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.)
Photo: National Basketball Association

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 WSMV.com 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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