A writer for Clutch magazine wrote a scathing commentary on struggling R&B singer Brandy and other black celebs who speak out in defense of Chris Brown.

Brown's career has never recovered from the backlash of his 2010 conviction stemming from the beating of ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Writer Renee Martin hit the nail on the head when she wrote: "It does not help that celebrities are continually suggesting that Brown needs forgiveness."

Noting that Brandy's concern for Brown might be motivated by her own selfish interests, Renee writes:

Brandy would be more likely to admit this had she not collaborated with him on her single “Put it Down.” This endorsement sounds like someone who is trying to revive a flagging career no matter the cost.

Ouch.

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Students of body language had no trouble recognizing the first lady Michelle Obama's closed body language during Monday night's USA vs Brazil exhibition game in DC. Team USA (led by LeBron James) defeated the Brazilians. But Mr. Obama apparently struck out with his wife.

It took two "Kiss cam" tries for the president and Mrs. Obama to lock lips.

During the first "Kiss cam" try, Mrs. Obama coldly rejected her husband. The 2nd time around, they kissed but her arms were closed and it was clear that she was not receptive to his touch.

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Nobody ever heard of NY Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin until February when the baby faced Asian-American Harvard grad came off the bench to spark a 7-game winning streak. But Lin's meteoric rise to NBA stardom was interrupted by a season-ending injury that forced him to sit out the Knicks' first round loss during the NBA playoffs.

Now Lin is the hot ticket in the NBA's free agency market. The Houston Rockets sweetened the pot with a $25 million offer sheet last week. But Knicks coach Mike Woodson was confident that the Knicks would match the offer by Tuesday's 11:59 p.m. deadline. That is until Lin flew to Las Vegas under the cover of darkness to sign a new offer sheet -- one that would guarantee the turnover-prone guard a three-year, $25 million contract — with a final year balloon payment of $14.9 million.

Due to the stiff penalties for NBA luxury-tax repeat offenders, the Knicks could conceivably pay $58.3 million for the season to retain Lin's services.

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony -- who wasn't fond of sharing the attention with Lin -- called the contract offers for such an inexperienced player "ridiculous."

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Washed up rapper Soulja Boy dissolved into tears as he listened to Cissy Houston sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" the 2012 Bet Awards in LA on Sunday. His tear-jerking moment recalled Chris Brown's Visine stunt at the 2010 BET Awards.

Many assumed that Brown was overcome with grief during his Michael Tribute at the 2010 BET Awards, but he was actually mourning the loss of his career -- just as Soulja Boy is doing now.

Soulja Boy's tearful reaction to Cissy Houston's tribute to her daughter Whitney wasn't quite as dramatic as Brown's bawling though.

Black Twitter erupted just as the first tear rolled down Soulja Boy's cheek. The jokes (and the "Thank You Based God" memes) flew fast and furiously last night. Within minutes Soulja Boy was trending worldwide on the social network.

Soulja Boy has struggled to overcome the double losses of his brother and his career this year. The years have not been kind to him since his first hit song, "Crank Dat," made him an overnight sensation.

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Beyonce was not having it when word reached her ears that BET's staff planned to seat her right next to Silicone Queen Kim Kardasian at the 2012 BET Awards on Sunday.

Actually, the staff in charge of the seating arrangements for the awards was the production company hired by BET. But Beyonce is reportedly tired of Kim and her mother, Kris Jenner, using her for cheap publicity.

My well-connected source on the west coast got herself a coveted volunteer position with said production company -- and she couldn't wait to text me with the TEA!

Among my source's various duties was escorting celebrities to their seats. She told me she wasn't Bey's escort yesterday, but she was close enough to the action to overhear Beyonce telling husband Jay Z (through clenched teeth) "I am NOT sitting next to her."

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Well-respected music producer Quincy Jones joins the long list of people wondering why rapper Sean Combs is still relevant musically.

"P. Diddy wouldn't know a B-flat" if it hit him in the face, said Jones to singer Bruno Mars at an event to launch a new music app on Tuesday. "P. Diddy has a doctorate in marketing. He's got clothes companies and Ciroc vodka," said Jones after telling the audience to "learn your craft."

Most so-called "producers" actually depend on real producers who create the music but see the credit go to the bigger name producer, such as Sean Combs.

Case in point: An unknown Stevie J languished behind the mixing boards in the studio crafting music for Puff Daddy, who then took all the credit in the 1990s.

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As you know, most reality shows are not what they seem to be. Producers who are hungry for fame and wealth often fake plots, and even manufacture relationships (Kanye and Kim, Evelyn and Chad), to get their shows picked up by major networks.

That's So Raven star Kyle Massey thought he was set to appear as Bristol Palin's boyfriend in her new reality show, Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp, which premiered last night.

Kyle and his mother came up with the concept for the show starring Kyle and Sarah Palin's eldest daughter as lovers. The only problem is, the producers of Bristol's new reality show had other ideas.

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The ex-wife of NBA star Dwyane Wade was arrested and charged with "child abduction" in Chicago over the weekend. According to the Associated Press, Wade has asked a judge to terminate Siovaughn Funches-Wade's visitation rights with their two sons.

The couple divorced in 2010 and Wade was awarded custody of the boys in March 2011 due to Funches-Wade's erratic behavior in court.

Wade's attorney, James Pritikin, filed an emergency motion today to terminate Funches-Wade's visitation rights, just hours before the Miami Heat were to take on the hapless Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Miami.

According to the AP, Wade, who wanted to spend Father's Day with his sons, sent his sister to pick the boys up at Funches-Wade's home in Chicago to catch a flight to Miami on Saturday. But when Wade's sister arrived at Funches-Wade's home, there was no response at the door.

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A Hoboken, NJ woman who was injured during the wild bottle throwing melee at WiP Nightclub plans to sue for injuries she says she suffered.

According to the NY Daily News, Lucy Pavlovsky, 24, suffered two cuts -- one each on her arm and hand -- during the Thursday morning brawl. Her injuries required 12 stitches to close.

“My plan is to sue anybody who threw a bottle, anybody who created that dangerous atmosphere,” Pavlovsky’s lawyer, Javier Solano, said Sunday.

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Moments ago President Obama announced a new policy change that will give amnesty to over 800,000 children of illegal immigrants. Mr. Obama rudely rebuffed a reporter who asked a question during his prepared speech in the Rose Garden of the White House.

"The next time I'd prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question," said Mr. Obama.

Critics of the new policy change criticized Mr. Obama for not passing a Dream Act for comprehensive immigration reform, and for enacting his new policy in light of illegal immigrants taking work away from U.S. citizens.

Update: the reporter has been identified as Neil Monroe, of the Daily Caller political website. When asked by the media why he interrupted Mr. Obama's speech twice, he said, "I had to ask the questions you won't."

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If you're a Twitter user you may have heard of the drama between noted author Kola Boof, Kimora Lee and her soon-to-be ex-husband Djimon Hounsou.

Ms. Boof, whose claim to fame is she once slept with Osama bin Laden, claims Djimon blew her back out, but Djimon says he's never met the woman.

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Rappers Chris Brown and Drake are denying their participation in an all-out brawl at a New York City nightchlub last night.

But Sandrarose.com has witness statements from 2 well-known entertainment executives who were present inside the club at the time of the incident.

1 of the execs said the fight was over singer Rihanna, while the other exec told me the fight was over a perceived diss.

Troubled rapper Chris Brown, who took to his Twitter page to vent his anger at Drake, allegedly started the fight by disrespecting Drake and his entourage. That's when bottles went flying.

One woman was hit in the head by a flying bottle and suffered a gash that required 16 stitches to close.

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By now you've heard about the beat down that Chris Brown got at the hands of rapper Drake last night! Supposedly, Drake and Rihanna were getting it in while she was supposedly still with Brown -- and Brown never got over the diss.

Initially the beef was between Meek Mills (who was incorrectly rumored to be dating Rihanna) -- and Chris Brown. That's why Meek jumped into the fight. Here's what happened last night according to my confidential source, who was in the club at the time.

The club WIP NYC (the bottom level of Green House) was packed with A and B-list celebrities, Fabolous, Ne-Yo, Tray Songz, Teyana Taylor, Meek Mill. Suddenly the DJ shouts out "DRAKE IS IN THE HOUSE!" Drake dipped into the VIP with his boys. According to my source, Chris Brown was in the club with some Bloods gang members. Meek was in the club with his "grimy Philly n*ggas".

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Troubled singer Chris Brown, 23, was spotted leaving Club Sur in Hollywood with his longtime girlfriend Karrueche Tran (not pictured). Brown attempted to start a dialogue with pop icon Cher last night on Twitter.com. But Cher -- who is certainly aware of Brown's rude tweets to his elders -- totally ignored Brown. Instead, she responded to a follower who tweeted: "Cher How do you feel about @ChrisBrown saying he was gonna hit you?" Cher tweeted back: "I Don't know? Is that something he's particularly Good at?" Good for her!

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If you haven't been following the drama surrounding Nicki Minaj's beef with New York's Hot 97, basically what happened was Hot 97 morning show host Peter Rosenberg took the mic during a pre-Summer Jam festival and sh*t on Nicki Minaj's single "Starship", saying:

"I know there's some chicks here waiting to sing 'Starships' later, I'm not talking to y'all right now. F*ck that bullsh*t. I'm here to talk about real hip-hop sh*t."

Nicki Minaj, and her boss Lil Wayne took offense to Rosenberg's comment. (The truth hurts?)

Wayne, who was already feeling some kind of way after being dissed by the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team, took to his Twitter page to complain bitterly about Rosenberg's insult.

This is what happens when celebrities bite the hands that feed them. Once rappers reach a certain plateau in their careers, they get amnesia and they forget that the big market radio stations (and their fans) are responsible for their careers.

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She was not scheduled to be a surprise guest on Nicki Minaj's set at the Hot 97 Summer Jam. Rumors swirled that Lauryn Hill and Nas were supposed to come out while Nicki was onstage, but Nicki pulled out of the event after Nicki and her boss, Lil Wayne, took offense to Peter Rosenberg, of Hot 97's morning show, dissing Nicki's attempt at pop music on her last album.

That's a sore spot for Nicki because she thought she was a crossover star, but her album sales were flat when the pop world (read: Caucasians) didn't embrace her new music.

Despite Nicki's departure, the show went on with Lauryn and Nas performing without Nicki.

In a statement on her official twitter account, Ms. Lauryn tweeted:

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The Internet is buzzing over rapper Lil Wayne's abrupt announcement that he is banned from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City tonight where the Thunder will take on the San Antonio Spurs in game 3 of the Western conference NBA finals.

Wayne, 29, is a fixure at NBA games, especially at the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Heat home games (Weezy is from Nola and lives in Miami).

But Wayne won't be in attendance tonight at the OKC game.

Moments ago Wayne tweeted this:

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According to Gawker.com, Kim Kardashian allegedly invited herself backstage at Beyonce's Revel concerts in Atlantic City last weekend.

Kim, who is reportedly banned from Beyonce's inner circle, strolled backstage with her friend, socialite Brittany Gastineau, who started taking random pics as if to prove they were indeed backstage.

But Gawker is adamant that Beyonce did not invite Kim backstage -- as evidenced by the lack of pics with Beyonce in them.

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According to my inside sources, Brandy Norwood is throwing her former duet partner Monica Brown under the bus after their single "It All Belongs to Me" failed to meet expectations.

And now their upcoming tour has been scrapped. But Brandy is placing the blame for the failed tour squarely on Monica, saying Monica is more focused on her sons and husband, Shannon Brown, than she is on touring.

But that's not true, according to my source. He told me there were issues with the top billing (whose name would go first) as well as money issues (who would get paid more). He said Brandy derailed the tour by demanding top billing and more cash upfront.

"It's a done deal. And [the deal] fell through," said my source.

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Superstar actor Will Smith opened up about the bizarre incident that occurred during the Moscow, Russia premiere of his film MIB 3.

Will was enraged when a male reporter who is known for pulling pranks on celebrities attempted to kiss him on the lips.

"It was just awkward," Smith explained to David Letterman during a guest appearance on the Late Show Tuesday. (See video below the break)

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A social studies teacher in North Carolina was suspended with pay for threatening an anti-Obama student with arrest.

Tonya Dixon-Neely, who is black, took offense to the student challenging President Obama who criticized Mitt Romney for bullying when the future president himself bullied an overweight, black girl in high school.

In his best-selling book, Dreams From My Father, Mr. Obama recalled an incident when he shoved the girl and told her to get away from him because Mr. Obama didn't want his white friends to believe he liked her. At the time, Mr. Obama wrote that he sought to impress his white friends by disrespecting the black girl.

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More testimony in the ongoing child custody case of Usher Raymond IV vs Tameka Foster. During today's proceedings, Usher explained a disturbing incident involving his crazed ex-wife, Tameka Foster, and his current boo, Grace Miguel.

According to TMZ:

... under questioning by his attorney, [Usher] revealed how Tameka once went ballistic and "wanted to fight" ... when he showed up at her house with his new sidepiece.

Ush testified Tameka walked to his car and said, "I'm gonna kick your ass. Bitch get out of the car. How dare you bring this woman into my subdivision in my house?"

He added, "She continued to spit. At this point she pulled the door open, tried to swing at her."

Usher claims he had to get out of the car and block Tameka ... who then hit him. Usher said he pleaded with Tameka to calm down, but claims "she threw a plate of food at the car" ... as he fled the situation.

Update: Usher broke down in tears during a tense cross examination by Tameka Foster's attorney Lisa West.

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Singers Pink and Joe Jonas slammed Chris Brown on Twitter.com for lip syncing his way through his song "Turn Up the Music," during Sunday night's live television broadcast of the 2012 Billboard Awards.

Pink took to her Twitter page Sunday night and tweeted:
"One day if i lipsync i hope i do it as well as him…"

After getting raked over the hot coals by Brown's immature Stans, she tweeted again, "Oh my lord, its so easy…its so damn easy. Keep it coming people, this is some good reading…"

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How many times does Will Smith have to tell you he's not gay?

Smith, who is married to actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, has repeatedly denied the persistent ghey rumors over the years.

But his denials doesn't keep the gheys from trying him.

Smith just about reached the limits of his endurance with the ghey rumor thing when a gutsy Russian reporter tried to kiss him in the mouth on the red carpet at the Russian premiere of Men in Black III.

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According to British tabloid Mail Online, musician Kanye West is very unhappy with the reception he is receiving in London, England.

Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian is drawing big crowds -- and all of the attention -- over in London, where she is promoting her jewelry line.

But Kanye is a narcissist who hates to share the spotlight with other narcissists. The "Theraflu" rapper looked very unhappy as Kim giggled with delight at all the attention she was receiving from the Brits. Kim took pictures with fans as she entered BBC Radio 1 Studios with Kanye early this morning.

Making matters even worse for Kanye, one of the BBC's security officers dissed Kanye who tried to get by him on his way into the BBC offices.

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According to WSB TV, Joselinne Rivera-Ruiz was arrested in Canton, GA, today following a domestic dispute with her lover, Maria Americano.

The two women got into a fight, and when police arrived, they found Americano locked in a bedroom with some children.

Police said Josephine Americano, Maria's daughter, called police.

According to the police report, the women fought in front of their children from previous relationships with men.

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Singer Chris Brown apparently disses his former girlfriend Rihanna in the most embarrassing way: on a track.

On "Way Too Cold" -- riding to Kanye West's "Thera Flu" beat, Chris spits:

"Don't fu*k with my old bitches like a bad fur/Every industry nigga done had her/Trick or treat like a pumpkin just to smash her/Bitches breaking codes, but I'm the password."'

Here's Rihanna's response to the track:

And here's Chris Brown's reply to Rihanna:

Oops... All of this kind of answers a question that's been nagging me for about a month now. I will keep that question to myself for right now. But I will say that I don't mind being used, as long as I'm getting something out of it.

According to the NY Post's gossip column Page Six, Vogue editor-for-life, Anna Wintour, banned reality Tv star Kim Kardashian from attending her celebrity-studded MET Costume Gala on Monday. Good for her! At least somebody in the media has good taste and common sense.

Kardashian's bestie, rapper Kanye West, attended the event solo, wearing a black tux but no Kim on his arm. This led many to guess correctly that their relationship is indeed just a publicity stunt.

Kim fueled the gossip even further when she tweeted: "So excited to see all the fashion going on in New York tonight at the MET!"-- leading many to believe that she was attending -- or at least standing across the street watching as the stars rolled up in their limos.

But nothing could be further from the truth: Kim was actually thousands of miles away -- in L.A. So why would she lie about seeing the stars in their beautiful fashions? The answer is simple: Kim is a narcissist who lies about everything.

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The above image of singer Rihanna pummeling Chris Brown's girlfriend Karrueche Tran is Photoshopped, but Rihanna continues to play cat-and-mouse games with Brown's main squeeze.

When Rihanna tweeted birthday greetings to Brown on Saturday, Karrueche quickly followed up with her own tweet. But Rihanna beat her to the punch, so to speak, by wishing a happy birthday to the troubled singer who beat her so badly in 2009 that she was spitting up blood.

You have to feel sorry for Karrueche. She's waging a losing public battle against a superstar who is determined to win her man back.

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