EVERYBODY HATES DIVORCE! Comedian Chris Rock has
had a change of heart, and now the Rocks are gonna work it out. A few
weeks ago, Chris announced he was divorcing his wife of 10 years Malaak
Compton. They have two young daughters, ages 2 and 4. When the news came
out, it shocked many of his fans and a lot of people thought he was
losing it. Chris’s private life has always been under the radar. But,
when the news came out about trouble in his marriage, the stories of him
and other women started surfacing. Did you know he used to date Madonna
before he got married or his affair with Video Vixen Karrine Steffans?
She’s also known as Superhead, and reports have it she’s expecting a
baby with Bobby Brown. She is writing a new book about her exploits, and
Rock is featured prominently. Years ago, a Hungarian model tried to
blame Rock for fathering her child, but the DNA tests cleared him. Who
knew Rock was a player. Apparently, someone advised him it was not in
his best interest to make an enemy out of his wife. After 10 years of
marriage and two kids, he would have to pay through the nose to get out
of the marriage. In the words of the late Singer Johnnie Taylor: It’s
Cheaper to Keep Her.
Eddie Murphy speaks! Murphy is doing promotional interviews for the
movie Dreamgirls. He plays the role of R&B Singer “James ‘Thunder’
Early.” I saw the movie at the preview screening last week. Eddie Murphy
is the truth in this movie. He does his own singing, and for the first
time, we see him display his dramatic acting skills. On a recent episode
of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Murphy revealed that he was able to get into
his troubled character because at the time of filming he was going
through a very painful and public divorce with his wife Nicole. Eddie is
very tight lipped about his life, and he rarely gives interviews, but on
December 18th, he will be appearing on the Bravo Network on the popular
show Inside The Actor’s Studio. The one on one interview show with James
Lipton gives viewers an up close and personal look at their favorite
actors. Despite an amazing career (Coming to America, Nutty Professor,
and voice over work for Shrek), Murphy is sometimes more known for known
for scandal, for example the transsexual pick up scandal of the late
90’s and his divorce from his wife of 12 years. He is also the father of
six children. Murphy is amazing in Dreamgirls, and he could get an Oscar
nomination for his role. As for his love life, he was dating former
Spice Girl Mel B, a.k.a. Melanie Brown, but she blew it big time.
Murphy’s mom Lillian often arrives in town to help her son with his
kids, and Mel B started complaining. Lesson number one, if you want to
become the wife, you can’t diss your man’s mother. In an act of
desperation, Mel then proclaimed she was pregnant hoping he wouldn’t
dump her. When Murphy realized she was lying and nothing more than a
manipulative drama queen, he dropped her like a hot potato. He is
currently dating the ex-wife of Babyface, Producer Tracey Edmonds.
The BET Network has put together a TV special celebrating the life of
Gerald Levert. On Sunday at 12 noon, they will air their half hour
special, and it features Gerald’s daughter and his many friends and
former singing partners. Levert passed away last week at the age of 40.
When the BET Network would air their specials, you could always count on
Gerald to bring the house pain. Remember his tribute to Patti LaBelle
when he got down and rolled in the floor to pay homage to her? Mark your
calendars and set your recording devices. This special is a keepsake. At
the time of his death Gerald, was working on two projects. A new album
that is coming out next year and a book with his father Eddie Levert
called I Got Your Back, about father and son relationships.
Janet Jackson is shooting down reports that she is pregnant and
canceling her world tour. She says the tour will go on next year despite
low record sales. Friends of Janet are concerned about her and the state
of her relationship with Jermaine Dupri. They blame him for the album’s
failure. She continues to talk about her sex life with Dupri. A lot of
people feel she is talking way too much about her private life, and it
is hurting her popularity.
New albums in stores this week include Patti LaBelle’s first gospel
album, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle.
Forever, For Always, For Luther: Volume 2 featuring Will Downing, Patti
Austin, Najee and Norman Brown.
Rapper Jay-Z is out of retirement with Kingdom Come.
revue has been extended through August 2007.
When the movie musical Dreamgirls is released, you are going to witness
the amazing singing talents of Jennifer Hudson. Hudson
plays the role of “Effie White” made famous by Jennifer Holliday. She
nails the Holliday classic And I Am Telling You.
first found fame on American Idol, but she lost out to Fantasia. Simon
Cowell had the nerve to tell her she didn’t have what it takes. Wait
until you see Dreamgirls.
is a star, and she just signed a deal with Whitney Houston’s Mentor
Clive Davis. A new album is expected next year.
Grammy Award Winning Artist Kanye West continues to suffer from Foot in
The Mouth disease. In an upcoming interview with Essence magazine, West
states if it wasn’t for race mixing and biracial women, there would be
no video girls. He then goes on to refer to biracial women as Mutts,
proclaiming that he and his friends like Mutts.
There is life after The View for Star Jones, and she has found it on the
TV One Network. Jones will be hosting and producing a show that will
deal with issues in the African American Community. The first special is
set to air in December. After striking out on deals with the major
networks, Jones is turning to Cable TV to start a new career path.
Playwright/Producer David E. Talbert has tapped Actor Morris Chestnut to
produce and star in his latest production Love In The Nick of Tyme. The
play features the music of Singer Vivian Green, and it is coming to
Philly next year.
Is Actor Darius McCrary, who is best known for his role as “Eddie
Winslow” on the TV show Family Matters, infected with HIV? Spokespeople
for the actor have not responded to published reports about the his
condition. Fans of McCrary want him to make some sort of announcement.
If he is infected, is he getting the help he needs?
In a day and age where most couples are breaking up, it’s good to know
there is a couple that is still going strong. Actors Courtney Vance and
Angela Bassett are the proud parents of twins (via a surrogate), and
they are going to tell all about their amazing love story. The couple
has a new book coming out in January called Friends: A Love Story.
Is Former Basketball Player Rick Fox dating Actress Sharon Stone. Fox,
the ex-husband of Vanessa Williams, says he and Sharon share a best
friend and the same agent. He states he enjoys her company, but he is
still looking for someone to settle down with and have a relationship.
As Whitney Houston continues her recovery and getting her life in order,
she is also clearing out old debt. In 1993, she purchased a $6 million
She hasn’t lived in this home for years, and she currently owes $1
million in overdue mortgage payments. She will either have to pay off
the mortgage, or sell the house to avoid foreclosure.
Mike Tyson, a male prostitute? The ex-boxing champ is considering taking
a job as a male escort for women to make money. Tyson has fallen on hard
times, and he is looking to make money any way he can. He is also trying
to strike a deal for his own reality show.
How hot is Dancing with the Stars Champ Emmitt Smith? TV Execs were so
impressed with his charisma and personality, they are trying to convince
him to do a talk show. I love Smith’s wife Patricia. She used to be
married to Martin Lawrence. She is a former beauty queen who was on hand
every week to cheer on and support her husband. With her looks and
personality, I could see her on television.
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige team up for the song
Never Gonna Break My Faith. The song, written by Rocker Bryan Adams, is
featured on the soundtrack to the movie Bobby. The movie, directed by
Emilio Estevez, is about the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. The movie
features Demi Moore, Laurence Fishburne, Nick Cannon and Joy Bryant.
Actor Michael Richards, who is best known for his role “Kosmo Kramer” on
Seinfeld, made headlines earlier this week after going on a racial rant
at a Los Angeles
comedy club. Richards says his act was interrupted by a group of
hecklers. Upon realizing they were Black, he then proceeded to go on a
three minute racial tirade using the n-word over 20 times and making
slavery references. Richards clearly has a problem, and he talked about
it on appearance on The David Letterman Show. He apologized, and he says
he can’t explain why this rage fires out of him. He says he feels busted
over this. Richards has a problem, and he needs help. There is no
excuse. If you get a chance to see the tape, you can feel his hate. Yes,
we have come a long way, but racism and sexism still exists in this
country. It remains a problem.
Singer Ruth Brown is being remembered for her famous singing style. The
78-year old Grammy and Tony winner died from complications of a heart
attack and stroke late last week. She is best known for the hits
Teardrops In My Eyes and Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean. She was a
major influence for Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Brown not only paved
the way for them, but it was her efforts that started the Rhythm and
Blues Foundation. The foundation provides medical and financial
assistance to aging R&B stars. Brown first found success in the 50’s.
Then, after fading record sales, she took time to raise a family and
work as a maid, schoolteacher and bus driver. In the 70’s, she enjoyed a
career resurgence, and went on to win a Tony Award for the musical Black
I had a chance to sit and interview Musiq Soulchild last week. He’s best
known for the hits Who Knows, Just Friends and Half Crazy. He has a new
recording home with Atlantic Records, and he will be releasing a new
project next called Luv And Musiq, featuring the single ‘Buddy’.
Eva The Diva is making a change. Eva Pigford, the former winner of
Next Top Model, is dropping Tyra Banks as her manager. She is also
getting rid of her last name. Eva will now be known as Eva Marcille.
Marcille is her middle name. Eva says with the changes, she is looking
for a new start. Out of all the winners of the Top Model reality show,
she is the most famous.
At the movies, it’s Denzel Washington in Déjà Vu. The mysterious action
drama is set in
Upcoming movies: The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith and his son,
Jaden Smith, opens December 15th.
Dreamgirls, the movie musical with Jamie
Foxx, Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and Danny
WHAT’S THE UNDERGROUND
This female Singer is talented and pretty. She has a new project out,
but she barely registers on the radar screen. She has a horrible
attitude, and she prefers to act like a thug. She would be a much bigger
star if she dropped the hood act. But, she won’t listen to anybody, and
her new album is just collecting dust with low record sales.