Morning Buzz 1.25.11


    Mary J. Blige judges ‘Fashion Show’
    Iman is getting help from Mary J. Blige on the season finale of "The Fashion Show."
    Bravo announced that MJB herself would be serving as a guest judge on tonight’s episode where she’ll help the supermodel and designer Isaac Mizrahi decide who is taking home the top prize.
    The remaining designers will present their final, cohesive lines as they make their final push for the $125,000 grand prize. See who Mary, Isaac and Iman pick when "The Fashion Show" airs tonight at 10 p.m. on Bravo.
    President erases party lines
    President Barack Obama is doing away with party lines for tonight’s State of the Union Address.
    In the wake of a tragic shooting in Tucson earlier this month, the president is prompting some civility between Democrats and Republicans. For tonight’s address, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. (EST), the parties will be sitting together, instead of on separate sides of the aisle.
    When asked what the American people should expect President Obama to talk about, exiting Press Secretary Robert Gibbs only said, "I don’t think you’ll see a laundry list of issues."


    Christina Aguilera to open up Super Bowl XLV

    Christina Aguilera will get things started at Super Bowl XLV on February 6. She has been tapped to perform the National Anthem.

    “I have been performing the anthem since I was 7 years old and I must say the Super Bowl is a dream come true,” said Christina in a statement. “I am really excited to be part of such an iconic event.”

    With her booming voice, Christina has the potential to deliver a Whitney Houston-esque rendition of the nation’s anthem, but music and football fans will have to tune in to find out whether her performance will be something to remember or something to forget.


    Does Oscar like Black people?

    No African-American actors, writers or directors received Academy Award nominations this year. The nomination announcements were made today in Hollywood, and even fewer Blacks were recognized than were thought, based on the Golden Globes.

    Halle Berry was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in “Frankie & Alice,” but she did not win that award and was not on the list for the Oscar’s Best Actress trophy. Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”), Annette Bening (”The Kids Are All Right”), Michelle Williams (”Blue Valentine”), Nicole Kidman (”Rabbit Hole) and Jennifer Lawrence (”Winter’s Bone”) were all nominated.

    None of the most popular categories — including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress — listed African Americans as nominees.


    Ladies still love Cool James
    Rapper LL Cool J hasn’t lost what made him the balladeer of hip hop. When his track “I Need Love” hit the charts in the ‘80s and young women saw those pecs and biceps, he became one of the genre’s first heartthrobs, and years later, he’s still causing palpitations.
    LL, 43, proves youth has little to do with it as he graces the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine for the third time. He may be too old to run around with gold chains around his neck, but he’s teaching the young boys how to hold it down.


    — Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott



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