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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. Chris Tucker is this year's host.
Flavor Flav is charged with assault and could be going to jail for up to 12 years. Flav is accused of chasing his girlfriend's 17-year old son with a butcher knife. Flavor Flav is 54 and is facing two felony charges. If he winds up in jail, he will miss Public Enemy's induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and The Budweiser Made In America Music Festival.
Lauryn Hill could be headed to jail too for not paying her taxes. Hill owes the state of New Jersey $440,000. She claims she didn’t pay her taxes because her life had been threatened. Hill faces up to seven years in jail. She says she could make the money to pay off the debt...... if she is not in jail!
Not a good weekend for my “nephew” Kevin Hart. The Real Husbands Of Hollywood star has been keeping a low profile since his arrest on drunk driving. How drunk was Kevin? He almost crashed into a gas
tanker! Kevin admits he was drunk. His latest stand up movie, Let Me Explain, comes out this July. Chris Rock will be teaming up with Hart and The Real Husbands crew later this year for a new season of the
hit BET series.
Tyler Perry will continue as “Madea.” Perry says Actor Orlando Jones (MAD TV) was laying an April Fools joke when Jones claimed to be taking over the “Madea” role from Perry. Perry says he has no plans to have another actor play the role he made famous. A new “Madea” movie is coming out this December starring Tyler Perry.
LaToya Jackson says she has never met sister Janet's new husband Wissam Al Mana. Is Janet keeping her billionaire husband away from her family? Sources say yes! That's because she doesn’t want them asking him for money.....specially with LaToya facing a lawsuit and being accused of exploiting Michael Jackson's
children? LaToya, 56, is the manager of her late brother's kids Prince, Paris and Blanket. The Jackson three are pursuing various careers in the public spotlight, and Auntie LaToya is managing them. LaToya, who is also a part of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, has a new reality show on Oprah's OWN cable station. LaToya's new show occasionally features Michael's children. LaToya's lawsuit came from her problems on Celebrity Apprentice. She leveled an accusation at Co-star Amarosa regarding the death of Actor Michael Clark Duncan. Amarosa is now suing LaToya.
In more Jackson news, Paris speaks! The 15-year old daughter of Michael Jackson says she wants to restore her father's Neverland ranch, and she wants to become a heart surgeon. Paris recently established a relationship with her birth mother Debbie Rowe. The next few months are going to be hectic for Paris. Her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, is suing concert promoter AEG. She filed this wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live for negligent hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is currently serving 4 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. The trial is to established how much responsibility AEG must take for Jackson's death. Look for AEG to bring up a lot of negatives against Michael Jackson including that he hired Murray, drug and alcohol abuse and whether or not Jackson is the biological parent of Prince and Michael. It appears Michael's youngest son, Blanket, is his. Blanket looks just like Michael.
Ratings for American Idol are going up, and Mariah Carey has been asked to turn on the mean. For the first time in seven years, a woman will win American Idol. I think It’s coming to down to Candace and Cree. Who is going to win?
Some good news for the George brothers, best known for their work as writers/producers/singers in the legendary band Full Force. Paul Anthony has been battling the mantle cell lymphoma form of cancer for
close to a full year. Paul's brother and Bandmate Bowlegged Lou donated his bone marrow to his brother. This is similar to Robin Roberts' sister donating to her. The brothers are making good progress, and Paul thanks his fans for their prayers. Paul has also set up the Paul Anthony Foundation, which is currently in the midst of a bone marrow drive.
Congrats to Chaka Khan! She's getting inducted into the Apollo Theater Hall Of Fame in June. Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday and Mary J. Bilge will be among those paying tribute to Chaka and her 40 years in the music industry. Past inductees include Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Aretha Franklin.
VH1 has pulled the plug on Basketball Wives L.A. The show floundered in the ratings. A new season of Basketball Wives Miami with Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada and Tami Roman is still on tap for this
summer, and Producer Tracey Edmonds is moving full steam ahead with her movie version of Basketball Wives.
The Marlon Wayans-Cedric The Entertainer movie Haunted House is coming out on DVD on April 23rd.
The movie, also starring Essence Atkins, made over $40 million at the box office. There will be a sequel. Haunted House II is coming out next year.
Speaking of sequels, get ready for Think Like A Man II. Steve Harvey will be back as executive producer along with Director Tim Story. I also hear the entire cast is close to signing on for this sequel. The first
Think Like A Man starred Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Terrence J, Meagan Good and Taraji P. Henson. It made almost $100 million at the box office.
Iron Man III with Robert Downey, Jr. and Don Cheadle hits theatres May 3rd. I hear Robert Downey, Jr. may be retiring from the role after this movie.
We lost a Philly music legend this past week. Composer, Arranger, Percussionist Vince Montana, Jr. passed away. Montana was an original member of Philadelphia International Records' MFSB Orchestra (The Sound Of Philadelphia), and later he founded the Salsoul Orchestra for that label. Montana was best known for playing the vibraphone and often conducting both orchestras. His work can be heard on the songs of The Soul Survivors (Expressway To Your Heart), Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), The Delfonics (La-La Means I Love You), The Intruders (Cowboys To Girls), The O'Jays (Love Train/Lovin' You), Frankie Avalon (Venus), The Three Degrees (When Will I See You Again), Spinners (Could It Be I'm Falling In Love), Stylistics (You Make Me Feel Brand New), Eddie Kendricks (He's A Friend), Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes (Bad Luck) and the holiday classic Merry Christmas All by Denise Montana & The Salsoul Orchestra, just to name a few. This October, The Philadelphia Music Alliance will continue with their plans to induct Montana into its Walk Of Fame with a bronze plaque on Broad Street. Vince Montana was 85.
Get ready for a new documentary about Julius “Dr. J” Erving. It's to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NBA legend's only NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers. The 90 minute special, The Doctor, will air on NBA-TV June 10th.
Sunny Anderson of The Food Network has a new cook book coming. Sunny Anderson: Easy Food For Real Life hits stores this August.
Disco Legend Gloria Gaynor is known for her classics Never Can Say Goodbye, I Am What I Am and Let Me Know (I Have A Right), but her best known hit is influencing her new work. The song I Will Survive has inspired Gaynor's fans to come to her with their survival stories. She's decided to compile those stories into a new book called How We Survived available through her website gloriagaynor.com.
Rapper DMX says Iyanla Van Zandt did not fix his life. The troubled rapper appeared with his family on the OWN reality show Fix My Life. He was a hot mess. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, needs help with his drug addiction, and he shouldn’t blame Iyanla for his troubles. He was downright disrespectful to her.
Stevie Wonder is coming to Dancing With The Stars on Monday, April 23rd. That show will be dedicated to the Motown legend and his music. And, just as I mentioned might happen last week, D.L. Hughley was the last dancer booted from the show.
When will Kanye West stand up and act like he’s going to be a father? Kim Kardashian has been by herself during this pregnancy while Kanye is in Paris working on a new album. Kanye, what's more important a new album or your first child?
Actress Jeanne Cooper is not doing well. Cooper, 84, is best known for her role as “Katherine Chancellor” on CBS' The Young And The Restless. The veteran soap star is battling a dangerous infection.
Sherri Shepherd from The View is coming out with a new book. The book, How To Lose Weight And Beat Diabetes, is coming out next month.
Magic Johnson's son EJ is opening up about his sexuality. The 20-year old Earvin Johnson, III (EJ) was recently outed by several gossip blogs. EJ says he has always been open about his sexuality, but he wanted to come out on his own terms. EJ says he can only be himself, a voice for young gay people. He's the son of Magic and Cookie. EJ had to be monitored carefully because Cookie became pregnant the same time Magic learned he had HIV. EJ was born healthy.
Friday, June 21st, it’s another Sound Of Philly night at Citizen Bank Park. The Phillies are playing The Mets, and before the game, some Philly artists will be celebrated on field. Evelyn “Champagne” King,
Dexter Wansel, The Futures and Bunny Sigler will be honored. I'll be hosting the on field festivities so get your tickets now. Legendary Writers/Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be on hand for the
festivities as we celebrate (T.S.O.P.) The Sound Of Philadelphia.
Get ready for The Fast & Furious VI and VII. Version six with The Rock, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese and Ludacris arrives in theatres May 24th. Fast & Furious VII is coming out July 11th, 2014.
NeNe Leakes is a grandmother again. Leakes' son Bryce is the father of a baby boy. This makes grandbaby number two for Leakes. She had a granddaughter born last year. The star of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta just signed a million dollar deal to stay on the show.
Tracy Morgan will be hosting The Billboard Music Awards on ABC Sunday, May 19th. Prince will be honored that night with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kelly Rowland continues to be on a roll. The ex- Destiny's Child singer may be in line to replace Britney Spears on the FOX singing reality show The X-Factor. The show, which underwhelmed in the ratings last year, starts a new season this fall.
Tickets are on sale to the general public for the Jay-Z- Budweiser Made In America Festival happening Labor Day weekend in Philly on the Ben Franklin Parkway. It’s going to be a star-studded musical event
with Beyonce, her sister Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, A$ap Rocky, Miguel, Macklemore and Ryan Leslie, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, The Cure, Alice In Chains, Calvin Harris and Wiz Khalifa, to name a few.
Starting this Friday, BET’s Centric Network is adding the Byron Allen sitcoms Mr. Box Office and The First Family to their network programming. Mr. Box Office stars Bill Bellamy & Vivica A. Fox, and The First Family stars Christopher B. Duncan, Kellita Smith, Jackee Harry and John Witherspoon.
Jill Scott and her son Jett grace the cover of the May issue of Ebony magazine.
Singer Janelle Monae is on the cover of Essence magazine, and she's stunning on the cover.
White House Down is Jamie Foxx's latest. Foxx is going to play the President Of The United States and his co-stars are Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx Show alum Garcelle Beauvais. White House Down opens in theatres June 28th. Foxx has also been named the new spokesperson for the national campaign for Big Brothers And Big Sisters. Jamie is also playing the new villain in the next Spiderman movie. Foxx will be playing Electro. His latest movie the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained is available on DVD. The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Christof Walz and Samuel L Jackson.
Oscar Winner Denzel Washington is teaming up with Mark Wahlberg and Paula Patton in the movie 2 Guns. The movie opens in theatres August 2nd.
Poet Author Maya Angelou 85, has just released her seventh memoir. The book Mom & Me & Mom is out in stores now.
The new season of R&B Divas Atlanta kicks off May 1st. Angie Stone and Xscape's LaTocha Scott will be joining Faith Evans and Keke Wyatt on the TV One reality show.
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.
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. Meanwhile, Jennifer is causing quite a buzz. She has been doing promotional events but not wearing her engagement
ring. Are marriage plans still in the works for Hudson and David Otunga? They have been engaged forever, but no wedding date has been set.
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 Steve Harvey talk show airs locally at 2pm on NBC-10. It's now called The Neighborhood Awards and tickets are now on sale. The Neighborhood Awards are happening August 8th -11th in Las Vegas.
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.
Ahmir Questlove Thompson, the drummer for The Roots, has a memoir coming out June 18th called Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove.
In Beyonce news, she has just confirmed her return to 2013 Essence Festival July 4th -7th. She'll be in Philly July 25th at the Wells Fargo Center and at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on July 26th. The tour also includes a stop for Essence. She'll take her Mrs. Carter tour 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.
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.
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 215-574-0380.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are a lot of whispers about which team this Baller plays for. He's explained away some strange pictures with his guy friends. Now, he's going overboard putting out pictures with girlfriends. Hmmmmmmmmmmm!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This 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 in Glenside.
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 3rd- Avant, Carl Thomas and Case at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
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, just 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.
June 13th- Tamia at the TLA, 3rd and South.
Saturday, June 15th- New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men in concert at the Wells Fargo Center.