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Kerry Washington just keeps getting hotter. While she's not as high as she should be, the newlywed made her debut on Forbes list of Highest Paid TV Actors/Actresses. And, she's hosting Saturday Night Live on November 2nd. Washington is the first African American in more than a year to host. Ex-castmember Maya Rudolph was the last in 2012. This comes on the heals of some way out comments from current Castmember Kenan Thompson. He claims SNL isn't to blame for the lack of diversity in the cast. Thompson says the talent pool isn't there. That drew the ire of many critics who are aware of performers like Kim Wayans, Kim Coles and Debra Wilson. Not to mention, SNL could give a break to an unknown, as they've done with the Caucasian American castmembers. Meantime, Washington's red hot TV drama Sandal is back on Thursday nights at 10pm on ABC. And, check out Washington, who is married to 49ers Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, on the latest issue of Essence magazine.
We are getting ready for the movie The Best Man Holiday. The stars of the movie are on the cover of the latest edition of Ebony Magazine. There is the ladies issue with Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa and the men's cover Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrance Howard, Harold Perrineau. They both look great I will be getting both issues. The movie Best Man Holiday Directed by Malcolm Lee opens in theatres November 15th.
Usher is the cover guy for the latest issue of Men's Health magazine. Usher looks fabulous showing off his look and hard training for his upcoming movie Hands Of Stone, which is the life story of Boxing Great Sugar Ray Leonard.
Where’s Casper Smart? Smart is the young boy-toy boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez. Smart and Lopez have not been photographed in public together for weeks. Is the spark gone? Sources say yes, and that Lopez has been trying to break things off with Smart. But, he is very close to her
kids. Lopez feels the effects of her divorce from her babies' daddy Marc Anthony has put her children through enough. Casper is Lopez’s back up dancer, but she is ready to move on. Lopez is also gearing up for her return to American Idol in January.
The tragedy is getting compounded for NFL Star Adrian Peterson. Peterson's 2-year old son Tyrese was killed last week as a result of an assault. The boyfriend of the boy's mother, who has a prior record of assaulting another woman and her child, has been arrested and charged. What makes this tragedy worse is that Peterson had no apparent relationship with Tyrese, apparently only learning he was the boy's father about a month ago. The two never met, and Peterson saw Tyrese for the first time in the hospital where the boy passed away. Peterson already baffled people with his extremely casual relationship with the boy's mother and his decision to play in last weekend's football game. Now published reports quote one of Peterson's ex-girlfriends and her claim that the NFL running back has seven children by various women.
Harry Belafonte versus the estate of his good friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? That's right! Legendary Singer/Actor/Activist and King Confidant Belafonte is suing The King Estate after they blocked Belafonte's auctioning of a King speech on Vietnam. Belafonte claims he is the rightful owner of those documents after receiving the blessings of the late Coretta Scott King and the widow of another King confidant who held the papers. After The King Estate blocked the
Belafonte auction, Belafonte filed suit. The outspoken entertainer was famously uninvited to the funeral of Coretta Scott King in 2006 ,and his relationship with the King family has become even more strained ever since.
Last week was not a good one for Actor Craig Robinson (The Office, Peeples). The actor/comedian was arrested in the Bahamas for possession of weed and ecstasy. Robinson was trying to board a plane when he was arrested. He was doing a comedy show on the island. He
pled guilty and was ordered to leave the island immediately. He also paid a $1,000 fine. This is not the first time he has been in trouble with drugs. In 2008, he was busted for possession of meth.
Here’s an update on the James Brown movie Get On Up. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in the hit movie 42, Viola Davis and Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer, who both starred in the movie The Help. Oscar Nominee Taraji P. Henson may join the cast as Singer Tammi Terrell, and Singer Ralph Tresvant may be playing James Brown Sideman and Solo Artist Maceo Parker. The bio-pic, which is being produced by Rolling Stones Legend Mick Jagger, arrives in theatres on October 17th, 2014.
The First Lady is coming to TV's The Biggest Loser. Michelle Obama returns to the reality weight loss show to promote her new health campaign. She's encouraging everyone to drink more water as health experts have long held people don't drink enough water. The First Lady first appeared on Loser back in April. Michelle Obama's new appearance is set for November. Singer Ruben Studdard will also be on the show but as a castmember. He now weighs 462 pounds, and his weight is a matter of health. Studdard will soon turn 35-years old and knows the future is bleak without serious weight loss. When he last topped the scales at over 450 pounds, he exercised, became a vegan and that helped. But, when he couldn't keep the weight off, the one time American Idol champion began looking for a permanent solution of hard work and dedication. The Biggest Loser airs Tuesdays at 8pm NBC.
A new book may be in the works about the complicated relationship between brothers Michael and Jermaine Jackson. Longtime family friend Stacy Brown is telling all the secrets about the Jacksons. Describing the family as broke, dysfunctional and jealous. According to Brown,
Jermaine has always been jealous of Michael because Jermaine felt he should have had Michael's incredible success. Jermaine was ruthless in his pursuits of what he wanted, including stealing his brother Randy's babymomma and marrying her. The relationship between Michael and Jermaine was very complicated, and they would go years without speaking. Jermaine always needed money, so he would always make amends with Michael to get some cash. Sources say Jermaine and Randy often push their mother Katherine to get money for them to this day so they can continue with their lifestyles. In other Jackson news, hot on the heels of losing their lawsuit against concert promoters AEG Live, the family is dealing with the fact that Dr. Conrad Murray is getting out of jail in a couple of weeks. Dr. Murray's four-year prison sentence was reduced to two due to prison overcrowding. Murray was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of The King Of Pop.
We remember Actor/Comedian Ray Murphy, a.k.a Uncle Ray. He was the paternal uncle to Actors/Comedians Eddie and Charlie Murphy. While Uncle Ray was a 50-year veteran of show business, he came to prominence when his nephew Eddie cast him in the hit movies Harlem Nights and Coming To America. He continued to do standup comedy appearances and was even on social media well into his 70's. Funeral services are still pending.
We Remember Augusta Clark, the long time Philadelphia city councilwoman has died. In 1980, as only the second African American woman to serve on city council, Councilwoman Clark paved the way for all who followed her. I loved her spirit. She always had an encouraging smile for me. Her 20-year council legacy includes her fierce advocating for redeveloping poor neighborhoods and championing education for everyone before she retired in 2000. Councilwoman Augusta Clark was 81-years old.
A public memorial is taking place on Saturday, November 2nd for Dr. Walter Lomax, Jr. at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce. Among his many achievements, Dr. Lomax was a broadcaster as owner of radio station WURD-AM in Philadelphia, representing one of the few
black-owned independent talk radio stations in the entire country. Dr. Lomax was a diverse figure in business with real estate and technology interests, and his medical practice which he used to focus on charitable work and healthcare for those historically shutout from access. Dr. Lomax died from complications of a stroke at the age of 81.
We remember Motown Records' secret weapon. Maxine Powell was the head of the label's Artist Development Department. Known as Motown's Charm School, Powell worked with the artists and refined their grace and poise so they would talk, move and act with the highest regard for dignity. The legendary Smokey Robinson, who was Motown's vice president for almost 30-years, says Powell was as important as the songwriters, choreographers, producers and musicians to the classic Motown formula. Powell died in Detroit at the age of 98.
Kevin Hart's ex-wife Torrei and Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond may be headed to reality TV in the show Atlanta Exes. The show would air on VH1 as a spinofff of the Hollywood Exes, which is also on VH1.
The American Music Awards are set for Sunday, November 24th on ABC.
Actor Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) may be added to the cast of the new Stars Wars movie. Jordan will next appear with Zac Efron (High School Musical) in the film That Awkward Moment, which hits theaters in January 2014.
How hot is Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx? Ask the ex-Mrs. Tom Cruise! More about that in a second. For now, Foxx has got two big projects for 2014. First, the big screen adaption of the Annie musical with Oscar Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis and Cameron Diaz. Plus, the new Spiderman movie where Foxx plays super-villain “Electro.” There have also been rumors of Foxx playing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a new bio-pic by Writer/Director Oliver Stone. The biggest buzz on Foxx has been the published reports of him being spotted on dates with Actress Katie Holmes. She's the ex-wife of Jamie's friend and former co-star Tom Cruise. Somebody say Simon Cowell! Foxx has denied those romance reports and called them hilarious because the two only shared a dance at a charity event.
Writer/Director George Tillman (Soul Food, Barbershop) has a new movie in theatres,
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. Alicia Keys is the executive producer for the project, which stars Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright. The film is about a 14-year old
boy and his buddy in Brooklyn after the economic meltdown of 2008. The boys' day in the life challenges within 24 hours are a real life Hunger Games.
Arsenio Hall will join Oprah Winfrey for her Next Chapter series this Sunday on OWN. He will talk about what made him return to late night TV, and why he called it quits the first time.
Ahmir “Questlove" Thompson from The Roots and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has a new book coming out on Tuesday about a legendary TV soul music/dance show. The popular drummer has written the book Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style Of A Generation. The book features rare never before seen photos and plenty of behind the scenes scoop.
Speaking of Soul Train, Singer Dionne Warwick is going to be the big honoree for The 2013 Soul Train Awards. The show airs December 1st on BET and Centric and will feature performances by Kem, Chrisette Michelle, Ronald Isley, Eric Benet, Tamar Braxton and Smokey
Robinson. Anthony Anderson is hosting.
Congrats to Singers Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks. Pop Star Derulo popped the question to former American Idol Champion Sparks. Art imitates life as the two currently star in the video for Derulo's latest single Marry Me.
“Kelly's” back on The Game. Brittany Daniel, who played the ex-wife of “Jason Pitts”, will reprise her role on the show. She may be part of a love triangle since her ex “Jason” (Coby Bell) is now married to Chardonnay, played by Singer Brandy. The Game returns for season seven in March on BET.
Is Whoopi Goldberg thinking about a return to Broadway? Goldberg is rumored to be doing a one-woman show based on the life of famed Comic Moms Mabley.
Star Jones has launched a new clothing line. Status by Star Jones is an inclusive clothing line for women ranging from sizes 2-26.
Get well to Gospel Legend Andrae Crouch. The 71-year old singer fell ill in the shower. He became overcome from heat and was rushed to the hospital. Crouch is a diabetic and feels this contributed to this incident. He's says he's doing much better and thanks his fans for their prayers.
BeBe Winans is teaming up with his brothers, Gospel Sensations The Winans, for a new project which is due out at the beginning of the year.
Actor Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man, Barbershop) is returning to TV in the cop-drama Almost Human. It premieres November 4th on FOX. Ealy is also returning to the big screen next year in two projects with Comedian Kevin Hart: About Last Night on opening on Valentine's Day with Joy Bryant & Regina Hall and Think Like A Man Part II with Gabrielle Union & Taraji P. Henson hitting theatres next June.
Speaking of Kevin Hart, he's back with The Real Husbands Of Hollywood on BET. Hart is on a roll! He just signed a deal with ABC to develop a pilot based on his life as standup comedian and divorced father, and he has another new movie for 2013, Ride Along with Ice Cube and Tika
Sumpter, coming out in theatres in January. Finally, Hart is also playing a boxing promoter in the new movie Grudge opening Christmas Day with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. De Niro (Oscar winner for Raging Bull) and Stallone (Oscar nominee for Rocky) play two aging boxers who get back in the ring.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King will be hosting Black Girls Rock Sunday, November 3rd on BET. Special honorees include Queen Latifah. Patti LaBelle and Tennis Sensation Venus Williams.
The TV One network is the new home of The NAACP Image Awards. The show will make its TV One premiere in February.
Babyface and Toni Braxton 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. After Midnight debuts on Broadway with Fantasia on November 3rd. 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. This week, Babyface got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. 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, comes out November 25th.
Actor Carl Payne is the new National Ringmaster for the Universoul Circus. Payne is best known as Martin Lawrence's best friend “Cole” in the 90’s sitcom Martin, and as “Cockroach” for three seasons on the 80's hit The Cosby Show.
Pop Sensation Rihanna has a brand new reality show Styled To Rock. Who’s going to be America's next trendsetting designer. We will find out Friday night, October 25th on The Style Network.
Chris Tucker is hosting The 2013 Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center. The event, saluting Motown Founder Berry Gordy, is happening Tuesday, November 19th. Boyz II Men, Kool & The Gang and Smokey Robinson are performing. Philadelphia International Records Founders Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who were once songwriters at Motown, are doing tributes. Past winners include Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou, Richard Gere, Mia Farrow and Quincy Jones. For more information call 215-893-1999.
TV One's musical biography series UnSung is back! I love this show! This new episodes will feature Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Heavy D, Ce Ce Peniston and Philly's own Delfonics featuring insights from WDAS' Tony Brown. UnSung premieres Wednesday, October 30th.
The Real Housewives Of Atlanta is returning to the Bravo network Sunday, November 3rd.
Tyler Perry will be joining Oscar Winner Ben Affleck in the movie Gone Girl. Perry will play a lawyer assisting Affleck. Filming starts next month. Meanwhile on December 13th, get ready for Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas starring Anna Marie Horsford (Amen) and Tika Sumpter (The Haves & Have Nots). Perry is also working on new DVD projects: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned and Madea's Neighbors From Hell.
Idris Elba is the cover guy for the latest issue of GQ magazine. He will be playing former South African President and International Civil Right Icon Nelson Mandela in the movie The Long Walk Home. In the issue of GQ, Elba talks about drama in his life involving a child that wasn’t
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.
Get ready for A Very Mary Christmas. Mary J. Blige is set to release her first holiday album on October 15th. The CD will features 12 classic holiday remakes and duets with Barbara Streisand, The Clark Sisters and Marc Anthony. Grammy Award-winning Producer David Foster produced the project.
The TLC movie is airing on VH1 October 21st. The TV biopic stars Lil' Mama, Keke Palmer and Drew Sidora. The movie is based on the lives of the TLC group members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
The 76ers’ home opener is Wednesday, October 30th when they host the World Champion Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.
At the movies this week, it's 12 Years A Slave is the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. The movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Taran Killam and Alfre Woodard.
Last Vegas starring Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman hits theatres November 1st .
Friday, November 1st – My 50th Birthday Celebration at Temptations, 218-220 West Chelten Avenue. Music by DJ Gary O and DJ Doc B. Mimi Brown and Parry P will be hosting, and the party goes from 9p until 2am.
October 31st to November 10th, it's The Universoul Circus. Showtimes Thursday-Sunday at 52nd
and Parkside Avenue. Tix on sale now.
Saturday, November 16th- The Ivy Legacy Chapter of The A.K.A.’s presents The 2013 Philly's
Men Are Cooking at The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut Streets.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Are these Two really getting along? They've got a hot new project, but are spending more and more time promoting it separately. Are old hard feeling coming into play?
Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday, October 25th- John Legend & Tamar Braxton at The Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
Friday, October 25th- Powerhouse 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center starring Chris Brown,
Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Mario and K Michelle, just to name a few.
Saturday, October 26th – Atlantic Starr & Angela Winbush in concert. Presented by
Brown Promotions. It's an 8pm showtime at The Temple Performing Arts Center, Broad and Pollett.
Saturday, November 2nd - Katt Williams at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, November 16th- Kanye West at the Wells Fargo Center.
Saturday, November 23rd - India.Arie in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, November 24th – Will Downing in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, November 24th – Jaheim & Chrisette Michele in concert at the Tower Theatre.
Friday, November 29th-Sunday, December 1st - The stage play Deranged starring Robin Givens, Malik Yoba, Terri J. Vaughn, 2013 Sunday Best Winner Tasha Page Lockhart and Clifton Powell at the Merriam Theatre.
Friday, November 29th- R&B Divas in concert starring Kelly Price, Chante Moore, KeKe
Wyatt, Nicci Gilbert, Faith Evans and Dawn Robinson at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Saturday, November 30th- Brian McKnight/ Avant/ Musiq in concert at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
Tuesday, February 25th – Robin Thicke at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Sunday, March 2nd- Robin Thicke at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
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