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More babies for Beyonce's Dad! Matthew “Papa” Knowles, the father of Beyonce and Solange Knowles, has been hit with another paternity suit. Suit number two is from a 30-year old lingerie model named TaQoya Branscomb. Branscomb claims Knowles is the father of her two-year old, and she was a casual acquaintance of Knowles' daughter Solange. This affair was not known to Solange. Knowles is already paying child support to Alexsandra Wright. She gave birth to his son. Last year, Knowles recently got married to former Model and Real Estate Agent Gena Avery, a woman who does not have children with Knowles. Knowles was married to Beyonce and Solange's mom Tina for almost 30 years. Branscomb is seeking a DNA test, child support and declaration of paternity. The past few years have been tough for Papa Knowles. His daughter Beyonce fired him as her manager after he cheated on her mother, and then his income opportunities dried up.
Sherri Shepherd is making major changes in her life, and they don’t include babies. The comedienne is leaving the TV Show The View after 7 years, and she is divorcing her husband of almost three years, Lamar Sally. Shepherd and The View decided to part ways when the show felt it needed to go in a new direction. At last weekend's Essence Festival, Shepherd was served her divorce papers from Sally as she was about to go on stage. Shepherd has been putting up with Sally's cruelty for months. She now sees her marriage to him was a big mistake, and that he was only in it for the money. During their marriage, Sally never worked and he had Shepherd agree to having a surrogate carry their child using his sperm and someone else's eggs. Well, Shepherd is backing out of the deal claiming her soon to be ex forced this on her. She knows he only wants her to pay child support to get more money out of her. So what's next for Shepherd? How about a new book and a new movie with Chris Rock. Meanwhile, major changes are coming to The View. Whoopi Goldberg is going to be surrounded by a whole new cast, including Rosie O’Donnell who is returning to the show. So, who else is coming to the daytime talker, and will a man be a part of the plans? Now that O’Donnell has signed on for the show, don’t look for any reality stars to join as co-hosts. She and Whoopi will have the final say on who sits on The View panel.
Singer Bobby Brown leaves the stage in mid-performance. Brown became short of breath in the middle of a New Edition concert appearance in Mississippi, and reportedly left the stage. There's talk that Brown's weight gain contributed to that early exit on performance night. In better news for Brown, he is now 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.
Does Columbus Short have a drinking problem? The Stomp The Yard actor, who was recently fired from the hit TV drama Scandal, was arrested over the holiday weekend for public intoxication. Short has stayed in the headlines for the past six months because of his behavior. Whether fighting in public or domestic violence accusations involving his estranged wife, Short appears to have a problem. Is it alcohol or drugs? Whatever it is, Short needs help because he has all but destroyed a very promising career.
Do The Right Thing is coming to Broadway. The 1989 Spike Lee movie is coming to Broadway, but not as a musical. It will be adapted into a play. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Do The Right Thing, the movie.
This has not been a good week for Singer Robin Thicke. His latest CD, Paula, only sold 25,000 copies. This has to be the worst selling kickoff in history. Last year, Thicke was the toast of the town with #1 hit Blurred Lines. But, in the past year, his career has taken a major hit, and he split with his wife, Actress Paula Patton. Thicke has been on a public apology tour trying to get his wife back, but sources say she has moved on from Thicke citing his cheating. Apparently, even though they have a young child, she hasn’t seen Thicke in months. What will he do now? He is very talented and has much more to offer than just Blurred Lines, the song. Can Thicke turn his career around, and will he get over ruining his marriage to Paula Patton?
Taye Diggs is one busy actor. In addition to his work on the TNT drama, Murder In The First, he will be guest starring in six episodes of the CBS Drama The Good Wife. The new season of Good Wife kicks off September 21st.
Larenz Tate is returning to TV in the USA network medical drama Rush. Rush kicks off July 17th.
Apollo Nida of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta will be going away for eight years for cashing stolen checks and a money laundering scheme. He could have gotten 30 years, but he cooperated with authorities. Since he still has to serve jail time, how will his wife Phaedra Parks go on without her husband and the father of her two small children. How will this affect the future episodes of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta?
Oprah Winfrey is rocking 5-inch Louboutin heels on the latest issue of O magazine.
Don Cheadle is hard at work putting the final touches on the Miles Davis bio pic he's working on.
Steve Harvey is coming to Philly. He is bringing his Act Like A Success Empowerment tour to the Tower Theatre, Saturday, February 21st. Harvey is taking a cue from Oprah Winfrey by reaching out to help people. Help people climb their ladder of success.
Apollo Live with Host Tony Rock returned to BET. The show features Judges Doug E. Fresh, Gladys Knight and Michael Bivins, and airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on BET.
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.
Michael Strahan is on the cover of the latest issue of Ebony magazine. Speaking of Stahan, is there tension on the Good Morning America set since he 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.
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.
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.
A new season of the controversial reality show The Preachers Of L.A. kicks off August 20th on the Oxygen network.
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.
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 $50 million. Season Three of The Real Husbands of Hollywood kicks off in October on BET.
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. The movie also stars Actor Jake Johnson
Halle Berry will star in Extant, a sci-fi series produced by Steven Spielberg. Extant is on CBS Wednesday nights at 9pm . 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 this Thursday, July 10th with The O’Jays, Chrisette Michelle 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.
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.
This 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?!!!!!!!!!!!
Is this Diva being cheated on? This now set manger/producer used this union to establish himself. Is he gonna turnaround and bite her back out with her co-star?
Check out who’s coming to town:
Wednesday, July 16th - Maxwell in concert at the Sands Bethlehem Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Sunday, July 20th- The Wayans Brothers live at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
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.
Saturday, August 2nd The Wayans Brothers live at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Sunday, August 3rd – Lionel Richie at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Saturday, February 21st - Steve Harvey Act like a Success Empowerment Tour. Teaching people how to Climb their ladder of success and to overcome fears and challenges that prevent you from jumping into your future. At The Tower Theater in Upper Darby.
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