Morning Buzz 3.22.11

    Soulja Boy grieves brother’s death

    Soulja Boy took to Twitter yesterday to express grief over the tragic loss of his younger half brother, Deion O’Neal Jenkins, who was killed in a car crash.

    According to reports, the accident happened in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, on Sunday night. It is unclear whether others were injured in the fatal crash.

    Deion was 15.

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    Serena gets sexy for game ad

    Serena Williams is flaunting her figure in a sexy new ad for the video game Top Spin 4. It looks like game creator 2K Sports ripped the concept for the TV spot, which debuted yesterday, from the minds of tennis-watching men everywhere.

    In the ad,  Serena, dubbed the “world’s sexiest tennis player” shows off her assets in a thong leotard and thigh-high boots while going head-to-head against Rileah Vanderbilt. Both ladies are featured characters in Top Spin 4, but we’re not sure either of the outfits for the ad would be allowed on the court.

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    Eddie Murphy to be honored as comedy icon

    Before he was a family movie staple, Eddie Murphy was a comedian; now he’s being honored for his work.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eddie will have the distinct honor of being the first ever recipient of the Comedy Icon Award. He’ll receive the accolade at the first annual Comedy Awards, airing April 10 on MTV.

    The award goes to a performer whose funny business has inspired generations of comedians to come. He’ll be honored for his work in stand-up comedy, sketch, TV and film. Finally someone is giving this man an award for the movie classic Coming to America!

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    Donald Faison returns to TV

    TV Land, which has recently been producing old-school sitcoms taped in front of live studio audiences, is continuing that trend with a new series co-starring Donald Faison.

    Donald is probably best known for his roles in “Scrubs” and Clueless.

    The new series is called “The Exes” and is about three divorced men who live together across the hall from their lawyer and divorce attorney.

    The series also stars Wayne Knight, who played Newman on “Seinfeld.”

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    Musicians get together for Japan relief

    Rihanna and Nicki Minaj will lend their voices to an upcoming album released to help raise funds for the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
     
    Other confirmed artists include Bono, U2, Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber, who tweeted, “Japan needs our help… We all need to step up.”
     
    The album, from Universal Music, will only be sold digitally. Proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross.

    The album is set for release at the end of this week, according to reports, and it’s expected that more artists will participate in the effort.

     

     

    – Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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