Good girlfriends Serena Williams and Beyonce are showing off their post baby bodies. First, Queen Bey has been on tour, but not as a performer. She’s been catching Broadway shows and even popped up at Bruno Mars Madison Square Garden concert. The pictures show she’s back in performance shape herself. So how did she do it after delivering twins three months ago? Bey is a Soul Cycle regular. Meanwhile, her good girlfriend Serena Williams looks as if she’s ready to step back on the tennis court after delivering her daughter a month ago. The tennis phenom took to her luxury bathroom in a short-set and posted the return of her famous figure on instagram. Williams has also posted her fiancé Alexis Ohanian and their daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. as well. Williams revealed mother and child remained in the hospital six days due to complications. All are doing well now, and it may be time to either resume tennis or those wedding plans.
The NFL has already snagged Justin Timberlake to return to the Superbowl but will he reunite with Janet Jackson too? After wardrobe malfunction that ended their halftime show with a partially nude Janet Jackson in 2004, is the NFL ready to forgive and forget? No one is confirming Miss Jackson yet, but stay tuned. The Superbowl airs Sunday, February 4th on NBC.
Usher’s $20 million lawsuit accuser has gone public and responded to the singer’s legal filings. Weeks ago, Usher responded in legal documents by not confirming his health status but declaring he would not intentionally bring or expose anyone to harm or disease. The documents also state if sexual contact happened with any of his accusers, as adults they assume all risks. Now accuser Laura Helm, who says she tested positive for herpes and got it from Usher, has responded. Helm’s legal documents say she had no knowledge of a specific danger, and that would be the only way she could decide against risks. Helm also states that consent for sex doesn’t equal consent for disease. A social media post attributed to Usher’s mom has gone viral. Jonetta Patton was Usher’s manager until he fired her after he married his first wife. Usher divorced, remarried and reconciled with his mom. A social post with Jonetta’s picture on it apologizing for this herpes scandal, warning fans not believe all they hear and this wouldn’t be an issue if she were in charge. WOW!
Does Wendy Williams have a marriage deal? The Queen of All Media has been under attack for her beach pictures and now for her husband accused of cheating on her. Wendy has denied all those allegations, ordered her husband to cut ties with all of the alleged side ladies and has ordered her career and show to roll on.
Get Ready for Coming To America II. The first movie starred Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Shari Headley and Madge Sinclair and took in nearly $300 million in 1988. Now the producers of Black-ish, including show Creator and Emmy Nominee Kenya Barris, are working on the sequel. The original followed Murphy’s character as an African prince who hid his fame and wealth to find a bride in America. Murphy is expected to reprise his role, but no other cast members have been confirmed as of yet.
With all the TV reboots going on, could Family Matters be next? The hit show was part of the ABC’s TGIF line up from 1989 to 1997 then for one season more on CBS. The show began as a family ensemble spinoff for Jo Marie Payton’s character “Harriet Winslow” from the sitcom Perfect Strangers. The show would later revolve around next door neighbor “Steve Urkel” played by Jaleel White. That change in the show caused all kinds of friction with the cast and producers. Looks like the tension has subsided because after almost 20 years apart, most of the cast got together for a photo shoot. Could a reboot, a la Fuller House, Will & Grace and Roseanne, be in the works? The cast has hinted they’re open to it. Meanwhile, catch their photo shoot in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Comedian Actor JB Smoove has a lot going on. First, he returns with Larry David to HBO for the 9th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm this Sunday October 1st. JB also has a new “Leon Black” book coming out. Look for The Book Of Leon: Philosophy Of A Fool to be available on line and in stores October 10th.
Woke Activist and Grey’s Anatomy Star Jesse Williams and his now ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee have come to terms and it’s going to cost him. Williams was ordered to pay child and spousal support ($100,000) and Drake-Lee’s legal fees ($60,000). Williams and Drake-Lee have two children together. The now spilt couple is still hammering out custody rumored to be complicated because Drake –Lee is concerned about the women in William’s life and all the social media they’re exposed to with Williams. The Actor/Activist has been linked to Actress Minka Kelly. Meanwhile, the Woke actor has been lending is support to athletes like Lebron James, Steff Curry, Colin Kaepernick and the members of the NFL who have been continuing protests at games after President Trump called for the firing of protesters.
Singer/Songwriter Mario Winans was arrested and must now face a family court judge for back child support. The longtime Bad Boy artist was recently featured on Diddy’s 20th anniversary tour for the Bad Boy label. Mario is the son of Gospel Singer Vickie Winans and her first husband Bishop Ronald Brown. Mario took the last name of his step father Pastor Marvin Winans of the legendary gospel family The Winans. Mario Winans home in Ft. Lee, New Jersey was raided and he was arrested for owing over $171,000 in back child support. Mario is currently out on $250,000 bail.
Comedian Actor Mike Epps and Super Producer Will Packer (Think Like A Man; Girls Trip) are taking on the story of Richard Pryor. Epps is on his way to Atlantic City for the Atlantic City Comedy Fest Sunday, October 8th at the Boardwalk Hall, and I got to talk with him. Epps says Packer, who’s enjoyed a string of hits in the movies, is heading the team and finally one of comedy’s greatest icons will get his due.
We remember Iconic Media Mogul Hugh Hefner. Hefner founded the equally iconic Playboy Magazine and as a result put himself squarely in the middle of the sexual revolution. The first magazine was published in December 1953 with Marilyn Monroe’s 1949 nude calendar shoot. From there, Hefner and the magazine were off to the races. With its iconic nude photo layouts, Hefner was unapologetic about the male desire for sex. Hefner grew the magazine out to Playboy TV shows, cable channels, jazz festivals and the famous Playboy nightclubs. All of which integrated African American performers into the mix, including young up and comers like Bill Cosby and the late Dick Gregory. Though founded in Chicago, Hefner made the transition to California with the famous Playboy Mansion. Playboy Magazine itself, although highly criticized for its portrayal of women, covered the civil rights era with legendary interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and particularly Staff Writer Alex Haley’s interview with Malcolm X. Lately, Hefner became more famous for dating and marrying his much younger Playboy Playmate models. As well, his mansion has been part of the sexual misconduct accusations against Bill Cosby as the scene of much of the alleged behavior. Cosby and Hefner were listed in one of the suits and for the most part presented a united front of denial of the alleged behavior. Hefner’s youngest son Cooper has now become the public face of Playboy as Hugh stopped appearing in public. Hugh Hefner died at the age of 91.
Actor Idris Elba teams up with Oscar Winner Kate Winslet (“Titanic”) for the upcoming The Mountain Between Us. Elba plays a doctor and Winslet, a journalist. Circumstances have them both taking a private plane that crashes, killing the pilot (Beau Bridges) and leaving the doctor and journalist to battle the elements to get back to civilization. The Mountain Between Us opens Friday, October 6th.
Bruno Mars has shot his performance at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem for his upcoming TV special. The special will be a mix of performances and interviews. The 31-year old, five time Grammy winner has already released a picture of his performing on top of the legendary Apollo marquee. Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo will air Wednesday, November 29th on CBS.
Nia Long is returning to TV this fall as a regular on NCIS after a successful guest starring stint on Empire earlier this year. Long will join the cast, headed by LL Cool J, as former Secret Service Agent Shay Mosley, the NCIS team’s new executive assistant director. Long is best known for her big screen work like Soul Food, Big Momma’s House, The Best Man and Love Jones, but she got her start on TV with Guiding Light, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, Moesha and ER. NCIS returns for its ninth season to CBS this Sunday, October 1st.
Singer/Songwriter/Reality Star Kandi Burruss (Xscape) is on the cover of October’s Essence magazine.
Rihanna is on the cover of Elle, and the critics are raving over Rihanna’s new makeup line Fenty. This is a good time for Ri Ri. Next year, she’ll be a co-star of Ocean’s Eight, a female take on the Ocean’s Eleven movie franchise. Rihanna will also join the panel at Vogue’s first annual Forces Of Fashion Conference on October 11th in New York City.
Taraji P. Henson is on the cover of MarieClaire’s October issue.
Tracee Ellis Ross is on the cover of W magazine and channels her mom, Diana Ross, in her full Diva legacy. Ross also pays tribute to her mom in the interview.
Ross also shares a cover with her Black-ish leading man, Anthony Anderson, on Ebony’s Fashion issue, and Black-ish returns to ABC for its fourth season Tuesday, October 3rd at 9pm.
Actress Meghan Markle is the talk of Hollywood and England as she graces the cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair. The 36-year old star of the USA series Suits discusses her acting career, her bi-racial background and declares that she and England’s favorite eligible bachelor Prince Harry, 33, are in love.
The Philadelphia Music Alliance has just announced its Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame Class of 2017 inductees. This year’s class members are Labelle (Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx), Sister Sledge (Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy), Philly International Legends McFadden & Whitehead, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Soul Survivors, Chris Schwartz of Ruffhouse Records, WDAS alum and Radio Personality Bob Pantano and Jill Scott. The festivities will take place on Wednesday, October 4th. An outdoor induction ceremony and a gala at The Fillmore Philadelphia are all planned. Tickets and information can be found at PMAWALK.ORG. .
Check out who’s coming to town:
Tuesday, October 3rd - Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker for The Pennsylvania Conference of Women at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For tickets and information log onto paconferenceforwomen.org.
Saturday, October 7th – The Spinners and Little Anthony & The Imperials in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Sunday, October 8th – Incognito in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Tuesday, October 10th – Bruno Mars in concert at The Wells Fargo Center. For tickets or for more information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Friday, October 13th – Boney James in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Saturday, October 28th – Tracy Morgan comedy show at The Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pa. For tickets and information venue.thetowerphilly.com.
Friday, November 10th – Janet Jackson at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets or for more information log onto boardwalkhall.box-officetickets.com.
Saturday, November 11th – Janet Jackson at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. For tickets or for more information log onto sandsbethlehememovementseventcenter.ticketoffics.com
Saturday, November 11th – Gladys Knight at The Tropicana in Atlantic City. For tickets or for more information log onto Tropicana.net
Monday, November 13th – Janet Jackson at The Wells Fargo Center. For tickets or for more information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Friday, December 1st – Sinbad comedy show at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Friday, December 1st – Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center. For tickets or for more information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Sunday, December 17th – Damien Escobar in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
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