Nicki Minaj Attends ‘The Other Woman’ Premiere

Nicki Minaj stepped out to the premiere of The Other Woman at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood on Monday. The rapper-turned-actress flaunted her curves in a cream form-fitting Alexander McQueen gown as she posed with her co-stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton.

Nicki makes her big screen acting debut as Diaz’s opinionated assistant Lydia in the romantic comedy, which hits theaters on April 25.

She changed into a Jean Paul Gaultier outfit while attending the after-party with some of her best friends from LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

On Tuesday morning, Nicki sat down with “GMA” to discuss her preparation for the role. “I was so nervous,” she admitted. “I felt a lot of pressure ’cause I am sitting this close to Cameron Diaz and I know if I don’t get my lines right, she has to do her lines over. That pressure was scary.”

As part of her overhauled look, she has done away with the wigs and is rocking her natural black hair. “Before my first album even came out, I said on my third album, I would wear my natural hair,” said Nicki. “I did the wigs, I did the colors, I did the heavy makeup and all that stuff, and now I guess I’m more confident in myself.”

She plans to do more acting, but she’s taking it slow. “I’m taking baby steps and I’ma keep on taking baby steps.”


Feature: Alex Clare – Too Close


“Too Close” is a song by British singer-songwriter Alex Clare. The track was first released in the United Kingdom on 15 April 2011 as the second single from Clare’s debut studio album, The Lateness of the Hour (2011). The track was written by Alex Clare and Jim Duguid and produced by Diplo and Switch, with co-production from Ariel Rechtshaid and Mike Spencer. Musically, “Too Close” is a dubstep song with breakbeat and soul influences. Lyrically, the song describes the protagonist who is not ready for a committed relationship and he must end things with his love interest in good terms.

Ezee Knowledge Bank – Dandruff

Dandruff is a very common skin condition that nearly all people experience at one point in their lives regardless of age or ethnicity. It affects not just the scalp, but also the ears, eyebrows, sides of the nose, beard, and less commonly the central (often hair-bearing) part of the chest. Dandruff can affect any hair-bearing area or an area with even very small hair follicles. Other names for dandruff are seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea.

Dandruff is seen in all ages from babies to the elderly. In infancy, scalp dandruff is commonly known as “cradle cap.” In the teen years it has been called “druff” for short. Some people are simply more prone to dandruff, and others experience periodic clearing cycles and periodic flare-ups of the condition. Many furry pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and hamsters also have dandruff.

Dandruff typically looks like dry, fine flaky skin on the scalp with areas of pink or red inflamed skin. Many individuals have no scalp symptoms but simply complain of white flakes on their shoulders, particularly noticeable on dark clothing. More advanced cases may cause intense itching, burning, and unstoppable scratching.

Some people are more prone to dandruff, and dandruff tends to be a chronic or recurrent disorder with periodic ups and downs. Although it is not curable, it is generally quite easily controlled with proper skin and hair hygiene. In babies, cradle cap usually clears after a few months. It may recur later in life as typical dandruff. For some, dandruff may worsen with time. Although it may occur for a short period, dandruff tends to recur throughout a person’ s life or last a lifetime.

Severe dandruff may be a very difficult and frustrating condition. An ongoing combination treatment of multiple shampoos, washes, and creams and lotions may be required to treat resistant cases. Overall, dandruff treatments are very safe and effective. The best shampoo choices include antifungal shampoos such as ketoconazole (Nizoral).

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Chris Brown’s Trial Delayed, Bodyguard Convicted of Assault

brown-geragosChris Brown’s bodyguard has been found guilty of assault following a two-day trial.

On Monday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn convicted Christopher Hollosy of a single count of misdemeanor assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25.

Brown’s trial has been delayed while prosecutors decide whether to grant immunity to Hollosy so that he could testify in Brown’s trial.

Both men were arrested in October after 20-year-old Parker Adams said Brown and Hollosy punched him outside the W Hotel after he allegedly tried to get on Brown’s tour bus.

Brown will receive probation in D.C. if found guilty. The verdict will also affect whether the singer will remain jailed in California, where he is on probation for beating Rihanna.

“I don’t think that there’s any doubt Chris Brown is not guilty,” Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos told reporters.

Geragos expects Brown’s trial to last no more than two days.


TECH 5 for April 18, 2014 – Mosquitoes Threaten Our Health

ben-harrisonGood afternoon and welcome to another Tech 5 program and a five minute trip into the amazing world of technology. This is Ben Harrison.

The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), founded in 1902, is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It works with its member countries to improve the health and the quality of life of the people of the Americas, and it also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. Last week, PAHO warned that about 50 percent of people living in the Americas, including the Caribbean, are at risk of one or more diseases carried by insects. It stated that these insects include mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors which carry diseases such as the West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. Chick-un-gun-ya

In a “call to action” for World Health Day on April 7th , top health experts from North and South America and the Caribbean urged greater efforts by governments, communities and individuals to control the spread of these and other vector-borne diseases.

PAHO director Dr Carissa F. Etienne said “Our region has achieved many successes in controlling vector-borne diseases, however, this success is being threatened by the expansion of mosquitoes and other vectors into new habitats and by the emergence of insecticide and drug resistance”. PAHO and its partners are calling for “stepped-up” action in the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas.

Chikungunya, Chick-un-gun-ya is a mosquito-borne viral disease , carried mainly by mosquitoes and causes a dengue-like sickness. It first appeared in Tanzania in the 1950s and is the most recent vector-borne disease to establish itself in the Americas. In December of last year, two cases of locally acquired chikungunya were reported on the island of St Maarten health. Health authorities on both sides of the island of St. Martin were cooperating closely in response to the cases and have enhanced epidemiological surveillance, carried out measures to control mosquito breeding sites and are advising people on how to protect themselves.

There is currently no evidence of cases on the Dutch side of the island, or in other parts of the Caribbean. By the end of March 2014, more than 3,000 cases had been confirmed in 10 Caribbean countries and just last week, St. Lucia recorded its first case.

Ministry of Health epidemiologists in the, said, “We do not want to create any panic. It is because of our efforts with respect to strengthening the surveillance that we are now able to detect much more quickly, not only chikungunya but dengue, leptospirosis and some of the other diseases that have similar symptoms,”

Symptoms include a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea, and rash. Joint pain and stiffness are more common with chikungunya than with dengue. The symptoms appear between four to seven days after the bite of an infected mosquito. The majority of clinical signs and symptoms last three to 10 days, but joint pain may persist longer. Severe cases requiring hospitalization are rare. As of this date, there is no vaccine or treatment for chikungunya, which has infected millions of people in Africa and Asia since was first recorded in 1952.

While there were 81 laboratory-confirmed cases, more than 500 suspected cases are also being dealt with. The message with respect to controlling dengue fever it’s the same control measures Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. These mosquitoes usually live between the latitudes of 35° North and 35° South below an elevation of 3,300 ft. While they typically bite during the day, particularly in the early morning and in the evening,they are able to bite and spread infection at any time of day throughout the year.

Humans are the primary host of the virus,and an infection can be acquired via a single bite. A female mosquito that takes a blood meal from a person infected with dengue fever, during the initial 2–10 day febrile period, becomes itself infected with the virus. About 8–10 days later, the virus spreads to other tissues including the mosquito’s salivary glands and is subsequently released into its saliva. The virus seems to have no detrimental effect on the mosquito, which remains infected for life.It prefers to lay its eggs in artificial water containers, to live in close proximity to humans, and to feed on people rather than other vertebrates.

We all can help control the mosquito population, by emptying or covering any water-filled containers, including used tyres. Use insect repellant in moderation and wear long sleeved shirts and pants when working in areas where there are mosquitoes.


Feature: Lana Del Rey – Dark Paradise

lana-del-rey-dark-paradiseDark Paradise” is a song by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, taken from her second studio album, Born to Die (2012). It was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels, with production handled by the latter and Emile Haynie. The song was released as a single on March 1, 2013 through Interscope Records, serving as the album’s fifth offering in Austria and Germany, and the sixth single in Switzerland.

Listen the song below


TECH 5 for April 17, 2014 – Tropical Storm Forecasting

ben-harrisonGood afternoon and welcome to another Tech 5 program and a five minute trip into the amazing world of technology. This is Ben Harrison.

The June 1 start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season may seem a long way off, but respected forecasters Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) have focused on the likely weather conditions and have already revised their long-range forecast issued in December, 2013.

The good news is that Dr Adam Lea and his team at the Department of Space and Climate Physics at University College London are predicting a relatively mild hurricane season this year. TSR has lowered its forecast for North Atlantic and US hurricane activity in 2014.

The not-so-good-news is that TSR’s April forecast for 2013, along with those of virtually every other recognized forecaster, predicted above-average activity for a season that thankfully did not happen.
As Dr Lea pointed out, it should be stressed that extended range forecasts are uncertain at this early stage.

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Miley Cyrus’ Hospitalization Caused by Sinus Infection

Miley7There’s more intel about Miley Cyrus‘ hospitalization and condition.

Apparently the singer is a victim of a really bad sinus infection and a severe allergic reaction to medication prescribed to treat that issue.

Cyrus, who canceled a second Bangerz Tour date, shared a hospital bed selfie, looking like she doesn’t feel that great, too.

Cyrus’ team told TMZ that she got a prescription for cephalexin, an antibioitic, to treat a sinus infection. She was diagnosed in North Carolina and canceled a show in the state due to being under the weather.

Within days of taking the meds, her throat became so swollen that the singer could hardy speak. That lead to her hospitalization on Tuesday night (April 15), where her doctors diagnosed her with an extreme reaction to the drug. She had never taken the medication before, so she had no ideas she was allergic and this is how she found out. It could take almost a month before she fully recovers from this allergic reaction. Yikes.

The doctors are keeping her under their care until she improves.

There were rumors she was worn down due to her grief over the death of her pooch, Floyd, during the tour.

Meanwhile, the singer shared a bed selfie in the hospital with her fans, captioning it as such: “over the hospital I miss #bangerztour #5amhospyselfie so sleeeeepy #medztime #wishicouldcuddlefloyd #whojinxedme.” Notice she mentioned her poor pup Floyd, which is weight on her mind.

Feel better, Miley!



Lorde Meets George Brett, the Inspiration Behind ‘Royals’

lordeLorde has finally met George Brett, the man who inspired her hit song ‘Royals.’ 

The 17-year-old New Zealand singer penned the tune after seeing an old picture of Kansas City Royals baseball player George Brett in a copy of National Geographic magazine. In the photo, Brett — clad in his baseball uniform, of course — is being mobbed by fans, all eager to get his autograph on the baseballs they are holding in their hands.

After ‘Royals’ came out, Lorde explained just how the photo inspired her to write the song (quote via Deadspin):

“[I] had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” she said. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’”

“It was just that word,” she continued. “It’s really cool.”

Of course, the ultimate irony of the song is that Lorde sings that she and her friends “will never be royals,” but of course, it is now her, who is frequently sought after and has mobs of fans just waiting for her autograph.

Lorde and Brett have tried to meet before, but the timing never worked out. However, now the duo have finally been united, and the MLB has the picture to prove it:



Taylor Swift Gives Inside Look at Fan Bridal Shower Surprise

Taylor-Swift-GenaA while back Taylor Swift surprised one of her fans, when she flew out to Ohio and showed up at the “Swiftie’s” bridal shower. Gena, the bride-to-be, documented the entire event on Instagram for everyone to see, but Taylor recorded the whole thing on video — including the special surprise moment.

Watch Taylor Swift’s adorable bridal shower surprise below

The video starts out with a close-up selfie of the ‘Red’ singer setting up the scene for us: Gena had been coming to Taylor’s shows for years, and while Taylor couldn’t make the wedding, she was going to go to the bridal shower, her first ever! She even made the happy couple some gifts and baked cookies for the occasion. Oh, and the best part? Not one person at the bridal shower knew that Taylor was coming.

Taylor kept the camera on as she rode from the airport to the venue, where she walked in completely unbeknownst to Gena. When Gena saw Taylor approach, she looked totally shocked at first — but then quickly wrapped her in a huge hug. So sweet!

While the guests were a little taken aback as soon as Taylor entered the room (the gasps were audible), the shock soon wore off and Taylor mingled with the partygoers effortlessly, even hugging the groom and joking around with all of the bridesmaids, and, of course, with Gena. (The two later reenact her reaction to first seeing Taylor.)