ABOVE PHOTO: Bobby Brown (Randy Miramontez / shutterstock)
By Florence Anthony
Following a wild weekend of Abel and Ola Osundairo going from suspects in the alleged hate crime attack on Jussie Smollett in Chicago on January 29, to the Nigerian brothers who were born in the Windy City, telling Chicago Police Department that Smollett paid them $3,500 to orchestrate the attack, the entire focus of the crime has shifted. The latest reports now claim Smollett staged the attack after a racist letter sent to the “Empire” TV studio, which contained a white powder, that turned out to be aspirin, did not get a bigger reaction, according to CBS Chicago. In the wake of these alleged allegations, scenes on “Empire” that featured Smollett have been drastically cut. Smollett’s attorneys insist their client “is a victim and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
Peter Novak, an Award Winning agent and owner of Charter Oak Financial, a top agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (Mass Mutual), has been named to GAMA International’s 2019 Management Hall of Fame. Pete shaped GAMA and the industry at large. The GAMA International Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor bestowed upon distinguished insurance and financial services distribution field leaders. This prestigious award is presented at LAMP ‘19 during the Celebration of Excellence Banquet, March 18, 2019. “Pete is a master at identifying and developing talent, leading to unprecedented agency growth and the respect and admiration of his peers throughout the industry,” said John Vaccaro, head of Mass Mutual Financial Advisors. “Pete’s contributions to our profession include board memberships, speaking engagements, and leadership coaching in both the United States and Poland.”
Grammy Award-winning singer Bobby Brown’s “The Bobby Brown Story,” a biopic mini-series that premiered on the BET Network in September 2018, has been nominated for three 2019 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special. “The Bobby Brown Story” scored 6.7 million viewers with No. 1 ratings on BET, Facebook and Twitter. Bobby and his wife, Alicia Etheridge-Brown, both served as co-producers, through their production company, Brown Ribbon Entertainment, on the mini-series, which intimately covers his roller-coaster personal life and career.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, inspired by the life of Michael Jackson, the musical “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” is set for a world premiere on Broadway in the summer of 2020, the Michael Jackson Estate has announced. The musical will be directed and choreographed by Tony-Award winner Christopher Wheeldon with a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Many of Jackson’s hit songs will feature in the musical, which focuses particularly on the time before the singer embarked on the “Dangerous” world tour in 1992.