Super couple Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom, both 26, dined out at Katsuya restaurant in Hollywood, CA last night after watching the series premiere of their new show, 'Khloé & Lamar' on E!

Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, 31, was seen shopping in the beautiful South of France over the weekend. Yes, he's wearing black socks with sandals. It must be a French thing.

Rapper Bow Wow, 24, performed during the Sydney Supafest Music Festival at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Word is that Bow Wow signed a TV deal with director Ice Cube to develop a TV series based on the somewhat hit movie 'Lottery Ticket.' Good for Bow Wow. He's successfully finding ways to stay relevant.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty, INF Photo and Universal Records

The cast of the 1980's hit 'The Cosby Show' attended the TV LAND Awards 2011, held at the Jacob Javits Center North in NYC last night. It pains me and saddens me to say that Bill Cosby's TV daughter, Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa), has fallen victim to the self-hate syndrome that seems to be a scourge in our community. Yes, Tempest is bleaching her skin.

The 37-year-old married 'A Different World' star Darryl Bell (Ron). Maybe she's trying to be his complexion? Do better Tempestt!

Thankfully, Cosby TV daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam, 32, (who played Rudy), posing right with TV sister Sabrina LeBeauf (Saundra), is a beautiful Nubian sista who clearly takes prides in her African heritage. By the way, does Sabrina look hawt for 53, or what?

Photos: Splash News Online

It's every future mom's hope for her unborn baby to have at least one set of grandparents around to babysit the kid while she goes clubbing. That may or may not be the reason why Khloe Kardashian is so concerned about her hubby, LA Lakers star Lamar Odom, reconciling with his father.

During last night's series premiere of 'Khloe and Lamar,' Khloe revealed the real reason Lamar and his father don't speak.

Khloe comes from a tight-knit family, where everyone is involved and supportive. Even though she lost her dad, attorney Robert Kardashian, to cancer at an early age, she enjoys a tight relationship with her stepfather, former Olympic gold medal winner Bruce Jenner. So it's hard for Khloe to understand why a man would be distant toward his own father.

But in a single phone call, Khloe learns that Lamar's father, Joe, was only interested in trying to get some money out of him. Khloe saw that Joe was nowhere near the father that her dad and Bruce have been to her and her siblings.

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As most of you already know, troubled rapper Gucci Mane, real name Radric Davis, was arrested (again) last week -- this time for pushing a woman out of a moving vehicle. He is charged with battery, but because he was on probation at the time of this latest incident, he is also charged with violating his probation.

This means that Davis, 31, will serve jail time -- unless his well-paid attorneys can pull another rabbit out of their hats and spring him on some technicality.

According to 11 Alive, Radric's accuser was unknown to him. The 36-year-old woman met Davis at S. Dekalb mall in Decatur on the morning of January 28th. After some small talk, he persuaded her to go with him to breakfast. The woman -- who knew only that Davis was a musician -- climbed into his white Hummer not realizing that Davis was referring to breakfast of the non-edible kind.

Once they passed the Waffle House, the woman became alarmed and asked Davis where he was taking her. Davis said he was taking her to a hotel and that he would gladly pay $150 for her services.

The woman refused the money and ordered him to take her back to the mall, saying "I can make my own money."

According to the police report, Radric leaned over the woman and opened the passenger side door while the vehicle was still in motion. "Gucci Mane shoved (the woman) several times in the side and shoulder area attempting to get her out of his vehicle." During the struggle, the vehicle left the road, and was still moving when Davis shoved the woman out onto the shoulder of the road before speeding off.

The woman was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where she complained of soreness and pain. According to Dekalb police spokeswoman, Mekka Parish, no warrant was taken out for Radric's arrest until April 1st when the woman appeared before in Magistrate court to swear out a warrant.

DAvis was subsequently arrested on Friday, April 8, when he arrived for his appointment at the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Office on Sylvan Road in Atlanta.

This post is more about the mentality of the thirsty women here in Atlanta. The fact that a grown woman would climb into a car with a total stranger, and risk her life for some breakfast, is indicative of the mindset of Atlanta women. All a man needs is a nice ride, a little gold or a watch with some fake bling on it, and he doesn't even have to have a job.

Source: 11 Alive via RWS

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A loyal reader who asked to remain anonymous writes:

Hey Sandra, I love your blog. I wanted to give you some breaking gossip. I was headed home from work today. I got off at Flat Shoals Rd off of I285 and made a left. I noticed two Dekalb police cars had pull over a red BMW 740i and a guy in handcuffs on the ground arguing with the cops. When I passed by, I noticed it was Apollo, Phaidra's husband from Real Housewifes of Atlanta. This happen 20 minutes ago. Please keep me anonymous.

Have a good day.

I called the Dekalb County jail and they have no record of anyone named Apollo Nida being booked into the jail as of 20 minutes ago.

Apollo was last arrested in Atlanta in January, 2010 for running a red light. As you know, Mr. Nida is an ex-con who served prison time for various white collar crimes before marrying Phaedra in 2010.

Update I:

According to a credible source who spoke to Phaedra today, her husband Apollo is "at work" and she says this post is incorrect. My immediate question was, "What work? He has a job?" This email may very well be a hoax. If it turns out to be a hoax, this post will vanish without a trace.

Update II, April 9, 10:01 am ET:

I LOVE my readers! Once again, they gave me the tea before it was spilt on any other blog. :)

According to TMZ.com, Apollo Nida, occupation unknown, was arrested on Thursday (April 7) just as my reader said he had been.

Supposedly, Nida was pulled over and cuffed by U.S. marshals in connection with some type of sting operation by the feds. He was briefly placed in handcuffs and then let go. The claim is that he was arrested by mistake, but we know better.

Here's the tea: why did Apollo's wife, attorney Phaedra Parks, tell a local blogger that her husband was "at work" and therefore not arrested?

In the pics above, you can clearly see Apollo in handcuffs. My loyal reader emailed me before 4 p.m. on Thursday and he saw Apollo in cuffs 20 minutes before that. It's a good thing there wasn't a woman -- or a man as the case may be -- in the car with Apollo when he was pulled over.

U.S. President Barack Obama finally has something to smile about.

In his weekly radio address to the nation today, Obama praised both parties for their "cooperation" in sealing a deal to avert a shutdown of the federal government last night.

"The entire federal government will be open for business tomorrow—and that's because Americans of different beliefs came together today," Obama victoriously tweeted to his 7.4 million followers moments after reaching a last-minute budget deal last night.

Congress managed to avert a government shutdown at midnight that would have thrown about 800,000 federal employees out of work. A stopgap funding measure was hammered out an hour before the deadline. Both the House and Senate approved the measure and Obama signed it.

“This is good news for the American people,” Obama said in his weekly radio address on Saturday morning. “It means that small businesses can get the loans they need, our families can get the mortgages they applied for, folks can visit our national parks and museums, and hundreds of thousands of Americans will get their paychecks on time – including our brave men and women in uniform.”

Warning of more "painful" cuts yet to come, Obama praised lawmakers for "keeping politics and social issues from overtaking the budget talks," referring to the GOP's Planned Parenthood standoff. Obama warned that many federal programs that people depend on would be terminated or delayed due to budget cuts. “I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances,” he said.

Political analysts agreed that a government shutdown would have caused more damage to the Republicans than to Obama. Even though Obama, Pelosi and Harry Reid put off approving a fiscal 2011 budget in 2010 -- when they controlled both the House and the Senate -- to avoid a battle with the Republicans before the midterm elections, which ended badly for the Democrats.

Still, Obama stood firm -- and even sounded presidential -- when emphasizing the importance of living within one’s means. “Reducing spending while still investing in the future is just common sense,” he said during his weekly address to the nation. “That’s what families do in tough times. They sacrifice where they can, even if it’s hard, to afford what’s really important.”

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Photo: AP

Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, is suddenly shy as she leaves The Frolic Room in Hollywood, California yesterday.

R&B crooner Usher was spotted leaving a bodega after buying refreshments in New York City today.

Actor Will Smith was seen filming scenes from 'Men In Black 3' on location in Times Square in New York all this week. A prototype car made by Ford Motor Company is also featured in the film.

Photos: Splash News and INF PHOTO

Kim Kardashian, 30, was seen outside her home filming scenes for the upcoming season of her reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" today in W. Hollywood.

Former Danity Kane member and MTV 'Making The Band' alum, Aubrey O'Day, 27, posed on the red carpet at Logo's "New Now Next" Awards. That's a beautiful dress she's wearing. After the group was dissolved, Aubrey's stalled career was revived by a new reality TV series that she stars in.

American Idol runner up Adam Lambert, 29, posed with a transvestite lookalike at Logo's "New Now Next" Awards at The Avalon Nightclub in Hollywood, Ca today. I think I see Rihanna in the background.

Photos: Splash News Online

Yesterday, a loyal reader requested that I post this video of the reigning rap king Lil Wayne planting a wet one on his "daddy" Baby's lips back in the day.

Many believe that this show of affection between the two close friends was an attempt to start a trend that signifies the thug brotherhood, similar to the greeting that defined the Italian mafia in the 60s and 70s.

Except that the personal greeting between Lil Wayne and Baby backfired badly. Ever aware of the homosexual connotations of such a greeting, none of the hard legs in their tight clique could be persuaded to plant a kiss on the lips of Baby or any other dude -- at least not while cameras were around. So the trend faded quickly.

I thought this post would be a good time to post pics of other rappers bonding with their soul mates. It's always good to see black men showing affection toward each other instead of killing each other.

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Thanks to loyal reader Nicole B. for sending this in! She told me I forgot one.

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U.S. President Barack Obama looked like a beaten man after emerging from a White House budget meeting with GOP members last night. The budget talks between the White House and the Republicans have failed, and now the government shutdown that everyone is dreading looms large.

All nonessential government services -- including the processing of IRS refund checks - will cease at the stroke of midnight tonight. The government shutdown will throw millions of people out of work temporarily.

Troops who protect our homeland will not get paid; social security checks will not go out libraries, museums, courthouses, city parks and recreational centers will all be shut down. Edit: According to loyal reader keiond23, who works for the SSA, social security checks will go out.

The trickle down theory will go into effect as most major cities are cut off from government funding.

The shutdown could affect city nonessential services such as garbage collection and even MARTA transit service might roll to a halt.

Americans are venting their frustration on networking websites. A facebook group is organizing an event to dump garbage on House Speaker John Beohner's front lawn. Boehner is a Republican.

Former civil rights leader Jesse Jackson compared the government shutdown to civil war.

Meanwhile, Obama, 49, and his family will travel to Williamsburg, VA today to unwind and get in a little rest and relaxation.

Update I:

According to the LA Times, a planned vacation by the Obamas to Williamsburg, VA today has been canceled. The White House and Congress remain committed to resolving the budget dispute to avert a government shutdown tonight at midnight.

Originally posted on April 8, 2011 @ 10:57 a.m.

Police in Miami Beach released this picture of the mother of LeBron James being arrested in the early hours of Thursday in Florida. Gloria James was arrested for allegedly assaulting hotel valet Rockfeller Sorel at the Fountainbleau Hotel yesterday. James and her girls had just stumbled drunk out of a nightclub inside the Fontainebleau when Gloria got upset because the valet was taking too long to bring her car.

Witnesses say Sorel initially brought out Gloria's car and waited with the engine running for 30 minutes. "Do you know who I am?" Gloria screamed at Sorel before slapping him. Police say Gloria, who was arrested for a DUI in 2006, had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath when she pimp slapped the hapless valet.

Gloria was taken into custody and charged with assaulting the valet guy. She was released on bond about a hour later. LeBron was asked about the incident after the Miami Heat team practice yesterday. "It's a sensitive subject," said a noticeably embarrassed LeBron. "It's a personal matter. It's being taken care of."

Photos: Splash News Online and NBA.com

'Celebrity Apprentice' star NeNe Leakes, 41, was spotted riding a bike with her family in Miami Beach yesterday. You can tell she's been working hard in the gym. She looks fit as a fiddle.

On the other hand, NeNe's son Brent needs to go on a sugar-free diet asap. It's unhealthy for a 12-year-old to be that overweight.

Professional beard Amber Rose, 27, and her trademark butt pads was spotted at Barbados' airport yesterday. Amber was a little overdressed for the balmy Barbados weather after leaving the frigid temperatures of New York for some fun and sun on the tropical island.

Photos: Splash News and INF PHOTO

Cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj continues to build her bubble gum brand by teaming with Casio to roll out the company's new Tryx camera in Times Square and at Best Buy in NYC yesterday. Nicki, 28, wore her trademark bouffant afro puff wig and a skin tight body suit over her industrial size butt pads.

The flip video camera is neon pink and features a hollow flip handle that you can hang on your wrist. Nicki will be honored as NARM’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2011 NARM Awards dinner in LA in May. Don't ever think mediocracy isn't rewarded.

Aging fashionista Karl Lagerfeld, 77, unveiled his new designs for Diet Coke bottles yesterday. The pink and black Diet Coke bottles are the 2nd collection bearing Karl's name. The new Diet Coke Karl bottles go on sale soon.

Photos: Splash News, Wireimage/Getty

Pop singer Miley Cyrus recently re-joined Twitter.com after famously deleting her account last year. Earlier today, she tweeted this pic of herself mocking Gucci Mane's jewel encrusted grill.

Anyone who thinks Cyrus is admiring Gucci's grill should remind themselves that this is the same chick who mocked Asian people by pulling her eyes back in photos published by TMZ.com in 2009. The 18-year-old Disney star denied making racial slurs against Asians.

The Smoking Gun leaked the official police report that graphically details Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee's homosexual liaison with a 20-year-old male street walker last week.

Mister Cee, whose real name is Calvin Lebrun, 42, was charged with public indecency, lewdness and exposure on March 30 at 3:55 a.m.

According to the report, Lebrun and Lawrence Campbell, 20, were in a parked car on the corner of Watts and West streets in NYC when a police officer on routine patrol spotted them.

Officer Lindsay Agard's detailed description left no doubt as to what LeBrun and Campbell were doing.

Agard observed defendant Campbell manipulating defendant Lebrun's "exposed, naked, and erect penis" in a public place where he might "readily be observed."

The officer wrote that Campbell's mouth and lips were firmly attached to Lebrun's penis "in an up-and-down motion consistent with oral sex."

This account flies in the face of what Lebrun said actually happened that morning. In a series of angry tweets on his Twitter account, Lebrun lashed out at his "haters" and claimed that he was alone in his car when he was arrested.

He also accused the NY police department of operating a hip hop task force that targets rappers -- even though he himself is a little known DJ.

Lebrun locked up his Twitter page tighter than a drum after the report was posted online yesterday.

Mister Cee, who is married, is an example of black men who use black women to justify their sick, twisted lifestyles. And when confronted with the truth, they reject the facts and refuse to take responsibility for their actions.

These men often run in packs of home boys who share the same disturbing values and convince each other that black women are undeserving of their love and respect.

When this story first broke, popular Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex -- who was arrested earlier this year for assaulting his wife -- was quick to rush to Lebrun's defense. Troubled rapper 50 Cent, who discards women like used condoms, also defended Lebrun.

Rapper Jim Jones was in Atlanta last weekend to shoot a music video at the Velvet Room in Tucker. Jones, 34, shot the video for his single "Perfect Day" off his fifth studio album, Capo. According to HipHopDX:

"the most interesting part of Capo is that every track, from the intro to the closer, has an artist assisting Mr. Jones. There is not one instance of him carrying the entire weight of a track, even if it’s just a vocalist laying down a hook to put a smoother edge to his bars..."

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Infamous also appear in the video.

Jones recently made headlines when two groupies accused him and his crew of filming them topless without their prior permission for his “Summer Time” video.

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

Elle magazine gave rapper Nicki Minaj the Beyonce treatment by lightening her skin and eliminating her unsightly butt pads for a photo shoot. If you frequent the strip clubs, then you know that white men are put off by grossly exaggerated, artificial butts on black girls. So when the Elle editors asked Nicki if she could pose without her trademark butt pads, she happily obliged.

The cartoonish 28-year-old MC exploded onto the scene four years ago when she appeared in a viral YouTube video claiming to be rapper Remy Ma's stud lover. Later she signed with Lil Wayne's Young Money Records and released her platinum-selling album, Pink Friday, which solidified her position as the reigning female MC -- for now.

'Celebrity Apprentice' star Nene Leakes and her son Brent, 12, took a wild ride on the back of a mini Hummer in Miami, Florida yesterday. NeNe was later spotted sitting poolside with her Yorkie pup. The 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star and her youngest son are vacationing in Miami. She also has another son, Brice, who is 21.

Photos: INF PHOTO and ELLE magazine

According to the Miami Herald, Lebron James' mother was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge this morning.

Gloria James allegedly assaulted a parking attendant at the Fontainebleau hotel, according to WPLG-TV. Now that's gangster!

Updated:

This is the unfortunate Fontainebleau Hotel valet who police say was bitch slapped by LeBron Jame's mother, Gloria James, during a dispute over her car. His name is Rockfeller Sorel, and he must really be short.

Miami Beach police reportedly arrested LeBron James' mother at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach Thursday morning.

Officers arrested Gloria James on a misdemeanor assault charge, WSVN-7 reported.

According to the report, it is not the first time that James' mother has been in trouble with the law. She also was arrested in 2006 in Ohio on a DUI charge.

I have a soft spot in my heart for gangsta b*tches! Remember that time Gloria ran out on the court threatening to beat Kevin Garnett down?

Honolulu police have announced the arrest of U.S. President Barack Obama's best golfing buddy for prostitution.

Police say Robert "Bobby" Titcomb, was arrested Monday, April 4, and charged with solicitation after he approached an undercover police officer who was posing as a prostitute. Titcomb, who is married, was released on $500 bond.

When this news first broke yesterday, I said to myself, "there's no way Obama will be re-elected."

Why would they arrest the best friend of the sitting president of the United States for prostitution now when you know it's not his first time soliciting prostitutes?

The timing is very suspect. Obama announced his bid for re-election on Monday.

Titcomb was one of four men arrested in an undercover prostitution sting operation in Honolulu. But it's clear that they were only after one man. The question is, who ordered the undercover sting operation?

According to the NY Daily News, police have arrested two thugs for the murder of DJ Megatron, a popular New York DJ who worked for BET 106 & Park.

Police charged William Williams, 21, and Richard Cromwell, 20, with murder, robbery and criminal possession of a handgun. They were awaiting arraignment Wednesday night.

Police say Megatron, real name Corey McGriff, 32, was on the hunt for marijuana around 2 a.m. March 27 when the two men approached him on Osgood Avenue, about a block from his Staten Island brownstone.

McGriff's 4-year-old son, who was left home alone, may have watched from the doorway of the family residence as one of the suspects shot his father once in the chest.

Williams and Cromwell, who both have lengthy criminal records, rifled through McGriff's pockets, robbing him of a wad of cash and an inexpensive wristwatch that his 11-year-old daughter had given him as a gift.

The watch held sentimental value for McGriff, according to his grieving mother, Louvenia McGriff, 60. "He loved it because she gave it to him," she told the NY Daily News from her Georgia home.

Police recovered the watch after it was discarded by McGriff's heartless murderers. "They threw it away probably because they realized it wasn't valuable," she said.

An anonymous caller gave police the tip they needed to apprehend the suspects. "That is a risky think to do," McGriff's mother said of the anonymous caller.

"They're sacrificing themselves for justice. That speaks volumes about my son. I'm so grateful to everybody for what they've done."

She said the family is preparing to see the alleged killers in court.

"I want to look in their eyes and I want to know why they had to kill him," she said. "Why kill him?"

"It's a hard thing to swallow," said her husband, Leo McGriff. "We'll be doing a lot of crying."

It appears that Toronto Raptors teammates Leandro Barbosa, right, and Reggie Evans are more than just friends on and off the court. It's a known fact that the NBA has its share of gay players hiding deep in the closet. And with attitudes being more favorable towards gays in society as a whole, it's just a matter of time before a player rips the closet door off its hinges. In the case of Leandro and Reggie, it's good to see manly men who aren't afraid to show affection toward each other, even if they're joking around.

I asked a manly man, who happens to be a celebrity, how he felt about a man holding hands with him, and he said: "I can't get with that. If a man tries to hold my hand, I will pull back because I don't like that. Don't try to disrespect me with your energy. That's gay."

How do you ladies feel about your men holding hands with their home boy?

It looks like the impending government shutdown will indeed occur on Friday (April 8) if the White House and the GOP don't resolve their budget dispute. The problem is U.S. President Barack Obama's refusal to approve the budget cuts that the Republicans want.

The government shutdown won't affect U.S. President Barack Obama or anyone in Congress because they will still get paid.

But it will affect thousands of good people who go to work every day in non-essential services such as parks, museums, etc.

Naturally, the Democrats are blaming the Republicans for being stubborn.

Cynthia Tucker, the esteemed syndicated political writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, says if the shutdown occurs, blame House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP -- not Obama.

But we would expect her to say that since she's a Democrat. The Pulitzer prize winner in political commentary says the Dems are holding their ground. "Here’s how we got into this mess: Republican leaders didn’t keep their word," Tucker wrote on her blog this morning.

More specifically, she points the finger of blame at "the entire far right wing of the Republican Party" for demanding more than the $33 billion in cuts handed to them by the Democrats.

Tucker didn't mention that it was the Democrats who failed to pass a 2011 budget last year when they controlled Obama, the House and the Senate.

In the meantime, black people will have to scramble to make ends meet while these political millionaires take their vacations and toil in the hot sun practicing their golf swings during the shutdown.

Is this what you voted for when you elected Obama as president? Please vote responsibly when you go to the polls in 2012.

I haven't put up a Morning Glory post in a minute. This morning's Glory is Brook Lynne Carter, 25. She used to strip but now she holds things down as the head bartender at Atlanta's premier strip club, Kamal's 21. Kamal's is located minutes from downtown Atlanta at 1905 Piedmont Road.

Their website boasts that the club is 15,000 square feet with three stages and two VIPs. I bet if I pulled out my tape measure the numbers would be a little off, but that's besides the point.

Most of Brook's clientele don't go to Kamal's for the decor -- or even to oogle the other ladies -- they just go to see her. Even though Brook no longer dances, they say she is very entertaining. One customer even tweeted that Brook, whose Twitter handle is @Brookandthecity, was handling "20 customers" at the bar at the same time.

I hear Wednesday night is the best night to go. Doors open at 11am weekdays and 3pm on Saturdays. They accept all major credit cards and there's an ATM on the premises for you ballers who still think making it rain is cute.

Singer Alicia Keys, 30, steps out with husband, music producer Swizz Beatz, 32, and their baby Egypt Daoude Dean, 5 months, and Swizz's oldest son Prince Nasir Dean for a family outing in New York City yesterday.
Photos: INF PHOTO

Former professional beard, Amber Rose, 27, was seen leaving a hair studio in Los Angeles yesterday (April 5). It's amazing how she has transformed into a plain, average looking broad now that she is no longer getting upgraded by Kanye West.

Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan, 42, was seen leaving an office building in Beverly Hills yesterday (April 5). The "30 Rock" star, who was diagnosed with diabetes, has dropped another 20 lbs off his thin frame since undergoing a kidney transplant late last year.

Photos: Splash News and INF PHOTO

Another gay black male has succumbed to MRSA/staph infection. Yesterday, celebrity hairdresser and makeup artist Dariel Pulliam, who starred in TV's 'What Chilli Wants 2,' passed away after a brief illness. According to his family, he was hospitalized for 2 weeks with a staph infection in his lungs, which likely caused pneumonia. He was 29.

The family is asking for donations to help offset the funeral costs. If you would like to help, please call (410) 800-0379 or (443) 629-3008.

I am writing this post to educate my readers about this MRSA scourge in the gay community. All of us in the gay community know of at least one friend who has succumbed to MRSA infection.

Like Pneumocystis pneumonia was in the 80s and 90s, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is rapidly becoming the #1 killer of people with HIV today.

Last year I wrote a detailed Medical Minute post about MRSA/ staph infections HERE. The reason I'm writing about this super bug again is to bring awareness to this scourge that is gaining a strong foothold in the black gay community.

As I wrote in my earlier post, those who are most at risk for MRSA infections are babies whose immune systems aren’t fully developed yet, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, such as HIV/AIDS patients.

With the advance of anti-viral medications over the last 15 years, HIV/AIDS is no longer considered the early death sentence that it once was. But unfortunately, due to the increase in MRSA cases, the tide is turning in the black gay community. For black people living with HIV today, MRSA/staph will soon be the #1 killer.

The reason you don't hear much about MRSA/staph in the news is because it's mainly killing young black gay males who continue to engage in high risk sexual behavior without using protection.

Poverty, neglect and denial are reasons why the black community accounts for the highest cases of HIV/AIDS infections today. The mere suggestion that black gays "wrap it up" brings on animosity and resistance.

MRSA causes soft tissue infections, but it can also spread to the lungs (leading to pneumonia) or to the bones and heart valves. Most MRSA skin infections are harmless and resolve within days. The infection generally starts out as small red bumps or tiny blisters, boils or spider bites on the legs and arms.

In the mid 1980s, MRSA was a hospital based bacteria. The bug was able to spread from patient to patient because nurses and doctors did not wash their hands between patients. Over the last 20 years, MRSA has leaped from the hospital setting into the surrounding communities.

Most of us are now colonized with MRSA/staph. MRSA/staph is not a threat to most healthy people. MRSA bacteria lives on our skin, but mainly in our nasal passages and throat.

Staph becomes a problem when it enters the blood stream through a break in the skin such as a cut or scratch. Once in the bloodstream, it is very difficult to treat because MRSA/staph is resistant to most antibiotics. In patients with HIV, it quickly spreads from the original site of infection to the lungs where it causes pneumonia, or to the internal organs.

Signs and Symptoms of MRSA include:

  • Swelling, redness and tenderness of the skin around the wound
  • Foul smelly, pus or drainage from wound
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chills

This has been your Medical Minute.

More Info On The Web

Skin Problems and Treatments: Understanding MRSA - WebMD

MRSA - Mayo Clinic

DISCLAIMER:
Any medical information published on this blog is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider.

Edited to correct Dariel's age. Originally posted on April 6, 2011 @ 9:24am

Burlesque singer Beyonce, 29, continues to vacation on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas with her hubby Shawn Carter, 41. The two lovebirds celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary yesterday. I lost a grip in a bet that I wagered with an associate when Beyonce and Jay Z first exchanged their vows in 2008. The associate reminded me that I had bet that Bey and Jay wouldn't last 3 years. I reluctantly handed over the cash. Damn them.

Slutty R&B singer Rihanna, 23, posed in a pair of fishnet stockings for the cover of FHM Australia. She says her favourite tattoo is one on her chest, which reads: "Never a failure, always a lesson," which she had inked backwards so she could read it in a mirror. She also said she enjoyed filming her role as a character called Raikes in the new sci-fi movie, 'Battleship'.

Rapper Ludacris, 33, attended MAGNUM's Live Large project at Highline Ballroom in New York City yesterday (April 4). Luda is the official spokesman for Magnum condoms. The Live Large project is conducting a search for the best freestyle rap artist in the country.

Photos: Splash News

Calorically challenged actress Kirstie Alley stumbled and hit the deck hard during last night's 'Dancing With The Stars' telecast. Alley's dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy struggled under her weight and dropped her during a complex dance move. At least she got back up and continued to dance. Good for her.