Daily Buzz 6.24.11


    Kelly Rowland readies workout DVD

    Kelly Rowland has teamed up with Jeanette Jenkins to help you shrink your midsection. The "Motivation" singer and the celebrity trainer have shot a Sexy Abs DVD. Jeanette has been whipping famous women into shape for years, and Sexy Abs brings her high-energy training style to a TV near you.

    Jeanette told us that the DVD should be out around Thanksgiving to help you fight the holiday battle of the bulge. From the pic below, it looks like she knows what she’s doing!

    And check out this video from the set where Jeanette talks about how to keep your tresses intact while you workout.




    Gabourey Sidbie talks about the swirl

    Gabourey Sidibe was a little, um, nice when she sat down with Chelsea Handler recently. The "Chelsea Lately" host made sure she supplied the actress with lots of margaritas.

    That’s all it took for the interview to become a televised girls’ night. As such, the topic of men naturally came up and Chelsea asked her guest what she preferred in a man.

    "I just like a guy. I’m not super, super big on race, although I love a sexy, sexy Black man," Gabby said before pointing out that she wasn’t the only one on set who likes a little chocolate. It’s rumored that Chelsea had a fling with 50 Cent a few months ago. "Some of you White girls love you a sexy Black man, too."



    Monica announces new album

    R&B singer Monica hit up UStream last night to announce that she’s working on a new baby in the studio. The newlywed, who married Shannon Brown last year after a whirlwind romance, revealed that her upcoming album, titled New Life, is slated to drop this fall.

    “The label [J Records] has asked me, do I want to take an October 4 date," Monica said. “Over the next month I’ll decide, because as of right now, we’re pressing up the new single and trying to get some clearances, which are very difficult, so if anything changes it will only be because of that. We’re working on it and I’m thinking that I will keep that October 4 date.”

    New Life is a fitting title for the project, as her music will refelect the major changes that have happened in her life. “You get to hear some different flavors, but it’s definitely R&B,” Monica explained. “I think when you’re in a happy place, you’re able to do your job a lot easier.”


    Estelle debuts ‘Break My Heart’

    Estelle is hoping someone’s there to catch her as she falls in love. The British songbird has just dropped the luxurious video for "Break My Heart."

    Although initial shots from the set made it seem like her collaborator Rick Ross was her leading man, Estelle’s love interest may just have been a figment of her imagaination.



    "Basketball Wives" getting new cast member?

    Shaunie O’Neal might be adding another woman to the team on "Basketball Wives." Celebuzz.com reports that Carmen Murray, ex-wife of Lamond Murray, is in talks to join the cast.

    A deal hasn’t been inked just yet, but Carmen could be a breath of fresh air on the show as she has an establised career as a music executive. Melanie Fiona is even one of her clients. Neither Shaunie nor VH1 has confirmed the buzz, but if Carmen (pictured below on the far right) does sign on for the show, she’ll hopefully be joining the Miami cast, and all the drama that comes with it, soon. 


    Russell Simmons coaches moguls in the making

    Can you hear him now? Russell Simmons was in the house for a night of networking and giveaways sponsored by Verizon Wireless for African-American small business owners at the Midtown Loft & Terrace in New York on Tuesday.

     Guests were able to tweet questions to a panel that consisted of some business heavy hitters: Russell Simmons, FUBU creator and ABC "Shark Tank" star Daymond John, and financial expert Ryan Mack comprised the power-packed panel. The discussion was led by Caroline Clark, who is currently the executive editor of Black Enterprise magazine.

    More than 200 small business owners joined in hearing Russell share the journey of his own success and his advice on running your own business, technology and overcoming challenges.


    Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino team up

    Director Quentin Tarantino has selected Jamie Foxx to star as the lead character in the new film Django Unchained.

    Jamie hasn’t signed on the dotted line just yet, according to Deadline.com, who reports that negotiations have begun.

    The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. The film is described as “a Western set in Mississippi during slavery.”

    Although Will Smith was the first choice, Deadline.com reports that an agreement was never reached.

    Reginald Hudlin is listed as a producer on the film.


    Mike Tyson drama coming to HBO

    What was life like for Mike Tyson growing up? HBO thinks you’d like to know. The network is producing a drama series based on the prizefighter’s life growing up in New Jersey.

    “Da Brick” is described as “a contemporary exploration of what it means to be a young, Black man in supposedly post-racial America and is loosely inspired by aspects of Tyson’s youth,” Deadline.com reports.

    Spike Lee will direct the project, while Doug Ellin, creator of HBO’s “Entourage,” will produce it.

    “The initial idea was ‘Entourage’ meets ‘The Wire,’” Doug said.



    Kevin Hart, Shaquille O’Neal do ‘Tonight Show’

    Shaquille O’Neal invited himself onstage on last night’s "Tonight Show" when Kevin Hart started poking fun at him.

    "I saw his big behind in the back. What is Shaq doing? Since his retirement he has nothing to do. He’s in the most random places," Kevin said. "I saw him at Home Depot."

    Kevin also jokes with Justin Timberlake about the missing Black member of N Sync. Watch.



    Bishop Paul Morton calls on Eddie Long to repent

    Maybe Creflo Dollar wants Eddie Long’s congregation to forget about the New Birth leader’s "wreck," but Bishop Paul Morton is calling on Eddie to repent.

    Pastor Paul told his congregation that he’s "rebuking" Eddie, as the Bible instructs, untill Eddie shares the details of what happened between him and his four accusers.

    "If he repent, forgive him. I can’t forgive somebody who does not repent," Paul said. "Repent. Don’t worry ’bout folk now. God can turn your situation around and give you a second chance. Just repent," said Paul who urged Eddie to "let the body of Christ know."

    Watch Paul’s message below.



    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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