By Florence Anthony
According to the Chicago Sun Times, it sounds like the long-rumored divorce filing by Elin Woods is rapidly proceeding. According to sources, Elin is concerned mostly about protecting the financial interests of their two children. She recently read the novel, “Empress Bianca,” about the heirs of a very wealthy man who ends up getting screwed out of most of their inheritance – influenced by a second wife who gets the lion’s share of the money for herself and her children. Supposedly, the Woods divorce settlement would fall into the $500 million to $600 million range. I think that’s in Elin’s dreams. The pre-nup is only $20 million and I doubt if it will jump to half a billion dollars.
Word is that the lovely Aisha Tyler just kicked-off an exciting new campaign from my pals over at PepsiCo. They’ve come up with a clever way to help the environment with the creation of the Dream Machine. These technology-enhanced kiosks reward people who recycle with redeemable “points” in partnership with Keep America beautiful. For every bottle recycled in a Dream Machine, PepsiCo will support disabled U.S. veterans with career and education training. Check out the website.
Mariah Carey isn’t expecting with husband Nick Cannon. After photos surfaced of the two -who are about to celebrate their two-year anniversary — at Beverly Glen Deli in Beverly Hills recently, blogs speculated the curvy singer could be with child. But, her rep says she’s “not pregnant.” The couple are throwing another “I Do” ceremony on April 30.
I am very sad to report that Odette Blackwell, who helped me edit “Black Noir” magazine a few years ago, passed away on Saturday morning, April 24, from a degenerative disease that attacked her organs. Odette was a Queens native who made her home in Harlem. She was the daughter of the late Otis Blackwell, a prolific songwriter who wrote the hits “Great Balls of Fire,” ‘Fever,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Return To Sender” for Elvis Presley and others. She was an editor, writer and photographer who contributed to many publications. She is survived by her son, Torian Blackwell Brown, and a large extended family that includes her mother. In March, Odette accepted the award when her father was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rest in peace, sweet sister.
Steve Harvey, who brings laughter, love, inspiration and much more through the radio each morning to millions of fans, has entered the world of online dating with the new dating site, LocateYourLove.com. The principles behind his best-selling book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” have made him the guru of modern-day family and relationships. Now, Steve brings a new twist on modern dating to help everyone take a fresh look at relationships and finding love.