Get ready for the Month Of Jennifer
Hudson. The Oscar-winning actress and singer will be everywhere in
February. Hudson’s return to public stage follows the October tragic
murders of her mother, brother and nephew. Hudson is performing at
the Superbowl on the 1st in Tampa, Florida. She’s singing the
national anthem. She’s also performing at the Grammys’s on the 8th.
Hudson will be doing a duet with American Idol Winner Carrie
Underwood. Hudson will also be on hand for pre-Grammy ceremonies and
the NAACP Image Awards. In other J-Hud news, her ex brother-in-law,
William Balfour, has pleaded not guilty to the murders of her
family. Balfour was indicted on 3 counts of first degree murder. His
next day in court is January 27th.
Another big return is Whitney
Houston. Her new album is scheduled to be released in March. Houston
will also be performing at pre-Grammy parties and at the BET Honors
Awards next month. Speaking of the The BET Honors 2009 is set for
February 9th. This year’s honorees include Tyler Perry, Mary J.
Blige, Magic Johnson, Homestyle Maven B. Smith and
Dancer/Choreographer Judith Jameson. Scheduled performers include
Yolanda Adams, Anita Baker, Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, Queen Latifah
and The Alvin Ailey Dance theatre. Actress Gabrielle Union is
Basketball Star Dwayne Wade is being
sued by his wife Siohvaughn. Despite marriage and family counseling,
the six-year marriage between the Wades is over. Siohvaughn has
filed court papers stating that wade abandoned his kids, committed
adultery and gave her a nasty S.T.D. Wade plays for the Miami Heat
and is often seen in the company of Actress Gabrielle Union.
Siohvaughn claims she suffered physical, emotional and mental
injuries during the marriage.
Congrats to Kimora Lee Simmons! She
and actor Dijmon Hounsou are expecting their first child. Kimora is
the ex-wife of business Mogul and Hip Hop Pioneer Russell Simmons.
She has two children by Simmons. Kimora is four months pregnant.
Back in the 80’s he was one of the
biggest Pop stars in the world. Now he’s in jail. Boy George was
convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort. George was sentenced
to 15 months in jail. He was best known for his makeup, stage
outfits, and his hits with Culture Club (Karma Chameleon, Time and
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me).
Spokespeople for Mary J. Blige are
shooting down reports that Mary is having issues with other female
singers. Sources say that during the inaugural festivities and
galas, Mary felt somekind of way about Beyonce stealing the
spotlight with her big finale performance at the Lincoln Memorial
concert where she sang for the first dance between President Obama
and First Lady Michelle Obama. Mary felt her performances and
contributions would be over looked. Then there was the incident at
the BET Honors where singer Keyshia Cole was told she couldn’t
participate in the tribute to Mary. Under orders from Mary’s
husband, Kendu Isaacs, Cole’s performance was nixed from the
segment. Isaacs felt the two singers share too many similarities,
and he wants his wife to shine on her own.
What’s up with Janet Jackson’s new
look. Recent photos show Jackson on a recent trip to Europe. She
looked tired and she has gained weight. Is she pregnant? No. Janet
is not happy with the way she looks. That’s why she left the country
during all the inaugural festivities. She was not invited to
perform, and she didn’t feel like appearing at parties. Her weight
continues to go up and down and friends are worried about her health
as she gains weight again.
One person who did have fun at all
the inaugural festivities was Star Jones. Jones showed up at the
parties with her new man, Chef Herb Wilson. Star is in love and it
shows. She has never been happier. When recently asked about ex
hubby, Al Reynolds, she responded, Al Who?
Actor Idris Elba is coming to the
NBC comedy show The Office. Elba is best known for his role as the
handsome “Stringer Bell” on the HBO series The Wire. In The Office,
Elba will play a rival to the Steve Carell character “Michael
Scott,” and this six episode storyline begins this spring. Elba will
also be starring in the thriller Obsessed. The movie also stars
Beyonce and Ali Larter, and opens in theatres next month.
Actor Don Cheadle has just signed a
new two-year TV deal. He will be developing projects for Universal
Media Studios. Cheadle is currently starring in the movie Hotel For
Dogs. He is also developing a biography on the late Jazz Great Miles
Davis. Don is also gearing up for his starring role in the new Iron
Man II movie.
After her successful work on the
movie about her late husband, The Notorious B.I.G, Singer Faith
Evans wants to try her hand at acting. In the past, she has appeared
on various sitcoms. Evans is currently in talks to develop a sitcom
loosely based on her life.
T-Mobile is cutting former
Basketball Star Charles Barkley from their advertising campaign.
Since his second D.U.I. arrests on New Year’s Eve, Sir Charles has
been forced to reexamine his life. He is currently taking a
voluntary leave from his duties with the TNT Network as a basketball
commentator. Barkley commercials for T-Mobile were very popular, but
in light of his recent problems the sponsors feel it’s best not to
use him in their campaigns.
Tyler Perry’s new movie Madea Goes
To Jail arrives in theatres on February 20th. If you love “Madea,”
go see the movie because Perry is ready to hang up the dress and
makeup. He loves “Madea,” but he is ready to move on and show the
world he is much more than the ever popular Madea.
Speaking of Tyler, he and Halle
Berry will be the hosting the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards, which
will air February 12th on FOX. Russell Simmons is getting the
night’s big honor, and Jennifer Hudson is leading the pack with
Action Star Jackie Chan is in talks
to join the cast of the new Karate Kid movie. Chan would play the
role, made famous by the late Pat Morita, of “Mr. Miyagi.” Will
Smith’s son Jaden will play the new Karate Kid. Filming is set to
start this summer in Beijing.
Actor Ricardo Montalban passed away
last week. The 88-year old Mexican-born actor was best known for his
work on the TV show Fantasy Island. Montalban was the host, “Mr.
Roarke” on the popular show that always featured him in his elegant
Singer D’Angelo is gearing up for
his return. The last album he put out was in 2000 with Voodoo. Now
almost ten years later, he’s back with James River. The album
features collaborations with Raphael Saadiq and Prince. The album is
due out this summer, and he is planning a tour of the U.S. in the
fall. The past few years have been difficult for the singer he
almost died in a serious car crash and he had numerous drug arrests.
Donald Trump’s celebrity apprentice
returns on March 1st. This year’s participants include Singer Brian
McKnight, T-Boz from TLC, Model/Actress Claudia Jordan and Former
Football Great Herschel Walker.
The TNT network has given the green
light to the new Jada Pinkett Smith drama Time Heals. Smith not only
stars, but she is also the show’s executive producer. Smith plays a
nurse in the new show, which debuts this fall.
The Wendy Williams talk show is set
to debut this July. The show is going nationwide.
Patti LaBelle is the big honoree as
the UNCF celebrates its 30th anniversary of An Evening Of Stars. The
show will air locally this Sunday, January 25th at 3pm on FOX 29.
Some of the performers include Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Jennifer
Hudson. Patti will also be joined by her LABELLE family, Nona
Hendryx and Sarah Dash, who will perform along with her. A special
tribute is also being planned for the late Ray Charles. Charles is
receiving the Founders’ Award.
Steve Harvey is coming to town.
Steve’s got a new book chock full of advice for the ladies titled
Act Like A Lady-Think Like A Man. Steve is doing a book signing
Thursday, January 29th, 7:00pm at the Barnes And Noble Bookstore on
Easton Road in Willow Grove. Speaking of Steve, he will be back
hosting BET’s Celebration Of Gospel. The show will air on BET
The 15th Annual Essence Music
Festival is set for July 3rd, 4th and 5th in New Orleans. Beyonce is
the first musical guest announced. There will also be seminars
featuring Prophetess Juanita Bynum and Roland Martin. Plus, there’ll
be an all star tribute to Bishop T.D. Jakes.
The #1 urban playwright in the country is
back with the stage production of Tyler
Marriage Counselor" to profile
relationships that put the quest to the test
and tells the story of how in the end "love
conquers all" (or makes you smarter). It
transforms the art of marriage, life and
family with this entertaining experience on
stage. This 10th production by Tyler Perry
is truly a must see event.