The week in pop culture: Rihanna's new single, Whitney dishes on 'Sparkle'

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

Whitney Houston dishes on Sparkle
Looks like Whitney has cleaned up her act. The Grammy Award winning songstress sat down with Entertainment Tonight to talk about the upcoming remake of the 1976 movie Sparkle.

Nia Long’s new baby
Actress Nia Long welcomed a second son this week. This is Nia’s first child with her basketball player beau Ime Udoka. Nia chose a rather unique name for son, Kez Sunday Udoka.

Mariah Carey sheds 70 pounds
It’s only been seven months since she gave birth to twins, and Mariah is showing off a new svelte figure already. Mariah appeared on The Rosie Show on OWN to spill the deets on how she lost all the baby weight.

Eddie Murphy walks Oscar gig
Apparently Eddie Murphy is very loyal to his friends. This week Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards show after making anti-gay remarks. A day after Ratner’s resignation Eddie decided that he wanted to relinquish his hosting duties too. Just when we thought Eddie was making a comeback, he goes and does this.

LISTEN TO RIHANNA’S NEW SINGLE ‘YOU DA ONE’

Kim Kardashian’s new reality show to reveal marital drama
So it seems the marketing folks over at E! are rushing to profit from Kim Kardashian’s divorce while it’s still a hot topic. In the newly released trailer for Kourtney & Kim Take New York, viewers can see how Kim and Kris Humphries fell out of love.

Morgan Freeman honored at the Golden Globe Awards
This week the Hollywood Foreign Press announced that Morgan Freeman will receive the coveted Cecil B. Demille Award at the 69th annual Golden Globes ceremony January 15th. Hopefully, there will be a movie tribute to Freeman’s role in Driving Miss Daisy.

Say it ain’t so!
This week Adele had throat surgery in Boston to correct a recurrent condition that forced her to cancel numerous concerts during her most recent tour. Adele is currently the reigning queen of blue-eyed soul, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that she will be back up on her feet belting out “Someone Like You” before you know it!