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Crisis management 101 is underway in the Carter household. Jay-Z and Beyonce are known for their very private life despite their very public careers. But, it all changed this week when a video surveillance tape came out showing Beyonce's sister Solange attacking Bey's husband Jay-Z in an elevator. What set off Solange? Is she crazy? Was she drunk? What did Jay Z do to her? How will this affect Solange and Beyonce's relationship. Because we didn’t hear the audio, we don’t everything that happened. Now, the Carters have to do damage control. I hear Jay & Bey will be on hand at the upcoming nuptials of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Jay-Z is even said to serve as the best man, but the Carters won’t allow themselves to be filmed. Before all this happened, Jay and Bey had been prepping a summer arena tour they called On The Run. Reports are the hotel found out who sold the tape of Solange and Jay-Z's elevator confrontation and fired that employee.
Sherri Shepherd has put on a brave face all this week while she hosts The View. The daytime talk show hostess and comedienne's three-year marriage to Lamar Sally has come to a crashing end. Sally didn’t want to work, never held a job during their marriage and Shepherd just had enough. Shepherd wasn’t allowed to address her marital crisis this week on ABC's The View. That's because View Producer/Legendary Journalist Barbara Walters is leaving, and the network didn’t want any scandal to overshadow Walters' retirement. Meanwhile as for Shepherd, friends say she wanted to be married so badly that she didn’t pay any attention to the obvious: Sally was a free loader along for the ride. This is going to be a very messy divorce. Shepherd and Sally are expecting a surrogate child in midsummer. Sally wants custody of the child, child support and he wants Shepherd to pay his legal fees. Sally has filed for divorce, and now he is looking for his payday. He is claiming fraud in the marriage. In an interview with People magazine, Sally says he lost 50 pounds from all the stress from this upcoming divorce, but he looks forward to being a dad. Friends of Shepherd are surrounding her to protect her and her young son (from her previous marriage). Sources say despite her brave TV face, Shepherd is devastated and embarrassed by the actions of Sally. Look for Shepherd to petition the court to keep Sally obligated to their prenup.
Eddie Murphy is in another transgendered scandal?!! Yes! A transgendered escort named Honeydip is talking, and “Dip” wants money. Honeydip looks like a female, but has male private parts. Honeydip went on a twitter rant and told all on Murphy: how they kept hidden for 8 years, and how Murphy likes drugs, weed and ecstasy. Honeydip described his body, private parts, how he sleeps in a durag and basketball shorts and likes Dial body wash. All on social media! “Dip” says they met when he/she was 17, and admits to having being threatened and looking for a million dollars to go away. Honeydip also claim Murphy's latest girlfriend, Model Paige Butcher, is just a beard. Murphy is known for his past relationships. He has five kids by ex-wife/Reality Star Nicole Murphy. He also has two other kids by different woman, including his youngest child is by ex-Spice Girl/America's Got Talent Judge Mel B. Murphy has also had a broken engagement to Babyface's ex-wife Producer Tracey Edmonds. Years back, the police picked up Murphy when they witnessed him let a transgendered prostitute into his car. Murphy always claimed that he was simply giving a ride to someone in need. Murphy was never charged with any wrong doing.
Call her Dr. Jilly from Philly. Singer Jill Scott will be honored in her hometown as she receives an honorary doctorate from her Alma mater Temple University. It's for her contributions to art and music.
Congratulations to Singer Kelly Rowland. The former Destiny's child member recently married her longtime boyfriend and Manager Tim Witherspoon.
Singer Smokey Robinson is having more legal issues. In addition to being dragged back into court by his ex-wife Claudette, he is being sued by his lawyers for unpaid bills. Those lawyers say despite their continued work, Robinson has not paid them. The Motown legend sued his ex-wife because he doesn’t want her to profit from the songs he wrote during their 27 years of marriage. Smokey says he was not happy with his lawyers' work regarding his ex-wife. Meanwhile, Claudette Robinson now claims she didn’t get her fair amount of money during their divorce. Robinson and his ex-wife were married for 27 years until their divorced in 1986. That marriage was during Smokey's most successful songwriting period with hits for The Miracles (Tears Of A Clown, I Second That Emotion, The Tracks Of My Tears), The Temptations (My Girl, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Get Ready), Mary Wells (My Guy, Two Lovers), Marvin Gaye (I'll Be Doggone, Ain't That Peculiar), Kim Carnes (More Love), Captain & Tennille (Shop Around), Luther Vandross (Since I Lost My Baby) and himself as a solo artist (Quiet Storm, Crusin', Being With You). We are talking about some of the hugest hits in all of music. Robinson feels his Claudette was well taken care of with their divorce settlement, and she didn’t write the songs. Smokey will be in Atlantic City at Harrahs Casino on Saturday, May 24th.
Openly gay NFL Player Michael Sam will be coming to The Oprah Winfrey Network. The untitled project is a documentary that will follow the NFL professional through his career and personal life a la Lindsay Lohan. In more OWN news GMA Anchor Robin Roberts 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.
Despite low rating and no buzz, there will be a season 14 of American Idol. The FOX network will not give up on the show. There is, however, a big question on whether or not the judges panel will change with Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Country sensation Keith Urban. I hear there are talks about bringing back original Judges Simon Cowell (from the cancelled X-Factor), Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
The Thursday night landscape on TV is about to change. ABC is shaking up the times on Thursday nights with Grey's Anatomy moving to 8pm, Scandal airing at 9pm and a new Shonda Rimes' drama with Oscar Nominee Viola Davis starring in How To Get Away With Murder. This means Sistah Shonda controls ABC's entire Thursday night lineup. NBC, having just cancelled Crisis with Lance Gross, is moving their most popular show, The Blacklist, to Thursday night at 9pm against Scandal. And, the CBS Network will be airing Thursday Night Football having just cancelled Two And A Half Men.
Speaking of Thursday night TV, Creator Shonda Rimes says she will not be recasting Columbus Short's role in Scandal. Short was let go at the end of the season following a string of personal and legal problems.
A lot of your favorites are also returning to TV including Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne in the ABC comedy Blackish. Anderson and Fishburne are producing this comedy, but Kevin Hart's proposed TV pilot, which was based on his life, was not picked up by the ABC network.
The FOX show Empire may be the most anticipated show of next season. The Lee Daniels produced hip hop drama stars Oscar Nominees Terrence Howard as a hip hop mogul and Taraji P. Henson as his ex-wife. Malik Yoba (New York Undercover), Singer Macy Gray and Oscar Nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) have been added to the cast. Empire is slated to debut this fall on FOX. The pilot was shot in Chicago, and they are trying to move the filming to Philadelphia. You gotta see the trailer Taraji P. Henson is going to blow you away. She is amazing in her role.
The Priest Tyaire Stage Play Torn Between Two Fathers, which was scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, has been postponed.
Will it be an August wedding date for Actress Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat Champ Dwyane Wade? The high profile couple have had their share of drama: tabloids, babymomma # 1 drama, “break” babymomma #2 drama and a host of legal and PR issues, but their love has sustained both of them. Word on the street is that this summer is it to jump that broom.
Tyler Perry is suing the producers of For Better Or Worse claiming their negligence caused a massive fire at his Atlanta studio in May 2012. He is suing for damages estimated at $1.8 million. Meanwhile, 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, Madea And The Neighbors From Hell is out on DVD and Blu Ray.
A documentary on the life of NBA Great Kareem Abdul Jabbar is being planned for early next year and will air on HBO Sports.
In between his work with The Roots and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Questlove has signed on to produce a music series for VH1 called Sound Clash. In other Questlove news, The 7th Annual Roots Picnic is happening Saturday, May 31st at the Festival Pier on Penn's Landing. The 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.
The hit movie About Last Night with Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy Regina Hall and Joy Bryant comes out on DVD next Tuesday, May the 21st. Meanwhile, Kevin, Michael and Regina reteam for Think Like A Man Too. The movie also stars Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J. , Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Romany Malco and Wendy Williams. Think Like A Man Too opens in theatres Friday, June 20th.
Katie Couric says no to returning to The Today Show. NBC offered the former anchor a chance to fill in for Savannah Guthrie, who is going on maternity leave.
The 39th Annual Odunde Festival is happening Sunday, June 8th at 23rd and South Streets. Special Musical Guests Rakim.
A documentary about the Broadway musical Fela is coming out this summer.
Singer Toni Braxton is ready to tell all in her autobiography UnBreak My Heart. Braxton will discuss her musical career, financial turmoils, marriage and motherhood. Plus being the mom of an autistic child and her own battle with lupus. The book comes out Tuesday, May 21st.
Actress Paula Patton opens up in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Patton, dressed only in a fur coat and underpants, talks about her troubled marriage to Singer Robin Thicke. Patton declares she will always love him. They separated earlier this year. The former high school sweethearts had been married nine years.
Singer Ledisi will be playing Gospel Great Mahalia Jackson in the new MLK biopic Selma. The movie stars David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle) as Dr. and Mrs. King. The movie is being directed by Ava DuVernay, who rewrote the script and sent it Oprah Winfrey. Now Oprah has joined the project as a producer.
Will there be a Celebration Of Gospel on BET next year? Sources say the popular awards show may not return next year despite great ratings for first time Host Taraji P. Henson, who took over from Steve Harvey. One awards show that BET is definitely bringing back is The 2014 BET Awards. Jay-Z and Beyonce are leading in the nominations. Other nominees include Oprah Winfrey, Floyd Mayweather, Venus Williams, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Erica Campbell, Idris Elba, Tamar Braxton and John Legend. Comedian Chris Rock will host The BET Awards on Sunday, June 29th.
Jet magazine in print form......no more! The 68-year old publication is going to cease publishing. Starting in June, Jet, the sister magazine to Ebony, will only be available in a digital version. The print version is going away, not the franchise. It will live on online digitally. The new Jet will be available for tablets and mobile devices and will be published once a week with updates daily.
Prince is the cover guy for the June issue of Essence magazine, and he’s going to be headlining their 20th Annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.
Ebony magazine is celebrating Black Music Month with four iconic covers featuring today's biggest music superstars including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West.
Queen Latifah is opening up about her mother's illness. Her mom, Rita Owens, 64, is suffering from an incurable autoimmune disease. The disease, scleroderma, causes high blood pressure and scar tissue to form around the lungs. Latifah says it has been a challenge balancing her talk show and taking care of her mom, but she would have it no other way. Latifah's talk show now airs in reruns on BET at 1am. Latifah has also signed on for the biopic on Bessie Smith, the late singer known as The Empress Of The Blues.
Sommore is the new host of BET’s Comic View which airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on BET.
Tyler Perry's The Haves And Have Nots returns to the OWN on May 27th.
“Axel Foley” is back! Get ready for Beverly Hills Cop 4. Eddie Murphy is returning to his most successful movie franchise, and the film should be in theatres March 2016.
The Whispers are celebrating their 50th anniversary in music, and they'll do it at The Dell Music Center later this summer. There's also WDAS' own Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show, Al Jarreau, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton and Babyface are just a few of the stars now added to the 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 Chrisette Michelle and Will Downing
July 17 @ 8pm Babyface, Anthony Hamilton & Robert Glasper
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 7th at 7pm Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show Starring Ledisi, Eric Benet & Mint Condition
August 21st at 8pm Al Jarreau & David Sanborn
August 28 at 7 pm Funkfest with The Average White Band, Larry Graham & Graham
Central Station, LTD, Lakeside, The Bar-kays & Lenny Williams
The Wawa Welcome America festivities will feature Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. The Roots will serve as the house band once again. It’s a free event Friday, July 4th on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Cedric The Entertainer is leaving the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The show is moving to Connecticut in a cost cutting move to tape the show. Well this doesn’t work with Cedric's busy schedule, so he is leaving the show despite its high ratings. Cedric will continue with the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, which airs Wednesday nights at 10:30p. Cedric will also be working on a new movie with Chris Rock. Cedric The Entertainer is being replaced by Actor Terry Crews who shot to fame as the dad in Everybody Hates Chris.
Michael Jordan against white people, sex allegations against dad and Adidas vs. Nike are just a few of the revelations coming out of the new book Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby. Jordan says he once considered himself a racist because growing up in North Carolina where the Ku Klux Klan was so openly a part of the community and being called the n-word in school shaped his perception. It's all good with white people now though. The book goes through the accusations that MJ's dad, the late James Jordan, Sr., molested MJ's sister. And, how Jordan originally preferred Adidas over Nike. That held the deal up because it was the legendary Adidas sweatsuits that gave them the edge for Jordan at that time.
Never before released recordings from Michael Jackson is out in a new CD called Xscape. The new album from the late King Of Pop will feature the lead off single Love Never Felt So Good.
Bishop TD Jakes is back with a new book called Instinct: The Power To Unleash Your Inborn Drive.
Get ready for She's Gotta Have It, the cable TV version. The 1986 Spike Lee hit movie is being made into a half hour comedy on Showtime with Lee directing.
Actor/Comedian JB Smoove will be hosting NBC's Last Comic Standing. The show debuts May 22nd with Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans serving as judges.
Patti LaBelle is returning to Broadway. The musical After Midnight is up for seven Tony Awards, and Patti joins the show for the month of June (the 10th through the 29th). Patti's fellow R&B Legends Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will also be joining the production (Gladys Knight: July 8th-Aug 3rd and Natalie Cole: August 5-31st). After Midnight is a musical is about The Duke Ellington years at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Past performers in the musical include Fantasia, K.D. Lang, Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton and Babyface.
The BET network has announced their programming for the upcoming year. Many of your favorite show are returning including The Game, The Real Husbands Of Hollywood, all of their award shows and brand new programming including a world premiere miniseries, The Book of Negros, and a new reality show starring Kirk Franklin. Franklin will help aspiring gospel artists build and start their careers.
The Apollo Theatre is getting ready to celebrate its 80 birthday! Wayne Brady is going to be hosting the ceremony 80 Years At The Apollo Theatre on Tuesday, June 10th. Special guests that night include Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole and The Isley Brothers.
Tony Nominations were announced. While it was good news for the Broadway revival of A Raisin In The Sun, the news was not good for its Oscar winning Star Denzel Washington, who didn’t get a nod. Washington's castmembers did get nominated including LaTaya Richardson-Jackson, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose. A Raisin in the Sun was also nominated for Best Revival Of A Play and Best Director (Kenny Leon). Denzel Washington made a special return to Broadway to star in this new revival.
In other Denzel 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.
Director John Singleton has just signed on to direct a new show for the Showtime cable network. It’s a drug drama set in the 1980’s called Snowfall. The show is a cross between Boyz In The Hood meets The Wire.
Andre 3000 of Outkast hits the big screen in the Jimi Hendrix bio movie All Is By My Side. The movie about the legendary guitarist rock pioneer opens in theatres June 13th.
Get ready for the return of Star Wars with the original cast returning, but where's Lando?!!! This installment will take place 30 years after the plot line from Return Of The Jedi, and now Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be joining a cast of newcomers including Black British Actor John Boyega. JJ Abrams, who previous directed the latest Star Trek movies, is helming this picture. The movie hits theatres December 2015. At press time, Billy Dee Williams, who did a tribute to Star Wars during his Dancing With The Stars stint, has not been seen or confirmed with the cast. Williams did say he was opened to return to the role of “Lando Calrission,” if he's asked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's your magazine reading:
Tennis Sensation Serena Williams graces the cover of Fitness magazine.
Wendy Williams is the cover gal for Uptown magazine.
Taraji P. Henson is on the cover of the latest edition of Upscale magazine.
Nia Long, 43, is featured in the naked issue of Allure magazine, and, yes, she is naked and fabulous. The Best Man Holiday and Single Moms Club star appears with a host of other celebrities as they celebrated naked beauty.
Former SNL Alum Maya Rudolph has new NBC variety special airing on May 19th at 10pm. Janelle Monae is her special musical guest.
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.
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. Rapper/Actor Ludacris is hosting
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.
No Good Deeds opens in theatres September 12th and stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!
What happens when you add groupie tendencies, fashion, a shady past, a designer, two ex-friends who use to pass around their conquests and a sister-in-law? It's a prescription to just take the stairs is what that is.
Check out who’s coming to town:
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 5th- 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.
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