Convicted woman beater Chris Brown is reportedly having trouble finding a venue to host his upcoming birthday bash. Club owners and promoters in Miami, Las Vegas and New York have declined Brown's requests to hold his party at their clubs for fear of offending his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The 'With You' singer, who reaches the landmark age on May 5, is having difficulty getting a club in New York, Las Vegas or Miami to host his bash because they don't want to upset his ex-girlfriend Rihanna - who he assaulted in February 2009.

A source told the New York Post newspaper: "They don't want to mess up their relationship, or their potential relationship with Rihanna."

As a result of the difficulties Chris is now looking to hold the party at a private home.

Last year, the R'n'B star had a quiet birthday following his altercation with Rihanna, spending it at home with family in Virginia.

The singer has seen his career take a nosedive since the attack, for which he pled guilty in June 2009.

Source: M&C

:yawn: Exclusive breaking news from Honey magazine:

Has Kelis found a new boo? It looks like it! Our Honeybees are buzzing that the former Mrs. Jones is bunned up with Chicago Bears footballer, Wale Ogunleye. According to our sources, the romance has been hot and heavy for almost two months - at least. The duo were spotted as far back as Super Bowl weekend, when they were seen stepping out of a Miami movie theater together hand in hand. Just this past weekend, they were seen at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, also in Miami. Ogunleye was in attendance as Kelis performed cuts from her upcoming album at the Belvedere Music Lounge.

Later that night sources spotted them canoodling in VIP at Club LIV. Kelis is not the first celeb Ogunleye has tackled off the field. The baller was in a four-year relationship with actress Sanaa Lathan. They ended things last year. For now, his new romance with Kelis is being kept quiet right now, but look for the two to debut their romance shortly. Was this why the pop-star sounded to nonchalant about her divorce in her recent interview with Honey.

The Internet is buzzing about Caucasian rapper Yelawolf who tore the roof off the SXSW Music conference last week. The Gadsden, Alabama native who now makes his home in Atlanta, was recently signed to Interscope Records.

I hope you're paying attention because it's no accident that major labels keep filling my Inbox with tracks recorded by white artists that they signed but haven't dropped yet.

Urban rappers and execs have just about destroyed their own music genre with internal beefing, numerous drug busts, drug abuse, etc. Is it any wonder then that labels have decided to concentrate their efforts on marketing "safe" artists like Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo and Lady GaGa?

The bottom line is, major labels can't make money if their artists are in prison or dead. So gambling on white artists is a safer bet. Can you blame them?

Yesterday, Latin singer Ricky Martin came stumbling out of the closet much to no one's surprise. He said that announcing his gay status gave him courage and strength.

Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) applauded Martin's move, saying "His decision to model this kind of openness and honesty can lead to greater acceptance for countless gay people in U.S., in Latin America and worldwide.”

That may be so, but Martin waited until he was 38 to finally come out. For two decades, Martin repeatedly denied being gay when pressed about his sexual orientation. In a December 2000 interview with The Mirror, Martin said:

"I guess these rumours were started by people who don't have a life, or perhaps it's because they want me to be like them and I'm not. I try not to pay attention to any of these allegations. I could have been married with kids for years or have 27 girlfriends, and if people still want to go around saying that I'm gay, they will."

Martin was 28 when he made that statement. So is it okay to live your entire life as a lie and then expect to be rewarded when you finally come out and tell the truth?

Being gay and proud has been socially acceptable for at least the past two decades. Gays run the music industry, and 95% of celebrity bloggers are gay. So in 2010, why is anyone sitting up in the closet anymore? The only explanation is cowardice. Plain and simple. If I can come out at the age of 5, then these grown folks who I'm about to name can come out as well.

Here's a list of urban celebs who are believed to be either gay or bi who should come out of the closet to help make this a better world for younger gays who feel alienated in their communities.

**Celebs in photos together does not imply that they are dating each other**

Jada Pinkett and Will Smith

Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry

Russell and Kimora (Kimmie once threatened to sue me to keep the contents of her closet a secret)

Rihanna and Melissa

Teyana Taylor, Mario

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This track leaked online yesterday, but it never should have been recorded. I love singer/songwriter Sean Garrett, but he missed the boat with this mess right here. Rapper Nicki Minaj sounds like a clown coming out of a drug-induced coma. I don't care about her window dressing or the blog hype, she makes my ears bleed.

DOWNLOAD: Nicki Minaj ft. Sean Garrett - Massive Attack

What can we say about Usher that hasn't already been said? Tameka Foster destroyed this man's career. He is so confused about what direction to take his life and his music in. Who gives the green light for garbage like this to be released? Usher needs to follow in Ricky Martin's footsteps and just come on out of the closet already.

Source: 2DB

Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin ended years of speculation today when he came out of the closet in a letter on his personal website. The singer, who used the services of a surrogate mother to birth his twin boys, wrote that finally coming out filled him with "strength and courage."

"At this moment I'm feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share," he wrote.

Hopefully, those of you who refused to believe Ricky was gay (just as some of you still refuse to believe Tyler Perry and Bow Wow are gay) -- will remember all the denials he made and the string of women he paraded in front of the media while hiding his true sexual orientation.

Yes, Virginia, more than half of your male singers, actors and rappers are either gay or bisexual, and they don't want you.

Source: EO

Pop icon Janet Jackson is calling it quits after 28 years in the music business. Jackson signed her first recording contract with A&M records at the tender age of 16, releasing her self-titled album in 1982.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the 43-year-old Diva disputed reports by ex-boyfriend, music producer Jermaine Dupri, who claims he's working on an album with her:

Janet Jackson has two tracks in rotation—“Nothing” and her Pitbull collab “Heartbeat Love”—but she told Rolling Stone that she’s not working on the follow-up to 2008’s commercially disappointing Discipline, nor has she signed a new deal after parting ways with IDJ. “There was a time where I was actually in the studio and I was recording, but I’m not working on an album,” she says. “There have been a lot of record labels that have asked me to sit down and talk with them, but I don’t know if I want to do something completely independent, or go with a major… I haven’t decided on exactly where I want to go or what I want to do.” “Nothing” is a one-off she co-wrote and co-produced with boyfriend Jermaine Dupri for the new Tyler Perry film Why Did I Get Married Too? As for the second song, Jackson said she did it as a favor for Rodney Jerkins, for “fun.”

Source: HDD

Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and Antonia "Toya" Carter look stunning on the cover of this month's Hype Hair magazine.

In a recent interview with Honey mag, the ladies shared their relationship experience and wisdom with their younger fans by telling them that it's not okay to be loose with their bodies. Hopefully, the young ladies will take heed of their advice.

How soon is too soon to get intimate with a guy?
Toya: When you first meet him like in the first 8 months. I think that’s too soon. Some of them just want to talk to you because of who you know, who you are, what you’re doing so you have to test them out. I want to know if you like me or who I am associated with. You have to feel them out.

Bad guy or good guy? Who are you more attracted to and why?
Tiny: Honestly I’ve always been into the bad boy – I can’t lie. Something about the bad boy just attracts me, just gets my attention you know? There are some good guys that I can think of now that can be sexy, now that I’m older. But when I was younger, it would always be the bad boy.

Toya: I don’t like a softy softy but I don’t like a thug either. The reason why is because I don’t need any thugs around me. I have a daughter. I need someone who is well-established, not into a lot of BS, and very family-oriented. Someone that is cool and not on no dumb stuff. You can’t just bring everybody around your kids. I’m dating. I need someone I can bring home to my daughter. Not just anybody can come around her.

The 2nd season of the popular Tiny and Toya Show premieres on BET April 13th.

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It looks like actress Gabrielle Union got a little tipsy in the club this weekend. Gabby was in town hosting the "In The Layne" Launch party at DaVinci's nightclub in Atlanta on Saturday night. I'm told she partied hard with the regular folk as well as a few NFL players.

My spies tell me Gabby was still showing out on the dance floor with the event staff after the club was closed. She was in a very good mood...

...probably 'cause NFL player Charles Grant (formerly of the New Orleans Saints) was in the house.


Date: Monday, March 29, 2010, 12:08 PM


This is very disappointing that you would post pictures up from the In The Layne Launch Party with Gabrielle Union stating that she was drunk as a headline. By no means was Gabrielle Union drunk. She was having a good time, dancing and hanging out with her friends in support of the Launch Party for In The Layne Ent. By no means does she deserve this bad press. She was very personable and approachable and a pleasure to work with, which is more than what I can say for most. I guess when you are being positive and having a good time, something negative always has to be said for a story line.

D.A. Layne
In The Layne Ent.

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Club owner Eddie, Gabrielle Union and D.A. Layne (in The Layne Entertainment)

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According to an online report, multimedia personality LaLa Vazquez underwent a rhinoplasty (nose job) just in time for her upcoming nuptials to NBA star Carmelo Anthony. La La doesn't come across to me as a vain type of woman who would be insecure about her looks.

So you be the judge: the photo on top was taken yesterday (Mar. 28), and the 2nd photo was snapped back in February of this year.

Personally, I don't see a difference in either photo. It isn't like her nose was that bulbous to begin with. So why mess with perfection? I've got La La's back on this one.

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