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WEEK ENDING: August 22nd, 2014

Comedian Kevin Hart just got engaged, but instead of congratulations, he got hate. "My nephew" announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Eniko Parrish. The problem is it was the same night his ex-wife, Torrei Hart, was in the season premiere of the VH-1 show Atlanta Exes. Kevin took some heat on social media for it, but quickly responded back. The box office champ let it be known he picked Eniko's birthday to propose, and it had nothing to do with a swipe at his ex.

Please stop talking to the press, boo!!!! In a desperate plea to his former fiancee, Multi-media Personality Michael Strahan wants Nicole Murphy to stop talking about him and leaking stories. Strahan is the former Pro NFL star turned TV darling who is feeling the heat from the tabloids. Strahan, 42, had been dating the ex-wife of Comedian/Actor Eddie Murphy for seven years. Strahan and Nicole were engaged for three years. Nicole, 46, reportedly wouldn’t sign a prenup, and there were rumors of her cheating. She claims it was Strahan who was cheating. With success comes the heat, and Strahan, who part of the Good Morning America anchor team, is feeling it. Strahan knows his personal life could affect his many jobs and career. Right now, with his TV gigs, induction into the NFL Hall Of Fame and football analyst work on FOX, Strahan is red hot. He wants to come to an understanding with Nicole on being friends. Strahan is also catching it from his ex-wife Jean Muggli. In the past, she's accused him of cheating, abuse and spying on her sister. Now, Muggli keeps talking to the press about their past marital problems. Strahan won’t comment on anything as he is very private. Plus, he doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize his booming career.

 Could Mariah Carey, 44, bossing Nick Cannon, 33, around cost her the $500 million fortune she's earned all these years in music? Reports say the couple are living apart after six years of marriage and twin babies. Last month, they put their $13 million L.A. mansion up for sale. Carey's career is in a crisis. Her latest album, Me I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, is not doing well. Carey also severed ties with Jermaine Dupri, the man who gave her most of her hits. She is planning on a world tour, but sources say she maybe going to avoid her problems with Cannon. Carey suspects Cannon of cheating on her, and she has hired security to help keep him away from other woman. Cannon is a success in his own right, hosting NBC’s America's Got Talent, appearing and producing MTV shows and BET’s hit reality spoof Real Husbands Of Hollywood. Cannon has been quiet, and just goes about his daily business of working hard on his projects. Sources say behind the scenes, Mariah's calling the shots could be at the root of the couple's problems.

In a recent interview, Usher talked about his ex-wife Tameka Raymond. Tameka, like Kevin Hat's ex-wife, is also starring in the VH-1 reality show Atlanta Exes. Tameka is the mother of Usher's sons. The turbulent marriage lasted two years 2007-2009 before ending with the singer getting primary custody of the kids. Usher says even though he was warned by him mama, Jonetta Patton, about marrying Tameka, The Good Kisser singer says the marriage was the best mistake he ever made because he realized he didn't know as much as he thought he did. Usher also says the Godfather Of Soul James Brown gave him the best career advice he ever had before Brown died.

Does Whoopi Goldberg want out of the The View? Goldberg is the only one left standing after Barbara Walters retired from the daytime talker. Co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd were forced out. Close friends of Goldberg say she has grown tired of the show and wants to do other projects. The View used to be must see TV, but over the past few years viewers have grown tired of the revolving door of hosts. After a tumultuous tenure as moderator in the 2006-2007 season, Comedienne Rosie O’Donnell is rejoining the show. Other major announcements about the show are going to be made any day now. How long will Goldberg stay? Will she break her contract and leave? Will she get along with her her new co-hosts? Hmmmmmmmmm!!!!

The story of the Mother Of Hip Hop, Sylvia Robinson, is coming to the big screen. Robinson became a rap pioneer when she started the legendary Sugar Hill Records with her husband Joe. In 1979, Robinson helped change the music world forever with The Sugarhill Gang's recording of Rapper's Delight, a song she co-wrote and produced. Sugar Hill Records was also home to Grandmaster Flash, The Furious Five, West Street Mob and The Sequence. Robinson also enjoyed a successful recording and producing career long before her rap music days. In the 70's, her Stang label was the home of The Moments with their hits Love On A Two-Way Street, Look At Me I'm In Love, Sexy Mama and Don't Cry Out Loud. In 1957, Robinson herself had her first hit as Mickey & Sylvia with the song Love Is Strange with Mickey Baker. In 1973, Robinson made a comeback as a solo artist and topped the charts with the sexy, million-selling single Pillow Talk. Sylvia Robinson died in 2011 at the age of 75. Robinson's son Joey and Melle Mel of The Furious Five are said to be heading up the effort to bring the Sylvia Robinson story to the silver screen.

R Kelly is being sued by the man who helped make his career. Derrel McDavid of Winkler & McDavid Ltd. was with Kelly for decades managing his business affairs. McDavid also knows all the secrets and scandals. Kelly let him go unexpectedly earlier this summer. Will Kelly live to regret his decision, or will he give his ex-manager money to keep peace in the valley?

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.

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.

The past weekend was not a good box office weekend for Wesley Snipes. Snipes made his return to the big screen in the action flick Expendables III with Sylvester Stallone. Snipes is reviving his career after serving a three-year prison term for tax evasion. The big budget action flick didn't perform well pulling in only $16 million.

The 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards are happening August 25th at the Nokia Theatre on NBC, but the Creative Emmy were already handed out. Among the winners: Scandal's Joe Morton for Guest Actor In A Drama, for his role as “Rowan Pope,” a.k.a. Kerry Washington's TV dad, and Uzo Aduba as Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as “Crazy Eyes” in Orange Is The New Black. Meanwhile, Kerry Washington has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal. Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor got nominations, as Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie, for their work in Luther and Dancing On The Edge, respectively. Don Cheadle picked up a nomination for Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his cable series House Of Lies. Angela Bassett was nominated for Supporting Actress for her work in American Horror Story as “Coven”.

Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey, together again?!!!! YES! The two media moguls are joining forces for her Lifeclass on August 25th on OWN. It’s going to be a real life Family Feud. 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.

Tracee Ellis Ross is on the cover of Upscale magazine.

Speaking of the Ross family, Oprah Winfrey is channeling Diana Ross on the latest issue of her O magazine.

Saturday, August 30th is the wedding date for Basketball's Dwayne Wade and Actress Gabrielle Union. It’s going to a super private affair with no cell phones or cameras allowed. Meanwhile, look for Gabrielle Union in season two of Being Mary Jane. Filming just wrapped for the season, and the show returns to BET at the beginning of the year.

SWV returns for season two of their WE reality TV show. Season two of SWV: Sisters With Voice has startedon Thursday nights. That's the same night as Braxton Family Values, also on the WE network. The Braxtons are at 9pm followed by SWV at 10pm.

Chadwick Boseman and his castmates from the bio-pic of James Brown called Get On Up grace the cover of Ebony magazine. Ebony uses a dual cover with the cast on one and a second with Boseman, who plays The Godfather Of Soul, solo.

Common and Supermodel Selita Ebanks are on the cover of Uptown magazine.

Jay-Z and Beyonce are bringing their On Their Run tour to HBO. The Carters have been getting rave reviews for their latest tour....along with unrelenting rumors about their marriage on the verge of break up. Look for the concert on HBO Saturday, September 20th at 9pm.

The Isley Brothers, Atlantic Starr and El DeBarge will close out this season's Essence Of Entertainment lineup at The Dell Music Center. They are coming Saturday, August 30th.There's also The Bar-Kays, Lakeside, L.T.D., Lenny Williams, The Average White Band and Larry Graham & Graham Central Station on The Masters Of Funk show.

Finally, “Harper” himself is doing double duty. In addition to his work on the TNT drama, Murder In The First, Taye Diggs will be guest starring in six episodes of the CBS drama The Good Wife. The new season of Good Wife kicks off September 21st.

Martin Lawrence has returned to series TV in the sitcom Partners. The show also stars Kelsey Grammer, and it airs Mondays nights at 9pm on FX.

 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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