The word is out: R&B Diva Monica and NBA star Shannon Brown are man and wife.

The rumors have been swirling for two months that Mo and Shannon got married prior to her moving in with her fiance in LA in November. The marriage took place in front of the couple’s parents.

Over the weekend, a reader emailed me to say that Monica went into the Clayton County office 2 weeks ago to change her last name to Brown.

Loyal reader Sheena wrote:

I heard recently thru a friend that Monica is married and keeping things hush! She had her name change recently @ the dmv in clayton county. My friend states since November. Congrats to Monica if this is true.

Normally, I would call my good friend, Monica, and ask her to confirm the rumors myself, but I decided to do what other bloggers stopped doing — research the rumors myself.

The rumors are true: Monica and Shannon Brown are indeed married. An official with the NBA also confirmed the marriage, which took place in Los Angeles on November 22, 2010.

A friend of Shannon Brown’s says he is relieved that the news is out because he respects his wife and he has been wearing his wedding band recently. The friend said Shannon and Monica plan to wed officially in front of family and friends (again) in Los Angeles in June.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Butt shots and breast augmentations are all the rage in the black community now that the prices are so affordable and anyone with a kitchen table can administer the silicone and hydrogel injections.

Music videos shot on dime budgets and strip clubs that cater to so-called “ballers” with unlimited drug profits that can’t be deposited into any bank, has created a high demand for black, Latina and white women with unnaturally enhanced curves.

The demand for butt shots is so great (and so profitable at $300-$3,000 a pop) that more and more black-market clinicians are setting up shop in their kitchens to administer the shots.

But according to the Feds, the administration of silicone and hydrogel injections by unlicensed personnel is still illegal outside of a clinical setting.

And unfortunately, women who desire to quickly pump up their assets are dying from nasty infections at an alarming rate as a result of the illegal procedures performed in unsterile environments. That’s why law enforcement has started cracking down on the illegal activity.

Expect to see more arrests as police in every state begin to crack down on illegal butt shot parlors and their customers.

From Splash News:

A Bronx beautician with zero medical training turned her Mt. Eden apartment into a silicone back alley, risking clients’ lives with black-market boob and butt jobs at $1,000 a pop, the FBI charged yesterday. Whalesca Castillo, 36, made clients lie on a massage table for dangerous injections of liquid silicone that she had shipped in from the Dominican Republic, according to a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court. Then she’d seal up the wounds with Krazy Glue. Released on $100,000 bond yesterday, Castillo, who’s eight months pregnant, faces up to three years in prison on charges she distributed the silicone, officials said.

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Shayne Murphy – Eddie Murphy’s 16 year old daughter with Nicole, strikes a pose outside of Beverly Hills Nail Design after having a Manicure/Pedicure over the weekend. Isn’t she a beauty? Look out for this one!

Yesterday, Shayne accompanied her gorgeous mom, Nicole Murphy, 33, to the nail shop along with her little sisters, Zola, 11, and Bella Zahra, who will celebrate her 9th birthday on Jan. 29.

Singer Johnny Gill, 44, stopped by the nail shop to get his nails did. And before you start reaching for your keyboards: all men who take pride in their appearance get their nails cut and buffed to a nice shine. There’s nothing ghey about that.

In case you’ve forgotten what Eddie’s brood used to look like. That’s Bria and Shayne on the right of mommy back in 2004.

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LisaRaye’s beautiful daughter, Kai Morae, 23, is Apple Bottom’s first plus-size model. As I reported earlier, the photos were shot by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks.

The shoot was done in Los Angeles and will be featured in an upcoming episode of ‘LisaRaye The Real McCoy’ on TVONE.

The images feature fashions from Nelly’s Apple Bottom’s Spring 2011 Collection. Apple Bottoms started out in 2003 as a denim label designed specifically to fit the natural curves of African American women.

Now the company has branched into a full lifestyle brand featuring Apparel, Footwear, Swimwear, Jewelry, Designer Eyewear, Fragrance and Home Goods.

What do you think of Kai’s photos? (Click images to enlarge) I hear that Kai is upset that they Photoshopped her photos to make her look older and to render her subtle curves even larger than they really are in real life.

Young Money rapper Lil Twist celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday night (Jan. 15) at Dream Nightclub on S. Beach with his boss, Lil Wayne, actor Terrence J, Rocsi (106 & Park), his manager, Cortez Bryant, and record label exec Michael Kyser (Atlantic Records).

Lil Wayne let the entire club know what Lil Twist wanted for his birthday… “New Pussy,” and he let all the girls know he would help Lil Twist get his wish (ewww). The bash was hosted by BET 106 & Park co-host Terrence J, who is definitely feeling himself since making his star turn in BET’s sports-themed sitcom, The Game.

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Singer Kelis, 31, and her nanny (who looks like she’s with child herself) were spotted taking her son Knight Jones, 1, along for a stroll over the weekend in the Larchmont Village section of Los Angeles. The “Milkshake” singer hasn’t had a hit since “Bossy” in 2007.

Still, her ongoing legal issues with her baby daddy, rapper Nas, 37, keeps her relevant and in front of us — at least for the time being.

Meanwhile, her ex-housekeeper, an undocumented worker, has taken her dispute with Kelis to the tabloid press. According to, the maid, who earned a respectable $150 a day cleaning up Kelis’ mess, wants Kelis to pay her the $900 she owes her.

According to sources, the housekeeper is currently exploring her legal options — trying to lock down a lawyer to see if she can file anything with the California Labor Commission.

The only problem is the maid is an illegal alien. So she may not have a legal leg to stand on. At any rate, Kelis doesn’t look like she’s worried a bit.  Photos by: Brooks/INF PHOTO


Vertically challenged comedian Kevin Hart, 31, recently filed for divorce from his wife, Torrei, who is also a stand-up comedian.

Torrei, who described herself as an “angry black woman” went in on her ex during her stand-up comedy routine. “I want some new penis!” she joked. There is no doubt Hart will strike back. But I’m sure Torrei has the better material, because, I mean, look at Kevin and his jump off. The jokes write themselves.

While the Harts trade insults in public, the people this will hurt the most are their children, daughter Heaven Lee, 5, and son Hendrix, 3.

Three weeks after admitting that releasing a single with rapper Nicki Minaj was the wrong move, singer Keyshia Cole officially dumped her manager, Manny Halley. Cole made the announcement yesterday via her account.

But readers already knew this was coming.

Manny Halley’s decision to release “I Ain’t Thru” as the first single off Keyshia’s new CD Calling All Hearts, caused a rift between Keyshia’s management and her label, Interscope Records.

In a recent interview with the AP, Cole admitted that she bore part of the blame for releasing the disastrous single with Minaj.

The label didn’t really want to drop the record because they knew that people wanted a more intense, soulful record from me about love and I really should have followed (their) direction. But I wanted that to be a statement record. It’s like saying, ‘I’m doing me, you know. I don’t have no regrets for nothing that I’m doing’

As I noted in an earlier post, Cole failed to mention the power struggle between Halley and Interscope records that spilled from the boardroom into the streets, and reached the ear of a certain notorious blogger.

Once label execs began openly expressing their disdain for Halley, word spread around the industry like wildfire that Cole had dumped Halley as her manager and hired a woman to manage her affairs.

In an effort to contain the rumors before she could release an official statement, Cole and her publicist, Tresa Sanders, reached out to on December 16, 2010. Although the content of that call can not be made public, I will tell you that Keyshia sounded very concerned about the information that had already leaked out of Interscope Records.

One Interscope record label exec told me the album sounded like it was “rushed in the studio.” The exec, who asked to remain anonymous, indicated that the higher ups at the label weren’t happy with the end product and they voted to shelve the album indefinitely. But, he said, Keyshia’s management (Halley) insisted that the album be released.

“There’s no way to predict how people will respond to things,” said Ron Fair, chairman of Geffen (Interscope) Records. “It’s something that Keyshia really wanted to say.”

Calling All Hearts is in stores now.

Let this be a fair warning to the few unsuspecting fans that troubled singer Lauryn Hill has left: she doesn’t care about you.

The 35-year-old narcissist left Atlanta concertgoers infuriated and unimpressed with her sold-out show at Atlanta’s Center Stage last night.

After the show, one fan, a well-connected industry insider, called me to say Hill’s Atlanta show was “very disappointing.” The source said local DJ Cash played old school music and kept the audience so crunk that when Hill finally rushed out onstage just after midnight, the expectations for a great show were high.

It was all love when the mother of 5 first hit the stage 3 hours late for her advertised 9 p.m. show

Lauryn promptly confused her fans by announcing that she was tired of “playing the same music night after night.” Hill told the shocked audience that she wanted to play something different. She then instructed her band to speed up the music, which rendered her classic hits unrecognizable.

The insider said Hill urged the audience to sing along, saying, “I want crowd participation.”

“But nobody could participate because NOBODY knew the music!,” said the fan. “Everybody was looking around like ‘WHAT SONG IS THIS???'”

“It was new music completely,” the frustrated fan continued. “The lyrics were the same, but you had to be on ecstasy to follow the music!”

“You can’t just say ‘I don’t wanna play my music night after night.’ That’s what we pay our money to hear! What do you think we do with your CD? We play the same songs. We don’t remix your CD!

“Everybody just stood there with their arms folded. Everybody was shaking their heads [wondering] are you THAT into yourself that you would think everybody would like this? Every single record she played she put a different spin on it. She changed the whole thing. It was a waste of money, and a waste of time. If she did another show in Atlanta, no one would come!”

To complicate the situation further, the fan said the band was way too loud. “We kept asking her to tell the band to turn the music down,” said the fan. “We couldn’t hear her.”

The source said other concertgoers booed the singer and then took their bags and purses and “stomped out” of the theater. “They didn’t walk out — they stomped out!” she emphasized. The insider eventually gave up and walked out as well.

Lauryn’s next stop on her tour is St. Louis tomorrow (Jan. 16). If you’re planning on attending her show at The Pageant Theater, just remember: you were warned.

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Who knew former ‘Martin’ star Tisha Campbell and her husband, actor Duane Martin, have been married for 14 years? That’s a lifetime by today’s standards.

Tisha, 42, and Duane, 45, have two sons together, Xen, 9, and baby Ezekiel, 2, shown above with mommy at the 2011 Boom Boom Room Gifting Suite at The Mark in Los Angeles yesterday. Kudos to them for keeping their family together despite the many challenges and tempting distractions surrounding them in Hollywood! Tisha put on a little weight. Is she pregnant again? Ezekiel is adorable!

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Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, 28, showed ’em why she’s considered one of the most beautiful woman in R&B! It doesn’t matter if you can’t carry a note when you look as gorgeous as she does! Keri attended the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in LA yesterday wearing a little black frock that accentuated her toned thighs.

She accessorized the simple elegance of the frock with a pair of custom lace platform heels intricately detailed with pearls. We LOVE them! Even her BFF La La Vazquez had to bow down to Keri last night. Keri reads, so let her know what you think about her look!

Photos: Splash News Online and Wireimage/Getty

Multimedia TV personality Alani “La La” Vazquez, 31, glowed radiantly at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in LA last night. La La wowed the crowd with a floor length white frock accessorized with her sparkling wedding rock and her hair rolled up tightly in a bun. We love the look!

LaLa also attended the W Magazine Golden Globe Awards party in West Hollywood last night. Isn’t she gorgeous?! La La makes looking glamorous so easy!

Photos: Splash News Online and Wireimage/Getty


Dayum…another black couple bites the dust. Comedian Kevin Hart wants out of his 8 year marriage with wife Torrei Hart. Kevin wants joint custody of his two kids, 5 year old Heavenly, and 3 year old Hendricks, but is requesting the court deny any spousal support for his soon-to-be ex wife.

Guess we saw this one coming…Kevin was recently spotted at a Lakers game with another chic. He’s been busy working a new project called “Chocolate Droppa.” Watch as he takes us on a tour of his “hood” and gives a “killer” freestyle from his mixtape, “Chocolate Essence.”

“Birds don’t fly but nigga I eat rye bread/ Ohh What’s that in my head?/ hair?/ Grows up, goes down/hairline don’t make me frown…”

Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, 46, and adopted son Louis Bardo Bullock, 1, left their snow-bound New York City townhouse today for the warmth of the West Coast where, on Sunday night, Bullock will attend and present an award at the Golden Globe awards. Bullock’s assistant carried Louis, who was dressed snugly in a onesie, wool pants, bubble jacket and a cute newsboy cap.  Photo: Splash News Online

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