Rapper T.I. testified in a Cincinnati, Ohio court on Friday during the trial of one of the suspects accused of shooting T.I.'s assistant and childhood friend Philant Johnson during a rolling gun battle on a Cincinnati highway.

A somber T.I. took the stand for approximately 40 minutes to describe the shooting incident that stemmed from an altercation at a Cincinnati nightclub in May 2006.

Licking his lips and narrowing his eyes, T.I. then described getting into the backseat of a black van, as Johnson sat in front of him. He said he realized very quickly that something unusual was going on as the van pulled away and he saw headlights going into oncoming traffic from a vehicle that was attempting to get alongside the black van. "Before I knew it, shots rang out," he said, explaining that they came from the left side of the van and that he immediately took cover as an unnamed person in his van returned fire.

Following the shootout, a white motorist stopped to help T.I. and those who weren't injured, transfer the dying Johnson from T.I.'s van, which was disabled, to another van for the trip to the hospital.

Asked what Johnson looked like when he dragged him from the vehicle, T.I. said with a hard stare at no one in particular, "lifeless," describing the blood running down his friends face, a shirt wet with blood and an entry wound on Johnson's left temple.

The defendant, Hosea Thomas' brother Padron Thomas has identified him as the shooter. It was Padron Thomas who drove the Jeep that allegedly chased the vans used by T.I. and his entourage on May 3, 2006.

T.I. denied allegations that he started the incident by "making it rain" at the Cincinnati club.  Source

I didn't watch the AMAs' last night (yawn), but here are some pics courtesy of the picture man, Drew Reports. Yes, I was too lazy to look up the pics myself. And, yes these are the same pics every other blog is posting, but if I don't post 'em then you'll keep emailing me asking why I haven't posted any pics from the boring AMAs. So here you go. :)

Bonnie Hunt and Niecy Nash (Reno 911) do Kim and NeNe (Real Housewives of Atlanta) better than the originals! This is funny! Thanks to loyal reader SJ Prater, who wrote in her email:

It's official---ATL Housewives is a hit!

Kim
Alcohol, Cigarettes, Fkd up weave, Tone def and delusional---check, check, check!

NeNe
Chestnut brown weave---check!
Braless, cleavage baring ensemble---check!
Loud mouth---check!
Unapologetic sarcasm---check!

You can watch the full version of this skit on The Bonnie Hunt Show which airs this Monday (Nov. 24). Check your local listings for time and station.

This was Rev. Al's response to the following question:

"Rev. Al Sharpton, Do you believe that political leaders such as Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell are viewed as "house negroes" by other African Americans, by going along with the President against their beliefs?"

This is Rev. Al's response to Al-Qaeda calling Barack Obama a "house negro":

Spotted on Gateway Pundit

I knew there was something about Kanye West that I liked. I just couldn't put my finger on it. For all the doubters who said Rihanna would never snatch Beyonce's crown, do you believe now? (I know, it's hard to admit when you're wrong) :)

In a new interview with KROQ, Kanye West explains his recent statement regarding Britney and her VMA awards (also He talks about Rihanna career): "Im not trying to diss Britney or anything like that. One of my favorite songs last year was “Gimme Gimme.” Like, I love that record. But I just feel like Rihanna had a really breakout year and became the biggest artist… like Rihanna sells more records than me all together if you include her in national sales and she is arguably the biggest artist in the world right now.“ Source

Thanks to loyal reader Linda for the tip!

Floyd Mayweather paid a lot of bills and made the ladies happy last night at Pure Atlanta. If you missed it, you missed out on your share of over $50K in cash that Mayweather blessed the crowd with!

I hear the ladies were out of control in the VIP area near where Mayweather was standing. But he had his eye on one chica in particular all night long.

As if the cash wasn't enough, Mayweather and Benny, the promoter of Thursday nights at Pure, gave away a free BMW to one lucky winner last night!

Now why didn't Benny tell me they were giving away a free Beemer?

I guess Benny heard that a certain club owner gave away three luxury vehicles recently, including two Benzes and a Range Rover.

Photos by Freddy O

Now that the U.S. has elected its first Muslim president in Barack Obama, Michael Jackson is following suit by converting to Islam himself. According to The Sun UK, Jacko has changed his name in accordance with his new religion.

Jacko will henceforth be known as "Mikaeel":

The skint superstar, 50, donned Islamic garb to pledge allegiance to the Koran in a ceremony at a pal’s mansion in Los Angeles, The Sun can reveal.

Jacko sat on the floor wearing a tiny hat after an Imam was summoned to officiate — days before the singer is due to appear at London’s High Court where he is being sued by an Arab sheik.

A source told last night how Jacko, brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness, decided to convert as he used a studio at the home of his chum to record a new album.

An Imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief. Mikaeel is the name of one of Allah’s angels.

Jacko rejected an alternative name, Mustafa — meaning "the chosen one". Source


HAS IT BEEN THAT LONG?

Looks like Tyra Banks is coming out of her dry spell. She was really feeling it when "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson licked her neck during the taping of her show today. I'm going to see that movie this weekend so I can find out for myself what all the hype is about.
Photo (1): JustJared.com



Rocsi celebrated her 35th birthday last night at a private residence in NYC. Rocsi flipped the bird to all her haters -- that is, except for BET 106 & Park co-host Terrance J. I guess they're best friends now. They're going to need each other more than ever: I hear their jobs on 106 & Park might be on the chopping block due to dwindling ratings. As you already know, MTV's TRL failed to pull in its numbers and closed up shop.
Photo: Wireimage/Getty


Bey's sister Solange attended the relaunch of the MANGO SoHo flagship store in NYC yesterday. Every blog posted her video for T.O.N.Y. yesterday. I wasn't feeling the video, so I passed.
Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Another Rihanna has leaked online. This track titled "You Make Me Sick" is burning up the Internets!. "U Make Me Sick," is produced by Atlanta's own Brian Michael Cox, who's also spearheading the production on Monica's new album due out next month. We love this track! Rihanna is cementing her dominance on the pop music scene with this one!

LISTEN: Rihanna - U Make Me SICK

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Beyonce looks red-hot as she shows off her cleavage in the arms of a Japanese pop star. The Sasha Fierce star, 27, looks stunning as she towers over Tokyo in a figure-hugging dress with a plunging neckline. But husband Jay-Z has nothing to worry about. The ad for handbag maker Samantha Thavasa is only-for-Japan and was made when she visited Tokyo late in October.

The lucky chap in the billboard campaign is Takuya Kimura, 35, singer for Japanese group SMAP. "Kimura is very handsome, strong, manly and sexy," said Beyonce. Kimura returned the compliment sating: "I enjoyed the time with her. She is really sexy and crute. I can learn many things from her to be a nicer guy." The ads will appear in Samantha Thavasa's 117 shops nationwide as well as on billboards in Aoyama and Harajuku.

Beyonce's album I Am... Sasha Firece, is on pace to to sell $500K-$550K in the first week.  Source

Photos: Splash News Online

A divorce decree for Madonna and Guy Ritchie divorce has been granted and may become final in six weeks and a day. Guy gets props for not taking Madonna to the cleaners.

Of Madonna's $300 million fortune, Guy walks away with a paltry $10 million.

But he got what he wanted which was joint custody of his sons, David and Rocco, who he's seen with attending a movie premiere in London last night.

The boys will split their time between London where daddy resides, and NYC with Madonna.

Lourdes is not part of the deal since she's not his biological, so she stays in NY with mommy.

A British judge just a few hours ago, granted divorce decrees to 17 couples, including a "Ciccone M L v Ritchie G S."

The decree said the divorce was granted on the basis of Guy’s "unreasonable behavior," but did not elaborate. Rumors have it that Ritchie objected to Madonna adopted a Malawi girl.  Source