Jermaine Dupri has a firm grip on Ms. Janet Jackson as they arrived at Club Citrine following Janet’s concert in NYC last night. JD threw a Halloween party on Saturday in Atlanta. I heard Janet was in attendance but her costume was so good that no one spotted her.

T.I. got the munchies after working hard promoting his #1 album “Paper Trail” on the West Coast. Here he’s seen strolling into Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills last night.

Photos: Splash News Online

Welp, tomorrow may or may not be a historic day in America. Black people are so delirious that a biracial man might become president that they are not paying attention to what he’s really saying.

What they’re hearing is the word ‘change’.

But what change and at what cost? We still haven’t been told what that change is… or have we?

In this video, filmed during a rally earlier this year, Sen. Barack Obama said:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

The key words to pay attention to are: “just as strong” and “just as well funded” as the military. Here’s the rub: where is the money going to come from to fund such a civilian army? Oh, that’s right: from the military budget that he plans to cut.

Am I the only one wondering why Obama needs a civilian security force “just as strong” as the military when we already have a military and a national guard? Why build up a civilian security force while at the same time crippling our army with budget cuts?

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Rapper Young Jeezy is at it again: showing the mettle that makes him a strong representative of the young people in America.

He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk!

Multi-Platinum Rapper Young Jeezy spent this past weekend in Georgia volunteering at the Austell Obama Campaign Office where he worked at the phone bank, rolling calls to undecided voters and encouraging them to show up to the polls cast their ballets for Obama on election day.

Stephenie Lemon from Georgia Youth For Obama / Hip Hop for Obama says: “The volunteers at the Austell Obama Campaign Office would like to thank Young Jeezy for coming out to volunteer with us. We were so impressed to see him personally making phone calls to other supporters and his efforts made a big impact with our young volunteers. We know that as a national music artist he has a very busy schedule but it speaks volume to his commitment to elect Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States.”

Young Jeezy also showed up to cast his early vote this past Thursday (WATCH).

Source: Industry Public Relations

A number of celebrities are expected to attend a private memorial service today for Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew who were all slain last week.

Celebrities such as Missy Elliott, Oprah Winfrey, Clive Davis, Queen Latifah, Usher and Patti LaBelle will be in attendance at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago.

A public service was held yesterday but the Hudson family did not attend.

Chicago police last week found the murder weapon used in the three killings in a vacant lot. The gun was registered to Hudson’s brother Jason Hudson who reported it stolen from his mother’s home two months ago.

Hudson had the gun for protection after being shot in the leg during a home invasion earlier this year. Hudson later refused medical treatment and used a cane to assist with mobility.

Meanwhile, Hudson is reportedly unable to return to the large 3-story home where she grew up in the rough Englewood section of Chicago.

According to her mentor Andre Leon Talley, Hudson went back to the home but couldn’t bring herself to go inside. Talley, Vogue’s editor-at-large, tells the New York Daily News, “I believe she went back just once, to the gate, but didn’t go inside.”

He adds, “We’ve talked constantly. I’ve sent her many e-mails; I’ve sent her my support and so has Anna Wintour (U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief). And she just says thank you, thank you, thank you.

“She wants everyone, all her fans, to know how much their support has meant to her. And she’s going to be all right. Jennifer has faith in God. They’re just praying, every day, every minute, for the strength to get through this. And she will – she’s a very strong girl.”

Hudson and family members have been ensconced at the Trump Towers hotel in downtown Chicago since word of the killings.

Friends and family are hoping the Chicago police haven’t botched this case. The prime suspect William Balfour has been held as a “person of interest” since the day of the killings. He still has not been charged with any crime and his family members say he has not seen a lawyer.

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An audio tape of Hillary Clinton secretly endorsing Sen. John McCain is causing a stir around the Internet.

The tape is included in so-called “Robocalls” sent out to supporters by the McCain camp.

In it, Clinton explains why she’s choosing Sen. McCain over Sen. Barack Obama — the front runner in the presidential race.

Clinton made these comments after losing to Obama in the primaries. At some point Clinton must have forgotten that she’s still a member of the Democratic party.

Expect denials, amnesia and/or accusations of words being taken out of context when the Clinton camp responds to this audio.

Def Jam executive Vice President Shakir Stewart was found dead in his Marietta, GA home on Saturday. Sources say 34-year-old Stewart shot himself in the head. His longtime girlfriend and infant son were in the home at the time.

Friends say his girlfriend found him around 4 PM in an upstairs bathroom after hearing a popping sound.

Stewart was transported to Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Friends and associates of Stewart’s said LA Reid, CEO of Def Jam, took a strong liking to the hardworking young man straight out of Morehouse college. After working for Noontime Records early in his career, Stewart never worked for anyone else in the industry but Reid.

Sources say Reid trusted Stewart and treated him better than his own son. Reid placed Stewart in top positions at his companies including LaFace Records and his publishing house HitCo.

When LaFace merged into Arista Records in 2000, Reid took Stewart to Arista with him. When Reid accepted the CEO position at Def Jam, he once again looked out for Stewart while his loyal LaFace employees were left to fend for themselves.

The source denied allegations that Reid may have pushed Stewart too hard to produce results after Jay Z left the position at Def Jam. The source said, if anything, Stewart pushed himself too hard.

Another industry insider said he doubted job stress was a factor. “people in the industry know he didn’t have job stress,” said the source. “He flew to New York First Class three times a week. He spent the weekends in Atlanta partying. What stress did he have? Jay Z had the same job and he wasn’t trippin’ at all! [Shakir] only had the job for four months! [Def Jam] is going to put it out there that he had job stress because they know people want stories. But he didn’t have any stress at all.

Tastemaker and lifestyle consultant Kenny Burns, who met Stewart when they were students at Morehouse, said in a text message to SR.com, “I’ve known Shakir Stewart since I was 19 years old. We immediately connected because of our old school ways and values. My friend was a Man’s Man! They don’t make em like that anymore! He will be missed… We are all the same age. Cut from the same cloth! Very Sad! He is the first to go from our crew and will be missed deeply!”


Shakir Stewart poses with longtime friend Kenny Burns.  Photos: Wireimage/Getty