Paula Patton, Octavia Spencer, Lala Anthony and Derek Luke are set to star in Baggage Claim, a novel written by David E. Talbert about a flight attendant (Patton) determined to find a fiancée for her younger sister’s engagement party.
Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Taye Diggs and R&B artist Trey Songz are also set to star in the FoxSearchlight romantic comedy directed by Talbert, which is scheduled to start filming in Los Angeles this month.
Celebrity Apprentice All Stars
This season’s Celebrity Apprentice will have it’s first ever all-stars session which will bring back contestants from the first five seasons of the popular reality show.
Entertainment Weekly reported Dennis Rodman, Claudia Jordan, LaToya Jackson and Omarosa “don’t stand a chance.”
But rapper Lil’ Jon did a pretty good last time and could be the light at the end of the tunnel for the African-American chance at winning Celebrity Apprentice. Noticeably missing? NeNe Leakes.
Saving ‘The Soul Man’
“Dear TV Land (re: The Soul Man): We love “The Soul Man”! We are writing to you in hopes that our letter of support will encourage you to bring “The Soul Man” back to TV Land for another season. After watching the debut of “The Soul Man” in June, we have become regular viewers fans of that show and the TV Land network enjoying so much of your other programming such as “Hot in Cleveland” as well as the classic shows. It’s so refreshing to do “one-stop-shopping” at your network for quality family programming. Please hear our voices and bring “The Soul Man” back to TV Land! Thank you for your kind consideration. Sincerely, Fan Name”
BET co-founder, Sheila Johnsons announced at a conference that she is not happy with the way things have gone at the network ever since her ex husband Bob Johnson retired in 2005.
“I think we squandered a really important cable network, when it really could have been the voice of Black America. We’re losing our voice as a race as a result,” she ranted. “I’m really worried about what our young people are watching. There are so many young people who are using the television as a babysitter. We have parents who are not being parents and not monitoring what their children are watching.”
…Briefly, 16-time Grammy award winner, Beyonce is slated to perform at the halftime show of the Superbowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. The 31-year-old sang the National Anthem at the 2004 Superbowl in her hometown of Houston… Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor in a upcoming Nina Simone biopic… Finally, Morris Chestnut landed a new role on “Nurse Jackie” as a new trauma doctor, a former Army medic who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cedric The Entertainer, Tamela Mann, Among Special Guests At First Ladies High Tea
This year marked a milestone for L.A. Focus as the newspaper celebrated 15 years of the Annual First Ladies High Tea. Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, October 13, the tea attracted over 800 women—including over 50 first ladies; community figures (Larry Elder, Senator Curren Price and Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel); celebrities—(“Hollywood Exes” star Sheree Fletcher, The Bold and the Beautiful soap opera actress
Alley Mills and Simone Smith, wife of Ll Cool J); and church leaders—including Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church.
Hosted by gospel great, first lady Yolanda Adams, with special guest announcer Cedric The Entertainer, the afternoon affair honored and showed gratitude to women and first ladies who have served their communities and churches throughout the year.
The show also boasted three hours of non-stop entertainment featuring performances by accomplished vocalist Kathy Taylor Brown, acclaimed actress and Dove-award winner, Tamela Mann, gospel singer Brenda Nichols and a glamourous runway fashion show featuring The Yolanda Adams Collection.
Groundbreaking duo Mary Mary were honored with the Spirit Award, which was presented by first lady Myesha Chaney of Antioch Church of Long Beach and Pastor Michael Fisher of Greater Zion Baptist Church.
And the High Tea continued tradition with a essay-writing contest themed “Respecting Ourselves And Each Other,” sponsored by Walmart, Wells Fargo and Toyota.