If there’s a declining interest in Kim Kardashian’s private life it isn’t showing up in the ratings. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Sunday night’s season premiere of E!’s “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” was watched by almost three-point-two-million people. Of those watching, two-point-three-million were in the 18 to 49 demographic, which is an eight percent increase from last January’s premiere. READ MORE

Dr. Conrad Murray’s mother says her son is learning “the toughest lesson of his life.” Milta Rush is asking a judge for a lenient sentence for the man convicted in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson. TMZ has obtained a letter Rush sent to the court pleading for Judge Michael E. Pastor to have mercy on her son. She writes, “Judge Pastor, Conrad is my son and as a mother I must say I know him inside out. He is sorry for what happened to Michael and had no intent towards him.” Rush also says she sympathizes with Jackson’s mother, saying she feels her pain for having lost her son. Still, Rush says jail is no place for her son and is “worried sick about him being incarcerated.” She says Murray is a good person who has “never drank alcohol, took drugs or smoked cigarettes in his life.” READ MORE

T.I. Clarifies Comments About Gay Community

T.I. is attempting to clarify the recent comments he made about the gay community to “Vibe” magazine.

The hip-hop star called in to TMZ on Monday to explain that he was just trying to make the point that no opinion in this country should ever be silenced.

T.I. raised a few eyebrows when he told “Vibe” that people who criticize or make jokes about homosexuals are unfairly criticized.

He added that people should have the right to not support the gay community in peace. T.I. now says that while his comments may appear otherwise, he actually supports gay marriage. Tip goes on to add that he was quoted correctly by “Vibe,” but many media outlets have taken his statements out of context, thus making him look worse.

T.I. is currently working on his first album since being released from prison back in September. He recently announced that the record will be titled “Trouble Man.” A release date for the project hasn’t been determined. READ MORE

Tameka Raymond and her ex husband Grammy Award Winning singer Usher Raymond divorced back in early 2009 where they had a brief two year marriage. During their marriage they had two young sons but the now divorced couple have been at odds over money and custody of the kids. According to Tameka, Usher is not following court orders and has now filed a petition to recieve sole custody of their sons. She also claims the singer has cancelled her Saks Fifth Avenue credit card which displeases her greatly…..interesting. Check inside for more deets on the drama and what else Tameka has to say about her ex husband. READ MORE

Rihanna Makes History On U.K. Charts

Rihanna is making history this week on the other side of the Atlantic. According to the Official Charts Company, the pop diva’s album “Talk That Talk” and its lead single “We Found Love” have both reached number one on the U.K. charts.

The feat makes her the first female artist to send two albums to the top of the charts in the same year and the only female artist to simultaneously top both charts twice in the same year with different singles and albums.

Back in January, “Loud” and its single “What’s My Name” also landed at number one in the same week.

The last artist to achieve the feat was T-Rex, who’s “Electric Warrior” LP and “Telegram Sam” single went to number one in 1972, followed three months later by “Bolan Boogie” and “Metal Guru.” READ MORE

Soul Train Music Awards 2011 Performances and Photos

The 2011 Soul Train Music Awards on Centric TV were truly spectacular this year.  I had the privilege to work behind the scenes for two days, and it was amazing to see and understand how a production, such as this, is put together.  Since I worked behind the scenes, I felt that it was only right for me to bring you the goins-ons.

The Fox Theatre in Midtown Atlanta was the location for this year’s Soul Train Music Awards.  The show kicked off with The Original 7even , which consists of Morris Day and the Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.  If you were an 80s baby, you were able to sing along to their hits such as: “Jungle Love,” “The Bird,” and “C-O-O-L.” What’s that spell? They still have the moves, so please don’t sleep on these cool kings.  As usual, they looked fonky-fresh and dressed-to-impress with their tailor-made suits on.  If anyone needs to know the definition of ‘swag,’ please feel free to look up these gentlemen, The Original 7even. 

Cedric The Entertainer, this year’s host, came out to the traditional Soul Train line. He pop locked and gave us some impressive moves.  After the music cut, he made us laugh by stating, “After all that dancing, I’m tired.”

Miss Keri Baby, the radiant, Keri Hilson, presented the award for Best New Artist which went to the oh-so-handsome, Miguel.

Soon after, Just Blaze and Amber Rose introduced Common and Marsha Ambrosius to the stage as they performed a duet together.

Radio personality, Tom Joyner, gave a fabulous introduction for the Soul Train Legend’s Award, which went to, Gladys Knight.  Many may not know this, but Ms. Knight was the first person to ever perform on Soul Train.  The audience was entertained with Kenny Lattimore, Dave Hollister, and Sunny Jackson as her honorary ‘Pips.’ Other stars to honor the legend with their voice were:  Tamar Braxton, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, Mary Mary, and Natalie Cole.

Ms. Knight gave her acceptance speech and, with the crowds delight, she performed a duet with BeBe Winans.  It was amazing to see the two perform together.  The camera got a shot of Terri Vaughn’s face and her expression was priceless.  I know what you mean, Ms. Vaughn.  I, too, saw the beauty in this performance by this king and queen.

Here is video of our Ticket winners… Everyone knows that Soul Train is not complete if you don’t have the scramble board.  Morris Day and the Time and Necole Bitchie did the honors of unscrambling the letters to spell, ‘The Time,’ while Wolf Blitzer and the human beat box, Doug E. Fresh, provided a beat-box as the CNN reporter unscrambled the letters to spell out the first video to appear on Soul Train, “Rock With You.”  Russ Parr and Kel Mitchell were also a part of a scramble-board skit.

I adore Cee Lo Green and his individuality.  That’s why it comes as no surprise that he stepped on stage with no shoes on and an all-white outfit with fringe hanging down on the sleeves, as he performed, “Fool For You,” featuring Melanie Fiona.  Cee Lo also took home the award for Best Male R&B Artist, presented by Keith Sweat and Melissa De Sousa.  He and Goodie Mob, yes, these kings are still together, walked on stage to accept the award, and he was very humbled to have received the award in his hometown of Atlanta.

I love it when the stars show up to accept an award that they have won.  Jill Scott, reppin’ the 215, was there to accept her award for Best Female R&B/Soul Artist presented by Michael Baisden and B. Smith. I love Jill with an afro, however, Ms. Scott rawked a sleek, low-cut hairstyle, very nicely.

Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, and my Soror, Keshia Knight Pulliam, looked fabulous as they introduced fly boys, Lloyd and Miguel as they did a double performance.

The Braxton’s blessed us with their presence as they introduced Mindless Behavior. These ‘tweens gave us a spectacular, energized performance, not to mention, they’re such cutie mctudies.

It’s hard to believe that we were just watching Heavy D perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards in October.  Now, at the Soul Train Music Awards, we’re paying our respects due to his untimely death.  The Heavy D Tribute had all the heavy hitters of hip-hop:  Doug E. Fresh, Goodie Mob, Naughty by Nature, Daddy-O from Stetsasonic, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and Kurtis Blow. The love for Dwight Arrington Myers will forever be strong and never forgotten because we got nothin’, but love for you, Heavy.

Atlanta’s own, NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey graced us with their beauty as they introduced performer, Anthony Hamilton.  Basketball wives, Shaunie O’Neal and Tami Roman introduced Robin Thicke as he performed his new single, “Love After War.”

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis escorted the beautiful, Valerie Simpson, as she presented the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter of the Year Award to the talented, Marsha Ambrosius for “Far Away.”  Marsha stated that she is from Liverpool, England and moved to Atlanta, and for her to receive this award in Atlanta, you could tell that this young queen was humbled and honored to accept the award. Not only because it’s Soul Train, but because it was presented to her by a woman of such grace and beauty, Ms. Valerie Simpson.  I know how you feel, Marsha. It all seems like a dream to have listened to such great music as a child, and here comes the time in your life when the person you’ve listened to as a child, presents you with the Songwriter of the Year Award. It all seems so surreal. Well, I haven’t won an award, but you know what I mean. I felt your joy and humility. You earned it, Marsha, because you are an awesome songwriter.

With the show coming to an end, Malcolm Jamal Warner presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Earth, Wind & Fire. These legends have given us over 40 decades of great music.  Many rappers and groups sample their music because it was and continues to be that dope. They gave us sounds that cannot be duplicated or even imitated.   The kings of Earth, Wind & Fire sat in the audience as Zap Mama, Miguel, Musiq Soulchild, Bootsy Collins, Lalah Hathaway, Boney James, Eric Benet, Robin Thicke, Joe, Stokley from Mint Condition, and Cee Lo performed  a few of the groups’ greatest hits.

Other award winners were: Chris Brown for Album of the Year; Mary Mary taking home the Best Gospel Performance Award; Raphael Saadiq winning the Centric Award; and Best Soul Site Award, Necole Bitchie, who almost made me get in waterworks-mode with her red-carpet speech. Yes, it was that deep.  You deserve it, Necole! If there was an award for best shoes, Ms. Bitchie wuda won that thang! I seent’chu, Boo! READ MORE

Bow Wow Responds to False Accusations

Yesterday, gossip blogs were at a frenzy when TMZ made accusations that rapper Bow Wow owed the IRS close to six figures that were unpaid back in 2006. Bow wow, of course, didn’t take to kind to those words and wrote a letter to his fans where he addressed the rumors on his personal website bowwowtoday.com.

“TMZ saying they are about to runa story on me thats once again “Not True” as im sitting in my beautiful condo as of RIGHT NOW that they said i dont have anymore. READ MORE

Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti charity is once again under fire. The “New York Post” has obtained the organization’s 2010 tax filings, which reveal that less than a third of the money donated to Yele Haiti was actually spent on post-earthquake emergency efforts. Shortly after the January 12th 2010 Haitian earthquake, Yele Haiti’s coffers ballooned to 16 million dollars. But just over five-million dollars wound up being spent on relief in Wyclef’s home country. Check inside for more deets on thsi controversial situation. READ MORE