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When Rashawnna and Lateefa, the two 19-year-old South Side Chicago ladies who make up the hip hop duo Infamous Syndicate, talk about the lyrical message of their impressive debut, "Changing the Game" (Relativity), there is a palpable sense of optimism...
Tags: LL Cool J, Foxy Brown, Slick Rick, Buddy Guy, Missy Elliott
Knight Ridder/tribuneComing this fall: The Drama of the Troubled Diva. For the next four months, many of pop's juiciest plot lines will feature female singers struggling back from the brink. They include Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and TLC, all of whom have spent far...
Special to the Tribune"Can you 'ear me now? says a barely audible voice in a gruff Jamaican patois, over a crackling phone line. This is not a wireless-communication commercial; it's dancehall reggae star Beenie Man. He is, in fact, struggling with an unusually finicky...
Tribune rock criticPink, the thinking teen's pop diva, paused between songs Wednesday at the Rosemont Theatre to reveal the key to her recent success: "I did everything everyone told me I should not do." The pronouncement was cheered by a house packed with teen girls...
It would be worth it to catch "Hopkins 24/7," ABC's new documentary medical mini-series, while it's still around. Because it might not be. Airing at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on WLS-Ch. 7 through Sept. 27, it's a personal look at the staff and patients of...
Last year, Britney Spears angered the parents of her impressionable young fans by yanking off layers of clothing as she did a bump and grind to the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on the MTV Video Music Awards. No telling what...
Courant film CriticIt has been suggested that summer has already begun at the cineplexes, with the huge opening for ``The Scorpion King." Whether The Rock has legs as well as arms will be seen. But well before Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer, the long season...
Tags: Claire Danes, Organized Crime, Anne Heche, Alex Rocco, Brian Cox
Times Staff Writer"My Baby's Daddy" is a tedious comedy about how three immature young Philadelphia males, lifelong pals, virtually simultaneously impregnate their girlfriends and how, as a result, they're forced to grow up at last. It's not the worst premise for humor...
Courant Rock CriticSo what did we learn from the Grammys Wednesday? That youth will be rewarded, especially when it comes with talent and promise Alicia Keys at 21 won five Grammys in the annual awards session at the Staples Center, and the playful cockiness she...
Newsday Staff WriterRap diva Lil' Kim, known for her scanty apparel on stage, remained true to form yesterday when she showed up for a federal court appearance in Manhattan without a blouse under her plunging brown pantsuit jacket. Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly...
Tags: Crimes, Lawyers, Foxy Brown, Prisons, Court Preliminary
Somewhere between the pomp of the Grammys and the populism of the American Music Awards lie MTV's Video Music Awards. Aside from being a command performance for music's major marketing muscle, the awards are--intentionally--a fashion spectacle. What...
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Eminem and baritone Josh Groban now have something in common: They are among the nominees for favorite male singer in the People's Choice Awards. Nominees for the 31st annual People's Choice Awards were announced Tuesday by Jason...
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