The Lineup for the 2015 summer concert season at the Dell Music Center is gonna be hot! Thursday, July 9th fresh from Dancing With The Stars it’s our own Patti LaBelle, Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and Saxophonist Pamela Williams. This kick off night will feature your favorite Philly artists. The season wraps us Thursday, August 27th with Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Bootsy Collins and Breakwater. Season ticket renewals will be in effect May 15th - 22nd. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, May 26th, the day after Memorial Day. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Floyd Mayweather is getting sued by his babymomma Josie Harris for defamation. Floyd told Katie Couric that his criminal case for abuse was a result of simply restraining Harris because she is a drug addict. Harris claims as a result she has been defamed, so she’s suing Mayweather for $20 million. Reports are that Mayweather just hauled in $100 million for his fight last week where he defeated Manny Pacquiao.
Speaking of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, Jamie Foxx returned to TV and cleared up what really happened while he was singing the Star Spangled Banner at the beginning of the fight. Social media went in on Jamie, but he told Ellen DeGeneres his ear piece fell out. Once that happened on top of him singing to an organ, he could no longer hear the music or anything else. Check out my recent visit with Jamie on the PattyTV page of WDASFM.com.
Speaking of social media and the big fight, Denzel Washington also caught it from social media for his “new look” when he attended The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Online commentators said he was either their favorite uncle at the bar-be-que to “Grady” on Sanford & Son. The truth is Washington’s new look is for western movie Magnificent Seven. It’s a remake of the 1960 Yul Brenner-Steve McQueen classic. Washington’s updated version reunites him with Training Day Director Antoine Fuqua and Co-Star Ethan Hawke. The Magnificent Seven is slated for a 2017 release.
The B.B. King's family feud is on and poppin’! The blues and soul legend is 89, and he is now in hospice care. King has long suffered from diabetes, but had been still touring up until early last year. Now, some of his family members are alleging elder abuse by King’s manager Laverne Toney. King’s daughter Patty accuses Toney of blocking proper medical care for the singer and stealing millions from King’s fortune. Toney has power of attorney over King. When Patty called the police, the authorities intervened and took King to a hospital. Other family members accuse Toney of blocking their visits as well. Toney’s lawyer released a statement that despite the drama, King’s doctor says there are no signs of mistreatment. Stay tuned, at stake is the ailing singer’s fortune said to be more than $30 million.
Rosie O’Donnell fighting with her ex Michelle Rounds, who insists that Rosie …….take a drug test! The two are battling over custody for their two-year old daughter. It’s gotten very nasty. The latest accusation is that O’Donnell is a weed smoker. This is just the latest after O’Donnell, who left the ABC daytime talker The View for the second time this year, was accused of infidelity and threesomes by women who claimed to be dating O’Donnell.
Angela Bassett returns to American Horror Story and the new season of the FX drama kicks off in October.
Philly’s own Holly Robinson Peete is getting a reality show on OWN. For Peete’s Sake will follow the lives of the actress, her husband sports Commentator Rodney Peete and their family. For Peete’s Sake will join the OWN Saturday night lineup.
Uncle Charlie is getting his Uptown Funk on by getting his songwriting credit. This didn't go to court, but the Mark Ronson-Bruno Mars hit Uptown Funk will now share songwriting credit with 5 members of The Gap Band, including Charlie Wilson. The similarities between Uptown Funk and The Gap Band's 1979 hit I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Ooops Upside Your Head) sealed the deal. Rather than go through what Pharrell and Robin Thicke went through when they lost their case to the Marvin Gaye estate when Blurred Lines and Got To Give It up faced off in court, the Uptown Funk and Oops Upside Your Head situation got settled before it even went to court. In more Uncle Charlie news, he's back with a new album Forever Charlie, and he’s currently on tour with Singers Kim and Joe. Wilson is coming to the Mann Sunday June 7th. Uncle Charlie is also releasing his memoirs as he details his days as the front man for The Gap Band, his drug addiction, homelessness, recovery and battle with prostate cancer. The book, I Am Charlie Wilson, is due out this summer.
The Jackson brothers, who are currently on tour, will be on American Idol. They’ll be on the May 13th season finale on FOX.
Tiger Woods is a single man again. After three years, he is no longer dating Olympian and Champion Skier Lindsey Vonn. Vonn wanted a more serious commitment from Woods. She was hoping for marriage. When Woods wouldn’t budge, Vonn decided to end the relationship. Woods was devastated. How could she just walk away?!! Vonn, 30, wants marriage and babies. Right now, she is going to concentrate on her sports career and the upcoming Olympics. Will Woods ever marry again? His first marriage to Elin Nordegren produced two children, but ended in disaster with his serial cheating and cost him big bucks. After that very public experience, Woods wasn’t quite ready to jump into marriage again. Published reports played up that Woods hasn’t been able to sleep since the two split, but he’s said the anniversary of his dad’s death and current his current tournament all factor in as well.
We remember Errol Brown of the reggae influenced R&B group Hot Chocolate. Brown passed away in the Bahamas after a bout with liver cancer. Hot Chocolate enjoyed a string of hits including Every 1’s A Winner, Disco Queen, Emma and their biggest You Sexy Thing. Two of those singles went gold, and Brown either wrote or co-wrote them. Errol Brown was 71.
We also remember Charlie Gray of Philly’s own Rib Crib. Starting in 1968, anyone who is anyone in Philly stopped at that restaurant. It and Mr. Gray were Philly legends along with the wall of fame of all the athletes and stars spanning generations. The Germantown based establishment was famous for the right sauce and spices, but even more renowned for the man behind the business. Whether you were a famous entertainer, or just lived around the corner, you got first class treatment from a first class guy. Mr. Charlie Gray celebrated 47 years of The Rib Crib before he passed away this week. Our prayers are with his family.
Singer Miguel is being sued. Two years ago at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Miguel was performing, and he decided to jump into the audience. Well he landed on top of a young woman and now the woman is suing him and the MGM Grand for negligence. The woman is seeking damages to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. In better news, Miguel’s new album, Wildheart will be out on June 30th.
Will Smith is going to play a villain in his next film Suicide Squad. The movie is based on the popular DC Comics' series. He’s already in character. Smith shaved his head to play the evil character “DeadShot.” Suicide Squad opens in theatres August 5th, 2016.
Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o will be one of the stars of the new Stars Wars movie. Nyong’o will play the voice of the CGI generated character “Maz Kanata,” a pirate. Stars Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens in theatres December 18th, 2015.
Jill Scott is going on a summer tour that will bring her to the area July 19th. Jilly from Philly will be at the Sands Bethlehem Center in Bethlehem, Pa. and then in Atlantic City on Sunday, July 26th at the Borgata. Tickets go on sale May 15th. Scott is currently topping the charts with her current single Fool’s Gold.
A Cheesecake Factory Restaurant is coming to Center City at 15th and Walnut Streets. Entrance will be on the Walnut Street side. It will be located on the second floor, and you will take either an escalator or the elevator. The Cheesecake Factory-Center City is set to open June 23rd. Other Cheesecake Factory locations include Willow Grove, Cherry Hill and King Of Prussia.
It’s Bobby Brown vs. The Houstons.... Round II. Bobby Brown went to court this week to take over legal guardianship of his daughter Bobbi Kris. Bobbi Kris has been unconscious since being found January 31st face down in a tub of water. She is no longer on machines and breathing on her own, but according to her grandmother Cissy Houston, she has irreversible brain damage. Millions of dollars are at stake with Bobbi Kris’ inheritance from her late mother Whitney Houston. The Houstons, Grandmom Cissy and Aunt Pat Houston, do not want Bobby to have his hands on that money. Will a judge rule in Bobby's favor? Will he be able to do what’s best for his daughter?
Viola Davis has been tapped for the HBO bio-pic about Harriett Tubman. Davis would play the freedom fighting pioneer who was born a slave, escaped and developed a secret escape route using the legendary Underground Railroad, which is what white abolitionists and black slaves utilized to help slaves escape from slave states to free states in America. Tubman also had safe houses for escaped slaves. She became known as Moses, named after the biblical figure who lead the Hebrews from bondage. Tubman led more than 300 slaves to freedom in the north, and then she fought with the Union during the Civil War. Davis is still in the development stages of the project and she and her husband, Julius Tennon, are slated to be among the executive producers. Davis returns to ABC this fall for season two of How To Get Away With Murder.
Queen Latifah's HBO bio-pic about The Empress Of The Blues, Bessie Smith, will air on HBO Saturday, May 16th. Latifah recently open up in Uptown magazine saying this is the first time she has ever been naked in a movie. Bessie Smith was a very popular singer who was also bi-sexual. In the interview, Latifah stated she supports gay rights and would like to see equality for everyone. Latifah also chooses again to shutdown questions about her personal life. Her new HBO movie Bessie also stars Michael K. Williams, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Khandi Alexander and Oscar-winning Comedienne/Actress Mo'Nique as Singer Ma Rainey.
Tyler Perry..... A Ninja Turtle?!!!!! Yes! He’s going to be in their next movie. He’s also touring the country in a new Madea stage play, Madea On The Run. He could be coming to Philly........sssshhhh!!!!!!! I’m not supposed to talk about it yet!!!!!!!!!
On DVD and Blu Ray, it’s Selma, the film about the 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.
The Queen Of All Media Wendy Williams is on the cover of the May issue of Ebony magazine. She sits down to discuss how she turned her radio brand into an all out empire while having a husband and family along for the ride.
While we're talking all things Wendy, congrats to her for the new clothing line on HSN, The Wendy Williams Collection. It sold out within minutes on the shopping channel. The clothes are chic, comfortable and affordable. Plus, Williams is getting a new show on the Discovery ID Channel called Death By Gossip. She will host the show and also serve as the executive producer.
The May issue of Essence magazine will feature the game changers. Those are women in the entertainment industry who are changing the perception of how things can get done in Hollywood. The cover women are Filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma), Writer/Producer Shonda Rhimes (How To Get Away With Murder/Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy), Writer/Producer Mara Brock Akil (Jumping The Broom; Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends), Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl youtube-comedy series) and the legendary Actress/Dancer/Producer/Director Debbie Allen (Amistad; A Different World; Fame; Ragtime; Scandal; Grey’s Anatomy). This issue also celebrates Essence 45th anniversary.
First Lady Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex & The City) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are the cover ladies for the new issue of Glamour Magazine. It’s the magazine's annual Women's Issue. As for the ladies, they are launching their new campaign supporting military women, including veterans, current servicewomen and military wives.
Speaking of Kerry Washington, she’s signed on for the HBO movie the Anita Hill Story. Hill is the woman who accused now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment on the job. Actor Wendell Pierce (The Wire) will play Clarence Thomas in the movie.
Allen Iverson will go down in history as one of the NBA's greatest basketball players of his generation. He was charismatic, a legend, controversial and complicated. On Saturday, May 16th, the Showtime network will be airing a documentary on the former 76er's life.
HBO will be airing the 2015 induction ceremony for The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on Saturday, May 30th. Inductees include Singer/Songwriter Bill Withers, who will be honored by Stevie Wonder and John Legend. Ringo Starr will have the honors done by Sir Paul McCartney. With Starr's induction, now all The Beatles are now in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame twice, as Beatles & as solo artists. Lou Reed and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will also be honored.
Tia Mowry-Hardrict is coming to the Cooking Channel. She already stars on the Nickelodeon sitcom Instant Mom with Michael Boatman and Sheryl Lee Ralph, but now she’s hosting a new show featuring her culinary skills. The new show is called Tia Mowry At Home and airs Wednesdays at 9pm on the Cooking Channel.
Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton and the Braxton sisters will be returning for a fifth season of Braxton Family Values on May 21st on WE-TV.
The BET Awards will be airing June 28th on BET.
“The Rock,” a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, is coming to TV. His HBO drama series Ballers has Johnson playing a retired football player who now manages the finances of young athletes. Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are among the executive producers. Ballers debuts June 21st. Then Johnson will team up with my “nephew” Kevin Hart in the buddy-cop movie Central Intelligence.
Rapper/Actor Ice Tea and his wife Actress/Model Coco are joining forces for a new talk show that will debut this summer.
Terrence Howard is going to be starring in a FOX miniseries Wayward Pines, where he plays a sheriff. It’s a mystery series that also stars Matt Dillon and premieres May 14th on FOX. Howard is also appearing in the Ken Burns documentary about cancer called Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies. Howard’s mom died of colon cancer at the age of 50. The documentary will air on PBS.
Jada Pinkett Smith and former Football Star/TV Host Michael Strahan will be a part of the cast when Magic Mike XXL hits theatres July 1st. The movie stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bonner, Joe Manganiello and Adam Rodriguez.
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are happening Sunday, May 17th on ABC. Ludacris is hosting with Supermodel Chrissy Teigen, the wife of Singer John Legend.
Chris Tucker is coming to Netflix. Chris Tucker Live will be his first ever stand up special. Chris Tucker Live debuts on Netflix June 8th. Tucker is also set to return to the big screen in a 3-D movie with Vin Diesel. He’s also coming to town doing a Comedy Show At Trump Taj Mahal
Power, The 50 Cent-produced drama, returns to Starz on June 6th. The show stars Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci, Lena Loren, Greg Serano and Omari Hardwick.
Diddy and Mary J. Blige will be appearing in the season finale of Black-ish, which will air in May.
Boxer Evander Holyfield has found his next opponent. Holyfield will be boxing former Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in a charity boxing event on May 15th. The fight between the former governor of Massachusetts and the former heavyweight champ will benefit Charity Vision, which donates medical supplies to needy countries.
Coming to Netflix is the new season of Orange Is The New Black, which kicks off June 12th.
The remaining members of TLC, T-Boz (Tionne Watkins) & Chilli (Rozanda Thomas) want their fans to help them with their fifth and final album. They are asking their fans to pay for the production of the album via crowd funding. The ladies are also going on The Main Event tour with New Kids On The Block and Nelly this summer. Tix are on sale now and, the tour hits Philly on Friday, June 19th.
Tickets are on sale now for the Mother's Day Music Festival. Saturday, May 9th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City starring Ron Isley & The Isley Brothers, Babyface, Fantasia and Eric Benet.
Tix are also on sale for The Up Close & Personal Mother's Day Concert Sunday, May 10th at Caesars Casino in Atlantic City with Freddie Jackson, Blue Magic, Enchantment and Glenn Jones. Due to scheduling conflicts, El DeBarge is off the show.
The Tony Award-winning best musical Memphis is coming to Philly May 12th -July 12th at The Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street For more info call 215- 574- 3550.
Philly’s Men Are Cooking returns Saturday, November 14th at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum …More details are coming soon!
WHAT'S THE UNDERGROUND BUZZ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These exes are still out and about together. They’ve got a child together……but she’s grown!!! Now when the press stops them, he talks and she keeps quiet! HMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!
Check out who’s coming to town:
This Saturday, May 9th - Mother's Day Music Festival with Ron Isley & The Isley Brothers, Babyface, Fantasia and Eric Benet at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
This Saturday, May 9th – The Queen Of All Media Wendy Williams brings her comedy show to the Borgata Hotel & Casino’s Music Box in Atlantic City. For tickets & information, log onto borgata.com.
This Sunday, May 10th - Platinum Shows presents The Mother's Day Show Starring Freddie Jackson, Glenn Jones, Blue Magic and Enchantment at the Tropicana in Atlantic City.
This Sunday, May 10th - Mother's Day Gospel Show starring Shirley Caesar, Jonathan Butler, Marvin Sapp and Deitrick Haddon at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.
Saturday, May 16th- Smokey Robinson in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City.
Friday, May 29th – Comedienne Loni Love from The Real comes to the Borgata Hotel & Casino’s Music Box in Atlantic City. For tickets & information, log onto borgata.com.
Friday, May 29th- Sinbad Comedy Show at New Covenant Church, 7500 Germantown Avenue. Showtime is 8pm.
Saturday, May 30th - Erykah Badu is headlining The 8th Annual Roots Picnic at Festival Pier on Penns Landing.
Sunday, June 7th- Charlie Wilson, Kem and Joe at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenue.
Tuesday, June 23rd – D’Angelo and The Vanguard in concert at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside.
Sunday, August 30th- Kevin Hart Comedy Show at the Lincoln Financial Field.
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