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Your auntie received yet another demand letter from Janet Jackson's disgruntled ex-husband, Wissam Al Mana. I have a small folder of demand letters sent by him over the years.

The reasons vary from violation of his privacy rights to now violating the rights of his son, Eissa, for posting the toddler's photos on my blog.

He insists the 2-year-old's face should be pixelated even though there is no law in the United States that requires bloggers or publications to pixelate a baby's face in photographs.

His lawyer insists this blog is under UK jurisdiction since Wissam can see my blog from London, where he lives.

"The publication of the Photographs is a gross invasion of Eissa's privacy for which there is no justification," his lawyer writes. "The only reason for publishing unpixelated photographs of our client's son is the notoriety of Ms Jackson. But for that notoriety, you would not be publishing photographs of an infant in the circumstances depicted in the Photos."

A quick Google search brings up thousands of unpixelated images of Eissa Al Mana on thousands of blogs in America.

This smells like a personal vendetta.

A bullet-riddled photo of President Barack Obama posted to a cop's Facebook page has attracted the attention of the Secret Service.

The picture on the facebook page of Peoria police sergeant Pat Shearer depicts seven young men, four of them holding automatic weapons, and one displaying a black t-shirt with an image of Obama that is bullet-riddled and slashed.

According to published reports, a citizen alerted the Secret Service to the image which has since been removed from Shearer's Facebook page.

"Any time information like this is brought to our attention we have to conduct a follow-up," Max Milien, spokesman for the Secret Service, said, according to AZcentral.com.

"We understand an individual's right to free speech but we also have the right to speak to the individual to determine what their intent is," Milien added.

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Music producer Swizz Beatz, who is married to musician Alicia Keys, is on the run from federal prosecutors, according to the Associated Press. Beatz, real name Kasseem Dean, 33, is listed as the CEO on the website of the Hong Kong-based file sharing website, Megaupload.com, which was shut down by feds today.

The Associated Press reports:

The indictment accuses the company of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed Thursday, one day after websites shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.

Yesterday, Swizz Beatz was unmasked as the CEO/owner of the world's largest file sharing website by the NY Post, which alleged that Beatz got some of his celebrity friends to appear in a star-studded promotional vehicle for Megaupload.com.

High powered celebrities such as Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kanye West, Floyd Mayweather, Serena Williams and others are seen happily promoting the illegal service in the video.

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According to EOnline.com, Rihanna has had a change of heart.

She has agreed to approve chris brown's request to lift the restraining order barring him from making contact with her or approaching within 300 yards of her.

brown's attorneys filed an aplication with the courts asking a judge to lift the restraining order and amend it to a level one - citing his inability to attend awards shows.

While Rihanna has requested that the order be dropped to a level one—meaning that they can have contact as long as Brown doesn't annoy, molest or harass her—and Brown attorney Mark Geragos has been informed of her approval, Geragos still needs to go to court to have the order officially modified by a judge.

But according to an industry source, it's the Grammy people who don't want brown in attendance this Sunday for the reasons that were stated in this post.

Still, Rihanna's change of heart means the industry will lift its unofficial blacklist that was imposed on him after he beat Rihanna to a pulp prior to the Grammy Awards in 2009.

But will the fans have a change of heart and accept brown again? I highly doubt it. chris brown has not changed. He is still an immature little boy who feels entitled to do and say whatever he wants.

I agree with my source who says age is not an excuse for bad behavior -- especially at 21. "People are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan who are younger than him."

If you've been following the drama between myself and celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie, here's the latest. The shook blogger took a gamble yesterday and had one of her attorney buddies send me a bogus cease & desist email ordering me to remove all posts pertaining to one "p/k/a Necole Bitchie (Miss Bitchie)." They didn't even put her real name in the letter. What kind of foolishness is that?

Actually, the C&D was a photo scan of an actual letter that I'm guessing they intend to send through snail mail, though I doubt I'll get it.

As I've told you bloggers in the past, receiving a cease & desist letter via email is not legal unless it's sent certified through the mail. So you should not panic when you receive a C&D in this manner. Most attorneys think that sending C&D orders through email should be sufficient enough to scare the pants off of you. But Necole's attorney obviously is not familiar with me or my blog.

If Kimora Lee's prestigious 5th Avenue law firm couldn't persuade me to remove a post about her, what makes this attorney think I'm going to budge on Necole's post -- and she's a nobody?

Anyway, it's obvious that Necole's attorney didn't even bother to authenticate Necole's claim that I altered her email that she sent to an industry executive (hey, bloggers can be executives too). For instance, the attorney didn't ask her to produce the original email so they could check the headers or anything. Had they done that they would have known that she was lying her azz off.

Anyway, I forwarded the foolishness to my attorney because she snacks on bogus C&D orders between meals. If any of you bloggers need a really good attorney, who is Harvard educated and knows her chit, let me know and I'll pass on her info to you.

EDIT: I forgot to add that putting a legal disclaimer at the end of emails is not legally binding in most states. I thought all attorneys knew that?

Singer Kelis showed off her baby bump at somebody's birthday party this weekend in L.A. If you recall, Kelis sent her legal goons after us to take down this post. We left it up since she wanted to be a b*tch about it. Until and unless George Bush II (Obama) gets his way and overturns the constitution, we still have a right to express our opinions in this country.
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Is this really Vivica A. Fox or an obsessed fan? Because if it is Vivica, she's looking a little Tyler Perry-ish about the face and shoulders. In addition to looking like she's had yet another nose job, she looks like she bench presses 300 pounds every morning. When are these women going to stop going overboard with the plastic surgery?
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I'm so tired of looking at these two. It's obvious they are not a real couple. Kanye is a pillow biter and Amber Rose is a lesbun who likes to strap one on literally and figuratively. Someone who knows Amber personally emailed me to describe what she does to Knaye behind closed doors. Visualizing that scene made my head hurt.
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A dapper Alonzo Mourning and his lovely wife Tracy attended Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Art For Life at the Fontainebleau Hilton hotel in Miami Beach on Saturday (3/14). Mourning plays for the Miami Heat and his wife spends his money, which is how it ought to be.
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Actress Vivica A. Fox and socialite/reality tv personality Kim Kardashian compared plastic surgery horror stories at Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Art For Life at the Fontainebleau Hilton hotel in Miami Beach on Saturday (3/14).
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They said actress Stacy Dash had a nose job and she denied it. Well, here's the evidence. Only a man-made nose would look like it belonged on Michael Jackson's face.

So yesterday I wrote a post in which I copied & pasted a conversation between one of Kanye West's bodyguards (allegedly) and another blogger. Not that I measure my reader's interest based on comments, but that particular post generated a grand total of one comment.

So what's the big deal, right?

Within hours, a Cease & Desist letter landed in my email inbox with a thud! It caught me by surprise. Out of all the Kanye posts I've written in the past, why would I get a C&D for that post?

Anyway, after receiving the C&D, I hustled back to the Fashionista.com to see if the text was still there. Of course the entire post was completely removed from the server. The Fashionista must have been shook when they emailed her.

But thank God for Google's cache pages, otherwise I might be left holding the bag like I made the whole thing up myself.

Do I believe The Fashionista manufactured the conversation like certain other blogs sometimes do? No I don't. That conversation was too intricately woven together to be fake.

Besides that, why would she make it up?

But a better question is, why would the legal goons pick that particular subject to get excited about?

Is it that our combined posts woke up the sleeping Louis Vuitton Gods, who weren't aware that their shoes were walking out the back door before they had the chance to hit retail stores?

I don't know that for a fact. I'm just guessing.

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Lil Kim's attorney is going after an impersonator on Facebook who claims to be Lil Kim.

Apparently the impersonator posted something on Facebook. I haven't seen whatever it is since I don't go on there. But here's the statement from her attorney:

"The statement posted up on Facebook was done by someone falsely portraying themselves to be Lil Kim and is completely untrue. They have been contacted to remove immediately or legal action will be taken," says attorney for Lil Kim, Bernard H. Jackson III.

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Atlanta rapper Alexis Miller, aka Mary Jane, is pictured with rapper Lil' Wayne in an undated

Shaquille O'Neal was expected in a Fulton County court today to face his accuser, Alexis Miller, but the case was pushed back again according to the AJC.

The legal saga involving NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and the Atlanta woman accusing him of stalking him has been extended again.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Karen Woodson issued a continuance on Wednesday afternoon, pushing the date the case is supposed to be heard back to Oct. 16.

O’Neal, the Phoenix Suns’ 7-foot-1, 325-pound center, is accused of stalking Alexis Miller, a 23-year-old hip-hop artist whose stage name is Maryjane.

Miller charges that O’Neal threatened her via e-mail and made harassing calls and threatened to torpedo her career after she broke off a relationship with him in July.

Judge Richard Hicks initially issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting O’Neal from coming within 200 yards of Miller or her 19-month-old son in August. Woodson recently extended the order. (Source)

As you know, Ciara has been the subject of a few not-so-positive posts on this blog.

So when someone emailed me photos from the set of her "Go Girl" video last week, I was the only urban blogger who chose not to post them.

But yesterday, a loyal reader emailed me to say Ciara's camp was busy sending out C&D orders to urban bloggers -- and even her fansite, Sincerelyciara.com, to take those pics down.

Why would she do that to her own fansite when she desperately needs the exposure, you ask? Because some celebrities don't realize how ridiculous they look until they read the negative comments on these blogs.

Whether you guys know it or not, your comments are read by celebrities and taken very seriously -- perhaps too seriously.

Celebs are constantly surrounded by 'yes' men and women who tell them what they want to hear because these people need to eat and they don't care who they eat off of.

Most celebrities live in fantasy worlds and urban blogs provide reality checks for them.

[hidepost]As I told you in an earlier post, Ciara thinks she's a Superstar on a level far superior to Beyonce or Rihanna. The once sweet, demure singer in the baggy khakis and fierce wife beaters, is fast becoming unstable.

When her manager sat down with Ci last year to ask what direction she wanted to take her new album in, Ciara responded, "I want to be a Supermodel."

Things quickly unraveled from there.

Since splitting from her longtime manager a few months ago, Ci has made one disastrous decision after another.

By trying to keep up with the Rihanna's and the Beyonce's, Ci has taken her career into unchartered territory and she's losing her core fan base.

It's part of the reason why her new album will flop.

Now that Ci is on her own and having to think for herself, industry people like Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of VIBE magazine, are slowly realizing who the real Ciara is.[/hidepost]

Atlanta rapper Alexis Miller, aka Mary Jane, is pictured with rapper Lil' Wayne in an undated

When I heard about this story last week I figured it was bogus. What judge is going to approve a restraining order without any evidence of stalking? I just knew NBA star Shaquille O'Neal could not be that stupid to leave evidence behind, right?

Apparently he is and he did:

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks granted Alexis Miller’s request Thursday after reviewing her allegations that the basketball player stalked her, threatened her with bodily harm and made harassing phone calls in which he breathed heavily into the phone before hanging up.

Miller, a 23-year-old hip-hop artist known professionally as Maryjane[click for her MySpace], claimed she ended an intimate relationship with O’Neal last month. She alleged he then threatened to pay performers $50,000 each not to work with her.

“It’s been very difficult for her,” said L. David Wolfe, Miller’s Atlanta-based attorney. “Her fears are not only for herself but also the people around her.” He said Miller, who has a young son, is “pretty traumatized.”

Wolfe said Miller had known the 7-foot-1, 325-pound All-Star center for about a year and a half, and that the two became intimate over the past six to eight months.

The court affidavit quotes an e-mail from O’Neal as saying, “I dnt no who the [expletive] u think u dealin wit u will neva be heard from one phone call is I gotta make now try me. Sho me.” (Source)



Entrepreneur and reality TV star, Kimora Lee Simmons, was spotted out & about in NYC last night with her man, actor Djimon Hounsou. I like how he dutifully follows three steps behind her highness as they exit a restaurant. He's trained well.

I heard something scandalous about home girl yesterday, but I'm going to wisely hold my tongue because I don't need another Cease & Desist letter from her high-priced attorneys -- plus I know she won't be playing this time.

If you recall, Kimmie set her goons attorneys on me last time because I dared mention her, alleged, affinity for a little catnip on the side.

After I responded to their C&D letter in my typical humble fashion, her attorneys quickly contacted my attorney by phone in an effort to further violate my constitutional rights to freedom of speech. I hear Kimmie was fired up when their efforts fell flat, but that's how it goes when you're in the public eye.

I'm sure the only reason she backed off me was because her attorneys informed her how much it would set her back to drag my insignificant ass into court.

I admit I was a little shook when I saw the name of the prestigious Fifth Avenue law firm on the letterhead. I even saved the C&D letter to show my fellow bloggers what a real C&D looks like as opposed to the fluff ones sent out to try and intimidate bloggers.

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According to Drewreports.com. R.Kelly is tired of others using his name and likeness for "disgorgement of ill-gotten gains". That sounds like something Kelly himself could be accused of. But we won't go there.

Exonerated R&B star R. Kelly is pissed off after a nightclub allegedly used his name and image to promote an event — without ever getting Kelly’s permission!

In a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, R. claims two promoters for Sugar nightclub stamped his name and face on a bunch of fliers “falsely advertising” that Kelly was set to host one of their parties. Kelly says he knew nothing about it — so it’s time to sue their pants off. (Source)

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I'm very disappointed that my fellow blogger That Bitch caved to the pressure from Kimora Lee's henchmen attorneys.

Apparently, That Bitch got served over the weekend and she removed any and all references to Kimora Lee's preference for licky licky with her back rubs.

It seems Rhymes With Snitch exercised her constitutional right to freedom of speech by blogging about Russell's plans to expose Kimora's dirty laundry. But Kimora had her attorneys on speed dial, and, as the saying goes, they put the smack down.

Someone should explain to Kimora that she is a public figure and therefore open to public scrutiny. If she doesn't like people talking about her, maybe she's in the wrong line of work.