Daily Buzz 5.17.11

    Happy Birthday, Ms. Jackson!

    Janet Jackson is celebrating another milestone as she turns 45 today, and she makes it look amazing!

    The singer-actress has had a good year so far. Her book "True You" hit the New York Times’ Bestseller’s list, she dropped an album of her best-loved hits and she’s selling out dates on her international #1s Tour!

    Sounds like Damita Jo has a lot to celebrate this year. Happy birthday, Janet!

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    Naturi Naughton becomes a Playboy Bunny

    NBC has just dropped a trailer for its sexy new series, "The Playboy Club," starring Naturi Naughton. The series has touches of the swag that made "Mad Men" such a hit, which is fitting. Alan Taylor, who worked on the AMC show, is directing the NBC drama.

    Naturi stars as Playboy Club waitress Brenda, who’s going for the brass ring of becoming Playboy’s first Black centerfold. But while she’s working at the club, she’s raking in a decent amount of money.

     

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    The Cannons bring babies home

    Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have brought home the newest additions to their family, Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon.

    "I’m finally HOME! w/ #dembabies + NC (also demdogs! lol)," Mariah tweeted over the weekend.

    The singer even revealed the twins’ nicknames, tweeting, "#dembabies aka Roc+Roe are sleeping peacefully :) I just finished singing 2 them (softly!) Feeling so blessed."

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    Don denies being on the DL

     

    CNN anchor Don Lemon revealed his sexual orientation yesterday, but denies that he knows anything about the down low.
     
    “I don’t really know about the down low because I haven’t played that game,” said Don. “It’s a double life. That just doesn’t happen in the Black community. It’s more prevalent in the Black community, but it happens in all cultures and all races,” added Don, who went on to explain why some Black men do play.
     
    “In Black culture, the worst thing you can be is a gay, Black man,” he said, noting that the widely held stereotypes of homosexual males make it difficult for men to come out.
     
    “I don’t want to be a woman. I’m not effeminate. I’m not weak at all… I think that the Black community, especially, needs to get over that,” Don said.
     

    Watch Don’s interview with Joy Behar.

     

     
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    New shows headed to OWN

     

    Oprah hasn’t given up on OWN yet. Four new shows are set to premiere on the network in June.
     
    “Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal,” premiering June 6, follows families who’ve survived infidelity. “The Dr. Laura Berman Show,” offering sex advice, will follow “Unfaithful.” “Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind” sounds similar to OWN’s “Master Class” and features interviews with successful celebrities such as Tyler Perry. “Visionaries” premieres June 17.  Carson Kressley’s show, “Carson Nation,” begins June 25. The fashion guru travels the world offering makeovers.
     
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    Lil Jon’s ‘Apprentice’ run over

     

    Lil Jon was eliminated from “Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday night’s episode after admitting he thought two other contestants were more deserving of the win.
     
    Jon, who said he was on the show to prove “that all rappers are not blunt-smoking, crack-selling, ignorant people,” made it farther than any other Black contestants on the show.
     
    He also raised about $80,000 for his charity, the United Methodist Children’s Home in Georgia.
     
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    Grant Hill offers anti-gay PSA

     

    About a month after Kobe Bryant was fined for using an anti-gay slur in anger during a game, the NBA has released a public service announcement urging youth to not use “gay” as a synonym for “stupid.”
     
    Grant Hill and Jared Dudley star in the ad and have received positive and negative feedback so far. Grant retweeted some comments from his followers. One read, “you gay for that sh!t.” Another read, “Your new commercial is gay.”
     
    Grant responded, “As you can see from my retweets, the PSA was necessary. “

     

    Watch the PSA.

     

     

     

     

    — Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

     

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