Morning Buzz 2.16.11

     

    Al Sharpton’s too good for ABC
     
    The Rev. Al Sharpton isn’t putting on his dancing shoes, no matter how many times ABC begs him.
     
    TMZ.com reports that Al has once again turned down an offer to join the cast of "Dancing With the Stars." As he puts it, he’d just have an unfair advantage over his would-be competitors.
     
    "I’ve got moves…I’D BLOW ‘EM OUT!" he said. "There would be no chance for anybody to touch me!"
     
    We knew he must have picked up something during all his time with James Brown!
     
     
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    Bruno Mars and Janelle Monaé announce tour
     
     
    Bruno Mars and Janell Monaé’s performance at the 2011 Grammys was so good that they’re taking the show on the road!
     
    Bruno and Janelle have just announced that they are hooking up for the Hooligans in Wondaland Tour. The pair will be travelling the country
    in May and June, spreading their music. But members of Bruno’s and Janelle’s fan clubs will be able to get their hands on presale tickets starting today.

     
    For more presale info, visit BrunoMars.com or JMonae.com.
     
     
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    Jesse L. Martin returns to TV

    For those who’ve missed seeing Jesse L. Martin’s face weekly on “Law & Order,” don’t fret. He will be starring in a new ABC series titled “Hallelujah.”

    The show, a musical, is described by creator Marc Cherry as “’Glee’ for conservative Republicans.’“

    The show, sources say, will be set in the fictional town of Hallelujah, TN, which is “being torn apart by forces of good and evil.” 

    So far Jesse is the first to be cast on the show.

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    Rep. John Lewis receives high honor

     U.S. Rep. John Lewis received the Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday.

    The Georgia Congressman is one of 15 people who was honored with the award. According to reports, President Barack Obama called the representative personally to share the news.

    “I was just moved, and I was just touched,” Lewis told NPR. “I feel more than lucky, but very blessed.”

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    VH1 gets ‘Fabulous’ with Elgin Charles
     
    Beverly Hills’ Black hair impressario Elgin Charles is getting his own show on VH1.
     
    You might remember Elgin from his appearance in Chris Rock’s Good Hair. While Chris only gave you a glimpse at the business end of Elgin’s salon, "Beverly Hills Fabulous" will take you to the chairs and introduce you to his over-the-top staff.
     
    Check out this trailer for the show, and be on the look out for cameos by Shaunie O’Neal and Elgin’s ex-wife Jackee Harry.
     


     

     

      

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