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Nicki Minaj: Teacher of the year?

Florence Anthony | 12/21/2011, 5:15 p.m.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, people who know both Vanessa and Kobe Bryant long wondered...
Janet Jackson engaged?

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, people who know both Vanessa and Kobe Bryant long wondered what it would take for the NBA star's wife to finally throw in the towel and exit her 10-year marriage. Vanessa stood by her husband's side as he faced his 2003 alleged rape scandal, and she suffered in silence as she learned about Kobe's repeated affairs and flings with other women.

However, Kobe's latest extramarital affair was so blatant that the couple's daughters were said to be in the woman's presence on a number of occasions and were fully aware their dad was cheating. He reportedly also laughed off his apologies about affairs to her in conversations with his closest friends.

Janet Jackson has announced that she's the face of the weight-loss company Nutrisystem. The superstar songstress, who previously battled with yo-yo dieting and weight gain, is expected to appear in a nationwide campaign with her success story. "Dieting never worked for me, counting calories never worked for me and denying myself the foods I love never worked for me. I needed a better plan, and I found it with Nutrisystem," said Jackson.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and Broadway producer Alicia Keys will host a talkback discussion following the Thursday, Dec. 22 performance of "Stick Fly" at the Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., New York City. "Stick Fly" was written by Lydia Diamond and is directed by Kenny Leon. The producers of "Stick Fly" are offering the public two easy ways to buy tickets at www.broadwayoffers.com or by calling (212) 947-8844. Use the code SFBX129 to purchase single tickets for 30 percent off.

WE tv announced that the network has greenlit the original series "Tamar & Vince" for its 2012 programming slate. The series will showcase Tamar Braxton and her husband, Vincent Herbert, as they navigate their hectic lives, from Tamar's solo album to Vince's busy career as a successful music producer. WE tv has ordered eight one-hour episodes, tentatively scheduled to premiere in fourth quarter 2012, with production beginning in March. "Tamar & Vince" is a spin-off of WE tv's hit original series, "Braxton Family Values."

The Huffington Post is reporting that Nicki Minaj was recently recognized with a Teacher of the Year Award due to her overall influence on the students at the South Florida-based school Better Education Place. The raptress shares the honor with Lil Wayne for reportedly having the ability to "capture and maintain attention." In addition, the hip-hop stars were judged alongside actual teachers.