The news came as a shock to friends of Corey McGriff, better known as DJ Megatron. The popular BET 106 & Park DJ was found lying face up in the street in the early morning hours of Sunday near his Staten Island brownstone.
According to police, McGriff was on his cell phone with a male friend when he was accosted by 3 unknown males who shot him in the chest and fled the scene on foot. The unidentified friend told police that McGriff said he was on his way to buy weed when the phone went dead. The friend said he didn't hear a gunshot.
Police confirmed the 32-year-old DJ had been walking when he was shot once in the chest, but a motive has not yet been established. McGriff's cell phone was found near his body.
According to the NY Post, McGriff had $1 in his jeans pocket when he was found dead in the street. His bills had apparently been paid by a "female gal pal."
The shooting may have been witnessed by McGriff's 4-year-old son, who, wide awake at 2 a.m., stood in the doorway of McGriff's brownstone and watched his father cross the street as the 3 males approached him. The boy had been left home alone.
Twitter has a new star joining its ranks. The Bronx Zoo's missing cobra joined Twitter yesterday, and he already has over 35,000 followers. Worried zookeepers don't know how the wily cobra slipped out of its enclosure in the reptile house on Friday, but the poisonous snake doesn't plan on being recaptured any time soon.
In addition to keeping the zookeepers off his trail, the cobra humorously narrates his adventures while on the loose in the Bronx.
After the Bergdorf Goodman store invited the @BronxZoosCobra to visit, it tweeted, "If I recognize a single belt..."
For its part, the zoo is working overtime to find the snake and restore confidence in an alarmed public. In a statement released yesterday, zoo director James J. Breheny noted, “We understand the interest in this story and that everyone wants us to find the missing snake. As this may take days or even weeks, daily updates should not be expected.”
R&B Diva Keyshia Cole was spotted yesterday arriving at the same Beverly Hills medical building that celebs often frequent. The building houses doctors offices and a pharmacy. Celebs photographed leaving the medical center in the past include the late Michael Jackson, Halle Berry, Whitney Houston, Ciara, Diddy and Usher, among others.
Keyshia had mentioned in the past that she was thinking about getting her ample breasts reduced to lessen the load on her lower back. The part time Johns Creek, GA resident is gearing up for a special live performance on April 30 at the New York EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women. Keyshia has a son with NBA star Daniel "Booby" Gibson.
Just days after shocking photos of a stricken and pale Beyoncé surfaced online, comes word that she has fired her dad, Matthew Knowles, as her manager.
Most of us thought she fired him already. But, according to Bey's longtime publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, the termination is for real this time.
The news comes a year after scandalous reports of Matthew's infidelity, money laundering and drug abuse hit the blogs. In addition to Beyoncé, her sister Solange and their half-sister, Kelly Rowland, Knowles is also the daddy of a 1-year-old boy by actress Alexsandra Wright ("Scrubs").
Matthew released a prepared statement last night complete with shameless self-promotion, which I have deleted since no one cares:
The decision for Beyoncé and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual. We did great things together, and I know that she will continue to conquer new territories in music and entertainment.
In Music World's repositioning it will not continue its label/management role with Columbia/Sony artist Tiffany Evans.
Business is business and family is family. I love my daughter and am very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved. I look forward to her continued great success.
Maybe now Beyoncé can get her stalled career back on track?
Pregnant songstress Mariah Carey is bored waiting for her twins to be delivered so she can exploit them to the world. So she painted a butterfly on her swollen tummy and tweeted the pic to her 4 million followers. That was after she tweeted about her false contractions and dramatically rushed herself to the hospital only to be sent back home yesterday.
I fear for these babies when they are finally born.
At one time Beyonce Knowles was the reigning queen of Pop -- until she stumbled and was forced to give up her crown to Rihanna. Apparently she has never fully recovered from that public humiliation. Slowly, the paparazzi who once famously stalked Bey, stopped showing up at her appearances. Now I'm told that Bey's people frequently call the wire services with Bey's schedule, but to no avail. The paparazzi just aren't interested in her any more. These pictures surfaced online over the weekend. They show a pale Beyonce with no makeup walking to her waiting limo with her loyal bodyguard, Julius. These new pictures have ignited old rumors that Beyonce is ill. I hope she's okay.
Socialite Paris Hilton, 30, posed with a black baby at the Starlight Children's Foundation 2011 "A Stellar Night" Gala in Century City, CA over the weekend. Hilton is still reeling from accusations of racism after shocking quotes attributed to her from an upcoming book surfaced online last week.
According to the LA Times, a book entitled "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness" by Neil Strauss contains an encounter he had with the party loving heiress in 1999. Supposedly, Hilton met a biracial guy at another party the previous evening.
Hilton pointed the guy out to Strauss and said, "We were making out, but then we went somewhere where it was bright and I saw that he was black and made an excuse and left. I can't stand black guys. I would never touch one. It's gross." When Strauss asked Hilton, "How black does a guy have to be?" she allegedly responded, "One percent is enough for me."
Remember the days when pop singer Rihanna was wholesome and classy and would never strip for the cover of a national magazine just to sell records? Well, apparently those days are over.
Rihanna, 23, poses practically naked on the cover of this week's Rolling Stone magazine, which hits newsstands on Wednesday (Mar 30). The artsy photos were shot by famed photog Mark Seliger exclusively for RS.
Rihanna's management is still scrambling to dispute news stories that suggests Rihanna's tour is not selling well in the U.S. Why is it so hard to believe that she's not selling tickets here? It's no secret that here in the US Rihanna is known more for her looks than she is for her singing ability.
She may be hawt overseas, but here in the U.S., she simply doesn't pack huge arenas -- even if she poses half naked on magazine covers.
Today is Lil Wayne Day over at Interview magazine blog. For some reason, the music giant decided to honor the troubled rapper by making every story on their front page about him.
In one post, my favorite rapper, Drake, reminisces on the day he met his idol -- and future boss -- Weezy. Drake's demo tape somehow made its way into Lil Wayne's personal iPod, and the rest, as they say, is history.
"The music was played to him by someone I knew at the time who was around him. I assume it was played on the tour bus, you know, but I never really got the exact story. Two songs into it, he stopped the CD and asked the person to get me on the phone. I showed up to Houston and I was staying at the Hotel Derek, I remember. They brought me to my room and I was just in disbelief, like, "What am I doing here?" You know? For me it was surreal.
I got a knock on the door and it was E.I., who later went on to become one of my closest friends. He was just like, you know, "Wayne wants to see you on the bus. And I'm his, I'm his road manager." So he brought me on the bus, and Wayne was getting like the most painful tattoo in the world. He was getting these huge wings on each side of his body. I'm a very observant person, you know, and when I haven't met somebody, and I get the chance to actually see them in person, I try not to talk too much. I speak when spoken to. I'm just staring around taking in little things, you know... ashtrays and cups, what that person's eating, what that person's hobbies are, if I can tell by looking—I really study an individual by their surroundings.
Then he proceeded to play me Tha Carter III—of course I was blown away at the time, 'cause nobody had heard it yet. I heard it front to back and it was, it was amazing. I just remember like little anecdotes, like somebody came on the bus like, "Yo, Kobe Bryant wants an iPod so he can play it tonight." It was just like crazy, crazy things that [went] on in Wayne's life every day. Everybody's a Lil' Wayne fan.
Troubled singer Chris Brown tweeted this pic of his new 'do after cutting the blonde out of his hair this past weekend. The blonde dye was growing out anyway, but I'm sure Brown got tired of all the teh Ghey jokes.
But that's not the big news that has CB Stans excited: rumor has it that Brown and his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, will have a sit down chat with Robin Roberts to make up for his chair throwing tantrum the other day inside his 'Good Morning America' dressing room.
Of course, like all dumb rumors, this one will soon fade into oblivion.
We all know that Rihanna is too selfish to help CB promote his new album by granting a joint interview on ABC. And Brown is too narcissistic to share the stage with Rihanna -- especially since any interview agreement would involve him apologizing in some form to Rihanna. And that's never going to happen.
Normally I don't post this sort of smut on my family oriented blog, but this post ties in with my previous post about Lil Wayne's manager, Cortez Bryant, getting himself busted in DeKalb County, Georgia on DUI and possession charges this weekend.
While Bryant, 30, was cooling his heels for 2 days in the DeKalb County lockup, Lil Wayne's "I Am Still Music" tour, featuring Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross (who also got himself arrested for weed possession this weekend) continued on at the Nassau Coliseum in New Jersey last night.
A fan caught this footage of Nicki giving her boss, Lil Wayne, a freebie onstage.
"Celebrity Apprentice" and "Real Housewife of Atlanta" star Nene Leakes tried out her new iPad 2 while sitting at poolside in Miami, Florida yesterday. She was wearing a loud neon green string bikini that got everyone's attention.
Remember when Kanye West's former beard Amber Rose was sexy and hawt? Now she looks like Kanye's sloppy seconds. She at least had a sense of style when she was with Kanye. That's because she could afford the best stylists, including Kanye himself. Now she walks into stores such as Bebe and she's styled on the spot by whoever is working the cash register. I'm not making that up. Amber recently took to her Twitter page to dismiss rumors that she's slept with half of the music industry. "I have never slept with Fabolous, Drake or Chris Brown," she duly noted. Interestingly enough, Amber didn't mention any of the female celebrities that she's been with.
Despite the rumors of infidelity, Wendy Williams and her husband Kevin seemed happy as they arrived at the Helmsley Park Lane hotel to celebrate Aretha Franklin's 69th birthday in New York City last night (Mar 26).
Narcissist Wyclef Jean hosted a party and live performance at Haze Nightclub located inside Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV last night. Wyclef posed with his lovely wife Marie Claudinette. He wore a replica of the Haitian flag on his right wrist where he claims he suffered a gunshot wound.
Former "America's Top Model" contestant Eva Marcille was spotted at The Cotton Club in Los Angeles for R&B Live. According to Allen over at Upscale Hype fashion blog, she was wearing Brian Lichtenberg Black Angular Patchwork Sliver Glitter leggings ($218), which are a combination of glitter, sheer hosiery and fishnet pieces. She was also rocking pair of Gucci “Kills” Peep Toe Platform Booties ($990). Notice the white couple in the background? That is a rare sight in Atlanta's urban nightclubs. For a Metropolis with a population of 6 million that passes itself off as a "City of courageous firsts" -- Atlanta's nightclubs are still segregated. Whites and blacks do not party together in Atlanta where racist attitudes remain stuck in the 50's.
Rev. Run's daughter Angela Simmons attended the Knicks game in New York City on Friday (Mar 25). Angela, who made millions off of her Pastry shoe line, wore a modern day version of the 1920s fringe flapper dress. She accessorized the dress with a black cropped leather jacket, Christian Louboutin pumps and a Chanel tote.
"Celebrity Apprentice" cast member Star Jones and Kim Kardashian's mom, Kris Jenner, both have the same gaudy taste in faux Chinchilla fur. Miss Jones was spotted leaving the Helmsley Park Lane hotel after celebrating Aretha Franklin's 69th birthday in New York City on Saturday (Mar 26).
Miami Heat stars Dwyane Wade (2nd from L with sons Zion and Zaire) and LeBron James, right, pose for photos with Kei Nishhikori, left, of Japan and Rafael Nadal of Spain during the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida yesterday.
Wade was recently awarded full custody of his sons, Zion and Zaire, both of whom arrived in Florida 2 weeks ago to live with their dad full time. Men like D Wade and LeBron serve as excellent role models for the young brothas in our community who are leaving the street corners in droves to raise their children. All I see are young black fathers with their kids at South DeKalb Mall and Greenbrier Mall on the weekends. It's a beautiful thing!
Singer Brandy performed the National Anthem during the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open yesterday.
Rapper Da Brat was spotted out & about shopping in Atlanta with her beautiful mom, Nadine. As you know, Brat was recently released from a Georgia prison where she served 3 years for an assault conviction. Since then she's been busy writing songs and recording music in her home studio.
Thanks to my inside source for sending these exclusive pics for my readers! I'm told Da Brat is on Twitter now.
Click the link below to see Da Brat's state issued ankle jewelry.
Remember when Solange Knowles promoted her new line of Hip Hop toys called Baby Jamz, which she said were inspired by her then 4-year-old son, Juelz?
Well, now she's releasing a t-shirt line also inspired by the budding 6-year-old tycoon. Solange says that when Juelz heard about the earthquake in Japan, he was so moved that he was inspired to create a line of t-shirts to raise money for relief efforts...