The week in pop culture: 'Winnie' is on its way in, Meeka is her way out

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Welcome to the week in pop culture. Here’s all the black entertainment news and headlines from the week that was…

Lady Gaga shows up to Beyoncé ’s NYC concert dressed up in a Halloween costume
Lady Gaga went to see Beyoncé’s intimate New York City show at Roseland Ballroom last night and showed up in an all-black, velvet dress and an extravagant lace black veil. Oh Gaga, must you go to such extremes to try and steal Bey’s spotlight? (Rap-Up)

Really??? Kim Kardashian will drop $20 Million on her wedding to Kris Humphries
This Saturday, 30-year-old Kim Kardashian will walk down the aisle to marry her 26-year-old NBA beau, to the tune of reportedly $20 million. The wedding will take place at a $30 million estate in Montecito, CA. Kim will wear one of two custom made Vera Wang gowns, estimated between $25,000 and $30,000 each. She had four sets of custom Louboutins made for the wedding weekend. For those worried about transportation, please don’t dismay, a fleet of white Rolls-Royce Phantoms and Maybachs will transport VIPs to the event. (AM New York)

Security!…Meeka Claxton gets ejected from VH1’s Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives reunion part 1, was ratings gold for VH1 on Monday night. However this week the big headline was the latest Basketball Wives star to get the boot. Newcomer Meeka Claxton failed to win over her fellow cast members or the show’s executive producer Shaunie O’Neal. Sorry Meeka…back to the sidelines for you. (Urban Daily)

Janet Jackson gives an unbe-weave-able performance in Detroit!
Lately Ms. Janet has been seen out and about rocking her super-short haircut. But this week in Detroit, Michigan, Janet decided to reach in her hair cupboard and pull out her good long weave to feature during her concert. Long or short, Janet is totally a winner, point blank period. (MTV)

Going Green: Montel Williams says he is glad cops found his weed pipe
Montel Williams recently explained to a reporter that he did nothing wrong when he toted his marijuana pipe through security at a Milwaukee airport back in January. Williams said that because he uses marijuana for medical reasons he needs his pipe on hand at all times. I say he is taking this whole green living thing to a whole new level. (TMZ)

‘Getting Jiggy With It: Part II?’ Will Smith might be returning to the rap game
Kanye and Jay-Z really must begin watching their respective thrones because Will Smith a.k.a. Big Willie is prepping for a comeback. Smith is reportedly working with hip-hop producer La Mar “Mars” Edwards on a new album. Brace yourselves for a Will, Willow and Jaden Smith collabo! (Guardian)

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Preggers Fantasia Barrino, ordered to cancel show and go on bed rest
Though no one is quite sure how far along she is, Fantasia was forced to cancel her show at Atlanta’s Bronner Brothers International Hair Show this Saturday. Fantasia has had such a tough year, maybe this rest and reflection will do her some good.

Anne Hathaway tries to rap like Lil Wayne
As if tackling her new role as Catwoman wasn’t enough, Anne Hathaway decided to try her chops at rapping. During an interview on Conan, Hathaway took out her frustration towards the paparazzi as she spit some rhymes mimicking the style of Lil Wayne. (New York Magazine)

Winnie starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard gets premiere date
The highly anticipated Winne Mandela biopic will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Winnie stars Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard, but is bound to stir up some controversy due to the fact Winnie Mandela does not agree with the film being made, and was never consulted during the process. (LA Times)

Idris Elba doesn’t know what it feels like to be sexy?
Or so the Takers star said during a recent interview. Idris Elba said, “Black men are never called sexy. We are called athletic, intense, we’re cool…described as being the strong type, the silent type, but never described as sexy.” However during the same interview Elba talked about going to a club where 500 attractive women were there and going nuts for just him. That’s sexy right? (Concrete Loop)

Steve Harvey is trying to get that Oprah money
As if turning his best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man into a film wasn’t enough, funny man Steve Harvey has inked a deal with NBC Universal to develop a talk show slated for the fall of 2012. (Hollywood Reporter)

Watch the Throne is breaking records
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, has officially broken the record set by Coldplay for the most iTunes downloads of an album during its first week of release. Who knows how big this album will go, when all is said and done. (New York Times)

Chilling sense of humor: Ice-T jokes about Real Housewives husband, Russell Armstrong’s suicide
Ice-T made some ice-cold comments after news broke of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills husband Russell Armstrong’s suicide. On Tuesday, the rapper turned actor tweeted in response to a fan who mentioned Armstrong’s death: “Bad joke..but alotta those wives would make me consider it.” (NY Daily News)

Who’s Bad? Katy Perry takes on Michael Jackson’s title
Who knew the California girl could take on the King of Pop? Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” (T.G.I.F.) set the precedent: It’s the latest No. 1 from her platinum album Teenage Dream. Only Michael Jackson had five No. 1s from one album before Perry, from Bad. (USA Today)

Stacey Dash gets the boot from VH1’s Single Ladies
Oh how she stole our hearts in Clueless. But unfortunately Stacey Dash just couldn’t win em over on VH1’s hit show Single Ladies, and was fired. Dash reportedly “feuded with the cast, canceled promos and caused entirely too much drama.” (Global Grind)

And the Oscar goes too…Weight Watchers. J-Hud says she is prouder of her weight loss than of her Oscar
Jennifer Hudson and her newly svelte body grace the cover of the September 2011 issue of Self. In the article she says that dropping from a size 16 to a size 6, was her proudest moment, better than winning an Oscar. (PopCrush)

Beyoncé gives her dad props, and disses Sony execs at her concert
During night two of her intimate concert at Roseland Ballroom in the big apple, Beyoncé said that her father propelled her to where she is in her career, and also said he is responsible for getting record execs to hear “Independent Women Pt. 1.” As for Sony execs Bey said, “They told me I didn’t have one single on my album, Dangerously In Love. I guess they were kind of right. I had five.” Ouchhh! (Billboard)

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