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What is wrong with Nick Gordon? He's the husband of Bobbi Kristina, and it appears the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has married a nut case. Gordon was raised as a play brother to Bobbi Kris by Houston, but after Houston's death, Gordon and Bobbi announced they were in love. Gordon has been feuding with Bobbi Kris' family, and this past week, he sent them threatening tweets and pictures of assault rifles. Last month, Gary Houston, the son of Pat Houston who was with his Aunt Whitney at the time of her death, beat up Gordon. Is Gordon serious about his threats? Is he planning to do harm to the Houston family, or is he gaining publicity to do another reality show with Bobbi Kris? Their first show failed because they were boring.
Motown Legend Smokey Robinson is suing his ex-wife Claudette. Robinson and his ex-wife were married for 27 years until their divorced in 1986. Robinson is suing his ex-wife because he doesn’t want her to profit from the songs he wrote during their 27 years of marriage. That was during Smokey's most successful songwriting period with hits for The Miracles (Tears Of A Clown, I Second That Emotion, The Tracks Of My Tears), The Temptations (My Girl, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Get Ready), Mary Wells (My Guy, Two Lovers), Marvin Gaye (I'll Be Doggone, Ain't That Peculiar), Kim Carnes (More Love), Captain & Tennille (Shop Around), Luther Vandross (Since I Lost My Baby) and himself as a solo artist (Quiet Storm, Crusin', Being With You). We are talking about some of the hugest hits in all of music. Robinson feels his Claudette was well taken care of with their divorce settlement, and she didn’t write the songs. Smokey will be in Atlantic City at Harrahs Casino on Saturday, May 24th.
Speaking of Motown legends, congrats to Martha Reeves of Martha & The Vandellas. The Motown legend is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her classic song Dancing In The Street. Reeves, who started at Motown as a secretary, eventually began singing backup for fellow Motown labelmates Mary Wells and Marvin Gaye. It was Gaye who co-wrote Dancing In Street and that's him playing drums on the Motown classic. It became the biggest hit of Reeves' career topping the charts in the summer of 1964.
In more Motown news, Diana Ross is coming to town. The Boss will be at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside on Wednesday, June 25th. It will be her debut at the outdoor Philadelphia venue.
Tyler Perry is coming out with a new Madea project. Tyler Perry’s latest stage play, Madea And The Neighbors From Hell, comes out April 22nd on DVD and Blu Ray. This past weekend was not good for Perry at the box office. His latest movie, Single Mom's Club with Nia Long, did not perform well. It was the worst box office opening for him since he started making films.
Where there's smoke there's fire and published reports say Oscar Winner Halle Berry is having marital problems with husband number three, Actor Oliver Martinez. The two married last July and had a son in October. Friends say Martinez wants Halle to be more of a traditional wife. He doesn’t like how she is mothering their child because she is too busy losing weight and working on her new TV series. Berry's new drama, Exant, premieres July 9th on CBS. Fellow Oscar Winner Steven Spielberg is producing Exant. Berry seems to run out of luck when it comes to her relationships. She has been spotted not wearing her wedding ring on the set. She plays an astronaut on the show. Maybe that's why she doesn't wear the ring. Will their marriage survive, or as The Intruders sang, three strikes you're out?!
NBC debuted an exciting new show last week called Crisis, which airs Sunday nights at 10pm. This drama is action packed and very suspenseful. I am hooked on this show! Crisis stars The show stars Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Michael Beach (Third Watch, The Game), Rachael Taylor (Charlie's Angels) and Lance Gross (House Of Payne). Not only does Lance look good, but he plays a great hero.
Actress Meagan Good, is returning to NBC in the new TV series Babylon Fields with S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) this fall.
Comedian and Box Office Sensation Kevin Hart (my nephew) lets Oprah Winfrey inside his world this Sunday on her show Next Chapter. “Nephew” is interviewed at his home by Oprah, and he opens up about his life and the success he has achieved. Their interview airs Sunday at 9pm on OWN. In the meantime, look for a new book from Winfrey based on her essays from O magazine titled What I Know For Sure. The book is coming out in September.
In more OWN news, the life story of Darlene Love is coming to the cable station. Love is the famed background singer and actress who got her due later in life. Love's book, My Name Is Love, details her life as a background singer for the stars including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin and others. She was tied contractually to Music Legend Phil Spector, which delayed her career for many years. Love ventured into acting becoming famous for her role Danny Glover's wife in the Lethal Weapon movies. The book also discuses her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. Love's story is also chronicled in the Academy Award winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, which is out on DVD. The Darlene Love movie will air on OWN later this year.
Boris Kodjoe has joined the cast of the CBS show Unforgettable. Kodjoe debuts this fall, and he will play a secret service agent.
Congrats to Actor Idris Elba! He and longtime girlfriend, Naiyana Garth, are the proud parents of a baby boy. They named him Winston after his father. Also congrats to Singer Eric Benet! The singer/songwriter and his wife, Manuela, are expecting their second child.
Actress/Singer Jennifer Hudson has cut ties with Weight Watchers. The Oscar winner lost 80 pounds on a very successful campaign. She was their spokesperson for the past few years. It appears their parting was painful because they decided to do more weight loss campaigns with Pop Star Jessica Simpson.
Comedian Chris Rock is headed back to the big screen in the film Finally Famous. Gabrielle Union and Rosario Dawson will be his co-stars in the “dramedy.”
The late Rocker Jimi Hendrix is being honored with a new postage stamp along with “The Genius” Ray Charles and Country Legend Johnny Cash. Andre 3000 of Outkast is playing Hendrix in the big screen movie All Is By My Side.
Kindred the Family Soul is returning this summer with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Actor Isaiah Washington is returning to Grey's Anatomy. Seven years ago, Washington was fired from the popular ABC drama because of homophobic remarks that he made on the set that got out publicly. Washington's return coincides with the departure of Sandra Oh, who is leaving the show at the end of this season. Dr. Preston Burke (Washington) will help his former love interest Dr. Christina Yang (Oh) wrap her storyline on Grey's.
The new season of Dancing With The Stars kicked off with a poor performance by Billy Dee Williams. At the age of 77, the routines seemed to much for the Mahogany actor, and I don't think being on the show does anything for his legendary reputation. On the other hand, Reality Star NeNe Leakes did surprisingly well, and she looked very good with her dance routine.
Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice returns this summer to NBC. The lineup, if rumors are true, is exciting. I hear Oscar-winning Actress/Comedienne Mo'Nique is going to be on the show along with Singer K Michelle, Real Housewives Of Atlanta Star Kenya Moore, Rapper/Actor Ludacris, Actress Lindsey Lohan, Actor Ving Rhames and Comedian George Lopez.
The list of actors joining the FOX show Empire continues to grow. The Lee Daniels produced hip hop drama stars Terrence Howard as a hip hop mogul and Taraji P. Henson as his ex-wife. Malik Yoba (New York Undercover) Macy Gray and Oscar Nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) have been added to the cast. Empire is slated to debut this fall on FOX.
In more Taraji P. Henson news, the actress has new movies coming out in June (Think Like A Man Too) and this September with Idris Elba (No Good Deeds). Plus, Henson will make her debut as the new host The 14th Annual BET Celebration Of Gospel, which will feature performances by Donnie McClurkin, Tye Tribbett, Ruben Studdard, India.Arie, SWV and Kem. There will also be a special tribute to Gospel Music Pioneer Richard Smallwood. The show airs on BET Sunday, April 6th.
Viola Davis' new TV project is being shot in Center City Philadelphia. How To Get Away With Murder is the latest project from Private Practice/Grey's Anatomy/Scandal Writer-Producer Shonda Rhimes. Davis, best known for her Oscar-nominated performances in the films The Help and Doubt, will be changing it up by starring in this sexy, suspenseful-legal thriller.
Mary Mary's Erica Campbell has a new solo CD called Help due out March 25th.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 hits theatres May 2nd, and the film's music is hot! Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar are all on the soundtrack with Pharrell doubling as producer. The Amazing Spiderman 2 stars Andrew Garth as “Spiderman” and Jamie Foxx as the villain “Electro.”
The TV show Soul Man returns to the TV Land network on March 26th. The show kicks off its third season with a live broadcast starring Cedric The Entertainer and Neicy Nash.
TD Jakes is on the cover of April's Ebony magazine. Word has it he may be reteaming with Tracey Edmonds for a sequel to their successful movie Jumping The Broom. The sequel may star Meagan Good, who co-starred in the original.
Singer/Songwriter Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta is the cover girl for the latest issue of Jet magazine, and Actor Idris Elba is the cover guy for Uptown magazine.
The Women Of Soul will be at The White House. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host another installment of the concert series In Performance At The White House to air on PBS. Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Melissa Etheridge and Patti LaBelle are all scheduled to perform. Women Of Soul will air on PBS Monday, April 7th.
Terry McMillan's best selling novel A Day Late And A Dollar Short will air on Lifetime April 19th. The TV movie will follow the story of a dying mother as she tries to pull her family together before she passes. Whoopi Goldberg leads and all-star cast featuring Tichina Arnold, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Ving Rhames.
Unsung, the Hollywood edition, airs Wednesdays at 10pm on TV ONE, and upcoming shows will feature Flip Wilson after profiling Dick Gregory Pam Grier, the late Robin Harris and the TV classic What's Happening.
Mark Wahlberg will be hosting the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on March 29th.
Haunted House II with Marlon Wayans opens in theatres Friday, April 14th.
Think Like A Man Too opens in theatres Friday, June 20th.
No Good Deeds opens in theatres September 12th and stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.
The Best Man Holiday's Harold Perrineau and Terrence Howard team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Sabotage, which comes out April 14th.
Babyface and Toni Braxton have returned to the top of the charts with their hit duet single Hurt You, an R&B number one. Now, the duo is headed to Broadway this 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 until March 30th. Their new duet CD, Love, Marriage & Divorce, is out now. Toni Braxton is also writing her memoirs in Unbreak My Heart, which is coming out in March. In the book, Toni will talk about her career, going bankrupt, raising an autistic child and battling lupus. Braxton, who settled her tax problems last year, recently purchased a new three million dollar home.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!
This Main Lady can't escape the side chick drama..... even on social media. I'm sure she wants to say move get out da way!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, March 15th- Aretha Franklin at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, March 19th – Marsha Ambrosius at the Theatre of the Living Art, 3rd and South.
Saturday, March 22nd - Monica & Carl Thomas in concert TD Bank Arts Center, 529 Huffville-Cross Keys Road in Sewell, New Jersey.
Saturday, April 5th - The Standing Ovation comedy show starring Sommore, Bill Bellamy, Tommy Davidson, Mark Curry and Tony Rock at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Sunday, April 13th- Classic Soulfest starring Bloodstone, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, Cuba Gooding, Sr. & The Main Ingredient at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, April 26th- Mike Epps comedy show at The Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Thursday, May 1st- Ledisi and The Robert Glasper Experiment at The Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Thursday, May 1st – Sunday, May 4th - The Priest Tyaire production of Torn Between Two Fathers at the Merriam Theatre, 250 South Broad Street, between Spruce and Locust.
Friday, May 9th- Mothers' Day Comedy Festival Featuring Teddy Carpenter, Turae Gordon and BuckWild at The Trump Plaza, 6th Floor Empire Ballroom; get your tickets at Ticketleap.com or the Philadelphia Hair Company.
Saturday, May 10th- The Mother's Day Music Festival starring Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight and The Heads of State: Johnny Gill/Ralph Tresvant/Bobby Brown at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Sunday, May 11th - Mothers' Day concert starring The Whispers and Howard Hewitt at Caesars Circus Maximus Theatre in Atlantic City. Showtime is 6pm.
Tuesday, May 20th- John Legend at the Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce.
Saturday, June 7th - Boyz II Men at The Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby.
Friday, June 20th – Diana Ross in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, June 25th - Diana Ross at The Mann Music Center in Philadelphia.
Wednesday, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
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