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DMX Gets Out Tomorrow?+Ashanti Set To Star In "The Wiz" Stage Play+Usher Wants To "Be Iconic"

EXCLUSIVE: Solange Shopping Her Own Show & Wants Teens To "Stay Alive"

We had the chance to catch up with Solange in NYC this morning as she lent her voice to the Staying Alive Foundation's campaign to SAY YES to safe sex.  She was tapped by MTV to become an ambassador and was happy to say YES.  YBF's New York Correspondent Kimberly chatted with Ms. Knowles about her involvement with the campaign, her experiences learning about sex as a teen, and her upcoming career moves... On learning about sex at a young age: [My and Beyonce's] parents did a great job of giving us the real deal Holyfield on sex and allowing us to make decisions on our own. I was 13 when my parents first sat me down to discuss sex. And it was a very good age for me. But, it may be necessary to talk to my son at an even earlier age since kids are now having sex in Jr. High. I definitely understand that friends are the biggest influences on children and sex needs to be addressed by parents early. Solange's advice about teaching and learning about sex: You need to have the conversation before it’s too late. Talk about expectations and have that initial conversation before deciding to engage in sex. Solange on the music industry's sexual responsibility: In my own videos, I don't necessarily make a conscious effort to abstain from “oversexed” videos. The music that I put out--I want it to be a real portrayal of myself. And to be bikini clad is just not who I am. Artistry is true expression and I do not expect every artist to be a role model, everyone makes mistakes and some don’t even practice what they preach verbatim. The past ten years artists have received a bad rep for letting our music stand for something, but we are now becoming more conscious of what we put out and our lyrics and I credit Obama and the recent election for that change, our lyrics should stand for something. About her video for "T.O.N.Y.": I wrote it because so many of my friends had their own “TONY” in their lives. The video that was put out was not the final version and leaked to the media long before it was done. The song is about dealing with pregnancy and learning to find love in other areas. On the career moves she's making now: I'm currently developing a show with "The Game's" producer Mara Brock Akil. It's based on the reality of my life. We're still shopping the show around. I used to say yes to every acting project but now it's important that I only take on projects that will maker me think and grow and will motivate and inspire others. More pics and interview bits when you read the rest...

Tidbits: Rihanna, Kanye, & Naomi Campbell

Rihanna was in NY last week to visit her friend Jasmina:

She's been helping Jasmina--who's Rihanna's #1 fan--for a while now to find treatments for her leukemia.  She was only supposed to spend an hour with Jasmina, but ended up staying the whole day with her.  According to People: Jasmina, who is a "total girly girl," according to her mother, Thea Anema, was thrilled when Rihanna presented her with a big bag of Cover Girl makeup. "Rihanna asked me if it was okay to put makeup on Jasmina," says Anema. "I said, 'Of course!' She's so thrilled with makeup and anything girly." Rihanna painted the little girl's nails and gently brushed "Dance Party" eyeshadow on her tiny eyelids. They played catch together with Jasmina's stuffed dog, Jackie, which ended with a torrent of giggles and hugs. "Rihanna kept on saying, 'I love her personality! She is such a little diva!' " says Harf. When Rihanna learned that Jasmina speaks Dutch and also understands Mandarin, the superstar said she was amazed at how "intelligent" and "what an amazing little girl" she is. Nice. More news when you read the rest...

LeToya, Latavia, & Eve Give Back In Texas

The Texas Relays are going down in Austin this weekend. And LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson and Eve all hit it up and participated in the Minority Mentorship Symposium hosted by Coach Beverly Kearney at the University of Texas:

Latavia's still fab and the ladies are looking laid back. More pics of Destiny's ex stepchildren and Eve when you read the rest...

Jill Scott & Erykah Badu Get Artsy

Jill Scott, star of the hit HBO series, the "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency", was named one of TV's Breakout Stars in the new People Magazine.

Alicia Keys Talks To the Kids+Soul 4 Real Nabbed For Identity Fraud?!

Alicia Keys answered First Lady Michelle's call of service and participated with 20 other women in talking to D.C. high school girls today: She looked fab in her 5 inch grey Fendi platform slingbacks--that I have in my personal stash so I'm a bit biased--and cute jeans.   Good to see she could come out of hiding to chit chat for Women's History Month festivites.   And 3 members of Soul 4 Real have been indicted on 145 counts of Aggravated Identity Fraud.  WTF??  I don't know who's who anymore but Duluth, GA police say that Brian Dalyimple’s brothers (and fellow group members), Jason Dalyrimple and Andre Dalyrimple will all be indicted. 33 year old Brian was arrested on suspicion of identity fraud earlier this month after somebody reported $12 g's thanks to fraudulent purchases.  According to the PD:  
 “[We also found] a multitude of fraudulently obtained credit cards,” said Major Woodruff of Duluth PD, “documents for bank loans, checking and savings accounts in fraudulent names, account and routing numbers belonging to legitimate accounts and documents containing identifying information of many individuals.”
  They just needed some candy coated raindrops to et them through the day.  This recession is getting real real for these 90's stars.    More pics of Alicia Keys when you read the rest...  

Kelly Rowland, Tyra Banks, & Serena Williams Have Girls' Night Out+Kelly Helps A Child

It was Girls' Night Out for Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams, and Tyra Banks as they did dinner together at Waverly Inn in NYC last night:

Not sure what Tyra had on underneath that coat but it's looking mighty suspect.

And Serena rocked her Louboutin booties with some stretch pants and a down/fur coat.  Interesting looks all around.  But our Kelly looked laid back and fab as usual. News and pics of Kelly helping a little girl find a bone marrow donor when you read the rest...