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The BET Awards are set for this Sunday at 8pm on BET. Chris Rock is hosting and Lionel Richie will be the night's big honoree. Scandal Star Kerry Washington will be making her first public appearance as a presenter since giving birth to her baby girl Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha. Washington and her husband, former NFL Star Nnamdi Asomugha, welcomed their first child in late April. Pharrell, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Honoree Lionel Richie are among this year’s performers. Jay-Z and Beyonce are leading in the nominations. Other nominees include Oprah Winfrey, Floyd Mayweather, Venus Williams, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Erica Campbell, Idris Elba, Tamar Braxton and John Legend. Richie will be getting the Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous Lifetime honorees include “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, “The Boss” Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, “The Godfather Of Soul” James Brown, “The Empress Of Soul” Gladys Knight, The O'Jays, The Isley Brothers and Prince. In more Lionel Richie news, his tour with Cee Lo Green is coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on July 23rd and then Lionel hits the Borgata in Atlantic City on Sunday, August 3rd.
A BET Awards favorite is coming to HBO the same time the awards kick into high gear. Beyonce's X10 is the new 10 week mini-documentary-series from The Mrs. Carter Tour. X10 premieres this Sunday night at 8:55pm on HBO.
On Monday, June 30th, KeKe Palmer will be making history as the youngest talk show hostess ever. At 19, she will be hosting Just KeKe, which will air at 5pm on BET right before 106 & Park. Judge Greg Mathis will be the executive producer of the show.
The Lifetime network say they will tell the story of the late Singer Aaliyah, including her short-lived marriage to R Kelly. The Lifetime network is going ahead with their bio-pic. Aaliyah died when in 2001 when she was 22 years old. When she was 15 she married a then 27-year old Kelly, but her parents had the marriage annulled. Disney Star Zendaya Coleman will be playing Aaliyah in the movie. There have been whispers that the 17-year old Coleman may be replaced because of she doesn't resemble Aaliyah. The critics say Coleman's complexion is too light, but that's not coming from the Lifetime reps. Lifetime is also doing a movie on the late Whitney Houston starring Actress/Model Ya Ya DeCosta as Houston and directed by Angela Bassett.
So what’s next for Comedian/Actor Kevin Hart after the success of his latest movie? A film called The Wedding Ringer is Hart's next project. It's slated to hit theatres in January. Hart is also working on a new season of his BET comedy series The Real Husbands Of Hollywood. His current hit, Think Like A Man Too, came in number one at the box office with over $30 million.
Speaking of Think Like A Man Too, the ladies and men of the cast are part of a dual cover issue of Essence magazine after hitting # 1 at the box office. Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson and LaLa Anthony look amazing. The ladies are a riot in this sequel to the movie based on Comedian Steve Harvey's bestselling book. The men of the movie Michael Ealy, Terrence J, Kevin Hart, Romany Malco and Producer Will Packer are on the second cover of Essence. While Packer is enjoying his success with his movies, he is also being sued by his former business associate who helped him start his film career. Bronner Brothers President Bernard Bronner (Upscale Magazine and Bronner Bros. Hair Care) filed the suit. Packer and his producing partner Rob Hardy say the suit is a result of dissolving their partnership with Bronner in the Rainforest film company. Packer says a majority stockholder vote is what happened, and while they are all friends, the lawsuit is without merit.
ESPN magazine is celebrating their annual Body Issue featuring a nude Venus Williams. The 34-year old tennis sensation bares all in more ways than one. Williams talks about her career and her road back to good health after battling the incurable muscle soreness disease Sjogren's syndrome. Also featured in the Body Issue: the WNBA's Angel McCoughtry, the NFL's Larry Fitzgerald and Boxer Bernard Hopkins.
Despite low ratings and no buzz, the old crew is coming back to American Idol. Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban will be back in the judges' chairs with returning Host Ryan Seacrest. Season 14 of American Idol kicks off in January. The show will be shortened from 50 hours to 37 hours.
Congratulations to Steve Harvey. He was a big winner at the Daytime Emmy Awards. He won Best Game Show Host for Family Feud and Best Talk Show for The Steve Harvey Show.
Singer Bobby Brown is in the food business. Brown has started a food line that includes his signature Barbeque sauces. You gotta check out his food website: bobbybrownfoods.com. Who knew he could cook?!! The food looks good.
Robin Thicke is not giving up on his wife Actress Paula Patton. He is trying to save their marriage with a plan to name his newest album Paula. Thicke says he will do anything to get Patton back after his cheating scandal.
Get ready for a reunion of the 80’s hit TV sitcom A Different World. Oprah has most of the original cast for a future episode of Where Are They Now on OWN. A Different World Producer/Director Debbie Allen was instrumental in helping Winfrey with the reunion. That's because Allen is trying to bring the show back to TV. Allen says while she has the support of the show's original Creator and Co-Owner, Bill Cosby, she's still trying to get a network on board. The ground-breaking sitcom about life at a (fictional) historically black college was a spinoff of The Cosby Show, and was a top-five ratings hit for the majority of its run on NBC from 1987-1992.
We remember Jazz Pianist Horace Silver. Known best for his innovations in jazz music's hard bop, Silver combined gospel, blues and Latin rhythms into his compositions and performances. He's best remembered for the songs Senor Blues, Nica's Dream and Song For My Father. Horace Silver was 85-years old.
Character Actor Eli Wallace has died. Younger generations will remember his performance in The Godfather III in 1990. In the 60's, Wallace starred as “Calvera” in the legendary film The Magnificent Seven, and he and Clint Eastwood made cinematic history in the spaghetti western genre when Wallace played “Tuco” in The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. Wallace was 98-years old.
Actor/Producer/Director/Singer Herb Jeffries has died. A pioneer in the black cinema, Jeffries made a string of cowboy films in the late 1930's when the genre was all but off limits to African Americans. He then went back to an original love: music. Jeffries recorded with Earl Hines and Duke Ellington before establishing himself as a solo artist. Jeffries continued singing and performing into his 90's. Herb Jeffries, “The Bronze Buckaroo,” was 100-years old.
Damon Wayans, Jr. is making his mark. His first big screen lead will be in the movie Let’s Be Cops, which opens in theatres August 13th.
Halle Berry will star in Extant, a sci-fi series produced by Steven Spielberg. Extant premieres July 9th on CBS. First Daughter Malia Obama recently got her first job as a production assistant on the set of the CBS drama. On the TV series Extant, Halle Berry plays an astronaut who becomes pregnant by aliens.
Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o is gracing the cover of Vogue.
Tamar Braxton is the cover girl for Upscale magazine.
The Johnsons are gracing the latest issue of Ebony magazine. Cookie and Magic Johnson talk about the trials, tribulations and triumphs they’ve faced during their 23-year marriage.
The very last print issue of Jet magazine is a commemorative of 68 years of publishing. The cover is a collage of the biggest news and entertainment stories Jet magazine has brought to the public. Jet will continue in its new digital version. The new Jet will be available for tablets and mobile devices and published once a week with updates daily beginning this month.
The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge are the latest editions to this season's Essence Of Entertainment lineup at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Saturday, August 30th. Mary Mary will be there August 1st. The Whispers are celebrating their 50th , and so will I, on Sunday, August 3rd. There's also WDAS' own Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show, Al Jarreau, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton and Babyface are just a few of the stars now added to the summer 2014 season. Everything kicks off Thursday, July 10th with The O’Jays and Will Downing. Will is also back with a new project called Euphoria. His stop at the Dell is part of his summer tour promoting the CD. Some of the artists scheduled to perform at the Dell include Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Dru Hill, The Bar-Kays, Lakeside, L.T.D., Lenny Williams, The Average White Band and Larry Graham & Graham Central Station on The Masters Of Funk show. Keep it here as we announce more acts coming to the Dell….yes, we will have more to announce!
July 10 at 8 pm The O’Jays, Will Downing and Chrisette Michelle
July 17 @ 8pm Babyface, Anthony Hamilton & Robert Glasper
July 24 at 8 pm Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, New Birth & Bloodstone
July 31 at 7:30 pm Fantasia, Dru Hill, Lyfe Jennings & Sebastian Mikael
August 1st at 8pm Mary Mary
August 3rd The 50/50 Show starring The Whispers
August 7th at 7pm Mimi Brown's 35th Anniversary Show Starring Ledisi, Eric Benet & Mint Condition
August 14th- Brian McKnight & Angie Stone
August 21st at 8pm Al Jarreau & David Sanborn
August 28 at 7 pm Funkfest with The Average White Band, Larry Graham & Graham
Central Station, LTD, Lakeside, The Bar-kays & Lenny Williams
August 30th- The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge
The Made In America music festival is returning to Philadelphia on Labor Day Weekend, August 30th and 31st, with newlywed Kanye West, Pharrell, Kings of Leon and J Cole, to name a few. There's also an L.A. Made In America in the works. Plus, the documentary about the first Made In America concert is available now on DVD. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 2014 Made In America will take place on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and tickets are on sale now.
On August 1st, Get On Up, the life story of James Brown, opens in theaters. Get On Up stars Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott.
Wesley Snipes is back on the big screen with the movie Expendables III with Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren. The movie opens in theatres August 1st.
The Wawa Welcome America festivities will feature Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. The Roots will serve as the house band once again. It’s a free event Friday, July 4th on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Maxwell is going on a 37-city summer tour. He is coming to the area Wednesday, July 16th at the Sands Bethlehem Center Casino in Bethlehem, PA.
Kindred The Family Soul is back with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.
Saturday, July 12th - The Biggest All White Indoor/Outdoor Affair of The Summer starring Chubb Rock, Kindred The Family Soul,Special Ed, Kwame, Dana Dane and Christopher Williams. Music by DJ Gary O and I'm hosting at Campbell's Field in Camden, NJ. For tickets and information 609-352-7161.
Sunday, August 10th, 2014 - The Unity Day Crabfeast at Mermaid Lake, 1002 Jolly Road in Blue Bell, Pa. DJ Gary O, Corey DST with special guest Boxer Bernard Hopkins. For tickets call Tracey Wyatte at 215-280-7249 and for more info Ron Curtis at 267-446-1267.
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Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, June 28th – New Edition and Joe in concert at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
July 2nd-6th - The Jackson Brothers are coming to Caesars Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.
Sunday, July 5th- Jay Z and Beyonce in concert at Citizens Bank Park.
Wednesday, July 16th - Maxwell in concert at the Sands Bethlehem Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Wednesday, July 23rd - Lionel Richie and Cee Lo Green at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
Sunday, August 3rd – Lionel Richie at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
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