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Beyonce Pushes Samantha Thavasa+Toccara & Others Give Away 100,000 Coats

Beyonce hit the stage in Toykyo again yesterday to show off the new Samantha Thavasa bags she's the face of.  And she looked fabulous in her black cinched waist ruffled mini dress and blue suede pumps.

And YBF models are do-gooders:

America's Next Top Model TV personalities Aminat Ayinde, Lauren Utter and Toccara Jones posed with NYC Covenant House Residents during the "Tyra Banks Show" and Aeropostale 100,000 Coat Giveaway. This episode of the "Tyra" will air on November 9th. More pics of these folks when you read the rest...

Former Sony Employee: Beyonce Indeed Lies About Her Songwriting!

This debate seems to happen often about whether or not Beyonce actually writes her songs as she claims. All while listing herself under writing credits for those songs. Every now and then a writer will come out the woodwork to say they wrote the song and Bey and her camp didn't. These songwriters (and others) say B's camp either pay to have Beyonce's name replace theirs, or the Knowles camp just replaces it on their own. Then drama would ensue in the gossip mill. I received an interesting letter from a former Sony (Beyonce is part of Sony Entertainment) employee. This person has been corresponding with YBF and many other sites for years on official artist and music news directly from the company. But now that said employee has been recently fired, they want to confirm that the rumors are true about Beyonce's songwriting. Read the rest for the letter...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Frankie & Beyonce

Frankie got a bit tearful...ok a lot tearful...on the BET Awards red carpet this weekend when she talked about her money situation and her daughter Keyshia:

SAY WHAAA?: Michael Vick, R. Kelly, N.E.R.D. Gets A Chick & Babs Walters

BET is readying the "Michael Vick Project". Yes, that's right. Bama Entertainment Television has picked up the reality show Mike Vick has been shooting and it's set to air early next year. It's supposed to follow his comeback to the NFL life post-prison. And how he gets his ish back on track. "I just want people to really get to know me as an individual," Vick told the L.A. Times. "I am a human being. I've made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it's not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up. This show can be a blueprint for so many kids," he said. "I want to show them that things are going to happen, that they're not going to get through life without dealing with some kind of adversity. I want to show that if they have a fall from grace, this is how they can turn it around. We want this to be a story of hope." And what the show will be about: Producers of the Vick series emphasized the program should be considered a docu-series -- not a typical reality show like VH-1's "The T.O. Show," which revels in the excesses of its flamboyant star, wide receiver Terrell Owens. The tone of Vick's show, say producers, will be serious and somber as it focuses on his personal struggles since his release, including the strains on his relationships with his fiancée, Kijafa Frink, and his children. It will also revisit the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., where Vick spent 1 1/2 years behind bars and the Virginia property where he ran and financed a dogfighting ring.
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This has the potential to be a good show. But we've said this before about many-a-BET shows....

I thought this was a joke when I read about this days ago. But apparently it's not. R.Kelly is revealing to folks that he's pretty much illiterate: “When I was trying to make it out here, I already knew, and I was stubborn about it,” he said. “I don’t even read really and I’m not afraid to say that. My cousins and brothers used to tease me ‘you can’t even read right. How you think you’re going to come up?’ “The only reason I graduated from grammar school is because I had a great jump shot. I went to high school and [my teacher] told me ‘you will one of the greatest writers of all time.’ I believed. You [have to] believe it. You can’t believe [anything] if you’re hating. You can’t achieve [anything] if you’re hating.”
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Supposedly he's been saying he can barely read.

Zoe Saldana Does Louis Vuitton+Usher Halting The Divorce?

The Louis Vuitton show went down today in Paris outside of the Lourve (swoon for the Lourve):

And Zoe Saldana was there to take in the show.  Interesting look. And because I heart her and this fun look--sans that pink LV bag--:

Slumdog Millionaire actress Frieda Pinto kicked it front row at the show.  Nice. News on Usher's divorce when you read the rest...

NFL Baller Braylon Edwards Charged With ASSAULT!+Lamar Odom Proposed To Taraji FIRST?!+Mo'Nique's Diva Antics?

Cleveland Browns baller Braylon Edwards has been charged with assault after brawling with a man outside of Visions nightclub in Cleveland late last night (right after his team lost against their rivals the Cincinnati Bengals).  And the guy he wailed on is Lebron James' club promoter friend Edward Givens.  According to the the city of Cleveland's website, here's what went down: Givens was talking to the suspect outside the club when the suspect started an argument. The suspect then punched Givens with a closed first on the left side of his face. Givens told officers he would seek treatment at Lutheran Hospital. Givens is a promoter with Eighty81 LLC, an events management and marketing firm that hosts parties on Sundays at View. In an interview with Cleveland.com's Starting Blocks blog this morning, Givens said: "After the club closed, I was outside greeting and saying goodbye to people. Braylon comes up and started saying things, degrading me. He said if it wasn't for LeBron or the Four Horsemen, I wouldn't have what I have, nor would I be able to get girls. Everyone knows Braylon has a problem with LeBron. So I had to speak up for myself. The conversation started to escalate. As some of his teammates started to pull him back, he punched me. I have a black eye and a cut. I'm not a violent guy. "As long as I've known Braylon, I've allowed him and his friends to come into our events free of charge. Whatever jealousy he has with LeBron, he felt he needed to take it out on me." So Braylon is jelly of 'Bron so he picked a fight? Edward Givens had to be taken to the hospital with a black eye and a cut and a headache. This is b*tchassness at its finest.

In other dumb baller news, Lamar Odom is said to have proposed to his former girlfriend Taraji P. Henson only weeks before he popped the question to his now "wife"  Khloe Kardashian.  On a Fox Sports radio show this morning, the popular radio hosts Petros and Money (who have personally known Lamar for years) dropped this little nugget of info:
“You want to know how in love Lamar is? Word is Lamar was madly in love with another young lady no less than one week before he met Khloe and asked that young lady to marry him and she said, ‘whoa, slow down.’ “This was another celebrity that sees herself grace the pages of TMZ. So you wonder … maybe Lamar had alternate plans and alternate intentions of making himself more of a celebrity than just a dude that plays basketball for the Lakers. … ” … One week after he asked another young lady to marry him, he meets Khloe and three weeks later, he asks her to marry him. ” … We’re going to get this story, we’re going to further this story. We’ve planted the seeds on this story and I would say that some time by this time next week, we are going to watch it grow. Watch it bloom.
I know Taraji's glad she got out when she did.

Here's a pic of T kicking it front row at the Lakers' finals game cheering on Lamar this summer.  Smh... Dish about Mo'Nique's divatude when you read the rest...

Kanye Wasn't Selling Tickets?+Other Ish

Media sources are saying the reason behind the axed Fame Kills concert is because ticket sells sucked.  Apparently folks weren't flocking to the ticket counters to cop concert tickets for Kanye and Lady Gaga's duel show.  And, therefore, LiveNation pulled the plug on it.  Supposedly GaGa wanted to play in smaller venues anyway and not deal with the headache of large arenas and Kanye's ego.  And there were creative differences between the two camps. Womp...

Actress/singer Drew Sidora ("The Game") did a photoshoot for the NoH8 campaign.  Pretty pic. More after the jump...