Comedian, Joan Rivers Dies At Age 81

Joan_ Rivers_Health_ScareJoan Rivers, the pioneering comedian known for her acerbic wit, classic put-downs and for asking “Can we talk?,” died on Thursday at the age of 81 in a New York hospital, a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure.

Melissa Rivers, the comedian’s only child, said her mother died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at 1:17 p.m. EDT (1717 GMT).

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon,” Melissa Rivers added in a statement.

There were no immediate details about a funeral or memorial service.

Rivers was the second leading American comedian to die in less than a month. Groundbreaking comedy star and actor Robin Williams, 63, hanged himself on August 13 in California.

As news of her death spread, photographers, reporters and television crews gathered outside the hospital where Rivers died, and fans placed bouquets of flowers at the entrance to her apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The Brooklyn-born comedian, who once described herself as “the plastic surgery poster girl” and often joked about her numerous cosmetic enhancements, suffered cardiac arrest during a procedure on her vocal cords at a Manhattan clinic on August 28. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was put on life support.

A spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s Office in New York said that it was investigating the cause and manner of Rivers’s death on Thursday. She did not specify when the autopsy on Rivers would take place and when results would be released.

Friends and fellow comedians on Thursday expressed their grief and sadness and praised Rivers.

“No one loved life, laughter, and a good time more than Joan. We would have dinner and laugh and gossip and I always left the table smiling,” said journalist Barbara Walters.

“She was a brassy, often outrageous, and hilarious performer,” she added in a statement.

Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu, expressed his condolences to Rivers’s family and said she would be deeply missed.

“Joan Rivers brought laughter to millions around the world and was proud of her Jewish heritage and a vocal supporter of the State of Israel,” he said in a statement.

The New York State Department of Health also said, on Thursday, that it was investigating the comedian’s death. A telephone message seeking comment from the clinic where Rivers was treated was not immediately returned.

Earlier this week, a representative for Rivers said media reports that her family was planning to sue the clinic were not true.

Among others praising and remembering Rivers was actress, Liza Minnelli, who described her as a dear friend.

“I will always remember the laughter and friendship she brought into my life,” she said in a posting on Facebook.

Comedian, Louis C.K., praised Rivers’s talent and genius. “I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt,” he said in a statement.

Property mogul, Donald Trump, who hosted the reality TV competition show “The Apprentice,” which Rivers won in 2009, described her as “an amazing woman and a great friend.”

“Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed,” he added on Twitter.

Joan Alexandra Molinsky was born on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn and grew up there and in a nearby town, the daughter of a doctor and a housewife. The Barnard College graduate began pursuing an entertainment career with the last name Rivers, which she borrowed from her agent.

Her lengthy career included stand-up comedy, television, writing and an Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, “The Joan Rivers Show.” But she originally wanted to be an actress.

She got into comedy after writing sketches for television’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” A career in stand-up followed. She later worked as a regular guest host for Johnny Carson on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

When she started her own late-night talk show in 1986, on the rival Fox network, it caused a falling-out with Carson that lasted until he died in 2005. Rivers’s show was canceled after seven months due to low ratings.

A few months later, her husband and manager, Edgar Rosenberg, committed suicide and Rivers fell into depression.

Later in her career, Rivers and her daughter starred in the reality TV show “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”, with Rivers living with her grown child.

Most recently, Rivers was the host of cable television channel E!’s “Fashion Police,” commenting on the unfortunate red carpet choices of Hollywood celebrities.

Actress, Anna Kendrick, a target of the comedian’s barbed comments, said she will be truly missed.

“RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome,” she tweeted.

Nigeria Is Home Once Again – Jide Chord

Jide ChordUK based Nigerian Juju Musician, Jide Akinwunmi popularly known as Jide Chord has taken his music back to Nigeria.

He made this known while appearing as the ‘Guest of the Week’ on Channels Television’s Sunrise. He noted that he decided to take his trade to the United Kingdom because he felt the home turf was saturated and he had a better chance of making it abroad.

He admitted that the audience was smaller in the UK and he was aware of the risk in his decision but he was able to follow his heart because he had alternative skills like music production and entrepreneurial skills that would help him balance things out.

Jide noted that 40% of his audience were Nigerians and about 60% were other nationals. He revealed that the secret to his ability to capture a large non-Nigerian fan base could also be linked to his radio audience and his performances at Jazz events with predominantly non-Nigerian audiences.

Jide’s education and vast knowledge of the Nigerian and European cultures also contributed to his rise and ability to take his music to many countries of the world. He revealed that asides performances, he has also written and presented academic papers on African Music at tertiary institutions overseas.

He, however, revealed that his major challenge was not getting bookings but the staff that worked with him. He noted that the typical Nigerian attitude to time became a major issue as many Nigerians in UK has many career commitments and lacked the time managements skills to combine these jobs with their role as members of his band.

At what point did Jide decide to check out of Nigeria? The guitar maestro, who was trained as a journalist and also worked in banking, said that he left Nigeria to seek greener pastures in 1988.

Jide Chord, who once left home to live with renowned Nigerian Magician, the late Professor Pellar, also revealed that during his years of struggle he had once practiced Magic and shared fond memories of that part of his life.

Jide concluded by saying that he indeed found those greener pastures on his sojourn abroad but said that he was back in Nigeria because now the grass was greener in the country.

I Am Not Playing Music For Money – Uti Nwachukwu

Nigerian actor and a model, Uti Nwachukwu, has said that his latest incursion into the Nigerian music scene is in fulfillment of his passion for his first love, rather than the quest for money.

The winner of the Big Brother Africa reality show was a guest on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television on Sunday, where he spoke about some of his recent activities.

The man, who started his career as a model before hitting fame on the pan-African reality show has since delved into other areas of the entertainment business, after riding on his claim to fame to make a great career as a TV show host.

Having also enjoyed good reviews from his performances in a number of Nollywood movies, in 2013, he released a single, launching his career as a recording artiste to the surprise of many Nigerians.

Although he refused to rate himself as a musician, Uti noted that he grew up with his multiple talents, and has enjoyed the new experience because of the reaction it drew from many fans, as they were mostly shocked that he could sing.

The latest single was not his first attempt at singing and he admitted that much, adding that the previous two singles were not serious attempts; moreover, he had never been famous for his first attempts, as he reminded Ebuka that it also took him three attempts to win Big Brother Africa.

Asked to identify his weakest competence among the many known talents, Uti simply said there was none. “TV presenting is the easiest for me and acting is the most stressful.”

Uti also had some harsh words for the critics who have tagged him as fame conscious. He noted that he had no reason to allow anonymous comments affect him. He said: “My skill is to serve serious minded people, or in lay-man’s terms – people that have sense. I don’t work because I want to entertain daft or dull people.

“You have to be extremely mentally challenged to take an anonymous comment seriously. Serious people would actually come to you and I have not met any serious person that has abused me to say ‘why are you everywhere’?”

Uti also seized the opportunity to clarify the state of the relationship between him and his friend Alex Ekubo. He explained that the relationship was part of his passion for giving back to the society as they went everywhere together so he could help give Alex the exposure his talents deserved.

There had been rumours about the hidden motive of their relationship and he wondered why “many Nigerians” would complain that celebrities were not using their status to help others; and when they do, there would also be suspicion about them being involved in amorous relationships.

“In Nigeria, a lot of people feel that you cannot give someone so much without getting something back in return; which is most likely sex,” he said.

He referred to the speculations as “very ridiculous. “But it didn’t affect the relationship. We would sit back and laugh because me I know my friend, I know say him like woman well well, and he knows me as a very disciplined man but I like women.”

Uti refused to reveal his plans for 2014, but he assured his fans that a lot would be happening during the year.

Of course, Ebuka would not let him leave the studio without touching on his love life and the lady or ladies he has been linked with. That brought quite some revelation.

Enjoy the interview.

Reviewing 2013: It’s Been A Year Of Endorsements In Entertainment – Areh

The CEO of Wildflower PR, Omah Areh, has rated the Nigerian entertainment industry to have done very well during the year 2013.

Areh was a guest on the last edition of Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television for the year, where she did a review of happenings during the year.

According to her, Nigerian musicians took their acts to the next level in 2013, considering how many of them had tours in foreign countries, most especially in Europe and North America.

Citing examples like P-Square, Iyanya, Flavour, Davido and many others, she said that the most notable part of this is not that they performed abroad, but that many of their concert tickets sold out, with massive crowds coming to watch them.

She also noted that the industry is now taken more seriously by Corporate Nigeria, as brands are appreciating the fact that there are a lot of things to be part of in the industry.

With telecom companies leading the pack, she commended the involvement of many local businesses in the industry; she said “It was a year of endorsements”. Afeez Oyetoro, popularly called Saka and his highly celebrated switch between two giant telecom brands was cited as example of the fact that brands have really taken the industry serious.

She added that at a point it looked like there were no more artistes without an endorsement deal. The artistes are now seen as brands themselves and companies are happy to identify with them as ambassadors.

She noted that the implication of this development is that more of these artistes now have better funds to invest in their careers and this has added to the quality of work being churned out from Nigeria.

“There are also more concerts” according to her, with singer, Dare’s ‘Love Like A Movie’ concert among the most eye catching in 2013.

She also noted that, beautiful actress, Omotola Jalade Ekehinde, being named by TIME Magazine among the world’s Top 100 influential people shows how much the entertainment industry grew in 2013.

There were expressions of hope that someday, concerts in Nigeria would be even greater with arenas fully packed with everyone standing.

On the gloomy side, the many deaths of Nigerian entertainers put a dent on Areh’s many reasons to celebrate the industry, especially with many of them being young people. Fatai Rolling Dollar, Justus Esiri, Goldie Havie, were among those mentioned with singer, Goldie’s drawing a lot of attention becasue she passed on at a time when she was just gaining prominence.

The industry also saw many weddings in 2013 but there were many crashed marriages too according to Areh. However she thinks that is nothing to frown about.

She advised that the art of peeping into people’s private lives is catching on in Nigeria because people find it amusing to see the privacy of their celebrities. She therefore expects that more Nigerian stars would take a cue from the likes of American superstar, Beyoncé (who shot a documentary of herself) and embrace the global trend of celebrity reality shows in 2014.

New Music: Eveedenz – Take It Low Featuring Skales

Upcoming singer, Eveedenz, born Evans Peterson, has released two new singles, Take It Low, featuring E.M.E signee, Skales.

The dance track, ‘Take it low’ was produced by J Smith.

About Eveedenz

He started singing at a very young age but as his passion grew, he took to dancing as well – honing his craft as an entertainer. He later joined a dance group that grew to prominence in Lagos, Sons of Liberty.

He was admitted to the University of Benin shortly after to study Medical Physiology where he was also forced to take a break from a budding professional career. He released his first studio single titled ‘Na me she want’ in 2011 and he has been busy recording since then.

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick welcomes baby girl

Another girl has been added to the Kardashians’ family, following the birth of  Kourtney Kadashian’s baby girl  in the early hours of Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles .

Kourtney who spoke to E News with so much excitement said, “Scott and I are overjoyed to welcome our precious angel Penelope Scotland Disick into our lives. We are forever blessed. Mommy and baby are resting comfortably,”

Kris Jenner Kourtney’s mum tells E news “It was a great. She had an easy delivery, Penelope is so cute. She looks just like Mason. She’s so beautiful. We are so happy.”

In May, the family—along with Kim Kardashian’s beau, Kanye West—celebrated the baby-to-be with a femme-fueled, pink-themed baby shower.