Photos of the Day, 7/31

Ludacris attended the HEPA luncheon in Beverly Hills yesterday. Luda didn’t seem affected by all the hooplah surrounding Sen. Barack Obama denouncing his lyrics. Luda called himself writing a song in support of the presidential hopeful. But all he got for his troubles was condemnation from Obama’s camp for calling one of the most recognizable white women in America, a bitch.

Monica celebrated the premiere of her new reality show The Single: Monica which airs August 5th on Peachtree TV. Yung Joc and Trey were just two of the stars in the house to support Mo. More pics latah!

I hear that College Hill Atlanta’s Shavon and Dorion made a special announcement at Mo’s party last night! I wonder what it was? :)

Fashion icon Rihanna made the scene in NYC last night with friends and admirers (note the man in the back).

Photos: Splash News, Freddy O, Splash News Online and Wireimage/Getty


It ain’t over til’ the fat man sings…. RAWSE!

What can I say, it’s a slow news day…

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Video: Angela Simmons – Center of Attention

Yet another music video typifying the industry standard LSITNB credo. Well, at least chocolate brothers are still in vogue (where’s that Trina video?).

Anyway, cute video. Very clever commercial for Angela and Vanessa Simmons’ popular Pastry kicks shoe line. Nicely done. As for the jingle itself: the kids will love it.


LL Cool J “Exit 13″ album cover

I’m told this is the cover art for LL Cool J’s upcoming CD Exit 13. The album is due to drop on August 26. It took me all of 27 seconds to process the fact that there’s a gigantic microphone rammed into the asphalt.

But where’s LL Cool J? Is it a good marketing idea to release an LL Cool J album without a steamy pic of LL’s ripped abs?

The fast single off Exit 13 is “Baby” featuring Dream. Click here to watch the music vid.



New Music – Cassie ft. Lil’ Wayne – Official Girl

No doubt about it: pseudo-singer Cassie owes her career to the Stunt Meister, Sean Combs. All that publicity stunt hype has paved the way for the release of Cassie’s new single featuring Lil’ Wayne entitled “Official Girl”.

I’m pouring out a little liquor for the brain cells I lost while listening to this hot steaming garbage. I should have known better: the girl can’t sing a lick AND Lil’ Wayne is on it. Double strike!


Jacob the Jeweler Sues Wyclef Jean for $300,000

Jacob the Jeweler, real name Jacob Arabo, will report to a federal prison in January to begin serving his 30-month sentence for money laundering and other federal offenses. But until then, Jacob is calling in all favors and moneys owed by his celebrities friends.

Jacob doesn’t have much time, so he’s suing customers who fail to ante up the cash they owe for jewels they bought but never paid for. One such customer is rapper/producer Wyclef Jean whom Jacob says owes him approximately $300,000 in unpaid jewelry purchases.

In a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan court Tuesday (7/29), Jacob and Company Incorporated claims between March 2002 and January 2006, the 35-year-old musician purchased $765,100 worth of assorted ornaments, including several watches, but only paid half of the price. Jean apparently still owes the company $319,680 despite “repeated demands for payment.”

At least we know Wyclef’s bling is the real deal.


Photo: Wireimage/Getty


Barack Obama Denounces Ludacris

Not all rappers are dumb as doorknobs. Rapper Ludacris, real name Chris Bridges, knew exactly what he was doing when he called Sen. Hillary Clinton the B-word on his new track in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

“Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant,” declared Luda on the track titled “Politics: Obama is Here” As you can imagine, the track is causing quite a commotion in the offices with the high glass ceilings.

Obama’s camp was swift to denounce the lyrics contained in the song. But Luda knew that would happen. I’m sure he counted on the media to jump all over the lyrics — which they did. Mind you, these are the same misogynistic lyrics rappers have been using to describe their Nubian sisters for at least 3 decades.

“I hope Senator Obama has the presence of mind to denounce and distance himself from Ludacris,” Sen. Clinton’s former national finance co-chair, Yashar Hedayat wrote in an email to the Huffington Post.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton released a tersely worded statement condemning Ludacris and all rappers like him who use offensive language under the guise of “artistic expression”:

“As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.”

Ashamed? No. Paid? Yes. After all, who cares about mothers and children when it comes to the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

Oh, and expect Luda’s publicist to issue a carefully worded prepared statement apologizing for his “unintended” offensive lyrics in 5…4….3…2…


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