I didn’t go inside the club, but I made my way to the Velvet Room on Sunday night to see for myself the huge crowds that descended upon the popular Velvet Room nightclub on Sunday night hoping to be a part of T.I.’s final send off before he enters the federal prison system in Arkansas today.
The line that wrapped around the nightspot located in a suburb of Atlanta, was longer than any I had ever seen at Vision nightclub, which was the predecessor to Velvet Room before it was torn down to make way for Trump Tower in midtown. I should have snapped a pic with my new Sidekick LX 2009 of the red taillights from cars backed up on the exit ramp on I-285. It was a spectacular sight! But none more spectacular than seeing the throngs of beautiful women who came out in the drizzling rain to bid T.I. a fond farewell… until next year.
Enjoy these pics sent by Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net, and don’t forget to visit ATLPICS.net for more pics from the party!
T.I. arrives in style
Followed by Tiny and her trendy entourage
Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment) greets T.I.
NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns)
Rap star Maino
T.I. and Sarah Chapman
T.I. and Tiny held a cookout at their estate yesterday for family and friends. A friend said of T.I., “At some point he’s going to break down [and cry]. I don’t know when, but he’s going to break down.”
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Greg Street, a local radio DJ for a popular Atlanta urban station staged an inflammatory publicity stunt involving violence against a prominent local businessman on the popular social networking/micro blogging site Twitter.com.
Street, who has fallen behind in the ratings to Hot 107.9’s Durrty Boyz Show, took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to announce that events promoter Alex Gidewon, of AG Entertainment, was bitch slapped by T.I.’s manager, Clay Evans, during a dispute at the Velvet Room nightclub where T.I. held his official after party for his farewell concert on Sunday night.
@djgregstreet 6 o’clock News Reports: Clay Evans (TI’s road manager) slapped Alex aka AG Ent last night at Velvet Room.
Not only was the statement untrue and reckless, but Street’s odd stunt involved two local businessmen (Gidewon and Evans) who contribute directly to his employer’s bottom line.
Street’s perplexing behavior comes at a time when most radio stations across the country are reeling from the effects of the recession and making deep cuts to their staff. Street’s stunt was even more puzzling in light of the fact that Gidewon is one of V-103’s most prominent sponsors, contributing more in advertising revenue annually to the station than corporate giants such as Coca Cola.
Gidewon reacted swiftly to Street’s shocking allegation by reaching out to V-103 station management last night and threatening to pull his advertising from the station unless there was an equally public retraction from Greg Street on the air today.
Sources believe that DJ Greg Street fabricated the rumor about Gidewon in retaliation for Gidewon’s refusal to hold a mixtape release party last year at the Velvet Room for Street’s mixtape Sertified Worldwide, which Street released independently after Interscope Records refused to promote the project.
Street was also involved in a very public spat with music mogul Jermaine Dupri that led to Dupri quitting his Saturday night mix show on V-103. Polow Da Don also allegedly dropped Street from his Zone 4 Records label.
Street managed a half assed apology to Gidewon and Evans last night on Twitter, but it might be too little too late:
@djgregstreet: Ok alex, clay said [he] didn’t slap you. He just put his hand [in] yo face 2 let you know what it really could. we show luv.
Prison-bound rapper T.I. played a rousing farewell gig to fans on Sunday (5/24) as he winds down his career before embarking on a year-long stint behind bars.
The Live Your Life hitmaker will hand himself over to the authorities by noon on Tuesday (5/26) to start his 366-day jail term, which he was handed in connection with his recent conviction on weapons charges. T.I., real name Clifford Harris, Jr., asked lawmakers to delay his sentence until he could secure a a cell in a minimum-security prison near his home in Atlanta, Georgia.
His request was denied and he must report to authorities in Forrest City, Arkansas on Tuesday as planned. But that didn’t stop the star from taking to stage one last time to thrill fans, who have bombarded the star with messages of support ahead of his jail term.
The gig, at Atlanta’s Philips Arena, saw a crowd of 16,000 wave banners and cheer as T.I. brought his five children on stage during his track No Matter What.
And he thanked the audience for sticking by him throughout his troubled past: “I’m going to stand up tall, head up high. Thank you for all of your support. “What I need y’all to do is pray for me while I’m gone. I’ll see y’all in 366 days.”
Grand Hustle comic Lil Duval and TV personality Kenny Burns performed before a fashionably late T.I. hit the stage
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Superstar rapper Young Jeezy and his CTE crew, in conjunction with Stainless Entertainment, presented a Memorial Day Weekend kick off party at Diamonds in Miami, Florida over the weekend. Jeezy’s Miami fans showed him love in the streets outside the club. I rep Miami hard. That’s where I attended school from 6th grade through college. I wish I’d gone to Miami this weekend. The malls were dead in Atlanta.
(Click image to see if your man was there)
The rooftop of the upscale Gansevoort hotel on South Beach is where it all went down on Saturday. Jeezy held his ultra private pool party for a select few friends and family. It looked like word got out didn’t it?
Two of my favorite rappers together: Young Jeezy and Maino (he needs to drop that album!) Maino caught a flight to Atlanta after the pool party to attend T.I.’s sold out farewell concert at the Philips Arena. I got stuck in that traffic on Marietta Street yesterday, and I wasn’t even going to the concert. It was gridlock!
I see Jeezy’s workout plan is bringing results for him. He dropped a couple of pounds from his frame and bulked up his bulging biceps.
Jeezy greeted rapper Faboloso (R) who attended his private pool party on the rooftop of the Gansevoort hotel on Saturday.
I have one word for her: Pilates.
Video vixen-turned-actress Megan Good partied at Diamonds strip club with Jeezy, CTE, and Chris and Champ of Stainless Entertainment based out of Atlanta. They don’t look it, but these dudes are ballin’ out of control. The ones you need to avoid are the ones who flash the (fake) bling as bait to hook the golddiggers.
This is an example of a real hood chick from The Bottom. I hear some Atlanta chicks got into it with some hood chicks from Liberty City and ended up getting their wigs tossed!
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The man police say fired the shots that killed up-and-coming Atlanta rapper Dolla in a Beverly Hills shopping mall pleaded not guilty in a L.A. courtroom today.
Aubrey Berry, aka “AB”, a 23-year-old Atlanta nightclub promoter, pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder and two counts of assault with a firearm. Police say Berry followed Dolla, 21, real name Roderick Anthony Burton II, to a PF Changs restaurant inside the upscale Beverly Center shopping complex where he was confronted by Dolla and his crew in the restaurant restroom.
After throwing up gang signs (Dolla was allegedly a member of the Crips) a fight ensued and spilled outside the restaurant. Other reports say Berry was in the valet area waiting for his car when Dolla and two others, his cousin Scrapp Deleon and local rapper D.J. Shabazz, approached him. Berry’s attorney said he felt threatended and drew his weapon firing two shots into the back of the unarmed Dolla as he ran away. One bullet pierced Dolla’s heart killing him.
According to one source, Berry was licensed to carry a concealed weapon, which explains how he was able to get the firearm through airport security. Berry remains jailed in L.A. on $5 million bail.
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Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson looked good enough to eat at last night’s U.S. Dream Academy’s 8th Annual “Power of a Dream” Gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in D.C.
They almost look like twins. Actor Tom Cruise, right, and his adopted son Connor Cruise watched the Lakers lose to the Denver Nuggets in a nail biter last night in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at the Staples Center in L.A. The series moves to Denver on Saturday for game 3.
This is getting ridiculous. Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith need to cut this boy’s hair. He looks too much like a girl.
EDIT: I was JOKING. It was a joke! Call off the dogs! I can’t believe this went over some of your heads. Some of you need to get a sense of humor.
I urge TV personality Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth to make an appointment with her plastic surgeon expeditiously to see why one of her man-made boobs is sitting up higher than the other one. That looks painful.
How do you go from winning American Idol, signing a major record deal and selling millions of records to almost losing BOTH of your cribs and you’re still under age 25???
I could see if Fantasia was a broke 45-year-old toothless has-been singer like Beyonce soon will be. Fantasia needs to be beat hard with a common sense stick! Even if there was a man involved and she was supporting him and bought his baby mama a car and paid his child support. She still should have a little something left over if she was investing her money right.
The “American Idol” winner says she was just a day away from losing both of the south Charlotte homes she owns.
“I put my life in other people’s hands that didn’t quite take care of it like I would have,” she said.
She says she always had the money, and when a judge realized that the near foreclosures — and the people she used to have working for her — went away.
“I put my trust in other men — people that said they cared about me, that they said they loved me, that they would do anything for me,” Barrino said. “I felt like all I had to do was get the mike, get on the stage and sing and everything else behind me would be taken care of but it didn’t happen that way.”
Now, she says, it’s about moving on.
“I’m excited to be back. It’s been a long time coming,” she said. READ MORE…
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While browsing one of the other blogs, I came across this image of a lovely brunette. I did a double take at the caption that said the statuesque model was KHLOE KARDASHIAN.
All I can say is wow at Khloe’s svelte, eye popping new figure! Can you believe that’s the same chick that we all thought Young Jeezy was banging until his publicist vigorously denied it? Jeezy might want to rethink getting with that before some other brotha jumps on it. Maino comes immediately to mind, but I don’t know why. Maino has never given me the impression that he was down with the swirl.