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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. Then she'll be in Philly July 25th at the Wells Fargo Center and at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on July 26th with Singer Luke James. 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.
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.
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.
Former Eagles Quarterback Donovan McNabb is going to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle. The big ceremony is taking place Thursday, September 19th when former Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid comes to town with his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
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.
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.
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.
On July 4th , it's the Wawa Welcome America concert at the Art Museum steps on The Ben Franklin Parkway with The Roots, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, John Mayer and J Cole.
The Dell Music Center kicks off a new season July 11th with Chaka Khan and Ledisi followed by:
July 18th - Fantasia and Joe;
July 25th- The Whispers, Stylistics, Chi-Lites & Breakwater for WDAS' celebration of Tony Brown's 40th Anniversary;
August 1st – Israel Houghton & Vicki Yohe;
August 8th- Bell Biv Devoe and SWV
August 15th- Stephanie Mills & Jeffrey Osborne;
August 22nd – Dave Koz & Friends featuring Gerald Albright;
August 29th - The Funk Show starring Bloodstone, New Birth, Con Funk Shun, The Dazz Band & Cameo.
The Dell box office is open now until May 24th for season ticket holders, and May 28th for the general public. The Dell Music Center is located at 33rd and Ridge.
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.
Friday, June 21st, it’s another Sound Of Philly night at Citizen Bank Park. The Phillies are playing The Mets, and before the game, some Philly artists will be celebrated on field. Evelyn “Champagne” King, Dexter Wansel, The Futures and Bunny Sigler will be honored. I'll be
hosting the on field festivities so get your tickets now. Legendary Writers/Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be on hand for the festivities as we celebrate (T.S.O.P.) The Sound Of Philadelphia.
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,
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.
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 215-574-0380.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This Actress is riding high off her sci-fi film but is still catching royal criticism for an upcoming music role.
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, May 18th- Brian McKnight in concert at Harrah's in Atlantic City.
Tuesday, May 21st - The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards at The Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street. It’s a benefit for the St. Ignatius Nursing And Rehab Center and for more info call 1-800-298-4200.
May 25th & 26th- Mary J. Blige at Caesars in Atlantic City for Memorial Day Weekend.
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, just to name a few, at Penns Landing.
Friday, June 7th- Anthony Hamilton in concert at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
Sunday, June 9th- Babyface at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Thursday, June 13th- Tamia at the TLA, 3rd and South.
Saturday, June 15th- New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men in concert at the Wells Fargo Center.
Saturday, June 15th- Father's Day Explosion featuring Brick and Breakwater at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street. For more info call 1-800-298-4200.
Saturday, June 29th- Mint Condition, Howard Hewett and Jon B at the TD Bank Arts Center, Washington Township High School, 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road in Sewell, New Jersey 08080. For more information call 856-218-8902.
Friday, July 19th – It’s TGT in concert Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
Friday, August 2nd – Smooth Jazz Summer Nights – Alex Bugnon at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing.
Thursday, August 8th- Bell Biv Devoe & SWV at the The Dell Music Center, at 33rd and Ridge.
Friday, August 9th- Smooth Jazz Summer Nights- Najee at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing.
Friday, August 16th- Smooth Jazz Summer Nights- Peter White at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing.
August 31st-Sept.1st- The Labor Day weekend comedy show Sommore, J. Anthony Brown, Jay
Pharoah, Arnez J, DL Hughley, Mark Curry, Tony Rock and more at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Saturday, September 14th- Sinbad comedy show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.