Daily Buzz 8.17.11

    Ledisi to headline tour

    Ledisi is about to take center stage on her very own tour. The singer, who Patti LaBelle has pegged as her successor, announced that she’ll be launching the Pieces of Me 2011 North American Tour this fall.

    According to Ledisi, the 20-city tour will kick off on October 20 in Raleigh, North Carolina, before wrapping up in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 23. Ledisi will make stops in New York (October 23), Atlanta (October 28) and Washington, D.C. (October 21), along the way.

    For a full list of tour dates and tickets, visit Ledisi’s official website.


    Dwayne Johnson goes ‘Joe’

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got into character for the first day of shooting on G.I. Joe 2. The  wrestler-turned-actor tweeted a pic of himself on the sandy set playing Roadblock, one of G.I. Joe’s strongest members.

    Dwayne will star alongside RZA, Channing Tatum and Ray Park when G.I. Joe 2 hits theaters June 29, 2012.  Scroll down to get a peek at what you can expect from Dwayne.



    R.Kelly heads up children’s parade

    R.Kelly rang the proverbial school bell in Chicago this week. The Pied Piper of R&B was riding high while serving as the grand marshal of Chi-Town’s annual Back-To-School Parade.

    Some bloggers are giving the decision to have Kels head up the parade the side-eye due to his past legal troubles and his confession that he is functionally illiterate. Love it or hate it, though, R.Kelly welcomed kids back to school in the video below.



    Godfrey stands up on Comedy Central

    Godfrey is about to run wild for his first Comedy Central special, Godfrey: Black By Accident. The comedian will crack on everything from rappers to the Olympics and uncomfortable bedding. Spoiler: he hates fitted sheets and comforters.

    Godfrey also proposes a couple of ways to improve a hearing test and how to survive Chicago’s blistering cold in the special that debuts August 27 at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central. The uncensored version of Godfrey: Black By Accident will be available on DVD starting August 30.


    Shaq wants to direct

    Shaq has his sights set on the movie business again! According to TMZ.com, the now-retired NBA player wants to work behind the camera.

    Reportedly, Shaq is learning how to direct at the New York Film Academy’s Filmmaking Conservatory at Universal Studios. Supposedly, he’s been getting very involved in his directing and cinematography classes by walking his film crew through scenes and stunts.

    Shaq has also been getting gold stars for good behavior as officials from the school said he’s been "incredibly humble, funny and likable."


    Behind-the-scenes: Beyoncé shoots for ‘InStyle

    is giving you an inside look at Beyoncé’s recent shoot for the magazine. Bey, who covers the magazine’s September issue, mixed modern style with classic interior design.

    In the video below, Bey works the camera in a variety of pretty poses and  interesting ensembles for the shoot. But check out who she had to share the set with!



    Ne-Yo remixes "Motivation"

    Ne-Yo has resurfaced to put his spin on Kelly Rowland’s summer hit "Motivation." The R&B crooner sings over the track as he tells the tale of a woman who has to take care of herself (ahem) when she can’t get ahold of her man.

    The track, titled "She Uses Me (Masturbation)," will be featured on Ne-Yo’s upcoming mixtape. The singer tweeted that project, hosted by Kevin Hart, will feature a mixture of singing and rapping.

    Check out Ne-Yo’s remix of "Motivation" below!





    Is Zoe Saldana the next female action hero?

    In her upcoming movie, Colombiana, Zoe Saldana performed many of her own stunts.

    "There’s this anger and this purpose that has calcified and become rock-solid," Zoe said about her character, a young woman who seeks revenge on those who killed her parents in front of her when she was only 9 years old.

    In the 15 years since the murder, she’s become a lean, mean, killing machine.

    Watch this "Access Hollywood: First Look" at the movie below.



    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott


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