Get Ready for Marlon Wayans . Wayans is one of the stars of the HBO Movie ‘Respect’ with Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker , Mary J Blige, and Titus Burgess in theaters now. . Wayans is playing Franklins first husband Ted. It’s a serious role for Wayans whose known his comedy. Now speaking of comedy Wayans will be debuting his new comedy special ‘You Know What it is’. Streamingstarts Thursday August 19th on HBO Max. and he’s coming to Atlantic City Friday November 5th at the Borgata. You gotta Check out Jennifer Hudson in the movie ‘Respect’ Hudson was hand picked to play the Queen of Soul. She is doing all the singing.
It’s Beyonce on the Cover of September Harpers Bazarre. Beyonce talks about evolving as a Woman, mother and Artist and her new IVY Park Rodeo collection, which pays homage to her Texas Roots. Beyonce is also celebratingturning 40 Labor Day Weekend.
Mary J Blige is the cover girl for InStyle Magazine showing off her incredible Style.
We remember Dennis DT Thomas of Kool and The Gang. Thomas died over the weekend in his sleep at the age of 70. Thomas was a co founder of Kool and The Gang and the heart and soul of the group. Thomas was known for the cool Hats and Outfits. He played the Sax, the Flute and percussion. Thomas was preceded in death by his daughter TV Actress Michelle Thomas. She was one of the stars of the ABC Show ‘Family Matters’. She died in 1998. Thomas leaves behind a wife. A daughter and two sons. This has a rough time for the group. Acouple of years ago Kool lost his wife to cancer and earlier this year Kool’s brother Ronald died.
We also remember Producer Chucky Thomas. He produced major his for Rapper Biggie Smalls like Big Poppa, he also produced hits for Faith Evans and Mary J Blige. He was also featured on Mary J Bliges Amazon documentary ‘My Life’. At the time of his death he was working on a new project for Puff Daddy called the Love Era coming out September 24th. Thomas worked with industry giants like Nas, Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dog and many more. He was 53 years old.
Actress Markie Post (Night Court, Scrubs) also died after losing her battle with Cancer she was 70 years old.
Congrats to Singer Rihanna who was recently named the worlds Richest Female Musician by Forbes Magazine. Rihanna has her music and her Fenty Beauty Line which includes Lingerie.
Actress Angela Basset is now one of the highest paid Actresses on TV. She just signed a new deal with the Fox911 show. She is getting 450 thousand dollars per episode.
At the movies its Suicide Squad with Idris Elba, Margot Robbie , Jon Cena, Pete Davidson, Storm Reid and Viola Davis.
Concerts are back at the Dell Music Center! This Sunday It’s Lady B’S Basement Party. Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, Roxanne Shante, EPMD, Tuff Crew ,Sugarhill Gang , Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five . Thursday August 19th It’s the Isley Brothers and Singer Kelly Price and Carol Riddick. Sunday September 5th I am having my Annual Party in the Park with The Whispers , Stephanie Mills and After 7.
John Legend is coming to Philly Oct 3rd at the Met Broad and Poplar
The Atlantic City Jazz Festival is happening Saturday Sept. 11 at the Orange Loop Amphitheater. This years lineup up includes Jeff Bradshaw, Pieces of a Dream, Marion Meadows, Bob James, and Gerald Albright to name a few.
The month of November s going to a very exciting movie on November 19th It’s Will Smith in the movie ‘King Richard’ about the father of Tennis Sensations Venus and Serena Williams. The movie will be in theaters and on HBO MAX.
November 24th Lady Gaga and Adam Driver light up the big screen in the movie ‘House of Gucci’. The movie is based on the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci played by Driver. Maurizio as set up for by his wife Patrizia played by LadyGaga.Patrizia served 18 years in prison for the murder of her husband .
Singer The Wknd is gracing the cover of GQ Magazine and in the interview he talks about enjoying his new sober life. The Wknd says he still smokes week but has stopped doing hard core drugs and cut back on drinking. The Wknd is known for the hit song Blinding lights.
Vivica A. Fox is coming to Lifetime in a new movie that she is starring in and producing called ‘The wrong Cheer Captain’. Jackee Harry (227) also stars. The movie is a who dunit about the death of a cheerleader and who did it. The movie is coming to Lifetime August 28th.
The new book about Singer Aaliyah Baby Girl is out in bookstores. Aaliyah died in 2001 at the age of 22. Aaliyah died in a plane accident in the Bahamas. Aaliyah is best known for the songs ‘Rock The Boat’ and Back and Forth. The book raises many questions about her death and did she have to die.
RollingStone Magazine recently named their 100 greatest videos of all time. Beyonces Formation came in at Number 1. Madonna’ Vogue’number 3 and Michael Jacksons Billie Jean coming in at number 10.
Rapper Sandy Pepa Denton of Salt n Pepa is being sued by the doctors who performedher numerous butt surgeries. The surgeon is suing for non payment to the tune of 676 thousand dollars. Why so many surgeries? Pepa says she was left with a hard butt implant that would leak and drop. Pepa is about to get a big settlement from Uber involving a 2018 incident that has left her unable to perform.
Get ready for the return of The Exorcist. The 1973 Cult Classic that starred Linda Blair and Ellen Burston is getting a revamp this time starring Tony Award Winning Actor Leslie Odom Jr. from Hamilton Fame. Odom is a man who seeks out Ellyn Burston who is 88 now,to help him with his daughter who is possessed.
At the movies it’s Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Emily Blunt.
The Real Talk show with Loni Love is returning for an 8th season this Fall.
The voice is returning to NBC for season 21. This years judges include Blake Shelton,John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande.
The man who started it all for Motown Berry Gordy is honored in December with a Kennedy Center Honor. Gordy 91 is in good company with Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell. The ceremony is taking place December 5th on CBS.
Actress Comedian Yvonne Oriji from HBO’s Insecure is coming to HULU in the movie Vacation Friends with Jon Cena and Lil Rel Howery. The movie starts streaming August 27th.
Former President Barack Obama is the subject of a new HBO MAX 3 part Docuseries ‘In pursuit of a more Perfect Union’. Streaming now , Also the former Presidents Podcast ‘Renegades’ with Rocker Bruce Springsteen is being turned into a book coming out in October.
Charlamagne The God is making the move from radio into TV with a brand new show onComedy Central. Tha God’s Honest Truth launches Friday September 17th at 10PM. The show will deal with social issues, social experiments and sketches. Stephen Colbert The of the Late show on CBS will be the Show’s Executive Producer.
Tamar Braxton is returning to reality TV. Tamar will be one of the stars of the VH1 The Surreal Life with former basketball Star Dennis Rodman, Former Trump girlfriend Stormy Daniels, Comedian and Actress Kim Coles and Rapper August Alsina who got caught up in an entanglement with Will Smiths wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The show is coming back after a 15 month hiatus. It’s all about celebrities living under one roof and trying to get life.
Director Jordan Peele who brought us the movies ‘Us’ and ‘Get Out’ is back to scare us again in his new movie ‘Nope’ starring Oscar Winner Daniel Kaluua and Keke Palmer. The movie is coming out July 22nd 2022.
Oscar Winner Viola Davis is set to all about her life. Her book ‘Finding Me’ will talk about her career, marriage and motherhood.
Singer Alicia Keys is producing a new movie for NETFLIX called ‘Resort to Love’. The movie stars Christina Milian as a fading pop superstar who is in need of money and winds up singing at her ex fiancee’s wedding. The romantic comedy also stars Jay Pharoah and Sinqua Walls. The movie is streaming now.
Issa Rae is lending her voice to the next animated Spiderman movie. Rae is playing Spider-woman AKA Jessica Drew. Spiderman Into the Spider verse part two follows the adventures of the films hero Miles Morales. It is set to arrive in theaters October 7th, 2022. Issa Rae is the cover girl for the latest issue of Vanity Fair Magazine. This summer Rae is producing a reality show for HBO about Young Black Life in Los Angeles. Also look for the return of ‘Insecure” the fifth and final season in late August on HBO.
Actress Nicole Ari Parker has been added to the cast of the HBO MAX reboot of Sex and the City.
Here’s the scoop on some shows debuting this Fall on ABC. Rapper/Actress Eve teams up with Singer Brandy and NaturiNaughton (Power) for the ABC Show Queens. The show about 90’s hip hop superstars making a comeback will air on Tuesday Nights ,debuting Oct.19 at 10PM. The popular Reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars returns to the ABC Lineup September 20th. Lee Daniels is heading up the reboot of ‘The Wonder Years’ that will air on Wednesday nights starting September 22nd. And Actress Comedian Leslie Jones returns with Supermarket Sweeps.
Rapper Remy Ma is coming to VH1 with a new crime series ‘My True Crime Stories.
Kevin Hart is debuting his new talk on the Peacock Network. Hart to Heart is a one hour talk show featuring celebrity Guests and Music.
Actor Jerry O’Connell will be replacing Sharon Osborne on the beleaguered Talk show The Talk. This is the first time a Male has been added to the cast.
Amazon Prime IMDB TV free streaming services has launched their new channel featuring TV Shows from the Legendary Noman Lears. Lear turns 97 next week and the shows streaming are All in the Family, The Jeffersons, 227, Maude, Sanford and Son, Different Strokes and Good Times.
Legendary Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have released their first album. Jam and Lewis volume one. The album features Babyface, Mariah Carlie, Charlie Wilson,Usher and The Roots. Jam and Lewis are known for the works with Janet Jackson, The S.O.S. Band, Alexander ONeal , The Human League and Sounds of Blackness.
Rapper 50 Cents has added more shows to his Power Universe. Power Book three Raising Kanan is running now on Starz with Mekhai Curtis and Patina Miller. Power Book 2 returns in November with Michael Rainey Jr. ,Mary J Blige and Woody McCain. Power book 4 Tommys story, Tommy Eagan played by Actor Joseph Sikora debuts early next year.
The First Wives Club has returned for Season two on BET PLUS. Jill Scott, Ryan Michelle Bathe, and Michelle Bathe are back with a new season of fun and Laughs.
New Edition is Back! Yes Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky Mike, Ralph and Johnny! All six of the guys are putting aside their differences to get back together. They are signed to a new agency and a tour is planned across the country and they will be starting a Residency in Las Vegas.
Shonda Rhimes recently renewed her contract with Netflix. The new deal is worth 300 million dollars. Rhimes who created many hit shows for the ABC Network including Greys Anatomy and Scandal created Bridgerton for Netflix and the show became an instant hit around the world.
Cedric The Entertainer will be hosting this years 73rd annual Emmy Awards on CBS Sept. 19th.
Nominees include Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and the show Blachish for Best TV Show. The Voice is nominated for best competition show. MJ Rodriguez making history as the first Transgendered to be nominated as lead actress. Best Actor Nominee include Sterling K Brown ‘This is Us’. Rege Jean Page ‘Bridgerton.Johnthan Major HBO ‘Lovecraft Country’ Billy Porter Pose. Other nominess include Jurnee Smollett ‘Lovecraft Country. Actress Phylicia Rashad This is Us and Michaela Coel for the HBO series ‘I May destroy you’.
Get ready for the return of House Party. HBO MAX is bringing back the popular movie that starred Kid n Play, Martin Lawrence, The late Comedian Robin Harris and Tisha Campbell. Actor/Comedian Bill Bellamy is going to be in the HBO MAX Reboot.
Dwayne the Rock Johnson is joining forces with Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Ryan Reynolds for the Netflix movie Red Notice. Streaming starts Nov.12 as criminals prepare for their biggest heist.
Get ready for the new supergroup of Donnell Jones, Dave Hollister and Singer Carl Thomas. They are forming ‘The Chi’
.Congrats to Singer Patti Labelle! The 77 year old entertainer is starring in a new Old Spice Commercial alongside Deon Cole of Blackish. She plays a meddling mother in law. She’s also celebrating the 20th Anniversary of her first cookbook Labelle Cuisine, recipes to sing about. And she’s coming to Atlantic City September 18th in concert at Caesars.
Jada Pinkett Smith has signed to be in the Netflix movie Knives out 2. The murder mystery will also star Daniel Craug who is best known as James Bond. Singer Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr. and Kate Hudson also round out the cast. The movie is coming out in 2022.
Production has stated on Black Panther 2:Wakanda Forever. Ryan Coogler is back at the helm as Director. The original cast is reportedly back and filming is happening in Atlanta Georgia .Coogler said it is going to be very emotional with the passing of Chadwick Boseman but they areto make a movie that will honor him and make him proud. British Actress Actress Michaela Coel from the HBO Series I may destroy you has been added to the cast. Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever is due in theaters July 8th 2022.
Kool and The Gang is coming to Parx Casino in Bensalem. Sunday September 5th at the Xcite Center.
Questlove from The Roots and The Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon is ready to give us a Summer of Soul. 1n 1969 a musical festival took place the Harlem Cultural Fest which was also called The Black Woodstock. It was a who’s who of musical giants including Sly Stone Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, The Staple Singers, BB King, Gladys Knight, 5th Dimension and Mahalia Jackson to name a few. This festival was filmed but it was hidden in a basement. Questlove found it and put it together and now 50 years later we are going to have a chance to see it. Check it out in theaters and streaming on HULU.
Get ready for The Nick Cannon Daytime Talk Show. The show is kicking off this Fall September 27th at 12 noon on Fox stations. Cannon’s show will be filmed in Harlem . He will not be doing celebrity news and hot topics because he is following the Wendy Williams Talk Show. What is going on with The Real talk? No one is saying will this talk show survive? In the meantime Cannon just welcomed his 7th child with his latest girlfriend. In the past year he has had three babies with three different ladies.
Great News for Mike Epps his Netflix show ‘The Upshaws’ with Wanda Sykes and Kim Fields has been renewed for a second season. The second season will include a longer season. In other Mike Epps news he’s getting a chance to play his idol Richard Pryor in an HBO movie about the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Long awaited prequel to the Sopranos ‘The many Saints of Newark is coming to theatres October 1ST. The HBO Series The Sopranos starred the late Actor James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. In the prequel The Many Saints of Newark we get to see a young Tony Soprano played by Gandolfini’sson Michael Gandolfini. The movie also stars Tony Award Winning Actor Leslie Odom Jr.
Get ready for the Black Western ‘The Harder They Fall’ coming to Netflix this Fall. The Movie stars Idris Elba , Oscar Winner Regina King. Johnathan Majors(Lovecraft Country) Delroy Lindo (Da Five Bloods) Daman Wayans, Deon Cole, Laz Alonso, Woody McClain (The Bobby Brown Story) WOW! What a Cast! I can’t wait to see this movie!
Actors Danny Glover and Samuel L Jackson will be given Honorary Oscars at next years Academy Awards in March.
Tracee Ellis Ross is teaming up with The OWN Network and HULU for the Documentary ‘The Hair Tales’. The documentary will focus on black women Hair and Identity.
I have an update on Comedienne and Actor Sinbad. Last year Sinbad suffered a stroke and he’s been in recovery mode ever since with the help of his family. The past few months have been rough for the Actor and Comedienne major financial problem and the stroke. Starting in November Sinbad is planning to return to live performing.
Showtime is presenting a Documentary on Rick James. James ruled the music charts in late 70’s and early 80’s with the hits ‘Superfreak’, ‘You and I’ and ‘Give it to me Baby’ . he revived the careers of Motown Legends Smokey Robinson and The Tempations. He discovered Teena Marie. The documentary is being put together by his Former Manager Kerry Gordy, the son of Berry Gordy. James died in 2004 at the age of 56. He led a hard life of sex,drugs and Funk. THE Documentary is taking a hard look at his life and his contribution to the music world.
Will Smith is ready to tell all in his new book ‘Will’ Smith has been working on this project for the past two years and he says it was a labor of love. The book is coming out November 9th and it will coincide with the release of his latest movie ‘King Richard’ the story of Richard Williams the father of Venus and Serena Williams. Smith is also working on a new variety show. An hour long program with celebrity guests music and comedy debuting on Netflix later this year.
Boys to Men is coming to Atlantic City September 3rd at the Borgata
Envogue is coming to Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City Friday September 10th
Trevor Noah is coming to The Wells Fargo Center Saturday October 16th
The Atlantic City Comedy Festival is coming up at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Two nights of comedy. Saturday October 9th It’s Sommore, Lavell Crawford, DC Young Fly, Kountry Wayne and Karlous Miller. Sunday October 10th Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J and Desi Banks. Tickets are on sale now.
Diana Ross is back with her first album since 2006. Thank You from the 77 year old Ross is featuring all new material. The album is coming out in September , The first single Thank You is out now.
The life story of Marvin Gaye is coming to the big screen. In a 80 Million dollar deal Warner Brothers will be doing to project and Dr. Dre will be producing. In this exclusive deal They have the cooperation of the estate of Marvin Gaye which means they have the rights to the Music of Marvin Gaye. Marvin Gaye one of the greatest Soul Singers of our times and the first Black Singer to sign a million dollar Record. The life of Marvin Gaye was filed with great music but Gaye led a very troubled life, dominated by drug abuse. In 1984 he was 44 years old when he was gunned down by his father. The Big question now is who is going to play Marvin Gaye in this movie?
Check out some of the Stars getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022.Michael B Jordan, DJ Khaled, The Black EYE Peas, The late Rapper Nipsey Hustle, Actress Regina King, Tessa Thompson, Holly Robinson Peete, Kenan Thompson,Tracee Ellis Ross, George Clinton,Singer Ashanti , Martha Reeves and Michael Strahan to name a few.
Jay-z’s Made in America returns to Philly Labor day Day Weekend Sept 4th and 5th. Justin Beiber is headlining along with Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Doja Cat and many others on the Ben Franklin Parkway
Kevin Hart is starring in the Netflix dramatic movie ‘Fatherhood’ .Fatherhood is based on the book Two Kisses for Maddie:A Memoir of Loss and Love. Kevin Hart plays a single dad who has to raise his infant daughter after her mother dies in childbirth. Alfre Woodard plays his mother in Law and the movie also stars Lil Rel Howery, Actress Dewanda Wise (Dear White People) and Actor Paul Reiser also stars.. He also returns to the big screen with Woody Harrelson in the action/thriller Man from Toronto MLK weekend 2022. Kevin Hart has also signed on for the new movie The Superleague of Pets with Dwyane The Rock Johnson, John Krasinki and Keanu Reeves.
Basketball Superstar Scottie Pippen wants everyone to know that he was the real leader of the Chicago bulls with Michael Jordan. Pippendid not like how he was portrayed in the award winning Documentary ‘The Last Dance’ about the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. He said he was more than just a sidekick to Michael Jordan. He says he got no respect from The Bulls management or the media. His new book Unguarded is coming out on November 21st.
Bell Biv Devoe is coming to Atlantic City. Friday August 27th at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tickets are on sale now.
Madea is back! In his new deal with ‘Netflix’ Tyler Perry is bringing the popular character back in a new movie ‘A Madea Homecoming’. The movie is coming to Netflix next year.
Actor Johnathan Majors will play the opponent of Adonis Creed in the movie Creed 3. Michael B Jordan is back as Adonis he is starring and directing Creed 3. Majors is best known for his roles in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, Da Five Bloods, The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Majors is a busy guy he’s also playing King The Conqueror in the marvel movie Antman and the wasps and he’s also appearing in the Netflix Western The Harder They Fall.
Tiffany Haddish has announced to produce and star in a movie based on Olympic Great Florence Grifffith Joyner. Joyner was the darling of the Olympics in track and Field. Her death at 38 years old in 1998 shocked the world. Haddish says she grew up idolizing Joyner and that it’s an honor to do this movie. Haddish is also doing a follow up to the best selling book The Last Black Unicorn. I hear she is being offered Millions to talk about her career in Hollywood.
The Four Tops musical is coming to Broadway. The Motown Group led by Levi Stubbs is known for their hits ‘Reach out ,I’ll be there’ and I can’t help Myself . Rehearsals are happening now.
Kelly Clarkson will be getting the coveted time left by Ellen Degeneres when she leaves her show next year.
Music Lovers listen up! To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and Philly International Records a 50th Anniversary Box Set of music has been released. This set of songs has all the hits including the first 8 songs released by Philly International records.
Another box set coming is one celebrating Singer Phyliss Hyman. Phyliss Hyman Old Friend is a 9 Disc career retrospective 1976-1998. It’s out now. Hyman died in 1995.
Billy Porter the Tony and Emmy Winner is opening up about his private life. The openly Gay star of the FX series Pose recently revealed his battle with HIV. Porter has living with HIV for the past 15 years and he says he kept quiet about because he felt ashamed.Porter is now opening up he has a NETFLIX documentary coming out this Fall and a book coming out in late December.
Actor Morris Chestnut will be starring in the new Lee Daniels Fox Drama ‘Our Kind of People’ the drama also starring YaYa DeCosta is about the Black upper class in Marthas Vineyard. The show will air on Tuesday nights on Fox. Chestnut will also wrap up his role as Dr. Barett Cain on the Fox Show ‘The Resident’ and he will be joining his fellow cast mates from the movie ‘The Best Man” in The Best Man The Final Chapters which is airing on The Peacock Streaming network (NBC) in September.
A new Mike Tyson documentary isstreaming on Hulu. It is excellent! Mike Tyson: The Knockout The Climb, The Crush, The Comeback is a 4 hour hour Docu series that’s takes a hard look at The Boxers life.
Where’s Ghost? Actor Omari Hardwick has moved on from the Power TV series . he has a new movie out withDave Bautista Army of the Dead. Army of the Dead is streaming on Netflix. t. The movie is about a bank heist featuring some unforgettable characters and Zombies. Hardwick is also teaming up with Halle Berry for the Netflix Sci Fi movie The Mothership.
The ABC Network has announced the Upcoming Fall Lineup. Shows not returning are Blackish and Mixish. Blackish will end next year during the midseason it’s 8th season.News show coming to ABC include ‘Abbott Elemtary’ starring Philadelphia Native Quinta Brunson. Brunson is the creator of the show set at a Philadelphia Public School. Abbott Elementary also stars Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) and Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Another new show coming is Queens starring Phillys own Eve, Brandy and Naturi Naughton. The show focuses on a girl group that was big 20 years ago and they hit the road to rekindle their careers. Is the magic still there.
Rapper Lil Kim is ready to tell all. The Queen Bee is the name of the book and it comes out Nov. 2nd. Kim says she is going to reveal the real story of Kimberly Denise Jones. The hidden moments of her reign. She was the side chick to Biggie, the only female in Junior Mafia. In 1996 she released ‘Hardcore’ . In her nearly 30 year career she was a trailblazer with the colorful wigs.
Broadway is returning this Fall in New York Alladdin, September. The Michael Jackson Musical MJ in December. Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, Tina Turner and The Temptations Ain’t Too Proud to Beg are also returning this Fall.
Actress Janet Hubert the original Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has joined the cast of the TBS Show The Last OG. The Last OG stars Tracey Morgan as an ex con rebuilding his life after spending the last 15 years in Prison. The show is entering it’s 4th season. Tiffany Haddish will not be a part of season 4 because she only signed on for three seasons. Anna Marie Horsford (Amen) has also joined the cast and she and Hubert will play best friends.
Director Spike Lee says his next project will focus on New York City. From 9/11 to today. This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11 a day that changed America forever.
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