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Actress Stacey Dash has confirmed she’ll no longer be on the hit VH1 drama Single Ladies. I told you a while ago she wouldn’t be returning, and that her exit was surrounded by controversy and backstage problems. Talk on the set was Dash was feuding with Co-star LisaRaye, (LisaRaye denied that) and that Dash shows up late for shooting and wouldn’t know her lines. The Queen Latifah produced show has been a surprise hit for the cable network. So why leave? Dash issued a statement that while she enjoyed her role, shooting in Atlanta makes it impossible to be with her children in Los Angeles. She wishes the show well. Hmmmmmmmmmmm!
A big congrats to Beyonce and Jay-Z. The first time parents are overjoyed about the new bundle of joy due next March. Everyone wondered when Beyonce would put her career on hold for motherhood. This pregnancy was not planned, and no fertility treatments were used. Beyonce was scheduled to start work on the Clint Eastwood movie A Star Is Born, but those plans have been put on hold. The Carters are on top of the world about becoming parents.
The CBS network is making major changes with their daytime show The Talk with new additions Kris Jenner (the Kardashian mom/manager) and Comedienne Sheryl Underwood. They are replacing Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete. Sharon Osborne is only returning on a limited basis. What the heck is going on? Why would they dump Holly Robinson Peete? She brought class and intelligence to this show, which is basically a rip off of The View. In a carefully worded statement, CBS just said her contract was not renewed. Holly was told to clean out her dressing room, but she’s still under contract. That’s keeping her from getting other work. There have been reports of clashes on the set. The leader of the show, Moderator Julie Chen, is married to CBS Boss Les Moonves. Word has it Chen didn’t want anyone talking about news events except her. There were also problems with Remini bringing family members to work everyday. I am so disappointed in their decision to replace Holly. I hope CBS clears up this mess so she can land another gig soon.
Bishop Eddie Long’s accusers are writing a book about their experiences with him. Spencer LeGrande, 23, and Jamal Parris, 24, are going to write a tell-all about their relationship with Long, and how their lives will never be the same after their abuse. Long’s accusers, five in total, all received a settlement for a $25 million payout. Apparently, the money, which is to be spread out over 20 years, is not enough for the guys, and now they are looking for more money.
Frank Dileo, Michael Jackson’s former manager, passed away last week. Dileo was VP of promotions for Epic Records when he oversaw the record-breaking success of Jackson’s Thriller album. Dileo then became Jackson’s manager in 1984 for five years. They had a falling out, but Jacksonrehired Dileo in 2009 to prepare for the This Is It tour. Jackson died before the tour could happen. Dileo was 63 and died of complications from heart surgery.
Despite Hurricane Irene pounding the east coast, it meant good box office numbers for the summer’s runaway hit The Help with Viola Davis and the new action thriller Columbiana with Zoe Saldana. Check out Saldana on the cover latest issue of Ebony magazine.
Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx says it’s time to bring back Showtime At The Apollo. The famed show ended a 21-year run in 2008. Foxx says before American Idol there was Showtime At The Apollo. He is planning to be the executive producer of a new version for the BET network.
Actress Sanaa Lathan graces the new issue of Jet magazine. She talks about her amazing career and her new movie Contagion with Laurence Fishburne. In the same issue of Jet, check out Camden Mayor Dana Redd. She’s on page 14 with a special feature on mayors.
The new issue of Essence magazine features the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Tiki Barber is engaged to be married to his girlfriend and former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson…..but hold off those congrats! He is still married to Ginny, the woman he left while she was pregnant with his twins. Barber has been trying to make a comeback in the NFL after ruining his TV career with the scandal. He dumped his pregnant wife for the young intern at NBC while he was on The Today Show. It’s been five years since his football heyday with the New York Giants.
Alicia Keys, Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore are the cover girls for the latest edition of Glamour magazine. They are promoting their new breast cancer project for the Lifetime network
A new tell-all is coming out about Comedian Katt Williams. He was once one of the top name comedians, and now he is known for making headlines for foolishness. In the book Pimp Down: The Rise And Fall Of Katt Williams, the author, a former employee of Williams, details the drama, the personal business, mental breakdowns, tantrums, drugs, groupies, lavish hotels, multiple suicide attempts, jail time, gang hits, booze and expensive cars.
Rapper/Actor T.I. got an early release from prison. He completed an 11-month sentence for violating his probation from a previous release. He is now in home confinement. Let’s hope he can stay out of trouble and resume his career.
The Rachel Ray Show did a special Philadelphia taping featuring Boyz II Men and Patti LaBelle. It will air in late September. Speaking of Boyz II Men, they’re back with a new song More Than You’ll Ever Know with “Uncle” Charlie Wilson.
In more Boyz II Men news, they celebrate 20 years with a new album this fall. Twenty is a double CD with 10 new songs and updated versions of their classics including End Of The Road and I’ll Make Love To You. Along with Charlie Wilson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Babyface helped out on the project. The CD will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. They will also be in concert Saturday, September 17th at Temple University’s Performing Arts Center on North Broad Street.
A show inspired by the early years of Mike Tyson is coming to HBO. The show, Da Brick, is a new HBO series by Spike Lee, and is set in Newark, New Jersey, which is known as “Brick City.”
Tyler Perry has three new DVD’s out: Laugh To Keep From Crying, season one of Meet The Browns and his latest movie Madea’s Big Happy Family. All three are available on DVD and Blue Ray. This fall, look for a Madea Christmas and his new TBS TV series with Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White. The show, For Better Or For Worse debuts November 23rd on TBS. The TV show is based on Perry’s hit movie series Why Did I Get Married.
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is opening up about why he entered rehab. De La Hoya says he suffered from alcohol and cocaine addictions and was unfaithful to his wife. De La Hoya says he has been sober for three months.
Get ready for season four of Real Housewives Of Atlanta kicking off on the Bravo network in November.
Steve Harvey’s Family Feud is coming to NBC-10 starting September 12th and will air at 12noon. NBC-10 will also air a new mid-morning news show at 11am followed by The Ten Show in a new half-hour format at 11:30am. Steve is also coming to town with a new comedy show on Saturday, November 5th at the Liacouris Center. Steve is also launching a new daytime talk show in the fall of 2012.
Comedian Kevin Hart is on a roll. His new movie Laugh At My Pain opens in theatres September 9th. He just started work on his new FOX TV show Little In Common with Gabrielle Union. The show debuts in January 2012. He is also starring in the movie Think Like A Man, based on Steve Harvey’s popular book, which opens in theatres next spring.
American Idol’s 11th season kicks off Sunday, January 22nd following the NFC Championship game. Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest are all returning.
Simon Cowell’s singing reality show The X-Factor premieres September 21st on FOX.
The new season of The View kicks off Tuesday, September 6th.
It’s official! The Reverend Al Sharpton has his own show on MSNBC. Politics Nation airs nightly at 6pm on MSNBC.
Andre Braugher is returning to NBC. He’s joining the cast of Law & Order: SVU. The new season kicks off September 14th on NBC. Braugher was recently on the cancelled TNT show Men Of A Certain Age and is up for an Emmy in September for that show. Braugher won an Emmy for his previous NBC drama Homicide: Life On the Street. The 63rd Annual Emmy Awards air September 18th on FOX. Congrats to Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Laurence Fishburne and Alfre Woodard, who are also nominated for Emmys this year.
The Old Spice Guy is joining Charlie’s Angels. Isaiah Mustafa has joined the cast of the new version of famed 70’s action show which co-stars Annie Ilonzeh and is co-executive produced by Drew Barrymore. The new season kicks off Thursday, September 22nd on ABC. Mustafa was recently featured in Tyler Perry’s movie Madea’s Big Happy Family which comes out on DVD August 30th.
The 33rd Annual UNCF Evening Of Stars airs on BET September 25th. This year’s guests include Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, Musiq Soulchild and Miquel.
The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin is getting a new salute. She’ll be honored once again by The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in their American Music Masters series. The Queen is also coming to NBC in a primetime special which airs September 24th. The special will feature music from her new album A Woman Falling Out Of Love. Franklin is very busy these days. She’s also teaming up with the legendary Tony Bennett for his new album Duets.
Congrats to B.J. Coleman! The entertainment executive has launched a new blog, BURGERSANDBOURBON.COM, where he gives you the scoop on eateries from around the world. If you are a foodie, you will love this website.
Actor/Author Hill Harper is back with a new book: The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place. In his latest, Harper tells readers don’t let money rule you, but be an active architect in your own life. Stop the confusion and anxiety about money. Invest in oneself first. Harper’s previous books included Letters To A Young Brother, Letters To A Young Sister and The Conversation. Harper’s diagnosis of thyroid cancer helped inspire this book and coming to terms with what’s really important in life. He says he’s doing very well since the diagnosis. Harper is best known for his role as “Dr. Hawkes” on the CBS drama CSI: NY.
Chris Tucker is returning to stand up comedy and wants to do more dramatic roles. The Friday and Rush Hour star is coming to the Borgata Friday, September 2nd in Atlantic City.
Get ready for the return of Braxton Family Values. The second season kicks in November on the WE network.
The TV One network is airing the 2011 Essence Music Festival Labor Day Monday is September 5th.
Joe’s new CD, The Good, The Bad And The Sexy, arrives in stores on September 27th.
Tyrese is gearing up to release a new album. The CD, Open Invitation, comes out November 1st. The Transformer III star is also pushing his latest book, How To Get Out Of Your Own Way. Tyrese has been getting some criticism for his latest music video. In explaining the lack of African American women in his video I Gotta Chick, he says he went with the best not race.
Melanie Fiona and Kelly Price have been added to the Kem show Friday, September 16th at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts.
Eddie Murphy’s new movie Tower Heist, with Ben Stiller and Gabourey Sidibe, opens in theatres November 5th.
Wayne Brady has been tapped to host an ol’ school jam in Las Vegasthat Justin Timberlake is putting together. The event is happening in October, and will benefit the Shriners Hospital For Children. Charlie Wilson, The Commodores, Sister Sledge and Earth Wind & Fire are on the bill.
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross’ new BET show, Reed Between The Lines, debuts on October 11th with Malcolm Jamal Warner.
Angela Bassett is also coming to Broadway replacing Halle Berry in the production The Mountaintop. Samuel L. Jackson is starring as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The show opens October 13th. Speaking of Halle Berry, she is returning to TV. The Oscar and Emmy winner will play a college professor in a project called Higher Learning. It is currently being shopped to HBO and Showtime.
Babyface is going on tour and coming to the Keswick Theatre on Saturday, November 26th.
The George Lucas movie Red Tails with Terrence Howard opens in theatres January 20, 2012. The movie about the first African American fighter pilots (The Tuskegee Airmen) also stars Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Wendy Williams returns for a third season of her daytime talk show on September 12th.
Singer Lenny Kravitz will be starring in the movie Hunger Games, and his new album, Black And White America, comes out August 30th.
The Bynum Brothers have a new venture: Green Soul, 7169 Ogontz Avenue. It’s a new healthy food restaurant.
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This Reality Star is not making friends with her in laws. She is getting the major magazine covers without her husband…almost as if who cares about him it’s all about you!
Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys? The stage play stars Clifton Powell, Leon and Terrell Carter, September 27th- October 2nd at The Merriam Theatre. For more info call 215-893-1999 or Kimmelcenter.org.
Torn Between Two Fathers, A Priest Tyaire production September 17th at the Dupont Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware. For info call 302-762-4776.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Thursday, September 1st – Will Downing and Gerald Albright in concert at the Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue. This is the make up date for the August concert that was rained out in August.
This Friday, September 2nd - Chris Tucker Comedy Show at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
This Saturday, September 3rd- Atlantic City Comedy Festival starring Mike Epps, Sommore, Sheryl Underwood, Bruce-Bruce and Arnez J at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For more info contact ticketmaster.com.
This Sunday, September 4th- Frankie Beverly & Maze and DJ Kool at the Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue.
This Sunday, September 4th- Chrisette Michele at the House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
Friday, September 16th- Kem with Melanie Fiona and Kelly Price at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue.
Saturday, September 17th- Boyz II Men at Temple University’s Performing Arts Center on 1837 North Broad Street.
Saturday, September 24th- Sinbad at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, September 25th – The rescheduled Boney James concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, October 9th- Wanda Sykes at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, October 22nd – Ledisi at Temple University’s Performing Arts Center on 1837 North Broad Street.
Sunday, October 23rd – George Benson in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Saturday, November 26th- Babyface in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
April 10th, 2012- Cirque De Soleil Show featuring the music of Michael Jackson at the Wells Fargo Center(formerly the Wachovia Center).
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