ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY September 16
We remember Jazz great Ramsey Lewis . Lewis passed away this week from Natural Causes at the age of 87. The Jazz Legend formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio and one of his biggest hits was the song ‘The Inn Crowd. Lewis had a way blending Jazz and Popular Music and in 1974 he teamed up with Earth Wind and Fire and Maurice White for the song Sun Goddess Project which was a major hit for him.
We also remember Rapper PNB Rock. The Germantown Native was tragically killed this week at the age of 30. Rakim Hasheem Allen went by the stage name PNB Rock. The Philly Native appeared on several songs with fellow Rappers and was known for the song ‘Selfish.
We also take time to remember singer Inez Foxx who passed away last week at the age of 79. She and her brother Charlie had the 1963 hit ’Mockingbird’
What a week it was for Emmy Winners. Congrats to West Philly Native Quinta Brunson who won an Emmy for Best Writing for her show Abbott Elementary. Sheryl Lee Ralph won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a comedy for her role as Barbara Howard in Abbott Elementary. The Wife of State Senator Vincent Hughes gave a rousing acceptance speech which had the crowd on their feet. .Zendaya made history as the first Black Woman to win the Emmy for Lead Actress in a drama series, and the youngest two-time winner of any Emmy in history! Also congrats to Singer Lizzo who got an Emmy for her Amazon Prime series ‘Watch out for the big Girls.
Yvonne Orji who is best known for playing Molly on the Issa Rae HBO Show Insecure is coming back with a new comedy special on HBO. "A Whole Me is the follow up to her 2020 Mama I made it. It starts streaming Oct 1st on HBO and HBO MAX.
Comedian and Former Host of The Real Talk show Loni Love is showing off a fresh look. She recently lost 37 pounds.
He’s known for acting and comedy but now he’s fixing homes. Mike Epps and his wife are coming to HGTV with a new show ‘buying Back the Block’ The show premieres Next Spring on HGTV. Epps says he and his wife have been buying property and fixing houses for a couple of years.
Viola Davis has a new movie coming out Friday Sept. 16th ‘The Woman King. The Oscar Winner is not only starring in the movie she is also producing it. In ‘The Woman king Davis plays the leader of an all-woman tribe of warriors in the 18th and 19th Century Africa.
Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant Friday Sept 16 at Caesars Atlantic City
The Atlantic City Jazz Festival is happening at Oceans Resort Ovation Hall on Saturday. Najee, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Bradshaw ,Althea Renee and Jasmine Ghent
David and Tamela Mann will be in Philly on the 17th with their Overcomers tour at Sharon Baptist Church where Bishop Keith Reed is celebrating his 40th Anniversary in Ministry.
September 19th marks the date for a new season of Dancing with the Stars moving from ABC to Disney Plus. This will be the first Live streamed Reality show. This season Tyra Banks will be joined by Former Dancing with the Stars winner Alfonso Ribeiro. Ribeiro won the Mirror Ball years ao and he is known for the Carlton Dance. All the judges are returning Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tolioni. Celebrity Dancers in Wayne Brady andFormer American Idol Winner Jordan Sparks.
Chris Rock is coming to Philly Sept 23 and 24th and 25th at the Met Philly Broad and Poplar
Tyler Perrys latest Netflix Project ‘A Jazzmans Blues was 30 years in the making. The romantic drama about a forbidden romance spans the period 1937 to 1987. Written and directed by Tyler Perry, Debbie Allen did the Choreography and Terrance Blanchard did the music. The movie starts streaming on Netflix September 23rd.
Actress Sanaa Lathan is making her directorial debut in the Paramount Plus movie ‘On the Come up’. The movie stars Lathan, Method Man ,Mike Epps and Da’vine Joy Randolph. The movie is about a 16 year old girl (Jamila C. Gray) and her dream to take the battle rap scene by storm. The movie starts streaming on Paramount Plus Sept. 23rd
Media Maven Roland Martin is back with a new book ‘White Fear: How the Browning of America is making white people lose their minds. In the book Martin addresses the shaping of American Democracy and when people of color vote they make a difference.
Actress Jennifer Lewis is also back with a new book’ Walking in my joy: In these streets. The 65-year-old Actress and Singer is affectionately known as the Mother of Black Hollywood.
Michael Jacksons ‘Thriller is 40 years old and to celebrate the Michael Jackson estate is releasing the original masterpiece in a special 40th Anniversary package on November 18th. Thriller was the biggest selling album of all time and the winner of 8 Grammy Awards.
Get ready for a Broadway musical about the life of Boxing Great Muhammad Ali. The Musical has the approval of widow Lonnie and may be out by late 2024.
The Live Action version of Pinocchio is now streaming on Disney Plus. Oscar Winner Tom Hanks is playing Geppetto the Toy Maker who dreams of ason and Cynthis Erivo is playing to Blue Fairy.
The stage play ‘New Jack City’ is coming to Philly. The stage play is based on the movie that came out in 1991. The stage play stars Allen Payne who starred in the movie as Gee Movie. The stage play also stars Rapper Big Daddy Kane , Flex Alexander and Rapper/Actor Treach (Naughty by Nature) The stage play is happening November 4th and Fifth at The Met Broad and Popular.
Get Ready for Queen Latifah in the Netflix Thriller ‘End of the Road’. The movie is streaming on Netflix . In the thriller Latifah plays a widow who needs to get away, so she takes her family on a getaway across the country. Along the way she encounters some violent people in a small town. Ludacris plays her brother and Actor Beau Bridges plays her brother.
The 74th Annual Emmy Awards are happening Sept. 12. They will air on NBC and Peacock TV. Keenan Thompson from SNL Fame will be this year's host.
Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin are coming to Philly. Saturday November 5th at The Wells Fargo Center. Maverick City Music is a community of song writing worshippers.
The creative arts Emmy awards were held over the weekend and the winners included Former President Barack Obama. For his Netflix Docuseries ‘Our Great National Parks’ and Dr Dre, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dog, Kendrick, Lamar and Rapper Actor 50 Cents for their performance during the Superbowl Halftime Show.
The 7th and Final season of Queen Sugar is kicking off this week On the OWN Network.
Singer Ciara has developed a new skin care line which is coming out Sept. 15th.
Get ready for the talk show debuts of two shows coming to Fox. Sept 12th marks the launch of the Sherri Shepherd Show. Sherri replaces the embattled Wendy Williams show at 10am on Fox Stations. Shepherd recently revealed she got great advice from Oprah Winfrey. She said Winfrey told her to put out great energy. She also got great advice from her former Co Hosts from the View Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar.
Another Talk show launching on Sept. 12th is Jennifer, The EGOT Jennifer Hudson says she ready to be the next Oprah Winfrey. Hudsons show will air locally at 11am on Fox Stations.
You are going to notice some changes on the popular ABC Show The View. Alysa Farrah Griffith will be representing the conservative side. Griffith 33, used to be the Communications Director for the Trump administration. Anna Navarro has also been made a permanent host. She has been filling in for years, but she will be joining the ladies on Fridays and Mondays when either Whoopi Goldberg or Joy Behar takes off.
Rapper Fat Joe who had success with his social show and filling in for the Wendy Williams Show is now getting his own show on the STARZ Network. The Fat Joe Show. The Rapper is also hosting this year's BET Hip Hop Awards on October.4th. Dave Chappelle is also him on his first Comedy special and later this Fall he is releasing a book about his life called ‘The Book of Jose’.
Get Ready for DC Comics Black Adam. Dwayne The Rock Johnson is playing Black Adam, the hero we never knew we needed. Aldis Hodge plays Hawkman. Black Adam opens in theaters Oct.21st
Axel Foley is back! Filming has started on Beverly Hills Cop 4. Eddie Murphy is back as Detective Axel Foley. The film will debut on Netflix next year. The first Beverly Hills cop came out in 1984.
The Dionne Warwick story is coming to CNN. Don’t make me over debuts January 1st. And after the CNN debut will move to HBO MAX. The documentary will feature her life, Legacy and Music Career in her own words. The documentary will feature Smokey Robinson,Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, Elton John and Burt Bacharach.
It’s Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg and Regina Hall in the Netflix Movie ‘Me Time’ is streaming on Netflix
The new comedy movie Honk For Jesus save your soul’ with Regina Hall and Sterling K Brown is streaming now on the Peacock Streaming Network.
Get ready for the documentary on Songstress Roberta Flack. Flack is going to be the subject of the PBS American Masters Series in January of 2023.
Rapper/Producer Dr Dre reveals he almost died last year when he had a brain aneurysm. Dre admitted when he saw himself surrounded by family he thought it was over for him. Dre also revealed his next project will be the Life Story of Marvin Gaye. The Soul Singer was killed by his father in 1984 at the age of 44. Gaye recorded some of the greatest songs ever and he dubbed the Prince of Motown.
Controversial Sportscaster Stephen A Smith is known for telling it like it is and now he is ready to tell all in a new book ‘Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes. The book is coming out next year.
It’s Sisters Chloe and Halle on the latest edition of Essence Magazine. The Actresses and Singers who started out as protégés of Beyonce are gearing up for a big year next year. Chloe with her singing career and Halle with two big projects coming out The ABC Live Version of the ‘Little Mermaid’ where she is making history playing Ariel and her appearance in The Color Purple Movie Musical which is coming out December of 2023.
Knives Out 2: Glass Onion is the follow up to the first Mystery Thriller. This time around Daniel Craig is back with Janelle Monae, Leslie Odum Jr, Edward Norton, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Bautista, Kate Hudson and Madelyn Cline. Knives out is coming to Netflix in December.
Top Gun Maverick is now the 6th biggest Domestic Movie. Maverick stars Tom Cruise and is now available to rent and Own, and features 110 minutes of Bonus material.
Oscar Winner Viola Davis is coming to the Hunger Games. In this role Davis is playing the villain, the Head game maker. Filming will start soon on the 10th installment of The Hunger Games The Ballad of Snowbirds and Snakes.
Rupauls’s Drag Race has been renewed for a 15th season on VH1
It was a big honor for the TV Show Abott Elementary. They were honored at the TV Critics association awards. It was a big night for the TV Show, winning 4 awards, Program of the year, Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Qunita Brunson the West Philly Native and Show Creator winning for Individual Achievement in Comedy. Brunson has also been named the new face Olay skin care. Brunson is promoting their night moisturizer Retinal 24 & Peptide. Brunson will also be playing Oprah Winfrey in a new movie about 80’s music sensation Weird Al Yankovich. Weird Al was known for his popular song parodies ‘eat it, I lost on Jeopardy. The Movie will be airing on the Roku channel and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is playing Weird Al. Abbott Elementary returns for a second season Sept. 21.
Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx teams up with Rapper Snoop Dog tracking down Vampires in the Netflix Movie ‘Dayshift’. The movie is streaming now. Another movie streaming now is ‘A League of their Own’ It’s a remake of the 1992 movie that Penny Marshall Directed with Geena Davis and Madonna. Tom Hanks had the famous line ‘There’s no crying in Baseball. This 8-episode series stars Actress Chauntee Andrews (Roxanne Shante, A Journal for Jordan) it’s about a female softball team in the 1940’s.
Get ready for the ultimate documentary about the La Lakers. The Basketball Dynasty had all the stars Magic Johnson, Kareem Abul Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James. The Coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. The Owner Jerry Buss and his daughter Jeanine. Legacy The True Story of the LA Lakers is streaming on Hulu . The 10-episode docuseries is being directed by (Antoine Fuqua) (Training Day)
Check out Keke Palmer she is the new host of the Jimmy Fallon game show ‘Password. She is also the cover girl for the latest edition of Womens Health magazine.
At the Movies it’s Idris Elba in the Will Packer movie ‘Beast’. In the movie Idris must protect his family from a beast...a Lion that doesn’t like mankind.
Get ready for Price increases on Hulu and Disney Plus. The prices are going from 7.99 to 10.99
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is coming out with a new book this fall. ‘The Light we carry’ is the follow-up to her Bestselling Book ‘Becoming’ which sold 17 million copies worldwide.
Judge Greg Mathis is returning to Court TV. The show ‘Court Night Live’ will air on the A&E network.
The hit 90’s TV Show Everybody hates Chris starring Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary) is coming back this time as an animated series. Everybody still hates Chris will air on the Paramount Streaming channel and Comedy Plus. Chris Rock will return as the shows Narrator and Exec Producer. The show will focus on Chris Rocks teenage years.
Congrats John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen they are expecting their 4th Child. Two years ago they lost their youngest son Jack.
GMA Anchor Robin Roberts will be returning for a second season for her Emmy Award Winning Disney Plus talk show ‘Turning the Tables.
Renaissance ACT 1 Beyonce is the number album in the country. The album is the first of three being released over the course of the year. The 16 track lists is dance, house and a bit of naughty Beyonce with tracks such as Church Girl, Plastic off the sofa, Virgos Groove and my favorite Cuff it. Beyonce says this album is a cultural celebration.
Singer H.E.R. will be playing Belle in the ABC live Version of Beauty and The Beast. It’s the 30th Anniversary of Beauty and The Beast and H.E.R. a five-time Grammy winner is making first as the first Black Black/Filipino woman to play this role .H.E.R. is also playing the role of Squeaky in the Color Purple Movie Musical coming out December of 2023. Beauty and The Beast Live is airing Dec. 15th on ABC.
Get ready for another Halloween movie. Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie once again battling Michael Myers. Halloween Ends is coming out this fall. The Halloween franchise started in 1978.
The Kennedy Center Honors are happening in December. This year's Honorees include The Empress of Sul Gladys Knight, Actor George Clooney, The Rock group U2 and Inspirational Singer Amy Grant.
Singer Rihanna is ready to conquer the Hair World. Rihanna has already conquered the world of Beauty with her makeup and skin care. Her Lingerie Line Savage. Fenty Hair will have hairclips, Extensions, wigs, and Curlers.
Gospel Great Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, and Yolanda Adams have joined forces on a new song Superheroes Prayer which will be featured on Mann’s album ‘Overcomer.
Eddie Murphy starts filming his latest Prime Video movie Candy Cane Lane early next year. It’s a comedy from the producers of his 80’s hit Boomerang. Reginald Hudlin is directing.
Oscar Winner and Host of The View Whoopi Goldberg has produced a movie about Emmitt Till. The 14year old teenager who was murdered by a white mob after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. This happened in 1955 and the movie focuses on his Mom Mamie Till Mobley who fought for Justice after his murder. Mamie insisted on having an open casket so she could show the world what had happened to her son . That moment was a galvanizing moment that helped to create the civil rights movement. Goldberg also co-stars in the movie as his grandmother. Till Opens in theaters nationwide Oct. 28th
I got scoop on Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever. Black Panther 2 opens in theaters November 11th. In the meantime, The Trailer for Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever is out, The Trailer is hot! The excitement is building for the movie.
The 2023 Grammy Awards are set for Feb.5th on CBS. This will be the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. The nominations will be announced in November.
How do you top your Oscar Nominated Documentary Summer of Soul. If your Questlove from The Roots and The Tonight Show You Pick Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone as your next subject. Many say that Sly was before his time. He is 79 years old and he lives as a recluse in San Francisco. Sly and the Family Stone had a slew of hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s ‘Hot fun in the Summertime, ‘Everyday People’ and other classic songs. In the meantime, Quest Love is also working on another project. A new documentary on the life of the Godfather of Soul James Brown. The four part docuseries ‘I got Soul is coming out next year 2023 to coincide with his 90th Birthday. The Docuseries is being produced by Rock and Roll Legend Mick Jagger and Questlove of the Roots and the Tonight Show.
Chris Rock is returning to the big screen this Fall in the movie ‘Amsterdam’ . Amersterdam also stars John David Washington, Christian Bale, Margot Robbie,and Oscar Winners Robert De Niro and Rami Malik. The movie about three friends who uncover an outrageous murder plot is set in the 30’s and it comes out November 4th.
The Best Man continues. The Best Man: The final Chapters will be airing on PEACOCK TV Streaming starts Dec. 22nd. All of your favorites will be back! Harper, Robyn ,Jordan, Lance, Shelby, Candace and Murch. Malcolm Lee is directing, and the stars are returning Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrance Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau. The First Best Man came out in 2006. The Best Man Holiday came out in 2013.
Actress Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement to star in a new action-comedy film with Jamie Foxx. Filming is starting soon on ‘Back in Action’ a Netflix film.
Smokey Robinson is coming to Philly. He’s doing a show at the Met Broad and Poplar Saturday November 26th
Congratulations to Martin Lawrence, Garrett Morris, Sheila E, Melba Moore, Marc Anthony, Lenny Kravitz, Rapper Ludacris, Country Superstar Blake Shelton, Charlie Wilson, The Jonas Brothers they are just of starts getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are all part of the class of 2023.
Congrats to Philly Native Egypt Sherrod and her husband Mike their hit TV Show Married to real estate has been renewed for a second season. 12 new episodes are coming to HGTV.
Oscar winner Halle Berry is teaming up with Mark Wahlberg for the thriller ‘Our man from Jersey’ Wahlberg plays a construction worker who gets caught up with super spies and ex agents helping his high school sweetheart Berry. The movie is filming now in New Jersey.
The Commodores and War will be in concert Saturday Nov. 19th at The Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City.
CNN Films and HBO MAX are joining forces for the life story of Little Richard. Richard was the Architect of Rock and Roll. The film Little Richard I Am Everything will show the highs and lows of his career. Richard died in 2020 at the age of 87.
Shows coming back for a second season include the ABC Show The Wonder Years a reboot of the 80’s classic featuring an All black Cast. A lot of people thought the show would be in danger because of the firing of Shows Show Runne rand Director Fred Savage. Savage who starred in the original ‘Wonder Years was fired from the show because of inappropriate behavior.
Congratulations to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees class of 2022. This years class includes Lionel Richie, Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Country Great Dolly Parton, Rapper Eminem, Rocker Pat Benatar, The Eurythmics, Duran Duran, and Carly Simon. The Ceremony takes place in Clevland this November.
HBO is making a documentary about the STAX music label founded by Al Bell. The documentary will focus on the stars of the label including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T’s and The MG’s The Emotions, Isaac Hayes and the Stape Singers.
Get ready for the return of the YO MTV Raps. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s the show was hosted by Fab Five Freddy and then Ed Lover and Dr. Dre. This time around for the Paramount Plus Reboot the hosts are DJ Diamond Kuts from Power 99fm radio and Conceited.
Captain Marvel is coming to the Fast and Furious franchise. Actress Brie Larsen is coming to Fast and Furious 10 along with Vin Diesel, Jason Mamoa and Charlize Theron. The movie opens May 2023.
The Life story of Sammy Davis Jr is coming to HULU. The eight episode series will be produced by Lee Daniels. In Black and White The Life of Sammy Davis jr will feature his life from a vaudeville child star to one of the most famous African American Entertainers during the 50’s and 60’s. Actor Eiljah Kelly best known as playing Ricky Bell from the BET New Edition series is playing Sammy Davis Jr. The series will cover the moments in his life from the car crash that made him lose his eye, the controversial affairs with his white co-stars, converting to Judaism , Being a part of the famous Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. His involvement with politics from the Kennedys to Nixon. The series will also deal with his battles involving Drugs and Alcohol.
Author Alice Walker (The Color Purple) has written her life story in her latest book ‘Gathering Blossoms under Fire. For the first time ever Walker gives her readers a peak into her private world.
We know Shaquille O’Neal for his Basketball skills but did you know he could cook. In his new cookbook Shaq’s family style :Championship Recipes for feeding Family and friends. He gives us 80 comfort food recipes for busy families.
The Color Purple Movie Musical has added some new cast members Singer Ciara, Actor Lou Gossett Jr, David Allen Grier, Gospel Music Singer Tamela Mann Actor/Comedian Deon Cole and just added acclaimed Actress Anjanue Ellis. Fantasia is starring in the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg ‘Celie. Tariji P Henson, Danielle Brooks , Philly Native Coleman Domingo playing the role of Mister made famous by Actor Danny Glover. Also in the cast Corey Hawkins Singers H.E.R. and Halle Bailey. The movie is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Steven Spielberg and being directed by Blitz Bazawule. The movie is coming out December 2023.Grammy Winner Jon Batiste has also recently joined the cast..
Get ready for the Bob Marley story. Bob Marley died in 1981 at the age of 36 from Cancer. Marley was a pioneer of Reggae, ska and Rock Reggae. Actor Kingsley Ben Adir who played Malcolm X in the movie One Night in Miami is playing the Reggae Great. The movie is being directed by Renaldo Marcus Green who directed the movie ‘King Richard. Marley left behind a legacy of music including the classics ‘Could you be loved, One Love, Jammin, to name a few. Marley was an artist and activist. The movie is being supported by the Marley Family and it’s coming out January 12th, 2024.
Leslie Jones of SNL fame is joining the cast of BMF. The 50 Cent show on STARZ will feature Jones as a Federal Agent. The show is inspired by the true story of two Detroit brothers who ruled the drug scene in the 80’s.
Singer Patti Labelle is working on a Holiday Movie for Lifetime Patti is teaming up with Actress Keisha Knight Pulliam. Whoopi Goldberg is producing the movie.
Basketball Legend Dr J Julius Erving is producing a basketball documentary on Rucker Park in New York. Rucker Park is where the legends cut their teeth on the court Walt Clyde Frazier, Wilt Chamberlain, Willis Reed, Earl The Pearl Monroe, Joe The Destroyer Hammon to name a few.
HBO has a new drama series ‘Winning Time; The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’. The show is based on the rise of the LA Lakers dynasty in the 80’s. The series will focus on the Superstars of that era Magic Johnson, Norm Nixon and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. The show was recently renewed for a second season.
Filming will be starting later this year on a new Star Trek movie featuring the cast of 2009 Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.
The Whitney estate is planning on releasing a Live album and a gospel album this year. The Whitney Houston movie ‘I wanna Dance with Somebody’ is scheduled for late 2023.
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 show has already been renewed for a second season.
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.
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.
Eddie Murphy will be teaming up with Actor Jonah Hill in a new movie by Kenya Barris. The comedy is about Clashing cultures and generational differences.
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