Singer Bobby Womack is battling Alzheimer's disease. Womack, 68, says the doctors have discovered it in it’s early stages. Womack has had a tough year health-wise. Last year he battled pneumonia, prostate cancer and a colon cancer scare. Womack is known for the classics IfYou Think You’re Lonely Now, Harry Hippie and That's The Way I Feel About Cha.
Halle Berry, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Bishop TD Jakes are going to be honored at the 2013 BET Honors. Gabrielle Union returns as host and the show airs on BET February 11th.
Get ready for the never ending pregnancy of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The not-married couple is having a baby in early summer. Kim K is still married to Kris Humphries. Kim mom, super Manager Kris Jenner, is trying to cut a deal to get the most for the baby pictures. The only problem is..... Kanye is not a well liked celebrity so the pregnancy may be all about Kim. Biracial babiesdon’t get their equal share of the money in the celebrity photos biz, just ask Mariah Carey and Robert DeNiro. Can Kris Jenner score millions for these baby photos and break tradition. Only time willtell. When pics are released, don’t be surprised if Kanye is not featured because it’s going to be all about Kim. Now when the baby is born, Kim will still be married to Kris Humphries. Oops! Hermarriage to the Brooklyn Nets power forward may have only last 72days, but Humphries wants his $2 million ring back. He also wants Kim to agree to an annulment and admit their marriage was a fraud. Look for Kim K in Tyler Perry's next movie, Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor, which opens in theatres Easter Weekend March 29th.
Congrats to Singer Brandy! She’s also in the Tyler Perry's Temptation, and she recently got engaged to longtime boyfriend and Music Executive Ryan Press.
Is the third time the charm for Janet Jackson? Janet is engaged to her billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mina. He’s a businessman from Qatar. Janet has converted to Islam, and the wedding is scheduled for the spring. I hear her ring is so big, she keeps it locked up. I wonder if she'll continue with her sexy image after she jumps the broom. Will she still be Janet or Mrs. Al Mina if you're nasty?
We’ve got more baby news! Congrats to Singer Shakira! She and her boyfriend are expecting to deliver any day now. Reports of her giving birth to a son already were confirmed to have been a twitter prank. On Monday, March 18th, Shakira will join the lineup of NBC's singing reality show TheVoice along with Usher. They'll join Judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Phaedra Parks of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta and her husband, Apollo Nida, are expecting their second child.
Congrats to Actor Michael Ealy! He recently announced his marriage to his longtime girlfriend. Ealy and Khatira Rafiqzada were actually married back in October. The Think Like A Man actor kept mum until a People magazine interview came up.
Arsenio Hall's return to late night TV is slated for September 9th, 2013.
Get ready for the Real Husbands Of Hollywood premiering Tuesday, January 15th at 10pm on BET. The show stars Kevin Hart, JB Smoove, Robin Thicke, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe, and Duane Martin. The show is being billed as the FAKEST reality show on TV.
Also on that date, is the premiere of Second Generation Wayans at 10:30pm on BET. The show features the younger generation of the famous comedy family-dynasty and Tatyana Ali from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.
Reality Star Tami Roman is joining Elise Neal, Keith David and Miguel Nunez for the TV One show Belle about a family soul food business. The show debuts January 21st on TV ONE.
Some of your favorite movies are coming out on DVD soon:
In February: Tyler Perry in Alex Cross and Omari Hardwick in Middle Of Nowhere
In March: Denzel Washington in Flight
Slated for April is Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained
Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain DVD arrives in stores January 17th.
Get ready for the Motown Musical about the life of Music Icon Berry Gordy. The musical details how he went from being a boxer to a music mogul. The Motown musical debuts March 11th.
Who knew The Fly Jock Tom Joyner divorced his wife Fitness Instructor Donna Richardson?!!! One of the best kept secrets of 2012 was the end of their marriage. The two divorced last May, and sources say other parties were involved. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, so who wascheating?!!!!!!!!!!
Are more changes coming to the FOX show The X-Factor? L.A. Reid has already left the show, and now Britney Spears could be next. Sources say she was paid $15 million to be a judge on the show but didn't bring any excitement. Who will they replace her with?
Season Two of the NBC show Smash kicks off Tuesday, February 5th. The new season will feature Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
We remember Singer Fontella Bass. She was battling health issues at the time of her death. Bass died at the age of 72 and was best known for her 1965 hit song Rescue Me. Bass was the older sister of Singer David Peaston. He died last February of complications due to diabetes.
What's ahead for Jamie Foxx in 2013? After the success of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, he’s going to play the President Of The United States in the movie White House Down with Channing Tatum and Garcelle Beauvais and he is set to play the villain “Electro” in the new Spiderman II movie. One project that Foxx won’t be doing, ids the movie Skank Robbers with Martin Lawrence. Foxx andLawrence were going to reprise their characters Wanda and She Nay Nay from Martin and Living color. They even did a promo sketch for BET but Foxx says Lawrence no longer wants to do the project.
After a crazy 2012 filled with mayhem and arrests, what is going to happen to Comedian Katt Williams? Something is wrong with him, and he needs help and someone in his circle needs should step up to the plate. He is either going to wind up dead or in jail for a long time. Last week, four kids were removed from his house. The house was armed with guns and drugs and were found by authorities The children were placed in protective custody with the court saying the home was a safetyhazard for the kids. Williams says he had the guns in the house to protect the kids.
Look for Denzel Washington to return to Broadway in the spring of 2014. I hear it could be in a revival of A Raisin In The Sun.
What’s going on with TJ Holmes and the BET network? After much fanfare, Holmes late night talk show Don’t Sleep was scaled back from a four night a week show to a weekly one-hour show. It appeared BET was not as committed to the show. TJ left CNN for the BET gig. Is there trouble in paradise? Will TJ stay with BET. This past weekend he was anchoring at MSNBC. Let’s just say he looked good.
Money must be calling because it appears Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn Lozada are back together. After their short-lived marriage and head butting incident, why would the two reconcile? They love the spotlight and they both need the money. Now that they are back together ….......................Maybe they can get that VH1 Money and get their reality show back on track.
Reality Show Star Hoopz, a.k.a. Nikki Alexander is proving there is life after Shaquille O’Neal. Hoopz dated the basketball superstar but their romance came to a crashing halt after she insulted his manhood complaining about his short third leg. Hoopz and her three other sisters have just completed a pilot for VH1 called The Alexander Sisters.
Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts is scheduled to return to the show in early summer following her successful bone marrow operation and recuperation.
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations are out and Django Unchained, Lincoln, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook lead. Denzel Washington has been nominated for his role in Flight. The NBC show Smash also got a TV nod. The Golden Globes air January 13th on NBC.
Nominations were also announced for the SAG Awards (The Screen Actors Guild Awards). Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed Django Unchained didn’t make the cut because it wasn’t previewed in time. The movies up for Best Picture include Les Miserables, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook. Denzel Washington was nominated for his role in Flight and Alfre Woodard for her role in Lifetime's Steel Magnolias.
Former NBA Great Julius “Dr. J” Erving is coming to TV. Dr J will be guest starring on the January 17th edition of the NBC sitcom The Office.
The man Jay Leno beat out for The Tonight show 20 years ago was CBS Late Show Host David Letterman. Letterman will be sitting down with Oprah Winfrey January 6th for her Next Chapter series on the OWN cable network. For the first time Letterman will talk about his 2009 sex scandal where he was being extorted for money. Letterman was reportedly fooling around with his female staff workers. He'll tell The Mighty O about that time and repairing his very publicly damaged marriage.
Get ready for Beyonce in the new year: She’s performing halftime at the Superbowl; she’s producing a documentary about her life that will air on HBO February 16th; and she has just signed on as the new spokesperson for Pepsi. The $50 million Pepsi deal was announced this week and includes Beyonce's picture on Pepsi cans with the soda giant sponsoring all her major events. She’s also going to be the cover girl for the March issue of Vogue magazine.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are happening February 10th on CBS. Nominees include Melanie Fiona, Frank Ocean, Anthony Hamilton, R Kelly, Miguel, Rihanna, Dave Koz, Estelle, Usher, Anita Baker, SWV, Tamia, Beyonce, Tyrese and John Legend.
The 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO May 18th.
This year's inductees include Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Heart, Rush, and special honors going to Quincy Jones and Producer Lou Adler. Summer, whose induction her fans had long called for, died in
May from lung cancer.
The 44th Annual NAACP Image Award nominees have also been announced. The movies Flight, Django Unchained, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Red Tails and Good Deeds have all been nominated for Best Picture. Steve Harvey's wildly successful Think Like A Man got only one nomination for Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson. Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington got nominations as well as the reality show X-Factor. The hit ABC drama Scandal got nominations as well as the Lifetime TVmovie Steel Magnolias with Queen Latifah and Jill Scott. Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars led the way with the music nominations. Locally, Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw got a nomination for Best Jazz Album for hislatest CD Bone Appetit. Local Author Jim Smith, Jr. (Mr. Energy) got a literature nod for his book The No Excuse Guide To Success No Matter What Your Boss Or Life Throws At You. The NAACP Image Awards air February 1st on NBC.
Terrell Owens has got a job. Owens had been hoping to get back in the NFL, but that didn’t happen. Owens has joined the reality show Stars In Danger: The High Dive. The show debuts Wednesday, January 9th on FOX.
Just in time for the Easter holiday 2013, it’s the latest big screen project from Tyler Perry. Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor stars Jurnee Smollett Bell, Lance Gross, Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Kim Kardashian. The movie opens March 29th. Perry also two new shows debuting on OWN. It's part of his exclusive deal with Oprah Winfrey's cable network. The Haves And Have Nots is a drama about a family and their housekeeper, and Love Thy Neighbor is a sitcom set in a diner.
When the TV One music series Unsung returns January 23rd. Look for profiles on The Whispers, Eddie Kendricks and Johnny Gill, just to name a few. The Johnny Gill segment will air in March.
Sherri Shepherd of The View has launched her wig line Lux Hair. The line has 18 different colors, 12 wigs and varying lengths.
Get ready for the Smiths! Will Smith reunites with his son Jaden on the big screen for the M. Night Shyamalan movie After Earth. The movie opens in theatres next June.
Marlon Wayans latest movie, A Haunted House, hits theatres January 11th. The movie also stars Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer and Affion Crockett.
The UNCF Evening Of Stars will air on BET January 27th and will hosted by Anthony Anderson. Chaka Khan, Wayne Brady, Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Charlie Wilson will also be appearing. Speaking of “Uncle Charlie,” his new CD, Love Charlie, arrives in stores January 29th.
After 30 years, Actress Cicely Tyson is returning to Broadway. She makes her return next April in the production The Trip To Bountiful. Tyson plays an elderly woman who returns to her small Texas town. Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. have also been added to the cast.
I had a chance to catch up with Actor Morris Chestnut. Chestnut is best known for his roles in the movies Boyz In The Hood, The Brothers and The Best Man. Chestnut is the executive producer and host of the new docu-series Vindicated, which airs on BET Tuesday nights at 10:30pm. Chestnut teams up with the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating men and women who were wrongfully convicted. Next year, look for Chestnut on both the TV and silver screens. He has been added to the cast of the Showtime drama Nurse Jackie, and he is co-starring as Halle Berry's love interest in the movie The Hive. Chestnut also confirmed to me that he will be in the sequel to TheBest Man.
Actress Regina King is going to be all over your TV in 2013. Season five of her TNT drama Southland returns February 13th, and she is joining the cast of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Kimora Lee Simmons has a new show launching on the Style network on January 22nd
called Kimora's House Of Fab.
The R&B Music Hall Of Fame will launch new inductees May 5th 2013. New Inductees include Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, The Miracles and Ray Charles.
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 7thand Arch Streets.
Alicia Keys recently announced her 2013 tour. It launches in March with opening act Singer Miguel. Check her out on the cover of the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Meagan Good's new NBC drama, Deception, premieres January 7th and also stars Laz Alonso. S. Epatha Merkerson, from Law And Order fame, is also joining the cast as Good's mother.
The new season of American Idol kicks off January 16th on FOX, and it looks like new Judge Nicki Minaj will be the mean one, the new Simon Cowell. The new season should be interesting with fellow Judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Host Ryan Seacrest.
Season 2 of the NBC show Smash kicks off Tuesday, February 5th. Jennifer Hudson and Sheryl Lee Ralph will be featured in the second season. Wait until you see Jennifer Hudson. She looks and sounds amazing. Sheryl Lee Ralph has also been added to the cast of the Instant Mom. The show will star Tia Mowry (The Game, Tia & Tamera) and Michael Boatman. The show is about a successful Doctorwho is married to a young party girl. The show will air on Nick At Nite.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did this faithful Wife just learn her Husband is not as faithful on the internet?
Check out who’s coming to town:
Saturday, January 19th- Eric Benet at Harrah's in Atlantic City.
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- Superstars Of The 70’S Soul Jam starring The Stylistics, The
Chi-Lites, The Emotions, Cuba Gooding, Sr. & The Main Ingredient, Peaches & Herb and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes at The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. For more info ticketmaster.com
February 9th- Bobby Brown at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
February 19th -24th - The stage play My Brother Marvin: The Life Story Of Marvin Gaye starring Singer Keith Washington, Lynne Whitfield, and Clifton Powell at the Merriam Theatre on Broad Street, between Spruce and Locust. For more information 215-893-1999.
Saturday, February 16th- The Royal Comedy Tour starring Sommore, Tony Rock, Bruce Bruce, DL Hughley at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Thursday, May 2nd – Mike Tyson's one man show Undisputed Truth Directed by Spike Lee at The Academy Of Music, Broad and Locust Streets. For more information