Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama scores another national magazine cover — this time with his family. Obama and his wife Michelle allowed People magazine to take a rare glimpse into their family life at his Chicago home.

    Some highlights:
    – The girls have rules to follow, such as making their beds, setting their own alarm clocks, keeping the playroom toy closet clean and lights out at 8:30.
    -They get a $1 per week allowance from Dad for doing their chores, like setting and clearing the dinner table.
    -They receive no birthday or Christmas presents from Mom and Dad, who spend “hundreds” on birthday slumber parties and, as Barack puts it, “want to teach some limits.” Says Michelle: “Malia says, ‘I know there is a Santa because there’s no way you’d buy me all that stuff.'”

According to People, the interview with Obama and his family this Summer was conducted before the controversial interview with Access Hollywood aired.

The magazine hits stands tomorrow (7/25).

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, seen at the Lorraine Motel, near the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr was mortally wounded.

Well, after watching yet another purposeless, pointless and distorted view of black America, here’s what we learned: that beautiful educated black women with everything going for them, can’t find a good black man. So what do they do? They turn to white men, of course.

We also learned that our black children are dumber than any other developing country. And we now know that even if a black man accepts the responsibility of being a single father and raising his kids alone – he still can’t keep a job or pay his bills on time.

And why did CNN feel the need to tap Soledad “I’m black by way of my great, great grandmother on my mammy’s side” O’Brien? You mean CNN couldn’t find one black reporter on its staff to host this show? The minuscule part of O’Brien that is black does not speak for me or to me as a black woman.

Raise your hand if you felt O’Brien was pandering to the blacks on the show?

Anyway, here’s a link to view the entire 2-hour program which aired on CNN last night. has pics of Halle Berry sucking her tummy in while out shopping in Beverly Hills this weekend. As you know, Halle gave birth to daughter Nahla in March. But since then, she’s struggled to get rid of her excess belly fat.

We know she’s holding her tummy in because JustJared posted pics of Halle from this weekend showing her protruding belly.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a woman holding her tummy in. But at the same time it does seem shallow and smack of deceit. I know of a man who divorced his wife after learning she’d been sucking her tummy in for years.

Anyway, I felt it was my duty to point out Halle’s one flaw since she’s so perfect in every other way — and with me being a hater and all…

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CNN’s much hyped 6 part series titled “Black in America”, premieres tonight. I always cast a cynical eye towards a major network that feels the need to remind us that we’re the downtrodden and forsaken. Then you look at the racial makeup of their newsroom and it’s never balanced. Where’s the CNN specials on Jewish in America or Asian in America? Is anything going to change other than CNN’s coffers growing fat off the commercial revenue?

Frankie celebrated her 84th birthday at a special party hosted by Porsche Foxx, Monica, Frankie’s daughters Neffe and Keyshia who arrived late from Indianapolis. Keyshia surprised Frankie who thought she wasn’t coming. When Frankie saw Keyshia she burst into tears. 3/4 of the club had already gone home by the time Keyshia arrived. Also helping Frankie to celebrate were Kandi (Xscape) and Snoop Dogg

Frankie’s son Sammy proudly wears his LV man purse. It’s great to see confident young men with a sense of style.

Frankie celebrates with her 24-year-old boyfriend

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Recently I found myself flush with cash (hi JD!), so I decided to splurge on the white Louis Vuitton Damier canvas print backpack that Kanye West is wearing in the photo. It goes against my nature to be wasteful, but I just had to have that backpack. Plus, my photographer Freddy O said I deserved it.

Yesterday, Fred went to the LV store at Lenox mall to see if they had the backpack in stock. He called me from the store once he got there and this is what he was told: The backpack is custom made for Knaye West who ordered every piece of LV luggage in that color.

The backpack is available to the public by custom order only. To place an order, you are required to pay half of the $15,000 cost up front. The backpack ships directly from Rome, Italy and takes 8 months to make.

$15,000??? 😮 Even if I had $15,000 I wouldn’t spend it on a backpack! But hopefully Knaye will be in my neck of the woods soon wearing that backpack. I hear he doesn’t travel with bodyguards… 🙂