Archive for July, 2010

My Cat Fight with Natasha Bedingfield

Posted in Around Atlanta, Uncategorized, Where's Corinna? with tags , on July 16, 2010 by Corinna Allen Cook

Corinna and Grammy nominated singer Natasha Bedingfield

We look friendly in the photo, but read on…
The best way to experience a new city is with a local, and I met a bunch of them this week as a judge of the “Locals Know Best” contest at the Indigo Hotel.
I shared my judging duties with Grammy nominated singer/song writer, Natasha Bedingfield, so needless to say, I’ve had her song “Pocketful of Sunshine” in my head ever since!
I’ve met her several times in the past, and as always she could not have been more friendly.
Mid-way through we stopped to take a “jewelry break” to check out some pieces a local designer had brought in.
There was a bit of a tense moment, (not really, but it makes a better story that way), when we both fell in love with the same necklace.
(That’s the cat fight that got your to click through to this article).
As tempting as it was to offer to arm wrestle her for it, I bowed out, since I live here and could alway have the designer make me another one.
The real fun was with all the locals who came in to brag about the best part of their neighborhood.
I learned a lot from a gal who does real estate and started a blog for all the folks she meets who move here from out of town.
It’s called Atlanta: 365 Days, 365 Things To Do and it now has thousands of hits a day, profiling everything from festivals to out of the way restaurants.
Another man called himself “The Mayor of Ponce” and then told us about all the times he’s been arrested on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
My favorite was a woman who drove all the way in from Birmingham for the contest.

Locals Know Best contestant

She and her husband love the Hotel Indigo in Midtown, so she talked about drinking margaritas on the patio.
In fact, she loves the margaritas so much, she brought one into the interview with her, along with her cigarettes and lighter.
I think she brought the champagne for us on the judges panel, but I guess she thought better of it, because she took it with her at the end.
If you have something to brag about in your neighborhood, but didn’t make it down to the hotel, you still have time to enter.
Just head to: to upload a photo and answer, in 75 words or less, “what makes your neighborhood so great”.
For a list of live auditions at Hotel Indigo properties, visit
Four Grand Prize winners will win a VIP trip to New York City for two to meet Grammy® Award nominated singer/songwriter Natasha  Bedingfield and take in a special performance at Hotel Indigo’s “Locals Know Best” event.  The winners will also be featured in a Hotel Indigo advertisement in People® magazine.  Three of the Grand Prize winners will be chosen by entering online and one Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the live auditions

944 Magazine: Celebrity Edge July 2010

Posted in Celebrity Edge, Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 14, 2010 by Corinna Allen Cook


Celebrity Edge: Lady Gaga

“Heaven Has No Rage Like Love to Hatred Turned, Nor Hell a Fury Like a Woman Scorned.”

This quote from William Congreve’s tragic play The Mourning Bride is the opening to a lawsuit demanding $30.5 million from singer Lady Gaga.

The fact that the suit was filed by her producer turned boyfriend, Rob Fusari, leaves us to surmise the same afterlife-inspired wrath can also come from a man.

Fusari says he’s due the money from Gaga, (Stefani Germanotta), because he’s the one who conceived the “Lady Gaga” iconic name and persona, then helped shape the music into the commercial powerhouse it is today.

The validity of his claim is supported by the fact that, while she was a mousy 20-year-old when they met, he’d already amassed an impressive body of work that included big name hits like Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” and “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child.

But what I thought was interesting is that some reports suggest that Fusari didn’t file the suit until Germanotta stopped taking his calls.
It all reminds me of another celebrity break-up — from another decade.

Cherilyn La-Pierre was a 16-year-old runaway when she met the man who would create the persona that catapulted her into the elite sorority of women known by just one iconic name. 

They started out as Sonny and Cher.

But while Cher went on to attain a solo career spanning four decades — including an Oscar win — Sonny Bono became a small town mayor.
If you look back at their much-touted “reunion” on Late Night with David Letterman back in 1987, it’s obvious that Sonny was the one with something to gain. He was married at the time; however, he made a show of “lovingly” holding the hand of his rockstar ex-wife. And when it came time to “ambush” the couple into performing their signature song, “I Got You Babe,” Letterman admitted that he and Bono had “talked about it earlier.”

Bono would go on to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, but not before publishing a book that portrayed Cher as an “insecure but ambitious ingrate” who would practice signing autographs in front of a mirror.

Men can resent a woman’s success, but they can be equally disdainful of women who sacrifice too much.

I once dated a super successful man who owned a NASCAR team and would fly me to the races in a private helicopter. He lived out of state and didn’t have much respect for my job in local television. But I was only too happy to invest my time and effort into our relationship. He was Cuban, so I bought tapes to learn Spanish. And I completely understood when he told me he needed to spend New Years “with his family.”
So, I was heartbroken when a mutual friend told me he had another girl with him on the family yacht. My one consolation: I hadn’t sacrificed my career yet, so I was able to throw myself into my work and become more of the independent woman he fell for in the first place.

The reality is that in any relationship, celebrity or not, one career inevitably takes a back seat to the other. Unfortunately, when that career belongs to a man, the woman, more often than not, ends up alone. But rather than unleashing a hell like fury, I say, channel that energy into your own success.

Then rock your career for four decades and beyond.

Corinna Allen is the entertainment reporter on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, airing daily from 5 to 7 a.m.