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I Was Too Fat For Words! The Queen Of Soul tells all in the new issue of Jet magazine. Aretha Franklin graces the cover talking about her 85 pound weight loss. She says she’s a dress size away from where she would like to be. She says recent pictures of her made her realize how big she had gotten. Franklin says losing weight is hard. She says no more food lathered in hot sauce like pigs’ feet, ham hocks and chitterlings.
Season 12 of Dancing With The Stars kicks off March 21st, and this year’s cast includes Wendy Williams, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lil’ Romeo, and Kirstie Alley, to name a few. Who’s gonna win? Go Wendy! How You Dancin’ (smile)!
Halle Berry is headed to Broadway along with Samuel L. Jackson. This fall, they will be starring in the production The Mountaintop. Also headed to Broadway are Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige in the musical Rock Of Ages, featuring music from the 80’s.
Congrats to Janet Jackson! Her book, True You A Journey To Finding And Loving Yourself, is the number one book in the country. The book recently topped the New York Times Best Sellers List. It’s Janet’s journey about her life, part self help-part bio. She talks about her battles with self esteem and weight issues.
Get well wishes go out to Tennis Sensation Serena Williams who is suffering with a hematoma. The 29-year old was recently diagnosed with a blood clot in her lungs. She underwent emergency treatment and is being monitored closely by doctors. Williams has been having health issues since this past summer when she cut her foot on glass at a restaurant. This latest incident almost killed her.
It’s a new honor for Quincy Jones. He was recently at the White House with the National Medal Of Arts Humanities Medal.
Is Singer Brian McKnight cheating on his fiancée? Photos recently surfaced show the singer taking pictures of himself half naked and sending them to a woman who was not his fiancée. McKnight got caught when the other lady’s boyfriend got hold of the photos.
Steve Harvey had quite a surprise for his ex-wife Mary. Harvey recently sent his ex a box of chocolates for Valentines Day. Inside the box of chocolates was a court order summoning her to appear on March 10th and being told to be quiet about their split. Mary Harvey has to abide by a gag order since it was revealed she only told half the truth in regards to her divorce from Steve and its aftermath.
Minister Louis Farrakhan is no fan of Pop Sensation Rihanna. In his Saviors address, Minister Farrakhan referred to Rihanna’s performances as filth and her fans as swine. The pop star lashed backed in typical fashion saying the Minister is also thought of as swine. Let the war of words continue.
Had she lived, Teena Marie would have been 55-years old on Saturday, March 5th. Join WDAS-FM on that day from noon until 3pm as we present our music series Gone But Not Forgotten and celebrate the life and legacy of this great singer.
Boxer Bernard Hopkins is ready to see his life on the big screen. The 46-year old boxing great would like to see Rapper 50 Cent play him in a movie. Hopkins has led quite a life. He grew up in the projects, lived a life of crime and served four years in prison. Then he turned his life around with boxing.
Montana Fishburne may soon be getting out of rehab. Fishburne, the porn star daughter of Actor Laurence Fishburne, was sentenced to 180 days of rehab for assaulting her ex’s girlfriend. Fishburne, who embarrassed her dad when she released a porn video last year, is due to finish rehab next month after already serving five months.
Rapper Da Brat is out of jail. The 36-year old, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, served three years in prison for assaulting a cocktail waitress. The former protégé of Jermaine Dupri is currently on house arrest and is hoping to resume her career. Da Brat is the sister of LisaRaye.
Soul Legend Smokey Robinson is no stranger to drug abuse, and he has some advice for embattled Singer El DeBarge. DeBarge recently suffered a drug relapse and is rehab. Robinson is urging DeBarge to get his spiritual self together as he struggles with drug addiction. DeBarge is continuing treatment at a drug rehab facility.
The Wellness Of You presents their 14th Annual Wellness Breakfast For Men. This free gathering encourages men to take charge of their health. It all takes place Sunday, March 13th at The Universal Institute Charter School, 1415 Catherine Street from 9am-1pm. For more information call 215-732-1372, or log onto wellnessofyou.org
Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice kicks off this Sunday, March 6th on NBC. There is a lot of craziness this season with Star Jones, NeNe Leakes, Dionne Warwick, LaToya Jackson, David Cassidy, Meatloaf, Lisa Rinna, Gary Busey an Lil’ Jon, to name a few. Don’t expect any love between Star Jones and NeNe Leakes. NeNe is always down for a good fight, and she let Star know that. NeNe described Star Jones as mean and nasty. Jones responded she had a job to do and that was raising money for a cause close to her heart. She had no time to engage in silly reality show fights. I can’t wait to see this season. I never watch this show, but I will be tuned in to see the madness.
Comedian Sinbad is also getting a reality show. Sinbad’s Family Affair debuts April 12th on the WE network. The show will follow Toni Braxton’s reality show Braxton’s Family Values. Sinbad’s show will show him rebuilding his career and dealing with his family.
The West Oak Lane Jazz And Arts Festival returns to Ogontz Avenue June 17th through the 19th with Chaka Khan, The Men Of Soul (Jeffrey Osborne/Peabo Bryson/Freddie Jackson/Howard Hewett), Chrisette Michele and Roy Ayers. Before she comes to town, Chaka Khan will be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on May 19th. She’s also working on a new album with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Chaka is also on the cover of the new issue of Upscale magazine.
Speaking of The West Oak Lane Jazz And Arts Festival 2011, if you're a talented singer or musician, get ready for the Rising Star Talent Search. The winner will get cash and a chance to perform at the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival. Auditions kick off at Relish, 7152 Ogontz Avenue. WDAS’ own Mimi Brown will be hosting. To register call 215-922-5455.
Kirk Franklin has new album coming out next month. Hello Fear arrives in stores March 22nd. Franklin is also back as host of BET’s Sunday Best, and he’s going on a gospel/comedy tour with Steve Harvey.
Flavor Flav is coming out with a memoir this year. The popular reality show star says he’s going to cover it all, from his early career with the rap group Public Enemy to his stints in rehab and jail. The book, Icon, comes out in June. He is also working on a new reality show where he goes back to high school in Iowa.
The African American Museum, 7th and Arch Streets, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Their Annual Heritage Gala is set for March 11th at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. Honored guests include Director Spike Lee, internationally acclaimed Poet Sonia Sanchez, Artist Moe Brooker, and landmark Educator Dr. Edward Robinson. For more info log onto aampmuseum.org.
It’s a new honor for Stevie Wonder. He’s getting inducted into the Apollo Theatre Hall Of Fame on June 13th. Past honorees include Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.
It’s all about the pink and blue for Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. The couple is expecting twins in late April/early May. It’s going to be a boy and a girl.
Mary Mary is coming out with the new album Something Big in March. They are also preparing to go on tour with BeBe and CeCe Winans.
Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Kanye West, Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson and Stephanie Mills are just some of the performers who will be on hand for The 2011 Essence Music Festival this July in New Orleans.
John Legend is teaming up with Sade as she embarks on her U.S. tour. They will be in Philly Fathers’ Day Sunday, June 19th at The Wells Fargo Center.
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff are being honored once again in Philadelphia. The Chamber Orchestra Of Philadelphia will give the songwriting producing duo the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. It all takes place Saturday, May 21st at The Westin Philadelphia, 17th and Chestnut Streets. The honor is part of a two-year celebration for the songwriters/producers who’ve worked with The O’Jays, Lou Rawls, The Jacksons, Jerry Butler, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, The Jones Girls, The Three Degrees, Billy Paul, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes and Phyllis Hyman. This year marks the 40th anniversary of their famed Philly International label, and 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Gamble & Huff songwriting partnership, which includes the songs Me & Mrs. Jones, If You Don’t Know Me By Now, You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine and Love Train.
The Dell Music Center at 33rd and Ridge is returning this summer with a hot lineup and a new night of entertainment. No more Monday nights! The new night of entertainment at the Dell will be Thursdays. Go to MyDellEast.com for more information.
Raphael Saadiq has a new project coming out this March. Stone Rollin is the follow up to his soulful 2008 release The Way I See It.
It’s another gig for Sherri Shepherd of The View. In addition to co-hosting the daytime talker on ABC, Shepherd has a recurring role on the NBC show 30 Rock. She is currently filming a pilot for a new TV series on the TV Land network. Shepherd is also the new host of The Newlywed Game, and she’s getting married this summer to TV Writer Lamar Sally.
TV One will be returning with a new season of Unsung. This season, which kicks off this summer, will feature Alexander O’Neal and Cherelle, The Spinners, Deniece Williams, Evelyn “Champaign” King, Big Daddy Kane and The Ohio Players.
On Saturday, May 7th, The Mother’s Day Weekend Music Festival is happening in Atlantic City. The Whispers, Keith Sweat and Charlie Wilson will take the stage at The Boardwalk Hall. For tickets and info call 1-800-736-1420.
Tyler Perry, the detective? Yes! Perry has signed on to play “Alex Cross,” a crime solving D.C. detective based on the books by James Patterson. This is not a Tyler Perry production. The only time he ever appeared in a movie that wasn’t his was Star Trek. Morgan Freeman previously played the “Alex Cross” character in the movies Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider.
Speaking of Tyler, he is leading in the nominations with his movies For Colored Girls and Why Did I Get Married Too for The 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards airing this Friday on FOX with Hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Wayne Brady. He also has nominations for his TV shows House Of Payne and Meet The Browns. Other movies nominated include Book Of Eli and Just Wright. Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Jaden Smith, Halle Berry and Queen Latifah are all nominated for awards. Ice Cube’s TV show Are We There Yet? is also nominated in the TV category. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea movie, Madea’s Big Happy Family, arrives in theatres April 22nd. The movie stars Bow Wow and Loretta Devine. Tyler’s For Colored Girls is the number one selling DVD in the country.
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Let’s hope an embattled Singer doesn’t take on too much too soon.
Je’Caryous Johnson presents his new stage production Marriage Material a romantic comedy stage play with Tank, Allen Payne, Michael Colyar, Jill Marie Jones and T-Boz from TLC March 31st-April 3rd at the Merriam Theatre.
The 2011 West Oak Lane Jazz And Arts Festival June 17-19th. For The Love Of Music will feature Chaka Khan; The Men Of Soul: Jeffrey Osborne, Howard Hewitt, Freddie Jackson and Peabo Bryson; Norman Conners; Christian McBride; Chrisette Michele; Eddie Palimieri; Roy Ayers; Gerald Veasley; Bootsie Barnes and The Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Ensemble, to name a few. The festival is happening between 71st and 74th Streets on Ogontz Avenue.
Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday, March 11th - Marvin Sapp in concert at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware.
Friday, March 18th- Will Downing and Lalah Hathaway at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Friday, March 18th- Comedy Show with Mike Epps and Cheryl Underwood at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Friday and Saturday, March 25th -26th - Janet Jackson in concert at The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
April 8th- Mary Mary and BeBe & CeCe Winans at the Tower Theatre on 69th Street in Upper Darby.
Saturday, May 7th – Mother’s Day Weekend Music Festival starring The Whispers, Keith Sweat and Charlie Wilson at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets and info call 1-800-736-1420.
Sunday, May 8th- Eric Benet in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City at the Maximus Theatre. Log onto ppshows.com or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420.
Saturday, June 11th- Smokey Robinson at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Sunday, June 19th – Sade and John Legend in concert at the Wells Fargo Center (formerly the Wachovia Center).
April 10th, 2012- Cirque De Soleil Show featuring the music of Michael Jackson at the Wells Fargo Center (formerly the Wachovia Center).
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