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Is there trouble in paradise for Kerry Washington and her husband, former NFL Player Nnamdi Asomugha? Asomugha is no longer playing in the NFL after being cut by the 49ers. He was seen partying it up in New York while the very pregnant Kerry stayed behind in Los Angeles. Washington is rarely seen with her hubby, and their wedding was held in a shroud of secrecy. What’s with these two? Everything is so secretive between them. Will it change once the baby arrives? That due date is any day now. Look for a new season of Scandal to start on February 27th.
Rapper DMX is scheduled to fight George Zimmerman in a celebrity boxing match. Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot to death by Zimmerman. DMX is 43, and has spent the last few months fighting his addictions. Zimmerman, 30, has been preparing for the last few months to box someone. The winner will get a million dollars in the scheduled three rounder. Trayvon Martin would have turned 19-years old this week.
Wayne Brady will be hosting this year’s BET Honors. Scheduled honorees include The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown Founder and Broadway Impresario Berry Gordy and Rapper/Actor Ice Cube. The show airs February 24th on BET.
No more reality TV for Ice T and his wife CoCo. The husband and wife duo are teaming up with Ryan Seacrest to host a talk show.
The children of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King are fighting again. According to published reports, the King children are broke and the brothers, Dexter and Martin, III are suing their sister Bernice. The suit is because the brothers want Bernice to sell their father’s bible and Nobel Peace Prize to help the family with the proceeds from such a sale.
Congrats to Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson! He and his wife, Christina Evangeline, are expecting their first child, a baby girl.
Singer Keyshia Cole owes the I.R.S. money to the tune of $162,000. The taxes in question are from the songstress’ banner year in 2009 when she headlined a successful tour.
We remember Music Entrepreneur Anna Gordy Gaye. Anna was the sister of Berry Gordy and became a Motown executive in the 1960’s. Before that, she founded her own label in 1958 called Anna Records, and later had the hit Money, That’s What I Want by Barrett Strong. Gaye’s future husband, Singer Marvin Gaye, was a session musician for the label. After Anna Records was absorbed into brother Berry’s Motown Records, Anna married Marvin Gaye despite his being 17-years her junior. She also co-wrote the Motown classics Just To Keep You Satisfied, What Christmas Means To Me, God Is Love and Baby I’m for Real. Anna also inspired Marvin to co-write Pride & Joy, Pretty Little Baby and If This World Were Mine. They had one son, Marvin III, before they divorced in 1976. Marvin Gaye’s classic album, Here My Dear, was inspired by the court ruling that the residuals of that album go to Anna as part of their divorce settlement. Marvin and Anna became close again shortly before Marvin’s death and after his divorce from second wife Janis Gaye. Anna Gordy Gaye was 92-years old, and her death coincides with the 30th anniversary of Marvin’s April 1st, 1984 passing.
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.
Kevin Hart and Producer Will Packer are on a roll their movie Ride Along with Ice Cube. The hit film is almost at the $100 million mark, and it hit number one at the box office for three weeks in a row. Now, it’s on to Hart and Packer’s latest movie, About Last Night. The romantic comedy opens in theatres Friday, February 14th, and stars Hart & Regina Hall (their chemistry is amazing) and Michael Ealy & Joy Bryant. The movie is funny, insightful and gives you an honest look at modern day relationships. Kevin and Regina are so funny!!!!!
In more Kevin Hart news, his ex-wife, Torrei Hart, has joined the cast of the TV show Atlanta Exes along with Tameka Raymond, the ex-wife of Singer Usher. The show debuts on VH1 this summer. I wonder what the women have to say about their exes.
The award-winning Steve McQueen movie 12 Years A Slave is coming out on Digital HD on February 18th and DVD and Blu Ray March 4th, two days after the Academy Awards. 12 Years A Slave is up for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.
Nick Cannon has signed on for a sequel to the 2002 hit movie Drumline. The original also starred Zoe Saldana. The sequel will be a TV movie and air on VH1. Cannon is also one of the executive producers.
Jamie Foxx will be playing the villain Electro in The Amazing Spider Man III, which opens in theatres May 2nd.
Mark Wahlberg will be hosting the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on March 29th.
Sports Analyst and former NFL Player Deion Sanders is coming to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN. Deion’s Family Playbook focuses on Sanders’ professional life and his take on fatherhood. Sanders and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds, Babyface’s ex-wife, are the executive producers. Deion’s Family Playbook debuts March 1st at 10pm on OWN.
Speaking of OWN, Tyler Perry also has a new show coming to Oprah Winfrey's 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.
R Kelly will be producing some songs for Jennifer Hudson’s new album. The Chicago natives will be joining forces for the first time. Hudson’s album is due in the spring and will show a different side of the Oscar-winning actress/singer.
It’s going to be a boy for Evelyn Lozada and Baseball’s Carl Crawford. Lozada, the former reality star and ex-wife of Chad Ochocinco Johnson, hit the jackpot with Crawford. The baseball player just signed a multi-million dollar with the L.A. Dodgers. There’s a catch though. Crawford just had a baby six months ago with another woman who is also the mother of his five-year old. Babymomma number one wants to make sure she is not left out money-wise by consulting with lawyers and coming out of hiding. She claims Crawford kept her hidden, but now she is moving to Los Angeles to be near him.
Is Christopher Williams a married man? Williams recently appeared on an episode of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta and the question of his marital status came up. Well, court papers revealed that he has been married for the past 19 years to a woman named Natalie Macklin.
Does Julia Roberts have the best seat in the house? On Vanity Fair’s 20th annual Hollywood issue, she’s sitting on Idris Elba’s lap as they share the cover with Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Chadwick Boseman (42 & Get On Up) and Lupita Nyong (12 Years A Slave), to name a few. Vanity Fair has come under fire in recent years for the lack of diversity in their previous Hollywood issue covers.
Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker & Oprah Winfrey (The Butler), Michael B. Jordan and Chiwetel Ejiofor are sharing the cover of the March issue of Essence magazine.
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.
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.
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 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, Dan Aykroyd and Chadwick Boseman as James Brown. Rolling Stones' Legend Mick Jagger is producing.
Oscar Winning Director Lee Daniels is producing a hip hop drama for FOX called Empire.
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. Outgoing 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.
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 is headed to Broadway this 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 out now. 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.
On Saturday, March 1st- The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Pennsylvania Chapter, is hosting its 28th Annual Madam CJ Walker Awards Luncheon at 12 noon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 12th and Market Streets. For tickets and information, you can log onto www.nc100bw-pa.org.
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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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.
Sunday, 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.
Wednesday, March 19th – Marsha Ambrosius at the Theatre of the Living Art 3rd and South.
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, April 26th- Mike Epps comedy show at The Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
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.
Tuesday, May 20th- John Legend at the Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce.
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