Earlier I told you that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino's brother would appear on the same show that made his sister a household name. But hold on, who knew Ricco Barrino was signed to Grand Hustle to write hits for T.I.'s roster of talent including Young Dro and Alfamega.
We've all heard rumors that artists were jumping ship from Grand Hustle now that the King of the South was on house arrest and facing serious time. But it looks like T.I.'s label isn't going under after all. Ricco already had a regional hit with his ladies anthem "Bubble Gum". Barrino alongside Grand Hustle producer Keith Mack, has a few more hits up their sleeves for Grand Hustle.
Which begs the question: isn't American Idol supposed to be all about finding unsigned talent?
I know you don't care, but Gabrielle Union is b*tching about the blogs again. Gabby, 35, is careful to put only the black blogs on blast daily because she NEEDS the attention from the "other" bloggers.
I usually ignore Gabrielle's whinings, but today's article from AOL's Black Voices caught my attention. Did she really say she was a voice in "our" community?
"It's sad that people who have that forum where you have all this traffic... If I really did get arrested or stole someone's flipping husband and the wife was calling me, sure. So if I do it, talk about it. I own that, I screwed up. It's never happened! Don't create crap that is negating one of the few voices in our community that actually likes Black people, loves Black men and is actually trying to do something for our community and make changes. Don't try to kill that voice along with your stories so that you can get a couple of more subscribers. It's just bulls--t and its unfortunate."
Indianapolis, Indiana was rocked to its core by the senseless killings of two women, a toddler and a baby who were shot multiple times while being held in their mother's arms.
Police are searching for two men who were seen running from the home.
The victims were Charlii Yarrell, 4 months; Charlii’s mother, Andrea Yarrell, 24; Jordan Hunt, 23 months; and Jordan’s mother, Gina Hunt, 24.
The two women and the toddler died at the scene. Four-month-old Charlii Yarrell was taken to Methodist Hospital with several gun shot wounds. She died a few hours later.
Police initially investigated a burglary at a vacant house late Monday night. A short time later they were called again about gunshots being fired across the street from the vacant house. Police entered the home through a broken window and found the bodies.
A set of electronic scales, a safe, a pound marijuana and several long guns were found in the house, according to police. Two handguns were later found in the street near the home.
The story has received national press coverage and more than 80 investigators have been assigned to the case. The murders are a top priority for every uniformed law enforcement officer in Indianapolis. "Whoever is responsible for this, we're going to track you down like dogs," Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson said. "We're not going to stop until we find you and put you in a cage where you belong."
Rihanna and Beyonce's fans know they can't always look their best in every situation. Beyonce wore a scary new brown lace front wig to the taco stand in NY last night. Is it Halloween already?
Meanwhile, Rihanna looks hot in just about everything she wears. You can hate on the girl but you're wasting your time. Chris Brown's old lady/manager betta check Rihanna though. Isn't that Chris' tour jacket she's wearing? I'm not mad that Rihanna's ever-present girlfriend always manages to get into her pictures.
Haters are everywhere it seems. Someone at Amazon.com doesn't think much of Janet Jackson's upcoming CD "Discipline". The non-fan thinks the album is destined to flop. So they went ahead and labeled the album a flop on Amazon's website.
A sharp eyed Janet fan spotted the title and alerted Janet's label. But the title is still there. Check it out at this link.
Perez Hilton has a full review of Janet's album which was previewed at a Def Jam listening party in my birth place of London, England on Wednesday.
As you know I reported last year that Jay Z took it hard when producers of the film "American Gangster" passed him over for actor Denzel Washington for the role of heroine dealer Frank Lucas. The decision was a no brainer, but Jay Z took the slight to heart.
Denzel and Jay Z met up Tuesday night at 1st Class Entertainment/Universal Records' R&B Live Showcase at Spotlight in NYC. My spies tell me the two men were cordial to each other but they didn't take pics together.
We are loving Jay Z's Louis Vuitton man purse! He can't be half bad with taste like that!
If you missed it, Oprah briefly interviewed convicted felon Marion Jones on her show today. Apparently, Jones is already in federal custody and was not able to fly to Chicago to appear in person on the show.
As predicted, Oprah went a little easy on Marion (probably due to time constraints). She asked Jones only one tough question about lying to the feds. Jones told Oprah she "made a mistake" and said God would forgive her even if people didn't. According to radio host Ryan Cameron of the Ryan Cameron Show on V-103, Oprah said it "kills her" when people call on God after they get into trouble.
Jones also told Oprah she and her husband didn't plan to tell their 4-year-old son that mommy was going to jail. Jones choked up when she recounted how her son was upset that she couldn't take him to school this morning.
On Friday, Jones was sentenced to 6 months in the federal pen for lying to the feds about her steroid use and a check fraud scheme.
My inside source was right again! According to People.com, Eddie Murphy and his new wife of two weeks, Tracey Edmond's have split! As I said earlier, it was strange that the couple didn't involve their children when they tied the knot in Bora Bora on New Year's day. Typically a couple includes their chidren (or child) in their wedding if they expect to have any happiness.
So sad. But maybe it's for the best. Eddie had too much baggage going into the marriage, and his trouble plagued history with women (and men) has raised more than a few eyebrows. But Tracey's gold digging past probably didn't help either. Maybe Eddie knew what he ws doing when he "tested the waters" by marrying her in a location where the wedding wouldn't be officially sanctioned in the U.S.
Ladies take note: it doesn't matter how fine a man is if his mind ain't right. He will make you miserable in the long run. Find a homely man who will treat you like a queen so you can grow old together.
Beyonce's little sister Solange Knowles writes (yet another) glowing Myspace blog about life with her son Juelz. A mother's love is a beautiful thing to behold, but Solange takes it a little too far sometimes. She calls him "the coolest kid ever" and writes that he "fusses if he doesn't have a cup of Starbucks coffee with his morning paper."
Wow, that kid is so awesome!
"I have been so blessed that my son is the coolest kid ever. He fusses if he doesn't have a cup of Starbucks coffee with his morning paper. Of course, that first year of not sleeping and just being dedicated to him had tough parts but that’s fine. It’s been a blast for me. A lot of people have doubts, but when you have a child I think it takes a really non-emotional person not to have a blast, no matter what age. I’ve heard stories of people who were 14 that had kids and basically snapped into it and got into the groove of motherhood. I think that emotional attachment, there’s nothing out of it that you could regret."
An Australian Tennis tv commentator infuriated tennis fans and offended African Americans around the world with his sexist remarks about Venus Williams derrière. Roger Rasheed, a former coach of Lleyton Hewitt, made the comments during a slow-motion replay of a match between Venus Williams and China's Yan Zi at the Australian Open this past weekend.
"Take a look at this now," said Rasheed to his co-commentators Tracy Austin and Nicole Bradtke. "Make or think as you will, ladies, but for me, that's a pretty good sight."
Former tennis champ Austin pointed out that Williams had more going for her than just her booty, "she's got her own clothing line.. and she brings more than just her tennis game to the court."
Fans around the country lit up the tv station's switchboard with complaints. Some felt the remarks were inappropriate during a live tennis broadcast.
NBC said there would be no action taken against Rasheed.
Queen Latifah is pissed at bloggers and it isn't easy to get the Queen upset. Normally the media treats the Queen well, but she points out that certain bloggers took things too far.
In an interview with Contactmusic.com, the actress-singer warns certain bloggers that she is "ready to take it to their ass.
"'They are actually starting to p**s me off. I haven't been brutalized like some people... but you feel taken advantage of.
"I'm tired of hearing from my family members, `Did you say this?' When somebody calls my family, that's what concerns me. I have little brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews who are not so media savvy as me.
'They are not so thick skinned with this business, so these reports bother them. That's when I really want to go for somebody's throat, legally with lawyers and all. And I will.' (Source)
That Katie Holmes post reminded me that I haven't done a Louis Vuitton post in a while. So without further ado, presenting my first Stars and Their Louis Vuittons post of 2008. Of course I had to put my girls Mary J. Blige and Rihanna first. She exemplifies style and grace even when she's wearing a tank top with her Louis.
Who else can rock a Louis like that without drawing criticism? Rihanna keeps it simple but sexy.
By Mike Clary and Macollvie Jean-François | Sun-Sentinel.com
The body of Stepha Henry has not been found, but so much of her blood was in the car that took her to a Sunrise nightclub that she could not possibly have survived, officials said Tuesday.
At a news conference at the Miami-Dade Police Department, officials for the first time said Henry, 22, was brutally murdered last May, and though she remains missing, her killer, police said, has been located.
Police in Brooklyn arrested Kendrick Lincoln Williams, 32, Tuesday morning and have been questioning him much of the day, said Jim Loftus, assistant director of investigative services for the Miami-Dade Police Department. Williams is being charged with second degree murder.
Henry, a recent graduate of John Jay College who aspired to attend law school, was visiting her aunt in North Miami during the Memorial Day weekend last year when she disappeared.READ MORE...
In 2006, Ciara's manager Phillana Williams and her husband Frase lost their newborn baby daughter. The baby girl was born almost 3 months prematurely. Yet, for over a month, she bravely struggled to live. Her fight for life was chronicled by her mom in an email that was sent out to friends.
That email, which I still have, was one of the most emotional and heartbreaking I have ever read. I am happy to say that Phillana and Frase, a music producer, are pregnant again! Congratulations to them. They are a great example of an entertainment industry marriage that works.
Rumors abound that Tom Cruise's Stepford wife Katie Holmes makes $2 mil a year to pretend to be content and happy with her neurotic husband. Now we know what she spends her cheese on. Katie was snapped yesterday wearing a gigantic Hermès bag.
As you know, Hermès is one of the most prestigious brands in all the world. A Hermès handbag can easily set you back $25,000 - that's if you can find one. Most Hermès bags are made to order and the waiting list is long.
Meanwhile, people are still talking about this video in which Tom attempts to explain the benefits of being brainwashed and something about identifying SPs (suppressive people) who are enemies to Scientologists.
The official trailer for the new season of MTV's Making the Band is on You Tube. If I'm not mistaken, this season features has-been bands from former seasons, Kanity Dane, some solo singer and the-group-with-no-name. This season Sean Combs shacks these groups up together in a house and lets them battle it out for camera time.
Should be fun if you're tired of watching paint dry.
I'm worried about my former friend Kim Porter. She's not looking well lately. We can speculate the reason until the cows come home, but word is, Kim, 39, is exhausted from trying so hard to stay relevant.
Kim was spotted with one of her twin baby girls at the Boom Boom Room’s gifting suites at the Century Plaza Hotel in California over the weekend. I heard a rumor that I might share with you guys regarding Kim. I have to verify the facts first. You know how I do. My attorney has enough of a work load. (Photo source)
If this is old news I apologize, but I was not aware that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino had a brother. Somehow I assumed she was an only child. According to American Idol Worship blog, the seventh season of American Idol begins tonight, and Fantasia's brother Ricco Barrino is one of the contestants.
According to them, Ricco is expected to win it all. I hear the major labels are in hot pursuit of the brotha. They say his voice sounds like a male version of Fantasia, whatever that means. I have never seen an episode of AI, so I'm counting on you guys to keep me up to speed on whether he wins it all or goes back to flipping burgers at White Castle.
Joyce Glenn (Glenn Twins) and Mr. Plush. Photo: Tony Lowe/Sandrarose.com
BFFs La La and Trina partied the night away without their boyfriends at PURE in Atlanta last night. Supposedly, Carmelo Anthony was hurt and I don't know where Trina's man Kenyon Martin was. PURE was packed last night with many ladies taking advantage of the free before 11 admission. Other celebs in the house included my girl Ciara, Jagged Edge, various NBA players, and more.
So far I've managed to miss this steroid controversy involving a few of our celebrities only because I didn't see the big deal. But since my readers are so wrapped up in this story I figured I would give my take on it.
First and foremost, steroid use is not illegal in this country.
Anabolic steroids are controlled substances and must be prescribed by a licensed doctor. In all of these cases involving Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, Tyler Perry, Timberland and others, a licensed doctor prescribed the drugs. In their defense, a doctor is under investigation for steroid trafficking. But that doesn't make the celebrities criminals.
The only people on that list that I find remotely suspect are Timberland and 50 Cent. But even they aren't world class athletes whose use of steroids would give them an unfair advantage over their competitors. So what's the real story here?
Many patients are prescribed steroids for various medical problems. So I fail to see why the media is making such a big deal out of this story involving urban artists when there are many other celebrities out there abusing drugs far worse than steroids.
We have to be mindful of the fact that the national media is not our friends. And now that they are competing with the tabloids and bloggers for "news" - anything goes. Our celebrities are easy targets.
Believe some of what you read and most of what you see.
Ludacris and his mom Roberta Shields; radio personality Frank Ski (V-103) with his wife Tanya
The 16th Annual Trumpet Awards took place on Sunday (JAN 13) at the Civic Center in Atlanta. It was a black tie affair with dignitaries from the fields of entertainment, politics and medicine gracing the red carpet. The night's biggest honoree Halle Berry was a no-show because her doctor wouldn't give her the green slip to travel.
Alicia Keys looked stunning at the BET Honors in Washington DC over the weekend. The platinum-selling diva took home the Entertainment Award. Her stylist went with a gorgeous Cleopatra theme for the evening. Thankfully her makeup artist didn't go overboard with the MAC C Shock cosmetics. Alicia's battle with skin eruptions seems to be over because her skin looked flawless all night long without melting under the harsh lights.
Her makeup artist applied MAC's Studio Velvet liquid foundation to give Alicia that warm glow. Her eyes were layered in MAC's Silver Fog with just a touch of MAC Carbon eyeshadow for that silver sheen that she loves. Her look was finished with MAC cosmetics sexy Russian Red lip glass over lipstick for that Hollywood legend look.
Beyonce Knowles caused quite a stir at the Emporio Armani, Autumn/Winter 2008/2009 fashion show in Milan yesterday. The striking beauty kept hundreds of paparazzi waiting for an hour before she finally appeared and took her seat in the front row with her boyfriend Jay Z and her former band mate Kelly Rowland in tow.
Beyonce looked amazing wearing an Armani dress under a black leather coat which match her plentiful black curls, and her favorite shoes by Christian Louboutin. Bee's flesh colored makeup and lipglass looked natural yet elegant with just a hint of mascara and eye liner. Every woman in the room was envious of Beyonce who some accuse of going for the Kim Kardashian look now that Rihanna has stolen some of her thunder. Read more »
Rapper T.I. is keeping busy in his home studio cranking out tracks for his upcoming CD "Paper Trail". T.I. is seen here in a photo snapped at his Jonesboro home where he awaits trial on federal gun charges.
T.I. expected to be off of house arrest by this month, but his hopes suffered a setback when his trial originally scheduled for Jan. 3 was rescheduled for next month.
The Bring 'Em Out star, real name Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested in October (07) while allegedly trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. He is currently being held on house arrest and faces counts for possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.But the MC's Thursday hearing at an Atlanta, Georgia, court was postponed by U.S. Magistrate Alan Baverman until February 19 - however, it is unknown why the judge ordered the date to be rescheduled.
Harris' legal team was expected to call for key government evidence obtained during the raid to be dismissed, claiming a search of his vehicle was conducted without "a warrant, consent or probable cause". (Source)
I received quite a few emails on the subject of Monica and her newborn son Romelo Montez Hill. While some of you were gracious and asked me to give Monica your love, the rest of you were highly critical of how Monica lives her life. I've said this before and I will say it again: live your lives and let Monica live hers.
None of us are perfect. Some of you were born out of wedlock and have kids who were born out of wedlock. So what gives you the right to judge another woman? Why should Monica walk on water while you live your lives in sin? It amazes me that some of you can criticize a young woman that you don't even know when there's chaos all up and through your households.
God gave us life to do good things and it isn't our place to cast judgment on another of God's children. Live your life in an honorable way and pass the blessings on to someone less fortunate than you.
Like T.I. said, worry about yourselves. You can hate if you want to but you are wasting your time!
Jay Electronica: Move over Jay Z. The who's who in Hip Hop say Jay e's the Second Coming. The hype for this talented rapper with a burgeoning underground cult following has swelled to mammoth proportions since he announced he would release new music on Christmas day.
Fiends anticipating the release of Jay's Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) stayed up all night refreshing their browsers only to be disappointed when the free download never materialized.
The rapper is signed to Erykah Badu's boutique label and he has the stamp of approval from heads of state such as Nas, Just Blaze, Young Guru (Jay Z's engineer) and more.