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UPDATE On Fatally Beaten Chicago Teen Derrion Albert

New Black Barbies Are Here+First Lady Michelle O. & Oprah Lobby For Chicago

First Lady Michelle O. looked fab in black and white while arriving into Copenhagen yesterday. She's there to lobby the World Olympics organization to nominate Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio is in the lead reportedly.  But with a push from Mrs. O and Oprah, who also arrived there yesterday, it could be in the US.  Nice.

Mattel® announced yesterday the launch of So In Style™, a new line of black dolls by Barbie® featuring more authentic-looking facial features such as fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinctive cheek bones and curlier hair. Many folks are up in arms calling it overly stereotypical and isn't good for little black girls' psyche. Here's a snippet from the press release: So In Style™ (S.I.S.™) was developed and inspired by Barbie® designer of 12 years, Stacey McBride-Irby, an African-American mother of two who wanted to create a line of dolls more reflective of her daughter and community. The So In Style™ line features Grace™, Kara™ and Trichelle™ dolls, three best friends who are all about fashion, fun and friendship. Each of the dolls features its own unique personality and style and reflects one of three varying skin tones. The S.I.S.™ line also introduces a mentoring theme; each doll is accompanied by a smaller doll or “little sister” and has different interests – from music and math to science and drill team. The big and little sister dolls are meant to introduce and inspire girls with mentoring themes. Here's the three dolls:

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith are hosting the Nobel Peace Prize concert going down in Norway in December.  Wyclef and others have already been slated to perform.  Congrats to them.

Tyson Beckford said what now?   He was recently asked if he had to spend the night with one man, who would it be and why?  *LMAO at this question*  His response: "I don't actually go that way, though I notice a lot of people think I do. But umm, you know what, if Imma do it, I'm going for [Barack] Obama. If I got with him, I could run the country. If I was that way, Obama, I'd be gunning for you brother! I'd be the one in control. That's if I was that way. Who you gonna go for? Will Smith? Somebody pretty like that? Not to say Obama's not pretty. But I'd go straight for Obama because you got power then. You could run red lights and just wild out. And I'd have Michelle [Obama] hold the camera!" Whoa. More when you read the rest...

Jay-Z & Mary J. Blige Help Carol's Daughter Team Up With Disney's First Black Princess

With the introduction of its first African-American Princess, Tiana, Disney has teamed up with Carol’s Daughter to create a line of products to meet the needs of every princess-in-training around the world. The Magical Beauty Collection, a four piece bath and body line, is a celebration of Princess Tiana, hard work, multiethnic beauty and universal acceptance. Carol's Daughter--founded, owned, and promoted by YBF folks Lisa Price, Steve Stoute, Jay-Z, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Mary J Blige--is the official beauty product brand of Disney's The Princess & The Frog. Gotta love that. We reached out to CEO Steve Stoute about the historic partnership. And he tells TheYBF.com:
It took the team to pull it off and get this license. It could have gone to FRÉDÉRIC FEKKAI or someone else. It's a big deal. Products are being sold at Macy's, Sephora, and CarolsDaughter.com. This partnership is just so important. First black President, now our first black Princess. I have a 4 and a half year old daughter who now has a black princess she can love and think is beautiful. This is big.
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AFTERNOON TIDBITS: Fabolous Poisoned?+Cross Dressing Mayor+C. Breezy & Amerie

Chris Brown Tweeted that he's releasing his single "Transformers" ft. Lil Wayne this Wednesday tomorrow. We reported a while back this would be his lead single but his label said it was untrue. Looks like it will be the first single though. Here's Amerie's alleged new album cover:

Pretty hot. More when you read the rest...

Wanna Smell Like Beyonce?+Bobby Brown Set For Celebrity Fit Club+ANTM Chick Bre Gets ARRESTED!

So much for that 2 year break. After being the face of Tommy Hilfiger and Armani perfumes, Beyonce is set to launch her own brand of perfume next year under Coty Inc.:

EVENING FAB: Fabolous Goes In On T-Pain+Tisha Campbell & Duane Martin Welcome Baby Boy+News On Whitney, "SATC", Day 26, & More

Congrats are in order for 40 year old Tisha Campbell-Martin and Duane Martin. Their new baby boy Ezekiel Czar was born a couple weeks early this morning. According to People: The actress and husband Duane Martin welcomed son Ezekiel Czar Martin on Tuesday at 10:20 a.m. in Los Angeles. The baby, who wasn't due until the 21st of this month, weighed in at 9 lbs., 9 oz and is 23 inches long. Ezekiel joins big brother Xen, 8, at home. Baby love-Congrats! LeToya Luckett was here in DC for Labor Day at The Park having some fun:

And looking fabulous as usual. Fabolous is popping off on T-Pain on Twitter right now.  That is until he figured out that the T-Pain twitter account that posted a "F*ck Fabolous" message was a fake.  But here's what he said for sh*ts and giggles:

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Hilarity. More news when you read the rest...