The WDAS Holiday Jam is back and it’s happening at the newly restored Met Philly at Broad and Poplar. The WDAS Holiday Jam, Starring Uncle Charlie himself, Charlie Wilson and Stokley of Mint Condition, is happening Saturday, December 22nd. Tickets and information can be found on the wdasfm.com homepage.
Tina Turner has a new autobiography and in this one she updates more challenges, but, in the process, getting true love proven to her. Among the revelations, The Queen Of Rock & Roll had to have a kidney transplant. Her kidney disease progressed to the point where they didn’t work anymore. Turner’s husband Erwin Bach offered her his kidney. The couple, who have been in a long term relationship that turned into marriage by 2013, is now living their best life thanks to the transplant. Turner is preparing to bring her life story musical to Broadway in the fall of 2019 after a successful run on the European stage. No cast or show dates have been announced yet. Turner details this and more in her new autobiography Tina Turner: My Love Story, which will be available October 16th.
Steve Harvey Morning Show Team Member Nephew Tommy is coming to OWN. WDAS’ resident prank phone caller and stand-up comedian hosts Ready For Love, a reality show dating series. The show focuses on African American men and women in their 30’s and 40’s, who are looking for long lasting and authentically loving relationships. Host Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles guides the participants and the audience through the dating adventures these adults face, and whether they really do want to be in loving committed relationships. Ready To Love debuts Tuesday, October 23rd at 10pm and then moves to its regular slot beginning Saturday, October 27th at 10pm.
Toni Braxton has said it….she loves her family, but doesn’t like them. WOW! She’s certain that if they weren’t family they wouldn’t be her friends, and that applies to everyone in her family. Braxton also feels she could have gone a lot further career-wise had it not been for her sisters. The Unbreak My Heart singer says her sisters weigh her down like an anchor, and have given her the side-eye ever since Babyface only wanted to sign her to a record deal without her sisters in the 1990’s. Toni made this confession during the now failed family intervention staged by Iyanla Van Zandt. Check it out on the WeTV webpage.
Denzel Washington will receive his latest honor in 2019. The movie legend will become the second African American feted by the American Film Institute with the Life Time Achievement Award. Past recipients include Dustin Hoffman, Alfred Hitchcock, Barbara Streisand, Clint Eastwood and Sidney Poitier. Washington, currently ruling the box office with The Equalizer II which has taken in over $187 million, will be honored June 6, 2019.
Bad Boys III but without Martin Lawrence?!!!! The Lawrence and Will Smith buddy cop formula was a splash with audiences. The first two films of the franchise have taken in almost $500 million at the box office since its debut in 1995. Lawrence is said to be eyeing the development process of the third script as he and the studio try to come to terms. Meanwhile, sources say the studio is prepping for the possibility of leaving Lawrence out of the franchise this go around and moving on production with Smith by early 2019. Is it the script, money or has Lawrence got his own plans? Do you wanna see a Bad Boys movie without both Bad Boys?!!!
The list of nominees for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Class of 2019 has been released. Among the names are Janet Jackson, LL Cool J and Rufus & Chaka Khan. Inductees, who have to at least have 25 years in the recording business to be considered, will be announced this December and the ceremony will take place in New York City in March.
R Kelly’s ex-wife goes on The View and details years of abuse she says she suffered at the hands of the famous singer/songwriter. Andrea Kelly appeared on ABC’s daytime talker The View. Andrea claimed during her 13-year marriage, which was absolutely kept out of the spotlight, she claims being attacked in the back of a hummer and hogtied to a bed. Andrea says this abuse led to her suicide attempt. Andrea Kelly says she’s sharing her story to bring validity to the other allegations surrounding the famous singer/songwriter. R Kelly continues to deny wrongdoing and abusing anyone.
At the movies this week, Tiffany Haddish in The Oath with Mad TV’s Ike Barinholtz (the writer and director of the movie), John Cho and Nora Dunn (Saturday Night Live). Haddish and Barinholtz play a couple who go to his relatives’ on the Thanksgiving after Americans have been required to sign an oath of loyalty to the government. When talk turns to politics, the reactions are a step up from the Get Out movie, but played for laughs. After that, Haddish joins Tika Sumpter (The Haves & The Have Nots), Amber Riley (Glee), Omari Hardwick (Power) and Whoopi Goldberg for Nobody’s Fool, written and directed by Tyler Perry, hitting theaters November 2nd.
Nick Cannon has signed a deal with FOX for a weekly late night show. The show will be a variety and interview comedy program. The untitled series will also deal with the current events. No premiere date or supporting cast has been announced.
Is there an Ella Mai sex tape? There’s quite an explicit video floating around the internet with a woman bearing a striking resemblance Mai. The British soul singing phenom seems to be paying the allegations no mind. After a putting the crowd on their feet with her performance of Boo’d Up at The American Music Awards, the acclaim is perfect timing for this week’s release of her debut self-titled album, Ella Mai, which features duets with Chris Brown, H.E.R. and John Legend.
Speaking of John Legend, he’s coming to town with a holiday tour and has a new album of Christmas music. The new album is called A Legendary Christmas and features the holiday standards Silver Bells, The Christmas Song and a duet with Stevie Wonder on Wonder’s classic What Christmas Means to Me My Love. Legend will also be in the area for A Legendary Christmas Tour at The Borgata in Atlantic City on Black Friday, November 23rd and The Met Philadelphia Tuesday, December 4th. The new album, A Legendary Christmas, will be released Thursday, October 26th.
The Legendary Peabo Bryson is back. The singer enjoyed a string of hits in the 70’, 80’s and 90’s including A Whole New World, Feel The Fire, Beauty And The Beast, Tonight (I Celebrate My Love For You), We Don’t Have To Talk About Love, Can You Stop The Rain and I’m So Into You, to name a few. Peabo and I go way back anyway including the day he took me shoe shopping (Smile Peabo!!!). Now he’s back with a brand new album, Stand For Love, produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on their reactivated label Perspective Records. He’s already got two hot singles off the album: Love Like Yours And Mine and his latest All She Wants To Do Is Me. Peabo is celebrating over 40 years in the business and is touring with a possible stop in Philly this December. And, at 67, the singer/songwriter is keeping up with his and wife Tanya’s eight month-old baby boy Robert. Bryson also has a daughter, Linda, from a previous relationship. Stand For Love is Peabo’s 21st album and is available now in stores and online.
The Hate U Give is a new film from Soul Food Director George Tillman, Jr. and explores the issues of race and police brutality. When a teenager is the star witness to the shooting death of her best friend at the hands of police, she feels the pressure from various sides on how she should react and doing what’s right. The film stars Amandla Stenberg (Sleepy Hollow; Hunger Games), Regina Hall (Girls Trip; Think Like A Man), Russell Hornsby (Fences; Creed II; Lincoln Heights) and Algee Smith (The New Edition Story; Detroit). The Hate U Give opens in theaters Friday, October 19th.
Actress Tessa Thompson (Dear White People; Creed II) graces the cover of the November issue of Essence magazine, which covers Our Time To Heal and The Metoo movement.
Senators Kamala Harris and Corey Booker join Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on the cover of Ebony magazine for the November political issue, which also features an Aretha Franklin tribute.
Speaking of The Queen Of Soul, Essence magazine has issued a special commemorative issue all about Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin, in words and pictures over the years of her record breaking career.
Ciara graces the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. Mrs. Russell Wilson talks about getting at the goodies and how to level up in her first cover shoot for the magazine which is out now.
Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross graces the cover of InStyle magazine for its November issue. The season premiere of Ross’ Emmy nominated sitcom Black-ish airs Tuesday, October 16th at 9pm on ABC.
Michael B. Jordan is on the cover of the November issue of Vanity Fair. Meanwhile, Creed II, which Jordan filmed largely in Philly and co-stars Sylvester Stallone, opens Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday, November 16th – Hall & Oates at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com/event for ticket information.
Tuesday, November 20th - The 20th Annual Marion Anderson Awards, Gala & Concert honoring Queen Latifah at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets. For more tickets and information log onto KimmelCenter.org.
Friday, November 23rd – A Legendary Christmas starring John Legend at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For more information log on to theborgata.com
Saturday, November 24th - The Irresponsible Tour starring Kevin Hart at the Wells Fargo Center. For tickets and information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Thursday, November 29th - Michelle Obama-Becoming: An Intimate Conversation at the Wells Fargo Center. For tickets and information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Tuesday, December 4th – A Legendary Christmas starring John Legend at The Met Philly, Broad and Poplar. Log onto the wdasfm.com homepage for tickets and information.
Saturday, December 8th – Maxwell at the Tower Theater on 69th Street in Upper Darby. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
Saturday, December 22nd – The WDAS Holiday Jam starring Charlie Wilson and Stokley at The Met Philly, Broad and Poplar. Log onto the wdasfm.com homepage for tickets and information.
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.