Who burned down the house? Rapper 50 Cent's Long Island multi-million dollar home burned to the ground last week. This was the house he was fighting his baby momma over. He wanted her out of the house, and now she is. Shaniqua Tompkins says the rapper threatened her, and she believes he started the fire. Officials have ruled arson as the cause, and a 5 gallon gas container was found on the property. Tompkins has a ten-year old son by 50. She says he never called to check on his son, who suffered smoke inhalation. Reps for 50 Cent say he was on location in Louisiana filming a movie. Someone set the fire, and whoever did is going to jail. Some sources are pointing fingers at Shaniqua, and they are still trying to figure out who owned the insurance policy on the home.
Mariah, watch your man! Friends of Mariah Carey are trying to warn the songstress to watch her man. Ever since Mariah Carey married Nick Cannon, he has been spending her money like crazy: the cars, the jewelry, and the clothes! He has been on a tear with her money. One friend described it as watching a mad man who knows the gravy train will end soon, so he is going to get all he can get. Is Nick a spendthrift with her money, or is he a man who loves her and shopping too. Is Nick taking advantage of Mariah's generosity?
The R Kelly sex trial took an interesting turn this past week. The surprise witness was a woman who came forward claiming that she was involved in three-way sex sessions with Kelly and the accused victim. The woman says she was 17 at the time, and she says she had sex three times with Kelly and the girl. She says Kelly loves to videotape himself, and he always carries a camera and his secret porn stash with him at all times. When asked why she would come forward now, she says it was the right thing to do. The alleged sessions took place in the late 90's.
The response to our Oprah question was amazing….you responded by the hundreds! And yes, I answered all the emails. I thank you, thank you, thank you! Your responses were interesting. Many of you felt like I did: I feel despite criticism, Oprah will be just fine. I heard from a lot of Hillary Clinton supporters. I heard from a lot of Christians who are not comfortable with Oprah's constant talk of new age spirituality. I heard from a lot of men who feel she doesn't connect with them. I heard from people who claim they were bored with the recent shows that didn't address their needs or issues. The majority feel the media is not fair to Oprah and are just jealous of her success. It was so good hearing from people from all over. Even when we agree to disagree, it's all good. I love the responses, so keep in touch: HYPERLINK "mailto:Pattyj1053@aol.com" Pattyj1053@aol.com. This week: what do you think about Hillary Clinton? Do you think she will get over losing the democratic presidential nomination?
Producer Nile Rodgers is ready to tell all. The award-winning songwriter/producer and founder of Chic has an amazing story to tell. He was born to a 14-year old teenage mother, and he starting using drugs when he was 13. In addition to working with the greats, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, David Bowie and Madonna, he will talk about his battles with drugs and alcohol.
Wesley Snipes is set to star with Ethan Hawke in the cop drama Brooklyn's Finest. So what about his prison sentence? He is working while he is out on bail and his case is in appeal.
Bobby Brown slams Usher in his new book, Being Bobby Brown. Brown describes Usher as Mini-Me. He says Usher basically stole his act. Bobby also describes an altercation he had with the younger R&B sensation saying that Usher was drunk and came at him talking crazy. I remember this incident, and it was the other way around. But, this is Bobby's recollection, so I digress. Check out Usher on the latest issue of Vibe magazine.
KeKe Palmer is going to be the next Nickelodeon star. The 15-year old star of Akeelah And The Bee will be starring on her new show, True Fashion. The show is set in the fashion world. Palmer will also be starring in the movie Long Shots. She'll play the first female quarterback in Pop Warner football history.
Nicole Ari Parker is joining the cast of the new Damon Wayans comedy Never Better. Parker will plays Wayans' wife. In the show, Wayans plays a recovering alcoholic who is trying to be a better husband and father.
Will Smith's new movie Hancock opens in theatres on July 2nd. In a recent interview, Smith says he would love to do another Bad Boys movie with Martin Lawrence.
Janet Jackson's world tour is coming to Philly in October.
Congratulations to Babyface. He's going to be a dad again. The 50- year old singer/songwriter and producer is having a baby with his longtime girlfriend, a 35-year old dancer. This will be Babyface's third child. He has two sons by ex-wife Tracey Edmonds.
Singer Clay Aiken from American Idol fame is also going to be a dad. The 29-year old Aiken is having a baby with his best friend, a 50-year old record producer who worked on his last two albums. The two live together in Los Angeles, and they are having the baby via artificial insemination.
Sean Levert's widow, Angela Lowe, has filed a wrongful death suit against the county officials who were holding him when he got sick. Levert died March 30th at the age of 39. The coroners report said he died of natural causes. According to Lowe, prison officials showed no regard to Levert's medical needs. At the time of his death, he was suffering from high blood sugar and high blood pressure, and Levert was serving a 22-month jail sentence for nonpayment of child support.
Congrats to former 76er Chris Webber. He recently got married to his longtime girlfriend.
Toni Braxton's health problems are sidelining the singer. Her one woman show in Las Vegas has been cancelled. In April, Braxton had to be hospitalized for chest pains. Braxton suffers from a viral inflammation of the heart, and she has to adhere to her doctors' orders and get her strength back.
Vivica A. Fox's new reality show,VH1 Glam God, is set to debut in August. Fox is excited about her new TV show, which is on the hunt for the next great celebrity stylist.
London born Actor Idris Elba is the talk of the town in the United States. Best known for his role as "Stringer Bell" on the HBO critically-acclaimed show The Wire, he is now branching out to the big screen. In the next year, he has three movies scheduled, including the thriller Prom Night, Obsession with Beyonce and Rock N Rolla with Director Guy Ritchie. He's also in discussions about doing a movie based on the life of Basketball Great Michael Jordan.
New Edition turns 25. Later this month, all six guys, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Bobby Brown, are going to be honored at the 21st Annual Rhythm and Soul Awards. New Edition will be getting The Golden Note Award. This award is given to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved career milestones.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a single man again. Johnson's divorce just became final. He will share custody of his seven-year old daughter with his ex-wife, and pay her $22,000 a month in child support. Johnson's new movie, Get Smart, opens in theatres on the 20th.
Will there be a sequel to Sex And The City. With the amazing success of the big screen movie, you can count on it. Did you like the movie? Would you like to see a part two? What happened to Actor Jason Lewis face? YUCK! Too much plastic surgery? He plays Samantha's young boyfriend. Smith he used to be so handsome now he just looks strange.
The music world lost a legend this past week with the passing of Guitar Great Bo Diddley. Known as "The Architect Of Rock & Roll," Diddley had a style all his own, and his influence is heard in many of the great Rock & Roll legends of today.
Former Top Model Winner Eva Pigford, now Marcelle, is joining the cast of the Young & The Restless. Her first appearance as a young mother is scheduled for later this month.
Queen Latifah is ready to get into the perfume business with a launch planned for next year.
Singer Ne-Yo has been sentenced to 24 months of community service. He recently pleaded guilty to reckless driving stemming from a driving incident earlier this year.
Al Reynolds is looking to start his modeling career. Reynolds is moving on since splitting with Star Jones. He realizes he has to make money to continue his lavish lifestyle. Reynolds refuses to answer questions his sexuality, but his recent actions won't stop those questions. In his first photo shoot, he posed shirtless with his hand down his pants. Hmmmmmmm!
Star Jones is also moving on. Word has it she'll be one of the celebrities on the new season of Celebrity Apprentice. She and Donald Trump are friends, and he wants to help her get her career back on track.
Mary J. Blige says she has experienced a lot great things in her career, but one wish she has is to work with Anita Baker. Blige says Baker is one of her idols, and she hopes to get a chance to work with her. Baker is about to hit the road this summer for a tour.
Sherri Shepherd of The View has been tapped to co-host The Daytime Emmys on June 20th.
The Michael Baisden TV Show returns for a second season on June 21st. The show airs on TV One. This season's special guests include Singer Tamia and Iyanla Van Zandt.
Ugly Betty Star Vanessa Williams has been tapped to host the TV Land Awards on June 15th.
Motown Records is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a 10 CD box set. The Motown collection comes out July 1st on Time Life Music. The box set will also feature a DVD of Motown stars on The Ed Sullivan Show and lyrics to 10 songs. Billy Dee Williams will be starring in the infomercial.
The BET Awards are set for June 24th. Mariah Carey and Usher are scheduled to perform. Quincy Jones and Al Green will be honored that night. Comedian D.L. Hughley is hosting.
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards are set for February 8th 2009. The show will air live on CBS.
Upcoming TV and Film Events:
Will Smith's new movie, Hancock, opens in theatres July 2nd.
The Rhythm and Blues Foundation's 20th Annual Pioneer Awards are taking place September 9th at the Kimmel Center. Honorees include Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Bill Withers, Kool and The Gang, The Whispers, The Funk Brothers, The Late Singer Donny Hathaway, and legendary Stax Records Chief and Co-Owner Al Bell.
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