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After 10 years of marriage, Film and TV Star Taye Diggs and his wife, Broadway Star Idina Menzel, are separating. The couple released a joint statement asking for privacy. Diggs, 43, is riding high at the box office with The Best Man Holiday, even though he had to take time to squash twitter rumors he was disrespecting black women. Menzel, 42, talked to People magazine not long ago about the work that goes into marriage and its ups and downs. The couple have a four-year old son.
Awards season is here. The SAG Awards were announced. Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Forest Whitaker (The Butler) received Lead Actor Nominations and Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) received Supporting Actress. Ejiofor and Whitaker also share the cover of this month's Ebony magazine. 12 Years a Slave and The Butler were both nominated for Outstanding Ensemble. Next up The Golden Globe Awards where The Butler, the $100 million blockbuster re-released in theaters now, was shutout. The Golden Globes usually hint toward the Oscar nominations, but not always. Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Idris Elba (Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom) were nominated for Lead Actor. Expectant daddy Elba is a double nominee Best Actor for his BBC series Luther, and expectant mommy Kerry Washington (Scandal) is up for Best Actress. The Golden Globe Awards air January 12th on NBC, and The SAG Awards air on TBS and TNT January 18th.
More money problems for MC Hammer. The popular rapper owes the I.R.S. Over $800,000 for money earned in the 90’s. Could Hammer wind up in jail like Lauryn Hill and Ron Isley. Sources say all money that Hammer earns now has to go directly to the I.R.S.
LaToya Jackson has a new husband. Jackson, 57, has married her younger Manger Jeffre Phillips. In a private ceremony with her mother and nephew Prince Michael in attendance, Jackson declared her love for her new Phillips. Jackson's new hubby was featured on Jackson's OWN reality show, Life With LaToya. Jackson is hoping for better luck with love this time around. She was previously married to Manager Jack Gordon, who turned her against her family.
At the movies, it’s Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas starring Anna-Maria Horsford of Amen, The Larry The Cable Guy and Tika Sumpter. So how hot is Actress Tika Sumpter? She has other movies coming out over the next year including Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube and the James Brown bio-pic Get On Up. Plus, there's her hit Tyler Perry TV drama The Have And Have Nots, which was renewed for a second season after breaking all kinds of ratings records on the OWN cable network. The Have And Have Nots return January 7th.
It’s another babymomma for former Football Star Terrell Owens. Owens, 40, is going to be a daddy again with his latest girlfriend. Owens recently hooked up with Iyanla Van Zandt on her Iyanla: Fix My Life reality show on OWN. Owens cried about his career, bankruptcy and troubled personal life. He admitted he doesn’t have a good relationship with his previous babymommas and children. So, why would he get another girl pregnant when he has no current job? His NFL career is over. What is he going to do with his life?
Don’t be surprised if former Good Morning America Weather Guy Sam Champion pops up on The Today Show. Champion left ABC News and GMA after 25 years to head up a new program on The Weather Channel. He will also be raking in millions with merchandising for the channel. The Weather Channel is under the corporate umbrella of Comcast just like The Today Show. So when big weather stories happen Champion may pop up on his former GMA competitor Today.
Unsung: The Hollywood edition kicks off February 26th on TV ONE featuring segments on Pam Grier, Flip Wilson, Ralph Harris and Dick Gregory.
Season three of Scandal is being cut short because of Kerry Washington's pregnancy. Washington, 37, is due in the spring. Earlier this year, she secretly married Football Player Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha, 32, used to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, Scandal returns to ABC with 8 new episodes in late February.
Next fall get ready for the return of The Real. The show kicks off fall of 2014, and will air on FOX and BET. The daytime talker, starring Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, Singer Adrienne Bailon, Comedienne Loni Love and Actress Jeannie Mai, was a hit during its test run. The show was billed as a younger version of The View. The ladies all signed two-year contracts.
Can Iyanla Van Zandt help The Hart Brothers? William and Wilbert Hart of The Delfonics have been at odds for years. The relationship is strained despite all of their success with their legendary Philly Soul group. The trouble between the two was recently profiled on their highly-rated UnSung TV series. Iyanla is a longtime fan of The Delfonics, and she wants to feature the brothers on her Fix My Life-OWN TV series. Will The Hart Brothers let Iyanla help them with their relationship? Will the brothers ever speak again?
We remember Actor Don Mitchell. He's best known for his role as “Mark Sanger” on the original version of the NBC police drama Ironside with Raymond Burr. He passed this week at the age of 71 of natural causes. Mitchell had various acting work including Matlock, Wonder Woman, McMillan & Wife and Scream Blacula Scream. His daughter is Actress Julia Pace Mitchell formerly “Sophia” of The Young & The Restless.
Babyface will be producing a new album for The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin, which is due out next spring. He produced a hit for Lady Soul before with the chart-topper Willing To Forgive.
Speaking of Babyface, he and Toni Braxton have returned to the top of the charts. Their hit duet single, Hurt You, is an R&B number one. Toni's last chart topper, Just Be A Man About It, was in 2000. Babyface last hit number one in 1997 with Every Time I Close My Eyes. The duo are headed to Broadway next spring in the Wynton Marsalis production After Midnight. The musical is about the Harlem Renaissance and The Cotton Club and includes many top name musicians coming in and out of the production. This will be Babyface's Broadway debut. Toni Braxton has performed on Broadway before in Beauty & The Beast and Aida. Braxton and Babyface will be in the musical March 18-30th for a limited run. Their new duet CD, Love Marriage & Divorce, is coming out in December. Toni Braxton is also writing her memoirs in Unbreak My Heart, which is coming out February 2014. Babyface and Toni Braxton's new CD, Love, Marriage & Divorce, is available now.
Sony Pictures wants to reteam Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for another Bad Boys movie. Both actors need a big box office hit. Can a Bad Boys III be it?
The court drama Divorce Court with Lynn Toler has been renewed for the 2014-15 season.
Erica Campbell of Mary Mary facing criticism? Yes! Her tight wardrobe from pictures intended for her new solo gospel CD leaked. Many took to social media criticizing Campbell for putting record sales above all else with her wardrobe selection. Some fans have come to her defense. The CD is due out next year and we'll see if she responds back to her critics. Meanwhile, season three of Mary Mary’s reality show will deal with infidelity, fighting with their manager and Erica's voice problems. The show returns to WE-TV on February 27th at 9pm.
Sisters With Voices, a.k.a. SWV's Coko, LeLee, Taj, are is getting ready for their new reality show which debuts Thursday, January 23rd on WE-TV.
Even though he lost over 112 pounds on The Biggest Loser, former American Idol Champ Ruben Studdard says the battle is not over, and he will continue to lose weight. Studdard has been asked about weight loss surgery, but he says that is not an option for him. Studdard says he has to take responsibility and get in the gym and work it out. Studdard says he is determined to get his health in order. At his heaviest, the singer weighed over 425 pounds.
Filming starts next summer on the movie Brothers starring Basketball's Lebron James and Kevin Hart. They two play brothers measuring in at 6’8 and 5’3 in this basketball fantasy.
Antwaun Cook, best known as Fantasia's babydaddy, is back with his wife Paula Cook. Antwaun took to social media to blast those who criticize him. He says he is back in love with his wife, and they are the original Bonnie & Clyde. Antwaun had a scandalous affair with Singer Fantasia, and they had a son. Cook broke Fantasia heart when he left her. After the singer's money started dwindling, he rolled. Fantasia went through a lot with Cook, and she faced a terrible backlash for having an affair with a married man. At one point, Fantasia even tried to commit suicide, but today Fantasia is a new woman. She's raising her son with Antwaun, getting her career back on track, and she looks fabulous with her weight loss and new look. Antwaun wore out his welcome by concentrating on his 15 minute of fame. When he couldn’t find a woman to support him, he returned to his wife Paula and their two sons. Now he is bragging about it. Note to Antwaun: Learn To Be Faithful To Your Wife And You Won’t Have These Problems!
Jennifer Hudson is the cover girl for the latest edition of Essence magazine.
Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx will be all over the big screen in 2014. Foxx is playing the villain Electro in the new Amazing Spiderman II movie, which opens in theatres May 2nd. Foxx is also staring in the movie musical of Annie with Quvenzhane Wallis in theatres December 2014.
Regina King is returning to TV in the FX drama The Stain. King will play a recurring character on the show. She’s also starring in the Gabby Douglas movie for Lifetime next year.
Second time mommy Halle Berry will be busy in 2014. Berry gave birth to her son Maceo in October. Berry also married Actor Olivier Martinez this year, and now she is set to get back to work. Berry reprises her role as “Storm” in The X-Men movie Days Of The Future Past, which opens in theatres May 23rd. Plus, Berry is headed to TV. She'll be starring in the CBS drama Extant. The show, produced by Steven Spielberg, is about an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after spending a year in outer space.
Season 13 of American Idol kicks off January 15th on FOX with a new set of judges: Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
Gladys Knight is coming to OWN. Knight is getting a reality show that will debut in late December on Oprah Winfrey's cable network. The show will focus on The Empress Of Soul as a wife, mother, grandmother, actress, businesswoman, and of course, legendary singer.
Baby news! Reality Star Evelyn Lozada is six months pregnant. After her short, disastrous marriage to Chad Ochocinco Johnson, Lozada has moved on with her life. Now, she is having the baby she's wanted for years. Lozada, 37, already has a 20-year old daughter but wanted to experience motherhood again. Word has it the father is Major League Baseball's Carl Crawford, who just signed a $172 million deal with the L.A. Dodgers. Crawford is 32 years old, and he just had a baby with another woman earlier this year. When Lozada was asked how she kept her pregnancy her secret, she said she stayed in the house and minded her own business.
Congrats to Basketball Legend Michael Jordan he and wife Yvette Prieto are expecting their first child together. This will be his fourth. Jordan has three from his first marriage to Juanita. Jordan, 50, married his second wife Prieto, 34, earlier this year in a lavish ceremony.
Tamar Braxton is topping her spectacular year (a new baby, awards, two albums, talk show and reality show) with a new relationship book. The book, Love And War, is co written with her husband and Manager Vince Herbert.
CNN News Anchor/Reporter Don Lemon is on the nightshift during the week. The 11th Hour With Don Lemon airs every night at 11pm.
Kem is coming to Philly on Thursday, December 19th. He will be performing in the Christian worship service at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 Cheltenham Avenue. It’s a free event and doors open at 6pm. Worship service starts at 6pm. Kem is promoting his holiday CD, What Christmas Means. That CD, which is out now, includes Kem with Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley on the song Jesus.
Prince will be headlining the 20th Annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans July 4th -6th next year.
Hot on the heels of The Best Man Holiday success, Writer/Director Robert Townsend is ready to bring a sequel to another classic movie. 1991's Five Heartbeats was directed and co-written by Townsend, and he says he's ready to bring the story of the five-man R&B group's rough rise to success back to the big screen. The original movie co-starred Leon, Michael Wright, Harry J. Lennix and Tico Wells.
Get ready for a Best Man III! The movie Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited sequel to 1999's The Best Man, opened big. To date, Holiday has made over $70 million since its opening weekend. The movie cost $17 million to make and has turned a tidy profit very quickly. Writer/Director Malcolm Lee is already in talks to continue the franchise and helm another movie.
Speaking of The Best Man Holiday cast, Morris Chestnut is coming back to TV on the TNT drama Legends. You can also check him out on the latest issues of Muscle & Performance and Upscale magazines. Nia Long will be one of the stars of the Tyler Perry movie Single Moms' Club, which opens in theatres May 9th. Taye Diggs returns to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Regina Hall has starring roles in About Last Night with Kevin Hart, which opens in theatres February 14th, and Think Like A Man II, which opens June 20th. Harold Perrineau and Terrence Howard team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Sabotage, which comes out April 14th. Finally, Sanaa Lathan will team up with Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie for the movie Repentance, which opens in theatres February 28th.
Shonda Rhimes, the writer/creator/producer of Scandal, Private Practice and Grey's Anatomy, is ready to tell all in a new book scheduled for release in 2015. Rhimes wants to talk about being a single mom while striving for professional success.
First Lady Michelle Obama is on the cover of Ladies Home Journal, and she talks about Christmas at The White House.
Actor/Author Hill Harper is on a roll with his USA network show Covert Affairs, which airs Thursday nights at 10pm. Harper also has a new book out Letters For An Incarcerated Brother, and he has just signed on for the new Jennifer Lopez movie Boy Next Door. In that film, Lopez plays a woman who becomes involved with her neighbor's teenage son and realizes he’s crazy.
Gabrielle Union's new BET drama Being Mary Jane with Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, Tika Sumpter and Richard Roundtree debuts January 7th on BET. Check out Union on the latest issue of Essence magazine.
The Queen Latifah produced drama Single Ladies, starring LisaRaye, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi, is returning to VH1 for a third season in January.
Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun running March 8th –June 15th 2014 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where the original play opened. A Raisin In The Sun also stars Diahann Carroll and Anika Noni Rose, and is slated for a 14-week run.
Live Saturday Night is back with the Party Animals Mimi Brown and Cut Master Butter. The Saturday night live broadcast is happening from Ms. Tootsie's, 1312 South Street from 9 til' midnight.
Tuesday, December 17th - A Soulful Christmas Shout For Joy! featuring Melba Moore, The Arch Street Presbyterian Church Choir, The Bright Hope Baptist Church Choir, The Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir, The CAPA Concert Choir and The J. Donald Dumpson Singers at The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. For more info 215-893-1999 or kimmelcenter.org.
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Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, December 14th- Chaka Khan in concert at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City.
This Saturday, December 14th- Jon B, Carl Thomas and Glenn Lewis in concert at The Temple Performing Arts Center, Broad and Pollett Walk.
Sunday, December 29th- Jill Scott in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Friday, January 10th- Patti LaBelle at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, January 18th – The Classic Soulfest starring Cuba Gooding, Sr. & The Main Ingredient, New Birth, Bloodstone, Enchantment and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, January 18th- Morris Day & The Time at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
Sunday, January 19th- The All-Stars of Hip Hop: Party Edition starring Ice Cube, Doug E. Fresh, E.U., Fat Joe's and DJ Kool at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
Friday, February 14th- Vanessa Williams in Concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, February 16th- The Top Shelf Comedy Tour starring Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J, Dominique and Gary Owens at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Tuesday, February 25th – Robin Thicke at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Saturday, March 8th- New Jack Show starring Keith Sweat, Guy, SWV and Dru Hill at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Sunday, March 2nd- Robin Thicke at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
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