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Our very own Philly Treasure Patti LaBelle is celebrating a milestone. The singer, known for her hits On My Own, You Are My Friend and If Only You Knew, celebrates her 70th birthday this weekend. Happy Birthday Miss Patti!!! It'll be a busy summer for the legendary singer. She's also 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.
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 Exes are talking, and it's not all pretty. Tameka Raymond divorced Singer Usher back in 2009, and they have two sons together. Torrei Hart divorced Comedian/Actor Kevin Hart in 2011, and they have a daughter and son together. Tameka is talking, and she says dumb things she did lead to the downfall of her marriage. That includes the life threatening liposuction treatment she had in Brazil. Tameka suffered cardiac arrest as a result of the risky plastic surgery. Tameka also says her nagging ways and moody behavior was a result of the pressure from the constant spotlight being married to a superstar. Meanwhile, Torrei Hart calls her ex-husband's girlfriend a homewrecker. Torrei says Kevin Hart's lady, Eniko Parrish, contributed to their divorce. Torrei also says it's hard to see Eniko around her children. Well, then my “Nephew” took to twitter to defend his lady. He says Eniko had nothing to do with his divorce. Kevin also mentioned that $20,000 a month and embracing his ex's new boyfriend must not be enough. OUCH! Torrei and Tameka are co-stars on the realty show Atlanta Exes, the VH1 spinoff of Hollywood Exes. Atlanta Exes debuts this August on VH1.
R Kelly's ex-wife Andrea is divorcing her husband after two months of marriage. What happened? Apparently, Andrea Kelly rushed into a marriage with a man who was a con artist. While he was married to her, he was still soliciting money from other woman. Andre Kelly is one of the stars of the VH1 reality show Hollywood Exes.
Columbus Short continues to have problems. The ex Scandal co-star is facing new allegations that he violated the restraining order that says he is to stay away from his wife and the home they shared together. 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 his wife Tuere. Short is still facing domestic violence and child abuse charges from the first incident. Tuere Short has filed for divorce and is seeking custody of the couple's two-year old daughter. Short has been surrounded by a number of domestic abuse allegations. The press on it got so out of control, Scandal Producer Shonda Rhimes and her show got their backs put up against the wall. Bottom line Short was dropped from the show.
Men rest easy because The Jet Beauty lives on! Jet magazine may no longer be in print form, but the 68-year old publication will continue to showcase The Jet Beauty Of The Week in it's new digital version. Past Jet Beauties include Florence LaRue, Pam Grier, Freda Payne and Marilyn McCoo. The new Jet will be available for tablets and mobile devices and published once a week with updates daily beginning in June.
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.
Speaking of Terry Crews, the Everybody Hates Chris actor has a new book out called Manhood. Crews talks about everything from his near 25-year marriage to what he describes as an addiction to porn. Wow Julius!!!!!
The almost three-year marriage is over between Sherri Shepherd of The View and Lamar Sally, and now we may know why. Sally wants money, and $10 million is at stake plus an unborn child. Sherri and Lamar are expecting a son, Lamar Sally, Jr., with a surrogate this summer. Lamar wants custody of the kid, and he wants the prenup thrown out. Lamar also wants Sherri to pay his legal bills. So, what went wrong?!!! Apparently Lamar wants to be obeyed: he wanted Sherri to sign a contract that required her not to get fat; exercise three times a week; follow the clause that states she had to enjoy having sex with him; obey him and speak well of him at all times. Lamar says the marriage was a fraud. Is it because Sherri refused to sign the contract? In the past few months, Sherri did lose weight and and was promoting exercise. She even wrote a book about it. Did Lamar want more, or is he just after her money? What kind of man would do that to a woman? Sherri has not spoken about this is on The View. Has a gag been put on her? One day, will the comedienne include this chapter of her life in a comedy routine.... once the pain goes away?
Mariah Carey is receiving The Icon Award from The World Music Awards. In her nearly 25 years of high profile recording, Mrs. Nick Cannon has sold more than 200 million records and had more solo number one songs than any other artists. With 18 number ones only Diana Ross matches Carey, but 12 of The Boss' were as a Supreme. The World Music Awards air on NBC May 28th.
Singer Babyface married his longtime girlfriend Nikki Pantenberg last weekend. They have a five-year old daughter. Babyface was previously married to Producer Tracey Edmonds, and they have two sons. Tracey used to be engaged to Comedian Eddie Murphy. That didn't end well, but now she is dating former NFL Star Deion Sanders. Tracey also produces Deion's Family Playbook reality show on OWN. The couple even got praised by Babyface on Next Chapter when Oprah Winfrey asked how they all got along. Babyface is coming to Philly on July 17th at the Dell Music Center.
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!
Congrats to ride or die couple Basketball Superstar Lebron James and his wife Savannah. They are expecting their third child this summer, a baby girl.
Singer Robin Thicke took to The Billboard Music Awards to beg his wife to come back. The Blurred Lines singer debuted a new song, Get Her Back, dedicated to his wife Actress Paula Patton. Meanwhile, Patton opens up in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine. The actress, dressed only in a fur coat and underpants, talks about her troubled marriage to Thicke. Patton declares she will always love him. They separated earlier this year. The former high school sweethearts had been married nine years.
What is Jermaine Jackson doing to his mom Katherine Jackson?!!! Mom Katherine, 84, has been spotted in supermarkets and malls pushing water products for her son Jermaine. Jermaine is promoting VITA water, and the promotion invites people to come taste the water and meet Katherine Jackson in appearances. Sources say Mom Katherine just sits there, smiles and goes along with everything that is going on. Why is Jermaine Jackson doing this to his mom? Why is he using her, and who is watching Michael Jackson's kids. Remember Jermaine, your mom is their guardian?!!!!
The West Oak Lane Festival is happening Saturday, June 21st at the Keswick Theatre. The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards, Kindred The Family Soul and Abstract Truth will be performing. For more info call 215-572-7650 or go to Keswicktheatre.com.
There will be no sequel to the 1995 hit movie Waiting To Exhale. According to Author Terry McMillan, who wrote the bestseller and co-wrote the movie, no decision could be made on how to go forward since the death of Whitney Houston. She says since Houston passed, everything came to a standstill. The original 1995 movie grossed more than $80 million at the box office and co-starred Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine.
Congrats to Singer Ciara! She and Rapper Future are the proud parents of a baby boy. The couple is planning a fall wedding.
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.
Singer Shanice (I Love Your Smile) and her husband Comedian/Actor Flex Alexander (One On One) are coming to the OWN cable station. This reality show follows the life and times of a broke celebrity couple. Yes, the two have experienced the career droughts of the business, and we get a look inside. The show, Flex And Shanice, will premiere May 31st on OWN. Speaking of OWN, the documentary series on openly gay NFL Player Michael Sam has been put on hold. Sam was getting more attention for coming out than for anything else. Looks like putting the proposed series on hold is the best way to avoid a backfire in opinion on the new NFL pro baller.
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.
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 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.
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 is now out on DVD.
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 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.
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.
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 and so will I on Sunday, August 3rd 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 3rd The 50/50 Show starring The Whispers
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/Author Terry Crews, who shot to fame as the dad in Everybody Hates Chris.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Here's your magazine reading:
Tennis Sensation Serena Williams graces the cover of Fitness magazine.
Wendy Williams is the cover gal for Uptown magazine.
Think Like A Man Too Co-Star Regina Hall 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.
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.
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 Wednesday, 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.
Saturday, June 7th – Sahara Sam's Indoor/Outdoor Beach Club presents Biz Markie. Music by DJ Gary O and I'm hosting at Sahara Sam's, Rt. 73 in Berlin, NJ. For tickets and information 609-230-9900.
Saturday, July 12th - The Biggest All White Indoor/Outdoor Affair of The Summer starring Chubb Rock, 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.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!
You already told us you and he are just friends. He says something else. And, it's hard to believe you when you get mad at reporters and are ready to explode on people. Silly Rabbit!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, May 24th- Smokey Robinson in concert at Harrahs Casino in Atlantic City.
This 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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