Jay Z celebrates his 44th birthday yesterday(12/4) and he is doing it with a new lifestyle choice. The rapper and wife Beyonce are going vegan. He made the announcement yesterday (Dec. 3) on his Life+Times blog with a short note explaining that he and Beyonce will undergo a 22-day vegan challenge. “Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day…It just feels right!” Jay Z writes. You can read more at theboombox.com.
In other Carter news…Beyonce paid tribute Paul Walker at her show last night in L.A. when she dedicated “I Will Always Love You & Halo to him and brought many fans to tears. But there was also some laughs at her show when Kevin Hart made his way to the from row. YBF.com gives us a taste of what had to be a laugh out loud moment for everyone.
THE GAME HELPS ANOTHER FAMILY
Rapper The Game is doing it again, raising money to pay for the funeral of a 7-year-old boy killed during a shooting in L.A. this week. This is a crime that is believed to be gang related and an interesting twist, The Game tells TMZ, he's getting financial help from the city's top gang leaders. The Game told TMZ he heard about Talib Pecantte's death on the news and decided he wanted to do something for the victim's family, especially since it happened so close to Christmas. So is gang members can come together to help bury someone they may have killed, how come they can’t come together and stop the killing? Read more at TMZ.com
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is ready to share something 12 years in the making. It’s called “The Vault” and it is where she keeps some never heard or seen before content that she has worked on. The music superstar launched a special website to share this unreleased content with her fans. It sounds very exciting.
“At my studio there’s a vault, a real live vault, old school style with the big knob that you have to turn and have a code to unlock it. Inside the vault is all the unreleased albums that I’ve ever done, songs that I’ve written, pictures, live performances, all the things that are really special to me, but I never quite known what to do with them,” Keys states in a special Youtube video. “That’s why I decided to create the vault.” Check it out a akvault.com
PRINCE RETURNS AFTER 10 YEARS
The Essence Music Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014, and to commemorate the event they have picked Prince to headline. Prince headlined the Festival’s 10-year anniversary in 2004 and he is ready to return for the 20th. “Welcoming an artist as iconic as Prince back to the ESSENCE Festival for a 20th anniversary performance is incredibly exciting,” said Essence Communications President, Michelle Ebanks. “The ESSENCE Festival is where we come together to connect to both our culture and our community, so we are pleased to support Prince and the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund in advocating for our youth.” Read more at singersroom.com.
Police continue to investigate the high speed crash that killed Paul Walker and long time friend Roger Rodas this past weekend. TMZ has as gotten a hold of footage from a security camera that captured the huge explosion and fireball that could be seen for miles. You can check out the footage at TMZ.com. While police believe the Porsche may have been involved in a high-speed street race before the accident, friends and people at the scene are disputing that. Tyrese like so many of Paul’s friends and fans have showed up over the weekend at a memorial set up near the crash site. Tyrese broke down when he stopped by and he is also sharing his feeling, pictures and more of his friendship with Paul through his tweeter page. See Tyrese’s emotional visit at eurweb.com
BEY BEATS OUT
As we get ready to wrap the year up we get our first “best of” list for 2013. The majority of web surfers were looking for Beyonce in 2013. According to web search giant Microsoft Bing Beyonce is the Internet’s most-searched celebrity in 2013, topping Kim Kardashian, who earned the title in 2012. Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Obama and more made the list. You can find out where Kim landed this year at singersroom.com
Oprah Winfrey Network has snagged Gladys Knight and family for OWN this month. The special titled "Knight Life with Gladys," her husband, and members of the family will give viewers a rare glimpse into her personal and professional life. Click here to find out when it will air
Kanye West will appear on the new season of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’ Check out the show’s season nine trailer at theboombox.com, fans will get a sneak peek of ‘Ye’s new home with Kim Kardashian as well as an inside look at the rapper-producer’s very grand marriage proposal to the reality TV star at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.