Former tennis champ Serena Williams was spotted showing off her steroids enhanced curves in a mismatched bikini in Miami over the weekend. The 29-year-old’s career as a world class tennis player has taken a nose dive due to her much publicized health problems. As a result of her medical problems (whether real or imagined), Serena has tumbled to #175 in the world tennis rankings.

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LA Clippers basketball star Blake Griffin soaked up the sun in South Beach, Florida surrounded by a gang of hard legs over the weekend. Griffin is hoping for a resolution to the NBA lockout but there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Still, he’s got bills to pay. So the 22-year-old might take his A game, and his chiseled bod, overseas to play next season.

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Police are considering filing charges against a Texas woman who shot her husband to death while attempting to kill a pit bull puppy.

Betty Walker claims she was aiming at a pit bull puppy that had lunged at neighborhood children.

Her husband Robert Walker, 53, had scooped the puppy up just moments before his wife retrieved a .38 revolver pistol from inside the house and fired two shots — while Mr. Walker was holding the dog.

One shot hit the puppy in its left foreleg. Another shot hit her husband, a retired seismic engineer, in his upper right chest.

Mr and Mrs Walker of Houston, Texas were visiting their son Robert Walker Jr and their grandchildren at his South Jackson, Mississippi home. The subject of the puppy came up more than once during their visit.

‘One day that dog’s gonna jump that fence,’ Mr Walker Jr remembers his father saying.

The puppy, named Cocaine, was kept in a fenced-in backyard enclosure. His owner, Lazarius Montgomery, said the dog was too small to jump the 4′ chain link fence by itself.

Mr Montgomery’s cousin, Robert Ferguson, said Cocaine couldn’t have escaped from the backyard on her own even she wanted to. “Somebody had to pick her up out the gate,” he said. “Ain’t no way she could’ve got out the gate. She can’t jump the gate, she’s just eight-months, a puppy,” he added.

Witnesses backed up his claims, telling WLBT TV there had been no attack at the time of the shooting.

Mrs. Walker’s son, Robert Walker Jr., said he went upstairs to lay down when he heard two shots.

“I jumped out of bed and I heard my momma scream,” he told police. “She was screaming, ‘Your daddy’s been shot! Your daddy’s been shot!’ ”

Assuming a robbery had occurred, the son ran to his pickup truck in search of his pistol.

Now his mother was screaming: “I shot your daddy! I shot your daddy!”

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Good morning! Here’s a rare Saturday morning post for you weekend lurkers. Beyonce’s sster Solange, 25, performed a DJ set at Merah Club in London yesterday. Is she losing weight? I heard a rumor that if the DJ’ing thing doesn’t work out for her she will segue into a career as a fashion model. Good luck with that, Sol!

Puff daddy’s 2nd baby mama, Kim Porter, was spotted leaving Trousdale Nightclub in West Hollywood, CA last night. I remember when I photographed Kim’s 38th birthday party at Justin’s in 2004. Click here to see the pics. Puffy seemed so in love with her. Kim blew out the candles on her cake too quickly and I wasn’t able to get the shot. I will never forget the look of disgust on Puffy’s face when I missed that shot. He glared at me disapprovingly, then he shook his head slowly and walked away.

Even though I photographed private parties for him and Kim over the years, Puff has never once referred to me by my name. I was always “hey, miss” to him. If Puffy thought you were beneath his status, he made you feel like you were the smallest person in the room. A great man realizes that he is a man among giants, and he treats everyone accordingly. Puff is not that man.

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You can add American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez to the long list of insecure women Alicia Keys, Gabrielle Union who lose their men the way they get them: by cheating.

In 2004, J-Lo fell in love with Latin lover singer Marc Anthony — while he was still married to Dayanarra Torres (the couple had 2 children). Marc filed for divorce from his wife that same year and within months he and Lopez were married.

Torres said her ex-husband’s cheating devastated her: “I cried until there were no tears left — until I was numb.”

Today, Just one month after celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary, J-Lo and Marc have called it quits.

“We have decided to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement to E! News. “This was a very difficult decision. We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”

Source: E! News

Ebony magazine staff writer Lola Ogunnaike mentioned us in the August 2011 Ebony magazine featuring playwright/director Tyler Perry on the cover!


TUCKED AWAY IN A DIMLY LIT corner inside Manhattan’s fabulously hip restaurant, Hotel Griffou, is where you’ll find New York socialite and philanthropist Shelly B. Bronfman (née Brewer). Her three children–Hannah, Benjamin and Vanessa–surround her for a family portrait. As the cameraman dips and dodges about the space, insisting that they “smile” and give him “more energy,” Ben lobs a knock-knock joke that bombs. “I’d laugh, but I can’t breath,” says Vanessa, who has wrapped herself in a chiffon skirt and lovely cream corset.

   They look like any other close-knit clan–and in most ways they are. But in one very major way they are not: Sherry’s ex-husband and father of her brood is none other than Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, Seagram’s heir and one of the wealthiest men in America. He also happens to be white and Jewish, facts that still manages to shock–at least in the blogosphere.

  In a post titled “Who Knew Edgar Bronfman’s Kids Were Mixed?” the highly trafficked blogger Sandra Rose seemed utterly surprised to have unearthed “Black Bronfmans.” Until now, not much has been written about the former Mrs. Bronfman, who is African American, or her biracial children. Long ago, she made the decision to shelter them from the limelight, and they’ve also shied away from publicity. “I wanted them to have a childhood,” says Bronfman. “One of the greatest gifts you can give a kid is a childhood.”

   Now that the kids are finding success as budding entrepreneurs, the glare of the spotlight has proven to be both unavoidable and inevitable. Rather than run from exposure, they’ve chosen to embrace it these days. Naturally it’s good for business but it also offers them an opportunity to dispel the notion that all children are born into wealth and ambitionless trust fund brats who shop all day and party all night.

  “I really hate the current perception of rich kids,” says Ben, 28, a musician and eco-friendly entrepreneur. “People think Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie. But we’re not into being famous for fame’s sake. We want to be known for our accomplishments, the things that we’ve achieved. I’ve avoided that other stuff like the plague.”

READ MORE in the current issue of Ebony magazine on newsstands now!

Bronfman family portrait by ANTHONY BARBOZA / KENBARBOZA.COM

Last month I spoke with a confidential informant inside Beyoncé’s record label. The informant told me that Bey’s dad, Mathew Knowles, was essentially pushed out as her manager so her husband, fading rapper Jay Z, could take over her career.

According to my source, her father now feels vindicated that Beyoncé’s album, ‘4,’ is not the smash hit that everyone predicted it would be. “He’s happy,” said my source.

In an earlier post, I told you that my source said Jay Z and his boys (Live Nation) are A&R’ing Beyoncé “but they’re not doing a great job at it.” My source added that “This has been the worst (album) rollout I’ve ever seen on Beyoncé.”

My informant indicated that Mathew was somewhere laughing at Jay Z’s spectacular fail.

Mr. Knowles is an industry veteran who has a no-nonsense, old school business approach to managing his artists.

In an interview with the Associated Press, a vindicated Knowles said he blames Columbia Records for rushing out Beyonce’s album in a vacuum, which caused it to flop.

“They put out the record in a vacuum. It makes you believe that there are some artists that don’t need radio. There are some records that don’t need a record label, and Beyonce is one of those artists.”

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Well-connected industry sources are sometimes crucial to the success of any blog. Without industry sources, you’re playing a guessing game, or you’re getting your info from other blogs.

When R&B singer Monica’s new song, “Anything To Find You,” featuring Rick Ross and Lil Kim, leaked last week, I told you at the time that, according to my record label source, the track was not an official single.

It turns out that legendary rapper Biggie Small’s mother, Voletta Wallace, gave permission for Missy to sample Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya” — but Mrs. Wallace has the final say on who can jump on the track.

Yesterday, when the news hit Twitter, Lil Kim’s angry fans blamed Monica, who interrupted her honeymoon at a luxury resort on the beautiful island of Anguilla in the Caribbean, to explain the complex situation to her followers on Twitter.com.

“I am just finding out what has happened to my single and myself & Missy are beyond hurt that @LilKim was removed. She’s our friend, a legend & @LilKim will get the respect she deserves at all cost. The clearance was revoked & I’m fighting to get it reinstated by the Biggie Estate. We respect all parties involved & were gonna do WHATEVER to keep the song as is because @lilKim the bizness on the record…I am as thorough as they come and I LOVE @LilKim bottom line is Ms Wallace has the final say and she said No. If we put it out we get SUED”

I wish I could tell you more, but that’s the problem when you rely on industry sources: there are certain things you just can’t tell your readers.

Don’t expect there to be an easy resolution though; the music industry is an unforgiving business. Monica’s new album drops later this Fall.

Hey Sandra,

I’m an avid reader and I know you are a fan of natural beauty and I feel that we feel the same way on how the media portray us “black” women when it comes to our hair and brown skin (like we aren’t good enough). This was a very huge deal for me because I grew up with bald edges and very nappy hair and felt that “long straight” hair was the only way for any brown skinned girl to make it. I’m working on a blogging site (BoldisBeauty) where I want all girls of all races to come share their insecurities and more…and come OUT to face their fears of the world. When I finally came out I felt like a million bucks and I want to share that feeling with millions of other women/girls who are prisoners of their own bodies.

Take Care!
Saleisia

More details have emerged about 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky’s final moments with a schizophrenic madman who snatched the boy off the streets of Brooklyn as he tried to find his way home.

On Wednesday night, 8,000 grieving mourners gathered to pay their last respects in a funeral service held just hours after Leiby’s dismembered body was found.

Police say the innocent Hasidic child fought for his life before being suffocated and chopped up in the tiny attic apartment of “loner” Levi Aron. Leiby’s dismembered body was found inside black garbage bags stuffed in a suitcase and left in a dumpster 2 miles from Aron’s Kensington apartment.

The autopsy report described defensive wounds on the child’s arms and wrists. His severed feet, which were found inside Ziplock bags stored in Aron’s freezer, bore ligature marks indicating his feet were tied as he struggled.

Leiby had begged his parents to allow him to walk the 7 blocks home alone for the first time from the Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street near 12th Avenue. This is a no-crime area,” said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, whose district is the safest in Brooklyn.

What were the odds that little Leiby would cross paths with the one Orthodox Jew in the neighborhood who had a penchant for little boys and a foot fetish?

After losing his way, Leiby innocently stopped Aron, a stranger, and asked him for directions home. Aron was on his way to a dentist’s office to pay a bill. The receipt for that bill would lead the FBI and police to his front door a day and a half later.

Surveillance video shows Leiby standing across the street from the dentist’s office for 7 minutes, patiently waiting, as he was told to do by the man who promised to show him the way home.

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