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.

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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.


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.
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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.
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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.

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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!

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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.

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