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Entertainment round-up! In the headlines today…Ted Kennedy, Chris Brown…



Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts died yesterday evening at his Cape Cod home after year-long struggle wiht brain cancer. His passing comes just after the passing of his sister, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away on August 11th.

We heart & honor Senator Ted Kennedy who was very influential in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. He led  in the push for economic sanctions against South Africa, defied the apartheid government by visiting Winnie Mandela and spending the night in Bishop Desmond Tutu’s Soweto home and secured senate passage of the 1986 Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act.

The First Family arrived in Martha’s Vineyard for summer vacation!

And in Chris Brown news, according to the Associated Press, L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg sentenced the R& B singer yesterday to five years’ probation and six months’ community labor for the beating of Rihanna and ordered the R&B singer to stay away from his former girlfriend for the next five years.

Chris Brown

Pepsi’s “We Inspire” campaign2First was Taraji P. Henson who represented LOVE in the Pepsi “We Inspire” campaign. The P in her name stands for Penda which is of Swahili origin meaning “love”…R&B singer Keyshia Cole represented HOPE and funny girl & actress Raven Symone represented LAUGHTER…

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Now enter our fave Queen, Queen Latifah who will represent BEAUTY in the campaign. So the folks at Essence Magazine were behind the scenes for her shoot yesterday. The purpose of the Pepsi “We Inspire” program is to tap into the powerful bonds between women and create an online community where they can share their own stories, moments etc. that make their own lives just a little more blissful.

Queen Latifah3Fab pics!

Happy sweet 16 birthday to fab chic herself, Keke Palmer! Today is her birthday. You guys remember her stellar performance in the 2006 movie, Akeelah and the Bee! Heart, heart, heart her!

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Her 16th birthday party was in downtown L.A this past Saturday and it was a prom-themed bash…so all of her 200 or so guests — including her True Jackson, VP co-stars Ashley Argota and Matt Shively — dressed up and wore corsages for the big event…

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Common and his girlfriend tennis champion, Serena Williams did it Just Wright at the new eco-friendly club in SoHo! So Just Wright, the sports romantic comedy starring Queen Latifah and Common wrapped up with a bash yesterday at the Greenhouse in New York City…

Just Wright Wrap Up Party

And chatting about Serena, she & sis, Venus are into pro football! No, not as players but potential owners! The NFL team, Miami Dolphins could soon welcome the sisters as part owners once the deal is finalized. They will join celebrities Gloria & Emilio Estefan and Marc Anthony (J Lo’s hubby) who recently bought small shares of the NFL team. Lovely stuff this…

And finally, the King of Pop’s death has been ruled as homicide. Hopefully this will bring MJ’s passing to a rapid closure & allow the family to mourn and bury him…

This is nice…Ne-Yo pays tribute to Michael Jackson in this “West Side Story”-inspired promo for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The Promo features Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Cobra Starship, and host of the show Russell Brand (judging from the promo Russell is still crude! *sigh*).

You can check out the 2009 MTV VMA nominees at the MTV website.  The VMA’s will air live on September 13th at 9 p.m.

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