According to a press release, Ciroc sponsored a meet and greet for rapper T.I. at the ultra-chic Philippe Restaurant in Manhattan on October 17, 2011. Celebrities guests included Super producer Swizz Beatz, Young hip hop star J. Cole, BMX superstar Nigel Sylvester, Los Angeles Lakers Derek Fisher, New York Giants Deon Grant, rap icon(?) Jadakiss and many others.

T.I. was dressed casually in AKOO jeans, Air Jordan sneakers, a fleece hoodie and his favorite iced-out Audemars Piguet watch (around $100k). During the affair, guests received signed copies of Power & Beauty along with a lavish gift bag courtesy of AKOO Clothing.

“We’re happy and extremely proud of T.I.’s newest achievement adding novelist to his repertoire and seeing him grow into this multi-talented and inspiring individual,” said Jason Geter, Co-founder of AKOO Clothing and CEO of Grand Hustle Records.

Geter is pictured above, 2nd from right, with L-R: Grand Hustle's Mel Testamark, Swizz Beatz, and AKOO's Jeff Belizaire.

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The Wing Stop in Memphis that rapper Rick Ross invested in was already open for business by the time he made it there from an Alabama hospital in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 16. reported the "Boss" suffered two seizures while on board two separate jets that delayed his arrival in Memphis over the weekend. But, yesterday, music producer Khaled tweeted this pic of a frail looking Ross at his Wing Stop restaurant.

We're not sure why bloggers think Ross's seizures are related to his massive wight. Seizures are caused by electrical disturbances in the brain -- not in the stomach.

One would think that if the first seizure didn’t encourage Ross to slow down and rest then the second round would cinch that situation. But no, as DJ Khaled tweeted a photo of the two at a Memphis Wing Stop restaurant last night (Oct. 16) with the caption "My brother ROZAY!! IS GOOD!!!," meaning Ross had finally made it to Memphis--and most likely not on doctor’s orders. His former romantic interest Elise Neal even spoke about Ross' situation, "I think they're [Def Jam and Ross’s camp] pushing him too hard. They don't think about him or his health, pushing him to do all these videos, pushing tours and shows’…’He is not 20 years old anymore…”

A McDonald's cashier is in hot water after beating two unruly female customers with a metal rod, according to

The two women, one a Stud and the other a femme, were seriously injured following a physical altercation with cashier Rayon McIntosh, 31, at the West 3rd Street restaurant in Greenwich Village, NY early Thursday.

The video, shot by a customer, shows Denise Darbeau, 24, of Queens, and her friend, Rachel Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn -- arguing loudly with McIntosh after he told them he had to authenticate their $50 bill. Darbeau and Edwards reached over the counter and slapped McIntosh, who shoved them back.

Both women then leapt over the counter and approached McIntosh who took them both out with a metal rod.

A customer can be heard screaming "STOOOOP!" "CALL THE POLICE!" as McIntosh (pictured above in blue cap) continued to beat the women who lay wounded on the floor of the restaurant. Darbeau (the Stud) got the worst of it. McIntosh beat her so badly she suffered a cracked skull and a broken arm.

The beating ended when a male co-worker wrestled the metal rod out of McIntosh's hands.

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Loyal reader BK2ATLMAN wrote in to let us know all about his experiences at T.I.'s "A King Of Oneself" Birthday Brunch on Sunday, October 2nd!

Hey Sandra.

I just wanted to thank you again for the tickets. It was a great event. Before I tell all the details, I also wanted to give a shout out to Hannah Kang, who welcomed me and my business partner, made sure we had our table and was just an overall great person. Cute smile too...

She even made sure T.I knew I was the winner and brought him to my table to chop it up a bit. Also it was recorded for his [reality] TV show.

The Good:

The place was beautiful, everything was setup perfect. There was an open Ciroc bar, so that was one of my best friends throughout the day. Can't believe everyone was getting sauced that early in the day. The food was good, except for some egg seafood thing that just wasn't the business. The chicken breast was the bomb, but after a couple bites it was done.

More Good:
My table was the bomb, on the left of me I had the A&R from badboy and on the right side of me I had Shawn Holiday from Interscope, who I already knew. I made tons of new connections and might have to cut you a check in the near future.. lol.

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"T.I." Harris and his wife Tiny Harris attended his AKOO Clothing And Grand Hustle Entertainment First Annual "A King Of Oneself Brunch" held at the luxury Mansion hotel on Peachtree street in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct.2nd. The occasion was also the celebration of T.I.'s 30th birthday.

"T.I." Harris, his mother, Violeta Morgan, and rapper Nelly attended T.I.'s AKOO Clothing First Annual "A King Of Oneself Brunch" brunch held at the Mansion hotel in Atlanta

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Congratulations to loyal reader BK2ATLMAN!

BK2ATLMAN and a guest will dine with T.I. and other invited guests at the 1st Annual "A King Of Oneself" Brunch hosted by T.I. and Amar'e Stoudemire this Sunday (Oct. 2) at a private location! He will receive a bottle of Ciroc courtesy of Sean "Diddy" Combs. He will also be measured for a special gift from T.I.'s AKOO clothing line. This brunch will be an event that he will never forget!

Special thanks to Grand Hustle, Ciroc, Beats By Dre and MusicbusinessPolitics!

Rapper T.I. was released from an Atlanta halfway house this morning where he finished up a 11 month sentence for violating his probation. T.I. turned 31 last weekend, but he plans a series of parties to celebrate his birthday. The BET Hip Hop awards is also this weekend in Atlanta and there will be parties all over the city. But the biggest tickets in town are the ones to T.I.'s parties.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, T.I. will join his family and friends for a private brunch hosted by T.I. and NY Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire!

The brunch is sponsored by AKOO, Ciroc, Beats by Dre and MusicBusinessPolitics. was given two VIP invites for one lucky reader and a guest to attend T.I.'s AKOO brunch on Sunday!

To win the VIP invites, just follow these simple steps:

  • Follow @TIP on
  • Follow @MsHannahkang on
  • Copy & paste the following tweet on
  • @sandrarose is giving away two VIP invites to @Tip's AKOO brunch on

  • Leave a comment listing your 5 favorite T.I. songs in this post
  • Make sure you list your Twitter name so I can check to see if you followed the instructions!
  • The contest ends at 8p.m. tonight (Sept. 29). The winner will be selected using and announced tomorrow morning (Sept. 30). So you have Friday and Saturday to pick out your outfit!

    Sorry, but this contest is only open to readers who are registered on this blog.

    Good luck! :)

    Have you been experiencing headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps or unexplained hair loss lately? It could be the apple juice you're drinking, according to a nationally renowned TV doctor.

    Television host Dr. Mehmet Oz has come under fire by the Food and Drug Administration for his claims that the apple juice we consume is dangerous for our health.

    Dr. Oz announced on his TV show Wednesday that testing by a New Jersey lab found "troubling" levels of arsenic poison in many brands of the apple juice we drink.

    The FDA loudly denied Dr. Oz's claims in press statements, which of course made headlines around the country. The resulting media coverage led some people to wonder if that glass of apple juice they drink every morning could really kill them.

    "There is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices. And the FDA has been testing them for years," the agency said in one press statement.

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    On Saturday Ludacris held his annual private dinner at his Straits restaurant as part of his LudaDay Weekend of festivities. Accompanying him was singer Ciara who dined with singers Estelle and Letoya Luckett; actor Lance Gross and reality tv personalities Meeka Claxton, Tika Sumpter, Keisha Knight Pulliam, and random NBA Players. Photo courtesy of Tami of blog. Visit her blog for more pics!

    Ludacris and his fiancee Fab partied at Mansion Elan in Atlanta on Friday night. The party was packed to capacity and it was one of the many events featured as part of his LudaDay Weekend festivities.

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    The Internet is buzzing about how Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson went off on a fan who asked her a simple question on the social networking site yesterday.

    A user named @1984Lips4daze posed this question to J-Hud on Twitter: "@IAMJHUD Did you get surgery to assist in your weight loss? Or is it all weight watchers?"

    To which an irate Hudson responded:

    Hudson also tweeted to the same fan: "Thank u for your hate n clearly the gym ain't working for u cuz u look a mess."

    Um, yeah, this is the same Jennifer Hudson who wants us to believe she's a size zero -- all 5 ft 9 of her. I mean, come on, at 5 ft 9 she would have to be a skeleton to wear a size zero. Who is she fooling?

    Hudson's rude treatment of her fan didn't go unnoticed by her other followers who put the Dreamgirls star on full blast on Twitter.

    Isn't it written somewhere into her contract with Weight Watchers that she can't make a public spectacle of herself while representing the brand?