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While rapper Ludacris, 33, is busy promoting hard liquor to his young fans, his restaurant Straits failed its last health inspection, according to WhatNowAtlanta.com.
Luda's restaurant received a failing score of 67 and an unsatisfactory in a January 31st surprise inspection by the city. To be fair, there were other restaurants that received lower scores than Straits, but none of them were black-owned.
Among the violations found during the inspection were inadequate food storage, unclean and unsanitary food contact surfaces, inadequate hand washing facilities, unclean nonfood contact surfaces, food not dated and marked properly.
I like Luda. He's a conscientious businessman and I'm sure heads rolled when this failing report was brought to his attention. Drink responsibly, kids.
Thanks to loyal reader Michael N. for the tip.
I LOVE to see a well-dressed man! You don't have to be ballin' out of control to put together a fresh outfit that doesn't insult the sensibilities of 90% of the general public. All it takes is a basic knowledge of fashion and a higher level of class than the average black man.
According to UpscaleHype:
Trey Songz was spotted leaving a Zuma restaurant in London wearing a grey Burberry Prorsum trench coat ($1,994) and rocking a pair of slim bootcut RRL denim jeans ($365-$395). The Burberry trench features epaulettes at the shoulders, and belting at the waist and cuffs.
Singer Miguel arrived for the taping of the BET’s 2011 Rip the Runway in New York City sporting a pair of Black Scale “Shades of Black” sunglasses and a pair of high top Android Homme Propulsion sneakers ($220). These grey leather sneakers feature a lace up front, two velcro front straps, with a black suede ribbed ankle, and side eyelet vents on a white rubber sole.
According to People magazine, tennis superstar Serena Williams has been hospitalized with a blood clot (pulmonary embolism) in her lungs.
As I told you in several Medical Minute posts, a pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels from the legs up a major vein that empties blood into the heart and lungs. If that clot becomes trapped in the lungs, it impedes the flow of blood around it causing oxygen starvation to the surrounding cells, leading to respiratory distress and sudden death.
People with sedentary lifestyles (people who sit for long periods of time) are at risk for developing blood clots. Patients who have undergone bone surgery (or fracture of the long bones in the legs) are also susceptible to blood clots.
"Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation," her spokeswoman, Nicole Chabot, told People.
Just days after getting a cast removed from her right foot, Serena Williams' health took a scary turn on Monday.
According to People Magazine, the former tennis champion underwent emergency surgery after suffering a blood clot in her lungs.
Nicole Chabot, Williams' representative, told the magazine that "doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely."
The 29-year-old was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Williams recently told the New York Post that she planned on playing in the French Open.
According to US magazine, the music industry is putting intense pressure on singers Beyonce, Usher and Mariah to return the millions they received to perform for the son of murderous dictator Moammar Gaddafi.
Industry insiders are speaking out about the shameful, greedy behavior of these narcissistic celebrities. They hope Bey, Usher and Mariah will do the right thing and either return the cash or donate it to charity.
Music industry insiders want Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Usher to open up their wallets! Rolling Stone.com reports that the trio of Grammy winners are being urged to give back the millions of dollars they earned performing for the family members of Muammar Gaddafi. The Obama Administration has called for the Libyan dictator -- Muammar Gaddafi. The Obama Administration has called for the Libyan dictator -- who has ruled for 40 years -- to step down after an uprising against him left 1,000 Libyans dead.
Carey banked $1 million for a lavish 2008 New Year's Eve bash in St. Barts, where she performed for Qaddafi's son, Muatassim, Libya's national-security adviser. Beyonce, 29, and Usher, 32, earned undisclosed sums for performing on the same Caribbean island in 2009.
"If it were me, it would go to charity," Buck Williams, agent for R.E.M. tells Rolling Stone of the money they earned. Seconded David T. Viecelli, agent for Arcade Fire, "Hopefully donate it to a charity that somehow assists some of the people who have suffered at the hands of that regime."
Pop singer Nelly Furtado has already listened to her conscience. she is returning the $1 million in blood money that she received from Gaddafi.
But so far, the reps for Bey, Usher and Mariah remain silent on this growing controversy. Maybe we should boycott these artists to get a response from them?
Remember that $63 BILLION in federal aid that U.S. President Barack Obama generously gave to Africa after his historic election? Well, now we know where some of it went.
According to London's Daily Mail, the son of an African dictator plans to build one of the most expensive luxury yachts in the world -- with your tax dollars.
Teodorin Obiang, 41, already owns a fleet of luxury automobiles and homes and now he plans to splash out another $380 million for the yacht, which when completed will boast a movie theater, restaurant, bar and Olympic sized swimming pool.
The yacht, which hasn't been built yet, will cost nearly three times what his country spends on healthcare and education for its impoverished citizens each year.
Critics wonder how Obiang is able to afford such extravagances on his $6,799 per month salary as agriculture minister of the tiny, oil-rich West African state of Equatorial Guinea.
The most expensive luxury yacht in the world is a $740 million floating beast owned by a Russian billionaire. It is believed that Obiang used that yacht as the blueprint for his own.
Gavin Hayman of corruption watchdog Global Witness renewed calls for sanctions against Obiang.
He said: "That a president’s son from such a poor country has ordered this yacht is outrageous extravagance."
According to TMZ.com, pop singer Christina Aguilera, 30, and her new boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, 25, were busted early this morning in West Hollywood on suspicion of public drunkenness and driving under the influence.
This is the first arrest for the normally squeaky clean superstar. But sources tell TMZ they have been trying to get Xtina into a rehab program for weeks.
Cops say ... Aguilera was a passenger in a car driven by Matthew Rutler when officers noticed he was driving erratically around 2:45 AM ... so they pulled the vehicle over.
Officers determined Rutler was drunk and arrested him for misdemeanor DUI.
Cops say the deputies determined Aguilera was also "extremely intoxicated" ... and since she was unable to care for herself, Aguilera was taken into custody.
Aguilera was booked for public intoxication -- and according to the booking sheet, she was listed at 5'2" and 100 lbs.
According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, Rutler's bail was set at $30,000.
However, the source adds, "If the driver had NOT been arrested for DUI, [Christina] would have never been in trouble.".
Xtina separated from her husband Jordan Bratman late last year and began dating Matthew. Their divorce will be finalized in April.
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According to a confidential informant, who begged to remain anonymous, rapper Da Brat, real name Shawntae Harris, is back home after serving 3 years in prison for assaulting a cocktail waitress with a liquor bottle at Jermaine Dupri's now defunct Studio 72 in Decatur.
Brat, who spent most of last year out on work detail, wasn't welcomed home with lavish champagne-soaked parties and strippers. Instead, she is on house arrest and is required to notify her parole officer (whom she's scheduled to meet with today) whenever she has to leave her home for doctor's appointments or emergencies.
At 36, Da Brat finds herself washed up and alone for the first time in her life. According to my source, most of Brat's industry friends have abandoned her -- except for her "sister" LisaRaye, who calls her regularly to keep her spirits up. "No one else will return her calls," said my source, who promised to deliver a message to Shawntae asking her to call me.
"No one but LR reached out to her while she was in jail," said my source, who added that few people made the 2-hour drive from Atlanta to visit Da Brat "including JD."
According to my source, Brat spends her days writing songs and working in her home studio. But without a record deal or a publishing deal, Da Brat has to rely on residual royalties from her distant hit records to pay her bills.
Can you guess who the woman on the right is? Here's a hint: she's a former stripper who gets paid handsomely to talk sh*t about people on a popular reality TV series.
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Did you see Charlie Sheen on Piers Morgan' show on CNN last night? I would say he's on day ten of a 10-day crack binge, but his drug tests are all clean, according to RadarOnline which administered the tests this past weekend.
Still, Morgan was doggedly determined to get Sheen to admit to getting high last night, but Sheen denied being on drugs. When asked by Piers if he was taking cocaine, Sheen answered, "I didn't 'take' cocaine, I had to pay for it."
Sheen, 45, didn't apologize for his past drug and alcohol binges, womanizing ways, or his recent tirade against his CBS boss that resulted in the suspension of his show "Two and a Half Men" for the season. “I wouldn’t trade any of it, because I’m still alive,” he said.
Sheen posed happily for photographers with his unorthodox family -- his two live-in girlfriends, his "nanny" Natalie Kenly and porn star Bree Olson. Together, the 3 raise his twin sons in what he calls a "domestic bliss" situation.
"If I can't be there, they're there," Sheen said of "Natty" and "Rach" who babysit the twin boys he had with actress Brook Mueller.
"I told Charlie when I moved in, 'I'm on the bus, and I don't really care where the bus is going,' and that's kind of how we live," Natty said.
Meanwhile, Sheen had his attorneys draw up papers to sue CBS for loss of his $2 million per episode salary. His lawyer Marty Singer presented CBS with a demand for nearly $16 million in lost wages. Sheen, said Singer, is willing and able to get back to work.