Sad news for yall you FAMU fans.. Julian White, the director of Florida A&M University’s marching band announced his retirement Thursday in a statement from his attorney.
EURweb reports the statement made no mention of the controversy surrounding the band, the famed Marching 100 has been under intense scrutiny since the death of drum major Robert Champion in November 2011.

 

Eleven FAMU band members currently face felony hazing charges in the death, and two others face misdemeanor charges.
White, 71, was briefly suspended from his position following Champion’s death, but returned to it in early December. READ MORE

Pilar Sanders appeared with her attorney on Good Morning America, sharing her version of events. In the interview THEJASMINEBRAND reports, she suggests that the police force was ‘in Deion’s pockets‘, which is why Deion received a lower charge of assault.

She also talks about how their children are coping with the negative media attention and why she will be trying to get full custody.

 

(she does note that she’s ALWAYS taken care of their children, “It was never an issue; it was never a problem because I did everything… he hasn’t been a good example of a father…”).

 

Pilar filed her own police report, and they both ended up asking the court for a restraining order.
Deion was granted temporary custody of the kids and Pilar was ordered to stay 500 feet away from their Dallas home.

Vibe reports Pilar released a statement addressing her side of the situation:

Deion “Primetime” Sanders used the media, visiting national TV, posting on his various social media sites and telling reporters outside of court to “report it like you would the Super Bowl” to defy the court and dishonor a gag order to trash Pilar Sanders, his wife of 13 years. READ MORE

Jay-Z Launches D’usse Luxury Cognac

Rapper Jay-Z is expanding his business portfolio with the launch of D’usse luxury cognac. I hope this one works…

Hov appeared at a private event in New York City, New York to debut the cognac, which is a product of Bacardi. The VSOP Cognac will be officially launched in September 2012 last night. READ MORE

Chris Brown been showing and telling the world threw his music, some times you have to forgive and forget. Brown dropped two new freestyles off Kanye West G.O.O.D. Music, “Way Too Cold (Theraflu)” and “Mercy.”

Shortly after dropping the tracks, the R&B singer came under scrutiny from Rihanna Navy fans, who accused him of taking shots and dogging his ex-girlfriend. READ MORE

Registration is now open for the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation’s Leadership & Arts Summer Camp. Applications must be received by May 12. Spaces are limited.

Applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. READ MORE

Britney Spears can finally pull up a chair at the “X Factor” judges’ table. E! News reports the pop star has officially signed the long-rumored, 15-million-dollar deal with the Fox show. A source close to Spears says both sides have been hammering out the smaller details over the past few weeks, but Britney is “beyond excited” now that the contract has been inked. Spears is filling one of the spots left vacant when Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were let go from the U.S. version of the “X Factor” after its debut season. READ MORE

Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Lady Gaga are reacting to President Barack Obama’s first public endorsement of same sex marriage. The President, who previously stated that his stance on the issue of gay marriage was “evolving,” affirmed his personal support of a such a union in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts Wednesday. Kim Kardashian tweeted “Thank you, President Obama! READ MORE

Rihanna Tweets Picture of IV in Her Arm

It seems like a lot of these celebrities are getting sick all of a sudden. Rihanna tweeted this image of her arm with an IV drip in it! There’s no word about what cause her illness. Hopefully it’s not the same bug that hospitalized comedian, Tracy Morgan. TMZ reported, Rihanna recently missed a live dress-rehearsal at SNL due to being sick. Reports also say she looked ill at Monday’s Met Gala. READ MORE