Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Overdue Dose of Entertainment...

It’s a boy for Actress Paula Patton and Singer Robin Thicke. They are the proud parents of Julian, who was born on Tuesday night. Check out Patton on the new issue of Ebony magazine. She looks amazing with two beautiful photos showing her pregnant.

Brian McKnight won’t talk about his secret child. Yes, secret child! McKnight is paying child support for his one-year old son, Evan Brian McKnight. Lil’ Evan’s momma wants more money, so she’s gone public with their love child. McKnight has two older children from a previous marriage, and he just got engaged to another woman. Sources say she is mad at McKnight for dumping her to marry another woman.

What a Jerk! Former Football Star Tiki Barber is showing just how much of a jerk he is. Barber has left his pregnant wife of 11 years for a 23-year old blonde intern. Barber has two sons with his wife Ginny. The kids are ages six and seven, and now Ginny is 8 months pregnant with twins. How could he do this to her? In a statement, Barber said the decision was painful. I wonder how he thinks this will affect his public image. YEAH, TIKI THE JERK!

The Jackson family came out in full force for the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray. Dr. Murray was the personal physician of Michael Jackson at the time of his death. Dr. Murray admitted giving Jackson the anesthesia medicine propofol that gave Jackson a heart attack. Dr. Murray insists he did nothing wrong, and his defense is claiming that Jackson killed himself. Dr. Murray is fighting to keep his medical license so he can make a living. The Jackson family wants to see justice. They feel Dr. Murray murdered Michael Jackson.

Erykah Badu has to pay up for her nude publicity stunt. In her new video for her song Window Seat, Badu strips off her clothes in the downtown plaza where JFK was assassinated. Badu says the video and message has gotten lost in the controversy. She has to pay a $500 fine.

Our get well wishes go out to Singer Whitney Houston. Houston had to postpone dates on her European tour as she battles an upper respiratory infection.

Nick Cannon says he is not Mr. Mariah Carey. Cannon is featured on the cover of Jet magazine, and he talks about his life with Mariah Carey. He also opens up about his business life (becoming a millionaire at the age of 15). Cannon is the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and he is the CEO of his own multi-media company, which handles his radio and TV ventures.

Jennifer Hudson reveals how she went from a size 14 to a size 4 in her new commercials for Weight Watchers. She looks amazing. She joined the program right after she gave birth to her son, and she says it took six months. Later this spring, Hudson is headed to South Africa to star in a move based on the life of Winnie Mandela.

Kel Mitchell, from the popular kids show Kenan And Kel, is broke. Mitchell had to file for bankruptcy. The former Good Burger star is in debt to the tune of $1.7 million. In court statements, he claimed to only own an SUV and clothes. His former partner Kenan Thompson is doing much better. Thompson is currently one of the cast members of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Speaking of Saturday Night Live, Gabby Sidebe is headed to SNL as host. The star of Precious is hosting the show on April 24th. In other Gabby news, her mom, Alice Tan Ridley, has been chosen to compete this summer on America’s Got Talent. Ridley is a subway singer who is well known in the New York area.

Patti LaBelle has introduced her new line of bedding at Macy’s. I love good bedding, and Ms. Patti has a great collection and excellent colors. LaBelle also has a line of seasonings and sauces, and you can check them out at Shoprite supermarkets.

The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin and The King Of Pop Michael Jackson are going to be the new inductees into the Apollo Theatre Hall Of Fame. The ceremony takes place June 14th. Past inductees include Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones and Ella Fitzgerald. Jennifer Lopez and her hubby Marc Anthony are also going to be honored that night with a humanitarian award.

Ruben Studdard is gearing up for a summer tour with former Idol Contestant Clay Aiken. When the two competed on American Idol, Studdard won the competition. They will be performing in Lancaster on August 8th. In other Idol news, the charity show Idol Gives Back will air on April 21st. Alicia Keys will be one of the performers. So far, Idol’s charity has raised over $140 million. The show needs a boost. For the first time ever, Dancing With The Stars beat Idol in the ratings by a couple million viewers. Does American Idol still have the same sizzle? I find that I’m just not interested this season. Simon looks bored, and as much as I love Ellen DeGeneres, she isn’t adding anything to the show.

The radio world lost a legend this past week with the passing of Reggie Bryant. Bryant was a radio host for WHAT-AM and for WURD-AM. He was also one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Association Of Black Journalists. Bryant was bold and outspoken, and he didn’t mind ruffling feathers. His voice will be missed.

Services have been announced for another late Philadelphia media legend. Malcolm Poindexter, alumnus of CBS 3 and The Philadelphia Tribune, will have a celebration of life service on Friday, April 16th with a 1pm musical tribute followed by the memorial. The service will take place at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 West Lehigh Avenue.

Tyler Perry is coming to Philadelphia April 28th-May 2nd with his new stage production Madea’s Big Happy Family at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery. There are still tickets available, and Tyler wants to see you there. He just added the Wednesday show. The production will have video screens to support the play so everyone will have a great seat. Tyler’s new movie, Why Did I Get Married Too, is in theatres. The movie stars Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Tasha Smith, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba and Perry himself. Tyler’s next project is an adaptation of the 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf. The play was about love, abandonment and rape. Rumored cast members include Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Macy Gray. Filming starts in June, and the movie is scheduled to be in theatres next January.

Check out the May issue of Essence magazine. Jill Scott is the cover girl.

Shaunie O’Neal’s new reality show, Basketball Wives, debuts April 11th on VH1. Shaunie is excited about the new show, and she’s already showing off her new love Marlon Yates, a 23-year old model. No, he’s not a baller, but he is cute. Go Shaunie!

On May 14th, it’s Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton and Pam Grier in the movie Just Wright. Philadelphia Native Mike Elliott directs the comedy about finding love when you least expect it.

It will be the reunion of Run DMC at the 3rd Annual Roots Picnic. The event is happening June 5th at Penns Landing. This will be their first performance since the death of Jam Master Jay, who was murdered in 2002.

Get ready for three new reality shows. This week, it’s LisaRaye’s The Real McCoy on TV One. The eight-episode series will air Thursdays at 9pm, and shows LisaRaye’s life as the former First Lady Of The Turks And Caicos Islands, a mother to a 19-year old daughter, dealing with her incarcerated sister, Rapper Da Brat, and caring for her ailing mother. We’ll also see LisaRaye with her celebrity friends, and she will reveal the celebrity women who have betrayed her. On April 11th, it’s Chilli from TLC in her reality show What Chilli Wants airing on VH1. Chilli says she wants a man who is gorgeous, sensitive, and charming but he can’t drink, smoke, or eat pork. Plus, get ready for the brother and sister duo of Brandy and Ray-J. The Norwood siblings are getting their own reality show. Brandy and Ray-J: A Family Business debuts Sunday, April 11th on VH1.

Babyface is doing a tour that will bring him to the Borgata in Atlantic City on September 3rd.

Toni Braxton’s new album, Pulse, has a new release date: May 4th. The album has undergone some changes, including appearances by Mo’Nique and Robin Thicke. Toni is also having major tax problems. She owes the I.R.S. over $400,000 in back taxes. Sources say it was money problems that led to the breakup of her marriage to Singer Keri Lewis of Mint Condition.

Oscar Winning Comedienne Mo’Nique is coming to Philly on May 21st with a comedy show at the Liacouras Center.

The new version of the Karate Kid hits theatres next summer with Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan.

Get ready for Sarah Jessica Parker and the girls in Sex And The City II coming out next month.

The 7th Annual West Oak Lane Jazz And Arts Festival is going to an all-jazz theme this year. Mark your calendar for June 18th -20th. Three days, two stages and it’s all free with Al Jarreau, George Duke, David Sanborn, Diane Reeves and Joey DeFrancesco, to name a few. This year will have a New Orleans theme. The location is 7100-74 blocks of Ogontz Avenue. For more info go to westoaklanefestival.com

The Bynum Brothers are back with a new venture. They own Warmdaddy’s on Columbus Boulevard and had the old Zanzibar Blue in Center City. Their latest project is called RELISH at 7152 Ogontz Avenue. It replaces Sadiki’s. RELISH features live jazz music Thursday through Sunday. For more info go to relishphiladelphia.com or call 215-276-0170. Join WDAS’ Mimi Brown on Wednesday nights for The Rising Star Talent Search. They are looking for up and coming musicians and singers to showcase their talent. For more info and to schedule an audition call 215-927-5455. The winner will get $5,000.

WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This Superstar should keep quiet about his love life…..everybody knows he’s lying. Don’t fake it! Just be quiet!

Check out who’s coming to town:

This Saturday & Sunday, April 10th & 11th– Diary Of A Black Man starring Clifton Powell & Darrin Dewitt Henson at the Merriam Theatre on Broad Street’s Avenue Of The Arts. For more information: http://Kimmelcenter.org

This Sunday, April 11th – Fourplay in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. For more info call 215-572-7650.

April 16th- Angie Stone and Leela James in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside for more info call 215-572-7650.

April 24th- Steve Harvey and Nephew Tommy at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.

May 1st- Bill Cosby at the Keswick Theatre for more info call 215-572 -7650.

May 1st- Corrine Bailey Rae in concert at the TLA, 3rd and South.

Saturday, May 8th- The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley, Teena Marie and The Whispers in a Mothers’ Day concert at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Saturday, May 8th- A Mothers’ Day Gospel Celebration with Kirk Franklin, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy and Fred Hammond at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.

Saturday May 15th – Charlie Wilson and Vivian Green in concert at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City.

Friday, May 21st –Mo’Nique’s Spread The Love comedy show at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.

Friday, May 21st- Diana Ross at Caesars in Atlantic City.

Friday, June 11th- Earth Wind & Fire at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Saturday, June 19th –Maxwell/Jill Scott at the Wachovia Center.

Saturday, June 26th- Frankie Beverly & Maze and Will Downing in Concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. For more info go to http://livenation.com

Saturday June 26th- Gladys Knight in concert at the House Of Blues Showboat Casino in Atlantic City.

Friday, September 3rd – Babyface in concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Courtesy of Patty Jackson...

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