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WEEK ENDING: August 29th, 2014

Nick Cannon has been given his marching orders: Shut Up Or Suffer Severe Financial Consequences! Cannon let it be known last week that he and wife Singer Mariah Carey have separated. In doing so, he angered his estranged wife. Carey, 44, feels humiliated. She has been able to keep their troubles under wraps all this time. After six years and two twin babies, the marriage is over. Sources say Cannon is worried about Carey's mental state and her self destructive behavior. He feels his estranged wife is a loose cannon who needs professional help. Carey's latest music project flopped, and she is no stranger to weird behavior. In 2001, she was acting strange, and then she suffered an emotional and physical breakdown. Carey blamed it on exhaustion. Now with her career in crisis and a failed marriage, what will Carey do? Her friends say she's in denial about her behavior. Nick Cannon is going to get paid one way or the other. Either a tell all deal with the press or hush money from his soon to be ex. Now, while Cannon has been ordered to keep quiet, his camp is talking. In a thinly veiled social media message, Nick Cannon's dad was talking wives who lie, gain weight and have abortions. Who is he talking about....... Mariah Carey? Nick's dad says he wasn’t talking about Carey, but women he knew. WHAT?!!! Stop playing Dad!

Columbus Short is out of jail following his recent arrest. The fired Scandal star has been making headlines all year because of his reckless behavior and fights with his estranged wife Tanee McCall. Now that he has been fired from Scandal, what will Short do, and can he turn his life and career around Friends say he has a drinking problem and he needs help.

Oprah Winfrey turns mean in her next movie role. Winfrey has joined the cast of the new Richard Pryor movie. Winfrey is going to play Pryor's grandmother, the woman who raised Pryor and ran a whorehouse at the same time. She was also mean and abusive. Winfrey says Pryor had a complicated life, and it started with his troubled childhood and grandmother. The Mighty O says she looks forward to playing this character because it is so different from anything she has ever done. Actor/Comedian Mike Epps will be playing Pryor, and famed Director Lee Daniels is directing the project. Filming gets underway in September. It's a reunion for Winfrey and Daniels who last teamed in the $100 million blockbuster The Butler.

Motown The Musical is taking a break. Starting in mid-January the show will take a hiatus for at least a year and not expected back before July of 2016. The show recently launched a U.S. touring company. When Motown The Musical returns, the show will be a brand new production. Now speaking of all things “Hitsville,” get ready for the DVD Motown 25. The late Richard Pryor hosted the concert special first aired on NBC May 16th 1983. The Four Tops and The Temptations battled it out on stage like they did on the old Motown road shows. Marvin Gaye gave one of his final performances on television. Mary Wells, Martha Reeves and Stevie Wonder all took to the stage. Smokey reunited with The Miracles and Diana reunited with The Supremes. After performing on the show with The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson did Billie Jean solo with his famous moonwalk and it changed everything. Motown 25, the DVD with special interviews, behind the scenes footage and bonus performances comes out September 30th.

The Voice returns to NBC for a 7th season on September 22nd. Blake Shelton and Adam Levine welcome Pharrell and Gwen Stefani as this season's new panel of judges.

Prince is coming out with two new projects for the fall. His solo project is called Artificial Age, and Plectrumelectrum is the CD with his group 3rdEyeGirl. These are Prince's first new projects in 4 years and set for release September 30th.

Who's going to sit in the big chair? We're talking about the moderator chair on the new season of The View. Whoopi Goldberg has been the moderator for the show the past few years. Now that Rosie O’Donnell is back for a second time, she wants to resume as moderator. As of press time, we were still waiting for official word on who will be joining The View since they got rid of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Sources say Goldberg is not happy with the way the daytime talker is going. Even though she signed a new four-year deal, she may opt out after this year to do other projects. The new season for The View kicks off September 15th on ABC.

We remember Radio Legend Don Cannon. His career in Philadelphia radio spanned 35 years before he retired in 2004. Cannon made his name as a fixture of morning drive radio. His work with numerous charitable organizations, notably The Variety Club, were as much a part of his legacy as his radio work. Cannon also spent time as a program director. He became internationally famous as the DJ on the radio as Sylvester Stallone swallowed raw eggs in a scene from 1976's Oscar-winning film Rocky. Don Cannon passed away last week at the age of 74 after a brief illness.

Essence magazine's annual Essence Fest will remain in New Orleans through 2019. The annual 4 day event, which happens around the 4th of July, is a major attraction in New Orleans and brings in millions to the city's economy.

Usher is about to embark on a new major tour. The UR Experience will be traveling the states then heading over overseas.

Full Force is back with a new album celebrating their 30 years in music. Full Force With Love From Our Friends features the writers/singers/producers with 30 guest artists like Howard Hewitt, Faith Evans, Big Daddy Kane, Raphael Saadiq and Regina Belle, just to name a few. Full Force produced huge hits for themselves (All In My Mind, Alice, I Want You Just For Me, Love Is for Suckers) and for other artists including Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, The Backstreet Boys, Samantha Fox, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, and The Godfather Of Soul James Brown.

Singer Vanessa Williams is having problems with the I.R.S. Williams owes the I.R.S. over $370,000 in unpaid taxes.

Patti LaBelle is returning to TV. LaBelle is joining the cast of American Horror Story for it's fourth season. The popular horror show airs on the FX cable network. Season four is set in the 1950’s at a freak show carnival in Florida. LaBelle will play the mother of Gabby Sidibe's character. This season's cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Singer Stevie Nicks, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.

Singer/Songwriter Tank is back with a new album Stronger which contains the hit single You're My Star.

Kindred The Family Soul is back with a new CD entitled A Couple Of Friends.

Steve Harvey has a new book coming out September 9th Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success: How To Succeed In Life. Steve Harvey kicks off a new season of his talk show September 8th 2pm on NBC-10.

Sheila E is telling all in a new book The Beat Of My Drum. In the book, Sheila E talks about her love life, including affairs with her mentor Prince and a very married Carlos Santana. The legendary percussionist/drummer/singer also covers the ups and downs of her career. The Beat Of My Drum is available September 2nd.

There is a new autobiography coming out about Bill Cosby by former NBC and CNN News Executive Mark Whitaker. The book, Cosby: His Life & Times, talks about his amazing career. From starring in the groundbreaking TV drama I Spy, which made him the first African American to win a lead actor Emmy for a drama, to his many years as a commercial pitchman for Jello Pudding, Coco-Cola, Kodak Ford Motors and Texas Instruments. From the unprecedented 12-year run of the legendary cartoon Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids to the ratings success of NBC's The Cosby Show, the most watched show in TV history. The book covers his stand up comedy career , movies and financial ups and downs, but also looks at Cosby's womanizing and the 1997 murder of his only son Ennis. Cosby at 77 is returning to NBC next year with a new family series, but he is already one of the most successful African Americans in all of show business history. Cosby: His Life & Times is available September 16th.

Actor Shemar Moore is returning to The Young & The Restless on CBS. Moore played the popular character “Malcolm Winters,” and he won a Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 2000. Moore left the show in 2005, and went on to films (Brothers; Tyler Perry's Diary Of A Mad Black Woman) and the top rated CBS drama Criminal Minds. Moore will be featured in a two day stint on Y&R airing September 10th and 11th. Moore says he’s excited about his daytime comeback, but will still be starring in Criminal Minds, which begins it's 10th season in October.

Smokey Robinson is back with his new CD, Smokey & Friends. The legendary singer/songwriter is joined by Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Ledisi, Cee Lo Green and John Legend as they remake Smokey's greatest hits from his writing for other artists and his own Miracles and solo years.

Garcelle Beauvais, Terri J. Vaughn, Malinda Williams and Essence Atkins star in Girlfriends' Getaway, a new TV One movie, which premieres this Saturday, August 30th on TV One.

Gladiators your favorite show is coming back! Scandal returns Thursday, September 25th with a 22 episode season on ABC and a new time, 9pm. Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes' latest show, How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis, debuts on that same premiere night at 10pm. Scandal is facing some tough competition this fall. CBS will be airing their new Thursday Night Football broadcast.

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