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Major changes are coming to The Soul Train Music Awards. For starters, there'll be no more lip synching. Performers must sing live. The night, hosted by Anthony Anderson, is celebrating today's biggest stars and honoring legends like Dionne Warwick and Keith Sweat. Performances that night will include Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, Tamar Braxton and Ruben Studdard. The show airs December 1st on the BET and Centric networks.
Speaking of Tamar, her talk show The Real with The Real, with Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, Singer Adrienne Bailon, Comedienne Loni Love and Actress Jeannie Mai, has been picked up for a full season next fall on FOX stations around the country.
Kerry Washington is going to be the breadwinner in her household. Washington's hubby, NFL Player Nnamdi Asomugha, has been let go from the San Francisco 49ers. Asomugha used to play for the Eagles. His career has never reached its potential, and he has been replaced by younger players with more speed. Last week, it was revealed the couple were expecting their first child. Maybe now we will see pictures of the newlyweds who
secretly married last summer. Washington will not talk about the current state of her private life, but does touch on the past. As she graces the latest cover of People magazine, she reveals a one time struggle with an eating disorder and a painful breakup. Washington
now is careful to keep her current private life private and focus on her hot career with Scandal. Now speaking of Scandal, Actress Khandi Alexander (ER, CSI Miami) is joining the cast of the Thursday night ABC-TV drama playing “Olivia Pope's” mom.
So what's new with the James Brown movie Get On Up? How about Singer/Actress Jill Scott and Comedian Actor Dan Aykroyd joining the cast. Scott will play a former wife of “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.” The movie already stars Chadwick Boseman, who
played Jackie Robinson in the hit movie 42, Viola Davis and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who both starred in the movie The Help. Oscar Nominee Taraji P. Henson may still join the cast as Tammi Terrell, and Singer Ralph Tresvant may be playing James Brown sideman and solo artist Maceo Parker. The bio-pic, which is being produced by Rolling Stones Legend Mick Jagger, is slated to arrive in theatres on October 17th, 2014.
Spike Lee will be joining Oprah Winfrey on her show Next Chapter airing November 10th on OWN. The Oscar nominated writer/producer/director of Inside Man and Malcolm X joins Oprah's star-studded lineup which, in the next few weeks, includes The Reverend Al Sharpton, Babyface and Magic Johnson.
In more Spike Lee news, his collaboration with Mike Tyson finally comes to television. On November 16th, HBO presents Mike Tyson's one man show, The Undisputed Truth, directed by Spike Lee.
Spokespeople for Will Smith are downplaying reports that the actor is having marital problems with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Reports are claiming he was fooling around with a young actress on the set of his latest movie. The tabloids are pointing to Actress Margot Robbie, who co-stars with Smith in the upcoming feature Focus. The two co-stars hammed it up in a photo booth with some flirtatious pictures. Will's been through this before with accusations of being to close to former co-stars Eva Mendes and Charlize Theron.
The movie Black Nativity opens in theatres November 27th. Black Nativity stars Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese and Mary J. Blige.
The History Channel is planning on doing a remake of the 1977 classic miniseries Roots. The series is slated to air next year. A lot of people say they are tired of seeing slave movies like Django and 12 Years A Slave. The Butler, which is not a slave movie, but has scenes of slavery also has been criticized. Let us know what you think? On one hand, we must know our history, but is the subject too upsetting to deal with over and over again?
One of the greatest basketball players of all time is telling all. Julius Erving, a.k.a. “Dr. J,” has released Dr. J: The Autobiography. In the book, he talks about his great career and his personal difficulties: how an affair led to him having a child outside of wedlock, his turbulent first marriage and the death of his son. The Dr. holds nothing back, including the circumstances of the birth of his daughter Tennis Pro Alexandra Stevenson.
We are getting ready for the movie The Best Man Holiday. The stars of the movie are on the cover of the latest edition of Ebony magazine. There is the ladies issue with Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa. Then there's the men's cover with Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau. Both covers look great, and I will be getting both issues. The movie, Best Man Holiday, is directed by Malcolm Lee and opens in theatres November 15th. Speaking of Morris Chestnut, he 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 magazine. The stars of Best Man Holiday are also featured on the latest issue of Jet magazine.
Singer Ruben Studdard is off NBC's The Biggest Loser. He weighed 462 pounds when the show stated, so his weight is a matter of health. He was asked to leave after the last weigh in because he didn't lose enough weight. Studdard will soon turn 35-years old and knows the future is bleak without serious, continued weight loss. The former American Idol champ, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, says he'll use his dismissal from the show as motivation to keep losing weight. Meanwhile, The First Lady is coming to Loser. Michelle Obama returns to the reality weight loss show to promote her new health campaign. She's encouraging everyone to drink more water as heath experts have long held people don't do enough of. The First Lady first appeared on Loser back in April. Michelle Obama's new appearance is set for November. The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8pm NBC.
Actor Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, Barbershop) is returning to TV in the cop-drama Almost Human. It premieres Sunday, November 17th and Monday, November 18th
on FOX. Ealy is also returning to the big screen next year in two projects with Comedian Kevin Hart: About Last Night on opening on Valentine's Day with Joy Bryant & Regina Hall and Think Like A Man Part II with Gabrielle Union & Taraji P. Henson hitting theatres next June.
Speaking of Kevin Hart, he's back with The Real Husbands Of Hollywood on BET.
Last week, he donated over $250,000 towards computers for his hometown school district of Philadelphia and rec centers. Hart is on a roll! He just signed a deal with ABC to develop a pilot based on his life as standup comedian and divorced father, and he has another new movie for 2013, Ride Along with Ice Cube and Tika Sumpter, coming out in theatres in January. Finally Hart is also playing a boxing promoter in the new movie Grudge opening Christmas Day with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. De Niro (Oscar winner for Raging Bull) and Stallone (Oscar nominee for Rocky) play two aging boxers who get back in the ring.
Babyface and Toni Braxton 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. After Midnight debuts on Broadway with Fantasia on November 3rd. 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 in December. This week, Babyface got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. 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, comes out November 25th.
Stevie Wonder is planning to release two new music projects next year. The 63-year old Motown legend says his recent divorce from Designer Kai Millard Morris inspired him to do a new project. The album, When The World Began, will be produced by fellow Music Legend David Foster. Wonder is also working on a gospel album, which he plans to dedicate
to his late mother.
Oscar Winner Morgan Freeman will be re-teaming with Angela Bassett in a sequel to the movie Olympus Has Fallen.
There's good news and bad news for Robin Thicke. The good news is the singer/songwriter will be directing and starring in a movie called Mercy with his wife Actress Paula Patton. The movie is about a family man dealing with his drug addicted wife. The bad news is two of Marvin Gaye's children, Nona and Frankie, are suing Thicke. They now
say that Thicke and his collaborators definitely used Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit Got To Give It Up in Thicke's song Blurred Lines. The Gaye children also accuse their father's music publisher of not properly protecting the rights to their late dad's music. No word yet on whether Marvin, III will join his brother and sister in this suit. Thicke is currently touring the country, and he is set to go nationwide in February.
The Queen Latifah produced drama Single Ladies, starring LisaRaye, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi, is returning to VH1 for a third season in January.
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.
Gabrielle Union's new BET drama Being Mary Jane with Omari Hardwick, Lisa
Vidal, Margaret Avery, Tika Sumpter and Richard Roundtree debuts January 7th
on BET. Check out Union the covergirl on the latest issue of Essence Magazine.
Actress Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends) is joining the cast of the FOX hit drama Sleepy Hollow with Nicole Beharie.
Kem, Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley are joining forces for a new holiday song called Jesus. The song appears on Kem's holiday CD What Christmas Means, which is out now.
Usher is the cover guy for the latest issue of Men's Health magazine. Usher looks fabulous showing off his look and hard training for his upcoming movie Hands Of Stone, which is the life story of Boxing Great Sugar Ray Leonard.
The American Music Awards are set for Sunday, November 24th on ABC.
Ahmir “Questlove Thompson from The Roots and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
has a new book coming out on Tuesday about a legendary TV soul music/dance show. The popular drummer has written the book Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of A Generation. The book features rare never seen before seen photos and plenty of behind the scenes scoop.
Chris Tucker is hosting The 2013 Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center. The event, saluting Motown Founder Berry Gordy, is happening Tuesday, November 19th. Boyz II Men, Kool & The Gang and Smokey Robinson are performing. Philadelphia International Records Founders Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who were once songwriters at Motown, are doing tributes. Past winners include Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou, Richard
Gere, Mia Farrow and Quincy Jones. For more information call 215-893-1999.
Tyler Perry will be joining Oscar Winner Ben Affleck in the movie Gone Girl. Perry will play a lawyer assisting Affleck. Filming starts next month. Meanwhile on December 13th,
get ready for Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas starring Anna Marie Horsford (Amen) and Tika Sumpter (The Haves & Have Nots). Perry is also working on new DVD projects: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned and Madea's Neighbors From Hell.
Get ready for A Very Mary Christmas, Mary J. Blige’s first holiday album. The CD will features 12 classic holiday remakes and duets with Barbara Streisand, The Clark Sisters and Marc Anthony. Grammy Award-winning Producer David Foster produced the project.
Live Saturday Night is back with the Party Animals Mimi Brown and Cut Master Butter. The Saturday night Live Broadcasts is happening from Ms. Tootsie's, 1312 South Street from 9 til' midnight.
Now - November 17th, it's The Universoul Circus. Showtimes Thursday-Sunday at 52nd and Parkside Avenue. Tix on sale now.
Saturday, November 16th- The Ivy Legacy Chapter of The A.K.A.’s presents The 2013 Philly's
Men Are Cooking at The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut Streets.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
While a look at the life of The Godfather Of Soul promises to be an interesting one, there are
others left out of the project pretty upset. To this Actor, it's no laughing matter, and for this Director, filmmakers didn't Do The Right Thing.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Saturday, November 16th- Kanye West at the Wells Fargo Center.
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.
Sunday, November 24th – Jaheim & Chrisette Michele in concert at the Tower Theatre.
Friday, November 29th- R&B Divas in concert starring Kelly Price, Chante Moore, KeKe Wyatt, Nicci Gilbert, Faith Evans and Dawn Robinson at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Saturday, November 30th- Brian McKnight/ Avant/ Musiq in concert at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
Thursday, December 5th –Cedric The Entertainer comedy show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, December 14th- Chaka Khan in concert at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, December 14th- Jon B, Carl Thomas and Glenn Lewis in concert at The Temple Performing Arts Center, Broad and Pollett Walk.
Sunday, December 29th- Jill Scott in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
Tuesday, February 25th – Robin Thicke at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Sunday, March 2nd- Robin Thicke at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
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