What is really going on with the Queen Of Soul? Relatives are saying Aretha Franklin is suffering from pancreatic cancer. This is the same cancer that claimed the life of actor Patrick Swayze. Franklin, 68, had surgery a couple of weeks ago and a prayer vigil was held in her hometown of Detroit. There was speculation of her health that her spokespeople wouldn’t confirm at the time. One of Franklin’s most recent performances was a summertime concert with former Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice and surprise guest Ron Isley for a fundraiser at Philadelphia’s Mann Music Center. All tour dates and appearances for most of next year had already been cancelled for Franklin per doctors’ orders. In a statement following last week’s surgery, the soul music legend says God’s still in control and she thanked her fans for all their prayers.
Singer Will Downing is battling health issues again. Downing has cancelled all tour dates for the rest of the year. Back in 2007, Downing was diagnosed a muscular disorder called polymyositis. Apparently he has suffered a setback, and doctors have ordered him to rest. In September, he released his latest CD Love, Lust And Lies.
El DeBarge is on the cover of Jet magazine. In a very revealing interview, he talks about his latest CD, Second Chance, and his second chance at his life and career. DeBarge, 52, says his career revitalization is wonderful, but he wants to reconnect with his children. DeBarge is the father of 12 children ranging in ages from 3 to 31. DeBarge says his years of drug abuse and brief prison stint cost him valuable time with his children, and he wants this second chance to develop a better relationship with them.
is headed to Broadway. She is set to star in the
production mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson. Her new movie
about a woman with multiple personality disorder, Frankie
And Alice, opens in theatres in February. She also has a new
fragrance, Reveal, coming out this winter.
baby daddy, Model Gabriel Aubry, recently ended his
publicity stunt with Reality Star Kim Kardashian. The stunt
very angry, and sources say she ordered Aubry to end it and
not have thier daughter around Kardashian. No sweat for Kim
K. She has moved on with a new man: 6’9 Kris Humphries of
the New Jersey Nets.
Annual Grammy Awards take place February 13th.
Usher and El DeBarge are all up for awards.
Jermaine Jackson had his driver’s license
taken away for non-payment of child support.
is being taken to court by his ex-wife Alejandra
Jackson. She has two kids by Jermaine, and she also
has two older kids by his brother Randy. Alejandra
has been ordered out of the
family compound in
Alejandra has to fend for herself and her children,
and now she is going after the
brothers to survive. Jermaine had no comment. He is
currency dating a rich Arabian woman, so I wonder
why he won’t give his ex any money.
Ne-Yo is known for his singing and dancing.
Now he’s ready to put his acing hat on. The
singer/songwriter is scheduled to appear on CSI:
as a hit man.
Hughley is returning to TV in a new sitcom for the
TBS network called Rabbit Factory.
ESPN is detailing how NBA Superstar Allen Iverson blew through his $200 million dollar fortune. Sources say reckless living was the cause of his downfall. A cocktail waitress is being talked about as Iverson’s main jumpoff. She’s been telling friends about the private jets and gambling where he blew thousands of dollars at a time. She also talked about a six bedroom house he brought her along with a Mercedes Benz.
Rapper Doug E. Fresh is the latest celeb in trouble with the I.R.S. Apparently, he owes them over $2 million.
Is Singer Trey Songz dating Actress Lauren London? Hmmmmmmmm!
Straight Talk No
Chaser is in stores.
It’s a follow up to
the book Act Like A
Lady, Think Like A
Man. Steve will be
in Philly Tuesday,
at the Borders
Bookstore on Broad
Streets. Also, check
him out nightly on
the Centric network
with The Steve
Steve is also going
on tour with Kirk
Franklin. It’s a
gospel and comedy
tour which kicks off
is also on the cover
of the new issue of
Essence magazine and
is doing very well
with his latest job
as the new host of
the game show Family
a while all
on her own.
she will be
Wesley Snipes says he is not a tax protestor. He says his tax problems are the results of bad advice, and he blamed the media for his tax problems. Snipes has been ordered to prison to start a three-year sentence for tax evasion. Snipes had many of his celebrity friends come to bat for him, but it was not enough to save him. According to published reports, some women who dated Snipes before he married Korean Painter Nikki Snipes are talking. Apparently, Snipes likes barbeque sauce…..as in pouring it on women’s feet … and licking it off!!!!!!!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Get well wishes go out to Soul Legend Bobby Womack. The 66-year old singer/songwriter recently revealed he’s battling prostate cancer.
The new season of American Idol, with new
Judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler
alongside the returning Randy Jackson, kicks
off Wednesday, January 19th.
The new nights for American Idol will be
Wednesday and Thursday with Thursday being
the new elimination night. Congrats to
Lopez, she recently joined Denzel Washington
as a national spokesperson for The Boys And
Girls Club Of America.
to Chaka Khan! Khan is being honored at the
32nd Annual UNCF telethon, An Evening Of
Stars. The show airs in syndication January 2011.