The Daily Roundup for May 1

President Barack Obama COVERS "ROLLING STONE"
President Barack Obama, looking his usual dapper self in the Oval Office, is on the latest cover of

As he kicks his 2012 re-election campaign into high gear, President Barack Obama has popped up on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Inside, he talks about everything from Republican candidate Mitt Romney to the impact our President has on young Black children as their role model. Obama said,

"That's hugely important. But you shouldn't also underestimate the fact that there are a whole bunch of little white girls and white boys all across the country who just take it for granted that there's an African-American president. That's the president they're growing up with, and that's changing attitudes."
He also discusses that he did not think his election marked the beginning of a "post-racial period." That's a big statement to the world from a man in his position--even though it's deemed as stating the obvious in many ethnic communities.

President Obama has been making an effort to appeal to the younger voters. He spoke about lowering student loan rates And I must say I appreciate that. Very rarely do Presidential candidates even blink an eye to the 18-30 crowd….OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

UMMM Royce, Are These Texts From Dezmon Briscoe?
Let’s get this straight, the views and opinions of my sources are not necessarily the views and opinions. Everything is reported as rumor until proven as fact. Everything will also be “alleged” since I have no proof or validity of the information that was sent to me. So on that note, check this out!

It seems that ever since Dezmon Briscoe appeared on Vh1′s “Basketball Wives” with Royce Reed, the women have been coming out of the woodwork saying one thing or another about the brotha. At this point, I’m not sure if it’s because Dezmon has been leading these other ladies on, or if these ladies have an extreme distaste for Royce Reed, but whatever the case is, its not looking good for Dezmon.

So I get this email from a woman by the name of “Skylar” who says that she’s been messing around with Dezmon Briscoe for quite some time. Again, I don’t know how true this story is, but she did send me a screenshot of a back and forth conversation they had through text.
If these texts are authentic then I’m thinking Dezmon Briscoe has a lot of explaining to do!

Mariah Carey Hits The Studio With Rick Ross

Mariah Carey and Rick Ross hit the studio together during Mariah’s trip to Miami this week. Mariah and Ricky Rozay collaborated together on Ms. Carey’s Touch My Body (Remix), and now they’re back in the studio cooking up something fab. MiMi and Ricky were joined by producers Jermaine Dupri and DJ Khaled during their latest recording session.

They both have highly anticipated forthcoming albums. Rick Ross has been readying God Forgives, I Don’t for almost a year now, and it’s been three years since Mariah’s last music release of Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel. No word yet as to whose album the collaboration will appear on.

‘It All Belongs To Me’ Originally Belonged To R. Kelly?

Still Standing’ singer Monica is still very much hitting the promo trail is support of her latest effort ‘New Life’. With the forthcoming single ‘Without You’ giving R&B lovers new reasons to get into the banging collection, Mo took to our friends over at Rap-Up to share more stories about how the album’s second single ‘It All Belongs To Me’ came to be.

Featuring former ‘The Boy Is Mine’ co-star Brandy, the women’s empowerment anthem has found itself spinning on many-a-fan’s IPOD. Interestingly, the Rico Love-crafted, girl power joint was almost delivered by another R&B staple…R. Kelly.

Ruben Studdard Facing Health Crisis
Friends fear American Idol winner Ruben Studdard may to eating himself to death while trying to cope with divorce and money woes.
“American Idol” champ RUBEN STUDDARD is pigging out to cope with divorce and money woes – and pals fear he’ll eat himself to death!
The 33-year-old R&B singer has bulked up to nearly 400 pounds since filing for divorce from his wife of three years last November. And now experts warn that if he doesn’t lose weight, he’ll be lucky to see his 40th birthday. 

“It’s diet or DIE for Ruben,” an insider told The ENQUIRER. The 6-foot-4 “Velvet Teddy Bear” was already huge when he won “American Idol” in 2003, but he packed on even more pounds after that. He dropped nearly 65 of them while in a weight-loss program in 2006.
But now he’s pushing the 400-pound barrier again. “Ruben’s weight is extremely unhealthy and dangerous,” declared noted retired physician Dr. Gabe Mirkin, author of “The Healthy Heart Miracle.” And leading New York weight-loss specialist Dr. Craig Title, who did not treat the morbidly obese singer, warned there is “a grave concern that Ruben will not make it to his 40th birthday at the rate he’s going.”

THE ENQUIRER previously reported that Ruben’s marriage to 34-year-old Surata “Zuri” McCantscollapsed because of severe financial stress and his ballooning weight. A judge recently upheld the couple’s prenup, giving Surata virtually nothing, but the tension of the bitter split still sparked Ruben’s gorging on comfort foods. “Now his loved ones fear he will die tragically young,” said the insider about Ruben, who’s released a comeback album. “He agrees he needs to get help, and everyone is praying he’ll succeed.”

Bobby Brown avoids jail for drink driving after making plea bargain
Troubled Bobby Brown has avoided jail for drink driving after making a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Whitney Houston's former husband pleaded no-contest to a charge of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.
In return prosecutors dropped a charge of driving under the influence, which would have carried a stiffer penalty.
According to TMZ, he was sentenced to 36 months of summary probation and one day in county jail, the latter of which he already served after his arrest.
In addition the Don't Be Cruel favorite has to complete a 90-day alcohol program.
The 43-year-old was arrested last month in Los Angeles after cops noticed he was driving while talking on his cell phone.
And when he was pulled over, they said he strongly smelled of alcohol.
During his sobriety test he blew a 0.12 on a breathalyser, which is legally drunk in California.
At the time his lawyer Tiffany Feder said 'everyone is innocent until proven guilty,' but did not deny he had been drinking.
After being arrested Brown was taken to Van Nuys jail.
Officer Tiana Reed said: 'We observed intoxication once Mr. Brown was pulled over.
'We put him through four sobriety tests, none of which he passed.
'He was arrested at 12:20 p.m. and booked into the Van Nuys jail.'
He eventually pleaded guilty to DUI and served eight days in jail.
Meanwhile it has emerged the New Edition star may be on the road to reconciling with his daughter Bobbi Kristina.
According to US Weekly they spent some quality time together in New York.
A witness said the 19-year-ild had lunch wioth her father at upmarket restaurant Blue Fin, which sits in the heart of Times Square
They were joined by his longtime girlfriend Alicia Etheridge and three other friends.
But while their meal lasted around 90 minutes the bystander claims Bobbi Kristina 'was on her phone and texting a crazy amount.
'She didn't seem too thrilled to be there, in all honesty.

Disturbing trend: Teens are getting drunk on hand sanitizer
Dr. Cyrus Rangan, medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles held a news conference yesterday about a scary trend teen trend: getting drunk on hand sanitizer.
Some teens mix salt with hand sanitizer gel in an effort to separate the alcohol from the gel, and then drink the potent results which can contain a higher concentration of alcohol than liquor (the proof is about 120-proof, compared to vodka’s 80 proof.) There’s a little more to the process than that, but we’re not going to go into it. Because the alcohol is so concentrated, teens often have no idea how much alcohol they are consuming, and within the last month six teens in California were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning, two just this past weekend.

Helen Arbogast, an injury prevention coordinator in the trauma program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, told ABC news that the trend was not just happening on the west coast: “It’s not just localized to us. Since 2009 we can see on YouTube it’s in all regions of the country. We see it in the South, in the Midwest, in the East.”
Many teens try it on a dare (like the guy above, who didn’t even try to extract the alcohol from the other stuff,) but it can easily land them in the hospital. They often come in to the ER with slurred speech, pain in their stomachs, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, but tell the health care providers that they haven’t consumed any alcohol. Dr. Robert Glatter and NYC ER physician told CBS News of cases he’s seen: “They denied drinking any ‘alcohol’, had no smell of alcohol on their breath, but when their blood alcohol was quite elevated, they later admitted to drinking the hand sanitizer.”
Glatter even proposed that warning labels should be put on hand sanitizer to warn of the alcohol content, and the dangerous of consumption. Purell put out a statement about the trend, saying “to discourage misuse . . . Purell contains ingredients that impart an unpleasant taste.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley Expecting First Child
Tamera Mowry Housley of “Tia & Tamera” fame is expecting her first baby with husband Adam Housley. Wow, just 10 months after her fellow acting sibling, Tia, gave birth.
“Adam and I are excited about having a baby and the blessing that he or she will bring to our lives and to our family and friends,” Mowry-Housley, 33, tells PEOPLE.
“We can’t wait to meet this little miracle!” “The first trimester was a little rough. I was extremely fatigued and had morning sickness — more like evening sickness”
“Luckily, it has subsided in my second trimester. I feel great as of now — more like myself.”
Congrats to Tamera and Adam!

Beyonce to Kim Kardashian, ACCESS DENIED!
According to insiders Jay Z and Beyonce want nothing to do with Kanye West's new girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, and have banned her from their inner circle ...
From Heat Magazine
When you get a new boyfriend that often means that you also spend time with his mates and their girlfriends.
If you’re Kim Kardashian that should mean spending time with Kanye West’s BFF Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce Knowles.
It should… However, heat magazine (on sale now) has learned that Beyonce isn’t keen on becoming pals with Kim and has banned her from her inner circle of friends which includes a-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Despite Kanye being one of Jay’s closest friends, Beyoncé wasted no time in banning Kim from being invited into their circle, which is exclusive to say the least,” a friend of Bey’s tells heat. 

“Beyoncé is used to hanging out with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow – she’s in a totally different league to Kim.”

Chris Brown Goes From Making Music to Selling Puppies
Chris Brown is delivering more than hit songs — he’s selling puppies. A rep for the singer confirmed Tuesday that Brown is selling two-month-old pit bull puppies on a website. His new dog venture will be called “CB Breeds” and his mother Joyce took to Twitter to make the big announcement.
He’s selling them for $1,000 each, and the site guarantees their health, shots, registration and more.

Toni Braxton Talks Future of ‘Braxton Family Values’, Love For Rihanna,
The talented Toni Braxton has etched her way into R&B lovers hearts for the last two decades. Now faced with the task of bringing that classic contralto to new audiences, Braxton embraces the new new with ‘I Heart You’ – the latest offering from her yet titled/summer 2012 due album.

Like so many, the Grammy-winning diva is taking the independent route, and in this quite forthcoming interview with Huffington Post, she flaunts that independence in ways like never before.
Speaking candidly on money troubles, her new album, her future on Braxton Family Values, and love for bleats-over-beats queen Rihanna, get into the thoughts of Miss Toni – an eye opening read indeed:

Congratulations on your new song, “I Heart You.”
I’m excited. It’s overdue.

And your upcoming album, titled Heartstrings & Synagogue Vibes.
I don’t know where that came from! Someone came up with that. What did you say it was?

Heartstrings & Synagogue Vibes. It’s all over the Internet. It’s described as an album that will fuse dance and pop music with Jewish and Arabic music.
That’s kind of brilliant. I did not come up with that. But no, it is not the album title. I don’t have an album title.

Once you do select a title, what can people expect?
I’m definitely going to have more “I Heart You”s on it. I’m also going to do some sad love songs. It’s going to be half and half. The three faces of Toni may appear.

How will this album be different from your others?
I hate to say the word “different,” because it won’t be different. Who I am as an artist is what I want my music to show. I think in the past there were slow songs that we made dance songs. These dance songs will be dance songs. I’m going to push the envelope a little. Not for anyone else but for myself. I’m feeling kind of sexy. I’m going to be a little more freelance with my sexiness.

What about the rumor that you’re involved with Eddie Murphy?
That’s just a rumor. We’re just friends.

You are very interested in finding your inner slut. Has that been hard for you?
It’s a work in progress. I was married for all those years. Now I’m getting out there and dating and figuring out sex. Everyone says you have to wait this long, and some people say you can do it whenever you want. I’m trying to get comfortable with that part.

We could talk sex all day, but let’s get a little more serious. How are you different now from how you were when you first signed your solo record contract in 1992?
Well, a lot older. As a performer and artist, I’m a lot smarter and have more understanding of the business. It’s changed from the ’90s. It’s completely different now. The younger artists, I feel sorry for them sometimes.

How would you say the business has changed?
Marketing, marketing, marketing. It’s not always about even selling records anymore. It’s about how big you can make your personality, which creates this image that people want. Now you make records as a platform to tour. At least before, you could make a few pennies from record sales, but that doesn’t apply anymore. Now record companies do 360s where they get a part of everything, from the record to touring to merchandising, and the artist doesn’t get a big percentage of their monies anymore.

What do you wish could be done to change that?
I wish there was something like they have for athletes where they have pensions. Performers and singers don’t get that. We have nothing. You see these big performers, and then they die penniless.

What younger artists do you admire?
My favorite of all the girls is Rihanna. I love her. She’s not afraid of her sexuality. I think in our generation – -and not that I’m a million years older than her or anything — but we could only take sexuality to a point. The brave one was Madonna. She did it. She got beat up a lot for it, but she didn’t care. She broke down the original barriers.

No matter what you’ve gone through in your life and career, the one that that always remained constant was your gay following.
I love my gays!

The show you’re on currently is The Braxton Family Values, with your mother and sisters. It’s coming back for a third season, but are you?
Well, I’m going to cut back. I’m going to still be on the show, but I’m not going to be as involved as I was in the past.

You have so many hit songs. Do you have a favorite?
I don’t really listen to myself. When I hear me on the radio, I turn it immediately. My favorite song to sing is not the ones you think, like “Un-break My Heart” or “Breathe Again.” I like something fun like “Please.” I do like “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”

How important is it for you today to have a top-40 song?
For me, being an established artist, they are important, because they show that I’m still vital. It shows that I’m still current, and that I still matter. For me personally, it’s all about the music. It’s really just getting out there and doing something that will allow me to tour.

After everything you’ve accomplished, what are you the most proud of?
That I’m still here. That’s really a big deal.

4 Celebs We Want To See Styled By June Ambrose
June Ambrose has been turning people’s style around every week on her new VH1 show and though she’s helped some pretty deserving celebrities, we think there are a few she’s missed or some stars walking around who don’t quite realize they need to step into the Juniverse.

Not all of the celebs here are total fashion disasters—though some are—but most have just been on the scene too long to still not have their signature style together so we figure if anyone can put them on the road to fashion success June can—hopefully on season two of her show. Here are four celebs we are begging her to style.

Jessica White
Jessica White is a beautiful girl but she continues to be a repeat offender on the red carpet. Everyone has a slip up or two, or even three, but it’s a rare event that this model doesn’t look like she’s asking to be put on the worst-dressed list. She has an incredible body and can wear just about anything so June would have a lot to work with. We just want her to get to work, soon.

Lil Kim
To be honest, we’re not totally sure if Kim is salvageable but if anyone can save her, June can. Plastic surgery aside, a well-crafted weave and appropriate clothing and makeup would do Kim a world of good and the timing is perfect. At nearly 38 years old, Kim is attempting to make a comeback in the game and she has a new tour lined up. Since it’s evident she’s never really had a stylist since she stepped out of Brooklyn, we figure the time is now.

Mariah Carey
Mimi has gotten a lot better with her apparel since she became a mother last year but she still struggles with knowing what’s age appropriate. There’s nothing worse than an overage mother trying to dress like she’s in her 20s. Mariah looks amazing for 42, she just needs June to tone her down a bit and show her what 40+ sexy style is all about.

Azealia Banks
This rapper just came on the scene but already her looks are screaming “help.” The good thing about her being new is that it’s not too late for her to start over and for us to forget how she first presented herself to us. It’s great to see a female entertainer who isn’t prancing around half-naked (most of the time) but her style is a little bit all over the place and we have no idea where she’s going. Let’s have June give her some direction—and scissors to cut out the techni-color weave.

Prom 2012: Tennessee Teen Kicked Out Over Confederate Prom Dress
A Tennessee teen is in the news today after her “confederate flag” dress caused her to be banned from her High School Prom.
Texanna Edwards in her show stopping dress paired with flip flops, apparently knows how to make an entrance.
Edwards is a senior at Gibson County High School in Dyer, Tenn., and when she arrived to prom with a dress featuring a pattern of the Confederate flag, school officials promptly turned Edwards away.
But why?

School officials advised Daisy Duke Texanna that she could return if she changed her dress but she refused, and says she’s at a loss as to why her dress was considered “offensive and inappropriate.”
And according to Texana, all you Black people loved it!
“We kept asking people walking inside — black and white — and everyone said they loved it,” Edwards claims.

“Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me.”
But contrary to her story, School officials say she had been warned about two months ago that the dress might not be acceptable.
Since there have been race issues at the school in the past, a teacher, who served as prom sponsor, expressed concern and suggested to Edwards in February that she should clear the idea with the principal first, but Edwards failed to do so.
Eddie Pruett, director of schools for the Gibson County Special School District, spoke on behalf of Principal James Hughes, who felt Edwards’ dress could have caused a huge problem.

She was told because of the dress and what it would look like, it would be considered inappropriate.
She had talked with the prom sponsor and they told her it would be inappropriate. … I feel like Hughes followed legal precedents set by other court cases. Students have legal rights, and we don’t infringe upon those.
But we have to follow legal precedents, and if there is a reason to believe something could happen, we don’t wait until after the fact to do something. (source)
Edwards claims she told several people about her idea and most liked it. According to her, it was only that one teacher who said the dress was a bad idea.

Christina Milian, Natalie Nunn & Tila Tequila Attend Star Magazine’s ‘All Hollywood’ Event
Now what real star would want to be associated with a event given by a rag that READS THEM DOWN constantly?
Well that is what Christina Milian, Natalie Nunn, and Tila Tequila did. They all showed up to Star Magazine’s All Hollywood event at AV Nightclub in Hollywood. Lord take the wheel! And I am surprised at Christina form showing up after all her star is rising with her stint on the popular show ‘The Voice”….Oh wells?

UN-DAMN-BELIEVABLE; Kardashians Sign $40 Million Deal
If you thought the Kardashian phenomenon was over, get ready to gag. Kris Jenner just inked a $40 million deal guaranteeing 3 more seasons of Kardashian reality shows on E!.
The Kardashian family has just signed on for 3 more seasons with E!, and it's the richest deal ever in reality TV ... 

TMZ has learned. Sources connected with the deal tell us, the family will get more than $40 million for 3 more seasons of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
The 6th season of the show averaged 3 million viewers. The 7th season begins airing May 20. Our sources say the $40-plus million deal does not include product endorsements and other items associated with the show that Kim, Kris and the rest of the brood are able to hock. Sources connected to the deal tell TMZ ...
Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kris and Bruce will get the lion's share of the money ... and they are each getting equal pay. 

We're told Kendall, Kylie and Rob are on a lower pay grade -- and will be paid equally as well. Scott Disick and his son Mason have a separate deal. Ditto for Lamar ... who hammered out a package deal to appear in both "Khloe and Lamar" and "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." 
We're told the new deal ONLY includes existing shows -- so if Kim and Kanye get a new spinoff show ... they will have to bang out a new contract for even MORE money.

It’s Tea Time Kiddies!

Jacked from a random message board
The beef between Lala and Kim wasnt over Melo but over Po!
Is that her friend or cuzn? I just remained silent so my source could continue. Well...before Lala's wedding there was a big orgy and guess who was the main attraction? Chile im done. Ur hear me! Done. Now its making since why Solange dont roll with them...they all eat puss! Or will for money, clothes and cars. Trina was there too. 

Kanye has her uping her sex game. Hes smutting ole girl out. Scott' resturant aint nothing but a front. Watch.
Oh, Melo is bragging about smashing Rihanna.

Zoe Saldana COVERS COSMOPOLITAN FOR LATINAS Premiere Issue, Says She's Proud To Have Latin Blood
Zoe Saldana is covering the debut issue of Cosmopolitan For Latinas, where she dishes on what it means to be a fierce Latina.
Columbiana & Avatar actress Zoe Saldana, who was born to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother, is red hot on cover of the Latina spinoff of Cosmopolitan magazine. In the mag, 33-year-old Zoe celebrates her heritage and discusses being a fiery Latina.

Here are the highlights and subscriber cover
On being a Latina: “People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I’m very proud to have Latin blood.”

On being a ballerina in her teens: “I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside. It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can’t do because we feed ourselves so much denial … In dance you use every party of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.”
The issue hits stands Today. 
Gorgeous pics. You feelin' her shoot?

Mase Explains His Comeback With Funk Master Flex
Mason Betha or better known to the masses as MA$E has made his return to Hip Hop courtesy of Wale's remix for "Slight Work". The remix of "Slight Work" also features French Montana and Diddy. Rumors started to circulate after the remix stating that Mase had somehow signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music group while others were saying Mase was back with Bad Boy.

However, to nip all the rumors in the bud, Hot 97's own, Funk Master Flex, decided to have Mase call into the radio station to clear everything up. You can check out that interview as well as the remix to "Slight Work" when you click on that "Read More" button below:

Any thoughts on Mase's comeback? Are you ready for it? I'm listening!

Eva Marcille Parties In Her Hot Pants In Brooklyn
Eva Marcille brought her girls...and the reality show cameras...to the 40/40 club
Hello Brooklyn! The Nets have officially entered the final stage of their move to BK and the new Brooklyn Nets Stadium. 

So folks headed to the 40/40 club to celebrate last week, and "Top Model" Eva Marcille made her way to the red carpet and inside with her girls Denyce Lawton, Kelly Marie Dunn and Nikki Chu. They are all filming Eva's reality show "Taking Hollywood." So the antics will likely be shown on tv soon.
Eva rocked barely-there shorts and a sheer black blouse with a blazer for the red carpet pics. Chick loves wearing the least amount of clothes possible...

‘Skin Tight’
Serious question, how long did it take you to notice those were tights? I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I can honestly say I looked at this for a few minutes in terror before someone pointed out to me she actually had pants on. Not sure whether to be impressed or grossed out. I mean, I’m grossed out, but I’m just not sure if I shouldn’t be more impressed.


TLC Talks about Left Eye,New Biopic & 20 Anniversary Tour

TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli Speak On Left Eye’s Legacy, New Biopic & A 20th Anniversary Tour
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since the passing of TLC member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes who lost her life during a tragic car crash in Honduras. The surviving members of the group, Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, who are also celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary this year, recently sat down with Essence.com and shared memories of ‘Left Eye’ as well as revealed details about their upcoming VH1 Biopic and 20th Anniversary tour.

Sidenote: TMZ reports that T-Boz and Chilli plan to use a Left Eye Hologram during the tour which will stop in at least five cities this year.
Read a few excerpts below:
T-BOZ: She died a day before my birthday. I remember everything. I was with security in my Porsche and I said to them, ‘I feel like I’m going to get in a wreck and I want to go home.’ The driver said: ‘Well that’s on the other side of town.’ I didn’t care; I wanted to go home. I just felt something was going to happen to me, but it wasn’t me it was Lisa. I was sitting in a rocking chair in my daughter’s room after putting her down when I got a call from Chilli. She was screaming. I had just gotten out the hospital from fighting sickle cell so I had to be careful about getting upset. Everybody was trying to keep me calm.
I remember staying up all night and Patti Labelle and Missy Elliot calling me. Whitney Houston was at Lisa’s Funeral. She sat behind me and rubbed my shoulders for two hours, while telling me ‘it’s going to be okay, it’s going to be alright.’ Right before that, I remember Lisa played a trick where she went missing and nobody knew where she was. This was the one time I wish she was joking and doing one of her stunts, but she wasn’t. 
On what they remembered about the day 'Left Eye' passed away

T-BOZ: That’s the part that sucked. The fire could’ve even been stopped if they stopped acting like little girls and put the fire out. That really could’ve been settled differently. I just really wish people would’ve known her for the sweet passionate person she really was. She was very creative too, I remember I was in the hospital for four months and she sent me a clock that she made and the clock read: “Take all the time you need.” She really put thought into things
CHILLI: People didn’t understand how much of a heart she really had and how passionate and giving she was. She might have come across as someone who wanted to start trouble all the time but that wasn’t it; she just had a lot to say. Sometimes when you speak what’s on your mind—I’m talking everything on your mind, people can get a misconception of you. So because she spoke her mind, all of the time, it caused people to misjudge her. The biggest misconception of Left Eye (the interviewer made reference to people labeling her as the crazy one in the group)

On who they would like to play them in the Biopic;
CHILLI: It’s going to be like a movie of the week on VH1. You know how the Jackson Five have the movie The Jackson Five: An American Dream? It would be like that. I love how they still show the Jackson Five movie now; they will show that for the next 40 years. [Laughs] I’m really excited about it; this was a dream of mine. I knew that we would have a movie about us one day. I want to go for someone unknown to play us. I really would prefer to reach out and find someone that resembles us and who really has the acting chops and who can dance.
T-BOZ: It’s going to have to be new kids, I can’t think of anybody that can play us, it’s not just about looking like me or dressing like me, you have to have the attitude, the dance moves. The writer of the biopic, Kate Lanier, is amazing. She did the movies Set it Off and What’s Love Got to Do with It. Hopefully the movie will be out before the end of the year

CHILLI: From the beginning to the middle and we’re not at the end yet but I loved that we never compromised our values when it came to the subject matter and what we talked about in our songs and how we represented ourselves as women. Starting out as young women, we didn’t care that people thought that we were a fad or if people thought we didn’t dress girly enough, we were just like “whatever.” We were able to accomplish that with three totally different girls, in a group.

When you think of TLC’s legacy, what are you most proud of?

Read the full interview over at Essence.

OMG! Ruben faces MAJOR Health Crisis! That could lead to DEATH!


Ruben Studdard Facing Health Crisis
Friends fear American Idol winner Ruben Studdard may to eating himself to death while trying to cope with divorce and money woes.
“American Idol” champ RUBEN STUDDARD is pigging out to cope with divorce and money woes – and pals fear he’ll eat himself to death!
The 33-year-old R&B singer has bulked up to nearly 400 pounds since filing for divorce from his wife of three years last November. And now experts warn that if he doesn’t lose weight, he’ll be lucky to see his 40th birthday. 

“It’s diet or DIE for Ruben,” an insider told The ENQUIRER. The 6-foot-4 “Velvet Teddy  Bear” was already huge when he won “American Idol” in 2003, but he packed on even more pounds after that. He dropped nearly 65 of them while in a weight-loss program in 2006.

But now he’s pushing the 400-pound barrier again. “Ruben’s weight is extremely unhealthy and dangerous,” declared noted retired physician Dr. Gabe Mirkin, author of “The Healthy Heart Miracle.” And leading New York weight-loss specialist Dr. Craig Title, who did not treat the morbidly obese singer, warned there is “a grave concern that Ruben will not make it to his 40th birthday at the rate he’s going.”

THE ENQUIRER previously reported that Ruben’s marriage to 34-year-old Surata “Zuri” McCantscollapsed because of severe financial stress and his ballooning weight. A judge recently upheld the couple’s prenup, giving Surata virtually nothing, but the tension of the bitter split still sparked Ruben’s gorging on comfort foods. “Now his loved ones fear he will die tragically young,” said the insider about Ruben, who’s released a comeback album. “He agrees he needs to get help, and everyone is praying he’ll succeed.”

Keep Ruben in your prayers!

SHOCK: Mother Stabs Baby Multiple Times In a Baltimore Welfare Ctr!

Mother Stabs Baby Multiple Times in Social Services Office
Everyone, Meet Kenisha Thomas, 29, was arrested for repeatedly stabbing her 8-month old daughter, Pretty Diamond in a Baltimore City Department of Social Services office.A true life story that mimics the movie Beloved has stunned East Baltimore. A mentally mangled mother did the unthinkable when she decided that she would take her child’s life. What leads a person to this level of insanity? This young mother will have plenty of time to figure that out.
Baltimore city police rushed into a horrific scene at a Baltimore City Department of Social Services office as a social worker was horrified by her client repeatedly stabbing her eight-month-old daughter, Pretty Diamond, according to Baltimore’s local CBS affiliate WJZ. The child’s mother, 29-year-old Kenisha Thomas was somehow disturbed during her supervised visit with her daughter.
Witnesses could hear Thomas saying:

“I’m going to kill her.”
The social worker told Thomas that the visit would soon be over and she gave the blood curdling response:

“It is about to be over.”
According to the social worker, she then pulled a long kitchen knife from her bag and began to repeatedly stab the child. The social worker ran out of the room screaming and a male social worker ran in and began throwing chairs at Thomas until he could wrestle her to the ground.
Miraculously, the baby survived the attack and is recovering at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, said the child suffered stab wounds to her face and neck. When paramedics arrived at the scene the knife was still stuck in the child’s neck. Jesus!
I have to call him because only he can know the heart of what seems to be such a depraved human being. Thank God the baby survived, but what will people tell her one day when she asks about her wounds? The second issue is the lack of security at these facilities. Remember the New York couple who kidnapped their eight children from a facility in New York? They were on the lam for months before being caught!


The Daily Roundup for April 30


Ladies, Brian McKnight Wants to sing to you about your P*ssy?

Jesus, be some restraint…. 
So here I am thinking that I was done blogging for the night and could get a little shut eye to prepare for tomorrow when all of a sudden, Brian McKnight starts trending on Twitter.
I immediately think, Damn, we lost another one, and started to pull out my heavily played One Last Cry cassette.
Not even close.
Brian took to his twitter account to share with the world (in song, no less) a lesson on how to work your vagina. I’m not sure who approved this in upper management, but I’m pretty sure that the powers that be in the upper room aren’t pleased.

Song if you can stand it: 
Somebody get your grand daddy, please…..
PS: He says that this song would be part of an adult mixtape. Note that I’m heavily judging you if you download it…. Well his little experiment with adult content blew up in his face and now Brian tries to explain..
After the chilly reception to his graphic new song Brian Tweeted,

"It's funny how we listen and let our kids listen to songs about killing people and selling drugs and calling women bitches. "
"I wrote this song crude as it may be about satisfying all women and look what happened."
"It's for all those women who keep getting disappointed by their partners period it was a parody about that. "
"I'm not being defensive it's just sad to think that one parody could wipe out 25 years of work.

Martin Lawrence & Wife Shamicka Divorcing After 15 Years Marriage
Martin Lawrence will have a lot of free time on his hands to focus on his new TV show now that he and his wife are calling it quits .
“Martin and Shamicka Lawrence have decided to divorce,” a rep for the Big Momma’s House star, 47, tells PEOPLE. “The couple has made the joint decision to part ways.”
The couple had been together for 15 years before getting married in 2010 at their home in Beverly Hills.
“Out of love and respect for one another we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together,” the couple said in a joint statement released to PEOPLE by his rep.
Lawrence, who also appeared in the Bad Boys films, just finished a nationwide sold-out comedy tour and shot a comedy pilot for CBS.
On Martin’s new show he plays a cop along side legendary actor John Amos who was just added to the cast of the new comedy. Martin plays Ty, a widowed father with two teenage kids on the show, which has yet to be named. After Ty loses his construction job at 46, he decides to become a rookie police man.
Ethan Suplee and Sydney Park also have been added to the cast. The show’s air date has not yet been announced.

Chuck Brown Hospitalized, Howard Theatre Show Postponed
The Godfather of Go Go Chuck Brown was recently hospitalized, according to a post on the musician’s Facebook page. 
The Brown family wants to extend their thanks and deepest appreciation to everyone for their concern, prayers and best wishes for Chuck Brown during his hospitalization. They ask for your continued prayers.
Brown was expected to perform at a sold-out show at Howard Theatre on Saturday, but the venue has postponed the concert until June. Their Web site reads:
“We regret to inform you that Chuck Brown has to postpone his show at The Howard Theatre, due to joint pain and inflammation that has prevented him from performing. Chuck’s show, which was slated last week will be rescheduled for June 29th. All tickets will be honored; refunds available at point of purchase.”

Get well soon Chuck!

Derek Jeter puts his New York bachelor pad on the market for $18 million
Yankees superstar, Derek Jeter is putting his New York Trump Towers bachelor pad on the market. 
The penthouse is on the 88th floor and is 5,425-square feet with a 360 degree view of NYC.
Other features include; ultra-suede wallpaper for the 16-foot-high walls. A pool table, a poker table that seats eight, a dining-room table with room for 14, and even an old-school Pac-Man game. The four-bedroom, 5,5 bathroom penthouse can be all yours for the reasonable price of $17.95 million. Jeter purchased it in 2001 for $12.75 million.

Nicki Minaj Returns To Twitter...But not all of her follower return to her!
For those of you who haven't been able to carry on with your normal daily activities these last 9 days due to Nicki Minaj's Twitter absence, you can now rejoice. Your leader has returned.
The 29-year-old rapstress has finished the battle of voices in her head and finally returned to twitter (@NickiMinaj). She deleted her entire page 9 days ago--along with all 11 million of her followers.

The "Beez In The Trap" chick has less than 500,000 followers (as of 4:30p EST). But we're pretty sure that number will skyrocket soon. Just so people can see what her first Tweet will be after all this foolishness.
While in London last week, Nicki told Capital FM that the reason she deleted her Twitter wasn't because her biggest fan site, Nicki Daily, posted her music illegally. But the fan site didn't know that as they proceeded to delete their whole site with only "Dear Old Nicki" playing in the background. Nicki claims it was because she "needed a moment":
"Let's set the record straight because a lot of times I don't speak on things, but I don't want people to think that's why I deleted my Twitter. I just needed a moment to myself. Because some page posted things about me — I mean, I've read horrible things about myself. I wouldn't delete my Twitter over that."

Nicki has yet to send out her first Tweet. But now that her temper tantrum is over, will her big fan site follow suit and make a return as well?

Rihanna Moving To London For TV Series
Rihanna will move to London this summer to film a new television series, it has been reported. The Bajan singer is teaming up with Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts for a new fashion design reality TV show, according to The Sun UK.

“Rihanna is coming back to Britain to shoot her Sky Living reality show and has decided to settle down a bit while she’s over. Although there may be occasional trips away she’ll be based in London,” a source told The Sun.

Wiz Khalifa Tells Us Why Kanye Still Raps About Amber Rose & Says He’s Never Been Sober?
On an exclusive call with Atlantic DJs, hosted by Fatman Scoop, Wiz Khalifa (real name Cameron Jibril Thomaz) dropped his latest single, “Work Hard Play Hard”. THEJASMINEBRAND reports in addition to discussing his latest single, Wiz also talked about his fiance (Amber Rose), the industry and his weed habit.
Wiz Khalifa says he was surprised to hear his name on Kanye West’s “Way Too Cold” but adds that it was “positive.”

Fresh off of his appearance at Coachella, Wiz Khalifa also stopped by Funkmaster Flex’s radio show to discuss his take on Kanye West’s “Way Too Cold.” Khalifa shared that hearing his name on the track was surprising but that it was “positive.”
When asked if he was shocked to hear his name on “Way Too Cold” ( West rhymes: “The whole industry wants to fuck your ex chick, Only nigga I got respect for is Wiz”), Khalifa said that he was surprised but added that it was “positive.”
“Yes, because he said my name. I’ve gone a long time without anybody actually saying my name out loud like that. It wasn’t a bad thing…It was wild but it wasn’t noting negative. Everybody got positive from it. So, it’s positive.”
Wiz also added that he’s never met Kanye West before.
Check on part of the interview:
On how he met Amber:
“We met on the internet…we went on a day date and that was it. I fell in love…she’s a really normal person…she’s like a homie. we’re best friends. we take care of each other.”

On when he knew Amber was ‘the one’:
“When i 1st met her after a week, I was like, Imma marry her…We’re crazy together”

On if he had any apprehension about dating Amber, because of Kanye:
“You know any body’s previous situation doesn’t affect who they are..What we have, nobody can break that…”

On if he gets mad that Kanye West still raps about Amber:
“U know why? Bc she’s dope. She tight. I would probably be rapping about her if she left me 2.”
On if he’s ever sober:
“No. You can’t tell nobody advice if you don’t smoke. I don’t do anything sober. I wake up. The first that I do is get high. It’s not possible for me to do anything sober…”

On what keeps him motivated:
“I never ever wanted 2 give up. Great people & new people that prove the stigma’s wrong that every1′s not cut throat.”
On if he will ever perform with a hologram:
“My shows will consist of the living only.. “

On his relationship with Juicy J:
“That’s my man. He did me a big favor by being in my career…b4 I thought about becoming a real rapper.”
Check out Wiz’ first single from O.N.I.F.C. called “Work Hard Play Hard”! on iTunes now.

2012 TIME 100 Gala: A Complete Look
Bringing together some of the world's most influential people in one room, the eighth annual TIME 100 Gala got underway just before the publication officially releases the honorable list
The entertaining evening, which was held at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, had celebrities of all types gathering for the prestigious event including Claire Danes, who looked stunning in rusty red leather gown, along with "Bridesmaids" creator Kristen Wiig who looked fierce in a black lack jumpsuit as she mingled with fellow "SNL" funny-woman Amy Poehler.
It was a hot pink night for Rihanna and Tyra Banks. Both of the ladies showed up to TIME 100 Gala celebrating its '100 Most Influential People In The World.' And since the two fabulous ladies made the list, they made a statement in pink on the red carpet.

Other high profile names joining in on the TIME 100 Gala included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who gave the keynote address, as well as Chelsea Handler (with Andre Balazs), Tyra Banks and Tilda Swinton.

Chris Paul and wife Jada expecting a baby girl this summer
Congratulations are in order for Chris Paul and wife Jada. The couple has confirmed that they are expecting a baby girl this summer. Chris and Jada have one son, Christopher Emmanuel Paul II, who turns 3 this year.
“Chris, Lil’ Chris and I are excited about the new addition to our family that is coming this summer,” confirmed Jada. “Lil’ Chris is already kissing my stomach and talking to his new sister.”
What an exciting year it’s been for Chris Paul, married last fall, traded to the Clippers and headed into their first playoffs series since ’06.

112′s Slim Performs at Bar 7
Slim, formerly of the 90s R&B group 112, stopped by Bar 7 to perform songs from his new mixtape Crusin’ Da City Vol. 1., which features remixes of Frank Ocean‘s “Novacane” and original music like “Can’t Break Me Down.”
Well at least its comeback for him……AGAIN.!

‘The Ultimate Redneck’
It’s like Larry The Cable Guy meets The Ultimate Warrior, which surprisingly does not look better than it sounds.