Question of the Day

Tashera is the wind beneath my wings.

Arizona authorities who raided the home of DMX last Friday have revealed that a fine white powder they thought might have been an illegal narcotic has turned out to be nothing of the kind.

Gotcha bitches!

"We're still looking at what type of powder that is," Sheriff Joe Arpaio told local station KOLD News 13 on Tuesday. "But we did seize a usable quantity of marijuana. He does have a drug situation."


Let's Do It Again

USmagazine.com reports that Usher and pregnant wife Tameka are planning an official wedding ceremony this weekend. The nuptials will take place in ATL, making the ceremony more accessible to family and friends.

The rumored event will be more in line with the couple's original plans for a ceremony and celeb-filled celebration. That gathering at the Hamptons home of record exec L.A. Reid was canceled at the last minute on July 28 in favor of a small private gathering days later on August 3. Guests are rumored to include Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson, Ashanti, and Diddy.

I hope Tameka's sister Valencia makes a cameo as a flower girl. I can see her crankin' that Souljah Boy down the aisle, sprinkling lemonheads on the floor now. I am getting misty eyed just thinking about it.


Jill Scott Album Cover + Track Listing

Under normal circumstances I don't post track listings and all of that business but since I wave my stan flag proud for Jilly from Philly I will make an acceptation. Now, don't go abusing my weakness on Limewire. BUY the album when it hits stores on September 25th! Deluxe edition cover and tracklisting under the cut.

[Thanks Nikki]

Tracklisting (producers listed in parenthesis)
1. Breathe (Sa Ra)
2. Real Thing (Dre & Vidal)
3. Rightness (Dre & Vidal)
4. Hate On Me (Adam Blackstone)
5. Come See Me (JR Hutson)
6. Imagination (JR Hutson)
7. Crown Royal (JR Hutson)
8. My Love (Adam Blackstone)
9. Insomnia (Omari Shabazz)
10. How’s It Make You Feel (Stokely Williams)
11. Only You (Tyrone Goldstein)
12. Wanna Be Loved (JR Hutson)
13. Whenever You’re Around (JR Hutson)
14. Epiphany (Scott Storch)
15. Celibacy Blues (Jill & The Band)
16. I Don’t Know (Karma Productions)
17. All I (Adam Blackstone)


Quick Quotes

Picture via ozonemag.com

"Oh definitely. It has nothing to do with me, these effects. I didn’t make this stuff up. Only thing where people got misled is that I said I prefer a White woman, and that’s not the case at all. Really, I date all types of women. It was a stage in my life when I started dating a lot of White women- that was just a stage in my life. Right now, I date girls I like. I don’t base it off of any shade or color when I meet a girl now. They linked my comments about the Black family and Black women with the “King of the White Girls” and [the fact that] I dated White girls. That’s where it all went wrong. So when I was comparing Black women to White women, that has zero to do with me dating White women. What I was saying was factual though. Ladies and gentlemen agreed, n****s and b******s got mad."

- - Polow Da Don responds to the controversy

Maybe One Day

As a teenager Slickback Ivanhoe had aspirations of becoming a Jehovah's Witness until he realized that he would have to give up sex until he was married. Denying himself the pleasure to unleash his slickacell juice to the masses is where he draws the line, pal!

He says, "That's where I had my troubles."

Mr. Eat 'Em Up Beat 'Em Up Then Flip Sides hasn't given up on the religion, adding, "I'm still working hard at that one. I'll be a Witness one day, as soon as I can discipline myself in that area."

Queen of the Night

@ California Speedway's Running Wide Open

Blu Cantrell's complacency on the D-list is nothing new. The last time she was of any relevancy I was begging my Mama to drop me off and pick me up from the movie theater. To her credit she expels most of her energy walking red carpets rather than make new music, thus saving our eardrums in the long run. I am convinced her publicist selects events for her to attend using a bingo cage. Pop a bad wig on her and push her out the door!

Rihanna hobbled out to also attend. She later appeared inside, most likely performing "Shut Up And Drive."


JD's Club 72 Grand Opening

Monica; Usher & Tameka; T-Boz; JD & Janet; Nelly

Jermaine Dupri celebrated the grand opening of Club 72 with a star studded crowd on Wednesday night. During the course of the evening I'm sure JD shouted "de plane, de plane!" his fair share of times.

Somebody touched and teased Case out of his grave. Hell nah.

Donkey has competition now? Excuse me.


At least Superhead Let Him Crash On Her Sofa

In declarations filed this week, Bobbay Brown claiming that he lived in his car during the time period Nippy was in rehab.

TMZ obtained documents filed in the couple's bitter fight, outlining their rockyrelationship since they separated. Brown alleges in his declaration that Whitney is preventing their daughter, Bobbi Kris, from returning his calls. In his words, "Whitney has blocked my number." He also touches on his grim financial situation, saying that he paid "approximately $10,000 for Whitney and Bobby Kris to live in a nice hotel while Whitney was going through rehab. At the same time, I basically lived in my car."

A copy of their prenup is included in the filing, which has a clause stating that Bobby has "no right to require payment of alimony, or support." (source)

08. 29 Star Gazing

- Tony Yayo can leave the state of New York? Forget being on probation, I thought there was a law against trafficking exotic animals. Hmph, I guess not. 50 Cent was photographed earlier this week entering Hot 99.5 in Washington D.C. Fiddy has reportedly gone into overdrive hitting major radio stations promoting his new album. I don't know about you but on 9/11 I'm copping three copies of Kenny Chesney's new cd just to spite both Kanye and Curtis.

- Ciara and Eve were all smiles Tuesday night at the Signature Apparel party at TAO in Las Vegas. Memorial services will be held next week for the yaki perched on top of Eve's head.

- Melanie Brown went for a morning power walk with her personal trainer. There were no signs of that basket case she is married to.

The "Say Something Nice" Challenge

While we're on the blast from the past tip, check out the latest from Another Bad Creation. Don't call it a come back. Seriously, don't.
[Thanks LaTia]

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And You Thought Your Family Had Problems

I was still eating crayons and licking windows at the daycare center when DeBarge was pumping out hits in the 80's, so as an adult I've always been curious about the real story behind the troubled family. Thankfully Vibe answered my prayers and questions in the "Broken Dreams" story.

Behold, manna from heaven.

On James DeBarge's marriage to Janet Jackson

James DeBarge married Janet Jackson when they were both 19 years old. James met Janet because his brother Bobby was dating LaToya Jackson. "James and Janet started secretly seeing each other," says Bunny DeBarge. Talking to her on the phone. Then they came to Grand Rapids and eloped. For the Jackson family, it was a nightmare." …The Jackson-DeBarge marriage was annulled after two months and allegations of James' drug abuse.

On El DeBarge's battles against substance abuse

"Drugs happened,” blurts [mother] Etterlene DeBarge. “It's painful totalk about, but when El got into drugs, it just paralyzed him. If I had to do it again, I would never allow my kids to be in the music industry.There are a lot of snakes out there, and they bite real hard.”

Chico on the DeBarge legacy:

"The heartbreak heard in Bobby, El, and Chico’s music may have many sources, but part of it stems from having to prove themselves worthy as soul contenders. Yes, folks constantly namecheck the Jacksons as the first family of R&B. But when it comes time to define the canon, the artistry and rich contributions of the DeBarge family has been unfairly kicked to the curb...“You know what us being in the studio tonight means?” Chico DeBarge asks of no one in particular. “It means that the DeBarge story is not over...."

Visit Vibe.com to read episode one of "The Rise and Fall of the DeBarge Family." Trust me, it's well worth it.

Baby Hair Overload

Jennifer Lopez on the video set of "Do It Well"

The last time I saw a Puerto Rican with that much hair slicked down on her forehead she was trying to use her EBT card in exchange for a dime bag and some pampers, but I refuse to co-sign this mess. Oh well, I gave up on J. Lo back in '99.

And the better not even think of cutting out Team Chunk from the video either! I would hate to send my plus size goon squad after her and Skeletor. We'll put her Benz on bricks, no questions asked.

What In The Meow Mix Hell?

It's amazing what you can do with a camera phone and a can of cat food. Wait . . . . nevermind.

[Thanks Jay]


See With Your Eyes And Not With Your Hands

Nay Nay was on her best behavior at the London Black Leaders Dinner honoring Nelson Mandela on Wednesday evening. Britain unveiled a statue of Mandela today outside the houses of Parliament, honoring the South African anti-apartheid campaigner as one of the great leaders of his era. Jesse Jackson took a break from skeeting in random women to also attend.


Question of the Day

The celebrity line-up that will appear on the upcoming season of "Dancing With The Stars" was announced this morning on Good Morning America.

This year's 12 contestants are Jane Seymour, super model Albert Reed, Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, actress-model Josie Maran, king of Las Vegas Wayne Newton, entertainer Marie Osmond, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Spice Girl Melanie Brown, racing champ Helio Castroneves, actress Jenni Garth, and actor Cameron Mathison.

Since I only recognized about five names I unintentionally started putting together my own cast. My top six picks are Lauryn "Who Hid My Meds?" Hill, Loon, Bobby Jones, Fabo, queen of the G-list BET Blackbuster movies Monica Calhoun, and Phil "Uncle Murda" Spector. Squad up!


I Know What You Are Thinking . . .

...because I was thinking it too. Something along the lines of "YT got that poor baby out in public with a crusty mouth," right?

Wrong! It's only ice cream. Whew, that was a close one. I was about to hit Al Sharpton and Ben Chavis on the Blackberry. Zahara and Brad spent a day of cupcakin' (see video for full explanation) together in Central Park on Tuesday.

Smile Wit' Yo Eyes!

at Nikki Beach Club in South Beach

I see you lusting over Ne-Yo! Put that bottle of Jergens away before your boss catches on to your under the desk action.

You can tell that Go-Go has spent many years standing in front of the mirror perfecting his raw emotion game. As my girl Butta would say, that boy is zestier than an entire bag of Missy Elliott endorsed Doritos. But I am not going to hate, the tang suites him well. I bet he even went the extra mile and tucked his dick for these pictures. Niccce.

And one for the road.


Chris Brown Covers Vibe

In an exclusive interview in the upcoming October edition of VIBE, cover boy Chris Brown runs over his rumored infatuation with Ciara, and addresses the new mature sound on his sophomore album, Exclusive. Dubbed the “Mega Music Issue”, the magazine features interviews with Eve, Kat DeLuna and Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am, who shares his idea to revive the music industry. Newark, New Jersey mayor, Cory Booker, now governing the city after the tragic schoolyard shooting, is also profiled. The issue hits newsstands on September 11.

Forget Chris Breezy, I want to read about the Debarge family. They have more drama than a season of 'Meerkat Manor.' Yo, don't sleep on the Animal Planet . Polow's family is bananas.


Guaranteed Fresh

Diddy gets his sandwich on plus more hot pics [Babes, Bling, & Booze]

Mims (you know, the "This Is Why I'm Hot" tragedy) tries to stay relevant by claiming that Kanye stole his sound [The Fury]

Meagan Good plays it close with her boyfriend Thomas Jones at his birthday bash [Juiicy Scoop]
...But did Lil' Kim creep with him later? [Bossip]

Free El Debarge! [Rhymes With Snitch]

C+D and other urban/gossip blogs get name checked in the Boston Globe [ Boston Globe - - thanks Ayo]

Pick up some new gravatars with these funny caricatures [Layron DeJarnette Designs]

Solange inks deal with EMI [That Grape Juice]

Usher & Chilli's failed relationship inspires book from 'Nanny Diaires' authors [Real Gossip With A Passion]

The celebrity mama mafia bring in Lauryn Hill [The Secret Diaries of Janice Combs]

Tyra smiles with her eyes in the new promo picture for the upcoming season of ANTM [Juicy News]

Kelis outtakes from Spin magazine [Cake & Ice Cream]

Got a juicy link you would like to share? Want to plug your own blog? Post it in the comment section!

The "Say Something Nice" Challenge

Amy Winehouse // Flick via Faded Youth

Related Article
: Boycott 'drug addict' Amy Winehouse's albums say in-laws [NME]


I Don't Get It

I'm not going to front, "Duffle Bag Boy" has been my shit for a couple of months now so I was thrilled when I logged on to Clips and Kisses and saw the video was here . . . that is until I watched it. I need answers, people.

- Why are they sleeping so close to the damn window?
- Was that a box fan without any dust on the blades? WOW.
- That money can't be real . . . is it?
- I thought the first things you should do in the morning is take a piss, wash your hands, and brush your teeth. So why did Tity Boi skip all three and jump on the phone?
- Is she cooking ramen noodles for breakfast?
- Why are they posted up at Stop-N-Shop? Is that hood now? Cause I got a Mom & Pop's up the street from my house I would be more than happy to hang out at.
- Tity Boy lives in the Gucci store but can't afford any appropriate curtains? I know a bed sheet tacked to the wall when I see it.
- What is in that sippy cup Lil' Wayne is always toting around?
- Who invited Chingy?

...and the list goes on and on.


You Sent It: Baby Daniel Takes Over The Bathroom


I was flipping through my September Essence, minding my OWN business when I ran across a spawn of the Knowles clan...Lil Baby Daniel, himself! *shudders* It was an ad for "Baby Jamz"...brought to us by Matthew & Planet Toys. Hip-Hop inspired preschool toys...executive produced and sung by none other than SOLANGE & friends. (what friends??)
-- Nikki C.


Star Gazing 08.28

Janet Jackson, Common, Gladys Knight, and Star Jones were among the celebrity crowd to attend the opening night of the US Open. Monday night started as a tribute to Althea Gibson and her historic victory 50 years ago at the U.S. championships, and ended as a celebration of the Williams sisters.


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