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.

Photos by Prince Williams of ATLPics.net.

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Keyshia Cole's Twitter friend, Steven DeMoya, drove for 3½ hours to be in the audience at BET 106 & Park NOT ONCE but TWICE in 7 days to see Keyshia debut her two new videos.

After KC was made aware of his trek all the way from Rhode Island to NYC last week, she made sure he got special treatment this week. Steven met KC at BET's VIP entrance and walked into the building with her.

After hanging with KC in the dressing room he was whisked off to her appearance VIP Style: Check the two of them out in KC's dressing room at BET. Keyshia's new album, Calling All Hearts, is due in stores on December 21st.

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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.


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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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