Tiffany Haddish and Common but where’s Angela Rye? When we checked last, Common spoke about dealing with many issues from his youth with therapy, which helped him reunite with Angela Rye. The two community activists had been seeing each other, broke up and then got back together. They even got an assist from forever first lady Michelle Obama, but it didn’t take. The WOKE-ness didn’t make it. But, now here comes Haddish! Rye recently turned 40 and had a birthday party. But there was no Common in sight. Haddish also just turned 40 and there was Common at her birthday party. They even went viral with the legendary Harry Belafonte in an Instagram post. Tiffany and Common … They’ve been postin’. Now we all know Common ain’t been right since Erykah Badu, but now it looks like it’s Tiffany time for the Oscar-winning rapper/actor/activist.
Kevin Hart says he’s 65% to 75% recovered from that September car crash which required intense back surgery. My nephew was on Ellen DeGeneres show the week talking about reuniting with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for Jumanji: The Next Level, the sequel to their record-breaking 2017 film which took in over $962 million worldwide. The car accident, in which Hart’s car was driven by his friend Jared Black, who lost control and crashed, saw the Philly native hospitalized and put in rehab. That was followed by three months at home to continue recovering. Hart says he feels like God sat him down, and now he appreciates life more. Hart had to learn how to stretch, dress himself and felt a huge victory when he could finally put on his own socks. He credits his wife and children for seeing him through this ongoing recovery period. Fast forward to this week, The Rock drove Hart to their Jumanji premiere in a dune buggy through Hollywood … incident free. Jumanji: The Next Level, co-starring Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan, Awkwafina and newcomers Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, is in theaters now.
After 35 years, Eddie Murphy returns to host Saturday Night Live with Musical Guest Lizzo. Murphy was one of the most popular SNL cast members of all time when he was a regular from 1980 to 1984. Although he made a brief appearance on SNL’s 40th anniversary in 2015, Murphy last performed on the show when he hosted the 1984 Christmas show. Murphy will host the 2019 SNL Christmas show Dec. 21 on NBC.
There are big happenings in several #Metoo cases:
First, Cuba Gooding Jr. has now seen eight more women come out and accuse him of sexual misconduct. This brings the total to 22 women accusing the Oscar winner of sexual misconduct. In October, Gooding pleaded not guilty to charges of forcible touching and sex abuse involving three accusers from 2018 and 2019. So what about these other accusers? Some of those allegations go back as far as 2003 and include nonconsensual licking, kissing, groping and grabbing. Some accusations also include threats to the accusers’ professional careers by Gooding. The prosecutors in Gooding’s New York criminal case want at least seven witnesses and 12 accusers to testify at trial to show a pattern. Gooding’s defense team says whenever a celebrity is publicly charged by a prosecutor false accusations are a result. Lawyers for the actor deny all charges of wrongdoing. Now unfortunately, I’ve called out Cuba’s drinking problem which seems to have led to these problems. It’s certainly possible that people are allowing Gooding to be the life of the party on purpose. Then watch the mix of alcohol and partying set him up. On top of imprisonment, this could be a career killer, so Gooding has a lot of work to do to defend himself.
Harvey Weinstein just got his bail upped to $5 million. Why did the judge raise it from the original $1 million? Prosecutors claim the much accused 67-year-old former Hollywood executive has been tampering with his ankle monitor by leaving an important piece of it at home on purpose so he can go hours without being detected. Weinstein’s lawyers denied this and say technical glitches caused these problems. The judge warned any other such problems and Weinstein’s bail will be revoked all together and he’ll be remanded into custody. Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on another woman in 2006. There have been many accusers who have since come forward that prosecutors want to testify, much like in Cuba Gooding’s case, to show a pattern. Weinstein’s defense told the judge he’s having back surgery and looks forward to appearing for the next court date in the new year. Weinstein was last seen using a walker to get back and forth for this week’s court appearance. Meanwhile, at press time, Weinstein has reportedly reached a tentative $25 million civil settlement with many of his accusers. The thinking is because of all the legal action the ex-film executive is facing, this may be the best deal before money is claimed for other obligations like bankruptcy. Weinstein high profile accusers like Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow are reportedly not a part of this settlement that would be shared by 30 actresses and ex-Weinstein employees.
WDAS Morning Man Steve Harvey has a new show that he’s filming at The Tyler Perry Studios. Harvey keeps a job, and keeps all his options open. He’s got a new show coming to Facebook Watch. That’s the original programming run on Facebook including Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Red Table Talk. Now Harvey’s new show will be a reboot of his daytime talk show. Viewers will get the Steve Harvey take on everyday issues affecting his audience. Harvey will debut on Facebook Watch on Monday, Jan. 6.
Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning is coming to Lifetime for three nights. You’re saying well what’s left to talk about? Lifetime has found more alleged victims. These new R. Kelly accusers will be featured along with psychologists and industry insiders to continue exploring the alleged world of R. Kelly. Is this a pile on, or is there new information here? One note, Drea Kelly, the ex-wife of R Kelly and mother of his children, will not be participating. Drea let it be known that she feels exploited and that Lifetime isn’t giving the victims who appeared in the first docuseries any support. Drea claims she received a lot of backlash for appearing in the first Surviving R. Kelly, and as a result she requested Lifetime not contact her family or children. Drea says that request was ignored by Lifetime. Drea is also upset with appearing in the trailer for the new series as well because she isn’t participating in Part 2. R Kelly Accuser Lisa Van Allen, who also appears in the trailer for the new docuseries, also reportedly has said she wants nothing to do with Part 2, and isn’t please with how Lifetime handled everything. Surviving R Kelly Part II: The Reckoning begins Thursday, Jan. 2 at 9pm on Lifetime.
In more documentary news, there a new one being produced about an accuser of Russell Simmons, and Oprah Winfrey is one of the executive producers. Simmons is one of Hip Hop’s pioneering entrepreneurs, executives and he’s co-founder of Def Jam, but he’s come under fire over the past two years after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape, surfaced from at least 18 accusers. As a result, Simmons denied all wrongdoing but stepped down from his positions with his companies. He’s also reportedly splitting his time in and out of the country as the allegations have been investigated by law enforcement in at least two states. Now comes word that a documentary on former Def Jam Executive Drew Dixon is airing on Apple TV and Winfrey is an executive producer. Winfrey has a deal with Apple TV and is already producing The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. At press time, the documentary on Dre Dixon has yet to be titled, but is noted as a deep look at race, gender and class along with the aftermath of assaults through Dixon’s personal experience. That’s where the documentary reportedly will get into the Dixon’s accusations against Simmons. Dixon has already accused Simmons of a series of sexual harassment incidents in and out of the workplace and rape. Winfrey has already come under fire for her participation in the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland. Winfrey has said she knew there would be heat for the Jackson documentary, but The Mighty O already declared Time’s Up for harassers and abusers.
Bad Boys For Life is the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunion as they reprise their roles as Detectives Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. The two best friends and partners are ready to retire when a Romanian mobster begins exacting revenge to settle an old score. Bad Boys For Life is supposed to be the final installment in the trilogy that saw films in 1995 and 2003, but time will tell. Theresa Randle and Joe Pantoliano return to the series and are joined by Vanessa Hudgens and DJ Khaled. Bad Boys For Life opens Friday, Jan. 17.
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