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The engagement lasted five years, and the breakup has been nasty. Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy made a great looking couple, but they couldn’t overcome obvious differences in their lifestyles. Between them, they shared nine children. Murphy, 46, is the ex-wife of Comedian Eddie Murphy, and Strahan, 42, is a former pro football star turned daytime TV darling (Good Morning America, Live with Kelly & Michael, FOX NFL Sunday). He’s on the covers of Ebony magazine and Men's Fitness. What was the cause of the Michael and Nicole's breakup? According to friends of Nicole's, Strahan was cheating, but according to people close to Strahan, Nicole wouldn’t sign a prenup. She blew through her $17 million fortune she got from her divorce from Eddie Murphy. She made a series of bad business decisions and lost all the money. Strahan wanted her to sign a prenup because his last divorce almost left him broke. His TV turnaround put his assets in fine shape, and this time he wants to protect his money. Plus, there was the issue of Nicole's cheating. In the past, she has been caught cheating on Strahan. He even installed a tracking device in her car and caught her in the act with a well known celebrity lawyer. Just a few weeks ago, Nicole was spotted with former NBA Player and TV Analyst Jim Jackson in Puerto Rico. There were definitely trust issues between Michael and Nicole. Sources say Nicole went ballistic in public looking for Strahan in a hotel because she thought he was creepin' then. They also say she made the breakup announcement on the same weekend Michael was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame to embarrass him, but Nicole may be the odd person out in this battle. Strahan had his TV Co-hosts Robin Roberts and Kelly Ripa by his side when he was inducted. Strahan adored Nicole, despite her roving eye. Sources say she found him too controlling, and she hated the fact that he worked on the east coast during the week. She felt he worked too much going back and forth between LA and New York. Who’s going to take care of Nicole Murphy now? There's no going back to ex-husband Eddie Murphy, and it looks Strahan may wind up with a woman WHO APPRECIATES HIM (TEAM MICHAEL)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comedienne Sherri Shepherd of The View and her estranged husband Lamar Sally are now proud parents of a baby boy. Lamar Sally, Jr. is here with his dad. Shepherd is trying to back out of the deal saying she was tricked into the deal with her now estranged hubby Lamar, Sr. Shepherd, who is leaving the daytime talk show The View this week after 7 years, says Sally is just looking for child support money from her because he never worked during their marriage and just wants her money. Career-wise, Shepherd is on a roll. She is headed to Broadway to star as the evil stepmother in the musical Cinderella starring Keke Palmer. In more Sherri news, look for the comedienne to join her fellow stand ups Kevin Hart and Chris Rock on the big screen. First, we'll see her team up with Rock in the movie Top Five, due in September. Then she'll join Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in their sequel, Ride Along II, due January 2016. The first Ride Along grossed over $150 million.
TV/Radio Personality Claudia Jordan is in talks to join the Bravo reality show The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Even though Jordan has been reportedly been divorced from Actor/Model/Producer Datari Turner for years. She's still well known in celebrity circles for the other men she has dated. The former Price Is Right and Deal Or No Deal model also has a sense of humor which works well with her current radio gig on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. If Jordan does join the Housewives, look for sparks to fly between her, Kenya Moore and NeNe Leakes.
Singer Mariah Carey is in a career crisis. She recently parted ways with longtime Manager/Producer Jermaine Dupri. Dupri produced many of her biggest hits. Her last album did not sell well, and she is fast becoming an industry joke with all the gimmicks. Carey needs to go back and do what she does best...... which is sing. She has one of the most beautiful voices but you would never know by listening to her last albums. Memo to Mariah Carey…Please go back to Singing…PLEASE!!!!
Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson star in the comedy Let’s Be Cops, which opens in theatres August 13th.
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.
Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut are currently on location filming the thriller The Perfect Guy.
It’s going to be a boy for Singer Kelly Rowland and her manager/husband Tim Witherspoon.
LisaRaye recently shared the good news about her recent Baptism. The actress, best known for her work in Players Club, The Wood, All Of Us and Single Ladies, is in the process of turning her life around.
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.
Who is the young mystery lady dating Motown Legend Stevie Wonder? The singer/songwriter, 64, has moved on from his recent divorce from Fashion Designer Kai Millard, who Wonder divorced after 11-years and two kids with her. Now he's dating a young woman in her 30’s. Will she be the next Mrs. Wonder?!!!!!!!
Actor Columbus Short is feeling no pain, and is apparently not worried about the consequences of avoiding the police. An arrest warrant is out for the former Scandal star, and he has been spotted partying in the island country of Barbados.
Is Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo having money problems? Sources say the Champagne Life singer/producer has been hit with a federal lawsuit regarding an unpaid bank loan totaling $1.4 million.
Chrisette Michelle will not be returning to the TV One reality show R&B Divas. Michelle says the show was far too negative for her. Michelle joined the new season, and teamed up with fellow Singers Chante Moore, Lil' Mo, Leela James, Claudette Ortiz and Michele. Sources say Michelle never really fit in. She is currently working on a new album, and putting together a website that will feature art, beauty and fashion. Singing reality shows are not for everyone. Just look at the careers of Kelly Price and Angie Stone. These two singers came across looking bad.
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. Smokey & Friends will be out August 19th.
Kem is back his new album, Promise To Love, which will be out August 26th.
Boyz II Men drop their new album Collide on September 30th.
Singer/Songwriter Marsha Ambrosius is back with a new project Friends & Lovers.
Get Ready for The Best Man III. The Best Man Wedding will be the third installment in the movie franchise. Last year's first sequel, The Best Man Holiday starring Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Nia Long, was a smash taking in over $70 million at the box office. Writer/Director Malcolm D. Lee is slated to helm once again with the original cast reprising their roles again. The movie is due spring of 2016.
Speaking of The Best Man, Co-star Terrence Howard is crying broke. Howard owes his ex-wife Michelle Ghent $325,000 in spousal support. Howard recently went to a judge seeking a reduction in his payments. Howard says he was only married to his ex for a year, so why is he paying her so much money? Howard says he only makes $6,000 a month. His new TV drama, Empire, debuts in January on FOX.
In more Best Man news, the other cast members are already busy with other projects. Morris Chestnut is hosting a new docu-series on BET. Vindicated airs Sundays at 10pm on the cable station. Vindicated is a show about men and women exonerated for crimes they did not commit. The show takes a look at their life as they adjust to life beyond prison walls. Chestnut also has a new show debuting on TNT called Legends. Chestnut plays an F.B.I. agent. Legends debuts August 13th on TNT at 9pm.
Chestnut's Best Man Co-star Nia Long is making history of her own. She 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.
Anthony Anderson is one busy guy. He has a show, Eating America, that airs on Monday nights at 9pm on the Food network. Anderson travels to food festivals all over the country. This fall, he stars in the ABC sitcom Black-ish with Laurence Fishburne, who is also co-executive producing with Anderson, and Girlfriends' Tracee Ellis Ross. Speaking of Ross, she is the cover girl for the latest issue of Upscale magazine.
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 Rick James, Wilson Pickett, Peaches & Herb, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Chi-Lites and The Emotions, just to name a few. UnSung airs Wednesdays at 8pm on TV One.
The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards air in October. Snoop Dogg is hosting.
Wesley Snipes returns to the big screen August 15th in the action movie The Expendables III. The movie also stars Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgen and Antonio Banderas.
Jada Pinkett Smith returns to TV in the new primetime drama Gotham. The show debuts September 22nd on FOX.
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.
The 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards are happening August 25th at the Nokia Theatre on NBC. 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”.
SWV returns for season two of their WE reality TV show. Season two of SWV: Sisters With Voices kicks off August 14th. That's the same night season 4 kicks off for Braxton Family Values, also on the WE network. The Braxtons are at 9pm followed by SWV at 10pm.
Jill Scott is the Cover Lady for the latest issue of Essence magazine, and Oprah Winfrey is channeling Diana Ross on the latest issue of her O magazine.
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.
Chef Garvin returns to the Cooking Channel with his show On The Road with G Garvin airing Tuesday nights at 10pm.
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 were moving their hit show The Blacklist from Mondays to Thursdays at 9pm, but have decided to cancel that switch. And, CBS will be airing their new Thursday Night Football broadcast.
A new season of the controversial reality show The Preachers Of L.A. kicks off August 20th on the Oxygen network.
The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge are the latest editions to this season's Essence Of Entertainment lineup at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Saturday, August 30th.There's also Al Jarreau and Ledisi are just a couple of the stars now added to the summer 2014 season. Some of the artists scheduled to perform at the Dell include 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 14th- Brian McKnight & Angie Stone and Calvin Richardson
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
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.
At the movies, it's Get On Up, the life story of James Brown. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott. Boseman is amazing as The Godfather Of Soul. He really captures the spirit, the look and the soul of James Brown. Other outstanding performers in the movie include Nelsan Ellis, who plays Brown's longtime sidekick Bobby Byrd. Byrd died only a year after Brown passed in 2006. Ellis is best known for his role as the flamboyant “Lafayette Reynolds” in the HBO series True Blood. Craig Robinson stands out as the legendary Bandleader Maceo Parker, and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter from The Roots also appears as Bandmember Pee Wee Ellis. The movie is on par to hit the $50 million mark at the box office.
This Saturday, August 9th - Delaware State University College Alumni Rally. It all takes place at Hare Pavilion, Wilmington Riverfront, 1 River Place Wilmington, Delaware with The Athletic Road Show happening from 1pm-4pm.
This 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.
Saturday, August 16th, it’s Jazz On The Avenue. Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue will come alive with jazz music, food and vendors. Performers include Jeff Bradshaw and Carol Riddick from 12 noon until 7pm.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She gave up her flagging career for love and moved out of the spotlight. But, what has that done for her lately? Could a comeback be in order? Is the role of obedient spouse too boring? Does she need to free herself from confinement?!!!!!
Check out who’s coming to town:
Sunday, September 7th - Frankie Beverly & Maze and Patti LaBelle in concert The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue.
October 11th and 12th – The Atlantic City Comedy Festival featuring Mike Epps and Rickey Smiley at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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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