Daily Buzz 10.27.11

     

    Mary J. Blige added to VH1 Divas

    Mary J. Blige will help pay tribute to soul music’s greatest cities on "VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul."

    VH1 announced that Jennifer Hudson and Jill Scott will also hit the stage for the special, premiering December 19 at 9 p.m. EST.

    The news comes on the heels of Mary releasing her new Drake-assisted single "Mr. Wrong," which you can hear below!
     

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    Beyoncé debuts ‘Party’

    Beyoncé is having everyone over for a backyard bash in the video for "Party." Though the leaves are changing, the diva is recalling the days of summer with the clip.

    Bey enlisted the help of Kelly and Solange to make the shindig sizzle with slamming music and outstanding style, despite the less-than-glamorous settings.

    J.Cole also pops in to provide a verse that pays hommage to Doug E. Fresh. Check out how Beyonce hits her Dougie when you watch "Party" below.
     

     

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    Kerry Washington cast in Django

    Kerry Washington will play a slave, starring alongside Jamie Foxx, in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino flick Django Unchained.

    Deadline.com  reports that Kerry has been cast as Django’s wife, Broomhilda. Django aims to free Broomhilda from the clutches of her evil master Calvin Candie.

    Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play Calvin, and WhoGotTheRole.com reports that Samuel L. Jackson will appear in the movie as a house slave named Stephen. Look for Django Unchained to hit theaters on December 25, 2012.

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    Documentary explores Black suburban experience

    Director Melissa Lowrey is shedding new light on the challenges of growing up Black in a predominately White town.

    Melissa’s documentary Black Girls In Suburbia will examine the Black female experience of coming of age surrounded by people that don’t look or act like them. Between giving a "good representation" of the Black community and being ostracized for being "too White," girls in this position have a lot on their shoulders.

    Get an idea of what we mean when you watch the trailer for Black Girls In Suburbia below.
     

     

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    Lil Mama’s a hustler!

    Lil Mama is back with a new song, touting her ability to fatten her bank account.

    The New York rapper enlisted the help of A Dot Mitch and Shawn Marvel for "Hustler Girl," which you can listen to here.
     

     

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    Carmelo Anthony talks lockout

    The NBA’s Carmelo Anthony doesn’t know when he’ll officially return to work, thanks to the ongoing NBA lockout, but he’s still balling.

    “There’s a lot of talk going back and forth. In the meantime, all we can do is keep on working,” he told “Access Hollywood.”

    Carmelo, who was attending the GQ’s Gentleman’s Ball in NYC, said he hopes his wife LaLa sees him as a gentleman.

    “I was just told by several others that I was considered a gentleman. So, I’ll take that,” said Carmelo, who’s already making plans for Halloween.

    What will Carmelo be for Halloween? Watch.

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    Christina Milian joins ‘The Voice’

    Singer and actress Christina Milian will be joining NBC’s “The Voice” as the new social media correspondent.

    "I’m officially your eyes and ears behind and beyond the stage for ‘The Voice’ so if you’re a major fan you may wanna follow me!" she tweeted Wednesday.

    Christina will add more star power to the vocal competition show, which already boasts Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green as coaches for the contestants.

    The new season premieres February 5 after the Super Bowl.

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    Samuel L. Jackson enters record books

    There was a time when it seemed a movie wasn’t made without a role for Samuel L. Jackson. He’s starred in movies from Coming to America to Jurassic Park to Snakes on a Plane and Pulp Fiction.

    It seems that’s paid off. Sammy has been named the highest-grossing actor of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records, according to the New York Daily News, earning more than $7.42 billion over the course of his lucrative career.

    And he’s not done yet! He’s already set to star in three movies in 2012.

    "When I was a kid, all the adults in my house got up and went to work every day. I assumed that’s what grown people do. That’s what I do. I just happen to have a very interesting job that’s kind of cool!" he told CBS News.

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    Michael B. Jordan stars in ‘Chronicle’

    Actor Michael B. Jordan, whose impressive career includes roles in “The Wire,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” is set to star in two big upcoming releases.

    The actor will be flying high as a Tuskegee Airmen in Red Tails, and he’s also in the upcoming film Chronicle in which three teens end up with super powers.

    Unfortunately, at least one member of the trio decides to go rogue with his new abilities, and that leads to drama.

    Watch the trailer here.

     

     

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    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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