Not many people had a bigger year in entertainment than Pharrell Williams in 2013. The 40-year-old producer/rapper/singer/songwriter/fashion designer was everywhere this year, from award shows, covering magazines, hits all over the charts, scoring music for movies, and many business ventures outside of music. Pharrell composed the soundtrack to the movie Despicable Me and he has worked with almost nearly everyone in the industry from Miley Cyrus, Frank Ocean, Daft Punk, T.I., Solange Knowles, Mac Miller, Robin Thicke, Kanye West. Pharrell appeared alongside T.I. on Robin Thicke's hit single "Blurred Lines". The song has been a worldwide hit, has peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Pharrell's third Billboard Hot 100 number one single. Plus Pharrell released the first 24-hour music video to his Despicable Me 2 collaboration song, "Happy". With all of these accomplishments in 2013, GQ recognized Pharrell as one of their 5 people selected for the “Man of the Year” cover, which is well deserved.
I remember being in school when Africa's first black President, Nelson Mandela was in prison. He was locked up because of his beliefs, having served 27 years in jail for opposing white rule in 1960 and trying to overthrow the pro-aparthied government in his country before becoming Africa's first black president in 1994, reports EURweb. The iconic leader died yesterday at the age of 95. While he lived a life of fighting for his people, he was a soft-spoken man who had a name everyone knew. I remember cleaning out my boyfriend's closet, now husband, in 2001 and saw a button on his jacket that said "Free Mandela" and I joked because by this time, he was free. That's how long people had been supporting Mandela. This is a man who stood for something and he will forever be remembered for bringing hope and reconciliation to South Africa. We can clearly see how significant his name is, especially in all the movies that were made about him, from actor Morgan Freeman playing the role, to Terrance Howard and the highly anticpated "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" played by Idris Elba. Let's remember someone who made their mark in history! Rest in Peace, Nelson.
Drake seems to be riding high. He's on tour, he just locked in a deal with Nike Jordan brand and he's even building a recording studio inside the Strawberry Mansion High School, right here in Philly. But while he's keeping busy, he's a little too busy because he had to pull out of the Grammy's Nominations Concert in L.A., according to TMZ. Apparently, he has a last minute scheduling conflict. And even though on his site, he's not doing a concert the same day as the show, he may just need a little break or something. In the meantime, shouts to him for doing something good for the kids in Philly!
We are currently watching the ugly divorce that's going on between Porsha and Kordell Stewart on Real Housewives of Atlanta. But in real time, the two are officially divorced as of this week, according to TheYBF. The paperwork has been finalized and Kordell isn't keepiong quiet. He told TMZ, he couldn't be more thrilled to get a horrible person out of his life. Damn! It's like that Kordell? I guess she is horrible because she is finally speaking out about what her marriage is really life. But shouldn't he be considered horrible since he filed for divorce and the only way Porsha claims she found out, was through social media? Yeah, I guess I can see where Porsha was horrible. Come on, Kordell!
Fantasia is probably creating a new song about a certain man in her life, Antwaun Cook. I'm sure "Without Me" is already about him, but something tells me there will be another song about him getting back with his wife. Fanny and Antwaun dated while he was still married, even having a child together, even though Fantasia claims she thought he was separated or something like that. Well now, it seems like Antwaun is going back to what he knows...his estranged wife, Paula, accoriding to RadarOnline. Fantasia and Antwaun split earlier this year, but I'm sure it probably had something to do with hearing he was in the club getting cozy with his estranged wife. Oh well! Things happen when you get involved with a married person.
If you've been to the movies recently, you may have seen at least 3 previews of new movies coming out soon starring Kevin Hart. The dude is on a roll. But we can add another movie because he is signing on to star with LeBron James in a new film called "Ballers," according to Deadline.com. Kevin will play the role of a man who lives in his brother's shadow, played by LeBron. To even picture the two standing side by side is hilarious by itself, so you should already prepare yourself for some laughter. Production is set to start next summer when LeBron has some time off. Let's hope he has a bit of acting chops because we've seen plenty athletes in movies and just didn't cut it.