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Beyoncé is ending 2013 the way she started it....... with a bang! Bey officially changed the game when she dropped her latest album, called Beyonce, overnight on December 13th
with no marketing. The album has already sold over a million via Itunes With 14 songs and 17 videos, Beyonce had everybody talking. Sources say she bypassed her record company when they dragged their feet about releasing her project. Will other artists follow suit in the future? Mrs. Carter had quite a 2013: singing at President Obama's second inauguration, reuniting with Destiny's Child at the Superbowl, performing at the Essence Fest and The Mrs. Carter worldwide tour, her $50 million deal with Pepsi, headlining at Made In America and now the success of the Beyonce album.
Michael Jordan is starting his own playing squad. Jordan, 50, and his wife Yvette Prieto are expecting identical twin girls. Jordan married his second wife Prieto, 34, earlier this year in a lavish ceremony. Jordan has three older children with his first wife Juanita Jordan.
Queen Latifah is on the cover girl for the latest edition of Good Housekeeping magazine. Latifah opens up about her weight, alcohol abuse and her brother's death. Queen Latifah's daytime talk show airs locally at 3pm on CBS3.
Is there trouble in paradise for Lisa Bonet and her babydaddy Jason Momoa? He was recently spotted at a West Coast event kissing another woman.
Tawanna Iverson Says Give Her Half! The ex-wife of Basketball Great Allen Iverson is requesting that money from his upcoming Reebok shoe deal be given to her. Tawanna says she wants the money from the deal for her children before her ex squanders it all away.
Martin Lawrence returns to TV next year in the comedy Braddock & Johnson on the FX network. Lawrence will be be joining Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Frasier) in the comedy bout two Chicago lawyers. Actress/Singer Telma Hopkins (Gimme A Break, Half & Half) is also a part of the cast playing Lawrence's mother.
Congratulations to Philadelphia natives & Singers/Songwriters Darryl Hall and
John Oates. They're best known as the duo Hall & Oates, and they are going to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next April. Hall & Oates have been together over 45 years. They had their biggest hits in the late 70’s and 80’s including Sara Smile, I Can’t Go For That, Kiss On My List, Private Eyes, One On One and Rich Girl.
Who are the thieves? Computers that Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart donated to a local rec center in his hometown were stolen. A few weeks ago, Hart returned to his hometown of Philadelphia to donate computers to the school district and rec centers in the area. Last week, thieves made off with computers at the Cobbs Creek Parkway Rec Center. Police say it was an inside job because there was no forced entry, so someone had a key. Hart tweeted this won't discourage him from continuing to give back to the community
Remembering Michael Jackson is a commercial documentary that is being released by the Jackson family. The documentary features The King Of Pop's mom Katherine Jackson, and his children Prince, Paris and Blanket. The children and Katherine share their memories of Michael, and they are charging a fee to do so. The family has come under criticism for the project because they're already wealthy. So, why would they charge money for this documentary? Sources say Mom Katherine only gets a limited amount of money from the Michael Jackson estate, and she is making sure her children, mainly her surviving sons, have money when she passes on. Michael's kids will not come into their inheritance until they are older. Meantime, AEG Live, the concert promoter Katherine sued for the negligent hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray for Michael Jackson, is back in the news. They're asking a judge to make Katherine pay more than $1 million in court costs. Katherine and the Michael Jackson estate lost their suit against AEG Live earlier this year.
Ice Cube will be back with a sequel to the hit movie 21 Jump Street called 22 Jump Street. The sequel will star Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill returning to their roles as undercover cops pursuing drug dealers on a college campus. Ice Cube is producing the movie slated to be released next June. In the meantime, check out Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the movie Ride Along, which opens in theatres January 17th.
Anchorman II is in theatres starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Meagan Good with cameo appearances by Rappers Drake and Kanye West.
Awards season is here. The SAG Awards were announced. Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Forest Whitaker (The Butler) received Lead Actor Nominations and Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) received Supporting Actress. Ejiofor and Whitaker also share the cover of this month's Ebony magazine. 12 Years a Slave and The Butler were both nominated for Outstanding Ensemble. Next up, The Golden Globe Awards where The Butler, the $100 million blockbuster re-released in theaters now, was shutout. The Golden Globes usually hint toward the Oscar nominations, but not always. Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Idris Elba (Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom) were nominated for Lead Actor. Ejiofor and expectant daddy Elba are double nominees. Elba is also up for Best Actor for his BBC series Luther, and Ejiofor is also up for the TV movie Dancing On The Edge. Expectant mommy Kerry Washington (Scandal) is up for Best Actress. The Golden Globe Awards air January
12th on NBC, and The SAG Awards air on TBS and TNT January 18th.
Season three of Scandal is being cut short because of Kerry Washington's pregnancy. Washington, 37, is due in the spring. Earlier this year, she secretly married
Football Player Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha, 32, used to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, Scandal returns to ABC with 8 new episodes in late February.
Next fall get ready for the return of The Real. The show kicks off fall of 2014, and will air on FOX and BET. The daytime talker, starring Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, Singer Adrienne Bailon, Comedienne Loni Love and Actress Jeannie Mai, was a hit during its test run. The show was billed as a younger version of The View. The ladies all signed two-year contracts.
How hot is Actress Tika Sumpter? Along with her current hit movie, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, in theaters now, she has other movies coming out over the next year including Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube and the James Brown bio-pic Get On Up. Plus, there's her hit Tyler Perry TV drama The Have And Have Nots, which was renewed for a second season after breaking all kinds of ratings records on the OWN cable network. The Have And Have Nots return January 7th.
Unsung: The Hollywood edition kicks off February 26th on TV ONE featuring segments on Pam Grier, Flip Wilson, Ralph Harris and Dick Gregory.
Babyface will be producing a new album for The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin,
which is due out next spring. He produced a hit for Lady Soul before with the chart-topper Willing To Forgive.
Speaking of Babyface, he and Toni Braxton have returned to the top of the charts. Their hit duet single, Hurt You, is an R&B number one. Toni's last chart topper, Just Be A Man About It, was in 2000. Babyface last hit number one in 1997 with Every Time I Close My Eyes. The duo are headed to Broadway next spring in the Wynton Marsalis production After Midnight. The musical is about the Harlem Renaissance and The Cotton Club and includes many top name musicians coming in and out of the production. This will be Babyface's Broadway debut. Toni Braxton has performed on Broadway before in Beauty & The Beast and Aida. Braxton and Babyface will be in the musical March 18-30th for a limited run. Their new duet CD, Love Marriage & Divorce, is coming out in December. Toni Braxton is also writing her memoirs in Unbreak My Heart, which is coming out February 2014. Babyface and Toni Braxton's new CD, Love, Marriage & Divorce, is available now.
The court drama Divorce Court with Lynn Toler has been renewed for the 2014-15 season.
Erica Campbell of Mary Mary facing criticism? Yes! Her tight wardrobe from pictures intended for her new solo gospel CD leaked. Many took to social media criticizing Campbell for putting record sales above all else with her wardrobe selection. Some fans have come to her defense. The CD is due out next year, and we'll see if she responds back to her critics. Meanwhile, season three of Mary Mary’s reality show will deal with infidelity, fighting with their manager and Erica's voice problems. The show returns to WE-TV on February 27th at
Sisters With Voices, a.k.a. SWV's Coko, LeLee, Taj, are is getting ready for their new reality show which debuts Thursday, January 23rd on WE-TV.
Filming starts next summer on the movie Brothers starring Basketball's Lebron
James and Kevin Hart. They two play brothers measuring in at 6’8 and 5’3 in this basketball fantasy.
Jennifer Hudson is the cover girl for the latest edition of Essence magazine.
Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx will be all over the big screen in 2014. Foxx is playing the villain Electro in the new Amazing Spiderman II movie, which opens in theatres May 2nd.
Foxx is also staring in the movie musical of Annie with Quvenzhane Wallis in theatres December 2014.
Regina King is returning to TV in the FX drama The Stain. King will play a recurring character on the show. She’s also starring in the Gabby Douglas movie for Lifetime next year.
Second time mommy Halle Berry will be busy in 2014. Berry gave birth to her son Maceo in October. Berry also married Actor Olivier Martinez this year, and now she is set to get back to work. Berry reprises her role as “Storm” in The X-Men movie Days Of The Future Past, which opens in theatres May 23rd. Plus, Berry is headed to TV. She'll be starring in the CBS drama Extant. The show, produced by Steven Spielberg, is about an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after spending a year in outer space.
Season 13 of American Idol kicks off January 15th on FOX with a new set of judges: Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
Gladys Knight is coming to OWN. Knight is getting a reality show that will debut in late December on Oprah Winfrey's cable network. The show will focus on The Empress Of Soul as a wife, mother, grandmother, actress, businesswoman, and of course, legendary singer.
Tamar Braxton is topping her spectacular year (a new baby, awards, two albums, talk show and reality show) with a new relationship book. The book, Love And War, is co written with her husband and Manager Vince Herbert.
Prince will be headlining the 20th Annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans July 4th -6th next year.
Let's check The Best Man Holiday cast: Morris Chestnut is coming back to TV on the TNT drama Legends. You can also check him out on the latest issues of Muscle & Performance and Upscale magazines. Nia Long will be one of the stars of the Tyler Perry movie Single Moms' Club, which opens in theatres May 9th. Taye Diggs returns to TV in the TNT drama Murder In The First. Regina Hall has starring roles in About Last Night with Kevin Hart, which opens in theatres February 14th, and Think Like A Man II, which opens June 20th.
Harold Perrineau and Terrence Howard team up with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Sabotage, which comes out April 14th. Finally, Sanaa Lathan will team up with Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie for the movie Repentance, which opens in theatres February 28th.
Shonda Rhimes, the writer/creator/producer of Scandal, Private Practice and
Grey's Anatomy, is ready to tell all in a new book scheduled for release in 2015. Rhimes wants to talk about being a single mom while striving for professional success.
Gabrielle Union's new BET drama Being Mary Jane with Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, Tika Sumpter and Richard Roundtree debuts January 7th on BET.
The Queen Latifah produced drama Single Ladies, starring LisaRaye, Charity Shea and Denise Vasi, is returning to VH1 for a third season on January 6th.
Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway in A Raisin In The Sun running March 8th –June 15th 2014 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre where the original play opened. A Raisin In The Sun also stars Diahann Carroll and Anika Noni Rose, and is slated for a 14-week run.
Live Saturday Night is back with the Party Animals Mimi Brown and Cut Master Butter. The Saturday night live broadcast is happening from Ms. Tootsie's, 1312 South Street from 9 til' midnight.
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Check out who’s coming to town:
Sunday, December 29th- Jill Scott in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Friday, January 10th- Patti LaBelle at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, January 18th– The Classic Soulfest starring Cuba Gooding, Sr. & The Main Ingredient, New Birth, Bloodstone, Enchantment and Harold Melvin's
Bluenotes at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, January 18th- Morris Day & The Time at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.
Sunday, January 19th- The All-Stars of Hip Hop: Party Edition starring Ice Cube, Doug E. Fresh, E.U., Fat Joe's and DJ Kool at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, January 29th- Jay-Z at The Wells Fargo Center.
Friday, February 14th- Vanessa Williams in Concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Saturday, February 16th- The Top Shelf Comedy Tour starring Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Arnez J, Dominique and Gary Owens at the Liacouras Center, Broad and
Tuesday, February 25th – Robin Thicke at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Saturday, March 8th- New Jack Show starring Keith Sweat, Guy, SWV and Dru Hill at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Sunday, March 2nd- Robin Thicke at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, May 10th- The mother's Day music Festival starring Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight, The Heads of State: Johnny Gill/Ralph Tresvant/Bobby Brown at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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