Patty Jackson is now on Instagram! You can follow her @WDASPatty and on Twitter @MsPattyJackson and Facebook at Patty Jackson - WDASFM.
Beyoncé is pregnant with twins! The singer took to Instagram to make the official announcement. Rumors arise every so often, but this time around, they’re actually true. Congratulations to the Carters.
Gabrielle Union is releasing her own hair care line. “Flawless” costs $19-$29 and includes 10 different products ranging from edge control, a hair protection spray, shampoos, conditioners and more. You can begin to purchase Gabby’s items nationwide in April at Ulta.
What is going on with singer Robin Thicke? He is in a nasty custody battle with his ex wife Paula Patton over their 6 year old son Julian. He has lost custody of his son and he has been ordered to stay away from Patton. Patton cited drugs and physical abuse as well as cheating. Thicke lost his father TV Legend Alan Thicke and his career is in a slump. Will his career recover from these setbacks? Meanwhile Paula Patton has signed on for a summer series on ABC.
Tamron Hall leaves The Today Show. Tamron Hall has left the NBC network completely. It was previously reported that Megyn Kelly would be joining the NBC family from FOX later this year and that she'd take over the 9am slot third hour of The Today Show which was being held by Al Roker and Tamron Hall. Well, Tamron doesn't have to wait around to be replaced because her last day at NBC was Tuesday! Apparently her contract expires this month and she made the decision to leave her roles on The Today Show and MSNBC. No where will she go?
Congrats to songwriter and producer Pharrell. He and his wife Helen are the proud parents of triplets. The couple are also the parents of an 8 year son Rocket.
Oprah is coming to 60 Minutes. She’s joining the cast as a special correspondent in the fall. She is also coming out with a line of foods courtesy of Weight Watchers.
Congratulations to Singer Tank. He recently became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Zena Foster.
Tyler Perry's latest movie Boo! A Madea Halloween is available now on Blu Ray and DVD.
The accolades are continuing to come in for the BET New Edition miniseries. Millions tuned in and now the fellas are talking about getting back in the studio to record another album and go on tour. Many people loved the miniseries but some didn’t like rap legend Kurtis Blow who says he was portrayed in a negative manner. Blow says the miniseries presented alternative facts and the family of singer Stacy Lattisaw was not happy. In the early 80’s Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill recorded together and dated. Well in the miniseries, Johnny Gill said the two broke up because he was too dark...hmmmm. Family members of Lattisaw say this was not true.
Filming has started on the Black Panther movie. The all star cast features Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Micheal B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Sterling K. Brown. The movie opens in theaters February 16, 2018.
Now thatPresident Barack Obama has left office, how soon will he write a book? Word has it he could get up to 20 million dollars for telling his story.
Singer Ciara - and Mrs. Russell Wilson - has two exciting projects coming out this year. A new baby with hubby Russell Wilson and a new album with Warner Bros Records.
The Academy Award nominations are out, and The Academy definitely heard and felt the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of last year. Among the nominees: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for Fences; Octavia Spencer for Hidden Figures; Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Writer/Director Barry Jenkins for Moonlight; and Ruth Negga for Loving. Fences, Moonlight and Hidden Figures are all also up for Best Picture. There were a few notable snubs: no Directing nomination for Fences’ Denzel Washington and no Best Actress nods for Taraji P. Henson or Janelle Monae from Hidden Figures. History was made with the first African American woman nominated in the editing category, Joi McMillon for Moonlight. Jimmy Kimmel will host The Oscars Sunday February 26th on ABC.
Meanwhile, the Oscar nominated box office smash Hidden Figures has grossed over $83 million and is still going strong. Hidden Figures was the big winner of best cast at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film is about the unsung African American female mathematicians who helped NASA crack the numerical codes to insure John Glenn and crew’s trip to the moon. The three stars - actress Taraji P. Henson, actress/singer Janelle Monae and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer - are also on the cover of Essence Magazine. Henson returns to her number one rated TV drama Empire on FOX Wednesday March 22nd.
Speaking of Empire, look for Nia Long to join the cast when the show returns.
Bruno Mars has now been added to the Grammy’s upcoming telecast as a performer. He joins John Legend, Adele and Usher, who were previously announced as performers. Mars will also be a part of a Bob Marley tribute slated for the show. The Bee Gees are also being honored. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West and Adele are leading the nominations. Solange, Fantasia, Barbara Streisand, Ro James and Philly’s own Musiq Soulchild are also up for awards. Some artists not attending this year's Grammy Awards are Kanye West and Justin Bieber. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from L.A. with first time host The Late Late Show’s James Corden on Sunday February 12th at 8pm on CBS.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will mark the final performance of the late Carrie Fisher, and is slated to hit the big screen December 15th.
The King Of Pop’s only daughter speaks out. Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris is on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and she’s not holding back in the interview. Paris says she was raped at age 14 by a complete stranger. This lead to her multiple suicide attempts. Now at age 18, she is finding her happiness. She’s been successfully pursuing modeling. She also considers herself African American. Why? Because that’s what her dad told her she was, and, to her knowledge, he never lied to her. Paris also says her dad dropped her hints someone was out to kill him, and she believes her father was murdered not just malpractice by Dr. Conrad Murray. Paris, who has 50 tattoos, is an heiress. She and her brothers will share the Michael Jackson estate, which will probably be worth over a billion dollars by the time they have control of it. Paris is also rumored to be joining the cast of the Lee Daniels TV drama Star.
Philly native Kevin Hart and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) are in town filming. The two star in the upcoming movie The Untouchables. Hart has been spotted taking in a Sixers game and sporting an afro cut. The Untouchables follows the relationship of a paralyzed man and the caregiver he hires to help him adjust to his new reality and disability. Hart plays a character named Dell.
Jill Scott is going into the greeting card business. Jilly from Philly is teaming up with Hallmark. The poetic cards are inspired by the late Maya Angelou, who worked on a similar project years ago. Angelou and Scott share a birthday, careers as singer/songwriters, actresses and activists. The Jill Scott Collection will be released through Hallmark’s Mahogany brand, and will hit shelves just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson returns to PBS. The singer/songwriter was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, DC. The event was taped and will air February 10th. Performers include Ledisi, Esperanza Spalding, The Tenors, JoJo, CeeLo Green, BeBe Winans and Smokey leading an all-star performance of the hit he wrote for The Temptations, My Girl. Samuel L. Jackson hosts "Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song" on Friday February 10th at 9pm on PBS.
UnSung, the original, is back. In the spotlight this season are SWV, Fat Joe, Jon B., Lenny Williams, Case, Dave Hollister, After 7 and the finale will be a tribute to The Godfather Of Soul, James Brown. UnSung airs Wednesdays at 8pm on TV One.
The Quad is BET’s brand new drama set on the campus of a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls; Power; For Colored Girls) heads up the cast as the no nonsense college president. Also starring Philly’s own Kevin Savage, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Sean Blakemore and, returning to her TV HBCU roots, Jasmine Guy (A Different World). The Quad airs Wednesday nights at 10pm on BET.
The NAACP Image Award nominations are being led by the Nat Turner-slave revolt motion picture Birth Of A Nation. The controversial film became even more controversial when rape charges resurfaced about its Producer/Writer/Director/Actor Nate Parker, then disappeared even faster when the film’s box office wasn’t strong due to the negative publicity. Birth Of A Nation has six nominations as does new Oscar frontrunner Moonlight, the coming of age story of a Miami youth in a dysfunctional home during the war on drugs. Four nominations came down for Hidden Figures, including Best Picture and Actress for Taraji P. Henson, and three nominations for the Denzel Washington-Viola Davis film Fences. Beyonce leads music with seven nominations followed closely by sister Solange with five of her own. Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar and Donald Glover are all multi-nominees. Black-ish leads TV with 12 nominations. The Roots miniseries scored nine nominations and there's six each for Insecure, Empire and The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Viola Davis, Beyonce, Chance The Rapper, Regina King and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are all up for Entertainer Of The Year. The 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards with host Anthony Anderson will air live at 9pm Saturday February 11th on TV One.
Media is an original TV drama airing on TV One. The TV movie stars Penny Johnson Jerald (The Larry Sanders Show; 24), Brian White (Scandal; Mistresses; I Can Do Bad All By Myself), Gary Dourdan (CSI; Jump The Broom), Pooch Hall (The Game), Stephen Bishop (Being Mary Jane) and Blue Kimble (Devious Maids; The Game). It revolves around the double dealing and double crossing within the Jones family who happen to be powerful media moguls. You know I’m a big night time soap opera fan, so I’ll be checking this out. Media airs Saturday February 25th at 8pm on TV One.
The Black History Month/February issue of Ebony Magazine is Yes We Still Can, a look at the state of African Americans post-Obama.
President Barack Obama is featured on a separate special collector’s edition of Ebony magazine themed Hail To The Chief: Saluting Eight Years Of Excellence.
Issa Rae, the breakout star of HBO’s Insecure, has a hot photo shoot in the latest edition of Elle magazine.
Essence Magazine is gearing up for its 23rd Annual Essence Festival and The Hip Hop Queen Of Soul, A Legend and The Boss will be in the house! Yes! Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Motown Legend Miss Diana Ross will headline the now legendary festival. Chaka Khan, Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan, India.Arie, Solange, Shirley Jones of The Jones Girls, Ro James, Tweet, Shaggy, Michel’le, Yuna and Lalah Hathaway will also be performing with more acts to come. The 2017 Essence Festival takes place June 29th through July 2nd in New Orleans.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday February 10th – Jeffrey Osborne in concert at The Sugar House Casino. For tickets and information log onto www.surgarhouseentertainemnt.com.
Saturday February 11th - Valentine’s weekend concert starring Erykah Badu and Tyrese at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale now and for more information log onto www.boardwalkhall.com.
Saturday February 11th – 70’s Soul Jam starring The Stylistics, The Dramatics, The Intruders, and Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes at The Tropicana in Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Sunday February 12th – Babyface in concert at The Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
Valentine’s Day Tuesday, February 14th – NuSoul Revival Tour starring Musiq Soulchild, Kindred The Family Soul, Avery Sunshine, Lyfe Jennings and Dwele at The Liacouras Center at Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue. For tickets and information, call 1-800-298-4200.
Saturday March 18th – The All The Hits Tour starring Lionel Richie & special guest Star Mariah Carey at The Wells Fargo Center. Tickets and information are at www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Friday March 31st – The In It To Win It Tour starring Charlie Wilson, Fantasia and Johnny at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, log onto www.boardwalkhall.com.
Friday March 31st – Back To The Eighties Show starring Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Al B. Sure, Jalil & Ecstasy of Whodini, Force MDs, Cherrelle, Hi-Five and more at The Liacouras Center at Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue. For tickets and information, call 1-800-298-4200.
Saturday April 15th – The Philly Spring Jam starring Guy featuring Teddy Riley, Ginuwine, Jagged Edge, Dru Hill and Next at The Liacouras Center at Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue. Tickets go on sale January 17th and for information, call 1-800-298-4200.
Saturday May 13th – Mother's Day Weekend concert starring Frankie Beverly & Maze, Gladys Knight and Kem at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale now and for more information log onto www.boardwalkhall.com.
Sunday May 14th - Stephanie Mills and Troop at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City.
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