More Alicia Keys pics: AK is featured in the November 2010 Vogue Italia issue, on newsstands now. A little birdie told me that these pics are old. She said the photos were actually taken before Alicia started putting on baby fat. I don’t know how true that is. But her telltale thick ankles are slimmer in these pics than they looked last night when she attended the GQ magazine party in NYC. Maybe that explains why she didn’t make the cover?

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Rihanna showed off her athletic physique while performing live on an episode of “X Factor” in Milan, Italy yesterday. It’s almost as if she’s taunting Beyonce who’s been struggling with weight control issues lately.


The sexiness that is Akon was spotted leaving his NY hotel yesterday. If I’m not mistaken that’s one of his wives on the far left. Akon likes his woman dark and exotic looking.


Reality TV personality and entrepreneur Angela Simmons knows you love it when she strips down to her bikini. Showing off her hawt bod is about the only thing she does really well. Rev. Run’s daughter had fun on the beach yesterday with a friend in Miami.

Photos: Splash News Online and INFPhoto.com

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Alicia Keys stepped out last night to party for the first time since giving birth to her son Egypt. Ak and hubby Swizz Beatz attended a party to celebrate Swizz Beatz in the GQ November Issue, currently on stands.


The two made kissy face all night long. Alicia lost all her baby fat, but I see she’s still hiding her thick ankles inside boots.

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The Sister 2 Sister magazine 22nd Anniversary party last night was star studded, to say the least. Great night for publisher Jamie Foster Brown!

Last night, Sister 2 Sister Magazine celebrated their 22nd Anniversary at a star-studded party in Atlanta honoring Mathew Knowles, President/CEO, Music World Entertainment, Inc. (pictured above); (Roger Bobb, Producer/EVP, Tyler Perry Studios); Will Packer (Rainforest Films); Stephen Hill (President of Music, Programming & Specials, BET); and Paxton Baker (EVP/General Manager, CENTRIC).

The Real Housewives’ Kandi and BET’s Terrence J (pictured above with Will Packer) emcee’d the event, which included presentations from Jermaine Dupri, Juanita Bynum, Jeffrey Osborne, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Terri J. Vaughn, and Rev. Jamahl Bryant, as well as performances by Ginuwine, SWV (who totally killed the audience with their stirring rendition of “If Only You knew”) and choreographer Andrea Kelly (R.Kelly’s ex-wife). The belle of the ball, of course, was S2S publisher Jamie Foster Brown who was presented with the Phoenix Award by Mayor Reed for the magazine’s 22 years of excellence in publishing and entertainment.

The spectacular event was coordinated and planned by Atlanta’s premiere party planner Jamahl King and his team at S.T.E.P.S. Events.

All photos by James Pray

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In case you missed it, rapper T.I. was featured on last night’s episode of ‘Running Russell Simmons’, which aired on Oxygen network.

As you know, T.I. is currently incarcerated at Forest City Correctional facility in Arkansas. His wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris was granted permission to visit her man last weekend.

She was so excited, she tweeted from the plane, there and back.

300 well-heeled guests watched as T.I. married Tiny on July 31, 2010 in Miami, Florida.

It’s sad that their marriage was marred by the unprofessional behavior of the wedding planner and official wedding photographer who are holding the wedding photographs hostage.

I am told exclusively that no one has seen the official wedding pictures yet — not even T.I. or Tiny, and Tiny is not happy. The only pictures we’ve seen so far are the grainy, blurry Twitpics that enraged T.I. so much he mentioned it on his single “Get Back Up” featuring chris brown.

The wedding planner’s name is Jordan Victoria of EventCouture. I don’t have all the details (that’s coming), but Victoria is shady for holding their wedding pictures since July.

If her name is familiar to you old heads, it’s because Victoria was a member of JD’s first group Silk Tymes Leather.

Anyway, stay tuned for more details…

Click HERE (or below) to hear Ryan Cameron’s interview with Ms. Victoria in which she talks about “relationships” being important to her.

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Troubled rapper 50 Cent was a guest on his BFF Chelsea Lately‘s show last night. He dropped in on YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill as he was taping one of his videos backstage. 50 sure knows how to keep the spotlight directed on himself.

In case you’re not familiar, Keenan’s YouTube videos have all gone viral because of his terrible lip syncing of popular hit songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

As you know, Fiddy was rumored to be dating Chelsea Handler. But she squashed that rumor on her Twitter page since we all know it’s just a publicity stunt.

The bishop Eddie Long sex scandal saga is far from over. In court filings last Monday (Nov. 1), the pastor of the 25,000 member New Birth Missionary Baptist church requested a timeline of the proceedings so he can get on with his life.

According to the AJC, Long filed four lengthy responses in DeKalb County State Court, denying all allegations that he coerced young men into sexual relationships.

Four men have come forward to file lawsuits against Long and the church alleging inappropriate sexual and fiduciary misconduct.

In the filings obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Long asked for the four lawsuits to be dismissed and judgment to be entered in his favor.

In September, four young men — Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande — filed suits against Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The young men claimed Long coerced them into having sex with him in exchange for lavish gifts, trips and jobs. In the filings, Long said it has been a practice of his to occasionally share a room with members of his congregation. However, he said “the plaintiff’s claims of sexual misconduct are not true.”

The plaintiffs allege the sexual relations occurred when they were 16 or older. The legal age of consent is 16 in Georgia. [link]

Long has maintained that he gave the plaintiffs gifts, including cars, clothes and assistance with rent, but he denied that it was in exchange for sex.

Why doesn’t he just admit that he had sex with the guys? There is no law against having sex with consenting adults.

On Monday, New Birth Missionary Baptist church and the LongFellows Youth Academy, filed responses, saying they could not confirm or deny whether sexual contact took place.

The church said Anthony Flagg, one of the accusers, traveled with Long on trips to Tuskegee, Ala., New York and Las Vegas, but couldn’t provide further details. It said it could not “admit or deny” allegations that the two were intimate.

The response said “the church understands that Bishop Long often shared hotel rooms with members of the congregation while traveling,” but it couldn’t say whether Flagg shared a room with Long. [link]

Maybe someone can explain to me what the damages are since these men have all admitted they were not underage.

Yesterday, I had no clue who rapper Wiz Khalifa was until he came through my city and performed live at Masquerade on saturday.

That’s when I asked celebrity photographer Prince Williams about him. Prince explained everything: how he’s considered the next Snoop Dogg (because of his affinity for weed); and how he has a large underground cult following (mostly white college kids).

This morning I awakened to the news that Khalifa was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina for what else: drug possession.

According to MTV.com, a Pitt County Detention Center spokesman confirmed that Khalifa (born Cameron Thomaz), 22, was booked into the jail at around 1:30 a.m. He posted $300,000 bail and was released this morning around 8 a.m.

A bail that huge means he was caught with a ton of weed that he was possibly growing — not your average carry around joints for personal use.

The rapper was charged with a felony count of trafficking in marijuana, a felony count of maintaining a dwelling/vehicle/place for sale or storage of marijuana and one misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Khalifa obviously failed to take heed to Bow Wow’s warning — that the cops are monitoring the Internet.

Khalifa’s last tweet before he was arrested was: “smoke outs in greenville nc tonite. fall thru wit ur finest plant life”

The weed heads weren’t the only ones who fell through last night.

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Singer Rihanna dined out with friends at ‘Da Giacomo’ Restaurant in Milan, Italy yesterday. I LOVE the Prada handbag. That seems to be her favorite bag at the moment.

Pop icon Janet Jackson attended the 20th Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2010 at Carnegie Hall in New York City yesterday. She looks stunning! But she should stop bleaching her skin now. I remember when Janet Jackson was a brown skin girl on ‘Good Times’ before some of you kids were born.

Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson hangs by a thread as he films scenes from the upcoming movie Transformers 3 in Culver City, California yesterday.

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Talk Diva Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with Katherine Jackson aired yesterday after weeks of hype and build up.

The interview drops a few gems, such as clips from private home movies, Katherine’s recollection of the day Michael decided to get a nose job, and when she forces Joe Jackson to admit he whipped Michael with a belt.

Michael Jackson’s adopted children, Prince Michael I, Paris Katherine and Prince Michael II (Blanket), joined Katherine and Oprah later on in the segment (Part 3). Oprah even interviews Jermaine’s baby mama and their 3 offspring.

I was hoping Paris and Prince would mention how Michael dyed their hair blond when they were younger to make them appear more Aryan. Or whether they thought he was really their biological father. But I guess that would have been too much to ask.

The interview was pre-recorded at the beautiful, sprawling Encino family compound where young Michael and his brothers and sisters grew up after the family moved to the west coast from Gary, Indiana.

The mansion is now home to Michael’s adopted children and Jermaine Jackson’s baby mama and 3 sons. I remember when Michael paid the mansion off for Katherine after Joe Jackson left his mother for another woman. Joe and Katherine eventually reunited.

Critics say Michael would have strenuously objected to his children’s appearance on Oprah — especially since she practically labeled him a child molester while he was still alive.

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