You have to be some kind of stupid to commit major crimes these days. Life behind bars is no picnic. Most inmates find themselves fighting for their lives or fighting to keep from being gang raped. Life in the Pen can be rougher than life on the streets. Rules change behind bars. Men who consider themselves hard on the outside, suddenly get in touch with their feminine side when their sexual urges are too strong.

After viewing this documentary on sexual assault behind bars, is it any wonder that rappers wear their pants on the ground? It's a habit they picked up in prison to make it easier to have sex behind bars. But your impressionable sisters and daughters find these rappers' homosexual tendencies sexy?

6-year-old Jasmina Amena lost her courageous battle to leukemia yesterday. Her mother Thea made the sad announcement: "Today, January 27, at 10:55 p.m., Jasmina lost her fight against leukemia."

Singers Rihanna and Lil Mama helped rally support to help find a suitable bone marrow donor for their young fan. But it was too late.

Commenting from the White House, U.S. president Barack Obama said:

"It is with great sadness today that Michelle and I extend our condolences on the passing of Jasmina Anema. Jasmina showed tremendous bravery in the face of adversity, and her ability to stay positive throughout her battle was an inspiration to me and to all those she touched. As the parents of two young girls, our hearts particularly go out to Jasmina's devoted mother Thea. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and with all who knew and loved Jasmina."

A verbal miscue by MSNBC host Chris Matthews once again stirred debate across the Internet following last night's state of the Union Address when he said U.S. President Barack Obama's speech made him forgot Obama was black.

Matthews later strained to clarify his remark by saying Obama is just now leading this country from its racial past “at least in presidential politics.” But as Hot Air points out, African Americans are not strangers to Washington politics:

Matthews has it exactly backwards. John Kennedy may not have had an African-American cabinet member, but his successor did, and we have had African-Americans in high federal office for at least five decades. His “at least in presidential politics” qualifier is exceedingly strange after an address to Congress, which has a strong and influential Congressional Black Caucus.

Do you think singer/songwriter Keri Hilson is sexy? Well, she does. “I think sex appeal is all about confidence,” Keri tells OK! I concur. Keri is in the current issue of OK! magazine on newsstands stands now.

Former music mogul and producer Jermaine Dupri rocked the house for Subsessions: A Journey Through 30 Years Of Hip Hop' party at the New York Transit Museum in NYC last night. Most men who were dumped publicly by a legend like Janet Jackson would have crawled under a house and died. But JD just keeps pluggin' while collection up to 10 Gs per night DJ'ing at popular nightclubs, mainly on the east coast.

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Rapper Ludacris cut a dashing figure at the at the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event in West Hollywood last nght.

Actress Gabrielle Union showed off her small curves at the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood yesterday.

Actress Taraji P. Henson (L) and recording artist/actress Mary J. Blige attended the ESSENCE Black Women in Music event at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood last night.

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R&B Singer Ginuwine and Rapper Sole celebrated at the launch party for Moki Media PR last night.

Now that Solange Knowles' recording career is going nowhere, she's taken up the art of DJ'ing and some people are saying she's really good at it. There's no telling what her sister Beyonce Knowles, right, is going to do when her career ends. The sisters attended a 'Relief For Haiti Edition' party benefiting Yele Haiti at The Eldridge on Tuesday in NYC.

Gabourey Sidibe looks like she dropped a few pounds. The 'Precious' star attended the Australian premiere of "Precious" at the Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney, Australia this morning while you were sleeping.

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Loyal reader Gina wonders if there might be something a little off with burlesque singer Beyonce. In this video clip from Bey's upcoming 60 Minutes interview, she appears to morph into Sasha Fierce mode, which she says is her uninhibited onstage persona. But Beyonce is not onstage in this clip. It's obvious that Bey can no longer distinguish between her two inner personalities.

The question is: does Beyonce really believe she's Sasha Fierce? And is she in permanent Sasha Fierce mode because she can no longer cope with the harsh realities of the outside world?

Gina writes:

This had Sandra Rose-Medical moment written all over it, its the preview to Beyonce being on 60 minutes. Somewhere Ed Bradley is spinning in his grave.

Has Whitney Houston been on 60 minutes? Janet Jackson? heck Diana Ross? The promo is called "What Makes Beyonce Tick." I don't know if this is Beyonce in this clip or Sasha Fierce, I get so confused and all distinguishing between the two.
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According to Ralph Lauren's website, the Classic-fit limited edition 100% cotton mesh Polo shirts for men and women are priced at $98 and are available online only.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt will be donated to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund and its ongoing commitment to rebuilding Haiti. So you can be stylish and a philanthropic at the same time!


Colors are available in Red, black, White and Fall Blue


Styles also come in Custom fit for men and skinny fit for women


I'm not feeling the back of the shirts though


Thanks to loyal reader Tiffany Sade for the tip!

Props to R&B Diva Monica for listening to her fans and extending her next single "Everything To Me" to a full version. "Everything" was produced by Missy Elliott, who initially didn't see a need to extend the single from its original length of 2:23, saying it was "short, but sweet and straight to the point."

But Mo's fans made their opinions loud and clear on social networking sites like Twitter.com. The label then made the decision to add a bridge and additional tweaks, and we love the result.

Monica's new album 'Still Standing' is set for release on March 9!

Which big time Atlanta rapper is being dragged into court once again to increase his child support payments? That is, if the process server can catch up to him. The rapper and the baby mama had reached an agreement some years ago on monthly child support payments. But now the child is older and his private school here in Atlanta is eating up much of her support which doesn't even amount to the payments on, let's say, a Lamborghini... No, it isn't Yung Joc.

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Which popular local radio DJ can breathe easier now that a paternity test came back negative? The baby mama in question is a local stripper. I'm not going to name the DJ because he's a nice guy. But he also has a wife and kids sooooo he gets no points for cheating on her. I'm putting this out there in case you ladies don't realize your men are doing a little more than just hanging out with the boys at the strip clubs.