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Tanisha "Starr" Davis is known for her Creative Writing, Poetry, Celebrity Interviews & more! She is also the Creator of the Blog known as Starrdom100 & is the Radio Host for Starrdom100 Blog Talk Radio Show. She is now a journalist for Sheen Magazine and her work has been featured in Sheen Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, The Queen Dynasty & more. She inspires others daily to believe in themselves & push to reach their goals!

Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Found Guilty of Copying Christian Rap Song

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Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a jury found on Monday.

via ABC:

Monday’s decision returned by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors first sued alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.

The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement.

Gray’s attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.”

“Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.

Perry’s attorneys argued that the song sections in question represent the kind of simple musical elements that if found to be subject to copyright would hurt music and all songwriters.

“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said during closing arguments Thursday.

Perry and the song’s co-authors, including her producer Dr. Luke, testified during the seven-day trial that none of them had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music.

Gray’s attorneys had only to demonstrate, however, that “Joyful Noise” had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors, and provide as evidence that it had millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and that the album it’s included on was nominated for a Grammy.

“They’re trying to shove Mr. Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Michael A. Kahn during closing arguments, when he also pointed out that Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist.

The 34-year-old pop superstar and “American Idol” judge brought laughs to the proceedings when she testified during its second day, and her lawyers were having technical troubles getting “Dark Horse” to play in the courtroom.

“I could perform it live,” Perry said.

No performance was necessary after the audio issues were fixed. Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments this week.

Perry was not present for the reading of the verdict Monday afternoon.

Listen to the similarities in both songs below.

Tisha Campbell’s Ex-Husband Duane Martin Claims She’s Mentally Unstable

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Tisha Campbell and Duane Martin’s divorce is looking really bad!

Earlier in their proceedings, she accused Duane of stealing — and now he says she’s only accusing him because she’s having mental breakdowns.

via TMZ:

Tisha’s ex also claims she’s not herself anymore and says she’s been “fabricating stories that clearly are untrue.” Duane also claims she’s been “raging” against others.

According to the docs, Duane’s legal team had to take breaks during Tisha’s deposition because she was unable to control her emotions.

A source close to Tisha calls the new allegations “nonsense” and a continuation of the “gaslighting” he did to her throughout their marriage. We’re also told Tisha’s working on a new sitcom set to debut in the fall, plus a couple of high-profile reality shows.”

 

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(MUSIC VIDEO) Grammy and NAACP Image Award Nominated Recording Artist RAHEEM DEVAUGHN Delivers That “JUST RIGHT” Type Of Love In New Video!

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Nothing feels better than finding yourself wrapped up in the right amount of love!

The visual for “Just Right” is written by Raheem Devaughn featuring the talented Singer/Actress V. Bozeman (Empire), directed by Chris Scholar from a storyline envisioned by DeVaughn. It’s the visual accompaniment to DeVaughn’s top 20 Billboard R&B Songs hit and first single from his seventh studio album, The Love Reunion (SRG/DMG/Universal Music Group). The DeVaughn-penned track was produced by Tim Kelley, formerly of the production duo Tim & Bob (Boyz II Men, TLC).

This is an infectious anthem composed to celebrate not only women of black and brown color but all women globally,” mentions Raheem. “Hands down, I predict it will be one of the urban wedding songs of the decade,” he adds. The single is lifted from Raheem‘s recently released seventh studio album, “The Love Reunion“, available on all streaming and download platforms now via the SRC/DMG label imprint.

Via Billboard:

“DeVaughn is concurrently developing various film and television projects and helming his LoveLife Foundation, which helps women and men in domestic abuse situations as well as people living with HIV/AIDS. He’s also writing and producing several songs for Bozeman’s own upcoming album from SRG. Her first single is expected in September.“V. Bozeman is a phenomenal talent that the world needs to hear,” says DeVaughn. “It’s an honor to be involved both creatively and musically in her soon-to-be-released project.”

Check out the Video Below!

 

In the midst of his now decade-long steady climb to international R&B notoriety and prominence, he’s been the singers’ singer, a consummate ladies’ man, the fellas’ fella and the “go-to” modern-day R&B/soul crooner with sensibilities simultaneously grounded in the past and the present. Indeed, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN has been many things to contemporary music culture and his ever-expanding core audience, for which he’s amassed a combination of prestigious award honors/nominations and multiple chart-topping releases.

“There’s a lot of talk about ‘King of R&B’ and ‘King of Soul,” but I’ve got enough music for the next ten years,” says the three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. “I literally have enough music for the decade to release. If I stopped recording now and said I wouldn’t record for five years, I’ve got enough music for ten. So I can’t wait, because I’m just warming up.”

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In the meantime, look for RAHEEM DEVAUGHN to continue to scintillate, titillate and seduce with his most-authentic soul stylings amidst this intoxicating, mood-altering collection of songs he’s poured his heart and soul into. “This album right here is hand-crafted to impregnate the world…bring people together. I’m here to be one of the greatest of my generation. And that’s not based on album sales and hype, or what reality show I’m on. It’s purely based on the music, based on the culture…and based on style and grace. I’m growing up not only musically, but personally. It’s kind of like the story of the phoenix rising…I’m coming out of the fire.”

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CONNECT WITH RAHEEM DEVAUGHN:
Twitter: @Raheem_Devaughn
Instagram: @Raheem_Devaughn
Facebook: /RaheemDevaughn

 

Starrdom100 Exclusive: Raheem DeVaughn Talks New Album, His Definition of Love & Thoughts on Today’s R&B Music

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Three-time Grammy Nominated Recording Artist RAHEEMDEVAUGHN Releases Seventh Studio Album, “THE LOVE REUNION”

(New York, NY), Three-time Grammy Nominated and 2019 NAACP Outstanding Male Artist nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, actor and last but not least,  philanthropic-pioneer, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN released his seventh studio album, “The Love Reunion“. The anticipated album released on June 28th, 2019, via the SRG/DMG label imprint.

The Love Reunion” is led by the already Top 15 Billboard Chart hit single, “Just Right” (Testify), written by Raheem DeVaughn and produced by Tim Kelley (one half of the multi-award-winning producers, Tim & Bob). “Just Right is an infectious anthem composed to celebrate not only women of black and brown color but all women globally,” mentions Raheem.

Although this is album number seven that we’re calling The Love Reunion,” says RAHEEM of his surprise second release in eight months, “it’s a part-two to Decade of a Love King, which just came out in October. I never stop making music; I’m still working on finding new ways to use my instrument, so the best way to do that is to stay in the studio…that’s my refuge, my therapy, and my sanity. [So] this Decade of a Love King trilogy has a lot of different tones and variations in it. When people go through albums six, seven, eight, and maybe nine and ten, they’re gonna be like `Wow, he gave us some real hardcore, new millennial R&B!’”

(AUDIO LINK): “JUST RIGHT” (TESTIFY) by RAHEEMDEVAUGHN

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During our recent interview with the talented singer, he shared some thoughts on the new album, expressed his definition of love and spoke on today’s R&B music scene.

Why is this album so special to you?

It’s my seventh album. My first album came out actually on June 28th and fast forward through the energy of the universe, my seventh album released on the same day in 2019. This album, in my opinion, is one of my best bodies of work to date. I am better vocally, I am better at writing. I have found the Raheem Devaughn sound.

What are your thoughts about the style of R&B music being produced today compared to the 90s and early 00’s?

I love lots of the new generation that is making music and that are being successful with it, but to me, there is nothing like that good ole 90’s R&B vibe. I love to still be able to deliver that quality music for my fans that have been with me from the beginning and my new fans just learning about the Raheem Devaughn sound.

How do you define love?

Love is understanding, compassion and making sure you look out for one another.

                                     What upcoming events do you have? Any tours?
There is a tour in the works that it’s still early to discuss, but I promise you it will be one for the books. It’s being planned for this fall/winter.

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Keep up with Grammy Nominated Recording Artist Raheem DeVaughn on Social Media!

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Learn the skills it takes to pitch yourself to media outlets! During this session, I am going to teach you exactly what journalists like myself are looking to see in those emails. I am even going to give you the tools to create better pitches! I have been in the industry now for 5 years and I have worked for multiple magazines and major platforms so feel free to come with your questions & let’s get you some real results!

Serving as a Journalist in media to multiple magazines and others, I have seen it all when it comes to the emails that I receive daily. What I have discovered is that not everyone including some of your most known in Public Relations know exactly the best letter to create that will help get their clients exposure!

During my upcoming webinar, I am going to give you all the goodies to help you learn how to pitch!

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Fight Breaks Out On Set of New Mob Series, ‘Silent Partners’

A tip was received that actors Paul Mormando and Ciro Dapagio got into a shoving match on the set of the new Mob series Silent Partners. During a shoot of Silent Partners actor and director, Ciro Dapagio was doing a sparring session with Action Star Paul Mormando when things got so physical that the two started pushing and shoving after a take. Another actor Garry Pastore (star of  HBO’s The Duece) had to step in. Eventually, things cooled down and the scene was finally shot.”

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Internationally recognized and renowned martial artists Action star Paul Mormando has been cast as Benny Blades in SILENT PARTNERS, an exciting new series based on real-life mafia boss Dave Iacovetti. Mormando, a Brooklyn native and renowned action star, will portray the heavy-hitting street enforcer for the Gambino crime family, offering ample opportunity for the skilled martial artist to showcase his well-rounded and distinctive set of fighting skills.

Set in 1980’s South Florida, SILENT PARTNERS tells the unbelievable and compelling true story of Good E-Boy Insurance, which served as a front for a Mob-run operation, and how the business went rogue when it partnered with an outlaw mafia member, who just so just happened to be Cosa Nostra royalty and a member of the Sicilian Mafia.

SILENT PARTNERS began shooting on location in Miami at the end of May and the powerful series also stars Garry Pastore (The Deuce) as Dave Iacovetti and Joseph Donofrio (A Bronx Tale) as Dave Jr. Ronnie Marmo (General Hospital), James Russo (Django Unchained, Donnie Brasco) and Antoni Corone (We Own the Night) round out the ensemble.

Paul Mormando is more accustomed to playing the hero in his projects. However, he welcomes the challenge and intrigue that comes with taking on a role that is far darker than what he’s used to, in portraying a real-life gangster. Mormando says “I am really excited to expand my acting range and take on a role that is not the norm for me, especially to be surrounded by such a great ensemble cast.”

Creator Ciro Dapagio managed to catch the eye of well-respected showrunner Pat Andrew, a former executive of Spelling Entertainment. Andrew partnered with Dapagio coming hot off the success of his YouTube web series The MobKing, which won Best New Web Series and Best Lead Actor at the Annual Widescreen Festival in 2018.  Dapagio, himself, is a unique figure in the entertainment industry, as a former member of organized crime in Florida who, then transitioned into life as a writer and actor after being released from prison. Dapagio’s experience helps to lend SILENT PARTNERS a distinct sense of authenticity. The show is currently being shopped and hopes to air late 2019.  Paul Mormando is represented by Mike Quinn of Silverstone Entertainment USA.

It looks like these two might need to come together so they can get things accomplished!

 

Tip: Google News “Domenick Nati

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She ‘Had an Unhealthy Relationship to Porn’ [Video]

Jada Pinkett Smith says she was addicted to porn in a new episode of Red Table Talk.

via Complex:

“I wasn’t in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness,” Pinkett Smith said to her co-hosts, daughter, Willow Smith, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones.

Pinkett Smith continued, “I actually feel like I was using ‘addiction’ a little lightly. And maybe I’ll say now that I had an unhealthy relationship to porn at one point in my life where I was trying to practice abstinence.”

The actress has been married to Will Smith for almost 22 years, and said she ended up using porn because she felt an “emptiness,” adding that porn gave her “false expectations” when connecting with partners.

In the 23-minute episode, Pinkett Smith, Willow, and Banfield-Jones talked about the shame surrounding the enjoyment of porn, but how an addiction to porn can negatively impact a person’s career and personal relationships.

Watch the full episode below.