Princess Carter arrived in the world last Saturday
amid lots of fanfare.
Blue Ivy Carter is the newest addition of
Beyonce. The superstar couple are now parents.
Jay-Z is already rapping about his daughter in a song called
Glory. The baby was born natural and the first pictures could get
the couple up to $2 million.
What do you do when you have two women and three kids
depending on you?
Well, if you’re Antwaun Cook, you start your own business. Cook is
the married baby daddy of Singer
Fantasia. They had a son last month, but he is still married to
his wife and they have two kids of their own. Cook is now a bail
bondsman. He has the Free Yourself Bail Bonds business named after
Fantasia’s hit songs. His slogan: Get Off The Hook With Antwaun
Don Cheadle has a new show on cable’s Showtime called
House Of Lies.
He talks about it in the latest issue of Jet magazine. Cheadle is on
Terrence Howard and the cast of Red Tails are on the latest issue of
The story of the Tuskegee Airmen is coming to the big screen on
January 20th. Producer George Lucas of Star Wars fame
spent $58 million of his own money to make sure the movie got made.
Howard is in the midst of a nasty divorce with Michelle Ghent. Ghent
has made some shocking allegations against Howard. She’s saying he
threatened to kill himself and begged her to kill him. Ghent also
says when they were in South Africa on a movie shoot he threw her
across a room and threatened to throw her off a balcony. Ghent
married Howard in 2010. The marriage hit a snag immediately with
Howard claiming his wife was a racist monster and that she
threatened to have him killed.
Mark your calendars for Monday, February 13th.
It’s The 5th Annual BET Honors. Gabrielle Union is
hosting the show, and honorees include Spike Lee, Maya Angelou,
Stevie Wonder and
Mariah Carey. Special musical guests include Aretha Franklin,
Patti LaBelle and
Common. In the next few weeks, you are going to see Gabrielle
Union everywhere. She is on the latest edition of Essence magazine
with her sweetie, Basketball’s Dwyane Wade. She is starring in the
movie Good Deeds, which opens in theatres February 24th,
and she’s also starring in the new Steve Harvey movie Think Like A
Man with Kevin Hart, which debuts March 9th.
Congrats to Oscar Winner Halle Berry, the third time may be the
charm for her.
Berry is engaged to be married to Actor Olivier Martinez. They met
on the set of their movie Dark Tide. After previous marriages to
Baseball’s David Justice and Singer Eric Benet, Berry said no more
marriage. She has a three-year old daughter Nahla by Model Gabriel
Aubry. Berry, 45, is sporting a diamond and emerald engagement ring.
No wedding date has been set.
Is NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta ready to leave
Leakes just landed a recurring role on FOX’s TV show Glee, and she
did a guest starring role on BET’s The Game. Sources say she is
tired of the fighting and bickering on the reality show and wants to
do more respectful work.
The new season of American Idol kicks off January 18th.
Will this be the last season with Host Ryan Seacrest? As the show
enters its 11th season, producers want Seacrest to take a
pay cut. He gets $45 million a year for the show. Sources they could
get someone for $3 million, and that if the show could go on without
Simon Cowell, it could certainly survive without Seacrest. Don’t cry
for Seacrest though. He’s a producer, does a radio show and
entertainment magazine show. He’s a busy guy.
The marriage troubles continue to play out for Idol
Judge Jennifer Lopez and her hubby Singer
Since their separation, they have moved on to other
partners. J-Lo and Anthony are 42 and 43
respectively, and they are both dating 24-year olds.
Lopez is dating her back up dancer and Anthony is
dating a Venezuelan model. Let’s hope their busy
love lives don’t affect their three-year old twins.
The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin is finally talking
about her mystery illness.
Franklin says she had a tumor removed. She says that
she lost 85 pounds, but she has already gained 20
pounds back. Franklin says she is working on losing
it as she prepares for her summer wedding to
longtime beau Willie Wilkerson.
Look for ReRe to also be one of the headliners of
The 2012 Essence Music Festival taking place July 6th,
7th and 8th in New Orleans.
Also on the bill is
Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Charlie Wilson, Raheem
DeVaughn, Vivian Green and Stephanie Mills.
Oprah is doing well with her new show Oprah’s Next Chapter.
Millions have tuned in for the first episodes featuring American
Idol Judge Steven Tyler and Mega Church Leader Joel Osteen. This
week, Oprah’s guests is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Oprah’s
Next Chapter airs Sunday nights at 9pm on her OWN.
Oprah Winfrey will also be celebrating the 35th
anniversary of Roots on her OWN network.
The miniseries changed the face of television, and she will be
having the cast join her in a special on her network on the 16th.
Another addition to OWN is a new reality show starring Supermodel
Beverly Johnson. The show, Beverly’s Full House, debuts in February
and will also star Johnson’s daughter Anansa. In the 70’s and 80’s,
Johnson was one of the world’s top supermodels.
Nick Cannon is home and out the hospital.
The husband of
Mariah Carey and the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent had to
be hospitalized over the holiday for what Mariah called mild kidney
failure. Apparently, Cannon was dehydrated from not drinking enough
With four paternity cases over his head and no NFL
job, will a judge lower the child support payments
against Terrell Owens?
Owens had quite a career with the 49ers, Eagles and
Cowboys, but this year no NFL team would touch him.
Owens could land in jail if he doesn’t make his
child support payments. Owens may end up taking a
job with an arena football team.
Uncle Ted is back!
Ted Williams was the homeless guy with the golden
voice who became one of the big stories of 2011. He
was discovered on the streets. After decades of drug
and alcohol abuse, he turned his life around.
Williams is now the voice of New England Cable News,
and he has a new book coming out on May 10th.
A Golden Voice: Ted Williams: How Faith, Hard Work
And Humility Brought Me From The Streets To
Salvation. He now has a sober living coach who helps
to keep him straight.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards is
The show will air on ABC, and Billy Crystal is
The wedding plans and reality show are back on for Chad Ochocinco
Johnson and Evelyn Lozada from Miami Basketball Wives.
The publicity stunt and sure ratings grabber will continue even
though Ochocinco was caught cheating on Lozada. Lozada needs to
prove she is more than just a one trick pony. She needs Ochocinco to
stay in her life to keep the money flowing.
The 20th Annual Trumpet Awards air later this year.
One of the highlights is Aretha Franklin accepting an award on
behalf of her father the late Rev. C.L. Franklin. Franklin was
recognized for his work with the civil rights movement. Rev.
Franklin died in 1984. He spent five years in a coma as a result of
a gunshot wound he suffered during an attempted robbery in his home.
Singer Tyrese and Earth Wind & Fire will also be honored during the
The Voice returns to NBC on February 5th.
NBC’s singing reality show will feature Celebrity Mentors Robin
Thicke, Lionel Richie, Babyface and
Ne-Yo. The show’s stars, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake
Shelton and Cee-Lo Green, will also be returning.
Jennifer Hudson is out promoting her new book I
Got This: How I Changed My Ways And Lost What
Weighed Me Down.
In the book, she talks about how she lost the weight
and refuses to gain it back.
Comedian/Actor JB Smoove is best known for his role
as the free loading houseguest “Leon” on the HBO
comedy hit Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Look for Smoove to make the transition to network TV
with his role in the comedy Bent, where he will play
an opinionated electrician.
A Philadelphia institution passed away over the
Local Weatherman Herb Clarke died at the age of 84.
Clarke was the anchor/host/weatherman on Channel 10
A former American Idol winner is single, and he is
singing about it.
Ruben Studdard says he’s looking for a new woman. He
has a new album called Letters From Birmingham
coming out later this year. The first single is
Single. Studdard was briefly married for 2 ½ years.