Biggie Smalls - Christopher Wallace -  “The Notorious B.I.G.”

On March 9, 1997, rapper Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace was shot and killed. — AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

“Bad Boys For Life” took in over $100 million worldwide in its opening weekend, and now they’ll be a “Bad Boys IV.” The Will Smith and Martin Lawrence buddy cop movie franchise began 25 years ago. It’s been 17 years since “Bad Boys II,” but this weekend proved the men are still what’s up by taking in over $60 million in the United States alone. Producers are already in pre-production mode for the next installment and are promising it will not be another 17-year wait.

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PBS fired Tavis Smiley for inappropriate behavior at the workplace, but the journalist says PBS owes him millions because of their distribution contract. Smiley got caught up in #MeToo because it came out he had sexual relations with staff members on his show. Despite the fact that Smiley called any and all relationships consensual, PBS has a morals clause in their contracts. Will it or won’t it apply to Tavis since their contract is distribution. Remember Tavis owns his company, and supplied PBS with the show. Now because we’re in the #MeToo era, the power dynamic of a boss dating employees is already complicated, but Tavis is accused of exploiting his position to get sex, which he denies. The two parties have a date in court Feb. 10.

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Harvey Weinstein‘s trial is underway, but there’s some twists reminiscent of Bill Cosby‘s trial. The prosecution is going to call prior bad act witnesses to testify Weinstein was sexually abusive or inappropriate toward them. Also, the D.A. will call the same expert who testified at Cosby’s trial to explain why women either went back to Weinstein or continued to work with him despite allegedly being raped or assaulted. Weinstein’s defense is ready to pull out … the love letters: I Love You Harvey; I Can’t Wait To See You Again Harvey, I Love Working With You Harvey; You Got Me An Oscar Harvey. This could be very tricky.

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Oscar-winner Mo’Nique is returning to stand up after 10 years with the Showtime special “Mo’Nique And Friends: Live From Atlanta” It took a while for Mo’Nique who wanted to return to stand up earlier, but that led to her big public falling out with Netflix. The comedienne claimed she was being low-balled with a $500,000 offer while Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Amy Schumer received millions for their specials. Mo’Nique called for a boycott of the steaming service and is currently suing for discrimination. This special, “Mo’Nique And Friends: Live From Atlanta,” which the Oscar winner and her manager/husband Sidney Hicks are producing, will also feature Donnell Rawlings, Prince T-Dub, Just Nesh, Tone-X and Correy Bell. “Mo’Nique And Friends: Live From Atlanta” debuts on Showtime Friday, Feb. 7.

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“The Notorious B.I.G. and Lil’ Kim Story”? There’s another documentary coming out about the late rapper, Faith Evans and the other woman, Lil’ Kim. According to the documentary Biggie, also known as Christopher Wallace, was physically abusive to Kim like chocking her in a studio elevator and no one intervening to stop him. The doc also says Kim wanted Faith out of the way so bad that she jumped out of a car with a gun! Huh? Well that’s according to this documentary. Now today, the two ladies get along and both are out here making money with touring. On May 2nd, The Notorious BIG gets inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Sean “Puffy” Combs and Faith Evans are planning something huge for the ceremony. Will they involve Lil’ Kim? Before that it’s Grammy week, and this Saturday is the famous Clive Davis industry party before the awards. They are honoring Puffy Combs. Remember like Clive Davis did for Gamble & Huff and Philadelphia International Records when he was at CBS Records, Davis had Arista Records distribute Puffy’s label Bad Boy Records. Again, will Lil’ Kim be a part of the salute which must include with arguably that label’s all-time biggest star the late B.I.G.?!!

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Speaking of Grammy week, Alicia Keys is hosting. Performers include Uncle Charlie, a.k.a. Charlie Wilson, Lizzo, Run DMC, Aerosmith, Jonas Brothers, Ariana Grande, H.E.R., a Prince tribute featuring Shelia E., Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Morris Day. There’ll also be a tribute to Nipsey Hussle that will feature Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill and John Legend. By the way, host Keys has a new album coming out simply entitled “Alicia.” She’s also planning a world tour for the “Alicia” album, which is coming out March 20th. Keys is hosting The Grammys this Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Tyler Perry has said he’s tired of the NAACP Awards snubbing his shows. Tika Sumpter gets nominated for “The Haves And Have Nots” but that’s about it. Now back in the day, the Tyler Perry shows like, “House Of Payne,” use to beat all the competition like “Everybody Loves Chris.” These days not so much acclaim. Perry’s Netflix movie “A Fall From Grace” is currently streaming, but Perry cut the promotional tour short after the interviews went left. He’s getting asked about things like the characters’ wigs, men and women, in the movie and why he has no writers’ room and does all the scripts himself. Perry is use to the critics of his movies, but at least for now he’s holding up on the promotional tour. “A Fall From Grace” stars Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Tyler Perry and Cicely Tyson and is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Congratulations to Mariah Carey and The Isley Brothers on their latest honor. They’re being inducted into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame. The Isleys, Ron (Mr. Big) and Ernie, have been on a 60th anniversary tour. It was 1959 when The Isley Brothers released their legendary million selling hit Shout, and the hits have stretched into the millennium. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey made history with her 19th number one song when her All I Want For Christmas Is You topped the charts over the holidays. Carey now holds the record for a solo artist, and only The Beatles are a head of her with their 20 number one songs. Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (as producer/writers The Neptunes), The Eurythmics (Sweet Dreams; Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves), and legendary Motown writer/producer/executive William “Mickey Stevenson (It Takes Two; Dancing In The Street; Stubborn Kind Of Fellow; Ask The Lonely) are also getting inducted. The Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place Thursday, June 11 in New York.

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We remember one of our own Heshimu Jaramogi. Jaramogi had a career in journalism based out of the Philadelphia area that stretched over five decades. At one time he was president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and deputy regional director of the National Association Of Black Journalists. Jaramogi’s work included stints at WURD, WHYY and WPEN. He also founded his own newspaper, “The Neighborhood Leader.” Here at WDAS-FM and AM, he had quite a distinguished run including the legendary City Hall beat, news anchoring and roaming reporter side by side with fellow legends Tamlin Henry, Loraine Ballard Morrill and the late E. Steven Collins. A burial has already taken place and was private but a public memorial is this Saturday, Jan. 25 at The Arch Street Friends Meeting House at 320 Arch St. beginning at 10 a.m. Jaramogi was 67.

Our condolences go out to the family of legendary pro wrestler Rocky Johnson. While he may be best known today as the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson having trained and mentored his son in pro wrestling, the senior Johnson had his own storied career. Rocky Johnson and his partner Tony Atlas became the first African-American champions in the WWE’s (World Wrestling Entertainment) history. Johnson was initially a boxer and sparring partner of George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowls, changed his name legally to Rocky Johnson and enjoyed a near 30-year wresting career beginning in 1964. “The Rock” confirmed on his social media that his dad’s death was caused by a blood clot from the leg that traveled to his heart and resulted in a massive heart attack. Rocky Johnson was 75.

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On Power we find out who shot Ghost on Sunday, Feb. 9 on Starz! And, look for my interview on my WDASPatty Instagram page with actor Joseph Sikora who plays Tommy Egan on Power.

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