By now you have likely heard about the bitter exchange of words (and more) between Mariah Carey and Eminem. They were rather briefly “involved” at one point, but it obviously went very sour, and the hostility has been turned up several notches in recent weeks.

It seems that Eminem got the ball rolling several albums back, and in the video for the new song “Obsessed,” Carey takes several pot shots, and prominently features a character that is supposed to be Eminem. Carey says Eminem is “delusional.”

But in one of his new songs titled “The Warning,” Eminem fires back but comes on way too strong, calling her a “b—-” and admonishing her to “shut the f— up.”

And that’s just part of his diatribe. He also threatens to release to the public some raunchy phone messages Carey apparently left him back in the day.

Meanwhile, Carey’s husband, actor/TV host Nick Cannon, is taking the high road, stating that he “never argues with fools.” If you argue with a fool, he says, from a distance an observer would not be able to tell which one is the fool.

Let’s hope that Mariah, 40, and Eminem, 36, will finish growing up soon. (I like both of them.)

SEEMS EVERY time you turn around another recording artist is making a move into entrepreneurship.

For example, Gladys Knight is introducing a line of jewelry. Meanwhile,

“Mr. Energy” himself, Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire, has partnered with his wife, Shelly, to form a company called the Verdine White Diamond Eyewear Line.

Kudos to actor Jason Lewis for taking a stand against all forms of prejudice. He said, “Any time you have a group of people being discriminated against, you have to dispel that ignorance. You have to cross those barriers. And why would you want to step on anybody’s life anyway? It’s ignorance and fear.”

Lewis is best known for the role of Samantha’s younger lover, Smith Jerrod, on the TV series “Sex and the City” and the movie of the same name. (Kim Cattrall portrayed the hot-to-trot Samantha Jones.)

There is talk of a movie being made about the life and career of the great Lou Rawls, with Isaiah Washington in the starring role.

SOLANGE KNOWLES, songstress and younger sister of superstar Beyoncé Knowles, wins handsdown as the person with the most surprising new hairstyle. As you may know, she cut nearly all of her hair off. Oh well, it’s her hair and her life.

Solange’s strangely titled album, “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams,” did pretty well. And, despite being only 23 years old, Solange is a fan of the Marvelettes. In fact, some of the songs on the album were created with them in mind.

Count me in as one of those not pleased with the fact that Paula Abdul will not be returning to “American Idol.” She, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell made a perfect trio of judges.

True, Paula could be a bit “spacey” at times, but truth be told, that was part of her appeal, along with her kindness when evaluating contestants. It was a good balance to Simon’s oftentimes caustic remarks.

Fourth judge Kara Dioguardi is okay, but I hope the plan is not to make her Abdul’s replacement because that won’t do. She lacks Paula Abdul’s charm and charisma.

You can aways count on the mega-talented and exceptionally versatile Manhattan Transfer to offer something different. They vowed many years ago to never make two albums that sounded alike. Their next one, slated for Sept. 29 release, is titled “The Chick Corea Songbook,” a tribute to the great jazz musician/composer.

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that the Spinners were originally the Domingoes.

MEMORIES: “Always” (Atlantic Starr), “I Really Don’t Need No Light” (Jeffrey Osborne), “You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration” (Teddy Pendergrass), “I’m Gonna Miss You” (the Artistics), “Jive Talkin’” (the Bee Gees), “Dance, Dance, Dance” (Chic), “So I Can Love You” (the Emotions), “Get Back” (the Beatles, featuring Billy Preston), “Use Ta Be My Girl” (the O’Jays).

BLESSINGS to Jay Berry, Mary Cardwell Simpson, Nicholas Hood Sr., Joel McNair, Ken Coleman, Kim Trent Coleman, Bob Thomas, June Jeffries, Dorothy Simpson and Keena Clinkscales.

WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Sydney J. Harris: “An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.”

Let the music play!

Steve Holsey may be reached at Svh517@aol.com and P.O. Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.)

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