What’s real story Lawrence? What a week it has been for former NFL Great Lawrence Taylor. Taylor is facing a third degree rape charge involving an incident with an underage girl. Taylor has changed his story three times. At first, he didn’t know the girl. Then he said he paid $300 and had sex with the girl, but didn’t know she was underage. Now he says he did not have sex with the girl, but he did pleasure himself. The girl in question is now in foster care. She says she was brought to a hotel room by her pimp who beat her and told her she had to have sex with Taylor. She says she told Taylor she was 19 years old. She also says during their time together, the condom got stuck inside her said she told him she hopes she doesn’t get pregnant. He allegedly told her don’t worry about it because he was fixed. The teen says she doesn’t want to ruin Taylor’s reputation. The fallout happened immediately for the 51-year old former NFL great. Taylor was recently dropped by Nutrisystem, and now he faces a prison term. During his heyday, he was one of the most feared linebackers in the NFL. Just a couple of seasons ago, he was a popular contestant on Dancing With The Stars. One person sticking by his side is his wife Lynette. Lynette says she believes her husband, and despite his past reputation with drugs and trouble with the law, the man she loves is not the man who would rape a teenager.
When will Alicia Keys reveal the truth? Keys is pregnant, and she is planning a summer wedding to longtime boyfriend Producer Swizz Beatz. Beatz just got a divorce from his wife, Singer Mashonda, and they have a young daughter.
What’s up with Mariah Carey? She has been spotted at a well known fertility clinic. Her recent weight gain may be attributed to her visits.
When will Siohvaughn Wade just let go? The soon to be ex-wife of NBA Star Dwayne Wade was arrested earlier this week for failing to show up to court regarding her divorce. Siohvaughn is out of jail on $10,000 bond. A judge ordered her arrest for ignoring court orders. Siohvaughn says her lawyer was in a car accident, and she thought the hearing was going to be postponed. Siohvaughn was dumped by her husband shortly after the birth of her second child. Dwayne Wade moved on to start a relationship with Actress Gabrielle Union. Last week, Union was dragged into the mess when she was hit by a lawsuit claiming that she was having relations with Dwayne in front of his kids. This has to be one of the messiest divorces in years. Siohvaughn, just get the money! If he doesn’t want you, move on! He has money. Get it and move on! Who wants to be with a man who doesn’t want you? Her antics are going to cost her custody of her two kids with Wade.
Eddie Murphy and his ex-girlfriend/baby momma Mel B are coming together for the sake of their young daughter. It was careful planning by Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole that got Eddie and Mel B to put aside their differences and animosity, so they can raise their daughter Angel Iris. Murphy and Mel B came together to celebrate their daughter’s third birthday with a party held at Murphy’s home. Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole, who is getting married to former NFL Star Michael Strahan, says she wants all the kids to get along. Nicole has five kids by Murphy.
What’s up with Usher’s girlfriend Grace Miguel? Usher’s ex-wife Tameka is upset about his latest relationship. Apparently, Miguel used to be close friends with Tameka, and now Miguel has got Tameka’s man. Tameka is livid. She left her husband and three kids to be with Usher. She had two kids by Usher and almost died having plastic surgery to please him, but it wasn’t enough to save her marriage. Miguel has quite a past. The former record executive lost a ton of weight, remade herself, left her husband and now she’s with Usher. Usher knows how to make a woman leave her husband. Hmmmmmmmmmm! Usher’s ex-wife isn’t the only person upset with him. Producer Jermaine Dupri feels Usher disrespected him by not including him on his latest project. Jermaine feels he gave Usher his greatest musical success with the Confessions album, and Usher won’t admit it.
What’s the problem with American Idol? In a recent poll, producers are asking, Where Did We Go Wrong? Was it replacing Paula Abdul with Ellen DeGeneres? Are there too many judges? Was the talent lacking this year? The ratings for the popular show are slipping. And, with Simon Cowell leaving at the end of the season, what will be the future of the show?
The Legendary Lena Horne passed away this week at the age of 92. The award-winning actress and singer was the first African American to sign contracts with a major record label and a major movie studio. Horne was a staunch civil rights activists and life-long NAACP member. She refused to perform for segregated troops during World War II, and sued restaurants for racial discrimination. Throughout her seven decade career, her films included Cabin In The Sky and The Wiz and her songs included The Lady Is A Tramp and Stormy Weather. She won Grammys and a Tony for her comeback one-woman show on Broadway in the 1980’s called Lena: The Lady And Her Music. Horne was known as the original diva, and her legacy will continue to shine.
Maxwell says he can’t wait to hit the road with Jill Scott. He says it’s a dream come true. In a recent interview, he also revealed that he is going to have new music, a new album released by next February. Now speaking of new music, Kem is back with a hot song called Why Would You Stay.
Terrence Howard is going to play Nelson Mandela in the movie Winnie. The bio-pic is about Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Mandela. Jennifer Hudson is playing Winnie. Filming starts next month.
Dr. Conrad Murray has a June 14th court date. It’s been almost a year since the death of Michael Jackson, and Dr. Murray has been charged with manslaughter in Jackson’s death. Dr. Murray says he’s innocent, and he will have a cast of supporters by his side when he shows up in court. Friends, patients and church members from Houston and Las Vegas will converge on the courtroom in support of the doctor. Dr. Murray was The King Of Pop’s personal physician at the time of his death. It is believed that he administered the fatal dose of Propofol that led to Jackson’s death.
Taraji P. Henson is the cover girl for the latest issue of Essence magazine. Toni Braxton covers Jet. And, even though she got kicked off of Dancing With The Stars, Niecy Nash is the cover girl on the latest issue of Ebony magazine. In more Jet news, check out their brand new website http://MyJet247.com . It’s an entertainment/lifestyle companion to the weekly magazine.
Singer Teena Marie is in line to get a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. I had a chance to catch up with Teena at her Atlantic City show, and she said it could happen next year.
Congrats to Bobby Brown. He recently proposed to his manager/girlfriend. Brown has been dating Alicia Etheridge for the past three years, and they have an infant son. Brown says this time he is going to do marriage right.
Mike Tyson says he’s broke. In his heyday, Tyson had millions. He says he lost his money due to excessive spending and having a lot of fun. Tyson says he now lives paycheck to paycheck with his wife Lakiha Spicer and their 16-month old daughter.
Remember the Actor Taimak from the 80’s classic movie The Last Dragon? Well, he was recently arrested for getting into an altercation with his girlfriend. He was released on bond and then the charges were eventually dropped by the girlfriend.
Actor Blair Underwood is coming back to TV. Underwood has joined the cast the new NBC series The Event. The show stars Jason Ritter, the son of the late Actor John Ritter and grandson of the late cowboy movie Actor Tex Ritter.
To mark the anniversary of his passing, the latest book from E. Lynn Harris is being released. In My Father’s House arrives in bookstores June 22nd.
Tyra Banks has a new book out. The supermodel/talk show host has written a fantasy book about superhuman supermodels called Modelland.
It’s going to be a quiet divorce for Tiger Woods and his wife Elin. Reps for Woods want to keep the details of the divorce quiet. Look for Elin to get millions and joint custody of their two kids.
LisaRaye has a hit on her hands with the TV One reality show The Real McCoy, there will be a second season of the show and now she has signed a deal for her own show on VH1. LisaRaye will be starring in the VH1 series Single Ladies along with Stacey Dash and Lauren London. Queen Latifah is writing the script. No word on when the show will hit the air.
Fantasia has a release date for her new album. Bittersweet arrives in stores on July 15th.
Gabby Sidebe’s mom, Alice Tan Ridley, is rumored to be the breakout star of the new season of America’s Got Talent. Ridley is a subway singer who wowed the judges at the America’s Got Talent audition. The new season, with Host Nick Cannon, kicks off June 1st. In other Gabby news, has she turned into a mean girl? A Washington Post reporter wrote about an incident he had with the Precious star, and he said she was not nice at all. Maybe Gabby was having a rough day. Let’s hope she stays grounded.
LL Cool J is back with another fitness and lifestyle book. LL Cool J’s Platinum 360 Diet And Lifestyle Book talks about his plan for staying in shape and being healthy. LL Cool J is doing his thing as an actor (NCIS: L.A.), a businessman and a rapper.
Get ready for the return of The Dell East. Yes, The Dell East at 33rd and Ridge Avenue! After a two-year absence, The Dell East is returning with a new season. The kickoff is July 12th with The Mighty, Mighty O’Jays. As soon as we find out the rest of the lineup, we will let you know. There will be 7 other shows this season.
Speaking of The O’Jays, they will all be profiled on the new season of the TV documentary series Unsung along with Teddy Pendergrass, Tammi Terrell and George Clinton. The new season kicks off this fall. Also get ready for K-Ci and JoJo of Jodeci fame. They are getting a reality show on TV One dealing with their life, and how they have battled their addictions.
The Sex And The City movie opens in theatres May 27th. Yes, Carrie and the girls are back! Will Carrie cheat on “Mr. Big?” That’s the big question in this sequel. The movie soundtrack comes out on May 25th and features music from Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Erykah Badu.
The VH1 Hip Hop Honors is set for June 7th. This year’s honorees include Producer Jermaine Dupri, Rapper Master P and “Uncle Luke” himself, Luther Campbell.
Will Smith is returning to the Men In Black franchise, this time in 3-D. The new movie will also reunite him with co-star Tommy Lee Jones and hits theatres May 2011.
Actress Victoria Rowell is back with her latest book Secrets Of A Soap Opera Diva. Rowell is best known for her work on the soap opera The Young And The Restless, where she played “Drucilla.” Will she ever return to the legendary number one daytime show? So far, producers have expressed no interest in bringing back Rowell, but a casting call recently went out for an African American woman to play a character loosely based on “Drucilla.”
The Steve Harvey Radio Show is coming to TV. The BET network will be airing The Steve Harvey Radio Show on their Centric network starting this fall. Also, get ready for the return of the TV show The Game. The cancelled CW comedy is being revived on the Bet network with the original cast.
Trey Songz and Monica are gearing up for a summer tour. Songz also has a new reality show debuting on BET on June 27th.
The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin and The King Of Pop Michael Jackson are going to be the new inductees into the Apollo Theatre Hall Of Fame. The ceremony takes place June 14th. Past inductees include Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones and Ella Fitzgerald. Jennifer Lopez and her hubby Marc Anthony are also going to be honored that night with a humanitarian award.
At the movies this week, 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.
The new version of the Karate Kid hits theatres on June 11th with Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan.
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.
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This veteran R&B Singer may have to retire. He cannot perform the way he used to.
Despite appearances and a hit reality show, this woman needs a husband…...make that a husband with money if she wants to continue her high profile life.
This Oscar winner looks amazing with her recent weight loss. To her surprise she is envied by one of the most powerful women in the media business.
Check out who’s coming to town:
This 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 May 21st- Chaka Khan in concert at the TD Bank Performing Arts Centers in Washington Township, New Jersey. For more information call 877-440-1044.
Saturday, May 22nd – Sunday, May 23rd -The stage play Your Girlfriend Needs To Mind Her Business! Starring WDAS’ own Mimi Brown and Yvette Money. Showtimes: Saturday, the 22nd is 8pm and Sunday, the 23rd is 7pm at The Arts Bank Theatre, 601 South Broad Street. For more info call 215-869-3509.
Tuesday, May 26th- Erykah Badu in concert at the Tower Theatre.
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 http://livenation.com
Saturday, June 26th- Gladys Knight in concert at the House Of Blues Showboat Casino in Atlantic City.
Thursday, July 22nd –Chrisette Michele at the House Of Blues Showboat Casino in Atlantic City.
Tuesday, July 27th- The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin featuring Former Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice on piano at The Mann Center for Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
Wednesday, August 11th- Sade in concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey.
Friday, September 3rd – Babyface in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
November 10-14th Je’Caryous Johnson presents his new stage production It’s Cheaper To Keep Her with Vivica A. Fox and Brian McKnight at The Merriam Theatre.
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