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T.I. & Biggs to Jail, Raz B molestation & VH1 Divas Line-Up in week review

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Week 10/13/10 – 10/20/10, Week in Review!

Wow! Last week was so crazy, so wild, and SO OUT OF THIS WORLD, I had to take a few days to recover from all the madness before I could post the weekly recap! Okay, well, maybe not, but better late than never, right!? Anyway, here’s the skinny on what all went down last week in this Week in Review:


To start this week in review, T.I., aka Tip, aka Clifford Harris, is going to have to tip right back into prison for 11 months due to his parole violation a few weeks ago. The rapper and his pint-sized wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested in L.A. after T.I. was busted for drug possession, including marijuana and ecstasy. T.I. later tested positive for Opiates.

A couple of days before his hearing however, fate (or a really good PR team) had the rapper talking a suicidal young man, distraught over his inability to find work, down from jumping off a building in Midtown Atlanta. Many thought that such a heroic deed would clearly convince the judge to show mercy on the troubled star, while others looked at the event with a Side Eye so hard, that some folks are walking around the city cock-eyed.

Either way, the judge was unimpressed with the T.I.’s selfless act, and sentenced him to 11 more months in prison. He has two weeks from October 15 to turn himself back into custody. Worse still is that the rapper may still face the actual charges of drug possession and DUI once he gets out of prison. Tiny has yet to face a judge. Silver lining: Maybe Lyfe Jennings can help the rapper reacclimatize back into prison life? Kanye Shrug


Remember in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when VH1’s annual “Divas Live” concert was one of the most anticipated music events of the year? Legends worthy of the one name treatment – Whitney, Mariah, Diana, Celine, and Aretha – headlined, while young divas-in-training were peppered throughout the show. Well, in this week in review, either the recession has hit VH1 hard, or the definition of “diva” has changed without somebody from Webster’s bothering to contact members of the media first.

After a four-year hiatus, the series reemerged last year with Jordan Sparks, Kelly Clarkson, and Miley Cyrus headlining with Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, and Adele. It seemed like the network would quelled last year’s criticism by having female acts who have earned the honored “Diva” title, or at least were well on their way like Hudson and Lewis, be the primary headliners. Instead, VH1 has chosen to try and trick us into thinking that Keri Hilson, Paramour, Katy Perry, Sugarland, and, (wait for it…wait for it….) Nicki Minaj are somehow “divas.” Apparently, not even a debut album is necessary for the title.

While I personally enjoy some of this year’s acts, since when are Keri Hilson and Katy Perry worthy of even taking the stage of a show made epic by the musical forces so strong, they’ve been dubbed “queens” and icons in their respective genres? No disrespect to the 2010 lineup, but maybe VH1 should rename the show, “Popular Performers of the Moment Live,” at least until they bring the divas back from whatever planet of isolation they’re hidden on.

Chris Stokes & Raz B during seemingly happier times


In this Week in Review, Former B2K beefcake Raz-B shocked fans this week with another video claiming former label-mate Marques Houston molested him at 13. The video begins with Raz on the phone with Houston, until Houston ends the shouting match by hanging up. In 2007 Raz-B took to YouTube to accuse former manager Chris Stokes of molesting him while under the manager’s tutelage. In an unauthorized taped conversation, Stokes even seemed to admit guilt. However, a few days later, Raz-B put out another video claiming the accusations he made weren’t true and pictures of the singer and Stokes enjoying a night out suspiciously hit the net. Many wondered if Stokes had in fact paid for Raz-B’s silence. If so, it clearly wasn’t enough.

A few days after Raz-B’s latest video, Omarion” former front man of B2K, was taped in an interview calling Raz-B a mentally unbalanced liar, who was making the claims as a means to generate money. If that is the case, then it’s unfortunate that the parties involved are embroiled in such a mess. If true however, then the situation is nothing short of a tragedy, and hopefully Raz-B and any other potential victims, will able to find the peace and legal redress they deserve.

While the case of he said/he said doesn’t seem to be resolving its self anytime soon, what is clear is that there probably won’t be a B2K reunion any time soon. So if you see your sister shed a tear as she softly plays “Girlfriend” on her stereo, that’s probably why.

“Biggs” Goes To Jail

Kareem Burke, better known as Biggs, one of the founding members of Roc-a-fella was arrested last week for possession and intent to distribute marijuana. Apparently the Feds had been trailing this major network for 18 months and it finally ended with the arrest of Biggs along with 42 other people. The feds also seized over a million dollars in profits and 177 pounds of marijuana.

Biggs has allegedly been part of the network since 1992. Matthew Stang, ironically one of the “advertising guys” for High Times was also arrested as part of the network. The organization was allegedly run by Geovanny (Manny) Rodriguez Perez.

“This isn’t just a group that controlled one block, one neighborhood,” said Jim Hayes special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Immigration And Customs Enforcement. “They dominated the wholesale marijuana market in New York for 20 years.”

Biggs and the other members are looking at ten years to life in prison if they are convicted.

Tune in next week for the next Week In Review!

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