Authorities are hot on the trail of an online pimp who sought out underage girls on social networks such as Twitter.com. Like most predators, Marquist Bradford, 26, prefers young runaways who are easily impressed by a smooth talker.
Not surprisingly, Bradford is a rapper wannabe whose favorite pastime is flashing fake iced out jewelry and stacks of cash.
According to the Smoking Gun, Bradford, who is on the lam with one of his young prostitutes, has been charged with "sex trafficking of children by force, fraud, or coercion, a felony carrying a prison term of 15 years to life."
Bradford first came to the attention of the FBI two months ago, when a 15-year-old girl told cops she ran away from her pimp.
The girl told police she was introduced to Bradford by a 17-year-old prostitute whom she befriended, named “Princess.” The unidentified minor said she communicated with Bradford on Facebook for several weeks before he sent her a Greyhound bus ticket from Fresno to Sacramento. She began living with the alleged pimp and Princess in his apartment.
The teen told investigators that Bradford immediately “posted advertisements for her as a prostitute” on one escort service web site. Then the beatings began.
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There was a time, not so long ago, when Mary J. Blige was on top of the R&B world. Her rich, superior vocals were compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. But you can bet that neither Aretha nor Patti would stoop so low as to sing for a Burger King fried chicken meal on top of a lunch table.
Thus is how far Mary J. Blige has fallen.
Yesterday, Burger King pulled the commercial ad featuring the 41-year-old singer after she was dragged unmercifully across all major social networking websites on Monday. How embarrassing for Mary, whose 1992 debut album, What's the 411? is still considered an R&B classic.
You can feel Mary's humiliation throughout the commercial as she wails the answer to the question: "What's in the new chicken snack wraps?"
The theme of the Burger King commercial is "Exciting things are happening at Burger King." Apparently, nothing exciting is happening in Mary's career right now.
Watch the ad after the break.
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According to celebrity blogger Rhymeswithsnitch, "Revealing her secret 3-year love affair with actor Adam Rodriguez and talking about Blue Ivy wasn't enough to save Melanie Fiona from weak record sales..."
Apparently, neither was promoting her album on her Twitter.com account. I have said so many times in the past that promoting an album on Twitter.com is no substitute for a well-organized promotional campaign. Just because you have 100K followers on Twitter does not translate to record sales.
Melanie's second album 'The MF Life" is only expected move between 27 and 30k units in it's first week.
But Melanie's not alone.
Ruben Studdards' 'Letters from Birmingham' is projected to sell only 4k copies and Diggy Simmons debut album Unexpected Arrival between 20 and 23K. Source
One day they'll learn...
Ever since Rihanna and her abusive ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, got back together, Rihanna has been throwing subliminal shots at his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, on her Twitter page.
But Karrueche struck back with a diss of her own. When Brown tweeted a photo of himself cooking a meal for Karrueche in February, Karrueche tweeted a pic of the food that Brown prepared for her. The caption read "Yup... Get mad!"
In retaliation, Rihanna tweeted the above picture of a package of rice cakes wearing sunglasses and hoop earrings. The caption below the pic read: "Ima make u my bitch."
Rihanna's Twitter followers made the obvious connection to Brown's girlfriend.
But if you think Brown is going to defend his main chick (Karrueche), or even try to make the peace between his two women -- think again.
The lyrics to Rihanna's "Birthday Cake Remix" -- which Brown hopped on and co-signed -- contain a reference to "rice cakes," which is considered an insult to the Vietnamese. Karrueche is an aspiring model who is part Vietnamese.
So did Rihanna really take it there? Is she being disrespectful and racist because she can't get her way with Chris? Or is Rihanna just being Rihanna?
Rapper Tyga's name is synonymous with gay. Whenever someone mentions "gay rapper," Tyga's name often jumps to the forefront of the discussion.
If you recall, Tyga was the rapper sitting with Chris Brown in the Bentley outside a Miami nightclub, when the singer snatched a fan's cell phone for captured incriminating evidence of the two men.
So it seems odd that Tyga would hurl anti-gay slurs on his Twitter page after another gossip blog outed him... again. Expect to see a statement soon from angry gay groups demanding an apology or retraction from Mr. Tyga.
...that Love is blind.
Poor Karrueche Tran. The aspiring model got herself mixed up with a narcissist who is now creeping with other women whose F.A.M.E. can boost his failing career. Sound familiar? I tried to warn Karrueche through her closest friends, but she wouldn't listen to them. Now they say she's depressed and taking sedatives to mask her pain, so she can sleep at night.
Chris jetted Karrueche to Miami for Valentine's Day -- the same day he was seen creeping with Lil Wayne's baby mama, Sarah ViVan, who flew to Los Angeles from Atlanta to "hang out" with CB.
Now Karrueche is the laughing stock of the industry after Rihanna took Chris Brown back -- and totally disrespect his lover on her "Birthday Cake" remix. Sources say Rihanna made CB disrespect Karrueche to force him to prove his love to her -- and CB didn't hesitate.
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Troubled singer Chris Brown and his long-suffering girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, spent the day on the beach with friends in Miami yesterday. Brown took special delight in frightening the seagulls that flock to the beach in search of food. As beach goers looked on in disgust, Brown chased the birds, flapping his arms and screaming as the birds took flight to escape his childish antics.
Speaking of sick birds, Brown's rumored other girlfriend -- singer Rihanna, who is in London today -- took to her Twitter page today to threaten a blogger.
Even though she was quoting a rap lyric in her tweet, your auntie isn't taking any chances. I have beefed up my security and I'm headed to the gun range for more practice after I hit the gym.
Photos: Splash News Online and Chris-Brown.us
Radaronline reports that troubled singer Chris Brown's mom is furious at his latest online antics. Radar Online says Joyce Hawkins is angry that Brown, 22, took to his Twitter page to tell his "Haters" to "f*ck off" after things were seemingly going so well for him.
You're probably asking where his mom has been through all of his past Twitter outbursts? Allegedly, Joyce Brown is "scared" of her son's narcissistic rages, which she has been on the receiving end of.
Meanwhile, “Joyce is absolutely livid that those vile words and rants were posted on Chris’ Twitter page. She isn’t buying his excuse that he didn’t post it and she has told him that it is his Twitter page, and only he should be posting to it, period,” a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com.
“She feels like people were just waiting for a negative reaction to what others were saying about him. She had begged Chris to just ignore it and she is just beside herself that after such successful performances at the Grammys and winning the award, people are now talking about this Twitter controversy. … It’s time for Chris to grow up, and his mother told him that. Chris is his own worst enemy at times and she constantly worries about how he is going to react to stressful situations.”
Remember the furor caused by 'Basketball Wife' Royce Reed after she tweeted a pic of her man sleeping with her son? Well, Ice T's wife, Co Co, has joined the ranks of the tasteless and the foolish by tweeting a pic of herself completely naked resting her oversized melons on top of her sleeping nephew.
Co Co's nephew is her sister Kristy Williams' son.
The 32-year-old sometime model deleted the picture after her furious Twitter.com followers complained about the vulgarity of the pic. Amid the horrific stories of sexual abuse of schoolchildren coming out of California, this is not the time for attention seeking celebs to display inappropriate photos involving children.
Coincidentally, the 2nd season of E! TV's reality show Ice-T Loves Coco premieres on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 11PM ET. Click here to watch a sneak preview.
See the obscene pic after the break. CAUTION: Not Safe For Work!!
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