20
Jul
2010

Russell Simmons Gears Up for Annual Hamptons Event

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Uncle Russ is gearing up for his 11th Annual Art For Life East Hampton benefit gala. The annual event takes place Saturday, July 24th @ Simmons’ East Hampton Estate. The event will honor Richie Akiva, philanthropists Allison and Chip Brady, renowned author and lecturer Deepak Chopra and record producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean (although we hear he’s tying the knot around the same time).

This year’s Event Chairs include Mark Birnbaum of EMM Group Inc., Jamison Ernest of Yellow Fever, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton. The evening with be hosted by actor Anthony Anderson. Bonhams CEO Malcolm Barber will serve as the evening’s Auctioneer with music by DJ M.O.S.

Art For Life is one of the most anticipated events of the Hamptons Summer season and sells out annually. Last year’s event raised just over $1.3 million. Proceeds from the annual gala benefit the Foundation’s own visual arts education and gallery programs.

Interested in attending? Tables are $15k (that’s like $15 less than Miami’s tables during Zo’s Summer Groove) Ticket info here. I’ll post pics after the event.

20
Jul
2010

Jeezy Album Scheduled for September + New Single

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Yesterday, Jeezy announced that his fourth studio album, “TM103,” is scheduled for released on Sept. 28. Here’s his first single, “Jizzle,” produced by  Shawty Redd, featuring  Lil Jon. Plies, Yo Gotti and Jay-Z are scheduled to appear on the album as well.

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Download it here.

20
Jul
2010

Miami's Zo Summer Groove Recap

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The Summer Groove, hosted by Alonzo Morning and Dwayne Wade, was quite an adventure to say the least. Lot’s of celebs were in the building and scene around the city.

At the Ritz, we ran into R&B singer Joe and his pink pants. 
My girls and I stopped by @Philthemayor of Miami’s pool party, where we spotted celebs like DJ Clue, Kenny Burns, Quentin Richardson, some other lesser known athletes, and some other popular hood folks. Best day party. Hands down. At Club Bed, we spotted Real Housewives of Atlanta Sheree (her hair stylist) and a rack of other folks like Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, etc. Ocean drive was insane, along w/ the regular spots like Wet Willies, Sobe Live, Dream, etc. I’ll post more pics soon.

20
Jul
2010

Video–>Lil Kim Brings Out DMX

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Lil Kim surprised fans at a Arizona concert by bringing out DMX. X, released from prison a few months ago, performed ‘Money, Power, Respect. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXvhwLqqnxo]

19
Jul
2010

Ochocinco Defends Reality Show & Love for Black Women

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Apparently, Ochocinco noticed that women of color felt some type of way about the lack of black women on his reality dating show. He took to Global Grind to explain: “As a kid growing up, I developed a strong sense of self-worth from the incredible women in my life, all of whom were black.  I am the man who I am today because of black women, and I am forever grateful for the values and strength they instilled in me.  With all that being said, I was surprised by all of hate that I got from the decisions that were made on the first episode of my reality show Sunday night.  The next day, when I went on twitter and saw a lot people talking about how I didn’t pick enough black women or how they weren’t cute or I picked them all at the end…it made my stomach turn.   Look….if my mama and my grandmama, the two women who raised me, ain’t got a problem with the women I choose in life, no matter what race they are, then it shouldn’t be a problem to anyone.  Bottom line is that I love black women.  I got four beautiful children and their mother is black. However,  I’m still single, ready to mingle and a Cincinnati Bengal…so if you see me on the street, please feel to slip me your business card or your number, whether your green, purple, blue or how I like ’em, pink on the inside.  That covers all y’all…right?  So, I hope we’re good.  Either you fly with me or get flown over.  Love and let live.” Here are some of the cast photos from his show.

19
Jul
2010

Ochocinco: Ultimate Catch Recap

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Guest blogger, Yosh, recaps yesterday’s episode of Ochocinco’s Ultimate Catch. So last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Catch” was rather dry. I mean where’s the drama? Anyway, 16 ladies remain in the house as the battle for Ochocinco’s heart truly begins. Divided into two teams of eight, the women must compete against their teammates to be the last one standing. But, there is a twist to this show, unlike previous “For the Love of” shows. The winners suddenly realize getting a date with Ocho can be a blessing and a curse. Usually, the one-one-one date is the opportunity for the contestant to win over they person looking for love. For Chad Ochocinco, not so much. If Chad picks you to go on a one-on-one date, this means you have a 50/50 chance of being eliminated. This week, Ochocinco set up two group dates to figure out which one of the ladies is there for him. The first group date, Ochocinco gifts the ladies with white bikinis for a intimate pool party where each lady is asked “Why are you here?”. Each of them professed their undying love, but Ochocinco was not impressed. Even going on to say “I don’t even think they understood the question”. Come on Chad, what did you expect! From the responses, he chose Ericka, a 27 year old VIP waitress (who’s played the field with NFL players before, even ENGAGED!) and Emma, a 25 year old student who is a little to shy for my liking. He takes them on a helicopter ride to Santa Barbara for a lavish seafood dinner at one of Chad’s favorite restaurants. Religiously, he takes each lady by themselves to get to know better on a personal level, before bringing them together for a grilling session. Bring out the claws and let the bashing begin! Ochocinco asks each girl why they should be there and why the other girl should go home. Let me be the first one to say that throwing another chick under the bus for your own gain is just ridiculous. But, it wouldn’t be a show without it! I was actually impressed with their responses because neither one had a bad thing to say about the other.

Next group date, Ocho has his ultimate fans for the Cincinnati Bengals to choose which of the ladies are there for him. I must say, this was comical. You would think that coming on a show to win a football player’s heart that you would know a thing or two about the game. Tara, a 26-year old model, proved otherwise. She was grilled over what football teams she enjoys. “I like every team,” she said. And then a giant foam No. 1 hand fell out of her mouth because clearly she is a sports fan for the ages. She attempted to change the subject with this: “How pretty is that door handle on the house? Did you notice the door handles? So pretty.” From this group date, he chose Angela aka Ms. “Im every woman, it’s all in me”, a 22 year old manager/model and Jasmine, a 24 year old unemployed self-proclaimed hood chick. Ocho takes the ladies on a dinner date, unbeknown to them that their date is being broadcasted on UStream for fans to chose who he should eliminate. Now, I watched the actual date a month ago and was shocked to see the outcome on the actual show. Jasmine went straight for Ocho’s intentions on the show asking him what were his reasons for the show were and what really went down between him a Cheryl from “Dancing with The Stars” (see video here).

Angela sat back rolling her eyes because Jasmine was running the date. Ocho wasted no time in asking them why the other should go home and Angela definitely knew it was her time to dig in. Constant shots were taken at Jasmine (“I don’t need you, She’s the type that would need you”), while Jasmine focused her argument on who would be right for his kids (Chad has few of them). It’s clear that the Ustream comments didn’t aid in Ocho’s decision because he eliminated Angela.

One thing I like most about this show is the elimination ceremony. The fact that a maximum of four girls are up for elimination each episode means that we don’t have an endless elimination segment full of repetition and iterations of, “I like this girl because…”. Also, we don’t have to sit through months and months of the show being dragged out for a few rating. I’ll definitely be tuning in next week to see who’s moving close to be Ochocinco “Ultimate Catch”!

19
Jul
2010

The Dream Confirms Break-Up, Admits to Considering Suicide

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Last week, news started circulating about the alleged break-up between The Dream and Christina Milian. Yesterday, The Dream dropped an ‘open’ letter explaining the situation to the public:

I’ve cried about this for months, after interviews, after prayer and I’ve tried to take my own life at a point because of the failure that was looming. This is not to justify anything, it’s true emotion! It’s a real thing that involves real people! It’s easy to say that it’s because of another woman or a new relationship but truthfully, IT’S NOT. I take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for misleading everyone into thinking everything was fine and okay when we knew problems existed for awhile. I would NEVER intentionally hurt a soul and everyone around me knows that!  There was so much going on in me and Christina’s personal world that I tried to deal with it as delicately as I could and tried to regain my footing. I am Human and people fall in and out of Love all the time… This is Life. Nothing’s promised or perfect, neither am I.  I am not proud that I lost something we once had…LOVE! I’m sorry for the embarrassment to everyone involved! If there’s anyone to blame and you can’t fathom this happening, please blame me and me alone for not being upfront!  Even though we were trying to overcome personal things between us, I was just simply scared and embarrassed to let everyone know we WERE FAILING and HAVE NOW FAILED!” Full letter here.

19
Jul
2010

Mashonda–Finally Talks to Alicia Keys, Now Dating & More

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Read a snippet of Vibe’s interview w/ Swizz Beatz ex-wife, Mashonda:

VIBE: How much of a burden is it to be referred to as Swizz Beatz ex-wife, rather than Mashonda?
Mashonda: I can’t wait until that goes down. I hate that when [Swizz and Alicia Keys are] doing something I always come up. I can’t wait for the day when we’re both in our own worlds. I’m a separate person and just want my own identity.

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19
Jul
2010

Twitpix…Celeb Edition

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Fab and ArnoldThe ladies (and gent) of the Real Housewives of AtlantaDJ Clue and Ne-yo

16
Jul
2010

Pix…Rick Ross Continues Heavy Promo

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Ricky Ross continues his heavy promotion, pushing Teflon Don, which drops next Tuesday. Over the past few days, he hit up Chicago, St. Louis and Memphis.

Ricky Ross in Memphis

Rick Ross in St. Louis