Morning Buzz 3.21.11

    Wyclef Jean shot

    Wyclef Jean almost didn’t realize he got shot over the weekend. The Associated Press reports that Haitian singer was grazed by a bullet in Port-Au-Prince when he got out of his car on Saturday night.

    Wyclef was in Haiti to support presidential candidate Michael Martelly. The former Fugees frontman said he’d just stepped out of his vehicle when he heard gun shots. He then noticed blood on his shirt and shoes. Wyclef doesn’t know if the shots were meant for him.


    Robin Roberts starts Tweeting

    “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts has finally joined Twitter. The TV host decided to commemorate Twitter’s fifth anniversary today by finally creating an account.

    Keeping her Twitter handle simple, @RobinRoberts has gathered more than 15,600 followers in the three hours since she launched.  For her inaugural tweet this morning, Robin wrote, “i.m finally here! Joining Twitter in hnor of you. My way of saying thanks for all your love and support for@GMA.”

    And Robin seems to have gotten the hang of tweeting pretty quickly, posting her first picture from her interview Jennifer Hudson an hour after her first tweet. Check it out below!


    Lil Wayne sets ‘Carter IV’ date

    If your mom doesn’t mind getting her Mother’s Day gift one day late, you can gift her with Lil Wayne’s new CD on that special day.

    Weezy has announced that the long-awaited, highly anticipated Tha Carter IV will drop on May 16.

    “It can come out tomorrow ‘cause I’m so finished … Tha Carter IV will be dropping May 16. If you’re not doing anything, do me,” Weezy told MTV’s Sway earlier this month.

    The album features several Young Money artists, including Nicki Minaj and Cory Gunz.


    Damon Wayans returns to TV

    The former star of ABC’s “My Wife and Kids,” Damon Wayans, will soon be starring in another TV sitcom for CBS.

    This time, Damon will be a sports radio personality. His character, Nick Herd, is based on ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

    Of course, Damon is no stranger to TV, having been an original cast member of “In Living Color” and starring in “My Wife and Kids.”



    ‘All My Children’ abandoned?

    The popular daytime soap, “All My Children” may be at risk now that ABC is considering cutting back on its soap operas.

    According to, the 41-year-old soap is last in the ratings, making it vulnerable despite having characters–such as Susan Lucci’s Erica Cane, Debbi Morgan’s Angie Hubbard and Darnell Williams’ Jesse Hubbard–who are now a part of American pop-culture.

    Deadline reports that the three ABC soaps (“All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live”) received a boost in ratings when SoapNet picked them up, re-airing the day’s episodes again in primetime. However, rumor has it that SoapNet may be becoming Disney Junior next year.


    Iyanla back on track

    Whoever doubts the power of the Oprah touch is out of touch.

    Weeks after appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to apologize and dismiss their beef, Iyanla Vanzant is back on the bestseller list.

    Her latest book Peace From Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through hit the No. 1 spot on the New York Times Advice & Misc. list.

    “We are thrilled that Iyanla’s inspiring message has reached so many people. Her mission—to promote family healing—affirms why she remains one the nation’s most beloved teachers,” publisher Tavis Smiley said.


    Jordin Sparks loses big

    Jordin Sparks is the newest celebrity to shed pounds and join the fit-and-trim club, whose members include J. Hud, Marsha Ambrosius, Raven-Symoné and Aretha Franklin.

    According to reports, she lost 30 pounds and is now a size 6!

    Her new figure was all the buzz as she attended events and walked the red carpet this weekend. After receiving lots of praise, Jordin tweeted a smiley face in response.



    – Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott


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