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Coffee Talk: Halle Berry Will Not Play Aretha in Biopic

Here's what has our coffee pots bubbling over this morning: The First Family celebrates MLK Day and Michelle Obama's 47th birthday. Selita Ebanks is keeping her lips sealed on Serena Williams and Common's rumored engagement, and Halle Berry has declined Aretha Franklin's invitation to play her in a biopic... Here's what you had to say: Mylena commented via Facebook: "I didn't think it made sense for Halle to play Aretha in the first place." Theresa wrote via Facebook: "Queen Latifah is a better choice to me."


Here’s what has our coffee pots bubbling over this morning:

  • Aretha Franklin has let the world know that she wants Halle Berry to play her in a biopic, however, Berry has declined the offer. “If I could carry a tune, I’d consider it… someone should tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice,” said Berry on the red carpet of the Golden Globes. Wonder if the Queen of Soul has any backups? Can we suggest Jennifer Hudson? [Bossip]

  • Is NeNe Leakes heading out on her own? Word on the street has it that NeNe may not return to the show. What will the show look like without her?! Say it isn’t so! [Perez Hilton]

  • Selita Ebanks may have let the cat out of the bag about Serena and Common’s rumored engagement. When Wendy Williams asked about it, Ebanks got tongue-tied and didn’t really know what to say — turning red with embarrassment. Does her silence mean wedding bells in the near future? [Vibe]

  • Keyshia Cole has reportedly fired manager Manny Halley for not properly handling the promotion of her latest album, “Calling All Hearts.” “Someone said if the people around you won’t change, change the people around you,” she tweeted. As of last week, the album has only sold 181,300 copies. [TGJ]

  • The First Family volunteered on MLK Day in a community service project at a local D.C. middle school. Upon arriving, the family sang “Happy Birthday” to Michelle Obama as she turned 47 on Monday. In other MLK news, a brand new D.C. memorial for him is expected to open August 28th. [Black Celebrity Kids] [Eurweb]

  • Lauryn Hill has once again disappointed fans, this time in Atlanta. Perez HIlton is reporting that she showed up three hours late to the show and then proceeded to play fast versions of her songs. It looks as if her comeback may not be happening the way fans expected. [Perez Hilton]

  • Radar is reporting that a judge will now decide if Alejandra Jackson and her kids will remain at the Jackson Family compound in Encino, California. Katherine Jackson is essentially evicting Jermaine Jackson’s ex-wife and kids as they are not beneficiaries of the MJ estate. The clinging family is also reportedly holding up renovations on the home. [Radar Online]