Last night, rapper T.I.P. performed his final Miami concert before a packed house at the American Airlines Arena, and he brought along his boys Young Jeezy, Lloyd, and Sean Paul to rock the house with him!

T.I. is on the last leg of his "Live Your Life" Farewell Tour before he begins serving time for a conviction on federal gun charges in Atlanta in March.

Tonight (2/28) T.I. says farewell to his fans at a concert in Tampa, Florida where singer Keri Hilson will join him. And then Young Jeezy, Plies, Rick Ross and Yung L.A. will support him in concert in Detroit, Michigan on Mar. 7.

The Farewell Tour wraps in Corpus Christi, Texas on Mar. 15.

Props to celebrity photographer Prince Williams of ATLPics.net, who was flown to Miami to shoot this concert, and was the only photographer given backstage access to T.I.'s dressing room. Prince provided us with these exclusive shots of an emotional T.I. before, during and after the show.

Don't forget to check out ATLPics.net for complete coverage of the Miami events, including Young Jeezy's after party!

T.I.'s wifey Tameka "Tiny" Cottle (center) was with T.I. in Miami decked out in Chanel from head to toe, and dripping with diamonds -- authentic baby, not that fake Hip Hop ice those fools wear).

Co-headliner Young Jeezy enjoys a chicken snack backstage with Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment), his road manager Marlon Lang (blue jacket), and his crew



Atlanta club promoter Alex Gidewon (AG Entertainment), and T.I.'s manager Jason Geter backstage


L to r: Doug (Grand Hustle), Clay (T.I.'s able bodied assistant), C-Rod (P$C), and the boss T.I.


Alex Gidewon and Young Jeezy
Rapper Sean Kingston and singer Lloyd

Photos by ATL PICS

Rihanna and Chris Brown, the most dysfunctional industry couple since Ike and Tina Turner, are back together again, according to online reports. We can now add Rihanna's name to the long list of weak women, who crawled back to their abusers because they lack self esteem and don't feel they deserve better.

No doubt Rihanna believes CB beat her azz out of love for her. And I'm sure she thinks if she had only stayed in her lane, and kept her trap shut, he wouldn't have had to put those two knots on her head. So she's convinced herself that the vicious beating she received at his hands was all her fault for making him lose his temper the way he did. I'm sure she reminded herself that he was just being a man and she should have known better.

Someone with some common sense needs to explain to Rihanna that a man (or a punk, in Chris Brown's case) doesn't have the right to put his hand on her for any reason. And saying sorry doesn't quite cut it.

Keep in mind that, according to insiders, this is not the first time these two have gone toe to toe. Anyway, I'm done with this story. Good luck to both of them:

From MTV.com:

If a series of reports breaking on Friday night (February 27) are true, Rihanna and Chris Brown have reunited and are staying at a house owned by Diddy near Miami – and Rihanna's father has already said he'll be "supportive" of their reunion.

Just before 8 p.m. ET on Friday, People.com published a story citing an unidentified source as saying of Brown and Rihanna, "They're together again. They care for each other. While Chris is reflective and saddened about what happened, he is really happy to be with the woman he loves."

Approximately two hours later, UsMagazine.com cited a "Rihanna pal" as confirming the reunion and saying, "She's not listening to anyone. And of course Puff [Diddy] got involved in this."

The site also reported the pal as saying that Brown has been seen "smiling, riding a jet ski, and flexing his arm muscles," and that Rihanna arrived four days ago.

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Music mogul Russell Simmons addressed the child support news on his GlobalGrind.com blog today. He says he wasn't "ordered" to pay child support.

Well, if Mr. Simmons really believes he wasn't ordered to pay child support, maybe he should stop paying it and see what happens.

I guess wealthy men in his position don't like the idea of being told what to do.

“I am reading these stories today about how a judge ordered me to pay Kimora $40,000 a month in child support and I want to make something very clear. Nothing was ordered, it was given. My kids have a fabulous life; they are exposed to a broad range of artistic and scholastic educational programs and I'm very happy to contribute to that. As long as I have it, they can have it. If I ever don't have it, I’m coming to live with them!” -Russell Simmons

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Belvedere Vodka and Jeezy released this video for Jeezy's track "Circulate" yesterday on JeezyCirculate.com. Jeezy and T.I. are set to perform in Miami either tonight or tomorrow. It must be a big deal because people who normally don't leave Atlanta flew down there for this concert. Maybe I should have gone too. "Circulate" was produced by Don Cannon, who used to be my neighbor in Buckhead until recently.

TV icon, Ed McMahon, known more for his comedic humor than for his serious pimp hand, was hospitalized last month in California where he is being treated for bone cancer and pneumonia.

TMZ.com heard from a family member who said the 85-year-old is in "extremely serious condition."

A family member confirmed to ET that the 85-year-old has been at an L.A. area hospital for nearly one month to treat pneumonia. He is in the intensive care unit where he was also recently diagnosed with systemic bone cancer.

A source tells ET that McMahon's wife Pam's "deep faith is helping her though this difficult time."

Ed's rep, Howard Bragman, who confirmed the hospitalization, added, "He's not at Cedars-Sinai" -- a dig on the hospital Ed is suing for alleged malpractice and elder abuse. LINK

Just to clarify, the post title is mine, not the email author's.

Loyal reader Teri S. emailed us to say she was "appalled" at some of the responses to my earlier story on the little "Slumdog" actor who was brutalized by his father for not moving fast enough.

It's a sad reality that some in our community believe in behavior modification through violence because that's what our parents did to us. So we continue the cycle. It's a cultural thing.

Just today we hear in the news that a man was arrested and jailed for putting a shoe on his 8-year-old male relative to "punish" him. [LINK]

This is why there is so much black-on-black violence: we learn it at home.

Dear Sandra,

I've been a lurker on your website for quite some time. I enjoy the various issues and views you and your readers have. However, today's responses to the story of Azharuddin Mohammed being slapped by his father was over-the-top. I am shocked and appalled at some of the responses by some of your readers who didn't think there was anything wrong with what allegedly took place. Spanking a child is one thing - slapping, kicking, punching, etc. is totally UNACCEPTABLE.

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A Barnes & Noble spokesperson claims a customer placed a book about monkeys in a window where Barack Obama books were on display.

Yeah, sure. Blame it on the customers. It makes you wonder how long it took Barnes & Noble employees to figure out why people were outside snapping pictures of their window display.

Barnes & Noble would like to publicly apologize for what happened in our Coral Gables, Florida store. We believe that a customer played a cruel joke and placed an inappropriate title in the front window of our store, where we were featuring books written by or about President Obama. We want to assure our customers that the book placed by someone other than our booksellers was never intended to be included in our display and was removed as soon as we became aware of the situation. We are looking into it and are taking the steps necessary so that it does not happen again. From time to time customers will move titles from one area of the store to another. In this particular case, we do not condone whatever message may have been intended with the placement of this title in our Presidential display. It certainly was not part of our merchandising and we regret that we didn’t see the placement of this title immediately. [LINK]

Comments Off on Taliban Beheads Man As ‘Gift’ To Obama

I wonder why we don't read about these atrocities in the mainstream media?

Taliban militants beheaded an Afghan in Pakistan's lawless tribal region after accusing him of spying for the United States, local police said today

The 35-year-old man was kidnapped one week ago and his body found today in Razmak some 65km south of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, an official said.

"He was slaughtered overnight. His headless body was put on the roadside," police official Munir Khan said.

A note found on the body of the man, identified as Shafiq Gul, said he was "spying for the US".

"Whoever spies for the US will face the same fate. This is a gift to (US President Barack) Obama," the note said. [LINK via GP]

From Fox News:

A man from President Obama's hometown of Chicago has been arrested for allegedly sending Obama and his staff envelopes containing HIV-infected blood, in the hopes of killing or harming them.

In the weeks leading up to Obama's inauguration, Saad Hussein, an Ethiopian refugee in his late 20's, sent an envelope addressed to "Barack Obama" to offices of the Illinois government in Springfield, Ill., according to court documents. The envelope contained a series of unusual items, including a letter with reddish stains and an admission ticket for Obama's election-night celebration in Chicago's Grant Park. Court documents said Hussein, who takes drugs to treat a mental illness, later told FBI agents he is "very sick with HIV" and cut his fingers with a razor so he could bleed on the letter.

Hazmat teams were called in after the envelope was opened, and offices of the Illinois Department on Aging and the Department of Revenue were locked down for nearly two hours, locking 300 staffers in their offices, court documents said. READ MORE...

Two Wisconsin nurses have been terminated from their jobs for taking cell phone pictures of a patient's X-ray. [LINK]

The x-ray showed a sex toy lodged in the rectum of a male patient.

Photos of the x-rays were then posted on a Facebook page belonging to one of the nurses. The nurse denies posting the photos on her page and has since deleted the FB page.

The patient was not identified on the Facebook page, yet the case has been forwarded to the FBI for investigation into possible HIPAA violations.

Many gay men (and heterosexual men) derive great pleasure from inserting a variety of unusual objects into their rectums. Problems occur when the fragile blood filled tissue inside the rectum begins to swell or the bowel is punctured and bleeds profusely.

A perforated bowel can lead to a life-threatening emergency.

Medical personnel often joke about these cases in private. It's their way of coping with a sometimes stressful occupation.

What is this country coming to when people can't send amusing emails to friends without losing their livelihoods?

We posted this same watermelon photo back in November [LINK], and no one was offended. Some people can't take a joke. Everything isn't about racism.

The mayor of a small Southern California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title "No Easter egg hunt this year."

Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday's City Council meeting.

Grose came under fire for sending the picture to what he called "a small group of friends." One of the recipients, a local businesswoman and city volunteer, publicly scolded the mayor for his actions.

Grose says he accepts that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city. Grose said he didn't mean to offend anyone and claimed he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons. [LINK]

Little Azharuddin Mohammed rose swiftly from the slums of India to the bright lights of Hollywood after starring in the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire."

But no sooner did he return to the slums than reality was slapping him in the face.

His own father slapped and kicked the child as horrified fans looked on.

The ten-year-old boy who was tired from yesterday's long-haul flight from Los Angeles and had wanted to be left alone refused his father's request to leave the shack and face curious onlookers.

Just days ago as one of the movie's child stars he'd walked the Oscars red carpet in glamorous clothes but now back in the slums he was being kicked and slapped around the face.

The ugly scenes lasted no more than 30 seconds despite the child's mother, who is blind in one eye, begging Ismail, 45, to stop the physical punishment.

Yelping as he tried to evade the flailing hands and feet he cowered in the corner of the ramshackle tent, that serves as the family home.

At one point Azharuddin grabbed his face in pain and finally ran off to cry after Ismail, who is infected with TB, was pulled off by neighbours. READ MORE...

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Mike Vick is expected to be released from prison on July 20 and placed on home confinement. He was sentenced to 23 months in prison on federal dog fighting charges in August 2007.

Vick was scheduled to be released to a halfway house, but luckily for him there was no room. So he will be heading home to Virginia instead. This is great news for Vick's hard core fans who held vigil for him on a website created by fans.

Loyal reader Pria wrote:

Hey Auntie love your site come to it everrrrry day! I am a big Mike Vick fan so big that I write his ass all the time (I want him to be my baby daddy) and one day I finally got a letter back from him. I almost shit my pants! He said he was doing fine and he was working out and eating good so he could hopefully return to the NFL and some other things. But he told me about a website that some of his fans had put together isupport7.com so you know I went to the site instantly to see what it is about! I must say so it is a great support site it has all kinds of pictures of him with his kids and I guess Girlfriend (bitch) LOL I'm hating. And him fishing and a whole bunch of other pictures of him, and he writes back a lot of fans they talk about that to. Just wanted to tell you about this so you can let other Mike Vick lovers know. Much love

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Yesterday we wrote about Bryan "Baby" Williams and how he came into his Arab money.

Baby and his brother Ronald Williams, co-founders of Cash Money Records, were profiled on MSNBC's documentary "NEWBOs: The Rise of America's New Black Overclass." In the documentary, Baby flashes millions in cash, cars, opulent gold, and authentic diamond jewelry. No fake Hip Hop ice there.

Hoping to get lucky, hundreds of thirsty single (and married) women packed into Baby's birthday bash at The Velvet Room last Sunday night to do a little gold digging of their own.