DJ Chip's ENT Report 11/8/18

Is Usher dating Basketball Wives star, Evelyn Lozada’s 25-year-old daughter, Shaniece Hairston? According to The Jasmine Brand, the rumor mill began buzzing that the two are romantically involved after they were spotted arriving at and leaving Diddy’s birthday party together over the weekend. 

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ELLA MAI TO PERFORM ON ‘SNL’: Ella Mai will be hitting the Saturday Night Live stage. According to Rap-Up, the news was announced on Wednesday (November 7th). The “Boo’d Up” singer will make her ‘SNL’ debut as a musical guest on November 17th. Actor Steve Carell will serve as the host.

The Associated Press has reported that Missy Elliott has become the first female rapper to be nominated for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. If Missy is victorious, she will be the third rapper to receive the honor following JAY-Z (2017) and Jermaine Dupri (2018). Missy reacted to the news via Twitter and wrote, “I am Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers🙏🏾 Congratulations to all of them also🙌🏾.” 

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TMZ has reported that LL Cool J and Ice Cube are joining forces as part of a “powerful group” hoping to bid on 22 regional sports channels that the Justice Dept. is forcing Disney to sell following their $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Officials have said that since Disney is the majority owner of ESPN, they probably should not be permitted to control 22 stations because they will essentially have monopolized the entire market. LL and Ice Cube are looking to bid on the channels, which includes New York-based YES Network. Complex reports that other bidders include private equity groups Apollo Global Management and the Sinclair Broadcast Group, but Ice Cube and LL have teamed up with billionaire Carolyn Rafaelian — which gives them a huge advantage. The deal for all 22 stations is expected to reach as low as $15 billion and as high as $25 billion, which is around and possibly over 25 percent of what Disney paid for Fox in their acquisition deal.

Snoop Dogg is prepping a biopic with help from Lee Daniels and Ryan Coogler. According to The Jasmine Brand, Snoop revealed the news during a recent radio interview and said that the project is in the development phases. There are no additional details about the biopic at the moment.

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