Fantasia has left the building! According to
published reports, the American Idol Winner is
expecting her second child. Fantasia has been dating
Rapper Young Dro, and she has come under fire for
missing over 50 shows during her run on the Broadway
production of The Color Purple. Fantasia will be
leaving the show as they prepare for BeBe Winans and
Chaka Khan to join the cast.
Al B. Sure left his 16-year old son disappointed
over the weekend. Sure skipped out on his son’s
birthday bash after a dispute with P Diddy. Sure has
a son, Quincy, by Diddy’s baby momma Kim Porter.
Diddy basically raised Quincy when Sure wasn’t
there. Diddy and Kim wanted Quincy to have a grand
celebration for his 16th birthday. MTV was on hand
to film the festivities, and Quincy got a brand new
Range Rover. He also got a 1964 Lincoln Continental.
The one thing Quincy didn’t get was a visit from his
biological dad, or a visit from his Godfather Quincy
Jones. Sources say Sure resents the fact that Diddy
was always there for his son. Sure has been working
as radio DJ, and working with a new group, Duo Live.
Duo Live recently shot a video for their new song
Princess, which samples from Sure’s hit Nite And
The tension is growing between Sherri Shepherd and
Whoopi Goldberg on the daytime talker The View. What
is it with this show and people getting along? This
past week the tension came to ahead, and Whoopi
accused Shepherd of wanting to fight her. Since
Shepherd joined the show, she has been having a hard
time fitting in, and it doesn’t help with Whoopi’s
eye-rolling and down talking.
The Aretha Franklin movie is in trouble, and it’s
all Re-Re’s fault! The Queen of Soul is insisting on
having final say in the casting, and she wants what
she wants. Franklin is pushing to have Billy Dee
Williams cast as her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin,
Terrence Howard cast as Smokey Robinson and Halle
Berry to play her. The producers have been urging
Aretha to think more realistically about the
project, but Aretha won’t budge. Oscar Winner
Jennifer Hudson would be perfect for the part. Why
won’t Aretha just pick her?
Happy Holidays! Here’s your cheeseburger! Staffers
for Tyra Banks talk show were pretty bummed out
after their Christmas party. Banks stayed for about
five minutes. Sources say there was plenty of booze
and cheeseburgers, but no bonuses. Many of the
staffers relocated to the east coast when Tyra left
the west coast. Tyra moved to the east coast to find
a man, and a lot people rearranged their lives for
her. Needless to say there were a lot of staffers
disappointed when they realized Tyra was a real life
The music industry lost one of the founding fathers
of Rock & Roll when Ike Turner died last week.
Turner was a great musician, but his legacy will
always be overshadowed by his abuse of his ex-wife
Tina Tuner. Tina discussed her abuse at the hands of
Ike in her best selling book, I Tina, and movie
What’s Love Got To Do With It.
The new Janet Jackson album Discipline is scheduled
to be released on February 26th. The video for the
first single, Feeling Lucky, is coming out next
month. Rodney Jerkins produced Feeling Lucky. As
Janet gears up for her new project, she is also
battling rumors of a secret child. Janet’s former
brother-in-law, El DeBarge, recently opened up a can
of worms. In a recent interview, DeBarge was asked
did Janet and his brother James have a secret child.
Debarge responded he doesn’t talk about these things
with them, and he respect their privacy. He stated
they will let everyone know when they are ready to
talk about it.
The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards are set for
January 13th. It could be a Denzel Washington night.
His two movies The Great Debators and American
Gangster are both up for best picture and Denzel’s
nominated for Best Actor for Gangster.
Director John Singleton will be bringing the 1980’s
classic TV show The A Team to the big screen. The
show made Mr. T famous, and featured characters
based on U.S. Army Special Forces veterans.
Singleton says the big screen version will be more
action oriented and not campy. Word has is
Rapper/Actor Ice Cube will be “B.A. Baracus,” the
role made famous by Mr. T.
Get ready for the ultimate Ashford & Simpson music
collection. The 2CD set will feature their best
selling songs, including those songs that are out of
print and 12 inch remixes.
Congratulations to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The
creators of the Sound of Philadelphia will be
receiving the Ertegun Award at next year’s Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame Awards. The awards ceremony takes
place on March 10th, 2008. Gamble & Huff have been a
major force in the music industry for over 45 years.
The Ahmet Ertegun Award is named in honor of the
legendary founder of Atlantic Records. The award is
given to disc jockeys, record executives, and
industry professionals who have made a major
influence on the development of Rock & Roll.
Chilli from TLC has found love after Usher. Chilli
is best known for her high profile romance with
Usher and from her days with the music group TLC.
Chilli is currently dating CNN News Anchorman T.J.
Holmes. Sources say now that he is divorced, they
may tie the knot next year.
Bobby Brown is getting ready to go country. Bobby
Brown and Sisqo will be appearing on the Country
Music Channel's new reality show Gone Country. The
seven episode show will show non country singers
trying to be the next big country music superstar.
Bishop T.D. Jakes is returning with Megafest. Bishop
Jakes is taking the event out of the country.
Megafest International is moving from Atlanta to
South Africa, and will take place from Oct. 6th
through the 20th.
The BET network is gearing up for a new awards show.
The BET Honors takes place on February 22nd. Cedric
The Entertainer is hosting and honorees include
Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks and Dr. Cornel West.
It could be an end of the year wedding for Eddie
Murphy and Tracey Edmonds. Edmonds recently had her
engagement party in Las Vegas, and she is ready to
be Mrs. Murphy.
Is former Seinfeld star Michael Richards trying out
for the new season of Dancing With The Stars?
Richards is best known for his role as the wacky
“Kramer” on Seinfeld and for his racist rant against
concert goers at a Los Angeles comedy show.
Prophetess Juanita Bynum is getting ready for her
closeup. Bynum is preparing for a breakthrough in
2008. She is currently on the cover of the new issue
of Essence magazine, and she talks about the future.
Bynum will be co-starring in the movie Mama, I Want
To Sing with Ciara. She’s also getting ready to
unveil a line of candles and cosmetics, and she’s
writing a book, Accessing The Power Within. 2007 was
a rough one for Bynum and her husband Bishop Thomas
Weeks. Bynum and Weeks had a physical altercation
that left Bynum bruised and battered. The
confrontation ended their five year marriage. Weeks
has apologized publicly to his wife, and has asked
for her forgiveness. He has also vowed not to
release a planned tell all book that he was writing.
Weeks says it’s time for the healing to begin.
Wesley Snipes has a February Trial date. Snipes
faces 16 years in prison for tax evasion and tax
fraud. Snipes says this is all a big mixup, and he
is the victim of racism.
Essence magazine is getting ready to start their
Save Our Library’s campaign. The Essence Literary
Awards take place next month, and Terry McMillan
will be getting the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Muhammad Ali greeting cards debut next month.
The cards will be sold at grocery stores, drug
chains and supercenters.
Oprah Winfrey will be producing a movie based on the
life of Lena Horne. Alicia Keys will star as Horne.
Production starts in March on the Vivica A. Fox and
Mo’Nique movie Three Sistahs. Filming is taking in
Last week, I talked about the hot new romance
between Rapper Common and a popular Tennis star. I
had the names wrong I mentioned Venus Williams, but
it is her sister Serena who is dating Common. Thanks
to all who noticed the typo.
Superbowl XLII is set for Sunday February 3rd, 2008
Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. will be starring in
the movie The Vapors. The movie will detail the
early days of hip hop with the Juice Crew. Gooding,
Jr. will play Marly Marl, the founder of the group,
Keke Palmer will play Roxanne Shante and Idris Elba
will play Fly Ty.
Is that a tattoo ring on Beyonce’s ring finger? Yes
it is….. she and boyfriend Rapper Jay-Z had tattoos
engraved on their fingers. I guess this is the
prelude to the engagement rings.
Queen Latifah’s new commercials for Jenny Craig will
start airing in January. Latifah follows in the
footsteps of Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli as
celebrity endorsers for the weight loss brand.
Latifah is kicking off the year with a bang. She is
set to host the Peoples Choice Awards and her new
movie with Diana Keaton and Katie Holmes, Mad Money,
opens in theatres on January 18th.
Is the romance still on between Nicole Murphy and
Football Star Michael Strahan. The ex-wife of Eddie
Murphy had been dating Strahan for most of this
year, but he has spotted out and about with an
ex-girlfriend. In the meantime, Nicole has been
linked to a well known man who’s married to one of
her friends. Hmmmmmmmmmm!
Comedian Chris Rock is going worldwide. Rocks movie
career has not taken off the way he hoped, so he’s
going back to his roots. Chris Rock is about to
embark on a worldwide comedy tour that will take him
to Australia, South Africa, London, Philadelphia and
Atlantic City, to name a few.
So what’s next for movie legend Will Smith? Big
Willie’s latest movie, I Am Legend, set the record
for best December opening, and now he’s returning to
the summer. Smith’s next project, Hancock, about a
troubled superhero comes out next summer.
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Get ready for Sex And The City, the movie. The movie
opens in theatres May 30th.
Alicia Keys will be joining Carson Daly for his New
Year’s Eve show on NBC. Lenny Kravitz is also
Get ready for these hot new music releases on
Mary J. Blige- Growing Pains | Jaheim- The Makings
of a Man | Kirk Franklin – The Fight of My Life.
Martin Lawrence is also gearing up for a busy 2008.
Lawrence has two big movie projects coming out:
College Road Trip with Raven Symone opening in
theatres March 7th and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
with Mo’Nique, James Earl Jones and Nicole Ari
“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.
The 34th Annual Peoples’ Choice Awards is set to air
January 8th. Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Denzel
Washington, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Dwayne “The Rock
“Johnson and Chris Tucker are all up for awards.
The new season of American Idol: Season 7 premieres
Tuesday January 15th.
BET’s Celebration of Gospel takes place January
27th, 8pm on BET. There will be special appearances
by Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin, John Legend, Dr.
Bobby Jones and the top five Sunday Best finalists.
Steve Harvey is hosting.
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will air February 10th
The Great Debaters – Starring Denzel Washington
(Director), Forest Whitaker and produced by Oprah
11th, 2008: First Sunday - Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan
and Katt Williams.
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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