It's time for your Friday celebrity news rush! Here's what we have steaming away this morning: The queen of daytime talk, Oprah Winfrey, is prepping for her 25th and final season, and she has few tricks up her sleeves. Matthew Knowles will teach a course on entertainment at Texas Southern University, while his son-in-law, Jay-Z, will release a memoir in November. Plus, a judge says Chris Brown is doing a "great job" on probation. Here's what you had to say: Bunny commented via Facebook: "I hate to see her go, but she is going out still on top!" Latricia wrote via Facebook: A child being diagnosed with depression is a bold faced lie and another way for doctors to shove drugs down a child's throat."

Essence.com
Aug, 27, 2010

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  • Are you ready for the last season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show?" We're not! The queen of daytime talk has high expectations for her final season. Celeb guests will be asked to create "moments" instead of just promoting a book or a movie, she says. Tune in on Sept. 12th. [People]
  • Jay-Z is teaming up with the world famous NY Yankees for some special merchandise. You will be able to purchase Yankee items with Jay-Z logos. [AP]
  • The judge overseeing Chris Brown's probation is pleased with his performance. He has logged over 300 hours of community service. [AP]
  • In case you haven't heard, Jay-Z is coming out with a book entitled "Decoded" -- slated for release November 15th. The rapper is also scheduled to speak about it at the New York Public Library that same day. [MTV]
  • An ongoing legal battle between Suge Knight and Kanye West will continue. The two recently tried to resolve the issue stemming back to a 2005 incident where Knight claims he was shot and robbed at a party put on by West. This isn't the first time the two sat down to discuss the issue. [AceShowbiz]
  • Russell Simmons is supporting the Muslim mosque to be built near Ground Zero and he wants you to know it. The hip hop mogul is using six windows of his apartment to spell out "coexist" using the six religious symbols of the world. [NewsTimes]
  • A Brazilian politician was slapped with a court order demanding that she remove Michael Jackson's "Beat It" from her campaign website. Sony owns the rights to the song. [AP]
  • Toddlers are susceptible to depression like adults. This according to a NY Times article that raises interesting concerns about our children. [NY Times]
  • New civil rights cases in New Orleans show a city riddled with white vigilantes and police brutality in the months following Katrina. [NY Times]
  • 50 Cent recently showed the he's no different from the rest of us when it comes to doing the dirty work, even if his grandma is asking. "I can't belive my grandmother's making me take out the garbage. I'm rich, f**k this, I'm going home I don't need this s**t," he tweeted.
  • Entertainment industry leader Mathew Knowles will teach an undergraduate level course this fall entitled "The Entertainment Industry" -- through the Texas Southern University School of Communication in Houston.

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