Congratulations to Shannon Brown and Monica for tying the knot for a second time in front of family and friends on Saturday!

As you know, Mo and Shannon married in secret at their California home in November of last year. This time around, they invited hundreds of guests to watch them jump the broom!

First, I want to address all the lies that began filtering out just minutes after the couple said "I do."

Yes, Monica and Shannon's good friends, Khloe and Lamar Odom missed the wedding due to circumstances beyond their control.

The reason Khloe wasn't there was because she and Lamar had a death in the family. Lamar's cousin was murdered the night before the wedding and they had to drop everything and fly back to the East Coast. Everybody at the wedding knew about the tragedy. Monica has spoken to Khloe and Khloe told her she would have given anything to attend Mo's special day.

Khloe told friends "I would never want anybody to think I would just miss their wedding."

Khloe is very down to earth, and the two women are very close. Khloe always looked after 'Melo and Lil Rocko at the Lakers games. The friends actually met before Monica met Shannon. Our condolences go out to Khloe and Lamar.

There was also a rumor that Kobe's wife, Vanessa, didn't attend the wedding.

Not only was Kobe's wife the first one at the wedding, but she stepped up to fill Khloe's role once she found out what had happened! Vanessa took a helicopter from Kobe's basketball camp in Santa Barbara to be in the wedding.

Monica's friend Keyshia Cole wasn't there because she is currently on tour.

Even by Hollywood's standards, security was extremely tight. Yes, guests were asked to walk through metal detectors at the wedding. That was because more than 40 of the invitations were stolen prior to the wedding, and Monica wanted to make sure her invited guests were safe since they were in downtown Los Angeles.

In contrast to T.I. and Tiny's wedding where inconsiderate guests uploaded grainy photos to Twitter.com, Monica and Shannon made sure their wedding was paparazzi and Twitter-free. The Exclusive photos of the wedding will be released next week when Mo and Shannon return from their honeymoon!

Speaking of which, Mo's cousin Ludacris could not attend the wedding because he was performing in concert out of state.

But Luda's girlfriend Fab was one of Mo's bridesmaids. And Luda ordered his pilot to gas up his private jet to fly Monica and Shannon to their surprise honeymoon from Atlanta this morning (Shannon and Mo don't even know where they're going)!

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When rapper Gucci Mane was released from the Fulton County jail at midnight on Wednesday (May 12), one of the first calls he made was to Atlanta's premier party planner Jamahl King of S.T.E.P.S. Events to coordinate his big Welcome Home dinner at the swanky Georgian Terrace Hotel.

As you can see from these pictures, Jamahl (pictured) did not disappoint! In less than 24 hours, Jamahl laid out quite a spread for Gucci and his guests inside one of the huge Georgian Terrace ballrooms.

Well-heeled guests such as R&B singers/reality show stars Monica and Kandi Burruss; rappers Big Boi, Shawty Lo and Wacka Flocka Flame; producers Jazze Pha, Sean Garrett, dined on filet mignon, miniature beef Wellington, peekytoe crab salad, pecan crusted chicken, bananas foster and freely flowing champagne!

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It's rare when an up-and-coming artist can get me to come out of my familiar surroundings into the sometimes hostile environment of the music industry. Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona is one of those rare artists. A pretty girl who can sing like an Angel is such a rarity these days!

Last night, I had the pleasure of being in the company of such a great talent! Melanie is destined for greatness and I'm glad I got the chance to meet her before the industry swallows her whole and she forgets where she came from.

Wow, she sings like an angel! Melanie, 26, serenaded the industry elite with her powerful pipes during her invitation-only dinner at the Geisha House in Atlantic Station.

Industry execs included SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind (pictured above with his artist), who invited me up to his hotel suite after the dinner party to "listen to music." Imagine that!

Steve also invited a few high powered people like Sister2Sister publisher Jamie Foster Brown (pictured above with Fiona), PR queen Tresa Sanders of TreMedia (pictured below with Fiona) who reps Akon and Keyshia Cole, to come to his suite as well. But I politely declined.

Celebs coming out to show their support included Akon, former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams, and choreographer Devyne Stephens.

I was accompanied to the event by good friend, celebrity makeup artist Jai Jai (pictured above with Fiona), who worked her magic on my face earlier in the evening. You may recall Jai Jai was totally disrespected by her ex-boyfriend, rapper Shawty Lo, who has since apologized. I always say the best revenge is to be a success, and Jai Jai has hit the ground running toward her goals. She is a young woman with such poise, wisdom and insight to be only 23!

Fiona's debut album on SRC/Universal Motown "The Bridge" officially drops on Nov. 10!

Thanks to celebrity photographer Prince Williams for the flicks!

MORE pics after the break!

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