It looks as if the cancellation of Rosie O’Donnell’s OWN talk show was just the beginning of cutbacks at the Oprah Winfrey Network. The cable channel is laying off 30 staffers in what’s being described as a restructuring of the network’s operations in Los Angeles and New York. In a press release Winfrey said as CEO she has a responsibility to “chart the course for long-term success for the network” and that the layoffs are a “necessary next step.”

Winfrey took over as CEO and Chief Creative Officer of OWN eight months ago. Having struggled in the ratings during its first several months on air, OWN has been enjoying an upswing since September with Winfrey’s own series, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” leading the charge. The show took the number one spot among all cable networks with its broadcast of Oprah’s interview with Whitney Houston’s family on March 11th. OWN announced the cancellation of “The Rosie Show” last Friday citing flagging ratings.

Oprah and Lady GaGa recently sat down for an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter for an intament understanding os what be going threw the pop star’s mind. In the interview Gaga opened up talking about several topics, including her desire for her own Little Monsters, how she deals (or doesn’t) with the media, and the one thing that scares her. Check out highlights of the interview below, and video Below: READ MORE

Rihanna was spotted at LAX yesterday  in Los Angeles after an intense stay in New York City where she did some interviews, spent time with here family for her lovely grandmothers birthday, met Blue Ivy for the first time, and got a new Tattoo . .

Rihanna says she’s ready to make the move from fashionista to fashion designer. During a recent “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” interview, the pop singer said she’s pursuing a line of her own. But Rihanna added that this is something she wants to earn, rather than just telling people to, quote, “Buy it, because it’s mine.” She says she wants people to trust her, so she’s working with a number of designers and fashion companies she respects. Still, Rihanna has earned her own fashion cred throughout her career. She’s currently the face of Emporio Armani lingerie and jeans, and has already designed a capsule collection with the brand. Check out the video below: READ MORE

Nicki Minaj is drinking in a multi-million dollar deal with Pepsi. According to “Forbes,” the hip-hop diva has signed on to be the face of a new line of soda called “Pop.” Nicki has already shot a commercial for the campaign in South America. Derek Jackson of Glu, the company that brokered the deal, says fans will be seeing Minaj’s commercial “probably in the next two months.” The terms of Nicki Minaj and Pepsi’s agreement haven’t been revealed, but Jackson says the deal is for seven figures.

Nicki Minaj isn’t the only artist on the Young Money label who has teamed up with Pepsi. Lil Wayne just kicked off his DEWeezy campaign with Mountain Dew. The DEWeezy campaign will include advertisements, public appearances and the building of a skate park in Lil Wayne’s hometown of New Orleans. READ MORE

Lindsey lohanPitbull is citing the right to free speech in his defense against Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit. “The Hollywood Reporter” says the rap star filed a response last week claiming that the lyrics he used for his hit single “Give Me Everything” are protected by the First Amendment. Pitbull’s court documents warn that putting publicity rights above the right to free speech will ultimately prevent an artist from “expressing his or her thoughts in songs.” READ MORE

If you were fortunate enough in this economy to have an extra $500, $2500, or $10,000 mattress money laying around then you may have been able to eyewitness Barack Obama our President on Greenbriar Parkway at Tyler Perry Studios. In the house was Mayor Kasim Reed, Rev Dr Joseph Lowery and his wife, Ceelo Green (performing 4 songs including 1/2 the x-rated version of $#%-U. Really Ceelo? “When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong”, Takeo Spikes (NFL LB for the San Diego Chargers, Ceasar Mitchell, Angie Stone, Jamie Foster Brown,(publisher of Sister to Sister Mag) and a host of other prominent political people and random people who had that mattress money on deck for their President’s fundraiser.

I thought you might like this video where Barack Obama gave it up for “Tyler Perry” a man who 12 years ago was homeless but never gave up on his dream.

 

Also check out some pics of the tasty treats that were there as well. Tyler Perry Studios is really a place where dreams do come to life.

 

I am very proud to have a Black President and very Proud to have a man like Tyler Perry in Atlanta, GA that never forgets his people! Check out the photos and video below… READ MORE

Word is the romance between Shaq and fiancee Hoopz is over and didn’t end with out major drama. Sources report that Shaq had his fun and was ready to move on. I was told by  a very close source to him… READ MORE

Bobbi Kristina Brown Says She’s Is Not Engaged

Bobbi Kristina Brown likes to keep a little something to remember her mom Whitney Houston by. The late pop star’s only child has been wearing a big ring, but despite earlier speculation, Brown isn’t actually planning to walk down the aisle with her “adopted brother/boyfriend” Nick Gordon, 22. Her rep tells People.com the pair are not engaged. READ MORE

Black people! Why must we continuously take 3 steps forward and then 10 steps back. Ceelo is my homie but you know I guess this was a case of “Keeping it Real Going Wrong”. You know how when you were little and your parents had company & you had to put on your good clothes and be on your best behavior or you knew you was gonna get that whippen? Well, I think Ceelo forgot the Press was gonna give him that Whippen for using bad language when Tyler Perry had company, Good Company “President Barack Obama”. I guess Ceelo Green was having a Bobby Brown Moment. Check out the clip below. Notice mid-way during the song Ceelo felt a certain kinda way and switched to the Pg-version and then switched back. READ MORE