We Remember Motown Legend and Songwriting Genius Lamont Dozier. Dozier along with Brian and Eddie Holland wrote over 200 songs during their career. They were known as Holland Dozier Holland. They wrote for the Four Tops, The Supremes, The Isley Bos creating what became known as the Motown Sound. The writing trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Dozier also had the smash hit Why can’t we be Lovers. Lamont Dozier was 81 years old.
We also remember Singer/Actress and Cancer Advocate Olivia Newton John. Newton John passed away at the age of 73 after a long battle with Cancer. Newton John burst onto the music scene with her first hit ‘Have you ever been mellow’. She later teamed up with John Travolta for the smash movie musical ‘Grease’. In the 80’s she had the song of the decade with ‘Physical’. In the 90’s Newton John went public about her battle with Breast Cancer. She was a strong advocate for Cancer patients and she referred to herself as a Cancer thriver.
We Remember Actor Roger E Mosely. Mosely was best known for his role as TC in the TV Show Magnum P.I. with Tom Selleck. Mosely was also in the movies ‘The Mack’ ‘leadbelly’ The Greatest the Muhammad Ali movie where he played Sonny Liston. Other roles included The TV Show Hanging with Mr Cooper, The movie Thin Line Between Love and Hate. he was married to his wife for 60 years. Earlier last week Mosely was involved in a car accident that eft him paralyzed from his shoulders down. Mosely was 83 years old.
The Isley Bros are super excited about their latest project. They have teamed up with Beyonce for a remake of their classic song ‘Make Me Say it again’.
Idris Elba has a new movie coming out on the 19th. The Movie ‘Beast’ is produced by Will Packer (Think Like a Man) In the movie Elba plays a widower who travels back to his deceased wife’s homeland South Africa. Unbeknownst to Elba he has to protect his daughters from a deadly Lion.
The MTV Video music Awards are happening August 28th on MTV. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Jack Harlow are leading the nominations. Nicki Minaj is getting the MTV Video Vanguard award. Previous winners include Missy Elliott, Beyonce, Rihanna and Pink.
Tyler Perrys latest Netflix Project ‘A Jazzmans Blues was 30 yars in the making. The romantic drama about a forbidden romance spans the period 1937 to 1987. Written and Directed by Tyler Perry, Debbie Allen did the Choreography and Terrance Blanchard did the music. The movie starts streaming on Netflix September 23rd.
Former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama have a new Netflix Documentary on the way. The Descendant is a documentary about Africatown. A small community in Alabama. Descendants of Africatown came to America aboard the Clotilda the last ship that carried enslaved ships to the US. The documentary was produced by QuestLove and Black Thought of the Roots and Promoter Shawn Gee. The Obamas are returning to the White House September 7th for the official unveiling of their portrait. This will be the first time President Obama has been to the White House since April when he attended a heath care summit and former First Lady Michelle Obama since 2017 when they left office. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is coming out with a new book this fall. ‘The Light we carry’ is the follow-up to her Bestselling Book ‘Becoming’ which sold 17 million copies worldwide.
Judge Greg Mathis is returning to Court TV. The show ‘Court Night Live’ will air on the A&E network.
The hit 90’s TV Show Everybody hates Chris starring Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary) is coming back this time as an animated series. Everybody still hates Chris will air on the Paramount Streaming channel and Comedy Plus. Chris Rock will return as the shows Narrator and Exec Producer. The show will focus on Chris Rocks teenage years.
David and Tamela Mann are about to hit the road with a new tour and this time they are bringing their family, their son and two daughters. The Overcomer tour is coming t a city near you with Music and comedy.
Congrats John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen they are expecting their 4th Child. Two years ago they lost their youngest son Jack.
GMA Anchor Robin Roberts will be returning for a second season for her Emmy Award Winning Disney Plus talk show ‘Turning the Tables.
Congrats to Keenan Thompson the Saturday Live Star and former Nickelodeon Child Star is getting a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
N.O.P.E. Star Keke Palmer is the cover girls for the latest issue of Womans Health Magazine. She is alo the host of the Jimmy Fallon produced Game Show ‘Password’.
Check out the Lineup for Summer Season at The Dell Music Center
Thursday August 18th Dru Hill, Brownstown, Silk, Next
Sunday August 21st Fantasia and Stokely
Thursday Aug 25th Babyface and After 7
Sunday August 28th Lady B’s Basement Party Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, Slick Rick, Uncle Luke, DJ Kool, Kid N Play, The Alumni
Saturday September 3rd Patty Jacksons Party in the Park with Stephanie Mills, Freddie Jackson, Tony! Toni! Tone!
Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx teams up with Rapper Snoop Dog tracking down Vampires in the Netflix Movie ‘Dayshift’. The movie starts streaming August 12th.
Get ready for the ultimate documentary about the La Lakers. The Basketball Dynasty had all the stars magic Johnson, Kareem Abul Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James. The Coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. The Owner Jerry Buss and his daughter Jeanine. Legacy The True Story of the LA Lakers starts streaming on Hulu August 15th. The 10-episode docuseries is being directed by (Antoine Fuqua) (Training Day)
On Showtime they are airing a documentary about the greatest Point Guards in History who made it the NBA from New York. Mark Jackson, Stephon Marbury, Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald and WNBA Superstar Sue Bird to name a few.
The Will Smith apology to Chris Rocks. Months after the slap heard around the world smith took to social media to express his shame and remorse over what he had done. He says he made a mistake and he apologized to Rocks family and Fellow Philly Native Questlove, whose Oscar win for ‘Summer of Soul’ was overlooked by his actions. Will Rock accept Smiths apology? Sources say Rock is not ready to talk to Smith and he insists he is not a victim of this.
Congrats to Philly Native, Emmy Nominee and the Creator of Abott Elementary Quinta Brunson. Brunson has been named the new face Olay skin care. Brunson is promoting their night moisturizer Retinal 24 & Peptide.
Actress Chauntee Andrews will be starring in the Prime video remake of ‘A League of their own. The original movie directed by the late Penny Marshall came out in 1992 about a league of all women players. The movie starred Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Oscar Winner Tom Hanks who had the famous line ‘There’s no crying in Baseball’. Adams was best known for his role as Rapper Roxanne Chante in the Netflix movie based on her life and the Movie ‘A journal for Jordan with Michael B Jordan. The movie starts streaming Augusts the 12th.
The Jacksons Marlon, Tito and Jermaine are coming to Parx Casino in Bensalem on September 10th. This is the 50th Anniversary of The Jacksons benefitting The Universal Family of Schools.
Get well wishes to Rapper and Comedienne Lil Duval (Living your Best Life) he is recovering after being injured when his ATV was ht by a car in The Bahamas.
Is Latin Singing Sensation Shakira headed to jail. She is accused of tax evasion in Spain and faces up to 8 years in jail.
Renaissance ACT 1 Beyonce is the number album in the country.. The album is the first of three being released over the course of the year. The 16 track lists is dance, house and a bit of naughty Beyonce with trcks such as Church Girl, Plastic off the sofa,, Virgos Groove and my favorite Cuff it. Beyonce says this album is a cultural celebration.
Patti Labelle was recently featured on the Revolt TV Show Drink Champs. You can also catch it on YouTube. Labelle 78 dishes the dirt on Luther Vandross and Aretha Franklin.
Singer H.E.R. will be playing Belle in the ABC live Version of Beauty and The Beast. It’s the 30th Anniversary of Beauty and The Beast and H.E.R. a five-time Grammy winner is making first as the first Black Black/Filipino woman to play this role .H.E.R. is also playing the role of Squeaky in the Color Purple Movie Musical coming out December of 2023. Beauty and The Beast Live is airing Dec. 15th on ABC.
Singer Lizzo is the cover model for the latest edition of Elle magazine. Lizzo has launched her reality show ‘Watch out for the Big Girls’ on Prime Video. The show has been nominated for six Emmy Nominations. Lizzo has also launched a new shapewear line called ‘Yitty’ and a new music project ‘About Damn Time is currently topping the charts and she’s coming to Philly Sept. 29th at the Wells Fargo Center.
Get ready for another Halloween movie. Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie once again battling Michael Myers. Halloween Ends is coming out this fall. The Halloween franchise started in 1978.
The Kennedy Center Honors are happening in December. This year's Honorees include The Empress of Sul Gladys Knight, Actor George Clooney, The Rock group U2 and Inspirational Singer Amy Grant.
Singer Rihanna is ready to conquer the Hair World. Rihanna has already conquered the world of Beauty with her makeup and skin care. Her Lingerie Line Savage. Fenty Hair will have hairclips, Extensions, wigs, and Curlers.
Gospel Great Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, and Yolanda Adams have joined forces on a new song Superheroes Prayer which will be featured on Mann’s album ‘Overcomer.
Oscar Winner will be filming her first Netflix comedy special later this year. She won her discrimination suit against the streaming channel a few weeks ago. Sources say she got millions in the suit. Monique is currently filming the Lee Daniels ‘movie The Deliverance’ with Andra Day, Glenn Close and Anjanue Ellis. Monique plays a social worker who is helping a woman whose house is possessed.
Eddie Murphy starts filming his latest Prime Video movie Candy Cane Lane early next year. It’s a comedy from the producers of his 80’s hit Boomerang. Reginald Hudlin is directing.
West Philly Native and Abbott Elementary Star Quinta Brunson will be playing Oprah Winfrey in a new movie about 80’s music sensation Weird Al Yankovich. Weird Al was known for his popular song parodies ‘eat it, I lost on Jeopardy. The Movie will be airing on the Roku channel and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is playing Weird Al.
Singer Diana Ross is coming to Atlantic City. Friday September 9th at Oceans Resort casino.
Oscar Winner and Host of The View Whoopi Goldberg has produced a movie about Emmitt Till. The 14year old teenager who was murdered by a white mob after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. This happened in 1955 and the movie focuses on his Mom Mamie Till Mobley who fought for Justice after his murder. Mamie insisted on having an open casket so she could show the world what had happened to her son . That moment was a galvanizing moment that helped to create the civil rights movement. Goldberg also co-stars in the movie as his grandmother. Till Opens in theaters nationwide Oct. 28th
I got scoop on Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever. Black Panther 2 opens in theaters November 11th. In the meantime, The Trailer for Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever is out, The Trailer is hot! The excitement is building for the movie.
At the movies DC League of Super-Pets featuring the voices of Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Kevin Hart and Keanu Reeves. Up next for Kevin Hart the Netflix Me Time with Mark Wahlberg and Regina Hall on August 29TH.
Next month you are going to notice some changes on the popular ABC Show The View. Alysa Farrah Griffith will be representing the conservative side. Griffith 33, used to be the Communications Director for the Trump administration. Anna Navarro has also been made a permanent host. She has been filling in for years, but she will be joining the ladies on Fridays and Mondays when either Whoopi Goldberg or Joy Behar takes off.
Tonya Lewis Lee the wife of Spike Lee has produced a documentary about Black Maternal Mortality. ‘Aftershock' shines a light on a national health crisis. The United States is the most dangerous place to give birth, with black women dying at three times the rate of white woman. Lee directed the project with Paula Eiselt. The film is streaming on HULU.
The Action/Thriller movie ‘The Gray Man is now streaming on NETFLIX. The all-star cast includes Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Dhanush, and Rege Jean Page.
Issa Rae has been tapped to kick off the Today shows new digital series. Since Insecure ending she's been busy with a new show on HBO MAX called Rap Sh*T that she's producing. Rae will also be featured in the Greta Gerwig ‘Barbie’ movie. On the 29th she’s going to be costarring in the new movie ‘Vengeance’ with B.J. Novak (The Office), a dark comedy/whodunnit set in Texas.
The 2023 Grammy Awards are set for Feb.5th on CBS. This will be the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. The nominations will be announced in November.
More changes are coming to Dancing With the Stars. In addition to now airing on The Disney Plus Channel, Tyra Banks will now be joined by Alfonso Ribiero. 8 years ago Ribiero, who is best known for his role as Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air show with Will Smith in the 90’s won the mirror ball trophy on DWTS. The show's premiere date will be announced soon. There will be no changes with the judges. Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli are staying with the show.
The 74th Annual Emmy Awards are happening Sept. 12. They will air on NBC and Peacock TV. No host has been named yet. Some of the nominations include Philly Native Quinta Brunson with her hit ABC Show ‘Abbott Elementary. Brunson got a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Show and Abott Elementary was nominated for Best Comedy Show. Also nominated from ‘Abbott Elementary’ Actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph Janelle James and Actor Tyler James Williams Singer Lizzo got a nomination for best competition series. Her show ‘Watch out for the Big Girls on Prime Video. Zendaya continues to make history! Her show Euphoria on HBO has 16 Nominations including Zendaya for Best Actress and for being the youngest Producer of a show. She previously won Best Actress in 2020.
Other Nominations included Singer Adele for her one night only special 5 Emmy Nominations. The Hit NETFLIX Show Stranger Things , Issa Rae Insecure and Martin Short, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez nominated for their Hit Hulu show ‘Only Murders in the Building’ .
How do you top your Oscar Nominated Documentary Summer of Soul. If your Questlove from The Roots and The Tonight Show You Pick Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone as your next subject. Many say that Sly was before his time. He is 79 years old and he lives as a recluse in San Francisco. Sly and the Family Stone had a slew of hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s ‘Hot fun in the Summertime, ‘Everyday People’ and other classic songs. In the meantime, Quest Love is also working on another project. A new documentary on the life of the Godfather of Soul James Brown. The four part docuseries ‘I got Soul is coming out next year 2023 to coincide with his 90th Birthday. The Docuseries is being produced by Rock and Roll Legend Mick Jagger and Questlove of the Roots and the Tonight Show.
The EGOT Jennifer Hudson is in Philly filming her latest movie ‘Breathe’ with Rapper Actor Common. Hudson is one busy Lady her new talk show Jennifer launches Sept. 12th on Fox affiliated stations.
Viola Davis has a new movie coming out Sept. 16th ‘The Woman King. The Oscar Winner is not only starring in the movie she is also producing it. In ‘The Woman king Davis plays the leader of an all-woman tribe of warriors in the 18th and 19th Century Africa.
Congrats to Rihanna! The new Mommy has been named America’s Youngest Self Made Billionaire Woman at the age of 34.
The new comedy movie Honk For Jesus’ with Regina Hall and Sterling K Brown is coming to PEACOCK TV Sept 2nd.
Chris Rock is returning to the big screen this Fall in the movie ‘Amsterdam’ . Amersterdam also stars John David Washington, Christian Bale, Margot Robbie,and Oscar Winners Robert De Niro and Rami Malik. The movie about three friends who uncover an outrageous murder plot is set in the 30’s and it comes out November 4th.
The Best Man continues. The Best Man: The final Chapters will be airing on PEACOCK TV Streaming starts Dec. 22nd. All of your favorites will be back! Harper, Robyn ,Jordan, Lance, Shelby, Candace and Murch. Malcolm Lee is directing, and the stars are returning Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrance Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau. The First Best Man came out in 2006. The Best Man Holiday came out in 2013.
Actress Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement to star in a new action-comedy film with Jamie Foxx. Filming is starting soon on ‘Back in Action’ a Netflix film.
Congrats to Author and Lifestyle Maven Tabitha Brown. She has been named the Host of a new Vegan style show on the Food Network.
Tickets are on sale for Kevin Hart as he returns to Philly Friday Oct 7th It’s the Reality Check tour at the Wells Fargo Enter. Kevin Harts latest movie’ The Man from Toronto is coming to Netflix June 24th. Hart stars alongside Actor Woody Harrelson in this action comedy. The movie is about a mistaken identity with Hart finding himself with the world's deadliest assassin.
Kevin is also going into the restaurant business. Hart is opening a chain of Plant Based Restaurants. The first ones are opening on the west Coast in Los Angeles.
The Upshaws have returned to NETFLIX. The hit comedy show starring Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps and Kim Fields is streaming now.
Smokey Robinson is coming to Philly. He’s doing a show at the Met Broad and Poplar Saturday November 26th
Congratulations to Martin Lawrence, Garrett Morris, Sheila E, Melba Moore, Marc Anthony, Lenny Kravitz, Rapper Ludacris, Country Superstar Blake Shelton, Charlie Wilson, The Jonas Brothers they are just of starts getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are all part of the class of 2023.
Congratulations to The Isley Brothers, Mariah Carey, and Pharrell with the Neptunes and The Eurythmics. They were recently inducted into the songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Martin Show Reunion is streaming now on BET PLUS. Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, Carl Anthony Payne came together for a 90-minute reunion. Actor/Comedian Affion Crocket is the host. The show features some of the best moments of the show with appearances from Snoop Dog, Brian McKnight, Tommy Davidson and Marla Gibbs plus a tribute to the late Actor Thomas Mikal Ford who played the beloved Tommy. Ford died in 2016.
Filming has started on the new Lee Daniels movie ‘The Deliverance. Daniels is about to scare us with an all-star. Monique, Glenn Close, Andra Day, Anjanue Ellis, and Caleb McLaughlin. Monique recently won her lawsuit discrimination suit against Netflix. In 2019 she sued the streaming platform for offering a much lower pay than her comedy counterparts male and Female. They were offered millions for specials while she was offered 50 thousand dollars. I hear she got 50 million dollars and the deal includes 3 Comedy Specials for the Network.
Season Two of the hit ABC Show Abbott Elementary returns Sept. 21. The show's creator and Philly Native Quinta Brunson has the best show on Network TV.
Congrats to Philly Native Egypt Sherrod and her husband Mike their hit TV Show Married to real estate has been renewed for a second season. 12 new episodes are coming to HGTV.
Spiderman 'No Way Home 'is returning to Theaters Labor Day Weekend with more fun scenes involving the Spider Guys Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Toby Maguire.
A Game of Thrones spinoff is in the works. Kit Harrington will be back as Jon Snow.
Singer Billy Ocean is also coming to Philly. Ocean best known for the 80’s songs ‘Caribbean Queen’ and ‘Suddenly’ will be performing October 6th at the Live Casino
Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are teaming up to do a comedy show in London. Both Comediennes have had to deal with onstage violence . Rock with the Will Smith Slap and Chappelle getting attacked on stage by a fan. The show is happening Labor Day Weekend.
Now speaking of Labor Day weekend Singer Jazmine Sullivan is returning as one of the headliners on the Made InAmerica tour on The Ben Franklin Parkway.
The movie HUSTLE that was filmed in Philly last year is streaming on NETFLIX .. The movie stars Adam Sandler and Queen Latifah. Sandler plays a washed-up talent scout who sees a second chance at turning his life and career around when he discovers a basketball phenom overseas.
Oscar winner Halle Berry is teaming up with Mark Wahlberg for the thriller ‘Our man from Jersey’ Wahlberg plays a construction worker who gets caught up with super spies and ex agents helping his high school sweetheart Berry. The movie is filming now in New Jersey.
Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant Friday Sept 16 at Caesars Atlantic City
The Commodores and War will be in concert Saturday Nov. 19th at The Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City.
Rapper Fat Joe who had success with the social show and filling in for the Wendy Williams Show is now getting his own show on the STARZ Network. The Fat Joe Show.
The HULU Streaming network is presenting the Mike Tyson Miniseries Mike in August. The 8 part miniseries starts streaming August 25th.Mike Tyson has not approved this project. Actor Trevante Rhodes will be playing the controversial Boxer. Actor Harvey Keitel is playing his Manager Cus D’mato. Actor Russell Hornsby is playing Promoter Don King.
Get Ready for DC Comics Black Adam. Dwayne The Rock Johnson is playing Black Adam, the hero we never knew we needed. Actor Aldis Hodge is playing Hawkman. Black Adam opens in theaters Oct.21st
CNN Films and HBO MAX are joining forces for the life story of Little Richard. Richard was the Architect of Rock and Roll. The film Little Richard I Am Everything will show the highs and lows of his career. Richard died in 2020 at the age of 87.
Shows coming back for a second season include the ABC Show The Wonder Years a reboot of the 80’s classic featuring an All black Cast. A lot of people thought the show would be in danger because of the firing of Shows Show Runne rand Director Fred Savage. Savage who starred in the original ‘Wonder Years was fired from the show because of inappropriate behavior.
Congratulations to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees class of 2022. This years class includes Lionel Richie, Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Country Great Dolly Parton, Rapper Eminem, Rocker Pat Benatar, The Eurythmics, Duran Duran, and Carly Simon. The Ceremony takes place in Clevland this November.
HBO is making a documentary about the STAX music label founded by Al Bell. The documentary will focus on the stars of the label including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T’s and The MG’s The Emotions, Isaac Hayes and the Stape Singers.
Get ready for the return of the YO MTV Raps. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s the show was hosted by Fab Five Freddy and then Ed Lover and Dr. Dre. This time around for the Paramount Plus Reboot the hosts are DJ Diamond Kuts from Power 99fm radio and Conceited.
Late night Talk Show Host James Carden of the late late show is leaving the show after 9 years on CBS. He is leaving next May. His You tube channel has over 27 miller Subscribers and his popular Carpool Karaoke has over 10 billion views.
Captain Marvel is coming to the Fast and Furious franchise. Actress Brie Larsen is coming to Fast and Furious 10 along with Vin Diesel, Jason Mamoa and Charlize Theron. The movie opens May 2023.
The Life story of Sammy Davis Jr is coming to HULU. The eight episode series will be produced by Lee Daniels. In Black and White The Life of Sammy Davis jr will feature his life from a vaudeville child star to one of the most famous African American Entertainers during the 50’s and 60’s. Actor Eiljah Kelly best known as playing Ricky Bell from the BET New Edition series is playing Sammy Davis Jr. The series will cover the moments in his life from the car crash that made him lose his eye, the controversial affairs with his white co-stars, converting to Judaism , Being a part of the famous Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. His involvement with politics from the Kennedys to Nixon. The series will also deal with his battles involving Drugs and Alcohol.
Author Alice Walker (The Color Purple) has written her life story in her latest book ‘Gathering Blossoms under Fire. For the first time ever Walker gives her readers a peak into her private world.
Issa Rae has joined the cast of the Barbie Movie with Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell and Simu Limu. Filming is happening now in the UK.
Winning Time the Rise of the Lakers Dynasty has been renewed for a second season HBO.
We know Shaquille O’Neal for his Basketball skills but did you know he could cook. In his new cookbook Shaq’s family style :Championship Recipes for feeding Family and friends. He gives us 80 comfort food recipes for busy families.
Eddie Murphy is in talks to do a movie Bio on The Godfather of Funk George Clinton. Clinton was the leader of the group Parliament Funkadelic. A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The movie will tell of humble beginnings in North Carolina to the formation of Parliament Funkadelic.
Wanda Sykes is coming to Atlantic City . Saturday Oct. 8th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Tickets are on sale now.
Chris Rock is coming to Philly Sept 23 and 24th and 25th at the Met Philly Broad and Poplar
The Color Purple Movie Musical has added some new cast members Singer Ciara, Actor Lou Gossett Jr, David Allen Grier, Gospel Music Singer Tamela Mann Actor/Comedian Deon Cole and just added acclaimed Actress Anjanue Ellis. Fantasia is starring in the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg ‘Celie. Tariji P Henson, Danielle Brooks , Philly Native Coleman Domingo playing the role of Mister made famous by Actor Danny Glover. Also in the cast Corey Hawkins Singers H.E.R. and Halle Bailey. The movie is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Steven Spielberg and being directed by Blitz Bazawule. The movie is coming out December 2023.Grammy Winner Jon Batiste has also recently joined the cast..
Get ready for the Bob Marley story. Bob Marley died in 1981 at the age of 36 from Cancer. Marley was a pioneer of Reggae, ska and Rock Reggae. Actor Kingsley Ben Adir who played Malcolm X in the movie One Night in Miami is playing the Reggae Great. The movie is being directed by Renaldo Marcus Green who directed the movie ‘King Richard. Marley left behind a legacy of music including the classics ‘Could you be loved, One Love, Jammin, to name a few. Marley was an artist and activist. The movie is being supported by the Marley Family and it’s coming out January 12th, 2024.
Leslie Jones of SNL fame is joining the cast of BMF. The 50 Cent show on STARZ will feature Jones as a Federal Agent. The show is inspired by the true story of two Detroit brothers who ruled the drug scene in the 80’s.
Singer Patti Labelle is working on a Holiday Movie for Lifetime Patti is teaming up with Actress Keisha Knight Pulliam. Whoopi Goldberg is producing the movie.
Basketball Legend Dr J Julius Erving is producing a basketball documentary on Rucker Park in New York. Rucker Park is where the legends cut their teeth on the court Walt Clyde Frazier, Wilt Chamberlain, Willis Reed, Earl The Pearl Monroe, Joe The Destroyer Hammon to name a few.
HBO has a new drama series ‘Winning Time; The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’. The show is based on the rise of the LA Lakers dynasty in the 80’s. The series will focus on the Superstars of that era Magic Johnson, Norm Nixon and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. The show was recently renewed for a second season.
The Proud family is back’ Louder and Prouder’ is now streaming on Disney Plus. The show was recently renewed for a second season.
Filming will be starting later this year on a new Star Trek movie featuring the cast of 2009 Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.
The Whitney estate is planning on releasing a Live album and a gospel album this year. The Whitney Houston movie ‘I wanna Dance with Somebody’ is scheduled for late 2023.
The revival of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has launched on The Peacock Network. The show has come back as a drama. 10 one hour episodes with Actor Jabari Banks playing the role made famous by Will Smith. The show has already been renewed for a second season.
Congratulations to Star Jones. For many years Jones was a host on The View. Jones is returning to TV in September as the new Host of Divorce Court on Fox. Judge Faith Jenkins is leaving Divorce court to focus on her new show ‘Killer Relationships’ airing Sunday Nights on The Oxygen Channel. Judge Jenkins who is married to singer Kenny Lattimore says she is very excited about her venture.
Jimmy Fallon of Tonight show fame has a new show on NBC. The show called ‘That’s My Jam’ has already been renewed for a second season,and it features celebrities competing in musical and dance inspired games. The variety show will also feature Philly Natives Musician Adam Blackstone and DJ Aktive.
Eddie Murphy will be teaming up with Actor Jonah Hill in a new movie by Kenya Barris. The comedy is about Clashing cultures and generational differences.
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