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Brian McKnight is having serious money troubles. He is currently suing his former accountant, Vernon Brown & Co., for failing to pay his taxes over a ten-year period. McKnight, singer/songwriter/producer, owes a million dollars in back taxes and over $500,000 in back penalties and interest. He says he was placed on an installment plan, but no payments were made. McKnight's music royalties have been frozen, he now has bad credit and his drivers license is suspended. It’s hard to believe he would let this situation come to this. Why wasn’t he paying attention to his money? Personal finances are not something you can leave solely to others.
Another person having tax problems is Vincent Herbert. Herbert, the husband and manager Singer/Reality Star Tamar Braxton, owes the I.R.S. $3 million in back taxes. He recently made headlines when he brought himself a brand new Bentley.
And, the tax man cometh again, this time for Flo Rida. The I.R.S. says three consecutive years has raised the rapper's bill to almost $2 million owed to the government.
Cee Lo Greene has left the building! Green will not be returning to serve as a judge on the NBC singing reality show The Voice. Green was a popular judge on the show even though no one he's picked won the big prize. Green also had a rough year. He was investigated over sex and drug allegations with other women. At press time, the investigation continues. Was he kicked off off the show because of the allegations? Cee Lo says he left the show on his own because he wanted to go on tour and work on his music. Cee Lo is currently touring with Lionel Richie. Their tour will be here July 23rd in Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center.
Is Janet Jackson ready to leave the building? According to published reports, the Pleasure Principle singer is not happy in her marriage to Qatari Businessman Wissam Al Mana. This was the third time down the aisle for Jackson, but she's ready to call it quits. Al Mana has a billion dollar fortune, and sources say Jackson is going to challenge her prenup. Jackson misses performing. Now, she has to be covered up at all times since she converted to Islam. There are also reports that Wissam wants to add a second wife so he can have children.
Congrats to Basketball Superstar Lebron James and his wife Savannah! The newlyweds are expecting their third child. James is currently on the cover of GQ magazine.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has rolled out to huge ratings for NBC. First week guests Will Smith and First Lady Michelle Obama helped kick off the new era in late night.
Niecy Nash is on a roll. Her latest TV show, HBO's Getting On, has been renewed for a second season. I love this show! It's about nurses who work with elderly patients. She also co-stars with Comedian Cedric The Entertainer Show in the TV Land sitcom Soul Man.
Tyler Perry will be hosting his own talk show on, where else, the OWN cable channel. The debut is Tuesday, February 25th after his hit drama The Haves And The Havenots. Perry has taken over Oprah Winfrey's OWN with that show along with For Better Or Worse, Love Thy Neighbor and, coming this fall, The Single Moms' Club.
Allen Iverson has been ordered to pay his lawyers $65,000. They settled up his divorce from his ex-wife Tawanna, but the retired NBA phenom has yet to pay his legal fees.
Eagles Backup Quarterback Michael Vick is teaming up with BET 106 & Park Host Bow Wow for a line of Men's hair care products. WaveMasterz includes supplies such as brushes, pomades and skull caps.
Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers and Philadelphia International Records (P.I.R.) Founders Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff have completed a deal with Sony Music selling the conglomerate the duo's entire catalog. In 1971, Gamble & Huff had a deal with Sony Music, then known as CBS Records, to distribute P.I.R.'s music worldwide that was engineered by Clive Davis. Gamble & Huff kept ownership of the majority of the catalog. Now that those recordings are all once again housed under Sony, new releases of songs and albums produced or co-produced by the P.I.R. label will happen this year including The O'Jays (Love Train; For The Love Of Money), Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes (If You Don't Know Me By Now; Wake Up Everybody), Lou Rawls (You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine; Lady Love), Billy Paul (Me & Mrs. Jones), The Jacksons (Enjoy Yourself; Show You The Way To Go), MFSB & The Three Degrees (T.S.O.P.; When Will I See You Again), The Jones Girls (You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else) and Patti LaBelle (Love, Need & Want You; If Only You Knew). Meanwhile, Gamble & Huff will begin marking their 50th anniversary as a songwriting duo with a new autobiography this year and a theatrical play on the creation of T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia) in 2015.
Bishop TD Jakes is dealing with a stalker whom he had arrested. The female stalker has been to his home, hit one of his security detail with her car and was arrested at his church in Dallas. A restraining order was issued on her.
With her husband facing jail time for identity theft and fraud, Reality Star Phaedra Parks of The Real Housewives of Atlanta may lose her deal for a spinoff show on the Bravo network. Parks has been a fan favorite on Housewives, but did she know her husband, Apollo, was dirty dealing, and did she help him? Her husband, Apollo Nida, faces a lengthy jail sentence if convicted.
Actress/Dancer Rosie Perez is telling all in her new autobiography, Handbook For An Unpredictable Life. Perez reveals she and Jennifer Lopez do not get along going back to their days on the show In Living Color. According to Perez, the show's choreographer, Lopez, a dancer and aspiring actress had a nasty attitude and erratic behavior.
Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer is returning to TV in the show Red Band Society. Steven Spielberg is producing.
Meagan Good is also returning to TV in the science fiction drama Babylon Friends. Good will play a doctor.
Congrats to Rapper Lil' Kim. The 39-year hip hop icon is expecting her first child.
Did Terrell Owens' soon-to-be ex-wife try to commit suicide when the couple's marriage failed? Rachel Snider reportedly had to be hospitalized after ending her two-week old marriage to the former football star. The postal worker/waitress claimed Owens only married her to secure a two million dollar loan for a new home he wanted. Owens had no comment on the short-lived marriage or Snider's alleged suicide attempt.
Could Bill Cosby proposed TV comeback be in trouble? The Cos is in the development stages of a possible return to NBC in a new family sitcom. Past troubles could return first though to haunt the TV legend. Cosby, 76, has had to settle a past lawsuit involving a dozen women who claimed they were drugged and sexually assaulted by him. Some of those ladies are talking to the press again. Will this hurt his chances of a new Bill Cosby sitcom seeing the light of day? Cosby says he wants to bring back a wholesome TV show to audiences.
Actor Romany Malco (The 40-year Old Virgin/Think Like A Man) will be starring in the new Kevin Hart-ABC comedy based on Hart's life before Hart hit it big in the movies. Hart will not star, but may appear in some episodes. The TV show will star Malco as a post divorcee who, with his ex-wife, is trying to raise their children in a civil manner. Malco is also known for his role in the Showtime cable series Weeds.
Bethany Frankel's talk show has been cancelled by FOX. Next fall get ready for Bethany's replacement, The Real. That show kicks off fall of 2014, and will air on FOX and BET. The daytime talker, starring Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, Singer Adrienne Bailon, Comedienne Loni Love and Actress Jeannie Mai, was a hit during its test run last year.
Director John Singleton has been tapped to lead the production of a bio-pic about the late Rapper/Actor Tupac Shakur. Singleton will write, direct and produce the movie. Singleton and Tupac worked together on Singleton's hit movie Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson.
Singer R Kelly could land in jail if he continues to miss his child support payments. Kelly is $20,000 behind, and his lawyers say they can’t find him because he has gone underground. Last year, he was $100,000 behind in payments, but he paid up. Kelly has been battling his ex-wife Andrea for a while. He has a court hearing in late March, and if he misses the appearance, he could be in jail from 30 days to six months.
Sports Analyst and former NFL Player Deion Sanders is coming to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN. Deion’s Family Playbook focuses on Sanders’ professional life and his take on fatherhood. Sanders and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds, Babyface’s ex-wife, are the executive producers. Deion’s Family Playbook debuts March 1st at 10pm on OWN.
Unsung, the Hollywood edition, on TV ONE featuring Flip Wilson, Robin Harris and Dick Gregory. It all kicks off Wednesday, February 26th at 10pm with Actress Pam Grier.
Shakeup at CBS Sports. Football Legends Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are out, and recently retired Tony Gonzalez will be joining the lineup for NFL Today alongside James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason. Sharpe says he's disappointed by the shakeup, but he's grateful to CBS for the opportunity they gave him after he retired in 2003.
Diahann Carroll has dropped out of the Broadway revival of A Raisin In The Sun. Carroll, 78, was supposed to star opposite Denzel Washington in the legendary production, but she pulled out citing the heavy work load was too much. Carroll is being replaced by Actress LaTanya Richardson, who is married to Samuel L. Jackson. There was a lot of excitement about Carroll returning to Broadway particularly after 80-year old Cicely Tyson won a Tony when she returned to the Great White Way in A Trip To Bountiful. Previews for A Raisin In The Sun with Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson start March 8th.
In more Broadway news, Oprah Winfrey may be headed to the stage in a production of Night Mother with Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald (TV’s Private Practice). If all goes well, the show would open in 2015.
Jill Scott is coming to The Voice. She is going to serve as a mentor for Team Usher. The Voice returns to NBC Monday, February 24th with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher. This is going to be a busy year for Scott. She is also appearing the new James Brown bio-pic Get On Up.
Wayne Brady will be hosting this year’s BET Honors. Scheduled honorees include The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown Founder and Broadway Impresario Berry Gordy and Rapper/Actor Ice Cube. There will be performances by Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson, Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson. The show airs February 24th on BET.
Anthony Anderson will be hosting The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards airing February 22nd on its new home, TV ONE. Forest Whitaker will be one of the night’s biggest honorees. Some of the presenters include Lupita Nyong, Tyler Perry, Michael Ealy, Arsenio Hall and Gabrielle Union. The Image Awards honor achievement in TV, film, literature and music, to name a few. Some of the nominees include Tasha Smith (For Better Or Worse) up for Best Actress In A Comedy Series, and her twin sister Sidra Smith is up for Outstanding Documentary as producer of Free Angela And All Political Prisoners. The Real Husbands Of Hollywood and For Better Or Worse lead in nominations for TV, and 12 Years A Slave, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Fruitvale Station and The Best Man Holiday are all multi-nominees in film. Alicia Keys, “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, John Legend and Janelle Monae are multiple nominees in the music categories.
Actress Angela Bassett graces the cover of the latest edition of Ebony magazine.
Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker & Oprah Winfrey (The Butler), Michael B. Jordan (“Johnny Storm/The Human Torch” in the 2015 film Fantastic Four) and Chiwetel Ejiofor are sharing the cover of the March issue of Essence magazine.
On Vanity Fair’s 20th annual Hollywood issue, it’s Julia Roberts, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Chadwick Boseman (42 & Get On Up) and Lupita Nyong (12 Years A Slave), to name a few. Vanity Fair has come under fire in recent years for the lack of diversity in their previous Hollywood issue covers.
Dancing With The Stars is getting a new bandleader. Ray Chew, formerly of American Idol, will be there when season 18 kicks off March 17th. Chew is known for his work with Idol, Showtime At The Apollo and The BET Awards.
Kevin Hart and Producer Will Packer are on a roll with their movie About Last Night co-starring Regina Hall, Michael Ealy & Joy Bryant. The movie made over $30 million in it’s opening weekend. The movie is funny, insightful and gives you an honest look at modern day relationships. Kevin and Regina are so funny!!!!! Up next for Kevin is a new movie with Will Ferrell called Get Hard. The movie is about a wealthy investment banker who is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. The banker prepares for prison with help from the guy who washes his car. The movie will also star Rapper/Actor T.I.
In more Kevin Hart news, his ex-wife, Torrei Hart, has joined the cast of the TV show Atlanta Exes along with Tameka Raymond, the ex-wife of Singer Usher. The show debuts on VH1 this summer. I wonder what the women have to say about their exes.
The life story of Darlene Love is coming to the OWN 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 nominated Documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. The Darlene Love movie will air on OWN later this year.
We remember William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke of the reggae group Third World. With the hits Now That We Found Love (written by Gamble & Huff), Committed and Try Jah Love (written by Stevie Wonder), it was Clarke's husky lead voice on those and many of the group's classics. He joined Third World in 1976. Clarke died of leukemia at the age of 65.
Scandal returns to ABC on February 27th.
Grammy award winning and Oscar nominated Songwriter/Producer Pharrell Williams will be producing the soundtrack for the movie Amazing Spiderman 2 featuring Jamie Foxx as Electro. The movie opens in theatres May 2nd.
The award-winning Steve McQueen movie 12 Years A Slave is coming out on Digital HD on February 18th and DVD and Blu Ray March 4th, two days after the Academy Awards. 12 Years A Slave is up for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.
Mark Wahlberg will be hosting the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on March 29th.
Mary Mary graces the new issue of Jet magazine. Erica Campbell's new solo gospel CD 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.
Actor Lance Gross (House Of Payne) is returning to TV. He's co-starring in the drama Crisis. The show debuts March 16th on NBC, and Gross will play a secret service agent.
Ellen DeGeneres will return as host of The 86th Annual Academy Awards set to air Sunday, March 2nd on ABC.
Tyler Perry has a new movie, Single Mom's Club, which arrives in theatres March 14th. In the movie, Nia Long stars along with Tyler Perry, and they play love interests. Perry will also team up with Essence magazine Saluting Black Men In Hollywood during Oscar week.
At the movies this week is Pompeii, the gladiator film starring Kit Harrington and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Adewale will also be one of the stars of the new Annie musical with Jamie Foxx opening in theatres in December. Adewale was previously known for his roles in The Mummy Returns and the HBO series OZ.
Repentance starring Forest Whitaker, Sanaa Lathan, Anthony Mackie and Mike Epps opens in theatres February 28th.
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 hit movie is now available on DVD. Meanwhile, the cast is quite busy with new projects. Morris Chestnut is coming back to TV on the TNT drama Legends. Taye Diggs returns to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Regina Hall has a starring role with Kevin Hart in Think Like A Man Too, 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.
Motown: The Musical is coming to Philly! January 6th-18th 2015. I had a chance to see it on Broadway. What an amazing musical and a great story about the Motown Story!
Babyface 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 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 March 18-30th for a limited run. 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.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 4th for the return of TV series' The Game and Let’s Stay Together on BET.
On Saturday, March 1st- The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Pennsylvania Chapter, is hosting its 28th Annual Madam CJ Walker Awards Luncheon at 12 noon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 12th and Market Streets. For tickets and information, you can log onto www.nc100bw-pa.org.
The Meeting is a stage play by Jeff Stetson about an imagined meeting between Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X. The play stars Rev., Dr. Alyn E. Waller and Tariq Karim El-Shabazz, Esq., and is happening Friday, March 21st & Saturday, March 22nd at 3 and 7pm and Sunday, March 23rd at 3pm at the Penn Charter School-Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, 3000 West School House Lane. For more info call 215-276-7200.
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Check out who’s coming to town:
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.
Friday, March 7th- Jamie Foxx in concert at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
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 Torn Between Two Fathers at the Merriam Theatre.
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, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
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