Essense Atkins of the family sitcom Are We There Yet and her husband Jamie Mendez are expecting their first child. The child is due Christmas Day, the perfect gift. The 39-year old actress told sources, “Our gratitude is overwhelming to have found each other and adding a baby to our happy home is truly a dream come true. We are both elated and humbled by this amazing gift.” Atkins has played in a number of sitcoms and movies over her long career, including: The Cosby Show, Deliver Us From Eva and Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne. Congrats Essence and Jamie…I expect the baby to be named FreddyO.

Rock icon Lenny Kravitz will be featured on UPTOWN Magazine’s cover for the 2011 style issue this month. The article includes an intimate interview with Kravitz, as well as Jill Jones, a good friend and fellow musician. From the sneak peaks, I gather that Lenny is an everyday, round-the-way kinda dude. He doesn’t have security and raised his and Lisa Bonet’s child, Zöe, as a single father. He also sings the praises of the late Teena Marie as well, saying,

“She would cook a lot. It was here and Penny Johnson, Rick James’ little sister. They looked after me, fed me. She took me to concerts. She took care of a lot of folks.The big reason why I am here [is] because of this sister. She was for real. She was self-contained, a multi-instrumentalist, a writer, producer.”

He paints an awesome picture of Teena Marie, showing us a side of her that we rarely got to see. He also discusses his childhood as an interracial child in a racialized society.

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Frank Ocean Covers Fader Magazine + New Music

This has been a busy week for Novacane singer Frank Ocean, not only has he let two new songs hit the airwaves, but he’s on the September issue of Fader magazine. Ocean, who makes a few appearances on Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne, also blessed us with two new songs. Thinking About You gives us that yearning for a future love; you can hear the yearning in his falsetto. Best Seller picks up the pace a bit, bringing a classic R&B/Hip-hop club banger vibe to the song.

Check out the videos and let me know what you think? Both are gonna get airplay even though we still don’t know when this album is going to drop. READ MORE

After being sued by Allison Mathis for getting her kicked off of reality television show Basketball Wives, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh has decided to return the favor. Bosh recently filed papers in Orange County saying that he had nothing to do with Mathis getting fired.

Allison says that she had already filmed two episodes and was to receive $250,000 in compensation from the show, but that the threat of a lawsuit against the show got her fired. READ MORE

A guy in suburban Phoenix accidentally shot himself while putting his girlfriend’s pink gun into the waistband of the his pants. The couple was walking towards a grocery store when the gun fired, hitting Joshua Seto’s penis and passing through his left thigh. The couple then called 911 and were instructed to apply direct pressure to the wound with a dry cloth. The police were unsure of the type of gun used, but suggested people carry guns in a holster, not in their waistband.

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Jaleel White Plays Cee Lo In New Video

Cee Lo’s camp just released the video for his newest release Cry Baby, but it turns out he didn’t even know they were filming it! The people behind the video decided to get Jaleel White to do the video, in which he acts and dances to the song. The video is set in the 1950′s and casts Jaleel, AKA Steve Urkel from Family Matters, breaking up with a real fox, saying “We’re two trains passing. You’re going left, I’m going right.” The song has hit potential and is a great break up song.

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Happy Birthday Whitney Houston, She Turns 48 Today

Today is Whitney Houston special day and I was told she spending it with close friends and family. I was told Whitney is currently looking over a big movie role (can you say Waiting to Exhale 2 or a sequel to The Bodyguard?) Here’s Whitney singing Happy Birthday to her father John Houston who has now passed away from heart disease after years of fighting diabetes. I was told this video is one of her most loved performances… Happy Birthday Whitney and many more… READ MORE

Mindless Behavior and Diggy Simmons Visit Atlanta

Crowds of screaming tweens lined-up outside of DTLR, a hip-hop clothing store, in South Atlanta to welcome to town R&B boy band Mindless Behavior and rapper Diggy Simmons.

                       Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks and his kids posing with Diggy

The signing event took place just hours before their sold-out performance at Masquerade and including about 800 people. Football Wives co-star Chanita Foster was even there with her daughters and husband.


Ray Ray, Princeton, Roc Royal, Prodigy and Diggy signed autographs and gave out kisses to little girls as the crowds swelled on a steamy ATL Day

 

The People’s Station – V103 – sponsored the event and had Copy, Paste and Mrs. Right on repeat, but that couldn’t save you from the ear-piercing shrieks and crying girls.

 

Here’s Video Recape ….

 

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