PATTY JACKSON'S 4-1-1
September 1, 2008
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Bobby Brown is proving there is life
after Whitney Houston. Brown has
been dating his manager, Alicia
Etheridge, for the past two years,
and he says he is ready to make her
his wife. Brown says he’s in love
and this time, he wants things to
work out. Etheridge has been by his
side during his run-ins with the
law, his mild heart attack and his
attempts to revive his career. No
wedding date, but Brown says he
wants it to happen soon.
Al Who? Star Jones has moved on.
Yes! Star has a new man. Star was
photographed making out with a
handsome older guy at the recent
U.S. Open. Star knew all eyes were
on her, so she went in for the kill.
They were tongue kissing in full
view! She was so in control her wig
didn’t even blow in the breeze. Go
Star! She is determined to put her
fiasco marriage behind her and find
a new love. This new guy may be the
one. His name is Herb Wilson, and he
is a hotel chef. Star has been
friends with him for years. Friends
of Star say he is everything Al
isn’t: a hardworking man who doesn’t
like the spotlight. Ouch!
LL Cool J will be joining Janet
Jackson on her fall tour. Look for
the two at a city near you. In the
meantime, LL Cool J’s new kids
clothing line is debuting at Sears
Michael Jackson celebrated his 50th
birthday quietly. Even though he’s
layin' low, he still loves lots of
attention. There’s a wild rumor
going around claiming he’s dating
Pamela Anderson. Don’t believe the
hype! We know what she likes, and
Michael is not going to give it to
her. They both love publicity so
they will enjoy the ride. There’s
also buzz about him appearing on the
MTV Video Music Awards as a surprise
guest. Michael needs to do
something. He has no record label,
no new album out and no tour plans.
He owes his brothers a ton of money,
so he stays away from his family. He
is also homeschooling his three
kids. Prince and Madonna both turned
50 this year. They are still touring
and making money while Michael seems
to be off in his own world.
Ruben Studdard has paid his taxes.
Last week, Big Rube made headlines
when it was revealed he owed the
I.R.S. $200,000 from his American
Idol winnings. Now that Studdard has
paid up, he is ready to get back to
work. He is doing the stage musical
Ain’t Misbehavin’, based on the life
of Fats Waller with Idol alums
Trenyce and Frenchie Davis. He is
also working on a new album with
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Oprah is kicking off her 23rd season
in an Olympic-sized way. Her season
premiere is Monday, September 8th
with Michael Phelps, his eight gold
medals and 150 other Olympians. The
welcome home will take place at the
Chicago stadium which is hoping to
host the Olympics in 2016.
Pepa is ready to tell all. Sandi
“Pepa” Denton from Salt-N-Pepa is
writing her autobiography. Pepa used
to be married to Rapper Treach
(Anthony Criss) from Naughty By
Nature. Pepa says Treach used to
beat her, and has never apologized
for abusing her. They have a
daughter. Pepa says despite their
problems, he is a great father to
their daughter. Pepa also talks
about “Play” (Christopher Martin)
from Kid ‘N Play. Pepa says he used
to tease her, and she beat him up.
The mother of two will also detail
her rocky relationships and her rise
to fame with Salt N Pepa.
Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. will
be starring in the TV movie Gifted
Hands. The movie is about famed
Neurologist Doctor Ben Carson. The
movie will air next year.
O.J. Simpson had to find out the
hard way: Don’t Make A Black Woman
Mad. Simpson, 61, had an altercation
with his oldest daughter, Arnelle,
39, a couple of weeks ago that left
him with a bashed head. Arnelle got
fed up with her dad’s drunk
girlfriend. The girlfriend is a
32-year old alcoholic who loves
taking Simpson’s money. One night,
Arnelle had had enough. Her dad’s
girlfriend is obviously using him
for his money so she continued to
get drunk. Arnelle spoke up about
it, and her dad told her to shut up.
Arnelle couldn’t believe her ears.
Why would her dad put this woman
before her? Why does this woman get
his money while her mother has to
make ends meet by working at
Wal-Mart. Arnelle went off on her
dad, and she pushed him down. Well,
she pushed him so hard, he fell back
and cut open the back of his head.
O.J. had to hospitalized, and he has
been told to stay away from his
Will we ever see Singer Robin Thicke
on the cover of Vibe magazine? In a
recent interview, Thicke says
despite his popularity on urban
radio, the magazine won’t grant him
a cover issue. He says it’s because
he’s white. He says he was turned
down when his management requested a
cover issue. Danyel Smith is the
editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine and
says this isn’t so. She says they
have a high level of respect for
Thicke and his music, but if he
checks Vibe’s history, he’ll see
that white artists, while few, have
graced the cover.
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Blige & Robin Thicke.
His new CD,
Something Else, is set to be
released in September.
The CD features the hit single
Golf Sensation Tiger Woods is
expanding his family with his wife
Elin. They already have a daughter
Sam, who’s one, and next year, they
will be welcoming baby number 2.
Usher wants the ladies to check him.
He’s currently planning a fifteen
city ladies only tour. Usher’s mom
wanted to come up with a way to get
the buzz back on Usher, so she
decided to go old school style. Back
in the day, Teddy Pendergrass was
known for his ladies only shows, and
now Usher is using the same concept.
No word yet on which lucky cities
will be tour stops.
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Ne-Yo has his money. A year ago, he
was unceremoniously dumped from R
Kelly’s tour. Kelly claimed
contracts weren’t properly signed,
but he was just jealous of the
attention that Ne-Yo was getting. In
a fit of jealousy, Kelly kicked him
off their tour without warning, and
Ne-Yo sued. A judge recently awarded
him $700,000. Ne-Yo’s new CD, The
Year Of The Gentlemen, is coming out
As the NBC drama ER enters its 15th
and final season, look for some
changes. Angela Bassett is joining
the cast along with her husband,
Actor Courtney B. Vance.
Cedric The Entertainer is headed to
Broadway. The stage play American
Buffalo, about small time crooks,
also stars John Leguizamo. American
Buffalo opens on November 17th.
Poet and Author Dr. Maya Angelou is
going to be honored along with TV
Producer Norman Lear at the 2008
Annual Marian Anderson Awards. The
ceremony honoring them is taking
place November 17th at the Kimmel
Center. Lear is best known for the
TV classics All In The Family,
Sanford & Son, The Jeffersons, Good
Times and Maude. The award is named
after the famed Contralto Marian
Anderson, a Philadelphia native.
Past honorees include Sidney
Poitier, Richard Gere, Elizabeth
Taylor, Gregory Peck, Oprah Winfrey
and Harry Belafonte. Dr. Angelou and
Lear go back a ways back. The doctor
is godmother to Lear’s youngest
Get ready for another Tyler Perry TV
show. We’ve seen the play Meet The
Browns and the movie version with
Angela Bassett. Now get ready for
the new TBS TV version. Meet The
Browns, the TV show, debuts in
January 2009 and will star David
Mann as “Mr. Brown.” Speaking of
Tyler, his new movie, The Family
That Preys, is set to open in
theatres September 12th. The movie
stars Alfre Woodard, Kathy Bates,
Sanaa Lathan, Robin Givens, Taraji
P. Henson, Rockmond Dunbar, Cole
Hauser and Tyler Perry.
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see the trailer.
Singer Kenny Lattimore is coming out
with a new album. The CD, Timeless,
is due out on September 9th.
I Want To Take You Higher, The Life
And Times Of Sly Stone is title of
the new book about the famed
musician coming out in October.
The LaBelle reunion is set for
October 21st with their new CD Back
To Now. Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx
and Sarah Dash are back together
after 30 years. The new CD features
production from Kenny Gamble & Leon
Huff and Lenny Kravitz.
LaBelle, Anita Baker, Jennifer
Hudson, Dionne Warwick, Yolanda
Adams and Fantasia will all be on
hand for the all-star salute to
Patti LaBelle. LaBelle is being
honored at the United Negro College
Fund’s Evening Of Stars. The program
will air in January.
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Sanford & Son, the popular 70’s
show, is coming out on DVD. The
complete series, 17 discs containing
all six seasons, comes out on
October 28th. The late Comedian Redd
Foxx starred as the grouchy junkman
and Demond Wilson played his
long-suffering son, Lamont.
Oprah Winfrey may make a surprise
appearance at The Emmys. Word has it
she’ll open the show September 21st.
Singer Al Jarreau is hard at work on
a new Christmas CD, which is coming
out this fall.
The 5th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors
takes place in October.
Upcoming TV and Film Events:
A new best
of compilation featuring the music
of Tina Turner is coming out. Look
for ‘Tina’ on September 30th.
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This Superstar’s wife is going to have to act fast.
His momma is back in charge and has made it clear
there is no room for her in his career.
He’s married a superstar. Now he has to make sure
she doesn’t cheat on him and leave him in the cold.
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