Monday, August 20, 2007
FOXY BROWN: 'I'M GETTING MARRIED IN SEPTEMBER....AND I'M PREGNANT +' RAPPER'S MOM DEFENDS HER BLACKBERRY WIELDING WAYS; LASHES OUT @ VICTIM
ESSENCE.com: You put a lot of folks' business on blast in Confessions. What more is there to say and how is Vixen Diaries going to be different?
Karrine Steffans: It's a diary and reads like a reality show. I wrote this in real time. Whatever happened that night, I would come home and write it as soon as I got home, so it's still very much in the moment and very fresh. And this book is more Hollywood, where the first book was mostly music, and I no longer live in that world. I live in L.A.
ESSENCE.com: Since Confessions are you persona non grata in Hollywood, New York, Miami and Atlanta?
K.S.: I was like the plague until people realized I wasn't going away after the international success of my book. Now I find that a lot of people want to be in my book because they want to be immortalized. It's almost like being a gossip guru but so much deeper than that. People will tell me things and say, "Be sure you write about this... Can I be in your book?" It's become this "club" that people want to join. I made it to Oprah, so people want to jump on the bandwagon.
ESSENCE.com: So now you have groupies?
K.S.: (Laughs) Believe it or not, I have more male groupies. I had a weird experience with Jamie Foxx with whom I have a long history and we're cool. He was acting like he was in awe of me, and I'm like, "Yeah, right, you're the famous one with an Oscar."
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WAITRESS ACCUSES TIFFANY 'NEW YORK' POLLARD OF BEING A PAIN IN THE ASS, A 'RUDE, NASTY PIG', RACIST AND JUST DAMN CRAZY
'Flavor of Love' diva Miss New York really knows how to shake up things. The runaway reality TV star -- who is currently filming the second season of 'I Love New York' -- was in The Big Apple last week, but wasn't showing any love to the wait staff at West Chelsea district hotspot Home. According to The New York Post, a waitress at the club tattled that the woman legally known as Tiffany Pollard was acting "racist, overrated, and crazy."
"I went to her table and told her I think she's so cute and funny," the waitress recounted about her star encounter. "Then I went to shake her hand and she looked me up and down, laughed at me and said she had a cold. But immediately after, she shook the hand of another waitress, who is black."
Miss New York, who usually knows how to play her overnight celebrity to the hilt, allegedly caused a scene when she demanded to see new drink glasses coming from the bar directly to her. "She told me someone drugs her drinks when she's not looking," the waitress said. When the staff told her it was impossible, the brazen broad -- who Public Enemy hype-man Flavor Flav passed on twice (on national television) -- began sending her bodyguard over to fetch her cocktails, while bottles of vodka sat on her table. "She acted like a rude, nasty pig all night," the waitress said.
A rep for VH1 -- who created the monster -- told the tabloid, "She was there but denied the claims about how she acted."
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NEW PICS: ACTRESSES SHAR JACKSON (W/HER DAUGHTER CASSIE) & ELISE NEAL HIT UP THE 'HOT IN HOLLYWOOD' EVENT
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Sometime in March 1996, Dre agreed to relinquish his 50 percent ownership interest in Death Row Records, as specified in a written agreement. Also under that 1996 agreement, Dr. Dre agreed to hand over copyrights to the album on the condition he continue receiving royalties. According to the lawsuit, Dr. Dre held up his end of the bargain, but Death Row has yet to pay the royalties. As a result, Dr. Dre gave Death Row Records notice in 2000 that he was rescinding the agreements and demanding return of the copyrights. Based on that move, Dr. Dre asserts in the lawsuit that he is again the rightful owner of the copyrights and that the defendants - Death Row and the Chapter 11 trustee administering the bankruptcy case - have infringed on his rights by continuing to distribute the album without the rapper's authorization.
Dr. Dre, born Andre Young, is asking the L.A. bankruptcy court to declare that the 1992 and 1996 agreements have been rescinded and force Death Row and the trustee to restore the copyrights to him. He's also asking that the label and trustee be made to pay him restitution for all revenue Death Row received from its use of the copyrights. Dr. Dre also wants the court to issue a permanent injunction that would bar the defendants from offering the copyrights for sale without his written consent.
SOURCE: Electronic Urban Radio
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OPRAH'S STAFFERS UPSET @ CO-WORKER'S $65 GRAND IN OVERTIME; MOGUL BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON HER NEW STORE.
According to the New York Post's Page Six report, Oprah Winfrey may employ lots of hard workers, but staffers at Harpo Inc. are bitching, moaning and grumbling over the star's production company allowing one well-connected assistant to rake in as $65,000 in overtime pay within a 16-week period. This would mean the woman, Carla Bird, would have worked 18.5 hours a day, Monday through Friday, the New York Post calculated. Several weeks ago, it was discovered by accounting and human resources," a source told the newspaper. "Most employees would have been walked right out the door. Well, that's just not the case for good ol' 'Birdie.'" Bird, an assistant to Winfrey’s co-executive producer Lisa Erspamer, filed for 800 hours of overtime from January through April of this year. Even if Bird had worked seven-day weeks for the three months (despite Harpo employees having the first week of January off), she would average just under 12.5 hours a day.
Lisa Halliday, chief of communications at Harpo, said Bird's overtime claims are accurate. "Many of our employees contribute significant hours of overtime during our production season. This is quite common within the television industry," she told Page Six. "From January to April 2007, this employee legitimately accumulated approximately 800 hours of overtime."
Asked if she were indeed getting special favors from Harpo, Bird told the publication: "I'm not allowed to comment. Thank you."
In related news, just when you thought Oprah had done it all...she surprises you with something often better than the last time.
According to Winfrey's spokespeople, the mass media mogul has started construction on her new store in Chicago. Winfrey makes her mark in retail with the store, which will be within walking distance of Harpo's Studios on the city's Near West Side. The business is expected to draw tourists and audience members who attend tapings and who will likely head to the store afterward. Now, is that a great marketing strategy or what?!
The one-story, 4,500-square foot building will sale merchandise similar to to Winfrey's Web site, www.oprah.com, including t-shirts, bags and baby apparel. The date of the opening of the store is still up in the air and according to Winfrey's spokespeople, plans are still underway.
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