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Are the rumors true? Is Beyonce pregnant? If so, she’s due in April. This would her first baby with hubby Rapper Jay-Z. Beyonce is also set to unveil her second fragrance, Heat Rush, next February. Baby fever is definitely in the air! Last week, Alicia Keys gave birth to a baby boy with hubby Swizz Beatz. Their son’s name is Egypt Daoud Dean.
Anita Baker is being sued by the men who painted her house. Apparently Baker, 52, had work done on her Detroit home, and now she is refusing to pay the bills. She is also having problems with her state and local taxes. This is a busy time for Baker. She has a new album, 21st Century Love, coming out in January, and she’s being honored at The Soul Train Awards next month on BET.
It’s back to jail for Rapper/Actor T.I. He and his wife Tiny were arrested a few weeks for drug possession, and this was in violation of his parole. T.I., 30, was sentenced to 11 months in jail for the violation, but he is free while he appeals the decision. When the new sentence came down, he broke down crying and said he needs help for his drug addiction. This is going to put a major dent on his career. His new album has been put off indefinitely, and if he’s in jail, his movie career will be on hold too. In a recent radio interview, T.I., a.k.a. Clifford Harris, said he feels the public is being too harsh on him. What T.I. doesn’t realize is that he has many fans that care about him, and what he and his wife did was dumb. Why would you mess things up and land back in jail? You’ve got a hot career and fans who love you! This is a harsh lesson…. leave the drugs alone!
Prince is planning the tour of all tours. In December, he’ll be announcing the tour dates for his new venture, Welcome To America. This tour will feature The New Power Generation, Maceo Parker, Sheila E, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway, Graham Central Station, Esperanza Spalding. As soon as he announces the Philly area dates, we will let you know.
How will Oprah end her reign in daytime? Sources say she wants to recreate the exact same show she launched with 25 years ago. The show was Looking For Love, and she is looking to attract the same audience and same guests.
Speaking of The Mighty O, she 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.
In more Oprah news, 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.
Queen Latifah is developing a new series for the VH1 network. The show, Single Ladies, is an hour-long comedy/drama that launches next July. The show will star Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy.
The new season of Celebrity Apprentice kicks off in January with an all-star cast including Star Jones, Rapper Lil’ Jon, LaToya Jackson, Dionne Warwick and NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. According to published reports, NeNe is already causing trouble on the set. Sources say she’s giving the makeup people a hard time because she doesn’t like the way she looks. She should have said no to whoever did her plastic surgery. Her new nose has altered her looks.
Michael Jackson videos are coming out on DVD. Michael Jackson’s Visions features over 2 ½ hours worth of classic videos by The King Of Pop. The DVD comes out on November 22nd.
Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller are teaming up for the movie Tower Heist. Filming starts later this year.
Hoda Kotb from Dateline NBC and the fourth hour of The Today Show has written her first book. Kotb, who is Egyptian, has written her first book, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer And Kathie Lee.
First Lady Michelle Obama is the cover girl for the new issue of Jet magazine.
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.
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.
Mary J. Blige unveiled her new line of sunglasses this week. Melody’s By MJB is now available at Nordstrom’s.
Singer Monica has got herself a baller. Monica is engaged to be married to Basketball Player Shannon Brown of The Los Angeles Lakers. The two met four months ago on the set of her music video.
On Sunday, November 7th, the BET network presents Black Girls Rock. Nia Long hosts the special honoring Iyanla Van Zandt, Ruby Dee, Raven-Symoné and Missy Elliot. Scheduled performers include Jill Scott, Fantasia, Monica and Keyshia Cole. Now speaking of Iyanla, she has a new book coming out called Peace From Broken Pieces: How To Get Through What You’re Going Through. Over the past few years, she has suffered some great losses including the death of her daughter, the demise of her marriage, and the loss of her home.
It’s the end of an era for this gospel group from New Orleans. Trin-i-tee 5:7 is breaking up. They’re best known for their song God’s Grace.
Samuel L. Jackson has signed a deal to produce a new detective drama for the CW network.
Natalie Cole is writing her second memoir. Cole, 60, will talk about her battle with Hepatitis C and the death of her sister from cancer on the day of her kidney transplant. Love Brought Me Back: A Journey Of Loss And Gain Arrives in bookstores November 9th.
Director Spike Lee is moving ahead with his plans to do a movie about the life James Brown. Lee has been shopping around a proposal for a bio-pic, and word has it Usher is being tapped to play The Godfather Of Soul.
Actor Blair Underwood got some good news this week. His TV drama, The Event, has been picked up for a full season. Terrence Howard and Regina Hall’s Law And Order: Los Angeles has also been picked up for the full season. Boris Kodjoe and his TV wife Gugu Mbatha-Raw just got word that their show, Undercovers, got a four episode renewal. The show’s been struggling in the ratings, and the renewal is welcome news. All three of these drams are on NBC.
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.
Tracey Morgan’s HBO special, Black And Blue, airs on Saturday, November 13th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today Show Weatherman Al Roker had a new book coming out on November 23rd called The Midnight Show Murders.
Denzel Washington’s new movie, Unstoppable, arrives in theatres November 12th.
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.
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.
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?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why are certain Singers lying about their lives? They won’t admit on their new reality show they have a drug problem. They will only admit to drinking.
Why does this reality show Performer/Singer/Actress continue to lie about her life? She claims she’s been celibate for years, but there are some rappers and producers who are ready to call her out on her lies.
This singer who needs a hit has a famous boyfriend. He just gave her a huge ring, but will he stop sleeping with his various baby mommas?
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 11th - Fox Chase Cancer Center presents Comedy For The Cure starring Charlie Murphy at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside. Murphy is promoting his new CD, I Will Not Apologize.
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.
Sunday, June 19th – Sade in concert at the Wells Fargo Center (formerly the Wachovia Center).
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