Another dumb rapper is cooling his heels in jail this morning after being busted overnight with a ton of weed and cash in his car.

According to TMZ.com, DeAndre Cortez Way, aka Souljah Boy, 21, was riding dirty in a car with 4 other men when their ride was pulled over by observant Temple Police Officers in Temple, GA at 3:15 a.m.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the car was pulled over for a traffic violation. Officers searched the car and found a "substantial amount" of marijuana and cash inside the vehicle.

DeAndre, whose last album sold a grand total of 15,000 copies, was arrested and hauled away to the Carroll County Jail -- along with his compadres -- where he is currently being held without bond.

The big time lawyer for three of Bishop Eddie Long's accusers has dropped her clients after they violated their confidentiality agreement in the sexual misconduct lawsuit.

BJ Bernstein dropped 3 of the 5 accusers because she said continuing to represent them was "a potential conflict of interest since Bishop Long's attorneys have now filed a demand to recover damages in the case."

According to Fox 5 News, Bishop Long's attorneys filed a notification with the American Arbitration Association seeking to recover "not less than $900,000," -- $300,000 per violation by his accusers Jamal Paris, Spencer LaGrande and cross dresser Centino Kemp.

Sources tell Fox 5 News that Bishop Long's attorneys are now demanding arbitration because the men "intentionally violated their settlement agreement in other media interviews and on Twitter."

Paris and LaGrande recently sat down for several media interviews, while Kemp blasted Bishop Long in a series of "tweet" rants on his Twitter.com page two months ago.

According to Fox 5, Long's lawyers argue that back in August Kemp tweeted "I got f***ed by the Devil Himself" and "I was literally your hooker." In a separate tweet that he directed to @BishopEddieLong's Twitter account, he wrote "why that's all i want to no"

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Last week, King of the South, T.I., took to his Twitter page to denounce a few radio personalities for criticizing his decision to party (and make a few dollars) during BET's Hip Hop Awards weekend n Atlanta.

T.I. tweeted:

TMZ.com posted the pics of T.I., 31, cheering on his son, Domani, 10, who plays for the Vikings football team. T.I.'s son Clifford “King” Joseph Harris III, 7, also plays for a football team.

Also supporting the kids on the sidelines were T.I.'s wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, 36, T.I.'s mother, Violeta Morgan, sons King and Major, 3; daughter, Deyjah, 10, sister, Precious, and Messiah and Domani's mother, LaShon Dixon, whose boyfriend stepped in to do a great job as the kids' doting stepfather when T.I. was locked up twice. LaShon's man took the boys on fishing trips and other men-only excursions. They have grown really attached to him. It looks like LaShon found herself a good man.

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As some of you may know, the storied advance of the Atlanta Dream to the WNBA Finals ground to a stop on Friday, Oct. 7, when they were swept by the Minnesota Lynx. Troubled rapper Lil Wayne sucked on a lollipop at courtside of game 3 at Philips Arena. It's worth noting that whenever Lil Wayne sat courtside at the 2011 NBA playoffs and finals games, the team he was rooting for lost the game. I'm just sayin'...

Photos by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images, and Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

By now most of you have heard about the lame stunt that Sean "Puffy" Combs pulled at T.I.'s welcome home party at Atlanta's Compound nightclub during the BET Hip Hop Awards weekend.

The whole thing started when Combs, who shared the VIP booth next to Atlanta lifestyle specialist Kenny Burns' VIP booth, got upset that Burns and his boys were waving their decanters of Grey Goose around in the air. Burns is a marketing rep for Grey Goose.

I should pause here to say that both Combs and Burns are paid handsomely by liquor companies to promote their respective vodka brands.

Also, Puffy and Kenny go way back to their college days where they were both well-known for promoting parties. Those two men are as thick as thieves. They are tighter than Chris Brown's skinny jeans. So the idea that Combs and Burns would be fighting in a club over liquor bottles that they don't even have to pay for is ludicrous.

In other words, it would never go down like that unless there was some hidden agenda.

The real story is likely that Combs tried to pull a stunt at T.I.'s welcome home party to promote his liquor brand -- knowing full well that T.I. had just gotten out of prison and didn't need that kind of drama.

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"T.I." Harris and his wife Tiny Harris attended his AKOO Clothing And Grand Hustle Entertainment First Annual "A King Of Oneself Brunch" held at the luxury Mansion hotel on Peachtree street in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct.2nd. The occasion was also the celebration of T.I.'s 30th birthday.

"T.I." Harris, his mother, Violeta Morgan, and rapper Nelly attended T.I.'s AKOO Clothing First Annual "A King Of Oneself Brunch" brunch held at the Mansion hotel in Atlanta

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Rapper T.I. was released from an Atlanta halfway house this morning where he finished up a 11 month sentence for violating his probation. T.I. turned 31 last weekend, but he plans a series of parties to celebrate his birthday. The BET Hip Hop awards is also this weekend in Atlanta and there will be parties all over the city. But the biggest tickets in town are the ones to T.I.'s parties.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, T.I. will join his family and friends for a private brunch hosted by T.I. and NY Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire!

The brunch is sponsored by AKOO, Ciroc, Beats by Dre and MusicBusinessPolitics. Sandrarose.com was given two VIP invites for one lucky reader and a guest to attend T.I.'s AKOO brunch on Sunday!

To win the VIP invites, just follow these simple steps:

  • Follow @TIP on Twitter.com
  • Follow @MsHannahkang on Twitter.com
  • Copy & paste the following tweet on Twitter.com
  • @sandrarose is giving away two VIP invites to @Tip's AKOO brunch on http://sandrarose.com

  • Leave a comment listing your 5 favorite T.I. songs in this post
  • Make sure you list your Twitter name so I can check to see if you followed the instructions!
  • The contest ends at 8p.m. tonight (Sept. 29). The winner will be selected using Random.org and announced tomorrow morning (Sept. 30). So you have Friday and Saturday to pick out your outfit!

    Sorry, but this contest is only open to Sandrarose.com readers who are registered on this blog.

    Good luck! :)

    The BET Hip Hop Awards weekend kicked off last night with ASCAP's Legends Ball held at the W Hotel in Atlanta, honoring the music legends who have given back to the Atlanta community. ASCAP Rhythm & Soul and Ford & Lincoln Motor company brought together the brightest minds in music and charity for a night of conversation and music at the wonderful W Hotel in Atlanta.

    Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net

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    Remember we told you last week about rapper T.I.'s private Welcome Home party to be held after he's released from a halfway house? Well, TMZ has the details on the intimate affair for exactly 150 guests on October 2nd. According to the gossip website, T.I.'s good friend Sean "Diddy" Combs is personally shipping in 150 bottles of Ciroc, one for each person in attendance. The whole bash will cost around $100K, with $20K just on food and additional $8K on dessert.

    The big surprise of the night -- reps from AKOO Clothing, T.I.'s clothing line, will measure the VIP guests for custom-made clothing gifts.

    Of course, T.I. isn't leaving out the blogs; one lucky Sandrarose.com reader will receive an invite to attend the Exclusive affair at an undisclosed location. T.I.'s artist Mitchelle'l, whose hawt single "Only A Few" has everyone buzzing, is set to perform for the lucky 150 guests. We usually don't attend industry parties, but we might make an exception for this one!

    Noted political author Ann Coulter spoke up on her blog about the media's whitewashing of cop killer Troy Davis, who went on a shooting rampage in 1989.

    Davis, 42, was executed by lethal injection last night after spending 22 years on Georgia's death row.

    Coulter highlights the glaring inconsistencies and outright lies in the national media coverage of the high profile death penalty case.

    It wasn't just that the media ignored facts in the case that pointed to his guilt, but they portrayed Davis to be a Saint in order to influence public opinion and inflame emotions.

    Coulter wrote on her blog:

    It’s nearly impossible to receive a death sentence these days — unless you do something completely crazy like shoot a cop in full view of dozens of witnesses in a Burger King parking lot, only a few hours after shooting at a passing car while exiting a party. That’s what Troy Davis did in August 1989. Davis is the media’s current baby seal of death row.

    Coulter also commented on the national media's oft-repeated misinformation that 7 out of 9 witnesses recanted their testimony:

    First of all, the state presented 34 witnesses against Davis — not nine — which should give you some idea of how punctilious the media are about their facts in death penalty cases.

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    Condemned cop killer Troy Anthony Davis was put to death at 11:08 p.m., local time, in the death chamber at Georgia Diagnostic and statistics prison in Jackson, Georgia.

    Davis spent 22 years on death row for the shooting death of Savannah police Officer Mark PacPhail in 1989.

    According to state witnesses, when asked if he had anything to say, Davis raised his head, looked at the MacPhail family and said, "I am sorry for your loss."

    Before prison nurses began the administration of the lethal drug cocktail, Davis said to prison officials, "For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls."

    He told MacPhail's 22-year-old son and Uncle, "I did not take your son, father, brother. I did not have a gun."

    To his family and supporters, Davis said, "look deeper into this case so you can really find the truth."

    As the anesthesia coursed into his veins, Davis yawned and blinked twice before losing consciousness. Nurses then administered a muscle relaxant to cease his breathing, followed by potassium chloride to stop his heart. The entire process lasted about 15 minutes.

    Earlier that evening, Davis declined both his final meal and the Ativan sedative intended to "calm" him before execution.

    Davis maintained his innocence until the very end. That's not unusual for death row inmates, according to a group of former death row wardens.

    "While most of the prisoners whose executions we participated in accepted responsibility for the crimes for which they were punished, some of us have also executed prisoners who maintained their innocence until the end," the wardens wrote in a press release. "It is those cases that are most haunting to an executioner."

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    Cop killer Troy Davis will die for his crime tomorrow at 7pm. This morning, a Georgia parole board denied the 42-year-old's petition for clemency, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    In making this decision, the parole board sent a strong message to criminals that one day they too will face the executioner if they take an innocent life.

    Barring any last minute interventions by the US Supreme court, Davis will be strapped to a gurney at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia and administered a cocktail of lethal drugs that will cease his breathing and stop his heart at 7pm local time on Wednesday.

    "It’s the wrong decision," said one of Davis' attorneys, Jason Ewart. "It’s a mistake."

    Davis' attorneys had pleaded their client's case to the parole board for three hours Monday. They claimed Davis would be sent to death under an "enormous cloud of doubt" about his guilt.

    But a jury of Davis' peers saw no such cloud of doubt in 1991 when they convicted the career criminal of shooting officer Mark MacPhail to death in Savannah, Georgia in 1989.

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    *Bumped*

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick entered last night's Falcons vs Eagles game with his head held high. His spirits uplifted by the smattering of cheers from his family members in the stands. But Vick left the game in the 3rd quarter holding his head and spitting up blood.

    The Atlanta Falcons defeated their former star quarterback 35-31 in a hard fought game that ended with a head ringing technical knockout for Vick.

    It was an ugly win for sure, with a few bright moments provided by star tight end Tony Gonzalez who caught two dazzling touchdowns.

    But the real hero of last night's much-hyped matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Mike Vick was Eagles' defensive tackle Todd Herremans who knocked Vick out of the game with a concussion in the third quarter.

    The Eagles had a 10 point cushion when Vick headed to the locker room to get his head examined. He pointed to the scoreboard as the boos rained down on him from the end zone bleachers.

    But the lead wouldn't last long with Vick out of the game and Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka subbing for him.

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    According to gossip blog TMZ, T.I. was released from an Atlanta federal lock up back to the same halfway house where staffers snitched on him to the feds about his reality TV series.

    As you know, the bureau of prisons sent T.I. back to prison on September 2nd for breaking their rules regarding contact with the public while in transit on a luxury bus from an Arkansas facility to the halfway house in Atlanta.

    T.I.'s lawyer, Steve Sadow, tells TMZ, "We have good reason to believe that this favorable result was reached because of the proactive and assertive approach taken to protect T.I.'s rights by providing B.O.P. officials and the media with reliable and accurate information and that T.I. did not intend to violate his transfer furlough or any other B.O.P. rules en route from the prison facility in Arkansas to the halfway house in Atlanta."

    Sadow adds, "T.I. will be released from custody on Sept. 29, and then will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for a period of 1 year."

    Hopefully T.I. can put this sorry chapter of his life behind him and get back to doing what he does best.

    According to the NY Daily News, troubled rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced to 6 months in prison for pushing a female out of his slow moving Humvee earlier this year.

    Authorities in suburban Atlanta say rapper Gucci Mane will serve six months in jail after pleading guilty to battery and other charges.

    DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston said Tuesday that Mane, whose real name is Radric Delantic Davis, pleaded guilty to two counts of battery, two counts of reckless conduct and one count of disorderly conduct.

    A police report said Davis pushed 36-year-old Diana Graham out of his Hummer as it rolled down a suburban Atlanta street on Jan. 28.

    State Court Judge Eleanor Ross sentenced the rapper to serve six months in custody followed by several months on probation.

    The judge also ordered him to complete 12 weeks of anger management classes; pay $5,091 in restitution to the woman for her medical bills; and pay a $3,000 fine.

    Hopefully Radric will get the mental health treatment that he needs while he's locked up.

    Contagion, Steven Soderbergh's movie about a deadly virus that causes a worldwide pandemic is the #1 movie in America.

    The Warner Bros. thriller took in $23.1 million over the weekend, enough to wipe out The Help, which ended its 3 week run at #1.

    Contagion, starring Oscar winners and nominees Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne, has exceeded studio estimates at the box office.

    Actress Sanaa Lathan, 40, who plays Fishburne's fiancée in the movie, was in Atlanta on Friday to promote the movie. The buxom beauty participated in roundtable interviews with local media.

    Your auntie was the only blogger invited to interview Lathan at the Four Seasons hotel. Unfotunately, we couldn't make it so we asked celebrity blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com to sit in on the interview since she's better at that sort of thing.

    Below are excerpts from Tami's interview with Sanaa, which you can read in full by clicking here.

    On her favorite things in her closet
    "Ooh, I have these one pair of red suede Louboutins that zip up the back. I always pair them with a black dress, they make me feel hott! I wear them a lot lol."

    On her favorite designers and personal style
    "Day-to-Day I love Bohemian Chic. I’m a flower child lol. I love Louboutins, Prada, YSL shoes. I wore Rachel Roy to the premiere of Contagion."

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    Rapper T.I.'s wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, spoke to TMZ.com about the unfair way her husband is being treated by the feds.

    "It's important that the world know how unfair he's being treated on such minor charges -- all because he's T.I.," Tiny told TMZ.

    CNN obtained copies of bureau of prisons documents which detail the reasons T.I. was removed from an Atlanta halfway house last week and taken to the U.S. Penitentiary on Boulevard in southeast Atlanta to serve out his sentence.

    According to the documents, T.I.'s wife, his manager and two unauthorized VH1 producers accompanied the rapper on the luxury bus that transported T.I. to Atlanta from a federal facility in Arkansas.

    The feds allege that the men discussed the VH1 reality show and a book, which violates the rules.

    According to Tiny, T.I. is the victim of a vicious double standard -- "There are way more dangerous and carefree [celebrities] that get slapped on the wrist and sent on their way."

    Tiny adds, "Our family needs [him] ... and because of someone's personal vendetta against him, we have to watch our kids' sad faces everyday when he still doesn't show up at home."

    T.I.'s legal team has presented new information to the bureau of prisons that they hope will expedite T.I.'s release from the minimum security section of the prison and allow him to return to the halfway house. His official release date is September 29.

    Just as we said all along: rapper T.I. being sent back to prison had nothing to do with the luxury motor coach that transferred him from the Forrest City federal facility in Arkansas to an Atlanta halfway house last week.

    According to CNN (via Eonline.com), which obtained documents from the Bureau of Prisons, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris Jr.) was sent back to the clink after prison officials learned that a VH1 producer and T.I.'s manager were on the bus.

    "Such people were not authorized to travel with him in the conditions of his furlough," the report states. "[T.I.] further indicated he was discussing a new reality series and a book with those individuals."

    But T.I.'s legal team is adamant that no business was conducted on the bus -- even thought the VH1 producer was present for the ride.

    "No such business was conducted during that trip as the incident reports," said T.I.'s co-council Jonathan Leonard.

    Also, just as we told you, T.I.'s lead attorney Steve Sadow is now blaming the halfway house officials who "ratted T.I. out" by notifying the feds about the reality TV cameras.

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    The photo above was taken on August 31st at the Forrest City Correctional facility, not today in Atlanta. T.I. remains incarcerated. We apologize for the error.

    Just a few moments ago, rap mogul T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., 30, was released from the federal Penitentiary on Boulevard in Atlanta. TMZ published a pic of T.I. dragging a cart full of his belongings to the same luxury tour bus that Arkansas prison officials claim was unauthorized when he was transported from their facility to a halfway house in Atlanta.

    Additionally, TMZ reports that there were two unauthorized individuals on T.I.'s bus.

    According to TMZ.com:

    TMZ has obtained photos of T.I. just minutes after he left prison on August 31 ... and the photos show he wasn't hiding anything from the prison staff -- including his mode of transportation or who got on his tour bus.

    The photos show T.I. in a red shirt, accompanied by a prison guard as he makes his way to the tour bus that carried him and his entourage to a halfway house.

    Sources tell us ... T.I.'s legal team believes prison officials targeted T.I. when they picked him up at the halfway house and hauled him back to prison, their reason was that T.I. was not authorized to take the tour bus. Yet the pictures clearly show prison staff knew exactly what mode of transportation he was using.

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    On Saturday Ludacris held his annual private dinner at his Straits restaurant as part of his LudaDay Weekend of festivities. Accompanying him was singer Ciara who dined with singers Estelle and Letoya Luckett; actor Lance Gross and reality tv personalities Meeka Claxton, Tika Sumpter, Keisha Knight Pulliam, and random NBA Players. Photo courtesy of Tami of Talkingwithtami.com blog. Visit her blog for more pics!

    Ludacris and his fiancee Fab partied at Mansion Elan in Atlanta on Friday night. The party was packed to capacity and it was one of the many events featured as part of his LudaDay Weekend festivities.

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    Gossip blog TMZ.com continues to push the story that rapper T.I. was moved to a federal prison yesterday because his mode of transportation to a halfway house in Atlanta -- a luxury tour bus -- was not approved. Now TMZ has published another story which conflicts with their first story.

    As we reported earlier, a custom tour bus was T.I.'s method of transportation in 2009 when he left Forrest City prison to return to Atlanta. The tour bus was common knowledge, even on Twitter. The tour bus is not the reason T.I. is back in federal custody -- it's what occurred on the bus -- and the fact that T.I was traveling with a reality TV crew (not to mention a huge entourage).

    Tameka "Tiny" Cottle tells us ... when the tour bus rolled up to the Arkansas prison yesterday, prison officials "Walked him over, took pics and told him good luck in life."

    TMZ broke the story ... the warden ordered T.I. back into custody after he made the trek to his halfway house, claiming T.I. only informed officials he would be traveling in a van ... and not a tricked out tour bus.

    But Tiny says, "This is a bunch of bulls**t ... they should have said something before he got on the bus ... T.I. would have politely gotten into a van."

    She adds, "T.I. is one of the strongest individuals I know ... and they just trying to break him in more ways than one and it's not gonna work! 'Cause what God got for him, can't no man take that away ... period!" Source

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    According to published reports, rapper T.I. was moved to the federal Penitentiary in Atlanta on Thursday, one day after being released from an Arkansas prison where he served 11 months for violating his probation.

    The rapper's lawyer Steve Sadow told The Associated Press that the Federal Bureau of Prisons "moved T.I. to a different facility" because of an issue involving the rapper's mode of transportation from Arkansas to Atlanta in a gleaming motor coach.

    But back in December 2009, a similar customized tour bus was hired to transport T.I. from the same Arkansas prison where he served seven months on federal weapons charges to a halfway house in Atlanta. So the issue isn't so much the luxury tour bus, but what occurred on board the tour bus that prison officials objected to.

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    Ludacris stopped by the 11Alive studio to fill 11Alive viewers in on this year's LudaDay Weekend from Sept. 1-5th. Ludacris says this LudaDay weekend will be the biggest of the past 10 years.

    The most anticipated event is probably the celebrity basketball game featuring NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, in addition to other local celebs. Luda's team will take on Justin Beiber and his crew. Luda jokingly calls Bieber his "mentor" who he goes to for advice on women. Even so, Luda says he's definitely not going to let Bieber win the game.

    Tickets are $10 and the proceeds will benefit the Ludacris Foundation. Visit DTPrecords.com for a full schedule of this weekend's events.

    If you're planning on attending the LudaDay weekend events, you will have to contend with near gridlock traffic in downtown Atlanta. Not only is this Gay Pride weekend, but there will be other conventions and professional sporting events competing for spectators this weekend as well.

    Fresh out of prison, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, arrived at the Dismas Charities West halfway house in Atlanta yesterday morning in a customized tour bus hours after being released from a federal prison in Arkansas where he served 10 months for violating his probation.

    The 30-year-old rapper will serve out the remaining 30 days of his 11 month sentence at the same halfway house he moved into following his previous prison stint in 2009.

    The halfway house is within walking distance of the Fulton County Airport, aka Charlie Brown airport.

    According to a former resident of the halfway house, the facility houses about 120 male inmates and 20 females.

    After being processed into the facility, T.I. will likely be allowed to leave the halfway house during the days on a work pass. Every day until his release, he will clock in at a local recording studio where he will work on his upcoming album. His curfew will likely be 10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 11:30 p.m. on weekends. Same as last time, he will be required to fork over 25% of his income to the halfway house.

    If you recall, Sandrarose.com landed an exclusive interview with an industry veteran who happened to be staying at the halfway house in December 2009 when T.I. checked in the last time.

    With the help of a well-connected industry Diva, we were able to speak by phone to rapper Bow Wow's homie, Bart, who was finishing up his federal time at the halfway house.

    Just like on his Twitter page, "Bart" was extremely candid and forthcoming about what T.I. should expect during his stay in 2009. In fact, Bart's candor got him into a little hot water with the staff at the Dismas Charities West facility.

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    Grand Hustle CEO Jason Geter and General manager Hannah Kang sent a custom tour bus to pick up Grand Hustle founder T.I. from an Arkansas prison early this morning. The rapper boarded the bus around 7:30 a.m., and is now on his way back to Atlanta to begin serving 30 days at a halfway house or home confinement.

    Despite tweets from Geter and Kang announcing T.I.'s impending release, certain blogs chose to listen to others rather than to read Hannah's Twitter page where the most accurate info was updated.

    How can you run a successful blog if you don't pay attention to what the star's camp is telling you? You will learn...

    Remember when the prized target of smash-and-grab thieves was high end jeans? Well, not anymore. The newest target of smash-and-grab criminals in Atlanta is high end Yaki.

    The price of fake hair that our Black women prize the most is set to skyrocket due to a recent rash of burglaries.

    According to the Atlanta Journal newspaper, hair thieves drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee through the front doors of the popular Angie's Beauty Supply and Salon in the 1100 block of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard at dawn on Tuesday.

    The thieves backed the jeep up and several men were caught on surveillance video running inside the store and making a beeline for the expensive "Indian Remi" hair on the wall behind the counter.

    The men, all wearing masks to disguise their identities, can be seen frantically grabbing at the bundles of high end weave and leaving the cheaper hair. The thieves will turn around and sell the hair out of the trunk of their cars at a savings of pennies on the dollar.

    Police are asking citizens and hair salons not to buy hair from the street hustlers.

    Last Tuesday, three thieves also smashed their way into the Beauty Masters II store in the Camp Creek Marketplace shopping center on Camp Creek Parkway.

    They were seen on video emptying the shelves of single strand weave before making their escape with hair valued at $50,000.

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    Rapper T.I. is set to be released from an Arkansas prison tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 31st). The question is, will you welcome him with open arms and still buy his music, or are you tired of supporting rappers with prison revolving door mentalities?

    It seems things are already looking up for T.I., as the rapper is being released from prison tomorrow. The Grand Hustle CEO is actually being released to a halfway house, so he won't be entirely free yet. Although his jail release comes a month early, the rapper's public records will still say September 29 as his release date. Now we just wait for the new music and book. Source

    Remember when Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas was suspended by the league for pulling a gun on a player in the locker room during an argument over a gambling debt last January?

    Well, that player, Javaris Crittenton, is wanted by police in connection with the drive-by shooting death of a 23-year-old woman on an Atlanta street last week.

    According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Javaris Crittenton will be charged with homicide in the death of Jullian Jones.

    Jones was walking with two men near 2915 Macon Drive in southwest Atlanta around 10 p.m. Aug. 19 when she was shot, according to Carlos Campos, APD spokesman. Jones, a mother of three, was struck in the hip and later died during surgery.

    The two men walking with Jones fled and were not injured.

    Police say Jones was not the intended target. Crittenton may have been seeking retaliation after he was the victim of a robbery on April 21, 2011, Campos said.

    Source

    Bishop Eddie Long, the embattled pastor of New Birth Missionary Church, wasted no time responding to two of his accusers yesterday. Jamal Parris, 24, and Spencer Legrande, 23, are speaking out about their experiences with Long, despite signing a confidentiality agreement.

    Apparently, they aren't happy with the terms of the structured settlement they agreed upon earlier this year. They thought their $2 million settlements spread out over 20 years was a generous amount -- until they started spending the cash and discovered that $100,000 doesn't go a long way when you're greedy and have extravagant tastes.

    In a message to his congregation posted on the church's website, Long wrote:

    New Birth Members,

    We have a long history of dutifully serving those in need in the local and global communities and we will continue to do so. We are committed to the calling of a strong, viable and relevant ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Unfortunately, we are in the media again and people are wondering what I am going to say. All I have to say is what we stated earlier. All parties involved decided to resolve the civil cases out of court. The decision was made to bring closure to this matter and allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry.

    I will continue to honor and abide by my commitment of confidentiality and restraint as it relates to the resolution of the civil litigation and will not be diverted from the important work of the ministry.

    Spotted on RWS

    Remember we told you that Bishop Eddie Long's accusers agreed to a structured settlement worth around $2 million each, to be paid in installments every year over the next 20 years? Well, two of Long's accusers have now decided the cash annuities are not sufficient for their needs.

    In other words, the men have burned through their cash annuity for this year. And rather than wait until 2012 for their next cash payout, they want it all right now.

    The lack of funds even forced one of Long's accusers into a life of crime to support his lifestyle.

    In June, Jamal Parris, 24, was arrested by Miami Dade police during a traffic stop. Police searched Parris' car and found 181 grams of marijuana, plastic baggies and a semiautomatic handgun. He was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

    Incredibly, Parris blamed his drug arrest on "childhood sexual abuse" suffered at the hands of Eddie Long!

    Now Parris and another accuser, Spencer Legrande, are speaking out about their experiences with Long -- despite signing confidentiality agreements when they accepted their settlements.

    Against their attorney's advice, Jamal and Spencer spoke with WSB-TV here in Atlanta, which aired a clip of the interview last night.

    Both men say they never sued for money, even though the money (or the lack of it) seems to be the motivating factor for the interview.

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