May 2011 31

Lauren London has opened up about her relationship with Lil Wayne. The super private actress has said that the biggest misconception people have about her is that her son with Lil Wayne is a result of a “one night stand” or groupie encounter with the rap star. She told Skin Deep, “I met Dwayne when I was 15 years old. I’ve known him a very long time, and we were in a relationship that didn’t make it. We tried more than once to revive it, and we were engaged briefly years ago, but we eventually parted ways.”

She continued, “People see the ‘Lil Wayne’ persona and think they know who he really is. My son’s father is an intelligent, loving and lovable person who will always be a dear friend. That is all.”

  • She also discussed being famous, despite being such a private person. She said, “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be an actor. It’s crazy though, because I’m such a private person. I was never interested in becoming famous. I still struggle with that aspect of my work.”
  • She continued, “I’m not complaining and I’m not that famous. I do get recognized, but I’m not being hounded by paparazzi every day. I’m human, so of course I like getting special treatment at times. But deep down that girl from the neighborhood is still in here. She might shy away from having her picture taken, and would rather blend in with the scenery sometimes and just observe.”

May 2011 31

Singer Sean Kingston was critically injured in a jet ski accident on Sunday (May 29th) in Miami Beach. According to, Sean was listed in critical condition at Jackson Memorial hospital and is now stable. The singer had a female passenger on board his watercraft when it crashed into a bridge at around 6pm on Sunday. He and the passenger were rescued from the water by a good Samaritan.

The Miami Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and both Sean and the female passenger were transported to the hospital. Sean’s injuries were so severe, that he was being treated in the trauma ward.

  • His rep told Us Weekly on Monday (May 30th), “Sean Kingston is now stabilized and has moved from the trauma unit to ICU. Sean’s family thanks everyone for their prayers and support during this time.”
  • According to a report released by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, alcohol was not a factor in the accident.


The man who saved Sean Kingston‘s life told that he was spitting up blood after the accident and that he was responsive and even spoke during the rescue. Johnathan Rivera, a member of the Coast Guard, said that he was driving his boat around Star Island on his day off when he was called over to the accident scene by a man and a woman on a jet ski. Rivera said that he noticed an empty jet ski. He also noticed a Sean and a woman floating in the water wearing a vest — complaining that her head hurt.

Rivera said that the two people on the jet ski were trying to hold Sean up, but they were struggling to keep his head above water. So he jumped in the water and that’s when he noticed that Sean was “puking up blood out of his mouth.”

  • Rivera then said that he wrapped his arms around Sean and held on to the jet ski to help keep Sean’s head above water. Rivera said Kingston was “convulsing and throwing up blood all over me” — but said he didn’t notice any head trauma.
  • Rivera said he held on to Sean for about 15 minutes, until a police boat finally arrived. Rivera said he doesn’t think he could have held on much longer than he did. When help arrived he told Sean that he was going to be okay and the singer repeated back to him, “I’m going to be okay.”
  • When it came time to get Sean into the boat, Rivera says Kingston was able to follow directions, though he did need some assistance getting in. From there, paramedics quickly came and cleaned Sean up and rushed him to an ambulance that was waiting nearby.
  • Jimmy Vega, who was with Rivera at the time and assisted in rescuing Sean, talked to a local reporter (see below) and explained, “We were about to turn back around [and go home] when we noticed him. I truly believe if we did turn around, he would not be with us today.”


Some of Sean’s celebrity friends sent well wishes to the singer via Twitter. Nicki Minaj, who collaborated with him on their song “Dutty Love” tweeted, “My love & prayers are with Sean Kingston & his family.”

Soulja Boy wrote, “praying for my brother @seankingston I hope he makes a full recovery… smh it’s always something :(”

  • Justin Bieber, who collaborated with Kingston on the song “Eenie Meenie,” wrote, “I’ve got my friend Sean Kingston in my prayers tonight. A true friend and big bro. Please keep him in your prayers tonight as well.”
  • Rihanna also wrote: “Sean, we’re praying for you, baby.”

May 2011 31

Legendary musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron died on Friday (May 28th) in a New York City hospital. He was 62. According to Reuters, the news was confirmed by Gil’s UK publisher, Jaime Byng. He reportedly got sick after returning from a trip in Europe. Gil Scott-Heron was credited as “The Godfather of Hip Hop “– a term he disliked, because his heavy uses of percussion with spoken word is widely credited as helping to inspire and shape hip hop. He was mostly known for writing the 1970’s song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” — which mixed poetry, politics, jazz, blues and soul.
He recorded more than a dozen albums and was considered a voice of African-American activism and a musical critic of apartheid and nuclear power. He released his last album I’m New Here last year.

Although Gil was HIV positive and battled drug addictions throughout his career, no official cause of death has been released.

Celebs shared their reactions to the death of Gil Scott-Heron — who died on Friday in New York City at age 62. Cee-Lo Green took to Twitter after news broke and wrote “Rest in peace to the GOD.” Usher wrote, “I just learned of the loss of a very important poet…R.I.P. Gil Scott Heron. ‘The revolution will be live!!'”

Eminem wrote, “RIP Gil Scott-Heron. He influenced all of hip-hop.”

Common tweeted, “Rest in Peace Gill Scott Heron. You were one of my inspirations!”
Lupe fiasco wrote, “Awww man…sad day…RIP Gil-Scot Heron…May God have mercy on your soul!”
Snoop Dogg tweeted, “RIP to 1 of tha greats, gil scott heron.”
Chuck D of Public Enemy wrote, “RIP GSH..And we do what we do and how we do because of you. And to those that don’t know, tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognize”

Musican, poet and author Gil Scott-Heron was widely known as the Godfather of hip hop because of his aggressive, no nonsense street poetry — which inspired many rappers. He was also known for his spoken word works in the 1970’s and 80’s. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

Scott-Heron was born on April 1, 1949 in Chicago, but later moved to Tennessee. His grandmother died and he then spent his high school years in The Bronx with his mom, where many of his experiences made up his songwriting material. He began writing as a teen and completed his first volume of poetry at age 13. He attended college in Pennsylvania, but dropped out after one year to concentrate on his writing career. He was praised for his novel, The Vulture. Although Scott-Heron never received his undergraduate degree, he received a Master’s degree in Creative Writing in 1972 from Johns Hopkins University.

By the end of the 1960’s, Scott-Heron was encouraged to start recording, by legendary Jazz producer Bob Thiele and released his 1970 debut Small Talk and 125th and Lenox — which was inspired by a volume of poetry by the same name. He was signed to Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Records until the mid 70’s. He then signed to Arista Records and found success on the R&B charts. He released another album in 1971 entitled Pieces of a Man and a third album in 1972 entitled Free Will.

In 1974, he worked with longtime collaborator Brian Jackson on Winter in America and then The First Minute of a New Day the next year. A live album, It’s Your World, followed in 1976 and a recording of spoken poetry, The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron, was released in 1979.

Scott-Heron recorded and released only four albums during the 1980s. He was dropped from Arista Records in 1985 and quit recording — although he continued to tour. The same year he helped compose and sang “Let Me See Your I.D” on the Artists United Against Apartheid album Sun City, which contained the famous line, “The first time I heard there was trouble in the Middle East, I thought they were talking about Pittsburgh.” The song compared racial tensions in the US with those in apartheid-era South Africa.

In 1993, he signed to TVT Records and released Spirits, an album that included the track “‘Message to the Messengers”. In the 1990’s, Gil Scott-Heron gave his opinion of hip hop. He said, “They need to study music. I played in several bands before I began my career as a poet. There’s a big difference between putting words over some music, and blending those same words into the music. There’s not a lot of humor. They use a lot of slang and colloquialisms, and you don’t really see inside the person. Instead, you just get a lot of posturing.”

Throughout his life, Scott-Heron struggled with drug addiction. In 2001, he was sentenced to one to three years in prison in New York State for possession of cocaine. He was released on parole in 2003. In July 2006, Scott-Heron was sentenced to two to four years in a New York State prison for violating a plea deal on a drug-possession charge by leaving a drug rehabilitation center. Scott-Heron’s sentence was to run until July 2009. He was paroled in May 2007. The reason given for the violation of his plea deal was that the clinic refused to supply Scott-Heron with HIV medication. This story led to the presumption that the artist was HIV positive — which he confirmed in a 2008 interview.

After his release, Scott-Heron began performing live again. He was arrested again in 2007 the day before a scheduled performance. Scott-Heron released his last album, I’m New Here on independent label XL Recordings on February 9, 2010 — his first album in 16 years.

May 2011 31

Nelly has denied claims that he uses steroids. According to, Nelly’s ex manager Slim has claimed that the rap star uses steroids and abuses cocaine. He also claimed that Nelly is broke because he lost all of his money due to gambling problems and faces losing his home to foreclosure because of the debt.

Nelly took to Twitter to deny the claims. He wrote, “1st if u Believe slim was my manager then this is pointless anyway!’I MADE SLIM!’ but this is the thanx I get 4given some1 from crib a shot! 2nd don’t nothing go in this body but fish, chicken, turkey, protein, ROZAY,ciroc remy and Budweiser!!and MIKEnIKES, LONDON and SONS!!”

  • He continued, “3rd Ino some hoping that 4closure statement is tru but I’m sorry ‘EPIC FAIL!’ anytime any1 n STL wanna match deeds or pinkslips HOLLA!#FACTS”

May 2011 26

At the end of the day, whether man or woman — a cheater is going to cheat. But — according to, there are steps you can take to possibly prevent it. Here is the site’s 5 ways to keep your man from cheating.

GIVE HIM SOME GOOD LOVE: If a man knows he can get it better at home he won’t be so anxious to find it somewhere else. Obviously this is a two way street and you should expect him to give you good love too. When I say love I don’t mean sex only. I mean treating each other with care.

KNOW HIS FRIENDS: No man in a relationship really has any business out on his own. If he goes anywhere, he’s rolling with his friends. If his friends know that you are the business, they will make sure he doesn’t make any mistakes.

Watch out for the ex-girlfriends. Hooking up with an ex doesn’t feel like cheating to a lot of guys especially if they have children together and your relationship with that person is new. You probably won’t win over the ex-girlfriend like you can with the friends, but you can talk to your man and find out his feelings on her.

LET HIM KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES: Please Don’t say: ‘You better not cheat on me or I will burn your momma’s house down, blow you up on Twitter and slash your tires!’ Do say: ‘Just to let you know, I’d be really hurt if I found out that you cheated on me and I’d never be able to commit to repairing what we have together if that happened.'” (WARNING: Only bring this up in a conversation about cheating please don’t come to your man with this out of the blue)

LET HIM KNOW HE’S SPECIAL: Cheating isn’t always about sex for men, it’s mostly about ego. That’s why good looking guys with good looking girlfriends cheat on them with ugly women. Even the smallest and most insignificant ego boost is satisfying for us. So stroke his ego when you can, and expect some stroking in return.

TAKE INTEREST: Take interest in your man’s life. Find out what he’s doing when he’s not around you and follow up after he does whatever he’s doing. This is in no way about snooping, it’s really about getting more involved in his life and getting in a rhythm of sharing. The conversation should go something like this:

You: What are you and your boys doing tonight?”
Him: We’re going to watch the game.
You: oh really, I will be watching the Lifetime channel all night. I can’t wait.

-Next day-

You: Hey did you have fun watching the game?
Him: Yes
You: Great!

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