Daily Buzz 5.10.11

    Usher uses tour to empower youth

    Usher loves the kids so much that he’s announced his first ever double tour. The singer’s New Look Foundation will run a Powered by Service Tour in five cities alongside his OMG Tour.

    The Powered by Service tour, which started May 8 in New York City, puts 50 local kids through leadership training and give them all with a chance to meet Usher. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the New Look Foundation.

    "Music is what brings us together as one world and I’m excited to see this generation use its voice to be powered by service,” Usher said in a statement. “Our youth leaders have been doing an incredible job throughout the country and around the world. We are excited to bring this successful model to these five great cities”

    The Powered by Service Tour will be heading to Detroit on May 15. From there it will move onto Chicago (May 20) and Vancouver (May 25) before wrappng up in Los Angeles on June 1.


    Donald Trump: I’m not racist

    Donald Trump is still trying to convince America that he’s cool with "the Blacks." During a call to "Fox & Friends" on Monday, he put a new reality TV spin on the denial, "I’m not racist, one of my best friends is Black," by pointing out that he hired a Black man in 2005.

    "Randal Pinkett won on The Apprentice a little while ago, a couple years ago," Donald said, "and Randal’s been outstanding in every way. So I am the least racist person."

    And he argued that his problem with President Barack Obama has nothing to do with race, either. "When it comes to racism and racists, I am the least racist person there is. And I think most people that know me would tell you that," Donald insisted. "I am the least racist. I’ve had great relationships."

    Donald even gave the president props in the clip posted below.


    Mashonda won’t return to ‘Love’

    Mashonda’s breaking up with ‘Love & Hip Hop." The singer told Hip Hop Weekly that she’s got no plans to return for a second season of the VH1 reality show.

    “I just don’t feel like at this point in my life, ‘Love and Hip Hop’ represents who I am, it’s just a chapter that is over," Mashonda said.

    The main reason you won’t see her, even in a limited capacity, is because "Love & Hip Hop" was not at all what she thought it would be.

    "When I shot the show, I thought that it was going to be like more of a sisterhood," Mashonda explained, "but when I saw a lot of the drama and the beef, I was a little surprised, I was like ‘Wow, okay. I didn’t know this was going to be apart of what this is.’”

    Dwight Howard dons mouse ears

    Dwight Howard is gearing up to take a trip through a galaxy far, far away… Okay, not really. But the Orlando Magic player did pop on a pair of R2 D2-inspired mouse ears for Disney World’s newest attraction, Star Tours.

    The feature isn’t set to officially open until May 20 during Star Wars weekend, but in the pic below, it seems that Dwight made friends with Chewbacca.


    Brian McKnight dropping double disc

    Brian McKnight is gving fans a two-for-one with his upcoming release, Just Me. The singer announced that his next album, dropping July 12, will actually be a two-disc set.

    Just Me will include a full studio album and and a live CD. Although Brian’s voice might be the only one you hear on the album, production on Just Me was definitely a family affair.

    “For me, one of the greatest things about this album is that all the new tracks were collaborations between me and my sons BJ & Niko," Brian said in a statement. "Under the name C.A.T.S., we wrote and co-produced these tracks with a sound I think the fans are going to love.”




    50 Cent channels Alex Haley

    Rapper 50 Cent will trace his ancestral roots to all the way back to the days of slavery in the VH1 special “50 Cent: The Origin of Me.”

    The Get Rich or Die Trying artist will begin his journey in Edgefield South Carolina. There, 50, also known as Curtis Jackson, traces his genealogy back to his great-great-great grandmother who once lived and worked as a slave.

    The special airs Monday, May 23 at 9 p.m. (EST).


    Salt denies money woes

    Cheryl “Salt” James is denying rumors that she’s broke.

    The story of Salt’s troubled finances was reported by MediaTakeOut.com. The site indicated that she was “forced to sell” her New York residence.

    “Salt has owned her home since 2001 and is not [in] danger of losing it,” her spokeswoman told EURweb, pointing out that the legendary rap artist is moving to Atlanta to be closer to her mother.


    Is Moriah gay?

    The blogs and social media sites are buzzing about a recent photo of Moriah Johnson of BET’s “Baldwin Hills” fame.

    The image shows a shirtless Moriah standing with another almost-nude fellow whose arm is wrapped around the reality star.

    Some have identified the mystery man as Moriah’s brother, but based on Twitter and Facebook feedback, few believe the photo is heterosexual even for brothers expressing brotherly love.







     — Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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