Saturday, June 8, 2013

Whats the 4-1-1!? Week ending 6/7/13

What is going on with Paris Jackson, and why did the 16-year old try to kill herself? Jackson was admitted to a hospital, and she is resting in the psychiatric ward following a suicide attempt. Sources say they found cuts on her wrists. Jackson is the middle child of the late Michael Jackson, and in recent weeks, had been getting close to her birth mother and her father's ex-wife Debbie Rowe. Could Paris be having an identity crises. With so many openly questioning her paternity, the AEG trial and her mom famously selling her children's custody, how much can a 16-year old take? The Jackson clan was not
happy about Paris getting close to her birth mom, but  knew there was nothing they could do about it. Mom Katherine is worried sick about the fate of Paris and if she'll lose custody of the 16-year old. Katherine released a statement asking for privacy but explaining this is a difficult time and experience for Paris. Meanwhile the pressure cooker that is the wrongful death of the Michael Jackson lawsuit between Paris' grandmother and AEG Live pushes forward. The testimony has been brutal as AEG drags the name of The King Of Pop through the mud with past child molestation charges and accusations of not fathering
all of his children.

Bobbi Kris, the 20-year old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has been evicted from her Georgia apartment. Neighbors of Bobbi Kris and her play brother/boyfriend Nick Gordon say they were sick of the loud parties and ruckus that would last until 5am, so Bobbi and Nick had to go. Before she departed the apartment, Bobbi Kris left a series of profanity laced notes for her landlord.

The Wendy Williams Show has been renewed through 2017. The show airs in syndication and on BET and Centric daily, and is now an A-List celebrity stop. We also have Wendy guidance. Williams has a new advice book, Ask Wendy which is available in stores now.

Singer Miguel is going to be forever known as the guy who landed on a woman's head while performing. A couple weeks ago during his Billboard Music Awards performance, Miguel attempted to leap across the audience. Well, it went terribly wrong because he landed on Khyati Shah's head. At first, it appeared Shah had no injuries. Now, weeks later, Shah claims she has a brain injury. We knew the lawsuit was coming. Producers for the Billboard Music Awards say they told Miguel not to leap across the audience. When the singer asked, producers told him it was too dangerous, but he did it anyway! This sets the stage for things to fall mostly on Miguel.

American Idol is losing its original creative team. Founding Producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are the latest casualties of the shake up to restore the magic to American Idol. FOX told the producers to step down as they search for new producers. Idol still needs new judges as Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and original Judge, Randy Jackson have all exited the judges' table. What can be done to save FOX's original singing reality show?

It’s going to be baby number five for Bravo Reality Star Kim Zolciak. She just had a baby nine months ago, and now she is expecting again with Football Player Kroy Biermann.

So what is Tamar Braxton going to do once she has her baby with hubby Vince Herbert? Braxton is going to be one of the hosts for the new talk show The Real. The hosts, including Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister), Singer Adrienne Bailon (The Cheetah Girls) and Comedienne Loni Love.  They are all under the age of 40. The show will test on some FOX affiliates later this year.

It's another edition of Motown-Philly as Motown Founder Berry Gordy is being honored with The Marian Anderson Award on November 19th. The festivities including a performance tribute will take place at the Kimmel Center.

Kevin Hart is coming home to host the festivities for the Wawa Welcome America Celebration on Thursday, July 4th on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. Performers include The Roots, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, John Mayer and J Cole. Hart will also be celebrating his birthday and concert comedy film, Let Me Explain, which opens in theatres on July 3rd.

Tennis Sensation Serena Williams is looking fit and tone as the latest cover girl for Essence magazine.

Bishop TD Jakes' new BET show, Mind, Body And Soul, debuts in October on the cable network. LL Cool J is slated as one of the many guests that will be appearing with Jakes.

Actor Shemar Moore says Don’t Believe The Hype! A woman is claiming she was assaulted by Moore last week. Moore is best known for his work on the CBS show Criminal Minds and back in the day as “Malcolm” on The Young And The Restless. The woman claims she was assaulted at Moore's home during a party. She says someone pushed her into a pool, and she then tried to enter Moore's home wet and wasn't allowed. Moore tried to reason with the woman who was screaming at him. They got into a shoving match at his home. Moore says it was all a big misunderstanding because he didn’t want the woman in his home soaking wet.

It was a sad week for two major music stars who lost their mothers. Pop Sensation Bruno Mars lost his mom from a brain aneurism at the age of 55, and Andre 3000 of Outkast lost his mother two weeks ago.

Actress Jean Stapleton has died. Stapleton enjoyed a long career on stage and screen, but was best known for playing “Edith Bunker” on the groundbreaking, socially concious sitcom All In The Family from 1971-1979. She won three Emmys as the kind-hearted wife to the late Caroll O'Connor's character “Archie Bunker”. All In The Family is one of only two non-reality shows to ever go five years straight as the number one-rated series on TV, with the other being The Cosby Show. Stapleton is also famous for turning down an offer to play “Jessica Fletcher” in the hit drama Murder She Wrote. The role went to Angela Landsbury. Stapleton died of natural causes at the age of 90.

After his latest movie opened to disappointing reviews, Will Smith is being advised to pick better movie roles. Smith starred in After Earth with his son Jaden. Despite drawing in over $27 million, the movie was still considered a flop. Will Smith's next movie needs to put him back on top at the box office. He is currently in talks to star and produce in a western called The Wild Bunch.

Mary J. Blige is having financial problems and close friends are blaming her immediate family and lifestyle. Blige has been living large, but she owes millions in back taxes. Mary's husband Kendu appears to be her manager, but no one knows if he has any other sources of income. Blige tours all the time, so why is she having money problems? Her husband's daughter, from a previous relationship, recently announced that she was pregnant and homeless. Briana Latrise, 26, apparently put her dad and step-mom on blast after they stopped supporting her financially.

LisaRaye and her former Single Ladies' Co-star Stacy Dash are reuniting by way of the big screen in the movie Lap Dance. Lynn Whitfield and Carmen Electra round out the cast. This is quite a surprising movie by LisaRaye. She plays an exotic dancer, much like her breakout character “Diamond” from the 1998 movie The Players Club. LisaRaye is currently dating Bishop Noel Jones and the televangelist is going to be featured in an upcoming reality show about ministers. Friends of Jones are shocked that LisaRaye would pick this type of role because she has gone public with her romance with the Bishop. LisaRaye says she is acting and this is part of her career not her love life.

Mary Mary will be performing in our area at Great Adventure on June 22nd.

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN is gearing up for a new season of Master Class. The show returns to the OWN cable channel with Motown Founder Berry Gordy on June 16th and Diahann Carroll on June 23rd.

Gabrielle Union returns to the small screen on the BET drama series Being Mary Jane debuting Tuesday, July 2nd. Union plays a TV talk show host navigating her way through career and single life. The show was created by Mara Brock Akil creator of Girlfriends and The Game. Speaking of The Game, new episodes also premiere Tuesday, July 2nd.
Odunde is happening this Sunday, June 9th at 23rd and South Street from 10am until 8pm with Big Daddy Kane headlining the entertainment .

Chaka Khan is getting inducted into the Apollo Theatre Hall Of Fame on Monday, June 10th. Wayne Brady will be hosting with Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle is performing.
In November, Idris Elba will be portraying Nelson Mandela in the movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. The movie opens in theatres November 29th, and will detail Mandela's early life and his 27 years in prison.
The Best Man sequel, The Best Man Holiday, with Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Sanaa Lathan, opens in theatres November 15th.

The BET Awards are set for Sunday, June 30th on BET with Comedian/Actor Chris Tucker hosting. “Uncle” Charlie Wilson is getting the night's big honor, and R Kelly is scheduled to be one of the night's performers.

Upcoming movies:
The Lee Daniels film, The Butler, with Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, hits theatres August 16th. The movie is about White House Butler Eugene Allen, who served under 8 presidents from 1952 to 1986.

David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim with Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Taye Diggs, Dijmon Hounsou and Derek Luke opens in theatres September 27th.

Niecy Nash has a new book out on dating tips for singles called It’s Hard To Fight Naked. Nash returns to the small screen next month in The Soul Man with Cedric The Entertainer. The second season kicks off Wednesday, June 19th on the TV Land network.

The Dell Music Center kicks off a new season July 11th with Chaka Khan and Ledisi followed by:

July 18th - Fantasia and Joe
July 25th- The Whispers, Stylistics, Chi-Lites & Breakwater for WDAS' celebration of Tony Brown's 40thAnniversary
August 1st Israel Houghton & Vicki Yohe
August 8th- Bell Biv Devoe,SWV and Dru Hill
August 15th- Stephanie Mills & Jeffrey Osborne
August 22nd Dave Koz  Peabo Bryson & Friends featuring Gerald Albright
August 29th  - The Funk Show starring Bloodstone, New Birth, Con Funk Shun, The Dazz Band & Cameo

The Dell box office is now open for the general public. The Dell Music Center is located at 33rd and Ridge.

The 2013 Tony Awards will air this Sunday, June 9th on CBS. Congratulations to Acting Legend Cicely Tyson, who got her first ever Tony nomination for her role in the stage production of A Trip To Bountiful. She’s been nominated for Best Actress. Tyson's Bountiful co-stars Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. have gotten more good news. A Trip To Bountiful has been extended on Broadway until September 1st at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.

Mark Wahlberg is teaming up with Oscar Winner Denzel Washington and Paula Patton for the movie 2 Guns, which opens in theatres August 2nd.

Get ready for a new documentary about Julius “Dr. J” Erving. It's to celebrate the 30th
anniversary of the NBA legend's only NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers. The 90 minute special, The Doctor, will air on NBA-TV June 10th.

Friday, June 21st, it’s another Sound Of Philly night at Citizen Bank Park. The Phillies are playing The Mets, and before the game, some Philly artists will be celebrated on the field. Evelyn “Champagne” King, Dexter Wansel, The Futures and Bunny Sigler will be honored. I'll be hosting the on-field festivities, so get your tickets now! Legendary Writers/Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will be on hand for the festivities as we celebrate (T.S.O.P.) The Sound Of Philadelphia.

White House Down is Jamie Foxx's latest film. Foxx is going to play the President Of The United States and his co-stars are Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx Show alum, Garcelle Beauvais. White House Down opens in theatres June 28th. Foxx has also been named the new spokesperson for the national campaign for Big Brothers And Big Sisters. Jamie is also playing the new villain, Electro, in the next Spiderman movie. His latest movie, the Quentin Tarantino-Oscar winner Django Unchained is available on DVD. The movie also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz (Oscar winner) and Samuel L. Jackson. Foxx is also in talks to star in the movie musical Annie with Oscar Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild). Foxx is set to play “Benjamin Stacks,” a take-off on the “Daddy Warbucks” character. Annie is scheduled to hit the big screen late
next year.

Ahmir Questlove Thompson, the drummer for The Roots, has a memoir coming out June 18th
called Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove.

Upcoming Events:
Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson-Supremes Collection kicks off in January at the African American Museum. The collection will be on display now until June 30th, and it features over 30 of the Supremes' most glamorous gowns. The African American Museum is located at 7th and Arch Streets. For more information go to AAMPMUSEUM.ORG or call 215-574-0380.

WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This Supermodel was seen on the street looking very relaxed...... and very unsupermodel made up. Does she not care anymore? Could this be a sign of retirement? She's been out of the spotlight for a minute anyway.

Check out who’s coming to town:

This Friday, June 7th- Anthony Hamilton in concert at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
This Sunday, June 9th- Babyface at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Thursday, June 13th- Tamia at the TLA, 3rd and South.
Saturday, June 15th- New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men in concert at the
Wells Fargo Center.
Saturday, June 15th- Father's Day Explosion featuring Brick and Breakwater and Rheel Men
at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street. For more info call 1-800-298-4200.
Friday June 21st- Jaheim in concert at the TLA, 3rd and South.
Friday, June 28th- Bob James and David Sanborn in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. For information call 1-800-745-3000.
Saturday, June 29th- Mint Condition, Howard Hewett and Jon B at the TD Bank Arts Center,
Washington Township High School, 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road in Sewell, New Jersey 08080. For more information call 856-218-8902.
Monday July 1st- Jill Scott and The Roots at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Friday, July 19th – It’s TGT, Tyrese/Ginuwine/Tank, in concert at the House of Blues in
Atlantic City.
Friday, August 2nd – Smooth Jazz Summer Nights – Alex Bugnon at the Great Plaza on Penns
Thursday, August 8th- Bell Biv Devoe & SWV at the The Dell Music Center, at 33rdand
Friday, August 9th- Smooth Jazz Summer Nights- Najee at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing.
Friday, August 16th- Smooth Jazz Summer Nights- Peter White at the Great Plaza on Penns
Saturday, August 17th- Trenton's African American Pride Festival in Trenton, NJ.
August 31st-Sept.1st- The Labor Day weekend comedy show starring  Sommore, Jay Pharoah,
Arnez J, DL Hughley, Mark Curry, Tony Rock and more at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Saturday, September 14th- Sinbad comedy show at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.

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