Former Outkast member Big Boi was seen getting off a bus outside a hotel in London town today. Isn't he a little too old to be dressing like this? What is he now, 40? Big Boi was in town promoting his album, the title of which is rather long and I can't remember it.


Actress Halle Berry was out shopping at Aahs! Gift Store in Hollywood last week when she stopped to pose for pictures with a lucky fan.

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According to LA Fox News affiliate, Fox 11 News, the fake Rick Ross is ready to settle with the former crack dealer whose name and image he hijacked for his own financial gain.

"Freeway" Ricky Ross says the former corrections officer, whose real name is William Leonard Roberts, has made millions exploiting his name and image.

In an interview two years ago, after he finally came clean about his former life as a prison guard, Roberts denied ever knowing who Ricky Ross was when he assumed the name of the former crack dealer.

Now that the real Ross has filed a $10 million lawsuit against him, Roberts quickly changed his name to "Ricky Rozay" and he's anxious to ante up some cash to settle the suit.

But Ross wants the lawsuit to proceed through the courts. He told Fox 11 that the fake Ross has made millions using his name and it's "too late in the game" to settle now. He also wants 50% of Robert's royalties.


Once again my loyal readers have been derelict in their duties to inform me about gossip concerning Trey Songz and Lauren London supposedly dating.

I had no idea.

Thanks to V-103 producer Marsha A. Hallagar -- a longtime supporter of my blog -- for sending this audio link of Trey calling into the wildly popular Ryan Cameron Show today to deny the rumors.


According to CNN.com (via Mashable.com), secret documents leaked to Boy Genius Report blog confirms that Apple knows its new iPhone 4 has a critical design flaw.

The documents describe the "strong company line" that AppleCare representatives are being trained to tell consumers who complain about the new phone's reception problems:

Employees are told to say that the device's reception performance "is the best we have ever shipped" and that its critical antenna flaws are "a fact of life in the wireless world." They are told not to perform service on iPhones with these problems and instead to give customers a PR-driven recitative instead.

In a nutshell, Apple knows the phone has problems but will insist that users are simply "holding it wrong."

These statements are dead ringers for CEO Steve Jobs' own assertions that the iPhone 4 antenna and reception issues do not, in fact, exist. "There is no reception issue," he told one user. But the very fact that this document exists suggests that Apple execs know there is indeed a widespread hardware flaw, even if they're unwilling to address it publicly at this time.

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Candian rapper Drake nearly broke a chart record this week for the biggest 2nd week drop of a #1 album.

According to record industry insiders, the average percentage drop for a CD is 50%, and anything higher than that is "not a good look." Last week, Drake's debut disc, Thank Me Later, pushed 156,694 units, according to Soundscan.

In the week following the album's release on June 15, 'Thank Me' sold 447,307 copies for a grand total of *604,001. *This total includes about 1,000 CDs that were sold before the CD officially dropped.

The news wasn't all bad for Drake this week. Yesterday, Virgin airlines unveiled a new jet dubbed "Air Drake" to celebrate Virgin America's first international flight to Toronto, Canada.

Meanwhile, my nephew Trent across the pond at TGJ reports that Drake went into the studio with He Whose Name Shall Not Be Spoken (HWNSNBS) to record a track. Considering that both Drake and HWNSNBS were dumped by Rihanna, this record should be interesting to hear. I wonder if they will both be whining like b*tches on the track?


The 2-year-old son of former Philadelphia football quarterback Randall Cunningham has died in a hot tub accident, according to online reports.

The 2-year-old son of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham died after he was found floating in a backyard hot tub Tuesday afternoon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Christian Cunningham would have been 3 in December, according to friends of the family. Randall Cunningham, pastor of Remnant Ministries who played for the Eagles, Vikings, Ravens and Cowboys, performs baptisms in the hot tub at his home, which is near the church.

A woman at Cunningham's house was with several children when she found the boy at about 4:30 p.m., Las Vegas police Lt. Dennis Flynn said. She removed the boy from the hot tub and began performing CPR. Paramedics took the child to St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus, where he died, Flynn said. Read More...

According to the NY Post's Page Six, the taxman once again cometh for music producer Swizz Beatz. Why is he having trouble paying his taxes? Is this the reason why he knocked up Alicia Keys so she could pay his taxes for him?

Swizz Beatz has again been hit by the tax man. According to public records, the fiancé of Alicia Keys -- who's pregnant with Beatz's child -- was slapped with an IRS lien of $652,727 on June 3 for unpaid 2008 income tax. The music producer, real name Kasseem Dean, has had a string of liens filed against him and his former wife, Mashonda, in New York, Georgia and California. Their debts stand at about $2.2 million. A lawyer for Beatz said, "We have been discussing the issue with the government for years and are currently negotiating an amicable resolution of the dispute." (Source)

As you know, Chris Brown received a ton of positive press following his tear soaked performance during the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday.

While many in the audience were moved, I wasn't because I knew his crocodile tears were not genuine.

Yesterday, I fielded calls from quite a few industry insiders who all believed in their hearts that Chris Brown's tears were genuine and that he was suddenly overcome with grief and emotion because he was given the chance to perform the MJ tribute on BET.

Isn't it funny how blind our people can be sometimes?

I guess you have to be a celebrity blogger to recognize bullsh*t when it's being played out right in front of you. Everyone who praised Brown's tearful antics on the show should be insulted now that they know the entire scene was staged.

In a post-awards interview with RapUp TV, singer Lloyd said that prior to Brown's performance, he met with Brown backstage and encouraged him to cry on cue in order to garner sympathy from the masses who were tuned in to watch the MJ tribute on BET.

"I told him, man, you gotta go up there, you gotta cry. You gotta really, um, show your heart to the world, and, um, they'll understand. I think time heals all wounds."

That's when Brown took to the stage and turned on the waterworks, complete with arms flailing and chest thumping. It was quite the performance, and the audience ate it up.

The fact that Brown's tears were disingenuous and contrived is more evidence that Brown is a major manipulator -- just like I told all those industry insiders who called me yesterday.


Rapper Jay Z returned with a friend industry exec Steve Stout to the trendy upscale Nello restaurant to have lunch today. He showed off his new iPhone 4 which he doesn't seem too thrilled with.


After playing with his toy at the table, Jay Z enjoyed his lunch at the Upper East Side eatery where the rich and famous go to canoodle over $65 asparagus shoots and $75 lobster salad.

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New pictures of former super model Naomi Campbell's hair loss emerged on the Internet today. According to the Daily Mail, the pics were taken at a fashion photo shoot in New York.

Naomi often wears lacefront wigs to cover her bald spots caused by breakage due to years of wearing glue-in and sew-in hair extensions.

I've also seen this type of temporary hair loss caused by mental/nervous disorders (Alopecia nervosa).

From Medicinenet.com:

What is alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata is a hair-loss condition which usually affects the scalp. It can, however, sometimes affect other areas of the body. Hair loss tends to be rather rapid and often involves one side of the head more than the other.

Alopecia areata affects both males and females. This type of hair loss is different than male-pattern baldness, an inherited condition.

What causes alopecia areata?

Current evidence suggests that alopecia areata is caused by an abnormality in the immune system. This particular abnormality leads to autoimmunity. As a result, the immune system attacks particular tissues of the body. In alopecia areata, for unknown reasons, the body's own immune system attacks the hair follicles and disrupts normal hair formation. Biopsies of affected skin show immune cells inside of the hair follicles where they are not normally present. What causes this is unknown. Alopecia areata is sometimes associated with other autoimmune conditions such as allergic disorders, thyroid disease, vitiligo, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. Sometimes, alopecia areata occurs within family members, suggesting a role of genes and heredity.

More Info On the Web

Alopecia Areata Causes, Treatments, Symptoms -- WebMD

Alopecia -- UMM