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Terrence Howard’s private life may soon start to overshadow his career.
Howard’s ex-wife Michelle Ghent showed up in court sporting a big black eye. Ghent claims Howard attacked her last week during a family outing in Costa Rica. Howard and Ghent divorced last year. Their stormy two-year marriage was filled with violence and problems. Howard claims Ghent threatened to kill him and his family last week. He has cited her past behavior, including a suicide attempt two months ago and a stint in a psych ward. Ghent has a restraining order against Howard, and he is not allowed to have any contact with her. Howard must also stay 100 feet way from Ghent. Accusations of violent behavior could hurt Howard’s career, which has several high profile projects over the next couple months. Howard is co-starring in the new Lee Daniels’ movie The Butler, followed by the Winnie Mandela movie with Jennifer Hudson, which opens in theatres September 6th, and he has The Best Man Holiday in November. “Holiday” is the sequel to the movie that made Howard a star, The Best Man. He has a possible TV show in the works with FOX. Friends of the actor want him to stay away from his ex-wife because this could damage his career and his family.
Get well to Singer D’Angelo. He’s cancelled a series of concerts due to a mysterious medical illness. This is a major setback in his long-awaited comeback.
Usher may lose custody of his two children by his ex-wife Tameka Foster. In
their bitter divorce, Usher won primary custody of his two sons. After an incident at his home that almost killed five-year old Usher V, Foster is fighting back. Usher’s five-year old son almost drowned in a family pool. When the boy dove into the water to get a toy, his arm was caught in a drainage pipe. He was being watched by an aunt, who got help to pull little Usher from the pool. Foster is seeking an emergency order to get her kids away from Usher. She feels they are not safe under his care. It was just last year that Foster lost a child due to a water accident. Foster’s 11-year son Kile
Glover died in a jet ski accident in 2012.
Cissy Houston wants to make amends with her granddaughter Bobbi Kris.
Houston recently wrote Bobbi Kris an open public letter stating her love for her, but how Houston wishes Bobbi Kris would not go ahead with plans to marry her play brother/boyfriend Nick Gordon. So far Bobbi Kris has not responded because she’s still very angry with Cissy for writing a book about Bobbi Kris’ mother Whitney Houston.
The book detailed a lot of dirt in Whitney’s life. Meanwhile, Bobbi Kris may be headed back to reality TV in the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother.
Soon to be daddy Simon Cowell is hoping his babydaddy scandal with a
married lady will not hurt the ratings for the upcoming season of The X-Factor. Cowell got his best friend’s wife pregnant, and now the lady is divorcing her husband. She’s hoping to be Mrs. Simon Cowell. The new season of the X-Factor kicks off this fall with new Judge Kelly Rowland, who is the cover girl for the new issue of
Jennifer Lopez is getting a cool $15 million to return as a judge on American
Idol. Country Sensation Keith Urban will be back, but now will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas is also in the mix. American Idol returns in January.
We remember the legendary Musician George Duke. As a keyboardist/songwriter/producer/vocalist, Duke's resume ran through the most influential musical genres of our time. He began as a keyboardist in a band that included Al Jarreau backing up Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon. Later, he cut albums considered on the forefront of jazz/funk. Duke became an innovative pop/R&B
producer for Jeffrey Osborne (We’re Going All The Way, On The Wings Of Love), Deniece Williams (Black Butterfly, Let's Hear It For The Boy), Rachelle Ferrell (Til’ You Come Back To Me, Welcome To My Love, With Open Arms), Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson, and Duke cut hits himself (Dukey Stick, Reach For It, No Rhyme, No Reason and Sweet Baby w/Stanley Clarke). Duke was the music director for the
Soul Train TV series and awards shows. Duke's last album, Dreamweaver, was released last month and was dedicated to his late wife Corine, who passed of cancer last year. George Duke was 67 and died from leukemia.
Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting The 2014 Academy Awards next year. The show airs Sunday, March 2nd on ABC. DeGeneres returns for her second stint after hosting in 2007.
Magic Johnson’s flamboyant son EJ may be getting his own reality TV show.
EJ is out, proud and has an over the top personality that TV execs feel would make a great reality show.
The 76ers’ home opener is Wednesday, October 30th when they host the World Champion Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.
Don’t look for Queen Latifah to open up about her personal life when she
returns to Daytime TV in her talk show. Latifah says that topic is off limits, and she won’t be discussing it on her show. Queen Latifah returns to TV September 16th
at 11am on CBS3. The Queen’s Set It Off Co-star Jada Pinkett Smith is the show’s executive producer.
Former Disney Star Raven-Symone also has people wondering about her private life. This after a recent tweet she sent out stating how glad she is that gay marriage is being recognized. Raven also tweeted she can get married now. Spokespeople for the former That’s So Raven and Cosby Show star say she was just making a statement and not revealing anything about her private life.
Angela Bassett will be playing a voodoo priestess when she joins the cast of
the FX horror TV show American Horror Story. In November, Bassett will be starring in the movie Black Nativity with Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige.
Comedienne Sommore has started filming the new season of Comic View on BET. Sommore previously hosted the stand-up comedy show in 1994. Comic View returns to the cable network after five years.
Looks like another comedienne is also returning to BET. Oscar Winner
Mo’Nique is returning to the network she hosted a late night talk show that from 2009-2011. The show then suddenly went off the air. I hear the new show will be a daily entertainment show that is being produced by the Oscar winner and her husband Sidney Hicks. It was allegedly Sidney and Mo’s behavior that caused the falling out with BET the first time.
The September issue of Ebony magazine is dedicated to the memory of
Trayvon Martin. Four different issues will be available including Trayvon’s parents and brother, Director Spike Lee and his son, Miami Heat Baller Dwayne Wade and his two sons, and Actor Boris Kodjoe and his son. The issue states We Are All Trayvon.
Oprah Winfrey is a roll! Her OWN cable station has made a turnaround in the
ratings and its revenue. People are tuning in and liking the shows (The Have & Have Nots, Welcome To Sweetie Pie's, Iyanla Fix My Life, Love Thy Neighbor, Oprah's Next Chapter, Oprah's Masterclass, Where Are They Now, the soap operas One Life To Live & All My Children, just to name a few). Former Football Star/Broadcaster Deion
Sanders has a new reality show called Primetime debuting in a few weeks. The Next Chapter series will feature Director (and Philly native) Lee Daniels on August 11th,
Actress Lindsay Lohan on August 18th and the legendary Tina Turner on August 25th.
Bishop TD Jakes returns on Sunday, September 8th with Lifeclass. Don’t be surprised if Paula Deen sits down with Oprah in the near future to talk about the N-word controversy that has destroyed her career.
By the way, Oprah is excellent in Lee Daniels' The Butler, so she is making the promotions rounds. On August 15th, she will be joining Andy Cohen on his popular show Watch What Happens Live on the Bravo network. Lee Daniels' The Butler opens in theatres August 16th, and is the true story of White House Butler Eugene Allen, who served under eight presidents between 1952-1986. The movie also stars Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey and David Oyelowo. The Butler goes through three decades. It covers everything from the civil rights movement to Vietnam, and how it affected Allen and his family. Kudos to Daniels for an amazing movie! There is no doubt in my mind that Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey will be nominated for Oscars because the acting is that great!
Director Spike Lee says get ready for a sequel to his 1988 hit movie School
Daze. The movie was a big hit for Lee, and it starred Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, Jasmine Guy, Tisha Martin Campbell and Giancarlo Esposito.
The Reverend Al Sharpton has a new autobiography coming out in October.
The book, The Rejected Stone, tells his story from being a street politician to elder civil rights statesmen. Sources say he will address his love life, and how he has dated younger and older women.
The latest issue of US Weekly has the first photos of Baby Logan with his
parents Vince Herbert and Tamar Braxton. The Herbert family photos is a first look at the happy Herberts. The second season of Vince And Tamar kicks off September 5th on WeTV. And, her new talk show The Real, with Actress Tamera
Mowry-Housley, Singer Adrienne Bailon, Comedienne Loni Love and Actress Jeannie Mai, is getting great reviews and ratings. The show airs locally at 11am on FOX29. I love the chemistry between the ladies and think this show is going to be renewed. Tamar, like Oprah, is on a roll. Tamar has a new CD coming out in September called Love And War, and she's going on tour with John Legend. They will be at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, October 25th. Now speaking of John Legend, he is getting married to Model Chrissy Teigen in September.
Another Braxton making headlines is Toni Braxton. She is re-teaming with
Babyface for the new CD Love, Marriage And Divorce. The CD comes out in September. Toni is now a divorced woman. After 12 years of marriage, she and Keri Lewis of Mint Condition have now gone their separate ways. They have two sons.
The new season of The View kicks off September 9th on ABC.
NBC's Today Show, Contributor (and former WDAS Intern) Tamron Hall
debuts her new show, Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall, on September
1st. It’s a weekly crime investigation series on the Discovery network.
VH1 debuts their movie about the female singing group TLC in October. The
trailer is hot with Lil' Mama as Left Eye, KeKe Palmer as Chilli and Drew Sidora as T-Boz. In the 90’s, TLC became the top-selling female group, but later battled illness, tumultuous love lives, bankruptcy and the unexpected death of Left Eye. Surviving members T-Boz and Chilli are reuniting in an effort to create a TLC tour and new projects.
Fantasia is headed to Broadway in October. She has not been on the great white
way since The Color Purple. Fantasia is teaming up with Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis in a musical production about the legendary Cotton Club.
Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is another one on a roll! She is featured on the Showtime series Ray Donovan, and she is one of the stars of the new Nickelodeon TV show Instant Mom. Instant Mom stars Tia Mowry-Hardrict (The Game) as a party girl who marries a man (Michael Boatman) with kids. Sheryl Lee Ralph plays Tia's mom. The show makes it debut later this year on Nickelodeon.
Mary J. Blige will be releasing her first ever holiday CD this October.
September 16th is the season five premiere of The Wendy Williams Show.
Dr. Conrad Murray is getting out of prison early. Murray will have served two years of a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray is expected to be released on October 28th. Sources say he is getting out early based on good behavior, but the Jackson family is not happy about these developments.
Blair Underwood returns to TV on October 2nd in the remake of the 70’s drama classic Ironside on NBC.
Warmdaddy’s Restaurant is going to be featured on the Cooking Channel show G Garvin’s Road Trip Saturday, August 10th at 6pm and Sunday, August 11th at 1:30pm.
The 2nd Annual Founders Day for Philadanco has a new date! The celebration
will take place Friday, August 16th at the Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue. Philadanco Founder Joan Myers Brown, who was honored by President Obama a few weeks ago with the Medal Of Arts, will be celebrated that night.
Will Downing is back! He teams up with Singer Avery Sunshine for the song You Were Meant Just For Me. Will is also performing at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Sunday, November 24th.
Congrats to Vanessa K. Bush! She was recently named the new Editor-in-Chief at Essence magazine. Bush had been doing the job (interim) since February.
Get ready for the return of Basketball Wives: Miami. Season five kicks off August 19th.
Season 3 of Scandal is set for a Thursday, October 3rd season premiere on ABC. The BET network just snatched up the rights for the syndication of seasons 1 and 2. They will start airing those reruns in late summer. Scandal star Kerry Washington, a.k.a. Mrs. Nnamdi Asomugha, is on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, and she’s just been nominated for an Emmy for her role as “Olivia Pope” on Scandal. The Emmy Awards air September 22nd on CBS.
The MTV Video Music Awards are happening August 25th. Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Robin Thicke are leading the nominations.
Oscar Winner Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway next spring in a
revival of Raisin In The Sun with Diahann Carroll.
The PBS network will be airing a new special, The March, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington. It was at that civil rights event where the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his epic I Have A Dream speech. The special airs August 27th on PBS.
Arsenio Hall returns to late night TV in September 9th. His show will air locally on MYphl17. Hall has been mum about what we can expect, but he says he is bringing back his old theme song from 20 years ago.
Earth, Wind & Fire return with a new CD entitled Now, Then, Forever. The
CD comes out September 10th.
The R&B Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place October 3rd. This year's honorees include The Temptations, James Brown, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Miracles, Jackie Wilson, The Marvelettes and Marvin Gaye.
It's another edition of Motown-Philly as Motown Founder Berry Gordy is being honored with The Marian Anderson Award on November 19th.
The festivities, including a performance tribute, will take place at the Kimmel Center at Broad and Spruce Streets.
David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim with Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Taye Diggs, Dijmon Hounsou and Derek Luke, opens in theatres September 27th. I saw the movie in a preview screening and it’s a fun romantic comedy.
The Best Man sequel, The Best Man Holiday, with Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Sanaa Lathan, opens in theatres November 15th.
The Dell Music Center continues its season August 15th - Stephanie Mills & Jeffrey Osborne followed by:
August 22nd – Dave Koz, Peabo Bryson & Friends featuring Gerald Albright;
August 29th - The Funk Show starring Bloodstone, New Birth, Con Funk Shun, The Dazz Band & Cameo.
The Dell box office is now open for the general public. The Dell Music Center is located at 33rd and Ridge.
Mary Mary at the Crazy Praise Dance Showcase & Health Fair on Saturday August 17th
at the Baptist Worship Center, 4790 James Street in the Bridesburg section of the city.
October 5th – Rick Watson Presents The Stage Play My Husband John. The story is
about John Whitehead of McFadden and Whitehead fame and his wife Elinor Whitehead. The play is happening at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is this Diva for real? She’s not acting anything like what we’ve seen in the past. All of a sudden she’s loud and ready to fight. That’s not the person we know. Is it all just an act for publicity?
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Friday, August 9th - Smooth Jazz Summer Nights- Najee at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing.
Friday, August 16th - Smooth Jazz Summer Nights- Peter White at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing.
Saturday, August 17th- Trenton's African American Pride Festival in Trenton, NJ.
Sunday, August 18th- Ladies Night Out starring Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, Christopher Williams and Avant at the Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Sunday, August 18th- Diana Ross in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday -August 23rd, Aug 24th
and Aug 25th - Kevin Hart comedy show at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, August 24th- Toni Braxton in concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
Sunday, August 25th – Gladys Knight and The O'Jays at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
August 31st -September 1st - The Labor Day Weekend comedy show starring Sommore, Jay Pharoah, Arnez J, DL Hughley, Mark Curry, Tony Rock and more at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Saturday, September 14th - Sinbad comedy show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, September 21st - Lionel Richie in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Saturday, November 23rd - India.Arie in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, November 24th – Will Downing in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.