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Is Singer Mary J. Blige going broke? Blige is currently being sued by two banks for failed payments. Blige is always touring, so she has money coming in. Are her expenses out of control? In a recent statement addressing her financial issues, Blige stated all you can do is keep pushing. Her friends are worried about her. Blige works hard, but what is happening to her money. Is her husband Kendu Isaacs managing her career? Meanwhile, check out Mary on the cover of the latest issue of Vibe magazine.
When will the long awaited wedding take place between former Football Star and TV Personality Michael Strahan and the ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Nicole Murphy? Strahan and Murphy have been engaged for a while, but Strahan won’t get married until Murphy signs a prenup. Strahan has been married twice and both times he got burned in divorce. Strahan has undergone a super career makeover. When he became Kelly Ripa's new co-host of Live, Strahan's profile and finances changed for the better. His fortune is worth $35 million. Nicole divorced Eddie
Murphy in 2006. She got a $15 million payout, but she blew it with bad investments. Strahan loves Nicole, but he wants to protect his fortune. Plus, there's the issue of trust. Years ago, Strahan put a tracking device in Nicole's truck and he caught her cheating on him. Ouch! Men never forget!
Is Jesse Jackson Jr. going to jail? Jackson signed a plea deal regarding misuse of campaign funds. Three months ago, he resigned from Congress after going AWOL following his diagnosis of bi-polar disorder and gastro issues. Jr. has to repay the government hundreds of thousands of dollars. The former Congressman reportedly spent money on a $40,000 Rolex watch and travel expenses for a woman who was not his wife. He also purchased furniture for a home in D.C.. Jr.'s wife is also in trouble. Sandra Jackson reportedly misused campaign funds, and she stepped down from her position as a Chicago alderwoman. Sources say Jr. took the plea and will do jail time to spare his wife and the mother of his children the pain of going to jail.
Will Bobbi Kris take the advice of her grandmother Cissy Houston and seek psychiatric help? Bobbi Kris is at odds with her grandmother since Cissy wrote a book about Bobbi's mom Whitney Houston. Cissy says Bobbi Kris needs psychiatric help because she is still in mourning over her mother. Cissy needs the money, and that’s why she wrote a book about her relationship with her troubled daughter. When Whitney died, she left all her money to her daughter Bobbi Kris. At the rate Bobbi Kris is going, she is not trying to share her money with her grandmother.
What's in store for Essence magazine? Their Editor-In-Chief Constance White is out amid numerous layoffs at the legendary magazine. White was in her post at Essence for the past two years. For the past several years, the magazine has undergone several top changes in management and direction. Now with the layoffs, what does it mean for the future of Essence?
Muhammad Ali’s brother Rahman is claiming he has been cut off from his famous brother. Ali, 71, is battling Parkinson's disease, and he is being cared for by Lonnie, his wife of 26 years. Rahman claims he needs to see his brother who used to take care of him during Ali's days of fame and fortune. Rahman says when his brother passes, no one will get anything. Rahman says Lonnie makes money off of Ali's appearances and shuts everyone else out. Ali’s daughter Laila says her dad is doing well and everything is fine. Rahman feels left out. It’s probably because he needs money and can’t get it from his brother anymore.
What does the future hold for Allen Iverson? Is the former NBA superstar going broke since his recent divorce Tawanna Iverson. Iverson's gambling and drinking have been out of control for a while. At 37, he does have a financial plan. When he turns 45, he can withdraw from a savings account. Then, when he turns 55, he can tap into his NBA pension.
Is Ne-Yo coming to the FOX talent show The X-Factor? Ne-Yo is an award winning singer/songwriter/producer and actor. Word has it, he could be on tap to replace L.A. Reid.
Congrats to recent Grammy Winners Usher, Beyonce, Miguel and Mary Mary.
Speaking of Beyonce, she sits down with Oprah for Next Chapter this Saturday at 8pm on OWN. Then, Beyonce's documentary about her life and career, Life Is But A Dream, also debuts this Saturday at 9pm on HBO. She's also in the midst of her role as the new spokesperson for Pepsi Cola. The $50 million Pepsi deal includes Beyonce's picture on Pepsi cans with the soda giant sponsoring all her major events. She’s the cover girl for the March issue of Vogue and G.Q. magazines. Beyonce is also launching The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. She'll be in
Philly July 25th at the Wells Fargo Center and at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on July 26th.
In more Beyonce news, she has just confirmed her return to 2013 Essence Festival July 4th -7th. She'll take her Mrs. Carter show to New Orleans and the Essence main stage. This month's Essence coverguy, LL Cool J, is also on the bill along with Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, New Edition, Brandy, Mint Condition, Tamia, “Uncle Charlie” Wilson, Solange Knowles and Maxwell.
WDAS' Steve Harvey, who will also be at the Essence Festival, is coming to The Today Show. Harvey will be co-hosting the 8 and 9am hours on Monday, February 18th. In more Steve news, his Hoodie Awards now has a new name. It's now called The Neighborhood Awards and tickets are now on sale. The Neighborhood Awards are happening August 8th -11th in Las Vegas.
Friends of Singer Keyshia Cole are urging her to stop airing her personal business on social media. Cole is having marital problems with her husband Basketball Star Daniel Boobie Gibson, but she's not keeping a lid on it.
Fresh off her Superbowl appearance, Kelly Rowland is on a roll. She's wowing everyone with her good looks. Now, the former Destiny's Child member is teaming up with Actor Boris Kodjoe for a new edition of BET’s Rip The Runway.
Robin Roberts is set to return to Good Morning America on Wednesday, February 20th. Robert underwent a successful bone marrow transplant a few months ago, and she got cleared by her doctors to return to work.
We remember Jazz Great and Trumpeter Dr. Donald Byrd. Byrd died on the February 4th at the age of 80. He had some great solo hits including Places And Spaces and Dominoes. Byrd's album, Black Byrd, held a long time record as Blue Note Records' biggest selling album. He was also a teacher of music holding professorships at Rutgers, Hampton University, New York University, Howard, Cornell University and Delaware State. Byrd took those teaching skills and formed the group The Blackbyrds in 1973 with some of his best protegees from his Howard University teaching days. The Blackbyrds had the hits Walking In Rhythm, Happy Music, Soft & Easy and Rock Creek Park. Byrd
worked with legends ranging from John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey and even hired an up and coming keyboardist named Herbie Hancock. Byrd's career spanned six decades across pop, jazz and R&B spectrum.
We also remember world renowned Conductor/Educator James DePriest, who died from complications of a heart attack suffered last spring. The Philly-born music trailblazer was the nephew of Marian Anderson. Despite contracting polio, DePriest's international career placed him as a first among African American classical music arrangers and conductors. President George W. Bush awarded him the National Medal Of Arts in 2005. Two of DePriest's best known career highs are: conducting The Oregon Symphony Orchestra for 23 years, and, at the request of his high school friend Bill Cosby, arranging and conducting the fifth season classical theme music to The Cosby Show. DePriest was 76.
As she celebrates 40 years in the music business, Chaka Khan is coming out with a line of chocolates and candles. All proceeds will benefit The Chaka Khan Foundation which supports women and children in crisis. The legendary songstress turns 60 next month.
Phylicia Rashad's new NBC-TV drama Do No Harm has been cancelled after three shows.
Congrats to Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick! He just signed a one-year $10 million deal with the Eagles.
Singer Tyrese and Reverend Run of Run DMC and MTV's Run's House have teamed up to write a book called Manology. The book is about relationships what makes them work and what makes them fail. The book is geared towards women. The book Manology is a guide to regaining relationship confidence and weeding out cheaters.
Actor Blair Underwood is coming back to TV. Underwood is filming a pilot based on the old school, TV classic Ironside. After he wrapped his 50's classic Perry Mason, Actor Raymond Burr made a comeback with the popular police drama as “Chief Robert Ironside.” from 1967-1975. Quincy Jones did the theme song for the original show. Burr played a veteran detective confined to a wheelchair after being shot by a sniper. Underwood will recreate that role.
The NBA All-Star Weekend is set for the February 17th in Houston, Texas. Alicia Keys is performing at halftime. John Legend is singing the national anthem.
Scandal Star and three-time NAACP Image Award Winner Kerry Washington is the cover girl for the latest edition of Ebony magazine.
The BET Awards has now turned into the BET Experience. The show airs June 30th on BET with special guests Beyonce, New Edition, R Kelly, Miguel, The Jacksons, Snoop Dog and many more.
Tamar Braxton has a hot show on BET's Centric channel called The Culture List. I love this show! It’s the perfect blend of entertainment, health and information. Braxton makes a good hostess. The show also features former WBLS Midday Personality Jasmine Sanders.
Congrats to Tracy Morgan! He and his fiancee Megan Wollover are expecting their first child together. This is his fourth.
First Lady Michelle Obama will be gracing the cover of Vogue magazine for the second time. She was first on the cover in 2009. Published reports say veteran Photojournalist Annie Leibovitz recently completed a shoot with The First Lady.
Oprah Winfrey, Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Writer/Producer Mara Brock Akil (The Game, Jumping The Broom) will be amongst the honorees at Essence magazine's 6th Annual Black Women In Hollywood event on February 21st.
Quvenzhane Wallis is Jet magazine's covergirl this week. At age nine, Wallis is the youngest Best Actress nominee and youngest African American nominee ever for Beasts Of The Southern Wild. I also hear she is a leading contender to replace Willow Smith in the big screen remake of Annie.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards take place Sunday, February 24th, and the talent is going to be amazing that night. For the first time in 36 years, Barbara Streisand will be performing. She last performed her hit Evergreen on the show in 1977 and won the Oscar for the song that night. Another Diva will be there to match Streisand that night. Dame Shirley Bassey will also be be performing at this year's Oscars. The 76- year old British singer sang the themes for the James Bond movies Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. Other Oscar performers include Singers Adele and Norah Jones. 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. Previous Oscar Winner Halle Berry has just been announced as a presenter.
The TV One network's hit music documentary series UnSung is now airing on Wednesday nights:
February 20th - Two Hour Disco Special
February 27th- Eddie Kendricks
March 6th- The Whispers
March 13th- Mint Condition
March 20th- Johnny Gill
Singers Chante Moore, Kelly Price, Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), Michel'le, Lil' Mo, Claudette Ortiz (City High) are joining the cast of TV One’s R&B Divas L.A., which is a spinoff from from the original R&B
Divas reality show. Moore and Price are also appearing as part of the Soulful Sista's Tour. Singers Angie Stone and La Tocha Scott (Xscape) are joining the Atlanta version of R&B Divas. The new season starts in April.
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. Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera will be performing in the Donna Summer tribute.
Prince is going to be the big honoree at this year's 2013 Billboard Music Awards. The show airs May 19th
The new season for Dancing With The Stars kicks off March 18th.
Tyler Perry will be back just in time for the Easter holiday 2013, with 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 has 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. Now speaking of Jurnee Smollett-Bell, in addition to starring in Perry's movie Temptation, she has signed on to join the cast of HBO’s True Blood, which returns in June.
Get ready for the return of the Braxton Family Values. Season three kicks off March 14th on WE TV.
Lifetime is rolling out a lot of movies in February: this 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 Reading 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.
Iyanla Van Zandt is back the second season of her hit show Iyanla: Fix My Life kicks off April 13th
on OWN. In the new season, she squares off with Rapper DMX.
Wendy Williams is releasing a new book of advice called Ask Wendy. The book comes out May 7th.
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.
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.
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 now until June 30th, and it features over 30 of the Supremes' most glamorous gowns. The African American Museum is located at 7th and Arch Streets. For more information go to AAMPMUSEUM.ORG or call
On Saturday, February 23rd , The Philadelphia Sunday Sun & The Philadelphia Chapter of The NAACP present The Annual Black Love Experience at Temple University's Student Faculty Center, Broad & Ontario Streets. Panel discussions include relationships, marriage, sex and online dating, and there will be food, vendors and giveaways. It's a free event but you must RSVP at blacklovephilly.eventbrite.com or call 215-848-7864.
The 27th Annual Heritage Gala is happening Thursday, March 14th at the PA Convention Center. The African American Museum is sponsoring the event, and this year's honorees include Rev. Dr. Allyn E. Waller, Dr. Walter Lomax and Mary Wilson of The Supremes. For more information go to AAMPMUSEUM.ORG or call 215-574-0380 ext 227.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will the Babydaddies of this R&B Diva cause a problem for her comeback plan? The Diva is preparing to return to the spotlight, but her Babydaddies are so closely connected....could this be a recipe for uncontrollable tension on the set?
Check out who’s coming to town:
Monday, February 18th- Marsha Ambrosius in concert at the World Café, 34th and Walnut.
February 19th -24th - The stage play My Brother Marvin: The Life Story Of Marvin Gaye
starring Singer Keith Washington, Lynn 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.
April 14th -Alicia Keys & Miguel in concert at Revel in Atlantic City.
April 24th - Boney James in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Friday, April 26th- Tower of Power & The Average White Band at the Keswick Theatre.
Friday, March 1st- Singer Brandy at the TLA, 3rd and South.
Friday, March 1st- Dru Hill & Tony! Toni! Tone! at the House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
Saturday, March 16th- Run DMC at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Friday, April 5th- Mike Epps & Doug E. Fresh comedy-hip hop show at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, April 20th – Smokey Robinson in concert at Caesar's 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.
Friday, May 10th- Chris Tucker Comedy Show at the Tower Theatre.
Friday, May 10th- The Temptations & The Four Tops in concert at the Keswick Theatre
Saturday, May 11th- Charlie Wilson, El DeBarge, Freddie Jackson and Jaheim at the
Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Sunday, May 12th- The Whispers in concert at Caesar's in Atlantic City.
Friday, June 28th- Bob James and David Sanborn in concert at the Keswick Theatre in
Glenside. For information call 1-800-745-3000.
Saturday, June 1st- The 6th Annual Roots Picnic with Naughty By Nature, Solange and Robert
Glasper, to name a few, at Penns Landing.
Saturday, June 15th- New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men in concert at the
Wells Fargo Center.