The week in pop culture: Will Oprah host the Oscars? Are Tyrese and Whitney together?

theGRIO REPORT- Welcome to the weekly wrap up. We've got all the black entertainment news from the week that was!...

Welcome to the weekly wrap up. We’ve got all the black entertainment news from the week that was!

Oprah is reportedly topping the list of candidates to host next year’s Academy Awards show. (New York Post)

Tyrese Gibson takes to Twitter to shut down rumors of a romance between him and Whitney Houston. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz show off their 8-month-old son, Egypt for the first time. (Today)

Mariah Carey tapped to mentor contestants on upcoming U.S. version of X-Factor. (E!)

Nicki Minaj’s cousin is killed in a possible case of mistaken identity. (The Root)

Shaunie O’Neal feels that VH1’s Basketball Wives doesn’t show black women in a negative light. (Urban Daily)


Bow Wow writes and open letter to his fans revealing that he has a newborn daughter. (YBF)

An incarcerated man says that he knows who killed Notorious B.I.G.. (Huffington Post)

Rapper Lil B compares his new album to classics from Jay-Z and Nas. (Hip-Hop Wired)

Gold medal Olympian Dominique Dawes motivates kids to get in shape. (iVillage)

Sade premieres the new video for her latest single “Love is Found.’”(YouTube)

Spike Lee’s film Miracle at St. Anna wins $46 million lawsuit against French distributor. (Atlanta post)

R&B singer Lloyd shocks the public with head tattoos of guns and roses. (MTV)

Andre 3000 may star in and upcoming independent biopic as legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. (News One)

Keenan Ivory Wayans is honored with Entertainment Icon Award at American Black Film Festival in Miami. (Variety)

In the fall of 2011 Oprah Winfrey will be teaching a high school class in South Africa. (Pop Eater)

Jay-Z hosts an intimate preview party for his new album with Kanye West; Watch The Throne. (Village Voice)

Jill Scott talks about her new dating life and why she gave up celibacy. (Us Magazine)

Mary J. Blige releases her new single from the soundtrack of the upcoming film The Help. (Concrete Loop)

A popular New York radio station airs a homophobic spoof targeting R&B singer Miguel. (News One)

Supermodel Jessica White talks about her 18 tattoos and the type of guy she is looking for. (Huffington Post)

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