4-1-1 ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 4TH, 2008Mrs. Morgan Freeman has had enough! Morgan may have survived the car crash, but his wife, Myrna Colley-Lee, is done with their 24-year old marriage. Earlier this week, the 71-year old Oscar winner was involved in a car accident that almost killed him. Morgan wasn’t alone in the car. His passenger was 48-year old Demaris Meyer, who was a friend of Freeman’s wife. Myrna, 64, has long suspected her husband of carrying on with her friend, and now the truth comes out with this accident. This marriage has been rocky for awhile, and now they’re headed for divorce. Family members have been left stunned by the recent events. While they’re happy Morgan survived the crash, they can’t believe how “Easy Reader” has humiliated his long suffering wife. He suffered a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage. He may have had surgery to repair the damage, but his wife is left with a broken heart. It’s a shame that Driving Miss Daisy has caused the end of his marriage.
The marriage is officially over, and Lisa Raye has pawned the ring. Lisa Raye McCoy Missick is ready to move on. She’s walking away from her title as First Lady of The Turks & Caicos Islands. It was just a couple of years ago when Lisa Raye married Prime Minister Michael Missick. The fairytale wedding soon turned into a nightmare marriage filled with cheating, lies and scandal. The Prime Minister has moved on as well. He’s currently dating BET Video Host Rocsi. She’s the host of 106 And Park. Rocsi has been running around with the Prime Minister for the past few months.
Wesley Snipes will have to reimburse the federal government for his tax trial. In addition to the 3-year prison sentence, he must pay the government $217,000. Snipes remains free on bail while his conviction is being appealed.
Jilly From Philly really is in love. Jill Scott’s got a new tattoo. She’s engaged to be married to her drummer, John Roberts. She got his name tattooed behind her left ear. Roberts also got a tattoo. He’s got Jill’s name behind his right ear.
Raven Symone has just signed a multi-million dollar deal to come out with her own brand of lip gloss. She was recently dropped from her record label for poor record sales.
Toni Braxton could be Dancing With The Stars this fall. She quit her Las Vegas show this past spring because of heart problems. Now, she’s being rumored to be on the new season of the hit ABC show beginning September 23rd.
Reverend Run and his wife Justine have just written a new book, Take Back Your Family. The book is a challenge for America’s parents, offering advice on rearing children. Reverend Run and family are featured on the MTV series Run’s House.
Sanford & Son, the popular 70’s show, is coming out on DVD. The complete series, 17 discs containing all six seasons, comes out on October 28th. The late Comedian Redd Foxx starred as the grouchy junkman and Demond Wilson played his long-suffering son, Lamont.
Oprah Winfrey may make a surprise appearance at The Emmys. Word has it she’ll open the show September 21st.
CBS wants Lawrence Fishburne to take over on CSI: Criminal Investigation. If the Oscar nominated actor takes the role, he’ll replace William Petersen, who’ll exit the show after eight years.
Rapper 50 Cent is talking about his failed relationship with Vivica A. Fox. He tells why he had to dump her. According to 50, she turned their romance into a business opportunity that wasn’t beneficial to him. Auntie Viv hasn’t been the same since the breakup.
KeKe Palmer has a new movie, Long Shots with Ice Cube, hitting theaters August 22nd. Palmer plays a female quarterback. She’s on a roll because this fall, Palmer will also be starring in the Nickelodeon show, True Jackson, V.P. Next year, she’ll also play Roxanne Shanté in the hip hop film Vapors.
India.Arie is not coming to Broadway after all. The revival of the Ntozake Shange classic For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enough is being postponed. One of the project’s financers has backed out. Whoopi Goldberg was on board as a producer. There’s no word on a rescheduling date.
Montel Williams wants to return to TV. After retiring his talk show after a 17-year run, Williams wants to do a diet and lifestyle show called Living Well with Montel. Williams has been very focused on this subject since he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He’s also taken a role on the CBS daytime soap Guiding Light.
Wayne Brady, Where’s Your Underwear! At a recent show in Las Vegas, Brady was performing, split his pants and everybody saw everything. He’s been ordered to wear underwear while performing from now on.
Cedric The Entertainer is coming to Broadway. Cedric will be one of the stars of American Buffalo along with Comedian/Actor John Leguizamo. American Buffalo is about a group of small time hoods who try to steal a rare coin.
Looks like there will be a Jackson reunion. Next month, they’re being honored at the Annual Urban Awards as BMI Icons. Marlon, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Randy have all confirmed. No word on Michael’s participation.
Speaking of the Jacksons, Janet wants her little fella to settle down and cut out all that partying. Janet feels like boyfriend Jermaine Dupri’s partying is getting out of control. Last week an employee was shot when violence broke out at one of Dupri’s events. Janet wants their relationship to continue, but that excessive partying has to go.
R Kelly hasn’t learned his lesson. He’s dating a teenager, 18 year-old “Baby.” “Baby” use to date 19-year old JoJo Simmons, the son of Reverend Run (Run DMC). The 41-year old Kelly is getting ready to release his new CD, 12 Play, which is said to be his most sexual album to date. Earlier this year, Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges.
Uncle Luke is back! Luther Campbell is showing another side of himself with his new VH1 reality show, Luke’s Parental Advisory. He shows his other side as a husband, father and businessman. Uncle Luke has come a long way from his 2 Live Crew days. Luke’s Parental Advisory airs Monday nights at 10:30pm on VH1.
Regina Belle says she may not do another R&B album again. Her first gospel album, Love Forever Shines featuring the song God Is Good, is doing very well. Belle says this may be her new calling. She’s currently the First Lady and Minister of Music at an Atlanta church.
Comedienne Sommore is coming to Comedy Central. The Queen Stands Alone is a film version of her standup act. The show premieres September 13th on Comedy Central.
Aaron McCargo, Jr. of Camden, New Jersey is the Food Network’s newest star. McCargo used to be the executive chef at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. His food show, Big Daddy’s House, airs on Sundays at 1:30pm on the Food Network.
Singer Eric Benet has found love with Prince’s ex-wife. Benet, who used to married to Halle Berry, is now dating Manuela Testolini, Prince’s ex-wife. The two have been dating for a while, but now they are officially a couple. Maybe she’ll join Benet at this year’s Unity Weekend festivities. Benet is performing Sunday the 24th on the Great Plaza at Penns Landing.
Tyra Banks is going to have a new look. Banks is appearing on the cover of the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar as Michelle Obama. Banks is undergoing a full makeover to look like the aspiring first lady.
Now speaking of Mrs. Obama, check her out on the latest issue of Ebony magazine, and the entire Obama Family will be appearing on the new edition of Essence magazine.
Anita Baker, Jennifer Hudson, Dionne Warwick, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia will all be on hand for the all-star salute to Patti LaBelle. LaBelle is being honored at the United Negro College Fund’s Evening Of Stars. The program will air in January.
Where’s Lauryn Hill? According to the father of her five children, Rohan Marley, Hill will be back on the music scene. She is currently enjoying suburban life and focusing on raising her children. As for reports about Hill dealing with mental issues, Marley says she is not crazy just a perfectionist.
Despite her family and friends objections, the romance between Jennifer Hudson and Punk from I Love New York is still going strong. Hudson has been on a promotional tour for her new album, which is coming out in September. She’s been very quiet about her status with Punk, but he wants everyone to know he is her man. He follows her everywhere, and he never hesitates to have his picture taken. Punk loves the spotlight, and he is willing to ride her coattails to get it.
Alicia Keys will be singing the new theme for the latest James Bond movie Quantum Of Solace. The song is called Another Way To Die. The movie, starring Daniel Craig as “James Bond,” comes out November 7th.
Bobby Brown will be creating and appearing in a series of anti-drug public service announcements that will air this fall. This was part of a plea bargain due to a drug conviction earlier this year.
Lionel Richie will be teaming up with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for his next project, and he says a Commodores reunion is in the works.
Singer Al Jarreau is hard at work on a new Christmas CD, which is coming out this fall.
Tyler Perry’s new movie, The Family That Preys, is set to open in theatres September 12th. The movie stars Alfre Woodard, Kathy Bates, Sanaa Lathan, Robin Givens, Taraji P. Henson, Rockmond Dunbar, Cole Hauser and Tyler Perry. You can check out the trailer right now on our website: http://wdasfm.com. Just go to Patty’s Page.
Singer Robin Thicke is set to release his new CD, Something Else, in September. The CD features the hit single ‘Magic.’
The 5th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors takes place in October.
Upcoming TV and Film Events:
Unity Day is now Unity Weekend. The 30th Anniversary of Unity Day is happening on the Waterfront. Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th at Penns Landing at the Great Plaza. This year’s performers include Howard Hewett, Kem, Tank, Ty Tribbett & Greater Anointing, Chante Moore, Joe, Eric Benet, Bill Jolly, Noel Gourdin, The Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Choir and many more.
The Rhythm And Blues Foundation’s 20th Annual Pioneer Awards are taking place September 9th at The Kimmel Center. Honorees include Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Bill Withers, Kool and The Gang, The Whispers, The Funk Brothers, The Late Singer Donny Hathaway, and legendary Stax Records Chief and Co-Owner Al Bell. For more info call 215-893-1999 or go to Rhythmblues.org
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When is this Pop Singer going to start dressing her age? She’s almost 40, and she continues to wear teenage outfits. At a recent TV show, she was lip singing, and the kids in the audience were laughing at her. They kept pointing at her, screaming at her to sit down. The Pop Singer even married a younger man, but it is not helping her with younger fans.
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