Morning Buzz 3.24.11

    Nate Dogg funeral announced

    It’s been announced that Nate Dogg fans will have a chance to say goodbye to the West Coast hip-hop icon this weekend. A public viewing will be held at New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach, California, on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    HipHopWired.com reports that the singer passed away last week after suffering complications related to a stroke.

    Nate’s funeral is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Long Beach cruise terminal. No cameras are allowed at either event.

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    Shaq gets a badge

    Shaquille O’Neal is about to become a part-time cop! The NewsTelegram.com reports that the Boston Celtics center will be sworn in as a member of the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Association.

    Shaq will be the first person sworn in by Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis. “The sheriff is committed to expanding the role that the WCRDSA plays in local communities and hopes that making Shaq his first member will help set the tone for others to volunteer to give back to their communities,” said David Tuttle, sheriff spokesman.

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    Adrienne Bailon wants to be like Oprah

    Adrienne Bailon has set some lofty goals for herself. The former 3LW singer is discussing the possibility of getting her own talk show, and she wants to fill the void being left behind by daytime TV’s biggest diva.

    “We’re in talks about a possible talk show. [Producers] approached me actually,” she told Rap-Up.com. “I wanna be like Oprah.”

    She thinks her natural curiosity lends itself to hosting a chat show, saying, “I am a very nosy person. I’m very curious about people’s lives, so I think that will make it interesting.”

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    NeNe continues to bash Star

    NeNe Leakes continues her campaign of hate against Star Jones. The “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant showed up on “Ellen” and “Access Hollywood” this week and hasn’t yet relented when it comes to badmouthing her co-star.

    “She is bossy; she’s manipulative, conniving and I’m not even being funny. I think that is real. I honestly think that is who she is,” NeNe told Ellen. “She is a disaster,” she added.

    On “Access Hollywood,” NeNe had this to say about Star: “I don’t care for her. I don’t hate her or dislike her and I think that she has a problem …. I’m precious, and I’m beautiful, and she’s not.”

    When speaking about Star’s open-heart surgery that happened a year ago, she said, “I personally don’t think they put it back in.”

    It’s getting a little repetitive, no?

    In NeNe’s defense, it seems that’s all anyone wants to talk to her about these days. Ellen asked her to keep it real, and the “Access Hollywood” co-hosts egged her on as well.

    Watch the videos.

     

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    Epatha takes a demotion?

    S. Epatha Merkerson, who’s best known for her role as Lt. Van Buren in NBC’s original “Law & Order” drama, will be returning to TV.

    Epatha might be trading her handcuffs in for a stethoscope this time around. The new, still untitled, series is a medical drama. However, her role may seem like a bit of a demotion. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she won’t be running things this time around; she’ll be playing an administrative assistant.

    In these economic times, one takes the jobs—or roles—she can get.

    Epatha received three Image Awards for her role as Van Buren.

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    Vick’s jersey rejected

    After being convicted of crimes related to dog fighting, Michael Vick’s high school jersey was removed from Warwick High School, where he matriculated.

    Although some current students started a Facebook campaign hoping the shirt would be put back, a contradicting social media page garnered more support, and Warwick High School officials made its final decision not to rehang the NFL player’s jersey.

    Oh well, at least he still has an NFL jersey he can wear while playing for the Eagles.

     

    – Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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