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According to two sources close to rapper T.I. who spoke to the media on condition of anonymity, T.I., real name Clifford Harris, will change his plea to guilty and serve 1500 hours of community service speaking to youth groups around the country - followed by 12 months in jail. (Source) What does that mean? Will he go on a speaking tour and then go to jail?

This is great news for T.I. and his very supportive family and friends who have suffered throughout this ordeal. The good news explains why T.I. appeared so happy at his recent family outing to Easter services at the Georgia Dome last Sunday.

It also very much explains why an inside source indicated to me a few days ago that T.I. might possibly attend his fiancee Tiny's baby shower next month.

She indicated that T.I. was very much involved in the planning phase of the party, which led me to ask if he would be attending. The source was very vague in her response, and I assumed she meant T.I. would ask for a reprieve from house arrest again.

Thank God that T.I. will be free to attend the birth of his son. A name is already picked out for the baby, but the name is a well-guarded secret.

After getting the cold shoulder from his wife Tameka Foster-Raymond on the set of his new video, you would think Usher wouldn't be caught dead walking with another b*tch. Oh, wait that's a dog.

According to the NY Post, witnesses reported that the couple barely spoke to one another when they were spotted at the Beverly Hills Hotel recently. It seems Meka is still mad that he hand picked the gorgeous Keri Hilson to be his leading lady in the video. How much do you want to bet Tameka asked him, "do you think she's prettier than me?"

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In a move that is completely legal, superstar Mary J. Blige filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan courtroom against street vendors who plan to sell bootlegged t-shirts and other tour memorabilia outside her concert tomorrow.

She can do that because of a law allowing people to sue "Jane Does" and "John Does" who will be named at a later date. Mary and Jay Z are set to perform a sold out show at NY's Coliseum tomorrow night.

Bootleggers beware!

"She is suing John Does and Jane Does numbered 1 though 100, so law enforcement can confiscate the bogus stuff as they are selling it. They are sued under fictitious names because their true names are unknown at this time." (Source)

Champion boxer Laila Ali and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, are expecting a baby according to an exclusive story in Essence magazine. Sports excellency will run through that baby's veins: Laila is the daughter of former World boxing champ Muhammad Ali:

    "I don't know yet if we are having a boy or a girl, but I'm excited that I have a life inside me that my husband and I created," Ali says in the May issue, which hits newsstands April 11.

    The boxing champ, who co-hosts American Gladiators, and Conway married last July in the rose garden of the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, Calif.

    Among the 200 guests were Laila's parents, Muhammad Ali and Veronica Porsche Anderson, along with her sister Hana Ali, who was a bridesmaid.

    This is the first child for Ali and the fourth for Conway, who has twin sons, Kelton and Cameron, 13, and a daughter Leilani, 9.

    "I am 100 percent undeniably happy," Ali tells ESSENCE. "I've never been able to say that before."

    Ali, 30, and Conway, 37, met at his house, when he hosted a small get-together, which Ali attended with a friend. The pair became engaged on Thanksgiving 2006.

    Shortly after their wedding, Ali told PEOPLE that married life was "excellent."

    "My husband and I are best friends," she said. "We have great communication and we respect each other." (Source)

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a baby is never too young to have their own cell phone! On Monday, model Heidi Klum, 34, spent the day at the park with her children Leni, 3 ½, Henry, 2, and Johan, 16 months. Dad is hunky singer Seal.

 

Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, 41, covers JET magazine with her fraternal twin sons, Jaid Thomas (l) and Jax Joseph (r), 5 months. The twins got ALL their genes from dad Michael Nilon. This photo makes an excellent case for those who insist on calling biracial children black.

Are we going to remain slaves to America's archaic way of thinking on race? If America says they're purple should we go along with that? Shouldn't we denounce the centuries old racist rule and give these children their own identity?
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Edited to reflect the fact that Rocko wasn't involved in the scuffle with a NY Times reporter.

Thanks to Shawn Smith at Wiredset.com for sending this video of the bitch made Tony Yayo interviewing Rocko Da Don during his visit to the G Unit camp.

If you recall, Yayo was recently sentenced to 10 days community service for "harassing" the 14-year-old son of Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemond. In the interest of fairness, a member of a street team linked to Def Jam was involved in a scuffle with a NY Post blogger recently.
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According to Perez Hilton, Madonna just might come out on top in the battle of the singles between herself and Mariah Carey. Try to follow this expert analysis if you can:

"You cannot really compare Madonna's song with Mariah's because….

-If you look at the complete iTunes singles chart, Madonna is in there 3 times with the same song. All together, she would be much higher than #10. Mariah is only on there once.

-Madonna's was available Tuesday while Mariah's Monday.

- Madonna's song is #1 on Amazon downloads.

- Also, look at the complete album chart on iTunes, Madonna is also there twice (#3, #22) with the same album, which counted as one, would probably take her higher than #3."

Got that?
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According to Page Six, Usher's wife Tameka Foster-Raymond pitched a fit when she learned Usher "hand picked" singer/producer/songwriter Keri Hilson to play his leading lady in the video for his #1 single "Love in This Club".

As you read the following, please remember that Page Six is allegedly one of the main recipients of bogus stories "leaked" by highly paid publicists.

USHER'S wife, Tameka Foster, isn't going to let any woman make moves on her man - even if that's her job.

Foster was "domineering" and displayed her trademark "Tameka wrath" during a video shoot for Usher's new song, "Love in the Club," the weekend of March 15 in LA.

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Eyebrows were raised when Rick Ross sold 200,000 units of his 2nd studio CD Trilla. His feat led many in the industry to ask, how could Rick Ross sell more units than Janet Jackson or Snoop Dogg?

Does the problem lie with Soundscan's tracking system or is the problem within the labels? Are the labels unfairly inflating sales figures by buying and selling back CDs to record distributors?

This is a practice that labels such as Def Jam have been accused of for years. For instance, it's common knowledge that some mainstream labels have been paying off record stores to double and triple scan CDs in order to inflate sales.

According to this online report:

A few years ago, some record labels paid third-party firms to ship boxes of free CDs to independent retailers, who then scanned the CDs as bogus sales. Because it was a weighted store, each scan counted as a multiple “sale.” The labels did not profit financially from the scam, but they got to boast of their artists’ hefty weekly sales.

The writer goes on to say when an artist does an instore, the CDs purchased there are usually double and triple scanned. But why isn't there a safeguard in place to prevent this type of widespread cheating in the first place?

Critics argue that Soundscan has placed an emphasis on "new" artists with "instant hits" like Souljah Boy. Most of these new artists don't have chart longevity. "The weekly numbers allow labels to see which artists are showing strong sales, and thus, which artists are worth promoting for the long-term." Established artists who don't show strong weekly numbers see less support from their labels.

Because of this, artists such as Bobby Valentino, are turning to online distributors like iTunes to promote their own CDs. Did Def Jam kill the radio star?

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Most of us who don't live in Detroit first became aware of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's legal troubles after his affair with his Chief of Staff was exposed in the Detroit Free Press. Like me, some of you probably don't know the entire sordid soap opera that is Kwame Kilpatrick's life.

So JBaker over at Parlourmagazine.com wrote a condensed time line of the events leading up to Kilpatrick's eventual downfall.

    The Life & Times of Kwame Kilpatrick!

    2002
    - Kwame is elected mayor of Detroit to much acclaim and fanfare (we admit it, we loved him).

    - After being elected mayor of Detroit, Kwame allegedly throws a party, with strippers, at his state-owned official residence, the Manoogian Mansion. According to former members of his Executive Protection Unit (EPU), his wife Carlita comes home to find Kwame with the strippers and attacks one of the girls.

    - Kilpatrick is found out to have charged over $210,000 in credit card bills. What was he buying? Spa massages, Moët, etc. He ended up paying the city back $9,000.

    2003
    - Detroit Officer Harold C. Nelthrope contacts the internal affairs unit of the Detroit Police, about the party and other abuses committed by Kilpatricks’s EPU members.

    - Kilpatrick denies all allegations and dismisses the party as a rumor. He went on to say that he does not have”‘lewd parties,” “I don’t whore around on my wife” and “I want people to understand that I would never disrespect my God, my wife or my children”.

    - Nelthrope and Gary A. Brown, head of the internal affairs unit are fired. They allege they got the axe for their participation in Kilpatrick’s investigation. Then the pair sue the city of Detroit, in what is known as the Whistleblower Trial, eventually winning an $8.4 million settlement.

    - Two additional officers come forth with claims of retaliation: Walt Harris and Alvin Bowman. Harris was a former EPU member who was identified as cooperating with the Manoogian investigation, which resulted in Harris suffering a smear campaign by Kilpatrick administration.

    - Tamara “Strawberry” Greene, 27, an exotic dancer who claims to have been a performer at the Manoogian Mansion party is found dead after being shot 18 times. Witnesses describe it as a targeted hit. The bullets are found to have belonged to the same types of guns issued by the Detroit Police Department. Bowman, (listed above) who was working this case, was transferred out of the homicide unit after discovering these facts and attempting to connect the dots. The Greene family is currently suing the city of Detroit for about $150 million. READ MORE...

Thanks to Hillary Crosley of Billboard magazine for the link!

What male blogger on a popular Hip Hop website that's in competition with Allhiphop.com is doing double duty by posing as a popular female blogger in addition to writing his own blog on the same website? Apparently, the Hip Hop site couldn't afford to pay the popular female blogger who previously had the job.