Morning Buzz 2.15.11

    Mashonda shares her world with new website

    Mashonda is reminding people that she’s more than just Swizz Beatz’ ex-wife with a new website and blog. Yesterday afternoon, she announced the launch of

    The online destination will include excerpts from her upcoming book and guidance for singles seeking love and happiness. Site visitors might want to listen up because, as we know, Mashonda speaks from experience.

    "On this journey, I’ve learned a lot. I became a better mother, a better friend and a better me," Mashonda said in  a statment. " is my personal space and an opportunity for me to share my journey with
    Masonda’s site will also serve up entertainment news and lifestyle tips. And be sure to look out for clips from her upcoming album. And we expect to get some inside scoops on "Love & Hip-Hop," which debuts March 14 on VH1.


    Beyoncé and Jay-Z need alone time?

    Could music’s hottest couple be breaking up?! According to sources for, yes.

    A tipster from inside Jay-Z’s camp told MTO that the rapper and Beyoncé are taking a "trial separation" because they can’t seem to agree about starting a family. "The biggest thing [they argue about] is kids. [Jay-Z] wants them and Beyoncé doesn’t," the source said, adding that the "Diva" singer is focused on her career right now.

    Apparently the tension has gotten to the point where Bey and Jay have to stay on opposite sides of the country! Hov has reportedly gotten his own a place in Los Angeles, and she’s not on the lease.

    "For now [Jay Z’s] going to be staying in LA. Beyoncé will be in NY," the insider said. "The hope is that with the time apart, the couple will decide to either have kids or go their separate ways."


    Musiq releases ‘Anything’ on iTunes, goes on tour

    Musiq Soulchild has made his newest single, "Anything (feat. Swizz Beatz)" available fo download on iTunes. It’s the first track from his sixth album, Musiqinthemagiq, which hits stores on May 3.

    Atlantic Records has high hopes for "Anything," stating that it’s "already looking like another major hit for Musiq." But with Swizz on the track, that’s almost a no-brainer.

    Musiq is also replacing El DeBarge on Kem’s current tour.


    Tiger in trouble again

    Tiger Wood was fined for spitting on the golf course during the Dubai Desert Classic tournament. The golfer was caught on camera launching a large loogie during the televised event.

    “The Euro Tour is right – it was inconsiderate to spit like that and I know better. Just wasn’t thinking and want to say I’m sorry," Tiger tweeted.

    According to reports, the fine could be anywhere between $400 to $16,000.


    Oprah scores Michael Vick interview

    It seems like Oprah may have won the bet between her and Piers Morgan. When she sat down with Piers during the premiere of his CNN show, the two placed a wager on who could schedule an interview with Michael Vick first.

    Michael is set to appear on Oprah’s show on Feb. 24. There’s no word yet on whether Piers will schedule and air something with Michael before then.

    Oprah, who is a known dog lover, is expected to interview Michael about his past conviction and comeback to the NFL.


    Michael Baisden means business

    Radio-show host, Michael Baisden, is going to court in a copyright infringement case. The author of the books The Maintenance Man and Men Cry in the Dark accused I’m Ready Productions, Image Entertainment and other companies with selling DVDs based on his novels without his approval.

    "This is my day in court in my fight to recover my intellectual property rights. These novels are like my children. They reflect years of hard work in writing them and promoting them to the level where they became bestsellers. In the end, I hope I can send a message to other copyright holders that they have a right to take a stand and fight those who are trying to steal their copyrighted works," Michael said in a statement.

    — Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott


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