Now that Tiger Woods admitted to cheating on his wife with several women, will he have to drop his friends? In the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine, fingers are clearly pointed at sports greats Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. The article says these two were in cahoots with Woods and were a bad influence on him. Was it peer pressure? Did Tiger want to just fit in? Sources say yes, and the parties and women were notorious. Woods has solely taken the blame for his actions, but the article says his friends helped and enabled him. Woods returns to golfing with the Masters Tournament, but don't look for his long suffering wife Elin to be by his side. She will not be attending.
Legendary Journalist and former CBS-3 Reporter Malcolm Poindexter passed away this week. Poindexter was a long time fixture in Philadelphia media with his work in TV, radio and print, including The Philadelphia Tribune in the late 1940s. He won four Emmys for his television work. Poindexter also received national recognition for his community service, which peaked when he purposely moved to a lower economic, racially mixed neighborhood to become a mentor. Poindexter was 84 and died after a long battle with illness.
The tax man is looking for singer Faith Evans. Evans owes the I.R.S. and the state of New Jersey over $350,000. Evans has homes in Los Angeles and New Jersey, and she stands to lose them both unless she can come up with the money.
Is Doctor Murray sorry for his actions regarding the death of Michael Jackson? NO! Has he apologized to the Jackson family? NO! Dr. Conrad Murray was Michael Jackson's personal physician at the time of Jackson's death. He admitted giving Jackson the propofol which led to the fatal heart attack, but the doctor says he feels he did nothing wrong. Murray says he didn't think the drug propofol was the problem. As the investigation continues, there are reports that Jackson was alive by the time he got to the hospital then died. There are also reports that Dr. Murray didn't rush to get Jackson help because he was destroying evidence before authorities arrived.
There will be no July wedding for model/actress Eva Pigford and actor Lance Gross (Our Family Wedding, House of Payne). The couple announced their split last week. Sources say the problems arose when Gross realized he wasn't ready to settle down with Pigford.
Angela Bassett has been added to the cast of the movie The Green Lantern. She will play the role of "Dr. Amanda Waller". Actor Ryan Reynolds will play The Green Lantern.
Is Prince having money problems? He has been ordered by a judge to give an Irish promoter $3 million for backing out of a 2008 concert, and he owes the state of Minnesota over $450,000 in back taxes.
Will Smith is not making many friends on the set of the TNT series "Hawthorne". The medical drama stars his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and sources say he has upset the cast and crew with the constant changes he makes on the show. Smith has not decided on what project he will do next for himself, so he hangs around the set of wife's show.
Ricky Martin finally admits what everybody already knew... that he's gay. The "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer is writing a book about his life, and he says it's time to tell all. Martin, 38, is the father of twin boys, via a surrogate, and he says he wants to talk about international fame and his start with the boy band Menudo.
Season Three of "The Real Housewives Of Atlanta" kicks off this summer, and there will be some surprises for the new season. Two housewives will be leaving the show. Will it be Lisa, NeNe, Sheree, Kim or Kandi? The two new women that will be added to the cast are Atlanta attorney Phaedra Parks and supermodel Cynthia Bailey. Cynthia's baby daddy is actor Leon (The Five Heartbeats). You will also notice plastic surgery and fake bi-sexual relationships. Plus, a new catfight this season: it's Lisa Wu Hartwell against NeNe Leakes.
Is singer Erykah Badu going to jail? Has her latest promotion gone too far? Officials in Dallas say the singer could face up to a year in jail for indecent exposure and a $4,000 fine for stripping naked in public during her latest video for her song "Window Seat". In the video, Badu is filmed taking off her clothes in downtown Dallas at Dealey Plaza where President Kennedy was assassinated. When she finishes taking off her clothes, she's assassinated. The video is deep, but that's what you expect from Badu. Her new album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, is in stores now.
Reality TV Star Kim Kardashian wanted to be Mrs. Bush more than anything in the world, but the real Mrs. Bush said, 'Hell To The No!' Reggie Bush's mom, Denise Griffin, put her foot down with her son and said he couldn't marry and have children with a woman who has a sex tape with Ray-J (Brandy's little brother). The Bush family tried real hard to accept Kim, but her publicity stunts just got to be too much. Reggie is torn. If he gets back together with Kim, it will be nice publicity stunt for the Kardashian reality show, but his family will not happy.
Tyler Perry is coming to Philadelphia April 28th-May 2nd with his new stage production "Madea's Big Happy Family" at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery. There are still tickets available, and Tyler wants to see you there. He just added the Wednesday show. Tyler's new movie, Why Did I Get Married Too, opens in theatres Friday. The movie stars Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Tasha Smith, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba and Perry himself. Tyler's next project is an adaptation of the 1975 play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf". The play was about love, abandonment and rape. Rumored cast members include Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Macy Gray. Filming starts in June, and the movie is scheduled to be in theatres next January.
Check out the May issue of Essence magazine. Jill Scott is the cover girl, and Janet Jackson has been announced as the headliner of the 2010 Essence Music Fest in New Orleans. The star studded weekend will also feature Earth, Wind & Fire and Mary J Blige but no Frankie Beverly & Maze. Were his demands getting out of hand? I hear "No More Drama" is the mantra this year, no matter how much of a legend you are.
Bill Cosby is due back in Philly on April 6th as the 2010 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award. The Marian Anderson Award is an honor that salutes artists whose leadership benefits society. The awards ceremony takes place at the Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce. Past winners include Danny Glover, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier and Quincy Jones.
Kirk Franklin will be back as host of BET's "Sunday Best". The new season kicks off Easter Sunday, April 4th. Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams will be serving as judges. Franklin is also coming out with a book called The Blueprint: A Plan For Living Above Life's Storms. The book comes out May 18th.
Shaunie O'Neal's new reality show, "Basketball Wives", debuts April 11th on VH1. Shaunie is excited about the new show, and she's already showing off her new love. No, he's not a baller, but he is cute. Go Shaunie!
On May 14th, it's Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton and Pam Grier in the movie Just Wright. Philadelphia Native Mike Elliott directs the comedy about finding love when you least expect it.
It will be the reunion of Run DMC at the 3rd Annual Roots Picnic. The event is happening June 5th at Penns Landing. This will be their first performance since the death of Jam Master Jay, who was murdered in 2002.
Get ready for two new reality shows. On April 8th, it's Lisa Raye's The Real McCoy on TV One. The eight-episode series will air at 9pm and shows Lisa Raye's life as the former First Lady of The Turks and Caicos Islands, a mother to a 19-year old daughter, dealing with her incarcerated sister, Rapper Da Brat, and caring for her ailing mother. We'll also see Lisa Raye with her celebrity friends, and she will reveal the celebrity women who have betrayed her. On April 11th, it's Chilli from TLC in her reality show "What Chilli Wants" airing on VH1. Chilli says she wants a man who is gorgeous, sensitive, and charming but he can't drink, smoke, or eat pork.
Babyface is doing a tour that will bring him to the Borgata in Atlantic City on September 3rd.
Toni Braxton's new album, Pulse, has a new release date: May 4th. The album has undergone some changes, including appearances by Mo'Nique and Robin Thicke.
Get ready for the brother and sister duo of Brandy and Ray-J. The Norwood siblings are getting their own reality show. "Brandy and Ray-J: A Family Business" debuts Sunday, April 11th on VH1.
Jet magazine has exclusive coverage of Oscar winning comedienne Mo'Nique at The Academy Awards. Speaking of Mo, what has life been like for her since winning an Oscar? I hear the BET network has given her a raise and a new set for her late night talk show. And, more A-list stars want to be on her show. Mo'Nique is coming to Philly on May 21st with a comedy show at the Liacouras Center.
The new version of the Karate Kid hits theatres next summer with Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan.
Get ready for Sarah Jessica Parker and the girls in Sex And The City II coming out next May.
The 7th Annual West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival is going to an all-jazz theme this year. Mark your calendar for June 18th-20th. Three days, two stages and it's all free with Al Jarreau, George Duke, David Sanborn, Diane Reeves, and Joey DeFrancesco, to name a few. This year will have a New Orleans theme. The location is 7100-74 blocks of Ogontz Avenue. For more info go to westoaklanefestival.com
The Bynum Brothers are back with a new venture. They own Warmdaddy's on Columbus Boulevard and had the old Zanzibar Blue in Center City. Their latest project is called RELISH at 7152 Ogontz Avenue. It replaces Sadiki's. RELISH features live jazz music Thursday through Sunday. For more info go to relishphiladelphia.com or call 215-276-0170. Join WDAS' Mimi Brown on Wednesday nights for The Rising Star Talent Search. They are looking for up and coming musicians and singers to showcase their talent. For more info and to schedule an audition call 215-927-5455. The winner will get $5,000.
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She's famous, pretty and very talented, but will karma come back to haunt her since she stole another woman's man? She and her newly divorced boyfriend just got engaged.
Some men liked to be bossed around... Why can't people just let me live my life? My wife may treat me like her butler, but I know she cares for me. ... This is a quote from a well known Radio/TV Host... Here's a hint... his wife loves the bubbly.
Check Out Who's Coming to Town:
April 10th & 11th – "Diary Of A Black Man" starring Clifton Powell and Darrin Dewitt Henson at the Merriam Theatre on Broad Street's Avenue Of The Arts. For more information: Kimmelcenter.org
April 11th – Fourplay in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. For more info call 215-572-7650.
April 16th – Angie Stone and Leela James in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside for more info call 215-572-7650.
April 24th – Steve Harvey and Nephew Tommy at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
May 1st – Bill Cosby at the Keswick Theatre for more info call 215-572-7650.
May 1st – Corrine Bailey Rae in concert at the TLA, 3rd and South.
Saturday, May 8th – The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley, Teena Marie and The Whispers in a Mothers' Day concert at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Saturday, May 8th – A Mothers' Day Gospel Celebration with Kirk Franklin, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy and Fred Hammond at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday May 15th – Charlie Wilson and Vivian Green in concert at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City.
Friday, May 21st – Mo'Nique's Spread The Love comedy show at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Friday, May 21st – Diana Ross at Caesars in Atlantic City
Friday, June 11th – Earth Wind & Fire at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Saturday, June 19th – Maxwell/Jill Scott at the Wachovia Center.
Saturday, June 26th – Frankie Beverly & Maze and Will Downing in Concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. For more info go to livenation.com
Friday, September 3rd – Babyface in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
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