I am one of Rihanna's toughest critics, butI come to her defense this week. The "Russian Roulette" singer was accused ofhurting the feelings of Thea Anema, the mother of Jasmina, the adorable littlegirl who lost her battle with Leukemia in January.
Rihanna befriended Jasmina,who would have turned 7 last Thursday, visiting her in the hospital, and givingher a makeover. Their photos were published by several media outlets.
But Rihanna's motives formeeting Jasmina were questioned lastweek in a message posted on the Twitter page for the late child, ONEFORJASMINA. "It has been a monthsince Jasmina's passing," the post read. "Still not even a card or text messagefrom Rihanna. Did she use my child for a publicity stunt?"
While Thea is responsible forthe site, she told Peoplethat she did not post that comment, and suggested that one of her severalfriends or other individuals who assist her and have access to the site mayhave done so. The comment has been removed, but can be viewed on the pagesof other Twitter members who responded to the post when it was live. But Theadid admit that she was hurt that Rihanna had not contacted her since Jasmina'spassing.
"Jasmina adored her," Theatold People in an email. "Rihanna wasso kind to come and visit her. I just felt hurt not hearing anything from her.Or of any other celebrities for that matter. The only ones who reached out tome personally during this time of grief were the Obamas."
A rep from DKMS America, theorganization that introduced Rihanna to Jasmina, said Rihanna genuinely loved her,explaining how much time the pop star spent with her in the hospital, and howhappy she was when Jasmina visited her autograph singing in December.
The rep also noted thatRihanna is committed to help bring awareness to Leukemia. She began workingwith the organization in 2007, two years before she met Jasmina. She helpedrecruit 5,000 bone marrow donors for DKMS, and she will be filming a PSA forthe organization in April.
It feels like Rihanna hasbeen unfairly targeted. She has had a rough year herself. I do extend myregards to Thea. I could not imagine losing a child.
This week was also difficultfor Marie Osmond andfamily. Last Friday, Osmond's 18-year-old son MichaelBlosil died after falling from an eighth-floor of an apartment building indowntown Los Angeles,AP reports.
While police reported thatBlosil took his life, the Coroner's office was still investigating the matter.Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said he wanted to confirm Blosilwas not intoxicated.
"We just want to make surethat there's nothing that we missed," Winter told AP.
Though Blosil was reportedlybattling depression, it has not been confirmed. In a 2007 appearance on Larry King Live, Osmond brieflydiscussed Blosil's treatment in a rehabilitation center, but declined tomention the reason.
Osmond took a break from The Donny & Marieshow at Flamingo Las Vegas after learning of Blosil's death. Omsond will resumeher performance alongside her brother on Tuesday.
One of the children of Jermaine Jacksonprompted childservices to visit the home of Katherine Jackson, the mother of late Michael Jackson, andguardian of the King Of Pop's children.
The sound of the triggered mail-ordergun caught the attention of Katherine and security, prompting them to interveneand confiscate the weapon before any harm was done.
Michael's children were neverin any danger, Streisand said. "Blanket Jacksonnever saw or heard the taser," he said. "Neither did Paris Jackson. Prince sawthe taser in possession of security."
Streisand does not anticipatethe ordeal affecting the children's guardianship case.
The authorities also had tointervene in matters involving hip-hop superstar Sean "Diddy" Combs. Cemelia Greenwas arrested for attempting to stalk Combs. Claiming to be his wife, Greentwice showed up to a house in Long Island thatshe believed belonged to the mogul, APreports.
When she arrived at theresidence on Feb. 12, she introduced herself as Combs' wife, triggering amaintenance worker to contact the police.
On February 22, she stoppedby an East Hampton police station and askedfor Combs' address, and was refused. She returned to the house she visited onFebruary 12, and was later arrested.
In February, Wayne's date was delayed because he neededdental work. According to Wayne'sattorney, Stacey Richman, the rapper is getting restless.
"Once you make up your mindto do something, you want to it," Richman told AP.
Cyrus contacted Michaelsasking if she could cover Poison's classic "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," andMichaels was happy to approve, Michaels told Billboard.When they were in the studio working on Cyrus' rendition, another collaborationopportunity arose.
"When we were in the studio,I said, 'Do you want to hear some of my new tracks? She said, 'I'd love it,'"Michaels explained. "And I played her 'Nothing To Lose,' and she fell in lovewith it and said she'd love to sing on the song. I was like, 'That'd bekiller!'"
Cyrus' Poison cover willappear on her next album, while "Nothing To Lose" will appear on Michael's Custom Built.
But an even bigger cover madeits debut this week. More than 70 top Latin artists assembled to record theSpanish version of "We Are The World," titled, "SomosEl Mundo." Adapted in Spanish by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, "Somos"includes contributions from Shakira,Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Paulina Rubio, Carlos Santana, Daddy Yankee, and more.(Click hereto see complete list of participants.)
In February, producer QuincyJones and co-writer Lionel Richie launched a 25th anniversaryversion of "We Are The World - 25 For Haiti"that benefited victims of Haiti'stragic January earthquake that resulted in the death of more than 100,000people. "Somos" will also benefit Haiti and is No. 55 on iTunes.
A much smaller, but equallycool gathering took place at the White House Thursday. While in D.C. for a tourstop, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles, and Trey Songz visited theoval office. TMZacquired photos of Jay-Z's entourage sitting in a conference room with Jay-Zseated at the head of the table.
This trip made Jay-Z's secondWhite House visit in two days. On Wednesday, the Live Nation artist stopped bybefore heading to his concert at the Verizon Center. During hisperformance, he wished happy birthday to the child of an administration stafferand mentioned that he "justcame from the White House."
During his set he and YoungJeezy performed the Atlanta'sartist's song "My President."
Well, this concludes our newsroundup for this week, and we are already scoping out the biggest stories fornext week's edition. So be sure to check back with us. Have a great weekend.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 NEWSSTORIES
1) AD.C. State Of Mind - Jay-Z and Beyonce visit the White House.
2) Mother'sWorst Nightmare - Marie Osmond dies after tragic fall.
3) Please Continue Holding - Lil' Wayne'scourt date delayed, again.
4) Hard To SayGoodbye - Rihanna's charitable efforts questioned.
5) MusicianRemembered - Hall & Oates bassist dies.
6) ShockingJackson News - Child services investigates stun gun at Jackson home.
7) CharitableRemake - Latin artists remake "We Are The World."
8) TheBachelor - Diddy stalker claims to be his wife, arrested.
9) ALittle Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock And Roll - Bret Michaels and MileyCyrus collaborate.
10) LadiesFirst - Lady Antebellum leads ACM Awards nods.