Morning Buzz 4.8.11

    Mashonda remakes ‘Juicy Fruit’

    In case you forgot, Mashonda is a singer. Now the “Love& Hip Hop” star is showing off her vocal skills in a remake of “Juicy Fruit.”

    Mashonda mainly sticks to what made the track  a hit back in the day, but she still adds a little flair of her own. It’s a solid effort for the reality TV star, who was  recently spotted celebrating her King magazine cover with Swizz Beatz’ little brother, Andre King.

     

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    Nicki Minaj shoots ‘Elle’ cover

    Nicki Minaj got her supermodel on while shooting the cover of Elle magazine’s upcoming Women In Music issue. Between outfits, the Young Money’s first lady (who listens to “a lot of of gospel”) sat down to reveal how her success has affected her.

    “To know that I’m ‘making waves,’ it feels good, but it gives me a little bit more pressure,” Nicki told Elle, admitting that it’s changed the way she does things. How? Find out in the behind-the-scenes video below.

     

     

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    Lamar Odom reveals family

    Lamar Odom didn’t grow up in a big tight-knit family like his wife Khloé Kardashian did. In fact, neither of his parents were really around. His mother did when he was young, and his father was fighting his own battle.

    “My father’s a heroin addict,” Lamar revealed in a preview of his upcoming E! reality series, “Khloé  & Lamar,” debuting April 10 at 10 p.m. “I had my mother around until I was 12 years old when she passed away, and after that my father wasn’t around.”

    He added, “I witnessed things that a 10-year-old definitely wasn’t supposed to see… It’s hard for me to speak up on it and get it through to Khloé because she grew up so different.”

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    NBA Humor or Homo?

    Were they showing affection, joking around or letting the world know they’re in love?

    No one’s for sure, but no matter the cause, the effect has been an anti-gay backlash to a very brief video of Raptors teammates Leandro Barbosa and Reggie Evans holding hands after a game while walking to the locker room.

    The heated comments posted beneath the video on YouTube have since been deleted and commenting has been disabled.

    Although those sharing their thoughts via YouTube felt strongly, the Twitter world questions the big deal.

    “Is it really that serious?” asks one Twitter user.

    Another asks, “So constant butt-slapping is okay but holding hands isn’t? I just want to make sure I have the ‘rules’ down.”

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    Marvin Gaye biopic in the works

    Every few years or so since his death, someone attempts to produce a movie based on the life of slain R&B legend Marvin Gaye.

    This time, it’s director Julien Temple who wants to take on the task, and he may have the backing of Marvin’s record label, which is a good sign.

    Marvin’s ex-wife, Janice Gaye, said she’s skeptical about the project.

    “There is always that inevitable anxiety of people making a movie so that you can found out why [Marvin] was shot. That question always comes up—‘let’s dig into this and find out why Marvin’s father shot him.’ None of us will ever know that because all of the players in that horrible scene are dead,” she told EURweb.

    The film is tentatively titled Sexual Healing.

     

     

     

    – Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

     

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