Remember little Charice Pempengco, the Filipino girl who thrilled American audiences with her superb voice when she appeared on Ellen Degeneres and Oprah? Well, that little girl is 18 now and she is set to make her debut on the wildly popular TV show ‘Glee’.

Now that Charice has become Americanized, she has fallen victim to the music industry’s stereotypical image standard for young, female singers.

According to online reports, Charice, at the tender age of 18, underwent plastic surgery to reshape her face. She also got her skin lightened and botox treatments — all in an effort to “look fresh on camera.”

Wow. If Charice thinks she looks old and decrepit at 18, I wonder what she’s going to think when she’s 35? What sort of message does this send to other teenage girls?

The 18-year-old Charice, whose singing career rocketed after appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ and Oprah Winfrey’s talk shows, underwent a 30-minute Thermage skin-tightening procedure and Botox to make her “naturally round face” more narrow, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo told ABS-CBN television.

Charice, in the same interview, said last week’s face makeover was part of her big preparations for her appearance on the hit show’s second season. She starts filming at the end of this month. Read More…

Before U.S. president Barack Obama signed his ObamaCare bill into law, a component of that bill requiring Americans to buy health insurance or face a stiff penalty was one of the main sticking points with critics.

Many of them called this mandate a tax, but Barack Obama steadfastly denied this. In interviews, Obama said the mandate was not a tax, but now that the bill is law, he’s singing a different tune.

The Obama administration now says the mandate is a tax but they are authorized to order Americans to pay it under the Constitution which gives the government authority to impose taxes “even for purposes that would exceed its powers under other provisions” of the Constitution.

The individual mandate contained in the health care bill is now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and individual organizations.

What this means is, starting in 2014, the government will force Americans to financially support the insurance industry out of your own pockets because the government says the failure of the insurance industry will affect the economy.

If the mandate is deemed Constitutional by the courts, then there will be no limit to the government’s authority to levy taxes on Americans to force you to support other industries such as the banking and auto industries.

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Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade participated in Alonzo Mourning’s Zo’s Groove All Star game on Sunday (July 18) at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The All Star game wasn’t exactly all-star. Rajon Rondo of the Celtics was the only other NBA starter on the bench.

Actress Gabrielle Union, left, and somebody named K-Rose, watched Gabby’s fiance Dwyane Wade play in the Zo’s Groove All Star game in Miami.

Dwyane and Gabby got all dressed up for the Zo’s Groove Benefit dinner at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday (July 17) in Miami.

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“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye. But that’s what you play for,” Wade said. “We enjoy the bullseye. Plus, there’s going to be times when we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade [Center] is coming down again, but it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games.” Read More…

Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union went public with their relationship at The Summer Groove Comedy Jam in Hollywood, FL yesterday. The couple told the press today that they are officially a couple and that today would be their coming out party.

Pop legend (and Cougar) Janet Jackson was photographed on vacation with her young, wealthy boyfriend, Wissam Al Mana, in Sardinia, Italy. Below is a recent photo of the couple together at a fashion show.

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Her name is ZaQuavia Kingsberry and she was 33-years-old when she died.

Kingsberry’s mysterious death is making headlines in Atlanta, not because of how she lived but because of where she died: an upscale apartment complex in the tony Buckhead hamlet of Atlanta.

As sad as her story is, it is likely that we never would have heard of ZaQuavia Kingsberry had she been found dead in Bankhead Courts.

According to the AJC, in a story titled “Little information surrounding Buckhead apartment murder,” ZaQuavia Kingsberry was found shot to death in her boyfriend’s Buckhead apartment Wednesday afternoon.

She had been shot two or three times, Atlanta Police Maj. Keith Meadows said. “It was not a random act,” said Carlos Campos, Atlanta police spokesman, to the media and neighbors assembled outside.

The boyfriend’s name has not been released. But according to the AJC, Kingsberry was found in her boyfriend’s fourth-floor apartment at the Gramercy at Buckhead Apartments, which the AJC continuously refers to as “distinctive apartment homes.”

The AJC reporter paid a great a great deal of attention to Kingsberry’s neighbors — especially Caragh Stichter, 24, a young, pretty blond, who busied herself calling other neighbors in the complex to report the incidence of violent urban crime in their midst.

“Your next door neighbor was shot and killed,” she said while on the phone.

“I’ve seen nothing out of the ordinary here,” Stichter told the AJC. “It’s a safe community. You say that it could never happen, but it happened three doors down from me.”

“Everyone is like, ‘We want to break our lease,’” Stichter said.

And that pretty much sums up the story in the AJC. It’s not so much about ZaQuavia’s tragic death as it is about the “distinctive” Buckhead apartment complex where she died — and the upper middle class white residents who are stunned that urban violence has hit so close to home.

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Loyal reader Jenett writes:

Dear Auntie Sandra,

I was just on your website and I saw the picture of T.I. leaving NYC offices after meetings. The comments that your readers posted about the old white guy standing next to T.I. are hilarious, but please inform your readers that he is none other than David Ritz!!! The author behind the autobiographies of Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles. He is a literary legend and he has made millions off of his books. So he is nobody to make fun of.

If T.I. is getting his assistance with this book, it WILL be a best seller believe me!! Thanks for your posts and please continue to keep us informed.

Much Love,


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Rapper T.I. is writing a book! T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., was spotted leaving an office building in NYC yesterday after participating in a meeting with Grand Hustle CEO Jason Geter, right, and others whilst working out details of a book he is in the process of releasing. I wonder if it will be a tell-all book or a book on his life? Isn’t T.I. kinda young to be writing an autobiography?

T.I. was scheduled to fly back to Atlanta last night, where he planned to head straight to Aurum nightclub where AG Entertainment Group’s Alex Gidewon was celebrating his 40th birthday at a private party (more on that later).

In addition to writing a book, Rémy Martin Cognac recently signed T.I. to develop his own line of cognac!

Update: Find out what T.I. is wearing after the break!

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