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WEEK ENDING: May 20th, 2016

Singer Ciara was dealt a loss in court. She was seeking sole custody of her son Future Zahir Wilburn by her ex-fiancé Rapper Future. Ciara argued that the rapper wasn’t in their son’s life. Future showed up to court and requested joint custody, which he got. California tends to favor joint custody barring unusual circumstances. In this case, the judge didn’t agree with any of Ciara’s arguments. The two exes still have another court battle as Ciara is suing Future for defamation after he trashed her on social media. His court papers say she did the same to him. Up next for the two, Ciara is co-hosting Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards on ABC, which Future has a nomination for…...will he show up? What will he say if he wins?!!!!

Speaking of The Billboard Music Awards, there’s controversy as Prince’s friend and fellow Music Legend Madonna will sing her late friend’s praises this Sunday night. The Material Girl is set to perform a solo tribute to Prince, but other artists are asking why just Madonna? Producers say she approached them first with the idea, and she’s the one who’s been at it since the beginning. The performance is being billed as intimate, but respectful of the legacy of the late Minneapolis Sound pioneer. The Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will air on this Sunday at 8pm on ABC.

The Essence Of Entertainment is back at the Dell Music Center! The exciting summer season will kick off with Tuesday movie nights starting June 21st. The features will include Minions, War Room, Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and the Oscar nominated, latest Rocky installment Creed. The Dell features DJ Gary O, the LED Video Screens and Free Parking. The musical acts kick off with the July 7th concert starring Jaheim, Monica and Lyfe Jennings.

Jackson Family Patriarch Joe Jackson is experiencing a major health crisis. While going into see his doctor, the 87-year old came down with a fever he hasn’t been able to shake. Jackson, who has suffered heart attacks and a stroke in the past, remains hospitalized with his family by his side. Jermaine Jackson spoke with reporters and said the family wants to hold on to Papa Joe. Doctors are still reportedly trying to pinpoint the exact cause of this latest health scare.

We remember Morley Safer, the longest serving anchor of 60 Minutes. The legendary journalist was just saluted on the show upon announcing his retirement. Colleagues and friends reflecting on his 52 years with CBS News covering Vietnam, The White House and interviewing legends like Katherine Hepburn, Jackie Gleason and pioneering Chicago School Teacher Marva Collins. But, Safer’s favorite was the story of Lenell Geter’s and his life conviction for a Texas armed robbery, which was overturned after Safer’s story pointed out the rush to judgment. Safer replaced the late Harry Reasoner on 60 Minutes in 1970, and remained there until this year. Morley Safer was 84- years old.

Scandal won’t return to ABC until 2017 to allow for Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. Washington’s previous pregnancy saw the Shonda Rhimes-created drama end early two seasons ago. This month Washington participates in the Hollywood Reporter round table interview as well as shares the cover with fellow A-Listers Regina King and Jennifer Lopez.

The Punchline comedy club is making its debut in Philly the July 8th weekend and the lineup is huge: Bill Bellamy (July 14-16), Marlon Wayans (Aug 4-6) and from Black-ish & Barbershop III The Next Cut Deon Cole (Aug 18th-20th), just to name a few. For tickets and information visit PunchLinePhilly.com

Why is Jamie Foxx never seen with Katie Holmes? The press has had a field day reporting that the former Mrs. Tom Cruise is engaged and possibly expecting a child with one time Cruise co-star Jamie Foxx. Neither has confirmed any relationship, and Holmes has been seen publicly in a while. Meantime, Jamie has been spotted out and about with a female companion that sure isn’t Katie. So what’s the deal….real or publicity stunt?!!

Did Rapper/Actor/Reality Star T.I. just out Lauren London and Rapper Nipsey Hussle? When asked during a recent interview if there would be a sequel to the movie ATL, which co-starred T.I. with London, the rapper said his little sis was having a baby and things would have to wait. London has a child already by Rapper Lil’ Wayne, but is currently dating Rapper Nipsey Hussle, who took his name from the late Comedian Nipsey Russell. London took to social media afterwards without confirming or denying. She instead posted a picture of Actress Eva Mendes who just had a baby with Actor Ryan Gosling. Let’s read between the lines (SMILE).

45-year old rapper Earl Simmons, who is best known as DMX, is expecting his 13th child with his current girlfriend Yadira Borrego. DMX has been divorced from wife Tashera since 2014, but has children by various women and even sighted his child support obligations as part of his bankruptcy. This will be the third child for DMX and Borrego.

This year I’m getting a great honor from Philadelphia International Records/The Sound Of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Phillies. For The 13th Annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration, The Phillies-Gamble & Huff Community Partnership will salute me, Gerald Veasley and Joe Simon. It all takes place Friday, June 17th at 7:05pm when the Phillies take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park.  

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner is being sued by one of Bill Cosby’s accusers. Chloe Goins previously only sued Bill Cosby in federal court accusing him of spiking her drink and assaulting her at The Playboy Mansion when she was there with a friend in 2008. Police and the D.A. haven’t brought criminal charges because of a lack of evidence, no corroborating witnesses and the statute of limitations. Afterwards, Goins dropped her suit without explanation earlier this year. Now Goins has filed in the L.A. courts, and has added the 90-year old Hefner. The suit says Hefner knew or should have known Cosby’s alleged practice of rape and assault. Heffner is also accused in the suit of making a habit of having underage girls at the Playboy mansion. It could be a tough case for all involved because Cosby has more than 50 accusers of inappropriate behavior, Heffner has separately been accused of misconduct by former Playboy Playmates including offering Quaaludes for sex and former Exotic Dancer Goins has a prostitution arrest in her past.

UnSung returns to TV One with a brand new season. The music bios will feature Faith Evans, Howard Hewett and Shirley Murdock. UnSung kicks off with the story of Kelly Price on Wednesday, June 1st at 8pm on TV One.

Speaking of TV One, the bio pic on singer Miki Howard is coming to the small screen. Actress Teyonah Parris will play the songstress whose string of hits began in the late eighties including Love Under New Management, Come Share My Love, Baby Be Mine, Until You Come Back To Me and That’s What Love Is featuring the late Gerald Levert. Though they never married, Howard’s romance with Levert, played by Family Matters Actor Darius McCrary, and his subsequent death figure heavily into the TV movie. Also chronicled will be Howard’s experiences with spousal abuse, drug addiction and her problematic relationship with her mother. LisaRaye, Gary Dourdan and Vanessa Bell Calloway also star. Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story premieres Sunday, June 7th at 7pm on TV One.

Prince is on the cover of Ebony magazine as the pay tribute to the late singer/songwriter/musician/filmmaker.

The 70th Annual Tony Award nominations have been announced. The hip hop influenced Hamilton leads the way with 15 nominations, including for Philly’s own Leslie Odom, Jr. (East Oak Lane). Other nominees include Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o for her role in Eclipsed, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks both for The Color Purple. The Tony Awards air 8pm, Sunday, June 12th on CBS.

Quarterback Cam Newton has a new show coming to TV this summer. Newton will help children fulfill their dreams. All In With Cam Newton premieres on Nickelodeon Friday, June 3rd at 8pm.

The 41st Annual Odunde celebration will take place Sunday, June 12th. This is the largest African American street festival in the country. This year features special musical performances by Brand Nubian and Biz Markie. Odunde will take place on and in the vicinity of 23rd and South Street.

The re-imagined mini-series Roots is coming to the History Channel. It’s based on the 1976 novel by the late Alex Haley and the 1977 ABC mini-series. At the time, the 1977 mini-series, with Levar Burton, Leslie Uggams, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Ed Asner, Ben Vereen and Louis Gossett, Jr., was the highest rated program in television history. The new version stars Lawrence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin and Forest Whitaker, and will be shown over four consecutive nights. Thomas Carter and Mario Van Peebles serve as two of the directors and among the executive producers are Will Packer and original star Levar Burton. Roots premieres on the History Channel, A&E and Lifetime as a simulcast Memorial Day Monday, May 30th.

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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Did these two family members forgive and forget…..or are they just making nice for publicity sake? They’ve had a rough relationship these past few years. Money and loyalty were the symptoms of the strain. Other family members seem to have moved on from the being disappointed. But, it looks like the most popular family member has finally just come around…or do we need to be as positive as we can for the sake of record sales and the tour?!!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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