Take a look at why we’re having multiple cappuccinos this morning:

  • University of Pennsylvania is one lucky school! Denzel Washington will deliver the commencement address for the class of 2011. He will address nearly 5,000 graduates with warm and encouraging words about going forth to the future. Also, Washington’s son, Malcolm, is a sophomore at the institution. That’s pretty cool to have an Academy Award-winning actor share a few words of advice on such a special day. [Washington Post]

  • Regina King is proving that there is work in Hollywood for Black actresses. The ESSENCE cover girl’s show “Southland” has been picked up for a fourth season! On average, 2.9 million people tune in each week. Congrats to Regina and the “Southland” crew! [Eurweb]

  • Ludacris is the latest star to join the cast of “New Year’s Eve.” He will reportedly play a police officer. Though he’s a late addition, there’s plenty to mingle with including — Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank and more… [BV]

  • Ginuwine’s comments about his late friend Aaliyah are causing some noise. “[She] was in a class by herself, if you’re talking triple threat of a writer, singer and actress, that would probably be Beyonce. If Aaliyah were still here, she and Beyonce would be neck and neck” he said. [Urban Daily]

  • After news circulated that Star Jones and NeNe Leakes called a truce, Leakes blasted Jones once again. On today’s episode of “Ellen,” Leakes says, “She is bossy, she is manipulative, conniving. And I’m not even being funny. I think that is real. I honestly think that is who she is.” Ouch! [Huffington Post]

  • Ja Rule is in trouble with the law, again. This time he’s pled guilty to tax evasion. He’s agreed to pay over $1.1 million in over due taxes. He failed to file income tax from 2004 to 2008. He could already face three more years in prison on top of the two years he’s set to star serving in June. [Bossip]

  • In other news, Oprah’s rating are down. But we’re not worried a bit — it’s due to reruns. When the last day of her show approaches, we know they’ll be billions tuning into see one of TV’s greatest moment. [Perez Hilton]

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