Morning Buzz 3.23.11

    Nicki Minaj holding ‘Fly’

    Nicki Minaj is waiting to drop her video with Rihanna until this summer. The rapper has announced that “Fly” won’t be coming out until Memorial Day weekend. As Nicki told MTV News, it’s really a favor to Rihanna.

    “I’m gonna hold off on the Rihanna video and the Rihanna single for a little bit longer,” she said. “‘Cause we both kind of dropped [our albums] at the same time. She has a lot of [songs] in rotation and I want to let her stuff have a moment and do its thing, dominate radio. [Instead], I wanted to come out with something more fun.”

    But Nicki won’t leave her fans hanging for long. The Harajuku Barbie is set to release a video for “Super Bass” very soon, promising, “It will be my most fun video and my most carefree video, lots of eye candy and lots of beefcakes.”

    Check out some behind the scene footage below!

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    Ja Rule pleads guilty to tax evasion

    Ja Rule could face three more years in lockup for not paying his taxes. HipHopDX reports that the rapper agreed to pay $1.1 million in back taxes and IRS debts after pleading guilty to three counts of tax evasion yesterday.

    Ja admitted in Newark federal court that he failed to file taxes from 2004 to 2008 even though he made money from album royalties and touring. The judge set his bail at $500,000 and released the rapper until his June 13 sentencing.

    Ja has already been sentenced to two years in prison for weapons charges. As he faces an additional three years based on these new charges, the rapper could spend up to five years in prison.

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    Tiger Woods gets back in the dating game

    Tiger Woods has taken up with a new blonde.  According to The Scottish Sun, the professional golfer is now dating his 22-year-old neighbor, Alyse Lahti Johnston, who looks an awful lot like his ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

    Reportedly the pair met through her stepfather, Alastair Johnston, who works for the IMG sports agency, where Tiger is a client. However, Tiger has lived next door to her family in Windmere, Florida, for 15 years. When you do the math, it shows that Tiger literally watched Alyse grow up.

    Now that she’s older, though, they frequently cross paths. “They are part of the same crowd that are the same age and go to the gym and out to dinner together,” Alastair said. “Do they spend time together? Yes.”

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    Wendy discusses ‘DWTS’ performance
     
    You might have missed Wendy Williams on her show Tuesday talking about her first “Dancing With the Stars” performance of the season. If so, check out our blog to see the terrible performance for yourself!
     
    The talk-show host told her audience, “I danced to the best of my ability, but I know that I can bring more.”
     
    Watch the segment below.

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    Luda joins New Year’s Eve
     
    Ludacris’ foray into acting continues. He’s co-starred in the films, No Strings Attached and Hustle & Flow, to name a few, and now his name will be in the closing credits of New Year’s Eve, along with Halle Berry’s and Hilary Swank’s.
     
    According to reports, Luda and fellow rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube will be playing cops in the film.
     
    He posted a photo of him and Hilary to his Twitter page.

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    Is Romeo swirling with Chelsie?
     
    We all know Romeo is doing his thing in the dance studio with his “Dancing With the Stars” trainer, Chelsie Hightower, but are the two becoming more than just friends?
     
    Photos snapped of the two embracing have been circling the web.
     
    It’s totally possible that the hug between Chelsie and Romeo, who told S2S that he’s single, is innocent, but those dance moves require lots of physical contact and one-on-one time. Anything is possible.

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    Boris is back
     
    “Undercovers” may be long gone, but Boris Kodjoe is definitely still in the building … or on your TV set.
     
    The actor has signed on to star in another TV drama. The ABC show, “Georgetown,” is set in Washington, D.C., and follows young power brokers who rub elbows with the city’s movers and shakers.
     
    Boris will play “the Democratic president’s fiercely intelligent senior adviser,” according to Deadline.com.
     
    It remains to be seen whether a Black actor will portray that Democratic president.

     

     

    – Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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