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Good news for Steve Harvey. His talk show, which airs locally at 2pm on NBC-10, has been renewed for a second season and Steve won the award for Favorite New Talk Show Host. He also re-upped with Clear Channel Broadcasting for five more years for his radio show.
Janet Jackson is planning her spring wedding to Wissam Al Mina, the billionaire and one of the richest investors in the Middle East. Jackson is 46 and Wissam is 37. This will be Jackson's third
marriage, and there won't be a pre-nup. If it doesn’t work out, she will get $500 million in a divorce agreement. Jackson stands to gain even if the marriage doesn’t work out. She doesn't have to worry
about marriage..... just her family. Since her brothers have given up their fight against the Michael Jackson estate, they will now turn to her for money because she will be the richest Jackson.
In addition to her hosting duties on American Idol, Nicki Minaj is expanding her empire. Minaj will be launching a clothing line with K-Mart later this year. The line will feature apparel and accessories.
Filming starts this week on a new Tyler Perry-Madea movie. A Madea Christmas could be in theaters for this coming Christmas holiday season.
Speaking of Tyler, just in time for the Easter holiday 2013, it’s his latest big screen project. Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor stars Jurnee Smollett Bell, Lance Gross, Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Kim Kardashian. The movie opens March 29th. Perry also two new shows debuting on OWN. It's part of his exclusive deal with Oprah Winfrey's cable network. The Haves And Have Nots is a
drama about a family and their housekeeper and Love Thy Neighbor is a sitcom set in a diner.
Congrats to Actor Don Cheadle (Rosewood, Devil In A Blue Dress, Hotel Rwanda). He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor In A Comedy Series for the Showtime cable series House Of Lies.
R.I.P. to Actor Conrad Bain. Bain, 89, was best known for his work on the 80’s TV classic Diff'rent Strokes. He played the character “Philip Drummond,” who was the TV dad to Dana Plato (“Kimberly”) and the adoptive TV dad of Gary Coleman (“Arnold”) and Todd Bridges (“Willis”). The child cast was plagued with personal, financial and legal problems during and after the show. Plato died in 1999 of a drug overdose, and Coleman died in 2010 after a fall and head injury at his home. When asked about Bain's death, Bridges, the last surviving member of the original child cast, said Bain was the glue
of the show and a supportive father figure both on and off the set. Before Diff'rent Strokes, Bain played “Dr. Arthur Harmon” on the 70's TV hit Maude with Golden Girls Bea Arthur (“Maude”) and Rue
McClanahan (“Vivian”) and Good Times' Esther Rolle (“Florida”). Bain would have turned 90 on February 4th , and he leaves behind three sons, one daughter and his twin brother, who once appeared on Maude with him.
Guess who's back together and who wants to get back together? Let's start at the top: Shaquille O'Neal and Reality Star Hoopz. Last year, they had a major fight, and she insulted his manhood. It looked like they were done, but the two were recently spotted vacationing together. I guess love prevails.
Next, like Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway sang, It’s Back Together Again, this time for Kobe and Vanessa Bryant. The Bryants have called off their divorce. Kobe must be breathing a sigh of relief since he didn’t make Vanessa sign a pre-nup. The Bryants have been married since 2001. They have survived a lot, including Kobe getting arrested for rape in 2003 and rumors of his constant cheating. The couple filed for divorce in December 2011, but the couple have decided to work out their problems for the sake of their two daughters. Will the Bryant brood be expanding now that they have reconciled?
Which brings us to who is trying to get back. It's Tiger Woods! Published reports say he wants his ex Elin back as his wife. Tiger and Elin have a son and daughter. They divorced in 2010 after an embarrassing cheating scandal that almost cost Tiger his career and included allegations of Elin attacking him with a golf club and Tiger crashing his car to escape. This was followed by press conference after press conference with woman after woman claiming to have had affairs with Tiger. Elin got a hefty divorce settlement and has done her share of dating. Reports say Tiger is banking on her accepting a new pre-nup offer of between $200-$250 million if they remarry and he cheats again. Will Tiger get his Mrs. back?
Dr. Conrad Murray has lost an appeal to get out of jail. Murray was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray wanted to be released early so can live with his girlfriend and
mother of his youngest child. Murray has seven children by five different women. A judge ruled he would be a flight risk and said Murray would have to remain in jail. Murray has been trying to get out of prison citing concerns for his health.
Is the marriage between Ahmad Rashad and Sale Johnson falling apart? Rashad is the sportscaster and ex-husband of The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad. Johnson is the billionaire ex-wife of Jets Owner Woody Johnson. According to published reports, Rashad won’t stop chasing women with his sports buddies like Michael Jordan. Johnson made Rashad sign an iron clad prenup, so he may be left out of her money. Rashad has been married four times and has five children.
Congrats to former WDAS intern and NBC’s Tamron Hall. Hall is the host of News Nation, plus she is a national correspondent for The Today Show and she anchors on MSNBC. Hall is getting a new show called Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall. It’s a 13-part series that will start airing in the fall on the Investigation Discovery Channel.
Longtime ESPN Sports Anchor Stuart Scott is battling cancer again. The 47-year old Scott was first diagnosed in 2007 then again in 2011. He tweeted to his supporters that he'll continue to fight and continue to work. Scott thanked the fans for their prayers.
Singer Keith Sweat is now an author. Sweat, the host of WDAS' overnight show The Sweat Hotel, has a new book coming out on February 12th called Make It Last Forever: The Do’s And Don’t's Of Relationships. So what makes Sweat an expert? He says he’s had girlfriends, been married, been divorced, he’s cheated, been cheated on, been in love and had true love. He says he has seen it all and wants to help others in their relationships.
Dr. Ian Smith is back with another weight loss book. Smith, the author of the Fat Smash Diet and 50 Million Pound Challenge, is back with Shred: The Revolutionary Diet. Dr. Smith says in six weeks you can lose 4 inches and go down two dress sizes. He says his plan will not leave you hungry.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards take place Sunday, February 24th. The Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln is leading the nominations with Best Director Spielberg, Best Actor Daniel Day Lewis and Best
Picture. Also up for awards: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, Denzel Washington got a nod for Flight and Quvenzhane Wallis. At age nine, Wallis is the youngest Best Actress
nominee and youngest African American nominee ever.
Why did Britney Spears walk away from her $15 million judging job on The X-Factor? Sources say Spears wanted more money, but also knew producers were not happy with her. So, she decided to quit. L.A. Reid is also out. Who will replace them on the show?
Get ready for the return of the Braxton Family Values. Season three kicks off in March on WE TV.
Robin Roberts bone marrow recovery is going better than expected, and she says she will be returning to Good Morning America next month. It'll be on a trial basis so her doctors can determine how the work load is affecting her. Roberts has been on medical leave since late August.
Mike Tyson is coming to Law & Order: SUV. Tyson is no stranger to acting. The former heavyweight champ appeared in the The Hangover and its sequel. Now he'll play a death row murderer on SVU.
The new season for Dancing With The Stars kicks off March 18th.
Morris Chestnut will be teaming up with Oscar Winner Halle Berry in the thriller The Call. Jennifer Hudson's fiance David Otunga is also featured in the movie. The Call opens March 15th
The Lifetime movie Betty And Coretta starring Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett will air on the Lifetime network on Saturday, February 2nd. Blige will play Dr. Betty Shabazz and Bassett will play Coretta Scott King. The movie will follow the lives of the famous widows of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lifetime is rolling out a lot of movies in February: There's Toni Braxton and Mykelti Williamson in Twist Of Fate airing Saturday, February 9th. Then Saturday, February 16th Pastor Brown starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Ernie Hudson, Tisha Martin Campbell, Nicole Ari Parker and Rockmond Dunbar.
Keven Parker is at The Redding Terminal in Center City. The Keven Parker Soul Food Cafe is located on the 12th Street side where the old Delilah's was. Parker brings his same legendary culinary skills to the Redding Terminal.
Congrats to News Anchor TJ Holmes. He and his wife Marilee are the proud parents of a baby girl. Holmes was most recently the host of the BET show Don’t Sleep. That show was mysteriously pulled from the lineup, and Holmes was last seen subbing on MSNBC.
Speaking of the BET network, they have a hit on their hands with my “nephew” Kevin Hart and The Real Husbands Of Hollywood. The show is hilarious It airs on BET Tuesdays nights at 10pm and also features Boris Kodjoe, JB Smoove, Nick Cannon and Robin Thicke. The two airings on its premiere night brought in 6.5 million viewers. That makes The Real Husbands the highest rated premiere on cable this season. Go nephew! The premiere on Second Generation Wayans, airing 10:30pm on Tuesdays, was also good news for BET bringing in over three million viewers.
Uncle Ted is back and the news is good. Back in 2011, Ted Williams made headlines as the homeless man with the golden voice. His story was touching. The media was fascinated with his struggle to get back on his feet, reunite with his family and battle his on going addiction. Williams was homeless for 17 years, and it has not been easy for him. Williams has landed a job and launched a foundation to combat
homelessness. The Ted Williams Project provides sheets, towels, blankets and other necessities to shelters in need.
Super Producer Teddy Riley is having problems with his family. This time, he is his suing his 20-year year daughter Taja for copyright infringement. She says he is trying to block her singing career with
her sisters. Three years ago, Riley got into a physical fight with his daughters and was arrested when cops thought he had a gun.
Cissy Houston will be sitting down with Oprah Winfrey as she marks the one year anniversary of the death of her daughter Whitney Houston. Cissy will be talking about her new book, which details the life she had with Whitney. Cissy will be Oprah's guest on Next Chapter in early February.
In more OWN news, the next few months will see Actress/Comedienne Kim Whitley debuting her new show about raising a baby. In late May, Tyler Perry will be debuting his new shows (The Haves And Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor) for the network.
Actor Ving Rhames has joined the cast of the medical drama Monday Mornings. The show is produced by David E. Kelly (Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, Pickett Fences) and CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Monday Mornings debuts February 4th on the TNT cable network.
At the movies this week, it's Broken City. I had a chance to talk to the film's star Mark Wahlberg and Director Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, The Book Of Eli). The movie also stars Russell Crowe and
Catherine Zeta Jones, and is about an ex-cop with a scandalous past hired by the mayor to spy on his wife.
Tami Roman, David Keith, Ella Joyce and Elise Neal will be starring in the TV One show Belle's. The show about a family running a soul food business, and it debuts February 1st.
The 2013 Essence Music Festival is happening July 4-7 in New Orleans. Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, New Edition, Brandy, LL Cool J, Mint Condition,“Uncle Charlie” Wilson and Maxwell are schedule to
perform this year.
Speaking of Maxwell, he is hard at work on his fifth CD. He plans on releasing the second installment of his Black Summers Night trilogy series later this year. Last summer, he had to cancel his tour when he suffered vocal swelling and hemorrhaging.
Boyz II Men is setting up shop in Las Vegas. Starting in March, they will be doing a series of weekend concerts for the rest of the year at the Mirage Casino. The Philadelphia natives just celebrated their 20th year as a group.
Iyanla Van Zant is on the cover of the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Ebony magazine is celebrating Black Love with a triple cover featuring Meagan Good (Deception) & her husband Film Exec DeVon Franklin, Bishop TD Jakes & his wife Serita and Tiny & T.I.
Singer Chaka Khan is the cover girl for Jet magazine. The 60-year old superstar talks about losing weight on a liquid diet and celebrating 40 years in the music business.
Get ready for Beyonce in the new year: She’s performing halftime at the Superbowl; she’s producing a documentary about her life that will air on HBO February 16th; and she has just signed on as the new spokesperson for Pepsi. The $50 million Pepsi deal was announced this week and includes Beyonce's
picture on Pepsi cans with the soda giant sponsoring all her major events. She’s also going to be the cover girl for the March issue of Vogue magazine and for the new issue of GQ magazine. Plus, she’ll
be singing the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration. Four years ago, Beyonce sang Etta James' At Last for The President and First Lady Michelle Obama at the inaugural ball. Beyonce is also
reuniting with Destiny's Child. They have a new project coming out on the 29th called Love Songs. Group Members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will also reunite with Beyonce at the Superbowl halftime show.
Wendy Williams is releasing a new book of advice called Ask Wendy. The book comes out May 7th.
R Kelly has recorded a song for the survivors of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. The song, I Know You Are Hurting, features choirs of children and adults.
Actress Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) will be taking a job on Public TV for the show Afro Pop. The show bills itself as the ultimate cultural exchange.
Halle Berry, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Bishop TD Jakes are going to be honored at the 2013 BET Honors. Gabrielle Union returns as host, and the show airs on BET February 11th. Performers include Ledisi, Alicia Keys, Brandy, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, The S.O.S. Band and Erykah Badu.
On Monday, March 18th, Latin Singing Sensation Shakira will join the lineup of NBC's singing
reality show The Voice along with Usher. They'll join Judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Usher will also be starring in the movie Hands Of Stone, about the life of Boxing Great Sugar Ray Leonard.
Arsenio Hall's return to late night TV is slated for September 9th, 2013.
Some of your favorite movies are coming out on DVD soon:
In February: Tyler Perry in Alex Cross and Omari Hardwick in Middle Of Nowhere;
In March: Denzel Washington in Flight;
Slated for April is Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained;
Get ready for the Motown Musical about the life of Music Icon Berry Gordy. The musical details how he went from being a boxer to a music mogul. The Motown musical debuts March 11th.
Season two of the NBC show Smash kicks off Tuesday, February 5th. The new season will feature Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
What's ahead for Jamie Foxx in 2013? After the success of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, he’s going to play the President Of The United States in the movie White House Down with Channing Tatum and Garcelle Beauvais, and he is set to play the villain “Electro” in The Amazing Spiderman II movie.
Look for Denzel Washington to return to Broadway in the spring of 2014. I hear it could be in a revival of A Raisin In The Sun.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are happening February 10th on CBS. Nominees include Melanie Fiona, Frank Ocean, Anthony Hamilton, R Kelly, Miguel, Rihanna, Dave Koz, Estelle, Usher, Anita
Baker, SWV, Tamia, Beyonce, Tyrese and John Legend.
The 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO May 18th. This year's inductees include Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Heart, Rush, and special honors going to Quincy Jones and Producer Lou Adler. Summer, whose induction her fans had long called for, died in May from lung cancer.
The 44th Annual NAACP Image Award nominees have also been announced. The movies Flight, Django Unchained, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Red Tails and Good Deeds have all been nominated for Best Picture. Steve Harvey's wildly successful Think Like A Man got only one nomination for Best Supporting Actress: Taraji P. Henson. Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington got nominations as well as the reality show X-Factor. The hit ABC drama Scandal got nominations as well as the Lifetime TV movie Steel Magnolias with Queen Latifah and Jill Scott. Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars led the way with the music nominations. Locally, Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw got a nomination for Best Jazz Album for his latest CD Bone Appetit. Local Author Jim Smith, Jr. (Mr. Energy) got a literature nod for his book The No Excuse Guide To Success No Matter What Your Boss Or Life Throws At You. The NAACP Image Awards air February 1st on NBC.
When the TV One music series Unsung returns January 23rd beginning with Isaac Hayes. Look for profiles on:
Midnight Star - Jan. 30th;
EPMD - Feb. 6th;
Lou Rawls - Feb 13th;
Special 2-Hour Disco Tribute featuring Donna Summer - Feb. 20th;
Eddie Kendricks - Feb. 27th;
The Whispers - March 6th;
Mint Condition - March 13th;
Johnny Gill - March 20th
Get ready for the Smiths! Will Smith reunites with his son Jaden on the big screen for the M. Night Shyamalan movie After Earth. The movie opens in theaters next June.
The UNCF Evening Of Stars will air on BET January 27th and will hosted by Anthony Anderson. Chaka Khan, Wayne Brady, Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Charlie Wilson will
also be appearing. Speaking of “Uncle Charlie,” his new CD, Love Charlie, arrives in stores January 29th.
After 30 years, Actress Cicely Tyson is returning to Broadway. She makes her return next April in the production The Trip To Bountiful. Tyson plays an elderly woman who returns to her small Texas town. Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. have also been added to the cast.
Actress Regina King is going to be all over your TV in 2013. Season five of her TNT drama Southland returns February 13th, and she is joining the cast of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Kimora Lee Simmons has a new show launching on the Style network on January 22nd
called Kimora's House Of Fab.
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 from January 25th until June 22nd, and it features over 30 of the Supremes' most glamorous gowns. The African American Museum is located at 7th and Arch Streets.
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Are we respecting our elders? A kid is disrespecting the current steady of his Reality Star Parent. Using homophobic language on twitter no less. Will this problem get worse if the steady becomes his
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, January 19th- Eric Benet at Harrah's in Atlantic City.
This Saturday, January 19th- The Real All-Stars of Hip Hop starring Salt 'N Pepa, DMX, Digital Underground, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe D and Black Sheep at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For more info ticketmaster.com
This Sunday, January 20th- Superstars Of The 70’s Soul Jam starring The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites, The Emotions, Cuba Gooding, Sr. & The Main Ingredient, Peaches & Herb and Harold Melvin's Bluenotes at The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. For more info ticketmaster.com
Wednesday, January 23rd – Odunde 365 presents My Story, an event where influential and powerful people of Philadelphia share their stories of success. Bruce Crawley will moderate and panelists include C.E.O.'s Rahim Islam (Universal Companies) and Ahmeenah Young (PA Convention Center). It all takes place 5pm-9pm at The African American Museum, 7th and Arch Streets and for more information call 215-732-8510.
February 9th- Bobby Brown at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
February 14th- Valentine's Day Concert with 112 at the House of Blues in Atlantic
February 19th -24th - The stage play My Brother Marvin: The Life Story Of Marvin Gaye
starring Singer Keith Washington, Lynne Whitfield and Clifton Powell at the Merriam Theatre on Broad Street, between Spruce and Locust. For more information 215-893-1999.
Saturday, February 16th- The Royal Comedy Tour starring Sommore, Tony Rock, Bruce Bruce, DL Hughley at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, April 13th- Alicia Keys & Miguel in concert at The Mark G. Etess Arena, Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
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.