Did Katt Williams get ripped off for $59 million?! The embattled comedian and actor says it was his employees who embezzled millions from his fortune. Williams made these revelations on former ESPN Anchor Jemele Hill’s podcast. Williams claims when the Department of Justice launched an investigation into his finances that’s when he discovered the malfeasance. He claims he fired the employees who in turn tried to blackmail him. Williams has been on the IRS’ radar for some time and has even reportedly been hit with tax liens going back to 2012 ranging from $280,000 to $4 million. If he ever had a fortune of $59 million, he’ll need it to resolve his string of arrests and legal problems. Good Luck Katt!

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2019 is the year of comebacks: first Tiger, then Tyra and now Philly’s own Will Smith. Smith’s latest movie, “Aladdin,” topped the holiday box office with $91 million. Smith has a long summertime movie streak where he’d top the box office, and it looks like he’s ready to start another one. Meanwhile, this will get fans ready for the fall when Smith returns to the action/sci-fi genre in “Gemini Man.” He’ll play a dual roles as an assassin looking to get out of the business until he becomes the target of a younger clone of himself. “Gemini Man” hits theaters Oct. 11.

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Dionne Warwick recently heard from the Bey-hive. After giving an interview to “Essence” Magazine, she said Beyoncé’ is no icon and doubt she ever will be. Now, remember I’ve had my run-ins with Auntie Dionne, and she read me left to right when I asked her about the Psychic Friends Network. Years later, I apologized and we made up. Soon after that, Warwick showed that same side on the “Apprentice” when she had to check her fellow contestants for nonsense. Recently, Warwick was quoted saying a proposed plan to use a Whitney Houston hologram in concerts was stupid. Meanwhile after much backlash from Beyoncé’s fans, Warwick explained her words were twisted. She says she loves Beyoncé and what she’s done, but was only saying icon status is a long road. She cited Johnny Mathis, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra as examples. Meanwhile, Auntie Dionne’s new CD, “She’s Back,” is out now.

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Wendy Williams is shopping around a TV tell-all! Is she ready to talk about Kevin Sr.’s demands for permanent spousal support, all his legal bills, child support, what about allegations of spousal abuse and the fight between Kevin Sr. and Kevin Jr.? NBC, ABC and CBS are all being approached. I see this on an OWN or Lifetime. How much will Wendy want to tell?

Kevin Hart and Alfre Woodard will team up for the movie “Fatherhood.” Hart plays a widower whose wife dies giving birth to their child, and now Hart’s character is left to raise that daughter. Woodard plays Hart’s mother-in-law.

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At the movies, “Rocketman,” which is the biopic of the life of Elton John. John says as they shopped his story around, some studios wanted to cut back on the drugs and sex to get a PG-13 rating. John insisted he didn’t live a PG13 life in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Since the audience already knows that, John insisted no need in pretending as if he left his concerts to warm milk and reading the bible all night. The 72-year-old singing and songwriting legend has plenty of Philly connections. He played keyboards for Patti LaBelle and The Bluebells in the ‘60s. He was the first white performer on Soul Train and performed his number one hits Bennie & The Jets and Philadelphia Freedom. Then he cut the million-selling “Mama Can’t Buy You Love” with producer Thom Bell at Sigma Sound and Gamble-Huff Studios here in Philly. John is in the “Guinness Book Of Worlds Records” for the biggest-selling single “Candle In The Wind.” Now “Rocketman,” starring Taron Egerton, will show us John’s life on and off stage. Rocketman is in theaters now.

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Lamar Odom had a relationship with Taraji P. Henson?!! Yes! Odom, in his new book, “Darkness To Light,” says they were in love. Odom says the Oscar-nominated actress is the most amazing black woman he ever met. Now that means something because Odom is known for regularly dating outside of his race to the point where he is criticized for it. Anywho, Odom confesses that relationship ended because he couldn’t stop cheating. The two-time NBA-L.A. Lakers champion writes he slept with over 2,000 women and paid for plenty of abortions.

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“Shaft” is back, and that includes my friend Richard Roundtree! The 1971 movie, that made Roundtree an international star after he appeared in the role on the big screen three times, was updated with Samuel L. Jackson as the original Shaft’s nephew in 2000. Now, Jackson returns as Shaft in an adventure involving his estranged son, the FBI and taking on drug dealers and money launderers. Regina Hall (“Girls Trip”), Jessie T. Usher (“Independence Day: Resurgence”), Alexandra Shipp (“X-Men” “Straight Outta Compton”), Method Man and Roundtree co-star. Netflix is co-producing as part of a worldwide-streaming deal after the film’s theater release through New Line. “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris is co-writing and Tim Story (“Ride Along,” “Fantastic Four” and “Think Like A Man” franchises) will direct. “Shaft” hits theaters June 14.

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Today, Netflix begins streaming Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us.” The Central Park Five are five then-young African Americans who were wrongly convicted in the brutal beating and rape of a white woman who was jogging in New York’s Central Park. The men spent between six and 13 years in prison until DNA and the confession of an already captured serial rapist proved their innocence. This Netflix miniseries stars Blair Underwood, Aunjanue Ellis, Niecy Nash, Kylie Bunbury, Felicity Huffman, Joshua Jackson, Suzzanne Douglas and Michael K. Williams. DuVernay directs, co-wrote and co-produced with Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro’s production companies. “When They See Us” begins streaming on Netflix today.

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Kanye West doesn’t vote! David Letterman’s Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” is back and Kanye’s up first. When Letterman asked him about his support for Trump and if West voted for Trump, West confessed I’ve never voted in my life. Even Letterman looked at him and said you have no say. This confession came after West said his support of Trump makes him unique. Tiffany Haddish, five-time Formula One Winner/British race car driver Lewis Hamilton, philanthropist Melinda Gates and Ellen DeGeneres will also be guests on the second season of Letterman’s show. Both Haddish and DeGeneres have both funny and deep interviews, including revealing their individual stories of childhood abuse. Season 2 of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” begins streaming today on Netflix.

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We remember Willie Ford of The Dramatics. Ford sang bass for the Detroit-born group and was a founding member. Singer/songwriter Michael Henderson wrote “Be My Girl” and both he and the Dramatics had separate hits with the song. Henderson called Ford one of the greatest bass singers of all time ranking him with Melvin Franklin of another classic Detroit group, The Temptations. The Dramatics shot to stardom on the legendary label Stax Records with the hits “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” “Get Up And Get Down,” “Hey You! Get Off My Mountain” and “In The Rain.” Later they signed to ABC Records and enjoyed the hits “You’re The Best Thing In My Life,” “Me & Mrs. Jones” and “Be My Girl.” Willie Ford was 68.

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Lee Daniels is shopping around “Star.” Fox canceled the music-based drama, but Daniels isn’t letting the culture be stopped. Will BET or OWN or another network pick up the show? Daniels feels there is more life to the ensemble series that’s headed up by Queen Latifah.

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Philly’s own Marc Lamont Hill is coming back to the talk show format. After being booted from CNN following a controversial speech at the United Nations, Hill is rebounding with a show called “Black Coffee.” It’s a 30-minute digital talk show produced by BET. The talk format is one Hill has done before on Huffington Post and the TV series Black Enterprise. Black Coffee with Marc Lamont Hill will air Monday, June 3 on YouTube, Facebook Watch, Twitter, BET Now App and BET.com.

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“Godzilla 2,” also known as “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters,” with O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”), Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”), Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”) and Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) hits theaters today.

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Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer enters the horror genre by teaming up with the producer of “Get Out” for the new film “Ma.” Spencer is an older loner who gives the local teens a safe place to drink and party as long as her rules are followed, including calling her “Ma.” When Ma’s rules lead to a more sinister obsession on her part, the young teens slowly fall victim. “Ma” opens in theaters today.

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Actress/singer Zendaya is on the cover of the June issue of Vogue Magazine. Her new movie “Spider-Man: Far From Home” with Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei and JB Smoove hits theaters July 2.

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