Morning Buzz 1.14.11


    Kandi Burruss tries new look
    Kandi Burruss was tired of her old swoop, so she decided to try something a little more glam. The "Haven’t Loved Right" singer debuted a curly new ‘do via  Twitter, and she looks fab!
    Kandi’s twisted strands are courtesy of none other than Atlanta hair impressario Derek J.

    Rihanna becomes Vogue cover girl

    Rihanna has graced the cover of countless magazine, but snagging the cover of American Vogue is a big deal even for her! 

    The "What’s My Name" singer bragged about her cover shoot via Twitter, writing, "Just wrapped my first American Vogue cover shoot with Annie Leibovitz … Rah! #SEXY."

    There’s no word on when we can expect to see Rihanna splashed across Vogue nationwide, but blogs have pointed out that this is typically the time that May covers are being shot.



    Gucci Mane’s tatt ain’t too cool
    In what may be the weirdest tattoo selection by a celebrity to date, Gucci Mane is now walking around with a colorful ice cream cone on the right side of his face.
    Gucci obviously isn’t the first rap artist to permanently paint his face, but his choice of art has raised a few eyebrows. The three-scoop design includes the letters “Brrr” and has two red lightening bolts running through it. If there was nothing to distinguish Gucci from the pack before, his new tattoo definitely helps him stand out.

    Kanye West has too much time and money
    We’ve all accepted that Kanye West is his biggest fan, but maybe it’s time for an intervention of sorts. The Grammy Award-winning artist is known for rocking major ice, and now he can see his own reflection in it with an arm piece that features his own face on the face.
    The watch is estimated at about $180,000 and “is encrusted with 8 carats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds in the shape of his own glasses-clad face,” according to reports.
    The good thing is that if it’s misplaced, everyone will know to whom to return it.

    LaLa hosts Critic’s choice red carpet

    LaLa Vasquez wants to know who you’re wearing!
    Vh1 has annonced that LaLa will have the honor of greeting nervous celebrities at the 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards tonight.
    LaLa will be playing hostess on the red carpet at the awards show, where she is bound to run into some of her BFFs. Reportedly the Kardashian sisters are on the guest list, so we expect them to catch up with La La on camera. 
    Vh1 will start broadcasting live form the red carpet at 8 p.m., but viewers should stick around all night. There’s word that Queen Latifah is giving fans a sneak peek of her other new series "Single Ladies," starring LisaRaye McCoy and Stacey Dash, during the ceremony.

    Etta James diagnosed with leukemia
    Etta James, the woman responsible for the timeless ballad “At Last” that Beyonce re-recorded and sang for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle during their inauguration, is ill, according to reports.
    Etta, 72, is apparently suffering from leukemia and dementia.
    The news of her illness was made public during a civil trial which will ultimately determine how relatives will manage her health and financial affairs.
    Halle Berry to play Aretha Franklin
    The Queen of Soul has secured her dream casting for her planned biopic.
    During a call to "The Wendy Williams Show" earlier this week, Aretha confirmed that Halle Berry would play her in a forthcoming movie about the diva’s life. 
    "Halle Berry is my pick," Aretha revealed to chat show host Wendy Williams earlier this week. This news follows a statement Aretha released last year pegging Halle as her top choice to star in the film.
    Aretha, who is recovering from surgery to treat her panceatic cancer, seemed to be in good health and good spirits during the interview, which you can watch below. 



    – Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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