Beyonce Knowles’ manager father Mathew is taking credit for the success of former Destiny’s Child singer LeToya Luckett’s debut album, claiming he taught her about hard work during her days in the girl group. Luckett joined the band in 1993, but quit in December 1999, shortly after the release of the girls’ sophomore album The Writing’s On The Wall, which featured the hits Say My Name, Jumpin’, Jumpin’ ; and Bills, Bills, Bills. Luckett and bandmate LaTavia Roberson, who also left the group at the same time, claimed Mathew was keeping a disproportionate share of the band’s profits, was too controlling, and unfairly favoured his daughter and the group’s fourth singer Kelly Rowland .
In 2000, Luckett and Roberson attempted to sue Beyonce and Rowland, before dropped the case, and eventually settled a legal battle with Mathew. When Mathew heard of Luckett’s long-awaited success with her self-titled disc, which topped the US album charts earlier this month (AUG06), he insists he was pleased for her, despite past animosity. He says, “I couldn’t help but smile. I’m proud of her and her work ethic, something I know comes from DC’s early boot camp days.”
There are 1,001 pictures from the award show and I would be here all night trying to post them all. I still haven’t done my SASHA act. So here’s a few pictures to wet your appetite. Visit the links below to check them all out!
- Red Carpet –
Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri; Kim Porter and Sean Combs; Hot Mess; Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; Kelis and Nas
- 106 & Park –
Fantasia; Joe Jackson and guest; Damon Wayans; Don King; Mary J. Blige
- Press Room -
Beyonce; Remy Ma; Young Dro and T.I.; Vivica A. Fox; Mo’Nique
Michelle has been looking pretty snazzy since she successfully escaped from Beyonce’s wig crpyt. Yes! Everybody looks good for the most part. Jermaine Dupri and Missy’s styles are . . . unique. JD resembles the “special” man at my church named Ike who likes to hug all the big breasted women after service. While Missy looks like she has a purse full of oil and incense she is trying to hustle.
Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; Ciara; Mary Mary; LL Cool J and wife; Tattoo; Missy Elliott
If you haven’t heard the news already Kelly Rowland’s album has been pushed back to July 2007. Joe Jackson Mathew Knowles told Billboardthat the reason this happened is “to make sure our marketing strategy is a multi-tiered approach that capitalizes on the synergies afforded by her other projects.” Whatever nigga. There is also some buzz that Beyonce will shoot two new music videos this summer. I know her Stans are brimming with joy. . . Angelina Jolie is becoming such a regular over in Africa that even they’re not impressed. Homegirl is trying to get her rod set correct. Thanks AB! . . . “Waist Deep” looks like the extended versionof the video for “21 Questions” . . . Mary Wilson is scheduled to undergo heart bypass surgery today. We send our prayers out to her . . . Today is Naomi Campbell’s birthday. Throw a phone at your personal assistant. Thanks Da Real! . . . Dancing legend Katherine Dunham has passed awayat the age of 96.
Former Destiny’s Child singers Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland will headline Macy’s Glamorama event, which debuted as Marshall Field’s Fash Bash in Minneapolis in 1992 and in Chicago in 1999 to raise money for cancer research and the arts.
Beyonce will grace the stage at the Chicago Theatre on Sept. 29 and Rowland will headline the Minneapolis event at the Orpheum Theatre on Sept. 21. Both artists will perform songs from their new solo albums due in stores this year. As honorary chairs of Glamorama, Beyonce and her mother Tina Knowles will also introduce their clothing line, House of Dereon, which will make its runway debut during the show’s grand finale.
Kelandria almost had to take her wig and “air-rangs” off after hearing reports that the new millenium Joe Jackson Matthew Knowles is her Pops.
Kelly Rowland has lashed out at reports she shares a biological father with her former Destiny’s Child bandmate Beyonce Knowles. The Survivor singer lived with the Knowles family from the age of eleven after her home life fell apart. When Rowland’s mother, Doris Garrison, lost her job as pharmacy tech, she asked Matthew and Tina Knowles if they could take care of Kelly until she got back on her feet. By all accounts, Doris was still around. She had a key to the Knowles home and would come by to check Kelly’s homework and cook. Doris also spent weekends and holidays there and attended church with the Knowleses.
Eventually, what began as an emergency plan evolved into a permanent living arrangement. “It just kind of happened,” says Kelly. “I stayed with the Knowleses for a summer. A summer turned into a year, a year turned into three years, and three years turned into 10. * I was very happy. People look at that whole situation and don’t understand. But everybody has a different way of growing up. I was okay because when I came into their home, the Knowleses made me feel like I was one of their own kids. I felt lucky to have three parents instead of just one.”
For all the rumors that Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles is actually Kelly’s biological as well, Kelly, who rarely uses profanity has this to say: ‘It’s a lie from the pit of hell.’ Rowland’s mother, Doris Garrison, describes Kelly’s father as an abuser. Garrison told Vibe Vixen magazine, ‘He didn’t provide for us. He was abusive to me–verbally, mentally, physically, all of it.’ Kelly says, “My parents’ situation was so terrible. I don’t know where I would be if my real father was still in my life. He hasn’t tried to find me and I have not tried to find him.”
(via email, original source unknown)
* Remind me never to invite her ass over for dinner.
This month’s Essence features a nice spread of stars and their mothers. Kelly Rowland, Kanye West, Rachel Atkins, and Rachel True all write sweet letters to the number one women in their life. Here’s a snippet of Kelly’s:
God must’ve thought I was really special to give me two mothers. It meant so much that you believed in me. When we had rough times in Houston, you did your best to balance our family with your job as a live-in nanny. And I know it was difficult for you to run back and forth for rehearsals after I joined Destiny’s Child. I spent a lot of nights at the Knowleses’ house. Soon a month turned into a year, then years. You came by everyday, though, and cooked dinner, and we’d all eat as a family. It was because of your strength and sacrifice that I was able to dream so big.
And Mama T, you took extra time to rehearse with me when I got my first lead song at 12. My voice was so small then, and you’d tell me to ‘sing up,’ just the way my momma did. You’ve taught me so much about following my gut, honoring my boundaries, and keeping an eye out for red flags in my relationships. It doesn’t matter if the question is business or professional, I know you’ll always have the answer.Your spirit is so sweet, and your wisdom is endless.
I love you both so much. You’re my heroes, my best friends. I can’t thank you enough for grooming me into the woman I am today. Now I want you both to be comfortable and happy and never have to want for anything–and I can’t wait to give you some grandkids!
Aww, isn’t that sweet. My God says go call your Mom now.