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What's the 4-1-1? Usher is coming to Philly

 HOT NEWS 20  May 25th 2023          

At the movies it’s The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey as Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. The Fast and Furious X with Vin Diesel, Jason Mamoa,. Singer Tyrese, Rappers Ludacris and Cardi B, and Hollywood Legend Rita Moreno also appearing Brie Larson and Gal Gadot. 


Usher has been added to the Lineup for the Roots Picnic. The Annual Roots picnic is scheduled for June 2-4 in Philly. Everything Kicks off Friday June 2 with Comedian Dave Chappell and the Roots. Then on Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th the performers Ms. Lauryn Hill performing the entire album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Other guests included over the next to days include Usher, The Soulquarians featuring the Isley Brothers, Roy Ayers, Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye, Kindred The Family Soul, State Property the reunion and DC Go-Go band Rare essence and the backyard band. For tickets and info go the roots picnic.com 


The Wawa Welcome America festival takes over Ben Franklin Parkway ON THE 4TH of July with Pop Star Demi Lovato and Rapper/Actor Ludacris. Ludacris recently got a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 


Tom Cruise is returning this Summer with Mission Impossible 7: Dead Reckoning. It's coming to theaters this July. 


Get ready for the Senior Edition of the Bachelor. The Golden Bachelor debuts this Fall on ABC. 

Older Gentlemen will be matched up with age-appropriate women. Instead of meeting the parents they are going to have to meet the kids. 


Coming soon...The Beyonce hair care Line. Beyonce's mom Tina Knowles was in the hair care business for years before Beyonce became a superstar. 


Singer Janelle Monae is gracing the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. She has a new music project out 'The Age of Pleasure’ her first album in five years. 


We Remember Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown. Brown was a football player who went on to have a spectacular career with the Cleveland Browns, then he went on to acting then he went on to being a social activist. 


Changes are coming to your favorite Talk Shows. Sherri Shephard is bringing in new Producers for her Season Number 2 and Jennifer Hudson is doing the same on her show for its second season. Kelly Clarkson is moving her show from Los Angeles to New York. 



The trailer was released this week for the color Purple. This is not your mama’s Color Purple. The Color Purple Movie Musical has added some new cast members Singer Ciara, Actor Lou Gossett Jr, David Allen Grier, Gospel Music Singer Tamela Mann Actor/Comedian Deon Cole and just added acclaimed Actress Anjanue Ellis. Fantasia is starring in the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg ‘Celie. Tariji P Henson, Danielle Brooks , Philly Native Coleman Domingo playing the role of Mister made famous by Actor Danny Glover. Also, in the cast Corey Hawkins Singers H.E.R. and Halle Bailey. The movie is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Steven Spielberg and is being directed by Blitz Bazawule. The movie is coming out Christmas Day .Grammy Winner Jon Batiste has also recently joined the cast. 


Get ready for Actor and Singer Billy Porter he’s coming to The Met Broad and Popular June 1st. 


Get ready for the return of the ABC Show The Wonder Years. The reboot of the popular show from the 90’s now features an all-black cast. Special guests stars for this Summers return include Patti Labelle, Wayne Brady, Titus Burguss and Donald Faison from Scrubs. 


Oscar Winner Daniel Kaluuya is lending his voice to Spiderman Across the Spider verse. Kaluuya is voicing the character Spider punk. Also featured in the animated movie Issa Rae who plays Spiderwoman and Actor Oscar Isaac is playing Spiderman 2099. The animated movie hits theaters June 2nd 2023. 



Saturday June 3rd The Lifetime Channel is presenting a new documentary on TLC. The two-hour documentary ‘TLC Forever’ will look at the groundbreaking ladies of TLC Chili, T-Boz and the late Lisa Left Eye Lopez. 


What’s next for Oscar Winners Michelle Yeoh and Ke Hu Quan. They are starring in the Disney Plus TV Show American Born Chinese. Samuel L Jacksons Character Nick Fury is coming to life on Disney Plus in Secret Invasion. Streaming starts June 21st. 


The North to Shore festival is coming to Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Saturday June 10th. The show features Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko and Queen Naja tickets are on sale now. 



Gabrielle Union is coming to Netflix with the movie The Perfect Find. The movie which starts streaming June 23rd is about a woman who falls in love with a much younger man. The movie also stars Keith Powers, Janet Hurbert, LaLa Anthony and Gina Torres, Actress Gabrielle Union is taking us along on her journey as she turns 50. The 2-part docuseries my journey to 50 debuts June 15th on BET. It’s about her Journey to 50. 

Singer Keisha Cole is bringing her life story to Lifetime June 24th . Keisha will be playing herself and Actress Debbie Morgan (Angie All my Children) will be playing her mother Frankie. 


Trippin with Anthony Anderson and Mom Doris is coming to E TV with a new reality show. It's Anthony and his mom and the show debuts June 22nd. 

Beyonce is coming to Philly! Wednesday July 12th at the Lincoln financial field. 


Jimmy Fallon of Tonight show fame has a new show on NBC. The show called ‘That’s My Jam’ and season number 3 has just been guaranteed. celebrities competing in musical and dance inspired games. The variety show will also feature Philly Natives Musician Adam Blackstone and DJ Aktive. 


Janet Jackson says she’s ready for a movie to be made about her life. It would start from her life as a child star, her TV Years, teen stardom and breaking away from her dad and taking Control of her life with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Janet Jackson is preparing another documentary about her life for Lifetime/A&E Network. ‘Family First’ will take viewers behind the scenes of her new tour ‘Together Again. Janet is celebrating her 50th Anniversary in show business and her brother Randy is producing this documentary. 


The Donna Summer Documentary Love to Love you is currently streaming on HBO. 


Singer Anthony Hamilton is coming to the MET Borad and Poplar July 29. 


The Dell Music Center is opening late this year ..because of construction..the Dell Music center is opening after August 15th. Some of the acts scheduled to come include The O’Jays, The Whispers, Gregory Porter, KeKe Wyatt, Next, Jagged Edge and CeCe Winans. 


Congratulations to the class of 2023 going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Missy Elliott, George Michael, Country great Willie Nelson, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, DJ Kool Herc the Father of Hip Hop. Chaka Khan, Don Cornelius and longtime Elton John Collaborator Bernie Taupin. Ceremonies take place in November. 


Diddy says he and Producer Jermaine Dupri are going to do a VERZUZ Competiton Sept.8th at Madison Square Garden. 



ABC’s Deborah Roberts (Good Morning America and 20/20) has a new book out   and it’s a Love Letter to Teachers. Lessons Learned and cherished is the book and it features Country Superstar Jimmie Allen, Robin Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Ray, Misty Copeland and her Husband Today Show Weather Guy Al Roker.  


Camden New Jersey Native Khris Davis is playing Boxer George Foreman in the new movie Big George Foreman. The movie is in theaters and is directed by George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food) (Barbershop). A lot of people are familiar with George Foreman because of the George Foreman Grills, but he had a boxing career from 1967 to 1997. He ended up being the oldest Heavyweight Champion in history.  


She’s expecting Baby number 2 and now she’s joining the Smurfs. Rihanna will be playing a Smurfette and providing new music for the Smurf soundtrack. 


Sunday August 6th it’s the Summer Block Party at The Mann with Jodeci, SWV and Dru hill. Tickets are on sale now. 


Bridgeton the story of Queen Charlotte has started streaming on Netflix. 



Former First lady Michelle Obama teams up with Oprah Winfrey for the Netflix special ‘The Light we carry 'based on her bestselling book. It is streaming now on Netflix. 

Can Gayle King and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley save the CNN Network. Starting this Fall, we will find out with the King Charles show. A weekly Wednesday Night Primetime show that will air at 9PM. This announcement coincides with the recent firing of CNN Morning News Anchor Dob Lemn who was let go from the Network after 17 years. 


Congratulations to Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts. He is now the highest paid player in the NFL. He is also the May/June cover guy for Essence magazine. 


Rapper Megan Thee Stallion is gracing the cover of Elle Magazine she is also one of the headliners of this year's Essence fest in New Orleans. 


Lifestyle Mavin Tabitha Brown has come out with the new line of McCormick Seasoning just in time for cookout season. Salt Free and Vegan produces all-purpose seasonings in garlic, Taco Blend. Burgers and vegetables. 

Erykah Badu is coming to Philly Sunday July 29th at the Mann 

Alicia Keys is also to town July 10th at the Wells Fargo Center. 


I am now part of the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame. My bronze plague is on Broad Street. Broad and Pine in front of The University of The Arts. 


Denzel Washington returns to the big screen this September in Equalizer 3. 


Prayers are up for Jamie Foxx. The 55-year-old Oscar Winner had to be hospitalized for a medical emergency that required surgery. His family is asking for privacy and prayers. 


The long-awaited Tupac Docuseries ‘Dear Mama is out on the FX Channel.  The 5-part docuseries directed by Allen Hughes is the story of the relationship Tupac had with his mom.                                  

CNN Films and HBO MAX are joining forces for the life story of Little Richard. Richard was the Architect of Rock and Roll. The film Little Richard I Am Everything will show the highs and lows of his career. Richard died in 2020 at the age of 87. It is available now on VIDEO ON DEMAND. 



Congrats to Queen Latifah she is the first Female Rapper added to the national recording registry. 


If you want your Superhero to be a female, then get ready for The Marvels . The Marvels features Captain Marvel, Khamali Khan and Monica Rambeau. The leading ladies are played by Brie Larson, Imani Vellani and Teyonna Parris. Samuel L Jackson is also going to be featured as Nick Fury. The Movie is in theaters Nov. 21st. Samuel L Jacksons spinoff character is also getting a series on Disney Plus. Secret Invasion starts streaming on June 21st. In other Samuel L Jackson news, he will be starring in the Netflix movie ‘The Piana Lesson’ based on the August Wilson play. Denzel Washinton is producing the Netflix adaptation. He's making this a family affair. His son Malcolm is directing. His daughter Katia is one of the Executive Producers and his son John David Washinton is joining the production fresh from his role on Broadway. The movie also stars Danielle Deadwyler (Til) Corey Hawkins (Color Purple)     


Morris Chestnut has joined the cast of the Hulu series Reasonable Doubt. Chestnut will play a defense attorney at odds with series star Emayatzy Corinealdi. 


Singer Will Downing is opening about Mental Health and Suicide on his latest project Til we Meet Again. Earlier this year Downing lost his 31-year daughter to suicide. He says he wants to message of Hope to others who may be dealing with mental illness and suicide. 


Tony Award Winner and Philly Native Leslie Odom Jr. Has teamed up with his wife Nicollette for a new Childrens book ‘’I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know. They are the parents of two young children aged 2 and 6. He is also returning to Broadway in the musical ‘Purlie Victorious” This Summer. 


Singer SZA has rescheduled her postponed Philly show for September 26th at the Wells Fargo Center. 


Basketball Star Brittney Griner is ready to tell all in a new book about her life including the tumultuous events of 202 that both reshaped her life and captured the world’s attention. Griner's arrest in Moscow, her detention, trial and imprisonment in Russia. She will describe the personal turmoil of her 10-month ordeal.  She will also discuss pay inequity, the low salaries of the WNBA Players which forces many to play sports overseas to survive. The untitled book is due out next year. 



The latest Will Packer movie ‘Praise This’ with Chloe Bailey is now streaming on the Peacock network. 

Actor Damson Idris is proving there is life after The FX Show Snowfall. Which recently ended a 7-year run. Idris is teaming up with Brad Pitt for an Apple TV Movie about Race Car Driving. 


The HULU Streaming service is preparing a new documentary about Freak Nik in the 80’s and 90’s Freak Nik was one of the wildest parties to take place involving HBCUS. Freak Nik the Wildest Story never told is being produced by Producer Jermaine Dupri and Rapper Uncle Luke. 


The new Barbie Movie with Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and Issa Rae is hitting theaters July 21st. 

Get ready for Shrek 5. Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz will be back voicing their characters Shrek and Fiona and Eddie Murphy will return as Donkey.  


 Creed 3 with Michael B Jordan and Jonathan Majors is now available on Streaming as well as the in theaters. 

Actress Sanaa Lathan is joining Season the Hit HBO Show Curb your Enthusiasm. The Show stars Larry David and JB Smoove. One of the funniest shows on TV. No word on what character Lathan would play. 



Avatar the way of Water is streaming on now on digital platforms 


Get Ready for the Kings of BBQ. Cedric The Entertainer and Anthony Anderson are teaming for the A&E to find the Best Barbeque in the country. The Kings of BBQ will be airing later this year. 



Tickets are on sale now for Lionel Richie and Earth Wind and Fire at The Wells Fargo Center August 15th. 


Bridgerton Star Rege Jean Page has been tapped to play Muhammad Ali in a new Peacock Miniseries chronicling 8 major events in the boxing greats career. 



Tamron Hall of the Tamron Hall Show is returning to Court TV for a second season of the crime show ‘Someone they Knew. The true crime series takes you from the victims to verdict. In Other Tamron Hall News her talk show has been renewed for a fifth season. 



Judge Greg Mathis is joining The Byron Allen TV Network with a new court show Judge Mathis debuts this Fall. 



The Michael Jackson movie has found their Michael. Jermaine Jackson son Jaafar Jackson will be playing his famous Uncle. The Michael Jackson movie ‘Michael' is being directed by Antoine Fugua. He recently did Emancipation with Will Smith. And the movies the Equalizer and Training Day with Denzel Washington. 


Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever is streaming on Disney PLUS. 


Diddy is working on a new reality show Diddy plus 7 with all his children including 

 the new baby. The show will be airing on HULU. 


Tyler Perrys next project for NETFLIX will be a World War 2 drama about the only black female led World War 2 battalion. This is the true story of the 855 women who were able to connect 17 million American soldiers with their families. The cast of the movie includes Kerry Washington who is also the Executive Producer of the project. Oprah Winfrey and Susan Sarandon are also part of the cast. . Production will start soon on the movie SIX TRIPLE 8. Tyler Perry is also teaming up with Singer and Actress Kelly Rowland for a new Netflix movie. 


The Godfather of Harlem with Forest Whitaker has returned for a 3rd season on the EPIX/MGMPLUS Channel.  

The man behind The Marvel Classics Spiderman, Black Panther, The Avengers, The X-MEN ,The Hulk and Fantastic four Stan Lee is going to be the subject of a new documentary that will air on Disney Plus next year. 


BMF Black Mafia Family has returned to the Starz network. This season will feature Leslie Jones, Monique, Snoop Dog and LaLa Anthony. The story is set in Detroit, the true story of Detroit brothers Demetrius and Terry Flenory who became powerful figures in a multi-state drug and money laundering organization. Black Mafia Family has already been renewed for a third season. Rapper Two Chains and Singer Neyo are joining the cast for the new season. 


Top Gun Maverick is streaming on Paramount Plus. 


Former Eagle Quarterback Michael Vick is working on a docuseries about Black Quarterbacks. 

The Wiz is coming back to Broadway in 2024. Comedienne and Writer Amber Ruffin will be giving the show an updated twist. 


Get ready for the Bob Marley story. Bob Marley died in 1981 at the age of 36 from Cancer. Marley was a pioneer of Reggae, ska and Rock Reggae. Actor Kingsley Ben Adir who played Malcolm X in the movie One Night in Miami is playing the Reggae Great. The movie is being directed by Renaldo Marcus Green who directed the movie ‘King Richard. Marley left behind a legacy of music including the classics ‘Could you be loved, One Love, Jammin, to name a few. Marley was an artist and activist. The movie is being supported by the Marley Family and it’s coming out January 12th, 2024. 


The Viola Davis movie ‘The Woman King is available on Video on Demand. 


Anita Baker is coming to Atlantic City later this year. Tickets are on sale now for her show Friday November 23rd 2023 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Babyface will be her special musical guest. Baker is also releasing new music next year. 


Get ready for Snoop Dog the Movie. A movie is in the works about the popular Rapper, who burst on the scene in 1992 with Dr Dre’s The Chronic LP. 


The Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes Netflix comedy The Upshaw's has been renewed for a third season. It is airing now on Netflix. 


Get ready for more of the Wayans Family. Damon Wayans Sr and Damon Wayan Jr. The Father and Son are teaming up for a new comedy show on CBS.                                                                                                                                                                   HBO is making a documentary about the STAX music label founded by Al Bell. The documentary will focus on the stars of the label including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T’s and The MG’s The Emotions, Isaac Hayes and the Stape Singers. 


The Life story of Sammy Davis Jr is coming to HULU. The eight-episode series will be produced by Lee Daniels. In Black and White the Life of Sammy Davis jr will feature his life from a vaudeville child star to one of the most famous African American Entertainers during the 50’s and 60’s. Actor Eiljah Kelly best known as playing Ricky Bell from the BET New Edition series is playing Sammy Davis Jr. The series will cover the moments in his life from the car crash that made him lose his eye, the controversial affairs with his white co-stars, converting to Judaism , Being a part of the famous Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. His involvement with politics from the Kennedys to Nixon. The series will also deal with his battles involving Drugs and Alcohol. 


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