Rapper Remy Ma wants to be out of jail by Christmas. So after exhausting all appeals while serving her 8-year prison sentence, she's now accusing the judge who presided over her trial of making mistakes.

Remy, real name Reminisce Smith, 26, was sentenced in May on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, weapon possession and attempted coercion for shooting Makeda Barnes Joseph in the abdomen in July after accusing her of stealing money out of her purse.

Now, in new documents filed on behalf of the star, her lawyers claim the trial was riddled with mistakes by the judge. They pinpoint four key indications of the judge's alleged faults, including the claim Smith was "unfairly prejudiced" by the inclusion of details relating to an August 2007 attack on a male alleged to be Barnes Joseph's boyfriend, which Smith is said to have instigated.

Her attorneys have also accused the judge of "wrongly instructing the jury" over Barnes Joseph's testimony, after the jurors were told that if they believed it to be "truthful and accurate", it would satisfy the proof "beyond a reasonable doubt".
Smith's legal team want the sentence overturned and the star released before the seasonal holidays.

Smith is currently serving time at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York as she awaits the appeal. Source

Beyonce, aka Sasha Fierce never fails to amuse us! Sasha stripped down to her boots, gloves and camel hump wig for this provocative, yet comical promo shot. I wonder who told her to pose like that? She looks like a naked midget with really long legs. I guess desperate times call for desperate measures! :)

Thanks to loyal reader Linda for the laugh!

As predicted, the final episode of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" series was the highest rated in 'Real Housewives' franchise history in all demographics, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Tuesday night's episode posted a 2.02 household coverage rating, garnering 1.68 million adults 18-49 and 2.21 million total viewers, up 51 percent among adults 18-49 (vs. 1.11 million) and up 48 percent among total viewers (vs. 1.499 million), compared to the prior week’s episode.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is Bravo’s highest rated freshman series since "Queer Eye." The series’ first season was also the second highest rated “Real Housewives” season ever, behind only season three of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.

The drama and cat fights continue in the much-hyped Reunion show on Tuesday, November 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. (Source)

Photo by Freddy O

A brawl involving more than 100 people broke out during a funeral for a one-year-old baby boy in Wisconsin.

An argument between the family members and mourners of Christopher Thomas Jr. over who was responsible for the child's death, escalated into a wild melee on Wednesday with mourners throwing chairs and knocking over flower arrangements.

Several people grabbed hold of the casket to keep it from being turned over.

Christopher was beaten to death while in foster care. His foster mother, Crystal P. Keith, is charged with his death. Keith is also charged with torturing Christopher's 2-year-old sister who remains hospitalized.

Keith is married to the brother of the baby's father.

Christopher was taken from his biological mother by child protective services and placed in foster care back in March.

During the emotional service, mourners set upon the child's biological father, Christopher Thomas, 22, who suffered a gash to his face during the fight and was taken away by ambulance.

The boy and his 2-year-old sister had been in several foster homes since they were taken from their mother, Candace Glover, 23, who also attended the funeral.

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Alaska governor Sarah Palin can't catch a break. Palin visited a turkey farm in Anchorage, Alaska yesterday to pardon a turkey in time for Thanksgiving.

Following the pardoning, Palin was interviewed by a news crew while a farm worker behind Palin was busy slaughtering another turkey.

Well, it is a turkey farm and that's what they do there. But common sense should have prevailed and the turkey killing should have halted at least until the cameras were gone.

Don't watch this video if you feel any kind of way about turkeys. It isn't pleasant to watch. And the devilish grin on the man's face doesn't help any.

Floyd Mayweather emptied two Louis Vuitton bags full of cash into the crowd at a packed Dreamz nightclub in Atlanta last night. The IRS estimates about $30,000 was thrown.

Tonight Mayweather plans to make it rain even more Benjamin Franklins when he joins Jermaine Dupri, Josh Smith of the Hawks, and Dallas Austin at Club Pure tonight.

I'm sure rainmakers Mayweather and JD will try to outdo each other tonight. As a matter of fact, I'ma put on my disguise so I can be in the house! An estimated $100K will be dropped tonight at Pure!

If you need your bills paid or just need some quick cash for Christmas shopping, you'd better get there early!

Club Pure is located at 2793 Clairmont Rd in Atlanta. Doors open at 9 PM. Call (404) 633-5020 for more info.

The story behind Rihanna's new tat is a burning issue for some Rihanna fans. Rihanna Daily has the scoop:

"It’s tribal," she said at the charity’s annual Snowflake Lighting Ceremony in New York’s Grand Army Plaza. “It represents strength and love.”

Rihanna also revealed that she got the exotic-looking tat while in New Zealand for a recent tour date.

"It’s their traditional way of tattooing," she said of the Maori-inspired geometric design. “I always wanted [one].” But even for a tattoo enthusiast like Rihanna, this particular method had one big drawback: “It hurt like hell!" (Source

Photo: Splash News Online

R&B crooner Maxwell found himself surrounded by a bevy of chocolate beauties when he attended his after party at Club 1223 in Washington D.C. following his concert on Tuesday, November 18th.

Photos courtesy of GetinDC.com.

Thanks to loyal reader Yinka for the pics!

According to family members, the father of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver was beaten by Houston, Texas, police officers as they arrested him for outstanding traffic warrants.

A family member who was with Marvin Driver Jr. when officers arrested him, say police took him behind a gas station. As they beat him and forced him to swallow something, the officers told Driver he was "going to see Jesus," according to relatives and community activist Quanell Evans, who identified himself as Quanell X.

A police spokesman released this statement on Thursday: "About 1:30am on Nov. 17, officers placed [Driver] in the back seat of a patrol unit and transported him to our southeast jail... Upon arrival to the jail, our officers stated Mr. Driver was unresponsive."

Paramedics were contacted and Mr. Driver was transported to a local hospital where he remains in a coma with blunt force trauma injuries.

Rihanna is everywhere these days (especially now that Beyonce's double album has dropped). Last night she hosted the launch of Gucci's Tattoo Heart Collection to Benefit UNICEF at Gucci's 5th Avenue store in NYC. Rihanna wore a smart red Gucci tunic dress with Gucci boots.

And on the same evening, Rihanna attended UNICEF's 2008 Snowflake Lighting symbolizing the beginning of gift-giving season at Grand Army Plaza in NY. Isn't she Grand?!

Meanwhile, not too far from where Princess Rihanna was holding court, her humble servant Beyonce attended the unveiling of Seventeen Magazine's 2008 Style Star of the Year at the Hearst Tower in NY. We wonder who is the star of the year? Is it Rihanna?

Mary J. Blige was decked out in Louis Vuitton and Gucci at Gucci's Tattoo Heart Collection to Benefit UNICEF dinner at The Plaza in NYC last night. We hope PETA didn't throw flour on her fur like they did Lindsay Lohan because Mary is no Lindsay Lohan! Mary will stomp a mud hole in that ass if they fluck with her LV fur piece!

DO YOU WANT FRIES TO GO WITH THAT SHAKE?

I can't crack on Gabby because she's doing good in the hood. Gabby promoted World Children's Day by selling "hands" at a McDonald's franchise location in Chicago yesterday.


Big Boi graced the red carpet at GQ's Men of the Year Party in L.A. on Tuesday. Big Boi is wearing a Ralph Lauren Purple Label Wool Suit set off nicely with a huge purple rock on his pimp hand. check out his first single "Sumthin's Gotta Give" with Mary J. Blige (WATCH).

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

This is how Barack Obama is riding these days since racking up more death threats than any president-elect in modern history.

A U.S. Secret Service Counter Assault Team member holds his assault rifle as he rides in a sports utility vehicle in President-elect Barack Obama's motorcade as it drives to The Kluczynski Federal Building, the location of Obama's Chicago transition office, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008.

Source: AP

Poor Beyonce. First Knaye West clowns her by saying Rihanna is the best thing that ever happened to her. And now her album, which dropped Tuesday, will fail to do the numbers she expected in the first week.

According to Billboard.com, both Beyonce and her dad have their hearts set on her double album selling 750,000-1 Mil. But first day estimates put the sales for I Am... Sasha Fierce at a paltry 500K-550K. Way too low for Bey and Matt's standards:

"I think we'll sell 750,000 to 1 million copies [in the] first week," says Music World head Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father and manager. "I know that's ambitious with the declining market, but Beyoncé is so focused on transitioning from pop star to icon that we're paying attention to every single detail."

"I want to be an icon," Beyoncé says. "That's why this is a double-album. One side has songs that are more mainstream and another has my more traditional R&B songs for my fans who've been there the whole time. Some of it sounds like Barbra Streisand, Karen Carpenter and the Beatles around the 1970s." Source

I didn't know a double album is required for icon status. Can someone explain that to me?

Thanks to loyal reader Linda for the link!

Photo: Getty Image

From KPTH FOX44 News:

A bogus e-mail about a number of well-known businesses closing is landing in inboxes all over the city. Reporter Samantha Suttle clears up the confusion.

On Wednesday, I called more than a dozen local stores and they all had the same response: "Where is this coming from?"

The e-mails in question alert shoppers of businesses that are closing or are scheduled to close. The e-mail suggests you not use credit cards at the listed stores or buy gift cards there either. It claims the gift cards will not be honored after the holidays. However, many of the managers at these Sioux City stores say this information is simply not true and is damaging to business. Some of the stores listed include Eddie Bauer, Talbots, J. Jill, Sprint/Nextel, Home Depot and JCPenney.

The Talbot and J. Jill companies have even issued a statement: "We do not plan to close all Talbots and J. Jill brand stores and there is absolutely no concern in buying a gift card from either brand this holiday season... Talbots and J. Jill remain open in Sioux City at Lakeport Commons."

So the best advice I came across -- don't believe everything you read. Source

Yesterday while browsing my favorite blogs looking for content to post, I happened upon this post by Style Razzi.

The post quoted excerpts from an Essence.com interview with Lisa Wu-Hartwell's husband, Ed. In it, he discusses his relationship with Lisa and Keith Sweat's sons Justin and Jordan:

"Me and my sons have a great relationship. I tell everyone I have three sons. They call me dad; I never say my stepkids, they are my sons."

But what was even more bizarre than a man claiming another man's sons was Ed's response to the question, "Do you have a good relationship with their father, Keith Sweat?":

Not at all. The reason is because [when I started dating] Lisa there was a lot that I had to stop from happening. I had to lay down the law, man to man. Have I tried to work out some things and put our differences to the side for the sake of the kids? Absolutely. I don't like to play games.

I don't know Keith Sweat that well, but I was certain that he didn't take kindly to Hartwell's implications that he had to be put in his place. So just to be sure, I reached out to a source close to Sweat's camp to inquire if Ed Hartwell really did lay down the law to Keith Sweat.

Here's what the source, who asked not to identified said:

I don't understand how anybody can call anybody out or put their foot down to the custodial parent who has all the rights! What would he give a basis to lay down the law based on? How does Keith respond to that? Ed Hartwell has no rights over Keith's kids. None! Zero! He has no merit. [Hartwell] gets to see the kids because he happens to be married to Keith's ex-wife.

Here is Keith's statement: Keith is raising his kids to be normal, well-adjusted young men. He is busy raising his children 24/7. He is totally responsible for all aspects of his kids' lives: education, health, welfare, insurance, college education. He chooses the clothes, he chooses where they vacation. He drops them off and picks them up from school every day. The courts gave him unilateral rights regarding his children. They didn't give anybody else rights. If Lisa wants to take the boys out of Atlanta, she has to get permission from Keith. She picks them up on the 1st and the 3rd weekend of every month. Those are her rights. Ed has NO rights.

In this situation, Keith is going to be the bigger person. Keith has the fastest growing syndicated radio show now in 42 markets. He has two television shows coming out. He performs in concerts. What is Ed doing? I hear him and Lisa say he played in the NFL for 7 years. Is that factually correct? He played for the Falcons for three years and he was cut from there, cut from Cincinnati, cut from Oakland. He was injured for three years. So did he play for seven years? Keith has been in the business for 21 years, but he's been singing since he was a little boy. Keith doesn't try to inflate his career or himself.

My source reminded me of our last conversation when he told me that if the show lasted long enough, we would see the real Lisa Wu come out. Apparently, it is rumored that Lisa strikes Kim either on camera or on the set of the Reunion show which airs on Nov. 25. "You're seeing the real Lisa [on the Reunion show]," he said.

He indicated that Keith is sympathetic to Lisa despite the fact that Lisa and Hartwell can't keep Keith Sweat's name out of their mouths. "Keith is not going to get in the gutter with them," said the source. "Keith is actually trying to save her as the mother of his kids. Because his kids will be affected by all of this." According to the insider, he has never seen Lisa Wu do drugs, and he could see why an accusation of that sort might make Lisa upset enough to go after Kim.

Although the source didn't indicate this, Lisa's violent tendencies might be part of the reason why she lost custody of her sons to Sweat. "Lisa does not handle very well any kind of criticism," said the source. "Lisa has made these statements about flipping over sofas and beating people up. We really don't have to say or do anything at this point. Lisa is Lisa. The facts speak for themselves."

Photos: Myspace.com (Sweat) and Freddy O

From MemphisMix.com who copied it from ThaddeusMatthews.com:

Tennessee, infamous for being the city where Martin Luther King lost his life in 1968 will now go down in history as the city that placed the first Black President in the criminal system.

On November 4th an over zealous City of Memphis Public Works employee, "Gene Soucy" cited "Barack Obama" personally and not the local campaign office for the placement of campaign signs in areas that the city states they should not be.

Obama court date was set for yesterday and after the President -elect did not appear a bench warrant was about to be rendered in General Sessions Div 14 by a judge that was sitting in for Judge Potter who was absent from his bench on yesterday.

The word of this foolish act got to attorney Javier Bailey who also is a Democratic State party member who went in and got the date reset for December 8, 2008 at 1:30 PM.

On the very same day that he became President of the United States of America where he was voted into office by millions,He also received a booking number "08725976."

I spoke with Public Works Director Dwan Gilliom who stated that he had been expecting my call and was about to refer me to Toni Holliman the spokesperson for mayor Willie Herenton. But as our conversation continue we both found that there no need to call with Holliman because I had more information about the matter then either of them. Gilliom was unaware that President -Elect Barack Obama now had a booking number and wondered why Soucy didn't confer with him on the matter.

TO SEE FOR YOURSELF, CLICK ON http://jssi.co.shelby.tn.us/ AND TYPE IN "BARACK OBAMA" UNDER GS CASE HISTORY.