Morning Buzz 3.07.11

    Rihanna goes topless

    Rihanna has partnered with Nivea skin care in a new ad campaign that has the singer nearly naked.

    The company is celebrating its centennial in a way that’s sure to add some sexy to the well-known brand.

    “Over the past 100 years, Nivea has been an iconic skincare brand across the world. Rihanna is a music icon and her digital footprint will help us bring our anniversary celebration to consumers wherever they are,” said a company rep in a statement.

    The images are much more modest than those previously leaked of the singer that left little to the imagination.

    The official campaign launches in May.


    Jennifer Hudson keepin’ it real

    Jennifer Hudson is going above and beyond the call of a mere actress for her role as Winnie in the upcoming biopic about Winnie Mandela.

    The Oscar-winning actress told The Daily Beast that she spent five days confined in a cell to prepare for the role and try to get an idea of what life was like for the embattled leader.

    “They snatched her out of her home and she had no idea what happened to her children. Imagine living that? This was her life! This was real,” Jennifer said in reference to Winnie.

    “As a woman, I am angry for her, hurting for her. And as a mom? God, being in solitary confinement, away from my son just for five days when shooting those scenes—it was too much for me. I was drained and stripped down. I was changed,” she said.

    The biopic, which also stars Terrence Howard, as Nelson Mandela, is due to hit theaters this year.


    Chris headed to ‘GMA

    In the midst of his naked photo fiasco, Chris Brown is pushing forward and keeping busy promoting his upcoming album, F.A.M.E.

    C. Breezy is scheduled to perform on “Good Morning America” on March 22.

    Fans will have to wake up early to catch the performance, though: “GMA” airs every morning at 7 a.m. (ET).



    Terry and family are back

    The second season of BET’s “The Family Crews” premiered last night. The reality show follows the actor, his wife, his five children and one grandchild.

    In season two, “Terry is contemplating moving to Connecticut to film Ice Cube’s new show, ‘Are We There Yet?’ Should he move? Should the family go? Without telling it all, it’s going to be some drama,” said Gary Johnson, who is one of Terry’s best friends.



    Jill Scott joins Warner Bros.

    Jill Scott has finally left her previous record label and has signed a deal with Warner Bros.

    That means Jill’s upcoming album, The Light of the Sun, could be out this year now that the long legal battle with Hidden Beach Records is over.

    “I’ve always looked to empower my fans through my message of love, independence and strength. A lot has gone on in my life since my last album, so I’m extremely excited to share the new music with all of the people that have supported me these past ten-plus years,” Jill said in a statement. “This album is very revealing, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

    Rolanda arrested

    Former talk-show host and TV personality, Rolanda Watts, was arrested Saturday for suspicion of DUI.

    The incident happened shortly after she left the NAACP Image Awards. According to reports, Rolanda posted $15,000 in bail and is due back in court at the end of the month.




    -Tracy L. Scott

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