Singer KeKe Wyatt’s husband has had enough, called his wife toxic and is seeking a divorce….even though she’s eight months pregnant. Wyatt confirmed this herself by video, and then declared she’s done with husband Michael Jamar. Wyatt is the mom of eight children already, and one child is reportedly battling cancer. Unfortunately, this is harkening back to the drama surrounding her previous marriage where she stabbed her former husband Rahmat Morton, though reportedly she claimed out of self-defense. Meanwhile, current husband Jamar has also been talking and released a statement saying he can no longer expose his children to Wyatt’s behavior nor does he want to accept it any longer for himself. The couple has been married seven years.
Dancing With The Stars (DWS) is back, but producers are not happy with Bobby Brown. DWS has been known to boost the careers of many of its participants, whether they win or lose. Brown has been riding a higher profile since the successful BET New Edition bio pic and his touring. DWS approached Brown, and he was down with this season but pulled out at the very last minute. DWS producers looked at Brown as a possible fan favorite win or lose. So what’s Bobby Brown’s next move if he’s not dancing in primetime next month? With Brown out, the rest of the cast was confirmed this week, including Jordan Fisher (Hamilton; Grease Live!), 80’s Pop Star Debbie Gibson, Pro Wrestler Nikki Bella, NBA Champ/Coach Derek Fisher, and NFL and Reality Star “T.O.” Terrell Owens. Season 25 of Dancing With The Stars premieres Monday, September 18th at 8pm on ABC.
Philly’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince reunite and release their latest single. The long time friends (Jeffrey Townes and Will Smith) were overseas at Blackpool’s Live Wire Festival last month, when the duo performed their latest single Get Lit from a forth coming Will Smith album. A video was made of the performance and its setting the internet on fire. It’s the first time the two have teamed up and released music in 19 years.
Beyonce is leading the charge to relieve those affected by Hurricane Harvey that particularly devastated her hometown of Houston. An All-Star telethon will air for an hour on all the major networks simultaneously Tuesday, September 12th. Also featured will be George Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey. Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Harvey Relief airs live this Tuesday night at 8 pm.
50 Cent has ended his feud with the Starz by signing a three show deal with the cable network. The rapper turned actor/producer produces the hit drama Power for the network. He had been in the midst of creative arguments with Starz, reportedly stemming from a Power episode slated to be a two-parter whittled down to a single episode. Things got so bad, 50 Cent was alleged to have leaked an episode of Power to the internet and reportedly told viewers to cancel their Starz subscriptions. All’s well now though. Power is Starz highest rated show, and it may return for a new season even sooner than expected. The additional three new shows are being developed under the working titles BMF, Tomorrow-Today and I Got Away. All premiere dates are still being worked out.
Jennifer Hudson makes her debut on NBC’ singing/reality/talent competition, The Voice, this month. Hudson, an Oscar winner from the movie Dreamgirls, joins the coaches’ table with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus. The two-night season premiere begins Monday, September 25th at 8pm on NBC.
She’s single! She’s a new mom! She’s dropped 70 pounds! She’s showing some skin! And, brother Randy is watching the baby! Who does she think she is? Janet Jackson that’s who! Janet is back with her State Of The World Tour. She’s even changed her religion again so she’s able to do HER type of show without religious conflict. Janet announced she’s got something special planned for Houston in the wake of the Hurricane Harvey devastation, and will still perform in Houston as scheduled. Janet will be in the Delaware Valley for three concerts in November.
Toni Braxton is preparing her next album. It’s her first since her successful duet album with Babyface hit number one in 2013. They followed that up with a successful tour. Now, Braxton is back to her solo ways with Sex And Cigarettes, which is set to drop in early 2018.
Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have gone public and the photos are everywhere. The super secret couple has been hiding, not mentioning each other, coming and going separately to outings and making sure not to be photographed publicly together. Now Foxx and Holmes were seen on the beach walking hand in hand, and the pics are breaking the internet. Why so much secrecy to this point? Holmes was married to Foxx’s onetime Co-star Tom Cruise. Cruise and Foxx became friends on the set of their 2004 movie Collateral. At first, the secrecy was supposedly all to protect Cruise and Holmes’ 10-year old daughter Suri. Foxx has two daughters of his own: Corinne, 23, and seven-year old Annalise. Now, reports are that Holmes signed a 5-year clause in her divorce keeping her from making her love life public. It appears the five years are up and Holmes is ready to take Foxx public.
The critics are raving over Rihanna’s new makeup line. The Wild Thoughts singer is introducing Fenty, her family name, this week. This is a good time for Ri Ri. Next year, she’ll be a co-star of Ocean’s Eight, a female take on the Ocean’s Eleven movie franchise. Rihanna will also join the panel at Vogue’s first annual Forces Of Fashion Conference on October 11th in New York City.
At the movies this week, Actor Columbus Short (Scandal; Stomp The Yard) returns to the big screen with Erica Peebles. True To The Game is a love story set in Hollywood between a young woman from Philly (Peebles) and a millionaire drug dealer (Short) pursuing their honest dreams while tangled in the dishonest game of dealing. True To The Game, co-starring “Auntie Viv,” Vivica A. Fox, is in theaters Friday.
Serena Williams is dealing with the good and the bad. First the good: she delivered her first child. The Tennis Phenom and her fiancé, Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed a baby girl. At press time, the couple has not shared the baby’s name yet to the media. Now for the bad: Williams is feuding with her stepmom. 38-year old Lakeisha Juanita Williams married Serena’s dad and ex-coach 75-year old Richard Williams seven years ago and they have a son. This year, he filed for divorce. Lakeisha filed court documents in response claiming Richard ordered her and their young son from their home at the behest of Serena, who actually owns the home. Lakeisha also is asking for certain rights to other properties because Richard’s health condition could lead to death, and she’ll need money. At press time, Serena’s not commenting on any of her stepmom’s claims.
Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a return to television. In the 1990’s Def Comedy Jam was had a five year run on HBO, and made headlining stars out of Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, D.L. Hughley, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Adelle Givens and Mo’Nique. Now, Def Comedy Jam is coming to Netflix. The anniversary show will feature Kevin Hart, Bill Bellamy, Sommore, Eddie Griffin and Tiffany Haddish. Russell Simmons, Stan Lathan and Jesse Collins will be producers. Def Comedy Jam 25 will premiere this fall on Netflix.
At the movies, retired NFL Player Nnamdi Asomugha has now become Actor Nnamdi Asomugha. The former Eagle and 49ner is making his debut as performer and producer in Crown Heights. Following in the footsteps of his wife, Scandal Star Kerry Washington, Asomugha plays Carl “KC” King whose efforts to help free his childhood friend from jail takes near 20 years. The friend is Colin Warner, played by Lakeith Stansfield, and he’s wrongly convicted of a Brooklyn murder in 1982 and not released until 2001. This movie has been in the works for seven years, but Asomugha and his production company attaching to the project was the boost needed it.
Actress Meghan Markle is the talk of Hollywood and England as she graces the cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair. The 36-year old star of the USA series Suits discusses her acting career, her bi-racial background and declares that she and England’s favorite eligible bachelor Prince Harry, 33, are in love. Meghan Markle’s October cover of Vanity Fair hits stands this week.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson are on the cover of September’s Ebony. Both are up for lead acting comedy Emmy’s for their ABC hit Black-ish. The Emmys air Sunday, September 17th on CBS, and Black-ish returns to ABC for its fourth season Tuesday, October 3rd at 9pm.
Actress Niecy Nash, the star of the series Claws, is on the cover of September’s Essence magazine.
The cast of Lee Daniels Star keeps getting bigger. KeKe Palmer will join newcomers Evan Ross, Mike Epps and Luke James along with series regulars Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt for the second season of the musical drama. FOX’s Wednesday night lineup of Lee Daniels dramas Empire and Star will both have their season premieres on Wednesday, September 27th starting at 8pm.
Actress Sanaa Lathan has shaved her head. The star of TV and film (The Best Man; Shots Fired; The Perfect Guy) has let her trademark locks go. Why? She’s finally got her pet project Nappily Ever After off the ground. Lathan plays a woman with a successful career and love life forced to shave her head after an accident at the hairdresser’s. Lathan’s character comes to realize there’s more to her persona that just her hair. Nappily Ever After, co-starring Ricky Whittle (Mistresses; American Gods), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters; Grace & Frankie) and Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story; Greenleaf), began filming in August and will be on Netflix. At press time, no launch date has been released.
The Philadelphia Music Alliance has just announced its Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame Class of 2017 inductees. This year’s class members are Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx), Sister Sledge (Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy), Philly International Legends McFadden & Whitehead, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Soul Survivors, Chris Schwartz of Ruffhouse Records, WDAS alum and Radio Personality Bob Pantano and Jill Scott. The festivities will take place on Wednesday, October 4th. An outdoor induction ceremony and a gala at The Fillmore Philadelphia are all planned. Tickets and information can be found at PMAWALK.ORG.
Nia Long is returning to TV this fall as a regular on NCIS after a successful guest starring stint on Empire earlier this year. Long will join the cast, headed by LL Cool J, as former Secret Service Agent Shay Mosley, the NCIS team’s new executive assistant director. Long is best known for her big screen work like Soul Food, Big Momma’s House, The Best Man and Love Jones, but she got her start on TV with Guiding Light, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Moesha and ER. NCIS returns for its ninth season to CBS Sunday, October 1st.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday, September 15th at 7pm – The Art Of I Am, the stage play. One night of Jazz, Blues & Theater at the Venice Theater Of Performing Arts, 7 Lock Street in Manayunk off Main Street. For tickets and information call Valray Productions at (267) 979-3940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, September 16th – Boz Scaggs in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Tuesday, October 3rd - Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker for The Pennsylvania Conference of Women at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For tickets and information log onto paconferenceforwomen.org.
Saturday, October 7th – The Spinners and Little Anthony & The Imperials in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Sunday, October 8th – Incognito in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Tuesday, October 10th – Bruno Mars in concert at The Wells Fargo Center. For tickets or for more information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Friday, October 13th – Boney James in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Saturday, October 28th – Tracy Morgan comedy show at The Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pa. For tickets and information venue.thetowerphilly.com.
Friday, November 10th – Janet Jackson at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets or for more information log onto boardwalkhall.box-officetickets.com.
Saturday, November 11th – Janet Jackson at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. For tickets or for more information log onto sandsbethlehememovementseventcenter.ticketoffics.com
Monday, November 13th – Janet Jackson at The Wells Fargo Center. For tickets or for more information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Friday, December 1st – Sinbad comedy show at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Sunday, December 17th – Damien Escobar in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
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