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Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife Sandi are going to jail. Jackson, Jr. received a 30-month sentence for misuse of campaign funds. Jackson resigned from Congress after temporarily going AWOL following his diagnosis of bi-polar disorder and gastro
issues. During sentencing, the judge said there wasn't enough evidence of those issues presented to the court. The former Congressman reportedly spent money on a $40,000 Rolex watch and travel expenses for a woman who was not his wife. He also purchased Michael Jackson memorabilia Jackson's wife Sandi received 12 months for signing a false joint tax return. She stepped down from her position as a Chicago Alderwoman to go to trial. The Jacksons will not have to serve their at the same time because the judge staggered their sentences so one parent is always with their children. The Jacksons have two children ages 9 and 13. The sentences could have been much worse, and Reverend Jessie Jackson, Sr. says this ordeal has been an extraordinary difficult time.
Tameka Foster speaks. Usher's ex-wife is speaking out about the recent accident involving her 5-year son with Usher. 5-year old Usher Raymond, V almost drowned last week in a swimming pool when his arm got stuck in a drain. Foster has already lost a child. Foster’s
11-year old son Kile Glover died in a jet ski accident in 2012. The recent accident brought back painful memories for Foster, so she sought to get custody of her children. Foster does not have custody of her children with Usher. A judge turned down her request, and Usher keeps custody of the boys. In a recent interview, Foster says she doesn’t blame Usher for the accident. It happened, however, when he was away and not there to protect the boy. She says she should be in charge of their children when Usher is on the road and appearing on shows. Foster says it's not fair that she cannot have access to her children.
Calling herself a forced witness, Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife, testified in court that Jackson had been taking propofol for 12 years before he died. Rowe claims she never saw him as a raging drug addict, and she feels AEG Live is responsible for Jackson's death since they hire Dr. Conrad Murray to be Jackson's doctor. Rowe is the
mother of The King Of Pop's children, Prince and Paris Jackson.
Congrats to Director George Lucas and his wife TV Personality and Financial Expert Mellody Hobson! They welcomed a baby girl named Everest via surrogate last week.
Calling all women! It's my Ladies Night Out concert at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge this Sunday. I'll be hosting Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, Avant and Christopher Williams.
Singer Dawn Robinson, formerly of En Vogue and one of the stars of R&B Divas L.A., is speaking out about how black women are portrayed on reality shows. Robinson says she was told she and her Divas co-stars were boring, and they should turn up the drama. R&B Divas L.A. co-stars Lil' Mo, Kelly Price, Chante Moore, Michel'le and Claudette
Ortiz. Robinson says what’s wrong with showing loving and strong African American women who support each other. I saw an episode of the show, and I have to say I was very disappointed with Singer Kelly Price. She came across as a controlling bully. I always thought she had more of a Godly spirit, but she does not show this on Divas.
LisaRaye's ex-husband Michael Missick is in jail. The former prime minister of the Turks And Caicos Islands is in a Brazilian jail on a government corruption case. Missick was plagued by corruption allegations during his time as a prime minister, and cheating accusations while married to LisaRaye.
Don’t look for a reunion of the 80’s group guy. Back in the day, Guy topped the charts with songs like I Like, Groove Me and A Piece Of My Love. The group consisted of Teddy Riley and brothers Aaron & Damien Hall. In a recent interview, Aaron says he owns the name
“Guy,” and he will never work with Teddy Riley again. Apparently, money issues ended the proposed Guy reunion.
Soon to be daddy Simon Cowell is hoping his babydaddy scandal with a married lady will not hurt the ratings for the upcoming season of The X-Factor. Cowell got his best friend’s wife pregnant, and now the lady is divorcing her husband. She’s hoping to be Mrs. Simon Cowell. The new season of The X-Factor kicks off this fall with new Judge Kelly Rowland, who is the covergirl for the new issue of Essence magazine.
The September issue of Ebony magazine is dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin. Four different issues will be available including Trayvon’s parents and brother, Director Spike Lee and his son, Miami Heat Baller Dwayne Wade and his two sons, and Actor Boris Kodjoe and his son. The issue states We Are All Trayvon.
Jennifer Lopez is getting a cool $15 million to return as a judge on American Idol. Country Sensation Keith Urban will be back, but now will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas is also in the mix. American Idol returns in January.
Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting The 2014 Academy Awards next year. The show
airs Sunday, March 2nd on ABC. DeGeneres returns for her second stint after hosting in 2007.
The 76ers’ home opener is Wednesday, October 30th when they host the World Champion Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.
Don’t look for Queen Latifah to open up about her personal life when she returns to Daytime TV in her talk show. Latifah says that topic is off limits, and she won’t be discussing it on her show. Queen Latifah returns to TV September 16th at 11am on CBS3. The Queen’s Set It Off Co-star Jada Pinkett Smith is the show’s executive producer.
Speaking of September 16th, it's also the season premiere date for The Wendy Williams Show (season 5) and The Steve Harvey Talk Show (season 2).
Oprah Winfrey is a roll! Her OWN cable station has made a turnaround in the ratings and its revenue. People are tuning in and liking the shows (The Have & Have Nots, Welcome To Sweetie Pie's, Iyanla Fix My Life, Love Thy Neighbor, Oprah's Next Chapter, Oprah's Masterclass, Where Are They Now, the soap operas One Life To Live & All My Children, just to name a few). Former Football Star/Broadcaster Deion Sanders has a new reality show called Primetime debuting in a few weeks. The Next Chapter series continues with Actress Lindsay Lohan on August 18th and the legendary Tina Turner on August 25th. Bishop TD Jakes returns on Sunday, September 8th with Lifeclass.
At the movies this week, The Mighty O is excellent in Lee Daniels' The Butler, so she is making the promotions rounds. Lee Daniels' The Butler is the true story of White House Butler Eugene Allen, who served under eight presidents between 1952-1986. The movie also stars Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey and David Oyelowo. The Butler goes through three decades. It covers everything from the civil rights movement to Vietnam, and how it affected Allen and his family. Kudos to Daniels for an amazing movie! There is no doubt in my mind that Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey will be nominated for Oscars because the acting is that great!
Tamar Braxton is on a roll! The second season of Vince And Tamar kicks off September 5th
on WeTV. Tamar has a new CD coming out in September called Love And War, and she's going on tour with John Legend. They will be at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, October 25th. Now speaking of John Legend, he is getting married to Model Chrissy Teigen in September.
Another Braxton making headlines is Toni Braxton. She is re-teaming with Babyface for the new CD Love, Marriage And Divorce. The CD comes out in September. Toni is now a divorced woman. After 12 years of marriage, she and Keri Lewis of Mint Condition have now gone their separate ways. They have two sons.
The new season of The View kicks off September 9th on ABC.
NBC's Today Show, Contributor (and former WDAS Intern) Tamron Hall debuts her new show, Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall, on September 1st. It’s a weekly crime investigation series on the Discovery network.
Mary J. Blige will be releasing her first ever holiday CD this October, and she is one of the stars of the movie Black Nativity, which opens in theatres in late November. The movie also stars Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson.
Dr. Conrad Murray is getting out of prison early. Murray will have served two years of a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray is expected to be released on October 28th. Sources say he is getting out early based on good behavior, but the Jackson family is not happy about these developments.
Blair Underwood returns to TV on October 2nd in the remake of the 70’s drama classic Ironside on NBC.
The 2nd Annual Founders Day for Philadanco has a new date! The celebration will take place this Friday, August 16th at the Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue. Philadanco Founder Joan Myers Brown, who was honored by President Obama a few weeks ago with the Medal Of Arts, will be celebrated that night.
Will Downing is back! He teams up with Singer Avery Sunshine for the song You Were Meant Just For Me. Will is also performing at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Sunday, November 24th.
Congrats to Vanessa K. Bush! She was recently named the new Editor-in-Chief at Essence magazine. Bush had been doing the job (interim) since February.
Get ready for the return of Basketball Wives: Miami. Season five kicks off August 19th.
Season 3 of Scandal is set for a Thursday, October 3rd season premiere on ABC. The BET network just snatched up the rights for the syndication of seasons 1 and 2. Scandal star Kerry Washington, a.k.a. Mrs. Nnamdi Asomugha, is on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, and she’s just been nominated for an Emmy for her role as “Olivia Pope” on Scandal. The Emmy Awards air September 22nd on CBS.
The MTV Video Music Awards are happening August 25th. Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Robin Thicke are leading the nominations.
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.
Arsenio Hall returns to late night TV in September 9th. His show will air locally on MYphl17. Hall has been mum about what we can expect, but he says he is bringing back his old theme song from 20 years ago.
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.
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.
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. I saw the movie in a preview screening and it’s a fun, romantic comedy.
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 season August 22nd – Dave Koz, Peabo Bryson & Friends featuring Gerald Albright followed by:
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 and Ridge.
Mary Mary at the Crazy Praise Dance Showcase & Health Fair this Saturday August 17th at the Baptist Worship Center, 4790 James Street in the Bridesburg section of the city.
Saturday, September 7th - It’s the Black Affair party with me, DJ Gary O, and Doug E. Fresh
indoor/outdoor party at the Sahara Sams, 535 N Route 73 West Berlin, New Jersey.
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?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A Legend versus a Legend in the making. These two Ballers aren't seeing eye to eye. Is this a matter of friendly advice or bitterness? Or maybe, is a youthful Baller too arrogant to take some useful guidance?
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Friday, August 16th - Smooth Jazz Summer Nights- Peter White at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing.
This 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 and Ridge.
Sunday, August 18th- Diana Ross in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday -August 23rd, Aug 24th
and Aug 25th - 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.
Sunday, September 15th- Everybody Get Up starring Fred Hammond, United Tenors, Eric Roberson, Dave Hollister, Brian Courtney Wilson. Special Guest Reverend Alyn
Waller of The Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. It takes place at The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce and for more info 215-893-1999 or Kimmelcenter.org
Saturday, September 21st - Lionel Richie in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Saturday, October 26th – Atlantic Starr & Angela Winbush in concert. Presented by Brown Promotions 8pm showtime at The Temple Performing Arts Center at Broad and Pollett.
Saturday, November 23rd - India.Arie in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, November 24th – Will Downing in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
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