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Dec. 21, 2009

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BORIS TAPPED FOR NBC SHOW

Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe has nabbed the lead role in NBC’s upcoming J.J. Abrams’ pilot “Undercovers,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show, described as “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” meets “The Bourne Identity,” revolves around spouses Samantha and Steven (Kodjoe) Bloom, who work together as spies.

Last week, veteran Gerald McRaney became the first actor tapped for the project as the couple’s CIA boss. The role of Samantha is yet to be cast.

Best known for his starring role on the Showtime series “Soul Food,” Kodjoe will next be seen in the film “Resident Evil: Afterlife.”


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Dec. 21, 2009

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WHOSE IDEA WAS IT ANYWAY?

Wayans Brothers

Three of the Wayans Bros – Keenen, Shawn and Marlon – are being sued by their former assistant who alleges they stole his book idea and published it four years later as their own.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, Jared Edwards of Los Angeles says he showed the brothers his book “You know you’re a Golddigger…” in 2005, but they rejected it.

But in May, the Wayans got a deal with St. Martin’s Press to publish their own book: “101 Ways to Know You’re a Golddigger.”

Edwards is suing the three brothers and St. Martin’s Press for unspecified damages, according to the Associated Press.


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Dec. 21, 2009

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SINBAD MAY NEED YOUR HELP

Sinbad

Wow, is Sinbad in really deep doo-doo with the IRS.

According to the Detroit News, the Michigan native, owes more than $8.15 million in delinquent federal taxes and the U.S. Attorney General’s office wants his house sold to help satisfy the debt, according to federal court records.

On Dec. 10, an assistant U.S. attorney asked a federal judge to foreclose on several tax liens and determine whether the 53-year-old comedian is the true owner of a $1.5 million home in Hidden Hills, Calif.

Sinbad, whose real name is Sinbad Adkins, rose to fame on “Star Search” in the 1980s before starring in a string of movies like “Houseguest” and TV shows, really owns the property, the government claims.

On Dec. 11, the day after the government filed the case, Sinbad filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California, listing between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities and less than $50,000 in assets. That might cause a slight hiccup for the IRS in pursuit of a settlement.

The IRS claims Sinbad filed federal income tax returns for years 1998 through 2006 but failed to pay the reported taxes.

Here’s a breakdown of his IRS debt:

* 1998: $2,358,563
* 1999: $1,136,002
* 2000: $1,170,451
* 2001: $953,758
* 2002: $626,045
* 2003: $542,942
* 2004: $612,367
* 2005: $157,934
* 2006: $599,663


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Dec. 14, 2009

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PRESIDENT OBAMA REFLECTS ON FIRST YEAR

President and Oprah

If you were watching ABC’s “Oprah’s Christmas at the White House” special Sunday night, you saw the Prez matter-of-factly answer Oprah when she asked Obama what grade he would give himself for his first year in office.

“A good solid B-plus,” the President answered, and went on to explain how he arrived at the mark:

“I think we have inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We stabilized the economy … We are on our way out of Iraq. I think we’ve got the best possible plan for Afghanistan. We have reset our image around the world.”

“And” Obama concluded, “I think that we’re going to pass the most significant piece of social legislation since social security, and that’s health insurance for every America.”

OK, so why only B-plus, Oprah quizzed?

“B-plus because of the things that are undone. Health care is not yet signed,” the president smiled and said. “If I get health care passed we tip into A minus.”


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Dec. 14, 2009

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BLACK PRINCESS LEADS BOX OFFICE

Princess and the Frog

Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and Sandra Bullock were forced to bow down this weekend for Disney’s first African American princess.

“The Princess and the Frog” which expanded nationwide Friday, earned $25 million to take over the top box office spot from Bullock’s “The Blind Side,” which slipped to No. 2 with 15.5 million.

Clint Eastwood’s Nelson Mandela drama “Invictus,” starring Freeman and Damon, emerged from the scrum in third place with $9.1 million.

“Frog,” the Disney animated musical, stars Anika Noni Rose as the voice of a young woman in 1920s New Orleans who’s turned into a frog by a kiss from an amphibian.

Chicago’s CBS2 News interviewed a number of young black girls – some dressed in tiaras – as they lined up to view the first African-American princess make her Disney debut


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Dec. 14, 2009

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HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG BLACK MEN

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Dec. 9, 2009

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REPORTS SAY OJ WAS ATTACKED

OJ Simpson

Officials at Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center are denying reports that its star inmate, O.J. Simpson, was the victim of an old-fashioned jailhouse beatdown.

Simpson, serving a 33-year sentence for masterminding a 2007 memorabilia heist, was rumored to have been hospitalized after being attacked in a racially-motivated brawl.

But the assault and Simpson’s supposed hospitalization are news to Lovelock prison authorities, who insist the retired NFL star is still incarcerated without incident, reports local news station KPIX-TV.


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Dec. 9, 2009

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GUMBEL REVEALS CANCER ISSUES

Bryant Gumbel

Bryant Gumbel revealed Tuesday that he has undergone surgery and treatment for lung cancer.

The 61-year-old host of HBO’s “Real Sports” revealed his condition to a surprised Kelly Ripa while subbing for Regis Philbin Tuesday on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” [Scroll down to watch clip.]

“They opened up my chest, they took a malignant tumor and they took part of my lung and some other goodies,” said Gumbel, adding that “the pathology on most of the stuff came back benign, but enough aggressive cells escaped the tumor that it warranted some treatment.”

Gumbel said he had preferred to keep his condition private and only told Ripa backstage to explain why he couldn’t dance with her during a segment on the show. He said he’s meeting with his surgeon and oncologist next week and hopes to be cleared soon so that he can play golf.

The tumor was not in Gumbel’s lung, but next to it, said Sean Cassidy, a friend of Gumbel’s and president of DKC, a New York public relations firm. Gumbel is not a smoker, he said.

Gumbel said he and his wife, Hilary Quinlan, had wanted to keep the news private. He said he had even kept his staff at the HBO sports newsmagazine “Real Sports” in the dark. HBO said Gumbel didn’t miss an episode, taping shows on both Sept. 15 and Oct. 27.

“We hope,” he said. “We HOPE, it’s over.”


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Dec. 9, 2009

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BEBE IS CLEARED OF CHARGES

Bebe Winans

Reps for BeBe Winans said in a statement Tuesday that the gospel star “has been exonerated of all charges of allegations that he assaulted his ex-wife Debra Winans.”

His publicists at W&W Public Relations, Inc. stated: “Judge Gloria Dumas of the General Sessions Court for Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County signed an order on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, dismissing all charges with prejudice. With this order, this domestic matter is over and cannot be reopened.”

Winans is quoted as saying: “This has been a trying year, beginning with the death of my father. Even though this allegation has affected not just me, but also the entire Winans family, my children and certain aspects of my career, I chose to stay quiet because I knew the truth. To be exonerated of all charges shows the power of trusting in God, and is a wonderful Christmas gift for me and my children.”

Winans, a judge on BET’s “Sunday Best,” was jailed briefly in Tennessee last spring after his ex-wife accused him in an affidavit of pushing her to the ground during an argument over custody of their two children.

Last month, BeBe’s good friend Oprah Winfrey removed him from her show’s “karaoke challenge” until charges against him could be resolved.

In Tuesday’s statement, his reps said the allegations had “stirred up a fire inside Winans to begin a persistent effort to fight for the father or the man who may be going through the same struggle.”

Winans said: “This situation has made me a changed man. But it has also helped me see that there needs to be legislation that protects the rights of fathers when it comes to the custody of their children. All men are not deadbeat dads, all men are not abusing women. And it’s unfortunate that the legal system and society assume the worst before they hear the truth. My children are my first priority and I want and need to become the voice for the men around the world who are doing the RIGHT thing!”


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Dec. 3, 2009

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STEVIE MOVED TO TEARS

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder had to pull himself together after nearly breaking down in tears during a performance of a Michael Jackson song at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert.

With John Legend seated next to him on another keyboard, Wonder was singing his late friend’s song “The Way You Make Me Feel” when he suddenly choked up, hunched over and held his hands to his face as the music continued playing.

Stevie eventually got himself together and finished the song — and ultimately received a hug from John Legend and a huge ovation from the crowd.

The concert, which also featured Aretha Franklin, U2, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, aired on HBO over the weekend.


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