Sean Combs stops for lunch at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood, California on February 21, 2014
*Bloomberg is reporting that Sean “Diddy” Combs has bid about $200 million for the music-themed cable channel Fuse, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.
The plan would be to convert the channel into his own Revolt TV, which would give his fledgling network wider distribution and higher subscriber fees, according to one of the sources.
Fuse, owned by New York-based Madison Square Garden Co., is available in about 74 million homes through pay-TV systems including DirecTV, Dish Network Corp. and Cablevision Systems Corp., compared with Revolt TV, which reaches about 22.8 million homes and is carried by Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc.
*In his latest effort to pitch his Affordable Care Act to young Americans, President Obama actually sat for an interview with “Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis for his online program “Between Two Ferns.” [Click through to watch.]
The satirical interview show has Galifianakis posing awkward questions to celebrity guests, and Obama was no exception. After being asked how it felt to be “the last black president” and about the false notion that he was born in Kenya, the president got to the business at hand and pitched sign-ups for health care by the March 31 deadline.
Young Americans are crucial to the success of Obamacare.
*Remember the Diana Ross lyric, “I want muscles?” from the 1982 hit, Muscles, written and produced by Michael Jackson just for her?
Well, according to one female writer, while women may still want muscles on their men, they are not necessarily feeling some of the other manly-man characteristics.
In the past women have often chosen the alpha male type to date because he is a strong and confident man. Now, women are choosing the beta male more and more because they really just want a more sensitive guy. There are pros and cons to dating each, but here are nine reasons that women are not dating alpha males as much anymore: Continue reading
Rapper Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch, appears at a news conference in New Orleans, Monday, March 10, 2014.
*Rapper Lil Boosie held a press conference Monday in New Orleans to discuss his plans after serving time in a Louisiana prison on drug charges.
“I feel like I’ve got more stories to tell,” he told reporters. “I’ve got a lot to say about my life, about what I went through in prison and about what my family went through.
“I’m a much better person. I’m much stronger. I know who my real friends are and I know who ain’t.”
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* Lord Jamar may be generating news on his views of hip hop, but it appears the Brand Nubian MC has found a new target in Omar Epps.
So much so that the “Resurrection” star took it straight to Jamar regarding the rapper’s commentary on what he said was a “skirt” Epps wore during a recent visit to “The View.“ Epps went on Twitter to address his appearance on “The View” (wearing what could be construed as a skirt) and Jamar’s lack of knowledge about the garment and its significance.
“The uninformed couldn’t understand my contemporary ode to my Zulu warrior roots. The Maasai, Fante, etc. It’s tribal, study our history..,” the actor tweeted.
*While doing press for “Baggage Claim,” now out on DVD, actor Djimon Hounsou expressed a few strong opinions towards marriage.
“The idea of marrying somebody can actually ruin the union”, Djimon told HipHollywood.
We wonder if this is what happened between Djimon and Kimora Lee Simmons.
*It’s going down on the next episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
OK, maybe it won’t be as dramatic as we’re trying to make it sound, but Kenya Moore is gonna confront Apollo Nida about basically saying things about her are untrue.
“I see they’re in protection mode; they’re trying to keep you out of trouble,” Kenya said about the other men on the cast with a laugh before getting right to the matter at hand. “It seemed as though when Phaedra [Parks] and I fell out, you and I were still cool. And then I feel like you were trying to attack me or make me look bad.”
*Uh-oh! The “Thinking About You” singer might be legally changing his name to Frank Ocean, but he’s also facing legal trouble with flaking out on a Chipotle ad.
And Chipotle isn’t have it! The Mexican Grill company is suing Ocean for accepting $212K, but not delivering any ad.
And it sounds like Ocean backed out over his own diva demand!
NBC UNIVERSAL EVENTS — 2013 NBC Upfront Presentation, Arrivals — Pictured: (l-r) Deroy Lindo, Johnny Sequoyah, Alfonso Cuaron “Believe”
*Interest in tonight’s series premiere of “Believe” was already high, based on the involvement of J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. But with one half of the executive producing team becoming an Oscar winner this month, expectations are now through the roof for the supernatural drama.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the actors recruited for the series signed on - script unseen. After all, Abrams won an Emmy for creating “Lost,” and Cuaron just nabbed a Best Director Academy Award for “Gravity.”
Delroy Lindo certainly felt in good hands when he was approached for his role in the series. “They called me up, and the things that Alfonso said creatively were very exciting to me,” Lindo told us during a TCA panel for the series. “So from my standpoint, it was not necessarily a no brainer, but it was certainly very exciting, the prospect of working with him on this project.”
Singer Jason Derulo visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on January 31, 2014 in New York City
*For the first time ever, “Dancing with the Stars” will open with a musical guest.
Jason Derulo will perform his hit song “Talk Dirty” as the pro dancers kick off Season 18 with a choreographed number. Each couple will then perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America’s vote.
The two-hour season premiere begins Monday, March 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.
NeNe Leakes and Billy Dee Williams are part of the cast this year.
*It was only a matter of time before Aretha Franklin was asked about President Obama’s recent misspelling of her most famous song.
At a White House concert last Thursday, Obama dropped the initial “E” when trying to spell out “respect” as the queen of soul does in her famous song. The flub made instant headlines.
“I’m sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired,” the 71-year-old singer said in a statement Monday.
Celebrities arriving at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on March 2, 2014
*The Fox drama pilot “Empire” seems to be adding cast members by the hour.
On the heels of Malik Yoba joining Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollet in the hip-hop themed project from Lee Daniels, Deadline.com is reporting that Gabourey Sidibe has now signed on for a recurring role.
The story centers on Lucious Lyon (Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Henson plays his ex-wife and Smollet will portray their middle son.
Sidibe, fresh from her role in FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” will play Lucious’ hard-working assistant.
*A Minnesota legislator sees nothing racist about his tweet suggesting that the NBA, (in which three-fourths of the players are black), is full of criminals.
Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”
His post has drawn hundreds of comments — some branding him a racist and others using statistics to rebut the idea of rampant violations in the NBA compared to American society in general — and been retweeted more than 1,100 times. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party, took to his own Twitter account to call Garofalo’s post “incredibly racist.”