This Mashonda chick just can't seem to get over losing her cheating dog husband Swizz Beatz to Alicia Keys.

Mashonda, who is going through a divorce from Beatz, wrote this long letter on (using in response to some random tweet that Alicia Keys wrote last week that Mashonda felt was disrespectful.

She promises to keep posting that letter on Twitter until AK responds. But writing a book on twitter isn't going to bring Tucan Sam back to her or make Alicia Keys respect her.

Her seeming desperation only gives the home wrecker that much more power over her. No doubt, Alicia Keys is somewhere laughing at Mashonda, who portrays herself to be a strong woman yet she comes off as weak, manipulative, bitter, clingy nag -- the exact reasons why her man probably left her in the first place.

Still, Mashonda didn't need a 10,000 character letter to say:

"I made a poor decision in marrying the wrong man. But thank God he is someone else's problem now. Thank you Alicia Keys for opening my eyes. I once was blind, but now I see!

If you haven't read Mashonda's letter yet, read it after the break.

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Most of you know Janet Jackson confirmed to Harper's Bazaar magazine that she and producer mogul Jermaine Dupri had split after 7 years together.

Not surprisingly, no one seemed to care. That's probably because everyone knew it was just another publicity stunt cooked up by the duo whose stars are fading fast. Maybe that explains why they dropped the facade in Milan, Italy and attended Donatella Versace's afterparty together over the weekend.

The reality is that there is very little industry buzz concerning these two breaking up or staying together. Which does not bode well for either of them. As I told you in an earlier post, for years I heard rumors about JD stepping out on Janet and how she even moved into a condo here in Atlanta to be closer to him.

Industry folk often called me and after some small talk they would say something along the lines of, "Isn't it a shame that JD is dogging Janet out?" But there are certain rumors that I won't write about especially if they concern certain Atlanta celebs. But since Janet let the cat out of the bag in that Harper's Bazaar interview, I figured the coast was clear to spill the dirt. After viewing the pics in Milan, it seems I spoke too soon.

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A few celebs and ball players turned out to attend Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's sham made-for-TV wedding yesterday. It's a shame that public figures have to resort to publicity stunts to stay relevant now because they have no known talent. The bride wore a Vera Wang dress and the groom wore Armani. OK! magazine has the exclusive on the wedding pics. I hope those pics are worth the $300,000 the mag shelled out for that exclusive.

Kobe Bryant and wife

Singer/songwriter Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and wife

LA Lakers player Ron Artest

Former Cheetah Girls member Adrienne Bailon

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This Morning Wood is strictly for the fellas! Struggling R&B singer Trey Song strikes questionable gay poses in the current issue of Urban Ink magazine. These heavily Photoshopped pics of Trey look like they came straight out a gay themed magazine or a male online dating service. Trey has the gay poses down to perfection (and why not?) He tries so hard doesn't he? And he wonders why we bloggers keep spilling his tea.


It was like a scene straight out of the classic book Lord of the Flies. But instead of British schoolboys descending into savagery and killing each other on a bucolic deserted island, we have Chicago area schoolboys beating 16-year old honor roll student Derrion Albert to death in the South Side Roseland neighborhood last Thursday (9/24).

What's equally as disturbing as watching children turn on children in this video is watching the savagery unfold through the eyes of the nig-norant videographer who reacts gleefully to the senseless violence as if he's watching a video game come to life.

The video shows Derrion in the mix of a street brawl that erupted between dozens of his fellow Christian Fenger Academy High School students as school let out around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Derrion can be seen at the 45 sec. mark swinging wildly at a teen. As he does so, another teen wearing a red jacket over the same high school uniform as Derrion's, comes up behind him and strikes him over the head with a 2x4 board.

Derrion crumpled to the ground in the parking lot adjacent to a community center in the 300 block of West 111th Street. As he struggled to get to his feet, a younger boy, wearing a dark shirt and Chicago Bulls shorts, dropped him again with a vicious punch to the jaw.

Derrion tries to rise again and stumbles a few yards to a street corner where the young savages realize he's easy prey and set upon him with their fists, feet and boards.

Several youth workers, and a passerby who abandoned his truck in the street, helped drag the mortally wounded boy into the nearby Agape Community Center. Police arrived on the scene seconds later and remained with them until an ambulance arrived.

According to the coroner, Derrion died from massive bleeding in the brain caused by blunt force trauma to the head. Four students in all were injured in the melee.

Monique Bond, Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman, tried to distance Fenger Academy from the violence that claimed the life of one of its students.

According to the Sun-Times, Bond said the school district was told there is possibly a conflict between two gang "factions," but "it has nothing to do with the school."

But clearly the video shows otherwise as most of the participants in the brawl, including the assailants, wore Fenger Academy school uniforms.

Chicago police were questioning several "persons of interest" Sunday night in connection with the fatal beating.

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It is rare occurrence when the case of a missing black woman makes national headlines. And even rarer when that missing black woman is a lesbian.

From CBS News Crimesider blog:

A woman who was arrested at a Malibu, Calif. restaurant went missing after she was released hours later from a sheriff's station, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Mitrice Richardson, 24, was reportedly intoxicated and unable to pay her $89 bill at Geoffrey's restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu about 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, the newspaper reported.

Deputies arrested Richardson at the Malibu-Lost Hills station, where they booked her on suspicion of not paying for the meal and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times.

She was released about 1:25 a.m. the next day, he said.

"She exhibited no signs of mental illness or intoxication," said Whitmore, explaining why she was released. "She was fine. She's an adult."

According to her mother, Latice Sutton, a manager she spoke to at Geoffrey's said Richardson appeared to be in "no condition to drive."

Sutton told the newspaper that she called the Malibu-Lost Hills station to ask about posting bail and picking up her daughter, but deputies told her they had released her because they did not have room to keep her in jail.

"They allowed her to walk out of that facility and down that road in the pitch black night," Richardson's father, Michael, told the Times. "That's not right. Now, I just want to find my child."

The woman's mother said deputies told her nearby residents had called to say a woman was sleeping on porches, indicating to her that Richardson was stumbling around a nearby residential neighborhood early Friday, the Times reported.

Richardson is African-American, 5-foot-5-inches and approximately 135 pounds. She has brown, curly hair and hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans, police said. According to a flyer made by her family, Richardson has tattoos on her lower abdomen and behind her neck.

Police asked anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at (213) 485-5381, or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 after business hours or on weekends.

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The NY Education commissioner ordered an investigation into a video showing school children singing songs deifying Barack Obama.

B. Bernice Young Elementary School in New Jersey was put on temporary lock down yesterday after death threats were phoned to the school's principal.

In a statement to, Education Department spokeswoman Beth Auerswald said the commissioner would review the matter. She said the commissioner wants to ensure that students can celebrate Black History Month without "inappropriate partisan politics in the classroom."

"In addition, it is our understanding the teacher in question retired at the end of the last school year," the statement continued.

Parents were outraged as the video depicting their children singing praises to Barack Hussein Obama went viral on YouTube and other media outlets yesterday.

Parents and conservatives accused the school of indoctrinating their children into Obama's "communist regime."

One song that the children sang was a remix of "Jesus Loves the Little Children," but Jesus' name was replaced with Obama's: "He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama."

"I'm stunned -- I can't believe it's our school," said Jim Pronchik, who told his 8-year-old son Jimmy was one of the 18 students in the video. "We don't want to praise this guy like he's a god or an idol or a king or anything like that. That's the wrong message to be sending."


A teacher uses profanity to get through to a hardened streetwise thug who used the 'N' word in his classroom. This boy is a perfect example of a lost young man who doesn't have a male role model at home.

I'm not saying the teacher was right, because respect goes both ways. But we don't know what transpired before another student began recording the verbal exchange.

I did notice that all the boys were wearing shirts and ties, which might explain why they, for the most part, behaved civilized.

Kanye West has 99 problems and hard liquor is just one of them. We don't believe Kanye's camp when they say his drinking problem made him go onstage and act a fool at the VMAs. But we do give Kanye's camp a little credit for trying.

We know that Kanye had some sort of promo deal with Hennessy or he wouldn't have had that bottle in his hand for the entire show. It was also revealed that both Kanye and Taylor Swift are represented by the same agent. So there you have it.

From ONTD:

Rumor has it Kanye is considering checking into rehab! According to Star, Kanye has been boozing ever since his mother Donda died one day after receiving a tummy tuck in November 2007.

An insider tells the mag, “His drinking is getting worse — and when he has too much, he can be mean and obnoxious. If he doesn’t get help soon, things could really spiral out of control.”

Apparently he’s planning on checking in after his Fame Kills tour with Lady Gaga wraps up in January. “Kanye’s afraid to go to rehab, but he knows he needs help and is taking steps in the right direction.”

Why wait until the tour is over to go into rehab? Why not go now? Because this excuse, like everything else Kanye does, is a bunch of BS.

Poor NeNe probably had an easier time swinging from that pole in the strip clubs than she's having trying to be the antagonist of RHOA. I'm sure Bravo convinced this small minded woman that she was the star of the show and urged her to ratchet up the drama to boost the ratings this season.

But unfortunately for her, the end result is that she's losing her once adoring fans who loved her sassiness and fierce independence. Now she's just a bully.

I still can't watch the show, but I'm happy to know that I'm not the only one who thinks RHOA is totally staged. Trust me, there aren't a bunch of Derek J's and Lawrence's walking around Atlanta with handbags and high heel pumps on.

AJC's Radio & TV blog has a recap of last night's episode 9. Nene's former fans bare their claws at her in the comments section. Here are my favorites:

September 25th, 2009
10:00 am

NeNe – she is out of control. A book!?! Give me a break. I saw it in Costco and was stunned. Again, a Bravo thing to pump the show. Her house is empty. All the camera angles are set so you can’t see the barren walls and empty rooms. Her “co-author” is just now (in show-time) learning what will be in the book. I just can’t wait to spend my money to learn about her youth in Athens, GA. Should be exciting. Perhaps the book is a “tell all”. I’ll wait for the Cliff’s notes on it. So clearly she is being propped up by Bravo. And that has gone straight to her ego. I used to think she was really “real” – but now I don’t. I feel sorry for her and her husband. They obviously don’t have money (there’s no crime in that) and they are living a fake life. I would take any bet that her ring is a Cubic Zerconia (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Not having money is more the norm now-a-days, but acting like you do is another story.

September 25th, 2009
10:04 am

I was a huge fan of NeNe’s but not anymore she want’s to be the center of attention and she is doing it the wrong way. NeNe you already tall and big and loud spoken you don’t have to bring attention to yourself you are the first seen when you are with the other ladies you stand over them like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You should be more lady like, I truly hope you try and find some etiquette some where cause honey you need it. You need to concentrate on the lazy son you have living at home with you; your husband says he should be get a job in which I somewhat agree but how about stressing education since you don’t have any. NeNe I am so disappointed you said Gregg your husband was into property investment then I heard you on the radio say he was a motivational speaker c’mon give us a break. You just a big ole country girl who got lucky and you need to act like that is truly what happened, this what you have want last for long, trust me. “Smooches."

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Pic and caption from Getty Images:

Casandra Pertusio from Florida shows her Michael Jackson tattoo as she starts a three day wait in the line to buy tickets to the Michael Jackson film at the LA Live theater in Los Angeles on September 24, 2009. The movie titled 'This Is It' will open in most countries around the world on October 28 for a limited two-week run. The film is being culled from more than 100 hours of rehearsal footage shot between April and June in Los Angeles, where Jackson prepared for his comeback before dying suddenly on June 25 at age 50.

Rapper Nelly was out & about in my hometown of London, England yesterday. I heard a rumor that twice-divorced Tameka Foster (Usher's ex) has been blowing up Nelly's cell phone lately. I'm guessing she's trying to hook up with him now that he's single too. I don't know how true this is, but they say Nelly stopped returning her calls and instructed his boys not to take her calls either. Hey, Tameka, JD is single.

Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson is so wrong for this outfit. The paps caught up with her signing autographs in London, England yesterday.

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Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce met with former President Bill Clinton and R&B star Usher at the Heads of State Reception at the MoMA in NYC. (Pierce was invited by Clinton to launch his FitClub34 fitness initiative at the CGI.)
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Beyonce looked constipated while performing live in Perth, Australia yesterday.

The results of Lala Vazquez's crash diet shows in this pic taken last night at the The Launch Of The New Porsche Panamera in Hollywood last night.

Quincy Jones gave Alicia Keys relationship advice at the the Clinton Global Citizen Awards in NYC yesterday.

Legendary rapper KRS-1 attended the VH1 Hip Hop awards with his daughter Tyme. His stepson Randy Hubbard Parker, who KRS helped raise, committed suicide in Atlanta 2 years ago after battling with depression for years.

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I found this interesting comment (among many) in an earlier post I wrote about black men who think LSLH/white women were a better catch. The responses in that post were mixed, with most women defending other sistas for raising today's men to be the sorriest crop of brothas in history.

The old adage used to be, you can't turn a ho into a housewife. So the question for today is: is it now OK to turn a ho into a housewife since Kanye West, Lamar Odom and just about every rapper is doing it?

Loyal reader Nichelle Walker writes:

Most of them do these days –- look at Kanye with Amber. Men now [would] rather have a stripper than a hardworking woman. It has taken over even with Khloe: she has been with at least 5 men I know of This year alone yet she can still get married. Men don’t value themselves any longer. So I don’t agree. I believe black men have set their standards low, it was a point where a man wouldn’t dare try to turn a hoe-into-a housewife but now that’s what they want damn a good woman…

You know how I feel about this subject.

We have all seen the disaster that's resulted from black women raising black men alone in the last 30 years.

The bottom line is: It takes a man to raise a man. A female is not a proper substitute for a man in a boy's life. We need to do better.

If you're a single woman raising black boys, it is imperative that you have a man in their lives. You don't have to be sleeping with the guy -- he could be their uncles or male family members or just a friend. But he has to be there regularly in your sons lives to teach them how to be men. That means showing an interest in what they do, calling often to check up on them, taking them to ball games every weekend, etc.

In case you missed it: A female is not a proper substitute for a man in a boy's life. And ladies, it would help if you stop putting black men down in front of your sons.

Since the news broke about Janet Jackson's split from producer and longtime boyfriend Jermaine Dupri, does she seem happier to you? I can't help but notice how youthful and content she seems in these pics taken in Milan, Italy yesterday.

I've always thought of Janet (and her older sister Rebbie) as the most stable Jacksons. So it seemed odd that she would want to be with a cheating dog like JD who obviously was using her to elevate his own status.

When Janet and JD were together she looked tired, old and wary in her pictures.. She also looked like she had reconciled herself to the fact that he just wasn't going to do right by her -- and she couldn't do any better. She displayed the same stoic resignation in her longterm relationship with her ex-husband Rene.

Suffering in silence while your man sows his wild oats is a learned behavior that she obviously picked up from her mom, Katherine.

The entire industry knows that it was JD who (along with MTV) helped ruined Janet's career by orchestrating that disastrous nipple stunt during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.

But love, like alcohol and drugs, is a very unrelenting addiction. You really can't see the damage it causes until you kick the habit for good.

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From news:

Channel 4 has learned that Kings Island has dropped plans to include celebrity skeletons as part of a Halloween display.

Skeletons dressed and positioned to resemble ex-NFL quarterback Steve McNair and his mistress were part of the display. A promo video for the "Halloween Haunt" shows McNair sitting up on a couch with [Sahel] Kazemi lying across his lap. There is a hole in the top of McNair's football helmet.

E-mails flooded Channel 4's inbox expressing a distaste for the display. Channel 4 e-mailed the park and received an answer late Wednesday.

"When the gates open for the start of our Halloween Haunt event on Friday," said park spokesman Don Helbig, "park visitors will not find a depiction of Steve McNair in any scenes."

Thursday, the park released another statement, saying, "Kings Island has removed the celebrity scene from its Halloween Haunt event. We were not intending to be distasteful, and we apologize if we offended anyone."
Kazemi fatally shot McNair before killing herself July 4 in Nashville.

Other celebrities included in the display were Michael Jackson in pajamas, Health Ledger with pill bottles and Sonny Bono on skis.

Thanks to loyal reader Jennifer for the tip.

That's the buzz that's going around the Internet. They say that Angelina Jolie-Pitt recognizes the fact that Shiloh identifies with her masculine side and she allows the little girl to wear her brother's clothes. I'm not making this up. Shiloh is often seen wearing boy's clothes while Zahara is always dressed feminine.

I don't have a problem with any of this (for obvious reasons). I think it's great that Angelina is so open minded and recognizes the early signs of a budding lesbun and encourages Shiloh's alternative lifestyle choice. But some people are questioning Angie's parenting skills and whether the kid is growing up to be another Chastity Bono, who is currently undergoing a sex change.

Nicki Minaj is on the cover of Honey magazine this month. Who is she, you ask? She's a stripper-turned rapper who can't rap. Her only claim to fame is she was co-signed by Lil Wayne. So in other words, everyone's riding her jock because a moron put her on.

What's the difference between Nicki Minaj and Angel Lola Luv other than one isn't down with Lil Wayne's camp? They both have fake hair, fake breasts, fake butts and fake personalities. Did I miss anything?

Oh, at least Lola can flow a little. Nicki tries so hard to sound like Lil Wayne that I often wonder if she is Lil Wayne in drag.

No wonder hip hop record sales are in the toilet if she is the future of hip hop. No talent or skill of any kind is necessary to get a record deal nowadays.

Anyway, if you want to know what the article is about you'll have to read it for yourself. I didn't bother to read it since I have no interest in what this no talented broad has to say if she's not inside a strip club.

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One thing I've learned from experience as a nurse and working with drug addicts is they are extremely unpredictable and untrustworthy. These people are major manipulators and tend to fabricate lies for attention. You can't believe a word that comes out of their mouths.

Which is why I ignore celebs (Whitney) who claim to have kicked their drug habits. Once a druggie, always a druggie.

When I heard about the Mackenzie Phillips rape/incest interview with Oprah (who believes every crazy thing these celebs tell her), I knew Mackenzie was making the whole thing up.

According to her stepmother, Michelle Williams, who was married to Mackenzie's dad -- the one Mac claims raped her when she was 19 -- Mackenzie has a history of lying and manipulative behavior to get what she wants (drugs). I also wondered if there was a book deal or movie deal in the works. Sure enough, Mackenzie has a book coming out just in time to keep fueling her drug habit.

Showbiz411's Roger Friedman also suspected Mackenzie was lying and reached out to Michelle Phillips who confirmed Mackenzie is lying to sell copies of her book.

“She told me, then she called me back and said, ‘You know I’m joking.' I said it wasn’t funny. Mackenzie said, ‘I guess we have different senses of humor.’ John was a bad parent, and a drug addict. But fucking his daughter? If she thinks it’s true, why isn’t she with a good psychiatrist on a couch? I think it’s unconscionable that Oprah would let her do her show. I have every reason to believe it’s untrue. Oprah should be more judicious about who she has on her show."

"Mackenzie has a lot of mental illness. She’s had a needle stuck up her arm for 35 years. She was arrested for heroin and coke just recently. She did ‘Celebrity Rehab’ and now she writes a book. The whole thing is timed.”

The whole thing is also ridiculous. After the entire pregnant male fiasco, I don't know why people continue to waste their time watching Oprah's show.

Students at B. Bernice Young Elementary school in New Jersey aren't busy learning their ABC's or 123's, they're being brainwashed by pro-Obama teachers.

Imagine if your child's school hours were taken up by conservatives teaching them to sing praises to George Bush all day. No wonder their parents are outraged and contemplating pulling the kids out of school.

Here's the address of the school and the number if you would like to register a complaint:

Mailing Address:
B. Bernice Young Elementary School
1203 Neck Road
Burlington, NJ
Phone Number:
(609) 386-3520

From press release:

R&B's sexiest 4-Some *Pretty Ricky* caused utter *FANDEMONIUM* when they took over the streets of NY last week while promoting their coming CD, "Pretty Ricky" which drops November 17th (Bluestar/Big Cat) and premiering their hot new video *"Tipsy In Dis Club"* on *BET's 106 & Park*, surprising fans at schools, record and retails stores in all boroughs and during a *Media Day* coordinated by celeb publicist Trea Davenport [Trea Day Management & Publicity and MNS Media] and *Video Press Day* with DLJ Video!

The hard working charismatic crew consisting of Diamond Blue (who wrote and produced much of the LP as well as directed the video), new lead singer Lingerie, sexy and savvy Spectacular and off the chain Slick Em, vowed their love to the female fans and pledged their undying fidelity to the loving ladies... offering actual wedding bands (available at and a lifetime commitment to never forsake or betray their loyal supporters!

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I found a quote on a left-wing urban blog and it got me to thinking: do black men date and marry outside of their race because they believe women of another race are a better catch than black women?

Zabeth of Zabeth's blog asks why couldn't Lamar Odom "marry his former girlfriend of 10 years, who is also the mother of his 3 children but, somehow has the balls to marry the childless woman he's only known for 1 month!"

She goes on to say that "Khloe (and any children she may have with him) will reap ALL of the legal benefits, priviled[ges], and guarantees of being a wife while [high school sweetheart] Liza Morales will get child support."

But isn't that the image we see portrayed over and over in rap music videos? Black women are cast as "bitches", "hoes" and "baby mamas" who always have their hands out for child support, while the childless LSLH/white women are cloaked in furs and diamonds.

It should come as no surprise then that the black community leads the nation in single family homes headed by black women.

It wasn't always that way though. At one time, the black man was proud of his black woman. In 1966, for instance, 85% of black households were headed by black men. Today, it's more like 29%.

As Zabeth concludes, "[We don't] need to spell out the implications and lessons learned here."

TV personality Khloe Kardashian apparently found the time to read all the blogs and she is aware of the rampant skepticism surrounding her impending stroll down the aisle with her fiance Lamar Odom.

Khloe writes on her blog:

“Hi dolls, I’m thrilled to finally be able to tell you that the news is true… Lamar and I are getting married on Sunday!!! I couldn’t be happier and I’m so excited that I can finally share the news with all of you.

“Your well wishes have meant the world to me and I am truly so blessed to have such amazing fans, family and friends during this incredible time in my life.”

Khloe's friends tell E! Online that despite the wedding being planned in just two weeks, it's still going to be a classy affair.


Your boy Jay Z has the #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart for the 2nd week in a row with 298,000 copies of The Blueprint 3 sold. His sales almost doubled the number of albums sold by his nearest competitor, Whitney Houston. It also means I was wrong again when I said his album wouldn't go gold this year. So congrats old man.


L.A. Lakers Pau Gasol, teammate of Lamar Odom, joined NBA TV via phone last night from his native Spain and was asked about the upcoming nuptials of Odom to Khloe Kardashian. Below is the transcript of Gasol's answers. Here is a link to the interview CLICK to watch.

And here is the transcript of the call:

NBA TV host Marc Fein: "Did you get an invitation?"

Gasol: "No I didn't, some of my teammates don't have my Spanish number, and that could be a reason. Because they only have my American number which doesn't work here because Verizon don't have that kind of coverage. But maybe that's the reason. What teammate is it?

NBA TV analyst Steve Smith: "Lamar Odom is the guy they're tweeting about, but it's just a rumor."

Gasol: "Well, that's a rumor right? If it's true, I'm happy for him, but I don't think it is, because I find it hard to believe. But, if it is, (I) wish him, wish him the best."

How much are you willing to bet they call the 'wedding' off at the last minute?

The Clayton County District Attorney upgraded charges against a racist who kicked and punched a black woman in front of her daughter at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant.

The incident occurred on September 9 outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Morrow, Georgia. Troy West, 47, and his wife were exiting the restaurant just as Tasha Hill, 35, and her 7-year-old daughter were entering.

"The man slung open the door pretty hard and fast and I had to push my daughter out of the way. I turned to the man and I just said, 'Excuse me sir, you need to watch yourself you almost hit my daughter in the face.' And from there it just went downhill," said Hill.

More words were exchanged before West threw Hill to the ground and began viciously kicking and punching her as he screamed racial epithets at the army reservist. The beating took place in full view of Hill's hysterical daughter.

The assault ended when the restaurant manager got between West and his victim.

West was initially charged with the misdemeanor assault and released on $5,000 bond. But after viewing the surveillance tape of the assault, Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson presented the case to a grand jury Wednesday and asked for upgraded charges.

"I don't normally get personally involved in cases, but I am going to personally prosecute Mr. West on behalf of that victim and the citizens of this county," District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said last week.

The grand jury indicted West on new, felony charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, battery and disorderly conduct and he was ordered held without bond in a hearing in Clayton County court yesterday.

A group of protestors outside the courthouse who had called for the upgraded charges were happy with the outcome of the hearing.

In a phone interview with WSB TV, West's mother said her son would never hurt a mother in front of her child.

"This just doesn't sound right," said Johnny West from her Poulan home.


Thanks to loyal reader Cornelius for the tip!

Rihanna was spotted out & about at the Avenue nightspot in NYC last night wearing more blond highlights in her hair and rockin' a fierce pair of Stella McCartney thigh-high perforated leggings boots. The boots which retail for around $1,500 are sold out everywhere. LOVE the funky sunglasses! Hate that shade of lip gloss on her.

Rihanna's new album is slated for release next month, and the dumb rumors have already begun in anticipation of the release. Be forewarned, you're liable to hear any crazy rumor originating out of Rihanna's camp as they work to promote the new CD. Rihanna has recruited Justin Timberlake to help out with the production, which promises big beats and big bass. So you know those "they must be dating" rumors are everywhere.

Clearly, the paparazzi thinks struggling pseudo singer Ciara is someone else (Rihanna, maybe?). There's no way the paps would be chasing after this has-been unless she was paying them. Remember that movie "Mama, I Want To Sing", the one starring Ciara and Lynn Whitfield that we all thought went straight to DVD? Well, BET added the movie to the closing night of the 13th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in New York scheduled for September 23 through 27. Then the film will open in theaters everywhere in October. Didn't Ciara herself tell Billboard magazine last year that the movie was going straight to DVD? So what happened?

Photos: Splash News Online