btandy.jpgBrandy Signs Deal with Epic Records
R&B singer Brandy has signed with Epic Records, which will release her label debut later this year, a company official said, declining further comment. Brandy, born Brandy Norwood, was previously signed to Atlantic. Her final release for the label, 2004’s “Afrodisiac,” has sold 416,000 copies to date in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Brandy has not been far from the news since then. Last December, she was cleared of all charges stemming from a fatal car crash the year before, including a recommended misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge, which carries a penalty of up to a year in jail. (Continue Reading…)

Tyler Perry Says Someone is Stalking Him
In his latest letter to fans, filmmaker/playwright Tyler Perry shared news that he has spent a considerable amount of time dealing with a stalker. “I’m trying to be careful how I say this without inciting this person, but I have a stalker,” he begins. “This person sends several hundred emails a day to my office and has planned our wedding and bought rings and such. She has showed up at my house several times. What’s crazy is I’ve never met this woman nor have I even responded to her emails. I’ve had to increase the guards at my house as well as travel with body guards and I hate that. I hate to have big guys following me around.” (Continue Reading…)

US, Britain Outline Steps to Boost African Peacekeeping
The United States and Britain on Wednesday outlined steps to make African peacekeeping missions more effective, in talks on security ties between the UN and the African Union. “The UN Security Council needs to reassess how we plan for and sustain peacekeeping operations,” US Ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the high-level meeting hosted by this month’s council chairman South Africa. (Continue Reading…)

Ex-Newark Mayor and Mistress Convicted in Corruption Trial
A federal jury convicted ex-Mayor Sharpe James and his former mistress Wednesday of corruption stemming from the cut-rate sale of city land. James was found guilty on all five charges he faced, including fraud and conspiracy. Under federal guidelines, he could face seven to eight years in prison, but a judge could impose as much as 20 years on some individual counts. James could also be stripped of pensions that provide a six-figure annual income. (Continue Reading…)

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