‘That is no man, but a beast’: Singer Toni Braxton rails against Ray Rice

http://twitter.com/#!/ThabaniDlamini/status/509427519242928128

“Unbreak My Heart” singer Toni Braxton weighed in today on the Ray Rice scandal. Her sister Tamar is a domestic violence survivor.

http://twitter.com/#!/tonibraxton/status/509415097584742400
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Many of Braxton’s followers agreed:

http://twitter.com/#!/lakeishastarnes/status/509415407422570496
http://twitter.com/#!/tshidi4/status/509415494294970368
http://twitter.com/#!/MzGardenia/status/509415602285330432
http://twitter.com/#!/Librahoney87/status/509415667645575169

Including, it would seem, Rice’s wife Janay.

http://twitter.com/#!/Mzquelle/status/509415333073932289

Let’s hope she finds the strength to do just that.

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Related:

Singer Toni Braxton: ‘Today I am embarrassed to be an American.’

Twitchy coverage of Ray Rice

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/09/that-is-no-man-but-a-beast-singer-toni-braxton-rails-against-ray-rice/

We are the World 25th Anniversary Remake Video, Hope for Haiti

Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) “We Are The World 25 For Haiti”, in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), whose own personal efforts as well as those of Artists for Peace and Justice have already saved countless lives in Haiti, filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video and behind-the-scenes production, and serves as Film Director and as an Executive Producer with Jones, Richie, Jean, Phillips and Tortorici.

The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haiti.

Random Artists: Brandy, Celine Dion, Keri Hilson, Usher, Swizz Beatz, Lionel Richie, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Jamie Foxx, Kid Cudi, Nicole Scherzinger, Miley Cyrus, Quincy Jones, Josh Groban, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson (RIP), Will.I.Am., Kanye West, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Black Eyed Peas, Robin Thicke, Randy Philips, Barbra Streisand, Wyclef Jean, Akon, T-Pain, Lil’ Wayne, Tony Bennett, Kanye West, Enrique Iglesias, Gladys Knight, Trey Songz, Jona Brothers, Vince Vaughn, Toni Braxton, & Jordin Sparks

Dancing With the Stars Winter Live Tour Full Schedule

Dancing with the Stars is bringing together 4 Stars and 10 Professional Dancers in a live tour all across North America in 38 days covering 37 cities beginning December 17, 2008 in California and culminating in Pennsylvania on February 8, 2009.

If you’re a fan, this is your chance to see the cast perform the show’s highlight of dances- unfortunately, you won’t get to see 2008 reigning champion, Brooke Burke in the tour.

The Cast

Lance Bass, Maurice Green, Toni Braxton and Marlee Matlin are the only stars performing. Multi-Grammy winner Toni Braxton promises not only to dance but sing her biggest hits as well. That should be a treat for the aficionados! We wonder if N’Sync member Lance Bass is singing too?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy leads the cast of professional dancers alongside Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Alec Mazo, Fabian Sanchez, Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff- all of whom are stars in their own rights.

New this season Lacey Schwimmer, best known as a reality TV contestant herself from Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) completes the roll. She is expected to attract not only DWS fans but fans of SYTYCD as well. She will be a refreshing addition to the tour with her unique style and choreography.

Date

Wednesday, December 17

Thursday, December 18

Friday, December 19

Sunday, December 21

Monday, December 22

Saturday, December 27

Sunday, December 28

Monday, December 29

Tuesday, December 30

Friday, January 2

Sunday, January 4

Monday, January 5

Wednesday, January 7

Thursday, January 8

Friday, January 9

Sunday, January 11

Monday, January 12

Tuesday, January 13

Thursday, January 15

Friday, January 16

Saturday, January 17

Sunday, January 18

Tuesday, January 20

Thursday, January 22

Friday, January 23

Saturday, January 24

Sunday, January 25

Tuesday, January 27

Wednesday, January 28

Thursday, January 29

Friday, January 30

Saturday, January 31

Monday, February 2

Tuesday, February 3

Wednesday, February 4

Friday, February 6

Saturday, February 7

Sunday, February 8

Venue

San Diego Sports Arena

Citizens Business Bank Arena

HP Pavilion

Reno Events Center

ARCO Arena

Staples Center

Jobing.com Arena

Orleans Arena

E Center

BOK Center

American Airlines Center

AT&T Center

Sprint Center

i wireless Center (Mark of the Quad Cities)
Allstate Arena

Joe Louis Arena

Air Canada Centre

Wolstein Center

Conseco Fieldhouse

Scottrade Center

US Bank Arena

Nationwide Arena

Sommet Center (Nashville Arena)

St. Pete Times Forum

BankAtlantic Center

Amway Arena (TD Waterhouse)

Gwinnett Center

Greensboro Coliseum

RBC Center

Verizon Center

Mohegan Sun Arena

Mohegan Sun Arena

Dunkin Donuts Center

Wachovia Arena

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Prudential Center

Boardwalk Hall

Wachovia Center

City

San Diego, California

Ontario, California

San Jose, California

Reno, Nevada

Sacramento, California

Los Angeles, California

Glendale, Arizona

Las Vegas, Nevada

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Kansas City, Missouri

Moline, Illinois

Rosemont, Illinois

Detroit, Michigan

Toronto, Ontario

Cleveland, Ohio

Indianapolis, Indiana

St. Louis, Missouri

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Nashville, Tennessee

Tampa, Florida

Sunrise, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Greensboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Washington, DC

Uncasville, Connecticut

Uncasville, Connecticut

Providence, Rhode Island

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Uniondale, New York

Newark, New Jersey

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

UPDATED: 10/13 Dancing With the Stars Predictions, Who Will Go Home?

Updated: October 15, 2008

After last night’s results 10/14, Rocco Dispirito goes home to his kitchen while Cloris Leachman stays for another week. See you all in two weeks!

Maurice & Cheryl (7/10)

Corny outfits and corny choreography just didn’t help the dance. The moves were OK, but it wasn’t our favorite dance by this duo. Judges: 20. Just about right.

Cody & Julianne (7/10)

Lots of energy, but a couple of stumbles. No gimmicks, straight dance. Judges: 23, OK, we thought the stumbles deserved more of a demerit.

Toni & Alec (7/10)

Once again, Toni is the Belle of the Ball. Where does she get these outfits? At first she didn’t look comfortable. The dance looked simple. Very basis Samba. Kind of boring. Judges: 22,Pretty much right on.

Cloris and Corky (5/10)

Once again a stiff awkward performance. Corky tries to make Cloris look less comical, but she is a stumbler. She gets the elderly sympathy cheer if she does anything right. She was better this week. That isn’t saying much. Judges: 22. OK, we will not be covering next week. The judges are retarded. Until Cloris is gone, this show is a joke.

Rocco and Karina (7/10)

Rocco looks queer in a red frilly shirt. It just doesn’t fit at all. The outfit made the dance look clownish. But the moves are better than last week, so we have to give him a few points for effort. We liked it overall. Judges: 18. To place Rocco behind Cloris in this competition explains why we need a week off from this foolishness.

Susan & Tony (7/10)

Susan is too stiff for the moves they are attempted. She doesn’t have the leg lift so it just looks like she is trying to kick somebody. Some interesting moves, but nothing spectacular. Not a standout. Judges: 24. Again, the judges have no clue. This was nothing special and certainly not the best of the night.

Brooke & Derek (8/10)

They killed it last week and started fast and furious tonight. Derek can kick better than many of the girls. This was the best of the night. Judges 26. How can the judges do this one right on and miss the others so badly? This is the team to beat for the finals.

Lance & Lacey (7/10)

Can Lacey save Lance? This had a clear feel of So You Think You Can Dance. Same style of choreography. Lacey is the show, Lance is just there for the ride. Some great moves, but they didn’t make up for the fact Lacey did 80% of the work. Judges 26. Now we are surprised because Lacey and Lance were better in past weeks and the judges were absurdly hard on them. Hmmmm

Warren & Kym (7/10)

Kym is our favorite dancer of the pros, but Warren is awkward and big. We just have not liked his performances. The judges are seeing something in Warren we just plainly do not see. Watching Warrens belly bounce takes away a bunch from the dance. But Kym could dance with anything or anyone and make them look great. Warren looked effeminate at times, if that is possible for an NFL player. Judges: 22. We can see that. But realize they tied Cloris.

See you in two weeks. Hopefully by then, Cloris will be gone. We figure Rocco is gone tomorrow night with the Cloris sympathy vote. Cloris should go home, but Rocco likely will go back to cooking.

10/7 Dancing with the Stars Results. Who Went Home?

No one goes home tonight, because of the forced departure of Misty May-Treanor due to her injury, but the judges scores will be additive next week, so the low couple at the bottom of the totem pole will have ground to make up in the votes next week.

It comes down to who “WOULD” have been going home rather than who will… for now.

In no particular order, they call out the names, only saying that the last couple has the lowest point total.

1. Brooke & Derek

2. Cloris and Corky (Please!)

3. Maurice & Cheryl

4. Susan and Tony

5. Cody and Julianne

6. Lacey and Lance

7. Warren & Kim

8. Toni and Alec

9. Rocco and Karina (dead last, but they survive)

This show is really getting boorish. We are kind of sick of the show dragging along Cloris. It is a sad joke that is either being supported by the show by fixing the vote for publicity, or it is announcing that this show is the replacement for Lawrence Welk.

If Cloris survives next week, we will take a week off from coverage until she is hopefully gone.


10/6 Dancing in a Bar Review and Recap, Analysis and Sexual Innuendo

Misty May-Treanor is done. She sprained her ankle in practice. She wouldn’t win, so it was a good time to get out. She ruptured her Achilles tendon. So, that is a pretty major injury. And what is interesting about it is that she is the most athletic of anyone here. We hope it wont hurt Misty in volleyball. We know she is competitive, but her age is catching up.

Susan & Tony (7/10)

Susan looks so amateurish. Her movements are like she is dancing karaoke. She looks like someone learning how to dance. Tony, of course, is great, and leads her about, which helps, but she isn’t very good. Her leg lifts get all of six inches off the floor. Tony can throw her around because she is petite, but she doesn’t have it quite. Tony’s legs are much faster and hide her flaws well. And you have to give the gal a point for having fun and effort. Judges: 21.

Lance & Lacey (8/10)

Last week the judges said they didn’t want to see Lacey’s tricks. Stupid, but hey, you have to play by their nonsense rules even if it makes it less fun for the audience. The “tricks” are the art. But the judges aren’t very good so you have to cater to them. They cooled it down for the Waltz this week, leading into very subtle, well choreographed moves with great chemistry. If the judges call these tricks, they should be sent home themselves. Judges: 22 The two judges that gave the 7s are stupid and have it in for Lacey.

Maurice & Cheryl (9/10)

Cheryl looked killer and knew the moves. Maurice came to play. He was using his athleticism jumping over Cheryl’s head. Tons of energy, which is what the Jibe is all about. Maurice failed to impress us in past weeks, but this week, he was all that. Cheryl was still the lead in the dance. If you watch it closely, she actually is throwing him around. Oh, this woman is great. We were wrong, she is better than Lacey. There were some awkward moves where Cheryl had to cover up for Maurice in the middle. He just didn’t know which way to turn. But the finish was dazzling and we had our winner this week. Judges 24. To put in perspective how stupid this is, look at some of the 24s from prior weeks. This was the best dance of the show thus far. But at least they didn’t fall asleep.

Rocco & Karina (6/10)

Rocco tried to start off in a blindfold. We wanted to borrow it for the rest of the dance. It looked like a dance at a wedding dance. They just couldn’t pull it off. Some lame applause from the audience that was obviously bored. It just had nothing going for it despite some cornball shenanigans and nice finish by Karina. Judges: 20. Overdone.

Warren & Kym (8/10)

We believe Warren is the most overrated dancer in this competition next to Cloris. He is somewhat graceful, but his physique is out of touch and awkward. Kym though, is killer and she is on par with Cheryl. And her dress this week was a designer dream. The dress was designed to dance, where some moves were done with the dress rather than with Kym’s hands. Warren looked stiff and like a trainee. He has one advantage. He is strong so when Kym wants to make a move that involves trust in her partner, she knows Warren won’t drop her. But it is a bit difficult watching Warren do a pirouette without laughing. Kym leads Warren so well that it is almost seamless. Kym had Warren dancing on her every whim. She is a classic. If you can make a fat man like Warren look good in dance, you can do anything. Judges: 25. That is kind of close, but Maurice did a better job than Warren ever could. They underscored Maurice and over-scored Warren.

Cody & Julianne (8/10)

Lots of energy, like you would expect from the youngest pair in the competition. Cody didn’t have the legwork down though. He was hopping about but Julianne was the only one dancing in parts. As they progressed, Cody loosened up and got more fun and showed in some moves he has great flexibility. There were parts that could have been great where Cody plays Julianne like a guitar, but he made such stupid faces, he lost the magic of it. Still, this is no elimination couple. Judges: 21. OK. Not good judging in comparison to others, but it keeps them in the running.

Toni & Alec (7/10)

Toni came out wearing a full gown that looked like it was worn by Marie Antoinette. It made for an elegant dance. But it made it very difficult for her to move and for us to see her move despite how loud they made the music. We don’t see elimination, but this was not up to Toni’s usual standards. Judges: 22. Pretty close.

Cloris & Corky (4/10)

Time for the joke of the competition. Should have been eliminated in week one or two. Either this is a setup for entertainment factor or she is drawing a sympathy vote. It ain’t talent. Cloris has to act up to get anything done. Trying to be funny. Every move looks like she belongs in a geriatric ward. She has fun, and we give her credit for still standing afterwards, but she doesn’t compare to the rest of the crowd. At the end her wig came off. It was awful. Judges: 16. Way too generous. Let’s cut the patronizing nonsense.

Brooke & Derek (8/10)

Brooke is elegant and the dress was stunning. Woman have a alight advantage because the professional men can really lead them. Brooke though has very nice lines and very pretty arm movement. The end had Brooke kissing her daughter for a nice heart warming touch. We liked this dance. Judges: 28. Now, we liked this a bunch. But that is way over the top. Still, we liked it and we think Brooke is earning big numbers.


Misty May-Treanor and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

9/30 Dancing With The Stars Elimination Shocker And Absurd Result

The show was entertaining, but watching it is better than reading it about it, so we won’t waste much time.

Couples that got through:

Toni & Alec

Rocco and Karina

Cody & Julianne

Brooke & Derek

Susan & Tony

Warren and Kym

Maurice and Cheryl

Lance & Lacey

Misty & Maks

Cloris & Corky

Eliminated

Kim and Mark

What can we say. Cloris makes it again. We do not know who would vote for this dancing disaster over Kim, but it doesn’t seem like anyone with any smarts would.

Kim couldn’t have won anyway, so it isn’t too sad, but Cloris should have been gone in week 1-2.

9/29 Dancing With The Stars: Performances and Prediction. Will Cloris Stay Another Week? We Hope Not!

1.      Toni & Alec (8/10)

Toni this week was untouchable in her gown.  She was the bell of the ball by so far, it was seriously unfair.  The only reason anyone would vote against her would be jealousy.  The dance was slow, provocative and sensual.   Judges score: 23.  A slight understatement by the judges, but overall, right on.

2.      Brooke and Derek (7/10)

Great outfits, but the dance was stiff.  They started getting it on in the middle, but there was little chemistry, minimal eye contact, just lots of flash.  Nice finish.  Entertaining, but not as good as Toni and Alec.  Judges score: 24, an overstatement by the judges, but close enough.

3.      Rocco & Karina (6/10)

Last week, Rocco must have cooked his special recipe for the judges to get the score he did.  It was silly. Let’s see what he can do this week.  Karina’s got the moves, but Rocco seems to be mediocre at best.  The choreography was fun with a tray of gems being served up.  Judges score: 16.  Wow, we were generous on this one.  But only by a point or two.  If Rocco survives, he will need a much better recipe next week.

4.      Lance & Lacey (8/10)

OK, we have the couple dancing to “I Kissed A Girl”.  Lance, for you, shouldn’t it be “I Kissed A Boy?”.  Lance did look great, even though the exaggerated lips on his collar looked a big corny.  Good entrance.  The job here is to exploit the fact that Lacey can dance better than anyone in the competition.  Some great moves, between the leg slides, almost SYTYCD quality choreography.   Ending kiss was corny though.  Judges: 20, these judges are way too hard on Lacey.   Won’t hurt much this week though.  If they give Cloris 24 we will just stop watching the show period.

5.      Kim & Mark (6/10)

Kim looked spectacular, but she has had continual problems with her dance having no passion.  She looks like she is just going though the motions; it just doesn’t look right.  There is absolutely no chemistry with Mark. Judges: 17.  Finally, the judges show some aptitude for dance.

6.      Misty & Maks (8/10)

Misty looked mean in the black outfit.  Almost S&M folks.  Would she lead Maks by the leash?  It started stiff.  But the athleticism kicked in and the confidence Misty has showed became evident.  There was a great flip move near the end.  If there were some whips, we would have given an extra point.  Judges: 21.  The judges praised these guys, but ranked Brooke and Derek higher?  Wow.

7.      Maurice & Cheryl (7/10)

Cheryl is incredible as a dancer.  Once she starts moving, you know you are looking at true talent.  Maurice?  Not so much.  He fakes it OK.  This was all Cheryl with Maurice along for the ride.  Judges: 19, just about right.

8.      Cloris & Corky (4/10)

Cloris wore a wig and elaborate Spanish dress to hide her figure.  Good thing.  She is so stiff and awkward.  Corky is good, but this isn’t about him.  Cloris looks like a woman that would struggle to cross the street.  It is just pathetic she is still here.  We gave her an extra point for the dress.  Judges: 15, and that was generous big time.  Risk Elimination!

9.      Susan & Tony (7/10)

Graceful at the start.  Susan fit the dress well, and was better than last week.  Still, she doesn’t excite us when we watch her.  There are no chills.  We give her one thing, there is chemistry with Tony.  Judges: 21, exactly what we thought.

10.  Warren & Kim (6/10)

Kim was over the top in her make-up.  She is so stunning, but this week looked rather Trick or Treat.  She can dance unbelievably though.  The black outfits gave the bullfighter feel.  Warren looked stiff.  Nice walk in the middle towards the front of the stage.  Warren looked like a fat ballerina for most of the rest.  Even Kim couldn’t save it.  Not good, but Kim, fantastic.  Judges: 24, idiotic.  Warren must have threatened or bribed them.  The fact the judges gave them the highest score of the night was complete comedy.

11.  Cody & Julianne (9/10)

Smooth start, nice moves.  Julianne has the body for the short dress she was wearing and Cody looked like he fit with her.  The chemistry and timing were there.  They were our favorite of the night.  Judges: 21.  You would rate Warren Sapp above this dance?  Wow.  We hope the judges have a chance to study dance before this gets too far along.  We would hate to see them ruin the competition with their inconsistency.