v35_sparkleAn actress of 15 years, Carmen Ejogo has appeared in several films ("Lakawana Blues," "Sally Hemings") but playing the role of Sister, the complex central character in "Sparkle," gave Ejogo a chance to display her range of talent, which includes singing.

For Ejogo, "Sparkle" just might ignite a second career.

"Singing is something I have a lot of passion for, but I’ve never really made enough space for it because I’ve really focused on being an actress."

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v35_beyonceBeyonce’s music video “I Was Here” for the UN’s World Humanitarian Day campaign generated one billion messages encouraging people to do a good deed on Sunday.

The campaign is designed to increase the amount of good deeds done by ordinary people, and additionally, to give something back to those partaking humanitarian work. The campaign asked people to help others on Sunday by making sandwiches for the homeless or volunteering at a local charity.

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v34_moFirst Lady Michelle Obama’s mission on Sunday was to come to LA and get some money for her husband, the president’s re-election campaign. And that she did. … in grand style.

Here’s an excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter’s coverage of her Los Angeles fundraising trip:

Wrapping up her second Los Angeles fundraiser Sunday, Michelle Obama wowed the Hollywood crowd at the Los Angeles home of Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer, who urged action to keep the president in office.

“This election is about our values,” the First Lady told the crowd. “We’re doing this because of the vision for this country that we all share. And we have to remember that this is about values and vision.”

v33_DouglasGabrielle Douglas told reporters via The Associated Press, “Someone mentioned that I was the first black American (to win the all-around gold), and I said, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot about that!’ I feel so honored.”

Fresh off her gold medal win in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena in London, England, Douglas, 16, nicknamed The “Flying Squirrel” has become the darling of the Olympics.

Gabby, who was raised in Virginia, started training at the tender age of 6. Her dad, Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan when she was just 9 years old.

“I just had to pray to God …and tell the angels to keep my dad safe…,” she recently explained to NBC Nightly News.

After having to miss many of her competitions, Gabby’s father was able to attend her U.S. Olympic trials on June 29.

“I’m like, ‘Who’s calling my name?’ And then I look up. It was my dad and his friend, and I haven’t seen him in a while,” Gabby explained. “They were holding up the flag, and I almost felt like bawling.”

v33_SmileyTV One’s got a rookie in town by the name of Rickey Smiley.

The comedian and popular radio host got his own show starring himself, Ray J, Lil JJ, Roz Ryan, J. Anthony Brown, Noree Victoria and Demetria McKinney.

“The Rickey Smiley Show” is loosely based on his life as a DJ in Atlanta and single father of three children. Raising kids ain’t easy alone, especially if you’re trying to get your swerve on.

J. Anthony plays the role of the radio station manager, ‘Maurice,’ Ray J. as Rickey’s producer and protégé ‘Kenny,’ Roz is ‘Aunt Sylvia’ who lives with Smiley. Lil JJ plays Rickey’s 18-year-old son, a devoted gamer.

This is Smiley’s first television series, which may very well be a big hit.

v33_WestKanye West commandeered the DJ booth at a New York City nightclub on Saturday and reportedly sent the crowd into a frenzy when he surprised them with some of his new tracks, reports the New York Daily News.

The rapper was at Ph-D Rooftop Lounge with Leonardo DiCaprio and the actor’s girlfriend, lingerie model Erin Heatherton, when he decided to take control of the music.

According to the Daily News, West hooked up his laptop to the stereo system and played songs from his upcoming album “Cruel Summer,” which is due for release in September.

Fans were said to have been “in awe” after he played a new track tentatively titled “My Perfect B**ch,” believed to be about his girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

An insider tells the publication, “(He raps) verses about his search for the perfect woman and how he has now found the ‘perfect b**ch.’”

West ended his 45-minute set with his single “Way Too Cold,” (formerly known as “Theraflu”) which famously references Kardashian while swiping at her ex-husband, basketball player Kris Humphries.

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v32_NelsonActor Nelsan Ellis will go from a possessed gay Louisiana cook in HBO’s “True Blood” to the prince of peace on the big screen.

Director Lee Daniels has tapped the star to play Martin Luther King Jr. in “The Butler,” reports Deadline.com.

Mariah Carey and Yaya DaCosta (“America’s Next Top Model”) have also recently joined the cast, which includes Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Liam Neeson, Minka Kelly, Alex Pettyfer, Colman Dingo, Vanessa Redgrave, James Marsden and Liev Schreiber.


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