Resident Beyonce Stan and groupie Munchosgirl sent in this throwback video of Beyonce's old group Girls Tyme performing on Star Search back in 1993. You've probably already seen this video, but this is my first time viewing it.

I had a little trouble spotting Beyonce without the skin bleaching, dime store weaves, butt pads and ton of makeup on. In fact, I still don't know which girl she is. Can you spot her dancing in the background?

Last year, Lil Wayne HQ uploaded the original dirty version of "Everybody Knows Me" by Atlanta's own Mika Means. On that track, Lil Wayne's lyrics were different and the label stated it wasn't the official version.

Now Mika Means fansite has the official clean version. The beat is bumping. I actually like it, which is saying a lot.

But I was a little confused while listening to the track. At first, I thought Mika was a man. Is it just me or does she sound like a female version of Lil Wayne singing?

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Last week your favorite blogger stood outside one of Atlanta's most popular recording studios where the King T.I. was busy putting in work for Atlantic Records.

Within 30 minutes, the studio's parking lot was jammed with luxury vehicles blocking in T.I.'s custom black Mercedes, which had been one of only 3 cars in the lot when I arrived.

As I stood shivering in the bitter cold, watching local DJs go inside and waiting to make my move, my cell phone rang.

Recognizing the number, I answered. It was a Grand Hustle executive on the line. He had heard that I was on a mission to secure the first photo of T.I. after his release from a federal prison to an Atlanta halfway house on Dec. 22.

The exec wanted me to reconsider getting that exclusive shot.

"I was already given clearance by a studio staffer," I told him. I was just waiting to see who was going inside. The Grand Hustle exec pleaded his case, "just wait until this is all over with the feds then you can have all the pictures you want."

So until then, here are pics of T.I. and Chris Brown in scenes from their upcoming flick 'Takers', courtesy of Woooha.com.

Takers, which is produced by T.I.'s Grand Hustle films, also stars Idris Elba, Matt Dillon, Hayden Christensen, Michael Ealy and Zoe Saldana.

I find it hilarious that manly men Ray J (Brandy's brother) and rapper Young Buck feel the need to defend themselves against homo accusations made by a certified head case.

As you know, Monica Danger, the reality TV personality who was recently hospitalized for attempting to kill her newborn baby girl, went on a radio station and painted both men with the flaming gay brush. She said Ray J was Young Buck's lover or vice versa.

Here's what Ray J said in his defense:
"I still got love for Danger, that’s one of my peoples (sic). But I didn’t (return) her calls for the last 2-3 weeks. So she threatened to say ‘I’m going to tell people you’re gay!’ She went along and actually did it! I’m not gay but I got love for gay people because I work with gay people... girls and dudes. I’m comfortable with my sexuality."

He went on to add that he holds no animosity toward Danger. "We’re both upset with each other. But it’s ok, I’m going to work it out with her soon and we’ll be friends again."

And here's what Buck tweeted in response to the allegations:

Ray J's sister Brandy also chimed in on her Twitter page:

All of these fools need to take the Dummy Test. It's so embarrassing to see our entertainers carry on this way in public.

With the exception of a few artists who don't play that, the majority of reality TV shows are centered around dysfunctional families. It makes for good TV and pulls high ratings because the public identifies so closely with the dysfunction on the small screen.

Fantasia continues the tradition of exposing the dysfunction in black families on her new reality show Fantasia For Real which premiered last night on VH1.

One loyal reader took immediate issue with the show's portrayal of Fantasia's self-indulgent brother "Teeny" who lives in Fanty's pool house and doesn't seem to have a steady source of income.

The email was edited for clarity.

I love your website because it not only keeps it real but makes people aware of the bs in our communities and i really would like you to post something about teeny aka joe fantasia's brother. It's not just that she is supporting him... i think it goes deeper than that why do black women support black men ... let me rephrase that. Why are our black men letting black women take care of them as if they were a small child. I'm so confused ....... and it's not just black women, it's women in general that support them and enable them to be dead beat ass bums and daddy's. Now i'm not saying that they're aren't men out there that make a good living and support their children and their families because they're are plenty that do. i just can't help but be disturbed after watching Fantasia for Real's first episode..

Teeny should be ashamed of himself. He is almost 30 years old living in his sister's pool house with no driver's license but driving 2 very expensive cars just being a bum and living literally in a fantasy world!!! Oh, it was so wrong Sandra!! Even his girl commented on the fact that he needs to get it together. But i had to roll my eyes at her comment because, "thats her MAN" so obviously she isn't too repulsed by it as she came across. But moving on....

It jsut makes me angry that this is the state of some of our black men. they want to be respected but don't do a damn thing to earn the respect. I don't know, maybe I'm out of line but I pray for Fantasia because she is not only a fellow dark skin woman in the industry (I'm dark skinned and I know it's not easy for dark skinned women in the music biz) but she is really talented and obviously has a huge heart. It looks to me that Teeny will probably be on her payroll til' she runs out of money. If i were her I would say 'get the hell out my house! You're not my man and I don't have to take care of you.' ...

Thanx for taking the time to read my rant.

-- Somebody who thinks Teeny is lame.

i would love it if you put his ass on blast because he's a certain type of gold digger even though he's not sleeping with Fantasia, he might as well be for real.

Oh, and the part that got me so angry is when he test drove a Ferrari talking about I'm gonna get me one real soon ........ and I thought to myself 'you mean you're gonna ask Fantasia to buy it for you,' that's just disgusting to me when the money could go to people who are actually in need.


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Yesterday I told you Tyrese's birthday bash brought out Rihanna and the cops, who shut the party down.

Tyrese and his pal Sean Combs, who each have millions of followers on the social networking site Twitter.com, tweeted the party's location resulting in over a thousand uninvited guests showing up and causing mayhem outside MyHouse.

The LAPD showed up in force with helicopters to control the crowd.

"1,100 people turned away!" Tyrese twittered. "17 police officers outside. Hellicopters, SHUT DOWN!"

My birthday was on Sunday, and the celebration wasn't nearly as exciting as Tyrese's -- though I was caking (thanks Devyne Stephens!) And I still have birthday gifts to collect (waves at Alex and Mr. Plush).

Capricorns do it BIG y'all!

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I'm so glad that disgraced golf champ Tiger Woods is not black because he would be an embarrassment to our race. Rather than face his issues head on, he continues to hide from the public like a coward leaving his wife Elin Nordegren to raise their children, Sam, 3, and Charlie 10 mos., and to take on the paparazzi with a nanny and armed guards.

Typical of most malignant narcissists, Tiger Woods' only concern is himself.

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Call me a pessimist but I don't believe anyone would drive around with over $1 million in jewels, $50,000 in furs and $20,000 cash in his car, and it's not an armored vehicle.

Sounds like Usher is broke and looking for a quick insurance payout. Money doesn't last forever. Especially when you spend cash like it grows on trees:

According to MyFoxAtlanta, Usher Raymond, 31, and a male friend were in his GMC Yukon on Dec. 14 when they pulled up to an AT&T store near Lenox Mall and went inside. When they returned to the vehicle they found that it had been broken into.

The singer said more than a million dollars worth of jewelry was stolen along with $50,000 in furs and about $20,000 cash.

A witness said they saw a Chevy Impala with tinted windows drive up next to the SUV.

The witness told police a man got out of the Impala and popped open the door to the SUV.

The incident is still being investigated.


Doesn't Vivica A. Fox look radiant and glowing (no, she isn't pregnant).


The new royal couple: Vivica A. Fox and local club promoter Slimm stepped out for a night on the town last night. After having dinner and going bowling, the happy couple turned up at the Velvet Room nightclub where owner Alex Gidewon seated them in a private VIP booth with free bottle service.

Stay tuned! This week another celebrity couple that I told you about will be going public with their relationship! Y'all gonna learn to listen to your auntie when I tell you something!

Aunt Viv was so happy. She looked 10 years younger at the side of her strapping young buck. She was smiling from ear to ear! Thanks to Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net for the Exclusive shots!

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From E Online:

Tyrese's birthday party at MyHouse last night brought out all the big names like Diddy, Rihanna and her new baseball beau Matt Kemp, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx...and the LAPD?
It was quite the scene outside the Hollywood hot spot as helicopters and police officers were called in to help with crowd control.

Not that the birthday boy seemed bothered by the police presence. "1,100 people turned away!" Tyrese twittered. "17 police officers outside. Hellicopters, SHUT DOWN!"

It probably didn't help matters that Diddy was also tweeting about the bash—making it the party to crash.
As for Rihanna and her man, who are back in town after their PDA-filled vacay in Cabo...
No tweets but the BFFs with benefits seemed "very happy" as they danced and drank Grey Goose and bubbly.

"She was introducing him around the room to various people, and they seemed to be having a good time together," a club rep tells E! News.

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Once again, Beyonce's greed and insensitivity to local customs takes precedence over common good:

Residents of the island nation Trinidad and Tobago are up in arms over the scheduling of an upcoming Beyoncé concert. It is slated to take place just two days after Carnival, one of the country's biggest cultural events.

Residents say the pop diva's show will do nothing but take attention and funds away from the event, which brings considerable tourist money to the country. Beyoncé's visit will cost an estimated £1 million, and many residents believe that money should go directly into Carnival.

"We have nothing against Beyoncé," Trinidad local Gregory Fernandes told the Trinidad and Tobago Express. "We are just saying that it is insensitive to bring her at this time. It will affect all Carnival stakeholders because, you know, it's not just a case of people forgoing fetes and shows to buy tickets." Read More...

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It's only fitting that actress Vivica A. Fox should find love in Atlanta since this is where she once called home. I post frequently about the difficulties some women have finding a straight man in the A. But it seems older women with nice incomes are having no such problems hooking up with younger guys.

Vivica and local club promoter Slimm (co-owner of Plush Blue Entertainment) have been quietly dating for a minute. Vivica flew from LA to Atlanta specifically to attend Slimm's New Year's Eve party and she doesn't mind commuting from the west coast to see her man.

Everyone who knows Slimm knows he is the nicest guy. Yes, Vivica likes the thugs, and while Slimm looks and dresses the part, that's where all similarities between himself and thugs ends. It's easy to see why Vivica loves Slimm for his ripped physique. But he's also intelligent and unfailingly polite, especially to the ladies who flock to him like flies to honey.

His business acumen is surpassed only by his good character, which makes him virtually gold digger proof. For that reason, there are no baby mamas running around and no skeletons in his closet.

Expect to see a lot more of Vivica and Slimm out & about. I think this one will last.

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Whenever my dear departed grandmother referred to a family member who wasn't in touch with reality, she would say "you have to excuse her, she don't know no better." Clearly, Fantasia is not in touch with reality.

When the rumors first hit the blogs that she was shacking up with a married man, didn't she strenuously deny said rumors? Now why is she covering up a tattoo of his name when the evidence is walking right next to her?

I'm not even going to say anything about Cook since y'all swear I don't know a gay man when I see one.

If singing doesn't work out for her, Fantasia has a future in the strip club industry.

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A variety of strip club connoisseurs tackle the question: who makes the most money stripping -- light skin or dark skin chicks.

Let me settle this question once and for all. Whether a chick is light skin or dark skin, phat butt or not -- the chicks who dance in the clubs that cater to white men stack the most chips. I know this for a fact. Ghetto chicks with phat bootys don't make half what the skinny black chicks who dance in the white clubs make.

In fact, phat booty strippers can't even get in the door of a white strip club.

Actress Vivica A. Fox flew into town from LA over the weekend to spend quality time with her man, a 20-something club promoter from Atlanta. Oh, you thought Aunt Viv wasn't over 50 Cent because all the blogs posted that video of her crying on the Mo'Nique show?

No, dears. Vivica was crying tears of joy because she's finally in love and her new man treats her like a queen. She was just explaining to Mo'Nique that she was over 50 but you might have been confused by her tears of joy.

Vivica and her handsome young beau spent the entire day together yesterday. They ate dinner, took in a movie at Atlantic Station and went bowling at 300 where they were spotted hugging and kissing all evening. In fact, my spies tell me they couldn't keep their hands off each other.

And guess who has all the pictures of the lovey dovey couple together?!

Clearly Miss Vivica has moved on and isn't thinking about pocket change, I mean 50 Cent.

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One-hit wonder Kelis was spotted leaving her London hotel to attend her fifth album's, "Flesh Tones", launch wearing a rabbit fur hat, jacket and tight pleather pants.

I could have sworn convicted rapper Lil Wayne performed his 'farewell concert already? Over the weekend, he performed again at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has bad karma. Trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. Over the weekend, a car she was riding in was involved in a man vs. auto accident. What happened was Lohan left a hotel in West Hollywood and got into a car being driven by her assistant who gunned the vehicle down an alley swarming with paparazzi.

Not surprisingly, the psycho ran over one of the paparazzo injuring his hand. The pap was so terrified he wet his pants. He plans to sue Lindsay Lohan even though she wasn't driving. Charges are pending against her assistant.

I'm waiting patiently for this silly shredded jeans fad to die out because some people (like Miley Cyrus and Jermaine Dupri) think they look cute wearing ripped jeans when they don't.

Rapper Method Man performed at the Days Like This Festival at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia yesterday.

R&B Diva Fantasia is the latest celebrity to sign up for a reality show showcasing the dysfunction in black families. Fantasia For Real premieres tonight on VH1.

Singer Keyshia Cole was so disturbed by the negative impact on her family on her highly rated reality TV show on BET that she canceled the show, and has now terminated all contact with her family.

Alicia Keys' booty call skit on Saturday Night Live did not make me laugh at all. Probably because her masculine voice sounds like a pre-op tranny trying to sound sexy. I would swear some drag queen was playing games on the phone if Alicia Keys called me at 2 a.m. Maybe it would help if Alicia took some feminine hormones to make a voice a little higher?

We shine because they hate us,
floss cause they degrade us,
we trying to buy back our 40 acres.
And for that paper look how low we'll stoop,
even if you in a Benz you still a nigga in a coupe.

~ Kanye West "Self Conscious"

An explosive excerpt from a much-awaited book about U.S. president Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign threatens to jeopardize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's political career.

In the book, which goes on sale Monday, the Senator from Nevada called Barack Obama a "light-skinned" African-American who lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

The book, “Game Change” was written by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann

Excerpts from the book were posted on a right wing website Saturday morning, and all hail broke loose on the hill and in the White House.

In a controlled panic, Reid telephoned Obama on Saturday offering his apologies and also reached out to any high profile black politician he could find to defend him.

Obama accepted Reid's apology and declared the case closed. But others expressed surprise and dismay that Reid could so foolishly utter his racist remarks in the presence of a Time magazine writer.

“This is definitely not a fight that we want to be having,” said a Reid backer. This source described himself as “stunned that [Reid] could have said something so stupid to a reporter. It’s just kind of mind-boggling.”

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Do you recall the post I wrote about this west coast tranny named Nadia who (allegedly) "had" the rapper Bow Wow -- or at least tricked him into inviting her to his hotel room?

Probably due to her notoriety (or because Bow Wow lives here) she packed up and moved to Atlanta last year.

My spies tell me that Nadia is a regular on the ATL nightclub scene and "she" is usually always accompanied by a dude. According to my spy, it's not immediately apparent to the thugs who jock her in the clubs that she still has her original factory equipment.

Her demeanor in the clubs is described as "shy and timid" around the male patrons -- probably because she knows she's getting just as infamous in the ATL as she was in L.A., and it may be time to move again.

It's crazy out there. But this is just a reminder to let some of you ballers know that what you see in the clubs is not necessarily what you get.

According to TMZ.com, mentally disturbed reality TV personality Monica Danger lost custody of her newborn baby girl to the baby's father.

If you recall, Danger was placed on 72-hour psychiatric hold in California two weeks ago because mental health professionals and her family felt she was a danger to herself and the baby.

Earlier this week, a judge agreed that Danger is not mentally fit to care for a baby and revoked her parental rights.

Danger probably couldn't care less about the court order as you can see from the above fan photo taken outside the courtroom.

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This baby boy's celebrity dad posted this pic on Twitter.com just a little while ago. Guess who's the daddy?

Thanks to loyal reader Katina for sending the pic.

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We received this statement from Tresa Sanders, PR for Keyshia Cole. Keyshia wants you to know that her mom Frankie is sick and Keyshia is hurt and dismayed that people continue to exploit her mom's sickness for their entertainment.

A source close to Keyshia told us Keyshia is in a very positive place and she just doesn't think that it's appropriate for young people to see and read about that. Her intentions is to see growth and she wants kids to see something positive and something different. That's why she removed herself from her reality TV show because there was no growth.

Keyshia does not find this situation amusing. She clings to her relationship with God first and she's concentrating on her unborn baby and her fiance Boobie.

I don't keep up with Twitter drama, but clearly, looking at the statement, Keyshia values her friendship with her close friend Monica and she was probably hurt when her family dragged Mo into their mess at Christmas.

STATEMENT FROM KEYSHIA COLE

To all my friends and fans – It’s time that I clear the air. It’s not a secret that I haven’t been in contact with my mother Frankie, and my sisters Neffe and Elite and I never wanted to air out our differences to the public. While I won’t go into detail here I find it necessary to let you guys know I decided to stop communication with them because I was at a point in my life where I needed serenity and peace to move forward.

Please know I love my family very much but it was time to let it go. You guys are a witness to a lot of what was happening from watching on air and online. Now that I am becoming a mom my passion for having a loving and peaceful home for my child is my #1 priority. It’s very important to both Daniel and I. My plate is very full; I have a new baby coming, we are planning our wedding and I am working in the studio on a new album that I am close to completing. The stress that my family is giving me with their constant false reports is not healthy and it’s not what I need at this time in my life.

Please understand that there are only a few people that can officially confirm or deny anything that’s happening in my life and that’s me, Daniel, and my publicist, Tresa Sanders. And my girl Monica never lies.

Love Your Girl,
KC

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Please join the Sandrarose.com family in wishing Monica and Rocko's son Romelo Montez a Happy Birthday! He turns 2 today and he's sitting at the computer with his mommy waiting to see his picture go up. In the photo, Monica and Romelo pose with her dad M.C. Arnold Jr. who 'Melo got his light eyes from. Thanks to Mo for the cute pic!

New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul and his celebrity/athlete friends got together yesterday to raise funds for his personal charity organization in New Orleans, LA. Chris Paul took home the impressive trophy prompting rapper Ludacris to jokingly tweet that Chris cheated at his own charity event.


Ludacris showing great form.

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Estranged wife of disgraced golf superstar Tiger Woods was spotted out and about with their children Charlie, 10 mos. and Sam, 3, near her home in Windemere, Florida yesterday. She was shadowed by two burly Israeli-trained armed guards who looked like they meant business.

Elin has been going about her life as if nothing happened. Gold diggers are resilient like that. Her soon-to-be ex-husband is still hiding out somewhere. If we are to believe the many reports, he's either in rehab in Arizona, or on his yacht in the Caribbean or on safari in Africa.

One place that we know he isn't is on the estate of billionaire owner of the NY Knicks. A spokesman for Knicks owner Jim Dolan disputed reports Wednesday that Woods is hiding his face at his Long Island estate.

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Singer Alicia Keys performed at the world famous Apollo theater last night. Her long extensions were flowing and her makeup was on point for once. Ak's fans were able to interact with each other online as they watched the concert live on various blogs. I noticed that the urban blogs were once again shut out of the massive marketing promo while the "mainstream" blogs were given access to stream her concert.

Singer Usher hosted a party last night at the Aria nightclub in Las Vegas. He doesn't seem to be bothered by the news that ALL the tracks off his album has leaked. No one I know downloaded the tracks or even bothered to search for it online. That can't be good for his official release in March.


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Pseudo singer Keri Hilson attended the party for the Grammy nominees last night at the W hotel in Buckhead. She tweeted about it before she went. Keri and Musiq Soulchild (pictured below) were the only big name artists there (if you can call Keri a big name artist). Sorry, but I don't consider producers to be celebrities unless they can sing and dance. If that's the case, songwriters and studio engineers need to be walking red carpets too. The word 'celebrity' is so overused these days. It's ridiculous.


TV personality Khloe Kardashian flashed her obnoxiously huge 10 carat ring at the Kid Rock concert held at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas last night.

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