UPDATE: Chris Brown Reaches Plea Bargain in Rihanna Attack, Before Rihanna Takes Stand

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If Rihanna takes the stand at ex-boyfriend Chris Brown‘s preliminary hearing Monday, it will be the singer’s first time publicly talking about what happened the night her boyfriend allegedly attacked her.

Various reports claim she instigated their quarrel by hitting him after a woman he was reportedly sleeping with text messaged him the night before the Grammys.

Whether or not she instigated the fight has little bearing on Brown’s physical retaliation–which has yet to be detailed from Rihanna’s perspective. The 20-year-old singer has pleaded not guilty in connection with assault on his ex.

UPDATE: Chris Brown accepts a plea bargain, ordering him to 180 days probation in Virginia; 5 years probation for felony assault; and completion of a domestic violence counseling program, according to CNN.

Beyonce Says Joe Jackson ‘Used’ The Jackson Kids, Janet Ready to Feud with Knowles

In a recent interview, Beyonce departed from her rehearsed facade and commented on the Jackson family–apparently pissing Janet Jackson off, according to the National Enquirer.

Recalling her childhood with papa Mathew and mama Tina in Houston, Beyonce told a reporter: “I grew up upper class. Private school. My dad had a Jaguar. We’re African-American and we work together as a family, so people assume we’re like The Jacksons. But I didn’t have parents using me to get out of a bad situation.”

“Beyonce’s remark came out of left field and really stung Janet,” a family insider told the tabloid, before adding that Janet “blew up.”

Great Minds Think Alike: Naomi Campbell’s Boyfriend Attacks Photographer

It seems Naomi Campbell’s cell phone-slinging, employee-beating ways are rubbing off on her billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin.

The Russian real estate mogul “punched a photographer in the gut” last week in Miami, according to New York Post‘s Page Six. “Out of nowhere [Doronin] hit him twice in the stomach,” the gossip column’s source says.

The couple, who have been together since May, are also reportedly planning a super-secret wedding in Moscow before Christmas.

“Naomi asked them to save the date and be prepared to travel to Russia,” a source told Sunday Mirror. “She’s keeping tight-lipped about exactly what is happening–and sworn everyone to secrecy.”

ObamaNation: Tavis Smiley No-Likey Barack Obama

TV talk show and radio host Tavis Smiley seems to be a bit frazzled by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“There is no such thing in America as race transcendence, and Obama’s going to find that out real soon,” Smiley tells the AP. “There’s no such thing as ‘post-racial’ in America, because if you push the envelope too far, you’re going to hear about it.”

Smiley’s negative outlook on Obama seems to stem from Obama’s decision not to appear on Smiley’s annual State of the Black Union cablecast on C-SPAN last February, which prompted Smiley to criticize Obama on-air. Smiley’s remarks sent black bloggers into a frenzy, with Smiley at the center of their apparent rage.

“Just because Barack Obama is black, doesn’t mean he gets a pass on being held accountable on issues that matter to black people,” Smiley says. “This is what I do—asking critical questions. Now some of you regard it as keeping a brother down, holding a brother back. Because you regard it that way, you don’t understand that this is the role that I’ve always played.”