R&B songstress Mary J. Blige slathered on liberal amounts of sunscreen lotion before soaking up the sun by the pool at her Miami hotel this morning.
Dark skinned sistas should never go out into the sun without skin protection lotion with a SPF factor of at least 30. Sun damage can cause skin cancer, accelerate signs of aging and discolor your skin (dark patches), especially in women over 35.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the contentious divorce proceedings between NBA star Dwyane Wade and his estranged wife Siovaughn Funches-Wade will draw to a close on Friday.
A Cook County judge has agreed to grant a divorce for NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and his estranged wife, ending more than two years of contention, Wade's lawyer said.
Judge Marya Nega will grant the divorce between Dwyane Wade and Siohvaughn Wade in court on Friday, and save custody and assets proceedings for a later date, said Jim Pritikin, Dwyane Wade's divorce attorney.
"Mr. Wade has waited patiently for almost three years for this day to arrive," Pritikin said Tuesday night. "It is in the best interest of the Wade children that their parents' marriage be dissolved."
In an earlier court proceeding, the judge granted Wade temporary custody of his two sons, who are 3 and 8.
Last month, Judge Nega slammed Siohvaughn Wade in open court after she fired her ninth lawyer. The judge had issued a bench warrant for Siovaughn Wade's arrest after she missed a custody hearing. Wade later turned herself in and paid the $10,000 bond.
The next custody hearing is scheduled for July 19.
As predicted, Canadian rapper Drake's debut disc Thank Me Later failed to go gold in its first week out. Though he came in at #1, his sales figures actually fell far below the estimated 492,000 that Hits Daily Double had predicted. According to Soundscan, 'Thank Me' scanned 447,307 units. The over-the-top hype for this project reminds me of the hype surrounding Nas' debut album, Illmatic, which garnered a rare 5 mics from the SOURCE magazine in 1994. It also flopped.
Nick Cannon and Common attended the Integration vs. Brand Interruption event in Cannes, France yesterday. It's too bad Common's movie with Queen Latifah didn't do well at the box office. I actually liked it.
One of my young Twitter followers asked me to do a post on Disney singing sensation Miley Cyrus. So here it is:
Miley's sexually charged stage antics this past weekend still has soccer moms in an uproar. Soon, Miley will be the richest 18-year-old in the US, and she owns the very lucrative teen market that Britney Spears outgrew.
On June 20, she performed at the 21st Annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto wearing a bandana on her head reminiscent of Tupac Shakur's favorite accessory.
She shocked the old folks in the media by wearing stilettos, a barely-there top and daisy dukes while gyrating her hips and crip walking across the stage. Her fans ate it all up. Miley has always been too grown for her age, so why are we acting like we're shocked now?
There is no doubt that Luther "Luke Skyywalker" Campbell was a male whore at the peak of his success with The 2 Live Crew rap group in the 80s. Luke sowed his wild oats and impregnated a number of groupies in those heady (pun intended) days.
One of his seeds, a daughter, has spoken out against her sperm donor dad -- now that she's of legal age and no longer receives financial support from him. You've probably seen her video on WSHH. She comes across as a bitter ingrate who loathes the idea of actually working for a living.
Well, Nenette of the Mad Hatta Morning Show caught up with Luke recently to get his take on the situation. Luke said he is only financially responsible for one of his 5 grown children -- a baby boy with his current wife. That makes sense, doesn't it?
“I have one kid. His name is Blake Campbell and he stays with me and me and my wife raise him. I’ve made mistakes in my life and I’d like everyone to understand that It’s important to practice safe sex and it’s important to not have sex without condoms because you’ll be sperm donating and when you sperm donate to angry mothers then unfortunately it’s about a check. When you get a check, the results of that check ends up where your sperm donation kids are online talking bad about you. [link]
Last night, ESPN's "30 for 30" aired one of the most anticipated documentaries in its critically acclaimed series of 30 sports-themed documentaries set to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the network.
The Tale of Two Escobars chronicled the lives and deaths of two men from Medellin, Columbia who didn't know each other, but whose lives were intertwined by violence and their passion for soccer.
Pablo Escobar was a ruthless Columbian drug lord who oversaw the multi-million dollar a day cocaine enterprise, the Medellin drug cartel. At the time of his death he was worth an estimated $9 billion. It is said that Pablo ordered the murders of 5,500 people in Bogota, Columbia -- mostly innocent bystanders, police and political figures who got in the way of his goal to control the government of Bogota.
The Medellin cartel was responsible for supplying the majority of the cocaine sold on US streets from the 1970s to the 1990s. Pablo Escobar was killed in a hail of bullets in 1993 after George Bush, the U.S. president at the time, put a hit out on him. He was the first of the two Escobars to die
The second was Andrés Escobar, who died a year later at age 27 when he had the misfortune to score a goal in his own net during the 1994 World Cup. The Columbians are fanatical supporters of the sport of futbol. Rival drug Lords who ran three of the biggest drug cartels in Columbia had bet millions in drug profits on the outcome of the 1994 match.
There are reports that individual team members of the Columbian Atlético Nacional team received death threats and the 2-year-old son of one of the players was kidnapped before the match.
So it was under this extreme pressure that the players took to the field in the Rose Bowl on June 22, to play a first round match against the United States in the 1994 world Cup.
I guess rapper T.I. has the AXE effect. Word on the street is the King of The South just inked a deal with AXE for a whopping $10,000,000 to headline a 50-city tour sponsored by the grooming product giant.
That's enough loot to finance a very lavish wedding! Could this contract with AXE be the reason why T.I. didn't perform at a radio station's Birthday Bash over the weekend here in Atlanta?
But the terms of their contract didn't stop T.I. from showing up and shutting down the Gold Room last night! The Key Club party promoted by Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment Group was hosted by former Miss USA Kenya Moore. My spies tell me the Gold Room was already poppin' even before T.I. and Young Jeezy nonchalantly strolled in unannounced with their crew.
Both T.I. and Jeezy, right, showed love to AG Entertainment Group's Alex Gidewon, left, last night. T.I. got on the mic and performed a couple of tracks before praising his fans for standing by him during his legal ordeals. T.I. did not get paid for his gig last night, which is a testament to Alex Gidewon.
So I told you guys that I saw lovebirds Vivica A. Fox and her fiance, local club promoter Slimm, at the Georgia Aquarium on Sunday (June 20). The happy couple said they will be making a big announcement soon. I wonder what it is? I couldn't get over how statuesque Vivica was in person (she's at least 5'-10"). In heels, she's the same height as Slimm though she looks shorter in this picture.
Southern rapper Rick Ross performed at the Velvet Room over the weekend. His song "B.M.F." is the hottest thing in the clubs right now. I listened to it twice on the off chance that I might like it the second time around. The track sounds like garbage to me, but what do I know about music.
Have you ever noticed that the majority of kids who grow up in strict, religious households turn out to be the most morally and ethically corrupt? Kelly Rowland turned out alright, but that lying, thieving Beyonce is a mess. I can't picture Beyonce being on fire for God. Can you?
She told The Scotsman Newspaper: "I can't live without it. As kids we were so on fire for God. And then you grow up, travel and experience things and stop reading the Bible every day. You don't realize that you're taking important things away from yourself.
"If all this were taken away from me right now I would still have my faith. If you don't have faith the world will eat you alive. Read More...
I'm sitting here laughing my ass off, as usual because of you. Oh! I wanted to fill u in on the Amber Rose thing from last night. Ok, so on ***, there is a post about "Lil Wayne's Biggest Fan" and I feel quite bad for the girl, because last night, Amber Rose sent a Tweet out for the best pic and whichever one she chose, she would add as her screen background. So, this very eccentric young lady submitted her post and won!! But damn, *** has her face plastered on their site this morning because of her tats.
Did you see it??
And please know, I am your fan, I don't want to be over bearing because Ive emailed you a few times within 24hrs. But I live in Indianapolis and we had a bad storm here last night that didn't allow me to sleep. So, I'm still awake and writing your crazy ass
Firefighters at a Bronx firehouse are catching heat for placing a defaced image of U.S. president Barack Obama next to one of the Unabomber on a toolbox.
According to the NY Daily News, FDNY officials are investigating an image of Obama spray painted on a toolbox with the word "HUSTLER" painted in red over his face. Someone also scrawled "Allah Akbar" - "God is great" in Arabic - in black ink under the iconic image.
On an adjacent panel of the toolbox was the famous police sketch of the Unabomber and words that had been covered with black tape until only "ET ME" was visible.
The images are a direct violation of FDNY rules that prohibit firefighters from displaying vulgar or offensive material in the firehouse or on their lockers.
The president of the Vulcan Society, the organization of black firefighters, said he was disappointed that the image was on display. Read More...
If you need more proof that the late Gary Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price is nothing more than a cunning, opportunistic gold digger, here it is:
According to the papers, Coleman claimed that Price moved back into their home without his consent while he was hospitalized.
He also said that Price "has shown a tendency to damage, destroy and steal my property and I believe she will continue to do so in my absence and while she is trespassing in my home."
"I believe if she is given any warning of this pending order to require her to immediately vacate the home, she will cause more damage and destroy more irreplaceable memorabilia, documents, personal papers and other such valuables," the papers continued.
The 'Diffr'ent Strokes' star was granted the restraining order on Feb. 19, 2010, but never served it to Price. Read More...
Meanwhile, Shannon is busy contesting his last will & testament that leaves her nothing. I still shake my head at the fact that she made an exhausted Gary go fix her something to eat after he got back from spending 4 hours at a dialysis clinic.
The most boring celebrity couple ever -- yes, even more boring than Alicia Keys and Swizz Beakz -- Rianna and her boyfriend Matt Kemp were spotted leaving Phellipe Chao restaurant in West Hollywood after having a romantic dinner.
Rap moguls Jay-Z and Sean Combs were spotted leaving the CBS studios in NYC yesterday. I see Jay Z pulled his jeans all the way up after his performance on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' in New York City with Eminem yesterday (picture on left). But his jeans were down around his azz as he was going inside the studio. As I've pointed out before, Jigga man shows much respect to 'others' (especially where money is involved) but the almost 42-year-old rapper clearly has no respect for his own people.
Rihanna was recently spotted in her home country of Barbados wearing a pair of Leopard sunglasses ($50) from New York designer Betsey Johnson. With a lovely retro style design providing the frame shape, these sunglasses feature leopard print on the front with gold-toned detail on the corners and Betsey Johnson’s signature logo along the temple. And for the finishing touch, a pink heart-shaped ornament has been embedded into the temple tips.
Yesterday, I posted the above photo of R&B Diva Monica rocking a fierce pair of gold mirrored aviator hater blockers. My Inbox soon lit up with inquiries about the shades. After an exhaustive search, loyal reader Quin found them and emailed the link to share with my readers.
Carrie Bradshaw and co. have spawned many contentious fashion trends over the years, including Uggs (ugh!). But the bold, gold mirrored aviators that SJP sports in Sex and the City 2 are pure eye candy. A collaboration between the Belgian fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm and the Berlin-based eyewear company MYKITA, the light, sleek, stainless frames were inspired by the Alpine ski racer Franz Klammer’s downhill heroics during the 1976 Winter Olympics. They’re $525 at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York and patriciafield.com.
A mixed race woman and her African husband learned the hard way that love and politics don't mix
When Caroline Jamieson wrote to U.S. president Barack Obama back in January begging him to intercede in her husband's deportation case, she got more than what she bargained for.
According to CNN, her husband "Hervé Fonkou Takoulo, was facing deportation to his native Cameroon. Takoulo failed in a bid before political asylum almost a decade ago."
Takoulo and Jamieson were married in 2005, and a judge issued a deportation order after they were married. Despite the judge's order, Takoulo applied for a green card that would give him the freedom to live and work in the U.S. as a legal resident.
He graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook with an engineering degree in 2008 and received several engineering job offers, but no follow up due to the deportation order.
The couple had planned to go before immigration officials to plead their case for legal residency based on marriage to a U.S. citizen.
But immigration law requires that the deportation order be lifted before Takoulo can apply for legal residency.
"We want to be given the chance to interview and prove that we are a married couple, so Hervé can get a green card, and that has proven extremely difficult to do," Jamieson told CNN. [link]
Frustrated that the wheels of justice were turning too slowly for them, Jamieson, a vice president of marketing at a new-media advertising company, wrote that fateful letter to Barack Obama.
They never received a direct response to the letter. But they did get two Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers waiting outside their East Village, Manhattan apartment on June 3 when Takoulo was leaving the apartment to go to the gym. [link]
The 27-year-old son of the new Dallas Police Chief was gunned down by officers after he shot and killed one of their own.
The tragic scene unfolded around 6pm yesterday evening at the River Bend apartments in Southern Dallas county after residents called the police to report gun fire.
According to the Dallas News, David O'Neal Brown Jr., the son of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, was in an agitated state when he wandered from his apartment into the parking lot of the complex carrying a handgun and wearing just boxers and sunglasses.
Residents say Brown Jr. approached the driver's side door of a car that had just pulled into the parking lot. The driver of the vehicle was 23-year-old Jeremy Jontae McMillian, who was on his way to a Father's Day dinner with his wife and their two small children.
Apparently, without provocation, Brown fired twice into the car hitting McMillian in the head, and barely missing the other occupants of the car. McMillian was a family man with two jobs and no criminal history. It isn't clear whether he knew Brown.
After shooting McMillian, Brown stalked back and forth between his apartment and a Dodge Stratus parked in the lot. He eventually removed a shotgun from the trunk of the Stratus and climbed behind the wheel as police sirens wailed in the distance.
Rap mogul Sean "puffy" Combs launched a new blog project today called DiddyBlog. According to a press release, Puffy intends to use his DiddyBlog to spread 100% positivity and love because he's tired of all the negative blogs out there talking bad about him. The Love Movement is Sean's online forum for viewers to join and share their inspirational, positive stories.
"Down with hate," he says in a video posted on the blog. "Today we start the love movement. Stop talking about what you don't like about somebody and what somebody did wrong. Start talking about what you love about somebody... today is the day we start the love movement... the love movement has begun!"
Sean, who is one of the most notorious narcissists in the business, promises not to use the blog as yet another self-promotional vehicle, but we know he's lying. He's only saying that because his marketing team has done their research and they know that a 100% positive blog is a guaranteed failure.
We know that if Diddy blog takes off and starts garnering millions of hits a day, Sean will most likely convert it to shameless self-promotion -- or he wouldn't have named it the DIDDY BLOG.
I guess NBA bench warmer Matt Barnes felt some kind of way about how his manhood was crushed on the Basketball Wives Reunion last night. In case you aren't familiar with him, Barnes is engaged to BW cast member Gloria Govan, who, according to Hello Beautiful, continuously brags about their "perfect" union.
My regular readers know that when a woman brags too much about her perfect man, she's actually trying to convince herself because she knows the truth is the exact opposite of her life. Remember that insecure women are attracted to insecure men because they think they can change him.
In the video below, at 3:09, Gloria says, “I just want women to know that you can respect yourself and be in a healthy relationship at the same time. And you don’t have to put up with infidelity.”
In case you missed the Basketball Wives Reunion on VH1 last night, Suzie Ketcham threw a bowl of water on NBA groupie Sandra and then ran backstage like a coward. I don't condone violence, but I kind of wish that Suzie had stayed put and gone toe to toe with Sandra.
An argument could be made that the show's producers knew what Suzie was up to -- and they probably provided the bowl and the water to get spark drama during the rather boring reunion?
A white South African doctor has developed a new condom to fight rape that plagues African women, according to CNN.com.
Dr. Sonnet Ehlers invented the Rape aXe 'condom with teeth' 40 years after treating a rape victim who told her, "If only I had teeth down there."
She said she consulted with "engineers, gynecologists and psychologists" to help make sure the design was safe and would not subject victims to HIV or other STDs.
Dr. Ehlers is distributing the female condoms in the various South African cities where the World Cup soccer games are taking place.
The woman inserts the latex condom like a tampon. Jagged rows of teeth-like hooks line its inside and attach on a man's penis during penetration, Ehlers said.
Once it lodges, only a doctor can remove it -- a procedure Ehlers hopes will be done with authorities on standby to make an arrest.
"It hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it's on," she said. "If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter... however, it doesn't break the skin, and there's no danger of fluid exposure." Read More...
South Africa has one of the highest rape rates in the world, according to Human Rights Watch. Critics call Dr. Ehlers' device "medieval" and they say it causes psychological trauma and puts women at risk for more violence from the entrapped rapist.
But Dr. Ehlers counters those claims with words of wisdom: "Yes, my device may be a medieval, but it's for a medieval deed that has been around for decades," she said. "I believe something's got to be done ... and this will make some men rethink before they assault a woman."
Last week I posted photos from the star-studded birthday party of a NY socialite named "Dawnie B." In my post I asked the question: I wonder who she is? The answer came from a loyal reader in the form of a wedding notice posted in the NY Times newspaper. Excerpts from that notice are posted below:
Dawn Camille Baxter and Derrin Arthur Woodhouse were married Saturday evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, N.J. The Rev. Robert L. Shearer, the priest-in-charge of the church, performed the ceremony, with the Rev. Charles L. Fischer III, another Episcopal priest, participating.
The bride, 34, will continue to use her name professionally. She works in New York as a manager in the entertainment marketing department of Nike of Portland, Ore. She handles the company’s collaborations with performers and books acts for Nike advertisements and events. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
The bridegroom, 37, works in Manhattan as the director of consumer marketing at Vevo, an online music site owned by the Universal Music Group. He helps produce special events for the site’s advertisers.
The couple were introduced by a mutual friend who had invited them to a Jets preseason game at the Meadowlands in the spring of 2002. The friend asked Ms. Baxter to give Mr. Woodhouse a lift to and from the game because they both lived in Harlem.
The two quickly rubbed each other the wrong way. Read More...
Singer Lauryn Hill channeled Oprah Winfrey at the 2010 Harmony Music Festival in Santa Rosa, California over the weekend. The ex-Fugee singer showed off a new, natural hairdo that probably signals some new direction she's taking in her troubled life. Lauryn once grew dreadlocks during her ganja smoking, rastafari days. Lately she's been rocking an unkempt afro.
Disgraced rapper/producer Kanye West was spotted outside Bar Pitti after dining with friends in New York City on Friday (june 18). Kanye has agreed to perform during the upcoming BET Awards show since no other awards show will have him.
Last night's episode of Adult Swim's The Boondocks cartoon subliminally outed director/playwright Tyler Perry and his fetish for casting light skinned pretty boy actors in his movies and plays.
Despite the fact that Perry's sexuality is no secret, the episode titled 'Pause' triggered a storm of tweets on the popular social networking website Twitter.com. The comic's creator, Aaron McGruder, became the #1 trending topic as a result.
A study done by me shows that the majority of sistas still refuse to believe Tyler Perry is gay. It's amazing to me how blind some black women are to the obvious sexual preferences of 68% of black men in our community.
The Boondocks follows the comical attempts of two brothers, Huey and Riley, to assimilate following a move from Chicago to the boonies.
Perry, a classic narcissist who can't tolerate the slightest criticism, will no doubt react publicly to McGruder's outing of him. And when he does, I will post it!
R&B Diva Monica attended the Magnum Live Large VIP Condom party hosted by Ludacris backstage at the Philips Arena yesterday. Rappers made a big show of snatching up hundreds of magnum condoms. But I hear from local strippers that most of those rappers don't measure up -- if you know what I mean.
Monica looked absolutely fabulous in her all-white ensemble last night!
Mo tweeted a pic of her CL's. Mo's shoe game is ridiculous!
Pseudo-singer Ciara was seen running from the cameras backstage at the Philips Arena yesterday. Maybe because she knew that all the blogs would be talking about her tragic lacefront wig piece on Monday?
Happy Father's Day to all the real daddies and to the brothas who are father's to other men's sons!
The Last Emperor's "Do You Remember" is one of my favorite music videos. When I first saw this video my heart melted. Not so much for the lyrics, but for the poignant scenes of fathers with their children at Manhattan's famous Rucker Park.
Do you remember when fathers used to love hanging out with their children instead of their "boys"?
If you are a single man with no children, please take the time to show love to a fatherless boy instead of hanging out on the corner. You would be his hero and it would mean so much to his world.
My father drank himself to death in 1974. So, no father's day for me. But here are some special Father's Day tweets from my Twitter timeline:
A woman and her boyfriend are in the Fulton County jail charged with murder in the death of the woman's 12-year-old brother.
Police said Sabrina Powell and her boyfriend, Omar Pitts, were charged with felony murder in the death of 12-year-old Jaytavious Mahone, who died from heat stroke (hyperthermia) on Thursday.
The couple admitted punishing the boy by forcing him to stand outside holding a paint bucket for hours with no water to drink. This past week, the temperature in Atlanta has hovered above the 90-100 degree mark.
Police said Sabrina Powell and her boyfriend, Omar Pitts, were charged with felony murder and cruelty to children in the death of 12-year-old Jaytavious Mahone on Thursday.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the 12-year-old boy who was reported to have suffered a heat stroke did not die of natural causes.
Cpl. Kay Lester of the Fulton County Police Department said officers received a call to Camelot Drive just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said the call came in that a 12-year-old boy was suffering from heat stroke.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and began to try to resuscitate the boy, police said. He was transported to South Fulton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature remains consistently elevated above normal, and the body is unable to dissipate the heat. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to heat stroke during the Summer.
Someone named Dawnie B. had a birthday party at Talay's in NYC last night. The guest list included notable celebs such as troubled rapper Fabolous and actors Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba pictured above. Dawnie must be somebody in her little corner of the world to draw this caliber of talent. I wonder who she is.
Actress Taraji P. Henson, left, posed with a guest whose name shall not be spoken on this blog unless it's connected to a scandal.