Monica delays album
Monica’s fans will have to wait just a little longer to hear New Life. The singer said she’s putting the album on hold while she and her label restructure the studio project and its marketing.
“I wanna thank u for your love, dedication & support. RCA & I are restructuring the entire plan for the album & the entire movement,” Monica tweeted.
The singer told her fans not to worry as the album is still coming out, although she failed to mention when the new release date might be.
“All is STILL IN MOTION…I Love u guys… NEW LIFE coming soon, pls continue to request ‘Until It’s Gone’ at radio & video outlets. Be Blessed."
Kevin Hart does ‘Modern Family’
Kevin Hart made his first appearance on ABC’s "Modern Family" last night. He was introduced on the series as a neighbor who helps Phil Dunphy out of a precarious situation. Bonus: They get to build a tree house! Sweet.
Kevin’s character, which will be a recurring one, isn’t a carpenter by trade. Instead he works as a podiatrist and gives Phil street cred. Take a look!
CBS wins Janet Jackson Super Bowl case
The courts are still siding with CBS over Janet Jackson’s infamous nip slip at Super Bowl XXXVIII. The Wrap reports that Philadelphia’s 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the Federal Communications Commission went too hard on CBS for Janet’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004.
The FCC fined CBS $550,000 after Janet’s left breast was exposed on live TV during her half-time show performance with Justin Timberlake.
The court’s decision reverses that fine because the FCC leveled its punishment "arbitrarily and capriciously." The ruling comes after years of arbitration.
Phaedra Parks connects reality TV and bullying
The leading ladies of “Basketball Wives” have jokingly been referred to as “the wolf pack,” and reality star Phaedra Parks said that the actions of some of the women of reality TV can encourage bullying.
“Unfortunately, I do think that reality TV has spawned a whole culture of bullying," Phaedra recently told The Associated Press. "I believe that the behavior you see on reality TV does not exactly exemplify how adults should be conducting themselves."
Although Phaedra, who will return to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” for a second season, has been able to avoid a lot of outrageous drama so far, not all of her co-stars have achieved the same feat.
"We have to say that violence is unacceptable," Phaedra said. "We have to learn to resolve our issues by communicating effectively."
Tune in to season 4 of “RHOA” on Sunday to see if Phaedra and her co-stars take her advice.
Taraji P. Henson doesn’t mix business with pleasure
Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson talked to Wendy Williams why she hasn’t dated Terrence Howard or Tyrese Gibson.
“If I did, I will tell you,” said Taraji, who admitted that she did date rapper Common.
However, she prefers not to become intimate with co-stars.
“Whatever you do in your private life, should be just that: private,” Taraji said. “If you’re having sex with them, why would they want to work with you again?”
Taraji also talked about Drake and a Baby Boy sequel. Watch below.
Nas lends verse to Amy Winehouse track
Amy Winehouse’s previously unreleased collaboration with Nas, "Like Smoke," has just made its way online.
The track features Amy’s raspy, rich vocals crooning over a draggy big band jam. Nas seamlessly weaves his lyrics into the vibe of the song, which you can listen to here!
Anthony Hamilton names album
Anthony Hamilton’s next studio project finally has a title! The singer announced that his fourth album will be named Back To Love. He hopes the album will remind people to slow down and enjoy the things that matter most in life.
“We live our life, day to day, month to month, year to year, doing so much that we forget the love, the people around us, the things around us, and just life itself,” Anthony said in a statement. “I want to remind people that it’s okay to be in love with yourself and the loved ones in your life.”
Back To Love will be out just in time to ring in the new year as it hits stores and online retailers on December 31.
—Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott