Daily Buzz 10.18.11


    Conrad Murray trial on hold until Wednesday

    Conrad Murray’s trial has been put on pause again after taking last Friday off.

    CNN reports that the prosecution is holding testimony from its final witness until tomorrow because of a death in the witness’s family. This news comes just as the prosecution was ready to rest its case, which revolves around Dr. Murray being tried for the death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

    The witness in question, Dr. Steven Shafer, was on his way to an anesthesiology conference in Chicago when he found out that his father had passed away.

    According to the Associated Press, the judge decided to hold the trial until Wednesday after he’d already given the defense more time to prepare its reaction to tests run by the coroner’s office last week.


    Lil Kim releases new song

    Lil Kim has released her second new track this week. This time she got the help of DJ Khaled for "OD."
    Take a listen to the new song, in which she introduces a new alias, below,

    "O.D." comes just two days after Kim’s last track, "Spend A Milli," leaked online. Listen to it below!



    Jay-Z gets animated

    Jay-Z loves the kids, and he wants them to understand the importance of fiscal responsibility. That’s why the rapper has lent his voice to the Hub TV special mini-series "Secret Millionaires Club."

    During his cameo, Jay plays himself and "promotes financial literacy for kids." Watch his clip below and find out how he manages to plug his charity during the brief appearance.





    Tami Roman loves ‘That Girl’

    Tami Roman, star of “Basketball Wives,” has made it known that she was an actor long before she signed on as a cast member on the VH1 reality series.

    It seems things are coming full circle for Tami, who showed up as a guest star on TV One’s “Love That Girl” this week.

    Tami played a neighbor to the show’s star, Tatyana Ali.

    Tami, who tweeted about her appearance, thanked fans for their supportive feedback.




    Meet Monroe and Moroccan

    New parents Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey will introduce the world to their twins on Friday when the couple sits down with Barbara Walters for a “20/20” exclusive.


    Although the parents have shared a few obscure images of the children—a fist here, a foot there—Friday will mark the first time fans will get a good look at the blessed babies.

    Watch a peek.
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    Amber Riley joins Divas

    Starting to sing at the age of 2, Amber Riley is certainly far from shy, and the “Glee” star will soon take the stage to raise money for a topic that many still consider taboo: AIDS.

    Divas Simply Singing, the 21st annual AIDS benefit concert, is scheduled to take place October 22 in L.A. Also set to blaze the stage are Bonnie Pointer, Kelly Price, hip-hop FeMC Yo-Yo and Frenchie Davis from NBC’s "The Voice." 

    The annual event is the brainchild of “Moesha” star Sheryl Lee Ralph.


    ‘Angels’ has fallen

    ABC’s newest version of “Charlie’s Angels” has been canceled. 

    “The truth is, we won’t know if all our creative bets pay off until the show airs. We have our fingers crossed that the angles will be smiling on us,” wrote Entertainment Weekly critics Al Gough and Miles. Apparently their finger-crossing was in vein.

    ABC shut down production on the remake of the famous ‘70s TV series. Only four of the eight shot episodes have aired. Last week’s episode increased the show’s rating by a tenth of a point, helping the show reach 6 million viewers. That didn’t do much for the status of the show, though; these angels’ wings have been snipped. 

    The most-recent incarnation of “Angels” was the first to feature a Black woman in one of the lead roles.


    Will a Black designer finally win ‘Project Runway’?

    Mychael Knight and Korto Momolu are two “Project Runway” alumni who almost took home the title on their perspective seasons. In the show’s eight seasons, there has yet to be an African-American winner; however, Kimberly Goldson may be the first.

    Kimberly is one of four finalists who will be presented a collection at this year’s Fashion Week, which hasn’t actually happened yet on the show. Along with Kimberly are contestants Anya, Viktor and Joshua.

    The self-taught designer from Maryland has impressed the judges in the episodes that have aired so far.

    When host Heidi Klum asked Kim why she should go to Fashion Week, she said, “I’d like to change the face of Fashion Week. I would like to change the perception for what designer is supposed to be, where she’s supposed to come from, and I think I have the goods for that.”

    Good luck, Kimberly!


    Get more on Kim here. Watch.



    What do Game and Chris Brown have in common?

    Game’s “Pot of Gold,” featuring Chris Brown, has been getting plenty of love. In the first single from the long-awaited album, the L.A. native gets some things off his chest that are quite opposite from his usual subjects.

    Game performed the song recently on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” While backstage, he explained how he and Chris Brown are finally getting their “pots of gold” and why he wanted to have the formerly ostracized crooner on the track.

    “The lyrics are basically just talking about coming from a situation that could have rendered yourself helpless and being able to champion yourself through it and come to some type of triumph after which is something I’ve been doing all my career,” he said, drawing a parallel between his struggles and what Chris has gone through since his altercation with Rihanna years ago.

    Game also talks about proposing to his girlfriend.

    “Sometimes you gotta give a woman what she deserves,” he said.

    Watch more.




    —Sonya Eskridge, Ciara Smith and Tracy L. Scott

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