At a time when black women should be applauded for taking that first step toward financial independence by opening their own businesses, one Texas woman is struggling to defend the name of her business.
Lakita Evans is keeping the name of her new burger joint despite the growing protests from civic minded people who say the name "Fat Ho Burgers" is offensive to a small segment of society.
Evans says that people are offended by the name simply because they aren't familiar with urban slang. "It's not calling people a ho. It's just like they say, 'Oooh that ho is big,' or, 'That ho is tight!"' she told Fox News.
In the black community, the term "ho" is freely applied to people as well as to things. For instance, a brotha might spot a hot car and say, "That ho is fat!"
Other local business owners don't see it that way. They say the 23-year-old is just using the name as a publicity stunt to draw attention to her business.
Pastor Marsha Martie, owner of the nearby Gospel Cafe, said: "[It] would've been nice to think a little more sensitively."
But Evans says people should be more concerned with what's going on in the world rather than the name of her burger joint.
"Look what's going on in Japan. It's like clear this world is not gonna get any better. Why cry and be depressed? The economy is bad. Somebody gotta keep a sense of humour around here," she said.
Thanks to loyal reader LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA WONDER WOMAN for the tip!
Reality TV stars, Taylor Armstrong, left, and NeNe Leakes, 44, headed out to dinner at BOA Steakhouse in LA last night. Not many people know that NeNe was once cited for running a fake foundation for victims of domestic abuse in 2009. NeNe's Twisted Hearts Foundation was allegedly involved in money laundering activities. When NeNe failed to file the appropriate paperwork with the state, the foundation's business license was dissolved.
Now that legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has lost a gazillion pounds, I'm sure she feels better than she's ever felt in years. Miss Franklin, who turned 69 today, sat courtside with former NBA star Patrick Ewing and NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg (not pictured) to watch the NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York City yesterday.
Talk Diva Wendy Williams, 46, was seen on the set of "Dancing With the Stars" studio in West Hollywood earlier this week. Wendy issued a challenge of sorts to disturbed singer Chris Brown. Earlier today she tweeted, "CHRIS BRWN I LUV U TOO. hot album but get help young man. c u @ #DWTS." I'm sure she's hoping he will do something crazy since we know he has issues with black women.
As he flew through the air with the greatest of ease, kids everywhere pointed skyward and asked "Who is that man in the blue Superman tights?"
After blowing away the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils, 93-77, during the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament last night, Lamont "Mo Mo" Jones is well on his way to becoming a household name. All he has to do is help his team (Arizona Wildcats) defeat 3rd seeded UConn tomorrow, and soon enough ball players everywhere -- from high school to the NBA -- will pay homage by wearing his tights.
Troubled singer Chris Brown, 21, and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Karrueche Tran (his only friend in the world besides his deranged mom) were all laughs as they caught a really early flight out of Richmond, Virginia this morning. The reason you're seeing these two together so frequently is because Brown needs her to soften his badly damaged image. They're laughing now but it's only a matter of time before she says the wrong thing and he snaps and pushes her teeth into the back of her throat. I'm sure she's thinking "not me," but all women who date abusers are in denial until it's their turn to feel his wrath. Hopefully, she has good insurance.
Edited: to add that Brown's longtime publicist, Tammy Brook, has flown the coop. According to the NY Post's Page Six, Brook has had enough of Brown's antics and she dropped him as a client. Good for her!
Earlier this week I posted exclusive pics from the set of Swizz Beatz’ new music video for "Coolin" featuring rapper Eve and Sean "Diddy" Combs' 12-year-old son, Christian. One of the other kids in the video is the 11-year-old son of a former male supermodel. Can you guess who the former male supermodel that many of us assumed was Teh Ghey is? No cheating!
Singer Ciara, 25, was spotted at a Beverly Hills nail salon getting a pedicure yesterday. I love Ciara's casual look. I get so much resistance and drama when I ask a chick to dress a little more casually and less like a slut. Ciara can hang out with me any time!
I LOVE Wendy Williams. She goes in on Chris Brown's pathetic behavior at 'Good Morning America' on Tuesday.
Calling Brown a "dummy," Williams said:
“Listen I don’t think Robin was wrong for asking [about Rihanna]... Interviewers have every right to ask about it... Your rage was uncalled for. Robin was right to ask you about Rihanna. You will get asked that question from now until the end of time... and you'd better figure out a politically and mature way of answering it! And P.S., why are your arms girly but everything else is manly?"
Kudos to Wendy for not making excuses for Brown and for not ignoring his bad behavior like that pathetic old man, Russell Simmons, and others have done this week.
Here's Chris Brown's response to Wendy on his Twitter page:
Chris Brown stopped by BET 106 & Park yesterday and apologized -- sort of -- for breaking a fortified window in his dressing room at the 'Good Morning America' studio earlier this week.
“First and foremost I want to apologize to anybody who was startled in the office, anybody who was offended or really looked disappointed in my actions because I was disappointed in the way I acted,” he told co-hosts Rocsi and Terrence J.
On Tuesday, Brown was interviewed by GMA co-host Robin Roberts who asked him about the restraining order that his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna lifted last month. Roberts, who was a guest at Brown's home last year, was only following up by asking him questions that any real journalist would have asked. She said she discussed the questions with him before the segment and that Brown agreed to the questions.
But Brown basically called Roberts a liar, saying:
“A lot of people don’t know what went down. Obviously when I do shows and when I do interviews, we always send out a talking points sheet. And if the network isn’t compliant with what we want to do, we usually kind of [black out and throw chairs] and wait until it’s a better situation.”
Unfortunately for Chris Brown, the world isn't a fantasy land of yes people and "better situations." In the real world, people are always going to ask him questions about Rihanna. There is no way to avoid those types of questions especially if he wants to promote his album on a major network.
At least he acknowledged that he still doesn't have a handle on his anger issues that continue to plague him despite his completing an anger management course. Hopefully the judge who is overseeing his probation is paying attention.
Until today I had no idea that "The Voice" of Dirty Money -- the gorgeous Kalenna -- was married with child.
Kalenna recently sat down for an intimate interview with The Buzz in the City blog, in which she discussed her fear of clowns, working with Diddy, and what it's like to be a solo artist since her teens.
She also revealed that she's been married for 7 years to her manager; and they have a 4-year-old son together.
“We both balance time with our son. His well-being is our first priority. We work hard now so that he can go to the best schools, learn foreign languages, and travel the world.
My husband has always been supportive of my career and instrumental in everything I’ve accomplished. My husband is my must have, we’re a team. I can’t function without him, and I need him by my side at all times.”
After a lot of small talk about Carmelo going to New York from Denver, MIss Yee finally got down to business.
When asked if she had "that talk" with her husband about not embarrassing her with NY's ample groupies, Lala said: "I don't have to have that talk. I would hope after almost eight years he has enough respect for me not to do that."
Yee asked Lala if she could accept Carmelo cheating if he did it discretely.
Lala responded, "If he's doing it discretely, do a good job. 'Cause when I find out all hail is gone break loose!"
Then Yee asked the question that we've all been anxious to hear the answer to: "What about that love child?"
But instead of addressing the question openly and honestly, Lala simply laughed it off, saying she wasn't aware of any baby that her hubby spawned outside of their marriage.
"If I knew about a baby... first of all, what kind of woman would it make me to say 'hide your kid?'"
*Hey Sandra. As a reader for over 2 years, I have noticed some dramatic change in your writing. I have noticed how you have become more biased and less enthusiastic. Apparently you have some issue with forgiving and forgetting. This has led to your writing [becoming] less original and more like the tabloids. As an example, you have let your feelings about Chris Brown ruin a great relationship you have with Rihanna.
I mean, what does it take for you to forgive someone, or at least give another chance? What's even worse is that you can't even admit that he has talent. You suggested he might do "Soulja Boy Numbers" but yet he has the number one selling album on iTunes. This also led you to "praise" Ciara, an artist whom you have undermined for so long. You are a very influential blogger, read by [m]any people, with an increasing amount of young readers. You should realize that what you say goes beyond entertainment news.
I would gladly appreciate it if you took this into consideration. If you doubt my thoughts, please post this email and see what your other readers think. I dare.
According to music industry barometer, Hits Daily Double, Chris Brown's fourth studio album, F.A.M.E. is on pace to sell 250-275k in the first week.
That's a far cry from the 1 million in sales that Brown had hoped for. In an interview with Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez, Brown said, “I would love to do like a mill the first week, honestly.” But sadly, it wasn't to be.
With over 2 million rabid Stans, er, followers on Twitter, 250k in sales is laughable.
It will probably anger Brown enough to throw another chair through a window. But he can find a little comfort in the fact that he didn't do Soulja Boy numbers (15k in the first week).
The 250k sales figure makes F.A.M.E. the 2nd largest seller of the year for Jive Records.
Ex NY Giants star Lawrence Taylor was sentenced yesterday to six months probation for soliciting sex from an underaged prostitute in May 2010.
The 16-year-old sex worker who received $300 from the former football great in exchange for sexual favors, now wants to really get paid.
Taylor, 52, was accompanied to court yesterday by his beautiful wife, Lynette. The couple have a 5-year-old son together.
Holding a press conference outside the court after the sentencing was Christina Fierro, now 17, and her famed attorney Gloria Allred. Although Allred didn't mention a lawsuit, her mere presence suggests that one is in the works.
In the meantime, Taylor appeared on Fox News' Studio B with Shephard Smith last night, where he said "everybody" solicits sex from prostitutes.
"It's the oldest profession in the world," he said. "Everybody does it."
Taylor added: "I am not the cause of prostitution - I didn't pick her up in no playground, she wasn't hiding behind a school bus, this is a working girl who came to my room.
"Its the world of prostitution you never what you are going to get. I don't card them, I don't ask for a birth certificate," he said referring to the fact that Fierro told him she was 19.
"I had been on the road 10- 11 days, I made a phone call to a friend of mine and he made a phone call."
But Fierro says she's a victim -- not a prostitute -- who was forced to go to Taylor's room by her pimp, a hardened criminal who was later arrested and jailed.
Fierro accused Taylor of taking "something precious" from her when she was only 16-years-old. She said she believes Taylor knew she had been beaten by her pimp and was underage.
Taylor, who must register as a sex offender, will have another hearing on April 12 to decide at what level he will be classified on the sex offender register.
Industry insiders have been whispering for months about the mental problems that continue to plague troubled singer Chris Brown.
But after Brown's sensational meltdown yesterday at the 'Good Morning America' studios in NYC, one industry insider is publicly urging the 21-year-old to seek mental health treatment.
In an article for BET.com titled "The Problem With Chris Brown," noted journalist dream hampton, who penned Jay Z's biography, Decoded, writes:
He clearly doesn't have the kind of support system that is encouraging—even insisting—him to seek mental health treatment. His mother is an enabler, and his handlers huddled him into a truck the night he boxed in Rihanna's face, leaving her to fend for herself—an incredible misstep. Even if they hated Rihanna, they had to know leaving her there would lead to a publicity Chernobyl. These handlers were twice his age.
In lieu of therapy, Chris Brown has Twitter. His small army of fans uses the hashtag #teambreezy to avoid forcing the still young, imploding star to seek the therapy he so desperately needs to not become his stepfather. It is tragic. He's young enough to be saved. Imagine what a true public healing would do for young Black teenagers entangled in the deadly dance that is domestic violence.