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Nick Cannon has been given his marching orders: Shut Up Or Suffer Severe Financial Consequences! Cannon let it be known last week that he and wife Singer Mariah Carey have separated. In doing so, he angered his estranged wife. Carey, 44, feels humiliated. She has been able to keep their troubles under wraps all this time. After six years and two twin babies, the marriage is over. Sources say Cannon is worried about Carey's mental state and her self destructive behavior. He feels his estranged wife is a loose cannon who needs professional help. Carey's latest music project flopped, and she is no stranger to weird behavior. In 2001, she was acting strange, and then she suffered an emotional and physical breakdown. Carey blamed it on exhaustion. Now with her career in crisis and a failed marriage, what will Carey do? Her friends say she's in denial about her behavior. Nick Cannon is going to get paid one way or the other. Either a tell all deal with the press or hush money from his soon to be ex. Now, while Cannon has been ordered to keep quiet, his camp is talking. In a thinly veiled social media message, Nick Cannon's dad was talking wives who lie, gain weight and have abortions. Who is he talking about....... Mariah Carey? Nick's dad says he wasn’t talking about Carey, but women he knew. WHAT?!!! Stop playing Dad!
Oprah Winfrey turns mean in her next movie role. Winfrey has joined the cast of the new Richard Pryor movie. Winfrey is going to play Pryor's grandmother, the woman who raised Pryor and ran a whorehouse at the same time. She was also mean and abusive. Winfrey says Pryor had a complicated life, and it started with his troubled childhood and grandmother. The Mighty O says she looks forward to playing this character because it is so different from anything she has ever done. Actor/Comedian Mike Epps will be playing Pryor, and famed Director Lee Daniels is directing the project. Filming gets underway in September. It's a reunion for Winfrey and Daniels who last teamed in the $100 million blockbuster The Butler.
Columbus Short is out of jail following his recent arrest. The fired Scandal star has been making headlines all year because of his reckless behavior and fights with his estranged wife Tanee McCall. Now that he has been fired from Scandal, what will Short do, and can he turn his life and career around Friends say he has a drinking problem and he needs help.
Motown The Musical is taking a break. Starting in mid-January the show will take a hiatus for at least a year and not expected back before July of 2016. The show recently launched a U.S. touring company. When Motown The Musical returns, the show will be a brand new production. Now speaking of all things “Hitsville,” get ready for the DVD Motown 25. The late Richard Pryor hosted the concert special first aired on NBC May 16th 1983. The Four Tops and The Temptations battled it out on stage like they did on the old Motown road shows. Marvin Gaye gave one of his final performances on television. Mary Wells, Martha Reeves and Stevie Wonder all took to the stage. Smokey reunited with The Miracles and Diana reunited with The Supremes. After performing on the show with The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson did Billie Jean solo with his famous moonwalk and it changed everything. Motown 25, the DVD with special interviews, behind the scenes footage and bonus performances comes out September 30th.
The Voice returns to NBC for a 7th season on September 22nd. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine welcome Pharrell and Gwen Stefani as this season's new panel of judges.
Who's going to sit in the big chair? We're talking about the moderator chair on the new season of The View. Whoopi Goldberg has been the moderator for the show the past few years. Now that Rosie O’Donnell is back for a second time, she wants to resume as moderator. As of press time, we were still waiting for official word on who will be joining The View since they got rid of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Sources say Goldberg is not happy with the way the daytime talker is going. Even though she signed a new four-year deal, she may opt out after this year to do other projects. The new season for The View kicks off September 15th on ABC.
We remember Radio Legend Don Cannon. His career in Philadelphia radio spanned 35 years before he retired in 2004. Cannon made his name as a fixture of morning drive radio. His work with numerous charitable organizations, notably The Variety Club, were as much a part of his legacy as his radio work. Cannon also spent time as a program director. He became internationally famous as the DJ on the radio as Sylvester Stallone swallowed raw eggs in a scene from 1976's Oscar-winning film Rocky. Don Cannon passed away last week at the age of 74 after a brief illness.
Prince is coming out with two new projects for the fall. His solo project is called Artificial Age, and Plectrumelectrum is the CD with his group 3rdEyeGirl. These are Prince's first new projects in 4 years and set for release September 30th.
Full Force is back with a new album celebrating their 30 years in music. Full Force With Love From Our Friends features the writers/singers/producers with 30 guest artists like Howard Hewitt, Faith Evans, Big Daddy Kane, Raphael Saadiq and Regina Belle, just to name a few. Full Force produced huge hits for themselves (All In My Mind, Alice, I Want You Just For Me, Love Is for Suckers) and for other artists including Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, The Backstreet Boys, Samantha Fox, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, and The Godfather Of Soul James Brown.
Essence magazine's annual Essence Fest will remain in New Orleans through 2019. The annual 4 day event, which happens around the 4th of July, is a major attraction in New Orleans and brings in millions to the city's economy.
Usher is about to embark on a new major tour. The UR Experience will be traveling the states then heading over overseas.
Singer Vanessa Williams is having problems with the I.R.S. Williams owes the I.R.S. over $370,000 in unpaid taxes.
Patti LaBelle is returning to TV. LaBelle is joining the cast of American Horror Story for it's fourth season. The popular horror show airs on the FX cable network. Season four is set in the 1950’s at a freak show carnival in Florida. LaBelle will play the mother of Gabby Sidibe's character. This season's cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Singer Stevie Nicks, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.
There is a new autobiography coming out about Bill Cosby by former NBC and CNN News Executive Mark Whitaker. The book, Cosby: His Life & Times, talks about his amazing career. From starring in the groundbreaking TV drama I Spy, which made him the first African American to win a lead actor Emmy for a drama, to his many years as a commercial pitchman for Jello Pudding, Coco-Cola, Kodak Ford Motors and Texas Instruments. From the unprecedented 12-year run of the legendary cartoon Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids to the ratings success of NBC's The Cosby Show, the most watched show in TV history. The book covers his stand up comedy career , movies and financial ups and downs, but also looks at Cosby's womanizing and the 1997 murder of his only son Ennis. Cosby at 77 is returning to NBC next year with a new family series, but he is already one of the most successful African Americans in all of show business history. Cosby: His Life & Times is available September 16th.
Sheila E is telling all in a new book The Beat Of My Drum. In the book, Sheila E talks about her love life, including affairs with her mentor Prince and a very married Carlos Santana. The legendary percussionist/drummer/singer also covers the ups and downs of her career. The Beat Of My Drum is available September 2nd.
Steve Harvey has a new book coming out September 9th Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success: How To Succeed In Life. Steve Harvey kicks off a new season of his talk show September 8th 2pm on NBC-10.
Actor Shemar Moore is returning to The Young & The Restless on CBS. Moore played the popular character “Malcolm Winters,” and he won a Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 2000. Moore left the show in 2005, and went on to films (Brothers; Tyler Perry's Diary Of A Mad Black Woman) and the top rated CBS drama Criminal Minds. Moore will be featured in a two day stint on Y&R airing September 10th and 11th. Moore says he’s excited about his daytime comeback, but will still be starring in Criminal Minds, which begins it's 10th season in October.
Singer/Songwriter Tank is back with a new album Stronger which contains the hit single You're My Star.
Kindred The Family Soul is back with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Smokey Robinson is back with his new CD, Smokey & Friends. The legendary singer/songwriter is joined by Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Ledisi, Cee Lo Green and John Legend as they remake Smokey's greatest hits from his writing for other artists and his own Miracles and solo years.
Kem is back his new album, Promise To Love.
Boyz II Men drop their new album Collide on September 30th.
Singer/Songwriter Marsha Ambrosius is back with a new project Friends & Lovers.
Garcelle Beauvais, Terri J. Vaughn, Malinda Williams and Essence Atkins star in Girlfriends' Getaway, a new TV One movie, which premieres this Saturday, August 30th on TV One.
A lot of your favorites are returning to TV this fall. Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer stars in the Red Band Society, which debuts September 17th at 9pm on FOX. NBC’s The Blacklist kicks off a new season Monday, September 22nd. Laz Alonso returns to TV in the NBC show The Mysteries of Laura beginning September 24th at 8pm. Anthony Anderson team up with Tracee Ellis Ross, who's also on the cover of Upscale magazine, in the ABC comedy Black-ish. Laurence Fishburne also stars and co-executive produces with Anderson. Black-ish premieres Wednesday, September 24th at 9:30p. Emmy Winner Alfre Woodard joins Katherine Heigl in the NBC drama State Of Affairs. Woodard plays the President of the United States. State of Affairs debuts Monday, November 17th at 10pm on NBC. Jada Pinkett Smith returns to TV in the new primetime drama Gotham. The show debuts September 22nd on FOX.
Gladiators your favorite show is coming back! Scandal returns Thursday, September 25th with a 22 episode season on ABC and a new time, 9pm. Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes' latest show, How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis, debuts on that same premiere night at 10pm. Scandal is facing some tough competition this fall. CBS will be airing their new Thursday Night Football broadcast.
The talk show The Real returns September 15th at 11am on FOX. The Real stars Loni Love, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamar Braxton. Wendy Williams also returns with a brand new season of her daytime talker on September 15th at 10am on FOX.
The O’Jays are coming to Chester. Saturday, September 6th on Chester's Riverfront. The O'Jays headline The 10th Annual Riverfront Ramble with Vickie Winans and Avery Sunshine. There will be food, crafts, a children's carnival, an antique car show, health and education pavilions and fireworks.
Idris Elba returns to the big screen in the thriller No Good Deed with Taraji P. Henson. The movie opens September 12th.
The best-selling erotic novel Addicted by Zane is being made into a big screen movie starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe. This film opens October 10th.
In addition to his work on the TNT drama, Murder In The First, Taye Diggs will be guest starring in six episodes of the CBS drama The Good Wife. The new season of Good Wife kicks off September 21st.
UnSung is back with a new season on TV One. The music and Hollywood bio-TV show will air through October with new episodes. Look for bios on Wilson Pickett, Peaches & Herb, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and The Chi-Lites, just to name a few. UnSung airs Wednesdays at 8pm on TV One.
Tyler Perry has a new stage production coming to Philadelphia. Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned will be at the Merriam Theatre September 30th –October 5th. Tickets are on sale now.
Saturday, August 30th is the wedding date for Basketball's Dwayne Wade and Actress Gabrielle Union. It’s going to a super private affair with no cell phones or cameras allowed. Meanwhile, look for Gabrielle Union in season two of Being Mary Jane. Filming just wrapped for the season, and the show returns to BET at the beginning of the year.
Common and Supermodel Selita Ebanks are on the cover of Uptown magazine.
Tracee Ellis Ross is on the cover of Upscale magazine.
Speaking of the Ross family, Oprah Winfrey is channeling Diana Ross on the latest issue of her O magazine.
Jill Scott is the Cover Lady for the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Chadwick Boseman and his castmates from the bio-pic of James Brown called Get On Up grace the cover of Ebony magazine. Ebony uses a dual cover with the cast on one and a second with Boseman, who plays The Godfather Of Soul, solo.
Jay-Z and Beyonce are bringing their On Their Run tour to HBO. The Carters have been getting rave reviews for their latest tour....along with unrelenting rumors about their marriage on the verge of break up. Look for the concert on HBO Saturday, September 20th at 9pm.
The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge will close out this season's Essence Of Entertainment lineup at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Saturday, August 30th.
The Made In America music festival is returning to Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend, August 30th and 31st, with newlywed Kanye West, Pharrell, Kings Of Leon and J Cole, to name a few. There's also an L.A. Made In America in the works. Plus, the documentary about the first Made In America concert is available now on DVD. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 2014 Made In America will take place on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and tickets are on sale now.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!
Her break up is behind her now. Is this single Mom/Actress back on the dating scene with a vengeance? Looks like she's putting to rest those reconciliation rumors for good.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Saturday, September 6th - Chester's 10th Annual Ramble On The River starring The O’Jays, Gospel Sensation Vickie Winans and Avery Sunshine on Chester's Waterfront.
Sunday, September 7th - Frankie Beverly & Maze and Patti LaBelle in concert The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue.
Friday, September 19th - Raheem DeVaughn & Jaguar Wright in concert at The DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware.
October 11th and 12th – The Atlantic City Comedy Festival featuring Mike Epps and Ricky Smiley at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
October 25th- George Benson at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, November 15th - A Night Of Timeless R&B starring Jody Watley & Lillo Thomas in concert at the Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby.
Dec 6th -7th - Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker present the stage musical A Mother's Love at the Liacouras Center, Broad & Montgomery.
Saturday, February 21st - Steve Harvey's Act Like A Success Empowerment Tour. Teaching people how to climb their ladder to success while overcoming fears and challenges that prevent you from jumping into your future. It's happening at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
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