Coffee Talk: Nicki Minaj to Open 2015 Video Music Awards

Plus: Spike Lee receives honorary Oscar, Misty Copeland to dance in Sleeping Beauty, Chaka Khan joins the cast of Dancing with the Stars and more! 

Taylor Lewis Aug, 28, 2015

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Sunday's Video Music Awards are sure to start off with a bang: MTV just announced that Nicki Minaj will be opening the ceremony. We can only speculate as to what her performance will be (and who she'll bring out!), but she's guaranteed to give us a hot start to the night! [MTV]

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We officially have a reason to tune in to Dancing With the Stars! The popular reality show tweeted yesterday that Chaka Khan would be joining this season's cast. We can't wait to see the Queen of Funk boogie when the show premieres on Sept. 14. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Misty Copeland is unstoppable! Our cover star is engaged, is in the middle of her Broadway run in On The Town and is now gearing up to star in The Sleeping Beauty at the Michigan Opera Theater. The opera house hasn't announced which role Misty will be dancing, but we have a sneaking suspicion that she will be able to cross "dance Sleeping Beauty" off of her bucket list. [Detroit Free Press]

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The world is mourning today following the death of NBA legend Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins. He was 58. Family members say Dawkins, who had a 14-year NBA career and became known for his goal-shattering dunks, died following a heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dawkins' family and friends. [ESPN]

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One of the most iconic filmmakers of our time is finally getting the recognition that he deserves. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will be presenting Spike Lee with a Governors Award, also known as an honorary Oscar, for his "exceptional contributions to the state of motions picture arts and sciences." Congrats, Spike. No one deserves it more than you. [USA TODAY]

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Looks like Judge Joe Brown is getting a little taste of his own medicine. The famed television judge turned himself in to authorities yesterday, one year after landing in hot water for becoming verbally abusive to court workers. The good news? He was only ordered to serve a mere five days in prison. [Yahoo]

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Los Angeles is about to get a little taste of Atlanta. VH1 just ordered a spin-off show for Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta's Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J, tentatively titled Stevie & Joseline Take L.A. The show would chronicle the couple's family life as they try to navigate the world of Hollywood. Keep an eye out for the show early next year. [VH1]