Troubled singer Chris Brown, 22, was spotted with a few girlfriends leaving a shoe store on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood yesterday. If that’s his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, above, she has certainly seen better days. The poor girl looks thin, unkempt and harried — as if someone might be mistaking her for a punching bag. Brown, who was sporting a lttle teddy bear on his denim jacket pocket, strolled behind his burly bodyguards carrying two big boxes of shoes that the store comp’d Brown with. Chris and his friends left in his new pimped out bright orange convertible Chevy Impala (not pictured).

This little girl is too grown. Singer/actress Willow Smith, 11, wore a face full of makeup while out in NYC today. The precocious daughter of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, stopped and posed for photographers as she made her way out of her NYC hotel.

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Actress Paula Patton covers the November 2011 issue of JEZEBEL magazine, which is based out of Atlanta. Patton, 35, is in heavy demand these days due to her coveted role as a beautiful secret spy in the action thriller Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise.

Patton says she didn’t have much confidence in snagging the plum role. So when she was called in to audition, she told the producers, “Come on, guys, don’t waste my time!”

The film hits theaters Dec. 15. The ‘Precious’ star is well-known in the black community, but this role is expected to place her squarely on Hollywood’s A-list.

Despite her many successes, Patton, who is married to R&B singer Robin Thicke, and has a toddler, Julian; reveals she prefers living in a fantasy world, because she “doesn’t like reality very much.”

This seems strange coming from a woman who, on the outside, seems to have everything. “I love my son; I love my husband; and then I want to take them into my dream world,” she told JEZEBEL.

“My dream is Paris, and good food, and beautiful sunsets, and no worries, and no stress and life floating on a cloud!”

JEZEBEL magazine’s Nov. 2011 issue featuring the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans is on newsstands now!

Photography: John Russo
Styling by Erica Cloud and Karla Welch for The Wall Group
Hair by Robert Steinken for Clouttier Remix
Makeup by Jo Strettell for the Magnet Agency

Metrosexual musicians Kanye West, Chris Brown and Alicia Keys’ husband, Swizz Beatz, were seen recently rocking the printed Bomber Jacket from the Versace for H&M Men’s Collection. The jacket retails for $129.

The Versace for H&M Collection debuted on Nov. 19 at H&M stores around the country. Eager Versace fans camped outside the Atlantic Station location for days in anticipation of the affordable line’s debut. Meanwhile, Versace’s Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Collections have also garnered rave reviews.

Versace for H&M available at H&M, Atlanta, 231 18th Street NW, Atlantic Station, 404.815.9430 or www.hm.com/us

Versace runway available at Versace’s Atlanta boutique, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404.814.0679 or www.versace.com

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Love was in the air last night 2011 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theater in LA. Lovebird couples such as singer John Legend and girlfriend Christine Teigen, (above), and Mary J Blige and her hubby/manager Kendu Isaacs (below) couldn’t keep their hands or lips off each other.

After performing “Mr. Wrong”, Mary paid tribute to rapper Heavy D, who passed away on November 8, of unknown causes.

“Rest in peace to my dear friend, my loved one, my brother, the loveable and great Heavy D,” Mary said. “I miss you so much, brother. God bless.”

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Nicki Minaj performing

Troubled singer Chris Brown performed last night, but he lost the Soul/R&B Album trophy to his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown had hoped that the AMAs would redeem his fractured image and gain him the respect that he thinks he deserves. But that will never happen. Sales of Brown’s album F.A.M.E. has stalled at around 700,000 copies sold, and it doesn’t appear to be even close to going platinum. All of this leaves Brown very frustrated and in need of mood altering medications. The 22-year-old went on another one of his patented rampage on Twitter.com last Thursday that ended when he deleted his entire timeline and appears to have left Twitter for good.

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Here are more pics from last night’s 2011 Soul Train Awards held at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta. These pics are courtesy of celebrity blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com who took better pics than the so-called professional photographers.

How embarrassing that singer Miguel looked prettier than most of the females on the red carpet?

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What? Would you rather have U.S. President Barack Obama bending over or kissing world leaders when greeting them?

You’ve already seen the furor it causes whenever he bows down. So the bowing is out. But there’s nothing wrong with a little peck on the lips — as long as his lips are closed.

Actually, the above images of Obama kissing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and Chinese President Hu Jintaoare, are part of Benetton’s newest controversial ad campaign, according to the Washington Post:

“It means not hating,” Alessandro Benetton, deputy chairman of Benetton Group and son of the founder of the family company told the Wall Street Journal. “In a moment of darkness, with the financial crisis, what’s going on in North African countries, in Athens, this is an attitude we can all embrace that can have positive energy.”

Skepticism abounds, though — the company’s sales have been dragging, and some are speculating that the ad campaign might just be a way of jolting consumers into remembering the Benetton name. The campaign is the first part of a three-step plan to revive the Benetton brand. According to the WSJ, the brand is also rethinking its clothing lines.

It was a night of high fashion and drama as New York City’s design mavens and gurus descended on Skylight SOHO to attend the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards last night. Media personality La La Vazquez dragged her husband, Carmelo Anthony to the awards. He had a very annoyed look on his face. Can you imagine how that conversation went when she announced to him that he was going?

La La: “If you don’t come with me the blogs will talk about us!!!”
Melo: “SO? Let them bishes talk!”

Designer Rachel Roy posed with Carmelo Anthony and LaLa Anthony.

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