According to a press release, Ciroc sponsored a meet and greet for rapper T.I. at the ultra-chic Philippe Restaurant in Manhattan on October 17, 2011. Celebrities guests included Super producer Swizz Beatz, Young hip hop star J. Cole, BMX superstar Nigel Sylvester, Los Angeles Lakers Derek Fisher, New York Giants Deon Grant, rap icon(?) Jadakiss and many others.

T.I. was dressed casually in AKOO jeans, Air Jordan sneakers, a fleece hoodie and his favorite iced-out Audemars Piguet watch (around $100k). During the affair, guests received signed copies of Power & Beauty along with a lavish gift bag courtesy of AKOO Clothing.

“We’re happy and extremely proud of T.I.’s newest achievement adding novelist to his repertoire and seeing him grow into this multi-talented and inspiring individual,” said Jason Geter, Co-founder of AKOO Clothing and CEO of Grand Hustle Records.

Geter is pictured above, 2nd from right, with L-R: Grand Hustle's Mel Testamark, Swizz Beatz, and AKOO's Jeff Belizaire.

“Throughout the entire event, guests made their adoration known from the enthusiasm level and the amount of hugs to T.I. regarding his first novel debut. It goes to show we’re all very excited about this new success with T.I. and more successes to follow,” said Jeff Belizaire, Director of Marketing for AKOO Clothing.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    :think:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    well

  • http://absurdvanity.com AbsurdVanity

    Soooo... what's the book about?

  • chocolate divalicious aka CD

    :tape:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    *goes back to the other post cuz I LOVE MY LOGIN*

  • prynsexxx

    I see TI's drawers. :shrug: Is that what this post is about?

  • Mamacita

    :rofl: @ "rap icon (?) Jadakiss"

  • prynsexxx

    Did AKOO give bk2atlman his "promised" clothes and gift bags'n chit? :waiting:

  • tammyrozay

    how lovely

  • Mamacita

    "T.I. was dressed casually in AKOO jeans, Air Jordan sneakers, a fleece hoodie and his favorite iced-out Audemars Piguet watch"

    You left out what kind of draws he's wearing since we can see those too... :coffee:

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    :rollseyes:

    GOING BACK TO PREVIOUS POST, CAUSE I :heart: MY LOGIN AS WELL!

    :coffee:

  • http://absurdvanity.com AbsurdVanity

    Why is the knee area on dude's corduroys ashy?

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    One last thing....DOESN'T JAY-Z get criticized for showing HIS underwear, too??? JUST A THOUGHT! :shrug:

  • lady_cn

    No make up for him today, huh? :coffee:

    :kona: Goes to beg for forgiveness...

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    CN :love:
    but yeah i saw that too
    *back to the other post*

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    I saw him on Showbiz Tonight last night on HLN and they kept asking him what he thought about Lindsay Lohan's current problems...he responded that he didn't really follow what was going on with her enough to respond and they proceeded to ask him AGAIN how he would advise her given his current jail run-ins...he was there for his book and all they wanted to talk about was Blo-han!

  • Crickett

    I can't read stupid on paper, it's against the intellectual code.

  • iheart405

    :coffee: <==== Some of that Ciroc from the pic #thatsalligot :shrugs:

  • free

    FeFe says: I saw him on Showbiz Tonight last night on HLN and they kept asking him what he thought about Lindsay Lohan’s current problems…he responded that he didn’t really follow what was going on with her enough to respond and they proceeded to ask him AGAIN how he would advise her given his current jail run-ins…he was there for his book and all they wanted to talk about was Blo-han!

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    when they look at him, they don't see author, they see drug-taking multiple felon. sooooooo.....

  • free

    lady_cn says: No make up for him today, huh?

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    see, i was gonna make a joke about him and beyonce having the same color foundation but i don't want to get banned....

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    @free

    I know...thought I'd add something pro-T.I. to this post...

    #lovingmylogin

  • lady_cn

    Crickett says:

    I can’t read stupid on paper, it’s against the intellectual code
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    :cosign:

  • Zimsummer

    Did he actually write the book himself or some sone else ghost wrote it? I have never heard a rapper who speaks the "queens" language well enough to write a gramatically correct letter let alone a book. I'm just saying! (By The Way, Am New Here!)

  • Smonae80

    Tip doing his thing, can't wait for the album

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    FeFe says:

    I saw him on Showbiz Tonight last night on HLN and they kept asking him what he thought about Lindsay Lohan’s current problems…he responded that he didn’t really follow what was going on with her enough to respond and they proceeded to ask him AGAIN how he would advise her given his current jail run-ins…he was there for his book and all they wanted to talk about was Blo-han!
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    See, not everyone deserves "political correct" responses! AFTER they asked me that question and I politely answered w/I don't follow her, and they asked again, I would've basically been like "is she scheduled for today's show too? If so, let's brang her out! Other than that, I'm here to tom'bout my book!" :coffee:

  • Ms.kaylamomma

    ** wonders if they have this book on audio and if they have Tiny or TO doing the audio?** :think:

  • NaijaGal

    Anybody else see the trailer for Love & Hip Hop

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    @Tatted

    IKR! Although I have my own opinions of T.I. and still wonder why he's getting all this air-time, I thought it was STUPID to keep asking him about someone whom he is not even remotely associated with...no one CARES about Lindsay like that to overshadow their interview about her :snort: out azz!

  • Ms.kaylamomma

    TO=TI :coffee:

    Good morning!

  • free

    FeFe says: @free

    I know…thought I’d add something pro-T.I. to this post…

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    yeah, that's a very nice watch he has on! and he has a beautiful smile.

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    @ Fe - I have my opinions about the nigga too! Not all good, but dayum, if you had him on your show to talk about his book, respect 'em! If he was there to talk about his numerous prison stints, then go for it!

    #lovemylogin

  • prynsexxx

    Tatted says:

    See, not everyone deserves “political correct” responses! AFTER they asked me that question and I politely answered w/I don’t follow her, and they asked again, I would’ve basically been like....
    ________________________________

    "Fvck you. Next question." :seriousface:

  • noneofdis

    So sorry to say but that book got some terrible reviews on amazon.
    Dont :ban: me Auntee, IJS

  • Yardgirl

    I am now curious enough to "try" to read this book. I pick it up tonight with low expectations, but I might just be surprised :coffee:

  • renegadesince1985

    Something's been off about TI's face since he got out.... :think:

  • Ms. YaYa

    :lipssealed:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    @renegade

    I thought it was just ME that noticed that...something is definitely "off" about him, ESPECIALLY with his face!

  • lady_cn

    nce1985 says:

    Something’s been off about TI’s face since he got out….
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    I've been saying the same thing. :think: Methinks he will have an endorsement deal soon with _____________. (I won't say the name b/c I know what will happen if I do.) I :heart: my login.

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    prynsexxx says:

    Tatted says:

    See, not everyone deserves “political correct” responses! AFTER they asked me that question and I politely answered w/I don’t follow her, and they asked again, I would’ve basically been like….
    ________________________________

    “Fvck you. Next question.” :seriousface:
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    I'm sure you would've! :lol:

  • prynsexxx

    renegadesince1985 says:

    Something’s been off about TI’s face since he got out….
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    Them "TEEF". :D They prolly did some kind of prison dentistry with a sharpened toothbrush handle. Who knew them toothbrushes were used for more than "shanking" folks. :shrug:

    :grill:

  • MzTisch

    Morning!

    I would like to read the book due to being curious......

    Oh, and this is supposed to be the first of a trilogy of books TI will write.

    I also read that he was up for Eddie Murphy's part in that Tower Heist movie, but was arrested and placed back in jail before anything came of it.......

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    @pryn

    But he had those veneers in before he went back in last year...something ELSE is off IMHO :shrugs:

  • Creamychic

    :kona: see yall in the other post

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    renegadesince1985 says:

    Something’s been off about TI’s face since he got out….
    _________________

    He reportedly had a few prison fights, which means his expensive crowns may have been knocked loose. His crowns and caps were done by celebrity dentist, Debra King, who charges an arm and a leg for her dental services.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    PRYN!!!!
    YOU ARE WELL LOVED HERE SO KEEP IT THAT WAY!!!!!

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    @ renegadesince1985:

    It also looks like he's had some kind of skin treatment. Maybe a chemical skin peel?

  • Ms. Everything

    Have any reviews on the book came in? and not blog reviews but the big book reviews. Just curious... :coffee:

    Outside of that question, everyone looks nice overall and good luck to him.

  • renegadesince1985

    Sandra Rose says:

    @ renegadesince1985:

    It also looks like he’s had some kind of skin treatment. Maybe a chemical skin peel?
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    He's always had pretty good skin so that must be it...cause his complexion is all off.

  • candibfly

    i've not read the book so i can't comment on whether its good or not. but there's def a trend of celebs turning author. i don't think that every celeb needs to 'write' a book. i think its really hard to write a great plot with intriguing characters (unless someone is naturally inclinded at writing). but most celebs just push something out with their name on it bc they know ppl will buy it bc of said name.

  • GAGIRL87

    I'm gonna buy the book it seems very interesting but then again I love street literature :shrugs: speaking of I wonder what's up with my girl Noire she brings the heat when it comes to urban books :yes: Anywho DO YOU TIP...

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfDHCu6MuQ LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS

    The reviews on amazon are not good........

  • TAM

    NaijaGal says:

    Anybody else see the trailer for Love & Hip Hop
    ------------------------------------------------
    Yes ma'am....looks like it will be an interesting season. LOL @ that song Mama Jones did bout Chrissy.

    :wave: Good Morning all

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS says:

    The reviews on amazon are not good……..
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    :kona:

  • BigCityGirl

    Well I have decided to check the book out...I've given $$$$ to other authors...why not him..
    The subject of incest is taboo in the black community but it does happen. Growing up there was a black mother in my neighborhood who was having sex with all of her 5 sons...everyone knew about but said nothing..until one of them committed suicide. Looking back it was a SAD situation. I worked for Planned Parenthood for a minute and you would be SURPRISE at the incest pregnancies!!! Fathers and Uncles trying to cover up their SICKNESS with an abortion....smh

  • Tatted Diva AKA The Makeup Maven

    TAM says:

    NaijaGal says:

    Anybody else see the trailer for Love & Hip Hop
    ————————————————
    Yes ma’am….looks like it will be an interesting season. LOL @ that song Mama Jones did bout Chrissy.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    :pc: <-------- me checking out the trailer ratt now!

  • lady_cn

    LUSCIOUS LOLITA AKA SUGA WALLS says:

    The reviews on amazon are not good……..

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    Yeah, I saw one entitled "Hate may be a strong word, but not strong enough..."

    :shrugs:

  • goat76

    IT's Tha KANG BITCHEZ!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/candyrayne215 spongebobfan

    he lost his 'swag' :coffee:

  • Ms. Everything

    Before I head over to Amazon to read these reviews let me just say that after the last book convo I went to buy the other Midnight book but I read the reviews first and they were going off on Sister Souljah and the book basically saying that there's no way the woman who wrote Coldest Winter could've written that crap, that she has a problem with black people in general because of the way she has Midnight (the hero and good guy of the story) look down on the people around him but especially black women, just a lot of ish and almost every review was the same :no:

  • prynsexxx

    His crowns and caps were done by celebrity dentist, Debra King, who charges an arm and a leg for her dental services.
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    Somebody needs to ask for their limbs back.

    SHADDUP @GOAT :kiss:

  • TAM

    @ Ms. Everything....those folks on Amazon were going hard on Sister Souljah. I must admit that although I enjoyed both of the Midnight books, I have to agree with some of those reviewers' comments. To me she was a bit overly descriptive and wordy and I honestly got bored reading some parts of it. And I didn't like the looking down on American black females either. But like someone (His_mommy I believe) said you have to seperate this Midnight from the Coldest Winter Ever.

  • goat76

    @ Prynsexxx We can't be kissing, because that might lead to some :lick: :hunching: :dance: lol

  • Ms.kaylamomma

    I will stick to my E.Lynn Harris (RIP) Omar Tyree, Mary B. Morrison books... :coffee:

  • Ms. Everything

    @Tam I may have given the book a chance before reading the reviews but since most got into the plot I don't think I will. I read the 1st Midnight book so I know you have to keep the books separate but if he's going around the world, doing ninja stuff and then takes another wife like the reviews said I doubt I'll be able to read the whole thing without getting pissed off :lol: I'm kinda mad though cause I was looking forward to reading it

  • Candi Apple

    Good Luck T.I Nothing wrong with venturing out of music especially when other avenues are available. The snippet was a bit much but it was a attention grabber and conversation piece. :cheers:

  • noneofdis

    TAM says:
    @ Ms. Everything….those folks on Amazon were going hard on Sister Souljah. I must admit that although I enjoyed both of the Midnight books, I have to agree with some of those reviewers’ comments. To me she was a bit overly descriptive and wordy and I honestly got bored reading some parts of it. And I didn’t like the looking down on American black females either. But like someone (His_mommy I believe) said you have to seperate this Midnight from the Coldest Winter Ever.
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    I Still have the hardback of the newest Midnight book and have not gotten past Chapter 2. I will give it a go again when I have absolutely nothing else to do or read.

  • noneofdis

    And I also wanted to know when and how did he get mixed up with Santiago dammit! If he was supposed to be so this and that.
    (Midnight)

  • Ms. Everything

    @noneofdis... that book was such a slow read for me. Once I got a few chapters in I was able to go a little faster and finally finish it but it wasn't one of those books that I read straight through and didn't want to put down either. But I was excited for the new one because I thought it would make more sense and complete the story in a way (even if it didn't tie into Winter, just complete Midnight's story) but from what I read in the reviews it doesn't do that at all

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    I just wanna say how ugly I think Swizz Beak is :coffee:

  • DragonLeo

    Loving TI! and Jadakiss is my baby daddy ( well, only in my imagination) Muah!

  • yvonne79

    Another drive by......

    What does this nigga's cheeks look so rosy?? :blink:

  • prynsexxx

    goat76 says:

    @ Prynsexxx We can’t be kissing, because that might lead to some lol
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    Gross. That would lead to incest....you knows you my brudder from another. LOL

    @MsEverything

    I liked the Midnight books. I read it for what it was and didn't try to tie it back to CWE. I think THAT'S where the let down is for ppl. Although it was fiction, it really gave me a different insight/perspective of the Chinese and Muslim culture. I thought it was a decent read. I take lesson in EVERYTHING I open my mind to.

    :hi: @yvonne

  • goat76

    @Prynsexxx....LOL...we would be recreating parts of T.I.'s book.

  • Ms. Everything

    @Prynn that's a good point... maybe I'll give it a try after the reviews die down in my head :lol:

  • Aprilbaby

    Tip's skin looks a mess! That prison soap much be bad.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    BigCityGirl says:

    I worked for Planned Parenthood for a minute and you would be SURPRISE at the incest pregnancies!!! Fathers and Uncles trying to cover up their SICKNESS with an abortion….smh
    __________________

    :blink: