Mary Harvey has been ordered to shut up! A Texas judge recently ruled that Mary Harvey can no longer talk about her ex-husband Steve Harvey. No more you tube videos, Facebooking, tweeting or MySpace about her ex. The court hearing also proved that Mary wasn’t left destitute and homeless by her ex-husband. In fact, records proved she was getting $40,000 a month, got three houses in a divorce settlement and she voluntarily put her son on a plane sending him to be with his dad. The Harveys are due back in court March 10th. Mary Harvey created a firestorm when she went public with allegations of mistreatment by Steve Harvey. Steve always said the truth will prevail, but a lot of damage has already been done. Why would Mary Harvey go to these great lengths only to be embarrassed in the end because she was lying? Mary Harvey fell into the trap of getting used by other people who had an axe to grind against Steve Harvey. Steve Harvey has been on a roll with his best selling books, TV shows (Family Feud and Steve Harvey Project) and he is happily married to his current wife Marjorie. Check him out on the new issue of Jet magazine. Mary Harvey is going to have to move on with her life and stay away from people who only want to use her for their own agenda.
Halle Berry is on the latest issue of Ebony magazine. The Oscar winner is in a nasty custody battle with her baby daddy Model Gabriel Aubry. The past week has been quiet between the two, but the charges of racial slurs and jealous fights have been ugly. Berry has put her career on hold to fight for custody of her daughter Nahla. Aubry’s friends say he is being unfairly maligned by a very powerful woman who couldn’t handle the fact that he was ready to move on with his life without her. Berry’s track record has not been good, and she always played the victim in her relationships. Her past marriages include Baseball Player David Justice and Singer Eric Benet. She has also dated Singer Christopher Williams and Actors Shemar Moore and Wesley Snipes. Aubry briefly dated Reality Star Kim Kardashian. Sources say this made Berry crazy, and ever since then she has vowed to make his life miserable. Berry is going to have to be careful. These ugly headlines are not good for her career or her image.
Janet Jackson’s new book, True You, a journey to finding and loving yourself arrives in bookstores on the 15th. The book is part self help-part autobiography, and it’s very revealing. In the book, Jackson talks about her body issues. She says she didn’t feel attractive and that she would bang her head against the wall. She recalls how her brothers would tease her calling her names like horse, pig and cow. She also opened up about her relationship with her father. She says growing up the Jackson children could not call their father Joe Jackson “dad.” They had to address him as “Joe.” She says he had a different way of showing love.
Actress Tisha Campbell is battling stage 2 sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is an inflammation of the organs which affects the skin, lungs and lymph nodes. Comedian/Actor Bernie Mac died of the disease in 2008.
Actor Kristoff St. John has no comment on his recent drunk driving arrest. St. John is best known for his role as “Neil Winters” on the soap opera The Young And The Restless. St. John was stopped for speeding on the highway in Los Angeles and had to take a breathalyzer. His alcohol amount was over the limit. He has been released on bail.
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 2011Lifetime 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 53rd Annual Grammy Awards air on this Sunday, February 13th 8pm on CBS. Some of the highlights include performances by Barbara Streisand and Mick Jagger, who has never performed at the Grammys before. Jagger is doing a tribute to the late Solomon Burke. There will also be a tribute to The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin. She has been awarded 20 Grammys. Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Christina Aguilera will be performing in a tribute dedicated to Franklin. Aguilera has a lot riding on this performance since her now famous flub of the National Anthem at this year’s Superbowl.
Simon Cowell is promoting his new talent show The X-Factor. His show debuts in the fall, but he is already talking it up. Is Cowell feeling the heat because Steven Tyler is doing so well on American Idol? Cowell says no. He is just doing his job gearing up for his new show. Cowell says the winner will get a $5 million record deal, and he has also hinted that Paula Abdul may be joining him on the show.
Actress Kerry Washington is coming to TV in a new Shonda Rhimes produced show. The pilot for the show, In Pilot, also features Stomp The Yard Actor Columbus Short.
Fantasia has signed to play Gospel Great Mahalia Jackson in a new movie. The movie will be based on the book Go Tell It. The biopic will focus on Jackson’s role as The Queen Of Gospel and her involvement in the civil rights movement. Jackson died in 1972 at the age of 60 from heart disease and diabetes.
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.
After one year of marriage Terrence Howard’s latest wife wants out, and she wants some money. Michelle Ghent-Howard and Terrence Howard are citing irreconcilable differences. The two appeared to be very much in love a few weeks ago, but Michelle has decided she has had enough. She is looking for Howard to pay her legal fees and give her spousal support.
Uncle Luke wants to be the mayor of Miami. Luther Campbell is a former member of 2 Live Crew. He says as a longtime resident of the area he knows what is best for the city.
The 2011 BET Honors will air on the network on February 21st. This year’s honorees are Actress Cicely Tyson, Supermodel Iman, Music Legend Herbie Hancock, Johnson Publishing’s Linda Johnson-Rice and Actor/Comedian/Singer Jamie Foxx. Actress Gabrielle Union returns as host.
Actor Laurence Fishburne is coming to HBO in the story of Thurgood Marshall. Marshall was a civil rights lawyer and first African American supreme court justice. The movie on his life, based on the Broadway play Fishburne starred in, will air during Black History Month on February 24th.
Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker debuts his Criminal Minds TV spinoff, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior on February 16th.
Diana Ross’ son, Evan Ross, is leading an all-star cast in the movie Mooz-lum. The movie, by Writer/Director Qasim Basir, tells the story of a young man’s struggling to come to terms with his Islamic faith on an American college campus. Evan Ross stars as “Tariq Mahdi.” The cast also features Danny Glover, Nia Long and Roger Guenveur Smith. Mooz-lum opens in theatres this month.
WDAS’ Afternoon Drive Host Michael Baisden has a new documentary called Do Women Know Want They Want. The documentary explores the topics of sex, monogamy, cheating, marriage, interracial relationships, girlfriends and even open relationships to ask women what they really want and do they even know? The DVD hits shelves on Valentine’s Day.
Dionne Warwick will be on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice on March 6th. Warwick will join The Real Housewives Of Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes, Star Jones and LaToya Jackson, to name a few.
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.
Tichina Arnold is returning to TV. Arnold will be joining Fran Dresher in the TV Land show Happily Divorced. The show is about a woman (Dresher) who returns to the dating world after finding out her husband is gay. Arnold will play her best friend. Arnold is best known for her roles on the Martin show as “Pam” and the mom “Rochelle” on Everybody Hates Chris.
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.
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.
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.
The new issue of GQ magazine features the 25 coolest athletes of all time. The February issue features Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Pele, Arnold Palmer, Julius Erving, Mario Andretti, Michael Jordan and Evil Knievel, to name a few.
Chef Aaron McCargo, the host of Big Daddy’s House on the Food Network, has a new time slot, Friday mornings at 9:30am and Saturday mornings at 8am. McCargo is also getting ready to release his first cookbook. Simply Done Well Done arrives in bookstores this April.
The TLC network is going to show Niecy Nash’s wedding as a two-hour special. Nash is marrying Jay Tucker in a few weeks, and the network is going show all the details leading up to the big day, including her search for the perfect dress. Sheryl Lee Ralph is going to be the matron of honor with Sherri Shepherd and Wendy Raquel Robinson also as part of the wedding party.
Congrats to Chaka Khan! Later this year on May 19th, she’s getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. She’s also working on a new album with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Get ready for a new version of Annie. Jay-Z is producing the project for Willow Smith, the daughter of Will and Jada Smith. Smith, 10, had her first hit last year with Whip My Hair.
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 March.
Angela Bassett is the new cover girl of Essence magazine. Bassett just signed on for the movie This Means War, which is being produced by Will Smith. Bassett will star alongside Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. Bassett will also be starring in the new ABC cop drama One Police Plaza. Plus, she’s got two other films on the way: the T.D. Jakes’ movie Jumping The Broom with Paula Patton in May and the action movie Green Lantern in June.
In addition to a third season for The Wendy Williams Show, The Queen Of All Media is going to be hosting a show on the Game Show Network. Williams is the new host of Love Triangle. It’s a mixture of a game show and a talk show. It debuts on April 18th.
Get ready because Big Momma is back. On February 18th, Martin Lawrence returns in Big Momma: Like Father, Like Son.
Tyler Perry’s latest Madea movie, Madea’s Big Happy Family, arrives in theatres April 22nd. The movie stars Bow Wow and Loretta Devine.
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.
This Mother’s Day, it’s a tribute to The Lady T. On Saturday, May 7th, The Mother’s Day Weekend Music Festival & Tribute To The Late Teena Marie is happening in Atlantic City. The Whispers, Keith Sweat and Charlie Wilson will take the stage at The Boardwalk Hall. Teena had been friends and toured with all these performers for many years before her death. For tickets and info call 1-800-736-1420.
Congrats to Actress Tia Mowry. She’s pregnant. Mowry is married to Cory Hardrict, and she is due this summer. Mowry starred in the popular show Sister Sister with her twin Tamera Mowry. Tia is now one of the stars of The Game on BET, where she plays “Melanie.” Tia is also doing a reality show with her sister on the Style network called Take 2.
The 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards will air March 4th on FOX. Tyler Perry is leading in the nominations with his movies For Colored Girls and Why Did I Get Married Too? 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.
Are you a talented singer or musician? Well 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 this summer. Auditions kick off at Relish, 7152 Ogontz Avenue. WDAS’ own Mimi Brown will be hosting. To register call 215-922-5455.
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Now through Sunday, February 13th The David E. Talbert stage play What My Husband Doesn’t Know, at the Merriam Theatre, Broad and Spruce, starring Michelle Williams, Brian White, Ann Nesby and Clifton Davis.
This Saturday, February 12th – Funk Show starring Cameo, War, Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, Con Funk Shun and The Dazz Band at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
This Sunday, February 13th- Dave Koz at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Friday, February 18th- Salt N Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, and Kurtis Blow at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, February 19th- George Clinton at the Keswick Theatre.
Friday, February 25th- Kem, Ledisi and special guests in concert at the Tower Theatre, 69th Street in Upper Darby.
Friday, March 11th - Marvin Sapp in concert at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware.
Friday and Saturday, March 25th -26th - Janet Jackson in concert at The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.
Saturday, May 7th – Mother’s Day Weekend Music Festival & Tribute To The Late Teena Marie 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, 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).