Daily Buzz 5.26.11

    Beyoncé  performs on ‘American Idol’

    Beyoncé just needs to be loved. The diva debuted her new single, "1+1", in a stirring performance on the "American Idol" finale last night. Before she launched into the ballad celebrating how precious love is, she said, "This is my favorite song."

    Foregoing the flashy elements of her Billboard Music Awards set, Bey just stood on the stage and belted out the song in a way that gave us tingles! 


    Luke bumped from mayoral race

    Uncle Luke’s dreams of entering the political arena have been dashed.

    The Miami Herald reports that Luke lost his bid for Miami mayor in a round of voting that cut the number of candidates down to two. Originally 11 people were running for office.

    Luke earned 11 percent of the vote, placing him fourth among candidates.


    LisaRaye McCoy refutes rumble

    LisaRaye McCoy is denying claims that she got into a cat fight with "Single Ladies" co-star Stacey Dash.

    "Here’s the thing: I am too grow to put myself in that position," LisaRaye said during her visit to "The Wendy Williams Show." The actress admits that although tempers can flare on the Atlanta set, things never got physical between her and Stacey.

    "We’re filming 13 to 15 hours a day," LisaRaye explained. "So, when you have that much time on your hands and you’re seeing each other every day, there’s going to be creative differences, there’s going to be some words exchanged."

    But as she put it, all that drama is water under the bridge. "That was yesterday and we’ve moved on, and at the end of the day, we’re making a great product," the actress said.

    Although the part of Keisha was written for her, LisaRaye reveals how she almost didn’t get the part in the video below.


    Jill Scott pushes album up

    Jill Scott can’t wait to drop her new album, so she’s releasing it ahead of schedule!

    TheLoop21.com reports that Jill has pushed up the release of Light of the Sun to June 21. Fans can expect to hear Paul Wall, Anthony Hamilton, Doug E. Fresh and Eve pop in on the album.

    This news comes as Jill gets ready to debut her "So in Love" video on BET’s "106 & Park" later today.


    ‘Love & Hip Hop’ returns this fall

    "Love & Hip Hop" is coming back for a second season, but when can you expect to see Olivia and her girls on screen again?

    SingersRoom.net reports that season 2 is tentatively slated for a 10-episode run starting this fall. Olivia has no reservations about going in for another round of "Love & Hip Hop."

    "For the most part it’s been very positive for me," Olivia told YouKnowIGotSoul.com. "Of course, edits can do certain thing[s], but you’ve got to have some BS along with the good stuff because everybody doesn’t want to watch all good stuff and I know that. So I’m not even mad at any of the stuff on the show."

    She added, "I’m probably the one that came out the best on the show, so I would definitely do another season."


    New Black history museum opening in D.C.

    Chocolate City is getting ready to welcome another Black history attraction. The New African-American Civil War Memorial & Museum will be opening its doors at 1925 Vermont Ave. NW this July.

    The Grand Opening, a three-day event, will kick off on July 16 by answering the immortal question: "Can’t we all just get along?"  A Conference on Racial Reconciliation in America will be held that day.

    On July 17, the museum will host a Civil War to Civil Rights Film Festival; and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent Gray will officially welcome the attraction to the community with a ribbon cutting on July 18.

    For more information visit AfroAmCivilWar.org.


    — Sonya Eskridge



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