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The recent shakeup at the ABC daytime talker The View could lead to the return of Rosie O’Donnell. Rosie was originally on the 2006-2007 season, but she proved to be too controversial and left after only one year. Now with the departures of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, Rosie may be back. I am also hearing that a man may be added to the cast. Whoopi Goldberg stays. If they bring Rosie back, will she and Whoopi blend together? I am also hearing talks that Laila Ali may be added to the cast. What is the future for the once popular show? Barbara Walters and longtime Executive Producer Bill Geddie are no longer with the show, so what will happen next?
Angela Bassett is busy at work as director of the Whitney Houston Lifetime movie. In a recent interview, Bassett talked about the casting for the movie. Model/Actress Ya Ya De Costa will be playing Houston in the movie. Bassett talked about not casting Houston's daughter Bobbi Kris. Bassett said Bobbi Kris is not an actress and an actress to pull this role off. Bobbi Kris responded angrily via social media calling Bassett a man. Bobbi Kris has since apologized to Bassett for those hurtful comments.
Disney Star Zendaya Coleman has backed of the Lifetime-Aaliyah project. Coleman cited the controversy surrounding the project. I hear a young actress singer named Erika Perry may be stepping into the role. The family of Aaliyah is against the movie project, and they won’t release the rights to the late singer's music. There is also the R Kelly angle. You cannot tell the story of Aaliyah without telling the story of her marriage to Kelly. She married him when she was 15 and he was 27. Aaliyah's family is still embarrassed about this incident since it happened under their watch. They don’t want these memories brought back up.
In more Lifetime news, the cable network is in talks with The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin to make a TV movie about her life and career. Franklin has been wanting to tell her story on the big screen, but it stalled over casting and details. Now Lifetime may be helping her.
The BET Awards will be re-airing on Saturday night at 8pm. I loved this years show! Chris Rock was the man! He was so funny and truly commanded the night. The Lionel Richie tribute led by Yolanda Adams, John Legend and Ledisi was great. Other standout performances were from Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, Usher and Jennifer Hudson.
BET's gospel reality show Sunday Best returns on Sunday, July 6th at 8pm. Kirk Franklin returns as host along with Judges Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin and Kierra Sheard.
Apollo Live with Host Tony Rock returned to BET. The show features Judges Doug E. Fresh, Gladys Knight and Michael Bivins, and airs Tuesday night at 10pm on BET.
We remember Meshach Taylor. The actor was best know for his Emmy nominated role as “Anthony” in the CBS sitcom Designing Women. He also spent four seasons with with Night Court's Harry Anderson in another CBS sitcom Dave's World. Taylor was last seen in the drama Criminal Minds, which aired back in January. Taylor died of cancer and was 67-years old.
We also remember the Soul Music Legend Bobby Womack. The man known as "The Poet" passed away last week, but he leaves an incredible career behind. Beginning with his brothers as The Valentinos, the group was signed and mentored by the late great Sam Cooke. Womack embarked on a solo career after Cooke's death. Besides laying out a string of hits for himself (Lookin' For A Love; I Can Understand It; Woman's Gotta Have It; If You're Think You're Lonely Now; Check It Out), he was a prolific writer and guitarist for other legends like Aretha Franklin (I'm In Love), Wilson Pickett (I'm A Midnight Mover) and George Benson (Breezin'). Bobby Womack earned the nicknames "Preacher" and "Poet" for his no holds barred approach to singing and songwriting and particularly after his amazing career comeback in the 1980's. Bobby Womack was 70-years old.
First Lady Michelle Obama is the Cover Lady for the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o is gracing the cover of Vogue.
Tamar Braxton takes the cover for Upscale magazine.
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.
The new digital Jet magazine is ready. The new Jet is available for tablets and mobile devices and published once a week with updates daily beginning this month. Got to jetmag.com for more info.
A new season of the controversial reality show The Preachers Of L.A. kicks off August 20th on the Oxygen network.
Is there tension on the Good Morning America set since Michael Strahan joined the morning crew? According to published reports..... there is. Sources say Strahan only gets along with Robin Roberts because of their sports backgrounds. Strahan has let everyone know his gig Live With Kelly & Michael comes first, and that is his priority. Apparently, the other morning crew members are having a hard time warming up to Strahan because he is only warm to Robin.
Actor Anthony Anderson is coming to the Food Network. Anderson has a new food show Food Fest Nation, which premieres Monday, July 21st at 9pm on the Food Network. Anderson is traveling the country visiting all the top food festivals. His new ABC sitcom Black-ish, with Tracee Ellis Ross, kicks off in the fall.
Nick Cannon is proving he is just more than just Mariah Carey's husband. In addition to hosting NBC's America's Got Talent and appearing on BET’s Real Husbands Of Hollywood, he is in talks to play the legendary Comedian Richard Pryor in a new movie. Cannon wants to show his acting skills. Remember him in the movie Drumline? Well, when he appeared on the BET Awards, he had his full blown out Afro and lots of facial hair resembling Pryor a little bit. Will he be the man bringing this project to the big screen?
Singer Bobby Brown is in the food business. Brown has started a food line that includes his signature Barbeque sauces. You gotta check out his food website: bobbybrownfoods.com. Who knew he could cook?!! The food looks good.
So what’s next for Comedian/Actor Kevin Hart after the success of his latest movie? A film called The Wedding Ringer is Hart's next project. It's slated to hit theatres in January. Hart is also working on a new season of his BET comedy series The Real Husbands Of Hollywood. His current hit, Think Like A Man Too, debuted in the number one slot at the box office and has since done over $40 million. Season Three of The Real Husbands of Hollywood kicks off in October on BET.
ESPN magazine is celebrating their annual Body Issue featuring a nude Venus Williams. The 34-year old tennis sensation bares all in more ways than one. Williams talks about her career and her road back to good health after battling the incurable muscle soreness disease Sjogren's syndrome. Also featured in the Body Issue: the WNBA's Angel McCoughtry, the NFL's Larry Fitzgerald and Boxer Bernard Hopkins.
Despite low ratings and no buzz, the old crew is coming back to American Idol. Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban will be back in the judges' chairs with returning Host Ryan Seacrest. Season 14 of American Idol kicks off in January. The show will be shortened from 50 hours to 37 hours.
Get ready for a reunion of the 80’s hit TV sitcom A Different World. Oprah has most of the original cast for a future episode of Where Are They Now on OWN. A Different World Producer/Director Debbie Allen was instrumental in helping Winfrey with the reunion. That's because Allen is trying to bring the show back to TV. Allen says while she has the support of the show's original Creator and Co-Owner, Bill Cosby, she's still trying to get a network on board. The ground-breaking sitcom about life at a (fictional) historically black college was a spinoff of The Cosby Show, and was a top-five ratings hit for the majority of its run on NBC from 1987-1992.
Damon Wayans, Jr. is making his mark. His first big screen lead will be in the movie Let’s Be Cops, which opens in theatres August 13th.
Halle Berry will star in Extant, a sci-fi series produced by Steven Spielberg. Extant premieres July 9th on CBS. First Daughter Malia Obama recently got her first job as a production assistant on the set of the CBS drama. On the TV series Extant, Halle Berry plays an astronaut who becomes pregnant by aliens. She’s getting paid $100,000 an episode.
The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge are the latest editions to this season's Essence Of Entertainment lineup at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Saturday, August 30th. Mary Mary will be there 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 & Freddie Jackson
August 7th at 7pm Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show Starring Ledisi, Eric Benet & Mint Condition
August 14th- Brian McKnight & Angie Stone and Calvin Richardson
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
August 30th- The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge
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.
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.
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 this 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 back with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
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.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!
Did this Singer just lose his one of his few outlets. He kinda trashed a major show after a loss in one of their categories. He tried to laugh it off on Twitter, but the talk continues.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Now- July 6th - The Jackson Brothers are coming to Caesars Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.
This Saturday, 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.
Friday August 1st- Jeffrey Osborne in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, August 3rd – Lionel Richie at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
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