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Toni Braxton is in the financial doghouse again. For the second time in her life, the 43-year old singer has filed for bankruptcy. Braxton is in debt to the tune of $50 million. According to her list of creditors, she owes everyone money. Apparently, Braxton has been living large and not paying bills. Sources close to the singer say her debt led to the failure of her marriage to Singer Keri Lewis of Mint Condition. Braxton’s latest money problems started when she had to back out of her Las Vegas show. She had a heart condition and her insurance company wouldn’t cover the tab. The casino she was working with refused to cover the expenses. Her last album didn’t do well, and there has been no word on an upcoming tour. Braxton was recently spotted at a Miami Dolphins football game all blinged out without a care in the world.
Actor 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. J-Roll and the Phillies have advanced and now they’ll face San Francisco starting Saturday. Go Phils!!!!
L.A. Lakers Star Lamar Odom is keeping the Kardashians bankrolled. Odom is married to Khloe, and he just made her mother his new manager. Kris Jenner will get 25 percent of all money earned regarding non-basketball stuff.
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.
When will Mariah Carey fess up and says she’s pregnant. Her strange behavior has a lot of people talking. Her husband Nick Cannon recently celebrated his 30th birthday party in New York, and Mariah had to be forced to take pictures. She wouldn’t take off her black trench coat. Carey had on high heeled shoes and a baggy outfit that barely concealed her protruding tummy. She sat in one spot all night and wouldn’t mingle. At Nick’s west coast party, Mariah didn’t bother to show up.
Oprah is preparing for the Jackson interview of all time. Winfrey recently made a west coast trip to the Jackson home and interviewed Katherine, Joe and Michael’s kids. At one point during the taping, Papa Joe had to be told to give Oprah some space. He kept following her around the house. Youngest son Randy was upset about Oprah being in the house claiming she didn’t back his brother Michael when he was accused of child molestation. He says Michael would never have approved of this interview, and that his parents made a mistake by agreeing to let Winfrey in their home. The Jackson interview on Oprah will air next month.
Speaking of The Mighty O, it’s another honor for her. 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.
In 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.
Mrs. Morgan Freeman is ready to talk. For 26 years, Myrna Freeman stood by her husband. The Freemans recently divorced, and she got $400 million in cash and real estate. Myrna, 69, got the fifth largest divorce payout ever from the 73-year old Oscar winner. Myrna has put up with a lot from her ex-husband, like his numerous affairs with women, including his step-granddaughter. Freeman’s new movie, Reds, comes out on Friday.
The new issue of Ebony magazine celebrates their 65th anniversary. The cover features Samuel L. Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Nia Long, Usher and Taraji P. Henson. This issue is a collectors’ edition. The inside photos are great as they recreate famous Ebony covers of the past. There’s John Legend as Duke Ellington, Mary J. Blige as Diana Ross, Regina King as Eartha Kitt, Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King, Jr., Yolanda Adams as Mahalia Jackson, and Usher as Sammy Davis, Jr., just to name a few.
I mentioned Taraji is on the cover of Ebony, but she’s also reunited with her good friend Terrence Howard. They’ll be back as hosts 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).
Kerry Washington is the cover girl for Essence magazine. It’s their Race In America issue.
Speaking of Essence, they’re also debuting their new hair issue. The Hot Hair issue features Singer Monica on the cover and has over 590 styles for relaxed, natural and braided hair.
The BET network is debuting another awards show. BET’s Black Girls Rock will be saluting Ruby Dee, Missy Elliott, KeKe Palmer, Raven-Symoné and Author Iyanla Van Zandt. The show airs Sunday, November 7th on BET.
This week we lost two music greats. Queen Of Gospel Albertina Walker died at the age of 81 after a lengthy illness, and Philly's own born R&B Soul Legend Solomon Burke died suddenly in Amsterdam over the weekend at the age of 70. Burke best known for his classics Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms), Got To Get You Off My Mind and Cry To Me. Burke was a bigger than life music sensation, but he never reached superstardom. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001 and leaves behind 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great grandkids.
Filming starts next month in New York on Men In Black III. Will Smith returns with Tommy Lee Jones and newcomers Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson rounding out the cast.
Star Jones and LaToya Jackson are part of the new cast of Celebrity Apprentice. The new season kicks off in January.
Johnny Gill is working on a new album, and it’s scheduled to be released on Valentine’s Day. Gill has been busy finishing the project, working with The Heads Of State (Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant) and being a dad to his baby son Isaiah.
Tracey Morgan’s HBO special, Black And Blue, airs on Saturday, November 13th.
Singer Kem has a lot to celebrate these days. He’s got a hit album, Intimacy, 20 years of sobriety, and a new addition to his family. Kem has a new a baby daughter born a few weeks ago. Congrats Kem!
Remember Singer Michel’le? She had the hits No More Lies and Something In My Heart. Well Michel’le is ready to tell all. She’s writing her autobiography. Michel’le has a 19-year old son with Producer Dr. Dre, and an 8-year old daughter with Record Mogul and Dre’s former partner Suge Knight. Michel’le was not married to either man, but she says she paid the price for being involved with them.
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.
Rapper/Actor T.I. could be headed back to jail. He will find out on the 15th how long. His recent drug arrest with his wife Tiny was a dumb move on his part. His long awaited album has also been put on hold.
The soundtrack for Tyler Perry’s latest movie For Colored Girls will feature the music of Gladys Knight, Lalah Hathaway, Leona Lewis, Estelle, Laura Izibor, Macy Gray, Janelle Monae and the late Nina Simone. The soundtrack comes out on November 2nd. The movie with Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Phylicia Rashad and Thandie Newton opens in theatres on November 5th. The movie is based on the 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange. Tyler’s newest project will involve The Rock, a.k.a. Actor Dwayne Johnson. In the movie, Take My Wife, Perry plays a divorced man who doesn’t want to pay alimony to his ex-wife so he goes about finding her a new husband. When he finds the perfect suitor for his ex, he realizes he still loves his wife and wants her back.
Boris Kodjoe is having problems with the I.R.S. He owes the I.R.S. over $200,000 in back taxes and his new NBC show Undercovers is in trouble. The ratings have not been good for the spy show, and the I.R.S. is after him. Kodjoe is currently the cover guy for the new issue of Jet magazine with his TV wife Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Is Halle Berry teaming up with Jamie Foxx and Martin Lawrence for their new Wanda And Sheneneh movie? Foxx made “Wanda” famous on the TV variety show In Living Color and Lawrence made “Sheneneh” famous on his Martin TV sitcom. Foxx hinted that Berry may play a part in the movie.
Is Basketball Star Allen Iverson headed to Turkey? The 35-year old former NBA phenom is restarting his career. He was hoping for a starting position in the NBA, but no team will touch him. If Iverson is headed to Turkey, he will sign a contract worth $2 million plus incentives and add-ons. I hear he will get paid every week plus get a luxury car and a villa to live in.
Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles is coming out with a line of plus size designs for Walmart. The 30-piece collection will come in sizes 2-20. Mrs. Knowles has been at her best lately. She is no longer with hubby Matthew Knowles after his paternity scandal. Mrs. Knowles is looking better than ever, and many wonder did she get a facelift or get Botox.
Queen Latifah is entering the Vitamin Water market as the brand’s newest spokesperson.
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.
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.
After 23 years, long time 6ABC Reporter Denise James is no longer with the station. She was out for months on medical leave then the position was eliminated. James is known as a consummate professional and a top drawer reporter always going the extra mile to seek the truth. She’s now teaching at Temple University. She’ll truly be missed on the air. James and her work were recently honored by the Philadelphia Chapter of The National Association Of Black Journalists.
Today Show Weatherman Al Roker had a new book coming out on November 23rd called The Midnight Show Murders.
Lisa Wu Hartwell is proving there is life after The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Hartwell is no longer a part of the Bravo TV reality show. She opted to leave the show so she wouldn’t have to deal with the fakery. Hartwell is working on a new book called When The Cake Is Made.
Two books are coming out next year about Singer R Kelly. R Kelly is writing his autobiography, and there is a secret tell-all coming out. Some of the revelations in the secret tell-all include how Kelly’s wife Andrea was like a prisoner in their home, and she was not even allowed to use the phone.
Denzel Washington’s new movie, Unstoppable, arrives in theatres November 12th.
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 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The TV show The Game is returning. Filming on a new season started this week. The show debuts on the BET network in January.
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.
Patti LaBelle is on Broadway. She is playing the mother of the lead character in the musical Fela! LaBelle will be in the production through the first of the year.
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 Married Couple is no stranger to tabloid headlines. They have a new reality show, but they need to stand out from the others. From getting into verbal sparing matches with each other to fights with other people in public seems to be their formula for success.
Check out who’s coming to town:
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
November 26th – The Wayans Brothers Comedy Show featuring Marlon, Shawn & Damon, Jr. at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Streets. For more info go to http://kimmelcenter.org or call 215-893-1999.
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.
Sunday, June 19th – Sade in concert at the Wells Fargo Center (formerly the Wachovia Center).
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