With age comes wisdom and a woman's unique ability to recognize her habit of making poor choices in men. At the tender age of 29, singer/actress Christina Milian has fully come of age.

The 29-year-old former dancer and model has a history of failed relationships with industry men, such as Andre Lyon (Cool & Dre), Nick Cannon and ex-husband, The Dream with, whom she has a daughter, Violet.

Milian sounded "happy and strong" when she recently spoke with Popeater blog about her new album, titled 'Elope'.

"It was called 'Elope,' but I'm going to have to change it. That was my life in 2009. I have a new attitude now. I'm a whole new girl -- a new woman," she tells PopEater. "I'll probably use a little bit of my material from before, because I still do love some of the songs. Some got leaked onto the Internet. But a good majority will be different."

Milian also spoke about her upcoming ABC Family movie 'Christmas Cupid,' which is set to air on Dec. 12. In a role that closely mirrors her real life, Christina plays a selfish, success-obsessed celebrity publicist named Sloane who has a history of broken relationships.

"So many guys she's with. Oh my gosh, all these guys," Milian laughs. "I didn't think about it 'til it hit me when I was about to start shooting. She kind of has a lot of boyfriends in this movie."

But Milian, who was reportedly dating industry exec Shawn "Pecas" Costner, says the days of living fast and loose with her heart are over and she is currently single.

"I'm not interested. It's understandable. I want to protect my daughter; everything in my daughter's interests now. I need a break from dating. I need a really big break. When I got into a relationship, I always think long term. I always think forever. And I'm not really ready for that," she admits. "I'm enjoying her so much that I don't have time for anything else when I'm not working."

Do you think you have the greatest husband, boyfriend, fiance in the world? Are you having a little trouble deciding on that perfect gift to surprise him with this Christmas? Well, worry no more, sista. Your auntie has scoured the Internets for the perfect gifts for him to find under the Christmas tree!

First up are these British mini replicas of the classic Jaguar E-Type and a Porsche Speedster. At $15,000 a piece, these cars are nothing to play with. The cars are equipped with a gas engine or an electric motor that averages top speeds of 46 miles per hour. The tiny cars, which are half the size of the originals, take over 450 hours to make. So if you hurry and order by the end of the business day today, he will receive his special one-of-a kind gift just in time for Christmas! Your man will be the envy of all the other husbands in the neighborhood.

If money is tight, and your man wakes up hungry as a bear every morning, surprise him with this Wake And Bake Dream Griddle Alarm clock – $7.95. Okay, I'm kidding. It's actually a Prank Pack fake gift box, which appears to contain ridiculous products from clueless companies. This particular item is out of stock, but they have other unique prank gifts for sale.

These eyelid stickers are a great gift idea if your man is always caught sleeping on the job by his nosy boss. Save his job and your marriage with these realistic looking eyelid stickers! All he has to do is apply these stickers to his eyelids when he feels a snooze coming on. Anyone passing by his cubicle will assume he's wide awake! Prices start at .67 cents if you buy in bulk. Purchase them here.

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Rev. Run's daughter, Angela Simmons (above), and British superstar singer Leona Lewis (below left), were spotted out shopping together at the Grove in Hollywood, CA yesterday. Leona Lewis is a bright shining example of what every woman should be. She's respectful, always appropriate in her manner and style of dress, and she never puts her business in the streets.

Angela, on the other hand, always looks a mess (when she has clothes on). The young entrepreneur is seen wearing a Yankee skull cap with an oversized grey furry vest, grey jogging pants, UGG boots and an expensive Louis Vuitton bag. When she isn't showing off her nubile curves in a skimpy bikini, she's usually taking unnecessary fashion risks that would make Anna Wintour cringe. I sure hope Leona doesn't think all Americans dress like Angela.

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Rapper Nicki Minaj was spotted signing autographs after laving a taping of the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' show in Hollywood, CA yesterday. Is it just me or is the pancake batter packed a little thicker on her face than usual? I want to like this chick because her album is actually aiight, but mentally deranged women tend to make me nervous.

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Last night, a follower on Twitter.com kept on spamming my timeline with the link to this video.

Normally I would block such an annoying pest and keep it moving. But then she tweeted the key words that caught my attention: "MATT KEMP STEPS OUT ON RIH...POST THAT."

Curiosity getting the best of me, I quickly clicked the link to watch the video.

At first, it appears to be a routine night out on the town for Matt and his boys, captured on video by Hollywood TV as they leave a club in West Hollywood.

At the 12 sec. mark, an attractive LSLH female steps off the curb, pushes up against RiRi's man affectionately and says, "Matt" -- before she spots the paparazzi and blanks out.

It's the familiarity in their body language that gives it all away. They both acted like they were caught doing something they shouldn't be doing.

Instead of acknowledging the cutie -- because obviously they know each other -- Matt walks away like he doesn't have a clue who she is!

That's a sure cheat of cheating! If you don't recognize that sign then you will repeatedly fall for cheating dogs like him! Any woman (gay or straight) who has been cheated on knows the signs. A man who has nothing to hide would have simply acknowledged the chick and played it off like it was nothing. After all, she could have been a fan. Would he ignore a fan?

My favorite part is the cameraman asking Matt random questions and playing it off like he didn't just see what happened!

We all know Rihanna bats zero when it comes to choosing men. She's young and immature and she thinks every cute man is a keeper because he's hot. Ladies, please remember that a hot man always has a backup plan, lol!

I hope Rihanna thinks differently after watching this video. But something tells me she will still be in denial, just as she was until chris brown slapped some sense into her last year.

Troubled R&B singer chris brown hosted the Sunday night party last night at the infamous Velvet Room in Decatur, Georgia, a suburb just north of Atlanta. brown, 21, was seen hugged up all night in the club's VIP area with an attractive LSLH chick with interesting tongue jewelry.

Both Rihanna and brown have shown a strong desire to move past the drama surrounding their violent pre-Grammy Awards incident in 2009. Over the weekend, both stars appealed to their fanatical Twitter fan bases to let bygones be bygones.

After a chris brown Stan begged RiRi to stop talking about the incident in magazine interviews, Rihanna responded by tweeting: "AGREED! People won't stop asking about it! It's f---in' annoying! Nobody wants to relive that, but some ppl can't respect that!"

When the RiRi and breezy Stans continued bickering on Twitter, brown interceded with this tweet: "Y'all starting to sound extremely childish! #teambreezy and #rihannanavy It's pointless. Love team breezy & thank you rihannanavy for supporting ya girl."

Rihanna could benefit from the ceasefire. She has a new album to promote, LOUD, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard pop chart. And brown's predicted miracle comeback never quite materialized after his Visine-assisted emotional breakdown onstage at the 2010 BET Awards in June.

brown left, partied with club owner Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment Group), center, and Hot 107.9's DJ Bestroh

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Rapper Nelly came for me on Twitter today in response to my post titled "Nelly Lashes Out at Nicki Minaj and Universal Records". He tweeted: "Wtf is @sandrarose talking about? I did not lash out @nickiminaj! I am a fan and have nothing but respect and luv for nikki!"

I respectfully retract my earlier statement as it appears that I was given the wrong information. Nelly would never disrespect a female artist. He was in fact lashing out at Universal Records out of frustration due to his record sales, and rightfully so if you under ship and under promote your artists.

"No artist has control over another artist's budget. Nor are they responsible for how a label markets their artist!!," he tweeted.

It looks like the over-hyped, over-the-top sales marketing plan worked for rapper Jay Z and former VIBE editor Dream Hampton, who goes uncredited as the actual author of Decoded.

Decoded, Jay Z's autobiography slash memoir of his days hustling drugs in the Marcy Projects to his current gig hustling for cred in corporate boardrooms, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover non-fiction books.

This is not a big deal when you consider that the aging rapper is trailing behind 2 books that have been on the bestseller list for weeks: Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken (#2) and George Bush’s memoirs Decision Points (#1).

Jay Z's rhyme tome didn't even crack the Top 10 on USA Today's bestseller list, which is actually based on overall sales and not who you know at the NY Times. Decoded landed at #18.

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Last night, BET and Centric TV (formerly BET Jazz) aired the Soul Train Awards featuring moving tributes to R&B legends Anita Baker and Ron Isley. The most moving performance (in my opinion) was by the very talented singer Tamia.

After watching Tamia's stirring performance of Baker's "Giving You The Best That I've Got," many wondered why she hasn't put out a new album.

It turns out the 35-year-old Grammy winner's promising career was cut short when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Tamia, who is best known for her hits "You Put a Move On My Heart" and "Stranger in My House", is one of the truly great singers of our time.

Tamia's debut album, More, is considered a classic among her devoted fans. The CD received favorable reviews when it dropped in 1998, but it was largely slept on by the black community.

One of the singles, "So Into You," was sampled by rapper Fabolous for his single "Into You". The single peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2003.

This video also includes Faith Evans' cracked out rendition of Baker's classic hit "No One In The World". It was a horrible performance by today's standards -- and that's putting it mildly.

More performances on MissInfo's blog.

According to the Huffington Post:

Kim Kardashian will go off Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday to support World AIDS Day and won't sign back on until $1 million is raised for Keep a Child Alive, Alicia Keys' charity. Alicia, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Usher have also made the pledge.

Here is Kim's ad, which reads: "Kim sacrificed her digital life to give real life to millions of others affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Visit BuyLife.org or text 'KIM' to '90999' to buy her life now."

So, donate to a good cause if you want Kim back on Twitter.

By now you've heard about the brief Twitter spat between Usher Raymond's baby mama, Tameka Foster, and reality TV personality Kandi Burruss last night.

Apparently what happened was, Kandi and her mother, Joyce, were guests on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, following the broadcast of last night's episode of RHOA.

The host, Andy Cohen, asked Kandi who she was crushing on, and Kandi responded, "Usher," because she had heard he could put it down in the bedroom.

Someone on Twitter relayed Kandi's comment to Tameka via tweet. Tameka responded, "Girl that doesn’t surprise me, there isn’t many left in town that she hasn’t so…… Go figure..."

Kandi immediately tweeted, "you on some real bullshit i see…. wow."

Tameka quickly followed up by inviting Kandi to "take it outside," so to speak. "See I like real live convos.. So anyone that wants to talk to me can DIAL or come SEE ME. I don’t play cyber games.."

Though it was snarky, what Tameka tweeted to Kandi wasn't far off the mark.

Everybody knows Kandi has been down that road with quite a few married, and taken, industry cats. It's no secret that Kandi's a slut who only pursues men in committed relationships.

Kandi's baby daddy, entertainment mogul Russell "Block" Spencer, had a girlfriend and kids at home when he sired Kandi's daughter. The chick has no morals, yet she calls herself giving advice to other clueless baby mamas online.

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Over the weekend, rapper Nelly vented his frustration at his record label, Universal Records, for failing to promote his latest album, Nelly 5.0. Allegedly, Universal only shipped 200,000 albums to record stores.

I touched on this subject last week in this post after a well-connected industry source reached out to Sandrarose.com.

The source, who is close to Nelly's camp, told me confidentially that Universal Records allocated most of Nelly's marketing budget to promote newcomer Nicki Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday.

The source said Nelly was frustrated with the lack of promotion by Universal which led to decreased consumer awareness of his album. The source also said Nicki's album took top priority over Nelly's even though the critics say Nelly's album is much better than Pink Friday.

Nelly 5.0 was released on November 12 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, selling 63,000 copies in the first week.

The source claimed some of Nelly's promotional budget also went to maintain Nicki Minaj's "image," which I took to mean her extensive plastic surgery, including hydrogel butt injections.

At the time I was asked to keep this information under wraps because Nelly didn't want to appear to be crying foul about the situation.

But on Saturday, Nelly took to his Twitter page to lash out in a very public way at Universal Records (and by extension, Nicki).

In a tweet that contained a stealthy dig at his label mate, Nelly wrote: "When an artist doesn’t deliver sufficient material they (the artist) gets [his] budget cut for [the] next [artist's] album, or worse, dropped from the label!"

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Last night, MTV aired a one hour documentary on Nicki Minaj's life titled My Time Now. MTV followed Nicki for 3 months chronicling her meteoric rise to fame from her humble roots as an emotionally disturbed rapper from Brooklyn.

My Time Now had fierce competition last night from BET's Soul Train Awards and Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta. A sampling of Twitter results revealed that The Soul Train Awards easily beat the competition hands down (at least on Twitter).

MTV's cameras followed as Nicki, born Onika Maraj, returned to her native Trinidad and surprised her mother with a new home.

The documentary failed to touch on Nicki's first public exposure which came via a viral YouTube video in which a deranged Nicki (who claimed to be from the Bronx) rambles on about her imaginary lesbun relationship with rapper Remy Ma.

Since that ominous introduction, Onika lost weight and reinvented herself as a silicone and hydrogel filled human action figure worshipped by legions of adoring (and some crazed) "Barbies".

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The Obama administration is racing to limit the damage from what some are calling the "most damaging disclosure of secret documents in decades."

According to online reports, 220 secret documents -- part of a cache of a quarter-million American diplomatic cables -- were uploaded to the Internet late Sunday night by Wikileaks.org, an international organization of journalists and others dedicated to revealing secret documents from anonymous sources and leaks.

According to the NY Times, the disclosure of the cables is sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict.

The White House said the release of the “stolen cables” was a “reckless and dangerous action” and warned that if released in full, some of the cables could disrupt American operations abroad.

The cables, which document communication between the State Department and some 270 embassies and consulates around the world, reveal, among other things, the bargaining that went on between Obama and the world to accept prisoners from Gitmo.

Emptying Guantanamo Bay was at the top of Obama's list of priorities when he took office in 2009. Freeing the terrorists ranked even higher on Obama's list than providing relief to homeowners as he'd promised on the campaign trail.

When American diplomats pressed other countries to resettle detainees, they became reluctant players in a State Department version of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Slovenia was told to take a prisoner if it wanted to meet with President Obama, while the island nation of Kiribati was offered incentives worth millions of dollars to take in Chinese Muslim detainees...

Another revelation, that Saudi donors are the chief financiers of Al Qaeda, comes as no surprise. The 9/11 terrorists were bankrolled by Osama bin Laden, the Saudi billionaire who founded Al Qaeda.

The White House warned, “We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.”

About 11,000 of the leaked documents are labeled "Secret," but none are marked "Top Secret," the government's most secure status.

Poor Kanye West can't catch a break -- even when he's doing something as harmless as riding on a float during the Macys thanksgiving Day parade.

Kanye may be a narcissist who leaps at any chance to be the center of attention. But he didn't deserve to be boo'd at a Thanksgiving Day parade. Parades should be off-limits to haters. Obviously a bunch of Taylor Swift fans were among the throngs lined up along the parade route in NYC on Thursday.

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A little-known Hispanic politician was identified by the White House as the one who gave 'The One' a fat lip during a pickup basketball game at Fort McNair in Washington, DC yesterday.

U.S. President Barack Obama took an elbow to the mouth as he went up for a rebound while playing a pickup basketball game with his personal assistant Reggie Love (a former Duke University standout), and "family members" - according to the AP.

Many speculated that the dirty player was either Love, Hillary Clinton or a 5'-2" female Secret Service Agent.

But the perpetrator was eventually identified as Rey Decerega, who works for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, DC.

Obama's busted lip required 12 stitches to close. But Hot Air explains that the number of stitches was increased due to doctors using a smaller filament (string) to stitch the wound tighter so the resulting scar would not be as visible when it heals.

Yesterday, the White House released an official statement from Decerega, who says he enjoys playing basketball with Obama and is sure the president will be back out on the court again soon.

Maybe one of Obama's NBA buddies will educate him on the benefits of wearing a mouth guard such as the custom fanged one that Miami Heat star Lebron James wore during a game on Halloween night.

Singer Keri Hilson, who turns 28 in 2 weeks, has a hectic schedule that keeps her on the road traveling from city to city promoting her upcoming CD, No Boys Allowed.

After performing at Polow Da Don's Thanksgiving Carnival earlier in the week, Keri jetted out of Atlanta to New York to appear on a float in the Macys Thanksgiving Day parade yesterday.

Then she flew back to Atlanta just in time to eat Thanksgiving dinner with the fam, before heading out again to host AG Entertainment's Thursday Nights at the famed Gold Room nightclub. Wow, I'm exhausted just thinking about her schedule!


At the end of the night, Keri was walking back to her car when she was surprised by her longtime boyfriend. The lovers embraced passionately as the paparazzi snapped away. They say Keri and her man met in high school, but I don't know if it's true, so don't quote me on that.

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Last night, Nicki Minaj held a mini concert to celebrate the release of her debut album, Pink Friday, at the Hot 97 Thanksgiving special at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Pink Friday is expected to sell 100k less than the Kanye West. He can't be happy about that?

Still, Yeezy was among the artists who showed up to support her onstage, including Rihanna, Drake and Keyshia Cole. Peek the performances below (courtesy of TGJ):

I know Nicki is getting tired of Rihanna rearranging her butt pads. Okay, we get it, RiRi. She's fake.

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Good morning! How was your Thanksgiving? I realize most of my readers are out scavenger hunting for Black Friday specials. But look what I found.

Some of you may have seen this pic of rapper Nelly already. I'm told it's a wall poster that comes packaged with select copies of Nelly's new CD, Nelly 5.0. So while you're about shopping, make sure you pick up his album.

You might recall that Nelly was the only celebrity to visit rapper T.I. when he was incarcerated last year. Nelly took his tour bus to Arkansas to visit his friend. That kind of loyalty is rare in this business.

Now there's a rumor floating around the industry that a considerable amount of Nelly's 5.0 promotional budget was allocated to label mate and newcomer Nicki Minaj to push her CD, Pink Friday instead.

That hardly seems fair since everybody says Nelly's 5.0 album is tight. Dude is no slouch with 21 million albums sold in the United States alone.

Nelly has consistently been one of the best-selling male artists in the industry. Last year he was ranked as the 3rd Top Overall Artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.

But I guess all of those accomplishments means nothing when industry politics and butt injections are involved.

I tried reaching out to Nelly's people for a comment, but they declined to discuss the rumors.

According to HitsDailyDouble, Nicki's Pink Friday is projected to sell between 375-425 units in the first week -- a major feat for a new artist. But when you look at Nelly's CD sales and lack of marketing, you know why.

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Troubled singer Fantasia Barrino and her daughter Zion made shakes at the famed Millions of Shakes shop in Culver City, CA yesterday. Her daughter is adorable!

Producer Kanye West wore a furry vest for his first ever Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance this morning in New York. The troubled rapper performed "Lost in the World" from his critically acclaimed CD My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

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Happy Thanksgiving to my SR family! I am thankful that you read my blog even though some of you don't always agree with what I write. :) If you are at home or on the road visiting family, or even if you're working today, have a Blessed holiday and be safe!

Here are pics of local celebrities and VIPs donating turkeys and volunteering their time to persons in need.

The Konfidence Foundation and The Gidewon Foundation took time out to enjoy the experience of giving to others yesterday. Pictured are local club owner Alex Gidewon, far left, Mayor Kasim Reed, 2nd from right, and Akon's mom, Ms. Kine Gueye Thiam, President of the Konfidence Foundation, 3rd from right.

Syndicated radio host Steve Harvey, center, his wife Marjorie, left, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Medical student Eudoxie, left, and her man Ludacris attended the The 4th Annual Zone 4 Inc, Foundation Focus and Ludacris Foundation Thanksgiving Carnival hosted by Big Boi in Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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Last night, troubled producer/rapper Kanye West gave a last-minute secret concert at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC to promote his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye boasted about his comeback and his 1st week record sales (expected to be around 500K).

"It was a show performed by a real asshole..." writes the NY Times, "a guy who was convinced that no matter how much you loved him, you could still love him more."

Celebrities in attendance included Sean Combs, Q-Tip, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Ryan Leslie, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and John Legend.

Kanye ended the concert with a long rambling, confusing, narcissistic speech in which he once again blamed everyone else around him for his troubles, including his favorite targets: former president George Bush and country pop singer Taylor Swift.

Of the latter, he said, "...Taylor never came to my defense in any interview" I guess it didn't occur to Kanye that his victims aren't required to come to his defense?

Yeezy also swung wildly at bloggers: "The sh*t that people write on blogs is a projection of what they feel or what they're scared about in themselves," he said. "And now we are mere surfaces of the energy that they are projecting on us."   :yawn:

The audience quickly grew restless halfway through Kanye's rambling speech. There was a smattering of boos and a few of his fans (who spent $160 for the privilege of being there) yelled out "GAY FISH!" and "YOU'RE A LIAR!"

But West, who is firm in his belief that he is being unjustly persecuted -- not unlike Jesus Christ -- soldiered on, blaming everyone but God for forcing him to man up and face his own demons dead on.

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Kudos to rappers Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane and So Icey Entertainment for giving back to their community.


Did the volunteers come straight from the club to help out?

Hey Sandra,

Earlier today, Debra Antney and Mizay Entertainment with DTLR and Hot 107.9 held their annual Turkey Giveaway Dinner Event in Forest Park, GA. People of all ages lined up getting Turkeys from all of the artists signed to Mizay including Waka Flocka Flame, Frenchie, Cartier Kitten, Muff Mommy, Cartel, Kebo Gotti, as well as Gucci Mane stopping by and helping some of the senior citizens by carrying turkeys and vegetables to their vehicles. Here's a few photos, and there's more on my site.

Thanks...

Bernadette Truell
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According to HitsDailyDouble, Kanye West's critically acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, will top Nicki Minaj's much-anticipated debut CD, Pink Friday, on the charts next week.

West's 'Fantasy' is expected to push over 500K units, while Nicki's sales will hover around the 150K mark.

The buzz surrounding West's 5th studio album reached a fever pitch when Rolling Stone magazine gave 'Fantasy' the equivalent of The Source magazine's 5 mics in its review.

Still, Kanye's best wasn't good enough. As I reported earlier, country pop superstar Taylor Swift, 20, sold over 1 million copies of her album Speak Now in its first week.

This news won't go over well with Kanye, 33, who considers himself to be on par with God, Michael Jackson and the Beatles -- in that order.

According to online reports, an actor who had bit parts on TV's Ugly Betty and the movie Step Up 3D, has allegedly murdered his own mother with a samurai sword while screaming Biblical passages.

According to People.com, a black woman identified as Yannick Brea, 55, was found dead in her Brooklyn apartment early this morning.

There are unconfirmed reports that Brea was beheaded.

A male was taken into custody and transported to Kings County Hospital, and while the NYPD is not yet releasing the alleged suspect's name, WPIX-11 in New York reports he is Michael Brea, 31, and that he used a samurai sword to commit the crime.

Police confirmed to EW.com that the weapon used was a sword.

A black woman who told U.S. President Obama she was "exhausted" defending him and waiting for him to bring about economic change, has lost her job.

Velma Hart, who told Obama she was worried about her family's financial future, was laid off from her job as the Chief Financial Officer of a veteran’s service organization this week.

"I'm an American veteran, and I'm one of your middle class Americans," Hart said in September during the Town Hall meeting. "And quite frankly, I'm exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for. And deeply disappointed with where we are right now."

Her supervisor denies laying Hart off because she stood up to Obama.

"It's not anything she did," said Jim King, the national executive director of Am Vets. "She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people. It was a move to cut our bottom line. Most not-for-profits are seeing their money pinched."

He declined to say whether others in Hart's department had also been laid off.

"Velma was a good employee," he told a writer from the Washington Post. "It was just a matter of looking at the bottom line and where could we make the best cuts and survive."

The tea party movement seized upon Hart's comments to Obama as proof that Obama was losing touch with his hard core supporters - African American voters.

Despite chasing the black vote, Obama and the Democrats suffered a humiliating defeat during November's midterm Congressional elections.

Rapper Nicki Minaj was seen rocking a rainbow colored lacefront wig and floor length faux fur coat as she headed into the MAC store in Times Square, NYC to promote her album, Pink Friday, today. I had no clue Nicki had the clout to draw crowds like this.

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This video was shot 2 months ago but it is just now going viral on YouTube thanks to the combined efforts of Gawker.com and the Huffington Post.

In the video, a courageous young lady goes off on a flasher after he rubbed his junk up against her on a New York subway train. The unidentified woman wondered aloud why the man was rubbing up against her when there was so much space on the train. "Then I see his penis out!" she screamed.

At the mere mention of penis, all the manly men on the train whip their cell phone cameras out and start shooting.

The extremely embarrassed flasher implores the lady to retract her accusation since it wasn't his penis clad in a condom that she saw.

"Oh, you're getting f*cking arrested! I'm not leaving your side," she responds. "My plans are done for the night. I'm escorting you to the police station. Oh, yes! Oh, f*cking yes!"

No word on what happened to the hapless flasher.


Burlesque dancer and studio singer Beyonce Knowles hosted the launch event for the Lorraine Schwartz "2BHAPPY" Jewelry Collection, held at the LAVO Night Club in NYC last night. After a night of partying, Beyonce's curly hair went limp. Noticeably missing from the party was Beyonce's husband, rapper Shawn Carter, who rarely supports his wife unless he's sharing the spotlight too.


R&B crooner Usher was spotted wearing a full beard while shopping near his home in West Hollywood, CA yesterday.


Socialite Paris Hilton caused quite a ruckus when she bent over to pick up her bunny rabbit while shopping at Madison store in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday. That's when the paparazzi realized that Paris was wearing nothing under her sheer stockings.

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Industry icons from Rolling Stone to Russell Simmons has heaped praise on Kanye West during his dramatic comeback. But not everyone is impressed with the emotionally disturbed rapper.

One of those people who isn't impressed, the legendary producer Quincy Jones, was rightfully insulted when US magazine tried to compare him -- a gifted musician and symphony orchestra conductor -- with Kanye West who plays on a drum machine all day.

Us: Kanye West is similar to you in that he's the producer everybody wants to work with in the last decade....

QJ: How man? No way. Did he write for a symphony orchestra? Does he write for a jazz orchestra? Come on, man. He's just a rapper. There's no comparison. I'm not putting him down or making a judgement or anything, but we come from two different sides of the planet. I spent 28 years learning my first skill. I don't rap. It's not the same thing. A producer has to have some sort of skills that enable him to be a producer. It's totally different to know what to do with 16 woodwinds you know from piccolos down to bass clarinet. It's a whole different mindset. No comparison. None.

When asked what he thought of Kanye, the 77-year-old producer of Michael Jackson's Epic album Thriller, said, "I don't think about him much. He's a great rapper, but there are a lot of good rappers."