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The Queen Of Soul says she's never heard anything crazier, and now she's suing! Aretha Franklin says there is no feud between her and fellow legendary Singer Patti LaBelle. The internet buzzed with rumors of a Diva Battle that allegedly started when LaBelle and Franklin performed recently at The White House for President & Mrs. Obama on a PBS special. From there, another rumor hit the net that the two singers allegedly got into a fist fight soon after at one of Franklin's concerts. Lady Soul has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the website that started the fist fight story. Franklin says the website's story was intended to be derogatory and slanderous toward her.
Paging Olivia Pope again...you need to check on your man! Scandal Star Columbus Short has 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. What will these new allegations and drama mean for the popular co-star of the ABC show Scandal. Producer Shonda Rhimes is known for not letting her successful shows be jeopardized over nonsense.
FOX is worried about American Idol, and many are wondering if the show will last beyond this season. The ratings have not been good, even with the addition of Judges Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. There is also no buzz on the show. American Idol is in it’s 13th year, and it has lost millions of viewers. Are singing reality TV shows losing their steam? What happened to this once hot show? I hear staffers on the show are already looking for other jobs ready to bail out on this sinking ship. Do you think American Idol will end after this season. The show has not produced a star since 2007's Champ Jordin Sparks.
More Jackson family drama now adds a newly engaged Debbie Rowe into the mix. Rowe, 55, has a new man, and now she wants her kids back. The ones she has with her ex-husband, the late Michael Jackson. Rowe wants Prince and Paris and even Blanket (No one knows who Blanket's mother is). Rowe doesn’t like the environment the kids are in at the Jackson Compound. She feels Katherine Jackson, 84, is too old to care for the kids and out of touch with their lives because Katherine is a Jehovah's Witness. She also doesn’t like various family members, including Jermaine Jackson, who she feels is creepy. The kids have had their fair share of problems since the death of their dad Michael Jackson, including a suicide attempt by Paris and Prince's rowdy behavior and foul mouth. Rowe, who recently revealed her battle with sarcoidosis, says she is not looking for any money from the Jackson estate. Rowe says she just wants to make sure her kids are safe. Meanwhile, Katherine Jackson was recently ordered to pay the legal fees for AEG Live, the promoters she sued for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to be Michael Jackson's doctor at the time of his death. Katherine Jackson lost that suit.
At the movies, 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.
Also, Marlon Wayans returns to theaters with 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.
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.
Jay Z and Beyonce will be in concert together this summer doing a 20-city stadium tour. 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.
Good Morning America News Anchor Robin Roberts is on the cover of Good Housekeeping. Roberts opens up about the reaction she got coming out of the closet revealing publicly she's gay.
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.
Tennis Sensation Serena Williams graces the cover of Fitness magazine.
Actress Lupita Nyong'o is the covergirl for the latest issue of Marie Claire. The Oscar winner is also in a new beauty campaign for Lancome.
Actor Idris Elba is the cover guy for Uptown magazine.
Tia and Tamera Mowry are on the cover of the latest edition of Ebony.
The Queen Latifah Show will air in reruns on the BET network. Check her out on the latest edition of Jet magazine.
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 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).
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.
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.”
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.
Actress Brittany Daniel is back on the BET show The Game, and she has found a new love on the show. Daniels, who plays “Kelly Pitts,” returned to the show after a short absent. She recently revealed her battle with cancer, and the road she's face to become cancer free today. Daniels also revealed she's no longer dating Keenen Ivory Wayans, but they're still good friends. Word has it she's now dating Game Co-star Jay Ellis who plays “Bryce Westbrook.”
After 32 years in late night, David Letterman has announced his retirement. The comedian started NBC's post Tonight Show franchise Late Night as that show's first host in 1982. After being passed up for The Tonight Show in favor of Jay Leno, Letterman moved to CBS with The Late Show in 1993. Letterman will step away from TV sometime in 2015. Now, The Colbert Report's Steven Colbert has been announced as Letterman's replacement.
LisaRaye got the last laugh and Single Ladies lives! A couple of weeks ago, VH1 announced that they wouldn’t renew the Queen Latifah produced drama on their network, and it looked like it was over for LisaRaye and crew. But, sister cable network Centric says they are going to pick up their show. Look for Centric to announce the premiere date for season four soon.
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.
Congrats to Tavis Smiley. The author/talk show host/activist is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame April 24th.
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.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 hits theaters May 2nd, and the film's music is hot! Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar are all on the soundtrack with Pharrell doubling as producer. The Amazing Spiderman 2 stars Andrew Garth as “Spiderman” and Jamie Foxx as the villain “Electro.”
Meagan Good's husband Devon Franklin is among this year's Trumpet Award honorees. The list includes Actress Alfre Woodard, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree and Philadelphia International Records Founders and Songwriting Legends Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff. There will also be performances from Stephanie Mills, Donnie McClurkin and Kid N' Play. The 22nd Annual Trumpet Awards, with Hosts Melissa DeSousa (The Best Man Holiday) & Laz Alonso (Jumping The Broom), will air on TV One this Sunday, April 20th.
Terry McMillan's best selling novel A Day Late And A Dollar Short will air on Lifetime this Saturday, April 19th. The TV movie will follow the story of a dying mother as she tries to pull her family together before she passes. 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?!!!!!!!!!
This Music/TV/Film Personality took a couple hits for his new family image. He stood by it, but now separate vacations, a bachelor pad and a side chick might bring his old image back!
Check out who’s coming to town:
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
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