NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Pictures


The 41st NAACP Image Awards aired Friday night from the Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.  Several celebrities came out for the event.

Lance Gross (House of Payne) and his fiancee Eva (America’s Next Top Model)
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Don Cheadle mistaken for a Ladies Man


Don Cheadle, star of the upcoming movie “Brooklyn’s Finest,” recently stopped by the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Cheadle said people often think he is former “Saturday Night Live” cast member  and star of the 2000 film, “The Ladies Man,” Tim Meadows.
“I was on a plane and a flight attendant came over and gave me a couple of bottles of Courvosier,” he said.  “I said, ‘What is that?’  She said, ‘Ladies Man.'”

L.A. Reid flies to Belize to sign rapper Shyne


L.A. Reid, Chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, flew to Belize Monday to meet with Shyne.  The rapper was deported to his homeland Belize in Oct. 2009 after serving nine years in prison for weapons charges stemming from a high-publicized 1999 nightclub shooting involving Diddy and Jennifer Lopez.  The two reportedly signed a $1-$5 million deal that will also provide distribution for Shyne’s Gangland Records.
“I have come here to stand by Shyne and to officially kick off our partnership with Island Def Jam Music Group and Gangland Records,” Reid said in an interview with “So it is really an honor to be here, really very special place. I am here because great people are worthy of travelling many, many miles for it and I come here to say that your country is great and I hope you guys know that this is a great man from your country who deserves this kind of respect and who deserves this kind of support. So that is why we are here.”
Shyne also expressed his excitement about the deal.
“It is an honor and a pleasure, not just for me but for Belize,” Shyne said. “Chairman Reid is on the level of Berry Gordy, Clive Davis — the biggest music men in the history of music — and so to have a partnership with Gangland Records and Island/Def Jam is incredible for me.”

First Lady Michelle Obama previews Governors’ Ball

First Lady Michelle Obama greeted music students Sunday to a preview of the White House’s annual Governors’ Ball featuring Harry Connick, Jr.
While introducing Connick and his band, she stressed the importance of community service.
“These guys aren’t just playing music and earning money and performing, but they’re community leaders, too,” Obama said. “And that’s really important for you guys, too, because it’s not just if you can sing and dance, but what do you give back?”

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