HOT NEWS 11 Friday March 24th 2023
Ron Isley of The Isley Brothers is being sued by his Older Brother Rudolph Isley. Rudolph is claiming Ron left him out of the profits for the Trademark of the Isley Brother name. Rudolph retired from the group in the 80’s. He’s claiming Ron is going vogue with the isley brothers name and money.
We Remember Actor Lance Reddick. Reddick was best known for his roles in the TV Shows ‘The Wire, OZ, and the John Wick movie series with Keanu Reeves. Reddick passed away last week at the age of 60 from natural causes. His new movie John Wick 4 is in theaters now.
We also remember Clarence Fuzzy Haskins, one of the founding members of Parliament. Haskins left the group before they became music superstars, but he was inducted into the rock and roll hall of Fame with the group. He is featured on the Parliament classic Up for the Down Stroke which came out in 1974. Haskins was 81 years old.
We also remember Blue eyed soul Singer Bobby Caldwell. Caldwell topped the charts with the 1978 song ‘’What You Won’t do for Love’ he died at the age of 71 after a long illness.
Tyra Banks has quit the Dancing reality show Dancing with the Stars. After three seasons she is stepping away to focus on her Ice Cream business. She will be replaced by former DWTS Dancer Julianna Hough. She will be paired with Alfonso Ribiero.
Congrats to Singer Tamar Braxton she is engaged to be married to the man she met on the reality Show ‘Queens Court hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Former Football Players Rodney Peete on Peacock Network.
Get ready for Actor and Singer Billy Porter he’s coming to The Met Broad and Popular June 1st.
Avatar the way of Water will start streaming on March 28th
Oscar Winners Michelle Yeoh and Ke Hu Quan are coming to Disney Plus May 24th in the series American Born Chinese.
Congratulations to Today Show Weather Man Al Roker. His oldest daughter is expecting, Roker is going to be a first-time grandfather
West Philadelphia Native and Abbott Elementary Star Quinta Brunson is hosting SNL Saturday April 1st.
Singer Stephanie Mills and Nephew Tommy from the Steve Harvey Morning Show are starring in the lifetime movie ‘Pride’ The Seven Deadly Sins. It’s part of The Bishop Jakes miniseries that he produces. The movie debuts Saturday April 8th on Lifetime.
Stephanie is also coming to Atlantic City Mothers Day Sunday May 14th for a Mothers Day show at Caesars.
Singer Ledisi is playing Gladys Knight in the movie ‘Spinning Gold the story of Neil Bogart who founded Casablanca Records. In the 70’s Casablanca Records was the most successful independent Label of its time with Acts such as Donna Summer, Parliament Funkadelics, The rock band KISS, The Village People, and Bill Withers.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up for the Amazon movie ‘AIR’ Streaming starts April 5th. The Oscar winners will be joined by EGOT Winner Viola Davis, Marlon Wayans and Chris Tucker. AIR is about the 1984 battle to get Basketball great Michael Jordan to sign to NIKE sneakers.
The long-awaited Tupac Docuseries ‘Dear Mama is coming-out on the FX Channel this year. The 5-part docuseries directed by Allen Hughes is the story of the relationship Tupac had with his mom.
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.
Power book three has returned to STARZ. Mary J Blige is back as Monet along with Michael Rainey Jr. And Method Man. On Wednesday Nights you can catch hosting her BET Talk Show ‘The Wine down
Get Ready for the Kings of BBQ. Cedric The Entertainer and Anthony Anderson are teaming for the A&E to find the Best Barbeque in the country. The Kings of BBQ will be airing later this year.
Jimmy Fallon of Tonight show fame has a new show on NBC. The show called ‘That’s My Jam’ and season number two kicked off this week. Lots of celebrities this season including Patti Labelle, Billy Porter Jason Derulo and Chance the Rapper 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.
Tickets are on sale now for Lionel Richie and Earth Wind and Fire at The Wells Fargo Center August 15th.
Singer Keisha Cole is bringing her life story to Lifetime June 24th . Keisha will be playing herself and Actress Debbie Morgan (Angie All my Children) will be playing her mother Frankie.
Bridgerton Star Rege Jean Page has been tapped to play Muhammad Ali in a new Peacock Miniseries chronicling 8 major events in the boxing greats career.
Janet Jackson is preparing another documentary about her life for Lifetime/A&E Network. ‘Family First’ will take viewers behind the scenes of her new tour ‘Together Again. Janet is celebrating her 50th Anniversary in show business and her brother Randy is producing this documentary.
Idris Elba is returned has returned to Netflix and the big screen with the movie Luther; The Fallen Sun. The movie will pick up from the popular BBC Series Luther as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther.
Season 2 of Bel Air a dramatic take on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is streaming now on Peacock. The show has already been renewed for a third season
Tamron Hall of the Tamron Hall Show is returning to Cout TV for a second season of the crime show ‘Someone they Knew. The true crime series takes you from the victims to verdict. In Other Tamron Hall News her talk show has been renewed for a fifth season.
The Rachel Ray Show is ending after 17 seasons.
Jidge Greg Mathis is joining The Byron Allen TV Network with a new court show Judge Mathis debuts this Fall.
The Donna Summer Documentary ‘Faith’ is coming to HBO this May. Summer died in 2012 from Lung Cancer at the age of 63. During her heyday Donna Summer ruled the music world.
Let's talk Netflix comedy Specials Sommore has a new Comedy special streaming on Netflix ‘Queen Chandelier. Chris Rock recently made History with his Netflix Live comedy special Selective Outrage. On April 4th get ready for Monique and her comedy special ‘My Name is Monique.
Marlon Wayans has a new comedy special on HBO Max ‘God Loves Me’ is streaming nw.
Beyonce is coming to Philly! Wednesday July 12th at the Lincoln financial field.
The Michael Jackson movie has found their Michael. Jermaine Jackson son Jaafar Jackson will be playing his famous Uncle. The Michael Jackson movie ‘Michael' is being directed by Antoine Fugua. He recently did Emancipation with Will Smith. And the movies the Equalizer and Training Day with Denzel Washington.
Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever is streaming on Disney PLUS.
Preliminary filming has begun on Bad Boys 4. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for a Bad Boys 4 movie.
The Queens of R&B are coming to the Bravo Network.. It’s a new reality show with the ladies of SWV and Xscape.
The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees have been announced. Country Superstar Willie Nelson, George Michael, Missy Elliott, A Tribe called quest, The Spinners, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow. Voting is now underway at vote.rockhall.com. The official class of 2023 will be unveiled in May.
Tickets are on sale now for the Mothers Day Music Festival Saturday May 13th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Fantasia, Neyo and Kenny Lattimore are performning.
The Sherri Shepherd Show has been renewed for two more seasons and the Jennifer Hudson talk show has been renewed for another season.
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 available now.
Diddy is working on a new reality show Diddy plus 7 with all his children including
the new baby.
The straight no chaser comedy tour is coming to Philly. Friday May 19th at the Liacouras Center with Mike Epps, DL Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer and DC Young fly.
Tyler Perrys next project for NETFLIX will be a World War 2 drama about the only black female led World War 2 battalion. This is the true story of the 855 women who were able to connect 17 million American soldiers with their families. The cast of the movie includes Kerry Washington who is also the Executive Producer of the project. Oprah Winfrey and Susan Sarandon are also part of the cast. . Production will start soon on the movie SIX TRIPLE 8. Tyler Perry is also teaming up with Singer and Actress Kelly Rowland for a new Netflix movie.
The Godfather of Harlem with Forest Whitaker has returned for a 3rd season on the EPIX/MGMPLUS Channel.
The Prime streaming service is getting ready for season 2 of the Megan Goode show ‘Harlem. The series also stars Actress Grace Byers and this season will feature guest appearances by Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, Lil Rel Howery and Countess Vaughn.
The man behind The Marvel Classics Spiderman, Black Panther, The Avengers, The X-MEN ,The Hulk and Fantastic four Stan Lee is going to be the subject of a new documentary that will air on Disney Plus next year.
BMF Black Mafia Family has returned to the Starz network. This season will feature Leslie Jones, Monique, Snoop Dog and LaLa Anthony. The story is set in Detroit, the true story of Detroit brothers Demetrius and Terry Flenory who became powerful figures in a multi-state drug and money laundering organization. Black Mafia Family has already been renewed for a third season. Rapper Two Chains and Singer Neyo are joining the cast for the new season.
Top Gun Maverick is streaming on Paramount Plus.
Janet Jackson is going back on tour this time with Rapper/Actor Ludacris Saturday May 20th at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City.
Former Eagle Quarterback Michael Vick is working on a docuseries about Black Quarterbacks.
The Wiz is coming back to Broadway in 2024. Comedienne and Writer Amber Ruffin will be giving the show an updated twist.
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.
The Viola Davis movie ‘The Woman King is available on Video on Demand.
Anita Baker is coming to Atlantic City later this year. Tickets are on sale now for her show Friday November 23rd 2023 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Babyface will be her special musical guest. Baker is also releasing new music next year.
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.
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.
The Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes Netflix comedy The Upshaw's has been renewed for a third season. It is airing now on Netflix.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 is being directed by Blitz Bazawule. The movie is coming out December 2023.Grammy Winner Jon Batiste has also recently joined the cast.
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