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thinktanklogoimageonly-150x150Good News

For Gabby

At Last!

by Cheryl Lakes

Great Spot For Gabby!  Despite all the bad publicity and criticism from media sources and social media, Gabby is finally getting something positive published about her.  It is estimated that Gabby Douglas’ net worth is as high as three million dollars, and she is regarded as one of the best Olympians of her generation, if not the best one.  Now, the Olympic gymnast has been selected be a judge for The Miss America Pageant.

murder 822Startling News…Broadway dancer  Marcus Bellamy, who worked as dance captain for the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” has been charged with the murder of his boyfriend, 27-year-old Bernardo Almonte.  An unnamed source said Bellamy strangled  Almonte in their home in the Bronx last Friday, according tothe New York Daily News.   It was reported that Almonte was found bleeding face-down from a strike to the head around 4:15 p.m. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  On his Facebook page, Bellamy wrote a series of cryptic posts, appearing to confess to the murder.  “Forgive me,” Bellamy wrote. “I did it because I love you.”  It was also reported that following the crime, Bellamy fled his apartment and told a neighbor that he had killed Almonte.  Bellamy was later arrested at the scene, and faces murder and manslaughter charges.

car luxury 2This Week’s Most Interesting Paired Up Couple…toniloveAccording to Bossip, the Cash Money mogul Birdman gifted singer Toni Braxton, who is supposed to be his new girlfriend with a $250,000 2017 Bentely Bentayga… just because.  I guess this makes it official.  Everyone has been speculating for months, if in fact, this coupling was true because what appears to be a stark difference in personas.


mariah 823Diva Drama – True or False?  It’s being reported that Mariah Carey chucked her casino mogul fiancé James Packer’s computer through beyonce 823a window and fled screaming after he played Beyonce’s classic “Crazy in Love” to “get her in the mood” last month, according to Australian site The Fix. “Seriously, just trashed it. She ran out of the room screaming,” an inside source told the outlet. “So the night was obviously finished for James, and they retreated to separate parts of the house. And she had a few glasses of wine to cool down.”  A rep for Carey called the story “completely bogus and fabricated” in an email to The Daily News.  Speaking of BeyonceThe Looking Good Look!  They’re the ultimate power couple, so it only makes sense that Beyonce and Jay Z would wear coordinated “power suits” to match. The pair put on a united front as they rocked gray suits to the “Hands of Stone” premiere in New York City on Aug. 22, 2016.

aretha822Aretha Franklin has fallen ill once again: The legendary singer was forced to cancel a slew of shows “due to doctors’ orders.”  The upcoming performances that she had to walk away from include an August 26 show at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts near Vienna Virginia and two New York shows at Radio City Music Hall. One of the scheduled shows in New York was for “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” on Sept. 15 and the other was a solo show on Sept. 23.  Despite the cancellations, the 74-year-old said she looks to get back to playing shows in November. She’s expected to perform at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minnesota on Nov. 11 and at the Chicago Theatre on Nov. 12.  This isn’t the first time recently Franklin has had to cancel shows.  She was forced to walk away from a show in Las Vegas last year due to exhaustion. She has also had to battle many ailments in recent years, including surgeries and other illnesses.  BTW…in case you didn’t know, Rolling Stone Magazine named Aretha Franklin  #1 out of the 100 Best Singers in the world.

Couple With A Cause:  When the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russellrussell822 Wilson stood at the altar with singer Ciara, the couple was also taking a stand against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law.  The pair was reportedly set to tie the knot in the Southern state — where Wilson went to college — but pulled the plug on their plans over House Bill 2, known as the Bathroom Bill.  “They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws.” their wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, told The Knot.  The state’s restrictive law forces transgender men and women to only use bathrooms matching the gender they were born into, rather than the one with which they identify with.

neneleakes61516NeNe Leakes Finds It Funny…The former RHOA star has taken to Twitter to poke fun at reports that she owes more than $800,000 in back taxes to the federal government from 2014. “4 all those that r asking, reporting & concern…Yes I am broke & unemployed.  Just another dumb Celeb that doesn’t know how 2 money manage😩,” she tweeted on Sunday.  She followed with another tongue-in-cheek tweet, saying, “My priorities r all screwed up! I’m just a damn fool out here about to lose my house! Please start a Go Fund Me.”

Dating Site Warning:  A Florida man was killed after the woman he robbery 823met on online dating site PlentyOfFish set him up to be robbed.   Adam Hilarie went on a date Thursday with 18-year-old Hailey Bustos after the two met on the dating site PlentyOfFish.   Hilarie and Bustos went bowling, according to the Orlando Sentinel, and then he brought her back to his apartment. They decided to go on a second date, but she returned the next evening with three other men to steal TVs, an Xbox and an iPhone, according to the newspaper.  Hilarie was shot in the head, cops said. “Hilarie was begging for his life, he was not putting up any kind of fight, and was telling them that he had a 5-year-old daughter,” according to arrest reports obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.  Witnesses had seen Hilarie with a young woman, and Bustos was collared in an unrelated burglary, according to the newspaper.  Bustos, 26-year-old Andre Warner, 31-year-old Gary Gray and 26-year-old Joshua Ellington each face murder and robbery charges.

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Finally, my boyfriend gave me a ring but it’s too late…I no longer want him.

Q.  On the night I planned to break up with my boyfriend, he presented me with a $28,000 engagement ring.  I took it because I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was no longer in love with him.  He is excited, and planning an engagement party, which I cannot go through with.   MORE

Find Out What The Stars Say About You This Month…


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A “Hollywood” Hookup

Ronnie and Joe were two strangers sitting two seats apart in a darkened theater.  When Ronnie got up in the middle of the movie to go to the ladies room, she noticed how handsome Joe was and decided she wanted to meet him.  When she returned, she sat in the seat next to Joe with her eyes on the screen.  They sat through the rest of the movie without saying a word.  When the movie ended, Joe got up and left.   MORE

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Closet Confessions

Sex And The Single Girl

“I foolishly slept with an irresponsible, lying, cheating guy for three years without a condom.  The fact that he gave me pelvic inflammatory disease on more than one occasion should have convinced me to leave him alone, but I went on to waste six more years of my life with him.  I finally ended that relationship only when I caught him with another woman. I now practice abstinence.”.    MORE

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Is He Really Into You?

18 Ways To Tell…

We are constantly in a pickle when we’re emotionally attached to the opposite sex.  We spend our nights, days and weekends wondering if he cares…feels what we feel…feel what we want him to feel, etc.   We spend breathless moments interpreting, misinterpreting, rationalizing, guessing and hoping the love we want is finally here.  But how we can tell?  Experience has taught some of us that we certainly can’t go by what he says, because “love words” can be deceiving or non-existent.  MORE

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Talk About

The Dream

Girl Search

by Theo McNee

I know it’s hard to imagine that the good-looking, well-dressed guy walking in front of you with swag galore, could consciously be dreading another evening at home alone.  Because of his looks and appearance, you could be speculating on how many women he must have and how active his social life is.   However, you’d be surprised…MORE

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