NEWS STAND: Height and Hooks Gone, Obama Heckled by Gays, Mo'nique's Brother Blabs and more..

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Oh snap, President Obama is catching hell from all sides. Health care reform, potential Supreme Court nominees, financial industry regulation, failure to visit Haiti -still, and now getting heckled for backtracking on "Don't ask, don't tell." We guess he thought ordering same-sex visits at hospitals would get him off of the hook. Guess not.

 

Precious the Biography: Mo'Nique's brother admits he molested her

From the TMI file, Academy award-winning actress/comedienne Mo'Nique's brother admitted that he molested her on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Lady O's uncanny ability to continue to go where no one should ever go gave a platform to this predator who couldn't really articulate why he was confessing on national television. We think he's a paper chaser. How ironic that Lady O has come out swinging against Kitty Kelley's unauthorized bio, but doesn't seem to recognize the parallels between what Kelley is doing to her and what she does to others. Consent or no-consent, some matters should remain private.

 

Eau de Desperation: Chris Brown to host Haiti benefit concert in Va.

Is that Eau de Desperation we smell? It's the fragrance of choice by celebrities who will do anything to be in the limelight. Case in point - Breezy. Chris Brown is back and trying to repair his image by hosting a benefit concert for Haiti. This seems about as genuine as his career-ending appearance on Larry King Live. We're all for supporting Haiti, but Chris Brown, not so much. This young man is desperate to stay in the limelight, when going away and getting himself together is what he needs. What we need is for him to stop trying to force himself onto a public that is less and less adoring. Take "Run It," one step further and keep it moving.

 

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