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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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]