Dren Calisas, an aspiring singer from the city of Instagram, claims that DeVante Swing of Jodeci has left the group. Dren, who apparently recorded a song with DeVante called “Plastic,” also says his friend has dropped the “Swing” from his monicker and will now be known only as DeVante.
“This post is an official public statement on behalf of me (Dren Calisas), DeVante (Formally DeVante Swing of Jodeci) and anyone on DeVante’s behalf including staff, recording labels and affiliates. I posted the graphic a few days ago of me and DeVante’s new single “Plastic” stating “DeVante Swing of Jodeci” which was a typo. DeVante is no longer affiliated with Jodeci or anyone affiliated with Jodeci.
He also no longer is associated with the name “DeVante Swing”. Any future releases will be released under the name “DeVante” only. I personally apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Below is the corrected cover art for the release of the single “Plastic” which is to be released in February 2016. DeVante will be releasing new music in addition to our new single in 2016. Thank you to all of our fans AND Jodeci fans for supporting the new movement. The new regime starts…NOW. This is a new era for hip hop and R&B. #NewRegime – Dren Calisas, on behalf of American Image Records and staff.”
If this news does turn out to be true, how DeVante’s departure will impact fans who’ve already paid money to see the group perform next month is not known. Jodeci is scheduled to play shows in Brooklyn, San Antonio and Denver in February.
The Good, Bad And Ug… Less Flattering At The NAACP Image Awards
This year, the NAACP Image Awards were held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As we all know, Dr. King had a dream, and for many on the red carpet it was a dream come true. But unfortunately, there were some nightmares … fashion nightmares.
Here’s our list of then stars who were hot and those who left us bothered. First, let’s start with the hot…
And it doesn’t get hotter than Halle Berry showing half her body. Ms. Berry slayed in this Reem Acra gown reminding then youngin’s that she’s still got it.
And speaking of youngin’s A Wrinkle In Time star Storm Reid may be relatively new to the game, but she showed up on the carpet looking like a vet in this adorable Yanina number.
Yara Shahidi also showed up serving #BlackGirlMagic in this beautiful Vera Wang dress.
And Kerry Washington killed it, also wearing black, in this Michael Kors stunner.
But as we know, with the good comes the bad, and the bad this time around came courtesy…
Danielle Brooks, we love our Orange Is The New Black boo, but this Michael Costello look just didn’t work for her.
We also love Ava DuVernay, but unfortunately this Greta Constatine jumpsuit didn’t have us jumping for joy.
Lil Mama left us wanting more in this navy blue feathery frock … actually it may be her hair that left us disappointed.
And adding to our disappointment was Letoya Luckett wearing a purple gown that had scallops and bows and slits … oh my!
Do you agree with our hots and nots?
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