Are TLC members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas auditioning for celebrity fit club? They sure look like it as they sucked in their tummies while performing in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The ladies joined Justin Timberlake and Ciara for "Justin Timberlake and Friends" charity concert in Vegas. Chilli has her own reality TV dating show airing soon on VH1. Hopefully, TLC fans will support their girl in her endeavor.

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In an interview with People magazine, singer/songwriter Sean "The Pen" Garrett said Usher's new track "Papers" is not about Usher's old ball and chain Tameka Foster.

"Some of it is true, and some of it isn't," Garrett says. "That's what makes this record so intriguing and explosive. Some of it is about his life and some of it is not."

Garrett said he penned the line about Usher "damn near" losing his mama, not Usher.

"That was more from the perspective of when Usher and his mom [and sometime manager] weren't working together that much. And, in every relationship, it's important for the man to get his mother's approval. That's the perspective I was coming from," said Garrett.

Gareett said he wrote the tune 8 months ago, way before Usher's divorce filing. But everyone knows that Usher and Tameka were a foregone conclusion around that time. He admits that Usher "inspired" his words in the song.

"He definitely had a lot on his mind," Garrett says. "We talked about this record coming out quite a few times. 'Should it come out? Should it not come out?' We had questions about how it would be taken."

There is also word out of Usher's camp that Usher was "urged" to make that recent call to 911 himself to publicly humiliate his estranged wife Tameka Foster. Normally, calls of that nature are handled by Usher's assistant or manager -- that would be his mom.

Garrett said the ultimate decision to release the track came from Usher's label. "We knew it was a smash," says Garrett.

What exactly constitutes as a smash? "Papers" debuted on the Billboard Top 100 chart at #17 and tumbled all the way to #60 after only 2 weeks on the chart. I would hardly call that a "smash." But then again, I didn't write it.

This is what happens when rappers set their clocks to CP time. DMX strolls into a Colorado venue an hour and a half late. Then he expected to saunter onstage and rock the mic. Except that the mall police shut him down. Of course a riot ensues when the concert goers who paid for their tickets were told the show was over.


After chewing the fat with former boxing champ Evander Holyfield on Oprah last week, boxing legend Mike Tyson, in his own unique, inimitable language, speaks on the youth violence that plagues Chicago.

As you know, Barack Obama cut his political teeth in Chicago. We're wondering why Obama hasn't been back home yet to speak on the violence himself?

But he can run to Denmark to make a failed pitch for the Olympics. And he can rush to Oslo, Norway to accept up a Nobel peace prize that he knows he didn't earn. I guess those trips are way more important than addressing a city with the highest youth murder rate in the country.

In what is obviously a staged publicity stunt (yawn), newly signed Bad Boy artist (lol) Ma$e bum rushes rap mogul Sean Combs during the Ryan Cameron Show on V-103. I don't believe for a minute that Sean Combs didn't know Ma$e was in the building. Does anybody care that rapper-turned-pastor-turned-rapper again, Ma$e has a new record deal? I thought so.

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Hoodrats who live in public housing should agree to some form of birth control or get off public assistance. If the birth control methods fail, then forced abortions should be the rule. If you can't support your children without public assistance then you don't need to be giving birth period!

Having said that, this video made me sick to my stomach. It shows a couple of hoodrats ordering their 2-year-olds to assault each other. CPS should step in and evaluate these families right away. You can imagine what goes on when the camera is off.

Thanks to loyal reader Princess for the tip!

Why am I not surprised that yet another Barack Obama associate turns out to be a liar and a cheat?

According to online reports, Shephard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic Obama 'Hope' posters, has now admitted to lying about the original image he used to recreate the artwork.

The Associated Press, which owns the rights to the photo that Fairey used to create the artwork, sued Fairey for violating its copyrights by marketing an exact replica of a close up headshot of Obama.

The headshot was snapped by AP photographer Mannie Garcia in 2006 at the National Press Club in Washington when Obama was still an Illinois Senator.

Fairey sued the AP earlier this year, arguing that he used a different image of Obama, taken by the same AP photographer at the same event. He claimed that his use of the copyrighted work was protected under the "Fair Use" doctrine, which states that a portion of a copyrighted work can be reproduced for the purposes of news reporting or criticism, etc.

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Morehouse College has come under fire for instituting a no dress and pumps code for its all-male student body.

It's a shame that a no dress code should even have to be revised to call for black men to put away their skirts, pumps and purses -- or to pull their saggy jeans up. But unfortunately, Hip Hop influences can be seen everywhere on campus.

And some of this new crop of Morehouse men come from single parent homes headed by domineering black women, resulting in more feminine black men who are confused about their identity now than ever before.

The dress code also bans wearing hats inside buildings, sunglasses indoors, do-rags, going barefoot on campus, and wearing feminine attire such as dresses, tunics, skirts, leggings, high heeled shoes and purses.

The new dress code is part of its "Appropriate Attire Policy" according to Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Morehouse Student Services.

"We are talking about five students who are living a gay lifestyle that is leading them to dress a way we do not expect in Morehouse men," said Bynum.

Before instituting the policy, Bynum met with Morehouse Safe Space, the campus' gay organization.

"We talked about it and then they took a vote," he said. "Of the 27 people in the room, only three were against it."

In an interview with the AJC, Senior Cameron Titus said he applauded the change.

"The policy is just saying that you have to show more respect in how you dress and there are things that are just not acceptable at Morehouse," Titus said. "We have a legacy that we are trying to uphold."

My 2c: I totally agree with Bynum and Titus. Morehouse College has a rich tradition of educating and training black men to be leaders. A man can't lead other men wearing a dress.

A Vogue fashion photographer's photo shoot of two white models in blackface has drawn criticism and outrage from critics who say the photos expose the racist underbelly of the fashion industry.

Personally, I don't see what the big deal is. I wouldn't have classified these women as black per se based on their classic Caucasoid features. But that's besides the point. The photos are artsy and classy.

At least the chicks aren't jumping rope with baboons like Naomi Campbell was doing in a recent fashion photo spread. Where's the outrage about that?

This type of shoot is typical of Vogue magazine's past attempts to increase readership through controversial subject themes.

The Daily Beast’s Elizabeth Gates says white models in blackface is nothing new. Still, Gates, who is black, compares the Paris Vogue spread to "a modern minstrel show":

"I would be fooling myself if I thought the draftsmen behind fashion's most beautiful things were ever going to be sensitive to race, black women, or how they represent our cultural history. In fact, I'm not exactly sure why this was a shock to anyone." Elle's Anne Slowey admits, "It's an industry filled with people who have no idea about history and politics." Read more...

I remember when I was in high school in Miami, Florida and if a student got herself pregnant she was transferred to an alternative school for pregnant girls. We never ever saw a pregnant kid walking the halls in jr. high or high school. But we're living in different times now.

In this article, a white reporter with CBS News struggles to understand why 115 girls in a single high school are pregnant. Robeson High has a population of 800 students. And of course the school is majority black.

The reporter has probably never watched the highly sexualized rap videos on BET or heard the degrading lyrics in Hip Hop songs catering to these same kids.

The writer probably doesn't know that the girls at Robeson high are products of a Hip Hop culture that glorifies violence, sex and crimes against women. And that these girls grew up watching rap videos portray black women as sexual objects for the pleasure of rappers and their thug entourages.

Rappers routinely spit lines about challenging authority and breaking society's rules by encouraging promiscuity among today's youth.

Surely the writer is familiar with rapper Lil Wayne and how he freely plants his seed in any bimbo opportunist who is willing to open her legs to him. In fact, there was a recent incident where black chicks shot up his tour bus because he refused to have sex with them.

So far the tally of baby mamas knocked up by the rapper this year alone stands at 4. Wayne already has a 9-year-old with reality tv personality Antonia Carter.

Robeson Principal Gerald Morrow blames the pregnancies on the girls home life and absentee fathers. He doesn't mention to the white reporter the destructive influence Hip Hop has had on an entire generation of youth. Maybe because he knows it's a black thing and she wouldn't understand.

Thanks to loyal reader BevG for the tip!