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What's the 4-1-1 The Soul Train Awards on Saturday Nov.26th on BET

HOT NEWS 41 Friday November 24 

The Soul Train Awards are happening on Saturday November 26th on BET. This year's host is blackish star Deon Cole. Cole is now part of the BET Family. His new show on BET Plus ‘Average Joe is debuting Next Year. Byonce and Mary J Blige are leading in the nominations. The Girl Group Xscape will be getting The Lady of Soul Awards. Morris Day and The Time are also being honored.Plus a special tribute to Philly Rapper and Actress Eve. Performers include Ari Lennox, Tank, Chante Moore, Muni long, DJ D-Nice, Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Deon Coles latest NETFLIX comedy ‘Charleen's Boy is now streaming on NETFLIX. 



THE 65TH Annual Grammy Awards are happening Feb. 5th on CBS. Beyonce is leading to pack with nominations. She’s got 9 for Rennaissance. Rapper Kendrick Lamar has 8 nods, Singer Adele has 7 for her album ‘30. Beyonce is the most decorated Female in Grammy History. Also up for awards Mary J Blige for Good Morning Gorgeous, Lizzo , Harry Styles and Bad Bunny. Up for record and song of the year is Beyonce's ‘Break Your Soul, Singer Muni Long is up for Best New Artists. Also, congrats to area natives Adam Blackstone and Jazmine Sullivan, who were also nominated for Grammy Awards.  Many wonder will the night be a rematch of Beyonce and Adele . In 2017 Adele swept the Grammys against Beyonce's ‘Lemonade album. 


Actor Johnathan Majors and Actor Glen Powell are teaming up for the movie ‘Devotion. Devotion is the true story of two elite fighter pilots Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner who became the U.S. Navy’s most celebrated Wingmen during the Korean War. The movie opens in theaters November 23. 


Smokey Robinson is coming to Philly. He’s doing a show at the Met Broad and Poplar on Saturday November 26. 

The Thanksgiving Praise and Gospel Concert is happening Saturday November 26th at the Republic Bank Performing Arts Center in Sewell New Jersey. It’s Donnie McClurken and Leandria Johnson. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com 


The Tina Turner Musical is playing at the Academy of Music until-Dec. 4th 


The Viola Davis movie ‘The Woman King is available on Video on Demand November 22nd. 


Singer Lizzo is the cover girl for the latest issue of Vogue Magazine. Her new documentary ‘Love Lizzo starts streaming on HBO MAX November 24th.   


Coming to Paramount Plus on November 25th is the movie ‘Football Fantasy. Actress and Former Blackish Star Marsai Martin stars and produced the movie about a girl he can control her father's action on the football field. Omari Hardwick is playing her day. The movie also stars Kelly Rowland and Rome Flynn. 



Jill Scott is back with a third season of the First Wives Club. It is streaming now on BET Plus I hear Jill is also planning a new tour for 2023. 


Basketball Great Shaquille O’neal is the cover guy for the latest edition of People Magazine. Shaq has a new HBO Docuseries a four-part series which showcases his life as a four-time NBA Champ, Olympic Gold Medalist 3-time NBA MVP. 19-year career in the NBA. Shaq is currently a Basketball Analysts for TNT. 


Now that he’s leaving his late night Show the Daily Show. Trevor Noah will be embarking on a 40-city tour. He has a new comedy special streaming now on NETFLIX ‘I Wish you would’. 

Get ready for the Hip Hop Nutcracker now streaming on Disney Plus with Rev Run and Rap music icon Kurtis Blow. 

Get well wishes to Al Roker weather guy from The Today Show . He has had to be hospitalized for Blood Clots in his legs and Lungs. The 68-year-old TV Legend thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers. 


Get well wishes to former Tonight show host Jay Leno. Leno is recovering from third degree burns after a garage fire at his home. 


Changes are coming to Dancing with the Stars. The show will look different next year on Disney Plus Judge Len Goodman, who is 78 is retiring and Dancer Cheryl Burke is leaving the show after 25 seasons. 


Ciara is the cover girl for the latest issue of Womens Health Magazine and Dwayne The Rock Johnson is on Men's Health talking about Men and mental health. 


2023 is going to be a huge year for Oscar Winner and Comedian Monique. Her NETFLIX comedy special is coming ‘My name is Monique and her Lee Daniels movie ‘The Deliverance. 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama latest book ‘The Light we Carry is a great book about life challenges. The book would make a great stocking stuffer. 

Get ready for KeKe Palmer she’s hosting SNL December 3rd. 


Anita Baker is coming to Atlantic City next year. Tickets are on sale now for her show Friday November 23rd 2023 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. 


Prayers are going out to the Legendary Singer Roberta Flack. The 85-year-old Legend has revealed she is suffering from ALS Lou Gehrig's Disease. The disease has left her unable to Sing and she has difficulty speaking. Next year Flack is going to be honored with a PBS American Masters Documentary on her amazing life. She is also releasing a children's book and next year marks the 50th anniversary of her Legendary Album ‘Killing Me Softly’. 


Prayers are also going out to Former Tonight Show Host Jay Leno who suffered burns after a gasoline fire erupted at his home. 


Get ready for Snoop Dog the Movie. A movie is in the works about the popular Rapper, who burst on the scene in 1992 with Dr Dre’s The Chronic LP. 


Get ready for the return of the ABC Show The Wonder Years. The reboot of the popular show from the 90’s now features an all-black cast. Special guests stars for next Summers return include Patti Labelle, Wayne Brady, Titus Burguss and Donald Faison from Scrubs. 

Keke Palmer is coming to Saturday Night Live. She’s hosting SNL December 3 along with musical guests SZA. 


Chris Rock is about to make history on NETFLIX as the first Comic to go Live. Rock's new special is set to air early next year. 

Also coming to NETFLIX. Monigue with the special ‘My Name is Monique. She also has the Lee Daniels directed movie ‘The Deliverance coming to Netflix 2023. 


Former Boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are teaming up for a new project involving cannabis. Remember years ago when Tyson bit Holyfield ear off, well now the two are going to selling Cannabis Ears. 


Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever broke records around the world taking in over 330 million dollars. The movie starring Letittia Wright, Angela Bassett, Lupita Y’ongo and Winston Duke was incredible and a great tribute to the late Actor Chadwick Boseman T ‘Challa. There will be a Black Panther 3. 


Taye Diggs is coming to HULU with a matchmaking show helping women in their 40’s find love with Younger Men. The show Debuts Monday December 5th 


Actress Angela Bassett is the cover girl in cartoon form on the Nov/Dec issue of Essence Magazine. Bassett plays Queen Ramonda, the mother of T’Challa in Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever. Bassett is currently the highest paid Actress in TV History with her FOX TV show 9-1-1. 


The Jordan Peele Movie N.O.P.E. is streaming on the Peacock Network . The movie will also have a companion piece a documentary on the making of the movie which starred Oscar Winner Daniel Kalluya and Keke Palmer.  

Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer will be teaming up with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds in the Apple TV Plus Holiday Movie ‘Spirited’. The movie is streaming now on Apple TV Plus. 


Glass Onion A Knives out Mystery is coming to theaters and NETFLIX this month. The mystery Thriller Who Dun nit stars Daniel Craig, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. The movie arrives in theaters November 23RD   and starts streaming on  Netflix December 23rd. 


Will Smith is back! His new movie ‘Emancipation' arrives in theaters Dec. 2nd and will start streaming on Apple TV  plus on December 9th.. Smith gives a commanding performance as Peter the slave who fights to escape and reunite with his family. This is based on a true story about the slave Peter who joined the army and doctors saw how brutalized he was. That photograph was taken and was seen around the world, and the world witnessed the brutality against slaves in the US in 1863. 


Maxwell is coming to Philly He is bringing his Night Tour to Philly as part of the WDASFM Holiday Jam. Friday December 2 at the Met Broad and Poplar. Singer Leela James is also on the bill as well as Philly Native Comedian Skeet Carter. 


Jeffrey Osborne and Hoard Hewitt are in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City Saturday December 3rd. 


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. The Movie ‘A Christmas Noel debuts Dec 3rd on Lifetime. 

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. The ceremony airs Dec. 4th on CBS. 

The new Avatar movie ‘The Way of Water is coming to theaters Dec. 16th 


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. 

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. 

Mariah Carey is known as the Queen of Christmas, and she has a brand-new Holiday Special coming to CBS. TUESDAY December 20TH IT’S HER NEW SPECIAL Merry Christmas all 


There's a new Whitney Houston movie coming out Dec. 23rd . ‘ I wanna dance with somebody stars Naomi Ackie as Whitney. The movie will focus on the great voice and talent of Houston. West Philly Native Nafessa Williams is playing her longtime friend Robin. 


 Netflix has a new documentary streaming now  about the 60’s and 70’s Black movie scene. The Documentary is called Is that Black Enough. 


Jimmy Kimmel will be back for a third time hosting the Academy Awards. The 95th Annual Academy Awards are happening March 12th. 

Actor Omar Epps (Love and Basketball, Juice, Raising Kanaan) has released his first book. NUBIA: The Awakening. The book is about three teens living in a futuristic New York after a storm destroys their African Homeland. 


Oscar Winner Daniel Kaluuya is lending his voice to Spiderman Across the Spider verse. Kaluuya is voicing the character Spider punk. Also featured in the animated movie Issa Rae who plays Spiderwoman and Actor Oscar Isaac is playing Spiderman 2099. The animated movie hits theaters June 2nd  2023. 

Singer Kem is coming to Atlantic City March 4th with Ledisi and Musiq Soulchild at the Hard Rock Casino 

Patti Labelle will be in concert at Caesars in Atlantic City March 4th, 2022 


The Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes Netflix comedy The Upshaw's has been renewed for a third season. 


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 is in theaters now. 


The Apple TV Documentary Black and Blues. Is streaming now. The Documentary explores the life of Louis Armstrong the Founding Father of Jazz. The Documentary will feature never before seen footage of Armstrong. 

Actress Angela Bassett is the cover girl in cartoon form on the Nov/Dec issue of Essence Magazine. Bassett plays Queen Ramonda, the mother of T’Challa in Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever. Bassett is currently the highest paid Actress in TV History with her FOX TV show 9-1-1. 



The trailer has been released for the Marvel Movie ‘Ant Man and the Wasp Quantumania. Pau Rudd returns as Antman alongside Michelle Pheiffer and Michael Douglass. We will alo see Johnathan Majors when he makes his debut as Kang The Conqueror. The movie opens in theaters February 17th 2023. 


BabyFace is back and this time he’s surrounded by the top R&B Female singers of today. Ella Mae, Queen Naja, Muni Long, Ari Lennox. The Singer Songwriter and Producer has a hot new album out ‘Girls Night Out’. 


Have you checked out the HULU Show ‘Reasonable Doubt. Kerry Washington is the Executive Producer of this series about young defense Attorneys in Los Angeles. The show stars Actress Emayatzy Corinealdi as Jax Stewart. She's fierce, determined, unconventional with a complicated personal life and hectic work life. Pauletta Washington plays her mom ‘Mama Lu. The cast is incredible Michael Ealy, McKinley Freeman, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Tim Jo. New episodes air every Tuesday night at 10pm on HULU. And the show has also been added to the lineup at ABC. 

Singer Alicia Keys is about to release her first Holiday Album called ‘Santa Baby. 


The TV Series ‘The Game with Wendy Raquel Robinson returns to Paramount Plus with new episodes December 15th. 

Talk Show Host Sherri Sheperd is joining the cast of the Amazon series ‘Harlem. Also joining the show which stars Meagan Goode, is former basketball star Rick Fox, Countess Vaughn from The Parkers and Lil Rel Howery.   


Former Sixers and Basketball great Sir Charles Barkley has just signed a ten year deal with the TNT Network to stay with his hit show ‘Inside The NBA. The deal is reportedly worth 100 million dollars. Barkley hosts the show along with Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal. 


The 1970 Christmas Classic ‘This Christmas by Singer Donny Hathway is getting   a remix with the vocals of his daughter Laylah Hathaway.       


In theaters now it’s “Black Adam. Dwayne The Rock Johnson is playing Black Adam, the hero we never knew we needed. Aldis Hodge plays Hawk man. Black Adam. 


Actress Zoe Saldana is starring in the NETFLIX love story series From Scratch. The series is about a woman who finds true love in Italy. It is streaming now. 


Get ready for Hair Tales streaming on Hulu and the OWN Network. The Hair Tales is a docuseries that features Oprah Winfrey, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, State Rep Ayanna Presley, Chloe Bailey, State Rep Ayanna Presley. The conversation is about black Women and Hair. Tracee Ellis Ross is the Executive Producer of the Docuseries. 

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Tina Turner song ‘What’s Love got to do with it’ Mattel is coming out with a Tina Turner Barbie Doll.  


Michael B Jordan is making his directorial debut in Creed 3. The movie opens in theaters next year on March 3rd. The Rocky saga continues without Sylvester Stallone. In Creed 3 Michael B Jordan faces off against Johnathan Majors who plays Anderson Dame. Majors is also featured on the cover of Mens Health Magazine. 



Vegan Lifestyle Maven Tabitha Brown has a new Vegan Cookbook ‘ Cooking from the spirit. 

Singer Sade is back in the studio working on a new album. Hopefully it will be released next year. 

The Peacock Streaming Channel is v streaming the Documentary ‘The Rebel Life of Rosa Parks. This documentary will go behind the scenes of her life, showing that she was more than the woman who refused to go to the back of the bus. 



Jada Pinkett Smith is ready to tell all in a new Memoir due out next year. The book is due out next Fall. The book will detail her marriage to Will Smith, Battles with depression, her personal rediscovery and a celebration of Authentic Female Power. 

Get ready for more of the Wayans Family. Damon Wayans Sr and Damon Wayan Jr. The Father and Son are teaming up for a new comedy show on CBS. 


Singers Chaka Khan is coming to Atlantic City Saturday January 14th at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. 


Singer Rihanna will be the main act in Superbowl 23. Apple music is now the official sponsor of the halftime show for Superbowl Sunday. Rihanna will also be going on tour doing stadiums next year. 

Beyonce will also be going on tour next Summer. She will be doing stadiums supporting her Renaissance album. 

Congratulations to Star Jones. For many years Jones was a host on The View. Jones is returning to TV 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. Jenkins is also expecting her child with Lattimore. 


Singer Ledisi stars in the Movie ‘Remember Me where she plays Mahalia Jackson. The movie is streaming now on HULU. 


Neicy Nash is everywhere, she is one of the stars of the NETFLIX true life Horror story ‘Dahmer ‘ based on serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer. She is also starring in the ABC drama Rookie Feds which airs Tuesday nights at 10pm. The show was recently given the green light for a full season. 22 episodes. 


Samuel L Jackson will be back as Superspy Nick Fury in the new Marvel Series ‘Secret Invasion 'on Disney Plus. The show debuts next year. Jackson is currently starring on Broadway in the August Wilson play ‘The Piano Lessons. The play is being directed by his wife Latonya Richardson Jackson and stars John David Washington and Actress Danielle Brooks. 

The long-awaited Tupac Docuseries ‘Dear Mama is coming-out on the FX Channel next year. The 5-part docuseries directed by Allen Hughes is the story of the relationship Tupac had with his mom.                                                                                                                                    

Media Maven Roland Martin is back with a new book ‘White Fear: How the Browning of America is making white people lose their minds. In the book Martin addresses the shaping of American Democracy and when people of color vote they make a difference. 

Get ready for a Broadway musical about the life of Boxing Great Muhammad Ali. The Musical has the approval of widow Lonnie and may be out by late 2024. 


Axel Foley is back! Filming has started on Beverly Hills Cop 4. Eddie Murphy is back as Detective Axel Foley. The film will debut on Netflix next year. The first Beverly Hills cop came out in 1984. 


The Dionne Warwick story is coming to CNN. Don’t make me over debuts January 1st. And after the CNN debut will move to HBO MAX. The documentary will feature her life, Legacy and Music Career in her own words. The documentary will feature Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, Elton John and Burt Bacharach. 

Get ready for the documentary on Songstress Roberta Flack. Flack is going to be the subject of the PBS American Masters Series in January of 2023. 

Controversial Sportscaster Stephen A Smith is known for telling it like it is and now he is ready to tell all in a new book ‘Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes. The book is coming out next year. 


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. 



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. 


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. 


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.  

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. 


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. 


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. 

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. 


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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