We remember Singer David Tyson of the Manhattans. Tyson a Philly native died this week. He sang with the Manhattans for three decades and he was the younger brother of Singer Ron Tyson of The Temptations.
Vanity Fair magazine has released their annual Hollywood issue with Idris Elba gracing the cover with other Hollywood stars including Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cuz and Benedict Cumberbatch to name a few.
At the movies it’s the adventure film ‘Uncharted’ starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg.
Get ready for the return of the TV ONE Music series ‘Unsung’ the new season kicks off March and this season will feature Monie Love,Soul for Real, PM Dawn and Thelma Houston.
The Whitney estate is planning on releasing a Live album and a gospel album this year. The Whitney Houston movie is scheduled for late 2023.
It’s Tennis Sensations Venus and Serena Williams on the latest edition of Harpers Bazaar Magazine. The two talked about how their whole life has devoted to their careers and how retirement from the tennis world is in their future.
The Prime Video series ‘Harlem’ has been renewed for a second season.
Get ready for Viola Davis as former First Lady Michelle Obama in the showtime series The First Lady. What is it like being married to the most powerful head of state. Michelle Pfeifer is playingBetty Ford and Gillian Anderson is portraying Eleanor Roosevelt. The first lady series starts streaming on Showtime April 17th.
Singer Lizzo is getting us ready for the Big Girls in her new Prime Video reality series ‘Watch out for the big Girls. Lizzo is looking for back up dancers and it launches March 25th.
Tickets are on sale now for the Roots Picnic a two day event at the Mann June 4-5. The lineup is incredible with Mary J Blige performing with The Roots. Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild, Kirk Franklin, Country music Sensation Mickey Guyton, Wiz Kid, Summer Walker and Keisha Cole to name a few. This is a standing concert which means no seats and it is happening Rain or Shine.
Tickets are also on sale for Kevin Hart. For the first time in four years he is doing a comedy tour. He will be at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino July 8th and 9th.
Dancing in the streets the music of Motown is coming to the Academy of Music with The Philly Pops February 18-20th. Sunday February 20th it’s the 70’s Soul Jam with Stephanie Mills, The Whispers, Howard Hewitt and The Stylistics at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Kool and The Gang are coming to Atlantic City Saturday Feb 19th they are performing at The Oceans Casino.
The FX Show Snowfall is returning to the lineup on February 23rd starring Damson Idris.
The Culture tour is coming to Philly! Thursday February 24th It’s New Edition (Ralph, Bobby, Johnny, Mike, Ronnie, and Ricky) all six members. Charlie Wilson and Jodeci. The concert is happening at The Wells Fargo Center and Tickets are on sale now Wellsfargophilly.com
Tyler Perry is back with Madea, this time on Netflix. Madea’s Homecoming starts streaming February 25th.
The 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards is happening Saturday Feb 26th on BET. You’ll be hearing the names Jennifer Hudson and Will Smith come up a lot. Anthony Anderson is back as host of the show. Samuel L Jackson is getting the big honor of the night with the Chairmans award. The show will not have a Live Audience.
American Idol is returning to ABC Sunday February 27th. Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie are back as Judges and Ryan Seacrest as host. This year the show will be bringing in alum and past winners as guest mentors to the contestants. Now speaking of Lionel Richie he’s going to be honored in May with The Gershwin Prize for Popular song. The ceremony will air on May 17th on PBS. Past winners include Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Sir Paul McCartney.
The revival of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has launched on The Peacock Network. The show has come back as a drama. 10 one hour episodes with Actor Jabari Banks playing the role made famous by Will Smith.
The Kanye west Documentary ’JEEN YUHS’ is out in theaters and on Netflix. The Kanye trilogy will show never before seen footage, going back 20 years in his life and career the highs and the lows.
So what do you do after you perform after you perform after the Superbowl Half time show? If you’re Snoop Dog you get a new reality show on NBC with Kelly Clarkson. American Song Contest kicks off for 8 weeks starting March 21st.
It’s Supermodel Naomi Campbell on the cover of British Vogue. Campbell talks about becoming a mom at the age of 50.
This is going to be the year of Actress KeKe Palmer. Her movie ‘ALICE’ with Common is a must see. A slave who runs away and she lands in the year 1973. She learns who she is and goes back in time seeking revenge against her slave master. The movie opens in theaters March 17th. Palmer is also starring in the Jordan Peele Thriller ‘NOPE’ with Oscar Winner Daniel Kaluyaa.
The 94th Annual Academy awards are happening March 27th on ABC. For the first time in history Three women will be hosting the event. Actress and Comedians Amy Shumer and Wanda Sykes and Actress Regina Hall. Will Smith has two nominations won for Best Picture and Acting for the movie King Richard which is out on Blu Ray. Questlove of the roots nominated for Best Documentary. Beyonce best song for King Richard and Actress Anjunae Ellis for her role as Oracene Williams in King Richard. Denzel Washington is also nominated for Best Actor in The Tragedy of Macbeth. West Side Story Directed by Steven Spielberg is up for 7 Academy Awards this year including Best Picture, Director and Best Supporting Actress for Ariana Debose for her role as Anita. Congratulations to Quest Love of the Roots his documentary ‘Summer of Soul’ won big at the Critics Choice Awards. Summer of Soul which many say was the Black Woodstock has won awards for Best Documentary, Best Archived Documentary and Best Music Documentary. Summer of Soul features musical performances from Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone , The Staple Singers, The Temptations and many more. Summer of Soul is now streaming on HULU and is coming to ABC for one night Sunday February 20th. Actors Danny Glover and Samuel L Jackson will be given Honorary Oscars at this years Academy Awards in March. Will Packer (Think like a Man, Girls Trip) is producing the show. There were snubs this year including Jennifer Hudson for Respect, Lady Gaga for House of Gucci and Actresses Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga for the Netflix movie ‘Passing’.
Sherri Shepherd has been named the permanent Guest Host of The Wendy Williams Show. Williams has been off the show for months as she deals with Health Issues.
They call me Magic is a new documentary coming to TV about Basketball Great Magic Johnson. The four part docuseries starts streaming on April 22nd. The series will focus on his career as an all time NBA Legend, as well as revealing he had HIV and how he helped changed the conversation. It will feature his life as a successful Entrepreneur and Community Activist.
A Medical examiner has revealed that Actor/Comedian AJ Johnson died from drinking too much. Johnson 55 who is best known for the movies Friday and House Party died last September.
The Oscar Nominated Musical West Side Story is coming to Disney Plus March 2nd.
The new season of ‘Red Table Talk’ with Jada Pinkett Smith returns March 27th on Facebook Watch.
Get ready for the Dionne Warwick documentary ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ . the life story of the music great is coming to CNN Plus which is launching this Spring.
Gabrielle Union is teaming up with Zach Braff for a remake of the movie Cheaper by the Dozen. The movie about a blended family of 12 will start streaming on Disney Plus March 18th.
Neicy Nash is coming to ABC with a new show. The FBI drama is a spinoff to the hit show The Rookie.
The life story of Michael Jackson is coming to the big screen with the approval of the Michael Jackson estate. A Broadway musical based on the King of Pops is currently on Broadway.
The casting has been announced for The Color Purple Movie Musical. Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones will be producing. Fantasia is playing the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg Ms Celie. Taiji P Henson is play Shug the role made famous by Margaret Avery. Actress Danielle Brooks (Orange is the new Black, Mahalia Jackson Movie) is playing Sophia the role that Oprah Winfrey played. Philadelphia native Colman Domingo (Zola, If Beale Street could Talk, Ephoria, The Walking Dead, Ma Raineys Black Bottom) is playing the role made famous by Actor Danny Glover. Singer H.E.R. is playing Squeak the role made famous by Rae Dawn Chong.and Actor Corey Hawkins is also in the movie Playing the Role of Harpo. Singer Halle Bailey (The Little Mermaid) is playing young Nettie. Bazawule who is best known for his work on Beyonces ‘Black is king’ is directing. The Movie musical is coming out December 2023. Now speaking of H.E.R she has been named the new global Ambassador for L’oreal Paris cosmetics
Congratulations to Singer Rihanna she and her boyfriend Rapper A$AP Rocky are expecting their first child later this Spring and a wedding after the baby is born.
The Real Husbands of Hollywood are back! Kevin Hart and Crew are Back after six Years. JB Smoove, Nelly, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodje, Duane Martin and Singer Robin Thicke. The Real Husbands of Hollywood More Kevin, More Problems is on BET PLUS.
Power Book 4 the Story of Tommy Egan is now on Sunday nights Starz. Actor Joseph Sikora plays Tommy.
Odunde the world famous African Festival is returning Sunday June 12th at 23rd and South.
All the Queens men the male stripper show starring Eva Marcille has been renewed on BET Plus.
The game has been renewed for season 2 on Paramount Plus a new reboot of Flashdance based on the 80’s movie is coming to Paramount Plus.
Actor Jason Mamoa will be playing the new villain in Fast and Furious 10. The movie produced by Vin Diesel is coming out May 2023 with the crew of Tyrese , Ludacris and Michelle Rodriquez all returning.
A documentary based on the Philly Sound is in the works focusing on Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell.
Whose going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2022. This years nominees include Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton, Rapper Eminem, A Tribe called Quest, Pat Benatar, Carly Simon, and Kate Bush to name a few. You can vote now at rockhalloffameawards.com
Rapper Ice T has been named the new face of Honey Nut Cheerios.
Congrats to Singers Vanessa Williams and Lauryn Hill. They are now grandmothers with their children giving birth.
Over 16 million viewers tuned in to Lifetime and the A&E network to hear Janet Jackson tell her story in her recent documentary. Janet says the favorite part of the documentary for her was the scenes with her family. Close to 17 million people viewed the documentary.
Director Ava Duvernay is gracing the color of InStyle magazine.
The Documentary ‘Race’ based on NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace starts streaming on Netflix February 22.
Congrats to Gayle King of CBS Morning she has just signed a new deal to stay with the network.
Phat Tuesday The Era of Hip Hop and Comedy has started streaming on Prime Video . The 3 part documentary is directed by Reginald Hudlin. Comedian Guy Torrie takes a look back at African American Comedians during the time of the late 80’s and 90’s .How did the comics of the era get started during that time. Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, Dave Chappelle, JB Smoove, Tiffany Haddish and Chris Rock to name a few.
Todd Bridges (Different Strokes) Cynthia Bailey (Real Housewives of Atlanta) and former Basketball star Lamar make up a part the new cast of Celebrity Big Brother airing on CBS.
Tamar Braxton wants the E Network to show her and her family the money. Tamar along with her Sisters starred in the Reality series Braxton Family Values. In a recent interview Braxton said they underpaid.
Singer Anita Baker is planning on returning to the live stage. She is scheduled to do some shows This coming May in Las Vegas. The 64 year old entertainer is promising new music , she has regained the Masters to her music and a box set of her classics is coming out.
The 9th Annual IHeart Music Awards is happening March 22nd.
Get ready for the Bobby Brown Documentary May 30th and May 31st. the two night 4 hour documentary will air on the A&E Network. Followed by a new 12 part docuseries ‘Being Bobby Brown’. The documentary will feature Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Keith Sweat,Babyface, members of New Edition family and friends. Despite an amazing career, Brown has suffered great losses with the death of Whitney Houston and the losing two children Bobbi Kris and Bobby Brown Jr,
Tickets are on sale now for the Full Circle Tour with Singers Kem and Babyface and Comedian Sherri Shepherd. The show is happening Saturday April 2nd at the Liacouras Center Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday May 7th The Mothers Day Music Festival with Keith Sweat, After 7, Tank, Brownstone, Tamia and Destinee Marie at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Producer/Director Lee Daniels is gearing up for his first horror movie. In a new 65 million dollar Netflix deal Daniels is putting together a movie he is calling Exorcism Thriller. The movie will star Singer Andra Day, Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Anjanue Ellis and Caleb McLaughlin from the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’. Filming starts late this Spring. The movie is about a woman who discovers all of her children are posessed. This is based on a true story.
The Grammy Awards have been scheduled for Sunday April 3rd in Las Vegas. Trevor Noah will be back at host.
Congrats to Director Spike Lee. Lee is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors guild of America. Lee is the first Black Director to receive this honor. Previous winners of this award include Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorcese. The ceremony is happening Saturday March 12th.
Filming has started in Atlanta on Creed 3. Michael B Jordan is starring and directing the movie which is due in theaters around Thanksgiving . Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad will be back in their roles and Actor Johnathan Majors will play the villain boxer going up against Adonis played by Jordan.
Kandi Burris is launching her new Bravo Show Kandi and the gang March 6th on Bravo. The show will feature her husband Todd, her mom and Aunts at their restaurant in Atlanta ‘The Old Lady Gang.
The Latest Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz hits theatres March 3rd. the movie is close to three hours long.
Singers Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak make up Silk Sonic and they getting ready for their Las Vegas residency ‘An Evening of Silk Sonic’ will be happening February, March and Early April.
The Critics choice awards are happening March 13th on TBS and the TNT Network. Taye Diggs and Comedian Nicole Byers are hosting.
Maxwell is coming to Atlantic City Friday April 1st at the Boardwalk Hall. It’s the night tour Anthony Hamilton and Joe are also on the bill.
The FX Show The Godfather of Harlem starring Forest Whitaker has been renewed for a 3rd Season.
Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in the Netflix movie ‘Redd Zone’. The movie is about a single mom who helps her sons deal with the murder of their friend. She later takes in their friends and at one time she had 17 young men living under her roof. All of the men ended up in college and for made it into the NFL. The movie is being directed by Oscar Winner Matthew Cherry who directed the animated short ‘Hair Story’.
The popular Netflix movie ‘Red Notice’ will be back with two sequels being filmed back to back with stars Dwayne The Rock Johnson , Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot returning in their roles.
Actress Yvonne Oriji best known for her role as Molly on the HBO Show Insecure, is back with a new dating Reality Show on HBO MAX ‘My Mom Your Dad’. The show streaming now on HBO Max shows older Single Parents dating, but their kids are pulling the strings.
The 8th and final season of Blackish has kicked off on ABC. You are going to see many big named celebrities this year including Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, Singer/Producer Babyface, Basketball Legend Magic Johnson, Actress Vivica Fox, and Sports Analyst Stephen A. Smith. Anthony Anderson the star of Blackish has already landed a new gig. Anderson is returning to Law and Order when the show starts its revival next year.
Congratulations to Star Jones. For many years Jones was a host on The View. Jones is returning to TV in September as the new Host of Divorce Court on Fox. Judge Faith Jenkins is leaving Divorce court to focus on her new show ‘Killer Relationships’ airing Sunday Nights on The Oxygen Channel.Judge Jenkins who is married to singer Kenny Lattimore says she is very excited about her venture.
Congrats to Philly Native Egypt Sherrod and her husband Mike. The brand new show ‘Married to Real Estate’ has launched on HGTV.
The breakout hit show ‘Abbott Elementary features Philly Native Quinta Brunson The creator and Star of The Show. Sheryl Lee Ralph (State Senator Vincent Hughs wife) Tyler James Williams (Everybody hates Chris) Actress/Comedian Lisa Ann Walter and Actress/Janelle James. This show is so funny it airs Tuesday night at 9pm.
Rapper Saweetie is joining forces with the Legendary Cher for a new AD campaign for MAC Cosmetics.
The Netflix series Bridgerton is returning March 25th. The second season of the Shonda Rhimes drama will focus on Lord Anthony Bridgerton and his search for a wife.
Kel Mitchell is back! In the 90’s Mitchell was a part of the Nickelodeon show ‘All That’ and teaming up with Keenan Thompson in the show Keenan and Kel and the movie Good Burger. Mitchell the father of four is now a Pastor and he has just released his first book. The book is a daily devotional ‘Blessed Mode 90 days to develop your Faith.
Darryl McDaniels DMC of Run DMC has released his first childrens book ‘Darryl’s Dream’ about a shy 3rd grader trying to find his voice.
Jimmy Fallon of Tonight show fame has a new show on NBC. The show called ‘That’s My Jam’ has already been renewed for a second season,and it features celebrities competing in musical and dance inspired games. The variety show will also feature Philly Natives Musician Adam Blackstone and DJ Aktive.
Get ready for Judge Steve Harvey. Steve Harvey is playing the Judge and Jury is his new show Tuesday nights on ABC. Also on ABC It’s Abbott Elementary. The comedy stars West Philly Native Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Tyler James Williams.
Spiderman No Way Home broke starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jamie Foxx and Willem Dafoe broke all kinds of box office numbers to be become the second highest grossing film off all time. This all but assures there will be a fourth installment in the franchise. The movie will be available for streaming and demand on February 28th. Now Speaking of Zendaya her HBO Show ‘Euphoria season two is streaming now.
Rapper Big Daddy Kane is putting together a documentary for Netflix Paragraghs Manifest. Kane is going to be joined by fellow Rappers Snoop Dog, J Cole, Eminem, and Jay Z
Devon Franklin and gospel sensation Kirk Franklin are joining forces for a new gospel drama on BET plus called ‘Kingdom Business’ . The 8 episode series will focus on the Gospel Music Industry thru the lenses of Faith, Love and Music. Gospel Legend Yolanda Adams is set to Star.
Next year HBO will be unveiling a new drama series ‘Winning Time Showtime’. The show is based on the rise of the LA Lakers dynasty in the 80’s. the show debuts in March and will focus on the Superstars of that era Magic Johnson,Norm Nixon and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Eddie Murphy will be teaming up with Actor Jonah Hill in a new movie by Kenya Barris. The comedy is about Clashing culturesand generational differences.
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