Schizophrenia is back in the news again following the arrest of a mentally ill young man who gunned down 18 people on Saturday, killing 6 and wounding 14, including a congresswoman. It was later revealed that the assailant, Jared Loughner, 22, was a schizophrenic.

Rapper Nicki Minaj, 30, has seized upon the mental health aspect of the murder case to make news for herself. How narcissistic of her…

I have no doubt that Nicki has a personality disorder of some kind, but is she a highly functioning schizophrenic as she claims to be in the current issue of V magazine?

Nicki, who claims to hear voices in her head, said:

“I just always want to do ‘me’, but ‘me’ changes every day. I would crumple up and die if I had to wake up and be the same person every day. I don’t silence those voices anymore. I just let them speak.

Loyal reader Miss Nene is concerned by Nicki’s latest publicity stunt.

Nene writes:

My father is schizophrenic and I have family members that are bi-polar, these are very serious diseases. Many people walk around undiagnosed with mental illnesses and chemical imbalances. I think it is highly irresponsible of her to suggest that her creativity is psychosomatic – unless she does actually have a mental issue that we (and Nicki herself) are unaware of.

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Rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, 33, and his shapely med school girlfriend, Eudoxie, attended the “No Strings Attached” Los Angeles Premiere at Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday. That Luda must be a very secure man.

Actress Natalie Portman, 29, and actor Chris Bridges posed at the “No Strings Attached” Los Angeles Premiere. Also attending the premiere were Demi Moore, 48, and her hubby Ashton Kutcher, 32, among others.

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Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole is set to walk down the aisle again. According to online sources, Nicole’s longtime fiance, former pro baller Michael Strahan, put a ring on her finger recently. There are no details on when he popped the question. But Nicole is deliriously happy. Good for her.  Photo: The MediaCircuit/INF PHOTO

Meanwhile, the happy couple attended the STIKS Celebrity Video Game Challenge For Charity event in Los Angeles yesterday. Also attending the event was rapper Snoop Dogg and his family, and actors Mehcad Brooks and Codi Jones.

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Former lesbun stripper-turned-professional beard-turned socialite, Amber Rose, was spotted in West Hollywood yesterday filming her reality show at Platinum Motor Sports. I love Amber’s tomboy look. She accessorized former boyfriend Kanye West’s Timberland boots with a 18K gold Rolex Day Date watch and gold pendant.

The caption says the bald headed chick with her is her sister. But we happen to know that Amber has no sisters. I wonder if there will be any steamy sex scenes between these two on her show?

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The family sitcom ‘Are We There Yet’ is back with brand new episodes tonight featuring guest stars Sandy “Pepa” Denton (of rap duo Salt ‘N Pepa) and model/actress Toccara Jones. Pepa plays the part of the new field producer for Terry Crews’s sportscaster character, Nick, and Toccara plays the over-the-top cousin of Suzanne’s best friend.

‘Are We There Yet’ stars Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and Essence Atkins (Half and Half) who plays his doting wife. Teala Dunn and Coy Stewart are their precocious children, Kevin and Lindsay.

Will Nick’s wife Suzanne (Atkins) be jealous of Pepa working so closely with her man? You’ll have to tune in tonight and see!

The series co-stars include Keesha Sharp (best known for her role as Monica on Girlfriends) who plays Suzanne’s sassy best friend, and recurring characters played by comedian Christian Finnegan, veteran actress Telma Hopkins and special guest star Ice Cube, who also serves as executive producer.

Upcoming episodes will feature celebrities such as comedian Sinbad (Cosby, Resurrection Blvd.), David Rasche (Ugly Betty, Rubicon), former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan, boxer Laila Ali and old school rapper Chubb Rock!

Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) directed tonight’s episode.

It all starts TONIGHT at 10 p.m. (9c) on TBS!

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The much-hyped Season 4 premiere of ‘The Game’ aired on BET last night (the prior seasons were on CW). Everyone’s talking about the steamy scene between resident Cougar, Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), and Donte (BET’s 106 & Park host, Terrence J).

Actually, they’re all talking about Terrence J’s exceptional acting skills. He really made me believe he has some prior experience with women.

The sports sitcom centers around a trouble making sports agent, Tasha Mack (Robinson) and her professional football player clients, Derwin (Pooch Hall) and Tasha’s son Malik (Hosea Chanchez) — none of whom can act their way out of paper bags.

Tia Mowry, who announced her pregnancy yesterday, plays Melanie, Derwin’s annoyingly insecure wife. Melanie and Mack don’t believe DJ is really Derwin’s son. So Melanie swabs the cute tyke’s mouth for a DNA test, which turns out to be negative.

Watch Derwin’s reaction below when Melanie tells him that DJ is not his son.

Later on in the show we find out the DNA test result was a mixup, and that DJ is in fact Derwin’s son. The DNA mixup plot was ridiculous and unlikely. But this is TV, so we can’t expect much.

Robinson, Hall and Mowry can’t act their way out of paper bags. Fortunately, Terrence J’s stellar acting skills held my interest long enough to keep me from changing the channel. I did nod off a couple of times though – especially when Robinson, Hall and Mowry were on the screen.

The two battling divorcee’s, Jason and Kelly (Brittany Daniel and Coby Bell), provided some comedy relief from the sheer boredom of watching the rest of the cast struggle through their lines.

The only character that I truly despised was the womanizing Malik (Chanchez). BET managed to fit every black male baller stereotype into Malik’s character. In the opening scenes of the show, Malik is seen banging his team owner’s wife (Meagan Good), whom he later dates openly with no shame because rules don’t apply to him.

WSJ blogs has a better recap of episode 1 here in case you missed it.

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Actors Tia Mowry-Hardrict, 32, and Pooch Hall, 34, appeared on the PIX11 Morning News this morning to promote the new season of BET’s “The Game” in NYC.

Is Tia still bleaching her skin? Hasn’t she already achieved the ghostly appearance that she was striving for? Tia used to be beautiful but now she looks regular. Maybe she isn’t aware that body image disturbance is an actual illness?

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Ted Williams, the “homeless man with the Golden voice,” was held by LA police for an hour yesterday.

According to the Atlanta Journal, officers responded to a report of a disturbance at the luxury Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa last night.

It seems that Williams, 53, and his unidentified “daughter” had gotten into a loud verbal altercation in his room, which was probably paid for by a media outlet. Other media outlets are suggesting that his “daughter” was an intimate services provider from the boulevard that he brought up to his room.

“I don’t know how loud they were” but the argument at about 9 p.m. led to a disturbance report, said Officer Catherine Massey on Tuesday.

“It was minor. Both parties were angry but there were no signs of visible abuse,” Massey said. “They were brought in, calmed down, talked to and released.”

Williams, who has a long criminal rap sheet, has been arrested multiple times in the past for theft and drug-related charges.

He was plucked from obscurity as he stood by the side of a highway in Columbus, Ohio, holding a sign that said he was a former radio announcer down on his luck.

Since then, Williams has been courted by national TV and radio outlets, approached to do voiceovers by numerous corporations such as Kraft Foods, and offered a job and a home by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The cast members of BET’s new buzz-worthy series The Game, opened up in exclusive interviews with UPTOWN magazine. The new season premieres tonight on BET!

Cast Reflections: NY Premiere of The Game. UPTOWN caught up with castmates Pooch Hall, Tia Mowry Hardrict, Wendy Raquel Robinson and executive producer Salim Akil to dish details on the season premiere.

Pooch Hall: “We have a lot of great performances not only from the actors, but the writers as well. [The Game] it’s like one of the songs you keep on repeat-it’s going to be here for a long time.”

Tia Mowry Hardrict: “When we were with the CW we had very little support, now we have media attention. The CW gave us no promotion and now we have tons. Working with BET has truly been amazing.”

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Singer Christina Milian, 29, and some friends were spotted having lunch at Shu Sushi House in Bel Air, CA on Saturday. Her friends are so trendy. I LOVE that patent leather Louis Vuitton handbag. The Louis flagship store at Lenox Square Mall carries the latest version of that bag in dark blue for $2,200.

It’s must be great having friends who can afford nice things. Even if you don’t have, you can live vicariously through them.

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