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Lisa Marie Presley broke down in tears when she heard her duet performance with her father, rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis.”We had two hours to lay down my vocals,” she told Spinner.com on Tuesday about recording the song “In the Ghetto” to honor the 30th anniversary of Elvis’s death. “So the next morning, I heard the rough … and … I’ve never cried when I’ve done anything … ever … but I just lost it when I heard it.”

The song is the original version of Elvis’s hit from 1969 with Lisa Marie’s voice added in. There are also images of her father in the video, the AP reports.

“People have been asking me to do another duet with him forever, but I had to do my own thing before I went back there,” Presley, 39, told USA Today. “So I was ready. I just had to figure out what would be right. And suddenly it came to me, all at the eleventh hour.”

She did a similar project for the 20th anniversary of her father’s death, but “Don’t Cry Daddy” was never released commercially.

“In the Ghetto” will be available on iTunes and proceeds from sales will go to the New Orleans branch of Presley Place, a transitional housing facility for homeless families that is in the process of being set up.

“I do think this idea would mean a lot to him,” Presley told USA Today. “Singing this particular duet with him was more emotional for me than anything I’d done before. I wanted to focus on something important, and not just do something silly.”

She said New Orleans was an obvious choice for her after she saw the aftermath of Katrina. “It was hotter than hell, and the place was like a ghost town,” she told the newspaper. “The place is still utterly devastated. I felt like, ‘Well, I guess I’m here for a reason.’ ”

Presley is married to guitarist and music producer Michael Lockwood. The couple have two children together, Riley, 18, who was the maid of honor, and Benjamin, 14, who was a groomsman.

In another musical blast from the past, this week the Osmond Brothers, joined by siblings Donny, Marie and Jimmy, taped a 50th anniversary reunion show that PBS will broadcast next year, the AP reports. Its title will be Still.

“I don’t think they’ve been honored or the accolades haven’t been what they should be,” Marie Osmond, 47, said of brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond, who began as the Osmond Brothers barbershop quartet in 1957.

“We think it could be that in the ’70s it was drugs, sex and alcohol, and they were clean cut,” Marie further observed. “They were God-fearing moral men.”

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Because Hallmark doesn’t make a “Sorry I dry humped an underage girl on stage” card,  Hip-Hop singer Akon is releasing a video to his hit and unoffically released single Sorry (Blame it on Me).

As videos go it’s actually rather good. The lyrics however give new meaning to the word martyr.

Her daddy should never let her out that young
I’m sorry for Club Zen getting shut down
I hope they manage better next time around
How was I to know she was underage
In a 21 and older club they say
Why doesn’t anybody wanna take blame

So your taking the blame because no one wants to take the blame for something you did?

Ok…..

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This Makes Me Sad

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I could have posted a thousand jokes about this mess but I just can’t. In my teen years I had The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on constant rotation. She was beatiful and talented. I could relate to her more than any performer out there.

So it pains me to see her looking like the long lost daughter of Raggedy Ann and Ronald McDonald

Hey, I had to get one joke in there. I’m not a saint.

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Last week I read an entry on a gossip site called Mollygood. The post was about former Destiney’s Child member Kelly Rowland. Rowland told Essence magazine that as a young girl she wished she had lighter skin. 

“It’s said that brown-skinned girls don’t sell magazines and that’s so sad,” the sexy songbird tells next month’s Essence. “I remember wishing I was more fair-skinned, but Tina Knowles, Beyoncé’s mom, would say, ‘Don’t you know how beautiful you are?’ She made me come into my brown beauty. I didn’t get it, but now I do. I am chocolate and beautiful and loving it.”

The writer of the website made this comment in response to Kelly’s remarks:

 “I suppose this new found sense of self extends as far as that feathered hairdo, on which Rowland spent a lot of time and money in order to make it look white.”

As a black woman that colors her hair, perms it, gets weaves and braids and everything in between, I’ve had it up to here with the “looking white” comments. White women everyday get weaves (they call them “extensions”) and yet no one puts a negative connotation on to it. Why is it ok for white women to try different hair styles but if you’re black, African American, or any person of color, you’re “looking white?” The comment to me sounded rather back handed and narrow minded. 

When I was growning up I thought that perming your hair was “trying to look white.” I was under the impression that to be a “real” black person I had to wear braids in my hair or leave my hair out in its natural state. It wasn’t till I took a senior seminar on beauty culture in college that I learned that every culture ( black, white, asian…) has issues with fiting the accepted image of beauty. It’s not just a black thing, every one deals with the same issues Kelly addressed in her interivew.  

I’m just too through with all the labels. With people mocking each other for looking white or acting white or not being black enough. It’s a sickness.

So I’m posting a video from India.Arie. It’s called “I Am Not My Hair.”  This is the best response to all this drama over hair, skin, and labels.

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