For the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting emails from Ray J’s staff announcing his promotional tour his new album, Raydiation 2. Now here comes these exclusive pics taken of Ray J and his Cougar, pop Diva Whitney Houston, as they left The Capital Grille in Buckhead, Atlanta last night.

Ray J, 29, and Houston, 47, smiled as the paparazzi flashbulbs popped. These pics arrive just in time for Ray J’s album release. Coincidence?

Raydiation 2 will be his fifth studio album which will feature production from the Grammy Award-winning, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and hit-maker Dr. Luke. His new single, “Last Wish”, acts as the sequel to his 2005 hit “One Wish”.

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After the political drubbing U.S. President Barack Obama and the Democrats took during last week’s midterm elections, Obama is determined not to cave in to the republicans. He steadfastly refuses to extend George Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy which expire at the end of the year.

Obama denied statements made by his senior advisor David Axelrod to the Huffington Post. Axelrod suggested that the administration was ready to back a temporary extension of the current rates. Mr. Obama said Mr. Aelrod’s comments were “misinterpreted.”

“Here’s the right interpretation — I want to make sure that taxes don’t go up for middle class families starting on January 1st,” Obama said at a news conference at the conclusion of the G-20 Summit here. “That is my number one priority for those families and for our economy. I also believe that it would be fiscally irresponsible for us to permanently extend the high income tax cuts.” [link]

Economists argue that not extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy “would constitute a profound and damaging ‘anti-stimulus’ that would harm our prospects for expansion in the near future.” [link]

In a letter signed by more than 300 economists, The National Taxpayer Union argued that raising taxes on the wealthy would result in lost jobs and hiring freezes. “The promise of a tax increase in January 2011 would create significant economic distortions as individuals and businesses conserve capital or stave off hiring,” the letter reads.

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Who knew Halle Berry and Garcelle Beauvais were BFFs? The two actresses were spotted leaving Barefoot Restaurant in Beverly Hills, Ca after having a girls lunch together. Spies overheard the women discussing their rocky relationships with men outside of their race. Okay, I’m kidding. But I bet they have a lot in common with each other.


R&B singer and former American Idol contestant, Frenchie Davis, wore a bright yellow dress on the way to her doctor’s office in Beverly Hills yesterday. I hope all is well with her. Photo Exclusive: INFPhoto.com

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They say prison changes a man and plays games with his mind. But even before Shyne was sent to prison for 8 years for shooting up a NYC nightclub, he already had his mind right.

As soon as he was released and deported to Belize, the rapper changed his rhyme style, changed his name to Moses Levi (from Jamaal Barrow) signed with Def Jam and then wrote a poison pen letter blasting LA Reid who quite frankly didn’t know what to do with him.

Shyne, who began embracing Judaism at the time of his arrest, completed his journey to Orthodox Judaism by visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem recently. “My entire life screams that I have a Jewish neshama,” he told a writer for the NY Times, using the Hebrew word for soul.

Orthodox Jews follow a strict adherence to Jewish customs such as wearing black clothing with their pants legs tucked into their socks. And not cutting their sideburns while allowing their hair to grow long.

Although he’s an Orthodox Jew, Shyne has no intentions of giving up the Hip Hop lifestyle that draws so many confused young brothas like moths to a flame.

“There’s nothing in the Chumash that says I can’t drive a Lamborghini,” and “nothing in the Halacha about driving the cars I like, about the lifestyle I live,” he says.

If J. Cole and Drake are the future of Hip Hop then Hip Hop has a bleak future. Drake tweeted about jumping on J. Cole’s “In The Morning” track off his ‘Friday Night Lights’ mixtape which drops today. I go hard on Drake but I love his music. That’s why this track is disappointing. What happened to Drake’s lyrical swag? Doesn’t he hear his fans pleas for him to stop singing?

Even rapper Sagon says Drake’s buzz is dying:

“And no disrespect. I love Drake, but I don’t think too many people are really anticipating his next album like crazy. Like, you almost know what you’re gonna expect from him: the love songs, singing. He makes great music, but you never know with those guys. The thing is, [Lil] Wayne is the Madonna of rap. He reinvents himself every two years, that’s why Wayne’s been around for so long. People be thinking he’s a new artist a lot. Wayne is a vet. Wayne got like 14 years in the game.” (VIBE)

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So last night I watched Kanye West’s baffling 40-minute music video for his hit “Runaway” off his critically acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

It took me this long to finally watch “Runaway” because I didn’t want to see Kanye putting all of his narcissism, paranoia’s and God complex issues on display.

It’s troubling that people consider Kanye’s mini-movie to be Epic, even as it reveals a man in obvious psychological pain.

One bright spot in the movie was the dining room scene, which alluded to Jesus’ Last Supper with Kanye occupying Jesus’ place at the table.

In the scene, a beautiful black man leans over to Kanye and says, “Your girlfriend is really beautiful… do you know she’s a bird?” I laughed out loud! That line was obviously intended as a jab at his ex-girlfriend/beard, Amber Rose.

According to the urban dictionary, ‘Bird’ stands for “An individual who is stupid, foolish, careless, idiotic, moronic, retarded, or just plain dumb.” That description seems to fit Amber Rose to a T.

Now that Kanye’s upcoming album MBDTF has leaked online, the reviews are coming fast & furious. Most tone-deaf Kanye West devotees are labeling the album a classic, or the best album of the year.

Popeater says Kanye’s “masterpiece” makes him invincible to criticism or controversy because calling him a nut from here on out would be redundant.

SPIN magazine calls Kanye a “princely narcissist among narcissists” and Rolling Stone said “being crazy is this guy’s job” but both give Kanye’s MBDTF high marks.

In my opinion, MBDTF is Kanye’s worst studio effort to date. Yeah, some of the tracks are tight, but the tortured lyrics and the moody movie are like a soundtrack set to a real life mental breakdown. It’s not pretty to watch or listen to.

DeVante Swing of the 80s R&B group Jodeci was arrested in California over the weekend for public drunkenness after he trashed a Subway restaurant.

A talented producer and songwriter, DeVante produced 2 Pac’s “No More Pain” off the 1996 album All Eyez on Me. DeVante was considered the heartthrob of the group, but he was plagued by drug addictions for most of his career.

“Gin & Juice” by Da Bassment featuring DeVante is a track off a mixtape, circa 1995. Da Bassment was a collective of artists from DeVante’s now defunct Swing Mob Records featuring Missy Elliott, her group Sugah, Tweet, Missy’s other girl group Sista, Timbaland, Magoo, Ginuwine, and others. The collective was sometimes referred to as “the supafriends”.

According to TMZ, DeVante, whose real name is Donald DeGrate Jr., was arrested after police received a call from a concerned citizen who said the singer was drunk and sloppily crashing into tables and falling on the floor at the restaurant.

The 41-year-old was arrested for being drunk in public and taken to a jail nearby.

DeVante was released around 11PM, after police determined he had sobered up. The police said the singer would not be charged with a crime.

Jodeci was a hit R&B band famous in the early-to-late ’90s and consisted of two pairs of brothers, the DeGrates — Donald ‘DeVante Swing’ DeGrate and Dalvin DeGrate and the Haileys — Cedric ‘K-Ci’ Hailey and Joel ‘Jo-Jo’ Hailey.

When Jodeci went on hiatus, the Hailey brothers continued to perform together under the name K-Ci & JoJo and found additional success; they are currently the subject of the reality show ‘K-Ci & JoJo … Come Clean.’

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