Rapper Bow Wow takes a page from mentor Jermaine Dupri's book of shameless publicity grabbing.

Shad recently sat down with OK! magazine to discuss his reaction to the "shocking" photo of his friend Rihanna, who was "dealt with" by his other friend Chris Brown:

"Just shocking," he tells OK!. "I mean we heard what happened but we really didn't get a visual for it. But I mean hey, man. The picture speaks for itself."

"I mean, being in the business, the first thing is 'ah, it's false, another rumor, bloggers just wanting to have traffic to their site,'" Bow Wow tells OK!. "But when the story was unfolding, it was kind of shocking to all. Chris is a good friend of mine. We've had the opportunity to tour together. And then Rihanna, she's just a beautiful person. Period. Never done no wrong to nobody."

Bow Wow really took it there when he compared Chrianna's situation to his relationship with Ciara, lol

"I've been in a high profile relationship before and I know how it feels when everybody's in your business. It just puts more pressure. And the only way they're going to get over the situation is just to let them deal with it. And that's what I really want to do. I'm praying for them both." [LINK]

Once again, I feel it's worth mentioning that the photo looked worse than Rihanna's actual injuries.

The photo was of bad quality. It was overexposed. The color was not correct, and the camera was too close to her face, which caused distortions in her appearance. Her nose and lips looked bigger the same way your nose would if you looked into a car's side view mirror.

Photos: Getty Images

Jamaica has taken a step in the right direction toward reclaiming our youth from the destructive influence of Hip Hop and dancehall music.

The Jamaican Broadcasting Commission has banned all sexually explicit music, and music that depicts violence, from the country's airwaves.

That just about covers 95% of the Hip Hop tracks currently being played on the radio here in the U.S.

Gee, you think such a ban will force record labels, producers and rap artists to be more creative?

We hope that American radio programmers also grow some balls and decide to stop playing this garbage on the air.

The ban went into effect on Feb. 6. It covers all songs meant to promote the act of "daggering," a dance move that simulates sexual intercourse.

The ban includes music played on both radio and television. DJs have no leeway in the ban because the songs can't be played even if the lewd lyrics are bleeped. [LINK]

Another publicity stunt. I'm sure Bravo's cameras were rolling as Lisa Wu went to the courthouse to file her paperwork.

From AJC.com:

    “Real Housewives of Atlanta” housewife Lisa Wu Hartwell last Thursday filed for primary custody of her two sons with ex-husband and R&B singer Keith Sweat.

    “The best interest of the minor children will be served by modifying the current custody and visitation provisions to make Mother the primary physical condition of the minor children,” according to the court papers filed with the Superior Court of Fulton County. “Since the time of the Divorce Decree, Mother has remarried, owns a successful business and will provide a stable, loving, and nurturing environment in which she can raise the minor children.”

    She is seeking “primary physical custody and joint legal custody with final decision-making on all issues regarding the minor children.” She will “reasonably engage Father in good faith discussions before any final decisions are made concerning the children’s welfare.” The two children are Jordan Sweat, age 14 and Justin Sweat, age 11.

    If she does get custody, she requests child support as well.

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Just two weeks ago, I had a conversation with someone close to T.I. who confided in me that T.I. reached out to both Rihanna and Chris Brown in the aftermath of their very public fisticuffs.

I was told that T.I. was concerned for both stars, but he had grown close to CB who played his little brother in the upcoming thriller "Bone Deep" -- a film produced by T.I.'s Grand Hustle films and slated for release in 2010.

But according to Woooha.com, Chris Brown is about to be scrapped from the film's marketing when the studio ramps up the pre-release hype next year.

Additionally, word is that CB's scenes may end up on the cutting room floor -- especially if Jay Z has any say so in the matter.

This weekend I heard from a source who said the two Secret Service looking bodyguards seen driving Rihanna around are actually on Jay Z's payroll.

Rumor has it that Sony Screen Gems, the studio that is releasing Chris’ next movie Bone Deep, is going to basically “erase” Chris from their marketing campaign.

The crime/action thriller which comes out Jan 8, 2010 was originally going to heavily market stars T.I. and Chris Brown to the urban demo but now T.I. will ironically be the main attraction (even though he’s going to jail) along with broader reaching actors Paul Walker and Hayden Christensen. Unofficial word has it that Chris will be “erased” from marketing material such as the movie poster, trailer and TV ads to avoid any controversy. The movie has already finished filming in Los Angeles so Chris will still be in the movie but just don’t expect to see much of him in the advertising. [LINK]

PLEASE Be sure to tune in to PeachtreeTV on TONIGHT, February 23 at 10 PM for KEITH SWEAT'S PLATINUM HOUSE, FEATURING DRU HILL. The show features the R&B legend and the platinum selling group, Dru Hill. Dru Hill has sold millions of records world wide.

Can they come together and successfully put out another album? Will they even make it to the point of promotion?

Tune in to find out.

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Source: Ron Poag

Rapper Ludacris was spotted digging for gold way up in his nostrils outside the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC today. By the way, Luda's celebrity status has been elevated back up to Superstar A-list status as far as the mainstream media is concerned. All he had to do to regain his A-list status was apologize to Sen. John McCain for all those nasty things he said about him during the hotly contested presidential campaign last year. Sometimes that's all it takes folks.
Photos: Splash News Online

I realize blogger Angel Laws of Concrete Loop isn't considered a celebrity, but she is a well known blogger. Angel was spotted in NYC eating out with Ray J, whose reality show (I forget the name of it) is the highest ratings gainer for VH1 this year. Now before you start bashing Angel, let me say that I actually like her style. I think she's stepped her style game up tremendously and her confidence really shows. I may not like Angel personally, but I respect her confidence. In my opinion, it takes a woman with a lack of confidence and low self esteem to tear another woman's looks down. So remember that as you start typing.
Photo: WENN

I was going to do a GUESS WHO segment with this picture, but why bother? Anybody can see this is Kim Kardashian's fake ass. A woman's butt is supposed to be soft, supple and pliant. The material should hang freely and accentuate the cheeks -- not get stuck between them. The only way that happens is if she has buns of steel -- or in Kim's case, silicone.

A man has come forward to get paid announce he is the man who provided the seed for Nadya Suleman's 14 babies -- including the 8 who were born in a marathon labor and delivery session last month.

Denis Beaudoin, who appears to be biracial or Hispanic, says he is willing to step up to the plate after all these years and be a man to his kids.

An ex-boyfriend of octuplet mom Nadya Suleman believe he could be the father of her 14 kids - and wants a DNA test to prove it.

Denis Beaudoin told ABC's "Good Morning America" he dated Suleman from 1997 to 1999 and made at least three sperm donations to help her get pregnant.

"She really wanted to have kids," he said. "She asked me to donate sperm. I thought it was kind of out of the ordinary, but I cared about her so much, and we were in love."

Beaudoin said Suleman told him she had ovarian cancer and wanted to get pregnant right away. "She came out and told me if she wants to have kids, she has to have them now," he said.

Here's how you know he's lying and just looking to get paid:

"I heard kids crying in the background," he said. "And I go, 'Who's that?' She said ,'Those are my babies.'"

Suleman ended the conversation before Beaudoin could ask if he was the father, and he said she hasn't responded to his calls since she gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 23. She denied to ABC that he was the dad, saying all 14 kids were fathered by a platonic friend she has already notified.

Yet he never attempted to see his kids or provide financial support for them all these years until now? Isn't the oldest kid like 7?

Victoria Beckham was fierce at the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party last night. No one can give LIFE like she can! But you can certainly try.

Taraji P. Henson got the Superstar treatment at a toast for the 2009 Spirit Awards held on the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday (2/21).

Actor/rapper RZA (Wu Tang Clan) and actor/turntablist Idris Elba attended the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood last night.

Mariah Carey (and her sexy bodyguard) made an appearance at toast for the 2009 Spirit Awards held on the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday (2/21). Note to up-and-coming artists: see how the paparazzi love you when you quit acting like a spoiled Diva?

I hear that Tiffany "I Love NY" Pollard had a time convincing the organizers of the Tag The World's Los Angeles Launch party that she was an actual celebrity and not a street walker who strayed too far from Crenshaw Blvd.

Singer Tyrese Gibson, right, and NFL player Terrell Owens attended the 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in Hollywood last night.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

We love Taraji Henson because, among other things, she's not afraid to wear her real hair and go without makeup every once in a while.

New York-based celebrity hair stylist, Dante Blandshaw shares expert tips on how he used Aveda products to achieve Taraji P. Henson's look for the Oscar Awards:

    • “I started with Aveda Brilliant Shampoo and Aveda Brilliant Conditioner to soften Taraji’s textured hair,” said Blandshaw. “I love the Aveda Brilliant line because it provides a smooth shine to textured hair and reduces blow dry time.”

    • Prep hair with Aveda Brilliant Damage Control to protect from heat styling.

    • Blow dry hair straight using a paddle brush.

    • After blow drying, add a dime-sized amount of Aveda Brilliant Universal Styling Creme to add additional shine without weighing hair down.

    • Flat-iron hair to create the foundation for a smooth, sleek red carpet look.

    • Using 1.5” and 2” barrel curling irons, curl hair throughout to give bend and movement, accenting the layers in the cut.

    • Slightly curl the front to create a soft, side-swept bang for added height and fullness.

    • Comb hair through with a wide-tooth comb.

    • Spray with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray for a light finish. “Aveda Air Control Hair Spray is a perfect complement to this look because its lightweight formula provides lasting hold and shine without weighing hair down,” said Blandshaw. [LINK]

I know I said I wouldn't post any more pics from the Oscars last night, but I had to post this one of Taraji Henson and her beautiful mother and grandmother. I'm not mad at grandma for showing a little cleavage. If I still have cleavage when I'm her age I'm showing mines off too!

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

More Fashion Week pics, this time from London, England where Fashion Week kicked off over the weekend. Kanye West and his beard Amber Rose were spotted at the Richard Nicoll show at Topshop Venue in London last night. To those who say I should stop repping my birthplace, London, please KMA! :)  Photos: Getty Images

Rapper Tip joined host Joy Bryant at the BET Rip the Runway Fashion Show which was filmed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Saturday (2/21).
Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Keri Hilson got jiggy with it during the filming of BET's Rip the Runway Fashion Show this weekend. She tries real hard doesn't she? That's my code for a celeb who has marginal talent but doesn't have what it takes to hit the big time.  Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Rappers the Dream and Fabolous rocked the mic during the filming of BET's Rip the Runway Fashion Show this weekend. I LOVE Fabo's Louis Vuitton sweater and skully! We don't see anything nearly that hawt at the two Louis Vuitton stores here in Atlanta. Even my good girl friend had to fly to L.A. to get a pair of shoes because the store at Lenox Square Mall rarely stocks anything that hawt.  Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Here's actor Lance Gross with his fiancee Eva Pigford. He's wearing those God-awful Louis Vuitton boots that I talked my good girl friend out of buying two weeks ago.
Photo: Wireimage/Getty

Actress/singer Eve was spotted at the Elton John Aids benefit party last night in West Hollywood. Her makeup is a little too shiny for my taste. I really prefer to see black women in no makeup at all since we don't really need it.
Photo: Getty Images

Fashionista.com has an interesting little anecdote from Kanye West's bodyguard, who gripes about losing sleep staying up until dawn every night with Kanye West as they globe hop during Fashion Week.

The bodyguard tells The Fashionista that his hard work (and patience dealing with Kanye) will pay off this week in Paris when he cops a free pair of Louis Vuitton sneakers that haven't even hit the streets yet.

We should all be so lucky to be inconvenienced by Kanye.

When I told him the Topshop venue was my favorite because it's the only chance to eat during the whole week and they practically pour champagne down your throat he said, "Don't worry, you've got one more show here tonight and three tomorrow."

Then he asked if I'd covered New York.

"Yes," I said. "I'm kind of exhausted but London's my favorite."

"Well I bet you don't have to go to the after-parties and all that shit, too."

"Yeah, actually I do. And then I have to go home and write about all of it," I answered.

"But you don't party like we do. We're out til 4am partying our asses off."

"Um, I'm sorry. Don't you get to sleep in?"

"No man, Kanye's not like other rappers. It's up at 9 and hard work. Like we have to go to Paris after this."

"Me too. Life is so rough."

"I don't really want to go but it's the only way I'm getting my Louis sneakers. It's a bitch I gotta roll all the way to Paris but it's the only way Jacques* will sneak me my pair before the whole world gets them. And then we gotta roll back to Los Angeles to shoot a video like the next day. Life's busy with Kanye." [LINK]

Photo: Getty Images

This is my only post with pictures from last night's Oscars telecast because I'm sure you've seen them all already on other blogs.

I'll just post the obvious ones that if I don't post will result in the inevitable "why haven't you posted" emails. We begin with the obligatory Beyonce photos from her lip sync performance with Hugh Jackman (pardon me while I stifle a yawn).

Taraji P. Henson lost the Best Supporting actress nod to Penelope Cruz, who used to model for Sean Jean Women. Unfortunately for Taraji (and Viola Davis), Barack Obama ruined her chances to win. In fact, blacks were shut out of the Oscars this year. I can guarantee you it would have been different had Obama not won the election. But he did win, so now the Token black quota for any prestigious honor is filled for at least the next 4 years. But at least Taraji's name is firmly affixed to the Hollywood A-list, which is the important thing!

Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith don't get enough props for being the hawtest black couple in Hollywood. Jada wore the hail out of this Robert Cavalli white beaded over-the-shoulder gown at the Vanity Fair After Oscar Party last night!


Oscar winner Halle Berry looked gorgeous in this gold on black embroidered gown, but nothing can top the gown she wore to the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon last week.

At first glance I thought this was Beyonce wearing the same fuchsia gown she wore last week to something or other. Tanika Ray did her best Bey impression last night at the Vanity Fair After Oscar party. Who is Tanika Ray and how did she get an invite into this A-list-only party?

Alicia Keys, who like Beyonce, will never be considered for an Oscar for acting in her lifetime, showed up at the Vanity Fair After Oscar party with a white boy on her arm. I guess Alicia said she would show y'all after that public drubbing you gave her over that Mashonda/ Swizz Beatz mess.

Penelope Cruz walked away with Taraji Henson's Oscar for Best Supporting actress last night -- and we all hate her for that. We also hate this gown she wore to the Vanity Fair After Oscar party. Normally you can't go wrong in white, but Penelope managed to do it.

Actress Viola Davis showed up with her man at the Vanity Fair party last night. Her gold dress would have been perfect if not for that distracting brown mop on her head.

Everyone raved about Freida Pinto's blue embroidered gown, but I thought it was ghastly looking - especially that one sheer embroidered sleeve. They should have just knocked it out with both sleeves or no sleeves. But what do I know about fashion.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

The pre-buildup pomp and circumstance is over and the 81st Annual Academy Awards is finally underway.

We're all pulling for Taraji P. Henson to win the Best Supporting Actress Award for her touching portrayal as Queenie, Brad Pitt's mother in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, Taraji teased us with one fabulous gown after another. We had such high hopes as we waited in anticipation to see what she would wear on this, her biggest night of the year.

As recently as Saturday, Taraji had not decided on the gown she would wear to the Oscars. She admits that she has no sense of style, and sadly it shows.

Taraji also says she relies on her stylist, Sherri Hoke, to tell her what's "in." That's too bad. Because her stylist has no clue what's in either.

Hoke finally settled on a shrimp-colored strapless uneven tiered dress and a train by Roberto Cavalli. She completed the look with an oversized 19th-century diamond flower necklace by Fred Leighton and a clutch that, ironically, resembles a dollop of shrimp cocktail sauce.

Photo: Wireimage/Getty

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Now that Barack Obama has announced tax increases on businesses and the wealthy, analysts are predicting the stock market will crash on Monday.

Those investors who haven't done so already, are expected to join a mad rush to sell off stocks, which usually leads to a Wall Street collapse.

Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen: it's going to be a rough ride!

We now know the name of Amber Rose's Dom ex-girlfriend. Of course you know Amber is Kanye West's new arm trophy, beard, etc.

According to my source (who requests complete anonymity so she can keep feeding sandrarose.com juicy info) Amber's ex-girlfriend is Trevon or Tre, aka Tiffany, who was featured in that popular DVD "Aggressives" some years back. They broke up when Amber dumped Tre for Kanye.

It saddens me to hear that Tre is in the Bronx "totally fuming/depressed" over the fact that she lost Amber to a man. It must be even worse knowing that the "man" is Kanye West. Money or no money, what does she see in him? Tre is so much cuter!

I also hear that Amber used to be a stripper at some strip clubs called Sue in NY and Delilahs in Philly.

Anyway, Amber, sweetie, if you're reading this, please email me at sandra @ sandrarose.com (without the spaces) so we can talk about some things. :)

I spotted this vibrant artwork on Gawker.com. It's supposed to depict POTUS Barack Obama standing regally with arms folded across his puffed out chest, while Hip Hop stars gesticulate behind him.

I see Jay Z and Jeezy on the right. But the two figures on the left resembles Bobby Brown and comedian Eddie Griffin.

The artist loses points for putting pink lipstick on Obama. Maybe that's a subtle reference to Obama's "lipstick on a pig" remark that he made during the hotly contested presidential campaign last year? I'm just guessing.

In light of the news that TMZ.com paid $62,500 for that police evidence photo of Rihanna, her fans have started a petition urging TMZ to apologize to the singer.

To TMZ.com Staff,

This petition is addressed to editors of TMZ.com who have posted a photo of injured Rihanna in the eve of her 21st birthday. We - the fans all around the world - feel that this action was very unethical and TMZ showed no respect to Rihanna's privacy in these troubled times.

Media nowdays does everything to increse their popularity and often use actions against all moral and ethical principles. We want to prove that we do not support this.

Rihanna is a young and innocent woman and we do not understand why TMZ or anyone who has spread the pictures taken by LA police department, has decided to punish her by posting this violent material in order to gain publicity.

We demand from TMZ editors to post on their website an apologize to Rihanna and her fans for their disrespectful behaviour.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

I'm shocked that TMZ paid that much for the photo. I was just telling an industry friend yesterday that I thought the asking price was $25,000.

Supposedly, a snitch within TMZ leaked the price tag for the pic. But I think the purchase price was leaked deliberately (blogging is a competitive business and you do what you can to get traffic).

Was TMZ within their rights to pay for the photo? I think so. Everything has a price these days.

I fault the police employee who sold the photo -- not TMZ. They say TMZ gave the cash to a relative of the employee so the money can't be traced back to the employee. I hope that employee is caught and punished to the full extent of the law.

Thanks to Rihannadaily.com for the link!

Rihanna was spotted leaving her hotel on her way to the L.A. airport last night.

As you know, RiRi was assaulted by her boyfriend Chris Brown 2 weeks ago. She's been in seclusion in a L.A. hotel ever since.

But in the above picture, her face looks remarkably clear despite the "horrific" injuries that was reported by the media and blogs barely 2 weeks ago.

Earlier I wrote that I didn't think Rihanna's injuries were that 'horrific' based on a photo that was leaked by the LAPD.

But what do I know about 'horrific' injuries. I'm just a registered nurse.

Photo: National Photo Group via TMZ.com

According to online reports, rapper T.I. will kick off a farewell tour in the coming weeks.

The reality is T.I. has been out on the road performing night after night for the last few months. There is no shortage of takers for his high fees which range from $100K to $150K for a single appearance.

One promoter, who shall remain nameless, even offered T.I. $100K per night for 3 straight nights at his venue!

There is no doubt that T.I.'s family (and employees) will eat well while he's on lock down.

The Live Your Life hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., will headline a handful of dates across the U.S. in the coming weeks before he begins his year-long prison stint in March (09).

His sentence relates to his 2007 arrest, in which he was caught trying to buy an arsenal of guns from an undercover FBI agent.
And the hip-hop superstar is determined to go out with a bang - he will be joined by Busta Rhymes and The Way I Are singer Keri Hilson on the 28 February (09) gig in Tampa, Florida, while Young Jeezy, Plies, Rick Ross and Yung L.A. will support him in Detroit, Michigan on 7 March (09).

The Farewell Tour will wrap in Corpus Christi, Texas on 15 March (09). [LINK]

Photo: Wireimage/Getty

According to loyal reader Fernanda, who lives in Brazil, rapper Ja Rule is considered a superstar over there. He can command top dollar to perform to packed houses every night if he wants to.

So if he's caking like that, why won't he pay his bills?

Fernanda says Ja Rule and his crew are banned from restaurants in Rio because they refuse to pay their restaurant bills.

But the same may not be said for restaurants in Sao Paulo, Brazil where Ja was spotted leaving the Shaya restaurant earlier today. I suppose his money is still good there.

Here's Fernanda's email:

Hi Sandra, just coming back here to give you this interesting news about Ja Rule and Fat Joe as well as they crew of 10 friends! It was reported today at the Rio's local journal EXTRA,that for the 3rd time this week they went to different restaurants and ordered something around of R$ 2,000 réis a bill which is same as U$800,00 in dollars, and didn't pay the bill!!! And now, no restaurant in the famous Copacabana beach in Rio want them present! Tough times??

Thank you for being so good to your fans love again from Brazil

Photos: INF DAILY

According to Dead Spin (via NBA.com), NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire had eye surgery this morning to repair a detached retina.

That type of serious eye injury usually means the end of a professional athlete's career. Especially when you consider that this is Amar'e's 2nd eye injury this season.

But, fortunately, Amar'e is a basketball player, not a boxer. There are custom face shields and goggles that can be utilized to protect his eyes during a game.

Amar'e recently signed a deal with rapper T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records to distribute his Hypocalypto Record label.

No wonder celebrities risk their lives by leaving the country to get plastic surgery. You can't trust anybody in Hollywood! Everyone is on the take from court clerks to the police to hospital employees. They can all be bought for the right price.

Now Rihanna's dad is speaking out about the alleged sale of his daughter's police evidence photo to an online entertainment website.

Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, is not happy with the release of a graphic photo of the singer reportedly taken shortly after her alleged altercation with Chris Brown. The photo shows Rihanna, who turned 21 on Friday, with multiple cuts and bruises.

“Sloppy work on their part,” Fenty told People about the Los Angeles Police Department’s handling of the case on Friday.

The LAPD is currently conducting an internal investigation on the leaked photo, which emerged on TMZ on Thursday night and quickly spread across the Web.

“The photograph has the appearance of one taken during an official Domestic Violence investigation,” the LAPD told Access Hollywood in a statement. “The Los Angeles Police Department takes seriously its duty to maintain the confidentiality of victims of domestic violence. The Department launched an immediate internal investigation and subsequently filed a personnel complaint.”

And while today is the singer’s birthday, her father was unaware of any plans to celebrate.

“There’s no party that I know of,” he told People. [LINK]

Thanks to loyal reader Fernanda for these pics of Ja Rule being naughty. Fernanda is the same loyal reader who told us about Ja Rule and Inês Carolina in an earlier fanmail. [LINK]

I will be the first to admit that just because he's embracing her the same way Sanaa Lathan embraced Taraji, doesn't mean they know each other's bodies intimately. But it sure looks that way.

Loyal reader Fernanda wrote:

Hello Sandra,
I first wanna thank you for always showing love for your readers, and always giving the right stories and valuable opinions about the news that interest us! I wrote earlier this week about the rumored Ja rule's girlfriend, I think it will be clear that they're indeed an item. She is such a beautiful woman, I think your readers would like to see that!
here it is: [LINK]

Shamal Jeremy Thompson, 22, is a handsome brotha with a taste for the finer things in life. He's a sharp dresser who gives every appearance of being a young professional on the fast track to success.

But his looks are deceiving -- as is usually the case with wanna be ballers who get lured in by Hip Hop's fake imagery of attaining easy wealth with very little effort.

Unfortunately, for Eugenia "Jeanne" Calle, it was Thompson's smooth, debonair looks that caught her attention on Tuesday morning as she crossed the lobby of the Aqua building, a luxury hi-rise at 10th and West Peachtree streets where condos sell for up to $2.5 million.

The 57-year-old retired cancer researcher couldn't tell by looking at him that Thompson didn't have a job. Or that he was a career criminal looking for an easy mark to hit a lick.

As she approached, she overheard Thompson talking to a real estate agent about viewing condos in her building that day.

Calle, who owned a condo on the 20th floor, was eager to sell so she could move in with her attorney boyfriend. "Don’t forget about mine. It’s for sale, also," she reminded the sales agent.

But Thompson didn't forget. Shortly thereafter, a security guard called Calle in her condo to inform her that a man was in the lobby asking to see her condo.

"Would you like for me to escort him up?" the guard asked Calle, according to Atlanta police Lt. Keith Meadows, who heads the homicide unit at APD. "No, it’ll be fine," Calle responded. "I don’t want him to think that we don’t trust him.' "

The guard sent Thompson up to the condo around 2 PM Tuesday. 30 minutes later, Calle was dead.

Her body was found around 11 PM that night by her boyfriend, a tax attorney whose name was not released by police.

According to Meadows, Thompson beat Calle to death with a blunt object. He then dragged her body into her kitchen pantry where he callously removed a diamond ring from her finger. $68 in cash, her credit cards and an electronic entry card were taken from her purse.

Thompson was in a hurry. He had plans for the evening. He went on a shopping spree with Calle's credit cards, first to Atlantic Station and then to Lenox Square Mall where he purchased clothes, shoes and a $400 watch.

Only expensive brand name items would do for a fake baller like Thompson. According to Meadows, Thompson gave Calle's diamond ring to a female friend to impress her.

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I guess it's just a coincidence that ACORN begins breaking into foreclosed homes just days after receiving billions in taxpayer money from Barack Obama.

Near Patterson Park, the padlock on the door and the sign in the window tells part of Donna Hanks foreclosure story.

The mortgage went up $300 in one month," said Hanks, former homeowner. She says the bank refused to modify her loan and foreclosed, kicking her out of the house in September.

The community group ACORN calls Hanks a victim of predatory lending. "This is our house now,” said Louis Beverly, ACORN.

And on Thursday afternoon, they literally broke the foreclosure padlock right off the front door and then broke into the house, letting Hanks back in for the first time in months. [LINK via MM]

UPDATED to remove Rihanna pic. Thanks to all who informed me that the pic was from an earlier date.

Screenwriter and director Gina Prince-Bythewood posed with Queen Latifah at the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday. Prince-Bythewood was honored with the Visionary Award at the 2nd Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon. Congrats to her!
Photos: Getty Image

According to The Fashion Critic, Taraji wore a Zac Posen dress to the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon yesterday. And that gorgeous gown worn by Halle Berry was a strapless nude Reem Acra Spring 2009 dress, with a gold metallic floral print. Of course her shoes are Christian Louboutin.  Photo: Getty Image

Rapper LL Cool J performed at the Nokia theater last night in NYC.
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Gawker.com has a list of the media outlets and blogs that ran the leaked Rihanna photo vs. the ones that didn't run it.

Of course the list of outlets that didn't run the picture is much shorter.

You already know we ran the photo, but we're nobodies so we aren't on the list.

By the way, Happy Birthday to Rihanna who turned 21 today.

Ran the picture:

* New York Daily News - (with picture on homepage
* New York Post - (with picture on homepage)
* Newsday - (with picture on homepage)
* Us Weekly - (with picture on homepage)
* Huffington Post - (ran picture on homepage with link to TMZ)
* Gawker - (with picture on homepage)
* Star - (alternate picture on homepage)
* TMZ - (obviously, since they were the ones who obtained and first published it)
* Perez Hilton - (with picture on homepage)

Did not run the picture, but reported it:

* People, - which did a full story about the picture but did not even link it.
* E! - also did not link the picture when it ran a story about the photo and how Los Angeles police are investigating how it was leaked.
* The LA Times - wrote about the same investigation, with a link to the photo on TMZ.
* Drudge Report - linked the TMZ photo prominently.

(Larger news sites like CNN, MSNBC and New York Times did not cover the picture by end of day Thursday.)

I guess Rihanna's battered face wasn't news that was fit enough to print?