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Actor/Comedian Tracy Morgan is going to be hospitalized for a while after surviving a very bad car accident. Morgan suffered a broken nose, ribs, legs and femur. The limo crash killed Morgan's manager and best friend. A truck driver, Kevin Roper, has been charged in the accident that killed Morgan's best friend and fellow Comedian James McNair. Sources say the truck driver may have been sleep deprived having not slept for 24 hours. Truck Driver Roper denies this claim saying it was an accident plain and simple, and he is sorry about what happened. While Morgan recovers from his injuries, he is also dealing with family drama. Morgan has been estranged from his mother, Alicia Warden, for years. At one point, Morgan didn’t speak to his mother for 11 years. Warden claims she has been shut out. She says no one called her about her son, and that she had to hear about the accident on TV. Warden was only allowed in Morgan's room when a pastor was present.
Congrats to Singer Kelly Rowland she and her new husband Tim Witherspoon are expecting their first child. Witherspoon is also Rowland's manager.
Halle Berry has to pay up to her ex. A judge has ordered Berry to pay her babydaddy, Model Gabriel Aubry, $16,000 a month in child support. That's right nearly $200,000 a year for their 6-year old daughter Nahla. Berry also has to cover Aubry's $300,000 attorneys' fees and pay him $115,000 in retroactive support. Berry is now married to Actor Oliver Martinez and they have a son Maceo. Last Thanksgiving, Martinez and Aubry got into a fight that sent Aubry to the hospital. In better news for the Oscar winner, her new TV drama comes out in July. Berry will star in Extant, a sci-fi series produced by Steven Spielberg. Extant premieres July 9th on CBS.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. may be getting out soon. The ex-congressman received a 30-month sentence for misuse of campaign funds. His good behavior and compliance with his in-jail treatment may lead Jackson to be released early and serve out the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house. Jackson's wife Sandi received 12 months for signing a false joint tax return. She’s slated to begin her sentence after Jesse, Jr. is released. The judge staggered their sentences so one parent is always with their children. The Jacksons have two children ages 9 and 13.
R Kelly's daughter Jaya is opening up about her life a transgendered person. Jaya is transferring into life as a boy and wants to be called Jay. Jay is 13 and is R Kelly's youngest child. In a recent interview, Jay says he has identified as a boy since he was six. Jay says his mom, Reality Star Andrea Kelly from Hollywood Exes, is supportive of him. Jay wears a chest binder and still has female organs. Jay says she will have surgery to make the transition to male complete. There has been no word on how R Kelly feels about this.
Jennifer Lopez is on the hunt for a new love. Her love affair with her boy toy Casper Smart, 27, fell apart when rumors of his cheating with transgendered females became public. Lopez, 44, really loved Smart, and so did her children. Why would he hurt her like this? Lopez is in the middle of a promotional tour for her new CD. She even had to scale back to avoid Smart's controversy. Smart's life had really changed. He was only to take two motorcycles with him, no more expensive homes, private jets, Bentley cars and trips around the world. As for Lopez, she seems not to be able to go without a man for long. She's got money, a high profile and her career continues to be successful. So why all the bad luck? Is Jenny From The Block too rushed when making her man choices? Published reports have her now linked to Dancing With The Stars Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Lil’ Kim is now a mommy. The rapper gave birth to a baby girl she named Royal Reign.
Actor Taye Diggs has returned to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Nicole Ari Parker also stars. The show airs Monday nights at 10pm on TNT, and just premiered to strong ratings. Diggs also is opening up about his split from Broadway Actress Idina Menzel. He mentioned how fans lost it when they heard the acting supercouple were headed for divorce after ten years together. Diggs says he and Menzel were always seen as a couple who defied the odds. They met while they were both in the Broadway hit Rent and they stived ahead of all the drama that peopleusually bring interracial couples.
Meanwhile, Taye Diggs’ former Private Practice co-star just made history. Actress/Singer Audra McDonald is now the first and only actress to have won six different performance Tonys. McDonald took her sixth Tony Sunday for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill. Meanwhile, though Denzel Washington wasn’t nominated this year, his A Raisin In The Sun took the Best Revival Tony while his Co-star Sophie Okonedoand Director Kenny Leon took home Tonys as well.
Tamar Braxton is the cover girl for Upscale magazine.
We remember Ruby Dee. The actress, Civil Rights activist and wife of the late Ossie Davis passed away late last night of natural causes. Ruby was known for her work in television, stage and starred in films such as Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever and American Gangster. She received the National Medal of Arts in 1995 and won a Grammy in 2007 for the Best Spoken Word Album "With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together." Ruby Dee will truly be missed.
Actress/Model Ya Ya DeCosta will be playing Whitney Houston in the lifetime biopic about the late singer’s life. Angela Bassett, Houston’s Waiting To Exhale co-star, is directing the movie which will focus on the years Whitney was with then husband Bobby Brown. No word on who will play Bobby Brown. The TV movie is set to debut next year. DeCosta is a former runner up from the reality series America’s Next Top Model, and she played the militant girlfriend in the Lee Daniels’ blockbuster The Butler.
Lifestyle Maven and Restaurateur B. Smith has gone public with her bout with Alzheimer’sdisease. Smith was affectionately called The Black Martha Stewart. She was a leading model, restaurant owner, designer, decorator, talk show hostess and the first African American model to grace the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. Smith goes into detail on her battle with Alzheimer’s in a TV Interview airing Sunday, June 15th on CBS Sunday Morning.
So how much money do the Jackson family kids get from the Michael Jackson estate? How about 8 million dollars a year? Paris, Prince and Blanket like to spend the money on their friends. Prince has spent over $50,000 on custom made jewelry for at least three of his girlfriends. Prince has stated he eventually wants to buy his dad’s Neverland Ranch. The kids take three vacations a year totaling $350,000 a year. Blanket likes to take his cousins to dinner at expensive restaurants leaving $500tips, and Paris likes to spend her money on her friends. She is at a therapeutic boarding school following her failed suicide attempt last year that cost a lot of money. Meanwhile, their Uncles, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie, have been forced to go on tour to support their lifestyles and families. Their mother, Katherine Jackson, can no longer afford to carry their burdens. The Jackson Brothers are coming to Atlantic City, July 2nd-6th at Caesars Hotel & Casino.
The Johnsons are gracing the latest issue of Ebony magazine. Cookie and Magic Johnson talk about the trials, tribulations and triumphs they’ve faced during their 23-year marriage.
Rapper/Actor/Filmmaker Ice Cube will see his life in his rap group on the big screen through his son. O’Shea Jackson, Jr. will be playing his dad in the movie Straight Outta Compton. It’s a biopic on the group that put gangsta rap on the map NWA.
Master P has lost custody of his children. Master P, born Percy Miller, and his estranged wife have four children under the ages 9, 13, 14 and 17. Master P had been battling in out in court with his wife, and he lost custody of his kids because he failed to show up to a court hearing. Master P’s ex-wife, Sonya Miller says the rapper/actor left her with nothing, and she now has to live on food stamps. A court ordered Master P to give his estranged wife $75,000. The Millers also have an older son, 24-year old Actor/Rapper Romeo. Romeo has come to his dad’s defense claiming his mother has addiction problems, and she has been separated from his dad for many years.
Supermodel Tyra Banks is coming back to TV in a new talk show slated for next year. Banks is partnering with ABC/Disney on a daytime talker that will focus on beauty and entertainment. Banks will be leading a team of lifestyle experts as they tackle an array of subjects including beauty, home entertaining and empowerment. The show will also feature celebrities, experts and internet personalities.
Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o has been added to the cast of the new Star Wars movie, which is coming out December 2015. It's been over 30 years since Return Of The Jedi, and many of the original cast is coming back including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher and newcomer John Boyega, a black British actor from Nigeria. We're still waiting to see if Billy Dee Williams, a.k.a. “Lando,” will be getting a call to join his fellow Star Wars castmembers.
At the movies this week, Ice Cube returns to the big screen with Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street, the sequel to the box office hit 21 Jump Street that was loosely based on the Holly Robinson Peete-Johnny Depp TV series.
Also in theatres this week, it’s How To Train Your Dragon II.
The very last print issue of Jet magazine is a commemorative of 68 years of publishing. The cover is a collage of the biggest news and entertainment stories Jet magazine has brought to the public. Jet will continue in its new digital version. The new Jet will be available for tablets and mobile devices and published once a week with updates daily beginning this month.
The ladies and men of Think Like Man Too are part of a dual cover issue of Essence magazine. Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson and LaLa Anthony look amazing. The ladies are a riot in this sequel to the movie based on Comedian Steve Harvey's bestselling book. Think Like A Man Too opens in theatres June 20th. The men of the movie Michael Ealy, Terrence J, Kevin Hart, Romany Malco and Producer Will Packer are on the second cover of Essence. The magazine has been criticized for leaving the white male actors, Comedian Gary Owens and Jerry Ferrara, off the cover.
Reverend Run is back with a new reality show on the Cooking Channel. Rev. Run's Sunday Sundays airs Sunday at 10pm.
Tina Campbell from Mary Mary is about to embark on a new venture. Campbell has had a rough year dealing with the revelations that her husband, Musician Teddy Campbell, had been cheating on her during their marriage. Campbell is ready to tell all in a new book, and she will discuss how they weathered the storm during this time in their marriage. Campbell also wants to do a solo project following in the footsteps of her sister Erica Campbell.
In other Mary Mary news, the duo has joined the line up for this season's Essence Of Entertainment at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Friday, August 1st. The Whispers are celebrating their 50th and so will I on Sunday, August 3rd. 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, Will Downing and Chrisette Michelle
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 1st at 8pm Mary Mary
August 3rd The 50/50 Show starring The Whispers, Stephanie Mills and Freddie Jackson
August 7th at 7pm Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show Starring Ledisi, Eric Benet & Mint Condition
August 14th- Brian McKnight & Angie Stone
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,Glenn Jones The Bar-kays & Lenny Williams
Tamar Braxton's hit daytime talk show The Real with Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai returns on September 15th.
KeKe Palmer is about to make her debut as the youngest talk show host in history Just KeKe debuts Monday, June 30th at 5pm on BET, right before 106 & Park.
Singer Toni Braxton exposes some shocking revelations in her new book Unbreak My Heart. Braxton admits to having an abortion ten years ago. She says she was on acne medication and feared harm to her unborn baby. Braxton does also admit she didn’t want to inconvenience her lifestyle A couple of years later, she gave birth to an autistic child, and she felt God was punishing her for having the previous abortion. Braxton also talks about her financial troubles, including filing for bankruptcy twice. The Seven Whole Days singer also covers feeling dissed by Oprah Winfrey on national TV, her marriage to Mint Condition's Keri Lewis and dealing with her autoimmune disease lupus.
The BET Awards are set for Sunday June 29th on BET. Chris Rock is hosting and Lionel Richie will be the nights big Honoree. Scandal Star Kerry Washington will be making her public appearance since giving birth to her baby girl Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha. Washington and her husband, former NFL Star Nnamdi Asomugha, welcomed their first child in late April. Washington will be a presenter. Pharrell, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Lionel Richie are among this year’s performers.
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.
Drummer Sheila E is ready to tell all in a new book. The percussionist/songwriter/performer's book is called The Beat Of My Own Drum. She also has a new CD out called Icon. E is best known for her hits Glamorous Life, Hold Me and Love Bizarre with Prince.
The 2014 BET Awards are happening Sunday, June 29th. Chris Rock is hosting this year's event. 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. Lionel Richie will be getting the Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous winners include “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, “The Boss” Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, “The Godfather Of Soul” James Brown, “The Empress Of Soul” Gladys Knight, The O'Jays, The Isley Brothers and Prince. Speaking of Lionel Richie, his tour with Cee Lo Green is coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on July 23rd and then Lionel hits the Borgata in Atlantic City on Sunday, August 3rd.
On August 1st, Get On Up, the life story of James Brown, opens in theaters. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott.
Wesley Snipes is back on the big screen with 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.
This is the year of Taraji. Taraji P. Henson is the Oscar nominated actress who is getting her shine. First, 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. Next, Henson reteams with Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall for Think Like A Man Too. The movie also stars Gabrielle Union, Terrence J., Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Romany Malco and Wendy Williams. Think Like A Man Too opens in theatres Friday, June 20th. Next up, No Good Deeds opens in theatres September 12th. It's a thriller co-starring Idris Elba. Finally it's the FOX show Empire. The Lee Daniels produced hip hop drama pair Henson with fellow Oscar Nominee Terrence Howard as a hip hop mogul and 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. You gotta see the trailer, Taraji is going to blow you away because she is amazing in her role. This Sistah is on a roll!
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.
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.
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.
Kindred The Family Soul is returning this summer with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Saturday, June 21st - The 2014 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival featuring Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue, Kindred The Family Soul and Abstract Truth at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. For more info call 215-572-7650 or go to Keswicktheatre.com.
Sunday, June 22nd at the Sonesta Hotel, 18th and Market Streets, from 1pm until 4pm - it’s the Second Annual Guac-Off! Presented by MANNA, we're looking for the best guacamole in the City. I will be judging along with NBC10 Morning News Anchor Tracy Davidson and Food Blogger Roberta Pipito. I am so honored to be teaming up with MANNA, who helps thousands of people every day by improving health and delivering nourishing food.
Wednesday, June 25th at Citizens Bank Park - it’s African American Heritage Night presented by Sound Of Philly Legends Gamble & Huff and The Philadelphia Phillies. The evening’s honorees include The Three Degrees, The Ebonys,Bob Pantano of 98.1 WOGL-FM radio and Lois Fernandez, the founder of the Odunde Festival. The ceremonies take place between 6 and 7pm before the Phils take on the Miami Marlins. I will be hosting the on field event.
Saturday, July 12th - The Biggest All White Indoor/Outdoor Affair of The Summer starring Chubb Rock, Kindred The Family Soul,Special Ed, Kwame, Dana Dane and Christopher Williams. Music by DJ Gary O and I'm hosting at Campbell's Field in Camden, NJ. For tickets and information 609-352-7161.
Sunday, August 10th, 2014 - The Unity Day Crabfeast at Mermaid Lake, 1002 Jolly Road in Blue Bell, Pa. DJ Gary O, Corey DST with special guest Boxer Bernard Hopkins. For tickets call Tracey Wyatte at 215-280-7249 and for more info Ron Curtis at 267-446-1267.
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A top Filmmaker is getting sloppy with all his stepping out. He’s got a beautiful wife at home, but how long will it be before she decides to Exhale?
Check out who’s coming to town:
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 and Joe 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.
Saturday, June 21st- Keith Sweat- Lake Terrace Ballroom 1690 Oak Street, Lakewood, New Jersey; for Information call 800-505-4849.
Wednesday, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
Sunday, August 3rd – Lionel Richie at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
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