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Fantasia is learning the hard way she can’t mess with a married man. Earlier this week, the former American Idol winner was treated for a medication overdose. It was a combination of sleeping pills and aspirin. Fantasia was found in a closet and rushed to the hospital. Fantasia was involved with a married man, and the fallout was devastating. Fantasia was involved with married Real Estate Agent Antwaun Cook. He has two young children, and his wife Paula was not letting him go without a fight. They all live in North Carolina, and under that state’s law, a wife can sue a mistress. Well, Paula Cook got a lawyer and filed a lawsuit against Fantasia. She also claimed Fantasia taunted her: So What I Got Your Man! Next Time You Get A Man, You Will Know What To Do! And, she says Fantasia made a sex tape with her husband. The stress and fallout was too much for Fantasia. She has a new album coming out, and a second season of her reality show to film. When her boyfriend decided he was going back to his wife, Fantasia fell apart. Her broken heart led her to do something stupid. In a statement, she says she dated Cook on and off for 11 months and was under the impression he was no longer married. Fantasia says she is sorry for the pain she has caused, but Mrs. Cook says Not So Fast Fanny! She is still planning to sue Fantasia for the pain caused the family. I have interviewed Fantasia a few times. She is a nice girl who got caught up in a crazy situation. Married men are not worth it, and Fantasia had to find out the hard way in a very public manner. Fantasia, think of your family, your daughter and the many that people love you! That man was not worth it!
I am sorry for the pain I have caused my family, but I am thrilled with my porn career! Those are the words of Montana Fishburne. The daughter of Actor Laurence Fishburne just released her first porn movie. Now she is about to sign a multi-picture deal for more movies. Montana, a.k.a Chippy D, is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame. In a recent interview with People magazine, she revealed she doesn’t know how much she is getting for her first porno movie. In another interview, she says she never slept with a celebrity or another woman, but she knows it’s coming. Montana’s mom is Actress Hajna O. Moss, and she is not thrilled with her daughter’s career path, but she wants her to be happy. Montana says being in a porno movie is no big deal. She feels comfortable in her body and with her sexuality. Her dad did try to buy the movie, but it was too late. Now he must suffer the embarrassment of his daughter’s movie. He has a new season of C.S.I. to promote, and no one knows how he will handle it. Lawrence is not speaking to his daughter.
The producers of American Idol are saying no to Jennifer Lopez. She will not be serving as a judge on American Idol. Sources claim her diva demands were too high. As of press time, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Randy Jackson were still on board. Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe knows he has to get the right person to fill the spot, and he was never that confident with the choice of J-Lo. He would like to get Paula Abdul back in the fold, but it’s a pretty safe bet that she’ll be joining Simon Cowell on his talent show The X-Factor, which debuts in September 2011. Who’s going to fill this spot? Will it be Jessica Simpson, Elton John, Barry Manilow or Diddy?
The Producers of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta might come knocking on the door of DeShawn Snow again. She was let go after season one for being too nice and too boring, but her life isn’t boring now. DeShawn was married to former NBA Player Eric Snow, but he left her earlier this year and filed for divorce. Despite having three children with DeShawn, Eric decided to leave his wife for his jumpoff. The jumpoff was an old college friend who was friends of both the Snows. Well the jumpoff got pregnant and just gave birth to a baby girl a couple of months ago. DeShawn and Eric’s divorce is not final yet, but when it does, DeShawn stands to get between $8 and $20 million.
Beyonce has been quiet lately, taking a break, but now she is ready for the spotlight. She has a new fragrance coming out, Elixir, and she is going topless in the new ad campaign for House Of Dereon.
Congrats to Chaka Khan! Khan is being honored at the 32nd Annual UNCF telethon, An Evening Of Stars. The show airs in syndication January 2011.
Essence magazine is celebrating their 40th anniversary. It’s a special edition with Iman and Naomi Campbell on the cover.
Ebony/Jet magazines have a new boss. Desiree Rogers has been named the Chief Executive Officer of the Johnson Publishing Company. She will be responsible for the day to day operations of the company. Rogers was formerly the Social Secretary Of The White House under the Obama Administration. Rogers was let go from her high profile job after the White House party crashers, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, slipped past security and got inside, even posing with President Obama. Rogers was accused of partying and not doing her job. She resigned few months later.
Mary Hart is leaving Entertainment Tonight after 29 years. Hart says she will do one more year then leave on the show during her 30th anniversary.
Rosie O’Donnell is joining the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). No other network would touch O’Donnell after The View debacle, but Oprah came knocking on O’Donnell’s door. The Mighty O convinced her to join OWN. The network debuts January of next year but has limited content. Oprah does not sign on herself officially until after September 2011. So far Gayle King, Shania Twain, Julia Roberts and Forest Whitaker have all signed on for shows and documentaries. O’Donnell is getting a daily show that will be reminiscent of her earlier solo daytime talker.
Speaking of the Mighty O, it’s going to be a long farewell as Oprah says goodbye to daytime TV. Winfrey steps down September of 2011, and she is already running a goodbye video. The new season, the 25th and final season, of The Oprah Winfrey Show kicks off September 13th.
Queen Latifah: will she ever come out of the closet? Photos came out this week showing Latifah and her girlfriend Jeanette Jenkins embracing hugging and kissing, but Latifah has yet to talk about it. Latifah is notoriously quiet about her love life. She says lives her life as she sees fit, and she doesn’t comment on it. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I guess she’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Gary Coleman's ex is still trying to get money out of the Gary Coleman Estate. Shannon Price was kicked out in June, but that is not stopping her because she says Gary promised her he would always take care of her. The estate is trying to sell the Coleman home, and Shannon says she should get the money from the sale.
On August 20th, it’s the movie Lottery Ticket with Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps and Terry Crews. Bow Wow is on a roll. He just signed on for the new Tyler Perry movie Madea’s Big Happy Family. The movie will star Loretta Devine and Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice Guy).
On August 27th, it’s the movie Takers with T.I., Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy and Zoe Saldana. I had a chance to interview T.I. when he came to town, and he says the cast had a lot of fun making this movie. He says it’s the kind of movie where you find yourself rooting for the bad guy.
Speaking of Takers, Co-star Idris Elba is hot on the covers of Ebony and Upscale magazines, where he talks about his children, an 8-year old daughter and new born son. Idris is also going to be the Honorary Chairperson along with Jimmy Rollins at this year’s Philly’s Men Are Cooking taking place Saturday, November 27th. I’ll keep you posted with more details later.
Wyclef Jean is finding some tough critics after he announced his candidacy for the President Of Haiti. Jean has been accused by Oscar winning Actor Sean Penn of not having much of a presence in the country over the last six months. Jean’s former bandmate Musician Pras from the Fugees says Jean cannot be trusted. Wyclef has come under scrutiny for not paying his taxes and the mishandling of funds from his Yele charity that was created to help survivors of the devastating earthquake earlier this year.
The widow of Bernie Mac, Rhonda McCullough, has filed a wrongful death suit against his dermatologists. McCullough claims the dermatologist failed to recognize signs of medical distress three weeks before Mac died from complications of sarcoidosis.
Erykah Badu is sporting a new look. She is now platinum blonde.
The long-awaited Georgie Woods movie could see the light of day next year. Woods was a legendary DJ in the Philadelphia area. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, he ruled the airwaves. He was known for picking the hits, his good looks, his work in the community and the legendary freedom shows at the historic Uptown Theatre. The movie will feature commentary from Dick Clark and the late Ed Bradley. Nobody did it like Georgie Woods, one of the greatest people to ever grace the mic.
Death At A Funeral is out on DVD. The comedy stars Chris Rock Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart and Zoe Saldana.
Taraji P. Henson has signed on to star in the film In the Rough. It’s the story of Dr. Catana Starks, who was the first female head coach of an NCAA Division I men’s team.
Dionne Warwick will be stepping in to fill tour dates for Aretha Franklin. Franklin fell in her bathtub and bruised her ribs. She is currently on the mend.
Ne-Yo says it’s going to be a girl for him and his girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, who’s expecting their first child.
Comedienne Wanda Sykes is joining the cast of Annie. A new version is the popular musical will be playing at the Media Theatre Of The Performing Arts Nov 23rd-Jan.26th. Sykes, whose talk show was recently cancelled on FOX, will be playing the villain “Miss Hannigan.”
The music world is mourning the death of Catfish Collins. Collins was the older brother of Bootsy Collins and he was a longtime member of Parliament-Funkadelic. The funk guitarist died from cancer at the age of 66. Collins started his career with James Brown, and he was featured on the songs Sex Machine, Soul Power and Superbad.
Ving Rhames said there will be another of Mission Impossible, Mission Impossible IV. The fourth installment will once again star Tom Cruise.
Tracee Ellis Ross from Girlfriends fame is returning with a new show on the BET network. Filming has already started for the original TV comedy Reed Between The Lines. The Cosby Show’s Malcolm Jamal Warner will play Ross’ husband. BET already announced The Steve Harvey Radio Show is coming to TV. Steve Harvey on their Centric network this fall. And, the TV show The Game, previously cancelled on the CW, is being revived on BET with the original cast.
September 20th is the start date for the Holly Robinson’s daytime talk show debut. The show, simply called The Talk, will also feature Sharon Osborne and Moderator Julie Chen with a host of other women, a la The View.
Will Downing latest project Love Lust And Lies arrives in stores September 14th.
The MTV Video Music Awards are set for September 12th.
The NBC network is gearing up for some exciting new shows, and they are bringing the hunks. Blair Underwood will play the President Of The United States in the suspense filled dram The Event, which airs on Monday nights beginning September 20th. Boris Kodjoe will be starring with Gugu Mbatha-Raw as husband and wife in the action drama Undercovers, which will air on Wednesday nights beginning September 22nd.
Movies coming to DVD: Iron Man II with Robert Downey, Jr. and Don Cheadle comes out on September 28th.
Holmes Lounge is back. Steve Holmes and crew are back in business with a new location: 2029 Erieal Road in Blackwood, New Jersey. They’ve got the sautéed crabs and seafood and are open Thursday-Sunday, takeout and delivery only. Go to Holmeslounge.com
The 23rd Annual Soul Train Awards will air on November 28th.
Terry McMillan’s long awaited sequel to Waiting To Exhale called Getting To Happy arrives in bookstores September 7th.
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This well known Actress is dating a much younger man. Sources say she is running low on money because she is spending all her money taking him on designer shopping sprees.
Check out who’s coming to town:
August 13th, 14th and 15th it’s the stage production Built On A Lie written by Stefany J and starring D’Atra Hicks at Philadelphia’s Avenue Of The Arts. For more info call 484-343-0124.
This Saturday, August 14th- Third Word at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside for more info call 215-572-7650
Monday, August 16th – The Whispers and Carol Riddick at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue.
Monday, August 23rd- The Rescheduled O’Jays and Eric Roberson concert at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue.
Wednesday, August 25th - Monica & Trey Songz in concert at the Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby
Sunday, August 29th- The Bud Superfest with Kem, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim and Raheem DeVaughn at the Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NJ.
Monday, August 30th- Brian McKnight and Kindred The Family Soul at The Dell East, 33rd and Ridge Avenue.
Friday, September 3rd– Babyface in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Friday, September 3rd- Mike Epps, Earthquake, George Wilborne, Don DC Curry, Mario Tory at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Saturday, September 4th- Sommore, D.L. Hughley, Bruce Bruce, J. Anthony Brown and Turae at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Sunday, September 5th- Frankie Beverly and Maze at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue.
Saturday, September 11th- Corrine Bailey Rae in concert at the Electric Factory Concert Hall, 7th and Willow near Callowhill.
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.
Saturday and Sunday, January 8th and 9th it’s the Rick Watson stage production There’s A Wright And Wrong Way To Love Somebody starring WDAS’s own Mimi Brown at The Arts Bank on The Avenue Of The Arts, 601 South Broad Street. The romance comedy drama is written, produced and directed by Rick Watson. For more info call 215-869-3509.
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