Daily Buzz 7.5.11

    Fantasia curses at critics

    Fantasia is tired of her critics, and she’s letting them know in it in no uncertain terms. The "Bittersweet" singer filmed a skit for her appearance at the Essence Music Festival, where she told her haters how she feels about their opinion.

    Watch it below, but stick around for her incredible cover of Prince’s "Kiss." Fannie, who still hasn’t commented on her rumored pregnancy, decided to keep people guessing about her baby bump status by wearing an loose, empire waist dress.



    Diddy plays basketball with sons

    Diddy’s creating a stir with a video of him playing basketball with some of his kids. What would otherwise be an unremarkable BOSSIP.com video, has grabbed attention by being labeled a "Light Skin vs. Dark Skin" match.

    There’s no word on who put that label on the video, but a copy posted to WorldStarHipHop.com reportedly did not include that header.




    Jill Scott hits No. 1

    Jill Scott’s latest album, The Light of the Sun, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

    The effort sold 135,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    Light is the fourth studio album from Jill, who graces the cover of the July issue of Billboard magazine.

    The album is Jill’s first project under a new distribution partnership with her label, Blue Babe Records, and Warner Bros.

    Jill told Billboard, “It’s exciting because it’s on my own terms.”


    Vanessa Williams working on memoirs

    Vanessa Williams isn’t just writing about her own life in her upcoming memoirs, the "Desperate Housewives" star will also be telling the story of her mother, who had to shelter her mixed-race daughter from the racism that surrounded her.

    “A lot of people are interested in the struggles of my life,” she said. “My parents, and particularly my mother, has very different memories of stuff that she sheltered me from,” said Vanessa.

    Vanessa said her family experienced a lot of racial discrimination even after she was crowned Miss American in 1983.

    Vanessa talks more about her upcoming book in the video below.



    Malik Yoba returns to TV

    Malik Yoba, who’s best known for his roles in “New York Undercover” and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? films, is returning to TV in “Alphas.”

    The premise of the story is reminiscent of NBC’s hit drama, “Heroes” in that it follows a group of beings with extraordinary powers. The five main “alphas” on the show use their powers to fight and solve crimes.

    Malik co-stars as Bill Harkin, a man with super strength.

    Watch a preview of the series, premiering Monday, July 11.







    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott


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