Oprah Winfrey Donates $12 Million To Washington, D.C. Museum
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
The gift will help cover the costs of the building, currently under construction and due to open in 2015.
The owners will name the site's 350-seat theater in her honor.
“By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come."
She has been on the museum's advisory council for nearly a decade, and previously cut a $1 million cheque to the organization in 2007.
Lawsuit claims R&B artist Ryan Leslie is hiding assets
An R&B artist ordered by a New York federal jury last year to cough up the $1 million reward he promised for the return of his laptop is hiding his assets to weasel out of paying the bill, a new lawsuit claims.
Businessman Armin Augstein found the MacBook Pro and a separate hard drive on a park bench in Germany in 2010.
He spent two years dogging songwriter Ryan Leslie to make good on his promised reward.
Leslie objected to paying up because he couldn’t retrieve his recording sessions from the hard drive. Augstein won a federal jury verdict against the musician and his company NextSelection for $1.18 million.
Leslie still hasn’t paid a dime, so Augstein is asking state judges to order that Leslie pay up from funds held by the corporation that pays all of Leslie’s personal bills.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
‘Hip Hop Sisters’ Among Four New Reality Shows at BET
BET is building up its unscripted offerings, putting four unscripted pilots into development this year – including a reality show featuring MC Lyte, The Lady of Rage, Yo Yo, Smooth, Monie Love and Lil Mama attempting to relaunch their careers.
Titled “Hip Hop Sisters,” the series joins a fitness entry featuring celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins.
A music competition series features once-big secular singers trying gospel.
Each of the four projects, BET noted in announcing the news Tuesday, displays the “thrills and triumphs” of second chances experienced through transformations of health, spirit, career and character.
BET unveiled a robust slate in April featuring the renewals of six series including “Let’s Stay Together,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “The Sheards.”
Chris Brown girlfriend Karrueche Tran loses phone
Karrueche Tran, the on-again-off-again girlfriend of Chris Brown,lost her phone.
She has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of any explicit material on it, but she was the one to announce the theft of the phone on Twitter:
"SO F***ING ANNOYED BY WHOEVER STOLE MY PHONE.. YOU STUPID A** B****.. F** YOU"
Her Twitter followers began to inquire about possible nude photos. None claimed to have seen any so far.
There is speculation about whether or not Brown and Tran are even together. A photo posted by Brown's friend, Kid Red, indicates they are. The caption reads: "No friendship without love!