Atlanta rapper Roderick Anthony Burton II, aka Dolla, was shot and killed in LA today. Some of you may recall Dolla as a member of the boy group Da Razkalz Cru back in 2001. Dolla signed to Akon's Konvict Records in 2007 and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him with the release of his debut single "Feelin’ Myself". But he could not escape the violence that permeates the Hip Hop community.

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The man shot at the Beverly Center mall this afternoon was identified as Atlanta-based rapper Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, according to his publicist, Sue Vannasing. She said Dolla was shot in the head around 3:10 p.m. while he and another rapper, D.J. Shabbazz, waited in the area after shopping at the popular Westside mall. A friend who was with the rapper at the Beverly Center also confirmed his identity to The Times.

About two hours later, Los Angeles police detained a “person of interest” as he attempted to board a plane out of Los Angeles International Airport. The man allegedly drove his silver Mercedes SUV from Beverly Center to the airport.

Vannasing said Dolla had gotten into an altercation with other passengers on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, but it's unclear if that was related to the violence.]

[Updated at 5:15 p.m.: Police have arrested one "person of interest" in connection with the shooting but were looking for a second suspect.]

[Updated at 5:40 p.m.: The arrested suspect, who fled from the mall in a silver Mercedes, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport while trying to board a flight. Police said the shooting took place in the valet waiting area of the mall].

The shooting occurred just after 3 p.m. at the La Cienega Boulevard entrance to the popular Westside shopping center. All entrances and exits to the popular Westside shopping mall were sealed off as police swarmed the scene.

LAPD officials said that officers were sent to the mall on a report of a group fight, possibly involving a knife. LAPD Sgt. Ronnie Crump said two suspects ran in the direction of Beverly Hills.

At a Chipotle restaurant in the mall, several people were eating when the shots rang out.

“The customers were yelling 'close the store, close the store, because somebody is shooting,' ” said Elsa Hernandez, general manager of the restaurant.

An employee who was behind the restaurant, near the mall’s valet parking service, saw the tail end of the dispute, Hernandez said. “He saw a lady ... shooting a handgun,” Hernandez said.

Can somone explain to me why we're bringing up old news and why are my readers emailing this old news to me?

For example, didn't we already know that actor Shia LaBeouf's people cooked up a fake story about him dating Rihanna, but no one believed the story so they dropped it? Why is he bringing this up again?

“It never got beyond one date,” he says. “The spark wasn’t there. We weren’t passionate about each other in that way, so we remain friends.” [link]

Correction: If it happened at all the way he says it did, I'm sure SHE wasn't passionate about him in that way. I mean, she probably thought she was going on an innocent lunch date with the nerdy looking guy. I'm sure she wasn't planning a lifetime together with him based on one date.

And speaking of nerdy looking guys and stories that should never see the light of day: why are we talking about these two again? She's nothing spectacular and neither is he. SO they're dating? So what? Don't we already know that? Haven't we talked about them for going on two years now? Am I missing something here?

Thanks to loyal readers Brenda and Shana for bringing this to my attention. But I don't see the big deal.

Naturally people were pretty confused yesterday when on the Washington Times' website a story about dead kids ran with a picture of the Obama children. Time for the editor John Solomon to say he's sorry or pass the blame potato:

    Solomon says that no human individual paired the pic with the story, that a technological foul-up was to blame, and that the paper is tweaking its photo selection software to make sure this doesn't happen again.

    "The theme engine, through automation, grabbed a photo it thought was relevant, and attached it to the story," Solomon says, acknowledging that the photo had gone up without a person seeing it. "There was no editorial decision to run it. As soon as it was brought to our attention, we pulled it down."

    Solomon also conceded that the automated system the paper has in place to pick photos doesn't have a tight enough screening process, and said steps were being taken to fix that. "We regret that the technology has let us down in this case," he said, "and are working to make sure that the [photo] matches are more relevant in the future."

Source member mjoylaw left this comment in this post: "They say LaLa is an aggressive lipstick…"

Well, they also say there's a kernel of truth in every rumor. MTV VJ La La Vazquez upset all the femmes and set tongues a wagging when she attended a recent Hawks game in Atlanta with this cute Dom by her side (her name is Candice Dixon for those of you who were wondering).

Anyway, I totally ignored the rumors since I had never heard such a thing about La La -- and me and La La go way back so if anyone should know about her going that way it should be me, right?

When this question was brought up in certain circles that I run in, I defended La La by asking a simple question: can't a beautiful woman sit beside a cute Dom at a basketball game without sparking unnecessary rumors about her sexuality? What do you guys think?

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T.I. posed with the LSLH Nuvo water girls at his going away party in Miami at a private mansion (I guess all the black chicks were busy working other gigs). I wish I had thought of packagaing filtered tap water in pretty bottles and selling them. I would be sitting on a beach in Saint-Tropez right now sipping Reisling wine instead of reading all this hate mail while blogging on
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This is how Tameka "Tiny" Cottle always rolls when she's on the move: With a chick on either side of her. Don't front, you know you would love to be Lil mama for one day! Tiny attended her man T.I.'s going away party at a private mansion in Miami over the weekend. I heard the party was well-attended by industry folk.
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Kevin Liles attended T.I.'s party with Erika Jones -- who has a lot in common with Gabrielle Union. Why is it that wealthy black men have a hard time distinguishing golddiggers from honest, decent hard working black women? If you recall, Erika once dated NBA player Shawn Marion, who almost put a ring on her finger (luckily, he came to his senses). Then she sort of bounced around the industry until she landed a Wall Street tycoon by the name of Londell something. He quickly sent her packing, and now she's biding her time with Kevin Liles' wallet.
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No ma'am! Who does Eva Pigford think she is, Rihanna? Eva's stylist should be brought up on charges for doing this to her!
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Am I the only one thinking naughty thoughts about this picture of the lovely Dania Ramirez and industry bicycle Gabrielle Union?
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Chick magnet Sean "Diddy" Combs hosted the "Ultimate Daylife Affair" party at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday. Wouldn't you love to be Diddy for a day?
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Don't get it twisted. I'm only posting two pics of Diddy from the same event because those kicks he's wearing are tight.
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Bloggers LT, aka Gyant (he named himself after a blog) and Kodak Boi (right) of attended T.I.'s going away party in Miami as well. Some of you may recall LT from this post I wrote up on him. At the time he was gainfully employed at, and thought he was the shit. Now he's unemployed and still thinks he's the shit.

Madonna looked fly as she escorted adopted son David Banda to services at the Kabbalah Center in Manhattan on Saturday. I would rock that entire outfit that Madonna has on if I could afford it.

Actor Hugh Jackman (X-Men Wolverines) and his adopted son Oscar took a stroll through Manhattan over the weekend. Hugh and his wife also adopted a daughter after she suffered two miscarriages.

Comedian/actress Rosie O'Donnell attended Z100's Zootopia 2009 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ with her adopted son Parker, 14, over the weekend. Rosie and her life partner Kelli Carpenter together adopted 2 other children. A fourth child was born to Carpenter through artificial insemination. And an adopted daughter was removed from the couple's home after Florida enforced it's own law prohibiting same sex couples from adopting.

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Doesn't Keyshia Cole look like she's saying, "Come get some," in this pic? Keyshia is back on the road performing with Keri Hilson, The Dream and Bobby Valentino. Her 'Different Me' tour hit Wisconsin and Chicago this weekend. I hear she's traveling with her steady boyfriend who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. I wonder which one he is? No, it isn't Lebron! Savannah has him on lock. She put that love stick on him and he isn't going anywhere!
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Keyshia Cole brings her show home to Atlanta on Thursday (5/21) where she will perform at the fabulous Fox Theater. I'll be there! I just need to find someone to go with me since my few good friends are married with children.
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PR Diva Sherri Riley (GLUE, Inc), left, attended Dallas Austin's annual black tie foundation benefit dinner at a private residence over the weekend. That's Dallas (center) with his Aunt Clary Austin, right.
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Chilli, who has a son with Dallas Austin (Tron) attended the benefit and posed with Jazze Pha, who some of my readers have a huge crush on. They just won't admit it, but they know they LOVE them some Jazze!
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I realize Michelle Obama is not a celebrity, so please hold your emails. The First lady had a ball at the recent University of California Commencement ceremonies. I wish I could say the same for the other tired folks around her who look bored out of their minds.
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Don't you want to say, "wake up sleepy head!," when you look at this photo of MTV VJ La La Vazquez? She's so adorable. Hopefully the Lakers fans will be kinder to her in the stands than those horrid Mavs fans were last week. La La's man Carmelo and his Denver Nuggets take on Kobe Bean in the first game of the Western Conference Finals tomorrow night at the Staples Center. We don't think the Nuggets have much of a chance against the Lakers, but we're rooting for the Nuggets anyway!
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I'm trying to figure out why the ladies (young and old) LOVE them some Soulja Boy so much. Is the little homie using sign language to tell us that he is packing something serious? Soulja Boy performed during Z100s Zootopia '09 concert over the weekend.
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Obamaholics, please pass on this post. I get sick and tired of reading your e-mails and your comments whenever I am critical of your boy, and I am afraid this is going to be one of those times.

~quote borrowed from Field Negro

According to, some on the left are beginning to sour on Barack Hussein Obama. We here at wonder what took them so long? voiced our opinions about Obama's glaring lack of leadership qualities even before he took office. Way before he promised to uphold the constitution of the U.S., we knew he wouldn't. And when he lied through his teeth and said he would provide relief to the Americans who lost their homes, we called him out on his lies. When Obama stood on his platform of Change and said, "Yes, we can," knew he couldn't. also knew that Obama didn't have the qualifications to run a McDonalds restaurant much less an entire country. His inexperience is very evident in his recent flip flopping on important issues. And let's not forget he bowed down to another foreign leader!

Every day I field hostile emails from the uninformed asking me why I hate on a half black man. Rarely do I waste my time responding because these same readers would be up in arms if he was a white president flip flopping all over the place and spending your hard earned tax dollars on photos of a plane!

For liberals who viewed Obama as something of a savior after eight years of Bush, the discontents are piling up.

He has pushed gun control to the back burner, used the state secrets privilege to try to quash lawsuits over warrantless wiretapping, opposed a “truth commission” to investigate alleged torture and sought to deny some legal protections to detainees in Afghanistan.

And he’s made clear he’s in no rush to do immigration reform or repeal the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers.

A growing number of organizations, bloggers and pundits, many of whom kept quiet about slights in Obama’s first few months, are now going public with their disillusionment.

“On torture, change we wanted to believe in feels like more of the same,” the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said in a joint statement Friday.

On issues like the wiretapping suits, some critics have suggested Obama is even worse than Bush. READ MORE...

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