Jermaine Dupri's tenure as President of Island Records Urban Music is over. He has in fact been terminated effective immediately. A formal announcement of his departure from the position, which he has held for nearly two years, has not been released. During his tenure, Dupri oversaw the success of Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi," and provided production for the Music Group’s entire roster. Too bad his comeback for Janet Jackson didn't work out.
Fantasia Barrino appears to be in hot water over a loan she has yet to pay back in North Carolina. Local sheriff's deputies tell the New York Post they've been trying "at least a dozen times" to reach the artist regarding $65,000 she owes on a loan, without success. According to the paper, a lawyer was not present to represent her in court about the bill, and her reps have yet to offer any explanation. Her multi-million dollar Charlotte home is going on the auction block Monday.
There have been some ridiculous celebrity baby names. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have kids named Apple and Moses, magician Penn Jillette has a daughter named Moxie Crimefighter, and Jason Lee has a son named Pilot Inspektor. But all these idiots have been trumped by the "Cosby" girl Lisa Bonet. Lisa and her actor boyfriend Jason Momoa welcomed a new baby boy during the first half of December. The couple has named him Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, which means “the stormiest, rainiest night,” Jason’s mother explains in a post on his official forum. Nakoa means “warrior,” while Mana refers to “strength/spirit.” Kaua means “rain” and po means “dark.” The two later terms refer to the conditions at the time of his birth, according to Jason's mom. The second middle name, Namakaeha, is also Jason’s. Nakoa-Wolf joins big sister Lola Iolani, 17 months, as well as Zoë Isabella, 20, Lisa’s daughter with Lenny Kravitz.
NBC announced the cast of "Celebrity Apprentice 2" and here are your lucky contestants:
--and her daughter, MELISSA RIVERS!!
--ANDREW DICE CLAY
--TIONNE "T-BOZ'" WATKINS
--CLAUDIA JORDAN (She's currently a briefcase model on "Deal or No Deal", where she usually holds Briefcase #1)
"Celebrity Apprentice 2" premieres on March 1st. And remember, NBC and the producers recently announced that each episode will run two full hours. Oh joy!