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Madea’s Big Happy Family is Tyler Perry’s latest movie, and it opens in theatres this week. Loretta Devine and Bow Wow star. Tyler has been a little testy on his promo tour, and he let it be known he is sick of Director Spike Lee and his criticisms. In 2009, Spike Lee gave an interviewed where he criticized Perry and referred to his Madea movies and TV shows as coonery and buffoonish. Perry says he is sick of hearing about Spike Lee. He says Lee needs to Shut The Hell Up, and that Lee Can Go Straight To Hell. I’m sure an apology will be coming from Perry because this is a little out of his character, but he is tired of the haters. Perry is also featured on the new issue of Jet magazine where he talks about a fatherhood scare. Perry says he thought he was going to be a dad last year. He and his lady friend were okay with that, but it didn’t happen. Will he ever settle down and have kids? Perry responds Whatever The Will Of God Is For My Life, I Will Deal With It.
Aretha Franklin is featured in the latest issue of People magazine. She says she’s healthy, and she talks about her 85 pound weight loss. Catherine Zeta Jones is featured on the cover of People, and she talks about her recent battle with bi-polar disorder.
Did Michael Jackson have to die? Dr. Conrad Murray is on trial for the death of Jackson. Dr. Murray was Jackson’s physician at the time of his death, and what happened at that time has come into play. Was Jackson laying down dying in a room while Dr. Murray was on the phone? According to court testimony, Dr. Murray was involved with three women at the same time (his longtime girlfriend, a stripper and a cocktail waitress), and apparently he was on the phone at different times with the women while Jackson lay dying after being given too much of the anesthesia propofol.
The movie sequel to Waiting To Exhale may be ready for release next year. Terry McMillan has just finished the movie script for Getting To Happy. The book follows the adventures of "Savannah," "Bernadine," "Robin" and "Gloria." I hear Loretta Devine and Angela Bassett will be on board for the sequel.
Actress Jasmine Guy is being sued by American Express. She owes the credit card company $86,000. Guy is best known for her role as “Whitley Gilbert” on the TV sitcom A Different World.
The Flavor Flav Chicken Joint is coming to Las Vegas. The Riviera Casino will be the home of the chicken restaurant. The first one opened in Iowa amidst controversy when workers didn’t get paid. A reality show based on Flav’s new venture is in the works.
The 2011 summer season for The Dell Music Center has been announced. Look for some exciting changes this season, including a new night. Thursday will be the new concert night ....no more Monday concerts. A gazebo is being built for coverage in the front. Video screens will be added so you can really enjoy the shows. A marquee is being added in the front to announce the shows. There will be more concessions stands with a better variety of food, including fruit. You can pre-register for tickets at mydelleast.com. The Dell Music Center is located at 33rd and Ridge Avenue. The season kicks off June 23rd with Nancy Wilson and Najee, and the rest of the line up is scheduled as:
July 7th – Angie Stone and Joe;
July 14th- Stephanie Mills and Keith Washington;
July 21st A Tribute To The Sound Of Philadelphia starring The Delfonics, Jean Carne, Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics, Shirley Jones of The Jones Girls, and “The Iceman” Jerry Butler;
July 28th - Ginuwine, Tank and Avant;
August 4th - Fred Hammond, Martha Munizzi and E. Daniels;
August 11th- Jeffrey Osborne and Marsha Ambrosius;
August 18th – Will Downing, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright;
August 25th- Rachelle Ferrell and Angela Winbush;
Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man is being made into a movie. Producer Will Packer (Obsessed, This Christmas, Takers and Stomp The Yard) is directing. Packer says filming will start this summer.
The entertainment world is still reeling from the news that the ABC Network is cancelling two soap classics: All My Children and One Life To Live. Only four soap operas remain on the air today: The Young And The Restless, The Bold And The Beautiful, General Hospital, and Days Of Our Lives. Cast members from the cancelled shows say they were caught off guard by the cancellations. Soap Veteran Susan Lucci says she never thought she would witness such a travesty involving a classic TV genre.
Simon Cowell has confirmed reports that Mariah Carey will be a part of his X-Factor talent show. Cowell says Carey will not be a judge. Where does this leave Paula Abdul? Hmmmmmm! X-Factor debuts on FOX this fall. Speaking of Mariah, she and hubby Nick Cannon are expecting their twins any day now.
Gospel Sensation Marvin Sapp is starting to open up about the death of wife Dr. MaLinda Sapp. Sapp lost his wife seven months ago, and he says the rug was pulled out from under him when she died. He says everyday is a new day but that his family misses her. The Sapps’ had three children ages 17, 14 and 12-years old.
George Michael has a gift for the royal couple for their upcoming wedding. Michael has recorded a version of the Stevie Wonder classic You And I. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day is coming up on the 29th. Michael says Stevie gave him permission to re-record his song, and proceeds will benefit the royal wedding charity fund.
Katie Couric, former Today Show host and anchor of the CBS Evening News, just released a great book called The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives. Couric’s book features advice from Michael J. Fox, Mo’Nique, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Alicia Keys, Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Bill Cosby and Tavis Smiley, just to name a few. I love this book, and the advice dished out is very good.
Cedric The Entertainer is in talks to get a spinoff of the TV Land show Hot In Cleveland.
Kevin Hart latest comedy tour, Laugh At My Pain, is being made into a movie. Filming is currently underway in the city at the Laff House and Community College, which are stops on Hart’s tour. The movie documentary debuts this fall.
Will Marvin Gaye’s ex-wife tell all? Janis Hunter Gaye has been silent for years about her life with Marvin as his second wife. They first met when she was a teen and had a tumultuous relationship. Will Janis talk about their drug use? Will she talk about her rumored affairs with Frankie Beverly, Teddy Pendergrass and Rick James?
Willow Smith will be whipping her hair at The White House. She will be participating in The White House Easter Egg Hunt. In more Smith family news, Will Smith and his son Jaden will be teaming up for the new M. Night Shyamalan movie. The movie is a sci-fi thriller set 1,000 years in the future. The movie is about a boy, played by Jaden, finding his way around an abandoned planet after his spaceship crashes. Will plays his dad. Jaden had a big hit last year with The Karate Kid, and in 2006, he made his movie debut with his dad in the film The Pursuit of Happyness.
The Wawa Welcome America celebration has quite a lineup. On June 23rd, it’s Nancy Wilson in concert at The Dell Music Center. Aaron Neville and Gerald Veasley will be appearing at Penns Landing, and on Monday, July 4th, it’s The Roots, Earth Wind & Fire, Jazzy Jeff, Michael McDonald, Estelle and a tribute to Gamble & Huff and the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records at the Art Museum.
Beyonce is teaming up with First Lady Michelle Obama for her childhood obesity campaign. Beyonce says it’s important for kids to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jay-Z’s Mrs. returns with a new album in June. Other new releases include Musiq Soulchild (MusiqInTheMagiq) on May 3rd, Raphael Saadiq (Stone Rollin’) on May 10th and Mary J. Blige is releasing My Life II: The Journey Continues in September.
Get ready for new music from Jill Scott’s The Light Of The Sun album featuring the singles So In Love with Anthony Hamilton and Shame with Rapper Eve. Also from Jill is Jill Scott From The Vault: Volume I. That’s coming out later this spring featuring a remake of the Bill Withers classic Lovely Day.
Denzel Washington has started filming on the movie Safe House with Ryan Reynolds and Tim McGraw. The Oscar winner will also be the commencement speaker for the University of Penn’s 2011 graduation ceremonies. The two-time Oscar winner will also get an honorary degree at the May 16th event. Washington’s 18-year old son Malcolm is a sophomore at the school.
BET is stepping up its Game, starting with The Game. The show became a hit when it moved to the cable network after being cancelled by The CW. It’s been renewed for 22 episodes and will return to BET in January. The sitcom Let’s Stay Together has also been renewed, and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show) will play a professional married couple in the comedy Read Between The Lines, which will debut in October.
In more BET news, Alicia Keys will be on the cable network a lot this June. She’ll be performing at The BET Awards when they air live June 26th. Keys is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her debut album. That album, Songs In A Minor, is being re-released as a deluxe edition on June 28th. Keys will also have a BET special celebrating the album airing in June.
The Oprah Winfrey Show finale is going to be huge. Oprah will say goodbye after 25 years with a huge Hollywood sendoff. May 23rd and 24th will feature Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Tyler Perry, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and Usher, just to name a few. On May 2nd, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be visiting Oprah.
Shirley Strawberry, the co-host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show, is telling all in her new book The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice Because Bitterness Is Not Sexy. The book features the best of the Strawberry letters along with her advice and what it’s like working with Steve Harvey.
Aaron McCargo, Jr. is on a roll. The Camden, NJ native and season 4 winner of The Next Food Network Star is adding the title of author to his resume. McCargo has finished his first cookbook called Simply Done, Well Done. The book is in stores now. McCargo’s Food Network show Big Daddy’s House airs Fridays at 9:30am and Saturdays at 9am.
It’s the cast of Jumping The Broom on the new issue of Ebony magazine. Bishop T. D. Jakes’ new movie opens in theatres May 6th on Mothers Day Weekend. The movie stars Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Paula Patton, Mike Epps, Lil’ Romeo, Tasha Smith, Megan Goode and Laz Alonso. Alonso is also one of the stars of the A&E show Breakout Kings. I had a chance to see the movie and it’s excellent. Go see for yourself. The performances are outstanding, and you will feel the love with this movie. If you’d like to win a screening of the movie for 100 (you and your friends) go to Ebony.com.
New Edition, all six members, will be reuniting at the Essence Music Fest in New Orleans this summer. And, in more Essence news, Wendy Williams is their cover girl for the new issue. Her game show Love Triangle is debuting this weekend on the Game Show Network.
Tyrese is coming out with a new book of quotes, How To Get Out Of Your Own Way. This July, the singer/actor returns to the big screen in the new Transformers movie.
The new season of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm kicks off July 10th for its eighth season.
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.
Sade is teaming up with Jay-Z for her next project. The song, The Moon And The Sky, will be featured on her ultimate collection set, which is due out May 3rd. The CD will include 29 tracks: 25 classics and four new songs. It’s a 2-CD set. This will be the first time Sade has collaborated with anyone. John Legend will be opening for her as she embarks on her U.S. tour. They will be in Philly Fathers’ Day Sunday, June 19th at The Wells Fargo Center.
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.
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.
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.
A documentary based on the life of Singer/Actor Harry Belafonte is coming to HBO. The documentary Sing Your Song debuts this fall.
Nelson Mandela is coming out with a book of quotes. Nelson Mandela By Himself features over 2,000 quotes pulled from public speeches and private papers. The former president of South Africa turns 93 in July.
Singer Kem is coming out with a new fragrance. He hopes to have his fragrance Secure out by Mother’s Day.
Marc Anthony is joining the cast of Hawthorne, the Jada Pinkett Smith nursing drama on the TNT network. Anthony will play a police detective that gets close to Smith’s character. The 3rd season of Hawthorne kicks off this summer.
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.
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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:
This Friday - Chaka Khan at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
Saturday, April 30th- Bring Back The Love Tour starring K-Ci & JoJo, Dru Hill, Carl Thomas and Case. It’s a 90’s grown and sexy throwback music tour at The Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, April 30th- Take Six at The Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theatre. For more info call 215-898-3900.
Friday, May 6th at 7pm - It’s An Evening With Tavis Smiley at the University Of The Arts, 401 South Broad Street. Smiley celebrates his 20th year in broadcasting. His show airs weeknights on WHYY at 11:30 pm.
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.
The Mother’s Day Music Fest After Party at Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City, Saturday, May 7th 11pm until 4am with Doc B , DJ Gary O & Jazzy Joe.
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.
Sunday, May 8th- Mint Condition at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Thursday May 26th Raphael Saadiq at the Electric Factory Concert Hall, 7th Street near Callowhill.
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).
July 1st & July 3rd – Earth, Wind & Fire at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
July 3rd- R Kelly, Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
September 3rd- Atlantic City Comedy Festival starring Mike Epps, Sommore, Sheryl Underwood, Bruce-Bruce and Arnez J at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For more info contact ticketmaster.com.
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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