The King Of The P-Funk Movement is coming to reality TV. George Clinton, 71, the longtime leader of Parliament Funkadelic, is getting his own reality show. For the past few years, Clinton has been involved in a legal battle over the rights to his music, which he signed away. He gave up the ownership of his songs (was he high?!!!!!), but now he realizes the mistake he made. Now he wants the rights back. The reality show is going to show his legal battles and life on the road. Clinton also has major money problems, and he tours all the time. He owes his lawyers over a million dollars. Clinton's son and six grandkids will also be featured on the show.
Tyler Perry's new shows, The Have and Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor, on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable channel are creating quite a buzz since their debut. The shows air, respectively, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9pm on OWN. Meanwhile, a lot of people were wondering what happened to Welcome To Sweetie Pie's, the hit reality show that helped launched Oprah's network. Sources say the show is on a short hiatus, but will return later this year.
In more OWN news, Oprah Winfrey is gearing up for a new season of Master Class. The show returns to the OWN cable channel with Lenny Kravitz on June 2nd, Motown Founder Berry Gordy on June 16th and Diahann Carroll on June 23rd.
Also coming to OWN, the Bill Duke movie Dark Girls is coming to the network in June. The movie deals with color issues (colorism) within the African American community.
Who will join Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson at the Judges' table on American Idol? Hudson has been confirmed as a Judge. Word it has other Idol alumni may join her including, Season one Winner Kelly Clarkson. Other names being thrown include Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Singer Bruno Mars.
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.
Singer Faith Evans is having tax problems again. Evans, who's currently starring in TV One’s R&B Divas, owes the state of California over $29,000
We remember Marvin Junior, lead singer of The “Mighty, Mighty” Dells. Junior passed away this week from kidney failure and complications of heart disease. Junior was the two-punch in the one-two vocal punch of falsetto Johnnie Carter followed by the emotional baritone lead of Junior. That combination helped make million-sellers out of the hit songs Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation, The Love We Had Stays On My Mind, Stay In My Corner, Always Together and Oh What A Night. Their comeback hit, A Heart Is A House For Love, was featured in Robert Townsend's film The Five Heartbeats, which was based loosely on The Dells. The group served as technical advisors on the classic film. The Dells kept an active touring schedule for nearly 60 years until the death of Johnnie Carter and illness struck Junior and Bass Singer Chuck Barksdale. Marvin Junior was 77-years old.
We also remember Clarence Burke, Jr., the lead singer/songwriter/producer/choreographer and eldest sibling of the first family of soul, better known as The Five Stairsteps. Burke wrote the group's first hit You Waited To Long. From there, a string of hits followed including World Of Fantasy, From Us To You, Don't Change Your Love and their 1970 classic O-o-h Child. After the group originally broke up, Burke got some of his siblings together again and formed The Invisible Man's Band. They had the 1980 hit All Night Thing. Burke continued to write, produce and record as a solo artist, and he died this week at the age of 64.
Will Kim Kardashian be the next spokesperson for Weight Watchers? The reality star is due to give birth to her first child this summer with boyfriend Kanye West, and she has gained a lot of weight. Kim K is known for her sexy image. By signing a deal with Weight Watchers, she could make millions and lose the weight she has gained.
Wanna dress like “Olivia Pope?” Get ready for a clothing line based on the character of the hit ABC show Scandal.
Even though she’s a married to rich Qatari billionaire (Entrepreneur Wissam Al Mana), Janet Jackson says she is working on a new project. This comes on the heals of Janet recently celebrating the 20th anniversary of her Janet album which yielded six top ten singles and sold over 7 million copies.
Ron Isley is back! Isley just turned 72, and he has a new song, Dinner And A Movie. In the video, he stars with his 36-year old wife Kandy Isley.
Odunde is happening Sunday, June 9th at 23rd and South Street from 10am until 8pm.
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 performing.
At the movies this week, it's Will Smith and son Jaden Smith teaming up for the movie After Earth.
The fight is on for Nelson Mandela estate. The former president of South Africa is 94, and has been experiencing major health issues. He doesn’t want his daughters to have a hand in his business dealings. Mandela has gone to court to stop them from meddling in his business.
In November, Idris Elba will be portraying the civil rights icon 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.
Kevin Hart has his latest stand up comedy movie, Let Me Explain, hitting theatres July 3rd.
The Pastors Of Los Angeles is a show headed to the Oxygen channel. So what's it like being the pastor of a mega church? The reality show is going to follow the travels of Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon and Gospel Singer Deitrick Haddon among others. The show is sure to be explosive. For example, Bishop Noel Jones, the twin brother to Singer Grace Jones, is dating TV/Movie Star LisaRaye. Yes! LisaRaye from The Players Club. He’s 63, and she’s 46. The two have been dating for a while. Will she eventually be the First Lady of his church? Hmmmmmm!
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.
The BET gospel competition show Sunday Best has been renewed for a new season.
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.
Blair Underwood is returning to TV this fall in the remake of the Raymond Burr classic Ironside, about the paralyzed police chief who continues to fight crime. The show will air Wednesday nights on NBC.
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.
On July 4th , it's the Wawa Welcome America concert at the Art Museum steps on The Ben Franklin Parkway with The Roots, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, John Mayer and J Cole.
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 air June 9th on CBS. Congratulation 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 extend on Broadway until September 1st at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.
Mark Wahlberg is teaming 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.
Sunny Anderson of The Food Network has a new cook book coming. Sunny Anderson: Easy Food For Real Life hits stores this September.
Sherri Shepherd from The View has a new book, How To Lose Weight And Beat Diabetes.
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 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 in the next Spiderman movie. Foxx will be playing Electro. 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.
Odunde 365 presents My Story a free event where influential and Powerful people in Philadelphia tell their stories of success in their own words. Join me on Tuesday June 4th from 5 til 8pm at the African American Museum 7th and Arch streets. I will be telling my story along with Audrey Johnson Thornton. A Bruce Crawley is the Moderator. To register call 215-732-8510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did this Diva pull a fast one? A slap heard around the world is probably worth millions in tickets! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Check out who’s coming to town:
Friday, June 28th- Bob James and David Sanborn in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. For information call 1-800-745-3000.
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 1st - The 6th Annual Roots Picnic with Naughty By Nature, Solange and Robert Glasper, just to name a few, at Penns Landing.
Friday, June 7th- Anthony Hamilton in concert at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City.
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.
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 Landing.
Thursday, August 8th- Bell Biv Devoe & SWV at the The Dell Music Center, at 33rd and Ridge.
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 Landing.
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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