R&B Diva Monica attended her star-studded album release party last night in midtown. I heard the bash was off the chain. I also heard from industry insiders who told me that tickets to Mo’s party were going for $600 at the door! A few hard core fans paid $1000 to get in!

Monica’s 6th studio album ‘Still Standing’ sold an amazing 70,000 copies on the first day! Industry estimates put Monica’s first week sales at 165-200K. Congrats to Mo!

Monica looking hawt!

Comedian Ricky Smiley with Keyshia Cole’s mama, Frankie

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Last week I told you about the Louis Stewart Collection line of high end custom made bags that’s about to take over the streets. Designer Louis Stewart worked at Louis Vuitton for a year before leaving to start his own line of pricey bags. The bags aren’t available in stores yet. But you can order your own custom made piece by visiting the website.

A couple of days ago, Louis Stewart sent me a gray suede backpack from their line (my friend is modeling it above). I get compliments on that bag every where I go — even in the Louis Vuitton store! The bags are in high demand right now amongst NFL and NBA players.

I saw a man last night at the Tyler Perry WDIGMT premiere with a custom gator Louis Stewart duffle bag. So word is getting out. The line ranges from $2,500 and up.

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Last night I took in a movie with my friend at Atlantic Station. We went to see ‘Shutter Island’ starring Leonardo Dicaprio (which I’ve seen once already because it’s that good). About an hour into the movie I went to the concession stand.

It sounded like a party going on in the hall as about a hundred or so well-dressed industry folk mingled and networked (loudly) amongst themselves. I spotted Tami of Talking With Tami blog walking by and I pulled her to the side to ask what was going on. She told me that Tyler Perry’s ‘Why Did I Get Married Too’ screening had just ended.

A minute later, I saw a nice lady near the concession stand and I asked her how she liked Tyler’s movie. She hesitated to answer at first. Then with a sly smile, she whispered, “I hated it… and I work for Tyler Perry Studios.”

Others shared her same sentiments, saying the movie was “horrible” with “too much going on.” One movie goer called ‘Married Too’ the “worst movie Tyler Perry ever made.”

Luckily for Tyler, his built-in core audience that followed him from his chitlin circuit days will support any garbage he puts out. ‘Married Too’ was directed by Tyler Perry and financed by Tyler and Oprah. I’m sure they’ll make their money back, and more.

Rapper Yung Joc extended his arms for me to run to him. But I was trying to remain incognito (I don’t know how he recognized me).

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As I told you in a recent post, rapper T.I. was on house arrest at his posh mansion for the remainder of his sentence.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was sentenced to one year and a day in an Arkansas prison following a conviction for possessing machine guns and silencers. He served seven months of his sentence before being released to an Atlanta halfway house two days before Christmas.

The AJC quotes T.I.’s attorney Steve Sadow who notes that at the end of the day Friday, T.I.’s house arrest ends and he begins three years on probation. For the next 23 days, he will have to observe a curfew – home by 11 p.m. unless he has a concert, which pushes the deadline back two hours.

“He’s been working,” Sadow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He intends to continue working, which includes being in the [recording] studio and performing concerts.”

There are already a couple of official welcome home parties in the works for the rubber band man, including one at the new Vision nightclub, although the paperwork has not been finalized yet. Stay tuned!

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A New Jersey judge is not a fan of Keyshia Cole’s music. According to TMZ, the judge lashed out at Keyshia in open court yesterday. Keyshia was being sued by a promoter for skipping out on a concert in 2006 after he paid her $15,000 up front.

The judge questioned the singer’s intelligence, saying Keyshia was “confused and at times nonsensical.”

The judge was peeved because Keyshia was reluctant to read documents that proved she was booked to do the show. “It appears at times that she was not literate,” the judge wrote.

Eventually, Keyshia managed to read documents that she thought helped her case, which made the judge even more salty. Keyshia lost the case and was ordered to fork over nearly $160k in damages. Ouch. That was one time when Keyshia’s celebrity status did not help her case.

Keyshia lives in Cleveland, Ohio with Cavaliers star Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. She recently gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy.

Source: TMZ

Yesterday, Monica was the in-studio guest on V-103’s Ryan Cameron Show. She spoke about the amazing success of her new CD, Still Standing, which is flying off the store shelves, and she spoke about her relationship status with her children’s father, Rocko. Will Monica forgive Rocko’s cheating ways and take him back?

LISTEN: Monica on the Ryan Cameron Show

[Thanks Akini]

Stand up comedian Cadillac Kimberly should have been chosen the 6th Atlanta Housewife instead of the attention seeking attorney Phaedra Parks. She’s hilarious!

In this clip, Kimberly goes in on NeNe Leaks something vicious. Actually, Kim goes in on everyone from talk show Diva Tyra Banks to Houston’s restaurant (for not having valet parking). If you’re at work and you can’t view this video, I got you. Peep the funniest part of the video below:

NeNe, bish we know your name is Nathan. Come out the closet. And also could you please have that right bottom tooth replaced by the time you come back this season? And do something with that f*cked up wig that you cannot wash that I think you had on backwards every episode! OK? That wig gave me hail. I couldn’t tell you from your husband. I can’t stand you! You got 15 minutes of fame and done lost yo’ damn mind. And please put some furniture on lay-a-way. Wherever you go they will work wit you. Get that butt nekkid azz house some damn furniture this season. OK? When you took Lisa azz out in the back yard to go and stand and look, I thought I was gon’ fall down. I started to f*ck 4 nuccas to get you a chair. I was like, this bish broke as hail!

Thanks to loyal reader Tami (@TalkingWithTami) for the link!