Week of February 26 - March 3, 2012

1) Davy Jones Dies

We've lost another little piece of our child hood this past week.  On February 29, Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees suffered a heart attack and died.   He was 66. 

He suffered the heart attack at a ranch near his Florida home where he was visiting horses.  He began experiencing distress when he was sitting in his car and that is where a ranch hand found him.  His funeral arrangements have been set and rumors are rampant that the rest of his former bandmates will not be attending his services. 

Jones is most remembered for being a part of The Monkees when they released 3 number one hits - "Daydream Believer", "Last Train to Clarksville", and "I'm a Believer".  Read more at TMZ


2) Reality TV Pregnant

Reality Stars lives have been getting very real!

Love & Hip Hop businesswoman Yandy Smith is expecting her first child according to GlobalGrind.com. The mommy-to-be was seen flaunting her 5-month baby bump at a NYC nightclub.

Speaking of clubs, the Queens of clubbing and star of MTV's Jersey Shore Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is also pregnant, despite her denials earlier this month, reported The New York Post.

Congrats to both Yandy and Snooki! Maybe they should do a reality show baby shower!



3) Dancing with the Stars lineup this season includes: Jaleel White, Sherri Shepherd and Gladys Knight

ABC has announced the cast for season 14 of the hit talent competition, “Dancing With The Stars.” Jaleel White, Sherri Shepherd and Gladys Knight have been tapped to share  and put their dancing skills to the test in front of the world!
Check The Urban Daily for the full cast listing


4) Octavia Wins

Several fans were thrilled when actress Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help last Sunday.

Speechless and with tears in her eyes, Spencer looked humbled as she accepted the Oscar. Spencer beat out "Bridesmaids" Melissa McCarthy,  "Albert Nobbs" actress Janet McTeer, "The Artist" star Bérénice Bejo and  "The Help" co-star Jessica Chastain, thanks to a remarkable performance as Minny Jackson.

Congratulations to Octavia and all the other Academy Award winners.



5) Mary performs the National Anthem / All Star games

This years NBA All Star Game kicked off with The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige singing her own rendition of the National Anthem. Nicki Minaji hit the stage as well to perform two songs and help give the East and West player introductions. A later halftime performance was given by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. Congratulations to the West for the 2012 win.


Nicki Minaj All Star Performance


6) Report that relaxers may affect Fibroid Growth and Early Puberty in African American Women

Last week a story went mainstream that may have alarmed a number of African American women who "perm" or relax their hair.  The story documents a study that came out that claims there to be some kind of correlation between the chemicals in relaxers to the development of uterine fibroids and the onset of early puberty in African American Women.  But of course - given enough time there have been some articles that beg to differ here and here.  What do you think?


7) Jennifer Hud & Neyo "Think Like a Man" video / song

Jennifer Hudson teams up with Ne-Yo and Rick Ross to show us how to act like a lady, but think like a man in her new single for the Steve Harvey film/self help book "Act Like A Lady,Think Like  A Man". The video was directed by Chris Robinson and the movie is set to hit theaters April 20, 2012.



8) Tragic shooting at an Ohio High School

On February 27th at 7:30AM just before classes began for the day when T.J. Lane, a student at Chardon High School opened fire in the cafeteria at the suburban Cleveland high school killing three students and wounding one before he was chased from the building by a teacher and captured a short distance away, authorities said.

The teen responsible  has since appeared in juvenile court as the community grieves with relatives of the three students killed.  Read the entire timeline at Huffington Post



9)  Eddie Murphy and Toni Braxton - an item

Recent rumors have surfaced that comedian/actor Eddie Murphy was dating singer Toni Braxton, and they were in a relationship. But insiders from both camps have come out to deny that the two were dating. Reps for both Braxton and Murphy insist that "Toni and Eddie are just friends and have been fans of each other's work for a long time. Murphy has recently spoken out to say " I don't even know who the new love is. I know I'm single and I'm just up at the house playing the guitar being a single dad.



10) Lauryn Hill releases a new song?

Lauryn has asked us to be patient with her... and that we have been.  In response - she's finally debuted a new track entitled “Fearless Vampire Killer,” at a recent performance at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. Check out the footage of the debut courtesy of HipHop DX



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