Yesterday, I spoke with Atlanta music mogul Polow Da Don about a rumor he started on Twitter.com that female R&B singers Keri Hilson and Ciara were collaborating on a single slated for Keri's next album, due to drop next Summer.

Polow told Sandrarose.com exclusively that he had a long talk with Keri, whose CD, No Boys Allowed, sold 102k in the first week. He said that as soon as the holidays are over they will head back into the studio to start working on her new album.

"As soon as [Keri's] album came out, I was like, 'yo, we did good, you know, we survived the sophomore jinx or whatever,'" said Polow. "But now it's time to go in and make the best music we ever made and just like, all the way connect with the people, and just take it to another level."

Polow got the rumor mill working overtime when he took to his new Twitter page 2 days ago and tweeted: "KERI/CIARA COLABO IN 2011."

A collabo between the gorgeous studio singers is still up in the air at this point. But Polow makes it clear that the track could become a reality after the New Year.

Polow was quick to tell me that the much-hyped animosity between Ciara and Keri was a "pretend beef." Alluding to Ciara's disappointing 37K in sales of her latest CD, Basic Instinct, Polow vowed to "do everything I can to help [Ciara] turn it around.".

"Me and Ciara, we've always been cool through everything," he said. "And then Monica, of course, we're family -- and her and Keri are real close."

Polow described his artist Keri as "humble." He said Keri still hasn't lived down the flack she received from Ciara fans about the remix that featured lyrics supposedly dissing Ciara.

"Ciara thought she was talking about her when she wasn't talking about her in particular," he said. "I had a lot to do with it. I told Ciara, 'yo, Keri didn't even want to say half the sh*t she said in that remix.' I just kept pushing it and pushing it, and then it leaked.

"Now it's a whole year and a half later, and [Keri] still has to face that remix. She still hasn't lived that down," he said.

He continued: "I could never get Keri and Ciara on the same page. Every chance I would get - every time Ciara would want something - I would say, 'well, you know, you need to do something with Keri. Talk to Keri,' and she said, 'nah, I ain't fooling with that' and then Keri would say the same thing."

Polow said he slipped into his big brother role to finally bring about a positive resolution:

"Eventually, I talked to Keri, 'cause, you know, we have a good working relationship - she's signed to my label - I said, 'yo, you have to stop being retarded and really nip this Ciara thing in the bud.' I said to the both of them, 'yo, it's somebody out there waiting on both of y'all spots," he said.

As for the rumored collabo, Polow said Keri actually laid down a verse for a demo on Usher's track "Hot Toddy" featuring Ciara and Jay Z, but it was never released.

Polow also discussed using his influence to help revive Atlanta's stale music industry and the sluggish nightclub scene with the formation of a new record label, similar to LaFace Records of the 90s.

The planned venture, with producer Timberland, will infuse capital into the local economy and create new jobs. Polow has already signed a number of young talent to his Zone 4 Inc. record label.

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Singer Alicia Keys, 29, and her husband Swizz Keys took a romantic stroll in St Barts yesterday. The couple were spotted holding hands while shopping in high end boutiques such as Edgar and Louis Vuitton. Is there a celebrity who isn't in St. Barts this week?


Is it me, or does Alicia look like she's pregnant again?

Rapper Nicki Minaj was seen covering her face as she and her goofy looking boyfriend left their hotel in New York City last night. Her boyfriend wears many hats as Nicki's hype man, producer, bodyguard and Twitter gangster.

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In case you missed it, here's the music video for Miguel's 2nd single off his debut album, All I Want Is You. "Sure Thing" was directed by Hype Williams, who directed Aaliyah's last music video the day before she died in a plane crash.

The video for "Sure Thing" stars newcomer Brittany as Miguel's leading lady.

According to Idolator.com, "Sure Thing" is a "highly personal song that no one was ever supposed to hear." Bu tthe song was too good to leave off his album.

Ladies, Miguel is reading this post. Let him know what you think about the video!

Miguel is currently on tour with Usher. All I Want Is You is in stores now!

Music producer Polow Da Don graciously agreed to comment on the Twitter feud that erupted on the social networking site last night between singer Chris Brown and former B2K member, Raz B.

Polow, who loves Brown like a little brother, as well as a best friend, said Brown should not have responded to Raz B

Here's what Polow said in his own words:

"I think he never should have responded, number 1. But, he's 21-years-old, um, he knows the world was watching... it was his natural instinct to respond. I actually hit him after it kept going on and on. I said, 'yo, you made your point. You need to kill it, bro. It's going to turn into something, and you're going in a positive direction now. So don't play into it anymore.'"

"I feel like Raz B... is searching for something. I think he's got a plan... and everybody keeps falling into it. I think Chris Brown really has the talent to be a Michael Jackson. As you know, I did my [Thanksgiving] Carnival and he was my headliner. That dude is electrifying. Music needs him. But he needs to just tighten up on the things he does outside of performing. He's still a kid who's finding his way into manhood. Unfortunately, he's doing it publicly. We all did crazy stuff when we were 19, 20, 21 -- all of us."

"I think [the beef] was wack overall. It's just hard to tell a 21-year-old -- who has been a star since he was 15 -- some of the things you learned from your mistakes. Some of the things he will have to experience on his own through mistakes. [Chris Brown] needs support. He's a victim. That's how I look at it. If you look at anybody who's been in the spotlight since he was a child, they have... difficulties in life because they have to grow up in front of everybody, you know?"

"...Even as a victim, you got to say 'I've got to change this, I gotta change that. I gotta do better at this'. You have to point the finger at yourself no matter what. Because you chose to be this [public] figure. You chose to say I'm great, you chose to do all these things. I feel like special people have to achieve different tasks than the rest of us. That kid is so special, so every little mistake that he makes, God is going to punish him double."

"It's almost like running for president; your whole record got to be clean. I just think, man, he shouldn't have fell for it. But people won't understand Chris Brown until something tragic happens, and he's... not here anymore, or when he's a lot older. But his story is an amazing story, and um, that's why I just... every time I'm around him, I like to create a loving environment for him and we just have fun."

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R&B singer Lloyd just dropped a special remix to his single "Lay It Down" honoring the late Teena Marie and the ailing Aretha Franklin.

The remix features the legendary Patti Labelle, whose sample was used on the original track. I just got off the phone with music mogul Polow Da Don who gave us some insight into how the remix came about.

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Polow, who produced the original track and the remix, explains that the idea came to him when he spoke to an old girlfriend who is an acquaintance of the "Lady Marmalade" singer.

"She called me out of the blue one day... and I asked her 'can you please hook me up with Patti?'" he recalls.

"She said 'of course, that's my girl!' She called and talked to Patti's son... I talked to Patti's son and he loved the original record. So he convinced her to do it. I flew to New York and sat down with her, and we just got in there and did it," he said.

"She was a lot of fun," he continued. "She was great. The more we got into it, the more it started to feel special. When you hear that remix, it does something to you!" Polow continued: "When you make something that just brings people together, that's hater-proof, it's special. It's bigger than a song."

Polow also commented on the chris brown, Raz B Twitter controversy. Stay tuned for that!

According to TMZ.com, last night's Twitter feud between struggling R&B singer chris brown and former B2K singer Raz B took a violent turn last night when Raz's brother, Ricky Romance, posted a video threatening to put a "mother f**king pistol" in brown's mouth.

Last night, Brown twittered a response, "Ill be in LA REAL SOON!!!!!!"

Here in Georgia, such language would be deemed a terroristic threat -- and a warrant would be issued for Ricky's arrest. But since he's in Hollywood, nothing will happen to him.

I emailed this entire mess -- including brown's Twitter rant -- to Judge Patricia Schnegg who oversees his probation in LA.

I wanted the judge to see that brown has not changed one bit. Though Judge Schnegg lavished praise on brown during his last progress hearing, he is still very much capable of violence.

Of course she didn't respond.

Apologies for the slow posts today. There is only one of me and I had to take care of some business this morning. So you're getting two posts instead of one.

Kanye West's horrorcore "Monster" music video premiered yesterday. My writeup on the music video is here, in case you missed it.

And last night, R&B singer Keyshia Cole appeared on the Chelsea Lately Show. Let me know what she said, because I didn't have time to watch.

Teena Marie's autopsy was completed yesterday, but Los Angeles County Coroner Ed Winter says her cause of death remains unclear.

According to the Atlanta Journal, investigators say the 54-year-old R&B singer's autopsy results revealed no signs of trauma. This conflicts with rumors that Marie suffered several fractured ribs from a fall during a seizure she had weeks before she died.

Marie's daughter, Alia Rose, found her mother's body in their Pasadena home one day after they celebrated Rose's 19th birthday.

There were reports that Marie died in her sleep after suffering a grand mal seizure. But there are people who experience seizures every day and they don't die.

Also unclear is why Marie had seizures in the first place. Did she have epilepsy or were the seizures drug induced?

Winter said no illegal drugs were found in the family's home where Marie died on December 26. But police removed a bottle of Valium from the scene. Valium is often prescribed for people with anxiety, panic attacks and to control seizures.

Marie reportedly stopped taking the drug due to its serious side effects, which include drowsiness, fatigue and constipation.

Teena Marie's planned concert appearance on New Year's Day at the Fox Theater in Atlanta will instead be a tribute to honor her career. Scheduled performers include MAZE and Frankie Beverly, along with Johnny Gill and Stephanie Mills.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Fox Theater box office. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

I didn't know comedian Jamie Foxx had a toddler? Foxx was seen holding the child -- who looks to be about 2-years-old -- on his hotel balcony in Miami today. The 43-year-old singer/actor has another daughter, Corinne Bishop, 16, from a previous relationship.

Despite receiving generally poor reviews, Foxx's sophomore album, Best Night of My Life debuted at #6 on the charts last week with 144,000 copies sold.

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Troubled singer chris brown once again showed his immaturity and lack of class by throwing another of his infamous twitter tantrums today.

It seems brown heard a rumor that teh Ghey singer Raz B was about to release another lame home video outing him on World Star Hip Hop.

So, instead of calling the man on the phone and discussing the issue privately, brown unleashed a series of angry tweets calling Raz B a homo, among other things.

That boy is so pathetic.

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chris brown just retweeted this pic:

According to the Daily Mail newspaper in London, music mogul Sean Combs partied the night away last night at Club Nikke in St. Barts with his baby mama, Kim Porter -- and his 16-year-old son Justin.

The boy, who is not of legal age to drink, mingled with the monied St. Barts jet set while his parents got their party on. Clearly, there are no laws in St. Barts to protect minors from parental overindulgence.

Kim Porter kept a close eye on Combs, but no one was watching teenager Justin who has seen too much for a child his age. Justin's mom is New York socialite Misa Hylton-Brim.

Dressed casually in a grey sweatshirt and a white hat, Combs was joined for several bottles of champange by Porter and Justin, as well as Jimmy Choo millionairess Tamara Mellon and musician Nelle Hooper.

41-year-old Combs is a regular visitor to St Barths and had been taking it easy on board a rented yacht, playing doting dad to his twin daughters, D'Lila Star and Jessie James, 4, son Christian Combs, 12, son Justin, and Kim's son Quincy, 17 (with musician Al B Sure).

Although Combs seems to be a good father to his daughters, the same can't be said about his child-rearing skills when it comes to his sons, who are given free reign to do whatever they wish.

R&B singer Keyshia Cole took her son, Daniel "Stinky" Gibson Jr., to watch his daddy, Boobie play against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost the game 98-97 in Cleveland. Keyshia tweeted throughout the game, and was disappointed when the Cavs coach benched her man.

Keyshia's album, Calling All Hearts, debuted last week with 128k in first week sales.


This Christmas, it wasn't the thought that counted, it was the diamonds!

Pop star Rihanna reportedly gave her best friend Melissa a sparkly diamond ring for Christmas!

Judging from these pics taken last night at the 'Models & Bottles' party at the Ship Inn Club in Barbados, it's obvious that Melissa is thrilled to have Rihanna back in her life! Rihanna is spending the Christmas holidays in Barbados with her family and friends.


The besties dressed alike and rarely left each other's side as the crowd sang along with every song on Rihanna's LOUD album.

"They're not lesbian lovers," said my source via phone. "They have the same kind of relationship as Gayle [King] and Oprah."

Yesterday, US Weekly magazine confirmed the split between Rihanna and Dodgers star Matt Kemp.

Word is that the insecure baseball star felt threatened by the close bond between the two women. As you know, Rihanna and Mel frequently shared beds hotel rooms while on the road -- and Matt wasn't having that.


Eventually, Rihanna got tired of Matt's whining and she sent Melissa back home to their native Barbados.

Many of Rihanna's fans wondered what happened to the ever-present Mel who was a staple in paparazzi pics with RiRi. Friends say Rihanna missed Melissa terribly while she traveled on tour with the moody Kemp.

Though Mel was out of the picture temporarily, she still received a weekly stipend from Rihanna as her personal assistant. Meanwhile, RiRi hired another personal assistant to travel with her and Matt.

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The hapless LA Lakers (21-10) continue to spiral out of control after being routed by the San Antonio Spurs 97-82 last night.

Fingers immediately began pointing at conceited Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant who fired up 27 desperation shots at the basket. Center Pau Gasol, who only made nine field goal attempts during the game, couldn't hold his tongue any longer.

"We didn't play a smart game, put it that way," Gasol said. " ... We have to recognize what's going on and understand what our strengths are against certain opponents, and try to exploit them."

"It can't be an individual effort from nobody," Gasol added. "It has to be altogether on a string, like a family." Source

Socialite Meagan Good, 29, partied with friends at Trousdale nightclub in West Hollywood last night.

Socialite Kim Kardashian looked very ordinary while wearing a pair of dark grey Uggs boots with a matching Hermès bag in Los Angeles yesterday. “OMG u guys have no idea what I’m doing today! You are gonna DIE!!!!" she tweeted on her Twitter page. The 30-year-old reality TV star was on her way to a studio to meet with her producer, The Dream. Kim and The Dream are working hard on her debut studio album, which is as yet untitled.

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Just a few days after U.S. President Barack Obama placed a phone call to Philadelphia Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie praising Michael Vick, the Eagles suffered a stunning loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Rookie 3rd string quarterback Joe Webb led the Minnesota Vikings to a shocking 24-14 upset win over the hapless Eagles who were still soaring high after that come-from-behind win over the New York Giants last week.

In the first Tuesday night NFL game since 1946, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick fell flat on his face as he was sacked six times by the Vikings' marauding defense.

Subbing for the injured Brett Favre, Webb threw for 195 yards and ran for a touchdown against the Eagles (10-5).

Vick threw for 263 yards and ran for two touchdowns last night, but it wasn't enough as the Vikings (6-9) rolled over him.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards and a TD as the Vikings snapped the Eagles' three-game winning streak.

Next up for the Eagles is the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Jan. 2. If Obama calls again, maybe Lurie shouldn't answer the phone.

She's tried every other man that crosses her path (including yours), but now TLC's Chilli has lowered her standards a bit.

In the 2nd season of her fake dating show, What Chilli Wants, Chilli will put another round of star-crossed men through their paces to see which one has what it takes to win her heart.

The show is purely for entertainment purposes. But in real life, Chilli tells Popeater that she wants a religious man with a high sperm count.

After an unsuccessful attempt to find her dream man, TLC singer Chilli is back for a second season of her hit VH1 reality show, 'What Chilli Wants.' But this time around, she's ditching the blind dates, noting she keeps her 13-year-old son Tron in her mind as she searches for Mr. Right.

"I can't imagine bringing someone around my son who is not an extraordinary man. He already has an active father [ex-husband Dallas Austin], so whoever is going to be my husband has to be a good figure for my son and add to our family," she tells PopEater.

But with her biological clock ticking, Chilli admits she's hoping to find a man soon because she wants more children. "I'm straight up and told all the guys this season I wanted kids. It probably made some of them nervous, but it shouldn't. I just need to know if we're on the same page or not because I want more kids," she adds.

Rap newcomer Nicki Minaj covers the new issue of KING magazine dressed like -- what else? -- a high maintenance stripper.

Inside the covers, Nicki muses about making the transition to the silver screen -- "You know, like how Jada Pinkett Smith did in Jason’s Lyric."

Bwahaha! Keep dreaming, Nicki. You probably don't have the skills to act your way out of a paper bag. Can you even read?

KING: What would be your dream role?

Nicki Minaj: I’d like to play someone in a Tim Burton movie, where I get dressed up and painted and crazy.

You kind of do that now.

Then I want to be able to do some action stuff, like Angelina Jolie.

Like in Salt?

Yes! And then I’d like to just play a regular girl who, you know, is facing the world. Something really sentimental and organic, that girls all around the world can identify with. You know, how Jada Pinkett Smith did in Jason’s Lyric.

Singer Keri Hilson attended the AKOO 2011 Calendar model search event held in NYC yesterday. 12 winners will be given $1000 cash and will appear in the 2011 AKOO calendar. It's not clear if Keri Hilson herself will model something sexy in the calendar. We'll let you know if she does.

Hiphopwired had all the deets:

T.I.'s AKOO Clothing Brand kicked off its 1st annual calendar model search last week in NYC.
The event, co-sponsored by VIBE magazine, brought out Keri Hilson who performed a quick set before jumping on the AKOO custom bike decked out by MOTO Insanity out of upstate New York.

The bike will be making its rounds to events before finally being auctioned off to a lucky winner.

The AKOO calendar model search generated almost 150 model entries within the first day. Voting for your favorite calendar hopeful has begun as of December 24th and winning ladies will join the AKOO team as brand ambassadors while enjoying the many gifts and opportunities that will be coming their way.

When gold digging goes horribly wrong:

According to the current issue of the National Enquirer, Eddie Murphy's ex-wife, Nicole Murphy, has already blown through her $15 million divorce settlement, and is now broke.

Unfortunately, Nicole neglected to read Kim Porter's Gold Digger's Manual from front to back. Had she read the manual she would know to stack her chips carefully, and to never give her heart to a man like Michael Strahan, who has less money than she does.

The former Nicole Mitchell met Murphy in 1988. Their 12-year marriage ended in a bitter divorce in 2006. They have 5 children together.

Eddie Murphy’s ex wife Nicole has blown her massive $15 million divorce settlement in just four years - and now she’s millions of dollars in debt.

What’s more, the IRS has slapped her with five tax liens totally $846,630, and she has put her opulent mansion up for sale.

When Nicole divorced Eddie in 2006 after 13 years of marriage, she chose to take a one-time payout from the comedian of $15 million, instead of monthly alimony. But in a shockingly short span of time, she’s managed to lose all of it.

“Nicole made some bad investments with the fortune she got from Eddie, and now she is in serious financial straits,” said a friend of the 42-year-old stunner.

Court records show that the IRS slapped Nicole with two liens for back taxes in November totaling $214,688.

That huge bill was on top of outstanding judgments against her for nearly $600,000 by a legal firm and another $60,000 demand for payment by a landscaping company. She also owes $5 million on her Los Angeles-area home.

“Nicole is overwhelmed by the mountain of debt she has piled up,” added the source. Nicole, who has five children with Eddie, invested in an Internet jewelry business, but the venture quickly failed and Nicole lost most of her money.”

According to experts, the three indicators of a psychopathic child are bedwetting, cruelty to animals and firestarting.

According to the father of Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback, Michael Vick, his son showed a passion for abusing animals at an early age.

Now that Vick has led the Eagles to an impressive 10-4 record, everyone -- including the president of the United States -- has forgotten about the victims of this psychopath.

The Internet is buzzing about a phone call that Obama placed to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie praising him for giving the ex-convict a second chance.

Did Obama also place a phone call to the homes of those caring individuals who took in 47 of Vick's surviving victims, giving them a second chance?

I'm not surprised that Obama -- a narcissist -- is quick to jump on the Vick bandwagon. Everyone loves a winner -- even if that winner is a sociopath who took pleasure in electrocuting, hanging and drowning dogs who didn't live up to his expectations.

If you care about animals like I do, please read the LA Times' touching story about Mel, one of Vick's surviving victims who still suffers from the abuse he endured at the hands of Michael Vick.

Mel (pictured above left) is one of the unfortunate dogs who didn't measure up to Vick's brutal standards. Vick beat Mel daily to toughen him up. But Mel failed to display that killer instinct in the ring. As a result, he was mauled nearly to death by the other dogs.

Instead of nursing the injured Mel back to health, Vick threw the terrified animal back into the ring with ferocious dogs to be used as bait -- a sort of sparring partner for the tougher dogs. Mel was sometimes even muzzled so he wouldn't fight back.

While Michael Vick was screaming toward the sky, a black pit bull named Mel was standing quietly by a door.

On this night, like many other nights, Mel was waiting for his owners to take him outside, but he couldn't alert them with a bark. He doesn't bark. He won't bark. The bark has been beaten out of him.

While Michael Vick was running for glory, Mel was cowering toward a wall.

Every time the 4-year-old dog meets a stranger, he goes into convulsions. He staggers back into a wall for protection. He lowers his face and tries to hide. New faces are not new friends, but old terrors.

While Michael Vick was officially outracing his past Monday night, one of the dogs he abused cannot.

"Some people wonder, are we ever going to let Michael Vick get beyond all this?" said Richard Hunter, who owns Mel. "I tell them, let's let Mel decide that. When he stops shaking, maybe then we can talk."

The bodies of five Haitian teenagers were found Monday in a Florida motel room by a housemaid who peeked in a window.

The bodies were lying on and around a bed at the El Presidente Motel in Hialeah, Florida just North of Miami near the Miami International airport.

Police say the teens, who rented the $62-a-night room on Sunday to celebrate a friend's birthday, died from carbon monoxide poisoning after they left a car running in the garage directly beneath their room. The car was still running when police arrived.

"The room is sealed shut like it was an aircraft," one of the victims' friends, Junior Reeds, 26, told the Miami Herald. "This is a hotel room. You got to have vents. A minor incident could cause a big tragedy."

The dead boys are identified as Evans Charles, 19, Jonas Antenor, 18, Peterson Nazon, 17, and Jean Pierre Ferdinand, 16. They came from the neighboring Little Haiti cultural enclave in Miami.

No drugs or alcohol were found in the room.

Carl Zogby, a spokesman for police in Hialeah, Florida, said the deaths: "seems like this is a tragic accident."

The boys borrowed a Kia from a friend to make the short trip to the motel. About an hour before they arived, the engine was jump started by another friend, identified in the Miami Herald as Maxon Ofea, 18.

Ofea, who grew up with the five dead teenagers, said they had left the car running in the single-car garage under the room because they were afraid it wouldn't start again.

A door at the base of a staircase leading up to the room from the garage was propped open, allowing deadly odorless gas to seep into the room.

Peterson Nazon's mother, who arrived from Little Haiti, couldn't contain her grief at the scene: "They killed my son, they killed my son," she cried in Creole.

She told the Miami Herald she had been phoning the room all morning. "Nobody answered," she said.

Little Haiti was established in Miami in the 1980s by Haitian immigrants who arrived by boat after fleeing famine, poverty and persecution in Haiti.

Ironically, Hialeah is where Cuban immigrants settled after fleeing communism in Cuba in the 80s.

According to online reports, police have a person of interest in the shooting death of Traxx owner Durand Robinson.

Robinson, 50, (pictured above left) was found lying in the middle of Hadlock street with a gunshot wound to the chest in the early morning hours of August 25th. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Robinson may have been a victim of a carjacking. The suspect fled the scene in Robinson’s pickup truck, but crashed a few minutes later and fled on foot.

It isn't clear if the man is currently in police custody.

"I spoke with Major [Keith] Meadows (Major Crimes Commander). He advises we do have person of interest but are withholding the name at this time," said APD spokesman Sgt. Curtis Davenport in an email to the Georgia Voice.

Even though Durand was one of the key organizers of Atlanta's annual black gay pride event, he denied being gay himself.

A teenager has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering into Tyler Perry's home. According to the AJC, Chloe Ware, 18, was caught within moments after breaking into the actor and playwright's mansion on Paces Ferry in Atlanta.

Perry's bodyguard caught Ware around 4 a.m. last Thursday, but two others escaped, police said.

Ware was booked and released on her own recognizance. The career criminal has been arrested in the past for auto theft and shoplifting, among other charges.

Perry recently offered to rebuild the burned out home of a 85-year-old Atlanta woman, who narrowly escaped the fire with her 4-year-old great granddaughter.

Speaking of mansions, word has it that music producer-turned-DJ Jermaine Dupri's Paces Ferry home and studio are headed toward foreclosure. Friends say Dupri, who recently laid off his entire staff at So So Def Records, is hemorrhaging money due to his insatiable appetite for strippers.

I totally agree with loyal reader S S who writes in to ask "does [Seal have] anger towards black women?" It's quite clear that Seal has unresolved issues by the way he manhandles baby Lou in public. He is never careful with that child. Where in the baby handbook does it say it's okay to pick up a 1-year-old baby by her arm?

Loyal reader S S writes:

I really thought you were being overly critical of Seal and his daughter. I don’t like to accuse people of stuff like that unless I am certain. However, after careful consideration and more than one photograph he seems unusually angry, annoyed, and too aggressive with his handling of her. I don’t see the same aggression attached to his sons. It is disturbing to say the least and the look on his already scary face is heart breaking. Do you think it is because he has anger towards Black women? I sincerely hope he is not mistreating or abusing her. I will pray for that baby. If he treats her roughly she will think it normal when others do it as she gets older. Not fair.

Have a Fantastic Day!

Rihanna and her BFF Melissa Forde were pictured frolicking on Sandy Lane Beach in Barbados with friends while on holiday. Doesn't it warm your heart to see Rihanna and her BFF back together again? I bet Matt Kemp is somewhere kicking himself for not being man enough to treat Rihanna like a lady. By the way, I know some things that I wish I could tell you, but I've been sworn to secrecy. That's the flip side of being friendly with celebs and their camps. In 2011, that will change.

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When is singer Seal going to learn how to hold his baby daughter Lou the correct way? This makes the fifth time that Seal has been photographed holding Lou in an unsafe manner. Heidi Klum (not pictured) and Seal took the kids to the Coldwater Park in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday.

Singer Keri Hilson joined pals Alex Gidewon, left, Polow Da Don, right, and Teyana Taylor (pictured below) to celebrate her album release at Compound nightclub on Saturday night in Atlanta. No Boys Allowed is in stores now.

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Teena Marie, known as 'Lady T,' died suddenly in her sleep last night at her Pasadena, CA home. Teena's daughter, Alia Rose, found her body. Ms. Marie was 54.

The body was transported to the L.A. County Coroner's office where an autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death.

Hours before she died, Teena Marie tweeted this on her Twitter page: Sarah Vaughan "May You never grow old, and may I never die"...

According to TMZ, Teena had a seizure earlier this month, and friends say she had been in and out of the hospital recently.

Marie was nominated for a Grammy four times. Her first top ten hit was "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love." She was best known for her classic hits "Lovergirl" and "De Ja Vu (I've Been Here Before)" - a song about reincarnation.

According to the Atlanta Journal: "The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture — and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences."

"Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul," she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting "Congo Square." That album would turn out to be her last.

Tributes from Around the Web

Teena Marie, known as 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dies - AJC

Singer Teena Marie dead at 54 - CNN

R&B Star and 'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54 - PopEater

R.I.P. Teena Marie: Celebs Remember The Legendary Singer On Twitter - VIBE

'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dies Huffington Post

Remembering Teena Marie: A few choice jams from the '80s funk - LATimes Blog

Pitchfork: Teena Marie R.I.P. - Pitchfork

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Dejected music producer Kanye West watched the LA Lakers lose to the blazing Miami Heat yesterday at the Staples center in Los Angeles. Kanye had two reasons to be depressed: the Lakers lost to Miami, and he just heard that rap newcomer Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday will outsell his critically acclaimed CD by another 100,000 copies. That's got to be hard on a narcissist.

Dwyane Wade's fashionable concubine, Gabrielle Union, was spotted entering the arena with a friend. Gabby looked fly coming and going.

R&B Diva Monica tweeted this pic of herself and Kanye during the game yesterday. Monica's children, Melo and Rod (formerly, Lil Rocko), spent Christmas Eve with their dad, Rocko Da Don, taking pictures with Santa Clause at Lenox Mall in Atlanta before the kids flew to LA with Mo to spend Christmas day with their stepdad, Shannon Brown. I hear that Rocko is spending a lot more time with his kids lately. He's a great dad.

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I LOVE Monica's short haircut! I've noticed more and more sistas discarding the horse weave for cute, short haircuts. This short hair trend is inspiring.

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Actress Regina King ('Boondocks' and TNT's 'Southland'), spent the holidays with her son Ian Alexander Jr., left, and her boyfriend, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show). They enjoyed a leisurely walk on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Friday. King filed for divorce from Ian's dad on November 8, 2006, citing "physical abuse, drug use, and extramarital affairs." I'm sure Warner is a better man.

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