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Nas, Kelis Reportedly Expecting Their First Child
‘They are so excited,’ a source told Us Weekly about the hip-hop power couple. Hip-hop star Nas and his wife, singer Kelis, are expecting their first child together, Us Weekly reported Wednesday (January 14). A source reportedly told Us that the “Milkshake” singer is in her first trimester. “It’s all they are talking about,” the source told the magazine. “She is carrying hip-hop royalty! They are so excited.” The source said mother-to-be Kelis already has a baby bump. Nas has a daughter, Destiny, from a previous relationship. The couple wed in January 2005 after a two-year courtship. The New York natives were married in Atlanta, where they keep a home. Nas’ brother, Braveheart member Jungle, served as the best man. (Continue Reading…)

‘Wendy Williams Show’ Sold in 70% of U.S.
“The Wendy Williams Show” is officially set to enter the syndication battlefield, clearing more than 70% of the U.S., including the top 20 markets, distributor Debmar-Mercury announced today. Calling “Williams” “a firm go,” Debmar has sold the show to stations owned by Fox, CBS, NBC, Local TV, Tribune, Lin, Cox, Raycom, Meredith and New Vision. The show is cleared in 45 of the top 50 markets. “Williams” was featured in a six-week preview on Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit in the summer of 2008 to successful ratings, Debmar said. “Rather than commit to an untested show based on the premise of a five-minute sales tape, stations across the country have eagerly sought out ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ because they know it works extraordinarily well, based on the stellar ratings and tremendous buzz it generated last summer,” Mort Marcus, co-president of Debmar-Mercury, said in a statement. (Continue Reading…)

DeShawn Snow No Longer a ‘Real’ Housewife: ‘I Didn’t See It Coming’
Some say that DeShawn Snow was the quiet in the storm of drama that rained on Bravo’s dramality series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” In reality television, playing it safe doesn’t lure viewers or make the grade; when it comes to ratings, only diva antics, tension and catfights will do. As the remaining ladies—Lisa Wu Hartwell, NeNe Leakes, Sheree Whitfield and Kim Kolciak—gear up for the second installment, Snow learned on Monday that she would not be returning to the cast. Snow spoke candidly with ESSENCE.com about the call that hurt her, why Bravo won’t be able to replace her, and how she plans to keep it moving. (Continue Reading…)

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