Jill Scott is divorcing after almost 15 months of marriage to Mike Dobson. Scott's court papers cite not only irreconcilable differences, but inappropriate marital conduct. The papers also state it would be unsafe and improper for the couple to remain living together. Dobson, 49, is claiming he is being branded a bad guy, and that's why he had to get out. Dobson says he agreed to the separation, but was blindsided by Scott's filing for divorce. He called the 45-year old Grammy winner evil and claims she has issues. Scott and her legal team aren't commenting to the press yet.
Meanwhile, Tamar Braxton and her manager/estranged husband Vincent Herbert are divorcing. Braxton filed and her family has been taking shots at Vince in the media. Tamar's mother Evelyn told Herbert to keep his hands off her daughter. What? Spousal abuse? Tamar took to social media herself and would only say she wasn't willing to stay married for the sake of being married. So far Herbert's quiet on his end. Some are questioning the timing of this “divorce.” Braxton's career seems to be in freefall. What with the new album not performing well and all the competition for reality shows, some are questioning if this is a publicity stunt. Meanwhile, Braxton will be in Philly, Tuesday, December 19th for The Great Xscape tour with Xscape and Monica at the Liacouras Center.
Is Wendy Williams going to get any relief? Her husband Kevin Hunter is still being spotted out and about with his side jawn. Hunter and Wendy have been married twenty years and have a teenaged son. Hunter is also Wendy's manager. Meanwhile, after Hunter was busted in the press the first time, to which Wendy had to hit the TV screen and declare her marriage is fine, she's had a couple of scares. Those scares include fainting on the air. People close to the Queen Of All Media claim she's not eating or sleeping. How bad will this get when Wendy sees both she and the side jawn have rings?!!!!!
Ex-Cosby Kid Lisa Bonet has secretly married for the second time to Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones and DC's Justice League movies. The two have been together since 2005 and have two children together: Lola, 10, and Nakoa-Wolf, 8. Bonet was previously married to Lenny Kravitz and they share a 28-year old daughter: Actress Zoe Kravitz. Zoe attended her mom and Jason Momoa's nuptials. Meanwhile, Momoa will play superhero Aquaman in DC comics big screen adaption of Justice League opening in theaters Friday, November 17th.
Donna Brazile is under attack….by her fellow Democrats. The former chair of the Democratic National Committee has set the political world on fire with Election 2016 revelations from her new book Hacks: The Inside Story Of The Break-ins And Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump In The White House. Among her statements, Brazile considered replacing Democratic Candidate Clinton with then VP Joe Biden. Brazile also claims the process was rigged to keep Bernie Sanders from having equal footing to the party’s nomination. Brazile is now getting attacked on both sides of the aisle for this. Then, Brazile answered her critics by saying she wasn’t “Patsey” from the movie 12 Years A Slave, and won’t be the DNC’s whipping girl. WOW! Hacks is available now in bookstore and online now.
Tyrese: He instagrammed, he cried, he yelled but did he lie too? In the past couple of weeks, the singer/actor took to social media to make public his feuds with both Dwayne The Rock Johnson and his ex-wife Norma. First, Tyrese aired out that The Rock would be in the wrong to take a spinoff movie from The Fast & The Furious franchise. The Rock's been quiet, but Tyrese essentially linked the spinoff to taking away from the Tyrese family. Speaking of family, Tyrese then took to the internet in the midst of his custody and child support battle. He said his millionaire friends weren't there for him. He asked what more do you want from him at $13,000 a month, and congratulated his ex-wife Norma. Then Tyrese said he just wants to see his baby. Days later, he claimed Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith gave him $5million as a show of support. Then Tyrese backtracked and said the money hasn't come yet. At press time, The Smiths aren't commenting, so Tyrese started a go fund me page and went back to social media cooking and twerking. Huh?!!! So how's all this playing out? A judge said Tyrese can no longer post about his daughter on social media for now. The singer's friends are now worried about his mental state. Can Tyrese bounce back from all this? I hope so because his current wife, Samantha, is expecting a baby.
Mariah Carey has two things going on…gastric sleeve and a sexual harassment accusation. First, despite never being obese, Carey went for the much thinner look by way of the less invasive gastric sleeve procedure. Unlike gastric bypass, the sleeve is a slower process for weight loss. Carey is also being accessed of sexual harassment by an ex-bodyguard, Michael Anello, who says Carey flaunted her body in front of him all the time dressed in nothing but negligees, Carey committed sexual and racial offences in front of him and Carey referred to Anello as Nazi. Carey and Anello are currently trying to negotiate a settlement. Meanwhile, Carey performs a Christmas Show at the Borgata in Atlantic City on Saturday, November 25th.
Bobby Brown settles with TV One over the unauthorized Bobbi Kristina bio pic, but now he has his own bio-pic with BET. Brown and the estate of his late daughter, by the late Whitney Houston, fought TV One over the airing of the bio pic and were originally suing for $2 million. It still aired but the parties settled for undisclosed compensation and the suit was dismissed. Now, Brown has moved on and is at the center of the follow up TV movie to BET's smash hit The New Edition Story. Woody McClain will once again play Brown. The two-part TV movie will span Brown's 30-year career. Look for stories revolving around Teddy Riley, L.A. Reid & Babyface, and among the women in Brown’s life, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson. The untitled Bobby Brown bio pic will air in the fall of 2018.
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 5?!!! Despite the TV version on FOX with Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford and Keesha Sharp being in season two, word on the street is the original stars of the big screen version want another go at it. Original Director Richard Donner is also in talks to helm this installment as well. It was thirty-one years ago when Glover played a cop ready for retirement, but was partnered with a recently widowed loose cannon cop played by Gibson. The last installment was in 1998 and took in more than $285 million. While Glover continued to work in quieter parts in TV and film since then, Oscar Winner Mel Gibson hit a low when his anti-Semitic ramblings went viral. He's been slowly building a comeback with small parts and directing. Is the time right for a new installment of Lethal Weapon?
Daytime Divas, the scripted VH1 drama, has been cancelled. The series starred Vanessa Williams, Tichina Arnold (Martin; Everybody Hates Chris), Kristen Johnston (Third Rock From The Sun) and McKinley Freeman (Hit The Floor; If Loving You Is Wrong), and was loosely based on the Star Jones book written about her time on the ABC daytime talker The View.
Lance Gross (House Of Payne; Our Family Wedding; Star) has a new talk show. The show is actually streaming online at Essence.com. The legendary magazine teamed up with Gross for the series I Turn My Camera On. The title is a play on words because Gross is also a professional photographer. The series has featured interviews with actors such as Michael B. Jordan and Omari Hardwick, Actress Simone Missick and Singer/Actress Kelly Rowland and viral web sensation and Actor/Comedian King Bach. I Turn My Camera On with host Lance Gross is streaming on Essence.com
Tiffany Haddish makes history again and this time on TV. First her summer blockbuster Girls Trip, with Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Jada Pinkett Smith, smashed this year's box office by becoming the first comedy of 2017 to gross over $100 million. Now, by hosting Saturday Night Live, Haddish becomes the first African American comedienne to ever host in the show's almost 43 years on the air. Meanwhile, Chance The Rapper and Musical Guest Eminem will appear on Saturday, November 18th but first, Tiffany Haddish and Musical Guest Taylor Swift are on this Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11:30pm on NBC.
Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game; The Steve Harvey Show) hosts The Gospel Superfest on Sunday, November 19th at 7pm on TV One.
American Music Awards will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie The Bodyguard. In 1992, The Bodyguard starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, and took in over $400 million at the box office. Christina Aguilera will lead the tribute to Whitney Houston and the soundtrack’s 25th anniversary. Diana Ross will also be honored with the AMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Bruno Mars, Drake and The Weeknd are among the top nominees. Fans are asked to go to the AMA’s website to vote for their favorites. The winners will be announced live when the AMA’s take place Sunday, November 19th at 8pm on ABC.
Erykah Badu hosts The 2017 Soul Train Awards. Solange and Bruno Mars lead the nominees with Solange at 7 and Bruno with 6. Other nominees include Beyonce, Charlie Wilson, Khalid, Cardi B, Childish Gambino and Mary J. Blige. Toni Braxton and SWV will both receive The Legend Awards. The 2017 Soul Train Awards will air Sunday, November 26th on BET.
Larenz Tate (Love Jones; Dead Presidents) and Erica Ash (The Real Husbands Of Hollywood) will host The 2018 Trumpet Awards, the celebration of African American achievement and history in society, airing Sunday, February 11th at 9pm on Bounce TV.
Oscar winner Angela Bassett, Peter Krause (Sports Night; Parenthood) and Connie Britton (Spin City; Friday Night Lights) will head up the show 911. The new medical drama will revolve around ambulance driving rescue workers. 911 is scheduled for a January premiere on FOX. Meanwhile, look for Bassett in Marvel Comics big screen adaption of Black Panther, with Chadwick Boseman, to be released February 16th.
My Scorpio brother Sean P Diddy Combs has changed his name again…… to Brother Love..... then….. changed it back. The 48-year old hip hop mogul took to social media to explain he was just kidding and that Brother Love is just one of his alter egos. That would have made for the fifth name change for the Bad Boy label chief. Hmmmmmmmmmm! Anywho, Diddy is working on new music, but first in January he’s coming to FOX –TV. Diddy signed a deal to be a judge on The Four. The Four is a music competition show with four talents who must rise to the occasion of challengers every show trying to take their place. There are also four judges. At press time, Diddy and DJ Khaled are the only two signed up. The Four is slated for January on FOX.
Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Director Brett Ratner, Studio Chief Harvey Weinstein, former President George H.W. Bush and even Dustin Hoffman all stand accused of sexual misconduct. When Bill Cosby's rape and misconduct accusations kicked into full steam in 2014, he lost his touring dates, new TV deal, his old shows and movies were pulled off the air and now he's facing civil suits and a retrial this coming spring on criminal sexual assault charges. But, even Cosby's critics said this type of misconduct didn't start or end with Cosby, if it's true. Now we're watching to see if those “punishments” that happen to Cosby will happen now:
First, 93-year old former President George H.W. Bush's spokespeople issued an apology for anyone offended by his patting women's rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Filmmaker Brett Rantner, who used to date Serena Williams, has seen his Hugh Heffner bio pic halted as he fields accusations from harassment to rape. The director is suing one of at least six accusers. The legendary Meryl Streep's 1979 interview about her Kramer Vs. Kramer leading man Dustin Hoffman resurfaced. Both won Oscars for that film, in which she describes how Hoffman put his hand on her breast upon their first meeting. Her reps recently confirmed only that there was an offense, Hoffman, who has three other accusers, apologized and Streep accepted. Now, Kevin Spacey has yet another male accuser whose mother, a former TV anchor, held a press conference accusing the Oscar winner of sexual assault of her then 18-year old son. Spacey, who now has over a dozen accusers, has been dropped by his agent, publicist, fired by his hit Netflix show House Of Cards and has been cut out of Carol Burnett's 50th Anniversary Special on CBS to air Sunday, December 3rd. The movie, All The Money In The World, which Spacey, playing J. Paul Getty, completed is now re-filming. Director Ridley Scott is cutting out Spacey and replacing him totally with fellow Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer (The Sound Of Music; Beginners). And the latest, Charlie Sheen's representatives are denying an accusation that Sheen sexually assaulted the late child Actor Corey Haim 30 years ago on their movie set.
Now Terry Crews, who came forward about being sexually assaulted at a Hollywood party, has filed a report with the Los Angeles police. For now, Crews will only say that his assailant is a high powered Hollywood executive, and Crews’ wife witnessed the entire incident. At the time, Crews realized the headlines would read 240 llb. black man stomps out white Hollywood executive, and he'd be in jail. The 49-year old actor, who co-stars on FOX's Brooklyn Nine Nine, says people have to be held accountable. Crews is also planning a lawsuit against his perpetrator.
Serena Williams may be a brand new mom, but that didn't stop her from a bachelorette weekend. Williams was joined by LaLa Anthony, Singer Ciara, and big sister Venus among others. The ladies’ crew took a party bus around New York City and hit a private dinner at a posh seafood restaurant. Williams got engaged last December to Businessman and Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, in September. The date for the nuptials between Williams and Reddit are still in the planning stages.
We remember Singer Robert Knight. He emerged from Nashville with several potent hits from the 60's including Free Me (with The Paramounts), Blessed Are The Lonely and Love On A Mountain Top. His best known hit was the original recording of Everlasting Love. Knight had a top twenty hit from it and it was revisited by many other artist, including and most famously Carl Carlton. When Knight's recording career cooled, he went into education and taught chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Robert Knight died at the age of 72.
We remember Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay. Halladay was noted to pitch deep into games. His particular pitching style earned him the nickname Doc after the famous western gunslinger Doc Holliday. Meanwhile, Roy Halladay retired from baseball as a Philadelphia Phillie with 67 completed games and 20 shutouts in his record book. Halladay, a professional pilot, died when his amphibious planed crashed in the Gulf Of Mexico. The investigation into a cause continues. Roy Halladay was 40 years old.
We also remember the incredible career and life of a member of the WDAS family, Rod Carson. Though his career spanned more than 50 years, Carson was best known as a founding shadow traffic broadcaster. Guiding residents through rush hour traffic throughout the Delaware Valley with his pioneering style of reporting put him in the history books as a textbook example of traffic reporting still used to this day. While Carson was able to enjoy long runs at a few stations here in the Philadelphia market, we embrace him here with our memories of Rod Carson, the WDAS morning man. Yes, before Steve Harvey, Carter & Sanborn, Tom Joyner, Kevin Gardner, Gary Shepherd, Butter & yours truly and Jerry Wells, Philly started its day the right way with Rod Carson, who died at the age of 75. He’ll be missed very much.
Tyler Perry has added author to his repertoire. The filmmaker has authored the inspirational book Higher Is Waiting, which is due out November 14th. Meanwhile, his Halloween sequel for Madea, Boo2! A Madea Halloween, has taken in over $42 million in profit and is already in the black.
Tiger Woods made it quick and painless. The golf legend pleaded guilty to reckless driving and avoids jail time under a deal with prosecutors. Woods has already spent time in a rehab facility, completed 20 hours of community service as well as an internet based D.U.I. awareness program. Because there was no alcohol involved, Woods’ attorneys and prosecutors were free, under the law, to work out this deal. This all stemmed from Woods’ arrest on Memorial Day. He was found in his car pulled over the side of the road and asleep. Police gave him a sobriety test and observed Woods walked unsteady and slurred his speech. Woods was found to have had no alcohol in his system, but did take his prescription meds for his back and sleep disorder. Also under the plea agreement Woods will have to submit to random drug testing for the next year.
Denzel’s movie pushed back! The two-time Oscar winner has a new movie called Roman J. Israel, Esq. He plays a lawyer who’s an advocate for the people, but his throwback style is something between a militant and Don Cornelius on the 1970’s edition of Soul Train. When “Israel” wins, he lets others take the credit. Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo co-star. Roman J. Israel, Esq. opens Thanksgiving.
The 2017 Marian Anderson Awards will honor the legendary Dionne Warwick. Saluting the Grammy-winning East Orange, NJ native will be Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, Darlene Love, Alyson Cambridge and Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. The festivities will take place at The Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce, on Tuesday, November 14th. For tickets and information log onto kimmelcenter.org
Shonda Rhimes and the original cast (1975-1976) of SNL are going into the TV Hall Of Fame. Writer/Producer/TV Titian Rhimes becomes only the third African American woman to receive this honor. Diahann Carroll and Oprah Winfrey are already inductees. The original cast from Saturday Night Live, including Chevy Chase, Jane Curtain, the late John Belushi & Gilda Radner and, of course, Garrett Morris, will be inducted as well. The Hall Of Fame ceremony will take place on November 15th.
Mary J. Blige is the new covergirl for November’s Essence magazine. Blige also stars in the film Mudbone, which is stirring up huge buzz and will be released on Netflix Friday, November 17th.
Cicely Tyson is on Elle: The Women In Hollywood Issue.
Chadwick Boseman is on Ebony’s The October/Men's Issue and, at the movies this week, Boseman, Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown star in Marshall. The movie chronicles an early law case of the late Thurgood Marshall before his landmark arguments that led to school desegregation in Brown vs. Board Of Education, and before he was appointed America’s first African American Supreme Court Justice. Marshall is currently in theaters.
Speaking of Chadwick Boseman, his co-star in big screen adaption of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan, has another comic book project lined up. Jordan will be an executive producer on Raising Dion for Netflix. Based on the comic book story of an African American widow who discovers her young son has superpowers. Jordan will also appear occasionally as the boy’s father and the widower’s late husband. Netflix has given Raising Dion a 10-episode order. At press time, no streaming date has been announced yet. Meanwhile, look for Jordan in Marvel Comics Black Panther on February 16th, 2018.
This Saturday, November 9th, It’s Philly’s Men Are Cooking. It’s that time again as the men of the Delaware Valley show the ladies their culinary skills. This is the annual Philly event where the men do all the cooking, and the ladies get to walk around and sample what the men have to offer. It all benefits the A.K.A.’s charitable and community service arm, The Ivy Legacy Foundation. The festivities take place at The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, Pa. The information for Philly’s Men Are Cooking about tickets and signing up to cook can be found at ivylegacy.org.
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.
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Friday, November 10th – Janet Jackson at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets or for more information log onto boardwalkhall.box-officetickets.com.
This Saturday, November 11th – Janet Jackson at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center. For tickets or for more information log onto sandsbethlehememovementseventcenter.ticketoffics.com
This Saturday, November 11th – Gladys Knight at The Tropicana in Atlantic City. For tickets or for more information log onto Tropicana.net
This Monday, November 13th – Janet Jackson at The Wells Fargo Center. For tickets or for more information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Tuesday, November 14th – Leela James and Tank: Savage X, The Soul Tour at the TLA, 3rd and South . For tickets or for more information log onto venue.tlaphilly.com.
Sunday, November 19th – The stage play Thugs & The Women Who Love Them starring K Michelle, Sevyn Streeter, Ray J, and Lyfe Jennings at The Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pa. For tickets and information venue.thetowerphilly.com.
Saturday, November 25th - Mariah Carey’s Christmas Show is coming to the Borgata in Atlantic City. Tickets and more information at WWW.THEBORGATA.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.
Saturday, December 9th – Fantasia Christmas Holiday concert at the Fillmore Philly, 29 East Allen Street and for more information log onto thefillmorephilly.com/venue
Sunday, December 17th – Damien Escobar in concert at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pa. and for more information log onto keswicktheatre.com
Tuesday, December 19th – The Great Xscape Tour starring Xscape, Monica and Tamar Braxton at The Liacouras Center, Broad & Montgomery. Tix are on sale Friday, October 13th 2017 and for more information log onto Liacourascenter.com/events.
Thursday, December 30th – Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly in concert at The Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pa. For tickets and information venue.thetowerphilly.com.
Saturday, January 13th – Babyface at The Tropicana in Atlantic City. For tickets or for more information log onto Tropicana.net
Sunday, January 14th – The All-Stars Of Hip Hop starring Nelly, Ja Rule, KRS1, Redman & Method Man, Fatman Scoop and Three Times Dope at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto ppshows.com.
February, Friday, the 16th and Saturday, 17th – Mary J. Blige in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Tickets and more information at WWW.THEBORGATA.COM!
Sunday, February 18th – The Soul Jam At The Tropicana in Atlantic City.
Saturday, February 24th – Katt Williams in concert at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto boardwalkhall.com/events.
Friday, March 9th – Keith Sweat in concert at The Liacouras Center, Broad & Montgomery. Tix are on sale Friday, October 13th 2017 and for more information log onto Liacourascenter.com/events.
If you would like more info please email me at PattyJackson@iHeartMedia.com or check me out with my midday reports at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm during the day.