Grapevine: NeNe Leakes owes Detroit
We're waiting, NeNe
Whatever happened to the promised donation to Detroit schools Kenya Moore and her "Real Housewives of Atlanta" adversary NeNe Leakes were going to make? Moore Tweeted a photo of herself with a Chase Bank check for $20,000 made out to the "Detroit Public Schools Foundation." So, TMZ caught up with Leakes and asked when she was going to pay up. "Did I say I wasn't going to pay the Detroit schools?" Leakes barked. "No one heard me say that ... I will make mine when I get ready to make it ... We need to make sure Kenya made a payment," she added, stating that a Tweeted photo means nothing, and maybe the check didn't clear. Leakes also questions if it's a "legitimate charity." "I'm not from Detroit, I don't know anything about their schools. I'll pay when I get ready, just as she did."
Thumbs down for Lifetime Aaliyah movie
Just how bad was that Aaliyah biopic, "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B," starring Nickolodeon actress Alexandra Shipp and executive-produced by Wendy Williams, that aired on Lifetime Saturday? So bad that the Twitterverse almost broke itself goofing on it. Viewers posted incredulity and insults using the hashtags #LifetimeBeLike and #LifetimeBiopic. Timbaland, who produced the "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number" singer, shot off a number of Instagram posts, including a photo of Kermit the Frog throwing up, with the tag "How I feel about Wendy Williams executive producing the Aaliyah movie." The Detroit-raised singer, who was married briefly to R. Kelly, died in 2001, just 22, in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
Broadway baby Stritch feted
Detroit's own Elaine Stritch, who died in July at age 89 at her Birmingham home, was set to be celebrated by her Broadway peers at a star-studded celebration Monday night at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York. Bernadette Peters was among the stars who were to pay tribute to Stritch. Peters, who played Stritch's daughter in a 2010 production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," told the New York Daily News last year: "Elaine had an ability to take the space around her and just entertain. She was one of a kind and very smart. Salty outside but underneath not. ... We were the two new girls in the show. She had my back. And I had hers."
Cosby clarifies; friends speak out
Bill Cosby still hasn't commented on the allegations of rape that have resurfaced against him, but his lawyer did clarify that when he disdained "decades-old" stories about him, he wasn't referring to the woman Cosby came to a settlement with in 2006. Meanwhile, friends of the embattled actor/comedian have been speaking out in his defense. Jazz saxophonist Tony Williams, who's known Cosby since their North Philadelphia days, told Fox Philly 29 on Sunday, "No, no. He don't have to rape anybody." The furor started last month when comedian Hannibal Buress called the 77-year-old a rapist during a comedy show in Philadelphia. Another case against Cosby was dismissed years ago, although several women have recently come forward with new allegations. It's led to some uncomfortable interviews, such as one over the weekend on NPR, in which Cosby shook his head and refused to speak when asked about the allegations.
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