In case you missed it, rapper Nicki Minaj brought out R&B Diva Keyshia Cole during a live performance and 21st birthday celebration for blogger Karen Civil in New Jersey last night.

About 700 of my most loyal readers and I sat up until 2 a.m. watching the live stream courtesy of Play Cloths.


Nicki and Keyshia performed their hit single "I Ain't Thru". The crowd was so hyped that Nicki was forced to stop her performance and implore the audience to stop fighting. Click the link below to watch the performance and special interviews.

In case you're not familiar with Karen, she ran the Weezythanxyou blog for rapper Lil Wayne while he was locked up.

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This can't be good: this week's edition of Newsweek magazine features an illustration of U.S. President Barack Obama on the cover as "Shiva the Destroyer" doing the "dance of death." By the way, Shiva is considered to be a major Hindu deity, or a God.

Mr. Obama has gone to great lengths to convince Americans that he is a Christian and not a Muslim as polls have shown. So this cover won't help the situation much.

I had my doubts that this was a real cover, so I called my contact over at Newsweek to confirm. This issue hits newsstands on November 22nd.

In happier news, Khloe Odom and her husband Lamar get into the holiday spirit on the cover of People Extra magazine.

Khloe wrote on her blog:

“Hi dolls! I’m so excited to share with you part of Lamar’s and my feature in People Magazine’s Holiday Issue!! This is going to be our first Christmas at our new house so it’s a really big deal for us. Last year we tried to go all out in our temporary home at the SLS Hotel, but even with the decorations, it still just wasn’t the same. This year we’ve taken holiday spirit to a whole new level.”

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Splash News has new pics up of troubled rapper Kanye West in Paris, France with a woman who isn't Amber Rose.

The couple walked arm in arm as they visited the Versailles Palace. This is the same tourist attraction that Kanye took Amber to during happier times when she fulfilled her contractual obligations as his beard. But then Amber got the big head and started contracting her services out to nightclubs and such. So Kanye had to dump her because there was only room for one super sized ego in his camp, and hers wasn't it. It's hard to tell from these pics what the new chick looks like. But we can tell that she is Caucasian like Amber.

The boots that Kanye's new boo is wearing are the Burberry Aviator Platform Boots that Janet Jackson was recently rocking. The boots retail for $1095.

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For those of you who missed last night's episode of 'Chelsea Lately', the comedian goes in on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Phaedra Parks who dares to mention her BFF 50 Cent.

Chelsea -- who many in the black community believes is an undercover racist -- grills Phaedra for opting out of performing such motherly duties as breast feeding and burping her newborn baby.

Apparently, Chelsea isn't aware that Phaedra is working off of a script.

"Hey, moron!," says Chelsea. "You're not giving birth to a Cabbage Patch kid!" Chelsea notes that Phaedra is an attorney who is married to an ex-con. "Sounds to me like she's living the African American dream!," she says.


Singer Usher was spotted shopping in Los Angeles yesterday. Usher's new stylist layered him in Fall colors. He's currently on tour with Trey Songz.


Actresses Halle Berry, right, and Ruby Dee departed the 'Frankie & Alice' movie screening in NYC last night. I love Ruby's cobalt blue pantsuit.


Producer Dr. Dre was spotted on the set of his friend Snoop Dogg's music video in downtown Los Angeles yesterday. Do these aging rappers know that steroids and human growth hormones actually accelerates the aging process? Somebody better tell 'em. Photos by Photo Agency

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Drake was one of 5 breakout celebs to be named Men of the Year by GQ magazine. Last night, the magazine celebrated the GQ Men of the Year issue which hits newsstands nationwide on Nov. 23.

Last night, rappers Drake, left, and Kid Cudi attended the 15th annual "GQ Men of the Year" party held at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Drake was chosen as one of 5 Men of the Year. Congrats to him for showing the young'ns that hard work really does pay off!

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Jay Z signed copies of his book Decoded at a New York area Barnes & Nobles today. Reports that only a limited number of books were shipped to stores resulted in false rumors that Decoded is sold out everywhere.

Elliott Wilson posted this video of Jay Z leaving the Barnes & Nobles store this afternoon. Would it kill Jigga to acknowledge the fans who actually cared enough to stand outside in the cold just to get a glimpse of him?

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Rapper Nicki Minaj stopped to sign autographs for fans waiting outside The Wendy Williams show in New York City today. Nicki performed "Right Thru Me" live on the show and she discussed her debut CD Pink Friday, which drops on Pink Monday (Nov. 22).

Update:

Correction: after watching the video, it's clear that Nicki is lip syncing as she always does. It's hard to be real when you're entire act is a gimmick.

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Here's a trailer for her one hour documentary titled My Time Now, which airs on MTV on November 28:



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Have you seen what Rihanna said about the blogs and our readers who support her and buy her music?

Why do I think she's referring to just the urban blogs? I'm speechless. She could have at least qualified her statement by saying "Some blogs".

Why is she so bitter? Should I ban any further Rihanna posts for this blasphemy?

I read the blogs sometimes, it depends on what it is I am trying to find out. I’m a lot more numb to it now only because I understand what it is.

It’s a community for people who don’t have anything else to do and hate themselves... They hate their life, they hate their job, they hate their appearance, they are uncomfortable with who they are. So what makes them feel good is talking smack about other people who they think they will never ever see in their life and they happen to be celebrities.

It seems impossible to ever have the opportunity to say these things to their face, so they get to hide behind their computer and type.

Source. Thanks @Usher_is_King for the tip!

Update:

Thanks to loyal reader Ogi for sending this video of the actual interview. Ogi said Rihanna's words were twisted by another blog. But the text stays true to what she actually said.

As you know, Island Def Jam Records is home to such superstar music acts as Rihanna, Mariah Carey and the recently signed Jennifer Lopez. The record label, which falls under the Universal Music Group umbrella, is run by veteran record honcho LA Reid.

Here is a peek into what goes on inside the Def Jam offices while Reid is away, presumably promoting his artists. The video was leaked online by Def Jam staffer Jycorri "SPitty" Robinson.

The background music is Jeremih's "Down On Me" Featuring 50 Cent & Keenan Cahill. This is the version that you saw on a recent episode of "Chelsea Lately". Supposedly, Jeremih, 50 Cent and Keenan Cahil are shooting an official video together.

"Moment 4 Life" is the latest single off Nicki Minaj's album Pink Friday, due out on Monday. Nicki pushed the release date up because she feared the album wouldn't sell if she waited until Friday (it still won't sell).

The single features her label mate Drake whose fluid delivery couldn't save it. The hook is kinda catchy, but as usual, Nicki's singing ruins the track. I guess Young Money Records couldn't find a real singer to record the hook?

GQ magazine chose Drake as one of their 5 Men of the Year. Congrats to him.

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