By Kara Warner
Whitney Houston’s roller coaster relationship with Bobby Brown was made very public over the years and when the singer died in February, a few fingers immediately pointed at Brown. Brown has remained silent since Houston passed away, but he recently sat down for an interview on the “Today” show (airing later this week) where he denied introducing her to drugs.
Their relationship may have been tumultuous and their struggles with substance abuse well-documented, Bobby Brown insists that he is not the reason ex-wife Whitney Houston started doing drugs, a habit that she battled right up until her death in February.
“I’m not the one that got Whitney on drugs, at all,” Brown told “Today” host Matt Lauer in an interview set to air on Wednesday and Thursday. “I’m not the reason she’s gone.” Brown admitted that when he learned of his ex’s death, he was saddened to hear she had started using cocaine again.
“I was hurt … because, you know, me being off of narcotics for the last seven years — I felt that she was, you know, I didn’t know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know — listen, it’s a hard fight,” he said.
Regarding his involvement in Houston’s drug use, Brown said that drugs were a part of Houston’s life before they met in 1991. “I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all,” he insisted. “It’s just, it’s just unexplainable, how one could [say that I] got her addicted to drugs. I’m not the reason she’s gone.”
The New Edition member said that Houston seemed to have “a glow about her” the last time he saw her over dinner at a restaurant with their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, which was about a week before she died.
“She just looked like she was in a good place,” he said.Read More
By Carter Maness
Last Friday night (April 27), DJ Khaled’s tour bus caught on fire and exploded. No one was injured, but earlier today (April 30) Khaled released a video clip that was filmed as the bus was engulfed in flames behind him. ”I just lost all my jewelry, all my clothes, and a lot of other valuables,” the stressed producer/DJ says in the clip, detailing his losses in front of the very-much-burning bus.
“Also, I just lost my entire bus that just blew the f— up. We out here promoting Kiss The Ring. When I tell y’all s— be real, s— be real. I don’t sleep. I make sure my team is good. My family is good. I take on other peoples’ problems. I deal with a lot of s—. This ain’t no rented bus.”
Never one to even consider a hustling delay, Khaled was still taken aback by losing so much property with a single explosion. ”Basically, what I’m saying is this might be the realest blog, vlog, whatever you wanna call it,” he added. “S— like this I lost everything… So basically what I’m tryna tell you is this s— stressful, but it ain’t gonna stop what I’m tryna do. It ain’t gonna make me stop from climbing the mountain top.”
Khaled and crew were on the way to perform at the 2012 Grad Bash in Orlando, FL – a gig that was subsequently canceled. There are still no concrete details to how the fire started in the first place.Read More
By Ade Mangum (@HollywoodAde)
When the NBA’s regular season came to an end last Thursday, we witnessed Nets players sporting the New Jersey logo across their chests for the last time. The team released a new video this week as promotion for their first season at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this fall. The video, titled “Hello Brooklyn” (in reference to Jay-Z’s “Hello Brooklyn Jaywan Inc.”) features Nets players throughout the years, including the likes of Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Julius “Dr. J” Irving, and current star, Deron Williams.
The ad places a lot of emphasis on neighborhood, rebuilding, and pride, bearing a title that tributes part owner Jay-Z’s, track “Brooklyn Jaywan Inc.” from his highly praised American Gangster album. Following the new video clip, Hov also added a new post to his Life + Times website, showing off the Nets’ brand new logo in black and white colorways.
Let’s hope that a change of scenery does some good for the franchise that has a few highs, but many lows, throughout its NBA tenure. As the Nets take off the “New Jersey” and put on a new jersey many Brooklynites have high hopes that the Nets will bring a championship to their new home at the Barclays Center.Read More