According to La La Vaquez's PR firm, she's getting married in NYC over the Summer. Congrats to her and longtime boyfriend NBA star Carmelo Anthony. The couple have one son together.

She did it the right way by waiting until he proved himself. You'll probably recall that little dustup between these two a couple of years back when LaLa found out he was creeping. She's a good woman - better than most who would have sent his azz packing.

Here are pics of LaLa shopping and eating at Cipriani's with her mom in NYC yesterday. They have a lot to do to prepare for the big wedding. I'm sure half the NBA and their wives are invited.

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Check out TV personality La La Vazquez while she was out and about in NYC with her mom Carmen. La La just announced that she will be getting married this summer to long time fiancee Carmelo Anthony in NYC. She has hired celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss, known for her very elegant and glamerous weddings (Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria and Gwen Stephanie).

Source: Tasha | Strong Arm Media

Don't you hate when people do this? Socialite Kimora Lee and her actor husband Djimon Hounsou are featured on the cover of the current issue of the heavily Photoshopped EBONY magazine with just their baby son Kenzo -- as if that's the only child Kimora has.

What mother would even allow this? Her other adorable kids, Ming Lee and Aoki, are not on the cover. Obviously, this was Djimon's idea but Kimora should not have gone along with it just to appease his Alpha male ego. Shame on Kimora!

When will these men learn...? And when are they going to drag Shaq's name through the mud like they're doing to Tiger Woods?

Shaq's accuser, Vanessa Lopez, claims she was in a relationship with Shaq for five years ... and that Shaq, who's married, told her he had an "open relationship."

Lopez claims Shaq repeatedly harassed her when she tried to break it off with him. Lopez says she "fears that someone is after her ... I want to feel safe again."

As we first reported, this isn't Lopez's first rodeo ... she's also had run-ins with NBA stars Delonte West, Kenyon Martin and J.J. Redick. Read more...


Doesn't Vivica A. Fox look radiant and glowing (no, she isn't pregnant).


The new royal couple: Vivica A. Fox and local club promoter Slimm stepped out for a night on the town last night. After having dinner and going bowling, the happy couple turned up at the Velvet Room nightclub where owner Alex Gidewon seated them in a private VIP booth with free bottle service.

Stay tuned! This week another celebrity couple that I told you about will be going public with their relationship! Y'all gonna learn to listen to your auntie when I tell you something!

Aunt Viv was so happy. She looked 10 years younger at the side of her strapping young buck. She was smiling from ear to ear! Thanks to Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net for the Exclusive shots!

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net


Photos by Prince Williams and Alfonso/ATLPics.net

It's only fitting that actress Vivica A. Fox should find love in Atlanta since this is where she once called home. I post frequently about the difficulties some women have finding a straight man in the A. But it seems older women with nice incomes are having no such problems hooking up with younger guys.

Vivica and local club promoter Slimm (co-owner of Plush Blue Entertainment) have been quietly dating for a minute. Vivica flew from LA to Atlanta specifically to attend Slimm's New Year's Eve party and she doesn't mind commuting from the west coast to see her man.

Everyone who knows Slimm knows he is the nicest guy. Yes, Vivica likes the thugs, and while Slimm looks and dresses the part, that's where all similarities between himself and thugs ends. It's easy to see why Vivica loves Slimm for his ripped physique. But he's also intelligent and unfailingly polite, especially to the ladies who flock to him like flies to honey.

His business acumen is surpassed only by his good character, which makes him virtually gold digger proof. For that reason, there are no baby mamas running around and no skeletons in his closet.

Expect to see a lot more of Vivica and Slimm out & about. I think this one will last.

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A variety of strip club connoisseurs tackle the question: who makes the most money stripping -- light skin or dark skin chicks.

Let me settle this question once and for all. Whether a chick is light skin or dark skin, phat butt or not -- the chicks who dance in the clubs that cater to white men stack the most chips. I know this for a fact. Ghetto chicks with phat bootys don't make half what the skinny black chicks who dance in the white clubs make.

In fact, phat booty strippers can't even get in the door of a white strip club.

We received this statement from Tresa Sanders, PR for Keyshia Cole. Keyshia wants you to know that her mom Frankie is sick and Keyshia is hurt and dismayed that people continue to exploit her mom's sickness for their entertainment.

A source close to Keyshia told us Keyshia is in a very positive place and she just doesn't think that it's appropriate for young people to see and read about that. Her intentions is to see growth and she wants kids to see something positive and something different. That's why she removed herself from her reality TV show because there was no growth.

Keyshia does not find this situation amusing. She clings to her relationship with God first and she's concentrating on her unborn baby and her fiance Boobie.

I don't keep up with Twitter drama, but clearly, looking at the statement, Keyshia values her friendship with her close friend Monica and she was probably hurt when her family dragged Mo into their mess at Christmas.

STATEMENT FROM KEYSHIA COLE

To all my friends and fans – It’s time that I clear the air. It’s not a secret that I haven’t been in contact with my mother Frankie, and my sisters Neffe and Elite and I never wanted to air out our differences to the public. While I won’t go into detail here I find it necessary to let you guys know I decided to stop communication with them because I was at a point in my life where I needed serenity and peace to move forward.

Please know I love my family very much but it was time to let it go. You guys are a witness to a lot of what was happening from watching on air and online. Now that I am becoming a mom my passion for having a loving and peaceful home for my child is my #1 priority. It’s very important to both Daniel and I. My plate is very full; I have a new baby coming, we are planning our wedding and I am working in the studio on a new album that I am close to completing. The stress that my family is giving me with their constant false reports is not healthy and it’s not what I need at this time in my life.

Please understand that there are only a few people that can officially confirm or deny anything that’s happening in my life and that’s me, Daniel, and my publicist, Tresa Sanders. And my girl Monica never lies.

Love Your Girl,
KC

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Singer Alicia Keys performed at the world famous Apollo theater last night. Her long extensions were flowing and her makeup was on point for once. Ak's fans were able to interact with each other online as they watched the concert live on various blogs. I noticed that the urban blogs were once again shut out of the massive marketing promo while the "mainstream" blogs were given access to stream her concert.

Singer Usher hosted a party last night at the Aria nightclub in Las Vegas. He doesn't seem to be bothered by the news that ALL the tracks off his album has leaked. No one I know downloaded the tracks or even bothered to search for it online. That can't be good for his official release in March.


Photos: Splash News Online


Pseudo singer Keri Hilson attended the party for the Grammy nominees last night at the W hotel in Buckhead. She tweeted about it before she went. Keri and Musiq Soulchild (pictured below) were the only big name artists there (if you can call Keri a big name artist). Sorry, but I don't consider producers to be celebrities unless they can sing and dance. If that's the case, songwriters and studio engineers need to be walking red carpets too. The word 'celebrity' is so overused these days. It's ridiculous.


TV personality Khloe Kardashian flashed her obnoxiously huge 10 carat ring at the Kid Rock concert held at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas last night.

Photos: Splash News Online and Wireimage/Getty

Rihanna was spotted playing with the dolphins in Los Cabos, Mexico yesterday. I've decided that this new "romance" between the pop singer and LA Dodgers bench warmer Matt Kemp is completely fabricated. the evidence is abundantly clear that this relationship is strictly for publicity purposes.

First of all, look at the expression on the face of Rihanna's bulldog publicist. There's no way she could be that happy for them unless it was for publicity purposes. And why is she even on vacation with them -- right there in the water with them? Would you take your newspaper boy, dog groomer, and landscaper on vacation with you? Does that make sense?

Of course, this is nothing new in the industry. PR people have been known to fabricate relationships to quiet rumors of homosexuality (as in this case with Rihanna). But normally the celebrity client is a male who got caught out there as is the case with Tyler Perry and the PR people swing into damage control. But no one believed me when I said Rihanna was a lesbun anyway. So why the fake relationship? Unless she's trying to get back at convicted woman beater Chris Brown. But that would be so petty.

Photos: Splash News Online

I swear Kim and Khloe Kardashian can make road kill look sexy! Now I understand why they are such a hot commodity in the marketing world. they've come a long way from glamorous trailer trash to TVs top pitch women.

Last month Kim made salad sexy and now Kim and her sister Khloe take it off for QuickTrim, a so-called "fast cleansing and detoxifying" diet.

Anytime I see the words "cleansing" and "detoxifying" in the same sentence, I am automatically skeptical. So I went to the website, and sure enough, it's one of those lemon drink cleansing deals, which really doesn't cleanse anything.

Once again, ladies, colon cleansing to lose weight is a scam. Don't waste your money (or your health) on lemon flavored scams. Just eat right and exercise properly. Don't forget to drink a lot of water and you'll lose the weight.

We know that R&B singer Usher was in St. Barths with his lady love Grace Miguel (who moved into his Atlanta mansion last year). So why is he holding hands with a man? We're going to give Ush the benefit of the doubt and say that's his bodyguard.


Rapper Drake was spotted out & about in Miami over the holiday weekend. We see at least one thing he got for Christmas. That Hermes belt retails for about $350. By the way, did you know that Drake got a jump down pregnant and she either aborted the baby or lost it? Notice I wrote "jump down" and not jump off. Anyway, that's the rumor that's going around the industry. I'll post her pic as soon as I gather a little more intel.

Photos: INF DAILY

Why is anyone surprised that Ludacris has a girlfriend? We already know he's not gay. Lawd knows he's one of the few heterosexual men in all of Hip Hop. It's common knowledge that Luda broke up with his baby mama Christine eons ago. By the way, in case you forgot, Christine is an Atlanta based attorney, who stacks her own paper thank you very much.

I bet I know her. It's so hard to tell the difference between these Atlanta chicks. They all look alike. No originality whatsoever. But doesn't Luda's girlfriend look clean and wholesome like he found her in a library or in a grocery store aisle?

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I didn't tell you guys about the evening I spent watching a rehearsal for Tiny and Shamra Rodriguez's girl group the OMG Girlz, which includes Tiny's daughter Zonnique. For those who don't know, Shamra is the mother of the sisters in the group, Bahja and Lourdez.

Last month I was invited to a studio on the west side to watch the OMG Girlz give a private audition for BET (I guess they're getting their own reality show). Tiny was there putting the girls through their paces as they warmed up before the show.

After the group warmed up, Lil Wayne's daughter Reginae, who is the most talkative in the group, entertained the adults with a story about how some boy pushed her down at school that week. I wasn't really paying attention until she mentioned that some guy wanted to smack the kid up for pushing her.

The dude actually ordered Reginae to point the little boy out to him. Naturally, it piqued my interest when she mentioned that the dude was "my mommy's boyfriend."

I had several questions -- all of which I kept to myself. The biggest question on my mind: what was a grown man doing at an elementary school picking on small kids? I just assumed that Toya's new beau would be a grown man considering that she just got out of a relationship with a grown man.

To me it just made sense that Toya would leave a grown man for another grown man. You know what I'm sayin'? I just can't see James Hardy on school grounds trying to push a little kid's face in.

This was before I knew that Toya's new man was Memphitz, aka "Sexi face", some unknown rapper who's probably only using her to get some shine. This is the boy who bought Toya that pink gun that was all over twitter last year.

I have to remember that Toya is kinda young in the mind herself. Peep the tattoo she got on her finger to remind herself that she's in love. You know how kids are. They aren't entirely convinced that they're in love unless they mutilate their bodies.

At least she's in love until she finds out that ol' boy is stepping out on her already. This, according to a loyal reader who knows Memphitz well.

Last night I spoke with top celebrity publicist Marvet Britto via phone. She was very concerned that her 15-year reputation as one of the industry's most credible publicists was being tarnished by an unscrupulous blogger (who no one has ever heard of).

Britto, who founded the prestigious Britto Agency in NYC, wanted my readers to know that while she does represent the publicity and production interests of mediatakeout.com, she is not involved in the content of that website. And to prove her point, Britto called an Atlanta friend, Lisa, by three-way who told me that she asked Britto to intercede on behalf of another friend who wanted a post removed from MTO.

"If she was the owner that post would have been removed," said Lisa.

Britto, who was calling from a yacht in the Bahamas, also cleared up the rumor that she represented Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster-Glover. "At no time have I ever represented Tameka Foster-Glover. At no time!," said Britto adamantly.

"I don't want to work with Tameka Foster. It wasn't about whether she could afford me. I'm sure the mother of Usher's two children can afford to hire me. I know her. She's cool. She's sweet. I represent corporations and brands. I'm very particular with the folks I work with. We never even discussed me representing her. We never got into that," said Britto, who represents rapper Plies, and actor/author Hill Harper, among others.

Rumor had it that Foster-Glover approached Britto earlier this year and asked her for representation while she went through that nasty divorce from Usher. Apparently, Foster-Glover had heard that Britto did wonders for the image of Sean Combs' baby mama Kim Porter. But Britto insisted that she and Porter are only close friends (Britto is the Godmother of Sean and Kim's twin girls).

"Tameka is friends with [former R&B singer] Pebbles who I'm very close to and... I don't represent Kim Porter. I don't represent the reality [TV] people. I just don't do that.... As far as representing people through divorces, I just have never done that. I represent people for long term. I don't just come on board for certain situations. I do crises, but I only do that for people that I represent on an ongoing basis."

Britto strongly denied allegations that she feeds information about her celebrity clients to MTO. "I don't get involved with Fred's content," said Britto, referring to Fred Mwangaguhunga, a former corporate lawyer-turned gossip blog owner.

"He writes negative stories trashing my clients. At the end of the day my clients would be thrilled if I could keep them off of it," said Britto who frequently contributes to CNN and CBS.

"I build brands. I'm the branding person to assist [Fred] with bringing his TV show to life. I don't own Mediatakeout. Give me a break! Our relationship is strictly business. In the beginning I told him 'I'm not going to get involved in your content so don't ask me anything.' I'm a publicist, not a gossip columnist."

Singer Mariah Carey with her husband, Nick Cannon seen rushing through Heathrow Airport in London, UK, as they were late for their flight. The singer had 60 pieces of luggage for herself and her 8-strong entourage. Mariah and her husband, Nick, were ushered straight through security with a member of staff from British Airways. From: Splash News Online

Brad Pitt brought his adopted and biological kids to see their mom Angelina Jolie-Pitt on the set of her new film. It's common knowledge that the Jolie-Pitts are raising their daughter Shiloh to be a lesbun, and my how Zahara is growing!

Reality TV personality NeNe Leakes attended LeBron James' party at the Gold Room in Atlanta. The Key Club night on Mondays at the Gold Room is the spot to be for the industry elite and those who don't have to go to work in the morning.

Last week, a key industry figure asked if I thought my good girlfriend would be interested in appearing on a reality show. The kicker was they thought I might join my friend on the show. LOL, yeah right! My friend would love to do it, but count me out! Obviously the exec doesn't read my blog and has no clue about my disdain for reality TV shows.  Photo by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

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The blogosphere is abuzz with stories about talk show Diva Tyra Banks' infamous temper. But Sandrarose.com readers already knew this.

Some of you may recall this post that I wrote last year about the terrible Ms. Banks:

The source says [Tyler] Perry ran that same guilt trip on talk show diva Tyra Banks who also agreed to stage photos of them together on a “date”. But Perry took things too far, according to the source who said Banks was unhappy with the way Perry kept dropping hints to the media that the two of them were dating.

The source said Banks flew to Atlanta last year to “have it out” with Perry and his staff at the film director’s offices. “She went into his private office and they had words. Then she came out and started yelling at the staff. She was slamming doors and cussing,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. “[Banks] won’t have anything to do with [Perry] anymore.”

According to the NY Daily News, Tyra's employees (who are about to be on the unemployment line) are singing to the media about Tyra's legendary temper tantrums. Well, I did say she was a narcissist. What did they expect?

Nick Cannon searched for the biggest Big Boy shoes he could find to attend the second day of the 14th Annual Capri Hollywood International Film Festival with his wife Mariah in Capri, Italy. If you recall, there was a small dispute over the size of Nick Cannon's shoes, prompting the entertainment mogul to take to his Twitter page in response.

It looks like Ice-T's wife CoCo got her breasts redone over. It's a necessity when your breasts are larger than 700cc like CoCo's. The seams just don't last and the breast begins to leak, which is not a good look when you're running on the beach with your mammary glands bouncing and jiggling.

UK singer Susan Boyle has a million reasons to be happy as she arrived in Narita New Tokyo International Airport early this morning. The 46-year-old Boyle is a worldwide sensation, not for her good looks, but for her undeniable talent. For the first time since 'Napster' became a household word, the record industry is forced to accept the fact that looks and image no longer moves records, talent does. Boyle racked up another 659,000 in sales last week pushing her total sales over 2 million and giving Taylor Swift Fearless a serious run as the year’s top-selling album. Good for her!

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Talk show Diva Tyra Banks is biting Oprah again after Oprah made a headline grabbing announcement that her popular talk show would end its run in 2011 (two years from now).

Tyra, who has been accused of biting Oprah's ideas such as her popular "favorite things" show, is now announcing the end of The Tyra Show.

“This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.”

Wrapping at the end of its fifth season in the spring of 2010, it will be lights out for the show that brought viewers memorable weave-exposing, cellulite-revealing and tear-jerking moments.

Banks will focus on the launch of Bankable Studios, a N.Y.-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects. Sticking to her mission, Banks aims to bring “positive images of women to the big screen,” says an industry insider.

“My next huge steps will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are,” Banks says. Read More...

Apparently, Tyra misses life in general and is tired of the daily grind of a TV talk show. There's no mention of her ratings as the primary reason for her show's ending.

The word around Washington DC is that Barack and Michelle Obama's friend, Desiree Rogers, has been fired as a result of that embarrassing scandal involving the reality TV couple who crashed the White House state dinner last month.

There is no confirmation of this, but tongues are wagging that, at the very least, Desiree has been demoted to the equivalent of a White House desk job since dropping the ball by not posting a staff member at the WH gate to receive visitors.

I told you Desiree was going to be trouble from the moment we first laid eyes on her whispering in Barack's ear, didn't I?

I LOVE Sandra McElwaine's write up on Desiree for The Daily Beast blog. LMAO @ Desiree "swanning about at White House parties."

Desiree Rogers will no longer be swanning about at White House parties. Au contraire. Ever since the glamorous social secretary was hobnobbing with celebrities, oblivious to two reality TV wannabes who were crashing the Obamas' first state dinner in November she has been given a timeout.

Even though her Louboutin stilettos still click down the historic hallways of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there have been no more appearances in designer gowns or pronouncements about pushing the unique Obama brand. Instead the sophisticated Harvard MBA seems to be adapting to more formal protocol and attempting to play a more traditional behind-the-scenes role as she oversees the care and feeding of more than 50,000 guests at 28 different holiday receptions. [Link]

There are others who say the black chick got put back in her place. But I disagree. I told you she was trouble from day one because her snobbish attitude and her attention seeking desire to be in the limelight overshadowed her achievements.

Plain and simply, she was the wrong woman for the job. Desiree should be working for a marketing, PR firm or an entertainment network where her attention seeking tendencies are better suited.

According to a loyal reader who requested anonymity, troubled rapper/producer Kanye West is utilizing the services of a family member to keep tabs on his boo (and professional beard) Amber Rose. Kanye needs Amber to keep up appearances while he's off doing his own thing.

As you know Amber (who has no discernible skills other than working a pole) is crisscrossing the US making paid appearances at nightclubs. If promoters are willing to pay her anywhere from 5 to 10 stacks to make personal appearances, she might as well take advantage before her 15 minutes runs out, right?

Well, according to my loyal reader, Kanye isn't exactly the trusting kind. Strippers are notorious for being extra friendly to anyone who waves a hundred dollar bill in their faces. Having a spy around to make sure she stays loyal (and stays out of someone's hotel room) is a must.

The bottom line is, you shouldn't be with a stripper if you're not the trusting type or your feelings are easily hurt.

Anyway, my loyal reader writes that she was at a party in LA where she spotted Amber seductively grinding on the rapper Fabolous and his baller friends. Kanye's cousin and her brother Antonio became noticeably distressed with what they were seeing and asked her to leave, says my reader.

Read my loyal reader's email after the break! By the way, the pics of Kanye and his cousin are not from the LA party.

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In light of the recent publicized extramarital affairs of Superstar athletes such as Tiger Woods -- Jackie Christie, wife of NBA player Doug Christie can hold her head up high and say, "that will never be my husband!"

From Bloomberg.com:

They poked fun at Doug Christie. Oh, how they laughed. They whispered and snickered in the locker room, even his own, which is supposed to be a safe haven. They mocked. They mimicked.

They called him names. Heck, Bryant Gumbel once labeled the former National Basketball Association player “whipped” on national television.

Ignorant and mean. Much of the venom was directed at Christie’s wife, Jackie, who was deemed controlling. And that was the nice stuff. There were threats made by telephone and e- mail.

“Pure evil,” Jackie said over the telephone the other day from Bellevue, Washington, where the Christies are settling into their new loft-style home.

Christie was a professional athlete who dared to be different. He willingly brought his wife on road trips. He took his marriage vows seriously, especially the part about forsaking all others. Christie actually enjoyed having Jackie around, even if her presence meant no strip clubs or groupies at the hotel lobby bar. Even if teammates didn’t get it. Imagine that.

Christie loved his wife. And, what’s more, he wanted her to know it, even while he worked. So the husband made up a signal, which he’d flash during games. On the court. On the bench. Didn’t matter. Christie would raise his left fist, and extend his index finger and pinkie.

It was the husband’s way of reminding the wife that he was thinking about her. Only her. The single-game record was 72 gestures. Different, yes. But so what?

Get this: Some of the athletes who once snickered at the Christies are now seeking their advice. Neither of the Christies would name names, except to say that Woods isn’t among the athletes who asked for help.

“I wish he would’ve reached out,” Jackie says. “I think we’ve stopped a lot of affairs.” Read More...

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When word of Matthew Knowles transgressions with his female office staff hit the blogs, Celestine Knowles, aka Tina, stayed quiet. When rumors of Matthew Knowles' alleged drug use and embezzlement of funds hit the nets, Celestine -- like that other famous Tina -- staunchly stood by her man.

And when it became publicly known that Matthew got another woman pregnant, Celestine swallowed her pride and held her family together for the sake of the children (Beyonce and Solange).

Rumor has it that her daughter Beyonce was so distraught upon hearing the news of her father's whoring that she drowns her sorrows in any bottle of hard liquor that she can find.

Now comes word that Celestine has finally found the courage to divorce that man. Friends say it was Elin Nordegren -- estranged wife of Tiger Woods -- who gave Celestine the strength to find her voice and finally walk away from a dysfunctional marriage.

According to online reports, ...documents were actually filed last month and Mathew was officially served his walking papers on the 16th of November.

We applaud Celestine, Elin and all strong women everywhere who take a stand against these dogs who do not respect their vows.

Picture this: you're a successful, strong, independent woman with all your mental faculties intact who still has yet to meet that one man who will sweep you off your feet and put a ring on your finger.

Like all secure sistas with higher than average self-esteem, you have similar friends who share your values and goals in life -- but they're all married to seemingly good men. "So what's wrong with me?," you ask yourself.

One day, a good friend -- sensing your anxiety about not being married yet -- sets you up on a blind date with a man whom she describes as "sensitive, fun loving, with a good sense of humor, but not so cocky that his machoism will turn you off."

"Have an open mind when you meet him," your friend suggests to you over the phone.

So you swing into high gear and spend all day shopping picking out the perfect dress, the perfect handbag and the perfect shoes for your big date. That big day finally arrives and your heart races with anticipation as you prepare for your date, knowing in the back of your mind: HE JUST MIGHT BE THE ONE!

"Calm down girl," you tell yourself as your doorbell rings. You rush to the door but you slow your pace just as you get there. You adjust your outfit and with your heart beating out of your chest in hot anticipation, you reach for the doorknob and open the door.

You stand there in stunned silence as you take it all in -- the spiked hair that looks like a kid poured grape flavored kool aid all on it, the tribal markings engraved on the side of his head, the black fingernail polish, the soft, dainty hands (that looks like he never misses his manicure appointments), the tight jeans, etc.

Your mind races to put the pieces of the puzzle together. And when it all comes together, it forms one word:

GAY!

But in your heart of hearts you refuse to acknowledge what your brain is telling you. Your heart is still beating out of your chest -- but for a different reason this time. Slowly, he turns around and faces you. A smirk dances on his lips as he waits for you to acknowledge him.

He does not compliment you on your dress, your hair, your bag or your shoes that you spent so many hours picking out for this special night.

"Hi, my name is Nokio," he says slowly. "You might know me from the group Dru Hill?"

This is what took place in 2003 when Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin met NY radio personality Angie Martinez, according to a close friend of Angie's who asked to remain anonymous. "We tried to tell her he was flaming, but she was in love and love is blind," said the friend.

The friend also said Martinez is attracted to "soft, cornball" types of men (like the rapper Q Tip) who "won't challenge her fear of intimacy with real men."

Now, I don't know if any of that is true, so please don't quote me on it.

A few months after their fateful meeting, Martinez was pregnant with Nokio's son. Niko Ruffin came into the world on June 12, 2003.

My question to you is -- despite the obvious glaring red flags that a man is gay, would you still sleep with him and have a baby by him anyway?

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

I have yet to watch a single taping of the Mo'Nique Show -- and that string continues as I didn't even bother to watch this video. I'm only posting it because some of you are so caught up with these Hip Hop frauds. This show is based in Atlanta and this particular show was taped sometime last week.

By the way, Nicki Minaj shot her video for one of her tracks day before yesterday in Atlanta. I still have yet to see the pics -- not that I'm holding my breath.

I LOVE Freshalina's commentary on all God's children. When I posted this pic of Kandi Burruss and that hot mess Lawrence, I had no clue who the other two mens were. I didn't realize that they wed one another and put the video up on YouTube where it became an Internet sensation.

From Crunktastical.com:

Try to divert your attention from Kandi’s Dragonball-Z HAIR and Lawrence being painted and prepped for a meeting with the gods and get into the two fellas playing the bookend position. Do they look familiar to you? Wait for it, wait for it . . .

If it weren’t for the sharp eyes of Miss Gia from SANDRA ROSE’S COMMENT SECTION I would have been in love by now! Photographs and footage from Michael and Jamil Cole Smith’s WEDDING move through the internet at a dizziying speed after the couple exchanged HAIR PRODUCTS vows earlier this year.

Photo by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

Riahnna and her HLF Melissa did some Christmas shopping in NYC last night. Rihanna wore a huge rabbit fur hat which looked so cute on her. Love their boots! Remember at the beginning of their relationship when Melissa seemed so nervous, shy and reserved around the paparazzi? She seemed uncomfortable with the whole public display of affection thing.

But now she seems to have broken out of her shell and doesn't mind PDAs between herself and Rihanna, who is obviously the dominating partner in their relationship.


If that's not love in Rihanna's eyes then I don't know what is.

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Atlanta's most well-connected key influencers gathered to toast the launch of the exclusive Key Club party at the renovated Gold club in Buckhead on Monday night. Atlanta's premiere promoters Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment, Hannah Kang and Laura Giles of Music Business Politics joined forces to create a Monday night soiree where the elite of the industry can mingle in a relaxing atmosphere away from the maddening crowds that are so prevalent at other area nightclubs.

The occasion also doubled as birthday celebrations for Alex Gidewon's girlfriend Elsa, right, and former model/Socialite Kim Porter.

There was no VIP area (everyone was a VIP) so Alex gave each birthday girl an entire section of the club to party with her friends. Their well-heeled guests wandered between the two sections all night.

Guests included rapper Rasheeda, 3 Brown Girl Eboni Elektra, Kandi Burruss (RHOA), Sheree Whitfield (RHOA) and the third 3 Brown Girl Nicole Brown.

Elsa and Kim each received many gifts, but Kim wore one her gifts to the party. These thigh high Chanel boots cost someone (Puffy?) $2,500 and there were only 25 pairs made.

Elsa blew out the candles on her Patron cupcakes (yes, the cupcakes were baked with Patron as a main ingredient).


Rich and chocolaty flavors Akon and Young Jeezy were in attendance.

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Sean Puffy" Combs finally met his match yesterday at Madame Tussauds wax museum in NYC. where he unveiled the Sean "Diddy" Combs wax figure. Unlike most of their urban wax figures, this one resembles Sean more than a little bit.

Sean, who has become a little color struck in his declining years, was reportedly unhappy with the dark skin tone of his wax dummy. They say he didn't appreciate the dummy's skin tone being one shade darker than his and the overall ashy tone of the wax figure which clashes with his sexy. I got this from a loyal reader who was present at the unveiling, so please don't quote me.

Doesn't singer Justin Timberlake and actress Dania Ramirez make a gorgeous couple? She's a sight better looking than that pale Jessica Biel, who is Timbo's current on-again/off-again love. The Heroes star and the 28-year-old pop star spent yesterday afternoon filming a commercial for Audi Automobiles after spending the morning announcing the 2010 Golden Globe nominations [link].

Blindingly beautiful actress Halle Berry is always a sight for sore eyes. The stunner was spotted out & about shopping at Soolip in West Hollywood dressed in all black. I think I've been too hard on Halle this year and I'm going to ease up a little. Who knew she had a soft spot for anyone other than herself?

According to FadedYouth blog:

The Oscar-winner has been a low-key volunteer on the night shift at the Jenesse centre in Los Angeles for years, but has spoken out for the first time about how she can relate to the victims she works with.

Halle tells The Sunday Times: “I saw my mother battered, and could not do anything to stop it - my father was tyrannical, lashing out at her for no reason. I felt the effects that had on our family — I’ve experienced what these women have gone through.”


Pop legend Madonna and her beautiful daughter Lourdes graced the red carpet at the New York premiere of Nine at the Ziegfeld Theatre yesterday.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty and Fade Youth Blog