I know this is important to somebody or Toya wouldn't have posted it: Danity Kane is now a trio, but I can't remember who got cut. Not that it matters.

The mundane will get a little lift when Cassie joins the group as their new front woman to replace whoever it was that left.

That will be good for another round of exciting blog posts before this made-for-TV group slides back into obscurity.

The paps caught singers Tyrese and Brandy out & about together in Century City, CA on Sunday.

I suspected they might be kicking it when I heard rumors to that effect not too long ago. But I dismissed the rumors because Tyrese just got married, didn't he?

Anyway, I wish I had a pitt bull and about a thousand pairs of old jeans. I would throw the jeans to my dog and let him rip them to shreds. Then I would put the jeans on eBay and sell them for about a thousand bucks a piece.

I'm in the wrong field.

Photos: Faded Youth

Guess which Obama wrote the following poetry titled "Underground":

1. Sasha Obama
2. Malia Obama
3. Barack Obama

Under water grottos, caverns

Filled with apes

That eat figs.

Stepping on the figs

That the apes

Eat, they crunch.

The apes howl, bare

Their fangs, dance . . .

If you guessed Barack Obama wrote that poetry, you are correct! :)

Obama was a 20-year-old student at Occidental College when he wrote "Underground."

Isn't he talented? :)

The same artists who helped kill the music industry turned out to bid a fond farewell to the last bastion of music TV dominance: MTV's TRL.

Beyonce, Sean Combs and 50 Cent performed live during the "Total Finale Live" taping at the MTV studios in Times Square in NYC yesterday.

I simply can't and I won't post any more pictures from the event. I get tired of seeing pics of the same boring artists day in and day out, don't you?

Photos: Getty Images

Since Nov. 4, when Barack Obama became the first biracial president of the United States, the prevailing sentiment has been: if Barack Obama can make it, so can you.

I've heard from many of my loyal readers who say that while they are happy Obama won the election, they resent the media's implication that now we blacks should be motivated to achieve our dreams, or that we shouldn't have any excuse not to excel.

Li'l Bankhead is adding his voice to the mantra that most of us didn't wait around for Obama to motivate us to accomplish our dreams.

Bankhead said that while he supported Obama and saw him as a symbol of success he did not need him or anyone else to provide motivation for his dream of a career in the music industry.

Bankhead, real name Jerome Strickland, a D.J. on the V-103 urban music station in Atlanta, said he networked relentlessly, made personal sacrifices and worked long days and nights to teach himself the skills he needed for his career.

"They (his black friends) can't sit back and say only a white man can be president. You can be anything you want to be -- don't let anybody tell you you can't," Bankhead said.

Source

Photo: Reuters

Of course we already knew comedian Wanda Sykes was a lesbian, but the rest of the world played catch up on Saturday when Sykes surprised organizers of a Prop 8 rally in Las vegas by coming out officially.

What I didn't know was that Wanda married her lady friend on October 25th in a private ceremony.

So now Sykes is fighting mad because, as she puts it: "When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage also recognized in Nevada, in Arizona, all the way to New York!"

Then Sykes goes on to compare a lifestyle choice with God's natural selection and intelligent design of the sexes.

"Being gay is not a choice," argues Sykes. "That's like telling me I chose to be a woman, I chose to be black! Are we saying that if being gay is a choice... people are straight because they chose not to be gay?"

Of course Sykes' argument is flawed since she chose to be married to a man once (they divorced in 1998).

No matter how natural she thinks being gay is, two women can't have a baby without a man's participation at some point along the way.

Until lesbians figure out how to eliminate men from the baby making process entirely, we will forever be dependent on them -- and turkey basters.

Californians took a vote to oppose gay marriage. That's how a democracy works. The people of California have spoken.

And nothing Wanda Sykes says is going to change their minds.

As predicted, Barack Obama named Valerie Jarrett as his senior adviser to the White House. I have no clue who Jarrett is other than she was senior adviser to Obama while he campaigned for president, and she co-chaired his transition team.

The mainstream media has already dug up dirt on Jarrett, but dirt doesn't seem to stick to the Teflon Dems these days:

According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Illinois Secretary of State, Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers and Obama financial backers Rezko and Allison Davis. (Davis is also Obama's former boss.) Jarrett was a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation along with several Davis and Rezko associates, as well as the Fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization, an organization that worked with Rezko and Davis.

(According to press reports, housing projects operated by Davis and Rezko have been substandard and beset with code violations. The Chicago Sun Times reported that one Rezko-managed housing project was "riddled with problems -- including squalid living conditions...lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers.") Source

Now Rezko's cooling his heels in the federal pen, while the ones who got away scott free will be running Washington in 67 days.

On Greta's blog today, a reader asked what's the deal with Obama's mother-in-law moving into the White House when Obama gets the keys from Bush on January 20.

I love Greta's answer:

I think - if President elect and Mrs. Obama want this- it is a great idea for President Elect Obama’s mother-in-law to move to the White House. The job of President and First Lady is non stop…. 24/7… and if having another family member in the White House can help make it easier for the children and their parents, it is smart to do. Their family is going to be turned upside down in the next 4 years and to the extent it can be made easier, more “normal” and less pressure for them, the better it is for the country. By the way, it is common for family members to visit at the White House.

I totally agree. What's the point in hiring a nanny when you can get the same service at a fraction of the cost by asking a family member to do it?

Photo: Getty Images

Sean Combs is capitalizing on Barack Obama's historic win to hustle his cologne "I Am King."

The fragrance hits stores next month and Sean is hoping that it will resonate with the same people who voted for Barack Obama. "When you see Barack Obama, you see a strong, elegant black man and when people see my ad, it's almost like that's the trend," he told The Wall Street Journal.

The paper adds that Diddy plans to promote the fragrance in a lunch he will hold in Los Angeles and on TV talk shows and link his new fragrance and Obama.

We're wondering if Obama will request a cut of the sales proceeds since Sean is pimping his name to sell the cologne.

Source.

Despite news to the contrary, there is nothing but love between Lisa Wu Hartwell and Kim Kolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

"All that talk of infighting and threatening voicemails is just part of a publicity stunt to promote the reunion show," said a source who knows both women intimately. "You know Bravo would have been all over that! Bravo had us sign so much sh*t! They would never let her release that!," said the source who is involved with the show.

According to TMZ.com, Kim played a threatening voicemail left by Lisa. On the voicemail, Lisa can be heard saying "I am not the one -- you need to call me. I might just be coming to your house."

But the source said the voicemail, like most of the show, was scripted for maximum effect.

"Right now, the ATL Housewives has the highest ratings of all the Housewives shows and they're just trying to capitalize on that," said the source.

Shout out to industry veteran April Love for offering an opportunity to interview Lisa Wu, but here at SR.com, we don't do prearranged interviews.

Photo by Freddy O

This request was sent in by loyal reader Music Lover:

I was reading the comments for the MAD TV post and I saw somebody request a Morning Glory... I still nominate Tiara... She is in her 30s, 5'11, all natural down to her hair and she is BAD meaning GOOD :-)

And she has her own forum

http://www.tiaraxclusive.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16524

Her Show magazine cover is in stores... Tiara Harris for Morning Glory :-) Please, auntie!

The fellas (and some ladies) will love her

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Songbird Janelle Monae teams up with actor Jon Heder to sing "Winter Wonderland" in a Christmas commercial for GAP. It's obvious that her stylist took my readers' advice and threw away Janelle's outdated black and white uniforms.

Janelle is a singer with incredible talent. But if she wants to be accepted by the masses, she will have to break out of her archaic style mold and get with the program, ala Rihanna.

This commercial is a pretty good step in the right direction for Janelle. I LOVE her argyle sweater.

Spotted at The Steel Closet

Controversial Christmas ads carrying atheist messages have cropped on buses all over Washington D.C. this week.

The ads proclaim, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake." Naturally, the $40,000 holiday ad campaign has sparked a firestorm of controversy. A spokesman for the religious right appeared on Hannity & Colmes last night to denounce the ads using fiery language.

But the man responsible for commissioning the ads says he's just trying to let other atheists know they are not alone this Christmas season: "We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you," said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. "Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."

Edwords said the purpose isn't to argue that God doesn't exist or change minds about a deity, although "we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds."

The ads are set to run through December.

Source

This is the official album cover for Keyshia's Cole's upcoming CD A Different Me. I have mixed feelings about this cover. On the one hand, I like the way the graphic artists made KeyCo's tattoo the central focus of the album and the way it seems to float off her arm and wrap around her body.

But on the other hand, why does she look like she's a contestant in the swimsuit competition of the Miss America Pageant? I would have loved to see Keyshia in something a little more classy.

Cover source: Rap-Up.com

Residents of Suffolk County, Long Island awoke to graffiti spray painted on their cars last week. The vandals spray painted racial slurs and threats targeted at president-elect Barack Obama. The Secret Service is investigating due to the nature of the threats against Obama.

The victims included blacks, whites and Latinos and the message was clear: Obama's election has failed to unite the races and bring this country together as some had hoped.

According to The NY Post, Obama advisers are floating Sen. Hillary Clinton's name as possible frontrunner for secretary of state.

Two Obama advisers confirmed Clinton is under serious consideration, according to NBC News' Andrea Mitchell

Washington Post gossip columnist Al Kamen wrote in his blog, "The pick of the former presidential contender and Senate Armed Services Committee member would go a long way toward healing any remaining divisions within the Democratic Party after the divisive primaries."

The New York senator was spotted on board a flight to Obama's hometown Chicago where he is working on his transition. But Clinton aides say she was in Chicago in business.

The Obama campaign has declined to discuss any of the positions that are not yet spoken for within his administration.

Meanwhile, others scoff at the notion that Obama will appoint Clinton in a position of power who might overshadow him. "It doesn't fit his personality type," wrote a blogger on the left wing Huffington Post blog. "Narcissists like to be the center of attention."

Photo: Reuters

Barack Obama waits in his SUV while First daughters Malia, 18, and Sasha, 7, head to school in Chicago.

Obama and his wife Michelle still haven't confirmed whether the girls will attend public or private school in DC when he takes office in January.

Meanwhile, TMZ.com reports that Obama is busy searching for qualified applicants to fill positions within his administration. His peeps are circulating a detailed questionnaire among the interested job seekers:

There are 63 questions prospective nominees must answer. Barack wants to know if the person has sent embarrassing emails, whether that person has been accused of sexual harassment, late in paying child or spousal support. He always wants to know about arrests, and of course, those pesky housekeepers. Source

That Obama sure is funny. He wants to know every intricate detail about his prospective employees lives, but we still don't know a thing about him.

Photos: Getty Images

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A couple of loyal readers hit me up about this show yesterday. "Brothers to Brutha" premiered on BET Tuesday night. The show follows the career of five biological brothers who formed a singing group mentored by Jermaine Dupri.

Shakir Stewart, who signed the brothers to Def Jam, filmed his scenes in the show while he was still lucid. It's interesting to note that Brutha attended Stewart's private Memorial in Atlanta last week while his longtime boss and mentor, L.A. Reid, did not attend.

Apparently, top tier celebrities had to pitch in to help pay Stewart's funeral expenses because Reid refused to even take calls from the family. There's a special place in hell reserved for people like Reid who put money and self over a lifetime of dedication and loyalty.

I promised I was going to reveal more details about Shakir Stewart's untimely death and the turn of events that led up to it. But in order to do that I would have to reveal a certain aspect of his life that is of a sensitive nature and can't be written without casting Stewart in a negative light.

Out of respect for the family, I will leave that alone.

I've heard crazy allegations that Stewart was running from a certain rapper and armed gang bangers. But it's a rare man who takes his own life because another man is gunning for him.

Men usually take their lives over money, lost pride or lost love -- not because they fear another man. According to Stewart's close friends, he was a man's man with a strong sense of pride. And he remained that way until the day he died.

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

Some rapper named Trick Trick (lol) doesn't want gays buying his album. Does anybody even buy his albums or know who he is? This Trick Trick is really showing his ignorance because most likely the people signing his checks are gay, and the rappers he chills with who wear their pants down low are most definitely suspect.

What real man wants to see another man's boxers? You know what they say about the hit dog barking the loudest. :) I'm filing this under Publicity Stunt.

"I'ma go on the record right now with this. Homosexuals are probably not gonna like this album,” Trick revealed to AllHipHop.com. “I don’t want your f**got money any goddamn way. I don’t like it [homosexuality]. Carry that s**t somewhere else."

"Every time that you turn on the TV, that sissy s**t is on," Trick told AllHipHop.com. "And they act like its f**king okay. The world is changing for the worst when s**t like that happens. And I address that issue. I address it hard as hell." (Source)

The Real Housewives of Atlanta ceased to be about the "housewives" the moment flamboyant hairdresser Dwight Eubanks showed up on the scene to dish advice to his "girlfriend" NeNe. Now it's The NeNe and Dwight Show.

NeNe and Dwight together are a hoot! Even CNN's Anderson Cooper can't get enough of NeNe and Dwight.

"Have you ever seen such Beautiful feet on a man?," coos Dwight while getting a pedicure. "Don't I look good for 50?," he declares before revealing his beauty secret: sex three times a day.

(Source)

Rihanna looked so cute as she strolled through Perth International airport without her BFF Chris Brown. The two performed together in concert last night in Perth. I LOVE RiRi's Louis Vuitton scarf and metallic gold sandals!

The 42nd Annual CMA Awards took place last night in Nashville, TN and guess who showed up dressed respectfully with his pants pulled up? Li'l Wayne shared the stage with rapper-turned-rocker Kid Rock who performed his hit "All Summer Long." Wayne shows total disrespect towards his own community by exposing his boxers in concerts, but he wouldn't dare disrespect that country music crowd. The consolation for us is that the country music crowd probably had no clue who that troll was.

Miley Cyrus wore a gorgeous carrot print dress to the 4nd Annual CMA Awards last night. Miley's dad Billy Ray Cyrus was once the reigning king of country music before Miley was even born.

R&B crooner John Legend loaded up on goodies at the Grammy Awards gift lounge at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas yesterday.

Actress and co-host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg, attended a peaceful rally in NYC last night to protest the passing of Prop 8 in California. The protesters are hopeful that California's Supreme court won't ratify the amendment. Goldberg talked about gay lovers being unable to visit each other in sickness due to hospital rules that limit visitations to family members only. But I've never worked at a hospital that denied gay lovers the right to visit their loved ones once they explained who they were. I'm not for or against the measure, but the people of California have spoken and protesters should just deal with it.

Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Now that Barack Obama is headed for the White House flush after having tallied over $600 million in campaign contributions -- the most ever in history for a presidential candidate -- the Democratic National Committee is crying broke!

Can you believe it?

A loyal reader and esteemed member of my community forwarded this email to me:

Our friends at the Democratic National Committee laid it all on the line to bring change this year.

We’ve been reviewing the books, and the DNC went into considerable debt to secure victory for Barack and Joe. It took unprecedented resources to staff up all 50 states, train field organizers, and build the technology to reach as many swing voters as possible.

It worked.

But it also left the DNC in debt. So before we do anything else, we need to help pay for this winning strategy.

Make a donation of $30 or more now and you’ll get a limited edition 2008 Victory T-shirt.

Obviously I thought this was a joke considering the hundreds of millions raised by Obama that have gone unaccounted for.

While the DNC is reviewing their books, there will be no investigation of the millions in under $200 donations to Obama from such contributors as "Mickey Mouse."

The supposed "leaked" nude photos of Adrienne Bailon has been exposed as a cheap publicity stunt.

The Cheetah Girls star threatened to take legal action against a thief who allegedly stole her laptop at a NYC airport and then leaked naked pictures of her onto the internet.

The whole story sounded suspicious, especially when the name of her "spokesman" rang out: Jonathan Jaxson.

"Adrienne’s tour with Cheetah Girls will be over December 22nd, so she is then free to pursue other projects and wanted to be seen as more adult and sexy," wrote Jaxson on his blog. "So after the laptop was stolen we used it as an opportunity to drum up some publicity and start speculating about nude photos, but we never expected anything to get out.”

This is the same Jonathan Jaxson who ran JJ's gossip blog and who recently sued blogger Perez Hilton for sexual harassment.

Jaxson started out as a celebrity publicist for the Backstreet Boyz and other Hollywood stars before leaving to start his blog.

It looks like Alicia Keys is tired of other artists -- in particular Beyonce -- jacking her ideas. According to Singersroom, AK is set to re-release her "I Am" platinum selling disc as a 'Super Edition' double disc just in time to compete with Beyonce's sales.

As you know, Bey is releasing her CD titled "I Am" as a double disc sometime next week. Bey's disc also features a black & white image of a bare faced Bey on the cover as Alicia's CD did. The disc will include 5 songs recorded by AK in London.

Featuring the popular unreleased song "Savior," the Super Edition of "As I Am" ends up being a double disc package.

In addition to "Savior," the audio disc features "Another Way To Die" (from the 2008 Bond film, Quantum of Solace) and 'Doncha Know (sky is blue)'.

The second disc, a DVD, features five songs recorded in London earlier this year. Live versions of "You Don't Know My Name," "Superwoman," "Teenage Love Affair," If I Ain't Got You," and Keys' hit single "No One" are all included.

Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Atlanta rapper Alexis Miller, aka Mary Jane, is pictured with rapper Lil' Wayne in an undated

An Atlanta woman has withdrawn a temporary restraining order against NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. Alexis Miller, a 23-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist, had accused O'Neal of stalking her and leaving threatening messages on her voicemail.

Documents filed late Wednesday afternoon in Fulton County Superior Court and obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed that Alexis Miller had withdrawn her request for a permanent restraining order against the Phoenix Suns’ 7-foot-1, 325-pound center. It was unclear whether the two sides had agreed to any settlement that would close the case. Source