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Sony Pictures is reportedly paying close to $60 million to AEG Entertainment for the 80 hours of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” concert rehearsal footage. Before the icon’s sudden death on June 25, the 50-night concert was set to begin this month in London at the O2 arena. Sony is planning to release a film […]

Decide for yourself. Last month, Brown pled guilty to a felony assault charge for physically engaging singer Rihanna in February. His sentence includes five years of supervised probation, completion of a domestic violence counseling program, and six months of community service in his home state of Virginia. Speak your peace.

American icon Michael Jackson, lead singer of the ’70s R&B group The Jackson 5, later renamed The Jacksons after a record-label change, and winner of 10 individual Grammys as a solo artist in the ’80s, died today of sudden cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He was 50. The King of Pop made history with the 1982 release of […]

R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty Monday in a Los Angeles court to one count of felony assault involving pop diva Rihanna on February 8. Brown will be formally sentenced on August  5, but his plea deal requires him to perform 6 months of community service and serve five years of supervised probation in his home […]

FOX is making a seemingly serious effort to embed diversity themes and talent at the earliest stages of program development. Ron Taylor, the TV network’s new VP of diverse programming and content, is the most recent example of this effort. Taylor will oversee script development reflective of diverse themes and/or written by writers from diverse […]

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (top) is starring in a new film about police corruption with Richard T. Jones (middle photo), Chris Klein, and Adam Rodriguez. Jackson, who is executive producing with Chris Lighty and Tim Roth, plays a gang-banger-turned-informant in Caught in the Crossfire, written and directed by newcomer Brian Miller, who attended film school in Grand Rapids, Mich., […]

Exodus Tyson, the four-year-old daughter of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and his 34-year-old girlfriend Sol Xochitl, died yesterday in a Phoenix hospital after a tragic accident in her family’s home. According to E!Online, the little girl was apparently playing on or near a treadmill and somehow became entangled in a cord hanging from the […]

  Suzanne de Passe, the chairman and CEO of de Passe Entertainment who began her career at Motown Records, along with Steven Spielberg and Madison Jones, will produce the first motion picture authorized by The King estate that examines the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DreamWorks Studios acquired the rights to the life of the […]

Veteran actress Zoe Saldana, 30, plays the lovely Nyota Uhura in the new Star Trek prequel, directed by J.J. Abrams, that opened in theatres over the weekend and soared to #1 with an estimated $76.5 million in box-office receipts. The role of Uhura was made famous by Nichelle Nichols in the 60s TV series by the […]

Sultry singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele, whose 2007 debut CD, I Am, earned her a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the single “Be OK” featuring, released Epiphany yesterday with new songs by prolific singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. Together, the talented twosome will likely make Chrisette Michele more radio-friendly and give her the attention and exposure she most assuredly deserves. […]

Pop singer Rihanna attended the annual benefit for the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute in New York last night, wearing a tuxedo with padded, or perhaps puffed, sleeves for the high-profile fashion event. Her appearance at the gala is supposedly her first after former boyfriend Chris Brown, 20, allegedly attacked her in Los Angeles, just before the Grammys, […]

Now playing, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx stars in The Soloist, the story of Nathaniel Ayers, a gifted, but troubled, violinist. The film is based on a series of columns in the Los Angeles Times by writer Steve Lopez, who discovered Ayers on the streets of L.A. Some critics say the storytelling is overwrought, but others ponder […]

American Violet, starring Oscar-nominated actress Alfre’ Woodard, examines the life and struggles of an African-American family trying to win back the freedom of daughter Dee Roberts, a single mother of four wrongly accused of drug dealing. The character of Dee Roberts, played by Nicole Beharie, is based on the real story of Regina Kelly, who […]

For you Dancing with the Stars devotees…Lil’ Kim jives her way to a score of 28 with partner Derek Hough during last night’s live airing of the show. She has really reinvented herself…and our pride is growing. Host Tom Bergeron helped Lil’ Kim with a wardrobe malfunction just before the judges revealed their scores. Nice […]

Hard-working actor Samuel L. Jackson, 60, will host the ESPY Awards, ESPN’s awards gala for sports, on July 19 for the fourth time. He previously hosted in 1999, 2001, and 2002. After nominations are announced in the next few weeks, sports fans will vote online to determine the winners. The show will air from the Nokia […]

R&B singer Chris Brown, 19, who was arrested last month for attacking girlfriend and pop superstar Rihanna, has pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday to charges of “felony assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats.” If convicted, he could serve five years in prison or probation. According to several reports, Brown […]

Emmy-winning journalist and Access Hollywood anchor Shaun Robinson has written a new book that offers advice and wisdom for young girls from the celebrities they adore. In short, you’re beautiful exactly as you are…and even celebrities are flawed. Worth checking out if you have a teenage girl at home. Speak your peace.

Two-time Grammy-winner T.I. (real name: Clifford Joseph Harris) was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for federal weapons charges. He has 6 to 8 weeks to report to prison. The 28-year-old rapper, actor, and producer was supposed to spend four years in jail for his crime, but his legal team negotiated a special plea […]

Check out Jill Scott (right) and Anika Noni Rose in the premiere of HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Sunday night at 8 p.m.. Set and beautifully shot in the southern African nation of Botswana, this unconventional criminal procedural will certainly be entertaining, interesting, and show us things about Africa and some of its […]