Patty's 411: Tavis must pay PBS; Madame CJ Walker BioPic Guess Who Married?

Former Child Actor Corey Feldman waded through a disastrous documentary premiere, that he charged $20 dollars a head, to bring the name of Charlie Sheen to the public. Feldman’s documentary, (My) Truth: The Rape Of Two Coreys, was intended as a view for pay scenario that had downloading and display problems. Multiple sources note Feldman accuses the former Two And A Half Men sitcom star of rapping the late Child Actor Corey Haim, who died in 2010. Feldman claims his late friend Haim confided to him the incident took place on the movie set of the 1986 film Lucas, which co-starred Haim and Sheen. Haim never went public with sexual molestation charges against anyone though his mother did but wouldn’t name the alleged abuser publicly. Meantime, Sheen’s publicist called the allegations sick and twisted and says the events never occurred.

Self Made is the limited drama series coming to Netflix based on the life of Madame CJ Walker, the first African American woman to become a self-made millionaire in the United States. Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer plays Walker and she’s joined by Tiffany Haddish, Bill Bellamy, Garrett Morris, Carmen Ejogo and Blair Underwood. Walker’s journey begins as the first of her parents six children not born into slavery through her three marriages, motherhood and turn of the century bigotry and rivalries up to the launch her own haircare line. Spencer’s portrayal of Walker with Haddish playing her daughter covers it all. Self-Made begins streaming March 20th on Netflix.

Singer Kenny Lattimore and TV Judge Faith Jenkins have married. They met on a blind date, and only recently let the public know they were engaged via social media last September. The 52-year old Lattimore was previously married to Singer Chante Moore and the two share a son. Jenkins, 42, is undergoing a big career change to match her personal life. She’s replacing Judge Lynn Toler on TV’s Divorce Court. Folks are wondering why. Toler released a statement that she and the TV franchise are parting ways after she served 13 years on the TV bench. Toler urged viewers to give Judge Faith a try and reflected on how hard it was when she (Toler) replaced Judge Mablean Ephraim. Judge Faith took to her social media to thank both ladies for being trailblazers and said her time on Divorce Court begins in September. Back to Judge Faith’s wedding. She and Kenny Lattimore exchanged vows in Los Angeles in front of 300 people, including Sheryl Lee Ralph, James Pickens, Jr. (Grey’s Anatomy) and MC Lyte, with Film Executive Devon Franklin officiating. Stevie Wonder sang his classic You And I in honor of the couple.

Terrence Howard is suing the FOX network, the home of his six season hit Empire. The Oscar winner hasn’t been getting paid for the show. This is connected to the actor’s short-lived marriage to Michelle Ghent. After a contentious separation and divorce proceedings, a judge ordered Howard to pay $1.3 million despite their short marriage. FOX claims in light of that order, they didn’t know who to pay. So, to avoid a lawsuit, they didn’t pay either party. Howard is taking the studio to court to get his back coins. This needs to happen quick because Empire ends this season. Howard’s marriage was less than four years and they had no kids. We have no idea how Howard’s ex won this judgment, but it’s all hitting the fan now.

In more lawsuit news, Tavis Smiley has lost his case against PBS. PBS suspended and then cancelled Smiley’s long running talk show for violating PBS’ workplace conduct policies. When Smiley countersued, he accused PBS of running a shady investigation and claimed while he did have relationships at work, he did nothing improper. Unfortunately, women who called to testify claimed under oath Smiley did act improperly and used his position as a boss for those workplace relationships. The court ruled Smiley must pay PBS $1.3 million. Back in the day, Smiley was the go to political/news/protest guy, and he and his brand were everywhere. Things began to loosen with his early critiques of the ObamaAdministration and his doubling down on what he said was holding the administration accountable. Now comes this big court loss with the testimony in the public arena. Smiley vows to appeal the ruling.

Chris Matthews is out after his Metoo shenanigans came to light. Matthews announced his retirement from the MSNBC show Hardball on air in a “surprise” move. When he made the announcement, the 74-year old was already told by the big bosses you gotta go. Matthews conceded on air to inappropriate compliments in the workplace, but the word is out that there was more than that. You can’t walk around without your pants on in the office! You can’t put your ***$$$*** in someone’s ear! Do you think Matthews really wanted to go now with all those big shows ahead of him with this presidential election. The bosses have spoken and this is a new day. There’ll be a revolving group of guests hosts on MSNBC until a permanent anchor and show is named to replace Hardball.

Niecy Nash and Jay Tucker have finalized their divorce. Was the showbiz aspect too much for their marriage? She starred in TBS Claws and the Netflix miniseries When They See Us. Was Nash too ambitious? Were the love scenes out of Claws too much? She filmed in New Orleans while Tucker was at home in L.A. In their divorce, she had to give up a final payment of a reported $185,000 and Tucker keeps the 2011 Ford Truck. Nash keeps the Bell Canyon, CA home and her Chocolate Chick production company. Now, Nash isn’t always batting a thousand at love. She’s previously divorced from the father of her three children Minister Don Nash. Remember Niecy introduced Sheri Shepherd to Lamar Sally, which ended in a disastrous divorce and contentious child support ruling that Shepherd is still paying.

Tami Roman is returning to reality TV. The former Real World and Basketball Wives cast member is coming to VH1. Roman’s new show is called Unfaithful. It’s about cheaters. I think she’ll be really good because she’s very, very animated.

Toni Braxton will be among our honorees at this year’s Women Of Excellence on Saturday, April 4th at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel, 18th & Race Streets. The Unbreak My Heart songstress is receiving the WDAS Women Of Excellence Icon Award. Braxton joins us for our WDAS-FM Women Of Excellence with fellow honorees Bumi Fernandez West, CEO of the Odunde Festival; NBC 10 Anchor Tracy Davidson, weekday mornings 4am to 7am; Anita T. Conner, Managing Partner of Anita T. Conner & Associates; Tiffany Tavarez, VP of Community Relations, Wells Fargo; and Catherine Hicks, Publisher of The Philadelphia Sunday Sun. We’ve also announced our local honorees Broadcasting Legend Trudy Haynes, Traci M. Smith of Traci’s Bio, Chekesha Ellis of Chase No More, and Tanya T. Morris of MOM Your Business. There’ll also be performances from Avery Sunshine, Nicole Bus and Bonfyre. Log onto wdasfm.com for tickets and all the details.

The Essence Festival has been announced. The legendary magazine is celebrating 50 years in publication. It’s annual New Orleans celebration, which is now Essence’s signature, returns for the Fourth Of July.Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars, Raphael Saadiq, Summer Walker, Jidenna and Tamia will all take to the main stage with more acts to come. The Essence Festival will take place July 1-5th.

The Clark Sisters TV bio pic will premiere Easter weekend. The made for TV movie will focus on the rise of the sisters from their beginnings in Detroit to gospel royalty. The Clark Sisters mother, Mattie Moss Clark, is played by Aunjanue Ellis (Undercover Brother) and the sisters will be played by Christina Bell (Twinkie), Kierra Sheard (Karen), Shelea Frazier (Dorinda), Raven Goodwin (Denise) and Angela Birchett (Jacky). And yes, Gospel Singer Kierra Sheard is playing her mom Karen Clark Sheard in the movie. The Clark Sisters: First Ladies Of Gospel is produced by Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot and May J. Blige and premieres Saturday, April 11th at 8pm on Lifetime.

Taraji P. Henson is on the cover of Essence talking about finding love and her personal “empire.”

Kerry Washington is on the cover of InStyle magazine for their March fashion issue.

Tyler Perry is on the cover of Ebony magazine’s Power 100 List for the March 2020 issue.

Check out who’s coming to town:

Saturday, March 28th – Charlie Wilson in concert at The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto theborgata.com

Saturday, April 4th –Martin Lawrence hosts The Lit AF 2020 Comedy Tour starring Michael Blackson, Donnell Rawlings, Benji Brownand more at The Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University on Broad Street between Montgomery and Cecil B. Moore Avenues. For tickets and information log onto liacourascenter.com.

Saturday, April 18th – Marlon Wayans comedy show at The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto theborgata.com

Friday, May 1st – Patti LaBelle in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto ticketmaster.com

Saturday, May 9th– The Mother’s Day Music Festival starring Fantasia, Keith Sweat, Tank, Avant and Destinee Maree at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto ppshows.com

Sunday, May 10th– Stephanie Mills and After 7 at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto ppshows.com

Saturday, May 16th – Sinbad comedy show at The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto theborgata.com

Saturday, May 16th – The Temptations and The Four Tops in concert at the Met Philly, Broad & Poplar Streets. For tickets and information log onto themetphilly.com

Saturday, May 23rd - The Annual Hoagienation Music Festival starring Hall & Oates, Kool & The Gang, The Hooters, Melanie Fiona and The Soul Survivors at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd & Parkside. For tickets and information log onto hoagienation.com.

Sunday, May 24th – Snoop Dogg: Celebrating 25 Years of Doggystyle with special guests Bell/Biv/DeVoe, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Warren Gat The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto theborgata.com

Saturday, May 30th - The Roots Picnic featuring Meek Mill, Snoh Aalegra, DJ Diamond Kuts, Summer Walker, DaBaby and the Roots Present Soul with Musiq Soulchild, SWV and Brandy at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts , 52nd & Parkside, For tickets and information, log onto rootspicnic.com/philly

Thursday, July 9th – Janet Jackson’s Black Diamond World Tour 2020 with new music and a special performance of Rhythm Nation at The Wells Fargo Center. For tickets and information log onto wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Sunday, August 9th – Alicia Keys in ALICIA: The World Tour concert at the Met Philly, Broad & Poplar Streets. For tickets and information log onto themetphilly.com

Thursday, August 20th – The Supernatural Tour starring Earth, Wind & Fire and Santana at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. For tickets and information log onto livenation.com

Saturday, August 22nd– Vanessa Williams in concert at the Tropicana in Atlantic City . For tickets and information log onto Tropicana.net

Thursday, August 27th – John Legend in concert at the Met Philly, Broad & Poplar Streets. For tickets and information log onto themetphilly.com

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.

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