Beyonce primped and preened for the press at Gotham Magazine's Annual Gala in NYC last night. Bey's album dropped yesterday. According to one-day sales estimates, I Am… Sasha Fierce, will debut at #1 with 500-550k in sales.

While hubby Jay Z took in the NJ Nets vs. LeBron James game in New Jersey.
Photo (1): Splash News Online

Ludacris also attended the gala in NYC. Def Jam announced the release of Ludacris’ new "Theatre of the Mind" album and Kanye West’s "808s & Heartbreak" a day early to take advantage of the busy Thanksgiving shopping weekend. And because Jeezy and Ne-Yo's albums both flopped which put LA Reid and the late Shakir Stewart in the hot seat with the higher ups at Island/Def Jam.

Everybody's favorite TV drug dealer Jamie Hector attended Gotham Magazine's Annual Gala in NYC last night. Hector played the psychopath "Marlo" in HBO's acclaimed series "The Wire."

Photos: Wireimage/Getty except where indicated

Al Qaeda front man Ayman Zawahiri insulted Barack Obama by calling him "a dishonorable black" and "a House Negro."

The fighting words came in response to Barack Obama's 60 Minutes interview during which he said he wanted to kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Full transcript and audio here.

Thanks to all who sent the links to this.

One of the men accused of killing T.I.'s assistant and childhood friend, Philant Johnson, went on trial for the murder in Cincinnati yesterday:

Prosecutors told a jury that they are sure Hosea Thomas fired the fatal shot because of their star witness – Padron Thomas, the accused killer’s brother who was driving the Jeep that night as it chased T.I.'s vans down Seymour Avenue.

“It’s all going to come down to witness testimony,” assistant Hamilton County prosecutor Heather Gosselin told jurors today.

Hosea Thomas, 34, is charged with murder, felonious assault and other charges stemming from the incident. Three members of T.I.’s entourage were injured and a fourth, Philant Johnson, died after being shot in the head during the running gunbattle. Johnson was T.I.'s assistant and childhood friend.

Hosea Thomas, Gosselin said, was hit in the head with a bottle while inside Roselawn’s Club Ritz, where T.I. and his crew were attending an afterparty following a concert at Bogart’s.

That started a fight that resulted in patrons pouring out of the club. Within minutes, T.I.'s two vans were chased by a green Jeep Cherokee and the shooting took place.

Padron Thomas, 40, told officials he was driving the Jeep as his brother, Hosea, fired the shots at T.I.’s vans. At least one member of T.I.’s crew returned fire.

Cincinnati police officer Dom Meece testified today that the scene inside T.I.’s van was “something out of a horror movie” with blood dripping off of the ceiling and brain matter on the floor.

After the shooting, Gosselin said, Padron Thomas had his Jeep painted black and had a bullet hole in it repaired. Source

Remember I told you that Ciara's album wasn't coming out this year? Well, after pushing the album back to December, Ciara's label has now pushed the album back to the dark ages.

A Zomba label rep tells Entertainment Weekly, "The response to ‘Go Girl’ wasn’t strong enough to ignite an album. Right now, we are anticipating it for spring 2009, but we’re not gonna put another date on it."

The bottom line is "Fantasy Ride" might not ever come out.

Remember that ongoing lawsuit I told you about involving producer Jazze Pha who discovered Ciara and helped get her a record deal with LaFace Records?

Well, it turns out Jazze Pha isn't the plaintiff in that lawsuit after all. The plaintiff is one Anthony "TA" Tate or Anthony "Ray L" Tate, Jazze Pha's former business partner.

I'm told if you mention Tate's name around Jazze Pha he will go ballistic. Something about Tate stealing Ciara from Jazze and taking her to Sony BMG. Tate currently has a distribution deal with Capital Records which also distributes Sho'nuff Records, the label that Ciara was signed to.

It's all very confusing. But click here to see the ongoing court case.

The lawsuit names the plaintiff as Futuristic Music 101 LLC, which according to the state of Georgia website, is owned by Tate. Supposedly Tate is going around Atlanta telling people Ciara has to fork over $20,000 a month to him for the rest of her career.

According to Tate's Myspace page, he is currently managing singers J. Holiday and Teairra Mari under his Music Line/Mazz Records imprint. He still lists Ciara as being under his management as well.

Ciara is currently co-managed by Kenneth Crear, President of BEST Entertainment, and Johnny Wright, who also manages Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, the Jonas Brothers and Janet Jackson.

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[UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2008 3:56 PM]

to add video of confession. Thanks Zedi!

[UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2008 12: 27 PM]

Here's the link to the video confession. Thanks Stephanie!

By now you've all heard about the 8-year-old Arizona boy charged with shooting his father and an adult boarder to death.

The video shows the police interrogating the boy without a child advocate present.

To those who say he was too young to know what he was doing, consider this: the 8 y/o got off his school bus, entered his home, loaded a rifle, shot his father, called his dad's boarder into the house and then shot him too.

Then he walked over to a neighbor's house -- not to confess to what he did, but to alert the neighbor that he just found his father dead. In between all of that, he fabricated lies to cover his tracks.

Listen as he tells the police interrogator he saw a car "drive away real fast" from the house as he arrived. He describes the car in great detail.

Those actions suggests premeditation on his part.

At the end of the video, Greta informs us that the boy eventually confessed to the murders, but we don't get to see the confession.

How does an 8-year-old gun down two grown men and then coolly fabricate lies to cover his tracks?

According to online reports, the boy and his father were avid hunters. It's a fair assumption to make that this boy is a sociopath who was born without a conscience.

The 8-year-old will be tried as an adult.

Shout out to Zedi over at Dimewars.com for the video link!

Rihanna was spotted in NYC where she was visiting her BFF Chris Brown. LOVE the Louis Vuitton scarf and the jacket!

Serena Williams was in the stands at the Washington Wizards basketball game to watch them take on the Miami Heat. She was seen playing with her phone, yawning, moving to the music and enjoying the game. Love that Louis Vuitton bag her sister is wearing!

Dwyane Wade leaving his hotel in Washington DC after his Miami Heat whipped up on the Washington Wizards 94-87 last night. Gabby wasn't in the stands, but Serena Williams was there taking in the action.

Photos: Splash News Online

Did Tyrese really have to deny the rumors that he was dating Brandy? Isn't he married? Some people just don't have a sense of humor:

"Brandy and I have been the best of friends since we were 14 years old. I would never date her -- it would be like dating my sister." He called the outing "a simple lunch amongst friends."

But I don't believe for one minute that Brandy has been celibate for three years.


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The Real Housewives of Atlanta show ended its brief season run last night. I know you addicts are going through withdrawal pains this morning.

But don't worry, next week the 'Housewives' bare their fangs in the Reunion show on Bravo network.

I wasn't a fan of the season premiere, but I ended up watching the show for its entertainment value. We all know the show was scripted and everything about it was fake.

For instance, we know that there never was a "Big Poppa." The Big Poppa story line was thrown in to give Kim Kolciak a reason for being on the show. Remember that SUV that never materialized again after the season premiere? The one Kim wrote that $68,000 check for? Well, the truck never left the dealer's lot because there was no "Big Poppa" to cover that fake check.

Just like the story line with Dallas Austin helping Kim with her non-existent country music album was completely fabricated. Dallas and vocal coach Jan Smith should be embarrassed for the roles they played in that fiasco.

What I never told you guys was that before the show even premiered, Sheree hired me to shoot her fashion show. Some of you mght remember this Open Call that I posted for Sheree's fashion show back in April. A follow-up post on the "fashion show" was deleted after Bravo pitched a fit.

Anyway, I could tell that something wasn't quite right -- plus I knew Bravo's cameras would be rolling, so I turned the gig down.

After the fashion show, Sheree's event planner sent photos for me to post. I noticed there were no fashions in any of the pics - just Sheree posing with a few suspect looking men.

Later on I was told Sheree was "heated" that I didn't post the pics from her event.

Oh well, I missed my chance to make my big debut on a nationally televised show. But there's always next season! :)

We all shook our heads when Kim Zolciak opened her mouth and sang for Dallas Austin in his studio.

Until that moment, many of us thought a singer had to have at least a modicum of talent to persuade a producer of Austin's caliber to work with her.

For decades music teachers taught their students that it takes dedication and hard work to make it in the music industry.

But in one episode of Real Housewives, we learned the sad truth about the music industry: it's not how talented or dedicated you are, it's who you know.

Dallas Austin took to his Myspace blog yesterday to clear up his relationship with Real Housewives' Kim Zolciak.

THE "REAL" Housewife, Kim Zolciak, is NOT WORKING WITH ME --

WE ARE NOT DOING A SONG...

WE ARE NOT DOING AN ALBUM!!

*** JUST WANNA PUT THIS OUT THERE!!! *** Source

Thanks to loyal reader AMY in Nola for the tip!

My readers broke the scoop right here on SR.com that one of Beyonce's two dancers in her "Single Ladies" video is a man.

Then other blogs stole our scoop and ran with it, but it's all good because at least we know they're on this blog 24/7.

One of my loyal readers, Linda, informs me that Bey told Power 105.1 DJs Ed Lover and Free that the male dancer in question is actually a female.

She also said she's not mad at Kanye West for saying that Rihanna was the best thing to happen to her by motivating her to step her game up.

"It’s all from a good place," said Bey referring to Kanye's comments. Beyonce then went on to patronize Rihanna with superficial praise, saying, "she’s fantastic and she’s done an incredible job. I love all her records."

Here's what Bey said about the dancer controversy:

"That is so silly man, that is silly. Both of the girls are dancers, they’re ballet dancers, and their bodies are unbelievable, just pure muscle. So I mean I guess people were feeling like, her body is just so strong. But that is crazy!"

If the rumors are so crazy, why doesn't the chick show her face and put the rumors to rest once and for all?

[UPDATED: Nov. 18, 2008 7:56 PM]

Thanks to loyal reader Joy Williams for sending these pics of the dancer in question. Judging from the pics, it's kinda hard to say. I'll let you be the judge.

[EDITED: Nov. 18, 2008 6:08 PM]
[UPDATED: Nov. 18, 2008 5:36 PM]

Now that the rumors of Brandy dating Tyrese have been confirmed, we wonder if Brandy will dish about her new man in the upcoming issue of JET magazine?

    R&B Singer has learned from her mistakes and is ready for a comeback.

    After a four-year hiatus, Grammy-winning singer Brandy has turned her tragic experience with the Los Angeles freeway car accident into the inspiration for her new CD, Human, which is slated to be released Dec. 9. Jet magazine caught up with the talented star to get the inside scoop on how she dealt with the ordeal and what's on the horizon with her new project.

    "I just felt like it was the best title to describe who I am at the end of the day, who we all are at the end of the day. It's a message that I'm not beyond mistakes, circumstances, any of that," she said. (p. 44)

JET magazine with Brandy on the cover is on stands now.

Source: Chelsea | EBONY magazine

There's a freak show going on at Atlanta Hartsfield and the star is YOU! :)

A new x-ray machine installed at Hartsfield gives security screeners a lot more than just a glance at what you're carrying -- and I don't mean weapons or bags.

In fact, I hear the female screeners at Hartsfield jockey for position at the monitor screen whenever ball players go through the machine.

And celebrity photographer FreddyO says he has a friend who works at Hartsfield who plans on snapping a pic of the screen with her cell phone the next time singer Usher walks through the security machine.

Source

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta finale is tonight on Bravo network and the full court press for final ratings is on.

Watch NeNe and Kim go off on each other in this totally scripted clip from the Reunion show.

Even without tonight's ratings, ATL Housewives will likely be the highest rated series of the Housewives franchise.

I guess being tacky, over-the-top, fake, golddigging hoochies really paid off for them in the long run. Who would've thunk it? I hear they made 8 grand per episode and stand to make even more cheese on the second season.

Sarah Palin lost the election for VP, but a book deal could net her a minimum $7 million and as much as $11 million.

According to the NY Times, book publishers are courting Palin hoping to sign her to a book deal.

"Every publisher and a lot of literary agents have been going after her," said Jeff Klein of Folio Literary management.

"She's poised to make a ton of money," public relations expert Howard Rubenstein said.

If Palin signs a deal worth $7 Mil, that will be $6,875,000 more than what Barack Obama made on his book deal.

And even if she doesn't sell a single book, she will still earn $4 million more than Obama grossed from sales of his book Dreams From My Father.

Source

Photo: JustJared.com

A Saudi billionaire wants his day in court, but Michael Jackson is too sick to give him one.

This, according to one of Jackson's attorneys who says Jacko is too sick to travel to London to answer a suit claiming he owes an Arab sheikh $7 million.

Excuses, excuses. Jacko has pulled the sick card so many times we've lost count!

Al Khalifa's lawyer, Bankim Thanki, said the medical evidence presented by Jackson's legal team was "very unsatisfactory" and Jackson's illness could be treated with a bandage "if the diagnosis is positive."

"It's not the first time a sick note has been presented by Mr. Jackson," Thanki said, also without elaborating.

Al Khalifa's attorney says his client bankrolled a record label to the tune of $7M and wrote songs for Jacko's failed comeback album.

The joint venture between Jackson and the Sheik was said to include a new Michael Jackson album, an autobiography, and a stage play.

The autobiography alone was expected to rack up $24 million, and Al Khalifa expected to reap the profits on his $7 million loan to Jacko.

But Jacko's lawyers say the deal was between Al Khalifa and 2 Seas Records, a venture which never got off the ground.

Source

Thanks to loyal reader K Dub for the tip!

Photo: Reuters Pictures

Guess which popular female blogger was pursued so relentlessly by Atlanta music industry males that she changed all her numbers and won't give her new numbers to anyone?

The blogger is also contemplating leaving Atlanta.

This is what happens when industry hounds smell fresh blood. They can be unrelenting in their dogged pursuit -- especially the married ones. They are the worst of the pack! Lol. :)

Y'all remember Trick Trick, the homophobe rapper whom no one ever heard of until he started shooting his mouth off about gays in the media.

Great way to get publicity for yourself when you're a nobody. Trick Trick told Allhiphop.com, "Homosexuals are probably not gonna like this album. I don’t want your f**got money any Goddamn way. I don’t like it. Carry that s**t somewhere else."

Well, that sparked a response from all the gay rappers (the ones who are out, that is).

Gay gangsta rapper Deadlee told Allhiphop: "There is still a lot of hate against gays, and Trick Trick just perpetuates the hate… so if Trick Trick really does plan on putting an AK to my head, I ain’t going out like that! Trick Trick will be the only bitch that ends up dead!"

And the self-dubbed Godfather of Gay Hip Hop Tori Fixx adds, "It’s most peculiar that a straight man has so much time to be focused on us other folks, yet alone a group of people he so-called hates. But I surely hope no same-gender loving person supports this record."

Gay ballroom rapper Melange Lavonne, host of gay rap reality show Urban Raiders, warns, "It is unwise for him to add fuel to an already lit fire that is getting even bigger. Trick Trick can spew all the hate he wants, but gays are no longer perceived as punks, sissies or wimps. We are fighting for equality and, if that means that our life is on the line, then so be it. We are willing and ready to die for our cause. These are not the days of sit down and shut-up anymore, but a national movement that is bigger and more motivated than his small feeble-minded thinking could’ve ever imagined".

Guard your grill and your eyeballs Trick Trick! :)

Source

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50 Cent totally disses your boy Kanye West by calling his new album, 808's & Heartbreak, "a T-Pain record." Fiddy tells MTV News he would rather buy a T-Pain album than Kanye's and that Kanye's fans "will never forgive him" for recording that garbage. Ouch, don't be so mean, Fiddy!

Meanwhile, a new Kanye west album hits the nets yesterday. The mixtape titled Sky High began streaming on imeem on Monday and features remixes of Kanye's greatest hits.

The tracklist

1. "Sky High Introduction"
2. "Good Morning (The Kickdrums Remix)" (featuring Big Sean)
3. "Champion (Nick Catchdubs Remix)"
4. "Barry Bonds (Eli Escobar Remix)" (featuring Lil Wayne)
5. "Crack Musik (Cookin Soul Remix)"
6. "We Major (The Kickdrums Remix)" (featuring Nas)
7. "Get Em High (A-Trak Remix)" (featuring Common)
8. "Throw Some (Cousin Cole Remix)"
9. "Electric Touch (Mighty Mi & Steve1der Remix)" (featuring Lupe Fiasco)
10. "Love Lockdown (Tom Wrecks Remix)"
11. "Flashing Lights (Diplo Remix)"
12. "Addiction (Kenny Dope & Terry Hunter Remix)"
13. "Stronger (A-Trak Remix)"
14. "Workout Plan (Chaise Marcel Remix)"
16. "Impatient Boy (Benzi Refix)" (featuring Will.I.Am)
17. "Homecoming (Discotech Remix)" (featuring Chris Martin)
18. "I Wonder (Scottie B Remix)"
19. "Good Life (Stretch Armstrong Remix)" (featuring T-Pain)
20. "Can't Tell Me Nothing (DJ Godfather Remix)"

Jamie Foxx covers the December '08 issue of Men's Fitness magazine. He looks good enough to eat! :)

From playing a professional quarterback in Any Given Sunday to starring as the legendary Ray Charles in Ray,Academy Award-winning actor Jaime Foxx has been willing to do what ever it takes to transform his body to fit his characters. In the December/January issue of Men's Fitness, Foxx, a former high-school quarterback reveals the secrets and rigors of preparing for some of his most physically challenging roles and why he is willing to make such sacrifices to reach the top of his field. "Awhile back, I did this tribute for Al Pacino," he says in the issue. "Look back on his body of work and you see the different ways he's changed. … I want people to look back on [my] body of work and say,'Wow, it's like he morphed into different characters."

The December/January issue of Men's Fitness hits newsstands November 24 nationwide.

Source: Sherry J. Bitting | SJB Communications

While awaiting the birth of his first child, Bow Wow went into the studio to record this little ditty with Jermaine Dupri's protege Dondria titled "Boy Stop!"

It's a cute little track that showcases Dondria's maturing vocals. Just a few more voice lessons under her belt and she'll be ready.

Meanwhile, JD's lady Janet Jackson was spotted at the light at the corner of Roxbury and Peachtree roads about an hour ago. I dashed down there since I don't live far, but I couldn't find her. She was driving a white on white Range Rover and she was by herself.

Oh, I'm told she had a brown dog in the back seat. Janet spends her evenings at JD's recording studio just hanging out. Apparently, she isn't recording any new tracks.

Thanks to Dorma Davis for the track!

A Dallas county bus driver is in a little hot water for choking an out of control student on her bus.

Janet Pitts vented her frustration at the child by choking him. "He threw a can up here. I got up and choked the sh*t out his ass!," said Pitts.

The child is mentally challenged and bi-polar.

Dale Kiser with the National Education Association says don't blame the bus driver for her actions: "it's been stated, documented, everything else that there always should have been a monitor with this particular student on that bus," he said.

According to the special education department, a monitor should be on board the bus at all times with the boy due to his violent nature.

Thanks to loyal reader Laa'Iqa for the tip! Laa'Iqa says: "Interesting how he stops once she shows him she's the bigger fool."