This Rick Ross lying mess has crossed over to the mainstream with some national media types turning to their black counterparts to break through the wall of confusion.

The National Public Radio reached out to Jon Caramanica, music writer for The NY Times to better explain why a black man is denying his positive past.

It’s kind of sad listening to the black guy explaining to the white woman why the black community has a problem with a black man holding down a steady job:

“First, there’s a historically fraught relationship between the African American community and the police.. And I believe there’s some skepticism toward people who represent the law.” says Caramanica. Jon C. goes on to explain that Rick Ross “positioned himself as someone moving in the shadows of the law [and his past history as a corrections officer] throws the whole idea of authenticity into light”

This whole thing is really embarrassing — not just for Rick Ross, but for those of us who have to explain to our white friends who simply don’t get the whole “you ain’t a thug unless you have a criminal record” mentality.

I just had a long conversation with a friend who stated quite frankly that she plans to “try” Barack Obama when he slides through the ATL. Oh, she doesn’t mean now – she means “after he becomes president”.

You see, my friend knows what all the successful jump-offs know: that a powerful man is a pu$$y magnet – and no man is that disciplined to turn all those free gifts down.

My friend says Obama is on guard right now because he has a goal and a mission to accomplish. But once that mission is accomplished — oh, it’s on! Obama will let his guard down and there will be another Monica Lewinsky situation. Maybe not in the White house – but it’s going down somewhere! And what Michelle doesn’t know won’t hurt her! 🙂

As you know, British singer Amy Winehouse, 24, was rushed to a London hospital on Monday after she passed out from what was thought to be alcohol poisoning. Now Amy’s dad tells MTV that his daughter’s drink was spiked with ecstasy. Her dad has vowed to find the culprit who did this to his daughter Amy.

Paparazzi who depend on Amy to keep food on their table, snapped pics of a medical courier delivering supplies to Amy’s home today. The box is marked ‘URGENT BLOOD’, but it is highly unlikely that Amy is receiving blood transfusions at home.

It’s more likely that Amy’s drug rehab doctor (or a judge) has ordered regular drug testing on Amy in an effort to save her from herself. I’m speculating here, but the courier is probably at the house to pick up blood samples or urine and ferry them to a lab for testing.

Photos of celebrities and their kids from the 2nd Annual Runway Red Fashion Show held in Atlanta last week. Proceeds from the show benefit the Show Me the Way Foundation. Celebs and their kids include Chilli and her son Tron, Jermaine Dupri and his daughter Shaniah (mom, Pam Sweat premiered her fashion line at the show).

And pictured below: V-103’s Ryan Cameron and his wife Keysha, and children, Megan, Kai, and Cayden. Q of the group 112, his wife Sharlinda and their son Lil’ Q. And Big Boi and his son. Thanks to Nicole Garner (Garner Circle PR) for the flicks!

Fish pedicures may seem like a cute idea in a culture where everyone is on the lookout for the next fad or trend. But this newest fad could be dangerous for your health. I would advise against this procedure because it could lead to nasty fungal infections or worse.

MRSA and other germs thrive in warm, wet environments. You don’t need fish to eat scales off your feet. A foot file or $10 PedEgg after you shower will do the trick. This guy is simply using a gimmick to make a fast buck.

Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering them for the past four months. John Ho, who runs the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon with his wife, Yvonne Le, said 5,000 people have taken the plunge so far.

“This is a good treatment for everyone who likes to have nice feet,” Ho said.

He said he wanted to come up with something unique while finding a replacement for pedicures that use razors to scrape off dead skin. The razors have fallen out of favor with state regulators because of concerns about whether they’re sanitary.

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Chris Brown and Ne-Yo were commissioned by Wrigleys company to remake their famous Wrigleys gum jingles. We now know that CB’s hit song “Forever” is a cleverly disguised jingle. The song – which is very wack, by the way — sits at #3 on the Billboard charts. Which goes to show you can’t always account for good taste. “Double your pleasure/double your fun,” the R&B singer croons in the chorus. Did I mention the song is very lame?

Chris Brown makes Ne-Yo look like a dwarf. Ne-Yo’s my dude though. I love his sense of style.

Kim Kardashian is feeling herself while shopping in Sherman Oaks last week. KK once complained to a friend how frequently she checks to make sure her appliances are inflated properly. I can just imagine how annoying that can be.

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