In my humble opinion, the Post meant to do this. In no way was this simply an honest mistake. Too many eyes saw this before it went live on the website.

Here's left wing blog HuffPo's equally ludicrous caption, which doesn't make the WashPo's colossal mixup any better:

Violent black radical Barack Hussein Obama X is learning about wind energy in Iowa, The Washington Post reports in a most unfortunate photo caption error.

It appears Obama and Malcolm X were actually slated for separate stories. The error has since been repaired.

Boy, the national media are having a field day now that they no longer feel the stinging shame of white guilt.

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Natural disasters and other acts of nature around the world have given new rise to talk about the coming Apocalypse (end of the world).

Giant earthquakes such as the one that killed over 250,000 Haitians this year, and the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile that knocked the earth off its axis and shortened our days, has given new life to theories about the end of our days.

Last week, an active volcano (pictured above) on the European island of Iceland near Greenland in the Atlantic ocean, erupted spewing tons of thick ash into the cirrus stratus where commercial airliners fly at cruising altitude of 30,000 feet.

For that reason, airports all over the world cancelled flights and grounded jets leaving thousands of people broke and stranded far away from home. For many travelers the earliest possible flight home could be May 12. But travelers say they are strapped for cash now and they are wondering how they will pay for hotel rooms and food. The cancellations have so far cost airlines $250 million.

Here's a photo that should give you some perspective of how bad the ash problem is in Europe. That's not snow the car is plowing through, that's ash thick enough to choke a commercial airliner's engines and send jets plunging out of the sky.

Many people think the end is near as a result of the onslaught of viruses (HIV, H1N1), deadly earthquakes, tsunami's, volcano eruptions, and other acts of nature that has killed millions of people.

Others say the natural disasters and epidemics are a sign that Nature is attempting to bring the earth's human population into balance before it's too late -- just as nature does with the animal and insect population.

They point to the fact that the recent deadly natural disasters mainly has affected densely populated areas, such as Haiti, where birth control isn't practiced as diligently as it is here in the states.

If the earth becomes over populated, the earth's resources such as food and water will be quickly used up, leading to widespread famine and starvation.

If it weren't for natural disasters keeping the earth's population within reasonable limits, the sheer numbers of humans occupying every inch of land would eventually lead to the extinction of the human race on earth.

It is said that a volcano eruption similar to the one on Iceland killed off the dinosaur population millions of years ago (they choked to death on the ash).

Others say the natural disasters all lead up to 2012, the year that marks the end of the Mayan calendar, the first known calendar dating back to the 6th century BC (before Christ). Supposedly the calendar predicts a catastrophic destruction of earth because it records no more dates after 2012.

But they said the same thing about the year 2000 (Y2K).

Guru, real name Keith Elam, who founded the rap duo Gang Starr, died yesterday (April 19) after a yearlong battle with cancer at age 43.

The rapper slipped into a coma on February 28 after suffering a heart attack. Shortly after his death, Guru's extremely dubious business partner Solar produced a letter that he said Guru dictated to him from his death bed.

The letter gave Solar full control of his money, assets and "all elements of his character after death." The letter also specified that the rap duo's DJ Premier not be allowed to use the name Gang Starr for future profit or fame.

Premier spoke on the breakup in a 2006 interview with XXL magazine, saying "If I confirm it, then it’s official. If I don’t confirm it, then we still together."

Guru is survived by a son, KC.


Photo for illustrative purposes only

From a loyal reader (edited for clarity):

Ok, so I recently had a conversation with one of my homegirls, a girl who I was "talking to" but somehow I fell into the "just friends zone." We talked about our past relationships. Never knew this conversation would cost me my life...

So she starts by telling me 'bout her past. She told me the story of how she was dealing with these two men (not at the same time), and how she had been dealin with the first guy, who didn't own a car and was a broke student.

So I asked, 'was that the problem?' She said, "he told me he loved me."

'So, what's wrong with that?' I asked, confused like a hoodrat on campus. She explains, "he was really 'into me' and somewhat jealous." So, why did he love you? She replied, "because I inspired him to be better".... Okay? Still Confused. She said, "I felt like I was a mother to him, had to pick him up in my car etc."

So when I asked about the other brotha (relationship), she explained she really liked the other guy, but the relationship quickly became about "blackberry booty calls." He was fun and charming, but she cut it off when he invited her to the Hilton for what she thought was a romantic evening. Soon as the sex was over, my man got dressed and bounced like she was 'bout to ask him for child support.

So I'm like, at least you know now what he was all about. She responds, "he really hurt me, I was really feeling him." So I ask about the the other guy who told her 'I love you?' She replied, "much more" than him. Wow, I just got schooled.

So basically, she rejected the guy who loved her because he didnt have a car and wanted a relationship (mabye too soon, in her defense). All the while the man who treated her like a hoe, she was more attracted to, "more compatible with." So, if I'm reading this thing whole thing right: women prefer a man who is into himself, non emotional (tough guy), cocky but also charming and exciting. Do I have that right ladies?

And I had it wrong all these years, who knew? Time to go back to school. I called one of my boys (who has 3 baby mothers) and he explained that women are attracted to a man who is NOT into them, plays by his own rules, cancels dates, doesn't fawn over them, so they are hoping to tame him in the long run. They like the challenge. (I start taking notes.)

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Once again, Barack Obama trots a poor, disadvantaged child before the media and exploits the child for his own selfish means.

As Obama signed the new health care bill into law, 11-year-old Marcellas Owens looked on. Marcellas's mother -- a crackhead -- died of pulmonary congestion (fluid in the lungs) at age 27.

According to the White House, Marcellas's mother died because she lacked health care. I call BS on that. There is no public hospital in this country that accepts government funding that will turn away a patient based on his or her ability to pay. Crackheads are notoriously difficult to treat because they are non-compliant with their medications.

As a registered nurse, I have treated homeless people brought in off the streets! Go down to Grady hospital and ask any of the patients in the emergency room if they have insurance and I guarantee you that 85% of them will say they do not.

Yet those patients will be seen by doctors and treated like every other patient regardless of their inability to pay. Once again, Obama and the Democrats have used scare tactics and outright lies to push their socialist agenda on the American public.

This health care bill is not about saving lives or providing health care to all. It's simply about Barack Obama's legacy as the first president to get a bill passed. Sadly, this bill, in its current form, will do nothing to improve health care. In fact, it will make it that much harder for you to get the quality health care you need when the doctor and nursing shortages worsen.

Expect even longer waits in doctor's offices -- that's if you can get a doctor's appointment. And in 2014, when the insurance mandate kicks in, expect to pay excessively high premiums. It's almost a guarantee that most of you won't be able to afford the premiums even with the government subsidies.

If you can't afford to pay an extra bill now, how will you be able to afford it in 2014?

There's a funny thing about narcissists: no matter how much success they achieve in life they are never satisfied. So this is an empty victory for Obama, who after signing the health care bill into law, probably went outside for a quick smoke break.

Newark police have announced the arrests of two men in a mystery missing persons case that spanned three decades.

The case of the five missing teenagers baffled Newark, New Jersey police detectives for almost 32 years after they simply vanished one night without a trace. The five boys -- all 16 years old -- were last seen alive on Aug. 20, 1978 at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Fabian place in a working class neighborhood in Newark.

According to police, Lee Evans, 56, and Philander Hampton, 53, murdered the five boys in retaliation for stealing their marijuana.

The two men and a third accomplice herded the boys at gunpoint into an abandoned house within blocks of where they last seen. The teenagers were tied up, gagged, doused with gasoline and set on fire. They were burned alive. The intensity of the flames destroyed the abandoned house they died in and the two houses on either side of it.

The families of the teens reported them missing the next day. But the fires and the disappearance of the five teens were never linked.

The mystery was finally solved last year when one of the killers broke down and confessed his part in the slayings to a family member of one of the dead teens. A third suspect in the crimes died of natural causes in 2008. At the time of the murders, Hampton was 21 and Evans was 24.

According to myFox News, the five teens had broken into one of the suspects' apartments and stolen marijuana. Evans was immediately suspected since he was the last person to see the boys alive. The contractor had routinely hired the boys to do odd jobs around the neighborhood. He was repeatedly interviewed in the months after the disappearances but was cleared as a suspect after passing a lie detector test.

The site where the abandoned house once stood is now home to Mattie Williams and her grandson, Kenan. She said police arrived on her doorstep last Summer with search warrants and a ground penetrating sonar device. "They were looking for bodies," said Williams. "But they found none."

Remember when former stripper Anna Nicole Smith died leaving $300 million to her heirs and several men argued that they were the father of her baby? Well, a US federal appeals court ruled Friday that Anna Nicole Smith's heirs will not receive a penny of the more than 300 million dollars she claimed to her billionaire husband's inheritance.

Essentially, Larry Birkhead and his daughter are broke.

The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled in favor of E. Pierce Marshall, the son of Texas oil tycoon Howard Marshall, whom the late Playboy centerfold married in 1994 after meeting him while working at a strip club. She was 26 at the time and he was 89.

Marshall died in 1995 after a 14-month marriage, sparking a prolonged legal battle over his 1.6-billion-dollar estate.

At the time of her death from an accidental drug overdose in a Florida hotel room in February 2007, Smith's will -- which had not been updated -- left all her wealth to her son Daniel, who had died six months earlier, with attorney Howard Stern assigned as the estate executor.

The person who had stood to gain from her estate was Smith's daughter Dannielynn Hope, born in September 2006, who was at the center of a court battle over a fortune in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

When Smith died, the identity of the girl's father was unknown.

Stern, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband Frederic van Anhalt and celebrity photographer Larry Birkhead all filed paternity suits claiming they were the father.

Birkhead was determined to be the girl's father. It remains unclear whether he will pursue further litigation. Source

Being fabulously wealthy is not all it's cracked up to be. Just ask the former instant millionaires who wished they'd never bought that Lottery ticket after burning through millions and ending up broke.

Celebrities who are also narcissists covet money above all else, so their opinions don't count. Narcissists flaunt wealth and material things because they don't have a firm sense of self. So they consider cash and material objects to be an extension of themselves (such as an arm or leg). They can't live without it and will do anything to get it.

It is very necessary for them to constantly remind themselves (and us) that they ARE the things they covet the most. So they need money and material things to validate them and remind them that they are alive. It's the reason why they flaunt money and drape themselves in jewelry and name brand gear, while billionaires like Ted Turner drive Toyota's to work.

That would explain why Beyonce wore a $5 million ring on ABC's Good Morning America yesterday, and then later claimed she forgot she was wearing the rock. Yea, right.

Or why TV's biggest narcissist, Simon Cowell, tooled around LA yesterday with a gorgeous brunette (his fiancee) in the passenger seat of his $1.4 million Bugatti (that's one million, four hundred thousand dollars for a car).

And last night, rap's biggest egomaniac Sean "Puffy" Combs flashed a thick wad of $100 bills at a concert to honor the 13th anniversary of the death of Notorious B.I.G. at the famous Brooklyn 'Lab Sports Bar'. An industry insider told us, "Puff acts like new money... like he isn't used to having money, cars or pu$$y."

Photos: Splash News Online and X17online.com

They're dropping like flies: former child actor Corey Haim became the latest Hollywood prescription drug casualty. The "Lost Boys" star collapsed and died in a bedroom of his mother's apartment early this morning. Four bottles of prescription drugs were found in the room, according to TMZ. He was 38.

Sources say Haim got out of bed just before 1 AM and collapsed in front of his mother. She called 911 at 12:53 AM and Corey was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Corey's mom told authorities he had been battling prescription drug addiction for years.

Authorities believe -- though are not certain -- Corey died of an accidental drug overdose.


Photos: Splash News Online and Wireimage/Getty

According to X17online.com, the Jackson family's former nanny Grace Rwaramba was the snitch who called LA County Department of Children's and Family Services (DFCS) following an incident involving a stun gun.

The source told X17online that Rwaramba, who helped raise the late Michael Jackon's 3 adopted children from birth, sold the stun gun story to TMZ.com.

Our Jackson family source tells us that "Grace is trying to get custody of Michael's kids while trying to paint Katherine as an unfit guardian. She's throwing it in Katherine's face! The children absolutely despise Grace."

Once the singer died, the nanny made her return to the Hayvenhurst home and was kicked off the property by Michael's younger brother, Randy. Sources tell us that Katherine is afraid to get rid of Rwaramba because she has been threatening to write a tell-all book. Read More...

The source also told X17online that Grace is the one who sold the video of Jermaine Jackson's 13-year-old son Jaafar pushing his younger brother, to RadarOnline.com, which used the video to bolster their theory that the Jackson family home environment is a violent one.

Grace has mysteriously been missing from the home and from the Jackson children's lives. The last time she was seen in public with Michael II, Paris and Blanket was in January when she accompanied them to karate class. It is believed that she was fired. But if Grace was really money hungry as the source claims, she would have written a tell-all book when Jackson died and made millions. It seems she really might care about the safety of the children, who live with 5 other boys and as many as 6 adults in a 12 bedroom, 25 bath mansion.

Some Jackson fans think the children should be removed from that chaotic environment and placed with a white family.

Yesterday, RadarOnline, which is owned by the same company that owns the National Enquirer, posted this 'Exclusive' video to boost their claim of violence in Katherine Jackson's household.

Katherine Jackson is the mother of the late pop icon Michael Jackson. She was granted custody of Michael's 3 children after he died unexpectedly of a cardiac arrest last year.

5 other Jackson brothers spawn live in the home with as many as 6 adults. The California Department of Children and Family Services is currently investigating the home environment after an incident at the home involving a stun gun purchased by Jermaine Jackson's 13-year-old son, Jaafar, online.

The video shows Jaafar fake slapping his young brother, Jermajesty. Nancy Grace replayed this video repeatedly on her show last night.

It should be obvious from the video that Jermajesty knows the slap is coming since he raises his hand near his face. Jaafar then slaps Jermajesty's hand and shouts an expletive. Anyone raising boys recognizes play slapping when they see it. But RadarOnline went as far as to seek the opinion of a clinical psychiatrist who claims the video is evidence of violence inside the Jackson home.

Done anyone in mainstream journalism use their brains anymore?

VH1's Famous Crime Scene show reenacts the death of superstar pop icon Michael Jackson on June 25th at age 50. The show gives viewers a revealing look behind the scenes of Jackson's tragic death. VH1 interviews the doctors, paramedics, an Jacko's associates to get a timeline of exactly what happened in the hours leading up to the King of Pop's death.


Exactly one month to the day after 6-year-old Jasmina Amena succumbed to leukemia, her mom Thea took to her Twitter page to lash out at singer Rihanna.

In a tweet posted today to the social networking site, Thea wrote:

It has been a month since Jasmina's passing. Still not even a card or text message from Rihanna. Did she use my child for a publicity stunt?

It was Rihanna, who, along with other celebs, pushed Jasmina into the spotlight by publicizing her urgent need for a bone marrow donor.

Jasmina passed away on January 27th.

Thanks to loyal reader Nioka for the tip.

Thanks to Interscope Records VP Shawn “Tubby” Holiday, left, for sending over these pics taken at his daughter Alaysia's 5th Princess Birthday party held at the luxury Hilton Garden Inn at Centennial Park in Atlanta. Tubby poses with his daughter Alaysia and music mogul Devyne Stephens.

Invited guests included Christina Milian (posing with Navy, daughter of Nivea and The Dream). Christina is due to give birth to her and The Dream's baby girl on Feb. 28th. Christina carries her baby well. Now we know how she was able to get on that plane to Atlanta in her 9th month. Does she look like she's 9 months along to you?

The Dream couldn't make the flight because he's in a west coast studio working on his album. The happy dad said:

The baby will be here Sunday, no later than Sunday! The baby already has a car, I got a house just for the baby—Christina can't get in the baby’s car. I'm giving all my attention that I usually give to Christina to the baby, all the flowers I usually give Christina, I’m giving them to the baby. It's a girl, Violet will be her first name. I'm not telling you the middle name, you gon' get me in trouble.”

Alaysia's Princess birthday bash was planned and designed by Antonia "Toya" Carter's planning firm, "The Network". And here we thought she was just a reality TV personality and Lil Wayne's baby mama. L to R: Alaysia's mom, Rikya (Toya's hair stylist), Daniel (party planner) and Toya (party planner). Give me a minute and I'll get you guys the contact info so you can begin planning your Princesses' birthday parties!

MORE pics after the break!

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Rajaan Bennett's future was full of promise: just two weeks ago, the McEachern star RB signed to play football at Vanderbilt.

But early this morning, Bennett was shot to death in an apparent murder/suicide at his family's Powder springs, Georgia home. Police say Clifton O'Neal Steger, 39, a former boyfriend of Bennett's mother, shot Bennett during a domestic dispute before turning the gun on himself.

A third man inside the home was also shot, but his injury was non-life threatening.

"I'm standing here in a daze," Steger's mother, Gladys Steger, told the AJC when reached by phone at her home in Milledgeville.

Police arrived at the home around 2:30 am, about four minutes after someone inside the home called 911 and whispered they needed help. As officers approached the front door they heard four or five shots from inside.

Immediately after the shots were fired, Narjaketha Bennett, 37, and her brother, Taiwan Hunter, 32, who was wounded in the gunfire, ran from the house. Two teens emerged from the home shortly afterwards. They were not injured.

When officers entered the home, they found the bodies of Steger and 18-year-old Rajaan Bennett.

Hunter was undergoing surgery just after daybreak Thursday at Atlanta Medical Center, police said.

School officials held a news conference this morning to discuss what Bennett meant to the school.

"We have a population of 2,200 kids, and when you're Rajaan Bennett, you touch the lives of all 2,200," principal Regina Montgomery said.

She said counselors would be at the school to help students with the grieving process, but, "We don't know what we're going to do tomorrow, we're just trying to get through today together." Read More...

A second grade teacher was savagely stabbed to death by her boyfriend who, police say, then got into his car and flagged down a patrol officer to turn himself in.

Dana McFarlane, 35, of Snellville is being held at the Henry County jail on a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend Kinaya Schenese Byrd, 34, who was stabbed during a quarrel at her home in Stockbridge.

According to the AJC, Byrd's father, Richard Byrd was afraid for his daughter's life after she began seeing the low life. "I had a deep feeling he might hurt her someday," Richard Byrd said of his only child.

Richard Byrd said a neighbor heard the fight an tried to stop McFarlane. But she was dead before help could arrive.

The pretty future educator taught at River's Edge Elementary School in Clayton County. Her death comes as a shock to friends, some of whom were classmates of hers at Spelman College.

A "Celebration of Life" service for Kinaya Schenese Byrd will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1540 Pryor Road Southwest in Atlanta. The wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Murray Brothers Cascade Chapel, 1199 Utoy Springs Road Southwest in Atlanta.

Thanks to loyal reader Stephanie Vaughn for the tip.

Source: WSB

Last night I spoke with R&B Diva who just landed in snowy Dallas from the sunny west coast where she filmed her new video for her hit single "Everything To Me". Mo was shocked to hear that one of her favorite fashion designers committed suicide yesterday. She immediately dedicated her video to the iconic designer.

Mo sent over these pics of the beautiful Alexander McQueen fashions she wore in her new video.

McQueen was found hanged in his London flat yesterday morning. He was despondent over the passing of his mother the week before. Her funeral was set for today.

Monica writes:

The video is a take of the movie "Obsessed". It takes lots of different turns as you see me attempt to protect my family throughout the video. Today was however bittersweet. All of the clothing was made by the amazing Alexander Mcqueen, and learning of his death was heart wrenching. My stylist Marni and I were devastated. I dedicate this video to him, and his beautiful visions that helped us to achieve all we wanted and more. Life is short. We must all enjoy each moment.

Click the link below to see pics from the set of Monica's "Everything To Me" video!

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Alexander McQueen, whose controversial creative designs influenced and ignited the imagination of the world's biggest stars, committed suicide on the eve of his beloved mother's funeral.

So distraught was the designer that he locked himself away in his room, refusing to get out of bed since her death on Feb 2.

McQueen's body was found hanging in his London flat by his cleaner alerted the authorities. The world was stunned to hear of his untimely death at age 40, and friends initially refused to believe the news.

McQueen influenced pop and R&B artists such as Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Monica who, in an email to Sandrarose.com wrote, "his beautiful visions... helped us to achieve all we wanted and more. Life is short. We must all enjoy each moment." Monica learned of the designer's death after filming of her "Everything To Me" video had wrapped. She wore his designs throughout the video and she dedicated the video to his memory.

Pop star Rihanna is an avid fan of McQueen's designs. She wore his gorgeous black body suit to the "Inglorious Bastards" premiere in London last July.

The legendary Janet Jackson attended the Grand Opening of McQueen's LA store last year.

Source: Daily Mail

World renowned fashion designer Alexander McQueen took his own life in his London flat today -- one week after his mother passed away. McQueen was due to attend his mother's funeral tomorrow. He was 40-years-old.

According to unidentified sources, McQueen hanged himself.

His office released this brief statement:

"It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family."


Source: HM!

Another reality TV contestant is in trouble with the law. Jamal Rashead TrueLove, a former contestant on VH1 Reality Show “I Love New York 2, has been convicted of murder.

Jamal Rashead Trulove, 29, of Oakland was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Last month, Markice "Kesan" Moore who appeared on MTV's reality show 'From G's To Gents,' turned himself into Cobb County police on a charge of brutally beating and breaking the bones of his infant daughter.

Prosecutors say Trulove fatally shot 28-year-old Seu Kuka at a San Francisco public housing project in July 2007. Truelove was arrested in Monterey County on a $5 million murder warrant in October 2008.

Trulove appeared on the VH1 reality show “I Love New York 2.” The program was filmed in Los Angeles just three weeks before Kuka’s murder.

Truelove appeared on the first episode and was dismissed from the show for fighting. He could face a minimum of 50 years to life in prison when sentenced March 19.

Source: HHH

Thanks Griff!

Dr. Conrad Murray has officially been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of legendary pop singer Michael Jackson. It took this long to bring Murray to justice because the DA's office doesn't have much of a case against him.

The DA's office will have to prove that Murray -- even involuntarily -- caused the death of Jackson by plying him with the sedative/anesthetic Propofol and other prescription drugs. But the coroner's report doesn't support that charge since Jackson frequently self-medicated with a personal pharmacy stash of drugs. Any of those drugs in his body in any combination could have killed him.

According to the criminal complaint, the D.A. alleges Dr. Murray "did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson ... in the commission of an unlawful act, not a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection."

Dr. Murray will be arraigned today at 1:30 PM. As we first reported, he will plead not guilty.

Dr. Murray is expected to show up at around 1:00 PM, accompanied by his lawyers and a bail bondsman. Bail should be set at $25,000.

Dr. Murray administered Propofol to Jackson just before he died, and the L.A. County Coroner's Office has determined Jackson died as a result of acute Propofol intoxication.

If convicted, Dr. Murray faces a maximum of four years in prison.

Source: TMZ

6-year-old Jasmina Amena lost her courageous battle to leukemia yesterday. Her mother Thea made the sad announcement: "Today, January 27, at 10:55 p.m., Jasmina lost her fight against leukemia."

Singers Rihanna and Lil Mama helped rally support to help find a suitable bone marrow donor for their young fan. But it was too late.

Commenting from the White House, U.S. president Barack Obama said:

"It is with great sadness today that Michelle and I extend our condolences on the passing of Jasmina Anema. Jasmina showed tremendous bravery in the face of adversity, and her ability to stay positive throughout her battle was an inspiration to me and to all those she touched. As the parents of two young girls, our hearts particularly go out to Jasmina's devoted mother Thea. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and with all who knew and loved Jasmina."

Singers Rihanna, Maxwell and Wyclef Jean appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show today to talk about relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

As usual, Wyclef Jean tried to make the show all about him, saying, "I'm from Haiti. I'm willing to go to Haiti. I need a task force and if they put me in charge of the airport with the U.S. I can help facilitate... get the stuff to the people."

Why would the U.S. put Wyclef in charge of anything when he couldn't even run his own charity organization, Yele Haiti?

After witnessing him demoralize and put down former Fugees lead singer Lauren Hill right in front of me back in 1996, I have a very low regard for Wyclef (as I do for all narcissists). He thinks everything is about him.

Rihanna and Maxwell performed their singles "Redemption Song" and "Fistful of Tears" which are now available for download on Oprah.com, iTunes and the artists' websites.



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One week after a earthquake shattered his homeland, Haitian-born singer/songwriter Wyclef Jean stood before assembled journalists at a press conference with tears falling down his cheeks, and lied his azz off.

Wyclef called the press conference to defend his so-called charity, Yele, from accusations of sloppy record keeping, money mismanagement and self-profiting from the misfortune of others.

"Have we made mistakes? Yes," Jean said Monday. "Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefit? Absolutely not."

Wyclef went on to recount how he helped pick up dead bodies from the ravaged streets of Haiti. Yet the day before the press conference, while his people were still buried alive under rubble, Wyclef was basking in the glare of hot lights on the sunny beaches of Miami shooting a video to beg for even more money for a charity that doesn't even have a staff or the resources to help with disaster relief.

Wyclef spent only 2 short days in Haiti before returning to the states on Saturday (Jan. 16). He hasn't been back to Haiti since.


Today, Oprah will air a one hour special on Haiti with performances by Rihanna and Maxwell. Wyclef will talk about his couple of days there and beg for more money.

On Friday, Wyclef will shoot a two-hour telethon with celebrities such as George Clooney, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Justin Timberlake and CNN's Anderson Cooper who helped save a wounded boy from a mob in Haiti this week.

The money will be divided up between Yele and other charity organizations already on the ground in Haiti helping the people.

The pressure and intense scrutiny finally got to former Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean who put on an emotional show weeping during a press conference yesterday where he defended the sloppy paperwork for his charity organization Yele.

The charity took in $2 million in text message donations as a result of urgent pleas by Wyclef immediately following a massive earthquake that rocked his native Haiti last week.

Yele and its board members came under fire last week after a Smoking Gun report revealed that Wyclef -- a millionaire -- paid himself and his bass player hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses, and paid $30,000 to a man who worked in the kitchen of Wyclef's Manhattan studio.

Wyclef also charged Yele $100,000 for a live performance and annual rent for a small space in his studio. Additionally, the state of Florida dissolved the charity 4 times for failing to provide required disclosure reports.

Yele, which benefited from the star power of Wyclef, has no staff and no resources or means to get the money and relief to the people of Haiti in a timely fashion.

Wyclef tugged at heartstrings during the press conference by recounting his brief time picking up corpses on the island. "My people are dying, and I have to go back in a few days," he said.

Though his tortuous path to Haiti and back is lined with good intentions, the fact is that Yele is not an appropriate organization to provide massive relief efforts which are required immediately in Haiti.

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Aid is pouring into earthquake ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti from all over the globe. But the trucks carrying much needed medicine, food and water to the survivors are being hampered by looters who blocked the roads with corpses and debris. The FAA has canceled flights into the tiny island's jam packed airport because of the lack of concrete to land a plane on.

Singer/songwriter Wyclef Jean, a native of Haiti, calls the situation in Haiti an apocalypse. Speaking via telephone to Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier from Haiti, Jean said, “This is apocalypse. The reality here at the airport has nothing to do with what’s going on on the ground right now.

“We spent the day picking up dead bodies, all day that’s what we did. There’s so much bodies in the streets that the morgues are filled up, the cemeteries are filled up. So we participated in picking up the bodies and finding a place that we could put the bodies.”

Health officials worry that the lack of sanitation will result in widespread epidemics. It is day 3 and victims are still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

But rescuers say after today the focus will shift from rescuing the trapped to preventing epidemics which poses a health risk to rescuers and Haitian survivors.

U.S. president Barack Obama has pledged $100 million in aid to Haiti. But Wyclef and actress Angelina Jolie (who donated $1 million of her own money to the cause) say that's not enough.

Wyclef questions why Obama has not declared Haiti a state of emergency considering that he curiously declared a national emergency in October for an epidemic that we all knew did not exist.

“We are calling for a state of emergency," said Wyclef. "Please President Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. We have to do something for this country.”


A child's body is dropped off outside a Port-au-Prince hospital


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UPDATE:

Video link added to show Wyclef on FOX News asking Obama for a state of emergency. I'm getting emails saying he never said those words. Wyclef's words are inside the quotation marks. Anything else is my opinion based on what he said. CLICK HERE.

Teddy Pendergrass is dead. Ask your mom and your aunties about him.

If you could have seen him at the peak of his career, before his car accident, you probably would have taken your panties off and threw them at him. In fact, many women did just that at Teddy's concerts in the 80s.

He was so suave and smooth that men everywhere hated him. But the ladies loved Teddy.

The buttery smooth R&B singer died Wednesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 59.
Pendergrass, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident in 1982, underwent surgery for colon cancer eight months ago and had a "difficult recovery," according to his son, Teddy Jr.
A Philly native, Pendergrass came to fame in the early 1970s as lead singer of the Blue Notes, responsible for hits such as "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and "Wake Up Everybody."

He released his self-titled debut in 1977 and enjoyed a successful solo career, siring velvety singles like "Close the Door" and "Turn Off the Light." Read More...

Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti. It's frustrating to see people still trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings and the bodies of dead children laid out on sidewalks. There are roves of dazed, hungry, thirsty Haitians wandering in the streets. People are suffering. The president of Haiti doesn't have anywhere to sleep because his home is destroyed.

What is taking so long for relief to get to the people?

48 hours after the earthquake, the Red Cross still hasn't arrived with much needed medical supplies. Remember that if you think about donating money to the Red Cross.

Click HERE to watch live coverage on CNN in your cubicle.

Earlier today, U.S. president Barack Obama briefed the media on the efforts to get aid into Haiti in a live press conference about an hour ago.

He pledged to send humanitarian aid to Haiti and said his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Haiti and their families stateside.

An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit Port-au-Price, Haiti just after 5 p.m. Eastern time yesterday.

Thousands of buildings were leveled including hospitals, schools, and the Haitian palace as well as the UN building lay in ruins. Hundreds of thousands are feared dead in Port-au-Price which has a population of 2 million.

The U.S. in conjunction with other countries are sending multi-agency assistance to Haiti to provide disaster relief with an "aggressive focus on saving lives." The Coast guard will arrive in Haiti later today to set up offshore floating medical hospitals.

Donations can be sent to Haitian native Wyclef Jean's organization in $5 increments by texting YELE to 501501 on your cell phone. $5 will be added to your phone bill. You can make up to 6 donations via your cell phone.

To donate more money to the relief efforts in Haiti, visit www.yele.org.

It's difficult to think about gossip when there is so much devastation going on in Haiti right now. I am considering going out to help collect food and clothing for the people of Haiti. I have to do something other than sit here and write about gossip which is meaningless and unimportant in light of this disaster.

CNN is providing live coverage of the tragedy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Click the image above or click HERE to watch live coverage.