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Lauryn Hill is going to jail for failing to pay her taxes. Hill finally did pay up, but a judge decided to send a message to Hill and other people who play with the I.R.S. Hill, 37, is the mother of six kids. She is going to serve three months in prison and three months under
house arrest for failing to pay taxes in a timely manner on a million dollars of earnings. Hill says she dropped out of the public eye to protect her family. She recently signed a new music deal with Sony Records. Even though that deal helped her pay back the money, the judge gave her jail time anyway. Hill joins a list of other celebrities who had to go to jail for failing to pay taxes including Ron Isley and Wesley Snipes.
Jada Pinkett Smith is producing and starring in Salsa. Pinkett-Smith plays a woman at a turning point whose life comes together after she begins her dance lessons. Spanish language Soap Star William Levy, known as the Latino Brad Pitt, plays the Salsa instructor. The romantic drama hits theaters next year. Meanwhile, Pinkett-Smith's hubby and son kick off the summer season. Will Smith is teaming up with his son Jaden for the movie After Earth, which opens in theatres May 31st.
Look for major changes to next season's American Idol. The ratings have seen a 22 percent drop from last year. Changes could include new judges, getting rid of theme shows and hiring new producers for the show. Mariah Carey turned out to be an $18 million bore, and Nicki Minaj is a turnoff with her obnoxious behavior because despite her tough critiques audiences don’t like her personality. Randy Jackson is past his prime, and Keith Urban is too nice.
There is a shocking new Michael Jackson claim. Choreographer Wade Robson says that as a minor, he was molested by The King Of Pop. Robson, 30, is suing the Michael Jackson estate for damages. From the age of 5 until 14, Robson spent time with Jackson. In 2005, Robson testified he was never molested by Jackson, so why is he changing his story now? Is he looking for money? Lawyers for the Jackson estate call Robson's claim outrageous and pathetic. With the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil trial underway, mom Katherine Jackson, who is taking on concert promoters AEG Live in the suit, has been under a
lot of pressure: Michael's kids are rebelling, like refusing to participate in Jehovah Witness activities. Paris has been spending lot of time with her biological mom Debbie Rowe. And, British Actor Mark Lester, who was a child star in Oliver, is claiming he is the biological father of Michael's kids. Lester says he donated his sperm.
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. Oprah returns to the big screen in October in the Lee
Daniels movie The Butler. The movie stars Forest Whitaker as a White House butler who served under eight presidents. Oprah plays his wife. The movie also stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, David Oyelowo. John Cusack, Jane Fonda and Robin Williams. The movie opens in theatres October 18th.
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.
We remember the soap diva known to generations as “Mrs. Chancellor” of The Young & The Restless. Jeanne Cooper, who was on the top-rated soap for almost 40-years, died this week of an undisclosed illness. Cooper returned to hospital care after being released when her health showed signs of improvement. She originated the role of “Katherine Chancellor” in 1974 for The Young & The Restless, which was only months after the soap premiered. Cooper was nominated for awards dozens of times, and she took the Best Actress Daytime Emmy in 2008. She also played TV mom to her real son Corbin Bernsen on his hit 80's drama L.A. Law. Cooper did enjoy a film career that included co-starring with Frank Sinatra (Tony Rome) and Tony Curtis (The Boston Strangler). Jeanne Cooper was 84.
NBC has cancelled the suspense drama Deception with Meagan Good and Laz Alonso.
The BET network is also dropping shows, including Don’t Sleep with TJ Holmes. Holmes left CNN for BET in hopes of making ground-breaking TV, but the show never got caught on the ratings.
Kobe Bryant is in a battle with his mother over his high school memorabilia. Pamela Bryant is in the process of selling his sports awards, high school trophies, Jerseys and two Lakers' championship rings, among other memorabilia. In all, there are 42 items. Kobe's mom Pamela says her son told her to keep the items because he doesn’t want them. Pamela is planning to use the money to buy a home in Nevada. Kobe has taken legal action to stop his mom from selling his items. Sources say Kobe's mom is mad because Kobe just brought his mother-in-law a new multimillion dollar mansion, and Pamela feels Kobe should be doing more for his family.
Bobby Brown is joining the cast of the BET smash The Real Husbands Of Hollywood. Filming has started on season 2 with Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Duane Martin, JB Smoove and Boris Kodjoe.
I spoke with Actor Craig Robinson when he came to town for the Philly premiere of his movie Peeples. Check out my interview on the Patty TV page of WDAS-FM.com. So how hot is 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. Meanwhile, the Tyler Perry produced Peeples hits theaters this Friday, 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.
How did Fantasia lose the weight? She looks amazing since she dropped 50 pounds by eating healthy and working out everyday. Fantasia is promoting her latest CD Side Effects Of You, and she will be touring this summer, including a return to the Dell Music Center.
Speaking of The Dell Music Center, a new season kicks off 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 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 opens May 15th - 24th for season ticket holders, and May 28th for the general public. The Dell Music Center is located at 33rd and Ridge.
How long will Usher stay on the singing reality show The Voice? Usher is scheduled to start filming the life story of Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard this October, and he has to lose 25 pounds for the role. The movie, Hands Of Stone, will also star Robert De Niro, who won an Oscar in
1980 when he took to the ring in Raging Bull.
Raheem DeVaughn will be releasing his latest CD Loveland later this month.
Kenya Moore will be returning to The Real Housewives Of Atlanta with a much bigger paycheck. Moore emerged as a breakout star as her antics on the show were the talk of the season.
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, May 18th 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!!
Filming starts next week on the sequel to Think Like A Man in Las Vegas. The Steve Harvey movie will be bringing back stars Taraji P. Henson and Michael Ealy.
Rocky is coming to Broadway. The boxing movie franchise won a Best Picture Oscar in 1976 and Sylvester Stallone a star. Now it’s scheduled to be on the Great White Way in 2014.
Oscar Nominated-Actress Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) is joining the cast of American Horror Story. Season three kicks off later this year on FX.
Malinda Williams (“Bird” from Soul Food) is going to be of the talk show Exhale airing on Magic Johnson's Aspire cable network. Exhale is drawing comparisons to the ABC talker The View, but will feature other African American women with Williams discussing topics. The panel is also slated to include former Essence Editor-In-Chief Angela Burt-Murray and Journalist Rene Syler.
Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett 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.
Singer Luke James, who's topping the charts with his latest single I.O.U., is going on tour with Beyonce when she starts the U.S. leg of her tour. 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. 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.
Mark Wahlberg is teaming with Oscar Winner Denzel Washington and Paula Patton for the movie 2 Guns, which opens in theatres August 2nd.
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. Chris Tucker is this year's host.
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 is coming out with a new book. The book, How To Lose Weight And Beat Diabetes, is coming out next month.
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, 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.
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.
On Mother's Day Sunday, May 12th, team up to fight breast cancer at the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race For The Cure. The fun starts at seven am at the Art Museum. Join CBS 3, The CW 57 and the WDAS Public Affairs team broadcasting live. Learn more at race dot komen
philadelphia dot org or call 215-238-8900.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many wondered about the marriage of this reality Couple. Now everybody's over buzzing about these two, so was it just for show? With no publicity, is the marriage over?
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Friday, May 10th - Chris Tucker comedy show at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.
This Friday, May 10th- The Temptations & The Four Tops in concert at the Keswick Theatre
This Saturday, May 11th- Charlie Wilson, El DeBarge, Freddie Jackson and Jaheim at the
Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
This Saturday, May 11th- The Mother's Day Comedy Jam with Sheryl Underwood, Eddie Griffin,
Earthquake and Tony Rock at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
This Sunday, May 12th- The Whispers in concert at Caesar's in Atlantic City.
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, Breakwater and The Urban
Guerilla Orchestra 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.
Saturday, September 14th- Sinbad comedy show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.