“Basketball Wives: LA” cast member Gloria Govan recaps BBW LA, episode 8, in case you missed it.

Regarding Jackie Christie’s apparent obsession with all things Draya, Gloria writes:

It’s nice to see Jackie, who has been in the game for so long, take Draya under her wing and show her the ropes in terms of business. But things take an UGLY turn when Jackie’s gossiping becomes tiresome. Her constant rant about Laura is becoming overwhelming. Why she doesn’t just approach her and talk to her about it is immature and childish. Their problems could have been solved ages ago if Jackie would tell Laura how her feelings were hurt, but instead she dances around it and vents to everyone else.

While Gloria and Matt Barnes are in the Bay area for their sons’ Christening, Gloria muses about getting married to the Lakers bench player. But she wisely decides to wait until he’s done sowing his wild oats. Back in LA, Govan dons sexy lingerie for a photo shoot, and Matt is so turned on he takes a bite out of her butt cheek.

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Rihanna’s bank account is $1 million lighter after she settled a lawsuit with celebrity photog David LaChapelle for stealing his ideas in her music video.

In his lawsuit, LaChapelle cited raunchy scenes in Rihanna’s “S&M” music video which were direct copies of his provocative pictures.

In July, a federal judge agreed with the celebrated lensman, saying the lawsuit had merit and could proceed through the courts.

Rihanna and her lawyers collapsed like a house of cards and quickly agreed to a financial settlement.

Jaret Keller, LaChapelle’s publicist, confirmed Rihanna had settled the case but declined to comment further. He said, “David is happy with the settlement.”

“I like RiRi,” said LaChapelle earlier this summer. “This is not personal, it’s strictly business. Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone’s beats and there should be no difference when sampling an artist’s visuals.”

Good for him! Now maybe Rihanna will stop trying to be like Beyonce and actually hire a video director with some talent and creativity for her music videos.

Photos: INFPhoto.com

Rapper T.I., more commonly known as “Tip” to his friends and family, visited the ladies of The View yesterday while in New York on a book tour. T.I talked about his post-prison life and his book, Power & Beauty, which hit store shelves yesterday.

The interview went about as you might have expected:

SHERRI SHEPHERD: “In 2007, you spent 7 months in prison for buying machine guns. Then you were released. Then 9 months later you were sent back to prison for another 10 months, because it was reports that there was…”
T.I.: “Eleven…”

SHERRI SHEPHERD: “11 months… it was reports that there was ecstasy in the car that you were driving.”
T.I.: “Yup.”

SHERRI SHEPHERD: “What happened then?”
T.I.: “What happened? Well, uh, I was pulled over and ecstasy was found in the car I was driving.”

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What does a superstar rapper who has a new book out talk to radio shock jock Howard Stern about: prison fights, of course.

The 31-year-old rapper is in New York on a promo tour for his book: Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets, which was released today. His first stop was the Howard Stern show, where he discussed one of the fisticuffs he had with a disrespectful inmate at Forest City Correctional facility in Arkansas.

Howard Stern: “Where did your fight go down?”
T.I.: “The bathroom.”

Howard Stern: “And, like, a whole bunch of brothers standing around watching the fight? Puttin’ money down on it and everything?”
T.I.: “Yeah. Guys from this side, guys from that side.”

T.I. tweeted his itinerary on his official Twitter.com account yesterday.

Watch the video of the interview after the break.

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Accroding to the NY Post’s Page Six, besieged expectant parents Beyonce and Jay Z won’t let anyone near her baby bump — and for good reason: it’s reportedly fake.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé took a crash course in parenting Sunday when the expecting couple mixed with brownstone Brooklyn families at a kiddie birthday bash. “It was a party for Beyoncé’s niece,” said a guest at Carroll Park, blocks from Jay-Z’s favorite pizza place, Lucali. The Brooklyn-bred rapper has made offers on homes nearby, residents said. Beyoncé, meanwhile, offered to sign a girl’s cast. But her security shooed away at least one parent looking for a photo.

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NY Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and his wife made a show of acting lovey dovey for the cameras last night at the Bottles and Strikes 2 year anniversary at Frames in NYC. When was the last time you saw Carmelo And his wife this close? Hmmm.

Carmelo’s wife rocked a cheaper leather version of the classic Hermes handbag to the event. We were told by our Atlanta sources that La La “is going through a rough time right now.” We certainly don’t want to be the ones to send her plummeting over the edge.

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Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles was among the well-heeled celebs attending Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research’s Angel Ball 2011 at Cipriani on Wall Street last night in NYC. Solange looked like an Angel herself in a pearl white, one sleeved frock. Solange also rocked her custom made lacefront afro wig that Diana Ross would be proud of.


Solange attended the Ball with her mom Tina, who most likely designed her stunning dress.

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