Singer Alicia Keys, 29, and her husband Swizz Keys took a romantic stroll in St Barts yesterday. The couple were spotted holding hands while shopping in high end boutiques such as Edgar and Louis Vuitton. Is there a celebrity who isn't in St. Barts this week?


Is it me, or does Alicia look like she's pregnant again?

Rapper Nicki Minaj was seen covering her face as she and her goofy looking boyfriend left their hotel in New York City last night. Her boyfriend wears many hats as Nicki's hype man, producer, bodyguard and Twitter gangster.

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Loyal readers Emma and Frederick are the lucky winners of tickets to T.I. and Tiny's Alzheimer's Foundation luncheon this Sunday at Luckie Lounge!

Special guest speakers at the luncheon include Tiny's mom, Diane Pope, who is the main caregiver for Tiny's dad, Charles Pope, who has Alzheimer's.

Additionally, there will be special performances by Xscape Members cough*TINY*cough, as well as OMG GIRLZ and Qt Jazz!

To those of you who are interested in attending the luncheon on Sunday, RSVP Shashicka@aol.com to reserve tickets. Luncheon tickets are $100.

Thank you so much to every one who submitted their touching stories of the loved ones they lost to this terrible disease. I was very much moved by your emails and I wish I could give you all tickets to the luncheon.

Loyal reader Emma writes:

Hi Sandra,

My name is Emma _________ and I am 50 years. My dad died of Alzheimer three years ago July 23rd in Chicago. He was 87 years old. He spent the last 5 years of his life in a nursing home, but he was very bless because he was showered with love from his family.

I can so relate to Tiny and her father. When I watch the show it brings tears to my eyes, because it like I am looking at our life on the TV. I relocated to Atlanta from Chicago in 2003 and my sister Shawn was left with a big part of the responsibility of taking care of Dad and she did a wonderful job without complaining. My sister moved here about a year ago and it would be a privilege for us to attend the Alzheimer Luncheon.

Thanks

Emma

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Expect sexy Dania Ramirez to come out of the closet any day now. Dania, who's currently lensing her action flick 'Premium Rush' in Chelsea, NY, told Maxim magazine that she is not married. Dania is tired of hearing rumors that she's married to director Jesse Terrero. She says they split up a while ago: "You shouldn't believe everything you hear on the internet. He was a great guy (who) I was with for a while, and I'm not (now)."


Teh ghey rapper Drake was spotted checking his text messages at Vancouver's International Airport yesterday. Drake caught a departing flight after performing a sold-out show in Vancouver, Canada. Drake benefits from the fact that he's a native Canadian. His entire Young Money crew, including Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, are banned for life from performing there.

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Everybody's talking about Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment's ultra private Grand Finale birthday bash at an intimate spot tomorrow night. The party is ultra private at an undisclosed location.

The guest list includes the upper echelon of the music industry: Akon, Young Jeezy, T.I., Jason Geter (Grand Hustle), Kenny Burns, Bu (VP A&R Def Jam), Coach K, Chubbie Baby (promoter), Kinky B (Jeezy's manager).

According to the invite that's just going out today, the dress code is strictly hard bottoms, suited & booted for the men, while the ladies dress code is "Sex in the City" chic. There will be an open bar for everyone and Alex is giving all his celebrity, industry friends a table with 5 or 10 bottles each. Invited guests will be given a bottle of Moët when they walk through the front door.

Alex has already ordered up 250 bottles of Moët (the club only holds 225 guests). So if you're invited, you get a bottle. That's how serious it is!

This post is for industry insiders to be aware that the invites are going out late. So if you know Alex's number, call him and get your name on the list. If not, you can read about the party on my blog on Friday.

Remember: Strict dress code. Definitely everyone must be dressed to the nines. No ball caps or athletic gear. If T.I. is putting on a suit for his boy then everybody should!

NBA superstar LeBron James is just a regular guy when it comes to his family. 'Bron was spotted waiting for a table with his family at the popular TriBeCa eatery Bubba's in NYC yesterday. I just got off the phone with a male friend who was salivating over Sean Combs' LSLH girlfriend Cassie at Compound nightclub on Saturday. It's a good thing that LeBron is more realistic and mature than most men who only see LSLH women as objects rather than as human beings with feelings.

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Rapper Jay Z returned with a friend industry exec Steve Stout to the trendy upscale Nello restaurant to have lunch today. He showed off his new iPhone 4 which he doesn't seem too thrilled with.


After playing with his toy at the table, Jay Z enjoyed his lunch at the Upper East Side eatery where the rich and famous go to canoodle over $65 asparagus shoots and $75 lobster salad.

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Rapper 50 Cent recently went on a starvation diet for a film role. That's his story, and he's sticking to it...

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50 Cent was able to reduce his 214 pounds frame down to a gaunt 160 pounds for a MOVIE role by going on an all liquid diet and taking daily three-hour-a-day walks on a TREADMILL for nine weeks. In his upcoming film Things Fall Apart the G-Unit general will portray a football player stricken with cancer.

The disconnect I feel from his rap persona by just looking at these pictures is crazy. I’m looking forward to watching his PERFORMANCE when the film drops to see if that same feeling is translated on screen. Check out more flicks over at the RAP RADAR mansion.

This movie will go straight to DVD like all his other movies.

The White House posted pictures of Beyonce performing at the White House State dinner the other night. Sorry, there were no pics of her rolling across the stage on her back.


Special thanks to the White House photographer for this photo of Barack Obama in his now classic narcissistic posture -- chin up and eyes closed. Now I can retire the other photo.


Actress Halle Berry needed a police escort to get her past the throngs of paparazzi outside the medical center on Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills today. Are you sure you want to be a celebrity?

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Anorexia Nervosa is a potentially deadly eating disorder that is characterized by marked weight loss and severe body image disturbance. This psychological disorder primarily affects women who have low self esteem and an unrealistic and obsessive fear of gaining weight.

Women diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa control their weight through self-imposed starvation (avoiding food), eating and purging (vomiting), excessive exercise, diet pills, drug use and laxative abuse.

Anorexics share an intense fear of gaining weight and refuse to maintain their body weight above 85% of the expected weight for their age and height.

In addition to the affects on the body externally, anorexia nervosa causes damage to the inside of the esophagus when food is repeatedly regurgitated (swallowed and brought back up). The constant irritation of the esophagus can lead to esophagitis, an inflammatory condition that can cause scarring and narrowing of the esophagus, making it difficult to swallow or keep food down.

Frequent episodes of vomiting can lead to severe dehydration which results in electrolyte imbalance, cardiac arrest and possible death.

Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Skin changes
  • Amenorrhea (missed periods)
  • Fatigue, weakness, lethargy
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Cold intolerance
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Tooth decay (from the effects of stomach acid on enamel)

Treatment includes psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, anti-depressant meds, and in extreme cases, hospitalization in a medical or psych ward setting.

Anorexics are difficult to treat because they don't believe they have an eating disorder and they often relapse into their former eating and purging pattern after treatment. The difference between a patient with anorexia nervosa and bulimia is the bulimia patient maintains their weight above average or just below average. Additionally, rather than avoiding food (as the anorexic does) the bulimia patient (secretly) binges on food and then purges (vomits) due to strong feelings of shame and guilt.

If you believe you or someone you know is suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia, get help immediately by calling an anorexia treatment center in your area.

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