Join us for our WDAS’ Women Of Excellence event happening Saturday, April 6th.This year’s honorees include: Jenice Armstrong, Metro Columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer; Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; Facetta Greene, Operations Manager of The Dell Music Center, Philadelphia; Amber Hikes, Executive Director, Office of LGBT Affairs, Mayor’s Office; Renee Chenault Fattah, Iconic Philadelphia Anchor Woman & News Personality. Our Special Trailblazing Woman of Excellence honor will be presented to Grammy Award Winning Rapper, Songwriter, Actress, Co-host of the CBS’ The Talk and West Philly Native Eve. Plus, musical performances by Brian McKnight, Pastor Marvin Sapp, and Raheem DeVaughn! Log onto WDAS-FM.com for tickets and information.
R Kelly is out of jail once again as he mounts his legal defense. Last week, he was sent to jail because he owed over $160,000 in back child support. He didn’t have it all, so the judge locked him up. Kelly was released once the money was raised. Kelly’s publicist Darrell Johnson, who looks like Phillip Bailey from Earth Wind & Fire to me (smile), told Don Lemon that fans were responsible for helping raise this money. Then Kelly went back to court to petition to have his monthly payments lowered. Kelly’s team have said on the record bad business deals and people taking advantage of have cost the singer/songwriter what should have been a very comfortable fortune. Meanwhile, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea claims R Kelly only stopped his child support payments to her as punishment and a way to control her. R Kelly faces 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse.
Speaking of R Kelly, his interview has made Gayle King quite a hot commodity. CBS This Morning has been mired in third place behind NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. But, after the huge numbers King got when she landed R Kelly in the show and the primetime special, things are looking up for CBS. There’s been talk of King leaving before, but now it looks like she’ll stay, if the price is right. She’s reportedly is making $6 million a year, and looking for raise in the neighborhood of George Stephanopoulos money. He reportedly makes $15-$18 million for co-anchoring GMA with Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan.
Is Lori Harvey, Steve Harvey’s stepdaughter, dating Sean Puffy Combs? Is this for publicity? Lori’s reportedly been linked to Future, Trey Songz and Puffy’s son Justin. After a report about Lori, 22, and Puffy, 49, supposedly being spotted together on South Beach, the tongues have been wagging ever since. Remember, Puffy got called out on social media for not marrying the late Kim Porter, and he actually copped to that being a mistake on his part. Then, his girlfriend of 10 years, Singer/Actress Cassie, has not only moved on with a new man, Personal Trainer Alex Fine, but the couple love sharing their social media love letter to each other. So what’s with Lori and Puffy? Is there really a Lori and Puffy?! Hmmmmmmmmm!
Are Aunt Becky from Full House and Lynette from Desperate Housewives going to prison?!!!! Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli, have both been indicted and accused of paying a now cooperating witness, William “Rick” Singer, $500,000 to get their two daughters into school. Loughlin, who played Becky on Full House and now Fuller House, is out on $1 million bail. Actress Felicity Huffman, married to Actor William H. Macy and best known as Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives, was also indicted and arrested. Huffman is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s S.A.T. scores increased in a cheating scam. Huffman is out on $250,000 bail and her husband isn’t charged. These charges could send these actresses to prison. They are among 50 people named in what Feds are calling a nationwide scheme for parents to allegedly cheat the system to get their kids into colleges. While we await the court process, what happens to the ladies’ careers? Loughlin is recurring on Netflix’s Fuller House and the lead on Hallmark Channel’s Garage Sale Mysteries series. Huffman is set to appear alongside Angela Bassett in Otherhood in April and the Ava DuVernay-Central Park Five miniseries When They See Us, both on Netflix. Social media is lit up over these charges.
There’s dissension on the set of Empire, so will FOX cancel the show? With Jussie Smollett now indicted on 16 felony counts, the show’s crew have reportedly taken sides. FOX had to deny any knowledge of the accusation that Jussie Smollett’s staged a racial attack for a raise in salary and secure his part on the show. Smollett’s legal team is calling into question Chicago Police and all their leaks to the press. The police have responded with an internal investigation on those leaks, but the charges still stand against Smollett. Meanwhile, back on the set, FOX is reviewing the current climate and noting Empire isn’t the huge numbers winner it once was for the network. At press time, FOX has yet to confirm renewing or cancelling the show.
Dionne Warwick will release her first album in five years. Produced by her son, Damon Elliot, the album is simply entitled She’s Back. The album consists of remakes and new songs, and Warwick will duet with Kenny Latimore, Musiq Soulchild, and Krayzie Bone from Bone, Thugs & Harmony. YES, Krayzie Bone and Auntie Dionne! It’s a big year for legendary songstress as she’ll receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Grammys in a special celebration in May, and she begins her Las Vegas residency April 4th – 27th at Bally’s. Her album, She’s Back, will be released May 10th.
DeSean Jackson is also back …..with the Eagles that is!!! The wide receiver was a three-time Pro Bowler when he was with the Birds from 2008 to 2013. Jackson had stints with Washington and Tampa Bay afterwards, but now he’s back with Philly. He even announced on his Instagram page that he wants his #10 back. The 32-year old called being back with the Eagles A Blessing.
Whoopi Goldberg came close to death. At 63, she had pneumonia in both lungs and was septic. Goldberg videotaped an update on her health for The View. She’s been off the show for a month, and people have been wondering just how serious things got. Some even speculated she was going to be a last minute host replacing Kevin Hart at this year’s Oscars. But, the Oscar winner set the record straight herself and confirms she was close to death. Goldberg says she’s not as fast as she’d like to be, but she’s O.K. She also told viewers and her fellow View panelists that she can’t wait to be back with them.
We remember Jan-Michael Vincent. The actor was best known for the TV dramas Police Story in the 70’s and Airwolf in the 80’s. His films included The Mechanic, Going Home and Disney’s The World’s Greatest Athlete. Vincent struggled with alcoholism, and later a car accident left him with an infection that required amputating one of his legs. The actor had been hospitalized at the time of his death from cardiac arrest. Jan-Michael Vincent was 73.
Freda George Foreman has died. The daughter of Boxer George Foreman was found dead in her home. She, like her famous dad, was also a boxer. Her middle name was George as her dad named all ten of his children George after himself. Authorities confirm her death was by suicide. Freda, who was also a grandmother, was 42-years old.
Jaheim is an Uber Driver in Atlanta. The singer’s life has changed but he’s stepping up and handling his business. Sources say he’s happy and even has a special code for first time riders. However, there’s word that he wanted the Teddy Pendergrass bio pic role that went to Tyrese.
Idris Elba is coming to Netflix with comedy series which begins streaming this week. The reigning People magazine Sexiest Man Alive is the co-creator and co-executive producer of Turn Up Charlie. Elba plays Charlie, a bachelor and DJ who reluctantly becomes a “manny” to a friend’s problem child daughter. Turn Up Charlie will begin streaming this Friday, March 15th. And, this summer, Elba will team up with Dwayne The Rock Johnson for a Fast And The Furious spinoff. Hobbs And Shaw is the first spinoff from this franchise, and Elba will play a villain. Hobbs And Shaw will hit theaters this July. Remember Elba is also a professional DJ and will be at this year’s Coachella. The California music festival takes place April 12th through the 21st and will also feature Childish Gambino, Solange and Anderson Paak.
The three generations of The Red Table Talk cover the March issue of Essence magazine. For Women’s History Month, its Adrienne Banfield-Jones (grandmother), Jada Pinkett Smith (mother) and Willow Smith (daughter) all sharing the cover.
Anthony Anderson of Black-ish will return to host The 50th Anniversary of The NAACP Image Awards on TV One airing Saturday, March 30th.
Smokey Robinson and Cedric The Entertainer (CBS’s The Neighborhood) will host a Grammy special entitled Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration. Performers include Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ne-Yo and Thelma Houston. The 60th Anniversary Motown special airs Sunday, April 21st at 8pm on CBS.
Lupita Nyong’o and her Black Panther Co-star Winston Duke head the cast of Oscar Winner Jordan Peele’s new film Us. Nyong’o and Duke play a married couple who take their two children to a beach house on vacation only to be confronted by the entire family’s look a likes (doppelgangers). Us hits theaters Friday, March 22nd.
Issa Rae is on the cover of Women’s Health magazine and next month her movie Little hits the big screen. Rae plays the assistant of high powered and super mean business executive Regina Hall (from Girls’ Trip) who is transformed back into her 13-year old self with her present day mind (Marsai Martin, “Diane” from Black-ish). Rae’s character is the only one who knows the truth, and must keep her boss’ business going until they can make her normal again. Rae talked to Women’s Health about money weight. She says when she began her web series, she was broke. By the time she created HBO’s super hit Insecure, she began to gain that money weight. That what success does, so she made time to work out. Rae graces the cover of the April edition of Women’s Health, and her movie Little, co-starring Tone Bell (CBS’ Fam) and Justin Hartley (NBC’s This Is Us), opens in theaters April 12th.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Wednesday, March 20th – Sunday, March 24th– Madea’s Farewell starring Tyler Perry at The Met Philly, Broad & Poplar Streets. For tickets and information log onto ticketmaster.com
Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd– Lionel Richie in concert at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
Saturday, March 30th– Mariah Carey in concert at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
Friday, April 26th – The New Stylistics featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr., The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and The Delfonics featuring William Hart in concert at The Keswick Theater, Glenside, Pa. For tickets and information log onto keswicktheater.com/events/all.
Friday, May 3rd – Wayne Brady at the Parx Casino in Bensalem. For Tickets and information log onto parxcasino.com/xcitecenter
Friday, May 10th – The Mother’s Day Music Festival Weekend starring The Whispers & The Force MD’s at Caesar’s Circus Maximus Theater in Atlantic City. For more information log onto ppshows.com and for tickets log onto ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, May 11th – The Mother’s Day Music Festival Weekend starring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kem, Al B. Sure and Christopher Williams at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For more information log onto ppshows.com and for tickets log onto ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, May 12th – The Mother’s Day Music Festival Weekend starring After 7 and Dru Hill at Tropicana Showroom Theater in Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale now. For more information log onto ppshows.com and for tickets log onto ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, June 1st – The 2019 Roots Picnic has a new location at The Mann Music Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside! Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Roots album Things Fall Apart with special guests H.E.R., Raphael Saadiq, 21 Savage, City Girls and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 15th. Log onto rootspicnic.com for more information.
Thursday, June 6th – One Nation Under A Groove-George Clinton’s Farewell Tour with Parliament-Funkadelic at the Franklin Music Hall, formerly The Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street. For more ticket information log onto ticketmaster.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.