The Toni Braxton Story is coming to Lifetime. The cable network was roasted for its portrayal of the late Singer Aaliyah, but bounced back with their Whitney Houston bio-pic directed by Angela Bassett. Braxton has signed off on Lifetime adapting her memoir Un-Break My Heart, into a TV movie. Her story is a powerful one: feuding with her record label, divorce, motherhood, bankruptcy and her career resurgence via reality TV and touring. Production is set to being the end of this year, and Braxton will be one of the executive producers.
Lionel Richie is coming to Las Vegas. The famed Singer/Songwriter is setting up a residency in Vegas where he will perform April through May 2016 and then September through October 2016.
It’s the Bruno Mars is headlining Superbowl’s golden anniversary. Reports are flying all over the place that because of his stellar performance in 2014, the NFL wants Bruno Mars to return and celebrate Superbowl 50, which airs on CBS Sunday, February 7th from Santa Clara, California.
After a sold out stadium stand up performance in Philly, hometown Comedian Kevin Hart is coming back to the area. Tickets are on sale for his New Year’s Eve comedy show Thursday, December 31st at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Hart’s next movie is Ride Along II with Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter and Sherri Shepherd. It opens in theatres Friday, January 15th.
Patti LaBelle is coming to the Cooking Channel. Patti Labelle’s Place airs Sunday, September 27th at 8pm on The Cooking Channel.
Here are some dates from some returning TV shows. The new season of Being Mary Jane kicks of October 20th on BET. The season premiere of the FX channel’s American Horror Story kicks off October 7th.
Congrats to Emmy Winners Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), who made history as the first African American Woman to win a Best Actress Emmy in a Drama, Uzo Aduba, who won her second straight Emmy for Orange Is The New Black, and Regina King for her role in American Crimes. King is also going to be playing a doctor in the new HBO series The Leftover, which debuts October 4th.
We remember Author Jackie Collins. The famed novelist, who saw her works turned into a host of mini-series and made for TV movies, has died of breast cancer. She became a fixture on talk shows as a much sought out personality becoming more popular that her best-selling books. Collins’ big sister Actress Joan Collins, best known for her top-rated nighttime soap Dynasty, called Jackie her best friend. Jackie Collins, whose books such as Lucky, Lady Boss and Hollywood Husbands sold over 500 million copies, was 77-years old.
Vivica A. Fox is coming to Empire! Fox will play the older sister of “Cookie.” Yes! It’s another Holloway sister. Tasha Smith plays the other sibling to Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie” character. Fox will pop up in episode eight, right before the series takes a winter break. The new season will feature a lot of other celebrities including Chris Rock, Ludacris and Marisa Tomei, just to name a few.
Speaking of Empire, TV’s Lyon Family Patriarch Terrence Howard revealed a lot in a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Howard talked about her personal life: witnessing his father kill man, his recent reconciliation with his third and current wife Mira Pak. They divorced over the summer but had a baby boy in the spring. He talked about his love of math, and how Robert Downey, Jr. screwed him out of $100 million when Howard lost his role in the Iron Man movie franchise.
Actor Michael B. Jordan is the cover guy for the new issue of GQ magazine. Jordan will be starring in the new Rocky sequel Creed, which co-stars Sylvester Stallone and opens in theatres November 25th.
Taraji P. Henson is the Covergirl for the October issue of Glamour magazine.
Questlove and Black Thought of the Roots are the Coverguys for the latest edition of Ebony magazine. The October issue celebrates Black Men.
The October issue of Essence magazine is celebrating TV Titian Shonda Rhimes and her shows Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal. The writer/producer is the cover subject for Essence. Rhimes, whose shows all air on ABC’s Thursday night lineup, is splitting the cover with the cast of her shows. Look for covers from Rhimes; Viola Davis; Kerry Washington; Chandra Wilson; the cast of Grey’s Anatomy (James Pickens, Jr., Jason George, Kelly McCreary and Jerrika Hinton) and the cast of How To Get Away With Murder (Aja Naomi King, Alfred Enoch & Billy Brown). Rhimes will also sit down with her fellow TV Titan Oprah Winfrey. Rhimes will discuss motherhood and how she lost 100 lbs on November 15th‘s Super Soul Sunday on OWN.
Speaking of The Mighty O, she’s landed an interview with Jimmy Carter. Winfrey will have an exclusive with the former U.S. President on his legacy, humanitarian efforts, politics, faith and health. Carter, 90, announced earlier this year he’s fighting cancer which has spread to his brain. The Winfrey-Carter sitdown will air on September 27th on Super Soul Sunday on OWN.
It’s another wife for Usher. Usher and his longtime girlfriend Grace Miguel have eloped. The two went on their honeymoon in Cuba. He has two sons from his previous marriage to Tameka Foster, and Miguel has children from a previous relationship. Miguel is 8 years older than Usher.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o is gracing the cover of October’s Vogue magazine. The 32-year old Oscar winner has a red hot photo shoot inside and talks about her upcoming projects: a New York stage production called Eclipsed, the Disney feature Queen Of Katwe and, of course, Star Wars.
Actor Leon (The Five Heartbeats; Temptations movie) is coming to Philly. Leon is starring in the new Je’caryous Johnson Production Things Your Man Won’t Do on Friday, October 23rd at The Tower Theatre in Upper Darby. The show also stars Allen Payne, Terri Vaughn, Tony Grant and Essence Atkins.
Singer/Actress Kelly Price is splitting with her hubby. Price has been married to Jeffrey Rolle, Sr. for 23 years, but the two are reportedly headed for divorce. The couple has two adult children. Rolle is also Price’s manager, but it looks as though the Grammy-nominated singer will cut those ties as well.
An original Real Housewife Of Atlanta suffers a health crisis. 37-year old Kim Zolciak-Biermann suffered a mini-stroke leaving her partially paralyzed and temporarily unable to speak. Zolciak-Biermann, who suffered the mini-stroke after competing on Dancing With The Stars, took to social media to proclaim she’s got feeling back and was released from the hospital. As of press time, no official word from ABC on what Dancing With The Stars will do. Meanwhile, Chaka Khan was the first to be voted off, but Tamar Braxton is hanging in there and doing pretty well.