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Finally!!! Some good news for Sherri Shepherd! As Shepherd prepares to leave the daytime talker The View on August 7th, she got news from a judge who decided to let her keep custody of her nine-year old son. Shepherd's ex-husband, Jeffrey Tarpley, took her to court trying to gain full custody of their nine-year old claiming Shepherd was a terrible mother who worked too much. The judge didn’t agree, and now Shepherd retains full custody of her son. Let’s hope she gets good news regarding her soon to be ex-husband Lamar Sally. Sally is dragging Shepherd into court demanding that she be a mother to their unborn surrogate child. Shepherd announced a couple of weeks ago, that she was backing out of the deal citing Sally only wants money. Shepherd says she was coerced into the surrogate agreement, and that Sally should take responsibility since it IS his sperm and NOT her eggs. Sally has accused Shepherd of not being a good Christian because she backed out of the deal. Shepherd realizes she has made a major mistake.....again! She just wants to put this marriage drama behind her and get on with her life.
Get Ready for The Best Man III. The Best Man Wedding is the third installment in the movie franchise, and is expected to debut in theaters April 15th, 2016. 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 The Best Man Wedding with the original cast reprising their roles again.
Speaking of The Best Man, the cast members are already busy with 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.
Actress Regina King is doing triple duty. She'll reprise her role in the CBS top rated sitcom The Big Bang Theory this fall. Then she's off to ABC for the legal drama American Crime with Oscar Winner Timothy Hutton. Finally, King puts her director's hat on for the hottest show on TV. She's slated to direct episode 16 of the Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal.
The Aaliyah bio-pic for Lifetime is moving ahead, and now The Queen Of All Media, Wendy Williams, is behind the project as executive producer. Actress Alexandria Shipp will now be starring in the movie. Disney Star Zendaya Coleman backed out of the project due to the controversy surrounding Aaliyah's family not approving, the criticism on casting and the content of the movie itself. Williams says the movie will tell the real story about the late singer, including her career and controversial marriage to R Kelly when she was 15 and he was 27.
In other Lifetime movie news, Cissy Houston is not happy with the fact that the cable network is doing a movie about her daughter Whitney Houston. Cissy says let her daughter rest in peace. Angela Bassett, Whitney's Waiting To Exhale co-star, is directing the movie, which is slated to debut on Lifetime early next year.
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 30th. 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.
Singer/Entrepreneur/Philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi will be receiving The 2014 Marian Anderson Award in the fall. Along with being the Grammy-winning frontman for his group, Bon Jovi has been a tireless advocate for those suffering from HIV/AIDS and low income housing residents. He's also the majority owner of the arena football team The Philadelphia Soul, which his charitable organization is named after. Past Marian Anderson Award recipients include Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Maya Angelou, Norman Lear, Mia Farrow and Bill Cosby. The festivities will take place in November.
Boxer Evander Holyfield is getting inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame. Fellow Boxer Mike Tyson is doing the honors. The irony here is that it was back in 1997 when Iron Mike bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear during their match.
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.
Jada Pinkett Smith returns to TV in the new primetime drama Gotham. The show debuts September 22nd on FOX.
Boyz II Men drop their new album Collide on September 30th.
The Wayans Brothers are coming to Philly. Saturday, August 2nd at the Tower Theatre 69th Street in Upper Darby it's Damon, Shawn, Marlon and Keenen.
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.
Singer/Songwriter Marsha Ambrosius is back with a new project Friends & Lovers.
Oscar Winner Lupita N’Youngo is the cover girl for Elle magazine.
First Lady Michelle Obama is the Cover Lady for the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Oprah Winfrey is rocking 5-inch Louboutin heels on the latest issue of O magazine.
Tamar Braxton takes the cover for Upscale magazine.
Michael Strahan is on the cover of the latest issue of Ebony magazine.
The new digital Jet magazine is ready. The new Jet is available for tablets and mobile devices and published once a week with updates daily beginning this month. Got to jetmag.com for more info.
Living With The Jacksons is a new reality show coming from the Jackson Family. The lineup includes Alejandra Jackson and her five children. Alejandra has quite an interesting past. She was with Randy Jackson and had two children by him. Then Randy cheated on Alejandra with another woman. Randy got that woman pregnant. Alejandra was hurt, so she sought comfort from..........Randy's brother Jermaine. One thing lead to another, and Alejandra married Jermaine and had two kids by him. The fifth child came from a child that Joe and Katherine Jackson adopted earlier, and Alejandra adopted that boy from them, her parents-in-law. We will have plenty of time to see him and the other Jacksons this fall when their reality show debuts on the Reelz channel. Randy and Jermaine's relationship has never been the same since Alejandra bore both brothers' children. Alejandra is also trying to establish her self as an independent woman. She's been on her own since she was ordered out of the Jackson home by Katherine Jackson. Alejandra feels it’s time to tell her story since Jermaine dumped her and married another woman.
Jay-Z and Beyonce are bringing their On Their Run tour to HBO. The Carters have been getting rave reviews for their latest tour. Look for the concert on HBO Saturday, September 20th at 9pm.
Season four has kicked off for Welcome To Sweetie Pie's. The reality show stars Robbie Montgomery focuses on her family and soul food business in St. Louis. The show airs Saturday nights at 9pm on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable station.
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 for their work in Luther and Dancing On The Edge, respectively. Lead Actor in a mini series or movie. 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”.
Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall will be starring in the Lifetime movie “Vow”. Vow is about three singles ladies who vow to be married within a year after attending a friends big wedding.
After 19 years on FOX, NFL Sunday Sports Reporter Pam Oliver is being put on the sidelines as a number two reporter. Oliver is being replaced by Erin Andrews. Oliver said she saw it coming, especially after this past season when her various hairstyles became the butt of jokes on social media. Oliver, 53, took a lot of heat for her hairstyles, which at times looked a raggedy mess. It’s a shame that her hair became such a major focus because she's very good at reporting. Now, as she enters her 20th year, she has a take a different and smaller role in the FOX NFL broadcasts in favor of 36-year old Andrews.
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 are moving their hit show The Blacklist from Mondays to Thursdays at 9pm. CBS will be airing their new Thursday Night Football show.
Apollo Live with Host Tony Rock returned to BET. The show features Judges Doug E. Fresh, Gladys Knight and Michael Bivins, and airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on BET.
ESPN magazine is celebrating their annual Body Issue featuring a nude Venus Williams. The 34-year old tennis sensation bares all in more ways than one. Williams talks about her career and her road back to good health after battling the incurable muscle soreness disease Sjogren's syndrome. Also featured in the Body Issue: the WNBA's Angel McCoughtry, the NFL's Larry Fitzgerald and Boxer Bernard Hopkins.
A new season of the controversial reality show The Preachers Of L.A. kicks off August 20th on the Oxygen network.
Actor Anthony Anderson is coming to the Food Network. Anderson has a new food show Food Fest Nation, which airs Mondays at 9pm on the Food Network. Anderson is traveling the country visiting all the top food festivals. His new ABC sitcom Black-ish, with Tracee Ellis Ross, kicks off in the fall.
Damon Wayans, Jr. is making his mark. His first big screen lead will be in the movie Let’s Be Cops, which opens in theatres August 13th. The movie also stars Actor Jake Johnson, and you can see my interview with Damon on the Patty TV page at WDASFM.com
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. Mary Mary will be there August 1st. The Whispers are celebrating their 50th , and so will I, on Sunday, August 3rd. There's also WDAS' own Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show, 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 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 31 at 7:30 pm Fantasia, Dru Hill, Lyfe Jennings & Sebastian Mikael
August 1st at 8pm Mary Mary
August 3rd The 50/50 Show starring The Whispers, Stephanie Mills & Freddie Jackson
August 7th at 7pm Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show Starring Ledisi, Eric Benet & Mint Condition
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.
On August 1st, Get On Up, the life story of James Brown, opens in theaters. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott.
Wesley Snipes is back on the big screen with 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.
Kindred The Family Soul is back with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
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.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday, August 1st- Jeffrey Osborne in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, August 2nd - The Wayans Brothers live at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Sunday, August 3rd– Lionel Richie at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Sunday, September 7th - Frankie Beverly & Maze and Patti LaBelle in concert The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue.
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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