Singers Brandy, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott and actresses Jennifer Lewis, Vannessa Bell Callaway, Tia Mowry and Gabrielle Union were among the many lovely celebrities gracing the red carpet at The 4th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. They all looked beautiful!
Jennifer Hudson attended the luncheon with her adorable son Punk Jr.
Rev. Run's daughter Angela Simmons is getting thick and juicy
I hear that actress and socialite Lauren London is turning down movie roles left and right. Who needs to work when you have an ex-convict baby daddy that's a baller?
Singer Keyshia Cole let her hood side come out on Twitter today. I'm not sure what prompted that outburst on Twitter since I never go to that website. But whatever it was, I hate to see a young mom lose control and throw a tantrum in such a public manner when she normally tweets about God and Blessings. Call me, Keyshia!
Moving on, don't Keyshia and her hubby-to-be, Daniel "Booby" Gibson, look cute on the cover of this tattoo magazine?
Loyal reader Mz. Kim emailed me to explain why Keyshia was so upset this morning. She writes: "In regard to why Keyshia is upset with Mediatakeout. [They] posted some nude pictures from a text message and said that it was her."
Okay, now I remember reading something about nude pics on Twitter yesterday. But me knowing Keyshia, and knowing she doesn't get down like that, I totally dismissed the rumors without even seeing the pics. Why couldn't she ignore the rumors also?
A few years ago, some moron manufactured a fake rumor about Beyonce taking out a restraining order against me. The rumor still persists today. But I couldn't care less. In fact, I joke about the phantom restraining order, because anyone who knows me knows that there is no restraining order. Why couldn't Keyshia just joke about the pics and defuse the situation by taking away their ammunition? I'm just asking.
Precocious Hollywood tot Suri Cruise was spotted gettting coffee with her nanny while in town with dad, Tom Cruise, who is filming "Mission Impossible 4" in Vancouver, Canada. There's a growing debate over whether small children should be allowed to drink coffee. This isn't the first time the child has been photographed with coffee. They say 4-year-old Suri makes regular trips to the coffee shop with her nanny for her morning cup of joe. Some moms don't see a problem with that. But doesn't coffee contain high levels of caffeine, and isn't caffeine addictive? Maybe Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes don't want their daughter to go through caffeine withdrawals?
Kanye West was spotted sitting courtside at the Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat game in Chicago, Illinois yesterday. The Bulls stunned the Heat in a 93-89 upset win. On Wednesday, Kanye stirred up a bit of controversy with his anti-abortion tweet about gold diggers and the hapless ballers who fall victim to them. Most of us yawned, but of course the media took the bait and ran with it. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/INFphoto.com
Lipstick lesbian Meagan Good, 29, smiled for the cameras during a night out with her girl Lil B in Los Angeles last night. Lil B was camera shy. But Good, who is never camera shy, obviously didn't realize she had Lil B's lipstick on her right cheek.
Charlie Sheen's $2 million paydays are over -- at least for the time being.
Yesterday, CBS announced it's decision to shut down production of the wildly popular TV sitcom 'Two and a Half Men'. The shut down will severely impact the wallets of the production crew who haven't received a paycheck in weeks due to Sheen's erratic behavior and attention-seeking antics in public.
The news reached Sheen while he was vacationing in the Bahamas with his girlfriend and others. Sheen has held up production of the show for weeks, angering the cast and crew. This is what happens when Hollywood elevates unstable narcissists to god-like status.
Charlie Sheen is not taking the news of Warner Bros. and CBS's decision to suspend production of 'Two and a Half Men' too well.
In a message to RadarOnline.com, Sheen called the decision "crazy" and "sad" and said that he was moving to HBO to do his own half-hour show titled 'Sheen's Corner.' The deal would reportedly get him $5 million for an episode.
Sheen is already the highest paid actor on TV earning $2 million for each episode of 'Two and a Half Men.'
Sheen reportedly said, "I'm close to securing a deal with HBO for a 10 show guarantee. It will be epic, all types of guests, and we will focus on the truth and the absurd!" Radar notes that HBO could not be contacted for comment.
Radar is also reporting that Sheen accepted a challenge to prove that he is clean and sober by agreeing to undergo a drug test on Monday. Sheen said, "I'm so confident where I am at and that these faceless names can't touch me ... I know that I will pass the test and prove my detractors wrong."
I tried to ignore this story because I don't want to analyze every stupid thing that Beyonce does. But this story has grown to such mammoth proportions that it can no longer be ignored.
Photos of Beyonce in blackface has created a storm of controversy around the world. According to British tabloid The Sun, the controversial photoshoot, which features Bey's face painted darker than African model Alek wek, has been defended by the magazine that shot them. The editors say the entire photo shoot was a tribute to Bey's "African roots" and that the blackface was partially Beyonce's idea.
"The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season," the magazine said in a statement. "As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face."
But critics shot back that Beyonce's use of blackface as a fashion accessory for a photo shoot is offensive.
The pictures were supposed to be a tribute to Nigerian musician and human rights activist FELA KUTI.
Bey's husband JAY-Z is producer of the Broadway show Fela! which the singer has recently seen.
And she was so inspired by the music that she's even incorporated the musician's sounds into tracks on her upcoming album.
Although there has been no comment from the diva's camp, it's not the first time her skin tone has raised a furore.
According to My Fox NY, the mother of the precious little girl featured in a controversial anti-abortion ad campaign wants her daughter's image removed from the billboard ASAP.
Tricia Fraser, who wanted to draw attention to her 6-year-old daughter Anissa Fraser by signing her up for a career in modeling, is now bothered by that attention.
"I would never endorse something like that," said Fraser. "Especially with my child's image."
Two years ago, Fraser signed up with a modeling agency to have all four of her children photographed.
"I know what I went into that shoot for," Fraser says. "And that's not what I agreed to. I want them to take it down."
When she signed a release form, Fraser knew the photos could be sold as stock images but never thought her daughter would become the face of a pro-life campaign focusing on African Americans.
"This is not targeting black women. This is targeting the practice and saying to black women is you find yourself in this crisis of an unexpected, unintended pregnancy," says Rev. Michael Faulkner, of the New Horizon Church in Harlem. "There are alternatives to death."
When Fox 5 asked about Fraser's demands, the organization said: "The image was properly licensed through a reputable stock image service. We'll be looking into the origin of the image and are certainly open to talking to the family directly if they have any concerns."
Local club promoter Omar "Slimm" White, 27, didn't mince his words when a gossip blog asked him to define his relationship with 46-year-old actress Vivica A. Fox. Slimm matter of factly said it was all about them dollars.
When asked what attracted him to Vivica, he answered: "It's a business as well as a loving relationship. We make a lot of money together."
"Let's put it like this... our sex life is great, its fantastic, it's phenomenal. She's satisfied... You know, you have to please your woman. Especially with an older woman. You have to know how to treat your woman. There's no time for BS in the bedroom."
"It's a business as well as a loving relationship. We make a lot of money together. A lot of people don't understand that you can love a person, have a business with a person and have a family and everything.
Is he wrong for being honest? It would be wrong only if Vivica wasn't aware that money is the main motivation behind her relationship with a much younger man. She would be in denial otherwise. Any time an older woman is turned on by the advances of a younger man, it's going to be an expensive proposition.
Remember when embattled dictator Muammar Gaddafi confirmed his tight friendship with Barack Obama, the president of the free world who is up for reelection next year?
In a speech published in London-based al-Hayat newspaper in May, 2010, Gaddafi expressed his love and admiration for Obama, whom he described as a fellow Muslim.
At the time, he said: "Now, ruling America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined – that from Reagan we would get to Barakeh Obama."
Gaddafi referred to his friend Obama's election as "a major historical gain."
"He is someone I consider a friend. He knows he is a son of Africa. Regardless of his African belonging, he is of Arab Sudanese descent, or of Muslim descent. He is a man whose policy should be supported, and he should be assisted in implementing it in any way possible, since he is now leaning towards peace."
But Obama's handlers, who continue to insist he is not in any way a Muslim, must have reached out to Muammar, because he never described Obama as a Muslim again -- at least not in public.
R&B singer Usher was dragged over the coals by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on his AC 360 show last night. Anderson put Beyonce, Usher and Mariah Carey on blast for performing for the son of murderous dictator Moammar Ghadafi. Even though the performances occurred years ago, the trio are back in the spotlight due to the Libyan protests. It's a shame that our black artists are recognized for accepting blood money from a murderer when white artists reportedly declined to perform. Cooper reached out to the reps of all 3 stars but they politely declined to comment. That says a lot about our people and the greed that permeates the recording industry. Usher was spotted leaving the Beatles themed 'Hard Days Night' hotel in Liverpool, UK, today to head to the city's Echo Arena to perform the next night of his OMG tour.
Multimedia personality and socialite LaLa Vazquez was seen leaving her NY hotel yesterday wearing cobalt blue Christian Louboutin peep toe heels. She was on the way to watch her husband, Carmelo Anthony, play his first game as a member of the New York Knickerbockers. The Knicks easily manhandled Milwaukee by a score of 114-108. They won't have it so easy when they travel to Miami on Sunday to play LeBron James and the Miami Heat who are on fiya right now.
Make-up free Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh are seen leaving a police training center in Miami, Florida where they are training for their television series 'Charlie's Angels' filming in Miami. Inside the facility, the girls were seen donning full S.W.A.T Team gear and doing push-ups while being yelled at drill team style. I'll be watching just to see Minka and Annie kick butt.
British celebrity Katie Price, 32, and her son Harvey, 8, were mobbed by a gang of paparazzi as they arrived at LAX Airport yesterday. You may not know who she is, but she's a world famous reality TV star on the other side of the pond.
Katie holds the distinction of being famous for no reason. But she's fairly intelligent, which redeems her. There is so much more to Katie than just her blond hair and breast implants.
According to Wikipedia, she has written 5 adult fiction novels, four autobiographies, two children's books and 1 book on fashion -- all before the age of 30.
Harvey is Katie's first born. His father is former Trinidadian soccer player Dwight Yorke (pictured above). She has 2 other children by different fathers. Harvey was born blind and autistic. Katie is often seen pushing Harvey around in a wheelchair because he sometimes has difficulty walking. Expect Katie to become a household name in the United States soon.