On Sunday, March 29, 2009, The Collective Renaissance Guild (www.collectiverenaissanceguild.com) in conjunction with the Woodruff Arts Center hosted a “Graduation Party” for Andre Benjamin’s Class of 3000 LIVE closing show.Over 250 guests enjoyed the fun-filled afternoon filled with a Graduation ceremony, sugary treats, and spunky conversation with the cast of Class of 3000 LIVE. Of course Dre couldn’t make it because he was detained in Henry county. But Ludacris attended with his daughter Karma and her lovely mom Christine. Sarah Chapman also attended the graduation with her daughter Chance. Peachtree TV exec Ryan Glover attended with his children by Tameka Foster, who also attended the event though not with Ryan who is happily ensconced in a fabulous estate with his fiance.
Thanks to Angela Watts/AW Media and 2020 Vision and Premier Xposure for the pics!
Actor Boris Kodjoe was spotted out & about in Atlanta last week at PURE nightclub without his wife Nicole. This is totally unrelated to PURE or his night out, but I did hear a disturbing story about Boris from a source who I consider credible. I actually wrote the story over the weekend. Due to the fact that I’m not a writer I had to rewrite it 3 times — first I named him then I decided to make it a Blind Item. But in the end I scrapped the story altogether simply because there was no way for me to write it without hurting innocent people who don’t deserve this type of drama. Plus I’m sure his wife already knows her hubby is a dog so what’s the point?
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Boris Kodjoe and ‘Stomp the Yard’ producer Will Packer at PURE
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Lyfe Jennings also partied at PURE nightclub last week
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First Lady Michelle Obama is on her way to England at this hour. But before she left she wanted to make sure her loyal subjects know she is not pregnant. What took her so long to address the rumors we wonder?
From US magazine.com:
Besides treadmill and weights, Michelle says, “I also do some jump rope, some kickboxing — and I’d like to take up Pilates, if I could figure out whether there’s time. After I had [daughter] Malia, I began to prioritize exercise because I realized that my happiness is tied to how I feel about myself. I want my girls to see a mother who takes care of herself, even if that means I have to get up at 4:30 so I can do a workout.”
Nevertheless, rumors have spread that the first lady is expecting — and she is just baffled.
“I was like, ‘Baby bump’? As hard as I work on my abs?” she says. “Here’s the scoop: Not pregnant. And not planning on it.”
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Investigators suspect two African immigrants slain at a Long Island condo owned by an NFL player may have been killed as revenge for an Internet scam, police said Tuesday.
Sekou Sakor and Ansu Keita were each shot in the head sometime Thursday night at a condominium in Woodbury, N.Y., owned by Jonathan Vilma. There were no arrests.
The New Orleans Saints linebacker and former New York Jets player was not there at the time and not believed to be involved, said New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.
Browne said investigators believe the victims may have been mixed up in a so-called “black money” scheme. Victims are sent e-mails saying that cash smuggled from overseas — stained black to avoid detection — can be purchased at a discount; what they receive is a trunk full of worthless paper.
It was unclear how Sakor, 31, and Keita, 32, both originally from Liberia, ended up at Vilma’s home. Sakor’s body was found Friday dumped in Queens; that of Keita was found in Brooklyn.
Browne said various members of Vilma’s family had access to the condominium, located in a gated development. It had been up for sale.
Vilma joined the Saints last season after four years with the Jets. He was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004.
His agent did not immediately return a call for comment on Tuesday.
Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson who is in town shooting a movie, partied at the velvet Room on Sunday night. Here she poses with Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment. Not shown in the photo is Taraji’s close friend Chaka Zulu and the rest of DTP.
Also poppin’ bottles in the VIP with Alex Gidewon was rapper Jim Jones
Jim Jones and former Dip Set member Chubbie Baby in the Velvet Room’s infamous VIP
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Simon Gidewon (Simon Gidewon Music), celebrated his birthday last week with family and close friends. Simon plucked me out of obscurity late one night outside Vision nightclub and helped make Sandrarose.com into one of the most popular photo websites.
A lot of people don’t know that Simon Gidewon (under Street Market Music) helped produce one of the hottest tracks on Young Jeezy’s album, The Recession, titled “Everything” featuring Anthony Hamilton.
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Simon Gidewon and DJ Infamous
Simon’s birthday party was held at a secret location in Atlanta last week. His celeb friends turned out, including Jermaine Dupri (wearing a suit and tie), rapper Fabolous, DJ Infamous and producers Jazze Pha and N.E.R.D. The party was such a huge success that Simon’s brother Alex Gidewon decided to continue the private party theme every Thursday night. The private “Secret Society” parties will provide a relaxing atmosphere where visiting celebrities, professional athletes and VIP’s can party without the stress of encountering hordes of overzealous groupies or paparazzi. Only so-called “high maintenance” divas
who know how to keep their traps shut will be allowed inside. Entry into the private Secret Society parties will require an exclusive “door key” or a personal invite from Alex, Simon or AG Entertainment.
Sarah Chapman (center) and friends attended Simon Gidewon’s birthday party
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When Barack Hussein Obama travels to Europe this week, he’ll be accompanied by an entourge of 500 including 200 secret service personnel. Meanwhile, the First Lady Michelle Obama will travel a little lighter with only 8 assistants at her beck and call.
More than 500 officials and staff will accompany the president on his tour this week – along with a mass of high-tech security equipment, including the $300,000 presidential limousine, known as The Beast. Fitted with night-vision camera, reinforced steel plating, tear- gas cannon and oxygen tanks, the vehicle is the ultimate in heavy armoured transport.
In addition, a team from the White House kitchen will travel with the president to prepare his food. As one official put it: “When the president travels, the White House travels with him, right down to the car he drives, the water he drinks, the gasoline he uses, the food he eats. America is still the sole superpower and the president must have the ability to handle any crisis, anywhere, any time.”
US security teams have already carried out three visits to prepare for Obama’s first official visit to Britain. The first was a “site survey”, the second a “pre-advance visit” which was carried out to pick sites that the president would visit. Finally there was the “advance trip”, which took place last week. Its purpose was to set up equipment, sweep venues for electronic bugs, test food for poison and measure air quality for bacteria.
Obama will start his first presidential visit to Europe when he steps down from the US presidential jet, Air Force One, at Stansted airport on Tuesday. The Boeing 747-200B is fitted with its own gym, electronic defence units and shielding to protect its complex communication devices from radiation from nuclear blasts. Among the officials on the flight will be a military officer carrying America’s nuclear missile launch codes.[LINK]
Usually I don’t waste my time reporting on dumb rappers getting themselves arrested since that’s to be expected of some of them.
But it tickled me to see that Andre 3000′s dumb ass was behind bars at least for a few hours this weekend.
Sorry Miss Jackson — this is for real.
Andre Benjamin — aka Andre 3000 from the rap group Outkast — was arrested in his home state of Georgia this weekend after he was nailed for doing 109 mph in a 65 mph zone.
We’re told Andre was taken to the Henry County Jail where he took a mugshot, posted $1,200 bail and was eventually released.