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HIGHLY Recommended: Good Deeds A Great Movie!

So the talented Mr. Perry doesn’t keep his fans waiting for long as he is known to push out at least two movies a year, a host of television shows and his beloved stage plays which have brought him to his current reverence. So, what is it about this particular project that makes me want to give Tyler Perry an achievement award? Possibly the fact that the story line for Good Deeds is absolutely compelling. Tyler has a way of introducing each of his characters in relatively dramatic scenes while allowing you to decide if you will root for the character throughout the movie or despise them the entire time. Side Note: At no point could I relate Tyler’s character (Wesley Deeds) to the overly eccentric Madea in some of his other films.

Although each character in the movie delivered outstanding performances including Brian White, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Jamie Kennedy, Rebecca Romijn and Mr. Tyler himself, I almost jumped for joy when the incomparable Phylicia Rashad graced the screen. She is undoubtedly one of my favorite actresses of all time and to see her in such an awesome role made me think back to her days as the stern, yet loving Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show.

My favorite scene from the movie is when Lindsey (Thandie Newton) meets Wesley’s (Tyler Perry) mother played by Ms. Rashad during a celebration at the family’s corporate offices. Wesley and his family are well-to-do business owners and Lindsey just so happens to work for them as a janitor. Well, as you might imagine, Wesley is too good for Lindsey – according to his overbearing mother, and tension starts to fly quickly. What doesn’t help the situation much is Wesley’s jealous and irresponsible brother played by Brian White. The scene gets real ugly and you become unsure if you want to cry or cheer by the time things settle down. Because Tyler was able to jerk my emotions like a five speed car on a steep hill, I must say that this is one movie that I would have to give 4 HIGH Fives out of 5. I would have given it 5 HIGH Fives but I am still not sure if I liked the ending as much as I did the rest of the film. Either way, I highly recommend you see this one before it leaves theaters!

 N. Renee for The HIGH UP. Follow us on Twitter @AspireOnline!


HIGH Note: A Melodic Moment With AnthonyQ

Photo by Melva Rae Lett

He was the youngest chosen to be in Diddy’s “Making The Band 4” for three seasons of the popular MTV show. Day26 became “the band” and emerged as an all male group garnering much success atop the Billboard charts. Following his departure from the hit R&B group, Que has made impressive strides while moving on to a blossoming solo career and boasting a new TV show. The crooner is all grown up and goes by his new alias, AnthonyQ…quite confidently. We recently caught up with Mr. Q in Atlanta at the release party for his new single, “Melody”. He enlightened us on what lies ahead in his future and shows us that this is only the beginning for one of entertainment’s rising front men.

AOM: We are here with AnthonyQ celebrating the release of his new single, “Melody”. How are you doing Q?

Que: I’m chilling. I’m having a lot of fun.

AOM: I’m loving the outfit. Who are you wearing?

Que: This is Ruckage. They have been styling me lately. They styled me for my last photo shoot. They had a really dope jacket so I was like ‘Yo I gotta rock this up again’.

AOM: I really enjoyed your last mix tape, Guitar Her. My favorite song on the project was the song “Hair”.

Que: “Hair”? (Laughs)

AOM: So what was your favorite song on Guitar Her?

Que: My favorite songs on Guitar Her are “Medicine” and “Free Falling”.

AOM: I loved the video for “Medicine”. It was very nice.

Que:  Thank you.

Photo by Melva Rae Lett

AOM: Let’s talk about “Melody”. Where are you taking us with this single?

Que:  Basically the concept of “Melody” has like a double meaning. The melody represents the woman so you think I’m talking about my woman. Then when it gets to the hook and I’m like “Well I’m talking about my Melody” so it has like a double meaning. Of course the melody represents the woman but it’s ‘my melody’.

AOM: Right. It’s like love can be your melody in the song as well.

Que: Exactly.

AOM: What’s next for Anthony Q? What can we look forward to?

Que: Right now I’m pushing my two singles, “See Me” and “Melody” available on iTunes. Besides that, I’m working on my album. I also have a new TV show that I’m working on. It’s a dance show called “Rhythm Nation” which will take place in L.A. But I’m mostly focused on getting the music out right now.

AOM: Well, we definitely enjoy your music at Aspire Online Media and The HIGH UP and are looking forward to seeing you hit the stage tonight.

Que: Yes. I’m about to perform “Melody”. Thank you.

Following the interview, “Que” serenaded the ladies with his melodic and captivating voice while performing his hit singles, “Medicine” and “Melody” at his release party on Sunday, January 22nd at Josephine Lounge in Atlanta. With his humble spirit and incomparable talent, there is no denying that AnthonyQ will continue to bless our ears for years to come. Follow him @Que_thafuture!

 ➟Amadi Jae for AOM & The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for the latest in entertainment news!


Weekly HIGH: Your Dose Of Entertainment News!

The first week in the new year was pretty interesting to say the least. They say that the way you start your year is the way you end it. From Twitter rants and lawsuits to restraining orders, we hope from the look of this week’s highlights, this isn’t true.

To start off on a good note, we are all aware of the great news that the Queen of Soul provided to us in the New Year. Aretha Franklin has confirmed that she is marrying longtime confidant Willie Wilkinson. Along with the excitement of an engagement comes the excitement of planning a wedding. Aretha Franklin revealed a few items on her wish list last week. She revealed to the Associated Press that she would like to have all the creative control over the planning of her wedding.

“ You know I am very hands-on. There is no way in the world anyone else could do my wedding other than myself, along with whomever I select to do various things.”

Aretha hopes to have her wedding gown made by either Donna Karan or Vera Wang who are classic choices.

“I’d love to see what they would do custom for me without me saying anything. They’re known for kick butt dresses,” she said. She continued to talk about her entertainment, adding Smokey Robinson, Karen Clark and Stevie Wonder to her wish list.

Well we are sure that Aretha Franklin’s wedding will be a moment to remember. We are looking forward to seeing the pictures from this beautiful moment. Congratulations again to Aretha Franklin and Willie Wilkinson!

Well there is a price for fame and for Wiz Khalifa it’s 2.3 million. Khalifa started the year off being served with a lawsuit. Pittsburgh rapper, Wax Warren, is suing Wiz Khalifa for $2.3 million over allegations that he stole his hit “Black and Yellow.”

In the world of copyrighting, its first come first served. According to Warren, he was first to copyright his song, “Pink N Yellow” in 2008. Khalifa copyrighted “Black and Yellow” in 2011.

According to AllHipHop.com, the copyright infringement lawsuit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia and seeks at least $2.3 million in damages. It names Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomas, two other songwriters and several record companies and music publishers, including PGH Sound, EMI Music Publishing, Rostrum Records, Warner Music Group and Atlantic Recording Corporation.

Taking a listen to both songs, there’s not much similarity that stands out. The refrain for “Pink N Yellow” and “Black and Yellow” is similar in rhythm patterns, but the tracks and melodies are pretty distinguished. Take a listen to both songs and you be the judge. Tweet Talk: Is this a suit that will hold up in court? Hit me up @AmadiJae.

Kanye didn’t take the Twitter lesson that we shared last week to heart. Being pretty expressive about fame and his new company, Kanye West took to the popular social media outlet to express himself. Most of his rant was his frustration with the fashion industry and the excitement about his new venture. At times, though, the rant did become very informative.

One thing that he revealed that is very exciting to hear is that he has started a new business, DONDA. He provided only a few details on Twitter this past week.

“I have started a new company and I’m so excited about the name… it’s got the best name ever of all companies of all time!!!! The name of the company is DONDA. DONDA is a design company, which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce their dreams and ideas. DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford.” He continues by stating, “I want to put creatives in a room together with like minds that are all waaaayy doper than me. This will all take time but I wanted everyone to know what I really care about… I care about people. I care about my fans.”

He provided contact information if you are interested in working for his new endeavor.

“If anyone would like to reach out email us at contactDONDA@gmail.com.”

Kanye provided his thoughts on education before finally ending his passionate rant.

“Help education. School systems were designed to turn people into factory workers. Math classes should teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, accounting and money management aaaaaaannd cut!!! UNLESS YOU’RE A MATH MAJOR!!! Kids you should be able to take majors starting in grammar school like how it is at performing art schools”.

Whether you agree with Kanye’s views or not, it is great to see someone with such passion.

Selena Gomez started off the year with a victory. A victory that may have saved her life on January 6th, the singer-actress was granted peace of mind when a civil judge ruled on a three-year restraining order against the man who had threatened to kill her and had attempted to meet her in the past.

By receiving this restraining order, 46-year old Thomas Brodnicki is to stay away from Selena Gomez and not make any attempt to contact her.

This order also protects the singer-actress’s family. The 19-year old star did not appear in court during the hearing on Wednesday, January 5th. She instead wrote in a declaration filed in October that she was in extreme fear after learning that the 46 year-old defendant had threatened to kill her while on a psychiatric hold.

We are happy to know that the law has worked in Selena’s favor. We wish Ms. Gomez and her family much success and “peace of mind” in the future.

⇒Amadi Jae for The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter!


HIGH Buzz: Common Feuds With Drake

What would Hip-Hop be without an entertaining feud every now and again? Drake can now say that he has contributed to the “classic” form of entertainment. Surprisingly, a hip-hop legend in his own right, Common has decided to take a jab at the Canadian superstar on the remix of “Stay Schemin” which is a track off of Rick Ross’s newest mixtape. Common began the feud with Drake when using antagonistic lyrics on “Sweet”, a track off of his newest release, “The Dreamer/The Believer”. Common goes head on with a vivid description of the rapper in the remix calling Drake an Amateur Guy and Canada dry. He ended his verse by stating, “Make no mistake, I’m talking to Drake. This is the remix.” There’s no clarity on why Common is attacking the Young Money superstar, but one thing’s for certain, it’s bound to get interesting.  Listen to the “Stay Schemin” Remix by Rick Ross ft. Drake, Common, and French Montana below.

Tweet Talk: Do you think Common is being too harsh or do you think this whooping is for Drake’s own good? 

⇒Amadi Jae for The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter!


HIGH Calling: Justin Bieber Speaks On Religion

Justin Bieber is truly a believer and isn’t ashamed to tell the world about it. Justin opened up to V Magazine about his religious beliefs.

“A lot of people who are religious, I think they get lost. They go to church just to go to church. I’m not trying to disrespect them, but for me, I focus more on praying and talking to Him,” the Biebs explained in the issue, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. “I don’t have to go to church.”

Breaking the rules of the norm, the pop superstar thanked God when accepting the Moon Man at the 2011 VMAs for best male video, “U Smile”, stating, “ I just want to say thank you so much, not only to God but to Jesus, because I wouldn’t be here without Him. He’s really blessed me. He’s put me in this position. So I want to say thank you so much.”

Justin Bieber is the first star in a long time that has been so expressive and open about his religion. The issue hit newsstands today. In the issue, Bieber also discusses his rise to fame stating, “ Now that I’m on top, everyone wants to bring me down. Everyone’s trying to tug at me and take my spot. Like Floyd Mayweather, he’s the best boxer in the world. Now he is a champion. Every time he goes to a fight now, people are like, ‘He’s going to lose this time.’”

Although many are tugging at the Biebs, we are sure that he won’t succumb to them any time soon.  If he continues to keep his beliefs as his main focus, he will continue to soar to heights that he never thought he could reach. He’s currently recording his next album, “Believe”, set for release later this year.

⇒Amadi Jae for The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for the hottest in entertainment news!


BREAKING NEWS: Beyonce & Jay-Z Welcome Ivy Blue!

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We recently reported our top moments of 2011. At the top of our list was the priceless moment when Beyonce revealed her baby bump to the world on MTV’s Video Music Awards. I believe we have now witnessed one of the top moments of 2012! Ever since the big “reveal”, we have been waiting for the moment that the super couple’s (husband Jay-Z) first child arrived and……without further ado, SHE is finally here!

According to the NY Daily News, an extremely pregnant Beyonce checked into the Upper East Side Hospital Friday night under the alias “Ingrid Jackson”, a hospital staffer told the Daily News.

Beyonce and Jay-Z rented out the hospital’s entire fourth floor for 1.3 million to assure that no images of their bundle of joy were captured. To insure discretion, hospital workers placed tape over security cameras and forced employees to turn in cell phones when they arrived for their shifts, the source said.

Several security guards were spotted patrolling the outer premises Saturday night. A Lenox Hill staffer confirmed that a patient by the name of “Ingrid Jackson” was in a “labor room”.

The super couple has reportedly given birth to a baby girl and has named their little princess Ivy Blue Carter. Congratulations to the Carters on their new addition!

>Amadi Jae for The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for the latest in arts, music and entertainment!


WEEKLY HIGH: A Dose Of Entertainment

It seems like this past week in entertainment was the season to be jolly, get engaged, release new music, and announce the album queen of the year!

Two days after Christmas, B.O.B served us up with a late Christmas gift with his second single, “Play the Guitar” featuring Andre 3000. Before listening to the song, you already have an ounce of excitement knowing that your ears will be graced with the voice of hip-hop veteran Andre 3000. As soon as the beat starts your involuntary head bob begins. There’s no miss with this song. B.O.B has taken his craft to the next level. This song shows us that he has truly found his sound, perfectly mixing the Hip-Hop ingredients with rock spices. Andre 3000 puts the icing on the cake and takes it home for their listeners. Take a listen below and let us know what you think.

Tis’ the perfect season to pop the question! John Legend was elated to hear the answer, “Yes” from model Chrissy Teigen.  “The lovely couple got engaged over the holidays while vacationing in the Maldives,” the R&B singer’s rep, Cindi Berger confirmed to People Magazine. It’s always refreshing to see the love of two people grow into a beautiful commitment such as marriage. I am looking forward to seeing the wedding photos in the near future. The High Up and Aspire Online Media family congratulate the couple on their engagement.

It is no surprise who the crowned queen of 2011 music is. Adele conquered music in 2011 with her album “21”. In every artist’s career, they dread the possibility of a sophomore slump. Released in February, Adele’s album defied those odds and soared into iconic horizons. In barely 11 months, she has sold more than any artist in the world, currently stepping into 13 million albums sold worldwide. Her songs express the stories of a heart that had been broken accompanied by a rare and authentic voice and delivery. She is truly one of a kind. Although she has experienced trials with her voice throughout the year, forcing her at times to cancel shows and tours, she has still managed to take the number one slot effortlessly. With no hesitation, I can say that she will be here for years to come. We can only hope that she has a successful recovery that will keep her where she belongs – on stage and in our hearts.

With the New Year upon us full throttle, we are curious to see how HIGH entertainment and music will take us in the coming months. Keep it plugged for more entertainment and music news right here at The HIGH UP.

⇒ Amadi Jae for The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for everything entertainment!


Highs & Lows: Icons Lost In 2011

Going into a New Year can be a time to set new goals, throw away the old to let in the new, or simply a moment of reflection. We at The High Up and Aspire Online Media would like to take some time to reflect on some of the iconic figures that we lost in 2011.

The world of Music and Entertainment lost a host of talents this past year. Our hearts were broken when we learned of the passing of the musical talents, Amy Winehouse, Heavy D, and Vesta Williams.  In 2011 Hollywood also said goodbye to one of its most beloved icons, Elizabeth Taylor. And the technical world said farewell to a respected pioneer, Steve Jobs. Each of these beautiful souls gave their talents and gifts to the world selflessly and through the timeless moments captured on screen, CD and technical gadgets found in many homes, colleges and offices. They will surely live on forever. To all our readers who lost loved ones and friends in 2011, we would like to send our deepest regret and will continue to keep you in our prayers. Whether prominent icons or people who were closest to us, they will forever stay in our memories and hearts.

 ⇒ Amadi Jae for The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for the best in entertainment news in 2012!

 


Flashback High: 2011 In Review

From the numerous baby announcements to the birth of iconic music, we can all agree that there hasn’t been a dull moment in the world of entertainment in 2011. Before we leap into the exciting possibilities of the New Year, it is best that we reflect on the priceless memories we’ve left in the previous year. Below are my top most memorable moments of 2011:

 1.    The Baby Bump Heard Around The World

There are a few moments in Pop Culture history where you can remember the exact thing you were doing. The second Beyonce revealed her baby bump on the MTV awards during her “Love on Top” performance, I knew that this would qualify as one of those moments. I remember sitting in front of my laptop trying to pick up the online live feed to capture the awards since I was having cable trouble at the time. Thankfully, it decided to work at that very moment. Twitter was flooded with comments and on the verge of crashing down the popular social platform. This was the baby bump heard around the world. I believe in 2012, we will be fighting for a chance to see the arrival of the precious new born of the power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z. In 2011 we also witnessed baby announcements from Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff who are both expecting their babies to arrive any day now.

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2. The Unveiling of “Dem Babies”

This year was the year of the baby. After keeping us on our toes for six months, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey revealed their twins, Morracon and Monroe in class with Barber Walters on “20/20”. Watch this momentous occasion below. Other couples to bring children into the world in 2011 were Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz and Pink and husband Carey Hart to name a few.

3. Occupy The World

We witnessed a movement in 2011 that demanded attention. The “Occupy” movement showed the frustrations of the working class around the United States and the world. Troubled with the knowledge that the middle class and poor were suffering so that the rich could maintain their wealth pushed many to take action. I had the pleasure of witnessing this movement first hand in Occupy Atlanta. As the knowledge of this movement grew, celebrities showed up to the various sites across the country to show support. Below are a couple of photos captured of Occupy Wall Street supporters.

Actress Susan Sarandon With OWS Supporters

 

Russell Simmons & Kanye West

 

4. Music Takes A Turn For The Better

There is no denying that music foreshadowed a shift during the year of 2011. It looks like we are on the road to pure emotion, in depth lyrics and storytelling, and creative instrumentation. We were given a hint when the amazing jazz vocalist and bassist, Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist during this year’s Grammy ceremonies. Considered an independent artist, this was the least expected choice but the most deserving. Not as much of a shocker but equally deserved, Adele landed the highest selling album in the U.S of the year with her sophomore release, “21”. A masterpiece to say the least with vulnerable vocals and emotion throughout the album and instrumentation that vibrated through the soul. If this is any hint of what may seep into the New Year, the sound waves will truly be music to my ears.

Esperanza Spalding - The Next Generation.com

Adele - i.telegrapgh.co.uk

 

Looking back on all the moments that we’ve witnessed in 2011, there are too many to list on one page. I am thankful that we were able to witness these moments to be able to one-day say, “ I remember when…” As the clock struck twelve and 2011 became a thing of the past, we are now able to take what we’ve learned and experienced with us so that the best days of our past can be the lowest we see in the future. Happy New Year to you and yours from the Aspire Online Media family!

⇒Amadi Jae for The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for the latest in entertainment news!


WHAT’S NEW: Golden Girl Betty White Raps For Golden Cause

Who says that when you reach your “Golden Years”, you have to stop enjoying life? Betty White says there’s no stopping her. As spokeswoman for the Lifeline Program, Betty teamed up with UK artist, Luciana to remix her No. 1 dance club song “Hot”. Alongside the Lifeline Program, Betty White wants you to know that even in retirement you can still be hot. .  The remix released digitally on iTunes on Sept. 22nd.  Mirroring the reverse-mortgage concept, the Lifeline Program provides another financial option for retiring seniors: allowing them to sell an existing life insurance policy as an asset while they’re still living.

Stephen Terell, Lifeline Senior VP of Sales, Marketing and Public Relations released a statement on the song and video”

“We started thinking about how we could use social media to create a viral video campaign to reach seniors and talk about our financial retirement options. We wanted to create awareness for an industry that a lot of people don’t know exists. Then everything snowballed when Luciana’s song was brought to us.”

Although, as young professionals, we may not be looking to retire any time soon, it is refreshing to know that we can still be “Hot” in that phase of our lives. Watch the Golden Girl and Luciana “stay hot” in their latest video below for the Lifeline Program campaign and let us know what you think!

-Amadi Jae for AOM & The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for the latest in entertainment news!