High quality scanned pages Some brief overview of this book Part tell-all, part cautionary tale, this emotionally charged memoir from a former video vixen nicknamed Superhead goes beyond the glamour of celebrity to reveal the inner workings of the hip-hop dancer industry—from the physical and emotional abuse thats rampant in the industry, and which marked her own life—to the excessive use of drugs, sex and bling. Once the sought-after video girl, this sexy siren has helped multi-platinum artists, such as Jay-Z, R. Kelly and LL Cool J, sell millions of albums with her sensual dancing. In a word, Karrine was H-O-T.
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She was convicted of perjury and now faces up to 30 years in prison. At a recent concert in New York, the West Coast rapper The Game accused a former boss, the rapper 50 Cent, of being a prosecutor-friendly snitch, the ultimate pejorative in the streets where hip-hop was born. Since it was released on Tuesday, it has been the talk of urban radio, and that night it was all the buzz at the BET awards in Los Angeles, with an astonished "Can you believe that?
But the question has cut two ways; it has been as much about Ms. Steffans, she said, has "violated that code and chosen to talk about everything.
But Ms. Steffans is the first to pull back the covers on the hip-hop industry. Murray said. Of the many men mentioned in the book, only the singer Bobby Brown, husband of Whitney Houston, commented on Ms. In a recent interview he called Ms. Brown, who cuddles with Ms. Steffans in a photo in "Confessions.
Dawn Davis, vice president of Amistad, said the publishing house stood by Ms. Davis said, "and those things that we were uncomfortable with were left out.
Steffans said she had actually spared the men in her book. The first chapters portray Ms. Steffans as having had a troubled life: reared by an abusive mother, raped by a thug in her early teens, saddled with a tumultuous marriage to the rap pioneer Kool G. Rap, with whom she had a son. But it was her breakup with Ja Rule, star of the hip-hop collective Murder Inc.
Steffans drew from stacks of journals and mementos from her high-flying days. Everything that I read disgusted me. Steffans said she was particularly bothered by her inability to see her relationships for exactly what they were: meaningless at best and harmful at worst.
In exchange she had to be ready and willing to have sex. I think that I have sold so much of myself for so little.
Steffans blamed her tortured childhood. With these men, I felt glamorous and powerful, and I did feel loved. Steffans, who is dating the comedian Bill Maher, said her career as an author had only just begun.
Next up, a Jackie Collins-inspired novel in which names are changed to protect the not-so-innocent. For now, she said, her former lovers, those who do not appear in "Confessions," can breathe easy.
But "compared to other men," she assures readers, "he was nothing to complain about. Diddy Combs kicked his manservant Fonzworth Bentley out of a guest bedroom so he and Steffans could spend 15 minutes making love. Diddy told her. Steffans writes: "I said the same to him, when, in actuality, he was average.
Steffans says she never saw him do drugs. But she worried for his mental health during a frantic encounter where "he told me he was a member of Al Qaeda and that President Bush was looking for him. On the floor I found a balled-up sock, and I placed it to my face and got the fix I was searching for.
Their handlers can at least take comfort in knowing that, after years of self-destructive star-chasing, Steffans now says, "I am my own woman and look for no one to complete me. Stein claimed that, in July , Barbara came over to the home of Hamptons neighbor Gary Swanalander for a romp.
Swanalander obtained Viagra without a prescription in anticipation of his tryst with Mrs. Hearst," Stein claimed. According a police report, the lawyer said, the deceased was found naked. Neither Barbara nor her lawyer, Peter Bronstein, commented on this claim. Stein said Barbara permitted her husband the outlet of a "sexual surrogate. The actor, who was smoking two cigarettes, has a history of shedding his clothes in public places.
In January , he was photographed with his pants down in an L. This time, he stuck pink flowers down the front and back of his jeans. Around a. A paparazzo hiding behind garbage bags outside claims that Sutherland was about to relieve himself on the trash - that is, until the lensman jumped up and started snapping. Two Posties free at last! Side dish Bono is demanding his hat, earrings and sweatshirt back from a former stylist who picked up the U2 keepsakes at a photo shoot.
The rocker has gone to court in Dublin to stop her from selling them. Look for it next spring.
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