Morning Buzz 2.2.11

    ‘Top Model’ returns

    The 16th cycle of Tyra Banks’ reality competition show, “America’s Next Top Model” returns to the CW on February 23.

    Once again, Tyra, will take 14 model wannabes and transform them into model maybes, and one lucky girl will win the grand prize, which includes placement with a modeling agency, a spread in a fashion magazine and a contract with CoverGirl.

    If you want to be "on top" in cycle 17, Tyra is accepting online applications now.

    Get a quick look at the new season below.


    Mariah Carey’s getting a little of each

    Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are buying baby items in pink and blue. reports that the proud parents, who are expecting twins, will be having a boy and girl. This is the latest detail that Nick and Mariah have let slip about their babies. The couple has otherwise kept quiet when it comes to news about their upcoming bundles of joy.

    We’re not sure what the Cannons’ son’s room will look like, but we know mini-Mimi will be surrounded by lots of frills, butterflies and the color pink.


    Tyler Perry takes over for Morgan Freeman

    Tyler Perry has ditched Madea (for now) and signed on to play Alex Cross in an upcoming film.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyler will take over the role of Alex, made famous by Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider, in a movie to be directed by Rob Cohen. A script for the project has already been written, but it still needs to be refined. There’s no word on the plot just yet.

    We reported months ago that Idris Elba was also slated to play Alex in an independent film, but that project has been put on hold for now.


    Beyonce’s dad goes back to college

    Mathew Knowles is returning to his alma mater, but this time he’s on the Board of Trustees. Mathew, a ’74 graduate of Fisk University and president and CEO of Music World Entertainment, was elected to the position.

    “Fisk is honored that its alumnus and international businessman Mathew Knowles will join our Board of Trustees. His strategic skills and worldview compliment those of our concurrent Board Members as we prepare our students for leadership and engagement in the local and global communities,” Fisk President Hazel R. O’Leary said.

    Mathew said, “Fisk offered me more than just a first class education. It reinforced the belief that if you maintain a commitment to excellence, work hard and never give up on your dreams, you can be and do anything you want, no matter where you start out.”


    Sherri Shepherd visits ‘Cleveland’?

    Sherri Shepherd guest stars on tonight’s all-new episode of the TV Land hit, “Hot in Cleveland.”

    The series, now in its second season, stars Betty White and Valerie Bertinelli.

    Sherri will be on as a judge, and based on her Twitter updates, she’s excited about the role.

    She posted the photo (above) on her feed.



    BIO celebrates BHM

    To commemorate Black History Month, The Biography Channel (BIO) has updated its Celebrate Black History site.

    The revamped site honors several African-American pioneers in various fields.

    Among other things, the site boasts:

    • Full “Biography” episodes of Thurgood Marshall and President Barack Obama

    • 400 profiles of famous African Americans
    • Photo galleries of famous Black comedians
    • Fast Facts, a feature offering tidbits about Blacks’ contributions to the nation

    Find out more here:


    Is NeNe intimidating?

    At least one of NeNe Leakes’ fellow celebs on this season of "Celebrity Apprentice" is scared of her. Supermodel Niki Taylor said, "She came on a little bit strong." She added, "There’s a very sweet side to NeNe. She works hard. She brings it."

    "I told her she needs her own show," she said.

    Rumor has it that NeNe may not return to "Real Housewives of Atlanta," so maybe a new NeNe show is on the horizon.


    -Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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