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HOT NEWS 8 Friday February  23 2024 


Tyler Perry has a new movie Mea Culpa coming to Netflix. Kelly Rowland and Actor Trevante Rhodes star. Mea Culpa starts Streaming February 23rd. Perry has also signed a new deal with Netflix . One of the first projects i a new TV Drama Beauty in Black. Beauty in Black is a 16 Episode Drama written directed and produced by Perry. Two women leading different Lives one successful, one not. 


The Wendy Williams documentary about her recent private struggles is coming to Lifetime February 24th and 25th the 2night docuseries gives us a look inside her private battles thru the eyes of her family. 


The 30th Annual SAG Awards Screen Actors Guild is coming to NETFLIX February 24. 


Urban One Honors is airing Sunday February 25th on TV ONE. This year's honorees include Mary J Blige,, Frankie Beverly, Chloe, Dionne Warwick and Gospel great Donald Lawrence. 


Tamron Hall is coming to Philly Friday March 15th at the Central Public Library (Free Library) 19th and Vine. She's Promoting her book ‘Watch where they Hide’. For more info go to TamronHallTV.com 


The 2024 WDAS Women of Excellence Luncheon is happening Saturday April 13th at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown 17th and Race. This year's honorees include Alex Holley Fox 29 Good Day Phila, City Councilwoman Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Dyana Williams CEO of Influence Entertainment, Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge, Paralee Knight Wells Fargo and our Women of Excellence Legend award to Grammy Award winning, Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Fashionista Jody Watley. Get your tickets at wdasfm.com. Performers will be announced soon. 


June 1st and 2nd its the Roots Picnic at the Mann Center for the Performing arts. Check out the Line up Jill Scott, Lil Wayne with the Roots , NAS, Victoria Monet, Adam Blackstone, Babyface, Muni Long, Robert Glasper, Tyla, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, October London, DJ Diamond Kuts, DJ Aktive, DJ DocB, DJRL, Andre 3000 with his Flute just to name a few. For more info go to RootsPicnic.com 


 Get ready for Lit in AC. The Hip Hop Show starring Jeezy, Remy Ma, Rick Ross, Fabulous, Freeway ,Lost Boyz and many More is happening at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale now. 


Supermodel Naomi Campbell is the latest Covergirl for ELLE Magazine. 


It’s Beyonce on the cover of Essence Magazine promoting her new Hair Care Line Cecred. 

Her Country Music Album is coming out March 29th featuring the Hits ‘Texas Hold Em and Sixteen Carriages. 

Congrats to the ABC Show Abbott Elementary getting renewed for a 4th season. 



At the movies it’s 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. 



The New James Brown documentary Say it Loud Produced by Rocker Mick Jagger, QuestLove, and Tariq Black Thought is streaming on the A&E channel. It’s a two part documentary that  follows Brown who was a 7th grade dropout who became a Cultural Icon. 


Oscar Winner Monique will be joining Katt Williams on his current Dark Matters tour. Now speaking of Katt Willims he’s coming to Netflix May 4th in a brand-new comedy special. He is also coming to the Liacouras Center on Sunday April 7th. 


Kandi Burruss has made it official she is leaving the Real housewives of Atlanta. The new season will feature new faces plus returning cast members Kenya Moore and Porshe Williams. 


Author Terry McMillan is coming to the Lifetime network with a series of movies 



Maiah Carey is the latest Artist to open a Las Vegas Residency she’s playing the MGM Grand in April. 


Singer Toni Braxton is teaming up with Cedric The Entertainer for a new Las Vegas Residency Love and Laughter. It's opening this Spring. 


Tony award Winner and Philly Native Leslie Odom Jr. Is returning home May 1s at the Academy of Music, An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr. His latest Broadway Production ‘Purlie Victorius is coming to PBS part of their Great Performances series Friday May 24th at 9PM 


Earth Wind and Fire and Chicago are coming to the Freedom Mortgage Pavillion in Camden Wednesday July 31st. 



Usher is also coming to Philly! Friday August 30 and August 31st at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are on sale now. 

June 21st it’s an evening with John Legend at the Borgata in Atlantic City. 


Steve Harveys daughter Laurie Harvey will be featured in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. It's coming out in May. 


Actor Idris Elba has been named the new spokesperson for Clavin Klein. His Apple TV show ‘Hijack has also been renewed for a second season, He is also returning as Sonic The Hedgehog in the new spinoff series on Paramount Plus.  


Tariji P Henson, Terrance Howard and Don Cheadle have joined the cast of the new Kevin Hart Peacock movie ‘Fight Night. The story is set in 1970 Muhammad Ali makes a return to boxing after being banned and it's the biggest fight night of the year. At the same time the elite and rich of Atlanta come together for a big party where they are robbed. Kevin Hart is producing this movie which also stars Samuel L Jackson and South Jersey native Dexter Darden (Maze Runner) is playing Muhammad Ali. In other Tariji P Henson news she has written her first Childrens Book ‘You can be a Good Friend, No Matter What’ the book is coming out June 18th 


Rapper, Actress, Talk Show Host and Philly Native Eve is writing a book about her life ‘Who’s That Girl” is coming out this Spring. 


Ge ready for the return of The Braxtons on WE TV. Tamar, Toni, Towanda, Trina and Mom Evelyn. Will be starring in the Braxtons on WE TV. This season will focus on Love, success, heartbreak and the dynamics dealing with the death of sister Traci. Private never before seen moments.  

Congratulation Emmy Winner Quinta Brunson and Abbott Elementary is being renewed for a 4th season. 


The Rick James Story is coming to ‘Superfreak The Rick James Story is coming to the Met Broad and Poplar. 



reaknic is coming to HULU the wildest story never today is being produced by Jermaine Dupri, Uncle Luke , and the founder of Freaknik. The documentary covers the freaknic party scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It debuts on Hulu March 12th and March 14. 


Th Color Purple is streaming on  HBO Max. Streaming. starts on  


The Nominees have been announced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Who is going into the Hall. We will find out in the few weeks. The nominees include Mariah Carey, Cher, Sinead O’Conner, Mary J Blige, The Dave Matthews Band, Éric B and Rakim, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Kool and the Gang, Lenny Kravitz, Sade, A Tribe called Quest and Ozzy Osborne. The ceremony will air later this year on Disney Plus and ABC. 



The Story of Celine Dion and her battle with Stiff Person Syndrome is coming to Prime. I won’t let this define me I am Celine. The 55-year-old Singing sensation is battling a rare Auto Immune Neurological Disorder that causes Muscle Stiffness and Painful Spasms, only 330 suffer from this in the US. 



An event that was called the Greatest night in music is coming to Netflix. Back in 1995 the biggest Superstars in Music gathered for the USA for Africa Charity. Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Bruce Springsteen Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson to name a few. The documentary is streaming now and will include footage never seen.  


Actors Kelvin Harrison Jr and Aaron Pierre are starring Dr, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X in the limited series GENIUS: MLK/X. streaming now on National Geographic and streams on Disney Plus and Hulu February 2 



Actress Sanaa Lathan is joining Season the Hit HBO Show Curb your Enthusiasm. The Show stars Larry David and JB Smoove. One of the funniest shows on TV. No word on what character Lathan would play. Curb your enthusiasm returns in February on HBO. This will be the final season of the show. Sanaa is also working on a new project about famed Psychic Miss Cleo. Miss Cleo was everywhere with the Physic network in the 90’s. The network was later discovered to be a fraud and because she was so well known as Miss Cleo, she took the fall. Miss Cleo was an actress who was just playing a role. She died in 2016 at the age of 54 after battle with Cancer. 


Actor Colman Domingo has to be the Hottest Actor in Hollywood. The west Philly Native is starring in the Netflix Movie on Rustin, about Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin. Rustin was the Orchestrator of the March on Washington but never got the credit because he was an openly Gay Man. He has signed to play Joe Jackson in the Michael Jackson movie ‘MJ’ Directed by Antione Fuqua (Training Day) and he will Star and Direct in a movie about Nat King Cole) He's also been nominated for his first Academy Award (Rustin) and a slew of nominations from the NAACP Image Awards, Sag Awards and Critics Choice Awards. 


Whoopi Goldberg has a new memoir coming out dedicated to Love. The 68 yearr old Moderator of The View dedicated this book to her late Mother and Brother. The book My Mother, My Brother and me talks about her life before fame and it’s coming out this May. 


The Dionne Warwick movie is finally happening. Actress Singer Teyanna Taylor is playing the Legendary Singer. 


The 55th Annual NAACP Image awards are happening March 16th on BET and CBS. The Color Purple movie Musical has 16 nominations for best actress Fantasia, best supporting Actress Halle Bailey, Tariji P Henson and Danielle brooks. Best Supporting actor Colman Domingo best ensemble cast and Best Picture. Abbott Elementary has nine nominations. Philly Native Davine Joy Randolph got a nod for Best Supporting Actress for The Holdover. Other nominees include Usher and Ayo Edibiri the FX Series the Bear. 


Vivica A. Fox keeps a gig. She is going to be hosting a food competition show where families compete with their recipes. 10 thousand dollars is up for grabs. 




The RUN DMC Docuseries Kings from Queens is streaming now on the Peacock Network. The Hip Hop Legends started with two turntables and a microphone. Rev Run, Darryl McDaniel, and the Late Jam Master Jay. The group is known for their hits It’s Tricky, My Adidas, Walk this Way and Peter Piper. The docuseries will feature special appearances by Mc Lyte, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ed Lover, The Beasties Boys Ice Cube and Doug E Fresh. 



The Academy award Nominations have been announced and there were some surprises. Despite all the hype for Barbie no nominations for Director for Greta Gerwig and Nominations for Margot Robbie who played Barbie. The Color Purple got snubbed too. Nothing for Fantasia for her role as Celie in purple. The only nod for the Color Purple was Danielle Brooks for her role as Sophia, Best Supporting Actress. The Movie Oppenheimer got 13 nods including Best Picture. Notable Nods for Philly Natives Bradley Cooper Maestro, Colman Domingo for Rustin and Davine Joy Randolph for The Holdover. The 96th Annual Academy Awards are happening March 10th on ABC Jimmy Kimmel is hosting. 


Rupaul is coming to Philly at the Kimmel Center March 6th promoting his new book ‘House of Hidden Meaning’. 

Actor Anthony Anderson and Marsai Martin from Black ish fame are joining forces with Oscar Winner Viola Davis for the Thriller G20. The is about Terrorist who take over the G20 Summitt and Davis plays the President of the United States. 


Rapper/Actor Ludacris is coming to BET Plus he’s going to star in a dramedy about his life. 


Actor Jaleel White (Urkel Family Matters) has a new game show. Flipside will air on CBS stations. The game show is about whoever has the best Intuition on Human Behavior. 


Gloria Gaynor is ready to tell all in her new movie I will Survive based on her 1975 hit Song. 

The movie is a journey of Faith, Hope, and getting a second chance. 



Snoop Dogg the Actor? Yes, The Rapper is starring in a new movie for Prime Video about a disgraced former football player (Snoop) who must Coach a Youth football team to avoid prison time. It’s a story of redemption. The Underdogs also stars Mike Epps, George Lopez and Tika Sumpter. The Movie is streaming now on Prime. 


Congrats to Master Funkateer George Clinton he got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week. A documentary is being planned on his life and an upcoming movie with Eddie Murphy on Prime with Murphy playing Clinton. 


Congrats to Singer Charlie Wilson he just got a Star on the Walk of Fame. 


The latest Ava Duvernay movie ‘Origin with Anjanaue Ellis Taylor is in theaters 


Congrats to Producer and Songwriter Timbaland, Rapper Snoop Dogg and The 70’s Super Duo Steely Dan they are being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 


Mission Impossible 7 is now streaming on Paramount Plus. 


Look out for Janet Jackson she is returning to Philly with Rapper Nelly at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday June 26th. 



wCongrats to Singer/Actress Jennifer Hudson her Talk show has been renewed for a thirds season. Hudson has also been nominated for a People's Choice Award. 


The Color Purple movie Musical with Fantasia, Danielle Brooks and Tariji P Henson is now available on Video on Demand 


Don Lemon is back! The Former CNN Anchor was let go last year and now he is back with The Don Lemon Show, The show will start on Twitter (X) 3 Times a week then movie on to other social media outlets. 


Congrats to Actress/Singer Halle Bailey (Color Purple, Little Mermaid) she and her boyfriend Rapper DDG are the proud parents of a baby boy Halo. 


In theaters now American Fiction starring Jeffrey Wright. The female stars of the movie are now gracing the cover of the new Essence Magazine. Erika Alexander, Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae. 



Production on the Micael Jackson Movie Stars in a couple of weeks. Director Antoine Fugua (Training Day) is directing. Jemaine Jacksons son Jafaar will be playing to King of Pop. The movie will cover his triumphs, the Highs and Lows of his career and well as his creative genius side. Philly Native Colman Domingo will be playing Joe Jackson in the movie. Joe was the Patriarch of the Family. Actress Nia Long will be playing Mom Katherine Jackson. The movie is coming out in 2025. The MJ Musical is on its way to Philly.at the Academy of Music in 2025. 


Morris Chestnut is returning to TV in the Fox ‘Watson’. Chestnut is starring and producing the show about Dr Watson the longtime Partner of Sherlock Holmes solving Mystery's. 

Congrats to Actress Angela Bassett she was recently awarded an Honorary Oscar for her years of outstanding work. 


Congrats to Diana Ross at the age of 79 she is going to be the face of Saint Laurent. 

Oscar Winning Actress Regina King is back after dealing with the loss of her son. King is starring in the new movie ‘Chisolm about the groundbreaking Politician Shirley Chisolm. In 1968 she was the first Black Woman to be elected to congress. In 1972 she was the first black female candidate to run for President of the United States. She was a strong supported for Civil Rights and Womens Rights. Terrance Howard also Stars ‘Shirley starring Regina King comes to Netflix March 22. 22ND. 



Get ready for the animated version of Good Times coming to Netflix. Good times is based on the 70’s TV Show that starred Ester Rolle, John Amos and Jimmie JJ Walker. The animated reboot will feature the voices of JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah and Yvette Nicole Brown 



Upcoming Events 


Marlon Wayans Live Casino in Philly March 8th 


Tamia and Joe at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City March 9th 


Keyshia Cole the Love Tour with Jaheim, K-Michelle, and Trey Songz at the Liacouras Center March 17th. Singer K Michelle is returning to reality TV in the Peacock show Queens Court; Ready for Love hosted by Holly and Rodney Peete. 


Kem, SWV, Dru Hill, and Silk at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City The Mothers Day Festival 


Donnie Mcclurken Mother's Day show May 12th at the Liacouras Center 


Late night Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host the Academy awards. The 96th Academy Awards airs Sunday night March 10th. 



New Edition has announced their Las Vegas Residency at the Wynn. Feb 28-March 6 


Singer Ledisi will be performing at the Met Broad and Poplar March 9th with Raheem Devaughn and BJ The Chicago Kid 


Musiq Soulchild and Eric Benet are coming to the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City Saturday April 13th. 


The Wiz is returning to Broadway. Singer Avery Wilson who was season 3 of the Voice will be laying the scarecrow. Singer Deborah Cox is playing Glenda the good Witch and Wayne Brady is playing oz. Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is producing the show along with her husband Todd. Singer Nichelle Lewis a Singer and Songwriter from Virginia will be playing Dorothy. She was discovered on Tik Tok. The revival hits Broadway next Spring. 

After a major health scare Madonna is back on track with her Celebration Tour. Madonna is celebrating 40 Years in show business and she’s coming to the Wells Fargo Center Jan. 25th 2024.  


Get ready for Bad Boys 4 with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence hitting Theatres June 24th 2024 . Also coming out Next Summer. Eddie Murphy Axel Foley Beverly Hills Cop 4 on Netflix.                                                                                                                                                            



Dwayne The Rock Johnson has signed on for another Fast and Furious spinoff featuring his character, Luke Hobbs. Meanwhile Fast and Furious 10 part two is set 2025 release. 



I am now part of the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame. My bronze plague is on Broad Street. Broad and Pine in front of The University of The Arts. 



Judge Greg Mathis is joining The Byron Allen TV Network with a new court show Judge Mathis debuts this Fall. 



The man behind The Marvel Classics Spiderman, Black Panther, The Avengers, The X-MEN ,The Hulk and Fantastic four Stan Lee is going to be the subject of a new documentary that will air on Disney Plus next year. 


The Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes Netflix comedy The Upshaw's has been renewed for a third season. It is airing now on Netflix. 


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. 



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