Daily Archives: April 18, 2012

Crystal Kay, Half-Black & Half-Korean, Japanese R&B Singer Makes Her World Debut (Photos & Past MV’s)

Blogged By: La Tray

Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Singapore – Casey Lee – Wikipedia

Media Credit: Photo (Yahoo News) / Video (YouTube willieharrisjr) (YouTube mflo10yrs)

Posted: Wednesday April 18, 2012 @8:37 p.m. PST




Japanese R&B singer Crystal Kay would be making her world debut with a collaboration with American hip-hop group Far East Movement in their upcoming album “Dirty Bass”.



According to Tokyo Hive, Crystal Kay would be featured in the track “Where the Wild Things Are” from the album that is expected to be released sometime in May. Other artists that would be featured in the album are Justin Bieber, Jang Geun Suk and LMFAO.



“I was so happy that I started dancing. It’s like a dream to have my name on a foreign artist’s CD. Using this chance, I want to become a singer that can give appeal to the world,” said the half African-American and half Korean singer about her collaboration with the group that shares her Asian ancestry.




This is believed to be the first collaboration between a Japanese artist with an international artist in a long time, the last being B’z who were featured in Steve Vai’s album “Asian Sky” some 13 years ago.



MORE INFOMATION ON CRYSTAL KAY: According to Wikipedia, Kay was born and raised in Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture to an African American father and a Zainichi Korean mother. Her father was a bassist from New Jersey and a sailor in the United States Navy stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. Her mother was a professional singer with one album while her father played music as a hobby. As a child, Kay met artists such as Diana Ross and Bobby Brown through her parents taking her to shows.



Although her mother is ethnically Korean, Crystal does not speak Korean. Kay is fluent in Japanese and English, the latter influencing and making a regular appearance in her songs. She has also studied French. Kay has cited Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson as her biggest influences. In Japan she cites the acts of producer Tetsuya Komuro as her J-Pop influences, particularly SPEED and Namie Amuro.



Crystal Kay is considered a pioneer for interracial acts in Japan. She debuted in 1999 when R&B began to take off in Japan thanks to local acts MISIA, Double and Hikaru Utada. Her success paved the way for the mainstream success of many interracial acts in the mid-00s such as Thelma Aoyama, Anna Tsuchiya, Angela Aki and African-American/Japanese enka singer Jero.



In 2009 Kay stated that “There is still some racial thing going on, [but] people are getting used to it. You can see a lot more mixed people on TV, and even (among) models in magazines.” At a summer festival that year half-Japanese half-Papua New Guinean singer Emi Maria left Kay a demo and a note saying “You’re my idol, I’m sad I couldn’t meet you in person.”



Nevertheless Kay has commented, “I consider myself a Japanese artist because I was born and raised here, but nationality-wise I look, and am, foreign.”



As of July 2009, Kay has released ten albums and she has sold over two million records in Japan as of 2009. Throughout her career, Kay has collaborated with M-Flo and BoA, Chemistry as well as other well-known recording artists.

Crystal Kay Is A Japanese R&B Singer. Photo Credit: Yahoo News


Crystal Kay. Photo Credit: matome.naver.jp







Howard Shaw 41, Grandson Of Cinema Mogul Runme Shaw, Charged For Allegedly Paid $500 For Sex With An Underaged Prostitute (Videos)

Blogged By: La Tray

Source & Story Credit: Yahoo News

Media Credit: Photo (Yahoo News) / Video (YouTube 154thmedia2012) (YouTube ElectricNewPaper)

Posted: Wednesday April 18, 2012 @2:40 p.m. PST



Prominent local newsmaker Howard Shaw was among four additional men that were charged in court on Wednesday for having paid sex with an underaged prostitute.


Aside from Shaw, former UBS top banker and Swiss national Buergin Juerg, ex- teacher Chua Ren Cheng and 49-year-old Edward Whistler Go were also charged.


Prominent in social circles and a well-known advocate of the green movement, Howard is the grandson of Runme Shaw, co-founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation.

According to a report last year, the former executive director of the Singapore Environment Council has two daughters aged 9 and 11. He graduated in 1995 from Oxford  Brookes University in England.

The 41-year-old is among the biggest names tagged in a case that saw public servants, a former school principal and a businessman among the 44 men charged with the same offence in court on Monday.
Based on the charge sheet, Shaw allegedly paid $500 for sex with a girl who is under 18 on 30 October at 3:22pm at Hotel 81 Bencoolen.

Friends of Shaw expressed surprised over the news of the charge. One friend who asked not to be named told Yahoo! Singapore said she was shocked when she heard about it, but then added: “To be fair, it could have been anyone else, even in the high places.”

His current employer Halcyon Agri Corporation, where he is the senior vice president of corporate social responsibility, declined to comment when contacted.
On its website, Halcyon describes itself as an integrated producer and merchandiser of a special grade of rubber, most widely used for making vehicle tyres.
Howard Shaw is not the only high-profile executive to be charged on Wednesday.

Juerg, who is former head of operations at UBS Investment Bank in Singapore, allegedly paid $600 and $650 for sex with the girl in Shangri-La Hotel and Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 2012 and January this year respectively.
Of the four charged on Wednesday, Chua was the only one to plead guilty to the charges.

A former colleague of Chua, who declined to be named, told Yahoo! Singapore that the news took him by surprise.

He said Chua had been a dedicated teacher during their time teaching at Jurong Junior College and that he was very professional in his conduct throughout. He said Chua dressed well and always looked presentable, so the fact he had engaged the services of a prostitute came as a shock, not only to him but their former ex-colleagues too.

A total of 48 men have now been charged with having paid sex with the underaged prostitute, who so far has not been named. They engaged her services, which were advertised on a website, between Sep 2010 and February last year.

Of the 44 charged before Wednesday, all but the ex-principal claimed trial. Those challenging the charges are expected to say they were not aware the girl was a minor, according to ST.

Lee Lip Hong, 39, the former principal of Pei Chun Public School, admitted to two charges of having paid $500 on each of two occasions for sex with the girl at Hotel 81 Bencoolen on Sept 26 and Dec 24, 2010, reported the same paper.


Also charged for allegedly paying $500 for sex with the underage girl on each of four occasion is 45-year-old businessman Foo Kim Meng.


Chia Kok Peng, 38, former senior legal counsel of the National Environmental Agency, and nine public servants are also among those charged.


The website offering the girl’s services was allegedly run by entrepreneur Tang Boon Thiew.


In February, up to 80 people were involved in a major police probe into an online prostitution ring, including an ex-principal and top civil servants.

Howard Shaw is among the 48 men so far charged with having paid sex with an underage girl. Photo & Story Credit: Yahoo News



Verna Deann McClain A Nurse Gunned Down New Mother Kayla Marie Golden & Snatched Newborn Keegan Schuchardt (Photos & Video)

Blogged By: De De Tillman


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Posted: Wednesday April 18, 2012 @1:55 p.m. PST




A registered nurse arrested for gunning down and killing a new mother and snatching her 3-day-old baby in the parking lot of a Texas pediatrician’s office will face capital murder charges, according to the Montgomery County district attorney.


The newborn, Keegan Schuchardt, was found alive and well six hours after his 28-year-old mother Kayla Marie Golden was killed Tuesday, according to police. The suspect in the killing, Verna Deann McClain, a 30-year-old mother of three, is in police custody.


“She’s given a full statement to the detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department,” the district attorney, Brett Ligon, said today on “Good Morning America.” “As part of the statement with that agency, in conjunction with the other evidence that we were able to obtain yesterday…we did charge her [McClain] in the early hours of this morning with capital murder.”


Golden was standing by her pickup truck outside the pediatrician’s office in Spring, Texas, around 2:40 p.m. when a car with a man and woman inside pulled up. There was reportedly an altercation, after which the woman got out and shot the mother repeatedly with what was believed to be a 9mm pistol, then took the baby and drove off.


“My baby, my baby!,” Golden reportedly screamed as her infant boy was taken from his car seat.


As the mother lay dying in the parking lot, a description of the getaway vehicle and occupants quickly went out as an Amber Alert. Golden later died at a local hospital.


Police were led to the Fawndale Apartments in Houston, where sources said a SWAT team entered a unit and found a woman inside speaking on the phone with another woman. Investigators were then able to track the woman on the other phone to a home in north Harris County, where baby Keegan was found.


“It’s unusual to get such a large swing of events, to go from the murder to the recovery of the child and have the suspect in custody all in a matter of few hours,” Ligon told “GMA.” Rarely do things work out like they do on TV but, in this case, I can’t say enough about law enforcement here in Montgomery County.”


An affidavit obtained by ABC News from the Montgomery County police states that McClain admitted to shooting Golden and taking the baby to her home in Texas’ Harris County.


According to the affidavit, McClain’s sister, Corina Jackson, had recently said that her sister would be adopting a baby soon. After she allegedly killed Golden and stole her newborn,


McClain stated to her sister that she now had the child. McClain has three children ages 16, 10 and 6.


“There were statements that were made by Ms. McClain that led us to believe this was an intentional act on her part, not that Ms. Golden was targeted specifically, but that this was part of a plan to kidnap a child,” Ligon said.


Witnesses said the mom fought to keep the baby from the kidnappers, but ended up in the parking lot with gunshot wounds.


“She was laying on the ground.  She wasn’t moving for nothing,” witness Joshua Jesson told ABC station KTRK in Houston. “But then I saw a blue Lexus drive off in that direction.”


“The child was being put into the suspect vehicle and that’s when the mother tried to get into the car,” Lt. Dan Norris with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said. “The car sped away, knocking the lady to the ground.”

The female suspect, McClain, was described by witnesses at the scene as a black female carrying a small caliber pistol, possibly a 9mm.


Baby Keegan remains in custody of the state’s Child Protective Services while officials conduct a full background investigation on his father, Keith Schuchardt, before the newborn is returned to his care, according to Ligon.


“I expect them to be reunited this morning or sometime this afternoon,” he said. “Obviously for the father, Keith, it has been a roller coaster. You lose your wife one day but you’re able to recover your child, it’s an emotional swing not many people would be prepared for but I understand he’s holding up well.”

The suspect in the killing, Verna Deann McClain, a 30-year-old mother of three, is in police custody. Photot Credit: telegraph.co.uk
Newborn Keegan Schuchardt, was found alive and well six hours after his 28-year-old mother Kayla Marie Golden was killed Tuesday, according to police. Photo Credit: NY Daily News

Maria Menounos, Debra Messing, Leslie Bibb, Taraji P. Henson, and Morena Baccarin 5 Actresses Posed Nude

Blogged By: De De Tillman – La Tray

Source & Story Credit: Allure – Reported By Kate Sullivan

Photo Credit: Allure – Photographed By Patrick Demarchelier

Posted: Wednesday April 18, 2012 @12:41 p.m. PST



Maria Menounos, Debra Messing, Leslie Bibb, Taraji P. Henson, and Morena Baccarin stripped down for our shoot, draped in just a few strands of diamonds. Here’s how they got their bodies—and minds—ready for the big reveal.


As a teen beauty-pageant contestant, Menounos received low swimsuit scores. “I was hippy and I didn’t diet for contests. And it didn’t bother me,” she says. The 33-year-old Extrahost has a healthy attitude about her body, but that doesn’t mean she’s comfortable getting naked. In fact, she’s so hesitant to be bare it all that she’s afraid of getting pregnant because of how much she’d have to expose.”I have some serious issues here,” she admitted. “But I want to get over that.” She looked to this photo shoot to cure to her shyness, and it may have worked: “This was definitely challenging,” she said, “but I feel so much better having done it.”

MARIA MENOUNOS. Photo Credit: Allure – Photographed By Patrick Demarchelier


At 43, Messing’s decision to pose nude came from a natural process of self-acceptance. “Once you have a child, once you pass 40, you have a different relationship with your body,” she said. “I love my body in a way I never have before.” And the parts she loves the most? “My shoulders, clavicle, and chest,” she explains. “I started out in dance—there’s something beautiful about a dancer’s upper body. I love strapless dresses.”

DEBRA MESSING. Photo Credit: Allure – Photographed ByPatrick Demarchelier


Following an indulgent two-week vacation, Bibb, 37, went on a four-day juice cleanse to get ready for her shoot. “It was an angry four days,” says Bibb. “Sam [Rockwell, her boyfriend] was like, ‘Thank God I’m not with you right now. You are not nice on the juice cleanse.'” Luckily, prepping her skin was an easier chore, as she stopped off at a Korean spa for a body scrub pre-shoot. “Everybody’s naked there, and I don’t mind,” she said. “But I’m like a cat with a feather anytime I see a boob job. I can’t look away.”
LESLIE BIBB. Photo Credit: Allure – Photographed ByPatrick Demarchelier


 “My friends won’t be surprised by this shoot,” Henson said. “Whenever we go to the beach, I’m like, ‘Is this a nude beach? Can I take my top off?'” With that kind of bravado, it’s no wonder that the 41-year-old Person of Interestactress isn’t afraid to parade around naked—even at her New York City home, with zero curtains on the floor-to-ceiling windows. “I know some idiot has a telescope, so I always wave,” she said. “He’s going to be pissed when I move.”
TARAJI P. HENSON. Photo Credit: Allure – Photographed By Patrick Demarchelier


After stripping down for a sex scene on Homeland, Baccarin, 32, wanted to take a more subtle approach to nudity for this shoot.  “I didn’t want it to be an overload, like ‘That girl is always taking off her clothes,'” she said. “This is for the art of it. It’s beautiful.” And though she was raised in a household with a liberal, laid-back  attitude towards the body (“I saw my mom in her underwear more than my friends saw theirs,” she said), she’s not quite a nudist: “I don’t do any naked activities except for the obvious ones. No cooking naked. That’s dangerous.”
MORENA BACCARIN. Photo Credit: Allure – Photographed By Patrick Demarchelier