This morning I received an urgent call from former Xscape singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris' mom, Dianne Pope, asking me to inform my readers that Tiny's father, Charles Pope, is alive and well. Tiny's fans were introduced to Mr. and Mrs. Pope on Tiny's reality show, Tiny & Toya on BET in 2009.
It seems that some idiot created a fake Facebook page imitating Tiny and claiming her father was deceased. "Tiny wants people to know that her daddy is fine," said Mrs. Pope. "That's not her Facebook page at all.
As you know, Mr. Pope (pictured at right with Tiny's daughter, Zonnique) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. T.I. and Tiny founded the For The Love of Our Fathers Foundation, which raises money for Alzheimer's research.
Mrs. Pope says her husband's condition has improved and he's getting stronger. "He's more alert. We're getting him up now doing exercises," she said.
Mrs. Pope theorized that Tiny's fans may have confused Tiny's father with a member of his legendary R&B group The Tams, who was murdered by his roommate. Tiny's father founded The Tams, and Tiny has performed with the group.
According to Channel 2 Action News, longtime Tams band director Versi Sain, 59, was found shot to death in his Clayton County home earlier this month. Police arrested his roommate, Sam Morgan, and charged him with murder. He is being held in the Clayton County jail. The two men were childhood friends who grew up together in Muskegon, Michigan. Sources say the motive may have been money.
The Tams, now headed by Tiny's brother Red, are known for their 60s hits "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy," and "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me."
The man who brazenly robbed a high end men's clothing boutique in Buckhead for thousands in merchandise has been in a Dekalb jail since the day of the robbery.
On Saturday, career criminal Tavoris Ashmon, 25, walked into a Chamblee Audi dealership and asked to test drive a brand new Audi S-5. The Atlanta Journal reports that Ashmon nearly ran over employees as he drove off the lot. He never returned the vehicle.
Later that same evening, Ashmon strolled into the upscale MODA404 men's clothing boutique in Buckhead. He left the grey Audi parked outside with the engine running.
An hour later, Ashmon walked out of the boutique with an armful of clothing and shoes worth $4,300, which he didn't pay for.
"The man obviously had this crime planned out,” co-owner Lee Brockwell said. "He was very arrogant and just bold with it; he picked the stuff up and walked right out of here like he owned it."
Later that night, an alert DeKalb officer spotted the grey Audi as it blew past him. Sgt. Dan Oak stopped the Audi and took Ashmon into custody after determining the car was stolen. Ashmon gave Oak a false name when he was arrested. He was booked into the DeKalb County jail under the name 'John Doe' until he could be positively identified.
Sunday night, Oak said, he recognized Ashmon in the video from MODA404 broadcast on Channel 2’s evening news program.
"'That’s him,' I told my wife," Oak told Channel 2. "'That’s the guy I arrested last night.'"
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A high end Buckhead Men's clothing store was hit by a brazen booster who stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise by simply walking out of the store with the items.
Moda 404 owner Lee Brockwell told the Atlanta Journal she spent more than an hour chatting with the outgoing customer who seemed to want to spend a lot of money on clothes and shoes. But when she turned her back for a minute, the man brazenly walked behind the counter, picked up 3 bags of merchandise and strolled out of the store in broad daylight.
Brockwell said the man's $4,300 take included a couple pairs of pants, jeans, shirts, a pair of sunglasses and several pairs of shoes worth $200 to $600 each.
Another customer spotted a grey Audi parked outside the store with the motor running. But the customer wasn't sure if that was the getaway vehicle.
If you recognize the man, call the Crime Stoppers Atlanta Tipline at (404) 577-8477. Watch the surveillance video after the break.
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Local "celebrity attorney" Phaedra Parks represented one of her clients in court on a drug charge in last night's episode of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'. Afterwards, in the parking lot, the enterprising young man peeled a couple of Gs off of a thick wad of cash and handed the money to Phaedra who quickly tucked the cash into her purse. I tried to reach my own attorney last night to ask her if accepting
drug money on camera was legal. Maybe she didn't answer her phone because she was laughing so hard.
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A 20-year-old man has been arrested in the rape and murder of a 7-year-old Canton, GA girl, according to AJC.
GBI Director Vernon Keenan identified the man as Ryan Brunn, who was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Keenan said Brunn lived at the River Ridge apartment complex where Jorelys lived and was killed, and had been a maintenance worker there. Tips from the public led investigators to Brunn, Keenan said. Source
Police called the killing "planned and calculated," as more than 65 local, state and federal investigators currently worked on the case since the girl's body was discovered in a dumpster Monday.
Residents of the complex where Jorelys's body was found told the AJC that police had been in and out of a maintenance worker's apartment. But police declined to identify the worker until today.
Jorelys was playing with friends in the apartment's playground on Friday when she went to get drinks for her friends and never returned.
Brunn, who has no known criminal record, had been under police surveillance since Tuesday evening, Keenan said. He had been employed at the complex since Nov. 7, John Bankhead, GBI spokesman, told the AJC.
"We are confidant that Brunn is the killer, that's why he's in custody," Keenan said, when asked if there are any other suspects.
Neighbors in the complex told the AJC they were relieved at news of an arrest. Lorenza Wright said he heard the news, along with his mother and brother, when he went home for a lunch break.
"We all burst into tears," Wright said. "We were ecstatic."
A missing 7-year-old Canton girl was found dead in the dumpster of her Canton apartment complex on Monday.
Jorelys Rivera disappeared from a playground at the River Ridge apartments where she lived, according to police. Results of an autopsy shows the girl died of blunt force trauma to the head after she was stabbed, beaten and raped by an unknown predator.
The girl had been playing with friends at the apartment complex on Friday when she left to get drinks for her friends and never returned. She was killed in a vacant building in the complex, according to police.
Channel 2 Actions News reports Jorelys was being watched by a teenage babysitter that day. Her two younger siblings have since been taken into state custody, according to WSBTV.com.
Law enforcement officials launched a massive search and found the body three days later while sifting through the complex’s Dumpster. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said authorities believe the killer lived in the apartment complex, though no suspects have been identified.
"This was a very calculated and planned crime," Keenan said at a Tuesday news conference.
Keenan said the girl was killed in a vacant apartment of the complex. He said there are several sex offenders in the area, but they have been ruled out as suspects.
During a surprise announcement from the pulpit on Sunday, troubled prosperity preacher Bishop Eddie Long announced he was taking time off as pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
"I'm going to take a little time off to work with my family," Long said Sunday. "I'm still your pastor. You'll still receive my direction," he said, choosing his words carefully. "You've given me some weeks to take care of some family business."
The "family business" that Long seemed to be referring to were conflicting reports that his wife of 21 years, Vanessa G. Long, had sought to terminate their marriage.
On Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Long filed for divorce, saying her decision had been reached "after a great deal of deliberation and prayer." The divorce was announced in a press release early Friday morning. But by Friday afternoon, Eddie Long's own publicist released a statement attributed to Mrs. Long stating she was calling off the divorce.
A few hours after that statement was released, the media received word that the divorce was back on again.
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24 hours after filing for divorce from embattled Atlanta preacher Bishop Eddie Long, his long-suffering wife, Vanessa Long, has asked her attorneys to withdraw her divorce petition.
Mrs. Long blames "years of attacks in the media" for her abrupt decision to file for divorce yesterday (Dec. 1).
But in a new statement released this afternoon, Mrs. Long said,
"Upon prayerful reflection, I have reconsidered and plan to withdraw my petition for divorce from my husband, Bishop Eddie L. Long," she said in an emailed statement bearing the New Birth logo. "I love my husband. I believe in him and admire his strength and courage."
Yesterday, Mrs. Long appeared to give up on her marriage to the troubled leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church:
"After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long. Accordingly, I authorized my attorneys to file for divorce on December 1, 2011."
The divorce filing followed a tumultuous period for the Bishop, who, earlier this year, settled a sexual misconduct suit brought by 4 former Longfellow Youth Academy students, and a fifth man who was not included in the suit.
Last night rapper Jeezy premiered his documentary 'A Hustlerz Ambition' which will be packaged with his most personal album yet, TM 103. Jeezy poses below, center, with music producer Polow Da Don, left, and recording exec Devyne Stephens. Jeezy also held a screening of his documentary in New York on Tuesday. There are more screenings planned in other cities.
The documentary on the life and times of the Corporate Thugz founder was narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The film takes the viewer from Jeezy's hardscrabble beginnings as a drug dealer and gang banger to the glory days makin' it rain in the strip clubs. The prolific rap star talks about buying his mom a home so she would never have to clean houses again.
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According to CBS Atlanta 46, the long-suffering wife of embattled Atlanta prosperity preacher, Bishop Eddie Long, has filed for divorce.
Vanessa G. Long released a statement early Friday morning announcing her decision to terminate her marriage to Long, who is the leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.
The statement reads as follows:
"After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long. Accordingly, I authorized my attorneys to file for divorce on December 1, 2011.
It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously, and fairly. I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter.
I also ask that the public pray for my entire family during this difficult period of transition.
Thank you, and may God continue to bless and keep each of you." Source
The divorce proceeding follows a tumultuous year for the Bishop, who, earlier this year, settled a sexual misconduct suit brought by 4 former Longfellow Youth Academy students, and a fifth man who was not included in the suit.
Photo: John Amis, AP
Rapper Soulja Boy has more problems to worry about than drug busts and poor album sales. Gossip website TMZ reports that the rapper is about to be evicted from his Buckhead condo near Elton John's old digs.
Soulja's 2011 has included ... lying about buying a private jet, pissing off the military with one of his songs and getting arrested for allegedly carrying weed and a gun in a briefcase.
Now TMZ has learned the rapper, real name DeAndre Way, has not paid his November rent for his Atlanta pad -- a whopping $4,725 -- so he's been served with eviction papers. Soulja has until December 5 to pay up, or risk getting thrown out. Source
Struggling celebrity stylist Tameka Foster is at it again. Earlier today, she posted Twitpics of her sons, Usher IV, 4, and Naviyd, 2, on their way to visit their father at his home in Los Angeles. Under one photo of a sulking Naviyd, Tameka's tweeted:
"Navi is pissed to the bitter end. Haha. I'm sure candy, toys and Neverland awaits ... He'll be ok. My loves!"
Apparently, she meant that Naviyd was sulking because he did not want to see his dad. Once again, Tameka continues to shamelessly exploit her own children for sympathy and attention.
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There's a surprising twist in the ongoing child custody battle between R&B crooner Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, struggling celebrity stylist, Tameka Foster. The NY Post reports that Foster's attorneys have demanded that Usher submit to a drug test as part of his response to her petition to strip him of his parental rights to their two sons.
But, according to The Post, Usher flatly refused to take the drug test. Foster's court documents indicate that a drug test was demanded, in part, because of blog rumors that Usher is a well-known nose candy connoisseur.
The custody battle between Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, is turning to war: Justin Bieber mentor Usher last week rejected a demand by his ex to submit to drug testing after she alleged he was “in delirium” during a January concert in Germany.
She also filed a request for Raymond to submit to drug testing, claiming she found mysterious pills in his jeans pockets in September 2008, and that she believed he was wasted during the Germany concert, according to court documents.
Video circulated widely online at the time showing Usher meandering onstage in front of the crowd and unable to sing. He apologized to fans, and his reps blamed a respiratory infection for his inability to perform.
Foster, however, alleges he was under the influence of something. “I dated him . . . when he’s had a very serious throat condition and he still performs like a champ,” she said. “ I really feel strongly that something was going on there, and it wasn’t, ‘Oh I have laryngitis.' "
She made a further claim in the deposition: “I believe he gets high. And if he doesn’t then he’d take the drug test, correct?” Source
Not many people live to be 103 years old. But rather than celebrating her 104th birthday in 3 weeks, Vita Lee worries about staying in her home.
Channel 2 Action News reports that movers hired by Deutch Bank, and sheriff's deputies arrived at the ranch style home yesterday to evict Ms. Lee and her 83-year-old daughter as community activists and Channel 2's Ryan Young gathered outside. But after seeing Ms. Lee in her fragile state, the movers and sheriff's deputies refused to go through with the eviction.
"I saw the sheriffs who came to put them out take off and leave. I gave all glory to God," community activist Michael Langford said.
"This family has been waging a war against Deutch Bank," said community activist Derrick Boezeman.
The eviction action was too much for Ms. Lee's daughter. An ambulance rushed her to Grady hospital as news cameras rolled.
When Ms. Lee was asked if she knew she was being evicted, she said, "No. I knew they didn't know what they was doing. God don't let you do wrong." She added: "You know, the Bible says 'once a man and twice a child'. I'm a child, 104-years-old. Don't put me outdoors at 104."
Young explained that the house and case have been in the court system for years. Ms. Lee and her daughter has shared the home on Penelope Street in Northwest Atlanta for 53 years.
Ms. Lee had one last message for the ruthless bankers: "Please don't come in and disturb me no more," she said. "When I'm gone y'all can come out here and do anything you want to do."
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Tameka Foster is currently at home nursing her sick 2-year-old son back to health. We know that because she tweeted a pic of the child stretched out on a sofa today. She wants us to know that she's a good mother. Or she could be posting pics of the baby in order to gain sympathy.
As you know, Foster, 45, has filed yet another legal action in the ongoing child custody dispute with her ex-husband, Usher Raymond, 33.
This time Foster, who still uses her ex-husband's last name, seeks to strip Usher of his parental rights to their two boys. After TMZ broke the story this morning, Foster took to her Twitter page to grouse about the media coverage, and about her ex in particular.
"Haha I love how this guy manages to always be the victim. So masterful. Its amazing," she tweeted. In another tweet, she wrote, "To play innocent victim? Oh. That's crafty... & hilarious."
But wouldn't it be considered "crafty" to exploit your sick child on a social networking site to prove a point?