Morning Buzz 1.27.11

    The Old Spice guy is back!
    Isaiah Mustafa has announced that he’ll be starring in a new ad campaign for Old Spice!
    When Isaiah suddenly stopped popping up in ads for Old Spice, we were beside ourselves. Who could ever take his place?!
    Thankfully, he’s come back to us! The  spokesmodel recently announced in the YouTube video below that he’ll be kicking off a campaign for the brand starting next month.



    Kanye West closes down burger joint
    Just as Jay-Z and Flavor Flav are launching their chicken chains, Kanye West shut down one of his own fast food restaurants.
    According to, the "Power" rapper has shut down one of his Fatburger restaurants in Chicago. It was one of 10 that he planted in his hometown two years ago.
    Reportedly, the recently closed burger joint just wasn’t pulling in enough cash to stay open.
    Aretha holding out for Halle
    Halle Berry may be in a slightly awkward position. After expressing that she didn’t think she’d be able to do justice to Aretha Franklin in a film about the singer’s life, Aretha again made it clear that she wants Halle to take on the role.

    Halle’s initial response was that she didn’t have the vocal skills for the role.
    A statement shared on the “Wendy Williams Show” recently read: "She shouldn’t underestimate her own talent … I never expected Halle to sing. She’s an actress, not a singer. Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-syncing to the artist’s original recordings."
    Maybe Aretha’s not getting the hint.

    Jermaine Dupri unveils Global14
    Jermaine Dupri officially launched his social networking site, Global14 (G14), today.
    Jermaine told that his site differs from the Twitters and Facebooks of the world because: "None of those have an owner that you actually know and feel like you have something in common. People only know the Facebook owner [Mark Zuckerberg] now because of his money. You wouldn’t have hung out with him before you knew what he did. I have an influence on producers, songwriters, artists and creative people in general."

    So far, the site has more than 10,000 members.
    Check out Global 14 for yourself.





    — Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott



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