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Comedian Kevin Hart just got engaged, but instead of congratulations, he got hate. "My nephew" announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Eniko Parrish. The problem is it was the same night his ex-wife, Torrei Hart, was in the season premiere of the VH-1 show Atlanta Exes. Kevin took some heat on social media for it, but quickly responded back. The box office champ let it be known he picked Eniko's birthday to propose, and it had nothing to do with a swipe at his ex.
In a recent interview, Usher talked about his ex-wife Tameka Raymond. Tameka, like Kevin Hat's ex-wife, is also starring in the VH-1 reality show Atlanta Exes. Tameka is the mother of Usher's sons. The turbulent marriage lasted two years 2007-2009 before ending with the singer getting primary custody of the kids. Usher says even though he was warned by him mama, Jonetta Patton, about marrying Tameka, The Good Kisser singer says the marriage was the best mistake he ever made because he realized he didn't know as much as he thought he did. Usher also says the Godfather Of Soul James Brown gave him the best career advice he ever had before Brown died.
Please stop talking to the press, boo!!!! In a desperate plea to his former fiancee, Multi-media Personality Michael Strahan wants Nicole Murphy to stop talking about him and leaking stories. Strahan is the former Pro NFL star turned TV darling who is feeling the heat from the tabloids. Strahan, 42, had been dating the ex-wife of Comedian/Actor Eddie Murphy for seven years. Strahan and Nicole were engaged for three years. Nicole, 46, reportedly wouldn’t sign a prenup, and there were rumors of her cheating. She claims it was Strahan who was cheating. With success comes the heat, and Strahan, who part of the Good Morning America anchor team, is feeling it. Strahan knows his personal life could affect his many jobs and career. Right now, with his TV gigs, induction into the NFL Hall Of Fame and football analyst work on FOX, Strahan is red hot. He wants to come to an understanding with Nicole on being friends. Strahan is also catching it from his ex-wife Jean Muggli. In the past, she's accused him of cheating, abuse and spying on her sister. Now, Muggli keeps talking to the press about their past marital problems. Strahan won’t comment on anything as he is very private. Plus, he doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize his booming career.
Could Mariah Carey, 44, bossing Nick Cannon, 33, around cost her the $500 million fortune she's earned all these years in music? Reports say the couple are living apart after six years of marriage and twin babies. Last month, they put their $13 million L.A. mansion up for sale. Carey's career is in a crisis. Her latest album, Me I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, is not doing well. Carey also severed ties with Jermaine Dupri, the man who gave her most of her hits. She is planning on a world tour, but sources say she maybe going to avoid her problems with Cannon. Carey suspects Cannon of cheating on her, and she has hired security to help keep him away from other woman. Cannon is a success in his own right, hosting NBC’s America's Got Talent, appearing and producing MTV shows and BET’s hit reality spoof Real Husbands Of Hollywood. Cannon has been quiet, and just goes about his daily business of working hard on his projects. Sources say behind the scenes, Mariah's calling the shots could be at the root of the couple's problems.
The story of the Mother Of Hip Hop, Sylvia Robinson, is coming to the big screen. Robinson became a rap pioneer when she started the legendary Sugar Hill Records with her husband Joe. In 1979, Robinson helped change the music world forever with The Sugarhill Gang's recording of Rapper's Delight, a song she co-wrote and produced. Sugar Hill Records was also home to Grandmaster Flash, The Furious Five, West Street Mob and The Sequence. Robinson also enjoyed a successful recording and producing career long before her rap music days. In the 70's, her Stang label was the home of The Moments with their hits Love On A Two-Way Street, Look At Me I'm In Love, Sexy Mama and Don't Cry Out Loud. In 1957, Robinson herself had her first hit as Mickey & Sylvia with the song Love Is Strange with Mickey Baker. In 1973, Robinson made a comeback as a solo artist and topped the charts with the sexy, million-selling single Pillow Talk. Sylvia Robinson died in 2011 at the age of 75. Robinson's son Joey and Melle Mel of The Furious Five are said to be heading up the effort to bring the Sylvia Robinson story to the silver screen.
Does Whoopi Goldberg want out of the The View? Goldberg is the only one left standing after Barbara Walters retired from the daytime talker. Co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd were forced out. Close friends of Goldberg say she has grown tired of the show and wants to do other projects. The View used to be must see TV, but over the past few years viewers have grown tired of the revolving door of hosts. After a tumultuous tenure as moderator in the 2006-2007 season, Comedienne Rosie O’Donnell is rejoining the show. Other major announcements about the show are going to be made any day now. How long will Goldberg stay? Will she break her contract and leave? Will she get along with her her new co-hosts? Hmmmmmmmmm!!!!
There is a new autobiography coming out about Bill Cosby by former NBC and CNN News Executive Mark Whitaker. The book, Cosby: His Life & Times, talks about his amazing career. From starring in the groundbreaking TV drama I Spy, which made him the first African American to win a lead actor Emmy for a drama, to his many years as a commercial pitchman for Jello Pudding, Coco-Cola, Kodak Ford Motors and Texas Instruments. From the unprecedented 12-year run of the legendary cartoon Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids to the ratings success of NBC's The Cosby Show, the most watched show in TV history. The book covers his stand up comedy career , movies and financial ups and downs, but also looks at Cosby's womanizing and the 1997 murder of his only son Ennis. Cosby at 77 is returning to NBC next year with a new family series, but he is already one of the most successful African Americans in all of show business history. Cosby: His Life & Times is available September 16th.
Sheila E is telling all in a new book The Beat Of My Drum. In the book, Sheila E talks about her love life, including affairs with her mentor Prince and a very married Carlos Santana. The legendary percussionist/drummer/singer also covers the ups and downs of her career. The Beat Of My Drum is available September 2nd.
The 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards are happening August 25th at the Nokia Theatre on NBC, but the Creative Emmy were already handed out. Among the winners: Scandal's Joe Morton for Guest Actor In A Drama, for his role as “Rowan Pope,” a.k.a. Kerry Washington's TV dad, and Uzo Aduba as Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as “Crazy Eyes” in Orange Is The New Black. Meanwhile, Kerry Washington has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal. Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor got nominations, as Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie, for their work in Luther and Dancing On The Edge, respectively. Don Cheadle picked up a nomination for Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his cable series House Of Lies. Angela Bassett was nominated for Supporting Actress for her work in American Horror Story as “Coven”.
The past weekend was not a good box office weekend for Wesley Snipes. Snipes made his return to the big screen in the action flick Expendables III with Sylvester Stallone. Snipes is reviving his career after serving a three-year prison term for tax evasion. The big budget action flick didn't perform well pulling in only $16 million.
R Kelly is being sued by the man who helped make his career. Derrel McDavid of Winkler & McDavid Ltd. was with Kelly for decades managing his business affairs. McDavid also knows all the secrets and scandals. Kelly let him go unexpectedly earlier this summer. Will Kelly live to regret his decision, or will he give his ex-manager money to keep peace in the valley?
Patti LaBelle is returning to TV. LaBelle is joining the cast of American Horror Story for it's fourth season. The popular horror show airs on the FX cable network. Season four is set in the 1950’s at a freak show carnival in Florida. LaBelle will play the mother of Gabby Sidibe's character. This season's cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Singer Stevie Nicks, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.
Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey, together again?!!!! YES! The two media moguls are joining forces for her Lifeclass on August 25th on OWN. It’s going to be a real life Family Feud. Harvey has a new book coming out September 9th Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success: How To Succeed In Life. Steve Harvey kicks off a new season of his talk show September 8th 2pm on NBC-10.
Actor Shemar Moore is returning to The Young & The Restless on CBS. Moore played the popular character “Malcolm Winters,” and he won a Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 2000. Moore left the show in 2005, and went on to films (Brothers; Tyler Perry's Diary Of A Mad Black Woman) and the top rated CBS drama Criminal Minds. Moore will be featured in a two day stint on Y&R airing September 10th and 11th. Moore says he’s excited about his daytime comeback, but will still be starring in Criminal Minds, which begins it's 10th season in October.
Singer/Songwriter Tank is back with a new album Stronger which contains the hit single You're My Star.
Kindred The Family Soul is back with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Smokey Robinson is back with his new CD, Smokey & Friends. The legendary singer/songwriter is joined by Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Ledisi, Cee Lo Green and John Legend as they remake Smokey's greatest hits from his writing for other artists and his own Miracles and solo years.
Kem is back his new album, Promise To Love, which will be out August 26th. Kem is doing an in store appearance at the Sound Of Market in Center City on 11th street between Market & Chestnut Streets on Wednesday, the 27th at 5pm, and then with Frankie Darcell and The WDAS crew for an intimate evening event at Harrah's Philadelphia.
Boyz II Men drop their new album Collide on September 30th.
Singer/Songwriter Marsha Ambrosius is back with a new project Friends & Lovers.
Garcelle Beauvais, Terri J. Vaughn, Malinda Williams and Essence Atkins star in Girlfriends' Getaway, a new TV One movie, which premieres August 30th on TV One.
Singer Keyshia Cole is returning to the BET network with a new reality show, and David & Tamala Mann are also coming to the cable network. Cole's show will spotlight her career and personal life after her divorce from NBA Player Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. The Manns have been married for 26 years, and they have four adult children. Their reality show will spotlight their careers and family. Tamela Mann is known for her beautiful gospel music. The couple became famous with the help of Tyler Perry from his movies and the TV show Meet The Browns.
It’s been two months since a tragic limo accident that almost killed him, so how has Comedian Tracy Morgan been? According to his lawyer, Morgan is still struggling since the accident, but is happy to be alive. Morgan suffered a broken leg and ribs in the accident when the limo he was riding in was rear ended by a truck. Two other people were injured in the accident, and Morgan's manager and longtime friend, James McNair, died. The truck driver, Kevin Roper, has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto. Roper has been accused of going without sleep for over 24 hours. Morgan and others are suing the truck company, owned by Walmart, saying they allowed their drivers to drive without getting the proper rest. In a statement, Walmart said they are cooperating with investigators. Morgan will be rehabbing for the rest of the year, and most likely won’t resume his career until sometime next year.
Marlon Wayans stars in Haunted House II which just came out on DVD and Blue Ray.
Speaking of Marlon, he, Nick Cannon and Michael B. Jordan were all vying to play Comedy Legend Richard Pryor on the big screen. It looks like they've all lost out to.........Comedian Mike Epps. Bringing Pryor's career and personal life to film would be no easy task. Producers seem set on Epps to pull it off. It's possible Jordan's youth worked against him, and Epps particular profile gave him an edge over Wayans and Cannon.
A lot of your favorites are returning to TV this fall. Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer stars in the Red Band Society, which debuts September 17th at 9pm on FOX. NBC’s The Blacklist kicks off a new season Monday, September 22nd. Laz Alonso returns to TV in the NBC show The Mysteries of Laura beginning September 24th at 8pm. Anthony Anderson team up with Tracee Ellis Ross, who's also on the cover of Upscale magazine, in the ABC comedy Black-ish. Laurence Fishburne also stars and co-executive produces with Anderson. Black-ish premieres Wednesday, September 24th at 9:30p. Emmy Winner Alfre Woodard joins Katherine Heigl in the NBC drama State Of Affairs. Woodard plays the President of the United States. State of Affairs debuts Monday, November 17th at 10pm on NBC. Jada Pinkett Smith returns to TV in the new primetime drama Gotham. The show debuts September 22nd on FOX.
Gladiators your favorite show is coming back! Scandal returns Thursday, September 25th with a 22 episode season on ABC and a new time, 9pm. Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes' latest show, How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis, debuts on that same premiere night at 10pm. Scandal is facing some tough competition this fall. On NBC, they are moving their hit show The Blacklist from Mondays to Thursdays at 9pm. And, CBS will be airing their new Thursday Night Football broadcast.
The talk show The Real returns September 15th at 11am on FOX. The Real stars Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamar Braxton. Wendy Williams also returns with a brand new season of her daytime talker on September 15th at 10am on FOX.
The O’Jays are coming to Chester. Saturday, September 6th on Chester's Riverfront. The O'Jays headline The 10th Annual Riverfront Ramble with Vickie Winans and Avery Sunshine. There will be food, crafts, a children's carnival, an antique car show, health and education pavilions and fireworks.
Beyonce is going to be the big honoree at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. She’s also performing on the show, which airs Sunday, August 24th on MTV. Bey already walks in with eight nominations, but she'll be honored with The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Filmmaker Lee Daniels has picked his next project. Daniels follows up his $100 million blockbuster The Butler by directing The Brian Banks Story. The true story of a high school football player who spent five years in jail for a rape he didn’t commit.
Idris Elba returns to the big screen in the thriller No Good Deed with Taraji P. Henson. The movie opens September 12th.
The best-selling erotic novel Addicted by Zane is being made into a big screen movie starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe. This film opens October 10th.
At the movies, it's Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson star in the comedy Let’s Be Cops.
Martin Lawrence has returned to series TV in the sitcom Partners. The show also stars Kelsey Grammer, and it airs Mondays nights at 9pm on FX.
Nia Long has been named the first African American spokesperson for Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds perfume. When Taylor was alive, she made the perfume a household name with proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Long also has a new show on WE-TV called The Divide, which airs Wednesday nights at 9pm.
Finally, “Harper” himself is doing double duty. In addition to his work on the TNT drama, Murder In The First, Taye Diggs will be guest starring in six episodes of the CBS drama The Good Wife. The new season of Good Wife kicks off September 21st.
UnSung is back with a new season on TV One. The music and Hollywood bio-TV show will air through October with new episodes. Look for bios on Wilson Pickett, Peaches & Herb, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and The Chi-Lites, just to name a few. UnSung airs Wednesdays at 8pm on TV One.
Tyler Perry has a new stage production coming to Philadelphia. Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned will be at the Merriam Theatre September 30th –October 5th. Tickets are on sale now.
Saturday, August 30th is the wedding date for Basketball's Dwayne Wade and Actress Gabrielle Union. It’s going to a super private affair with no cell phones or cameras allowed. Meanwhile, look for Gabrielle Union in season two of Being Mary Jane. Filming just wrapped for the season, and the show returns to BET at the beginning of the year.
SWV returns for season two of their WE reality TV show. Season two of SWV: Sisters With Voice has startedon Thursday nights. That's the same night as Braxton Family Values, also on the WE network. The Braxtons are at 9pm followed by SWV at 10pm.
Common and Supermodel Selita Ebanks are on the cover of Uptown magazine.
Tracee Ellis Ross is on the cover of Upscale magazine.
Speaking of the Ross family, Oprah Winfrey is channeling Diana Ross on the latest issue of her O magazine.
Jill Scott is the Cover Lady for the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Chadwick Boseman and his castmates from the bio-pic of James Brown called Get On Up grace the cover of Ebony magazine. Ebony uses a dual cover with the cast on one and a second with Boseman, who plays The Godfather Of Soul, solo.
Jay-Z and Beyonce are bringing their On Their Run tour to HBO. The Carters have been getting rave reviews for their latest tour....along with unrelenting rumors about their marriage on the verge of break up. Look for the concert on HBO Saturday, September 20th at 9pm.
The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge will close out this season's Essence Of Entertainment lineup at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Saturday, August 30th.There's also 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.
August 28 at 7 pm Funkfest with The Average White Band, Larry Graham & Graham
Central Station, LTD, Lakeside, The Bar-kays & Lenny Williams
August 30th- The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge
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.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!
One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Treasure. This Actor had his heyday in the 70's. But now, instead of competing for a spot, he's hooked up with a Diva's very rich Mom. Mom and her first husband went their separate ways, and that's makes for great news........for The Actor!
Check out who’s coming to town:
Saturday, September 6th - Chester's 10th Annual Ramble On The River starring The O’Jays, Gospel Sensation Vickie Winans and Avery Sunshine on Chester's Waterfront.
Sunday, September 7th - Frankie Beverly & Maze and Patti LaBelle in concert The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue.
Friday, September 19- Raheem DeVaughn & Jaguar Wright in concert at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware.
October 11th and 12th – The Atlantic City Comedy Festival featuring Mike Epps and Ricky Smiley at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
October 25th- George Benson at Harrahs Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, November 15th - A Night Of Timeless R&B starring Jody Watley & Lillo Thomas in concert at the Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby.
Dec 6th -7th - Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker present the stage musical A Mother's Love at the Liacouras Center, Broad & Montgomery.
Saturday, February 21st - Steve Harvey's Act Like A Success Empowerment Tour. Teaching people how to climb their ladder to success while overcoming fears and challenges that prevent you from jumping into your future. It's happening at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
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