Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

Victor Cruz is emerging as Latin sensation

Just how big is Cruz these days in the Latin community? On Tuesday, triple-platinum pop recording artist Ciara was in town for Super Bowl XLVI Media Day to show her appreciation, donning a No. 80 Cruz jersey. In some respects, the story already is too hard to fathom. Cruz was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Massachusetts in 2010. He not only came close to getting cut on a couple of occasions by the Giants, he almost didn’t survive at UMass. By his own admission, he was twice kicked out of school for academic problems. If you spend five minutes talking to Cruz, you know that’s not because he lacks intellectual ability. He was, by his own account, young, irresponsible and looking for a little fun. "Everybody says that when you go off to college, it’s your chance to have a good time," said Cruz, whose girlfriend Elaina gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Kennedy, last month. "At the same time, you have to take care of your work. I didn’t get that. I expected a lot of things to be given to me and just taken care of when I got to college and that wasn’t going to happen." [ Cole: Jason Pierre-Paul overwhelms foes with freakish abilities ] Rather, things were taken away. The chance to play was the first thing. Worse, his father committed suicide in 2007. His grandfather also died that year while Cruz was back at home in Paterson, NJ, trying to get his grades together at Passaic Community College. "It wasn’t one thing that made me realize that I had to get this <b>…</b>

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Tiny Has Baby Fever But Is T.I. On Board?

With the kids growing up, Tameka is thinking of having another baby. Preview the next <b>The Family Hustle</b>!
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Boot Scooting Dog

My uncle’s dog dancing to country music

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Tuned In: You Oughta Know’s Gotye On Kimmel

The Aussie up-and-comer brought “<b>Someone I Used To Know</b>” and Kimbra to <b><i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i></b>’s stage.
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Amy Winehouse’s Inquiry May Be Reopened After Coroner’s Resignation

Suzanne Greenaway resigned in November after questions were raised over her legal and medical experience.
By James Montgomery






Photo: Marc Broussely/ Redferns

The coroner who headed up the official inquest surrounding the death of Amy Winehouse has resigned, and a judicial investigation has been launched over her qualifications, raising concerns that the circumstances of the singer’s death may need to be re-examined.

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Suzanne Greenaway — the coroner who ruled in October that Winehouse died of “misadventure” — has become the subject of an investigation headed up by the Office of Judicial Complaints, after concerns were raised that she did not possess sufficient legal experience in the U.K. when she was appointed by her husband (a fellow coroner who chaired the inquest) to serve on the legal investigation into Winehouse’s death.

Greenaway resigned from her position as an assistant deputy coroner in November after it was discovered she had not been a registered lawyer in the U.K. for the required five years. Her resignation was announced on Wednesday. According to British law, Greenaway would have needed either five years with the Law Society or five years of experience as a qualified medical practitioner. She has met neither set of criteria.

Her husband, Andrew Reid, said in a statement that he believed that Greenaway’s legal and medical experience in Australia qualified her to lead the legal inquest, but admitted in a statement that he “had made an error in good faith.”

Reid also said that, while he was “confident” all the inquests handled by his wife were done so correctly, he would be writing to the 30 families whose relatives were subject to those inquests (including Winehouse’s) “to personally apologize and offer for their cases to be reheard if requested.”

It is not known whether the Winehouse family will opt to have the late singer’s inquest re-opened. In a statement released to the Independent newspaper, the family said they were “taking advice on the implications [of the investigation into Greenaway's qualifications] and will decide if any further discussion with the authorities is needed.”

Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, later took to his Twitter account to add, “Don’t worry about coroner nonsense. We are all okay.”

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Dreshawn Terry – Night To Remember (Audio Preview)

Music by Dreshawn Terry performing Look What I Did © 2012 Fantasy Records Inc, a division unit of Stereo Music Entertainment

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Diddy, French Montana ‘Let It Go’ On Red Cafe Video Set

‘It’s a beautiful day, historic thing goin’ down right here,’ Cafe tells MTV News from the set of his ‘Let It Go’ video.
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Rahman Dukes






Diddy and Red Cafe


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The Bad Boys invaded Miami this past weekend when Red Café gathered Diddy, French Montana and 2 Chainz for his “Let It Go” remix video shoot. “It’s a beautiful day, historic thing goin’ down right here,” Red told MTV News on the set Sunday.

It was definitely a family affair, even if the rappers on set aren’t technically part of the same crew. Both Café and French hail from New York and are signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy while Atlanta’s 2 Chainz just announced his new deal with Def Jam on Wednesday’s “RapFix Live.” But different record labels didn’t stop the MCs from showing one another love. Even Maybach Music’s Meek Mill appears in the video riding his dirt bike, even though he doesn’t vocally appear on the song.

“That’s my dog, we came up together so I want him to win like he wants me to win,” French said of Red Café. “The same goes for my dog 2 Chainz, and that’s Phil Jackson right there,” he added, comparing Diddy to the famed NBA coach.

The set wasn’t glamorous at all. The dirt bikes and multiple bonfires suggested that when it is done, the “Let it Go” remix video will serve as a nod to the gritty rap videos of the 1990s. It’s an aesthetic that Red could have achieved in his hometown. So, why Miami? “It was mainly just to have great energy in it. We still wanted to be able to wear a lot of different outfits and in NYC it’s a little chilly right now so it hinders us from doing the things that we wanna do, but we always New York regardless,” he said. “We just wanted to come down here and get some great energy goin’.”

Diddy’s Bad Boy once boasted the brightest of rap and R&B superstars. (The Notorious B.I.G., Ma$e, Faith Evans and the LOX have all called Bad Boy home.) Now with Café, French and Machine Gun Kelly on the roster, the energy surrounding Diddy’s label seems to be growing, and Puff isn’t humble about it either. “It ain’t the ’90s; we in 2012 and we getting it. It’s Bad Boy bitch you know what it is,” he boasted. “Sh– is like air, you grew up with air in your life, when you wake up, you pray to God there is air, that’s Bad Boy, we’re like f—in’ air. Breathe it.”

What are you expecting from Red Café’s “Let It Go” remix video? Tells us in the comments

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Amy Winehouse’s Inqury May Be Re-Opened After Coroner’s Resignation

Suzanne Greenaway resigned in November after questions were raised over her legal and medical experience.
By James Montgomery






Photo: Marc Broussely/ Redferns

The coroner who headed up the official inquest surrounding the death of Amy Winehouse has resigned, and a judicial investigation has been launched over her qualifications, raising concerns that the circumstances of the singer’s death may need to be re-examined.

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Suzanne Greenaway — the coroner who ruled in October that Winehouse died of “misadventure” — has become the subject of an investigation headed up by the Office of Judicial Complaints, after concerns were raised that she did not possess sufficient legal experience in the U.K. when she was appointed by her husband (a fellow coroner who chaired the inquest) to serve on the legal investigation into Winehouse’s death.

Greenaway resigned from her position as an assistant deputy coroner in November after it was discovered she had not been a registered lawyer in the U.K. for the required five years. Her resignation was announced on Wednesday. According to British law, Greenaway would have needed either five years with the Law Society or five years of experience as a qualified medical practitioner. She has met neither set of criteria.

Her husband, Andrew Reid, said in a statement that he believed that Greenaway’s legal and medical experience in Australia qualified her to lead the legal inquest, but admitted in a statement that he “had made an error in good faith.”

Reid also said that, while he was “confident” all the inquests handled by his wife were done so correctly, he would be writing to the 30 families whose relatives were subject to those inquests (including Winehouse’s) “to personally apologize and offer for their cases to be reheard if requested.”

It is not known whether the Winehouse family will opt to have the late singer’s inquest re-opened. In a statement released to the Independent newspaper, the family said they were “taking advice on the implications [of the investigation into Greenaway's qualifications] and will decide if any further discussion with the authorities is needed.”

Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, later took to his Twitter account to add, “Don’t worry about coroner nonsense. We are all okay.”

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‘Victorious’ Star Wants To Take On Adele, Bruno Mars

Leon Thomas III will perform an original song on an upcoming episode of the hit Nickelodeon show.
By Christina Garibaldi






Leon Thomas III and Victoria Justice in “Victorious”


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Things at Hollywood Arts High School are certainly heating up on this season of Nickelodeon’s hit show “Victorious.” During the premiere episode, “The Breakfast Bunch,” Victoria Justice and the rest of the cast paid homage to the 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club.”

And it seems that the adventures are just beginning. Leon Thomas III, who plays Andre Harris, spoke exclusively to MTV News about why season three is the best “Victorious” yet.

“This season, just in general, I feel like we’ve come into our own as a cast, we’ve just gotten so comfortable with each other,” Thomas said. “It’s a whole new level of comedy. It’s a little more random this season; we all love it. It kind of reminds us of the old-school Nick with ‘All That’ and ‘The Amanda Show,’ where reality was kind of suspended for a second and we got the chance to be the goofy people we truly are.”
This month on “Victorious” marks a milestone for Thomas, who is set to perform his new original song, “Countdown,” on the February 18 episode, “Andre’s Horrible Girl.”

“Andre dates this horrible person, she’s just not a very nice girl, she’s extremely mean to Andre and just cocky,” Thomas said. “But the only reason that he’s dating her is because her dad is a very famous producer and Andre wants her dad to hear his music, but at the end he feels pretty bad about it. It’s a pretty good episode with a lot of twists and turns.”

Thomas is set to perform “Countdown” alongside Justice. “It’s just always cool singing with Vic,” Thomas said. “We have such a great chemistry, our voices really blend well together. It’s been great.”

So now that Thomas is writing and performing his own songs, could we expect an album out from the Nickelodeon star? “I’m really hoping to have something out soon.” Thomas revealed. “It’s just really all about timing and making sure we have the right records. I’ve been in the studio working really hard making sure my sound is right, I want to come ready to compete with some of the greatest artists out right now like Bruno Mars, Adele, B.O.B. I want to be able to contend with the “now,” really hit the pop charts proper.”

Before we can see Thomas perform “Countdown,” fans should be prepared for a “Victorious” break-up just in time for Valentine’s Day. Spoilers ahead! On February 11′s episode, “Worst Couple,” Jade (played by Elizabeth Gillies) and Beck (played by Avan Jogia) break up after appearing on a dating show.

Are you excited to see Leon Thomas III perform his new song “Countdown” on “Victorious”? Let us know in the comments.

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