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The Scoop: VMAs headed to Brooklyn in 2013, Jolie in Congo, WWE Sandy relief

VMAs headed to Brooklyn in 2013

The Video Music Awards are taking a road trip to Brooklyn. ...

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VMAs headed to Brooklyn in 2013

The Video Music Awards are taking a road trip to Brooklyn.

MTV’s showcase awards show is traditionally held in Los Angeles or Manhattan. This year the show will be held Aug. 25 at the new Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets and the site of recent Rolling Stones and Jay-Z multi-night concerts.

MTV will celebrate 30 years of the VMAs this year. From Kanye West and Taylor Swift to the Madonna-Britney Spears-Christina Aguilera kiss, the show has become known more for its pop culture moments than the winners of its Moonman trophies.

The VMAs were last held in New York in 2009 and have been in Los Angeles since.

– The Associated Press

Jolie meets with women in Congo

Angelina Jolie is meeting with women and girls in eastern Congo, where sexual violence is rampant.

Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma on Monday along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The International Rescue Committee says it’s provided care to more than 2,500 women and girls who have been raped or abused over the last year alone. The IRC is handing out kits with flashlights and whistles, as well as cleaning products so that women can avoid bathing at creeks where the risk of assault is higher.

Sexual violence is frequently used as a weapon of war by rebel groups that operate in eastern Congo, as well as by Congolese soldiers.

– The Associated Press

WWE to launch Sandy relief

WWE is joining with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes to launch Superstars for Sandy Relief.

Fans can bid on hundreds of items in an online auction, including attending a NASCAR race with WWE superstar John Cena, meeting Tyra Banks on the set of “America’s Next Top Model,” or pitching entrepreneurial ideas to Mark Cuban.

The auction begins Monday and closes April 9 on charitybuzz.com.

Nashua native Paul Levesque, executive vice president of talent and live events, better known in the ring as Triple H, says he can’t think of a better way to celebrate WWE’s annual WrestleMania event than using the group’s global reach to assist those in need.

Wrestlemania will be held April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

“It’s like a homecoming for us, and since there’s still a lot of devastation, we felt the best thing we could do is reach out to not only our own superstars to our celebrity contacts and our sports contacts. There’s a lot of people that are fans of the WWE in those worlds,” Levesque said.

“Our chairman, Vince McMahon, has a saying that everybody in this company ... their job at the end of the day is to put smiles on people’s faces,” he said. “It sounds corny and cliche, but it really is how we operate here.”

The sports entertainment company is based in Stamford, Conn.

The storm last October left millions of people without heat or electricity for weeks in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

There will also be a Superstars for Sandy Relief reception at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on April 4, hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs.

– JOHN CARUCCI

The Associated Press