LeBron "King" James graces the September issue of GQ Magazine. GQ editors bumped out Ryan Reynolds (whoever that is) to give LeBron the cover. Good move! I can't wait for the Miami Heat to go up against the LA Leakers.

Whitney Houston's drug problems continue to plague her. She now has a $6,300 a week drug habit, according to the National Enquirer. She also has medical problems that has caused her to gain a massive amount of weight in a short period of time. The speculation is that she's taking corticosteroids for a presumed autoimmune or respiratory disorder. Get well Whitney!

Pseudo-socialite and sometime model Amber Rose covers the September issue of Hip Hop Weekly :yawn:

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NFL star Chad Ochocinco was grilled by talk diva Wendy Williams on her show yesterday. She told Chad she watched a DVD of his dating show last weekend and she was "insulted and offended!" at the shortage of sistas on the show.

Ochocinco immediately jumped on the defensive, saying: "It's a funny issue for people to even question what I like." Ochocinco's narcissism reared its head when he said basically, damn what you like, it's my show and I'm going to appease ME! Well, good luck to Ochocinco because his show is garbage and I'm sure it will be cancelled soon.

By the way, a little birdie told me that Chad reached out to one of Twitter's rising stars last night. Word is Ochocinco got in contact with stripper-turned-blogger, Zeralyn Ford. I don't know what they chatted about because their conversation was private. But it's interesting to me that when men find out a woman is bisexual, they pursue her even more!

Chad isn't the only star taking an interest in our Zeralyn: 'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd started following Zee on Twitter.com out of the blue last week. Does that mean Zeralyn will soon be a guest on 'The View'?

Whoopi Goldberg, has come under fire for rushing to the defense of besieged actor Mel Gibson whose racist audio rants have made headlines.

"Being a black woman, you'd think you would give me a little bit of leeway to have some feelings if I was around a racist," said Whoopi on 'The View' yesterday.

But Whoopi suffers from that same social disorder that affected Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson: self hate.

Once certain black folk achieve a measure of success in the white man's world, they suddenly forget they are black.

Whoopi has a history of dating only white men, so why should we believe a word she says?

"There has been a lot of hassle ... in the media recently about moi because I had the audacity to say that I had some personal time with Mel that goes over years and years and said that I did not think of him as a racist," Whoopi began on 'The View' today.

"If you had actually watched the show, you would have heard us say, and you would have heard me specifically say, 'I don't condone this. I don't think this is right, I don't think this is smart. But here's the piece of information that I have. My experience tells me that this is not a racist,'" she continued.

"Being a black woman, you'd think you would give me a little bit of leeway to have some feelings if I was around a racist." Read More...

Meanwhile, Gibson, whose racist audio rants against his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva were caught on tape, continues to find work in Hollywood despite the claims that his career is over.

He's currently working on a Jodie Foster-directed film that is still in post-production even after the audio tapes began leaking. "Mel was in complete shock," an inside source tells the NY Post, who calls Foster a friend of Gibson's. "Everyone was walking on eggshells around him. It was the weirdest set ever."

By now we all know that rapper Nicki Minaj was the disoriented stud who boasted about sleeping with rapper Remy Ma in a now classic viral video on YouTube. That helps to explain Nicki Minaj's crazy rambling tweets about "alter egos" on her Twitter page.

On her Twitter page, Nicki claimed "Roman" was her "twin sister". So would we be wrong to assume that it was Nicki's butch alter ego "Roman" who appeared in this video?

Yesterday, Nicki denied teaming up with Trey Songz on his single "Bottoms Up". Instead, she said it was her alter ego named Roman Zolanski. If we didn't already know that Nicki has a few screws loose, we might think she was joking -- but she's serious.

Loyal reader Anthony questions whether Nicki is bipolar. It would certainly seem so judging from the video below.

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Former Xscape singer Tameka "Tiny" Cottle celebrated her 35th birthday last night at Havana Club in Buckhead. Tiny's birthday is actually today, but last night she celebrated with her fiance, T.I., and their close friends. Congrats to Tiny and T.I. on their upcoming nuptials on a secluded tropical island.

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The industry was thick at last night's ATL LIVE ON THE PARK monthly music showcase produced by Shanti Das & Marlon Nichols. Devyne Stephens' Upfront Megatainment hosted the night, which saw the likes of Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Steve Rifkind, Jazze Pha, Q. Parker (112), and so many more. Hundreds of Atlanta's key influencers and business professionals packed the Piedmont Tent at Park Tavern to witness performances by RL (NEXT); Dave Hollister, Rock City and R&B newcomers Majic Massey and Cassandra Batie. Kenny Burns and Def Comedy Jam's Vanessa Fraction emcee'd while DJ Salah Ananse and the Teddy White Band kept the energy high. Special thanks to our sponsors Orange Crush (Experience Crush, Experience Flavor) and Lincoln (who displayed the new Lincoln MKS)!

Additional attendees included: Roger Bobb (EVP, Tyler Perry Studios); Jamal Lewis (Fmr Baltimore Ravens running back); Ceasar Mitchell (Atlanta City Council President); Hurricane Dave (Radio One); Keiona Johnson (CNN); Shante Paige (Tyler Perry Studios); Sheree Whitfield (Real Housewives of Atlanta); actress Natasha Henstridge (Species), Tameka Raymond (Estella Boutique); Dwight Eubanks (Real Housewives of Atlanta); Brianna Jenkins (Next Food Network Star); rapper Pastor Troy, Danielle Crawley (E!/Candy Girls); J Carter (Sol Fusion); publicist Tresa Sanders, Shawn "Tubby" Holiday (Interscope Records); and R&B veteran Tony Terry who surprised the crowd with a throwback rendition of "When I'm With You." Good music is definitely alive and well.

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Photo Credit: James Pray

Singer Akon, record exec Steve Rifkind (Sanaa Lathan's boy toy); music mogul DeVyne Stephens (Upfront Megatainment)

Akon performing

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Those of you who don't frequent adult entertainment establishments may be surprised to know that over 50% of the exotic dancers inside are either lesbian or bisexual.

The real reason behind the disparity between the sexual orientation of strippers and their line of work (stripping for men) remains an enigma.

But it might have something to do with the fact that most exotic dancers are victims of past abuse at the hands of men, including being molested by male family members as children. It's common knowledge that some dancers secretly loathe their male customers.

Stripper-turned-blogger, Zeralyn, is one of the few exotic dancers outside of the strip club who is willing to speak up about being bisexual. She was interviewed recently by Studology 101 TV

Now we know why Levi Johnston apologized to former Republican VP candidate, Sarah Palin, for all the dirt he spilled about her: he wanted to get back in good with her daughter now that his aspirations for fame & fortune have fizzled.

You see, Levi Johnston stands to make more money if he is back in the good graces of Palin's family.

If you recall, Johnston made an azz of himself posing for Playgirl magazine. The issue sold poorly and Johnston became a laughing stock for, shall we say... his shortcomings?

Now Johnston has announced his engagement to his baby mama in an US Weekly exclusive. But Sarah Palin does not approve of her daughter marrying a man who publicly disrespected her entire family.

Bristol Palin, 19, and Levi Johnston, 20, are engaged again, Us Weekly exclusively reveals.

"We got engaged two weeks ago," Bristol tells the magazine. "It felt right, even though we don't have the approval of our parents."

That's right -- Sarah Palin doesn't approve. But the couple says they reconnected three months ago, while hashing out the custody details for their 18-month-old son, Tripp. Bristol and Levi were engaged once before, but called it off just weeks before she gave birth.

"I really thought we were over," Levi tells Us Weekly. "So when I went, I had no hope. I think we both just started talking -- and then we took Tripp for a walk."

Bristol finishes the tale: "When he left that night, we didn't hug or kiss, but I was thinking how different it was. He texted me: 'I miss you. I love you. I want to be with you again' ... I was in shock."

Desperate women make desperate choices. Can you blame Sarah Palin for not approving of this idiot marrying her daughter? A mother knows...

Former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning is obviously elated over the LeBron James addition to the team, but talent isn't the only thing he's excited about. Tomorrow marks the 14th annual Summer Groove, a week's worth of charity events sponsored by Mourning and current Heat guard Dwyane Wade. With the star power of a Wade, James and Chris Bosh combo, it'll attract more charitable donations.

"Knowing the economics here in South Florida, it's going to be a huge plus for so many," Mourning said. "A lot of people are going to benefit from this in the community. From a philanthropic standpoint, we have to utilize it. We have to continue to change more lives. D-Wade and I understand the impact this could have."

Read the fully story here.

Source: tonic

According to a report on CNN.com, a solution has been found for the millions of sheeple consumers experiencing reception problems with their iPhone 4s: duct tape.

A damning Consumer Reports test found that touching the iPhone 4 with your finger or hand on the phone's left side "can significantly degrade" the signal enough "to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal."

"Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."

The Consumer Reports conclusion sent shock waves through the industry as sheeple Apple owners everywhere worried that their precious iPhone 4s might be recalled.

The most talked-about phone in the U.S. -- Apple's iPhone 4 -- has a design flaw that's best fixed with a sliver of duct tape, according to Consumer Reports.

"It may not be pretty, but it works," writes Mike Gikas on that nonprofit consumer group's electronics blog.

The patch -- which sounds like it'd be more appropriate for kitchen plumbing than for a phone that retails for $200 to $300, plus an AT&T contract -- is supposed to correct an apparent problem with the iPhone 4's metal antenna.

...if you slap a piece of duct tape over that antenna connection, the reception problems go away, the group says. READ MORE...

Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment has a lot to be thankful for: he's the biggest party promoter in the South, he has a beautiful woman (Elsa) and prestigious friends like Sean Combs, who waived his appearance fee to host AG's birthday bash at Compound nightclub this past weekend.

Sean's main side piece, Cassie, also attended AGs party on Saturday night. Diddy and Cassie arrived separately but everyone knows they're together.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures' Our Family Wedding, starring Lance Gross and America Ferrera, comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray today. Our Family Wedding centers around a loving couple, Marcus (Gross) and Lucia (Ferrera) who are oblivious to the reactions that their respective fathers would have to their wedding. The dads, played humorously by Forrest Whitaker (Brad) and standup comic Carlos Mencia (Miguel) tackles the black and Latino prejudices that exists in our communities, as well as the class differences; Brad's family is wealthy, while Lucia's family is working class.

In Our Family Wedding, Brad and Lucia learn the hard way that the path to saying "I do" can be rife with familial strife. When they return from college and suddenly announce their marriage plans, they soon discover that their fathers - two highly competitive over-the-top egos - can wreak a major amount of havoc on their special day. With insults flying and tempers running high, it's anyone's guess if the alpha dads will survive to make it down the aisle in one piece.

Luxury soft luggage designer Louis Stewart announces his new line of Louis Stewart caps and hats. Here are NBA Superstar Chris Paul and rapper Big Boi rockin' their new Black on Black Cashmere Wool Louis Stewart Caps. The caps and hats are available in a multitude of materials and colors. They retail for an affordable $300. GET YOURS.

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Is it just me, or is the lovely Janet Jackson aging rapidly before our very eyes? It seemed like Janet was sipping from the fountain of youth. What happened? Janet was spotted hiding behind her bodyguards while arriving on the set of Tyler Perry's latest film, 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf', in NYC yesterday.

We know in our heart of hearts that music producer The Dream is lying about his failed marriage to pseudo-singer Christina Milian. We know that they concocted their break-up story to help boost the poor sales of his album, Love King, because just last month she was helping to promote his album on Twitter.

Christina was recently spotted out & about with the couple's baby daughter, Violet. That sly smile on Christina's face says it all.

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The NBA has fined Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner, Dan Gilbert, $100,000 for his emotional "open letter" to Cleveland fans.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said Monday that team owner Dan Gilbert's words, "though understandable, were ill-advised and imprudent."

He also came down hard on former Cavaliers star, LeBron James, for his over-the top, narcissistic handling of his departure from Cleveland. James, who joined the Cavaliers straight out of high school and played forward for the team for his entire career, announced his decision to leave the team during a much-ballyhooed ESPN special Thursday entitled "The Decision." [link]

In a press conference which was posted on the NBA's website Monday, Stern said that James was "certainly entitled" to leave the team, but he would have advised the basketball star to handle his departure and announcement differently.

"I think that the advice that he received on this was poor. But his performance was fine. His honesty and his integrity I think shine through, but this decision was ill-conceived, badly produced and poorly executed," Stern said.

Stern also criticized civil rights leader Jesse Jackson for comments he made saying Gilbert's letter showed a "property-owner's mentality."

"Equally imprudent I believe are the remarks by my good friend Jesse Jackson, which purport to make this into a racial matter... he really is mistaken," Stern said.

U.S. president Barack Obama is already at odds with his new Army general in Afghanistan over his ridiculous "Islam' doctrine.

You may recall back in April when Obama issued a directive to strike the words, “Islamic extremism” and “Jihad” from all national security references. Well, it seems that Petreaus wasn't paying attention.

Since taking office in January 2009, Obama has continuously reached out to Muslim countries. He has praised Islam and its contributions to the American way of life. And in a controversial directive, Obama encouraged the head of NASA to reach out to Muslims.

But The Washington Times reports that Obama's official policy of banning the word "Islam" in describing America's terrorist enemies is "in direct conflict with the U.S. military's war-fighting doctrine now guiding commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan." [link]

In fact, General Petraeus sees no distinction between Islamist insurgents and terrorism. To him they are one and the same -- and that's going to pose a problem for the 1st Muslim president of the United States.

The Petraeus doctrine refers to "Islamic insurgents," "Islamic extremists" and "Islamic subversives." It details ties between Muslim support groups and terrorists.

Larry Korb, a military analyst at the Center for American Progress, says it is incorrect to link Islam to terrorism.

"Once you attach a religious thing, you're basically saying somehow or other this is caused by the religion," Mr. Korb said. "Most Muslims are not that way."

But Gen. Petreaus doesn't believe the link between Islam and terrorism should be ignored.

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Rap mogul Sean Combs attended his friend Alex Gidewon's birthday bash at the Compound on Saturday (July 10).

Cassie was also at Alex's party, although they arrived separately. Cassie was escorted into the club by Sean's longtime manager Hiriam Hicks. Why won't Sean Combs just acknowledge and publicly claim his woman? And what type of woman allows her man to sleep with other women right under her nose? If nothing else, Puffy has shown us that women with low self esteem come in all shapes and sizes. Check back for more pics from Alex's birthday bash!

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Christina Milian and The-Dream have decided to separate, his rep confirms to UsMagazine.com. Miss Jia posted this pic of Christina Milian and The Dream's side piece, Melissa, during happier times.

"Terius 'The-Dream' Nash is saddened to announce that his marriage to Christina Milian was unsuccessful. The couple reached this decision in late 2009, but decided to keep the news private in efforts to protect their baby daughter Violet. They ask for consideration and respect for their family moving forward," his rep tells Us.

The split confirmation comes as racy photos surface of The-Dream and his assistant of about a year, Melissa Santiago, frolicking in the Caribbean.

The producer and singer (who released his third album, Love King, on June 29), 32, proposed to Milian, 28, in July 2009 with a six-carat diamond ring from Ivanka Trump's jewelry line. The couple eloped last September in Las Vegas, and said "I Do" a second time in Rome in December shortly before deciding to separate. They welcomed daughter Violet five months ago.

Jaleel White finally addresses the domestic abuse allegations against him on his Twitter page over the weekend. According to TMZ, Jaleel assaulted his baby mama by punching her in her breast implant and bashing her head against a porcelain water closet (that's toilet bowl in British).

Apparently, Jaleel is a single father who has custody of his child, and the dustup was over child support that his baby mama thought she was entitled to -- but she wasn't -- so she concocted this assault story to exact her revenge. I believe Jaleel. The surprising part in all this is that Jaleel sired a daughter with his baby mama. Who else besides me thought he was down low?

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These pics of music producer The Dream frolicking on a beach with an unidentified white woman has PUBLICITY STUNT written all over them.

Obviously someone in The Dream's camp called the paparazzi to meet up with them. I think The Dream's baby mama, Christina Milian, agrees:

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NBA superstar LeBron James is just a regular guy when it comes to his family. 'Bron was spotted waiting for a table with his family at the popular TriBeCa eatery Bubba's in NYC yesterday. I just got off the phone with a male friend who was salivating over Sean Combs' LSLH girlfriend Cassie at Compound nightclub on Saturday. It's a good thing that LeBron is more realistic and mature than most men who only see LSLH women as objects rather than as human beings with feelings.

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“He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”

~ The reverend Jesse Jackson, in a press release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

As I told you last week, Oscar winner Halle Berry and her "personal assistant" finally took their relationship public, confirming rumors of her bisexuality. Though some bloggers were skeptical at first, I'm sure these pictures will end all speculation.

The two women linked arms and Halle whispered sweet nothings into her lover's ear as they strolled after grabbing a bite to eat at Laurel Canyon Cafe. They seemed oblivious to all the paparazzi circling them and clicking away.

Halle, her lover and her daughter Nahla are one big happy family

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Dallas stripper-turned-blogger, Zeralyn is back with a new blog post. This time she covers attention whore Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, whose horrible reality TV dating show premiered on VH1 last night:

Unless you were in rehab or under a rock, you might have noticed that NFL star Chad “child please” Johnson had a dating show air on VH1 last night. To my surprise in the beginning of the show there were 85 girls. You ask what my surprise is, it’s the fact that these are women. Thats neither here nor there, because I'm more concerned with the fact that out of these 85 women, there were 17 women chosen -- 15 of which were either white or spanish.

The remaining two girls were of Negro descent, one of whom had remnants of a micro braid lace front…(ewwww).

Now my inside sources have revealed to me that one of the girls who was cut was none other than porn star Kapri Styles. Who I was also told was offered $$$$ by Mr.Johnson to sleep with him during the casting. Whether she did or did not we would have to ask her or Mr.Johnson. Now if you remember a few months ago Chad was running around bouncing checks to groupies across the US.

Now I asked him on twitter what the deal was and basically his answer was that he put a stop payment on the check. I guess my problem isn’t with him having buyer's remorse lol but, anyone accepting a check as a form of payment for “services” rendered. READ MORE...

Here are more pics from the wedding of La La and Carmelo Anthony held at Cipriani's -- a former bank -- in NYC yesterday. The entire production -- oops, I mean, wedding, was televised for a reality TV series set to air in September.

The bride, La La Vazquez, arrived at her wedding in style

La La's $10,000 Vera Wang wedding dress had its own limo driver

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A loyal reader, who asked to remain anonymous, sent in this tid bit about a well-known local ex-stripper/author turned radio show host, who spoke about her satisfying "lengthy, casual sex relationship" with an unidentified pro athlete whom she slept with on the first date.

Well she was dating Don Cannon but that's been over for a while. She's dating Damien Wilkins! Yes, Domnique's Nephew. That's whom she refers to as her SP *silent partner [aka, sponsor]! She is also dating a few local guys! But Damien Flips all her bills and bought her the baby benz she drives! c230! Oh and Damien was still with his child's mother until recent months, she whom also was a stripper, he and ***** have been together well over a yr, he also dated one of her girlfriends before they started dating.

*Edited for clarity

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NBA star Carmelo Anthony took multimedia personality La La Vazquez as his wife in a civil ceremony at Cipriani's in NYC today (July 10). Congrats to the happy couple.

Ciara, who claims she spends an absurd $11,000 a month on shoes, chose these Versace platform heels to go with her one shoulder mini dress. If you ask me, she is dressed totally inappropriately for a wedding. But Ciara doesn't have common sense anyway.

Ludacris' fiancee Eudoxie took notes at La La and Carmelo's wedding. Her wedding to Luda is sure to be talked about for years to come.

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The Miami Heat introduced their new free agent acquisitions, LeBron James (from Cleveland) and Chris Bosh (from Toronto), during a splashy, over-the-top Las Vegas style extravaganza called "HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event" at the American Airlines Arena yesterday.

The team also announced Dwyane Wade's new 6-year contract. The Super Friends were handed the keys to the city and showered with confetti as they made their grand entrance into the jam packed American Airlines Arena.

The Heat unveiled the new team slogan "YES.WE.DID" -- although they haven't actually done anything yet.

This video is just a little something to make the Cleveland fans smile and take their minds off the fact that their team won't make the playoffs for the next 5 years.

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