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steveA certain amount of interest in the personal lives of the famous is understandable, and sometimes even fun, but so often people delve way too deep into their business, carry it way too far, and with a spirit of meanness.

The disintegration of the Mariah Carey-Nick Cannon marriage is pretty much common knowledge at this point. But Cannon’s recently expressed anger and disappointment with media coverage (and public nosiness) is understandable and justified.

“It saddens me that the media can be such bottom feeders,” he said bluntly. “Because we haven’t been forthcoming with personal information, people are quick to paint negative pictures and spread rumors.

“I ask all civilized people to please respect my family. I love Mariah Carey and that will never change. Don’t worry about my life. Worry about why you’re worried about my life.”

Tell ’em, Nick!

THERE IS comfort in knowing that you do not stand alone regarding a particular interest or way of thinking. However, if you have to stand alone, that’s okay too because it is better than pretending you are interested in something you are not.

Take social media, for example. I am devoid of interest in texting, tweeting, Facebook, Instagram and all the rest. Which is not to suggest that I am living in the dark ages. I love my iPod, my favorite mode of communication is e-mailing, no one loves YouTube more than I do, etc. But I see no reason to “be in touch” 24/7.

So I took pleasure in the viewpoint expressed by André 3000 from the OutKast duo and star of the Jimi Hendrix biopic that may have gone into wide release by the time you read this.

“I haven’t gotten into the social media thing at all,” he said. “I’ve never had Twitter. I’ve never had Faceback. I’ve never had Instagram or any of them.”

KELLY ROWLAND as Gladys Knight? Sounds like rather strange casting, but the legendary songstress has said that if a movie were ever made on her life, Knight would want Rowland to have the lead role because it would be an ideal choice.

I don’t agree, but Gladys Knight certainly has an interesting story — the hard journey to the top, career maintenance, the travails of being on the road, the four marriages, the gambling addiction problem she used to have, competing on “Dancing with the Stars,” etc.

And speaking of that show, Alfonso Ribeiro was nothing less than sensational on the season opener, as was his partner, Witney Carson. They could easily end up taking home the Mirror Ball trophy.

SO WHAT’S up with Robin Thicke? First he said he cowrote “Blurred Lines” (I love the song!) and denied that it was built on Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” (when obviously it was). Then he said he was high on Vicodin and alcohol when the song was recorded.

There are three writer’s credits on the song — Thicke, Pharrell and Clifford Harris Jr. (T.I.’s real name) — but apparently Pharrell wrote nearly all of it, with T.I. contributing his rap.

The first ever live album by Whitney Houston, titled “Whitney Houston: Her Greatest Live Performances,” is scheduled to be released Nov. 10.

P. Diddy bought a house in an exclusive area of Los Angeles for $40 million.

Reader Ruby Ware reminded me of something that Aretha Franklin did back in 1972. She and Esther Phillips were both nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rhythm & Blues Performance – Female category. Franklin won but felt that it should have gone to Phillips, so she turned the trophy over to her.

The Esther Phillips album was “From a Whisper to a Scream,” featuring “Home is Where the Hatred Is,” a song about her substance addiction, written by Gil Scott-Heron although he didn’t write it specifically about Phillips.

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…That Tommy Chong, from the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, was once a member of the Motown group Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, best known for the 1968 hit “Does Your Mama Know About Me?”

MEMORIES: “Lovin’ is Really My Game” (Brainstorm), “O-o-h Child” (the 5 Stairsteps), “Heavy Fallin’ Out” (the Stylistics), “Fight the Power” (the Isley Brothers), “Don’t Walk Away” (Jade), “Closer Than Close” (Jean Carne), “Dead End Street” (Lou Rawls), “Wide Receiver” (Michael Henderson), “My World is Empty Without You” (the Supremes).

BLESSINGS to Craig Monroe, Melody Moore, Cynthia French, Joseph French, Gwen West, Henry Tyler, Sandra Steinberg, Nat Morris, Lydia Adams and Robert Terrell.

WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Coretta Scott King: “You can’t stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.”

Let the music play!

Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol.com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.

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