Is Randy Jackson causing strife between Janet and her estranged husband Wissam? Police showed up after Janet called the cops on Wissam. Who told Janet to do this? All signs point to Randy. He’s super close to Janet and trying to give his sister the upper hand in her current battle with Wissam, but he may be going about this all the wrong way.
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Trump uninvited our Super Bowl champion Eagles from a celebration at The White House. When the White House learned how many players would show, to save face The White House changed the ceremony to a salute to our soldiers. The Trump statement also included accusing the Eagles of kneeling when the Star Spangle Banner is played. False!!!! That never happened. Mayor Kenny called President Trump dysfunctional and a bully. Head Coach Doug Pederson says we’re moving on and looking for the next championship.
Lee Daniels and Andra Day are teaming up for a new movie on Billie Holiday. Day is in talks to play the legendary jazz singer with Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta) set to co-star. A 1972 biopic featured Diana Ross in the role of Holiday. While Daniels’ upcoming production is still seeking a studio home, the director hopes to be able to begin filming later this year.
Tyrese is being sued for an American Express bill worth over $61,000.
Miss America has lost her bathing suit……let me explain. The famed pageant announced it will no longer include the swimsuit portion of the competition. To put an end to contestants being judge on their physical appearance, the pageant will replace both the swimsuit and evening gown portions of the competition with an onstage interactive session where the contestants will discuss their social impact initiatives with the judges.
Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is out on DVD.
Jada Pinkett Smith’s new Facebook show Red Table Talk is quite revealing! Did you know her and Will Smith’s son Jaden moved out of the house at the age of 15? On earlier episodes, Jada dealt with the past friction with Will’s first wife and her decades-long beef with Gabrielle Union. This show is very humbling!
The Odunde Festival is this weekend! First up: a naming ceremony for Lois Fernandez at 23rd and South Streets Saturday morning at 11am. Then KRS-One will be performing on the main stage and Iyanla Vanzant will be joining us on Sunday.
Designer Kate Spade has died of an apparent suicide. She left notes for her husband and her 13-year-old daughter. She was the leading designer and captured a lifestyle. She was 55-years-old.
The ABC Night of Fun & Games returns to the network with three of our favorites. First up is WDAS morning man Steve Harvey hosting Celebrity Family Feud at 8pm, followed by The $100,000 Pyramid hosted by Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan at 9pm. The night wraps with Emmy Nominee Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) hosting To Tell The Truth at 10pm. The ABC Sunday Night of Fun & Games returns to the network this Sunday night June 10th.
Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish is on the cover of W magazine. She has an incredible photo shoot and interview inside as she is crowned A Star for Our Time by the fashion magazine. Haddish will host The MTV Movie & TV Awards Monday, June 18th at 9pm. The Trailblazer Award will go to Emmy Winning Writer/Actress Lena Waithe (TV’s Master of None; Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One). Haddish and Tracy Morgan’s series The Last OG has been renewed for a second season by TBS. And, Haddish has two movies on the horizon. First up, she co-stars with NBA Champ Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Chris Weber, Lisa Leslie and Erica Ash in Uncle Drew, based on Irving’s Pepsi commercial character, hitting theaters June 29th. Then Haddish co-stars with fellow Comedian Kevin Hart in Night School coming to theaters September 28th.
Jamie Foxx news, he’s back to host The BET Awards. DJ Khaled leads with six nominations. Kendrick Lamar is next with five nominations, and SZA and Migos have four each. The BET Awards air Sunday, June 24th at 8pm.
Kevin Hart returns to TV to knock you out….with his new show. TKO: Total Knock Out, hosted by the Philly-born comedian, is an obstacle course challenge reality show. Produced by Hart and The Apprentice Producer Mark Burnett, TKO: Total Knock Out premieres on Wednesday, July 11th at 8pm on CBS.
Professional Race Car Driver Danica Patrick will be the first female host of The ESPY’s. The long running awards show has long spotlighted excellence in the world of sports. This year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award will be shared by Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Aly Raisman and the dozens of victims of the sexual abuse of U.S. Olympic Doctor Larry Nassar, who essentially received a life sentence for the extreme amount of criminal sexual assault accounts against him. Raisman is among the women leading the charge for reform in the sports world and protection against pedophiles and other sexual abusers. The 26th Annual ESPY Awards will air on Wednesday, July 18th at 8pm on ABC.
More Whitney Houston revelations as we await another documentary on this late singer’s life. First molestation of Whitney accusations laid at the late singer’s cousin and fellow singer the late Dee Dee Warwick, sister of Dionne Warwick. Now comes word that Pat Houston, Whitney’s very visible sister-in-law, is participating in the documentary and spilling secrets. Was Bobbi Kristina abandoned by her parents Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston and raised by someone else until she was eight? Did Bobbi Kris hate her life making it easy for the substance abuse which came later along with an allegedly abusive relationship with Nick Gordon to take over? This is all featured in the only documentary to have the approval of The Whitney Houston estate. Whitney opens July 6th.
CBS This Morning Anchor Gayle King has a new book out called Note to Self: Inspiring Words From Inspiring People. CBS This Morning asked its diverse list of guests to give a note to their younger selves. The book will feature thoughts from Oprah Winfrey, Congressman and Civil Rights Veteran John Lewis, Chelsea Handler, Vice President Joe Biden and Maya Angelou to name a few. Note to Self: Inspiring Words from Inspiring People, collected and introduced by King, is available in bookstores and on line now.
The stars return to the Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue, this summer. Tickets are going on sale this Saturday and check out the line up so far:
Thurs., July 5th – Kem / Tamar Braxton / Damien Escobar
Thurs., July 12th - Kool & the Gang / En Vogue
Thurs., July 19th - Tamela Mann
Sun., July 22nd – Ne-Yo / Lyfe Jennings
Thurs., July 26th – Charlie Wilson / Avery Sunshine
Thurs., Aug 2nd – Erykah Badu & Talib Kweli
Thurs., Aug 16th - Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill & Ralph Tresvant with special guest Major
Thurs., Aug. 23rd - Patti LaBelle & Gregory Porter
Sunday, Aug 19th - Special Ed, Kwame, Curtis Blow, MC Lyte, Rakim and more
Sunday September 2nd - Patty Jackson’s Annual Party in the Park celebrating her 35th anniversary starring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly & The Whispers
For more information log onto mydelleast.org.
Spike Lee and Oscar Winner Jordan Peele have teamed up for the feature film BlacKkKlansman. The movie is based on the life experiences of African American Detective Ron Stallworth, who so successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado that he became the head of the chapter. Fresh off his Oscar winning box office hit, Get Out Writer and Director Jordan Peele teams up with Spike Lee with Lee and Peele both serving as producers and Lee taking on directing and co-writing duties. The film stars John David Washington (son of Denzel and Pauletta Washington), Topher Grace (That 70’s Show), Adam Driver and the legendary Harry Belafonte. BlacKkKlansman opens in theaters August 10th.
Speaking of Acting Icon Denzel Washington, he is set to reprise his role as “Robert McCall” in The Equalizer II coming to the big screen July 20th.
Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish) is on the cover of the Awards Extra! issue of Vanity Fair.
Serena Williams is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar as she enjoys her comeback at The French Open.
Michael B. Jordan, who just wrapped filming Creed in Philly, is on the cover of Essence’s June-Summer Style edition. Jordan’s latest project, Fahrenheit 451, is now airing on HBO. It’s based on the Ray Bradbury novel about a society that bands books and the so called firemen charged with burning them. Jordan, who co-executive produced the project, plays a fireman whose conscious is challenged while burning books. Jordan is also on the cover of the May issue of Men’s Health magazine. And, the record breaking box office smash Black Panther, starring Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira, is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Speaking of Black Panther, Danai Gurira is on the cover of Ebony’s June issue. The actress/playwright/producer/activist has a huge cover shoot inside as Ebony also celebrates Black Music Month.
NBA Star James Harden is on the cover of G.Q., but check out Actress/Writer/Producer Issa Rae’s photo shoot inside. Rae pays homage to her favorite 90’s sitcoms A Different World, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Family Matters and Moesha. Rae is also on the cover of G.Q.’s special comedy issue, and her hit show Insecure returns to HBO Sunday, August 12th at 10:30pm right after the season premiere of Ballers with Dwayne The Rock Johnson at 10pm.
Rihanna is on the cover of Vogue’s Up All Night feature for June 2018. Rihanna is also co-starring in the big screen heist-adventure-comedy Ocean’s 8 with Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sara Paulson, Helen Bonham Carter and Awkwafina opening June 8th.
WDAS presents our Second Annual Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk taking place Saturday, June 16th 2018 at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, 201 North 17th Street. All the registration info and details are on the wdasfm.com page.
Essence magazine released the Essence Music Festival schedule and lineup for 2018. The festivities return to New Orleans July 5th through the 8th. Performers include Janet Jackson, Jilly from Philly Jill Scott, Philly’s own The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Teddy Riley’s New Jack Swing Experience (Wreckx-N-Effect, Blackstreet and Guy), Idris Elba, Fantasia, Miguel and Mary J. Blige with more acts to be announced. All the details are on Essence.com
The hit show Power has gotten some good news from its cable network Starz. The award winning drama starring Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren and, the show’s co-executive producer, Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, was renewed for a six season. 50 Cent is set to direct in that season, but first comes the fifth season which premieres on Sunday, July 1st at 9pm on Starz.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Saturday, June 30th – WDAS Summer Block Party starring Jill Scott, Boyz II Men, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more in concert at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd Street & Parkside Avenue. For more information log on to manncenter.org
Friday, July 13th – Lauryn Hill and the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tour at Penns Landing’s Festival Pier. Log on to ticketmaster.com for more information
Saturday, July 21st - Cedric the Entertainer comedy show at The Sugar House Casino. For tickets and information log onto sugarhouseentertainment.com
Monday, July 30th – Jay-Z & Beyoncé: 2018 On The Run II Tour at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. For tickets and information log onto ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, August 12th – Gladys Knight and The O’Jays in concert at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd Street & Parkside Avenue. For more information log on to manncenter.org
Saturday, August 25th – Smokey Robinson in concert at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street & Parkside Avenue. For more information log on to manncenter.org
Saturday, August 25th & Sunday, August 26th – Stevie Wonder in concert at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For more information log on to theborgata.com
Sunday, September 2nd – Earth, Wind & Fire in concert at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For more information log on to theborgata.com
Saturday, September 15th – The Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour starring Drake and Migos at the Wells Fargo Center. Log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com for ticket information.
Wednesday & Thursday, September 19th and 20th – Bruno Mars and Cardi B on Thee 24K Magic North American Concert Tour at the Wells Fargo Center. For tickets and information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
If you would like more info please email me at PattyJackson@iHeartMedia.com or check me out with my midday reports at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm during the day.
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