janet_jackson.jpgJanet Inks Deal for MTV Reality Series
Janet Jackson is getting into the reality TV business, developing a music competition with 25/7 Prods. for MTV. Untitled project, which has already started casting, will feature Jackson as she mentors a group of aspiring singers and dancers. Project will be shot in the coming months as Jackson prepares for her world tour, which launches on Sept. 10. “It’s really about finding who’s the next Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake or Usher,” said exec producer Dave Broome. “And we’ll find it from a pool of people who you wouldn’t typically find it from. We’ll go to YMCAs, church groups, local community centers and try to cast the show.” Show will also take place in various street locales, rather than on a studio soundstage. Producers are still ironing out the prize – but it could potentially relate to Jackson’s tour. (Continue Reading…)

D’Angelo Gets Busy On J Records Debut
R&B star D’Angelo is making progress on his first studio album since 2000, which will likely be released early next year via J Records. The label purchased D’Angelo’s contract in 2005 from Virgin, which issued his first two studio albums. For his as-yet-untitled J debut, D’Angelo has already collaborated with Raphael Saadiq and also plans to record with John Mayer, according to a source. A single may be out before the end of the year. D’Angelo has largely fallen off the musical map since 2000’s “Voodoo,” which has sold 1.69 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its single “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and No. 25 on the Hot 100. (Continue Reading…)

Doctors Say Woods Should Recover from Injuries
Doctors who treat the kinds of knee and leg injuries that ended Tiger Woods’ victorious season have one word for his U.S. Open victory — remarkable. “The fact that he had surgery two months ago and seemed to visibly be in pain with certain shots … I find it remarkable that he could play as well as he did and win a major tournament,” said Dr. David McAllister, a UCLA sports medicine specialist. (Continue Reading…)

S Africa Chinese ‘become black’
It made the order so that ethnic Chinese can benefit from government policies aimed at ending white domination in the private sector. The Chinese Association of South Africa took the government to court, saying its members had been discriminated against. An estimated 200,000 ethnic Chinese live in South Africa. The association said their members often failed to qualify for business contracts and job promotions because they were regarded as whites. The association said Chinese South Africans had faced widespread discrimination during the years of apartheid when they had been classified as people of mixed race. The BBC’s Mpho Lakaje in Johannesburg says the Broad-Based Economic Empowerment and the Employment Equity Acts were designed to eradicate the legacy of apartheid which left many black people impoverished. The laws give people classed as blacks, Indians and coloureds (mixed-race) employment and other economic benefits over other racial groups. (Continue Reading…)

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