Yesterday, Michael Jackson's children Prince Michael II, 9, Prince Michael, 14, and Paris Jackson, 13, attended Michael Jackson's Hand and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Jackson's children made hand impressions in cement, as well as impressions using Jackson's shoes and the white sequined glove once worn by Jackson.
Justin Bieber, Melanie Fiona, Chris Tucker, Smokey Robinson and other celebs and dignitaries attended the ceremony. Paris Jackson was beside herself when Justin gave her a hug. In her intro, Paris said, "We are all very big fans of [Justin] and his music" -- and then, with a coy smile, she added, "I know I am."
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The Hip Hop police never sleep. While former drug dealers-turned-rappers cavort onstage flashing the products of their ill-gotten wealth, the feds are meticulously gathering evidence against them.
According to The Sun, British police arrested Jay Z associate Chris Nathaniel, 39, and charged him with the stabbing of Danny O'Shea, 18, in East London.
The police nabbed Nathaniel yesterday when he landed at London's Heathrow airport on an international flight from the United States.
The entertainment guru — linked with a host of sports idols, showbiz stars and leading politicians — was held with a pal aged 33.
Both were quizzed over the killing of Danny O'Shea, who was stabbed in the neck after being chased by a gang for 300 yards.
The teenager bled to death outside his mum's home in Canning Town, East London.
Nathaniel was instrumental in brokering a business deal to open a London branch of the "Throne" rapper's 40/40 restaurant and bar franchise.
R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, 32, has been appointed Vice President of A&R at Motown Records, according to published reports. Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., left Def Jam Records after 6 years and 4 albums.
Ne-Yo will work closely with former LaFace Records intern Ethiopia Habtemariam, who was appointed senior VP of Motown last September. She also holds the title of executive VP/head of urban music for Universal Music Publishing Group.
Ne-Yo said: "I'm honored that I¹ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson -- these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it."
Ne-Yo's album Year of the Gentleman and Young Jeezy's album, The Recession, were both cited by insiders as part of the reason for the fall out between then Def Jam label head LA Reid and his Executive VP Shakir Stewart.
Both albums, which were A&R'd by Stewart, dropped in September 2008 and failed to go gold by the time Stewart shot himself to death in the bathroom of his Marietta, Ga. home on Nov. 1, 2008.
Photo: Splash News Online
The Atlanta Journal reports that the body of a woman found Monday in southeast Atlanta might be Stacey Nicole English, 36, who was reported missing in December 2011.
"The decedent is an adult black female, consistent in age with reported missing person Stacey English," said chief medical examiner Randy Hanzlick, though it remains unclear whether the body is that of the missing Buckhead woman.
According to the AJC, two men searching for scrap metal stumbled upon the body on Monday in a wooded area less than a mile away from where English's white Volvo was found abandoned with the engine running.
The body was “in an advanced state of decomposition,” Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told the AJC.
APD notified English's family of the discovery. “If this is not her, I have to still be sad because it’s someone else’s child," said Bernice English Hurks, English's aunt.
“I can’t base my emotions on what I think," English Hurks said. The hardest thing now, she said, “is not knowing.”
An autopsy is underway to identify the body and to determine the cause of death.
Yesterday, one of my Twitter.com followers informed me that comedienne Roseanne Barr went IN on Beyonce and President Obama for disrespecting Etta James while she was alive. It seems Miss Barr took offense to Obama giving Beyonce the honor of performing Etta's classic "At Last" for his first dance.
Miss James herself expressed outrage at the snub. Particularly since Beyonce did such a horrible job of singing. Everyone agreed that Miss James would have done the song more justice than fame whore Beyonce.
But Roseanne Barr settled the score for Etta on Saturday when she tweeted:
"i have not listened to anything beyonce or jay z has said or recorded since they did that to Etta. Their arrogance was disgusting."
Roseanne also dissed Beyonce's singing, her lacefronts and her fake azz all in one classic tweet!
Naturally, Beyonce's deranged Stans, who have nothing else to do with their boring lives, came for Miss Barr on Twitter with all the ferocity and venom of a pitbull with rabies.
And Roseanne pushed back!
She didn't mince her words either! She let those fools have it with blasts from both barrels of her B*tch Be Gone shotgun! I wish I could have gotten in on the fun on Saturday. But it's never too late to show Beyonce's Stans for the desperate, lonely, psycho losers that they all are.
After the break, I have compiled more of my favorite Roseanne Barr tweets for your entertainment pleasure. Enjoy!
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From the NY Times:
Etta James, whose powerful, versatile and emotionally direct voice could enliven the raunchiest blues as well as the subtlest love songs, most indelibly in her signature hit, “At Last,” died Friday morning in Riverside, Calif. She was 73.
Her manager, Lupe De Leon, said that the cause was complications of leukemia. Ms. James, who died at Riverside Community Hospital, had been undergoing treatment for some time for a number of conditions, including leukemia and dementia. She also lived in Riverside.
Ms. James was not easy to pigeonhole. She is most often referred to as a rhythm and blues singer, and that is how she made her name in the 1950s with records like “Good Rockin’ Daddy.” She is in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.
She was also comfortable, and convincing, singing pop standards, as she did in 1961 with “At Last,” which was written in 1941 and originally recorded by Glenn Miller’s orchestra. And among her four Grammy Awards (including a lifetime-achievement honor in 2003) was one for best jazz vocal performance, which she won in 1995 for the album “Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday.”
Last night I received a phone call from a very credible source who had information pertaining to the sale of certain X-rated photos.
The photos reportedly show Sean "Diddy" Combs' baby mama, Sarah Chapman, in uncompromising positions with deceased rap legend Tupac Shakur. One of the photos shows Tupac between Sarah's legs. But this is a family-oriented blog so I won't go into more details.
As I said, my source is very credible. You may not know him by name but you've seen his work.
My source said he saw the photos and he confirmed that the woman "busting it wide open" in the pictures with Tupac was Sarah Chapman, who is the mother of Combs' first daughter, Chance.
The way he was talking, it seemed that the copyright owner of the photos wanted a lot of money for them. A lot more money than I would be willing to spend for some pictures of Sarah Chapman -- even if she was butt nekkid.
No, there isn't a sex tape (that was my first question). But apparently, the source of the photos was someone close to Puffy's camp at one time, because my source saw other photos of Sean Combs, LA Reid and Pebbles all vacationing together back in the 90s. In fact, the source has many similar photos of Puffy in his private collection.
I'm sure there's a buyer out there who is willing to fork over some serious dough to get those photos of Sarah cavorting with Tupac!
President Barack Obama called for the nation to honor Martin Luther King with a day of service to others.
Reporting from Washington— President Obama used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to make a call for public service Monday, saying it was particularly important for Americans to "pull together" at a time of economic hardship.
In brief remarks at a public school in Northeast Washington, Obama also addressed some "controversy" over a quote chiseled into the new memorial for the slain civil rights leader.
On the side of the stone monument reads this quote from King: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." But critics said the abbreviated quote misrepresented King's intent, a point Obama acknowledged today.
"If you look at that speech talking about Dr. King as a drum major, what he really said was that all of us can be a drum major for service, all of us can be a drum major for justice. There's nobody who can’t serve. Nobody who can’t help somebody else," the president said. Source
Khloe Kardashian lashed out at her late father's two ex-wives on Twitter.com for alleging that she was not a full fledged Kardashian.
Khloe was steamed at the 2 ex-wives for blabbing to celebrity gossip websites that Robert Kardashian, who died of cancer in 2003, told each of them that Khloe was not his kid.
"The audacity you have to mention my father’s name like this!," she tweeted yesterday. She added: "Should be ashamed of urself! I let a lot of things slide but this one is really low… YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes you know who YOU are)"
But TMZ.com did a little digging around and unearthed an old court document that seems to suggest that Khloe might have sprang from Kardashian's loins after all.
Robert Kardashian swore that Khloe IS his biological daughter ... torpedoing claims by his ex-wives that Khloe was fathered by another man.
When Robert was seeking to have his 2nd marriage annulled from Jan Ashley in 1999, he submitted a declaration to the judge stating that the marriage did not work because Jan wanted to have his child ... but he did not.
In the declaration, Robert says, "I decided that since I already had four biological children, I did not wish to have any more."
Jan just told a tabloid that Robert had privately confessed to her he was NOT Khloe's biological dad -- but that seems to fly in the face of Robert's own declaration.
Great work, TMZ! I'm sure this will make Robert rest easier.
An online "video diary" created by the most hated woman in the world was leaked online by a hacker, according to Casey Anthony's defense attorneys.
Anthony's attorneys confirmed that the pale woman with the short, cropped blond 'do in the video is indeed Anthony. But an angry J. Chesney Mason told the Orlando Sentinel that the video's release was "unauthorized" and "inappropriate" and an investigation is under way to find out how it was leaked.
Casey, who is currently holed up somewhere in Orlando where she is serving probation on bad check charges, indicated how lonely she is in her current location. She expressed her joy at having her video camera and an adopted dog to keep her company.
The 24-year-old doesn't mention her dead daughter, Caylee Anthony, in the creepy 4-minute video, dated Oct. 13, 2011. But she mentions the dog repeatedly.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to call something mine.” says Anthony, who was released from a Florida prison on July 17 after she was found not guilty of murdering her daughter.
She also hinted that more video diaries may be coming: “Now I, in some ways, have someone to talk to even when I am by myself so I am not bothering the poor dog, who I have adopted and I love."
Watch the video after the break
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Update I, 2:24 p.m. ET:
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I'm still on vacay, but I stopped in to update you on legendary rapper Heavy D's cause of death. As we suspected, he died of blood clots in his lung that traveled from his legs (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT). This is the same clotting disorder that Tamar Braxton's husband, Vince, was recently hospitalized with. I will update you if there are any further developments...
Originally posted on Nov. 11, 2011 @ 10:18 a.m.
According to the NY Daily News, rapper Heavy D saw a doctor the day before he died tragically at age 44.
Rap legend Heavy D knew something was seriously wrong with his health the day before he suddenly collapsed and died Tuesday, officials told the Daily News.
“He had gone to the doctor the day before,” Ed Winter, Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, told the Daily News. “He had what appeared to be like flu-like symptoms.”
“He was taking medication, so we want to see what the levels were,” Winter said.
Heavy D, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, had just gotten back from a trip to England. “He said he had a touch of pneumonia, maybe from traveling," is cousin, Ruddy Phillips, told The News.
But Heavy D also could have died from a pulmonary embolism, a fatal consequence of sitting for prolonged periods of time during long distance travel. Pulmonary embolisms are often misdiagnosed as something else -- such as pneumonia or cardiac arrest.
In fact, some attorneys base their entire practice around misdiagnosed pulmonary embolism cases.
According to the Daily News, an autopsy was completed Wednesday morning, but a preliminary cause of death won't be released until toxicology tests are performed. The tests could take up to six weeks to complete.
The late rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s seemingly prophetic song, "You're Nobody Until Somebody Kills You," comes to mind as Atlanta's underground rap scene grieve over the death of rapper Slim Dunkin, 24.
Dunkin, real name Mario Hamilton, was virtually unknown to the rest of us outside of the underground scene, until he was killed.
Police say Hamilton was shot once in the chest -- reportedly over a piece of candy at a southeast recording studio on Dec. 16.
Hamilton, who was 6-8, towered over his shorter assailant who produced a gun and shot Hamilton. Friends loaded the mortally wounded rapper into a car and rushed him to Grady hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police say about 20-30 people were present inside the recording studio on Memorial Drive when the gun went off. But no witnesses came forward.
On Thursday, police identified Atlanta rapper Young Vito, 28, as the gunman. Police say Vito, real name Vinson Hardimon, is in danger, and he is being urged to turn himself in.
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A South Carolina man with a lengthy criminal record asked his younger brother to make the ultimate sacrifice for him. An hour later his brother was dead.
Deangelo Rashard Mitchell, 23, of North Charleston, SC, was handcuffed with his brother, Wayne Joshua Mitchell, 20, in the back seat of a patrol car on Nov. 30. The two men had been pulled over in their truck for driving with one headlight out. Officers placed the brothers in the back seat while they searched the truck.
Facing life in prison if convicted on the drug charge, Deangelo, who had hidden an ounce of crack cocaine in his buttocks, asked Wayne to swallow the drugs.
The patrol car's video camera caught the verbal exchange between the brothers.
"One of us gotta do it, you the only one that don't have any strikes. You my little brother... I'm gonna get life," Deangelo pleaded. "You gonna eat it, you gonna chew it," said Deangelo, pictured above right. "I can get you out. I can't afford another strike."
The older brother retrieved the crack rocks from where he'd hidden them in his buttocks and dropped the drugs on the seat between them.
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The man suspected of burning a Brooklyn woman alive in an elevator said he committed the heinous attack because the woman owed him $2,000.
Jerome Isaac, 47, of 315 Lincoln Place in Brooklyn turned himself in to police Saturday night. He was reeking of gasoline and he made statements implicating himself in the horrific murder of his former lover, Dorothy Gillespie, 73, of 203 Underhill Ave in Brooklyn.
Police say Isaac stalked Gillespie and waited for her outside an elevator as she returned home from grocery shopping. Isaac, who was dressed as an exterminator, used a gasoline filled insecticide canister to spray Gillespie before setting her on fire with a barbecue lighter.
“He opens the door and sprayed her methodically over her head, over her body,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
“She’s cowering, trying to protect her face with her hands.”
A resident of the Prospect Heights building said he heard sounds of an intense struggle. “She was screaming at the top of her lungs,” said the resident.
"It sounded like a person being attacked, rather than someone stuck in an elevator,” said the neighbor. “It sounded like she was in trouble.”
Residents of the building where Gillespie lived say the older woman moved Isaac into her 5th floor apartment earlier this year. The former postal worker hired Isaac to do odd jobs but fired him after she caught him stealing, her nephew told the NY Post.
Isaac told cops he had left a note on Gillespie’s door with a list of chores he was demanding payment for. But Gillespie refused to pay him after she caught him stealing and kicked him out.
Police today charged Isaac with first-degree murder and arson in Gillespie's death. He was also charged with arson for setting fire to his own apartment in a nearby building after killing Gillespie.
The Florida medical examiner's office has ruled that the death of a Florida A&M University drum major last month was a homicide, the AJC.com reports.
The coroner concluding that the student was severely beaten in a hazing incident which took place within an hour before he died. 26-year-old Robert Champion was found unresponsive on board a chartered bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after the school's football team lost to rival Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 19.
Investigators believe Champion was punched and pummeled repeatedly on board the bus by other band members in a hazing incident gone horribly wrong.
Witnesses told emergency dispatchers that Champion vomited and struggled to breathe before he collapsed. Champion had bruises to his chest, arms, shoulder and back and internal bleeding that caused him to go into shock, which killed him.
Immediately after the hazing, Champion complained of thirst (due to loss of blood internally) and fatigue, then loss of vision and signs of shock, the report said.
Champion's death is the latest in a history of injurious hazing incidents at the historically black college. In 2001, FAMU band member Marcus Parker suffered kidney damage after being beaten with a paddle "around 300 times," the AJC reports.
And three weeks before Champion's death on Nov. 19, a female band member's thigh bone was broken when she was severely beaten. Three male band members were arrested in that incident.
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