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Did U Know? 9-2-17 Entertainment News

9-2-17 Entertainment News

Did U Know? 9-2-17 Entertainment News Updates…Serena Williams, Queen Latifah, Tamar Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson and others are trending this week. Did U Know? is trending entertainment news about the latest movies, music, TV shows and your favorite celebrities that happened during week ending Sept. 2, 2017.

9-2-17 Entertainment News

Serena Williams Just Had A Baby Girl!

Congrats are in order for tennis legend Serena Williams and her fiance Alexis Ohanian. The power couple recently welcomed their first child together, a bouncing 6 lb. 13 oz. baby girl. The irony surrounding the baby’s delivery is a match made in tennis heaven. Ohanian revealed that Serena, who was pregnant when she won the Australian open, was convinced that her success on the tennis court confirmed that she was carrying a baby girl. To put the icing on the cake, the new baby’s birth was announced by her aunt, Venus Williams moments before she hit the court at the U.S. Open.

9-2-17 Entertainment News

Tamar Braxton Publicly Apologizes To Tiny

Tamar Braxton has extended an olive branch to Tiny and her estranged husband T.I.  Ever since she left The Real, Tamar has been at odds with her good girlfriend Tiny. The pair have traded jabs and Tiny‘s mama even jumped into the beef at one point. The tension has all become too much for Tamar, so she reached out to her bestie on Instagram to make things right in their relationship. She misses them. And Tamar wants to see the whole family back together. Tiny and T.I. have expressed their intention to get a divorce–they even ended their family reality show by officially breaking up–but Tamar is holding out hope that they can get back together and save their marriage. Tamar finally got to her apology, writing directly to Tiny, “With that all being said @majorgirl I’m sorry for my part in the hurt and want to have my best friend AND her family Including all of our kids and TIP all back together again.”

9-2-17 Entertainment News

Detroit Renames Street After ‘The Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s hometown of Detroit has named a street after her. A section of Madison Street, between Brush and Witherell, was named Aretha Franklin Way for The Queen of Soul in August. The area is at the heart of a performing arts district that includes the Detroit Opera House. Franklin told a crowd gathered at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts that she knew she would “get weepy” by the honor. The 75-year-old Franklin thanked the Detroit City Council for the honor, which she called magnificent. She went on to recall her youthful days skating at the Arcadia Ballroom and singing at the Flame Show Bar. The street-naming launched four days of events for the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend, designed to showcase the city’s artists.

9-2-17 Entertainment News

Starz Developing Drama Series On Life Of Mariah Carey

Deadline is reporting that cable network Starz currently has a drama series based on the true-life experiences of Mariah Carey in development. The untitled fictional scripted drama series is set in 1986 New York City and chronicles the rise of an ambitious bi-racial 16-year-old girl, an aspiring singer-songwriter who survived a difficult childhood to become the biggest selling female music artist of all time. After starting off 2017 on a terrible note (literally) due to her fiasco of a performance on New Year’s Eve, Mariah Carey has been keeping a low profile. There is no denying that Mariah Carey’s rise to superstardom is equally inspiring and fascinating, which is why turning her life story into a TV series doesn’t seem that far-fetched.

9-2-17 Entertainment NewsRihanna Launches ‘The Dollar Campaign’ To Support Global Education

Rihanna has launched a new fundraising initiative called “The Dollar Campaign,” which will allow fans to donate money via her Clara Lionel Foundation website. Every dollar given will not only go toward the Clara Lionel Foundation’s global education, health, and emergency response programs but will also provide a chance to win a trip to her Diamond Ball in New York City on September 14. “I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person, one organization, one situation that touches your heart,” Rihanna stated. “My grandmother always used to say if you have a dollar there’s plenty to share.” The deadline for donations is Sept. 5. For more information, visit


9-2-17 Entertainment NewsCommon & Jennifer Hudson Among Stars Of ‘Super School Live’ Special

Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Common and Jennifer Hudson are among the celebrities participating in an hour-long live television special about reinventing American high schools. The stars will be joined by more than two dozen celebrities slated to appear on the “EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live” special that will air on all four major broadcast networks simultaneously on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. EST. The special will highlight the efforts of the XQ Institute, which was co-founded by a former assistant education secretary in President Barack Obama’s administration. It’s slated to include live music, comedy sketches, and documentary segments. Hudson, Sheryl Crow, and Yo-Yo Ma are among the scheduled musical performers. Oscar-winner Viola Davis and her actor-producer husband Julius Tennon are executive producers of the show.

9-2-17 Entertainment News

Queen Latifah To Be Honored At Diddy’s REVOLT Conference

Queen Latifah will be honored at Diddy’s fourth annual REVOLT music conference in October, where performers will include Lauryn Hill and 2 Chainz. REVOLT has announced that the conference will take place Oct. 12-15 in Miami. Latifah will receive the Icon Award for her accomplishments in music, film and TV. She has won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award. Hill, SZA and Daniel Caesar will perform at the Oct. 14 gala honoring Latifah. 2 Chainz will perform with special guests on Oct. 13, while French Montana and King Combs, Diddy’s son, will kick off the conference with performances on Oct. 12. The four-day event will also feature panels and guest speakers. It will be held at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. Diddy launched his REVOLT channel in 2013.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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