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Jet magazine in print form......no more! The 68-year old publication is going to cease publishing. Starting in June, Jet, the sister magazine to Ebony, will only be available in a digital version. The print version is going away, not the franchise. It will live on online digitally. The new Jet will be available for tablets and mobile devices and will be published once a week with updates daily. The magazine and print world has been struggling for years to stay alive and competitive. On one hand, it’s sad but times are changing. I am going to miss the print version. Time to download my APP.
It’s a girl for Kerry Washington and her hubby former NFL Player Nnamdi Asomugha. Isabelle is here! The Scandal Star and the ex-cornerback followed African tradition and waited 8 days to name their baby girl. Washington kept up her own tradition of keeping her business to herself. Most of the media had no idea for almost two weeks that the actress delivered her daughter.
Apollo Nida pleads guilty and cuts a deal. The husband of Real Housewives Of Atlanta Star Phaedra Parks plead guilty to charges of wire, mail and bank fraud. It looks as though he's cutting a deal that will require him to name names and details. Apollo could be facing up to 30 years in jail and millions in fines.
“Axel Foley” is back! Get ready for Beverly Hills Cop 4. Eddie Murphy is returning to his most successful movie franchise, and the film should be in theatres March 2016.
Queen Latifah is opening up about her mother's illness. Her mom, Rita Owens, 64, is suffering from an incurable autoimmune disease. The disease, scleroderma, causes high blood pressure and scar tissue to form around the lungs. Latifah says it has been a challenge balancing her talk show and taking care of her mom, but she would have it no other way. Latifah's talk show now airs in reruns on BET at 1am. Latifah has also signed on for the biopic on Bessie Smith, the late singer known as The Empress Of The Blues.
WDAS' own Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show, Al Jarreau, Ledisi and Anthony Hamilton are just a few of the stars now added to The Dell Music Center's 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 and Will Downing
July 17 @ 8pm 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 7th at 7pm Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show starring Ledisi, Eric Benet & Mint Condition
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
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.
Cedric The Entertainer is leaving the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The show is moving to Connecticut in a cost cutting move to tape the show. Well this doesn’t work with Cedric's busy schedule, so he is leaving the show despite its high ratings. Cedric will continue with the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, which airs Wednesday nights at 10:30p. Cedric will also be working on a new movie with Chris Rock.
Prince is the cover guy for the June issue of Essence magazine, and he’s going to be headlining their 20th Annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.
Ebony magazine is celebrating Black Music Month with four iconic covers featuring today's biggest music superstars including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West.
Sommore is the new host of BET’s Comic View which airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on BET.
Tyler Perry's The Haves And Have Nots returns to the OWN on May 27th.
Michael Jordan against white people, sex allegations against dad and Adidas vs. Nike are just a few of the revelations coming out of the new book Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby. Jordan says he once considered himself a racist because growing up in North Carolina where the Ku Klux Klan was so openly a part of the community and being called the n-word in school shaped his perception. It's all good with white people now though. The book goes through the accusations that MJ's dad, the late James Jordan, Sr., molested MJ's sister. And, how Jordan originally preferred Adidas over Nike. That held the deal up because it was the legendary Adidas sweatsuits that gave them the edge for Jordan at that time.
Never before released recordings from Michael Jackson will be out Tuesday, May 13th in a new CD called Xscape. The new album from the late King Of Pop will feature the lead off single Love Never Felt So Good.
Bishop TD Jakes is back with a new book called Instinct: The Power To Unleash Your Inborn Drive.
Get ready for She's Gotta Have It, the cable TV version. The 1986 Spike Lee hit movie is being made into a half hour comedy on Showtime with Lee directing.
Actor/Comedian JB Smoove will be hosting NBC's Last Comic Standing. The show debuts May 22nd with Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans serving as judges.
Since being fired from the hit ABC drama, Scandal Actor Columbus Short is claiming poverty. Short is trying to keep creditors and lawsuits off his back by claiming he is now living in poverty. Short moved out of the home he shared with his wife Tuere after she filed a restraining order against him. The order alleges that he threatened to kill her and himself, and then slashed her tires. This is the second domestic violence accusation against Short toward Tuere. Short is still facing domestic violence and child abuse charges from the first incident. He did catch a break when a man he allegedly knocked out at a restaurant refused to press charges. Tuere Short has filed for divorce and is seeking custody of the couple's two-year old daughter.
Times are also tough for Actor Mekhi Phifer (Soul Food, This Christmas, Paid in Full). He recently filed for bankruptcy.Phifer says he is a million dollars in debt, including owing $50,000 in lawyers fees and over $6,000 in back child support.
Singer Jessica Cleaves has died from complications from a stroke. She sang with Friends Of Distinction and Parliament Funkadelic. She was also an early part of Earth, Wind & Fire. That's her in the center of the Head To The Sky album, and she sings the lead vocals on EWF's I'd Rather Have You. Jessica Cleaves was 65.
Patti LaBelle is returning to Broadway. The musical After Midnight is up for seven Tony Awards, and Patti joins the show for the month of June (the 10th through the 29th). Patti's fellow R&B Legends Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will also be joining the production (Gladys Knight: July 8th-Aug 3rd and Natalie Cole: August 5-31st). After Midnight is a musical is about The Duke Ellington years at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Past performers in the musical include Fantasia, K.D. Lang, Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton and Babyface.
Kevin Hart is gearing up for the promotion of Think Like A Man Too. “Nephew” opens up in the new issue of GQ magazine. He talks about fame and getting along with his his ex-wife.
The BET network has announced their programming for the upcoming year. Many of your favorite show are returning including The Game, The Real Husbands Of Hollywood, all of their award shows and brand new programming including a world premiere miniseries, The Book of Negros, and a new reality show starring Kirk Franklin. Franklin will help aspiring gospel artists build and start their careers.
The Apollo Theatre is getting ready to celebrate its 80 birthday! Wayne Brady is going to be hosting the ceremony 80 Years At The Apollo Theatre on Tuesday, June 10th. Special guests that night include Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole and The Isley Brothers.
Tony nominations were announced. While it was good news for the Broadway revival of A Raisin In The Sun, the news was not good for its Oscar winning Star Denzel Washington, who didn’t get a nod. Washington's castmembers did get nominated including LaTaya Richardson-Jackson, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose. A Raisin in the Sun was also nominated for Best Revival Of A Play and Best Director (Kenny Leon). Denzel Washington made a special return to Broadway to star in this new revival.
In other Denzel news, his new movie, The Equalizer, is set for a September 26th release. The movie is based on the Emmy-nominated 80's TV drama that starred Edward Woodward as the ex-intelligence agent turned vigilante on the side of the underdog. In this big screen update, Washington reunites with Director Antoine Fuqua, who helmed Washington's Oscar winning performance in Training Day. Washington is now on Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun. President & Mrs. Obama attended one of the performances and went back stage with the cast. I'm hearing that Washington may be returning to Philadelphia to film a new M. Night Shyamalan movie this fall.
Director John Singleton has just signed on to direct a new show for the Showtime cable network. It’s a drug drama set in the 1980’s called Snowfall. The show is a cross between Boyz In The Hood meets The Wire.
Wendy Williams is truly The Queen Of All Media. Her new book, Hold Me In Contempt, is topping the best sellers' list. Williams is coming to Philly to co-host FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia on May 9th.
Andre 3000 of Outkast hits the big screen in the Jimi Hendrix bio movie All Is By My Side. The movie about the legendary guitarist rock pioneer opens in theatres June 13th.
Get ready for the return of Star Wars with the original cast returning, but where's Lando?!!! This installment will take place 30 years after the plot line from Return Of The Jedi, and now Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be joining a cast of newcomers including Black British Actor John Boyega. JJ Abrams, who previous directed the latest Star Trek movies, is helming this picture. The movie hits theatres December 2015. At press time, Billy Dee Williams, who did a tribute to Star Wars during his Dancing With The Stars stint, has not been seen or confirmed with the cast. Williams did say he was opened to return to the role of “Lando Calrission,” if he's asked.
Get ready for Keke Palmer the talk show host! At 20-years old, she is going to be the youngest talk show host ever. Palmer is best known for the movies Madea's Family Reunion, Akeelah And The Bee and TV's True Jackson, VP and VH1's TV movie Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story where she played Chilli. Palmer's latest movie is Brotherly Love which was filmed in Philadelphia. Judge Greg Mathis and his team are producing Palmer's talk show, which will focus on pop culture, social issues and celebrity interviews. The Keke Palmer Project debuts on BET this summer.
Good Morning America News Anchor Robin Roberts has written a new book called Everybody's Got Something. It's a memoir from the journal she kept during her battle against her MDS diagnosis and her treatment. Roberts says when she rereads the book, it makes her appreciate how strong and healthy she is today.
Speaking of the GMA anchor, Roberts and Singer Justin Timberlake will be appearing with Oprah Winfrey on OWN's Masterclass. Also coming to OWN is Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer starring in the miniseries Tulsa, and Singer Toni Braxton starring in the original bio-pic about Singer/Actress Darlene Love. Love is best known as playing Danny Glover's wife in the Lethal Weapon movies, but she is a well known background singer who got her acclaim later in her career. She is also one of the singers profiled in the Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Finally, returning to OWN as well is the new season of the Tyler Perry sitcom For Better Or Worse with Michael Jail White and Tasha Smith.
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.
Prince is back with Warner Bros after a legal battle that went on for years. Prince and Warner Bros have entered into a global licensing partnership. Prince has just released new music, and it’s the 30th anniversary of his smash hit soundtrack Purple Rain.
Tyler Perry teams up with Oscar Winner Ben Affleck in the movie Gone Girl, which opens in theatres October 3rd. Perry also is coming out with a new Medea project. Tyler Perry's latest stage play, Madea And The Neighbors From Hell is out on DVD and Blu Ray.
The Made In America music festival is also returning to Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend August 30th and 31st. Tickets are on sale now. There's also an L.A. Made In America in the works as well. Meanwhile, the documentary about the first Made In America concert is available now on DVD.
Barbara Walters is planning on retiring from TV and when she leaves her daytime talker The View. All 11 formers co-hosts of the show will be joining Walters for a special send off on May 15th. Meredith Vieira. Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be joining Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd for the celebration.
Here's your magazine reading:
Tennis Sensation Serena Williams graces the cover of Fitness magazine.
Wendy Williams is the cover gal for Uptown magazine.
Taraji P. Henson is on the cover of the latest edition of Upscale magazine.
Nia Long, 43, is featured in the naked issue of Allure magazine, and, yes, she is naked and fabulous. The Best Man Holiday and Single Moms Club star appears with a host of other celebrities as they celebrated naked beauty.
Former SNL Alum Maya Rudolph has new NBC variety special airing on May 19th at 10pm. Janelle Monae is her special musical guest.
Zoe Saldana will be starring in the NBC miniseries Rosemary's Baby. The TV movie is based on the 1960’s classic that starred Mia Farrow. Saldana's miniseries kicks off May 19th.
Wesley Snipes is out of jail having finished his tax evasion sentence. He returns to the big screen in 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. That's the same date Get On Up, the life story of James Brown, opens. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott.
Oscar Winner Halle Berry has a new TV drama coming out in July. Extant is a sci-fi series produced by Steven Spielberg. Extant premieres July 9th on CBS.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards air Sunday, May 18th on ABC. Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Jay-Z, R Kelly and Robin Thicke are up for awards.
The 7th Annual Roots Picnic is happening Saturday, May 31st at the Festival Pier on Penn's Landing. Hosted by The Roots, who are the House Band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Roots Picnic lineup includes Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae and Jhene Aiko.
Speaking of The Roots, Questlove inducted his fellow Philadelphians Hall & Oates into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Daryl Hall and John Oates are singer/songwriter/musicians who enjoyed a string of successes that eventually made them music's most successful performing duo. Their songs include Sara Smile, Rich Girl, Kiss Is On My List, Private Eyes, Maneater and I Can't Go For That (No Can Do). The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony airs Saturday, May 31st at 9pm on HBO.
Get ready for Jeff Bradshaw! The trombonist will be releasing his first Live CD, and he is recording it in Philly at the Kimmel Center. Join us for the taping, which will include appearances by Trombone Shorty, Take Six, Will Downing, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee and Kenny Lattimore. The Live Recording Home is a dream come true for Bradshaw. Tickets are on sale now. The show is happening Tuesday, May 28th at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center.
Kindred The Family Soul is returning this summer with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Think Like A Man Too opens in theatres Friday, June 20th.
No Good Deeds opens in theatres September 12th and stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ:
Did this Daytime Talking Diva do a big makeover, lose weight and get her health together just to get left? Word on the street is marriage number two might be a wrap.
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Friday, May 9th- Mother's Day Comedy Festival Featuring Teddy Carpenter, Turae Gordon and BuckWild at The Trump Plaza, 6th Floor Empire Ballroom; get your tickets at Ticketleap.com or the Philadelphia Hair Company.
This Saturday, May 10th- The Mother's Day Music Festival starring Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight and The Heads of State: Johnny Gill/Ralph Tresvant/Bobby Brown at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
This Saturday, May 10th- George Benson in concert at the TD Bank Performing Arts Center in Sewell, New Jersey. For more information 856-218-8902 or ticketmaster.com.
This Sunday, May 11th - Mother's Day concert starring The Whispers and Howard Hewitt at Caesars Circus Maximus Theatre in Atlantic City. Showtime is 6pm.
Tuesday, May 20th- John Legend at the Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce.
Saturday, May 24th- Smokey Robinson in concert at Harrahs Casino in Atlantic City.
Monday, May 26th – Tamar Braxton in concert at the Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby.
Saturday, June 7th - Boyz II Men at The Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby.
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 in concert at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
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.
Wednesday, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
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