Written By SOHH Soul Rebel
Hot off the press this week, Usher & Tameka Raymond are expecting another child, Mariah Carey puts Benny Medina on the block for courting Jennifer Lopez, Ciara reveals why she stripped for VIBE and Michael Jackson’s underwear go up for auction on eBay.
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Guess who has a baby on the way? In Touch Weekly is reporting that R&B star Usher and his wife Tameka are expecting their second child this December. The couple’s first child (and Tameka’s fourth) Usher V is only ten months old, making him a little more than a year older than his new sibling. Apparently rumors of turmoil between 29-year-old Usher and his 38-year-old wife were exaggerated, because it seems like their still making love in the club.
Rebel Talking… For somebody who named his album Here I Stand, Usher seems to be doing an awful lot of laying down.
Bye Bye Benny?
Benny Medina may be getting dumped again. After losing top-notch clients Tyra Banks and Usher earlier this year, word is Mariah Carey is also ready to move on from the mega manager. According to the New York Post, sources close to Carey have revealed that she is particularly pissed at Medina over rumors that he was courting his former client, and her rival, Jennifer Lopez, again.
Medina has countered the gossip with assurances that he “just had lunch with Mariah” and is still an involved component of her operation. “We’re restructuring her company and streamlining it. That’s all.”
And E! Online is reporting that the "streamlining" involves Medina taking on a lesser role with Carey, while the pop icon plans to manage herself.
"Medina's Handprint Entertainment will continue to develop content for, and with, the singer, but Carey's own Maroon Entertainment will be managing her career."
Rebel Talking… Damn! All this over J.Lo? I’m sure there’s a way these three divas can co-exist.
Michael Jackson’s dirty drawers have taken on a life of their own. The NY Post broke the news that the King of Pop’s infamous size-28 white Calvin Klein briefs hit the eBay auction block with a reserve price of $1 million.
MJ’s unwashed tighty whities should fetch a pretty steep price considering they previously played a role in his child molestation case. The underpants were part of the evidence confiscated in 2003 by Santa Barbara DA Tom Sneddon, who wanted a DNA sample for the case.
Michael’s Calvin’s are just one of several Jackson collectibles put up for bid by New Jersey businessman Henry Vacarro, who got hold of them in a bankruptcy case. They even come with proof of authenticity --- the briefs are sealed in an evidence bag and wrapped with police tape. A handwritten note from Jackson explaining why he wanted an annulment from Lisa Marie Presley and a used half-ounce tube of skin-bleaching cream are also up for auction.
Rebel Talking… There needs to be a special sex offender registry for the sick perv who will spend money on Michael Jackson’s DNA laden dirty underwear – that goes way beyond fanaticism.
Goods On The Goodies
Ciara got buck naked for her cover shoot for VIBE’s October issue, but Atlanta’s Princess of Crunk’N’B was admittedly psyched to bare it all.
“It was pretty fun,” Ciara revealed in a recent interview with Dimewars. “It was my first time being this open for a photoshoot. This was my first cover for my new project so it was a lot of fun. I’m in a different space now, I’m older… I’m in an even more experimental and really fun feeling phase right now so I think a lot of that just came out when I was doing my photoshoot…Just stepping into this setting today I was excited, I was very happy I’m in a different phase and very very experimental phase so because of that there is a very strong connection to what I’m doing today.”
Rebel Talking… At least this should put to rest talk of CiCi being a HeShe – she’s either all woman or one hell of a tucker!