November 03, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 10/3Tyra Banks isn't the only supermodel showing entrepreneurial prowess outside of the world of fashion. Ford model Datari Turner, who has appeared in print campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Hugo Boss, Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch, is expanding his portfolio in the world of television and film.
Most don't know, but Turner is the creator and co-executive producer of the BET reality series, 'Ultimate Hustler,' which is hosted and also produced by rap mogul Damon Dash. "Other than 'The Apprentice,' we don't have a show on air that is teaching people how to build companies. Even 'The Apprentice' is teaching people how to work for somebody else," Turner shared about the show's concept.
The Oakland, Calif. native, who was been romantically linked to 'American Idol' Fantasia in the tabloids, conducted extensive research on African-American millionaires in this country while creating the series. "I started looking at the richest African Americans in the country, starting with Bob Johnson and Oprah Winfrey, and I realized that a lot of the other rich African Americans after that were hip-hop moguls. With Sean (Diddy) Combs, Damon Dash, Russell Simmons, Master P and other people like that, combined they have one year of college between them all. I'm not trying to condone not going to school, but I wanted to do a show where we took people who didn't go to school at all and mix them with people who are in school and those who do have degrees and teach them how to build companies from scratch," he explained.
The 'Ultimate Hustler' has had one of the highest-rated premieres for a new series debut on BET, second only to 'College Hill.' In addition to the reality series, Turner is also producing a made-for-television bio-picture on Dash. "I spoke to Terrence Howard about playing Damon and then got him on the phone with Damon. He gave me the verbal and said he would do it," Turner announced. "I even spoke to Anthony Mackie ('She Hate Me') about playing Jay-Z."
KARRINE STEFFANS HAS SEEN IT ALL...NOW I DO TOO
As I've reported before,Steffans is featured on the cover of Smooth magazine's sex issue and in a steamy interview with Jawn Murray. Music's most notorious ex-video girl drops a few new names, addresses the ambush on New York's HOT 97 radio station and opens up about the porn clip of her and adult film star Mr. Marcus circulating on the Internet.
During the interview, Steffans revealed that her nickname for Fox Sports Network's 'The Best Damn Sports Show Period' host and Los Angeles morning show host John Salley is Mr. Snuffleupagus. "And I've never been with John, we're only friends. But if I hear something like that about you and you're my guy friend, I am going to ask you to pull it out and let me see it. I have seen a lot of things in my life but nobody is going to beat John Salley on that one. He wears that crown."
WANNA DRESS LIKE A BOY BAND?
NSYNC star Justin Timberlake and his clothing line co-designer Trace Ayala showed some styles from their new line to style expert Bobbie Thomas and 'Today' show's Alexis Glick on Wednesday (November 2). Watch the segment at MSN.com.
BIG WEEKEND FOR CHRISTINA AGUILERA AND FIANCE
Marc S. Malkin of 'The Insider' has more details on Christina Aguilera and fiance Jordan Bratman's big weekend in Las Vegas. Malkin hinted, "As for the couple's big day? I'm told they're getting hitched a lot sooner than most people think." Read more.
TYRA GAINS 200LBS FOR UNDERCOVER EXPOSE
Hoping to discover how obese people are treated by others, super-svelte Tyra Banks went undercover as a 350-lb. woman for a segment that will air Monday on her syndicated The Tyra Banks Show.The 31-year-old former supermodel called the experience – and the shocking reaction she received from others – "one of the most heartbreaking days of my life." After having been outfitted in a fat suit, Banks told the Associated Press, "I started walking down the street and within 10 seconds, a trio of people looked at me, snickered, looked me right in my eye and started pointing and laughing in my face. ... I had no idea it was that blatant.
THEY DID IT AGAIN...DESTINY'S CHILD IS #1 WITH THEIR NEW CD...#1
Destiny’s Child is leaving the industry with a bang, as their final album, “#1's” certainly lives up to its title.
The set enters the Billboard 200 this week at No. 1 on 113,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Sony Urban Music/Columbia disc interrupts the one-week reign of Ashlee Simpson's "I Am Me," which drops to No. 6.
THE BEST OF OPRAH GIVES US THE DIRT
Did you know that Oprah Winfrey once dated film critic Roger Ebert? Were you aware that no matter how much she begged, she couldn't get a single celebrity to appear on her first nationally-syndicated episode in 1986? Not even Don Johnson of "Miami Vice?” These tidbits are among the treats offered by Oprah herself in the new six-DVD box set, “The Oprah Winfrey Show – The 20th Anniversary Collection,” due later this month via Paramount.Read More
WHO'S THE REAL GOLD DIGGER
Some folks who worked on Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” video shoot in Miami are still looking for their paychecks, according to a new lawsuit filed against the clip’s director, Hype Williams.
Los Angeles talent agency Partos Company is claiming breach of contract and fraud in the 60-page complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Partos says that Williams and his L.A.-based production company, Naaila Entertainment, have yet to pay tens of thousands of dollars to costume, hair and makeup artists provided by Partos for the shoot.
THE MALE DIGGER GETS CUT OFF
Kevin Federline's plans for renting DVD's from Blockbuster were cut short when his credit card supplied by wife Britney Spears was declined as he went to make the purchase. Kevin went to the nearest ATM machine to get some quick cash when he realized something was not right. His card was now useless! No money! Rumor has it Britney Spears cut off his account after finding out her KFed was partying at every Hollywood nightclub without her including Club Mood, Element, and the Cabana Club. Britney visited her hometown for a few days and came home earlier than Federline expected.
Speaking of coming up short have you heard a leak of his first single...HERE