Entertainer Wayne Brady most likely speaks for a lot of black men as he sits in the offices of the Huffington Post and talks about his frustration following the verdict from the Michael Dunn Trial.
*Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists booked to perform at BET Honors 2014, to premiere Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network. The telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and host Wayne Brady.
Established to celebrate the achievements of distinguished African Americans, BET Honors will once again be taped at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 8.
This year’s honorees include Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown founder Berry Gordy, American Express chairman/CEO Ken Chenault, visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and artist/actor/entrepreneur Ice Cube.
*While a new Us Weekly report claims Chilli is dating Wayne Brady, with a source telling the publication that the two were holding hands while he attended her recent concert at the MGM in Las Vegas on Friday, Jan. 3, a rep for the 42-year-old singer tells E! News there’s no truth to the romance report.
“This isn’t true,” a rep for Chilli told E! News in regards to the dating rumors. “Wayne was actually hosting the event that TLC performed at in Vegas. Chilli and Wayne are friends but there is nothing else going on besides friendship.”
Brady’s rep had no comment when asked about the relationship rumors, according to E! News.
*Us Weekly says it can “exclusively confirm” that Wayne Brady and TLC’s Chilli are indeed an item.
The relationship is fairly new, the gossip site reports, but the couple has already shown their affection for each other in public. On Friday night, the two were spotted holding hands while the comedian supported the singer during a TLC concert at the MGM in Las Vegas.
“They were so cute, stopping to take pictures with fans,” an eyewitness tells Us of the night out. “He kept her close to him the whole time.”
*Comedian Wanda Sykes returns to OWN with another two-part “Herlarious” special, airing this Saturday, Jan. 4, and Jan. 11 at 10 p.m.
The lineup, which combines a mix of stand-up and sketch comedy, features Sykes with special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Wayne Brady, Jeff Probst and Camryn Manheim, along with comedians Adele Givens, Jessica Kirson, Helen Hong and Kellye Howard.
Sketches include “I Love Reality,” Wanda’s homage to reality television, featuring Kristin Chenowith as a much-needed vocal coaching to diva-wannabe Wanda and Jeff Probst as the host of an adventure show.
According to BET president of music programming and Specials for BET Networks. Stephen Hill, Brady is the perfect choice for the annual event.