Fighting Back: “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Phaedra Parks has filed a $30 million lawsuit against Vibe Holdings, which operates Vibe.com, Uptown Magazine, and Augustus Publishing, saying the outlet has published lies about her to generate interest in a book. The lawsuit, filed last week, demands a
jury trial, $5 million in compensatory and $25 million in punitive damages, and retractions.
“While Plaintiff recognizes the importance of the role of the media in reporting on public figures, Defendant and other members of the media are not granted an unfettered right or privilege under the First Amendment to defame public figures by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice,” the lawsuit states. “As a result of its conduct, Defendant crossed the threshold from speech protected by the First Amendment to enter the arena of actionable defamation of a public figure for which they must be held legally accountable.”
The lawsuit lists articles filed about Parks, beginning with a March 14 one titled “Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Phaedra Parks Exposed.” The articles, the lawsuit says, “falsely accuse Plaintiff of being a crooked attorney who knows how to commit crimes, has committed crimes, and knows how to cover up her criminal activity.”
The Huffington Post Media Group and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced the launch of an Oprah Winfrey section on Huffingtonpost.com beginning August 2012. The special section will feature content created and curated by writers and producers from OWN and Oprah.com specifically for The Huffington Post. Additionally, the section will call upon The Huffington Post’s vast network of bloggers and community to have a conversation around Oprah.com content. The Huffington Post Oprah section will contain a mix of articles, blogs and interactive content that will connect with the audience on an emotional and spiritual level. The site will provide practical advice and resources encouraging people to discover their best selves and to lead happy, fulfilling lives by taking steps to attain their goals. Topics covered will include personal growth, spirituality and aspects of physical and mental health.
The Home of Hip Hop: Organizers say the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum has found a home in midtown Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that plans also include a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, television studios, marquee, community and corporate rooms, and a gift shop. The company’s business development manager, Bobby Fisher, says the address won’t be released until July because the deal is still being wrapped up. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards television show was broadcast by the cable network BET in the 1990s. The awards were no longer televised after high-profile murders of hip-hop stars. The Hall of Fame last inducted honorees in 1997. The awards show will return to television in November, broadcast from the Apollo Theater.
Briefly: Kanye West earned the most nominations for the 2012 BET Awards. The rapper received seven nods -- six of which came from his Watch the Throne collaboration with Jay-Z, who earned five nominations himself. Beyonce earned the second highest nominations with six. The BET Awards will air July 1 live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and Samuel L. Jackson is set to host. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj are confirmed to perform at the show.
Finally: After 14 years of marriage, “Diff’rent Strokes” alum Todd Bridges and his wife Dori are splitting. “The Bridges have decided that disunion is in the best interest of their collective futures,” a statement from Bridges says.
Written by: Precinct Reporter Group
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