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.

Click here if you can't view the video

[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