KANYE WEST: Can the Ex Straighten Him Out?
Kanye West is said to be mulling a reconciliation with his former fiancee, clothing designer Alexis Phifer. Although Yeezy is rarely photographed these days without current flame Amber Rose, MediaTakeOut.com reports that following his V-M-A tantrum, he called Phifer up for support and that they've been in constant contact since. Kanye's reps didn't return our call for comment.
GLADYS KNIGHT: Rap Artists Doing Bad
Though some older performers like Patti LaBelle and Ron Isley have embraced hip-hop, others have yet to be won over. Gladys Knight tells BlackNews.com, "It's been good as far as giving young artists an opportunity to get out there. But it's been bad, in my opinion, as far as the quality of the music and the stories that they tell. It's one thing to be raw about your history, but they took it to another level and it became vulgar. It has not elevated our industry musically, and it definitely has not elevated us as African-Americans, because we show disrespect for our partners, men and women." Knight co-stars in Tyler Perry's box-office smash I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
KEYSHIA COLE PREGGO??
The rumor mill is buzzing about R&B singer Keyshia Cole and her NBA star boyfriend Daniel "Boobie" Gibson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. You see, Keyshia and Daniel started dating last year, and since then Keyshia has fallen head over heels for the NBA baller. She's even gone as far as getting a tattoo of his name on her shoulder. Well now there's more. According to one of our snitches, Keyshia has packed up and moved from Los Angeles to Cleveland to be closer to Daniel during basketball season. Yeah, we said Cleveland. And get this, according to another rumor, she may actually be pregnant with his child. Keyshia, you just met this dude the other day. Isn't it a little early to be pregnant with Boobie's baby?
PATRICK SWAYZE CREMATED
Patrick Swayze's remains have been cremated, according to his death certificate, which was released yesterday (Thursday). E! News says there's been no comment from Swayze's publicist about plans for a family memorial service or if his ashes -- which are now being stored at his lawyer's office -- will be scattered at his New Mexico ranch. Swayze died Monday from pancreatic cancer.
THE COSBYS TURN 25
Bill Cosby recalls he created The Cosby Show because he wasn't feeling what television had to offer at the time. He tells The Root, "I saw little kids, let's say six or seven years old, white kids, black kids. And the way they were addressing the father or the mother, the writers had turned things around, so the little children were smarter than the parent or the caregiver. I felt that it was manipulative and the audience was looking at something that had no responsibility to the family." Cosby made family cool and good parenting a celebrated practice through the series with lines like "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out." Cosby says, "I wanted to...show people that this is parenting, and this is home, and this is deep. And though these people have their careers, their lives, and they're comfortable...the wheels can come off with the behavior of your children, and you have to deal with that." The Cosby Show celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
FAMILY: Giving Up Custody to Dad
In a blog on Essence.com, New York fashion executive Andrena Andrews writes about her decision to surrender custody of her 10-year-old son Adam to her ex-husband. After the couple divorced, Andrews' ex moved to Atlanta, which she felt would be a safer environment for her son to be raised in. She writes, "It's important to me for my son to be raised by a man. I don't think I'll be able to raise Adam the way his father can. And I trust my ex-husband a thousand percent. He's going to teach our son how to be a great man."
Andres didn't expect the support she's gotten from her female friends. "They are like, 'We're so proud of you. You did what we all kinda wanted to do. It was time for you to go and learn and experience yourself as a person and then figure out who you are and what you want.'"
Essence readers, of course, are sounding off. Ms. Reed says, "I have always told my husband if we ever split for any reason, he was taking my son and I would keep my daughter. I do not see anything wrong with that -- it is a personal choice.
But Renee says, "[I] don't understand how people believe that a woman can't raise a boy. My mother stopped us with a look, and that was that... The state a person lives in has nothing to do with raising a child... I could never send my child to live with anyone -- raising my child is my responsibility."
Comment Below: Ladies, what would it take for you to give up custody of your child? Even if you trusted your ex's parenting skills?
WENDY WILLIAMS NOT IMPRESSED WITH WHITNEY HOUSTON
Lots of people are giving Whitney Houston props for speaking about her past drug use on Oprah, but Wendy Williams isn't one of them. Williams says that as a former cokehead herself, she's worried that Houston hasn't taken "ownership" of her addiction, choosing to blame Bobby Brown instead. Check out the emotional clip.
CUTE VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
Get ready to laugh! This little girl is a TRIP!!