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Oprah is shut out...again! No Oscar love for Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels or their $100 million blockbuster The Butler. The surprise box office smash received no Oscar nominations. Other snubs included Chadwick Boseman for 42, Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale Station and Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. The news is much better for 12 Years A Slave with 10 nominations strong including Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong), Best Director (Steve McQueen) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley). Other nominees include Barkhad Abdi (supporting actor for Captain Phillips) and Pharrell Williams (original song for Despicable Me II). Another film that I loved was nominated for Best Documentary. 20 Feet From Stardom tells the story of those unsung background vocalists who are heard on hundreds of our favorite songs by Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner and David Bowie, just to name a few. Those incredibly talented singers have always gone so unappreciated, and never got the full spotlight they deserved. The movie features Lisa Fischer (How Can I Ease The Pain) and the legendary Singer/Actress Darlene Love (Lethal Weapon; He's a Rebel). Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres returns to host The 86th Annual Academy Awards March 2nd on ABC.
Meanwhile, the news was better for The Butler with The SAG Award nominations
along with 12 Years A Slave. Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Forest Whitaker (The Butler) received Lead Actor Nominations and Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) and Lupita Nyong (12 Years A Slave) received Supporting Actress. The SAG Awards air on TBS and TNT this Saturday.
The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards will air February 22nd on its new home TV ONE.
Men Throw Away Your Condoms....after you finish! This is straight from Actress Gabrielle Union. Union, the star of the hit BET drama Being Mary Jane, gave an interview to Glamour magazine where she stated men should throw away their condoms so that woman won’t keep their sperm from the condoms and get pregnant. Union is engaged to NBA Superstar Dwyane Wade. The couple recently made headlines when it was revealed Wade just had a baby with another woman while he and Union were on a short break. Union is standing by her man. She says she blames herself for this predicament because she was too focused on her career and not on her relationship with Wade. She says her career ambitions put a strain on their love.
Bobbi Kris is a married woman, and grandmother, Cissy Houston, is not happy. Bobbi Kris, 20, married her play brother Nick Gordon, 24, a couple of weeks ago. Bobbi Kris is due to inherit a lot of money from the estate of her mother, the late Whitney Houston. Bobbi Kris’s
dad, Bobby Brown, was not invited to the nuptials. Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kris have been on the outs since Cissy wrote a tell-all about Whitney Houston. Cissy says who marries their adopted brother?!!! Bobbi Kris and Nick were raised as play brother and sister by Whitney, and family members feel Nick married Bobbi Kris for her money and not for love. What would Whitney think?!!!!
At the movies this week, it’s Ride Along. I loved this movie! It’s full of comedy and action. Ride Along stars Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter (The Have And Have Nots, Tuesdays at 9pm on OWN), John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne. The chemistry between Hart and Cube is incredible. There will definitely be a sequel. Check them out on the latest edition of Jet magazine. Ice Cube is going to be in the area this weekend when he headlines The All-Stars Of Hip Hop with Doug E. Fresh, Eve, E.U., Fat Joe and DJ Kool at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. I caught up with Ice Cube, and he told me he is bringing 20 years of hits and looks forward to performing. Get your tickets for the show and go see Ride Along!
Speaking of Eve, the rapper/actress has just signed a deal with ABC to star in a new comedy series. Eve just got engaged to British Designer Maximillion Cooper. This weekend, she'll join Ice Cube as one of the performers for The All Stars Of Hip Hop Show on Sunday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
Tyler Perry has a new show coming to Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable station. The Single Mom's Club will make its TV debut in the fall. The TV show will be based on the 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.
The Best Man Holiday hit movie is coming out on DVD February 11th.
The life story of Rapper Tupac Shakur is coming to Broadway in June. Holla If You Hear Me is the name of the musical.
A new season of TV One’s Unsung kicks off January 29th with profiles on The Manhattans, Rapper Too Short and Nile Rodgers & Chic. Speaking of Unsung, the Hollywood edition kicks off February 26th on TV ONE featuring segments on Pam Grier, Flip Wilson, Robin Harris and Dick Gregory.
Oscar Winner Halle Berry’s new CBS drama Extant debuts Wednesday, July 2nd. In the TV show, Berry is an astronaut who returns home to a different world.
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!
Hot on the news that her talk show has been renewed for a second season, staffers are getting laid off from Queen Latifah's daytime talk show. Sources are citing budget concerns. The Queen Latifah Show airs locally at 3pm on CBS3.
Jill Scott will be performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra for their 157th Anniversary on Saturday, January 25th.
Katherine Jackson suffers another legal setback. This week, a judge threw out a bid for a retrial in the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil suit against concert promoters AEG Live. The matriarch of the Jackson family wanted to appeal the last ruling that ruled in favor of AEG.
Sony Music had to Give It Up?!!!!!The family of the late Motown Legend Marvin Gaye has settled a case against Robin Thicke for his super hit of 2013 Blurred Lines. Thicke's breakthrough song stood accused of sounding too similar to Gaye's 1977 smash Got To Give It Up. Sony Music stepped in and settled with Gaye's family. Financial terms haven't been disclosed as part of the agreement.
MSNBC’s Tamron Hall is in talks to join the third hour of The Today show as one of its hosts. Hall, a former WDAS intern, is regularly seen on The Today Show hosting segments and working The Orange Room. She also anchors News Nation weekdays at 2pm on MSNBC.
Iyanla Van Zandt is on a roll. She is getting ready to release her latest book Forgiveness: 21 Days To Forgive Everyone For Everything. Van Zandt also hosts her own cable show on OWN called Iyanla: Fix My Life, Saturdays at 9pm.
Ruben Studdard has a new album coming out. The former American Idol winner is releasing Unconditional Love, his first studio album in two years. David Foster and Eric Benet are helping out as producers, and Stevie Wonder and Layla Hathaway are also helping Big Rub with the project.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 4th for the return of TV series' The Game and Let’s Stay Together on BET.
Saturday Night Live is adding not one, not two, but three black women. After being criticized heavily for the lack of African American actresses in the show, SNL hired Actress/Comedienne Sasheer Zamata. Zamata comes from a improvisational theatre background and has videos on youtube. She'll make her SNL debut when Rapper Drake hosts and is musical guest for this Saturday's show. During those auditions that connected Zamata to the NBC late night sketch comedy show, two new SNL writers were also discovered. Despite the fact they were auditioning for the on screen slot, Comediennes LaKendra Tookes and
Leslie Jones were hired for the writing team.
Our prayers and get well wishes go out to Broadway Star Valisia LeKae. The 34-year old entertainer had to take a leave of absence from Motown: The Musical as she battles ovarian cancer. LeKae played Diana Ross in the show. I had a chance to meet the talented actress when I saw the musical, and she was absolutely wonderful. LeKae was amazing in her role, and I hope she will be able to return to performing. Let’s keep her in prayer.
Comedian Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show on February 17th from
Jay Leno. No word on what Leno will do now since he is leaving the show with high ratings.......again. Will he land at another network?
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards are happening Sunday, January 26th on CBS. LL Cool J returns as host, and the night will include a tribute to The Beatles. Other highlights include performances by Alicia Keys, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Chicago, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers & Daft Punk.
Scandal fans get ready as new episodes start up February 27th on ABC.
Ebony magazine is celebrating Black Love with their February issue. Three different covers highlight David & Tamela Mann, Carmelo Anthony & LaLa Vazquez and Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey. Other couples featured inside include Steve & Marjorie Harvey.
Speaking of the WDAS Morning Man, Steve and Marjorie are on the cover of this
month's Essence magazine.
Check out these movies available now on DVD and Blu-Ray: Lee Daniels' The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station starring Michael B. Jordan and 20 Feet From Stardom featuring famed lead and background singers Lisa Fischer and Darlene Love.
The Essence Festival is happening July 3rd -5th in New Orleans, Prince, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, Lionel Richie, Ledisi and Mary J. Blige are all part of the lineup. Tickets are on sale now. Speaking of Mary, she and R Kelly are planning on touring together in the new year. Kelly confirmed The King & Queens Tour will include his performing new material from his latest release Black Panties.
Now that he has served his jail time for tax evasion, Actor Wesley Snipes is set to return to the big screen with Sylvester Stallone in the Expendables III later this year.
Wayne Brady will host The 2014 BET Honors. The show airs Monday February 24th
on BET. Word has it he and Chilli from TLC are now dating, but her spokespeople say they're just friends. Brady, 41, is divorced with a young daughter. Chilli, 42, has a son from a previous relationship with Producer Dallas Austin, and she used to date Usher. Last year, Pebbles made claims that Chilli had an affair with her ex-husband Record Executive L.A. Reid.
The Gabby Douglas Story is coming to the Lifetime network on Saturday, February 1st. Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris) will play the Olympic darling, and Regina King and S. Epatha Merkerson will also star.
Look for the return of Mo'Nique this year. The Oscar winner has been quiet since her late night talk show ended on BET. Mo'Nique will be hosting the reunion show for the popular VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop. The comedienne is also producing with a movie with her husband, Sidney Hicks, about homosexuality in the church. Isaiah Washington will star along with Mo'Nique.
Congratulations to Philadelphia natives & Singers/Songwriters Darryl Hall and John Oates. They're best known as the duo Hall & Oates, and they are going to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next April. Hall & Oates have been together over 45 years. They had
their biggest hits in the late 70’s and 80’s including Sara Smile, I Can’t Go For That, Kiss On My List, Private Eyes, One On One and Rich Girl.
Babyface will be producing a new album for The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin,
which is due out next spring. He produced a hit for Lady Soul before with the chart-topper Willing To Forgive.
Speaking of Babyface, he 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 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. 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 February 4th. 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, is available now.
Erica Campbell of Mary Mary facing criticism? Yes! Her tight wardrobe from pictures intended for her new solo gospel CD, The Help, were leaked. Many took to social media criticizing Campbell for putting record sales above all else with her wardrobe selection. Some fans have come to her defense. The 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.
Sisters With Voices, a.k.a. SWV's Coko, LeLee, Taj, are is getting ready for their new reality show which debuts Thursday, January 23rd on WE-TV.
Let's check The Best Man Holiday cast: Morris Chestnut 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 magazines. Taye Diggs returns to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Regina Hall has starring roles in About Last Night with Kevin Hart, which opens in
theatres February 14th, and Think Like A Man II, 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.
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.
Live Saturday Night is back with the Party Animals Mimi Brown and Cut Master Butter. The Saturday night broadcast is happening from Ms. Tootsie's, 1312 South Street from 9 til' midnight.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!
Has this Legend finally become too successful? She been a darling of all media, and after
decades in the business is only becoming bigger. There are always haters, and they're showing her no love for latest, successful media venture. Is she experiencing backlash?!!!!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, January 18th- Morris Day & The Time at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
This Sunday, January 19th- The All-Stars of Hip Hop: Party Edition starring Ice Cube, Doug E. Fresh, E.U., Fat Joe's and DJ Kool at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
Thursday, February 13th -16th - Priest Tyaire presents Mrs. Independent starring Robin Givens, Christopher Williams, Shirley Murdock at the Merriam Theatre, 250 South Broad Street between Spruce and Locust.
Friday, February 14th- Vanessa Williams in Concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Friday, February 14th- Maxwell in concert at Borgota in Atlantic City.
Saturday, February 16th- The Top Shelf Comedy Tour starring Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J, Dominique and Gary Owens at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
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.
Saturday, March 15th- Aretha Franklin at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
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, May 10th- The Mother's Day Music Festival starring Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight, The Heads of State: Johnny Gill/Ralph Tresvant/Bobby Brown at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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