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Same Script, Different Cast for Usher & His Mama

Published by Runteldat on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 12:00 am.

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Ever hear anyone say in life you’re essentially always dating the same person because you’ll always be drawn to a certain look or personality type?

If not, let’s just say I made it up and I kind of know of what I speak, OK?

Exhibit A is Usher, who is apparently experiencing a bit of déjà vu with rumored new girlfriend, Grace Miguel.

Grace is older than Usher. Grace is supposedly married. And now it seems his mom can’t stand her.

The New York Daily News reports that there seems to be some friction between the ex-Def Jam exec and Usher’s mama over how to handle Usher’s career. Yes, that should sound familiar.

The word:

The problem is that she most recently worked at Island Def Jam Records, a competitor of Usher’s label, Jive.

“Some people see it as a conflict of interest,” says a music insider. “She’s still under contract with Def Jam, but Grace seems to be calling the shots behind the scenes on Usher’s album.”

Agrees another source: “It has complicated things tremendously. Usher has her calling the shots now. Grace has been taking calls with the big bosses at Jive regarding Usher’s CD, and the label doesn’t like it.”

That’s not all. Our insider says that Usher’s mother, Jonetta Patton, and Miguel aren’t exactly getting along. In fact, says the snitch, Patton is “mad that Grace is stepping on her toes and meddling in her management affairs.”

Says the insider: “Jonetta sees Grace as a rival for her son’s attention — just like Tameka was — and, even worse, she thinks all of Grace’s meddling could ­affect Usher’s album.”

I hope Grace knows that in the end, Usher’s Oedipus complex (I know you were assigned to read Oedipus Rex in school) will always have Mama Jonetta winning in the end. And if I were Usher, I’d let my mom win a lot sooner.

Somewhere Tameka Raymond is singing to herself, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone.” That or two-stepping to, “It’s cheaper to keep her.”

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Tameka vs. The Bloggers, Part 47

Published by Runteldat on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm.

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Hiphossip.com’s Kemi is the latest blogger to accuse Tameka Raymond of harassing them.

Sandra Rose posted her letter:

Kemi writes:

What the hell, I got home and this person really did their homework as my number is listed in info. I am a public person. Tameka went to my sites, got my real name and called 411 and she called my home and at 11am this morning I ran to the computer and fielded an e-mail to Tiny’s publicist and Tiny’s cell and facebook. Wouldn’t you think that it’s her story and want it her way? That is how I practice Journalism.

My kid 8-year-old son KJ now listened to the messages while we were out and ran to me that there is a message from a woman that said “This is Tameka Foster, Usher’s wife and I read what you wrote about me, F*CK you!”

This is very shocking and uncalled for as I am the one that has always written good things about Tameka. What didn’t she like? I report from the wires and I also commented on Ryan Cameron’s interview with her. Good things as in supporting her. She really owes me an apology. I am going to change this to an MP3 and put it out there. Anyone that wants it can request it. I am really shocked that some of us Journos are fair and this is what we get. Pls advise me what to do. Should I air this message? I would like to speak to her if anyone knows her. I wanna know why she is mad at me. These are the only stories I have done of her in the last 12 months. Always supported her….

Not even five days ago did Tameka Raymond appear on Atlanta’s V103 radio and claim that she doesn’t pay attention to any of the bloggers.

A growing number of bloggers seem to think otherwise, Tameka.

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And Now A Word From Tameka…

Published by Runteldat on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 12:00 am.

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Only a day after Usher leaked his divorce-promoting track, “Papers,” is soon-to-be-ex wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, running off at the font in the blogosphere.

Tameka wrote a post to Global Grind about celebrities who compromise themselves in order to stay relevant and succeed. Gee, I wonder who she’s talking about.

Here’s some of her rant:

To be or not to be…but at what cost?  It’s almost inconceivable the lengths that some artists & entertainers feel obligated to go to keep themselves in the headlines. The prioritization of fan base over God, family, morals, and over just plain ol’ fashioned common sense is an example of that remarkable distance. I think it’s important to understand the premise of letting a character that’s been created for fans drown out who you really are. One easily can become a zombie, while the people who love them waste away looking for the sea salt. It becomes so easy to sell your soul to the entertainment business while creating an illusion of grandeur. Hence, this painfully obvious thirst for relevance that completely overshadows sensibility. Thirsty much?

And on and on she goes. If you dare read the rest of her entry, see below:

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Tameka vs. The Bloggers (Round 99)

Published by Runteldat on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 11:50 am.

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All sorts of shade was thrown at Tameka Raymond recently by gossip columnist Jawn Murray.

The gossip writer – who Tameka Raymond called a disreputable journalist in a Global Grind blog – sharpened his daggers and threw them with fury while doing his report on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

He said “she has no significance in this business and is only talking about him to stay famous.”

He also added that she’s “really a nobody now unless she finds another victim to give her more children she’s pretty much over and out. “

He congratulated Usher on his divorce and encouraged all the “cougars 40 and up (you hear that Vivica?) to line for the newly single R&B star.”

And I guess if Tameka decides to hit the desk and type up a retort online, she may want to watch what she says.

Jawn threatened to expose audio of Tameka trying to make Usher look bad before their divorce plans became public and before she got pregnant with their second child.

His advice to her?

“Write a book it worked for Karrine Steffans,” Murry said.

Yikes. You would think she owed him money or took his man the way he came at her.

Ahh well, you can listen to the audio here.

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Tameka Raymond: It’s Because I’m Dark

Published by Runteldat on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 12:00 am.

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The other day the future ex-Mrs. Usher took to The Huffington Post (gon’ show them boys you read) to write about the issue of colorism and how it continues to exist within the black community.

In her well-written piece, Tameka Raymond, chalked up a lot of the “hate” she received to being dark-skinned(edeed).

She wrote:

“In fact, I have read similar comments about myself that I am ‘dark, aggressive, bossy and bitchy.’ It has been stated that my husband should have been with a “younger, more beautiful” woman. Astoundingly, the majority of the remarks come from African-American women and are mimicked by others. Sadly enough, I don’t know nor have I met 99% of those making these assertions. Funny, how we can judge another without having personally seen, interacted with or experienced a person’s character.”

Let’s be fair to Tameka Obama: Our community still largely is color-struck and I’m sure she has had to deal with people harboring prejudices towards her for such ignorant reason. It’s a sad and unfortunate reality that we should all fight to evolve from.

But, as far as Tameka trying to tie the issue into her deal with Usher: No, ma’am.

There was footage of Tameka having a bit of a diva-inspired attitude floating around online. There were rumors of her being possessive. There was talk that Usher’s mom didn’t like her. And, unfortunately, we live in an ageist society where it’s not normally acceptable for a young man to be with an older woman.

However, Chilli’s not a light bright, and people didn’t come at her crazy on the Web.

Even now, there are reports online of Tameka getting into e-fights with various Atlanta-based bloggers – both of whom fail the brown paper bag test as well.

That’s not said of Chilli, or Demi, and last time I checked, people give it up to David Bowie for marrying Iman. Nor did anyone say anything when Usher dated Naomi Campbell.

So, while we feel you on the light skin, dark skin, my Asian persuasion (© Janet) issue, don’t you go trying to cop out as to why got those furious fonts, Tameka.

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Tameka vs. The Bloggers, Part Two

Published by Runteldat on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 12:00 am.

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Tameka Raymond seems nice and all, but perhaps she ought to step away from the computer every now and then. The bloggers seem to get her all hot and bothered.

A few months ago she beefed with blogger Sandra Rose, but is she having e-beef with another ATL-based blogger?

Blogger ATLien from the site, Straight From The A!, wrote a while back that Tameka Raymond threatened her.

In a recent interview, Tameka denied claims she’s starting font fights.

She said:

On Twitter Beef:

“The rumor is actually quite boring, juvenile, yet hilarious. Ironically, I never knew of her or her blog until an associate alerted me about her and her erroneous remarks . . .  However, for the record- Be clear, I don’t do very much anonymously nor do I make threats, I’m a grown woman and there’s no need for me to make silly threats. Especially to the likes of disgruntled ‘Mean Girl’ types hiding behind keyboards. Goodness, where do they find the time? In other words I did NOT threaten this Atlanta based blogger.”

ATLien struck back, writing on her site:

“Let’s start with the fact that she reached out to me several times to #1 give me her phone number and #2 ask me to remove that photo that she claims to be photoshopped.  Sad thing is…the photographer, Derek Blanks, has verified that the photo is indeed real (but untouched). I’m told that the untouched photo (which displayed Tameka in an open trench coat, revealing her bra, stockings and tummy stretch marks) was released by a disgruntled employee in Tameka’s camp. Calling it a “photoshop job” is hilarious! Tameka’s been making copyright claims all over the internet to remove the photo. Does that mean she photoshopped it herself?”

Someone’s gonna get a virus in their inbox by the end of the week. L

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Tameka Raymond: Not My Stomach, But That Is His Baby

Published by Runteldat on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm.

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There’s a picture of Tameka Raymond with her gut hanging over and stretch marks only a bottle of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter could love floating around the Web.

When the shot hit these internets people assumed that she must have developed some sort of complex, because you know, Usher’s six pack game is tighter than Budweiser’s. So naturally Tameka would go get surgery to keep her man, right?

Maybe not as that shot might not have even been real.

Tameka has finally spoken up about the surgical procedure that almost did her in.

When asked about the picture in question and the near death experience in a Brazilian hospital, the soon-to-be ex Mrs. Raymond said:

“Yes, there is an unauthorized altered photo that was taken with the intent of being a head shot (ie; to be cropped at the chest), it was not styled at all and shot at the end of a shoot. Unfortunately, it got into the wrong hands and a little Photoshop work is done and ‘voila’ you have a bad and funny shot of someone’s wife. A real knee-slapper. As far as my experience in Brazil, I NEVER had any cosmetic surgery done at all. I was to undergo a standard 30-40 min procedure and I had an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, nothing was ever started or happened. Never was there a planned ‘tummy tuck’ as reported. I have had nothing done aside from being birthed from parents blessed with awesome health and good genetics. I love me/ my body yet for a brief moment I got a little caught up in the Worldly perception of beauty and made an impromptu, unwise decision that I learned a valuable lesson from, I was only two months post delivery. I thank God for all that he has blessed me with. There are no complexes, no shortcuts and to stay focused is the answer.”

Oh and those pesky rumors that Usher tried to Maury her, Tameka said:

“It’s insane. I think the pseudo-DNA Request first ran in the National Enquirer, somewhere between them purporting lewd things about Michelle Obama and underneath the headline that we had captured Osama Bin Laden lol.  Many bloggers like the afore mentioned Atlanta woman continue to circulate these fraudulent news pieces, so it’s like I don’t even need to discredit them because they discredit themselves.  My husband even found it appalling. He was present for the births of both children and would never deny them. We both find it rude and absurd.”

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Usher: Am I The Father?

Published by Runteldat on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 12:00 am.

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I thought Nas and Kelis were engaging in a messy divorce, but from the looks of it those two may have nothing on Usher and Tameka Raymond.

Sources close to the mother of Usher’s kids say Tameka feels that her soon-to-be ex-husband has launched a nasty public smearing campaign.

They told Radar:

“[Tameka] is spitting mad against the campaign that has been waged against her just before Usher filed for divorce in Atlanta. He could have had the papers sealed but chose not to and stories were being leaked about the divorce two days before the papers were actually filed at Atlanta’s Superior Court.”

They also contest claims by Ur-shur that the two have been separated for a year.

The source added:

“Claims that they had been separated for around one year are just not true – they only split up around March of 2009.”

Even worse is word that Usher had a Maury moment and requested a DNA test to see if 6-month old Naviyd was really his son.

I realize I’m not privy to the intricate details of their personal life, but isn’t that request a little low of baby Ben Vereen?

And maybe, just maybe, he could’ve called and told his wife, “Yeah, I’m gonna file for divorce.”

Here’s what Tameka’s BFF told Essence.com:

“She didn’t know that he was going to file. Of course, she knew that there were challenges in their relationship and had been some discord since March and was aware there were some things that needed to be worked through. But did she know that divorce was imminent? No. It was a total surprise.”

Between this, and all of the dirt being being thrown on Tameka’s name, should she step up and pop back at Team Usher?

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Usher Wants To Know Your Secrets

Published by Runteldat on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 11:50 am.

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It’s pretty standard for an attorney in a divorce case to ask for financial and medical records on their client’s behalf.

But Usher seems to be going the extra mile in how he’s handling his divorce from Tameka Raymond.

In court papers, Usher asked for “notes, cards, letters, photographs, film, documents, tapes, voice recordings, gift, jewelry, clothes” or any other type of evidence that reflects on Usher’s behavior during their marriage.

Oh it gets worse. He also wants detective reports, photos or recordings that have resulted from either “surveillance or investigation.”

Translation: Usher’s aware of the rumors that Tameka hired a private investigator to keep tabs on him since the time of their split and he’s not trying to be Karrined a second time.

Usher has even asked for “any and all diaries or personal notes kept…during the course of the marriage.”

Really, though? You want to read her diary, Usher?

This sounds like the actions of a person who has something to hide. You know, gather up all of the information you can to avoid any of it leaking to the press. What a fun marriage this had to have been.

I’ll be curious to know what’s in Tameka’s diary that Usher’s so pressed to read.

Probably something like:

“Dear Diary.

I haven’t seen Usher lately. Have you?

Sadness,

Mrs. Raymond”

Just saying.

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Celeb Denials

Published by Dior Noir on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 3:00 pm.

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Ok, I’m about tired of celebrities adamantly denying rumors that we knew were true from jump!

The latest in celeb denials, of course, came from Usher and Tameka Raymond about their marital problems.

Now back in May when rumors surfaced of a separation, Usher was all too pressed to lash out and shoot down the allegations.  That month he went on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and waxed poetic about his wife saying: “She’s built up … the foundation of who I am. I want to see more men standing with their women.”  His manager Benny Medina also insisted reports that the couple was splitting were, “100 percent not true.”

Even Tameka laughed off the rumors and went as far as going toe to toe with bloggers who questioned the relationship. Now a mere month later the divorce papers have been filed and today, Tameka sang a different tune on Twitter:

“@TamekaRaymond: Afternoon. Today is beautiful, there’s a black dog barking outside, I JUST realized that I’d rather have 5 sons over 1 dog. Sorry.”

(Side Note: how long do you think it will take for her to change her Twitter name to “TamekaFoster”?)

Now I understand celebrities deserve their privacy on these personal issues, but PSA: You don’t have to lie to kick it!

What’s the point of working overtime with your publicist to deny a pregnancy (um, like Jennifer Hudson’s reps until her friend outted the news), a marriage (Jay-Z and Beyonce), a relationship (Chris Brown and Rihanna) when we’ll definitely see the baby bump, marriage certificate (or divorce papers!), or  picutres of you and the person that you swear up and down you’re “just friends, like brother and sister” with,  tonguing each other down on a beach?

Isn’t it just so much easier to say ”no comment”?

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