The Smoking Gun, which exposed the DEA connection to former Grand Hustle rapper Alfamega, has set it's guns on Jay Z and his unreasonable backstage rider demands at last month's University of Arizona concert.

Let's not forget that Jay Z was supremely embarrassed when ticket buyers for that same concert failed to materialize and the promoter was left holding the bag, so to speak.

When Jay-Z headlined last month at the University of Arizona, the rapper banked a whopping $750,000 for his set. But the chart-topping performer did not get every perk requested in his concert rider, since the school does not provide artists with alcohol, tobacco, or $400,000 luxury vehicles. As seen on the following pages from his 2009 concert rider, Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) demands that promoters provide him with ground transportation while he is in town performing. Specifically, the rap star requires a late-model black Maybach (either the 57 or 62 model) with tinted windows.

Carter's dressing room (72 degrees, please) must be stocked with Sapporo beer, vodka, tequila, and two bottles of $300 Champagne. Oh, and the 39-year-old performer also needs two bottles (at $200 apiece) of 2004 Sassicaia, which his rider helpfully describes as a "Red, Italian Wine from Bolgheri Region." Additionally, Carter requires "Good Quality" peanut butter and jelly, one martini shaker, 12 shot glasses, and a pack of Marlboro Lights.

I'm surprised he didn't ask for a pack of Camel lights. I thought those were his favorites?


Former lovers, rap icon Q-Tip and radio personality Angie Martinez (Hot 97), reminisced at the Home Cooking Thursdays event in NYC last night.

Actor/singer Tyrese Gibson cut a dashing figure at the Hollywood premiere of Warner Bros. "Terminator Salvation" at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre yesterday. They should name a candy bar with dark creamy chocolate and nuts after Tyrese.

R&B singer John Legend performed live at S.O.B.'s last night with the biggest fraud in Hip Hop, Rick Ross, who had the nerve to sport a Louis Vuitton belt after he was publicly backslapped by LV for wearing bootleg LV shades on the cover of XXL. We hope the belt was the genuine article for his sake.

Speaking of Louis Vuitton, British singer Estelle wore a LV scarf from the Stephen Sprouse collection to S.O.B.'s with shredded jeans, a cropped leather jacket and platform sandals. We're glad to see that Estelle has curtailed her habitual Twittering over the past few days. We might even start following her again.

LOVE the shoes Estelle! Too hawt!

Old school rap legend Kwame, left, and Metrosexual DJ Unique attended the Friends Of Doe Celebrity DJ Series in NYC last night.

Actor Forest Whitaker dined with his daughter Sonnet Whitaker and anorexic wife Keisha at the "Mandela Day" Awareness Event at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills yesterday. If Forest took his wife to such dinner events 7 nights a week, maybe she would gain a few pounds. It's just a thought.

Unemployed music mogul Jermaine Dupri made a few dollars spinning at T-Mobile's Launch party in Houston for their new Sidekick LX 2009. Some of you know that I took off half a day on Wednesday to pick up my new SK LX 09 after dealing with the old LX's crappy sound for 6 months. The new SK LX is a major improvement over the old one. Though the sound quality remains an issue with these phones. I still hear an echo in my phone when I'm on it. But the new features, including the free apps (mapping, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter), the 3G network, and the faster web surfing make up for the sound quality. I still don't think the phone is worth $450 though.

Rapper T.I. (standing) and comedian Lil Duval chill at the poolside of T.I.'s rented manse in Miami last night. The manse owners could have at least cleaned out the pool for him. As you know, T.I. is throwing hella parties down in Miami this weekend before he enters the federal prison system later this month. A little birdie told me that T.I. will also host a private birthday party for his youngest son Major Philant, who turns 1 on Saturday. Photo: Twitpic

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Two students facing deportation from the U.S. decided to drop by the White House today and pay Barack Obama a visit before they left for good. But instead of a face-to-face meeting with Obama (who wasn't home), the two adult education students were met at the gates by Secret Service agents and taken into custody.

Two people facing deportation from the United States have been taken into custody at the White House gate. They had arrived for a tour of the executive mansion.

The pair was part of an adult education program, and a routine background check showed they had an outstanding immigration order against them.

White House spokesman Nick Shapiro says they were taken into custody Thursday morning before they entered the compound.

All White House visitors are required to undergo a U.S. Secret Service background check. Shapiro says agents discovered the problems and informed immigration officials, according to protocol. [LINK]

I shouldn't be laughing so hard, but some of you ladies take the rainbow Skittles quick weaves to whole new heights, lol! I can't believe this woman sat still and allowed someone to do this injustice to her head!

Only a flaming queen hairdresser could have done this to her head because if a female did this she was straight up hating on homegirl!

Thanks to Freshalina of C&D for all the laughs today!

The Obama administration Follies continue as Barack Obama now realizes that gee, maybe he shouldn't have considered releasing those confidential torture photos after all. Next, he'll be blaming someone else within his administration for his own decision to release the secret CIA documents, which I'm sure our enemies were more than happy to view.

I can't wait to hear the excuses from the Kool Aid drinkers who defended Obama's dangerous decision to put the national security of this country at risk by revealing our secrets to the terrorists.

With Obama in the White House, who needs spies?

The Obama administration signaled yesterday that it may be rethinking its promise to release several dozen photos depicting abuse or alleged abuse of detainees held in U.S. custody abroad.

Justice Department officials told a federal judge late last month that the U.S. government did not intend to fight a court order to turn over a total of 44 photos, which were sought by the American Civil Liberties Union under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

A U.S. attorney was unequivocal in a letter to the judge on April 23: "The parties have reached an agreement that the Defense Department will produce all the responsive images by May 28, 2009."

But White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters yesterday that President Obama has "great concern" about the impact that releasing the photos would have on soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Asked whether the Justice Department's decision might be reversed, Gibbs declined to reaffirm the government's intentions.

"I don't want to get into that right now," he said, adding a moment later that "I'm not going to add much to that right now."

A follow-up e-mail to Gibbs seeking clarification was not returned. READ MORE...

Isn't it time for Obama to step down before he does any more damage?

Struggling R&B singer Trey Songz is the subject of a video that was shot during a recent no-holds-barred radio interview in which he discusses his various sexual encounters with groupies.

Trey, who is a member of the Ocean's crew, a comical takeoff on the "Ocean's 11" movie franchise, unequivocally denies having sex with a female blogger (although we heard something to the contrary).

It's later revealed that the female blogger in question was Necole Bitchie, who is also rumored to have had a go at Ocean's crew member Jermaine Dupri (although I don't believe that for one minute).

Trey further stated in the video that he wouldn't mind banging Necole. But seriously, what industry female wouldn't he do if she offered up her goodies to him? Some of these industry chicks really don't mind which celebrity runs through them as long as there aren't any condoms involved and his credit card isn't declined at Neiman Marcus.

In the video, which I'm not posting due to sexually explicit language, Trey says something to the effect of, "I did not have sex with that woman!" He comes off as sounding rather desperate and pathetic as he denies ever hitting that. But why would a very suspect male singer deny having sex with a cute female like Necole? The whispers of Trey being a down low brotha will surely grow louder after this.


Earlier I wrote a post about a young lady on the AHH forums who was being harassed by other AHH members. Loyal reader Keith writes:


I'm a reader of your blog and also happen to be a long time member of the AHH IC. This post about the exposure of IHEARTCALI is a bit misleading. True a few videos of her were uploaded to the internet but some of the videos were made on the ImLive site which happens to be an adult webcam site. I fail to see how the AHH forums were exposing anything that wasnt already put out there by her own free will. In my opinion she knew the risks of doing such activity on the net and if she didnt want this behavior brought to light then maybe she should have made better choices. I just wanted to clear up some facts about what happened. I dont want readers thinking that the AHH forum "stole" private video of her and released it like a celebrity sex tape or something. Thanks for your time.


Today I received several emails from concerned radio listeners who fear that a bill being proposed by 80-year-old Congressman John Conyers could signal the end of black radio as we know it. The email authors are sending out a call to help fight this bill and save black radio.

It's funny that we didn't see any such bills being proposed years ago when black radio actually cared about the community it served, and actually provided QUALITY entertainment instead of the garbage that we are forced to listen to now.

Quite frankly, in my opinion, black radio ceased to serve its purpose when they changed their format from R&B/pop to misogynistic rap music with in-your-face lyrics that are co-signed by jocks who don't care that small children and teenagers make up a sizable percentage of their listening audience.

Black radio should clean up it's act, clean up the offensive lyrics in the songs they play every 15 minutes, and start caring about the black community again. Then maybe some of us in the black community will care about black radio.

This is one of the main reasons why I won't be tuning in to Bravo's Real Hot Mess of Atlanta's 2nd season. The entire 2nd season can be summed up in two words: scripted cat fights. OK, that's three words, but you get my drift.

Over the weekend, one of the show's personalities, Sheree Whitfield, held a "fashion show" of sorts that was filmed by Bravo for RHOA's upcoming 2nd season.

The show supposedly featured designs by Sheree, but since we know Sheree is not a designer, we can assume that Mychal Knight or someone else with actual talent helped her out with the designs so it would seem like she was mildly successful in that field -- at least for appearance purposes on camera.

Before we go any further, I guess some of you are aware that the cast members of RHOA received a hefty raise in their paychecks this season to the tune of $168,000 each. This was due in part to the fact that the first season of RHOA trumped the other cities in the "Real Housewives" franchise. So now these chicks can floss like they are stacking a little cheez since this is probably the most loot any of them have seen in a long while. By the way, we know what cast member Dwight Eubanks spent his raise on: his new facelift was pulled so tight he could barely breathe!

So, back to the fashion show: yesterday, the AJC's reporter Rodney Ho wrote a detailed blog about a verbal spat between Sheree's "publicist" and an AJC photographer, who was so angered by the verbal exchange that he stormed out of the fashion show without taking any pictures.

Shortly after reading that blog, I received an email from someone associated with the show who apologized profusely to the attending journalists for the behavior of this so-called "publicist" who caused quite a messy scene that was duly captured from every angle by Bravo's cameras.

In the lengthy email, the author went to great pains to clarify that the "publicist" had no business being in attendance at the fashion show and that he did not represent Sheree Whitfield or anyone else.

Here's how we know that the "publicist" was planted by Bravo network to cause high drama at the fashion show, and to attract the very type of publicity that I am giving the show now: he wasn't ejected from the premises.

Anyone who has attended a REAL industry event in Atlanta -- especially one that is well-organized -- knows that no guest is allowed to disrupt the event or to "make a scene" without being thrown out on his ass unless he is co-signed by someone who organized the event. And since we know that Bravo footed the bill for the fashion show -- there you go.

Below are some excerpts from the email sent yesterday to all journalists, photographer's, bloggers, etc., who covered the fashion show -- and were unwittingly used as pawns in Bravo's game. By the way, if you feel you were harassed by the fake "publicist", but you signed that waiver that Bravo presented to you then you can't complain about being harassed on national TV:

My Journalist Friends - I am so embarassed and please accept my sincerest apology by the manner in which a "Publicist" by the name of Jonathan Clardy misrepresented himself as Sheree Whitfield's publicist and behaved as if he was involved with the fabulous She by Sheree fashion event last night.

I am so sorry for the way newsphotographer Hyosub was yelled at and dismissed by this Jonathan Clardy "Publicist" who claim to be Sheree Whitfield of BravoTV Network's Real Housewives as her publicist. I am so sorry - per Sheree Whitfield- Jonathan was not authorized whatsoever to behave as if he was Sheree's publicist and I didn't want to cause a scene or attract any further attention to the unbelievable, embarassing and stupid craziness so I just backed off. I couldn't reach newsphotog Hyosub in time to stop him from leaving.

This Jonathan Clardy publicist wanted to work so badly to be Sheree's publicist, I just let him. I did not want to fight or fuss and create further confusion with a "publicist" who conveniently, whenever BravoTV or photo ops were happening, would just act as if he is the publicist in charge... Sheree Whitfield would like to set the record again, that Jonathan Clardy is not her publicist.

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Loyal reader Elizabeth wonders why no one has touched on the fact that Beyonce has breast implants. Am I the only one who thought that rumor had already been confirmed and laid to rest? I've written about her breast implants exhaustively, and even the NY Daily News wrote a Blind Item about her implants. SO what's the secret? Beyonce's breast implants should be obvious. If they were a snake they would bite you.

Hi Sandra: I read your BLOG all the time and think that you are so Funny! I do not like how you hate on Obama, but you are exercising your Freedom of Speech and I cannot be mad at you for that. Question... why does no one ever mention that Beyonce had breast implants?? When Kelly got hers, the media was all over that and somehow Beyonce's has slipped through the cracks, even though there was a Blind Item about the implants a few months back???

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Last night I spoke via phone with a good friend who used to be close to someone in Ciara's camp. All I can say is the mood in Ciara's camp right now is not exactly upbeat.

Ciara's new CD (I forget the name of it) placed a disappointing 3rd in first week sales with only 80,990 units sold. Chrisette Michele's stellar sophomore release Epiphany came in at #1 with 83, 060 copies sold.

We're so proud of Chrisette! THe 26-year-old's soulful album of love-gone-wrong ballads and upbeat tunes is solid and heartfelt. Chrisette's Epiphany easily outpaced Ciara, who never really had a chance due to lack of radio play. I can't say I'm sorry for Ciara because her attitude went South immediately after "Goodies" made her a household name. Now her name is toast.

I'm surprised Jay Z let her go out on tour with him.

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