Patti LaBelle and Steve Harvey are scheduled to receive special recognition at the 2011 BET Awards. The network is helping Patti celebrate 50 amazing years in music and will give her a Lifetime Achievement Award. Steve Harvey will be honored with a Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy. Congratulations to the recipients. [Eurweb]

EMF Headliner (Got Tickets?) Ms. Chaka Khan is recording a new album! It’s said that the legendary singer is collaborating with Led Zepplin and even Steven Tyler — we’re interested in hearing those duets! [Eurweb]

In some unfortunate news this morning, Ja rule is expected to turn himself in today to begin serving a two-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. [Fox News]

Tennis’ most celebrated sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, are scheduled to return to the courts this month. The news comes after both suffered numerous health setbacks. The sister duo entered the Aegon International tournament, which is set for June 13-18th. [Eurweb]

Jada Pinkett Smith is talking about her kids in the newest issue of Uptown. She insists that there’s no need to be concerned over her kids. “There are so many other kids you can worry about. My kids? They’re going to be alright. I get why people would criticize. But people need to know that Will and I would never put our children in a situation that would bring them any detriment.” [Celebrity Baby Scoop]

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