What’s next for The Underwoods? I’m talking about Actor Blair Underwood and his wife Desiree. After 27 years and three children the couple have separated and are in the process of divorcing.
Jay-Z’s Made in America is returning to Philly Labor Day Weekend. No artists have been announced yet.
The Howard University College of Fine Arts has been named in honor of the Late Actor Chadwick Boseman . The college of Fine Arts is being led by Actress Dean Phylicia Rashad.
Kelly Clarkson will be getting the coveted time left by Ellen Degeneres when she leaves her show next year.
Congrats to Philadelphia’s Cam Anthony. The 19 year old was the winner of the NBC Talent Show ‘The Voice’ . Anthony was on Team Blake he has opened for Patti Labelle and he appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show.
The Academy Awards are taking place in 2022 in late March.
We remember Singer John Davis. The 66 year old Singer was the real Singer behind Milli Vanilli. Millie Vanilli the 80’s music sensations(Rob and Fab) were exposed for fraud when it was revealed they were not the real singers, it was John Davis. The scandal rocked the music industry David died last night due to complications from Covid.
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 coming out July 31st. Hyman died in 1995.
The History of African American cuisine is explored in the new Netflix Docuseries‘High on the Hog’. This series is an excellent look at the history of our foods. I teared up, I clapped I cheered, I learned so much. This is a must see ‘High on The Hog is streaming now on Netflix.
Nick Cannon will be rolling out his new Daytime Talk Show this Fall on Fox Affiliates.
Summer Shows are returning to the Dell Music Center in August. Announcements on whose coming and when the box office opens is happening soon. For more info go to dellmusiccenter.com The Dell is located at 33rd and Ridge
Congratulations to Singer Fantasia and her husband. They are now the parents of a baby girl Keziah London Taylor.
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.
The HBO comedy The Black Lady Sketch Show has been renewed for a third season
The trailer is out for the movie Respect. Jennifer Hudson is starring as the Queen of Soul. Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker and Mary J Blige also star. The movie Respect opens in theaters August 13th.
Get ready to be scared and laugh real hard when Meet the Blacks 2: The House Next Door opens in Theatres June 11th. Mike Epps teams up with Comedian Katt Williams. The cast is incredible Lil Duval, Snoop Dog, Rick Ross Comedian Gary Owens and Actress Bresha Webb.
The BET Awards are set for Sunday June 27th airing in front of a Live audience on BET. Megan Thee Stallion and Da Baby are leading with the nominations.
Rapper Lil John is coming to HGTV with his own home design show.
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.
Steve Harvey is returning to Celebrity Family Feud on ABC in June. Some of the celebrities include the crew from the Bling Empire, the hit show on Netflix, from Dance Moms JoJo Siwa and Abby Lee Miller. Zack Braff and Donald Faison from Scrubs, Fran Dresher from the Nanny, Paul Reubens (PeeWee Herman) Actors Rob Lowe and Terrance Howard.
Congratulations to Supermodel Naomi Campbell she is a first time Mom at the age of 50. Campbell is the mother of a baby girl thru surrogacy.
Congrats to Actor Jaden Smith the son of Will and Jada has opened a restaurant on Los Angeles to provide the homeless with free Vegan Meals.
Get ready for the return the CW show The Games. During its run the TV Show ran on the CW and The BET Networks. This time the show will be airing on The Paramount Plus streaming Network. Most of the cast is returning including Wendy Raquel Robinson.
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.
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.
Get ready for a Bridgerton Spinoff. Shonda Rhimes the force behind the hit Netflix Show says the show will focus on Queen Charlotte, Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury in their younger years.
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 hris) 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.
Snoop Dog is getting a show on NBC’s Streaming Network Peacock called ‘Worlds Dumbest Criminals and he’s teaming up with Kevin Hart for a News and Sport comedy Show.
Kevin Hart is also coming to Netflix in the 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 star. Fatherhood with Kevin Hart starts streaming on Netflix June 18th. He also returns to the big screen with Woody Harrelson in the action/thriller Man from Toronto MLK weekend 2022.
We have an official date for the last Fast and Furious movie F9 will be in theaters June 25th. F9 stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriquez, Tyrese, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Charlize Theron, Dame Helen Mirren, Ludacris, Cardi B and Wrestler turned Actor Jon Cena. In F9 Vin Dielsel is taking on a new nemesis his brother new comer Jon Cena and to the delight of many fans the popular character Hans is returning. I hear the car stunts in this movie will be crazy.
Dave Chappelle has teamed up with Talib Kweli, and Yasiin Bey to launch a new Podcast called the midnight miracle special guests for season one include Chris Rock, and Questlove.
It’s going to a busy summer for Basketball Superstar Lebron James. In addition to his movie Space Jam 2 coming to theaters July 16th he’s releasing his second Childrens book ‘We are Family’ on August 31st. The book is about five new friends who have different dreams and backgrounds but work together to save their basketball season and prove they can succeed if given the chance. I hear Basketball great Michael Jordan who starred in the original Space Jam will be making an appearance in Space Jam2.
Neicy Nash is returning to TV in a revival of the show ‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics’. It’sgame show and singing competionall in one. Wayne Brady hosted the original ‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics’ back in 2007.
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. On July 2nd it is coming to theaters and HULU.
Rappers Redman and Method Man are teaming up to play brothers on the new season of Power Book 2. Redman and Method Man recently treated their fans to a VERZUZ, and the two are no strangers to acting in 2001 they starred in the movie how high and in 2004 they had the short lived TV show Method and Red. The next Power installment Power Book 3 ‘Rising Kanaan’ debuts next month.
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.
Bishop T.D. Jakes is back with his latest book ‘Don’t drop the Mic’. I love this book it’s about communication and the power of works. How to communicate properly, write emails, talk to others. I had a chance to interview Bishop Jakes a few weeks ago and he says he wrote this book because good communication is important for building connection and community.
Actress Gabrielle Union and her husband Former NBA Players are getting ready to release their first children’s book. The book is based on their young daughter Kaavia. For a toddler she makes the most unbelievable faces . The book is called shady baby and it’s about a baby who uses her facial expressions as superpowers. This September Gabrielle Union is releasing her second book ‘You got anything Stronger’ which she talks about her road to surrogacy to become a mother.
Filming starts in July on Black Panther 2. Director Ryan Coogler says the movie ‘Wakanda Forever’ arrives in theatersJuly 8th 2022. He also says the role of T’Challa played by the late Actor Chadwick Boseman will not be recast but the character will be given the proper sendoff in Wakenda Forever.
Michael B Jordans latest Movie ‘Without Remorse’ is now streaming on Amazon Prime . The action thriller stars Jordan who plays an elite Navy Seal who uncovers an international conspiracy while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant . The movie also stars Lauren London, Jodie Turner Smith (Queen and Slim) and Actor Colman Domingo. Up next for Michael B Jordan is the Denzel Washington directed movie ‘a Journal for Jordan. In the movie A Journal for Jordan , Michael B Jordan plays an Army Sargent who was killed during the Iraq War, before he died he left behind a journal for his son, giving life lessons on growing up without a father. The movie is coming out on December 10th. In the meantime Jordan will be directing the next installment of the Creed movie. Some of the filming is taking place in Philly with Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad returning. Oscar Winner Sylvester Stallone who started the Rocky Franchise that spawned Creed will not be in this new installment because he has decided to retire the character.
Mike Epps is starring in the new Netflix Comedy ‘The Upshaws’. Mike Epps is teaming up with Wanda Sykes in a comedy about a middle class family making it thru life with their family. Kim Fields is playing Epps Wife and Sykes plays his sarcastic Sister In Law. I love this show. The Upshaws is streaming now on Netflix.
Will Smith is coming to Youtube in a six part fitness fitness series called the Best Shape of my Life. In the Docu series Smith consults with Athletes and Scientists about staying in shape no matter what age you are.
Alicia Keys is also coming to Youtube in the music series ‘noted’ In Noted keys invites fans into her world as she celebrates the 20th Anniversary of her album ‘Songs in A Minor’ . also included in the 4 part series is her fans seeingher work on her new album.
Takes Six is coming to Bucks County Fri June 11th and Saturday June 12th. The Grammy Award Winning group will be performing at the Bristol Riverside Theater at their brand new Bristol Township Outdoor Amphitheater.
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.
The latest edition of Essence magazine is the first ever edition featuring a Quilt artwork cover capturing the events of 2020.
Oscar Winner Rita Moreno is going to featured in a new documentary about her life. Moreno who is 89 is an EGOT. Which means she has won an Emmy, a Grammy and Oscar and a Tony Award. The documentary ‘A Girl who decided to go for it’ arrives in theaters June 18th. Moreno is also going to be featured in the movies ‘In The Heights’ and the Steven Spielberg Directed movie ‘West Side Story’ which is coming out in December.
Director Antoine Fugua (Training Day) has announced he is doing a movie revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof featuring an all black cast. In 2008 there was an all black Broadway Production featuring James Earl Jones, Terrance Howard, Phylicia Rashad and Anika Noni Rose. This Production was directed by Debbie Allen. The original movie came out in 1955 and starred Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. There is no word on who will star in the latest production.
Levar Burton is coming to Jeopardy. When the longtime host Alex Trebek died last year a permanent Host was not named so new episodes were filmed with a slew of celebrity hosts like Footballs Aaron Rodgers, Dr. Oz, Former Today show host Katie Couric but no Black men were ever considered, then a petition was launched on behalf of Levar Burton, and 245 thousand signatures later it was announced that Burton would be joining the list of revolving hosts. Burton burst onto the national scene as Kunte Kinte in the groundbreaking TV Miniseries Roots. For 21 years Burton has been a part of the Reading Rainbow Educational series and the TV series Star Trek The Next Generation.
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.
Tennis Superstar Serena Williams has team up with Amazon to Star in a docuseries about her life.
This is a very busy time For Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson. Her latest movie ‘Monster’ starts streaming on Netflix. Monster stars new comer Kelvin Harrison Jr. as an honors student who world has been turned upside down when he is charged with a felony murder. The movie was supposed to be released three years ago. John Legend and Rapper Nas joined forces to produce the movie which also stars Jeffrey Wright, John David Washington, Rapper A$AP Rocky and Jharrell Jerome. Hudson is also lending her voice to the animatedmovie Pierre the Pigeon Hawk. The movie features the voices of Snoop Dog, Will.i.am Whoopi Goldberg and Howie Mandel. This August Jennifer Hudson stars as the Legendary Aretha Franklin in the movie ‘Respect’
Tyler Perry is teaming up with the Showtime Network for a drama about Madea. Every Legend has a beginning and we are about to find out about Mabel Simmons. Mabel/Madea was a smart fierce irresistible and crazy 20 something who arrived in Atlanta in 1972 and took the city by storm. The series is going to be a drama. On May 14th Perry is joining Angelina Jolie in the western Thriller Those who wish me dead. The movie will be in theaters and HBO MAX Tyler Perry’s new show ‘All the Queens Men’ debuts on BET Plus this summer. The show is about Male exotic dancers based on the book by Actor Christian Keys’ Ladies Nights’. The show stars Eva Marcille (Americas next top Model and Housewives of Atlanta) she plays Madam Deville. Christian Keys is playing a hitman. There will be ten episodes of the show.
Jamie Foxx has returned to TV in the Netflix Comedy ‘Dad Stop Embarrassing Me’ . The series has started streaming . The show is about Foxx’s real life relationship with his Daughter Corrinne. Corrine is not in the show but she is the show’s Executive Producer. Kyla Drew is playing the role of his daughterand David Allen Grier is reteaming with Foxx, remember their days on In Living Color. Grier is playing Jamies Dad. Foxx has also signed on for a TV Movie about Boxer Mike Tyson. The movie is being produced and directed by acclaimed Directors Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and Martin Scorcese (Casino, Raging Bull) Jamie Foxx is playing iron Mike Tyson.
Now speaking of Viola Davis she is the part of the cast of the upcoming movie Suicide Squad. Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5th, 2021. The movie will also feature Margo Robbie, Idris Elba and Jon Cena.
Theres a lot of magic in Upper Manhattan Lin Manuel Miranda long awaited ‘In The Heights is coming to the big screen and HBO MAX June 11th. Miranda the Tony Award Winner who brought us Hamilton is bringing this Broadway Production to the big screen starring Anthony Ramos and an ensemble cast featuring also starring Corey Hawkins (Straight outa Compton) and Singer/Songwriter Leslie Grace . The movie is directed by Jon Chu who brought us ‘Crazy Rich Asians.
We all know Stephan A. Smith from ESPN and his sports commentaries now he’s gearing up for a Docuseries about HBCU Schools. The series entitled ‘Black Excellence will feature Black Colleges and Universities in American Society. Politics, Business, Culture, Sports and Entertainment will be covered. Special guests on the Docu Series include Madame Vice President Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Tariji P Henson and Senator Raphael Warnock. Black Excellence is coming out next Year.
The next Disney/Marvel movie coming out will be ‘Black Widow’ which will be in theaters July 9th. Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansen.it will also be available on Disney Plus with its Premiere Access service on the same date.
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.
The Proud Family is returning, this time on Disney Plus. The Proud family Louder and prouder will show the characters a little older. Penny Proud is now in high school. The twins are three, Mom Trudy is running her Veterinary Clinic and Dad Oscar is running a very successful Snack Company. The show will also be introducing two gay dads and Penny will have a Gay best friend.
Kerry Washington and Oscar Winner Charlize Theron are teaming up for the Netflix movie Fairytales. It’s about a fairytale school for good and evil.
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