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Will Phaedra Parks stand by her man now that her husband Apollo is in trouble for bank fraud and identity theft? Parks and her husband became famous with the reality show The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Apollo is no stranger to being in jail. He served time for a racketeering charge from 2004-2009. Apollo was known for bragging about spending thousands of dollars on strippers. Now, he is being charged with setting up fake businesses, taking the identities of Delta airline workers and claiming other people's money.
Singer Ralph Tresvant has joined the cast of the new James Brown bio-pic Get On Up. The movie opens in theatres this August. Tresvant will play another music legend in the film, the late Singer Sam Cooke. Also in the cast are Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson and Dan Aykroyd. Rolling Stones' Legend Mick Jagger is producing.
Usher has moved his ex-wife Tameka out of their old mansion. The couple have two children and divorced in 2009. Their divorce was very bitter, and he has custody of their sons. Usher was so desperate to get Tameka out of the house that he took a million dollar loss at the final sale. Meanwhile, Tameka has been confirmed as one of the castmembers of the Hollywood Exes spinoff Atlanta Exes with Torrei Hart (Kevin Hart's ex) and Christina Johnson (Cee-Lo's ex), to name a few. Atlanta Exes is schedule to debut this fall on VH1.
Will & Jada Pinkett Smith are joining forces again with Jay-Z. This time it's to produce a new comedy series for HBO dealing with the world of electronic music.
Singer Tina Turner is coming out with a compilation of love songs. Turner, 74, is releasing the 18 song set on February 4th featuring the classics What’s Love Got To Do With It, Simply The Best, Private Dancer and I Don’t Wanna Fight.
Oscar Winning Director Lee Daniels is producing a hip hop drama for FOX called Empire.
Former NFL Player Terrell Owens is a married man. Owens is now known more for his babymommas and financial struggles than his football career. In a shocking move as he struggles financially, Owens married Rachel Snider, a postal worker. There is no word on whether she is supporting him.
The Preachers Of L.A. has been renewed for a second season. The controversial reality show will start a new season this fall on the Oxygen network and will be spreading to other cities, including Houston and Atlanta.
Writer/Director David E. Talbert's latest movie, Baggage Claim with Paula Patton, Derek Luke and Jill Scott, is now available on DVD. Check out these other DVD and Blu-Ray releases: 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.
We remember Pete Seeger. The famed folk singer/songwriter was once was blacklisted in the music industry for his songs, which were some of the earliest to speak on social justice and civil rights as far back as protesting against Hitler's Nazi party. In his 90's, Seeger even joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Among Seeger's most famous songs were If I Had A Hammer, Where Have All The Flowers Gone and Turn, Turn, Turn recorded by artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Lou Rawls and The Four Tops. In 1947, Seeger adapted an old spiritual called We Will Overcome into We Shall Overcome, which became synonymous with the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 60's. Seeger was 94-years old.
Oscar-winning Writer/Director Oliver Stone (JFK/Midnight Express/Platoon/Born On The Fourth Of July) has dropped out the MLK bio pic project. The movie was supposed to star fellow Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx. Stone left the project over creative differences with the King family. The King family objected to the way Stone wanted to portray the late civil rights leader. Stone said Dr. King was no saint, and he wanted to touch on that in the movie. Well, the King family said no way will they allow a movie to portray Martin Luther King, Jr. as an adulterer. So, Stone dropped out of the project. There is no word yet on who will take over now.
Speaking of bio pics, plans are in the works for a movie based on the life of Whitney Houston. The Houston family wants control of the movie including casting. Cissy would like former American Idol Champion Jordin Sparks to portray her daughter Whitney. Clive Davis, Houston's mentor and former label chief for many years, is heading up the project, but he is looking at controversial Singer Rihanna or Actress Meagan Good to star in the movie. Bobbi Kris is siding with Clive Davis since she is fighting with her grandmother and family members. Bobbi Kris is due to come into a large inheritance this year from the Whitney Houston Estate, but she recently married her play brother, Nick Gordon, without making him sign a prenup.
Ride Along, the new action/comedy movie starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, is number one again at the box office. Taking in close to $75 million. The movie only cost $25 million. There will be a sequel. Up next for Kevin Hart is the romantic comedy About Last Night. That film opens on Valentine's Day, February 14th and co-stars Regina Hall, Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant.
A spoiler alert: Will Smith will be Jimmy Fallon's first guest when Fallon takes over The Tonight Show on February 17th. U2 will be the musical guest. Fallon is staying in New York and that brings The Tonight Show back to the east coast for the first time in over 40 years. Johnny Carson moved The Tonight Show to Hollywood full time back in 1972. Out going Host Jay Leno kept the show there as well. Leno's final guest will be Comedian Billy Crystal on February 6th. Crystal and Singer Shanice Wilson were Leno's first guests on The Tonight Show back in May 1992.
The NAACP has a new home and sibling nominees in 2014. Camden, New Jersey will be representing with Tasha Smith (For Better Or Worse) up for Best Actress In A Comedy Series, and her twin sister Sidra Smith is up for Outstanding Documentary as producer of Free Angela And All Political Prisoners. The Image Awards honor achievement in TV, film, literature and music, to name a few. The Real Husbands Of Hollywood and For Better Or Worse lead in nominations for TV, and 12 Years A Slave, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Fruitvale Station and The Best Man Holiday are all multi-nominees in film. Alicia Keys, “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, John Legend and Janelle Monae are multiple nominees in the music categories. The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards will air February 22nd on its new home, TV ONE.
Erica Campbell's new solo gospel CD, 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.
Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are joining forces for the movie Selma, about the birth of the civil rights movement. Pitt is one of the producers of the 10 time-Oscar nominated movie 12 Years A Slave, and The Mighty O turned in a brilliant performance in the $100 million box office blockbuster Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Actor Lance Gross (House Of Payne) is returning to TV. He's co-starring in the drama Crisis. The show debuts March 16th on NBC, and Gross will play a secret service agent.
Ellen DeGeneres will return as host of The 86th Annual Academy Awards set to air Sunday, March 2nd on ABC.
Wayne Brady will host The 2014 BET Honors. The show airs Monday February 24th on BET.
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. Meanwhile, the cast is quite busy with new projects. Morris Chestnut is coming back to TV on the TNT drama Legends. 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
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!
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 in March. In the book, Toni will talk about her career, going bankrupt, raising an autistic child and battling lupus. Braxton, who settled her tax problems last year, recently purchased a new three million dollar home.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 4th for the return of TV series' The Game and Let’s Stay Together on BET.
Scandal fans get ready as new episodes start up February 27th on ABC.
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.
This Saturday, February 1st:: The African American Children's Book Fair at Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden Streets. It’s free from 1pm until 3pm.
The Meeting is a stage play by Jeff Stetson about an imagined meeting between Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X. The play stars Rev., Dr. Alyn E. Waller and Tariq Karim El-Shabazz, Esq., and is happening Friday, March 21st & Saturday, March 22nd at 3 and 7pm and Sunday, March 23rd at 3pm at the Penn Charter School-Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, 3000 West School House Lane. For more info call 215-276-7200.
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Check out who’s coming to town:
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.
Friday, February 14th- Damon Wayans & Keenen Ivory Wayans at the House of Blues 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.
Friday, March 7th- Jamie Foxx in concert at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, March 15th- Aretha Franklin at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, March 22nd - Monica & Carl Thomas in concert TD Bank Arts Center, 529 Huffville-Cross Keys Road in Sewell, New Jersey.
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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