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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.