Rapper 50 Cent recently went on a starvation diet for a film role. That's his story, and he's sticking to it...

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50 Cent was able to reduce his 214 pounds frame down to a gaunt 160 pounds for a MOVIE role by going on an all liquid diet and taking daily three-hour-a-day walks on a TREADMILL for nine weeks. In his upcoming film Things Fall Apart the G-Unit general will portray a football player stricken with cancer.

The disconnect I feel from his rap persona by just looking at these pictures is crazy. I’m looking forward to watching his PERFORMANCE when the film drops to see if that same feeling is translated on screen. Check out more flicks over at the RAP RADAR mansion.

This movie will go straight to DVD like all his other movies.

As I told you on Monday, rapper Da Brat was out of prison on a weekend pass. And this is what she looks like now, um, the same as she did when she went in: bandana on her head, cap tilted to the side, and full of attitude.

Unlike rappers T.I. and Gucci Mane, Da Brat wasn't welcomed home with fanfare and private dinner parties.

As you know, Da Brat was sent up the river for assaulting a cocktail waitress with a liquor bottle at JD's now defunct nightclub in Decatur two years ago. Brat is finishing up a 3-year prison sentence.

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They say blood is thicker than water, unless money and greed are thrown into the mix.

16 year old twins Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah Whitehead are currently being held without bond at regional youth detention centers on charges of murdering their own mother.

Police say Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead's body was found by her daughters as they arrived home from school on Wednesday (Jan. 13). The 34-year-old beautician (pictured right) had been brutally stabbed and beaten and left to bleed to death in her Conyers home.

At the time, police announced they were seeking "persons of interest" in the slaying. Police assumed right from the start that Whitehead knew her killer(s).

After further analyzing forensic data taken from the crime scene, the twins were arrested on Friday (May 21) and charged with their mother's death. One teen was arrested at a relative’s home in Clarkston, the other was arrested at Tucker High School.

They are being held without bond and kept apart to prevent them from comparing notes. One teen is at the Rockdale Youth Detention Center, while the other is at the Gwinnett YDC.

Both girls will be charged as adults. Whitehead's boyfriend of 10 years, Robert Head, said he wasn't surprised the girls were charged. Head speculates the two bad seeds were coerced into slaying their mother by family members who were out for money.

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Singer Alicia Keys and her longtime beau producer Swizz Beaks denied rampant (and ridiculous) pregnancy rumors when they were spotted arriving back at their London Hotel after AK's gig at the O2 Arena in London last night.

Alicia is far from stupid. Why would she have a baby by Beaks and he can't be trusted around other females with loose values like herself? Alicia is currently on tour in Europe.

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According to the NY Post, Washington Redskins star Albert Haynesworth is being sued for $10 million by a Brooklyn stripper who got knocked up by him during a chance encounter at the Super Bowl, and now she claims he dumped her.

Silvia Mena, 25, tearfully told a NY Post reporter that she hasn't heard from Haynesworth since late March when she told him she was pregnant with his child.

Mena is naturally suing Haynesworth for $10 million -- 10% of his $100 million contract with the Redskins.

Mena, who is four months pregnant, says her demands for cash to support her newly acquired taste for the finer things in life were refused by Haynesworth. And she says her medical bills related to the unborn child have gone unpaid since she can no longer strip to support herself.

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According to In Touch magazine (via the NY Post), rapper Common and tennis superstar Serena Williams have gone their separate ways after two years.

I'm surprised their relationship lasted as long as it did after rumors floated around the industry about their loud fights sparked by her insecurities.

Thank God no children came out of this union.

Could there be off-court drama for Serena Williams? According to In Touch magazine, Williams and rapper/actor Common have split after two years of courtship. The celeb weekly quotes a source saying the two "just grew apart." They appeared together at the April premiere of the romantic comedy "Date Night" in New York, but Common attended the May 4 premiere of his new movie, "Just Wright," with his mother. A rep for Williams had no comment, and reps for Common didn't get back to us. Source

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Violent clashes between heavily armed supporters of an alleged drug lord/gang leader and police forces has left 60 people dead in two parishes of Kingston, Jamaica.

The capitol is under a state of emergency after rumors spread last week that the government signed an extradition request from the US for drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, 41.

Coke, who is still at large, is wanted by the US for a multitude of cocaine trafficking and gun running charges. He is alleged to be the leader of a powerful politically-affiliated gang in Kingston. It is those gang members who are risking their lives to prevent his extradition to the US.

Gang members have used tree branches, old cars and refrigerators as barricades to seal off Mr Coke’s hideout in Tivoli Gardens, where he has developed a loyal following among slum-dwellers by offering money, jobs, education and security [link].

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In two days, rapper T.I. has released back to back singles off his upcoming King Uncaged CD on his website TrapMuzik.com.

Today, he dropped an R&B joint titled "Got Your Back" featuring Keri Hilson.

On this track, T.I. flexes his impressive R&B pipes, singing about the envious tricks who hate on his lil mama, Tiny:

Through all of my good days and all of my bad
You stood by yo' man
Let me know you got my back
Worth every car, every bag
With me, they want to be that
I know what I got at home
I ain't gon' never leave dat
Them bitches best belee dat

[audio: TI_Got-Your-Back.mp3]

Source: TrapMuzik.com

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These ladies are not wearing butt pads they have on Magic Body Suits the girdle that makes you lose 3 sizes in 10 minutes. (it's like a workout trying to get into one) Trina had on one too in the picture with Missy.

Question: Am I the only one who doesn't see the difference in the before and after body shapes in this video?

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Yesterday, convicted woman beater Chris Brown took to his Twitter page to defend himself against criticism aimed at his self-released music videos.

This comes on the heels of confidential information I received yesterday from someone close to Brown's camp who called to say Chris Brown is like a "runaway train" whose people have all but abandoned him.

The source said half of CB's entourage, including bodyguards, have been fired or laid off due to brown's cash flow problems.

I bet Chris Brown won't admit that on Twitter.com.

"Everyone has abandoned him, including key people at his record label," said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.

"He's pretty much making career decisions on his own. He's like a runaway train and nobody wants to get run over, so they're backing away from him. At some point, attorneys will drop a client if they know that client just won't listen."

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Pop icon Janet Jackson was spotted signing autographs while wearing a house robe outside her London hotel last week. She looks great in anything she wears! Janet's hair is not full enough in the front for bangs though.

Pop singer Justin Timberlake is the newest customer of Louis Stewart. As you know, Mr. Stewart is quietly taking over the luxury handbag market after leaving his position at Louis Vuitton. Timberlake was spotted rocking his brand new snow white Louis Stewart Backpack to the set of his latest video with Pharrell Williams and The Game. Prices for custom made-to-order Louis Stewart backpacks start at $2,500.

Photo: INF DAILY and LouisStewartCollection

Pseudo-singer Ciara was spotted out & about shopping with her new boyfriend at Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills yesterday. Where have I seen him before? You know these industry chicks pass men around between them like candy. If that's Ciara's Jeep in the background, that is not a good sign. It means the dude doesn't have his own car.

Or maybe he's one of those weak brothas who prefer aggressive women like Ciara to control him and drive him everywhere. I wouldn't put it past Ciara to have a broke ni**a with no job or even a bank account. To women like Ciara, appearances are everything. As long as he looks better than the last man she was with, she's happy.

We know he's her new boyfriend because her people said so when they called the paparazzi to tell them where she would be. Maybe now CiCi's Stans will believe me when I say Ci and 50 Cent are ancient history. Photo: The Media Circiut/INFphoto.com

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From Upscale Hype:

Singer Beyonce Knowles was seen out and about in a distressed Wild Fox “Let Me Eat Cake” T-Shirt (approx. $103), toting a Givenchy Lacquer Nightingale Bag ($716, price varies w/size) and rocking a pair of Christian Louboutin Meree Lace-up Booties ($1,095). Beyonce loves Wild Fox and Louboutin, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her endorse either brand.

Like an albatross hanging around his neck, the BP oil disaster will be Barack Obama's 'Katrina'.

While George Bush took only a few days to mobilize a federal response to the flooding in New Orleans after the hurricane hit in 2005, Obama's administration has gone over a month with no real response to BP's crippled oil rig leaking thousands of barrels of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico.

Back in March, Obama held a press conference to announce he was climbing further into bed with the big oil companies by expanding offshore drilling into the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico and opening up areas off of the east coast that were, up to now, protected from offshore drilling.

Obama explained his decision would mean decreased dependency on imported oil from other countries. Major oil companies, such as BP, were naturally ecstatic -- and ready to open their wallets to snap up multi-million dollar offshore leases.

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The major news networks are questioning the leadership of US president Barack Obama for his administration's turtle's pace response to the Gulf oil disaster.

The Kool aid drinkers will say Obama is doing the best he can. But during Obama's campaign for president, he highlighted George Bush's lack of response to the Katrina catastrophe -- and he said he would do better than Bush.

Well, so far, all Obama has done is sit on his hands and deflect blame everywhere else but where it belongs: on his doorstep.

During a live remote from the shorelines of Louisiana last night, ABC's "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer reported on the "anger" that is focused on Washington. "We saw a pickup truck that had a hand painted sign that said 'BP + The Feds = Another Katrina,'" Sawyer reported.

ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazille (who once was an unapologetic kool aid drinker) is now furious at Obama and his administration for not being "tough enough" towards BP. Brazille is a native of Louisiana, where oil from BP's crippled rig is blackening the shoreline.

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Rapper T.I. released his 2nd track from his upcoming album King Uncaged on his website yesterday evening. "Yeah Ya Know (Takers)" is the follow up to "I'm Back", his first single since completing his prison sentence in December.

"Yeah Ya Know (Takers)" features a harder T.I. shouting on the track:

Prison ain't change me, it made me worse. Right, 'Pac? If I want it, I'ma come get it. I ain't asking for it — I'mma take it. We takers."

[audio: TI_We-Takers.mp3]

King Uncaged is set to drop on August 17.

Source: TM

Rapper Trina, right, and her ex Missy Elliott partied the night away at the Velvet Room last night.

Trina's CD Amazin' is in stores right now. In a recent interview, Trina blamed the male-dominated rap game on the lack of attention real female MCs receive:

It's always gonna be less recognition for female MCs because it is a male dominated industry. I work as hard as the male artist do, if not more, so I just stay focused on that and continue to keep grinding. I don't let those barriers distract me at all.

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Loyal reader Dawn S. writes:

Listen, I was watching basketball wives last night and they had Evelyn [Lozada] going at it at [with] that Vanessa Davis about the emails and such.

I googled Vanessa Davis because I wanted to see who her hubby was and what team he played for. Boy was I surprised when I came across this mess, it's funny because I recall reading about this and that's how I found out who Sakra Ross was.

She now dates a Philadelphia Eagle and is close friends with Antonia Toya Carter and this Vanessa even tries to drag Toya into this mess.

British screenwriter Sidney Monjack, the husband of late actress Brittany Murphy, was found dead in his home last night. He was 39.

Prescription bottles were found on his nightstand, according to TMZ.com.

There are rumors that Monjack never got over the untimely death of his wife, who passed away 5 months ago. The speculation is that he committed suicide. Romantics would say he went to be with Brittany.

Brittany's mother, Sharon Murphy, found Monjack's body last night. She was also the one who found Murphy's body last December.

Monjack suffered a heart attack in November while on board a flight. He was scheduled to undergo a coronary bypass in September, but he was told to lose weight first.

I'll never understand the attraction of professional bullfighting. Though bullfighting is not a mainstream sport in the states, there are millions of bullfighting fans around the world who follow the sport religiously.

Most fans watch bullfighting in macabre anticipation of seeing a gruesome accident similar to what happened to this bullfighter.

Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio had the unfortunate luck of stumbling during his match with a bull at the arena of Las Ventas in Madrid on Friday (May 21).

Like a shark smelling blood in the water, the bull didn't hesitate to take advantage of Aparicio's misstep by charging and goring him with a horn right up and through Aparicio's chin and out his mouth.

For a few horrific seconds, Aparicio was impaled on the tip of the bull's horn and dragged for several yards before help finally arrived.

Luckily, the horn didn't sever a major artery, or Aparicio probably wouldn't have survived his ambulance trip to a nearby hospital where he was treated for internal injuries to his chin, jaw and mouth. Yuck.

WARNING: If you've already eaten and you don't want to lose your breakfast all over your keyboard, DO NOT watch the video of the goring after the break. You have been warned!

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I guess Necole Bitchie's bestie Juanita Crimiel is out of jail on bond? She sent me a profanity-laced email this morning in a pathetic attempt to keep the spotlight focused on her.

I guess it worked.

Crimiel, 26, was busted last week in Miami for allegedly running up a $20,000 bill on an unsuspecting baller's credit card at the posh Mondrian hotel in Miami Beach, where the cheapest room will set you back $260 a night.

Celebrity gossip blogger Necole Bitchie, who introduced this con artist to her industry connects as "Chef Juanita", wrote a lengthy comment on a groupie's blog over the weekend trying to distance herself from Crimiel.

In her comment on the groupie's blog, Necole wrote that she and "13 - 16" of her friends would "take turns" taking this woman out to dinner in order to "compare stories" on a conference call.

That's 13- 16 people on a conference call with not one ounce of common sense between them.

It took 16 people comparing notes over several days on a scam artist that they should have spotted from a mile away?

Here's how Necole described what happened next:

That one call turned into conference call after conference call with 13-16 people who were comparing stories over days. She found out this week that we all knew about all the lies she told etc and we thought it was the end. Delete us from twitter. Delete us from BBM.

Then we find out she was staying at the Mondrion in Miami since April and we had to figure out who's bill it was on. I don't know the guy but she got him for over 10,000 (not 20,000). How she did that i have no idea. So yesterday, the police were called and the rest is history.

Read the email from Chef Juanita after break.

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Why can't tennis superstars Venus Williams and her sister Serena Williams show some respect for their fans and cover themselves up? This is what Venus chose to show up in for her first round tennis match at the French Open on Sunday.

Even though Venus is wearing sports shorts in the above picture, it doesn't appear that way because she deliberately wore a nude color material to blend in with her skin. Then there's her black, lace tennis garment with red trim that looks more like a Victoria's Secret corset than a tennis dress!

Doesn't the World Tennis Federation have a dress code for tennis players?

With all the controversy surrounding Venus's black, lacy, faux see-through outfit, it almost went unnoticed that she beat Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-3 during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday (May 23).

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British royal subject Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, will be eating crow with a side order of humble pie for some time to come.

That is because the 50-year-old, known affectionately as "Fergie," fell victim to a sophisticated sting operation organized by British tabloid News of the World that has tongues wagging on both sides of the Atlantic today.

Poor Sarah was caught on camera taking a $40,000 cash bribe from a fake oil sheik in return for hooking him up with her ex-husband, Britain's Prince Andrew -- The Duke of York, and son of the Queen of England.

The $40,000 was a cash advance on $500,000 that the fake sheik promised to deliver to Sarah at a later date after she introduced him to Prince Andrew.

Sarah was caught on film saying:

"He knows that he's had to underwrite me up to now because I've got no money. So if you want to meet him in your business, look after me and he'll look after you. . . you'll get it back tenfold."

Sarah can also be heard on the video saying her ex-husband, the prince, would never take a penny from anyone because he is "Whiter than white."

Fergie was apparently so destitute while living under the roof of the Royal family, that she risked her reputation and her shaky standing with the Queen.

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Oscar winner Halle Berry was spotted leaving her Genesee offices today after a few hours of volunteering at the non-profit organization in Baldwin Hills, CA. It should be against the law for a 45-year-old woman to be this insanely gawgeous without the benefit of makeup or hair weave! Like fine wine, Halle only gets better with age.

More pics of Janet's beautiful short hair cut at the London premiere of Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?. I LOVE Janet's hair like this. I hope she keeps this cut and never puts that weave back in. I have noticed a lot more women opting to abandon the Yaki in favor of their own beautiful hair, and I hope it's a trend that continues. I love short hair on women.

Actor/comedian/singer Jaime Foxx was spotted arriving at Katsuya restaurant in Hollywood, CA with his daughter Corrine Foxx. By the way, Jamie is not gay. I thought I'd throw that in here because I received a confirmation from a very well-connected source who should know (*wink wink*).

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When I first heard about this alternate version to Beyonce's hit single "Halo", I thought "alternate" meant she remixed the track with a more alternative sound. Instead, what we see is Beyonce's director/producer skills on display.

Why is Beyonce producing music videos? I thought she was on hiatus from the music industry? Maybe she's bored?

Surprisingly, I like this video. It shows a more laid back, fresh faced Beyonce than we're used to seeing.

"Halo" is by far my favorite song in Bey's repertoire. The only other song of hers that I like is "Hello." Everything else she sings sounds like screeching white noise and I can't take it.

This viral video shows pop singer and teen heartthrob Justin Bieber getting conked on the head by a revolving door. Afterwards, Justin gave a play-by-play recap of his boxing match with the door. He is so funny! I like Justin. He's so down to earth.

I just found out the other day that his main bodyguard (the brotha you see in most pictures with Justin) follows me on Twitter. Does that mean Justin himself reads Sandrarose.com?