On Monday night, May 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, VH1 will be proud to present the television premiere of a brand new documentary film, 50 Cent: The Origin of Me. In the film, 50 Cent and a team of filmmakers take a trek from his hometown of New York City all the way down to the rural, small town of Edgefield, South Carolina, to explore 50′s ancestral heritage. In a story published on VanityFair.com, writer David Kamp posed a question to 50 that, at its heart, is integral in helping all of us understand the culture of violence that permeates our society: “Could it be possible that Edgefield?s violent code of honor had hopped cultural and geographical boundaries?first from masters to slaves, and then from southern freedmen to northern gangstas?”
This question, it seems, infuriated 50 so much that he asked for the cameras to be turned off, but not before replying, “I don?t necessarily see a connection between stuff that happened 200 years ago in Edgefield and stuff that happened to me on the south side of Jamaica, Queens. Some people just choose to be bad.”
You Oughta Know artist Christina Perri stopped by our offices here at 1515 Broadway in the heart of New York City on Wednesday for a guest appearance on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live. We’ve been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time with Christina over the last year and some change, ranging from her awesome Live At VH1 performance last October to the frequent missives she’s been shooting our way as this month’s Posted artist. This time around, though, we grabbed a few minutes with her to ask her about her humble, pre-SYTYCD beginnings, what she learned by going on tour with James Blunt, and what songs she thinks are going to be this summer’s monster jams. Enjoy!
We’re not even two weeks into the run of Big Morning Buzz Live and already we’ve talked to some amazing people: The Mortal Instruments star Lily Collins, Parks & Recreation’s Nick Offerman, and now, everyone’s favorite Glee club leader, Matthew Morrison! After he spoke to our own Carrie Keagan on-air, we managed to steal a few minutes of his time, during which we peppered him with questions about what’s going to happen when William McKinley High students like Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) start graduating (“The only thing I hope is that I don’t end up being like Mr. Belding on Saved By The Bell“) and his eponymous new album (“The best part of the experience for me was working with Sting, Gwyneth [Paltrow] and Elton [John]‘). Gleeks, these two interviews are for you!
Sad news to pass along on this gloomy Monday morning. TMZ is reporting that M-Bone —one of the members of Cali Swag District— the band that taught us all how to Dougie, was killed in Los Angeles last night. According to law enforcement officials, M-Bone (real name: Montae Talbert) was standing in front of his car outside of a liquor store when he was gunned down during what appears to be a drive-by shooting. Cali Swag District leader C-Smoove tweeted a few hours ago, “Ma life changed drastically in the. Blink of an eye rip mbone.” He was 22 years old.
On Monday, we introduced you to our brand new Posted artist, Miss Christina Perri. And, what do you know, she’s already chiming in with a special message for you, her fans, direct from the road, where she’s opening up for James Blunt.
So, without any further ado, we’re going to turn the floor over to Christina. Take it away!
hi vh1 readers!
welcome to my first Posted artist blog :) it’s good timing too ’cause im doing a million things a day + have a lot to share!!!!!
What a whirlwind couple of days it’s been! We arrived in historic downtown Las Vegas late Wednesday afternoon for the O Music Awards and now, less than 48 hours later, it’s already time to leave. Boo!
Before we go, we thought we’d share a few snaps from last night’s festivities, in case you missed it. Some were taken by our friends at Getty Images, but we were also able to whip out our handy iPhone 4 to grab a few moments that the professional photographers didn’t catch. Like, for example, when we won $19 on slots! (Clearly, a personal highlight, but one we couldn’t resist sharing.)
One last thing: We managed to scoot away from our laptop in the press room JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME to catch this moment, which was pretty awesome (but not quite as awesome as when we met Rebecca Black). Hope you enjoyed our coverage!
However, our personal highlight of the evening was when we were able to steal a few minutes of internet superstar Rebecca Black’s time, just moments after this evening’s extravaganza wrapped. We only had a few minutes with her and, in the interest of expediency, we uploaded our shaky, iPhone-shot interview with her straight to Vimeo. We pressed her on a few things, like whether or not she’s really going to record “LOL” as her next single and if the 13 year-old is going to hit the slot machines while she’s here in Vegas, but our highlight of the 2-minute interview was when we asked her if she was nervous before the cameras turned on tonight. “I don’t get nervous,” she replied with the kind of brazen confidence that comes after your video has been streamed 120 million times in six weeks. “I don’t see the point in it.” Swag!
Tonight, in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the first ever O Music Awards are going down! Looking for a complete list of winners? Look no further! We’ll be updating this list all night long as the winners are announced, so keep hitting refresh ’til your heart’s content and things will make themselves clear. Remember, knowing is half the battle!
As we observe Chiddy shout-out everyone from Chris Bosh to Elton John —we’re still waiting for him to comment on tomorrow’s Royal Wedding!— it’s time to hand out the latest O Music Award, this time for the Fan Army FTW. Big ups to MJJ Community, one of the world’s foremost Michael Jackson fansites, for their victory!