On VH1's new romantic comedy series, Single Ladies, Stacey Dash, 45, plays Val, an Atlanta fashion designer and clothing boutique owner who's looking for a real man to complete her. But in her college days, Val found love in the arms of her roommate, Queen Latifah, who plays herself.

Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment executive produced the scripted 'Single Ladies' series for VH1.

In the one hour series premiere last week, Val broke up with her shady fiance Quinn, who was cheating on her with Shelly (Lauren London). Val's solution for getting over Quinn is online dating, but she gets more than she bargains for. Keisha (LisaRaye) and Malcolm (D.B. Woodside) take their relationship to the next level with mixed results. Meanwhile, April (Charity Shea), the only 'Single Lady' who is married, gets exposed as the messy mistress to the Atlanta mayor, played by rapper Common.

Former NBA star Rick Fox, Deion's wife Pilar Sanders and singer Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas also star in this episode. Oh, and, look for random cameo's by local Atlanta celebrities.

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Who watched the premiere of VH1's 'Single Ladies' last night? The sex dramady was filmed on location in Atlanta and stars LisaRaye, Stacey Dash and Charity Shea as 3 not-so-desperate women deftly navigating their way around the singles scene in Atlanta. These women want the ring, but they don't care how they get it.

The episode also starred Lauren London as Shelley, another scheming gold digger. Also, Pillar Sanders (Deion's wife) appears in an upcoming episode.

My favorite scene was the one where Stacey Dash (who plays Val) tosses water in her ex-fiance's face. The look on that queen's face was priceless!!

Val is a celebrity stylist to the stars who opens her own boutique. She was engaged to the Quinn (Timon Kelly) for 5 years before she caught him cheating. She confronts Quinn and his mistress Shelly having lunch, and Val closes the door on their relationship for good.

Val: You're pathetic! And a sorry excuse for a human being -- let alone, a man... And when I say "man", I use the term very loosely!

Quint: See, this is exactly why I kicked you to the curb: too much damn drama!

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As the apocalyptic hour came and went on Saturday (May 21st), hundreds of people Twitpic'd photos of random piles of clothing as proof that 'The Rapture' did indeed occur. They were, of course, joking. But the only people who weren't laughing were the true believers of eccentric California evangelist Harold Camping. Some of Camping's faithful followers lost their life savings believing in the millionaire's faulty prophetic predictions.

The 86-year-old apocalyptic preacher was nowhere to be found at the appointed hour on Saturday. About a hundred reporters gathered outside his home and his Family Radio ministry headquarters, but Camping was ghost (pun intended).

Reporters were lucky to find the few loyal Camping followers who didn't go into hiding after 6 p.m. on Saturday.

So confident was Family Radio special events coordinator Michael Garcia that he spent months travelling the country putting up Judgement Day billboards and handing out Bible tracts warning that the end was near.

In an interview before the arrival of The Rapture, Garcia said:

"We know the end will begin in New Zealand and will follow the sun and roll on from there. 'That's why God raised up all the technology and the satellites so everyone can see it happen at the same time.

Garcia spent the hours before the rapture at home in Alameda, CA with his wife and six children. He now believes the delay was a further test from God to persevere in their faith. "When you say something and it doesn't happen, your pride is what's hurt," he said.

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The new Columbia Pictures film 'Jumping the Broom' produced by Tracey Edmonds and Bishop T.D. Jakes is a romantic comedy that explores today's difficulty in abstaining from sex until marriage.

Bishop Jakes fuses religion and comedy to challenge the film's audiences to explore the option of abstinence before marriage.

The film asks the question how easy is it to abstain from sex until you jump the broom? And which guy would make you want to Jump The Broom?

Laz Alonso and Paula Patton play Jason Taylor and Sabrina Watson, a young couple who decide to spend the rest of their lives together in Holy matrimony. But when their two families from opposite ends of the tracks converge on Martha's Vineyard for their dream weekend wedding, problems crop up and threaten to derail the happy event.

After meeting with Bishop Jakes for a counseling session, Taylor makes the decision to abstain from sex until his marriage to Watson.

In addition to abstaining from sex, Watson has to deal with her parents (played by Angela Bassett and Brian Stokes Mitchell) who have problems in their own marriage and appear on the brink of divorce.

And Taylor faces pressure from his friends who scoff at the idea of abstaining from sex until marriage.

'Jumping The Broom' also stars Mike Epps, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Julie Bowen, Romeo Miller, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, and Valarie Pettiford.

'Jumping The Broom' opens everywhere on May 6, 2011.

Promotional consideration provided by Columbus Pictures

This pic of Rihanna and her touchy feely bodyguard was spotted at Hollywood Life. This pic could be the movie poster for The Bodyguard 2 if Rihanna wins Whitney's part in the remake.

Rihanna, 23, is so hot right now — even her security staff can’t keep their hands off of her!

During a March 3 shopping trip in Sydney, Australia, the singer was moving through a bustling crowd when she was apparently knocked into her security guard — in a very compromising position!

We’re sure it was an accident, but the bodyguard probably didn’t mind!

It looks like perennial beard Amber Rose got herself another sucker. And her ex, Kanye West, is somewhere dying laughing.

This story is in the current issue of FADER Magazine, on newsstands now:

For FADER Issue #72 we traveled to Los Angeles and spent the better part of a week with Wiz Khalifa. After, we emerged from a cloud of one-billion joints with a story about what it means to become famous now, and a lot of incredible images. Relatively new FADER photographer Ross Mantle shot Wiz in the center of a music video shoot and documented some of the first days of his relationship with Amber Rose. Mantle said, “He’s pretty down to earth. I don’t know if he’s going to get a head about him later on, but he has a bit of a young ego. I think to be in the position he’s in you have to have something like that to begin with.” More about Mantle’s experience, the rest of his photos and our cover feature on Wiz are featured alongside a feature on James Blake and interviews with Lex Luger, Niki and the Dove and Porcelain Raft in FADER #72. Available on traditional and digital newsstands, March 8th! See one more photo of the couple, and a cryptic statement Kanye West tweeted over the weekend that may be aimed at Amber, his ex-flame.

photos: Ross Mantle/FADER

From Executive Producer Ice Cube, hit comedy series Are We There Yet? is back with BRAND NEW, back-to-back episodes at 10p and 10:30p (ET/PT) on TBS.

First up at 10p is “The Gold Party Episode”, starring ice Cube; the Kingston-Pearsons family keeps the comedy coming! Since Suzanne (Essence Atkins) always leaves her wedding ring lying around, Nick (Terry Crews) decides to play a joke on her by taking it. But the joke is on Nick when he finds out her ring is a fake!

Should Nick tell his wife the truth about the fake ring he bought her? (WATCH a Sneak preview)

In tonight's 2nd episode at 10:30p -“The Boy Has Style” - Nick and Suzanne suspect that the boy Lindsay (Teala Dunn) likes is not really her type. How will Nick and Suzanne handle the touchy situation of telling their teenage daughter that the boy she likes is just not that into her – or any other girl for that matter?

“The Gold Party Episode”, guest starring Ice Cube, was directed by Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and written by Luisa Leschin.

“The Boy Has Style Episode” was directed by Ali LeRoi and written by Jacqueline McKinley & Antonia March.

It all starts TONIGHT at 10/9c on TBS!

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Vertically challenged comedian Kevin Hart, 31, recently filed for divorce from his wife, Torrei, who is also a stand-up comedian.

Torrei, who described herself as an "angry black woman" went in on her ex during her stand-up comedy routine. "I want some new penis!" she joked. There is no doubt Hart will strike back. But I'm sure Torrei has the better material, because, I mean, look at Kevin and his jump off. The jokes write themselves.

While the Harts trade insults in public, the people this will hurt the most are their children, daughter Heaven Lee, 5, and son Hendrix, 3.

From Mediaquicky.com:

Dayum…another black couple bites the dust. Comedian Kevin Hart wants out of his 8 year marriage with wife Torrei Hart. Kevin wants joint custody of his two kids, 5 year old Heavenly, and 3 year old Hendricks, but is requesting the court deny any spousal support for his soon-to-be ex wife.

Guess we saw this one coming…Kevin was recently spotted at a Lakers game with another chic. He’s been busy working a new project called “Chocolate Droppa.” Watch as he takes us on a tour of his “hood” and gives a “killer” freestyle from his mixtape, “Chocolate Essence.”

“Birds don’t fly but nigga I eat rye bread/ Ohh What’s that in my head?/ hair?/ Grows up, goes down/hairline don’t make me frown…”

The family sitcom 'Are We There Yet' is back with brand new episodes tonight featuring guest stars Sandy "Pepa" Denton (of rap duo Salt 'N Pepa) and model/actress Toccara Jones. Pepa plays the part of the new field producer for Terry Crews’s sportscaster character, Nick, and Toccara plays the over-the-top cousin of Suzanne’s best friend.

'Are We There Yet' stars Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and Essence Atkins (Half and Half) who plays his doting wife. Teala Dunn and Coy Stewart are their precocious children, Kevin and Lindsay.

Will Nick's wife Suzanne (Atkins) be jealous of Pepa working so closely with her man? You'll have to tune in tonight and see!

The series co-stars include Keesha Sharp (best known for her role as Monica on Girlfriends) who plays Suzanne's sassy best friend, and recurring characters played by comedian Christian Finnegan, veteran actress Telma Hopkins and special guest star Ice Cube, who also serves as executive producer.

Upcoming episodes will feature celebrities such as comedian Sinbad (Cosby, Resurrection Blvd.), David Rasche (Ugly Betty, Rubicon), former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan, boxer Laila Ali and old school rapper Chubb Rock!

Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) directed tonight's episode.

It all starts TONIGHT at 10 p.m. (9c) on TBS!

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The much-hyped Season 4 premiere of 'The Game' aired on BET last night (the prior seasons were on CW). Everyone's talking about the steamy scene between resident Cougar, Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), and Donte (BET's 106 & Park host, Terrence J).

Actually, they're all talking about Terrence J's exceptional acting skills. He really made me believe he has some prior experience with women.

The sports sitcom centers around a trouble making sports agent, Tasha Mack (Robinson) and her professional football player clients, Derwin (Pooch Hall) and Tasha's son Malik (Hosea Chanchez) -- none of whom can act their way out of paper bags.

Tia Mowry, who announced her pregnancy yesterday, plays Melanie, Derwin's annoyingly insecure wife. Melanie and Mack don't believe DJ is really Derwin's son. So Melanie swabs the cute tyke's mouth for a DNA test, which turns out to be negative.

Watch Derwin's reaction below when Melanie tells him that DJ is not his son.

Later on in the show we find out the DNA test result was a mixup, and that DJ is in fact Derwin's son. The DNA mixup plot was ridiculous and unlikely. But this is TV, so we can't expect much.

Robinson, Hall and Mowry can't act their way out of paper bags. Fortunately, Terrence J's stellar acting skills held my interest long enough to keep me from changing the channel. I did nod off a couple of times though - especially when Robinson, Hall and Mowry were on the screen.

The two battling divorcee's, Jason and Kelly (Brittany Daniel and Coby Bell), provided some comedy relief from the sheer boredom of watching the rest of the cast struggle through their lines.

The only character that I truly despised was the womanizing Malik (Chanchez). BET managed to fit every black male baller stereotype into Malik's character. In the opening scenes of the show, Malik is seen banging his team owner's wife (Meagan Good), whom he later dates openly with no shame because rules don't apply to him.

WSJ blogs has a better recap of episode 1 here in case you missed it.

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You youngsters may not be familiar with George Jefferson since he was way before your time. George was the grouchy-but-lovable, tight fisted businessman on the 70s TV hit sitcom The Jeffersons. Among the many quotables and scene stealing antics that made George famous was his signature dance.

On Saturday, the rejuvenated Miami Heat, who have won 8 straight games, rolled over the hapless Sacramento Kings 104-83. The Heat seemed to have found their Mojo with 35-year-old, 6'-11" center Erick Dampier, who was signed after Udonis Haslem was sidelined with an ankle injury.

During the 4th quarter, Dwyane Wade broke out his own version of the infamous George Jefferson dance. After the game, Wade responded to reporter's questions about his impromptu dance move:

“I have no idea,” Wade said. “That was spontaneous. I know people are going to kill me for that, I know these guys are going to kill me for it. But it was just spontaneous. I don’t really get too many tip dunks. So I was excited, you know. It felt good.”

What should we call it?

“Hey, whatever they want to give it,” Wade said. “(Sideline reporter Jason Jackson) said they called it the George Jefferson already. So they can roll with it.”

Aparently, Sean Combs will do anything to promote Dirty Money's debut album, Last Train to Paris. The failed music mogul-turned-lead-singer of a girl group, appeared on Saturday Night Live to woo a white rapper (Andy Samberg as Blizzard Man).

Actor Robert DeNiro guest stars as Blizzard Man's mom who will stop at nothing to help her son realize his Vanilla Ice cream dreams.


For those of you who missed last night's episode of 'Chelsea Lately', the comedian goes in on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Phaedra Parks who dares to mention her BFF 50 Cent.

Chelsea -- who many in the black community believes is an undercover racist -- grills Phaedra for opting out of performing such motherly duties as breast feeding and burping her newborn baby.

Apparently, Chelsea isn't aware that Phaedra is working off of a script.

"Hey, moron!," says Chelsea. "You're not giving birth to a Cabbage Patch kid!" Chelsea notes that Phaedra is an attorney who is married to an ex-con. "Sounds to me like she's living the African American dream!," she says.

Hip Hop's most egotistical mogul, Sean Combs, expressed shock and dismay last week at the news that his friend, rapper Jay Electronica signed a record deal with Jay Z and Rocnation.

It wasn't news that Diddy pursued Jay E like a dog in heat after the latter dropped heat seeking mixtapes that created a frenzy in Hop Hop land.

After recording a track with Jay E that was warmly received by the hip Hop masses ("The Ghost of Christopher Wallace"), Jay E. ultimately decided to take his talents elsewhere.

Hoping to get in on the ensuing publicity about the historic signing, Sean Combs tweeted:

"Damn it hurts in a whole other way when someone you felt, and I mean really felt was your Friend, Betrays you. It hurts when Breathe."

Diddy later tweeted that he wasn't referring to "Jz" as the "Friend" who betrayed him. Duh, we all thought he was referring to Jay E, not Jay Z.

Anyway, here's Jay' Electronica's response to Diddy courtesy of the crack news team over at Its The Real News:

Troubled rapper 50 Cent was a guest on his BFF Chelsea Lately's show last night. He dropped in on YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill as he was taping one of his videos backstage. 50 sure knows how to keep the spotlight directed on himself.

In case you're not familiar, Keenan's YouTube videos have all gone viral because of his terrible lip syncing of popular hit songs such as Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

As you know, Fiddy was rumored to be dating Chelsea Handler. But she squashed that rumor on her Twitter page since we all know it's just a publicity stunt.

U.S. President Barack Obama made history last night when he appeared on a comedy show, which some say further demeans the dignity of the highest office in the land.

Obama was a guest on the popular 'Daily Show With Jon Stewart,' last night.

Stewart, who is a Democrat, has been critical of Obama's politics in the past. But the political comedian/mock news anchorman took it easy on the commander-in-chief.

Stewart called Obama's attempts to reform healthcare "timid" and he jokingly referred to Obama's campaign slogan "YES WE CAN" as "Yes we can, given certain conditions, blah blah blah ... blah blah."

When Obama said, “Jon, I don’t want to lump you in with a lot of other pundits,” Stewart retorted with an equally cynical jab: “And I don’t mean to lump you in with other presidents.”

At one point, Stewart even called the president "dude" after Obama inadvertently echoed a famous George W. Bush gaffe by saying that his economic adviser, Lawrence H. Summers, had done “a heck of a job.”

Mr. Obama winced as the audience laughed at his wording and Mr. Stewart said, “You don’t want to use that phrase, dude.” [link]

Obama's next TV appearance will be on the History Channel's nerd fest 'MythBusters' next month.

This video is hilarious! I guess Gabrielle Union does have a sense of humor. The gay video director is even funnier though. Thanks to loyal reader Charese Moore for sending this in!

Hi Sandra,

I have another video for you to view. Gabby does a parody lingerie photo shoot. I know it's not a slow news day because I have been enjoying the posts but the SR family may like this one as well. Shows a lighter side of Gabby.


Everyone keeps telling me about this video of the Mike Tyson remake of Bobby Brown's "Every Little Step" video.

I guess I don't have a sense of humor because this video is just not funny to me. Maybe I would have hollered if Mike could actually dance a little? Speaking of which, I know who Mike Tyson is, but who is Wayne Brady and the other dude?

Thanks to loyal readers Hannah Kang and Charese Moore for the tips!

The Miami Heat introduced their new free agent acquisitions, LeBron James (from Cleveland) and Chris Bosh (from Toronto), during a splashy, over-the-top Las Vegas style extravaganza called "HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event" at the American Airlines Arena yesterday.

The team also announced Dwyane Wade's new 6-year contract. The Super Friends were handed the keys to the city and showered with confetti as they made their grand entrance into the jam packed American Airlines Arena.

The Heat unveiled the new team slogan "YES.WE.DID" -- although they haven't actually done anything yet.

This video is just a little something to make the Cleveland fans smile and take their minds off the fact that their team won't make the playoffs for the next 5 years.

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I am so amazed by the incredible talent displayed by our young men today! I remember back in my day when young boys busied themselves with Summer camp, or bagging groceries at the supermarket, or playing baseball, or joining the Boy Scouts of America, instead of hanging out on the street corners or robbing little old ladies.

Our young men today show how vastly different they are from the young men of my youth. But then back in my day there were more fathers -- you know, real men -- in the homes to show guidance and teach their boys self-respect.

Today's young men gather in their bedrooms all over the country to teach each other the latest Hip Hop dance routines. All that hard work has paid off. These kids have better moves than a seasoned stripper. Their (single) mommies must be so proud of them!

Ladies, if you can't pop your coochie like these boys (who don't even have coochies), hit up @Zeralyn on Twitter for dance lessons. She will show you why your man stays in the strip clubs until dawn.

Thanks to loyal reader VipAtlStyle for the link!

We all need a good chuckle this morning as we return to work from a long holiday weekend. So here you go:

Sent in by our friends over at Dopefetish.com:

I found this funny photo and thought I'd share with you I thought it would make you laugh. hahaha

Last night's episode of Adult Swim's The Boondocks cartoon subliminally outed director/playwright Tyler Perry and his fetish for casting light skinned pretty boy actors in his movies and plays.

Despite the fact that Perry's sexuality is no secret, the episode titled 'Pause' triggered a storm of tweets on the popular social networking website Twitter.com. The comic's creator, Aaron McGruder, became the #1 trending topic as a result.

A study done by me shows that the majority of sistas still refuse to believe Tyler Perry is gay. It's amazing to me how blind some black women are to the obvious sexual preferences of 68% of black men in our community.

The Boondocks follows the comical attempts of two brothers, Huey and Riley, to assimilate following a move from Chicago to the boonies.

Perry, a classic narcissist who can't tolerate the slightest criticism, will no doubt react publicly to McGruder's outing of him. And when he does, I will post it!

Shout out to World Star Hip Hop for uploading this!

Half of my loyal readers don't think I post enough gossip, and the other half don't think I post enough political blogs.

Thanks to loyal reader BevG for sending this video link of comedian Bill Maher throwing jabs at Barack Obama. I thought he was funny. But BevG isn't laughing.

Before Obama was elected president I warned you guys that this type of thing would happen and you needed to have thick skin. George Bush got it 10x's worse than Obama and you never saw him complaining.

Here's what HBO's Bill Maher said:

"I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt so you can see the gun in his pants. That's -- (in black man voice) 'we've got a motherfu**ing problem here?' Shoot somebody in the foot."