Morning Buzz 4.6.11

    Willow Smith gets tough for Elle

    Willow Smith is getting ready to knock someone out in Elle magazine’s upcoming music issue, due on stands April 12. Nicki Minaj is also featured in the issue, but check out Willow’s shot below.

     

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    Aubrey announces new single

    Aubrey O’ Day will make her debut as a solo artist later this month. The singer/reality TV star has announced that she’ll drop her first single, “Automatic,” on April 12.

    This will be the first track she releases under her deal with SRC/Universal Motown Records. The song, which has dedicated to her loyal fans, is about being someone who doesn’t have to try that hard to be the center of attention.

    “I wanted to represent all the people who don’t feel the need to go all out to get attention,” Aubrey explained. “This song is for everyone who automatically commands attention whenever they walk into a room! Everything they do is ‘Automatic’!”

    Oxygen viewers will recognize “Automatic” as the theme song to her reality series, “All About Aubrey.”

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    All ‘RHOA’ cast mates returning

    Despite rumors that some cast members of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” might not return, all of the women, minus a pregnant Kim Zolciak, were present for Bravo’s media presentations in Chicago.

    So it seems Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks, Kim Zolciak, Sheree Whitfield and Cynthia Bailey will all be back.

    This would be the first season that retains all the cast members from a previous season. DeShawn Snow was left behind after season one. Lisa Wu Hartwell was dropped after season two.

     

     

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    Eva talks food and divorce

    Eva Longoria and Joy Behar talk about the “learning experience” of divorce on Friday’s “Joy Behar Show.”

    Eva said she has no regrets, and she doesn’t even have plans to remove the tattoo on her arm that commemorates her wedding day.

    “I like it,” she said of the ink. “I’ll just put the divorce date, and it will be like a gravestone,” she joked.

    Eva was tight-lipped about her current love life, but she also talks about her new cook book and “civilian” friends living with her.

    Watch the video.

     

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    Latifah and Dolly make noise

    Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah co-star in the upcoming movie Joyful Noise.

    The two sat down with “Entertainment Tonight” to discuss their characters and admiration for one another.

    “I love Queen Latifah. There’s only one difference between us. She’s cool, and I ain’t,” Dolly said.

    In the film Dolly plays the widow of a choir director who wants to inherit the choir, but the directing duties get passed on to Latifah instead.

    “Our characters are kind of like enemies,” Dolly said.

    Latifah, who said the film is practically a musical, was excited to work with a legend like Dolly.

    Watch the video and get a sneak peek at the film.

     

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    Jay-Z launches new site

    Jay-Z continues to expand his empire and has launched a new website, called LifeandTimes.com.

    The site features style, leisure, art and design, technology, music and sports sections.

    The site, which launched April 5, already boasts more than 46,000 Twitter followers and more than 1,500 Facebook fans.

    Check it out here.

     

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    Mariah bares baby bump

     

    In the tradition of expectant mothers before her, Mariah Carey bares her baby bump in the upcoming issue of Life & Style magazine.

     

    “I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Mariah told the magazine. “My ultimate goal was to share this incredibly personal moment with my true fans.”

     

    Mariah is due to deliver her twins any day now.

     

     

    -Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

     

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