Beyonce’ has signed on with Adidas, but it’s a report about her consideration of Reebok that made headlines. The singer/actress was considering a line of footwear and outerwear with Reebok. Reports have since surfaced that as a possible deal was being flushed out, something happened at a meeting. Reportedly, while she was at the company’s headquarters, Beyonce’ noticed the lack of diversity. After Queen Bey reportedly declared this aloud at the meeting, things seem to come apart according to reports. The result: she promptly signed with Adidas and they will re-launch Bey’s Ivy Park Athleisure line and develop a sneaker line. Reebok has released a statement saying that the company was in talks with Beyonce, but didn’t have a deal and she didn’t walk out because of diversity issue. Beyonce’ hasn’t commented on the reports herself for now.
In more Mrs. Carter news, Beyoncé is coming to Netflix. It’s a documentary on her historic performance at the 2018 Coachella festival. Besides being the first African American woman to headline Coachella, she was joined by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for a Destiny’s child mini-reunion. Then husband Jay-Z and sister Solange also joined Bey on stage. Remember, Beyoncé had to drop out of the 2017 Coachella as she was expecting her twins, so she came back to Coachella in 2018 with fire and her best concert reviews ever. Finally, The Queen Of The Bey-hive has a couple of new songs she’s readying for a deluxe compilation album. Finally, she’ll join James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre’ and Alfre Woodard for the live action big screen return of The Lion King in theaters Friday,July 19th.
Is Oprah Winfrey still experiencing backlash from the Leaving Neverland documentary? The Mighty O has hot projects left and right happening, but the buzz on social media is still asking why she made herself a part of the documentary in which accusers say the late Michael Jackson was an abusive pedophile. Oprah’s new inspirational book is called The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction And Purpose. She’s also producing original programming for the Apple Streaming network. Plus, The Mighty O is teaming up with Prince Harry on a docuseries project addressing mental health. Yet there’s still some Michael Jackson talk that quickly follows on the net at the mention of Oprah lately. The Mighty O also donated $2 million to aid and recovery relief for Puerto Rico, which is still quite devastated after 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Despite all these good deeds, many of Oprah’s followers loved Michael Jackson, and are giving her a hard time over the platform she gave two of his accusers.
Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty, but Actress Lori Loughlin doesn’t and now faces more charges. The newest twist in the college cheating scandal where 50 people, including the two actresses, were indicted on charges related to allegations of cheating and/or bribes to get their children into school. With substantial jail time that a guilty verdict could bring, Huffman joined about a dozen other defendants and pleaded guilty. At press time, we await a judge’s sentencing against the guilty pleas which experts say most likely will include some prison time. Huffman released a statement accepting full responsibility and expressing deep regret but declaring her guilt as well. Meanwhile, Loughlin who didn’t take a deal found herself indicted on an additional charge of money laundering. Now, she and the others who didn’t take a deal face additional time in jail if found guilty. Loughlin faces up to 40 years in prison with the additional indictment. Lately, she’s been seen out and about in public laughing, eating, working out and living her best life. Will that help or hurt her?
Cheering on Bobby Brown because he’s made a lifestyle change for the better. The Every Little Step singer has dropped 100 pounds. It’s really for the best. During his live performances up until now, he would have to come off stage to catch his breath. Taking down the weight is always best for cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Speaking of Bobby Brown, it was always rumored he and his ex-wife Whitney Houston’s best friend and personal assistant Robin Crawford didn’t get along. Even before Brown was in the picture, the Houston-Crawford relationship was under so much scrutiny to the point the two were accused of being lovers, and they kept it quiet to protect Houston’s career. Now, Crawford and her wife have two children, but she’s finally willing to speak. A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston is Crawford’s book and due out in November. So many have already spoken on the record, but this will be the first time for Crawford, who was so uniquely tied to Houston and her legacy.
R Kelly has taken to social media to ask the press to take it easy on him while he tries to make his money. Kelly went to Springfield, Illinois for a party. He said when you see him in the club with a couple of drinks, that’s how he’s got to get paid so please take it easy on him. Kelly apparently showed up to Springfield and sang……for 28 seconds! Yes, I said seconds is how long he sang! He spent the rest of the time taking selfies, but fans reportedly paid between $50 and $100 to see Kellz. An overseas concert request Kelly made of the court was denied, and Kelly’s lawyers have already stated he’s struggling with money. The singer/songwriter is out on bond as he awaits his trial on 10 counts of sexual abuse.
At the movies this week is Little. A high powered and super mean business executive is transformed back into her 13-year old self with her present day mind and only her assistant knows the truth. The movie stars Regina Hall, Marsai Martin, Issa Rae, Tone Bell and Justin Hartley. Hall and Martin are executive producers, and Martin has made history as the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history. Meanwhile, Issa Rae graces the covers of the April editions of Essence and Women’s Health magazines. Little opens in theaters this Friday.
Michael Ealy and Meagan Good are reunited in a brand new project. The former co-stars from the Think Like A Man comedies are switching it up with a thriller. The Intruder follows a couple whose purchase of their dream home soon turns into a nightmare thanks to the previous owner who can’t let go. Co-starring Dennis Quaid and directed by Deon Taylor, The Intruder is due in theaters Friday, May 3rd.
Made In America 2019 has been announced with Cardi B and Travis Scott headlining. Also on the bill are Freddie Gibbs, Grace Carter, Kodak Black and Anderson .Paak. The festivities take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, August 31st through Sunday, September 1st. Tickets and information can be found at madeinamericafest.com.
Jill Scott, a.k.a. Jilly From Philly, heads up the WDAS Block Party coming to The Mann. Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan and Musiq Soulchild, plus Mase and DJ D-Nice are all on the bill at The Mann Center for The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue, on Saturday, June 29th. Tickets are on sale this Friday, April 5th at ticketmaster.com.
Diana Ross is on the cover of Ebony magazine. She’s celebrating her 75th birthday this month and Motown’s 60th anniversary, the legendary music label that started her career.
Ciara is on the cover of InStyle magazine’s April edition. Mrs. Russell Wilson talks about motherhood, finding unconditional love and releasing new music, entitled Greatest Love, for the first time in three years on a new label and being in charge of her album.
Smokey Robinson and Cedric The Entertainer (CBS’s The Neighborhood) will host a Grammy special entitled Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration. Performers include Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ne-Yo and Thelma Houston. The 60th Anniversary Motown special airs Sunday, April 21st at 8pm on CBS.
The Being Mary Jane two hour series finale just confirmed a big reveal: Morris Chestnut versus Michael Ealy! The BET drama that stars Gabrielle Union will return to close out the series in April. Union’s character, the very successful journalist Mary Jane Paul, finds herself in a love triangle. When Mary Jane’s romance with Jason (Michael Ealy) goes south, enter a brand new love interest (Morris Chestnut). How will Mary Jane move forward especially after Jason decides he wants her back? Being Mary Jane’s two hour series finale airs Tuesday, April 23rd at 8pm on BET.
Tuesday, April 25th and Wednesday, April 26th are the two days in which The Young And The Restless will pay tribute to the late Kristoff St. John. The actor, who set a record as the longest running black character on a daytime soap, won multiple Emmys for his portrayal as Neil Winters. St. John died last month, and many attributed it to alcohol poising. The autopsy results were released and St. John died of heart disease triggered by alcohol poising. Reportedly, the actor had been struggling with his mental health and just got out of rehab. It had been a year since the death of St. John’s son Julian, who died by suicide. The actor had been struggling with that loss ever since.Reports are that St. John’s eldest daughter, Paris, had to file for control of his estate because the actor had no will.Meanwhile as for the CBS tribute, the cast of Y&R, past and present, will be a part of the tribute including Shemar Moore, who got his start playing St. John’s TV brother Malcolm, and Victoria Rowell, who played St. John’s TV wife Drusilla.
Dionne Warwick will release her first album in five years. Produced by her son, Damon Elliot, the album is simply entitled She’s Back. The album consists of remakes and new songs, and Warwick will duet with Kenny Latimore, Musiq Soulchild, and Krayzie Bone from Bone, Thugs & Harmony. YES, Krayzie Bone and Auntie Dionne! It’s a big year for legendary songstress as she’ll receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Grammys in a special celebration in May, and she begins her Las Vegas residency April 4th – 27th at Bally’s. Her album, She’s Back, will be released May 10th.
Check out who’s coming to town:
April 10th – April 21st – Pride & Joy, the new musical featuring the music of Marvin Gaye at the Merriam Theater on the Avenue Of The Arts (Broad Street between Locust and Spruce Streets). Log onto kimmelcenter.org for tickets and information.
Friday, April 26th – The New Stylistics featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr., The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and The Delfonics featuring William Hart in concert at The Keswick Theater, Glenside, Pa. For tickets and information log onto keswicktheater.com/events/all.
Friday, May 3rd – Wayne Brady at the Parx Casino in Bensalem. For Tickets and information log onto parxcasino.com/xcitecenter
Friday, May 10th – The Mother’s Day Music Festival Weekend starring The Whispers & The Force MD’s at Caesar’s Circus Maximus Theater in Atlantic City. For more information log onto ppshows.com and for tickets log onto ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, May 11th – The Mother’s Day Music Festival Weekend starring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kem, Al B. Sure and Christopher Williams at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For more information log onto ppshows.com and for tickets log onto ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, May 12th – The Mother’s Day Music Festival Weekend starring After 7 and Dru Hill at Tropicana Showroom Theater in Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale now. For more information log onto ppshows.com and for tickets log onto ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, June 1st – The 2019 Roots Picnic has a new location at The Mann Music Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside! Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Roots album Things Fall Apart with special guests H.E.R., Raphael Saadiq, 21 Savage, City Girls and more. Log onto rootspicnic.com for more information.
Thursday, June 6th – One Nation Under A Groove-George Clinton’s Farewell Tour with Parliament-Funkadelic at the Franklin Music Hall, formerly The Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street. For more ticket information log onto ticketmaster.com
Saturday, June 29th– Diana Ross in concert at Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto theborgata.com for tickets and information.
Saturday, July 6th– Earth, Wind & Fire in concert at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th– Lionel Richie in concert at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
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