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Some family members of the late Teddy Pendergrass are at odds over the singer’s wishes. His wife Joan and his son Teddy, II have produced conflicting wills in court. The wills from each seem to cut the other out completely. The two sides were not able to come to an agreement as to how to proceed. Attorneys for Joan Pendergrass, who married the singer in 2008, say the conflict is less about money and more about the singer’s image and legacy. Teddy II insists his father’s intention was to leave the younger Pendergrass in charge for the family. A judge has already noted the estate doesn’t have the financial complications of other cases. This is because there aren’t huge song writing residuals. Teddy Pendergrass did some songwriting, but did not write most of his hits. Gamble and Huff were responsible for the majority of those songs during Pendergrass’ 13 years with Philadelphia International Records beginning in 1971 as lead singer of Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes before leaving in 1976 for a solo career.
The President is coming to Philadelphia. Sunday, October 10th President Obama will be at the Robert Fulton Elementary School 60 East Haines Street at 3pm. It’s all part of the Moving America Forward series. President Obama also has a new book coming out on November 16th. The book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters, is a children’s book. The proceeds will go towards a scholarship fund for children of fallen and disabled troops.
Has Whitney Houston fallen back into the drug scene? The tabloids are saying the singer’s recent weight gain and loopy behavior in public point to one thing. Whitney enjoyed a platinum album comeback with I Look To You, and last year told Oprah Winfrey about her new outlook on life. But, a disastrous European tour followed that never made it to the U.S., and now the tabloids are questioning her sobriety. Let’s hope for the best for the pop icon.
The Universoul Circus is headed back to town October 20-31st in Fairmount Park across from The Please Touch Museum.
October 18th is the new 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.
Could this be the last season for The Real Housewives Of Atlanta? The show is not getting the buzz it once did. The other housewives shows are popping up in magazines, the talk show circuit and even the news. Meanwhile, despite NeNe, Kim, Kandi and Sheree being joined by new wives Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey, they seem to be far off the radar screen. The Bravo network promises a longer season, but the show is already being seen in syndication. With so many others in the housewives franchise, could Bravo be looking to call it quits with the ladies of the ATL?
WDAS Morning Man Steve Harvey is the new host of Family Feud. He already has 100 episodes on tape. The show airs nightly in syndication. Steve’s new book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How To Find, Keep And Understand A Man is due in bookstores December 7th. It’s the follow up to his bestseller Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man.
Whoopi Goldberg is headed to Broadway, and Patti LaBelle is already there. The Oscar winner will open the musical version of Sister Act as star and producer on April 20th, 2011. Sister Act was a hit as a musical when Goldberg first reprised her role as Mother Superior during a run in London last year. Producers are looking for the same success on the Great White Way. The musical is based on the hit movie that starred Goldberg in 1992. Patti LaBelle is playing the mother of the lead character in the musical Fela! LaBelle will be in the production through the first of the year.
Fantasia is going on tour with Songwriter/Singer/Reality Star Kandi Burruss, formerly of Xscape and currently of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta on the Bravo network. They’ll join Eric Benet at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby Saturday, November 6th.
Where is Stevie Wonders wife? Designer Kai Milla has suspended her fashion line. The Kai Milla fashion line debuted to much acclaim in 2005. Just last year, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Kai Miller design to the Stevie Wonder Library Of Congress Award Ceremony. Creditors design Assistants and modeling agencies are all looking for Milla. It appears Milla left a lot of people hanging when she closed her business.
Get well wishes to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien. She was thrown from a horse while riding in New York. She‘s scheduled to undergo knee surgery. O’Brien is back this month with another installment of her Black In America specials. This time the focus is the black church, and it airs October 21st.
Usher is the cover guy for new issue of Vibe. He’s channeling Tom Cruise in Top Gun with his military wardrobe posing in front of jet. Among other things, Usher talks about his ex-wife Tameka, what lead to their divorce and the current state of his music career.
What’s going on in Mario’s house? The popular young singer was arrested last week for assaulting his mom. Mario’s mom, Shawntia Hardaway, is a former heroin addict. She claims Mario attacked her and destroyed their home. Friends of Mario say the 24-year old singer found out his mom was back on drugs, and she was using his personal credit cards to get drugs including heroin. At press time, Mario’s mom had entered a treatment center.
Terrence Howard is one busy guy. He and Taraji P. Henson will be back as host of The Soul Train Awards. The 40th anniversary of Soul Train is being marked this year, and the awards show will air Sunday, November 28th. Special honorees include Ron Isley and Anita Baker. In more Terrence news, he also part of the cast of the Law And Order Los Angeles with Actress Regina Hall (the Scary Movie franchise).
Does Siohvaughn Wade need psychiatric help? The ex-wife of Basketball Star Dwayne Wade has been recommended for psychological tests because of her violent tendencies. Siohvaughn has two kids by Wade, and he feels she is not safe for their children.
Takers Co-star Idris Elba is going to be the Honorary Chairperson along with Jimmy Rollins at this year’s Philly’s Men Are Cooking taking place Saturday, November 27th. Rollins and the Phillies are currently enjoying a historic start to their playoff games against the Cincinnati Reds. Go Phils!!!!
Meanwhile, Idris Elba’s Takers co-star Rapper/Actor T.I. will face the music next week when he heads to court to explain why he and his wife Tiny were found with ecstasy after being stopped by the police in California. The rapper and his wife were arrested, and it looks like T.I. will wind up back in jail for violating his parole.
Sade is coming to Philadelphia. Her tour starts next June. Sade will be in concert Sunday, June 19th at the Wells Fargo Center, formerly the Wachovia Center, and tickets go on sale October 18th.
The release date for Tyler Perry’s movie For Colored Girls has been moved up. The movie was supposed to come out next January, but the movie is now being released on November 5th. The movie, based on the 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, stars Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Macy Gray, Michael Ealy, Hill Harper and Khalil Kain. Tyler Perry wrote and directed this movie version, and Oscar buzz and hype is already surrounding the film.
Queen Latifah is entering the Vitamin Water market as the brand’s newest spokesperson.
Janet Jackson is doing well with her billionaire boyfriend. Are wedding bells in the future for Jackson, 44, and Wissam Al Mana, 34? Friends of Jackson say she is very happy, and for the first time in years, she is keeping her weight under control.
It’s another honor for Oprah Winfrey. On December 28th, she will be one of the recipients at the Kennedy Center Honors along with Sir Paul McCartney, Choreographer/Dancer Bill T. Jones and Country Legend Merle Haggard. Oprah is in her 25th and final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Porn Star Devon James says she’s ready to release the Tiger Woods sex tape. James was one of many women who were involved with Woods while he was married. James says the tape is 67 minutes long, featuring 37 minutes of raw Tiger.
Mariah Carey’s first husband Music Mogul Tommy Mottola is ready to tell all. Mottola headed up Sony Music and launched the careers of Beyonce, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Mottola described Carey as having a confused upbringing. His book, The Last Starmaker, is coming out in 2012. Speaking of Mariah, she won’t talk babies, but she is planning to unveil a new lifestyle collection on the Home Shopping Network. Just in time for Christmas, she’s got a new holiday CD and her collection of footwear, jewelry and fragrances. Carey will be on the Home Shopping network on the 20th.
The Karate Kid movie is out on Blu-Ray and DVD. I loved this remake of the 80’s classic with Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and Taraji P. Henson.
Speaking of Jaden, remember his dad Will Smith in the 2005 movie Hitch? Well get ready for Hitch, the TV series. The movie about a relationship expert with problems in his own love life made $365 million worldwide.
Longtime staffers on the Larry King Live show are losing their job. After 25 years, Larry King is calling it quits, and new host Piers Morgan is bring in his own staff. His show starts in January.
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.
Award-winning Producer Terry Lewis of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis fame has been tapped to produce the new Jill Scott project, The Light Of The Sun. Lewis is best known for his work with Janet Jackson, The Time, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle.
Iyanla Van Zandt has a new book coming out in November called Peace From Broken Pieces: How To Get Through What You’re Going Through. Van Zandt is returning to the literary world after suffering the loss of her daughter and the end of her marriage.
Are Common and Serena back together? The actor/rapper and tennis sensation broke up earlier this year, but recently got back together in Miami. Sources say the two were just hanging out as friends.
The TV show The Game is returning. Filming on a new season started this week. The show debuts on the BET network in January.
Speaking of BET, Oscar-winning Comedienne Mo’Nique is back with another season of her season of her late night talk show.
Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mom, is sporting a new look (looks like she got plastic surgery, but she looks amazing), and she’s debuting a new fashion line at Wal-Mart.
Happy 65th Anniversary to Ebony magazine! The latest issue features Usher, Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson, Samuel L. Jackson and Nia Long. It’s a special collector’s edition.
The nominees for the 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have been announced. The nominees are The Beasties Boys, LL Cool J, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, The J Geils Band, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Chic, Darlene Love and Dr. John. The final list of nominees comes out in December. The 25th annual induction ceremony takes place March 14th in New York.
In more music news, it’s Eric Benet and El DeBarge. Eric’s new CD, Lost In Time, comes out November 23rd, and features Faith Evans, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi and Eddie Levert. El’s latest CD, Second Chance, comes out November 30th. Benet’s first single from the new album is Sometimes I Cry.
The Men Of Soul are coming to Philly. Friday, November 12th at the Tower Theatre, it’s Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson and Howard Hewett. Tickets go on sale September 18th.
K-Ci and JoJo Hailey of Jodeci fame are coming to reality TV in K-Ci And JoJo Come Clean, which debuts Tuesday, October 19th on TV One.
Anita Baker is set to release a new album new on January 18th. Baker, 52, says she’s excited about the new project called 21st Century Love.
Coming to DVD:
Toy Story III, starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles, is out November 3rd.
Sherri Shepherd has been named the new host of the Newlywed Game. The new revival of the classic series kicks off this November airing weeknights at 6pm on the Game Show Network.
I will be celebrating my birthday with Doc B and Power 99’s Shamara. It’s the Scorpio Birthday Bash Saturday, November 6th at the Polidoro Italian Grill, 129 N Dupont Highway in New Castle, Delaware.
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This Oscar Winning Actress is headed for another heartbreak because she’s dating an Actor who is known for his playboy ways.
Who’s gonna be the head Diva on this reality show: the longtime Host or the new female Judge?
Check out who’s coming to town:
Now Through October 10th - The stage play Church Girl with Angela Winbush, Karen Clark Sheard and Robin Givens at the Merriam Theatre on Broad Street, between Locust and Spruce Streets.
This Saturday, October 9th – El DeBarge at The Baptist Temple Arts And Culture Center, Broad and Berks on Temple University’s campus.
This Saturday, October 9th – Salt-N-Pepa’s Legends Of Hip Hop Tour with Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Rob Base and Kid ‘N Play at the Trump Taj Mahal Arena in Atlantic City. For more info call 1-800-736-1420.
This Saturday, October 9th – Mary J. Blige in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City. For more info call Borgata.com or 1-866-900-4TIX.
November 6th- Fantasia, Kandi Burruss & Eric Benet at the Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby.
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.
November 12th- The Men Of Soul with Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson & Howard Hewett at the Tower Theatre 69th Street in Upper Darby.
November 20th- Patti Labelle in concert at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City
December 16th – Usher in concert at The Wells Fargo Center.
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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