Last night, rapper T.I.P. performed his final Miami concert before a packed house at the American Airlines Arena, and he brought along his boys Young Jeezy, Lloyd, and Sean Paul to rock the house with him!
T.I. is on the last leg of his "Live Your Life" Farewell Tour before he begins serving time for a conviction on federal gun charges in Atlanta in March.
Tonight (2/28) T.I. says farewell to his fans at a concert in Tampa, Florida where singer Keri Hilson will join him. And then Young Jeezy, Plies, Rick Ross and Yung L.A. will support him in concert in Detroit, Michigan on Mar. 7.
The Farewell Tour wraps in Corpus Christi, Texas on Mar. 15.
Props to celebrity photographer Prince Williams of ATLPics.net, who was flown to Miami to shoot this concert, and was the only photographer given backstage access to T.I.'s dressing room. Prince provided us with these exclusive shots of an emotional T.I. before, during and after the show.
Don't forget to check out ATLPics.net for complete coverage of the Miami events, including Young Jeezy's after party!
T.I.'s wifey Tameka "Tiny" Cottle (center) was with T.I. in Miami decked out in Chanel from head to toe, and dripping with diamonds -- authentic baby, not that fake Hip Hop ice those fools wear).
Co-headliner Young Jeezy enjoys a chicken snack backstage with Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment), his road manager Marlon Lang (blue jacket), and his crew
Atlanta club promoter Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment), and T.I.'s manager Jason Geter backstage
L to r: Doug (Grand Hustle), Clay (T.I.'s able bodied assistant), C-Rod (P$C), and the boss T.I.
Alex Gidewon and Young Jeezy
Rapper Sean Kingston and singer Lloyd
Rihanna and Chris Brown, the most dysfunctional industry couple since Ike and Tina Turner, are back together again, according to online reports. We can now add Rihanna's name to the long list of weak women, who crawled back to their abusers because they lack self esteem and don't feel they deserve better.
No doubt Rihanna believes CB beat her azz out of love for her. And I'm sure she thinks if she had only stayed in her lane, and kept her trap shut, he wouldn't have had to put those two knots on her head. So she's convinced herself that the vicious beating she received at his hands was all her fault for making him lose his temper the way he did. I'm sure she reminded herself that he was just being a man and she should have known better.
Someone with some common sense needs to explain to Rihanna that a man (or a punk, in Chris Brown's case) doesn't have the right to put his hand on her for any reason. And saying sorry doesn't quite cut it.
Keep in mind that, according to insiders, this is not the first time these two have gone toe to toe. Anyway, I'm done with this story. Good luck to both of them:
If a series of reports breaking on Friday night (February 27) are true, Rihanna and Chris Brown have reunited and are staying at a house owned by Diddy near Miami – and Rihanna's father has already said he'll be "supportive" of their reunion.
Just before 8 p.m. ET on Friday, People.com published a story citing an unidentified source as saying of Brown and Rihanna, "They're together again. They care for each other. While Chris is reflective and saddened about what happened, he is really happy to be with the woman he loves."
Approximately two hours later, UsMagazine.com cited a "Rihanna pal" as confirming the reunion and saying, "She's not listening to anyone. And of course Puff [Diddy] got involved in this."
The site also reported the pal as saying that Brown has been seen "smiling, riding a jet ski, and flexing his arm muscles," and that Rihanna arrived four days ago.
Music mogul Russell Simmons addressed the child support news on his GlobalGrind.com blog today. He says he wasn't "ordered" to pay child support.
Well, if Mr. Simmons really believes he wasn't ordered to pay child support, maybe he should stop paying it and see what happens.
I guess wealthy men in his position don't like the idea of being told what to do.
“I am reading these stories today about how a judge ordered me to pay Kimora $40,000 a month in child support and I want to make something very clear. Nothing was ordered, it was given. My kids have a fabulous life; they are exposed to a broad range of artistic and scholastic educational programs and I'm very happy to contribute to that. As long as I have it, they can have it. If I ever don't have it, I’m coming to live with them!” -Russell Simmons
Belvedere Vodka and Jeezy released this video for Jeezy's track "Circulate" yesterday on JeezyCirculate.com. Jeezy and T.I. are set to perform in Miami either tonight or tomorrow. It must be a big deal because people who normally don't leave Atlanta flew down there for this concert. Maybe I should have gone too. "Circulate" was produced by Don Cannon, who used to be my neighbor in Buckhead until recently.
TV icon, Ed McMahon, known more for his comedic humor than for his serious pimp hand, was hospitalized last month in California where he is being treated for bone cancer and pneumonia.
TMZ.com heard from a family member who said the 85-year-old is in "extremely serious condition."
A family member confirmed to ET that the 85-year-old has been at an L.A. area hospital for nearly one month to treat pneumonia. He is in the intensive care unit where he was also recently diagnosed with systemic bone cancer.
A source tells ET that McMahon's wife Pam's "deep faith is helping her though this difficult time."
Ed's rep, Howard Bragman, who confirmed the hospitalization, added, "He's not at Cedars-Sinai" -- a dig on the hospital Ed is suing for alleged malpractice and elder abuse. LINK
Just to clarify, the post title is mine, not the email author's.
Loyal reader Teri S. emailed us to say she was "appalled" at some of the responses to my earlier story on the little "Slumdog" actor who was brutalized by his father for not moving fast enough.
It's a sad reality that some in our community believe in behavior modification through violence because that's what our parents did to us. So we continue the cycle. It's a cultural thing.
Just today we hear in the news that a man was arrested and jailed for putting a shoe on his 8-year-old male relative to "punish" him. [LINK]
This is why there is so much black-on-black violence: we learn it at home.
I've been a lurker on your website for quite some time. I enjoy the various issues and views you and your readers have. However, today's responses to the story of Azharuddin Mohammed being slapped by his father was over-the-top. I am shocked and appalled at some of the responses by some of your readers who didn't think there was anything wrong with what allegedly took place. Spanking a child is one thing - slapping, kicking, punching, etc. is totally UNACCEPTABLE.
A Barnes & Noble spokesperson claims a customer placed a book about monkeys in a window where Barack Obama books were on display.
Yeah, sure. Blame it on the customers. It makes you wonder how long it took Barnes & Noble employees to figure out why people were outside snapping pictures of their window display.
Barnes & Noble would like to publicly apologize for what happened in our Coral Gables, Florida store. We believe that a customer played a cruel joke and placed an inappropriate title in the front window of our store, where we were featuring books written by or about President Obama. We want to assure our customers that the book placed by someone other than our booksellers was never intended to be included in our display and was removed as soon as we became aware of the situation. We are looking into it and are taking the steps necessary so that it does not happen again. From time to time customers will move titles from one area of the store to another. In this particular case, we do not condone whatever message may have been intended with the placement of this title in our Presidential display. It certainly was not part of our merchandising and we regret that we didn’t see the placement of this title immediately. [LINK]
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A man from President Obama's hometown of Chicago has been arrested for allegedly sending Obama and his staff envelopes containing HIV-infected blood, in the hopes of killing or harming them.
In the weeks leading up to Obama's inauguration, Saad Hussein, an Ethiopian refugee in his late 20's, sent an envelope addressed to "Barack Obama" to offices of the Illinois government in Springfield, Ill., according to court documents. The envelope contained a series of unusual items, including a letter with reddish stains and an admission ticket for Obama's election-night celebration in Chicago's Grant Park. Court documents said Hussein, who takes drugs to treat a mental illness, later told FBI agents he is "very sick with HIV" and cut his fingers with a razor so he could bleed on the letter.
Hazmat teams were called in after the envelope was opened, and offices of the Illinois Department on Aging and the Department of Revenue were locked down for nearly two hours, locking 300 staffers in their offices, court documents said. READ MORE...
Two Wisconsin nurses have been terminated from their jobs for taking cell phone pictures of a patient's X-ray. [LINK]
The x-ray showed a sex toy lodged in the rectum of a male patient.
Photos of the x-rays were then posted on a Facebook page belonging to one of the nurses. The nurse denies posting the photos on her page and has since deleted the FB page.
The patient was not identified on the Facebook page, yet the case has been forwarded to the FBI for investigation into possible HIPAA violations.
Many gay men (and heterosexual men) derive great pleasure from inserting a variety of unusual objects into their rectums. Problems occur when the fragile blood filled tissue inside the rectum begins to swell or the bowel is punctured and bleeds profusely.
A perforated bowel can lead to a life-threatening emergency.
Medical personnel often joke about these cases in private. It's their way of coping with a sometimes stressful occupation.
What is this country coming to when people can't send amusing emails to friends without losing their livelihoods?
We posted this same watermelon photo back in November [LINK], and no one was offended. Some people can't take a joke. Everything isn't about racism.
The mayor of a small Southern California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title "No Easter egg hunt this year."
Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday's City Council meeting.
Grose came under fire for sending the picture to what he called "a small group of friends." One of the recipients, a local businesswoman and city volunteer, publicly scolded the mayor for his actions.
Grose says he accepts that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city. Grose said he didn't mean to offend anyone and claimed he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons. [LINK]
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Mike Vick is expected to be released from prison on July 20 and placed on home confinement. He was sentenced to 23 months in prison on federal dog fighting charges in August 2007.
Vick was scheduled to be released to a halfway house, but luckily for him there was no room. So he will be heading home to Virginia instead. This is great news for Vick's hard core fans who held vigil for him on a website created by fans.
Loyal reader Pria wrote:
Hey Auntie love your site come to it everrrrry day! I am a big Mike Vick fan so big that I write his ass all the time (I want him to be my baby daddy) and one day I finally got a letter back from him. I almost shit my pants! He said he was doing fine and he was working out and eating good so he could hopefully return to the NFL and some other things. But he told me about a website that some of his fans had put together isupport7.com so you know I went to the site instantly to see what it is about! I must say so it is a great support site it has all kinds of pictures of him with his kids and I guess Girlfriend (bitch) LOL I'm hating. And him fishing and a whole bunch of other pictures of him, and he writes back a lot of fans they talk about that to. Just wanted to tell you about this so you can let other Mike Vick lovers know. Much love
Yesterday we wrote about Bryan "Baby" Williams and how he came into his Arab money.
Baby and his brother Ronald Williams, co-founders of Cash Money Records, were profiled on MSNBC's documentary "NEWBOs: The Rise of America's New Black Overclass." In the documentary, Baby flashes millions in cash, cars, opulent gold, and authentic diamond jewelry. No fake Hip Hop ice there.
Hoping to get lucky, hundreds of thirsty single (and married) women packed into Baby's birthday bash at The Velvet Room last Sunday night to do a little gold digging of their own.
A Virginia elementary school teacher posted rap videos of himself on YouTube cursing, smoking weed and drinking Patron. Even after parents expressed their concerns about the teacher's double life, school officials took no action against him.
Legendary old school rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) and his band rocked the Lincoln Center during the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do The Right Thing", last night in NYC. Public Enemy's classic hit "Fight the Power" was featured on the Soundtrack.
In the film, actor John Turturro, on the left, played Pino, the son of the racist Italian pizzaria owner, and, of course Spike Lee directed and produced "Do The Right Thing".
Rosie Perez played the Puerto Rican fireplug, Tina, who had everybody hot and bothered in the film, and in the theater.
We don't recall actress Malinda Williams being in the film, but if she was she must have been a baby.
The lovely actress Eva Mendes attended a photocall for "Live!" in Rome, Italy yesterday.
RuPaul was so inspired by the theme of his Logo series, "RuPaul's Drag Race," that he just released Champion, his fifth album, which is now available for download on iTunes.
"It is about being a champion, overcoming obstacles, having courage and winning," RuPaul, who wrote the songs, tells ET. "Even if you don't win first place, you can win just by going for it."
"Listen, the whole world loves drag, whether they admit it or not," he says. "We live in this culture where we have this hypocritical thing. On one hand, people are ashamed of drag and they think it is misogynistic; on the other hand, we all love it because it's sparkly, it's shiny and it's gorgeous."
Speaking of sparkly drag queens, Tyler Perry has once again decided to kill off the only reason we know his name -- Madea.
Tyler, a classic narcissistic, can't tolerate the idea that the world loves him only for his alter ego in a dress. He wants to be loved for himself, which is laughable since he doesn't even love himself.
Anyway, Tyler should ask RuPaul what happened to his career when he dumped his Grand Diva persona, and opted for his own personality: his career tanked.
And on Thursday, a NY judge ordered music mogul Russell Simmons to pay his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons the ridiculous sum of $40K a month. Doesn't she have a man?
Court records show Russell Simmons has agreed to pay $40,000 a month in child support.
Los Angeles Superior Court judge Marjorie Steinberg signed off on an agreement Thursday giving Kimora Lee Simmons sole custody of the couple's two daughters, 9-year-old Ming and 6-year-old Aoki. The couple's divorce was finalized in January. Kimora Lee Simmons filed for divorce in March 2008, citing irreconcilable differences.
Russell Simmons, the 51-year-old hip-hop mogul, was granted visitation rights and must pay child support until each daughter reaches 19 and a half years of age.
The 33-year-old Kimora Lee Simmons has final say on whether her daughters appear on her reality TV show "Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane."
A call placed to Russell Simmons' lawyer was forwarded to a recorded message declining to comment. [LINK]
I have had Music World Entertainment harassing me also and having complaints by Beyonce's fans and from the insiders there. Music World Ent. constantly visit my page... I can tell this from the stat counter I had fitted... I also received an email tellin me if I post music on my page that blogger.com will immediately close down my site!!!
HOB inspired my blog.... I am so sad about what happened with them.
Her Majesty Tuanka Nur Zahirah of Malaysia shut down Harrods today in London where she is attending Fashion Week. I don't know how much she spent but I'm sure it was well worth closing those doors for those couple of hours. I wish I could gotten the change she had left over from her purchases. What if our First Lady Michelle Obama was this fabulous? I love me some Michelle, but I would like to see her work it out in some Gucci or Prada just once. Photo: Wireimage/Getty
UPDATED: According to V-103's Ryan Cameron, that's Rickey Bell of New Edition/BBD walking with Megan Good and a friend in Hollywood early this morning. He sure gained a lot of weight. Maybe it's Megan's good cooking? Photo: Wireimage/Getty
First lady Michelle Obama is always talking about keeping her youngsters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, grounded. Well, how is she going to accomplish that when her pre-teens are sharing the cover of a teen magazine with their favorite stars? Cover source
Bryan "Baby" Williams, founder of Cash Money Records held his birthday party at the Velvet Room last Sunday. They say they've never seen the Velvet Room so packed.
Rumor has it that Baby invested some of his Cash Money Records loot into an off shore oil rig with a few Saudi billionaires. When the Saudis sold the oil rig, Baby's take was well in excess of $100 million. That would explain why every available female was at the Velvet Room on Sunday.
Lol, I wish I could name names of a few industry females that I know who never go out, but they were at the club on Sunday!
These are just rumors, mind you. But one of Baby's many tattoos indicates there might be some truth to the rumors.
The tattoo shows an oil rig with the words BRONALD -- a combination of the Williams brothers first names: Bryan and Ronald.
Thanks to Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net for the photos!
Talented artist tells why she almost quit the business and how her new love helps her heal. Two years ago Grammy Award-winner India.Arie almost walked away from the music industry. She grew tired of the competition, the need to have her music categorized, and, as she calls it "the politics of the music industry." "I was planning on what to do with my money, what I would do to make it grow. I really was going to retire," she told Jet magazine.
But after much reflection, the passionate artist made peace with the music industry on the liner notes of her latest CD, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics. "I've learned that music is a challenge, not a competition. I released the fear of chart positions and album sales, and reconnected with the love of music and the love of the listener and the love of myself again." (p. 36)
Recession Rescue: How to Find a Job Fast.
President Obama has been straightforward with the nation, saying that times are going to get harder before they get better. As a way to cope with the slumping economy, Jet magazine is offering a series of stories on ways to survive the recession. In this issue, one job seeker shows how he got creative to score his new gig fast. (p. 24)
For those of you who don't live in Atlanta, peep this video to see how we're doing it. Middleman of StyleSession is the stylist to the stars. When celebrities appear on award shows, they fly in a style specialist like Middleman to make sure that whatever they wear is fresh and, most importantly, current.
There's nothing more embarrassing than walking up to the podium to accept your award wearing last year's fashions. It's not about name brand dropping either, it's about staying ahead of the style curve and creating trends for others to follow.
And since I know that it's just in your hearts to hate on members of the black Overclass, I'm turning off the comments.
Dawn Richard, formerly of Danity Kane, stripped buck naked for this month's KING magazine. I saw the outtakes from the shoot, trust me -- just like Ciara, she was naked. When you don't have any talent at all -- just like Ciara -- you strip.
For those of you who think I have some kind of personal vendetta against your president, you are so wrong. It's just that I don't drink Kool-Aid and I prefer to keep my head above the sand so I can clearly see what's going on around me. And what I see is frightening.
Judging from my emails, I'm not alone in my thinking.
Loyal reader Latrece writes:
Thank you for your HONEST coverage of the POTUS, as you refer to him. I am one of 2 others I know who knows that something about Barack (or "Barry" as his friends call him) is not right. I pointed out during the election that for some reason, dirt was repeatedly presented to the public via the media on every other candidate BUT Barry. Surprisingly, nothing that was brought up about him stuck, the little that the media presented. This was THE most biased election in American history. Smells like a setup to me! NOW, post election, that Barry's in the White House, we are, all of a sudden, being revealed the truth? "Something something, something something just ain't right!" -- Keith Sweat, probably speaking to Lisa Wu-Hartwell.
I appreciate your recent comments about Joe "Dirt" Biden because he is about as valuable as half a penny in the 99 Cent Only store. People questioned Sarah Palin's ability to run the country because she's a woman and a mother of 5. What I wanted people to focus on was her state's energy policies since Alaska isn't dependent on foreign oil like we are here in California. No one wanted to listen. "The Terminator" is our Governor. The Mexicans and white Republicans voted him in without so much as a second though, simply because he's a movie star. To date, our state is practically bankrupt, which makes no sense.
Blogger.com, which is owned by Google, has responded to the persistent whining and complaining of Beyonce, her daddy Matthew Knowles, and her obsessed fans by attempting (yet again) to silence the Hateonbeyonce blog.
Google/blogger has succeeded in impeding traffic to the HOB blog by placing a warning page between viewers and the blog.
The young lady who runs the blog has been threatened and harassed by Bey's rabid fans, who incessantly email blogger.com with their juvenile complaints.
They did the same to Sandrarose.com, but obviously their attempts to silence us were futile and a complete waste of their time.
As a result of the tireless efforts of Sandrarose.com and blogs like HOB, Beyonce has become the laughing stock of the industry. Furthermore, she was toppled from her throne by Rihanna, who is on temporary hiatus at the moment.
We thought this was a free country where citizens had the right to express themselves freely without vengeful retaliation? Where's the ACLU when you need them?
I'm sure you've seen this video already, so I'm posting it to pose a question: is Nahright putting Worldstar Hip Hop on blast for artificially inflating views to boost their revenue?
More people probably saw the Blame It video on OnSMASH than on BET. 30,000 views in 12hours (since 8pm last night.)
Actual numbers^, not inflated (*cough*worldstarflipflop*cough*).
Yeah, I’m sure you got 15,000 views from one minute to the next.
Here's some background: last weekend, Sandrarose.com received an email from a Warner Bros. executive asking us to check out one of his artist's videos on WSHH. He boasted that the video garnered over 300,000 views in just 24 hours.
But oddly enough, the comments under that video were all calling out WSHH for artificially inflating the view count on that same video. Then a member of the Hip Hop Ads group on Yahoo.com noticed that when he refreshed the page, the view count for that video jumped by 30,000 views.
According to the NY Daily News, woman beater Chris Brown's court date has been pushed back to give the LAPD investigators more time to gather evidence and build a stronger case against him.
Word is that Rihanna's photo evidence leak last week has pushed the investigation into a different direction. The LAPD is looking rather sloppy for apparently losing control of this case. It is reported that one of their own sold the evidence photo to an online entertainment outlet for $62,500.
Brown was arrested and charge with the brutal attack on Rihanna after they left Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in the early morning hours of Feb. 8. Rihanna suffered minor bruising and cuts on her face and rumored bit marks on her arms.
She has been in seclusion for the past three weeks. But recently, photos were taken of her riding in the back of an SUV with bodyguards reportedly hired by her former beau, Jay Z.