Daily Buzz 5.23.11

    Faith Evans files for divorce

    Faith Evans is officially ready to end her marriage to her estranged hubby and manager, Todd Russaw.

    Court documents filed in Los Angeles County on May 17 cite "irreconcilable differences" for the break. Faith and Todd have been legally separated since December 2005.

    The "Gone Already" singer has requested sole physical custody of their kids, 13-year- old Joshua and 4-year-old Ryder, but papers state that she wants joint legal custody. Those doing the math will realize that Ryder was born after Faith and Todd separated.

    Leona Lewis goes reggae

    Leona Lewis decided to put a new twist on her sound during a visit to BBC Radio’s "Live Lounge."

    She remixed her hit "Better In Time" to the tune of Rihanna’s reggae-tinged single "Man Down." She also threw in a few lyrics from the Bajan songbird’s track for good measure. Take a listen and tell us what you think!

    J. Cole unveils ‘Return of Simba’

    J. Cole put a little hip-hop on one of favorite Disney movies in his new single "Return of Simba." According to Rap-Up.com this actually the latest track in a string of tracks inspired by The Lion King by the Roc Nation rapper.

    "Return of Simba," which you can hear below, drops just days before J’s set to release an official single.



    Oscar De La Hoya enters rehab

    Oscar De La Hoya is getting help for his issues with substance abuse.

    TMZ.com reports that the boxer is seeking treatment at a California facility where he checked in some time in the last few weeks.

    Oscar, who has 39-6 career record and an Olympic Gold Medal, issued a statement on the matter and requested privacy while he gets better.

    "After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on. Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws," he said in the statement. "Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head-on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person."

    Since then Oscar has chosen to address the public, open-diary-style, via Twitter.

    "Stop finding excuses not to live," Oscar said in an introspective tweet he recently posted. "Life is controlled by what you make of it and not of what it makes of you."

    Supposedly the program is also helping the boxer conquer a few emotional demons, as he also tweeted, "Take a deep breath and let out all that anger that makes you hate. It really is going to be o.k."




    Alicia loves Oprah

    Alicia Keys will be featured as part of the star-studded surprise spectacular honoring Oprah Winfrey this week as the 25-year-old series winds down.

    “I just enjoyed the entire thing,” Alicia told “Access Hollywood.”

    “For me, this was like one of the all-time moments of my life. I felt so honored to be there,” she said.

    Alicia said she holds Oprah in high regard because Oprah tries to make a real connection with people.

    “You meet a lot of people, and they don’t necessarily look you in the eye and you don’t feel like they’re necessarily connecting with you as a person. I really appreciate the way that she connects with every person she meets,” Alicia said.

    Watch more of Alicia’s Oprah conversation below.


    Chaka honored with Hollywood star


    That walk through the fire might be a little easier for Chaka Khan now that the sidewalk has her name all over it.

    The Grammy winner was joined by Stevie Wonder as her star, the 2,440th one to hit the pavement, was revealed on the well-known Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    “This is a blessing. This is another jewel in a crown of many jewels that I wear spiritually,” said the “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel for You” artist. “Singing is my sanity. That is the way I stay balanced as I possibly can, if you want to call this a balance. The best thing that you can do is to do something that you love and believe in,” she added.







    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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