With a new marriage, a new album, and a few new films on the horizon, Beyonce Knowles is set to become an icon in her own right–and she’s modeling her career on another singer-actress.

“Barbra Streisand, that’s the career model for me, I want to be like her,” the 27-year-old pop diva told the Los Angeles Times. “She is just the ultimate. And I want to be an icon too.”

Beyonce will also get the chance to serenade Babs on Dec. 7, when she performs her fabled movie hit, “The Way We Were,” at the Kennedy Center Honors.

“It’s amazing. It’s beautiful,” she said. “When you’re a little girl you don’t think you’ll meet these people, these giants. You get to speak to them and ask them whatever you want. It makes you stand up straight too, absolutely. I have so many things to ask her.”

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One of Blindie’s favorite models Chanel Iman has joined the viral video community, creating her own YouTube channel, ChanelImanTV.

Besides galavanting around New York City with her besties, the up-and-coming model has clips of her glamming her mum up during a break at a photo shoot and dancing with her BFF (whom Blindie believes is Baby Phat junior designer Jerome from Kimora Lee’s reality TV show) to her favorite song on her laptop.

“The least I could do is make this YouTube channel for you,” she says in her first video post. “So you could get to know me better!”

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The latest round in the battle between “The College Dropout” and the press took place in Newcastle, England and has made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, prompting Kanye West to address his apparent victimization by the press on his blog.

According to freelance photographer Terry Blackburn, Kanye was leaving the bar with four women in the early morning hours on Friday when, “just as soon as I put my camera up to my face, that was it – he just pushed it in my face,” Blackburn told the BBC.

But hours after his arrest, Kanye promptly posted his side of the story on his blog: “I didn’t assault him, merely putting my hand up to cover his lens.”

Whatever happened, Blackburn was left with a cut nose and his complaint was enough for the Newcastle police to show up a few hours later at West’s hotel. “The cops were very cordial but told me that they had to arrest me because a complaint had been filed” Kanye blogs. “They spoke about how this was obviously a publicity stunt from the photographer but they still had to go through the motions.”

Kanye points out he doesn’t have a problem with all photographers only the paparazzi, “The paparazzi give real photographers a bad name. Let’s not forget the Paps killed Princess Diana,” he says in a blog entry. West says this under the heading “Who’s winning: Me or the Media?,” making it pretty obvious he views the media and not just the paparazzi as his enemy. Considering the sensationalized headlines in the press that have been touting the incident as a practical gang bang, Kanye might be justified in his martyrdom.

Kanye West has been in the UK for just over a week, selling out arenas with his “Glow in the Dark” tour, supported by Santogold. The tour ends in Manchester, this Monday.

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Admit it, you love the hot-stepping video for Beyonce’s new song “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)! Maybe you even filmed a remake in your bedroom and posted it online. Which means you probably went crazy for Saturday Night Live‘s parody of the Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse inspired routine featuring Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg dancing backup for Beyonce, in a body suit and heels no less!

And host Paul Rudd calling Beyonce “B-Town” and “B-K” was also hilarious!

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