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Oscar Winner Halle Berry is getting married this weekend. They were trying to be hush hush, but Berry and her longtime finace Oliver Martinez, 47, are getting away to a secret location to be joined as man and wife. Of course, Berry's daughter Nahla is along for the ride. Berry, who is expecting her second child and first with Martinez, was previously married to Baseball Player David Justice and Singer Eric Benet. Here's hoping the third time is the charm for the 46-year old actress.
Oscar Winner Denzel Washington is experiencing bad timing this week. He and wife Pauletta are on the latest issue of Ebony magazine talking about their 30 years of marriage, but the tabloids are coming at his neck with photos of him kissing another woman. OH NO! In the article, Mrs. Washington says he is not perfect, but she is his stabilizing force. Denzel has been the subject of cheating rumors before. Has the acting icon been caught red-handed, or is this a frame up? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Hmmmmmmmmm! His new movie, 2 Guns with Mark Wahlberg and Paula Patton, comes out August 2nd.
Lauryn Hill has started her three-month prison sentence for failing to pay her taxes. Hill, 38, is in a federal jail in Connecticut. The mother of six pled guilty to three counts of tax evasion for the years 2005-2007. Hill's family is very upset, and they expressed their frustration with the government via social media.
Why did Scandal Star Kerry Washington get married in a secret ceremony? Washington is the hottest actress in show biz with her TV hit Scandal and her movies like Django Unchained. She surprised a lot of people when it was revealed she was married to Football Player Nnamdi Asomugha. Washington is 36, and Asomugha is 31. He used to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, but now he is with the San Francisco 49ers
after signing a $28 million contract. Did Washington have to sign a pre-nup? The two had been dating quietly for the past year. Check out the Scandal star on the cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
Get well to singer Mariah Carey. She dislocated her shoulder while filming her latest music video. Hubby Nick Cannon was directing. Mariah couldn’t handle the high heels, and she injured herself. Doctors had to reset her dislocated shoulder. She is doing better now. Nick Cannon says his wife is a trooper and even made him stay to finish the video. Mariah was back on set the next day to finish her part, and she's still scheduled to keep up her live appearances and concerts.
It’s official! Elisabeth Hasselbeck has left The View. The cat was let out of the bag in March, but producers at ABC didn’t want to be seen as pushing the conservative host out of the door. Hasselbeck, 36, will
be joining FOX News in September. Her last appearance on The View was this week. Hasselbeck has been a lightning rod for controversy on the show. Who could forget her run ins with former Co-host Rosie O’Donnell. Come September, The View is going to have a whole new look. Comedienne Joy Behar, 70, is also leaving the show. I hear Jenny McCarthy will be joining as one of the new hosts with Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and the soon to be retiring Barbara Walters all returning.
Singer Robin Thicke is getting the crossover success he has always longed for. Thicke was known in urban radio, but now he has a pop smash with Blurred Lines. Thicke was part of the cast of the BET show The Real Husbands Of Hollywood with Kevin Hart, but he abruptly left the show saying he needed to concentrate on his music career. Thicke was tired of being the butt of jokes, and he wanted the same kind of success that Justin Timberlake was enjoying. Thicke, who is married to Actress Paula Patton, wanted to create his own identity. He filmed a very controversial video for Blurred Lines with T.I. and Pharrell. He was heavily criticized because all of the women were naked. Now Justin Timberlake has filmed a similar video featuring naked woman. Thicke is planning an extensive tour as he cashes in on his expanding popularity.
Beyonce naked? Yes! She's on the cover of Flaunt magazine. Mrs. Carter looks quite different, but good. In other Beyonce news, her dad Matthew Knowles tied the knot again. Knowles married his longtime girlfriend, 48-year old former model Gena Charmaine. This is not the babymomma he had a child with a couple of years ago. Knowles divorced Beyonce's mom Tina in 2011. Beyonce and her sister Solange were not in attendance at his wedding.
Singer Toni Braxton is breathing a sigh of relief now that her bankruptcy case is over. She paid $150,000 to wipe the slate clean. Braxton is currently on tour. She's also reuniting with Babyface to work on a
new album of duets with him.
Last week, 50 Cent was having birthday week drama when he was charged with assaulting one of his babymommas. This week, his parenting is being challenged. Tweets have leaked to the media that are alleged to be between the 38-year old rapper/actor and his 16-year old son. The parts said to be from 50
are laced with foul language and end practically disowning the boy and removing him from 50's will simply because they missed each other during an alleged visit from 50. The rapper denies this and blames it on another one of his babymommas as a set up.
Singer Jill Scott is sporting a new look. She is wearing gold grills on the bottom of her teeth. Scott says she enjoys jewelry. Her diamond and gold grills were designed by Paul Wall. Scott will be on the silver screen in David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim with Paula Patton coming to theaters in September, and Scott is also working on two new albums.
Paris needs discipline is the word from Uncle Jermaine. In an interview, Jermaine Jackson talked about his infamous niece, Paris Jackson. He says Paris, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, doesn’t respect authority. Paris tried to commit suicide a few weeks ago. Initially she had problems because rehab and mental health facilities were rejecting having the daughter of The King Of Pop and all the publicity around their treatment operations. Finally a boarding school was located and Paris is going to spend the summer in a facility in Utah as she recovers. Did she hurt herself for attention, or was it a big cry for help? Uncle Jermaine hinted that the suicide attempt might have only been a response to not being allowed to go to a concert.
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor, starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell,
Lance Gross, Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Kim Kardashian, is now available on DVD.
Congrats to NBA Superstar Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder. He is engaged to WNBA Player Monica Wright. A real life Love And Basketball.
Bobbi Kris is showing off her engagement ring and toned body. She is still with her play brother/now fiance Nick Gordon, and he is helping her keep the weight under control. The 19-year old daughter of the late
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown recently posted photos of herself, new toned look and all, on social media.
Football Great Lawrence Taylor is having problems with his son. Lawrence, Jr., 32, was recently arrested on rape charges in Georgia. The alleged victim is a minor. She's only 16. He was charged with three counts of statutory rape, child molestation and aggravated sodomy. In 2012, Lawrence, Sr. was arrested for having sex with an underage prostitute. He pled guilty to one count of patronizing a prostitute, and he had to register as a sex offender with six years probation.
Congrats to Dr. Steve Perry. He is getting excellent reviews for his work on the OWN cable station. He has been one of the moderators of Oprah's Lifeclass: Fatherless Sons along with Iyanla Van Zandt. Dr. Perry has
been a contributor on CNN, and he recently hosted the now cancelled TV One show Save My Son. This goes to show when one door closes another one opens as Dr. Perry is finding great success with Oprah on OWN.
Former CNN Contributor Roland Martin has a new show coming to TV One. Martin is hosting a daily, one hour news show, News One Now, that will launch in September. Martin already hosts the TV One Sunday news show Washington Watch.
The 90’s singing trio SWV is getting their own reality show. Coko, Lelee and Taj will debut their show on the WE TV channel next year. SWV is coming to Philly on Thursday, August 8th in concert with Bell Biv Devoe at the Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Stevie Wonder is working on his first ever gospel CD. Stevie says he is keeping a promise he made to his mother, the late Lula Mae Hardaway. The project is due out next year.
Check out Tony Winner Cicely Tyson on the latest issue of Jet magazine. Her Tony-winning play, A Trip to Bountiful, has been extended on Broadway until October. The play also stars Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Wayne Brady will be joining the final season of How I Met Your Mother on CBS. He is also the current host of the CBS daytime game show Let’s Make A Deal.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson covers the August issue of Essence magazine for their Baddest Brothers Of 2013 edition.
Memorial services for the late Congressman William H. Gray will take place this Saturday. The
former United Negro College Fund President & C.E.O. and former pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church passed away last week in London. Services begin promptly at 11am at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 12th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue this Saturday, July 13th.
Ten years ago, Ruben Studdard won American Idol, and now he’s joining another reality show, The Biggest Loser, to lose weight. Studdard, 35, has battled weight issues for years, and at his heaviest, he weighed 455 pounds. With The Biggest Loser, Studdard is hoping to conquer his battle with the bulge.
The movie remake of Annie is opening in theatres Christmas 2014. Oscar Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild) is starring along with Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. The movie is
being produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z.
The movie version of Black Nativity opens in theatres November 27th starring Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson.
Oprah Winfrey is bringing the soaps to OWN. One Life To Live and All My Children will make their debut on Oprah Winfrey’s cable network Monday, July 15th. The Mighty O wants to continue the ratings roll by bringing these two classics back to daytime. In more news OWN news, Wanda Sykes is bring comedy to the network with Herlarious. The 2 one-hour comedy specials air this Saturday, July 13th and 20th. Iyanla Fix My Life, Raising Whitley and Life With LaToya have all been renewed for a full season each on OWN. Fan favorite Welcome To Sweetie Pie's is returning to the lineup in July on the 27th.
The PBS network will be airing a new special, The March, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington. It was at that civil rights event where the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his epic I Have A Dream speech. The special airs August 27th on PBS.
At the movies this week, it’s Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz, is based on a true story about the senseless death of Oscar Grant. Grant was killed by transit cops in 2009, and his death caused an uproar in California's Bay Area. Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker is the executive producer of this project.
Also at the movies, it’s Grownups II with Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello and Maya Rudolph. Speaking of Chris Rock, he's joining forces with Gabrielle Union, Sherri Shepherd, JB Smoove and “my nephew” Kevin Hart for his next movie Finally Famous.
"Nephew” is already at the movies with his hit comedy film, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. The concert movie surpassed all expectations when it grossed $17 million despite a limited release. Hart is also reuniting with his Think Like A Man Director Tim Story and Ice Cube for Ride Along, hitting theaters January 17th, 2014. Hart and Cube are buddy cops, but Hart wants to marry Cube’s sister played by Tika Sumpter. Sumpter is the new “It Girl.” She’s on a roll as the TV vixen “Candace Young” in Tyler Perry’s hit drama The Haves And Have Nots on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable channel and with Tyler’s A Madea Christmas coming to theatres December 13th.
Arsenio Hall returns to late night TV in September. His show will air locally on MYphl17.
Earth, Wind & Fire return with a new CD entitled Now, Then, Forever. The CD comes out September 10th.
The R&B Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place October 3rd. This year's honorees include The Temptations, James Brown, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Miracles, Jackie Wilson, The Marvelettes and Marvin Gaye.
Martin Lawrence is returning to TV in the FX show Chicago Lawyers. Lawrence is teaming up with Kelsey Grammar (Cheers, Frasier). This is Lawrence's first TV role since his hit show Martin in the 90’s.
Tamar Braxton and hubby Vince Herbert have named their new baby Logan Vincent Herbert. Tamar's new daytime talk show, The Real with co-hosts Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister), Singer Adrienne Bailon (The Cheetah Girls) and Comedienne Loni Love, debuts this Monday on FOX29 at 11am.
Queen Latifah is getting some help from Rocker Lenny Kravitz for her new TV talk show. Kravitz has a set design firm, and he will be designing the set for the Queen's new talk show. Queen Latifah makes her debut on CBS September 16th.
It's another edition of Motown-Philly as Motown Founder Berry Gordy is being honored with The Marian Anderson Award on November 19th. The festivities, including a performance tribute, will take place at the Kimmel Center at Broad and Spruce Streets.
In November, Idris Elba will be portraying Nelson Mandela in the movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. The movie opens in theatres November 29th, and will detail Mandela's early life and his 27 years in prison.
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 Best Man sequel, The Best Man Holiday, with Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Sanaa Lathan, opens in theatres November 15th.
The Dell Music Center continues its new season July 18th - Fantasia and Joe followed by:
July 25th - The Whispers, Stylistics, Chi-Lites & Breakwater for WDAS' celebration of Tony Brown's 40th
August 1st – Israel Houghton & Vicki Yohe;
August 8th - Bell Biv Devoe, SWV and Dru Hill;
August 15th - Stephanie Mills & Jeffrey Osborne;
August 22nd – Dave Koz, Peabo Bryson & 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 now open for the general public. The Dell Music Center is located at 33rd
Nephew Tommy from The Steve Harvey Morning Show is coming to town. This Saturday and Sunday, July 13th
and 14th, at the IMAX Penn Cinema Theatre. It’s comedy on the Riverfront, 401 South Madison Street and for more info call 1-800-479-1065 or go to fandango.com. Join me on Saturday, July 13th for the afterparty with Nephew Tommy, DJ Jamar and DJ KayG at the Delaware Children's Museum, 550 Jutison Street in Wilmington,
October 5th – Rick Watson Presents The Stage Play My Husband John. The story is about John Whitehead of McFadden and Whitehead fame and his wife Elinor Whitehead. The play is happening at the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This Couple has endured cheating allegations for all the years they've been together, but is there something to it this time? An attack on the paparazzi never happened before with the other allegations. Where there's smoke there's fire.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday, July 19th – It’s TGT, Tyrese/Ginuwine/Tank, in concert at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
Friday, August 2nd – Smooth Jazz Summer Nights – Alex Bugnon at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing.
Saturday, August 3rd- Frankie Beverly & Maze, The Isley Brothers and Kem in concert at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
Thursday, August 8th - Bell Biv Devoe & SWV at The Dell Music Center, 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.
Saturday, August 17th- Trenton's African American Pride Festival in Trenton, NJ.
Sunday, August 18th- Ladies Night Out starring Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, Christopher Williams and Avant at the Dell Music Center, 33rd
Sunday, August 18th- Diana Ross in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Friday and Saturday, August 23rd and 24th- Kevin Hart comedy show at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, August 24th- Toni Braxton in concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
Sunday, August 25th – Gladys Knight and The O'Jays at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
August 31st -September 1st - The Labor Day Weekend comedy show starring Sommore, 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.
Saturday, September 21st - Lionel Richie in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.