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Is the friendship over between Reality Star Kandi Burruss and Singer Fantasia? The two besties are reportedly at odds over Fantasia's behavior at Kandi’s wedding. Kandi, former Xscape member and co-star of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, married her fiancé Todd Tucker. It’s been a rough journey for Burruss and Tucker because her mother can’t stand him and feels he is after Burruss' money. She's a successful songwriter who has written number one hits like No Scrubs for TLC and Bills, Bills, Bills for Destiny's Child. At the wedding reception, Fantasia was asked to give a toast, and that’s when the curse words and vulgarity poured out. Was Fantasia drunk? Was she trying to be cute? Guests were horrified at her behavior, and the former American Idol champ was told to step away from the mic and sit down. Kandi was shocked. She was questioning her friendship with Fantasia after such an embarrassing incident, but Kandi says she still has love Fantasia.
Speaking of Fantasia, she's part of The Dell Music Center's Summer 2014 season. Everything kicks off Thursday, July 10th with The O’Jays and Will Downing. Will is also back with a new project called Euphoria. His stop at the Dell is part of his summer tour promoting the CD. Some of the artists scheduled to perform at the Dell include Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, 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!
Jesse Jackson, Jr. is having a hard time adjusting to prison life. The former congressman is serving a 2 ½ year prison term for misusing campaign funds. After a run in with prison guards, he was placed in solitary confinement, and then he was moved from North Carolina to a new facility in Alabama. So what did Jr. do? He was advising other prisoners of their rights behind bars. The guards didn’t like it, and that’s when the problems started. Jr. is scheduled to be released from prison December 31, 2015, and then his wife Sandi starts her prison sentence. She pleaded guilty to falsifying tax returns. The couple, have two young children, have been allowed to serve their sentences at different times.
After 32 years in late night, David Letterman has announced his retirement. The comedian started NBC's post Tonight Show franchise Late Night as that show's first host in 1982. After being passed up for The Tonight Show in favor of Jay Leno, Letterman moved to CBS with The Late Show in 1993. Letterman will step away from TV sometime in 2015. Now the big question is, who will replace Letterman? Could it be Comedian and former HBO Talk Show Host Chris Rock? Or, maybe it’s time for a woman to do a late night show?
LisaRaye got the last laugh and Single Ladies lives! A couple of weeks ago, VH1 announced that they wouldn’t renew the Queen Latifah produced drama on their network, and it looked like it was over for LisaRaye and crew. But, sister cable network Centric says they are going to pick up their show. Look for Centric to announce the premiere date for season four soon.
Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts and Singer Justin Timberlake will be appearing with Oprah Winfrey on OWN's Masterclass. Also coming to OWN is Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer starring in the miniseries Tulsa, and Singer Toni Braxton starring in the original bio-pic about Singer/Actress Darlene Love. Love is best known as playing Danny Glover's wife in the Lethal Weapon movies, but she is a well known background singer who got her acclaim later in her career. She is also one of the singers profiled in the Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Finally returning to OWN as well is the new season of the Tyler Perry sitcom For Better Or Worse with Michael Jail White and Tasha Smith.
Speaking of Tasha, she has also joined the cast of the much anticipated FOX show Empire. 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), Singer/Actress Macy Gray and Oscar Nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) have been added to the cast. Empire is slated to debut this fall on FOX.
The new season of BET’s Comic View kicks off Tuesday, May 6th with new host Comedienne Sommore.
Oscar Winner Halle Berry has a new TV drama coming out in July. Extant is a sci-fi series produced by Steven Spielberg. Extant premieres July 9th on CBS.
Congrats to Philadelphia Phillies Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and his wife Johari. They recently welcomed a new addition to their family. Johari gave birth to a baby girl, Logan Aliya, joining her older sister, Camryn.
We honor the life and legacy of Former Philadelphia Newsman Chuck Stone. Along with his 19 years as a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News (1972-1991), Stone was the first president of the internationally acclaimed National Association Of Black Journalists. He was also a Tuskegee airman. Stone touched all parts of the community to the point where even 75 murder suspects, who would have otherwise remained fugitives, turned themselves into him instead of authorities. That's how much trust the legendary columnist earned through his storied career. Chuck Stone died at the age of 89.
Famed Actor Mickey Rooney has died. One of the last actors of the famous Hollywood studio system, Rooney began his career in Vaudeville as a child performer. He soon signed to the legendary MGM studios and became famous for his performances in Boy's Town and the Andy Hardy movie series. Rooney was the highest paid actor in Hollywood for several years and was the top office draw from 1939-41. After outgrowing his teenage stardom, Rooney's life took many turns in career, love and money. He was married eight times and had 9 children. Management problems caused him to file for bankruptcy, and he became a character actor in film and TV to rebuild his career. Despite an elder abuse scandal between him, his wife and stepson, the Oscar nominated Rooney's final film appearance will be a scene in the upcoming sequel to A Night At The Museum, which he's appeared in previously. His last TV appearance was as an audience member of Jay Leno's final Tonight Show earlier this year. Mickey Rooney was 93.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards air Sunday, May 18th on ABC. Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Jay-Z, R Kelly and Robin Thicke are up for awards.
Congrats to Tavis Smiley. The author/talk show host/activist is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame April 24th.
He’s no longer an Eagle, but now he’s a Redskin. NFL Pro Desean Jackson signed a three-year deal with the Washington team worth $24 million with $16 million guaranteed.
Actor/Comedian Mike Epps is joining the cast of the BET show Being Mary Jane. Epps is also on tour, and he’s also coming to town April 26th at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
The UNCF Evening Of Stars, to benefit the United Negro College Fund, will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and air on BET Sunday, April 13th at 10pm. This annual television event began as The Lou Rawls Parade Of Stars back in 1979. This year's performances include Jill Scott, Usher, Cedric The Entertainer, Tye Tribbet and Ron Isley.
Author Nelson George is back with a new book about Soul Train. The book, The Hippest Trip In America: Soul Train And The Evolution Of Culture And Style, is out now. George's previous books included Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise And Fall Of Motown; Hip Hop America and The Death Of Rhythm And Blues. The Soul Train book is a fond look back on the record breaking music program that enjoyed a 35-year run through soul, disco, new jack, rap, neo-soul and hip hop.
The 7th Annual Roots Picnic is happening Saturday, May 31st at the Festival Pier on Penn's Landing. Hosted by The Roots, who are the House Band for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Roots Picnic lineup includes Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae and Jhene Aiko.
Speaking of The Roots, Questlove will be inducting his fellow Philadelphians Hall & Oates into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Daryl Hall and John Oates are singer/songwriter/musicians who enjoyed a string of successes that eventually made them music's most successful performing duo. Their songs include Sara Smile, Rich Girl, Kiss Is On My List, Private Eyes, Maneater and I Can't Go For That (No Can Do). The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony airs Saturday, May 31st at 9pm on HBO.
VH1's Hollywood Exes returns Wednesday, April 30th at 9pm.
The blockbuster Ride Along comes out on DVD and Blu Ray April 15th. The hit movie stars Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and Tika Sumpter.
Get ready for Jeff Bradshaw! The trombonist will be releasing his first Live CD, and he is recording it in Philly at the Kimmel Center. Join us for the taping, which will include appearances by Trombone Shorty, Take Six, Will Downing, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee and Kenny Lattimore. The Live Recording Home is a dream come true for Bradshaw. Tickets are on sale now. The show is happening Tuesday, May 28th at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center.
Tyler Perry is coming out with a new Medea project. Tyler Perry's latest stage play, Medea And The Neighbors From Hell, comes out April 22nd on DVD and Blu Ray.
Kindred The Family Soul is returning this summer with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Actress Lupita Nyong'o is the covergirl for the latest issue of Marie Claire. The Oscar winner is also in a new beauty campaign for Lancome.
Actor Idris Elba is the cover guy for Uptown magazine.
Tia and Tamera Mowry are on the cover of the latest edition of Ebony.
The Queen Latifah Show will air in reruns on the BET network. Check her out on the latest edition of Jet magazine.
Check out the cover girls for the May issue of Essence magazine. Singers Ledisi, Erykah Badu and Solange are on different covers to help introduce Essence's new inside look.
Taraji P. Henson is on the latest edition of Upscale magazine. She has new movies coming out in June (Think Like A Man Too) and this September with Idris Elba (No Good Deeds).
Mary Mary's Erica Campbell has a new solo CD called Help, and it's out now.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 hits theaters 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.”
Meagan Good's husband Devon Franklin is among this year's Trumpet Award honorees. The list includes Actress Alfre Woodard, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree and Philadelphia International Records Founders and Songwriting Legends Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff. There will also be performances from Stephanie Mills, Donnie McClurkin and Kid N' Play. The 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards, with Hosts Melissa DE Sousa (The Best Man Holiday) & Laz Alonso (Jumping The Broom), will air on TV One Sunday, April 20th.
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.
At the movies this week, it's Rio II starring the voices of Jamie Foxx, Bruno Mars and Tracy Morgan.
A Haunted House II opens in theatres Friday, April 18th. This sequel to the surprise 2013 hit stars Marlon Wayans, Jamie Pressly, Affion Crockett, Cedric The Entertainer and Essence Atkins.
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.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!
Is someone using the law for publicity? Restraining orders are serious business. Unfortunately, they can get some folks a lot of attention too!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This 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- Mother's 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 - Mother's 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, May 24th- Smokey Robinson in concert at Harrahs Casino in Atlantic City.
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 in concert at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
Saturday, June 28th – New Edition in concert at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
Wednesday, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
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