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Steve Harvey show green-lighted another 2 seasons
“Steve Harvey” has solidified its status as the breakout new syndicated talk show of 2012-13.

The show has been picked up by its syndicator for two additional seasons, through 2016, in more than 65% of the U.S.

Steve got off to a solid start last fall and by the May sweep, it was the #1 new first-run show with women nationally, topping fellow rookie talk show “Katie.”

Additionally, Harvey received a 2013 People’s Choice Award as Favorite New Daytime Show Host.

Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry Talk Show ‘The Real’ Debuts July 15
“The Real,” a new female panel daily syndicated talk show, is getting a summer trial run on Fox stations.

The program, hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai, will launch July 15 and air in seven markets.

Producers said, “They have great chemistry, are fearless and so entertaining, and will bring a much needed younger point of view and sensibility to daytime this summer.”

“The Real” will be based in Los Angeles.

Halle Berry is expecting a boy
Halle Berry's fiance, French actor Olivier Martinez, told the pregnant Hollywood actress is expecting a boy.

"My son will be an American, but I remain French," Martinez said in Paris Wednesday.

Berry confirmed in April she was three months pregnant, but she said at the time she didn't know the baby's gender.

She also has a 5-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

''This pregnancy is like a miracle for me, an amazing gift, because this child was as wished for as it was expected. It's like a renewal of life ... Good things happen too.''

Bruno Mars Thanks Fans for ‘All the Love’ After Mom’s Death
Bruno Mars took a moment to thank fans for their well wishes as he continues to cope with the sudden loss of his mother, Bernadette Hernandez

“So thankful for all the love during the most difficult time in my life,” he tweeted Friday morning. “I’ll be back on my feet again soon. That’s what mom wants, she told me.”

Hernandez died June 1 at age 55 in Honolulu of a brain aneurysm. A former hula dancer and singer from the Philippines, she encouraged her son to pursue his musical dreams.

The Bruno nickname emerged when the singer was a toddler, because he resembled a famous wrestler named Bruno Sammartino.

He took on the name Mars out of frustration. He had to change his name to literally sound like he was from another planet so record labels would stop trying to make him the next Enrique Iglesias.

Bruno Mars’ “Moonshine Jungle” tour kicks off June 22 in Washington DC.
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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:


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!
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Chris Brown brings mother to court
Chris Brown brought his mother to a court hearing in Los Angeles yesterday.

He is locked in a dispute with prosecutors over a community service order as part of his probation for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has accused him of misreporting which days he did his work. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, will fight any attempt to have Chris do another 180 days of labor.

A probation violation hearing has been set for July 15, which Chris will have to attend.

He is still under a criminal battery investigation after an altercation outside a studio with Frank Ocean earlier this year, even though he did not press charges against him. He is also being investigated for an alleged hit-and-run incident in Beverly Hills last month.

Paris Jackson expected to be released from hospital Friday
Paris Jackson is expected to be released from California's UCLA Medical Center by Friday.

She is expected to make a full recovery after cutting her wrists with a kitchen knife and ingesting Motrin pills last Wednesday.

She is eager to attend her cousin Taj's wedding Sunday at the Jackson family's Encino, Calif., compound.

Rear slap gets ex-NFL star C. Johnson 30 days jail
Former NFL star Chad Johnson was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for a probation violation in a domestic violence case. A judge angrily rejected a no-jail plea deal after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the backside in court.

Johnson, known as Chad Ochocinco for his jersey number in Spanish during his playing days, had reached a deal with prosecutors calling for community service and counseling instead of jail.

The prosecutor said she would tack on an additional 3 months' probation because Johnson failed to meet with his probation officer during three previous months.

"Is there something funny about this?" Judge McHugh said, slapping the plea deal document down on her desk. "The whole courtroom was laughing. I'm not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn't a joke."

Johnson tried to apologize and insisted he meant no disrespect.

He was on probation after pleading no contest to head-butting his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada, during an altercation last August. She quickly filed for divorce.

He has been undergoing therapy to help people involved in domestic violence but has not signed with another NFL team.

Howard U. to ‘Close within 3-Years’ Claims Trustee
Historically Black Colleges and/or Universities have been a valuable source of education for African American young people as well as many others.

Howard University has long been called the “mecca” of the HBCU’s.

Renee Higginbotham-Brooks, vice chairwoman of Howard’s board of trustees, told the Chronicle of Higher Education the university is in “genuine trouble” if something isn’t done to reverse financial trouble.

She wrote a scathing 3-page report on changes in the management of the university through its board of trustees.

Higginbotham-Brooks in her letter spoke of the financial difficulty as an impending crisis that will snowball.
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