Rap Diva Trina wanted the world to know that her reunion with former boyfriend Kenyon Martin was not a ploy to help promote her new album. So she packed him off to Atlanta yesterday to sit by her side while she signed CDs at DTLR sporting goods store in Camp Creek (a suburb of Atlanta).


This is how closely Trina monitors Kenyon’s every move like a hawk! My spies tell me that while Trina was signing autographs, Kenyon received a call on his iPhone. She immediately jumped up and demanded to see his phone. Once she was satisfied that the call was innocent, she resumed signing CDs.

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According to rap mogul and entrepreneur Sean “Puffy” Combs, he is not managing rapper/stripper Nicki Minaj. During a Ustream broadcast on Wednesday night (May 5), Combs told viewers to disregard rampant rumors that he is managing the Young Money artist.

“For the record, as I said before, don’t believe the rumors. I have not made no announcement yet, don’t believe no rumors about anything y’all hear. me and Nick, we just cool. I like her style. Rick Ross, he’s my brother. There’s no management announcements or none of that. So everybody, worry about what you’re worrying about. It’s all right for people to know each other and have an admiration towards each other and maybe pick each other’s brains for advice. I will be making an announcement in a couple of weeks on some things. But right now, everybody let’s chill out and be cool and stay focused on being positive…”

Mr. Combs is right kids. Why be negative when being positive is far more rewarding and productive?

The stylist responsible for dressing NBA star Kobe Bryant in those dreadful, borderline racist L.A. Times photo shoot images has reacted to the widespread criticism of the photos.

It’s clear that the L.A. Times wanted exactly the type of response these pics elicited from the public or they wouldn’t have gone to the trouble of Photoshopping Kobe’s pictures beyond recognition.

The stylist, one James Valeri, gamely took the heat for the insulting, unflattering photos of Kobe. But in reality, these images are not the stylist’s fault. Whoever Photoshopped the pics are to blame, not the stylist.

When a loyal reader emailed the pics to me, I initially thought it was a prank. Kobe can’t be happy with the way these pictures turned out. I doubt he will sit for another photo shoot any time soon.

Here’s what Valeri had to say about the concept and the wardrobe choices:

On the project’s concept
The concept was about shooting everything in white. That was Ruven’s idea [photographer Ruven Afanador]. But I wanted to do something more modern and less conventional and less cliched. … It’s a more modern silhouette. It’s not like, ‘Let’s just put Kobe in a pair of pants and a shirt or in a suit.’ The clothing is all layered.

On the negative reactions
The scarf picture and the hat picture were more to create an iconic image. When you do a portrait, you do think of the styling in how they’re going to be different and how they’re going to stand out. In 10 years time, or five years time, there has to be something particular or strange or different that will stand out. That image will stay in your mind. That’s how it’s going to become iconic. … A lot of people aren’t used to that, so when iconic pictures come out, they’re disturbing, insulting, fascinating, it has a strong feeling attached to it, good or bad. Read more…

Lawrence Taylor on Dancing With The Stars

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Remember Lawrence Taylor who recently appeared on TV’s Dancing With the Stars? Well, according to TMZ.com, he was busted for rape last night.

LT, as his adoring fans once called him, used to be that man when he played in the NFL. There was no linebacker more formidable than him. His reputation on the field also made him a ladies man off the field.

It’s easy to get a rape charge if you don’t discriminate when sleeping with loose groupies and gold diggers.

Update:

According to TMZ.com, Lawrence Taylor was just arraigned in court and a judge set his bond at $75,000 for allegedly raping a 16-year-old prostitute. I can just hear his excuse now: “your honor, she looked 18.”

Taylor was formally arraigned on charges of 3rd degree rape (sex with a minor) and 3rd degree patronizing a prostitute.

Here are the facts:
— LT was “very cooperative” with police.

— Cops say LT had some alcohol inside his hotel room, but officials won’t specify what kind or how much. LT didn’t appear to be intoxicated when cops arrived to his room.

— Officers also claim LT did not attack his accuser, her black eye was caused before she arrived to his hotel room.

R&B Diva Monica is currently on a plane flying from the west coast to her next promo stop in Oklahoma where she’s performing at Langston University tonight!

Monica’s gold selling CD Still Standing is flying off the shelves, and Mo is in high demand right now.

But she knows how much you guys love her. So before she boarded her flight, Monica logged into the comments section to drop you a note to let you know how much she appreciates you!



Jennifer Lopez and her butt pads
Sultry burlesque dancer Jennifer Lopez was spotted out & about in Monaco today. I see she didn’t forget to pack her trusty, dependable butt pads this time. Now that her music career has taken a sudden turn for the worse, J-Lo is forced to rely on her old standby that never lets her down when she needs press — her big artificially enhanced butt cheeks. Expect to see a lot more of J-Lo’s butt pads in the tabloids in the coming years. A former Diva still has to eat.

Toni Braxton
These celebs sure know how to get attention. Singer Toni Braxton promoted her new album “Pulse” and her new hair cut on “The Wendy Williams Show” yesterday in NYC. She looks great!

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Note: Out of respect to fashion blogger Sarah Chapman (who is one of the nicest people walking this earth) and her beautiful daughter Chance, I will only write nice things about Sean Combs from now on. If you want to read negativity about Sean, you’ll have to get your fill somewhere else.

Dancer-turned-producer-turned-rapper-turned clothing magnate Sean “Diddy” Combs is set to follow in the footsteps of Tommy Hilfiger.

Yesterday, Combs and Macy’s announced a “transformative” deal similar to the one signed by Hilfiger in 2007, according to Women’s Wear Daily magazine.

That means even more loot in the already deep pockets of a man who can buy you and me a thousand times over.

Beginning with the Spring 2011 season, Sean John Sportswear will be sold only in Macy’s stores, and online at macys.com as well as the Sean John flagship store on Fifth Avenue in NYC.

The first exclusive Sean John product will hit 400 Macy’s stores beginning this year in early October. In the coming years, the product will be rolled out to over 850 Macy’s stores nationwide. I didn’t even know Macy’s had 800 stores.

But is this really such a big deal? Isn’t the Sean John line already sold exclusively in Macy’s stores? I don’t recall seeing the line sold anywhere else but Macy’s.

I will give Sean credit for sustaining a wildly successful brand in this troubled economy where others, such as Dallas Austin’s Rowdy clothing line, have failed miserably.

Sean Combs’ Sean John label is defined by its contemporary masculinity combined with class that appeals to Hip Hop heads as well as the moneyed Hamptons crowd.

Even if you’re an A-list celebrity you’re still not worthy of breathing the same air with his royal highness Prince. Some celebrities are narcissists who aspire to be celebs because they naturally think they’re better than you or I.

For most of them, reaching the pinnacle of success simply means they are placed on a lofty pedestal so they can look down on others.

Surely this is the attitude of Prince, who snubbed FOX News dignitaries such as Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Judd Apatow who mingled with the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

None of those names were big enough for the high and mighty Prince who sequestered himself in a darkened corner, according to Page Six.

After performing four songs, Prince skipped dessert, when he could have schmoozed with Richard Branson, Jeff Koons, Oscar-winning “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow and Oliver Stone, who joked that his moustache was a nod to his friends in South America.

Prince, having avoided the celebs uptown, turned up later at the packed Village Underground on West Third Street. In a corner, sipping an orange juice with ice, the superstar wouldn’t eat anything that wasn’t in Saran Wrap. Fortunately for him, lentil soup and Israeli salad from the Olive Tree restaurant nearby were wrapped appropriately.
Joining his band onstage, he sang along to “Controversy” but kept his back to the crowd to avoid fans trying for a photo.

The late jazz legend Miles Davis used to turn his back on the audience too when he performed live. I guess that’s what musical geniuses do.

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