Names & Faces: Omarosa, Lynndie England, Kate & Jon Gosselin, Barbara Boxer

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, at the BET Awards, is seminary-bound.
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, at the BET Awards, is seminary-bound. (By Matt Sayles -- Associated Press)
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

That's How She Enrolls

Bet you didn't see this one coming! Reality TV uber-villain Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth is headed to seminary.

Manigault-Stallworth will pursue a doctor of ministry degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, the Dayton Daily News reports. The degree will take about two years to complete, and will be a far cry from her recent body of work -- appearances on "The Apprentice," "The Celebrity Apprentice" and "The Surreal Life."

But that could work in her favor, says Ivan Hicks, associate dean for African American studies at UTC. "Some of the good things and bad things we've done in our lives help us to actually relate and to be more widely accepted as a minister," Hicks told the paper. Hicks said he's known Manigault-Stallworth since her days at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington.

Furthermore, Hicks says that Manigault-Stallworth -- who once told a roomful of wannabe reality TV stars that, for a quarter of a million dollars, she would "get buck naked with some black socks on" -- "certainly has a heart for ministry."

Shelving Controversy

Organizers canceled a Friday appearance at the Library of Congress by Lynndie England, known for her involvement in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, citing threats of violence and staff security concerns.

England, a former Army reservist, had been scheduled to discuss her biography, the Associated Press reports. Event organizer David Moore said he had received several e-mails threatening violence, which he shared with police and the library's inspector general. And an e-mail to members of the Library of Congress Professional Association, obtained by AP, said the group had received "numerous expressions of protest" about the lecture from its own members.

Moore said he supports the decision, but is disappointed. "We can't have an event here that's going to develop into a brawl like a town-hall meeting," he told AP. "Free speech in America is pretty well dead."

Griping Gosselins

All is not well in Gosselin land: Police were called Thursday evening to Kate and Jon Gosselin's Wernersville, Pa., home, where the exes were engaged in a nasty verbal argument.

It started, People magazine reports, when Kate called the house to find out which babysitter was helping Jon watch the former couple's eight children. She didn't like the answer and decided to show up there. When Jon wouldn't let her in, a screaming match ensued and Kate called the police. But the Gosselins' custody arrangement -- the parents will take turns living with the kids in the Wernersville home, and it's currently Jon's turn -- left the police "no choice but to tell Kate she couldn't go past the gate," People reports.

An officer said no one was arrested and no citations were issued. Upset, Kate left the property and checked in to a nearby hotel.

Boos for Boxer

A U.S. senator is never off duty. Barbara Boxer learned that the hard way this week, when a stop on her book tour was interrupted by health-care reform protesters.

Boxer's new book, "Blind Trust," is a novel (her second) about a female senator who becomes mired in scandal and must defend herself from harsh critics. At an appearance in Marin County, Calif., Wednesday night, Boxer compared her own life to the protagonist's: "As someone who has been the target of these kinds of things in my lifetime . . . " Boxer began, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times, before being interrupted by dozens of people chanting "Boo!" in unison from outside the store.

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