AHH Stray News: Nick Van Exel, Diddy, Ludacris, Tyler Perry

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Basketball star Nick Van Exel filed a lawsuit against two men in Los Angeles

Superior Court, alleging he was defrauded out of millions by men who claimed

they would help launch the career of Van Exel’s cousin, rapper Smoot.

Van Excel accuses Wilson Ebiye and Leonard Chukwemeke of using over $1.2 million

dollars of Raprock Records’ money to purchase themselves cars. RapRock

Records/Films is Van Excel’s production company. Smoot is also co-CEO

of the company.

Sean “Diddy”

Combs was forced to re-shoot an advertisement for his new “Unforgivable”

fragrance that featured him in bed with two women. The ads were pulled from various

department stores and replaced with new ads featuring the mogul in bed with just

one woman, in order to tone down the sexual nature of the advertisement.

According to reports, billboard ads with Combs and the two women are still being

used in various markets. "It is unfortunate that some people were so uncomfortable

with something with that much sexual presence," John Demsey, global president

of Estée Lauder said. "But we stand by it."

Ludacris and crew Disturbing Tha Peace will be featured on Clear Channel’s

“Stripped” series. Ludacris, Field Mob, Bobby Valentino, Shawna,

Shareefa and Lil' Fate perform some of their best known hits in Clear Channel’s

studios, which will be broadcast on over 150 Clear Channel Radio station websites

starting today (Jan. 17). Past performers include Floetry, Staind, Melissa Ethridge,

John Legend, Kanye West and others. For more information visit www.strippedmusic.com.

Motown Records and Lionsgate

have teamed with director/actor/playwright Tyler Perry to release the soundtrack

for his latest movie, "Madea's Family Reunion." The soundtrack lands

in stores three days before the movies nationwide opening on Feb. 24. The soundtrack

revolves around the themes of love and family values and contains a new track

from LL Cool J featuring Mary Mary titled “We’re Gonna Make It.”

Other artists who contribute new songs to the soundtrack include Chaka Khan,

Johnny Gill, KEM, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams, Carl Thomas and others. “Madea’s

Family Reunion” hits stores Feb. 21.