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A GMA shake up means Josh Elliott is out and Michael Strahan is in! Elliott wanted more money, an $8 million raise, but he was told no. Elliott felt he was a big factor in the show being number one, so he wanted to make money like Robin Roberts. ABC execs didn’t agree, and now Elliott has moved on to NBC Sports. He'll do Sunday Night Football and Olympics coverage. Meanwhile, Michael Strahan stays winning. The former NFL Superbowl champ and current talk show host has joined Good Morning America, and he will appear 3-4 times a week. Strahan will continue co-hosting his hit morning talker Live With Kelly & Michael and doing his Football analyst on FOX during football season. The top rated GMA has been in a behind the scenes battle ever since Robin Roberts signed a $14 million- a year deal to stay with the show. The other GMA members wanted more money too, and that’s when everything hit the fan. Sam Champion, the longtime weather guy, wanted more money, but didn't get it. So, he left to join the Weather Channel full time. Amy Roebuck and Lara Spencer don’t like each other, and staffers have accused fan favorite Robin Roberts of being a Diva. So what about George Stephanopoulos? His contract is up for renewal at the end of the year.
Scandal Star Columbus Short just got a lucky break. Last week, he got into a fight in a bar and knocked a guy out. He faced prison time, but now the guy won’t press charges. Short plays “Harrison Wright” on the hit ABC-TV drama. Show Creator Shonda Rhimes was relieved about the latest news, but she has warned Short to cut the nonsense or he could be off the show. Short has a history of getting into trouble.
Viewers had to say goodbye to Billy Dee Williams on Dancing With The Stars! The movie legend had to drop out under doctor's orders because of the strain on his back. Though he didn't get far, Williams' appearance on the show did rejuvenate him and his profile. The 76-year old's movies include Star Wars, Lady Sings The Blues, Batman and Brian's Song. The fans did want to keep Williams on the show, and gave him a standing ovation when he announced withdrawing.
Is the Made In America music festival sponsored by Jay-Z and Budweiser leaving Philadelphia? I hear the festival is moving to Los Angeles for this Labor Day weekend.
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.
Wyclef Jean is broke and says he is millions in debt. The former head of The Fugees owes the I.R.S. $2.9 million. Two years ago, after Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake, Wyclef wanted to be it's president. Now, he just wants some cash!
The UNCF Evening Of Stars to benefit the United Negro College Fund will air on BET Sunday, April 13th at 10pm. Trey Songz, Melanie Fiona, Keyshia Cole, Eric Benet, Charlie Wilson, Yolanda Adams, Tyrese and Chaka Khan will all be performing.
Could there an American Idol reunion between Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson? The show has been struggling these past few seasons. There's been a revolving door of judges, and the show lost its number one ratings spot. According to Cowell, something could be in the works.
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 newly installed House Band for the newly installed 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.
New Edition is coming to town on Saturday, June 28th at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts at 52nd and Parkside. Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, and Michael Bivins will all be here.
Cedric The Entertainer's TV sitcom Soul Man has returned for season number three. The show, which co-stars Comedienne/Actress Neicy Nash, airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 on the TV Land network.
R Kelly's reality star wife just got remarried. Andrea Kelly has married 36-year old Model/Singer Brian McKee. Andre, 39, is on VH1's Hollywood Exes, and word is we'll see her new hubby when the show returns Wednesday, April 30th at 9pm. Andrea basically had a secret marriage to R Kelly until it was time for their 2009 divorce after twelve years and three kids.
Pharrell Williams will be the special musical guest this week on Saturday Night Live with host Actress Anna Kendrick. Pharrell will also be gracing the cover of the latest GQ magazine. And, he has named a new judge on NBC’s singing reality show The Voice. Pharrell replaces the outgoing Judge Cee-Lo Green.
Singer Will Downing is back with a new project called Euphoria. Downing will be touring and playing in the city this summer promoting the CD.
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.
Actor Idris Elba is the cover guy for Uptown magazine.
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 a roll. She’s the cover girl for 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). 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 this Sunday, April 6th.
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.
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 Actor/Director Bill Duke after profiling Flip Wilson, Dick Gregory, Pam Grier, the late Robin Harris, the movie classic Cooley High and the TV classic What's Happening.
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.
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!
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!
Even though this former Baller is desperate for attention, why is he using his Ex. She's been moved on …....with the labor pains to prove it. He already declared he can't be faithful. Shouldn't he just move on, like she did?!!!!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This 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- 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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