by Chelsea Lenora White
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times
Pharrell Williams, 40 and Helen Lasichanh had a lavish wedding ceremony and reception Saturday, October 12th. The couple, who have a four-year-old son, Rocket, tied the knot in a secret ceremony in France in late August, but decided to have the actual ceremony this past weekend. The bash was at the Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden in Coconut Grove. Prior to the wedding, the couple was photographed by celebrity photographer, Terry Richardson while posing on a yacht called “Never Say Never” wearing tartan-styled outfits. Aside from the impressive yacht and garden party was the wedding guest list. Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Paula Patton and Gwen Stefani were in attendance, and Usher and Busta Rhymes performed a mini-concert at the reception! Congratulations to the beautiful couple!
Reality star and songbird Tamar Braxton is gearing up to release a second album next month.Winter Loverland is the name of the ten-track Christmas album and Tamar will be covering festive favorites such as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Silent Night,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The album also includes two original songs, “She Can Have You” and “No Gift.” Winter Loverland drops on November 11th. November will prove to be a big month for Mrs. Braxton-Herbert, who is also up for five awards at the 2013 Soul Train Awards, which will be presented on November 8th. She is nominated for Best New Artist, The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award. Fans will be able to tune in and see if “she won!”
The Peeples and “The Office” star Craig Robinson was detained Wednesday, October 9th for drug possession as he tried to leave the Bahamas. As the actor was about to board a plane in Nassau to head back to the United States, customs agents found a small amount of marijuana and pills deemed suspicious, said Supt. Stephen Dean of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. After being taken into custody and appearing before a magistrate, Robinson pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession and we learned that he had half a gram of marijuana and eighteen ecstasy pills. Yes – EIGHTEEN ecstasy pills. Turn down for what? Robinson told the court that he brought the drugs from the United States and did not know they were illegal in the Bahamas. He got lucky and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine with no jail time although he could have faced four years in prison.
R&B crooner Robin Thicke appeared on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” for an hour-long interview which aired on Sunday and seemed to completely throw Miley Cyrus under the bus for their raunchy VMA performance. Speaking about the performance, Thicke said: “People ask me if I twerk, and I’m like, I’m the twerkee. I don’t twerk. I’m just twerked upon.”When asked if he thought that the performance was sexual, he went on to say: “Well, I was onstage, so I didn’t see it… So to me, I’m walking out toward Miley, I’m not thinking sex, I’m thinking fun… I’m singing my butt off…I’m singing and I’m looking at the sky and I’m singing and I’m not really paying attention to all that. That’s on her.” So after numerous rehearsals of Miley grinding her tailbone and pelvis onto his crotch, he didn’t know what was going on the night of the performance? Sure.
Jay Z opted for a less flashy mode of transportation to his sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena, and he also made some passenger’s day in the process. Mr. Carter decided to ride on the London Underground with his entourage including Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Timbaland. Many passengers snapped photos of the superstars from their cell phones. One passenger tweeted: “Casually getting on a train with Jay Z, Chris Martin, and Timbaland.” This is not the first time that Jay Z has opted for public transportation to his concert. He rode the subway to his final show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last year. In other news, Jay’s Made in America documentary also premiered this past weekend on Showtime. The 95-minute film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month and was shot during the inaugural festival in Philadelphia in 2012.