Welcome to the week in pop culture. Here’s all the black entertainment news and headlines from the week that was!
Erykah Badu to become a midwife and doula
After assisting a friend through a natural childbirth, Ms. Baduizm herself says she was inspired to become a doula, which is a non-medical proffesional that provides support during pregnancy and childbirth. The mother of three is also training to become a mid-wife. (Toronto Sun)
The baby bump seen around the world
Since revealing her pregnancy during the 2011 VMAs in August, paparazzi have been inching to get their hands or rather their lenses on a pregnant Beyoncé. This week some lucky photog struck gold when he or she captured a bare belly Bey on vacay with the hubby in Croatia. (Celebuzz)
Did Orlando Brown do that?
Maybe? That’s So Raven star Orlando Brown who made his acting debut on the ‘90s sitcom Family Matters was arrested in August for a DUI. According to TMZ, his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit in California. Brown contends that he was not drunk and was not driving at the time of the arrest. (TMZ)
Ray J and Kim Kardashian sex tape free online?!
Last week, reports surfaced that a mystery buyer was offering Vivid Entertainment $30 million to take Ray J and Kim’s sex tape off the market. But a new contender has stepped in: the illustrious porn site Pornhub.com. The adult website is reportedly willing to offer Vivid $5 million with plans to make the tape available online for free. (TMZ)
Chris Rock to be sued
It just seems like everybody hates Chris right now…nope just a Jamaican writer that claims the comedian along with Sony Pictures Entertainment stole her idea for the movie Death at a Funeral. (Radar Online)
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Summer bride Sherri Shepard gives the scoop
Back in August, Shepard wed Lamar Sally in Chicago. This week on The View, Ms. Thing flossed her wedding dress and dropped details about her nerves and the wedding party. (CNN)
Another day, another celeb flirt fest with Chelsea Handler
Nope, it is not a rapper this time, but instead R&B crooner Usher. The singer turned his charm on the late night host, while reminding Handler that she is not too big for him to handle. (AOLTV)
Idris Elba new face of Smartwater
The British fineness that is Idris Elba recently became the new face of Smartwater. That’s a pretty smart move on the part of the company because after seeing the ad, the ladies will need more than a few bottles of Smartwater to cool off. (USA Today)
Evelyn Lozada quitting Twitter?
We’re not quite sure if it’s another publicity stunt, but according Lozado’s tweets she is going on an extended hiatus from Twitter and quite possibly Basketball Wives too. It seems she’s been learning a few tricks from her fiancé. (Sister to Sister Magazine)
Larenz Tate to make a comeback
Do you remember actor Larenz Tate? Well, the celeb that has been pretty much MIA over the last couple of years is set to make a comeback in a new BET movie called Gun Hill. The network is set to start production on the cop drama starring Tate soon. (EURWeb)
New music from Stephen Marley featuring Melanie Fiona
Son of Bob Marley turned reggae superstar has teamed up with Roc Nation songstress Melanie Fiona for a new track and video called No Cigarette Smoking. The laid back track is off of Marley’s new album Revelation Part 1: The Roots Of Life. (Vibe)