Let this be a fair warning to the few unsuspecting fans that troubled singer Lauryn Hill has left: she doesn't care about you.

The 35-year-old narcissist left Atlanta concertgoers infuriated and unimpressed with her sold-out show at Atlanta's Center Stage last night.

After the show, one fan, a well-connected industry insider, called me to say Hill's Atlanta show was "very disappointing." The source said local DJ Cash played old school music and kept the audience so crunk that when Hill finally rushed out onstage just after midnight, the expectations for a great show were high.

It was all love when the mother of 5 first hit the stage 3 hours late for her advertised 9 p.m. show

Lauryn promptly confused her fans by announcing that she was tired of "playing the same music night after night." Hill told the shocked audience that she wanted to play something different. She then instructed her band to speed up the music, which rendered her classic hits unrecognizable.

The insider said Hill urged the audience to sing along, saying, "I want crowd participation."

"But nobody could participate because NOBODY knew the music!," said the fan. "Everybody was looking around like 'WHAT SONG IS THIS???'"

"It was new music completely," the frustrated fan continued. "The lyrics were the same, but you had to be on ecstasy to follow the music!"

"You can't just say 'I don't wanna play my music night after night.' That's what we pay our money to hear! What do you think we do with your CD? We play the same songs. We don't remix your CD!

"Everybody just stood there with their arms folded. Everybody was shaking their heads [wondering] are you THAT into yourself that you would think everybody would like this? Every single record she played she put a different spin on it. She changed the whole thing. It was a waste of money, and a waste of time. If she did another show in Atlanta, no one would come!"

To complicate the situation further, the fan said the band was way too loud. "We kept asking her to tell the band to turn the music down," said the fan. "We couldn't hear her."

The source said other concertgoers booed the singer and then took their bags and purses and "stomped out" of the theater. "They didn't walk out -- they stomped out!" she emphasized. The insider eventually gave up and walked out as well.

Lauryn's next stop on her tour is St. Louis tomorrow (Jan. 16). If you're planning on attending her show at The Pageant Theater, just remember: you were warned.

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

Loyal reader Shyandthecity writes:

Hello Miss Sandra,

I'm a huge fan of your blog and I just wanted to send you a screen cap of Foxy Brown's disgusting homophobic Rant on Twitter. I am offended by this disgusting person that used to be a rapper in the 90's. How she tweet something so disgusting and hateful? Doesn't she know that she needs every fan she can get? ugh! smh

Thank God for artists like Marsha [Ambrosius] from Floetry for spreading love, not such hate.

*email edited for clarity

Singer Keri Hilson joked that she didn't have much to live for until she met her idol, Lauryn Hill, backstage at Hill’s concert at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.

The 28-year-old songwriter posted the above pic on her Twitter page and tweeted:

“No one understands…I will never be the same. Utmost respect 4 Lauryn Hill. So beautiful. Very down to earth. Anyone who knows me knows she’s a huge inspiration to me…I told her 2nite. Said she loves Pretty Girl Rock (SCREAAAM) & her daughter loves me! Said my music embodies a certain confidence women need. I’m so inspired. I woke up thinkin, "Now...how can I meet Michael Jackson?" Then I thought about it...guess I can wait."

R&B singer Lloyd just dropped a special remix to his single "Lay It Down" honoring the late Teena Marie and the ailing Aretha Franklin.

The remix features the legendary Patti Labelle, whose sample was used on the original track. I just got off the phone with music mogul Polow Da Don who gave us some insight into how the remix came about.

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Polow, who produced the original track and the remix, explains that the idea came to him when he spoke to an old girlfriend who is an acquaintance of the "Lady Marmalade" singer.

"She called me out of the blue one day... and I asked her 'can you please hook me up with Patti?'" he recalls.

"She said 'of course, that's my girl!' She called and talked to Patti's son... I talked to Patti's son and he loved the original record. So he convinced her to do it. I flew to New York and sat down with her, and we just got in there and did it," he said.

"She was a lot of fun," he continued. "She was great. The more we got into it, the more it started to feel special. When you hear that remix, it does something to you!" Polow continued: "When you make something that just brings people together, that's hater-proof, it's special. It's bigger than a song."

Polow also commented on the chris brown, Raz B Twitter controversy. Stay tuned for that!

Teena Marie's autopsy was completed yesterday, but Los Angeles County Coroner Ed Winter says her cause of death remains unclear.

According to the Atlanta Journal, investigators say the 54-year-old R&B singer's autopsy results revealed no signs of trauma. This conflicts with rumors that Marie suffered several fractured ribs from a fall during a seizure she had weeks before she died.

Marie's daughter, Alia Rose, found her mother's body in their Pasadena home one day after they celebrated Rose's 19th birthday.

There were reports that Marie died in her sleep after suffering a grand mal seizure. But there are people who experience seizures every day and they don't die.

Also unclear is why Marie had seizures in the first place. Did she have epilepsy or were the seizures drug induced?

Winter said no illegal drugs were found in the family's home where Marie died on December 26. But police removed a bottle of Valium from the scene. Valium is often prescribed for people with anxiety, panic attacks and to control seizures.

Marie reportedly stopped taking the drug due to its serious side effects, which include drowsiness, fatigue and constipation.

Teena Marie's planned concert appearance on New Year's Day at the Fox Theater in Atlanta will instead be a tribute to honor her career. Scheduled performers include MAZE and Frankie Beverly, along with Johnny Gill and Stephanie Mills.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Fox Theater box office. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Teena Marie, known as 'Lady T,' died suddenly in her sleep last night at her Pasadena, CA home. Teena's daughter, Alia Rose, found her body. Ms. Marie was 54.

The body was transported to the L.A. County Coroner's office where an autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death.

Hours before she died, Teena Marie tweeted this on her Twitter page: Sarah Vaughan "May You never grow old, and may I never die"...

According to TMZ, Teena had a seizure earlier this month, and friends say she had been in and out of the hospital recently.

Marie was nominated for a Grammy four times. Her first top ten hit was "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love." She was best known for her classic hits "Lovergirl" and "De Ja Vu (I've Been Here Before)" - a song about reincarnation.

According to the Atlanta Journal: "The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture — and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences."

"Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul," she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting "Congo Square." That album would turn out to be her last.

Tributes from Around the Web

Teena Marie, known as 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dies - AJC

Singer Teena Marie dead at 54 - CNN

R&B Star and 'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54 - PopEater

R.I.P. Teena Marie: Celebs Remember The Legendary Singer On Twitter - VIBE

'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dies Huffington Post

Remembering Teena Marie: A few choice jams from the '80s funk - LATimes Blog

Pitchfork: Teena Marie R.I.P. - Pitchfork

Farewell To Teena Marie, The 'Ivory Queen Of Soul'? - NPR

'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54 - TMZ

R.I.P. Teena Marie - Rap Radar

Soul Singer Teena Marie Dies at 54 - Rap-Up.com

Blue-Eyed Soul Singer Teena Marie Dies - The Root

R&B Superstar Teena Marie Dead at 54 - BlackAmericaWeb

Songs That Sample Teena Marie - The Urban Daily

Singer Teena Marie Dead At 54 - Hello Beautiful

Teena Marie & Rick James “Fire And Desire” LIVE - The Life Files

R&B Legend Teena Marie Found Dead - RandB

It looks like the over-hyped, over-the-top sales marketing plan worked for rapper Jay Z and former VIBE editor Dream Hampton, who goes uncredited as the actual author of Decoded.

Decoded, Jay Z's autobiography slash memoir of his days hustling drugs in the Marcy Projects to his current gig hustling for cred in corporate boardrooms, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover non-fiction books.

This is not a big deal when you consider that the aging rapper is trailing behind 2 books that have been on the bestseller list for weeks: Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken (#2) and George Bush’s memoirs Decision Points (#1).

Jay Z's rhyme tome didn't even crack the Top 10 on USA Today's bestseller list, which is actually based on overall sales and not who you know at the NY Times. Decoded landed at #18.

Photos by Sandra Mu/Getty Images AsiaPac

Last night, BET and Centric TV (formerly BET Jazz) aired the Soul Train Awards featuring moving tributes to R&B legends Anita Baker and Ron Isley. The most moving performance (in my opinion) was by the very talented singer Tamia.

After watching Tamia's stirring performance of Baker's "Giving You The Best That I've Got," many wondered why she hasn't put out a new album.

It turns out the 35-year-old Grammy winner's promising career was cut short when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Tamia, who is best known for her hits "You Put a Move On My Heart" and "Stranger in My House", is one of the truly great singers of our time.

Tamia's debut album, More, is considered a classic among her devoted fans. The CD received favorable reviews when it dropped in 1998, but it was largely slept on by the black community.

One of the singles, "So Into You," was sampled by rapper Fabolous for his single "Into You". The single peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2003.

This video also includes Faith Evans' cracked out rendition of Baker's classic hit "No One In The World". It was a horrible performance by today's standards -- and that's putting it mildly.

More performances on MissInfo's blog.

DeVante Swing of the 80s R&B group Jodeci was arrested in California over the weekend for public drunkenness after he trashed a Subway restaurant.

A talented producer and songwriter, DeVante produced 2 Pac's "No More Pain" off the 1996 album All Eyez on Me. DeVante was considered the heartthrob of the group, but he was plagued by drug addictions for most of his career.

"Gin & Juice" by Da Bassment featuring DeVante is a track off a mixtape, circa 1995. Da Bassment was a collective of artists from DeVante's now defunct Swing Mob Records featuring Missy Elliott, her group Sugah, Tweet, Missy's other girl group Sista, Timbaland, Magoo, Ginuwine, and others. The collective was sometimes referred to as "the supafriends".

According to TMZ, DeVante, whose real name is Donald DeGrate Jr., was arrested after police received a call from a concerned citizen who said the singer was drunk and sloppily crashing into tables and falling on the floor at the restaurant.

The 41-year-old was arrested for being drunk in public and taken to a jail nearby.

DeVante was released around 11PM, after police determined he had sobered up. The police said the singer would not be charged with a crime.

Jodeci was a hit R&B band famous in the early-to-late '90s and consisted of two pairs of brothers, the DeGrates -- Donald 'DeVante Swing' DeGrate and Dalvin DeGrate and the Haileys -- Cedric 'K-Ci' Hailey and Joel 'Jo-Jo' Hailey.

When Jodeci went on hiatus, the Hailey brothers continued to perform together under the name K-Ci & JoJo and found additional success; they are currently the subject of the reality show 'K-Ci & JoJo ... Come Clean.'

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Rapper Nelly is featured on MTV's "When I Was 17." Nelly recalls his life growing up in St. Louis, where he excelled in peewee baseball, football, and jumped to the big leagues of petty theft.

Nelly came to prominence in 2000 with his top ten hit "Country Grammar." He went on to sell 21 million albums in the U.S. in his career and Billboard magazine named him 3rd Top Overall Artist of the 2000-2009 decade.

Usher gets points for this artful recreation of a Sammy Davis Jr. pose on the cover of the current Ebony magazine to celebrate their 65th anniversary.

The R&B crooner is enjoying renewed success with his album Raymond vs. Raymond, which scanned 1,103,546 copies sold to date.

Usher is seen rocking a crisp blue suit reminiscent of the suits Davis wore in the 60s. The suit was designed by Martin Margiela.

Davis died at age 64 of throat cancer in 1990.

Source: Toya

In 1988, bad girl singer Cherrelle, who was R&B singer Pebbles' cousin, dropped her 5th single "Affair" off her third album of the same title.

"Affair" became an instant dance hit and peaked at #4 on the charts. The vinyl 45 record was snatched up by single ladies everywhere off the strength of self assured lyrics like this: "I don't need commitment/ I don't need no man to tell me how to feel"

Check out the funky dance moves by the redhead in this video. I had every move down pat in 1988!

Everyone keeps telling me about this video of the Mike Tyson remake of Bobby Brown's "Every Little Step" video.

I guess I don't have a sense of humor because this video is just not funny to me. Maybe I would have hollered if Mike could actually dance a little? Speaking of which, I know who Mike Tyson is, but who is Wayne Brady and the other dude?

Thanks to loyal readers Hannah Kang and Charese Moore for the tips!


Rapper Soulja Boi and singer Keri Hilson were the talent performing at the unveiling of Dr. Dre's Beats By Dr. Dre & Monster's new product line at the Best Buy theater in NYC yesterday. Keri did her best Ciara impressions. She tries so hard. Bless her heart. More pics from the concert after the break!


Now Natalie Cole, you know you are too old for this! The daughter of the legendary crooner Nat King Cole was seen strolling on the Upper East Side in NYC yesterday.

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Entrepreneur Evelyn Lozada, who has emerged as the face of VH1's hit reality TV show Basketball Wives, was once a video vixen sashaying her hips in music videos such as Jay Z's "I Just Wanna Love You (Give it 2 Me)".

This according to my sharp-eyed reader, Justtina K., who spotted the young Evelyn Lozada wearing a powder blue dress and bikini throughout this video.

If you notice, Evelyn manages to keep her face out of most of the video frames. No doubt because she knew she had a daughter at home who would one day be old enough to view the video (Shaniece would have been 7 when this video was made back in 2000).

Justtina writes:

Hey Sandra,

I was watching videos the other day and Jay-Z's video "Give it to me" came on. I know this may be old but one of the girls in the video dancing looks just like Evelyn Lozada. You know she had the biggest issue with the way Royce was dancing. Just wondering if you can confirm this for me.

Big Boi, 35, (his debut solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, is out now) shares the 25 things you don't know about him with UsMagazine.com.

1. Kate Bush and Bob Marley are tied for my favorite artist.

2. I love to play myself on Def Jam's Icon video game.

3. Jane Fonda is a good friend.

4. I love the cheesy bread at Red Lobster.

5. I have three kids: my sons, Cross, 9, and Bamboo, 10, and my daughter, Jordan, 15.

6. I have a dog kennel, Pitfall Kennels.

7. I have a room in my house called the Boom Boom Room. It's where all the fun happens.

8. My family loves dancing to "Pants on the Ground."

9. Martha Stewart taught me to cook fried lobster tail.

10. I have a lot of security cameras, so don't try nothin'!

11. I named my dog Halle Berry; she's got a cute face.

12. When my family bowls, we call ourselves the Water Buffaloes like on The Flintstones.

13. My pet shark is named after blues singer Billy Ocean.

14. One of my favorite movies is Iron Man.

15. I like taking my kids to their football games.

16. I have multiple rap personalities.

17. I don't eat beef or pork.

18. I have more than 400 pairs of sneakers. Read more...

Maia Campbell, the once beautiful star of LL Cool J's "In the House" is now incarcerated in the big house.

The 33-year-old daughter of author BeBe Moore Campbell, starred in numerous TV sitcoms and bit roles in movies such as Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson and Tupac. Like most washed up young stars with no job skills, Maia briefly dabbled in porn and then street drugs.

Maia was arrested on July 5th in Santa Monica, CA after being videotaped in a drug-induced haze. She remains incarcerated on $40,000 bond at the same facility where actress Lindsay Lohan was jailed. This is her 2nd arrest. It is believed that Maia suffers from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.


Thanks to loyal reader Shana for the tip!

Loyal reader Morgan writes:

Hello, Miss Sandra

Im a huge fan of your website.

This weekend LIl' Kim performed in front of a sold out crowd of 15,000 people at Tanzania, Africa.

She did all of her hits and was joined on stage by African superstar "Nature na zali".

I've also enclosed a Black and white photo of LIl' Kim and From the love of Ray-J's "Lil' B ", on the way to the venue.

Check out more Lil' Kim pictures and videos at:

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Hill, 35, is scheduled to perform in a few shows as part of the lineup of the Rock the Bells tour. In the past few days, a previously unheard track titled "Repercussions" which is purported to be of her singing has hit the Web. The notoriously private singer also recently gave an interview to National Public Radio, sounding very much like a star on the comeback trail.

"I'm starting to get excited again," Hill told NPR. "Believe it or not, I think what people are attracted to about me, if anything, is my passion. People got exposed to my passion through music and song first."
Not everyone is convinced.

"I'm not sure if there is a comeback," said Gail Mitchell, senior editor covering R&B and hip-hop at Billboard magazine. "Maybe that interview with NPR was to prime people, but until there is an announcement or new music, I don't think we can say that anything is set."

"Is she coming back or is she just doing what she has always done?" said Sandra Rose, who runs the popular gossip site SandraRose.com. "She performs, makes some money and then she disappears again."
It's not quite the career the world expected of Hill after her hit album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was released in 1998 and went on to garner the singer 10 Grammy nominations (the most of any female performer at the time) and five awards.

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Loyal reader Domi writes:

Good Day Ms. Rose,

My name is Dominique from Los Angeles and I visit your site every single day. I have attempted to register to comment on your site to no avail, but I just had to leave you with this!

I saw the pictures of Nas and Amy at Damien Marley's birthday party leaving together, and my mouth dropped open.

I have been an Amy Winehouse fan since her first album, and I was completely blown away after the Back to Black album, which I call the soundtrack to my life. Although she's a real live crackhead, she has undeniable talent.

With that being said, true Amy Winehouse fans know that it has been rumored for many years that Amy and Nas were a couple in the past. There is even a song that is presumably about Nas, entitled "Me and Mr. Jones" which is obviously about a tumultuous relationship between the two. It is one of my favorite songs of all time and she is CLEARLY talking about Nas. Sandra please Google it!

Some of the most notable verses go "Mr Destiny, 9 and 14" (they share the same birthday) "Besides Sammy you're my best Black Joe" I mean come on, the song is called Me and Mr (Nasir) Jones! I thought people knew this already, but all over the internet people are saying "What is Nas doing with Amy Winehouse"!!

Whew! I vented and now I feel better!

Love your blog,

Domi from L.A.!!!

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According to TMZ.com, R&B singer Brian McKnight, shown above with his sons, is breathing easier this morning now that paternity tests prove he is not the father of a gold digger's 14-year-old boy.

Brian McKnight is not the father of a 14-year-old kid in Florida -- so says a DNA test -- and now, he's no longer responsible for $341,640 in back child support payments the boy's mother was hoping to collect.

As we previously reported, a woman sued McKnight last year claiming Brian is her long lost baby daddy. But McKnight didn't respond to her lawsuit, and the judge issued a default judgment against him ... which means he was on the hook for the cash.

McKnight eventually took a DNA test -- and the results showed that Brian could not be the kid's father ... so the judge promptly tossed out the case.

According to TMZ, Miriam Lee filed paternity and child support docs in Orange County, FL last year alleging that the kid was McKnight's son.

According to online reports, Lee and McKnight were an item for many years -- even before McKnight divorced his wife of 13 years. McKnight has expressed regret for staying with his wife for years after realizing there were major problems in the marriage. He said he stayed for the benefit of the couple's two sons.

”I think deep down we both knew that this would be the end result," said Brian. "If we hadn’t had children, it would have been much easier to say, ‘You know what, we’re just going to go our separate ways.’ We do love each other, but people grow apart.”


It was a great ride: After two decades of churning out bubble gum rap and crafting memorable hits for such artists as Bow Wow, Kris Kross, Xscape and Da Brat, music producer-turned rapper Jermaine Dupri has come full circle.

The pint sized former rap mogul now finds himself staring at an uncertain future as he starts over at square 1 with a downsized version of So So Def, the independent label that made him a household name.

The 90s were heady days for Jermaine Dupri who struck gold and then platinum with a mixture of pop-rap that Atlanta has become known for. But few people knew then that JD, as he likes to be known, did not craft those hits himself.

Like fellow Atlanta producer Dallas Austin, JD kept a team of virtually unknown producers on his payroll, and they did most of the work for him.

That's not unusual in a music industry that is dominated by narcissists who routinely take credit for other people's work.

Big name producers, such as Diddy and JD, are often up all night clubbing, and making it rain on botoxed strippers who they share champagne breakfasts with in random hotel rooms at 8 in the morning. All the while, the unknown producers, who make pennies on the dollar, craft the hits that earn the big name producers their Grammys.

This explains why "producer" Sean Combs put out so many hits early on in his career, but he couldn't make a hit now if his life depended on it. The same goes for JD who took his So So Def label independent last year after being dumped from Island Records.

According to Creative Loafing, JD is bitter now that he has no major label to call home. No longer able to splurge on the exorbitant $8,000-a-month rental fees, he took down his infamous "Afro man" billboard alongside I-85 downtown. The one that greeted out-of-state visitors driving into Atlanta from Hartsfield airport.

Dupri, 36, also laid off (or fired) most of his staff and now operates So So Def out of his Southside studios in Buckhead with a skeleton crew of 3.

Gone is the big money label budget and all the perks that went along with being signed to a major label. If you don't have a major label budget, then you can't pay producers. This is when a producer's weaknesses -- and lack of raw talent - is exposed for the world to see.

Also gone is the main reason why Dupri's name stayed on everyone lips for so long: Janet Jackson. Sadly JD is in denial, refusing to admit that their relationship is over.

According to Creative Loafing, JD seems to deny that the pair have broken up, despite numerous reports to the contrary last year. "That's an assumption," he says.

The failures began multiplying, culminating In 2008, when JD executive produced his then girlfriend Janet's Discipline album. The album failed to go gold and Janet's contract was not renewed at Island. Some say JD destroyed Janet jackson's career by selfishly elevating his own career above hers. Even if that wasn't true, others took notice of his failures.

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Here’s the first look at troubled rapper Foxy Brown leaving the 77th Precinct in Brooklyn late last night. She was arrested for violating a restraining order after she verbally accosted her next door neighbor who complained about Foxy's noisy outdoor rehearsal. As you know, Foxy is still on probation after serving prison time for another violent incident involving a chick.

Yesterday one of my readers, Daisy, alerted me to this video of R&B legend Lauryn Hills 12-year-old daughter Selah singing. Hill and her sperm donor Rohan Marley (Bob Marley's seed) have 5 children together.

Does Selah have a future in music? Will she crack under the pressure of fame like her mother did? Lauryn is set to announce a world tour including dates in the motherland Africa. Stay tuned for that announcement.

The industry was thick at last night's ATL LIVE ON THE PARK monthly music showcase produced by Shanti Das & Marlon Nichols. Devyne Stephens' Upfront Megatainment hosted the night, which saw the likes of Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Steve Rifkind, Jazze Pha, Q. Parker (112), and so many more. Hundreds of Atlanta's key influencers and business professionals packed the Piedmont Tent at Park Tavern to witness performances by RL (NEXT); Dave Hollister, Rock City and R&B newcomers Majic Massey and Cassandra Batie. Kenny Burns and Def Comedy Jam's Vanessa Fraction emcee'd while DJ Salah Ananse and the Teddy White Band kept the energy high. Special thanks to our sponsors Orange Crush (Experience Crush, Experience Flavor) and Lincoln (who displayed the new Lincoln MKS)!

Additional attendees included: Roger Bobb (EVP, Tyler Perry Studios); Jamal Lewis (Fmr Baltimore Ravens running back); Ceasar Mitchell (Atlanta City Council President); Hurricane Dave (Radio One); Keiona Johnson (CNN); Shante Paige (Tyler Perry Studios); Sheree Whitfield (Real Housewives of Atlanta); actress Natasha Henstridge (Species), Tameka Raymond (Estella Boutique); Dwight Eubanks (Real Housewives of Atlanta); Brianna Jenkins (Next Food Network Star); rapper Pastor Troy, Danielle Crawley (E!/Candy Girls); J Carter (Sol Fusion); publicist Tresa Sanders, Shawn "Tubby" Holiday (Interscope Records); and R&B veteran Tony Terry who surprised the crowd with a throwback rendition of "When I'm With You." Good music is definitely alive and well.

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Photo Credit: James Pray


Singer Akon, record exec Steve Rifkind (Sanaa Lathan's boy toy); music mogul DeVyne Stephens (Upfront Megatainment)


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The sometimes eccentric and intensely private rock star Prince came out of his shell recently to grant London's Daily Mail newspaper an exclusive interview.

During the interview, Prince declared the internet "over" and "outdated," and said he refuses to use any form of digital technology to download his upcoming album.

Prince expressed displeasure with the online music distribution giant iTunes: “The internet is completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.”

Prince also criticised the advent of gadgets and computers: “All these computers and digital gadgets are no good.

"They just fill your head with numbers and that cant be good for you.”

His new album is his 27th release and may be distributed via Warner Brothers in the US – but there will be no downloads available in the world. Read More...

Prince has been "over" and "outdated" for a minute now anyway. So who cares about his upcoming album? These celebrities need to get over themselves.

I thought it was common knowledge that chickenheads don't wanna be saved?

Last week I heard from a credible industry source who told me that an industry executive (a "married man") was seen out & about in Atlanta with Twitter groupie Icon, Katstacks. If you're not familiar with this human train wreck, she's hood famous for putting out a bunch of kiss-and-tell videos describing her sexual exploits with C and D-list rappers. Lately she's been seen in videos being assaulted by friends and family of those same rappers.

The source refused to tell me who the man was even after I assured her I wouldn't say anything. I never could get her to divulge the information. So I made a few phone calls and I finally learned the man's identity: Kevin Wales (pictured above with Kat and her mother at the Gold Room last week). This explains why Kat has relocated to Atlanta from Miami.

I should mention here that there is no evidence Kevin is hitting that. I'm told that he sincerely cares about her and has taken her under his wing as her manager.

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Have you ever noticed that the majority of kids who grow up in strict, religious households turn out to be the most morally and ethically corrupt? Kelly Rowland turned out alright, but that lying, thieving Beyonce is a mess. I can't picture Beyonce being on fire for God. Can you?

She told The Scotsman Newspaper: "I can't live without it. As kids we were so on fire for God. And then you grow up, travel and experience things and stop reading the Bible every day. You don't realize that you're taking important things away from yourself.

"If all this were taken away from me right now I would still have my faith. If you don't have faith the world will eat you alive. Read More...


Rapper Jay Z and his wife, Burlesque singer Beyonce, attended the the Roland Garros 2010 French Open Tennis Tournament in Paris, France yesterday. I find it interesting that Jay Z can dress age appropriately, and even classy for white folks, but he shows the crack of his azz when he's around his own people.


The Jigga man looks more like Mr. Ed than a camel in this pic.


Rapper Waka Flocka posed with this 2Pac look-a-like at a music festival somewhere over the weekend. Aside from the fact that the 2Pac imitator looks ridiculous as hail, Waka looks like he needs to hit the gym fast.

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I had no clue that singer Bobby Brown dated Janet Jackson until I read an excerpt in his autobiography “Being Bobby Brown: The Truth and Nothing But …”

“I can recall that I started drinking heavily when Janet Jackson and I broke up. Before I met Janet I would never drink hard liquor, I only drank beer. But after our break up, I started drinking hard liquor abundantly. I took the way our relationship ended very hard. Not to say we were head over heels in love, but she was someone I had a lot of feelings for. Besides, we were young and naive. I was only about 19 or 20 years old. Young love is no joke!”

Thanks to loyal reader Lisa Jackson for sending this scan of a now defunct Fresh magazine featuring lovebirds Bobby and Janet on the cover!