The federal housing administration (FHA), under an initiative from the White House, will extend the time period when banks can foreclose on homes, according to AJC.com.

This comes as great news for the chronically unemployed whose homes are seized by banks after missing just a few mortgage payments.

Now unemployed homeowners can miss 12 payments instead of 4 before their homes are foreclosed upon.

“The current unemployment forbearance programs have mandatory periods that are inadequate for the majority of unemployed borrowers,” U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said.

“Today, 60 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for more than three months and 45 percent have been out of work for more than six. Providing the option for a year of forbearance will give struggling homeowners a substantially greater chance of finding employment before they lose their home,” Donovan said.

All FHA-approved banks must participate, according to a Housing and Urban Development press release.

Monica’s new song, “Anything To Find You,” featuring Rick Ross and Lil Kim, just leaked. The track was produced by Missy Elliott, who remixed Monica’s vocals with Biggie and Mary J Blige samples. Ross doesn’t have an original bone in his body, but Lil Kim sounds hawt! And, of course, Mo cannot be touched vocally.

My record label source tells me that this will not be an official single. Her new album drops later this Fall. What do you think of Mo’s maturing sound?

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Source: Boxnet via TGJ

Singer Miguel lashed out at a radio station that aired a gay parody of his song, “Sure Thing” remixed with homophobic lyrics.

From Yourblackworld.com:

Wednesday morning, a major New York radio station called “The Breakfast Club” on 105.1 FM played a homophobic parody of Miguel’s song “Sure Thing.” NewsOne reports that the lyrics were changed from “You can bet that, you don’t have to sweat that” to “You can bet that, Miguel wants your butt crack,” followed by a voice saying “n*** you’re gay.” It is believed that this parody was created in part because of the recent questioning of Miguel’s sexuality due to his choice of dress.
NewsOne also reports that “the Human Rights Campaign, one of the top LGBT civil rights organizations in the country, released a statement to NewsOne condemning the radio station’s remarks [saying] there’s nothing humorous about homophobia.”

In response to numerous calls for him to step out of the closet, Miguel released a statement saying, “For anyone who questions my sexuality, the honest truth is I love women. I’ve always openly loved women.”

If Miguel says he’s not gay, I believe him. Why would he lie in 2011?

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

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Dallas wide receiver Roy Williams is suing a former Miss Texas for the return of an expensive engagement ring that he sent her through the mail in February.

According to the Long Island Press, Williams shipped the $76,000 rock to Miss Texas 2009 Brooke Daniels, along with a recorded audio message and some cash. Daniels was Williams’ girlfriend at the time.

The audio message reportedly contained a proposal for marriage. Daniels politely declined, and Williams filed the lawsuit in June saying Daniels failed to return his ring.

According to Daniels’ father, Michael Daniels of Tomball, Texas, Williams told her she could keep the ring.

In court documents, Williams said he repeatedly asked Daniels to return the ring but Daniels told him that she lost it.

In an affidavit signed by Williams on June 30, he said he also gave Daniels $5,000 cash for school and to help with some dentist bills.

Daniels’ father said his daughter would give the ring back to avoid the legal hassle.

Source: AJC, LIP

Pop singer Mariah Carey was seen entering her posh Manhattan apartment yesterday. It’s obvious that Mariah had some maxillofacial surgical work done — the question is why? There was nothing wrong with her face before. It was the first public sighting of the superstar since she delivered her twins, Moroccan and Monroe, in a California hospital on April 30.

My spies tell me that Mariah, 41, is still struggling to lose the belly fat after her tummy tuck surgery following the births of her babies. In addition to her strict, low calorie, no sugar diet, Mariah is also utilizing the services of a female personal trainer to whip her back into shape.

R&B singer Ciara, 25, was spotted in Melrose, California as left the Warren Tricomi hair salon, where she gets her luxurious weave extensions tightened. Ciara chatted with the paparazzi about her recent trip to Angola and how she loved meeting her fans there. Plus, she chatted about the length of her bed since her boyfriend Amare Stoudemire is so tall, She was told to hook up her friends Serena Williams and Kelly Rowland with ball players since herself, Lala Vasquez and Kim Kardashian are all with basketball players at this time. (Splash News Online)
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Just as I predicted, mentally unstable Casey Anthony learned today that she will not walk free from prison after being acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Judge Belvin Perry, who is black, gave the baby killer the maximum sentence for lying to authorities — 4 years. With time served, Anthony will spend another year in her cramped 6×9 prison cell.

“As a result of those four separate and distinct lies, law enforcement expended a great deal of time, energy and manpower looking for young Caylee Marie Anthony,” Judge Belvin Perry said Thursday. “This search for her went on from July through December — over several months — trying to find Caylee Marie Anthony. Four distinct, separate, lies. Just as the jury spoke loud and clear on counts one, two and three on their verdict they also spoke loud and clear on the remaining counts.” Source

The media (and most Twitter users) believed Anthony would walk free today after receiving credit for time served. But luckily, Judge Belvin wasn’t a bleeding heart liberal who believes in giving baby killers second chances.

When Anthony was acquitted of murdering her daughter, she wore a smartly tailored button down shirt by Lauren by Ralph Lauren. The Eunice long sleeved ruffled shirt is made of 100% cotton, with pretty ruffles at the front and elegant French cuffs with a shirttail hem.

I know all of this because I purchased the same shirt at Macy’s just before Easter, at full price ($89.50). I was dismayed to see the same shirt on the sales rack for $44.99 less than 2 weeks later. It’s still there if you want to own a piece of history, so to speak.

Update: according to a court clerk, Casey Anthony will be released from jail on July 13. But we haven’t heard from the judge yet. So, we shall see.

A reader claiming to be Autum Ashante’s dad had this to say about my post and your comments) on the black child prodigy who’s admission to UConn was revoked for undisclosed reasons.

i wanted to register on your site but i couldn’t.your followers are fuck in idiots.. to say my seed is brainwashed…she half white and things of that nature.. we r trying to create change in the way our children are educated and this is what she gets from so called blk folk.

its not enough we have to deal with our white enemies but to read that crap your followers are saying about my daughter is wrong… i want to say more but I’m not.. just know i live 5blks from uconn and we cant afford to pack up and relocate to areas where the blk colleges are located. u want a story… call me 646-334-_____. because right now ur story sucks and it did not help our position and what is we are trying to do for our future and the long term history of our movement… thanks a lot for tearing down the confidence of a 13yr genius…we will prevail!!!!

*Note to media: the email author’s identity has not been confirmed

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Rapper Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, has come full circle. Bow Weezy was a toddler barely out of diapers when he grabbed a mic to spit a few bars for rapper Snoop Dogg.

Now he’s a grown man, at 24, with a baby of his own. In an emotional open letter to his fans, Bow Wow gushed about the new love of his life, his daughter, Shai, whom he affectionately refers to as “boo boo.”

“God gave me the illest gift,” he wrote on his blog, “she inspires me to go harder. Even made me treat my mother better, its like it made me into a man over night.”

The baby’s mom is video model @Miss_Joie.

Let me start off by saying i love my fans. With out yall i wudda been left the game. For the past 3 years i been batteling life. Even thought about taking my own. I felt like as a kid i did everything and saw everything too fast which spoiled my adult years. I felt as if i had no purpose to live(Thinking selfishly) until god gave me the illest gift of my life. No lambo, no blk card nuffn ammounts to my lil girl. I waited so long to tell yall the truth because i was nervous on how yall would look at me. Yall know everyone makes a big deal out of everything i do. I wanted to be 1st n let yall know the real. My lil girl is getting BIG fast. i love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder. Even made me treat my mother better, its like it made me into a man over night. Never been a fan of posting pix of my daughter. Reason is because i want my boo boo to have everything i didnt. Want her to be able to cheerlead with her lil friends with out some asshole sticking his camera all in my lil girl face. I know how fame is. I missed out on so much that i now know how important it is to cherish and have those things in your life. Yes! I change diapers. Aint as bad as i thought hahaha. I want her to live with me so bad. Jus us 2. Thats my dream man but fellas yall know how it go. Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that! So i have to fly 5 hrs away to see her. I find myself going into my i phone book jus lookn at pix of her. Sometimes i tear up cuz i just cant believe it brotha be emotional.

Source: RR

Troubled rapper Gucci Mane is still locked up. That came as big news to local promoters and the hundreds of Gucci Mane fans who packed into Onyx strip club last night expecting to sip champagne with the “So Icey” rapper.

According to confidential sources, the club’s promoters spent about 10 G’s to ensure that Gucci would celebrate his newfound freedom at Onyx.

Other local nightclubs also lined up to sign Gucci Mane for club appearances this week. But Onyx’s promoters found out along with everyone else that Gucci wasn’t released from jail when he didn’t show up at the club last night. Now all the nightclubs that booked Gucci Mane for appearances this week are out thousands of dollars in booking fees. I hear they are not happy.

Gucci’s attorney, Ashutosh Joshi, claimed Gucci was supposed to be released from the Fulton County jail yesterday. But Gucci Mane remains in jail today, according to a rep from Fulton County Jail.

Gucci, real name Radric Davis, 31, was arrested and charged with assault after he pushed a woman out of his Hummer as it traveled down an Atlanta highway on Jan. 28.

MTV’s RapFix blog learned that there was a hold on Gucci and that he would be sent to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia after he is released from the Fulton County Jail. The GDCP is where the criminally insane are sent for diagnostics and treatment. The prison also houses the state’s execution chamber.

Raised by her militant father to reject America’s multicultural values, a 13-year-old child prodigy was just informed that she’s not good enough for the first time in her life.

Autum Ashante was only 7 years old when she stood before her middle school audience to recite her poem comparing Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin to “pirates and vampires” that “robbed Blacks of their identity.” Moments before, she had recited the “Black Child’s Pledge” of the Black Panther Party.

“Black lands taken from your hands by vampires with no remorse. They took the gold, the wisdom and all the storytellers. They took the Black women, with the Black man weak. Made to watch as they changed the paradigm of our village… White nationalism is what put you in bondage: pirates and vampires like Columbus, Morgan and Darwin drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with steel, tricks and deceit…”

Some white students walked out, and the NY Post reported that Autum was banned from reciting the poem at any public school.

Autumn’s father, Batin Ashante, a devout follower of the Minister Louis Farrakhan, explained that there had been violent clashes between Black and Latino students at Autum’s middle school, and she wanted to give them something to think about “that would stop them from wanting to kill each other.”

Ashante abruptly pulled his daughter out of the public school system and home-schooled her for the next 6 years.

The child prodigy, once dubbed the “racist poet,” landed in the headlines again when she was accepted to the mostly white University of Connecticut this year at the tender age of 13.

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The jury has reached a verdict in the sensational murder trial of Casey Anthony in an Orlando, Florida courtroom today. After listening to testimony from both sides for nearly 6 weeks, they found her not guilty.

Anthony pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee. She could have faced the death penalty if she had been convicted.

Update: Casey Anthony was found guilty of lying to police. She will be out of prison in less than a year.

Update II, 3:43 p.m.

According to Drudge Report, the media blew the Casey Anthony case. But why did they turn Nancy Grace’s picture upside down though?

Actress Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”) came flying out of the closet this weekend when she posted pics of herself and her cutie pie lover on her Facebook page.

Wait, you didn’t know Tichina was a lesbian? I thought I told you that she lived with rapper MC Lyte for at least 5 years in Atlanta in the 90s? Tichina, who has a daughter, turned 40 on June 28. Happy birthday to her!

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