Monday, January 24, 2011


First Weezy and Ja Rule, now it looks like hackers have gotten to Swizz Beatz twitter account.

His account was briefly hijacked on Sunday (January 22nd). The culprit sent out a variety of tweets under Swizz' name about Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Swizz' ex-Mashonda and the joy of participating in "orgies." Luckily Swizz regained control of his account in minutes.


Big hair, surrounded by magazine & blog headlines Rihanna is going for the icon level.


Drake is returning to his acting roots in an upcoming indie thriller, "Arbitrage." The 24-year old Young Money rapper will star in the film alongside Al Pacino.

The film, slated for release next year, follows a powerful executive attempting to sell a company before it's discovered he's guilty of fraud.


Queen Latifah will be inducted into New Jersey's 2011 Hall of Fame this June.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a list of 13 people who will be part of this year's class, including John Travolta and Bruce Willis. All who were selected are chosen by the public via an online poll. Notable past inductees include Shaquille O'Neal, Paul Robeson and the talented Toni Morrison.


Halle Berry's ex is engaged to Prince's ex.

Eric Benet proposed to girlfriend of three years Manuela Testolini in November.

"During a romantic dinner, I decided to finally let Manuela hear 'Never Want to Live Without You," a song off my new album that I had written for her," Benet told reporters. "I sang it to her, then got down on one knee and proposed."

Testolini was wed to Prince from 2001 to 2006.

Benet, 44, and Testolini, who live together in L.A., have tentatively set a summer wedding date.


Sister Sister's Tamera Mowley is engaged to beau Adam Housley

Housley, a correspondent for Fox News Channel, proposed with a vintage ring in Venice, Italy. They plan to marry in the spring.

Tamara's engagement and her twin's pregnancy will be documented for a Style Network show airing this year.


Looks like Nicki Minaj's fans may have gotten her kicked out of London's Dorchester Hotel this weekend.

Nicki was forced out of the luxury hotel on Friday after an ambulance was called following a fight that broke out between her fans, aka "barbz."

"long day of press only to find out we've officially been kicked out the hotel! Lmaoooooooo," Minaj tweeted. "Rescue me barbz!!!! Pleeeeeeeasse *martha voice*"

She explained that the ambulance "was called for 1 of my barbz," while, according to, another fan sprayed graffiti inside one of the hotel's elevator.

Minaj acceded that outside of the Dorchester things "got a bit CRAZY," but that she appreciated her fans' support.

"Hopefully the next hotel will be nicer :)" she tweeted.

Erring on the safe side, Minaj later wrote that her fans met her "@ another secret location (not the new hotel)" where they serenaded her with a rousing rendition of her hit "Right thru Me."

"U can't have me w/o my barbz!" she tweeted. "We're a packaged deal!!!!"

Nicki has been in London to promote her new album, "Pink Friday," which was released in November. While visiting the Big Smoke, she updated her fans about her visits to the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace (where cops reportedly chased her away), Big Ben and the London Eye.

The singer has been wreaking havoc since she arrived at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday after she tweeted her flight times.


Who knews....Monica has married L.A. Laker Shannon Brown. The two have been secretly married since November 22.

The ceremony took place at the couple's L.A. home with two witnesses present.

"This is a very special time in my life," Monical told "I am blessed to have married the man that God sent me. He's loving, compassionate, strong and supportive of my children, family and career. I look forward to our lives together."

Monica met Brown during summer 2010, when he played her love interest in the video for her song "Love All Over Me."

She and longtime beau Rodney "Rocko" Hill broke off their engagment early last year. They have two sons together: Rodeny, 5, and Romelo, nearly 2.

Friday, January 14, 2011


What the Sam Hill......

This is a great example of when keeping it real goes wrong.

The rapper, who was recently released from a psychiatric facility after pleading "mental incompetency" regarding a probation violation, had an ice cream cone tattooed onto his face Wednesday.

Mane, 30, is sporting a cone with three scoops on his right cheek, complete with the word "Brrr" and several red lightning bolts.

The ink was completed by tattoo artist Shane Willoughby, according to piercer Jason Murray, who posted photos of the two on Twitter.

GV Says: Perhaps that mental unit stay didn't work well because this is pure foolishness.


Rihanna is set to appear on the cover of the one the most-esteemed fashion magazines in the world. The singer shared with her fans that she is the latest star to be a Vogue cover girl. In addition, she was shot by one of the fashion world's biggest photographers.

"Just wrapped my first American Vogue cover shoot with Annie Leibovitz...Rah!" the singer revealed on her Twitter. "#SEXY"


Who would have thunk it....Wendy Williams actually has a nice figure. I would thought her figure was created by a pair of spanx here, a girdle there....

A video of the talk show host on vacation in Antigua has surfaced.


Look's like Toya's relationship with Memphitz is a sure thing. The ex-wife of Lil Wayne tells Sister 2 Sister:

“Yes he’s like sexy chocolate. (laughter) I’m kidding. He's a family guy and that’s what I love. Like, he was raised by both parents until his father passed away. He’s very well-mannered. He’s not selfish. He’s 100 percent supportive. He’s a good friend…everything I ever wanted in a man. You can tell it’s a difference when a guy grows up with both of their parents. Like, everything was ‘yes ma’am, yes sir.’ Respectful, like, ‘Let me open the door for you.’ These days, guys think that is lame when that’s really being a gentleman. He shows me and my daughter lots of respect. And you know, I love that about him. You don’t get that too much these days.”

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Shyne is that you? That one that on Diddy's Bad Boy label? The one that went to the slammer for 10 years for a club shooting?

Yes...that's him and he's placing his newfound Jewish faith as the motivating force behind reviving his rap career.

He legally changed his name from Jamal Michael Barrow to Moses Michael Levi before his 2009 prison release and now he’s living in Jerusalem, where he strictly observes the Jewish faith.

He also revealed he has five albums he’s preparing for release, and he’s eager to collaborate with artists ranging from young Israeli musicians to hip-hop moguls Kanye West and Jay-Z when he returns to the spotlight.

He says , “I am not ashamed of the mistakes I have made. I’m not ashamed of where I was in order to get to where I am.

“Moshe Levi has a great impact on the music that Shyne makes.”

GV Says: SMH...


So...Nicki Minaj is gracing the cover V magazine this issue. If you're into the tribal thing that you'll love her photo shoot.

During a radio interview last summer in support of Kanye West’s new single, “Monster” – a psych-rap posse track featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and indie-folk singer Bon Iver – West declared Minaj to be “the scariest artist in the game right now – she has the most potential to be the number two rapper of all time.” (Number one, in Kanye’s mind, being Eminem.) It was the kind of outré pronouncement we’ve come to expect from West, but nevertheless the sound bite set off serious reverberations in the rap community. Nicki Minaj…the funny face with the Day-Glo wigs, bounteous curves, and multiple personalities? Number two rapper of all time? In-old school hip hop circles the idea could be considered profane.

Now, just in the wake of her debut album, Minaj is deadly serious about not taking it all too seriously. “I’m an entertainer - I like to make people laugh,” she says. “Some will hate it and some will love it, but all will remember it. And that’s what I want: to be remembered. Even if I’m saying something hard-core or controversial, there’s always a touch of humor, and if you don’t like it, it means I’m stirring things up inside of you.” At the same time, there’s a lot going on inside the artist’s own head. “I just always want to do ‘me,’ but ‘me’ changes every day. I would crumble up and die if I had to wake up and be the same person every day. I don’t silence those voices anymore. I just let them speak.” -V

GV Says: Potential to be the number two rapper of all time.....Ye has bumped his head.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


So ever wanted to know what it's like between Hov and B? Well Jessica LaShawn, one of Beyonce's ex-personal assistants spilled on

During the BET Awards in 2003 I witnessed the makings of a real relationship between two overly focused individuals willing to sacrifice and make time for each other in the midst of accomplishing their personalized greatness. I was the personal assistant to Beyonce while she prepared for the debut of her new single Deja Vu. I can recall having the song on repeat throughout the duration of my flight from Chicago to LA and feeling captivated by the 808's and horns. There was something about the song that made me feel as if I were being transported to another place all in the name of love. Like most people, I soon realized that the passion hidden behind Beyonce's vocals was fueled by her devotion and love for none other than Jay Z.

I sat there in amazement as I watched Beyonce go over every step as if her life depended on it. I'd heard all the stories and rumors that she was evil and possibly the daughter of Satan but none of that surfaced. A prime example of her down-t-earth-ness was displayed when she happened to be thirsty and it was my job to get her some water but she chose to go with me in order to ease her mind. She was sweet and reminded me of that home girl we all have that no matter what she just wants to laugh at the end of the day.

Everything was going well until Beyonce was informed that Jay Z missed his flight and wouldn't be able to make it to the show and perform. Her face went sour as she took a moment to squat on the floor and pout. She wasn't sad about him not doing his verse but the fact that she wouldn't see him as soon as she'd planned. She couldn't help but mumble to her mother that she missed him. She forced herself not to cry. Stood up and yelled from the top of her lungs.... "let's take it from the top." The passion and determination in her voice echoed throughout the empty theater as she stood on top of a short ladder that served as her entrance wagon.

Frustrated about the amount of focus needed to maintain her balance walking down the stairs as they moved forward on an conveyor belt, she gasped. She looked at me in despair and I walked up to the stage to offer her a few ideas. I told her to "turn sideways and walk down on an angel" to maintain her balance. "It's an old pageant trick" that allows you to see where you're going without having to look down, she smiled and laughed as she ran to the top of the stairs, eager to try it again. She did and it worked. She leaped in the air full of excitement about overcoming her final obstacle with her performance. Then a voice rang out saying "Hey You."

Beyonce's face lit up as she buckled her knees and covered her face to hide a child like smile followed by adorable cheeks red and wet with embarrassing tears. It was HIM. He walked in calm and cool but as he got closer he couldn't help but smile and reach out to her and hold her while placing his head gently on top of hers and shaking it. He said hi to her mom and mentioned that he wanted to fake her (Beyonce) out and say he wasn't coming just to surprise her and it worked. The two clicked instantly and started rehearsing but not before a hint of comfort was relaxed on their faces as they found solace within each others arms. After Beyonce let go and slowly removed her head from the chest of the man that inspired the lyrics to the song- she ran to her place- ready to start it all over again.

Every beat flowed effortlessly like water between the two. They stopped to acknowledge that this was their first time performing the song and even arranging choreography. The chemistry was amazing and I felt honored to have a front row seat for it all.

Theres something about having a match that makes life a little more easy. A partner in crime to act out the scenes of life with. Were born into this world a single soul or as I'd like to think.... a shoe. We're ready, willing, and waiting for the long road ahead. We're guided somehow by an overall omnipresent presence that one day, if we're lucky, will bless us with the power of being a pair. Two of the same kind made to fit opposite sides of life and travel together to represent one style, level of success heel-wise and identical straps of dependency to hold us together.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Looks like the collaborative album, Watch the Throne, between Hov and Ye is coming. Just a few minutes after midnight, Kanye West and Jay-Z dropped their much-anticipated single "H.A.M." on Facebook.


This is crazy.... reports that Lopez, 41, is being sued for $10 million by Claudia Vazquez, the girlfriend of her ex-husband Ojani Noa.

Apparently J.Lo's ex and his new girlfriend have had plans to create a motion picture out of old home videos that Noa has of Lopez. The footage allegedly shows Lopez naked, and she understandably wants to put the kibosh on their film project. So Lopez's attorney reportedly sent Vasquez (who's listed as a co-producer on the project) a cease and desist letter regarding the tapes.

But Vazquez claims that Lopez misstated the facts to the court to obtain the restraining order that interferes with their movie project. In short, Vasquez wants to cash in on the J.Lo tapes, and she's annoyed that Lopez isn't allowing that to happen. She's rumored to be filing the lawsuit in L.A. on Wednesday.

But this isn't the first case of drama between the two women. It seems Lopez and Vaquez (who has been dating Noa for 10 years) may have had bad blood for years.

"Vazquez has met Jennifer Lopez on many occasions. They hate each other," Ed Meyer, another man involved in the film project, told "Jennifer Lopez called her a 'whore' to a Univision reporter last year."

But Meyer also believes that it's not Lopez's desire for privacy that's motivating her to shut down their project -- but, instead, the rumored long-standing rivalry.

"We believe that this entire lawsuit against Ojani and I over the movie and the sex tape home videos centers around Jennifer Lopez's hatred for Ojani Noa dating Claudia Vazquez," he said.

This also isn't the first time Lopez has had to deal with Noa since the end of their six-month marriage. In 1997 the singer-actress was paid more than $500,000 by Noa as he "violated their marital settlement confidentiality agreement" by attempting to write a tell-all book.


Tia Mowry, a star of BET's The Game, and her husband, actor Cory Hardrict, 31, are expecting their first child in July.

"This is something that they've wanted for a long time and they're thrilled," the source says.

The parents-to-be were married in 2008 in an outdoor ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Mowry, 32, starred in the 1990s sitcom Sister, Sister with her identical twin, Tamera Mowry.

According to reports, her pregnancy will be documented on a TV show on the Style Network later this year.


The man with the golden voice was visited by police after an altercation with his daughter.

Ted Williams, the former panhandler who became an overnight star because of his silky smooth radio voice, was briefly detained by the Los Angeles Police Department at a Hollywood hotel on Monday night.

Cops responded to a disturbance call at the Renaissance Hotel around 9 p.m. after Williams and his daughter got into an altercation, sources told The Los Angeles Times.

An LAPD spokesman told Gossip Cop that the two "were transferred to the Hollywood station."

Williams -- a recovering alcoholic -- was eventually released, and sources said the investigation is ongoing. No one was charged with any crime.

The 53 year old is in California to shoot a number of television appearances, including one for "Entertainment Tonight." On Monday, he visited the L.A. Lakers and met Kobe Bryant.

Williams drew national attention earlier this month after The Columbus Dispatch aired a video of him on a streetcorner holding a sign about his incredible voice.

Since then, he has received a flurry of job offers. He signed a contract with Kraft, voiced an MSNBC promo and is even being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers for work.

GV Says: Too much too soon.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Remember when I said Toni Braxton just got the green light for a reality show "Braxton Family Values". Well here's the new promo photo with her family. The show is slated to premiere April 12th at 9p on WeTV and will follow Toni, her sisters - Traci, Tamar, Towanda, Trina - and their mom as they navigate bankruptcy, life and love.

Sunday, January 09, 2011


According to TMZ, legal docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court, reveal that Nas must pay a tad over $5,000 a month in child support and $20,000 a month in spousal support. Relatively large, but it's half of what he was originally ordered to pay.


Actress Regina King is on the cover of Essence and still keeping up her post divorce figure...oh and she has a new boo....

Theo aka Malcolm-Jamal Warner

“Malcolm and I have a lot in common…we’ve both been child actors and were also blessed to be raised by incredible mothers who instilled good values in us. Things are maturing nicely…”

GV Says: Who knew...


RiRi posted photos on Twitter Saturday from the set of their new music video, "Fly," with jokes about hooking up with the 26-year-old "Here I Am" singer.

"Me and Nikki in our new crib, lol! Gettin busy on set of FLY!!!" Rihanna wrote. "Its so hard to keep my hands off!"

In response, the rapper tweeted, "@rihanna lol. If we're gonna liv 2gthr and hook up u gotta learn how 2 spell my name! Lmaooooooo. ---- Gossip Gossip...just stop it! :p"

"My bad, I'll make it up to u *wink*," Rihanna tweeted.

GV Says: Somebody's got lots of time on their hands.

Friday, January 07, 2011


Remember Oliva...she was supposed to be the new next Ashanti from G-Unit....except it never took off.

Well she will be featured in an upcoming reality show on VH1 focusing on women who date rappers and women who are trying to make in the music business, while maintaining a personal relationship.

VH1 will premiere an 8-part "Docu-Soap" series titled "Love & Hip Hop" this March. The series follows four women, two of whom are waiting for their boyfriends to commit.

The other two women attempt to pursue their careers, while show showing the struggle they face in their personal relationships.

Jim Jones' girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and Fabolous' girlfriend Emily Bustamante are two of the women waiting for their boyfriends to settle down, while Olivia and recording artist Somaya Reece showcase the sacrifices they have made to pursue their careers.

"Love & Hip Hop" premieres Monday, March 21st.
GV Says: Yawn....


The musical alliance between Cee-Lo Green and actress Gwyneth Paltrow has become official, with the pair recording a new version of the rapper/singer’s hit song “F*** You.” Who knew that pairing was going on?

This week rag mags begain to receive confirmation of the collaboration from Green himself as he revealed that he and Paltrow were at work at studio MSR in New York this past weekend and Monday (January 3rd) afternoon.

The new version of “F*** You” comes after Green praised Paltrow’s recent performance of the clean version of the single, “Forget You,” on the hit Fox show Glee.

Prospects of the duo working together began to circulate last month when Green admitted that he and Paltrow have been “considering a few things actually.”

“It's a little too early to commit to a statement and I won't ruin the surprise because whatever we're going to do is going to be extra cool," the Goodie Mob/Gnarls Barkley member told E! Online.

Paltrow also fanned the flames on Monday (January 3rd) by telling ABC’s Good Morning America that she and Green are e-mailing each other and a duet could be on the horizon.

"We don't know where that's gonna go, but I am such a big fan of Cee Lo,” she said. “He is so gorgeous and talented and amazing. We'll see."

Green and Paltrow could unveil their collaboration with an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Paltrow is will host the episode, which is scheduled to air January 15, while Green serves as the musical guest.

Perfect huh....

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


Days after her upcoming reality series, "Braxton Family Values," was announced (who knew???), singer Toni Braxton is revealing that some of her other plans for 2011 may involve Playboy.

"New Year, New opportunities," she tweeted Tuesday. "So I have been considering taking up Playboy's offer to feature me on their cover this year. What you think?"

The 43-year-old mother of two added that she "would love to pose with Hugh Hefner," who she thinks is the "the sexiest guy I know over 30."

In response to some fans wondering whether her potential pictorial for the men's mag would feature full-frontal nudity, Braxton clarified that "[They're] NOT talking that kind of spread!"

"No Susie!!!!" she explained. "Just a lil T and A."

Braxton, who said the publication has asked her to pose "about 3 times before," promised that her photos would be "tastefully done."

GV Says: Could this have anything to do with her being broke (remember this)....just asking. Wow...nudity for money.


Rick Ross tapes Drake for "Made Men" which appears on his upcoming album.

Looks like Drake is getting a little swag to him since that night he and Rihanna went bowling:

"Spending tomorrow money, I call it mañana
Off the rack just ain't my style, I call a designer
One of my baddest women ever, I call her Rihanna
But that's because her name is Rihanna."


GV Says: Hmm....How long do you give these two before they start dating?


The View's co-host Sherri Shepherd, 43, said yes to television writer Lamar Sally, her rep confirms.

The couple of more than a year became engaged on December 26 after returning from a San Diego trip. And the proposal was definitely a romantic one: Upon their arrival, Sally's friend had decorated the home with lights, put a Santa beard and hat on her dog, and hid the ring box in Shepherd's bowl of M&Ms.

Before asking for his love's hand, Sally asked permission from Shepherd's 5-year-old son, Jeffrey.

The couple is planning an August wedding in Chicago.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011


What the sam hill....

Vivica A. Fox is engaged to Atlanta "club promoter" Omar "Slim" White.

The actress, 46, who starred in the reality show, The Cougar, received an eight-karat diamond (side eye) ring from White, 27, over the holidays.

"We did get engaged on Dec. 26," Fox told reporters. "And we are very happy!"

"She is over the moon – so excited, so in love," a source close to Vivica reveals. "She got the ring while they were staying at Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, over the holidays."

Vivica and Slim, who have been dating more than a year, spent two romantic nights at the oceanfront hotel where they dined, went to the gym and walked along the beach.

"Vivica said she has never been happier and looks forward to living part time in Atlanta where Slim works," the source tells. "She was working out in the gym and had such a look of happiness and love on her face."

According to the source, White is a great guy who wants to have kids with Fox.

"They are both eager to start their lives together and have a family," the source says. "She is so excited; it is heartwarming to be around her."

GV Says: SMH....

Monday, January 03, 2011


Could the Jay-Z / Kanye West collaboration Watch The Throne be coming out soon? Ye says it could. It could drop as early as next week.

At a New Year's eve event at the Marquee nightclube in Vegas over the weekend, he reportedly said "Watch the Throne, coming in one week!"

The album is completed, according to published reports, but no release date was revealed.

More details as they're revealed.


After her quicky marriage and divorce, Christina is speaking out in the latest issue of Latina.

"I’ve been to hell and back, but I survived," the singer, 29, tells the February issue of Latina of their messy split, which went public in July when the producer was photographed nuzzling his assistant in the Carribean.

Although he filed for divorce in February (days before she gave birth to their daughter Violet) she has insisted they continued to have marital relations.

"I tried to be someone I wasn’t because I wanted my marriage to work," she tells the mag. "But ultimately, if it’s not working, it’s not working."

As for the cheating scandal she admits, “I didn’t know anything. But looking back, my gut was telling me something was off. But I thought I could fix it.”

Now Christina, who says motherhood makes her "feel so much sexier than ever before," is moving on and excited for what's next.

"I feel brand new," she tells the mag. "I'm ready for the next phase of my life."

GV Says: I hope things work out for her.

Sunday, January 02, 2011


Diddy hosted a New Year’s Eve Celebration at LAX Nightclub in Las Vegas. Fabolous and Dallas Austin came out to party too. Ciroc of course was in full effect....and BTW....I had a little Coconut Ciroc on New Year's eve. I give it a 10/10!

Just down the street, Rihanna hosted a party at Pure Nightclub in Caesars Palace.

Now this is a pretty low-key look for her.


Jay-Z in Cold Play brought in the new year with a star studded concert in Vegas.

The two power houses performed at the grand opening of The Cosmopolitan, a $3.9 billion hotel on the famous Strip.

But those two acts weren't the only ones to take the stage: Beyoncé, Kanye West and John Mayer all made surprise appearances during Jay-Z's performance.

Beyoncé joined her hubby for "Forever Young" and sang "Halo" with Chris Martin. Mayer played guitar with Jay-Z on his hit song "99 Problems."

"All the problems you were going through have been kicked out the door," Jay-Z told the crowd before a collaborative performance of West's "Homecoming," which featured Jay-Z, West and Martin.

Gwyneth Paltrow was also on hand to watch the show – and ring in the 2011 with her husband and close friends.

The intimate crowd was littered with celebrities - Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez; Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

GV Says: I so love how Hov has evolved and opened the boundaries of hip-hop. Way to keep the checks coming Jigga...


Because I always nibble on my FRIEND'S ear...

Hmm....these two friends were seen having a good time at the Vegas New Year's Eve party Nelly hosted at Haze nightclub Friday night.


Word is "teen mom" Amber Portwood from the MTV reality show earned $280,000 in 2010. And MSNBC reports the word is true....

Portwood was asked some standard questions by the judge last week when she was arrested on domestic violence, including listing her occupation and salary.

Despite the objections of her attorney, Portwood was forced to reveal that she makes a whopping $280,000 per year for her MTV-airing shenanigans.

Broken down, Portwood told the judge that she makes $140,000 per six-month contract with the cable net, and plans on working with them for the full year.

GV Says: What the Sam Hill......Help me understand where that money is going.

Saturday, January 01, 2011


So Kim Kardashian just got braids in for some specific reason I'm sure. No big deal to me. She's pretty either...but I'm slightly bothered at the way non-African Americans are reacting to it.

Telling myself that perhaps people just simply don't like the style, but I really hear is that it's a black hair style so I don't like it.

Take a look at NY Daily News


It's no secret that mommyhood has had Alicia Keys elated and occupied lately. But it seems like baby Egypt has inspired her enough for her latest single "Speechless" posted at hubby Swizz Beatz' Monster Monday's site