Thanks to Saptosa Foster, of 135th Street Agency, who sent these pics from Tuesday's SPARKLE premiere in New York City.

She writes: "Busy night in NYC last night! First, Tri Star Pictures hosted a red carpet screening of the upcoming 'SPARKLE' film at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in Soho. The cast was on hand: Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and executive producer Debra Martin Chase. A slew of celebrities hit the carpet as well: Russell Simmons, Gabby Sidibe, Olympic medalist Cullen Jones, Steven Baldwin, Valerie Simpson, June Ambrose, Rutina Wesley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Q Parker, Adrienne Bailon, and pop/R&B newcomer Austin Brown."

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Day 2 of the second phase of Usher Raymond and Tameka Foster-Raymond's bitter child custody hearing continues today. Foster-Raymond took the stand yesterday to give stirring testimony about Usher's controlling behavior. Foster-Raymond also said she fears Usher's deranged stalker will harm their children, according to my confidential source.

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Less than a month after the death of her 3rd born son, Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, returned to a Georgia courtroom today to give explosive testimony about Usher's controlling behavior. Tameka's son, Kile Glover, 11, died on July 21 after being taken off of life support at a local hospital. A judge denied Usher's request to delay the child custody hearing due to the child's death.

Tameka Raymond said the Usher's sympathy for her son was "bogus." She called the 33-year-old singer a "Control Freak" who only filed for custody of their two sons because he believed she was going to file first.

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If you're an octogenarian whose ultimate goal (other than waking up every morning) was to meet legendary music producer Quincy Jones, you are about to be disappointed.

Jones, 79, was spotted strolling arm-in-arm in St. Tropez with his current girlfriend. Initially, the paparazzi assumed the younger woman was Jones' nurse. Reports are that his health is declining after suffering a series of mini-strokes last year. But, apparently, Jones has the stamina to keep up with the sexual demands of his young lady love. Good for him.

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    R&B Diva Monica and her husband, Shannon Brown, were celebrity guests on BET's 106 & Park on Monday. The fact that Mo is a happily married woman brought the haters out. Peep the two salty chicks behind Mo and Shannon in the above pic.

    Shannon discussed his upcoming Wood-Star Music Festival on Aug. 17-19 in Chicago. Founded by Shannon, the 3-day Wood-Star extravaganza includes entertainment, empowerment and culture with proceeds benefitting the Shannon Brown Foundation.

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    Chick-Fil-A customers turned out in droves at Chick-Fil-A restaurants to support family values in America today. Thousands of people stood in long lines at Chick-Fil-A locations in Atlanta and Texas, as concerned Christians participated in "Appreciation Day" at Chick-Fil-A.

    KSDK News tweeted this photo of a line queued out the door at one Chick-Fil-A location in St. Louis. The peaceful rallies were in response to the statements of big city mayors who promised to block new Chick-Fil-A restaurants in their cities because they objected to Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy's anti-gay marriage stance.

    Chick-Fil-A's supporters made it clear that family values are their top priority -- not who people choose to sleep with.

    View more pictures from Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day after the break. The national media won't show you these pics because they choose profit over family values.

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    Last night, R&B Diva Monica Brown threw a surprise party for her mom, Marilyn Best's 61st birthday! Mrs. Best was beautiful, and she doesn't look a day over 40! Monica invited family and friends to Aria restaurant in Buckhead to celebrate the elegant occasion. Mo said her mom was "excited and super surprised" to see everyone.

    Mo writes:

    Hey Sandra, last night I gave my mom a surprise birthday party at Aria. She turned 61 years old. We had an amazing time and she was excited and super surprised. We as a family are very close but it was ultra special that my step father came after having surgery just yesterday as well. She was surrounded by love !!! Here are some of the pictures in case you wanted to post.

    Rocko & Romelo's Mommy

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    Producer Mona Scott Young took the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast on the road to meet the New York tastemakers.

    According to loyal reader Saptosa Foster, of The 135th Street Agency, "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" cast members Joseline, Stevie J, K.Michelle and Scrappy along with LHHATL executive producer Mona Scott Young kicked off their week in NYC at a press reception at Griffin in the Meatpacking District.

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    According to celebrity photographer Thad of, model Tocarra Jones partied with her new man Bryant Mckinnie (offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens) at Cameo's on South Beach Tuesday night. Apparently Bryant and Tocarra have been an item for months. Tocarra was previously paired with Jason Newsome, winner of Ultimate Merger 2.

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    What are the odds that HIV/AIDS spokesman Magic Johnson would run into both Chris Brown and Rihanna in the same weekend? Brown, 23, and his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, 24, are in St. Tropez, France, where they bumped into Johnson, 52.

    Rapper Ludacris and music producer Swizz Beatz are also hanging out in France. Luda and Brown went up in a helicopter to do a little sight-seeing.

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    Androgynous rapper Tyga allowed himself to be photographed with his pregnant muse, former stripper Chyna Blac. As you know, Tyga knocked up Chyna just minutes after he met her in a Miami strip club months ago. Meanwhile, according to my west coast connect, Tyga is telling friends that he can't stand the sight of Chyna. My source tells me that there is a lot of screaming and plate throwing in the Tyga household lately.

    In fact, the air is so charged with static that Tyga has reportedly taken up temporary residence with someone else......

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