Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Now, I’m not one for I told you so’s, except when it comes to Stevie Wonder. The 69–year-old Motown legend took to the concert stage and confirmed that his doctors have located a matching kidney for transplant surgery later this summer. Wonder is on dialysis because he hadn’t been taking care of his health as he needed to in the past. He was calm, cool and collected when he told his audience the latest. As many of you know, I broke this story on my WDASFM.com PattyTV page, and do you know the internet trolls, including the professionals, tried to come for your Auntie Of Pop Culture. Well of course we’re all thinking about Wonder now and how we wish him nothing but the best in his health. He has every intention of hitting the road again after he recovers from surgery. The Oscar- and Grammy-winner has an entourage of family, friends and other that depend on him to keep the magic of Stevie rolling, but beside that he’s our treasure. We love you Stevie!!!

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Are the Wendy Williams’ romances a publicity stunt? We thought she was out here living her best life. Her latest picture the cute guy she was with is her lab technician. Mr. Lab Technician has a girlfriend who let it be known these pictures were staged. Williams has been seen with range of men from a 20-something fresh out of high school to a doctorate-holding 50-some-year-old. Now, Williams TV show ratings have been down, but you know we don’t want her to get caught up in fake publicity stunts because they always backfire. The Queen Of All Media announced her divorce from her husband Kevin Hunter after a barrage of accusation against him surfaced in the media including affairs to second homes with a mistress to a sidejawn baby. It’s been a rough 2019.

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And, speaking of Wendy Williams’ estranged husband Kevin Hunter, he stood up in court for the couple’s son and the case against Jr. has been dismissed. Kevin Hunter Jr. was charged with assault after brawl in a New Jersey parking lot with Kevin Hunter Sr.

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Steve Harvey is not letting the end of his talk show mean the end of new projects. The WDAS morning man recently took his wife Marjorie on a reported multimillion-dollar cruise to the Mediterranean with 20 pieces of luggage in tow. Wow! This is why Harvey keeps working. While his daytime talk show will be ending, “Family Feud” continues and so does Celebrity Family Feud on ABC Sundays at 8p. And now, he’s the Publisher’s Clearing House pitchman. Harvey follows in the footsteps of Wayne Brady, the late Dick Clark and, of course, Ed McMahon, who was the signature pitchman. Well Steve and Marjorie can continue those cruises as long as the work keeps on rolling in.

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The horror movie franchise “Saw” is getting a reboot from Chris Rock. Yes, comedian Chris Rock! “Saw” is about the zigzag killer and Rock will play a police detective. Samuel L. Jackson will play his dad. Look for a lot of cussin’ in the movie. The “Saw” reboot is scheduled for an Oct. 23, 2020 release.

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“How To Get Away With Murder” (HTGAWM) will end its run with the upcoming sixth season on ABC. The Thursday night Shonda Rhimes drama, set in Philadelphia, was a popular piece of ABC’s Thank God It’s Thursday (TGIT) lineup and stars Oscar-winner Viola Davis. Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama for “How To Get Away With Murder.” Davis also won People’s Choice and NAACP Awards for her portrayal of Annalise Keating. Producers promise to wrap up the many twists and turns in the journey of Davis’ character. The final 15 episode season of “How To Get Away With Murder” will premiere Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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“My Nephew” Kevin Hart turned 40 over the holiday weekend but the paparazzi caught him maybe having too good a time. The published reports claimed there was a tipsy Kevin Hart. What was the money shot? It was his wife Eniko carrying the comedian/actor out of his party on her back. That’s right … on her back! Eniko is ride or die. I wish “My Nephew” the happiest of birthdays and let’s keep that party at home!

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We remember comedian/actor Arte Johnson. Johnson appeared in a number of classic television shows like “Bewitched,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “McHale’s Navy” all the way up to “Murder, She Wrote” and “General Hospital.” Johnson is best remembered as an Emmy winning series regular on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” the sometimes controversial comedy variety show that topped the ratings two years in a row starting in 1968 on NBC. Johnson’s characters included the World War II soldier who’s heavily accented “very interesting” was a huge catchphrase along with the dirty old man, Tyrone F. Horneigh, who Ruth Buzzi’s character would beat down with her purse after he said something obscene. Johnson battled prostate and bladder cancer and died at 90.

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Actor Rip Torn has died. His time on stage and screen stretches back to the 1950’s. Torn played Judas in the 1961 epic film of the life of Jesus in “King Of Kings.” Torn is perhaps best remembered for his role in the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones “Men In Black” franchise as Agency Boss Zed, and, for his Emmy-winning role as Artie, the producer in comedian Garry Shandling’s talk show spoof “The Larry Sanders Show.” Torn was 88.

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If you’re wondering why you didn’t see James Earl Jones in the cast picture of Disney’s “The Lion King” reboot, don’t worry he’s good. Donald Glover and Beyonce’ Knowles-Carter head up the all-star cast that includes Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. Jones, 88, is based out of the East Coast and the cast photos were done on the west coast. Scheduling didn’t allow for him to make it. Jones’ infamous baritone voice be alongside Alfre Woodard, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre, Seth Rogan and Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave;” “Inside Man;” “Amistad”) as Scar. “The Lion King” opens widely in theaters July 18.

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Mariah Carey is on the cover of “Cosmopolitan” magazine. She talked about her love life and says she’s only been with five men. Mariah, we love you but our count of men that we know about (and aren’t supposed to know about... SMILE) adds up to more than five. Anywho, the 49-year-old songstress looks fabulous.

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Idris Elba is on the cover of “Vanity Fair” and talks about his journey from England to Hollywood. The newlywed Elba has new movie, Hobbs & Shaw, and it’s the first spinoff from “The Fast & The Furious” movie franchise. Elba is the high-powered villain co-stars Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Jason Statham take on. “Hobbs & Shaw” hits theaters Friday, Aug. 2.

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Actress/singer Janelle Monae is on the cover of “InStyle” magazine. The actress/singer gets candid about not waking up fearless in the morning but her active steps to stay that way to make it through her journey.

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Serena Williams is on a dual cover of “Harper’s Bazaar” and let’s just say it’s a great show coming and going. The edition, “Serena Unretouched” has the In Her Own Words cover with stylish gold dress. Then there’s the “Naked Truth” cover where she shows her athletic “assets.” Williams speaks on her new outlook after going to therapy to deal with her competitive issues. At press time, she’s still in contention at this year’s Wimbledon.

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