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Monday, September 22, 2008


Who is CHRIS GARDNER? He us a Self-made Millionaire, Author of "The Pursuit of Happyness"Christopher Gardner is president and CEO of the Chicago-based brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co., which he founded in 1987. Prior to launching his own firm, Mr. Gardner worked for several prestigious Wall Street firms. He landed his first job in the securities industry in 1981 with Dean Witter Reynolds, coming out of their training program. Later, he spent four years with Bear Stearns & Co., where he became a top earner. A self-made multi-millionaire, Gardner is intent on giving back to the communities where he conducts business because he has never forgotten his humble beginnings or the odds he has surmounted. Christopher Gardner’s accomplishments are extraordinary on their own merit, but are all the more astonishing because of the unimaginable obstacles he encountered on the road to success.
Always hard working and tenacious, a series of circumstances in the early 1980’s left Gardner homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up Chris Jr. or his dream of financial independence, Gardner started at the very bottom of the financial industry ladder and pulled his way up, often spending his nights in a church shelter or a bathroom at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Oakland. The amazing story of Gardner’s life was published as an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, by Amistad/Harper Collins on May 23, 2006, and is the subject of a movie with the same title starring Will Smith as Gardner to be released by Columbia Pictures in December 2006.Born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gardner never knew his father. He lived with his mother, Bettye Jean Gardner, and her family and, when necessary, in foster homes. Despite a life of hardship and emotional scarring, he always had supreme love and admiration for his mother, who was a trained schoolteacher. His mother taught him some of the greatest lessons of his life, which he follows to this day. When Gardner told her he wanted to be the great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis she said, "Son, there's only one Miles Davis and he got that job. So you have to do something else.” He understood from that day forward that his job was to be Chris Gardner – whatever that entailed. Bettye Jean also taught him that in spite of where he came from, he could attain whatever goals he set for himself by saying, “If you want to, one day you could make a million dollars.” Gardner believed this to be fact, and it allowed him to persevere through the years when he and his son were struggling for survival and a better life.Straight out of high school, Gardner enlisted in the Navy, just like his uncles, his role models, had done previously. After the military, Gardner went to San Francisco and took a job as a medical supply salesman. Then he reached a turning point in his life. In a parking lot, he met a man driving a red Ferrari. "He was looking for a parking space. I said, 'You can have mine, but I gotta ask you two questions.' The two questions were: What do you do? And how do you do that? Turns out this guy was a stockbroker and he was making $80,000 a month." That pivotal encounter gave Gardner a clear career goal, but he still needed a way into the world of high finance. Without experience, connections, a degree, or pedigree, Gardner began knocking on doors, applying for training programs at brokerages, even though it meant he would have to live on next to nothing while he learned. When he was finally accepted into a program, he left his job in medical sales. But his plans collapsed when the man who offered him the training slot was fired, and Gardner had no job to go back to. Things got worse. He was put in jail for $1,200 in parking violations that he couldn't pay. Chris Jr.’s mother left and Gardner, despite his circumstances, fought to keep his son because, as he says, "I made up my mind as a young kid that when I had children, my children were gonna know who their father was." Although he managed to enter a training program at Dean Witter Reynolds, Gardner’s meager stipend as a trainee meant he, like so many working poor in America, had a job but couldn't make ends meet. Chris’s co-workers never knew he spent his evenings trying to arrange day care, find food and a safe place for him and his son to sleep. After spending nights in a locked bathroom at an Oakland subway station, Gardner persuaded Rev. Cecil Williams, founder of a new shelter program for homeless women at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, to let him and Chris Jr. stay at the shelter. Gardner passed his licensing exam in 1981 on the first try. He arrived early, stayed late and worked the phones day after day to lure new clients. He and Chris Jr. got an apartment, and in 1983 he joined Bear, Stearns & Company. After becoming a top producer, first in San Francisco and later in New York, Gardner left in 1987 to establish Gardner Rich & Company, Inc., an institutional brokerage firm specializing in the execution of debt, equity and derivative products transactions. With a network of offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, GRC has grown by focusing on its commitment to provide quality service and excellent trade executions for clients. The firm executes trades for some of the nations largest institutions, public pension plans and unions. Under Mr. Gardner's directions, GRC has adopted a "give back to the community" program. The Company donates 10% or more of the company's earnings toward school and educational projects in the communities it serves.Chris Gardner’s remarkable story of struggle, faith, entrepreneurialism, and fatherly devotion has catapulted him beyond the notoriety he has found on Wall Street. He has been featured on CBS’ Evening News with Dan Rather, twice on ABC’s 20/20, as well as being the subject of profiles in newspapers and national magazines.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Who is Eve Jihan Jeffers

Eve Jihan Jeffers is known to the world as Eve. Eve was born November 10, 1978i in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Julia Wilch-Jeffers, a publishing company supervisor, and Jerry Jeffers, a chemical plant supervisor.[2] She adopted the name Gangsta in high school as part of an all-female group called EDGP (pronounced Egypt), and went solo as Eve of Destruction.

During her early years in Philadelphia, Eve's first musical interest was singing. She sang in many choirs and even made an all-female singing group (Dope Girl Posse or D.G.P.) with a manager. This group covered songs from En Vogue and Color Me Badd. After the group's manager saw the rap group ABC, they suggested that the group raps and Eve stuck with it. She then went on to form a rapping group.She also won a Grammy Award rapping. She has sold millions of albums during her musical career. Her first three albums have so far reached 7 million copies sold world wide. In 2003, she became the star of her own TV show, Eve, which lasted for 3 seasons. The rapper/singer/actress has also achieved success in fashion as she started a clothing line titled "Fetish." She ranked # 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" show list. On April 26, 2007, Eve was arrested due to suspicion of driving under the influence after she crashed her silver Maserati into a divider on Hollywood Boulevard. The crash happened at 2:45 a.m. and two other people were in the car at the time of the crash. Eve was visibly upset after getting out of the car. She was then transported to the Los Angeles County Correctional Facility and was held on $30,000 bail. She received a visit from actor Sean Penn while in jail and was let out later that morning. She was due back in court May 30, 2007. Eve has been told she must wear an alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet for 45 days after she pleaded no contest to drunk driving in a Los Angeles court. The rapper must also attend 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, a three-month alcohol education program and appear in court to verify that she is using the alcohol detection monitor.

Eve The First Lady of Ruff Ryders (1998-1999)
Eve first appeared on DJ Clue's The Professional, along with other Ruff Ryders' compilations. Her next single, "What Ya Want", featuring Nokio of Dru Hill, didn't do so well on the charts, so she collaborated with The Roots, Blackstreet and Janet Jackson, which further expanded her fan base. Her 1999 debut, Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady, was an unprecedented success, becoming the second hip-hop album by a woman to enter the Billboard 200 at #1 (the first was by Brooklyn rapper, Foxy Brown).

It is a known fact that Eve used to be a stripper before becoming a successful rapper.[3]

The follow-up to Let There Be Eve, Scorpion, was released in 2001. Its first single, "Who's That Girl" guaranteed the rapper first international success. The second single, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt) and produced by Dr. Dre, became a pop success, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Scorpion eventually went platinum.

One of the record's strengths, cited in several reviews, was Eve's exploration of her singing voice in addition to her rapping skills. "I was a singer before I started rapping," Eve said in a Ruff Ryders press release, "so on this album I wanted my audience to hear more of my vocal skills".[4]

Eve's third album, Eve-Olution, was released in summer 2002 (see 2002 in music) and peaked at #6 on the Billboard 2003. In the meantime, the album's first single, "Gangsta Lovin'", with Alicia Keys, became another #2 hit. The second and final single, "Satisfaction", only saw moderate success again. Eve-Olution was a flop and became Eve's worst-selling album to date. Also that year she performed the entrance song "All Grown Up" for WWE personality Stephanie McMahon. Afterwards, Eve closed out 2003 by signing to UPN for a television show about a fashion designer titled, Eve, and a feature on Mary J. Blige's single, "Not Today".

In 2005, the rapper appeared on Gwen Stefani's top ten hit "Rich Girl", which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March. The same year, she appeared on the remix of Amerie's #1 U.S. R&B hit, "1 Thing" the Hitch soundtrack. Eve also was featured in Keyshia Cole's song Never as on the Barbershop 2: Back in Business Soundtrack and The Way It Is along with the official remix for Teairra Mari's second single No Daddy.

In 2007, she appeared on Kelly Rowland's single "Like This". The Punk Cabaret band One On None covered Eve's 1999 song "Love Is Blind". In July 2007, Eve made a guest appearance on Maroon 5's second single Wake Up Call on Live @ 45th at Night, it is unknown if this will be an official remix or if it will even be recorded.

[edit] Here I Am (2009)
Eve will release her fourth album in January 2009. Those rumored to be involved with the album are Timbaland, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz and Scott Storch. Slated to make guest appearances are Adam Levine, Sean Paul, Swizz Beatz, Shakira, and possibly Gwen Stefani.[5]

The first single "Tambourine" from Here I Am was released in April 2007. The second single was "Give It to You" featuring Sean Paul, a reggae-influenced breezy mid-tempo song[6] Eve has stated that the third single may be a song called "All Night Long". This song is an 80s-pop influenced song that Eve sings rather than raps.[7] "All Night Long" was produced by Pharrell and finds Eve singing, something the rapper had previously been reluctant to undertake despite persuasion from her label.

"Pharrell made me sing a whole song. I finally got up the nerve [but] I feel like I was bullied into it," she jokes. "But it's one of my favorite songs on the album. I was really stressed about it but it was fun to do. I consider myself somebody who can maybe hold a note on a good day. I sang hooks before, which is super easy, but I had to get out of my comfort zones."
She will embark across Australia on her Here I Am Tour in early 2008 near the 2008 MTV Australian Video Music Awards where she will also be performing and appearing.

An insider review of "All Night Long" said:

"Very different than Eve's usual style. It sounds like an '80s pop song. She tries out her singing skills here and she succeeds. They are no crazy, over the top vocals, but she sings much better than most so called songstress' today. The beat is pretty much good, and the lyrics are above average, but the chorus gets repitive (Make it last all night long/baby baby all night long). This should be the third single"[8]
Reggae artist Sizzla is also featured on a song and Eve is currently lining up another reggae cameo. "I listen to reggae all the time. It's always been my favorite music because of the melodies," she says. "I also listen to a lot of Brazilian music [and] a little bit of rock, so I wanted to bring all those elements, along with hip-hop".[9]

Swizz Beats said that Eve's Here I Am — despite constant push-backs — isn't dead. They're going back in the lab, and Swizz will produce some if not the entire project. "It ain't over until it's out," he said. "Everybody wants the best for her. We just regrouping and starting back. It wasn't too many follow-ups that can follow up after Tambourine...You get those type of records ... I'm sorry to make those type of records, but sh--, they're hard to follow up. I'mma get back to doing the [whole] album thing," he added. "It eliminates the problem of what we go through. I let the artist use who they wanna use, this and that, it's crazy. The following up [to the songs I produce], sh-- becomes hard. It's a formula and sound the people are looking for and want. When you get all these different producers, it messes up the formula."[10]

Acting (2004-present)
Eve appeared in XXX with Vin Diesel, both Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business with Ice Cube, The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Meagan Good, and The Woodsman with Kevin Bacon in mid 2004. She also voiced Major Jones in the video game XIII. She also voiced one of the villains of the short-lived Spiderman cartoon on MTV.

In 2003, Eve starred in the UPN television sitcom, Eve, as a fashion designer named Shelly. The show lasted three seasons until it was cancelled May 2006. Eve appeared on Wisin Y Yandel's Reggaeton Album "Wisin vs. Yandel: Los Extraterrestres".

She is currently appearing in the nostalgic drama Flashbacks of a Fool alongside current James Bond actor Daniel Craig.



1999: Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady

2001: Scorpion

2002: Eve-Olution
Unreleased: Here I Am

Top-ten hits
Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK Album
2001 "Who's That Girl?" 47 16 5 6 Scorpion
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (featuring Gwen Stefani) 2 6 10 4
2002 "Gangsta Lovin'" (featuring Alicia Keys) 2 2 2 6 Eve-Olution
2004 "Rich Girl" (Gwen Stefani featuring Eve) 7 78 — 4 Love.Angel.Music.Baby
2007 "Like This" (Kelly Rowland featuring Eve) 30 7 — 4 Ms. Kelly
2007 "Tambourine" (featuring Swizz Beatz) 37 17 10 18 Here I Am

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Barbershop Terri Jones
XXx J.J.
2003 -
2006 Eve Shelley Tv Series - Lead Role
2003 Third Watch Yvette Powel Television drama (Episode - Second Chances)
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Cheyenne Tate/The Talon Voice Role (Episode - Keeping Secrets)
XIII Major Jones Voice Role
2004 The Woodsman Mary-Kay
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Terri Jones
One on One Ida (Episode - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hip Hop World)
The Cookout Becky
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Ophelia Franklin
Ego Denise (in production)

Awards and nominations
American Music Awards
2003, Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist (Nominated)
Black Reel Awards
2005, Best Actress (Independent): The Woodsman (Nominated)
Grammy Awards
2003, Best Female Rap Solo Performance: "Satisfaction" (Nominated)
2002, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" w/ Gwen Stefani (Winner)
2002, Best Rap Album: Scorpion (Nominated)
Image Awards

2005, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: "Eve" (Nominated)
2004, Outstanding Music Duo or Group (with Mary J. Blige) (Nominated)
2003, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Barbershop (Nominated)
Lady of Soul Awards
2001, Best Music Video: "Who's That Girl" (Nominated)
2000, Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: "Gotta Man" (Nominated)
2000, Best R&B/Soul Female Solo Album of the Year: Let There Be Light (Nominated)
2000, Best Music Video: "Love Is Blind" (Nominated)
MTV Movie Awards
2003, Best Female Breakthrough Performance: Barbershop (Nominated)
MTV Video Music Awards
2007, Best Choreography: "Tambourine" (Nominee)
2001, Best Female Video: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani (Winner)
2001, Viewer's Choice: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani (Nominated)
2001, Best Hip-Hop Video: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani (Nominated)
2000, Best Rap Video: "Love Is Blind" (Nominated)
MOBO Awards
2001, Best Hip-Hop Act (Nominated)
Soul Train Awards
2000, Best New R&B/Soul or Rap Artist: "Gotta Man" (Nominated)
2000, Best Music Video: "Hot Boyz" with Missy Elliott, Nas, & Lil' Mo (Nominated)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Who is Nicole Deannae Alexander?

Who is Nicole Deannae Alexander? The entertainment and American reality TV world knows her as "Hoopz". Hoopz is a well known model and actress. She was a show contestant best known for winning the VH1 reality television shows Flavor of Love and I Love Money. She received her nickname, Hoopz, on Flavor of Love. 

Nicole Alexander  was born July 12, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. After a 10-episode nationally televised competition. Alexander is of African American and Italian descent.She was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Romulus, Michigan, and graduated from Woodhaven High School in Brownstown, MI, where she was a star basketball player and athlete. Prior to acting, she worked with her uncle demolishing and rebuilding houses.

At the age of 22 she auditioned for Flavor of Love. Alexander eventually won after almost two months of living with the other contestants.

She has also appeared on MTV's "Wild 'N Out." She was a guest judge in season 3 during E-40's guest appearance.

As of 2007, Alexander continues to model in calendars, magazines, and for modeling agencies EyeCandy Modeling & Titanium Girlz. She has also appeared in videos such as Will Smith's "Party Starter" & Lil' Keke's "Chunk Up The Deuce", and Maddi Madd Holla Back, and is the celebrity supporter of the "East Kentucky Miners" a basketball team located in Pikeville, Kentucky

Alexander was the winner of the first season of Flavor of Love.[1]
In 2008, Alexander also was a contestant on the VH1 reality show, I Love Money. After defeating Joshua "Whiteboy" Gallander at the final challenge, she was named the $250,000 winner.

Alexander lives in Louisville, Tennessee. She has previously dated James "Boo" Jackson, the CBA ALL-Star from the East Kentucky Miners.[2] She is dating the Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, and reportedly got a marriage proposal from the basketball star while having dinner with friends in St. Louis.[3]

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Tiffany Pollard

Who is TiffanyPollard? You probably know her by her tv name of Newyork. Tiffany was born January 6, 1982 in New York. She [2] is a reality television contestant, best known for VH1's Flavor of Love and I Love New York. Pollard was given the nickname "New York" by Flavor Flav during the first season of Flavor of Love; she is, to television viewers, better known by her nickname than her given name. She is also known colloquially by her self-proclaimed nickname the "HBIC (Head Bitch In Charge)",[3] which she exclaimed in the series Flavor of Love in an attempt to taunt her fellow competitors.[4]

Tiffany was the girl you love to hate on the Flavor of Love (Season 1).
Pollard clashed with virtually all of the contestants in both seasons, including:
Thela "Rain" Brown
Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander
Chandra "Deelishis" Davis
Larissa "Bootz" Aurora
Becky "Buckwild" Johnson
Heather "Krazy" Crawford
Brooke "Pumkin" Thompson
Schatar "Hottie" Taylor
Leilene "Smiley" Ondrade
Shay "Buckeey" Johnson
Mieko "Cherry" Smith
Saaphyri Windsor
Although these feuds were, in general, nothing more than screaming matches, an incident in the penultimate episode of season one led to violence. After her elimination, an outraged Brooke Thompson spat on Pollard after the two had exchanged words. Pollard vowed to "whoop Pumkin's ass", and attempted to do so at the season one reunion. However, in another VH1 special, "New York" and "Pumkin" were shown making up at a club. Meanwhile, the final two contestants journeyed to Mexico where Flavor Flav chose Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander to be his mate.

After his relationship did not work out with Alexander, Flavor Flav chose to do a second season of his dating show, and invited Pollard to participate nearly halfway through the season. She agreed, but was once again eliminated, finally severing her romantic connection with Flavor Flav. Pollard verbally fought with Flav in the season finale, asking why he had brought her back only to be ultimately eliminated. However, the two announced on the Flavor of Love: After the Lovin reunion show that aired October 28, 2006, that they would remain friends.
In the reunion of the second season, contestants "Bootz", "Deelishis", "Buckeey", "Buckwild", and Saaphyri attempted to physically attack "New York". Numerous security guards protected Pollard keeping the other contestants from harming her. All the contestants, except "Deelishis", who had won the second season, and Saaphyri were then asked to leave the reunion.

In October of 2006, Pollard announced plans for her own dating show entitled, I Love New York, which premiered on January 8, 2007, on VH1. The series followed the same theme as Flavor of Love, where contestants competed for her affections. In the show's finale, which aired on April 2, 2007, the man she chose, Patrick "Tango" Hunter, proposed to her, and after slight hesitation, she agreed to marry him. However, after watching the show himself, Tango was offended by the comments made about his mother, and he broke off the engagement on the reunion show. Thus, New York was left alone again.

In April 2007, VH1 announced plans for a second season of I Love New York shooting in July 2007. The second season maintains the same premise as the first season of I Love New York, in addition to an online casting process by fans. A special, I Love New York 2: Casting Special aired on VH1 allowing viewers to see potential contestants' casting videos and are given the opportunity to vote at VH1's official website.
Another special, I Love New York 2: Casting Special 2, aired on October 1, 2007 to reveal the contestants chosen by fans.[5]I Love New York 2 premiered October 8, 2007 on VH1.
In the finale of I Love New York 2, contestant "Tailor Made" (real name George Weisgerber) proposed to Pollard, but was turned down. During the I Love New York 2 reunion special, "Tailor Made" proposed a second time and Pollard accepted.[6][7]

Main article: New York Goes To Hollywood
New York Goes to Hollywood began airing on August 4, 2008. The reality show, consisting of ten 30-minute episodes, follows New York as she moves to Hollywood and attempts to become a legitimate actress. The show focuses primarily on her attempts to become a serious actress by securing an agent and an acting coach and going on auditions. In the third episode New York is offered a chance to film a commercial for a Japanese energy drink. There is also some focus on her attempts to consolidate her personal life with her professional ambitions. The series debuted to high ratings with 1.7 million views beating I Want to Work for Diddy, its lead-in show, in ratings.

After watching Newyork goes to Hollywood, you will find yourself glued to the tube in awe. The things that this lady does proves one thing, that she may be the next cash cow for VH1. I kept wondering what was she going to do next, and before I knew it the show was over... I really like the show I will give it a 3 stars.

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