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The Lifetime network is doing another bio pic on another late singer. This time on singer/Actress Aaliyah. Disney Star and former Dancing With The Star Contestant Zendaya Coleman will be playing Aaliyah. Coleman rose to stardom on the Disney series Shake It Up. She is not only beautiful, but she is a very talented singer and dancer. This is the first time a movie has been made about the late singer, but her family isn't happy. Aaliyah died in 2001 at the age of 22. Her short life had its share of controversy, including a marriage to Singer/Songwriter R Kelly when she was just 15-years old. Will the movie address the marriage to Kelly? Aaliyah's parents, who have never publicly spoken on the marriage, are trying to stop the movie from getting made. They don't want to relive the scandal.
In more Lifetime news, Actress/Model Ya Ya DeCosta will be playing Whitney Houston in the biopic about the late singer’s life. Angela Bassett, Houston’s Waiting To Exhale co-star, is directing the movie which will focus on the years Whitney was with then husband Bobby Brown. No word on who will play Bobby Brown. The TV movie is set to debut next year. DeCosta is a former runner up from the reality series America’s Next Top Model, and she played the militant girlfriend in the Lee Daniels’ blockbuster The Butler.
Bobbi Kristina and Bobby Brown reunited for Father’s Day. The late Whitney Houston's ex-husband and their daughter seemed to be mending fences. The two hadn't been together for years and had quite a few issues between them. Among them, Bobby had objected to Bobbi Kris' marriage to playbrother/Manager Nick Gordon, and there was the big blow up with Bobby and his former in-laws at Whitney's funeral. Well, Bobbi Kris decided to load pictures of her daddy-daughter day on Twitter. The two looked like they had a great Father's Day together.
Sherri Shepherd says she is a survivor and a wonderful mom. The comedienne and View co-host is battling her former husband and her current husband over children. Shepherd's current husband, Lamar Sally, is divorcing her, and he is demanding custody of their unborn surrogate child. Meanwhile, Shepherd's ex-husband, Jeffrey Tarpley, wants temporary custody of their 9-year old son. Tarpley claims Shepherd is too busy to properly care for their son because of her schedule. Shepherd says this is has been a painful time for her, but she will make it through.
Robin Thicke is not giving up on his wife Actress Paula Patton. He is trying to save their marriage with a plan to name his newest album Paula. Thicke says he will do anything to get Patton back after his cheating scandal.
Good news for Actor Omari Hardwick. His new Starz TV drama Power has been renewed for a second season because of how strong the show's premiere was.
Get ready for a reunion of the 80’s hit TV sitcom A Different World. Oprah has most of the original cast for a future episode of Where Are They Now on OWN. A Different World Producer/Director Debbie Allen was instrumental in helping Winfrey with the reunion. That's because Allen is trying to bring the show back to TV. Allen says while she has the support of the show's original Creator and Co-Owner, Bill Cosby, she's still trying to get a network on board. The ground-breaking sitcom about life at a (fictional) historically black college was a spinoff of The Cosby Show, and was a top-five ratings hit for the majority of its run on NBC from 1987-1992.
Can you see Former President Clinton on Scandal?!!! When asked, Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes says she would love to have the former commander-in-chief on the hit show, but that he's the only political cameo she'd ever allow. How ironic since the former president was involved in his own sex scandal while he was in office. In Scandal, the show's lead character, “Olivia Pope,” is having an affair with the president. Although Scandal reps say the show is not based on the Clinton presidency, don’t bet on the former commander-in-chief appearing on the show.
Broadway's musical After Midnight is closing at the end of the month. Even though the musical got seven Tony Award nominations, the show never made money. The investors were tired of pouring money into the production. The show debuted on Broadway at the beginning of the year and featured Fantasia, K.D. Lang, Toni Braxton, Babyface and Vanessa Williams, just to name a few. After Midnight will end with Patti LaBelle. If it had survived on Broadway, it would have featured Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole, who were both slated to follow LaBelle.
Singer Keyshia Cole is tired of her money-hungry family. Cole's career is struggling, and she wants to get back on track. She has seen her marriage to Daniel “Boobie” Gibson collapse, and now her family is attempting a new reality show called Family Therapy. Cole wants no part of this reality show, and she says she is tired of being used by her family.
Congrats to Singer Eve. She is now a married lady. The actress/rapper married the founder of Gumball 3000 Maximillion Cooper, who is worth a reported $500 million.
Funeral services will be private for the legendary Actress Ruby Dee, but a public memorial is being planned. The award-winning actress passed away last week. Dee's acting career stretched 7 decades. She's best known for her work on stage with her late husband Writer/Director/Actor Ossie Davis. Davis died in 2005 after being married to Dee for almost 57 years. Both performers enjoyed a renaissance beginning 25 years ago when they both began working on a series of film projects with, among others, Writer/Director Spike Lee beginning with Do The Right Thing. For Dee, it culminated in her Oscar nominated performance opposite Denzel Washington in American Gangster. Dee was also an author, journalist and civil rights activist. Ruby Dee was 91-years old.
We remember Tony Gwynn, Sr. The baseball Hall Of Famer died after battling mouth cancer for years. Gwynn claimed it came from smokeless tobacco. In his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres, he posted over 3,100 hits and was a 15-time All-Star. His son Tony Gwynn, Jr. is an outfielder for the Phillies. Tony Gwynn, Sr. was 54-years old.
We also remember Casey Kasem. The legendary DJ/voiceover artist/actor passed away from complications of Lewy body disease, a form of dementia. Kasem was best remembered for hosting TV's Shindig dance show in the 60's, The American Top 10 and 40 Countdown shows on radio and TV and as the voice of “Shaggy” in the Scooby Doo cartoon shows for more than 25 years. Recently, his wife, Actress Jean Kasem, had a court fight with her adult step-children over Casey's care, and the court eventually sided with the children. Casey Kasem was 82.
Damon Wayans, Jr. is making his mark. His first big screen lead will be in the movie Let’s Be Cops, which opens in theatres August 13th.
Halle Berry has to pay up to her ex. A judge has ordered Berry to pay her babydaddy, Model Gabriel Aubry, $16,000 a month in child support. That's right nearly $200,000 a year for their 6-year old daughter Nahla. Berry also has to cover Aubry's $300,000 attorneys' fees and pay him $115,000 in retroactive support. Berry is now married to Actor Oliver Martinez and they have a son Maceo. Last Thanksgiving, Martinez and Aubry got into a fight that sent Aubry to the hospital. In better news for the Oscar winner, her new TV drama comes out in July. Berry will star in Extant, a sci-fi series produced by Steven Spielberg. Extant premieres July 9th on CBS.
First Daughter Malia Obama recently got her first job as a production assistant on the set of the CBS drama. On the TV series Extant, Halle Berry plays an astronaut who becomes pregnant by aliens.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. may be getting out soon. The ex-congressman received a 30-month sentence for misuse of campaign funds. His good behavior and compliance with his in-jail treatment may lead Jackson to be released early and serve out the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house. Jackson's wife Sandi received 12 months for signing a false joint tax return. She’s slated to begin her sentence after Jesse, Jr. is released. The judge staggered their sentences so one parent is always with their children. The Jacksons have two children ages 9 and 13.
Actor Taye Diggs has returned to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Nicole Ari Parker also stars. The show airs Monday nights at 10pm on TNT, and just premiered to strong ratings. Diggs also is opening up about his split from Broadway Actress Idina Menzel. He mentioned how fans lost it when they heard the acting supercouple were headed for divorce after ten years together. Diggs says he and Menzel were always seen as a couple who defied the odds. They met while they were both in the Broadway hit Rent, and they always seemed to stayahead of all the drama that people usually bring interracial couples.
Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o is gracing the cover of Vogue.
Tamar Braxton is the cover girl for Upscale magazine.
The Johnsons are gracing the latest issue of Ebony magazine. Cookie and Magic Johnson talk about the trials, tribulations and triumphs they’ve faced during their 23-year marriage.
The very last print issue of Jet magazine is a commemorative of 68 years of publishing. The cover is a collage of the biggest news and entertainment stories Jet magazine has brought to the public. Jet will continue in its new digital version. The new Jet will be available for tablets and mobile devices and published once a week with updates daily beginning this month.
The ladies and men of Think Like Man Too are part of a dual cover issue of Essence magazine. Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson and LaLa Anthony look amazing. The ladies are a riot in this sequel to the movie based on Comedian Steve Harvey's bestselling book. Think Like A Man Too opens in theatres this Friday. The men of the movie Michael Ealy, Terrence J, Kevin Hart, Romany Malco and Producer Will Packer are on the second cover of Essence.
Lifestyle Maven and Restaurateur B. Smith has gone public with her bout with Alzheimer’s disease. Smith was affectionately called The Black Martha Stewart. She was a leading model, restaurant owner, designer, decorator, talk show hostess and the first African American model to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine.
Rapper/Actor/Filmmaker Ice Cube will see his life in his rap group on the big screen through his son. O’Shea Jackson, Jr. will be playing his dad in the movie Straight Outta Compton. It’s a biopic on the group that put gangsta rap on the map NWA.
Reverend Run is back with a new reality show on the Cooking Channel. Rev. Run's Sunday Sundays airs Sunday at 10pm.
Mary Mary has joined the line up for this season's Essence Of Entertainment at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Friday, August 1st. The Whispers are celebrating their 50th and so will I on Sunday, August 3rd. There's also WDAS' own Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show, Al Jarreau, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton and Babyface are just a few of the stars now added to the summer 2014 season. Everything kicks off Thursday, July 10th with The O’Jays and Will Downing. Will is also back with a new project called Euphoria. His stop at the Dell is part of his summer tour promoting the CD. Some of the artists scheduled to perform at the Dell include Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Dru Hill, The Bar-Kays, Lakeside, L.T.D., Lenny Williams, The Average White Band and Larry Graham & Graham Central Station on The Masters Of Funk show. Keep it here as we announce more acts coming to the Dell….yes, we will have more to announce!
July 10 at 8 pm The O’Jays, Will Downing and Chrisette Michelle
July 17 @ 8pm Babyface, Anthony Hamilton & Robert Glasper
July 24 at 8 pm Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, New Birth & Bloodstone
July 31 at 7:30 pm Fantasia, Dru Hill, Lyfe Jennings & Sebastian Mikael
August 1st at 8pm Mary Mary
August 3rd The 50/50 Show starring The Whispers
August 7th at 7pm Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show Starring Ledisi, Eric Benet & Mint Condition
August 14th- Brian McKnight & Angie Stone
August 21st at 8pm Al Jarreau & David Sanborn
August 28 at 7 pm Funkfest with The Average White Band, Larry Graham & Graham
Central Station, LTD, Lakeside, The Bar-kays & Lenny Williams
Tamar Braxton's hit daytime talk show The Real with Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai returns on September 15th.
KeKe Palmer is about to make her debut as the youngest talk show host in history Just KeKe debuts Monday, June 30th at 5pm on BET, right before 106 & Park.
The BET Awards are set for Sunday June 29th on BET. Chris Rock is hosting and Lionel Richie will be the nights big Honoree. Scandal Star Kerry Washington will be making her public appearance since giving birth to her baby girl Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha. Washington and her husband, former NFL Star Nnamdi Asomugha, welcomed their first child in late April. Washington will be a presenter. Pharrell, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Lionel Richie are among this year’s performers.
The Made In America music festival is returning to Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend, August 30th and 31st, with newlywed Kanye West, Pharrell, Kings of Leon and J Cole, to name a few. There's also an L.A. Made In America in the works. Plus, the documentary about the first Made In America concert is available now on DVD. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 2014 Made In America will take place on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and tickets are on sale now.
The 2014 BET Awards are happening Sunday, June 29th. Chris Rock is hosting this year's event. Jay-Z and Beyonce are leading in the nominations. Other nominees include Oprah Winfrey, Floyd Mayweather, Venus Williams, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Erica Campbell, Idris Elba, Tamar Braxton and John Legend. Lionel Richie will be getting the Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous winners include “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, “The Boss” Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, “The Godfather Of Soul” James Brown, “The Empress Of Soul” Gladys Knight, The O'Jays, The Isley Brothers and Prince. Speaking of Lionel Richie, his tour with Cee Lo Green is coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on July 23rd and then Lionel hits the Borgata in Atlantic City on Sunday, August 3rd.
On August 1st, Get On Up, the life story of James Brown, opens in theaters. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott.
Wesley Snipes is back on the big screen with the movie Expendables III with Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren. The movie opens in theatres August 1st.
Singer Ledisi will be playing Gospel Great Mahalia Jackson in the new MLK biopic Selma. The movie stars David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle) as Dr. and Mrs. King. The movie is being directed by Ava DuVernay, who rewrote the script and sent it Oprah Winfrey. Now, Oprah has joined the project as a producer.
The Wawa Welcome America festivities will feature Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. The Roots will serve as the house band once again. It’s a free event Friday, July 4th on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Maxwell is going on a 37-city summer tour. He is coming to the area Wednesday, July 16th at the Sands Bethlehem Center Casino in Bethlehem, PA.
Kindred The Family Soul is returning this summer with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
This Saturday, June 21st - The 2014 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival featuring Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue, Kindred The Family Soul and Abstract Truth at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. For more info call 215-572-7650 or go to Keswicktheatre.com.
This Sunday, June 22nd at the Sonesta Hotel, 18th and Market Streets, from 1pm until 4pm - it’s the Second Annual Guac-Off! Presented by MANNA, we're looking for the best guacamole in the City. I will be judging along with NBC10 Morning News Anchor Tracy Davidson and Food Blogger Roberta Pipito. I am so honored to be teaming up with MANNA, who helps thousands of people every day by improving health and delivering nourishing food.
Wednesday, June 25th at Citizens Bank Park - it’s African American Heritage Night presented by Sound Of Philly Legends Gamble & Huff and The Philadelphia Phillies. The evening’s honorees include The Three Degrees, The Ebonys, Bob Pantano of 98.1 WOGL-FM radio and Lois Fernandez, the founder of the Odunde Festival. The ceremonies take place between 6 and 7pm before the Phils take on the Miami Marlins. I will be hosting the on field event.
Saturday, July 12th - The Biggest All White Indoor/Outdoor Affair of The Summer starring Chubb Rock, Kindred The Family Soul,Special Ed, Kwame, Dana Dane and Christopher Williams. Music by DJ Gary O and I'm hosting at Campbell's Field in Camden, NJ. For tickets and information 609-352-7161.
Sunday, August 10th, 2014 - The Unity Day Crabfeast at Mermaid Lake, 1002 Jolly Road in Blue Bell, Pa. DJ Gary O, Corey DST with special guest Boxer Bernard Hopkins. For tickets call Tracey Wyatte at 215-280-7249 and for more info Ron Curtis at 267-446-1267.
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Check out who’s coming to town:
This Friday, June 20th – Diana Ross in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, June 25th – Diana Ross in concert at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
Saturday, June 28th – New Edition and Joe in concert at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
July 2nd-6th - The Jackson Brothers are coming to Caesars Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.
Sunday, July 5th- Jay Z and Beyonce in concert at Citizens Bank Park.
Wednesday, July 16th - Maxwell in concert at the Sands Bethlehem Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Saturday, June 21st- Keith Sweat- Lake Terrace Ballroom 1690 Oak Street, Lakewood, New Jersey; for Information call 800-505-4849.
Wednesday, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
Sunday, August 3rd – Lionel Richie at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
If you would like more info please email me at email@example.comPattyjackson@clearchannel.com or check me out with my Midday reports at 10:35am, 12:35pm and 2:35pm during the day.