Drake signs to Lil Wayne’s record label

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Riding high with the success of his current single, “Best I Ever Had,” Canadian rapper Drake has signed to Lil Wayne’s record label, Young Money Entertainment.  His debut album, “Thank Me Later,” is scheduled to be released later this year and features Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Kanye West, reports Billboard.  Drake will also tour this summer with Lil Wayne as part of the “Young Money Presents: Americas Most Wanted Music Festival.”

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Michael Jackson’s mother gains temporary custody of children and his father speaks out

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Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, gained temporary custody of the entertainer’s three children Monday until an Aug. 3 hearing when permanent guardianship of the children is decided.  The Superior Court judge did not grant her request to be the guardian of the children’s estate.

Michael Jackson’s father, Joseph, along with family friend Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference Monday and stated that funeral arrangements will not be made until after the results of the second autopsy of the entertainer’s body.  Jackson said that the family will not rush their plans because they want to  “preserve the legacy” of Michael Jackson.

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Michael Jackson’s father releases statement about his death

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Michael Jackson’s father, Joseph, released the following statement Saturday regarding his death:

In one of the darkest moments of our lives we find it hard to find the words appropriate to this sudden tragedy we all had to encounter. Our beloved son, brother and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times. 

We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words. But Michael would not want us to give up now. So we want to thank all of his faithful supporters and loyal fans worldwide, you – who Michael loved so much. Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you. Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever. 

In addition, Joseph Jackson wishes to personally convey: “My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson.” 

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Michael Jackson autopsy results unclear

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While rumors continue to swirl about the King of Pop’s prescription drug use, authorities were unable to determine a cause of death for Michael Jackson after the autopsy of his body Friday.

“The cause of death has been deferred, which means that the medical examiner has ordered additional testing such as toxicology and other studies,” Los Angeles County Coroner‘s spokesman Craig Harvey said. “Those tests we anticipate will take an additional four to six weeks.”

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Michael Jackson family lawyer speaks out

0_62_jackson_michael_092506While authorities plan an autopsy Friday for Michael Jackson’s body,  the Jackson family lawyer spoke out on the CBS series, “The Early Show,” about his past concerns of  Jackson taking prescription drugs due to injuries from performing.

“I had warned everyone that I could warn and I told them that one day, Michael Jackson is going to wake up dead, which is a very odd way of putting it,” Brian Oxman said on the show. “I do not want to point fingers at anyone because I want to hear what the toxicology report says and the coroner says but the plain fact of the matter is that Michael Jackson had prescription drugs at his disposal at all times.

“The bottom line was that he was under the influence of prescription medications for most of the time and it was dangerous and I’ve sworn that it was dangerous and all the warnings went unheeded.”

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Michael Jackson dead at age 50

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The King of Pop died from cardiac arrest Thursday in Los Angeles.  Michael Jackson was 50 years old.  The entertainer was preparing to perform 50 concerts in London starting July 13.  

My prayers go out to the Jackson family.  I still remember seeing Michael perform with his brothers during the Torture concert tour.  What is your favorite memory or song from the King of Pop?

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Real Housewives of Atlanta is back!

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NeNe, Lisa, Kim and Sheree are back!  On July 30, the second season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta returns to the Bravo network.  This time around former member of the girl R&B group Xscape, Kandi Burruss, will replace original housewife DeShawn Snow.  Kandi is friends with housewife Lisa.

The second season will feature Sheree’s new fashion line, Kim dealing with her breakup from “Big Poppa” and NeNe’s new self-help book for women.

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‘Girlfriends’ star Golden Brooks is pregnant

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Golden Brooks, star of defunct TV show Girlfriends, is expecting a child that is due in September, reports People magazine.  Since 2008, Brooks has dated actor D.B. Woodside, 39, who is starring in the TNT series, Hawthorne, alongside actress Jada Pinkett Smith.  The 38-year-old actress recently completed the independent film Polish Bar.

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Chris Brown makes plea deal

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Chris Brown pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of assault against Rihanna.  He is expected to receive five years of probation and six months of community service when he is formally sentenced Aug. 5.  The judge also ordered that the pair stay 50 yards away from each other.  When they are both at the same event, they must stay at least 10 yards away.

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