A cancer scare forced actress-comedian Wanda Sykes to make a dramatic life decision to undergo a double mastectomy.

Sykes revealed her brush with cancer during an interview with fellow lesbian Ellen Degeneres to air Monday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sykes, 47, said the cancer was found following a surgical procedure to reduce her breast size.

"This was in February. I went for the reduction. I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat," she said.

"It wasn't until after the reduction that in the lab work, the pathology, that they found that I had DCIS [ductal carcinoma in situ] in my left breast. I was very, very lucky because DCIS is basically stage-zero cancer. So I was very lucky."

Sykes, who has a family history of breast cancer on her mother's side, added:

"But cancer is cancer. I had the choice of, you can go back every three months and get it checked. Have a mammogram, MRI every three months just to see what it's doing. But, I'm not good at keeping on top of stuff. I'm sure I’m overdue for an oil change and a teeth cleaning already." Source

Sykes and her wife, Alex, are the parents of nearly 2½-year-old twins. She told Degeneres, "I was like, I don't know, should I talk about it or what? How many things could I have? I'm Black, then Lesbian. I can't be the poster child for everything."

Sykes noted that, in addition to LGBT issues, she plans on participating in walks to find a cure for cancer. "I was real hesitant about doing this, because I hate walking. I got a lot of [cancer] walks coming up."

"I just admire the hell out of you," Degeneres responded.

Troubled singer Rihanna seemed in awe of the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. The 23-year-old seemed to be deep in thought as she contemplated her personal meaning of the statue, which was barely visible due to rainy weather. The singer and her entourage visited the famed tourist attraction on her day off between a show in the nation's capital Brasilia and her headlining appearance in [today's] opening day of the huge Rock in Rio festival.

Her visit to the reverent site didn't stop Rihanna from showing her azz in concert. By the way, yesterday, we heard from a source within Rihanna's camp who told us that Rihanna "had to change her sound up" for her as yet untitled 6th studio album. That doesn't bode well for Rihanna's fans who have grown accustomed to her edgy hip-pop sound.

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Our hearts were saddened when we heard about the untimely passing of R&B Diva Vesta Williams. At this time, there are no details about the cause of death.

From Eurweb.com:

EUR is deeply saddened to hear that singer Vesta Williams has passed away. Details are sketchy at this time, but it’s being reported that the singer’s body was found in a Los Angeles hotel room.

The cause of death is unknown. She was 48

According to her listing in Wikipedia, Williams in 1963 in Coshocton, Ohio. She was originally credited by her full name, but she has also been billed as Vesta since the 1990s.

Although Williams never had any albums certified gold and never had any Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she scored seven Top 20 R&B hits from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

Update I, 12:57 pm: according to E! online, Ms. Williams, was 53 or 54, not 48 as has widely been reported.

Thanks to loyal reader Bridgette S. for the link.

This is grown folks music right here. Real R&B! Houston native Mitchelle'l, who is half Eritrean, is an R&B artist signed to Grand Hustle Records, T.I.'s label. He was discovered on Myspace.com and brought to Grand Hustle Records by General Manager Hannah Kang.

Produced by Drumma Boy, "Only A Few" is Mitchelle'l's first official single, and it's hawt!

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    I already know what's going on
    I feel it all in my bones
    It don't make much sense trying to fight it, babe
    Girl, I think you found the spot
    I don't know if you know it or not, but uh
    You got me feeling some kinda way inside

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A Texas school suspended a 14-year-old boy for two days for telling a classmate he thought homosexuality was wrong.

According to Fox News and other media outlets, Dakota Ary was in a German class at the high school when the conversation shifted to religion and homosexuality. At some point during the conversation, he turned to a friend and said that he was a Christian and “being a homosexual is wrong.”

“It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me,” Dakota told Fox. “I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”

According to Fox, Dakota, an honors student, was given a one day in-school suspension – and two days of full suspension.

Dakota's mom, Holly Pope said she was “absolutely stunned” when she received a phone call informing her that the school had suspended her son.

There are indications the teacher may have been a homosexual.

Matt Krause, an attorney with the Liberty Counsel said the teacher had frequently brought homosexuality into ninth grade classroom discussions.

“There has been a history with this teacher in the class regarding homosexual topics,” Krause said. "The teacher had posted a picture of two men kissing on a wall that offended some of the students."

“He told the students this is happening all over the world and you need to accept the fact that homosexuality is just part of our culture now,” Krause said.

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Beyoncé's infamous baby bump was noticeably absent when she introduced her new fragrance 'Pulse' at Macy's today, in New York City. Beyonce wore a long, flowing sleeveless gown from her mother's 2011 Deréon collection. The 30-year-old "Halo" singer is supposedly 5 months pregnant with her first child. She seemed to have back problems as she braced her lower back while posing for photographers on the red carpet. Is she that far along to be experiencing back problems already?

In an interview today, Beyonce said she dreamed of the inspiration for her peculiar, scene-stealing pregnancy announcement on the MTV VMA's last month.

“There were so many rumors about me being pregnant every three months for the past couple of years — I thought the best way and classiest way was to just show it. And my husband and I have been together for 10 years, so I guess people felt a part of it and it makes me feel really good."

Photos: Jennifer Graylock/INFevents.com

The daughter of "Basketball Wives: LA" cast member Jackie Christie appears to mirror her mother's dysfunctional personality traits. 22-year-old Ta’kari Lee took to her blog yesterday to air out her estranged mom for mistreating her elderly mother (Ta’kari's grandmother) who was dying of cancer.

As you know, Christie worked her mother's terminal illness into the reality show's plot, which didn't sit well with many of the show's viewers.

Christie apparently pretended to be distressed over her mother's impending death. But in her long, rambling blog post, Ta’kari says Christie was "verbally and mentally" abusive to her mother before she died. As you know, Christie's mom passed away on Tuesday.

Ta’kari, who has deep-seated emotional issues inherited from her mother, has two children out of wedlock -- a 2 year-old and a 9-month-old infant by 2 different men. A reality show is the worst possible form of therapy for these two women.

Children don't forget. So be careful how you raise them.

The Scene About My Grandma and Her Cancer..SmH.. I am Not Doubting That She Was Sad About My Grandmas Condition…But I Wonder If Tanya Talking About Cherishing The Memories U Have With The People U Love Hit A nerve For Her… She Knows Like My Grandma And I Know – My Grandma Was Always Being Disrespected and Treated Badly… And The Same Way I compare My Relationship With My Mom Like Being In A Violent Relationship – Although My Mom Was NOT Physically Abusive… She Was Very Mentally and Verbally Abusive – Not Just To Us Kids But My Grandma As Well… She Would Lash Out At Us And Make Us Feel So Low Then Try To Correct It With Other Things..Like An Abusive Husband Beating Your Ass And Then Buying U Flowers Or Gifts..

Noted political author Ann Coulter spoke up on her blog about the media's whitewashing of cop killer Troy Davis, who went on a shooting rampage in 1989.

Davis, 42, was executed by lethal injection last night after spending 22 years on Georgia's death row.

Coulter highlights the glaring inconsistencies and outright lies in the national media coverage of the high profile death penalty case.

It wasn't just that the media ignored facts in the case that pointed to his guilt, but they portrayed Davis to be a Saint in order to influence public opinion and inflame emotions.

Coulter wrote on her blog:

It’s nearly impossible to receive a death sentence these days — unless you do something completely crazy like shoot a cop in full view of dozens of witnesses in a Burger King parking lot, only a few hours after shooting at a passing car while exiting a party. That’s what Troy Davis did in August 1989. Davis is the media’s current baby seal of death row.

Coulter also commented on the national media's oft-repeated misinformation that 7 out of 9 witnesses recanted their testimony:

First of all, the state presented 34 witnesses against Davis — not nine — which should give you some idea of how punctilious the media are about their facts in death penalty cases.

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While searching for celebrity pics on Splash News's online gallery, we happened upon these photos of singer Ashanti leaving a Washington DC restaurant yesterday. She appears to be alone, but if you look closely you will see NBA superstar LeBron James walking about a hundred feet behind her. That can't be a coincidence?

Rumors have swirled for years about LeBron cheating on his baby mama, Savannah. But we ignored the rumors because LeBron has always presented himself to be a gentleman and a devoted family man. That sly smile on Ashanti's face says it all. These photos will probably break Savannah's heart. Now she knows that she must step her game up to save her relationship, because Ashanti's body is no joke -- and the flesh is weak.

Photos: Splash News Online

Poor Halle Berry can't catch a break. The 45-year-old Oscar-winning actress broke her leg while performing her own stunts on the set of her latest movie 'Cloud Atlas' in Palma de Mallorca, Spain earlier this week. The star's injury throws the film's shooting off schedule. And depending upon the extent of her injury, Halle's role might have to be re-cast with a different actress.
Photo: INF PHOTO

Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles attended Bey's after party at The Dream Hotel in New York City where she was the DJ for her sister's press launch of her new fragrance "Pulse." I'm not into heels, but I LOVE the shoes Solange has on. If the heels were shorter I would rock those myself.
Photo by: Dario Alequin/INFphoto.com

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