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The Mighty O does not play. Oprah Winfrey served Barbara Winfrey, her dad Vernon's ex-wife, with an eviction notice to remove Barbara from the home Oprah owns. Barbara claims Oprah is bullying her out of the home, and that house was a wedding gift she expected to live in the rest of her life. After a judge backed Oprah, Barbara started to drop a dime on Oprah's personal life. The ex Mrs. Winfrey claims Oprah and Gayle King have a bizarre relationship, and that there's no romance with Stedman. Barbara says Stedman and Oprah have money, secrets and convenience keeping them together and that it's all for show.
Columbus Short still has to get out and stay out. A judge is allowing the Scandal co-star back to his home but only to gather his things and vacate the premises in two hours. Short moved out of the home he shares with his wife Tuere after she filed a restraining order against him. The order alleges that he threatened to kill her and himself, and then slashed her tires. This is the second domestic violence accusation against Short toward Tuere. Short is still facing domestic violence and child abuse charges from the first incident. He did catch a break when a man he allegedly knocked out at a restaurant refused to press charges. Tuere Short has filed for divorce and is seeking custody of the couple's two-year old daughter.
In Denzel Washington news, his new movie, The Equalizer, is set for a September 26th release. The movie is based on the Emmy-nominated 80's TV drama that starred Edward Woodward as the ex-intelligence agent turned vigilante on the side of the underdog. In this big screen update, Washington reunites with Director Antoine Fuqua, who helmed Washington's Oscar winning performance in Training Day. Washington is now on Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun. President & Mrs. Obama attended one of the performances and went back stage with the cast. I'm hearing that Washington may be returning to Philadelphia to film a new M. Night Shyamalan movie this fall.
It’s Lupita, Lupita, Lupita, she's the fairest of them all. Actress Lupita Nyong'o covers this week's People magazine as the world's most beautiful woman. The Oscar winner is joined in the magazine by Actresses Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) & Scandal's Kerry Washington. Nyong'o is doing double duty on the cover of the latest issue of Marie Claire, and with her new beauty campaign for Lancome.
Mrs. Cuba Gooding, Jr. says show me the money. After 20 years of marriage, Sara Kapfer filed for divorce from the Oscar-winning actor. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, have three children. Custody and child support are still being worked out.
When all is said and done, how many women did R Kelly pay off in sexual misconduct lawsuits? He was acquitted years ago of child porn charges, but since then he has paid out money to various women for inappropriate behavior. The settlements help keep the details out of court and the public.
Who will be returning the Bravo TV hit The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. I hear NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and Kenya Moore will be returning, which means Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams and Marlo Hampton will be out. Producers reportedly want no violence next season... just real drama. Do you think the show was scripted this season to focus on fighting and violence?
An ex-girlfriend of Comedian Mike Epps is accusing him of assault. Epps allegedly punched her in the face after she threw a drink on his wife. Epps has been quiet since the report came out. As of press time, he has yet to be arrested. Epps is going to be here this weekend at the Tower Theatre, and he's signed on for the second season the BET drama Being Mary Jane.
Get ready for Keke Palmer the talk show host! At 20-years old, she is going to be the youngest talk show host ever. Palmer is best known for the movies Madea's Family Reunion, Akeelah And The Bee and TV's True Jackson, VP and VH1's TV movie Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story where she played Chilli. Palmer's latest movie is Brotherly Love which was filmed in Philadelphia. Judge Greg Mathis and his team are producing Palmer's talk show, which will focus on pop culture, social issues and celebrity interviews. The Keke Palmer Project debuts on BET this summer.
The latest sports documentary will be on L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant and it's headed to Showtime this fall. The documentary is an in-depth look at Bryant's life, his possible life after sports, and the challenges he faces as he prepares to return to the NBA. Bryant's career has seen many challenges and successes.
Another documentary features Allen Iverson, who recently retired from the NBA. Iverson's documentary, The Legacy, is coming out later this year.
Good Morning America News Anchor Robin Roberts has written a new book called Everybody's Got Something. It's a memoir from the journal she kept during her battle against her MDS diagnosis and her treatment. Roberts says when she rereads the book, it makes her appreciate how strong and healthy she is today.
Speaking of the GMA anchor, 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.
Maxwell is going on a 37-city summer tour. He is coming to the area Wednesday, July 16th at the Sands Bethlehem Center Casino in Bethlehem, PA.
Prince is back with Warner Bros after a legal battle that went on for years. Prince and Warner Bros have entered into a global licensing partnership. Prince has just released new music, and it’s the 30th anniversary of his smash hit soundtrack Purple Rain.
Fantasia is 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!
July 10 at 8 pm The O’Jays and Will Downing
July 24 at 8 pm Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, New Birth &Bloodstone
July 31 at 7:30 pm Fantasia, Dru Hill, Lyfe Jennings & Sebastian Mikael
August 28 at 7 pm The Masters of Funk, The Average White Band, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
Tyler Perry teams up with Oscar Winner Ben Affleck in the movie Gone Girl, which opens in theatres October 3rd. Perry also 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.
Saturday Night Live is gearing up for their 40th anniversary celebration. Next year, NBC will air a special anniversary show. Some of the biggest names in entertainment have come out of SNL, including Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray Chevy Chase, Adam Sandler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tracy Morgan, Mike Myers, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtain,Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Chris Rock, to name a few. Now the big question will Eddie Murphy show up? Since he left the cast, he last appeared when 30 years ago as host when the first Beverly Hills Cop came out. He has not returned since, and Murphy is arguably the NBC show's most successful alumnus.
Speaking of NBC, the star of the network's all-time biggest hit is being saluted. Bill Cosby is being honored at the American Comedy Awards. The Cosby Show star is getting The Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence. Besides being a frequent Tonight Show visitor, Cosby was a regular guest host for Carson for close to 20 years. The American Comedy Awards airs Thursday, May 8th on NBC.
At the movies, this week Taraji P. Henson stars in From The Rough. A true story about an African American female coach who lead a men's golf team co-starring the late Michael Clarke Duncan in one of his last roles.
Also in theatres, it’s the Bishop TD Jakes' faith based movie Heaven Is For Real. The story of a young pastor's son whose near death experience has seemed to send him to heaven. Greg Kinnear and Thomas Haden Church star.
Plus, Marlon Wayans stars in A Haunted House II. This sequel to the surprise 2013 hit co-stars Kim Whitley, Jamie Pressly, Affion Crockett, Cedric The Entertainer and Essence Atkins.
Brandy is back on the market. The singer and Game co-star recently split with her fiancé Ryan Press.
The story of Soul Train is headed to Broadway. Talks are underway now about bringing the iconic story of the classic TV dance show to the Great White Way.
Speaking of Soul Train, Author Nelson George has already released a new book about the show. 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.
Could Beyonce be keeping busy to keep her mind off marriage? Published reports point to Beyonce's hand to show that she got rid of her wedding ring tattoo. Mrs. Carter is doing an ad campaign for Toyota that's due out later this year. Then she and her husband Jay-Z will be in concert together this summer doing a 20-city stadium tour. Finally, Beyoncé is on the cover of Time magazine as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People along with Pope Francis, NBA Player Jason Collins, who publicly revealed he's gay, Robert Redford, Pharrell, Kerry Washington, Matthew McConaughey and Hillary Clinton.
In more Jay-Z news, The Made In America music festival is also returning to Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend August 30th and 31st. Tickets are on sale now. There's also an L.A. Made In America in the works as well. Meanwhile, the documentary about the first Made In America concert is available now on DVD.
Barbara Walters is planning on retiring from TV and when she leaves her daytime talker The View. All 11 formers co-hosts of the show will be joining Walters for a special send off on May 15th. Meredith Vieira. Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be joining Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd for the celebration.
Tracey Edmonds: she's that chick! Babyface's ex wife has found a new love, former NFL Star/TV Analyst Deion Sanders, and a new job. She has been named a special correspondent for the entertainment TV show Extra. Mario Lopez is the host of the show, and many wonder if Edmonds will wind up replacing Maria Menunos, who recently left the show.
Here's your magazine reading:
Tennis Sensation Serena Williams graces the cover of Fitness magazine.
Wendy Williams is the cover gal for Uptown magazine.
La La Anthony graces the latest issue of Jet magazine
Tia and Tamera Mowry are on the cover of the latest edition of Ebony.
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 cover of 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). Speaking of Idris, he just became a dad again. His girlfriend, Naiyana Garth, gave birth to their son Winston. Winston joins big sister Isan, Idris daughter from a previous relationship.
Get ready for The Amazing Spiderman 2. It opens in theatres May 2nd and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone & Jamie Foxx as the villain “Electro.” Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar are all on the soundtrack with Pharrell doubling as producer.
Former SNL Alum Maya Rudolph has new NBC variety special airing on May 19th at 10pm. Janelle Monae is her special musical guest.
Zoe Saldana will be starring in the NBC miniseries Rosemary's Baby. The TV movie is based on the 1960’s classic that starred Mia Farrow. Saldana's miniseries kicks off May 19th.
Wesley Snipes is out of jail having finished his tax evasion sentence. He returns to the big screen in the movie Expendables III with Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren. The movie opens in theatres August 1st. That's the same date Get On Up, the life story of James Brown, opens. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott.
Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield is joining the cast of the BET drama Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union. Actor Mike Epps is also joining the second season of the show. Richardson-Whitfield is also gearing up a bioplay of the life of legendary Singer/Actress Lena Horne.
The Tamar and Vince show on We TV has been renewed for a third season.
We're awaiting the premiere 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. Tasha Smith (For Better Or Worse), 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.
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.
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 inducted 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.
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.
Kindred The Family Soul is returning this summer with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Mary Mary's Erica Campbell has a new solo CD called Help, and it's out now.
Terry McMillan's best selling novel A Day Late And A Dollar Short will repeats on Lifetime Thursday, May 1st . The TV movie will follow the story of a dying mother as she tries to pull her family together before she passes away. This movie is excellent, and the acting is going to blow you away. This is a must see. Whoopi Goldberg leads and all-star cast featuring Tichina Arnold, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Ving Rhames.
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.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!
What's one to do when his hotstreak is catching shade from his ex. It's no laughing matter when the ex tells your new girl she ain't really holdin' nothin' down. Is this about last night?!!!!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This 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.
Monday, May 26th – Tamar Braxton in concert at the Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby.
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.
Sunday, July 6th- Jay Z and Beyonce in concert at Citizens Bank Park.
Wednesday, July 16th - Maxwell in concert at the Sands Bethlehem Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Wednesday, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
If you would like more info please email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgPattyjackson@clearchannel.com or check me out with my Midday reports at 10:35am, 12:35pm and 2:35pm during the day.