12 May 2011
- Written by Myron Mays
Talk is circulating about a “Waiting to Exhale” sequel being in the works and it looks like the entire cast of the first film could actually be participating in this one, including once mega-star Whitney Houston.
Meanwhile, it’s been reported and confirmed that the 47-year-old Houston is once again undergoing rehab. People magazine reports that a representative for Houston confirms that “Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her longstanding recovery process.”
Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is making news of her own, and it’s not of the good variety. She recently was cited for underage drinking, a charge she will have to answer in court. The charge grew out of an incident apparently involving two groups of teenagers and a gun that was not fired. Despite some widely circulated reports that she was not arrested, she wasn’t. Charges were issued in connection with the gun, but no one was arrested.
All the while, there’s been hardly a peep out of Whitney’s former hubby and one-time celebrity bad boy Bobby Brown.
‘Jumping the Broom’ leaps to No. 3
It was a great weekend at the box office for T.D. Jakes and his latest film, “Jumping the Broom,” which came in at No. 3, bringing in over $15 million. The film covers a wide range of family issues but manages not to be “preachy” at all. And it cost less than $7 million to make.
In other box office news, “Fast 5” came in at No. 2, bringing in a stellar $32.4 million dollars and breaking the $100 million mark in less than two weeks. Something is telling me there will be a “Fast 6.”
No. 1? Well, that honor goes to “Thor,” which raked in $65-million plus.
Robin Quivers leaving Howard Stern?
Be on the lookout for a daytime talk show with Robin Quivers, who reportedly has decided to leave the “Howard Stern Show” after 30-plus years.
Here’s the deal: apparently since Oprah is leaving daytime television, Quivers sees an opportunity to move into that arena. As a matter of fact, she actually wants to replace her. I think she might be able to make that work.
Both the three-hour “Celebrity Apprentice” and the season finale of “The Amazing Race” took a hit in the ratings. It’s not clear if the backlash in protest of Donald Trump had any effect, but Sunday’s episode drew only 7 million total viewers. It was the lowest-rated spring telecast for the franchise, dipping 23 percent.
Did you know that Gary Coleman’s body still hasn’t been buried a year after his death? Yes, true.
There are apparently still disagreements between his estranged wife and his parents. Meanwhile, Coleman’s people have been pressing the media to talk about more positive aspects of his career such as his years on “Different Strokes,” his seven movies of the week and his work with the National Kidney Foundation.
Summer of Soul Tour
Don’t forget the Summer of Soul Tour brought to you by Fresh Ideas Entertainment! The concert featuring Eric Benet, Jonathan Butler and Maysa at the Peabody Hotel Grand Ballroom is on May 13th! Tickets are available at Suits U locations and online at tix.com. For VIP tickets or more information, call Fresh Ideas at 901-753-5573.
UP & COMING: State Rep. Antonio Parkinson’s Block Party for Peace is coming up in a few days and I will be sure give you all the details on this year’s festivities. Until then, that’s what’s happening. Go GRIZZ!