HOT NEWS SEVEN Friday February 24th 2023
The 59th Annual NAACP Image awards are set for February 25th on BET and CBS. Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever and Abbott Elementary are leading the nominations. For the first time ever all women are up for entertainer of the year. Angela Bassett, Mary J Blige, Quinta Brunson, Viola Davis and Zendaya. Will Smith has been nominated for Best Actor for his movie Emancipation. Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar are leading the music nominations. Queen Latifah is hosting.
I am so honored to be included int the 2023 Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame. Thursday April 20th I am being inducted along with Tony Award Winner Leslie Odom Jr. ,Governor Rendell, The Bacon Brothers, The Tymes, Rock Radio Legend John DeBella and James Depriest. A special award will be presented to Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & Thom Bell as ‘The Sound of Philadelphia’.
Actor Anthony Anderson is returning to TV in the Amazon Prime Series ‘Miraculous’ where he plays a miracle car Salesmen.
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. The show returns March 7th and special guests this season include Kenan Thompson, Quinta Brunson, Chance The Rapper ,Patti Labelle, Adam Lambert ,Tariji P Henson, and Keke Palmer to name a few.
The Weeknd is coming to HBO MAX with a concert special February 25th.
Actor Taye Diggs is coming to Philly. Friday Night March 3rd . It's a conversation with Taye Diggs. Diggs is best known for his roles in the Best Man, All American, How Stella Got Her groove back and the movie musical RENT where he also starred on Broadway. The evening is happening at the Miller Theater formerly the Merriam Theater.
Singer Kem is coming to Atlantic City March 4th and March 5th.with Ledisi and Musiq Soulchild at the Hard Rock Casino
Patti Labelle will be in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City March 11th, 2022
The Roots picnic is returning to Philadelphia June 3rd 4th and 5th. The festivities kick off at the Wells Fargo Center with The Roots and Comedian Dave Chappelle. The Saturday and Sunday Festivities are happening at the Mann Center for Performing Arts 52nd and Parkside. Get ready for Lauryn Hill doing the entire album of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Diddy performing with the Roots. Other artists The Isley Brothers, Roy Ayers, Kindred the Family Soul, Eve, Busta Rhymes, Adam Blackstone, The State Property Reunion and many more. Get your tickets at Therootspicnic.com tickets are on sale now.
We Remember Soul Music Legend Chuck Jackson. Jackson was known for his hit songs ‘Any Day Now and I don’t wanna cry. Jackson was 85 years old.
Actor Comedian Richard Belzer has died. He is best known for playing Detective John Munch on the Law-and-Order TV Series. He played the sarcastic yet loved Detective Munch. Belzer was 78 years old.
We also lost two Hollywood Legends Raquel Welch passed away last week at the age of 82. And Actress Stella Stevens died at 84 after a battle with Alzheimer's.
Get ready for Actor Johnathan Majors. He is playing Kang the Conqueror in the new movie Antman and the Wasp Quantomania which is in theaters now. . He’s playing the villain boxer in the new Creed 3 movie and he’s the cover guy of Ebony and GQ Magazine. His latest movie Devotion with Glenn Powell is now streaming on Paramount Plus.
The Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes Netflix comedy The Upshaw's has been renewed for a third season.
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 19th 2023.
Congrats to Singer Rihanna and her boyfriend Rapper A$AP Rocky baby number 2 is on the way. Rihanna made the big announcement at halftime during the Superbowl Halftime show.
Beyonce is coming to Philly! Wednesday July 12th at the Lincoln financial field.
Michael B Jordan is gracing the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. March 3rd Creed 3 arrives I theaters he is starring and directing. The movie also stars Jonathan Majors, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad.
Singer Stephanie Mills and Nephew Tommy from the Steve Harvey Morning Show are starring in the lifetime movie ‘Pride’ The Seven Deadly Sins. It’s part of The Bishop Jakes miniseries that he produces. The movie debuts Saturday April 8th on Lifetime.
Idris Elba is returning March 10th with the movie Luther; The Fallen Sun. Th movie will pick up from the popular BBC Series Luther as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up for the Amazon movie ‘AIR’ Streaming starts April 5th. The Oscar winners will be joined by EGOT Winner Viola Davis, Marlon Wayans and Chris Tucker. AIR is about the 1984 battle to get Basketball great Michael Jordan to sign to NIKE sneakers.
The Michael Jackson movie has found their Michael. Jermaine Jackson son Jaafar Jackson will be playing his famous Uncle. The Michael Jackson movie ‘Michael' is being directed by Antoine Fugua. He recently did Emancipation with Will Smith. And the movies the Equalizer and Training Day with Denzel Washington.
Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever is streaming on Disney PLUS.
Preliminary filming has begun on Bad Boys 4. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for a Bad Boys 4 movie.
The Queens of R&B are coming to the Bravo Network.. It’s a new reality show with the ladies of SWV and Xscape.
The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees have been announced. Country Superstar Willie Nelson, George Michael, Missy Elliott, A Tribe called quest, The Spinners, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow. Voting is now underway at vote.rockhall.com. The official class of 2023 will be unveiled in May.
2023 is going to be a huge year for Oscar Winner and Comedian Monique. Her NETFLIX comedy special is coming ‘My name is Monique and her Lee Daniels movie ‘The Deliverance. She also has a new horror movie streaming on BET PLUS called The Reading.
Michael Ealy is joining the cast of Power Book 2 Season 4. Filming is currently underway. Season three with Mary J Blige, Michael Rainey Jr. And Method Man debuts March 17th on STARZ.
Season 2 of Bel Air a dramatic take on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air starts streaming February 23rd on Peacock.
Tamron Hall of the Tamron Hall Show is returning to Cout TV for a second season of the crime show ‘Someone they Knew. The true crime series takes you from the victims to verdict.
The Nominations have been announced for the 95th Annual Academy Awards. The awards show is happening on ABC Sunday March 12th, Jimmy Kimmel is this year's Host. The Movie Everything Everywhere all at once is leading the pack with 11 nominations. Singer Rihanna has been nominated for best song for ‘Lift me up from Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever. Angela Bassett has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Romanda in Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever. Two sequels Avatar The Way of Water and Top Gun Maverick have been nominated in the best Picture Category.
The concert scene is hearing up! Get ready for the Legacy tour with New Edition Ralph, Ronnie, Ricky, Mike and Johnny Girl. Saturday March 18th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Special Guests Keith Sweat, Guy (Teddy Riley and Damien and Aaron Hall) and Singer Tank
Singer SZA is coming to the Wells Fargo Center Thursday March 2ND.
Congrats to Singer Kenny Lattimore and his wife Judge Faith Jenkins are the proud parents of Skylar Leigh Lattimore their first baby girl.
Now speaking of Kenny Lattimore he will be in the area Mothers Day Weekend Saturday May 13th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Hes in concert with Singers Fantasia and Neyo. Tickets are ob sale now.
The Sherri Shepherd Show has been renewed for two more seasons and the Jennifer Hudson talk show has been renewed for another season.
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 available now.
Diddy is working on a new reality show Diddy plus 7 with all of his children including
the new baby.
The straight no chaser comedy tour is coming to Philly. Friday May 19th at the Liacouras Center with Mike Epps, DL Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer and DC Young fly.
Tyler Perrys next project for NETFLIX will be a World War 2 drama about the only black female led World War 2 battalion. This is the true story of the 855 women who were able to connect 17 million American soldiers with their families. The cast of the movie includes Kerry Washington who is also the Executive Producer of the project. Oprah Winfrey and Susan Sarandon are also part of the cast. . Production will start soon on the movie SIX TRIPLE 8.
The Godfather of Harlem with Forest Whitaker has returned for a 3rd season on the EPIX/MGMPLUS Channel.
The Prime streaming service is getting ready for season 2 of the Megan Goode show ‘Harlem. The series also stars Actress Grace Byers and this season will feature guest appearances by Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, Lil Rel Howery and Countess Vaughn.
Congrats to Actor/Comedian Michael Blackson. The 50-year-old recently open the Michael Blackson Academy in his native Ghana, in Africa.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is teaming up with Gabrielle Union for ‘Truth be told on Apple TV Plus. Spencer plays an Investigative Reporter who is also a Podcaster.Truth be Told is streaming now on Apple TV Plus.
The Tabitha Brown takeover at Target Stores is here! The Vegan Lifestyle Maven has unveiled her line a Vegan food Kitchen collective. Browns says her goal is to spread joy in the kitchen with food and color. The line includes Dips, Spreads, Soups, Sauces, Snacks all Vegan. There're is also Table wear ,Bowls, Coffee Mugs, Bowls and Plates. Prices range from 2.99 to 90 Dollars. Most items are under 10 ten dollars
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.
BMF Black Mafia Family has returned to the Starz network . This season will feature Leslie Jones, Monique, Snoop Dogand LaLa Anthony. The story is set in Detroit, the true story of Detroit brothers Demetrius and Terry Flenory who became powerful figures in a multi-state drug and money laundering organization. Black Mafia Family has already been renewed for a third season.
Idris Elba is also coming to Netflix. The Luther Series ‘The Fallen Sun’. Debuts in March. There is also a bidding war going on about his new cooking show. Yes, Idris Cooks! And now Netflix, Disney Plus and Paramount Plus are interested in developing a cooking show with Idris and his personal Chef. Elba says he loves food and he wants to his family's heritage and culture with African foods. Elba and his wife are currently featured in the digital version of Ebony Magazine.
Congratulation to Adam Sandler the Popular Actor and Comedian is getting honored next March with the Mak Twain Award for Comedy. Past winners Include Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle and David Letterman.
2023 is going to be quite the year for Singer/Actress Mary Blige. She returns as Monet is the STARZ Show ‘PowerBook 2’ in March. Her Childrens book ‘Mary Can comes out in May and she is developing a talk show with BET called ‘The Winedown.
We know Singer Adele for her amazing voice but now she is opening up about her business side. Adele is working on a line of perfume and Lingerie line.
Singer Ledisi is playing Gladys Knight in the movie ‘Spinning Gold the story of Neil Bogart who founded Casablanca Records. In the 70’s Casablanca Records was the most successful independent Label of its time with Acts such as Donna Summer, Parliament Funkadelix, The rock band KISS, The Village People, and Bill Withers.
The Best Man continues. The Best Man: The final Chapters is airing on PEACOCK TV . 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.
Top Gun Maverick is streaming on Paramount Plus.
Janet Jackson is going back on tour this time with Rapper/Actor Ludacris Saturday May 20th at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City.
Congrats to Director Ava Duvernay she is the First black featured on the Pint of Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream. Lights Carmel Action is a mixture of Vanilla Ice Cream, Salted Carmel, Graham Cracker Swirls and pieces of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Get ready for another ‘Rush Hour movie. Rush Hour 4 will be back after 10 years with original Stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
Jill Scott is coming to Philly! It's the 23rd anniversary of Who is Jill Scott/ Words and music Volume 1. Jill is doing two shows at the Met Broad and Poplar March 16th and 18 and 19. Tickets are on sale now.
Former Eagle Quarterback Michael Vick is working on a docuseries about Black Quarterbacks.
The Wiz is coming back to Broadway in 2024. Comedienne and Writer Amber Ruffin will be giving the show an updated twist.
Singer Ashanti is ready to tell all in a new Docuseries. Ashanti says so much has been said about her and now it’s for her to tell her story.
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.
The Viola Davis movie ‘The Woman King is available on Video on Demand.
Anita Baker is coming to Atlantic City next year. Tickets are on sale now for her show Friday November 23rd 2023 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Babyface will be her special musical guest. Baker is also releasing new music next year.
Get ready for Snoop Dog the Movie. A movie is in the works about the popular Rapper, who burst on the scene in 1992 with Dr Dre’s The Chronic LP.
Get ready for the return of the ABC Show The Wonder Years. The reboot of the popular show from the 90’s now features an all-black cast. Special guests stars for next Summers return include Patti Labelle, Wayne Brady, Titus Burguss and Donald Faison from Scrubs.
Oscar Winner Daniel Kaluuya is lending his voice to Spiderman Across the Spider verse. Kaluuya is voicing the character Spider punk. Also featured in the animated movie Issa Rae who plays Spiderwoman and Actor Oscar Isaac is playing Spiderman 2099. The animated movie hits theaters June 2nd 2023.
The Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes Netflix comedy The Upshaw's has been renewed for a third season.
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 is available now on demand and streaming..
Jada Pinkett Smith is ready to tell all in a new Memoir due out next year. The book is due out next Fall. The book will detail her marriage to Will Smith, Battles with depression, her personal rediscovery and a celebration of Authentic Female Power.
Get ready for more of the Wayans Family. Damon Wayans Sr and Damon Wayan Jr. The Father and Son are teaming up for a new comedy show on CBS. Samuel L Jackson will be back as Superspy Nick Fury in the new Marvel Series ‘Secret Invasion 'on Disney Plus. The show debuts next year. Jackson is currently starring on Broadway in the August Wilson play ‘The Piano Lessons. The play is being directed by his wife Latonya Richardson Jackson and stars John David Washington and Actress Danielle Brooks.
The long-awaited Tupac Docuseries ‘Dear Mama is coming-out on the FX Channel this year. The 5-part docuseries directed by Allen Hughes is the story of the relationship Tupac had with his mom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is being directed by Blitz Bazawule. The movie is coming out December 2023.Grammy Winner Jon Batiste has also recently joined the cast.
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