Despite pouring her heart out in a blog post on her official website last week, Australian Open champion Serena Williams now says it wasn't such a big deal.
Williams says she was shocked at the reaction her blog post received from fans and other blogs. "I didn't know it would be that big. (So) many people go on my website, which is fantastic. So many hits. It was like, Oh my God," she said.
Williams said she was in a "melancholy state" when she wrote about a nameless boyfriend who stopped calling her. "I think it got really out of control," said Williams about the fan reaction.
Williams said she would continue to expose her innermost feelings on her blog including what not to do in relationships and secrets of her recent weight loss. "It's really interactive and I always try to bare my soul so people can kind of see what kind of person I am and get a better feeling for Serena Williams," she said.
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Former teenage B2K heartthrob Omarion has grown up to become a heartthrob to a new generation of fans. You could say that Omarion's new fans scream just as loud as the teenage girls who followed B2K's career - but with a little more bass in their voices.
O has literally gone from boys to men as far as his fans are concerned. Gay oriented message boards trade O's photos and post O sightings religiously. When O told BET he wears tight jeans to "show off my figure," the kids took notice and gay chat rooms lit up like Christmas trees!
My sweet Lord! It's 1979 again, and Black American men are the most beautiful creatures on God's Earth. That young man is wearin' them pants!REVKEV, I may go to church this Sunday 'cause mine eyes have seen glory late this afternoon.
Posted by: Derrick from Philly | 11 January 2008 at 16:41 (Source)
No matter what O says or does after this, the gay rumors will never go away.
Congratulations to Atlanta's own Charles McCree whose video was chosen as the online face of the Rocawear "I Will Not Lose" ad campaign. Charles started his career as an intern for V-103's Frank Ski. From there he went on to work for a major label, touring with one of its biggest artists. Check out Charles McCree's winning video.
Actor Tommy Lister aka "Deebo" who starred in the movie Friday, Out & About shopping with his wife, Felicia Forbes, at the Century City mall yesterday. More power to Felicia for being brave enough to marry a dude that scary looking.
It was a sad spectacle in a White Plains, NY courtroom today as disgraced track star Marion Jones tearfully pleaded with a judge not to separate her from her two sons. But the judge sentenced the 31-year-old to 6 months in prison for lying about her steroid use and a check fraud scheme.
"I absolutely realize the gravity of the offenses I've committed. I want to apologize," Jones told the court as she began to cry, according to ABC News. "I plead with you," she said, to not separate "me from my boys even for a short while."
Jones' attorneys also pleaded for leniency, but U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas handed down the sentence plus two years probation during which Jones will be required to perform 800 hours of community service.
Beyonce showed off her new black lace front wig while out & about with her boyfriend Jay Z in NY last night. Bee, who wasn't wearing a stitch of makeup, looked tired and the paps say she seemed "sad" and "preoccupied" as she followed behind Jay Z. Most likely Bee's mind is on superstar Rihanna who is set to steal her shine in 2008.
MTV has added Janet Jackson's "Feedback" video to it's schedule for the week of January 14. But before you Janet fans get excited; MTV also added her "So Excited" video to its schedule back in 2006, but no one recalls seeing the video on the network.
LA Reid and other Island Records brass recently met with MTV execs to discuss Janet. But this isn't the first time MTV has entertained execs from Janet's label.
Since 2004's Super bowl halftime fiasco, MTV has refused to add Janet's videos to its regular rotation or invite her to appear on the popular TRL show.
Right about now you're probably wondering, who is Kenny Burns? Well, my friends, the answer is, he's next, and the reason is, it's time.
Don't you get tired of seeing Sean Combs' teeth everywhere? I know I do.
Look for Kenny Burns, aka "The Lifestyle Specialist," to star in his own TV series called The Kenny Burns Show, produced by Tracey Edmonds-Murphy.
The Black Poker Stars Invitational was taped at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas last month. The show was directed by Tracey Edmond's brother Michael McQuam and features high rolling celebs such as Katt Williams, Eddie Murphy, Nelly, Anthony Anderson, Eddie Griffin, Faison Love, E40, Mekhi Phifer, and more. The celebs will vie for a $50,000 cash pool and a diamond encrusted watch.
Black Poker Stars Invitational airs on February 25th so check you local listings.
Don't hold your breath waiting for Def Jam's chief LA Reid to announce a successor to ousted president Jay Z at Def Jam hints a source. According to an inside source, execs at Island Records plan to wait a "couple of months" before announcing Damon Dash as the new president. Or they may not replace Jay Z at all.
The exact quote from my source was, "I think they're going to let the dust settle for a couple of months now that Jay is gone."
Insiders believe Reid made the decision to hold off on making an announcement out of sympathy for Jay Z, who would crash and burn if his arch enemy Dash was selected so soon after he left. "His ego couldn't take it," said my source.
Apparently, tennis superstar Serena Williams and actor Jackie Long (or rapper Common) are no longer an item. Maybe I'm the last to know that? Serena wrote a long blog about ridding herself of a relationship and "finding a new me". Of course we all go through heartbreak, but it's interesting when it's someone like Serena - who seems so strong - who suffers the same heartache as normal folk. "You start to trust him," she wrote on her official website. "Something you have not done since your first heartbreak. Something you vowed you would never do again.
"But slowly your heart comes out of its steel enclosure.
"Weeks turn into months and you no longer talk to anyone else, just him. And then it happens. Not the 'L' word. But what you have been most afraid of. 'What deep in your heart you have been afraid to confront. What you always suspected would happen one day sooner or later. HE STOPS CALLING.
As you begin to ask him what happened he stops you. He says the dreaded 'I need space'." Read more »
"Hi, Sandra. Thank you very much for checking on us. We are all doing very well and truly thank God for our new addition. Romelo Montez Hill was born on January 8th at 2:15p.m. He weighed a healthy 5 pounds 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Thank you and your readers for your love and support. Lil Rock and Romelo mean the world to me, and so do those that support us. Again, thank you and look for my new album Summer 08. God bless you!!"
Atlanta's radio listeners will suffer a setback this Fall when the new Arbitron ratings system takes effect according to a radio industry insider. The "next generation of electronic ratings" is based on a new system called the Portable People Meter which already has radio programmers pulling their hair out.
The creator of the new system was in town yesterday delivering the bad news to area radio stations. Urban radio programmers say the system is unfair to urban formats because it uses volunteers to wear portable meters which pick up signals from radios in the area. The problem, say the programmers, is that there won't be enough volunteers wearing portable meters in urban areas.
The PPM system is already in place in major markets such as LA, Houston, Philadelphia and New York. Stations that were once riding high on the Arbitron charts saw their ratings plunge. WBLS shock jock Wendy Williams's show plummeted from the #1 spot out of the top ten when the system took effect in NY last year. Her contract is not expected to be renewed.
Several stations in Atlanta will be forced to change formats come August when the system is launched here. But one Atlanta urban radio station is set to close it's doors for good according to my source.
We all know the entertainment biz lacks creativity and originality. Celebrities jack each other's style like there's no tomorrow. And producers jack other producers' beats which have already been recycled endlessly.
So it comes as no surprise that Ciara's fans have taken to the Internets to protest Janet Jackson for jacking Ciara's style in her new video.
People are still talking about Janet's banishment from MTV and how that will affect her record sales when her album drops this Spring. Janet's last album came in a distant second to Ludacris's CD. Many believe her next CD will suffer the same fate. MTV refuses to acknowledge any of Janet's projects. And let's face it: without TRL exposure, celebs don't fare well on the charts.
MTV's TRL is a major stop on any celeb's pre-album release promo tour. But as far as MTV is concerned, Janet doesn't exist.
Congratulations to Monica and her fiance Rodney "Rocko" Hill who welcomed a baby boy in Atlanta on January 8. We don't know the first name of the little guy yet (Monica's stepfather couldn't pronounce the baby's name this morning even though I pressed him to remember).
I am a little miffed that this isn't BIG news though. I Googled Monica's name and I saw only two references to the fact that she had her baby. Monica is doing well and she's expected to leave the hospital in a couple of days - no, there weren't any complications.
I've been out of the loop working hard on a new project so I had very little Internet access the past few days. I only found out Monica's baby last night when Sarah from Celebrity Baby Blog emailed me. But at least I wasn't the last to know.
I spoke with someone at V-103 this morning who didn't know about the birth either. I'm told that Monica's cousin gave the information to the local rag which explains everything. While the local rag reaches millions, it doesn't reach Monica's audience. Why do celebrities continue to underestimate the power of blogs?
As you know, Barack Obama lost the New Hampshire primaries by 3 percentage points. All day he's leading in the double figures only to lose by the slimmest of margins. How creative of them. That's their way of reminding us who we are and who is still in control in the white house.
This musical interlude is brought to you by the sons of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. The LabRatz are a group out of Atlanta Georgia signed to Shonuff Records.
It's looking more and more like Barack Obama will be the first ever ibiracial president of the United States. So why are black people everywhere trying to put the mojo on him? Poll a group of black people and 90% of them will say that Obama is as good as toast if he wins. The man hasn't even taken office yet and already we're planning his funeral.
What I don't understand is why would the same people who vote to put him in office want to see him dead? Can we all get a grip? This is not 1968, it's 2008. Rednecks have more things to worry about than Barack Obama in the white house. What would be the point of shooting Obama after he takes office? Won't he still be the first ever biracial president of the United States even after he's dead?
Even rednecks can appreciate the fact that at least Hillary Clinton won't be the next president. Maybe a little color in the oval office is what this country needs to get it back on track after the Bush gravy train leaves the station.
Thanks to Sam over at That Grape Juice for upping the Yahoo premiere of Janet Jackson's single "Feedback". I still don't like the song but the video is even worse than I thought it would be. Dancing on Mars? Dancing in a giant bowl of milk? I don't get the concept of this video at all.
A reader just emailed me this parody video someone made from a real video of BeYawnce's and Jay Z's wedding organizer discussing the couple's guest list for their upcoming wedding. Remember you saw this here first.
Also, please bear in mind that this blog is for entertainment purposes only. I think people forget that and they take posts and run with them as if this were a legitimate news site.
Please continue to get your news from legitimate news sources.
Thanks to loyal reader Jeff Rosenthall for the link!
Former Roc-A-Fella executive Kenny Burns as his alter ego "Rick Bonjovi" personality invites you to one of his upcoming parties. For those who don't know, Kenny Burns is the visionary behind Roc-A-Fella Records (yes, he got a sweet chunk of the pie), ROC Music, Studio 43 label, Ryan Kenny Clothing line and The Kenny Burns Show, among other ventures.
But he's best known for helping to mold the careers of artists such as Kanye West, Akon, Monica, and 702. And, yes, his parties are LEH-gendary.
Vivica A. Fox's rep emailed me today to set the record straight (as far as she knows) about the controversial tape that is being circulated around the Internet. As you know, the tape allegedly shows Vivica performing oral ministrations on a very willing and able male friend - allegedly.
We've heard the denials already, but Kim expounds upon what has already been published. Below is an excerpt from her email to me:
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 From: Kim Tumey Entertainment To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Vivica A. Fox Sex Tape Claims
I understand that people have a need to know what their favorite celebrity is up to and that is your job to provide entertainment gossip. Currently, Ms. Fox is a client of mine and has no boyfriend as reported by many news outlets nor has Ms. Fox been involved in any sexual acts that would ruin her reputation. FYI: For the record I understand that Porsche [Foxx] wants to be the next Wendy Williams, so do what Wendy does and check your sources. So, just because someone claims to be friends doesn't make it true.
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What you're looking at is a picture of a reborns baby doll - part of a new reborning craze that is sweeping the nation. Lonely women who have given up on trying to have babies of their own are turning to reborns as an alternative to giving live birth. The reborns are so realistic they could pass for human babies. The dolls breathe, burp and cry like real babies and are made to order.
According to newbornsinneed.org, "Reborning is the wonderful art of turning a vinyl play baby into a realistic looking collector baby doll." And "Artists that create these heirloom babies are called ‘reborners’." The reborns are being bought and sold on eBay for thousands of dollars - often selling minutes after being posted. Read more »
Hold on y'all; it's almost over. For too long now our senses have been inundated with wall-to-wall Britney Spears news coverage. Most of it is a desperate cry for help by a sick woman. Yesterday, police were called to Britney's mansion after she reportedly refused to turn over her sons to Kevin Federline's bodyguard.
According to TMZ.com, police found Britney "under the influence" and apparently found her son Jayden James in some type of distress.
One intelligent officer on the scene declared Britney a danger to herself and 5150'd her for an emergency psych evaluation against her will. There is also talk of possibly charging Britney (for child neglect?)
Jayden was bundled into an ambulance (along with Britney in a second ambulance) and escorted by 13 police cars with lights flashing and sirens blaring to Cedars Sinai hospital. Was all that really necessary?
Of course the assembled media behaved like a pack of hungry wolves at the sight of the ambulances carrying Britney and her son.
I know you don't care, but here's a pic of Miami' s "Diamond Princess" Trina and her new man NBA baller Kenyon Martin chilling in Miami. Earlier I told you that Trina was going around Miami introducing K Mart as her "boyfriend". But does his wife Heather Thompson Martin know about this?
Trina threw a lavish 30th birthday party for K Mart at a private mansion on New Year's Eve in Miami. Initially, her publicist didn't want me to discuss the budding relationship with my readers. But I guess the cat is out of the bag now (so to speak).