U.S. president Barack Obama appeared on 'The View' and promptly stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy when he referred to blacks as "a sort of mongrel people."

For those who aren't familiar with the term: a mongrel is a type of dog that is considered undesirable among breeders because its breed can not easily be determined.

It is highly insulting to refer to human beings as mongrels.

President Obama waded into the national race debate in an unlikely setting and with an unusual choice of words: telling daytime talk show hosts that African-Americans are “sort of a mongrel people.”

The president appeared on ABC’s morning talk show “The View” Thursday, where he talked about the forced resignation of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, his experience with race and his roots.

When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: "We are sort of a mongrel people."

"I mean we're all kinds of mixed up," Obama said. "That's actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it." Read More...


Rihanna's teh ghey "eyelash designer" Ja’Maal Buster uploaded this Twitpic of himself and his client RiRi modeling one his creations on the set of a Doritos commercial. And here we thought Rihanna's career was slowly fading. Photo: Rihanna Daily


Rapper 50 Cent was among the celebs attending the "Twelve" premiere at the Landmark Sunshine Theatre in New York City last night. Fiddy attended the event with a brown skin shawty.

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In a conversation with a CNN reporter last week, I talked about certain celebrity geniuses who reached a pinnacle of their careers that most artists never attain.

But instead of being remembered for their contributions to their art, these stars are remembered for the way they flamed out.

Kanye West is one such musical genius slash narcissist who will be remembered for the way his career went up in a ball of flames.

The NY Times' Artsbeat blog reports that Kanye's new music video for his lame track "Power" invites us into the dark, twisted fantasies of his mind "teeming with debauchery, degradation and the ominous specter of death."

Sounds good so far, right?

In a coming video for his single “Power” that was created by the artist Marco Brambilla, Mr. West is seen standing imposingly with a heavy chain around his neck. As Mr. West raps the camera slowly zooms out in one continuous, unedited take to reveal him in a classical structure, surrounded by female attendants who are partly or entirely nude; some kneel before him on all fours, others wear devil horns and still others are suspended upside down from the ceiling. The Sword of Damocles hangs precariously over Mr. West’s head, and behind him an unseen executioner is preparing to strike him with a blade. (ArtsBeat was allowed to watch a portion of this video but was not permitted to post it.) Read More...

The video will be posted on Kanye's blog next week.


Singer Christina Milian was spotted shopping with her baby wearing questionable attire. Someone should explain to Christina that you dress like a hooker to catch a man but you dress like a lady to keep him.


Men love hookers and strippers but they don't want to marry one. Am I wrong? As you know, baby Violet's daddy is singer/songwriter The Dream, who served Christina with divorce papers at her bedside while she was in labor. There's a special kind of hail reserved for a man like that.

Anyway, Christina has moved on with her life -- which I'm told no longer includes men. There's a rumor going around that Christina is getting it in with a certain hunky tennis player who can easily body The Dream. I don't know if this rumor is true so I won't say any names.

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Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan received lots of goodies at the California jail where she is incarcerated yesterday. The candy man delivered gobs of snacks such as Hersey's chocolate bars, Skittles, M&M's, Fritos, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Coke and Pepsi, directly to Lindsay's cell at the Lynnwood Jail in Los Angeles, CA.

I didn't know that a single inmate could order all that junk at one time?

Family members of other inmates at the jail have complained bitterly about all the special treatment LiLo is receiving while she serves two weeks of a 3 month sentence. One woman whose daughter is locked up in the same facility says every time LiLo moves the entire prison is placed on lock down.

This kind of flies in the face of the warden's promise that Lindsay isn't receiving special treatment while she's incarcerated.


Lindsay also received a special delivery of a different kind yesterday. Several packages and boxes from Amazon.com were delivered directly to Lindsay at the Lynnwood Jail. What amazes me is the fact that the delivery guy showed Lindsay's personal mail to the mob of paparazzi gathered outside the prison. Isn't that illegal? I hope the poor guy doesn't get fired.

According to CNN, There have been "credible sightings" recently of a California woman who vanished nearly a year ago after being released from a sheriff's station, authorities said Wednesday.

Las Vegas police say Mitrice Richardson, who would be 25 now, might be alive and working in Las Vegas as a call girl. They plan to hold a news conference today to ask the public's help in locating her.

"There's been some credible sightings," Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, told CNN. "We want to let her know if she is listening that she is not in trouble and will not be subject to arrest. We just want her to know that it is ok to contact authorities and family, and to let us know that she is alive."

An acquaintance told police he observed Richardson at a casino, and he approached her after observing her for 3 hours. He said she looked at him as if she didn't recognize him and then ran off with some woman.

Latice Sutton, Richardson's mother, told CNN she doesn't consider the sighting credible. "I don't discount that he (the acquaintance) may have seen someone who he believed was Mitrice," Sutton said, "but I don't believe he is absolutely certain it was Mitrice."

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Sean "Puffy" Combs has taken over VIBE as editor for the day. Actually, Sean "Puffy" Combs is handling the day-to-day operations for VIBE.com online -- not the magazine.

Sean got a little testy when editor Jermaine Hall asked him about his interview on Nightline with Martin Bashir.

What happened during the Martin Bashir interview on Nightline?
There were times in the interview when I had to give him an ultimatum. The questions weren’t being handled the right way. In hindsight, when I saw him I shouldn’t had done the interview because I know the style of interview that he does . . . The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, that’s really like a racist question. You don’t ask White people what they buy their kids. And they buy ‘em Porsches and convertible Bentleys and it ain’t no question. It’s really a racist question and put things back in perspective with money and the way that people still look at you. And I’m not saying that consciously he’s a racist. But he probably don’t even realize that he would not ask Steve Jobs that. He would be like Steve Jobs has that money and that’s the gift his kid is supposed to get.


Why is Cassie on the cover?


3 of the biggest narcissists on Twitter: Oprah, Ashton Kutcher and Puff Daddy, are moving over to make room for one more.

Yes, Kanye West has joined the social networking microblogging site Twitter.com. Here is his first tweet.

Maybe it's because I was bored, but I finally watched one of the videos taken at Facebook headquarters yesterday where troubled music producer Kanye West spit lyrics to 4 of his tracks off his upcoming album.

Like a typical narcissist, Kanye jumped on top of a table in a conference room surrounded by rosy cheeked 20-something techies, who probably hoped he would fall and really give them something to talk about.

Imagine you're at your job in the Silicone Valley counting the zeros in your paycheck. When all of a sudden this black guy who you've never heard of before, jumps up on a table and starts hollering,

"My chain heavy,
yeah, yeah, my chain heavy
My chain heavy
my chain too heavy
my chain heavy
my chain too heavy.

Well, you get the picture. :yawn:

You can watch the video below, but there's really nothing to see here.

How can I start this? Let me see. I got it! Here it goes. Last week on the Star & Buc Wild show, Star interviewed Natalie Nunn of the "Bad Girls Club" and comedian, Young Jack Thriller. During the interview Natalie Nunn brings up the topic of comedian Lil Duval. Young Jack Thriller blurts out that he used to write for Lil Duval while Natalie Nunn suggests that Lil Duval is getting it in with T.I.!!!!! You heard right! Natalie Nunn suggests that Lil Duval is getting it in with T.I. Read more...

You know I can't post anything on my blog without people getting extra sensitive. So let me say For the record that I don't believe a word of this. But loyal readers are hitting me up asking about the rumors. So I repeat: I don't believe a word of it!

R&B crooner Usher and convicted woman beater chris brown bonded while in Jamaica over the weekend. They say brown was so happy to get attention from a celebrity since most celebs have been avoiding him -- unless there's a camera present, of course.

According to Reggae Sumfest organiser Johnny Gourzong, Usher and brown partied until dawn after the concert. The two even awoke the next morning and laid down a track together at a studio in Montego Bay on Saturday and Sunday.

"You know, there are some international acts who are just so difficult to host. They want to leave the island as soon as the show ends; well ...not Usher. He stayed on and he has had a great time in Jamaica. He likes ox-tail and jerk chicken and he was just enjoying the island."

According to Gourzong, Usher and headline act for International Night I, US singer Chris Brown, recorded a song together at a studio in Montego Bay last Saturday and on Sunday, Usher and his friends partied the night away at Pier One in the second city.

"He said he wanted to go somewhere local and we took him to Pier One where he danced up a storm," Gourzong said, sounding delighted. Read More...