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Quincy Jones just turned 80 and he's gearing up for a year-long celebration starting in April. Jones will start with a televised special from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Special guests include Barbara Streisand, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Chris Tucker, Chaka Khan and Santana. “Q” will follow that with musical celebrations in Tokyo and Montreux. Plus, he, Producer Lou Adler, Public Enemy, Heart, Rush and the late Donna Summer will be 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees in a ceremony airing on HBO May 18th.
Jill Scott is coming back to TV. Scott will be playing a doctor in a TV show Second Sight with Actor Derek Luke. Her movie Baggage Claim arrives in theatres later this year. Scott was last on TV in the HBO series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Omar Epps (Higher Learning, Juice, Love And Basketball, House) is coming back to TV. He just filmed a pilot for the ABC show The Returned.
Joy Behar is leaving the ABC talker The View. Word has it Behar, 70, may be replaced by Actress Brooke Shields. Behar, who's been with the show since it began, wants to return to stand up and do other projects. Even though show Creator Barbara Walters says there will be no more changes, sources say Elisabeth Hasselbeck may be making plans to leave as well. An independent study was done on the show, and Behar and Hasselbeck were found to be too polarizing because of their political views.
Detroit born Bobbie Smith is most famously remembered for singing Philly Soul with his childhood friends who later became world famous as The Spinners. The group formed in high school as The Domingoes in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale. The core friends who had the longest run as group members were lead singer Smith, Pervis Jackson, Billy Henderson and, now the last surviving original member, Henry Fambrough. The Spinners were originally signed to Motown in the 60's and Smith sang lead on the classics That's What Girls Are Made For, I'll Always Love You and Truly Yours. In the 70's, they had picked up co-lead Phillipe "Soul" Wynne, signed with Atlantic Records and with Producer Thom Bell recorded here in Philly. Smith and Wynne became twin leads with Smith starting and Wynne finishing the hits Then Came You (with Dionne Warwick), Love Or Leave, One Of A Kind Love Affair and Mighty Love. Then Smith took the lead himself on the chart toppers Games People Play, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love and I'll Be Around. Smith died at the age of 76.
I’ve got the scoop on the sequel to the movie The Best Man. The film will arrive in theatres November and will feature the original stars Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Jr., Melissa De Sousa and Morris Chestnut. Malcolm Lee, who directed the original 1999 film, will also be back. Both Terrence Howard and Morris Chestnut have said the audience better be ready to laugh and shed a tear, and that this sequel will not disappoint. Speaking of Morris Chestnut, he joins Halle Berry this week in the movie The Call.
It’s going to be a Law & Order reunion for the Marvin Gaye bio-pic Sexual Healing. S. Epatha Merkerson will be joining her former Co-star Jesse L. Martin in the movie. Merkerson will play Marvin Gaye's mother Alberta. Martin will play the legendary Motown singer. Merkerson and Martin both starred on the NBC drama Law & Order. The movie Sexual Healing will focus on the latter years of Gaye's life as he dealt with drugs and depression until his untimely death. Gaye's second ex-wife Janis is said to be furious about the movie being made at all. She and Marvin had two children (Frankie and Singer/Actress Nona Gaye) before they divorced. Marvin's first wife was Anna Gordy, sister of Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, and their son is Marvin III. Meanwhile, Janis says this movie is the last thing Marvin would have wanted. Filming is set to begin this month.
Congrats to Tamar Braxton and her husband Vince Herbert! They are expecting their first child. Tamar is the breakout star of the Braxton Family Values show. She is currently topping the charts with her song Love And War. Tamar and her husband Vince also star in their own spin-off reality show (Tamar & Vince), which will focus on their upcoming adventures into parenthood.
Comedian/Actor Kevin Hart is on the cover of Ebony and Uptown magazines. He got some
more good news too! His hit BET show The Real Husbands Of Hollywood has been renewed for a second season. Hart, Boris Kodjoe, JB Smoove, Duane Martin, Robin Thicke and Nick Cannon will all be back for another hilarious season.
Get ready for Good Times.... the movie! Back in the winter of 1974, the groundbreaking TV sitcom, a spin-off of Maude, starred Esther Rolle, John Amos, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker, Ja'net DuBois and Bernadette Stanis was produced by Norman Lear. It was the first time a nuclear African American family was portrayed on television. Janet Jackson joined the show in later seasons. Good Times was a ratings smash and ran for six seasons on CBS. The movie version is set in the 60’s. No word yet on who will star in the movie version. Let’s hope producers get the casting right because a poor job there could doom
Motown Founder Berry Gordy will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in June. Before he founded Motown Records, Gordy was quite a prominent songwriter for artists such as Jackie Wilson (To Be Loved, Reet Petite, To Be Loved and Lonely Teardrops) and Etta James (All I Could Do Was Cry). The legendary music mogul is getting the Pioneer's Award. This is hot on the heels of the The Motown Musical, which debuts on Broadway April 14th.
Now that Tito Jackson's son TJ is the official co-guardian to Michael Jackson's children, look for him to get a payday from the Michael Jackson Estate. TJ will be getting paid over $100,000 for his role as co-guardian.
Actor Jeffrey Wright is joining the cast of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The fourth season will feature Wright as Harlem Kingpin Valentin Narcisse.
It’s going to be a September wedding for Miami Heat Star LeBron James and his fiancée Savannah Brinson. The couple have two children. The wedding is set for the weekend of September 13th-15th.
The family of Clarence Clemons is suing three South Florida doctors claiming they didn’t give Clemons blood thinning medications. The popular saxophonist, who played with Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band for decades, died in 2011 at the age of 69 after suffering a stroke.
Singer Will Downing is celebrating the release of his 16thalbum Silver.
First Lady Michelle Obama will be gracing an upcoming issue of Vogue magazine. The first lady turns 50 next January, and she is already gearing up for a star-studded bash featuring Beyonce and Adele.
Constance White, the former editor-in-chief at Essence magazine, is revealing why she left the magazine. White was very popular, and was in charge of the magazine over the last two years. White says she was forcedout by Time, Inc. after they couldn’t agree with the direction of the magazine. nce has not been the same since the days of SusanL. Taylor before the corporate takeover. Essence has played animportant part in the lives of so many women. You have to wonder what direction the magazine will be headed into now. A special shout out to you Constance White and your future endeavors.
Where is Tina Turner? The music legend is stunning at the age of 73 on the German issue of Vogue magazine.
No. 11 Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies is coming to the FOX animated sitcom The Cleveland Show this Sunday. J-Roll is playing an animated version of himself.
Check out Grammy Award winning Singer Miguel. He will be appearing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on April 13th with Actor Vince Vaughn hosting.
Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick had to cancel his forthcoming book tour because of death threats. The book, Finally Free, details his life after a dog fighting scandal derailed his career and sent him to prison. Even though Vick has turned his life around, many people are still angry with him over the dog fighting scandal. Vick decided not to put himself or his family in danger.
Now that his football career is all but over, former NFL Star Terrell Owens has to make money to pay his many bills....and babymommas. Owens, who had a great career with the Eagles, Cowboys and 49ers, is now modeling through an agency.
Who will be the host of the 2014 Academy Awards? Will it be late night Talk Show Host Jimmy Kimmel? And, speaking of talks shows, will Jimmy Fallon be taking over The Tonight Show next year? An announcement could come in May if Jay Leno finally decides to retire from the show.
Will NBC renew Meagan Good's show Deception? If not, she won’t be lacking for work. Good just signed on for the movie Anchorman II.
Fantasia’s latest CD The Side Effects Of You, comes out April 23rd. Her single Lose To Win is topping the charts. I recently had a chance to talk with Fantasia. She's excited about her future, looks fantastic and is ready to get back to what she does best...singing.
Actor Idris Elba is taking a year-long break from acting. The actor is also a deejay, and he wants to concentrate on his music career.
Actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry are the cover ladies for the latest issue of Essence.
Comedienne/Actress Aisha Tyler of The Talk has lined up another gig. She is going to be the new host of Whose Line Is it Anyway. The new season kicks off this summer on the CW network.
Supermodel Heidi Klum has been added as a fourth judge on America's Got Talent. Besides Seal's ex, there's former Spicegirl Melanie Brown (Mel B), Shock Jock Howard Stern and Comedian Howie Mandel all on the judges' panel. Mel B is replacing Sharon Osborne, and Nick Cannon is host. Season number 8 kicks off May 28th.
A movie version of Shakespeare's Macbeth is being made with Blair Underwood, Terrence Howard and Sanaa Lathan. Speaking of Terrence Howard, his new movie, Dead Man Down, which was shot in Philly opens in theatres this weekend.
Mike Tyson is getting a new reality show. Being Mike Tyson debuts in August on the new FOX Sports 1 network.
Tyler Perry's TBS sitcom For Better Or Worse is moving to Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network. The show, which stars Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White reprising their roles from the Why Did I Get Married movie franchise will debut its third season on OWN this fall. This is a new addition to the deal Tyler Perry already has with The Mighty O to produce original programming for OWN. There were already two other series, The Haves And The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor, Perry will debut on OWN later this year. Actress Tika Sumpter (Sparkle; The Game) is set to co-star in one of the series, and tweeted out pictures on the set with Oprah.
How hot is Actor Craig Robinson? Well, there is life after the sitcom The Office. The show ends this year, but Robinson is filming a pilot for a new NBC show where he will play a musician who takes a job as a middle school teacher. Actor Larenz Tate (Why Do Fools Fall In Love; Love Jones) will co-star. Robinson also has a new Tyler Perry produced-movie coming out May called Peeples. It hits theaters May 10th, and also stars Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Craig Robinson (The Office), S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), Melvin Van Peebles and Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris, Go On). Tina Gordon Chism wrote and directed while Perry is producer.
Before Peeples hits the big screen, Tyler Perry will be back in the director's chair just in time for the Easter holiday 2013. 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. 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. Speaking of Lance Temptation has just filmed a pilot for an NBC show where he will play a Secret Service Agent.
Prince will be the big honoree at this year's 2013 Billboard Music Awards airing May 19th
Ahmir Questlove Thompson, the drummer for The Roots, has a memoir coming out June 18th called Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove.
Don Cheadle returns to the big screen May 3rd in Iron Man III with Robert Downey, Jr.
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 and Sheree Whitfield, formerly of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta.
Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker is currently filming Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. Whitaker is joining a cast that includes Angela Bassett and Tyrese.
Speaking of Tyrese, he 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 and cutting out cheaters.
Beyonce is launching The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. 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. LL Cool J, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, New Edition, Brandy, Mint Condition, Tamia, “Uncle Charlie” Wilson, Solange Knowles and Maxwell are also on the bill.
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.
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.
Wendy Williams is releasing a new book of advice called Ask Wendy. The book comes out May 7th.
On Monday, March 25th, 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.
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.
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This Hip Hop Couple are going through it. Scandalous talk is coming between them. Can they weather the storm?