African-Americans continue to watch the Democratic National Convention in higher proportions than the rest of the population, with 12.7% of blacks tuning in compared with 9.0% for the U.S. population as a whole, according to Nielsen estimates. Tuesday’s event, marked by Hillary Clinton’s speech in the 10 p.m. hour, averaged 26 million total viewers, nearly 4 million more than the 22.3 million who watched Monday’s gathering. NBC, again, prevailed overall with an average of 5.98 million viewers after 10 p.m., while CNN followed with 4.8 million. ABC placed a close third (4.76 million). CBS (3.82 million) was fourth, followed by Fox News (3.48 million) and MSNBC (2.57 million).
*Sean “Diddy” Combs has had to cut back on his private jet use due to rising gas prices. The mogul has had to make sacrifices recently and stoop to *gasp* commercial flights. He says in his latest video blog: “I’ve been flying back and forth to Los Angeles pursuing my acting career. If I fly back and forth twice a month, that’s like $250,000 round trip. [Bleep] that! I’m back on American Airlines now. .. and I’m in coach!” View clip below. Caution, he drops the f-bomb several times):
Tonight at 11, BET’s “The Truth with Jeff Johnson” features its host taking a hard look at the failures and successes in the reconstruction of areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina with Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, Houston rap legend Bun B, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and former mayor Marc Morial. Johnson also sits down with Danny Glover and filmmaker Kimberly River Roberts to discuss their roles in the newly-released Katrina documentary, “Trouble the Waters.”
*On Tuesday (Sept. 2) at 10 p.m., BET introduces “Comic View: One Mic Stand,” hosted by comedian/actor Kevin Hart. The series, according to the network, “offers an eclectic mix of fresh and veteran comedians from across the country to spew out uninhibited, in-your-face comedy that will leave you craving for more.”
Vogue diva Anna Wintour and actress Sarah Jessica parker are hosting a fundraising fashion show for Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama during Fashion Week in New York City. The Sept. 9 event at the Charles Nolan Studio will feature designs from Beyoncé and Tina Knowles for House of Dereon, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Juicy Couture, Narciso Rodriguez and Proenza Schouler, among others.
*Canadian television network ichannel launches its eighth season on Sept. 22 with “Senator Obama Goes to Africa,” a documentary that follows the presidential candidate in 2006 as he retraces his ancestral roots by touring South Africa, a Darfur refugee camp in Chad, Robben Island the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, and his father’s former home Kisumu, Kenya. “You watch a man who could become one of the most powerful leaders in the world, as he travels through countries where the poverty and repression are palpable, ” explains Director of Programming Rosemary Fusca, “We wanted something extremely powerful and exceptionally relevant to kick off a season that promises to be ichannel’s most expansive, eclectic and adventurous to date.”
*Republican presidential candidate John McCain aired a one-night-only ad congratulating his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, for his historic nomination on the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. However, McCain’s move was quickly criticized by pundits for attempting to draw attention away from Obama’s highly-anticipated nomination acceptance speech, as the ad aired before, during and after the coverage on national cable television. View the ad below.
SOLANGE ALBUM PRE-LOADED IN NEW ZVUE: Plus, singer to perform Sunday in WalMart parking lot in Houston
ZVUE has launched its latest ZVUE Artist Series Media Player pre-loaded with R&B singer Solange’s new album “SoL-AngeL and the Hadley St. Dreams.”
The specialty-branded player is available exclusively in 500 WalMart stores nationwide with a price tag of $49.88.
The pre-loaded Media player comes with the single “I Decided,” and two versions of the music video. Special exclusive materials are also preloaded, including two bonus music tracks, extra video footage and photos.
The Solange branded Media player comes with high-quality ZVUE Sound Headphones, USB cable, 2.4” screen, Photo Viewer, Text Reader, FM Tuner and 2 GB of built-in memory.
Solange will perform songs from the album on Sunday at a Wal-Mart parking lot in her Houston hometown. The concert at Wal-Mart store #2718 (9555 South Post Oak Rd.) begins at 6 p.m.
OTHER SHOE DROPS FOR DAMON DASH: Stride Rite reacquires rights to Pro-Keds brand from cash-strapped mogul
The Boston Herald is reporting that Stride Rite Corp has reacquired Pro-Keds shoe brand from rap mogul Damon Dash, who had purchased the licensing rights four years ago for an undisclosed amount.
News comes one week after New York newspapers reported he may lose two of his properties to foreclosure.
A rep for Lexington-based Stride Rite insisted Dash’s money problems had nothing to do with the rebranding.
“It was just a matter of timing,” Stride Rite spokeswoman Debra Fernandes told the newspaper. “We just wanted a new direction.”
Stride Rite – owned by Collective Brands Inc. of Topeka, Kan. – plans to kick off the new Pro-Keds line in November. Classic styles such as the Royal and Court King will be updated with new materials and colors. It also will launch limited-edition lines in a few months.
Naomi Campbell’s Russian billionaire boyfriend reportedly shelled out $18.5 million to buy her a penthouse apartment in Brazil.
The New York Post is reporting that the supermodel once told her man, Vladimir Doronin, how much she loved Brazil and “wanted to settle down there.” Next thing she knew, he hooked her up with a pad in Jardins, the Upper East Side of Sao Paolo.
Glamurama.com says the place was a “gift” to the supermodel and the couple will use it as their home in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Page Six also claims that Campbell is looking to repair her brutish image by trying to get photographed at various charitable events. She’s also launching a clothing line through 284, the new label from Daslu.
“It’s for strong women. I hope everybody will like it,” she told a local Brazilian paper.
Not only has T.I. set a record for the biggest jump to No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart, but he also scores his first unassisted Hot 100 topper of his career.
“Whatever You Like,” the current single from his upcoming album “Paper Trail,” soars from No. 71 to No. 1 in its third week on the list. It’s the rapper’s first No. 1 as a lead artist (he was featured on Justin Timberlake’s 2006 chart-topper “My Love”), and his opening-week digital sum is the best by a rap track since Nielsen SoundScan began compiling download data in 2003.
T.I.’s new Grand Hustle/Atlantic album, “Paper Trail,” will be released September 30.
The Atlanta artist pled guilty to federal weapons charges in conjunction with an October 2007 arrest in Atlanta. He will serve a year in jail after completing 1,000 hours of community service.