Gayle King and Robin Roberts

'CBS This Morning' co-anchor Gayle King, left, and 'Good Morning America' co-anchor Robin Roberts are 2 of only 4 blacks named to The Hollywood Reporter's list of the Top 35 Most Powerful People in media.

Remarkably, the woman whose coattails King rode to the top -- Oprah Winfrey -- was left off the list.

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Shawn Tubby Holiday and Tip Harris

Congratulations to friend of the blog Shawn "Tubby" Holiday who was promoted to Senior Vice President of Urban A&R at Columbia Records! Shawn will oversee the recording projects of celebrities such as T.I. "Tip" Harris (who signed a new record deal with Shawn at Columbia), Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, and rapper J. Cole, among others. Shawn previously held the position of SVP of A&R at RCA Records since 2011.

Shawn, pictured above left with T.I. Harris, has worked with superstars such as Akon, Keyshia Cole, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke, among others.

Follow Shawn on Twitter.com if you believe you have what it takes to make it in the music business.

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Don Cannon Named A&R of Island Def Jam

Atlanta based DJ, and friend of the blog, Don Cannon has been named head of A&R at Island Def Jam Records. Cannon will take over the position from rapper/producer The-Dream, who held the job for less than a year. Cannon, 33, has produced music for rap artists such as Ludacris, Outkast, Young Jeezy, T.I., Kanye West, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, and Rick Ross.

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Susannah Collins

After caving to intense pressure from women's rights groups, the major sports networks began an experiment by hiring sexy women to announce major sports competitions from the sidelines. The experiment failed miserably due to two simple truths: no matter how sexy she is, a feminine voice is too distracting to men while they're watching testosterone-filled sports. The second simple truth is horny women can't control their desires around sports Gods like LeBron James.

Today, Comcast SportsNet Chicago announced they were firing a female sports reporter who had a Freudian slip live on the air.

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Alois Bell Applebees receipt

An Applebee's waitress is out of a job for publicly humiliating a cheapskate pastor who refused to leave her a tip.

Pastor Alois Bell apologized to her congregation and called it a "lapse in my character and judgment" to write, "I give God 10% Why do you get 18" on her receipt after dining at a St. Louis Applebees.

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Rapper Bow Wow finally has a verifiable source of income so he can catch up on his child support payments. I'm just kidding. Bow Wow and Houston native Miss Mykie were named co-hosts of BET's longest running music video program 106 & Park following the departure of longtime co-hosts Rocsi Diaz and Terrence J.

Bow Wow and Miss Mykie will share hosting duties with Ashanti lookalike Paigion and Soulja Boy lookalike Shorty Da Prince.

Bow Wow, 25, earned the nickname "Mr. 106 & Park" due to his frequent appearances on the youth-oriented show over the years.

AS I told you last month, Miss Mykie was being groomed by BET to take over the hosting duties, according to a well-connected industry insider.

But BET didn't want you to know that. They wanted you to believe that Miss Mykie was auditioning for the part alongside other hopefuls, when in reality she already had the gig.

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According to an industry insider, BET is grooming Atlanta rapper Miss Mykie to take over the '106 & Park' hosting duties from outgoing co-hosts Rocsi Diaz and Terrence J. According to the insider, BET is "cleaning house" in advance of Rocsi and Terrence's departure. Miss Mykie is among the fresh new faces that the BET honchos are looking for to revive sagging TV ratings.

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According to the Drudgereport.com, there is a surprise name near the top of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's short list of running mate's for vice president: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!

The timing of the announcement is now set for 'coming weeks', according to Drudgereport.com.

This news comes amid reports that Romney mocked the majority black NAACP audience so they would boo him and he would gain sympathy from his base.

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A former high school and collegiate basketball star-turned-coach was arrested and charged with having sex with the girls she coaches.

Marquita Adley (pictured), was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with three counts of sexual battery by a custodian on a victim under 18 years of age.

Adley was released on $15,000 bond after spending the night in jail. The West Broward High School girls basketball interim coach is accused of fondling a 16-year-old girl and committing other sex acts on her between April and June at the girl’s house, a teammate’s house and during a road trip.

The girl told police that she engaged in consensual sex with the coach. She said that she did not ask Adley to stop or push her away. But in Florida a 16-year-old can't consent to sex with an adult.

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According to gossip website TMZ.com, VH1 and Shaq's ex Shaunie O'Neal have axed 3 cast members of the problematic Basketball Wives reality show. If true, it can be assumed that VH1 and Shaunie found 3 new cast members -- who were recruited to be "friends" of the other cast members.

A source told TMZ that Royce Reed, left, Jennifer Williams (right) and Kesha Nichols (center) also got their walking papers -- and will be replaced next season.

TMZ claims Royce was axed because her baby daddy, Dwight Howard, got a judge to force Royce to keep his name out of her mouth. Jennifer was let go because she filed a fake lawsuit against Nia Crooks for slapping her on the show, and Kesha was just too "boring."

If this is true, the women are being fired to make room for new cast members who will breathe life into the show's falling ratings.

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Famed director Spike Lee is no longer confident that President Obama will be reelected.

“This thing is not a lock,” said Lee in a recent interview with GQ magazine.

“It is not a lock that President Obama is getting a second term and people have to really rekindle the enthusiasm that we had the first time."

Lee, who hosted a fundraiser for Obama in January, saw the light after meeting with a higher up within the Obama administration.

“I can't say to all the people that are unhappy with him that they're racist people,” Lee said of Obama’s critics. “People ain't got jobs, people are hurting. So I don't care what color you are, if people are out of work, it's tough. And then when you're the first African American president, that's not helping either.”

Source: Politico

Spike Lee photo: AP

Former New England Patriot WR Chad Ochocinco is no longer unemployed. The 34-year-old reality TV star, whose real name is Chad Johnson, signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins on Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

Johnson grew up in the seedy Liberty City neighborhood of Miami and attended Miami Beach high school.

He worked out with the Dolphins on Monday -- four days after he being released by the Patriots for underperforming.

Chad's final year with the Patriots was unremarkable.

Last year he caught 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown in 15 regular season games and he caught just one pass for 21 yards in the Super Bowl.

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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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LeBron James Jr. may be youngest NBA exec in history, according to USA Today. The 7-year-old, nicknamed "Bron Bron" by his parents, was given a front office job with his dad's Miami Heat NBA franchise. The distinction was awarded with a court side seat in the NBA executives' section of the American Airlines Arena.

Junior was sitting court side when his dad, LeBron, accepted his Most Valuable Player trophy during the game 1 victory over the hapless Indiana Pacers in the 2nd round of the playoffs on Sunday. The youngster who turns 8 on October 6 looked snazzy in a tailored suit and tie. It still isn't clear what Bron Bron's title is (or his pay scale), but it probably involves a lot more than just pushing paper clips around his desk. Good for Bron Bron!

John Travolta's reps are vehemently denying accusations that Travolta fondled the genitals of 2 male masseurs at an upscale hotel in Atlanta. But the lawyer representing the two masseurs says one of the men, identified in court papers as John Doe #2, immediately documented Travolta's sexual misconduct in multiple e-mails following the alleged incident, but hotel management took no action, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

And now a witness has come forward with a blow-by-blow account of what happened at the luxury resort spa in Atlanta.

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"Basketball Wives" cast member Tami Roman is being sued by a hair care products company for a breach of contract. The 40-year-old mother of 2 went before a judge this week to stop the company from disrupting the show's shooting schedule, because, as she put it "millions of people," will "suffer" if the show is taken off the air.

Additionally, one company has already pulled ad spots from the scripted show as the result of a petition created by Alexis M., who objects to the fake violence that saturates the show every week.

In an update on Tuesday, Alexis M. reports that Summer's Eve has agreed to pull their ads from both "Basketball Wives" and the spin-off show "Eve and Ocho," which premieres in September.

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On Monday I heard from my west coast connect who spilled some TEA about how popular exotic dancers are able to floss their jewels and expensive clothing on Twitter.com and Instragram when they don't have obvious means of employment.

Please note that nothing in the email has been confirmed. Names have been removed to protect the innocent, or the guilty. Photos were provided by the email author.

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Not everyone in New York is excited about rap mogul Jay Z taking a more hands on approach with the NY Nets.

NY Post columnist Phil Mushnick rankled readers with a racist, venom-filled column on Jay Z's minority ownership of the NY Nets.

In his Equal Time column today, Mushnick wrote the following diatribe about the Nets' new name, cheerleaders and logo which was designed by the aging rap mogul:

"Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York Niggas? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn Bitches or Hoes," he wrote.

From NY Mag:

As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?

Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!

Yesterday, Khloe Kardashian denied rumors that she and hubby Lamar Odom pulled the plug on their reality show, Khloe & Lamar.

But today, the rumor was confirmed by People magazine. Khloe, who appears on the cover of the current issue, told People why she and her hubby were stepping back from the limelight.

If you recall, I told you that a little west coast birdie dropped the scoop that Lamar put his Dallas Mavericks teammates on the back burner to reshoot scenes for Khloe's reality show. At the time Lamar claimed his father was gravely ill and he had to take a leave of absence to tend to him.

But the truth was soon revealed. Lamar's love for Khloe forced him to make the difficult choice between his team and the show. And that didn't sit well with team management.

Khloe has all but confirmed those rumors as well.

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To their family and friends, Arthur and Jolie Huntington were the perfect couple. He was a respected, longstanding member of the U.S. Secret Service, and she was a housewife who home-schooled the couple's two children, 12 and 15.

Arthur Huntington, 41, is the cheapskate who refused to pay a Colombian hooker $800 for a night of "high quality" sexual services on April 12 -- launching the biggest internal and external investigation into the agency in 150 years.

After being stripped of his top secret clearance and placed on suspension, Huntington was among the first of the 11 agents under investigation to be fired.

Now, the submissive wife of the disgraced former agent vows to stand by her man.

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