R Kelly has been denied bail and is in solitary confinement. He’s in the hole for his own protection from other inmates. The singer/songwriter was arrested again late last week while walking his dog on federal sex trafficking charges. This week Kelly pleaded not guilty at his Chicago arraignment, and the judge denied him bond. That means he’s to stay in custody until the trial. The young woman who was at the center of Kelly’s child pornography trial who was alleged was on the infamous sex tape and is Singer Sparkle’s niece is reportedly cooperating with the feds and is now talking. Why is she talking now? Is it because the money that she and her parents were allegedly receiving to keep quiet and live out of the country has run out? Meanwhile, because these are federal sex trafficking charges, members of Kelly’s inner circle are apparently talking to authorities as well. Have there been deals cut to testify against Kelly? The Feds reportedly have at least 20 tapes thanks to former associates who don’t want to go to jail themselves. At this point, Kelly is only expected to be let out to be arraigned in New York on those charges, and then it will be decided which jail he remains in until at least his first trial Chicago or New York.
People Magazine’s Sexist Man Alive and Newlywed Idris Elba is coming to Philly for just about the whole month of August.He’s doing a movie called Ghetto Cowboy. A young boy must go live with his dad played by Elba.Elba’s character teaches his son about the urban cowboy life in North Philly. The movie, being produced by Elba and Philly’s own Lee Daniels, is based on the novel of the same name about the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club based out of North Philly. Filming is happening from August 5th through the 30th. Meanwhile, Elba is also teaming up with Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo and Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson for the big screen adaption of the legendary Broadway megahit Cats, which is scheduled for a Christmas release. Plus Elba’s on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair.First things first, Elba’s newest movie, Hobbs & Shaw, the first spinoff from The Fast & The Furious movie franchise, has him playing a high-powered villain. Elba will go up against Co-stars Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Jason Statham. Hobbs & Shaw hits theaters Friday, August 2nd.
Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy team up for the lead single from The Lion King Soundtrack called Spirit. Check out the video on my Patty TV page on wdasfm.com. This is a departure from the usual Bey videos because she brings a soft touch to the culturally themed video. This is the week for Disney’s The Lion King reboot. Beyonce joins Donald Glover, Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave; Inside Man; Amistad) and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. The Lion King opens in theaters this Friday.
NBA Star Dwight Howard has been away from the Memphis Grizzlies and that followed being sued by a man who claims they had a relationship. This man allegedly broke their confidentiality agreement. Now, Howard is thought to have maybe one or two more NBA tours in him, and there was talk of even joining the Lakers. Howard did an interview proclaiming he’s not gay. Sometimes those types of interviews backfire, and sometimes that brings more accusations forward. All I can say is Dwight just be you.
Whoopi Goldberg says she can’t drive anymore because her eyesight is failing. You know she had the health crisis earlier this year battling pneumonia and septic shock that kept her off The View for some time earlier this year. Now her eyesight is the problem.Goldberg, 63, has long been alleged to be a weed smoker. Isn’t that supposed to help the eyesight?
The Kirk Franklin Story is coming to the big screen. The gospel superstar has an incredible story. He was born to a teenage mom, and then he was abandoned. He was eventually adopted and rose to great prominence in the gospel world. Then came the scandal with the porn addiction. But, Franklin got in front of it and offered his own problems as a guide to others faced with challenges to be able to overcome them through faith. Now Franklin is back to music. Super Producer and Faith-Based Film Executive Devon Franklin, who is also a preacher, is leading the team to bring this story to the big screen. Meanwhile, Kirk Franklin is bringing his Long Live Love tour to Caesar’s in Atlantic City Saturday, July 27th.
The 2019 Emmy nominations are out, and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us grabbed 16 nominations, including Best Limited Series. Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) and Billy Porter (Pose) secured lead actor nominations for a drama. Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) are up for lead actress, and Oh is a double nominee for hosting Saturday Night Live. Lead actor in a comedy saw Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) and Don Cheadle (Black Monday) nominated, but Tracee Ellis Ross of Black-ish was snubbed this year for lead actress. Black-ish was snubbed for comedy series as well. Many veterans were nominated in guest roles including for Phylicia Rashad & Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), Maya Rudolph (The Good Place), Cicely Tyson and Glynn Turman (How To Get Away With Murder). Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali is also up for a limited series lead actor for True Detective. Most of the cast of When They See Us are nominated and DuVernay is up for three as producer, director and co-writer. The Emmys air Sunday, September 22nd on FOX.
Kevin Spacey has the charges dropped! The Oscar winner who had been facing criminal sexual assault charges saw that case tank after his accuser took the stand. When the accuser was questioned about whether he destroyed text messages that could have been used, particularly by the defense, as evidence, the accuser took the 5th. That’s the 5th Amendment which is a person’s right not to incriminate himself or herself. This was the accuser who worked at a bar in 2016 and claimed Spacey kept giving him alcohol and then groped his privates. Published reports point to his mother, a prominent newscaster, as the person who deleted her son’s text messages. The case was dismissed and the accuser’s civil suit was dropped earlier.
Salt-N-Pepa didn’t cheat Spinderella…. because she’s an independent contractor. That’s the explanation coming from their camp. DJ Spinderella, a.k.a. Deidra Roper, was fired from the Salt-N-Pepa’s reunion tour with New Kids On The Block two months ago. Spinderella filed a federal lawsuit seeking unpaid royalties, fraud, breach of contract and intentional misrepresentation against Salt (Cheryl James) and Pepa (Sandra Denton). Spinderella first joined the group in 1987, and claims she was cut out of significant deals the group made. As for the reported claim from James and Denton’s camp that Spinderella was an independent contractor, that could factor into to the suit. Published reports say the name Salt-N-Pepa is owned by only James and Denton, which could boost their case in any court fight against Spinderella.
A Captain Marvel star becomes 007? Yes, but let me explain! British Actress Lashana Lynch, who had a star turn in the recent blockbuster Captain Marvel, is set to become film’s first black 007 in Bond 25. In the plot, James Bond retires and must give up his 007 code. Bond meets the new holder of 007, a spy named Nomi played by Lynch. Daniel Craig is still on board as James Bond, and has now been coaxed back into service and must team up with Nomi, the new 007. Bond 25 will hit theaters in April 2020.
Missy Elliot is on the cover of the August edition of Marie Claire with the feature story The Legend Returns.
Mariah Carey is on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Actress/Singer Janelle Monae is on the cover of InStyle magazine.
Serena Williams is on a dual cover of Harper’s Bazaar.
Ciara, Teyana Taylor and the legendary Iman split the cover Essence magazine.
The cover of this month’s Ebony features the cast of Shaft: Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men; Straight Outta Compton), Method Man and Richard Roundtree (the original Shaft). Shaft is in theaters now.
The Dell Music Center has announced its 2019 line up for the summer:
Thursday, July 25th: The Whispers and Stephanie Mills
Thursday, August 1st: India.Arie/Raheem DeVaughn/Major
Thursday, August 8th: Anthony Hamilton/Ledisi/Gregory Porter
Thursday, August 15th: Guy featuring Teddy Riley/Tank/Avant
Saturday, August 17th: Jordan Feliz
Thursday, August 22nd: SWV/Faith Evans/Silk/Next
Thursday, August 29th: Keith Sweat/Johnny Gill/Stokley
Hip Hop’s Billionaire, Jay-Z, is presenting Made In America 2019 in Philly. Cardi B and Travis Scott are 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.
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, July 20th– The Royalty Tour starring Mary J. Blige & Nas at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
This Saturday, July 20th– JB Smoove in concert at The Parx Casino Xcite Center in Bensalem, PA City. Log onto tickets.parxcasino.com for tickets and information.
Saturday, August 17th – Hammer’s House Party starring MC Hammer, Kid ‘n Play, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Biz Markie & DJ Koolat The Mann Center for The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue, on Saturday, June 29th. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.
Monday, September 2nd – Patty Jackson’s Annual Party In The Park starring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Whodini and Big Daddy Kane at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com or log onto mydelleast.com
Saturday, September 7th - The Royalty Tour starring Mary J. Blige & Nas at The Liacouras Center. For tickets and information log onto liacourascenter.com.
Saturday, September 28th – Snoop Dogg & Friends at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. Log onto ticketmaster.com for tickets and information.
Thursday, December 12th– Sinbad in concert at The Parx Casino Xcite Center in Bensalem, PA City. Log onto tickets.parxcasino.com for tickets and information.
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.