If America's first half white president, Barack Obama is looking stiffer than usual to you, it's because he's made out of wax. Not literally, Obama's wax figure was unveiled at Madame Tussauds on January 15, 2009 in my birthplace, London, England.
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife Bernadette Rob attended the Los Angeles premiere of "The Lodger" at the Westwood Crest Theater last night. Wasn't she married to one of the Jackson 5 brothers at one time? I see Leonard's fitness routine has provided good results for him. The beer gut is gone.
The old school was in the house to celebrate the memoirs of music director Rickey Minor at the Huntley hotel yesterday in Santa Monica, California. Singer Eric Benet, musical director Rickey Minor and singer Brenda Russell attended the Private Book Release party.
Music legends Stevie and Jermaine Jackson also attended the book release party.
Songwriter Siedah Garrett ("Man in the Mirror") and Stevie Wonder also attended the book release party.
Actress Victoria Rowell congratulated Minor on his new book.
The lovely Pam Grier was a guest on Showtime's 2009 Winter TCA yesterday in Universal City, California. Pam stars on Showtime's lesbun soap opera "L Word".
Disgraced rapper Rick Ross will celebrate his birthday big baller style at Karu & Y Ultralounge in Miami, Florida on January 28.
But this morning Ross will be in a Miami courtroom to answer charges that he failed to pay child support (again) for his son 3-year old William Leonard Roberts, III.
The ex-correctional officer will appear in person at Broward County courthouse this morning. The court house is located at 201 S.E. 6th St. Fort.Lauderdale, Fl. 33301. The hearing starts @ 8:45 a.m sharp in room # 997 presided over by Judge Susan Greenhawt. (LINK)
Despite Ross' claims that he supports his son and pays his medical bills, the boy's mother Tiallondra Nicole Kemp says Ross, real name William Leonard Roberts, fell behind on his child support checks again.
According to court documents, Ross has a history of domestic violence abuse against Kemp. (LINK)
Rick Ross fell from grace in the Hip Hop world last year when photos and documents turned up online exposing his past occupation as a prison guard.
Despite his vehement denials, Department of Corrections (DoC) records show that Ross, the self-professed "gangster" and cocaine trafficker, did, in fact, work as a correctional officer for 18 months in December 1995 earning a salary of $22,913.54.
Thanks to STYLE RAZZI for the great investigative work and for finding the documents online!
Biggie's mom Voletta Wallace was interviewed by Free on Power 105.1's The Ed Lover Morning Show yesterday morning (I know, I'm late).
Free asked Mrs. Wallace to speak on the drama involving Lil Kim who is unhappy with her portrayal in NOTORIOUS.
Everyone was a big part of Biggie's life. But what it boils down to, this movie is not -- and I repeat, is not about Lil Kim. I'm sorry that she felt that she was not portrayed in a very negative light.... she loved my son. There was no question about it.
Someone needs to ask Mrs. Wallace why she's shunning Biggie's oldest child, T'yanna, and the child's mother these days?
Insiders are saying Mrs. Wallace is shunning them for purely selfish reasons.
Many are questioning why we haven't seen T'yanna at any of the screenings or in promos for NOTORIOUS.
NOTORIOUS opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow (1/16).
Loyal reader Evelyn emailed me the above pics which proves that Biggie's daughter T'Yanna, 14, did indeed attend the NYC premiere of the movie chronicling her daddy's life. But the pictures don't tell the true story. The fact remains that the relationship between Voletta Wallace and the child's mother is estranged.
[One of the producers] called and said that I was "too human for a circus show" and that because the show did so well, they are about to pump up the drama and they didn’t think that I would fit in. He gave me an example, saying that during the reunion when I found out what a few of the other ladies said about me, they were expecting me to say more, but I’m not the type to go “television” and start acting crazy because somebody’s talking about me. I’m fine with the decision. It wasn’t my decision. They let me go and there are no hard feelings. I am thankful for the opportunity.
Now that's real class! I knew there was something fishy about Lisa Wu's erratic behavior on the Season Finale. Obviously she was forewarned that cuts were coming.
Much respect to DeShawn for maintaining her dignity and for being a role model for our daughters to look up to! DeShawn tried to bring some class and decorum to the show.
But when it comes to women of color, the TV networks don't want class they want trash!
I hear that Frank Ski's wife Tanya Ski was cast for the show's 2nd season, but let's hope that's just a rumor. Tanya is much too classy for that show.
An emotional Sean Combs was among the celebrities who recorded a message to Barack Obama in L.A. yesterday.
Actress Kerry Washington holding tight to her puppy and Gucci bag; actress Hayden Panettiere, singer Ashlee Simpson, and Michelle Trachtenberg also recorded their tributes to Obama. I LOVE Sean's new Jordans.
By San Francisco Chronicle staff writers Jaxon Van Derbeken, Andrew Ross and Christopher Heredia:
The BART police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on an Oakland train platform and then refused to explain his actions to investigators was arrested Tuesday in Nevada on suspicion of murder, authorities said.
Johannes Mehserle, 27, was arrested in the New Year's Day shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old supermarket worker from Hayward who was lying facedown after being pulled off a BART train by police investigating a fight. An Alameda County judge signed an arrest warrant alleging murder, and Mehserle surrendered without incident, authorities said.
The shooting, which was recorded by passengers in videos widely circulated on the Internet and television, prompted public outrage, and some viewers said that the shooting appeared to be an execution.
Sources said Mehserle was in Nevada because he feared for his safety after death threats were made against him. Douglas County is 15 miles south of Carson City in northwestern Nevada and includes part of Lake Tahoe.
Grant's family has filed a $25 million legal claim against BART, signaling an intention to sue for damages. The family's attorney, John Burris, said late Tuesday that he was pleased to hear of Mehserle's arrest.
"If it's true, the family is delighted, and it will really help with the healing process," Burris said. "This is also very important for the community. This had to occur; it was almost a no-brainer. I think the district attorney ought to be commended for moving (the case) expeditiously." LINK
Singer Jennifer Hudson, who took a hiatus after her family members were killed in a home invasion in October, will return to the spotlight when she sings the National Anthem at the Super Bowl next month.
Hudson will sing before the big game in Tampa on February 1. Which brings up a question. If she can sing at the Super Bowl on Feb 1, why can't she perform at Barack Obama's Inauguration which is less than two weeks earlier?
What's more important?
Well, my well-placed source tells me that Hudson and Obama fell out because Beyoncé was invited to sing at the Inauguration. And as you know, Jennifer isn't feeling Bey right now.
3 Brown Girls' Eboni Elektra (right) and her niece, singer, Vistoso Bosses, were among Atlanta's elite who turned out for the private Atlanta screening of the eponymous Notorious BIG biopic on Monday night.
The theater was so packed that a second screen was added to accommodate those who didn't get seats for the first showing.
The consensus seems to be that Jamal "Gravy" Woolard captured the true essence of Biggie in the movie. But Derek Luke as Puffy just wasn't believable -- "not for two seconds," I was told by someone who knows Puffy intimately.
The big push is on to get warm bodies into the theater on Friday (1/16) to see the tribute to the g.o.a.t.
Photos by Donna Pernell | Prime Phocus for Wireimage.com
3 Brown Girls' Eboni Elektra (2nd from right), and her nephews (l to r) Dj, KV, and Chance. Don't the boys look like a group? They're in a reality show titled SWATS that's about to air soon.
Cosby Kid Keshia Knight Pulliam
They say DJ Drama was robbed of his "BARACK ODRAMA" faux diamond chain and he was left bruised and bloodied in the parking lot. Hopefully the thug who stole it will get caught before he can put up a video on Worldstar.
Photos by Donna Pernell | Prime Phocus for Wireimage.com
Yesterday, the mainstream media was all over the news that Barack Obama's Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner, "forgot" to pay $34,000 in self-employment taxes from 2001-2004 (LINK).
Geithner explained that he merely made an error by not thinking he had to pay that $34,000. The left wing apologists, Huffington Post found a tax expert who claimed Geithner's mistake was a "common" one.
Mind you, the IRS notified Geithner that he owed that money back in 2006. Even after repeated reminders by the IRS in writing, he still forgot.
In fact Geithner didn't bother to pay his taxes until it became obvious that he would get the Treasury Secretary job. Then he hastily wrote a check for the unpaid taxes a few days before Obama announced him as his pick for Treasury Secretary.
Gee, it must really be nice to be him, huh?
In the real world where the rest of us reside, the IRS would have lit a fire under our asses if we forgot to pay $34,000 in taxes.
Once again Obama's transition team seems to have a little problem vetting his cabinet picks. It isn't like they aren't aware that their picks have scandalous backgrounds -- it's just that they hope the media doesn't find out.
The jokes write themselves. This one is from the Ace of Spades blog:
"Wesley Snipes just emailed me to say he too 'forgot' to pay his taxes, and would have been reminded to pay them, if only Obama had named him IRS Collector in Chief."
Now this is the old DMX we're all used to. The rapper who ruled the charts before the drugs and the arrests. My FOX Phoenix spoke with the incarcerated rapper exclusively at the Maricopa County Jail yesterday.
The rapper MaryJane, who served a restraining order on NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal last year, has apparently buried the hatchet with her "ex-boyfriend".
MaryJane is sporting a new Superman tattoo on her left shoulder and, as you know, "Superman" is just one of many nicknames given to Shaq by the media
MJ's rep stated in an email:
We hope you can post them as soon as possible and let everyone know that MaryJANE's long awaited album will be coming soon, and as far Shaq well lets just say they have settled differences and Ms MJ has a tattoo revealed on her left arm to show that!
MaryJane's rep also promised she will do an interview to explain what all of that means.
I guess I can lift my "no interviews" policy just this once. So stay tuned!
I just received an important warning of a malicious attempt to spread a virus /trojan using a popular industry executive's gmail account.
The gmail account has been compromised. If any requests are made via email containing the text below sent from his gmail account, please contact him directly to verify (you'll know who he is if you received the email).
The text in the body of the malicious email is as follows:
I found an amazing studio session from Keri Hilson. Do u know who is on the
left side of the picture?
GET BACK AT ME...ITS IMPORTANT
I removed the link because it contains a .scr file (script file) that has already been downloaded 231 times by unsuspecting recipients of the email.
A script is an executable file that can contain hacking tools called trojans that are used by hackers to take control of individual computers.
If you received this email and you downloaded that file, you have downloaded a malicious trojan.
Ann Coulter appeared on The View yesterday to promote her new book.
I find it interesting that the controversial right wing author thinks single mothers contribute to the escalating crime rate and the general decline of morals in this country.
And by "single mothers" you know she means black women. Funny thing is, I was going to post a video last week from a brother named Thugtician who basically lectures black men to stay away from black single mothers for the same reasons that Ann Coulter spouts.
Since I'm posting the video from yesterday's The View, I might as well post his video too.
Thugtician makes some valid points. He theorizes that communities with households run by women tends to breed hordes of aimless, backward, under achieving men with no purpose in life.
On the other hand, in communities where the women know their role and respect the man as the head of the home ....
Never mind. Forget it. In an effort to remain positive and non-opinionated this year, I won't share my views on this subject.
Exclusive Access sent in these pics from rapper Yung Joc's current tour. ExclusiveAccess has been traveling with the rapper and last night they were in Chicago. It must be nice.
I recall last year while attending a party at Frank Ski's stately manse, I asked Joc if I could go out on the road with him. I'm paraphrasing his reply because I don't recall the exact words. He said:
"Any time you want to come on the road with me, just let me know. Even if the label says no, I will make it happen."
I thought that was so sweet of Joc. He's such a nice guy!
I still tell the story about the time he was performing at Vision nightclub and he was making it rain by throwing ones into the crowd. Yung Joc reached into his pocket and pulled out a 50 dollar bill and handed it to me.
Yung Joc is currently on tour with DTP rapper Shawnna. Last night they stopped in Chicago where Exclusive Access snapped these pics. Chicago is bitterly cold this time of year but Shawnna is hawt! Peep the female with the rough hands behind Shawnna holding her drink. Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net
Yesterday I posted the dates and times for the Bad Boy private screenings of "Notorious" just for my readers. The screenings were held in select cities last night and I hear the Atlanta screening was celebrity-studded. I know for a fact the 3 Brown Girls (minus Kim Porter) was in the audience at the old Buckhead backlot theater. Kelly Rowland showed up at the Miami, Florida premiere. Her smile lit up the theater! I never told you that Kelly's mom lived in the Buckhead apartment complex that I moved out of last year. Photo: Wireimage/Getty
NFL star Terrell Owens was also in the audience at the Miami showing. Photo: Wireimage/Getty
Wendy Williams? Nope. Talk show host Tyra Banks attended Oxygen's launch party for "America's Top Model: OBSESSED" last night in NYC. Speaking of Wendy, what ever happened to that Wendy Williams flick that was supposed to hit theaters last year? Did I miss it? Photo: Splash News Online
Danity Kane's Dawn Richard attended the launch party for "America's Top Model: OBSESSED" last night in NYC. I almost didn't recognize her. Hate the dress, LOVE the shoes and nails. Photo: Wireimage/Getty
Actor Will Smith looking rather Metrosexual in Madrid, Spain today. Don't tell me Andre Leon Talley styles him too? LOVE the leather jacket. Photo: Wireimage/Getty
It was bound to happen sooner or later, a down low NBA player was outed in dramatic fashion by his limo driver who accuses the 6-foot-11 baller of "repeatedly" approaching him for sexual favors.
The court papers filed in Manhattan provide scintillating insight into the world of wealthy down low men. Chauffeur David Kuchinsky accuses the married father of three, of appearing before him "in the nude," and allegedly telling him, "Look at me, Dave, look" and "Come and touch it, Dave."
Kuchinsky further alleges he was asked to perform humiliating tasks for his $68,000 a year salary such as "cleaning up and removing dirty towels [Curry had ejaculated into] so that his wife would not see them,".
Kuchinsky, who is Jewish, said Curry subjected him to a barrage of racial insults during the three years he worked for Curry. Kuchinsky says he was initially hired as an around-the-clock chauffeur for Curry and his family at their Burr Ridge, Ill., mansion.
But shortly after starting work, he soon found his duties fell well outside his job description and "progressively became Curry's "house-boy,'" his suit says.
He is seeking $98,000 plus compensatory damages from the injured Knick, whose contract pays him $9.4 million this year. (LINK)
Naturally, Curry declined to comment. How embarrassing for his wife and kids.
'Real Housewives' Sheree Whitfield and her attorneys have dropped a divorce appeal after coming to the conclusion that her ex-husband really is broke.
According to Sheree's attorney, the former NFL player hasn't paid child support in 15 months and still owes Sheree $350,000.
In their 2005 divorce trial, a Fulton county judge awarded Sheree custody of the couple's two children, $2,142 a month in child support, a lump sum payment of $775,000 in cash and shares of four NFL retirement accounts.
Bob Whitfield, 37, was awarded the family’s $2.4 million, 5,900-square-foot home in Sandy Springs and his recording studio, in addition to other properties.
To date, Whitfield has paid $425,000 of the $775,000 owed. But Sheree quickly ran through that money and found she could not maintain the lifestyle she felt she deserved on just $2,142 a month.
But Whitfield’s lawyer, Christopher Olmstead, complained that Sheree was wasting the court's time with a frivolous lawsuit. He requested she be ordered to pay his attorney fees plus penalties. "This is an affront to the court," Olmstead said.
Sheree and her attorneys dropped the appeal now that Whitfield's mansion is in foreclosure and scheduled to be sold on the courthouse steps.
Sheree's attorney claimed the divorce appeal was filed for legitimate reasons but the issue is now moot because Whitfield is broke. (LINK)
Thanks to loyal reader Darcy Campbell for the tip!
The Inman Park franchise of The Grape that pop star Usher opened to widespread publicity in late 2006 has closed, according to its parent company. The shop — a wine bar, bistro and wine retailer rolled into one — did not reopen in the New Year and did not renew its liquor license with the Georgia Department of Revenue.
Currently, three local branches of the Grape remain: in the Vinings Jubilee shopping center, Phipps Plaza and Atlantic Station. The Atlanta-based Grape Enterprise Group Inc., which both owns and franchises shops mostly throughout the Southeast, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November. Its franchise locations, such as the one in Inman Park, were not party to the filing.
When Raymond Usher IV first met with reporters at the opening of the Inman Park branch wearing a cabernet-purple blazer, he spoke of opening franchises in locales as far flung as Shanghai and South America. Those plans never came to fruition.
A request for comment from Usher’s publicist was not returned by the time of publication. (link)