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At the movies, David E. Talbert brought us Baggage Claim, and Malcolm Lee returned with the box office smash Best Man Holiday starring all the original cast members from the first movie.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife Sandi are going to jail. Jackson, Jr. received a 30-month sentence for misuse of campaign funds. Jackson resigned from Congress after temporarily going AWOL following his diagnosis of bi-polar disorder and gastro issues. During sentencing, the judge said there wasn't enough evidence of those issues presented to the court. 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 Michael Jackson memorabilia Jackson's wife Sandi received 12 months for signing a false joint tax return. She stepped down from her position as a Chicago Alderwoman to go to trial. The Jacksons will not have to serve their sentences at the same time because the judge staggered their sentences so one parent is always with their children. The Jacksons have two children ages 9 and 13.
Singer Miguel is going to be forever known as the guy who landed on a woman's head while performing. During his Billboard Music Awards performance, Miguel attempted to leap across the audience. Well it went terribly wrong because he landed on Khyati Shah's head. At first, it appeared Shah had no injuries. Then, weeks later, Shah claimed she has a brain injury. We knew the lawsuit was coming. Producers for the Billboard Music Awards say they told Miguel not to leap across the audience. When the singer asked producers told him it was too dangerous, but he did it anyway. This sets the stage for things to fall mostly on Miguel.
Robin Roberts returned to the anchor chair at Good Morning America after undergoing a successful bone marrow transplant. Roberts recently signed a $14 million-a year deal to stay with the top-rated ABC morning show.
Ruben Studdard didn’t win The Biggest Loser, but he lost 104 pounds after weighing in at 435.
Paula Deen paid the price for using the N-word and saw her empire collapse. The embattled celebrity chef got into hot water last week when she and her son Bubba were accused of violence, discrimination and racism in the workplace by Lisa Jackson, a former employee at their Savannah seafood eatery. Jackson is suing Deen. In a deposition, Deen did admit to using the “N” word on occasion. Sources say Deen's hired Crisis Manager Judy Smith, the inspiration behind the Shonda Rhimes-Kerry Washington TV drama Scandal. So far, sponsors Caesars Entertainment, Smithfield Foods, Wal-Mart and Home Depot have joined Food Network in cutting ties with the TV food entrepreneur. The recent racism scandal has cost her numerous endorsements, and now her publisher has dropped her upcoming cookbook.
When you think of the top entertainment stories of 2013, which could top Beyonce? She started the year off singing for President Obama at his inauguration. Then, she performed at the Superbowl. Next, she released her HBO documentary about her life, and signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi. Bey performed at the Essence Music Festival and took her Mrs. Carter tour around the world. Then she changed the game when she released her latest album consisting of 14 songs and 17 videos, which was first available on ITunes. The CD, Beyonce, has already sold over 1 million copies without any promotion. Bey even surprised fans at a Wal-Mart by showing up and handing out gift cards.
Comedian Kevin Hart had an amazing year as well. The popular actor/comedian released the DVD on his latest comedy special Let Me Explain. Hart then launched his BET show The Real Husbands Of Hollywood, and hosted VH1's The Fourth Of July Festivities. Next year, Hart will be all over the big screen in the movies Ride Along with Ice Cube & Tika Sumpter, About Last Night with Regina Hall & Michael Ealy and Think Like A Man II with Taraji P. Henson & Gabrielle Union. Hart didn’t go through 2013 unscathed. He was arrested for a drunk driving incident.
Singer Robin Thicke crossed over in a big way with his hit song Blurred Lines. He and Miley Cyrus were the talk of the MTV Video Music Awards with their racy live performance, and Thicke caught flak for allegedly sampling Marvin Gaye’s 1977 Motown classic Got To Give It Up.
Speaking of Motown, the famed record label conquered Broadway as Motown: The Musical. The label’s Founder Berry Gordy was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
The legendary Cicely Tyson won her first ever Tony Award when she returned to Broadway in the play A Trip To Bountiful. The TV movie version with Blair Underwood & Vanessa Williams is coming to Lifetime next year.
At the age of 38, Basketball Great Allen Iverson retired from the NBA, and he divorced his wife Tawanna.
Reality star NeNe Leakes remarried her husband Greg in a lavish TV special I Dream Of NeNe.
Actress Gabrielle Union is on a roll. She just made it official and is now engaged to Miami Heat Star Dwyane Wade. Union also launched her BET movie Being Mary Jane to huge ratings. Being Mary Jane, with Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, Aaron D. Spears, Tika Sumpter and Richard Roundtree debuts January 7th as a drama series on BET.
Singer Cissy Houston wrote a tell-all about her late daughter. Remembering Whitney: My Story Of Love, Loss And The Night The Music Stopped ignited a family feud with granddaughter Bobbi Kris who felt Cissy disrespected her mother’s memory.
Dionne Warwick had her ups and downs. At 72, she filed for bankruptcy owing the I.R.S. $10 million. On the upside, she was recently honored for her career achievements at the Soul Train Awards on BET.
What a year it was for the Jackson family. Mom Katherine lost her lawsuit against AEG Live. She blames the concert promoters for the death of Michael Jackson and their hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray. Speaking of Dr. Murray, the man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of The King Of Pop, he got great news. He was released from prison early. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris had to be sent off to boarding school when she tried to kill herself. Jermaine Jackson ran into problems paying his child support, and the family came under criticism for raising money via a documentary in which the family shares their memories of Michael.
90’s Supergroup TLC had their life story told on VH1, and it made their former Manager Pebbles look bad.
Tyler Perry teamed up with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN cable station and debuted the hit shows The Have And Have Nots, For Better Or Worse and Love Thy Neighbor. It gave OWN a complete turnaround. Oprah’s network continued to soar with her shows Masterclass, Next Chapter and Where Are They Now. The Mighty O also dominated the big screen in the Lee Daniels’ $100 million box office blockbuster The Butler.
Queen Latifah returned to daytime with the talk show The Queen Latifah Show.
Fantasia bounced back from personal drama with her new CD, The Side Effects Of You, and she returned to Broadway in the Wynton Marsalis musical After Midnight.
Wesley Snipes got out of jail for tax evasion, and now he is planning his return to the big screen next year.
Public Enemy and the late Donna Summer were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
The Pastors Of L.A. was a surprise hit for the Oxygen cable network.
Tina Campbell of Mary Mary opened up about her life and her husband’s infidelities in her hit WE TV reality show with sister Erica Campbell.
At the age of 72, Ron Isley returned to touring and he came out with a new album, This Song Is For You. In the video for his song, Dinner And A Movie, Isley co-starred with his 36-year old wife Kandy Isley.
Tamar Braxton is topping her spectacular year (a new baby, awards, two albums, talk show and reality
show) with a new relationship book. The book, Love And War, is co written with her husband and Manager Vince Herbert. Her sister Toni and Babyface have returned to the top of the charts. Their hit duet single, Hurt You, hit 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.
Lauryn Hill served three months in jail for tax evasion.
Arsenio Hall returned to late night TV after 20 years, but he and Actor Idris Elba ended the year the same way……. walking away uninjured from car accidents. Elba escaped harm after his car flipped on an embankment during the shooting of a BBC documentary on him. Hall’s accident was losing control and driving off the road. Hall’s car accident was in California while Elba’s was overseas in Finland. Meanwhile, Elba proved why he is one of Hollywood’s most talented actors. He is up for numerous awards for his work as Nelson Mandela in the movie The Long Walk To Freedom. Mandela died this year at the age of 95, and his daughters were informed at the premiere of Elba’s film.
Reverend Al Sharpton got big TV ratings, a new young girlfriend (with plenty of haters), and he released a book about his life called The Rejected Stone.
X-Factor Judge Simon Cowell is going to be a dad. Cowell, 53, and Socialite Lauren Silverman, 36, are expecting their first child. There's just one thing.......Silverman is married to Cowell's best friend. This is not a typo! I said it right! It’s messy. Lawyers say this is a difficult situation, but Cowell is still excited about being a parent. Meanwhile, his singing reality show, The X Factor, continued to be a snooze.
Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank came together to form the supergroup TGT.
Singer Kelly Price showed her dark side on the reality show The R&B Divas and then was shown the door.
Mike Tyson brought his one man show, Undisputed Truth, to HBO.
A lot of people got married in 2013, including Actor Michael Ealy & Khatira Rafiqzada, Producer George Lucas & TV Personality/Financial Expert Mellody Hobson, Janet Jackson & Qatari Billionaire Wissam Al Mana, Halle Berry & French
Actor Oliver Martinez, Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto, Kerry Washington & Nnamdi Asomugha, Lebron James & Savannah Brinson, Terrence & Miranda Howard, Zoe Saldana & Italian Artist Marco Perego, John Legend & Victoria's
Secret Model Chrissy Teigen.
We also lost a lot of people in 2013 including Radio Legend E. Steven Collins, Singer Fontella Bass, Singer/Musician Lou Wilson of Mandrill, Actor Conrad Bain of Diff’rent Strokes, TV Personality Sally Starr, Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner of The Ohio Players, Singer/Songwriter Cecil Womack, Jazz Great and Trumpeter Dr. Donald Byrd, Singers Damon Harris & Richard Street of the Temptations, Actor Lou Meyers, Singer Bobbie Smith of The Spinners, Cleotha Staples of the legendary Staple Singers, Film Critic Roger Ebert, Mickey Mouse Club Queen and TV Icon Annette Funicello, Legendary Philly Soul Musicians/Producers/Arrangers/Composers Bobby Martin & Vince Montana, Folk Icon Richie Havens, Chris Kelly a.k.a.
“Mac Daddy” of the hip hop duo Kriss Kross, Soap Diva Jeanne Cooper of The Young & The Restless, lead singer of The “Mighty, Mighty” Dells Marvin Junior, Psychologist/TV Sensation Dr. Joyce Brothers, Singer/Songwriter/Producer
Clarence Burke, Jr. of The Five Stairsteps, Actress Jean Stapleton of All In The Family, Actor James Gandolfini a.k.a. Tony Soprano, Singer Bobby “Blue” Bland, Actor/Athlete/Martial Artist Jim Kelly, Keyboardist/Songwriter/Producer/Vocalist/Soul Train Music Director George Duke, Former Disney Star/Actor Lee Thompson Young, Community Activist Reverend Henry Wells, Actor/Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ken Norton, Sr., Singer Keith Crier of the R&B band GQ, Actor Paul Walker and Former Congressman and Pastor William H. Gray, III.