Who says the magazine industry is in a financial slump? Urban magazine’s such as Vibe and Vibe Vixen continue to flourish in the midst of the Internet’s growing influence on pop culture. With that being said, Canadian singer Melanie Fiona covers the March 2012 edition of Vibe Vixen.

Inside the issue, the 28-year-old vocalist discusses the follow-up to her debut album, The Bridge, titled The MF Life, which dropped in stores yesterday. The Bridge put Melanie on the map, but she’s hoping The MF Life will make her a household name.

The MF Life is a more personal journey for Melanie, who worked herself to exhaustion in 2011 promoting her debut album all over the world. During the low points, Melanie helped herself to other women’s men, such as CSI Miami star Adam Rodriguez (because she thought she deserved him more). Predictably her relationships fail mainly because, like most young women, she confuses dopamine rushes for love.

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Rap mogul Jay was seen walking in his Tribeca neighborhood near his apartment today. Jay Z peeled off his jacket on the first warm day of Spring in NYC. The 43-year-old rapper was dressed in all blue in honor of his 2-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy, who was at home with his wife, singer Beyonce, 30.

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NY Yankees star slugger Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez was probably trying to impress his current girlfriend, Torrie Wilson, when he took her and his 20-year-old niece shopping the other day. (He is pictured above with Silva, left, and his other niece in a photo dated Oct. 2009.)

According to the NY Post’s Page Six, A-Rod took his new girlfriend, Torrie, and his niece, Michelle Silva, shopping at the pricey Blue & Cream boutique on the Bowery in NYC on Feb. 15. He laughed as the girls literally threw it in the bag — to the tune of $17,600, which he paid for with his black AMEX card.

Store managers tell Page Six that Rodriguez is a regular at the boutique, and has previously dropped thousands of dollars on clothes for Silva and ex-girlfriends Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz.

So when Silva picked out a $1,250 pair of shoes by Chrissie Morris, dresses by Hervé Léger and other goods, A-Rod didn’t bat an eye. “Torrie was being price-conscious, but the niece was throwing in more and more clothes,” said a store rep. Rodriguez “joked around with the saleswomen while the girls shopped,” the rep added.

But when A-Rod’s niece took all her goodies home, her mother — A-Rod’s sister — was outraged at the high price her brother paid for the clothes. Silva’s mother told Silva to take everything back to the store.

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According to celebrity gossip blog, TMZ.com, the estranged wife of former NBA star Allen Iverson wants him to list all the names of every groupie he has slept with “from the date of the marriage to the date of trial.”

That’s a mighty tall order, even for a professional basketball “playa” like Iverson.

Everyone in Atlanta knows at least one groupie that Iverson has slept with. Given that the population of the city of Atlanta is around 600,000 residents — give or take a hundred thou — that’s a lot of groupies for Iverson’s legal team to hunt down for their government names.

Back in June 2011, Tawanna Iverson told TMZ her split from Allen had “nothing to do with another woman.”

But Tawanna has changed her tune and earlier this month filed documents requesting A.I. “give the name and telephone number of every person other than your spouse whom you have had sexual relations and/or intimate physical contact from the date of the marriage to the date of trial.” Source

TMZ is guessing that Tawana is trying to make Iverson look bad in court. But he can do that all by himself. Iverson has been hit with lawsuits from jewelry and auto companies demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars for unpaid bills.

Sports groupie Stiletto Jill believes that Tawana wants to show the judge who Iverson gave all that jewelry (and maybe a couple of cars) to.

The assumption is that Tawanna wants this evidence to help push Iverson towards a settlement faster. She’s also looking for documentation of any purchase he’s made over $1,000 during the course of their marriage. If you recall, Tawanna accused AI of buying jewelry instead of providing for her and their 5 children. Source

According to my loyal informer within Beyonce’s camp, her husband, Jay Z, is feeling the pressure to spend more quality time at home with her and their infant daughter, Blue Ivy.

“He’s cheating on her with other women, but she doesn’t care about that,” said the source. “She wants him to spend more time at home with them. That’s the most important thing to her right now,” said the source, who added that Jay Z is pushing Beyonce to go out on tour to take the pressure off of himself.

Jay Z is reportedly working to put together a $150 million world tour for Beyonce with Live Nation, but my source says Beyonce is not “emotionally or physically” ready to return to the rigors of touring. “A world tour is very demanding and time-consuming,” says the source. “She wants to do smaller, more intimate venues. She’s not ready for [a world tour] yet.”

It is rumored that Beyonce is suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of Blue Ivy in January. In other photos taken yesterday, Bey’s eyes were red as if she had been weeping. Beyonce’s mom, Tina Knowles, has not left her side since Blue Ivy was born on Jan.7.

Beyonce and Jay Z were spotted leaving their New York apartment last night to go on a dinner date at Nobu restaurant. After dinner, Jay Z and his boys hit the studio. Beyonce also attended a fundraising event for the Obama re-election campaign.

Photos: Dara Kushner/INFphoto.com

If you have an extra $17.9 million lying around, you can purchase singer Alicia Keys’ New York triplex apartment.

From the NY Post’s Page Six:

Alicia Keys and her hip-hop producer husband, Swizz Beatz, are looking to unload their luxury penthouse on Crosby Street for $17.9 million. The duo bought the lavish SoHo condo in 2010 for $14.5 million from Lenny Kravitz. (The rocker had the apartment — which has also played home to Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington — on the market for eight years before Keys locked in a deal.) The 6,167-square-foot triplex has 3,000 square feet of terrace space, five bedrooms, four baths, four “powder rooms,” a “state-of-the-art windowed gourmet eat-in kitchen” and “formal dining room . . . encased in a glass solarium,” according to a Sotheby’s listing. And a “floating glass staircase” leads to a “private master suite complete with spa.” There’s an “automated entertainment system” and home theater, plus a wine cellar. Pictures posted of the pad reveal portraits of Keys, Sade, Muhammad Ali and Keith Haring art on the walls, and a Ducati motorcycle parked inside. Keys’ rep declined to comment.

See more pics of Keys’ upscale apartment after the break.

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George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, used a racial slur during a 911 call to police. Zimmerman called 911 to report a ” a real suspicious guy” in his gated community in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26.

Zimmerman, 28, later told police that he stepped out of his truck to read a street sign when Trayvon attacked him from behind.

Zimmerman said he fired his .9mm handgun in self-defense. Trayvon, who was carrying a bag of candy and a can of iced tea, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The full audio of the call has been released (without the police edits) — and now the public knows that Zimmerman is at the very least a racist.

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A New York philanthropist who was hit by a shopping cart tossed from the 4th floor of a shopping center by two 12-year-old boys says she feels sorry for them.

On Oct. 30, 2011, Marion Salmon Hedges, a 47-year-old mother-of-two, was with her 13-year-old son at the East Harlem mall where she went to buy Halloween candy for underprivileged youths. Four floors above her, on an unguarded walkway, 3 boys wrestled with a Target shopping cart.

A surveillance video, released this week by the NY Post, shows what happened next.

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Singer Beyonce smiles to hide her sadness as she arrived at the Greenwich hotel in NYC to attend the Ladies Nite Out for Obama fundraiser on Monday evening. It is rumored that Beyonce is suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of Blue Ivy in January. As Bey exited her custom coach, her eyes were red as if she had been weeping. Beyonce wore a form fitting blue dress with black open toe strappy heels accentuated with blue sequins or glitter. Her natural hair was pulled back off her face in a tight ponytail extension. Bey’s bestie (and rumored sister) Kelly Rowland (not pictured) spent 5 hours visiting Beyonce and baby Blue Ivy at Bey and Jay Z’s NYC apartment today. Kelly had a worried look on her face as she arrived back at the hotel where she is staying.

Inside the Obama fundraising event, Beyonce managed to put on a smile as she posed between Jay Z’s mom, Gloria Carter, left, and her mom, Tina Knowles, right. Thanks to loyal reader Munchosgirl for the pic!

Photos: Splash News Online

How embarrassing for Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna and other clueless celebrities who hopped on the KONY 2012 bandwagon without even vetting it first. As soon as these high-powered celebs endorsed the Jason Russell-directed KONY 2012 video, it went viral garnering over 80 million views online. But within minutes, viewers began criticizing the video, which turned out to be nothing more than a propaganda film designed to push the agenda of Russell and his partners.

The criticism reached a fever pitch when Invisible Children — the movement behind KONY 2012 — came under fire for its shady fundraising. According to Russell’s wife, that’s when he snapped.

One day last week, Russell stripped down to his speedo underwear and ran down a San Diego street screaming profanity and tossing his speedo underwear at passing motorists. His wife says it was the stress that caused Russell’s meltdown.

Russell was detained by San Diego police who transported him to a mental hospital for a psych evaluation. He’s still there. TMZ.com has the up-close, naked video of Russell’s rampage. I wonder what Oprah and Rihanna thinks about this video? Click the image above to watch.

According to the NY Post’s Page Six, ballroom singer Beyonce is through with maternity leave and ready to get back to work doing what she does best: yodeling.

Also, my source who is in Beyonce’s camp wants my readers to know that Beyonce was wearing a custom baby carrier when she was photographed riding in a car with Baby Blue and husband Jay Z over the weekend. Baby BIC was securely in the carrier, which was strapped tightly to Beyonce — she was not being held in Beyonce’s arms. (Beyonce is not that crazy)

From Page Six:

Jay-Z is already working on a blockbuster comeback world tour for Beyoncé after the birth of their daughter, Blue Ivy. Sources tell us Jay has approached Live Nation about a $150million deal for Beyoncé to tour following the birth of their child in January. Beyoncé has a joint management deal with Jay’s Roc Nation and Live Nation. A source told us, “Just weeks after the birth of Blue Ivy, Jay met with Live Nation to discuss a tour for Beyoncé. He wanted a deal worth about $150million, but they countered with a lower offer.” Beyoncé had earlier hinted that she may tour again this year. Reps for Jay-Z and Beyoncé didn’t get back to us. Live Nation reps declined to comment.

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A sharp-eyed loyal reader Danielle wonders if Chris Brown’s concubine, Rihanna, is subliminally coming for singer Rita Ora by wearing the same wool Trapstar beanie skull cap that Rita wore in London 2 weeks ago.

We all know Rihanna isn’t stable, and that she uses subliminal imagery and words to get under the skin of her rivals, such as Karrueche — Brown’s other woman. It’s obvious that Rihanna feels some kind of way about Rita Ora being positioned to steal her spotlight by RiRi’s former mentor, Jay Z. But does she think she can spook Rita by wearing a hat? She’d better get back in the studio!

What is wrong with these effeminate girly men who play for the Los Angeles Lakers? Don’t they understand that being traded is a part of the game? First Lamar Odom acts like a cry baby about being traded to Dallas, and now Derek Fisher is boo-hooing after being traded to the Rockets.

As you probably know, the Lakers traded Fisher to Houston in return for Jordan Hill on Thursday. It seems that, just like his former teammate Odom, Fisher has taken his sudden trade very hard. Reportedly, even his former teammates, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol couldn’t console him.

Bryant, Gasol and Andrew Bynum all said they spoke to Fisher over the previous three days since the Lakers traded him, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to hold a non-violent rally in Sanford, Florida to demand justice for 17-year-old Miami resident Trayvon Martin, who was stalked and gunned down by an overzealous neighborhood watch volunteer on Feb. 26.

Sharpton announced through his social networking websites Twitter.com and Facebook that he plans to be in Sanford on Thursday to hold a rally to call for the arrest of Zimmerman.

The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the First Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Many believe Trayvon was the innocent victim of a police wannabe who shot Martin in cold blood and then claimed self defense.

On Friday, Sanford police chief Bill Lee released eight chilling 911 calls describing a scuffle, a man wailing and pleading for help, and a gunshot. The first call was made by Zimmerman, who said he spotted a “suspicious person” in his gated neighborhood. Zimmerman was told not to pursue Trayvon, but he ignored that order.

CLICK to listen to Zimmerman’s 911 call

Another 911 call was made by a witness who stated two men were fighting on the ground. The caller stated “the guy on top” was wearing white. Zimmerman was wearing a white t-shirt that night. Trayvon wore a grey hoodie.

CLICK to listen to audio of yelling and gunshots

People with guns usually don’t plead for help.