My spies tell me Keyshia Cole will be taping her reality show in Atlanta tomorrow (3/1). BET is set to tape "Keyshia Cole: The Way it is Reunion Show," featuring Keyshia's mother Frankie, and sister Neffe in front of a studio audience.

According to my source, "security will be very tight." Audience members must pass through multiple checkpoints, and "all bags and purses will be searched."

The show's producer, Tracey Edmonds, is not expected to be on the set. "Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is" premiered on BET on July 12, 2006, and is BET's highest ranked reality show.

Update: According to WSB-TV, rapper Juvenile's 4-year-old daughter, Jelani, was shot and killed by her 17-year-old stepbrother.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A 17-year-old was arrested Friday in the murder of his mother, a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy, and his two sisters.Anthony Tyrone Terrell is charged with killing his mother, Joy Deleston, and his sisters Micaiah, 11, and Jelani, 4.

Terrell is a junior at Central Gwinnett High School. Jelani is the daughter of rap star Juvenile, according to child support records in Gwinnett County. The rapper's real name is Terius Gray.

He was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault. He is being held without bond.
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A source close to Rihanna's camp is disputing rumors that the rock Rihanna is sporting is a gift from her BFF Chris Brown. But another source informed me that Chris Brown and Riahanna's relationship is real. "But I can tell you that Rihanna and Chris Brown have been together since last year at the Billboard or Grammy awards. [Their relationship] is not a farce," he said. "They're not lying."

Warren Ballentine with Over Da Edge owners Omar, center, and Ray Hamilton. Photos by Freddyo Exclusively for

Hundreds packed into the intimate Over Da Edge Lounge & restaurant on Wednesday night to see and hear popular radio host Warren Ballentine speak. Ballentine is an attorney who hosts the very popular Warren Ballentine Show on 102.5 (Grown Folks Radio) here in Atlanta.

My photographer Freddyo said the club was so packed there was no parking even blocks away. Ballentine sparked controversy when he told his radio listeners that he was voting for Barack Obama because Obama is black.

Ballentine challenged his listeners to "reevaluate your blackness" if they are black and don't vote for Obama too. "Ain’t no white person going to tell me about black issues. He's black, he knows what I’ve been through," said Ballentine.

More photos from the party later.

Thanks to Ray Hamilton for the personal invite!

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Bobby Valentino and Yung Joc

Yung Joc and Mz Shyneka
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Former DTP/Def Jam artist Bobby Valentino looked so happy at his birthday party at Luckie Food Lounge on Wednesday night. DTP co-owner Chaka Zulu was there looking like he didn't have the heart to tell Bobby he would be dropped from the label the very next day. Yes, I could tell all that from looking at the pictures, lol.

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According to Ryan Cameron of the popular Ryan Cameron Show on V-103, Keri Hilson is set to play Usher's love interest in the video for the first official track off his as yet untitled CD.

The track, "Love in This Club" featuring Young Jeezy, is produced by Polow Da Don and currently sits at #19 with a bullet on the charts.

They say Usher's wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, is directing the video.

Okay I'm kidding! But I'm sure she'll be on the set.

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Star Jones wrote a well thought out letter in response to Bill O'Reilly's racial slur toward Michelle Obama on a recent show. As you all know by now, O'Reilly was talking to a caller who was angry at Mrs. Obama for saying, "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country."

O'Reilly responded in his famous tongue-in-cheek way by saying, "I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that's how she really feels - that this is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever - then that's legit. We'll track it down."

To date, only two influential blacks have responded to the slur: Jesse Jackson and Star Jones In Jones' letter - which is reposted in its entirety on Black - she said:

What annoys me more than anything is that I get the feeling that one of the reasons Bill O'Reilly made this statement, thinking he could get away with it in the first place, and then followed it up with a lame apology in a half-hearted attempt to smooth any ruffled feathers, is because he doesn't think that black women will come out and go after him when he goes after us. Well, he's dead wrong. Be clear Bill O'Reilly: there will be no lynch party for that black woman. And this black woman assures you that if you come for her, you come for all of us." -- Star Jones Reynolds READ MORE...

Thanks to loyal readers Kisha and Honey for the tip!

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Shawty Lo and DJ Unk were the only Dirty South superstars in the building when Lo celebrated the release of his CD Wednesday night at ESSO. Hits Daily Double estimates Lo's CD will sell 35k units based on first day sales reports from major retailers.

Rumors that DTP dropped their most recognizable artists at the behest of Def Jam chairman LA Reid have been confirmed by Def Jam sources. According to Sohh Ya Heard, Reid gave Bobby Valentino, Shareefa, and Steph Jones an 'F' following their R & B Live performances at Spotlight in NY on Tuesday. One day later, the artists were given their pink slips.

Reportedly, Steph Jones took the news hard. And according to a source close to the camp, Shareefa was working "day and night" on her sophomore album.

If Reid is trying to trim the fat from the label - why keep the rest of the DTP roster which is filled with virtual unknowns, while the moneymaker - Valentino - is given the heave ho? That doesn't seem to make any sense. One thing is for sure: the future of DTP - which hasn't had a hit in how long - is in doubt.


Update: According to my loyal reader Rodney, the custom Hermes cost a tidy $67,000.

Thanks to loyal reader Darnell for verifying that the purple Hermès carried by Pharrell Williams in an earlier post does belong to him. In the following post from Pharrell's blog, he explains he traveled to Paris to pick up his custom made Hermès, which is normal procedure for the elite who can afford these bags. Most Hermès are made to order.

Stopped by Hermes yesterday to pick up my new travel bag. Hermes is a world famous luxury goods company originally known for it’s leather goods including it’s saddles and famous silk scarves. This purple croc bag is a “Haut A Courroie” which is the original Birkin bag. This bag is a custom piece hand made in the Paris shop. The key chain was made by Jacob. (Source)

Lucky him. A Hermès croc had to set him back 20 grand at least.

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According to industry estimates: Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson are neck and neck for the #1 spot next week. Janet is expected to do 180k in sales while Erykah's Amerykah is expected to push 160k - give or take 10k.

The amazing part of all this is Erykah contends for the top spot with virtually no promotion. Janet, on the other hand, has promoted the hell out of her 10th studio album Discipline.

Last night, Erykah threw herself an album release and birthday party in Chicago. Dave Chapelle, and Billy McNamara attended. And tonight, Janet makes a rare appearance on CNN's Larry King Live where she plans to discuss her music and her love life. Frankly, we don't understand what her love life has to do with selling albums. But, we'll still tune in.

Larry King Live airs at 9 PM eastern time on CNN.

Gucci has been named the #1 brand in the world, according to Nielsen research:

In the latest survey, one in five global consumers said they would choose to buy Gucci (over any other luxury brand) if money was no option, making the Italian fashion brand that was revived by Tom Ford in the 1990’s the most coveted and aspirational luxury brand in the world today. Photos and quote: LIFE Files

I don't think this means celebrities and socialites will put their Louis Vuitton or Hermes bags up for sale on eBay. It also doesn't mean you'll see less "Stars and their LV" posts on LV and Hermes are still a considered status symbols to the elite who can afford them.

Speaking of Hermes: I saw this interesting photo of Pharrell Williams carrying a man-size Hermes handbag on his way out of his hotel in NYC yesterday. I searched other photo sites and there were no other pics of him with this bag. Which leads me to assume the bag isn't his. Which is a good thing because a Hermes croc half that size would set him back about 17k.

He's still a fashion plate though with his his LV scarf, and hat and jacket from his Billionaire Boys Club line.

Fonzi Thornton sits with Mary Ida Vandross at her son's funeral on July 8, 2005

Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 21:50:17
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Greeting Friends & Associates!

I received a phone call today with the news that Mrs. (Mary Ida) Vandross, mother of Luther Vandross, is in a coma. Mrs. Vandross' is the sole survivor of her immediate family including all of her children. The family is faced with having to make some hard decisions right now. It is in this time that we ask for prayers of strength for the Vandross family and friends and that God's will - whatever it may be - be done.

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According to a source close to Keyshia Cole's camp, "Keyshia and Floyd Mayweather are not an item. They really don't know each other that well. She was in Vegas on vacation and attended his b'day party. That's all there was to it!

The media is just trying to make a big deal out of nothing."

Last night I spoke with a friend who informed me that the president of the NAACP was on my site yesterday. She told me how outraged he was by some of the comments he read. For some time now - years, in fact - I have held the opinion that the intellectuals among us do not leave comments on urban blogs.

Point in fact, the president of the NAACP didn't leave a comment even though he was moved by what he read. The reason for this is people like him don't want to wade through ignorant, juvenile comments just to find a spot where his comment makes a difference. And people like him know that his comment will be passed over for the ignorant comments that are most popular on urban blogs.

I rarely leave comments on urban blogs for that very reason. This year I have only commented on 2 urban blogs: Necole Bitchie and Style Razzi, because they have elevated their game beyond writing posts which encourages buffoonery in their comment sections.

A new day is dawning: for the first time in history, a biracial man is about to be chosen the democratic nominee. We have to do better on urban blogs because all eyes are on us now.

I realize that as the blog owner, I have a responsibility to set the tone for the comments on my site. So in recent weeks, I have checked myself to make sure that I include more positive posts. I convince myself that there ARE positive thinkers who read my site daily.

When someone whom I respect and admire calls me to complain about the comments, it makes me rethink my reason for converting to a blog in the first place. Most of my regular readers remember the old site where there were no comments.

Contrary to popular belief, I do not make money off comments - and neither does any other blog that I know of. We make money off the ads that you see. And regardless if there are 1 or 100 comments - we still get paid (sorry to burst your bubble). The fact is, advertisers don't care about comments - they care about stats/traffic.

Thank you to independent thinkers like Bird, 2BMe, 2thick, Smokie (even though you're a hata, lol), Shhh, and others who don't follow the crowd, and who help to bring balance and thought-provoking ideas to my site. I would like to encourage more independent thinkers to join in.

So to that end, I have banned the ringleaders who I feel are responsible for most of the negativity on my site. Members who attack the opinions of others will also be banned. While I don't agree with censorship, I do believe that people don't have the right to disrespect others. If that means there are less comments on my site, then so be it. To those who have been banned: don't take it personal. Remind yourselves that you didn't like me anyway, and have a nice day.

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Rocko and Island Urban Records want you to design your very own MySpace page layout, showing yourself off, whether it be in your freshest outfit, hottest whip, or even just in an everyday situation doing something you love.

The best MySpace layout will win an iPod Touch preloaded with Rocko's new album, Self-Made, as well as a pair of Gucci sneakers from the latest 2008 line. The two runner-ups will each receive a Rocko poster and an autographed copy of Rocko's new album, Self-Made, in stores March 18.

How To Win - On March 18th, when the contest ends, Rocko will check out all the entries and choose his three favorite layouts based on creativity and promotion of Self-Made. He will then email the winners individually and announce them on his MySpace page.

Rocko will also feature his favorite layouts on his MySpace page every week until the contest ends.

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According to Hits Daily Double, the industry estimates for 1st week sales of Janet Jackson's new album were far too generous. She was expected to push 200-270k in 1st week sales, but one-day sales reports from major retailers puts that figure at 180k. If there's any consolation, at least Janet will be #1 for the first time in ages.

Look for Michael Jackson’s little sister Janet to enter next week’s chart at #1, with her new IDJ album Discipline headed for 180k in sales, give or take, based on one-day sales reports from our retail minions. Universal Motown’s neo-soul stalwart Erykah Badu is a lock for #2 (hey, that rhymes) with between 125-135k. Three-time chart-topper Jack Johnson’s Brushfire/Universal Republic album will fight it out for #3 with 70k alongside Asylum’s Webbie, Canvasback/ Columbia’s resurgent Oscar winner Once and J’s Alicia Keys, with a Target circular slot, all between 60-70k. Rhino’s Juno should see a nice bump from awards activity to 50-55k, while Asylum’s Shawty Lo will see a debut in the area of 30-35k. Overall, the market was down 19% vs last week, down 13% vs same week last year and now down 12% year-to-date. Keep on chooglin’, people. (Source)

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Rihanna enjoyed a spot of bowling while taking some down time prior to performing during the BRIT Awards in London last week. In case you're wondering: the reason Rihanna is so loved the world over is because she is sweet and humble and doesn't aloow her fame to go to her head like some other singers we know.

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Kanye West, his fiancee Alexis Phifer and Italian designer Roberto Cavalli at the grand opening of the new Roberto Cavalli store in Paris, France yesterday.

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50 Cent dressed up as a mad scientist to hawk his Vitamin Water on the side of a van in SoHo, NY yesterday.

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Remember how you used to cry and faint whenever you saw Mista performing on BET or in your town? Well, they're back sort of. The group got together to watch former member Bobby Valentino perform during the R&B Live Presents Disturbin' the Peace at Spotlight in New York last night. The guys have remained tight friends over the years.

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When Johnny Gill recently spilled the tea about Tracey Edmonds' mama breaking up her marriage with Eddie Murphy, it was nothing we hadn't already heard before.

But maybe hearing it come out of Gill's mouth on syndicated radio was the trigger that set Tracey off.

Eddie's ex-fiancee called Tom Joyner personally to air her side of the story on the allegations made by Eddie's BFF Gill - who shares a home with Murphy.

As if that wasn't enough, Tracey also fired off a press release to the national media denying the allegations made by Johnny Gill in a radio interview. Edmonds, who is under a gag order not to reveal Eddie's dirty secrets, all but ripped the shroud of secrecy from Eddie and Johnny's relationship when she said - and I quote - "We all know the truth, Johnny."

As previously reported, Gill was asked to comment on reports that Murphy's mother Lillian got into a heated argument with Edmonds' mom during the former couple's "spiritual ceremony" near Bora Bora. Gill told Banks: "One of Tracey's guests said some things that were inappropriate that triggered everything with the mom, and that's how it all started."

Gill also denied rumors that he is secretly in a relationship with Murphy and was ultimately responsible for the legal ceremony being cancelled.

Banks told listeners Monday that Tracey had reached him by phone that morning, but was under gag order and couldn't discuss the issue because of a confidentiality agreement she signed with Eddie at the end of their relationship.

However her publicist released an official statement regarding Johnny Gill's comments during Friday's interview.

According to Banks, the statement read: "I was very shocked and disappointed to hear of Johnny Gill's false spin on the chain of events surrounding our wedding. His outrageous lies were clearly a very desperate and pathetic attempt to clean up his reputation at my expense. I would appreciate it if Mr. Gill would refrain from continuing to spread false gossip and lies to the public, and allow everyone involved to move on with their lies. We all know the real truth." (Source)

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Rapper/entrepreneur Young Jeezy granted the wish of the lucky winner from his "Make Your Dreams Come True" contest with a special presentation and dinner at Justin's Restaurant in Atlanta last night (2/26). The contest offered an open invitation to fans to share their dreams and aspirations with Jeezy.

The winning submission came from Tamara Jenkins-Wilson from North Carolina who wrote a heart-felt letter regarding her disabled son:

"My ultimate dream would be for me to provide a Wheelchair Accessible Van for my son, Davon Jenkins. Davon is 13 years old and has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. It is hard for me to provide this for him as we are a military family and I am unable to work as I have to take care of him. My husband is currently serving in Iraq so I physically lift him in and out of our vehicle when we need to go to appointments and such. Thanks so much for the opportunity."

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It seems Janet Jackson has a new nose to go along with her 10th studio album Discipline which dropped yesterday on Island Def Jam. The difference between Jan's 2007 nose and the current one is subtle, but obvious to the trained eye.

Meanwhile, MTV's artist of the week continued her blistering non-stop schedule to promote her new album by appearing on MTV's TRL. Her live performance brought the house down. The night before, more than a thousand members of Janet Nation braved the cold in NY to be the first to cop Discipline at Virgin Records Megastore midnight sale in Times Square. Discipline is expected to top the charts next week with a guesstimated 270k sold.

It appears that statements made by soul legend Etta James were taken out of context in regards to the casting choice of a new biopic based partly on James' life.

Quotes were posted on this site and others alluding to the fact that James was not happy with the choice of Beyoncé to play her part in the movie "Cadillac Records." But according to a writeup on, nothing could be further from the truth:

Etta James, the legendary soul singer to be portrayed by Beyonce in the upcoming film "Cadillac Records," recently spoke about how pleased she is with the casting choice."

It's a privilege and an honor to have somebody like that girl. I don’t think she looks like me, but that’s all right. They can fix that up," Etta told

But moving beyond looks, James warns: "Oh my god, she’s going to have a hill to climb, because Etta James ain’t been no angel!"

For one, James says Beyonce will have to make some changes to her singing style.

"I have my own way of putting those songs over, and I was just wondering if Beyoncé could, and my son said, 'They’re thinking about how she looks, but Mama, she can really sing.' " (Source)

The documentary style movie chronicles the trials and tribulations of R&B label Chess Records, where James recorded early on in her career.

The Oscars finally issued an apology to Whoopi Goldberg for omitting her from it's Oscar montage. The omission left Whoopi in tears on the set of the View the day after the Academy Awards aired.

It was "an absolute oversight," the award show's producer told People magazine.

"No harm was intended, and I feel very, very badly that she was left out," Gil Cates said Tuesday. "I'm going to call her and tell her that."Although described as a montage of hosts, the piece shown at Sunday night's telecast on ABC was actually "supposed to be a montage of 80 exciting moments of the Academy Awards" culled from hundreds of hours of footage, says Cates. "Basically, that was not a montage about hosts."

He noted that former host Steve Martin also wasn't in the montage.

Janet Jackson gets her grown woman on with the April '08 issue of Ebony magazine. We are definitely feeling the more age appropriate look for Janet. After 22 years, it's time to grow up. And since JJ feels she has nothing more to prove, does this mean she will retire if Discipline flops?