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Entrepreneur Christopher B. Stokes has made a name for himself in the music industry with the discovery of such stars as Brandy, Immature, B2K, Jhene Aiko, Sevyn Streeter, Mila J, Omarion & Marques Houston. A Los Angeles native, Stokes has been immersed in the music business since the age of seventeen. Known for his ingenuity behind chart-topping success stories such as multi-platinum selling groups “B2K” and “Immature” and solo artists “Omarion” (former lead singer of “B2K”) and Marques “MH” Houston (former lead singer of “Immature”/”IMX”), Stokes continues his meteoric rise in the music.
Stokes began his career in music at the young age of 12, singing in different groups and talent shows. His mother Irene “Mama Stokes” was an actress/comedienne, which gave Stokes his early interest in the entertainment industry. Stokes later realized that his passion was in the management field. He knew he had a great eye for new talent when he landed his first record deal with a group he was managing called “Next Issue.” That situation didn’t work out, but it gave Stokes the experience and determination to make his stamp in the music industry as a force to be reckoned with. As his career furthered, Stokes went on to discover the 90’s Boy Group sensation Immature. While working with Immature, Stokes was introduced to singer, rapper and dancer Mila J. Later signed by Stokes, Mila J and her two group members landed a deal with the MCA label in 1995 under the name Gyrl. Gyrl disbanded and Mila J went on to be in another Stokes created girl group called Dame Four. In 2006, Mila J was signed as a solo act at Motown under the direction of music mogul Sylvia Rhone to work on what was set to be her first solo album, Split Personality. However, due to creative differences, the album was not released. In late 2012, Mila J went into the studio and put out a mix tape of 5 songs. The mix tape exploded obtaining over 600,000 downloads, causing a stir within industry insiders who then took note. In 2013, Mila J was the talk of every major label in town, but decided to re-sign to Motown. Her first single under Motown “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up” was released in February 2014 and immediately began climbing the R&B Chart. In the 00’s Stokes also founded the hit boy group B2K. It was during this time that Stokes discovered and began working with Jhene Aiko. Stokes met the young songstress when she was only 5 years old. He instantly knew that she was a star and would one day be a huge success in the music business. Stokes artist developed Jhene until she was ready and old enough to take her place in the industry which began with Stokes getting her signed to Epic Records through his then production company TUG (The Ultimate Group). Some time after leaving Epic she and Stokes mutually decided to part ways. Taking some time to further develop herself Jhene Aiko released a very successful mixtape called “Sailing Souls” and on to a chart topping R&B hit “The Worst”. Stokes also served as Vice President of A&M/Interscope Records. During his tenure at A&M/Interscope, Stokes assembled the girl group TG4 and signed them to T.U.G. Entertainment, where Stokes served as their manager. He offered Amber (Sevyn) Streeter the first spot in the group after she opened for B2K and IMX at a concert in Orlando, Florida in early 2001. The group later went on to be signed by A&M records. Unfortunately the group did not achieve the success that Stokes had hoped for and they later disbanded. Amber (Sevyn) Streeter went on to pursue a career in songwriting where she wrote several chart topping hits for artists like Chris Brown and Ariana Grande. She also began a successful solo career under the name Sevyn Streeter.
Involved in every step of the creative process with his artists, Stokes is an accomplished songwriter as well. He has contributed to tracks for superstar groups Destiny’s Child, B2K, BBD and Immature, and has also written and produced for Bobby Brown, Omarion and Marques Houston.
Without a doubt one of the most influential players in R&B music, Stokes’ creative ventures extend well beyond his music roots. In 2003, Stokes made his feature writing/directing debut with the super successful “You Got Served”. That film surprised Hollywood, opening at #1 and continuing to dominate even in its 2nd weekend. “You Got Served” went on to gross more than $150 million worldwide in box office and DVD combined. The dance film and it’s success ignited a spark throughout the dance community and gave a breath of life to the dance culture in the industry and worldwide. Stokes has also directed more than 150 music videos for artists on his label as well as artists from other labels.
If that wasn’t enough, Stokes ventured into the Clothing industry for a bit with Christopher Brian, a high-end apparel line. Stokes gave mega reality TV star Kim Kardashian her first multi-million dollar modeling job as the spokes model for Christopher Brian Apparel. E! did a news special on Chris Stokes and his clothing line featuring very racy, sexy but tasteful pictures of a topless Kim wearing just the CB jeans. The special also included Kim Kardashian. Shortly after, Kim Kardashian and her family went on to do the hit series “Keepin Up With The Kardashians”. Chris Stokes has been the creative director for the line since its inception, and it represents his vision of luxurious, beautiful clothes for men and women. Deemed “the brand for the million-dollar man,” the collection was a huge success at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas in 2007. Hundreds of celebrities packed Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel to launch the line, which featured a special performance from super producer Timbaland. A year after starting, Stokes inked a lucrative deal to sell the popular line.
In 2007 Stokes directed the horror film “Somebody Help Me” which starred Omarion and Marques Houston. In addition to directing the film, Stokes also wrote the script. The film was released to DVD on November 13, 2007 and made a television premiere on BET on Halloween 2007. In 2010, Stokes went back to his experience in the horror genre and wrote and directed the sequel to “Somebody Help Me”, “Somebody Help Me 2”. The sequel reunited Stokes with Sonny King (Corbin), Omarion (Darryl) and Marques Houston (Brendan) and picks up where the first installment left off. The film made it’s television premiere on BET on October 29, 2010 and did really well on DVD. The success of the horror genre continues for Stokes with the upcoming July 1, 2014 Grindstone/Lionsgate release of his new film “No Vacancy”.
Over his career, Stokes has proven to be a successful music producer, film director, film producer and entrepreneur. Having directed four feature length films Stokes plans to continue and focus more on his career in film directing and production. In 2014, Stokes set his eyeson entering into the world of television and is launching his new Film and Television Production Company “Footage Films & TV” and signing with William Morris Endeavor Agency. This will make Stokes a triple threat, in which he will be focusing on producing, writing and directing original projects.
Go behind the scenes of hit dance movie You Got Served with it’s writer and director Chris Stokes.
Is Lindsay Lohan taking responsibility for her actions? In her one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah’s Next Chapter, airing Sunday, Aug. 18, the 27-year-old troubled actress is answering the TV host’s questions as honestly as possible.
In a sneak peek clip from the much anticipated sit-down, Winfrey drills Lohan with questions such as, “Do you think you can turn it around? . . . What is it you’re addicted to?”
Wearing a conservative orange dress and serious expression on her face, Lohan tells the media mogul, “I’m my own worst enemy, and I know that.”
The Mean Girls star was released from a court-mandated 90-day stint in rehab on July 30. In her lifetime, Lohan has been to rehab at least six times. “Constantly sending me to rehab is pointless,” she told Piers Morgan in May. “The first few times I was court-ordered to rehab it was like a joke, like killing time.”
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, Lohan was reportedly partying all night at an L.A. hotel with British boy band The Wanted, specifically Max George, whom she briefly dated in December 2012. A source told Us Weekly that the Canyons star looked “worse for wear” while leaving early the next morning. She was reportedly “escorted out” with the group after the hotel received noise complaints.
Following the reports of her all-night rager, a representative for Lohan told Page Six, “Although Lindsay did visit her good friend Max, this is otherwise a completely false story.”
Lohan’s interview with Winfrey airs on Oprah’s Next Chapter Sunday, Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. EST.
Check out the world premiere of the new video from Marques Houston featuring Problem “Give Your Love A Try”! Get his new album “Famous” in stores and on iTunes August 27th.
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Lindsay Lohan had us all pretty worried there for a minute.
But it seems the troubled starlet was just joking around when she tweeted late on April 1st that she was pregnant.
The message simply read: “It’s official. Pregnant.”
But the post has now been deleted, letting us breathe a sigh of relief that LiLo won’t be a mommy anytime soon.
In place of the freaky tweet, she wrote: “April Fools. Where’s everyone’s sense of humor?”
The pregnancy prank came just days after Lohan was photographed slumped under a table at a Brazilian nightclub.
The post was been re-tweeted by more than 10,000 users and quickly became a worldwide trending topic.
The 26-year-old starlet has been reportedly dating City Of The Sun guitarist Avi Snow for the past few weeks. But their time together will likely be cut short soon when Lohan is forced to spend 90 days locked in a court-ordered rehab facility.
Rapper Lil Wayne is finally opening up about the health crisis that put him in the hospital two weeks ago.
In a phone interview broadcast on L.A. radio station Power 106 Thursday night, Wayne (aka Weezy) said “the bad news” is he’s epileptic and prone to seizures.
“This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, ya’ll just never hear about them,” he told DJ Felli Fell. “But this time it got real bad ’cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30%. Basically, I could’ve died.”
Justin Timberlake. Of course. The 20/20 Experience sold 968,000 copies in its debut week, the most since Taylor Swift’s Red did 1.2 million last October. Swift may be a hotter pop star in the long run, but Timberlake’s publicity blitz of the last few months was more interesting – it centered on his personality, even more than his songs. Seems like we’ve been hearing about the first single “Suit & Tie” forever, from his surprise Twitter release to Super Bowl Weekend to the Grammy Awards to the commercials to Saturday Night Live to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Also smart: streaming The 20/20 Experience on iTunes (it was the top retailer for the album) and releasing an exclusive with a couple of bonus tracks through Target (the second-biggest retailer for the album). Can 20/20 sustain its sales? All depends on future singles – while “Suit & Tie” holds in the Top Five, “Mirrors” jumped 71 spots to Number 17 on the latest Ultimate Chart, which measures Internet criteria, mostly thanks to radio play.