Michael Jackson's mother and temporary administrator of his estate is in possession of a will Jackson drew up three weeks before he died.

The will was handed over to Katherine Jackson by Michael's attorney John Branco today. Jackson had a net worth of $200 million when he died of a heart attack last Thursday.

In the will, Michael left everything to his mother and the three children he raised as his own. Jackson's father, who forced his children to call him "Joseph" all their lives, gets nothing.

Photo: J5 Collector

Michael Jackson's older brother Jermaine Jackson was spotted outside a yogurt shop yesterday sporting a cool throwback vintage Jackson 5 jersey.

Meanwhile, Debbie Rowe's attorney is disputing reports that she is not the biological mother of the three children Michael Jackson raised as his own.

She says Rowe's eggs were fertilized by donor sperm in a process called in vitro fertilization (IVF). I believe her. The two oldest kids look just like her. She couldn't deny them if she tried.

And Michael's former producer Quincy Jones tells ETonline.com he won't be attending the funeral circus for Michael at Neverland Ranch on July 3. "I won't go to any more funerals as long as I live... I can't handle it," he says.

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Some members of the news media are voicing their displeasure over the wall-to-wall news coverage devoted to Michael Jackson since he died of a heart attack at age 50 last Thursday.

According to Michelle Malkin, ABC News 20/20 Anchor John Stossel has had it with the saturation news coverage. Especially after his news piece on Barack Obama's proposed public health care plan was bumped from 20/20 for more MJ coverage.

Stossel accused the media of "pandering" to the masses:

“Yes, I am sick of the coverage of Michael Jackson,” wrote Stossel. “I hate it that ABC didn’t run my piece. Free markets sometimes encourage pandering to the masses. I still say, bless the market. The good outweighs the bad.”

Jackson's funeral is scheduled for Neverland ranch on July 3. A public viewing at the ranch is also planned.

Meanwhile L.A. police have expressed an interest in speaking to Dermatologist Arnold Klein, another of Jackson's enablers. Klein has been identified as the biological sperm donor of Jackson's three children.

In recent months, Jackson was photographed visiting Klein's Beverly Hills office every week. In one photo, Jackson's bodyguard is seen clutching a bag full of medications. Patients are encouraged to bring all their meds to their doctor's appointments to avoid adverse drug interactions of the type that likely killed Jackson.

It is reported that Jackson spent over $48,000 a month on prescription meds. The prescriptions were made out to Jackson's staff and aliases.

Rumors have been swirling for months about the demise of VIBE magazine:

Vibe magazine, the urban-music magazine founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones, is the latest victim of the media recession. Multiple sources both within and outside the magazine confirmed that it is shutting down.

Reached for comment, chief financial officer Angela Zucconi said, "We will be making a statement by the end of the day. That's all I can say at this point." She referred further questions to CEO Steve Aaron, who was not immediately available. Messages left for editor in chief Danyel Smith and publishers Edgar Hernandez were not immediately returned.

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I just heard from a source close to Tiny's camp who informed me that the appearance of Tiny's preteen group OMG onstage with rappers Lil Wayne and Drake at the BET Awards was neither planned nor rehearsed.

My source said the group's appearance onstage was a last minute decision by Wayne and no one else.

According to my source, what happened was Wayne's daughter Reginae, 9, was upset that she didn't get the chance to accompany her father, Lil Wayne, to the stage to accept his award because she was sitting too far back in the audience.

Once backstage, the youngster began to cry. And Wayne, who they say is a great dad, hated to see his little girl cry. So he told Reginae she could come out onstage during his performance with Drake. Reginae, being the team player that she is, asked the other members of her group to go out on stage with her.

So there you have it.

Also, remember that the 2009 BET Awards was pre-recorded on Saturday afternoon. So the girls were not up past their bedtimes.

In an earlier post I confused Shingai Shoniwa, lead singer of London's Indie group the Noisettes, for a black Asian due to her name. A few readers emailed me to say Shingai is actually of Zimbabwean descent. At the time I meant to search YouTube for the group's music but I forgot.

Thanks to Universal Music's JD Anderson for sending this video link of the Noisettes new hit "Never Forget You." The Noisettes' music reminds me of the Motown sound of the 1960s, but updated! How exciting that good music and great singers are making a comeback -- and the British are leading the way!

Hopefully radio will play the Noisettes so today's kids can begin to develop an appreciation for real music.

Here's what JD had to say about the Noisettes:

Hey Sandra,

You SIMPLY MUST check out this group the Noisettes from the UK in London. Their sound is soooo unique and the look of the group is very appealing. Lead singer - Shingai Shoniwa has an incredible look and style to her as well.

The current single is "Never Forget You" and their album comes out on September 22nd. The single "Never Forget You" also lands on iTunes July 7th.

I didn't watch the 2009 BET Awards on Sunday so I didn't know that Tiny's new group, OMG, were the underage girls who appeared onstage with mentally impaired rapper Lil Wayne and that gay rapper Drake.

According to upset parents, the youngsters gyrated onstage as Wayne rapped his tune "I Want To F*ck Every Girl in the World" -- or whatever the name of the track is.

As most of you know, the group's lead singer is Zonnique, 12, daughter of Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. The other three members are Reginae Carter, 9, Wayne's daughter with Antonia Carter who stars on Tiny & Toya (which premieres on BET tonight at 10pm); Bahjah Rodriguez, who turns 12 in August, and her sister Lourdes Rodriguez, who turns 11 in September.

Earlier this month, I spoke with Shamra Rodriguez, the proud mother of Bahjah and Lourdes, who told me that Bahjah's father, Jonathen “John-John” Rasboro (of the R&B group Silk), was not aware of his daughter's Atlanta audition with the group.

In this post I told you that Bahjah was in tears because her dad was a no-show at the audition. But Shamra did reveal that "John-John" is a deadbeat dad with at least 7 other kids spread around the U.S.

Shamra said "John John" was jailed earlier this year for a month for his refusal to pay child support for Bahjah.

A few loyal readers emailed me after the 2009 BET Awards with their shocked reactions to the Lil Wayne performance. In a post on Momlogic.com, Dr. Janet Taylor, who has two teenage daughters of her own, asked, "Why are we as women and mothers passively allowing our young girls to be utilized as sexual entertainment?"

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Y'all going to learn to listen to your auntie when I tell you something.

According to TMZ.com, the three children raised by Michael Jackson as his own are not his biologicals. It should have been obvious just by looking at them, but I guess some people need a lot more convincing.

Surprisingly, Debbie Rowe is not the biological mother of the children either. All three children were conceived in vitro -- outside the womb.

From TMZ.com:

Michael Jackson was not the biological father of any of his children. And Debbie Rowe is not the biological mother of the two kids she bore for Michael. All three children were conceived in vitro -- outside the womb.

Multiple sources deeply connected to the births tell us Michael was not the sperm donor for any of his kids. Debbie's eggs were not used. She was merely the surrogate, and paid well for her services in the births of Michael Jr. and Paris.

In the case of Prince Michael II (the youngest), we're told the surrogate was never told of the identity of the "receiving parent" -- Michael Jackson. Three days after Prince was born at Grossmont Hospital in San Diego County, Jackson's lawyer came to the hospital to pick the baby up and deliver him to Michael.

Now that the 2009 BET Awards is over, the biggest controversy is not the fact that mentally impaired rapper Lil Wayne cursed and performed a track containing inappropriate lyrics while underage children gyrated on stage.

The biggest controversy surrounds convicted woman beater Chris Brown, who is upset because he was disinvited to perform during the telecast.

Word is that Rihanna's mentor and former lover Jay Z blacklisted Chris from the BET Awards. Supposedly, BET's head honchos also considered CB's appearance a bit risky.

First of all, who cares??? And secondly, does Jay Z call the shots at BET now? Chris Brown's career is over and that's why he was asked not to perform. This nonsense has even made it into the mainstream media:

One source says Brown’s absence came at the insistence of the Rev. Al Sharpton. “Al made such a fuss to the BET executives that they pulled Chris,” says our insider, who adds that Jay-Z also had a hand in the decision. “Jay is a big name in the BET community, and he was very vocal about his displeasure with Chris attending the ceremony. He didn’t want Chris anywhere near the awards so close to the court’s ruling." READ MORE...

The "source" sounds like an idiot. Jay Z is not a big name anywhere -- Beyonce is. If it weren't for Beyonce no one would be checking for Jay's old azz.

An attorney for Dr. Conrad Robert Murray, a cardiologist who was with Michael Jackson when he died, appeared on CNN last night to respond to questions surrounding his client's bizarre behavior in the hours before and after Jackson's death.

Murray's attorney, Edward Chernoff, told CNN that the delay in calling paramedics after Jackson was found unconscious was due to all the landlines in Jackson's rented Holmby Hills mansion being "shut down" for "privacy reasons," and Murray didn't use his cell phone because he didn't know Jackson's address.

Chernoff claims Murray scrambled around for 30 minutes searching for a working phone after finding Jackson unconscious with a weak pulse in his bedroom.

Chernoff claims Murray called out for help but got no response from security. After 30 minutes, Murray raced downstairs and asked the chef to call 911. "This entire time, with the exception of him running downstairs, he was performing CPR on Michael Jackson," Edward Chernoff, the lawyer, told CNN.

When asked why Murray performed CPR on Jackson while the King of Pop lay in bed rather than on a hard surface such as the floor, Chernoff responded the bed "was firm."

Hospital beds are firm as well. But medical personnel are trained to use either a solid surface such as a back board or the removable head board of the hospital bed.

Jackson's family members told TMZ.com that Murray injected Jackson with Demerol at 11:30am about an hour before paramedics were called. But Murray denies injecting Jackson with Demerol.

Jackson's toxicology results should be back by now. Blood test results are usually available within a week or less, especially if the tests are expedited. The toxicology report can take 4-6 weeks.

If the test results are in, the coroner's office has a better idea which medications were in Jackson's system when he died.

This could explain why the L.A. police returned to Jackson's rented home on Monday (6/29) in search of more medications and evidence. The police probably carried a list of medications provided to them by the coroner's office.

If those meds aren't found in the home then it can be assumed that the doctor spent those 30 minutes or so "cleaning up" the scene prior to calling paramedics.

According to online reports, grief-stricken hard core Michael Jackson fans are taking their own lives. At least 12 fans have reportedly committed suicide across Europe:

Gary Taylor, president and owner of MJJcommunity.com, says, "I know there has been an increase (in deaths), I now believe the figure is 12. It is a serious situation that these people are going through but Michael Jackson would never want this. He would want them to live.

"They (fans) can't accept it, they feel in some sort of different reality. I'm stunned that he's dead. One minute he is coming here for concerts and the next he is gone. I think the funeral will be where the reality kicks in that he is gone and won't be coming back, there will be a huge depression in the fan community when that happens."
And Jackson's political activist pal Reverend Jesse Jackson has even recorded a message to his fans, urging them not to "self-destruct" in the wake of the singer's demise.

Jesse Jackson says, "This is a time when hearts are heavy. There is great pain but great cause to celebrate Michael's life. It made Michael happy saying 'We Are The World'. Don't self-destruct. We fall down sometimes, we get back up. That's the right thing to do. In Michael's name let's live together as brothers and sisters and not die apart as fools."
Thousands of Jackson fans are planning a vigil on 13 July (09) at the O2 Arena in London where the star was due to kick off his 50-date comeback tour.

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I lOVE Rihanna in white! White is definitely her color! Not because it makes her look virginal (we know she's a freak!). But because the color white makes her positively glow and brings out her otherworldly beauty.

Her orange bra adds a little splash of color that pulls the viewer's eye in. Rihanna knows how to draw attention to herself in subtle ways -- unlike Beyonce.

RiRi was spotted lunching at Phillipe Chow in NYC today with her HLF, Melissa.

MORE pics of Rihanna after the break!

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OxiClean pitchman Billy Mays passed away yesterday morning. His body was found by his wife on the floor of their Tampa, Florida home. Mays was 50.

Autopsy results shows Mays had heart disease, which likely contributed to his death. Mays did not suffer an injury to his head during a rough landing on a commercial airliner over the weekend as some had speculated.

Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Vernard Adams said Mays "had an enlarged heart," a thickening of the heart muscle of the ventricle, the largest chamber in the heart which pumps blood out to the body and lungs. (Source)

I wonder if people will now say death comes in fours?

Michael Jackson's father suggested that he may have neglected the three children he raised as his own.

During a pointless and disorganized press conference today, Joe Jackson told reporters that Michael's three children were "happy" now that they had other children to play with.

Joe told the assembled reporters that the three children -- Prince Michael, 13, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11 and Prince Michael II, aka "Blanket," 7 -- were excited to finally have other children their age to play with back at the Jackson estate in Encino, California.

Joe suggested that Michael isolated the children away from other kids their age. Which is sad when you consider that Michael spent his adult life trying to reclaim his own supposed lost childhood.

Photo source: AP

A California judge today granted Katherine Jackson's petition for temporary custody of the three children her late son, pop icon Michael Jackson, raised as his own.

Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe, biological mother of the two eldest children, was served with a notice. A hearing is set for next Monday, according to TMZ.com.

The petition stated Debbie Rowe had no relationship with the children.

Meanwhile, a lawyer who was terminated from Jackson's employ in 2006, suddenly popped back up three weeks ago. Attorney John Branca claims to be in possession of Jackson's last will and testament, and he plans to file the will in court in 30 days.

According to TMZ.com, Jackson's parents Katherine and Joseph Jackson aren't aware of any such will. Katherine filed a petition to be named administrator of Jackson's estate. In the petition, Katherine Jackson stated her son had no will.

Photos: AP, Splash News

These images were taken of a pale and gaunt Michael Jackson on June 23, 2009 at the Staples Center during rehearsals for his upcoming 50-date concert engagement at the 02 Arena in London.

The concerts were set to begin on July 13 and last through the beginning of March 2010.

But Jackson's friends doubt he would have lasted that long. They say Jackson hired a personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray of Las Vegas, just two weeks before he was to leave for London to provide him with prescription drugs -- and eventually, an excuse to bail out on the concerts series early.

Jackson was in no physical shape for such a grueling contractual commitment. The 50-year-old 5'-10" superstar weighed approximately 125 pounds when he suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away last week.

The ideal weight for a 5'-10" man with a small frame is 144-154 lbs.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

Sneek peek into the first episode of Tiny & Toya Show, which airs on BET tomorrow night (June 30) at 10 pm. Tiny introduces us to her wonderful parents Diane Cottle and Charles Pope of College Park, Georgia. Mr. Pope is the founder and last original member of The Tams. Diane and Charles have been married for over 28 years and have two other children, Redd, who is a member of the Tams, and Michelle.

If you are waiting for me to post my summary of the BET Awards that aired last night, you should know that I only watch awards shows on rare occasions. Last night was not one of those rare occasions.

For me, awards shows jumped the shark a long time ago. I can't bare to watch the buffoonery any more. There was a time when awards shows were actually entertaining. But this was when the music industry was still a profession instead of a sideshow, and stars were actually people with talent.

Anyway, loyal reader Krysi J has a brief summary of last night's events. I hope this helps if you missed the show last night:

Krysi J Says: We gon start it off wit Jamie [Foxx]… :clap: he was a damn jerk the whole time and I LOVED IT.. Especially when he tried to put that big man booty in those tight Mike outfits…LOL! The jokes were pretty good too, and tasteful.

Keri [Hilson] did her thing before the end where she almost messed up… But I can’t take away from her for the running out of breathe struggle cuz shyt almost errbody struggled tonight except for B….. which leads me my next performance summary...

I’d like to start by first saying…. what the hell was B talking/singing about….and WHY?

MORE BET Awards review by Krysi J after the break!

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There is no disputing that pop icon Michael Jackson, who passed away on June 25, had a strange sexual obsession with young boys. In the midst of their shock and grief, Michael's fans were able to put aside the past to pay tribute to the fallen star.

But one fan who knew Michael more intimately than most will never forget the past. Terry George was only 13 when Michael Jackson befriended him. The young British fan couldn't believe his luck when Michael asked him for his number so he could call him from the United States.

The calls began a week later, and at first they seemed normal enough. But after 5 months of small talk, Jackson's tone and demeanor changed almost overnight.

“He’d ring at 9pm on the dot three times a week and we became like best friends,” Terry recalled. “But on this night he sounded different. The line went quiet and I asked if he was still there.

"Then, suddenly out of nowhere, he asked me if I masturbated and that if I did, did I use cream? I was puzzled

and said no. I said I didn’t know what he meant.

"When I paused he said, ‘Would you believe that I am doing it right now?’ and I could hear down the line he was making strange noises. It made me feel confused and uncomfortable.” READ MORE...

Evidence shows that Jackson was not an aggressive pedophile. He was cautious, preferring to court his young subjects for months before making his move. And even then, Jackson seemed to be more obsessed with the boys' masturbation techniques than he was with actually molesting them.

Terry, now a 42-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur, said: “Michael was a musical legend and genius. But what he did when I was a teenager was wrong.”

There are rumors that Jackson's 2nd victim, Jordy Chandler -- the one who settled out of court for $22 million, has come forward to admit he lied. But that story may prove to be a hoax. The fact remains that Jackson was driven to Jordy's home on numerous occasions where he spent night with the youngster in his bed.

To be sure, that is bizarre behavior for any grown man, much less a superstar who lived under a microscope.

We should stop making excuses and blaming Michael's pathology on his lost childhood. Michael was not a solo star as a child. He was a member of the Jackson 5. If Michael lost his childhood then so did his brother Marlon who was only a year older than he.

The two boys were inseparable and therefore shared the same childhood experiences. Yet Marlon grew up to be a stable productive member of society. For that matter, so did Janet and Randy.

Actors Shirley Temple and McCauley Culkin were both mega child stars, on a larger scale than Michael was as a kid. And, as a result they were both under tremendous pressure. But both Culkin and Temple grew up normally.

When I think of the Jackson family, the word normalcy doesn't come to mind. The Jacksons aren't like you and me: most of us wouldn't be able to function if our family member passed away under suspicious circumstances.

Here's what the Jackson family did over the weekend while the body of their son and brother lay in a morgue:

Mama Katherine Jackson went shopping at target (doesn't she have staff to do that?) It appears she stocked up on sleeping bags -- most likely for Jackson's adopted children who might be moving in with her permanently.

Papa Joe Jackson laughed it up with Jesse Jackson and friends outside the Encino, CA mansion where Michael and his siblings grew up.

And both Janet Jackson and Joe attended the BET Awards, where Joe made sure to promote his new record label while walking the red carpet (!)

Photo sources: Getty Images, X17online, ETonline.com

Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist at the center of a police investigation into the sudden death of pop icon Michael Jackson, has hired a Houston attorney to represent him, according to MyFox Houston.

L.A. police are focusing their investigation on Murray who was with Jackson when he went into respiratory and cardiac arrest Thursday.

Police spoke briefly with Murray at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where the singer was pronounced dead at 2:26pm pst Thursday. But police want to conduct a second, more extensive interview with Murray who vanished from the hospital after Jackson was pronounced.

Emergency room personnel described a chaotic scene in the ER after Jackson arrived. Sources say Murray yelled, "We've got to save him!" and insisted upon continuing resuscitation efforts for more than an hour after Jackson had already died.

There are reports that Murray performed CPR on Jackson for a full 45 minutes before paramedics were called to Jackson's rented mansion in Holmby Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. According to a spokesman for the L.A. Fire Dept., Jackson was in full cardiac arrest (no heart rhythm) and was not breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene.

Jackson family members told TMZ.com that Murray gave Jackson an injection of Demerol, a narcotic painkiller, at 11:30 am -- an hour before paramedics were called. Family members believe a potent cocktail of narcotic painkillers, including Demerol and OxyContin, caused his death.

Demerol, an opioid similar to morphine and heroin, is normally administered to post-op patients. One side effect of Demerol is suppression of breathing to the point where respirations are no longer adequate to sustain life.

According to transcripts of a 911 call placed from the residence, Murray performed CPR on Jackson while the stricken star lay in bed, as opposed to moving him to the floor which provides a more stable surface for chest compressions. Murray apparently didn't give Jackson an opioid antagonist, such as Narcan, that would have reversed the effects of a Demerol overdose.

Chances are Jackson would be alive today if he had received a dose of Narcan immediately upon the onset of symptoms such as respiratory distress, dangerously low blood pressure and sedation.

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This Sticky post is bumped from June 25, 2009 -- the day the world learned of the shocking news that pop icon Michael Jackson had passed away. It will remain at the top all day to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Michael's passing.

The post is untouched except for one added photo and the addition of a rare video of the Jackson 5 rehearsing for a concert in 1970. The comments are closed.

 

Michael Jackson fans all over the world are stunned at the news of pop legend Michael Jackson's death at the age of 50. I am not ashamed to admit I was a huge Michael Jackson fan for as long as I can remember.

As kids in 1974, my youngest brother and me were lucky enough to meet the legend up close and even dance with him in Miami, Florida.

I had a feeling Michael would die young because of all the abuse he put his body through and the drugs he ingested over the years. Still, the news of Michael's untimely death came as a shock.

After the break, I posted my favorite photos of Michael Jackson, the way I want to remember him, before the surgeries and eccentric behavior.

All photos are courtesy of J5 Collector and MJsite.com.

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that's what TMZ.com is reporting. TMZ reports Jackson was picked up at his home in L.A. 30 minutes ago and paramedics performed CPR in the ambulance. Jackson's family members are reportedly rushing to his bedside. Let's hope this is just a rumor. Two icons dying on the same day would be too much.

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Jackson's dad, Joe Jackson, tells TMZ.com Michael "is not doing well."

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X17online.com is reporting Jackson has passed away. According to Steve Ruda of the L.A. Fire Department, Jackson was "not breathing" when paramedics arrived at his home.

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Confirmed.

First Lady Michelle Obama appears to be packing on the pounds in this photo taken on the South lawn of the White House today. Barack Obama's social secretary Desiree Rogers (with her back to the camera), who moved from Chicago to work for Obama, remains thin and lean.

Most men love their women with a little extra meat on their bones. Rogers would be considered too bony for them. Maybe some would say Barack has the best of both worlds (I didn't start the rumors folks).

Meanwhile, Beyonce shouted out First Daughters, Sasha and Malia, who attended her concert in D.C last night with their parents.

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Every now and then I get a call from an industry cat asking my advice on why they get no love from certain industry chicks. My #1 response is always, "maybe she's just not that into you." But these industry cats think the world revolves around their peens. So the only logical explanation they can think of is the chick must be a lesbian.

Take Angel Lola Luv, aka Lola Monroe, for instance. I must have logged at least half a dozen calls from industry cats asking me if I think she's a lesbun because they can't get to first base with her when she's in town.

Well, it turns out Lola is a lesbun, according to industry gossip -- and loyal reader LovelyLady, who knows Lola personally.

LovelyLady says the love of Lola's life is a chick named Logan who travels everywhere with her. Apparently they've known each other since grade school. It's no coincidence that Logan's butt also hangs low. LovelyLady says all of Lola's friends have butt implants.

So there you go.

A British tabloid claims to have conclusive evidence about Jay Z's 7-year-old son, Isa. We have no idea what that evidence is, but the paper rehashes the same information we gave you when we first broke this story three years ago.

The paper says the boy and his mother, Shenelle Scott, are living large in a $2.5 million manse that Jay Z purchased for them on their native island of Trinidad. But we already knew that.

We also know that Shenelle has since gotten married, but we have no idea who the lucky guy is. All we know is that he is living large right along with Shenelle and Isa on Jay Z's dime. LOL.

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Loyal reader, BevG, emailed me to say her daughter is a big fan of a show called "True Blood." I've never heard of the show but I told her I would look into it. Coincidentally, blogger Perez Hilton has a post up about "True Blood." Do you watch the show?

Over 3.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere, which caused the ratings to go up 157% from the first season's premiere. Shall they thank the Twilight fans for that?

And it seems the show's DVD sales are doing pretty good as well!

In fact, True Blood: The Complete First Season DVD has sold over 1 million copies!

The disc set was released four weeks ago and has already made $35 million in total sales.

Disclaimer: I was not paid a dime to write this post, but I can't say the same about Perez.