September 11, 2008

Boxers With Hearts Just Part of Show


You couldn't help but notice Grammy winner Fatman Scoop on the red carpet of MTV's Video Music Awards over the weekend.

He showed up wearing boxer shorts with little red hearts, a white tank top and Adidas soccer sandals with knee-high black socks.

"This is how I dress on my show so I said to myself, 'Why not just wear the same thing?'" Fatman explained. "Sure, I look horrible," he said. "But I'm with a beautiful woman."

The beautiful woman was his wife, Shanda, co-host of their new MTV show "Man and Wife," which debuts Sept. 29.

It will air at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Fatman (born Isaac Freeman III) and Shanda spend much of each show in bed (that explains the outfit!) doling out advice on sex and relationships.

"Man and Wife" may be new to television, but it already has an audience of millions on the Internet where it originated as the videoblog

"It took off from there," he said of the podcast. "You gotta create your own opportunities."

While Fatman is a fun, larger-than-life personality, Shanda does have some bonafide credentials for the gig.

"I did HIV/AIDS case management, outreach, counseling for seven years. So talking about sex and sexual histories is normal for me and giving good advice," she said.

"At the end of the day, you want to give advice to people that's going to enable them to protect themselves and make better choices.

"We have fun with the show but there's a responsibility with it and that's where I come in."

'Humbled' Streisand to get Kennedy Center Honor

Barbra Streisand said she is "humbled and thrilled" to be among those selected for the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most coveted prizes for any performer.

Barbra -- a star for more than 45 years now -- already has two Oscars, numerous Grammys and Emmys, the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.

This was the only biggie missing from her kudos collection.

Also being honored by the Kennedy Center in December will be actor Morgan Freeman and country singer George Jones, choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who.

But trust me, it will be Barbra's night all the way.

Natalie Cole still promoting album despite hepatitis C

Another famous Grammy winner, Natalie Cole, revealed this week that she is battling hepatitis C.

Her new album "Still Unforgettable" came out Tuesday and she is soldiering on with promoting it despite weekly chemotherapy treatments that have resulted in lost hair and lost weight.

Natalie had a drug problem early in her career but has been clean and sober for decades. But she believes the former drug use is why she is ill today.

"In 1980-1982, I was doing heroin," she said on "Entertainment Tonight.""This is a virus that was dormant in my body for 25 years. I had no symptoms, was feeling great, working out like a crazy person -- and this just keeled me over."

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