At this moment the White House is holding a live press conference to explain the remarks that Vice President Joe Biden made this morning on the Today Show. He basically advised that Americans would be wise to avoid being enclosed in a pressurized cabin like an airplane with infected people coughing and sneezing around you.
That makes sense.
As you can imagine, the airlines and the travel association folks are baring their fangs at Biden and demanding some kind of retraction. They don't want you to stop flying because obviously their major concern is stockpiling as much cash as they can until their passengers literally start dropping like flies on their planes.
But here's the thing: Biden may be right to induce a bit of panic. The United States Travel Association won't think so. It's their profit stream on the line, after all. But epidemiologists are probably quietly relieved by the Vice President's comments. ... The absolute best case is that Joe Biden did something that's so effective that he looks really stupid. READ MORE...
This email was sent to me by a very credible source who is very well connected within the industry. She has provided us with solid scoops in the past. Still, you have to take information like this with a grain of salt.
A loyal reader wrote:
Ok its confirmed ________ is part of the booty tooty club. So I'm having lunch with my "sister" Todd** today and I was trying to get his advice on this new guy I met on Wall Street, and he just keeps on texting being rude on his blackberry and I'm like 'give me this phone, boy its girl time nobody comes between our every Thursday lunch. This is our time to talk about any and everything.' And I look on his blackberry and gurrrrrl guess who he is having conversations with? Yep Ms. _________ herself and guess what? He was telling Todd about his "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" movie that is suppose to come out September 11th, 2009 that stars him, Taraji, Mary J. Blige, Gladys Knight, Marvin Winans and fellow batty boy _____________. And telling him he will "let him know about the opening in Atlanta" if he is interested in attending. Guurl I had no words when he got up from the table to use the rest room I copied that shit and forwarded it to my phone. I found it very suspicious he invited Todd to the Atalanta opening and not the New York one when he knows Todd lives in New York.
And its obvious __________ has to know my friend Todd is gay cause when we are out he is very flamboyant. And then _________ is in a Tyler Perry movie? oh noooo? I'mma keep my eyes on this because my friend Todd's been acting very distant lately and he always gets like this when a new man comes around. And I know he doesn't want to tell me about this ________ situation because he tells me everything and probably doesn't want to OUT _________ to me because he knows I will tell all my girls to keep an eye out for __________ cause he likes boys and DL guys disgust me. But I will keep you posted!
Yesterday I posted an email from GregW, a loyal reader, who some of you thought was a bitter LSLH chick. You can read GregW's email here. I received many responses to GregW's email as this must be a hot topic with some of you, or maybe he pushed the right buttons?
Anyway, there is no way I can post the responses because I just don't have the time. But as a gesture of thanks for your support I will allow those of you who took the time to email me those (long) thoughtful responses to register on my blog. That offer is only extended to those who emailed me yesterday.
We still don't know exactly what Barack Obama's Air Force One Boeing 747 jet was doing in the skies above manhattan on Monday -- but you can be sure the conspiracy theorists will soon enlighten us all with an illogical answer.
The first official response from the White House was that Obama's jet buzzed lower Manhattan - sending terrified residents running for their lives -- just so the air force could update Air Force One's file photo. Then they realized how asinine that sounded so they switched to official response #2 by declaring the matter classified.
I told you in an earlier post that Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteran suggested that the next time the air force decides to waste $300,000 in taxpayer's money updating Air Force One's file photos, they should use Photoshop instead.
Fox News Channel co-host Sean Hannity took the suggestion one step further by doing just that. I laughed my azz off when I saw these photos last night!
"Obsessed" star Idris Elba was spotted outside London Studio in the UK yesterday. I'm going to see "Obsessed" this weekend -- only because he's in it. This will be the first Beyonce movie that I sit through and watch in its entirety. I hope I have the strength to endure it.
Rapper Rick Ross, left, posed with Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment at the Velvet Room located in a suburb of Atlanta. Ross performed tracks off his #1 selling album, "Deeper Than Rap".
Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs, left, and First Lady Michelle Obama's favorite designer Tracy Reese attended the 2009 Parsons Fashion benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC yesterday. Isn't she purrty? I mean Tracy, not Marc.
Fellow socialites and tv personalities Kelly Osbourne, left, and Kim Kardashian got their skate on at the Pepsi Throwback launch party at World on Wheels in L.A. yesterday.
They say Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian, left, is getting her own reality show, and she's already acting like a diva. I believe it. I wonder if her good friend Young Jeezy will make a cameo appearance?
Singer Ashanti posed with director Benny Boom at the L.A. screening of "Next Day Air" yesterday.
Ashanti gets an 'F' for those torn Dirty Couture jeans. As the kids would say, "No ma'am!" It's funny because every time I strike up a conversation with someone about what's wrong with the music industry, Ashanti's name always comes up -- along with Beyonce's, of course.
Eva Pigford attended the "Next Day Air" L.A. premiere with her fiance Lance Gross wearing Dirty Couture jeans first popularized by Zoe Kravitz. Let's hope that Dirty Couture style isn't catching on with the sistas because everybody can't wear that look and make it work.
Speaking of dirty, did you know Lance Gross was a ghetto thug? He's on Twitter every day doing a lot of trash talking. At first I didn't believe it was really him because he comes off as a refined, respectable sort of guy. But, as you know, looks can be deceiving.
Embattled NBA star Derek Fisher of the LA Lakers and his wife Candace Fisher also attended the "Next Day Air" premiere. As you know, Derek is having some personal problems with a stray side piece who won't stay in her lane. He was forced to take out a restraining order on her rather than let his wife handle the situation.
Actress (?) Vida Guerra attended the "Next Day Air" premiere. Chicks need to stop turning around just because the photographers ask them to. Use your better judgment ladies. If you know you're not working with anything back there, spare yourself the embarrassment and don't turn around.
Actor Wood Harris also attended the premiere with a LSLH guest (it figures). Some of you may recall him from "The Wire". I can't believe chicks find him sexy, but whatever.
I can't decide if this is an insult to all black women, or encouragement to sistas who have options available to us.
Loyal reader GregW wrote:
Sandra why do some darker skin black women always hate on LSLH? And why do women who are 20 50 100lbs+ overweight always hate on women who are not overweight. If that's most black men's preference then get over it. Don't waste time on someone who does not want you. Focus on the men that are into you. Maybe if they got an education, were more positve, supportive, dated men who are in to them and not who they are into, lost some weight and took better care of their hair (see Michelle Obama) they might get a husband (or in your case a wife).
Advice to all black women. Stop hating on your sisters and tighten your game up. Not many men of ANY RACE wants an angry bitter overweight nappy headed woman. Ladies, step your game up and be more realistic about your expectations and you will find your prince. Otherwise you'll end up alone or like Erica Badu (multiple baby dadies). Its not rocket science.
On Monday Barack Obama made another in a series of embarrassing goofs by suggesting that the swine flu pandemic was "not a cause for concern." Just two days later, Obama has reversed his stance, saying the outbreak of swine flu had created a "serious situation" in the United States requiring the "utmost precautions," such as closing down schools where cases of swine flu are reported.
The cases of swine flu has risen in the U.S. to 91, including one death -- an infant who died in a Houston hospital.
Be aware that there are no vaccines for this particular strain of swine flu. Also, antiviral medications do not kill the virus that causes swine flu. They only interfere with the ability of the virus to bind to certain cells in the body. Antivirals are only effective against specific virus, and only if administered in the early stages of infection (up to 48 hours). There is no known cure for a virus.
What can you do to protect yourself? Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (as warm as you can stand it) or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Remember when using public restrooms to use a paper towel when turning off the faucet and when opening restroom doors.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth especially when out in public.
It's important to note that the majority of people infected with swine flu do make a full recovery, so don't panic. Remember, it isn't the virus that kills, it's the body's inflammatory response to the virus.
If you have flu-like symptoms (cough, sneezing, runny nose), don't go to work or school. If you have accompanying joint pain, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, go to the emergency room or notify your doctor immediately.
Poor Tyra Banks had to endure the stress of facing her stalker in a Manhattan courtroom today. Don't you feel sorry for celebrities like Tyra who go that extra mile to entertain their fans only to be harassed by crazed mentally impaired fans who can't see the consequences of their harmful behavior?
It has to be a horrible experience to face their stalkers in court, which gives the stalker exactly what they wanted.
Supermodel-turned-television host Tyra Banks faced off Wednesday with the lovesick drifter accused of stalking her.
Wearing a sleeveless, form-fitting tan dress, Banks calmly testified in Manhattan Criminal Court she was terrified when Brady Green tried to slip past security into her Chelsea studio.
The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue covergirl described how frightened staffers of the "Tyra Banks Show" barricaded her in a dressing room when Green showed up last year. "I was about to leave, and a bunch of people from my staff were like, 'Stop, no, you can't leave!" Banks said.
Green, 39, is charged with stalking and harassing Banks with a series of phone calls, unwanted flowers and an unwelcome visit in March 2008 to her W. 26th St. studio.
"I know I have fans, but I've never in my entire career had my staff react in this way," she said.
Green's lawyer, Jeffrey Berman, tried to cast his client as a harmless fan who loved watching Oprah Winfrey's and Montel Williams' talk shows. He pointed out that the show's Web site encouraged fans to write to Banks, and that the Georgia man never contacted her by phone or e-mail.
Green is set to take the stand Wednesday afternoon.
The caption says "Vashtie Kola attends her birthday party at Santos on April 28, 2009 in New York City." OK... nice kicks, but who is she?
Here lately I've noticed random people throwing birthday parties for themselves and hiring Wireimage photographers to come out and shoot. Is that all it takes to get your shine on in a national medium now? Does this mean if I throw my birthday party and hire a Wireimage photographer, I can be all up on Wireimage too? Not that I would ever consider doing such a thing. I'm not as important as these people apparently think they are.
We all know who the rap icon Q Tip is. So is she his girlfriend? It's a sad reflection of the times when all a chick has to do to get face time in the press is hook up with a well-known public figure.
Former Floetry member Amanda Diva attended Vashtie's party. Not that it means anything. Especially when you consider that quite a few people gain notoriety based on who they know. Take June Ambrose for instance: she's well known in NY for her famous clients. But outside of her small snobbish circle, she's a nobody.
Nice cake. L to R: Kid Cudi, Rob Young, Joe Hayes and Vashtie
I didn't know what to make of these pics of Halle Berry at the X-Men premiere in L.A. yesterday. Halle still looks a little crackish, but who am I to judge. So I turned to the Fashion Critic since she's a lot better at judging fading divas than I am, being that I'm not one -- a fading diva, that is.
There's one thing we can always predict Halle Berry will do. Maximize her assets, and why not they're fabulous.
The actress showed off her fabulous curves in a body-con Herve L Leroux dress, which leaves very little to the imagination.
Her look was complete with a gold cuff, and Camilla Skovgaard Barbero T strap high heel sandals.
Love the sexy look, hate those streaks.
OK, so FC didn't like the streaks in Halle's quick weave. See, I didn't notice that. I was looking at Halle's washed out makeup and that look in her eyes that all crackheads seem to develop over time. I could be wrong though.
The last time I pointed out what singer Alicia Keys lacked in the back, her Stans came for me. The excuses for her obvious excess padding were endless! Well, here is more indisputable evidence that AK has worn pads in the past to enhance her washboard butt.
Let's just say AK has a shape like her mother's half of the family, and leave it at that. There's nothing to be ashamed of. Other mixed celebs like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian also need that extra padding to make up for nature's shortcomings. The key is to be consistent and not get cuaght out there without the pads on -- such as in the above pics.
According to Drew Reports, Miami rapper Rick Ross' album "Deeper Than Rap" tops the sales charts with 152,873 units sold in the first week.
On the other hand, corny rapper Asher Roth didn't fare so well despite the truck loads of cash and the massive resources poured into his marketing plan. His album, which I won't bother to name, came in at #4 with only 67,449 units sold. The execs at his record label can't be happy with that figure. Especially since, as Bol points out, underground rapper Jadakiss sold twice as many albums, without half the budget of Sloth, I mean Roth.
My apologies for the slow posts. Sometimes life intervenes and you have to disconnect from the computer to handle business personally. But I appreciate your continued support!
One of my loyal readers, Daisy, informed me of a new blog by Quincy Brown, aka iQ, the spawn of radio announcer Al B. Sure and socialite Kim Porter. As you know, Quincy recently posted his first letter to his father on Globalgrind.com detailing his life with an absent father. iQ poured his heart into that letter -- and a subsequent song, but he has yet to hear from his dad.
I published a “Letter To My Father” recently and the tremendous response deserves my sincere thanks. I’m overwhelmed by how many people took the time to read my letter and listen to my record. I received thousands of calls, texts, comments and e-mails. Thank you for your compassion, support, and understanding.
To those that share my experience, I thank you for your courage. Many of you shared with me your life-experiences without your fathers. I say to you “This is only a season,” one aspect of life. Take the lessons and let them make you stronger and wiser. Commit to never make the same mistake.
I realized I was taking a great personal risk to share my feelings. I thought that revealing this part of my life was necessary. It was an important part of a process to help me understand who I am. I released years of disappointment and pain. My healing has begun.
I haven’t heard from my Dad since I published my letter. I know that eventually our paths will cross in this journey called LIFE. READ MORE...
Trouble in paradise? R&B crooner Usher was seen vacationing on South Beach with his son Cinco, 17 months -- without his wife Tameka Raymond and baby son Naviyd Ely Raymond, 4 mos., who were left back in Atlanta. Of course these pics are sparking more rumors of a separation between the Raymonds, but don't believe any of it.
This weekend, while browsing through the social networking micro-blog Twitter, I saw a curious exchange of tweets (messages) left by former talk show host Star Jones.
One thing I've noticed in my short time on Twitter is that everybody thinks they're an expert at something on Twitter. I'm assuming Star Jones thinks she's an expert at child rearing or something.
Consider what she tweeted to her followers if parents ask them if their children are cute:
StarJonesEsq: never tell anyone the truth if they ask are their kids: cute, too bad, to fresh, etc. you can't tell folk the truth about their kids. LOL
Marcia_Sinclair: @StarJonesEsq "Truth" is subjective when it comes to cute, bad or fresh children. Usually a parent has been told enough times & don't ask.
StarJonesEsq: @Marcia_Sinclair "Not for Nuthin", as we used to say in Brooklyn, you know if your kids are cute, bad or fresh... we don't need to tell you!
I beg to differ: as human beings we do need compliments to help build self esteem and confidence as children. It's called common courtesy to compliment a friend's child. Common courtesy is something that Star Jones obviously lacks.
It's clear to me now that Star never had anyone tell her she was pretty or worthwhile when she was growing up or she would not be online telling folks not to compliment their friend's children.
The White House has classified any information regarding that terrifying attempt to update Barack Obama's Air Force One jet file photos yesterday.
That means you will pay out of your pocket for the colossal cost of flying a 747 jet and two fighter pilots over a bridge in New York -- and the White House doesn't have to explain to you what the photo was really for.
As Greta Van Susteren remarked on her Gretawire blog: "they could have done it for no cost with photoshop!"
Wait for the conspiracy theorists to deliver their opinions on what they believe really happened in the skies over New York yesterday. That ought to be worth a few laughs.
By the way, I'm wondering if this was the Change you were hoping for when you voted this guy into office?
Some of you may remember this kid all up on Usher at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards last month. Well, it turns out the kid is Usher's protege, 15-year-old Justin Bieber, a young singer that Def Jam probably foisted on Ush and begged him to help them promote. Anyway, Usher introduced Justin to L.A. tastemakers yesterday.
Bieber, who is currently recording his album in Atlanta with producer Tricky Stewart and songwriter The Dream, already has a song at radio titled "One Time." A video for the song was shot yesterday in L.A.
Below is a video of Justin singing Usher's "You Got It Bad" at a earlier audition for Def Jam. Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid later offered him a recording contract based on the audition. I'm not at all impressed by the kid's shaky pipes, but who am I to judge? The music industry is full of singers who got recording contracts based on who they know rather any real talent they might possess.
This should put an end to all that nonsense about Barack Obama being such a great public speaker. Apparently Obama is only as great as his teleprompter -- when it doesn't get ahead of him, that is.
In typical fashion, Obama and his teleprompter are blaming each other for the screw up. Obama has yet to address the gaffe publicly, but we're sure there was some furniture moving in the Oval office when he got back there yesterday.
Here's what Obama's teleprompter had to say about the mishap on it's blog yesterday:
I cannot believe the level of incompetence I have to deal with on a daily basis. If it isn't the cold hand of my operator, it's Big Guy not moving his lips fast enough to keep up with my text. I can say this much: there's no truth to the rumor that swine flu had anything to do with my scroll this morning. Would it be possible to blame President Bush for this too?
As far as Barack Obama is concerned, September 11 never happened, all Muslim terrorists held at Gitmo are innocent, and there are no such words as "enemy combatants."
So it was in that context that the White House gave the green light to Obama's Air Force One pilot to buzz lower Manhattan with Obama's Boeing 747 with two fighter pilots on its tail -- all for a photo op!
Mind you, this took place on the same day that Obama declared the swine flu was "not a cause for alarm." And I guess he thought sending a low flying Boeing 747 right near the spot where two commercial airliners took out the World Trade Centers wouldn't be cause for alarm either.
Terrified New Yorkers scattered everywhere as the planes seared the sky above them. A furious Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said:
"Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo-op right around the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe defies imagination. Had I known about it, I would have called them right away and asked them not to. It is the federal government, and they can do in the end what they please, but I would have tried to stop it.”
Of course, in the face of all the public outrage -- Obama claimed he knew nothing about it. So once again, we have a president whose right hand doesn't know what his left hand is doing! Obama has to be the most incompetent president in the history of the U.S. There's no doubt about it. The scariest part is we're only 3 months into his term.
According to TMZ, a judge granted L.A. Lakers star Derek Fisher a restraining order in 2005 against a crazy white chick who calls herself "The REAL Mrs. Fisher." Apparently this woman (who's obviously a former jump off) is obsessed with Derek to the point where she follows him home and harasses his real wife and their kids.
Court papers document the love notes she sent him:
"If I give your sexy ass my new # r u going to call me or will u send the po po after me? Meanie." And another: "Yes, I do want to have your babies - the ones you keep showing me. Our beautiful sons. Place them in my womb now."
She also left notes for him on her Myspace page and her Twitter page. I don't believe any of this because if it were true, Derek's real wife (the woman walking behind him who looks like a linebacker) would have already stomped a mud hole in that woman's derriere. Crazy or no crazy, you don't mess with a black woman's husband. In fact, very few married ballers take out restraining orders against their former side pieces. Because not only does wifey take care of the home front and the kids, she's also The enforcer.
Remember that the wives of ballers had to battle other jump offs to win the top prize -- and they have the battle scars to prove it. So if a stalker threatens her kids, she will kick off her heels, take off her earrings and go to work on that azz! There's no need for a restraining order.
Which brings us back to Derek Fisher: what kind of punk goes running to a judge for a restraining order when he has a wife who could easily handle that -- unless I'm reading her wrong? Doesn't he know that TMZ has paid sources deep inside the courthouse and that his business would be spread all over the front page of the website like margarine?
Maybe Derek and his wife need to go see the film "Obsessed" starring Beyonce and Idris Elba to see how situations like this are handled in the real world.
I knew this would happen, and I knew Fox News would be the network to take a brave stand against Messiah Barack Obama.
The networks have been fuming at Obama's frequent scheduling interruptions which end up costing the networks millions in lost revenue.
This is the first time a major news network has refused a presidential request to pre-empt airtime since Obama was elected.
The Fox network is sticking with its regular schedule over President Barack Obama this week.
The network is turning down the president's request to show his prime-time news conference on Wednesday. The news conference marks Obama's 100th day in office. Instead of the president, Fox viewers will see an episode of the Tim Roth drama "Lie to Me."
It's the first time a broadcast network has refused Obama's request. This will be the third prime-time news conference in Obama's presidency. ABC, CBS and NBC are airing it. [LINK]
The swine flu outbreak in Mexico is caused by a deadly new strain, or variant, of a particular strain of influenza virus that is naturally occurring among pigs. This strain mutated over time and jumped from pigs to humans. It is now transferred easily from human to human through coughing, sneezing, touching and through contact with the nasal and oral mucosa.
Swine flu transmission cannot occur through eating pork. There is no known cure for a virus other than a vaccine, which is usually made from a part of the virus itself. There is no vaccine for swine flu, and antibiotics are ineffective against a virus.
Swine flu kills relatively quickly, and it affects mainly the young and healthy. The mean age range of the 149 deaths reported in Mexico is between 20-40 years old.
So far outbreaks are being reported in New York (28 cases), California (7), Texas (2), Kansas (2), Ohio (1). Canada is reporting 6 cases, and there are 19 cases reported worldwide -- not including Mexico.
The signs and symptoms of swine flu to look out for are similar to the flu:
Fatigue (feeling unusually tired)
The symptoms progress quickly to nausea, vomiting, disorientation and confusion ending in death.
There's no need to ring the alarm Bey Stans: socialite and TV personality Kim Kardashian didn't bleach her tresses blond to overthrow Beyonce. According to loyal reader Kat, Kim K took to her blog (or Twitter) and admitted she was wearing a quick weave (wig) around New York as part of a photo shoot:
“It’s a wig! Did I have you fooled? I did a fabulous photo shoot this weekend and they put this hair piece on! I haven’t taken it off since, because I’m really loving the look. I’ve been wearing it around New York and everyone thought it was my real hair! It’s making me want to dye my hair and maybe go lighter for the summer. What do you think? Should I dye it for real?”
We don't believe that bit about the photo shoot. We think she did it to be evil and fool the paps, who can't tell Beyonce from any other blond weaved out chick in New York unless she's being followed closely by an entourage of gay hair dressers and stylists.
Quick! How many of you thought Kim Kardashian was Beyonce in these pics? Socialite/TV personality Kim K debuted her new hair color over the weekend in Manhattan to the delight of the paparazzi who thought she was Beyonce promoting her new movie. When are pseudo celebrities going to start being more creative with their personal style and stop jacking others?
Even Sanaa Lathan couldn't contain her laughter at the sight of Kim K jacking Beyonce's style.
Meanwhile, former model/TV personality and 3 Brown Girls member Kim Porter shined at the Malibu Lumbar Yard Grand Opening last week in Malibu, CA. Kim and her twins D'Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs were in Atlanta last week after spending last weekend with her mom in Columbus, GA. Don't you LOVE Kim's fashion sense? The world is her catwalk!
I can't, and I won't. So I'll let Toya do it for me:
Ciara performed at nightclub G-A-Y Heaven in London on Saturday night (April 25th) and tore the whole entire house DOWN. This performance meets the end of the road for her London promotional stint as she returns to New York this week to kickstart her U.S. promotional tour. Meanwhile, check out a couple of flicks of her performance. READ MORE...
When Usher's wife, celebrity stylist Tameka Raymond, took to her Twitter account this weekend to announce that she was packing a bag for her and Usher's son Cinco so Ush could take the 17-month-old to L.A. with him on Saturday, I knew the paparazzi were also reading, and would be ready to grab the cute pics.
Speaking of Tameka, quite a few fellow twitterers are questioning whether it's even her tweeting at all. Rest assured that it is Tameka Raymond tweeting. Should Tameka put her Twitterberry down and back away slowly? You be the judge:
TamekaRaymond: @harveysan look queen whore #20094, leave my twits.. nit twit. go find Mike... lol so old I'll put your bitchass over my knee..
harveysan: @tamekaraymond you talk mad shit bitch but it's funny that you don't got it in you to stand by your mouth, deleting messages...For shame.
TamekaRaymond: @JohnnyACE562 fuck you bitchass cat.. I'll bitch slap you like one..haaa now here come the queen boys.