Is Dr. Jan Adams a real doctor? That’s the burning
question about the man who performed the cosmetic
surgery on Rapper Kanye West’s mom. Donda West, 58,
died last weekend after complications resulting from
her plastic surgery. West got lipo, a tummy tuck and
breast augmentation. The surgery lasted 8 hours,
which is four hours longer than normal. West was
never sent to a recovery center. Instead, she was
sent home where she died from a possible heart
attack. Who is Dr. Jan? Dr. Jan was about to lose
his medical license regarding several malpractice
suits. He was never board certified. He has two
D.U.I.’s under his belt. Former patients are
speaking out against him. One claims he got her
pregnant. Another patient claims he left a surgical
sponge inside of her body after a procedure. His
ex-wife claims he threatened her life and attacked
her. Dr. Jan burst on the scene when Dick Clark
hired him to co-host the daytime talker The Other
Half. It was like a male version of The View. In
recent years, Dr. Jan was hosting a plastic surgery
show on the Discovery Channel. Did anyone check his
credentials? Dr. Jan was made for TV. His good looks
and suave demeanor made him a frequent guest on talk
shows. Donda West had a pre-existing heart
condition, and was turned down by other doctors. Why
would Dr. Jan take her as a client? In a statement,
Dr. Jan expressed his condolences to the family, but
he insists he did nothing wrong. Donda West was very
close to her son Kanye. She served as his manager.
Earlier this year, she released a book called
Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from The Mother of A Hip
Hop Star. Friends of the Rapper say he is devastated
about losing his mother, who was also his best
friend. There has been no word on whether a lawsuit
will be filed against Dr. Jan.
Shaunie O’Neal is fighting back. For weeks, she has
put up with the stories about her cheating and
stealing. Shaquille O’Neal made shocking charges
against his wife, and now Shaunie is responding.
Shaunie wants to see her husband’s assets. She wants
to know the details of his $100 million contract
with the Miami Heat. Shaunie has three children by
Shaq. She figures if he wants out of the marriage,
he better get ready to pay up. Shaunie thought they
could work it out, but Shaq doesn’t want to, so
Shaunie says she has no choice but to fight for what
Velma Warren Brown is the 73-year old ex-wife of the
Godfather of Soul James Brown. Velma apparently
forgot her status last month when she went to court
proclaiming she was still married to James Brown.
Velma wanted some money, and was expecting to get a
portion of his $100 million estate. Velma married
Brown in 1953, but they got divorced in 1969. I
guess Velma forgot about the divorce because a judge
had to remind her. So, that means no money for
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan says even though
he had to give his ex-wife Juanita over $168 million
in a divorce settlement, they remain close friends.
Jordan says he and Juanita remain close for the sake
of their three children. In a recent interview,
Jordan revealed how he has advised his children to
be their own person, and not follow in his
footsteps. Jordan is known for his spectacular
basketball career, but he has also made headlines
with women and gambling. Jordan’s divorce settlement
to his ex-wife is the largest in history.
Are the ladies on The View getting along? There’s
always tension on the daytime talker, and word has
it Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd are at odds.
Shepherd feels Goldberg doesn’t respect her. Sources
say the two barely speak off camera.
It’s going to be a boy for Halle Berry and her
boyfriend model Gabriel Aubry. But, the big question
is where will the couple live? Halle wants to raise
the baby on the West Coast, but Aubry wants to live
on the East Coast to pursue his modeling career.
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is determined to
take the weight off. Armed with a nutritionist and
trainer, Aretha says this time she means it. She
wants to lose weight. Franklin says this is the
hardest thing she has ever done but she realizes
this is something she has to do. Franklin says she
started gaining weight when she stopped smoking in
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is changing his name. The
professional wrestler turned actor says he will no
longer use his nickname “The Rock.” He just wants to
be known as Dwayne Johnson.
Get ready for the return of Will Smith. His new
movie I Am Legend opens in theatres on December
14th. He’s also gracing the cover of the new issue
of Men’s Vogue, and he’s featured as one of the
sexiest men in the latest issue of People magazine.
Debbie Allen is returning to Broadway. She’s going
to be directing the new Broadway production of Cat
On A Hot Tin Roof. The Tennessee Williams classic
makes it debut with Debbie Allen on February 11th.
South Caroline State University owes Singer Peabo
Bryson some money. Bryson performed at the
University’s homecoming, and he says he never got
paid. Bryson is owed over $16,000. Spokespeople for
the University claim Bryson money was given to a
promoter who was supposed to pay him.
Teddy Pendergrass is celebrating his 35th
anniversary in the music business with a new CD. The
Essential Teddy Pendergrass is a two CD set
featuring his hits with The Blue Notes and his solo
career. Pendergrass says the music is a snapshot of
his recording career. He’s also working on a new
stage play based on his life called I Am Who I Am.
Robin Thicke has been ordered to rest. Thicke is
suffering from a vocal ailment, and he has had to
cancel his current tour. Thicke cannot perform again
until the first of the year.
What’s up with Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson and her
ex-boyfriend James Peyton? Hudson and Peyton were
sweethearts for years, and they recently called it
quits. Hudson has been spotted with Football Player
Kherry Rhodes, but lately Hudson has been hanging
out with her ex.
2008 is going to be a big year for Usher. In
addition to a new baby with his wife Tameka, he has
a new album coming out on March 4th.
The musical Hairspray with John Travolta, Queen
Latifah and Zach Efron comes out on DVD Nov. 20th
“The Boss”-Diana Ross, Director Martin Scorsese,
Beach Boy Founder Brian Wilson and Comedian/Actor
Steve Martin have been named for The 2007 Kennedy
Center Honors. The awards ceremony takes place on
December 26th on CBS.
21st: This Christmas – Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Chris
Brown, Idris Elba
Perfect Holiday- Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut,
Charlie Murphy, Katt Williams, Queen Latifah and
The Great Debaters – Starring Denzel Washington
(Director), Forest Whitaker and produced by Oprah
February 2008: The Better Man- Martin Lawrence,
Mo’Nique and James Earl Jones.
February 24th, 2008: The 80th Annual
Academy Awards will take place on ABC.
February 25th, 2008: The ABC premiere
event A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean “P Diddy”
Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa
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This former girl group member has fallen on hard
times. Her career is a mess, and her husband just
left her. The Singer knew her marriage was a
mistake, but she needed him to help her land a TV
deal for a reality show. The husband couldn’t stand
her. Even though the TV show could have helped his
career, he had to get away from her.
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