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Tricky Stewart Predicts J. Lo's "Louboutins" Will Be Big Hit

In case you didn't catch her performance at last night's American Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez is back--with some pretty expensive footwear.

Produced and written by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, the recently released "Louboutins" is the first official single off the actress-turned-singer's upcoming album, Love. The song is a metaphor for a woman walking out on a no-good man, with the red bottoms on the popular Christian Louboutin heels visible as she struts off.

Stewart has high hopes that the record-which finds Lopez showing no mercy, with lyrics like: "Boy, watch me walk it out / Walk this right up out the house"-will reach "Single Ladies"-type pandemonium.

"If the females get behind it and they really get into the lyrics of what she's saying and the metaphor, I think it could be a really, really big hit for her," Stewart tells VIBE. "Anytime you work with an artist whose platform is so high and she's gonna get exposure, we're just hoping there's a connection with those lyrics coming from her."

Even as it shows love for every celebrity's must-have shoe, "Louboutins" is a female empowerment anthem at its core: "See, some days you would love me, then you don't / Then you do, then you won't / Then you're here, then you're gone / I'm alone, now you got me stressin' out on the phone / But it's the last time, I'm movin' on / I'm throwin' on my Louboutins."

"That was Dream and I just getting in the room and clicking," Stewart says of the song's conception. "We were both on two different keyboards, two different drum machines and once again just got behind the mic and the rest is history."

Before ending up in J. Lo's hands (or feet?), the "Louboutins" track was originally meant for Brandy. "After she lost her deal [with Epic] we didn't want the record to die," Stewart says. "When [Jennifer] heard it, she loved it. She absolutely loved that record. And I love it, too. That's one of my favorite records that we've done."

The duo also produced a track on Love called "Villain," which is about role reversals in a sour relationship. "The girl is talking about how a guy can alienate her," Stewart says. "It's almost like she's the villain even though he's the one that's kinda doing the craziness. It's a darker feel [but] it's an upbeat song, too."

Prior to "Louboutins," Lopez released the Pitbull-assisted song "Fresh out the Oven" as her alter ego Lola. Tricky says his and Dream's partner Kuk Harrell is handling much of the production for the rest of her album. "I heard him working on some of the vocals and she has a lot of really good songs, I will say that," Stewart reveals. "The stuff I heard was really good, really strong."

In addition to Lopez, Stewart is also working on Katy Perry's new project. The two connected through executives at Capitol Records, and the pop star recently Tweeted about being in the studio with Stewart. "I think she's really dope," he says. "I'm just getting into the whole movement but everything from what I see she seems really serious about what she's doing and really dedicated." --Clover Hope

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Dr. King's Childhood Home Sold For $1.9 Million To The National Park Service

The two-story Atlanta home that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spent his formidable years has been sold. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the yellow and brown house on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta was sold for $1.9 million to the National Park Service.

Will Shafroth, CEO of the National Park Foundation said it was hard to place a dollar amount on the location where a lot of Dr. King's character was molded.

"It is difficult to value something this significant in our nation’s history. It is a priceless asset. It is one of the most important places to tell the story of America,” Shafroth said.

Bernice King, daughter of late the civil rights leader, said the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change had been considering selling the home since the passing of their mother Coretta Scott, in 2006. King said the center will focus on nonviolent educational and training programs.

“We are working on creating more robust, nonviolence training,” King said. “Our society is desperately in need of Dr. King’s nonviolent teachings right now in order to create a just, humane and peaceful world. That is what we are trying to put our energy in.”

The home was reportedly built by a white firefighter in 1895 and then purchased by Dr. King's maternal grandfather, Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church for $3,500. When King's mother and father wed in 1927, they moved. All of King's siblings including himself were born in the home.

Elizabeth Paradis Stern, spokeswoman for the National Park Service said the preservation of the home will not falter now that it's out of the family's possession.

“The most important thing about this is that this property will be protected and preserved permanently as one of our most important properties,” Stern said. “It is part of the American fabric.”

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Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

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Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.

 

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