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D-L Report: Nicki Minaj Ordered By Doctor To Rest Her Bruised Vocal Chords

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Being queen ain’t easy.

The queen go hard for her fans.

Despite already having a strained voice from her Pink Friday tour, Nicki Minaj rocked the stage for the "Today Show" at Rockefeller Plaza Tuesday morning in one of her signature bodysuits.

She later tweeted the doctor’s diagnosis.

@NICKIMINAJ: “Doctor’s orders. Out for the count now…Another x-ray cmng up! Its a  bruised Vocal Chord”

The Nickster also tweeted that Jordin Sparks was praying for her backstage since she's coincidentally suffering the same thing. “We were so dramatic!” she said.

She’s been ordered to take two weeks off, but that means missing concerts in New York, Great Britain and Ireland. 

As long as that famous donk remains unharmed, we don’t think she’ll be losing any fans on her hiatus.




Video: Nicki Minaj - "Starships"
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Chickening Out: Comedian Goes Gay In Support Of Homosexual Love & Chick-Fil-A

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It's tough, giving up your favorite Chick-fil-A treats to support your gay friends.

And, nobody knows this better than comedian Skyler Stone -- who decided to find a way to support both gay love and those delicious chicken biscuits.

His solution?

Make out with a another man while eating at the popular fast food chain (keep in mind that both he and his friend are straight) before grinding on the Chick-fil-A counter. [see video, below]

We can't stop LOL-ing. And, we applaud Skyler's efforts to make a statement against Chick-fil-A's opinions on homosexuality.

Keep up the good fight, gentlemen! 



DiD yOu KnOw? ... If you're boycotting Chick-fil-A, but miss their delicious sandwiches, never fear! Serious Eats has the recipe for you, right here.

 


Video: "Chicken, with a side of HATE"

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Hold The Phone: Meet The 2012 National Texting Champion (& Winner Of $50K)

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Forget Michael Phelps and his 20 gold medals, this is the future of American greatness.

Last week, while you were probably watching a slew of Olympic traditional sporting-and-athletic competitions, a true titleholder was crowned in New York's Times Square.

We're talking about the 2012 US National Texting Champion.

Sorted from a field of 100,000 texters that had battled in qualifying rounds around the country, 10 competitors, plus the reigning 2011 champ, squared off on stage to prove just who is the fastest person in America to type and send a message on a cell phone. 

Texters were eliminated through rounds that required them to type and send an arbitrary phrase consisting of random letters (capital and lower-case), numbers and symbols in a minute or less -- and messaging out the first four lines of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while blindfolded.

In the climatic final round, the 2011 champion, 17-year-old Austin Wierschke, successfully defended his title from 15-year-old Kent Augustine to became the first ever two-time champion.

His prize? A trophy and $50,000.

Yep, we're warming up to try out for next year's contest.




VIDEO: "Text Me Back" 

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Seattle Children's Hospital Brings The Awesome: Virtual Cats To Cancer Patients

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You might remember Seattle Children's Hospital's oncology unit for its amazing rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," which made rounds on the Internet a few months ago.

Well, they're back with another inspiring YouTube video -- so, get the box of tissues ready before you watch it (below).

This time, the hospital put together a project for its cancer patients who are stuck in isolation due to weak immune systems. Patients, like Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, miss not only the company of their families and friends, but even of their pets who have to stay at home.

To alleviate the loneliness, the hospital asked Facebook users to send in pictures of their pets -- and received more than 3,000 from folks wanting to help out. The team combined the pics into a slideshow with cat-purring noises, and played them inside a canvas tent for her to enjoy.

We're tearing up just thinking about it.



DiD yOu KnOw? ... You can help Seattle Children's to keep doing great things for its patients! Learn more, here.

 


VIDEO: Seattle Children's Presents The Cat Immersion Project for Maga 

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Guantánamo Bay Prisoners Are Obsessed With The ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

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The Guantánamo Bay detention camp is probably the most famous prison in the world.

Also known as GTMO, the detention-and-interrogation facility houses prisoners, many of whom are considered connected to the al-Qaida terrorist group, captured during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

It's all very hush-hush even a decade since it's establishment. In other words, we still don't know about the daily happenings down there.

One thing we do know about what's going in GTMO? The prisoners are totally obsessed with the classic '90s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Yep, that's right. The show that launched the career of Will Smith and is considered the epitome of 1990's nostalgia is a hit amongst the prisoners.

It seems that prisoners are encouraged to enjoy a wide variety of media from the camp library – guards believe it helps ease tension – and, as of late, the show has spread like wild fire. (Previous hits with detainees include "The Cosby Show" and the Harry Potter books.)

Honestly, we're kind of surprised that captured terrorists would have such similar taste as us. We guess it just goes to show that quality media transcends boundaries.

If they get into "Arrested Development" next, we're pretty sure world peace isn't too far away.

 


VIDEO: "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" Theme Song

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He Ain't No Black Swan: Photographer Dons Pink Tutu ... For Charity

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Photographer Bob Carey's latest book showcases photos of himself -- in a pink tutu -- posing in unlikely spots (like the ferry, above).

Why?

Well, he didn't do it just because he's weird (though that may also be a reason). Bob's wife is a breast-cancer survivor and proceeds from "Ballerina" sales will benefit The Carey Foundation, which provides support to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Want to help the cause as you giggle at some silly pictures?

Learn all about the project, here.

 


DiD yOu KnOw? ... When he's not posing in a tutu, Bob takes some pretty brilliant portraits. Check out his portfolio, here.

 


VIDEO: Aerosmith - "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" 

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'American Idol LIVE!' Concert Tour Lights Up The USA - One City At A Time

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The finalists of this season's "American Idol" are on tour this summer.

And, last night, they packed the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The concert was part of the "American Idol LIVE!" Tour, which gives fans the unique opportunity to be up-close-and-personal with Idol finalists Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine -- all of whom were announced on Thursday, March 15, on Fox.

Phillip Phillips, this season's winner, set the crowd on fire with his acoustic rendition of Usher's "Nice and Slow" and Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" as the rest of the Idol stars cooled things down with some hot, choreographed songs. 

Want to see the show for yourelf? Get tour dates and ticket info, here!


 



VIDEO: American Idol's Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine and Heejun Han talk Olympic crushes and meeting Obama

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More Golden Love For Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps - Golden-Haired, That Is

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Oh la la! Medals aren’t the only form of gold that Michael Phelps -- Olympic swimmer and hunk-extraordinaire -- has snagged.

His girlfriend, cocktail waitress/model Megan Rossee, Instagrammed a photo of herself with Michael after his historic-medal run with the caption “Yay Michael :)”.

The leggy blonde-shell won her "bear" (that is her nickname for M.P.) from the millions of pining girls across the country after he broke up with Miss California Nicole Johnson last year.

Unfortunately, this is proof that the underdogs hardly ever win.



VIDEO: "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled Feat. Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop 

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'Teen Mom' Star Farrah Abraham Releases New, Cringe-Worthy Single

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"Teen Mom" Star Farrah Abraham dropped her new single, "Finally Getting Up From Rock Bottom," and it definitely follows in the footsteps of other reality-star singles.

Remember Countess LuAnn's "Chic, C'est La Vie?" Or, Kim Zolciak's "Don't be Tardy for the Party?"

While those tunes didn't exactly scream "quality" to us, at least they weren't entirely painful listens.

Farrah's new song, however, is a beast of its own. We can't even explain what it sounds like, because we're pretty sure we've never heard anything like it before!

Perhaps this song will eventually ingrain itself into our brains, "Friday"-style, and we'll be singing it on repeat in Team Glittarazzi HQ. 

Maybe.

Check out Farrah's single for yourself, here.

 


DiD yOu KnOw? ... Can't get enough teen moms? You're in luck! TLC airs its new show, "High School Moms," Aug. 12.

 


Video: A Decade of Reality TV Best Moments 

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Katie Ledecky: Does America's Youngest Gold Medalist Have The Midas Touch?

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When you've got it, you've got it.

Case in point: America's youngest gold medalist, Katie Ledecky.

Last week, the 15-year-old Bethesda, Md., native won a gold medal at the Olympics in swimming (800-meter freestyle). But, 13 years ago, she wasn't doing too shabby, either.

Someone on the interwebs found this photo of Katie, chilling with Michael Jordan (winner of gold medals at 1984 and 1992) and Ted Leonsis (an Internet pioneer, businessman and sports-team owner that's worth a lot of gold) in a VIP box, along with her uncle, Jon, who used to be one of Ted's biz partners.

In the pic, she is obviously not concerned with the game that the men are watching. Why? We assume she's making plans for her big 'n' gold 2012 win.

Moral to the story: surround yourself with good people -- because birds of a feather apparently flock together.



DiD yOu KnOw? ... Katie's uncle is also a friend (and former classmate) of Matt Lauer who interviewed her on her big win this week. 



VIDEO: Katie Ledecky Wins Gold Medal


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PHOTO: A young Katie Ledecky poses with Michael Phelps 

 

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Hi-Tech Fashion: Introducing The World’s First Programmable T-Shirt

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Being the 21st century and all, this was kind of bound to happen: the merging of computers and clothing.

The idea is actually not that new. It's been around for a while. But, this is really the first time the concept is being applied to the universally beloved garment of the t-shirt.

It's all part of a collaboration between CuteCircuit, a London based fashion company that's been playing with clothes and tech for a while, and Ballantine's, a brand of blended scotch.

According to the below promotional video, they've already built a working prototype. The shirt features a huge LED screen, microphone, camera and speaker. It's controlled via your cellphone and some of the ideas of what it could do include connecting to Twitter to display random content, using the shirt's input devices to upload to various social-networking sites, and playing music through the speaker. Of course, something like this wasn't inexpensive to design and build. Right now, the team is just gaging demand for the shirt before heading into mass production. The more people interested, the lower the price.

To recap: a fashion company and liquor company are creating a t-shirt that acts like a smartphone only on your body in front of everyone else -- all, we assume, while you're out at the clubs and bars.

Yeah, this won't create any problems.



VIDEO: The World's First Programmable T-Shirt

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Aaliyah Stages A Comeback, Thanks To Drake's New Posthumous Collaboration

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 Aaliyah might be the next Tupac Shakur, if Drake has his way.

The beloved R&B singer, who died in a plane crash in August 2001, is getting a reboot from the superstar, who is working on an album of posthumous collaborations.

The song with Aaliyah, “Enough Said,” features echo-y vocals from Aaliyah and a rap verse by Drake.

Take a listen to the new song, here!

 


DiD yOu KnOw? ... Drake has two tattoos dedicated to Aaliyah: a portrait on his back and her birthdate on his ribcage. And let's face it, that's not a bad place to be, girl.



VIDEO: Aaliyah - "Are You That Somebody?" 

 

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Opinion: America Is Fat. Apparently, It's Anti-Gay & Binges On Chikin, Too.

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Chick-Fil-A's COO is not God.

Fast food will make you fat.

Bullying is bad.

This week, I've debated with friends, prayed (alone) and talked with young gay men about the Chick-Fil-A debacle.

Yes, an American has the right to express his/her opinions. Yes, Chick-Fil-A's sweet tea is pretty darn good. But, no, a company in the public eye that serves, and employs, so many young people should not discriminate -- especially during a gay teen suicide epidemic.
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Unitarian Minister Debra Haffner says that we have known for more than 30 years that at least one third of all suicides to teens are to gay youth. This means, according to HealthyPlace.com's Ciara Thomas, that "gay teens are 300% more likely to kill themselves than heterosexual youth."

So, why add additional stress to their lives?

When Chick-Fil-A's CEO made his statement, he might not have realized, but he was promoting a form of bullying.

What if either a Twitter or Facebook exec had made these statements? All hell would have broken loose. Why? Because companies in the public eye that serve young people have a responsibility to look out for our youth and our families. No exec should make statements about a group of people based on gender, religion, race or sexual preference - because it leads to hate in communities, and, in some cases, families. Chick-Fil-A is no different.

I've received several notes, DMs and tweets from youngsters:
 

  • One young gay man is from a family in the south. His dad, mom and siblings have been running around, talking about how great it is that Chick-Fil-A has taken a stand against gays -- and stood in line for sandwiches. That kid cannot speak out. If he does, he might get kicked out of his home.
  • Another teen was sent to his room for saying he doesn't like Chick-Fil-A because it is hurting his LGBT friends.
  • A girl that works at Chick-Fil-A also wrote to us. She isn't sure if she is gay, but thinks she might be a lesbian. She is now extremely stressed about the situation at work, but needs the money.
  • Another teen-aged boy said his friends that work at Chick-Fil-A are being treated badly by their peers -- because their friends disagree with the company's stance. But, they need the money and cannot quit.


chickfila2012-08-02It's really strange to me how some conservative Christians in America have been so quick to almost idolize a chain of restaurants for taking a public stand against gay marriage, but have been so slow to realize they are supporting something that hurts people -- possibly even their own children.

If you are a true Christian, do you want to hurt people? COO Dan Cathy is not God.

On the flip side, I also thought it was strange that the liberals among us are protesting the stance with signage and chants outside Chick-Fil-A restaurants. Why waste your valuable energy?

I personally think we should let them eat their chikin until they're so full of grease that they have to hit the Pepto. Then, maybe they'll have some time on their porcelain goddesses to think about the big picture.

Pastor Mike Patz of Gainesville, Fla., who wrote about the Chick-Fil-A disaster a bit more eloquently and Christian-like than I, writes:

"I am so sorry today for all the hatred that Christians have dished out toward gays. I am so sorry for all of the homophobic sarcasm that has come from the pulpits of Christian ministers. I am so sorry for the way we pick and choose which sins to condemn. I am so sorry that we have claimed to follow Jesus while we neglected widows and orphans, and then engaged in gossip and gluttony. I am so sorry that we have provided such a bad example for the rest of society to follow. I’m embarrassed, I’m ashamed, and I repent. I’m serious. I repent."

On my Facebook page, I (a self-professed health nut) poked fun at the sad sight of people that were waiting in line to get chicken sandwiches -- because so many of them were just plain fat. 

Most of America is fat. It's an awful truth. The "Classic" Chick-Fil-A sandwich has 440 calories and 16 grams of fat, and a medium order of "Waffle Fries" contains 390 calories and 20 grams of fat. Just ask Michelle Obama how much clogging that's doing to America's arteries.

Even sadder, however, is the fact that it is usually pretty hard to get people in the USA to stand up for their rights (or what they believe is their right).

But, in this case, since there was food involved, Americans came out in droves to gorge -- and to support bullying.

 


About the author: Kelly Ann Collins is the founder of Glittarazzi. The opinions expressed in this article are her own. She is also very annoyed that she will now have to boycott Chick-Fil-A's yummy sweet tea -- for life. Have a comment? Leave it below, or tweet Kelly Ann @kellyanncollins. 



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