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Tameka Raymond has left the building. The ex-wife of Usher will not be joining the reality show Hollywood Exes on VH1. After a confrontation with castmates, she walked off the set. Sources say she had clashed with Torrei Hart, the ex-wife of Comedian and Box Office Sensation Kevin Hart.
American Idol is losing money! Back in the day, the reality show used to make millions and stayed TV's number one show 8 seasons' straight. Now, with low ratings, the ad dollars are not coming in as before. The budget is also hurting the show. Judge Jennifer Lopez and Host Ryan Seacrest make $15 million each. The studio spends $5 million on viewer phone calls, and the show is still paying two executive producers who were fired. Ratings for American Idol are down 26 percent. Sources say the show will not be cancelled by FOX, but there may be another shakeup with the judges. Jennifer Lopez has just signed a deal with NBC to star in a new cop drama Shades Of Blue, and she may step aside from Idol for that show. Since Lopez returned to Idol, it hasn't made the big impact producers hoped.
Congrats to Lupita Nyong'o on winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as "Pasty" in "12 Years A Slave". The film also took home the Academy Award for Best Picture, becoming the first film to receive the award by a black director. Congrats to director Steve McQueen for such an outstanding movie.
"Dancing With The Stars" has everyone talking after announcing the cast featuring Nene Leakers and Billy Dee Williams. The reality star and acting legend are competing on season 18, which kicks off Mondaay, March 17th on ABC.
The Lifetime movie A Trip to Bountiful will air on the Lifetime channel Saturday, March 8th. The movie is based on the Broadway play, which nabbed Cicely Tyson a Tony Award. Tyson will star in the movie version with Blair Underwood, Vanessa Williams and Keke Palmer.
Spike Lee says he has completed a script for a sequel to School Daze. The original movie came out 26 years ago and starred Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Darryl M. Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito and Lawrence Fisburne. Lee is trying to get Fishbure to reprise his character “Dap” Dunlap in the sequel.
The Oscar-nominated Steve McQueen movie 12 Years A Slave is out on Digital HD and DVD right now and Blu Ray on March 4th. 12 Years A Slave is up for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong), Best Director (Steve McQueen) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley). Other nominees include Barkhad Abdi (supporting actor for Captain Phillips) and Pharrell Williams (original song for Despicable Me II). No Oscar nominations for Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels or their $100 million blockbuster The Butler. Other snubs included Chadwick Boseman for 42, Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale Station and Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres returns to host The 86th Annual Academy Awards this Sunday on ABC.
The Arsenio Hall Show has been renewed for a second season.
I Am Not Giving Up On My Family! Singer Robin Thicke says he is willing to change his ways after his wife, Actress Paula Patton, announced that she wanted out of their 10-year marriage. Thicke and Patton were high school sweethearts, and now have a three-year old son, Julian. What happened to make Patton want out?!!! The past year has been amazing for Thicke. He hit number 1 with the release of Blurred Lines and finally achieved the fame he always wanted. But, with the fame, along came the women and Patton had had enough of his cheating. Thicke realized his wife was serious, and now he is begging her to change her mind. He is still going ahead with his U.S. Tour, but he is vowing to stay away from the clubs and the groupies.
Kimora Lee Simmons keeps man! The fashion model and ex-wife of Rap Impresario Russell Simmons has nabbed husband number two a rich investment banker named Tim Leissner. This makes Simmons the latest celeb to get in on the secret wedding craze. In between her marriages to Tim and Russell, Kimora had a son child with Actor Djimon Hounsou. She also has two daughters with Russell.
Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal) is creating another show with Actress Viola Davis. Davis, best known for her Oscar-nominated work in the movie The Help and for the film Doubt, will be starring in the new Rhimes' TV drama How To Get Away With Murder. The show is a sexy, suspenseful- legal thriller.
Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald (Private Practice) is returning to Broadway in a musical based on the life of Billie Holiday.
More changes are coming to Dancing With The Stars. First there's a new band leader in the form of Ray Chew replacing Harold Wheeler and his 28-member band, and now a new co-host has been named. FOX Sports Reporter Erin Andrews is replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet. Andrews was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars during season 10. Do you think they will ever shake up the judges? In other Dancing With The Stars news, I hear NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta is joining the new season. Can she dance, or will she try to fight the other contestants like she does on her reality show. Leakes keeps a hustle going now that her sitcom The New Normal was cancelled and her FOX Show Glee is in its last season. Leakes has grown tired of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, but she likes the money and the lifestyle she is living. Season 18 of Dancing With The Stars kicks off March 17th.
Congrats to Singer/Songwriter Ray Parker, Jr. who is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Parker has had solo hits (Ghostbusters, The Other Woman), hits for his group Raydio (You Can't Change That, Jack& Jill) and for other acts Leo Sayer (You Make Me Feel Like Dancing), Barry White (You See The Trouble With Me), New Edition (Mr. Telephone Man) and Rufus & Chaka Khan (You Got The Love).
Brandy is single again. The singer/actress is having no luck with love as the engagement is now off between her and Producer Ryan Press.
Jada Pinkett Smith is returning to TV. She will be one of the stars of the FOX TV drama Gotham. Jada was last on TV with the show TNT drama Hawthorne. In Gotham, Jada will play a sadistic mob boss. In addition to her show, she will continue to be the executive producer of daytime's The Queen Latifah Show.
Terrence Howard, fresh off The Best Man Holiday, and Taraji P. Henson, fresh off Person Of Interest, are returning to TV in the FOX series Empire. Director Lee Daniels is producing this hip hop drama, which debuts in the fall.
The CNN network has pulled the plug on the Piers Morgan nightly talk show. Morgan was brought in to replace TV Legend Larry King, but his ratings never lived up to King's.
Congrats to NBC’s Tamron Hall because it’s official! She has been named as a new anchor for the 9pm hour of The Today Show. Hall will be joining Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and Al Roker during that segment as well as continue as host of News Nation on MSNBC at its new time 11am. I am so proud of Tamron. When she was a student at Temple University, she used to be my intern.
Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is speaking out about her family issues with her brothers. Bernice is battling a legal matter with her brothers Martin, III and Dexter. She says they are selling out their father's legacy, and she won’t help them by turning over valuable King items. The brothers say they have lucrative offers for their late father's Nobel Peace Prize and Dr. King's traveling bible. President Obama used that same bible to take his oath for his second inauguration and signed it. A judge ordered Bernice to turn the items over for safe keeping until a judgment is reached. The brothers were left control of the estate.
Congratulations to the songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The producing/songwriting duo are getting The Johnny Mercer Award, the top honor at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in June. They were inducted in 1995, but this year they are getting the big award. Last year, another songwriting team received it. Elton John and Bernie Taupin received the top honor.
In more Gamble & Huff news, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers and Philadelphia International Records (P.I.R.) Founders have completed a deal with Sony Music selling the conglomerate the duo's entire catalog. In 1971, Gamble & Huff had a deal with Sony Music, then known as CBS Records, to distribute P.I.R.'s music worldwide that was engineered by Clive Davis. Gamble & Huff kept ownership of the majority of the catalog. Now that those recordings are all once again housed under Sony, new releases of songs and albums produced or co-produced by the P.I.R. label will happen this year including The O'Jays (Love Train; For The Love Of Money), Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes (If You Don't Know Me By Now; Wake Up Everybody), Lou Rawls (You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine; Lady Love), Billy Paul (Me& Mrs. Jones), The Jacksons (Enjoy Yourself; Show You The Way To Go), MFSB & The Three Degrees (T.S.O.P.; When Will I See You Again), The Jones Girls (You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else) and Patti LaBelle (Love, Need & Want You; If Only You Knew). Meanwhile, Gamble & Huff will begin marking their 50th anniversary as a songwriting duo with a new autobiography this year and a theatrical play on the creation of T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia) in 2015.
Cee Lo Green has left the building? Green will not be returning to serve as a judge on the NBC singing reality show The Voice. Green was a popular judge on the show, even though no one he's picked won the big prize. Green also had a rough year. He was investigated over sex and drug allegations with other women. At press time, the investigation continues. Was he kicked off off the show because of the allegations? Cee Lo says he left the show on his own because he wanted to go on tour and work on his music. Cee Lo is currently touring with Lionel Richie.
Is Janet Jackson ready to leave the building? According to published reports, the Pleasure Principle singer is not happy in her marriage to Qatari Businessman Wissam Al Mana. This was the third time down the aisle for Jackson, but she's ready to call it quits. Al Mana has a billion dollar fortune, and sources say Jackson is going to challenge her prenup. Jackson misses performing. Now, she has to be covered up at all times since she converted to Islam. There are also reports that Wissam wants to add a second wife so he can have children.
The new season of Scandal kicked off this week, and there will be fresh episodes for the next eight weeks.
There will be a season number two for the BET smash drama Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union.
Congrats to Basketball Superstar Lebron James and his wife Savannah! The newlyweds are expecting their third child. James is currently on the cover of GQ magazine.
Niecy Nash is on a roll. Her latest TV show, HBO's Getting On, has been renewed for a second season. I love this show! It's about nurses who work with elderly patients. She also co-stars with Comedian Cedric The Entertainer Show in the TV Land sitcom Soul Man.
With her husband facing jail time for identity theft and fraud, Reality Star Phaedra Parks of The Real Housewives of Atlanta may lose her deal for a spinoff show on the Bravo network. Parks has been a fan favorite on Housewives, but did she know her husband, Apollo, was dirty dealing, and did she help him? Her husband, Apollo Nida, faces a lengthy jail sentence if convicted.
Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer is returning to TV in the show Red Band Society. Steven Spielberg is producing.
Meagan Good is also returning to TV in the science fiction drama Babylon Friends. Good will play a doctor.
Sports Analyst and former NFL Player Deion Sanders is coming to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN. Deion’s Family Playbook focuses on Sanders’ professional life and his take on fatherhood. Sanders and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds, Babyface’s ex-wife, are the executive producers. Deion’s Family Playbook debuts March 1st at 10pm on OWN.
Unsung, the Hollywood edition, airs Wednesdays at 10pm on TV ONE and upcoming shows will feature Flip Wilson, Robin Harris and Dick Gregory.
Previews for A Raisin In The Sun with Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson start March 8th.
Jill Scott is coming to The Voice. She is going to serve as a mentor for Team Usher. The Voice airs on NBC Monday & Tuesday nights at 8pm with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher. This is going to be a busy year for Scott. She is also appearing the new James Brown bio-pic Get On Up.
Actress Angela Bassett graces the cover of the latest edition of Ebony magazine. Bassett recently won an NAACP Image award at the Image awards.
Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker & Oprah Winfrey (The Butler), Michael B. Jordan (“Johnny Storm/The Human Torch” in the 2015 film Fantastic Four) and Chiwetel Ejiofor are sharing the cover of the March issue of Essence magazine.
Kevin Hart and Producer Will Packer are on a roll with their movie About Last Night co-starring Regina Hall, Michael Ealy & Joy Bryant. The movie made over $30 million in it’s opening weekend. The movie is funny, insightful and gives you an honest look at modern day relationships. Kevin and Regina are so funny!!!!! Up next for Kevin is a new movie with Will Ferrell called Get Hard. The movie is about a wealthy investment banker who is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. The banker prepares for prison with help from the guy who washes his car. The movie will also star Rapper/Actor T.I. It opens in theatres March 2015.
The life story of Darlene Love is coming to the OWN cable station. Love is the famed background singer and actress who got her due later in life. Love's book, My Name Is Love, details her life as a background singer for the stars including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin and others. She was tied contractually to Music Legend Phil Spector, which delayed her career for many years. Love ventured into acting becoming famous for her role Danny Glover's wife in the Lethal Weapon movies. The book also discuses her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. Love's story is also chronicled in the Academy Award nominated documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. The Darlene Love movie will air on OWN later this year.
Grammy award winning and Oscar nominated Songwriter/Producer Pharrell Williams will be producing the soundtrack for the movie Amazing Spiderman 2 featuring Jamie Foxx as Electro. The movie opens in theatres May 2nd.
Mark Wahlberg will be hosting the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on March 29th.
Mary Mary graces the new issue of Jet magazine. Erica Campbell's new solo gospel CD Help, is due out March 24th. Meanwhile, season three of Mary Mary’s reality show will deal with infidelity, fighting with their manager and Erica's voice problems. The show airs Thursdays at 9pm.
Actor Lance Gross (House Of Payne) is returning to TV. He's co-starring in the drama Crisis. The show debuts March 16th on NBC, and Gross will play a secret service agent.
Tyler Perry has a new movie, Single Mom's Club, which arrives in theatres March 14th. In the movie, Nia Long stars along with Tyler Perry, and they play love interests. Perry will also team up with Essence magazine Saluting Black Men In Hollywood during Oscar week.
At the movies this week, Repentance starring Forest Whitaker, Sanaa Lathan, Anthony Mackie and Mike Epps.
Haunted House II with Marlon Wayans opens in theatres Friday, April 14th.
Think Like A Man Too opens in theatres Friday, June 20th.
No Good Deeds opens in theatres September 12th and stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.
The Best Man Holiday hit movie is now available on DVD. Meanwhile, the cast is quite busy with new projects. Morris Chestnut is coming back to TV on the TNT drama Legends. Taye Diggs returns to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Regina Hall has a starring role with Kevin Hart in Think Like A Man Too, which opens June 20th. Harold Perrineau and Terrence Howard team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Sabotage, which comes out April 14th.
Babyface and Toni Braxton have returned to the top of the charts. Their hit duet single, Hurt You, is an R&B number one. Toni's last chart topper, Just Be A Man About It, was in 2000. Babyface last hit number one in 1997 with Every Time I Close My Eyes. The duo is headed to Broadway this spring in the Wynton Marsalis production After Midnight. The musical is about the Harlem Renaissance and The Cotton Club and includes many top name musicians coming in and out of the production. This will be Babyface's Broadway debut. Toni Braxton has performed on Broadway before in Beauty & The Beast and Aida. Braxton and Babyface will be in the musical March 18-30th for a limited run. Their new duet CD, Love, Marriage & Divorce, is out now. Toni Braxton is also writing her memoirs in Unbreak My Heart, which is coming out in March. In the book, Toni will talk about her career, going bankrupt, raising an autistic child and battling lupus. Braxton, who settled her tax problems last year, recently purchased a new three million dollar home.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 4th for the return of TV series' The Game and Let’s Stay Together on BET.
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