June 21, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Arsenio Hall is returning to TV’s late-night scene, where he flourished with a talk show two decades ago.

CBS Television Distribution says it is developing a syndicated nightly talk show with the 57-year-old actor and comedian. The company said Monday that the show is set to premiere in fall 2013.

Hall is best known for hosting the Emmy Award-winning “Arsenio Hall Show,” which ran from 1989 to 1994. That show’s place in pop-culture history was clinched in 1992 when then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared and played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone.

Hall was featured in the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming to America” and was a regular on the CBS series "Martial Law" in the late 1990s.

Recently, he won the latest edition of NBC’s “Celebrity Appren­tice.”

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June 21, 2012

Associated Press

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Yvette Wilson, a comic who was featured on the 1990s sitcom "Moesha" and its spinoff, "The Parkers," has died.

 

Her manager, Holly Carter, says Wilson died of cervical cancer on Thursday. Wilson was 48 and lived in Hollywood, where Carter said she had managed a music label and worked in real estate in recent years.

 

Wilson portrayed Andell Wilkerson, owner of the popular hangout The Den on "Moesha." The UPN sitcom starred the singer Brandy.

 

Wilson was a standup comic and was featured on "In Living Color." She also appeared in the movies "Poetic Justice" and "House Party III."

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June 21, 2012

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper

 

Megastar rapper Drake is denying reports that he engaged in a nightclub scuffle with Chris Brown over Rihanna, but both performers have met with police to discuss the incident.

According to the Associated Press, representatives for Drake said that  June 14 he was leaving W.i.P., a New York nightclub, when a brawl broke out between Brown and other revelers.

TMZ reported that Drake, Brown and their respective entourages traded blows June 13 resulting in several injuries and damage to the property. In a statement to the AP, Drake denied the claims.

It is believed the fracas originated when Brown sent a bottle of champagne over to Drake’s table. Drake reportedly sent back a nasty message to Brown’s table before he walked over with his crew and punched Brown in the face. Reportedly, one of Drake’s companions then threw a bottle at Brown, initiating the clash.

Five persons were injured in the fray, according to NYPD officers, who arrived after receiving a call between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Both Drake and Brown were absent when the police arrived.

Later, Brown took to Twitter, posting a photo of his face, which showed a gash on his chin that he said came from a bottle.

He also tweeted several taunts, writing, “How u party wit rich n**** that hate? Lol… Throwing bottles like girls? #shameonya!” and “Ok! N****s stand behind security! Ok! U don’t pay them enough.” Both posts were later removed.

According to MTV, both men have been in communication with the NYPD about the incident, and neither is considered a suspect in the incident.

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June 21, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Whitney Houston's mother isn't the only person writing a book on the superstar.

Gospel singer BeBe Winans — who sang at Houston's funeral — announced Thursday he has written "The Whitney I Knew," due out July 31.

The book promises what is described as "heart-breaking accounts that led to her ultimate defeat." It will also include photos and personal videos of the singer never released to the public.

Winans and his family knew Houston for years. His announcement comes as he prepares to release a new album, "America America" next week.

Houston died at 48 in February. Authorities called her death on an accident drowning, complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Houston's mother, Cissy, was writing a book due out next year. 

 

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