Get well wishes go out to Good Morning America
Anchor Robin Roberts. Roberts, 46, was recently
diagnosed with breast cancer, and she is scheduled
to undergo surgery soon. Roberts says she is lucky
the cancer was caught in its early stages.
Was it all a publicity stunt, and just who is
telling the truth? Usher and Tameka: The Wedding
Fiasco Continues. With all the negative publicity
surrounding his fiancé and cancelled wedding, can
Usher’s career survive this public relations
disaster? Is Usher a turned out young boy or a
mama’s boy? Either way, it doesn’t look good for the
pop star. He has a new fragrance coming out and a
new album. Is his fan base turned off? I certainly
am. If he marries this woman with the criminal
record and numerous baby daddies, he is a damn fool!
Sources say friends are urging him to put his mom
back in charge of his career and put the focus back
on his music and off the scandal. Will Usher listen,
or will he be led astray by Tameka?
Are wedding bells are in the air for Eddie Murphy
and Tracey Edmonds? Eddie gave Tracey an eight carat
yellow diamond ring, and they are planning a low key
ceremony for later this year. This is a great career
movie for Tracey Edmonds. The ex-wife of Babyface
knows that being Mrs. Eddie Murphy will land her
more movie projects. Her recent movie, Who’s Your
Caddy, didn’t do well at the box office. But, now
that she is marrying a Hollywood superstar, look for
her to produce better projects. When Eddie first got
married to Nicole Murphy back in 1993, it was
labeled as one of the most expensive weddings in
history. Eddie and Tracey have been dating for less
than a year. Tracey has stood by his side despite
the fact that he fathered a child with another woman
and has yet to give that woman (Mel B) any money for
that child. How can Tracey co-sign on this? Mel B
says Eddie will have to step up to the plate
financially and emotionally for their baby girl. In
a recent interview with Essence magazine, Mel says
she questioned Murphy about his lifestyle when they
were together. Now that Eddie is getting married
again, when will he start making child support
What’s keeping New York Giant Michael Strahan out of
training camp? At press time, the future Hall of
Famer was a no show at camp, and he was hinting at
retiring. Strahan is dating Eddie Murphy’s ex,
Nicole Murphy. Nicole is loaded with money, and
Strahan needs money after his recent divorce. Who
needs football when you have Nicole Murphy’s money?
D-Day is coming for Singer Ron Isley. Isley has been
found guilty on five counts of tax evasion. He’s due
to start his three year sentence at a federal prison
medical facility on August 9th. Reps at his record
label are seeking a presidential pardon for the
legendary singer claiming he’s sick and disabled.
He’s also has two young babies and a young wife in
need of his help. Will Isley be spared, or will he
be shipped off to prison?
Don’t look for any new Janet Jackson music on the
soundtrack to Rush Hour III. We will have to wait
for her new album on Island Def Jam Records,
scheduled for release early next year. Janet is
gearing up for the release of a new fitness DVD.
Even though she gained a few pounds over the
holidays, she is back to losing weight.
Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is gracing the
cover of the new issue of Vibe. The Illinois Senator
is making Vibe history as the first politician to
take the cover of the magazine.
Beyonce is doing well after her recent tumble during
a concert in Orlando. Beyonce escaped serious
injury, and she proved that she is a trooper by
getting right back up after falling and continuing
her performance. Since the fall, she has been
keeping a low profile, but her tour goes on.
Speaking of Beyonce, her mom, Tina Knowles, is
getting ready to unveil her new fashion line on the
Home Shopping Network. Ms. Tina’s line debuts during
Fall Fashion Week August 19th and 20th.
Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys are
joining Elmo for his new Christmas special. The
Sesame Street special will air on ABC later this
year. Now speaking of Jennifer Hudson, Avon has
unveiled their new perfume ad campaign starring the
Oscar winner. Hudson is the spokesperson for their
new fragrance Imani.
Dave Chappelle is hard at work on a new project.
He’s producing a new movie that will introduce
comedy fans to the world’s funniest Muslims. Allah
Made Me Funny is the name of the project, and it
will feature top Muslim comics.
The BET channel is looking for the next gospel star.
Sunday Best debuts October 2nd on BET, and the
winner will get a recording contract and cash for
The Biography channel will feature two music legends
on upcoming shows. August 9th will focus on Tina
Turner, and August 16th will feature Aretha
Franklin. Tina’s ex-hubby, Rocker Ike Turner, was
recently turned down for an Ike Turner Day in St.
Louis because of his violent past. The day was
scheduled for September 2nd, but the request to
honor the 75-year old musician was denied. Turner
says he wasn’t upset. He says he only owes one
person an apology, and that’s Tina for all he put
her through. Ike says everyone else can kiss his
Is Kim Porter getting back with her first baby daddy
Singer Al B. Sure? According to Sure: No! Sure and
Porter have a teenage son together named Quincy.
Sure says he and Porter remain committed to raising
their son, but they are not reconciling. Sure says
Porter’s ex, P Diddy, has been and remains a
positive force in his son’s life. Sure says he would
never damage that.
Get ready for more Trapped In The Closet with R
Kelly. The new DVD arrives in stores August 21st,
and will feature Kelly in different roles. For
example, Kelly as an elderly man with a fake beard
and pot belly and a preacher with a Jheri Curl.
The seats of Star Jones and Rosie O’Donnell are
about to be filled on the daytime talker The View.
Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd are expected to
be tapped as new co-hosts. The show will now feature
three comediennes (Joy Behar is also a comic), one
conservative (Elisabeth Hasselbeck) and one
newswoman (Barbara Walters). A lot of people were
surprised that Walters would hire two African
American women as replacements. A lot of people were
lobbying for a male to join the group or a Latina.
Goldberg and Shepherd will be in full place by the
fall. Now speaking of The View, former View Host
Star Jones finally reveals how she lost 160 pounds.
In an interview and first person story to Glamour
magazine, Jones reveals she underwent Gastric Bypass
surgery. She had the surgery in August 2003. Jones
said at her heaviest, she weighed over 307 pounds.
Jones lied for years about how she lost weight
claiming it was through Pilates. When asked why she
lied, Jones revealed she was scared of what people
would think. She also admitted that she underwent
psychological therapy to deal with feelings of
anger, shame and insecurities.
Tyra Banks is loving her move to New York City.
Banks recently moved her talk show to New York, and
now we know the real reason. She’s got a new man.
Handsome John Utendahl is a 6’3 investment banker.
The former supermodel is loving the east coast
flavor and, of course, her new boo.
Kimora Lee Simmons is gearing up for the debut of
her Style Network TV show. Life in the Fab Lane
debuts August 5th on the channel. Simmons recently
shot down reports that she’s upset about her soon to
be ex, Music Mogul Russell Simmons, finding love
with another woman, a model. Simmons says she has
moved on with her life and her new love, Actor
What’s up with Floetry? The popular singing duo has
undergone a change. Natalie has stepped off. Word
has it she’s being replaced by an MTV rapper and
Shonda Rhimes, the creator behind Grey’s Anatomy, is
speaking out about the firing of Isaiah Washington.
Rhimes says the Washington firing was easy because
it was a decision that was a long time coming.
Washington caused quite a stir last season with
reports of on set fighting and his repeated use of a
gay slur. Washington has landed on his feet since
Grey’s. He’ll be appearing on the NBC TV show The
Mo’Nique really means it when she says she wants a
serious acting career. The popular comedienne is
teaming up once again with Director/Producer Lee
Daniels. She first teamed up with him in the movie
Shadowboxer, where she played a crack addict. In his
new movie Push, Mo’Nique will play a child abuser.
Daniels is best known for producing the movie
Monsters’ Ball which won Halle Berry a Best Actress
Oscar. Daniels’ next project will be the Mariah
Carey movie Tennessee.
Former American Idol Contestant Corey Clark is in
trouble again. Clark was the Idol contestant who
claimed he had an affair with Idol Judge Paula
Abdul. Clark was recently arrested on drug
possession charges. He was previously arrested in
2002 on a domestic abuse charge.
Congratulations to Actress Kim Fields and Broadway
Actor Christopher Morgan, they recently tied the
knot. Last May, Fields and Morgan became parents of
a baby boy. Donnie McClurkin performed the ceremony.
Fields is best known for her roles as “Tootie” on
The Facts of Life TV show and “Regine” on Living
Congrats are also in order for Singer/Actor Tyrese.
The Transformers star is a new dad. He and his
fiancée are the proud parents of a baby girl.
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This TV Actor is about to start work on a brand new
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