As we look back on the year 2010, we remember those we lost. We said goodbye to trailblazers and legends. We started the year with the passing of Teddy Pendergrass and ended it with the death of Teena Marie. The music industry suffered a great loss with these two giants. In between, we remember Bernie Wilson of The Bluenotes, Legendary Broadcaster Malcolm Poindexter, Robert Wilson of The Gap Band, CBS News Reporter Harold Dow, Music Pioneer Weldon McDougall, Actress and Jazz Singer Abby Lincoln, Music Producer Harvey Fuqua, Ali Ollie Woodson of The Temptations, Ron Banks of The Dramatics, Marvin Isley of Isley Jasper Isley and The Isley Bothers, Actress Vonetta McGee, Legendary Broadcaster Reggie Bryant, Eunice Johnson of Johnson Publishing, Lena Horne, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Gospel Great Albertina Walker, Actor Gary Coleman, Music Pioneer Dick Griffey, Garry Shider, the longtime musical director of Parliament Funkadelic and Malinda Sapp, the wife of Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp plus many others.
~~ We remember those we lost in 2010
2010 also brought us
scandals and former American
Fantasia led the pack.
She got involved with a married
man, got pregnant, tried to kill
herself and her married
boyfriend’s wife took her to
court. In between, she won her
court case released an album and
went on tour.
Anita Baker almost went
to jail for not cooperating with
a divorce decree. She
divorced her husband of 23 years
Walter Bridgeforth, who was
demanding money from her in
royalties. She cried to the
judge, said she didn’t
understand and was spared a jail
DeShawn Snow got dumped from The
Real Housewives Of Atlanta and
lost her husband former
Basketball Player Eric Snow. He
got his girlfriend pregnant and
dumped DeShawn, but it was
DeShawn who got the last laugh.
She got paid, and now she is
getting a new reality show
focusing on her new life as a
single woman with kids.
Elin Woods divorced Golfer Tiger Woods and got over $200 million plus the kids. She made Tiger pay for his cheating.
Late Night Talk Show Host and Comedian George Lopez announced he was divorcing his wife Ann Serrano after getting her kidney and 17 years of marriage. Speaking of kidneys, Comedian/Actor Tracy Morgan got a new kidney a few weeks ago.
Former Football Great Lawrence Taylor found himself facing a third degree rape charge.
Beyonce’s dad Matthew Knowles had to admit The Kid Is His Son. His mistress was able to prove he fathered a child by her and for a while Matthew and his wife Tina Knowles separated.
divorced his wife of 26
years and she got paid.
Myrna Freeman got a nice
settlement: $400 million in
cash and real estate. She
put up with his cheating for
a while. The 73-year old
Oscar winner had been linked
to various women.
Tiki Barber found
himself in hot water when he
dumped his pregnant wife
Ginny Cha, who was carrying
twins, for a 23-year old
blonde intern. He
lost his gig on The Today
Show and definitely got the
title of Cad Of The Year.
Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s
political career got
railroaded when he admitted
to cheating on his wife,
Bishop Eddie Long
made headlines when several
young men came forward
claiming the Bishop coerced
them into sexual situations
in exchange for money,
jewels, cars, clothing and
trips around the world.
Bishop Long never admitted
to any wrongdoing, but he is
makings plans to settle out
of court with the men.
The I.R.S. wants its money.
They came after various celebrities including Actor Wesley Snipes, who
went to jail, Comedians Sinbad, Chris Tucker and Katt Williams, Singer
Kelly Roland of Destiny’s Child, Basketball Star Derrick Coleman, Singer
Toni Braxton, who filed for bankruptcy for a second time, Actor Morris
Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Singer Faith Evans and Actor Boris Kodjoe.
Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole
is also in trouble with the I.R.S. The ex-Mrs. Murphy blew
through a $15 million divorce settlement.
It was a good year for Talk
Show Host and Comedienne
Mo’Nique. She won an Oscar for Best
Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Precious.
Patti LaBelle returned to Broadway in Fela.
Maxwell teamed up with
Jill Scott and hit the road for an amazing tour.
2010 also served as the year of the comebacks. After a ten year absence, Sade returned. After 13 years and a short prison stint, El DeBarge came back with Second Chance. Kem, R Kelly and Ron Isley, all of whom returned from legal and personal struggles with new projects. In the literary world, Terry McMillan returned with Getting To Happy, a sequel to Waiting To Exhale, and Iyanla Van Zandt bounced back from heartbreak and loss with a new book Peace From Broken Pieces.
The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin also made headlines. She went on tour with former U.S. Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice and performed at the Mann over the summer. Her oldest son Eddie was attacked in Detroit, and she had to be hospitalized for pancreatic cancer.
Singer Will Downing took a break from touring when he took ill. Downing is battling the muscle disorder polymyositis.
Let’s talk babies. Singer Alicia Keys got married and had a baby son with Producer Swizz Beatz, and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon announced they are expecting twins next year.
Several stars returned to TV including Holly Robinson Peete in the daytime talker The Talk, Terrence Howard and Regina Hall joined the cast of Law And Order: Los Angeles, Michael Ealy joined the CBS show The Good Wife and Blair Underwood plays the president in the show The Event.
Michael Jackson made news. He is the top earning dead celebrity. Through various business deals, the Michael Jackson estate grossed over $285 million. Despite all that money, the Jackson family, led by Michael’s parents Joe and Katherine, are still at odds over money.
Actress Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for The Blind Side, and was blindsided herself when her husband was caught cheating on her. She kicked hubby Jesse James to the curb and adopted a beautiful baby boy Louis Bardo Bullock.
It was quite a year for Legendary Producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. An arson fire last February took part of their famed Philly International Records building. In May, they received doctorate degrees from Berklee
College in Boston. And, in November, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers had a Philadelphia street named in their honor. Gamble And Huff Way is located on Broad Street’s Avenue Of The Arts between Spruce and Pine Streets.
Steve Harvey had an amazing year with another best selling book, Straight Talk No Chaser: How To Find, Understand And Keep A Man, and he’s the new host of the TV game show Family Feud.
2010 also brought us instant
celebs including General Larry Platt, a 63-year old civil
rights activist who became an overnight sensation when he tried out for
American Idol with the song Pants On The Ground.
The Dell East returned.
The performance center at 33rd and Ridge had a two-year
absence because of a huge renovation. We had quite a summer with
Frankie Beverly And Maze, The Legends Of Funk, Marvin Sapp, Heads Of
State Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Brian McKnight, The
O’Jays, Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Sheila E, and
Teena Marie’s final Dell East performance.
The most watched youtube
video was Antoine Dodson with The Intruder Song. He made
headlines when he spoke out about a break in at his sister’s house. A
pair of computer wizards put his news tape to audio and viral history
Oprah Winfrey announced her
next chapter and her plans to leave daytime TV. Oprah starts
anew with her new network OWN in January 2011.
Two major tours are set to take place in 2011 including Prince with his Welcome To America tour, and Sade returns to America after an 11-year absence.
I have to say I love covering all aspects of entertainment, but covering death has to be the hardest part. The recent loss of Lady T, Teena Marie, still stings and oh how I miss Teddy…..Have a blessed New Year everybody…see you in the world of entertainment next year.