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]

Little Azharuddin Mohammed rose swiftly from the slums of India to the bright lights of Hollywood after starring in the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire."

But no sooner did he return to the slums than reality was slapping him in the face.

His own father slapped and kicked the child as horrified fans looked on.

The ten-year-old boy who was tired from yesterday's long-haul flight from Los Angeles and had wanted to be left alone refused his father's request to leave the shack and face curious onlookers.

Just days ago as one of the movie's child stars he'd walked the Oscars red carpet in glamorous clothes but now back in the slums he was being kicked and slapped around the face.

The ugly scenes lasted no more than 30 seconds despite the child's mother, who is blind in one eye, begging Ismail, 45, to stop the physical punishment.

Yelping as he tried to evade the flailing hands and feet he cowered in the corner of the ramshackle tent, that serves as the family home.

At one point Azharuddin grabbed his face in pain and finally ran off to cry after Ismail, who is infected with TB, was pulled off by neighbours. READ MORE...

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

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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.

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.

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From ET Online:

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.

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On Wednesday, an Atlanta Superior court judge increased rapper T.I.'s child support payments from $3,000 to $5,000 a month for his two oldest sons. [LINK]

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 received an email today from the webmaster of Destinyschildrumours, who say they too have been harassed and threatened by the Knowles Clan thugs.

It's really a shame that this is happening in a free country. Please visit the blog and show them your support.

Hey Sandra...I run the site: http://destinyschildrumours.blogspot.com/

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.

Thought you would like to know!

Truth x


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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.
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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?
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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