Vanessa Williams launches campaign for ‘Mother of the Year’

What does it take to be earn the label of “World’s Coolest Mom” these days? A hit primetime comedy? The noteriety of being one of the only Miss Americas stripped of her crown? tjndc5-5j1ehc7stomsiwlao5g_layout.jpgWell, those help. But having an in with Miley Cyrus trumps all.

That’s what Vanessa Williams is hoping. During Lincoln Center’s Annual Spring Gala Wednesday night, the Chappaqua actress told People Mag that she’s going to play Hannah Montana’s publicist in a version of the Disney Channel show. “My 7-year-old, [Sasha Gabrielle], is into [Miley’s] music,” she added. Even though the deal hasn’t been officially signed off on, Williams said her daughter has already given it her blessing. “[She] thought it was the coolest thing in the world, and that I’m an awesome mom!”

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So much for Scarsdale; Beyonce & Jay-Z get hitched in TriBeCa

Hard evidence is hard to come by, but the rumor mill is churning at full tilt with the news that Beyonce and Jay-Z got married last night, Friday, April 4, at Z’s downtown NYC apartment. People Mag reports, “Though there is no official confirmation, [a] friend says, ‘It happened earlier this evening. Jay wanted it to be a really private affair – close friends and family.'”


People, of course, was the same source for the news that the couple got their marriage license in Scarsdale, of all places, on Tuesday, setting off a week’s worth of rabid speculation. And, I’ll admit it, even getting me to submit a FOIL request to the Scarsdale Village Clerk to see a copy of the marriage license for one Shawn Corey Carter (aka Jay-Z).

Since they have five days to respond, I never did get confirmation (or a copy of the document) during the work week. ap_david_stern_070724_mn.jpgBut, like so many celebrity-enamored suburbanites, I was hoping that maybe the Scarsdale story would be (a) not an April fool’s prank and (b) evidence that the wedding was taking place here in Westchester. My favorite theory, courtesy of Gothamist, was that the wedding was taking place at NBA commissioner David Stern’s Scarsdale home.

Or not.

Turns out the festivities took place in that slightly larger city to the south. A media storm descended on Jay-Z’s TriBeCa apartment yesterday, around the same time that candelabras and flowers started arriving. In addition to every media outlet in the known universe, the invited guests apparently included: Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles, her father and manager Mathew, her sister Solange, Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and friend Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured here arriving at Jay-Z’s apartment building).



Another source told People that the post-wedding party was Thai themed, and that Amy’s Orchids was hired to provide 50,000 to 60,000 white orchid blooms.

And hey, if that’s not enough evidence to convince you that Zeyonce tied the knot, check out Beyonce’s Wikipedia page, in which her name has already been updated. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.

UPDATE: The “Carter” has since been dropped from the Wikipedia page.

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Rumor Control: Hayden-Milo a no-go

hayden-milo.JPGOK, so maybe we jumped the gun a bit on the rumor that Hayden Panetteire and her “Heroes” costar Milo Ventimiglia are now an item. At least, that’s what another costar, James Kyson Lee, told People magazine.  “The rumor is not true. Let’s just end it there.”

He continued, “I think we were just surprised because they’re 12 years apart – for people to even conceive that. I know there have been a lot of jokes, Hayden turning 18 and whatnot. At some point, you just have to let it go, and respect their privacy.”

Well, there was that. And also this YouTube video of the two grinding and making sexy like at the Emmys after-party, which pretty much speaks for it self.

(“Heroes” photo: NBC)