T.I. Jadarius and Jeezy

Last night at Gio's Chicken Amalfitano's in Atlanta, rap tycoon Jeezy returned from The Under The Influence Tour to celebrate his son Jadarius Jenkin's 18th birthday. Surrounded by family and friends, Jadarius partied the night away with rap power couple T.I. and Tameka "Tiny" Harris and KJ, aka the son of music veteran Hip Hop even stopped through to show love! After Dinner, Jeezy surprised his son with a brand new customized Jeep Wrangler Sahara Limited Edition!

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Last weekend I flew to Boston to attend a momentous occasion -- the 7th birthday celebration of my great nephew Elijah Joseph, aka Eli. My longtime readers remember me posting pics of Eli when he was a toddler. Eli's birthday party was held at the home of his grandparents, Sally and Don, in a quaint little town west of Boston, MA.

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Over the weekend I received angry emails from readers concerned about photos of actress Zoe Saldana wearing a nappy afro wig and dark makeup in her role as the late jazz singer Nina Simone.

The 34-year-old 'Colombiana' star was chosen for the part from a list of dark skinned singers and actresses who were more qualified for the part.

Fans of Nina Simone have begun circulating a petition in hopes of garnering enough signatures to present to the filmmakers.

"Playing Nina Simone could be one of the more definitive roles as far as biopics go–it’s not that Saldana a talented actress, but it’s hard to imagine there isn’t another Black actress out there who couldn’t evoke a better Nina," writes Hellobeautiful.com.

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Tameka "Tiny" Harris was honored last night at the ASCAP Awards held in Atlanta. She arrived in a grey Bentley (a gift from her husband Tip Harris), wearing a fitted black and white dress and Gucci mink trimmed sandals, according to celebrity blogger Tami Reed (Talkingwithtami). Tiny flew into town from Los Angeles just to attend the event. She was in LA with her group the OMG Girlz who are recording their album.

Congrats to Tiny!

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ABC anchor Robin Roberts stepped outside her New York apartment 21 days after she underwent a bone marrow transplant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Roberts, 51, was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a rare blood disorder similar to blood cancer (leukemia). It is believed she contracted the disease from radiation therapy treatments for breast cancer.

Roberts underwent chemotherapy treatments last month to destroy her immune system to prepare her body for the new bone marrow transplant. Chemotherapy kills rapidly dividing cells, including hair roots resulting in hair loss from the scalp and eyebrows.

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If you wondered why you don't see more of 8-year-old King Harris in episodes of his parents' reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, that's because King is an official member of The Tams!

For months now King has been on the road touring and performing as a regular member of The Tams, who have been entertaining audiences for over 40 years!

The Tams was founded by Tameka's father, Charles Pope, who was forced to retire due to illness. The Tams are famous for such hits as "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy", "What Kind of Fool", "I've Been Hurt" and "Untie Me". According to The Tams' official website, the group has 2 Gold Records and 1 Platinum Single.

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If you were wondering about the little girl Kim Kardashian was seen carrying in paparazzi photos yesterday, her name is Sophia Pippen, daughter of former NBA star Scottie Pippen. Scottie is also father to sons Scottie Jr., Preston, and Justin (by Scottie's wife Larsa).

See more celebrity seeds after the break!

All photos: Black Celeb kids

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Soul legend Aretha Franklin, 70, gave her fans a scare when she was hospitalized in 2010. Rumors swirled that Franklin was battling cancer, but sources close to Ms. Franklin said she actually underwent a simple lap band procedure in addition to breast reduction surgery. Franklin's PR denied the reports that Franklin had gastric surgery. But her rapid weight loss in the months following her hospitalization was evident of weight reduction surgery.

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Sandra Bullock's adorable son Louis Bardo Bullock showed off his fade haircut during an outing with his mother in Boston on Monday. The 48-year-old actress spent quality time with her son during a break from working on her new comedy movie, The Heat, in Boston. Bullock and Louis enjoyed a picnic on a farm.

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Pop singer Rihanna is still grieving the loss of her beloved Grandmother Dolly, who passed away in June following a protracted bout with cancer. Also taking Dolly's death hard is Rihanna's grandfather Bravo, who still resides in the Brooklyn apartment he once shared with Dolly.

Rihanna was spotted visiting her grandfather Bravo in his Brooklyn apartment on Monday. She wore a TRILL t-shirt, camouflage cargo pants and combat boots.

Earlier today, Rihanna tweeted an old photo of herself posing with her "Grangran Dolly" at age 17 before the nose job that transformed her into an international beauty.

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Tip "T.I." Harris continued his big birthday celebration with the AKOO brunch sponsored by Beats by Dr. Dre in Atlanta on Sunday.

Carmen Muhammad, of Harrison & Shriftman PR, writes:
"Yesterday, GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir in conjunction with AKOO Clothing hosted the 2nd Annual "A King of Oneself" brunch. T.I. and Creative Director of AKOO Ralph Reynolds greeted guests and opened in prayer to kick off the brunch. Guests enjoyed the GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir Hamptons punch throughout the meal and many guests requested the Punch to pair with the mini red velvet bites served during dessert! Overall, a great event to close out the weekend full of music and celebrations!"

Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net and Dennis Byron, HipHopEnquirer.com

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Rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris celebrated his 32nd birthday at a private birthday bash held at the posh $19 million mansion of local businessman Lee Najjar. Celebrities in the house included Tip's wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, who hosted the party; Sean Combs, Young Jeezy, Miguel, Kevin Liles, Mike Kaiser, Terrence J, Nelly, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and her husband, Apollo Nida; Yo Gotti, Trae the Truth, Josh Smith, Lil Duval, Big Boi, Bobby V, Mimi Faust, Ariane (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Erica Davis, Jazze Pha, Ed Lover, Funk Master Flex, DJ Drama, Green Lantern, DJ MLK, Jarvis, Trina, Karen Civil, BET Hip Hop Awards executive producer Stephen Hill; V-103 GM Reggie Rouse, local club promoter Big Mike, and more!
Photos by Photos by J Lee Photography

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Rapper Waka Flocka cleaned up nicely for his 1st annual Red Tie Affair held at Ventannas in Atlanta last night. The black tie affair was hosted by "Yes Productions," which is owned by the 3 lovely Wright Sisters. Special invited guests included Gucci Mane, DJ Cash, from Hot 107.9, and DJ Montay (Grand Hustle DJ).
Photos by Jerome Pearson/Pearsonphotography.com

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Miami HEAT Champion, Dwyane Wade, hosted his first fashion fundraiser last evening in Miami to benefit his Wade's World Foundation. As part of his ongoing commitment to giving back to the South Florida community, A Night on the RunWade included a benefit dinner, live performances and a fashion show featuring clothing from Dsquared2, Versace and The Webster.

Dwyane walked the runway and did a backward somersault to make his catwalk debut. Gabrielle Union, Alonzo Mourning and fellow teammates Chris Bosh and James Jones were in attendance to show their support.

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After a successful run with his first book, Power & Beauty, rapper and noted author T.I. Harris, 32, released his second novel titled Trouble & Triumph. About 200 fans began lining up at 4 p.m. last night at the Buckhead Barnes & Noble in Atlanta patiently waiting for The Kang to arrive.

Both Power & Beauty and Trouble & Triumph are co-authored by David Ritz, a veteran writer who has released his own works titled XY and Z. T.I. felt good about the collaboration, saying: "We definitely have an equal collaboration. We start our brainstorming and the best ideas stick, obviously."

Photos AND TEXT courtesy of ATLNightspots.com.

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Atlanta's glitterati attended ASCAP Rhythm & Soul ATL Legends Mixer with Honorees TI, Michael Maldin, Kendall Minter, Noontime, Pebbles, and Hosted by Devyne Stephens. The event was presented By Hennessy Black.

WHAT: In honor of the music legends who have given back to the Atlanta community, ASCAP Rhythm & Soul and Hennessy Black will bring together the brightest minds in music and charity for a night of conversation and music.
Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net

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Rihanna was spotted leaving her hotel and heading to London's Heathrow airport early Thursday. Sources say Rihanna is dismayed at radio's lackluster response to her new single "Diamonds" off her upcoming album. Despite the single's chart success (for most downloads) and the fan response, "Diamonds" has not caught fire among industry veterans. "It's alright," said one longtime industry veteran. "She's going to need help [marketing] it."
Photo: Gotcha Images / Splash News

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A Sikh woman with a full beard and sideburns became an overnight Internet sensation after she wrote a mature, thoughtful response to an evil post on reddit.com.

Unbeknownst to Ohio State University student Balpreet Kaur, another student snapped a photo of her and uploaded the pic to social news commentary message board reddit.com in the website's "funny" thread.

When Kaur found out what the prankster had done she wrote a thoughtful comment under her own photo.

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Singer Alicia Keys waved to fans as she arrived with 2-year-old son Egypt to the ITV studios in the UK for a guest appearance on the "Alan Carr: Chatty Man" show. 3 independent studies have clinically proven that sucking pacifiers stunts the emotional growth and development of boys.

The research followed the emotional growth of baby boys who sucked pacifiers while simultaneously viewing facial expressions in a video. The results revealed that toddler boys did not mimic the emotional expressions seen on faces in the video. The same studies showed no similar effects on girls of the same age.

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Over the weekend, Sean "Diddy" Combs and singer Cassie, finally confirmed what everyone else already knew -- that they know each other.

"love.him," wrote Cassie on her Instagram page. "I am blessed," Diddy tweeted in response. Not exactly earth shattering revelations.

Not coincidentally, today, GQ magazine released pics from Cassie's upcoming spread in the October 2012 issue.

Cassie, 26, posed for photographer Christian Anwander in a photoshoot that is typical of most of Cassie's photo shoots. No matter what she wears -- whether it's oil or next to nothing -- she always looks hungry, malnourished and uninspired.

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Last night, WEtv hosted a festive premiere party for their first ever spin-off series, "Tamar & Vince." Over a 100 guests packed the trendy Caulfield bar to celebrate Tamar Braxton and her music mogul husband Vince Herbert. Guests nodded to the sounds of DJ Fadelf, while sipping signature cocktails and sampling an array of pink and white candies and cupcakes.

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It's official: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are Hollywood's worst dressed couple. Kanye and Kim were spotted out and about in New York City Friday. The homies were seen heading to the infamous Jacob The Jeweler boutique in Midtown Manhattan to do some window shopping.
Photo: Sharpshooter Images/Splash

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From a press release (AW MEDIA GROUP):

"On Monday, September 10th, rolling out Magazine, the premiere urban weekly covering music, politics and culture, in a partnership with CVS/Pharmacy Beauty Club, premiered the 2012 Mirror Mirror Beauty Awards in Atlanta, GA. The exclusive VIP reception and award ceremony honored Atlanta's trendsetters and leaders in the beauty industry, as well as several pop culture beauty and fashion icons.

The 2012 Mirror Mirror Beauty Awards honorees included Grammy-award winning singer/actress/spokesperson Chilli, Supermodel Cynthia Bailey (BRAVO/RHOA); Grammy-award Winning songwriter Kandi Burruss (BRAVO/RHOA); songwriter Tiny Harris (VH1/The Family Hustle); NY Times Best Selling Author and TV Personality Toya Wright, President/CEO of Bronners Bros., Bernard Bronner, Fashion & Entertainment Blogger Tami Reed and a host of other beauty trendsetters and leaders."

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People were starting to wonder if NBA superstar Dwyane Wade still had a girlfriend, and if so, why she let him walk out of the house looking like he can't dress himself. Dwyane and his longtime love, actress Gabrielle Union, were seen leaving their SoHo New York City hotel together Friday afternoon. Wade is in town to promote his new book on fatherhood and his life growing up in Chicago.
Photo: Curtis Means/ACE/INFphoto.com

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As I told you months ago, singers Rihanna and Chris Brown got back together, hoping to reignite the passion they once felt before he beat and punched her to a bloody pulp in 2009. But even though they remain friends, things didn't work out for them romantically (Chris isn't feeling her anymore), and they both went their separate ways. Last night, the former lovers kissed and hugged during the MTV VMA 2012 telecast, but the warm greeting can only be seen in blurry photos uploaded to Instagram.

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