ABC announces “DWTS” matchups
Finally! ABC has revealed pairings for season 12 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
For starters, Wendy Williams will be working with Tony Dovolani, who she immediately sized up by having him lift her! “I wanted to make sure that he could handle me,” Wendy told “Good Morning America,” adding that she and Tony also did a trust fall.
Tony, by the way, can’t wait to choreograph a Samba for the talk show host.
Sugar Ray Leonard is being paired with Anna Trebunsakya, while Kirstie Alley is getting Brandy’s old partner Maksim Chmerkovsky. It was also revealed that Chelsie Hightower would be Romeo’s Juliet, and Hines Ward will team up with Kym Johnson.
Wendy sent a special message to her fans about her “DWTS” stint. The TV host is more than just a little excited to be on the show, and she’ll be practicing for hours every day! Watch.
Willow Smith teases ’21st Century Girl’
Willow Smith is running with wolves and leading her own pack in the video for ’21st Century Girl.’
The 10-year-old pop star just dropped a clip for her new video, where she takes fans from the desert to the city. Check out the sneak peek for yourself below!
Loretta Devine heads to ‘Georgia’
Raven-Symoné’s upcoming sitcom “Great State of Georgia” is in production, and it looks like she’s gathering together a top-rate cast.
Loretta Devine, who has starred in For Colored Girls, Waiting to Exhale, Dreamgirls and a long list of other notable blockbusters, will be co-starring with Raven in the new series.
Loretta’s character is the flamboyant Aunt Honey, who is the landlady and friend of Georgia’s late mother.
Raven talks about Loretta’s addition to the cast, fashion and more in the below clip. Watch.
Kelly Rowland releases ‘Motivation’
It looks like Kelly Rowland is still playing commander to Lil Wayne in her sexy new single, “Motivation.”
Kelly’s single, produced by Jim Jonsin and written by Rico Love, just surfaced and it totally blew us away.
Originally, “Motivation” was teased as a dance song that had a bit of urban edge to it. The track posted below, however, sounds more like background music for a steamy session in the bedroom. Take a listen!
UNCF celebrates its 40-year campaign
Four decades ago, that the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) first introduced its “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” tagline.
“When ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste’ made its debut, the idea that African Americans should attend college was neither familiar or widely accepted, but 40 years of seeing and hearing the famous phrase catalyze a revolution in attitudes and reality, and today African Americans attend almost every college and university in the country,” said UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D.
The UNCF is celebrating tomorrow with a gala in New York City. Proceeds will go to seniors who attend UNCF member schools.
According to its press release, “the UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.”
Baisden’s suit falls flat
Michael Baisden’s copyright lawsuit didn’t go quite like he’d hoped.
The jury responsible for deciding whether Michael’s rights had been violated by I’m Ready Productions, a company that sold DVDs based on the the radio show host/ author’s books and claimed to have the legal authority to do so, determined that the company did not have that right.
However, to Michael’s disappointment, the jury also decided that the company did not owe him any profits made from the selling of the DVDs.
“I have mixed feelings about the case,” Michael said. I am ecstatic that my copyrighted rights have been returned to me to allow me to proceed with upcoming movie and TV projects … On the other hand, I’m disappointed that this jury did not punish the defendants for their open infringement and award damages for their actions.”
Facebook to become ‘phonebook’?
If your friends tease you about your “irrational” fear of social media and lack of privacy, you may be getting the last laugh.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the popular site will soon be distributing users’ personal info.
“Facebook will be moving forward with a controversial plan to give third-party developers and external web sites the ability to access users’ home addresses and cell phone numbers,” the WSJ reports.
Folks aren’t clicking the thumbs up on this proposed change. U.S. Rep.(Mass.) Edward Markey said, “Facebook needs to protect the personal information of its users to ensure that Facebook doesn’t become Phonebook.”
– Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott