Prophetess Juanita Bynum is now acknowledging publicly that before she was an abused wife, she was abusing herself. Bynum says she's done it all: from drugs, to being with men, and to being with women. She says she made these choices due to her lack of wisdom. The prophetess says purpose and destiny allowed her to get away from destruction, including letting go of her husband Pastor Thomas Weeks. Weeks and Bynum had a violent confrontation in an Atlanta parking lot that became known to the public and left Bynum battered.
The war against the Michael Jackson estate continues. Janet, Rebbie, Tito, Randy and Jermaine feel their mother is being ripped off. They want Administrators John McClain and John Braca to resign. The Jacksons now say the will is a fraud and are accusing McClain and Braca of being the perpetrators. Here's the problem, McClain and Braca are doing an excellent job of running the estate. They're practically wiped out the debt Michael Jackson died owing. The Jackson siblings know the estate will soon be in the black with profit, and now they want to take over. Bad idea because if they had it in the first place, there wouldn't be any money left.
In more King Of Pop news, the estate is gearing up for the 25th anniversary release of 1987 album BAD. The re-release is coming out in September and will feature new music. The package will include never before seen concert footage. The King Of Pop died in 2009. Also, get ready for a new documentary about Michael Jackson by Director Spike Lee. The documentary will feature never before seen footage from the King Of Pop.
Newlywed and Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick has launched a sports clothing line. The line, called V7, will be sold at Modell's. Proceeds will benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia. The 2012 NFL season kicks off September 5th. Vick's new book, Finally Free, is coming out on September 4th. In the book, he details the dog fighting scandal and his time in prison.
The American Idol shakeup I talked about last week laid some big bombshells. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are out. Will J-Lo and Steve be replaced by The Queen Of Soul? Tyler and Lopez separately announced they're leaving Idol, but there are whispers that they beat producers to the punch. Sources say Lopez wanted a hefty raise to return, and Steven Tyler didn't live up to expectations. Idol ratings took a hit and producers had no intention of relinquishing their title as the top singing reality show. Remember I said there are just too many singing reality shows. That's what's hurting, and now there's talk Randy Jackson could go next. Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin has stated she would make an excellent judge for the show. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked about it on the fourth hour of The Today Show. Kathie Lee thought not enough of the young Idol audience would know Aretha. The Queen Of Soul promptly checked Kathie Lee sending out a statement that her fans range from eight to eighty. Franklin also said she wished Kathie Lee would have done her homework. Kathie Lee later apologized but stood by her point that young audiences don't know enough about legendary performers. At this point, other names being bandied about include Mariah Carey, Adam Lambert and Charlie Sheen even called Ryan Seacreast and threw his name into consideration. All this publicity won't hurt American Idol. They'll be back next spring, and it will be interesting to see who's on board.
Oprah Winfrey has stepped in to save her dad's barbershop, but his soon to be ex-wife is not happy. Barbara Winfrey says Oprah has come between her and her husband, Oprah's dad Vernon Winfrey. Vernon has owned his barbershop for fifty years, but Oprah brought it to save it from being sold in foreclosure. This was around the time Vernon dumped his wife. Barbara Winfrey feels Oprah is a bad influence on Vernon. Vernon has recently accused Barbara of cheating on him.
On another Oprah note, Alicia Keys will be honoring The Mighty O at the Keep A Child Alive charity event, which is happening in November. The charity helps to support children affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. Past honorees include Bono and President Bill Clinton.
Mary J. Blige ditched The E! show Opening Act for a role as a mentor on The Voice. Both shows are owned by NBC. For this show, Mary will be apart of Judge Adam Levine's team and mentor his competing singer. The third season of The Voice premieres Monday, September 10th on NBC. In more Mary news, she's also coming out with a fashion collection which will have boots, accessories and jeans. Plus, Blige is also scheduled to be one of the stars of the TV movie Parallel Lives. She will play Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X. The movie is about the lives of Coretta Scott King and Shabazz. Filming starts in September. Finally, Blige will be on The Liberation Tour with D’Angelo and Melanie Fiona. They'll be in Philly Friday, August 24th at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue.
Alpha Lorenzo Walker and his girlfriend Tamara Diaz are charged with trying to extort Stevie Wonder. Walker is Wonder's cousin, and police say he tried to blackmail the singer by releasing a film detailing how badly Wonder allegedly treats his family. Authorities also say the pair threatened to expose an alleged incestuous relationship. A judge deemed there was enough evidence to charge Walker and Diaz, who allegedly received a $10,000 down payment against their $500,000 demand. Wonder denied all of his cousin's allegations to police.
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan is doing better after suffering a heart attack last week. The 54-year old actor, best known for the movies The Green Mile, Planet Of The Apes and The Scorpion King, was saved by his girlfriend, Reality Star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. Omarosa, 38, is best known as America's favorite villainess from Donald Trump's reality show The Apprentice. According to Omarosa, she found her fiance just in time and was able to revive Duncan. Duncan's condition is listed as improving.
Basketball Great Magic Johnson is on the cover of the latest edition of Jet magazine. He is talking about his new TV network Aspire. It's aimed at the 30 and older audience. Aspire was the first channel scheduled as part of an agreement Comcast has with the FCC to launch 10 new independently owned cable channels. Besides classic TV shows from the 60's and 70's from Diahann Carroll, Bill Cosby and Flip Wilson, Aspire will also feature documentaries, films, gospel and music programming. This new cable network along with his acquiring of the rights to the Soul Train brand are just two of the many business ventures Johnson is engaged in along with celebrating twenty years of survival and awareness since the AIDS virus, HIV, forced him to retire from basketball.
WDAS Morning Man Steve Harvey is on the cover of Ebony. It's the black wealth issue. Nia Long and her sons, Kez, eight months and ten-year old Massai, are on the cover of the latest issue of Essence magazine. In more Steve Harvey news, he is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame next year. His new talk show debuts September 4th. His latest movie, Think Like A Man, comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray August 28th.
Oscar Winner Halle Berry is out of the hospital after falling on her head on the set of her latest movie. Sources say the beauty may have suffered a concussion because after she fell on her head she started throwing up. Last fall, Berry broke her foot on the set of a movie. Is Halle's bad luck with relationships spreading to her movie sets? The studios will have a hard time getting films made for Halle if these accidents keep happening. She's since been released and is recuperating from what doctors called a minor head injury.
Tameka Foster will not give up on her son Kyle Glover. Amidst talk that she should let her son go and the insurance company might not want to continue to help any further, Foster will not pull the plug. She's been thanking everyone for their prayers and asked for more. Sources say Tameka's and Kyle's father's insurance are covering the medical bills and will continue to do so. 11 year-old Kyle was involved in a tragic accident that left him brain dead. Kyle and a young female friend were hanging out swimming in an inner tube when a jet ski came out of nowhere and hit them. Kyle was left brain dead since the
accident. Meanwhile, published reports say Tameka's ex-husband Usher has moved to settle what was once a nasty custody battle between the two for their youngest sons. In light of his stepson's tragic
accident, Usher has been by Tameka's side and has reportedly moved for a custody settlement that favors more of Tameka's wishes.
Pioneering Rapper Ms. Melodie has died. She was a founding member of Boogie Down Productions and was married to fellow Rapper KRS-One. They divorced twenty years ago. In the 80's, she was part of the group of rappers on Self Destruction and earlier with her own single, Hype According To Ms. Melodie. Melodie, born Ramona Parker, leaves behind two children.
Tony Cornelius has started a suicide awareness network in honor of his dad, Soul Train Founder Don Cornelius, via The Don Cornelius Foundation. Tony and the foundation are spearheading efforts to be supportive of the survivors of people who have committed suicide. Don Cornelius took his life in February at the age of 75.
Natalie Cole's mother and Nat “King” Cole's widow, Maria, passed away last week at the age of 89. She was battling cancer.
Cedric The Entertainer is promoting his new TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, I love this show which airs at 10pm on Wednesday nights. The show also stars Niecy Nash. The ratings for Soul Man have been incredible, but Direct TV and Viacom's feud may be a problem for it. Viacom owns the TV Land network, as well as MTV and BET. Viacom's networks have been dropped from Direct TV because the two sides can't agree on fees. Both sides have taken to the air in an effort to win the public's trust. Let's hope a deal can be struck soon so we can get our favorite shows back.
For Better Or Worse is returning to the lineup of TBS. Tyler Perry's comedy, which stars Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White, will also feature Nephew Tommy from the Steve Harvey Morning Show and Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. The show airs Friday nights at 9pm on TBS.
Queen Latifah says she is ready to be a mom. During a recent interview on The View, Latifah says she is planning to adopt. This fall, Latifah teams up with Singer Jill Scott, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodward for the Lifetime movie Steel Magnolias. It’s based on the 1989 hit movie that starred Julia Roberts and Sally Field.
Anthony Anderson and Cosby Show Alum Tempest Bledsoe have joined the cast of the NBC fall show Guys With Kids. Talk Show Host/Comedian Jimmy Fallon is producing the show.
Reality Star NeNe Leakes continues to have problems with her oldest son Bryson. Bryson is in trouble with the law again. Most recently, he was caught stealing razors from Walmart. He was arrested twice earlier this year for gun and drug offenses. Is he trying to get attention from his mom? Leakes has a new NBC show, The New Normal, debuting this fall, and she is continuing on the Real Housewives Of
Atlanta. I hear she and Kandi Burruss do a lot fighting in season five, which debuts later this year. Last week was another rough one for Leakes. Reports say she accidentally hit a producer in the face
during a fight scene. Bravo has a clause forbidding injuring staff. Nene is getting a million dollars for this season of Housewives. Violating that clause could not only mess up her mainstream plans, but that million dollar contract as well.
Motown is coming to Broadway. Motown Founder Berry Gordy, 82, says it’s time to tell his story. He says he wants to share the magic of the world famous Detroit Record label. The Broadway-Motown show opens on the Great White Way next year.
Sherri Shepherd from daytime's The View is on a roll. She recently launched her wig line which debuts this fall. She is also starring in the Lifetime movie The Carlina White Story. Shepherd will star along with Keke Palmer. Carlina White is the woman who solved her own kidnapping. White was abducted as a baby in 1987, and 23 years later she was reunited with her real parents.
Singer Avant has a new CD, Face The Music, coming out this fall.
Former CNN News Anchor T.J. Holmes launches his new BET show Don’t Sleep in October. It’s a late-night information talk show.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 19th. I will be celebrating my 30th anniversary in radio with a big musical celebration at the Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge Avenue. Gladys Knight, Freddie Jackson, The Delfonics, Enchantment, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, Breakwater and Glenn Jones are all performing. Tickets are on sale now. Speaking of Gladys Knight, she has a new TV gig. She is going to be the lead judge on the Centric TV singing-reality show Apollo Live. The show will take place at the world-famous Apollo Theatre, and will also feature Doug E. Fresh and Michael Bivins.
Former Today Host Katie Couric's new daytime talk show on ABC debuts September 10th at 3pm. So what about daytime soap classic General Hospital? It's not getting cancelled, just moving an hour earlier to 2pm to make way for Katie.
Tami Roman from Basketball Wives Miami has landed a part in the TV One show Belle. The sitcom also stars Elise Neal and Miguel Nunez, Jr. Belle is about a well to do black family that run a restaurant. It debuts on TV One in August.
Another show debuting on TV One in August is R&B Divas. This reality show stars Faith Evans, Syleena Johnson, KeKe Wyatt, Nicci Gilbert and Monifah (Carter). The show debuts August 20th.
Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson is also getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. She is also guest starring next season on the NBC show Smash. Others getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame next year include Luther Vandross, Actress Viola Davis, and Usher.
Laila Ali and Terry Crews are two of the stars of the upcoming NBC reality show Stars Earn Stripes. The show, about stars who are getting real military experience, debuts August 13th on NBC.
Speaking of Jamie Foxx, he returns to the big screen this December in the Quentin Tarantino’s film Django. The movie, about a former slave turned bounty hunter trying to rescue his wife from slavery, also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington. Foxx has also signed on for the movie White House Down with Channing Tatum. Foxx will play the President Of The United States, who is taken hostage in the White House.
The Braxton Family Values reality series is gearing up for a new season, which kicks off August 16th on the WE network. Toni is also in talks to do a movie with her son on the Lifetime network.
Singer Regina Belle has a new gospel CD out called Higher.
Denzel Washington’s new movie Flight reunites him with Actors Don Cheadle and John Goodman, and opens in theatres November 2nd.
TV One is rolling out the new another season of UnSung. The music documentary series continues July 30th- Gerald Levert:
August 13th- Arrested Development
August 20th- Lou Rawls
The Gospel Music Hall Of Fame will be inducting The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin in its next ceremony.
Get ready for All The King’s Men. It’s a new tour with Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp
and Israel Houghton. They will be in Philly on Sunday, October 7th at the Liacouras Center.
and Israel Houghton. They will be in Philly on Sunday, October 7th at the Liacouras Center.
One of the most anticipated movies of the year has to be Sparkle. The movie features Whitney Houston in her last movie role, and it also stars Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Cee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter. Sparkle opens in theatres August 17th. The first single from the Sparkle soundtrack is a song called Celebrate by Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. The song was produced
by R Kelly. The soundtrack comes out July 31st.
by R Kelly. The soundtrack comes out July 31st.
This Friday & Saturday - Let The Good Times Roll starring Barbara D. Mills, Barbara Walker, Clare Bathe Williams and Monnette Sudler at the Anzer Kirkland's Chester Fine Arts Center, 17 East 7th Street in Chester, PA. For tickets and show times call 610-497-2469 or 610-874-7434.
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This Rapper won't even acknowledge his on-again, off-again girlfriend in public. But, he has no problem hitting this Singer up for some cash when he's strapped.
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, July 21st - Global Fusion with scheduled guests including Elle Varner, Kenny Lattimore, Luke James and Brandy at Penns Landing. Noon til 8pm.
Thursday, July 26th – Comedy Under The Stars Hosted by Turae and featuring DeRay Davis, Aries Spears and Dominique at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Friday, July 27th - Summer Music Fest starring Frankie Beverly & Maze, The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Babyface and Tank at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
Friday, July 27th - Angie Stone in concert at Harrah’s Philadelphia, formerly Harrah’s Chester.
Thursday, August 2nd - Gospel Show starring The Clark Sisters and Pastor Allyn E .Waller of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Sunday, August 5th - New Edition, Salt N’ Pepa & El DeBarge in concert at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside.
Thursday, August 9th - George Benson, Boney James and Pamela Williams at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Thursday, August 16th - Robin Thicke & Chrisette Michele at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Thursday, August 16th-Musiq Soulchild at the House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
Friday, August 17th – Jagged Edge, Dru Hill at the House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
Saturday, August 18th - Keith Sweat at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, August 19th - Patty Jackson's 30th Anniversary Concert – Gladys Knight, Freddie Jackson, Breakwater, Glenn Jones, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, Enchantment and The Delfonics at The Dell
Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Thursday, August 23rd - Will Downing and Kelly Price at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Sunday, August 26th - Smokey Robinson and Sinbad at the Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52ndand Parkside.
Thursday, August 30th - Funk Show starring George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, War, The Dazz Band, The Bar-Kays & The Ohio Players at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge.
Saturday, September 1st - 3rd Annual Atlantic City Comedy Festival with Sommore, Eddie Griffin, Earthquake, Tony Rock and Joe Torry. The show is happening at the Tropicana.
Sunday, September 2nd - Annual Atlantic City Comedy Festival with DL Hughley, Bruce Bruce, Tommy Davidson, Mark Curry, Damon Wayans and Turae. The show is happening at the Tropicana.
Saturday, November 17th - Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam starring Gary Owens, Capone, Tony Roberts and Michael Blackson at the Academy Of Music, Broad and Spruce.
Thursday, December 20th - Comedian Kevin Hart in concert at The Wells Fargo Center.
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