Breaking News: Andre 3000 Charged with Driving 109 mph in Atlanta

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One of our fave style and music icons Andre 3000 of Outkast was charged with driving 109 mph in a 65 mph zone in suburban Atlanta early Saturday morning, according to the AP.

The 33-year-old actor-designer-musician posted a $1,200 property bond pending a court date April 29, and said he was going so fast because he missed an exit and had to turn around.

We’re wondering if he was in a rush because of the “Green Light” with John Legend (“I’m ready to go right now….I’m ready to go right now”)….We know, bad pun!

Oprah Donates $365k To ‘Vote However You Like’ Students Of Atlanta’s Ron Clark School

The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta was gifted with $365,000 from media mogul Oprah Winfrey last week.

When asked by Clark how she arrived at the denomination of the donation Oprah reportedly told him, “I’m sending $1,000 for every day of the year.”

The Academy made headlines last year when it’s middle schoolers sang their political song “You Can Vote However You Like” at the Coca-Cola Leadership Summit in Atlanta and subsequently performed on various news shows. The song, a remake of rapper T.I.’s hit song “Whatever You Like,” encouraged voter participation in the 2008 presidential election by offering both Democratic and Republican viewpoints

Clark, who has taught schools in rural North Carolina as well as a New York’s inner-city, opened the Academy in mid 2007 in Atlanta using funds from the sales of his two books The Essential 55 and The Excellent 11 and donations. He received the 2001 Disney Teacher of the Year award, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice and has been recognized for his use of music and dance in his teaching methodology. His story was made into a television movie in 2006 with Matthew Perry in the starring role.

The Real Housewives Of Atlanta Reunion!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunite at the Biltmore hotel in downtown Atlanta to rehash the drama that went down during seven glorious episodes of back-stabbing, conspicuous spending, fundraising and trash-talking.

Here are Blindie’s highlights from the “Reunion” episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta:

  1. New Looks: Nene Leakes had a cute, short haircut and boasted about her “new look” and “new attitude,” while Sheree took the weave route with a long ponytail and bangs. Kim Zolciak, on the other hand, did not have a make-over but Dwight Eubanks promised to work on her and bring her up to the 21st century.
  2. Truth Or Fiction: Kim stood firm by her age of 29, oh excuse me she’s 30 now, and she also claimed to wear a wig because she thought she had cancer and had been losing her hair and lost 25 lbs. After prodding from host Andy Cohen, she finally admitted she never had cancer.
  3. Team Nene: Yes, we are on Nene’s team! So is CNN’s Anderson Cooper! And apparently Andy Cohen is as well because he totally gave her way more air time than the other ladies -love it! “Fun, exciting, BAM,” that’s Nene!
  4. Rumours: Nene puts those pesky stripper rumours to rest, or does she? When Andy asks if she is an ex-stripper Nene replies, “I’m still a stripper…I am a stripper…I strip for my husband.” BAM!
  5. Kim’s Country Music Career: Nene thinks Kim can’t sing, Lisa Wu Hartwell says she’s pathetic and has no talent, but nevertheless Kim says her album is coming out in early January and her new single is called “Tightrope.” We can’t wait to hear it…oh wait, yes we can.
  6. The Notorious Big Papa: Kim says she is “on and off again” with her sugar daddy Big Papa and claims he is filing for a divorce, while Nene says he is very much married and that Kim should “close [her] legs to married men!” BAM!
  7. Cat Fight: Nene and Kim curse up a storm as they argue and Lisa Wu Hartwell has to hold Nene back, even going so far as to lay her tiny body across Nene to block an altercation. Nene of course gets the last words in calling Kim a “trashy hooker,” threatening to snatch her wig off and saying “I’ll see you outside!” BAM!
  8. Another World: DeShawn Snow does not understand why everyone makes a big deal about her no-cooking, no-cleaning lifestyle and doesn’t know how much she spends on her household staff. Is that why Lisa Wu Hartwell said “you hear crickets” as DeShawn struggled to answer Andy’s other question. We want to know how much DeShawn spent on those Hilary Duff chompers -they are definitely not God given!
  9. Race Relations: Nene calls Kim out on her “chicken” comment from episode six. We called Kim out on that one too!! That felt way too racial and we saw that smirk on Kim’s face when she said it. Kim defends herself with that tired old excuse of “Half of my friends are black.”
  10. The Sixth Housewife: Dwight Eubanks is declared the sixth Housewife! He is in full weave regalia as he joins the women and seats himself in between Sheree and Kim then proceeds to mock them by fawning over them and saying, “Oh, you’re so pretty.” So what does Dwight think of all the catfighting? “Très, très, très dèclassè,” and what does he think about his sexuality, “I never wanted to be a woman, I love my toolbox.” And we love you, Dwight!

Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Season One Finale!

Bravo wraps up the Hotlanta Housewives saga in a season finale that has Nene Leakes confronting Kim Zolciak and the rumors that ruined their friendship, DeShawn Snow still still calling herself a sinlge parent, Lisa Wu and Ed Hartwell dreading spending time apart and Sheree Witfield still trying to get her fashion line together.

Here are Blindie’s top ten moments from the “Best of Enemies” episode.

  1. Kim calls Nene a “drag queen.” Well, if that’s not the wig calling the weave fake!
  2. DeShawne reminisces with her husband about life “back in the day” -eating Hamburger Helper, Ramen Noodles and Red Lobster. And that’s why she has a chef!
  3. Dallas Austin calls up Kim to tell her to get serious about her singing and quit drinking and smoking. He even suggests she go running for a couple of hours!
  4. Sheree recruits Project Runway’s Mychael Knight to be her “fashion fairy godfather.” He points out all of the flaws in her clothing line -from the “whack” stitching to the poor choice of fabric and the overall homemade look. We love when Mychael admonishes Sheree for throwing a grand party before the clothes were perfected, advising her that “if you had less grandness you may have more time to” uh…make wearable clothes.
  5. Lisa Wu tries to teach DeShawne how to cook a simple chicken dish and DeShawn, who can’t even operate the food processor, finds it “a little overwhelming.” We hope she doesn’t have to get rid of the chef when her husband Eric retires from basketball. Oh yeah, she only has to give up her leased Mercedes, but don’t worry she has five more cars.
  6. Kim’s two daughters tell her they’re breathing in her second hand smoke and encourage her to stop smoking in return for sleeping in their own beds. Wait, her two daughters sleep in her bed every night? Somebody was smoking in the girls’ room during Parenting 101.
  7. Nene and her husband buy her son Brice a Ford FX2 SUV for a graduation gift, but she stresses that he will be buying his next car on his own because she wants him to be a strong independent black man!
  8. Nene confronts Kim at Lisa Wu’s dinner party and before it can ugly and really good, Nene’s husband delivers some words of wisdom, “don’t let any experience in life change you from who you are…. do not get absorbed in this…this is not worth it.”
  9. Nene declares, “you know I’m gonna put it on the line don’t you? I’m a free bird honey!” Did we mention, that we’ve already ordered our “Team Nene” shirts?
  10. The wrap-up at the end says Sheree is still waiting for her seven-figure settlement, DeShawn is planning another fundraiser and still can’t cook, Kim has broken up with Big Papa (now we’ll never get to see him!) and Nene and Kim still haven’t met up to make up. Which means, bring on season two!

Real Housewives: Bad Singing, Bestfriends, And Botox

It’s a game of best friend musical chairs as Kim Zolciak swaps Nene Leakes for Sheree Whitfield and Nene replaces Kim with DeShawn Snow.

Kim finally sings a note as she follows her dreams of being a country music star, while Nene folllows DeShawn’s charitable lead and starts her own foundation for women of domestic abuse.

And behind all of the music, there’s the usual drama and delusions of grandeur, but much to our dismay no Dwight Eubanks!

Here are Blindie’s top ten moments:

  1. Nene takes Sheree to her Botox appopintment, which she has done every 6 months since she was 24. Then doctor confirms Kim’s “black don’t crack” revelation by telling her that black people have a natural skin protectant, and a built in sun screen.
  2. Kim tells her vocal coach Jan that she’s been smoking for 15 years! And since Kim claims that she’s 29, that means she started smoking at 14!
  3. Kim’s vocal coach tells her she doesn’t know the ABCs of singing and Kim shrugs “I don’t need to, I’m a singer” and even claims that people have told her she sounds like Cher!
  4. Kim sings in the recording studio that pop godesses Madonna, Gwen Stefani and Stevie Nicks. All we can say is, the godesses must be angry right about now.
  5. Kim “eews” and turns up her nose at the fresh guacamole being prepared in a molcajete (a lava stone bowl) at Rosa Mexicana claiming it’s not sanitary. Wait, how old is she again?
  6. As the women try on clothes Kim declares “I don’t wear panties!”
  7. Sheree tells Kim that Nene has been talking about her all around town and their friendship grows stronger. And Nene thinks Sheree is manipulating “poor little Kim” because her “wig is squeezing her brain”!
  8. “Nene’s got to go!” Sheree declares and tells Kim that Nene is ” a wannabe” and “a hater,” to which Kim says “let your haters be a motivators.” Wow, she can’t sing, but she sure can rhyme!
  9. Nene starts a charitable foundation of her own -Twisted Hearts, for women of domestic abuse, and plans a “Battered But Not Broken” fundraiser brunch with a sunday church hat theme.
  10. Nene learns from DeShawn’s million dollar gala mistake and sets her fundraising goal at a realistic $20,000 and plans to sell tickets instead of inviting everyone for free.

Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Fake Friends, Galas And Diamonds In Hotlanta

Just when you thought Kim Zolciak couldn’t make any more uncomfortable comments about race, Lisa Wu Hartwell couldn’t get any perkier, and the word jewelry couldn’t be mispronounced as jury for the umpteenth time! Yeah, it all happens again and then some, on the latest episode of Bravo’s Housewives.

Here are Blindie’s top ten moments:

  1. Kim all of a sudden “can’t handle the drama with Nene” and cozies up to Sheree Whitfield, gushing over her and callling her beautiful every chance she gets! And what does Nene Leakes think: “I can’t stand fake ass girls!” she declares.
  2. Lisa Wu hosts a trunk show for her jewelry line Wu Girls, sits for a photo shoot for the line, and even hosts a jewelry-making night. Maybe she should scrap the jewelry and just bottle her energy and sell that! Especially since expert jeweler Steven Zale (not to be confused with Zale Jewelers) thinks the line is worthy of just Macys and not Saks and Bendel like Lisa had been planning.
  3. Stylist Dwight Eubanks delights us with another appearance as Nene corrals him to help pick out a wardrobe for her college bound son Brice. When Dwight catches wind of DeShawn Snow’s huge free ticket gala he warns that people are “gonna come and eat all your food, drink all your liquor and leave and they’re not gonna pay for nothin!”
  4. Dwight insists to Nene “I am a brotha” and threatens to prove it by disrobing!
  5. Kim tells Sheree her son looks like O.J. Simpson!! As if that were a compliment -ok, maybe it would’ve been like before 1994 and before a certain murder trial. Then Sheree tries to rebuttal by insisting he looks more like Denzel Washington.
  6. When Kim isn’t fawning over Sheree’s “beauty” she is fetishizing over black women. “African Americans age so much better…I dont’ know what it is…it’s their natural oils…it’s someting I just want.”
  7. Kim muses over the burden of being beautiful with Sheree. “Can you imagine not being beautiful?,” she wonders, and even comes to the conclusion that “bitch means beautiful.”
  8. As Sheree gets ready for DeShawn’s gala she declares, “I am fashion, I have impeccable taste and I will be the best dressed tonight!” Then she arrives at the party in a floor length fur coat and finds out there’s no coat check. “What am I supposed to do with my fur? Hang it over a chair?” Hello? A fur in Atlanta? It’s called Hot-lanta, not Siberia-lanta!
  9. DeShawn’s Night of a Thousand Stars gala goes off with more than a hitch. The auction is a disaster as no one bids or even pays attention to the auctioneers! DeShawn breaks down in tears and complains “I would never get invited to something for charity and not buy anything – that’s just tacky to me!”
  10. DeShawn’s diamond gala costs a grand total of $30,000 and pulled in only $10,000 for her charity! It’s a good thing Kim, err Big Poppa bought that $14,800 cuff bracelet.

The Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Sneak A Peek Of The Oct. 7th Premiere

After watching the preview episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Blindie just couldn’t wait for the October 7th premiere! So we snagged a screener, put some shades on to protect us from all the high wattage jewelry and attitude, and took notes on all the obnoxious and outrageous moments.

Here are the top ten moments that make this season’s Housewives better than Gossip Girl, Project Runway and 90210 all rolled up into one overpriced package:

  1. DeShawn Snow says “I always knew I was destined for greatness” and “ever since I was little I knew I was destined to be somebody.” Did we miss something here? What did she do besides marry a basketball player? She didn’t even decorate the house!
  2. Kim Zolciak, who we enjoy simply calling “the white girl”, says “I’m a black woman trapped in a white woman’s body.”
  3. And Kim is being kept by, err dating a celebrity who “prefers to remain anonymous” and whom she refers to as “Big Poppa”. Blindie is guessing Poppa is a black celebrity who is either married or doesn’t want anyone to know he likes the taste of vanilla.
  4. Sheree Whitfield who is waiting for her “lump sum” divorce settlement in order to “maintain her lifestyle -if not better” scoffs “budget, what’s that?” with a wave of her hand.
  5. And she plans her birthday party with a staff of people and requests a cake in the shape of her Louis Vuitton handbag! Wait, didn’t we see this on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16?
  6. Alll of the ladies are scrambling to out-glam each other for Sheree’s birthday party except Lisa Wu Hartwell, who throws on a pair of jeans, a satin top and a fur jacket!
  7. White girl Kim meets her fashion designer, Dean Perdue, at a Shell gas station! Off the highway! And changes into her custom tailored outfit at the side of her car! While her girlfriend Nene holds up a coat to shield her! We loved every tacky minute of it!
  8. Dean Perdue’s Catholic-school-stripper dress he designed for white girl Kim and his lazy southern drawl, with the slight hint of a California valley girl, makes us want to see him on Project Runway or his own reality show.
  9. Tell-it-like-it-is NeNe Leakes is denied entrance to Sheree’s party and gets bounced by security! And boy does she tell it like it is in the driveway as she curses up a storm! We were just as mortified as NeNe was and we’re ordering our “Team NeNe” shirts right now!
  10. Sheree actually tears up when she is serenaded by a low-rent R&B crooner at her party! Seriously, is this MTV’s My Super Sweet 16?

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