With such heavy headlines, see why we're cutting back on the sugar this morning: Chris Brown says he's done apologizing for the Rihanna incident, Diddy remembers Biggie, a preview of Alicia Keys and Beyonce's "Put It in a Love Song" has surfaced, and CNN has an amazing story highlighting celebrity ties to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the work that goes into creating an overseas show... Here's what you had to say: Dawn commented via Facebook: "What really gets me is this — wouldn't you find out who you were performing for before you accepted their money?" Pattigurl wrote via Facebook: "I think it's a great diversion tactic to put the blame on stars who made piddly change instead of our own government that has backed dictators and supplied them with weapons."
With such heavy headlines, see why we're cutting back on the sugar this morning:
- CNN has an amazing cover story on celebrities who have taken money from controversial Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The story warns that celebrities should be more involved in the business side of organizing shows overseas. "We have to track and do the research that the government that's in place is legitimate. We talk to the embassy and check out political contacts to make sure our government doesn't have information that the country is being run by a dictator," says Matthew 'Mateo' Rajkumar, Chief Executive Officer of the American Talent Agency. This is a lesson for Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Usher and Nelly Furtado. Rapper 50 Cent recently announced that he will donate his Gaddafi money to UNICEF. [CNN]
- This fall, HBO is set to air a Harry Belafonte documentary called "Sing Your Song." The film will highlight his role in the Civil Rights movement and participation in South Africa's fight against apartheid. [BV]
- After damn near a year of waiting, a mini preview of Alicia Keys and Beyonce's "Put It in a Love Song" has hit the internet. The two flew to Brazil last March to film the video, but it was never released. Check out the clip and let us know if you're excited to see the full version. No release date has been set. [Urban Daily]
- Chris Brown is hoping to put the Rihanna fiasco behind him. In a new interview he says he's done apologizing for it. "I consider myself a grown-ass man. And at the end of the day, if I walk around apologizing to everybody, I'm gonna look like a damn fool," said Brown. [Billboard]
- If you have about $20K, you can hang out with Jay-Z at an upcoming New York Knicks game. The rapper is auctioning off a night with him at an upcoming basketball game to raise money for the Big Apple's Stephen Gaynor School. [Eurweb]
- Yesterday, March 9th, Diddy co-hosted Power 105.1's Breakfast Club and remembered his friend Biggie who passed away 14 years ago. "It's a constant thing. When it's something like that the happens and somebody who is like, music you listen to, and is just a part of your motivation... it's something that you relive, but to be honest, March 9 for us is a day of celebration, it ain't really like a day of mourning," said Diddy. [Eurweb]
- In other 50 news, an official trailer for his upcoming movie "Things Fall Apart" has hit the internet. It's looks pretty good. Remember, this is the movie where he lost a ton of weight for the role. Check it out below.