*Considering that she was ballsy enough to fire her own father from handling her career, it comes as no surprise to many that Beyonce has reportedly canned her manager in favor of running her own affairs along with husband Jay Z.
Britain’s Daily Mail, quoting a Daily Mirror report, says Bey has sent the guy called her general manager, Live Nation Executive Faisal Durrani, packing.
*The man who helped rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland home this spring is disputing an article that claimed he’s broke and homeless.
Charles Ramsey says he may be broke, but technically – he’s not homeless. He tells WKYC he moved out of his former home near suspected kidnapper Ariel Castro and is staying with friends and family until he can find a place of his own.
Ramsey also disputes the Daily Mail’s claim that he made $50,000 over the last two months. He told WKYC he’s made $18,000 as a result of the notoriety attached to his good deed.
“It’s bull s–t,” Ramsey said of the Mail’s story. “That’s the politically correct word for it.”
The Mail declined to comment on Ramsey’s accusations, reports the Huffington Post.
Ramsey previously told Anderson Cooper he didn’t want any money offered by the FBI for the return of Gina DeJesus, one of the women who was freed. But he has accepted private donations from people showing their appreciation for his role in the kidnap victims’ rescue, according to the Christian Post.
Ramsey was also offered free burgers for life and is the subject of tattoos and even an action figure.
*Rihanna went in on Daily Mail journalist Liz Jones on Tuesday, digging up the most unflattering picture she could find of Jones and posting it to her Instagram account as payback for her article accusing the pop star of being a terrible role model.
On Monday, Jones published a piece to the Daily Mail’s Website with the headline, “Pop’s poisonous princess: Glorying in drugs, guns and sleaze, Rihanna’s toxic role model for her army of young fans.”
The first-hand account criticizes Rihanna’s public bad-gal persona and her sometimes controversial use of social media. The piece also includes an image of Rihanna’s battered face after her 2009 altercation with then-boyfriend Chris Brown, for which Brown was later convicted of assault.
RiRi fired back with the following:
“LOL!!!! My money got a bad habit of pissing people off!! If you sincerely wanna help little girls more than their own parents do, here’s a toxic tip: don’t be amateur with your articles, you sound bitter! What’s all this about hair and nails and costumes and tattoos?? ….That shit ain’t clever!!! That shit ain’t journalism! That’s a sad sloppy menopausal mess!!! Nobody over here acts like they’re perfect! I don’t pretend that I’m like you, i just live… My life!! And I don’t know why y’all still act so surprised by any of it!! “Role Model” is not a position or title that I have ever campaigned for, so chill wit dat! I got my own fucked up shit to work on, I’ll never portray that as perfect, but for right now it’s ME!! Call it what ya want!! Toxic was cute, Poisonous Pop Princess had a nice ring to it, just a lil wordy! And P.S. my first American Vogue cover was in 2011…APRIL!!! #ElizabethAnnJones.”
*World class poker star Phil Ivey’s money is being held hostage at Britain’s oldest casino, Crockfords.
According to the Daily Mail, the pro player won £7.3 million and now the casino is suspicious and has launched an investigation.
A source close to the situation told the press that he was accompanied by an attractive Asian woman when he struck a winning streak playing Punto Banco, a skill-free variant of baccarat.
The casino initially agreed to transfer the winnings to his bank account, but things changed six weeks later. Ivey has received only £1 million pending the investigation.
So far, staff members have been interviewed, but the police have not been alerted. Investigators have also reviewed all surveillance camera footage and even checked out the cards dealt during the game. Serious business.
Suspicions rose when the investigators discovered that his companion’s membership at another casino had been previously suspended.
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Former Olympian Michael Johnson attends Nike’s 2012 Debut of Team USA Apparel on June 14, 2012 in New York City
*Former Olympic hero Michael Johnson has waded into the controversy of whether athletes have an inherited advantage based on race.
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One of the greatest 200 and 400 meter runners in history, and now an analyst for the BBC, Johnson says certain runners will be out front at the London Olympics.
“Over the last few years, athletes of Afro- Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals,” Johnson told Sally Beck of the Daily Mail in London. “It’s a fact that hasn’t been discussed openly before. It’s a taboo subject in the States but it is what it is. Why shouldn’t we discuss it?”
Johnson, who won five Olympic gold medals, added that “all my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations. Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”
*Photos of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attending the launch of her new jewelry line in Toronto are being characterized in various tabloids as a sign that all is not well in their budding “relationship.”
London’s Daily Mail said the look on Ye’s face at the event shows irritation — and possibly a secret battle of two egos.
“Kanye did not look pleased to be dragged along as Kim’s lapdog to the Canadian launch of her Belle Noel jewelry,” the tabloid reported. “But here he is, dutifully tagging along…”