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Michael Jordan got off the hook just in time for his second wedding. Jordan was the subject of a paternity suit involving a 16-year old boy. The mother of the young man asked a judge to drop the lawsuit last week. Was the family paid off? Jordan is getting married next month to 34-year old model Yvette Prieto, and sources say he didn’t want to deal with this in his new marriage. Did he pay off his alleged babymomma and her son to go away. She had proof. They had a relationship. All she needed was a DNA test to prove Jordan was the father of her son.
Queen Latifah's new talk debuts September 16th on CBS. The show is being produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and will feature stand up comedy, music and interviews.
Will more changes be coming to The View now that Joy Behar is leaving the show? Sources say even though Creator/Producer Barbara Walters has denied that Elisabeth Hasselback is being forced out. Look for Hasselback to leave The View and get her own show on the FOX network. FOX is looking for the next Sarah Palin, and they believe Hasselback
is it. Someone leaked the memo about Hasselback being forced out. Now Hasselback will have to leave on her own, but it'll be fine to get her own show.
Dr. Ian K. Smith will be in town Friday, March 22nd to sign copies of his bestselling-book, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet, at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble, 1805 Walnut Street at 5:30. Dr. Ian is helping 65 Septa Drivers, Philly Police and Firefighters lose weight with his new diet.
Season six of The Game kicks of March 26th on BET. The new season is bringing changes as Pooch Hall and Tia Mowry have left the show. Hall has signed on for the Showtime series Ray Donovan, where he will play a boxer. Mowry has signed on to the
TV movie Instant Mom as a woman who married an older man and is now step-mom to his children.
Congrats to Cedric The Entertainer! He’s just signed on as the new host of Who Wants To Be Millionaire. Cedric will kick off the 12th season of Millionaire this fall.
A lot of people are still shock over Michael Baisden's decision to leave radio. For the past ten years, the author/activist/radio show host dominated the airwaves across the country, most recently he was here on WDAS-FM. Baisden says it’s time for the next chapter of his life to begin. Sources say he is looking for a career in television. WDAS-FM now has Frankie Darcell and The Talk Of The Town on WDAS afternoons.
Bobby Brown has been released from jail after serving 9 hours. Brown's sentence is because of his 3rd D.U.I. conviction. Brown, also, has to attend an 18-month alcohol program and serve four month's probation.
Oscar winners Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Hudson are joining forces for the movie Call Me Crazy. The movie is about mental illness and will air Saturday, April 20th
on the Lifetime channel.
Actress Nia Long is on the cover of the new Jet magazine.
Actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry are the cover ladies for the latest issue of Essence.
Comedian/Actor Kevin Hart is on the cover of Ebony and Uptown magazines. He got some more good news too! His hit BET show The Real Husbands Of Hollywood has been renewed for a second season. Hart, Boris Kodjoe, JB Smoove, Duane Martin, Robin Thicke and Nick Cannon will all be back for another hilarious season.
Season number 3 of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle kicks off April 8th at 10pm on VH1.
Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey? Yes! Oprah is going to be a guest of Harvey's top-rated daytime talk show. Oprah will sit down with Harvey on April 26th. The show airs locally at 2pm on NBC-10. Meanwhile, Steve Harvey will be hosting BET’s Celebration Of Gospel. Anita Baker, Tamar Braxton, Tye Tribbett and Donnie McClurkin are some of the scheduled
performers. The show airs Sunday, April 7th on BET. And in more Steve news, his Hoodie Awards now has a new name. It's now called The Neighborhood Awards and tickets are now on sale. The Neighborhood Awards are happening August 8th -11th in Las Vegas.
Taye Diggs is coming back to TV. Diggs was recently in the ABC drama Private Practice. Now, he just filmed a pilot for the TNT network called Murder In The First, where he will play a homicide detective. Later this year, Diggs will be starring in the Best Man sequel which
is slated to hit theatres in November.
Sisters With Voices, a.k.a SWV, are returning. Coko, Lee Lee and Taj ruled the charts in the 90’s with hits like Weak, l'm So It To You and Right Here (Human Nature). Now they are coming back to star in a new reality show for the WE network.
Superbowl Champ and Football Star Ray Lewis has a new gig. The 37- year old is
going to be a football analyst for ESPN.
Olympic Darling Gabby Douglas has written another book called Raising The Bar. In the book, she talks about her life after the Olympics. Douglas covers: her daily life with family and friends as an everyday teen with a not so everyday life. It also details her life after the London Olympics. The book is a followup to her previous bestseller Grace, Gold &
Glory: My Leap Of Faith. Last summer, Douglas stole the hearts of the international Olympic audience at the London games.
Oscar Winner Halle Berry has scored her biggest movie hit in years. The
movie's called The Call. Berry stars in the thriller along with Morris Chestnut. The Call took in almost $18 million in its debut weekend. Later this year, Berry will be unveiling her new line of shoes.
How long will Comedian DL Hughley last on Dancing With The Stars? Well, after last week's performance, he better get stronger or he'll voted off the show. He was funny, but not good at all on the dance floor. Sources say Hughley agreed to do the show so he could get his finances in order.
Get ready for the big screen version of Black Nativity with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Mary J. Blige. It will hit theatres later this year.
Is Porsha Stewart leaving The Real Housewives Of Atlanta? Sources say YES! Stewart is married to former Football Star Cordell Stewart. Stewart doesn’t want his wife to return because he feels the producers of the show disrespected him, and he feels the cameras are
an intrusion on their lives. So, he told her to quit the show. Will Porsha be missed? NO! Kenya Moore has clearly broken out as the star of the show.
Now that Britney Spears and L.A. Reid have left the singing reality show The X-Factor, what changes are coming to the show? Simon Cowell says look for a major overhaul when the new season kicks off in the fall.
Detroit born Bobbie Smith is most famously remembered for singing Philly Soul
with his childhood friends who later became world famous as The Spinners. Smith died last week from complications of pneumonia and influenza. He had also been diagnosed with lung cancer last fall. Smith's group The Spinners formed in high school as The Domingoes in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale. The core friends who had the longest
run as group members were lead singer Smith, Pervis Jackson, Billy Henderson and, now the last surviving original member, Henry Fambrough. The Spinners were originally signed to Motown in the 60's and Smith sang lead on the classics That's What Girls Are Made For,
I'll Always Love You and Truly Yours. In the 70's, they had picked up co-lead Phillipe "Soul" Wynne, signed with Atlantic Records and with Producer Thom Bell recorded here in Philly. Smith and Wynne became twin leads with Smith starting and Wynne finishing the hits
Then Came You (with Dionne Warwick), Love Or Leave, One Of A Kind Love Affair and Mighty Love. Then Smith took the lead himself on the chart toppers Games People Play, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love and I'll Be Around. Smith died at the age of 76.
Congrats to Tamar Braxton and her husband Vince Herbert! They are expecting
their first child. Tamar is the breakout star of the Braxton Family Values show. She is currently topping the charts with her song Love And War. Tamar and her husband Vince also star in their own spin-off reality show (Tamar & Vince), which will focus on their upcoming
adventures into parenthood.
Get ready for Good Times.... the movie! Back in the winter of 1974, the groundbreaking TV sitcom, a spin-off of Maude, starred Esther Rolle, John Amos, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker, Ja'net DuBois and Bernadette Stanis was produced by Norman Lear. It was the first time a nuclear African American family was portrayed on television. Janet Jackson joined the show in later seasons. Good Times was a ratings smash and ran for six seasons on CBS. The movie version is set in the 60’s. No word yet on who will star in the movie version. Let’s hope producers get the casting right because a poor job there could doom the movie.
Motown Founder Berry Gordy will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in June. Before he founded Motown Records, Gordy was quite a prominent songwriter for artists such as Jackie Wilson (To Be Loved, Reet Petite, To Be Loved and Lonely Teardrops) and Etta James (All I Could Do Was Cry). The legendary music mogul is getting the Pioneer's
Award. This is hot on the heels of the The Motown Musical, which debuts on Broadway April 14th.
It’s going to be a Law & Order reunion for the Marvin Gaye bio-pic Sexual Healing. S. Epatha Merkerson will be joining her former Co-star Jesse L. Martin in the movie. Merkerson will play Marvin Gaye's mother Alberta. Martin will play the legendary Motown singer. Merkerson and Martin both starred on the NBC drama Law & Order. The movie Sexual Healing will focus on the latter years of Gaye's life as he dealt with drugs and depression until his untimely death. Gaye's second ex-wife Janis is said to be furious about the movie being made at all. She and Marvin had two children (Frankie and Singer/Actress Nona Gaye) before they divorced. Marvin's first wife was Anna Gordy, sister of Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, and their son is Marvin III. Meanwhile, Janis says this movie is the last thing Marvin would have wanted. Filming is set to begin this month.
Quincy Jones just turned 80 and he's gearing up for a year-long celebration
starting in April. Jones will start with a televised special from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Special guests include Barbara Streisand, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Chris Tucker, Chaka Khan and Santana. “Q” will follow that with musical celebrations in Tokyo and Montreux. Plus, he, Producer Lou Adler, Public Enemy, Heart, Rush and the late Donna Summer will be 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees in a ceremony airing on HBO May 18th.
Jill Scott is coming back to TV. Scott will be playing a doctor in a TV show Second Sight with Actor Derek Luke. Her movie Baggage Claim arrives in theatres later this year. Scott was last on TV in the HBO series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.
It’s going to be a September wedding for Miami Heat Star LeBron James and
his fiancée Savannah Brinson. The couple have two children. The wedding is set for the weekend of September 13th -15th.
First Lady Michelle Obama is on the cover of Vogue magazine. The First Lady turns 50 next January, and she is already gearing up for a star-studded bash featuring Beyonce and Adele.
Check out Grammy Award winning Singer Miguel. He will be appearing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on April 13th with Actor Vince Vaughn hosting.
I’ve got the scoop on the sequel to the movie The Best Man. The film will arrive in theatres November and will feature the original stars Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Jr., Melissa De Sousa and Morris Chestnut. Malcolm Lee, who directed the original 1999 film, will also be back. Both Terrence Howard and Morris Chestnut have said the audience better be ready to laugh and shed a tear, and that this sequel will not disappoint.
Fantasia’s latest CD The Side Effects Of You, comes out April 23rd. Her single Lose To Win is topping the charts. I recently had a chance to talk with Fantasia. She's excited about her future, looks fantastic and is ready to get back to what she does best...singing.
Mike Tyson is getting a new reality show. Being Mike Tyson debuts in August on the new FOX Sports 1 network.
Tyler Perry's TBS sitcom For Better Or Worse is moving to Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network. The show, which stars Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White reprising their roles from the Why Did I Get Married movie franchise will debut its third season on OWN this fall. This is a new addition to the deal Tyler Perry already has with The Mighty O to produce original programming for OWN. There were already two other series, The Haves And The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor, Perry will debut on OWN later this year. Actress Tika Sumpter (Sparkle; The Game) is set to co-star in one of the series, and tweeted out
pictures on the set with Oprah.
How hot is Actor Craig Robinson? Well, there is life after the sitcom The Office. The show ends this year, but Robinson is filming a pilot for a new NBC show where he will play a musician who takes a job as a middle school teacher. Actor Larenz Tate (Why Do Fools Fall In Love; Love Jones) will co-star. Robinson also has a new Tyler Perry produced-movie coming out May called Peeples. It hits theaters May 10th, and also stars Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Craig Robinson (The Office), S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), Melvin Van Peebles and Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris, Go On). Tina Gordon Chism wrote and directed while Perry is producer.
Before Peeples hits the big screen, Tyler Perry will be back in the director's chair just in time for the Easter holiday 2013. His latest big screen project, Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor, stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Kim Kardashian. The movie opens March 29th. Now speaking of Jurnee Smollett-Bell, in addition to starring in Perry's movie Temptation, she has signed on to join the cast of HBO’s True Blood, which returns in June. Lance Gross also starring in Temptation has just filmed a pilot for an NBC show where he will play a Secret Service Agent.
Prince will be the big honoree at this year's 2013 Billboard Music Awards airing May 19th on ABC.
Ahmir Questlove Thompson, the drummer for The Roots, has a memoir coming
out June 18th called Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove.
Don Cheadle returns to the big screen May 3rd in Iron Man III with Robert Downey, Jr.
Iyanla Van Zandt is back the second season of her hit show Iyanla: Fix My Life kicks off April 13th on OWN. In the new season, she squares off with Rapper DMX and
Sheree Whitfield, formerly of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta.
Beyonce is launching The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. She'll be in Philly July 25th
at the Wells Fargo Center and at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on July 26th.
In more Beyonce news, she has just confirmed her return to 2013 Essence
Festival July 4th -7th. She'll take her Mrs. Carter show to New Orleans and the Essence
main stage. LL Cool J, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, New Edition, Brandy, Mint Condition, Tamia, “Uncle Charlie” Wilson, Solange Knowles and Maxwell are also on the bill.
The BET Awards has now turned into the BET Experience. The show airs June
30th on BET with special guests Beyonce, New Edition, R Kelly, Miguel, The Jacksons, Snoop Dog and many more.
We are going to get more of Wendy Williams. Her popular talk show will be extended into the Summer with fresh episodes in June and July and she has a new advice book Ask Wendy which is coming out May 7th.
On Monday, March 25th, Latin Singing Sensation Shakira will join the lineup of NBC's singing reality show The Voice along with Usher. They'll join Judges Adam
Levine and Blake Shelton. Usher will also be starring in the movie Hands Of Stone, about the life of Boxing Great Sugar Ray Leonard.
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 now until June 30th, and it features over 30 of the Supremes' most glamorous gowns. The African American Museum is located at 7th and Arch Streets. For more information go to AAMPMUSEUM.ORG or call
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Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday, March 29th- Big Scott Entertainment presents The Adult Party at The Royal Palace, 333 Preston Avenue, Voorhees, New Jersey. Join me and DJ Gary O from
9pm until 2am.
Saturday, March 30th- Glenn Jones at the Major Events Banquet Hall at 5075 Lancaster Avenue.
Saturday, March 30th & Sunday, March 31st - Black History & Culture Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 11am to 7pm at 12th & Arch Streets. For more Information log onto blackhistoryshowcase.org .
Friday, April 5th- Mike Epps, Comedian Gary Owens & Doug E. Fresh- comedy-hip hop show at the Liacouras Center, Broad & Montgomery.
Saturday, April 6th- Breakwater & Rheel Men in concert at Major Events Banquet Hall, 5075 Lancaster Avenue, for more info 215-776-2853.
Sunday, April 7th - Keyshia Cole & Chrisette Michele on The Woman To Woman Tour at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
April 14th -Alicia Keys & Miguel in concert at Revel in Atlantic City.
Saturday, April 20th – Smokey Robinson in concert at Caesar's in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, April 24th - Boney James in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Friday, April 26th- Tower Of Power & The Average White Band at the Keswick Theatre.
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 215-893-1999.
Friday, May 10th- Chris Tucker comedy show at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Friday, May 10th- The Temptations & The Four Tops in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, May 11th- Charlie Wilson, El DeBarge, Freddie Jackson and Jaheim at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Saturday, May 11th- The Mother's Day Comedy Jam with Sheryl Underwood, Eddie Griffin, Earthquake and Tony Rock at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Sunday, May 12th- The Whispers in concert at Caesar's in Atlantic City.
Saturday, May 18th- Brian McKnight in concert at Harrah's in Atlantic City.
Friday, June 28th- Bob James and David Sanborn in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. For information call 1-800-745-3000.
Saturday, June 1st- The 6th Annual Roots Picnic with Naughty By Nature, Solange and Robert Glasper, to name a few, at Penns Landing.
Friday, June 7th- Anthony Hamilton in concert at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
Sunday, June 9th- Babyface at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, June 15th- New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men in concert at the Wells Fargo Center.