dailyphoto090423Letoya Luckett Back with Sophomore CD
LeToya Luckett could’ve used some better luck during the release of her first album in 2006. Soon after her self-titled debut hit the stores, her label, Capitol-EMI, announced it would merge with Virgin Records to form the Capitol Music Group. In the midst of the restructuring, the group’s executive vice president of urban music, Ronnie Johnson, died of a heart attack. “When you get caught up in a merger and then lose someone who was so involved in your project, there’s nothing you can do,” Luckett tells the Hollywood Reporter. “You don’t have control; you can’t release another album. So you learn to be patient.” (Continue Reading…)

How Somalia’s Fishermen Became Pirates
Amid the current media frenzy about Somali pirates, it’s hard not to imagine them as characters in some dystopian Horn of Africa version of Waterworld. We see wily corsairs in ragged clothing swarming out of their elusive mother ships, chewing narcotic khat while thumbing GPS phones and grappling hooks. They are not desperate bandits, experts say, rather savvy opportunists in the most lawless corner of the planet. But the pirates have never been the only ones exploiting the vulnerabilities of this troubled failed state — and are, in part, a product of the rest of the world’s neglect. Ever since a civil war brought down Somalia’s last functional government in 1991, the country’s 3,330 km (2,000 miles) of coastline — the longest in continental Africa — has been pillaged by foreign vessels. (Continue Reading…)

Report: Jennifer Hudson Pregnant with Her First Child
She’s enjoyed great highs and suffered terrible lows, but now rumors abound that Jennifer Hudson has some joyous news: She’s pregnant. Despite denials by her reps, two sources close to the singer/actress confirmed to Essence magazine that Hudson expecting her first child. The Grammy and Oscar winner is engaged to Harvard law graduate David Otunga, who appeared on the reality show “I Love New York 2,” but so far no date has been set for their nuptials. (Continue Reading…)

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