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

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!

India.Arie Is On a Mission

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)

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