Daily Buzz 1.12.12


    Aretha Franklin headlining Essence Fest

    The Queen of Soul will be heading down to the Big Easy this summer.

    It’s just been announced that Aretha Franklin will be on of the headline acts at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

    Mary J. Blige, Stephanie Mills and Charlie Wilson are also expected to perform during the festival, which runs from July 6 to July 8.


    Jim Jones and Chrissy discuss wedding plans

    It may still be a while before we see Jim Jones and Chrissy Lampkin jump the broom.

    The couple stopped by Hot 97 to discuss the wedding planning process with Angie Martinez. More accurately, Jim and Chrissy have yet to start preparation for their big day, whenever that is.

    They haven’t set a wedding date, but that may not be Jim’s fault. It looks like Chrissy is the one that may be letting her nerves get the better of her now.


    Is Khloé a Kardashian?!

    New speculation that Khloé might not be a true Kardashian has cropped up, and the reality TV family is chopping the gossip down.

    According to Star magazine, Robert Kardashian didn’t believe that Khloé was his daughter. After all, some say she looks nothing like her siblings, who all have a different build and coloring than hers. “Khloé  is not his kid—he told me that after we got married,” Jan Ashley, one of Robert’s ex-wives, told Star.

    Khloé ‘s mom Kris Jenner refuted the rumors on "Good Morning America" today, stating, “I was there. … I gave birth. I know who the dad was. Everything is good.”

    In the past, Khloé has joked about her maternity, and even got a DNA test during an episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" back in 2009. She wasn’t taking the gossip in stride yesterday, though.

    "The audacity you have to mention my father’s name like this! Should be ashamed of urself!" she tweeted Wednesday. "I let a lot of things slide but this one is really low… YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes you know who YOU are)."


    First Look: Middle of Nowhere

    What happens when a woman finds herself living between two worlds when her man gets locked up? The upcoming film Middle of Nowhere hopes to answer that while following the journey of a woman named Ruby (played by Emayatzy Corinealdi).

    Ruby is married to a man (played by Omari Hardwick) who gets incarcerated, leaving her to figure out life on her own while supporting him during his sentence.

    Check out a tease for the film below.



    Trailer: Dysfunctional Friends

    The death of an entrepreneur forces one group of estranged schoolmates together in Dysfunctional Friends.

    A trailer for the film shows Stacey Dash, Hosea Chanchez, Meagan Good and Persia White as part of the group who must spend a week getting reacquainted with each other in order to get their chunk of a sizeable estate.

    And be on the look out for Vanessa Simmons, who also joins the group during a rather uncomfortable reunion.



    Is Halle Berry having more kids?

    Halle Berry is reportedly becoming a wife again, and a repeat at motherhood might not be far behind.

    The 45-year-old actress might be considering creating a sibling for her daughter Nahla, RadarOnline.com reports.

    “Halle would love to have more kids, but she knows it might be difficult because of her age and the fact that she’s diabetic,” a source told RadarOnline.com. “If they can’t conceive, they’d definitely consider adoption.”


    Nicki Minaj talks Grammys

    Young Money artist Nicki Minaj is gearing up to perform at the Grammys, airing February 12 on CBS.

    “Vote for me. Help me. I’m from south side, Jamaica, Queens. I need your help. Vote,” said Nicki, who is also a nominee this year.

    “We are the hungry, struggling, up-and-coming newbies … show the kids some love,” she said, also requesting votes for Drake.

    “Happy to welcome @nickiminaj as a first-time performer on our GRAMMY Awards stage on Feb. 12!” read a Twitter post from the Grammy account.

    While the Grammy awards are known for pairing up unlikely artists, like Elton John and Eminem, there’s been no word yet on whether Nicki will be performing with another artist.

    Watch Nicki’s message below.



    Did Mariah Carey have a meltdown?

    Apparently, Mariah Carey overreacted a bit when her hubby Nick Cannon was admitted to a hospital in Aspen due to kidney stones.

    “Nick had the flu, which was made worse by the high altitude … He got dehydrated from the dry air and then developed terrible pain. Mariah freaked out,” a source told the National Enquirer.

    “While Nick lay in the hospital bed, hooked up to tubes, Mariah lectured him that he needed to slow down and watch his health,” the source said.

    According to the source, Nick’s condition was not the life-threatening kind, but Mariah made “a mountain out of his molehill of kidney stones,” said the source who referred to her as “a major drama queen.”




    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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