Daily Buzz 8.23.11


    BET honors Aaliyah


    BET is putting the finishing touches on a special honoring Aaliyah. The network will pay tribute to her on August 25, which will be the 10th anniversary of her tragic death.

    “With ‘Aaliyah: One In A Million,’ we celebrate her life, her music and what she meant to so many,” BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen Hill said in a statement. “Aaliyah was a beautiful angel and we’re so glad that we were able to assemble her friends and loved ones for this unique special.”

    The special, airing Thursday at 8 p.m., will feature some Aaliyah’s most popular videos, interview clips and personal stories from the singer’s familly, friends and colleagues. LaLa Vasquez, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Patti LaBelle and Damon Dash are all slated to appear during the hourlong special.


    Dwyane Wade hosts fantasy camp

    Dwyane Wade hit the court with some fans longing to fulfill their hoop dreams. The Miami Heat player hosted his first annual Fantasy Basketball Camp in Miami last week.

    For four days (August 18-21), campers sharpened their skills with technical training and ran drills before playing along side Dwyane. Not just anyone could get on the hardwood with the NBA player, though. The camp was only open to men at least 35 years old.

    Scroll down for a shot of Dwayne with the campers!


    Brandy signs with Sony

    Brandy has landed a new record deal! The Los Angeles Times reports that the singer signed a contract with RCA.

    The arrangement is a partnership between RCA and Breyon Prescott’s Chamelon Records that will see Brandy return to Sony Music Entertainment. At the label, she’ll join the likes of Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, R.Kelly and Justin Timberlake.

    “This is truly a blessing,” Brandy said in a statement. “Breyon Prescott, Peter Edge and Tom Corson [RCA Music Group’s president and chief operating officer] believe in me and have introduced me to a home that also believes and knows exactly what to do with the type of music I’m doing. Breyon and the team at RCA/Chameleon are creative and forward-thinking and I am thrilled to be working with them.”

    “Throughout her career, Brandy has consistently won the vote as everyone’s favorite female vocalist,” Chief Executive of RCA Music Group Peter Edge said in a statement. “I am sure that in her next chapter at RCA and in partnership with Breyon Prescott, we will record her most exciting music to date.”


    Patti LaBelle offers marriage advice

    Patti LaBelle offered her unique brand of marriage advice, complete with lip kisses for strangers, on the latest episode of NBC’s “The Marriage Ref.”

    The legendary singer, drenched in jewels, joined the panel of celebrity judges on Sunday’s show to determine which spouses were right in their ongoing arguments.

    Although Patti has been divorced for many years, she was married to her ex for more than 30 years and the two remain friends.

    Does that qualify her to dole out advice? Well, Bill Maher, a self-proclaimed bachelor, was also a judge. So, obviously marriage experience isn’t a must.

    Watch Patti mitigate the case of a couple whose argument revolves around his medieval fantasy world.



    Donald Faison engaged

    Clueless, Waiting to Exhale and “Scrubs” star, Donald Faison is tying the knot.

    The two announced their plans via Twitter when Donald borrowed a few lines from Beyoncé, tweeting, “If you like it then you better put a Ring on it.”

    His new fiancée, CaCee Cobb, replied, “If she likes it then she better say YES!!!”

    Donald has four children from a previous marriage. It will be the first marriage for CaCee who’s reportedly a friend of Jessica Simpson.


    Will Fat Joe change his name?

    Fat Joe, who’s lost enough weight to warrant a name change, has been surprised by fans’ reaction to his weight loss. However, he’s happy about it.

    The rapper told MTV that he thinks helping others lose might be his gift to the world.

    "I would always ask God, ‘Why do you keep blessing me?’ I think this is part of the reason why. I really believe that I can help thousands and thousands of people lose weight," Joe told MTV.

    "You just gotta really, really wanna do it. You gotta be disciplined," he said.


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