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Gabrielle Union's new BET drama, Being Mary Jane, kicked off to high ratings with 5 million viewers strong. The show airs on Tuesday at 10pm. Union has been in the headlines for her show and her recent engagement to basketball's Dwyane Wade. She and Wade got engaged over the holidays, but then greeted the new year with news that he had a baby with another woman during their brief time apart. Sources say there wasn’t a “break,” and that Wade just cheated on Gabby. But, she will never leave him because she got her ring, and she wants to be with a baller. Not all women stay. When Producer Jermaine Dupri was dating Janet Jackson, he took a “break” and got a stripper pregnant. Janet was out, and she rebounded with her now husband Billionaire Businessman Wissam Al Mana. Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade's new
babymomma is no stranger to celebrity. Aja Metoyer already has two children by Damon Wayans, Jr. Jr. says he hope his daughters don’t get hurt in all this mess. Metoyer gave birth to a baby boy by Wade in November. Sources say she and Wade have been close for years. As
for Gabby, she is grinning and bearing it while preparing her wedding to Wade and enjoying the success of her BET show Being Mary Jane. In other Gabby news, is she planning a baby of her own with Wade? Hmmmmmmmmmmm!
Zoe Saldana is coming to NBC in a remake of the classic thriller Rosemary's Baby. She'll take the role of Rosemary originally played by Mia Farrow back in 1968. Saldana is also co-executive producing the four hour mini-series.
Spike Lee may doing a sequel to his 1998 film He Got Game. The original, produced and directed by Lee, starred Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Lonette McKee and NBA Star Ray Allen, and took a hard look at the college basketball system.
Saturday Night Live is adding not one, not two, but three black women. After being criticized heavily for the lack of African American actresses in the show, SNL hired Actress/Comedienne Sasheer Zamata. Zamata comes from a improvisational theatre background and has videos on youtube. She'll make her SNL debut when Rapper Drake hosts and is musical guest for the January 18th show. During those auditions that connected Zamata to the NBC late night sketch comedy show, two new SNL writers were also discovered. Despite the fact they were auditioning for the on screen slot, Comediennes LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones were hired for the writing team and they start January 13th.
Our prayers and get well wishes go out to Broadway Star Valisia LeKae. The 34-year old entertainer had to take a leave of absence from Motown: The Musical as she battles ovarian cancer. LeKae played Diana Ross in the show. I had a chance to meet the talented actress when I saw the musical, and she was absolutely wonderful. LeKae was amazing in her role, and I hope she will be able to return to performing. Let’s keep her in prayer.
Comedian Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show on February 17th from Jay Leno. No word on what Leno will do now since he is leaving the show with high ratings.......again. Will he land at another network?
Tyler Perry has moved up the release date of his new movie Single Moms' Club. The new date is Friday, March 14th. In the movie, he and Nia Long play love interests.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are happening Sunday, January 26th on CBS. LL Cool J returns as host, and the night will include a tribute to The Beatles. Other highlights include performances by Alicia Keys, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Chicago, Stevie Wonder and
Nile Rodgers & Daft Punk.
Singer Maxwell is planning a Valentine's surprise for his fans. Sources say he may be releasing a new album around that time.
Queen Latifah talk show, which airs locally at 3pm on CBS3, has been renewed for a second season.
Scandal fans get ready as new episodes start up February 27th on ABC.
Ebony magazine is celebrating Black Love with their February issue. Three different covers highlight David & Tamela Mann, Carmelo Anthony & LaLa Vazquez and Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey. Other couples featured inside include Steve & Marjorie Harvey.
Check out these movies available now on DVD and Blu-Ray: Lee Daniels' The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station starring Michael B. Jordan and 20 Feet From Stardom featuring famed lead and background singers Lisa Fischer and Darlene Love.
The Essence Festival is happening July 3rd -5th in New Orleans, Prince, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Lionel Richie, Ledisi and Mary J. Blige are all part of the lineup. Tickets are on sale now. Speaking of Mary, she and R Kelly are planning on touring together in the new year. Kelly confirmed The King & Queens Tour will include his performing new material from his latest release Black Panties.
Now that he has served his jail time for tax evasion, Actor Wesley Snipes is set to return to the big screen with Sylvester Stallone in the Expendables III later this year.
Congrats to Rapper/Actress Eve! She got engaged over the holidays to British
Designer Maximillion Cooper. They two have been dating for two years.
Soap Opera Vet Victoria Rowell (“Drucilla” from The Young & The Restless) is divorcing her husband. Rowell and Collage Artist Radcliffe Bailey had been married for the last four year. They had no children together, and there was no prenup.
Our condolences go out to Rapper Flavor Flav. He lost his mother Anna Drayton on New Year's Eve. Also condolences to Director Spike Lee who lost his brother Christopher Lee over the holidays.
The next installment of The Fast And Furious VII is coming out in April 2015. Producers needed time to deal with the untimely death of Actor Paul Walker, who played the character “Brian O’Conner.” Walker died in a car crash on November 30th. Producers are planning to retire his character, so they'll explain his disappearance when the movie is released.
How is Baseball Player Carl Crawford going to manage his women and his babies? Crawford is a star the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he just signed a contract for 7 years and $142 million, but Crawford has complicated life. He recently became engaged to controversial Reality
Star Evelyn Lozada. She used to be married to Chad Ochocinco Johnson, and she is the ex-fiancee of Basketball Player Antoine Walker. Lozada is 7 months pregnant, and Crawford gave her a 14.5 diamond carat ring. Crawford just had a baby five months ago with another woman who is also the mother of his five-year old. Babymomma number one wants to make sure she is not left out by money-wise by consulting with lawyers and coming out of hiding. She claims Crawford kept her hidden, but now she is moving to Los Angeles to be near him. In the
meantime, Lozada is smiling ear to ear. She knows she has finally hit the jackpot, and is singing all the way to the bank.
Wayne Brady will host The 2014 BET Honors. The show airs Monday February 24th on BET. Word has it he and Chilli from TLC are now dating, but her spokespeople say they're just friends. Brady, 41, is divorced with a young daughter. Chilli, 42, has a son from a previous relationship with Producer Dallas Austin, and she used to date Usher. Last year, Pebbles made claims that Chilli had an affair with her ex-husband Record Executive L.A. Reid.
The Gabby Douglas Story is coming to the Lifetime network on Saturday, February 1st. Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris) will play the Olympic darling, and Regina King and S. Epatha Merkerson will also star.
Look for the return of Mo'Nique this year. The Oscar winner has been quiet since her late night talk show ended on BET. Mo'Nique will be hosting the reunion show for the popular VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop. The comedienne is also producing with a movie with her husband,
Sidney Hicks, about homosexuality in the church. Isaiah Washington will star along with Mo'Nique.
How will Oprah Winfrey celebrate the big 6-0? I hear she has put off plans to have a huge gala celebration like her 50th celebration. She was planning a huge celebration, but friends say she now plans to celebrate quietly with bestie Gayle King and long time love Stedman Graham. One celebration that will not be quiet is the 50th birthday celebration for First Lady Michelle Obama. She reaches her half-century mark on January 17th. So far The First Lady got the party started with Oprah Winfrey. When Mrs. Obama stayed over in Hawaii after the holidays with friends for a small celebration, The Mighty O joined them.
Congratulations to Philadelphia natives & Singers/Songwriters Darryl Hall and John Oates. They're best known as the duo Hall & Oates, and they are going to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next April. Hall & Oates have been together over 45 years. They had
their biggest hits in the late 70’s and 80’s including Sara Smile, I Can’t Go For That, Kiss On My List, Private Eyes, One On One and Rich Girl.
Ice Cube will be back with a sequel to the hit movie 21 Jump Street called 22 Jump Street. The sequel will star Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill returning to their roles as undercover cops pursuing drug dealers on a college campus. Ice Cube is producing the movie slated to be released next June. In the meantime, check out Ice Cube and “my nephew” Kevin Hart in the movie Ride Along, which opens in theatres January 17th. I saw a screening of the movie and it's excellent. Cube and “Nephew” are also on the latest edition of Jet magazine.
Awards season is here. The SAG Awards were announced. Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Forest Whitaker (The Butler) received Lead Actor Nominations and Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) received Supporting Actress. Ejiofor and Whitaker also share the cover of this month's Ebony magazine. 12 Years a Slave and The Butler were both nominated for outstanding Ensemble. Next up, The Golden Globe Awards where The Butler, the $100 million blockbuster re-released in theaters now, was shutout. The Golden Globes usually hint toward the Oscar nominations, but not always. Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Idris Elba (Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom) were nominated for Lead Actor. Ejiofor and expectant daddy Elba are double nominees. Elba is also up for Best Actor for his BBC series Luther, and Ejiofor is also up for the TV movie Dancing On The Edge. Expectant mommy Kerry Washington (Scandal) is up for Best Actress. The Golden Globe Awards air this Sunday on NBC, and The SAG Awards air on TBS and TNT January 18th.
How hot is Actress Tika Sumpter? Along with her current hit movie, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, in theaters now, she has other movies coming out over the next year including Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube and the James Brown bio-pic Get On Up. Plus, there's her
hit Tyler Perry TV drama The Have And Have Nots, airing every Tuesday at 9pm on the OWN cable network.
Unsung: The Hollywood edition kicks off February 26th on TV ONE featuring segments on Pam Grier, Flip Wilson, Robin Harris and Dick Gregory.
Babyface will be producing a new album for The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin,
which is due out next spring. He produced a hit for Lady Soul before with the chart-topper Willing To Forgive.
Speaking of Babyface, he and Toni Braxton have returned to the top of the charts. Their hit duet single, Hurt You, is an R&B number one. Toni's last chart topper, Just Be A Man About It, was in 2000. Babyface last hit number one in 1997 with Every Time I Close My Eyes.
The duo are headed to Broadway next spring in the Wynton Marsalis production After Midnight. The musical is about the Harlem Renaissance and The Cotton Club and includes many top name musicians coming in and out of the production. This will be Babyface's Broadway debut. Toni Braxton has performed on Broadway before in Beauty & The Beast and Aida. Braxton and Babyface will be in the musical March 18-30th for a limited run. Their new duet CD, Love Marriage & Divorce, is coming out February 4th. Toni Braxton is also writing her memoirs in
Unbreak My Heart, which is coming out February 2014. Babyface and Toni Braxton's new CD, Love, Marriage & Divorce, is available now.
Erica Campbell of Mary Mary facing criticism? Yes! Her tight wardrobe from pictures intended for her new solo gospel CD, The Help, were leaked. Many took to social media criticizing Campbell for putting record sales above all else with her wardrobe selection. Some fans have come to her defense. The Help is due out March 24th. Meanwhile, season three of Mary Mary’s reality show will deal with infidelity, fighting with their manager and Erica's voice problems. The show returns to WE-TV on February 27th at 9pm.
Sisters With Voices, a.k.a. SWV's Coko, LeLee, Taj, are is getting ready for their new reality show which debuts Thursday, January 23rd on WE-TV.
Season 13 of American Idol kicks off January 15th on FOX with a new set of judges: Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
Let's check The Best Man Holiday cast: Morris Chestnut is coming back to TV on the TNT drama Legends. You can also check him out on the latest issues of Muscle & Performance and Upscale magazines. Taye Diggs returns to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Regina Hall has starring roles in About Last Night with Kevin Hart, which opens in theatres February 14th, and Think Like A Man II, which opens June 20th. Harold Perrineau and Terrence Howard team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Sabotage, which comes out April 14th.
Finally, Sanaa Lathan will team up with Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie for the movie Repentance, which opens in theatres February 28th.
Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun running March 8th –June 15th 2014 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where the original play opened. A Raisin In The Sun also stars Diahann Carroll and Anika Noni Rose, and is slated for a 14-week run.
Live Saturday Night is back with the Party Animals Mimi Brown and Cut Master Butter. The Saturday night live broadcast is happening from Ms. Tootsie's, 1312 South Street from 9 til' midnight.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!
This “break” girl is talking. She claiming her babbydaddy's behavior has been very disappointing and she's getting the gold-digger label unfairly. Will he clear things up to make for decent co-parenting or will he tell her to Move Get Out The Way!?
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Friday, January 10th- Patti LaBelle at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, January 18th – The Classic Soulfest starring Cuba Gooding, Sr. & The Main Ingredient, New Birth, Bloodstone, Enchantment and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, January 18th- Morris Day & The Time at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
Sunday, January 19th- The All-Stars of Hip Hop: Party Edition starring Ice Cube, Doug E. Fresh, E.U., Fat Joe's and DJ Kool at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
Thursday, February 13th -16th - Priest Tyaire presents Mrs. Independent starring Robin Givens, Christopher Williams, Shirley Murdock at the Merriam Theatre, 250 South Broad Street between Spruce and Locust.
Friday, February 14th- Vanessa Williams in Concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Friday, February 14th- Maxwell in concert at Borgota in Atlantic City.
Saturday, February 16th- The Top Shelf Comedy Tour starring Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J, Dominique and Gary Owens at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Tuesday, February 25th – Robin Thicke at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Saturday, March 8th- New Jack Show starring Keith Sweat, Guy, SWV and Dru Hill at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Sunday, March 2nd- Robin Thicke at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, March 15th- Aretha Franklin at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, May 10th- The Mother's Day Music Festival starring Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight, The Heads of State: Johnny Gill/Ralph Tresvant/Bobby Brown at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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