Rihanna's Stans turned on her in droves yesterday for admitting she starved herself for a magazine photo shoot.

The troubled 23-year-old singer tweeted the following message to her fans on Wednesday, admitting she gave herself wax treatments and starved herself in a desperate attempt to lose weight for the cover of Esquire magazine, which she shot Tuesday.

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Bishop Eddie Long fought the good fight when allegations of sexual misconduct were lodged against him by four young male members of his church last year. Long vigorously denied any and all accusations of sexual misconduct, and he swore that he would clear his good name -- that was before his fifth accuser came forward and changed everything.

Centino Kemp is his name, and with his cross-dressing, Rihanna wig wearing, flamboyant, fiercely gay persona -- Kemp presented a major problem for the Long defense team.

According to FOX 5 Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell, who broke the story of the 5th accuser, Kemp has Eddie Long's name tattooed on his wrist. And that's just the beginning.

The decision was made by Eddie Long's attorneys to settle quickly, and push the entire sordid affair under the proverbial rug, with signed confidentiality agreements to ensure that whatever went on in Eddie Long's bedroom would stay in Eddie Long's bedroom.

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Over 700 marriage applications were filed Sunday in New York City -- the first day gay marriages were legally recognized in the Empire state.

Mishan Moore left, 39, exchanged vows with her partner Jacqueline Rodriguez, 34, during their wedding ceremony at Queens Borough Hall in New York on Sunday. NYC becomes the sixth in the U.S. to embrace same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, according to Splash News, thousands of gay marriage opponents marched on Sunday in protest of the new law. They called on lawmakers to allow a vote on gay marriage on the next ballot.

Additionally, a conservative group filed a lawsuit against gay marriage. Members of the Leaders of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms asked the courts to halt gay marriage ceremonies while the case is heard. They also want any of the hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in New York over the past 48 hours to be declared void.

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So So Def rapper Da Brat recently revealed her feminine side in a 'Summer Chic' shoot for VIBE.com. The Chicago native, born Shawntae Harris, 37, maintains that despite her usual tomboy style, getting girlie is second nature to her.

Was it uncomfortable transitioning into a "sex symbol" or is this just another side of you that we never see?

I'm such a fucking lady. I loved to get glammed up. I love manis and pedis. I like to go to Vicky Secrets and La Perla because I like lace and bikinis. I'm such a P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thug)

What is your favorite body part?

I don't have just one. I love all parts of my body! But on a man, I love the Adonis line. It's just so sexy!

Source: Saptosa Foster | The 135th Street Agency

Remember we told you that Queen Latifah and her longtime lover, personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins, split up a while back? We told you that Latifah, real name Dana Owens, moved into a New York hotel where she dined alone on take out food.

Even though it's our job to bring you these scoops, we still feel bad for the Queen. At our age it's difficult to move on and start our lives over with someone new. Especially when you all you have to choose from are gold diggers who are just waiting to empty out your bank accounts.

Well, according to the National Enquirer, Jeanette has had a change of heart and she's willing to take Queen Latifah back on the condition that the Queen kicks her nasty habits, which includes drinking, smoking and eating fatty foods.

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Less than a week after her longtime boyfriend, Safaree Samuel, bashed her face in with a suitcase, Nicki Minaj met her contractual obligations by hosting a party at the Velvet Room in Atlanta Sunday night. But she didn't stay long. In fact, according to a source who works at the club, Nicki stayed 15 minutes and then dipped!

My sources tell me she was paid a whopping $30,000 for her appearance at the Velvet Room in Tucker, Georgia, a suburb North of Atlanta. But when she got to the club, Nicki made it clear that she did not want to be photographed.

"She walked in like she was Michael Jackson, with 20 people and she wanted to sit in the VIP by herself," my sources told me. "She walked into the VIP and stood behind her bodyguard for 15 minutes and then she left!" My sources say the entire club booed Nicki loudly as she walked out.

"In the six years that the Velvet Room has been open we never had anybody booed like that," said my source.

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Two married men explain gay marriage to a little boy who struggles to understand the complexities of 2 biological male "husbands" in the same marriage. "I used to see husbands and wives," said the boy, as if traditional marriage between a man and a woman are a thing of the past. The boy is impossibly cute!

The loyal reader who sent in this video clip expressed her concern at the fact that the exchange between the boy and the men took place inside a bathroom at a children's party. I see no problem with that, and I told her so.

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A man was thrown out of a Pizza Hut restaurant in North Carolina for, of all things, wearing a dress. Maybe it wasn't the ill-fitting dress that got him kicked out of the eatery. Maybe it was the fact that he was standing near the front door and every time someone entered the restaurant, his dress did a Marilyn Monroe and flew up in the air exposing his dingleberries? And who wants to see that while eating pizza with anchovies?

WALLACE, N.C.–Vishon Murphy ventured to a local Pizza Hut to get some food, but was kicked out because he was wearing a dress.

According to the Pizza Hut, Murphy was turned away for being “disruptive.”

“I respect people and their boundaries because I understand that everyone does not like my lifestyle and I show them respect,” said Murphy.

However, he added “I deserve to be respected, as well.”

Pizza Hut representatives told reporters that Murphy visited the restaurant three times and did not purchase anything. After customers complained about his appearance, Murphy was asked to leave.

Some customers, however, believed Murphy had a right to wear whatever he pleased.

“If I was paying for something then I should be able to go in and sit down. I’m half Scottish and if I wanted to wear a kilt in here I should be able to,” said Greg Lanier, a random customer at the local restaurant.


I guess Rihanna doesn't like Atlanta very much? According to my spies, Rihanna was so leery about being in Atlanta that she booked her flight into the city for the last possible minute so she could dash into Atlanta for her concert at Chastain Park on Tuesday, and dash right back out.

Did I mention that tickets to Rihanna's concert at Chastain were far from a sell out?

Attempts to reach her label rep were successful (at least he wasn't ducking our calls. He gets kudos for that).

My source tells me that after a month of negotiations, Rihanna politely declined to sign a contract to host a party at the new Vision nightclub (Reign) after her concert at Chastain on Tuesday (July 12). Apparently she thinks she's too good to host parties? Another source who begged to remain anonymous tells Sandrarose.com that the money wasn't right and that Rihanna "definitely" wasn't worth the kind of money she was asking to host the party at Reign.

My spy says Rihanna was "rattled" about hosting a party in Atlanta, since the last time she hosted a party here, things didn't go well. I have no idea what party she hosted in Atlanta where things didn't go well.

My spy said security around Rihanna at Chastain Park was "unusually tight" and that "absolutely no photographers" were allowed into the venue while Rihanna was performing.

My source also confirmed that, while hotel rooms were booked for Rihanna and her entourage in Atlanta, she got on the first thing smoking and flew right out of Atlanta immediately after her concert at Chastain. Wow, she sounds scary. The label rep insists that Rihanna wanted to get to Miami to prepare for her next concert. Yeah, right.

I think she was scared of staying one minute later in Atlanta, but I have no clue why.


Actress Tichina Arnold ("Everybody Hates Chris") came flying out of the closet this weekend when she posted pics of herself and her cutie pie lover on her Facebook page.

Wait, you didn't know Tichina was a lesbian? I thought I told you that she lived with rapper MC Lyte for at least 5 years in Atlanta in the 90s? Tichina, who has a daughter, turned 40 on June 28. Happy birthday to her!

One of the men who accused Bishop Eddie Long of sexual misconduct was arrested late Thursday in Miami on suspicion of being a drug dealer, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Jamal Parris, 24, was driving a white 2011 BMW in Miami Beach Tuesday evening when a Florida Highway Patrol officer noticed that it had no tags.

Sgt. Seth Dubinsky stopped the car. When he approached it, he smelled marijuana, he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday.

Dubinsky searched the car and said he found 181 grams of marijuana, which is worth about $1,000 on the street. He said he also found 50 clear plastic baggies and a Taurus semiautomatic handgun. He said Parris also was carrying $1,250 in cash.

Police said the stash along with the automatic weapon was "indicative of a drug dealer." Parris was arrested and charged with two felony counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He also was charged with operating a motor vehicle with no registration, a misdemeanor.

The BMW was towed and impounded. Parris' passenger, Jeremy Jouvanni Gordon, 20, of Miami was also arrested on drug related charges.

Parris was apparently driving the same 2011 BMW that he bragged about buying on his Facebook page a few days after settling his lawsuit against Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Parris and three other men accused Long of plying them with cash, clothing and trips in exchange for sexual favors.

The men reportedly settled their lawsuits for around $2 million each. But, according to the terms of the structured settlement, the cash will be paid out in installments over the next 20 years.

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Rapper Nicki Minaj took to her twitter page today to address the Amber Rose nude pics incident after their publicity stunt backfired in Rose's face.

In a series of tweets, the truculent Minaj bashed a certain blog for writing fake stories.

"I don't address dumb shit. I always assume intelligent ppl understand these "stories" are 4 entertainment purposes only. But clearly... -_-," she tweeted to her 4 million followers. "& 4 da record, only reason I addressed this is b/c its costing some1 their job. But let it b known : u mufuckas neva cost young NICK a dime!"

As you know, Rose was fired by the prestigious CAA agency after the blog published graphic nude photos of Rose "busting it wide open" (according to my readers).

Rose admitted it was her in the pics but she accuses Minaj's boyfriend/road manager -- the immature Safaree Samuels -- of sending the pics to himself after she let him hold her laptop.

"Those pictures r 2 1/2 years old just sitting in my computer," Amber tweeted yesterday. However, my loyal reader, Renee Evans, informs me that the heels Amber is seen wearing in the slutty photos came out last year, not 2½ years ago as she claims. So this is yet another in Amber's repertoire of lies that came back to bite her. No wonder the modeling agency dumped her.

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Earlier this week, another blog published nude pictures of socialite Amber Rose in sexually suggestive poses. You know the drill: the blog publishes the photos along with some made up story about how they obtained the photos, then the celebrity who leaked the photos takes to Twitter.com and plays the "victim" accusing the blog of stealing the pictures, blah, blah, blah.

Normally I don't waste your time with this nonsense as we are a family-oriented blog. But now comes word that Amber, who is bisexual, is accusing her ex-boyfriend, Kanye West, of leaking the photos to the seedy blog.

I don't believe it, especially since this chick will do ANYTHING for attention these days. But it is blog worthy just the same. :)

"The company that I was working with no longer wants to work with me because of these pics and that prevents me from getting money to take care of my family," she tweeted on her Twitter page yesterday. I didn't know Amber had a family, and I didn't know she was working? did you?

The company that I was working with no longer wants to work with me because of these pics and that prevents me from getting money to take care of my family. Its a messed up situation when someone so evil comes into ur life and tries to destroy it. I know I'm not the only girl in the world that has taken pics like that but they were very private. I'm sorry for letting my young Rosebuds down. Pls understand this was a result of trusting a person that didn't deserve my trust. I have cried for the past 2 days but I know this to shall p#!@%*#. Thank u for all of ur support.

Socialite Deiondra Sanders recently sat down with Danity over at Celebrity VIP Lounge for an intimate interview. You may know Deiondra as football legend Deion Sanders' daughter. If you don't recognize her, it's because she used to be black before she decided that life was easier as a blond, er, I mean as a LSLH chick.

You longtime Sandrarose.com regulars were first introduced to Deiondra as Nia Riley's ex-lover. Nia is music producer Teddy Riley's spawn. Sanders will probably spend the rest of her life denying any sexual relationship with Nia. What we do know for sure is that Sanders provided support -- financially and maybe emotionally -- for Nia.

When her dad Teddy stopped supporting Nia, who refused to get a job because working is so beneath her, Deiondra moved Nia into her spacious Atlanta home and tossed her the keys to her Mercedes that Deion bought her. Deiondra also let Nia wear all her expensive name brand clothes.

In her interview with CVL, Deiondra totally disavows any of this. But can you blame her? It turns out that Nia really is the arrogant, narcissistic, broke, wannabe "model" that we thought she was. The only thing a man, or woman, can do for Nia Riley is give her a place to live and pay all of her bills. That's because she thinks she's entitled to your money if she lets you believe she's your lover -- as she did with poor Deiondrea.

DANITY: Ok, now onto some juicy goodness. Just last year I heard that you separated from your rumored bisexual mate Nia Riley, Teddy Riley’s daughter. Was the breakup really as nasty as it was reported? Can you clear up any rumors there??

DEIONDRA: Ok, first and foremost, I AM NOT BISEXUAL. (Laughs) I have nothing against bisexuals. In fact, I have bisexual friends of course but that’s just not my cup of tea and that’s all I have to say about that subject.

DANITY: Ok so, last fall it was rumored that Chad Ochocinco took you out on a date in Atlanta after a Bengals and Falcons game. Was there ever a love connection between you and Chad or was that just an innocent get together that the paps photographed?

DEIONDRA: OMG! I’ve gotten so much static about Chad and I. I know Chad through my dad. We are more like brother and sister. Chad and my dad work out and train together from time to time…that’s all. He’s a great guy with a wealth of knowledge but that’s it. Sorry America. No romance story here.

Style icon Kanye West posed with NBA superstar Dwyane Wade backstage at the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France yesterday. Kanye sat next to singer Michael Stipe (of the band R.E.M.) at the show. Yeezy was a guest of Marc Jacobs who runs LV. Yes, I also thought Kanye and Louis Vuitton had a falling out, but I guess not. Singer Monica landed in Paris, France early this morning. Hopefully we'll see Mo attending some of the Paris fashion week events.

Photos: Wireimage.com

Socialite Amber Rose got a chance to make her own milkshake called "Amber's Blondie Shake" at Millions of Milkshakes in Hollywood yesterday. Here she is sipping a milkshake with her mom who was also on hand to help her daughter make milkshakes. The action was taped for Amber's reality tv show, which hasn't been picked up by a network as of yet. Amber took to her Twitter page to beg her followers to come to the yard, but only 10 of them showed up.

One of them was actor/comedian Jamie Foxx who came out to Millions of Milkshakes yesterday to support Amber and maybe get a taste of her milkshake. Check out Jamie's $600 Louis Vuitton sneakers.

Photos: Splash News Online

Former professional beard Amber Rose says her reality TV show was not dropped by VH1 -- and to prove it, she called the paparazzi so they could shoot her while she was being filmed for her reality show. Whether the show will wind up on VH1's Winter 2011 schedule depends on a few factors -- such as public interest.

My spies tell me that Amber's reality show is "still in the production stage" -- meaning that Amber suckered some fool persuaded an investor to put up a boatload of cash to pay the cameramen their strict union wages. And, I'm told that neither VH1 hasn't shut the door completely on Amber's aspirations to remain relevant. VH1 just doesn't think anyone cares about watching a reality show with Amber in it.

But in meetings with VH1 on the west coast last month, Amber pointed out that her half million followers on Twitter adore her (which means nothing). She also took to her Twitter page to convince her followers to come out and see her when she mixes milkshakes at at Millions of Milkshakes today. She hopes that her fans will convince VH1 to pick up her show.

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Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has a court date this morning that will determine whether she goes to jail or continues on house arrest in her luxury $2.25 million 3,000-square-foot townhouse in Venice, CA.

At issue are a couple of alcohol tests that came up positive last week. Lindsay will go before the same judge who threatened her with jail time if she violated her probation again... or was that the judge before this one? It's so hard keeping up with all the judges, the rehabs, the ankle monitors and the second chances that this girl gets.

But even though Lindsay is a chronic substance abuser for whom drug rehab has failed in the past -- her dad, Michael Lohan, still believes she needs drug rehab rather than prison time. Like typical enablers, Lohan blames Lindsay's friends for all her problems:

"There's a chubby English girl named Nikki who is always around her and when she is, I get a sick feeling and there is always a problem," Lohan told PopEater's Rob Shuter.

Last week Lindsay threw a party on her roof for a small group of friends. She was drinking out of a red cup, but a bottle of beer and wine glasses can clearly be seen in the photos (below).

When interviewed for Life & Style magazine, Lindsay said, "When my friends come over, they're not drinking. Alcohol is not in my house, so it's not part of my life."

"I'm so worried about my daughter," Michael Lohan told Radar Online. "I'm very, very concerned about the people around Lindsay and the pressure being put upon her. If it turns out that the test was positive, then I have strong concerns because if a person can't stay straight in the house where can she stay straight?"

Update: Lindsay Lohan does not have to go to jail. A judge today ordered Lohan to stop partying while on house arrest. According to People.com, the judge chided Lohan for making "a party atmosphere" out of her home confinement. She was ordered to limit the number of visitors she has at one time in her home. The judge didn't revoke Lohan's home confinement or toss her in jail because her court ordered alcohol testing ended in February.

Earlier I told you about Queen Latifah's ex-lover, Jeanette Jenkins, making an exercise DVD with singer Kelly Rowland. According to That B*tch, Jeanette posted stills from her DVD on her facebook page last night. Although the images from the DVD are visually appealing, what's the point of the DVD when we all know Kelly didn't hone her naturally hawt bod from trying Jeanette's exercises?

These celebrity exercise DVDs are entertaining, and they provide something to do while passing the time. But there should be a disclaimer on the packaging that there is no guarantee you will look like Kelly Rowland just by exercising to a DVD.

Hoping to appease the gays, Columbia Records leaked a dance track from the Target Deluxe Edition of Beyonce's upcoming album, 4, entitled "Schoolin' Life". The track is produced by The Dream and has a certain desperate quality to it.

Just so this post isn't a complete waste...

...troubled singer Chris Brown has once again apologized to the gays via his Twitter account for dropping a "gay slur" during another public meltdown. According to TMZ, Chris Brown was issued a simple parking ticket in L.A. yesterday -- which he objected to because he thinks he's above receiving parking tickets. So, like a typical narcissist, he looked around for a commoner to place the blame on for his failings in life.

Suspecting that the hard working paparazzi nearby tipped off the parking attendant, he turned to them and shouted, "Y'all n**gas is weak. Did y'all call them to try and film me? Y'ALL N**GAS IS GAY!" Cue the gay mafia gay rights groups, who rushed forward to condemn Brown's misuse of the word "gay" -- which, before it was hijacked by the homosexual community, meant "cheerful, lighthearted and carefree."

So Brown took to his Twitter page and tweeted this message to his 3 million followers:

Nicki Minaj's performed live in concert in Los Angeles yesterday. Her outfit was a far cry from her usual flamboyant style. Maybe she's turned over a new leaf? I doubt it.
Photo: Splash News Online

Pop icon Madonna, 52, was spotted landing at London's Heathrow airport today with her sons David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie, 6, and Rocco Ritchie (not pictured). David has grown up to be so handsome! Madonna adopted him as a baby in October 2006.

They say whatever happens in Dreamland stays in Dreamland. The ultra modern, Sandy Springs mansion is co-owned by music moguls Akon and Devyne Stephens. The men don't actually live in the mansion, they just hold memorable parties there. Such as the star-studded, Polynesian style, Fantasy Island bash that Devyne threw for his 40th birthday extravaganza on Sunday.

Dreamland's living room floor is transparent allowing guests to see the lush landscaping below.

Celebs in attendance included singers Akon, Ciara, Kandi Burruss, Timothy Bloom and V Bozeman, pictured above with actress LisaRaye ("Single Ladies"); rappers Too $hort and Yung Joc, Ron Devoe (New Edition) and his wife Shamari Fears (Blaque); Lakers star Ron Artest; Kasim Reed, the Mayor of Atlanta and more! I told you why singer Kelly Rowland wasn't there. But in case you missed that, click here. Devyne made his usual grand entrance, landing on his front lawn in a helicopter!

Hurry over to lifestyle blog Talkingwithtami.com and let Tami fill you in on what happened at the party!

Photos by Prince Williams of ATLPics.net and Talkingwithtami.com.

Tongues are wagging about how GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), otherwise known as the gay mafia, seems to have comedian Tracy Morgan by the cojones.

Ever since his homophobic rant during a standup comedy routine in Nashville earlier this month, Tracy has embarked on a gay apology tour -- bending over backwards to appease the gays.

During his comedy show 2 weeks ago, Tracy made reference to the media's preoccupation with gay teen suicides: "Gays need to quit being p**sies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying."

He also said he would stab his own son if the lad ever admitted he was gay.

In response to vigorous protests from GLAAD, Tracy issued a slew of apologetic statements to the media. He quickly followed up with a personal appearance at a homeless center for gay youth in NY last week. Today he plans to visit Nashville -- the scene of his homophobic meltdown -- where a GLAAD member says he will issue a "big statement."

While Morgan seems sincerely remorseful, some are saying his ongoing "Gay apology tour" is really just a ploy to expose GLAAD's heavy handed tactics. They say one apology was enough, and they worry that GLAAD is overstepping their boundaries and infringing upon Tracy's right to free speech.

"Tracy Morgan's gone overboard," 'The View' and HLN host Joy Behar tweeted on Twitter last week. "First he apologized and did a PSA. Now he supports gay marriage. What's next, a quiet weekend with Barney Frank?"

An NBC insider told Popeater's Robert Shuter, "Tracy has been highjacked by the gay movement. He did a stupid thing and now has ended up as the poster child for gay rights. This isn't a position anyone ever thought he would end up in."

After I posted this story about actress Gabbrielle Union's "new man", she quickly took to her Twitter page to clarify the situation. It seems that the man photographed shopping with Gabby in the "Meatpacking" district of NY is actually a close friend of hers, who just happens to be gay.

Unfortunately, I don't spend a lot of time on Twitter, so Gabby's tweet to me got lost in the clutter that is my timeline.

"I love tht my "new man"...has a man! Yeahhhh...I guess the TRUTH aint get in the way of a good story! Lol Come on son...LAME ...my "new man's" BOYFRIEND is hot & they're a proud out couple RUMOR! My FRIEND is happily engaged 2 his boyfriend"

We here at Sandrarose.com pride ourselves on our credibility and integrity. If we report something that is inaccurate we take immediate steps to correct it. We apologize to Ms. Gabrielle Union and her friend, and we regret the error.

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I don't follow troubled R&B singer Rihanna on Twitter. So I missed it when she categorically denied being in a relationship with rapper Drake -- as if we didn't already know that.

Meanwhile, Drake tweeted a subtle dig to Rihanna on his Twitter page, which I spotted, but at the time I wasn't aware that he was sub tweeting Rihanna.

Anyway, I wrote all that to say, Drake finally came out of the closet last night at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 42nd Annual Induction and Awards at The New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC. There's no denying it now. Drake wore a black, swoop neck ladies top under his men's tailored jacket. His poses on the red carpet were decidedly feminine -- and he didn't care who noticed.

Photos: Getty Images

David Tyree is best known for his spectacular helmet catch that secured the NY Giants victory in Super Bowl XLII. But according to TMZ.com, the ex-Giants receiver, and devout Christian, is coming out against same sex marriage by claiming gay marriage is akin to "anarchy" and threatens the survival of the human species.

Tyree, 31, who is married with four children, including a set of twins, said, "You can't teach something that you don't have ... so two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman."

"How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country."

Tyree made the statements during an interview earlier today with the National Organization for Marriage -- a faith-based anti-gay marriage group.

During the interview, Tyree is asked about the push to legalize gay marriage in the United States -- and says if it happens, "This will be the beginning of our country sliding toward ... it's a strong word, but anarchy."

TMZ reminded their readers that Tyree's statements comes "almost 44 years to the day after interracial marriage was legalized in the United States ... thanks, in part, to the agenda of an influential minority."

A ruling by a gay judge who struck down the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban in California was upheld by a federal judge yesterday.

In upholding former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to strike down Prop 8, Chief U.S. District Court Judge James Ware rejected arguments that Walker wasn't qualified to hear the case based on his sexual orientation.

ProtectMarriage.com, a Christian group, challenged Walker's 2010 decision on Prop 8 on the basis that he did not disclose -- before or during the trial -- that he was in a longterm relationship with another man.

Lawyers for ProjectMarriage.com argued that Judge Walker should have recused himself, or disclosed that he was gay, because he had a vested interest in protecting the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

But after hearing arguments from both sides in the appeal on Monday, Ware noted that former Judge Walker didn't marry his partner of 10 years, and therefore wouldn't benefit from his own ruling.

Judge Ware, who is black, said judges who are African American shouldn't be expected to recuse themselves from hearing civil rights cases even if they benefited from their ruling.

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Comedian Tracy Morgan has added his voice to the growing anti-gay sentiment in this country. Tracy Morgan's homophobic rant in Nashville was met with a smattering of boos -- and several people also walked out of the show -- this according to TMZ, who quoted a person who was at the show.

According to reports, Morgan took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium (pictured above) and went off about gays -- saying, "Gays need to quit being p**sies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying."

He added, "Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming."

When talking about the possibility of his son being gay -- Tracy said he "better talk to me like a man and not in a gay voice or I'll pull out a knife and stab that little n**ger to death."

Afterward, Tracy told the crowd, "I don't "f*cking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a f*cking d**k up their ass... they can take a f*cking joke."

While his rant was distasteful and offensive to some, Americans such as Morgan, who have a live and let live philosophy, are reacting to being bombarded by stories of gay youths committing suicide due to bullying.

Rarely in these reports does the media touch on the chronic depression, and other mental problems, that often drive troubled youths, both gay and straight, to end their lives. Nowadays if a gay teen commits suicide, it is automatically assumed that he took his life because he was bullied. Millions of school children, gay and straight, endured bullying growing up, without taking their lives -- this writer included.

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