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The 2011 MTV VMA's from Soup to Nuts!


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MTV VMA BLACK CARPET Arrivals!
Oh what a night! Beyonce overshadowed anything tonight's MTV VMAs could have been by revealing her new baby bump on the red carpet. And dropping the mic, opening her blazer, and rubbing her belly during her performance. But while The Carters were jumping for joy around the Marriott & Nokia Theater about their baby news, celebs were having the best night ever making their grand arrivals.
Mom-to-Be Beyonce showed off her baby belly in this gorgeous flowing red-orange Lanvin Fall 2011 crepe one-shoulder gown on tonight's VMA black carpet. She rocked dangling diamond earrings and green emeralds to complete the look. And FOR ONCE she looked amazing:
Nicki Minaj also stopped to say wassup to Bey on the carpet.
Speaking of Nicki:

WTF?
Wiz & Amber Rose made out on the carpet...you know, their usual.
At least she's fully covered in breathable materials this time.
Kelly Rowland donned this black and gold fringed Fall 2011 Falguni & Shane Peacock dress for the occasion Sunday night.
And showed off her killer legs in her Louboutin Lady Peep spiked pumps.
Zoe Saldana also rocked black and gold with this Fall 2011 Barbara Bui tweed tunic. The tunic was actually rocked as a top on the runway, but Zoe showed off her gams by rocking it as a dress.
She topped off her look with Barbara Bui snakeskin heels.
Ne-Yo got golden in his shimmery sweater and jeans.
Busta kicked it upon arrival.
DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, and Ace Hovod hit the carpet.
Shaun Robinson stepped her color game up out her all-white field of usuals. She got colorful in this cute mini and mirrored sandals.
Kevin Hart did some small skits in between breaks for the awards. Dude is hilarious.
These damn shoes Lil Mama....
LMFAO is just....them
This!!!!


2011 MTV Video Music Awards:The Winners
With another year's show come and gone, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards offered up plenty of action while honoring the best in the music business.
The big winners at the Nokia Theatre LA Live show on Sunday night (August 28) included Katy Perry as Video of the Year honoree for "Firework" while Lady Gaga nabbed Best Female Video for "Born This Way" and Justin Bieber's "U Smile" took home the Moonman for Best Male Video.
Meanwhile, Britney Spears and the late Amy Winehouse received special tributes while performers included show opener Lady GaGa, as well as Beyonce Knowles, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Jay-Z with Kanye West, and Adele.


The complete list of winners from the 2011 MTV VMAs is as follows:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" WINNER: Katy Perry, "Firework" Beastie Boys, "Make Some Noise" Tyler, The Creator, "Yonkers" Bruno Mars, "Grenade"
BEST FEMALE VIDEO Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" Beyonce, "Run the World (Girls)" Katy Perry, "Firework" Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass" WINNER: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"
BEST MALE VIDEO Cee Lo Green, "F--k You" Eminem feat. Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie" Bruno Mars, "Grenade" Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi, "All of the Lights" WINNER: Justin Bieber, "U Smile"
BEST POP VIDEO Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" Bruno Mars, "Grenade" Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack, "Give Me Everything" Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" WINNER: Britney Spears, "Till The World Ends"
BEST ROCK VIDEO Mumford & Sons, "The Cave" Cage The Elephant, "Shake Me Down" Foster The People, "Pumped Up Kicks" WINNER: Foo Fighters, "Walk" The Black Keys, "Howlin' For You"
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz, "6'7'" Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi, "All of the Lights" WINNER: Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass" Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes, "Look at Me Now" Lupe Fiasco, "The Show Goes On"
BEST NEW ARTIST Foster the People Wiz Khalifa WINNER: Tyler, the Creator Big Sean feat. Chris Brown Kreayshawn
BEST COLLABORATION Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack, "Give Me Everything" Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, "Look at Me Now" Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, "All of the Lights" WINNER: Katy Perry Featuring Kanye West, "E.T." Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, "Moment 4 Life"
BEST ART DIRECTION WINNER: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep" Katy Perry featuring Kanye West,"E.T." Lady Gaga, "Judas" Kanye West featuring Dwele, "Power" Death Cab For Cutie, "You Are a Tourist"
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY WINNER: Beyoncé, "Run the World (Girls)" Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends" Lady Gaga, "Judas" Bruno Mars, "The Lazy Song" LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon, "Rock Party Rock Anthem"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY WINNER: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" 30 Seconds to Mars, "Hurricane" Eminem featuring Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie" Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream" Beyoncé, "Run the World (Girls)"
BEST EDITING
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." 30 Seconds to Mars, "Hurricane" WINNER: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" Manchester Orchestra, "Simple Math" Kanye West Featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi, "All of the Lights"
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS WINNER: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." Linkin Park, "Waiting For the End" Manchester Orchestra, "Simple Math" Kanye West featuring Dwele, "Power" Chromeo, "Don't Turn the Lights On"
BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE WINNER: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way" Eminem (featuring Rihanna), "Love the Way You Lie" Katy Perry,"Firework" Pink, "Fuckin' Perfect" Rise Against, "Make It Stop (September's Children)" Taylor Swift, "Mean".


AND FOR OUR FOOLYWANG MOMENT 2.O: Crasher Hits The Stage During Jay-Z And Kanye West's "Otis" Performance At The 2011 MTV VMAs
It's was a Throne type of night as the duo hit the stage to perform their big hit "Otis".
During their performance, a fan crashed the stage around the 1:40 mark. But they kept the party goin' anyway.
Check it:
Jesus Christ foolish folks!


Here are some performances
Adele TURNS IT With "Someone Like You"
Adele sang one of my favorite songs of hers to date, "Someone Like You," at the MTV VMA stage. Simple is sometimes more...
Video:
UK soul sensation is simply Amazing. Keep brushing the hate off ya shoulders girl...



Chris Brown's Dazzling 2011 MTV VMA Performance
One of the most popular acts of the evening, Chris Brown brought his A-game at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles Decked out in a white formal suit, the 22-year-old showed off his stellar dance moves while kicking things off with "Yeah 3X" before transitioning into Wu-Tang Clan's classic tune "Protect Ya Neck".
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Next up, Brown pulled an unexpected turn while dancing to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" before closing out his efforts with his latest tune "Beautiful People". During the finale, Chris treated the Nokia Theatre audience to a dazzling display in which he was pulled in the air by invisible wires before landing on another stage to close out with a not-to-be-missed running man routine.



Beyonce & Her Baby Bump Rock "Love On Top" On The VMA Stage
She's glowing! Beyonce Knowles showed off her new "love" on the VMA stage--her and hubby Jay's first baby Beyonce rocked a black and white pantsuit with a purple and black sequins blazer over it to semi-conceal her new addition. And as soon as she took the stage she told the crowd, "I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me."
Check the vid:
And at the end of the performance, she opened up her jacket to reveal her maternity pants over her baby bump. Jay looked like the proudest.papa.ever.


OK That’s enough from me. For more videos and info please
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SEE YA LATER FOLKS! EFREM


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Kelly Rowland Covers Vibe

In the latest issue of Vibe Magazine Kelly Rowland kind of admits she doesn't talk to Mathew Knowles anymore...
 
From Vibe
When you walked away from that last meeting with Mathew, did you feel an “exhale” moment?
I did, but I also felt like, 'Oh my God, what have I done?!' I stayed in the house for two days. I was sad. It was like a funeral. I had to deaden that situation in order to start fresh. That’s a very long time to have the same manager and the same label.
 
What about your personal relationship with Mathew Knowles. Do you still talk to him?
Mathew sent me flowers for my birthday!
 
But do you talk to him?
It’s... I respect him above anything.
 
OH WELLS!
 
 
 
NOW DAMN IT EDDIE LONG I’M TIRED…YOU MEAN TO TELL ME YOU ARE IN THIS DEEP ON THE DOWN LOW???....
Everybody ,Meet Centinio Kemp
 
A 5th accuser in the Bishop Eddie Long sexual misconduct settlement has been revealed as Centino Kemp. He is a 22-year-old musician and Atlanta resident who sports a tattoo on his arm about his "relationship" with the New Birth pastor. See the tattoo and get the deets inside....
I told you earlier that Bishop Eddie Long had reached a settlement with four accusers in his sexual misconduct case, but now a 5th accuser has been revealed.

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The FOX 5 team in Atlanta has revealed that 22-year-old musician Centino Kemp, who was not named in the original lawsuit, was a big factor in the settlement. In fact, sources speculate that Centino helped the plantiffs reach a settlement because Bishop Eddie Long was "VERY" uncomfortable with Centino's presence anywhere near this case. But why?
Well, from the outset, Centino is....different...from the other plantiffs we've seen. Let's just say he is far removed from hypermasculine hip-hop imagery. And by that we mean he's not afriad to rock a perm or lipstick.
When Fox 5 approached Centino, he would not offer up much by way of commentary about Bishop Eddie Long...but his music and tattoo speak for themselves. He sports a tattoo on his arm that reads "
 
"Eddie Long. Never a Mistake, Always a Lesson"
 
Hmmm. Wonder if he was inspired by Rihanna's "Never A Failure. Always A Lesson" tatt. And according to FOX 5, most of Centino's music is from the perspective of a scorned lover and does address his stance on the church...which isn't always positive.
One source said Centino, who is from the Bahamas, met the bishop while he was a college student in Florida, but his apperance in the lawsuit threw most for a loop.

OKAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH....THIS IS WHY AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE SCARED TO BE WHO THEY ARE BECAUSE OF FOLKS LIKE THIS!!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
Eve FINALLY Sells Home In Hollywood Hills For 1.3 Million
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Eve no longer resides in the Hollywood Hills. The “Los Angeles Times” is reporting that the rap diva has sold her home for just over one-point-three-million dollars. Eve purchased the house back in 2005 for almost one-point-eight-million dollars. The contemporary Mediterranean home is nearly 43-hundred square feet, and features four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.
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When Eve isn’t busy with real estate transactions, she’s working on her fourth studio album, “Lip Lock.” A release date for the record hasn’t been announced, but back in May Eve told BBC Radio that she had five more songs to finish before she’s done with the album.
 
 

Keyshia Cole Hints at Bio-pic?
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Although it was reported here that ‘Let It Go’ singer Keyshia Cole is working on a new reality show, fans may soon be able to see the starlet on another screen.
Cole caused quite the buzz on Twitter when she hinted at plans to star in a new movie, with rumors swirling the flick may be a biopic chronicling the star’s rise to fame:
With a reality show, tour, and (now) a movie all in the pot, Cole may be cooking up a comeback after her triple aluminum-selling last album ‘Calling All Hearts’ failed to get much of an answer from record buyers.
 
 
 
Usher Raymond at New Look Foundation Conference

Usher Raymond IV posed with his adorable son Usher Raymond V (Cinco) during his New Look Foundation Conference
The 3-day event took place in Atlanta, Georgia and this year’s conference theme, “One World Powered By Service,” focused on two days of substantive workshops.
The Conference finale was held Friday, July 22nd, with the second annual World Leadership Awards at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
 
Media mogul Ted Turner was honored with the Service Legacy Award, which last year was presented to President Bill Clinton.
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Several newsmakers, business leaders, artists, musicians, journalists and local personalities like Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta Falcons’ Ovie Mughelli, American Idol Melinda Doolittle, Celebrity Photographer Derek Blanks played a part of this year’s event.
 
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed & Usher Raymond
Usher & Ted Turner
Derek Blanks & Usher Raymond
Former American Idol Contestant Melinda Doolittle
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin & Usher
A Very good thing Usrh has got going on…CONGRATS to all the honorees!
 
 

Kardashian Sisters Name Debut Novel "Dollhouse"

After a full morning of filming alongside sister Khloe and fiance Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian said her goodbyes as she was spotted heading off for a photo shoot in Los Angeles on Wednesday (July 27).
Not letting the non-stop workload dampen her mood, the always-busy E! reality star was especially pumped up for the midday photo session, as she tweeted, "Huge cover shoot today!!! I am soooo excited for this one! I will try to send a twitpic! It's my 1st cover for the middle east! Sooo major!"
And while Kim happened to be solely focused on her demanding celebrity schedule, fellow sister Kourtney's priorities commendably laid in spending time with her 1 1/2-year-old son Mason as the twosome were spotted having a blast while out shopping in Calabasas.
Despite carrying out the separate schedules, Kim and Kourtney both joined together on Twitter to make a big announcement during the course of the afternoon - as the ladies have chosen the name for their first literary offering.

The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" stars wrote, "We've picked a name for our very first novel.... DOLLHOUSE! A big congratulations to Courtney Powell who picked the winning name, and will get a guest role in the novel!"
For all of those interested in grabbing up the Kardashian sisters' book, it hits store shelves November 1st while currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
 
The book is out on November 1 but it’s available for pre-order NOW an Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
 
 

CELEB GIVE BACK: Wi​ll Smith, Tyrese, Lil Mama, Mike Vick & More At The Party 4 Peace
 
Tons of celebs flew to Philadelphia last weekend to help radio vet Charlie Mack promote the "Party 4 Peace." And we love when celebs give back. So we've got pics of who showed up to spread the peace.
Shown above, Will Smith, Rebecca Crews and Allen Payne were among the celebs who attended the 8th Annual Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebration.
A portion of the weekend proceeds benefitted the local non-profit, The Charlie Mack Cares Center.
Actor Allen Payne offered words of inspiration to the kids.
Lil' Mama and her new orange bob also spoke during the event.
Charlie Mack posed with Maria Battle of Keystone Mercy and Michael Vick and Tyrese as well.
Love when celebs give back.
And at other events from the Charlie Mack weekend....
Actor Terry Crews' wife Rebecca Crews hung out with fab chick Jill Marie Jones and Elise Neal.

Terry posed with KD Aubert. Wonder what she's been to.
Terry Crews, Maria Battle of Keystone Mercy, Will Smith, Sharon Thompson of Keystone Mercy and Rebecca Crews all posed together in all-white and gray.

Charlie also kicked it with Terrence J, Chico Benymon and Allen Payne.
During the festivities, the celebs gathered up for a group shot. Hey Tocarra! We see you over there on the end....
Fab times for a good cause.
 
 

Outkast Reunion Possible!

*Outkast fans’ hearts were broken when we all learned Big Boi and Andre 3000 were banned from working together, so to speak. But there is hope for a reunion.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Big Boi didn’t say anything for sure but definitely dropped some hints of a coming collaboration.
“I think it’s very much possible because we have L.A. Reid in our corner now, and he was the first to sign Outkast,” Big Boi said, referring to the major transition Epic Records made.
Big Boi is signed as a solo artist with Def Jam while Outkast is signed to Jive. The deals kept the pair’s work from appearing on his 2010 solo debut, “Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty.”
“L.A. Reid has permission to make it happen now,” Big Boi said. “so I hope it does, and I don’t really see why it won’t.”
In the meantime, the rapper is hopeful that his next album, “Daddy Fat Sax: will be out this year with a special collaboration with Janelle Monae, a Big Boi discovery.
 
 
 
 
Rihanna Gets Glammed Up For Glamour Magazine

The fire engine red hair wearing songstress Rihanna is covering the September issue of Glamour magazine. She took a ton of sexy photos and gave commentary on being a role model to young girls and how she likes it in the bedroom. Read on for more details from her exclusive interview with Glamour.
She vented her frustrations about maintaining true to herself while still being a role model to young girls saying,
“In the beginning of my career, it was really strict for me. I couldn’t wear pink or red lipstick; it was just bizarre. We had a young fan base, and they were trying to keep me fresh. But I just really wanted to be myself. I wanted to be sassy, the attitude, all these things that I am.”
She even told the magazine about how she likes things in the bedroom,
 
“I play a very dominant role in my life, in every aspect of it. And I like to feel like a lady still, at some point. I feel like that’s the time when a guy really gets to be a man, and I get to be a woman. And if I’m being a man in the bedroom too, there’s nothing really in it for me.”
Riri even dished to Glamour about her excitement that the music industry is taking with fellow female contenders such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and gal pal Katy Perry,
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“There’s a pack. It’s me, Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyoncé…who else? Ke$ha, for sure. Women are definitely dominating music right now, and that’s because we are competitive beings. I feel like music hasn’t been this exciting in a while.”
 
 

Wiz Khalifa Celebrated "Rolling Papers" Going Gold

It was a black-and-gold affair as Wiz Khalifa celebrated his career achievements. The Pittsburgh rapper was presented with a gold plaque for selling 500,000 copies of his major label debut Rolling Papers. Atlantic Records executives toasted the Best New Artist VMA nominee, who marked the occasion with his team including longtime manager Benjy Grinberg.
In addition, his singles “Black and Yellow” and “Roll Up” were certified platinum. “These Platinum Plaques Got me Thankful For Every Positive Person In My Life,” tweeted a humbled Wiz, who is currently on tour with Big Sean.
 
 
 
CANDIDS: Chris Brown Shooting Hoops For NIKE

Chris Brown was spotted playing basketball out in Cali yesterday Chris Brown participated in the Nike Real Run Tournament in Los Angeles with a few NBA ballers.
 
Before the game, Chris tweeted
“Bout to play wit my homie Lebron at the Nike real run tournament at inglewood highschool today!! Gonna be crazy!”

And afterwards, he said:
 
“Thx to all the fans who came to the game today!!! We won! James Harden, Cuttino Mobley, Marcus Williams, had a [b]last!!! Shout out to Quebeey!”
 
 
 
SPEAKING OF THE TWO OF THEM: Chris Brown And Kelly Rowland To Tour Together
It’s Kelly Rowland Day round these parts, everybody! Here I Am is officially out, as is her “Lay It On Me” single art and Vibe cover, and now we get the news that Ms. Rowland will be hitting the road with Chris Brown on the singer’s upcoming US tour starting this September. The diamond-toothed R&B star tweeted on Saturday, “This Tour is about to be crazzzyyy! Not releasing the dates yet or the other acts. Don’t wanna count my eggs before they hatch!” Go ahead and count your eggs, Chris, and at least one chicken.
 
 

Oprah's Oscar Ploy Blows Up In Her Face

Oprah hatched a plan to boost her lagging popularity by attaching herself to the Oscars and ended up with egg on her face.
The “Chicago Sun-Times” headline hit America like a bombshell: OPRAH WINFREY Top Choice to Host Oscars!
The story, citing “solid Motion Picture Academy sources,” was instantly denied by the Academy – but now My OWN Spies (as in Oprah Winfrey Network) can reveal that this leaky gasbag report was actually a trial balloon launched sneakily by O herself!
Said a top OWN source: “Desperately trying to revive her failing network, Oprah huddled with top brass to brainstorm on re-energizing OWN – and flipped over one exec’s idea that she should host the Oscars, putting her back in the spotlight and luring viewers.
"So she secretly ordered her people to leak phony news that she was a strong contender for the job – hoping to create buzz and put the idea in the Oscar committee’s heads. But her scheme backfired when they announced: We’re NOT interested!”
Insulted at first, Oprah was greatly relieved she hadn’t lost face, at least. Her embarrassing secret – how she’d created, inflated and floated the phony balloon herself – had not, luckily, gone public…UNTIL NOW!!
Sorry, O – ironically, I bet you’d’ve been great.
 
 
 
 
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
“Orange Glo”


Orange you gland you can see my front butt?
 

HAVE A GOOD WEEK ALL!!!
EFREM

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From BET Mo’Nique’s Talk CANCELLED!!


*BET has responded to reports by Media Take Out and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “The Mo’Nique Show” has been cancelled. The network is choosing to go with another term for the sudden move: “production hiatus.”

 “’The Mo’Nique Show’ will be on production hiatus beginning in the Fall,” BET spokesperson Kobe Swanson tells EURweb. “However, new episodes of the show will continue to air throughout the summer. Mo’Nique Hicks and ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ are important to the BET Networks family and we look forward to continuing our relationship with her.”

Earlier today, The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Radio and TV Talk blogger Rodney Ho contacted Mo’Nique’s sidekick Rodney Perry and reported the following…

At about 1:30 p.m., I called Rodney Perry, who was Mo’Nique’s sidekick on the show. He said he was running into a meeting and didn’t answer my question. While I was at lunch over at the mall court, at 1:40 p.m. EST, he texted me: “I was told indefinite hiatus.”

That’s a euphemism for canceled.

In an interview I did at 2:40 p.m., the stand-up comic said he enjoyed the experience working with Mo’Nique. “I’m selling out shows now,” he said. “That’s a win.” He heard the news from Mo’Nique’s husband but hasn’t spoken to the Oscar-winning actress yet. (He wouldn’t say when he knew about this, implying he has known for awhile.)

 “We did some good work,” Perry said. “And I think the show is significant. There hasn’t been an outlet for people of color late night since Arsenio.”

The talk show, which Mo’Nique compared to a high-energy nightly party, lasted two seasons and had been taped in Turner Studios, which are now being used for BET’s show “Reed Between the Lines” through October. When I heard that earlier today, I wondered if that meant “Mo’Nique” was not coming back or had been moved to another studio. If her show were coming back, she would be taping by August. (Like many shows, it does not tape original episodes during the summer.)

This didn’t appear to be an issue of ratings. I didn’t have time to do an entire season’s check on ratings so I sampled four weeks in April, 2011 vs. April 2010. Ratings from April 5 to April 29, 2010 averaged 615,000 viewers a night. From April 4 to April 28, 2011, her show averaged 586,000. That’s only a five percent drop.

Mediatakeout, which broke the story, said there were conflicts between BET management and Mo’Nique. Was it creative and/or financial? The story does not say. It also doesn’t say if BET will seek another talk-show host or just drop the concept.

Perry isn’t sure why the show was cut but thinks it might have been a financial decision. “They haven’t had this type of investment ever,” he said. “We did 300 shows over two seasons. That’s a huge investment.”


WELL HAS THIS BEEN A WEEK FOR LAURYN HILL OR WHAT?


I’m still unclear if Lauryn & Rohan are even together anymore. And L Boogie's newest message to her fans made us raise our eyebrows even more.

 

Rohan previously stirred up drama by alluding to the supposed fact that he is not the father of Lauryn's newest baby. Seeing that they've been together for a very long time, and share 5 other children together, it caught the public off-guard.

 

Now, Lauryn's chimed in with the same sentiments as Rohan with this message:

Well damn so I guess that Brazilian chick really is the new girl in town??? Miss Lauryn please stop having babies and bring back some good music!

 

Mary J Blige Opens Up About Broken Engagement with K-Ci

On Mary J. Blige's VH1 Behind the Music special Mary J relives the moment she found out the love of her life, K-Ci from Jodeci, had broken their engagement live on a television talk show...
Mary tells VH1,

 

"I was on some TV show saying that I was engaged and showing off my ring (and) the host pulls up the tape and says, 'This is what he said'." 
Asked for a comment after the footage was shown to her, Blige simply asked the host to "move on", insisting, "We're not getting married now." 
Looking back on the incident, Blige, who is now married to producer Kendu Isaacs, says, "You don't ask a woman to marry you if that's not what you want. I was young and I was in love. That hurt me."…WOW!




Well damn beggars shouldn’t be choosy! Casey Anthony's Parents Reject $250,000 Interview Offer

 

Less than two weeks after their daughter was acquitted of the murder of their grandchild, the bids keep coming in for the first sit-down interview with Casey Anthony's parents - and apparently they're holding out for the highest bidder.
According to TMZ, the parents of the newly-freed 25-year-old have rejected a $250,000 deal with a well-known syndicated talk show, making the race for the first Q & A session with George and Cindy that much more expensive.

With word that an interview with Casey herself could bring upwards of over a million dollars, ABC has released a statement explaining that it will no longer pay for the licensing of Anthony family photos and videos in exchange for an interview.
The "no monetary offering" announcement comes after a previous TMZ report stated that Miss Anthony's lawyer, Jose Baez, was stationed at NYC's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, fielding high-dollar bids from the big three networks - ABC, CBS and NBC.

 

 

Idris Elba Posts Semi Naked Photo On Twitter

 

It’s the wee hours of the morning and I guess even celebs get that “feeling”. Actor Idris Elba twit pic’ed this photo less than an hour ago on twitter. I’m not sure if he intended to send this picture to twitter judging by his next tweet that stated:

Maybe the picture was supposed to serve as a late night special to his boo. Regardless, fans have the picture now and the ladies have been going crazy over this pic! I wonder if he’s going to try to say that someone “hacked” into his account. What do you think of the photo? Do you think he meant to send it to twitter?

 

Fox News Settles Claim Over Debbie Rowe Interview

*Fox News has settled a lawsuit that claimed the cable news network improperly aired an interview with Michael Jackson’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, during its nonstop coverage of the singer’s death in 2009.
In making the agreement, Fox News owner News Corp. “puts particularly nasty litigation to bed and spares some possible embarrassment at trial for chairman Rupert Murdoch, who once proclaimed there to be no such thing as “fair use,” but then had to rely upon it in this case to fight copyright infringement claims,” notes the Hollywood Reporter.

 

The trade reports this dispute “was extraordinary from the get-go.”
In 2002, F. Marc Schaffel became aware that Jackson was being interviewed by British journalist Martin Bashir for a special that would run on ABC entitled “Living with Michael Jackson.” The resulting special would prove embarrassing for MJ.

 

Schaffel worked together with Jackson on video projects that would rehabilitate the singer’s image. One such project was an interview with Rowe, produced by Shaffel. Because of a confidentiality deal signed by Jackson and Rowe at the time of the divorce, Jackson had to personally release Rowe from her non-disclosure obligations. Portions of the interview aired in 2003 on Fox News’ Geraldo at Large, but Schaffel held back hours of unaired footage that might have been deemed more sensitive for Jackson.
Seven years later, that interview resurfaced thanks to Jackson’s mysterious death and Rowe’s old discussion of needing sedatives.
Fox News aired the sensitive portions of the interview. So did TMZ, which may have obtained it through connections at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office, which had executed a search warrant on Schaffel’s home.

 

Schaffel sued both Fox News and TMZ for copyright infringement.
The nature of the complaint against Fox News, filed in January 2010, immediately made this lawsuit personal for News Corp. executives.
To preclude any defense that the network might have fair use, the lawsuit pointed to comments that Murdoch made to Sky News Australia where he said, “There’s a doctrine called ‘fair use,’ which we believe to be challenged in the courts and would bar it altogether.”

 

Howard King, Schaffel’s lawyer, admits that including this quote was an inflammatory move. Nevertheless, King got passionate about this case and decided to pursue much of it on his own dime.
Over the following year, the lawsuit became nastier and nastier, with both sides lobbing allegations at each other and attempting to have a judge impose sanctions on one another for “cheating and deception.”
On the legal merits, Fox News not only claimed fair use, but questioned whether Schaffel should be entitled to copyright on the clip in the first place. Fox maintained the interview was a work-for-hire and that at the time of the airing, the interview was controlled by Fire Mountain Services, a company owned by Michael Jackson
Last June, the judge in the case declined to rule on that matter at the preliminary stage, and the case was on track for trial later this year.
This past March, Schaffel settled with TMZ.
Now, despite the extraordinary animosity between the sides, Schaffel and Fox News have come to an agreement on undisclosed terms. It’s fair to say News Corp. has more pressing legal issues these days on the forefront



Celebs out and About!

Check out some of your celebrities out and about enjoying themselves

Heidi Klum changed out fits three times in two hours. Here is outfit #1,

#2 and

#3.

Huh. A picture of Coco where she is dressed.

Kirstie Alley on her way into Letterman.

Keri Hilson manages to carry her own umbrella.


I stand corrected. Apparently random people are waiting on the street for their chance.

Leo and Blake try to remain apart at a concert. That is Blake in the hat on the far right.

Nicole Murphy and Michael Strahan still going strong..

Ryan Reynolds shows off his sign language skills to Peter Saarsgard.

Tim Robbins is selling a new record. Interested?

Vanessa Hudgens gets whacked by a random bag.

Most random photo ever. William Shatner and Henry Rollins.

FUN?....you decide.


Rihanna Named “Woman Of The Year” By Vogue Italia

 

Rihanna has been named Vogue Italia’s ‘”Woman Of The Year” which will be the featured in the September issue. It’s not her red hair or her fashionable ways that got her the title either.

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The magazine named her woman of the year because of “her ability to face down adversity and personal hardship, including her troubled relationships with former boyfriend Chris Brown and her drug-addicted father, whom she fired as her manager this year after he made up stories and provided private family photos to tabloids”.

 

 

Black Star Power At Comic-Con 

 

Vivica A. Fox, Sanaa Lathan and Aisha Tyler were among the celebs who headed to San Diego over the weekend for the 2011 Comic-Con Festival.

Several celebs were spotted at various events associated with the Comic-Con Festival in San Diego, CA recently.

While at the festival, Vivica A. Fox posed at an event hosted by Connected Kenneth Cole Reaction.

 

Taraji P. Henson was also in town for the event.

 

Reagan Gomez-Preston was there too.

Reagan and Sanaa were there to speak on the same panel.

 

Kevin Michael Richardson, Sanaa Lathan, actor/producer Mike Henry, writer/producer Rich Appel, actors Reagan Gomez-Preston and John Viener spoke at "The Cleveland Show" Panel.

And gorgeous actress/funny woman Aisha Tyler posed with "Community" star Joel McHale.

 

FUN, FUN, FUN!! 


And now a word from Ashanti!

 

That’s it! Whatever is coming soon be on the look out!

Marc Anthony to Hit Jennifer Lopez Where it Hurts

Embarrassed and humiliated Marc Anthony intends to make Jennifer Lopez pay for leaving him. Literally.
JENNIFER LOPEZ and MARC ANTHONY are headed into a bitter divorce battle over her $250 million fortune. According to The National Enquirer. Following years of terrible strife, Jennifer finally declared the marriage over in a single act of defiance – by agreeing to do another season of “American Idol,” against Marc’s desire.
“In the end, all the battling became pure torture for J.Lo – she simply told him, ‘I’ve had enough,’ ” said an insider.
The pair announced their split on July 15, but they actually separated in early July, The ENQUIRER learned, after Marc disagreed with his wife’s decision to return to “Idol.”

 

And even though the macho singer is worth about $60 million himself, insiders expect him to go after Jennifer’s much larger bank account.
“There was no prenuptial agreement when they got hitched in 2004, so she could be on the hook for as much $125 million,” an insider told The ENQUIRER. “But her attorneys will undoubtedly argue that Marc made tens of millions himself and that she shouldn’t have to pay a dime.”
Marc, 42, is very upset because his 42-year-old wife not only decided to serve as judge on another season of “Idol,” but also signed for a summer movie – which clashed with his career plans, divulged a close source. 
The Latino heartthrob “felt betrayed,” added a family friend, because they had already announced that they were teaming up for a Latin reality show/talent contest called “Q’Viva! The Chosen.”
“It was HIS deal and Jennifer was crucial to it,” noted the friend.
“Q’Viva” producers say the show is set to film this autumn throughout Latin America – and that both Jennifer and Marc remain committed to it, added the source.

 

But juggling the time schedule between “Q’Viva,” “Idol” and the new movie is going to be extremely difficult for Jennifer.”
Meanwhile, Jennifer had been on the fence about returning to “Idol” for a long time.“Saying she was rejoining ‘Idol’ was really her statement that the marriage was over.” 
According to one family source, “Marc berated her in front of her family, her nannies and her bodyguards. It was almost as if he never let her do anything without him.”When the J.LO became a judge on “American Idol” in January 2011, sources say she made sure that Marc appeared on the show to stave off his temper tantrums.
While Jennifer is back on top, Marc is NOT.
As of January 2011, Marc reportedly owed the IRS a whopping $3.4 million in unpaid taxes – which could intensify the divorce battle over the couple’s assets.

 

“It’s going to be ugly and it’s only just begun,” said the close source.

IT STILL! HAPPENS DRIVING WHILE BLACK!

 

Here are photos of Jeezy talking with Atlanta police officers around 8:00 PM Sunday evening ... after cops pulled over the rapper's super-customized 2011 Ferrari California. 
We're told 3 officers in 2 squad cars handled the situation -- and Jeezy was eventually allowed to drive off after receiving his ticket.

Jeezy's citation will cost him somewhere in the neighborhood of $200

 

 

Beyonce Promotes Kelly Rowland's New CD on Facebook????

Beyoncé shocked everyone this morning by promoting former bandmate Kelly Rowland’s new CD, Here I Am, on her Facebook page about an hour ago! *Checking the sky to see if it’s falling*
Beyoncé (or someone in her camp) wrote:
Summer just got be
tter: Kelly Rowland’s new solo album, ‘Here I Am,’ joins Beyoncé’s ’4′ on store shelves and at iTunes today. Congratulations to Kelly! Get your copy now:http://bit.ly/n4E4JV

 

Now let’s see if Bey will also cross promote Kelly’s CD on her Twitter page as well..OH WAIT Bey doesn’t have a Twitt…..OH NEVERMIND!

 

WELL THE FACEBOOK POST MAY NOT BE REAL…..BUT SHE DID COME TO SUPPORT KELLY!

 

 

Destiny's Child Night On the Town For Kelly Rowland’s CD Release party!

Stepping out to celebrate with her former bandmates, Beyonce Knowles joined Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams at The Standard Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night (July 26).


The Destiny's Child trio were all glammed up as they took to the swanky Moet Rose Lounge for a launch party being held for Kelly's new album "Here I Am".
No strangers to rumblings of a reunion, Miss Rowland recently was asked by Vulture whether she, Beyonce and Michelle will team up again in the future.
To this, Kelly replied, "Well, it’s nothing that we’ve discussed, and we talk pretty much every week, to be honest."

Rowland was then asked what song she'd look forward to performing most if a reunion took place, to which she said, "With the girls? Anything a cappella. I would love for us to come and shut something down a cappella and just kill it. I remember when Wyclef put us on the spot at the MTV Awards, when we did 'Say My Name' I look back at that, and we sounded so good!"



 


If you care to know: Raz B Ready to Spill His Guts 

As if there's anything left to tell, Raz B is getting ready to write a tell all...

Raz B, who made headlines last year after accusing Chris Stokes and Marques Houston of sexually abusing him while he was a member of the boy band B2K is telling his Twitter followers that he's preparing to write an expose about the music industry.



 
 


He Says He Ain’t, But She Claims Flo Rida is the Daddy

*Flo Rida is not the baby’s daddy.

The rapper has been accused of fathering the son of Gloria Halloway who was born earlier this year.
But according to Flo’s attorney, he took a paternity test last month that ruled him out.
But the baby’s mother ain’t havin’ it. Her lawyer, Damon McDougal told TMZ:
“There is absolutely nothing to indicate that [Flo Rida] was sampled.”
He added, “I really do feel that the only way we are going to get a reliable paternity test is going to be within the confines of some sort of court order.”




 

 

 

HOLY GAY MARRIAGE...SAY WHAT???? Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka: Not Tying The Knot!

While it did just become legal in his state of New York, Neil Patrick Harris says he won't be getting married to his long-time partner David Burtka any time soon.
Rumors of the supposed forthcoming nuptials began swirling after the 38-year-old actor expressed his hope to say "I do" as the marriage equality bill was in the process of being passed.
Despite his previous statement, Neil says he and David aren't ready to tie the knot just yet, telling Bravo's Andy Cohen that the couple currently "have no plans to [wed]."
Further explaining his change in heart, Harris continued, "We have contemplated it here [in New York], but the problem is if you say like yes, we're planning a wedding, then it becomes a big giant thing."




 

 

 

Lil Wayne and Lauren London's Son
Say hello to baby Cameron

Lauren London has done an excellent job keeping her son with Lil Wayne off the internet, till now.
Peep an official first look at Lauren London’s adorable 2 year old son…

 

Cute!



 
 

AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES

“Tweet Tweet”


Judging by your Tweety Bird ensemble and checkerboard shades, I’m going to assume that you are one bad-ass mother who (as best put by the Wu-Tang Clan) “ain’t nothin’ to f*ck with”!

 
 

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!
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MEOW!!!! Mel B Calls Madonna a B*tch
Old rivalries run deep as Mel B calls Madonna a bitch on the radio.
Newly installed X-Factor judge Mel B got in a bit of practice on the Kyle and Jackie O by going through a few fairly famous audition tapes.
Out of Guy Sebastian, Lady Gaga, Pink, Madonna, Elton John and herself, who would she put through to the next round? Who would she reject?
Upon hearing that Madonna's "audition" was one of the performances she rejected, Mel B seemed quite pleased with herself, saying that she sounded like "a drunken karaoke singer" and added that she was a "biatch".
 
 
However to The Dirt's surprise it appears that Mel's changed her tack towards Madonna.
Back in 2009 she backed Madonna's decision to adopt Mercy James from Malawi, saying that "It's a good thing… not only is she highlighting the plight of orphans in Africa, she's also giving this little girl the chance of a better life."
 
 

Aaliyah Tribute coming soon!
Get ready to rock your swoop bangs for Baby Girl! BET announced in a tweet sent out that it is planning a tribute to honor the life of Aaliyah set to air next month. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the rising star’s death. Get it right, cousins.
 
 

Rodney And Holly Robinson Peete Host Celebs At The HollyRod Foundation Benefit
The 13th Annual Design Care Benefiting The HollyRod Foundation was held in Beverly Hills and hosted by founders Rodney Peete and his wife, "The Talk" co-host Holly Robinson Peete.
Their charity, The HollyRod Foundation, provides "medical, physical, and emotional support" to individuals living with Parkinson's Disease as well as families of children with autism.
Inside, the couple posed with their son R.J. Peete.
At the event, Holly posed with her fellow co-hosts from "The Talk" Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini.

Sharon was there with her husband Ozzy.
Tisha Campbell-Martin looked gorge in her little black dress.
While Shaun Robinson rocked a skin-tight little silver dress and new blonde highlights.
And Regina King looked amazing in her hot pink dress.
And Garcelle Beauvais wore canary yellow and purple suede pumps.
Garcelle posed with her sister Shontelle Beauvais.
At the fundraiser, there was a Naeem Khan fashion show....
Holly posed with the designer himself and Dolores Robinson (her mom).
Chris Spencer helped MC the fashion show.
And she walked the catwalk looking stunning.
Then she was joined on stage by her family.
And Ledisi also entertained the crowd.
Fab times for a great cause.
 
 

Cameron Diaz & A-Rod's Miami Beach Boating Excursion
Still spending time in the sunshine state, Cameron Diaz and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez were side-by-side in Miami Beach, Florida on Monday (July 25).
The "Shrek" actress soaked up the rays in a bikini top/shorts combo as she boarded a boat with her New York Yankees slugger beau at the helm.
Earlier in the day, Cameron accompanied A-Rod to an appointment at the physical therapist's office - as Rodriguez is currently recovering from a minor knee surgery.
Having been together in Florida all weekend, the twosome met with a real estate agent in the location earlier this year - though no word of a new abode has come to light thus far.
 
 
 
In Bringing back SEXY! Da Brat for Vibe Magazine
Is that Da Brat? The rapper, who first rose to fame in the 90s, was recently featured in a shoot for Vibe Magazine.
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With a head full of curly locks, light makeup and defined brows, Da Brat is an undeniable beauty. The fashion adds to her new softer, more Bohemian look with maxidresses, ivory-hued tunics and bold jewelry.
 
 
Lauryn Hill is not paying her Bills????
Playing guitar for Lauryn Hill doesn't pay as well as you'd think ... in fact it doesn't pay at all ... so says a former string-plucker who claims he got the ol' stifferoo after performing with the singer back in 2007.
Pro guitar player Jay Gore has filed a lawsuit against Hill in small claims court in L.A. -- claiming he played with her for a couple of weeks back in 2007 -- and was supposed to make $3,590 for the gig ... but he never got a check.
 
Calls to Lauryn have not been returned ... probably because she's busy with her new baby.
 
 

MEET THE NEW GURLS WHO BE THE FACE OF MAC VIVA GLAM! NICKI & RICKY
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Nicki Minaj Named The New Face of MAC Viva Glam
Beauty giant MAC Cosmetics just named Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin the newest MAC Viva Glam spokesmodels according to The Glamazons.
The Latin crooner and Young Money rapstress are shooting ads today with famed photographer David La Chapelle and the campaign is slated to debut in February 2012.
 
With a successful lipstick deal for Pink Friday with MAC under her belt, we’re proud to see Nicki Minaj nail her first major beauty advertising campaign with the same company. Handsome singer Ricky Martin, who recently and proudly announced that he is gay, is an ideal spokesperson for the campaign as well and a testament to MAC’s dedication to diversity and inclusion
Do you think Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin are the right fit for MAC Viva Glam?
 
 
 
WHAT A DUMB A** CHICK! Nurse Fired After Posting “Nasty” Patient Photo on Facebook…
Meet 30 year old Taia Armstrong.
This wrap headed heffa WAS a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Greenfield, Indiana, but now her license is in jeopardy after she pulled something stupid on her facebook page…
A “nasty photo of one of her patients!
 
Details…
Investigators for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office said Armstrong took a picture of a paraplegic 51-year-old male patient’s buttocks after he’d had a bowel movement and posted the photo on Facebook last May.
Armstrong was quoted in court documents as saying to her co-worker, “This is too funny. I need to take a picture of this.”
 
Well let’s see how she’s gonna be taking funny pics in jail!
The co-worker told investigators that she asked Armstrong not to take the picture, but later noticed the photo posted on Armstrong’s Facebook wall.
The co-worker then went to her supervisor and reported the incident.
Armstrong admitted taking the photo and was fired. Now she faces losing her CNA license after the case was referred to the State Department of Health, which oversees licensing of CNAs.
Armstrong was being held Thursday in the Hancock County Jail on voyeurism charges.
Armstrong clearly violated ALL of her patients privacy rights and should also be facing civil charges from that man’s family!
Is there a limit to what should and should NOT be posted online?
 

Groundswell of Interest in Kanye West's Fashion Line
The fashion community is absolutely buzzing with anticipation for Kanye West's fashion line.
With every passing day, all the myth and lore surrounding the launch of Kanye West's clothing line, which was once reported to be called Pastelle, seems much less like myth and lore than an actual fetus with just an incredibly long gestation period. After legendary Central Saint Martins professor Louis Wilson confirmed that designer Louise Goldin was in fact working with Kanye on a line that she suggested the public not "dismiss in haste," Australian Harper's Bazaar reports its fashion editor Christine Centenera is also consulting on the line. Centenera met Kanye at the fall 2011 shows and has been flying to Paris twice a month since to help him.
 
Australian Harper's Bazaar's Anna McLeod writes:
It’s all very hush-hush at this stage, and Centenera refuses to discuss it when she is actually in the office, stating that West is a very private person and that it’s not her place to comment. However, this writer sits next to said fashion editor in the BAZAAR office, so one plus one equals two, right? We’ll keep you posted.
We love a story that causes a magazine to report on their own editors. American Vogue may do it frequently, but surely without the gossipy zest of this post.
 
 

Mya & Nicki Minaj Take Over Jamaica
Mya and Nicki Minaj were over in Jamaica this past weekend performing for Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night 2011. Mya performed Friday night as well as last night. And Nicki headed straight to Jamaica after her Miami performance the other night.
Mya rocked a cute dress on stage. She performed a duet with Wayne Wonder called "If I Ever Love Again."
And she tweeted pic of them at rehearsals
And then Nicki tapped into her catty side for her leopard driven performance.
Trinidadian Nicki told the crowd it was her first time performing in Jamaica.
Then she revealed, "I was told not to curse but that is really hard I am trying." But she stayed true to her words when songs had cursing in them. Oh wells.
She rocked the stage with "Super Bass," "Your Love," "Moment 4 Life," and more. She tweeted after leaving stage:

OMG!!! I swear I just had the TIME of my LIFE @ ReggaeSumFest in JAMAICA!!!!! Jamaica I fell in love tonite! WOWWW!!!!
Interesting. R.Kelly was also slated to perform but he pulled out last minute for emergency throat surgery.

Nicki also gushed about meeting Beenie Man backstage, saying. "Just met the KING of Dance Hall. Beenie!!!! I LOVE this man. Always have. WoW."
Well damn why should love a HOMOPHOPBE like him?…UGH!!!
 

IN SPORTS AND CRIME NEWS:
Steve Francis Angrily Responds to Sexual Assault Accuser
*That didn’t take long. And why am I not so NOT surprised.
Now that the news of him being accused of sexually assaulting a woman last year is out, former NBA player Steve Francis is fighting back. According to TMZ, he says the allegations were concocted by a “broke ass dwarf who can’t sing.”
Via Twitter, Francis went off on the woman accusing him of the groping allegations: Shauna Simien, a singer who was signed to Francis’ record label at the time of the alleged assault.
 
Here is what Francis wrote:
“Well since it’s a lockout. I got a new job responding to people askin’ me about grouping [sic]a broke ass dwarf. Who can’t sing. What can a G do??”
It’s unclear if Francis dropped her from the label, but the former Houston Rockets star pretty much says that Simien’s accusations are sour grapes — writing, “If you can’t sing, you can’t sing. Keep it moving.”
Simien filed a police report over a year ago — claiming Francis assaulted her outside his office, grabbing her between the legs.so far no charges have been filed.
 

SPLITSVILLE: Ron Artest Reveals He And "Basketball Wives: LA" Star Kimsha Artest Divorced Years Ago!
I told you earlier that Kimsha Artest, the "wife" of Ron Artest had joined the cast of "Basketball Wives: LA", but it's been revealed that Ron and Kimsha divorced two years ago! Get the deets inside...
Kimsha and Ron Artest must be one of the friendliest divorced couples around as most folks assumed the couple were still together. But they aren't!
 
TMZ recently revealed that Ron and Kimsha (married in 2003) quietly divorced in 2009. The parting was very amicable and the couple share joint custody of their three kids.
Wow! Well I guess they shouldn't have been expected to blast their divorce all over town...it's their business.
 
But it's pretty interesting that Kimsha doesn't seem to have a problem still being identified as Ron's wife. I'm sure if you mistakenly identified Shaunie O'Neal as the wife of Shaq you'd hear from her lawyer promptly.
 

IN L.A DODGER’SLAND: Bryan Stow beating suspects appear in Court
Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 29, believed to be the men shown in this photo, were arrested Thursday, July 21, 2011 on suspicion of beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on opening day.Three suspects are shown at a Los Angeles Dodgers game allegedly on the evening when San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten in the parking lot.
The two men charged in the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow made their first court appearance Monday, but their arraignment was postponed until Aug. 10.
Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, both of Rialto, were in Los Angeles Superior Court. They are accused of beating Stow, 42, nearly to death in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31 after the Dodgers' home opener.
The men were arrested Thursday and charged Friday with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury. The men, who are neighbors, were held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Judge Shelly Torrealba denied a request to reduce Norwood's bail to $100,000 "based on the seriousness of the charges" and indications the defendant would be a threat to public safety if released.
Dorene Sanchez, believed to be the woman in this photo, was also arrested on suspicion of being an accessory in the severe beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow. Sanchez posted $50,000 bail Friday, July 22, 2011.
A bail hearing for Sanchez was scheduled for Aug. 1.
Sanchez faces a maximum of nine years in prison, while Norwood faces up to eight years behind bars, according to prosecutors.
"Unfortunately, I still don't know what their case is based on," said attorney Gibert Quinones, who represents Sanchez. "My understanding, that there was a lineup. I don't have the information regarding the lineup yet."
Quinones said Sanchez does not fit the profile of someone who would commit the crime he is charged with. Quinones said Sanchez is a family man and has been a supervisor at an auto auction for many years.
Sanchez has several convictions for DUI and a conviction for evading the police for which he was sentenced to state prison.
Witnesses described Sanchez as the most aggressive of the assailants, allegedly kicking Stow in the face several times while he was on the ground. Witnesses also said Sanchez was very drunk at the game.
Norwood's attorney said his client is a full-time union carpenter who has lived at the same home for the last three years.
During the service of search warrants at Norwood's home, five firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle, were recovered. An investigation revealed that both Norwood and Sanchez had access to the weapons.
Stow's attackers allegedly fled in a car driven by a woman. Dorene Virginia Sanchez, 31, the sister of Louie Sanchez and the wife or girlfriend of Norwood, was also arrested as an accessory. She was released Friday on $50,000 bail.
Witnesses told police that Dorene Sanchez seemed to be aware about the beating since she drove out of the parking lot at a high speed and was seen swiveling through traffic to get away.
She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 19, according to Los Angeles County Jail records.
 
Eyewitness News has learned that Louie Sanchez's 10-year-old son has been interviewed by LAPD detectives. The boy was at the game with his dad, his aunt Dorene Sanchez and Norwood. He may have witnessed the attack on Stow and is said to have contributed to the investigation.
Louie Sanchez reportedly bragged to co-workers about the beating. However, LAPD detectives who contacted the co-workers said they are denying any bragging by him.
There's no indication that the suspects had any interaction with Stow inside the stadium. Stow was sitting in the outfield (pavilion) and the suspects were in general admission area almost across the way from Stow. There's no surveillance video of an allege dispute between Stow and suspects inside the stadium.
 
Stow remains hospitalized at San Francisco General Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery after suffering a seizure due to a build of fluid on his brain.
The mayhem count alleges that they "did cut and disable the tongue, and put out an eye," but district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said that was legal language and that Stow had not had his eye or tongue taken out.
"We believe that these two individuals may have assaulted other people at the stadium," LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told members of the media. "We're hoping that anyone who has video tape or anyone who has any information about that, especially anyone in Giants attire, would contact us."
 
HOWEVER: Dodgers Beating Suspect's Mom: My Son Is Innocent!
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The mother of Marvin Norwood -- one of two suspects in the vicious beating of Bryan Stow -- is coming out in defense of her son ... telling TMZ, "I don’t think Marvin did it. I believe he is innocent."
Marvin's mom Diana Page tells us, "He’s a good son and not capable of this type of behavior. He was a good worker. He takes care of his family."
 
Diana adds, "He’s a good father, he’s compassionate, and he has a healthy relationship with Dorene" -- Marvin's girlfriend -- who was also arrested in connection with the brutal attack of Stow.
According to Diana, "[Marvin] and his father used to have opposing views regarding sports teams, and they used to tease each other, but it never, ever got heated."
Diana says she hasn’t heard from Marvin since the arrest on Thursday, but believes justice will prevail ... in his favor.
 

Beyoncé Opens Up To Gay Fans In PRIDE Magazine
Queen Bey's first gay press interview in five years, the superstar singer talks being inspired by her gay fans and remaking 'A Star Is Born
If there's any girl who runs the world, it's Beyoncé. The reigning diva - she's called Queen Bey for a reason, people - is one of the biggest and best voices behind a long run of hits dating back to the late '90s, when she was part of supreme girl-group Destiny's Child.
 
Years later, Beyoncé still demonstrates just how irreplaceable she is as a solo artist, having released four albums - and dedicating her latest one, "4," to that accomplishment - with some of the most memorable and gay-celebrated singles in pop music history. Not every artist can say they've had a gay boy lead a football team to glory by performing "Single Ladies," as seen on "Glee." And not every artist can say they have 16 Grammy Awards, making her one of the most honored artists in Grammy history. But that's Queen Bey, who's also assembled a gaggle of gay fans who are - you guessed it - crazy in love with her.
 
In this exclusive chat with Beyoncé, her first gay press interview since 2006, the singer/actress/glamour-girl spoke about how the fierceness of her gay fans inspires her, the intimidation she's feeling following in the footsteps of Judy and Barbra for her upcoming role in "A Star Is Born," and what she really meant by the "girls" who run the world.
 
I know, according to you, the girls run the world - but what do you think about the girls and the gays teaming up and running the world together?
Well, that's what I meant when I said girls. (Laughs)
 
Sure - we could all be one.
Yes, exactly! We are all one.
 
Do you know enough gay people so that we could successfully pull this off and take over the world?
Absolutely. I think it's happening already. I remember my friends were telling me when the song "Run the World (Girls)" first came out in the clubs the kids were going crazy, and I thought it was so wonderful and I was so excited to know that the reception was so positive.

You don't do a lot of gay press, but you have to know that you have a huge a gay following.
Yes, I do.

When did you feel a real connection with your gay fans?
I've always had a connection. Most of my audience is actually women and my gay fans, and I've seen a lot of the younger boys kind of grow up to my music. It's great when I'm able to do the meet and greets, because I'm able to really connect and have conversations. People look at some of the artists that I admire - like Diana Ross and Cher - and they identity that glamour with Sasha Fierce, and I've been really inspired by the language. I have my (gay) stylists and my makeup artist, and all of their stories and the slang words I always put it in my music. We inspire each other. Like I said, we're one.
 
What do gay people tell you when you meet them?
I have so man
y stories; I don't even know where to begin. I know that I just recently had a contest where I had everyone reenact my artwork on Twitter. Just seeing some of the guys who dressed up - like my hairstylist dressed up as Sasha Fierce from "Single Ladies" for Halloween, and I saw so many people dressed up in that glove and bodysuit - really makes me feel like I'm doing my job and some of the fashion is making its mark. To know that people can be free and confident and do what they want themselves, and I can be the person they want to look like (laughs), it's really such a blessing for me, and it's very inspiring. I'm very happy and proud of that.
 
Yes, you've inspired lots of drag queens out there. What tips can you give them to be a better Beyoncé?
I have many different looks, so finding what works best for your silhouette and your face, because I've had every kind of hair style and I know for me there are certain things that I love to wear and there's certain makeup and colors - bright colors on my eyes - that just don't compliment my features. So I think just figuring out which Beyoncé works best for your figure and features.
 
For your upcoming role in the remake of "A Star Is Born," you'll be part of a lineage of gay icons including Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. How does it feel knowing that? Is it intimidating?
I'm slightly a bit intimated, I have to say. I feel a bit overwhelmed, and I'm still in shock. (Laughs) But the studio and Clint (Eastwood, the director) believe in me, and I feel like I've been really selective and I've waited and worked really hard and I've done different types of movies - from comedies to thrillers to drama when I played Etta James - and I really wanted to make sure I was ready. I do believe that at this point I am ready and I've been disciplined and I've surrounded myself with really good actors. I hope this is going to be as wonderful of an experience as I feel it's going to be.
I just remember growing up seeing Barbra Streisand and knowing that she represented that generation's star, and being an African-American woman and being the person that's represented is such an honor. I respect it and I cherish it and I'm going to work so hard - harder than I've ever worked - to make sure that I live up to filling the shoes of those other women.
 
Last year, Lady Gaga made this remark in an interview with E!: "I was very excited to be working with Beyoncé again. It just sort of works out because we both like women." What did she mean by that?
(Laughs) Well... I'm all about women working together and supporting each other and learning from each other, and I feel like sometimes women get a bad rap. It's like we're competitive and we can't respect each other especially if we're both out around the same time - they think we're going to kill each other. And it's all about women learning from each other, and I respect talent and I respect people that work hard - and good people.
 
I love Gaga. I mean, if she didn't perform and she wasn't a singer, just as a human being I love her to death. But on top of it, she is the most talented pop star right now, and I'm so happy for her. It's just really inspiring to see someone who just creates their own destiny and comes up with their own looks and writes their own songs and choreographs and is in control and is not contrived. If you took away every bit of costume and she just sat in front of a piano, she would still tear it down. She's just that talented, and she deserves it all. And I'm just happy to work with her. I love her.
 
"I Was Here," a song on "4" written by Diane Warren, is all about making a difference in people's life. What do you hope is the affect you've had on your gay fans over the years?
I hope that I've given them confidence, and I hope that I've given them inspiration. I just want everyone to become a better person, and I hope that when they see me perform they can live out their fantasies and see my work ethic and apply it to their lives and be confident and proud. If they're bootylicious, be proud; whoever they are, be proud. On this album, I really focused on making people feel good and feel love and know that there is love out there and goodness exists. I wanted to make a body of work that took risks - to be brave and be myself, and not focus on being cool.
That's what I love about this album - you did what you wanted to do. Through that, you've taught gay fans how to stay true to themselves. What have you learned from them, though?
If anyone is brave and true to themselves, it's my gay fans. The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different - to be brave and be different and be to yourself - is just so beautiful. It's the most beautiful thing you can be, and it's what we all want to be at the end of the day. And not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you're supposed to be, that's like the ultimate dream - to just be that brave.
 
Well alright Miss Bey!!...In the meantime she’s been dethroned her CD “4” has been dropped to number 5 on The Billboard 200
 

Tiger Woods -- Cruisin' with the Kids
From TMZ.com:The same day he announced his split from his longtime caddie, Tiger Woods nursed his knee and leg injuries on a 61-foot yacht off the coast of Jupiter Island, Florida ... alongside his children.
The photos were taken on Wednesday -- while Tiger was aboard his ultra-private yacht named Solitude. The boat was reportedly custom built for Elin ... and cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2-3 million.
It appears Tiger got to keep the boat.
As for the mystery woman on the ship -- we're told she's Tiger's nanny ... and not a love interest.
Sources tell TMZ the gang spent half the day fishing and diving off the boat ... because they can
 

In Bizarre interviews: Mariah Carey Dishes about Pregnancy in HSN Appearance
*There’s a new YouTube clip from Mariah Carey’s scattered Sunday night appearance on HSN, where she promoted her various lines (jewelry, handbag, clothing and perfume) and dished about her “47-week” pregnancy with twins Moroccan and Monroe.
Carey, 41, and hubby Nick Cannon, 30, welcomed their babies on April 4, their third wedding anniversary. When one caller asked the new mom if she remembered speaking with her in February, Carey admitted that was a “bleak” time.
“I was so uncomfortable,” she said. “I’m kind of proud of myself. I really am — sorry, pregnant with twins is different than anything! [People] were always saying to me, ‘Oh, but it’s all worth it!’ Yeah, but it’s easy to say when you’re not the one whose feet are this big! It turned into like a really difficult time.”
“My body went through so much,” she added. “Holding those twins in — you have to keep them in as long as possible. It’s a sacrifice you make for them. Literally I was like, 47-weeks pregnant. And anybody pregnant right now, there’s push gifts here. Tell your baby-father.”
 
Carey instructed the camera operators to avoid close-ups and take the focus away from her. At one point, she explained: “There’s always drama. It follows me.”
 
Here’s the bizarre video:
Once a Diva always a Diva???...SMH!!!
 
 
 
Chilean Mine Disaster Gets Picked Up for Movie
We all remember the horrible ordeal of 33 minders in Chile who narrowly escaped disaster when their mine collapsed last fall.
And according to a report, the heroic event will be translated into a major motion picture, produced by “Black Swan” great Mike Medavoy.
“The Motorcycle Diaries” writer Jose Rivera will handle the script, though nothing has been nailed down as far as studio backing.
Medavoy told press, “Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapó. At its heart, this is a story about the triumph of the human spirit and a testament to the courage and perseverance of the Chilean people. I can’t think of a better story than this one to bring to the screen.”
Miner Juan Andres Illanes added, “One year after the collapse of the mine, we consider this to be a great step towards the realization of a film based on our experience in the mine. This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San José mine. Much of our story has never been told.”
 
 
 
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
“We’re Jammin’”
Given your hairstyle it’s obvious that you like Bob Marley , but his song “Jamming” wasn’t about going to Walmart in your pajamas. Even if it was, he would be proud to jam in his pajamas and not hide them with that lumberjack coat.
 

HAVE A GOOD ONE!!!
EFREM

IT’S A SCORCHER OUT THERE FOLKS SO STAY HOME AND READ YOUR GOSSIP!!!
“THE CHRONICLES OF EFREM”
Chronicling the news and gossip…you all so love
 
 
 

According to Nafissatou Diallo DSK You’re a LIAR and I’m going to the public!
The hotel maid who claims former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in a New York hotel room has broken her silence to demand justice.
Nafissatou Diallo said that she had chosen to go public and waive her right to anonymity so that people know the truth about what happened in Strauss-Kahn's luxury suite on May 14.
The 32-year-old said she saw Strauss-Kahn appear naked in front of her when she opened the door to his suite and he started to act like 'a crazy man'.
'I said, "Sir, stop this... there is my supervisor right there",' she said, but Strauss-Kahn told her no-one was there to hear and forced her to perform a sex act on him, she claimed
Ms Diallo, who is known as 'Nafi', told how she thought she was going to killed to keep her silent in the days after she made the accusations and said that she is angry that 'because of him they call me a prostitute'.
'I never want to be in public but I have no choice,' she told ABC News, adding 'Now, I have to be in public. I have to, for myself. I have to tell the truth.'
'I want justice. I want him to go to jail,' she said in the interview on Sunday. 'I want him to know that there is some places you cannot use your money, you cannot use your power when you do something like this
She said that she hopes God punishes the man, who had been tipped as the next French president. 'We are poor, but we are good,' she said. 'I don't think about money.'
The hotel maid said that she did not know her alleged attacker's high profile until she watched the morning news the day after the incident.
'I watched Channel 7 and they say this is [the] guy, I don’t know, and he is going to be the next president of France. And I think they are going to kill me,' she told Newsweek.
Ms Diallo said that she is angry at claims published in The New York Post that she was working as at least a part-time prostitute.
Emotional: The hotel maid breaks down as she explains why she has decided to come forwardAccused: Ms Diallo said that she wants former IMF boss Strauss-Kahn to be sent to jail
'Because of him they call me a prostitute,' said Ms Diallo, who is currently suing the newspaper.
Shocking: Nafissatou Diallo claims Strauss-Kahn appeared naked in front of her and demonstrates how she says he groped her breasts
The interviews with Newsweek and ABC News mark the first time the 32-year-old Guinean immigrant has been publicly identified since she shocked the world with allegations that Strauss-Kahn emerged naked from the bathroom of his luxury suite at the Sofitel hotel on May 14 and forced her to perform oral sex.
Manhattan District Attorneys are currently considering whether drop the sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn amid concerns about the hotel maid's credibility.
Ms Diallo admitted that she had made 'mistakes' but said that should not stop prosecutors from going forward.
 
'God is my witness I'm telling the truth. From my heart. God Knows that. And he knows that,' she told ABC News.
Speaking about the alleged assault, she said she saw Strauss-Kahn appear naked in front of her when she opened the door to his suite. He was like 'a crazy man to me,' she said.
Violent: Nafissatou Diallo describes how she alleges Strauss-Kahn grabbed her as he started to act like 'a crazy man'
First interviews: Ms Diallo spoke to ABC News and Newsweek
'You're beautiful,' she reported Strauss-Kahn as saying, and said he attacked her despite her protestations.
'I said, "Sir, stop this. I don't want to lose my job". He said, "You're not going to lose your job",' Ms Diallo said.
'I push him. I get up. I wanted to scare him. I said, "Look, there is my supervisor right there",' she told Newsweek.
But Strauss-Kahn said no-one was there to hear, she said, and he went on to pull up her uniform dress, tear down her pantyhose, grab her indecently, then grip her head and force her to perform a sex act on him.
Strauss-Kahn, 62, has repeatedly denied all the charges against him. In a statement on Sunday, his lawyers called the interview a last-ditch effort by the maid and her lawyers to extract money from him.
She is 'the first accuser in history to conduct a media campaign to persuade a prosecutor to pursue charges against a person from whom she wants money,' lawyers Benjamin Brafman and William Taylor said.'Her lawyers and public relations consultants have orchestrated an unprecedented number of media events and rallies to bring pressure on the prosecutors in this case after she had to admit her extraordinary efforts to mislead them.'
Ms Diallo's lawyers responded, saying Strauss-Kahn's lawyers 'have conducted an unprecedented smear campaign against the victim of a violent sexual attack'.
Her attorney Kenneth Thompson noted that the defence team have said whatever happened in the suite was not forced.
'We are dealing with a brutal sexual attack, a mountain of physical evidence, a victim who spoke out immediately, and numerous corroborating witnesses,' Mr Thompson said.
The interview comes after Ms Diallo's overall credibility was thrown into question when Manhattan prosecutors revealed that she had told authorities numerous lies, including fabricating a story about being gang-raped in Guinea in order to gain U.S. asylum.
She also changed details of her story about what happened following the purported assault.
Ms Diallo, who has been kept in hiding with her 15-year-old daughter for weeks since the allegations, said that she wants to return to work in hotel, but would prefer to go to the laundry where she would not have to meet guests rather than continue as a maid.

 

ACCORDING TO L.A REID YOU UGLY MOFO’S NEED NOT APPLY!
In an effort to "keep it sexy" insiders joke that L.A. Reid only wants good looking people working in his office at Epic Records. With the premiere of "X-Factor" set to make him a household name, L.A. Reid has taken over Epic Records as CEO, but his arrival didn't come without a list of demands.
A source told the NY Post that L.A. said to a group of label executives, "I don't want no ugly people working here; I only want good-looking people."
While the execs hoped the meeting would be about the label's music artists like Usher and Ciara, they found L.A. using the meeting to focus on "appearances."
"Reid's thing is keeping it sexy," another source said. And one industry vet told the Post,
"He considers himself an artist, which means he expects to be treated like a VIP. He's incredibly difficult, and many people are worried about what will happen when he starts on the judging panel for 'The X Factor.' "
Some say L.A.'s penchant for good looks is what led him to drop Lady GaGa from Island Def Jam back in the day. He allegedly told her, "I don't get you, I don't get your music," and that he didn't think she was good-looking.
Ouch. We'll we see how that turned out. Hopefully he will be a better "judge" of talent on "X-Factor" when it starts on Sept. 21.
 
A rep for L.A. Reid declined comment.
 
 

Kim K. & Kris Humphries' Vegas Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
LaLa Anthony made her way to Vegas to party it up with her "bestie" Kim Kardashian for her bachelorette party. Kim & Kris Humphries had joint bachelor/bachelorette parties at both TAO & Lavo.
Why? Cheaper to shoot them at the same time for their reality show. Of course.
Kim may have said a few days ago she thought bachelorette parties are "cheesy," but her sisters Khloe & Kourtney (she's only having all her sisters as bridesmaids by the way) planned a naughty sin city night for the bride-to-be:
 
And the penis straw WOULD be a brown one. Malika Haqq & LaLa sipped their drinks from a naughty party favor.
Some seemed to like it more than others.
LaLa snapped a pic of herself before leaving out.
She rocked a cute blue dress and kicked it with Kourtney & Britny Gastineau.

Twins and Kim & Khloe's god friends Malika & Khadija Haqq were there of course.
They all partied hard with the drinks of course.

Don't get any idas back there Rob. Larsa Pippen (not pictured) was there as well.
The girls had dinner beforehand and Kim snapped a pic with her future sister-in-law Kael Humphries.

And then Kris H. came over to say hi while his bachelor party was going on over at LAVO:
Of course his fellow NBA colleague Lamar Odom was on hand.

The fellas had dinner beforehand.

Scott and Rob were there to party of course.

I'm sure fun times were had by all.
 
 
 
Lauryn Hill Birthes Her Sixth Child
This past Saturday night, singer Lauryn Hill, or shall we say “Ms. Hill” gave birth to her sixth child. There was a bit of a scare when the baby boy came out with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. However, everything is fine as of now. I told you earlier that Rohan Marley sent out tweets that insinuating that he wasn’t the baby daddy. Now he’s trying to sugar coat things saying “Ms. Hill is the mother of my children, whom I have a tremendous amount of love and respect for. I would never do that”. I guess noe she Ms Hill after you’ve been seen with that Brazilian Beotch..HUH??
 
I’m happy Ms. Hill’s newest baby is healthy.
 
 

OMG TRAGIC: Funeral Home Loses License For Cremating Wrong Baby
An Ohio funeral home that cremated the wrong child’s body due to a morgue mix-up has had its license suspended for six months. The body of 14-month-old Jaylen Talley last year was mistakenly released to the Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home. It was supposed to handle the body of another boy, a 22-day-old infant whose family wanted cremation.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors this week not only suspended the funeral home’s license but also yanked the funeral director’s license of owner Marlan J. Gary for six months. A hearing officer had noted that cremation is irreversible and said a funeral director must take precautions to “get it right.”
 
Gary’s attorney says the punishment is too harsh. He says his client hasn’t decided whether to appeal.
 
 

Here’s Another “Glee” update: Chord Overstreet is out while Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith still in
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Okay, it’s getting really confusing over at Glee in terms of which cast members are staying with the show.
TV/Line reports from Comic-Com that Chord Overstreet was invited back as a guest star for 10 episodes with the possibility of becoming a full-fledged regular in the future.
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The blond actor with the pouty lips has decided to decline the offer.
“We did invite [Chord] back for a portion of the season … to see if being a regular was a possibility. But he declined the offer, which we were really disappointed by,” Glee co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk said Sunday morning. “We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes. He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can’t force him to work, so we wished him well.”
Falchuk also contradicted Ryan Murphy’s comments from a few weeks back that Lea Michelle, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith would not be on the show as regulars past season three because their characters are graduating.
Said Falchuk: “Here’s the exact thing: [Rachel, Kurt and Finn] are seniors, so they’re graduating. But because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re gonna let you go. … It was never our plan or our intention to let them go…. They are not done with the show after this season.”
 

The Smurfs" Premieres in New York City
Celebrities at the world premiere of 'The Smurfs' in New York City, NY.
The little blue characters have carved a place in pop culture history over the years, and "The Smurfs" are back in action with a brand new theatrical movie set to hit theaters in less than a week.

In preparation of the film's release, stars of the family-friendly adventure including Sofia Vergara, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Katy Perry took to the blue carpet at a premiere extravaganza in New York City on Sunday
Held at the Ziegfield Theatre, other stars on hand checking out the premiere of "The Smurfs" included fellow cast members George Lopez and Hank Azaria, as well as actress Brooke Shields and socialite/designer Olivia Palermo.
As for the film, the Raja Gosnell directed project based on the classic series tells the tale of an evil wizard named Gargamel who chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, after which they tumble from their magical world and into ours.
 
Due in theaters July 29th, "The Smurfs" also stars Tim Gunn, Madison McKinley, Meg Phillips and Mark Doherty.
 
 

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West to Embark on Poverty Tour
15-city national tour hopes to raise awareness about the plight of the poor
*Broadcaster/activist Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West, hosts of the nationally syndicated public radio program Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI), announced The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” program earlier this week.
The 15-city bus tour will highlight the plight of the poor of all races, colors, and creeds so they will not be forgotten, ignored or rendered invisible during this difficult and dangerous time of economic deprivation and political cowardice.
Smiley & West will be on the road August 6-12, 2011, starting with a gathering of the nation’s often forgotten Native Americans on the Lac Coutre Oreilles Indian Reservation near Hayward, Wisconsin. The Poverty Tour will also stop in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C, and wrap in Memphis with a town hall conversation and a visit to the historic Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968, while in town for a march with poor sanitation workers. Smiley & West will meet with some of the 1968 sanitation workers.
 
The tour will also stop on the Southside of Chicago for another town hall event on August 7 at the Faith Community of St. Sabina. Both town hall meetings are produced by High Quality Speakers Bureau (HQSB) and are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We are taking Smiley & West into America’s communities,” Smiley said. “We want those people who are struggling in this current economy to know that they are not alone and not forgotten.”
Smiley & West will meet America’s unemployed, victims of bank foreclosures, senior citizens, students, homeless veterans, educators and young families struggling to survive. They will also meet with organizers, activists, social entrepreneurs and others who are using creative solutions to address America’s biggest challenges: jobs, food, energy, housing, health care and education.
 
“We hope to speak truths about the suffering of everyday people, so that poor and working folks are empowered by the legacy of Brother Martin,” added Cornel West, one of America’s leading public intellectuals.
Many of the stories gathered from this tour will be heard weekly on the radio program Smiley & West, and be featured on Tavis Smiley on PBS. For an opportunity to meet Smiley and West while on tour, visit
www.smileyandwest.com where you can also download a daily podcast.
Following the tour, the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) will release a white paper examining the “new poor” in America, and how the face of poverty in America is changing. Recent data suggests that many of the new poor in America are the former middle class.
“With all the talk about deficit reduction, somebody has to tell the truth about poverty in America and the impact the outcome of this debate will have on the nation’s poor,” said Smiley.
 
The Poverty Tour is sponsored in part by the AARP Foundation and the National Education Association (NEA).
 
 

MARIAH’S BACK ON THE PROWL…..
MiMi's ready for the spotlight again. She hit up Juliet Supper Club in Hollywood this week as her first Girls Night Out since having her twins Moroccan & Monroe.
 
And of course, she got mobbed by her fans.
Fun times I'm sure.
 
 

18-Year-Old Man Claims Lil Boosie Paid Him To Kill Rapper Nussie
Michael “Marlo Mike'' Louding told police that Torrence Hatch aka Lil Boosie indirectly ordered him to kill rapper, Chris “Nussie'' Jackson. Louding, 18, is accused of murdering Jackson and five other men according to police.
He confessed on tape that his now deceased accomplice in the killings, Michael “Ghost'' Judson, told him that Boosie wanted Nussie dead.
The youngster known as Marlo Mike also stated that he spoke to Boosie himself who told him, “Ghost told me y'all hit that boy. I like that.''
Louding is charged with first-degree murder in the 2009, killing of Nussie Jackson. He also is charged with four other counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Boosie is not charged with killing Nussie but he is charged with first-degree murder for the 2009 slaying of Terry Boyd. Prosecutors believe that Boosie hired Louding to kill Boyd.
Marlo Mike Louding gave details about the actual incident. His statement claimed that Ghost hoisted him up while he fired shots through the window at the 33-year-old Nussie who had some negative words to say about Boosie.
Reportedly, Boosie paid Ghost $15,000 and Mike got $2,000.
Louding is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Jackson; Boyd; Marcus Thomas on April 25, 2009; and Charles Matthews and Darryl “Bleek'' Milton on April 1, 2010.
The man who was 16 years of age at the time of some of these killings is responsible for five shootings that claimed six lives. Prosecutors may still seek the death penalty against Boosie
 
 
 
Cameron Diaz & A-Rod: Domesticated Duo
Taking a respite from their always-busy career efforts, Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez looked ever the domesticated couple in Miami, FL on Saturday night (July 23).
The "Bad Teacher" actress joined her Yankees slugger beau on a trip to the local Whole Foods, as the superstar pair loaded up on household needs before emerging with bagfuls of purchases at separate times.
The sunshine state weekend of togetherness comes as Miss Diaz is on break from shooting her new movie "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" in nearby Atlanta, Georgia.
Meanwhile, A-Rod is still on the 15-day DL for the New York Yankees as he recovers from a minor knee surgery - from which he's making progress, as the stitches were removed a few days ago.
 
 

Jennifer Lopez Celebrates Her 42nd Birthday In Miami
Jenny from the block is in no way depressed about her recent divorce from singer Marc Anthony. Well, that’s the way that things appear from the lavish weekend she had for her 42nd birthday in Miami. Her actual birthday was Sunday but she celebrated all weekend. The singer wined and dined a little bit of everywhere in the city.
Friday night she kicked it with close friends and family at the Wine Cellar of the Forge on Miami Beach. The birthday girl got a sweet surprise from the pastry chef which was a chocolate souffle. Saturday night she got her day started by balling out at local boutiques located in Bal Harbour Shops. Sources say that she bought a ton of baby outfits for her 3 year old twins Emme and Max.
Later on that night, Jennifer and her entourage enjoyed dinner again this time at Scarpetta which is located inside of the Fontainebleu Hotel. The dinner was said to be a very special one with Jennifer singing when her birthday cake came out. Sounds like her birthday was a ton of fun.
I wonder what she did on the actual day after a full weekend like this. While Jenny is going through a divorce, she still has a ton going on including her new movie, which is filming in the ATL, What To Expect When You’re Expecting. J. Lo definitely knows how to keep her self busy. Glad she’s seems to be taking the high road. What do you think of her birthday extravaganza?
 
The Honeymoon That Almost Wasn't
Two weeks ago San Diego Charger Antonio Gates got married to Sasha Dindayal who, unbeknownst to him, had an unsavory past. Sasha had been engaged to one of Antonio's teammates, did a stint as a video vixen and was even rumored to have done a little Craigslist escorting back in the day. After several blogs outted the new Mrs. Gates the day after their wedding, temporarily postponing their honeymoon,
Well what goes around comes around for Miss Patterson because we just received a very interesting email about Miss Liz...
Antonio Gates ex girlfriend Elizabeth Patterson is a ticking suicidal timebomb. She was a model years and years and years ago, but like some of the best of them, she got addicted to narcotics. Prescription pills & cocaine. Maybe this is why she never had custody of her two daughters. While Antonio and Elizabeth were living together Elizabeth caught Sasha [the new wife] coming out of the Gates estate, and in a rage rammed her car into the iron gates fronting Antonio's mansion, smashing her car and rupturing her breast implant. She was suicidal on several occasions, which scared Mr Gates to death, he loved her, but couldnt get past her psychotic episodes. She has a lot of nerves trying to pretend she's so classy and mature, especially when she was known for calling women out of Mr Gates' phone, questioning and threatening them. But on another note, we are saddened that the Tahiti honeymoon was postponed, due to the exclusive story dropped by Elizabeth. The Gates family was surprised, they had no idea about Sasha's past and they adored her until the stories dropped. The father of the groom wasn’t fooled though, he never liked the bride, and he didnt attend the wedding…..LOL
 

Sean Kingston performs for the first time since near-fatal accident as pal Nicki Minaj's surprise guest in Miami
Welcome back Kingston: Sean Kingston performed for the first time since his Memorial day jet-ski accident with pal Nicki Minaj in Miami Back with a vengeance: The 21-year-old singer returned to duet on Letting Go (Dutty Love)
Sean Kingston made a triumphant return to the stage last night, performing for the first time since his near-fatal accident.
The singer nearly died after crashing his jet ski in Miami over Memorial day weekend back in May.
Although he survived the accident with the help of doctors at the Jackson Memorial Hospital, it was pal Nicki Minaj who brought him back to the world of performing. The 'Beautiful Girls' singer joined Nicki on stage to sing Letting Go (Dutty Love) at the American Airlines Arena in Miami Friday night.
'I'm so glad Sean Kingston is alive and well,' the 28-year-old Super Bass songbird screamed to the crowd.
Crazy, sexy cool: Nicki Minaj wears an eccentric outfit en route to her performance in Miami Friday night
21-year-old Sean is equally happy to be back, and couldn't help Tweeting his excitement to his fans.
'Just killed it on stage with the lovely @Nickiminaj had an amazing time feels great to be on stage esp. wit the hottest female out :-),' he wrote, adding, 'Don't call it a comeback!'
Multi-tasking: The Super Bass singer wore every single trend she could find while out and about in Florida
He wants things to go back to the way they were before his crash, and plans on getting back to business as quickly as possible.
'Feels good to be baccck on stage!!!...' he wrote. 'i got a big surprise coming up for my fans real soon!!'
Nicki is equally as glad to have her friend back. 'Whoa! @TRINArockstarr and @SeanKingston just SHUT MIAMI DOWWWN w/me @ the Femme Fatale Tour!!! Thank u guys soooo much!!!!' she wrote post-show.
 
The princess of hip-hop, best known for her wacky style, is Britney Spears' opening act on the Femme Fatale tour.
 
 

According to The Enquirer: Latifah Goes on Rigorous Health Kick to Win Back Girlfriend
*The National Enquirer is claiming that Queen Latifah has cut out junk food and started exercising like crazy in order to win back her girlfriend – and somehow, former “Biggest Loser” coach Jillian Michaels is involved.
Latifah and her rumored longtime partner, personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins, are said to be patching up their differences after nearly splitting over Latifah’s poor eating habits, the Enquirer reports, citing sources.
The tabloid continues…
Astonishingly, it took Jillian to turn Latifah’s life around – with a heartfelt conversation that brought the Golden Globe winner to tears.
As The ENQUIRER reported exclusively, the actress and her galpal Jeanette were battling over the Queen’s junk food binges, drinking and smoking.
“Latifah is tough as nails and is as stubborn as a mule – once her mind is set, it takes a lot to change it,” revealed an insider.
But the “Biggest Loser” star gave a big dose of tough love to her pal Latifah, who is hoping to start a family with Jeanette through adoption, surrogate birth or one of them carrying the baby.
 
“Jillian told her if she is planning to raise children, it is her responsibility to be a good role model,” said the insider. “She also reminded Latifah that if she continued down the junk food, cigar-chomping highway, there was a possibility that she wouldn’t be around to see her kids graduate high school.”
 
After the dramatic heart-to-heart, a tearful Latifah vowed to Jeanette to change her ways, confided the insider. “And Jeanette promised Latifah she’ll do whatever it takes to help her.”
Jillian’s advice has already worked wonders. The couple, who began dating in 2003, were spotted smiling and working out together near their home over the Fourth of July weekend.
 

Bikini Mom Alicia Keys' Pool Playtime with Egypt!
Trying their best to beat the heat, Alicia Keys and son Egypt were busy playing in the pool at their Miami, FL abode
After doing a little shopping at a local toy store earlier in the day, the 30-year-old singer strapped on her bikini - showing off her already fit post baby body while lifting her 9-month-old bundle of joy into the air.
Cute!
 

Katherine, Marlon, Tito, Jackie, La Toya Planning MJ Tribute Concert
*Some of Michael Jackson’s family members are organizing another tribute show in memory of the late superstar following a number of failed attempts to bring a commemorative concert to the stage.

According to the Los Angeles Times, mama Katherine is working on the event along with the singer’s siblings Marlon, Tito, Jackie and La Toya.
The concert, dubbed a “thriller of a show” in a press release from the Jackson family, will benefit charities in both the U.S. and U.K. and more details will be revealed in a press conference in Los Angeles scheduled for Monday (July 25).
Jermaine Jackson previously planned to honor his brother at a show in Vienna, Austria just months after the superstar passed away in 2009, but the plans were shelved along with another idea to host a concert in London on the 2010 anniversary of the star’s death.
The new concert is being coordinated by Jackson’s family along with promotion company Global Live Events, but does not involve Jackson’s estate, according to the Los Angeles Times.
 
 
 
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WELL DAWN ROBINSON SAYS THERE IS A EN VOGUE CD COMING BUT WITHOUT ME!
En Vogue Tour Still On But Because of Dawn Robinson Don’t Expect New Music
*Everyone was excited when 90s group En Vogue announced that they would be reuniting to record new music and go on tour.
 
Well it’s a new year and neither has happened yet.
The tour is in the making. However, the new music won’t be coming around any time soon.
The scoop is group member and rebel Dawn Robinson up and decided not to sing on the new album that was slated to come out this Fall.
After making the announcement on the group’s Facebook fanpage, the singer was hit with a whole lot of hate mail.
 
She wasn’t quiet about it though and responded on her Facebook page:
Ok, I’m getting angry emails from fans bcuz I’m not doing the new EV cd. Geez luweez, you’d swear their very survival was contingent upon the decisions I make lol!
“We are only on this planet for a short time then its OVER. I live my life my way & some hate me 4 that….OH WELL lol!
I have valid reasons 4 my decisions.
“I’m excited about my future & I hope you come along 4 the journey. If not I love you anyway.
Just FYI…I’m not doing the NY BB Kings show on 7.22 or DC on 7.23 with EV because I have a solo show in FT KNOX KY playing for the troops. I’m so excited & proud to perform for them! NY I love you ” ~ Dawn
….
Girl stop Dr Dre, Lucy Pearl, and you’re still trying to go there…SIT DOWN!
 



SAME SEX-(MARRIAGE) AND THE CITY….Gays marry in droves in NY!

Gay couples cheered by supporters have begun marrying in New York City on the first day same-sex weddings are legal in the Empire State.

New York City officials expect to host hundreds of same-sex weddings Sunday. Clerks in New York City and about a dozen other cities statewide are opening their doors Sunday to cater to same-sex couples.
In Manhattan, the first of about 100 couples waiting in line on a sweltering Sunday began exchanging vows in a city clerk's office. Judges waived a mandatory 24-hour waiting period that allowed couples to exchange vows moments after receiving their licenses.
A small number of same-sex couples got married at the stroke of midnight around the state.
It's finally official. New York City has married its first gay couple.

After 23 years together, Connie Kofelor, 84, and Phyllis Siegel, 76, stepped onto Worth St. at 9:09 a.m. as the state's first gay married couple.

''It's a very, very happy day,'' said Siegel, dressed in a light-blue button-down shirt and light khaki pants. ''It's an indescribable feeling.''
''It was just so amazing,'' she added. ''That's the only word that can describe it.''
With the magnificent Niagara Falls as a backdrop, early this morning two lesbian activists became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in New York.

Against a cascade of rainbow-colored falls, and with cicadas humming in the background, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd married at the first possible moment in Niagara Falls. After a bell tolled 12 times to ring in the new day, Ms. Lambert, 54, and Ms. Rudd, 53, held hands and kissed in front of more than 100 friends and family members.
Here’s a few pics of some of the marriages that took place yesterday!….
Pics courtesy of “Freedom to Marry.org” and NYDN

Congrats to all and ENJOY!

AMY WINEHOUSE, 27, FOUND DEAD IN HER HOME IN LONDON


Two ambulance crews arrived at the scene within five minutes and a paramedic on a bicycle also attended, according to a spokeswoman.’Sadly the patient had died,' she added. A statement from Winehouse's U.S. record label read: 'We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer. 
'Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time.'
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: 'Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.
'On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.
'Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said in a press conference this evening that no cause of death had yet been confirmed.
He said: 'I am aware of reports of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to reremphaise that no post-mortem has yet taken place and it would be inapproporaite to speculate on the cause of death.
'The death of any person is a sad time of friends and family especially for someone known nationally and internationally like Amy Winehouse. My sympathy extends not only to her family but also to her millions of fans across the world.'
A spokesman for the late singer said: 'Everyone involved with Amy is shocked and devastated. 
'Our thoughts are with her family and friends. The family will issue a statement when ready.'
It has also been claimed on gossip website RadarOnline.com that Winehouse's autopsy could take place within the next 24 hours.

A Scotland Yard spokesman is quoted by the website as saying: 'The postmortem has not been scheduled yet but it is unlikely to take place before tomorrow.

'In the case of a murder it can be done within hours but this is not the case so tomorrow or even Monday is more likely in these circumstances.'
Cutie pie: Amy looking adorable at the age of two

A section of the road where the singer lived remained cordoned off tonight. Journalists, local residents and fans gathered at the police tapes, while forensic officers were seen going in and out of the building.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she saw the singer's grief-stricken boyfriend, believed to be film director Reg Traviss, on the ground outside the house.
Two women then came 'speeding' up in a black Mercedes and walked in and out of the house crying. They said they believed the singer was at home last night.
Winehouse's father, Mitch, is understood to be returning to the UK from New York. He had been due to perform at the Blue Note jazz club in the city on Monday.
A message has been placed on the club's website, reading: 'We are very sad to report that the Mitch Winehouse performance on Monday July 25th is cancelled due to the unexpected death of his daughter, Amy Winehouse.

'Our condolences go out to Mitch and his family.' Mitch is now on his way back from New York.
Winehouse had been seen with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield earlier this week as the teenager took to the stage at the iTunes festival.
She refused to join in for Mama Said, but did support the 14-year-old with a few dance moves before urging the crowd to buy Dionne's new album Good For The Soul.
A source said: 'Amy staggered onstage and grabbed the mic to beg the crowd to buy her protege’s new album.'
Winehouse's appearance at the concert came after she cancelled her European tour following a disastrous performance in June when she stumbled onto the stage in Belgrade and gave an incoherent performance appearing very disorientated and removed from reality.
Following the concert which saw fans enraged and the subsequent video that circulated to millions she cancelled the remaining dates of her European tour. 
A statement released by the troubled singer's spokesperson at the time said that the singer would be given 'as long as it takes' to recover.
The statement read: 'Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances.
'Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.'

Winehouse had been working on her long-awaited new album, the follow-up to her 2006 breakthrough multi-million selling Back To Black, for the past three years.
The singer was born Amy Jade Winehouse on 14th September 1983 in Southgate, London.
Winehouse has had a troubled life which has included various stints in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.
The singer is thought to have been to rehab four times.
In an interview in 2008, her mother Janis said she would be unsurprised if her daughter died before her time.
She said: 'I've known for a long time that my daughter has problems. 
'But seeing it on screen rammed it home. I realise my daughter could be dead within the year. We're watching her kill herself, slowly.
'I've already come to terms with her dead. I've steeled myself to ask her what ground she wants to be buried in, which cemetery.
'Because the drugs will get her if she stays on this road.
'I look at Heath Ledger and Britney. She's on their path. It's like watching a car crash - this person throwing all these gifts away.'
In addition, there was a website set up called When Will Amy Winehouse Die?, with visitors asked to guess the date of death with the chance of winning an iPod Touch.
In an interview last October with Harper's Bazaar magazine, Amy was asked if she was happy.
She replied: 'I don't know what you mean. I've got a very nice boyfriend. He's very good to me.'
And, asked if she had any unfulfilled ambitions, Amy replied: 'Nope! If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.'
As well her battles with drugs and alcohol, Winehouse also had a troubled marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, who she divorced in summer 2009.
Fielder-Civil and Winehouse married in 2007 in Miami. 
The pair's relationship - heavily documented by the media - saw them appearing in public bloodied and bruised after fights.

It is also alleged former music video producer Fielder-Civil was the one who introduced the Back to Black star to heroin and crack cocaine.
Amy's father Mitch previously spoke out about how his daughter stayed away from drugs prior to meeting her ex-husband.
In a previous interview last year he said: 'He's not entirely responsible, she's got to take a portion of the responsibility, but it's clear, it really kicked off when they got together.'
Most recently, Winehouse was romantically linked to film director Reg Traviss, who she dated for a few months last year.

Well Amy it was short but thanks for your contributions to the music industry Rest In Peace!
 
 
 
MAGAZINE FAB: Michelle Obama Covers The Historic August 2011 Issue Of "BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS"
Michelle Obama, The First Lady Of The United States, became the first public figure to appear on the cover of BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS when she sat for her August 2011 cover.
Mrs. Obama was photographed sitting at a picnic table on the White House lawn while wearing a blue and white floral dress and yellow sweater.
Inside the magazine, she visits with children from Harriet Tubman Elementary in Washington at the White House for a veggie-laden picnic lunch.
As she continues her Let's Move campaign against childhood obesity, she tells the mag,
"Children's habits can be changed so much easier than adults. They don't have control over their diets - we do."
But how does her campaign go over with her husband?
 
She says,
”I always tease him I’m in better shape than he is. “I can do longer workouts. He’s the President.”
The issue is on magazine racks now.
 

OH MISS DENNIS YOU LIKE PINK? Dennis Rodman Celebrated His 50th birthday Pink Lingerie
Can someone please tell Dennis Rodman he’s doing to much . D.R. celebrated his 50th birthday in true Rodman fashion. The future Hall Of Famer was thrown a party in South Hampton, NY at AXE Lounge. The tatted and pierced “worm” showed up in pink lingerie.
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Mama come get yo son please …
 
 
 
Katy Perry, Kanye West, & Adele Lead MTV VMA Nominations
Katy Perry, Kanye West, and Adele
Katy Perry leads the way at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The pop princess scores nine nominations, followed by Kanye West and Adele who each earn seven, MTV announced today.
Perry’s nods include Video of the Year and Best Female Video for “Firework,” Best Pop Video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” and Best Special Effects for her futuristic chart-topping hit “E.T.” featuring Kanye West.
West picked up seven for his collaboration with Perry, as well as for “All of the Lights” and “POWER.”
Adele’s year keeps getting better. The vocal powerhouse, who has the current best-selling album of 2011, garners seven nominations for her soulful smash “Rolling in the Deep.”
Bruno Mars is up for four coveted Moonmen, while Beyoncé, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Thirty Seconds to Mars have three VMA nominations apiece. The Beastie Boys, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Lil Wayne, as well as first-time VMA nominee Tyler, the Creator all have two nods each.
Vying for Video of the Year are Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”), Tyler, the Creator (“Yonkers”), Katy Perry (“Firework”), Bruno Mars (“Grenade”), and the Beastie Boys (“Make Some Noise”).
 
Odd Future frontman Tyler’s “Yonkers” video, which Kanye West hailed as the best video of the year, will compete with Kreayshawn (“Gucci Gucci”), Big Sean (“My Last”), Wiz Khalifa (“Black and Yellow”), and Foster the People (“Pumped Up Kicks”) in the Best New Artist category.
 
The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. Voting is now open to the public. See below for a full list of nominees.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Tyler, the Creator – “Yonkers”
Katy Perry – “Firework”
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”
 
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Katy Perry – “Firework”
Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
 
BEST MALE VIDEO
Cee Lo Green – “F*** You”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Justin Bieber – “U Smile”
 
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”
 
BEST NEW ARTIST
Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”
Tyler, The Creator – “Yonkers”
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown – “My Last”
Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”
Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
 
BEST POP VIDEO
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Bruno Mars – “Grenade”
Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”
Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
 
BEST ROCK VIDEO
The Black Keys – “Howlin’ for You”
Foo Fighters – “Walk”
Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
Mumford & Sons – “The Cave”
Cage The Elephant – “Shake Me Down”
 
BEST COLLABORATION
Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack – “Give Me Everything”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake – “Moment 4 Life”
 
BEST ART DIRECTION
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Lady Gaga – “Judas”
Kanye West – “POWER”
Death Cab for Cutie – “You Are a Tourist”
 
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”
Lady Gaga – “Judas”
Bruno Mars – “The Lazy Song”
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Hurricane”
 
BEST DIRECTION
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Beastie Boys – “Make Some Noise”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Hurricane”
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie”
 
BEST EDITING
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Hurricane”
Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi – “All of the Lights”
Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”
 
BEST SFX (SPECIAL EFFECTS)
Manchester Orchestra – “Simple Math”
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Kanye West – “POWER”
Linkin Park – “Waiting for the End”
Chromeo – “Don’t Turn the Lights On”
 
 

Tyra Banks Strikes a Pose in the Big Apple
Showing off her supermodel expertise, Tyra Banks took to Times Square in New York City to strike a few poses.
The "Top Model" host looked fierce as she worked the cameras, taking center stage among a bevy of fellow flash-ready females.
Furthering her tour of the Big Apple, Tyra will hit the set of "Good Morning America" tomorrow (July 21), as she exclusively reveals the title of her much-talked about new novel.
 
Banks will also stick around to tackle viewer's must-know questions and dish about the day's hot topics.
 
 

STARS OUT PARTYING AT EVENTS
New York City was buzzing with fabulous parties. Diddy, Clive Davis, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys were at a Reebok launch while Iman and Veronica Webb attended an LVMH event
Alicia Keys joined Swizz Beatz as he and Reebok Classics presented the "Reethym Of Lite" Campaign at Espace.
Alicia looked nice in her emerald green dress that matched her husband's jacket.
She posed with DJ Khaled at the party.
Busta Rhymes was spotted at the party.
Grady, Ty Autumn Rowe, Music Man and Alexandra Burke were there too.
Radio personality Angela Yee smiled for the camera.
During the party, Swizz encouraged guests to leave their signature.

Tika Sumpter looked fab.

And Teyana Taylor wore a headband made of rope. And some queen who didn't want to be seen.

Teyana and Tika later posed with Wynter Gordon and Kat Deluna.
Kat also posed with Jaslene Gonzalez.
Pharrell and Diddy posed with Swizz at the party.
And Bevy Smith posed with Miss Info.
Swizz also hit the stage to perform a few tracks with Lloyd Banks.
And Lloyd later posed with Shontelle and Red Cafe.
And R&B singer Chrisette Michele posed with Lloyd and Maino, and later with Kat.

Also in NYC...
The legendary Iman, and Bethann Hardison and LVMH chairman of North America Renaud Dutreil hosted "Invisible Beauty" sponsored by LVMH at the LVMH Tower Magic Room in New York City.
Renaud posed with models Ubah Hassan and Joan Smalls.
Iman was one of the stars of Invisible Beauty, a documentary about black fashion models and their inpact on the fashion industry.
Bethann posed with ESSENCE EIC Constance White.
And she posed with fashion designer Tracy Reese.

Stylish jewelry designer Socialite Genevieve Jones mingled with guests.
Veronica Webb was in attendance.
Supermodel Tyson Beckford posed with Robert Verdi at the party.
And Tonya Lee Lewis chatted with BET's Debra Lee.

Nice events.
 
 
 
Boyz II Men Celebrates 20 Years with Double Album
Boyz II Men
The road is far from over for Boyz II Men. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut, the iconic R&B group will release a new album with original material and past hits.
The double CD entitled Twenty will be available exclusively at Walmart this fall and contain 10 new songs plus 10 updated versions of classics including “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “Bended Knee.”
The Grammy-winning trio is currently in the studio working with hitmakers such as Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin, Teddy Riley, Rob Knox, and Tim & Bob, among others. 
“We started with a pure love for music, so to be here twenty years later still doing what we love has been a pure blessing,” stated one-third of the group, Wanya Morris, while fellow member Shawn Stockman said, “From day one our fans have been amazing. They’ve seen us grow from boys to men, so we owe all our success to their continued support.”
 
Nathan Morris added, “No matter how many albums we have done throughout the years, we always strive to put out the best-sounding music possible. We are excited to be in the studio again with the guys who have been a part of some of our biggest hits to date. It’s a really good feeling.”
Boyz II Men released their debut album Cooleyhighharmony in 1991 and went on to become one of the biggest groups of all time, selling millions of albums. They will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this year.
 


Kim Kardashian Suing Old Navy and Reggie Bush's New Girlfriend
Kim Kardashian filed a lawsuit against Old Navy for hiring Reggie Bush's new girlfriend, Melissa Molinaro, an obvious Kim clone.
There is only ONE Kim Kardashian -- and now she's declaring a legal war on Old Navy for using a Kim K look-alike in a recent ad campaign ... TMZ has learned.
Kim is filing a lawsuit against the clothing giant -- claiming they intentionally used a look-alike in an effort to dupe the public into thinking Kim was affiliated with Old Navy.
I’m told Kim is especially furious that Old Navy has been tweeting to her page about the look-alike -- in an effort to gain even more publicity. 
One of those tweets read, "@CBSNEWS reports that Old Navy's Super CUTE star looks like @kimkardashian. #LOL. What do you think?"
 
I’m told Kim believes the copycat campaign has damaged her wallet somewhere in the range of $15 to $20 million.
 
 

Yao Ming Calls It Quits
The NBA lockout will see some players make the decision not to return, especially if they’re career has been riddled with injuries and/or it has just been a very long career. We have already waved a brave goodbye to a huge NBA champion, and now we are getting ready to say the same to another. The man who came over the waters from China and blew us away with his work on the court, but walked into immediate acceptance from the hip hop community with his universal name.
 
Video farewell: 
 

 We say goodbye to Yao Ming who has spent his entire NBA career with the Houston Rockets. He stepped on the court at age 21, from China and spent nearly a decade astounding the crowds with his unusual size and skill. Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neil retired back in June after injuries, a high profile divorce, and nearly 20 years of master showmanship on the court. Both Ming and O’Neil battled as the literal giants of the game, both seven footers towering over others.
It is indeed the end of an era with only a hand full of those left in the NBA that can say they played alongside the best to ever do it: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Isaiah Thomas, Larry Bird and many more. Salut! to the soldiers of the NBA.
 
 

Ciara On Miami Beach
Ciara Harris smiles for the camera while playing in the South Beach waves with a friend.
Ciara arrived in Miami Beach with a group of friends to play in the water sporting a pink string bikini decorated with sequins.
 
 

Simon Fuller: Suing Fox Over American “X Factor”
He created one of the hottest talent shows of all time with “American Idol,” and now Simon Fuller is calling foul on “X Factor” in America.
According to a report, Fuller is suing the FOX network and FremantleMedia production company for reneging on a 2005 promise to make him an executive producer on “X Factor” should it come to the States.
Simon’s publicist told press, "Today Simon Fuller filed a legal complaint against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantle in the State of California over their refusal to honor a 2005 contract that granted Mr. Fuller an executive producer credit and fees on the X Factor television program in the U.S.”
 
“Mr. Fuller has prudently attempted to settle this matter privately but the other parties have refused to honor the original contract leaving him no other choice but to pursue legal action."

 
 
Conrad Murray’s Team Wants Jury Sequestered – Mostly from Nancy Grace
*Following the media frenzy surrounding Casey Anthony, a lawyer for Michael Jackson’s doctor said Wednesday his jury should be sequestered to avoid contamination by TV pundits — specifically Nancy Grace.
Attorney J. Michael Flanagan said the televised, involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray could be prejudiced by “final arguments” being delivered daily on TV by Grace and other commentators, reports the AP.
 
“How many final arguments will we have to hear in this case?” Flanagan asked.
At a pretrial hearing, the lawyer referred to “the recent case in Florida” and told the judge Murray’s trial was expected to get even wider coverage. He said telling jurors not to watch TV would be insufficient.
When Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked if Flanagan would want jurors sequestered around the clock during the trial, the lawyer responded, “Every time Nancy Grace is on TV.”
“We would like a decision made on the evidence that appears in this courtroom rather than commentary on the Nancy Grace show,” he said.
Allison Rudnick, a spokeswoman for the “Nancy Grace Show,” did not have any immediate comment.
Pastor said the courts, with a severe budget crisis, can’t afford to put up jurors at a hotel, and he thinks it’s unnecessary. He also said it would be burdensome to jurors.
Pastor did say he would sequester the panel during the day, requiring them to eat meals together in the jury room rather than wander around the civic center.
The judge also said he would be instructing jurors not to pay attention to publicity about the trial.
Flanagan explained the difference between the two trials outside court.
“Casey Anthony was not a public figure before her case,” he said, noting that Jackson’s superstar status means TV stations have enormous amounts of footage of him to use during the trial — things that will not be admitted in evidence.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to causing Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, with an overdose of propofol and other sedatives.
The judge said the trial will begin on Sept. 8 with prospective jurors being given questionnaires. Opening statements are expected in late September
Meanwhile, Pastor agreed to travel across town to Sony Pictures Studios to view 16 hours of raw footage from Jackson’s rehearsal movie “This Is It,” which lawyers want to use as evidence. Prosecutors and defense attorneys spent two weeks examining more than 100 hours of video and have submitted requests for excerpts. The prosecution wants 12 hours; the defense seeks four hours of video.
 
Flanagan acknowledged outside court that the defense didn’t find what they had hoped for — footage of Jackson appearing ill or impaired before his death.
Asked what conclusion could be reached from viewing the Jackson rehearsals, he said, “He is very talented. Even on his bad days, he’s good.”
“We believe his health is somewhat compromised, but he’s not displaying it,” said Flanagan. He said the only implication of problems might be days when Jackson was absent from rehearsals.
He now believes that showing footage from the film is irrelevant to the trial.
 
“I really think it’s a big waste of time,” he said.
 
 
 
Judge Supports Copyright Suit Against Rihanna
News just came to the New York Post that photographer David LaChapelle can continue to develop his million dollar copyright suit against Rihanna. Just yesterday, Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the photographer has “successful alleged” that Rihanna and her camp may have copied his work. Specific images of LaChapelle’s include the “hot-pink and white striped walls”, “women wearing frizzy red wigs”, and “black tape wrapped around a man”. Well LaChapelle has picked the right one to sue with all of the endorsements and concerts that Rihanna does.
David I think you’re bitter. But you have the right to be a bitter queen…GOOD LUCK!
 
 
 
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“Jo-Ann Fabric”
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Oh yeah sure, I would definitely trust your color and fabric selection. It’s so obvious you are an expert at picking out winners! I’m sure that green will make a delectable wedding dress or something.
 

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SAME SEX-(MARRIAGE) AND THE CITY….Gays marry in droves in NY!



Gay couples cheered by supporters have begun marrying in New York City on the first day same-sex weddings are legal in the Empire State.

New York City officials expect to host hundreds of same-sex weddings Sunday. Clerks in New York City and about a dozen other cities statewide are opening their doors Sunday to cater to same-sex couples.
In Manhattan, the first of about 100 couples waiting in line on a sweltering Sunday began exchanging vows in a city clerk's office. Judges waived a mandatory 24-hour waiting period that allowed couples to exchange vows moments after receiving their licenses.
A small number of same-sex couples got married at the stroke of midnight around the state.
It's finally official. New York City has married its first gay couple.

After 23 years together, Connie Kofelor, 84, and Phyllis Siegel, 76, stepped onto Worth St. at 9:09 a.m. as the state's first gay married couple.

''It's a very, very happy day,'' said Siegel, dressed in a light-blue button-down shirt and light khaki pants. ''It's an indescribable feeling.''
''It was just so amazing,'' she added. ''That's the only word that can describe it.''
With the magnificent Niagara Falls as a backdrop, early this morning two lesbian activists became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in New York.

Against a cascade of rainbow-colored falls, and with cicadas humming in the background, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd married at the first possible moment in Niagara Falls. After a bell tolled 12 times to ring in the new day, Ms. Lambert, 54, and Ms. Rudd, 53, held hands and kissed in front of more than 100 friends and family members.
Here’s a few pics of some of the marriages that took place yesterday!….
Pics courtesy of “Freedom to Marry.org” and NYDN

Congrats to all and ENJOY!

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FINALLY!!! 'Football is back'

Now it can be said with certainty: Get ready for some football!
NFL players voted to OK a final deal Monday, days after the owners approved a tentative agreement, and the sides finally managed to put an end to the 4½-month lockout, the longest work stoppage in league history.
"This is a long time coming, and football's back," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, "and that's the great news for everybody."
At a joint appearance outside the NFL Players Association headquarters, Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith shook hands, surrounded by some of the owners and players who were involved in the talks. They spoke shortly after the NFLPA executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously to approve the terms of a 10-year deal.
"We didn't get everything that either side wanted ... but we did arrive at a deal that we think is fair and balanced," Smith said.

Owners can point to victories, such as gaining a higher percentage of the more than $9 billion in annual league revenues, one of the key issues throughout. Players persuaded teams to commit to spending nearly all of their salary cap space in cash and won changes to offseason and in-season practice rules that should make the game safer.
The labor dispute comes to a close after claiming one exhibition: the Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Rams, scheduled for Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. Otherwise, the entire preseason and regular-season schedules remain intact. Club facilities will open to players starting at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, when 2011 draft picks and rookie free agents can be signed.
Also at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, teams can start making trades and begin conversations with veteran free agents from all teams. However, no player can officially sign until Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Teams will not have a window to negotiate exclusively with their own free agents.
However, when veteran free agents do sign with teams, they will not be able to participate in any practice, weight training or workouts until the beginning of the league year, slated to be Aug. 4. They will be required to attend classroom sessions and non-physical activity once the contracts are signed.
Rookies, both drafted and undrafted, will be allowed to fully participate and their contracts will be fully covered, regardless of whether the agreement is ratified.
Then, beginning Wednesday, the first group of teams can report for training camps, 15 days before each club's first preseason game.
The first 10 teams able to report are: Seattle, San Diego, Arizona, Oakland, Denver, Dallas, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New England.
On Thursday, 10 more teams could report: Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Miami, Atlanta, San Francisco, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Washington, Cincinnati, Detroit.
And Friday, 10 additional teams can report: Buffalo, Chicago, Green Bay, Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Minnesota, Tennessee, NY Giants, Carolina.

The New York Jets and Houston Texans can first report on Sunday.
However, the Colts and Vikings announced Monday they will open camp on Sunday instead, sticking to their original camp plans. Definitive dates for all 32 teams had not been released, yet.
Players under contract must report to teams on Wednesday and Thursday in order to qualify for any weight, performance or attendance bonuses they may have in their current deals
Teams then have until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday to waive or cut players.
If there was one unexpected moment during Monday's news conference it was certainly Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday's eloquent tribute to New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who was lauded as instrumental in helping forge the deal. Kraft's wife, Myra, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.
"A special thanks to Myra Kraft, who even in her weakest moment allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out," Saturday said. "Without him, this deal does not get done. ... He's a man who helped us save football."
With that, Saturday wrapped Kraft in a hug -- a gesture that symbolized how the lockout ended more than anyone's words.
Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal to end the dispute on Thursday, but some unresolved issues needed to be reviewed to satisfy players. The sides worked through the weekend and wrapped up nearly every detail by about 3 a.m. Monday on a final pact that runs through the 2020 season and can't be terminated before then.
That's significant because the old collective bargaining agreement contained an opt-out clause, and owners exercised it in 2008. That led to the contract expiring when talks broke down March 11; hours later, owners locked out the players, creating the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.
"I know it has been a very long process since the day we stood here that night in March," Smith said in a brief appearance about 20 minutes before being joined by Goodell and the owners. "But our guys stood together when nobody thought we would. And football is back because of it."
As he spoke, Smith was flanked by NFLPA president Kevin Mawae and other key members of the players' negotiating team, including Saturday, Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Ravens defensive back Domonique Foxworth.

Brees was one of 10 plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit that players filed against the league March 11. They approved the settlement deal Monday, after two unanimous NFLPA leadership votes: to recommend to the plaintiffs that they accept the settlement, then to recommend to all 1,900 players that they re-establish the union.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, also one of the 10 named plaintiffs, said in a statement, "I want to get back to work."
"My objectives were two-fold when joining the group of named plaintiffs in the labor-related lawsuit. First, to show unified strength on behalf of benefitting all players; second, to see a resolution that recognizes the interests of players and management. I believe both objectives have been achieved," Manning said in the statement. "As a fan of the game, I'm pleased the two sides have reached a deal and, as a professional, I want to get back to work."
Manning was invited to attend the news conference Monday but said he was unable to do so because of his rehabilitation and therapy recovering from neck surgery on May 23 to repair a bulging disk.
All players now will take a vote to recertify the union -- it was dissolved March 11, turning the NFLPA into a trade association -- and then one more vote to approve the final CBA. That all needs to be wrapped up by Aug. 4 to make everything official, something everyone involved believes will happen without a hitch.
Only once it is back to being a union can the NFLPA finish the contract, covering remaining items such as player discipline, drug testing, disability programs and pensions.
"I believe it's important that we talk about the future of football as a partnership," Smith said.

Later, standing shoulder to shoulder with Goodell, Smith said: "If we don't have a good relationship, it hurts the game and the business of football. I'm not sure any two people have ever come together in a more compressed, public, interesting time than Roger and I. I'm proud to say our relationship has grown."
In addition to Kraft, John Mara of the Giants and Jerry Richardson of the Panthers -- all members of the owners' labor committee -- were present, too.
"I'd like, on behalf of both sides, to apologize to the fans: For the last five, six months we've been talking about the business of football and not what goes on on the field and building the teams in each market," Kraft said. "But the end result is we've been able to have an agreement that I think is going to allow this sport to flourish over the next decade."

Then, taking a verbal jab at the nearby White House and Congress, Kraft added: "I hope we gave a little lesson to the people in Washington, because the debt crisis is a lot easier to fix than this deal was."
Now comes frenzied football activity, starting immediately.
clubs can begin talking to veteran free agents, who can sign as soon as Friday. On Wednesday, training camps will start to open.
Both sides set up informational conference calls for Monday afternoon to go over the details of the agreement. The NFLPA told player agents they would be coached in particular on the guidelines and schedule for signing free agents and rookies; the NFL alerted general managers and coaches they would be briefed in separate calls.
Smith, who hopes to mend fences with NFL's retired players, also had a conference call Monday morning with the former players to share with them the gains that they made in this deal, including the unprecedented "legacy fund."
The major economic framework for the deal was worked out more than a week ago.
That included dividing revenue (about 53 percent to owners and 47 percent to players over the next decade; the old CBA resulted in nearly a 50-50 split); a per-club cap of about $120 million for salary and bonuses in 2011 -- and at least that in 2012 and 2013 -- plus about $22 million for benefits; a salary system to rein in spending on first-round draft picks; and unrestricted free agency for most players after four seasons.

"We know what we did to frustrate our fans over the last several months," Goodell said. "They want football, and our job is to give them football."

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THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SCREW YOUR CAREER FOR A MAN
Rohan Marley and the Brazilian Model
Back in June during the Rohan Marley denies Lauryn Hill's baby debacle, Rohan made it clear that he and Lauryn Hill were not a couple [click here if you missed that]. So it shouldn't be surprising that his girlfriend Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana has been professing her love to Rohan and posting pictures of them on Twitter.
But it so is...
OH Mis Lauryn…what’s really going on??
 
 

Al Sharpton 'gets MSNBC TV show' after outgoing host claims producers told him to be 'more establishment'
Controversial: MSNBC is reportedly handing civil rights campaigner Reverend Al Sharpton, 56, the 6pm primetime slot in a move bound to cause a storm
He’s the controversial civil rights campaigner whose colourful past includes accusations of bigotry, racism and anti-Semitism.
Now cable news network MSNBC is reportedly handing Reverend Al Sharpton the 6pm primetime slot in a move bound to cause a storm.
Rev Sharpton, 56, has been guest hosting the slot for three weeks, after radio host Cenk Uygur had a six-month try-out that failed.
 
The former Democratic presidential candidate is set to become the only black host of a U.S. primetime cable news show.
Sharpton's profile rose in the late 1980s over the ill fated story of 15-year-old Tawana Brawley
Fame: Rev Sharpton, speaking when the Tawana Brawley case was ongoing in 1988, became well-known in the late 1980s when he helped the 15-year-old
There was uncertainty over who would fill the 6pm MSNBC slot when Keith Olbermann left in January and the network shuffled it's primetime lineup.
‘We never told Cenk what to say or what not to say'
MSNBC president Phil Griffin
Mr Uygur was given the slot and his ratings were solid but failed to satisfy the channel’s president, Phil Griffin, who decided to give Rev Sharpton a try-out.
Mr Uygur said he turned down a new contract including a weekend show because he thought Mr Griffin had come under political pressure.
He believed he had upset White House officials - and was seen as the fiercest MSNBC host who criticises President Obama and Democrats.
Mr Uygur claimed Mr Griffin told him MSNBC was part of the 'establishment' and 'you need to act like it'.
Previously: The former 6pm host was Cenk Uygur, pictured, whose ratings were not bad but failed to satisfy the channel's president, Phil Griffin
Mr Griffin denied he had fallen to political pressure. ‘We never told Cenk what to say or what not to say,’ he told the New York Times.
But he explained producers found Mr Uygur’s aggressive body language and demeanour were making it tougher to book guests.
‘I didn’t agree with everything said on the show,’ White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told the New York Times.
‘But (I) certainly didn’t have any problem with it.’
Other controversial and unsuccessful MSNBC hosts include Jesse Ventura and Michael Savage.
Mr Savage was fired for his on-air comments suggesting gay people should die of Aids.
 
 
 
John Legend Defends Against Claims of Plagiarism
*John Legend is denying allegations that he copied a track from an aspiring artist who is suing him for plagiarism, insisting he would “never steal anyone’s song.”
Anthony Stokes has filed suit against the R&B crooner, claiming he handed Legend a demo tape after a concert in 2004 and later heard similarities with his work in the artist’s 2006 recording, “Maxine’s Interlude,” from the album “Once Again.” [Scroll down to listen.]
Stokes claims Legend’s song is based on his own track “Where Are You Now?,” a line Legend repeats in “Maxine’s Interlude,” but the singer has vehemently denied the allegations and has vowed to fight the case in court.
“This gentleman made an accusation that’s not true and we know it’s not true,” he tells E! Online. “I never heard of his song until he sued me. I would never steal anyone’s song. I’ve never, ever done that before. Never even been accused of it before, and we will fight it in court and we will prevail. I’m not worried about it. I know the truth is on my side.”
 
 
 
Tyra Banks Dishes On New Book & New All-Star "Top Model"
Tyra Banks is taking smizing to another level. She wrote a fantasy adventure novel she revealed she would do a few months ago. And today on "Good Morning America," she revealed the cover, details, attending Harvard, and deets on the upcoming "all-star" season of "Top Model."
Check it out inside....
Tyra dished about idolizing Walt Disney and his vision for entertainment. So she's forming her own entertainment empire--in addition to what she's already done with her former talk show and "Top Model"--to bring model fabulousness to everyone.
Her book, Modelland, is a fictional novel based on the fantasy and secrets and the allure of modelling. And it drops September 17th. She told Robin Roberts this morning that she worked on it for 5 years. And it's the first in a series of 3 novels.
And she's currently in Harvard Business School--where she had to live in the dorms--perfecting her business craft. She also dished that this is the 17th season of "America's Next Top Model" (DAMN-who knew!). And the upcoming 18th season is going to be an all-star season made up of girls from Season 1 on.
Here's pics from her Modelland promo shoot she did in NYC:
 
WORK.
 
 

Oh Arnold the nerve!! Arnold Schwarzenegger asks judge to terminate Maria Shriver's spousal support in $400m
Split: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger are locked in a battle over spousal support
Arnold Schwarzenegger has filed his response to Maria Shriver's divorce petition - asking a judge to terminate her spousal support request.
In court documents filed yesterday by Schwarzenegger's lawyer, Bob Kaufman checked the box asking the judge to refuse Shriver spousal support.
In her original filing, Shriver asked for spousal support in her petition.
Legal documents: In papers filed today, Arnold's lawyer checked the box asking the judge to refuse Shriver spousal support Legal documents: In papers filed today, Arnold's lawyer checked the box asking the judge to refuse Shriver spousal support
The papers also show that 63-year-old Schwarzenegger - like Maria - is asking for joint custody of the couple's two minor children Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13.
Split: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger are locked in a battle over spousal support
Shriver, 55, is asking Schwarzenegger to pay for her attorney's fees, according to the papers. But Schwarzenegger's response asks that the judge make each party foot the bill for their respective lawyers.
The couple are said to have not entered into a prenuptial agreement a the time of the marriage so under California law both parties are entitled to a 50/50 split of all earnings and property accumulated during their 25-year marriage.
The former couple is estimated to be worth around $400 million (around £250 million).
The former TV journalist is said to be spending at least $10 million of that fortune on a luxury home three miles away.
Legal documents: In papers filed, Arnold's lawyer checked the box asking the judge to refuse Shriver spousal support
 
While Schwarzenegger is clearly eager to repair the damage done to his relationship with his children in the wake of the love child scandal.
At the time of the drama, Patrick tweeted that he was dropping his father's last name in favour of his mother's surname.
He may not be in his oldest son's good graces, but he did enjoy a day out with daughter Christina, who turns 20 this month, on July 8.
His eldest daughter, 21-year-old Katherine, seems like she will eventually forgive her father for his infidelity, as well.
'This is definitely not easy but I appreciate your love and support as i begin to heal and move forward in life. I will always love my family!' she tweeted on May 17.
The Terminator star has also reached out to his love child, 13-year-old Joseph, with housekeeper Mildred Baena; the two reportedly visited Arnold at his Brentwood mansion.
The former California Governor and his ex may not be playing nicely on paper, but in real life they're trying to be as amiable as possible: they reunited at Brentwood restaurant Toscana on July 15 for a mutual friend's birthday.
 
 
 
Reality Show Alert! Keyshia Cole Plans Wedding #2 but the real question is did Monica swagger jack her?
Two weddings are always better than one and Keyshia Cole appears to be following in her former BFF’s Monica’s footsteps, planning a huge 2nd wedding to her baller boo, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson.
 
Now I dunno about you… but I’m sensing a bit of “friendly” competition amongst these two ladies, who USED to be cooler than a polar bear’s toenails.
As you know Keysh met her baller boo way before Mo met Shannon, and she and Boobie had an adorable son together prior to their jumping the broom May 21, 2011.

Keyshia may have dropped her baller’s baby first, but it was Monica who made it to the alter first. After only 5 months of dating Laker Shannon Brown, Mo sealed the deal on November 22, 2010 in a private ceremony held at Shannon’s L.A. home.
In part two of their friendly rivalry, Monica is still on her honeymoon after tying the knot (again) with Shannon in a lavish ceremony filled with family and friends (and no Keyshia).
And now here comes Keyshia planning her wedding #2…
 
I think I get it now. Keyshia didn’t make time to appear in (or even AT) Monica’s fairytale wedding and it may be due to the fact that Keyshia had been planning her fairytale wedding #2 all along and Mo totally stole her thunder.
I’d be a lil bit salty too…
Seriously, if there wasn’t an issue between the two of them, as close as these two were, NOTHING shoulda kept Keyshia away from Monica’s wedding.
 
Hopefully these ladies will kiss and make-up soon.
[Sidebar: I'm merely assessing the situation from the outside, so this is in no way concrete proof of any dissension between the two. I'm just sayin... ]
At any rate, would you be feeling ‘some kinda way’ if your BFF stole your wedding shine?
Congrats to Keyshia and Boobie (again) too.
I’m sure your 2nd wedding will be just as joyful as the first!
 
 
 
Andre 3000 No Longer Slated To Play Jimi Hendrix In Biopic
UPDATE: Three Stacks will no longer star in the film, as it will not be moving forward in production.
Andre 3000 was originally tapped to play Jimi Hendrix in a biopic last year, but it’s been silent on the news front since. But according to actress Hayley Atwell, the Outkast member is still slated to be in the flick.
Speaking with Esquire, the Captain America star explained that Three Stacks is signed on to appear as Hendrix in the independent flick. “Next up is possibly a Jimi Hendrix biopic — an independent film with Andre 3000 from OutKast playing Jimi Hendrix. But I don't know, really. The Atwell team is like, Let's just wait and see,” she said.
Andre previously appeared in the 2008 flick Semi-Pro, though has relatively quiet since then. He is supposedly working on a solo album to be released this year in anticipation of an Outkast LP to drop in 2012.
 
[July 7]
UPDATE: Andre 3000 is no longer slated to play Jimi Hnedrix in a biopic of the legendary performer. According to The BoomBox, the Experience Hendrix estate put a block on the film moving forward.
Experience Hendrix and CEO Janie (Jimi’s sister) have “made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.”
They did confirm that there is a documentary on the way. “With Sony Legacy, our partner, we are active in releasing documentary material starring, so to speak, Jimi Hendrix as himself and plan to continue on this path."
 

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting
A few months ago Bone Thugs-N-Harmony fans got their stuck in the 90s worlds rocked after Krayzie Bone announced he was leaving group [click here if you missed that]. Well take heart Bone Thugs fans, the band is getting back together one more time...
"They ain't seen us, all five, since Flesh came out [of prison in 2008]," Bizzy Bone told MTV News. "We ain't been able to really put on a showcase for 'em, and this is a beautiful platform. It's gonna be thousands and thousands and thousands of people there, and it's Cleveland's birthday."
 
All five members of Bones Thugs-N-Harmony reunite on stage Saturday July 23rd for the Ohio Homecoming concert to celebrate Cleveland's 215th birthday.
 

Well if you’re in London you can see Princess Kate’s wedding dress!
Fit for a Duchess: Kate Middleton's stunning wedding gown is going on display at the weekend, alongside other items from the big day
Amid the pomp and splendour of a truly unforgettable day, The Dress was undoubtedly the star of the show.
And just like the most gracious stars, the Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning wedding gown is returning for an encore.
Those of us who admired it from the comfort of our sofas at home, can now see the £250,000 Alexander McQueen dress right up close – if we can get our hands on what is rapidly becoming the hottest ticket in town.
Fit for a duchess: 58 gazar buttons run from the collar to the waste of the dressThe beauty is in the detail: Kate's veil is made of soft ivory silk tulle and stitched with flowers
The dress is to take pride of place at Buckingham Palace’s annual summer exhibition this year, ensuring we can bask in the afterglow of Kate and William’s wedding day just that little bit longer.
While most brides carefully wrap their bridal gowns in tissue paper and store them away with their memories, Kate’s will be shared with the nation all over again.
Something borrowed: This 1936 Cartier tiara was loaned to Kate by Queen and contains 1,000 glittering diamonds
In fact visitors can relive every joyful moment of the day, with everything from the Duchess’s veil to her shoes and even the royal wedding cake on display.
Record demand means advance ticket sales are more than double on last year’s summer opening, with 600,000 people paying £17.50 per ticket to troop through the doors over the next ten weeks.
That would comfortably beat the palace’s previous highest attendance of 420,000 in 1994.
Icing on the cake: The top three layers of the cake are replicas, with two saved for the couple's first child's Christening, as tradition dictatesTwinkle toes: The duchess's hand-stitched shoes were designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and are size five-and-a-half
The Duchess herself was treated to a sneak preview on Wednesday night when she stole another look at the dress that featured an intricate Grace Kelly-inspired lace bodice hand-stitched by the world’s best seamstresses at the Royal School of Needlework.
The craftswomen had no idea what their commission was for, such was the secrecy surrounding the design.
The bodice was cinched into a tiny waist above the full silk skirt.
The exhibition’s curator Caroline de Guitaut would not be drawn on what size it was, saying only: ‘Small.’
Then there are the shoes, barely noticed in the excitement of the day, which are worth a look in their full glory.
 
The Royal Wedding Dress: A Story of Great British Design runs until October 3 at Buckingham Palace. Tickets are priced at £17.50 and can be obtained from www.royalcollection.org.uk or 0207 766 7300. remember if you’re London!
 
 

Derek Blanks Shoots Brandy’s “Alter Ego”
Brandy recently completed a Brand-Nu Alter Ego photoshoot with celebrity photographer Derek Blanks.
Derek describes the concept of Brandy’s alter ego as, “the struggle between good and bad. When good turns bad…”

More photos of Brandy’s Brand Nu Alter Ego from the shoot below…
This is a HIGH FASHION STORY that takes you into the dark side of brandy.
The good Brandy is kidnapped and ends up struggling with herself to finally kill the dark demons with in.
 
 

Tiger Woods Fires His Longtime Caddie Steve Williams
*The AP is reporting that Tiger Woods has fired his caddie of 12 years Steve Williams after their treasured friendship went sour in recent months.
Williams stood by Woods through his sex scandal and divorce, a major swing change on the golf course and the loss of four major corporate sponsors off it.
But in recent months, according to the AP, Williams felt like an outsider the way he was kept in the dark about Woods’ schedule and recovery from leg injuries. Also, Woods was said to be annoyed when his caddie chose to work for Adam Scott at the U.S. Open, then signed up to work for the Australian again at the AT&T National and the British Open.
One of golf’s most successful player-caddie partnerships ended in a board room at Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia two weeks ago when Woods fired his caddie. They both kept the news private until Wednesday, when Woods announced on his website that he and Williams will no longer be working together.
Williams posted a statement on his website that showed this was anything but an amicable split.
“Needless to say, this came as a shock,” said Williams, who changed the photo on his website to show him carrying Scott’s bag. “Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger’s scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing and Tiger battling through injuries, I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time.”
Woods said on his website: “I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it’s time for a change. Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future.”
Woods didn’t say who would replace Williams — one of only two caddies he has employed on a regular basis — or when he might return to golf.
 
 

Mary J. Blige Recalls Childhood Abuse, Alcoholism On VH1's "Behind The Music”
Mary J. Blige Recalls Childhood Abuse, Alcoholism On VH1's
Mary J. Blige opens up about her troubled past in her upcoming episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” On the show, she speaks on how sexual abuse as a child haunted her for years and how it gave way to self-esteem issues.
“When I was 5 years old I was molested and just, you know. I remember feeling, literally right before it happened, I just could not believe that this person was going to do this to me.…That thing followed me all my life. The shame of thinking my molestation was my fault. It led me to believe I wasn’t worth anything.”
 
The Queen of Hip Hop/Soul also touches on her struggles with alcoholism and how a near-death experience made her hit rock bottom. “The problem had snowballed into this thing that was bigger than me,” she says. “It was bigger than me. And it was definitely going to kill me. So I was like this is it and let’s go. And I remember sitting on my bed. I swear, I don’t know what death feels like, but I felt like my spirit was trying to leave my body. And I was crying, and I was going please God, no no, not now, I don’t want this. I prayed, like I remember saying a prayer I said God, send me someone to help me.”
 
Crediting her husband Kendu Isaacs as her savior, MJB shares her inspirational story of overcoming her adversity. “This could have been a tragic story. Every single chapter… I am the living proof that any person going through any kind of tragic situation in their lives. Any molestation, any self-hatred, anything terrible, you can get out, you can make it.”
 
 

Katie Holmes Turns Dominatrix for Spanish Vogue
Adding another magazine cover to her credit, Katie Holmes is on the front of Vogue Espana's August issue.
And this time, the “Mad Money” mommy has traded her wholesome persona for a darker, dominatrix demeanor.
Katie dons a tight-fitting black lace dres from the Lanvin Fall 2011 collection along with a black leather hat.

And that’s just the beginning- in the accompanying photo spread, shot by Tom Munro, Katie keeps things racy in a cleavage-bearing top, suspenders, and a lacy mask.
 
 
 

Charlamange Tha God Reduces Lil Mama to Tears
Last week Lil Mama went on the Breakfast Club with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamange da God and Charlamange was his usual charming self. And by charming self I mean an a-hole...

After relentlessly riding Lil Mama for jumping onstage with Jay Z and Alicia Keys and dragging her about her looks, Lil Mama puts Charlamange in his place through angry tears at the 10:20 mark...
 
Video:
 
Trust this due is a punk a**!
 
 

Tami Roman Involved In L.A. Car Crash, Tweets About Her "Major Headache"
"Basketball Wives" star Tami Roman was involved in a car crash, shortly after landing in L.A.
According to TMZ, Tami was picked up by a car service and during her ride, a vehicle slammed into the back of hers. The collision pushed both vehicles into a third car.
Tami tweeted about the accident saying,
"Me & my dude jus landed in LA and got in auto accident. Rear ended by two cars. Thk God no visible injuries-but I have major headache!"
 
Feel better Tami!
 
 

NFL Star's Alleged Beating Victim --
Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson allegedly beat his roommate's face to a bloody oozing pulp, putting the guy in the HOSPITAL -- and TMZ has obtained a photo of the facial destruction.
As we previously reported, Cedric and his now ex-roommate -- a guy named Clavens Charles -- got into an argument last weekend in Texas over their living arrangements, when all of the sudden Benson allegedly rocked Charles in the face.
According to the police report, Benson allegedly continued to strike Charles "with several more closed fists all over Clavens face resulting in severe injury to his face."
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Cedric's attorney released a statement, claiming the NFL star was provoked in the attack -- and Charles was exploiting the incident as an opportunity to extort the running back.
Charles' attorney shot back with his own statement, calling the alleged attack "an unprovoked, violent assault" ... DENYING the extortion claims -- insisting Charles hasn't made a single request for money since the incident.
According to his attorney, Charles has already incurred THOUSANDS of dollars in medical bills ... and still has further medical procedures pending.
 
 

Mo’Nique Honored at Big Boi’s Big Kidz Foundation 5 Year Celebration…
Comedienne/Actress/Talk Show Host Mo’Nique was honored by Antwan “Big Boi” Patton’s Big Kidz Foundation The Oscar winning actress spoke of the importance of giving back to the community and during her acceptance speech, made a point of acknowledging the people in her life who touched her life as a child.
The event was held in the Atrium of Atlanta’s City Hall and other Big Kidz honorees included artist Gilbert Young, Susan Booth, Lauri Stalling, Jasmine Guy.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed & Big Boi
Mo’Nique’s husband Sidney Hicks and her niece came along in support of the popular actress. Other attendees included Councilmember Kwanza Hall, new Atlanta housewife Marlo Hampton & more.
Photos from the Big Kidz 5th Anniversary celebration + video of Mo’Nique’s acceptance speech below:
Marlo Hampton & Friend
Honorees Gilbert Young and Mo’Nique
Mo’Nique with husband Sidney Hicks and neice.
Big Boi & Jasmine Guy
Mrs. Patton… *Big Boi's wifey
More pics
Big Kidz HonoreeBig Boi and Honoree
Major shouts to my homie Freshalina for playing my photographer for the evening. It was an awesome event!
Be a part of something BIG! Click HERE for more information about Big Boi’s Big Kidz Foundation.
 
 
 
Kelly Rowland Goes Topless For The "Here I Am" Shoot
Kelly Rowland goes topless and sometimes bottomless for the photos released in connection with her album Here I Am which hits the stores on Tuesday. See Kelly's sizzling photos inside and find out how she responded when she found out a producer had dissed her hit "Motivaton."
It looks like Kelly got nude and truly announced Here I Am for her album's photoshoot, shot by Derek Blanks.
Kelly is naked in most of the photos which highlight her very toned body. Looks like Kelly hit's the weight bench too!
When speaking about her hit "Motivation" Kelly told BET.com,
“[The album] is along the same lines when it comes to an urban sound. When I listen to everything back to back, when I was sequencing it, that’s when it felt really good in my spirit.”

And by the way, Kelly responded back to the producer who criticized her "Motivation" single saying, "You know what, the record speaks for itself," she responds. "Opinions are like **sholes, everybody’s got one. He’s made wonderful music with my sister and other artists. There’s no reason for me to say anything negative."
 
Such a pretty lady.....we wish you well on your album sales Kelly!
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AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPIN AT WALMART” FILES
“You’re Grounded”

Man it seems like it’s been ages since we had a kid on a leash being yanked around a Walmart on here! Just when I thought I was getting through to people and making a difference this future Casey Anthony just pops up to ruin my day!
 
 

HAVE A GOOD ONE!!!
EFREM

 AMY WINEHOUSE, 27, FOUND DEAD IN HER HOME IN LONDON

Two ambulance crews arrived at the scene within five minutes and a paramedic on a bicycle also attended, according to a spokeswoman.’Sadly the patient had died,' she added. A statement from Winehouse's U.S. record label read: 'We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer.
'Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time.'
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: 'Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.
'On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.
'Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said in a press conference this evening that no cause of death had yet been confirmed.
He said: 'I am aware of reports of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to reremphaise that no post-mortem has yet taken place and it would be inapproporaite to speculate on the cause of death.
'The death of any person is a sad time of friends and family especially for someone known nationally and internationally like Amy Winehouse. My sympathy extends not only to her family but also to her millions of fans across the world.'
A spokesman for the late singer said: 'Everyone involved with Amy is shocked and devastated.
'Our thoughts are with her family and friends. The family will issue a statement when ready.'
It has also been claimed on gossip website RadarOnline.com that Winehouse's autopsy could take place within the next 24 hours.

A Scotland Yard spokesman is quoted by the website as saying: 'The postmortem has not been scheduled yet but it is unlikely to take place before tomorrow.

'In the case of a murder it can be done within hours but this is not the case so tomorrow or even Monday is more likely in these circumstances.'
Cutie pie: Amy looking adorable at the age of two

A section of the road where the singer lived remained cordoned off tonight. Journalists, local residents and fans gathered at the police tapes, while forensic officers were seen going in and out of the building.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she saw the singer's grief-stricken boyfriend, believed to be film director Reg Traviss, on the ground outside the house.
Two women then came 'speeding' up in a black Mercedes and walked in and out of the house crying. They said they believed the singer was at home last night.
Winehouse's father, Mitch, is understood to be returning to the UK from New York. He had been due to perform at the Blue Note jazz club in the city on Monday.
A message has been placed on the club's website, reading: 'We are very sad to report that the Mitch Winehouse performance on Monday July 25th is cancelled due to the unexpected death of his daughter, Amy Winehouse.

'Our condolences go out to Mitch and his family.' Mitch is now on his way back from New York.
Winehouse had been seen with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield earlier this week as the teenager took to the stage at the iTunes festival.
She refused to join in for Mama Said, but did support the 14-year-old with a few dance moves before urging the crowd to buy Dionne's new album Good For The Soul.
A source said: 'Amy staggered onstage and grabbed the mic to beg the crowd to buy her protege’s new album.'
Winehouse's appearance at the concert came after she cancelled her European tour following a disastrous performance in June when she stumbled onto the stage in Belgrade and gave an incoherent performance appearing very disorientated and removed from reality.
Following the concert which saw fans enraged and the subsequent video that circulated to millions she cancelled the remaining dates of her European tour.
A statement released by the troubled singer's spokesperson at the time said that the singer would be given 'as long as it takes' to recover.
The statement read: 'Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances.
'Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.'

Winehouse had been working on her long-awaited new album, the follow-up to her 2006 breakthrough multi-million selling Back To Black, for the past three years.
The singer was born Amy Jade Winehouse on 14th September 1983 in Southgate, London.
Winehouse has had a troubled life which has included various stints in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.
The singer is thought to have been to rehab four times.
In an interview in 2008, her mother Janis said she would be unsurprised if her daughter died before her time.
She said: 'I've known for a long time that my daughter has problems.
'But seeing it on screen rammed it home. I realise my daughter could be dead within the year. We're watching her kill herself, slowly.
'I've already come to terms with her dead. I've steeled myself to ask her what ground she wants to be buried in, which cemetery.
'Because the drugs will get her if she stays on this road.
'I look at Heath Ledger and Britney. She's on their path. It's like watching a car crash - this person throwing all these gifts away.'
In addition, there was a website set up called When Will Amy Winehouse Die?, with visitors asked to guess the date of death with the chance of winning an iPod Touch.
In an interview last October with Harper's Bazaar magazine, Amy was asked if she was happy.
She replied: 'I don't know what you mean. I've got a very nice boyfriend. He's very good to me.'
And, asked if she had any unfulfilled ambitions, Amy replied: 'Nope! If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.'
As well her battles with drugs and alcohol, Winehouse also had a troubled marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, who she divorced in summer 2009.
Fielder-Civil and Winehouse married in 2007 in Miami.
The pair's relationship - heavily documented by the media - saw them appearing in public bloodied and bruised after fights.

It is also alleged former music video producer Fielder-Civil was the one who introduced the Back to Black star to heroin and crack cocaine.
Amy's father Mitch previously spoke out about how his daughter stayed away from drugs prior to meeting her ex-husband.
In a previous interview last year he said: 'He's not entirely responsible, she's got to take a portion of the responsibility, but it's clear, it really kicked off when they got together.'
Most recently, Winehouse was romantically linked to film director Reg Traviss, who she dated for a few months last year.

Well Amy it was short but thanks for your contributions to the music industry Rest In Peace!

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The last space shuttle flight rolled to a stop just before 6 a.m. on Thursday, closing an era of the nation’s space program.
“Mission complete, Houston,” said Capt. Christopher J. Ferguson of the Navy, commander of the shuttle Atlantis for the last flight. “After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history, and it’s come to a final stop.”
It was the 19th night landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to end the 135th space shuttle mission. For Atlantis, the final tally of its 26-year career is 33 missions, accumulating just short of 126 million miles during 307 days in space, circumnavigating the Earth 4,848 times.

A permanent marker will be placed on the runway to indicate the final resting spot of the space shuttle program.
The last day in space went smoothly. Late on Wednesday night, the crew awoke to the Kate Smith version of “God Bless America.” With no weather or technical concerns, the crew closed the payload doors at 2:09 a.m. on Thursday.
At 4:13 a.m., Barry E. Wilmore, an astronaut at mission control in Houston, told the Atlantis crew, “Everything is looking fantastic, there you are go for the deorbit burn, and you can maneuver on time.”
“That’s great, Butch,” replied Captain Ferguson. “Go on the deorbit maneuver, on time.”

Thirty-six minutes later, as it was passing over Malaysia, Atlantis fired its maneuvering engines for 3 minutes 16 seconds, slowing it down by 225 miles per hour and beginning the fall back into the Earth’s atmosphere.
The shuttle, which travels backward while in orbit, flipped around to a nose-first position. Its descending northeast trajectory passed over the southeast Pacific Ocean and crossed Central America toward Florida.
At NASA centers around the country, crowds of NASA employees gathered to watch a broadcast of the landing. On the International Space Station, Michael Fossum, a NASA astronaut, floated in the station’s windowed cupola segment and saw Atlantis’s trail of hot plasma that marked the reentry path.

Less than 10 minutes before landing, Captain Ferguson described the view out his window.
“Beautiful view of the Yucatán, I think, going right under the wing right now,” he said. “It’s a gorgeous thing.”
“You’re looking good to us, Atlantis,” Mr. Wilmore responded, but added a correction. “You’re just passing the west coast of Florida.”

“Huh? O.K.,” Captain Ferguson said in surprise. “I’m further than I thought we were.”
In the clear, windless predawn, twin sonic booms announced its impending arrival as Atlantis slowed to less than the speed of sound. It made a wide turn in preparation for the approach for its final landing to conclude the 5,284,862-mile trip.
During the 13-day mission, Atlantis ferried 8,000 pounds of supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. With the retirement of the shuttles, the space station will now rely on Russian, European and Japanese rockets to bring up supplies.
NASA is also counting on two commercial companies, the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., and the Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to begin cargo flights next year.

For Atlantis, NASA will now begin the work of transforming it into a museum piece. It will be mounted nearby at Kennedy’s visitor center.

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TALK ABOUT SHADE…WTF???
Less than a week before the release of Kelly Rowland's cd, 'Here I Am', music producer Jeff Bhasker, who produced several songs on Beyonce's '4', went on Twitter and trashed Kelly Rowland's music...
Now Kelly has been telling everybody to support this latest effort from BeYaWNsEy. Let’s see if Bey is a friend and check this asshole of a producer for tweeting this bullsh*t!............We’ll see!



R. Kelly Leaves the Hospital After Emergency Throat Surgery

One day after undergoing emergency throat surgery, R&B singer R. Kelly, 44, was discharged from Northwestern Memorial Chicago hospital late Wednesday night.
"He left the hospital last night and is recuperating at home in Chicago," his publicist told E! News Thursday. "Still no word on when he'll be able to resume performing."

On Wednesday, the "World's Greatest" singer's publicist said that doctors had to drain an abcess on one of Kelly's tonsils Tuesday. At the time, Kelly's publicist said he would be "laid up indefinitely" in the hospital.
The recovering singer reached out to his fans via Twitter Wednesday night, where he thanked "everybody for their love, concern and support. I will be back!"

Get well soon Kells!



THANK YOU ATLANTIS!
The last space shuttle flight rolled to a stop just before 6 a.m. on Thursday, closing an era of the nation’s space program.


“Mission complete, Houston,” said Capt. Christopher J. Ferguson of the Navy, commander of the shuttle Atlantis for the last flight. “After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history, and it’s come to a final stop.”
It was the 19th night landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to end the 135th space shuttle mission. For Atlantis, the final tally of its 26-year career is 33 missions, accumulating just short of 126 million miles during 307 days in space, circumnavigating the Earth 4,848 times.

A permanent marker will be placed on the runway to indicate the final resting spot of the space shuttle program.
The last day in space went smoothly. Late on Wednesday night, the crew awoke to the Kate Smith version of “God Bless America.” With no weather or technical concerns, the crew closed the payload doors at 2:09 a.m. on Thursday.

At 4:13 a.m., Barry E. Wilmore, an astronaut at mission control in Houston, told the Atlantis crew, “Everything is looking fantastic, there you are go for the deorbit burn, and you can maneuver on time.”
“That’s great, Butch,” replied Captain Ferguson. “Go on the deorbit maneuver, on time.”

Thirty-six minutes later, as it was passing over Malaysia, Atlantis fired its maneuvering engines for 3 minutes 16 seconds, slowing it down by 225 miles per hour and beginning the fall back into the Earth’s atmosphere.
The shuttle, which travels backward while in orbit, flipped around to a nose-first position. Its descending northeast trajectory passed over the southeast Pacific Ocean and crossed Central America toward Florida.
At NASA centers around the country, crowds of NASA employees gathered to watch a broadcast of the landing. On the International Space Station, Michael Fossum, a NASA astronaut, floated in the station’s windowed cupola segment and saw Atlantis’s trail of hot plasma that marked the reentry path.
Less than 10 minutes before landing, Captain Ferguson described the view out his window.
“Beautiful view of the Yucatán, I think, going right under the wing right now,” he said. “It’s a gorgeous thing.”
“You’re looking good to us, Atlantis,” Mr. Wilmore responded, but added a correction. “You’re just passing the west coast of Florida.”
“Huh? O.K.,” Captain Ferguson said in surprise. “I’m further than I thought we were.”
In the clear, windless predawn, twin sonic booms announced its impending arrival as Atlantis slowed to less than the speed of sound. It made a wide turn in preparation for the approach for its final landing to conclude the 5,284,862-mile trip.

During the 13-day mission, Atlantis ferried 8,000 pounds of supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. With the retirement of the shuttles, the space station will now rely on Russian, European and Japanese rockets to bring up supplies.
NASA is also counting on two commercial companies, the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., and the Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to begin cargo flights next year.

For Atlantis, NASA will now begin the work of transforming it into a museum piece. It will be mounted nearby at Kennedy’s visitor center.



IN STORES NOW RAHSAAN'S PATTERSON'S BLUEPHORIA!

The long awaited CD from the eclectic R&B funk dude...Track Listing below

1. I Only Have Eyes for You
2. Ghost
3. Crazy (Baby)
4. Easier Said Than Done
5. Stay With Me
6. Miss You
7. Goodbye
8. Bleuphoria
9.Mountain Top
10. Makin’ Love
11. 6 AM*
12. Insomnia
13. God


Excellent CD A must get!!!

 
 

RAC*ST B*STARD! Bachmann Again Blasts Obama’s Support of Black Farmers Settlement

Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol July 13, 2011 in Washington, DC.
*Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pointed to one program in particular Monday when talking about wasteful government spending: a multibillion dollar settlement paid to black farmers, who claim the federal government discriminated against them for decades in awarding loans and other aid.
 
According to the AP, the issue came up after Bachmann and Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa toured flooded areas along the Missouri River. During a news conference, they fielded a question about whether farmers affected by the flooding also should be worried by proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture cuts.
The two responded by criticizing a 1999 settlement in what is known as the Pigford case, after the original plaintiff, North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford. Late last year, President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing a new, nearly $1.2 billion settlement for people who were denied payments in the earlier one because they missed deadlines for filing.
King has likened the Pigford settlement to “modern-day reparations” for African-Americans. He said Monday a large percentage of the settlement “was just paid out in fraudulent claims” and criticized the Obama administration’s plan to resolve separate lawsuits filed by Hispanic and female farmers.
Rep. Steve King
“That’s another at least $1.3 billion,” King said “I’d like to apply that money to the people that are under water right now.”
Bachmann seconded King’s criticism, saying, “When money is diverted to inefficient projects, like the Pigford project, where there seems to be proof-positive of fraud, we can’t afford $2 billion in potentially fraudulent claims when that money can be used to benefit the people along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.”
John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, which represented black farmers in the Pigford settlement, called the criticism unfair.
 
“Why continue to take from those people who haven’t taken part in federal programs equally and give to another group of farmers who have taken part in federal programs?” Boyd asked. “I think taking resources from a group of people who have been historically denied any relief at the Department of Agriculture is a bad idea. For the flood victims that deserve redress … they should provide those people with relief, too.”
 
John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association
 
Boyd said he and others worked to put anti-fraud provisions in the legislation signed last year. They require each claim of discrimination to be judged individually to determine its merit — a process that Boyd said has not yet even begun.
“We worked with Republicans … to get those issues addressed,” he said. “Even after we got them addressed, Ms. Bachmann and Mr. King have continued to look at black farmers in a very negative way.
 
“I think it’s bad for the American people. I think if Ms. Bachmann wants to be president of the United States, she should treat all people fairly.”
 
 
 
Michael Vick Pushes for Anti-Dog Fighting Legislation
Using examples from his past indiscretions as a way to stop such acts in the future, Michael Vick took to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC today (July 19) to back a bill which targets both dog fighting organizers and spectators.
Accompanied by the head of Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle, as well as two U.S. representatives, the star NFL athlete called on Congress to pass H.R. 2492, a piece of legislation that would prohibit knowing attendance of organized animal fights and add additional penalties to those who bring children to such events.
Michael, who currently plays quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was released from prison in 2009 after serving time for a dog fighting conviction.
Discussing his latest push for the proposed bill, Vick told, "In prison I told myself I want to be part of the solution, not the problem. These laws are not to punish people, but prevent people from getting involved."
 
 
 
MISS DWIGHT STOP! Dwight Eubanks Leaves "RHOA", Says There's Too Much "Buffoonery"
In today's foolywang, Dwight Eubanks has announced that he won't be returning to "RHOA" because he can't take the buffoonery.
Dwight Eubanks, whom we know of as NeNe Leakes former BFF and the new BFF of Phaedra Parks, has announced that he won't return to "RHOA."
So what made him decide to "leave" a show he didn't have a contract with in the first place? He said,
“We can entertain you, but you still need to be educated. That’s what’s lacking in the television industry. It’s so much buffoonery and craziness out there. I just can’t do it. I refuse to do it.”
Hmm....he can't do it for moral reasons anymore? Or, unless it lends itself to his own self-promotion. He added,
“It was very time-consuming and I only did the Real Housewives of Atlanta to promote [his Purple Door Salon] and out of three years, they have not yet shown what I really do. I’ve had a salon for over 25 years and they just refuse to show it. It does not make sense."
So what's next for the man who's fed up with reality tv? Well....reality tv. Though he's fed up with "RHOA" he admitted that he is working on his own-reality show.
“They’re still trying to figure out what to do with me," he said about the company he's currently working with.
“You have to realize: I’m 50 years old. Therefore, it has to be something that makes sense and has substance.”
 
OK Dwight.
 
 

Robin Thicke Saying New Album @ The End Of Year

Robin Thicke’s next album isn’t far off. The R&B star tells Rap-Up.com he’s looking to release his fifth studio effort either at the end of 2011 or early 2012. Robin says he’s been handling all the writing and producing, but adds that famed beatmaker Pharrell Williams would like to work on the record before it’s finished. When he’s not occupied by his next album, Robin is checking out new music and artists. He says he’s really been enjoying Janelle Monae’s work, although he admits he was just recently introduced to her music.
 
Robin Thicke’s last album was “Sex Therapy,” which arrived at the end of 2009. The record went on to peak at number two on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
 

Nadya Suleman really did say “I am absolutely disgusted by babies”
Another treat for you bitches today! Once again, I’m writing about Nadya “OctoMom” Suleman, who I never really cared about, and still don’t. But this is notable - a few weeks ago, In Touch Weekly had an interview with Nadya where she seemed to be claiming that she hated her babies - read the original story here. Everybody freaked out, and Nadya later claimed that In Touch had made the whole thing up. Then she brought her kids to the Today Show, and it was INSANE. She’s insane. She’s like Linnocent, only with babies. It’s just lie after lie after contradiction after crazy. Well, guess what? Crazy bitch was lying when she claimed she never said she hated her babies. Well… maybe. She actually said that she hates BABIES. In general. TMZ got the audio (which you can hear here).
 
It’s the interview Octomom says she never gave — in which the mother of 14 claims, “I am absolutely DISGUSTED by babies” — except this time … it’s all caught ON TAPE.
Excerpts of the interview were originally published last month by InTouch Magazine — via a freelance reporter — but Nadya Suleman has flat out DENIED ever making the statements, telling TMZ, every single quote that was attributed to her from the interview is false.
But it’s clear as day in the audio recording — Octomom states, “Whenever I hear a baby cry, I cringe. I do not like babies.” Nadya continues, “I am absolutely disgusted by babies. They make me sick … I don’t even look at them. I have to look away.”
Octo also admits to locking herself in her bathroom just to get away from it all — a statement she partially denied to us, claiming, “I hardly have 30 seconds to go to the restroom, I could never lock my self in the bathroom for hours.”
Octo’s rep tells TMZ, “Nadya never gave an interview to InTouch magazine. She never once said she was disgusted by her own children.”
 
[From TMZ]
You know what? When I hear a baby in the middle of fit, I cringe too. That’s why I’m not a mother. What’s Nadya’s excuse? Oh, right: bitch is crazy. That’s her excuse.
 

O’Mega Red Collaborates With His Legendary Aunt Donna Summer
Rapper and producer O’Mega Red and his five Grammy award winning aunt Donna Summer have hit the studio and created musical bliss with their new jam Angel. The new track was produced at Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA.
O’Mega Red had this to say about the experience “This was not only a historical musical reunion, but a family reunion. I have worked on projects with my aunt previously but this one will be something special merging both of our audiences together”.
The project is certainly something to look out for. Donna is looking great too. These are some of the first photos that she has released of herself since working in the studio back in 2006.
O’Mega and Donna Summer with their team that helped them produce the new track Angel. Be sure to keep your ears open for this new joint! Are you excited about this duo?
 

Chris Brown, Meagan Good And Terrence J Added To The Cast Of Steve Harvey's “Think Like A Man” Adaptation
Some big names have been added to the lineup for the movie, Think Like A Man adapted from Steve Harvey's best-selling book, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man.

The book is actually incorporated into the film as the storyline revolves around women taking heed to Steve's advice and causing a stir in their relationships.
R&B sensation Chris Brown, TV Host and actor, Terrence J and the beautiful screen star, Meagan Good are joining some heavy starpower already slated to be in the film
 

Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg & Warren G In Cannes!
Beats By Dre family are hosting an exclusive event atin Cannes, France where Snoop Dogg will hit the stage to perform with special guest Warren Gand Dr. Dre.
Universal records boss Jimmy Iovine is also on hand at the event!
 
 
 
Beyonce Covers COMPLEX Mag, Talks "Rival" Rihanna, Choosing Her New Sound, & Kanye Bringing Her To Tears
Beyonce's covering the brand new issue of Complex magazine. And it seems she's opening up more and more as each interview unfolds. She no longer has Pappy Knowles yanking the reigns of what she can and can't say. So she's been dishing in detail about making a distinction between her and Rihanna, being proud of her own throne, her utter admiration for her husband, and why she's confident in the new sound she's bringing to R&B.
She made clear she doesn't think she's perfect, and she's giving you a bit more of what she really thinks and feels about turning 30 and everything careerwise and personal that comes with that.
Peep the pics then the highlights where she discusses what separates her from Rihanna, why she's in awe of her husband, what inspired her eclectic sound, and more:

Cute
On her constant rumored rivalry with Rihanna
“There is room on this earth for many queens. I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else. I’ve been fortunate to accomplish things that the younger generation of queens dream of accomplishing. I have no desire for anyone else’s throne. I am very comfortable in the throne I’ve been building for the past 15 years.”
 
On working with Kanye again for 4 and him moving her to tears
“The fact that he’s belting out his pain, his confusion, and his anger, with no pre-written lyrics, was so moving,” she says. “He’s singing his heart out for five minutes. He is so vulnerable. I love when an artist can be so honest.”
 
On working with Frank Ocean after hearing him for the first time
“Jay had a CD playing in the car one Sunday when we were driving to Brooklyn. I noticed his tone, his arrangements, and his storytelling. I immediately reached out to him—literally the next morning. I asked him to fly to New York and work on my record.”
 
On her admiration of her husband's talent
“Jay’s music is more than music. His lyrics have fathered generations. All that he has overcome gives millions so much hope. There are moments when I see his lips moving and I can see lyrics floating above his head and I think, ‘Wow! How did I get so lucky to be able to witness this level of genius so closely?’”
 
How she deals with bad days
“I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. People who complain really get on my nerves. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
 
On why she went with this new ecelctic sound for 4
Figuring out a way to get R&B back on the radio is challenging. Everything sounds the same on the radio. With 4 I tried to mix R&B from the ’70s and the ’90s with rock ‘n’ roll and a lot of horns to create something new and exciting. I wanted musical changes, bridges, vibrata, live instrumentation, and classic songwriting.”
 
Check out Complex for her full interview and more pics.
 
 

SAY WHAT???? Man Denied At Blood Bank Because "He Seemed Gay"

Aaron Pace is a 22-year-old straight man from Gary, Indiana who wanted to donate blood at his local blood and plasma center.
But after undergoing the usual interview and screening procedures, Pace asserts, he was told by members of the center's highly-trained Secret-Gay Detection Unit that he "appear[ed] to be a homosexual" and therefore couldn't donate.
 
“I was humiliated and embarrassed,” said Pace, 22. of Gary.
“It's not right that homeless people can give blood but homosexuals can't. And I'm not even a homosexual.”
No one at Bio-Blood returned calls seeking comment, but donation centers like it, and even the American Red Cross, are still citing a nearly 30-year-old federal policy to turn away gay men from donating.
 
FYI, blood donation centers are allowed to turn away gay men because of a Food and Drug Administration policy—enacted in 1983 for HIV fear reasons—that prohibits men who have had sex with a man even once since 1977 from donating blood.
Given that all blood is now tested for HIV, and that HIV can be transmitted between heterosexuals, it seems utterly senseless to discriminate against gay men who wish to donate blood.
But it looks like the ban will remain in place for a while: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which had an opportunity to change it last year, decided to leave it as-is.
 
 

Naomi Campbell Gives BIG to the Red Cross
Doing her part to help others, Naomi Campbell was spotted at a check presentation event in London, England
The gorgeous supermodel handed over a jumbo-sized check for 94,000 pounds ($151,490.40) to Red Cross representative Zach Abraham at the Dolce & Gabbana flagship store, with the funds dedicated to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

Naomi recently held a celebrity fashion show in Cannes, France in an effort to amass as much money as possible for Japanese victims.
Prior to the gig, Campbell explained, "The plan is in Cannes to raise money, we have done these all over the world, so usually it is that every item of clothing you see on the runway you can buy, and this show tomorrow, Fashion Relief for Japan, it's all red carpet dresses, that is the theme, so each dress can be bought with great auction items. And what is great that is it's not just models walking down the runway but people that you recognize from different fields, which is what makes it fun."
"The thing that makes it the most fun of all is that the public get to see the show, because they never really get to see fashion shows because it is just for the industry, so that's what makes it."
 
 

Rihanna’s Surprised By Backstage Fan Proposal
When Rihanna took the time to meet and greet fans backstage on her LOUD tour, little did she know she would also be a conduit to a marriage proposal. The fiery songbird was posing with two members of her Navy, when to her shock the gentleman took out a little blue Tiffany's box and dropped to one knee.
We can just imagine the happy couple met via an ad in the personals section read something like this: Good girl gone bad seeks rude boy who's into S&M to share my California king bed..LOL…At any rate That’s Beautiful!
 
 

Kelly Rowland Keeps In ‘Shape’
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Kelly Rowland is looking to provide you motivation in more ways than one. Check out the ‘Lay It On Me’ singer and gal pal Lala Vasquez in this month’s Shape magazine. Safe to say Miss Kelly is probably hoping your new-found fitness motivation will have you running to purchase her soon-to-be released ‘Here I Am’ album – due July 26.
More photos via Shape magazine below
Warning: Some of these photos may have you sweating before the gym…..LOL
 
 

Vivica A. Fox Speaks To The Kids Life Changing Youth Summit
Actress, producer, and soon-to-be married Vivica A. Fox offered up some words of encouragement at the Life Changing Youth Summit in Jackson, MS on Wednesday. Fox and other actors such as Joe Torre travel across the country to inspire some of their youngest and biggest fans to stay focused, be successful, and pursue their dreams, be it a basketball player or an accountant.
The actress gave out compliments and hugs throughout her speech and told “generation next” to “bump the naysayers and follow your dreams.” She also mentioned how God and her family kept her grounded but always soaring in the right direction.
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At the end, the kids had a chance to ask Fox anything they wanted like “how did you know you wanted to become an actress,” “Do you still do movies,” “how can I grow up to be like you,” and “ARE YOU MARRIED?” Fox told the crowd no, but that she is set to marry ( promoter Omar “Slim” White) this fall and that she was shopping for a wedding dress in Miami the night before. (Go, head chick!)
Approximately 100 boys and girls participated in the Life Changing Youth Summit. The program offers scholarships, enrichment programs, and character building and uses celebrities to help spread the message.
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For more information on the summit and the city it will hit next, visit
www.lifechangingyouthsummit.com.
Just FYI: VIV10 is OurGlass Media’s Kamikaze, rapper and formerly of the group Crooked Letters (David Banner was the other half). He promoted the event.
 
 

On Set With: Miguel - "Quickie, & Girls Like You"
Miguel couldn’t wipe the smile from his face while snapping pics of sexy ladies on the steamy set of his double video for his next two singles, “Quickie” and “Girls Like You,” off his debut album. The R&B crooner shared directing duties with Alex Moors (“All I Want Is You”), handling everything from the treatment to casting and cinematography.
 
Check out photos of a shirtless Miguel on set below
“I actually have a really special feeling about these videos,” Miguel said “I was very hands-on in the execution and the creative elements—from casting to the treatment to choosing the director and cinematography, the entire theme of the two videos—it’s kind of my brainchild.”
 
 
 
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPIN AT WALMART” FILES
“I Just Saw Jesus’s Eyes”
It’s 2011 people, if Jesus were making his second coming I would bet my last dollar it would be at a Walmart.
 
 
 
MAY YOU AND YOURS HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!
EFREM

Michele Bachmann is against Black Farmers!


THIS BITCH AGAIN!
Bachmann Again Blasts Obama’s Support of Black Farmers Settlement


Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol July 13, 2011 in Washington, DC.
*Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pointed to one program in particular Monday when talking about wasteful government spending: a multibillion dollar settlement paid to black farmers, who claim the federal government discriminated against them for decades in awarding loans and other aid.

According to the AP, the issue came up after Bachmann and Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa toured flooded areas along the Missouri River. During a news conference, they fielded a question about whether farmers affected by the flooding also should be worried by proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture cuts.
The two responded by criticizing a 1999 settlement in what is known as the Pigford case, after the original plaintiff, North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford. Late last year, President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing a new, nearly $1.2 billion settlement for people who were denied payments in the earlier one because they missed deadlines for filing.
King has likened the Pigford settlement to “modern-day reparations” for African-Americans. He said Monday a large percentage of the settlement “was just paid out in fraudulent claims” and criticized the Obama administration’s plan to resolve separate lawsuits filed by Hispanic and female farmers.

Rep. Steve King

“That’s another at least $1.3 billion,” King said “I’d like to apply that money to the people that are under water right now.”
Bachmann seconded King’s criticism, saying, “When money is diverted to inefficient projects, like the Pigford project, where there seems to be proof-positive of fraud, we can’t afford $2 billion in potentially fraudulent claims when that money can be used to benefit the people along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.”

John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, which represented black farmers in the Pigford settlement, called the criticism unfair.
“Why continue to take from those people who haven’t taken part in federal programs equally and give to another group of farmers who have taken part in federal programs?” Boyd asked. “I think taking resources from a group of people who have been historically denied any relief at the Department of Agriculture is a bad idea. For the flood victims that deserve redress … they should provide those people with relief, too.”

John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association

Boyd said he and others worked to put anti-fraud provisions in the legislation signed last year. They require each claim of discrimination to be judged individually to determine its merit — a process that Boyd said has not yet even begun.
“We worked with Republicans … to get those issues addressed,” he said. “Even after we got them addressed, Ms. Bachmann and Mr. King have continued to look at black farmers in a very negative way.

“I think it’s bad for the American people. I think if Ms. Bachmann wants to be president of the United States, she should treat all people fairly.”

This wasn’t the first time King and Bachmann have criticized the Pigford settlement. Both took the issue to the House floor in December.

Watch below

I think this BITCH needs to admit she’s running for The President of Aryan Homophobic America!

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Mathew Knowles Speaks Out About Beyonce Business Relationship
He says Jay-Z's camp is making 'negative comments' about him, ultimately affecting his reputation
*Although Beyonce’s business relationship with her father, Mathew Knowles is over, he’s still got a few things to get off his chest.
In an interview with the Associated Press, he spoke out about the allegations surrounding the severed business ties. He was previously accused of stealing money from his daughter.
“We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyonce, and all dollars will be accounted for,” he said. “In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims — they have to come into the light.”
He also talked about the whispers coming from Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. He said some folks from that side of the fence were making “negative comments” about him, ultimately affecting his reputation.
Finally, he shared that the reason her most recent album has not made a significant impact on the charts is because of her new business relationship.
The father and daughter have not spoken since Beyonce cut him off.


Lamar Odom 'devastated' as 15-year-old boy dies following horrific crash involving NBA star's driver
Grim: Lamar Odom, pictured in new York earlier today, is said to be 'devastated' at the news of the boy's death
A 15-year-old boy has died following a collision with a vehicle carrying basketball star Lamar Odom.
The boy underwent emergency surgery in New York City after yesterday's crash, but died this morning, according to TMZ.
A funeral for him was held today, with the website reporting that Lamar is 'devastated' at the tragedy.
The accident happened after the vehicle, driven by a car service employee, collided with a motorcyclist.
The bike then propelled into the 15-year-old pedestrian who was taken to hospital with severe injuries.
Odom, 31, who looked grim as he headed out into the city earlier today, was said to be returning from a trip to the barbershop when the accident happened.
According to reports, the Los Angeles Lakers star, who was uninjured, was particularly upset after the crash took place and was seen crying at the scene.
Odom, is reported by the New York Post to have been travelling in the back seat without his wife Khloe Kardashian in the Queens area of the city.
The basketball player and reality show star is visiting the Big Apple to attend his cousin's funeral.
Earlier, he tweeted: 'Thank you for your support and prayers!' after being spotted out in New York with Khloe.
Brave face: Khloe Kardashian joined her husband Lamar on a shopping trip in New York todayBrave face: Khloe Kardashian joined her husband Lamar on a shopping trip in New York today
She looked equally sombre in in a black trouser suit and black heels, as she earlier seemed to offer her sympathy to those suffering in the aftermath of the accident, via her Twitter page.
Sombre: Basketball star Lamar Odom tweeted his condolences after a 15-year-old boy died following a collision with his chauffeur-driven SUV
'My heart/soul goes out 2every1 in pain from any suffering,' she wrote. 'Pray 4all of the angels surrounding us constantly. May our spirits stay strong.'
Prayer: Khloe tweeted that her 'heart goes out to everyone in pain from any suffering'
This was followed by several choice quotations from the bible, after seemingly getting angry at some comments directed at her on the social networking site.
funeral 4 his fam. Senseless violence is disgusting!!
She added that the comments were making her 'think twice about social media.'
'A family member of his (Lamar) was killed and some of the comments you are saying due to the fact I am off twitter today are disgusting.'


Monica's Wedding Party
Monica posted a picture of her wedding party on Twitter. Tiny, Trina, Ciara and Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant were all bridesmaids...


Ja Rule Gets 28-Month Sentence for Tax Evasion
After not paying income taxes on more than $3 million dollars in earnings, Ja Rule was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison earlier today (July 18).
The “Superstar” rapper (real name Jeffrey Atkins) admitted to not ponying up to Uncle Sam on his earnings between 2004 and 2006, which led to the time behind bars and a required payment of $1.1 million in back taxes and fees.
Just before being sentenced, Ja Rule spoke to the court, saying, “I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal.”
“I was a young man who made a lot of money – I’m getting a little choked up – I didn’t know how to deal with these finances, and I didn’t have people to guide me, so I made mistakes.”


Jay Z and Bey CHILLIN in NYC!
After a long trip all around Europe, Beyonce was spotted back home in downtown NYC with her hubby Jay-Z Saturday afternoon. Pics of the twosome taking a romantic stroll, plus a sneak peek at Bey's "Imprint" magazine cover inside...
Bey and Jay walked along the Hudson for a little afternoon stroll over the weekend. Bey looked fresh-faced and rocked her big curls and a multi-colored Parker Silk Charmeuse Bustier sundress ($220) and heels. She first rocked the dress while leaving Nice, France back in May. While Jay kept it laid back as usual in a red tee and grey denim shorts.
And her former management company/label, Music World Entertainment, has put out a new magazine for their label/company. And they put Bey on its debut cover (likely shot and done before she parted ways with her daddy who is in charge of Music World). Here's a sneak peek at Imprint magazine:
Cute.

Foxy Brown says I’m save, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled and will pose for PLAYBOY?
A few things about Foxy Brown you might not know: She's engaged, she's saved and she's thinking about accepting a $2 million offer to pose for Playboy...
After beating the rap for mooning her neighbor Foxy Brown tells the Post, That's not me," protests Inga Marchand, a k a Foxy Brown, when asked whether she's a diva.
It's 7 p.m. and she's three hours late to a photo shoot, accompanied by an entourage of six. They got pulled over for speeding and sweet-talked their way out of a ticket, explains her assistant. Then they ran into Jay-Z and chilled for a while, says Brown's fiancée.
'ON ASSIGNMENT FROM GOD'  After battling legal woes and a hearing ailment, Foxy Brown (born Inga Marchand) says she's reformed and ready for a comeback.
And now Foxy is feeling edgy because she hasn't eaten all day. She asks for a cheese panini, grilled salmon and a side of fresh fruit. Brown forgets about the fruit when she notices a pair of purple Louboutins she chooses to wear for the shoot.
"The Foxy character and Inga Marchand are two different people," she continues. "My fiancé calls me Inga. No one around me calls me Foxy. I go to church every Sunday. I go to Bible study every Friday night. I'm saved." It wasn't always that way. Though her platinum-selling first album, "Ill Na Na," made her one of Brooklyn's most famous daughters, Foxy has lately been in the news mostly for her run-ins with the law, tangling with manicurists and posing for photo shoots in prison garb. Just this week, she appeared in Brooklyn Supreme Court to face charges of violating a restraining order and allegedly baring her bum at her neighbor.
'BONNIE AND CLYDE': Foxy Brown rose to fame with Jay-Z. 'We discovered each other,' she says.
But when the judge threw the case out, Foxy faced -- for the first time in many years -- a clean slate, a chance to put her legal woes behind her and trade Page Six for the music pages. Foxy Brown is ready for a comeback.
What she isn't doing is forgiving and forgetting.
"The mooning thing bothered me more than anything else in the past -- because I'm a lady," says Brown, 31. Brown showed up in court last week with her attorneys, Salvatore Strazzullo and Ikesha Al Shabazz, ready to plead not guilty to flashing her underwear and bum last July. The defense was prepared to discredit the story by proving Brown was going commando in a tight dress that night -- but the neighbor refused to testify, and the charges were thrown out.
The ordeal mortifies Brown nonetheless. "I'm cut from a different cloth," she says. "I would never moon someone. I was raised in a good family."
Brown was raised by her mother, a teacher, in Park Slope. As a teen, she was determined to live a life larger than the ones she saw unfolding around her.
"All my friends were in the park smoking weed and getting pregnant," she says. "I didn't want to be the young black girl having a baby, a baby's father, being on welfare. That wasn't going to be my story. I wanted to be a criminal-justice attorney."
Lord help this chile!



Phylicia Barnes’ Case Still Open, FBI Calls for All Online Activity
Phylicia Barnes is a 16-year old honor student that was found, along with a man, in the Chesapeake Bay after missing for months.
People all over the country, especially her mother and friends in North Carolina , are still mourning the loss of a young woman who came to visit her half-sister for Christmas in Baltimore and never returned to her mother in North Carolina. She was obviously an integral part of her community and school when you look at the outpouring of interest and love that was put into finding her for months. She will never be forgotten and the FBI appears to be determined to keep the case alive.
According to the Baltimore Sun, there have been three warrants issued for the use of the 16-year old honor student, Phylicia Barnes’, online accounts. Along with her Facebook page, she has several e-mail accounts that will be used to determine if there was some type of encounter that led to her abduction and murder.
Federal authorities are working with Maryland’s child exploitation task force to prove their case that is leaning toward some sort of sexual abuse, according to Sister To Sister online magazine. There was explicit evidence found that leads authorities to believe that she was sexually assaulted and maybe used as some sort of sex slave.



Diddy Faces Lawsuit Over 2010 Buckhead Shooting Incident…
About a week before Thanksgiving 2010, two dudes where shot outside of Diddy’s Justin’s restaurant here in Atlanta.
As the 2 men were sitting in an SUV listening to music in the parking lot of the establishment, a third man jumped in the backseat with a gun and attempted to rob them.
One man was shot as he fled, another was injured in the vehicle.
Well, apparently one of the victims, a executive, has now filed a lawsuit against Diddy!
A man who was shot and injured at a restaurant owned by rapper-producer Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the restaurant failed to maintain a safe environment. Leroy “Tony” Austin said he was an invited guest to Justin’s Restaurant and Bar in November 2010 when he and another man were shot outside the parking lot.
He said in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern Georgia on Friday that the restaurant’s operators knew there was “dangerous and hazardous conditions” around the facility but failed to warn Austin.
The lawsuit also claimed the restaurant in Atlanta’s ritzy Buckhead district failed to provide adequate security protection on the property.
The restaurant’s attorneys did not return phone and email messages.



SO J-LO WAS IT AN AFFAIR YOU HAD THAT BROKE YOUR MARRIAGE?
Steamy video: William Levy starred in Jennifer Lopez's clip for I'm Into You which was filmed in Mexico in April
'I did NOT have an affair with Jennifer Lopez,' insists the handsome model who cavorted with star in steamy video
It emerged today that Model William Levy is being sued for 'sexual battery of a minor'
A male model known as the 'Brad Pitt of Cuba' has denied having an affair with Jennifer Lopez.
William Levy, 30, made a shirtless appearance in the pop star's new video I'm Into You, which was filmed in Mexico in April.
The American Idol judge, 41, was shown cosying up to him in sensual beach scenes filmed at Turtle Beach.
Levy separated from his wife of eight years, Elizabeth Gutierrez, a month after the shoot.
Today he dismissed reports he is dating the star, who announced her separation for Marc Anthony on Friday.
A spokesperson for Levy told TMZ: 'The only relationship there was or is, is a professional relationship. That’s all there’s ever been.'
The telenovela actor raved about working with the singer after the video shoot.

'It was wonderful. I felt very comfortable. She is a very sincere and fun person,' he said at the time.
'The truth is I had a really great time,' he added. 'It was wonderful to see that someone so huge could be so down to earth, in addition to being really funny.'
On-screen chemistry: The pair sizzled in the video
Meanwhile, it emerged today that
Levy is being sued for 'sexual battery of a minor.'
On-screen chemistry: The pair sizzled in the video
Court documents state that on July 19, 2010, Levy, 'with deception and trickery' lured an unnamed plaintiff, into coming back to the Hilton Hotel in Glendale, California and forcing her to perform a sex act on him.
However, Levy is claiming the encounter was consensual
According to court documents filed by Levy, the plaintiff 'gave consent to any and all alleged acts' and that the alleged victim 'wilfully, fraudulently, and maliciously deceived [Levy] into believing that she was a 19-year-old consenting adult.'
The plaintiff is alleged to have been infatuated with Levy and wanted his autograph.
The papers went on to say that Levy 'forced the plaintiff to perform a [sex act] on him, strangling her in the process.'
They also allege that the plaintiff contracted a sexually transmitted disease and was later taken for treatment at a medical centre.
Levy's response in court papers filed on September 20 2010, was that the alleged victim 'was at no point, whatsoever, physically restrained' and states that her physical and emotional distress was 'self-inflicted.'
The actor also claims that the minor tried to exhort $950,000 from him in exchange for her silence and that local authorities 'conducted a complete and thorough investigation of [plaintiff's] allegations, including interviewing Levy and witnesses.'
He states that they 'concluded that there was no probable cause sufficient to proceed in a criminal action against Levy.'
The unnamed minor asked for $2.5 million in damages, while Levy counter sued for defamation and extortion.
The lawsuit is still active, but a trial date has not yet been set.
Lopez meanwhile is throwing herself into work following her shock separation from Anthony, with whom she has twins Emme and Max, 3.
Allegations: The actor faces a lawsuit, but denies the accusations
Looking anguished and forlorn, she was spotted leaving MILK Studios in Hollywood yesterday.
Anthony, 42, is focusing on his career too - he performed at a concert in Bogota, Colombia over the weekend.
Hinting that the split may have been blind-sided by the split, he told the crowd: 'They say I am a single man.'
While the news that the couple's seven year marriage had ended came as a shock to many fans, those close to the star reveal it was a long time coming.
Split: J.Lo and Marc Anthony announced their separation on Friday
'This is not a surprise,’ J-Lo’s stylist Phillip Bloch said in an exclusive interview with Mail on Sunday.
‘Marc is very controlling. In the beginning she liked that because he stood up to her, and in the early days he was very much in love with her and she was with him.’
Lopez and Anthony began their relationship just three weeks after her very high profile engagement to Ben Affleck was called off in January 2004.
In June that same year, they said 'I do' in a secret ceremony at her lavish Beverly Hills home.
At the time of their wedding, the ink was still drying from Anthony's divorce from first wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.
Lopez had been married twice before; to restaurateur Ojani Noa, whom she split from in 1998, and to former backup dancer Cris Judd from 2001 to 2003.
Anthony has two sons Cristin, 10, and Ryan, 7, from his first marriage to Torres. He also has a teen daughter, Arianna, from a previous relationship.



THIS B*TCH HERE: Rachel Uchitel Returns Tiger's Hush Money, Threatens Lawsuit
After handing back millions of dollars in settlement hush money from Tiger Woods, Rachel Uchitel has decided she wants the loot back - and this time she's going after her former lawyer, Gloria Allred.
According to TMZ, the 36-year-old has returned nearly all of the hush money she received from Tiger and is now looking to sue her lawyer, Gloria Allred, for allegedly selling her out to cash in.
According to the site's sources, Woods' lawyer, Jay Lavely, who is responsible for the hush money negotiations, contacted Allred several months ago stating that Rachel violated the terms of their agreement during her stint on "Celebrity Rehab," in which she sought treatment for her "addiction to love."
Although Uchitel vehemently denied the violation, sources told TMZ that Allred convinced her she would lose a court case over the matter and urged her client to pay back most of the money, all the while collecting her attorney fees, a sum which she would not have received in the case was taken to court and lost.
Now, the former nightclub manager and University of New Hampshire alum has given her former legal representation an ultimatum: re-return the money or face a lawsuit.
While Uchitel's camp has kept mum on the situation, her previous attorney has released a statement, telling TMZ, "Our law firm no longer represents Ms. Uchitel and we have no comment on this story at this time. However, we are confident that we have always acted appropriately and in her best interests."



VH1’s ‘Single Ladies’ Renewed for Second Season
*Love it or hate it, “Single Ladies” is coming back next year.
VH1 announced today that it has renewed its breakout hit starring Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy and Charity Shea as three best friends in the world of Atlanta fashion, fame and music. It’s the network’s first hourlong scripted series.
“Our viewers have fallen for ‘Single Ladies’ and its honest, modern take on love, female friendship and dating,” said Jeff Olde, VH1′s executive vice president of original programming. “We’re extremely pleased to give the audience another great season of the series they love.”
Executive producer Queen Latifah added: “We knew from the beginning this show was going to appeal to people everywhere; it’s funny, sexy and smart.”
Season 2 is slated for a 2012 premiere.


BLACKE TYE I’m really trying to like your a**…But THIS????
Tyrese Shades His Mom
Tyrese talks about parenting while shading the ish out of his own parents...
What class you have! Which is NONE!



Jayson Williams' Estranged Wife Tanya Joins The Cast Of "Basketball Wives: LA"
It's just been announced that Tanya Williams, the estranged wife of former New Jersey Nets baller Jayson Williams has joined the cast of "Basketball Wives: Los Angeles" and we have the deets inside....
According to the NY Post, Tanya Williams, Jayson Williams' estranged wife, has taped three episodes of VH1's "Basketball Wives: LA." And though Tanya is in the middle of divorce proceedings with Jayson she told paper,
"I signed on to participate in the show to elevate the negative perception . . . that [it] is purposely filled with flighty, overly emotional and sense lessly dramatic women. Yes, my life is chaotic, dramatic and surreal, but I am also a businesswoman."
And if you thought Jennifer and Eric had a messy marriage, wait till you get a load of Tanya and Jayson. You may remember that Jayson was acquitted in the accidental shooting of his limo driver. And while all that mess was going on, he had series of negative press reports involving drinking, drugs and a suicide attempt.
He is currently behind bars after accepting a plea deal for trying to cover up the accidental death. But guess what.....he is up for parole next month when the show premieres.
That show is going to be a SH*TSTORM of mess. And we're going to love every minute of it.
But I wonder if Tanya and Shaunie get along or if she is a part of the "trash" factor Shaunie talked about a while back?



Aretha Franklin Being Sued by Songwriting Partner
*Aretha Franklin is on the move with her career, but there is something trying to hold her back.
A longtime songwriting partner of the diva has sued her publishing company, claiming it did not sign a royalty agreement for a song on her recently released album, according to The AP.
Aretha’s Springtime Publishing Inc, is being sued by Norman D. West for copyright infringement who is seeking unspecified damages for future royalties.
Both West and Franklin have a long history together and have worked with one another for over 20 years.
But it all comes down to money. However, the suit claims the writer has attempted to settle the dispute out of court with no avail.
“These are two parties that have a long-standing working collaboration,” West’s attorney, Jeffrey Thennisch, told The Detroit News. “Mr. West has the utmost respect for Springtime and everyone associated with it. Mr. West has told me that he owes much of his career to Aretha Franklin and that he views her as both a mentor and a guiding force in his career.”



Cynthia Bailey, Derek J & More Attend Polow Da Don’s ‘Celebration 4 a Cause’ Event

Polow Da Don’s Zone 4 played host to “Celebration 4 A Cure” (C4AC) at Atlanta’s Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery.

The Gray Goose sponsored event featured a fashion show hosted by Bevy Smith, performances by gospel duo, Mary Mary, and the F.O.C.U.S. Award Ceremony hosted by Kenny Burns.
Promo shots for the F.O.C.U.S. campaign were released last week featuring Real Housewife of Atlanta Cynthia Bailey, Keri Hilson & More (click HERE if you missed those).
Unfortunately Keri was on tour and unable to attend this year’s event, however Cynthia Bailey graced the stage to receive her F.O.C.U.S. Fashion Service Award.
Attendees included: Derek J, Tameka Foster Glover Raymond, Peter Thomas of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Will of Day 26, and more.

Miss Derek J…STOP IT NOW!!!….

Bertell, Kenny Burns, Willie (Day 26)

Dondria has a new reddish doo… interesting.

D. Woods

Tameka Foster Glover Raymond was there to support her love of fashion…

Devyne Stephens received the F.O.C.U.S. Community Service Award

Peter Thomas & Cynthia Bailey. Cute couple!

Is the “King of White Girls” dating Black chicks now? Let me find out…

Mary Mary… aka Blonde & Blonder

Other recipients of the F.O.C.U.S. award included record industry vet, Shanti Das, who received the F.O.C.U.S. Music and Service Award and Tian Justman, a three-time cancer survivor, was awarded the F.O.C.U.S. For Life Service Award.



CONFUSION??? Nicole Scherzinger: I’m Not Engaged
Despite the rumors to the contrary, Nicole Scherzinger is not engaged to her race car driver boyfriend Lewis Hamilton.
The “Don’t Cha” songstress took to her Twitter page to clear up the confusion, after reports claimed she and Hamilton were betrothed.
Nicole tweeted, “Lewis and I woke up this morning and read we were engaged! Sorry to disappoint u all but its not true:).”
The crazy part is, Nicole’s father Alfonso Valiente is the one who started the rumors. He told press, “You know about the proposal? Yes they are engaged. My future son-in-law is a really nice guy, really down-to-earth. My family all like him. The good spirit is there.”




Wiz and Amber Go There

On the last few stops of Wiz Khalifa's 'Rolling Papers' tour Wiz pulled Amber Rose onstage to lick her crotch. Classy.



L.A. Reid Named Chairman And CEO Of Epic Records
L.A. Reid Named Chairman And CEO Of Epic Records
L.A. Reid has officially been named chairman and chief executive of Epic Records.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the report came courtesy of Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment.
"L.A. repeatedly has proven over the course of his celebrated career that he knows how to develop world-class artistry,” said Morris in a statement. “We are very happy to have an executive of his talents leading Epic Records as we begin an exciting new chapter of growth for Sony Music Entertainment."
As previously reported, Reid was a judge on Simon Cowell's American version of "The X Factor," prior to which he served as the chairman of Island Def Jam.
"I look forward with great enthusiasm to joining the Sony Music family, as it affords us the opportunity to build Epic Recordings as the revolutionary music company of tomorrow. We are deeply committed to discovering and developing the next generation of superstars as well as implementing a fresh and innovative business model,” Reid said in his issued statement. “It is also my distinct pleasure to be once again joining Doug, who is an amazing leader and the most visionary and forward-thinking executive in the music entertainment industry."
Reid was responsible in part for the development of Mariah Carey, Usher, OutKast, Kanye West and a great number of other artists.



Kim Zolciak’s Post Baby Body + First Look at Baby KJ…

It’s only been a lil over 6 weeks since Real “Housewife” of Atlanta Kim Zolciak gave birth to she and her baller boo Kroy Biermann’s love child, but it looks like she’s already shed all the baby fat.
Kim, who first revealed her post baby body during fellow “housewife” Cynthia Bailey’s Fashion School Opening, has been sharing a few photos via Twitter of her slimmed down frame.
Kimmie also shared recent photos of her adorable son Kroy Jagger Biermann (affectionately known as KJ).

Photos below…
Baby KJ has a head fulla blonde hair… (no wig necessary!)

Kim and her lil bambino… ADORABLE!

Big Kroy and lil Kroy share naptime…



One big happy family! Isn’t LOVE beautiful! I’m sure we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of this family dynamic during the upcoming season of the show.
Rumor has it Kim, Kroy and baby KJ will be featured in their own lil series about Kim adjusting to her new baby love.



Allen Iverson on Blast
Allen Iverson is supposed to be in North Carolina promoting his youth basketball camp, but after Allen stayed out all night partying in the strip club, leaving him too tired for his promotional duties, a local radio DJ put A.I. on blast...
WERK……And shame on you Allen for pulling that ish!



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“Slam Dunk Da Funk”

Even after factoring in WNBA players, I never thought I’d see sexy negligee on someone who could dunk a basketball.



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Bruno Mars Talks Fame, Drugs and Future Plans
The super talented Bruno Mars covers Billboard magazine’s latest issue, celebrating 50 years of the Adult Contemporary chart. Relatively new to the scene as an artist, Bruno talks to the magazine about what it was like being dropped from Universal Motown; where he scored his first deal, his new found fame, being caught with illegal drugs and his future plans. Check out a few highlights from the interview below.
 
On getting dropped by his first label, Universal Motown
I wasn’t ready for it. I did nothing. And the lesson was — why are you waiting for someone to come and write a song with you? You know how to play the freakin’ guitar. Do it on your own.
“There was a lot of rejection. A lot of other labels saying, ‘You don’t know who the hell you are. You’re doing all this reggae, R&B, rock stuff. How the hell do we market that? Are you pop? Are you urban?’ Elektra gave me a shot and trusted my vision.”
 
On how he became a songwriter first
Brandon [Creed, then VP of A&
R at Epic Records] was always saying, ‘You need a story. You need to be in the studio writing for people.’ At the time I was like, ‘You’re crazy. I’m amazing!’ But he was absolutely right. Working and interacting with other artists and being so involved with the business aspect; understanding A&R, understanding radio, understanding music videos meant that when it came to my time, I’d seen how it goes.”
 
On being caught with cocaine
It’s something that I wish would go away. It’s a cloud that constantly follows me no matte
r how many achievements. I’d like to move on. To show that I’m here for my music. Not to be in a tabloid.
 
On his success
It’s a rare thing that happens, e
specially in this day, where it’s real hard to sell albums. I’m traveling to places that I’ve never even heard of and there are all these people singing the songs back — and English is not even their first language. It’s like, what the hell happened?
 
On who he would like to work with in the near future
I’m just a mixed-up dude. I want to work with the Kanyes, the Jay-Zs… a Rihanna, a Gaga, Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons. I want to do all those things. As proud as I am of “Doo-Wops,” I feel like, ‘Oh, man. People haven’t seen nothing. They don’t even know what I’m about to do,’ and that’s what I can’t wait to show the world.
 
Words of Wisdom for Artists
When people fall is when they’re like, ‘OK. Now I’m here, what’s next? A clothing line?’ That’s not what I’m trying to do. It’s like, ‘Don’t be a slut. Remember your dream. Do your music and keep it special.’”
 


IN BABY NEWS!
Actress Maya Rudolph Delivers a Boy


*Actress Maya Rudolph has just announced the birth of her third.
The 38-year-old “Bridesmaids” actress and her hubby, director Paul Thomas Anderson, welcomed son Jack on July 3, her rep tells Us Weekly.
This is the third child for the couple, who joins older sisters Pearl, 5, and Lucille, 20 months.

“I make big babies,” Rudolph joked during a May appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Pearl was 7 lbs, 5 oz, but she was three weeks early. That’s a big baby! Lucy was 8 lbs, 8 oz, so this one’s going to be 20 lbs.”
Rudolph, who most recently voiced Mollie the Giraffe in “Zookeeper,” next appears in the NBC comedy “Up All Night,” premiering this fall.

CONGRATS MAYA!

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Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell Announces She’s Pregnant

Erica (l) and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary on "Good Morning America" (July 19, 2011)
*Erica Campbell of gospel duo Mary Mary and BET’s “Sunday Best” chose ABC’s “Good Morning America” to announce she is expecting .
The singer said she and her husband, producer Warryn Campbell, are anticipating the arrival of their third child early next year.
“We have two incredible children and can’t wait to see what our newest bundle of joy will be like!” said Campbell. “We’re grateful for all of our blessings, but this is the biggest of all.”

Erica and her sister Tina were on “GMA” to plug their involvement in a new Red Cross initiative that helps victims of disasters.


 
Sex Scandal involving Sharpton Associate Continues to Heat Up
'I’m in no way trying to hurt, blame or damage Al Sharpton' -- Sharon Song Byrd
*The fur is still flying for Sharon Song Byrd, who continues to “call out” Tony Wafford, the West Coast Director of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
Byrd, who recently won a sexual harassment and battery lawsuit against Wafford, went back to court to file a civil suit against him. Byrd said that since filing the civil lawsuit, Wafford is now accusing her of attempting to “shake” him down for money.
“Wafford said I want money, that I’m suing him to get money out of him. That’s totally untrue,” said Byrd in an exclusive interview with EUR. “The truth is, he should pay for what he’s done to me, because I have inoperable damage in my hand.”
Byrd’s hand was damaged when Wafford’s diamond ring severely injured her after she refused his sexual advances.
 
Byrd and her attorney, Jeffrey W. Cowan, will back in court Monday morning seeking a ruling in their favor for monetary damages against Wafford.
Byrd worked as a program administrator at the Palms Residential Center in Los Angeles where Wafford ran Los Angeles County-funded AIDS/HIV program. She said Wafford continued to make sexual advancements towards her and even showed up at her home unannounced. She resigned from her job in December 2007 and filed the lawsuit against Wafford in January 2008.
Byrd contends that Wafford kept the sexual harassment lawsuit “secret” from Rev. Al Sharpton, who after news broke about the allegations this week issued a response to the lawsuit through his publicist. The statement revealed that Sharpton had not been advised of any of the allegations against Mr. Wafford.
 
Byrd also believes that Sharpton’s colleague, pastor K. W. Tulloss, who is in line to replace Wafford as the West Coast director of the National Acton Network, was aware of the lawsuit against Wafford but “failed” to tell Sharpton.
 
“Pastor Tulloss emailed me, but I said I could not talk to him because I had a lawsuit against Tony Wafford. So, he knew. Why didn’t he feel obligated to tell Al Sharpton? Because they were using the old boy’s network to hide the truth. They wanted to keep it under wraps. I believe they hid this lawsuit from Sharpton,” Byrd declared. “They didn’t know it was going to go this far.”
Byrd believes there are other women whom Wafford has sexually harassed in the past. “I believe that he (Wafford) has done this before. I’m hoping they (the women) will come out,” she said.
Byrd said that Wafford is currently “venting” in public, but “he’s not letting the public know what’s really going on. He’s getting caught in a web of lies. These are not things that I have made up,” said Byrd about her sexual harassment case, adding that she received a unanimous verdict from the jury. “There’s not one juror who took the side of Tony Wafford,” she declared.
 
In the meantime, Wafford, who fired his lawyer, plans to return to court on Monday at 10 a.m. to plead his case.
Incensed about Wafford’s treatment of Byrd, a coalition of African American women’s groups under the umbrella of the Black Women’s Network have called for Wafford’s resignation and have also threatened Sharpton with a possible boycott of his radio sponsors if demands are not met.
Byrd said she was unaware that the BWN is demanding that Wafford resign from his post.
 
“I think now that Al Sharpton knows what’s going on, he’ll be obligated to do something. But I’m in no way trying to hurt, blame or damage Al Sharpton,” said Byrd.
 
 
 
DUMB A** CHICK:Woman Kills Husband On Accident While Trying To Shoot Puppy
Police in Mississippi say a woman opened fire on a puppy that had threatened children, but wound up shooting and killing her husband.
Witnesses tell police that the pit bull named "Cocaine" had lunged at some children and tried to attack them on Friday. The dead man's son says the children were taken inside and his father picked the dog up.
It was then that police say Betty Walker fired twice, hitting the dog once and her husband once in the chest. Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula Green says the death of 53-year-old Robert Walker appears to have been accidental.
The report also stated that Colendula Green, Jackson police spokeswoman, considered the death accidental.
However, a Hinds County grand jury would decide whether to charge Betty or not.
Animal control officers have taken the dog, and its owner could face charges.
 
 
 
Serena Williams, Robin Thicke & Sanaa Lathan Party At Pharrell Williams' Qream Launch Party
Pharrell Williams recently hosted a party to launch "Qream With A Q" his new venture into the premium beverage business. The drink's target audience is women. And for Pharrell's Qream Launch Party, guest posed atop a beautiful floral arrangement encased in glass.
The super producer greeted his guests as they arrived.
Robin Thicke was among the big names at the party.
Mike Epps' wife, Michelle, posed on the flowers.
Serena Williams wore a skin-tight silver garment that displayed her assets.
Actress Sanaa Lathan showed off her stunning legs.
Porscha Coleman blew kisses for the cameras.

Singer Melody Thornton looked very stylish in her high heels and funky hat.
Actor Keith Robinson looked like a chocolate drop.
Triple threat actress Kat Graham was there too.
Jesse Williams also made the rounds at the party.
Celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins was there.
Singer Jay Sean also made an appearance.
Nick Young of the Washington Wizards also came to the party.
Eva Marcille posed for pics at the event.

Inside, Eva posed with Serena.
Model Dollicia Bryan supported the launch.

Actress Denyce Lawton was spotted at the party.
Lauren London made it out for the party.
DJ Paul of 3-6-Mafia posed with Rosa Acosta.
Later at the party.....
Pharrell introduced his musical guest.
Robin Thicke entertained the crowd.
Serena and Sanaa watched Robin perform while chatting with his dad Alan Thicke.
Pharrell posed with DJ Paul and Jesse.
Eva Marcille sipped on Qream and talked to Pharrell.
Dhani Jones was also there and he posed with Jeanette and Jesse.

Pharrell posed with Denyce Lawton, Nikki Chu, and Kelly Marie Dunn.
FUN TIMES For Pharrell
 
 
 
Net-A-Porter, Mr Porter and Dolce & Gabbana Party in London with Queen Latifah, Naomi Campbell and More
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana know how to stage a theatrical runway show, but they also know how to throw a great party. The design duo partnered with online luxury retailer Net-A-Porter and the brand’s male counterpart, Mr Porter for a party in London celebrating the launch of the iconic fashion brand’s designs on both websites.
Naturally, the event was star-studded and a slew of Dolce & Gabbana fans were in attendance wearing the brand’s pieces. Queen Latifah went for a menswear-inspired look which Dolce & Gabbana has become known for this year. Naomi Campbell is one of Dolce & Gabbana’s dearest friends and she went for fierce in a forest green and black animal print chiffon halter dress, paired with Alaia suede cut-out sandals. Find a recap of the looks below:
 
Alexandra Burke in a Strapless Lace Bustier Dress and peep-toes from the brand. Solange Knowles in star-print leggings from the brand. With a Poetic Justice hairdo
Tolula Adeyemi. Keisha Buchanan in a form-fitting leopard print sheath dress from the brand.
Leah Weller. Rox.


 
What do you think of the looks from the Net-A-Porter, Mr Porter and Dolce & Gabbana party?
 
 
David & Victoria Beckham Debut Baby Harper Seven!
Showing their adorable girl to the world, David and Victoria Beckham offered up first looks at their newborn daughter, Harper Seven Beckham.
In quite the cute gesture, the LA Galaxy soccer star took to Facebook to post a picture of his former Spice Girls singer wife cradling their bundle of joy in her arms, as he also wrote, "I took this picture of my two girls sleeping."
Reciprocating to her hubby's post, Posh tweeted a shot of David gently holding little Harper, as she posted a tagline reading, "Daddy's little girl! X VB X"
As previously reported by GossipCenter, Harper was born last Sunday (July 10) at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, with Victoria tweeting days after the arrival, “Baby Harper is the most beautiful baby girl I have ever seen."
 
 
Single Ladies’ Star Charity Shea Has a Crush on Common
*What do women really want? “Single Ladies”, the romantic comedy series on VH1 addresses the age old question from the perspective of Val, Keisha, and April—three best friends with different philosophies on sex and relationships.
Actress Charity Shea plays April, who seems to have it all with the perfect husband and the ideal marriage, but all that glitters is not gold.
 
Unbeknownst to most, April is entangled in a steamy extramarital affair with the mayor of Atlanta (played by hip-hop dynamo Common), but as she soon learns, nothing stays in the dark for long.
The Urban Daily caught up with Charity to discuss her ‘stormy’ audition, her new BFF co-star Lisa Ray McCoy, and what it’s like being man-handled by Common.
 
 
 
Romeo Miller Covers Kraze Magazine, Shows Off Trademark Abs
Romeo Covers July/August Issue Of Kraze Magazine
Romeo Miller is the latest celebrity to cover an issue of Kraze magazine and in it shows off his trademark abs.
The ex-Dancing With The Stars contestant appears under the headline "grown and sexy",fitting for the 21-year-old who's rapid development has caught the eye of several ladies.
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Most recently the rapper and new head of his father's No Limit Records has been in headlines and romantically linked to Meagan Good.
 
 
CIARA INVADES MIAMI FOR MALIBU RUM TOUR
Ciara made a splash in Miami on the first stop of the Station Invasion Concert Tour, presented by Radio Maliboom Boom. Created and hosted by Malibu Rum, the 10-city tour features Taio Cruz and CiCi, who will headline seven of the 10 cities including Boston, New York, Dallas, and Chicago throughout the summer.
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Before taking the stage in all white with her troupe of dancers, the sexy singer showed off her ombré highlights and posed for pics on the red carpet with DJ Scribble and Carnivale dancers. Ciara, who is reportedly making the move to Epic with L.A. Reid, turned up the heat at the Caribbean-themed concert with hits including “Promise,” “Ride,” and “Goodies.”
 
“Thank you guys for coming out and celebrating with me,” she told fans before heading to the after-party. “Enjoy yourself, party, drink away, but drink safely.”
 
 
 
Nicole Scherzinger Gets Engaged To Lewis Hamilton!
Ready to settle down with the love of her life, Nicole Scherzinger has gotten engaged to marry her Formula One race car driver beau Lewis Hamilton.
 
The former Pussycat Dolls singer's dad, Alfonso Valiente, broke the joyous news as he said, “Yes they are engaged. My future son-in-law is a really nice guy, really down to earth. My family all like him."
Mr Valiente continued, “He is sincere and he and my daughter seem ­genuinely happy together. Lewis is a really good guy.”
The wedding proposal comes after the couple have been dating for four years, with the marriage plans falling just as Nicole readies to begin her judge duties on the upcoming FOX show "The X Factor".
 
 
 
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“FOR $50, I’LL RIP IT OFF”
Hunny if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
 
 
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Hidden Beach Presents ‘The Original Jill Scott From the Vault’ on August 30
Standard and deluxe editions slated as a second dose of Jill Scott music for the Summer.
Hidden Beach Recordings is set to release their first volume of vault material entitled Hidden Beach Presents: The Original Jill Scott From The Vault Vol. 1 on August 30,
This highly anticipated project will be available in both Standard and Deluxe Editions and continues the Hidden Beach legacy of releasing music with “A Sound…A Style…and A State of Mind.”
 
“The Hidden Beach family congratulates Jill on the success of her newly released Blues Babe/Warner Bros. CD,” stated Hidden Beach CEO Steve McKeever. “We were initially going to release our project, formerly titled “Just Before Dawn: Jill Scott From The Vault Vol. 1,” in early June. In an effort to support her new artistic endeavor, at Jill’s request we changed the title of our album and moved the release date as not to confuse the marketplace.”
 
Hidden Beach Presents: The Original Jill Scott From The Vault Vol.1, will include music from various recording sessions that were intentionally held for future releases including songs slated for what was to be Jill’s 4th studio Hidden Beach release. “We worked with Jill to select and approve all songs on the album in order to insure that it represented the “honest emotion” that represents Jill’s artistry,” continued McKeever. “This project, together with her new Blues Babe/Warner Bros. album, is a gift this summer to music lovers around the world.
The inaugural vault project was first titled “Just Before Dawn,” as it was originally scheduled to appear before “The Light of The Sun” and due to the fact that the songs were recorded prior to that project. Initially planned for a late May release, as the schedules for each title moved closer, the decision was made to move the release to later in the summer to provide breathing room for both releases. The new title was derived from Jill’s own words on the Alric and Boyd production of the soul/dancehall fusion track, “Love to Love,” which appears on The Original Jill Scott.
 
The Original Jill Scott From The Vault Vol. 1 will be released in two versions with different distinct packaging. A Standard 11-track Edition and a Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition, sure to be a fan favorite, will include special silver foil packaging, two live bonus tracks and a twenty page booklet with full lyrics and producer notes.
 
The titles on the standard edition are:
TITLE PRODUCERS
I Don’t Know Carvin Haggins& Ivan Barias
Wondering Why Anthony Bell
The Light Dre & Vidal
Wake Up Baby Ronald “PNUT” Frost
Lovely Day Jazzy Jeff
Dear Mr. & Mrs.
Record Industry Ronald “PNUT” Frost
Love To Love Alric and Boyd
Running Away Adam Blackstone, George “Spanky” McCurdy, Eric Wortham
 
Standard version continued:
 
TITLE PRODUCERS
I’m Prettier Pete Kuzma
Comes To Light
(Everything) Ronald “PNUT” Frost
Holding On Adam Blackstone, George “Spanky” McCurdy, Eric Wortham
Deluxe bonus material
And I Heard
(Do You Understand?) Live at the House of Blues
North Side Philly Love Live at the Hidden Beach Launch Party
Hidden Beach is proud of being known for the quality of the recordings released through their label. The Original Jill Scott From The Vault Vol. 1 was mastered by AfterMaster HD Audio which is an award-winning post production process for mastering and remastering audio which has been described as one of the biggest breakthroughs in audio since the introduction of digital music.
About Hidden Beach
Hidden Beach is an American independent record label and entertainment company specializing in Urban Alternative, R&B, Soul, Inspirational and Contemporary Jazz music genres. Hidden Beach was formed in 1998 as the vision of its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Steve McKeever and currently holds a distribution deal with Universal Music Distribution Group. In addition to a catalog that includes Jill Scott, The Unwrapped series, Darius Rucker, Kindred the Family Soul, Dr. Cornel West and BeBe Winans, artists currently signed to Hidden Beach include Mike Phillips, Naturally 7, Glen Scott, The Tony Rich Project and Ramsey Lewis.
 
For continued updates on this exciting release from the vault please stay tuned to www.jillscott.com and www.facebook.com/whoisjillscott.For updates on Hidden Beach projects and artists please log onto www.hiddenbeach.com.
 
 
 
T.I. Sends A Letter From Jail
T.I. will be home very shortly and he posted another letter on his website letting his fans know the wait is almost over...
T.I. writes
What up world? I appreciate the continued love and support that everyone has been giving me. This chapter in my story will soon be coming to an end and I will be back in the flesh with you sooner than later. In the meantime I want to give a special shout out to a few particular individuals that have been sending me letters, cards, comments, tweets and just overall holding me down. A little loyalty goes a long way with me...I don't do fake shit shawty. So I can't thank y'all enough for keeping it 1 thousand and as soon as I'm able I WILL RETURN THE FAVOR!!! And that's on PHIL!!! I love y'all and I'll see you in September.
 
- KING
SHOUT OUTS:
OMG Girlz, Tameka, Pretty Hustle, Angie Martinez, DJ Enuff, DJ Infamous, Drake, J.Cole, Nipsy Hustle, Nelly, B.o.B, Killa Mike, Lil Book, Donnis, Rich Kid Shawty, Amare Stoudemire, DJ Drama, MLK, Greg Street, Maino, Mouse and Hustle Hard (Welcome Home 80!!!!). Also would like to shout out...
 
Deidra Collins / Memphis, TN, Kyrstal Greenwood / Gaithersburg, MD, Trevor Toodle / NC, Christopher Chizer / Houston, TX, Renee Mathews / Clinton, MD, Ronnie P / St. Louis, MO, SimoniaMeChelle / Memphis, TN, Justin Allen Garcia from the Phillipines, Ashley Smith / Birmingham, AL, Brunette /Jackson, MS, @lilmariahc, @bash_ti, @1stlaydi, @the_blueprint4, @jmuse821, @jstablishgohard, and @ladyflirty!
 
Get ready!
 
 

Picture This|The Making of ‘Watch the Throne’!
Want to see music greats in action?
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Take a look at these pics of Jay Z, Kanye and the ‘Watch the Throne’ team in the studio creating one of the most hotly-anticipated collaboration albums ever.
 
 
 
HOUSING CRISIS: R. Kelly Faces Foreclosure On His Chicago Mansion
 
R. Kelly is facing a $2.9 million foreclosure suit on his mansion in the south suburbs of Chicago. Get the deets inside....
R. Kelly may not have served any jail time for child pornography, but the aftermath of the trial still haunts him. He currently faces a $2.9 million foreclosure suit on his 11,000 sq. ft. mansion in Olympia Fields, outside of Chicago.
While R. Kelly's camp says he hasn't paid the mortgage since June 2010 in an attempt to force the bank to modify the loan, his former managers say otherwise.
Last month, Prospect Park LLC, the former management company of R. Kelly, filed a $1-million lawsuit in Los Angeles saying that Robert withheld commissions because the money was,
 
“...needed instead to ‘pay off' various individuals threatening to expose alleged illicit, embarrassing and unlawful conduct by Kelly, including sexual misconduct.”
 
Hmm...So maybe that's where the mortgage money went too? R has put this house on the market a few times. So maybe he'll be trying that route again....
 
 

Chris Brown Loves the Ladies
Checking out of his hotel to say hello to his fans, Chris Brown was spotted with a group of adoring teen girls in New York City
The 22-year-old singer, who is in the midst of a battle with Star magazine over his reported use of homophobic slurs, was all smiles as he stopped to pose with a group of exited ladies outside his posh overnight pad.
In related news, rumors are swirling over the thought of Chris and Disney darling Demi Lovato hooking up - in the studio!
 
The possible collabo comes after Demi's visit to "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," where she dished about a duet on her forthcoming album - hinting that it's with a male R&B star, but stopping shy of revealing who it is.
 
 
 
Lil Kim’s Verse Removed From Monica’s “Anything To Find You”
While folks were all just previewing Monica’s new song “Anything To Find You” this past week, it seems there’s some legal issues going on. Rapper Lil Kim’s verse was cut out of the song. Why? Biggie’s mom isn’t having it…AT ALL. Biggie’s mom is over his estate and she’s showing who’s really in charge. If you haven’t already heard the song, it samples one of Biggie’s songs, and Mrs. Wallace ordered Lil Kim’s verse to be cut from the song. That’s deep! This comes as news to Monica too though. She even went to twitter to express her concern:
Monica provided the following explanation to Lil Kim fans via twitter:
“I am just finding out what has happened to my single and myself & Missy are beyond hurt that @LilKim was removed. She’s our friend, a legend. & @LilKim will get the respect she deserves at all cost. The clearance was revoked & I’m fighting to get it reinstated by the Biggie Estate. We respect all parties involved & we are gonna do WHATEVER to keep the song as is because @lilKim is the bizness on the record…I am as thorough as they come and I LOVE @LilKim bottom line is Ms Wallace has the final say and she said No. If we put it out we get SUED.”
 
Frustrated Lil Kim fans began throwing insults at Monica who later tweeted:
 
“You are directing your anger in the wrong place & I am far too deep in the game to play games. These are facts. Still fighting for Kim to be on it….”
 
Meanwhile, Anita Baker, co-signed Monica’s frustrations while encouraging her to enjoy her honeymoon versus tweeting. [Tweets edited for clarity]
 
@MonicaBrown communicated yesterday that you left biz behind…. you are on your honeymoon, people don’t understandd the hard work
 
“@MonicaBrown @lilKim We make creative/biz decisions 24/7… someone comes behind us and changes the plan without notifying us… you are not alone!”
@MonicaBrown You could explain ALL day and unless they run a business, they won’t understand.
@MonicaBrown That’s why you are still here, loved one… Handling it. On AND Off the mic. SOO much Respect… now get back to the ISLANDS!
 
This is crazy because the song was pretty hot. To make matters worse, Monica’s still on her honeymoon and will not be back until next week. This ain’t nothing but a bunch of mess! Why do you think Mrs. Wallace had such a big issue with Lil Kim being on the track? She seems a little bitter if you ask me.
 
 
 
‘Unsung’ Adds Billy Preston, Sylvers, Mary Wells through Summer
*In the midst of Unsung’s highest-rated season to date, TV One has announced plans to extend the run of the NAACP Image Award-winning series Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET throughout the summer, including three additional premiere episodes.
The popular series of one-hour biographies celebrates the lives and careers of successful artists or groups who, despite great talent, have not received the level of recognition they deserve or whose stories have never been told.
New this summer will be episodes highlighting Billy Preston, The Sylvers and Mary Wells. The full schedule is listed below.
• July 18 – Sylvester – Sylvester James was the undisputed King and Queen of disco. He strived for fame, fortune and freedom during a time when it was highly unlikely for a large, openly gay, sometimes in drag, African American male to make it in the world of entertainment. But with a powerhouse falsetto voice to back him up, that’s exactly what Sylvester did. Through interviews with music colleagues such as Narada Michael Walden, The Pointer Sisters, Martha Wash and Jeanie Tracey, along with close family members and friends, Unsung chronicles a music career which reached heights that few expected, but in retrospect was fully earned.
• July 25 – Billy Preston (Premiere) – A child prodigy who performed with Nat King Cole and recorded with Mahalia Jackson at 10 and went on a European Tour with Little Richard at 15, he was the only artist to share a songwriting credit with The Beatles and regularly toured with The Rolling Stones. And his greatest fame came on his own, with a slew of popular hits including ‘Nothin’ From Nothin’,’ ‘Will it Go Round in Circles,’ and ‘You Are So Beautiful.’ But the joy Billy shared in his music was masking a deep sadness. Burying a dark childhood secret behind drugs and alcohol, Billy deteriorated throughout the ’80s and ’90s, ultimately ending up in prison. For the first time, Billy’s closest friends and family open up about the torment that drove a musical genius to ruins and a painful, early end.
• August 1 – The Sylvers ( Premiere) - In an age of popular family singing groups, from the Jacksons to the Osmonds, the Sylvers were the largest and the liveliest of them all. Nine members strong, they became best known for their disco friendly hits ‘Boogie Fever’ and ‘Hot Line’, which drew inevitable comparisons to the sound of the Jackson 5. But the Sylvers were performing together long before that. Even as young children, they made their mark on television as ‘The Little Angels’, and later scaled the charts with songs written by their oldest brother, Leon Sylvers III, from ‘Fool’s Paradise’ to ‘Misdemeanor’, that showed off their musical range and uncanny family harmonies. But internal conflicts and fights with their management broke up the group at the height of their career, and in its aftermath some of their members fell prey to drink and drugs, with dire consequences. Yet through it all the Sylvers remain united as a family, finding strength in their trials, as they reveal their full story in this poignant episode of ‘Unsung.
• August 8 – DeBarge – this sweet-voiced family group composed their own songs and were thought to be the answer to the Jackson 5, and were one of the few acts to bring success to the Motown label in the 1980s. In the mid-80s they had a string of pop and R&B hits, including including ‘All This Love,’ “I Like It,” ‘Love Me in a Special Way,’ and ‘Rhythm of the Night.’. Changing musical trends, family squabbles, and deadly addictions all played a part in the unraveling of one of the ‘80s’ hottest groups. Family members reveal in Unsung the stories behind their traumatic early family life, and how it may have helped leave them unprepared for the trappings of success, their tumultuous glory years, and their long struggle to put new lives together.
• August 15 – Mary Wells (Premiere) – Before The Supremes, Marvin Gaye or The Temptations, Mary Wells was Motown’s reigning star. Signed to the label at age 17, she had instant success with Smokey Robinson songs like “Two Lovers” and “My Guy”, making her the first artist to bring Motown a Grammy nomination, and garnering an invitation to tour with The Beatles, at the height of their own success. Then in a stunning move, Mary walked away from the label in a dispute over money just as her career was peaking, the first major artist to leave Motown. Never able to recapture the success she experienced there, her world came crashing down on and off stage, before she ultimately succumbed to throat cancer at the age of 49. Now, Mary’s close friends, music associates and children come together to provide an intimate look at her life and career, detailing the emotional toll of her fall from the top, and her controversial romances with two Womack brothers that drove both families apart. Twenty years after her passing, Unsung finally turns back the spotlight on Motown’s forgotten Queen
 
 

Foxy Brown Suing New York City for $100 Million
Now that the case against Foxy Brown has been dismissed she's planning to sue the city for malicious treatment...
From Page Six
After a judge threw out charges against Foxy Brown for allegedly dropping her drawers and mooning her neighbor, the rapper's lawyer says he's planning on filing a "$100 million" lawsuit against the city. Salvatore Strazzullo told us he'll also file a claim against "the ADA's office" for "malicious" treatment of his client. He said prosecutors should never have gone after Brown. "With school budgets cut, they had the audacity" to file charges, Strazzullo said. "Do we want our tax dollars going for this?" A rep for the city's Corporation Counsel said they "have not seen any legal papers." Another legal eagle pointed out that assistant district attorneys have "absolute immunity" from being personally prosecuted, and the city would likely move for immediate dismissal.
 
 
 
Oh Alicia...THOSE LEGS!!
Short: Alicia Keys made a fashion misjudgement when she decided to wear these unflattering denim hotpants
In the middle of summer New York city can be uncomfortably hot.
So it is understandable that Alicia Keys would want to keep as cool as possible in the sweltering heat as she took her family for a stroll.
The singer wore a light sleeveless top and a pair of tiny denim shorts for her day out.
Stepson: Alicia enjoyed the company of her stepson Kasseem Jr as she went for a walk in SoHo, New YorkNanny state of mind: Alicia let the nanny push the pram while she held her stepson's hand
Unfortunately, the combination of tight shorts and unflattering gladiator sandals - notorious for giving the appearance of short legs as they hide the ankles - did little for Alicia's curvy figure.
More...Ciao bella! Kelly Brook looks just creamy in a pale bikini as she takes a cooling dip on holiday
Looking ace! Curvy Serena Williams steals the show at the ESPY Awards in plunging pink minidress
Cover up: Bashful Alicia realises her mistake and tries to hide her thighs with a brown paper bagCute: Little Egypt enjoyed having shade as he experienced a summer's day in New York
The usually svelte star is still shifting some of the excess baby weight she put on before giving birth to her son Egypt last October.
Alicia also wore her personalised silver necklace, which bears her name and those of her husband, Swizz, and baby son, Egypt.
Sunshine fun: Alicia hides behind her shades as she looks after KassemSun hat: Little Kasseem donned his hat to get some shade from the summer sunDressed down: Alicia Keys was almost unrecognisable in her day clothes and fuller figure
Nanny state of mind: Alicia let the nanny push the pram while she held her stepson's hand
Alicia left it to the nanny to push the baby-stroller, while she held on to her four-year-old stepson Kaseem.
It only the second time first-time parents Alicia, 30, has been seen out with her new son.
Luckily her music producer husband Swizz is be able to give her plenty of parenting tips, as it is his third child.
Swizz recently discussed his ambition to get his superstar-songstress wife into the studio with British great Adele.
The producer has been working on getting the two to collaborate for some time and his dream may be about to become reality.
'We're looking good, we're looking good, we're looking good,' he told MTV News at the Sounds Like Paper Concert at the House of Vans in Brooklyn, New York.
'I just thought that, man, this would be a great moment for both of them, because they have amazing styles and they both respect each other,' he said.
'They're fans of each other. So let's make this good for music.'
 
 

New Bride Ameriie Reveals Album Details About "Cymatika Vol. 1"
In a new interview with Billboard.com, Ameriie opens up about what fans can expect from her 5th studio album called Cymatika Vol. 1 and she talks about life as a newlywed. Get the deets inside...
Amerie recently sat down will Billboard.com's "The Juice" blog to talk about how marriage affected her music, her serious deets on her new LP. Here are some of the highlights:
The Juice: How has marrying Lenny affected you musically?
 
Ameriie: It hasn't really changed things. We've been together for a long time, a little over seven years. We've always been a team. He's always kind of been my muse. We're so set in terms of a recording process. I always bounce ideas off of him, he always helps me figure out exactly the sound I want.
 
"In Love & War" was about the gray area between being in love and not. Now that you're a married woman, is that something you touch upon on "Cymatika Vol. 1"?
This particular album is different as far as the subject matter. I kind of went in a place I didn't go before. Relationships are very important to talk about but I also want to go a little deeper in to what it is that makes us human and what we have in common. Not just only from a romantic aspect, but what it is that makes us tick. I consider myself to be a very spiritual person. I love science, I love quantum physics and metaphysics. I just wanted to put that into my music.
You can figure out how to include anything in music, you just [have] to make sure it sounds good. I don't like to be too preachy, so a lot of the stuff is subliminal or it has such a driving beat so that if you don't want to hear the message, you don't have to. You'll either recognize what it is immediately because you're into the same thing or you want to investigate it further.
 
What are the core genres of the album?
Trance and electronic. 80's new wave, but not in the sense of the sound, particularly, but more so the song structures themselves. I really wanted to try different things. Even with vocal approach, some of the songs my sister listened to and she didn't even know it was me. I wanted to experiment with androgyny. Some of the ways I was singing, it's kind of androgynous. I felt like, if we strip away who we are on the outside physically including gender… ultimately, we are spirits that have no gender. To me, putting that androgyny into some moments of the songs was able to bring that in. It was a lot of things that I believe, feel, and my outlook on life put into this album, but not just in lyrical ways. It's in the lyrics, it's in the song structure, it's in the vocal approach. I'm really excited about sharing it.
It's a straight trajectory of the "Because I Love It" album which was released in Europe in 2007. In other ways, it's so far down the line it's completely unlike anything I've done.
 
Which producers are you working with?
Different people, but two I've worked really closely are Andre Harris, of Dre & Vidal but has branched off to do his own thing. He did probably a majority of [the album]. He and his team really captured what I wanted and what I really wanted to go for with the project. I also worked with Riley Urick who is just an awesome, awesome producer. He creates things from scratch right before your eyes, really quickly.
 
Will you and Rich Harrison work together?
We spoke about it not too long ago and I think we wanted to do something with this project. I went over it with him, what I was looking for in general, but we didn't go too in depth because he's been working a lot with his artists. I think that would be something a lot of people have been waiting for and something we're ultimately going to do. It's just a matter of when and in what way. We have great energy. We're going to have to have a block of time where we can sit and really create.
 
Tell us about a few songs from the album.
Ameriie: There's a song called "Run For Cover." It's kind of like a metaphor [for] self suppression. We're suppressing who we really are or our ideas. We're truly not living 100% authentically with ourselves and representing ourselves to the world as who we really are. We're always running. But we're not running from someone else, we're really running from ourselves. Ultimately you'll run out of places to hide because you can never really run from your true self.
There's another song I wrote called "Sodom and G," like Sodom and Gomorrah. The song on the surface is about a broken relationship. It's destroyed. I compare that to the fiery destruction the city of Sodom and Gomorrah [faced]. I used the biblical story as an example as far as looking back that, I'm looking back at everything I left behind. The twist in "Sodom and G" is that, because I'm so into ancient astronaut theory, [I included] the theory that extraterrestrials were here in ancient times and helped build the pyramids. It's also the idea that Sodom and Gomorrah wasn't destroyed by a fire ball, but was actually destroyed by nuclear weapons from extraterrestrials. People might be like, "What?!" but I use a lot of layers when I'm writing; I like to really layer. Its fun for me as an artist and it really allows me to get into it and tell the story I want to tell.
 
On the last album you collaborated with Trey Songz, Fabolous, and Lil' Wayne. Any collaborations this time around?
I did a Korean version of "Outside Your Body" with Drunken Tiger's (Korean/American hip-hop group) member, [Tiger] JK and his wife (Tasha Reid). Those are my collaborations. JK is like the Korean Jay-Z. She's (Tasha) also a rapper.They're both amazing. I'm doing a record or two for Tasha's upcoming album. I haven't done it yet, and she's probably going to kill me because I've been running around doing so much.
 
Ameriie also revealed she will drop a new single called "Firestarter" this summer.
Read the full interview over at Billboard.com.
 
 
 
Kim Kardashian Takes Flight, Planning August 20th Wedding?
Heading off on an out-of-town trip, Kim Kardashian was spotted at LAX International Airport The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” babe was joined by a friend as she arrived to catch her outbound flight, looking cute in a white top, pink cardigan, and distressed jeans.
In wedding news, Kim and Kris Humphries' nuptials are rumored to be scheduled for August 20th, and Miss Kardashian is pumped to be tying the knot.
She told press, “I’ve fantasized about my wedding since I was a little girl,” though Kim is likely to be overwhelmed by her sister Khloe’s penis-themed bachelorette party for her. Khloe explained, "Kim is very uncomfortable with all that stuff, so I'm going to go all out and embarrass her, because it's just fun."
 
 
 
Hill Harper Discusses New Book “The Wealth Cure”
The super talented Hill Harper will be releasing a new book August 23rd titled “The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In It’s Place”. If this book is anything like his previous books, “Letters To a Young Brother” and “Letters To a Young Sister” (which both won awards) this will definitely be something that you need to have in your nook or on your bookshelf. Harper recently did an interview with TT Torez from ipowerrichmond.com and gave a few details about what new book will cover. He revealed that a lot of topics would surround subjects such as “smart money”, “dumb money”, and advice on how to budget your money. This book seems right on time if you ask me. Money advice will never get old. Everybody needs and wants it.
 
 

Lil Wayne Dancers May Get Charges Dropped
Good news could be on the horizon for the two Lil Wayne dancers who allegedly roughed up a waitress at a Connecticut P.F. Chang’s. Della Hamby and Jennifer Slaughter’s attorney tells WTNH that it’s likely that the third-degree assault charges will eventually be dropped in favor of mediation. Hamby and Slaughter made their first appearance in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday.
They are accused of beating up their server last Sunday after getting into an argument over splitting their bill. Hamby and Slaughter missed Lil Wayne’s Wednesday night show in Hartford, but hope to eventually rejoin the trek. Their case will be back in front of a judge next month.
Lil Wayne dropped his new mixtape, “Sorry 4 The Wait,” on Wednesday. The record is a precursor of sorts to his upcoming studio release, “Tha Carter Four,” which is due on August 29th. Lil Wayne will be back on stage Friday night when he performs at the Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater in Bristow, Virginia.
 
 
 
OH SERENA DON’T HURT NOBODY WITH THAT BIG "BADUNKA DUNK"!
Curvy lady: Serena Williams proudly displayed her impressive curves in a pair of tiny shorts and a cropped leather jacket as she head for dinner with her sisterCurvy lady: Serena Williams proudly displayed her impressive curves in a pair of tiny shorts and a cropped leather jacket as she head for dinner with her sister
With her tiny tight shorts and cropped leather jacket it would appear that Serena Williams was purposely putting her curvy derriere on show last night.
The Tennis Ace was wearing the revealing ensemble as she went to dinner at Boa Steakhouse in Beverly Hills with her sister Isha.
And being so well-endowed in the bottom department, who could blame Serena for showing off her assets which would give Kim Kardashian or J-Lo a run for their money.
Curvy lady: Serena Williams proudly displayed her impressive curves in a pair of tiny shorts and a cropped leather jacket as she head for dinner with her sister
Derriere on show: The 13-time Grand Slam champion accentuated her curves with a pair of strappy wedges as she met her sister Isha at BOA Steakhouse Derriere on show: The 13-time Grand Slam champion accentuated her curves with a pair of strappy wedges as she met her sister Isha at BOA Steakhouse
The 13-time Grand Slam champion accentuated her gravity defying glutes and powerful legs with a pair of strappy wedge heels, which allowed her to showcase her strut as she made her way into the restaurant.
But the sports star admits it took her a while to accept her figure and adopt a healthy attitude to diet and exercise. She said recently: 'Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good.
 
'My smile remains my favorite part of my body. Does that count? I think a smile can make your whole body!'
Serena, who was forced to take time out from the tennis world after suffering various injuries as well as a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, also said she has been trying out different exercises to stay in the best shape possible. She said: 'I wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I’ve been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won’t be bulky.'
And referring to the prospect of dieting, Serena said: 'I don’t even know the D word. Smaller portions of every meal, a lot of grilled or baked chicken or fish, and steamed veggies.
 
'But I can never turn down a good piece of cherry pie. All I know is that in 10 years, I don’t want to be as wide as this couch.'
Serena, who exited Wimbledon by being ousted by Marion Bartoli in the forth round, is gearing up for the U.S. Open which begins August 29
 
 

NBA BALLER TIDBITS Dwyane Wade's Dance Party+Kobe Kicks It In Asia
Dwyane Wade hosted his charity weekend bash and threw a dance party.
Mr. wade is spending hsis off season living it up all over the globe. And he just held his 'Party with a Purpose' at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida to raise funds for his All-Star Basketball Camp and Kids 2 Camp Fund. And, of course, a dance party ensued.
Fun times. D-Wade love the kids.
Fellow baller Kobe Bryant is spending his off-season going around hosting basketball camps. And his most recent one was in Korea for middle, high school, and college students:

He rolled into Seoul today for the second leg of his five-city Asian tour.
They went crazy over Kobe upon his arrival. Kobe held a Q&A session with his fans, answering questions from online and the audience. He talked about his rival, how he stays on top, and shared some of his personal lessons learned from his father. Plus he gave some reflections on his overall impression with the Korean students. Nice!
 
 
 
Beyonce in space! Well, her voice at least... as she wakes up Space Shuttle Atlantis
Rousing: Beyonce, here at T in the Park, recorded a wake-up call for the Atlantis crew
She'd look mighty fine in a Barbarella outfit, but sadly I have to report that only the voice of Beyonce has made it to space... so far.
In quite some style, however, we might add, because the 29-year-old provided a very special wake up call for the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis.
The Sasha Fierce star followed in the footsteps of Paul McCartney, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, and Elton John to provide encouragement on Day Nine of the mission.
Docking: Atlantis is seen with Earth in the background as it draws near the International Space StationThe crew: Commander Chris Ferguson, Rex Walheim, Sandy Mangus and Pilot Doug Hurley give a press conference
She chirruped in the recorded message on Saturday: 'Good morning Atlantis, this is Beyonce!'
Before addressing the crew thusly: 'Sandy, Chris, Doug, and Rex, you inspire all of us to dare to live our dreams, to know that we’re smart enough and strong enough to achieve them.'
The crew then were treated to a recording of her anthem, Run the World (Girls).
This was dedicated, rather aptly, to the only woman in the team.
Beyonce said: 'This song is especially for my girl, Sandy, and all the women who’ve taken us to space with them and the girls who are our future explorers.'
 
Chris Ferguson, Doug Hurley, Sandy Magnus, and Rex Walheim are at the International Space Station as part of the final flight of NASA’s shuttle program.
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DONE DEAL; Casey Anthony RELEASED From Jail!

Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who was acquitted of charges that she murdered her daughter Caylee, was released just after midnight today from an Orange County jail, according to her attorney and jail officials.

She was escorted out of the jail by two sheriff's deputies armed with semi-automatic rifles and was driven away by her attorney, Jose Baez, without speaking to anyone in the mob of reporters and demonstrators.
"This release had an unusual amount of security so, therefore, in that sense, it would not be a normal release," Orange County Jail spokesman Allen Moore said. "We have made every effort to not provide any special treatment for her. She's been treated like every other inmate."
Her release comes 12 days after she was convicted of four counts of lying to police and a day after she filed an appeal of those convictions.
Anthony, 25, was sentenced to four years for lying to investigators about Caylee's death, but she had already served three years and was credited for good behavior. Aside the jail time Anthony was fined $4,000.
Hundreds of protestors, carrying signs reading "Travesty of Justice," "Justice for Caylee ... Bella Vita" -- a reference to the tattoo Anthony got after Caylee went missing -- and "Don't Be a Part of Blood Money," had gathered outside the jail for much of the day.
People in the crowd lined up on both sides of the highway outside the jail chanted "Caylee, Caylee," and cars driving by honked their horns in response a sign saying "Honk for Caylee."
But along with those angy about Anthony's release, were a few supporters of the young woman.
Jose Baez, Anthony's lead attorney, told ABC News she will not be going to stay with her parents and will not be going to Puerto Rico, which had been widely rumored.
He also said that while security is the main immediate concern because of public outrage at the not guilty verdict, there are no plans for Anthony to alter her appearance with plastic surgery.
According to the sheriff's department, the plans for Anthony's release were that she would be driven by jail guards to a secret location away from the grounds, but after that she would be on her own.
Her attorneys say she has received seven serious death threats, including one email photo with a bullet photoshopped through her head, but the sheriffs department said the threats aren't credible and after her release she is on her own.
"We will not be providing any elaborate security or protection for Casey once she leaves," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.
With only a few hundred dollars in donations from strangers to her inmate account and no family support after her scorched earth defense made her mother look like a liar and painted her father and brother as abusers, where she will go is a mystery.

But security experts advise her to stay under the radar and protected around the clock.
"You have to have someone with you -- we call it shadowing -- 24/7," Clark Pena. "You can't see people the way you used to, you can't go out to clubs the way you used to, you can't -- your life has changed 100 percent."
She will also have to deal with several lawsuits, including one filed by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez who claims the Florida woman cost her a house and a job and subjected her to death threats when Anthony claimed that a babysitter of the same name stole Caylee.

Caylee Anthony died in June 2008 and wasn't reported missing for 31 days.
Casey Anthony claimed for three years that she was kidnapped by a babysitter. Her decomposed body was found six months later in a swampy area near the Anthony home.
At the beginning of her murder trial, Anthony's lawyer said that Caylee actually drowned in the family pool.
Jurors in the case have said they regretted there wasn't a less serious charge for them to consider besides murder.



JUST MARRIED: Chris & Adrienne Bosh!

It's another celebrity wedding weekend. Miami Heat star Chris Bosh wed his new wife Adrienne [Williams] Bosh Saturday night in a lavish ceremony at Fontainebleau Hotel in the MIA.
The twosome already wed in an April 9th secret ceremony during the 2011 NBA season. But they surely shelled out an extra $300,000 for tonight's lavish festivities with their friends and family.
Adrienne donned a fab strapless Oscar de la Renta gown and hit the dancefloor with her new hubby for their First Dance to Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight."

They cut the multi-tiered wedding cake with fireworks going off in the background. Well isn't that lovely.
Meanwhile, the couple's celebrity guest list included Chris' teammates Lebron James and Dwyane Wade, D-Wade's girlfriend Gabrielle Union, Heat exec and former coach Pat Riley, current coach Erik Spoelstra, Serena Williams, Larsa & Scottie Pippen, Niche Media founder Jason Binn, and plenty more.
Gabby tweeted her congrats to the couple saying: "Wishing you a lifetime of adventure and joy...excited 2 be a witness...and so it begins :)"
Serena rocked a cute dress as she kicked it with Jason Bing and his mother-in-law tonight:

The fellas D-Wade & Bron Bron kept it dapper:

And the Pippens were there to support too:

Fab times. By the way, we hear (unconfirmed) Adrienne gave Chris an Aston Martin as a wedding present. Alrighty then.
CONGRATS TO THE NEWLYWEDS!



What a way to end a series:'Harry' Makes History

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 soared into the record books with the highest-grossing opening weekend ever. The series finale drew an estimated $168.55 million on around 11,000 screens at 4,375 locations, dethroning The Dark Knight's $158.4 million.

Deathly Hallows Part 2's first weekend flew past the previous franchise high of $125 million, posted by Deathly Hallows Part 1 last November, and it topped the franchise in terms of estimated attendance as well. While its opening gross also out-distanced The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($135.6 million) and the first Spider-Man ($114.8 million), Deathly Hallows Part 2's estimated opening attendance was less than those titles, ranking sixth overall.

After conjuring the opening day record of $92.1 million on Friday (buoyed by a record-shattering $43.5 million midnight launch), Deathly Hallows Part 2 saw the steepest Friday-to-Saturday drop on record for a non-holiday first weekend, falling 53 percent to an estimated $42.85 million. Its Saturday slotted ninth among the top-grossing Saturdays of all time. Distributor Warner Bros. projected a 22 percent Saturday-to-Sunday decline to $33.6 million, which would rank eighth on the all-time Sunday grosses chart.


 
 
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony To Divorce
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have sent out a joint statement saying:
 
“We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”

This is just so surprising being that they are one of the few couples that stay out of the media as far as negative attention goes. I thought this was going to be the Hispanic version of Will and Jada. I’m sure this is going to take a toll on their twins. What do you think are the reasons behind their divorce? You think Jennifer’s getting too involved in her career and forgetting her family?
 
 

WOW!!...NOT GLEEFUL Lea Michele & Cory Monteith: Leaving "Glee"
Making for quite the monumental change, three key members of the "Glee" cast will be saying their goodbyes prior to the show's fourth season.
Among the hit FOX cast members opting to venture away from the show that brought them stardom are Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel) and Cory Montieth (Finn hudson).
With the news being broken by the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy told THR, "[They are] not going to be back at all for Season 4. You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”
The trio of departures pile on top of the loss of Chord Overstreet. who is out for season three - though the possibility of guest appearances is still an option.
 
 
 
Civil Rights Group to Lead Protest Outside Rupert Murdoch’s NY Home.
*African American civil rights organization ColorofChange.org on Wednesday joined the call for a Congressional investigation of phone hacking charges against the News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper unit and said that it will lead a protest outside the home of its chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch mid-day Thursday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Democratic senators Jay Rockefeller and Barbara Boxer earlier called on attorney general Eric Holder and Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Mary Schapiro to investigate whether News Corp, which also owns Fox News Channel, “violated United States law in allegedly bribing police officials to gain access to private telephone information and records.”
“Rupert Murdoch will do anything for a profit, from dividing Americans through race-baiting on Fox News to phone hacking in order to get viewers and sell newspapers,” said Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange. “We are standing up to say that we will no longer allow our communities to be attacked by a man more interested in profits than American values.”
ColorOfChange said it has petitioned Fox News boss Roger Ailes and Murdoch to fire Fox News and Fox Business Network personality Eric Bolling for “appealing to racial stereotypes” when he accused President Obama of “chugging forties” in Ireland and inviting “hoods to the hizzouse.” Bolling later apologized. The group said it sent Ailes more than 110,000 petitions last week.
 
The group said it will protest Murdoch and deliver a petition on Thursday on the sidewalk across the street from the media mogul’s Manhattan home, which it said is on 5th Avenue. It predicted that hundreds would show up for the protest.
 
 
 
Brad and Angelina Finally Getting Married
After years of togetherness Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are finally ready to tie the knot.
After logging a half-dozen years together, stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have decided to make it official.
The two are getting married this summer, Us magazine reports. An insider says it’ll be super exclusive, not a huge bash. Previously the pair had stated they would not wed until gay marriage became legal nationwide.
Pitt told USA Today that the couple’s six kids had been asking about whether they were ever going to get married. “It’s meaning more and more to them,” he told the newspaper in an interview earlier this year.
Jolie’s ex, Billy Bob Thornton,is in Atlanta at the moment, filming “Jayne Mansfield’s Car.” He appears to be enjoying the city and has been seen dining at Chops and hanging out at Whiskey Blue in recent days.
Pitt’s ex, Jennifer Aniston, was here a good bit last year, filming “Wanderlust.” She also seemed to enjoy Atlanta and was seen frequently in the St. Regis wine bar.
 
 
 
AWARENESS: JILL MARIE JONES SPEAKS TO A PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL IN L.A.
Actress Jill Marie Jones (best known for playing Toni on Girlfriends) spoke at Wendy Raquel Robinson’s performing arts school, Amazing Grace Conservatory, in Los Angeles recently. Jill donated her time to visit the school, give inspiring words to the students, and answer their questions about the entertainment industry.
Jill loves to do motivational speaking and has plans to launch her own non-profit organization to help at-risk youth. Jill and Wendy can currently be seen in the new independent film, “35 & Ticking,” directed by Russ Parr, playing in select theaters nationwide.
 
 
 
WELL LADIES IS THIS YOU?...Jill Scott Writes For Every Woman Who's Been Dickmatized
Jill Scott explains the inspiration behind her new cd 'Light of the Sun'...
 
In recent interviews Jill has described her new cd as,
"It’s a, I was in love, got my feelings hurt real bad, got confused, stop believing in love. Right I know. Stop believing in love, found some amazing sex, got caught up in that, got so
mething called dickmatized, found my way back to appreciating the rest and not the, just the lower half of me."
"I write about what all women can feel -- every woman has been dickmatized and if she thinks she hasn't, its probably happening now."
 
What exactly is “dickmatized”?
“Where you get caught up in the whole sexuality of your relationship but it’s not going anywhere… Just somebody giving you the goods but not necessarily giving you the rest—or not expecting the rest from them.”
“What I’ve discovered is, although it may be a lot of fun, it is also a waste of time and you might be blocking your blessing—blocking somebody who wants to be more to you than just a great time in your life.”

Well alright Miss Jill
 
 

Rihanna's Miami Beach Bar Relaxation
With her tour taking her to the sunshine state, Rihanna was spotted taking advantage of the gorgeous weather in Miami, Florida on Wednesday (July 13).
The Barbadian beauty was alongside a group of her close friends as she relaxed at a hotel bar while drinking Don Julio tequila, tweeting during the course of the day, "MIAMI is the SH*T!!!!!!"
Having tonight off, RiRi will be taking the stage at Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise for a show on Thursday night with Cee Lo Green slated as the opening act.
Meanwhile, Rihanna is fresh off of her "Tragedy to Triumph" concert for tornado relief in Birmingham, with Mayor William Bell's office telling FOX News that the concert raised a commendable $250,000 for Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.
UA professor Riz Shakir said of the effort, "You know what we're looking to do is to marry up the expertise of people who are willing to volunteer their time with the funds that people like Rihanna can help us raise so that those people who would otherwise not be able to get back into their homes can get back in their homes."
 

PHOTOSHOOT FAB: Selah Marley Steps Into the Modeling World
Fame and talent run rampent throught the Marley clan. The pretty 12-year-old Selah Marley has already been featured in Teen Vogue, and more modeling pics of Lauryn Hill's oldest daughter have surfaced. We have the pics after the jump...

Selah Marley is slowly launching a name for herself in the modeling world. The straight A student (who is a spitting image of her megastar mom) says:
“I was in a hotel with my dad, and I was just joking around and said, ‘Oh yeah, Daddy, I want to model,’” she recently told Teen Vogue of how she took an interest in modeling. “I don’t know—the camera is just fun.”
Very pretty.
In addition to modeling, Selah plays piano, violin, guitar, basketball, gymnastics and does ballet.
I see another star in the making....
 
 

Well if no one else can do the job…Do it yourself! Oprah Winfrey Hires Herself as CEO of OWN
*Oprah Winfrey will take over as chief executive officer of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this fall, the cable channel announced today.
Winfrey will be the third CEO of the company since its debut in January. She will also become chief creative officer as the network prepares for her new talk show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” to debut in January 2012.
“I am ready to dedicate my full creative energy and focus as the full-time CEO of OWN,” Winfrey said in a statement.
 
OWN is co-owned by Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc. Discovery Chief Operating Officer Peter Ligouri has been interim CEO of OWN since he replaced Christina Norman in May.
Norman was pushed out after Discovery CEO David Zaslav said OWN’s ratings had been “below our expectations.” Executives have said that more investments in the joint venture will depend on ratings through the next several quarters.
Discovery spent $215 million to fund the venture through the first quarter.
OWN also said two current presidents of Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, would move to the same role at the cable channel.
The two will work with Ligouri as the network rolls out new shows. Comedian Rosie O’Donnell’s daily talk show will start in October, OWN said.
 
 

DUDE THIS SH*T is very Cruella DeVille of you!.. Tyrese Shades His Baby Mama
Tyrese likes to use his Twitter page to expound on life's lessons and yesterday he took a jab at his ex-wife...
Really Black Ty? Would you like someone described your Mama like that?
 
 
 
I’m really trying to like your dumb ass…Chris Brown Runs His Mouth... Again
If you thought Chris Brown had learned his lesson about losing his temper, based on his multiple past indiscretions, you’d be wrong.
The “No Air” singer reportedly yelled a flurry of anti-gay slurs during a game of pickup basketball in Los Angeles because he didn’t pass Brown the ball.
According to an eyewitness, "He got really ticked off when things didn't go his way during the game, saying, ‘That's gay!' and ‘You're a f----t a--!' to the other players."
 
Last month, Chris called a photographer “gay” only to recant via Twitter- "I have total respect for Gay community and my intention was not to insult anyone in it."
 
 
 
Shaunie O'Neal Hosts A Shopping Event With The "Basketball Wives"
Shaunie O'Neal hosted a private shopping event to preview Chinese Laundry's latest styles and she was joined by "BBW" castmates Suzie Ketchum, Jennifer Williams and Evelyn Lozada. See pics inside and watch Lloyd's video for "Naked."
Last night at TRU Hollywood, Shaunie O’Neal hosted a shopping event to celebrate and present her Chinese Laundry 7 chic "Must Have" styles from the Spring/Summer collection.
She wore these Hot Island shoes by Chinese Laundry.
The ladies posed with EVP of Chinese Laundry, Stewart Goldman.
Then Suzie, Evelyn, Jennifer and Shaunie all posed in their booth together.
Wait....Where is Meeka! I thought she was in "the circle"....
 
 
 
Martin Luther King The 3rd’s New Network Bounce TV Launch’s In September
A new broadcast network co-founded by the son of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is set to debut this fall. Martin Luther King the Third says Bounce TV, a 24-hour network geared toward African-American audiences, will launch on September 26th. King calls the date an “important milestone,” noting Bounce’s status as the first-ever independently owned and operated TV network featuring African-Americans. Targeting audiences 25 years of age and older, the network’s content will include a mix of movies, sports, documentaries and original programming.
Bounce TV’s Founding Group and leadership team include Ambassador Young, Martin Luther King III, Andrew “Bo” Young III, television executives the homie Ryan Glover and Jonathan Katz and filmmakers Rob Hardy and my frat brother Will Packer.
Bounce will be made available to viewers who don’t have cable. Houston, Cleveland, Charlotte and Indianapolis are among the first cities that will have access to Bounce TV. It will also air in Akron, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut; Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia; West Palm Beach, Florida; Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis; and Louisville, Kentucky.
 
 
 
Chris Tucker Returns to Stand-Up Comedy
*Chris Tucker is on the scene y’all and has announced his return to stand-up comedy. He’s scheduled an 18-date tour that will begin August 19 in Long Beach, Calif.
It’s been a while since the comedian has made fans laugh via on-stage comedy.
 
After his co-staring role in the hit “Rush Hour” movie franchise, the comedian sort of fell by the wayside when it came to stand-up comedy. He also struggled with a few other things. But now he’s back on his feet and ready to get those tears rolling and stomachs hurting with laughter.
Tickets on sale NOW!.
 
 
 
Ex Cincinnati Bengals RB ‘Deacon’ Turner Killed by California Cop
*A California deputy shot and killed a former running back for the Cincinnati Bengals in front of a convenience store after he allegedly hit an officer with a bag holding two cans of beer, reports the Associated Press.
David Lee “Deacon” Turner, 56, played with the Bengals from 1978 to 1980 and had long arrest history after his playing career was finished.
Deputies who were investigating reports of teenagers asking adults to buy alcohol and cigarettes approached Turner on Sunday as he left the convenience store with his 19-year-old son and a 16-year-old juvenile.
The deputies detained Turner while they investigated. The sheriff’s office said Turner initially complied but then decided to leave, and the scuffle occurred when deputies tried to stop the former NFL player. Deputy Aaron Nadal was hit on the back of the head with a bag holding two, 24-ounce cans of beer before Deputy Wesley Kraft drew his handgun and fired twice at Turner, authorities said.
 
Friends and family told the The Bakersfield Californian they have trouble believing authorities’ account of the story. Nephew Kevin Turner called his uncle “the backbone of our family.”
Turner excelled at shredding defenses at Shafter High School, Bakersfield College and San Diego State University before getting drafted by the Bengals in the second round in 1978. Turner was used primarily as a kick returner in his three years in the league, amassing 1,149 return yards in 1979 for the last-place Bengals. He had 549 career rushing yards.
Court records show an arrest history stretching back to 1986. The most recent, on June 17, was for driving while his license was revoked because of a conviction for driving under the influence.
 
Sheriff Donny Youngblood said department investigators were getting tapes from video cameras at the store to see if the incident Sunday was recorded.
The department issued a release saying Nadal was treated and released at a hospital. Officials have not described the nature of his injury. Kraft is on administrative leave while sheriff’s detectives investigate the shooting.
 
 

Photographers Handcuffed After Chasing Paris Jackson
Two photographers were placed in handcuffs Tuesday for allegedly chasing Michael Jackson’s daughter on the streets of Los Angeles. The men were speeding through red lights to catch up to a car that was carrying 13-year-old Paris Jackson.
Police are not going to charge the photogs with a crime because they didn’t witness their allegedly poor driving. Authorities have also decided not to forward the case to the Los Angeles City Attorney because there isn’t enough evidence.
 
 

Ewwww…Mack 10 Gets Married
Mack 10 moved on from ex wife T-Boz and got hitched to Suge Knight's niece.
Dedrick Rolison aka Mack 10 married Suge Knight’s niece “Polly” last night in Arizona. Mack 10 is currently signed to Cash Money Records but most of you will remember the 40 year old rapper from the legendary Westcoast rap group “Westside Connection”.
Here’s what an insider had to say:
“To seal the deal Polly, tattooed a Mack 10 on her body symbolizing her love for her new hubby. The couple currently have a reality show in the works focusing on Polly’s new record label “Pollywood.”
 

IN GOSPEL NEWS..
Congrats! Myron Butler & Wife, Timberlyn, Welcome New Baby Girl!
Congratulations are in order for Myron and Timberlyn Butler in the birth of their third child, baby girl Mylan Drew Butler.
Myron states that ”[Mylan] is another extremely important part of my world. We’re glad that she’s here and that she’s healthy… she’s 6 pounds, 15 ounces, born at 11:18 this morning.”
The couple also just celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.
 
So, DOUBLE congrats to ya!
 

Earnest Pugh Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s Gospel Albums Chart
Earnest Pugh has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart with the release of his new project, Earnestly Yours. He moves Kirk Franklin to the #2 position, with Mary Mary following at #3.
 
The rest of the top 10 is right here:
 
1 | Earnest Pugh – Earnestly Yours
2 | Kirk Franklin – Hello Fear
3 | Mary Mary – Something Big
4 | Trin-i-tee 5:7 – Angel & Chanelle
5 | WOW Gospel 2011
6 | Yolanda Adams – Becoming
7 | Deitrick Haddon – Church on the Moon
8 | Tedashii – Blacklight
9 | Lecrae – Rehab
10 | Marvin Sapp – Playlist: The Very Best of Marvin Sapp
 
As I predicted last week, the label was able to pull off some impressive numbers for Earnest Pugh’s new album.
Norman Hutchins also debuted at #11 with his new release, If You Didn’t Know, Now You Know. And LaShun Pace’s Reborn lands at #31 its first week out.
 
 
 
Matthews Knowles Says He No Longer Speaks To Beyonce Over Theft Allegations
Earlier we learned about theft accusations fired from Live Nation against Matthew Knowles stating that he had stolen money from his daughter Beyonce. Well now Matthew Knowles is standing up and speaking out. Due to all of theft allegations that have come out, Matthew had confirmed that he and Beyonce are not speaking. Matthew is sticking to his guns saying that he DID NOT steal any of Beyonce’s money and released this statement to the Associated Press:
 
“We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyonce, and all dollars will be accounted for. In no way have we stole money. Again, this is about the people who have made these claims — they have to come into the light.”
 
He has even went so far as to file papers in Texas that state that some of Bey’s people (like Columbia Records, Live Nation, and Roc Nation) have made negative comments about him. Matthew is avid that Live Nation just wants to take over Beyonce’s career. Therefore, to get him out of the door, he’s convinced that’s why they had Beyonce hire a law firm to audit her finances. This story is getting crazier and crazier. It’s sad that money is driving a wedge between Beyonce and her father. Guess it just goes to show you that money is truly the root of all evil. What are your thoughts on Matthew and Beyonce not speaking? Do you think he stole the money if he’s filing papers against Beyonce’s camp?
 
 
 
Rihanna Passes Lady Gaga In Facebook Fans
They take turns topping the music charts, but Rihanna has pulled way ahead of Lady Gaga when it comes to their massive amount of Facebook fans.
The “S&M” songstress has reached an impressive 40,616,457 beating out the “Born This Way” singer who currently has 40,575,791 fans.
 
Watch the gaga monsters hate!
Facebook's marketing director Randi Zuckerberg, tweeted on Thursday, "Sorry, Gaga! As of today, Rihanna has passed Lady Gaga as the #1 most popular woman on Facebook."
Don’t worry, Little Monsters, Gaga still rules the Twitterverse with 11.6 million followers.
 
 
SPLASH! Mel B. Bumps Around The Pool With Her Baby Belly & BIKINI!
She looks gorgeous during every pregnancy of hers. And baby #3 (her first with her hubby Stephen) is no different. Spice Girl turned dancing star turned tv host Mel B. flaunted her uber round baby belly in a leopard print bikini today by the pool. And there's no shame in her baby game.
Who says pregnant moms can't have fun? Mel B. rocked her long blonde done-up locks and a face full of makeup to look cute poolside today. And she's proud of her baby carrying bod.

Not even mad. Looks like that baby may mistake the pool for a water birthing tub though. She looks ready to pop any day now!
 
 

D’Angelo Back In The Studio Recording
We haven’t heard from R&B singer D’Angelo in a while but we will soon. While the singer has endured a lot of hardship over the past few years that include a serious car wreck and arrests for drug possession, it seems he’s back in the game. D’Angelo and Questlove (drummer for the Roots) had a studio session in New York just last night according to tweets from Questlove. He stated on Twitter, “Most people use midnight as a time to sleep. Others are working on their 11 year followup. This of course being hour number one”.
If the album releases by the end of the year as it has been rumored to, it might be titled “James River”. This will be his first album since “Voodoo” which came out back in 2000. If this upcoming album is anything like the last, which won a Grammy for best R&B album and went on to sell 1.7 million copies in America, it’s gonna be a great one.
 
Hopefully D’Angelo can find his mojo and stay out of trouble
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AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
“Walking The Plank”
With the new craze of “planking” becoming popular I just knew our inbox would be filled with people planking at Walmart. What I want to know is what do you guys think of “planking”? Personally I don’t do it because I’m constantly erect so it hurts when I lay down like that.


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INSIDE Monica & Shannon Brown's Stunning Wedding!
 
Video surfaced today from inside Monica and L.A. Laker Shannon Brown's second wedding. And the glamorous Los Angeles wedding was just as fabulous as you imagined.
 
VIDEO:

Monica's wedding gown had a 50 pound extra elaborate train. She went to Paris to have designer Stephane Rolland design both her ceremony gown and her reception dress. And it was all stunning. The couple, who wed at the beautiful Vibiana cathedral venue, had several members in their bridal party--including Ciara, Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. And about 300 of their closest fam and friends in attendance. And it was a blue-themed wedding wonderland.
LL Cool J gushed about how beautiful the ceremony (and music thanks to J.D.) was. LaLa said "love was in the air." And the bride herself was giddy and extra happy when The Insider caught up with her at her reception: "I was just overwhelmed. I'm glad because I didn't think about this 50 lb train that I was dragging behind me. I just had to take a deep breath, because I was really trying not to cry.
Mo's fam Ludacris couldn't make the ceremony, but he sent a jet for the couple to fly off to their honeymoon in Anguilla.


 
Halle Berry Granted Temporary Restraining Order
Taking the necessary steps to protect herself and her loved ones, Halle Berry has been grated a restraining order against the alleged stalker who invaded her home three times in three days.
According to TMZ, an L.A. County Superior Court judge just issued the temporary restraining order (TRO) commanding Richard Franco to stay away from the actress, her family and her home.
It's been reported that Franco jumped the wall of Halle's Hollywood Hills home on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - scaring her to the point where she "feared for her life," says the official report.
Franco was arrested late on Monday night (July 11) after invading Halle's home, says the legal documents.
 
 
 
Ciara,Usher, Britney, and others Finds a New Home
According to Billboard Ciara is reuniting with LA Reid over at Epic, and so is Usher...
What I want to know is what does "take care of Usher" mean?
Check the quote from Billboard,
It looks as if RCA will inherit the bulk of Jive's marquee artists, including Pink (who was discovered and mentored by Reid) and Britney Spears, while Reid will be handed Ciara and, according to a source, "take care of Usher."
What exactly do they mean by that, "take care of Usher." ? HMMMMMM How U duuin?


 
Celebrity TIDBITS!
Seita Ebanks stars in a sizzling pictorial for the latest issue of FHM UK magazine.

In the mag, the Carol's Daughter spokeswoman talks about her obsession with shoes, appearing in Kanye West's Runaway film and what it feels like to wear million dollar underwear for Victoria's Secret. The issue is on stands now.

 

In sports news....
LaLa Anthony was dubbed the "First Lady of The NBA" by the New York Times in a recent article celebrating she and husband Carmelo Anthony. When the piece described them as an ambitious couple, comparing them to David and Victoria Beckham, LaLa chimed in
“I love Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. You see the love, and you can see the support, and they partner on things and produce together. But she has a life, and he has a life.”
And the two have already made power moves as a couple. Their Krossover Productions made the critically acclaimed Tyson documentary and also produced her reality show for VH1.
But LaLa mainly expressed that she never wants to be known simply as a basketball wife. She says she has her own interests and identity. She sees her marriage to Carmelo as a partnership where they both can grown and pursue their dreams.
 
And in movie news....
Jumping The Broom star Paula Patton confirms that she has been offered a role in the remake of Sparkle by producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.
Though Paula has been mum about the particular role in the film she might play, I could see her starring as Sparkle.
 
 
 
J-HUD Styles it up for The Daily mail..UK
Though some attach her confidence to her recent 88-lb weight loss, we know that Jennifer Hudson always had attitude and beauty to boot. The mother of one taps into her sassy side for a colorful photo shoot for Daily Mail.
With her hair in a sleek high ponytail, she wears quirky and feminine looks like an A-line dress with a green headpiece and a multicolor frock with a red hat.
Inside, she discusses her meteoric rise to stardom which took her from a contestant on American Idol to a Grammy and Academy-Award winning star, her role as Winnie Mandela and her son, David Jr.
On getting voted off American Idol…
 
“Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you from getting where you want to be.” Those were the lessons that I took from American Idol,’ says Jennifer. ‘“OK, from now on I refuse to let anyone interrupt the vision I have for myself.”
 
On Dreamgirls…
‘I was like, “Beyoncé, I’m your biggest fan. You’ve no idea how much I love you. And Jamie, I love you too. But right now, it’s my turn. I’ve got to get on and do my job here.” We’re all just people at the end of the day. They had to start somewhere and Dreamgirls was my start. You bet I grabbed the opportunity.’
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On her son…
‘He’s very much his own person, a little performer who loves to sing and dance,’ she says. ‘He’s so charming, too. Yes, I’m biased, but I’ve never seen a child with such presence. He says “hi” or “bye bye” to everyone when he comes in or out of a room, and goes round blowing kisses to everyone. My phone is completely backed up from videoing everything he does, because he surprises me constantly.
 
On playing Winnie Mandela…
‘This is someone who’s been a hugely important figure in a country where, generally speaking, women’s voices aren’t heard. Everyone knows Nelson’s story but far fewer of us know Winnie’s.’
 
 

ATHELETE STAR POWER RED CARPET FAB: It’s the The ESPYs

It's like prom night for the pro-athletes. The 2011 ESPY Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Wednesday night. 
Kerry Washington looked sexy and stunning in this short silver beaded Jenny Packham mini dress.

Then she posed with Eddie George.

Dirk Nowitzki showed up with his girlfriend Jessica Olsson.

Well...Serena surely pushed 'em up and out tonight didn't she?

She rocked a hot pink Rachel Roy suit that really showed off her......smile. Do you boo.
KAPOW!

Damn! Not even mad though...
Amar'e Stoudemire posed with baseball pitcher Brian Wilson.

Ummmm WTF ARE YOU wearing Brian?
"The Talk" co-host Holly Robinson Peete looked fab in a long black gown.

And she traveled with her own entourage of young gentlemen (her sons Rodney and Robinson).

Blake Griffin hit the red carpet looking very dapper in his three-piece suit and plaid tie.

Newlywed Niecy Nash flashed her pearly whites on the carpet.

NFLer Hank Baskett posed with his wife Kendra Wilkinson.

Lisa Leslie looked nice in royal blue.

Lisa and Niecy struck a pose together.

Then Niecy got Kerry to posed for a cell cam pic.

Shawn Marion wore a sky blue jacket with a baby pink and blue striped button down.

And Shawn posed with his date, his mom Elaine.

And Jason Kidd posed with his date Porschla Coleman.

And Laila Ali posed with her husband Curtis Conway.

Baseball superstar Matt Kemp was also there

It looks like they all had FUN!

 
 
DMX Caught With Drugs in Jail
DMX is not getting out of jail anytime soon it seems...
DMX was supposed to get out of jail tomorrow but because of too many infractions The Dog might have to stay on his chain.
According to TMZ while in jail DMX has picked up infractions for drug possession, failing or refusing a drug test, smoking when he wasn't supposed to, being disrespectful, disruptive and disorderly.
 
 
All My Children and One Life to Live Get New Life Online
Canceled soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live will be moving to online formats.
Recently cancelled U.S. soap operas All My Children and One Life To Live have found a new home online - a media company is set to bring both shows to the Internet.
Abc Tv bosses cut costs and axed the beloved daily dramas earlier this year (11), sparking an outcry from a number of devoted fans and celebrities who got their big breaks on the shows.
 
However, Abc studio executives have recently sold their online rights to Prospect Park, whose bosses plan on picking up All My Children and One Life to Live and continuing their storylines on the web with some of the original cast and crew - including actress Susan Lucci.
 
It is not yet known when the long-running shows will premiere on the firm's soon-to-be launched Tv-focused online site
 
 
 
The Black Eyed Peas and Says They Are Done…For now!
Through the years, everyone knows the Black Eyed Peas to have taken breaks on and off but now singer Fergie is saying that they are taking an “indefinite hiatus from each other”. While Fergie issued this statement she really expressed that the group is not over but more so just taking a break. A break for them would be similar to the hiatus the group took when they released Monkey Business in 2005 and then came back in 2009 with The E.N.D. Will.I.Am confirmed Fergie’s statement via his twitter account tweeting:
 
“The @Bep will take a break after the beginning…just like we did from monkey business to the e.n.d…but it doesn’t mean we stop creating”
 
Kinda funny that the singer would come out with this statement while they are on “The Beginning” tour. Perhaps individual members of the group are planning to do some solo albums. What do you think?
 
 
 
NBA Baller Dahntay Jones & Fiancé Valeisha Butterfield makes it OFFICAL!
Maybe 2 times a charm for Valeisha Butterfield. The WEEN chair and daughter of U.S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield and N.C. State Representative Jean Farmer – Butterfield (and BFF of "Love & Hip Hop" chick Emily B.) is now engaged to NBA baller Dahntay Jones. And they've just released their official engagement photo ahead of their summer wedding.
 
Marrying a baller seems even more the thing to do these days. Valeisha was at one point engaged to rapper Game, but that un-surprisingly didn't work out. And she's also the ex-girlfriend of BET's Terrence J.
Now, the Indiana Pacers star and Valeisha are getting married at her family's estate in North Carolina this summer. And they have this fab new engagement photo to boot.
The bride-to-be served in the Obama Administration from 2009 – 2011. And she's also the co-founder and chair of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN).
The groom-to-be is a New Jersey native, graduate of Duke University. He's also the founder of the Dahntay Jones Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of youth.
The twosome snapped their cute engagement photo during a recent trip to Antigua. Congrats!
 
 
 
Lady Gaga Gets Pelted By Egg-Tossing Aussie
It’s no secret she’s got a plethora of Little Monsters who adore her, but Lady Gaga had to deal with one not-so-friendly egg tossing Aussie as she arrived at ARQ nightclub in Sydney, Australia in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (July 12).
The “Born This Way” singer was surrounded by fans and bodyguards as she made her way inside the club when an unruly local began pelting eggs in her direction.
Perhaps the egg tosser was none too pleased that Gaga was awarded honorary Aussie citizenship by the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, in a special ceremony held on Monday.
After the ceremony, Clover Moore told press, "Lady Gaga has been a powerful force for the gay and lesbian community in Sydney and we have a rare honour for people whose achievements embrace the ideals and spirit of our city."
 
 
 
Is Jill Scott Back Dating? New Album, & Love ?
Will little Jett be having a new daddy? Nope! But that’s what anyone would have thought based off of the soul singer’s tweet that stated:
Jill doesn’t look like she plays that kinda mess. She immediately shut down any thoughts about her dating telling a fan. “Never saw it coming. Dating is a no for now.”
Jill laughed the situation off in the same similar fashion she did when 50 cent tried to compare her to a station wagon tweeting:
Guess that means it’s just Jill and Jett until she’s ready to date. I personally love the way that she handles drama. I guess Jill will just continue to live her life like it’s golden as she rides the success of her newly released fourth studio album “The Light Of The Sun”. Be sure to hit up her “Summer Block Party Tour” that will feature artists Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, Jon B, and Dwele. Do you think Jill should start dating again or is it still too soon?

In other news V-103 held a private event for less than 100 guests for a Q&A/listening party, but all Frank Ski had to do was ask, and there Jill Scott was belting out the single “Shame” – acapella. Again, this gathering was supposed to be a talk between Ski and Scott, but towards the end the Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter took her microphone and started asking those in the audience what they’re looking for in a man.
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It was just that kind of night at Do At The View, where Scott and Ski were comfortable enough to sip lemon drops and wine as selections from her new CD “The Light Of The Sun” (in stores today) played; rapper Wale and former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, made it a point to stop in and sing the vocalist’s praises; and the vocalist herself revealed what hip-hop (Wu-Tang Clan) and R&B acts (Frank Ocean, Miguel) are moving her the same way. Make sure yall go pic up her new album in-stores now …
 
 
 
HOLLYWOOD STAR CANDIDS…here’s some of your stars out and about!
Jessica Simpson trades in her boyfriend for a $15,000 Birkin. Hey, it probably costs less than he does each month.
A toasted looking Kid Rock with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
Kristen Stewart is the only person I know who jogs while running errands.
Its a flashback. Lynda Carter and Jaclyn Smith.
Somewhere under there is Lady GaGa.
A very grown up looking Rocco with his mom..
Megan Fox has an umbrella handler and it was not even raining.
Penelope Cruz trying to stay cool in Rome.
Reese Witherspoon looks like an angry shopper.
LOL!!
 
 
Mooning Charges Dismissed Against Foxy Brown
Foxy Brown is officially off the hook now that charges she mooned her neighbor have been dropped.
The Associated Press reports that Tuesday, atate Supreme Court Justice John Walsh dismissed the case against Brown dismissing charges that she violated a court order.
The rapper had previously pleaded not guilty to criminal contempt.
As previously reported, Brown was accused of violating a three-year-old protective order filed by her Brooklyn neighbor Arlene Raymond, with whom she has had frequent confrontations.
Foxy was accused of hitting Raymond in the face with her Blackberry prompting Raymond to file the restraining order in 2007.
The two allegedly got into another tift over the summer during which Foxy called Raymond a "dirty b*tch" and then flashed her bare backside at the woman.
Foxy Brown has yet to comment on the dismissal.
 
 
 
Willow Smith Named Fashion Icon
Top American designers name Willow Smith an icon of fashion.
Vogue asked top American designers to name the people they consider icons of American fashion. California fashion designer Derek Lam chose Roc Nation star Willow Smith.
Lam said, "Naturally talented, charismatic, unblemished optimism, with the whole wide world open to her possibilities and abilities. I think she is the future-forward American icon." UMMMM I think she got only because she whipped that damn ahir back and forth……I Kiid I Kiid
 
 
 
CELEBS GIVE BACK: Laz Alonso, Keri Hilson, Cynthia Bailey & More Join Polow Da Don's "FOCUS 4 LIFE"
Laz Alonso, Jessica White and Cynthia Bailey have joined a growing list of celebs participating in the FOCUS 4 LIFE campaign with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. We have promo photos of the celebs wearing their t-shirts for the cause inside.....
Polow da Don, his non-profit organization Foundation F.O.C.U.S., and Zone 4, Inc. have partnered to launch the FOCUS 4 LIFE campaign to build awareness and raise funds for cancer research. The campaign has a focus on 4 key pillars of Prevention, Education, Treatment and a Cure. And several celebrities posed for the FOCUS 4 LIFE campaign photo shoot to show their support of the effort.
Radio personaity Rashan Ali posed.
Laurie Ann Gibson also posed.
Keri Hilson lent her support.
Model Jessica White rocked one of the t-shirts.
And "ATL Housewife" Cynthia Bailey helped round out the list of celebs donating their time and fame.
 
In addition to celebrity support to build awareness for the cause, there are also two events on July 14th (the Power 100 Mixer Honoring Devyne Stephens, Cynthia Bailey and Shanti Das) and July 15th (Celebration 4 A Cause Fashion Show) in Atlanta, GA for the general public to get involved.
 
 

 
 
Lisa Raye McCoy Takes Over Jackson, Mississippi with TLS
Single Ladies’ star LisaRaye sported all white at a private birthday bash for TLS Management’s Tysha Stewart in Jackson, MS on Sunday night. The actress hit the dance floor with party goers and even spit a little “Joy and Pain” (Rob Base) to the birthday girl who had to move her party inside due to rain.
Stewart threw the invitation only affair one weekend after throwing a city-wide birthday bash at Freelon’s Bar and Groove with Cash Money’s Number 1 Stunna, Birdman, as her special guest.
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LISA ON THE MICLISA DANCINGT8T1
Stewart is a well-established promoter in Mississippi. Stewart’s management and consulting company, TLS Management and partner Upscale Nitelife, is largely responsible for the thriving night life in Jackson and bringing acts such as Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole, Monica, Morris Chestnut, Robin Thicke, and Chrisette Michelle to the capital city.
 
 
 
"Watch The Throne" Tracklist Revealed
Kanye West and Jay-Z released the tracklisting for their joint album Watch the Throne, due to be released on August 2nd. See the tracks inside and find out what trouble DMX has been getting into while locked up in Arizona....
We told you previously that Jay-Z hosted a party to preview his album for a small group, and now we can tell you what will be on the album. And the dup has tapped Jay's wife Beyonce, newcomer Frank Ocean, and good friend Mr. Hudson.
 
The tracks appearing on Watch The Throne (Deluxe edition), according to Hov's website, are:
1. No Church in The Wild (Feat. Frank Ocean)
2. Lift Off (Feat. Beyoncé)
3. Niggas in Paris
4. Otis (Feat. Otis Redding)
5. Gotta Have It
6. New Day
7. Prime Time
8. Who Gon Stop Me
9. Murder to Excellence
10. Welcome to The Jungle
11. Sweet Baby Jesus (Feat. Frank Ocean)
12. Love You So (Feat. Mr Hudson)
Bonus
es
13. Illest Motherfu--er Alive
14. H*A*M
15. That’s My Bi--h
16. The Joy (Feat. Curtis Mayfield)
 
The album has been a long time coming and Jay-Z admitted to MTV News that the LP is actually on its third iteration.
He said he and Kanye were looking to make a grandiose project with elaborate songs, but they felt that doing so would take away from its enjoyment.
"It's just so big and so much, you don't want that sh-- screaming in your house," Jay-Z said, referring to their early single, "H.A.M." "If we don't make records that we like and represent the culture, we would be over."
 
Are you exited about the collabo finally coming out?
 
 

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Michael Irvin: The Playmaker Preaches
NFL Hall of famer Michael Irvin talks for the first time about his gay brother and explains why he’s on a pro-gay mission from God.

It was a Friday evening in Fort Lauderdale, warm and clear, like so many that 12-year-old Michael Irvin had experienced growing up in southern Florida. He was riding in a car with his father, Walter, a roofer by trade who spent what little spare time he had operating as the local Primitive Baptist minister. The two were heading home after an errand that was a regular payday ritual: Walter would drive into town to buy cigars and then drop off money with Michael’s grandmother to help with her bills. It was the late 1970s, a time of strife in America, and young Michael had already seen a lot in his low-income neighborhood. But nothing prepared him for what happened next.

As Walter drove up Northwest 27th Avenue, about to turn onto 16th Street, his son noticed a man who looked just like his older brother, Vaughn, walking away from their house toward “all the craziness in the ’hood,” Irvin remembers. It couldn’t be Vaughn: “This man was wearing women’s clothes.” But it was. “My brother had a very distinctive walk,” he says.

Irvin couldn’t believe his eyes. He turned to his father. “My dad looked back at me and said, ‘Yes, that’s your brother. And you love your brother.’ ”
That was it. Irvin, who went on to become one of football’s greatest players, as well as the epitome of the troublemaking macho NFL stereotype, would never again discuss the issue with his father. “Whether Vaughn and my father later spoke about it, I don’t know. But it wasn’t something that was ever discussed among the family,” says Irvin, speaking for the first time about the gay older brother he idolized.

Walter Irvin’s message was simple: Michael was supposed to love his brother unconditionally, no matter what he looked like or who he was. But, still, the discovery was a shock that haunted Irvin as he grew into one of college football’s most feted stars. He worried that people would find out about Vaughn and bring shame upon the family. Most of all, he worried that he was gay. He kept his brother’s secret while winning a national championship with the University of Miami in 1987 (he scored a winning touchdown with a 73-yard catch during that season) and leading the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s. Irvin was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 2010, NFL .com named him one of the 100 greatest football players in history.

Meanwhile, he developed a reputation as a reckless, self-destructive celebrity who polarized public opinion like no other athlete of his generation. Irvin was a great player with a big mouth and a nasty streak, a man with a penchant for fast living. He made it a point to parade his female conquests past his teammates. Although he’s been married to his wife, Sandy, since 1990, Irvin made what he calls “mistakes” throughout his Cowboys career.

“Growing up, whoever had the most women and the nicest car, he was the man,” he says. “So when you get in the locker room, you remember that. I’m gonna get all the girls so that everybody says, ‘Michael’s the man.’ ”
In 1996, Irvin was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. He arrived in court wearing a full-length mink coat to plead no contest. The NFL suspended him five games. In 2000, he was arrested on possession charges in the company of a woman who was not his wife. The charges were later dropped. In 2005, he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. He claimed the items were those of a friend. ESPN, his employer at the time, suspended him.

Now, after working through some of his personal demons with his long-time bishop, T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House church in Dallas, Texas, Irvin is ready to talk about Vaughn. More than that, he’s become a passionate supporter of gay athletes and equal rights for same-sex couples. Today, Irvin is a widely respected football commentator with weekly appearances on the NFL Network. He hosts The Michael Irvin Show on Miami’s WQAM with former World Football League player Kevin Kiley. For two years, the pair has delved into gay issues; in recent months, they have turned their attention to the subject of athletes, coaches, and team executives coming out of the closet. Now, Irvin is waiting for the day when America has its first openly gay active athlete in one of the top four professional sports leagues.

“If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him,” says Irvin. “That’s why I do my radio show every day. When these issues come out, I want to have a voice to speak about them. I think growth comes when we share. Until we do that, we’re going to be stuck in the Dark Ages about a lot of things. When a guy steps up and says, ‘This is who I am,’ I guarantee you I’ll give him 100% support.”

At 45 years old, Irvin isn’t satisfied. A deeply religious man, he’s begun grappling with images of himself standing at heaven’s door. Irvin doesn’t think touchdowns are going to score him a ticket to eternity.

“The last thing I want is to go to God and have him ask, ‘What did you do?’ And I talk about winning Super Bowls and national titles,” Irvin says. “I didn’t do anything to make it a better world before I left? That would be scary.”

Irvin studies the Bible and attends church every Sunday when he’s not on TV. During his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2007, he mentioned his wife, Sandy, twice; he mentioned his pro coaches, Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson, once each; and he referenced God 14 times. The theme song for his radio show is Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.”

As he approached the end of his football career, and as legal troubles piled up, Irvin searched deep within himself to understand the life choices he had made. Together with Jakes, whom Irvin considers his “spiritual father,” he searched for the root cause of his drug abuse and womanizing, and they revisited the car ride with his father more than 30 years earlier. That, Irvin now realizes, was a major turning point in his life.

Growing up, Irvin greatly admired his brother Vaughn, who was a successful bank manager while still living in “the ’hood,” says Irvin. That success made him “God” in his younger brother’s eyes. “He was the smartest, most charismatic man I’d ever seen in my life. We would all say, ‘Can you believe -- white people put Vaughn in charge of all that money?!’ ” The boys had similar personalities: Both were gregarious and got along with just about everyone. As the 15th child of 17, Irvin wore Vaughn’s hand-me-downs as a boy, and they grew up in close quarters. Even as Irvin kept the secret of Vaughn’s sexual orientation, he remained close to him until Vaughn died of stomach cancer at the age of 49 in 2006
Homosexuality wasn’t exactly an issue that could be discussed in the football locker room, either -- unless, of course, it was in the form of the homophobic bile rife among his colleagues and friends. As Irvin’s national profile grew, he subconsciously distanced himself further from his brother’s sexuality.

“We went back to that day,” Irvin says of the car ride in Fort Lauderdale, “and through it all, we realized maybe some of the issues I’ve had with so many women—just bringing women around so everybody can see—maybe that’s residual of the fear I had that, if my brother is wearing ladies’ clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic? I’m certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why I was making these decisions, and that came up.”

Years with this secret have given Irvin a glimpse into the solitary confinement so many closeted athletes feel locked inside.

“I’m not gay, but I was afraid to even let anyone have the thought. I can only imagine the agony—being a prisoner in your own mind -- for someone who wants to come out. If I’m not gay and I am afraid to mention it, I can only imagine what an athlete must be going through if he is gay.”

And yet, Irvin says, 15 years ago his champion team would have accepted a gay teammate on one condition: that the player could play. Winning was all that mattered.

“I believe, if a teammate had said he was gay, we would have integrated him and kept moving because of the closeness.” As a leader in the locker room, it would have been Irvin’s job to keep the team together, first and foremost. And if that job called for him to support a gay teammate and share his connection, he thinks he could have. “We had a bunch of different characters on that team. Deoin [Sanders] and Emmitt [Smith]. I believe that team would have handled it well.”

The quarterback of Irvin’s all-conquering team was Troy Aikman, infamously “outed” by sportswriter Skip Bayless in his 1996 book, Hell-Bent. Bayless wrote, “I had heard the rumor since 1991. An off-duty Dallas police officer who traveled with the Cowboys and worked security at their hotels first told me that the ‘word on the street’ was that Aikman was gay. Over the next four years, I heard the rumor from two more police officers who worked around the team, and I know they mentioned it to team officials.”

Did Irvin and his teammates discuss Aikman’s sexuality? Irvin pauses for a while before answering, “No, we didn’t. I didn’t think Troy was gay, but even if he had been, I think we could have handled it. Would it have affected the team? No sir. I was going to make sure of that.”

Irvin is certain that, in light of today’s relatively more enlightened attitudes, a team would have no choice but to embrace their gay teammate. He also notes that his 2009 appearance on Dancing With the Stars would never have happened 10 years ago, when he was still embodying the macho stereotype. “No way, man. I could not have done that kind of thing before.” (He made it to seventh place on the contest, but says it was tough: “There’s a difference between being quick on your toes on the field and going heel-to-toe on the dance floor.”)

So now that society has loosened up, is it wrong for a gay player to hide his sexuality, or is he still entitled to his privacy? “I think it’s his own preference, who he wants to share that with. But I would like to see players come forward and be happy with who they are.

“Hopefully, as we move forward, we’ll get to a place where there’s no way it’s even considered; it just is what it is and everybody can do what they do. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Irvin wants to eradicate homophobia in every corner of American society. He points to churches that have skewed the word of God to persecute those who don’t share their dogma; he shakes his head at the black culture he says has gone adrift in a sea of homophobia; and he said it’s time to end the second class–citizen status of gays in the eyes of the law.

“I don’t see how any African-American with any inkling of history can say that you don’t have the right to live your life how you want to live your life. No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality and everybody being treated equally, I don’t want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn’t deserve equality.”

Love him or hate him, Michael Irvin doesn’t care. He’s on a mission. He hopes opening closet doors for gay people will be a key chapter in his life story. “I have to make sure we do things to bring people together. The Super Bowls will be the footnotes on my resume.”

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Man Behind $900 Million Appraisal Of Michael Jackson's Art Might Not Be Credible
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 The "certified art appraiser" quoted about the trove's $900 million valuation is, in fact, not a member of the International Society of Art Appraisers, as Star Magazine reported. "He is not and has never been a member," Sara Porter, ISA's membership and operations coordinator, told ARTINFO.
According to Star, Jackson family lawyers are attempting to block the $87.7 million sale of a collection of Michael Jackson's artwork, which includes sculptures and sketches by the King of Pop himself. The sale is being pushed forward by Brett-Livingston Strong, a friend and artistic mentor to Jackson. While Strong has a letter from Jackson's manager gifting the artwork to the artist, Star reports that legal experts are concerned the document may be a fake.
 
But now, it's not only the letter that may be fraudulent. The tabloid reported that in "an astonishing appraisal of the 182-pieces, obtained exclusively by Star, the 'rare intact major collection' was valued at a whopping $902.52 million." It then quotes Eric Finzi, "a certified member of the International Society of Appraisers": "I do not think we have begun to see the true value of this fine art yet."
 
The later quote also comes from "a document obtained by the magazine." Reading closely, the Star does not explicitly state that this is the same mysterious document containing the $900 million value, though it is heavily implied. There is no ambiguity, however, with regard to Finzi's membership in the ISA: "He is not a member," Porter repeated.
 
What are the consequences for posing as a member of the ISA? According to Porter, as a first step the organization will send a letter from a lawyer demanding the offender cease posing as a certified appraiser. "We will be contacting him," she said of Finzi.
 
 

AND NOW A WORD FROM MATTHEW KNOWLES: “I never stole from my daughter”
Beyonce's Dad Caught Mathew Stealing?
According to a new lawsuit filed by Mathew Knowles, Live Nation alerted Beyonce to Mathew's skimming money from her concert tours and after hiring an auditor to investigate Beyonce dumped Mathew. Mathew blames Live Nation for his firing, not his stealing...
 
In the documents -- obtained by TMZ -- Mathew Knowles claims Live Nation Entertainment wanted desperately to sink its fangs into Beyonce's 2011 world tour. According to the docs, Mathew claims Live Nation told Beyonce that Mathew "had stolen money from Beyonce on her most recent tour or otherwise taken funds that [he] was not entitled to."
Mathew claims Live Nation was effective, because Beyonce had her law firm conduct an audit, and the law firm concluded Mathew had indeed pilfered money from her. Beyonce then fired him.
Mathew claims after he was canned, Beyonce hired a manager who had worked as a former exec at Live Nation and maintained a relationship with the company.
 
Mathew insists the theft accusations by Live Nation are false, and he wants the judge to give him the right to take depositions of various people at Live Nation, to determine just how they concluded he was a thief.



POLICE DOCUMENT INSIDE* Nicki Minaj Hit In The Face With A Suitcase By "Unidentified Male"

As Nicki Minaj spent her morning denying reports that she was hit in the lower lip by a mystery male in their hotel room in Dallas over the weekend, the police report has just been unveiled. And as we predicted it proves a physical altercation indeed took place.

Check out what really went down and the police report inside...
Reports flew yesterday that 28-year-old Nicki Minaj and an "unidentified male" got into a hostile argument that started at their hotel pool and ended in the hotel room they were sharing. Nicki did not want to press charges, but the police were called and a report was taken.
Nicki denied any altercation took place. And while she may not have been punched in the face with a fist, according to recently revealed docs, she did tell Dallas police on the evening of July 11th that she was indeed hit in the face with a suitcase by said male at Hotel Palomar.

Now, the police report, gathered by the Dallas Observer, details that once Nicki and the mystery man took the argument back to the room, she "told him she didn't want him taking anything out of the room." The male's suitcase and personal belongings were in the room. Then, as he was packing his suitcase up, he "shoved the suitcase across [Nicki's] chin and lower lip."

Other sources report another part of the police report state that Nicki's teeth cut the inside of her lower lip once hit with the suitcase, causing it to bleed.
Despite her rumored boyfriend and hype man Safaree tweeting that same night he was poolside as well, he's claiming now that he has never and will never hit a woman. And the media is "bogus" for reporting this "false story." Well police reports rarely, if ever, lie. And he's well aware the mystery man sounds a lot like him.
And whether you're hit with a hand or hit with a suitcase, and no charges filed, this ish aint ok. Especially when you claim to be THE role model for young girls and "barbz." Just sayin'....

Story still developing....
 
 
 
Lil Kim As Black Barbie

A big Happy Birthday goes out to Lil Kim who celebrated her birthday on Monday. In a recent promo shoot, she poses as a black Barbie, shot by New York based photographer Michael Antonio.


 
Michael Irvin: The Playmaker Preaches
NFL Hall of famer Michael Irvin talks for the first time about his gay brother and explains why he’s on a pro-gay mission from God.

It was a Friday evening in Fort Lauderdale, warm and clear, like so many that 12-year-old Michael Irvin had experienced growing up in southern Florida. He was riding in a car with his father, Walter, a roofer by trade who spent what little spare time he had operating as the local Primitive Baptist minister. The two were heading home after an errand that was a regular payday ritual: Walter would drive into town to buy cigars and then drop off money with Michael’s grandmother to help with her bills. It was the late 1970s, a time of strife in America, and young Michael had already seen a lot in his low-income neighborhood. But nothing prepared him for what happened next.

As Walter drove up Northwest 27th Avenue, about to turn onto 16th Street, his son noticed a man who looked just like his older brother, Vaughn, walking away from their house toward “all the craziness in the ’hood,” Irvin remembers. It couldn’t be Vaughn: “This man was wearing women’s clothes.” But it was. “My brother had a very distinctive walk,” he says.

Irvin couldn’t believe his eyes. He turned to his father. “My dad looked back at me and said, ‘Yes, that’s your brother. And you love your brother.’ ”
That was it. Irvin, who went on to become one of football’s greatest players, as well as the epitome of the troublemaking macho NFL stereotype, would never again discuss the issue with his father. “Whether Vaughn and my father later spoke about it, I don’t know. But it wasn’t something that was ever discussed among the family,” says Irvin, speaking for the first time about the gay older brother he idolized.


Walter Irvin’s message was simple: Michael was supposed to love his brother unconditionally, no matter what he looked like or who he was. But, still, the discovery was a shock that haunted Irvin as he grew into one of college football’s most feted stars. He worried that people would find out about Vaughn and bring shame upon the family. Most of all, he worried that he was gay. He kept his brother’s secret while winning a national championship with the University of Miami in 1987 (he scored a winning touchdown with a 73-yard catch during that season) and leading the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s. Irvin was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 2010, NFL .com named him one of the 100 greatest football players in history.

Meanwhile, he developed a reputation as a reckless, self-destructive celebrity who polarized public opinion like no other athlete of his generation. Irvin was a great player with a big mouth and a nasty streak, a man with a penchant for fast living. He made it a point to parade his female conquests past his teammates. Although he’s been married to his wife, Sandy, since 1990, Irvin made what he calls “mistakes” throughout his Cowboys career.

“Growing up, whoever had the most women and the nicest car, he was the man,” he says. “So when you get in the locker room, you remember that. I’m gonna get all the girls so that everybody says, ‘Michael’s the man.’ ”
In 1996, Irvin was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. He arrived in court wearing a full-length mink coat to plead no contest. The NFL suspended him five games. In 2000, he was arrested on possession charges in the company of a woman who was not his wife. The charges were later dropped. In 2005, he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. He claimed the items were those of a friend. ESPN, his employer at the time, suspended him.

Now, after working through some of his personal demons with his long-time bishop, T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House church in Dallas, Texas, Irvin is ready to talk about Vaughn. More than that, he’s become a passionate supporter of gay athletes and equal rights for same-sex couples. Today, Irvin is a widely respected football commentator with weekly appearances on the NFL Network. He hosts The Michael Irvin Show on Miami’s WQAM with former World Football League player Kevin Kiley. For two years, the pair has delved into gay issues; in recent months, they have turned their attention to the subject of athletes, coaches, and team executives coming out of the closet. Now, Irvin is waiting for the day when America has its first openly gay active athlete in one of the top four professional sports leagues.

“If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him,” says Irvin. “That’s why I do my radio show every day. When these issues come out, I want to have a voice to speak about them. I think growth comes when we share. Until we do that, we’re going to be stuck in the Dark Ages about a lot of things. When a guy steps up and says, ‘This is who I am,’ I guarantee you I’ll give him 100% support.”


At 45 years old, Irvin isn’t satisfied. A deeply religious man, he’s begun grappling with images of himself standing at heaven’s door. Irvin doesn’t think touchdowns are going to score him a ticket to eternity.

“The last thing I want is to go to God and have him ask, ‘What did you do?’ And I talk about winning Super Bowls and national titles,” Irvin says. “I didn’t do anything to make it a better world before I left? That would be scary.”

Irvin studies the Bible and attends church every Sunday when he’s not on TV. During his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in 2007, he mentioned his wife, Sandy, twice; he mentioned his pro coaches, Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson, once each; and he referenced God 14 times. The theme song for his radio show is Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.”

As he approached the end of his football career, and as legal troubles piled up, Irvin searched deep within himself to understand the life choices he had made. Together with Jakes, whom Irvin considers his “spiritual father,” he searched for the root cause of his drug abuse and womanizing, and they revisited the car ride with his father more than 30 years earlier. That, Irvin now realizes, was a major turning point in his life.

Growing up, Irvin greatly admired his brother Vaughn, who was a successful bank manager while still living in “the ’hood,” says Irvin. That success made him “God” in his younger brother’s eyes. “He was the smartest, most charismatic man I’d ever seen in my life. We would all say, ‘Can you believe -- white people put Vaughn in charge of all that money?!’ ” The boys had similar personalities: Both were gregarious and got along with just about everyone. As the 15th child of 17, Irvin wore Vaughn’s hand-me-downs as a boy, and they grew up in close quarters. Even as Irvin kept the secret of Vaughn’s sexual orientation, he remained close to him until Vaughn died of stomach cancer at the age of 49 in 2006
Homosexuality wasn’t exactly an issue that could be discussed in the football locker room, either -- unless, of course, it was in the form of the homophobic bile rife among his colleagues and friends. As Irvin’s national profile grew, he subconsciously distanced himself further from his brother’s sexuality.

“We went back to that day,” Irvin says of the car ride in Fort Lauderdale, “and through it all, we realized maybe some of the issues I’ve had with so many women—just bringing women around so everybody can see—maybe that’s residual of the fear I had that, if my brother is wearing ladies’ clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic? I’m certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why I was making these decisions, and that came up.”

Years with this secret have given Irvin a glimpse into the solitary confinement so many closeted athletes feel locked inside.

“I’m not gay, but I was afraid to even let anyone have the thought. I can only imagine the agony—being a prisoner in your own mind -- for someone who wants to come out. If I’m not gay and I am afraid to mention it, I can only imagine what an athlete must be going through if he is gay.”

And yet, Irvin says, 15 years ago his champion team would have accepted a gay teammate on one condition: that the player could play. Winning was all that mattered.

“I believe, if a teammate had said he was gay, we would have integrated him and kept moving because of the closeness.” As a leader in the locker room, it would have been Irvin’s job to keep the team together, first and foremost. And if that job called for him to support a gay teammate and share his connection, he thinks he could have. “We had a bunch of different characters on that team. Deoin [Sanders] and Emmitt [Smith]. I believe that team would have handled it well.”

The quarterback of Irvin’s all-conquering team was Troy Aikman, infamously “outed” by sportswriter Skip Bayless in his 1996 book, Hell-Bent. Bayless wrote, “I had heard the rumor since 1991. An off-duty Dallas police officer who traveled with the Cowboys and worked security at their hotels first told me that the ‘word on the street’ was that Aikman was gay. Over the next four years, I heard the rumor from two more police officers who worked around the team, and I know they mentioned it to team officials.”

Did Irvin and his teammates discuss Aikman’s sexuality? Irvin pauses for a while before answering, “No, we didn’t. I didn’t think Troy was gay, but even if he had been, I think we could have handled it. Would it have affected the team? No sir. I was going to make sure of that.”

Irvin is certain that, in light of today’s relatively more enlightened attitudes, a team would have no choice but to embrace their gay teammate. He also notes that his 2009 appearance on Dancing With the Stars would never have happened 10 years ago, when he was still embodying the macho stereotype. “No way, man. I could not have done that kind of thing before.” (He made it to seventh place on the contest, but says it was tough: “There’s a difference between being quick on your toes on the field and going heel-to-toe on the dance floor.”)

So now that society has loosened up, is it wrong for a gay player to hide his sexuality, or is he still entitled to his privacy? “I think it’s his own preference, who he wants to share that with. But I would like to see players come forward and be happy with who they are.

“Hopefully, as we move forward, we’ll get to a place where there’s no way it’s even considered; it just is what it is and everybody can do what they do. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Irvin wants to eradicate homophobia in every corner of American society. He points to churches that have skewed the word of God to persecute those who don’t share their dogma; he shakes his head at the black culture he says has gone adrift in a sea of homophobia; and he said it’s time to end the second class–citizen status of gays in the eyes of the law.

“I don’t see how any African-American with any inkling of history can say that you don’t have the right to live your life how you want to live your life. No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality and everybody being treated equally, I don’t want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn’t deserve equality.”

Love him or hate him, Michael Irvin doesn’t care. He’s on a mission. He hopes opening closet doors for gay people will be a key chapter in his life story. “I have to make sure we do things to bring people together. The Super Bowls will be the footnotes on my resume.”

TOTAL OVAHNESS! BRAVO!!!
 
 
 

Celebs Attend Monica & Shannon Brown’s Wedding
 
 
Shannon Brown and his groomsmen…
 
 
Monica and Shannon Brown held their lavish second wedding at Vibiana, a renovated 19th century cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. The bride wore a Stephan Roland gown, People magazine reported. Guests were asked to wear shades of blue.
 
The wedding ceremony was followed by a reception where they were treated to a three-course sit-down dinner at tables decorated with centerpieces of hydrangea and roses. Afterwards, hamburgers from Fatburger were grilled for guests under a tent.
LaLa VasQuezKareem Abdul Jabar

Monica and Shannon were married last November in a private ceremony and this ceremony was for family and friends. The guests is said to be around 300.
Guests were asked to check their cell phones so there are no photos of the couple from the ceremony. Those will most likely show up in a magazine.
CONGRATS to Monica and Shannon!
 
 
 
BOW WOW…You’re NOT the father…On paper that is………
Bow Wow's baby mama was so pissed that he was MIA during the birth of their baby, and the days that followed -- she 86'd him from the baby's birth certificate.
 
According to TMZ Bow.Wow. wasn't there for her when she went under the knife for an emergency C-section on April 27. And if Bow Wow's excuse was squeamishness, it didn't explain his absence in the days that followed.
He finally showed up on the 6th day of the baby's life, to take them home.
Pissed as she was, Joie tells us Bow Wow has turned it around and now is all about baby Shai.
 
Joie says she's now willing to let bygones be bygones and put Bow Wow on the document, but it's going to take a judge to make that happen…
 
But wait now she claiming she never gave TMZ any interview and she is mad as hell. She told Global Grind: "I wasn't going to address this because I'm tired of all the drama but I DID not take my daughters birth certificate to TMZ, nor did I contact them for an interview. I was put in an uncomfortable spot. They practically backed me into a corner saying they were going to run a story anyway."
 
"I was asked a question, answered it truthfully and somehow my words were twisted and manipulated," she continued. "I in no way wish to speak badly of my child's father and I would definitely not leak my daughter's birth certificate which I myself don't even have in my possession!"
 
Well who’s lying? But I will say this out of all gossip…TMZ is almost the bible of biz and rarely ever get anything wrong. So we shall see who’s lying….stay tuned!
 
 
 
 
Joe’s Back in Action: His Mission is to Save R&B
 
*After two years of keeping a low profile, singer Joe is ready to release his ninth studio album called “The Good, The Bad, The Sexy.”
“This is a great album, more mainstream,” Joe tells Singersroom. “Different from ‘Signature’ completely. It’s really more mainstream, and still a mix between mainstream and that classic Joe.”
He doesn’t anticipate a huge new fan base, at least those who are into the pop and the dance sound R&B is generating these days.
“I wouldn’t say it’s more dancing. My first single, I would say, is more on the dance side. [But] I wouldn’t say dance because when you say dance nowadays, you’re going more European. Usher’s done a few dance records now, and quite a few [other artists] have too. Everyone’s pretty much going that dance route,” the singer explains. “But if it doesn’t fit me or my style, I just think my fans would be utterly disappointed in me going that direction. So I tried to give them something of what they’re used to and something they haven’t heard before just to spark them up a little.”
 
The singer expressed his true feelings about music these days, saying it’s taken a turn in a direction R&B was never to take. He says it sounds more mainstream and blends with Pop. But he did lament that he understands that people are just trying to get their hustle on and “ride the wave.”
It’s a struggle out here to continue to do what you do, [which] becomes monotonous to people’s thinking. I can’t really say who is really holding it down like that because it’s a struggle for all of us in the R&B game to deliver good music, remain honest, do what you’re doing, and be successful at it as well.”
 
 
 
Do Not Walk Away From Bobby Brown When He's Talking To You
 
A waitress in New York tried to walk away from Bobby Brown in the middle of their conversation and Bobby snatched her by her ponytail...And on top of that it was fake?
Bobby Brown caused a ruckus at DJ Cassidy's 30th birthday party on the USS Intrepid by pulling a waitress's hair when she walked away from him as they were talking.

R&B bad-boy Brown got into a tangle with the catering staffer before he performed with his '80s band New Edition at Cassidy's celebrity-packed birthday bash onboard the aircraft carrier Wednesday night.
 
A source told us, "During the band's sound check earlier that evening, Bobby was talking to one of the waitresses, but she walked away from the conversation before he was finished talking. Then Bobby pulled her ponytail. She complained to her bosses, and Intrepid security called event organizers."
 
 

Khloe Kardashian plays Mommy!
 
Khloe Kardashian was spotted out to lunch with husband Lamar Odom's daughter Destiny and his son Lamar Jr. in Malibu.
The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star took the kids for lunch and then got them some shaved ice to top off the hot day.
The kids seem to be having a lot of fun with Khloe this summer.

A few days ago the whole family went to Universal Studios.
 
 
 
Tiger Woods: Switching Management Companies
 
He scheduled a press appointment to make a big announcement, but Tiger Woods' news really wasn’t that amazing.
The golf pro shared that he and his agent Mark Steinberg had left International Management Group and signed with Excel Sports Management.
As for his health, Tiger shared that he’s laid up with a leg injury and won’t return to golf until he’s 100% ready.
"In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have competed at The Players, but it's a big event, and I wanted to be there to support the tour. I've got to learn from what I did
there and do it right this time and not come back until I'm ready. I think my best years are still ahead of me, and I'm very confident and optimistic about the future."
 
 
 
No More Celebrity Rehab for Dr Drew
 
If you are watching the current season of Celebrity Rehab you should make it last awhile, because there probably will not be any more seasons of the show. Probably a good thing. I tried to watch the first couple episodes and was trying to process the fact that Michael Lohan and Dr. Drew appear to be friends and that if you do enough heroin in your life, it is very tough to understand a word you are saying. Yes, I am talking to you Steven Adler. Do not even get me started on Bai Ling. This was probably not the best career move she ever made. Prior to the show people thought she was kooky which is good and still gets you roles and work. She does not come across well on the show at all.
Apparently the show will be no more because Dr. Drew has got some higher paying gigs coming his way so will leave the D listers and their problems to therapists who won't televise everything. If Dr. Drew crashes and burns on his other shows though he will be back to helping them.
 
 
 
Aretha Franklin Still Hoping for Halle Berry to Star in Biopic
'She let me know that she still wants to play the role.'
 
*Aretha Franklin, along with countless others, has been long attached through her music to the Civil Rights Movement, hope and freedom. In a recent interview, the Queen of Soul described those times, the era of social change.
“In those early days, myself, Mr. Harry Belafonte and a young gospel singer with a terrific voice by the name of Queen Esther Marrow, did concerts with Dr. Martin Luther King,” she told McCleans magazine. “I was a teenage girl then, so naturally I was in awe of Dr. King and listened carefully to every word that he said. At that time, Respect became a civil rights anthem.”
 
The singer really shows her off her boldness in her recently released 38th studio album “A Woman Falling Out of Love” with a remixed sound on a track called “Sweet Sixteen” which was originally recorded by B.B. King.
Also on the album, fans can find the recorded “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” she sang at President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony.
“When I recorded the song, I thought of that great, powerful moment. Who could forget it? It will never happen again in history-he paved the way,” she says proudly. Asked how she feels Obama’s team is doing so far, Franklin answers in a protective tone. “I think that he has been doing the very best that he can, with everything that can be done with what was left when he came into office. You see, the country was having problems long before he got there.”
Further, she talked about the lead role in her biopic.
“I do have approval over who is going to play me,” she says. “Ms. [Jennifer] Hudson and Fantasia are two of the people being considered but Halle Berry is back in the game!” she says excitedly. “I just saw her at the curtain of Oprah’s farewell event and she let me know that she still wants to play the role and she didn’t know that she wasn’t expected to sing. I told her, ‘No, we never expected you to sing, we already knew you weren’t a singer!’ However, I do think she could pull it off.”
 
 
 
Kelly Rowland, Sheree’ Whitfield & More ‘Up in Da Club’ In Miami…

 
Kelly Rowland and Fan
 
Kelly Rowland played host at The 400 Club in Miami Saturday night (July 9, 2011) and she looks amazing (as usual), however things didn’t pan out as planned.
Kelly’s chart topper “Motivation” playing in the background shoulda been all Kellz needed to put a smile on her face, but apparently she felt ‘some kinda way’ when she realized she’d signed up for ’40 and up’ night…. (the horror!)
Details…
According to Freshalina over at the land of Crunk…
 
Kelly Rowland and Marmaduke Sheree Whitfield of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ smiled for a quick photo op as the “Motivation” singer hooked up with The 400 Club to host Cameo in Miami Beach on Saturday.

Insiders say that Kizzy was scheduled (read: paid) to perform but pulled her diva card instead, alleging that someone had “made her mad.”
A check is a check, but they shoulda at least let the girl know it was geriatric night in the club!
Kelly seems shocked as hell by who she saw next…
 
Robert Townsend?!?!
LOL!!!
 
 
 
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Lights $100 Bill ... ON FIRE…Really?

 
A recession-proof Floyd Mayweather Jr. literally has money to burn -- and proved it by setting a $100 bill on FIRE inside an Atlanta nightclub last weekend.
Floyd was partying with Lil Kim and Gucci Mane at the Velvet Room during the conflagration Sunday night -- and we're told, there were plenty more bills where that came from ... Floyd was rolling with STACKS of hundreds.
 
We should mention: it's illegal to burn money ... so if the Feds decide to pursue an investigation, Floyd could face up to six months behind bars, and, ironically, a $100 fine.
Fighting inflation, one bill at a time….what a damn idiot this dude is. You can take some of out of the ghetto. But with some the ghetto stays within!
 
 
 
Halle Berry Doesn't Let Intruder Dampen Her Day
 
Heading out to pick up her little lady from school, Halle Berry was spotted in Beverly Hills, CA
The “Catwoman” beauty looked cute and casual in cropped sweats, a white tank and military hat as she carried her too-cute tot to their nearby car.
Wearing a big smile on her face, Halle's cheerful mood comes after she had quite the scare over the weekend when she noticed a man holding some sort of book staring at her through her kitchen window.
After running to the phone and calling for help, an LAPD helicopter circled Berry’s home for nearly an hour on the lookout for the trespasser.
 
A number of police officers scanned the area as well, but the hunt for the man is still on. The police believe the suspect is an obsessed fan.
 
 
 
Jill Scott’s Looking for Talent in ‘Opening Act Competition’
 
*Jilly from Philly, Miss Jill Scott, is hitting the road soon with her “Summer Block Party Tour” to support her chart-topping new hit CD, “Light of the Sun.”
However, even though she has a supporting cast that includes Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, Dwele, and Jon B., something is still missing. That something could be you … if you’ve got the skills.
You see, the Grammy winning R&B songstress has partnered with MySpace Music and the Budweiser Superfest to get undiscovered singers to submit an a capella video for their chance to join the concert lineup.
In addition to singing on the same stage as Jill and the others we previously mentioned, the winner will walk away with a $25,000 cash prize!
Online entries can be submitted on the Budweiser Superfest website www.myspace.com/budweiseropeningact
 
Something tells me I don’t have to tell you to go for it!
BTW, here’s the itenerary for the “Summer Block Party Tour”:
July 2011
26 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
28 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
30 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
31 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
 
 
August 2011
3 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
4 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis
6 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
7 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
10 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
14 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
17 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
19 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
23 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
24 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
27 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
28 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena at Reliant Park
 
 
 
 
AND THE RIHANNAMANIA CONTINUES: Rihanna Chosen As The New Face Of Emporio Armani Underwear And Armani Jeans
 
Rihanna continues to line her pockets by landing one lucrative endorsement deal after another. This go round, she's been chosen to be the face of the latest campaigns for Armani Underwear and Armani jeans.
 
Giorgio Armani announced that Rihanna will be the new global ambassador for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans's autumn/winter 2011-12 campaign.
RiRi recently shot photos for the campaign in New York, which will be launched worldwide in September.
 
Congrats on your modeling gigs RiRi!
 
 
 
John Singleton & Wesley Jonathan at The 400 Club Fridays at Dolce
 John Singleton is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer that is best known for his implications of inner-city violence. This implication was displayed in the popular hood film Boyz n the Hood featuring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, and Morris Chestnut. More of his popular films are Baby Boy, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers. After John Singleton got a taste of the 400 Life at Mansion Nightclub he hosted The 400 Club Fridays at Dolce Ultra Lounge on South Beach with special guest Wesley Jonathan. Wesley is best known for his two main roles in the series City Guys and What I Like About You. Check out the pics courtesy of 400life.com
 
Wesley Jonathan and Simply Jess at The 400 Club Fridays
 
Lorenzo ‘Ice Tea’ Thomas and Wesley Jonathan at Dolce Ultra Lounge
 
John Singleton and Simply Jess Living the 400 Life at Dolce on South Beach
 
Nice!
 
 
 
More Harry Potter MADNESS! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” NYC Premiere!
 
It’s one of the biggest movies of the year, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” held its premiere in New York City And of course, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint were all on hand at the Lincoln Center to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
 Also joining in on the “Harry Potter” premiere was co-star Tom Felton, along with "Sex and the City" actress Sarah Jessica Parker and family and "Modern Family" cutie Sarah Hyland.

In a recent interview, Radcliffe shared that he may follow in Emma Watson’s footsteps and pursue higher education now that his “Potter” days are over.
 
"I watch a huge amount of stuff on the Discovery Channel and have started considering doing an Open University course because I'm becoming more and more fascinated by archaeology.
So yes, as sad as I am to say goodbye to Harry, I'm really excited to see what the future holds."
 
 
 
Lady Gaga Spiraling Out of Control
 A new tell-all book plans to blow the lid off Lady Gaga's self destructive behavior.
Lady Gaga has been branded 'sick' and 'obsessed' in an explosive new tell-all which documents her alleged drug abuse and dangerous diet.
In a revealing interview with Star Magazine, investigative journalist Ian Halperin has made startling allegations about the wacky performer, insisting she is a walking time bomb.
 
"Those who have worked with her on tour reported to me that Gaga barely ate for weeks at a time to fit into her costume," said Halperin, who has spent 12 months investigating Gaga for his book.
"She is sick and obsessed with her weight. One friend told me, Gaga will stare at herself in the mirror for hours on end, analyzing and critiquing her body. It's an unhealthy obsession."
And while most people believe her outrageous outfits and heavy makeup are just part of her act, Halperin says there is a more sinister reason behind her look.
"Her lupus is far worse than she lets on," he said of the disease, which Gaga has admitted to having. "Part of the reason she wears wigs and makeup is because her hair is falling out and she's covered in red blotches, both side effects of the disease."
But her weight and her health are not her only problems Halperin claims. "Her drug use started young. From heroin to cocaine and ecstasy, her friends say that she has done every drug conceivable. You name it she has done it.
"She's morphed into this caricature called Lady Gaga, who isn't even a real person. The girl known as Stefi to her friends and family has all but disappeared."
Halperin has already penned biographies of Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is also famous for predicting the King of Pop's death.
 
 
 
Denzel Pays Delfonics from his Own Pocket after Club Snafu
 All Denzel Washington wanted to do was see one of his favorite groups perform.
He and other devotees of the Delfonics, including Debbie Allen and her sister Phylicia Rashad, came out to a club in Los Angeles recently where the legendary group was on a bill with other crooners from the era.
Washington arrived for his trip down memory lane, only to find out that the Delfonics would not be taking the stage.
In the exclusive audio below, Delfonics singer Norman Carter, who was pinch-hitting for original lead William Hart that night, explains how the Oscar winning actor became Capt. Save-A-Show by reaching deep into his own pocket to handle what the promoters that night did not…and still haven’t.
 
Audio: Norman Carter of the Delfonics on Denzel Washington’s Surprise
http://soundcloud.com/cherienic/norman-carter-of-the-delfonics
 
 
 

AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPIN AT WALMART” FILES
“The Bow Tie Bandit”
 
Is there anything more classy than a black tie event? I didn’t think so.

 

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Nicki Minaj PUNCHED By A Man At Dallas Hotel....Claims They're Not In A Relationship...And She's NOT Pressing Charges!

Something ain't sounding all the way right. Nicki Minaj was allegedly punched in the lower lip by a man after a hostile argument at a Dallas hotel yesterday.
And she's NOT pressing charges for some reason…..WTF???

TMZ reports Nicki got into a heated argument with an "unidentified man"...who she confirms she was staying with...while at poolside at a hotel in Dallas yesterday. Apparently, the verbal smackdown led to a physical one once the two got back tot he room. And the man punched Nicki in her lower lip.

Nicki told a hotel employee to call the police before both she and the "unidentified man" headed to their room after a big argument poolside:
Nicki told a hotel employee to call police ... while the man went to their hotel room. Nicki followed soon after.
When cops and paramedics arrived, Nicki told authorities their poolside fight continued inside of their room ... and the man hit her in her lower lip.
The man had already left the scene when cops arrived ... but Nicki insisted she did NOT want to press charges. Nicki also claimed she was NOT in a relationship with the alleged attacker.

What in the HELL? Now I know they're saying this man is "unidentified." And Nicki claims she and the man are not a couple. But they're close enough to share a room together right? Hmmm.
And...thanks to our sleuth skills...we learned her rumored boyfriend and hype man Safaree was indeed "poolside" yesterday as well. He even tweeted about it saying, "Poolside thanking god to be alive... AHHHHHHHHHHH....
And we all know she doesn't like to claim the two are a couple despite the fact everyone close to them says they are. But the real question here is....what part of the game is this when a chick who claims to be the hardest Queen Bee of all that is Holy lets ANY man touch her...and she doesn't press charges? We've seen this scenario many-a-times. What's REALLY hood here?

Gurrrrl.....



OH MISS PERRY I MEAN TYLER STOP IT!!!!
Tyler Perry Reveals He Almost Became A "Baby Daddy" In The August 2011 Issue Of "EBONY"


Tyler Perry covers the August 2011 "Black Wealth Issue" of EBONY where he reveals his definition of wealth saying,
"I've always been wealthy because I had a tremendous amount of love from my mother. She didn't have much, but she gave me Jesus."
Reflecting on his life, Tyler opened up about the 3 significant events in recent years that profoundly changed him. He said the first was that he turned 40 in September 2009. Then he lost his mother Willie Maxine Perry. And lastly, he
appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in December 2010 where he shared details about the sexual abuse he endured and the beatings/mental abuse by his father.

He added that he waited until his mother's passing before revealing the abuse.
"When my mother took her last breath, I was able to take my first because I would not be a source of pain for her as long as she was alive," he said. I didn't know how liberating it would be to sit in the pain of the moment, feel it, allow myself to squeeze it as hard as I could then let it go".

He also revealed that he is no longer angry at Spike Lee and will never be critical of him again.
"Because I saw his children and forgot that the man has kids," he said. "I'm gonna be more respectful of him and his family". "I believe Spike can do what he does and I can do what I do. We both have a voice and very different experiences in life. There's room for more than one of us in every industry, and the moment we embrace that as a society, we can get past all this stuff".

Then Tyler dropped a bomb and revealed in the issue that he almost became a baby daddy:
"Back in December" he began "when we thought we were having a kid, I got overwhelmed. "We" (the interviewer asked) Is there a woman in your life? "Yeah" he responded--smiling yet no elaborating. He says, "she is really, really special. It's the longest relationship I've been in, largely because I don't feel any kind of marry-me-now pressure from her".

The fact this "mystery woman" of his is still such a damn mystery for this long is making me think....nevermind.
I can see the next movie now, "MaDea Become A Mid-Wife." Check out Tyler's issue on stands now.
 
 

 

Chris Hansen, 'To Catch A Predator' Host, Caught Sexting:
To Catch A Predator
This week in famous people sending dirty pictures to women who aren't their wives, Chris Hansen reportedly texted and emailed explicit photos to his alleged mistress.
 
Last week, the 'To Catch A Predator' host was allegedly caught cheating on his wife by a National Enquirer investigation. The tabloid leaked video footage that apparently documents his affair with Kristyn Caddell, a Florida NBC affiliate news reporter. Hansen and his wife have two children and live in Connecticut.
 
"The candid photos were said to have been emailed to his alleged mistress Kristyn Caddell, a 30-year-old Florida journalist, only days after his first sexual encounter with her.'
According to the Enquirer, the broadcaster sent her at least two explicit images from his cell phone."
Hansen is "terrified" that the pictures will end up online.
 
"One of the images shows Chris standing in a hotel room in front of a large mirror. He's wearing only a white bathrobe that's completely open - showing off his entire chest and midsection - with one hand concealing his genitals," a source told the Enquirer.
Didn't he learn anything from this guy?
 
 

Sherwood Schwartz Dead at 94

The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island creator, Sherwood Schwartz has passed away in his sleep from natural causes, with his family by his side. He was 94.
Schwartz‘s entertainment career came “by accident”. He relocated from New York to southern California to pursue a master of science degree in biology. In need of employment, he began writing jokes for Bob Hope’s radio program, for which Schwartz’s brother, Al Schwartz, worked. Schwartz recalled that Hope “liked my jokes, used them on his show and got big laughs. Then he asked me to join his writing staff. I was faced with a major decision — writing comedy or starving to death while I cured those diseases. I made a quick career change.”
He went on to write for Ozzie Nelson’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and other radio shows.
He was a writer on the Armed Forces Radio Network before he got his big break in television.

R.I.P. Sherwood Charles Schwartz November 14, 1916 – July 12, 2011


 
 
 
Party It Up For DJ Cassidy's 30th Birthday
The fellas partied it up with a yellow-ridden DJ Cassidy at his 30th birthday party sponsored by Hennessy Black at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in NYC.
Carmelo Anthony, Swizz Beatz, and club owner Richie Akiva all kicked it in NYC last night to celebrate their homie DJ Cassidy turning the big 3-0. Swizzy and New Editon performed, plus celebs came out to party.
Kevin & Erika Liles were there.
And so were NBA baller Dahntay Jones and fiance' Valeisha Butterfield. Somebody wasn't ready for the cameras....

AJ & DJ D-Nice snapped pics with the birthday boy.

DJ's M.O.S. & Kiss showed love.
And so did Q-Tip, Russell Simmons and Grandmaster Flash.

New Edition hit the stage:
Good to see the fellas getting back to doing what they do.

Something is really off about Shontelle these days....
Hey Doug E.,Steve, Swizz and Uncle Russey!

Cassidy had some stage time with his homie Swizz Beatz.

And kicked it off stage with Tyson Beckford.
Now how did Carmelo actually pull off pink pants?
The ladies hit the carpet as well:
Jaslene, Wynter Gordon, Adrienne Bailon and Julissa Bermudez were all there.

And so was Egypt.
Fun times.
 
 
 
Andre 3000 To Play Jimy Hendrix In Biopic?
Hayley Atwell, the up-and-coming actress, who will star opposite Chris Evans in the summer blockbuster ‘Captain America’, told Esquire that her next project will be “possibly a Jimi Hendrix biopic” with Andre 3000 playing the title role.
Andre 300o has been vocally gunning for the project since 2004, seemingly to no avail.
In an interview with the Daily News seven years ago, the OutKast rapper said he was excited about portraying the two sides of Hendrix’s persona onscreen, though no project ever materialized.
 
 

President Barack Obama's father considered putting him up for adoption, says new book
President Barack Obama's father was under investigation by federal immigration officers, according to a new book by Sally Jacobs.
President Barack Obama's father was under investigation by federal immigration officers, according to a new book by Sally Jacobs. Yes, I think the life of the president's father is really interesting.
No, it's just one book in a million about the president and his past.
I'm not sure. President Obama's feckless father once considered giving up his unborn son for adoption.
The revelation that the elder Barack Obama weighed a decision that could have changed the course of U.S. history appears in a new book about his life by Boston Globe reporter Sally Jacobs.
"Subject got his USC (U.S. citizen) wife 'Hapai' (Hawaiian for pregnant)," states a memo obtained by Jacobs, which was written by a Honolulu-based U.S. immigration official.
It stated that the Kenyan student and Obama's then 18-year-old mother, Ann Dunham, are married but "they do not live together."
"Miss Dunham is making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away," the official, Lyle Dahling, wrote.
It is unclear how serious the elder Obama, then a 24-year-old sophomore at the University of Hawaii, was about giving up his son.
Both of the President's parents have passed away.
But Jacobs reports in "The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama's Father," which hits stores next week, that Barack Obama Sr. was a "playboy" and possibly a bigamist.
University and immigration officials said they were alarmed by the Kenyan's catting around - and his refusal to clarify basic things on immigration forms like whether he was born in 1934 or 1936, of whether he had another wife in Africa.
 
When the randy student tied the knot with Dunham in 1961, school administrators redoubled their efforts to find out the truth.
His student advisor, Sumi McCabe, told immigration officials that Barack Obama Sr. "has been running around with several girls since he first arrived here."
McCabe "cautioned him about his playboy ways," Dahling wrote in his memoir. Obama "replied that he would 'try' to stay away from the girls."
Instead, he began dating Dunham.
The elder Obama vowed to investigators in April 1961 that he had divorced his wife in Kenya and that he and Durham planned to give up their child.
Dahling didn't buy it.
In another memo, he raised the possibility of charging the two-timing Kenyan with polygamy or bigamy so they could deport him.
"Recommend that Subject be closely questioned before another (visa) extension is granted - and denial be considered," he wrote. "If his USC wife tried to petition for him, make sure an investigation is conducted as to the bona fide of the marriage."
A year later, Barack Obama Sr. left Dunham and the future President and headed to Harvard, where he met his third wife.
Former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told Jacobs the President never knew his parents considered giving him up for adoption.
Gibbs added that the commander in chief is "absolutely convinced" that his mother never spoke to the Salvation Army about adoption.
The elder Obama, however, had reason to be concerned about having an American-born child, as he was applying to extend his stay in the U.S., Gibbs said.
"He was trying to convince immigration to let him stay," Gibbs said. "So, part of his effort was to convince immigration that some of the responsibilities that he had he would not continue to have."
Also, when President Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961, mixed-race marriage was legal in Hawaii but banned in many other states - and a felony some of them.
 
 

Lil Wayne Tells Producers To Step Their Game Up For "Tha Carter IV” Submissions
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Weezy isn't satisfied with the beats supplied to him for his oft-delayed album.
Lil Wayne is still assembling his upcoming album Tha Carter IV, releasing on August 29th. But he’s having trouble finding worthy instrumentals. Speaking with XXL Magazine, the Young Money captain explained that he’s been getting subpar beats and that producers need to hone their craft.
“These niggas’ beats been sucking. I’m putting it out there: you producing, what ya’ll doing? Get right, man. Step it up,” he said. ‘This is coming from a rapper. One of the best rappers. I ain’t saying I’m the best no more, because these niggas is too good these days. I got old. But damn, y’all niggas’ beats is terrible! [Chad Ochocinco walks into the room] These niggas’ beats sound like Ochocino made them.”
So far, Weezy has released a few cuts from TC4 including “6 Foot 7 Foot,” produced by Bangladesh, and “How to Love,” produced by Detail.
 
 
 

New Video: Beyonce “Best Thing I Never Had”
We all would love to see footage of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s wedding but unfortunately we probably never will. However, Beyonce’s new video for “Best Thing I Never Had” is the closest that any of us will ever see her near marital bliss.
The video plays out with the words of the song saying she's glad he never turned out to be "the one." And as she dons an amazing wedding dress from Baracci Beverly Hills, she contemplates what she's been through that led her to walk down the aisle with the man of her dreams. Her reception dress is by Vera Wang
 
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This video is the second official video from her new album “4”
 
 
 
"Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2" UK Premiere!
Stepping out to promote their final “Harry Potter” film ever, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were all on-hand at the UK premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II”
The three superstars were joined by author J.K. Rowling and the rest of the cast including Tom Felton with Jade Gordon), Bonnie Wright with Jamie Campbell Bower, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith, with the group certainly causing a fan frenzy as they arrived on the red carpet one by one.
Hundreds of the franchise's fans began to gather around London’s Trafalgar Square more than 24 hours ahead of the premiere.
 
BBC London reported that over 3,000 “Harry Potter” enthusiasts set themselves up with sleeping bags and makeshift cardboard mattresses just to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars.
Due in theaters on July 15th, the final chapter - which was directed by David Yates - "begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again."
 
 
 
 
The American Black Film Festival
Tons of actors, actresses, producers and film buffs are down in Miami Beach celebrating the 15th annual American Black Film Festival.
The 15th annual ABFF comprised numerous events created to uplift and inspire the Black flim community.
One such event was "A Conversation With Paula Patton" moderated by Kevin Frazier.
Paula looked gorgeous in her white dress.
And there was Robert Townsend's "The Ultimate Pitch Master Class."
And Elise Neal participated in the gmc TV Screenplay Competition Reading.
While there she participated in the gmc TV Screenplay Competition Table Reading.
Jazsmin Lewis and Keith Robinson also participated.
Lamman Rucker from "Meet The Browns" was there as well.
The event was held at the Ritz Carlton on South Beach.
Sean Blakemore, Elise Neal, Erica Gluck, Brad Siegel, Jazsmin Lewis, and Lamman Rucker all posed together after the read.
And at other ABFF events....
Producer Robert Townsend posed for the paps.
Kevin Hart was spotted on the red carpet for the film Laugh At My Pain.
Meanwhile....
Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton were spotted at Club Eden after her event.
And the ABBF held their 15th Anniversary Party at LIV nightclub. It was put on by Team Sizzle and familiar faces like Chef G. Garvin, Melyssa Ford, Terrell Suggins of the Baltimore Ravens were spotted.
And Melanie Fiona provided entertainment for the evening by performed hits like "Give it to me right" and "And It Kills Me" and her newest single "The Time."
 
 
 
 
NeNe & Greg Leakes Are Back In Love & Back Together

A picture says a thousand words and I have to says after hearing what went on at Essence this year I guess they now just confirm… Two of my favorite people NeNe & Greg are back together . So people before yall jump to conclusions let NeNe and Greg tell us themselves…
True love never leaves!!!!!!
Here are all the pic’s
Awwww look at Greg & his baby, she got them Red Bottoms on so yall know the checks are coming in….

Don’t be hatting just let them be happy
 
 
 

Fabolous Rains $30,000 In The Strip Club...With A New Jumpoff?
How do you get over a "break-up" with your baby moms? Hit the club and drop 30 G's on the crowd.....WITH your new jumpoff. The cameras spotted Fabolous partying it up with bottles and stacks in his hands. And we also learned he was all over this new blonde chick.
So Fabolous moved on from his baby moms Emily B. with a new chick and stacks of cash for the strippers last night. He hit Club Perfection strip club in Queens last night for an "all-white" affair with his homies DJ Envy and Red Cafe.
And he took "all-white" literally. We're told by camera men on the scene that Fab had the chick you see in the above pics on him all night. And he was def there with her and acting like this is his chick of the moment. No we can't confirm anything...even if it's just a sex thing...is going down. We're just relaying what we're told. Don't want to call it a downgrade but...
 
The fellas drank it up all night and threw stacks of singles on the strippers. $30,000 worth of cash that is.
Oh My.....

And if you ever wondered what a rapper dropping serious cash in the strip club looks like....
 
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DISSENTION/JEALOUSY IN DEBARGE FAMILY OVER EL’S COMEBACK?

According to MoKelly.com In the hours after the somewhat controversial performance of El DeBarge at the Urban Legends concert in Ontario, California at the end of June; speculation abounded as to whether sobriety, a rogue promoter or manager was the real issue which needed to be discussed.
Allegedly El was set to perform and then the family was to “surprise” him; joining him on stage. Evidently somebody didn’t want that to happen. Whether it was a substance issue, a promoter issue or a manager issue…it’s not yet resolved.
Preceding a long thread on Etterlene DeBarge’s (mom) facebook page, her status had this to say…

But Bunny (Sis) had THIS to say in rebuttal about the night.



R-Roh?!
I guess somebody is not pleased that only “one” DeBarge “deserves a second chance.”


 
 
Mariah Carey Steps Out Post-Pregnancy

She's remained out of view ever since welcoming baby twins back on April 30th, but Mariah Carey was finally spotted stepping out in Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon (July 6).

The 41-year-old singer tried her best to avoid paparazzi lenses to no avail as she was joined by a pair of personal trainers while awaiting transportation in the Big Apple locale.
Certainly doing all in her power to return to pre-pregnancy form, Mimi is rumored to be preparing for a role on the U.S. version of "X Factor" - which could last all season long.
An insider recently told Entertainment Weekly, “Mariah and Simon are great friends, and now [that] she has had her babies, it’s very possible that she will be involved [in] some way in the later stages of the show. She has always said she wanted to work with the show, so it’s something they will certainly be discussing ideas for soon."
Adding fuel to the fire, creator Simon Cowell dished, “I think Mariah will have a role on the TV live shows. I met her recently and she was on great form. And her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which only Mariah could come up with.”




CASEY'S PARENTS FACE DEATH THREATS AFTER STUNNING ACQUITTAL... BUT THEY INSIST: 'We're shocked too'
Family said it is 'too early' to know if they will welcome daughter back

Casey Anthony's parents are holed up at their Orlando home after receiving death threats following their daughter's stunning acquittal, which has sparked outrage across the U.S.
Cindy and George Anthony said they were shocked by the 'not guilty' verdict, which means the 25-year-old defendant is poised to walk free tomorrow morning.
The family, which has been torn apart by accusations of incest, rape and adultery, said it was 'too early' to know if they will welcome back their daughter. their lawyer Mark Lippman said that there were threats against the couple and that police were investigating.

'Obviously there's some concern but the Orange County Sheriff's Office is doing their job and they're being protected,' he said.
After the verdict was read in court, George and Cindy were the first people to leave the courthouse, walking out in silence.
They appeared to have no reaction as the stunning verdict was announced.
'I think they were shocked that it [the verdict] came back not guilty, but you can never tell what a jury is going to do and they were not expecting anything,' Mr Lippman told Good Morning America.
'They were shocked that the jury didn't find any sort of evidence against her even though the state did a fantastic job.

But on the shocking first day of the murder trial, Casey's lawyers accused George Anthony of sexually abusing his daughter from the age of eight.

Defence lawyer Jose Baez also suggested Mr Anthony had a role in disposing the body of little Caylee, a claim Mr Anthony also denies.
The family, which has denied the defence's account of events that Caylee drowned in their pool, said it hoped to one day find out the 'truth' of what happened.
Their lawyer Mark Lipmann said: 'There was a slim chance that we were hoping to get some slither of truth during this trial and that would have been through testimony by Casey.'
He added: 'Hopefully one day she'll tell her story, but who knows that to believe. Everybody wants the truth and who knows whether it will ever come.'
The defence accused Anthony's father George Anthony of sexually abusing her as a child, and suggested the dysfunctional relationship explained Casey's behaviour after her own daughter's death. Mr Baez acknowledged Anthony's actions as 'bizarre' and 'inappropriate'.
Four days after the defence claim Caylee died, Anthony paraded in a 'hot body' contest at a nightclub and friends said she showed no signs of distress, anxiety or depression.

Mr Baez had told the court that Mr Anthony had a role in disposing of the body and bullied his daughter into keeping it all secret.
On the final day of the trial, Anthony reportedly mouthed either 'it's not his fault' or 'because it's his fault' while prosecutors said she was trying to pin the death on her father.
After jurors heard Anthony's mother Cindy may have left a ladder in the pool where the child allegedly drowned, prosecutors said: 'Casey Anthony would have you believe that this is all her mother's fault anyway for leaving the ladder down, let's twist the knife in my mum a little bit more.'
Casey reportedly mouthed: 'I never said anything like that, it wouldn't have been my mum.'

 
 
 
The Roots for John Varvatos Fall 2011
Menswear designer John Varvatos chose supergroup The Roots, who he lauds as “one of the most innovative musical forces on the planet,” for his Fall 2011 campaign. The four-time Grammy-winning group boasts a jazzy and eclectic brand of hip hop which is a great fit for the menswear line’s refined classics with rockstar edge.
In blazers, military-style jackets, wide-brimmed fedoras and slim-cut denim, The Roots embody the John Varvatos aesthetic. The group also performed an original track during the Varvatos photoshoot at Republic Airport in New York
 
  
 
 
The Engagement Photo Of Amber Rose And Wiz Khalifa
When Amber Rose moved on from her famous beau Kanye West many people thought Wiz Khalifa was the ultimate downgrade.
Those people are completely wrong--at least in Amber's eyes,
"You know when people say how do you go from Kanye to Wiz Khalifa, that's a downgrade. But the only question I can ask them is: have you ever dated Kanye? Because I have, and believe me, I did not downgrade at all. Not in any aspect, at all."
Since beginning her very public relationship with the Taylor Gang head, Twitter timelines and Tumblr accounts have been flooded with pictures of them kissing, hugging and even licking each other.
Most recently Wiz sparked engagement rumors when he posted a picture from a concert of him on bended knee in front of the bald beauty with the caption,
"I can't say it or show it enough how much i love this woman ."
Are you gagging yet? I know damn well I am!
 
 
 
 
Michael Beasley Busted For Weed. Can’t He Smoke During the Lockout?
Minnesota Timberwolves forward, Michael Beasley, was “caught” with weed last week while speeding in a Minneapolis suburb, but got off far more lightly than expected. The 22-year-old former #2 NBA draft pick was pulled over at around 3 a.m. after being clocked at 84 MPH on a Minnetonka highway. Police searched the car alleging a strong herbal aroma and found 16.2 grams of marijuana under the front passenger seat. Beasley claimed it belonged to a friend who just got out of the car and the officer bought it (perhaps along with a autograph for his son but hey) Beasley was ticketed for possession of marijuana and speeding, but not arrested.
 
Look, Beasley’s a problem child. He likes his weed just like I know a lot of NBA players do. But he’s been in the league only 3 years and already gotten involved in a few situations. Remember when he got pinched with a fine for $50,000 by the NBA when he was caught with two other players at Rookie Symposium chilling with chicks and smoking trees? Then didn’t Pat Riley later make him go to rehab? But should this latest incident be another black mark on his NBA record?
 
So what happens now? Traditionally such actions would get Beasley a call to come to New York and sit with Mr. Stern but hey, its a lockout right? Technically he’s unemployed right now. Should we care what recreational activities he participates in? If the league can’t be responsible for any injury he incurs during the lockout should they not be able to take any disciplinary action against him if he gets in trouble during the same time period. He didn’t get arrested, and according to the officer, the summons was punishment enough for his actions. What do YOU think should happen? SOUND OFF!
 
 

WTF? TSA Examines a Black Woman’s “Poofy” Afro: Have They Gone Too Far?
The TSA has been under fire recently for their alleged aggressive and discriminatory practices while examining fliers at airport security. Critics were in an uproar when a 20-year-old black college football player, Deshon Marman, was rejected from the plane for wearing sagging pants that revealed the top of his underwear especially when news hit that a white man in Womens underwear flew undisturbed less than a week prior. This time, however, the TSA may have finally taken it too far.
 
When flying to Texas, Laura Adiele became the TSA’s newest target. After going through the Advance Imaging x-ray system, she was told she needed to be pat down—not her body, but her afro which was tucked in a bun.
From The Grio:
“When I first heard her say, ‘We’re going to have to pat you down,’ I thought she was talking about my body. I was turning around and putting my arms out and she said, ‘no, we’re going to have to examine your hair,’ and I said, ‘no, we’re not going to do that today and you’re going to have to get security or your supervisor,’” Adiele said. Adiele claims she looked around, saw plenty of other women with “big hair, ponytails” who weren’t being searched, and it made her mad. She felt it was discrimination, that she as a black woman with an afro tucked up into a curly bun, was being selected for hand-screening when women of other races weren’t. She had nothing to hide but just didn’t want strangers feeling her hair.

“The supervisor shows up and she says, ‘It’s our policy that we examine anything that poofs from the body,’ and I’m looking around me at all these women with bigger hair if you will and I’m thinking ‘why am I the only one being singled out here for poofy hair?” Adiele said. [...] She laughs just thinking about it. “They are required to investigate and examine anything that poofs from the body? That sounds like a bogus policy to me. It just sounds bogus. Poofs?!” said Adiele.
Adiele believes she was discriminated against for the texture and style of her hair and has filed a complaint about the incident. I can only imagine the outrage I’d feel if my hair was examined before I could board a plane. It just seems a bit excessive and discriminatory in nature. Why not search all individuals with long hair then, whether “poofy” or straight?
 
Do you believe it was discrimination? Have you ever witnessed a hair examination or had your hair examined at the airport? Is the TSA targeting certain races in their invasive searches?
 
 
 
Tyrese Ruffles Bobbi Kristina’s Feathers
It looks like Tyrese has deaded any possibility of being a step father to Bobbi Kristina one day.
The other day, he ruffled Whitney’s offspring’s feathers when he responded to rumored reports that stated he was secretly dating Whitney Houston. According to a source of the National Enquirer, the two met at a pre-Grammy party and Whitney asked him out shortly afterward. Upon hearing of the story, Tyrese tweeted:

“Negative blogs, press, blurbs, people spreading negative things. Rumors. I rest WELL at night cause none of these things matter anymore..[with a link to a story claiming he was dating Whitney] Man if ya’ll don’t GTFOH [with] this dumb s**t.. Hahahahahaahahaa… #NEVER… I repeat.. NEVER..!!”
 
18-year-old Bobbi Kristina jumped in and tweeted that her mother would never give him the time of day anyway:
 
Tyrese later tweeted:

I could take Bobbi seriously if Nippy didn’t date Ray J. Surely, Black Ty could get a chance, however this rumor is probably untrue.
 
 
 
New Cast Member of "Love & Hip Hop" Has Arrived...Juelz Santana's Baby Mama Kimbella!
Well isn't this special. Since Jim Jones is all up in the mix of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" reality show, it's only right he puts on his Dipset homie Juelz Santana. So now he and his baby moms twice over/video vixen Kimbella are the newest co-stars of Season 2.
 
Kimbella announced last month that she's pregnant with her and Juelz's second child. Their baby Juelz, Jr. is almost a year old--he turns 1 this September. So why not hop in the mix of all the drama of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop." We're sure she has quite a story to tell being that she met Juelz while being his "lead girl" in videos. And has been known to have a few "relationships" with other rappers in the biz.
Kimbella, who is besties with rapper Lil Kim, told Allhiphop.com that she's now "expanding into acting and singing." She's working on the obligatory pop album as we speak. She says her sound is not Beyonce, it's more Rihanna & Fergie. Oh the joy.....
She's also on the cover of the ever classy Black Men's Magazine this month with 2 other booty models.
The whole cast from last season (sans Mashonda...maybe), Chrissy, Olivia, Sowmaya, and Emily B., is returning for a second. And that included Mama Jones and all her antics. They started filming on the 4th of July in NYC. Let the fireworks begin...
 
Pics of Kimbella, Julez, and Jr.:

Not gonna lie. We'll be watching ALL THIS ish....
 
 
 
 
Viola Davis for Essence Magazine August 2011….FABULOUSO!
For the August 2011 issue, ESSENCE Magazine stepped out of the box by tapping Hollywood actress, Viola Davis for the cover. The Help star, who boasts flawless dark skin and a mega-watt style, is an undeniable beauty on the cover in a halter black and white polka dot dress and strappy stilettos.
 
The issue features advice for living fearlessly, tips on buying a car within your budget, a guide to finding jeans for your curves and an update on the “new ‘fro” which we can guess is an ode to beautiful, billowy natural hair ‘fros.
 
 

Bill Maher Attacks Kim Kardashian: “Your Father Started Kardashian Tradition Of Getting Black Men Off”
Bill Maher's comedy is sometimes harsh and truthful. This time he stabbed Kim Kardashian for simply reacting to the Casey Anthony verdict with a slanderous statement that attacked her deceased father, Robert Kardashian.
Kim was merely one of the celebrities that went on Twitter to voice their opinion about the case. She wrote, “WHAT!!!!???!!!! CASEY ANTHONY FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!I am speechless!!!”
 
What Maher responded with was vicious and somewhat unnecessary.Kim Kardashian is upset with Casey Anthony verdict? Ur father defended O.J.! Starting the Kardashian tradition of getting black men off.”
It kind of feels like Bill was holding that one and waiting for the right time to let it go. Kim's father was a part of the legal team that got O.J off, but her father isn't alive and the "Kardashian tradition of getting black men off" is a blatant shot that could be labeled slightly racist.
 
Not that any of this scares Mr. Maher who didn't get a direct rebuttal from Kim.
She did tweet this though, “Reading the comments here & its nuts people think just because I was close to the OJ trial I can't have my own opinion on the Casey Anthony case?”
 
 

Oprah Will Be Teaching In South Africa This Fall
Everyone has been asking ‘What’s next for Oprah’, ever since she ended ‘The Oprah Winfrey’ show after 25 years. Aside from running her OWN network this Fall, she will be in South Africa teaching a class to teenage girls who are preparing for college.
 
I love being with them and talking to them about all things important. When I’m there I’m talking from the time I get up till I go to bed, about EVERYTHING teenage girls are going through. It’s the same all over the world.
 
On how she feels about teaching this fall
Should be fun since I love to teach. And they’re like sponges. Like 12th graders everywhere, this first class is both anxious and excited about going to college. Most will be the first in their family. So it’s a very big deal for them, and they’re feeling the pressure.
 
Oprah revealed that she would be teaching a high school class called ‘It’s Life 101,’ which is about all the stuff she wished someone had told her about how the world really works. I swear if she decides to teach a college course, I’m enrolling back in school ASAP.
 
 
 
POWER 105.1 ‘s Angela Yee Shows Off Her Shoe Collection Worth Thousands Of Dollars
The homie Power 105.1 super radio personality Angela Yee showed off her closet and shoe collection for PYNK Magazine. I have to say I was a little lost for words after seeing all those high end shoes, NYC personalities must be getting paid them big as* checks. Yall no the rent high as hell up their… lol
Check out all the pictures and part of her interview:
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How much is your shoe collection worth?
My whole entire collection? I could probably buy a house. I would say it’s probably worth about $70,000.
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What is your most expensive shoe? Was it a gift or self-splurge?
No one ever really buys me shoes — I buy them myself. I think the most expensive pair I have are these thigh-high Louboutin boots. They were like $2,500.
 
Do you still get the rush that you got when you purchased your first pair of high-end shoes?
I get it more [now] than I did back then because I don’t think my taste was on point yet. When you’re younger, the stuff you like is gaudier. I’m a little more disciplined now.
 
What are some of your favorite shoe designers?
Of course, everyone likes Louboutin. I like Camilla Skovgaard. I also like YSL. I like Brian Atwood sometimes. I love Miu Miu shoes.

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BUSTED! Nene Leakes' Son Bryson Bryant Arrested For Stealing Two $14 Razors!
Bryson Bryant, the son of "RHOA" star Nene Leakes, was arrested in Atlanta last night for shoplifting two $14 razors. Deets inside....
While Nene struts around in 5-inch Christian Louboutin heels, she obviously cut the purse strings from her grown-ass son who has been reduced to stealing from Walmart.
According to TMZ, Bryson was arrested at a Walmart in Gwinnett County after security officials saw him steal two Mach 3 razors. Mind you....the razors go for $14 a piece.
He was charged with shoplifting and a probation violation (stemming from an earlier marijuana related arrest).
 
SMH....I can't wait to hear what Nene has to say about this ish.... well she did!

And there you have ii!
 
 
 
Prince William & Kate's British Consul-General Reception
Making their second stop since touching down at LAX Airport, Prince William and Kate Middleton were the guests of honor at a private reception at the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles on Friday evening (July 8).
With the Duchess of Cambridge clad in a "maja" green silk Diane Von Furstenberg dress, the couple were greeted with kind words by host of the soiree, British ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald.

During the course of the festivities, William spent much of his time chatting with soccer star David Beckham while Catherine mingled with the likes of TV producer Nigel Lythgoe and various California government officials.
As for their Saturday schedule, the Prince and his lady will be attending a polo match in Santa Barbara, CA where William will be playing while Kate will hand out prizes.
 
 
 
Morning Eye Candy…For the Ladies and The Gents!!
LADIES FIRST...Tristan Wilds
HBO’s ‘The Wire’ and ’90210′ star Tristan Wilds strips down for the August 2011 issue of UK Cosmopolitan. The Dominican actor tells the magazine:
I was not popular with the ladies when I was younger. I was more the nerdy type. The whole women thing didn’t kick in until after high school.
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This Fall, he will begin filming another season of 90210 and a new film, ‘Indelible’. He is also gearing up for the release of a mixtape.
Tristan Wilds
You feelin’ it?
 
NOW GENTS: Bangin Candy - Ayisha Diaz
She's a 5'5'', 100% Dominican dime from New York, with 34-27-39 measurements.

You might have seen her in Lloyd Banks and Juelz Santana's "Beamer, Benz or Bentley" video, maybe Chris Brown's "I Can Transform Ya," Juelz Santana's "Back 2 the Crib" vid or Soulja Boy's "Gettin' Money."
Yeah, Ayisha Diaz has been putting in work.
There's nothing else to discuss here...Fellas
 
 

Damon Dash's Baby Momma Accuses Him Of Being A Deadbeat And Keeping His Son Out Of College
Linda Williams, the mother of Damon Dash's 19-year-old son, is calling him a deadbeat and battling Damon to pay court ordered payments of $425 per week to help support their son. Deet inside....
 
Linda Williams is claiming that Damon Dash's deadbeat antics are keeping their son Damon Dash Jr. out of college.
She told RadarOnline that Damon has interfered with their son going to college because this would mean he will have to continue to pay child support.
"I just want Damon Dash to do the right thing by his son and pay his support and help me get him in college. My son got into Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY, on a $30,000 scholarship recently to do music, but his father did not want him to go even although it would not have cost him anything.
 
"He keeps telling him 'tell your mom to drop the child support case and get out of court' when my son just wants to be a normal teenager and go to college. His father recently set him up with some DJ gigs in New York, and I'm worried that he falls in with a bad crowd and gets involved with drugs and alcohol. My son loves music and ideally he could do both. He does not hate his father or anything like that, but he wants more guidance from him. His father has the money he just needs to do the right thing by his son."
What father tries to keep his child out of college? Either somebody's lying or there's more foolishness to this story. This indeed isn't the first complaint Linda has lodged calling Dame a deadbeat daddy over the years.
 
I'm sure there are two sides to this but EITHER WAY Damon...I need you to do better and support your son and get him off to school before they withdraw that scholarship.
 
 
 

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Betty Ford Passes Away at Age 93 April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011

Having made a substantial impact during the course of her long life, Betty Ford has sadly passed away at the age of 93-years-old.
The former First Lady reportedly died late Friday evening (July 8) with her family at her side, with the cause of death not being revealed at the current time.

Miss Ford, the widow of former U.S. President Gerald Ford, is well-known for having founded the Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California after revealing her own battle with chemical dependency in the late 1970's.
Speaking on the news of Miss Ford's death, current President Barack Obama said in a statement, "She was a powerful advocate for women’s health and women’s rights. After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment."

Meanwhile, former Commander-In-Chief George H.W. Bush echoed similar praise while telling, "No one confronted life’s struggles with more fortitude or honesty, and as a result, we all learned from the challenges she faced. The Betty Ford Center, which already has helped change the lives of thousands of people, will be her lasting legacy of care and concern."



Jeter Gets 3,000th Hit With Home Run, First Yankee To Do It

Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the left-field seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Derek Jeter stood alone - the first New York Yankees player to reach 3,000 hits.

His first home run at Yankee Stadium this year, too.
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A fitting crown for the captain.

With a swift swing of his shiny black bat, Jeter jolted himself into historic company, homering off Tampa Bay ace David Price in the third inning Saturday. He became the 28th major leaguer to hit the milestone and joined former teammate Wade Boggs as the only players to do it with a home run

GO YANKS!!!




WORK MISS RIHANNA SHE WAS ON FIRE….(ALMOST) LITERALLY!!

There's no question she puts on a hot show, but Rihanna took the term to a whole new level while performing at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Friday night (July 8).

The Barbadian beauty was well into her hit song "California King Bed" when the pyrotechnics went awry - causing sparks to fly and set backdrop curtains ablaze.
With the show being canceled immediately, fans were quickly evacuated as the flames were put out by crew members before Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighters arrived on the scene.
Fortunately enough no injuries occurred, with Rihanna tweeting after the incident, "DALLAS!!! We set the stage on FYAH tonight!!! LITERALLY!!! I'm so pissed, I was havin so much fun wit yall too!!! I gotta come back man!!"

A short while later, the 23-year-old added, "DALLAS yall CRAY!!! Love this f**kin place! Glad u guys are safe!!! I promise I'll be back!!!"
Rihanna also pledged to find out what went wrong, as she closed out her messaging by writing, "Heading into a production meeting to find out exactly what happened!!! Keep u posted."
Thankfully no one was hurt.



Hines Ward Arrested for DUI

I don't feel like smiling right now T...
Hines Ward’s squeaky clean image was a thing of beauty….Until he goes and gets a DUI…Which apparently he did this morning…According to reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and reigning “Dancing with the Stars” champ was taken into police custody in Dekalb County, Georgia at 3:41a.m…After being charged with D.U.I. Hines was booked on $1,300 bond – which he quickly posted, allowing for his release…Hines must have let that Dancing with the Stars crown go to his head.

 

NEW MUSIC: MARY J. BLIGE – “THE LIVING PROOF”
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Mary J. Blige has endured a long, long journey — but she continues to carry on with her latest release “The Living Proof.” She reassures listeners that she is “living proof” that even if life seems painful at times there is a reason to smile. Confident that her best days are right in front of her, Mary J. Blige, knows where she is going because of where she has been. Soulfully connected to the emotional lyrics, she admits that nothing about her life has been easy but she is ready to carry on. “The Living Proof” is the theme song for the upcoming motion picture “The Help,” which is based on the 1# New York Times best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. The movie stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer. “The Help” will be in theatres on August 10, 2011.
 
“The Living Proof” was produced by Harvey Mason Jr. written to reflect Viola Davis’ character Aibileen. The soundtrack will be available on July 26, 2011 at Starbucks.
 
 

SOME LEFT OVER FROM THE ESSENCE FESTIVAL WRAP-UP: AND TID BITS
Sponsors Proctor & Gamble, Verizon, McDonald's, My Black Is Beautiful, and Coca-Cola whipped together a non-stop list of celeb events every day before the big concerts at night.
Folks were on hand for the Coca Cola "Old School Night" party with LisaRaye and Hosea Chanchez:
OK Hosea....
Speaking of Ms. McCoy. She rocked pretty much the same look every night. Still lookin' pretty though.
Hey NeNe
Mary J. & her organization FFAWN donated a check for $40,000 to kids at the McDonald's 365 Black Awards--where she was the recipient of an award herself.
Chef Garvin made nice with the ladies, including PR guru Sheila Eldridge, at the Coca-Cola Breakfast.
Roland Martin and his endless ascots were spotted at the Proctor & Gamble dinner at Dookie Chase restaurant.
And New Orleans Hornet Chris Paul kicked it with the kiddies during his CP3 Walk. And he brought rapper Lil Twist along. Nice.
At the concerts:
Mathew Knowles showed off his Tri-ni-tee 5:7 gals back in the press room. Along with Vanessa Bell Armstrong,
And MC Lyte, Jennifer Hudson and New Edition also chatted with the press.

Macy Gray was in the mix enjoying the performances when she wasn't performing herself.
Folks had to keep their composure with Derek J in person.
Lance Gross and Rocsi mixed it up back in the VIP Belvedere Lounge.
And Bryan Michael Cox and Anthony Hamilton were spotted kickin' it backstage too.
Bloggers Kalia Silva and James Turner kicked it with Chef Garvin & LeToya Luckett:

Oh, and Toya's boo Slim Thug was backstage too:
Fab times.
Here's pics of celebs and their own pics from the weekend--and who they were extra geeked to meet:
Ledisi tweeted about meeting her idol Patti Labelle.
And going nuts over meeting Chaka Khan, Mary, and Trina Braxton.

New vs. Old.
But no beef here--BET host/former host Free and Rocsi were seen spending some time together throughout the weekend.
And Rocsi spent time with her hometown friends like Juggie of N.O.
LeToya Luckett tweeted about stopping by the Carol's Daughter store.
Steve Harvey--who served as MC one of the nights--tweeted a pic of him and Marjorie enjoying the last night of concerts.
Power 105 host Angela Yee showed us how she got ready for the Next R&B Star event:
And she kicked it with her girls in VIP.
And with her homie--who used to co-host of the morning show before The Breakfast Club stepped in--Free.
 
 
 
 
Jason Derulo Taking A Break From Music After LP Release
Jason Derulo has exclusively told MTV.co.uk that after his sophomore LP, Future History drops later this year, he is planning on taking a break from music.
 
The singer-songwriter, who is currently No.1 in the Official UK Singles Chart with Don't Wanna Go Home, confessed to that he turned down the role of Jimi Hendrix in a forthcoming biopic as he wants to dedicate more of his time to films in the near future.
Speaking of his decision to reject the opportunity to play Hendrix, Derulo explained: "Future History is my main focus right now, it’s the greatest accomplishment of my life so far."
 
"I really wanted to make sure it gets the exposure it deserves. It has to be heard by everybody. After this album, I will dive full-throttle into movies for a while. I will ultimately take a break from music."
 
Jason added: "I just really want to continue on the same intensity of work ethic, I don’t want to slow now. I'm 21-year's old and I feel like this era and a few years to come are my prime years, so I want to utilise them."
 
 

Kilpatrick lashes out in book
Former mayor says he was persecuted for trying to empower Detroiters, reports say
What Kwame Kilpatrick reveals in his new book is self-loathing for getting caught — and plenty of blame for others for his downfall, according to reports about his leaked, soon-to-be released memoir.
The imprisoned former mayor of Detroit complains in "Surrendered! The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick" about being persecuted by powerful forces, including Metro Detroit's Jewish community, prosecutors and judges who took part in legal proceedings that put him in prison for violations of probation in the text message scandal.
He reveals in detail why he lied when he entered his guilty plea to charges of obstruction of justice and assault in 2008 before Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner, the man who sent him to prison last year.
"For the record, I lied when I made that statement," said excerpts released by the Associated Press on Wednesday. "The real reason I lied under oath was because I didn't want my wife to know I cheated. But be clear. There was absolutely no justice to obstruct in the whistle-blowers' suit. The case was manufactured. I was just cornered."
Kilpatrick accuses local media of being in league with those whose "bottom line" was harmed by his tireless efforts to help the residents of Detroit.
 
He admits to being embarrassed by exposure of his extramarital affair with former City Hall chief of staff Christine Beatty, but doesn't mention multiple sexual trysts with other women identified by name in his text messages. He also fails to mention his admitted "one-night stand" with Sheryl Robinson Wood, the lawyer fired by a federal judge from her job overseeing Detroit Police Department compliance with changes to remedy human rights violations.
He dismisses as "b-------," the legends about a party at the Manoogian Mansion.
It isn't until the final paragraphs of a closing chapter that Kilpatrick mentions federal racketeering, fraud and tax charges that threaten to put him back behind bars for decades, according to the excerpts.
 
"The world has heard the press' side for almost 10 years, and it's caused a tidal wave of sentiment against me. Now it's my turn, because I never got a chance to tell my story without editing, without interruption.
 
"I don't care to tell you that I'm right and others are wrong. I'm telling this story because what you think you know about Kwame Kilpatrick is largely inaccurate.
 
"I'm not a thug. I'm not arrogant. But I am flawed and passionate. I did make mistakes that deserve to be aired out. But I'll be damned if I deserve to be here, in a Level 4 maximum security prison."
 
The Michigan Citizen newspaper also wrote about an advance look at the book Sunday, describing Kilpatrick's belief that his efforts to improve city services angered powerful people. The paper said he wrote about ending a $25 million city contract with Jewish Vocational Services. Kilpatrick also wrote that he offended members of the Jewish community with public support for the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan.
 
Kilpatrick writes only briefly about December's federal indictment that portrays his political career, from the statehouse in Lansing to his alleged pilfering of millions from one of the most impoverished cities in America, as the "Kilpatrick Enterprise." He describes next year's trial as the "biggest battle of my life," and writes about his co-defendants including his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, friend and frequent city contractor Bobby Ferguson and other close City Hall associates, that federal prosecutors are "working very hard to connect them with me."
 
About his pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and assault charges to avoid trial for lying under oath during a 2007 police officer whistle-blower lawsuit trial, he wrote, "When I perjured myself, I gave my enemies a lane. And they turned that lane into a highway. My intent entering office was to empower Detroiters, and my actions heading into my second term suggested that we had the ability to do it. And that threatened too many people's bottom line. Their bottom lines for me, then, became simple. Get rid of me. And they're not finished."
 
Curt Benson, professor at Cooley School of Law, said Wednesday that the book was likely heavily edited by Kilpatrick's lawyers to protect against incriminating statements in his ongoing legal problems.
 
"There's a well-known saying in the justice system: Anything you say, can and will be used against you in a court of law," Benson said. "I'm sure his lawyer recommended against this and I'm sure it's been edited by his lawyer to omit anything that could be used against him. That always makes for bad literature.
 
"But there's the issue of narcissism," Benson added. "This was an important and powerful man who has been just dying to tell the story and put it in the best possible light and repair his image. This may be more important than the legal consequences."
 
Kilpatrick, 41, is scheduled to be released on parole early next month from a correctional facility in Jackson. He will have completed on July 24 the minimum of an 18-month to five-year sentence for hiding personal assets from the court. Groner said funds could have been applied to $1 million restitution Kilpatrick promised the city. Kilpatrick still owes more than $860,000.
The book was co-written from behind bars with Khary Turner, who is married to one of Kilpatrick's cousins. It is scheduled to be released Aug. 1, with advance copies selling on the Internet for $26.95.
 
Groner recently ordered the creation of an escrow account to capture profits from the book so they can be directed toward restitution.
 
 

Casey Anthony's Post-Prison Plans: Babies, Books & Porn?
Just after a shocking jury decision could let her walk free, we're learning what life post-prison could entail for Casey Anthony.
 
Following her first degree murder acquittal, letters the 25-year-old penned while behind bars are beginning to reveal the wide-array of plans she has for her future.
 
As Casey divulged to fellow inmate Robyn Adams, more kids could definitely be a possibility, as she wrote,"I had a dream not too long ago that I was pregnant. It was like having Cays [Caylee] all over again. I've thought about adopting, which even sounds weird to me saying it, but there are so many children that deserve to be loved," adding that she and Adams should "get pregnant together."
Anthony also tossed around the idea of becoming a writer, which could have her profiting from the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, as she described her interest in a "partial memoir/comedy/relationship advice book for those not in the know. It's a way to settle many rumors and to share my insight about love, life and most important – God… Who knows."
 
Adding to the realm of forthcoming career opportunities, Vivid co-founder Steve Hirsch has offered the tot mom a starring role in one of the company's adult films, saying, "Whether you agree with the verdict or not, Casey will want to move forward with her life and has a right to make a living," he told TMZ, adding, "It's not going to be easy for her and we believe we can help her make the transition into a new life." 
 
 

TWEET! TWEET!
Musician Jermaine Dupri’s daughter Shaniah Cymone Mauldin is only thirteen years old, but she is already taller than her father. Jermaine writes via Twitter, “My Lil one is officially taller than me now, I think I’ma cry lol!”
 
 
 
Fantasia Don't Give a F What You Think
Fantasia performed at this years Essence Music Festival and performed a skit during her set where a reporter asks Fantasia what she thinks about what people say about her...
 
Check it:: 
LOL..I ain’t mad Fanny May!
 
 
 
Jay Z the Subject of Explosive Blind Item

All year long the entertainment lawyer who runs the Crazy Days and Nights blog posts juicy blind items and reveals the answers twice a year. This year Enty put Jay Z all the way on blast...
 
This married A list singer/rapper extraordinaire may want to be very careful right now. There is a French model he has been with for the past ten years and as they approach that first decade mark, she wants much much more out of their partnership. If our singer says no, the fireworks will be loud and spectacular.
 
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This B- list movie actor who is not a bad looking guy at all continued his streak recently. Interesting streak. When he goes to a premiere for a new movie he is in, he always gets orally serviced. I need to clarify that he does not do it at every premiere city, but at one of the premieres he will get it done. He says it guarantees box office success. So far that is kind of hit and miss, but he got it taken care of this week.
 
Tyrese Gibson
 
#2 - This star NFL wideout was showing off naked photos of this network reality star over the weekend to anyone who would look.
 
Chad Ochocinco
 
This B list rap star who also acts in movies and even on Broadway was scheduled to do a tour of Australia. The thing is he told the promoter one thing who went out and sold a bunch of tickets and then two days before the show said he was not going to be able to make it and could the promoter reschedule the entire festival for our rapper. Umm, no.
 
Our rapper has his tour rescheduled to fit his new dates. The problem is he decides he does not want to get on the plane in the US so the dates are postponed again and again and again. A few of the shows which had to be postponed are charity concerts that the rapper wanted set up in the first place. Meanwhile, our rapper did find time to dance on stage with Prince in New York. When the rapper finally did make it to Australia he would show up late despite strict instructions he must be on time because of curfews. He also canceled random shows and has just been the biggest pain in the butt ever and caused the promoter of all these shows to shut down his business.
 
Mos Def
 
Go over to www.crazydaysandnights.net for more ish like this!
 
 

Amber Rose Creeping with Rihanna's Ex?
Amber Rose and Rihanna's ex-boyfriend Matt Kemp were spotted getting close at a recent Louis Vuitton in-store event.
 
Matt Kemp Co-Hosted last night’s opening of the Louis Vuitton Store in the Beverly Center sponsored by Hennessy Privilege…and my source tells me the Dodgers slugger was getting super close with model Amber Rose…Here’s what my source at the party tells me…”Matt Kemp proved he is anything but heartbroken as he and his entourage enjoyed the company of Kanye West’s former fling, Amber Rose, and her skin-tight ivory dress. The two were seen getting very close and chatting all night long – they were even picking out items for each other while they shopped the store” says my eyewitness…I’m also being told they were very careful to have no pictures or video taken…Smart move!
 
 
 
FOR THE 200TH TIME…GUCCI MANE IS FREE!
Gucci Mane has been released from prison and he vowed not to go back.
Gucci Mane got out of jail after serving three months for a probation violation.
After release, he called into DJ Drama's show and said he doesn't ever want to go back to jail.
 
So what did he do on his first night of freedom? He partied at Club Onyz in the ATL. SMH...... Here we go again.
 
UPDATE: A rep from Fulton County Jail confirms that Gucci Mane (real name, Radric Davis) is still in custody and in fact there is a hold by the Georgia Department of Corrections that orders Gucci to be sent to a state prison upon his release from Fulton.
 
So.....when he doe get out of county, Gucci will be sent to Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia after he is released from Fulton County Jail.
 
 
 
Pooch Hall Covers "BLEU" Magazine
Pooch Hall of BET's "The Game" covers the latest issue of BLEU Magazine and I have highlights from the article inside for you
In the latest issue of BLEU Magazine, hottie Pooch Hall talks about success and overcoming the dark moments in life. Here are some highlights:
 
Overcoming Darkness:
“I am proud of what I've overcome,” shares the star. “What a lot of people don't’ know about me is I've seen dark times. I know what it means to struggle, but it’s about where I'm going. I've learned and understand enough about my experiences to know what I need to do to get where I need to go to be happy - and stay happy.”

On Success:
“A lot of people try to tie success in with Bentley's and celebrities and Hollywood,” he continues. “But ultimately, it’s what you feel. If you are working at the post office and you are having fnd living happily and healthily - then you are successful.”
 
On Hollywood:
“As far as all this,” the actor says pointing to the lights, cameras and crew, “this right here, this is my professional life. I don’t like to take it into my home."
 
The issue hits stands this month.
 
 
 
T.O. Responds to Child Support Allegations

Last week Terrell Owens' baby mama accused him of shorting her on child support in violation of his court order. T.O. says he and his baby mama had a verbal agreement to lower his payments and he's baffled by why she'd take him to court...
 
The statement from Terrell reads,

We are saddened by Ms. Smith and her attorney’s need to bring this to the public as a news story. Mr. Owens has never once missed a payment or fell behind in child support payments for any of his children. When his income changed a few times over the last few years, dramatically decreasing, he continued to pay the child support amounts as they were structured for his previous significantly higher income. For June 2011, Mr. Owens communicated directly with Ms. Smith to let her know prior that he would only be able to pay half of the month’s support payment on the due date. He also will be seeking an adjusted child support amounts based on his current financial situation due to the fact that he is currently unsigned and the NFL is on lockout.
 
Mr. Owens has always provided for his family, all children and all responsibilities. The fact that Ms. Smith attorney is using this difficult time as a press opportunity is a shame. In the meantime, Mr. Owens is doing everything he can to make his payments as ordered. I also would like to stress that is a private family matter that Mr. Owens takes very seriously and is handling.
 
 
Diana Bianchini
 
Di Moda Public Relations
 
 
 
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPIN AT WALMART” FILES
“The Thunder Rolls”
I would like to personally apologize to all the employers out there for the amount of time that will be wasted by our fans studying this pic for hours. I can’t stop looking at it and I’ve thrown up twice. So while it’s thunder thighs here that is to blame, I will take the responsibility….for the wasted time, not your vomit. That part is on you
 
 
 
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Clayton Hill Confesses To Being An Accessory After The Fact To The Murder Of The Notorious B.I.G.
Clayton Hill Confesses To Being An Accessory After The Fact To The Murder Of The Notorious B.I.G.
According to HipHop DX: An inmate has come forward with possible confirmation of the man who murdered Biggie Smalls while implicating members of the Nation of Islam, including himself, in the cover-up.
 
Former Nation of Islam member, and currently incarcerated federal felon, Clayton Hill has confessed to his role as an accessory after the fact to the murder of The Notorious B.I.G.
 
After first contacting HipHopDX on June 8th, Hill disclosed to DX that in October of 2010 he met with Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy DePodesta and two agents with the F.B.I.’s Domestic Terrorism Unit and revealed that in May of 1997, while acting under orders as an official with Muhammad Mosque #15 in Atlanta, Georgia, he took possession of a semi-automatic handgun from a fellow N.O.I. member from Los Angeles, California who introduced himself as Dawoud Muhammad.
 
“[Dawoud Muhammad] stated to me that he was on the run for the murder [of The Notorious B.I.G.],” Hill wrote to HipHopDX via the CorrLinks email system for federal inmates. “He disclosed that he was the shooter of The Notorious B.I.G. because he (Dawoud) was a former Blood gang member and was paid to do so.”
 
In his forthcoming e-book, Diary of an Ex-Terrorist, Clayton quotes Dawoud bragging to him of that payment, “And I made twenty-five ‘g’s’ off that.”
 
Hill, who is currently residing in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago (inmate #61829019), convicted of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Identity Theft, examined pictures of both the long-suspected gunman and mastermind in the Notorious B.I.G. shooting, Amir Muhammad and David Mack, that were included in a magazine upon HipHopDX’s request.
 
“I have looked at the pics in the mag,” Hill wrote, “and although I cannot say conclusively and with absolute certainty because that was 14 years ago, Amir Muhammad looks like the person who used the name Dawoud.”
 
“A member from L.A. wouldn’t know a member from Atlanta so you wouldn’t completely trust them,” explained Hill when queried by HipHopDX as to why Amir would adopt the false name Dawoud while dealing with fellow members of the Nation of Islam. “Also, consider that the N.O.I. is a paramilitary organization and all members do as instructed so if he or I were told by someone to give a false name as precaution then he would and it would be accepted without question.”
 
According to Hill, he was initially contacted in mid-May 1997 by Minister Tony Muhammad, the Western Regional Minister of the N.O.I., and asked to pick up someone from the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Atlanta. This unnamed person was coming from Los Angeles headed through Atlanta.
 
Before ending his alleged call with Tony Muhammad, Clayton claims that he explained to the minister that he needed regional approval before proceeding with his request. Per Hill, a couple of hours later he was contacted by Brother Melvin Muhammad, the Account Executive based at the Chicago headquarters of the Nation assigned to the office of the Supreme Captain of the Southern Region, Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad, with instructions from the “Supreme” in reference to the earlier call from “Brother Tony in L.A.”
 
According to Clayton, Melvin Muhammad reiterated Tony Muhammad’s previous request. And after picking up the man he had been introduced to as “Dawoud,” Hill procured the weapon he claims he was instructed to retrieve. Writing in his book Clayton explained, “I told [Dawoud Muhammad] I had instructions to collect some property from him. He must have been given the same instructions because he didn’t hesitate or show any signs of doubt as he bent over and removed a trash liner out of a waste can and handed it to me to hold open. He reached into the duffle bag he brought with him and pulled out a semi-automatic hand gun that could have been a .9 millimeter or a .40 caliber wrapped in a white undershirt. Carefully he placed it into the trash bag making sure his hands never touched any of the exposed parts of the gun.”
 
After allegedly receiving his final instructions from Melvin Muhammad, Clayton claims he was instructed to take the “property” to Louisville, Kentucky. In Louisville, Hill delivered the gun to Emile Muhammad, the personal driver of Minister Louis Farrakhan. Emile Muhammad then allegedly transported the gun to its final destination within the headquarters of the Nation of Islam.
 
“Somebody in Chicago wanted that weapon,” Hill replied when asked by HipHopDX why a murder weapon would not be immediately disposed of and instead be taken on a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to Atlanta to Louisville to the N.O.I.’s HQ. “Who wanted it? I can’t say for sure but whoever wanted it had to be high ranking.”
 
Clayton does not believe that “high ranking” official within the Nation of Islam was its highest ranking member.
 
“I doubt if Minister Farrakhan knew anything,” wrote Hill. “He would have been insulated from that.”
 
I have been unable to locate any previously published reports putting forth the theory that the Nation of Islam attempted to conceal the fact that a member of the N.O.I. had just murdered the then most popular rapper in the world by hiding the murder weapon used in that crime.
 
I have additionally been unable to establish if Amir Muhammad was in Atlanta in May of 1997, or if he ever fled from his reported residence in Los Angeles at any time during that year. It has however been previously established by former lead detective in the Notorious B.I.G. murder investigation, Russell Poole, that Amir was in L.A. visiting the father of his godchildren, David Mack, seven months after Clayton Hill’s alleged run-in with the murderer of Biggie Smalls, in December of 1997, while Mack sat in jail after being arrested for robbing a South Central branch of Bank of America of $722,000.
 
Clayton Hill left the Nation of Islam in 2000, and only came clean a decade later about the illegal activities he engaged in during and after his time with the N.O.I. to spare his wife a possible lengthy prison term for her alleged involvement in Clayton’s most recent criminal activity.
 
Writing in the prologue to his book Hill explained, “Four years ago, in 2006 I created a scheme to file false tax returns on debit cards and withdraw the proceeds from ATM’s all over the city. I filed 122 tax returns and according to the government I netted a little over three hundred thousand dollars. The government went after my wife to get at me and she was three floors below me [in the M.C.C.] on the twelfth floor and had been incarcerated as long as I had. Because we had a two-year old daughter who was being passed from family friend to family friend I made the decision to proffer against myself so Tamara, my wife, could get a reduced sentence and get back to our daughter.”
 
Tamara was eventually sentenced to time served after being released on a signature bond, without objection from the prosecution, just one week after Clayton’s meeting with the government.
 
“My proffers protect me from anything I say,” he noted “but you have to realize that anyone [in the N.O.I.] who confirms anything can be charged as an accessory after the fact.”
 
A credible source close to Clayton’s case, who requested to remain anonymous for this report, confirmed with HipHopDX that the meeting he claims to have had with Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy DePodesta and the F.B.I. in October did in fact take place, with Hill revealing the same information to the government that he shared with DX.
 
While his wife received credit for this disclosure, Hill himself did not receive a sentence reduction for his revelations regarding the cover-up of the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. A criminal defense attorney specializing in federal cases advised HipHopDX that this likely occurred because Clayton’s criminal history would preclude his usefulness under cross-examination in any future trials, making Hill an ineffective witness for the government.
 
Clayton’s inability to definitively identify the man he knew as Dawoud likely further frustrated the government and led to a lack of credit for his revelations.

“I reviewed pics with the F.B.I. and could not conclusively identify the person they showed me,” Clayton explained. “But the face did look familiar. It has been 14 years.”
 
Even with the failed I.D. and lack of credit for his confessions, Hill remains adamant that his statements to the government were the primary catalyst for the F.B.I.’s revelation to CNN in January that their now 14-year-old investigation into the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. had been “reinvigorated.”
 
Hill’s e-book containing all of the aforementioned allegations (and many more), Diary of an Ex-Terrorist, is due for release July 15th via Clayton’s own Bella Media Group [@BmGrp1].



LADIES AND GENTS Baby Egypt Dean REVEALED!

There's that cutie's face! Alicia Keys & her hubby Swizz Beatz have been going out their way to keep 9-month-old Egypt Daud Dean's face hidden from the ever present paprazzi lens ever since he was born. But today....someone wanted to be seen.

Isn’t he a cutie!

 
 
Nike Officially Resigned Michael Vick & Is Now Being Boycotted About It
After Nike officially resigned Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who was convicted and served 21 months in federal prison for dogfighting, it’s not surprising to learn that some folks aren’t the least bit happy about it.
 
That fact became clear when a Facebook campaign was started to boycott Nike and any other companies who endorse Vick. So far a little under 4,000 people had “liked” the page.
 
According to FootballNewsNow.com, even some celebrities have expressed their disapproval of the Vick/Nike relationship via Twitter. Jenna Dewan, star “The Playboy Club” tweeted:
 
“Yes, I do believe in forgiveness, but that does not mean I need to support him as an inspirational figure.”
 
“One Tree Hill” star Sophia Bush said this:
 
“NIKE just signed Michael Vick!? Done. Over. Lost customer. NEVER wearing Nike again. #AnimalAbuseIsUnforgivable. The propensity to be cruel and ruthless toward a defenseless animal is sick, twisted, & unforgivable. #NOTaRoleModel.”
 
“Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco posted on her Twitter page, “Dear Nike, I’m disappointed.”
 
Also, last week BET gave Vick its “Athlete of the Year” award, sponsored by Subway, so the Facebook campaign is also calling for a boycott those two companies as well. All I have to say is how sad are the people who have time to hate on someone… Good Job Nike & BET for saying “F*ck yall we still got love for Vick”… LOL
 
 
 
Esther Baxter Covers King: “I Had No Idea Who [Joe] Was Or Any Of His Music”
If Joe Budden isn’t known for anything else outside of his hit song, ‘Pump It Up’, he definitely can claim bragging rights on getting his girlfriends and ex-girlfriends magazine covers by association. His ex-girl Tahiry covered King Magazine while still dating Joe Budden, and amid their recent messy split, his ex Esther Baxter has also snagged the cover of the August issue of King Magazine.
In the interview, she reveals that she has decided to put the focus on her career and child after splitting with Joe and she claims that she never heard of Joe Budden before dating him:
You recently moved to Los Angeles to be in the mix of everything, correct?
I am a Californian. My manager has been trying to get me to move out there for about two years now. It was such a big move that I postponed it. But knowing I needed to move here I decided to go ‘head and do it.
Why the hesitation?
Because I’m recently…single and that was pretty much what was holding me back. Now that I’m single, I’ve decided I’m going to focus on me and my career and my child.
Unfortunately, there’s been more focus on your recent public split with rapper Joe Budden. He does have a track record when it comes to being associated with video models. Did you know this going into your relationship?
With me, I had no idea who he was, what he did, or any of his music.
 
Seriously? You didn’t know about his hit record, “Pump It Up”?
No, I thought Swizz Beatz did that song.
 
Ouch.
I didn’t know anything about his past. And I judged him by who he was and who he presented himself to me.
Ironically, Joe’s ex Somaya Reece claimed that she had never heard of Joe Budden before hooking up with him either. o_0
 
 
 
Wayans Bros Headed to Court
Back in 2009 a former assistant to Keenan, Shawn and Marlon Wayans accused the brothers of ripping off his jokes and filed a copyright infringement suit against them [click here if you missed that]. Well, Assistant Joke Writing Guy is getting ready to have his day in court...
 
According to The Hollywood Reporter Keenan, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are due in court July 11th to answer charges of plagiarism brought against them by Jared Edwards who says the brothers stole his golddigger jokes. Jared, who worked for the Wayans brothers for ten years, claims he pitched a series of 'You Know You're a Golddigger When' jokes to the Wayans brothers, who turned down his idea then turned around and published a book called 'You Know You're a Golddigger When..." with St. Martin's Press. Because the book didn't do well, the judge has put a cap on the amount of damages that can be awarded.
 
 

Beyonce Sings To NYC Fireworks, Rocks Pages of VOGUE ITALIA July 2011 Issue
Beyonce's already donned the cover and pages of L'Umo Vogue recently. And now she has some black and white vintage glam pics for the July 2011 issue of Vogue Italia.
I've got her gorgeous pics, when you read on....

She turned up the full out glam with floor length fur coats and beaded evening gowns.

Gorgeous spread.

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No Target Boycott Backlash for Beyonce
Lady Gaga sided with her her fans and ended her deal with Target to sell her cd 'Born This Way' exclusively at Target stores after it was revealed Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel contributed to Tea Party presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann's political campaign and various anti-gay rights causes. Beyonce, however has suffered no such backlash.
Three months ago, Target's exclusive album deal with Lady Gaga imploded after the gay-friendly artist conceded to fan criticism of the deal.
 
But now, Target has signed a whole new exclusive pop star deal — with Beyonce, Gaga's Telephone (and Video Phone) partner in crime.
So far, no complaints from fans, but Target is far from out of the woods, as its recent support on a gay marriage ban in its home state of Minnesota collided with its sponsorship of gay pride celebrations this past weekend.
 
Target's exclusive deal with Beyonce (the first woman to headline Britain's Glastonbury this weekend, where she gave a "gobsmacking" performance) makes a "deluxe" version of her album available only at the retailer's stores and website.
 
 
 
Lenny Kravitz talks ‘Hunger Games,’ admits daughter Zoe steals his fashion
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The August issue of Details magazine features an interview with Lenny Kravitz. Unfortunately, it’s not a feature piece, so there’s no photoshoot to go along with his words; but we’ll take what we can get from the always delicious Mr. Kravitz, who is promoting his upcoming album, Black and White America, which arrives in U.S. stores on August 30. In addition to shilling for the new record, Lenny also discusses his upcoming role as Cinna in The Hunger Games, which instantly gained some sex appeal merely by way of casting the man. Oh, and he’s also got some choice words to say about Zoe stealing his fashion! Here are the highlights:
 
On His Mixed Race: My mother never really brought up race because our house was full of color. But she did have an intelligent way of putting it. I was 5 years old and she said, “You are just as much white as you are black, just as much Russian Jew as you are African-American. But society is only going to view you as black.” If you have a drop of black blood, they put the black stamp on you. If I have to fill out a form that asks what race I am, I check both boxes.
 
On Looking Back At His Past Fashion: I look back at some of those pictures and I’m like, “Wow, that was really crazy.” I would try anything: furs, boas, platform boots. It’s funny how you never think you’re going to change. I met Mick Jagger at the beginning of my career and asked him, “Where’s that outfit with the omega on it? Where’s that cape?” He said, “I don’t know. I think my daughter has it in her closet.” I was so bummed. But now my daughter, Zoe, has a lot of my stuff. She took all my boas from the Mama Said era. They were in storage, and I yelled at her, “Don’t steal my boas!” She laughed and said, “Those words would not come out of most fathers’ mouths.”
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On His Relationship With Zoe: I’m old-school about the father-daughter thing, but she’s also my best friend. She grew up with me. I didn’t hide a lot. She learned by listening and observing what I was doing.
 
On Whether He Dreads Walking Her Down The Aisle I’m not. I look forward to it. But I’m hoping she doesn’t ask me that, like, tomorrow.
 
On Whether He Read Hunger Games Before Being Cast: I honestly hadn’t heard of them before the director called me. I hope the fans don’t hate me for that. He had seen my work in Precious and called and offered me the part of Cinna, who is the stylist for the main character, Katniss. He saw how I played a caregiver in Precious and figured I might be good for Cinna. I didn’t have to audition, so I’m lucky.
 
[From Details]
 
I was completely correct when I pegged Zoe’s style as very early ’90s because those boas that Lenny mentions are all from Mama Said, which came out in 1991. So she’s basically inspired by her father’s style of that era. Likewise, Zoe’s mother, Lisa Bonet also reached the height of her fame in the early ’90s as well, and I imagine that a lot of Zoe’s closet is also filled with stuff that she’s snagged from her mom (worn at that point in time) too. Does that make sense? Zoe wants to be cool, and her parents were coolest back in the early ’90s; hence her “vintage” emulation. Anyway, it sounds as if Lenny’s hoping that Zoe and Michael Fassbender don’t head down the aisle at any time in the near future, so that’s a good sign for all of us.
 
 

Tyrese & Daughter Shayla’s Day At The Beach
Opting out of the big parties for the 4th of July, ‘Transformers 3′ star Tyrese Gibson spent the day on the beach with his daughter, Shayla Iylana Gibson. Tyrese tweeted photos of his daddy/daughter day with almost 4-year-old Shayla, cuddling on the beach and playing in the water.
I love Daddy’s little girl moments. Check out more photos of Tyrese and Shayla below:
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Sweet!
 
 

Rick Ross Being Sued For Dog Killing
Rapper Rick Ross is being sued for $15,000 for the death of a 3-year-old Yorkshire Terrier.
 
According to the suit, his three pitbulls escaped from his Atlanta mansion in April and killed the unsuspecting doggie, named Banks.
The dead canine’s owner says in court documents that Ross, referred to as William L. Roberts II, allowed his four legged children to enter her property and ferociously attack her baby, reports TMZ.

The Terrier suffered from “three large bite wounds on his back” and a “very large bite wound” around his neck
 
 
 

Is Queen Latifah Preparing to Come Out?
On the show 'Singles Ladies' LisaRaye plays a character that closely mirrors herself as Keisha the man eating golddigger. Stacy Dash plays a role closely mirroring her real self as Valerie a woman who's never not been in a relationship.
 
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So what did it mean when Queen Latifah made a cameo as a media personality who comes out of the closet...?
 
 

Jagged Edge has ‘The Remedy’ On 7th Album
*Legendary Grammy nominated R&B group Jagged Edge released their 7th studio album titled “The Remedy” (Slip-N-Slide Records/EMI) on June 21, 2011. The quartet returns to replenish what’s been missing from R&B with an album that has that classic “Jagged Edge” sound: timeless, sensual and honest R&B Music that millions of fans adore. “The Remedy” features the hit singles, “Baby,” “Tip of My Tongue” and future hit singles “Flow Through My Veins” and “Lipstick” featuring Rick Ross.
 
The first music video off the album was for “Baby,” directed by renown director Yolande Geralds. It was the hot joint on BET’s 106 & Park and was a top 20 hit on the Billboard Urban AC radio charts. Big stations are supporting the album including: KRNB Dallas, KJLH Los Angeles, WSRB Chicago, WCGI Chicago and WBLS New York. The second video is for their current single titled “Tip of My Tongue” featuring Trina and Gucci Mane. In support of “The Remedy” Jagged Edge plans on touring this summer. Dates will be announced at a later time.
 
Said Ted Lucas, CEO of Slip-N-Slide Records, “Jagged Edge will help usher in a new era at Slip-N-Slide Records with “The Remedy.” We are excited about the release of this album and watching Jagged Edge climb up the charts again.”
 
 
 
Jermaine Dupri Using Janet Jackson to Sell His Bentley
Over the weekend an auction popped up on Ebay offering a Bentley convertible customized by Platinum Motorsports for Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson. How odd, because I remember when Jermaine first got the Bentley he was featured in Dub Magazine and the Bentley was customized with So So Def headrests, no double Js with intertwined hearts anything like that. Funny now that the Bentley is for sale on Ebay all of a sudden it was custom built for Janet Jackson...
The listing reads,
Here is your once in a life to chance to own a custom built Bentley Continental GTC convertible built for Jermaine Dupri & Janet Jackson by Platinum Motorsport with well over $275k in the total vehicle with customizations. Done in a very hard to find White exterior over a Tan hides and top, this vehicle has only been driven 9,520. Truly shows better than any new Bentley around.
Key Features include :
 
** Full Mansory body kit, including front and rear bumpers, side skirts and rear spoiler.
 
** Complete Mansory exhaust system with black powder coated Mansory exhaust tips
 
** All black grill, moldings & trim
 
** Black tinted / smoked taillights
 
** Piano Black overlay atop of walnut brown veneers (Very elegant interior with a lot of pop!)
 
** Custom made (and staggered) 22” Forged wheels with matte black center on color coded white lip 22x9 front …22x10.5 rear
 
** (New Mulliner wheels and tires also available for your more conservative side if need be)
 
This GTC is by far one of the most stylish and unique vehicles in the country. You will not find another GTC that is as sharp, yet sporty and classy as this Bentley. Whether you are going to the “Country Club” … or the “Local Dance Club” you will be sure to have one of the most attractive, elegant and sporty vehicles in the lot. Stop hesitating and don’t miss out on this life time opportunity to own a true celebrity owned custom Dream Piece!! All the customizing has been done for you … stop hesitating, and get ready to drop the top and drive the BENTLEY of BENTLEY’s. Summer will pass soon … don’t miss your opportunity!
 
 
 
MOMMY & ME: Stacey Dash Celebrates Daughter Lola's 8th Birthday At Disneyland!
"Single Ladies" star Stacey Dash threw her daughter Lola a birthday party at Disneyland to celebrate her turning 8. Nice! See the lovely pics inide....
44-year-old Stacey Dash celebrated her daughter Lola’s 8th birthday at Mickey Mouse's other house recently. And had on cute birthday tees to match.
On June 21st, Stacey wished her daughter a Happy Birthday via Twitter saying, “Lola’s big day. Happy Birthday to my baby.. Spending our day at the ‘Happiest Place On Earth’. ”
 
Lola clearly gets her eyes from mom. Stacey's older son, Austin, is 20 now. Time flies. Cute pic!
 
 
 
Lady Gaga on copying Madonna: “There’s no drama, no jealousy, no competition”
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This is Lady Gaga on the cover of the August issue of The Advocate. This is her “self portrait” - or at least that’s what they’re claiming. I’ve just skimmed the article (the full piece is here), and Gaga seems to be fielding questions mostly about politics and her work on issues of gay rights. So, unlike her recent Harper’s Bazaar piece, Gaga doesn’t sound like a coked-out lunatic, claiming that Alexander McQueen’s ghost inhabited her body to write “Born This Way”. Gaga doesn’t sound so druggy here, but… you know, she’s still full of herself. I buy that she’s a passionate supporter of gay rights, and she really does put her time and effort where her mouth is:
Through skepticism and criticism, pop superstar Lady Gaga remains one of the most outspoken advocates for LGBT equality today. She’s been accused of not being gay enough to claim one of the letters the aforementioned acronym, and critics say her activism is superficial, but through it all her devotion to supporting marriage equality, fighting the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and increasing AIDS awareness remains strong. The Advocate’s Jeremy Kinser spoke with Lady Gaga about her activism, her critics, and her music. Lady Gaga immediately sounded off against some of the skeptics.
 
“To say that I would use the gay community to sell records is probably one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me,” Gaga states with a hint of frustration in her voice. “I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.”
 
While she may be frustrated by the backlash she has faced, she understands that with fame comes cynicism.
 
“Rumors, shots at me as a human being, that’s what comes with the territory of being a musician and being someone who is a public figure,” Gaga confesses. “I care only about what I can change. What can I push forward? How can I be a part of the fight for modern social issues?”
 
Lady Gaga put her money where her mouth was, however, in a recent controversy with mega-retailer Target. The company was set to sell a special edition of Gaga’s album Born This Way, but many LGBTs expressed indignation at the deal after Target came under fire when the company’s corporate PAC made campaign contributions to support antigay candidate Tom Emmer in his failed 2010 run for governor of Minnesota. After the outcry, Gaga met with the company’s “entire executive staff” and soon thereafter canceled the deal.
 
“You’re either going to try and change or you’re not,” Gaga recalls of the meeting, in which she insisted Target ally itself with LGBT charities and organizations. And, while terms of the deal were not made public, they did not satisfy the singer.
 
“Taking an ambiguous stance is not what I’m about, obviously. I like to go right for the ass-kicker. You’re either in or you’re out. I’m from New York. I know bullsh-t. I can smell it from a mile away.”
 
Lady Gaga has also faced backlash—fair or not—for drawing too heavily from another gay favorite and equality advocate, Madonna. Gaga recognizes those comparisons as well as those to other women she admires, including Barbra Streisand.
 
“There’s no drama, there’s no jealousy, there’s no competition,” she says. “They’re just happy to see other women winning. I just feel so connected to Madonna in a lot of ways, and I feel connected to Barbra, and I feel connected to Cher and Blondie and all of the women who came before me.”
 
Born This Way: “I would say that’s precisely what Born This Way is all about. It’s not about just being born in one moment; it’s about being reborn over and over again until you find and become that unique and special person inside of you that is the most brave and the most sure and the most ready to take on the world,” she says. “And I was born this way. And that’s who I am. Some people weren’t born to wear masks, but I was. I was born to wear masks and wigs and fashion. To express myself through my clothing and my performance art, and that’s who I am. And the song is meant to be liberating not only from an individual perspective but from a creative perspective.”
 
Gaga doesn’t take the accompanying fame for granted. She knows that with it comes an equal measure of responsibility. “I believe I was destined to be an artist,” she says. “At the end of the day I could be rolling around in Rolls-Royces, buying mansions for myself, making records, and dancing around in my underwear. But to be honest, I’m not interested in doing that at all. I’d rather be at rallies with the fans, being a part of their voice, helping to mobilize and enforce change. If people don’t believe me, they don’t have to be a part of it.”
 
[From The Advocate]
 
Ugh… when she’s talking about gay rights, I’m all “go, Gaga!” And then she starts in with her martyr complex and how she’s not copying Madonna and I just want to smack her a little bit. Ugh, I won’t even start with her.
 
 

The Kardashians Save Lamar Odom From a Trade
Lamar Odam can thank his mother-in-law for saving him from being traded by the Lakers.
Lamar Odom was extremely close to being shipped out of Laker land…Luckily for him, his wife is a Kardashian….My source tells me the Sixers backed off after hearing through channels that Lamar would be very unhappy playing anywhere but Los Angeles…He and his wife Khloe film a reality show, and this would be much more difficult to pull off in Philly…When Khloe first heard about the rumors, her mother, both her and Lamar’s manager, immediately got a hold of some people in the Lakers front office, reiterating her need for Lamar to play for the Lakers…I think with Odom on Team Kardashian, it’s safe to say he’s going to retire a Laker.
 

Mashonda Celebrates Her Independence
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Continuing to celebrate her ‘independence’ from ex-husband Swizz Beatz, R&B singer Mashonda had an ‘Independence Day’ themed shoot with Vibe for their summer of celebrities in swimwear.
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Proud to be an American, she rocked a blue one piece with an American flag.
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She also flaunted her goods in a two piece and a white ensemble.
 
 

Missy Elliott Opens Up During Her VH1 ‘Behind The Music’ Special
Missy Elliott’s trials and tribulations — and there have been plenty of each — were well documented last night on her Behind The Music special on VH1. In the hour-long special, the MC, born Melissa Arnette Elliott, opens up about many of her personal struggles: growing up in poverty, being sexually abused by her cousin, watching her violent father terrorize her family, losing her beloved friend Aaliyah, and her current battle with Grave’s Disease. Thankfully, it’s not all tragedy — we see the promising beginnings of her music career as part of a group called Fayze, the chance meeting with lifelong friend and collaborator Timbaland, and the point where she becomes one of the biggest hip-hop stars in the game. Watch the whole special below.
 
Missy’s pals Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Ciara and Timbaland, among others, make cameos during the special to talk about the hip-hop star. Her friend, rapper Melvin Magoo, even reveals that he coined her stage name “Misdemeanor”: “Her ability to write, rap and produce was almost like a crime.”
 
“People are always like, where you been? I haven’t seen you in a minute,” says the rapper of her five-year absence. “I’ve been working on my album, and making sure it’s hot.” We’re even showed footage of Missy and Timbaland in the studio recording “Take Ur Clothes Off” for her long-delayed (but no less anticipated) new album Block Party.
 
Welcome back, Missy! We missed ya.
 
 
 
In News You Care About: New Orleans Bad Girls Club Cast Revealed!
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club is an extreme guilty pleasure of mine. This time, the girls are being set up in New Orleans and, as with every new season, they promise to be badder than the last bunch.
The new season (7) starts on August 1st at 9pm. Will you be watching?
 
(Pictured above: (l-r) Tasha, NaStasia, Angelic, Priscilla, Tiara, Judi, & Shelly)
 
 
 
 
Janelle Monae for Glamour: Do You Have a Signature Look?
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Janelle Monae, is featured in Glamour Magazine’s August 2011 issue. The spread shows Monae against colorful background full of imagination and verve wearing her trademark white and black menswear looks.
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The article gives further insight on why Monae chooses to stick to a white and black color palette and menswear looks. She tells Glamour:
 
“I’m just attracted to a very tailored, classic look that commands attention. The tuxedo, especially on women, does that, I think, because of the stark black and white. It’s not a trendy thing. It’s timeless. It’s transcendent. The kind of thing you can give to your grandchildren.”
She also shares that her classic look developed as she matured:
 
“When I was a kid, I think I was more fearless. Children go with whatever makes them feel good—like if that’s the color green or orange, they do that with their clothes. As I’ve grown older, everything reversed. My music, my personality—onstage those things became my colors.”
Though I still wear every color in the crayon box, I’m rarely caught in anything other than a skirt or a dress. As I got older, I became drawn to classic and feminine silhouettes and I rarely deviate from that.
 
Ladies do you have a signature look? What do you think about Janelle Monae’s style?
 
 
 
Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" Taunts Miguel, Gay Rights Group Responds
New York radio show The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 poked fun at R&B singer Miguel Wednesday morning.
According to reports, Powere 105.1 played a spoof taunting Miguel by changing the lyrics of his hit song, "Sure Thing" from “You can bet that, you don't have to sweat that” to “You can bet that, Miguel wants your butt crack,” while adding a “n*gga you're gay” to assure listeners exactly of what they were getting at.
Reports by NewsOne state:

The station clearly directed jabs toward the R&B singer, whose sexuality has been frequently questioned by online blogs and media personalities.
Though the spoof seemingly intended to produce a chuckle from the station's listeners, it was a highly offensive act aimed at Miguel and gay and lesbian listeners.
The Human Rights Campaign, one of the top LGBT civil rights organizations in the country, released a statement to NewsOne condemning the radio station's remarks.

“There's nothing humorous about homophobia,” said Deputy Press Secretary Paul Guequierre.
“When young people who might be struggling with their identity listen to the radio, they shouldn't hear a dangerous message of hate.
Radio stations have a responsibility instead to send a message that embraces everyone for who they are.”
Last month, Miguel defended his sexuality, which was typically brought into question due to his eclectic fashion.
He affirmed, “For anyone who questions my sexuality, the honest truth is I love women. I've always openly loved women.”
Miguel attributed his style, which he labeled “futuristic,” to his embracing of “worldly culture” and his traveling experiences.
 

 
 
 
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“Gettin’ Quiky Wit It”
Did they bust out the Kid N Play leg dance? I can’t say for certain, but I heard the performance was mad fresh dope yo!
 
 
 
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A DAMN SHAME! Casey Anthony Trial Verdict: NOT GUILTY Of First-Degree Murder




After 33 days of testimony, 400 pieces of evidence and more than 90 witnesses, the jury in the Casey Anthony case has reached a verdict.

After just a day of deliberation, jurors informed the court at midday that they had reached a decision, and both sides in the case were ordered to assemble in the courtroom.
Anthony has been found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She was also found not guilty of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. But she was convicted on charges of misleading law enforcement.
The case against Anthony was mostly circumstantial, but as it unfolded she was portrayed in the trial as a promiscuous, self-centered woman who became a cold-blooded killer. The motive, prosecutors alleged, was to allow her to live a carefree life without her daughter.

The state's case theory was that a desperate Anthony used chloroform to subdue her daughter and then suffocated her with duct tape. Anthony then fabricated fantastic lies to cover up her deeds, they said.
Anthony's attorney Jose Baez told the jury his client was the victim of an abusive upbringing.

According to Baez, Casey Anthony and her father, George Anthony, were home alone on June 16, 2008, when they noticed Caylee was missing. They began a frantic search, looking under beds and in the garage. Then George Anthony took the search outside to the above-ground pool where they found a lifeless Caylee floating in the water, Baez said.

For six weeks, the jury listened to arguments from both sides.

“The best ‘evidence’ of reasonable doubt is the worldwide interest in this case. Clearly, if conviction appeared to be a foregone conclusion, the interest would not be so extraordinary and clearly would have waned in any event,” famed Seattle attorney Anne Bremner said in an interview with The Huffington Post.

From the trial’s start, Bremner has followed the case as a legal analyst for CNN’s Nancy Grace and for other news networks.
“Jose Baez sowed the seeds of reasonable doubt in this case,” Bremner continued. “There was no cause of death, no direct evidence of Casey's guilt and no evidence that this wasn't an accident. While Casey has been demonized by many, we have seen here that the highest calling of citizenship is jury duty, and these jurors did their duty despite tremendous public pressure to rush to judgment. Justice requires that we respect and accept their decision.”

The acquittal of Casey Anthony will go down in history as a stunning victory for the defense in what has been called the latest “trial of the century.”
If convicted of murder, Anthony, 25, could have faced the death penalty.

Personally it’s a shame. She is connected to this child’s murder and if this was Shaquitta Jenkins do you think she would have been acquitted of ALL CHARGES?? Just saying!

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Beyonce Swoops In At #1 With Over 313,000 "4" Albums Sold
 

Beyonce Knowles still topped the charts for her first week album sales, despite controversial reviews either loving her album 4, or completely hating it. She's 4 for 4, beating out projected sales and securing her 4th #1 album.

Find out just how many units she actually pushed here in the U.S., when you read on...
Hits Daily Double reports Beyonce's full first week (last Tuesday to yesterday) of sales in the U.S. came out to 313,420 units sold.

4 leaked 3 weeks early and the "Girls" singer struggled to nab a Top 10 hit single. Still, with little promotion in the U.S. prior to the album release, it's #1 with a hefty amount of sales.
She also sold about 164,000 albums internationally the first day of its release (a day before it was actually released in the U.S.) and the album was reportedly immediately #1 in 25 countries.
Last year, the Columbia artist moved 482,000 albums the first week with her "I Am...Sasha Fierce" double album.
 
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Bad Blood: Joyner Blames Smiley for Halperin’s Obama ‘Dick’ Diss
*Whoa, it’s going down. And that’s putting it mildly with the situation between Tom Joyner and Tavis Smiley.
 
Simply put, Joyner, who served as co-host/MC, along with Angela Bassett at the McDonalds365Black luncheon at the Essence Festival on Friday, is flat out saying that Tavis Smiley along with his “side-piece,” Cornel West is responsible for the climate that’s made it comfortable for Obama haters like Time magazine’s Mark Halperin to call President Obama a “dick.”
 
The reaction to Joyner’s commentary is bound to be “interesting” to say the least and it’ll be surprising if it doesn’t set off a firestorm of reactions in Black America and beyond.
 
(Editor’s Note: Joyner’s blog/commentary was written and originally published on 07-01-11 at Blackamericaweb.com)
 
My New D-Word for Tavis and Cornel
Before I get to Mark Halperin, let me give you a little background.
 
They say that if you’re angry with someone, you should write a letter, get all the mean stuff out, and then tear it up or delete it. When you’re a little more calm, you write another letter or confront the person face to face.
 
About a month ago, I wrote a blog about Tavis Smiley and decided to table it because I said some things I didn’t want to publish. You’re probably thinking I went too hard him, but no. In reality, I hadn’t gone hard enough – and I knew it. I said I’d wait until something pissed me off so bad that I would have the words harsh enough to express what I was really feeling about him and his side piece – I mean side kick – Cornel West.
 
Well, yesterday, when Mark Halperin – a well-respected journalist, employed by a well-respected magazine and a contributor to a well-respected news network – had the audacity to call the president of the United States a dick, that was all I needed.
 
While I am appalled at Halperin’s statement, I have no expectations of him as a man and know nothing about his character. I am appalled, however, that as editor-at-large of Time magazine, he is responsible for among other things, deciding what stories will be covered in that publication. As the person in charge of political content, it is upsetting to know that he probably has not been objective in his dealings with material I and so many people look forward to (until now) reading each week. Needless to say, I’ve cancelled my subscription to Time magazine and hope you will too.
 
But I’m even more disgusted with Smiley and West, two brothers who I did have expectations of – and thought I knew. These two have done much worse than what Halperin has done because they set the tone for it, opened the door to it, and must take much of the blame for creating a climate that would make a white, professional journalist feel comfortable verbally and vulgarly attacking the first black president of the United States.
 
When you think you know a person, when you’ve given a person a forum to present his views, when you’ve had a hand in a person’s success, you want to believe that he is the same person he always was.
 
Remember THAT Tavis – the one who could take any complicated political story that had an impact on black America and “break it down” for us every Tuesday and Thursday in less than five minutes. The one who coined the phrase “radio advocacy” and alerted us any time anyone – from a private business owner to a politician to a corporate giant – even thought about doing black folks wrong. The Tavis that loved black people so much that he would sometimes, during his commentaries, be moved to tears. Where is that guy? You know, the guy that would have been telling me, “Fly Jock, Halperin has got to go.” For a while, I thought he was still with us, even though people around me (and many of you) tried to convince me otherwise. “Tavis is a hater.” “Tavis is only about himself.” “Tavis is jealous of the president.” I wouldn’t believe any of it. I had so much respect for him before his primary goal became selling books, and, later, selling out.
 
As we approach the Fourth of July weekend, one that celebrates our freedoms, including freedom of speech, I wish someone would use that as a defense of what Tavis, Cornel and Mark Halperin have said against our president. When dangerous words incite and brew up hatred and violence, there is a line. And these three crossed it.
 
In case you believe I think Tavis and Cornel called the president an offensive name, I don’t. I think they did something even worse. Any black people with any sense know that racists on the job, at school, at church or on the bus wait for opportunities to feel comfortable enough to spew their evil thoughts. If a black person tells a racist joke in front of a racist or laughs at one, it won’t be long before the racist begins to fire off a couple of his own. Mark Halperin and others are no different. They hate the president because he is black, and Tavis and Cornel, by not having the sense to not give them the opening they waited for, went all in. And this is what we get.
 
So, yes, MSNBC, fire Mark Halperin. I hope he never works again. I’ve already fired Tavis and Cornel. There’s nothing either can ever do for me or with me again.
 
I’ve got a new D-word for the two of them: Done.
 
Like we said, this is definitely a “Whoa!” moment. Based on the tone of the piece, one can only wonder if there’s something really personal coloring Tom’s comments as well. What do you think?

 
 
Spike Lee: ” The Oscars Don’t Matter”
Working in the industry professionally for 30 years, filmmaker Spike Lee has never felt the need to hold back and always seems to be in the midst of controversy. Recently, he had a Q&A session with public television’s Charlie Rose at PromaxBDA to discuss why he hasn’t made a feature film in three years, his thoughts on LeBron James, President Obama’s reelection, and why after making movies like Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X, he’s never won an Oscar and believes they don’t matter:
 
On Why the Oscars Don’t Matter:
“In 1989, Do the Right Thing was not even nominated [for best picture]. What film won best picture in 1989? Driving Miss Mother F—ing Daisy! That’s why [Oscars] don’t matter, because 20 years later, who’s watching Driving Miss Daisy?”
 
“There are many times in history where the best work does not get awarded and I’m not even talking about my own work. So that’s why [the Oscars] don’t matter.”
 
On Why The Sequel to his most successful film ‘Inside Man’ was never made
“Inside Man was my most successful film, but we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.”
 
On If He’d Ever Work With Heat Star LeBron James:
“LeBron’s having a tough way to go now. And a lot of that I feel he brought upon himself. But I would work with him. I think he’s a good guy. He’s always been very respectful to me personally. And he’s funny. In a comedic role, I think he would do very well.”
 
On Acting in His Own Films:
“I don’t like acting; not in front of the camera. The only reason I was in She’s Gotta Have It is because we couldn’t afford anybody else. But with the success of Mars Blackmon, I said, ‘I’ll continue to do it.’ At the same time, it was not something I enjoyed doing. Once it got to point where it wouldn’t hurt [the film] if I weren’t in it I [stopped].”
 
On actors in general:
You’re out there buck-naked and that is hard. The reason why actors are f—ed up; can you imagine having a job where someone is, ‘No, no, no. Your butt’s too big. Your heads to big. You’re too skinny. Your nose is too big?’”
 
On Barack Obama:
“There were people who thought that racism and prejudice would be eradicated [with the election of the first African American president.] The moment he put his hand on Abraham Lincoln’s bible it was going to be abracadabra, presto chango, poof! I was there that night [in Chicago’s Grant Park on Election Night.] It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I was swept up in the euphoria; drinking the Kool-Aid like everybody else. And here we are: racism and prejudice have not disappeared.”
 
On President Obama’s re-election prospects:
“It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a fight.”
 
 
 
The Braxton Sisters & Mary J. Blige Hit The Carol's Daughter Pop-Up Store+Laz & Boris Get All-White Sexy
Fab times were in store--literally--for The Braxton sisters and Mary J. Blige yesterday in New Orleans. The ladies made their way to the Carol's Daughter pop-up store
I've got pics and video from the events, plus pics of Laz Alonso and Boris Kodjoe looking all kinds of good at Essence's All-White Affair, and an Essence.com current live stream from the festivities in case you're missing all the action.....
Tamar.com and Trina Braxton posed it up with Mary at the CD pop-up store yesterday. Tons of fans came by to get autographs with the ladies

Can't help but HATE that damn Tamar.
Mary and her denim short shorts and Hermes belt--bringing us right back tot he early 90's--chilled out in the decked out store.
And she pushed out her brand new second fragrance, My Life Blossom.

She made a wild arrival with founder Lisa Price in a second line parade all the way from the New Orleans Convention Center down to the French Quarter pop-up store:

Nice....But before Mary's parade:
How pretty is Trina!
Gorgeous ladies.
Over at the All-White Affair at Generations Hall, "ATL Housewife" Cynthia Bailey and her hubby Peter got kissy-faced:

Can't wait to see how their marriage is panning out. Because that pre-wedding drama was something else last season.
Boris Kodjoe had all the ladies of course.

I guess Nicole decided to stay home....