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Rihanna, Chris Brown the 28th, but he’s required to come. Thank God. And God Actress Gabrielle Union
Prepare for Courtroom attend the preliminary hearing. Bless! Kimora + Djimon Love Fights Gossip Blog Bossip
Showdown The 20-year-old R&B singer & Light, KLS,” Simmons According to
NNPA - Rihanna and Chris faces possible sentences tweeted. BlackAmericaWeb.com,
Brown are scheduled to share that range from probation to The couple recently actress Gabrielle Union is
a courtroom on June 22 during nearly five years in prison if released the baby’s name, fed up with gossip blogs
a preliminary hearing in his convicted. Kenzo Lee Honsou, squashing circulating stories about her
assault case. Internet rumors that Simmons alleged affairs with married
would name the child in honor men. Union, who recently
of her ex-husband, Russell. starred in Daddy’s Little
Girls and Cadillac Records,
Rappers’ Love Interests to has called on her lawyers to
Star in Reality Show take legal action against the
Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, Web site Bossip for printing
fiance of superstar rapper T.I., an anonymous letter from an
will star in a new reality TV alleged “nameless pro-athlete’s
series with Antonia “Toya” wife.”
Johnson-Carter, rapper Lil’ Union called the story
Wayne’s ex-wife, named “Tiny T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle “bogus” and unsubstantiated
and Toya.”
in a special presentation to chronicling the search for
and has demanded that Bossip
The half-hour series follows
members of Congress, leaders Nascar’s next generation
remove the letter and print a
the young women as they strive
of major national organizations of drivers; “Monica: Still
retraction, an unnamed source
Rihanna and Chris Brown
for “inner strength, peace and
and local elected officials at the Standing,” a “docudrama”
told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
purpose,” according to BET.
District’s Newseum. following Grammy-nominated
Union, 36, divorced NFL
According to the Associated Kimora Lee Simmons, “Each episode will give the
Touting “This is the singer Monica; and “The
star Chris Howard in 2006 and
Press, Rihanna’s attorney Djimon Hounsou Welcome audience an inside look into
Time,” BET Networks will Hollywood Treatment,”
has been the target of media
Donald Etra said prosecutors First Son Tiny and Toya’s lives,” a press
reinforce its leadership a reality show that pairs
romance scandals ever since.
will subpoena his client Former fashion model and release stated, “taking viewers
role as a leading media and celebrities with everyday
“I almost get to a point
to testify at the hearing to reality TV star Kimora Lee on an exciting roller-coaster
entertainment brand for African people looking to change their
where you can say whatever
determine whether there is Simmons and two-time Oscar ride in search of independence
Americans and followers of lives.
you want to say about me,
enough evidence to bring the nominee Djimon Hounsou and a quest to set the record
Black culture through new Scott Mills, president and
but print some facts about
case to trial. welcomed a new son over the straight.”
program announcements and chief operating officer of BET
our community that can
It would mark her first weekend. BET will air a preview
the unveiling of a new brand Networks, said the company
help somebody,” Union told
appearance in court since Simmons, 34, is the ex- special June 15 at 10 p.m.
strategy and cable network, looks forward to airing new
BlackAmericaWeb.com in a
felony assault and criminal
Centric. BET shows, but is “extremely
2008 interview. “I don’t care
threats charges were filed
“Given the historic change excited about the launch of our
because I combat lies. I really
against Brown in March. If she
our country has experienced, new network, Centric, which
used to think that if you read
is called to testify, the 21-year-
this is the perfect time for BET is designed for, focused on and
it and you see it and it’s in a
old singer would be subject to
Networks to re-examine where central to the African American
magazine, a newspaper or you
cross-examination by Brown’s
we area as a company and what adult experience.”
see it on TV, then it has to be
attorney, Mark Geragos.
we can be for our audience,”
true. And it’s just not true…”
Brown was arrested in
said Debra L. Lee, chairman
February on suspicion of
and chief executive officer of
hitting and choking Rihanna
BET Networks, in a statement.
in a rented car hours before
“ As the No. 1 African
the couple were scheduled to
American media company in
appear at the Grammy Awards.
the world, we have a unique
On May 28, a judge
opportunity to make the world
rejected a motion by Geragos
of our audience better and
to receive police and
Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou
provide them with quality
investigative records related
entertainment that speaks to
to the case and the apparent wife of hip-hop mogul Russell EST, followed by a sneak peek
where they are in their lives
leak of a photo of a beaten and Simmons and CEO of Baby Sunday, June 28 following the
and where they want to go.”
bruised Rihanna. Los Angeles Phat fashions. Hounsou and BET Awards.
New programs on
Superior Court Judge Patricia Simmons announced the birth
the show include: “The
Schnegg told Geragos the on Twitter early Saturday BET Networks Launches
Mo’Nique Show,” featuring
motion was premature and morning. New Shows and Strategies
the incomparable actress and
he could file it again after the “It’s a boy. Thanks to BET Networks recently
comedienne out of Baltimore;
preliminary hearing. everyone out there for all revealed a new, reinvigorated
“Changing Lanes, a series
Gabrielle Union
Brown wasn’t in court on your well wishes! More to direction for the company
“No man for any considerable period can wear one face to Newton, Janet Johnson, Ernestine Jolivet and Tina Jolivet. once, my lhasa apso rags disappeared.
himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting
bewildered as to which may be true.”- Nathaniel Hawthorne “All that jazz.” The Church of St. Mary the Virgin is “Celebration time.” Happy birthday to Carolyn Kelley,
hosting a jazz concert featuring The Dennis Fisher Band and the Barbara Drake, actress Verna Day Jones, Ethel Cuffie Cooper
The No Name Club’s spring dance was a denim affair. The Winston Jazz Band on June 20 at the church. Ambre’s original and Friday Night Bunch member Reggie Pinder.
members of this invitation- only event changed the theme. art work and other items will be on display. Call 410-363-2633
Normally they are dressed in white dinner jackets reminiscent for tickets. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”- Thomas
of Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina. The change in venue and Campbell
attire enhanced a wonderful Sunday afternoon. The ladies “That’s the way of the world.” I will be at the hottest “Color him father.” Prayers to Arthur and Debbie Allen on
were fabulous in denim outfits in hues of white and blue. concert on June 10. Earth Wind & Fire will perform with the death of Arthur’s dad, Clarence Allen, at the age of 99.
The gentleman were attired in the latest denim fashion. Jerry Chicago at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Visit www.ticketmaster.
Stamper kept the dancers on the floor doing the latest line com for tickets.

Prayers to Pete and Paula France, Jean Ross and Jason Hillen
and hand dances. Guests enjoying the afternoon were Ralph on the death of their mom, Rae Hillen. Friends and family
and Betty Chase, Reggie and Mary Haysbert, Mike Bradford, “Education is our passport to the future, tomorrow belongs traveled from New York, California, Chicago, Atlanta and
Quianna Cooke, Charlie Scott, Antoinette Johns, Fran Brown, to those people who prepare for it today.”- Malcolm X Connecticut to bid Rae a safe flight to heaven’s gate. This flight
Tony Joyner, Jacqueline and James Massey, Marsha Jews, is “signed, sealed and delivered” with love. “Take 5” and stop
Donald and Jenny Patterson, Lisa and Muso Akapelwa, Gwen Congratulations to the graduates: My niece Morgan Chase at the Montreal Jazz Festival before her final destination.
and Nate Trader, Judson and Goldie Wood, Les and Lois Coles, from Carver Center for Arts and Technology to Alvin Ailey
Buddy and Louise Brown, Mildred and Dickie Harris, Richard Dance School, Rhavin Johnson from Baltimore School for “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
and Flora Johnson, Tim and Joyce Holley and Nelson Taylor. the Arts to Delaware State University and Alicia Johnson Things never get back to the way they were.”- Dwight David
The buffet prepared by Stanley Dukes had guests lining up for from Western Tech to Elon University. Congratulations to our Eisenhower
the scrumptious, hot fried chicken and other dishes including an youngest graduate Brenden Jefferson from Kipp Ujima Village
apple cheesecake. Academy to Mount Saint Joseph’s High School. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from which cometh
my help.” Psalm 121:1. Special prayers to my good friend
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. “To be young, gifted and Black.” Congratulations to Shirley Belton on the death of her daughter Jacqueline. Shirley,
Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with Shirelle Giles on receiving the 2009 MVP for the Northwestern “trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own
ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”- Coco Chanel girls basketball team at their banquet at the Forum. “You’re understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.
my sweet inspiration.” The look of surprise was great when
Suited to Succeed’s live and silent auction at the Lyric Opera Principal Jason Hartling presented the Northwestern boys “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also
House was a success thanks to everyone’s favorite auctioneer, football team with varsity jackets for winning the Division 2 dream; not only plan, but also believe.”- Anatole France
Jonathan Melnick. Their mission is to provide professional championship. Great Blacks in Wax is looking for an illustrator to develop
attire for women transitioning from unemployment, disaster designs for coloring and activity books for the 7- to10- year-old
recovery or welfare to work. Special recognition to Karyne “She’s a Delta.” Kylista Darden was surprised at her party demographic. E-mail julie@ngbiwm.com for information.
Henry, board member of the year, and Mary Carole and Ted at the 5 Mile House when dad Harold Darden presented her
Lehukey, volunteers of the year. The caterers were Mem Sahib with a birthday cake reading “to the newest member of Delta “You’re not alone.” Thinking of you and prayers to
Indian Restaurant and Classic Caterers. One of the items I Sigma Theta Sorority.” Dr. Ernest Brown and Mrs. Michal Carney on your road to
enjoyed was a spicy chicken dish. The assorted desserts had all recovery.
diets “gone with the wind.” To support this project go to www. “I can do all things through Christ.”- Philippians 4:13.
suitedtosucceed.org. Gov. O’Malley and Sen. Verna Jones were “Daddy’s girl.” Arthur Gray’s daughter Erin is featured in this I’ll be there
the honorary chairs. Guests in attendance were Angela Long, month’s Essence magazine discussing the steps she took to lose -Valerie & The Friday Night Bunch
executive director of Martha’s Place; Monica Watkins, Dr. Vera 50 pounds. “You can make it if you try.” I lost 50 pounds A luta continua
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