Jay-Z takes on a rock star, Amber Rose gets her own radio show, Debbie Allen dances back onto and more!
Jay-Z signs Santigold to Roc Nation
Jay-Z is diversifying his Roc Nation brand by taking alternative rocker chick Santigold under his wing.
Santigold announced via Twitter that she’s the newest citizen of Roc Nation, excitedly tweeting, "It’s official! Made the change to Roc Nation Management!!" It’s not clear whether the deal includes signing her to the label portion of the company.
The singer has worked with Hov before, on the 2009 track "Brooklyn We Go Hard."
Amber Rose gets Sirius with Jamie Foxx
Kanye West’s former accessory, model Amber Rose, has taken a new direction in her career: She announced over the weekend that Jamie Foxx gave her a show on his Sirius XM station, The Foxxhole.
“Its official!!! I have my own radio show coming soon on FOXXHOLE radio!!!” Amber tweeted this weekend.
Jamie Foxx confirmed the news with a congratulatory tweet. “Shout out to @darealamberrose… Newest member of the Sirius/XM FoxxHole family," he wrote. "The FoxxHole just got sexier- listen for her new show.”
Amber shared that she’s not wasting a second working on her as-yet untitled show, tweeting, "I’m up motivated and I’m writing my radio show."
Ne-Yo gets cartoonish
R&B singer Ne-Yo is again indulging his inner child by creating a series for Cartoon Network.
According to WoooHa.com, Ne-Yo is in the process of releasing "I Heart Tuesdays" for the network, an idea inspired by his sister.
“[The show is about] a 16-year-old girl that inherits the curse of her bloodline, and she’s forced to save the world from the unknown evil every Tuesday for the rest of her life," Ne-Yo explained.
Pre-production for "I Heart Tuesdays" has just started, so there’s no official release date for the series just yet. The show also continues his apparent superhero fixation: The crooner’s last release, Libra Scale, was based around The Gentlemen, a crime-fighting trio Ne-Yo created that keeps order with their superpowers. The story line also inspired a Marvel comic book.
Diddy’s got more money
Sean Diddy Combs has another accomplishment to brag about. The entertainment mogul has just been named the wealthiest hip-hop artist by Forbes.
“I think that people [read this and] think I have that money actually sitting at home in the basement … It’s really like if I sold all my companies,” Diddy told SOHH.com.
According to the list, Diddy is worth around $475 million.
Other top hip-hop artists on the list include Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent and Birdman.
Wendy warns about her curves
For “Dancing With the Stars,” Wendy Williams says she’s looking forward to wearing some more risqué outfits than what fans see her in on her daytime talk show.
“The wardrobe is going to be working with me. I embrace all of my womanliness, and ‘DWTS’ gives me a chance to dress like I can’t when I do my daytime talk show,” she said.
Wendy also spoke about balancing her family life, the talk show and the her stint on the dance competition show.
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Debbie Allen waltzes back to TV
Networks are ramping up on Black star power for the upcoming TV season. Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Raven-Symoné and Taraji Henson are among the big names coming to the small screen.
Now, Debbie Allen has joined the list. She will be starring in ABC’s “GRACE.”
The show, which follows the life of a choreographer, seems like a good fit for the former dancer and current dance studio owner who starred in the ‘80s TV drama “Fame."
Charlie Wilson holds #1 spot
Charlie Wilson’s single "You Are" is holding strong on the Billboard Urban AC chart. The singer announced Friday that the track has been #1 on the chart for 12 straight weeks.
"You Are" is Charlie’s third #1 on the chart, and at this rate, the R&B legend could break the chart’s #1 record of 18 weeks.
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