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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