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Usher Fun Facts!

R&B superstar Usher has won Grammys and topped the charts with his unforgettably catchy ballads and smooth dance moves, and he’s even branched out into acting! Find out more about the multitalented performer in Usher Fun Facts! 

Did You Know...

  • He was born Usher Terry Raymond IV in Dallas, Texas
  • His birthday is October 14, 1978
  • Spent most of his childhood in Chattanooga
  • He first started singing as a kid in a local church choir in Chattanooga
  • When he was 11 he joined a singing quintet called NuBegginings
  • His family moved to Atlanta, Georgia so he could pursue music as a teenager
  • He has a younger half-brother, James
  • Competed on Star Search when he was 13, where he was spotted by an agent at LaFace Records
  • His mother, Jonetta Patton, quit her job as a medical technician to manage his career until 2007
  • His single “You Make Me Wanna” off of the album My Way was his first to reach number one on the charts and go gold and platinum
  • You Make Me Wanna" won the Best Male R&B/Soul Single at the 1999 Soul Train Awards
  • “U Remind Me” and “U Got it Bad” off the album 8701 each topped the Billboard Charts for 6 weeks
  • Made his acting debut on the show Moesha
  • He also starred in The Faculty, She’s All That and Light it Up
  • He was in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful
  • 8701 went 4 times platinum in the U.S.
  • In 2002 he won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Performance
  • Confessions came out in 2004 and sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. winning a Recording Industry Artist Award, it had the highest first week sales of an album by any R&B artist
  • He dated TLC singer Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas for 2 years, many thought that Confessions was written about her
  • He started US Records and signed pop sensation Justin Bieber
  • He is part of owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team
  • Usher became the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay with four consecutive number-one singles
  • Appeared in 2001 movie Texas Rangers
  • His 6th studio album Raymond  Vs. Raymond debuted at number 1 on the charts
  • Usher is involved with several restaurants
  • He released Looking 4 Myself June 2012-08-06
  • He married girlfriend Tameka Foster in 2007, they have two children together and divorced in 2009
  • Founded New Look, a charity that encourages young people to get real world work experience and the charity went on to create Our Block, an initiative to help rebuild New Orleans neighborhoods

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AlphaT posted in Movies:
Hello and welcome to the first installment of my new series "Alpha Reviews". Whenever I see a new movie, I'll write a review of it here. Don't worry, the first part of the review will be spoiler free, and I'll make sure to give a warning when I talk more about the specifics of the movie.  Today I'll be looking at Roland Emmerich's sequel to (arguably) his greatest work, Independence Day. His original alien disaster film came out in 1996, and while it wasn't a major hit with the critics, it trounced the box office by raking in more money than any other film of that year. Over the past two decades, love for the movie has only grown, and it's now seen as the ultimate popcorn movie.  So how did the sequel hold up? Well...it's not easy to tell. On the one hand, there are some things that this movie did really well. On the other, this movie had moments that I absolutely hated. This is such a hard movie to crituique. Not because there's nothing to critique, but because there's so much right and wrong in the movie that making a final call on it is hard to do.  For one, the story is serviceable. I can buy pretty much everything that they're saying. While there are a few obvious plot holes, impeccable writing isn't what you expect from ID.  The characters vary from the fun and interesting to the idiotic and annoying. Jeff Goldblum does a great job here, and so does Bill Pullman and William Fitchener. As for the new characters? Not so much. The (arguably) two main characters are played by discount Chris Hemsworth (Liam Hemsworth), and discount Micheal B. Jordan (Jessie Usher). Neither give a stunning performance. And my goodness, there is one character in this movie who is so stereotypical and unrealistic, that it literally made me facepalm when I saw it. You'll know who I'm talking about if you've seen the movie. But, the movie is set up so that everyone gets a healthy slice of screen time, so it's okay.  The action is phenomenal, but kind of unoriginal. The first real action scene we have is the destruction of London. Know what it looks exactly like? The destruction of Paris in 2012. Know who directed 2012? Roland Emmerich. Now, I'm one of the few who enjoyed that movie, so I'm fine with it. And most of the other scenes do have a more original feel to them. But, this guy doesn't stop at copying his own movies. There's an action scene where they're on the moon, it looks exactly like Prometheus. I guess I can forgive some of this, but come on, really?  The nostalgia was WAY off the charts. I count this as a category for review because it's what old movie sequels do now. Some do it at the right amount, some don't do it enough, and some...like this film...do it all the time. Almost everything is recycled from the past movie, and there so many callbacks that it's hard to remember them all. But I will give it credit, some of them had me laughing. But, some of them made we want to scream "You're not even trying!" in the theater.  All in all? I'd say that you need to see this movie if you had any enjoyment out of the first one. But, just know that this has a lot more nonsense to put up with, even though it does give much of the entertainment value of the first one in return. I can't guarantee that you won't be disappointed, but if you go into it expecting a mix of good and bad, you'll be glad to see the good parts of a true classic film on the big screen once again.  That's it here. What were your thoughts on the movie? Who do you think gave the best performance? What did you want to see more of? Post what you think about Independence Day: Resurgence below. 
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"fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: "fazemonster123" wrote: "Pink_Cool_Girl" wrote: I have forests but no trees I have houses but no brick I have rivers but no water I have plains but no grass What am I? a hairy guy XD Nope xD a dry but crack XD Nope xDif its not my mom then i give up xDIt's a MAP. A MAP. 
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