There's some movement in the case between Natasha Georgette Williams, the model suing Flo Rida (real name Tramar Lacel Dillard) for child support of her unborn child. The Miami-based rapper has admitted to participating in the act that may have created a baby with that woman, but he's still skeptical that he's the father. Williams' lawyer Raymond Rafool told us "Shame that Flo Rida attempts such character assassination of the mother of his child all to avoid his moral and financial responsibilities to his child. But, at least he made some progress from denying he knows Natasha to okay, we had sex - surely he knows where babies come from...."
March 29, 2014
November 13, 2013
[Beckham with former AC Milan teammmate Thiago Emiliano da Silva]
In town to meet with a potential investment partner in a Major League Soccer franchise for Miami, David Beckham paid a visit Tuesday to the JW Marriott Marquis Miami to greet members of the Brazil national soccer team, in town for its Saturday match against Honduras. During his visit a fan shouted, “When's the team coming down to Miami?" Beckham responded, "Ah, we'll see."
August 16, 2013
It was a starry, starry night Thursday on Golden Beach when none other than Beyonce and Jay-Z turned up on shore after Mrs. Carter wrapped up a very "sexy" video shoot at the beachfront manse she rented out for the occasion. According to our sources on site, police--as far as we know, not Golden Beach's newest cop, Shaquille O'Neal--blocked off part of the tony town yesterday afternoon. The video was filmed at night and residents were told if they didn't film or take pictures during the shoot, Beyonce and her hubby, performing the final leg of his Legends of Summer tour tonight with Justin Timberlake at Sun Life Stadium, would come out and take pictures with them afterwards. They kept their words and made some peoples' nights and even lives. "Beyonce is beautiful!" gushed one witness. "Both could not have been kinder and more playful with the young kids and teenagers." Eyewitness Nicole Farchi Segal (pictured to the right of Beyonce above) agreed, saying, "It was an honor meeting them and they were incredibly nice!" As for the video, well, that wasn't exactly family friendly. "It was a very sexual Beyonce video coming out in four months."
August 07, 2013
A British magazine reports that Victoria and David Beckham have their eye on the Versace Mansion should Becks be bending towards bringing his MLS team down to Miami. Speculation has been that he is seriously considering it, but would the couple seriously consider living on one of Miami's most trafficked, touristy thoroughfares? Gianni Versace did it back in the day, but that was way before the TGI Friday's and Fat Tuesday's moved in. We asked someone close to the Beckhams and were told, "That house is way too tacky for Victoria. She may be a fashion icon, but I can't see her living in that ostentatious house on that dreadful street." Said Jill Eber of The Jills, the real estate team co-marketing the manse, which is set to be auctioned off in bankruptcy proceedings (min. bid $25 mil) September 17, "My comment would be we can't comment. Any buyer we work with is confidential." But according to Kevin Tomlinson, Vice President of ONE Sotheby's International, who has nothing to do with the property, "I've heard nothing. The Jordache family---Nakash--owns the lien so they're first up to get it." Or the first to sell it to the Beckhams. Stay tuned.
July 22, 2013
No wonder Dwyane Wade has been partying lately and it has nothing to do with his NBA victory either. Last Tuesday, Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches finally reached a financial settlement in their contentious 2010 divorce. Funches, however, is not happy, staging a street protest last Friday in Chicago in which she claimed to be "homeless" and "destitute" as a result of her break up.
Wade's attorney Jim Pritikin disputes that and has issued a statement saying "Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches have reached a financial settlement. The agreement was submitted in court last Tuesday, July 16 prior to Ms. Funches' recent unfounded and erratic public display outside the courthouse this past Friday. Dwyane Wade has made several requests over the years to settle this matter, despite Ms. Funches having 16 different attorneys and 2 arrests throughout this process. Mr. Wade has provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle for the rest of her life."
That lifestyle, according to the statement, includes 'income over $25,000 on a monthly basis, timely paid for her home mortgage, maintenance and security at the house, 4 cars, insurance and all of her attorney fees throughout this process."
As for her sit-in last week, Pritikin says that "Ms. Funches has made a mockery of homelessness which is a serious and personal issue for Mr. Wade as his mother was homeless for a period of time when he was a child. Dwyane Wade was awarded sole custody of their sons by the court in 2011. The safety and well being of his children are his main priority. Due to Ms. Funches' current unstable mental state, her visitation will be determined by the court. Mr. Wade continues to hope that one day he will have a civil relationship with his ex-wife for the sake of their sons."
July 16, 2013
In addition to hawking Icy Hot and cars, Shaquille O'Neal can now stop cars as an official Golden Beach police officer. The ex-Miami Heat player, who was once a reserve cop on Miami Beach, was sworn in today in a ceremony that included the city's mayor, Glenn Singer. The tony beach town had, as of 2010, a population of 919, but it's money, not size, that matters here. And while the crime rate as of 2011 was a nominal 97.8 versus the United States average of 302.7, they're not messing around in Golden Beach, one of Miami's most notorious speed traps. The connection between Shaq and Golden Beach? Police Chief Donald DeLucca used to be chief in Miami Beach. As for when to be on the lookout for Officer O'Neal, according to a city rep, "I’m not sure when exactly he’ll be on [but] I do know that he has been brought on as a part-time reserve officer with the Town though." As for how to weasel your way out of a Shaq-issued citation, tell him it's your opinion that you have done nothing wrong because, according to the quotable O'Neal (who himself was once busted for speeding), "Opinions are like belly buttons; everybody has one. I never knock a man for his opinion."
June 14, 2013
You'd think the leakage of Kanye West's Yeezus today was the second coming of, well, never mind. But for LIV's David Grutman, it kind of is. You see, West's single "On Sight," produced by Daft Punk, name checks the Grand Poohbah of clubland at the 1:40 mark, saying something to the effect of "Took her to the bleau, she tried to sip the fountain, that's when David Grutman kicked her out. But I got her back in and put my di*k in her mouth." With such deeply profound lyrics, he's not the Montell Michael Jordan of music, he's the Shakespeare of music. Lord, what fools these mortals be!
We asked Grutman his thoughts on joining the ranks of Kathie Lee Gifford, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta and Jake Gyllenhaal, all whose names Yeezus has previously dropped in his songs, to which he replied, "It's pretty fu**ing sick. It doesn't hurt that it's the first single off the much anticipated album and that those Daft Punk guys produced the song. Pretty special." Not nearly as special as the not so mystery woman to whom West refers. When we asked Grutman if West was referring to his baby mama, who, along with her sisterly klique and their assorted appendages, has spent many a night at LIV, he said, "I have no idea." Oh, he does. He's just preoccupied. After all, Yeezus just took his name in vain.
May 29, 2013
We hear that a very taken Miami Heat player is having an affair with someone who lives in the King Cole condo in North Beach. Says our spy, "He's there around midnight after every home game." Our spy isn't exaggerating. According to security, this player has repeatedly shown up at midnight and after asking for a particular woman's apartment. The thing is, that woman is not his significant other. Girlfriend shouldn't be too shocked considering that not too long ago she was the one with whom her beloved baller was sneaking around.
April 17, 2013
April 14, 2013
Philanthropist and The Real Housewives of Miami cast member Lea Black is really a mad social scientist of sorts, fusing a motley crew into one big philanthropic Petri dish. Her latest concoction was seen Saturday night at the Fontainebleau at her and her defense attorney husband Roy's haute hootenanny to raise money for a cause bigger than all the egos in the ballroom--children.
And while we expected some people to act like children, the whole scene was surprisingly civilized and drama free. Sure, there were the grand camera-ready entrances of RHOM cast members Lisa Hochstein and Joanna Krupa, in attendance with their RHOM alum, the smart one that got away, dentist Karent Sierra. The other half of that show was busy showing solidarity for each other and took their drama to the gay polo tournament in Wellington. Footage of both forthcoming, only by Bravo. There was also a handful of hilariously colorful women at the party who should have been cast on that show, especially the one who introduced herself to us saying, "I'm not a stripper. I'm not a hooker. I'm a socialite."
But it was nothing compared to the grandest entrance made by erstwhile cast member, drag queen Elaine Lancaster, who entered with long time BFF and recent, unofficial North Korean ambassador and Kim Jong-un idol Dennis Rodman. The duo was joined by former Miamian Lisa Pliner, who seemed to provide the larger than life Rodman with more than his fair share of amusement. Toto, we're not in Pyongyang anymore.
Speaking of North Korea, Rodman spoke to us exclusively on his controversial trip there. "I have been contacted by the FBI and I met with them. They wanted to know what went on and who's really in charge in North Korea. I have been invited back to North Korea in August and I want to go. I'm not a total idiot. I know what Kim Jong-un is threatening to do regarding his military muscle. I hope it doesn't happen because America will take whatever actions to protect America and our allies. I do think, umm, you know, that we have to talk to people who want to cause us harm so hopefully they won't. I've been talking to folks for years who don't get what I'm about but that's cool, 'cause once they walk away they like me. I might be able to keep folks' heads cool. We all going to find a way to get along and keep peace. Peace and love is where it is at, Lesley."
Indeed. But beyond those politics, there were no doubt party politics taking place around the room, as young Miami mixed with not so young Miami (and some famous visitors including Lance Bass and Kardashian appendage Jonathan Cheban, who talked to us about his aspirations to become the "next Simon Cowell," because of his penchant for judging people) for a fun filled night of selflessness despite the inevitable presence of a few party crashing freeloaders who were captured on camera not so surreptitiously lifting a VIP gift bag.
American Idol winner Taylor Hicks provided the dinner music, a mellow, bluesy mix of Doobie Brothers and Elton John, while local fave Flo Rida got the crowd--and some willing and able women--up off their feet, onto the stage and, for some, almost out of their clothes with a powerhouse show of his greatest hits.
So further beyond the politics, baubles, Botox and ballers, how much was raised? "We're still counting," Lea Black told us. "It was a packed house of people partying until one in the morning. Between Taylor Hicks, Flo Rida, DJ Whi5ker5 and his incredible light show, and all the generosity, it was, hands down, one of the best parties yet." We agree. In what universe would you ever expect to see Kim Jong-un in the same blog post as The Real Housewives, Taylor Hicks, Lance Bass and Flo Rida? Now that's so Miami.