dailyphoto080402.jpgJay-Z, Beyoncé Heading to the Altar?
Either Jay-Z’s love has gotten the best of Beyoncé, or the crazy-in-lovebirds are playing one heck of an April Fools’ joke on the world. The longtime couple obtained a New York wedding license Tuesday morning, according to People. Reps for both Knowles and Jay-Z refused to comment on the couple’s betrothed status or seemingly pending nuptials, but People quoted an unnamed source saying the license, obtained in Scarsdale Village, a suburb of Westchester County, is good for 60 days. (Continue Reading…)

Diddy Signs Singer Janelle Monae to Bad Boy
Diddy recently announced a new addition to his Bad Boy Records roster — in the form of singer Janelle Monáe. Via a deal with Monáe’s Atlanta-based label, Wondaland Arts Society, the singer — who is said to be a mix of R&B, funk, and rock ‘n roll — will release an introductory EP titled Metropolis Suite in June. (Continue Reading…)

Creflo Dollar Fails to Meet Inquiry Deadline
Two television ministries still are refusing to comply fully with a U.S. Senate committee’s probe into their financial records. Televangelists Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar failed to provide the requested information by the March 31 deadline, according to a written release from Sen. Charles Grassley, R.-Iowa, the minority leader on the Finance Committee. Sen. Max Baucus, D.-Mont., the committee’s chairman, and Grassley had asked Copeland and Dollar, plus fellow televangelist Eddie Long, to submit the documentation they are seeking by the end of March. (Continue Reading…)

Black South Africans Optimistic About Future
Black South Africans are more optimistic about the country’s future than other population groups, according to the latest opinion poll by TNS Research Surveys. The survey of 2 000 urban adults, conducted in seven metropolitan centres in February, showed that optimism levels had decreased dramatically among white, coloured and Indian people. (Continue Reading…)

Landmine victims star in Angola pageant
The glamour shots capture them in fashion-model poses — sprawled on a couch or lounging by the pool, smiling and sensuous. But these women aren’t typical pageant contestants: Each lost a limb after stepping on a landmine in their native Angola. (Continue Reading…)

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