Robert Townsend Says The Five Heartbeats Sequel Is In The Works


Man it’s been over 20 years since Robert Townsend’s The Five Heartbeats first debuted in 1991, and now there has been confirmation on a sequel!


Long before the days of LustacyNew Edition or Jodeci, there were The Five Heartbeats. Duck, Eddie, J.T., Choir Boy and Dresser stole our hearts in the musical drama as the quintessential vocal group of the ’60s and lucky for us, they’re back.

While promoting Bill Cosby‘s television special Far From FinishedRobert Townsend confirmed the news that he is preparing a second installment to the classic ’90s film.

“I am working on a sequel,” he said. “Next year I’ll be making an announcement.”

The original film featured Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Tico Wells and Harry Lennix in the story loosely based on The Temptations, among other musical acts. It remains to be seen how Townsend will spin the plot and who will star in the sequel.


Chris Brown Caught Smuggling Weed Into Rehab

Things must be getting pretty tight for Chris Breezy on the stress relief tip. Ya’ boy just got caught trying to sneak the sticky-icky into his rehab facility he was ordered to attend!

The Urban Daily says that when he arrived, he willingly handed his phone and computer over to the facility’s staff. However, he tried to hold on to the one thing that most certainly isn’t allowed in rehab–his weed. After Breezy was ordered by the court to return to a rehab center, he called to ask if he could bring his weed because it is prescribed by a doctor to combat his depression. The staff flat out refused and made a huge fuss about it. However, none of that worked because Chris Brown is currently in rehab without his “medicine.”

Brown was ordered to enroll into a new rehab program after he was unceremoniously kicked out of the first one he entered. Chris Brown was thrown out of the first rehab center after he flew into a violent rage and threw a rock at his mother’s car window. Brown must now remain in this new rehab center for no less than 90 days

Too Much Information: Dr. Conrad Murray Reveals That He Held Michael Jackson’s Penis Every Night

Okay, we have had several seats on this one. The newly released Dr Conrad Murray (charged with the death of superstar Michael Jackson) goes on record stating that he apparently held Micheal’s penis before bed every night:

Released from prison three weeks ago, after serving only two years of his four-year sentence,  the 60-year-old former cardiologist and personal physician to late pop star Michael Jackson gives an exclusive interview that lasts more than five hours to the Daily Mail; where the claims he makes about his relationship with the star would surely cause Jackson himself to shriek from embarrassment. Heck, we’d even go so far as to say that Michael, who was always so concerned with his image, and how people perceived him, is probably turning over in his grave right now.

In the interview, Murray’s incredulous disclosures may cause jaws to drop, but the saddest part of the matter is, the only person able to challenge his story is, well … unavailable.

In what is described as a “faceless hotel room in Southern California,” Murray talks about Michael’s perilous physical, mental and financial state and the singer’s secret addiction to prescription drugs. And while he still contends he gave Michael “nothing that would have killed him,” and tells the Daily Mail that instead he believes the entertainer “woke up, got hold of his own stash of Propofol and injected himself.” Adding that he, “… did it too quickly and went into cardiac arrest,” Murray insists, apparently with a straight face, on rehashing how good he was to his famous patient – the man who trusted him with his life.

As if we don’t recall how that worked out.

“You want to know how close Michael and I were? I held his penis every night. I had to put a condom catheter on him because Michael dripped urine. He had a loss of sensation and was incontinent.

“Michael didn’t know how to put a condom on, so I had to do it for him.”

So now that he’s got our attention…

At a hovering 6ft 5in, Murray, who claims he has lost measure while in prison, admits that he “feels every one of my 60 years.” In his now infamous Trinidadian lilted voice, he appears to actually believe his own rhetoric.

“I tried to protect him but instead I was brought down with him,” he claims, as he continues to share about Michael’s filthy bedroom; his ultimate desire to have “flawless, porcelain skin,” how he really felt about his mother; and the admission that Michael thinks he may have been sexually abused by one of his doctors.

Oh, its rich y’all!

At one point Murray offers, ‘Michael was a decrepit man. He was frail. I had to force him to eat, to drink fluids. He always ate the same meal: rice and chicken.

Well damn…..

From The Where Are They Files: The Cast of Purple Rain Then & Now Almost 30 Years Later

Man, time truly does fly! it’s been almost 30 years since the release of Prince’s Purple Rain, and courtesy of, we get a glimpse of where The Kid and crew are now:

Prince, The Kid

Then: Prince played the Kid, a character the Twin Cities funk-rock legend created in his own image. Only an artist with the ego the size of Prince’s could pull something like that off.

Now: With seven Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Oscar and more than 100 million albums sold, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently joined Twitter and released a single and video called ‘Breakfast Can Wait.’

Apollonia Kotero, Apollonia

Then: She played the Kid’s love interest — who becomes an object of jealousy when she joins a group called Apollonia 6. Kotero took over the role from Vanity, another Prince protege who quit the Vanity 6 — the original name of Apollonia 6 — before ‘Purple Rain’ began filming.

Now: Kotero has remained active in show business, releasing a solo album in 1988, taking on TV and movie roles and recording a 2009 duet of ‘When Doves Cry’ with the Twilight Singers for a ‘Purple Rain’ tribute album.

Morris Day, Morris

Then: Day plays Morris, the Kid’s arch nemesis, a fellow musician whose band, the Time, is a staple at the club where the Kid’s group, the Revoluton, also plays.

Now: Now 55, Day still performs with the Time — who changed their name to the Original 7ven — and has appeared in films and television shows such as ’227′ and ‘Moesha.’ Sadly, Day and the Time also make an appearance in 2001′s ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,’ a decision we’re sure he and the group regret now.

Jerome Benton, Jerome

Then: Benton played Morris’ wisecracking bodyguard and valet, Jerome.

Now: Still performing with Day in the Original 7ven, Benton was also once a member of the Family, a band formed by Prince that released an eponymous album on his Paisley Park label in 1985. The group (Prince wasn’t a member but wrote all but one of the album’s songs) broke up after the album bombed commercially.

Clarence Williams III, Father

Then: ‘The Mod Squad’ actor played the Kid’s father, an abusive, jealous nightmare of a man.

Now: The 74-year-old Harlem native is a busy character actor who can currently be seen in ‘The Butler,’ and who would probably rather everyone ignore his appearance in the disastrous 1995 horror movie disaster ‘Tales from the Hood.’

Wendy Melvoin, Wendy

Then: Wendy played the Revolution’s frustrated guitarist (just like in real life).

Now: Wendy’s late father, Mike Melvoin, was a pianist who played on ton of classic albums as a member of the ’60s studio session posse known as the Wrecking Crew. Her brother, Jonathan Melvoin, passed away after a drug overdose while touring as a member of the Smashing Pumpkins in 1996 at the age of 34. Her twin sister is singer and composer Susannah Melvoin, who was once engaged to Prince and was a member of the aforementioned Family and played with the Revolution as well.

Lisa Robinson, Lisa

Then: Lisa played the keyboardist in the Revolution, a role she filled in real life from 1980 to 1986.

Now: As with Melvoin, Coleman’s father, Gary L. Coleman, was considered a member of the Wrecking Crew collective. Coleman came out as a lesbian in a 2009 interview where she also talked about a past romantic relationship with Melvoin, who remains her partner in Wendy & Lisa, a duo that has released five studio albums.

Jill Jones, Jill

Then: A backup vocalist for Prince on his ’1999′ album, and another one of the many ex-girlfriends he’s employed at one point or another, Jones played a bit part of a waitress in ‘Purple Rain.’

Now: Jones also appeared in 1990′s ‘Graffiti Bridge,’ the ill-fated ‘Purple Rain’ sequel, and that same year, she recorded a self-titled solo album for Paisley Park. Despite its lackluster sales, she’s released three subsequent albums and is still performing as a solo artist.

First Avenue

Then: Opened in 1970, First Avenue is the Minnesota venue where local artists like the ReplacementsSoul AsylumHusker Du and (obviously) Prince cut their teeth before building national and international followings.

Now: First Avenue remains Minnesota’s premier music venue and is still nurturing local talent as well as international touring acts.


Thug Love? Drake Gets Lil’ Wayne’s Face Tattooed Over His Heart

WTF? Reportedly Drake recently admitted that he had Lil Wayne’s face tatted on his chest his over where his heart is. This was done for Lil’ Wayne’s 31st birthday this year. Who does that? says Young money rapper Drake surprised label mate Lil Wayne for his 31st birthday (September 27th) by revealing a tattoo of the dread heads face over his chest with the word’s “Young Money Forever” in red reminiscent of Lil Wayne’s ties to the California Blood Gang. Lil Wayne celebrated his birthday party at Miami’s Club Liv where we were told Drake stopped the music and said the following: “A lot of people say I’m sensitive and I see the internet and blogs and sh*t and let me tell you what type of n*gga Drake really is …Drake the type of n*gga to get his brothers face tattooed across his chest and not give a f*ck who thinks its gay.

Young money is for life and this tattoo is for life” Drake went on to say this was a once in a lifetime revealing of the tattoo and it would be something him and weezy would share forever. Onlookers who witnessed the revealing of his Weezy tat firsthand said they never thought things could get any gayer than Birdman Kissing Lil Wayne, but this in fact was much more gay.

Love & Hip Hop’s Mendecees Snitching on Juelz Santana and Vado in Drug Case

The code of the streets must not apply to Yandy’s baby daddy Mendeecees of Love & Hip Hop NY, cause’ he’s now snitching on rappers Juelz Santana and Vado to avoid a lengthy prison stint.

HSK Exclusive says that Mendeecees Harris, and his brother Tyrus, are being blamed for the recent string of sudden arrests happening among the pair’s former partners in crime. Don’t believe me.. Just ask Yandy Smith.

That’s why rappers Juelz Santana and Teeyon “Vado” Winfree are reported to be expecting the cops at their front door sometime soon. This news comes as the ex-LHH star reportedly faces a 25-year jail sentence over drug-related charges.

 One source gives the low saying:

“Everybody who worked with Mendeecees and his brother Tyrus in Rhode Island are getting scooped up by the cops. The white dude who was getting all their cars, he recently got popped by the cops. Mendeecees and Tyrus are cooperating with the cops because they want a lesser jail sentence, 25-years is a longtime behind bars.”

Chris Brown Denied Medical Marijuana

Damn, can’t a brother get blowed on some good weed, without stressing about how to get it? Chris Brown is pissed because a judge has denied him use of medicinal marijuana to control his anger issues.

 Radar Online  says that Chris Brown is complaining to friends that he should be allowed to take medical marijuana for his anger management issues because it’s legal in California, has learned.

The troubled singer — ordered Wednesday to spend three months in rehab after throwing a rock through his mother’s car window whilst in rehab — does not want to continue to use anti-depressent drugs which have been prescribed to him, a source said.

“They make Chris feel very numb and he felt that everything around him was fuzzy,” the insider revealed.

“He felt dull and thirsty all the time. He had been taking medical marijuana for the last several years, until the judge said Chris couldn’t take it beginning last summer. It was just another instance in which Chris felt he was being treated differently because of his celebrity status.

The singer is “really trying to move forward from the incident with Rihanna, but feels it’s just going to haunt him for the rest of his life. He believes if he was allowed to take the marijuana things would dramatically improve in his life, immediately. Chris isn’t the monster everyone thinks he is,” the insider added.

Why Did CBS Kill Off Taraji P Henson on Person of Interest?

Many fans of Taraji P Henson’s character Detective Carter, on CBS’s hit crime drama ‘Person of Interest’ were shocked to see that her beloved character of 3 years, was blown away by gunfire at the end of the latest episode.

In an interview with David Letterman Taraji says she knew from the start that her character would be killed off early and that keeping the secret had been hard.

Is BET’s Big Tigger and Keisha Knight Pulliam Engaged?

Reports are flying that former Cosby kid Keisha Knight Pulliam, and  BET’s VJ Big Tigger have been secretly engaged!

The The National Enquirer  reports that WEDDING bells are about to ring for “Cosby” kid Keshia Knight Pulliam – who played adorable, little Rudy Huxtable – and she wants a very special gift.

To make her big day perfect, the first-time bride wants TWO dads to walk her down the aisle – her real dad, who is her manager, AND herTV dad Bill Cosby, a source told The ENQUIRER.

Keshia, 34, has fallen head over heels for 40-year-old Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan, who’s best known as host of the BET shows “106 & Park” and “Rap City.”

“Our love life is awesome,” Darian recently gushed to a reporter.