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There is trouble on the set of the TV reality show Welcome To Sweetie Pie's. The show, which airs on Saturday nights on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network, has turned out to be a surprise hit. Sweetie Pie's is about former Ikette Robbie Montgomery, her family and their soul food business. It's a great show, but Ms. Robbie's son Tim is letting success go to his head. Tim has been acting like a “Diva” on the set, and he's been giving producers a hard time. That's started to affect production on the show. Producers feel they may not be able to continue with Tim, even though he is one of the stars of the show. Ms. Robbie is in her 70’s, and friends are worried about what the stress is doing to her. Ms. Robbie wants to turn things over to her son, but he wants to start a music career and move away from their business.
Actor Michael Wright (“Eddie Cain” from The Five Heartbeats) was arrested for driving under the influence. Wright was driving his 1978 Rolls Royce when he hit a police car. Two cops were sitting inside the car. Wright's blood alcohol level was well above the limit.
The drama continues over the remains of Actor Sherman Hemsley. Hemsley died in late July from lung cancer, but he has still not been buried. So what's the holdup? According to family members I talked to, Hemsley's longtime manager, Flora Enchinton, has the body. Enchinton
is married, but she says she was named the benefactor in Hemsley's will. I talked to Bob Thornton, Hemsley's nephew, and he says DNA tests came back proving his father, Robert Thornton of Philadelphia, and Hemsley were brothers, but a judge wouldn’t hear the evidence.
Thornton says he and his father are not looking for money. They just want Hemsley to be properly laid to rest in his hometown of Philadelphia. Meanwhile, a cousin has also come forward wanting his voice heard.
Singer Nicci Gilbert will not be returning to TV One’s R&B Divas. The producers say they did research, and they found Gilbert was the least liked of the women, which include Faith Evans, KeKe Wyatt and Syleena Johnson.
These haven't been the best days for Singer and Voice Judge Cee-Lo Green. A woman accused him of sexual battery. She says Cee-Lo gave her a drug and had sex with her without her knowledge. She also claims to have him on tape admitting it. Cee-Lo is married, and apparently, the woman is a jumpoff. She's a Houston woman that he has been involved with for a while. Despite his marital status, Cee-Lo is known to have different women in different cities, but now that's all hitting the fan in full public view.
The USA network has cancelled the Michael Ealy TV cop drama Common Law.
Actress Sharon Leal will be the leading lady in the movie Addicted. Based on the best-selling erotic novel by Zane. The book is being made into a movie. Leal, who is best known for her work in the Tyler Perry movie series Why Did I Get Married, snagged the role after producers
launched an intense search for a leading lady. The movie is about a married businesswoman who is a sex addict. Tasha Smith also stars as a sex therapist along with Boris Kodjoe, fresh off the Resident Evil movie franchise, playing Leal's husband.
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are joining the forces for the movie Ride Along. Tika Sumpter (Sparkle) plays the love interest to Hart, who has to prove himself worthy to her brother (Ice Cube). Director Tim Story, who did the movies Think Like A Man and Fantastic Four, is directing.
Hart's got a busy 2013 because along with Ride Along, his BET show The Real Husbands Of Hollywood debuts in March.
Get ready for a sequel to the 1999 movie classic The Best Man. The movie made Terrence Howard and Taye Diggs stars. Nia Long, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Jr., Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa and Morris Chestnut were all in the original cast and are returning
for the sequel.
Wednesday, November 14th at 10pm, Spike TV presents Eddie Murphy: One Night Only. It's a salute to the ground-breaking comedian's 30-year career. The salute will feature Jamie Foxx, Arsenio Hall, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and even Stevie Wonder singing with Murphy, known for his killer Stevie Wonder imitation. Murphy surprised everyone that night with his speech. At 51, Murphy described himself as a bitter man who is retired but very happy with the tribute. Murphy is currently dating Model Paige Butler. She used to dated Media Mogul Russell Simmons.
Singer John Legend is producing a TV show based on his life. At age 17, Legend was in an ivy league school when his mother fell ill. In his teens, Legend was now taking care of his siblings,. He later went on to become a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter.
Gold Medal Winner Gabby Douglass is the cover girl for the December issue of Essence magazine, and Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer is the cover girl for Elle magazine.
NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta is the cover girl in diamonds on the December/January issue of Ebony magazine. Speaking of The Real Housewives, the new season kicked off with great ratings, the highest in Bravo TV’s history. Newcomer Model/Actress Kenya Moore is causing quite a stir with her behavior on the show.
Pop Star Rihanna is on the latest issue of Vogue magazine. What will 2013 hold for the pop princess? Could it be marriage and a baby with Chris Brown? Despite their turbulent past, the two are still crazy about each other.
Evelyn Lozada wants to prove there is life after Basketball Wives and a failed marriage to Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. Lozada, who is known for her fabulous body, wants to be a fitness guru. She wants to do work out videos while promoting her caffeine-free energy drink Youth H20.
Actor Wood Harris (The Wire) has been added to the cast of Betty And Coretta. The Lifetime TV movie stars Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz. Harris will play Malcolm X.
At the movies, it’s the new James Bond movie Skyfall starring Daniel Craig and Naomi Harris. There has been a lot of talk about a James Bond of color, and Actor Idris Elba has been named as a frontrunner. Also at the movies, it's Denzel Washington's latest movie Flight co-starring John Goodman and Don Cheadle. Also playing is the movie LUV starring Common, Meagan Good, Charles Dutton and Dennis Haysbert. Plus, Middle Of Nowhere, from Writer/Director Ava DuVernay, stars Lorraine Toussaint (Law & Order), Dondre Whitfield (The Cosby Show), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), and Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, For Colored Girls). Middle Of Nowhere follows a wife's journey of self discovery after her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, and the movie is now playing at the Riverview Plaza in town.
Congratulations to Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies. No. 11, the best shortstop in baseball, has won his fourth Golden Glove Award. He previously won in 2007, 2008 and 2009. On Monday, November 12th, his Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation is presenting A Night In Paris. It’s a benefit for Prevent Child Abuse PA. The event is talking place 7pm at the National Constitution Center. There will be food live jazz and two Celebrity Dancers from Dancing With The Stars. For
more info call 310-525-3755.
Mary Mary will return for a second season of their reality show on December 6th on the WE network.
The 12th season of American Idol returns Wednesday, January 16th with new Judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Host Ryan Seacrest on FOX.
Chris Tucker returns to the big screen in the movie Silver Linings Playbook. The movie starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper opens in theatres November 21st.
Uncle Charlie is back! Charlie Wilson's latest single is called My Love Is All I Have.
Rocker Mick Jagger is producing a movie about The Godfather Of Soul James Brown. Tate Taylor, the director of the Oscar winning movie The Help (Viola Davis and Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer) has been tapped to direct this bio on Soul Brother Number One. Brown led an
extraordinary life from extreme poverty to a soul legend whose career spanned over six decades. Brown was one of the most influential artists in all of music history. Now the big question is who is going to play him? When Spike Lee was going to do the project, he wanted Wesley Snipes to star in the movie.
The Michael Jackson BAD documentary directed by Spike Lee will air on ABC on Thanksgiving night.
Beyonce will be the halftime headliner at the Superbowl. The Superbowl takes place in New Orleans on February 3rd, 2013 and will air on CBS. Beyonce has also signed on as a new spokesperson for Pepsi.
Comedian/Actor Mike Epps has joined the cast of the movie Nina. Epps will play the late Comedian Richard Pryor. Actress Zoe Saldana will play Jazz Great Nina Simone.
In Whitney Houston news, get ready for tributes to her this fall. First up, the 18-track tribute album, I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston, comes out November 13th. The coffee table book, Whitney: Tribute To An Icon, comes out November 27th. The Lifetime network presents their TV special remembering Whitney Houston, which will feature home videos and interviews with mom Cissy Houston, brother Gary, daughter Bobbi Kris and sister-in-law Pat
Houston. On November 16th, it’s A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston with Celine Dion, Jennifer
Hudson, Usher, Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans that will air on CBS.
Apollo Live is the Centric network's singing reality show, and it kicks off Saturday, December 1st. Comedian Tony Rock will be hosting and the judges include Gladys Knight, Michael Bivins, and Doug E Fresh.
Speaking of The Empress Of Soul, Gladys Knight is also part of the ensemble for one of the two sitcoms being produced by comedian Byron Allen. The sitcom The First Family is about an African American First Family in the White House. Christopher B. Duncan (The Jamie Foxx Show) and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) play the President and First Lady. Also starring are Gladys Knight, Marla Gibbs, Jackee Harry and John Witherspoon. The second Allen-produced show is Mr. Box Office with Bill Bellamy, Vivica A. Fox, Jon Lovitz and Keshia Knight
Pulliam. Bellamy plays an A-List movie star who is sentenced to community service teaching at an underprivileged high school. The First Family and Mr. Box Office both air Sundays beginning at 8pm on PHL17. Vivica A. Fox is also starring on the show Prank My Mom, which airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on Lifetime.
Jamie Foxx returns to the big screen this December in the Quentin Tarantino’s film Django. The movie, about a former slave turned bounty hunter trying to rescue his wife from slavery, also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. Speaking of Kerry Washington, her ABC drama Scandal has been picked up for a full season. Meanwhile, Foxx has also signed on for the movie White House Down with Channing Tatum. Foxx will play the President Of The United States, who is taken hostage in the White House. Foxx is also rumored to be joining the cast of The Amazing Spiderman II playing the villain “Electro.”
Jill Scott has been added to the cast of David E. Talbert's film Baggage Claim. Paula Patton stars in the movie about a flight attendant who has 30 days and 30,000 miles to find a husband. Derek Luke and Octavia Spencer are also part of the cast. Trey Songz, Djimon Hounsou
and Tia Mowry-Hardrict have also been added to the cast.
Cedric The Entertainer will be hosting the Soul Train Awards, which will air on the BET and Centric networks on Sunday, November 25th. New Edition is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award. R Kelly has been nominated for Album Of The Year, and he's also up for the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter Of The Year Award. Other nominees include Usher, Estelle and John Legend. Scheduled performers include nominee Legend, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine & Tank). Fantasia will be showing off her new look that night. She’s lost a
lot of weight and her nose looks different. Did she have plastic surgery?
Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson-Supremes Collection kicks off in January at the African American Museum. The collection will be on display from January 25th until June 22nd,
and it features over 30 of the Supremes' most glamorous gowns. The African American Museum is located at 7th and Arch Streets.
The American Music Awards air November 18th on ABC. Nicki Minaj is scheduled to perform.
Sunny Anderson is back with a new show on the Food network. Homemade In America airs Saturday mornings at 9:30am on the Food network.
Singer Kem is getting ready for the holidays. He has a new CD, What Christmas Means, in stores now.
Due to Hurricane Sandy, The UniverSoul Circus has extended their run in Philadelphia to Sunday November 11th. Tickets are on sale at the circus box office every day from 9am to 9pm at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue (next to the Mann Center).
Monday, November 19th, it’s the Marion Anderson Awards honoring Actor James Earl Jones. Actor Terrence Howard is hosting, and the Philadelphia Orchestra is performing. Special guests for the evening include Actresses Phylicia Rashad and Viola Davis. For more info call 215-893-1999. The event is happening at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce.
Saturday, November 24th - it’s The 21st Annual Philly's Men Are Cooking at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 11th & Arch Streets. For more info go to ivylegacy.org
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Did these BFF's lose their friendship over a guy? Word on the street is the friend thinks her girl will get treated badly again by this guy. Since her friend won't listen, she's keeping her distance.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Now until November 11th – It's The UniverSoul Circus' extended run at 52nd & Parkside.
Saturday, November 17th - Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam starring Gary Owens, Capone, Tony Roberts and Michael Blackson at the Academy Of Music, Broad and Spruce.
Friday, November 23rd - Maxwell in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Wednesday & Thursday, November 28th & 29th- R Kelly and Tamia in concert at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Saturday, December 1st- Bobby Brown at the House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
Saturday, December 1st- Dianne Reeves' Holiday Show at The Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street. For more info go to Annenbergcenter.org or call 215-898-3900.
Friday, December 7th – Babyface in concert at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
Friday, December 7th- Keith Sweat at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Thursday, December 20th - Comedian Kevin Hart in concert at The Wells Fargo Center.
Saturday, December 29th- Chaka Khan in concert at Harrah's Chester/Philadelphia. For more info 1-800-745-3000.
Saturday, December 29th- Regina Belle, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes and Jean Carne in concert at the First District Plaza, 3801 Market Street. For more info call 1-800-736-1420.
Saturday, January 19th- The Real All-Stars of Hip Hop starring Salt 'N Pepa, DMX, Digital Underground, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe D and Black Sheep at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For more info ticketmaster.com
Sunday, January 20th- The 70’S Soul Jam starring The Stylistics, The Dramatics, The Chi-Lites, The Emotions, Cuba Gooding, Sr. & The Main Ingredient and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes at The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. For more info ticketmaster.com