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WEEK ENDING: July 3rd, 2015

NeNe Leakes is leaving The Real Housewives Of Atlanta to bring back a game show classic. Leakes is joining the panel of ABC's To Tell The Truth.  That's the classic game show in which a panel of celebrities must figure out which of three guests is telling the truth about his or her identity. TV Icon Betty White will also be on the panel along with Black-ish Star Anthony Anderson as host. To Tell The True was hosted by Gary Moore during the height of its popularity, and was even revived years later with Alex Trebek. Meanwhile, Leakes is also developing a new Bravo show with fellow RHOA co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann. Finally after buying and decorating a new home of her own, Leakes says she'll soon be launching a home line. The reality diva is striking while the iron is hot.

Sherri Shepherd….. You Are The Mother…..and You Will Pay $4,100 a month!!!! That’s the agreement the comedienne and former daytime talk show host hammered out with her second ex-husband Lamar Sally, Sr. The payments go up to $4,600 monthly when Lamar Sally, Jr. turns 13. When Shepherd and Sally were still married, they went to a surrogate to have a child. They used Sally’s sperm and a surrogate’s eggs, not Shepherd’s. After their marriage hit the rocks, Shepherd backed out of the deal and accused Sally of fraud by using the surrogate as an end run to money. A judge disagreed and declared Shepherd the mother with all the legal responsibilities as if the child were hers biologically.  Now Shepherd is still appealing the judge’s ruling and this current settlement has a clause: if Shepherd wins her appeal the deal is off and the money stops. For today, Sally gets four grand plus a month……. and Shepherd isn’t even in the NBA!

Jill Scott returns to the music scene with the new album called Woman featuring the hit single Fools Gold. The CD arrives in stores July 24th. This is going to be a must have CD for your music collection. I’ve previewed a few tracks off the CD, and liked everything I heard. Jill From Philly is in concert July 26th at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.

Does Tiger Woods have a new girlfriend, and is she a former side-jawn about to get upgraded? The golf phenom and one time superstar role model had most of the press and much of the public turn a side-eye to him after he was embroiled in a cheating scandal and messy, expensive divorce. Woods nearly rebounded into a steady relationship with Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn. Then the two broke up earlier this year citing their busy schedules. But, the rumor mill quickly accused Woods of cheating and Vonn catching him in the act. Now published reports name 27-year old Amanda Boyd as that other woman. On top of all that, Boyd is the ex-wife of a fellow golfer, 38-year old Jason Dufner. While no one is calling them friends, there are plenty of friendly photos of Woods with Dufner and Vonn with Boyd out on the golf course during competitions!!! Boyd, who divorced Dufner in April, has also been the talk of social media with topless photos and golfing in a thong. Are Boyd and the “Tiger” really together? Was Boyd the reason for Tiger's break up? Is she about to get upgraded to girlfriend status? What does Lindsey “Mama Don't Take No Mess” Vonn think of all this? Hmmmmmmmmm!

Mayte Garcia says even though it was bizarre, Prince still has her love. She met “The Purple One” when she was 16 and he was 32. When Garcia turned 18, their four year romance included wonderful highs like marriage but incredible lows like a miscarriage and a son who died a week after birth. At the time, neither Prince nor Garcia would talk about it. Garcia gave an interview talking about being young, impressionable and having someone tell you everything from what to wear to what to eat isn’t good for you in a relationship. She says it screwed her for life because she compares every relationship to that one, even with the weirdness. Garcia is planning to write a tell all as she segways her career from dancing to reality TV (Hollywood Ex’s) to acting (Army wives).

Kevin Hart returns to BET with The Real Husbands Of Hollywood. Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe, Nelly and Dwayne Martin also kick off season four August 18th.

Pat Houston buys new car!!!! As Bobbi Kristina Brown is in hospice, she’s being visited by family members. But, it was Aunt (in-law) Pat Houston who caught the most attention by pulling up in a brand new jaguar. Houston and other family members have long battle rumors accusing them of prioritizing money over Bobbi Kris’ well being. That new jag didn’t help, especially after just weeks ago the family and Bobby Brown having to come to an understanding about the great expense of Bobbi Kris’ care. Meanwhile, Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kris’ one time play brother/boyfriend, has lawyered up and hired Casey Anthony’s lawyer Jose Baez. Casey Anthony was the mom acquitted of murdering her two-year old daughter Caylee four years ago. It’s looking more and more likely that Gordon could be facing charges himself. Accusations of abuse in the past and the police being hush-hush on exactly how the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston ended up submerged in water and left in a coma are a tall order for Gordon to explain.

Ukee Washington is CBS 3’s newest primetime anchor. CBS3 has gone through a shake up in front and behind the camera. Washington, a CBS 3 veteran and hugely popular journalist, had been doing mornings on CBS3 and the CW57 with Erika Von Tiehl. Now, Washington moves up to anchor with Jessica Dean on the 5, 6 and 11pm newscasts on CBS3 and 10pm on the CW57. Washington starts his new assignment on July 13th. He’s been a longtime friend of all of us here at WDAS. Ukee, we wish you all the best and are happy for your new opportunity!!!!!!!

The History, A&E and Lifetime channels are all slated to air the remake of the 1977 miniseries classic Roots. Roots originally aired on ABC and, at the time, was the highest rated program ever aired on television. That cast included LeVar Burton, John Amos, Leslie Uggams, Olivia Cole, Madge Sinclair and Louis Gossett, Jr.  This time around Lawrence Fishburne is the only cast member announced, and he'll play the late Author Alex Haley, whose family is the subject of Roots.

Congrats to Tamera Mowry-Housely. She’s just given birth to her second child. Housely, an actress and co-host of the FOX-BET daytime talker The Real, gave birth to a daughter. She, her husband Journalist Adam Housely and her two-year old son Aden welcomed Ariah Taleah to the family.

Taye Diggs is returning to the Great White Way in the Broadway revival Hedwig & The Angry Inch. Diggs is also getting a lot of buzz for his TNT series Murder In The First. Before Diggs got into movies and TV, he made his name as Broadway’s breakout star in shows like Rent.

We remember BEEJ In The Morning. The acclaimed DJ who ruled the morning airwaves at Power 99 in the 80’s and WDAS in the 90’s passed away after a long illness. BEEJ was a Radio Announcer ahead of his time. He was innovative, daring, and knew the right balance between talk and music. BEEJ was nothing short of a radio genius. He helped to shape my early days in radio. I would do the overnight shift then stay and produce his morning show with both interview and comedy segments. He changed the game regarding Black radio and morning drive. BEEJ’s signature Dr. Feelgood by Aretha Franklin always brings a smile to my face. BEEJ was 64-years old, and he will be missed.

Frankie Beverly is returning to the Dell! After a four-year absence, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly take the stage at The Dell Music Center, 33rd and Ridge on Sunday, August 2nd for my Annual Party In The Park. The legendary Whispers are also on the bill. Get your tickets at Ticketmaster or the Dell Box Office, 33rd and Ridge.

Taraji P. Henson has signed on for the movie The Best Of Enemies. The movie is about a 1960’s working woman who joins the civil rights movement, but at the same time becomes an unlikely friend to a member of the Klu Klux Klan. Henson’s Empire Producer Danny Strong is attached to the project, which will begin filming in 2016. Henson also graces the latest issue of Allure magazine. Henson is also featured on the latest issue of W magazine. Her cover shot is a takeoff of Diana Ross’ 1980 album cover for her legendary album “Diana.” Meanwhile, Henson is set to join the cast of Empire to begin filming season 2 of the hit FOX drama.

Speaking of Empire, Comedian Chris Rock is going to be featured in the premiere. Rock plays a prisoner doing time with Terrence Howard. Rock hasn’t done a drama since 1991’s New Jack City, so this will be an interesting twist for the show and Rock, himself. Season two of Empire kicks off September 23rd on FOX.

In more Empire news, co-star Jussie Smollett will guest star on sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s new series. The drama is a period piece called the Underground. It follows a group of slaves who plot their escape to freedom using the Underground Railroad. Underground will premiere on the WGN America network in 2016.

Uncle Charlie made no Gap Band money?!!!!!! Charlie Wilson is now enjoying a career renaissance with his solo career which is treating him right, but when he was with The Gap Band, it was a different story. Wilson details all this in his new memoir I Am Charlie. The infighting, theft and drugs dominated the Wilson Brothers (Charlie, Ronnie and the late Robert). Recently, The Gap Band music publisher won a piece of the Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson hit Uptown Funk because of the sample of I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops Up Side Your Head). The surviving band members won’t benefit well because of the publishing deal they’ve got. Charlie talks about his personal battles to get clean and sober as well as surviving prostate cancer. I Am Charlie is due out June 30th.

Congratulations Mo’! 14-year old Mo’ne Davis was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. The sports phenom came to prominence when she pitched for Philly’s own Taney Dragons and lead the team to the World Series. Davis is nominated at the upcoming ESPY Awards as Best Breakthrough Athlete. The ESPY Awards air July 15th8pm on ABC.

Get ready for some additions to The Hollywood Walk Of Fame next year. New inductees for the class of 2016 include Philly’s own Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, LL Cool J, Bruno Mars and Oscar Nominee and Abington, Pa. native Bradley Cooper, just to name a few.

Wynton Marsalis will be the recipient of this year’s Marion Anderson Award. The 53-year old has built his legacy as a jazz/classical musician, composer and arts aficionado. Marsalis will be honored at a gala November 10th at the Kimmel Center on Broad & Spruce Streets. Past winners include Oprah Winfrey, Berry Gordy, Jr., Bill Cosby, Jon Bon Jovi, Maya Angelou, Sidney Poitier, and James Earl Jones. Marsalis is also a strong advocate for music education.

Singer Jaheim is back with a new song, Back In My Arms, that will be on his 7th album, which is due out in late fall.

It’s a very busy time for Actor Michael Ealy. First, he’s replaced Ryan Phillippe and signed on for the ABC drama/anthology series Secrets And Lies, which returns for a second season in 2016. Meanwhile, Ealy’s new movie The Perfect Guy with Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut opens in theatres September 11th.

 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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