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Look for changes on The Tyra Banks Show next
season. The 5th season kicks off next fall,
and the former supermodel will be on a new
network. The Tyra Banks Show is moving to
the CW network due to low rating and budget
cuts. The season will also be shortened to
26 weeks of new shows instead of 34.
In a surprising interview, Beyonce revealed
that she has not talked to Jennifer Hudson
during her time of tragedy. Beyonce and
Hudson starred in the movie musical
Dreamgirls, but it was Hudson who walked
away with the Oscar. The past few weeks have
been rough for Hudson as she deals with the
tragic murders of her family: her mother,
brother and seven-year old nephew. A suspect
is in custody, but as of press time, still
no arrests. Beyonce has been on a roll
promoting her latest CD, I Am…. Sasha
Fierce, but a lot of people have noticed how
quiet she has been about the tragedy. Well,
Beyonce fessed up and admitted the obvious,
but said she is praying for Hudson and her
Is Michael Jackson a Muslim? NO! This is
just another publicity stunt from the King
Of Pop to take attention off of his
financial situation and various lawsuits.
Friends and family of Actor/Comedian Katt
Williams are speaking out for him. Now that
he has committed himself to a mental
facility, he is getting the rest he so
desperately needed. Friends say he was under
a lot of stress. Williams has a lot of
people depending on him and many projects
under his belt including movies, TV, albums
and stand up shows. When he threatened to
retire at the end of the year, it was his
way of saying he needed a break. Williams
was suffering from extreme fatigue, and he
was having a hard time dealing with fame.
All the groupies with the free flowing
alcohol and drugs did not help. What is
about our famous comedians that they fall
prey to the downside of celebrity and all of
its excesses (Martin Lawrence, Richard
Pryor, and Dave Chappelle)? Hopefully, once
Williams is released he will come out a
better, well rested man.
Bobby Brown is determined to get his career
back on track, and his girlfriend/manager is
helping him. Brown is teaming up with New
Edition members Johnny Gill and Ralph
Tresvant to form a new supergroup called
Heads Of State. In addition to an album, the
trio plans to hit the road. A spinoff group
of New Edition is nothing new. Back in the
90’s, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Ronnie
Devoe formed Bell Biv Devoe, and they topped
the charts with the song Poison.
The Meaning Of Michelle is the cover of the
new issue of Newsweek. The news magazine
does a revealing look at our future First
Lady Michelle Obama.
Now that we have an African American
President, is it time for a black “James
Bond?” Jamie Foxx says he is ready to play
the role, but in a new opinion poll readers
overwhelmingly voted for Will Smith. Who do
you think can be the first black “James
Bond…maybe Blair Underwood, how about Denzel
Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Boris Kodjoe
or Terrence Howard? Let us know what you
Smokey Robinson says he is working on his
next CD, and he says it will be all duets.
Robinson says there are many people he would
like to work with on the project. So far, he
has lined up India.Arie and Carlos Santana.
Robinson says even though he is approaching
70, he is planning to hit the road next
Life after Prophetess Juanita Bynum is
proving to be hard for Bishop Thomas Weeks.
Weeks is currently on the hunt for a new
wife, but first he has to find a new church
building. He was recently kicked out of his
old building because he owed over $400,000
in back rent.
Last week was a mixed bag for actor Blair
Underwood. First, he was named one of the
Sexiest Men Alive by People magazine. Then
his ABC show, Dirty Sexy Money, was
Former Today Show Host Bryant Gumbel is
trying to get help for his oldest son
Bradley. Bradley Gumbel, 29, was arrested
for possible D.U.I. after he was found
sleeping in his car reeking of alcohol on
the side of the road. Bradley was
disoriented, and had no idea he had passed
out. The young Gumbel faces heavy fines and
jail time if convicted. In the meantime, his
father wants him to get counseling.
Our get well wishes go out to David “Pop”
Winans. The patriarch of the Winans family
has been ill for most of the year. So far
this year, he has suffered two strokes, a
seizure and a heart attack.
Will there be a second season of The Real
Housewives Of Atlanta? Of course the ratings
for the Bravo network show were off the
hook, so the show will probably return next
spring. In the meantime, Playboy is calling
and housewife Kim is the first to agree to
pose in the magazine. There’s still no word
on what Nene, Sheree, Lisa or Deshawn will
Is Janet Jackson ready to be a mom? Will
this be Miss Jackson’s next step? Her career
is in turmoil, and sources say her longtime
boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, wants her to
start thinking in a family way. Jackson is
42, and Dupri feels the time is now to start
Now that her TV show, Life On Mars, has been
cancelled, a pregnant Lisa Bonet will have
time to nurse her boyfriend. Bonet’s
boyfriend, Actor Jason Momoa, was attacked
by a man with a beer bottle. The handsome
actor had to get 140 stitches in his face.
He had to undergo reconstructive surgery.
The man in questioned was arrested and
charged with felony assault with a deadly
Will Smith has been named one of the Most
Fascinating People Of 2008. The Barbara
Walters Special airs December 4th on ABC.
Tom Cruise, Miley Cyrus, Tina Fey, and
Michael Phelps are also featured.
Get ready for the T.D. Jakes talk show. The
Bishop is coming to a TV near you next fall.
Dr. Phil’s son, Jay McGraw, will be
producing the daytime talker. Speaking of
the Bishop, his new movie, Not Easily
Broken, opens in theatres early next year.
The movie stars Morris Chestnut, Taraji P.
Henson and Jennifer Lewis.
Toni Braxton will continue with Dancing With
The Stars, but not on the small screen.
Braxton has joined the touring company, and
their Philadelphia stop will be in February.
The new season of American Idol: Season
Number 8 kicks off January 13-14th.
For its 50th anniversary, Motown Records is
releasing a new box set of songs that the
fans have picked. The box set is due
December 9th. The 10 disc CD will feature
191 songs from your favorite Motown stars
including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The
Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles,
The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye,
Mary Wells and Martha & The Vandellas, to
name a few.
Queen Latifah will be hosting the 35th
Annual People’s Choice Awards to be held
January 7th on CBS.
The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards will take
place on February 12th.
Lionel Richie is getting ready to release
his new CD next year. Richie will be teaming
up with Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo for his next
CD entitled Just Go.
Musiq (Soulchild) returns with his latest
CD, On My Radio, on December 9th. The CD
features his hit duet with Mary J. Blige, If
Lee Daniels latest movie with Mariah Carey,
Tennessee, opens in theatres December 19th
Sinbad and Yolanda Adams will be hosting the
21st Annual Stellar Awards. Gospel Sensation
Marvin Sapp is leading the pack with nine
nominations including song and male vocal.
The show is taking place January 17th.
The movie, Notorious, based on the life of
Rapper Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Notorious
B.I.G., is gearing up for its release, which
is scheduled for January 16th, 2009. Angela
Bassett will be playing Biggie’s mom,
The Whispers are coming out with a holiday
DVD. The famed singing group has been
performing for over 45 years. Christmas With
The Whispers features holiday classic and
Cedric The Entertainer makes his Broadway
debut. The stage play, American Buffalo,
about small time crooks and co-starring John
Leguizamo, is currently running on the Great
Beyonce teams up with Oscar Winner Adrian
Brody and Jeffrey Wright for the movie
Cadillac Records. Beyonce is playing the
Legendary Etta James. The movie opens in
theatres December 5th.