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WEEK ENDING: July 24th, 2015

Anthony Hamilton & The Mrs. have called it quits. The Point Of It All singer and his wife of 10 years Tarsha decided they can let go. They both released separate statements but highlighted the couple continue their friendship and their co-parenting. Hamilton is on tour and as a matter of fact will be here in Philly at The Dell Music Center on 6th.

Speaking of the Dell, Singer/Actor Tyrese will also be on the bill for August 6th with Anthony Hamilton, Lyfe Jennings and Jeff Bradshaw & Friends. This is a good time for Tyrese career-wise. His new album Black Rose hit number 1 on Billboard making it his first. Of course he's also just come off monster success with the latest Fast & Furious release as well. Tyrese has been noting in interviews though that he's still only regulated to black radio while artists like Sam Smith, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake enjoy play on both black and white radio. Tyrese's latest single Shame, with Jennifer Hudson, is also climbing the charts. The video and short film starring both Tyrese and Hudson was produced by Oscar Winner Denzel Washington. The Fast & The Furious co-star has a new talk show with Reverend Run debuting next year on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable stations. The relationship centered show is based on their relationship book Manology, and will feature conversations including the single life, marriage and sex. Plus, the singer/actor says there will be another installment of Fast & The Furious. Finally, he’s coming to Fox hit show Empire. It's a reunion. Tyrese will re-team with his Baby Boy Co-star Taraji P. Henson…..”Jody” and “Yvette”…what will you all be doing on Empire. The hit FOX drama returns September 23rd.

Flava Flav has been busted again. The reality TV star and Public Enemy Hype Man has been charged with D.U.I. This stems from a May 21st stop in Nevada where Flav was traveling at 87 mph in a 65 zone. He was arrested on suspicion of D.U.I. and marijuana possession. This is the second traffic violation charge for the 56-year old following a stop in January 2014.

Congrats to Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker!!!! The Real Housewives Of Atlanta co-stars have announced they are expecting their first child together. The couple, who both have daughters from previous relationships, have not learned the baby’s sex yet or announced the due date as of press time.

Speaking Of Empire, Kelly Rowland is coming to the show too. Rowland will be playing Terrence Howard’s mom in a series of flashbacks. Season two of Empire kicks off September 23rd, and other guest stars include Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Oscar Winner Marisa Tomei (remember “Maggie” from A Different World back in the day) and Lenny Kravitz. In more Lenny Kravitz news, he’s coming to Philly on Sunday, August 30th at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts.

In more Empire news, the show got major snubs from the Emmy folks. While Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson was nominated for a lead actress Emmy, the other cast members and the show itself all got snubbed. Only costuming got another nod. Empire is not just FOX’s buzz show, it hit number 1 in the Nielsen ratings. What gives?!!! Empire Executive Producer Lee Daniels took to social media and blasted the academy. I’m pretty sure “MF” didn’t stand for “miffed feelings.” OUCH!!!! The Emmy people did better with nominations for Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), Anthony Anderson (Black*ish), Queen Latifah (Bessie), Don Cheadle (House Of Lies), Regina King (American Crime), previous Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) and Angela Bassett (American Horror Story). Khandi Alexander (Scandal), Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away With Murder), and David Oyelowo (Nightingale) are also nominated and the 2015 Emmys air September 20th on FOX.

Money woes for Tamar and Vince?!!!!!! Reports say Tamar Braxton and her husband and Manager Vince Herbert owe the I.R.S. $1.6 million in back taxes. The bank has also reportedly put a lien on the couple’s home. Even though it’s worth more than their debt, the lien can be enacted for lack of payment. Tamar is due to visit our WDAS Performance Theater July 28th, and she’ll be able to tell us how she is. Meanwhile, The Real co-host has a new album, Calling All Lovers, due September 11th.

Is Bill Cosby admitting his guilt because he purchased quaaludes for the purpose of giving to women for sex?  Former Cosby “friends” and colleagues have also taken to the media with their thoughts. Cosby Let's Do It Again Co-star Comedian Jimmie Walker, a.k.a. “J.J.” from TV's Good Times, recently blasted his fellow comedian saying Cosby has been sleeping around for years. Walker says the drugs were surprising, but thought everyone knew of Cosby's preference for young women. Former Cosby Show Co-star and Conservative Commentator Joseph C. Phillips wrote an op-ed Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty. Phillips, who played “Martin” Bill Cosby's TV son-in-law, wrote the piece after claiming to have run into an actress friend who claimed Cosby abused her. Oscar nominated Actor Don Cheadle, who once worked with Cosby briefly, called that experience unpleasant and say the comedian is a Predator. The Philly-born comedian has now gone on the offensive. His legal team has now aggressively made their rounds in the media pointing out their client is unfairly being found guilty in the court of public opinion. The Cosby legal team contends the full transcript's release was illegal, and they are going after the parties responsible. That includes seeking sanctions against Andrea Constand, the accuser Cosby settled with in 2006. The Cosby team says Constand and her legal team are violating the confidentiality agreement that was part of their money settlement. Meanwhile, accuser Judy Huth and her Lawyer Gloria Allred won a legal victory allowing them to proceed with their civil case against Cosby, which means Allred can question Cosby under oath in the next month. Where will this lead? Could Cosby be charged?

We send get well wishes to America's Got Talent Host Nick Cannon, who was recently hospitalized. It appears the hard working producer, TV host, comedian, writer and DJ has once again had to have a medical intervention stop his super busy schedule. Cannon, who has the autoimmune disease lupus, has been hospitalized in the past for kidney failure back in 2012. The soon to be ex-Mr. Mariah Carey posted a picture on his instagram from his hospital bed, but would only hint at exhaustion being the cause.

Tyler Perry is coming to Philly! It's a brand new “Madea” play happening November 10-15th called Madea On The Run. Tix go on sale Friday, July 31st. Madea On The Run will be playing at the Merriam Theatre, 250 Broad Street, between Spruce and Locust Streets on the Avenue Of The Arts.

It’s official!!! Idris Elba will be one of the stars of the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, scheduled for release in 2016.

Whatever happened to Singer Alexander O’Neal? We saw him last just a couple of years ago on The BET Awards with an appearance that did not go over well with fans or the critics. O’Neal, 63, is talking about his career, and recently admitted a three-decade drug habit ruined it. The singer, who mostly collaborated with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, is best known for those Sound Of Minneapolis hits like Fake, Criticize, What’s Missing, Innocent, Sunshine, A Broken Heart Can Mend and those Cherelle duets Never Knew Love Like This and Saturday Love. O’Neal was a huge star in the 80’s, but he recently suffered a relapse earlier this year. O’Neal says his career has suffered because people will not let him forget about his drug past and give him another chance.

Pat Houston has started cleaning out the property of here niece (in-law) Bobbi Kris. The 22-year old remains in hospice care. I hear Pat kept pictures and Whitney Houston's stuff, but threw out everything else. The home where Bobbi Kris was found unconscious in tub full of water is a sad reminder to the family. With the exception of Bobby Brown himself, Bobby Brown's family has been banned from visiting the Hospice center where Bobbi Kris is being held. That's because a family member was caught trying to sell photos of Bobbi Kris in her comatose state. Pat Houston stands to gain millions of dollars once Bobbi Kris dies because she will then be in charge of the Whitney Houston estate.

Oscar Winning Singer Jennifer Hudson, last heard on Tyrese’s hit Shame, is headed to Broadway! This fall, the Oscar winner takes on the role of “Shug Avery” in the newest revival of The Color Purple.

Brandy is getting a new show on the BET network. The show, called Zoe Moon, is about a newly divorced Single Mom. Brandy just finished a stint on Broadway in the musical Chicago. Chicago followed her successful comeback joining the cast of the BET hit show The Game, which airs its series finale August 5th.

Singer Gerald Alston has been promoting his latest gospel CD. He’s also preparing for his role in the stage production Baby Hold On To Me, which is a musical bio on the life of the late Singer/Songwriter/Producer Gerald Levert. Alston is playing Gerald’s dad, the legendary O’Jays Frontman Eddie Levert. The stage play is set to debut this fall. Meanwhile, Alston’s CD, True Gospel featuring special guest vocalist Will Downing and Regina Belle, is currently available,

Kelly Rowland is returning to TV in the BET singing reality show Chasing Destiny.

Rachel Dolezal is back. Six weeks ago, Dolezal made headlines as the white woman portraying herself as a black woman. Dolezal recently opened up in the latest edition of Vanity Fair magazine. She says she's not playing dress up or wearing costumes. The now ex-President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of The NAACP says she has an awareness and connection to the black culture that's never left her. She says after years growing up in confusion, she's confused no longer. Dolezal says now that's she's lost her job and friends, she and her 13-year old son Franklin are struggling with her last paycheck for $1,800 having come back in June. Through it all and despite her naysayers, including her own Caucasian parents, Dolezal sticks to her guns as identifying as black. So, what's next for the controversial community activist? Could it be a book or movie?

Fantasia is a married lady! This weekend Fantasia did jump the broom with Kendall Taylor. They fell in love last year, but then split up, and then they reunited. Fantasia’s road to love has never been easy. She has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship and a son by a married man, but now the former American Idol champ she says Taylor is the love of her life. Fantasia is sticking by him despite his past run-ins with the law. She’s also keeping her family and friends out of her business this time. Fantasia, Johnny Gill and Chester’s own Avery Sunshine will all be at the Dell Music Center on July 30th.

Steve Harvey has a summer smash on his hands with ABC's primetime network edition of Celebrity Family Feud. I hear the show is going to be expanded beyond just being a summer replacement because of its high ratings. Celebrity Family Feud airs Sunday at 8pm on ABC.

Tyra Banks returns to daytime TV in the ABC talker The Fab Life. The show debuts September 14th for the fall season.

 Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this page are strictly those of the author Patty Jackson

The contents of this page have not been reviewed and in no way reflects the views of 2DownFront.


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