Helen Mirren - The Queen (I agree)
Also nominated:
Penelope Cruz - Volver
Judi Dench - Notes on a Scandal
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Sherrybaby
Kate Winslet - Little Children

Best actress (musical or comedy)
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada (Don't agree)
Also nominated:
Annette Bening - Running With Scissors
Toni Collette - Little Miss Sunshine (My choice)
Beyonce Knowles - Dreamgirls
Renee Zellweger - Miss Potter

Best supporting actor
Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls (Dont agree)
Also nominated:
Ben Affleck - Hollywoodland
Jack Nicholson - The Departed
Brad Pitt - Babel (My choice)
Mark Wahlberg - The Departed

Best supporting actress
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls (I agree)
Also nominated:
Adriana Barraza - Babel
Cate Blanchett - Notes on a Scandal
Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada
Rinko Kikuchi - Babel

Best foreign language film
Letters From Iwo Jima (US) (Dont agree)
Also nominated:
Apocalypto (US) (My choice)
Pan's Labyrinth (Mexico)
The Lives of Others (Germany)
Volver (Spain)

Best animated feature film
Cars (Don't agree)
Also nominated:
Happy Feet (My choice)
Monster House

Best screenplay
Peter Morgan - The Queen (Don't agree)
Also nominated:
Guillermo Arriaga - Babel
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta - Little Children
Patrick Marber - Notes on a Scandal
William Monahan - The Departed (My choice)

Best original song
The Song of the Heart - Happy Feet (Don't agree)
Also nominated:
Listen - Dreamgirls (I agree)
Never Gonna Break My Faith - Bobby
Try Not to Remember - Home of the Brave
A Father's Way - The Pursuit of Happyness

Best original score
Alexandre Desplat - The Painted Veil (Don't have an opinion)
Also nominated:
Clint Mansell - The Fountain
Gustavo Santaolalla - Babel
Carlo Siliotto - Nomad
Hans Zimmer - The Da Vinci Code

Cecil B DeMille Award - lifetime achievement
Warren Beatty (Hasn't he been given this award before?)

TELEVISION CATEGORIES
Best series (drama)
Grey's Anatomy (Don't agree)
Also nominated:
24
Big Love
Heroes (My choice)
Lost

Best series (musical or comedy)
Ugly Betty (I agree)
Also nominated:
Desperate Housewives
Entourage
The Office
Weeds

Best mini-series or film made for TV
Elizabeth I (Haven't seen any of these films)
Also nominated:
Bleak House
Broken Trail
Mrs Harris
Prime Suspect: The Final Act

Best actor (drama)
Hugh Laurie - House (I agree)
Also nominated:
Patrick Dempsey - Grey's Anatomy
Michael C Hall - Dexter
Bill Paxton - Big Love
Kiefer Sutherland - 24

Best actor (musical or comedy)
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (Dont agree)
Also nominated:
Zach Braff - Scrubs
Steve Carrell - The Office
Jason Lee - My Name is Earl (My choice)
Tony Shalhoub - Monk

Best actor (mini-series or film made for TV)
Bill Nighy - Gideon's Daughter (Don't agree)
Also nominated:
Andre Braugher - Thief
Robert Duvall - Broken Trail
Michael Ealy - Sleeper Cell
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Tsunami: The Aftermath (My choice)
Ben Kingsley - Mrs Harris
Matthew Perry - The Ron Clark Story

Best actress (drama)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (I agree)
Also nominated:
Patricia Arquette - Medium
Edie Falco - Sopranos
Evangeline Lilly - Lost
Ellen Pompeo - Grey's Anatomy

Best actress (musical or comedy)
America Ferrera - Ugly Betty (I agree)
Also nominated:
Marcia Cross - Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Felicity Huffman - Desperate Housewives
Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds

Best actress (mini-series or film made for TV)
Helen Mirren - Elizabeth I (I agree)
Also nominated:
Gillian Anderson - Bleak House
Annette Bening - Mrs Harris
Helen Mirren - Prime Suspect: The Final Act
Sophie Okonedo - Tsunami: The Aftermath

Best supporting actor
Jeremy Irons - Elizabeth I (I agree)
Also nominated:
Thomas Haden Church - Broken Trail
Justin Kirk - Weeds
Masi Oka - Heroes
Jeremy Piven - Entourage

Best supporting actress
Emily Blunt - Gideon's Daughter (I agree)
Also nominated:
Toni Collette - Tsunami: The Aftermath
Katherine Heigl - Grey's Anatomy
Sarah Paulson - Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Elizabeth Perkins - Weeds

What do you guys think of my choices? I mean we really have no say on who gets nominated and who wins but it doesn't mean we have to agree with them does it? Who says we can't have our own winners? We watch this films, we know who our favourites are...so why don't you do what I did...choose your own winners. It's fun and it makes you feel powerful. Try it

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KAYODE KAYODE

Kayode, I miss you beyond words can describe. I still can't believe you are gone. I remember the last time I saw you was at Zaaki's album launch in dec 2006. We sat and talked for hours, mostly about me and the things I was going through. Nobody made me laugh as much as you did and nobody respected me as much as you did. I was always the supermodel to you. Anything else wasn't good enough. You wanted to see me excel in life. You kept pushing me to work harder and you always made sure people knew I had added another feather to my cap. I wanted to be a better person because of you.You always had my back. Even though you're gone, I know you're somewhere up there looking out for me. I'll make you proud, I promise.

My only consolation is that I know you are happy wherever you are.
I miss you so much
Linda

Thursday, 1 February 2007

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

There's just so much I am thankful for. So much that I am grateful to God for.
Alot of us have stories to tell, experiences to share but not all of us have the opportunity to do so. Only a few people do and I feel blessed that I am one of those few people. It's one thing to want to share, it's another thing for people to care about what you have to say. I feel people are interested in what I have to say, and for this I feel blessed. I've learnt alot in my short life and I know there's so much more I still need to learn. I've made a lot of mistakes, taken wrong turns, made wrong decisions, ran when I was supposed to stay and fight and fought when I was supposed to have ran. But the best part of all this for me, is whether wrong or right, I did it my way. It was my mistake, my life and so far I've lived it the best way I know how.

Alot of things have helped shape my life. Alot of events have given me a better understanding of our true essence in this universe. Alot of people have made me believe in things I once thought impossible. Life has taught me so much. I dont know that much but I do one thing for sure...never take life or people for granted. Because you just never know.

I want to tell you about my favourite things. Maybe it will help you to know the kind of girl I am? or just help you to get to know me better.

These are my favourite things.

FAVOURITE NOVELS
Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Fine Things by Danielle steel

FAVOURITE AUTHORS
William Shakespeare
Danielle Steel
Dan Brown

FAVOURITE MOVIES
Coming to America
Pretty Woman
Sixth Sense
Ghost
Sound of music

FAVOURITE SONGS
I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
Stuck on you - Lionel Richie
Runaway - The Corrs
I'll always love you - Whitney Houston
Can't turn back the hands of time - Phil Collins

FAVOURITE ARTISTES
Lionel Richie
Luther Vandrose
Whitney Houston
Michael Jackson
Craig David

FAVOURITE ACTRESSES
Julia Roberts
Calista Flockhart (Ally Mcbeal)
Dakota Fanning
Bimbo Akintola
Genevieve Nnaji

FAVOURITE ACTORS
Russell Crowe
Bruce Willis
Will Smith
Sam Loco Efe
Chinwetalu Agu

FAVOURITE COMEDIANS
Chris Rock
Chris Tucker
Dave Chapelle
Bernie Mac
Ali Baba

FAVOURITE COMEDY SERIES
The Parkers
Living Single
Family Matters

FAVOURITE COMEDY CHARACTER
Steve Auckle - Family Matters
Ms Parker - The Parkers
Max - Living Single

FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMMES
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Saturday Night Live
The Jerry Springer Show
Today's Woman with Adesua
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

FAVOURITE REALITY TV PROGRAMMES
American Idols
America's Next Top Model
Big Brother
Temptation Island
Punk'd

FAVOURITE TV SERIES
Touched by an Angel
Highway to Heaven
House
Medium
Ally Mcbeal

FAVOURITE PLACES
Silverbird Galleria (Lagos)
Obudu Cattle Ranch (Calabar)
Paris (France)

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY SPOTS
Hollywood USA (Anyday)
Venice (Italy)

FAVOURITE PAST TIME
Writing
Watching Movies

FAVOURITE COLOURS
Black
Blue

FAVOURITE SPORTS
Football
Volleyball
Basketball

FAVOURITE FOOD
Amala and Ewedu soup (Nigerian delicacy)

FAVOURITE DESIGNERS
Vera Wang
Ralph Lauren
Chanel
Frank Osodi
Tiffany Amber

FAVOURITE PERFUMES
Contradiction by Calvin klein
Angel by Thierry Murgler

FAVOUIRTE MODELS
Naomi Campbell
Christy Turlington
Giselle Bundchen
Linda Umeh
Blessing Ibiang

FAVOURITE WOMEN
Oprah Winfrey
Condeleesa Rice
Marilyn Monroe

FAVOURITE MEN
Vin Diesel
Djimon Hounsou
Alex Okosi
Dan Foster

FAVOURITE QUOTES
'You don't have to be a phenomenon to do phemomenal things'

'Dreams do come true. Just have faith'

FAVOURITE PRAYERS
'You said ask and it shall be given. Here I am lord asking. Give me my heart's desires'

'Be upon me to watch over me, behind to protect me, in front to lead me, inside to guide me and around to shield me'

FAVOURITE LEADERS
Nelson Mandela
Martin Luther King Jr
Bill Clinton

FAVOURITE MOMENTS IN HISTORY
The one million man march led by Rev Martin Luther King Jr
The refusal of Rosa Parks to go to the back of the bus
Sidney Poitier winning an Oscar for best male lead role
The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Have you ever thought of what your favourite things are? These are some of mine. When I remember More things I love, I'll load it up for you guys to see. hopefully you care enough to read it.

Be good

WELCOME TO A NEW MONTH

Welcome to February, the month of love. The month when dreams come true. How many of you had a bad January like myself? Yes I had a bad January because I lost one of my closest friends/publicist to death. How many of you have seen the Denzel Washington film Dejavu? where he could go back to the past and change the future...I wish I could go back to first of January 2007 and somehow make Kayode Fayemi remember to take the right inhaler to work (kayode died on the 10th of January after he had an asthma attack and tried to use his inhaler, but it didnt work. It was later discovered that he went to work with the wrong inhaler). I wish I could change all that happened to me this month but we live in the real world where not all things are possible. On the 21st of last month, I also discovered something that I hoped was not possible. I guess life has so much to teach us all

May this new month bring us all happiness and peace of mind

May all our dreams and aspirations come to fruition

May we not shed tears and feel pain

May God be there to guide and protect us all

And for those of you in pain and hurting, may you be healed by God. May he wipe your tears and heal your hearts. May he take all your sorrows away

And for those of you who have lost hope, God will surprise you soon. He has too much in store for you, he's just waiting for the right moment to bestow his blessings upon you

For those of you who need help, call on to God. He loves you too much not to listen to your heart

And before making a decision, call onto God for guidance. He'll never lead you astray.

And always remember, the difference between your problems and its solution is the difference between your knee and the floor. Talk to God today. He knows it all and he loves you too much

Do have a great new month
linda

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