T.I. is in rare form in these deleted scenes from last night's episode of "Road To Redemption" on MTV. In this video, T.I. receives a phone call from his mom, Violeta Morgan, who is shocked at the language and behavior displayed by one of T.I.'s younger cousins at a teenager's birthday party.

Listen to the kid try to explain to T.I. why he didn't think his behavior was inappropriate. Then you will understand why an entire generation of youth is lost because of Hip Hop's influence.

If you ever wondered who dresses T.I. in Polo by Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Gucci -- peep this video where Tip gives his stylist Rose a hard time. Wouldn't you love a woman like Rose to dress you in the finest threads every morning?

"T.I.'s Road To Redemption: 45 Days To Go" airs Tuesdays on MTV at 9:30 p.m.

Video source: Allie Wester | Fanscape, Inc.

Not that I care about anything that comes out of Katie Couric's mouth, but since everyone in the blogosphere is talking about this, I figured I would put my two cents in as well.

I didn't watch POTUS Barack Obama's "I Am The Walrus" speech last night (and never will), but according to the ultra liberal HuffPo, Couric, who anchors one of the network news shows (I forget which one), said the following after spotting VP Joe Biden in the crowd, "Nice to see a little diversity, with an African-American President, a female Speaker of the House, and there's the white guy,"

Of all the things she could have said on such a serious occasion, why that?

It has become apparent to me that some in the mainstream media, like Couric, The NY Post, and CNBC's Rick Santelli, no longer take Barack's administration seriously.

I knew this would happen eventually, what with all the hiccups and missteps that have plagued this administration. But in no way did I think it would happen this soon.

Why now, you ask? Well, the only reason the liberal media helped Obama get elected in the first place was for the ratings that the media hoped to reap over the next 4 years, and to be a part of shaping history.

Sadly, the ratings that the pro-Obama networks (such as CNN) had hoped for have taken a nosedive in the month since Obama was elected.

So you know what means...

Studies show that black people as a community tend to search the Internets more for gossip rather than hard news, which is why urban media outlets such as BET no longer has a news program. Isn't that sad?

I understand that black people want to fantasize and "get away" like in those Southwest airlines commercials. But for me, reality is so much more fun than fantasy and gossip.

Anyway, I'm rambling because, yesterday, one of my favorite readers (and contributors) emailed me to ask my thoughts on one of Necole Bitchie's posts about Dwight Eubanks, who was featured on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Dwight was a recent guest on The Wendy Williams Experience where he supposedly spilled the tea on who is gay in Atlanta.

My reader wanted to know if I believed Dwight's allegations that rappers T.I. and Ludacris are gay.

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Just yesterday an industry friend asked why I wasn't covering Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Taken from AJC.com:

The shootings of seven people, including a toddler, marred Fat Tuesday partying as ear-piercing gunfire sent revelers ducking for cover and brought Mardi Gras' final stream of truck floats to a horrifying halt.

The 20-month-old child was only grazed by a bullet and wasn't seriously injured. Two suspects were in custody, police said.

Gunshots erupted near the Garden District about 1:40 p.m. as a stream of truck floats passed by after the last major parade, Rex, had ended. Thousands of people partied in the streets on the last day of Carnival before the violence broke out along the oak-lined Uptown streetcar line.

"It sounded like a string of fireworks, so I knew it was more than one shooter," said Toni Labat, 29, a limousine company manager. She was with her two children, a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.

"Everybody was petrified. They hit the ground, the floats stopped, everybody on the floats ducked," Labat said. READ MORE...

Photo: Reuters

According to online reports, Brian Dalyrimple, member of R&B group Soul For Real, is on the run from police with his infant son in tow.

Duluth police said they are looking for a R&B singer in connection with an identity fraud case.

Police told Channel 2’s Manuel Bojorquez that Brian Dalyrimple of the group Soul For Real is involved in a case of identity theft that involves more than 200 victims. Police said Dalyrimple is on the run.

Duluth police have already arrested a woman, Laborah Crawford, in connection with the identity theft case. She is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Police said they are still looking for Dalyrimple, who is allegedly on the run with his 10-month-old son.

Back in the '90s, Dalyrimple was a fresh face on the music scene as part of the R&B group, Soul For Real. The group had a hit song, “Candy Rain.” Police said they are looking for him.

“One of our detectives is working on it, she’s our white-collar crime specialist and she has identified 145 victims within our jurisdiction, several of them businesses, and an additional 115 victims in other jurisdictions, so you’re looking at over 260 victims right now,” said Maj. Don Woodruff with the Duluth Police Department.

The victims, according to police, are now out of more than $1 million collectively as the result of identity theft and financial fraud.

Crawford is in jail on charges related to the crimes. Dalyrimple was also involved, according to police.

“He was the biological father and the child was turned over to the grandmother in custody and then he went to the day care, picked him up and left with him,” said Woodruff.

Police would not say anything more about how they believe the two were able to get the money and personal information of others. Police said the investigation began with a call from across the country.

“There was a victim in California also who contacted us. (They) noticed that a lot of charges had been made here in Duluth on their accounts and what not and we looked further into it,” said Woodruff.

Police said they do not have reason to believe that Dalyrimple’s son is in danger.

Dalyrimple’s mother told Channel 2’s Manuel Bojorquez she wants both her son and grandson to come home safely. [LINK]

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Why don't we see beautiful commercials like this here in the states?

UPDATED: with FanMAIL

Loyal reader Dennis wrote:

Hi,
I enjoy reading your blog, one can never predict what's coming next! Just a small fyi, the commercial in that video is actually Kenyan and not Nigerian.

Otherwise we both know that American tv is too puritanical for anything like that to show despite all the raunchy music videos we see. Too many double standards in America if you ask me, ultraviolent movies are made and even marketed to teens and young adults yet video games based on the same concepts are railed against like there is no tomorrow. Anyway let me get off my soap box.

Keep up the good work with the blog!

Dennis


INF Daily
has the exclusive pics of Beyoncé's sister, singer Solange Knowles, sprawled drunk on the floor of LAX airport last week.

Sol-Angel's official story is she drank too much Nyquil, and she was dehydrated. Strangely, we believe her. Why would she lie? She does appear to be under the influence. Well, that's her story and she's sticking to it.

Photos: INF DAILY

Music mogul, Baby, of Cash Money celebrated his 45th birthday at the Velvet Room this weekend. Also attending his birthday bash was Usher, Devyne Stephens, Keith Sweat and rapper Gorilla Zoe.
Photos by ATL PICS


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While his daddy Baby partied in Atlanta this weekend, Lil Wayne was preparing to go to court today in Manhattan to answer to gun charges. The judge set his trial for April 20.

Photo: Splash News Online

This is a switch: yesterday, the unrepentant terrorist, Bill Ayers, threw his former friend Barack Obama all the way under the bus during an exclusive interview with Alan Colmes on Fox News.

I say it's a switch because, normally, it's Obama throwing his friends under the bus.

Ayers is the man responsible for bombing the U.S. Capital, the Pentagon, and NYC police headquarters in the 70s in protest of the Vietnam War.

It was at the Hyde Park home of Ayers that Obama launched his political career. Ayers and Obama would later be appointed to the Annenberg Foundation, where together, they funneled millions of dollars to idealogical allies.

But Obama would later say on national television that Ayers was just someone he "knew from the neighborhood."

Well, the chickens have come home to roost, so to speak.

During last night's interview, Colmes asked Ayers for his thoughts on Obama's decision to send 17,000 more troops into Afghanistan.

"It's a mistake. It's a colossal mistake, and, you know, we've seen this happen before... We've seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson's presidency burn up in the furnace of war. I fear that this brilliant young man - this hopeful new administration could easily burn their prospects of a great presidency in the war in Afghanistan or elsewhere."