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WEEK ENDING: November 21st, 2014

The unraveling of Bill Cosby. How could a career that was so great go so bad? In recent weeks, at least three women have come forward making allegations of sexual assault against the legendary comedian. The most recent was Supermodel Janice Dickinson, who was a at the height of her modeling career in the 70’s and 80’s, but is best known today from her stint as a judge on America's Next Top Model. Dickinson says she was drugged and raped by Cosby in 1982. Cosby's lawyers call Dickinson's claims a lie, but she says Cosby and his lawyers pressured her publisher from revealing this earlier in her recent autobiography. Dickinson joins a growing number of women, at least 16 by press time, who have made the same allegations against the comedian. Netflix was releasing a new stand up comedy special, “Cosby 77,” but they have since dropped plans for that. There was a development deal for a new show on NBC, but the network says plans for a new show were cancelled. That's huge because NBC was looking for the biggest star in its history to once again rescue the network from their last place position. TV Land has pulled The Cosby Show from its schedule. Finally, Raven Symone, his former Cosby Show co-star, had to take to social media to deny rumors that Cosby harrassed her while they worked on the show. Bill Cosby has to be one of the most beloved figures in TV history, and now his career looks to be ending in a disastrous way. Cosby, 77, has been silent, and he and his wife of 50 years, Camille, have refused to answer or respond to these allegations. Sounds like somebody needs Oprah or Iyanla. Will Cosby ever speak on this, or will he go away quietly? So sad to see his career end on this note, but crimes against women cannot be tolerated or excused.

Will Comedian/Actor Tracy Morgan ever be the same? Morgan was in a limo accident that almost killed him in June. He suffered a broken leg, nose, ribs, and severe brain injuries. The crash which involved a Walmart truck killed his manager and injured three other people. The driver of the Walmart truck was charged in the accident for wreck-less driving. Sources say he had been working and driving the truck for over 24 hours straight. Morgan is suing Walmart, but Walmart has charged that Morgan contributed to the accident because he and the other passengers were not wearing seat belts.

Singer Jimmy Ruffin has died. The Motown singer was signed to the label at it's height when most of the artists on the label were able to get big hits. Ruffin wasn't the company's most successful artist, but he gave the label enduring hits. Ruffin's songs include I've Passed This Way Before, Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got, Farewell Is A Lonely Sound and, of course, What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted. Ruffin was also the brother of the late Temptations lead singer David Ruffin. Motown had the two release a duet album called I Am My Brother's Keeper. Jimmy Ruffin was 78-years old.

Singer Anthony Hamilton is releasing his first ever holiday CD called Home For The Holidays.

The BET Network is cancelling their signature video show 106 & Park. The latest installment starred Rapper Bow Wow. Back in it is heyday, the show featured top name celebrity hosts and personalities such as Terrence J, Rocsi, A.J. Calloway and Free. After a 14-year run, 106 & Park is going digital in after they air their last daily show on BET December 19th.

Teen Sensation Mo’Ne Davis is ready to tell her life story. At 13, she is releasing her autobiography Mo’Ne Davis: Remember My Name. Davis was the first female pitcher to compete in a Little League World Series.

Actress/Comedienne Kathy Griffin will be replacing the late Joan Rivers on the E! television show Fashion Police. The show will no longer air weekly, but as an event show during awards shows and specials. Reality star NeNe Leakes was in the running for the job, but she fell out of favor with the producers. Leakes is also having problems with the produces at Bravo, who are not happy with her on the new season Real Housewives Of Atlanta. They feel she is just phoning in her appearances despite being paid millions.

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. Also included in the issue are Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan and Terry Crews.

Dave Chappelle is ready to reclaim his place in the spotlight. He has been planning a comeback, and he is featured as one of GQ magazine's Men Of The Year. Chappelle is planning big things for next year. The comedian is best known for his groundbreaking work on Comedy Central's Chappelle Show. It was a big hit. At its height Chappelle walked away from a contract that would have had him set for life.

Singer Faith Evans is releasing a new album of duets with her late husband, Rapper Notorious B.I.G. It’s been 20 years since Biggie's death, and now Faith wants to rejoin their voices for a new project. The King & I is due out next year, but first Faith will be in Philly for the WDAS Holiday Jam. Tickets are on sale now. WDAS Radio is partnering with Soul Train for a great night of music, and along with Faith, there's Jill Scott, Kem, Joe and Ledisi. Plus, Philly's own Questlove, from The Roots and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, will serve as our Special Guest DJ. It all takes place on Black Friday, November 28th at the Liacouras Center, Broad and Montgomery.

The Boss is coming to The Voice. Yes! Diana Ross, the Diva of all Divas, will be appearing on the show. Miss Ross is scheduled to appear on the NBC singing reality show the week of November 24th as a mentor.

Stevie Wonder is getting a White House Honor. Later this month, the Oscar-winning musician is getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony hosted by President Obama. Wonder is going to be honored along with Journalist Tom Brokaw, Oscar Winner Meryl Streep and Stephen Sondheim. In other Stevie Wonder news, the 64-year old Motown legend confirmed he and his girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, who just had a baby last year, is pregnant again, but with only one child! It's a girl, and they are naming her Nia.

Singer Al Green is getting a new honor. He is being honored as part of The 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. Comedian Stephen Colbert, who'll take the reigns from David Letterman on The Late Show in 2015, is hosting. The show will air December 30th on CBS. Oscar Winner Tom Hanks, Singer Sting and Comedienne Lily Tomlin will also be honored.

Mama Pope Is Back!!!! Actress Khandi Alexander is returning to Scandal in an explosive mid-season cliffhanger. The show takes a break during the holidays and returns in the winter of 2015.

The American Music Awards have nominations for John Legend, Sam Smith and Beyonce. This year, some of the nominations have up to ten slots to cover more artists. The awards are voted on by the fans, so who will be the big winner? The AMA’s air This Sunday, November 23rd at 8pm on ABC. Mary J. Blige will be performing.

The Adventures of Woody & Buzz continues when the new Toy Story 4 hits theatres in 2017.

Ebony Magazine is celebrating 2014 with a year end issue celebrating with their Power 100 list. Those on the lists include Oprah Winfrey, Roland Martin and Kevin Frazier, the new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight.

The Best Of Whitney Houston is a new Live DVD/CD set now available. Houston died two years ago, and the DVD/CD honors her musical legacy. Music Legend Clive Davis, who guided Houston through her biggest career success, supervised the music selection by picking Houston's performances at the peak of her career.

One of the most anticipated movies of the new year is Selma. The movie, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere), focuses on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1965 Selma Alabama March that he led. The movie stars David Oyelowo as Dr. King. Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. The movie also features Cuba Gooding, Jr., Wendell Pierce, Tessa Thompson (Dear White People), Singer Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson and Oprah Winfrey. The movie opens in limited release Christmas Day in New York and Los Angeles, and then it opens nationwide January 9th. The trailer is powerful, and you can check it out on our website WDASFM.com. There is also early Oscar buzz on the movie. DuVernay could make history as the first African American woman nominated as Best Director for her work on Selma.

Rapper Biz Markie is sporting a new look after losing 140 pounds. Markie is best known for the hip hop classics Vapors, Pickin' Boogers and Just A Friend. Markie lost the weight when he discovered he was diabetic, and now he is on a campaign educating people about diabetes.

Remember the 70’s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man with Lee Majors? Well a reboot is in the works with Actor Mark Wahlberg slated for the role of bionic astronaut “Steve Austin.”

LL Cool J will be hosting a Very Merry Christmas Special on CBS Friday December 5th. Mary J. Blige and Pharrell are scheduled to perform.

Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp is also coming to Philly. Monday, December 1st he’s in concert at the New Covenant Church, 7500 Germantown Avenue. It’s a concert sponsored by Bebashi, the full service HIV/AIDS organization with special interest in serving low-income people of color with HIV. I will be your host for the event.

Alicia Keys and her hubby Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child any day now on the heels of her new children's book. It’s a book about the singer's relationship with her grandmother. The children's book, entitled Blue Moon: From the Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee, is out now.

Donald Trump has announced the line up for the new season of Celebrity Apprentice which includes Actress Vivica A. Fox, former Football Star Terrell Owens, Journalist Geraldo Riviera, Cosby Kid Keisha Knight Pulliam and Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Kenya Moore. Celebrity Apprentice returns to NBC on Sunday, January 4th at 9pm.

Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx and Oscar Nominee Quvenzhane Wallis grace the cover of the December issue of Essence magazine. The two are co-starring in the newest big screen version of the movie musical Annie. The original film came out in 1982, and was a Broadway sensation before that. Jay-Z and Will Smith are producing this version, which also stars Cameron Diaz. Annie opens in theatres December 19th.

At the movies, it's Beyond The Lights. The movie stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Undercovers; Belle), Nate Parker (The Great Debaters; Red Tails) and Minnie Driver. The movie shows the life a female superstar and the ugly side of fame. It's from Writer/Director Gina Prince Bythewood, who brought us Love & Basketball.

Johnny Gill is enlisting New Edition and Bobby Brown for his latest album marking the first time in 10 years they've recorded together. They all have been touring together but not recording. Gill's latest album, The Game Changer, comes out December 9th. Babyface is also helping out with the project.

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