The late Pop icon Whitney Houston hasn't been in the ground 3 weeks and already Jermaine Jackson is trying to capitalize off of her. Jermaine was one of the members of the famous 1970s sibling singing group the Jackson 5, fronted by Michael Jackson.

Tales of the older Jackson brothers bedding their groupies were legendary back in the 1970s. But Jermaine was the biggest whore of all his brothers. In his book, You are Not Alone: Michael, Through A Brother's Eyes, released by HarperCollins last year, Jermaine mentioned Whitney and the "feelings" he had for her, but there was no mention of any romantic affair.

57-year-old Jermaine, who is seen above shopping in Malibu, CA with his third wife, Halima Rashid, has 5 children, including his sons, Jafaar, left, and Jermajesty, from his second marriage to Alejandra Jackson. Alejandra also has 2 sons by Jermaine's younger brother, Randy.

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The cast of the upcoming season of "Dancing With The Stars" has been announced. If you were born after 1997, you probably don't know who most of them are. The list includes talk show host Sherri Shepherd, who bristled at the suggestion that she might be too old to bust a move on the dance floor. "It is fighting talk," said the 44-year-old mother of one. "When somebody throws down the gauntlet and says, 'You too old,' I was like, 'I got your crayons in my purse and a colouring book on my way out, I’ll leave them in my dressing room.'"

Shepherd joins other over-the-hill stars such as soul legend Gladys Knight (who turned 68 on Tuesday); former tennis champ Martina Navratilova, 55; former "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert (47), and actor Jack Wagner (52). The geriatric set will compete with the youngsters such as 35-year-old Jaleel White ("Family Matters"); Extra presenter Maria Menounos, Disney's Camp Rock star Roshon Fega, Chelsie Hightower, Kym Johnson, Katherine Jenkins and Gavin DeGraw.

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Pre-Barbie footage of Nicki Minaj surfaced online over the weekend. Oddly enough, the footage shows the young Queens MC paying homage to her predecessors, Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. In the video, Minaj strolls down the streets of Queens spitting her "Dirty Money" freestyle.

This video also lends support to those who say Nicki is the butch lesbian rapper in the legendary "eat the box" clip, which you can view here.

Watch Nicki's "Dirty Money" freestyle after the break.

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Remember when your mom and aunty used to lose their minds over D'Angelo back in the day? It wasn't just his smooth vocals that made the ladies lose it, it was his hard, beefcake bod too! There was no doubt about it; D'Angelo was a good looking man. Plus, he had the confidence to go with his dashing good looks -- or so we thought...

It turns out that D'Angelo, real name Michael Archer, wasn't emotionally equipped to handle his growing fame. D'Angelo mistakenly believed his music was not appreciated by his fans as much as his hawt bod was. So, like most artists who lose their focus, D'Angelo dropped out of the music scene. Paralyzed with self-doubt, he neglected his music and turned to a life of drugs and alcohol abuse.

Along the way, D'Angelo, now 37, was arrested for drug possession and DUI's. He did a stint in drug rehab in 2006. And on Mar. 10, 2010, he was arrested for soliciting oral sex from a female undercover officer in New York City.

But despite his many setbacks, the old D'Angelo made a triumphant return to the stage during a performance in Paris, France over the weekend. Watch the performance after the break!

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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."

Do you kids recall when I posted this Blind Item from the NY Post:

Which hip-hop artist drove up to his agent’s office in a $200,000 car, wearing a $50,000 wristwatch, to beg for money because he’s “dead broke” and needed $5,000 for child support? . . .

It turns out that the Blind Item might have been about rapper Bow Wow after all.

According to gossip website, the taxman cometh for both Bow Wow and singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins for unpaid taxes.

TMZ found documents filed in Florida by the federal government that says Weezy owes the government exactly $91,105.61 in unpaid taxes for the year 2006.

T-Boz's tax troubles are a little more complicated.

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I remember the first time I met the Braxton Sisters, the singing siblings of superstar Toni Braxton. The chance meeting occurred in a hotel suite in Charlotte, NC in 1996. I was there to shoot a music conference for VIBE magazine, and I bumped into LA Reid's brother, Bryant Reid, in the hotel lobby.

At the time Bryant was managing the Braxton Sisters, so he paid me to shoot a party he was having for the girls in his suite that night.

The picture on the right is one that I took in 1996. At the time, the group consisted of Towanda, left, and teenagers Tamar, 19, center, and Trina, 17. They had just released an album, titled So Many Ways, on Atlantic Records.

Last night, BET aired Soul Train Awards 2011 which was pre-taped in Atlanta on Nov. 17. Tamar was the highlight of the night as she sang a rousing tribute to Soul legend Gladys Knight, with Dave Hollister, Kenny Lattimore and Freddie Jackson backing Tamar up as the honorary Pips for the night.

Tamar's performance surprised and electrified social networking sites like, where users compared her sultry vocals to her sister Toni Braxton, and even Beyonce!

Below are just a few of the thousands of positive tweets about Tamar's performance from! By the way, Tamar's sisters, Towanda and Trina Braxton will chat live with readers via Ustream right here on Wednesday! So check back for that.

Watch Tamar's performance after the break!

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According to published reports, rapper Heavy D was on a weight loss program when he died suddenly last week at the age of 44.

The rapper had begun a weight loss plan and kept a regular workout regime, according to

Tony Wisniewski, the rapper’s trainer at the Ultra Body Fitness gym in Los Angeles, set Heavy up on a fitness plan three months before his death. Wisniewski is the same trainer that helped him lose 150 pounds back in 2008.

Autopsy reports show that Heavy D, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, weighed 344 pounds at the time of his death.

The autopsy was completed on Wednesday, but the coroner’s office declined to release a cause of death until they know the results of toxicology reports, which could take weeks.

According to Heavy D's cousin, he had a "touch of pneumonia," after returning from a trip to England a few days before he passed.

“We really do believe obesity makes people do worse with lung diseases," said Dr. Benjamin Suratt, associate division chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care hospital.

"If Heavy D died of a garden-variety pneumonia," said Suratt, “it could be that he wasn't able to fight it off due to his lungs not being able to fully expand and his immune system not having been fully functional."

Toni Braxton has given up on dating black men. The "Breathe Again" singer appeared on the Anderson Cooper show where she talked about her experiences dating outside her race for the first time.

When Anderson asked Toni, 43, if she was currently dating, she responded: "Kinda... sprinkles of dating... I'm beginning to play in the snow a bit." When Anderson pressed her for an explanation, Toni said, "He's Caucasian."

"And that's a change for you?" asked Anderson. "I've never played in the snow before," said Toni.

Toni Braxton also discussed seeking revenge on an ex:

"I remember in the past in my college years I was a little revengeful. But I wasn't a stalker though. But a little bit revengeful. But back then, the internet wasn't as popular. I don't want to be sued. I remember I didn't do it but a girlfriend of mine keyed this guy's car. She keyed it for me and I felt bad about it. Yeah, she really did that. She keyed it. But I told him I did it, and I told him i'd pay for it, actually my girlfriend did it. And he said, 'I want my money.' Then he later on said, 'Oh no, don't worry about it.'"

Watch both videos after the break!

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Rap legend Heavy D -- one of the most influential rappers of the '90s -- died earlier today ... TMZ has learned.

Heavy D -- real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today ... and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.

We've learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .

When help arrived, we're told Heavy D was conscious and speaking -- and was transported to a nearby hospital.

He died a short time later.

Cops are investigating the death -- and so far, there are no obvious signs of foul play.


Law enforcement tell TMZ ... Heavy D had just returned from shopping and walked up some stairs when he began having trouble breathing. Adam Mills, a designer who was in the building and knew Heavy D, found him leaning against a railing and clearly in distress. Adam tells us he cradled Heavy D in his lap as others called 911. Adam says Heavy D was conscious and said to him, "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." When paramedics took Heavy D to the hospital he had a pulse. People in the building are saying he died of a heart attack, but we have not been able to confirm that. Law enforcement sources tell us ... no foul play was involved and so far they only know the cause of death was "medical."


Heavy D died less than 24 hours after tweeting his condolences to legendary boxer Joe Frazier who died Monday, Nov. 7 of cancer. Heavy D's final tweet was "BE INSPIRED!"

Taylor Swift continued her outreach program for African American fans by bringing out rapper Nelly (who has fallen off considerably) during her Speak Now concert in Houston. "We’ve got a special treat for you tonight, Houston. Nelly’s here!," she said as the audience applauded politely for the "Tip Drill" rapper. Taylor and Nelly then performed her hit "Just a Dream."

In previous shows, Taylor has surprised her country music fans with appearances by T.I, Usher and B.O.B.

Earlier this week, Taylor introduced the newest member of her family to her millions of followers on Twitter.

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Ignore all those breathless Stan reviews of the Kanye and Jay Z Watch The Throne opener in Atlanta last night. A loyal reader who attended the show told that the tour's 1st stop in Atlanta started 2½ hours later than the 7:30PM time stamped on the tickets.

The sound system was crappy. The show was not sold out as some Stans have reported. And once it became evident that the show would not sell out, the tour's promoters dumped hundreds of tickets on radio stations to give away.

When the rappers were finally announced at 9:00PM, the announcement was met with a round of boos from the audience, some of whom spent upwards of $450 for their tickets.

WTT continues with a 2nd show at Philips Arena tonight before moving on to Greensboro, NC on Oct. 30.

Read the reader review after the break.

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R&B Diva Mary J Blige continues her trend of throwing music into the wind and hoping something sticks. We love Mary but she hasn't put out a resonating album since What's The 411 (1992) and My Life (1994).

Since her early, crack-fueled glory days Mary's music has been mostly hit and miss. It's clear that she's one artist who requires a lot of drama in her life to influence her music. Things must really be going well for her at home.

Mary's latest efforts, "Why" (radio rip) and "Mr. Wrong" also miss the mark completely. Both tracks are off her new album My Life II: The Journey Continues.

"Why" features Rick Ross and "Mr. Wrong", an updated version of Billy Paul's 1972 hit "Me and Mrs. Jones", features rap aficionado Drake. I mean, how can you go wrong with Drake on your track?

"Mr. Wrong" ft. Drake

"Why" ft. Rick Ross

It's a shame that fashion, dance and soul Diva Jody Watley has never gotten her props for influencing many of today's artists. As kids in the 70s, we watched Jody dance her butt off with Jeffrey Daniel on the Iconic "Soul Train" music TV series. Later, when Jody and Jeffrey joined Shalamar (with Howard Hewett) we grooved to their hit music in the clubs. When Jody went solo the hits continued. She scored 6 Top Ten Hot 100 singles on Billboard, 3 #1 R&B hits and 15 Top 40 R&B hits.

A lot of kids today don't realize that Jody Watley influenced Janet Jackson's moves. Or that Jeffrey Daniel taught Michael Jackson how to do the moonwalk (which Black and Hispanic kids called the 'backslide' in the 70s).

No one today can touch Jody Watley in terms of style and originality. Beyonce's ponytail? She stole it from Jody Watley. We LOVE Jody Watley and we are happy that she reads! Read Jody's email to us after the break!

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We're not sure where this footage was filmed but we are surprised to see that rapper Diamond has Caucasian fans who know who she is. Diamond gave a fan a sensual lap dance, ironically, to Kelly Rowland's smash hit "Motivation". As you recall, Rowland shocked her fans when she received a lap dance from Chris Brown in Atlanta last week.

Watch the raunchy video after the break, courtesy of WSHH!

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Michael Jackson's three children, Paris, 13, Prince, 14, and Michael Joseph, Jr., aka Blanket, 9, introduced singer Beyoncé at their father's "Forever Michael" tribute concert in Cardiff, England yesterday.

The kids were brought onstage by comedian/actor Jamie Foxx, accompanied by their uncle Jermaine's sons, and auntie LaToya Jackson, 55.

"We're very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father," said Paris, who, along with her bothers wore outfits inspired by the King of Pop.

"She's always pushing the envelope with her boundless energy and talent," she said of Bey, who wore an afro wig and phoned her performance in from an undisclosed location in the U.S.

Paris, right, plays in her brother Blanket's hair

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The woman most responsible for the rise of Hip Hop as an internationally recognized music genre has passed away. Sylvia Robinson died of congestive heart failure at 6:28 a.m. today in a New Jersey hospital. She was 75.

Ms. Robinson is best known for producing both Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Grand Master Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message" on her independent Sugar Hill Records label.

The beautiful founder and CEO of Sugar Hill Records was also a noted singer in her own right. Her singles "Pillow Talk" and "Love Is Strange" were both staples on urban radio in the seventies.

Her unconventional use of sampling in "Rapper's Delight" led to Ms Robinson being known as the "mother of hip-hip." Ms. Robinson opened the door for many black women in the music industry. Because of her, black female executives dominated the urban music industry in the 80s and 90s.

Watch Ms. Robinson perform "Pillow Talk" on Soul Train after the break

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Our hearts were saddened when we heard about the untimely passing of R&B Diva Vesta Williams. At this time, there are no details about the cause of death.


EUR is deeply saddened to hear that singer Vesta Williams has passed away. Details are sketchy at this time, but it’s being reported that the singer’s body was found in a Los Angeles hotel room.

The cause of death is unknown. She was 48

According to her listing in Wikipedia, Williams in 1963 in Coshocton, Ohio. She was originally credited by her full name, but she has also been billed as Vesta since the 1990s.

Although Williams never had any albums certified gold and never had any Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she scored seven Top 20 R&B hits from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

Update I, 12:57 pm: according to E! online, Ms. Williams, was 53 or 54, not 48 as has widely been reported.

Thanks to loyal reader Bridgette S. for the link.

The tweets are talking about a knock down drag out slugfest between rapper Fabolous and Brandy's little brother, Ray J.

If you recall, Ray J came to prominence when he came in appeared with his ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian in that viral video a few years back. Well, the tweets are saying that Fabolous rocked Ray J's world last night. Ray J phoned into Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club this morning to address the rumors, and things didn't go well. :yawn:


Back in the '80s, before Chastity Bono thought she was a guy, she attended the same high school with a young Jennifer Aniston, who would later go on to achieve fame and glory as the star of a little TV show called Friends.

Both were students at the prestigious New York City High School Of Performing Arts in 1987, according to British tabloid The Daily Mail.

Aniston is now 42, with long blonde hair. And Bono, now 41, is no longer a lesbian after legally changing her gender to a male. Bono is one of the most controversial contestants on the 13th season ABC's Dancing With The Stars, which premieres Monday, Sept.19.

It is hard to ignore all the crazy rumors about the sudden death of Cathy Koreana White at age 28 from a burst aneurysm in her brain.

According to, the industry publicist supposedly was the mistress of Jay Z. He allegedly gave her the same ring as the one he gave his wife Beyonce.

But our sources tell us that those rumors are ridiculous. They say Jay Z would never be that dumb -- he would have given her a different diamond ring.

Yet ever since the news of Cathy's death, loyal readers have been asking us to investigate her untimely passing and how it fits in with the surprise announcement of Beyonce's baby.

I'm a blogger, not an investigative reporter. It is not unusual for a young woman to die of a burst aneurysm. It happens every day. I personally know of 3 industry women who died in the past year of a brain aneurysm.

An aneurysm is a tiny blood vessel in the brain that weakens and bursts leaking blood into the brain.

Death is usually immediate, depending upon the location of the aneurysm. It would be difficult for, let's say, an assassin to cause an aneurysm to burst in someone's head without other signs of trauma being present about the head and face.

For instance, if Ms White had been shot in the head, the coroners report would have noted that her aneurysm was precipitated by a gunshot wound.

According to a loyal reader, who begged anonymity, one of Jay Z's closest friends, Emory Jones (pictured above right), is somehow tied into White's death. I don't know how she arrived at that conclusion.

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It's been 10 years since rapper Nas Ethered his rival Jay Z on wax by implying that the illest MC was gay and a narcissist. But last night the two men, who magnanimously settled their feud years ago, came together to celebrate Nas' 38th birthday at Catch in New York City.

La La and her husband Carmelo Anthony looked very classy and respectable last night. Ladies, pay attention: this is how you dress when you're with your man in mixed company. Exposing your cleavage when you're with your man around other men is never acceptable under any circumstance.

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über couple Will Smith, 42, and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, 39, were spotted shopping in Malibu, CA on Thursday. Will was wearing a big smile and grey Dolce & Gabbana jeans, according to fashion blog Upscale Hype. The happy couple didn't seem to have a problem in the world.

Will Smith was spotted shopping in Malibu, California with his wife Jada Pinkett wearing a black cap, black tee, grey Dolce & Gabbana Gold Dirty Gabardine pants ($558) and a pair of Nike sneakers. Also, Jada was carrying a Louis Vuitton Monogram Bag.

The much anticipated Sony Pictures action movie Colombiana opens in theaters everywhere today. Colombiana stars actress Zoe Saldana, 33, in the leading role as a beautiful trained assassin, who, as a child, witnessed the murder of her parents.

The trailer for Colombiana is a tour de force of revenge, retaliation and butt kicking action. I'm sure Colombiana will have the same empowering effect on your little girls as the films Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones had on my friends and me in the 70s.

Pam Grier starred in 1974's Foxy Brown, as a gorgeous, big breasted, vigilante killing machine. And at 6 ft 1 in, Tamara Dobson was every black girl's heroine in 1973 as Cleopatra Jones.

Unlike Colombiana, who has an arsenal of high powered weapons at her disposal, Cleopatra Jones and Foxy Brown used their hands and feet to karate chop their attackers (mostly men) down to size.

As much as black girls were inspired and empowered by the sight of these powerful black women kicking butt on the big screen in the 70s, the NAACP informed us we were being exploited.

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Today the Hip Hop world remembers our fallen Angel, Aaliyah Dana Haughton, who died 10 years ago today in a fiery plane crash on August 25, 2001 in the Bahamas after filming the music video for her single "Rock the Boat".

The music video was directed by Hype Williams, who, at the time was accused of overloaded Aaliyah's chartered aircraft with excess film equipment which caused the plane to crash on takeoff. It was later revealed that the pilot had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system. Still, Williams' once thriving video directing career never fully recovered from the industry blackballing.

By the way, the iconic photo above of Aaliyah and Left Eye was taken by your auntie. I made the mistake of uploading this photo (and others) to the Internet back in the late 90s when I didn't know much about watermarking and copyrighting my work.

As you can see, this is the original photo without the dark shadowing like the photo you see all over the Internet. I have this photo blown up to poster size and hanging on my wall. It is one of the few rare images of Aaliyah and Left Eye together before they died.

The photo was taken at Lance "Un" Rivera's birthday party at the Atrium nightclub on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Left Eye was supposedly dating Lance at the time. Lil Kim was there that night too.

No one could have imagined that these two young ladies, who were so full of life, would die tragically within a year of each other.

R.I.P. Aaliyah!

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