Oscar Nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are set to light up the TV screens in their FOX series Empire. Lee Daniels is producing and directing this edgy hip hop drama, which co-stars Gabourey Sidibe and Malik Yoba, debuts January 7th.
Congratulations to Writer/Producer/Director/Mogul Tyler Perry. He, 45, and girlfriend, Ethiopian born Supermodel Gelila Bekele, 28, welcomed a baby boy. This is the first child for both. Meanwhile, right on time for the holidays, it’s A Madea Christmas and Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned. Both are both available now on Blu Ray and DVD. Plus, Perry has a different way to bring us Madea in 2015. Madea’s Tough Love comes out on HD January 13th and VOD January 20th. So, what’s the twist? It’s animation. That’s right! Tyler Perry will kick off 2015 with Madea’s first animated feature.
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 as well. 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 set him for life.
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 reins 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.
Ebony Magazine is celebrating 2014 with a yearend 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.
Toni Braxton is suing her ex-husband Keri Lewis of Mint Condition. Braxton and Lewis were married for 12 years and divorced last year. They have two children. Lewis has failed to pay Braxton $2,000 a month in child support. He currently owes her thousands of dollars in back support.
Chris Rock returns to the big screen in the movie Top Five, opening in theatres December 12th. The movie, written and directed by Rock, also stars Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, JB Smoove, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan and Cedric The Entertainer. Plus, there are cameos by your Hollywood favorites lead by Actress Leslie Jones, she’s as funny hear as she is on SNL. The other actors are Sherri Shepherd, Adam Sandler and Romany Malaco, The movie is about a famous comedian (Rock) who loses his way but is looking to recapture his life and career. In a recent interview, Rock says his character “Andre Allen” is a mixture of Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle.
Thursday, January 29th is a big day for ABC. Their TGIT schedule, a.k.a. Shondaland Night, returns from the mid-winter break with new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Yes! Shonda night returns on Thursday, January 29th!
Singer Anthony Hamilton is releasing his first ever holiday CD called Home For The Holidays.