Beyonce and Lady Gaga team up for “Video Phone” video

Beyonce and Lady Gaga (Photo: MTV.com)

Beyonce’s Video Phone (Extended Remix)” has been one of the most highly anticipated videos. The video will feature Lady Gaga. Hype Williams directed the video. The video premiered tonight MTV.com at midnight EST on Tuesday, November 17.  Check out the full video at MTV.com here: Video

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Rihanna Releases ‘Russian Roulette’ from Upcoming ‘Rated R’ Album

Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" single cover. (Photo: AP/Def Jam)

Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" single cover. (Photo: AP/Def Jam)

Rihanna released her new single, “Russian Roulette,” from the upcoming album “Rated R”.  The was single, written and produced by rapper Ne-Yo, was placed on Rihanna’s web site, rihannannow.com. “Rated R”, her fourth album, is set to hit stores on November 23. The video for “Russian Roulette” will debut on ABC.

Thursday On TV: VH1 Divas Concert with Paula Abdul and Miley Cyrus

Clockwise: Kelly Clarkson, Jordan Sparks, Leona Lewis, Shania Twain

Clockwise: Kelly Clarkson, Jordan Sparks, Leona Lewis, Shania Twain

VH1’s annual Divas Concerts airs tonight with performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson,  Stevie Wonder, Shania Twain, Jordin Sparks, Adele, Leona Lewis and  Miley Cyrus. Paula Abdul hosts.

Also on today

“Bones,” 8 p.m. (Fox): Angela’s psychic, Avalon Harmonia (Cyndi Lauper), alerts Brennan and Booth to the presence of a mass grave beneath a fountain.

“Dances with Wolves” (1990), 8 p.m. (AMC): Kevin Costner’s epic vision of the American frontier as seen through the eyes of a 19th-century U.S. Cavalry officer.

“The Vampire Diaries,” 8 p.m. (CW): Stefan tries to make Vicki forget who attacked her; Jeremy struggles with drug use and his feelings for Vicki; Damon reveals information about Stefan’s past.

“The Office,” 9 p.m. (NBC): Michael feels left out when the rest of the staff gossips about the summer interns, so he hunts for a juicy secret to share.

“Fringe,” 9 p.m. (Fox): Peter, unwittingly in a race against time with an ominous force, investigates Olivia’s visit to a parallel universe.

“Police Women of Broward County,” 9 p.m. (TLC): Andrea goes after a drug dealer operating from an apartment; Julie tracks a sex offender who has violated parole; Ana helps nab a violent gang member.

The New York Times

Remembering R & B sensation, Aaliyah

An artist taken before her time 8 years ago today, R&B singer Aaliyah, was to the late 90s what Rhianna and Ciara are to Soul and R&B music today. Her is one of her most popular songs, “Try Again” from the Romeo Must Die Soundtrack. She starred in the movie with Jet Li. Aaliyah sold over 32 million records. There are talks that a movie chronicling her life is in development.

Here is “Try Again”:

The West Coast premiere screening of Jackson 5 In Africa Saturday August 22 in Los Angeles

AfricaThe Downtown LA Film Festival will show “The Jackson 5 in Africa” for its closing-night gala. Director Mamadou Johnny Sekka documents the Motown sensations on their 1974 trip to Senegal, with father Joe as escort for their first African tour.   The unfinished film was cut short after investors ran out of funding. It sat around for decades until it was found and released by the Harlem-based nonprofit ImageNation Cinema Foundation.  To read more about the film, click: Jackson 5 in Africa.

Check out a trailer of the film below:

40th Anniversary Woodstock Poster available at International Poster Gallery in Boston

Woodstock 40th Anniversary Poster

Woodstock 40th Anniversary Poster

A new poster celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock has been released. Arnold Skolnick, designer of the iconic 1969 poster showing a dove perched on the arm of a guitar, also designed the updated 2009 edition poster.

“The client said he wanted the event to be ‘peaceful, three days long and a lot of music’ so that’s what I gave him”, said Skolnick when remembering how the original poster came to be.   Skolnick’s subdued design and peaceful message insured that the event would not be banned. In doing so he created a unique rock poster for the ages.

The Woodstock 40th Anniversary silkscreen poster is available exclusively

Woodstock Original 1969 Poster

Woodstock Original 1969 Poster

through International Poster Gallery in Boston in a limited edition of 285, numbered and signed by Skolnick. International Poster Gallery is located at 205 Newbury Street in Boston. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm. For information, call (617) 375-0076 or visit www.internationalposter.com

New Movies: Soul Power

In a look at new movies, there are surely some that might get overlooked in all of the advertising and marketing of the big summer blockers.

Maxwell is back with BLACKsummer’ CD after a long wait

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R&B artist Maxwell is back after a long break with a new release his first since 2001. The Boston Globe had this to say about his latest work, BLACKsummers’ night, “…reminds you of why Maxwell is the premiere R&B vovalist of his generation.”

Maxwell recently talked with USA Today about his time away from the musical spotlight and about the new album.

“”It’s almost career suicide to take a break and just not release music like I did,” says Maxwell, 36. “But to have people still care, I just don’t know what to say and how to explain it. I’m just so happy because it validates the music I did in my 20s.”

Read the full article as well the review of the CD: MAXWELL

Going Back To Indiana: Thousands Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson In Gary

Photo:MJJ Pictures.com

Photo:MJJ Pictures.com

The tributes and memorials to the late Michael Jackson continue around the world. A memorial was held for him today in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Jackson’s father, Joe and Reverends Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson were expected to attend, USA Today reports.

Read the full article: JACKSON HOMETOWN TRIBUTE

Moments From The Michael Jackson Memorial

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Friends, family and a world on fans came to say goodbye to Michael Jackson in a memorial at The Staples Center on Tuesday.

A host of celebrity friends, including Queen Latifah, Brooke Shields, Mariah Carey, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, Lakers Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, brother Jermaine Jackson and daughter Paris Jackson,  remembered the singer with moving words and songs.

Here’s a look back at some moments from the event. Michael Jackson 1958-2009.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee: “We are the world and we are better because Michael Joseph Jackson lived. On behalf of myself and the people who are here, Michael Jackson, I salute you.”

President Barack Obama, asked about the outpouring of emotion related to Jackson’s death during an interview in Moscow: “There are certain people in our popular culture that just capture people’s imaginations. And in death, they become even larger. Now, I have to admit that it’s also fed by a 24/7 media that is insatiable.”

Brooke Shields, recalling a moment she shared with Jackson at Elizabeth Taylor’s 1991 wedding: “We snuck in and took pictures of ourselves next to her dress. We always seemed to revert to being little kids.”

Jennifer Hudson’s Tribute to Michael:

Paris Jackson’s Speaks About Her Father: