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. READ MORE…

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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

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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.

Fashion Critic says:

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.

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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.

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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.

    Hello World.
    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…

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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.

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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.


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