Zendaya Coleman at the 2014 BET Awards

Singer/dancer Zendaya Coleman's decision not to play Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime Network biopic left many scratching their heads. The 17-year-old former Disney child star told reporters at the 2014 BET Awards that she abandoned the plum role because something was missing in the production.

“I felt like something with the production [wasn't] all the way there, the project wasn't all the way there,” she told reporters according to People. “If I'm going to do something for someone I care about so much, I have to do it the right way.”

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Rihanna and NBA's James Young

Sources say singer Rihanna has set her sights on a new man. Former Kentucky forward James Young is a freshly signed NBA player, which means he is flush with cash and looking for a girlfriend to spend it on.

Young caused a commotion when he was spotted sitting next to Rihanna at a Brooklyn Nets NBA playoff game in April. Both kids have had plenty of time to get to know one another better. They are both signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation management agency.

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BET Awards 2014

Actor Taye Diggs, 43, introduced his newest girlfriend, Amanza Smith Brown, at the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. The leggy brunette is Taye's 2nd or 3rd girlfriend after he ended his 10-year marriage to "Let It Go" singer Idina Menzel seven months ago. Taye and Idina have a son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, 4.

According to Yahoo News, Brown is the ex-wife of former NFL player Ralph Brown, with whom she has 2 kids.

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Beyonce and Jay Z

There are new reports that singer Beyonce and and her philandering husband Jay Z are traveling separately during their much-hyped Run the World concert tour. According to the published reports, the couple only see each other on the stage.

Rumors that the power couple are on the brink of divorce have swirled since a video leaked to a gossip tabloid showing Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, pummeling Jay Z relentlessly in a hotel elevator.
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Erykah Badu

Singer Erykah Badu was rejected by a TV reporter who shoved her away when she tried to kiss him.

Pix11 reporter Mario Diaz was doing a live report on a public street when Badu walked by, doubled back, and then lunged at Diaz to kiss him. Diaz, who clearly didn't know who Badu was, continued his news report as if nothing happened.

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TI and Tiny at the 2014 BET Awards

Power couple Tameka "Tiny" Harris and rapper Tip "T.I." Harris walked the red carpet at the 2014 BET Awards separately on Sunday. But through the magic of Photoshop, they walked the red carpet together -- as they should be. Despite all the recent drama in their lives (real or imagined), the couple sat together in the audience and Tiny proudly watched her man perform his hit song "No Mediocre" with rapper Iggy Azalea Loyal reader Monique W. wrote in to say Tiny dissed boxer Floyd Mayweather on the red carpet last night. She wrote: "He tried to catch her and they hurried up and scurried her off before he could grab her."
Photos: Splash News

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Beyonce and Jay Z flash celebrity mugshots

Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z have apparently run out of ideas to spark interest in their "On the Run Tour" concerts.

The pair played home movies of their daughter Blue Ivy and their super private wedding ceremony on opening night of their tour in Miami.

Then, during Jay Z's performance of "H to the Izzo," the duo flashed celebrity mugshots on a giant screen onstage.

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2014 BET Awards

Former Disney child star Zendaya Coleman, 17, showed her haters what part of her anatomy to kiss during last night's BET Awards. Earlier in the day, Lifetime Network announced that Zendaya would not play the role of Aaliyah in the upcoming biopic on the singer's life. Zendaya quit after Aaliyah's family and fans protested the fact that a biracial/mixed race actress was playing a black woman. Zendaya may not be playing Aaliyah, but a lot more people know who she is now. The TV movie has been put on hold until another actress can be found to fill the coveted role.
Photos: FayesVision/WENN.com

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Nicki Minaj at the 2014 BET Awards

The weekend leading up to last night's BET Awards was marred by violence. 1 man is dead and 5 others were injured in separate incidents in Los Angeles. But the show must go on -- and on, and on... Most people (this writer included) didn't stay up for the almost 4 hourlong awards show. So we missed the part when rapper Nicki Minaj accepted her trophy for best female hip hop artist -- and dissed pseudo-rapper Iggy Azalea at the same time.

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Zendaya seen all smiling while she was leaving the SiriusXM Radio in New York City

You win. Former Disney child star Zendaya Coleman has abandoned the coveted role as singer/actress Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic.

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Drake shirtless

Old skool rapper MC Lyte put a young lady on blast after the fan apparently leaked private shirtless photos of rap star Aubrey Drake Graham online.

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Amber Rose and rapper Fabolous' girlfriend Emily B were seen leaving Bootsy Bellows Night Club in West Hollywood, CA

Socialite Amber Rose and rapper Fabolous' girlfriend Emily B are giving me strong lesbian vibes. The besties were seen leaving Bootsy Bellows Night Club in West Hollywood, CA, on Thursday. As you know, Amber was a practicing lesbian long before she gave up that lifestyle for a life of luxury with thirsty rappers.
Photos: SPW/Splash News

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Trey Songz throws first pitch for the LA Dodgers

R&B crooner Trey Songz threw out the first pitch at the Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals game on Thursday, June 26, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. Some might say Trey knows a thing or 2 about pitching for the other team. The Dodgers defeated the Cardinals by the final score of 1-0.
Photos: London Entertainment / Splash News

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Alexander Masson

Ladies, today's Morning Wood Gallery might get you fired. Click the link with caution.

A loyal reader writes:

Alexander Masson (born Jan 1, 1993) is a French Colombian male model with amazing presence. This year, Alexander made his second appearance in a Jennifer Lopez video, for her song “I Luh Ya Papi”. This further cemented his standing as one of the most recognizable and in-demand newcomers. Alexander’s immaculately maintained hairstyle of “locs”, toned physique, and easy ability to go from “adorably boyish” to “smoldering” are all factors in him being a sought after face in the industry.

Alexander was born in Arlington, VA and moved to France, where he lived for six years before returning to the United States. After graduating from high school with a high 3.7 GPA, Alexander decided not to attend college, but instead pursue his career in the modeling industry. In 2013, Alexander booked his first modeling gig in Jennifer Lopez “Adrenalina” music video where he played the role of a drummer. He left such a lasting impression that Jennifer Lopez recommended him being cast in her new music video, "I Luh Ya Papi".

Alexander’s advice to aspiring models: “If it’s your passion, don’t give up. Take the necessary steps to ensure your success.”

Instagram: @MassonAlex

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Charlie Bothuell V

The stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy -- who was found hiding in his father's basement 11 days after he went missing -- was taken into custody on Thursday. Monique Dillard-Bothuell, 37, was arrested for a probation violation, USAToday reports. She was charged with carrying a concealed weapon in 2013.

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Kim and Kourtney Kardashian scout for Dash locations before joining Khloe for Lunch

Socialite Kim Kardashian must've read your complaints about her blond extensions this morning. The reality TV star was seen leaving a NYC salon with her sister Kourtney in tow after getting her hair dyed brunette. Kim and Kourtney waved to the massive crowd of paparazzi and fans who assembled on the sidewalk outside of their hotel in New York City.
Photos: Splash News

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Jay Z shocking weight loss

The Internet is buzzing about rap tycoon Jay Z's unexplained weight loss. Last night photos surfaced online from the "On the Run Tour" showing the 44-year-old rapper looking gaunt and sickly onstage. My Inbox is full of emails from concerned readers asking me to investigate rumors that Jay Z is sick.

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Carol Maraj Nicki Minaj

Superstar rapper Nicki Minaj's mother, Carol Maraj, says prayer and her strong Christian faith are the keys to Queens, N.Y. born Onika Maraj's success.

In an interview with Christianpost.com. Carol said, "I believe by her acknowledging the power of prayer, and her strong desire to tithe together with a praying mother, contributed to her success."

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Charlie Bothuell V

12-year-old Charlie Bothuell V was presumed dead after he went missing from his father's townhouse a week and a half ago. On Wednesday, while serving a search warrant on the home, police found Charlie hiding behind a makeshift barricade in the basement of his father's home.

The basement had been searched thoroughly by police and cadaver dogs early on in the investigation. Authorities believe the boy was not in the basement when it was searched previously.

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Kim Kardashian shows her new blonde hairdo in New York City

It's rare to see socialite Kim Kardashian taking time out of her busy schedule to acknowledge her fans. When these moments do occur, Kim often looks detached, cold and impersonal. Kim is only at ease when she's in the presence of other narcissists such as her husband Kanye West. Kim was in New York City yesterday showing off her new blonde weave extensions. She posed with fans as she exited her Manhattan home on the way to Mercer Hotel.
Photos: Allan Bregg/Splash News and Sharpshooter Images

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Beyonce and Jay Z

Last night, singer Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z opened their much-hyped 'On the Run' Tour at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

Concert goers took to social media to complain bitterly about the 3-hour traffic jam outside the stadium. Some fans wondered aloud why they bothered to shell out $300 for tickets to the concert.

Once the Beyhive faithful made it inside the stadium, the traffic complaints gave way to complaints about Beyonce's tardiness, her bridal attire, and how empty the stadium was.

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Chris Brown Rejects Plea Deal

Troubled singer Chris Brown is heading back to court to stand trial for assaulting a fan in D.C.

Gossip tabloid TMZ caught up with the 25-year-old singer as he rushed into his lawyer's office today. Brown was prepared to accept a plea deal with a D.C. prosecutor to avoid jail time but the deal fell apart because Brown and the prosecutor couldn't agree on the terms of the plea bargain.

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Music producer Stevie J dines out with his wife at Mr.Chow in Beverly Hills, CA

After Sandrarose.com posted a photo of reality TV stars Stevie J and Jose Hernandez in NY on Monday, rumors spread like wildfire that the masculine rapper was pregnant. Joseline quashed the rumors by wearing a midriff bearing top to dine out with Stevie at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills, CA last night.
Photos: Roshan Perera/Splash News

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