In yet another shameless grab for attention, Beyonce wrote an open letter to First Lady Michelle Obama, which she posted on her personal website.

In the handwritten letter, Beyonce, 30, praises Mrs. Obama, calling her "the ULTIMATE example of a truly strong African American woman."

The cursive prose, which looks more like a teenager's penmanship, goes on to say, "I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to."

Read Beyonce's open letter to Michelle after the break.

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I'll take 'Desperate Stunt' for $500, Alex.

Anyone with common sense can see that Kim Kardashian needs a miracle to save her reality TV career. Most of America has tuned out and dismissed the Kardashians as a family who will do anything for money and attention.

Just in time for the upcoming season of "Kourtney and Kim Take NY", Kim, who has more tricks up her sleeve than magician Criss Angel, has pulled Kanye West out of her hat. And Kanye is more than happy to play the role of useful idiot to get in good with the Kardashian klan.

Even the most levelheaded Kardashian -- Khloe -- is playing along with Kim and Kanye's publicity stunt.

Two narcissists in love? Not in a million years!

From US Weekly:

Stranger things have happened. A pal tells the new Us Weekly, out now, that Jay-Z's close friend and collaborator West, 34, has fallen "genuinely head over heels" for Kardashian, 31, with whom he was photographed gallivanting around NYC late last week.
"It's not a PR stunt," the source insists of the rapper and reality star. "They're perfect for each other. He thinks she's his Beyonce!"

More than a few eyebrows were raised Wednesday when Hispanic special prosecutor Angela Corey announced her decision to charge George Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder in the Trayvon Martin murder case.

In a spectacle of a press conference, that was beamed live into millions of homes, Corey announced she was charging Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder instead of manslaughter -- a charge that has a better chance of winning a conviction.

Zimmerman gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in cold blood as he walked back to a friend's house in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon was unarmed, carrying only his cell phone, a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea in his pockets.

Opinions in the case are sharply divided along color lines. Trayvon is black. Zimmerman is white and Hispanic.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was never charged in the case. And Sanford police chief Bill Lee told Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, there would be no arrest in the case. That was 46 days ago.

Thousands of outraged Americans took to the streets in peaceful protests, and the case made headlines around the world.

But Corey has made it nearly impossible to win a conviction against Zimmerman.

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The most hated man in America is finally behind bars. George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who gunned down unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 2nd degree murder.

The 17-year-old Miami high school student was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26 as he walked back to a friend's house from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles and iced tea.

Zimmerman was taken into custody the night of the shooting, but he was released without charges when he claimed self-defense under Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law.

In his mugshot, taken hours after he turned himself in -- Zimmerman stares straight at the camera, with a blank expression on his face.

In clinical terms, a flat or blunted affect refers to a person whose facial expression shows no emotion in response to a circumstance that would normally prompt a human reaction.

A blunt affect "can be symptomatic of schizophrenia, depression, or brain damage". Victims of post-traumatic stress syndrome are often said to display blunted affect.

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Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the growing concerns of many Americans who seek justice for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death 7 weeks ago by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Holder spoke this morning in Washington DC at the annual convention of the National Action Network, a civil rights group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Saying he couldn't give specific details into the Justice Department's investigation, Holder assured Trayvon's supporters that justice will be served.

"I know that many of you are greatly — and rightly — concerned about the recent shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages," he said.

"Although I cannot share where current efforts will lead us from here, I can assure you that, in this investigation — we will examine the facts and the law. If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action. And, at every step, the facts and the law will guide us forward."

Holder is surely aware of the widespread criticism of Angela Corey, the Jacksonville state attorney who was appointed prosecuting attorney of the case in March. Since then, the investigation into Trayvon's death has ground to a halt.

Update:

According to ABC News' Stephanie Washington, "Law enforcement official told Washington Post Angela Corey will announce as early as Wednesday charges against George Zimmerman."

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Today's Morning Wood is for the gheys. Harry Louis is a 25-year-old Brazilian model and pr0n star, whose only claim to fame is that he's dating 49-year-old Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs.

Jacobs is a typical addictive personality type, who has been engaged to marry at least two of his lovers within the past 3 years. Judging from Harry's Twitter page, he seems to be "in love" with Jacobs. But he's probably more in love with the fact that he's dating one of the most eligible bachelors in the gay community. It doesn't hurt that he can get all the Louis Vuitton bags he wants.

Some of the following photos may not be safe for work.

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A Gastonia, NC woman was arrested Monday and charged with beating a toddler with a belt.

According to wsoctv.com, in Charlotte, Arnta Sheree Lineberger, 23, was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and assault on a child under 12.

Lineberger, who is 4' 9" and 125 lbs, reportedly whipped her 3-year-old son with a belt for disobeying her.

Police and child protective services were alerted when the child’s grandmother took him to the hospital Monday. The boy had bruising to both legs, arms and around one eye, according to wsoctv.

Lineberger was held on a $10,000 secured bond. She was released from the Gaston County Jail on Tuesday.

This is not Lineberger's first run-in with the law and child protective services.

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State Attorney Angela Corey, the Hispanic special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, will make an announcement about the case "within 72 hours".

Martin, 17, was gunned down by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, in Sanford, Florida, on Feb. 26. Corey's announcement came just hours after Zimmerman's attorneys held a news conference Tuesday to announce they were dropping Zimmerman as a client because he was noncompliant and they had lost contact with him.

Corey, who is based in Jacksonville, Florida, was brought into the case on Mar. 22 when Sanford's state attorney recused himself. She has a history of charging and convicting more black men and juveniles than any other state attorney in Florida.

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George Zimmerman's lawyers called a hasty press conference today to announce their decision to quit as Zimmerman's legal counsel. The lawyers say they can't find Zimmerman, who gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Feb. 26.

Attorney Craig Sonner said he lost contact with Zimmerman on Sunday. He told the media that Zimmerman refused to answer phone calls and emails since Sunday. Zimmerman reportedly called Fox News' Sean Hannity, and the special prosecutor to give his side of the case -- a very unusual move.

Hannity is refusing to disclose what Zimmerman told him.

According to CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin, the lawyers are "setting [Zimmerman] up for an arrest."

CNN's Ashley Banfield reports that Zimmerman never retained (paid) the attorneys, so the attorneys aren't officially his lawyers. The prosecutors called the attorneys to tell them they refused Zimmerman's request to "come in and talk" to the prosecutors without an attorney present.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer is already providing excuses for Zimmerman, claiming he is suffering "some sort of post-traumatic distress disorder."

A black Detroit teacher has lost her job for trying to help her eight grade students organize a 'Wear your hoodie to school' fundraiser.

According to the AP, "Brooke Harris was dismissed in March from Pontiac Academy for Excellence after she supported students' efforts to plan a wear-a-hoodie-to-school day. Martin was wearing a hoodie on Feb. 26 when he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer."

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., and other groups have called for Harris to be reinstated.

"I'm really confused why I got fired," Harris told The Associated Press. "I don't think I did anything wrong."

According to the SPLC, Harris's eight grade students asked her about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Miami student who was gunned down by George Zimmerman, in cold blood.

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The only candidate with a real chance to unseat President Obama in the upcoming elections has just dropped out of the race.

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced he is suspending his presidential campaign today. Prior to his sudden announcement, polls had indicated that Santorum was in the best position to defeat President Obama than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Saying "The presidential race is over for us," the former Pennsylvania senator cleared the way for conservative presidential candidate Romney to be declared the GOP nominee.

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Remember Hype Hair magazine? Unlike most urban hair magazines, Hype Hair has survived the economic downturn and is still going strong.

Tameka "Tiny" Harris and her daughter Zonnique, of the OMG Girlz, cover this month's issue of Hype Hair.

From Xscapesightings.com:

It seems like yesterday that Tiny gave birth to Zonnique 16 years ago. As some may remembered that Tiny was pregnant with her baby girl Zonnique in a few our favorite Xscape videos. Can’t hang, keep on keep keeping on, and do you want to. While i take you guys down memory lane don’t for get to pick the issue of Hype hair magazine and get the secrets of Tiny & Zonnique hair regimens on how the duo take care of their hair. I would like to to read how Tiny maintains her Chameleon style hair styles because she changes colors every week.

Somewhere there's a gay guy who thinks celebrity blogger Perez Hilton's skeletal appearance looks hawt.

From the NY Daily News:

There aren't enough emoticons and MS Paint arrows to express the buzz that Perez Hilton incited as he walked the red carpet at the NewNowNext Awards. Perez, who is best known for his frumpy physique and childish commentary on celebrity photos, told the Huffington Post that his six-pack and trim figure is the result of lots of diet and exercise. 'It wasn't quick,' he told the site. 'And I worked for it! I'm STILL working for it! In fact, I'm working much harder on my fitness now than when I first started this journey.' The blogger reports that he's lost between 70 and 80 pounds since he first started focusing on his looks.

And so it begins... One day after Trayvon Martin's killer launched a website seeking public donations to pay his legal bills and living expenses, someone shot up an empty Sanford police department cruiser.

The shooter probably vandalized the cruiser to send a message to the Sanford PD which bungled the case by letting George Zimmerman walk free the night he killed the unarmed teenager.

Some people only need a reason to start rioting and looting. I think the state prosecutor will give them that reason sometime this week.

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Singers Monica Brown and Brandy Norwood performed their single "It All Belongs To Me" on ABC's 'Good Morning America' this morning. I wish Monica would have have canceled her appearance on the show. ABC News has joined CNN and Fox News in distorting the facts to support Trayvon Martin's murderer George Zimmerman.

Brandy is pictured above leaving the ABC studios where Good Morning America is taped. She's wearing a large city tote bag by CÉLINE and Christian Louboutin platform heels.

Monica is promoting her seventh studio album, New Life, which is in stores today. Please go out and buy up every New Life CD you can, because I'm hearing rumors that Monica and Brandy's record label is using Monica to push Brandy. I also hear that they plan to market Brandy's album more than they marketed Monica's new CD.

Watch a video clip of Monica's appearance on GMA after the break!

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Years ago I wrote a post about Khloe Kardashian dating rapper Young Jeezy. Literally minutes after I published that post, an email from Jeezy's publicist landed in my Inbox. She wanted me to know, in no uncertain terms, that Khloe was not dating Jeezy.

In her email, the publicist stated that she was good friends with Khloe, who took to her blog the day before to dispute rumors that was seen partying with Chris Brown.

Later I found out that Khloe was actively pursuing then-Lakers star Lamar Odom. And she didn't want Lamar to think she was giving up her goodies to every rapper who came along.

Image has always been a top priority to Khloe and her sisters, and Khloe had big plans for Lamar.

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If you weren't at least 12-years-old in 1992, then you won't remember the insane hype leading up to the premiere of Michael Jackson's "Remember The Time" short movie.

The Internet was not easily accessible to everyone back then. But it was difficult to ignore the massive marketing machinery behind the short movie for Michael's 2nd single off of his multi-platinum Dangerous album.

"Remember The Time"'s music video was loosely based on Eddie Murphy's hit comedy movie Coming To America (1988).

Leading up to the world premiere, MTV and BET teased us by airing clips of the behind the scenes magic that went into making this 9-minute spectacle directed by John Singleton. When "Remember The Time" finally premiered on MTV and BET simultaneously on Feb. 22, 1992, it was one of the longest music videos ever, clocking in at just over 9 minutes.

RTT starred some of the biggest names of that era: including comedian Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman and NBA star Magic Johnson, who 1 year earlier announced he was infected with the HIV virus and retired from the NBA.

The music video dance sequences were choreographed by Fatima Robinson. Fatima also choreographed the opening credits sequence of Queen Latifah's hit TV show "Living Single", as well as scores of rap music videos in the 80s and 90s.

What struck me the most when I first viewed this video back in 1992 were how much lighter Michael had bleached his skin, the awkward kiss between him and Iman, and the Egyptian dance scenes, which I still love!

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According to Stiletto Jill, Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose and his girlfriend are expecting a baby.

Jill says Mieka’s sister "accidently" confirmed the pregnancy on Twitter in this tweet dated April 7th:

Jill might be jumping the gun and making assumptions about the seemingly random tweet. But since Mieka is Derrick's fiancee, who else could be the daddy?

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As predicted, Angela Corey, the Hispanic "special prosecutor" in charge of the Trayvon Martin vigilante murder case will not convene a grand jury to decide if there is enough evidence to charge George Zimmerman with murder.

Corey, who is a state attorney from Jacksonville, told Nancy Grace last week that she didn't need a grand jury to tell her whether to charge Zimmerman. She later added that her decision would not affect the outcome of her investigation.

But it was obvious to anyone from the start that Corey had no plans to charge Zimmerman with anything. The evidence in this case is overwhelming. Zimmerman, who has a history of violence against women and police, gunned down Trayvon after racially profiling him as he walked back to a friend's house from a convenience store on Feb. 26th.

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After disputing rumors that the Dallas Mavericks were sending forward Lamar Odom to the D-league, the Mavs and Odom have officially parted ways today.

"The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it's in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team," Odom said in a statement to ESPN.com.

The Mavericks will list Odom as inactive, meaning the team can trade Odom next season. The 32-year-old former LA Laker will be forced to sit out for the rest of this season.

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You can be one of 10 lucky readers to win an autographed copy of Monica's New Life CD! New Life is Monica's seventh studio album, which is in stores tomorrow (April 10)!

All you have to do to win Monica's New Life CD is be a registered member of Sandrarose.com, and correctly name the make of the watch that Jay Z is wearing in the pic after the break. The first 10 registered SR members who correctly name the make of the watch wins (you don't have to know the model of the watch). Those of you who date ballers will instantly recognize the distinctive bezel and end pieces on the watch's band.

Blue Ivy's parents Beyonce, 30, and Jay-Z, 43, were spotted while on holiday near Nikki Beach in St. Barth over the weekend. Beyonce made news last week when she launched her personal Tumblr page featuring pictures which were supposed to clear up the pregnancy rumors. But the pictures only succeeded in muddying up the waters even more. The pictures that I saw on another blog shows Photoshopped pics of Bey's belly, or pics of her in silhouette. clearly she thinks her Stans are as stupid as she is. It doesn't matter how many pics Beyonce posts on her Tumblr page: she was never pregnant with Blue Ivy. Now, what she should do is cut the crap and put up the pics of her surrogate.

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Two suspects are being held in the shooting deaths of 3 men in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jake England, 19 (left), and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested and charged in the homicides. Two other men were injured in the shooting spree which occurred in the span of one hour early Friday. The 2 injured victims are unidentified and remain hospitalized under heavy security. All of the victims were black. The shooters are white.

One of the gunmen, 19-year-old Jake England, reportedly took to his facebook page to express rage that his father was killed by a black man two years ago. But police say there was no connection between the 5 victims and the death of England's father.

Police Chief Chuck Jordan told CBS News Sunday that the victims "appeared to be totally random."

The shootings in Tulsa comes amidst reports of increasing race-related incidents around the country.

The media's self-serving, race-baiting coverage of the Trayvon Martin murder case in Sanford, Florida, might be the trigger for the increase in racial violence and hate crime incidents.

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Troubled singer Rihanna spent her Easter holiday getting drunk on board a yacht in Sydney Harbour. The 24-year-old Bajan chilled on a boat cruise with "Battleship" cast mate Brooklyn Decker (not pictured) and the rest of the cast. It wasn't long before RiRi got bored of the niceties and went looking for some liquid refreshment. She was photographed swigging from bottles of beer. She reportedly got so drunk that her able assistant, Jennifer, had to assist her off the boat. Do better Rihanna!
Photo: Blue Wasp/Grey Wasp/Splash News

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This season's "Basketball Wives" isn't doing too well in the ratings for VH1. We hear that the show's producers plan to totally revamp the cast and add new groupies who are willing to split wigs and toss more drinks next season. Desperate for ratings, the producers begged current cast member Evelyn Lozada to stage a public dust up with another cast member -- but she refused.

Lozada visited Miami strip club G5 over the Easter holiday to host a party. Lozada, 41, a rumored bisexual, turned up at the club with one of her side chicks, and they both partied like rock stars in the VIP with famed Miami stripper Tip Drill (pictured above with Evelyn).

If you recall, Tip was the stripper who made headlines when she lost her grip and fell off the pole at King of Diamonds strip club earlier this year. Tip was rushed into surgery at a local hospital.

Rappers and other ballers who appreciate Tip's unique pole skills took to Twitter.com to wish @origtipdrill a speedy recovery. Rapper @Drake tweeted: "Praying for my homegirl Tip Drill one time."

Tip took a brief hiatus from the pole. She bides her time shooting music videos (such as Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" featuring 2Chainz).

Photos by Thad McAdams of Exclusive Access. The event was promoted by Kash of Delta Lifestlye Marketing.

NBA superstar Dwyane Wade is one lucky guy. Not only is he dating one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood -- Gabrielle Union -- but she's not even pressuring him to marry her like some selfish celebs we know.

Gabrielle, 40, covers this week's issue of JET® Magazine on newsstands April 9.

Inside, she opens up to JET® Magazine’s editor in chief Mitzi Miller about her long term relationship with Wade, her budding interest in marriage—a staunch pre-requisite to having children—and the drama brought to her doorstep by her NBA superstar boyfriend Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife Siovaughn Wade.

Also in this week's issue…

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Rapper Nicki Minaj posed with fans as she arrived back to her hotel in New York City today. Minaj performed earlier this morning on NBC's "Today" show. According to Hits daily Double, Nicki's sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, will debut at #1 next week, with between 200-225k in sales. That's better than some thought she would do.
Photo: Jay Thornton/INFphoto.com

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9-time Grammy winner Mary J Blige probably never thought she would become a punch line at this stage in her career. Unfortunately, Mary now finds herself the laughing stock of the industry, after Burger King inadvertently released an unfinished commercial featuring Mary that went viral.

What could have possessed Mary to jump up on a table top and sing the immortal words, "crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, French dressing, wrapped up in a tasty flour tortilla"?

Whatever her motivation was, you can bet Mary regrets signing on to do that commercial.

Now, Mary's fans are uploading their own YouTube videos spoofing Mary's Burger King ad.

And Hot 97 in New York is holding a 'Chicken Idol' Crispy Chicken battle, and inviting celebrities such as 'Love & Hip Hop's Yandy Smith to do their own Mary J impression.

Watch the hilarity after the break.

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Most of us who didn't watch season 4 of Bravo's partially scripted 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' really don't care that the reunion show is coming up. But some of you do care. So here's the tea: RHOA veteran Sheree Whitfield has apparently been shown the door -- but she won't be leaving quietly. Sources say Sheree will "lose her mind" during the show's finale. She was irrelevant anyway.

It didn't help matters for Sheree that her ex-husband, Bob Whitfield, started dating Atlanta blogger Michelle, owner of StraightfromtheA.

They say Sheree was so intimidated by Michelle that she apparently used her pull with the show's producers to keep Michelle from joining the cast 2 seasons ago.

Well, Sheree's "pull" is now gone, and apparently so is she.

Bob Whitfield's disastrous appearance on the show this season failed to generate a story line. So he packed his things and moved to the west coast where he has enrolled in college. According to sources, Michelle and Whitfield continue their relationship long distance. She is considering a move to the west coast, since Bob has no plans to return to the Atlanta area.

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