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NBC has cancelled the musical Smash after two seasons. They also cancelled the shows The New Normal with NeNe Leakes and Guys with Kids with Tempest Bledsoe.
Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are returning to The Voice next season. Season five will feature the original crew of Adam, Blake, Cee-Lo and Christina. Usher starts filming the Sugar Ray Leonard bio-pic Hands Of Stone with Robert De Niro. Shakira will return to her singing career. Both Usher and Shakira both were very good this season on The Voice. Cee-Lo is also doing a reality show for the TBS cable channel, The Cee-Lo Life debuts next year.
Speaking of Usher, he is being sued by an ex-nanny. Cecilia Duncan worked for Usher in 2010 caring for his two young sons. Duncan says she was overworked and underpaid. When she complained, Duncan says she was abruptly fired. Spokespeople for Usher say Duncan was let go when it was revealed she had a past arrest record.
Look for changes coming to Dancing With The Stars next season. The show is being pared down to one show a week and two hours on Monday.
Congrats to Phaedra Parks of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. She just gave birth to her second son.
Niecy Nash has a new book out on dating tips for singles called It’s Hard To Fight Naked. Nash returns to the small screen next month in The Soul Man with Cedric The Entertainer. The second season kicks off Wednesday, June 19th on the TV Land network.
Michael Winans, Jr. has started his 14-year prison sentence. Winans, Jr., the son of Michael Winans, Sr. of gospel's The Winans, was involved in a financial scheme that cheated churchgoers out of millions of dollar. Winans, Jr. says all was not his fault. He blamed his lawyers for his troubles.
TV's The Young And The Restless is planning a tribute to Actress Jeanne Cooper. Cooper, best known for her role as “Katherine Chancellor on the popular soap opera, passed away last week at the age of 84. The special Young And The Restless tribute show will air Tuesday, May 28th.
We remember Dr. Joyce Brothers. Before there was Dr. Laura and Dr. Drew, Dr. Brothers was a psychologist turned media sensation with her newspaper columns and TV appearances on The Tonight Show and Taxi. Dr. Brothers passed away at the age 85. She opened the TV doors for people like Dr. Phil, who calls himself a fan of Dr. Brothers.
Our son is a liar? Joe and Pam Bryant are responding to charges by their son, Basketball Great Kobe Bryant. Kobe doesn’t want his mom selling his personal high school memorabilia, even though he no longer wanted the items. He says his mother stole the items. Kobe went on twitter claiming he was tired of people always taking from him. Apparently, Kobe has been slighting his family for a while. The Bryants have been pushed in the background while he lavished his wife's family with homes and extravagant purchases. Why would Kobe treat his family this way? A judge blocked the sale of his items. His mom Pam just wanted to buy a home with the earnings. Will Kobe ever reconcile with his parents? Fighting with his parents will only hurt his legacy.
Paris Jackson is growing closer to her birth mom Debbie Rowe, and there is nothing grandmom Katherine Jackson can do about it. Paris, 15, is planning to spend the summer with Rowe. Rowe is Paris and Prince' biological mother, and she was married to their dad Michael Jackson for three years. Katherine doesn’t like these developments, but she doesn’t want to lose custody of Paris. She also doesn’t want Rowe revealing the identity of the real biological father of Michael's kids. The situation is messy. Paris is becoming more independent, and she enjoys the time she spends with her mother. Prince Michael on the other hand is not ready to embrace Rowe. He doesn’t want to offend his grandmother Katherine, and he says he will spend time with Rowe when he feels comfortable. Rowe is overjoyed at the opportunity to be with her children. As part of her divorce agreement with Michael, she gave up custody and legal rights to her children.
Randy Jackson is outta here! The long standing American Idol Judge decided to leave the singing reality show before he got the ax. Low ratings have plagued the FOX show this season, and it looks like producers are going to clean house by getting rid of Judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Millions have been glued to the show, but audiences have now turned away. Even the fighting with Mariah and Nikki have not helped the ratings. In fact many people, including contestants, say their fighting has been a distraction. American Idol needs help. What can save this show?
What is going with the Smith family, and is it all a publicity stunt for Will Smith's new movie After Earth with his son Jaden? According to published reports, Jaden Smith, who turns 15 in July, wants to be emancipated. He wants to be able to live on his own without his parents Will and Jada. Jaden doesn’t even have a drivers license. I think this is a publicity stunt to push the movie After Earth. Jaden stars along with his famous dad, and the movie opens in theatres May 31st. Will and Jada have raised eyebrows with their parenting approach, claiming they have a laid back parenting style when it comes to reprimanding theirs kids. Willow is 12 and Trey, Will's oldest son, is 19.
Get well to The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin. She has had to cancel some concerts due to ongoing health issues.
Is she exhausted, or is she pregnant? Beyonce is in the midst of her Mrs. Carter world tour, bu sources say she may be expecting baby number two. Beyonce has expressed a desire to expand her family, but now, in the midst of a major tour. it would not be a good time. She's canceled a couple of overseas dates and blamed exhaustion. Beyonce is set to return to 2013 Essence Festival July 4th -7th. When she takes her Mrs. Carter tour 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 will also be on the bill.
Meanwhile, Beyonce's dad and former manager, Matthew Knowles, owes the I.R.S. a ton of money going back to the days when he managed his daughter's career. Will Beyonce step in to save her dad?
Actor Terrence Howard is a free man. His short lived marriage to Michelle Ghent is over, and he is officially divorced. The union cost him money. Howard is going to pay close to $6,000 for the next three years. He gets to keep his 25 bank accounts, a 2011 Range Rover and two houses. During Howard's marriage to Ghent, there were rumors of violence, racial strife and all out craziness. In better news for Howard, The Best Man sequel, The Best Man Holiday, with Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Sanaa Lathan, opens in theatres November 15th.
The Real Husbands of Hollywood Reunion Show is happening Tuesday, May 28th on BET. During the show, Singer Robin Thicke is going to talk about why he quit the show. New Cast member Bobby Brown is expected to pop up as well. Chris Rock has also signed up for next season joining series star Kevin Hart, JB Smoove, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon and Duane Martin. Speaking of Nick Cannon, he just brought the rights to Soul Train. He says he is going to do a total overhaul of the show in the next few months. Cannon is also the host of NBC's America's Got Talent.
Cannon's Real Husbands' co-star Kevin Hart has his latest stand up comedy movie Let Me Explain hitting theatres July 3rd. Meanwhile, Hart's ex-wife, Torrei, is proving she and Kevin have a great relationship despite their divorce. For Mother's Day, Kevin gave his ex-wife, who is the mother of his two children, a diamond heart necklace.
Basketball Great Wilt Chamberlain is getting a postage stamp in his honor next year.
The Pastors Of Los Angeles is a show headed to the Oxygen channel. So what's it like being the pastor of a mega church? The reality show is going to follow the travels of Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon and Gospel Singer Deitrick Haddon among others. The show is sure to be explosive. For example, Bishop Noel Jones, the twin brother to Singer Grace Jones, is dating TV/Movie Star LisaRaye. Yes! LisaRaye from The Players Club. He’s 63, and she’s 46. The two have been dating for a while. Will she eventually be the First lady of his church? Hmmmmmm!
Get ready for the Madea cartoon. Yes! An animated Madea that Tyler Perry will voice. Also get ready for an animated Mike Tyson. Tyson is doing a cartoon on the Adult Swim network called The Mike Tyson Mysteries. In the cartoon, the Mike Tyson character will be solving mysteries with the help of a pigeon. Tyson will be voicing his character.
The BET Awards are set for Sunday, June 30th on BET with Comedian/Actor Chris Tucker hosting. “Uncle” Charlie Wilson is getting the night's big honor, and R Kelly is scheduled to be one of the night's performers.
The Lee Daniels film The Butler, with Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, hits theatres August 16th. The movie is about White House Butler Eugene Allen, who served under 8 presidents from 1952 to 1986.
David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim, with Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Taye Diggs, Dijmon Hounsou and Derek Luke, opens in theatres September 27th.
The BET gospel competition show Sunday Best has been renewed for a new season.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been replaced by a younger version of herself. Campbell, 42, had been dating 50-year old Russian Billionaire Vladimir Doronin, but he has dumped Campbell in favor of 20-year black Model Jazzma Kendrick. Campbell and Doronin's relationship was always complicated anyway, including the fact that he was still married a great deal of the time the two were dating.
Jamie Foxx is developing a new show for the TBS network Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me.
Kelly Rowland has released a new single called Dirty Laundry. In the song, she talks about past abusive relationships and being jealous of Beyonce's success. The song is on her new album Talk A Good Game, which will be out June 18th.
In a recent interview, mommy to be and Singer Tamar Braxton says she appears light in many of her recent photos because she is suffering from Vitiligo. That's the autoimmune disorder Michael Jackson suffered from which makes a people lose the pigmentation from their natural skin complexion. Tamar also denies getting plastic surgery.
Congrats to Singer Monica. She is expecting baby number three with her hubby Basketball Player Shannon Brown.
Zoe Saldana is topless on the latest edition of Allure magazine. She is currently starring in the new Star Trek movie Into The Darkness.
Blair Underwood is returning to TV this fall in the remake of the Raymond Burr classic Ironside, about the paralyzed police chief who continues to fight crime. The show will air Wednesday nights on NBC.
Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to TV. Walters, 84, is planning a year long celebration that will culminated in the Summer of 2014.
As Lauryn Hill prepares for her prison sentence, people are wondering who will watch her six children. Hill, 37, is due to start her three-month prison sentence July 8th for tax evasion. Rohan Marley is the father of five of her six children. He says he will be supportive of Lauryn and he will be there for his kids. Other family members have also committed to step in and help out.
Get ready for the return of Oscar Winner/Comedienne Mo'Nique. Mo'Nique is currently touring the country on a comedy tour. She has lost 82 pounds through walking and drinking of plenty of water. Mo'Nique was last seen on her BET late night-talk show, which was abruptly cancelled. Mo'Nique says she still doesn’t know what happened to have BET take the show off the air. In a recent interview, Mo'Nique explained her controversial open marriage comments from a few years back. She claims she was in an open relationship with her husband that had no secrets. Mo'Nique described her husband Sidney Hicks as her rock that she loves very much. She realized her behavior backfired on her, and now she knows how to appreciate her husband.
Filming has started on the sequel to the Steve Harvey smash Think Like Man. Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union and Michael Ealy are among the returning cast members. The first installment grossed $100 million, and this sequel is due to hit theatres June 10th, 2014.
24 years ago, they had a hot romance. Can lightening strike twice? Arsenio Hall, 58, and Paula Abdul, 50, are dating again. Hall says Abdul is the best girl in the world. Hall returns to late night TV on September 9th.
Mary Mary's Tina and Erica Campbell are the cover girls for the latest edition of Ebony magazine. In a very revealing interview, Tina talks about her marital troubles with husband Teddy Campbell. She talks about his infidelity, and how it almost drove her to violence. Tina, who just gave birth to baby number five, says she and Teddy are working through their problems and are committed to each other.
Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey are the cover models for the latest issue of Essence magazine. Tyler has two new shows debuting on Oprah's OWN cable station later this month: The Have And Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor.
In more Oprah-OWN news, the Bill Duke movie Dark Girls is coming to the network in June. The movie deals with color issues (colorism) within the African American community.
Rapper/Reality Star Flavor Flav will be able to tour with Public Enemy this summer. He is scheduled to stand trial in September on assault charges. The 54-year old Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer is accused of chasing his girlfriend's 17-year old son with a butcher knife. Flav faces up to 12 years in jail.
Speaking of the The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the induction ceremony will air Saturday at 9pm on HBO. This year's inductees include Public Enemy, the late Donna Summer and Quincy Jones. Special guests include Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte. Don't look for Flavor Flav's uncut Public Enemy acceptance speech because it went on for more than 30 minutes!!
Oscar Nominated-Actress Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) is joining the cast of American Horror Story. Season three kicks off later this year on FX. Angela Bassett is also joining the show playing a witch. Bassett will also join Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker and Mary J. Blige are headlining the cast of the movie version of Black Nativity, which is coming out later this year.
The 2013 Tony Awards air June 9th on CBS. Congratulation to Acting Legend Cicely Tyson, who got her first ever Tony nomination for her role in the stage production of A Trip To Bountiful. She’s been nominated for Best Actress. Tyson's Bountiful co-stars Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. have gotten more good news. A Trip To Bountiful has been extend on Broadway until September 1st at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.
Mark Wahlberg is teaming with Oscar Winner Denzel Washington and Paula Patton for the movie 2 Guns, which opens in theatres August 2nd.
Get ready for a new documentary about Julius “Dr. J” Erving. It's to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NBA legend's only NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers. The 90 minute special, The Doctor, will air on NBA-TV June 10th.
Sunny Anderson of The Food Network has a new cook book coming. Sunny Anderson: Easy Food For Real Life hits stores this August.
Sherri Shepherd from The View has a new book, How To Lose Weight And Beat Diabetes.
Get ready for The Fast & Furious VI and VII. Version six with The Rock, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese and Ludacris arrives in theatres May 24th. Fast & Furious VII is coming out July 11th, 2014.
Tracy Morgan will be hosting The Billboard Music Awards on ABC Sunday, May 19th. Prince will be honored that night with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
White House Down is Jamie Foxx's latest film. Foxx is going to play the President Of The United States and his co-stars are Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx Show alum Garcelle Beauvais. White House Down opens in theatres June 28th. Foxx has also been named the new spokesperson for the national campaign for Big Brothers And Big Sisters. Jamie is also playing the new villain in the next Spiderman movie. Foxx will be playing Electro. His latest movie, the Quentin Tarantino-Oscar winner Django Unchained is available on DVD. The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz (Oscar winner) and Samuel L. Jackson. Foxx is also in talks to star in the movie musical Annie with Oscar Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild). Foxx is set to play “Benjamin Stacks,” a take-off on the “Daddy Warbucks” character. Annie is scheduled to hit the big screen late next year.
Ahmir Questlove Thompson, the drummer for The Roots, has a memoir coming out June 18th called Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove.
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This Actress is riding high off her sci-fi film but is still catching royal criticism for an upcoming music role.
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Actor Donald Faison (Scrubs, Waiting To Exhale, Clueless) will be hosting the new hidden-camera, TBS comedy series Who Gets The Last Laugh. DL Hughley, Bill Bellamy and Charlie Murphy will also be featured. The show kicks off next spring.
Kevin Hart's BET show, Real Husbands Of Hollywood, has been moved up to the beginning of the year. The comedy/improv-reality show takeoff debuts January 15th on BET. Real Husbands features a who’s who of stars including Robin Thicke, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, Nelly, Duane Martin, Faizon Love, JB Smoove and Anthony Anderson, just to name a few.
Singer Faith Evans is staying with the TV One show R&B Divas. I hear a spinoff show is in the work and may feature Singer Angie Stone.
Taraji P. Henson is the cover girl for the latest issue of Jet magazine.
Former NBA Superstar Allen Iverson's Georgia home is up for sale. Iverson is going through a nasty divorce with his wife Tawanna. They purchased that home two years ago. Everything in the house is up for sale. He also owes a jeweler a million dollars. Iverson is currently playing basketball overseas in China. He says he can’t make the payments on his house because he is only making $63,000 a month but his monthly expenses are over $350,000. What is he spending his money on? How about $10,000 a month on groceries, $10,000 a month on clothes, and he is still driving his Maybach.
Singer Ashanti is joining the cast of Lifetime cable's Army Wives. In season number 7, she will play a military wife and mother of three.
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.
We remember Earl “Speedo” Carroll. Carroll was the lead singer of the group The Cadillacs known for their doo-wop classics Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Gloria and their signature hit Speedo, named for Carroll. The Cadillacs were the first group to present the syncopated stage show, known today as group choreography. Carroll was 75 and died from complications of diabetes and a stroke.
Jazz Great Dave Brubeck has died a day shy of his 92nd birthday. The composer/pianist is considered one of the major innovators of progressive jazz. His Dave Brubeck Quartet enjoyed the major hits Blue Rondo a la Turk, Pick Up Sticks.,and the timeless classic, Take Five. Brubeck was also held in high regard among social activists as he was among the earliest performers to integrate his band. Brubeck would also cancel performances and even TV appearances if all members of the quartet weren't treated equally or subjected to racism. One of Brubeck's last public appearances was on his 89th birthday when President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama saluted Brubeck during the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
Mike Tyson recently admitted during an interview he was high as a kite from cocaine during the filming of the box office hit The Hangover. Tyson also revealed he was in a love triangle with his then wife Robin Givens and Actor Brad Pitt. Tyson is telling all because he's going on the road with his one man show next year.
Comedian/Actor Chris Tucker, who is featured in the movie Silver Linings Playbook, is preparing for his Guess Who's Back stand up comedy tour. Tucker plans on hitting the road extensively in 2013.
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.
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.
The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors airs on CBS December 26th. Honorees include Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman and David Letterman.
Congrats go out to CNN's Fredricka Whitfield and her husband John Glenn. The weekend afternoon anchor gave birth to twins Nola and Gilbert, who'll join big brother John, Jr. Speaking of CNN, Who Is Black In America with Soledad O'Brien premieres Sunday, December 9th at 8pm.
How can Halle Berry salvage her career? After her baby daddy, Model Gabriel Aubry, was beat up by her boyfriend, Actor Olivier Martinez, many blamed Berry. The Oscar winner is known for her man troubles with ex-husbands David Justice and Eric Benet and ex-boyfriends Christopher Williams and Wesley Snipes. Berry has always blamed her exes for her troubles. Now, she is having major problems with her daughter's father. Aubry allegedly started the confrontation with her Martinez on Thanksgiving morning, but Martinez opened up a can of Whip A**, and Aubry got his butt kicked. Berry’s people have urged her to stop the fighting with her baby daddy because the public is turning against her. Berry hasn’t had a hit movie in years. So now, Berry and Aubry have come to a truce, and have made a pact to end the public feuding and do what’s best for their daughter Nahla. Will Berry be able to get her career back on track? Can she shake the stigma that she is a troubled lady who has a problem with men?
Troubled Comedian/Actor Katt Williams has announced his retirement from stand up comedy. Williams, 39, is leading a very troubled life. This past weekend he led police on a car chase, slapped a Target worker in Seattle, threw a cigarette in a woman's eye and got tossed out of a Seattle hotel with his family. Williams stays in trouble. He is either on drugs or has mental issues. Someone close to him has to step forward to get this man help. At one time, Williams was the hottest comedian on the scene, but now his career has become a joke, a bad one.
Marvin Gaye, III is not happy that his friend Lenny Kravitz is playing his dad, Marvin Gaye, in a new movie. Marvin, III says he has lawyer trying to stop the project. He feels the movie being planned is too negative because it focuses on his dad's life in the 80’s when the legendary Motown artist battled drugs and depression before getting fatally shot by his father.
Congrats to Singer/Actor Ray J. Brandy's little brother and Whitney Houston's ex is getting married. Ray J recently became engaged to Model Mia Milano. No wedding date has been announced.
Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington talk about their hit ABC show Scandal on Oprah's Next Chapter. The ladies will sit down together on OWN December 9th.
Jennifer Lopez is opening up about her marital problems with ex-husband Marc Anthony. What went wrong? Lopez says she didn’t like the way she was being treated. She says it was no fun being in an unhealthy relationship despite having two children with Anthony. Lopez is currently on tour with her young dancer/boyfriend. Lopez says her new man, Casper Smart, has brought her laughter and happiness.
An old boyfriend of Elmo Creator Kevin Clash has come forward to offer support for the embattled former Sesame Street puppeteer. 29-year old Jason Murray says Clash not a villain. He says Clash just likes younger men, and that's no different than a straight man who prefers young women. Clash’s career as the force behind “Elmo” came to a screeching halt with Sesame Street when three young men came forward with lawsuits claiming they had had sexual relationships with Clash when they were underage.
Jackson family Patriarch Joe Jackson suffered a mild stroke last week, yet you didn’t hear a word about it from the Jackson Family. Papa Joe, 84, has a history of suffering minor strokes. He lives in Las Vegas despite still being married to Katherine Jackson. He has been cut out of late son Michael Jackson's will, and he is estranged from his children. Papa Joe is paying the price for being a mean, womanizing stage father.
The Preacher Wives Of Atlanta are coming. January 1st will be the TLC cable channel's debut of the latest sisterhood reality show featuring the lives of the first ladies…the ministers' wives that is.
Diana Ross is coming to the TNT network. The Boss is performing on Christmas In Washington. The show airs on December 21st. Conan O’Brien is hosting and the President and First Lady will be in attendance. Speaking of our First Lady, check out the new magazine by Essence devoted to Michelle Obama.
Actress Tasha Smith says she is perfect choice to play Donna Summer if a movie is made on her life. Summer, known as the Queen Of Disco, died in May of lung cancer at the age of 63. Smith wants to prove she is more than just the angry “Angela” character she plays on the Tyler Perry-TBS sitcom For Better Or Worse. Smith is also about to introduce a new wig line, and she is currently promoting her
I had a chance to catch up with Actor Morris Chestnut. Chestnut is best known for his roles in the movies Boyz In The Hood, The Brothers and The Best Man. Chestnut is the executive producer and host of the new docu-series Vindicated, which airs on BET Tuesday nights at 10:30pm. Chestnut teams up with the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating men and women who were wrongfully convicted. Next year, look for Chestnut on both the TV and silver screens. He has been added to the cast of the Showtime drama Nurse Jackie, and he is co-starring as Halle Berry's love interest in the movie The Hive. Chestnut also confirmed to me that he will be in the sequel to The Best Man.
Will there ever be a Martin reunion? The Martin Lawrence 90’s hit sitcom is still popular with viewers. Since show ended in the midst of a sexual harassment lawsuit that Co-star Tisha Martin Campbell filed against Lawrence, don’t look for it to happen.
Sports Illustrated has announced their 2012 Sportsman Of The Year: Basketball Superstar Lebron James of the Miami Heat. James had an amazing year with his Olympic gold medals and clinching NBA Championship win.
Mary Mary return with the second season of their hit reality show Thursdays at 10pm on the WE network.
Andrea Kelly, the ex-wife of R Kelly, is ready to tell all. Andrea says she will talk about her life as “Mrs. R Kelly” in the book Life Under The Red Carpet. For years, R Kelly kept her and their children hidden to maintain his single image.
In other TV One news, let’s hope the rumors aren't true that Dr. Steve Perry's show Save My Son is being cancelled. This show is so needed for our community. Please TV One, you have proven that you are willing to step up to the plate and give viewers a good quality show...…don’t cancel Save My Son!
Get ready for Beyonce in 2013. She’s performing halftime at the Superbowl, and she’s producing a documentary about her life that will air on HBO February 16th.
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.
Singer Karyn White from Superwoman fame has returned to the music scene with the release of her new CD Carpe Diem.
Fantasia is talking about her recent weight loss. She looks great. The former American Idol winner says she’s been working out and eating healthy. She’s also back with her baby daddy Antwuan Cook. Yes! Tasia and Cook are back together...... and yes, he is still married. Sources say she is spoiling him with cash and gifts.
Alicia Keys recently announced her 2013 tour. It launches in March with opening act Singer Miguel. Check her out on the cover of the latest issue of Essence magazine.
Meagan Good's new NBC drama, Deception, premieres January 7th and also stars Laz Alonso. S. Epatha Merkerson, from Law And Order fame, is also joining the cast as Good's mother.
Jessica Simpson is pregnant again. Simpson had her first baby seven months ago, and she gained a lot of weight. Simpson was paid $4 million to promote Weight Watchers, and she did lose 60 pounds. I wonder what she will do now with Weight Watchers?
Whatever happened to the Timex Social Club? 25 years ago, the group had a huge hit with the song Rumors. Then they broke up a year later. The group is putting together a book on the rise and fall of the group.
Music Mogul Clive Davis is also going to do a tell all book. Davis, 80, launched the careers of Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow and Alicia Keys, and he was also instrumental in the careers of John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Phyllis Hyman, Jeffrey Osborne and Angela Bofill. Davis was also an integral part of the launching and successes of the labels Arista, J, LaFace Records, Bad Boy and Philadelphia International Records, among others.
The new season of American Idol kicks off January 16th on FOX, and it looks like new Judge Nicki Minaj will be the mean one, the new Simon Cowell. The new season should be interesting with fellow Judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Host Ryan Seacrest.
December is going to be a big month for Jamie Foxx. He is going to be hosting Saturday Night Live this week with special guest Ne-Yo. His new movie, Django Unchained with Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, opens Christmas Day. And, check out Foxx on the latest editions of Vibe (with Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio), Men's Health magazine and Upscale magazine. Foxx also confirmed this week he will play the villain “Electro” in the new Spiderman movie.
Season 2 of the NBC show Smash kicks off Tuesday, February 5th. Jennifer Hudson and Sheryl Lee Ralph will be featured in the second season. Wait until you see Jennifer Hudson. She looks and sounds amazing. Sheryl Lee Ralph has also been added to the cast of the Instant Mom. The show will star Tia Mowry (The Game, Tia & Tamera) and Duane Martin (All Of Us) and will air on Nick At Nite.
Actress Nia Long has joined the cast of Tyler Perry's next movie Single Moms' Club. The movie is set for a May 2014 release.
Billy Dee Williams is coming to the ABC show Modern Family. He is appearing on the New Year's Eve episode. Modern Family airs Wednesday nights at 9pm on ABC.
Adam Lambert will be hosting VH1’s Divas Live. This year's show will pay tribute to two Divas we lost this year: Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. The show airs December 16th.
Gold Medal Winner Gabby Douglass is going to be featured as one of The Most Fascinating People Of 2012 with Barbara Walters airing December 12th on ABC. Gabby is also releasing her new book Grace Gold And Glory: My Leap Of Faith.
NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta is the covergirl in diamonds on the December/January issue of Ebony magazine. Speaking of The Real Housewives, the new season kicked off with great ratings, the highest in Bravo TV’s history. Newcomer Model/Actress Kenya Moore is causing quite a stir with her behavior on the show.
Singer Kem is getting ready for the holidays. He has a new CD, What Christmas Means, in stores now.
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Mary Mary will return for a second season of their reality show on December 6th on the WE network.
The 12th season of American Idol returns Wednesday, January 16th with new Judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Host Ryan Seacrest on FOX.
Chris Tucker returns to the big screen in the movie Silver Linings Playbook. The movie starring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper opens in theatres November 21st.
Uncle Charlie is back! Charlie Wilson's latest single is called My Love Is All I Have.
Comedian/Actor Mike Epps has joined the cast of the movie Nina. Epps will play the late Comedian Richard Pryor. Actress Zoe Saldana will play Jazz Great Nina Simone.
In Whitney Houston news, get ready for tributes to her this fall. First up, the 18-track tribute album, I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston, comes out November 13th. The coffee table book, Whitney: Tribute To An Icon, comes out November 27th. The Lifetime network presents their TV special remembering Whitney Houston, which will feature home videos and interviews with mom Cissy Houston, brother Gary, daughter Bobbi Kris and sister-in-law Pat Houston. On November 16th, it’s A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston with Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans that will air on CBS.
Rocker Mick Jagger is producing a movie about The Godfather Of Soul James Brown. Tate Taylor, the director of the Oscar winning movie The Help (Viola Davis and Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer) has been tapped to direct this bio on Soul Brother Number One. Brown led an extraordinary life from extreme poverty to a soul legend whose career spanned over six decades. Brown was one of the most influential artists in all of music history. Now the big question is who is going to play him? When Spike Lee was going to do the project, he wanted Wesley Snipes to star in the movie.
The Michael Jackson BAD documentary directed by Spike Lee will air on ABC on Thanksgiving night.
Beyonce will be the halftime headliner at the Superbowl. The Superbowl takes place in New Orleans on February 3rd, 2013 and will air on CBS. Beyonce has also signed on as a new spokesperson for Pepsi.
Apollo Live is the Centric network's singing reality show, and it kicks off Saturday, December 1st. Comedian Tony Rock will be hosting and the judges include Gladys Knight, Michael Bivins, and Doug E Fresh.
Speaking of The Empress Of Soul, Gladys Knight is also part of the ensemble for one of the two sitcoms being produced by comedian Byron Allen. The sitcom The First Family is about an African American First Family in the White House. Christopher B. Duncan (The Jamie Foxx Show) and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) play the President and First Lady. Also starring are Gladys Knight, Marla Gibbs, Jackee Harry and John Witherspoon. The second Allen-produced show is Mr. Box Office with Bill Bellamy, Vivica A. Fox, Jon Lovitz and Keshia Knight Pulliam. Bellamy plays an A-List movie star who is sentenced to community service teaching at an underprivileged high school. The First Family and Mr. Box Office both air weekends in syndication. Vivica A. Fox is also starring on the show Prank My Mom, which airs Tuesday nights at 10pm on Lifetime.
Jamie Foxx returns to the big screen this December in the Quentin Tarantino’s film Django. The movie, about a former slave turned bounty hunter trying to rescue his wife from slavery, also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. Speaking of Kerry Washington, her ABC drama Scandal has been picked up for a full season. Meanwhile, Foxx has also signed on for the movie White House Down with Channing Tatum. Foxx will play the President Of The United States, who is taken hostage in the White House. Foxx is also rumored to be joining the cast of The Amazing Spiderman II playing the villain “Electro.”
Jill Scott has been added to the cast of David E. Talbert's film Baggage Claim. Paula Patton stars in the movie about a flight attendant who has 30 days and 30,000 miles to find a husband. Derek Luke and Octavia Spencer are also part of the cast. Trey Songz, Djimon Hounsou and Tia Mowry-Hardrict have also been added to the cast.
Cedric The Entertainer will be hosting the Soul Train Awards, which will air on the BET and Centric networks on Sunday, November 25th. New Edition is getting a Lifetime Achievement Award. R Kelly has been nominated for Album Of The Year, and he's also up for the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter Of The Year Award. Other nominees include Usher, Estelle and John Legend. Scheduled performers include nominee Legend, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia and TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine & Tank). Fantasia will be showing off her new look that night. She’s lost a lot of weight and her nose looks different. Did she have plastic surgery?
The American Music Awards air November 18th on ABC. Nicki Minaj is scheduled to perform.
Sunny Anderson is back with a new show on the Food network. Homemade In America airs Saturday mornings at 9:30am on the Food network.
Singer Kem is getting ready for the holidays. He has a new CD, What Christmas Means, in stores now.
We remember R&B Singer Major Harris, who passed away Friday, November 9th at the age of 65. Harris was a former member of Philly soul group The Delfonics (1971-74), but he was best known for his solo signature song, the number one, million-seller Love Won't Let Me Wait.
There is trouble on the set of the TV reality show Welcome To Sweetie Pie's. The show, which airs on Saturday nights on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network, has turned out to be a surprise hit. Sweetie Pie's is about former Ikette Robbie Montgomery, her family and their soul food business. It's a great show, but Ms. Robbie's son Tim is letting success go to his head. Tim has been acting like a “Diva” on the set, and he's been giving producers a hard time. That's started to affect production on the show. Producers feel they may not be able to continue with Tim, even though he is one of the stars of the show. Ms. Robbie is in her 70’s, and friends are worried about what the stress is doing to her. Ms. Robbie wants to turn things over to her son, but he wants to start a music career and move away from their business.
Actor Michael Wright (“Eddie Cain” from The Five Heartbeats) was arrested for driving under the influence. Wright was driving his 1978 Rolls Royce when he hit a police car. Two cops were sitting inside the car. Wright's blood alcohol level was well above the limit.
The drama continues over the remains of Actor Sherman Hemsley. Hemsley died in late July from lung cancer, but he has still not been buried. So what's the holdup? According to family members I talked to, Hemsley's longtime manager, Flora Enchinton, has the body. Enchinton is married, but she says she was named the benefactor in Hemsley's will. I talked to Bob Thornton, Hemsley's nephew, and he says DNA tests came back proving his father, Robert Thornton of Philadelphia, and Hemsley were brothers, but a judge wouldn’t hear the evidence. Thornton says he and his father are not looking for money. They just want Hemsley to be properly laid to rest in his hometown of Philadelphia. Meanwhile, a cousin has also come forward wanting his voice heard.
Singer Nicci Gilbert will not be returning to TV One’s R&B Divas. The producers say they did research, and they found Gilbert was the least liked of the women, which include Faith Evans, KeKe Wyatt and Syleena Johnson.
These haven't been the best days for Singer and Voice Judge Cee-Lo Green. A woman accused him of sexual battery. She says Cee-Lo gave her a drug and had sex with her without her knowledge. She also claims to have him on tape admitting it. Cee-Lo is married, and apparently, the woman is a jumpoff. She's a Houston woman that he has been involved with for a while. Despite his marital status, Cee-Lo is known to have different women in different cities, but now that's all hitting the fan in full public view.
The USA network has cancelled the Michael Ealy TV cop drama Common Law.
Actress Sharon Leal will be the leading lady in the movie Addicted. Based on the best-selling erotic novel by Zane. The book is being made into a movie. Leal, who is best known for her work in the Tyler Perry movie series Why Did I Get Married, snagged the role after producers launched an intense search for a leading lady. The movie is about a married businesswoman who is a sex addict. Tasha Smith also stars as a sex therapist along with Boris Kodjoe, fresh off the Resident Evil movie franchise, playing Leal's husband.
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are joining the forces for the movie Ride Along. Tika Sumpter (Sparkle) plays the love interest to Hart, who has to prove himself worthy to her brother (Ice Cube). Director Tim Story, who did the movies Think Like A Man and Fantastic Four, is directing. Hart's got a busy 2013 because along with Ride Along, his BET show The Real Husbands Of Hollywood debuts in March.
Get ready for a sequel to the 1999 movie classic The Best Man. The movie made Terrence Howard and Taye Diggs stars. Nia Long, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Jr., Regina Hall, Melissa De Sousa and Morris Chestnut were all in the original cast and are returning for the sequel.
Wednesday, November 14th at 10pm, Spike TV presents Eddie Murphy: One Night Only. It's a salute to the ground-breaking comedian's 30-year career. The salute will feature Jamie Foxx, Arsenio Hall, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and even Stevie Wonder singing with Murphy, known for his killer Stevie Wonder imitation. Murphy surprised everyone that night with his speech. At 51, Murphy described himself as a bitter man who is retired but very happy with the tribute. Murphy is currently dating Model Paige Butler. She used to dated Media Mogul Russell Simmons.
Singer John Legend is producing a TV show based on his life. At age 17, Legend was in an ivy league school when his mother fell ill. In his teens, Legend was now taking care of his siblings,. He later went on to become a Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter.
Gold Medal Winner Gabby Douglass is the cover girl for the December issue of Essence magazine, and Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer is the cover girl for Elle magazine.
NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta is the cover girl in diamonds on the December/January issue of Ebony magazine. Speaking of The Real Housewives, the new season kicked off with great ratings, the highest in Bravo TV’s history. Newcomer Model/Actress Kenya Moore is causing quite a stir with her behavior on the show.
Pop Star Rihanna is on the latest issue of Vogue magazine. What will 2013 hold for the pop princess? Could it be marriage and a baby with Chris Brown? Despite their turbulent past, the two are still crazy about each other.
Evelyn Lozada wants to prove there is life after Basketball Wives and a failed marriage to Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. Lozada, who is known for her fabulous body, wants to be a fitness guru. She wants to do work out videos while promoting her caffeine-free energy drink Youth H20.
Actor Wood Harris (The Wire) has been added to the cast of Betty And Coretta. The Lifetime TV movie stars Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz. Harris will play Malcolm X.
At the movies, it’s the new James Bond movie Skyfall starring Daniel Craig and Naomi Harris. There has been a lot of talk about a James Bond of color, and Actor Idris Elba has been named as a frontrunner. Also at the movies, it's Denzel Washington's latest movie Flight co-starring John Goodman and Don Cheadle. Also playing is the movie LUV starring Common, Meagan Good, Charles Dutton and Dennis Haysbert. Plus, Middle Of Nowhere, from Writer/Director Ava DuVernay, stars Lorraine Toussaint (Law & Order), Dondre Whitfield (The Cosby Show), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), and Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, For Colored Girls). Middle Of Nowhere follows a wife's journey of self discovery after her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison.
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Did these BFF's lose their friendship over a guy? Word on the street is the friend thinks her girl will get treated badly again by this guy. Since her friend won't listen, she's keeping her distance.