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Samantha Greaves is a New York-based freelance writer/blogger that stalks all things pop culture in an effort to make sense of it. When she’s not analyzing music and its artists on her blog, she can be found blogging about the pop culture buzz that plagues her mind via "Poplopedia" here on Starpulse. Follow her rambling on twitter @ratedsamanthag

Music News Wrap-Up: Chris Brown Calls It Quits, Nicki Minaj's Ego Ends A Friendship + More

8/9/2013 3:44pm EDT
Chris Brown
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Would you believe I watched that video for the first time this week? Yeah, I’m really late. But you don’t have to be late on what’s going on in Hip Hop and R&B this week! Here’s what you may have missed while obsessing over what Kanye West’s VMA rant may be like this year, if we’re lucky.

Chris Brown calls it quits?

Chris Brown has had enough. The singer who turned himself in at a California jail earlier this week to be booked then released within an hour, is hinting that he will probably retire after the release of his next album. “I’m tired...

Music Wrap-Up: Will.I.Am As New 'Idol' Judge, Jay Z's HBO Documentary + More

8/2/2013 1:28pm EDT
It’s Friday and I must say that it’s been a bit of a quiet week for music. But don’t you worry your pretty little heads. Pull yourself away from the photo of Bow Wow locking lips with Tyra Banks long enough to check out some of the news you may have missed this week in Hip Hop and R&B.

Will.I.Am rumored to join American Idol as a judge

There’s a rumor going around regarding season 13 of the long-running talent show "American Idol." According to a report, Will.I.Am is gearing up to sit in the judges’ seat this coming season of "American Idol." The rumor also suggests that Jennifer Lopez, a...

Music Wrap-Up: Beyonce's Album Delay, TLC's Biopic Trailer, Jay Z Changes Name + More

7/26/2013 5:28pm EDT
Jay Z
The weekend is upon us and we’d like to ensure that you have something to talk about while taking a ride down the elevator with a stranger. Read on to catchup on some Hip-Hop and R&B music news that you may have missed while web stalking the new royal baby.

Jay Z changes name

Hip- Hop impresario Jay-Z has decided that a hyphen is not one of the 99 problems he wishes to have. The rapper has reportedly dropped the hyphen in Jay-Z and will now go by Jay Z. Though it is not as big of a name change as Diddy who dropped the “Puff Daddy” moniker or Snoop Lion who puffed, puffed then passed on t...

4 Favorite Moments From 'Snooki & JWOWW' Premiere

6/25/2012 9:10am EDT
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki and JWOWW are back but without the rest of their Jersey Shore roommates for now. The series premiere of the dynamic duo’s new reality show was unleashed this past Thursday, June 21 with new surprises and igniting curiosity centered on how things will pan out with Snooki’s brand new “situation.”

Truthfully, the premiere of Snooki and JWOWW’s new show didn’t provide many reality TV fireworks – in fact, it was kind of subdued compared to past footage and evidence of their drunken nights and bad decisions at the Shore. There still, however, were 4 fave moments that left us either snicke...

Poplopedia: Former 'Real World' Cast Member Brings The Drama To 'Basketball Wives 2'

11/11/2010 12:59pm EST
Basketball Wives
A former reality star from “The Real World” helps to bring the drama that reality fans have grown to love on the new season of “Basketball Wives 2.”

Some of us have come to accept that the women, who appeared on the first season of “Basketball Wives,” hardly count as actual wives of ballplayers. They were either ex-girlfriends/wives or baby mothers of players (with probably one “wife” actually being a wife), but fans of the show didn’t really mind the contradiction in cast members because the entertaining feuds that this guilty pleasure programming offered sufficed.

The new season of “Bas...

Poplopedia: 'Detroit 1-8-7' Recap 'Nobody's Home/Unknown Soldier'

10/6/2010 11:48am EDT
Detroit 1-8-7
In the opening scene of “Detroit 1-8-7,” Detective Washington returns to the precinct for the first time after being shot on his very first day. The other detectives of course welcome him in with opening arms and Detective Fitch is actually being a bit kinder to him.

The first crime scene of the night known as “Unknown Soldier,” sees Detectives Sanchez and Stone finding an army veteran murdered. Another victim is found at the crime scene and is still breathing. He is later revealed to be the victim’s father.

On the other side of town, Fitch and Washington arrive at their crime scene, "Nob...

Poplopedia: 'Detroit 1-8-7' Recap: 'Local Hero/Overboard'

9/29/2010 12:25pm EDT
Local Hero Overboard
Detectives Stone and Sanchez arrive on the scene of a murder. The other officers assume that it is another gangster that has been gunned down in the streets, but Stone corrects them letting them know that the victim is Calvin Gibbs – a college football player who is considered a local hero.

Meanwhile, Detective Fitch makes his way to the hospital to visit Detective Washington who was shot by a suspect at the precinct in the last episode.

Washington worries that his reputation of getting shot on his first day in the precinct’s homicide unit will precede him. Fitch tries to reassure him wit...

Poplopedia: ABC Is The Go-To Network This Fall For Exciting New And Returning Shows

9/24/2010 12:30pm EDT
Detroit 187
We’ve got some good news, some bad news and some greater news. The bad news is that summer is over although you’ve probably realized that already. The good news is that fall brings with it a bevy of new television programs to entertain us while we are stuck inside, hiding out from the nippy weather.

The greater news is that ABC has an exciting fall line-up of new and returning series that are not only entertaining, but are definitely must-see TV. With a few new shows that will cater to the reality television lovers and the scripted drama adoreres (courtesy of documentary style filming), gi...

Poplopedia: 'Detroit 1-8-7' Recap (Pilot)

9/22/2010 9:35pm EDT
Detroit 1-8-7
With an Emmy Award-winning show on their hands courtesy of "Modern Family", the ABC network is of course looking to multiply the success of their primetime hour by adding dramas that can compete with the shows (mainly reality) offered on cable networks.

One of those new ABC shows is "Detroit 1-8-7."

Last night, Detroit 1-8-7 premiered on ABC adding yet another cop series to television. If you are one of the many that automatically assumed that "Detroit 1-8-7" followed the same formula as other crime drama series’, within minutes of its debut you realized you were positively wrong.


Poplopedia: 'Fantasia For Real' Season Premiere Recap

9/20/2010 11:30am EDT
Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia Barrino returns to VH1 for the second season of her reality show "Fantasia For Real." The season premiere episode reunited viewers with the singer’s quirky family and presented a brand new course of drama with a side of tears.

Though most of us are tuning in to watch and hear her folks discuss the bright pink elephant in the room, Fantasia is looking to keep her lips sealed about her situation.

Here are some Poplopedia notes from last night’s premiere.

- At the very start of the episode, Fantasia reveals some good news. Her family is no longer freeloading off of her, have moved ...