More of the Armani/Knowles connection. Beyonce models a Giorgio Armani suit in the new issue of Fashion Rocks:
[Fashion Rocks is] a special magazine that will be included with the September issues of Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and Allure magazines. The magazine is a tie-in with the big Fashion Rocks concert at Radio City Music Hall on the opening night of Fashion Week in New York on September 5.
We have to admit looks aiight in that editorial swag, but then again it’s kinda hard not to look good in Armani.
As we reported earlier this week, here’s Whitney and Ray-J about to get their smooch on (yuck) after a night of clubbing. Here’s an “inside” report from that night at club Villa:
Whitney Houston and Ray J’s romance looked like it was going strong at West Hollywood nightclub Villa on July 26. “They sat very close together. She only had eyes for him,” says an insider. “At one point, she placed her hand on his leg.” The insider adds that Whitney only drank water and looked very happy. A friend insists that while their relationship sometimes appears rocky, they never stray too far from each other. “They’re on and off, but it’s never really over between them,” the pal says. “They always pick up where they left off.” Whitney, 45, showed off an enormous diamond when she hugged Ray J, 27.
Poor old Ricky Ross is getting reamed over this whole being a former rent-a-cop thing. These photoshopped pics have been flying all around the web – click here to see Complex.com’s collection of these hilarious images.
Word is Rih Rih was flying solo while out on the club scene in NYC last night. Ciara was also spotted yesterday taking a break from a photoshoot, with that damned toy dog again. Check below for details.
Ludacris has received some heavy criticism over the lyrics of his new political track, “Politics: Obama is Here.” Unfortunately, Obama is catching some heat in the process:
Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama has condemned an endorsement song from Ludacris, in which the Atlanta MC criticizes rivals Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
The song “Politics: Obama Is Here” contains celebratory bars on Obama’s success (“The first is destined and it’s meant to be”), but turns venomous when Obama’s rivals are addressed.
Ludacris references the bitter Democratic primary battle by stating “Hillary hated on you/So that b**ch is irrelevant.”
Regarding Republican nominee John McCain, the rapper rhymes:
“McCain don’t belong in ANY chair unless he’s paralyzed/ Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped/ Ball up all of his speeches and I throw ‘em like candy wrap.”
Through his campaign team, Senator Obama released a statement condemning the song as offensive and typical of much of Hip-Hop’s current lyrical content. “As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to,” explained spokesman Bill Burton. “This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.” Continue »
As we predicted, Mac Minister is facing serious jail time:
Following his conviction last week for first-degree murder in the slayings of Anthony “Fat Tone” Watkins and Jermaine “Cowboy” Atkins, Bay Area rapper Andre “Mac Minister” Dow has been sentenced today (July 31) to life without the possibility of parole.
That’s pretty much a wrap for this shady character. SMH.
Lil Miss Free Spirit has just been named as an ambassador Armani Jeans:
“Armani Jeans expresses my vision of a young, independent, casual lifestyle with a strong and cool, fashion sensibility. Solange epitomises this style perfectly and brings to it that swing so evident in her new single, I Decided,” Giorgio Armani commented on his newest muse.
The profile-boosting partnership couldn’t come at a better time for Solange, whose second album, SoL-AngeL and the Hadley Street Dreams (from which I Decided is taken), is released on August 26 prior to her embarking on a worldwide tour this autumn.
At least she’s got “Plan B” lined up in the likely event her new album flops. It’ll be interesting to see ole girl wearing something other than those baby-doll dresses for a change.
Last month jeweler Jacob Arabov began federal prison sentence after being convicted of laundering millions of dollars for the Black Mafia Family. Now Arabov, known for providing bling to numerous Hip-Hop stars, has filed a lawsuit against rapper Wyclef Jean. The man and his company Jacob & Co. claim that the artist owes over $300,000 in oustanding bills.
The New York Daily News reports that a lawsuit was filed yesterday and Jacob & Co. accused Wyclef of purchasing $765,000 worth of watches and jewels between March of 2002 and January 2006, but still has a balance of $319,680.
The 43-year-old jeweler pled guilty to falsifying records and giving false statements in a federal case. He was sentences to 30 months behind bars.
It’s hard to believe anyone can spend over $700 gees on some freakin’ watches. But then again, we wouldn’t put anything past this corrupt jeweler and his shady record keeping.
A LiveSteez Exclusive: Lloyd shows off his bachelor pad (a townhouse complete with an elevator), goes on a shopping spree Atlanta, and let’s the ladies know he’s officially on the market. His new album “Lessons In Love” is set to drop on August 5.