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WEEK ENDING: August 28th, 2015

Terrence Howard is on a roll…..in court. First, he scored a big court victory this week when a judge ruled in his favor. Howard will not have to give ex-wife #2 Michelle Ghent more money for alimony for their short-lived marriage. The judge agreed that Howard was being blackmailed and signed his divorce decree under duress. The Empire star was giving his ex almost $6,000 a month, and she still wanted more. Ghent was threatening to release videos and photos of Howard in compromising position. Howard’s sister-in-law reportedly testified they were sex videos. Howard and Ghent had no children, and now Howard is going to have to work out a new agreement from scratch, but Ghent will definitely get less money this go round. It’s been a rough summer for Howard because case number two is wife #3 Miranda. Miranda married Howard in 2013 and gave birth to his son Qirin Love, but the couple separated shortly after. Their divorce was quiet and quick. Now what’s Howard’s deal? Are The Intruders right? Is Love Like A Baseball Game With Three Strikes and You’re Out?!!!! In better news, Howard has also been hard at work filming for the new season of Empire, but reports are his role been reduced. It’s probably because of all the court appearances, so look for his character Lucious Lyon to bounce back as the season progresses. The cast of Empire, which has its season premiere September 23rd, are currently featured in the latest issue of Vogue magazine.

Chaka Khan and Paula Deen are coming to Dancing With The Stars! Hmmmmmmm, let’s start with Chaka Khan. The songstress has lost weight, kept it off and is currently touring sounding excellent. Her good friends Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight were on DWS. The ladies didn’t win, but they were a hit the audience and their fan bases increased. Can Chaka make it Through The Fire of the dancing competition. Speaking of fire, Paula Deen is continuing on her comeback by competing on the show. Her once successful and highly rated cooking and food shows got pulled after two controversial hits, her diabetes reveal and her use of the N-word confession. Deen’s done apology tours and interviews, but this will be her highest profile to date. Can Deen build back her brand with a friendly appearance on Dancing With The Stars. The official cast introduction will happen on September 2nd and the Dancing With The Stars season premiere airs Monday, September 14th on ABC.

Judge Joe Brown is going to jail!!! Yes. The TV star, who had his own courtroom show and never held back on his opinions, is now on the other side of the law. Brown was found in contempt of court while he was helping a woman with a child custody case. After he had a verbal altercation with the presiding magistrate, Brown was charged with contempt. The TV judge recently lost appeal, so he’s expected to serve a five-day sentence.

Will Bill Cosby play the race card? Sources say this is what Cosby is planning to do in defense of the close to 50 drug, assault and rape allegations he’s facing. Despite being a legendary TV icon, the scandal has been one of Hollywood’s biggest and has resulted in the comedian’s TV and comedy appearances virtually disappearing and his contracts cancelled. So far the total of number of women is 50 who have come forward with tales of being assaulted, drugged and/or raped by the Cosby dating back to the 1960’s. The majority of the women were white, and sources say he will claim he is the victim of a racially tinged witch-hunt. Cosby legal team member Lawyer Monique Pressley has already suggested that based on the history of this country, it’s incredible to think that no one would have believed white women accusing a black man of rape, especially because most of these alleged encounters happened over 30 years ago.

Reverend Al moves to Sundays. Sharpton’s MSNBC show Politics Nation will move out of its Monday through Friday 6pm slot September 4th and will relocate to Sundays at 8am. NBC Political commentator Chuck Todd is expected to get the 5pm slot, and MSNBC is delaying the announcement on who’ll take Rev. Al’s slot.  Is it because Obama is leaving office soon? Could it be the cable outlet is making room for NBC Nightly News ex-Anchor Brian Williams? For now, Rev. Al has released a statement that he’s happy with the move because he always wanted to be a Sunday morning host and now he can get the A-Listers he wants.

Get Ready for 50 Shades Of Black. Marlon Wayans and Mike Epps headline a spoof of the hit film 50 Shades Of Grey, which grossed half a billion dollars at the box office. Wayans, who had box office success with two Haunted House spoofs, is the co-writer and producer and will play Entrepreneur Christian Black. Jane Seymour and Comedians Fred Willard and Affion Crockett have also joined the cast.

The cast of Star Trek is getting ready to celebrate 50 years. Back in 1966, it was Comedy Icon and then owner of Desilu Studios Lucille Ball who gave the green light to put Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek concept on TV. The original show became a classic for all generations and starred William Shatner and the late Leonard Nimoy. The current cast includes Zoë Saldana and Idris Elba who’ll both appear in Star Trek Beyond hitting theaters in 2016 for the anniversary. The cast also did a video for the diverse charity organization Omaze in which they all do the Vulcan salute in memory of Leonard Nimoy who, like William Shatner, both starred and directed several of the big screen adaptions.

Comedian Tracy Morgan hosts Saturday Night Live October 17th is a married man. Last year, Morgan’s life changed forever when he and his manager were involved in a limo crash with a Wal-Mart Truck. Morgan’s manager died and the driver of the Wal-Mart truck was held responsible because it was discovered he had been working for up to 28 hours with no sleep. Morgan settled with Wal-Mart to the tune of $90 million. Morgan is getting his health together. Now he is ready to go back to work, including hosting SNL. Check out the latest edition of People magazine they have the exclusive photos of his recent wedding to longtime Fiancée Megan Woolover. They have a two-year daughter and they were married over the weekend. During the ceremony Morgan walked down the aisle without the use of a cane, walker or wheelchair.

Speaking of Idris Elba, he’s the first actor to make the cover of Maxim magazine. He covers the September issue with the “Man Up” article and photo shoot.

The movie hit of the summer is the NWA bio-pic, Straight Outta Compton. The movie was number once again, and now it has already passed the magic blockbuster number of $100 million at the box office. NWA launched a new era in rap and many successful careers all while dealing with AIDS, police brutality, political harassment and censorship. The meteoric rise and split of the controversial rap group has movie goers hypnotized, and is making Hollywood sit up and take notice. Look for similarly themed movies to follow. Master P has a movie coming out about his life, Ice Cream Man: King of the South coming out next year. Queen Latifah has signed on to play his mother.

Jill Scott is returning to TV. Scott will be starring in a new John Singleton TV show on FX called Snowfall. The show is set in the 80’s and focuses on the beginning of the crack-cocaine crisis in Los Angeles. Scott is currently topping the charts with her latest CD Woman, featuring the hit single Fools Gold. Also coming to the FX channel is another season of American Horror Story. The season premiere kicks off October 7th with an all star cast including Lady Gaga as the hotel owner, Angela Bassett as her lover, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Naomi Campbell and Wes Bentley.

Stevie Wonder is coming back to Philly. Wednesday, October 7th, it’s the return of his “Songs in the Key Life Tour.” Wonder was here last year, and I have to say it’s the best concert I have ever seen in my life. He sings the entire “Songs in the Key of Life” album as well as his other hits. This is a concert event you don’t want to miss. Tickets are on sale now.

Has Tennis Sensation Serena Williams found a new love with Rapper Drake? Will they be the next big Supercouple? Pictures don’t lie! The couple was spotted by paparazzi making out in a restaurant. They’re reps insists they are not dating …just friends. Maybe they were just hooking up?!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Tyler Perry is returning to Philly. It’s another Madea production, Madea on The Run November 10th-15 at the Merriam Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday August 21st.

Martin Lawrence is coming to Atlantic City. Lawrence makes his return to stand up comedy Saturday October 24th at Caesars Casino.

Sherri Shepherd is soon going to have the title “hardest working woman in show business.” In addition to returning to The View, Shepherd is launching a new food show on the cooking channel. Holy and Hungry combines food with faith and airs Sunday nights at 10pm. Shepherd is also teaming up with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in the movie Ride Along 2 which opens in theaters next January.

Ne-Yo and Common have been added to the cast of the live musical of The Wiz. New Jersey newcomer Shanice Williams will be playing Dorothy. Queen Latifah is playing the Wiz; Mary J. Blige - the Wicked Witch and David Allen Grier - the Cowardly Lion. Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, and Common - the Gatekeeper to Emerald City. Uzo Aduba  (Orange is The New Black) and Amber Riley will play the Good Witches South and North. Stephanie Mills who originated the role of Dorothy on Broadway will also be appearing the NBC musical as Auntie Em. The Wiz Live airs on NBC December 3rd.

Speaking Of David Alan Grier, he's playing the dad to comedian Jerrod Carmichael in NBC's The Carmichael ShowIt airs Wednesday nights at 9pm followed by Mr. Robinson starring The Office's Craig Robinson.

Ebony Magazine's new September issue is all about fashion. Three generations of African American supermodels are profiled inside including Beverly Johnson, Pat Cleveland and Roshumba. While the cover includes Chantelle Winnie, Milan Dixon, Fatima Siad, Marquita Pring, Diandra Forrest and Samantha Archibald.

Ballerina Misty Copeland is the cover girl for the September edition of Essence. Copeland recently became the first African American ballerina to be named principal dancer by the American Ballet Theater. Copeland opens up about her career and her recent engagement to her lawyer/ fiancé Olu Evans.

Beyonce is on the cover of September’s issue of Vogue magazine. Also featured in the issue of Vogue are the stars of Empire in a fashion spread for the magazine. Now speaking of Empire, do you want to dress like Cookie, Lucious, Hakeem, Andre and Jamal? Well get ready for the Empire Collection, a clothing line which will be sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. The Second Season of Empire kicks off September 23rd.

Singer Ciara is the cover girl for the latest issue of Shape Magazine, talking about how she dropped 60 lbs in 4 months.

Ciara’s boo Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson is on the cover of rolling Stone.

Serena Williams covers the latest issues of Sports Illustrated and New York Magazine. The New York Magazine shoot shows just how strong, agile and flexible the now 33-year-old, record breaking tennis phenom is. Her Sports Illustrated story is profiling Williams as we anticipate her going for her 4th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open also known as The Serena Slam.

 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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Is this one time brother, one time husband, one time boyfriend and full time exile being paid to cry? Sources say this Guy, who’s got a ton of legal problems ahead of him will do anything for money, including going to the grave of a loved one a shading tears. Hmmmmmm!

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