Wendy Williams' son is arrested after a brawl with his dad. Kevin Hunter, Jr. and Kevin Hunter, Sr. got into an argument in a parking lot reportedly over the estrangement in their family. The fight may have centered on the fact Sr. wants child support even though Jr. is over 18. Now of course, Kevin, Sr. and Wendy Williams are going through a very public divorce in the midst of media reports Kevin got a mistress pregnant and she delivered in a Philly hospital. Also alleged is a sidechick apartment bought by Kevin, Sr. with Wendy’s money. The argument between father and son got heated, and Sr. reportedly put Jr. in a headlock. Well, Jr. punched his dad in the face. Cops were called and Jr. was arrested. Kevin, Sr. released a statement that things aren’t always as they seem, and he won’t be pursuing charges against his son.
Someone found an Aretha Franklin will? Make that wills! How? Where? When? They were found by her niece who actually represents the Franklin estate. Two wills were found in a cabinet and dated 2010, and another found in the couch cushions dated 2014. In these papers, The Queen Of Soul cleared up the rumor that her own father got her pregnant as she in fact delivered children at the age of 12 and 14. She names a man Edward Jordan, Sr. as the father of those sons. Why does she mention him now? Because she stipulated he gets no money and comes nowhere near her sons or her estate. She also left the nieces and grandchildren furs and jewelry. Plus, she left money to a boyfriend of 30 years and the late Dennis Edwards of Temptations fame was mentioned as the true love of her life. While she was alive, Franklin mentioned the passionate relationship she had with Edwards in her tell all, but this new declaration is like whoa!
Special shout out to 6abc Anchor Monica Malpass. She announced this week after 31 years at Action News, she’s moving on from the station and looking forward to pursuing new opportunities and spending time with her family. Her Co-anchor Rick Williams, who has anchored with her almost that entire time, led a great tribute to her. Monica and I go back a-ways too. Some of you may remember she guest hosted my midday show here at WDAS when I was on maternity leave. Love You Monica!!!!!
There’s good news and bad news for Tiger Woods. The bad news is there’s a mini-series coming out based on the best selling Tiger Woods biography. Woods didn’t participate in that book. We’re expecting the miniseries to cover the masters, the cheating, the car crash heard around the world. How about the D.U.I. arrest? The rise to glory fall from grace and the big comeback are all expected in the mini-series. Among the producers is Jimmy Kimmel of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. He’s a part of the production company. There’s probably no love lost between the two anyway. Kimmel has made Woods a frequent topic of jokes and even ripped him and POTUS Trump for the Medal of Freedom Award. Woods usually bypasses Kimmel and visits Kimmel’s late night competition. Well, the good news for Tiger comes from Janet….Miss Jackson if you’re nasty. The two icons are teaming up. The Masters champion is gearing up for his annual Tigerjam. In the past, Stevie Wonder, Hootie & The Blowfish, No Doubt, Sting, Celine Dion, The Eagles and Prince have all performed. Now, Tiger’s got Janet Jackson. Tigerjam is always in Vegas and Miss Jackson is doing her residency there. So, the two camps got together and now the newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Member will be a part of this Memorial Weekend’s Tigerjam.
We remember Melvin Edmonds. He has died after an illness. Melvin was the co-founder of the group After 7 along with his brother Kevon Edmonds and Keith Mitchell. After 7's hits included Baby I'm For Real/Natural High, Can't Stop, Til You Do Me Right, Heat Of The Moment, One Night and Can He Love U Like This. After suffering a stroke years ago, Melvin left the group and was replaced by his son Jason. Our prayers go out to the entire Edmonds Family including his son Jason, Melvin's brothers Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (who wrote and produced for After 7) and Kevon and Group Member Keith Mitchell. Melvin Edmonds was 64 years old.
At the movies this week, Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and former Saturday Night Live Castmember Nasim Pedrad star in Disney’s Aladdin. This Aladdin reboot is among a number of Disney movies gone from animation to live action. The recent Dumbo wasn’t successful, but Disney hopes this movie will set up the upcoming remake of The Lion King starring Donald Glover, Beyonce and James Earl Jones opening July 19th. Meanwhile, along with Will Smith as a real life genie figure, the film also pays tribute to the late Robin Williams who voiced the animated genie in the 1992 original. Aladdin is in theaters Friday.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer enters the horror genre by teaming up with the producer of Get Out for the new film Ma. Spencer is an older loner who gives the local teens a safe place to drink and party as long as her rules are followed, including calling her Ma. When Ma’s rules lead to a more sinister obsession on her part, the young teens slowly fall victim. Ma opens in theaters Friday, May 31st.
Self help icon Tony Robbins is being accused of sexual misconduct by at least eight women according to published reports. BuzzFeed News reports through their investigation and interviews, they have women going on the record accusing Robbins of various objectionable behavior. From the 1980’s to the 2000’s, the accusations range from walking in nude on an assistant who was showering, placing the hand of another staffer on his privates and asking a potential staffer if she was comfortable with him and his then girlfriend being nude around her. Robbins is also being accused of berating rape victims. The author/philanthropist/life coach/TV personality accused Buzz Feed of lying, but did issue an apology to anyone he may have made feel uncomfortable.
Alicia Keys graces the cover of the latest edition of Essence magazine. It’s their escape, travel, self-care and style issue.
Speaking of Essence, they’re celebrating the silver anniversary of the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Forever First Lady Michelle Obama makes her Essence debut, and she’ll join Mary J. Bilge, Pharrell Williams, Teddy Riley, Missy Elliott, Brandy, MC Lyte, Musiq Soulchild, Major, Ro James, Queen Naija and El DeBarge and the return of Frankie Beverly & Maze to the Essence Fest. The 25th Annual Essence Festival will run Friday, July 5th through Sunday July, 7th.
Sports Illustrated Coverwoman Tyra Banks is back on the gossip dating conversation. Banks is reportedly dating a much older married man. How much older? He’s dropping his wife of forty years. That’s how much older. Banks is not commenting
Lamar Odom a sex addict?! He’s written his memoir, Darkness To Light. The two time NBA-L.A. Lakers champion writes he slept with over 2,000 women, his dad was a heroin addict and his mom died of colon cancer at a young age. Odom paid heavily for drugs and strippers. When his third child died from an accidental drowning, he really got involved in his addictions. Odom, the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, says he couldn’t keep the coke out of his nose or his (you know what) in his pants. By the way, he says he cheated on Kardashian throughout their marriage, and he’s still a sex addict. Odom is still standing after 12 seizures, six strokes, a stint on life support, a collapsed lung and a ruptured kidney. Darkness To Light has excerpts in this week’s People magazine and the book will be released May 28th.
The Dell Music Center has announced its 2019 line up for the summer. Everything kicks off Thursday, July 11th with the premiere groups of Philly Soul The O’Jays with special guests Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, The Intruders and Bloodstone and the rest of the lineup:
Thursday, July 18th: Ne-Yo and Tamia
Thursday, August 1st: India.Arie/Raheem DeVaughn/Major
Thursday, August 8th: Anthony Hamilton/Ledisi/Gregory Porter
Thursday, August 15th: Guy featuring Teddy Riley
Saturday, August 17th: Jordan Feliz
Thursday, August 22nd: Jahiem/SWV
Thursday, August 29th: Keith Sweat/Johnny Gill/Stokley
Made In America 2019 has been announced with Cardi B and Travis Scott headlining. Also on the bill are Freddie Gibbs, Grace Carter, Kodak Black and Anderson .Paak. The festivities take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, August 31st through Sunday, September 1st. Tickets and information can be found at madeinamericafest.com.
Jill Scott, a.k.a. Jilly From Philly, heads up the WDAS Block Party coming to The Mann. Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan and Musiq Soulchild, plus Mase and DJ D-Nice are all on the bill at The Mann Center for The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue, on Saturday, June 29th. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.
Check out who’s coming to town:
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. 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
Saturday, June 29th– Diana Ross in concert at Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto theborgata.com for tickets and information.
Saturday, July 6th– Earth, Wind & Fire in concert at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th– Lionel Richie in concert at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
Saturday, July 20th– Mary J. Blige & Nas in concert at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
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