Congrats to Singer Marc Anthony. Anthony took wife number 3 this week when he married 26 year old model Shannon De Lima. She has a seven-year old son. Anthony, 46, has six children including a pair of twins with ex-wife Superstar Jennifer Lopez.
Philip Bailey, the lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, is coming to Philly. On Saturday, he is doing a book signing and talk about his new memoir Shining Star: Braving The Elements Of Earth, Wind & Fire. Speaking of The Elements Of The Universe, the legendary group just released a Christmas CD called Holiday, and the CD features classics like Joy To The World, Sleigh Ride and The Little Drummer Boy.
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.
Gabrielle Union’s BET drama Being Mary Jane returns Tuesday, February 3rd at 10pm.
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.
Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol after 13 years. Jackson was one of the original judges along with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. He started out as a judge then moved on to being a mentor for the show. Season 14 of American Idol resumes in January with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban.
Also coming in January is the FOX show Empire. The Lee Daniels hip hop music drama debuts stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe.
Stevie Wonder is getting a White House Honor. Later this month the music legend is being honored at the White House. He 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, he is not having triplets!!! The Motown legend confirmed he and his girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, just had a baby last year, and this year, she is pregnant again, but with only one child! It’s a girl, and they are naming her Nia. Stevie Wonder is 64-years old. He is still in divorce proceedings with Fashion Designer Kai Miller. The That Girl singer is in concert in Philly on this Sunday, November 16th at The Wells Fargo Center.
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.
Is there an Usher sex tape?!!!!! The Good Kisser singer was reportedly the victim of a car break in. Besides jewelry and a lap top, reportedly a sex tape with his ex-wife Tameka was among the stolen items too. Word is Usher is trying to track down the thieves before the sex tape is sold and goes public.
Nick Cannon is determined to play Comic Legend Richard Pryor. Cannon was snubbed in his effort to star in a big screen version of the legend’s life. So, Cannon is turning his attention to TV in a project with NBC. Cannon already has a great relationship with the network since he hosts their top-rated reality show America’s Got Talent. That big screen movie Cannon originally wanted is now being made with Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey at the helm, and Comedian Mike Epps starring as Pryor.
Speaking of movies produced by Oprah, one of the most anticipated movies of the new year is Selma. The movie, produced by The Mighty O 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.