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I have to begin with the loss of a dear friend, radio colleague and brother E. Steven Collins. E. passed away this past week from an apparent heart attack. His radio career spanned four decades as an on-air talent, journalist, community activist, radio executive,
co-founder of WDAS' Unity Day and record-breaking sales manager, just to name a few of the hats he wore. E. was at his best reaching out to the community and mentoring young people. He participated in marches, protests and every kind of social movement for the betterment of the community and promise of equality. E. also supported countless organizations like The Urban League, Father's Day Rally Committee, The NAACP, Men United and The Ivy Legacy Chapter of The A.K.A.'s Philly's Men Are Cooking, just to name a few. E. used the airwaves to
inform his listeners whether the topic be voting rights, education, healthcare, workers rights or showcasing youth and their positive achievements. He was a most popular figure throughout his native Philadelphia. That popularity even took E. to television as a sought after political and social commentator for MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and FOX 29 News. Many remember E.'s Philadelphia affiliate hosting duties of The Lou Rawls Parade Of Stars -UNCF Telethons. E.'s radio career was the center of it all, and it spanned Temple University's RTI station right though his tenure at Radio One. E. spent the majority of his career here at WDAS, but all of his collective radio family will never forget him.
Reverend Henry Wells was known in the Philadelphia community as a long time advocate in the fight against drugs. After he got clean from drug abuse himself, Reverend Wells used his organization, One Day At A Time, to help others struggling with addiction. Wells garnered nationwide coverage with his infamous casket marches to illustrate the dangers of drugs and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 18th at Deliverance Church, 20th and Lehigh at 11am. Reverend Wells was 83-years old.
Legendary Producer/Songwriter/Arranger/Musician Bobby Martin has passed away.
He's best know for his incredible arrangements of many Sound Of Philadelphia classics. Martin's music career stretched back to the 1950's with Bebop music. Martin, after being on the road and honing his musical skills, would eventually settle in Philadelphia. Martin is credited with being the first producer to record a newly named “Patti LaBelle.” He later hooked up with Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Producers Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. Martin was part of their music arranging team from their time as independent producers up through their founding of Philadelphia International Records. Martin arranged for Jerry Butler (Only The Strong Survive, Hey, Western Union Man), The O'Jays (Love Train, For The Love Of Money), Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes (If You Don't Know Me By Now, The Love I Lost), Lou Rawls (You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine), Billy Paul (Me & Mrs. Jones), The Jacksons (Enjoy Yourself, Show You The Way To Go) and MFSB & The Three Degrees (TSOP, When Will I
See You Again), just to name a few. Martin would go on to become a Grammy-winning producer/arranger for The Manhattans (It Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad, Kiss & Say Goodbye), L.T.D. with Jeffrey Osborne (Back In Love Again, Concentrate On You, We Both Deserve Each Other's Love) and Tavares (Never Had A Love Like This Before). Martin died after a brief illness at age 83.
Can Dr. Phil help Rapper DMX? Iyanla Van Zandt tried with her show Fix My Life, but DMX turned his back on her and treated her with much disrespect. Now Dr. Phil is stepping in to save the troubled rapper. Last weekend, DMX was filmed running around naked in a Detroit hotel. DMX has a troubled past with the law, his family, children and drugs. Will the rapper be open to Dr. Phil's brand of help? Will DMX even realize he has a problem?
Even though she couldn't help DMX, can Iyanla Van Zandt help Football's Terrell Owens? Owens, who once played for the Eagles, Cowboys and 49ers, will be on Van Zandt's OWN reality show Iyanla: Fix My Life. They are currently filming segments. In recent years, Owens has made headlines for his relationships, babymommas and financial struggles.
Tennis Sensation Serena Williams will talk all day about her sports victories, but she won’t talk about her love life. Williams is involved with her married coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Over the weekend, Williams won her fifth U.S. Tennis Open title. She did a lot
of press and was asked about being involved with a married man. Ouch! In an interview with CBS’s Gayle King, Williams appeared stunned, said she doesn’t mix business with pleasure, and quickly went back to the last question. Williams has taken heat for her affair from other players on the tennis circuit as well.
Will Brandy's fiancé Ryan Press sign a prenup. Sources say this is the reason their engagement is still on going. They make a great couple, but the singer has been burned before. Brandy wants Press to sign on the dotted line to protect her money before she commits to marriage.
Why was Singer Dawn Robinson a no show on TV One's R&B Divas. Robinson is being sued by her ex-husband Andre Allen for slander. She talked about their family life on the show, and claims he beat her. Their marriage ended six years ago. In light of the lawsuit, Robinson was advised to skip participating in the reunion show. Wendy Williams hosted the reunion special, and it was explosive. People are still buzzing about Chante Moore's shocking comments about her ex-husband Singer Kenny Lattimore. She claims he won’t pay child support for their son.
Despite the recent anniversary of the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington, The King children continue to fight. Bernice, Martin III and Dexter are the three surviving of Martin and Coretta. The Kings are battling over their father's estate and legacy. The brothers are at odds with Bernice over leadership and direction.
Congrats to Singer Monica! She and her hubby NBA Baller Shannon Brown are the
proud parents of a baby girl Laiyah.
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.
Tamar Braxton and Baby Logan are the cover stars for the latest edition of Ebony magazine. Braxton new CD, Love And War, is topping the charts. In Ebony, she opens up about her battle with infertility, and she addresses those plastic surgery rumors. Braxton fesses up to only getting botox.
Actress Viola Davis is the cover girl for Essence magazine. Davis is one of the stars of the new movie Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard. Prisoners opens in theatres on September 20th.
Look for a lot of Oscar Buzz surrounding Lee Daniels' The Butler. The surprise summer blockbuster has already grossed over $100 million at the box office. It only cost $30 million dollars to make.
Remember the 70’s classic Superfly which starred Ron O’Neal and had the classic soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield? Well get ready for the musical starring Justin Guarini of American Idol fame.
Pop Star Bruno Mars will be the halftime entertainment for next year's Superbowl. The big game will air on FOX Sunday, February 2nd 2014 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Ben Jealous is stepping down president of the NAACP. Jealous, 40, is leaving his post at the end of the year. He led the NAACP for five years. Jealous says he wants more time with his wife and two kids ages 7 and 13 months.
NeNe Leakes' I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding debuts Tuesday, September 17th on Bravo. Leakes, the breakout star of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, stars in her own spinoff centering on her remarriage to her first husband Gregg.
Wedding bells will be ringing this weekend for Basketball Superstar Lebron James of the Miami Heat and his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson. It’s going to be a three-day extravaganza in San Diego. The couple have two children.
Wedding bells have already run for Actress Zoe Saldana. Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek, Columbiana) married Italian Artist Marco Perego in secret last June. The newlyweds are both 34, but have already known each other a long time.
Now speaking of marrying on the low, newlywed Kerry Washington's drama Scandal
returns for its third season October 3rd on ABC. Check her out on the latest edition of Glamour magazine. Washington, 36, has been keeping a low profile with her recent marriage to NFL Player Nnamdi Asomugha, 31. Many people are speculating that this union may just be a publicity stunt because no one has seen pictures of the two together.
Mary Mary is now under new management. The popular gospel duo is now being
repped by Kenneth Crear, who is known for his work with the Kardashian family. Mary Mary's former manager, Mitchell Solarek, says he revived the careers of Erica and Tina Campbell, and now he is suing them. Solarek was featured prominently in Mary Mary's reality show, which is gearing up for a third season on the WE network.
Comedian Arsenio Hall has returned to late night TV. His show airs locally weeknights at 11pm on MyPHL17. Ratings for the show have been great, and has picked up where he left off almost 20 years ago. Hall, who is three years shy of 60, doesn’t look like he’s aged a bit.
The new season for Dancing With The Stars kicks off Monday September 16th on ABC. Former The Talk Host/Actress Leah Remini, Singer Christina Milian, Disney's Corbin Bleu, Emmy-winning TV Legend Valerie Harper, who has been diagnosed as close to remission in her battle with terminal brain cancer, Snooki from Jersey Shore, former NFL Star
Keyshawn Johnson, Bill Nye-The Science Guy, Jack Osborne and Amber Riley from Glee are just a few of the contestants for the season.
Jay Z’s Made In America Philadelphia concert will be a Showtime special that will air October 11th on the cable network. Oscar-winning Director Ron Howard is behind the
Terry McMillan is back with a new book. Who Asked You? comes out September 17th.
Actor Laz Alonzo (Jumping The Broom) returns to the big screen September 20th
for the movie Battle of The Year.
Eddie Murphy is back to making music. Murphy has a new album on the way called 9. The Comedy and Acting Icon's first single from the CD is the Reggae-flavored Red Light with Snoop Lion, a.k.a. Rapper Snoop Dogg.
Singer Ruben Studdard is the newest member of TV's The Biggest Loser. 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's season premiere is October 8th on NBC.
Sunny Anderson of The Food Network is getting ready for the release of her new cookbook. The book, Sunny's Kitchen: Easy Food For Real Life, comes out September 17th.
Blair Underwood returns to TV in the remake of the classic detective drama
Ironside. The show debuts Wednesday, October 2nd on NBC.
Actor Chadwick Boseman will be playing James Brown in a new movie based on
the life of The Godfather of Soul. Boseman recently starred as Jackie Robinson in the movie 42, which grossed $95 million at the box office earlier this year. Legendary Rocker Mick Jagger is one of the producers for the project. James Brown had to be one of the most
influential entertainers of all time and his showmanship was outstanding. Brown influenced many of the top artists of all time including Michael Jackson, Prince, Justin Timberlake and Usher. Filming starts next month in Mississippi on the yet to be titled biopic of Soul Brother Number 1.
Toni Braxton re-teams with Babyface with the CD Love, Marriage and Divorce. The project is coming out December 3rd.
Kevin Hart's Real Husbands Of Hollywood TV parody returns to BET Tuesday,
October 15th at 10pm.
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 Queen Latifah daytime talk show debuts Monday, September 16th on CBS3 at 3pm.
September 16th is also the season premiere date for The Wendy Williams Show (season 5) and The Steve Harvey Talk Show (season 2).
The 76ers’ home opener is Wednesday, October 30th when they host the World Champion Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.
Earth, Wind & Fire return with a new CD entitled Now, Then, Forever. It's available now.
David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim with Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Taye Diggs, Dijmon Hounsou and Derek Luke, opens in theatres September 27th. I saw the movie in a preview screening and it’s a fun, romantic comedy.
The Best Man sequel, The Best Man Holiday, with Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Sanaa Lathan, opens in theatres November 15th.
October 5th – Rick Watson Presents The Stage Play My Husband John. The story is about John Whitehead of McFadden and Whitehead fame and his wife Elinor Whitehead. The play is happening at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce.
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?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is this Supercouple putting on a little show, and are we getting played? Some pictures show their marriage on the rocks, and next they're hand in hand. Publicity helps both their careers right now, so what's the real deal?
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, September 14th - Sinbad comedy show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
This Sunday, September 29th- Everybody Get Up starring Fred Hammond, United Tenors, Eric Roberson, Dave Hollister, Brian Courtney Wilson. Special Guest Reverend Alyn Waller of The Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. It takes place at The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce and for more info 215-893-1999 or Kimmelcenter.org
Saturday, September 21st - Lionel Richie in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
October 12th and 13th- Frankie Beverly & Maze and Kurtis Blow at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.
Friday, October 25th- John Legend & Tamar Braxton at The Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
Friday, October 25th- PowerHouse 13 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.
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
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