According to TMZ, Paul Ryan’s college girlfriend — who happens to be black — wants nothing to do with him or the Romney/Ryan campaign for president.

Even though they parted amicably, Deneeta Pope told TMZ she does not want to “become an issue in the election.”

Pope said, “I’m not interested in talking. I don’t know why everyone is calling. I’m newly married and would just like to be left alone.”

She doesn’t know why everyone is calling? That sounds like something the Obama campaign would want her to say.

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The music industry is mourning the death of well-respected music executive Chris Lighty, 44, who shot himself to death following an argument with his ex-wife, Veronica, Thursday morning.

Social networking websites and Facebook are awash with tributes and accolades from friends who were moved to tears by the untimely death of a man who brokered some of the biggest deals in music history.

According to published reports, police responded to Lighty’s posh 5-level red brick townhouse in the upscale South Riverdale area of the Bronx about 11:30 a.m. They found Lighty in his backyard lying face up with a 9mm handgun near his body.

Lighty was one of the most influential men in the music industry. From his humble beginnings carrying crates full of records for the DJ Red Alert, he went on to manage the careers of some of the music industry’s biggest and brightest stars including Mariah Carey, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Sean Combs, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, and Diggy Simmons.

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Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts made it home just in time to say goodbye to her mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, 88, who died Thursday, co-anchor George Stephanopoulos announced on the show Friday.

Roberts, 51, announced she would be taking a medical leave to prepare for a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed earlier this year with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow.

Roberts taped her final show a day early so she and her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, could fly home to Mississippi to be with their ailing mother.

On the show Friday, Stephanopoulos described Lucimarian as “a woman filled with so much joy.”

My Story, My Song, Lucimarian was the author of the inspirational book My Story, My Song, which featured fond memories and recollections by Roberts.

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  • The entire music industry is saddened by the news that Violator Entertainment executive Chris Lighty has taken his own life. Industry executive Jeff Robinson made the announcement on his Twitter page today.

    Lighty, 44, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the NY Daily News.

    “Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife, Veronica, last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS.”

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