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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Alicia Keys & Swizzy Get ~Kissy~

EXCLUSIVE: Sanaa's Man Steve Rifkind BLASTED For "Using" Black Women In The Industry?!

Looks like Sanaa Lathan's new music entrepreneur boo Steve Rifkind (Founder and CEO of SRC Records) is not the "lover of black women" people think he is. We spoke to a particular source who knows Steve intimately.  And said source alleges Steve purposely uses black women in the industry for sex and simply because he can. Steve's relationship with Sanaa caused a stir as folks around the net were surprised those two would even be a match. But our source tells YBF they're not surprised: "He's very shady. He gets with several black women. That's just his thing." How shady you ask?  Well we found out that his former girlfriend is well known publicist Sari Baez (pictured above with Steve)--Dir. of Marketing/Public Relations for RVC Enterprises who licenses for Dereon, Rocawear, and other clothing companies.  And we're told that the two dated for 2 years--while Steve was married!   She moved in to Steve's NYC pad as Steve told her he was in the midst of a divorce.  Except the divorce never happened, so Sari finally broke it off last year. Even worse--Steve's wife  Nicole (who is also black) filed depositioned Sari 5 times to testify during their divorce proceedings once she found out about his cheating. We've got the proof and more under the cut...

Celebs Do Howard University's Homecoming Weekend

Howard University celebrated Homecoming this weekend.  And YBF was on the scene for all the festivities:

Howard Alum Lance Gross and all his chocolately fineness was here in D.C. for the weekend.  We spotted him at the Fashion Show, Step Show, and other events.

At the celebrity b-ball game, Pooch Hall played and a shirtless Omarion performed.

And we spotted newlywed Essence Atkins at last night's step show. More HU pics when you read the rest...

ON THE SCENE: Toni Braxton's Listening Party

YBF was on the scene for Toni  Braxton's Pulse album listening party this week at NY's Crosby Hotel in Soho.  We've got more pics and such under the cut...

And speaking of Toni, we've got a few pics of her looking fab at last night's Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation. More when you read the rest...

YBF Folks Hit The NYC Social Scene+YBF's Exclusive Black Girls Rock! Red Carpet Footage

Jennifer Hudson hit up the 2009 Whitney Museum Gala at The Whitney Museum of American Art in NY last night.

Hair is looking gorgeous Jenny and she's rocking Versace. And over at the Stella by Starlight Gala, Whoopi, Ruby Dee, and her musician grandson Jammal Day made appearances:

By the way, check out YBF NYC Correspondent K-Rich on the Black Girls Rock! Red Carpet this weekend:

Y'all know YBF had to get the celeb scoop first hand for y'all. More pics when you read the rest...

EXCLUSIVE: Papa Knowles Got Alleged Baby Mama An Interscope Job!

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...