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Broadway and Screen Legend Ben Vereen is divorcing his wife of 36 years. Vereen married Nancy Bruner-Vereen in 1976, and he's citing irreconcilable differences. Published reports say the 65-year old Tony winner, best known for his work in the mini-series Roots, asked the court reject his wife's ability to collect spousal support.
Cedric The Entertainer will be hosting the Soul Train Awards, which will air on the BET and Centric networks on Sunday, November 25th. New Edition is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award. R Kelly has been nominated for Album Of The Year, and he's also up for the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter Of The Year Award. Other nominees include Usher, Estelle and John Legend.
What will the new season of American Idol be like with their new Judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and ol' mainstay Randy Jackson. There have already been reports of tension on the set after Minaj showed up 45 minutes late. Will a feud help the ratings? Is the
show dieing out? I've said before there are too many singing reality shows, and they are losing their luster. These celebrities are being paid millions to appear on these shows and the ratings remain flat. Look for Idol to push for tension between Minaj and Carey to keep interest in the show. Nobody pays attention to the talent anymore. Meanwhile, Usher and Latin Singing Sensation Shakira will be joining NBC’s The Voice next spring. They will be filling in for Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green, who are taking a break to concentrate on their careers.
This is not a good time for Singer Lauryn Hill. Hill faces a three-year jail term for not paying her taxes. Sentencing takes place in late November. The mother of six is also facing criticism from her exes. For years, Hill carried on an affair with Fugees Founder Wyclef Jean. He was (and still is) married to his wife Claudinette, but that didn’t stop him from having an affair with Hill. Jean is writing about it in his new book Purpose. He claims he thought he was the father of Hill's first child, but then was devastated when he realized the father was Rohan Marley. How can Jean be mad? He was married!!! Oh well. Jean claims this revelation destroyed his relationship with Hill and thus caused the end of The Fugees. Rohan Marley is also talking…. alluding to the fact that Hill's last child was by a spiritual adviser. Marley says the first five are his but not the sixth. Marley claims Hill did not want to get married to him because she wasn't ready. Plus, her stepping out on their relationship was not acceptable.... even though it is known he'd been fooling around with friends of Hill's family.
More embarrassing personal issues for Singer Fantasia. Antwaun Cook, the father of her second child, has admitted in court that he and Fantasia started their affair while he was still married to his wife Paula. Paula Cook is trying to sue Fantasia again in court. Paula is claiming that the singer broke up her marriage and is filing for alienation of affection. This is a law in North Carolina. In one infamous case, a woman won and got $30 million. Why is Antwaun admitting his cheating now? Is he in cahoots with his wife to get Fantasia's money (what little she has that is)? Antwaun and Fantasia have been on the outs ever since Fantasia's money got low. She has been touring to get money. Despite her strong voice, her recording career has taken a hit. In the first court ruling, Fantasia had to admit to a previous abortion and failed suicide attempt while she was with Antwaun. Fantasia's is doing her best to take care of her family. She and Antwaun became the parents of a beautiful baby boy, but he still decided to go back to his Paula and their two kids. Will Fantasia be able to get over Cook? Her affair with this married man has hurt her heart and her career.
Boxer Evander Holyfield is doing his best to stay out of jail and avoid contempt of court. Holyfield owes over half a million dollars in back child support to his various children.
Denzel Washington graces the latest edition of GQ magazine. Washington has two big projects on the horizon. His movie Flight, with Don Cheadle and John Goodman, opens in theatres in early November. Washington's second film is 2 Guns with Mark Wahlberg comes out next year. In a recent interview, Singer Al Green says if a movie were to be made about his life, he would love for Washington to play him on the big screen.
Oprah Winfrey shares the cover of Forbes magazine with fellow Billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates for The 400 Richest People In America issue. The Mighty O cracked Forbes top 200 as a media mogul.
Essence Cover Girl Jill Scott has a new TV movie coming to Lifetime. It's a remake of the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias. Scott stars along with Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard and Phylicia Rashad. The movie airs on Lifetime October 7th.
In more magazine reading, Actress Gabrielle Union is on the cover of this month’s Ebony magazine. Her new BET show is called Being Mary Jane. On the show, Union plays a news anchor balancing career and her personal life while looking for Mr. Right. Being Mary Jane is produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the husband and wife team behind The Game.
Rapper and Reality Star T.I. is on the cover of Jet magazine. T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle airs on Mondays at 9pm on VH1.
Singer Keyshia Cole is the cover girl for the latest edition of Hype magazine.
At the movies, Think Like A Man Star Michael Ealy returns to the big screen this Friday in the movie Unconditional. The movie is about two childhood friends who reunite after their lives take very different and tragic paths. Meanwhile, Ealy's hit movie, Think Like A Man, is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray.
When Actor Wesley Snipes comes out of jail next summer for tax evasion, he won’t have to worry about work. Snipes is being considered for a role in the movie Expendables III alongside Sylvester Stallone. The movie franchise about aging action stars has been a big hit in theatres.
Now that she is divorced from Chad Johnson (Ochocinco), can Evelyn Lozada move on with her life? Is she a better person now since she opened up about her anger issues on Iyanla Van Zandt's new show Iyanla: Fix My Life? Friends feel now that Johnson has signed the divorce papers and the marriage is over, Lozada can go on with her life and reality TV. As for Johnson....... that’s another story. His career is at an all time low. The domestic violence issue with Lozada will haunt him for a long time. It ruined his reality show and his sunk his football career. Can he recover from this? Maybe it’s time for him to sit down with Van Zandt. Speaking of Iyanla, her show debuted to strong ratings and strong buzz. The show airs on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network at 10pm on Saturday night right after Welcome To Sweetie Pie's. I said last year Oprah and Iyanla needed to get together because OWN needed another hit like Sweetie Pie's.
Venus and Serena Williams are not only the darlings of the tennis world but sports in general. But, don’t look for their support of a documentary based on their lives. The Williams Sisters let cameras follow them around for 20 months after agreeing to be a part of a documentary based on their lives and growing up. Well, the sisters didn’t like the way their father was portrayed in the final product. Richard Williams has always been seen as controlling and.....shall we say..... different. This apparently came across much too real in the documentary, and the sisters didn’t like it. Plus, there were the issues of Richard Williams out of wedlock children. In the end, The William Sisters decided they couldn’t support a project that would hurt their image and family.
Former BET Head and Founder Bob Johnson and Tracey Edmonds are joining forces for a faith-based YOUTUBE channel called Alright TV. The channel will showcase trendy topics, self help and entertainment.
TD Jakes is coming to BET. Bishop Jakes will be doing an inspirational show called TD Jakes Presents debuting in 2013. Meanwhile, Bishop Jakes' latest movie Woman Thou Art Loosed: The 7th Day is out on DVD. The movie stars Blair Underwood and Sharon Leal.
In more BET news, the new hosts of 106 & Park will be announced on the October 1st show when they will take over. Former 106 & Park Host Terrence J has already landed on his feet as the new co-host of E! News on the E! network. Terrence will join Giuliana Rancic, and he'll go by his formal name, Terrence Jenkins. He's been on a role acting wise too after landing roles in the Think Like A Man and Sparkle films. Terrence's former Co-host Rosci Diaz hasn't had it as good lately. The 28-year old had been dating Eddie Murphy. According to published reports, she became too clingy, almost stalkerish in her pursuit of the 50-year old Murphy. Rosci's looking to expand her career, and she was banking on Murphy to help her. The problem is Murphy doesn’t like possessive women.
Former CNN News Anchor TJ Holmes has a new late night talk show debuting on BET. The show Don’t Sleep debuts October 1st at 11pm.
Kevin Hart is currently filming episodes of his BET show Real Husbands Of Hollywood. Ten episodes have been ordered. Nelly, Nick Cannon, Robin Thicke, JB Smoove, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin and Faizon Love will all appear on the show.
Actress Jasmine Guy, who rose to fame playing “Whitley” on the TV sitcom A Different World, is having a difficult time with her ex-husband following their 2008 divorce. Guy is seeking back child support for their child. Guy says her ex, Terrence Mitchell Duckett, owes over $40,000 in back fees.
Major changes are coming to the CBS soap opera The Young And The Restless. Debbie Morgan is out! For years, she played “Angie” on ABC's All My Children and then joined Y&R. Genie Francis, who joined from ABC's General Hospital, is also leaving. Actor James Avery, who played “Uncle Phil” on The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, is joining Y&R, and Actor Eric Braeden, who plays “Victor Newman,” just signed a new long-term contract.
Get well wishes and prayers go out to Good Morning America News Anchor Robin Roberts. At press time, her bone marrow transplant was underway.
The BET Hip Hop Awards air on Tuesday, October 9th on BET. Mike Epps will be hosting. Kanye West leads the pack with 17 nominations.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live returned for its 38th season with some shakeups. The role of President Barack Obama is now being played by African American Comedian/Castmember Jay Pharoah. The role was previously played by non African American Castmember Fred Armisen. The show took a lot of criticism for that, and apparently it was finally heard. In more SNL shakeups Castmember Keenan Thompson, who has been with the show for years, is now playing a larger role on the show, including his impressions of Charles Barkley, Bill Cosby and WDAS Morning Man Steve Harvey.
Apollo Live is the Centric network's singing reality show, and it kicks off Saturday, December 1st. Comedian Tony Rock will be hosting and the judges include Gladys Knight, Michael Bivins, and Doug E Fresh.
Speaking of The Empress Of Soul, Gladys Knight is also part of the ensemble for one of the two sitcoms being produced by comedian Byron Allen. The sitcom The First Family is about an African American First Family in the White House. Christopher B. Duncan (The Jamie Foxx Show) and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) play the President and First Lady. Also starring are Gladys Knight, Marla Gibbs, Jackee Harry and John Witherspoon. The second Allen-produced show is Mr. Box Office with Bill Bellamy, Vivica A. Fox, Jon Lovitz and Keshia Knight Pulliam. Bellamy plays an A-List movie star who is sentenced to community service teaching at an underprivileged high school. The First Family and Mr. Box Office will have a two-hour premiere this Sunday beginning at 8pm on PHL17.
Speaking of Vivica Fox, she has a second show coming to the Lifetime network. Prank My Mom premieres October 9th at 10pm.
Vivian Green has a new CD Green Room coming out October 9th . She will be in concert October 7th with Mint Condition at the Keswick Theatre.
Tamar Braxton is planning to release a new album. Her first music venture in 12 years. Tamar has been the breakout star of the Braxton sisters. Her new reality show Tamar And Vince, with her promoter-husband, airs Thursdays at 10pm right after Braxton Family Values on the WE
On November 16th, Spike TV is doing a tribute special to Eddie Murphy celebrating his 30-year career. Eddie Murphy: One Night Only will feature his work in film, musical performances and sketch comedy.
Tyler Perry returns to the big screen October 19th in the movie Alex Cross. Perry recently canceled the second leg of his stage play Madea Gets A Job due to unauthorized promoters with
fake tickets and fake cast events. The bootlegging affecting so many aspects of the play, that Perry choose to ax the tour out of respect for his fans.
Motown Legend Martha Reeves wants a movie made about her life. The 71-year old Reeves started at the legendary Detroit music label as a secretary, then moved to back up singer and finally formed her own group, Martha & The Vandellas. The Vandellas were among Motown's most consistent hitmakers, but definitely saw their share of career highs and lows. Today, Reeves' career in politics is still going strong as a councilwoman in Detroit.
R Kelly says he is going back to being raunchy. Kelly is about to launch a new tour, and he says it’s gonna be one giant dating game. Look for Kelly and Tamia on Wednesday and Thursday, November 28th and 29th at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby. Kelly says his next CD, Black Panties, is coming out next year. Tamia's new CD is called Beautiful Surprise, which is also the name of her latest hit single.
The VHI reality show Hollywood Exes has been renewed for a second season. The show features the ex-wives of Eddie Murphy, Prince, Will Smith, R Kelly and new addition Daphne Wayans, the ex-wife of Keenen Ivory Wayans. Daphne and Keenen were married for four years and have five children.
Actor Malik Yoba has been added to the cast of the Lifetime movie Betty And Coretta. The movie is about the widows of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mary J. Blige will play Betty Shabazz. Angela Bassett will play Coretta Scott King, and Malik Yoba will play Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Actress Viola Davis has a new movie on the way. Won’t Back Down arrives in theatres September 28th.
The second season of the Shonda Rhimes TV drama Scandal kicks off Thursday, September 27th. The show stars Kerry Washington, Columbus Short and newest addition,
Actress Elise Neal.
Dr. Steve Perry's TV One show, Save My Son, debuts September 26th. Perry is an educator who rose to fame on CNN.
The Whitney Houston Estate is releasing a book about the late singer. Clive Davis, the legendary music mogul who discovered Houston, will contribute an essay about their relationship. Sister-in-law Pat Houston will also contribute an essay. The book will feature never before seen photos and additional tributes. Houston died in February after an accidental drowning in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel hours before she was to participate in Clive Davis' Grammy Party. Whitney: Tribute To An Icon comes out November 29th.
Miami Heat Star Dwyane Wade is getting ready to release his first book A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball. The book will detail his life from his days in Chicago to his rise as a basketball superstar. Wade says despite a nasty public divorce, his children are the two greatest gifts of his life.
Blair Underwood has just signed a production deal with Universal Television. This fall, Underwood heads to London for the stage revival of A Street Car Named Desire. The Stephen C. Byrd production stars Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker and Daphne Vega. The London production kicks off October 8th and runs until January.
It’s a new baby boy and a second season for Mary Mary. Tina Campbell recently gave birth to her son Santana. Tina and her sister Erica will return December 13th to the WE network for their reality series Mary Mary.
Singer Kem is getting ready for the holidays. He has a new CD, What Christmas Means, coming out in October.
Singer Anita Baker is back. Her CD, Only Forever, is coming out this fall featuring the first single Lately, a cover of the Tyrese song. Meanwhile, Baker will be singing on Dancing With The Stars October 9th. The all-star edition of Dancing With The Stars premieres September 24th on ABC. Some of the stars returning include Emmitt Smith, Pamela Anderson, Bristol Palin, and Kirstie Alley.
Singer Avant has a new CD, Face The Music, coming out this fall.
Jamie Foxx returns to the big screen this December in the Quentin Tarantino’s film Django. The movie, about a former slave turned bounty hunter trying to rescue his wife from slavery, also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. Foxx has also signed on for the movie White House Down with Channing Tatum. Foxx will play the President Of The United States, who is taken hostage in the White House.
Get ready for All The King’s Men. It’s a new tour with Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and Israel Houghton. They will be in Philly on Sunday, October 7th at the Liacouras Center.
Are you registered to vote? The last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania is October 9th. Election Day is November 6th. Make sure you are ready with your valid photo I.D.
On November 9th it’s the movie LUV. The film stars Common, Megan Good, Charles Dutton and Dennis Haysbert.
I'll be hosting the Praise Is The Cure Health Fair And Gospel Extravaganza Saturday, October 6th from 2p to 9:30p. Presented by Amerihealth Mercy Foundation and Keystone Mercy Health Plan. It all takes place at Mt. Airy Church Of God In Christ, 6401 Ogontz Avenue. For more information call 215-635-1025 or log onto praiseisthecure.org.
I am the Honorary Chair of the 2012 Kidney Walk in Philadelphia. I will be teaming up with the National Kidney Foundation, and on Sunday, October 7th, we will be at the Philadelphia Zoo for the walk. For more info go to Kidneywalk.org or call 215-923-8611 ext. 22. I'm doing this in
memory of Butter, who was on dialysis before he died earlier this year.
Monday, November 19th it’s the Marion Anderson Awards honoring Actor James Earl Jones.
Actor Terrence Howard is hosting, and the Philadelphia Orchestra is performing. Special guests for the evening include Actresses Phylicia Rashad and Viola Davis. For more info call 215-893-1999. The event is happening at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce.
Can you make a dish fresh from organic foods? You could win $1,000. For more info go to Phillysbestchefs.com. The deadline to submit is September 24th. There’s a big event happening Saturday, October 6th at The Enterprise Center, 46th and Market Streets.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This Reality/Sitcom/Media Personality seems to have the world on a string, but does she really want to give it all up.......for a talk show?!!!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, September 22nd - The Chester City Riverfront Ramble with Morris Day & The Time and Gospel's Tye Tribbett & G.A. at the Waterfront in Chester. The Mayor Of Chester is John Linder.
Friday, September 28th- Joe and K-Ci & JoJo at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
Friday, October 5th- Elle Varner at the TLA, 3rd and South.
Sunday, October 7th- Vivian Green and Mint Condition in concert at the Keswick Theatre.
October 23rd -November 4th – It's The Universoul Circus at 52nd & Parkside.
Thursday, October 25th- It’s the 90’s Throwback Show with SWV, 112, Jagged Edge and Ginuwine at the Tower Theatre, 69thStreet in Upper Darby.
Saturday, October 27th- John Legend at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Thursday, November 1st- John Legend at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Saturday, November 17th - Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam starring Gary Owens, Capone, Tony Roberts and Michael Blackson at the Academy Of Music, Broad and Spruce.
Wednesday & Thursday, November 28th & 29th- R Kelly and Tamia in concert at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
Friday, December 7th – Babyface in concert at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
Friday, December 7th- Keith Sweat at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Thursday, December 20th - Comedian Kevin Hart in concert at The Wells Fargo Center.