amd_usher.jpgUsher Reconsiders Mother’s Role as Manager
Is Usher ready to admit mother knows best? The singer is said to be quietly talking with mom Jonetta Patton about becoming his manager again. Last year, just days before Mother’s Day, Usher stunned friends by telling the woman who turned him into an R&B superstar that her services were no longer needed. Shortly afterward, we revealed that he was replacing her with Benny Medina, the man who has steered the careers of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez, among others. But now that Usher’s new album has been slow off the mark, he’s blaming Medina, say sources. True, the CD, “Here I Stand,” debuted at number one. But Usher is said to have been disappointed that it sold 433,000 in its first week, compared with his last CD, 2004’s “Confessions,” which had sales of 1.1 million in its first seven days. (Continue Reading…)

SA Releases Mandela Birthday Coin
The South African Reserve Bank says 5 million coins featuring a smiling Nelson Mandela will go into circulation on July 18, the former president’s 90th birthday. The new five rand coin is South Africa’s largest coin, worth about 65 U.S. cents. It shows Mandela in one of his signature patterned shirts and is the latest in a series of events honoring the anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner. (Continue Reading…)

Affirmative Action Will Be on Ballot in Arizona, Nebraska
Supporters of a proposed ban on race-based affirmative action said Thursday that they’ve turned in enough signatures to get the measure on the ballots in Nebraska and Arizona. But the fight isn’t over in either state, with opponents of the ban vowing to challenge the validity of some signatures to the petition that has ignited controversy across the country. A coalition of opponents based in Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday, accusing Arizona petitioners of committing voter fraud and violating election law by using deceptively worded pitches to convince people to sign. And a group opposing the measure in Nebraska plans to go to the secretary of state with video and footage that appears to show circulators leaving petitions unattended and filling in information for signers. Both are illegal and could invalidate signatures. “There’s a significant difference between submitted signatures and valid signatures,” said David Kramer, head of Nebraskans United, which opposes the measure. “We’ll wait to see the outcome of that process before litigation.” (Continue Reading…)

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  • ceecee

    Re Usher: no one is buying CDs these days

  • Very True with I-pods…. and Napster and the yougin on the corner selling the Boot Leg CD’s outside of the Corner store.