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Boxer Floyd Mayweather and Rapper T.I. may want to set the record straight. The two have been an internet and social media sensation since being caught on videotape fighting. Both were in Las Vegas, and publish reports say it stemmed from Mayweather's longtime friendship with Tiny, who is now T.I.'s wife. Words were exchanged just before the fight between the rapper and the boxer after pictures surfaced of Tiny and Mayweather at a party. Mayweather did issue an apology to Tiny for telling T.I. to Keep His Bi**h In Check, but he says he apologizes for nothing else. Hmmmmmmm!
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 family of Whitney Houston is mad about a proposed Lifetime TV movie being made about the late singer/actress. The movie, which is being directed by Houston's Waiting To Exhale Co-Star Angela Bassett, will focus on Whitney's life while she was married to Singer Bobby Brown. The Houston family feels that Whitney's life is bigger than a TV movie. They want her story told on the big screen. Sources say the Houston estate may block the movie. There is no word on who will play Whitney Houston or Bobby Brown.
Mary Mary 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 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 1st at 8pm Mary Mary
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 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.
Actress Stacey Dash (Clueless; Single Ladies) has struck a new deal to return to TV. It's not an acting job. She's going to be a contributor to FOX News. Yes! Dash was highly visible in the last presidential election for the republican party and supporting politically conservative viewpoints.
It'll be a busy summer for the legendary Singer Patti LaBelle. 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.
The BET Celebration Of Gospel will live on! The popular awards show was on the chopping block. Despite the strong ratings with new Host Taraji P. Henson this year, the production became too expensive, and the corporate dollars were running short. BET felt the backlash at the mere threat of cancellation, and now the network says the show will return Thanksgiving 2015.
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.
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 know for her hits Glamorous Life, Hold Me and Love Bizarre with Prince.
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.
Mary J. Blige is getting her financial house in order. The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul recently cleared a $900,000 tax debt from the State of New Jersey. She is still working on the debt to the I.R.S. She owes them $3.4 million.
We remember Dr. Maya Angelou. Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, Angelou's life consisted of music, activism, entertainment, education and, of course, writing. After a traumatic childhood of rape, not speaking for a number of years following the attack and becoming a teenaged mother, Angelou used those life incidents as stepping stones. In the 50's, she was introduced to the world as a calypso singer and actress, but she never abandoned writing. She chronicled the civil rights movement, African American self-esteem and the elections of presidents through both her writing and her participation. Angelou's writing hit an all-time high with her 1969 autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. The international bestseller pulled no punches describing the challenges and victories in her early life and was the first of seven autobiographies. Angelou, who had toured internationally in plays since the '50's and took up film directing in 1976, became the first African American woman to join the Director's Guild Of America. She also continued acting with appearances in John Singleton's Poetic Justice and Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion. The international acclaim of Angelou's poetry continued to spread after she read a piece for Bill Clinton's first inauguration as President of The United States. One of her last public appearances was being awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from President Barack Obama, who offered his and First Lady Michelle Obama's condolences on Angelou's passing. Dr. Maya Angelou died at the age of 86.
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.
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!!!!!
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!
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.
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.
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, 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 this Saturday, May 31st at 9pm on HBO.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!!!!!!!!!
Are you trying to turn family uproar into profit? Solange and Jay-Z seem to have let go of elevator-gate, but not everyone did. Looks like someone is trying to stay relevant by commenting on family strife. Why? You've got money too!
Check out who’s coming to town:
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.
Sunday August 3rd – Lionel Richie at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
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