Tyra Banks Is Ending Her Talk Show

Hey everybody! Hope yall had a great Christmas. I took a few days off, as you can see, you know to spend some time with the fam and just relax and all that. But I'm back and here's the next story.

Past supermodel and creator and judge of the hit show America's Next Top Model Tyra Banks will be ending her talk show after this season. "This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Tyra told PEOPLE. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.” The show's last episode will premiere in spring 2010.


In The Spotlight Celebrates 6 Months!!!

Ok, this may be seem kind of stupid, and I'm really not the one to celebrate "half anniversaries" like that, but it's officially been six months since I started In The Spotlight! Six months ago today, I was bored at work, and decided to do something somewhat productive with my time. So I decided to start a blog about entertainment news, celebrities, fashion, music, movies and all. You know, things that I'm really interested in. While it still has a long way to go, I never knew that Spotlight would get to the level it has. More important than the recognition is that this blog gives me the chance to do what I love, TO WRITE! As a budding entertainment journalist, I gotta start somewhere right? And Spotlight gives me that opportunity.

I'm seriously appreciative of all the feedback and all of the support of my followers and faithful readers. I really really could see this blog going somewhere, reaching a national level. Without yall, it would be nothing. So thanks for supporting me, and thanks for supporting the blog!


~Brittany Shawnté


T.I. Released From Prison!!!

Well, I heard rumors that rapper T.I. was going to be released early from his prison sentence, just in time for Christmas. T.I. was set to serve three more months at the Arkansas Forrest City Prison.

Well sources at Atlantic Records have confirmed that T.I. was released and that he will be spending the rest of his time in a half-way house in Atlanta, according to BET.com.


Brittany Murphy Passes Away...

I just woke up to this terrible news....Brittany Murphy, actress best known for her roles in Clueless, 8 Mile, and Just Married, passed away at the age of 32 from cardiac arrest. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed the news to Access Hollywood.

A rep for the actress also confirmed the news, telling Access Hollywood, “In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.”

I seriously just woke up about an hour and a half ago and got on Facebook and people's statuses were saying RIP Brittany Murphy. And I screamed "What?!!" This is crazy, and so incredibly hard to believe. Life is incredibly short, and I feel like we have seen that with all the huge losses suffered in the entertainment business this year, as well as maybe even in our own lives. I don't want to preach a sermon, so I'm just going to say this. Live your life and enjoy yourself. You never know when it will be your time.

RIP Brittany...Keeping your loved ones in my thoughts and prayers.


~Brittany Shawnté


Que Gets Kicked Out of Day26!!!!!!

Dang...I knew it was coming! I knew it was coming! I knew it was coming! And to tell you the truth, I'm not that sad about it! Que (center) from Day26 has been kicked out of the group! That's right! In the video below, Willie (on the right of Que)confirms it!

For those of you who watched the last season of Making the Band 4, you saw that Que was acting a dag on fool, acting like he didn't have any type of common sense. Walking around giving everybody the stank eye and all of that, yelling and screaming, trying to fight people. Now the group is preparing for their third album, and since Que can't be reached, HE'S OUT!

Me and my friend were just talking about Day 26 the other day! I love the group, and I think they have a bright future ahead with or without Que. What I think he failed to realize was that his behind could be cut at any moment, and that he should've got cut after that season! Now this is just Brittany Shawnté's logic, but I would think that after showing your ass on national television, you would want to get back into people's good graces. But no, NOT QUE! NOT QWANELL! Now you ain't got no job no more, and maybe Day26 will be better because of it. Diddy said NO BITCHASSNESS QUE!!!!

Love to MediaTakeOut, always shocking me with the best news! I wanna write for them one day LOL


~Brittany Shawnté


Shane Sparks Arrested On Child Molestation Charges

Yooooo...WHAT?!!!!! That headline is right. America's Best Dance Crew judge and So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Shane Sparks was arrested early Friday morning on eight counts of child molestation, according to E! Online.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Bruce Borihanh stated the 40-year-old choreographer was taken into custody by detectives at about 8 a.m. at his North Hollywood home on a felony warrant. "Sparks has been the subject of an ongoing child-molestation investigation," Borihanh said. Shane was booked into Van Nuys jail and is being held for a $590,000 bail.

Apparently, the incident took place about a decade ago, and the victim is now coming forward, according to Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. "There's one victim, and it occurred in the '90s. I believe it started in '94 and went on for several years," Robison said. "It's an underage girl. She was under 15 when the alleged crimes occurred. She is an adult now and came forward to authorities."

Danggggg.....Shane really?!!! Wow....I have no words. Just a crazy situation. I hope that everything works out for him.


~Brittany Shawnté

Tina and Mathew Knowles DIVORCING!!!!

I swear to goodness, reading MediaTakeOut will shock you sometimes. This morning, I made one of the biggest gasps in my life when I saw that Tina and Mathew Knowles, the parents of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, are divorcing! Yep I said DIVORCING!!!

I mean, there have been rumors floating around all over the place about them splitting, but now it's official. The official papers (provided by MTO, because they're amazing! Don't let nobody tell you different) are below (Click the image for a better view). I guess this whole business with Mathew getting or supposedly getting a 36 year old pregnant was too much for Tina, or maybe there were some other issues as well. But dang! Not Mathew and Tina!!!


Bengals' Player Chris Henry Has Passed Away

Sad story to report. After falling from a truck in a dispute with his fiancee, Cincinnati Bengals player, Chris Henry, has died from his injuries, according to CNN.com.

The dispute took place shortly before noon Wednesday when Chris' fiancee tried to drive off in the truck, only to have Chris jump into the bed of the truck, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a written statement.

The 26-year-old receiver has played for the Bengals for five seasons, but has been on the injured reserve list after suffering a dislocated forearm during a November 8 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Chris caught 12 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in eight games before being hurt.

This is a very sad situation. Especially since Chris leaves behind three young kids (see pic of the family above, provided by MediaTakeOut. I will be keeping his fiancee and his family in my thoughts. Yall do the same. RIP Chris.


~Brittany Shawnté


NeNe and Kim May Be Kicked Off Of Housewives?

Ok, one of my best friends got me hooked on Real Housewives of Atlanta, so when I heard this news, I got upset.

It's just gossip from NYDailyNews.com, but apparently NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak, two of the housewives in ATL, may not be back for the third season. According to a source, both of them are demanding more money to be on the show, and Bravo ain't having it and are tired of the dramatics from NeNe and Kim. So they may be replacing the two.


Kourtney Kardashian Has Baby Boy!

According to E! News, there's a new Kardashian in the mix! Kourtney Kardashian and her boyfriend Scott Disick have welcomed a baby boy!

Mason Dash Disick, who weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz., and 19.5 inches, was born this morning in Los Angeles.

Her sister Kim Kardashian has noticed a complete 180 with Kourtney being pregnant. "Kourtney didn't even like kids," she said to Ryan Seacrest Thursday. I never thought she'd ever want to have a baby." But now, she added, "I think Kourt's going to be the most amazing mom."

Kourtney was really excited to be a mommy and looked forward to having her baby. She also talked to Us Magazine about her parenting ideas. "I feel like you don't want to be too much their friend, and you don't want to be too strict," she told Us. "My dad [the late Robert Kardashian] was always the perfect balance."

Wow, I was wondering when that baby was gonna pop out! Kourtney was walking around pregnant for a good minute! Congratulations to her, Scott, and their families!


~Brittany Shawnté


Chris Brown's Albums Being Hidden???

Since I'm still hyped about seeing Chris Breezy live, I might as well write another post about him. Well, according to MediaTakeOut, Chris has been upset about the "disappointing" sales of his third CD Graffiti. No real numbers have been released yet. It's only been the first week! Chris has been going off on his Twitter page about how major stores are blackballing his CD, refusing to sell them. MTO says that he's just bitter about the fact that nobody is buying his CD. People feel that he came out too soon after the whole Rihanna mess.

However, I follow Chris on Twitter and he's been getting a lot, I mean, A LOT of tweets from fans saying that they can't get his album in stores, that managers are refusing to sell them. He even stated that while he was in Connecticut for one of his shows over the weekend, that he went into a Walmart and they didn't even have Graffiti there. Ain't that some stuff though? Are stores even allowed to do that? Seems to me like somebody should be checking out some federal laws or something, cuz this seems mad shady.....Well, if you can't get the album in stores, buy it online or on iTunes!!!!

Ugh....the day when everyone finally gets over this nonsense cannot come soon enough for me.


~Brittany Shawnté


Chris Brown's Fan Appreciation Tour Rolls Through B-more!!!!

Update for you guys: IN THE SPOTLIGHT IS NOW ON TWITTER!!!! Follow here!!!!!

People can say whatever they want to say. Chris Brown has been one of the hottest artists out since he stepped in the game, and he will be until he leaves. That's just fact. I'm sorry. I'm not even bringing up the issue anymore because I realized tonight that it's not necessary. He's mad talented. He's Chris Brown. Period. Get with it or keep it moving.

I spread the word about a month ago to you all about Chris' Fan Appreciation Tour that he was having, to show love to all of the fans who stuck by his side through his whole ordeal. Well, tonight, he rolled through Baltimore at SONAR, a popular club in downtown B-more. I told yall I was going. Got my ticket a few days after I made the post about the tour matter of fact. And my gooooodddddnesssssss.....that was the hottest show I've seen. Pics and videos (as blurry and staticky as they may be) are posted at the end of this blog....

Tiger Woods Takes Indefinite Leave From Golf

By now, unless you are living in no man's land or something, you have probably heard about the Tiger Woods scandal. Two weeks ago, Tiger crashed his SUV into a tree close to his Florida home. He later admitted to cheating on his wife, which I, for one, was shocked by. I mean, it's Tiger Woods! Tiger. Woods. He just doesn't look like the type. But then again, a lot of celebrities don't look like the type to do a lot of the bull they do, but it gets done.


Tyler Perry's Mother Passes Away

Sad news that I just got heard. Willie Maxine Perry, the mother of famous playwright , actor, and mastermind behind the hilarious Madea, Tyler Perry, passed away Monday at the age of 64. Tyler said on his website, “My mother is the wisdom of Madea. Thank you for all your prayers.”

According to entertainment blogger Clay Cane on BET.com back in August, Tyler said his mother was ill and asked for prayers. As of October, he planned to not work for the rest of 2009 in order to care for his mother.

Miss Perry was a pre-school teacher for most of her life and raised Tyler Perry in New Orleans, Louisiana. They both suffered abuse from Tyler's father, but were able to rise up, with Tyler becoming a huge name in Hollywood and opening up the first African-American owned film studio in Georgia.

Tyler had planned to take Madea back on the road in 2010 in his new play, "Madea's Big Happy Family." There is no word if the tour will be postponed.

Tyler's mom was a big inspiration to him and the inspiration behind Madea. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.


~Brittany Shawnté

Social Networking Obsession????

Ok, not a post completely about celebrities. Concerns them somewhat but they're not the main focus. Social networking is taking over this world yall! I mean, you got Facebook, MySpace (when the last time you actually checked yours? LOL), Twitter, Skype, Blogger, and all these other new sites that allow people to connect with family, friends, co-workers, etc. It's cool. I appreciate being able to talk to family and friends while I'm away from home. However, reading this one article made me wonder if we are becoming a little too obsessed with it all.


Chris vs. Rihanna

That's it! The reviews have already come out on Chris Brown's new album, Graffiti, and I hate them already! There is so much bias on these reviews that I had to speak about it.


Allen Iverson Unretires AND HEADS BACK TO PHILLY!!!

Real short post for you. Shortest I've ever done Here we go....

Allen Iverson unretires? I figured it was coming soon enough but LOL IT'S ONLY BEEN A WEEK!!!!! According to the LA Times, AI is signed back to the 76ers and making his re-debut Monday against the Denver Nuggets.

"We felt Allen was the best available free agent guard to help us at this time," Sixers President Ed Stefanski said in a release.

BUT HE JUST ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT!!!! I mean JUST DID IT! That gotta be the shortest retirement in the history of the NBA! Lol maybe AI was trying to get a better deal or something. I don't know. But it'll be nice to see him back with the Sixers. I feel like his name and that team are synonymous. Shoot, he's the only reason I even knew that team existed LOL


~Brittany Shawnté


Alicia Keys Taking 5 People To Africa

Hola everyone! I'm back after a very relaxing Thanksgiving break! Hope everyone had an excellent Thankgiving!

It's been reported by OMG! Yahoo (by way of the Associated Press)that Miss Alicia Keys will be taking 5 people on a trip to Africa!

Alicia says her first visit to Africa was so emotional and inspiring that she wants to take people down there to experience it for themselves. Through her charity, Keep a Child Alive, which helps provide medication for those infected with AIDS, she is launching a contest that will give 5 people an opportunity to visit the continent with her.


Allen Iverson Announces Retirement From NBA

Well, it's the end of an era. After leaving the Memphis Grizzlies and reports surfacing that he was going to retire, Allen Iverson has officially announced that he will be retiring from the NBA.

According to ESPN.com, Allen believes that his retirement will give him more time to spend with his wife and kids. However, he acknowleges, as well as several others working in the NBA, that he is still more than capable than continuing. It was his decision to just move on.

Allen came in the NBA as the number 1 draft pick for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996 and had a successful stint with them, even leading the team to the NBA Finals in the 2000-01 season. After being traded from the Sixers in 2006, Allen went on to play for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and lastly for the Grizzlies.

Wow...never saw this coming. I mean, Allen is 34 so his time to retire was probably coming, but he just seemed like the type of player that would last forever, you know? Like my man Dwyane Wade (LOOOVVVEE HIM!!!!). But I mean, it's better to go out while you still kind of on top, than to be looked at like "Why is your behind still in the game?" (*cough cough Shaq* yeah your time been here just saying LOL). So congrats on your retirement Allen...enjoy the time with the fam.


~Brittany Shawnté

Alicia Keys Starts Jewelry Collection

According to OMG Yahoo!, singer Alicia Keys has launched her own jewelry line, each piece inscribed with uplifting messages.

Alicia teamed up with Canadian designer Gisele Theriault this jewelry collection called "The Barber's Daughters." It features silver and gemstone pieces with quotes and poetry from well known figures such as Gandhi, Buddha and Shakespeare.



Yeah you read that title right! Oprah is ending Oprah! Oprah announced earlier today (Friday) on her hit show that her upcoming season, her 25th in fact, will be her last, with the show's series finale being some time in 2011. According to OMG Yahoo!, Oprah put a lot of thought into ending the show and moving on. "25 years feels right in my bones and my spirit. It's the perfect number, the exact right time," Oprah said.


"Somebody To Love"-Leighton Meester feat. Robin Thicke OFFICIAL VIDEO!

Wow yall....I think I just found my favorite new song!!!! Ok so my favorite Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester, who plays Blair on the show (for all you GG fans out there), has branched out into the music industry! The sexy and sophisticated video was premiered earlier today. It features Robin Thicke (LOOVVVEEE HIM!!!!!!) and was directed by Zoe Cassavetes!

Leighton is signed to Universal Music and will release her debut album sometime in 2010! You can visit her website or connect with her on MySpace or Facebook. You can even send her a Tweet on her Twitter page! Gotta love social networking....lol

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO BELOW!!! Oh and check that sexy leg movement too! Good work Leighton!!!

Shout out to Nathalie Levey with ThinkTank Marketing in NYC for hooking me up with the info!!! I'm telling yall In The Spotlight is about to blow up!!!!


~Brittany Shawnté

Beyoncé and Lady Gaga-Video Phone Remix OFFICIAL VIDEO!

Well guys here it is! One of the hottest collaborations I have ever seen! Queen Beyoncé and Lady Gaga!!! Pure hotness is all I can say! If you want me you can watch on your video phone....ENJOY!


~Brittany Shawnté


Gucci Mane Heads To Jail

Man....we done lost another one. It's been reported by BET.com and other media sites that rapper Gucci Mane has been sent back to Fulton County Jail in Atlanta for probation violation (I heard through the grapevine that he was doing drugs, but my sources could be wrong). He was sentenced to a year in jail, but can get out in six months for good behavior.

It's a shame though. T.I.'s is jail. Wayne's in jail. Now Gucci. That's messed up man. I've heard people say that there is a conspiracy against rappers or whatever and that could be. But I mean, people have to realize that the law is the law. In T.I's case, he was looking out for himself and his people with the gun possessions, but he still violated the law. Wayne got busted for gun charges too, and Gucci supposedly failed his random drug test. As much as I like these guys, nobody is above the law. But hopefully, Gucci comes back with a clear head and more hot music.


~Brittany Shawnté


John Allen Muhammad, DC Sniper, Executed Last Night

Ok, so I know that this isn't really celeb news, but bear with me. For those of yall who don't know, I am from Maryland and I felt the need to write about the execution of John Allen Muhammad, one of the DC Snipers that gunned down 10 people and critically injured three in the Washington Metropolitan area.

In October 2002, Muhammad and his then 17-year-old stepson Lee Boyd Malvo began a terror spree in our area, shooting and killing people at random. I cannot begin to tell you how scary it was. I mean, crime can happen anywhere, but it was scary pulling into a gas station or a parking lot at the grocery store during that time. I remember always ducking down in the car at a gas station and telling my mom to hurry up and finish pumping the gas so we could go. Events at my school (and at schools all around my area) got canceled because of the fear that these guys were out there, waiting to strike.

Yesterday, November 10, 2009, John Allen Muhammad was executed by lethal injection at the Greenville Correctional Center in Virginia. He was declared dead at 9:11 p.m. Malvo, his accomplice, is serving a life sentence without parole.

I really don't know how to feel. I watched reports last night and all I could say was wow. I knew the execution was coming, but it happened for real last night, and all I could say was wow. I'm not a fan of the death penalty, not because of "the value of life" that everyone talks about. You know, how one shouldn't be able to take away somebody's life. I just think that the death penalty is an easy way out for criminals. Others may disagree, but I feel that in death, you no longer have to really deal with the crime you committed. In jail, you have no choice but to sit and think about the consequences of your actions. However, what's done is done.

Representatives from the victims' families sat and watched while he was executed. From reports I've read, the family members were happy about the execution, and some even felt that Malvo should've been executed as well. However, since he was a minor when the crimes were committed, Malvo was sentenced to life. I pray for the families at this difficult time.

Listed below are the victims of the Sniper Attacks. Rest in Peace to those who were lost.


* James Martin
* James Buchanan
* Premkumar Walekar
* Sarah Ramos
* Lori Ann-Lewis Rivera
* Pascal Charlot
* Dean Harold Meyers
* Kenneth Bridges
* Linda Franklin
* Conrad Johnson


* Caroline Seawell
* Iran Brown
* Jeffrey Hopper


~Brittany Shawnté


This Is It!

This Is It!, the movie that shows the late great Michael Jackson during his final rehearsals for his This Is It Tour in London, premiered this past Wednesday and has since made $101 million worldwide, according to OMG! Yahoo.

I went to go see the movie opening day, and was very impressed. This movie shows just what a musical genius and loving human being that man was. It was sad, though, because you see him dancing and performing like nothing was wrong with him and you see how big this comeback would've been. It's just sad to know that Michael is no longer around to make more music, but his legacy will live on.

Some of his new music is going to be released soon from what I've heard, and This Is It!'s run is going to be extended from the original two weeks! So definitely, if you are an MJ fan, go see the movie! You will definitely be touched and inspired.


~Brittany Shawnté


Chris Brown's Official Video for "I Can Transform Ya"

What can I say? I love him. He's talented. The new album Graffiti comes out in December. He has his Fan Appreciation Tour coming up (that I already got my ticket to! He's comin to DC and Bmore btw for my locals) He's back in full motion! Haters fall back. Yep.

"I Can Transform Ya-Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz


~Brittany Shawnté


In The Spotlight: Joshua

Well yall, when I started In The Spotlight, I started with the intentions of blogging on celebrity news. I also had the goal of promoting up and coming artists.

So today on In The Spotlight, we have Joshua, a rising hip hop artist. Joshua was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and was raised in the city of Decatur. His mom was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was nine, and he began to take care of her, while still going to school, working, and playing basketball. All of this began to take a heavy toll on him, and he dropped out of school to focus completely on taking care of his mom.

Because of lack of transportation and his own "poor judgement", Joshua says, he ended up losing his job. "That threw me into a depression and a lack of motivation for basketball and more into music, mainly just rhymes." he says. He had begun writing his rhymes at the age of 12, just to make it through the day. Joshua contemplated taking his own life, but came to the realization that he needed to be around for his mom. He got serious about his music, and was determined to have his dream realized.

After getting a job as a custodian at Emory University in Atlanta, Joshua met up with Emory graduate and professional photographer Carlton Mackey. Mackey has been helping Joshua get his music "to the masses" since 2006. Joshua's musical inspirations include Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Sade, Nas, and Stevie Wonder among others. He is also motivated by his father, Mackey, Malcolm X, and Denzel Washington.

So take a listen to some of his music. I've heard some tracks, and he's good, yall.
Also make sure to check out his blog Joshua: Hip Hop For The People and his MySpace!

Pavement Dreams-Joshua

The Rebel-Joshua


~Brittany Shawnté

Pictures courtesy of Carlton Mackey.


Lil Wayne to Go to Prison for a Year

Dag man....You read the headline right. Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession in a Manhattan courtroom Thursday and is to be sentenced to a year in prison, according to the Associated Press.

Police said a gun was found on his tour bus in Manhattan in 2007. He previously had pleaded not guilty to the gun possession charges, which carried a sentence of 3 1/2 years behind bars. His trial had been scheduled to start Jan. 20. But the rapper ended up signing a plea agreement with prosecutors after police used a DNA profiling technique to tie him to the gun found on the bus.

Man, so that's another good rapper gone to prison for a bit. All I can say is I hope that Weezy will have some time to contemplate his life and come up with some real hot lyrics when he gets out. Keep his children (fourth is on the way with Miss Nivea!!) and the rest of his family in your thoughts...


~Brittany Shawnté


Chris Brown Announces Fan Appreciation Tour

Wow...it feels kinda weird to put this above Rihanna, but oh well LOL I'm excited because Mr. CHRIS BROWN IS GOING ON TOUR!!!! Yes, people! He is back and I am happy! Forget all this drama he has going on, he is getting back to the music, which is all I care about.

Chris has announced, on the same day that Rihanna released her new single ironically, that he is having a "Fan Appreciation" Tour to show love to the fans who supported him in all this mess. It is set to begin in November 14 in Houston. Just a little something something to show that he still got it, I guess. Here are the dates:

Nov 14 2009 Houston, TX @HOB
Nov 15 2009 Dallas, TX @Palladium
Nov 18 2009 Los Angeles, CA @Avalon
Nov 19 2009 San Francisco, CA @The Fillmore
Nov 22 2009 Richmond, VA @Landmark
Nov 25 2009 Detroit, MI @Royal Oak
Nov 26 2009 Chicago, IL @House of Blues
Nov 29 2009 Ft Lauderdale, FL @Revolution
Dec 1 2009 Orlando, FL @HOB
Dec 2 2009 Atlanta, GA @CenterStage
Dec 4 2009 Washington, DC @Warner Theatre
Dec 5 2009 Providence, RI @Lupo's
Dec 6 2009 Boston, MA @HOB
Dec 11 2009 Baltimore, MD @Sonar (PEOPLE IN BMORE TIX GO ON SALE FRIDAY!!!!!!! I'M GOING!!!!!)
Dec 12 2009 Wallingford, CT @Chevrolet Theatre
Dec 13 2009 Philadelphia, PA @Electric Factory

I'm excited to see him! I've never seen him in concert, and I'm a big fan. Yall know how I feel about him and Rihanna. Neither one of them has lost a fan in Brittany Shawnté. I think that Chris is mad talented and his career shouldn't be over cuz of this. Soooo....hopefully his real fans are down to ride. Love his new song btw....

"I Can Transform Ya"-Chris Brown w/Lil Wayne & Swizz Beats (VIDEO COMING SOON)


~Brittany Shawnté


Rihanna's New Single "Russian Roulette"

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, RiRi is back. Here is her new song, which debuted officially tonight about a half hour ago. It's called "Russian Roulette" and was written by my boy Ne-Yo. I'm not gonna lie, the song is a tad bit creepy cuz Rihanna is still on her Good Girl Gone Bad kick but I still kinda like it. It may sound a bit depressing, but there is a deeper meaning to the song, if you listen to it.

For those of you who don't know the background of the risky "game" of Russian Roulette, it involves a six-shot revolver that has a single bullet. Basically, each player of this "game," if that's what you even wanna call it, held a revolver to his or her head and pulled the trigger. There is 1/6 chance of shooting yourself in the head. Now why somebody would want to do this unless they wanted to lose their life, I will never know, but OK. But Russian Roulette is connected to Rihanna's song.

This single is the first single off of Rihanna's upcoming album Rated R. The album is set to be released November 23.

So try to figure out the meaning of the song (Rihanna IS NOT talking about trying to kill herself people!!!). I'm kinda wondering if this is a song for Mr. Chris Brown???? Anybody think so? I think it could be...Take a listen.

Russian Roulette-Rihanna


~Brittany Shawnté


Usher Calls 911 On Ex-Wife Tameka!!!

Ok, EXPLOSIVE NEWS THAT I JUST FOUND OUT!!! TMZ and MediaTakeOut has reported this phone call to 911 by R&B singer Usher. Apparently he had an altercation one night with his ex-wife Tameka Foster and in the morning, USHER'S CAR HAD BEEN KEYED!!! Take a listen....

Dang...Tameka don't play!!!! Can we say restraining order? Or has one already been filed? I don't know, but man this situation is getting a little crazy. Maybe just maybe it was all because of this song right here!!!


Hot song Usher, but dang! Did you have to put out your failed marriage in song?!! LOL guess Tameka's kind of salty....


~Brittany Shawnté


Size 4 Model Fired For Being Too Fat?!!!

Well, by now, I'm sure you all have heard about Filippa Hamilton, the international supermodel who was fired by Ralph Lauren, for being too fat, according to NYDailyNews.com.

"They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn't fit in their clothes anymore," Filippa said. She also said that her contract with Ralph Lauren was terminated in April, but felt she had to speak out after a severely Photoshopped ad of her came out recently in Japan.

"I was shocked to see that super skinny girl with my face," she told the NY Daily News. "It's very sad, I think, that Ralph Lauren could do something like that." The ad shown on the left has Filippa's hips shrunken greatly. Another ad (shown on the right) shows Filippa's true body proportions.

Polo Ralph Lauren said in a statement Tuesday night that Filippa is a "beautiful and healthy" woman but their relationship ended "as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract with us." The company also said that the ad was not meant to be released and the ad is not running in the U.S.

Filippa is concerned about the impact the ad will have on the public. "I think they [Ralph Lauren} owe American women an apology, a big apology," she said. "I'm very proud of what I look like, and I think a role model should look healthy."

Now you tell me, how in the world is a girl who is 5'10 and weighs 120 pounds too fat for your ad, Ralph Lauren?! I'm seriously outraged! There is absolutely nothing wrong with this girl! And Ralph Lauren ought to be ashamed for letting a beautiful model go!

Many clothing stores, including Ralph Lauren, show these ads of ridiculously skinny girls and make females feel like this is the standard. There are so many girls in this country and in this world that have issues with their body because ads like this make them think that if they aren't skinny, that there is something wrong with them. It's sad that this is the world we live in, but people feel like this is beauty. Girls STARVE THEMSELVES to achieve this level of "perfection." But, in my opinion, it's all so unrealistic and unhealthy!


~Brittany Shawnté


"This Is It"-Michael Jackson

Happy Monday everybody! Sorry for not writing last week. Busiest week of my life, I swear, but I'm back! And back with Michael's new single, "This Is It!"

The single officially was put on his website at midnight last night. It will be featured on This Is It movie in the end sequence. I've taken a listen, and I really like it! I hope yall do too! Take a listen...

MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS IS IT! It's starts October 28, and runs for two weeks only! RIP Michael...we miss you.


~Brittany Shawnté


Kandi Burress' Ex-Fiance Killed In A Club Brawl

Wow...so my mouth literally dropped when I heard this news. A.J. Jewell, ex-fiance of Kandi Burress who is a former member of the R&B group Xscape and a cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, was killed in a club brawl in Atlanta Friday evening. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported this news.

Burruss' publicist Lisa Nelson confirmed to WSB that the actress has been informed of the incident and said the family asked for privacy.

Police said it's unclear what prompted the fight. No arrests have been made.

I am a regular viewer of Housewives and the show shows just how in love Kandi and A.J. both were. And to lose someone you love is extremely hard, but to lose someone over what seems to be senseless violence is even harder. I send prayers and condolences out to Kandi, her family, and A.J.'s family. RIP.


~Brittany Shawnté


Kanye West and Lady Gaga Tour Canceled!

Ok, I know most of yall who read don't know me like that but today is my 19th birthday!!! So shout out to me right quick LOL and my "fraternal twin", my girl Christina turned 17 today. And shout out to my girls Tiffany and Tiffani (difference in spelling LOL) who celebrated their birthdays yesterday!!! And now back to my news LOL!

MediaTakeOut first reported the rumors that it would happen, and now Access Hollywood has confirmed. The "Fame Kills" tour starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga has been officially canceled. The three month tour was set to begin this Sunday.

Last month, Kanye interrupted Taylor West as she accepted her Best Female Video award at the VMA's. A day later, while on The Jay Leno Show , Kanye told Jay that he planned to take a break.

"I need to, after this, just take some time off and analyze how I'm [going to] make it through the rest of this life, how I'm [going to] improve and because I am a celebrity and that's something I have to deal with," Kanye previously told Jay. "And if there's anything I can do to help Taylor in the future or help anyone I like, 'cause you know, I [want to] live, this thing is hard."

Ugh...I wish that people would just let this thing go. I mean, sure I feel like Kanye ain't had to open his mouth at that moment and he should've just let Taylor have her shine. But dang! This has gone on long enough. Kanye apologized, Taylor and her family have accepted. Beyoncé gave Taylor a moment to say her speech. IT'S OVER PEOPLE! Kanye, I have to be honest with you. Sometimes, I feel like you have let the fame gone to your head, but you are still a good rapper and I'm behind you for sure. If you need this time to get your head straight, all power to you. But don't let these new found Taylor Swift fans stop your shine. (Not dissing Taylor Swift at all btw...she's cool).


~Brittany Shawnté


Lauren Conrad Gets Film Deal For Her Book

Lauren Conrad, known for her pasts roles on MTV reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, has gotten a movie deal for her debut book, L.A. Candy, says Us Magazine. Temple Hill Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to the novel.

"Lauren, who became an icon in that reality show world, came to us with a structure of how to tell the story in an interesting fashion that was separate and apart from the book," Temple Hill producer Marty Bowen said. "We loved her take. Her book is an honest portrayal of what it must be like to set out to be normal, then sign on to become famous and eventually realize, wow, this isn't at all what I'd planned for myself."

Like Lauren's life, L.A. Candy -- which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 14 weeks since its June release -- follows a 19-year-old girl named Jane Roberts who moves to Hollywood and finds fame as a reality star.

Lauren, who plans to write two more books in the series, will serve as the movie's executive producer.

Man, people can say whatever they want. Lauren is killing the game and she is definitely smarter than people think! I had to tell my friend last night, when he joked about me watching The Hills season premiere last night (which just was not the same without Lauren btw...still good but would've been better with her, but I digress). Lauren is working on getting her fashion line established, she has this book deal, and now she is going to have a movie for the book. She's doing good for herself. Haters, back down. That's my word.


~Brittany Shawnté

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith To Host Nobel Peace Prize Concert

One of the hottest Hollywood couples, if not the hottest, will be hosting this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. According to Access Hollywood, organizers have announced that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will cohost the event.

The show is set to take place a day after the actual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on December 11. It will feature performances from Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith, Donna Summer, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi as well as Amadou&Mariam, a blues and jazz duet from Mali.

“The opportunity to recognize the laureate’s contributions to the world peace movement will be an awe-inspiring experience,” the Smiths said in a joint statement. “We are both humbled and honored to take part in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert this year.”

The winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is to be announced in Oslo on Oct. 9. The award is always handed out Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.

“We’re excited to have Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith join us as hosts for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert,” said Geir Lundestad, secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. “Together they’ve had a global impact on the arts and philanthropy and will be excellent ambassadors for peace.”

It's always good to see Will and Jada out and about. They are a classy couple, so the event should be a good one.


~Brittany Shawnté


Kate Plus Eight

I'm just reporting some celeb news yall! See that pic up there? The beautiful Gosselin family before all this mess between Jon and Kate got started. Well, scratch Jon out of the picture. Kate thought she could do better without him, and, apparently so does TLC. TLC's Jon & Kate Plus Eight will make the name change to "Kate Plus Eight" starting November 2, according to the Associated Press.

The renamed show will continue to chronicle the lives of the Gosselin kids (5-year-old sextuplets and 8-year-old twins) but will also focus on Kate being a single mother.

"It's not a huge shift, but it's reflective of where the show was already going," said Eileen O'Neill, TLC's president and general manager.

"Jon's going to be involved in the show," she said, adding that he will be seen less often than before. TLC retains an exclusive arrangement with him, as well as the rest of the family, O'Neill said.

And here I was thinking that the show was about to be over. For those of you who believed the tweet that Kate supposedly sent out, you were fooled. Kate doesn't even have a Twitter account, according O'Neill. Well, who needed Jon anyway? Kate's name is the one that rhymes with "eight." Plus, he's not at their house much anymore anyway, so the show title might as well reflect it. Are you guys gonna watch?


~Brittany Shawnté


Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Married!

Wow...they actually did it. Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom got married Sunday in Beverly Hills, according to People magazine. I reported that they were planning on getting married, but wow....I didn't expect it so soon! They've only been going out a month, but hey, I guess when you're really in love, ain't no need to wait.

Khloe's stepfather, Bruce Jenner, walked Khloe down the outdoor aisle with sisters Kim and Kourtney by her side. Khloe and Lamar wed in front of triple arches of white roses.

Khloe wore a Vera Wang gown and carried a bouquet of white roses, stephanotis and lilies of the valley. Her bridesmaids — including half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, actresses (and twin sisters) Khadijah and Malika Haqq (the twins from ATL and actress Lauren London — wore lavender gowns and carried white roses.

Kim said Khloe and Lamar's wedding was magical. "Tonight was one of the best nights of my life!" she Twittered Sunday after the ceremony.

Well, congratulations goes out to Khloe and Lamar! While your wedding was somewhat spur of the moment, you're obviously in love, so I wish you both the best.


~Brittany Shawnté


Baby Phat 2010 Spring Collection

Here are some pics from the Baby Phat 2010 Spring Collection, courtesy of BET. Kimora Lee Simmons KILLED. Shoot, I may have to break down and buy some Baby Phat, regardless of the cost...


Tell me you wouldn't rock this...

Fly combo...

Very hot shoes...your feet would be dying but they look good!!!

Kimora and her kids...cute fam


~Brittany Shawnté


Sarah Michelle Gellar Has A Baby Girl!!

Sarah Michelle Gellar, known for her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and actor husband Freddie Prinze, Jr, have a new addition to the family. Sarah and Freddie welcomed their first child, a baby girl, named Charlotte Grace Prinze, on Saturday, a rep told Usmagazine.com. The couple, who wed in 2002, announced they were expecting in April.

"I'm so happy for her; it's extraordinary," her former Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Michelle Trachtenberg told Us.
"She’s going to make a great mommy. They’re going to be extraordinary parents."

Congratulations guys!!!


~Brittany Shawnté


Rising Back Up: Naturi Naughton

So I decided just now that I would do a little segment for In The Spotlight called "Rising Back Up." Not an every day, or even an every week type deal. Just when I notice somebody getting back up on their feet after a fall, I will do a little something on them.

Yall know who I have noticed is on the up and up now? Miss Naturi Naughton.

Ok, so Naturi started out with the now defunct girl group 3LW (still have some of their stuff on the iPod...ahhh memories). She left the group in 2002 and there was debate about what all happened with that. You know, Naturi throwing a plate of food at Kiely or something like that. Kiely and Adrienne went on with the group for all of two seconds with another girl Jessica Benson, and when that was done, they moved on to form the Cheetah Girls, which officially disbanded this year.

So for a while, Naturi was gone. Nobody saw her or heard from her. At least I didn't. Then BOOM! She comes back as Lil Kim in Notorious, the biopic about the Notorious BIG. I remember looking at the plot of the movie on Wikipedia and seeing her name, thinking dang...where has she been?!! Then I found out that she had been in "It Must've Been A Typo", one of my favorite TRUTH commercials (you know, the commercials that put the truth out there about the dangers of smoking). Now, she will be seen in the remake of Fame, hitting theaters this Friday, which I can't wait to see!!

After all that drama with 3LW and her going into oblivion for a spell, the girl has interviews with BET, MTV, and the like. Photoshoots to promote her movies and everything. It's just good to see her back. I liked her in 3LW, and she is showing that she has talent as an actress as well. For right now, Naturi has stated that she wants to stay focused on acting, but is thinking about a solo album. Go head Naturi. Good to see you rising back up.


~Brittany Shawnté


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