R&B Diva Fantasia Barrino was the headliner at the annual 2010 BVI Music Festival that took place over the weekend and ended today. According to BVI News, the 25-year-old singer demanded that the concert organizers remove barricades that prevented her from getting up close and personal with her Virgin Island and Bahamian fans.

The audience roared its approval as Fantasia told the organizers the concert would not begin until the barricades were gone. With the barricades removed, Fantasia launched into her hit song "Free Yourself" as her fans rushed to the front of the stage. I must make a mental note to go see Fantasia perform the next time she comes to Atlanta. She is so passionate and dedicated to her craft.

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The first thing rap mogul Sean Combs did when he signed rapper Nicki Minaj to his management team was to get rid of that lame Barbie image of hers. Now Nicki's image looks a bit more grown and sexy, and more age appropriate. Nicki and Sean performed live during the Best of The Best concert in Miami yesterday.

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Sean Combs' family got in on the act as rapper iQ (Quincy), left, Christian and Justin joined their dad and rapper Gucci mane, far right, onstage.


I'm pleased to see Nicki Minaj looking more like a lady and less like a cartoon figure. Now if only she could rap.

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Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland was spotted relaxing on Miami Beach during the Memorial Day weekend. Kelly was wearing a too small aqua string bikini top and giving her breast implants a little air. Kelly recently tweeted that her diet was key in keeping herself fit, saying: "I gave up sugar and fried foods again!!!". I guess she doesn't mind silicone in her diet.


Tiki Barber's soon to be ex-wife Ginny was seen out with her son's A.J and Chason and her mother today -- a week after giving birth to twin girls. Tiki was seen earlier in the day visiting his twin daughters and picking up the boys for a play date in the park.


T.I. was spotted rocking out at Klutch nightclub on Miami Beach last night, as his fiancee Tiny watched lovingly from the side of the stage (far right).

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Gays and lesbians in the U.S. military are rejoicing at the news that the US Senate has voted to repeal the controversial 'don't ask, don't tell' policy -- the so-called 'gay ban' on gays serving in the military.

On Friday (May 28), a Senate panel approved an amendment to repeal the ban by 16-12. Later, lawmakers in the House approved the amendment by 234 to 194. The measure still requires a full Senate vote.

This means that more than 60% of gay enlisted soldiers will now 'come out' to their superiors -- and demand special treatment in the process.

Gays in the military will no longer be forced to hide in plain sight. Gay soldiers can now solicit each other for sex openly in the barracks without risking a dishonorable discharge.

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Rapper E-V-E was in town club hopping on Thursday night. There's something different about her. I can't put my finger on it. Did she lose weight?


Rihanna visited Jerusalem in Israel yesterday, where she bought some souvenirs at the Egyptian market and cleansed her soul at one of the largest churches in the city. Her bestie, Melissa, stayed dutifully 5 steps behind her (far left in the striped frock).

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...that this is the man who slapped the taste out of Kat Stacks' mouth in a video that is being re-posted all over Twitter.com.

The 2nd man in the assault video (the one seen picking up Kat's cell phone off the floor and taping her assault), is rapper Bow Wow's bestie, who shall remain anonymous.

He can be heard on the tape ordering the woman to "say sorry, Shad. Say sorry Bow.. Bow Wow!".

A little back story: Kat Stacks rose to fame by dishing out intimate details on her sex partners, rappers such as The Game, Fabolous, Nelly and Bow Wow, to name a few.

I don't condone assault against females. Even if she did put their cell numbers on the Internet -- real men do not hit women and real men don't stand by while women are assaulted either.

In defense of Bow Wow's bestie, he tweeted this to me tonight:

Watch the video of the assault after the break.

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Rumors began flying early this morning about reality TV personality Evelyn Lozada and singer Chris Brown hooking up last night in Miami.

Evelyn, whose username on Twitter is @FirstLadyEve, was quite active on Twitter last night, tweeting about her clubbing escapades with Al Reynolds and her co-star Suzie Ketcham.

But at no time did she tweet about being anywhere in the vicinity of Chris Brown last night -- that is, until the rumors began flying on Twitter this morning.

Lozada was quick to squash the rumors with a series of tweets in an effort to save her reputation.

"I didn't say two words to that boy" she tweeted earlier today. The question is, do we believe her?

Here is Exhibit A


Reality TV personalities Evelyn Lozada, left, and Suzie Ketcham (Basketball Wives) partied with Star Jones' ex-husband Al Reynolds at Club Play on South Beach last night.


Al, Evelyn and Suzie did a little club hopping last night to jump start the big Memorial Day weekend in Miami. Al drove the ladies in his car as evidenced by Evelyn's tweets on Twitter.com last night about her full bladder and his slow driving.


Meanwhile, across the way, Heat star Dwyane Wade partied with Ne-Yo at MIA Lounge in downtown Miami last night.

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Let's face it: US president Barack Obama is not qualified to run this country. Obama has played golf several times and planned his 2nd vacation in the 6 weeks since the BP oil rig explosion. Along the way, he took a detour to the coast of Louisiana to inspect the oil damage only because of intense pressure from the media.

For Obama life goes on, but life is at a standstill for the people in South Louisiana who rely heavily on the fishing and tourism industry.

During his presidential campaign, Obama attacked George Bush for doing little to help the residents of post-Katrina New Orleans.

Where are the Obama sound bites attacking his own administration for essentially doing nothing while 7 million barrels of crude oil leaks into the Gulf threatening the livelihood of millions?

Don't look for Obama to hold a press conference blasting BP any time soon. Did I mention that Obama was the largest recipient of campaign donations from BP?

If you didn't know how Obama would respond to a crisis when you voted for him, now you know.


When paparazzi spotted rapper Nicki Minaj arriving at LAX, they had no clue who she was. But they guessed correctly that she was somebody due to all her expensive Louis Vuitton luggage. So they did what any self-respecting paparazzi would do: they asked her who she was.

Here's the caption under the photos on SplashNews.com:

Hip Hop star Nicki Minaj pretty in pink with boyfriend Jamai Willis at LAX

Yeah, right! Who is she fooling?

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According to the NY Post, unemployed former NFL star Tiki Barber was banned from his estranged wife's delivery room while she was giving birth to his twins.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed the former NY Giants running back arrived at NY hospital with his girlfriend on Monday, but he was denied access to his estranged wife, whom he dumped for his blond co-worker.

Ginny Barber's representative Jesse Derris declined to reveal the baby's names, but he did confirm that "Ginny gave birth on Monday, and Tiki was there at the hospital."

The couple also have two sons together.


Poor Gary Coleman can't catch a break. According to online reports, the pint sized actor was admitted to a Utah hospital in critical condition on Wednesday after suffering a seizure and hitting his head.

Coleman's manager John Alacantar said Friday the actor's condition worsened over the past 24 hours. Coleman was placed on life support when doctors couldn't stem the bleeding in his brain.

"As of mid-morning on May 27, Mr. Coleman was conscious and lucid," said Alcantar. "By early afternoon, Mr. Coleman was slipping in and out of consciousness and his condition worsened.

"We are saddened to announce that since mid-afternoon, Mountain Time, on May 27, 2010, Mr. Coleman has been unconscious and on life support." [link]

The actor's wife is tight lipped about what really happened, but Coleman's brother told TMZ that the actor suffered a head injury after falling at home.

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Washington Redskins star Albert Haynesworth claims he was "blindsided" by a stripper's $10 million lawsuit filed against him in Brooklyn, NY last week.

According to TMZ.com, Haynesworth acknowledged having "a few sexual encounters" with the 25-year-old stripper during Super Bowl week in Miami last January. But Haynesworth swears he wrapped it up tightly each time.

Sylvia Mena, the stripper, certainly did her homework: Haynesworth is one of the richest defensive ends in the game with a $100 million contract under his belt. Luckily for him, she only wants 10% of that contract.

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I don't know if this is true, so don't quote me on it. But, a loyal reader tells me that singer Chris Brown's jaw was rocked by a "Dade county thug" who probably didn't take kindly to singers in his midst who have been convicted of domestic abuse.

Hey, even thugs love their mamas, aunties and sisters. So I don't doubt that someone clocked his jaw, which is why I'm posting the email. If this is true, I hope someone sends the pics of CB picking his jaw up off the floor and running to his mommy crying.

Hey Sandra,

My friend just sent me pics last night off her phone from Mia Lounge in Miami you know all the celebs are down there for Memorial Day weekend. She said she met Chris he was real nice and got pics of him by the DJ booth. She said Chris was in the downstairs VIP chuming it up with she and her girls before he and his crew were confronted and then she seen Chris get his jaw straight borrowed by one of those Dade County thugs.

She said it was a zoo and so packed security was pushing people to escort people out of VIP and tried to take her camera when she tried to get pics of Chris and his crew getting man handled. I guess karma is NEVER good when you put your hands on a woman. Sounds like Chris got his jaw and face rock socketeted. Just letting you know.

p.s. I wasn't there I'm just going off what she told me. Ask around and see if others witnessed the same.

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T.I.'s answer to critics who say he fell off once he became property of the feds.

Tracklist

01. Jamie Foxx - Intro
02. Welcome Back To The Trap (Prod. By Smash Factory)
03. Spazz Out (Prod. By Swizz Beak)
04. Whatcha Saying Tip (Prod. By Chuck Diesel)
05. Yeah ft Lil Wayne (Prod. By Lil C)
06. Yeah Ya Know (Prod. By DJ Toomp & Lil C)
07. Once Upon A Time
08. Here We Go Again (Prod. By Timberland)
09. Get Yo Girl Feat. Rich Kid Rashad (Prod. By Jim Jonsin)
10. Like So (Prod. By Lil C)
11. Gettin Paid (Prod. By Track Slayers)
12. Lil Duval - F*ck A Mixtape N*gga!
13. Really Livin Like That (Prod. By DJ Toomp)
14. Whether You Like It Or Not (Prod. By Amadeus)
15. Jamie Foxx - Shooting Range
16. No Competition Feat. Young Jeezy (Prod. By Black Mob)
17. Bitch Who ft Macboney (Prod. By Lil C)
18. Ready Set Go Feat. Killer Mike (Prod. By No I.D.)
19. Kevin Hart - F*ck A Mixtape
20. Celebration (Prod. By J-Rock)
21. Got Your Back ft Keri Hilson (Prod. By DJ Toomp) (Bonus)

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Singer Alicia Keys looked as big as a house at the 'Keep A Child Alive Black Ball' which was held at St Smith Church in Westminister, London today.


I hope Alicia has stock in the company that she buys all her makeup from. I shudder to think what her face looks like under all of that pancake batter.

Update:

CNN confirms pregnancy rumors.

Alicia Keys and music producer Swizz Beak are engaged to be married later this year. The blogs will have a field day when he dumps her shortly thereafter. He's just using her.

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Sharp eyed loyal reader Dawn emailed me to ask if former Falcons player Jamal Anderson was sporting the same pinstripe suit jacket that he wore on his date with LisaRaye at the Gold Room last week.

It's hard to tell, but the two jackets do look similar. Maybe his limited wardrobe selection is due to the fact that Jamal's wife put him out and he's living out of a suitcase?

Question about this jamal Anderson, I went back to your site to see this pic you had of him and Lisaraye like two weeks ago. It was no longer there, I swore he had on the same pinstripe suit jacket, because someone commented that "Is he reallly wearing a pinstripe suit" Just asking?


Don't laugh at the playas rockin' pinstripe suits or you might miss your chance to kick it with a true baller. These distinguished gentlemen are the co-owners of the biggest strip club in the South -- the megga King of Diamonds in Miami.

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Erykah Badu Has No Regrets

Outspoken singer sounds off about controversial video, motherhood and much more

Erykah Badu doesn¹t back down from anything and she definitely works hard to be true to herself. Gearing up for her Out My Mind, Just In Time multi-city tour, the mother of three tells Jet¹s Senior Writer Clarence Waldron that she¹s not moved by the recent controversy about her artistry or anyone¹s opinion about her in general. In fact, she has much more to say in this week¹s issue.

This issue of JET hits stands nationwide Monday, May 31.

Source: JMC | Johnson Publishing Co.


Pictures of 50 Cent looking like cracked out cancer patient hit the Internet yesterday and caused a sensation, until it came out that his emaciated appearance was helped along with Photoshop and stage makeup.

Two days ago Curtis was seen with his aunt in S. Carolina where he's shooting a Roots special for VH1. In the documentary, he traces his family tree (I don't know why his family tree requires a TV special unless it turns out he's related to 2Pac or something).

Photo: RR

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Who pissed off renegade rapper M.I.A. now? She just posted the private cell number of a journalist on Twitter.com. Supposedly in retaliation for a story the writer did on her that she didn't like.

Update:

According to FUSE TV and MSNBC host Toure (who goes by the handle @Tourex on Twitter), the cell phone number belongs to Lynn Hirschberg who writes for New York magazine.

Hirschberg wrote this unflattering cover story on M.I.A. that was published on May 25th.

Update II, 3:10 pm ET:

Hirschberg has responded to M.I.A. giving out her private cell number on Twitter.

"It's a fairly unethical thing to do, but I don't think it's surprising," she continued. "She's a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative."

Ms. Hirschberg said she wouldn't change her phone number.

"The messages have mostly been from people trying to hook up with M.I.A.," she said. "If she wants to get together with John at Bard next week, I have his number."

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The 3 Brown Girls: Nicole Johnson, left, Eboni Elektra and Kim Porter attended The Moet & Chandon's Sex and the City 2 Private Screening at Wooduff Arts Center in Atlanta last night.


Nia Riley (Teddy's daughter) and Deiondra Sanders (Deion Sanders daughter) also attended the screening. These two ladies are rumored to be bisexual lovers, but I have even better juice than that! According to a little birdie, Nia has allegedly been quietly sneaking over to Hawks star Al Horford's home to get her back twisted out. During one of her weekly chiropractor sessions in Horford's bedroom, she -- allegedly -- accidentally got pregnant. But, please, you didn't hear that from me.

Meanwhile, NFL legend Deion Sanders' daughter Deiondra never tires of spending daddy's money. Deiondra doesn't have a job (and if she can help it, she never will). I hear that daddy bought her a 2010 Mercedes CL600. I test drove one of those once, and before I could get it off the lot I knew I couldn't afford the pricey coupe with a price tag in the neighborhood of $120,000! But I test drove it anyway because a sista can dream can't she?

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On Wednesday during the 2nd round of the French Open, Tennis superstar Venus Williams wore the same black lacy negligee-type dress with flesh colored shorts that caused such controversy in the 1st round.

During intense action on the court yesterday, her tiny dress repeatedly flew up to reveal what appeared to be her bare butt cheeks. Of course this was intentionally done to gain Venus the attention she obviously craves -- though she denies it.

After Wednesday's match at Roland Garros (which she won by beating Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-4), Venus told the assembled reporters that her outfits are not intended to generate attention. But they do anyway because of the genetics that God gave her.

"...the design has nothing to do with the rear. It just so happens that I have a very well developed one!"
"It's all genetic. If you look at mom and dad, you'll see the same thing happening. If you look at my sister (Serena), you'll see the same thing."

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Thanks to my loyal Canadian reader Kali for sending this video in. I bet this is one video Drake hoped you would never see. It clearly illustrates just how homophobic the Canadian rapper really is.

Drake may or may not be gay, but his actions sure are.

At the 1:21 mark of the video, the dreaded rep for 1LOVETO blog (who was on tour with Drake) reaches for the rapper's arm in a playful gesture (frame 2). Drake embarrasses the poor guy by yanking his arm back (frame 3) and asking "why are you linking arms with me, man?"


The brief look of sheer surprise on the poor guy's face is priceless! And Drake's giggling after his immature defensive reaction is indicative of his homophobia in response to being considered the gay rapper from up north.

Nowadays, with rappers feeling increasing pressure to prove how hard they are, a soft creampuff rapper like Drake stands out like a sore thumb!

Watch the video and read Kali's email after the break!

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In light of the sad story about two confused teens who lost their way in life and killed their mother, here's some good news for teens.

From Cherry Publicity:

Hi, friends! Hope all is well! As most of you know, Atlanta Falcon Star Defensive Tackle **Jonathan Babineaux is one of my clients these past several years!

Jonathan is co-hosting a free football camp on June 12 along with his teammate Chauncey Davis and former Baltimore Ravens Daniel Wilcox.

If you have kids or know teens who qualify and interested in participating in this FREE football camp hosted by 3 NFL players, please see the attached for more information on how to register asap! There only 150 spots left open!

*(Please note: I have nothing to do with registration)*

Have fun! Thanks, Cherry*
Cherry Bañez
President/CEO
cherrypublicity LLC