This weekend, I got a chance to catch Tyler Perry's latest film, "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor." Looks like I wasn't the only one. It turned out to be a pretty big hit at the box office.
Despite coming in at number 3, it still managed to pull in about $22 million, roughly $2 million dollars more than it took to make the film. If it continues to do this well, it will be the highest grossing film he has produced or directed that he did not star in. That's good considering that his highest grossing films are usually the ones where he as Madea.
In this round, Perry didn't deviate too far from his formula. He included an unspoken message in the movie, as he always does, although it did not come off as preachy like most of his films.
By now, surely you've been privy to the many discussions, petitions and open complaining over the image of black women on reality TV. There's been an ongoing discussion about this topic ever since Omarosa Manigault stiletto-heel-clicked into Donald Trump's boardroom for "The Apprentice" in 2004. Either she, the producers or both milked the "Angry Black Woman" shtick for all it was worth.
The deafening roar of backlash against reality TV seemed to be at a fevered pitch by the time Flavor Flav, Tiffany "New York" Pollard and the rest of the casts from "Flavor of Love" (and all its spinoffs) hit the air. But no, there was more ruckus to make over the stereotypes played out by a long list of women who called themselves "wives" – whether they were married or not – and "ladies" trying to navigate hip-hop and love, but not in that order of priority. Between the bullying, bottle throwing and club brawls, it got bad. Really bad.
Born in Chicago on July 13, 1942, Harrison Ford was a late bloomer who only developed an interest in acting during his senior year of college. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as carpenter for almost a decade while struggling trying to launch his showbiz career.
He was finally discovered in 1973 while installing cabinets in the home of George Lucas. The director cast him in "American Graffiti," which in turn, led to his landing the iconic character Hans Solo in "Star Wars," and the rest, as they say, is cinematic history.
Here, the Oscar-nominated thespian (for "Witness") talks about his latest outing opposite Chad Boseman as Brooklyn Dodgers' general manager Branch Rickey in "42," a biopic about Jackie Robinson's breaking the color barrier in baseball.
With The MED Foundation Gala as the setting and The Peabody Hotel serving as the venue, an estimated 800 people were treated to a glamorous evening (March 23) accented by three legendary R&B groups – the Spinners, Ohio Players and the Commodores.
A few hours before their performances, I seized the opportunity to talk with members of each group.
Here is some of what I heard and learned:
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has gone by many names, but for now we can call him hip-hop's biggest moneymaker.
Forbes magazine has released its list of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists of 2013, and Combs is No. 1. Forbes estimates that he has a net worth of $580 million.
The industry mogul is lining his pockets mainly with deals outside of music, particularly his work with Ciroc vodka.
It took a minute to grow on me, but Fantasia's new song "Lose to Win" is actually one of my favorite songs out right now. As always with every great song, you can almost look behind the music and find a portal into the singer's heart and soul.
Now with Fantasia, you don't have to look very far. She proudly puts that portal on display for the entire world to see. Since winning "American Idol" back in 2004, we have watched her evolve into a Grammy-winning performer, but not without her share of "self-inflicted" troubles. Most of those troubles related to her boyfriend, Antwan Cook.